With my summer tan quickly fading, a hamper full of now-wrinkled fresh laundry from Tuesday because I was distracted by the sudden inclination to cook all the things and proceeded to completely give up on folding, a floor covered with dirty laundry because well where else is it going to go, and a sharp pang from forcing myself to check my credit card statement, you would think the balance of headaches to smiles is comically tilting towards the former.
Not so, friends. My happy list is miles long, you see.
There's the bridal shower I'm hosting for my sister tomorrow. All week, I've been drowning in tassels and mason jars and a little website called Pinterest.
There's my bestie slash roomie (it turns out that's the only kind of roomie I can have), Hanna, coming home from Europe.
And I've been attempting to cook, guys! You know me. I've failed at boiling water before. In a kettle, too. But I've been quite successful with scrambled eggs and chicken quesadillas! (The chicken was bought pre-cooked, but shh. Details.)
I've been seeing friends! Oh, how good it is to catch each other up on respective summer shenanigans over Happy Hour margaritas or favorite coffee joints that turn into a grocery run because we use the same Safeway.
I got a San Francisco library card!
Also I Google 'Viral Vines' and can watch and laugh for hours on end.
Lengthy phone calls with my faraway best friends, those are lovely too. I get to hear all about law school from Lauren on my way to Target or a party store, and all about LA from Cassandra while we're TV show FaceTiming. It's our new routine. We watch our favorite shows together over FaceTime, how genius is that.
Football's back! Last weekend, Leah and I hit up a bar in the Lower Haight and joined a Stanford watching party. I almost started crying, I was hit with such overwhelming emotion during half time and at the end because everyone was screaming and chanting. I love this community so much. We beat USC, a favorite rival, after a close match and it was the best.
Speaking of Leah, she's been spending weekends adventuring and exploring my new neighborhood with me. I took her to a favorite bakery, and then we walked along the water by the baseball park, then onwards to Chinatown where there was a Mid-Autumn Festival happenin'. We watched the lion dancers, made some paper lanterns, and then scurried on over to a take-out dimsum place. I ordered a container full of my favorites and then we carried our precious cargo over to Washington Square Park (across from Tony's! hands-down favorite pizza in SF) to nosh in the shade. Then, we browsed around in City Lights Bookstore and then trained it home for a long nap.
New bling makes me happy! How cute are these earrings? The Happiness Boutique kindly sent them over, and y'all. I'm in love. I wanted to show some school spirit in honor of our game, but school tees can be kind of blah. Et, voila! A little sparkle is the easiest way to jazz up any outfit. You should've seen how giddy I was when they came in the mail. The delivery people are becoming fast friends. They can tell ya.
My room's my oasis. It still needs some work, but I've been putting up little touches here and there, and I kind of don't ever want to leave it. Problem?
Living with seasoned real-worlders has more than a few perks, but one of the top top top faves have been that they have long arranged for cleaners to come every other week. These cleaners do work! I came home one Saturday to find not a speck of dust on my floor and my bed made to perfection.
Thanksgiving tickets are booked for Seattle! Wincing only a little because man, Thanksgiving flights are steep. But it'll be my first time in Seattle, seeing my sister's new place, and plus I'll be reuniting with the kitties.
Oh, and this weather? Well, it's been fluctuating dramatically. 90's on Monday, 50's on Tuesday, 75 on Wednesday. But on the days it gets low (get low get low get lowwww to the window! to the wall!), I pull on worn, thick sweatpants and a sweater two sizes too big and it thrills me as it chills me.