3.19.18 6

Random Thoughts

A bit of a random post today, because it’s 9:34pm EST and I’m currently on a plane that just took off from Dallas an hour late (with no explanation, at that–come on, Southwest!) and really wish I could follow my typical Sunday routine, which would mean getting into bed in about ten minutes and reading before going to sleep by 10:30. I think I’ve alluded to it on here before, but I’m definitely a morning person over a night person and aim to wake up between 6 and 6:30 (the exact time depends on when I get to bed, as hitting that eight hours is always the goal)–especially on Sundays, since it’s your chance to set the tone for the week.

It feels silly to complain, though, as we’ve been on so many fun trips lately and just spent the weekend with my parents in Dallas. We were in town for one of my former coworkers’ weddings (she grew up in the area, too), and it’s really special being able to witness someone you care about tie the knot. Having an excuse–and of course, a place to stay–to see the fam is always nice, as is any trip that lets you eat Tex-Mex twice and In-N-Out once in three days.

So with all that, the blog has sort of felt like a back burner item. I truly don’t know how people who travel regularly can keep up–I feel like I’m flying by the seat of my pants in all aspects of life right now. One thing I love about blogging is the ability to take and share high-quality, original photos, and that hasn’t really been possible lately. Thanks to four glorious upcoming weekends in DC, I’m excited to a) bring back outfits for spring (YAY) and b) shoot some photos tied to content that’s been on my editorial calendar. For now, here’s another post with one more iPhone photo as the feature image (but it’s with J’s iPhone 8+, which is arguably better than my DSLR!) and some ramblings to start the week…

BTS ON THE BLOG

Speaking of editorial calendars, I’m thinking of canceling my CoSchedule membership and switching to a simple Google Cal. CoSchedule has been amazing over the years, and it’s really special to watch a service you adapted early on, grow into something much, much larger. The thing is that they’ve added a range of capabilities that I don’t really need anymore, and that in turn has naturally jacked the price up. Thanks to credit from a couple of referrals, I’m currently paying $17 and change a month–not a ton, but it certainly adds up. Carly shared how she organizes her blog content and I think it’s the push I finally needed to save myself a few bucks a month and rework my system.

MIRROR, MIRROR

I’ve mentioned them before, but we just purchased this mirror from One of a Find Charleston. It was under $50 and is apparently really lightweight, which was really important because I hate the idea of nailing something super heavy onto the wall…eeek. I also love rattan/cane and we’ve been looking for an entryway mirror for a really long time, so fingers crossed it fits where we want it to!

We also got our TV console from One of a Find…I just realized I don’t have photos of it on the blog or social, so will try and get some up soon! It’s a beautiful vintage cabinet thats custom lacquered gold + white and rang up under $700 with white glove delivery from North Carolina. A steal compared to the $1k “deals” we were finding from Wet Elm.

WIFI ON PLANES

This is particularly relevant at my present moment, but what are your thoughts on buying wifi on planes? Until Friday morning–when we took the 7am from DCA to DAL–there was only one other time I’d ever splurged on airplane wifi, and it actually ended up going out mid-flight so I got no work done and had to request a refund. But on Friday, I pre-paid for internet and got so much done–blog stuff, freelance stuff, and over an hour of work for my 9-5 (Tip: depending on the airline you’re flying, try and see whether prepaying for wifi is an option because it can save you a few bucks…the prepaid rate was $16, and it was over $25 if you’d bought it inflight.) And now, I just paid $8 for wifi on our way back to DC!

I was telling my dad this weekend that I never thought I’d be someone who bought into this little luxury, and he reminded me of what I used to remind J when he’d get wifi on planes…why not use 35,000 feet as an opportunity to truly unplug? While I generally plan to stay in that camp, I do now see the benefit of paying a few bucks to take advantage of precious, focused time; plus, I’d surely have fallen asleep for part of Friday morning’s flight, thanks to a poor night of sleep before, and that’d have messed up my bedtime that night.  And right now, I’m writing this blog post that 100% would not be going up at all if it wasn’t for this little window of uninterrupted time (because this weekend I just pretty much unplugged entirely!). What do you think: get the wifi if you know you’ll be productive, or use it as an excuse to digital detox?

SHAKE SHACK OR IN-N-OUT?

I posed this burning question as an Instagram poll the other day and Shake Shack won by over 10%, which really surprised me! J reminded me that most of my followers probably reside on the east coast but I was surprised because for awhile, the votes were practically tied. While both are Top 10 Burger status for sure, I give In-N-Out the edge because the burger has a little more “to it” and it’s less greasy. Both fries are a tie in my book (maybe In-N-Out by a margin because less grease but still delish), In-N-Out shakes >>>> Shake Shack shakes, and of course, you can’t forget the price difference…In-N-Out is a steal. On what side of the burger battle do you fall??

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If you made it this far, thanks for listening to my ramble–have a great start to your week, and cross your fingers we get a real snow day in DC on Wednesday!

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  1. Ashlee wrote:

    Huge proponent of in-flight wifi, but a big reason why is because I generally always fly Southwest (or at least try to). $8 for a few hours of uninterrupted productivity is definitely worth the money in my book! I love using the flying time to relieve a few stresses before landing (answering any unaddressed emails) and then on my way home, I love being able to clear out everything in my inbox(es) before landing! Glad y’all had such a great trip home!!

    Ashlee

    Published 3.19.18
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    • Monica wrote:

      So true! $8 is such a steal, too, though I’ll admit that my $16 one worked nearly twice as fast speed-wise :)

      Published 3.21.18
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  2. Heather wrote:

    I totally feel you on the back burner blog thing this month!! I had a freak out this morning when I realized how much I want to do v. how much I realistically have time for given our travel schedule. But, April is also bringing several weekends in town for me, too! Who knew we’d be so excited about staying put?!?!

    Published 3.20.18
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    • Monica wrote:

      Hahaha yep! I’m always in awe of your travel schedule! Can’t wait to hear all about Ireland :)

      Published 3.21.18
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  3. katie wrote:

    Woohoo for staying put! I only buy wifi on planes when I am traveling for work and need to get something done. Otherwise, I use it as a good excuse to check in on my Kindle!

    I like Shake Shack and In & Out for different reasons — but hoping In & Out breaks into the DC market soon!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Published 3.20.18
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    • Monica wrote:

      I was totally in the exact same camp, so idk! Curious to see if this keeps up.

      Published 3.21.18
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