Buongiorno, Firenze!

Buongiorno, Firenze!

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Thoughts before I leave for a month.

Of course, my OCD self is all packed and I have checked that I have my passport approximately 453 times.

My flight is at 4:30. I’m sitting here and just wondering how early I can go to the airport.

Also, I love traveling, but I hate the traveling process. I haven’t even processed that I’m leaving for a month in ITALY because I’m more nervous about making my connection.

Checked again and passport is still there.

What am I forgetting?

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I am determined to not check bags for my month long trip to Italy.

I’m either well organized and economical or just plain crazy.

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Four different states. Two different coasts. Many years later. But we come together and nothing has changed. These girls still make me laugh harder than anyone.

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Day = made.

Day = made.

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Things that make me happy in this moment: clean green grass (not an easy feat in the city), my bike next to me, a book about Italy, the evening sun coming down, the jazz band playing for free.

Things that make me happy in this moment: clean green grass (not an easy feat in the city), my bike next to me, a book about Italy, the evening sun coming down, the jazz band playing for free.

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I swear, the lilies I bought to celebrate my birthday last week get more beautiful each day.

I swear, the lilies I bought to celebrate my birthday last week get more beautiful each day.

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It has been for-ev-er since I’ve shared some recipes I’ve cooked with you. Oops. Here are some that I’ve made in the past few months. (Also, I just realized that I apparently am on an Asian food at home kick.)

Recipe #8: Slow Cooker Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup
Super easy, very flavorful. I didn’t at all mind eating this for dinner a few nights in a row. I added a little bit of asparagus to it cause I had it laying around, and I liked the extra veggie touch. Would make a great fall soup.

Recipe #9: Vegetarian Tikka Masala
This recipe was okay. Good if you’re craving the flavors of tikka masala and want a healthier version at home, but I probably won’t run to make again.

Recipe #10 : Thai Quinoa Salad
A great summer salad. Easy and light, which made it a perfect lunch on a hot day. It would never be enough for me for a full dinner, so feel free to add chicken or serve as a side dish.

(All pics from the respective websites)

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I gave up caffeine at the beginning of the summer and haven’t had it since.

Flash forward to this morning when I could not figure out what felt so wrong with me and I realized I forgot to say “decaf” when I got my iced coffee. I had drunk about 1/3 of it, but that’s all it took to make me feel dizzy, spacey, and just off. I never realized what a powerful thing caffeine is until I stopped putting it in my body…

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One week from today I’m off on my adventure in Florence, Italy!
I’m just starting to wrap my head around the idea that I have an entire month there to explore. I have a couple things booked already (including two nights at an apartment in a villa in Tuscany!) but would love any ideas of things to do, see, eat, etc. And just get prepared for photos of ALL of the pasta and wine and gelato (okay, and some pretty views, too).

One week from today I’m off on my adventure in Florence, Italy!

I’m just starting to wrap my head around the idea that I have an entire month there to explore. I have a couple things booked already (including two nights at an apartment in a villa in Tuscany!) but would love any ideas of things to do, see, eat, etc. And just get prepared for photos of ALL of the pasta and wine and gelato (okay, and some pretty views, too).

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