Five Things Friday #264 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #264

Happy Friday!

How's week 45293284 of quarantine for everyone? There have been some rumblings about moving into phase 3 of our 4-phase reopening plan by the end of the month, which would be exciting. Obviously, I'm still wary and probably won't be rushing out to frolic around the city, but I do feel hopeful that things may be returning to normal(ish) in the coming weeks.

I had a bit of a meltdown earlier this week when we were without hot water for an entire day. What was supposed to only last until 1 pm ended up taking until the next morning, and I had foolishly done a sweaty workout that morning. I felt angry and upset that this was another thing out of my control, and it really took a toll on my the entire day. We've also been having some sleep issues with Miles (I think he's transitioning to one nap), so my sleep had been sporadic for over a week and I was over it. Thankfully, the water was on again the next morning and I had a great day celebrating my 10-year clean date, but these ups and downs are really something. Just wanted to remind you that you have permission to feel however you're feeling during all this.

Here are some of my favorites from this week -- I hope you're all hanging in there. 🙂

1. Chicago's Spring Flowers

As you know, it's been a bit of a downer spending this pandemic in the middle of a concrete city. The weather is warming up and some days the sun makes an appearance, but the scenery has made it a little tough for me if I'm being honest.

Several times throughout the year, the landscape of the city changes to suit the season. New flowers are planted, lights are strung for the holidays, and the scenery changes a little. Most recently, tons of tulips have been planted to celebrate the arrival of spring, and it's definitely helped me feel a little better. I've gone on early morning walks and snapped pictures here and there of all the colors that help offset the dull city tones.

It's not as much nature as I'd like, but I'll definitely take it. 🙂

2. Allbirds Tree Loungers

Neil got me these for Mother's Day and I LOVE THEM. I already have two other pairs, and he has three, so it's safe to say that we love Allbirds here in this house. These are lightweight and breathable and I've been able to wear them on long walks without having to spend a lot of time breaking them in. They're the perfect summer shoe and I've been wearing them every time I go outside.

3. Mrs. Meyer's Laundry Detergent

I use Branch Basics for all the cleaning around my house, and that included their laundry detergent until recently. It was always fine, but lately I was craving something with a small amount of smell because there was literally none with BB. I was also noticing that simple things like banana weren't coming out of clothes, so I figured I'd try something else to compare.

I've always loved the Mrs. Meyer's brand, especially the lavender scent which is weird because I'm not a huge fan of lavender. I picked up some of their detergent at Target and used it last week. I love that the smell is subtle and not overpowering because my nose has gotten super sensitive after backing off of scents for awhile. So far I really like it and plan to continue.

4. Sun In

I shared this on Instagram earlier this week and got a ton of funny messages about hair disasters in middle school. I've never wanted to dye my hair for fear that I'd never be able to get my natural color back, but I did want to lighten it up for the warmer months. Every year I break it out and add it *sparingly* if I blow dry my hair or go in the sun. I'm definitely guilty of being too eager in my youth and causing my hair to turn orange just like every one else.

To answer many questions I got -- yes, they still make it (ha). I've been able to get it at places like Walgreens and CVS, but it's also sold on Amazon if you don't have one near you.

5. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

After I read Educated, I immediately turned to the internet to research characters and see what the world had to say about it. In one of those threads, I heard it compared to another memoir called The Glass Castle, which I hadn't heard of. I looked it up on Amazon and along with being a NYT bestseller, it's another true story of family dysfunction and resilience. Of course I bought it immediately.

I also shared about it on IG and was surprised at the flood of messages about how good it was. Apparently there's also a movie adaptation, which I knew nothing about. I'm still in the first half of it, but it's equally as good and frustrating as Educated, so if you've read that, you'll definitely enjoy this.

That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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