Favorites,  Life

Five Friday Favorites: Things that keep me warm, drinking less & a Marsh Girl

I don’t even want to talk about the crazy shit that’s been going down in Virginia this past week, so let’s focus on the good stuff, deal?


I’m not always a coffee drinker. I go through phases every few years, picking up a daily coffee habit, weaving it into my daily routine and then, just because, I’ll quit the shit and live a life mostly caffeine-free, minus an occasional cup of tea.

Currently, I’m on the coffee. I got a French press in one of my subscription boxes a few months ago, decided to try it and now, that’s how I drink coffee each and every day, black and French pressed out of my YETI mug.


I love Patagonia as a brand, for a bunch of reasons, especially their very serious commitment to taking care of our wild places, and I decided, back in August, that I needed a Patagonia pullover, so I ordered one right before heading to the Pacific Northwest and scampering through Olympic National Park and I’ve pretty much been living in it since then. It’s cozy without being bulky and one of the most comfortable things I’ve ever owned and it’s also super fantastic for outdoor explorations, as evidenced by the above photo, taken at Shenandoah National Park back in December.


I know it’s super early in the year and I’m planning to read 50-70 books this year, but YOU GUYS, this book is almost assuredly the best thing I’ll read this year. It’s set on the North Carolina coast and tells the story of Kya Clark, called the “Marsh Girl” after she raises herself in the marsh. It’s a beautiful story, especially for a girl who loved to roam wild in the woods.


After drinking gallons of wine in December at various festive events, gatherings and shenanigans, I spent January mostly abstaining. I drank at trivia and a few other events, but I tried to cut out my “just because” drinking.

In general, I feel pretty comfortable with my relationship with alcohol, but I do like to do an occasional check on it and after getting in the not great habit of coming home and having a beer or a glass of wine at the end of the day almost every day, I figured it was about time to do a reset and cut that shit out. So I did. And it was easier than I expected it to be. And I felt great, which was zero percent surprising.

I’m still trying to find the right balance that works for me and that I’m comfortable with. Drinking craft beers and visiting vineyards are some of my favorite hobbies so I don’t want to cut out all the drinking, but I do want to reduce the amount of drinking I do for absolutely no reason other than that I had a shitty day or because it’s part of a (not great) routine.


I didn’t know I wanted a jacket like this until I got one from Trunk Club (affiliate link) back in September, but as soon as I put it on, I was smitten and we’ve been inseparable ever since. It’s very me, this jacket, fits perfectly and makes me look like the girl I want to be and it fits into my goal of adult-ifying my wardrobe with things I absolutely, positively love. (And the price point is reasonable, at $98.)



  • Anita

    I have always wanted a black leather jacket but thought I could never pull it off. You are totally a black leather jacket gal! I’ve been on the ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ holds list at the library way too long and I’m pretty sure they’re estimating around eight months before I’ll get it. Putting this on my Amazon wishlist!

  • Stephany

    Oooh, your mention of Patagonia has prompted me to look into their rain jackets, since I’ll need something good for my trip to Ireland in May.

    I’ve heard so many rave reviews of Where the Crawdads Sing that I know it’s moving up on my TBR list. Sounds great!

  • Kristin

    Yes to Patagonia and good environmental stewardship!

    I also like to do a periodic check on my relationship with alcohol. I love wine and beer tastings, a social drink, and having wine with dinner. The one I had to cut out was having wine while I was cooking – talk about your consumption of empty calories, and the longer the recipe takes, the more you sip!

  • tinna

    I’m finding myself opting more and more to the nonalcoholic bevs, but I still have such a love for craft beer, wine and cocktails. 🙂 That black leather jacket looks great!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.