Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things.

It feels like this week has flown by! Time has felt so weird the last few months, with it going by either really slowly or super fast. It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of July. It feels like summer is half over already! School usually starts back up here at the beginning of September, so that really only leaves August for summer before fall unofficially arrives.

Celebrating my dad’s birthday

My dad, brother and I got together this weekend to celebrate my dad’s birthday. It was a big one because he turned 70! It was really nice to be able to spend time together and make sure that my dad knows how much my brother and I love and appreciate him. He’s been a great dad and done so much for both of us.

We started off the day with my dad’s requested breakfast – croissants from a little Belgian bakery downtown. I actually picked up frozen dough, popped them into the fridge on Saturday night so that they’d be defrosted, and baked them up on Sunday morning. The whole kitchen smelled amazing! And of course they tasted delicious too.

We did a lunch/dinner combo meal mid afternoon. My dad requested barbecued hamburgers with all the fixings – lettuce, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. As for sides we had pasta and potato salads, a couple different kinds of melon, chips, and beer. It was a really good meal and the perfect way to celebrate a summer time birthday. And of course we had to have some birthday cake for dessert. I baked up a boxed vanilla cake for him and topped it with his requested vanilla frosting.

The perfect striped summer top

I ordered this striped v neck tee from Old Navy (affiliate link) last week. I should have waited because it just went on sale. Oh well, if I couldn’t get a great deal on it, at least you can. It looks like the perfect summer shirt for those hot days. Mine should be arriving later today. You know who’ll be checking the front door to see if it’s been delivered yet. This week has been hot weather wise, so I’ve been all about the shorts and t shirts to try to stay cool. It’s definitely a challenge here in Calgary because most houses don’t have air conditioning.

Getting into nail polish again

In an attempt to deal with some anxiety that I’ve been experiencing, I’ve been trying to come up with things I can do to distract myself or take my mind off of what I’m worrying about. It’s been a struggle to find those things, but I may have come up with one this week! It’s been ages since I last spent time doing my nails, but I thought I would see if it would help the anxiety.

I used to paint my nails all the time in high school. I almost always had nail polish on them. I still did them, though less frequently in university. Since then though, I haven’t done them all that often. I thought it would be worth a try to do my nails more regularly again. I bought two colors from Essie. I opted for the transparent shade (affiliate link) to test first because I’m so rusty at doing them. I got nail polish all over my fingers. I hope it come back to me pretty quick because I also bought a pretty pink shade that I want to put on next. I tried the Expressie line because it’s quick dry. I always had a hard time waiting for nail polish to dry, so I was excited to try it. So far it’s lived up to my expectations and I’m impressed!

I also bought some Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil (affiliate link). I’m still dealing with super dry hands from all of the hand washing that has become the new normal. I knew that if I was going to be doing my nails with any regularity I might as well work on my cuticles at the same time. They were/are in rough shape. I’ve been using it daily for the last few days and I think I’m seeing a difference already.

I’ve also been trying to work on some counted cross stitch projects too. I haven’t touched them in a really long time either, but it seems to be helping to have something to focus and concentrate on when I’m having a tough time turning off the anxious thoughts. We’ll see how that goes! If you have anything activities that have been a good distraction for you when dealing with anxiety I would love to hear about them. It’s surprising hard for me to come up with ideas.

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