Itâ€™s Friday and Iâ€™m working from home today, sitting in my black-walled bedroom with Rocky snuggled up next to me. Chubs is in the next room over, listening to Christmas music. Whatâ€™s new with you? Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s new with me:
1. Short But Sweet NYC Trip: I just booked a very last-minute flight to New York for Biancaâ€™s Christmas party. Iâ€™m also excited to meet Galaâ€™s new dog, Cleopatra! I just texted her and told her to add â€œpet Cleo 500 timesâ€ to our to-do list next Friday. 😉
2. Editorial Design Times: Work-wise, Iâ€™m balancing a few large editorial design projects at once but thanks to an ongoing obsession with magazines, those never really feel like work. To be honest though, Iâ€™m ready to wind down for the year after next week and take a legit break. Yessss.
3. Car Search: Joey and I are looking at cars and thinking about buying a Kia Optima â€” everyone we know with a Kia says theyâ€™re super reliable and Iâ€™m at that point in my life where I view a car as a way to get from point A to point B â€” practicality is everything. Do any of you own a Kia and have feedback on how you like them?
4. Kitchen Remodel: Weâ€™ve been putting off the biggest renovation job of all in our house, a new kitchen. Thereâ€™s a reason why Iâ€™ve never shared a single kitchen photo during the seven years weâ€™ve had this house: itâ€™s a legit hot mess. Time to rip it out this Winter!
Iâ€™m off to talk to Erika and find something new to watch on Amazon Prime (anything youâ€™re obsessed with? With all the choices, Iâ€™m never sure what to watch next.)
Have a great weekend!
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