Someone once said that April showers bring May flowers and if that’s true, we should all be expecting a lot of flowers next month because it’s been quite rainy here. Has it rained a lot where you live too? Despite that, there were quite a few days of nice weather and some days this month that we both really enjoyed. Since taking a personal Twitter hiatus last month into this month, I decided that I really want to get into romanticizing aspects of our life more often. We’ve experienced some things and as we still hope, pray and believe that we’ll receive what we’ve been praying for, I realized I want to embrace softness.
Instead, I’m hoping to be more in the moment (or at least certainly trying to), finding little things to enjoy more often, taking more photographs, tapping into my creativity more, and just soaking more things in more often. So, this month we started a lot of that – including visiting Newport for the weekend. We were back and forth about it, but ultimately it was my husband who nudged me to keep the reservations we booked and to go for it. Even though we stayed inside most of the time and primarily went to places we felt safe going to, we really enjoyed it and we’re glad we went.
We’re also in the process of trying to re-work our non-preset subscriber newsletter a bit. It’s been difficult to find a groove that works for us when it comes to writing our newsletters and finding a format that hopefully makes it a worthy read for our subscribers. We want to do more than just link our posts (you can subscribe directly in our sidebar for that though), so we’ve been trying to think through some ideas.
Enough of my rambling though, here’s what we’ve enjoyed this month.
We’re still reading Last Girl Ghosted and Crying in H-Mart. I know, I know. We were on a roll and then life happened and we stopped. Trying to pick that back up.
Honestly, this month was pretty quiet for us in terms of podcasts. We did listen to Code Switch, though.
We watched this film called, “The Rental” and it scared me. I think I’m good on horror films.
This post from Camille’s newsletter that I recently read just made me subscribe to it. I noticed that Coachella has lost some of its hype this year and I found her thoughts on everything surrounding this year’s event to be honest and refreshing. Are we growing out of influencer culture?
I’m a sucker for recap posts and Carly’s are always interesting to read. I love seeing some of the things she’s been up to!
I loved this post a lot. As someone who’s trying to romanticize life a little more, the idea of approaching aging as a blessing and something to look forward to as opposed to something to groan about was very refreshing to read.
I enjoyed Annaliese’s post about how she recommends staying at The Greenbriar on a budget!
Does anyone else like watching videos like this while you eat? Sometimes when we order out for dinner, we’ll watch Stephanie Soo’s videos together like this one.
Wow at this bathroom.
- Coffee at Tatte’s: We had some time to spare after trying to find a parking spot close by The Gibson House where we were touring, so we hit up Tatte’s, which we were not expecting to be as crowded as it was. There was a line to order because it was Sunday, which of course is brunch day – something we forgot. We were okay with the wait because we had time and we were grabbing our stuff to go anyway. They were really thorough though in getting people in and out safely. A table opened up as we were leaving, so we grabbed it to enjoy our pastry and coffee.
- Getting Masked Up: The Gibson House had a mask mandate, which we were of course fine with, so we made sure to have our masks ready to go before entering.
- Pretty Trees: We missed peak cherry blossom season in our area, so we were excited to see some pretty trees still in bloom as we walked towards The Esplanade.
- All Smiles at Cliff Walk: It’s rare that I capture photographs of my husband smiling. We often joke that he always looks so serious in photographs, but he’s so goofy. I may be biased, but I think he has the best smile, and looking at this photo makes me really happy and reminds me of how relaxing and fun that trip was.
- The Coffee Finisher: I’m a slow coffee drinker because I like to as I say, “savor the flavor” while my husband is not. Sometimes though, I don’t finish my coffee because I end up getting distracted. This day, in particular, we had a few minutes to get to our scheduled tour at The Gibson House, so he finished my coffee for me.
- Here Comes the Sun: “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles is a song that in the last several months has resonated a lot with us both. I’ve always loved The Beatles (definitely was more into them in college though), but we learned recently of the meaning of that song, and developed such a deep, sentimental meaning for us. For whatever reason, we’ve been seeing this song being used and referenced a lot more, recently, including during our trip in an advertisement we saw. Here’s to hoping and praying that’s a sign of good things to come!