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Thinking Out Loud = Cleaning Out My Photos


When I woke up this morning (at 7:14 am, such a glorious 2 extra hours of sleep!), I couldn’t think of anything to write about. I had decided I would just skip today and carry on with my errands, but I have just returned from Costco and if I don’t share these photos now, I’m not sure when I will get a chance.  In posting these pictures, I also realized there were other abstract ones lurking on my phone, so what better way to randomly bombard you then to link up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud!

1. Today was the first day that I got to use my fancy city-living cart to transport my Costco haul from the garage to my kitchen. It was amazing! I also bought more than normal because I knew I wouldn’t have to carry it all by hand. Whoops.

IMG_1088.JPG2. Neil and I have been talking about having some kind of fancy indoor hydroponic garden, but that dream has never materialized. We were fascinated by the one that they have in Lyfe Kitchen, but again, that seems a bit TOO much. While perusing the aisles today, I came across this and was mesmerized. I am weird though and have to think long and hard about my purchases, so once I mentally prepare I may go back for this.

IMG_1082.JPG3. I decided that I would buy a book since I am done with Wild, so I picked up The Little Friend by the same author of The Goldfinch which I have read and enjoyed. I will report back.


4. There won’t be anyone to include in the next book! Speaking of which, can we get a move on publishing that??


5. Last night we made pizza again. We neither attempted the cast iron skillet method nor rolled the dough as expertly as Neil’s mother, but they turned out decently enough.




6. To anyone living in VA near Leesburg, I am happy to report that the second story of Shoe’s Cup and Cork is open. I had lunch with Carly there last week and it was a charming addition to the already precious downstairs feel.  To anyone not familiar, Shoe’s is a restaurant in downtown Leesburg that exists in what once used to be an old cobbler’s store.  It has been refurbished and brought to life to serve delicious espresso drinks, sandwiches, and salads.  Their desserts also looked tempting, but alas I have not sampled them yet. In the summer they have the cutest secret garden that you can access through a hidden alleyway.  Shoe’s has popped up in the past here and here.



7. This is not worth your time.


8. Neither is this. A disgrace to the majesty that is pesto.

IMG_0882.JPG9. This is, however. I got this bag free at Expo East last year and just finished it.


10. As I mentioned in #2, I like to mentally prepare for what I think are large purchases. I don’t like to spend money frivolously, so I make sure that I REALLY want/need something before I buy it.  I knew I needed winter boots here in Chicago, but took my sweet time deciding what kind. I knew I would probably get Sorels, but WHICH KIND?? By the time I decided there was already snow on the ground and now they are sold out in stores AND online. I have committed in my mind/heart, but it appears I may have decided too late.  If anyone knows where I can get Joan of Arctic boots, I will make you some almond butter. Heck, I may even feed it to you.



I think that is all the random purging I have for today. See you tomorrow for Five Things Friday!!


  • What are some random things going on in your life?
  • Do you take time to decide on purchases or are you a spur of the moment spender?
  • What’s the last book you read?

12 comments on “Thinking Out Loud = Cleaning Out My Photos

  1. Gah! That’s the worst when what you want is suddenly sold out. Story of my life… which makes me think that I need to be more decisive. And that GoT picture seriously made me laugh out loud. I’ve given up on trying to predict who Martin will kill of next. I just try not to get too emotionally attached to any characters 😆
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  2. I like those boots. I wish I had boots in the winter because my paws get so cold. At least I have a fancy coat now.

  3. Where did you get your cart?? Everytime we get back from the grocery store, we comment on how we need one. We have an elevator in our building, so it would be super convenient.

    Last winter, I lusted over the Joan or Arctic boots. I had a really nice pair of UGGs (sturdier than the typical UGGs) … and discovered they weren’t waterproof. I suffered through the rest of the winter (avoided puddles as much as I could), because I could only find Joan of Arctic boots on ebay, and they priced too high for me because they were sold out everywhere else. I ended up buying a pair over the summer for a good price. So, I would say check ebay, but they might be a bit pricier right now.
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    1. I got it at Bed Bath & Beyond. It was great bc the lady at customer service built it for me in the store and then I could just wheel it out. Go for it!

      If I can’t find them this season, I will definitely prepare over the summer. I have an old pair of UGGs that I have been wearing but you are right about them not being waterproof. I even bought waterproofing spray at Target, but it has only minimally helped.

  4. Those Sorels look so toasty! I don’t “need” a new pair but when I do, you know I’ll be buying those. I really want to make homemade pizza now! I might have to stop by TJ’s and get the supplies. Which Costco did you go to? Is there one in the city? haha I stop by Sam’s Club whenever I’m in the suburbs with my parents and stock up on all the essentials (toilet paper, nuts, ya know).
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    1. There’s one in Lincoln Park area on Clyburn that I drive to. It takes about 10-15 min depending on traffic, so it’s not too bad. I called Sorel this morning and they put me on a notify list so hopefully I will get an email that they are in stock and then I can buy them all immediately!

    1. Oh man that would be too serendipitous (idk when the last time I used that word was)! The 8.5 seemed to fit me the best when I tried them on in the store. You can email me at if we have a winner. Thanks for reading!

  5. Do yourself a big favor and don’t buy Sorels unless you try them on first! My friend just bought a pair to use for walking her dog in the cold Chicago weather. She was disappointed in them because they are so clunky and uncomfortable she couldn’t walk very far in them. She aslo said that after a few times in the salt and snow the suede looks awful.

    1. Ive heard some mixed reviews about comfort, but they seemed ok when I tried them on in the store. That’s not giving it a chance to feel how they are after walking around, but it looks like I cant find them now anyway haha. I’m on a notify list for when they come back in stock, so we will see…

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