Good afternoon! I’m still in Florida, but only for the day. I pack up and leave bright and early for a 6 a.m. flight back to Detroit tomorrow morning. Even though it’s raining, I’m still happy to be here and am soaking up as much time with family, friends, and the sunshine as I can!
I am in between a lunch and dinner date, so I have some time to catch up on life a little. It’s nice when that happens. A couple of weeks ago, I saw this Around My House Survey going around, so I drafted my own to save for down the road. Surveys are fun to read every now and then, right?
Since I am currently sitting in my old bedroom, around my old house, it seems like the perfect opportunity to share it with you. Here we go!
• Household chore I actually enjoy
I really don’t mind vacuuming, but I legitimately enjoy wiping down surfaces and counters. Vacuuming will probably happen once a week, but I take a few minutes to wipe down all of the kitchen counters and glass tables in the living room almost every day.
I usually use Clorox wipes to take care of messes, but if surfaces are already pretty clean, I break out Mrs. Meyer’s clean day spray and go to town. The entire line smells so good!
We have an ancient vacuum that is practically falling apart, but it still gets the job done at the moment. I would most likely vacuum the house a couple of times a week if I had a lighter, more powerful one. The second we get the Dyson we’ve been eyeing, it’s on.
• Our biggest house disaster is…
Our closets or garage. None of which are what I would consider to be a “disaster”, but they’re definitely not organized like how we would like them to be.
Scott does a pretty decent job at keeping his side of the closet organized, but it takes me half a day to really clean out items I may not be wearing and situate my side the way I like it.
As for the garage, we specifically rented a condo that came with a 2-car garage for the snowy winters. Let’s just say Scott and I rotate who gets to park in the garage quite often.
• Before company arrives, I hide…
The numerous dog and cat toys all over the floor and stairs, as well as the mail that overflows a corner of our kitchen counter. Do any of you have that issue? Scott and I open mail and have the hardest time putting it away. It’s an everyday struggle next to our fruit basket.
• Most recent music download
I haven’t actually downloaded music in a while.
Ever since I (finally) joined the Spotify party, I have been making and streaming playlists online. (Check out my latest workout playlist I shared this morning!) It’s been great, and even worth the upgraded ($9 a month?) membership to be able to skip songs and download the playlists directly to my phone when I’m offline.
• The last thing I bought online…
I absolutely love it and even used the picture to help me accessorize. #win
• I hate to shop for…
Anything I need. I love to go aimlessly shopping for things, but if I am on a mission to find “this pair of jeans” or “this style of pumps”, I can easily get stressed out and don’t enjoy it at all! Slowly but surely, I have resorted to purchasing more and more of my wardrobe online. It’s been great!
• Favorite Family Ritual
When the weather is warm enough (usually throughout the summer and fall), Scott and I like to go for a long walk or even run through the trails with Roadie on the weekends. It’s usually sometime late Saturday morning if his schedule allows.
After our run, we usually make smoothies, get ready and head out to a farmer’s market or grocery store to stock up on produce for the week. I really miss that little weekend family ritual around this time of year!
• I sleep in…
Sweatshirts, flannels, and socks in the winter (brr!), or tanks and boy shorts in the summer.
• I have a style crush on…
Olivia Palermo and Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
Her casual daytime looks are my “nights out”, but whatever. They’re both put together so well!
• I’m currently reading…
The book of James and magazines. It’s been forever since I read and finished a book cover to cover. I definitely need to work on unplugging at night and get back to it. Any book suggestions?
• How did I ever live without?
I had other forms of activity and exercise growing up (I basically lived at the dance studio), but I never knew how much I love the sport of running and racing until I trained for my first half marathon almost three years ago. Since then, I fell in love with the process of training for a long distance race and pushing my body through things I never thought I even wanted to do!
I’m truly convinced that running and racing is ninety percent mental. I love the challenge of training for a half, but I also enjoy racing smaller distances for time and participating in fun runs.
I can’t believe it took me so long to try one. I’m officially hooked!
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