The Week In Review

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Y’all, it’s been a while. And I’ve got to get back into blogging somehow or I will NEVER DO IT.

I stole this format from Amber as a quick way to get caught up, so here we go!!!!

The high of my week: Getting a new job at work! I’m about 72 hours into a new role, leading a new division that will definitely require some focus and learning. All of this excites me. It’s a little scary — it’s been a few years since I’ve embarked on something new. And it’s always a little bit nerve wracking to be leading something specialized when your background is in something different, but I think it will be a great challenge!

The low of my week: Holden has been waking up at 5:30 am (which is almost an hour before his usual wake up time of 6:20am) and that complicates getting ready in the morning during the work week. As with all things parenting, I know it’s just a phase at this point, which is fine. Luckily he wakes up chatty and giggly, so it’s a plus that he isn’t waking up unhappy. I actually thinks it’s a sleep regression based on him being almost 2 and his language development exploding. Nonetheless while you’re in it, it’s a little inconvenient. 🙂

For my workouts I completed: HAHAHAHA Right now getting 10,000 steps in a day counts as a workout, but I know that isn’t! Hoping to hop on my Peloton this weekend. (I’m #HollyWould over there if you are a fellow rider.)

I haven’t quite figured out how to fit workouts into my routine. Right after work (for me that’s around 5:30pm) seems like the ideal time during the week, but the reality is that Holden still goes to bed between 6:30 and 7 and I LOVE that time all of us get to spend together as a family. I just don’t want to spend it working out.

But by the time he’s down at 7, I’m hungry, tired and frankly don’t feeeeeeeeeeel like working out. And I’m already up at 5 to guarantee I get a shower before work in the morning (see Holden’s wakeups above) so I would have to be literally on the bike by 5am, which would mean setting my alarm for like 4:45am and YOU GUYS, JUST NO. This is not the season of restful sleep that makes 4:45 am feasible…YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? 🙂

It is what it is at this point. I’m trying to just find creative ways to move.

The best money I spent was on: Hmmmm…this is a tough one. What did I buy this week? Oh, I know – two things I picked up that I’ve been enjoying:

I bought a Make Your Own 12 pack of FlapJacked Mighty Muffin Protein Muffins. I’ve enjoyed a couple lately — they are easy and filling when I’m trying to squeeze in something to eat. And I thought some of the flavors I bought would be fun for Fall. I’m SO looking forward to the change in seasons.

Also I bought 3 new Milani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumpers. These are my current favorite lip glosses. They are sheer and very shiny but not super tacky. Love. My Target doesn’t have them in their Milani display for some reason so I just ordered them on the Milani Website.  The code LABORDAY gets you 20% off right now, which is awesome.

What I’m listening to and loving: We are listening to a lot of Jason Aldean and Maren Morris around our house. They listen to country at Holden’s daycare and I guess he has taken a shine to those two artists so when we put them on Spotify at home he will dance, which is A-freaking-dorable!

What I’m watching: Totally OBSESSED with World of Dance (can’t decide who I have a bigger crush on: Derek Hough or J. Lo) I’m also staying current on Real Housewives of New York (so sad it’s basically over.) But no worries, Real Housewives of the OC and Dallas are right there to help me out of  my funk! LOL  Beyond that, I’m enjoying Very Cavallari (GUILTY PLEASURE ALERT! But I don’t think I’m feeling the revamp of The Hills) and I need to set aside some time to binge the last few episodes of Sharp Objects. YES!)  This weekend I think my mom and I are going to see Crazy Rich Asians (she saw it already and LOVED it and I haven’t been to a movie in ages) and that should be fun! I’m excited for the long weekend and time with my family and my mama!


What I’m reading: Ugh I’ve got many books going at once and none completed. Here’s the lowdown on what’s in progress.


I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – so good, but also I have to read it in small bits because it is heavy and scary and very local for me. When they caught the Golden State Killer he was living 4 miles from our old house, so you know– TOO CLOSE TO HOME. But the book is fantastic and so engaging.

Food Freedom Forever – Mostly because I’m always trying to figure this out. We did a Whole 30 in July and it was SO AWESOME. August was like…NOT awesome. So you know…a work in progress. 🙂 I just like Melissa Hartwig.

You Think It, I’ll Say It – Man, I just love Curtis Sittenfeld. Her writing is A+ and these short stories demonstrate that. I found this fun to listen to on my commutes to work, but then I got focused on I’ll Be Gone In The Dark and haven’t wanted to listen to fiction.

On My Kindle:

The President is Missing – I thought I would breeze through this because we all know James Patterson writes like 3 page Chapters that always end with a cliffhanger, but my eyes get heavy very quickly at the end of the night and lately I’ve been bringing a little work home so I’m not reading as much before I get into bed.

The Secrets You Keep – This is moving slower than I am used to Kate White books moving so I’ve lost a little steam.

On My Nightstand:

Multiple books with bookmarks. I can’t even remember what they are so it’s been awhile.



So that’s where things are lately. Are we sufficiently caught up? hahahaha Not even close.

But life is good, and it’s hard to get back into habits you’ve fallen out of (I miss you blogging AND exercise!) But I haven’t given up! LOL

Will you pick one of those questions and answer in the comments, so I can hear a little bit about what you’ve been up to? I miss our chats. 🙂




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6 Responses to The Week In Review

  1. Amber says:

    Yay so glad you did the TGIF week in review post. I can’t even remember who in the blog world I originally got this post from but it’s such a good way to catch everyone up on your week.

    I am super nervous for how I will fit in workouts when I go back to work as I know I’ll want to spend the after work time hanging out with my little family and then after Olivia goes to bed just feels wayyyy too late. But you’re right, it’s just a season of life and it will all fit in easily one day (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself).

  2. Linda Sand says:

    The best money I spent was on: Haflinger boiled wool slippers. These last for years and are comfortable year around. I buy two pair so I can machine wash one pair and let them air dry while wearing the other pair.

    Holden is more important than an exercise program. Just keep moving and the time for a program will come again. It may look different, though. When our daughter was in elementary school my primary exercise program was chaperoning the weekly roller skating group. 🙂

  3. Maureen says:

    This is the weirdest thing…a couple days ago I was getting ready for work and I thought “I wonder how Holly is doing!”, knowing you haven’t blogged for a while. You got my husband and I turned on to W30-which we do a few times a year to get back on a healthier bandwagon. Anyway, to see that you posted a day or two later? Crazy?

    I’m really happy to see how things are going with your family, the pictures are just the sweetest. Holden is beyond adorable!

    My daughter is 24, and I think the thing that really might piss off newer parents, the whole “this too shall pass”. Yet, it is the best advice I could give them. Everything that you feel is life and death at the time, the sleeping issues, the potty training challenges, it passes. Then you are 20 years down the line, and wondering how it all went by so fast!!

    I don’t want to in any way downplay how hard it is to have a newborn, or toddler. But in my life, I really didn’t have anyone saying “this will all work itself out”, and honestly when I was in the midst of it all? I would have been really happy to hear that.

    You go from a little one who wakes you up at 5:00 am, to a teenager you are waking up at 2:00 pm saying “get the hell up!”. I’m grateful to say I loved the whole experience.

  4. Barbara Jones says:

    Wow… used to be a big fan of your blog then life happened – weddings and babies do that,eh?? We are friends on Goodreads and I happened to see one of your reviews. Clicked on your profile and here you are! So glad to re-connect and catch up with you – and btw – Holden is super adorable!!!

  5. Jillian says:

    What a little cutie. I have the same exact issue with workouts. I was getting up at 4:30 for a while just because I needed time to myself before he wakes up, and he had started waking up at 5:00. But I’m not in the right headspace to exercise at 5 AM. Working on it. And thankfully he’s sleeping till 6:30-7:00 again.

  6. Alex McCoy says:

    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a TOUGH read. I love true crime so I was surprised how tough it was to stomach but Michelle’s story is heartbreaking and I was dedicated to finishing.

    FFF has been sitting on my shelf for abour 2 years….so I probably need to get to that one as well.