Happy Friday, Ambitious Fam! I learned that yesterday was the last 8pm sunset of the year for the East Coast and wow, does that make me feel conflicted. The long days of summer are drifting away and taking all its magic with it. I hope that you continue to enjoy as many hours of sunlight as you can, while you can.
Here are five things that gave me all the feels this week:
Family Vacation to Cancún
Remember that time I said that I wasn’t taking any international trips in 2023? Wellll I tripped and fell into Mexico for my second international trip of the year. This trip was actually a family vacation with my dad, stepmom, and sibs. The littles are getting older, so I appreciated being able to have this time with them. Some of my favorite moments included playing aqua volleyball with the fam (and resort strangers), and having quiet beach moments with my sisters. My little brother helped me improve the art of the underwater push off (listen, I can swim, but this was a cute moment to enhance skills). I caught a few sunrises, spent so much time in the pools, and hung with some parrots. It’s rare that I actually vacation (I would consider myself to be more of a traveler), so it was nice to have a few days to just be with my family in a beautiful setting.
Ending Vacay with a Bang
I ended our vacation with a bang…and by bang I mean the sound of my body hitting the ground. Ouch is an understatement. Right before checking out of the resort (around 8:30 am), I went to place our bags in front of our airport shuttle. As I made my way back to the front desk, I slipped, hyperextended my left knee and twisted a bit as I crashed to the ground. Super embarrassing. Super painful. I’ve been confined to the couch and braces while nursing my knee back to health over this past week. Luckily, it does seem to be getting better with each passing day and I don’t think anything was torn.
Return of Callie’s Pumpkin Spice Biscuits
Now that my final vacay of summer is over, I’m totally ready to launch into fall mode. One of my favorite pumpkin treats is making its return—the Pumpkin Spice Biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit! They are supposed to drop a limited release on Monday, August 21st and I’m so excited that they’re back! You can store them in your freezer for months, so no worries if you’re not in the pumpkin spice mood quite yet. If you want to see my taste test, watch this reel. I also have an affiliate link if you would like to try them for yourself (click here)!
Heartstopper + Red, White & Royal Blue
I have been in a deeeeeep Heartstopper and Red, White & Royal Blue wormhole since they were released (on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and I don’t see myself breaking out anytime soon. The storylines give me so many different feels but in the complexity of emotions, there is an immense amount of comfort. I’m happy that these stories exist out in the world and I am living for this era of bicons. Have you watched them yet?
Speaking of Red, White & Royal Blue, the movie (and tiktok edits) convinced me that I needed to purchase and read the collectors edition of the novel by Casey McQuiston. I have read a book by them before (One Last Stop) but I haven’t jumped on the RWRB train until now. I’m still working through my summer reading list and I’ve added two more books to my TBR since then. My TBR shelf overfloweth with good reads and I have no idea how I’m going to get through them all. I’m feeling a book buying van coming on because this is getting out of hand. At least I don’t have an excuse to miss my reading goal this year!