Let’s start with a little bit of housekeeping. After a bit of reflection, I’ve decided to combine by Saturday and Sunday posts, and change the name to be more fitting. I’ve struggled to differentiate between what links “made my week” and what ones were my “favorite internet finds of the week”. This new format will help me share my true favorites with you and still give you a peek of what my week looked like.
Things that made my week:
1. This hat // because I made it!
2. This wine bottle // but mostly the people I drank it with.
It finally happened. I tried to avoid it. I actively worked towards preventing it but I finally caught that horrible winter sickness that everyone seems to be getting.
I’ve spent the past 48 hours bundled up on my couch with countless mugs of tea. When I’m sick, all I want is soup and tea. When I ran out of chicken soup, I did the logical thing – made a big pot of chili using the random assortment of vegetables that were in my fridge.
I love how versatile chili is. As long as you get the seasoning right, and throw in a can or two of tomatoes and some beans, it doesn’t really matter what else you add to it. I personally love broccoli in my chili, if that isn’t your thing, try carrots or squash.
This chili is full of all of the nutrients I need to feel better, perfect for the cold February weather, and absolutely delicious.
The movie Up was based on the story of Edith Macefield’s house. Like in the movie, Edith refused to sell her Seattle home even as the city was, quite literally, built around it. Unfortunately, the house has now been boarded up, vandalized and is in foreclosure. It is a sad end to a cute story and I truly hope that whomever buys the house chooses not to tear it down.
Despite the title, this post isn’t about a Disney movie. It is about connecting to the spaces around you. As my current lease runs up, I’ve spent a lot of time evaluating what I want out of my neighborhood and building. I love that my morning run can be along the Mississippi River and across the Stone Arch Bridge. Public transportation is readily available, Whole Foods is 3 blocks away, and Target is connected via skyway.
I can’t imagine not living in my current apartment again, yet my new lease has remained unsigned. If someone offered me $1 million to move (as they did with Edith), I would take it without much thought. I don’t connect to my space the way Edith Macefield did. Does that mean I should move? I’m not sure. It could mean I just need to work harder at my current apartment, new paint, freshen up the decorations, rearrange a bit. Or it could mean that I’m ready for something new. That’s the point of renting, isn’t it?
I don’t know what I will end up doing, but I most likely need to make a decision in the coming days. Have you ever connected to a space in the same way as Edith? Can you imagine staying put as the whole world changes around you?