TGIF (Truth. Gratitude. “I am.” F@ck it!) 5-29-2015

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Happy Friday, the good people of the internet.

I’m in disbelief that it’s already here. Not only was this a short week, but it was also really fast. I was also really tired and didn’t feel especially productive, but hey, I’m still here.

Next week is probably going to be more crazy, and even though I have the weekend ahead of me, I’m already anticipating anxiety and stress. Foreshadowing stress that hasn’t even happened yet is the worst. Shut up brain.


I looked over my May goals, and I’m incredibly ashamed at how much I DIDN’T do this month. I’m writing it off partially to being sick, and partially because my sister has been staying with us which ended up being a positive change in my routine, though not in the ways I had planned.

A few weeks ago, I went on and on about my love of the rain and the stormy weather. I’d like to take all of that back. I’m over you, rain! Honestly, that’s probably been the biggest deterrent in my productivity. I haven’t been able to work out at lunch, and I’ve felt inclined to spend an unhealthy amount of time on the couch refreshing my weather app and obsessing over incoming storms.



I just bitched about the weather, but I have to also give it some praise. Our lakes our finally getting up to normal and although it’s been a little excessive, Texas did need the rain. We’ve also had a few sunny days and it’s cooler than it normally is in late May, so it’s not all terrible.

I hear we may have an all around milder summer, which makes me more happy than you know.

Also, terrible storms bring beautiful sunsets.

Austin Sunset 5-27-2015

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This weekend is my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I have family coming in town from as far as Washington, and I’m so excited to see everyone and celebrate my grandmother’s life. We all wrote something in a book that we published for her and it’s really made me feel grateful for the love I have in my family.


This is the first week in a while that I feel I am actually getting enough sleep. I have had a lot of problems in that department recently, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve needed it. I wake up every morning at 4:15 am and usually don’t fall asleep until closer to midnight. This week I’ve been in bed by ten almost every night. It’s still probably not enough, but I’m getting there, and I can feel the difference.

Dog snuggles also help immensely in this department.

Snuggle dog

“I AM”:

ReadingGarden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

This isn’t a new book, but I’m really surprised I hadn’t come across it before now. I absolutely love anything that’s remotely categorized as “magical realism,” and this book definitely fits that category. I’m only about half way through, but this is the first time in a while that I’ve felt completely submersed in a book.

garden spells

Listening- Dawes-All Your Favorite Bands

I’m not nearly as hip when it comes to music as I was a few years ago. In fact, I’m usually the last to know the up and coming tunes.

The one band that I’m always on top of is Dawes. I would say that they are hands-down my all time favorite band of the 21st century. They have a new album coming out next week and pre-released 2 songs. Both of which I have been listening to non-stop this week.

all your favorite bands


Brisket. Lots of brisket. Brisket for every meal. And I could keep going like this for weeks. Matt made this amazing brisket this weekend and it was so huge that we were sure we wouldn’t even put a dent in it.

We were very wrong.


F@ck it:

There’s so much I could put in this category this week I don’t even know where to start. I didn’t work out once. I ate ice cream four times. My “to do” list has gotten out of hand. I have a pile of clean clothes the size of everest on my couch that I haven’t had the time or energy to put away.

But you know what? It’s ok. I don’t have to do everything. It will get done and everything will be ok.

For now, F@ck It!



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  • Mwa

    Eventually the clothes will got worn and then you can put them away after they’re washed again. It’s called being efficient! Or ef-something else. Wha-eva.

  • MilitaryWifeandPugLife

    Spoken like a true Texan, look at that slab of brisket your nawwing on! Merica’

  • B @ The Sequin Notebook

    That is so awesome about your grandma, I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating!!

  • Jenn @ Business, Life & Design

    The brisket looks amazing! And I would not be able to function on that amount of sleep. I complain when I only get 6 or 7 hours! I like your TGIFs. It’s almost like a cleansing way to end the week. Happy birthday to your grandmother!


    i am feeling you on the f-it list. i am just over it this week!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I’ll be thankful to put this week behind me but I will eat ice cream at least a couple times next week! Ha! I want some of that brisket for lunch today. I love dog snuggles ( your doggie looks a lot like ours) and I am sending you wishes for an amazing weekend with your fam! Happy Birthday Grandma!!!

  • Kersten

    Love the beautiful pictures! Glad you’ve got some better sleep, it’s so important. You have a fun weekend ahead, enjoy the time with your family!

  • SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph

    Everything will get done in time! It’ll keep.

    The brisket looks amazing.

    Enjoy your family and your grandmom’s party!

  • SuzLyfe

    No you do not have to do everything. F**K IT ALL.
    But eat the brisket. Always.

  • Stacie

    Hope you have an awesome weekend with your family partying it up for your Grandma’s birthday!!

  • Ash @ The Nashvillian

    Happy birthday to your grandma! And brisket CANNOT get old…so delicious! :)

  • Amber

    I love brisket!

    We’re getting rain tomorrow, but then it’s supposed to be dry all next week. I hope!

  • Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    HOLY beautiful sunset! My to-do list is absolutely insane, but hey…that’s life! I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Kathy@RealTalk

    yes to great weather!!! summer is finally here (seems like we just skipped over spring) and i’m loving the hot weather and warm nights. have a great weekend!

  • Connie

    That brisket looks just as amazing as that sunset!

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  • Gretchen Braun

    BEAUTIFUL pictures! They’re absolutely stunning. I know just how you feel about too much rain, that’s how I feel about the snow by about the 10th day in a row of it. It’s fun at first, but then it’s just annoying! Hope you get dry soon!

  • Carissa

    Ha I agree! I’ll get there eventually!

  • Carissa

    Heck ya. I ate even more this weekend.

  • Carissa

    THank you! We did! I’ll have an update soon!

  • Carissa

    I know I definitely have to change something! I’m working on it. It was a great weekend. Hope your week is awesome!

  • Carissa

    Hope this week gets better for you!

  • Carissa

    I love white fuzzy puppies! We had a great time this weekend! Still have to update on it soon. Loved your list on your blog today!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Kersten! I had a great weekend, hope you did too!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Steph! We had an amazing time! Hope your week is wonderful!

  • Carissa

    A to the Men! To both of those!

  • Carissa

    I know! I could eat brisket every meal for the rest of my life. Hope your week is wonderful!

  • Carissa

    Thank you Stacie! It was wonderful!

  • Carissa

    Aw thank you Gretchen! I would definitely get sick of snow even more quickly!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Connie! Both made my week! Hope yours is awesome too!

  • Carissa

    This week has finally cleared up and couldn’t have come soon enough. Hope your week is great!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Emelia! Hope your week is productive and beautiful!

  • Carissa

    I’m hoping it stays dry this week!

  • Alex Heath

    Hey Carissa. That brisket looks awesome. How did you prepare it?