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WO: Weekly Obsessions

I have no excuse for my lateness except that it’s been an exceptionally insane week of work and personal commitments. I hate to leave you hanging, and even though it’s Thursday on the east coast, it’s still Wednesday where I sit.

I’m weirdly obsessed with the two youngin’s so in love known as Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes. Even if they’re known on another level worldwide than the couples on Bachelor in Paradise, I still “ship” them as the kids say and cannot stop watching their videos.


Señorita has just enough whine to make me cringe at how much I enjoy it


Take the title of my fave ’90s horror flick and I’m sold

I don’t know what the future holds for these two lovebirds but I’ll be weirdly watching and hoping they don’t do any more makeout sessions for the cameras.

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WO: Weekly Obsessions

My mom is visiting this week so it’s only fitting I share a few things I’m already obsessed with during her trip so far. Forgive the lack of visuals, I’m on a deadline and would rather be with Magz than my phone.

  1. The nice weather: Leave it to San Francisco to show up with sunny skies and breezy days upon Magz’s arrival. If it were like this every day, I’d stay forever. Oh wait…
  2. My new niece (still): Yes yes yes I cannot get enough. All the photos and videos and FaceTimes in the world still aren’t enough for me tbh.
  3. Take Your Parent to Work Day: my company’s annual event is tomorrow and I couldn’t be more pumped to show my mom around campus (really!) and see what I even do around here. #Lumbergh
  4. A Raiders Win: The last MNF game at O.Co was a solid W, especially for beating “the donkeys” as my oldest niece calls them. Baby K is also celebrating with a sliiiight middle finger in the air.

WO: Weekly Obsessions

If you’ve been around here a while, you may recall how September holds a smorgasbord of birthdays in my family. Well, add one more to the list because on Monday (the 2nd), my third niece was born!

She is absolutely perfect and healthy and squishy and snuggly and all the things I’ve ever hoped for these girls. Sister-in-Law is doing well, as are Brother and their older daughters.

It’s been an emotional week as we watched Hurricane Dorian decimate the Bahamas and prayed for relief of its residents (not to mention, a slowdown and fade-out before causing any more damage). Little Niec3’s arrival added more tears — albeit happy ones — and the remaining September babies have lots to celebrate as well.

High fives all around, yeah?

toddler and adult doing hand gestures

Stock photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com because Niec3y isn’t ready for Internet fame. 

WO: Weekly Obsessions

I was watching a Bachelor in Paradise wedding and thinking to myself: “What in the actual f—?”

Not because the two villains from their seasons found love with each other.

Not because the reality of reality TV is these people DM each other away from cameras (and Stagecoach was apparently LIT).

And certainly not because I spent last night speed dating (for the story, duh) and walked away with new female friends but no romantic prospects.

I thought WTF because a year ago, the two newlyweds had just met and that means that truly anything can happen in just 365 days.

It’s weirdly beautiful how much can change in a year’s time.

Chris Harrison or not, life has its fair share of drama, its ups and downs. Where you are today isn’t permanent — even if you want it to be. We are constantly changing (for better or worse) and even the most deeply rooted habits or feelings can dissolve or evolve over time.

The important thing, I think, is to do your best with each day you have. Notice the impermanence without judgment. If you feel stuck, remember the only constant is change.

All this philosophizing is brought to you partly by Paradise and partly by the hurricane headed toward my home state. Talk about finding love in a hopeless place, amirite?

WO: Weekly Obsessions

Not to sound like a total downer but is there anything less obsession-worthy than being back to reality? I submit that there is not.

I know, I know. Woe is me. But in all honesty it’s probably for the best that I’m not on a perma-vacation from work and life and all that jazz. Turns out schedules and deadlines kind of help me to thrive. Also turns out I’m incapable of staying awake past 8pm.

So even though I kind of feel like this lady:

I also know it’s good to be back in a routine and the jet lag will eventually subside. The memories are priceless and I wouldn’t trade them for the world, so that’s keeping me motivated to push through the week (and look! It’s already Wednesday!).

What tips do you have for getting back to real life? Let me know in the comments — I could surely use them!

WO: Weekly Obsessions

Our first seven days in Ireland have had their fair share of ups and downs, but as I’ve learned from the Irish to say, “It’ll be grand” and “We’re not here for a long time so might as well make it a good time.” These also remind me of a family favorite saying, “If you’re not having fun it’s your own damn fault.”

Quotations aside, we’ve done a TON of learning and laughing along the way from Dublin to Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and more. We have just a few precious days left here and I know we’re both trying to soak up every second of it (even if it means the 6:45am alarm comes way too soon).

From remembering my Grammy’s passing to my eldest niece starting kindergarten on Monday and tomorrow’s 24th anniversary of my dad’s stroke, it’s been quite the emotional adventure as well. I couldn’t be more grateful, though, to spend the time with my mom in her parents’ homeland and with unforgettable memories in the making.

So, that’s about all I’m obsessed with this week. No breakdown of the four top things, because I could hardly choose from the live music to my bag being returned to the stories to my bag being returned… well, you get the idea.

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Photo by Lukas Kloeppel on Pexels.com

WO: Weekly Obsessions

If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans, right? I’m going into my 12th hour of travel and have only made it to Chicago. Same for my mom and she’s JUST getting off the ground from Orlando.

Our destination? Dublin, Ireland! The luck of the Irish might not be on our side today but I have high hopes the delays will make the destination that much sweeter.

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary since my maternal grandmother passed. I was studying in Ireland at the time and didn’t make it back for the services and to be by my mom’s side. So while my genius idea to take Magz to Ireland for Grammy’s angelversary has gotten off to a rocky start, I have every hope that the next nine days will be incredible.

May the road rise up to meet you 💚🍀