The Siberian American: Life Lately: All the Happy Things

Monday, September 25, 2017

Life Lately: All the Happy Things

Lately, I’ve been in the mood to just write. From helping with a conference to having a cold immediately after, I’ve had no energy to edit photos for travel posts, but I’ve had so much on my mind and just want to share a bunch of things that have made me happy lately.

Chris had his first day off in several weeks on Saturday, and we had the best day together. I had tried to plan several big things for us to do, but he was tired (and also worried about me walking around festivals in the heat), so we mostly did chores, but it was perfect. We painted letters for the nursery, installed the car seat, went grocery shopping, and celebrated our 10 year dating anniversary at Joe’s Crab Shack. None of that is super special on its own, but it had been so long since we got to spend time together, so we really enjoyed every moment.

I can’t believe I’m already 35 weeks pregnant. I’ll post a pregnancy update on Wednesday, but I’m definitely to the point where I’m super excited and ready one moment and anxious the next because it feels like there is so much left to get done (isn’t there always?).

I’m so happy it’s time for fall! It hasn’t felt like it here in Texas yet, but we should be in the 80s by the middle of the week, which will feel great after being close to 100 most of last week. I can’t wait until it cools down enough for me to be able to take walks again, and of course, wearing fall clothes is always fun!

Speaking of fall, I’m excited to make more slow cooker meals these days. I’m all about lighter food in the summer, so my slow cooker has been neglected. Blogging for Books sent me Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker, and I basically want to try every meal in the book. I’m loving all the variety in the book with 110 dishes (which also include desserts) as options. I’ll probably be making more slow cooker meals once the little man arrives, so I’ve been flipping through the book to see everything I want to try. Recipes that have caught my eye are: ropa vieja, carbonnade (a Belgian-style beef stew), beef and black bean chili, sausage lasagna, and croque monsieur strata. For a fall dessert, I’d love to try the apple-cranberry crisp.

This has been a weird reading year for me. I’ve been reading in spurts-either a bunch or barely anything. I just got through several books pretty quickly and am about to finish my 75th book for the year! I’m basically right on schedule to finish my goal of 100 books this year, but I’m hoping to get a little ahead because I know life is about to get busier!

What have you been up to lately?


  1. Yay for a day off! That apple cranberry crisp sounds delicious! The weather last week was SO gross. I'm ready for fall... supposedly it will cool down this week!!

  2. I wish it would cool down so we can start the soup & chili season. It's still so hot here - not great for hot dishes just yet.
    I've been on weird reading sputs. like barreling through books & now, I'm on the same book for like 3 weeks. UGH

  3. Sometimes the random days that you just spend together are the best kind of days, especially if you can get baby stuff ready too! And I'm so ready for cooler weather! It can't get here soon enough!

  4. Ahh so happy you got a day with your guy. Sometimes doing nothing much turns out to be even better than doing the big things. Halle belated anniversary again... and I can't believe you're 35 weeks either. I swear you just announced your pregnancy. So cool and exciting! :)

  5. Yay for a day together! Ahh you're getting so close!!

  6. I can't wait to see what else you have been reading! Do you buy books or get them from the library? Have you read Little Fires Everywhere?

    Lots of love to you guys from Philly <3

  7. Glad he had a day off & y'all were able to enjoy it! I can't believe you're 35 weeks already!

  8. So many things to be happy about :) I take for granted the amount of time I spend with K... I'm glad you and Chris were able to cherish your time last weekend!!
    80 degrees is SOOOO not fall weather here, lol. It's funny to hear you talk about it like that :)
    Baby will be here so soooooon! Even if you're not totally ready (because you won't be, lol), you'll be ready ;) Haha

  9. Oh my goodness - it's coming up so fast!! I am very ready for slow cooker meals and cooler weather! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  10. Gosh you read so much!
    Love that you guys have had lots of great time to spend together lately.

  11. Glad you and Chris were able to spend time together before baby arrives. You both are truly blessed.


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