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June 5, 2018

Currently May 2018

Currently May 2018 - a monthly wrap up on Shutterbean.com!

Goodbye, May. Hello, JUNE!

May was a busy month for me. I have a really exciting project coming up in August and I can’t wait to share that with you, but behind the scenes I’ve been up late at night editing photos, writing and getting stuff done. My brain was in overdrive and we also had so much baseball on top of that. I had a hard time finding my bearings at times.

My Everyday Life: Week 18 on Shutterbean.com

May was filled with adventure. I went to a lot of places with friends and it was a really good distraction from missing my mom on our first Mother’s Day without her.

My Everyday Life: Week 20 on Shutterbean.com

Speaking of Mother’s Day. Ours was mellow, just how I wanted it to be.

I asked for:

  • a clean house (my boys cleaned!)
  • new plants/trip to the nursery
  • takeout dinner
  • time to myself

And I got all of that.

Thank you, family.

It’s a good lesson that if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

June is coming up so that means we have to work on our Summer Bucket List!

Adventures this month:

My Everyday Life: Week 18 on Shutterbean.com

SF Botanical Gardens with my friend Lisa.

Deep dive in the spirit department at Nugget Markets.

My Everyday Life: Week 19 on Shutterbean.com

Sophie James Winery for an awesome In Good Company event.

My Everyday Life: Week 20 on Shutterbean.com

Heidrun Meadery with my new friend, Betany.

My Everyday Life: Week 19 on Shutterbean.com

Farm to Table dinner at Kendall Jackson with my friend Emma.

My Everyday Life: Week 19 on Shutterbean.com

I have a few pictures from the day that deserve their own post!

My Everyday Life: Week 21 on Shutterbean.com

Dinner at Souvla with my friend Gaby.

My Everyday Life: Week 19 on Shutterbean.com

And one of the most exciting parts of the week was my personal tour of Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory!!!

Inspired By:

This #100daysartbeforebreakfast project has been kicking my butt/inspiring me to see beauty. I have to say that I would probably not have noticed all of the flowers in my neighborhood if I wasn’t actively seeking them for my art project. It’s also pretty challenging coming up with something new every day.  But watching my progress is inspiring. Practice makes better. I wish I could go back in time and show past Tracy what current Tracy is into.

My Everyday Life: Week 20 on Shutterbean.com

Watching:

We’re on season 4 of Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose! Having the show on in the background while I edit photos (in bed) has been very pleasurable. We’re almost done with the show….WHAT NEXT??! I kind of want to start Mad Men over and for some reason, I really want to re-watch Boardwalk Empire. I like watching shows set in both of those time periods because they change the landscape of my dreams.

Reading:

I haven’t had much time to read lately. I think that’s what happens when you manage social media on your phone. You’re reading and scrolling and sucked in and even if you have intentions of reading before bed something pulls you back in. I start before bed and then fall asleep or find my mind trailing off into something else. I really want to read a book this summer. Something for fun. I’ve been way into self-help books and it’s not helping. Any recommendations?

My Everyday Life: Week 20 on Shutterbean.com

Thinking About:

The Summer! I’m looking forward to eating outside. I have to finish my bucket list because Summer starts after next week is over.

Listening To:

Been listening to a lot of Cyndi Lauper this month. She’s got the spunk that I need. Cooper really likes her too and that makes me OVER THE MOON happy. We’ve been rocking out to her on our morning commutes.

Favorite Cyndi songs right now:

(this is a Prince cover!)

This one pumps me up.

Cooper’s personal favorite:

For when I need to get my head in the game:

Listening to this as I type- very soothing:

 

Dream Life:

It’s active. I wake up with deja vu a lot. But then I’ll also get these flashbacks of things that happened in my dream. It’s camp. The space is a hybrid of an area in San Anselmo (memorial park?) and somewhere up in Oregon. I don’t know what that means but when I wake up I get the feeling like I went back there the previous night.

My Everyday Life: Week 19 on Shutterbean.com

Eating/Drinking:

Say hello to your new favorite dessert- Granola Cookies! They're buttery, crispy & crunchy. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Granola Cookies

Baked Stuffed Peppers with Feta and Breadcrumbs is a vegetarian dream! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Stuffed Peppers with Feta

Raspberry Frosé made with ingredients from a trip to Nugget Markets. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Raspberry Frose

Self Portrait:

My Everyday Life: Week 20 on Shutterbean.com

May was a beautiful month filled with flowers. I’m so grateful I spent a lot of time noticing them.

My Everyday Life: Week 19 on Shutterbean.com

Currently May 2018 - a monthly wrap up on Shutterbean.com!

Here’s what May looked like last year! 

Lots of events in May. BRING IT ON, JUNE.

SO! Tell me what’s up with you! 

How was your MAY?

What do you want to do in JUNE?

Leave your stream of consciousness in the comments below. It’s fun!

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  • Sally

    The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See was a great read. Learnt a lot about tea and China and and there was a soap opera/family story as well. Wouldn’t have thought it would be my cup of tea () but it was a great summer read.

  • Sara

    Sarah Addison Allen’s books are lovely summer getaway reads. One of my all-time favorite summer books is Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan. One of my favorite absorbing reads is the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Reading is great for managing my anxiety!

    • Tracy

      It helps with my anxiety but my ADHD gets in the way so I don’t always continue when I start 😉

  • Corey

    If you haven’t seen Parenthood I would highly HIGHLY recommend that show. It’s what I watched after I finished FNL. If you’ve already seen Parenthood, then This Is Us, and if you’ve seen that then I’m out of series suggestions. Friday Night Lights is so wonderful though, I want to watch it a third time. eek.

    • Tracy

      We looooooved Parenthood. I miss that show so much! I got into it after Six Feet Under because I needed more Nate Fisher in my life 🙂

  • Rose

    Please read “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Fantastic language, great characters, creative and humorous story and an easy read – not so wordy and lengthy that you can’t get into it immediately. Probably the best book I have read in years and years.

    Love your blog Tracy. Your storytelling, art, photos and recipes are the best!

    • Lisa

      “A Gentleman in Moscow” is great comfort reading, but I vastly preferred his first novel, “Rules of Civility.” It’s a wonderful period piece in New York that transposed me to a beautiful time.

      I’m a passionate, avid reader. If you let me know what you like, I’d love to give some recommendations. Off the top of my head, I loved The Widows of Malabar Hill, What I Saw and How I Lied, The Great Alone, Sunburn, and the Louise Penny mysteries.

    • Tracy

      Thank you, Rose. I just put it on my library list!!!!!!

  • seattleheather

    Love your blog and wanted to let you know that your keep grief weird mantra has really helped me recently. I would not have thought of that concept – you’re brilliant. I’m excited to try to make those stuffed peppers vegan with tofu feta and to give those cookies a go! Your recipes are always winners. 🙂 I’m reading Tampa right now and although it is a page TURNER it’s also a bit salacious – even the cover makes me cringe but it’s getting me back into reading. Someone else recommended the Gentleman in Moscow book to me and Rose’s comment makes me even more compelled to give it a go. Next up after Tampa is Truly Madly Guilty; One True Loves; and First Comes Love. Also, if you’ve not read the Language of Flowers, i think you might appreciate it – your watercolors of flowers are really inspiring to me and reading about different flowers and their meanings was really enjoyable to me as well. Also the Signature of All Things goes into botany and i really loved the deep dive it took as well. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

    • Rose

      I second “The Language of Flowers”. Great recommendation SeattleHeather!

    • Tracy

      Thanks for the tips! Writing these down!!!!!!

    • Tracy

      Thanks for the lovely note!!!! I am so glad that what I do can inspire you. Sending you love & light!

  • Ashley

    I actually just decided to re-watch Mad Men after I’m done going through The Office for the 20th time, so that’s my vote. 🙂 It’s such a good one!

  • Casey

    It was my first Mother’s Day without my Mom, too, and it was HARD. Having distractions helped a lot. The phone call not made, the card not sent – I had my husband buy my stepmom’s card because I couldn’t face that aisle at all for a month. I don’t recall if you have hit the first anniversary yet, but know that you are not alone in grieving someone so close to you.

    • Tracy

      Haven’t hit the first anniversary yet. It will be the day after Thanksgiving (black friday).

      • Tracy

        and thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you were able to have your husband help you during this time. Good job asking for what you need!

  • Megan

    We actually just started rewatching Mad Men…I forgot how dark it gets after the first couple of episodes! I enjoyed “Flaked” on Netflix, mostly because I love Will Arnett. But also I think I’m obsessed with any show set in California.

    I’m on my third Mary Roach book, if you haven’t checked her out, it’s great fun, non-fiction with each book doing a deep dive into human activities and history. I’m really digging “Bonk” right now, and learning a lot. Love her humor on the x-rated stuff.
    https://www.ted.com/speakers/mary_roach

    The fact that your son likes Cyndi Lauper is a total win. Nice work 😉

    • Tracy

      We’re thinking of watching Six Feet Under again (one of my favorites!)
      Thanks for the tip on Mary Roach! Gonna look into it!

  • Lisa

    “A Gentleman in Moscow” is great comfort reading, but I vastly preferred his first novel, “Rules of Civility.” It’s a wonderful period piece in New York that transposed me to a beautiful time.

    I’m a passionate, avid reader. If you let me know what you like, I’d love to give some recommendations. Off the top of my head, I loved The Widows of Malabar Hill, What I Saw and How I Lied, The Great Alone, Sunburn, and the Louise Penny mysteries.

  • Kristen

    Tracy, you got us watching FNL for the first time and we cannot get enough! Coach Taylor’s pep talks and Tami’s strength are exactly what we need right now.
    Have you seen the HBO series Big Love? That’s a good one!

    • Tracy

      YAY!! We loved Big Love. We saw an old Bill Paxton clip (RIP) and it made me miss him/the show!

  • corey

    i can wholly recommend the BBC America show, Killing Eve. only eight episodes, but really gripping storytelling and incredible performances by the two lead actresses!

  • Mary

    If you haven’t watched Jane the Virgin, I would highly recommend it. I found the name sort of off-putting and so only recently got into it, but it’s really great!

  • India

    That note from Cooper…oh my goodness. Parenting dreams right there. Wow. Can’t wait to hear what’s been going on in August!

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