Happy Friday!! How’s everyone’s week been? If I’m being totally honest, mine has been a little rough. Nothing major and most definitely first-world problems, but there have been a lot of little aggravations that have tied up my time and attention this week.
Luckily, I have a knack for turning negatives into positives. It’s almost like a challenge to me, seeing if I can find the silver lining no matter the situation. It’s definitely a skill that requires practice! With that theme in mind, I’ve decided to mention some of those aggravations in the form of Friday Favorites today. I’ll be linking up with Heather, so head on over and see what others are loving this week when you’re done here.
I wanted to pull my hair out over the blog this week. I went to update my wordpress and something happened. I don’t know what. All I know is that I couldn’t log into the dashboard afterwards and nothing I did worked. I was at work when this all happened, so I used the online chat feature with my host company to try and figure out what was wrong. It took them almost an hour, finally telling me “something went wrong” (no shit, Sherlock) and that they’d need me to pay to restore my entire blog.
Long story short, they restored it to Sunday, meaning I had to re-post Monday and Wednesday’s posts. If you commented, I apologize, but those comments are now gone. The silver lining, though, is that I only lost two posts in the process, they were able to fix it, and now things are working again. Hooray!
So if you don’t have a Marriott rewards credit card, or any other travel related card, I highly recommend them. I have been hoarding my points for several years and finally had enough for one of their vacation packages, which include 7 free nights and enough airline miles for 2 round-trip international tickets!
After much frustrating back and forth the other day to try and get the resort I wanted and being told different things, I eventually gave up and decided to go with a different option. The silver lining is that we have now booked a hotel and are going to Paris this May for our anniversary!
I’m so pumped! We should have our flights booked pretty soon, but I’m really excited. It’s not the location we wanted to be in, but it’s a free hotel so who the heck cares. If you’ve ever been to Paris, send me your tips.
Christmas Stations on Spotify
I mentioned earlier in the week that I’ve been all over the Christmas stations on Spotify. Someone asked about my favorites and I’d definitely have to say the Christmas Cocktails station is the one I’ve had on the most! It’s great for…..well, having a cocktail, but I like having it on in the house when I’m getting dinner ready. Or while Riley’s getting dinner ready. The Acoustic Christmas one is also really good for when you’re at work. It’s good background music that’s not too distracting.
So the other night, when nothing had gone right that day, I called Riley and said that the grocery shopping I’d planned to do was just not going to happen that night. Sensing my pitiful emotional spiral, he suggested we go out for dinner.
We went to Craft 31, where we split some mozzarella breadsticks, which were amazing. I also ordered a crabcake sandwich with truffle parmesan fries.
I ate most of the fries, but was too full to eat most of the sandwich. It was just nice to unwind, forget about the blog possibly never loading again, and have a glass of wine!
Ok, so this one isn’t a “favorite” per se, but it’s worth mentioning because some of you may have noted the passing of John Glenn this week. John Glenn went into space in 1962 and, fun fact, my grandfather knew him.
Yep! My granddad was a literal rocket scientist. He worked for NASA for over 50 years as an aeronautical engineer and spent a lot of time with the early US astronauts. As I was explaining this to Riley last night, I found myself googling their names together and found several articles about John Glenn’s death that quoted my grandfather and others written several years ago referencing their relationship.
My grandfather worked at NASA into his 80s and passed away in 2013. I miss him terribly, but am so proud of all of his accomplishments. I’d like to think I take after him intellectually, since he was one of the smartest people I knew, but sadly I only got a C in college physics. For the record, that was the only “C” I got in college.
And that’s about it for the week! I’ve got a fun weekend planned, starting with my friend’s birthday celebration tonight. There will also be some brunch in there along with finishing up my Christmas shopping. Have a great weekend?
What’s one thing that made you happy this week?
Have you finished Christmas shopping?
Who’s a family member you’re especially proud of?