What's In My Desk Drawers

I don't know about you, but I just love these types of posts -- there's just something so intriguing about random aspects of people's day to day lives. If you're interested in similar posts, I wrote one about what I keep in my work bag and what I keep in my purse.


Top drawer contains my favorite headphones to wear while designing, nail polish, the BEST top coat, hand cream, washi tapes, my favorite planner, a couple notebooks, my gratitude journal, and rulers.


The second drawer are all of my "office supplies" -- markers, a measuring tape, pens + pencils, post-its, and scissors.


I like to keep my snack drawer stocked with a good variety of items. I almost always have some sort of snack bar, candy, soup, and tea in there.


This last drawer is where I keep all of my personal items that I might need on any given day. Items such as Tylenol, cold medicine, vitamin-C packets, my favorite deodorant, hand sanitizer, hair spray, dry shampoo, toothpaste + toothbrush, floss, concealer, hair ties, etc. are stored in here -- this drawer has saved me on multiple occasions already! 

PS I'm linking up for Tuesday Talk today! 

What are three items you keep in your desk drawers?
Do you have a snack drawer at work?

A Sweet 16 & a Flower Show

Whew! This past week has been SO jam-packed! I think we literally had something going on every single night last week. My calendar for this week is pretty open in the evenings, so I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym after not going very often last week.

On Saturday, we lounged around most of the day -- Andy did a few projects and I whipped through my latest library book, which I ended up reading in just one day! 


Later that afternoon, I headed over to Andrea's so that I could ride with them to my cousin's sweet 16 party! They recently purchased a fancy massage chair, so I was all over that! 


I can't believe Karlie is already 16 -- I remember when she was just a little baby! After the party, we headed over to our grandpa's house to visit for a bit before heading home.

That evening, Andy and I watched a movie together before calling it a night. I recently realized that the author of my current Bible study book stars in this movie, so I wanted to rewatch it! It's a little cheesy, but the overall message is really good.


The following day, I worked for a bit to get ahead on a design project that is due at work this week and then headed out to the arboretum. I walked the three mile drive route while listening to an episode of Casefile before meeting up with my aunt.


I had recently seen an advertisement for a flower show at the arboretum and knew that my aunt would enjoy it, so we made plans to attend together! 


The flowers were so bright and beautiful while the scent of the made me SO excited for spring -- hopefully just one more month to go! 


Turns out, there was also a little art fair going on as well -- it was fun to browse around and check out the different booths! 


Afterwards, I swung by Target on the way home so that I could grab a few groceries for the week (Andy did our Costco haul earlier that day). I keep getting burnt out on my lunches so I switched things up and purchased ingredients to make veggie sandwiches (cheese, avocado, honey mustard, lettuce, peppers, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.) this week! As far as bread goes, we typically rotate between this and this (both are from Costco). Hopefully that gets me out of my current lunch rut!

Ever been to an arboretum?
Whose birthday party did you last attend?

13 Questions

I found this fun little questionnaire on my friend Erin's blog the other week and thought I'd fill it out!


1. What is your favorite smell?
Crisp fall air, babies, coffee, Frasier Fir candles

2. Last time you cried?
Probably when I stubbed my foot the other day

3. What is your favorite pizza?

4. What is your favorite flower?
Tulips and peonies, I think

5. What is your favorite dog breed?
Golden Retrievers! We plan to get one once we move into our new house! 

6. Do you untie your laces before taking your shoes off?
Nikes, no -- everything else, ye

7. Do you like roller coasters?
I don't like any type of rides but I LOVE waterparks

8. Favorite ice cream?
Peppermint Bark Moose Tracks, or Oreo

9. What are you listening to?
The Civil Wars album on Apple Music.

10. What is your favorite food?
Salad, homemade popcorn, candy, fruit, veggies

11. What is your favorite holiday?
I have a post all about it here! 

12. Night owl or morning person?
Morning person for sure! I love getting to work early and starting my day while it's nice and quiet

13. Favorite day of the week?
Probably Friday since we have our weekly date nights those evenings! 

Pick a question or two above and answer it in the comments below! 

10 Random Facts About Me Vol. 7

This is one of my favorite types of posts to read on other's blogs and I'd love to continue doing this series on a monthly basis. Let me know in the comments if you'd be interested in me hosting a link-up for this type of post each month!  You may read past versions of this series by clicking here.


1. I always write in all caps, except for my i's. I switched over to writing in all caps the summer after I graduated high school; I worked at a local gym and my boss wrote that way and I loved the way it looked so I copied her handwriting and then added my own spin to it.

2. I feel like I'm one of the rare people that doesn't enjoy watching random videos on YouTube -- I just find it pointless. I also really struggle with watching tutorial videos -- I learn so much better by reading things for myself.

3. When I was in elementary school, my friend and I were in the local newspaper for singing the Oscar Meyer Weiner jingle when the talent search came to town. My friend's mom helped us rehearse it and we even had actions to go with our singing.

4. I have a minor in Theology and was actually a Psychology major before switching to a design major just before my freshman semester started. I also graduated with my 4-year degree in 2.5 years and am convinced I could have done it in 2 years if I hadn't worked during college.

5. I'm a "dump and pour" kind of cook and rarely measure anything -- even when following a recipe. I also love making up my own recipes and twists on things.

6. I don't care for celebrity gossip or reality tv in any way, shape, or form.

7. I can't sleep on fluffy pillows and prefer them to be super flat -- I attribute this to being a stomach sleeper.

8. Most of the time I call Andy by his middle name or "AJ." I never refer to him as Andrew, because that's my brother-in-law's name. Also, my sister's name is Andrea, so things get confusing real quick! 

9. I'm extremely claustrophobic and can't even handle things like laying in a sleeping bag.

10. I've had bad eyesight since 2nd grade and prefer contacts to glasses -- I just don't feel like myself whenever I wear glasses! Also, I will probably never get LASIK surgery because the process of having it done creeps me out too much! 

Do we have anything in common?
What's a random fact or two about you?

Life Lately

I unintentionally took last week off from blogging -- we literally had something going on every single night last week and coupled with a busy week at work, there was little time left for the blog! 

I met with a trainer / nutritionist at Life Time two weeks ago for a consult -- I shared with her that I've been feeling a bit burnt out on my current fitness routine and needed something to switch it up a bit. She suggested cutting back on the cardio and switching to total body workouts instead since I'm just not feeling the weight room lately. To be honest, it's be hard for me to transition from intense training to a more balanced workout routine. I have such a black and white way of thinking, so I've been trying to focus on the gray. :)

She also took a look at my current nutrition and laughed when she said I definitely have a background in nutrition! The only thing she recommended changing is bumping up some of my protein sources since I'm a vegetarian -- for example, adding an extra egg or two to my breakfast or increasing my beans to 1 cup instead of a 1/2 cup serving.


Below is a typical day of eats for me:

M1: Ezekiel sprouted grain toast with avocado, 2 organic eggs and tomato slices. Coffee with a tbsp of half and half.

M2: An orange and 1/2 cup cottage cheese

M3: Acorn squash plus a salad with organic mixed greens, avocado, grape tomatoes, 1/2 cup combo of black beans + chickpeas, carrots, hard boiled egg, olive oil + balsamic vinegar for dressing. Small piece of dark chocolate after lunch.

M4: Apple w/ almond butter or plain greek yogurt

M5: Vegetarian chili, steamed broccoli, and grapefruit

M6: Protein shake (Life Time's whey protein plus shake + almond milk + ice)


The other night, we were watching a show when Andy said he was in the mood for a treat -- I lept off the couch and we bundled up to head to our neighborhood market. We picked up a piece of key lime pie for Andy and a pint of Halo Top of me. I loved the spontaneity of the trip (helloooo, ENTP personality type), but I must say -- I prefer regular ice cream to this. It's just not the same.


The other day, I took myself on a solo date which involved ordering a venti peach tea from Starbucks and curling up on a cozy armchair to enjoy CCB's newest book. I loved this book and read it cover to cover in one sitting. I just love everything she stands for -- she's such a great role model! 


I can't emphasize enough how much I've enjoyed having a friendship with my Auntie -- we are so similar personality-wise and it's always so fun to chat about life, psychology, and everything in between with her! For the past two weekends, I've met her for lunch and it's been so refreshing! Last weekend, I arrived at the cafe a little earlier than her so that I could pound through a few lessons in the Bible study that I'm doing with my bestie. It's such a good one and I've found myself waking up early each morning just to do some reading before heading out to work for the day! 

That catches us up to the current! What's new with you?
What's your usual treat of choice?