#Grattitude – Week of May 8th, 2020

Here’s this week’s #Grattitudes – a list of what I’ve enjoyed, appreciated, or discovered:

1. daily check-in-

In last week’s email, I mentioned that I would share with you how supportive Brandon’s been. I posted about this on Instagram already, but I thought it was worth sharing here as well.

He has an alarm set at 6pm every evening that reminds him to ask me the following 3 questions: 

  • did I love on you enough today?
  • did I do enough around the house?
  • is there anything you’d like me to do before bed? 

His asking me these questions speaks VOLUMES to my top love language, which is Acts of Service. This routine makes me feel valued, and it also allows me to express my appreciation to him for how he’s shown up for me that day.

We got into a fight a few days ago, and even still, he asked me these questions ????. I couldn’t imagine how hard that must’ve been for him and it immediately softened me up. 

2. car pizza-

We celebrated our 2 year Mauiversary this week by eating our favorite pizza on the island. Located in our neighborhood, it’s pretty much a food cart with a built-in brick oven and they make really good pizza.

Every time we call in our order, it takes about 35 minutes before our pies are ready, but we always go and wait earlier so that it is burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth-hot when it’s time to eat.

Seriously, picking up these pizzas is one thing we’re never late for. We always bring our own spices from home too (Thai ground chili + red pepper flakes!) The only way to eat this is in the car, with the AC off, and no talking.

It’s one of my favorite activities to partake in with Brandon.

3. watercolor journaling-

I’ve been obsessed with watching YouTube videos of people watercoloring in their journals.

I’m currently waiting on my very first watercolor palette to arrive in the mail so I can finally get my hands dirty!

I enjoyed this video I came across recently called Every Watercolor Flower You’ll Ever Need by Shayda Campbell. I like the way she breaks down how to draw each piece, and she does it with such ease that it’s incredibly satisfying to watch.

I’ll definitely be using this as a guide to decorate my own journal pages soon.

4. hot chili oil-

This has been a staple ingredient in creating Asian dishes at home. I love me some hot chili oil, and this one’s got a good kick. It’s based in olive oil, and it’s made in the USA.

My favorite way to use it so far is to add it to mapo tofu instead of the non-spicy-what-is-the-point-of-this chili sauce from Huy Fong Foods (the brand that makes the Sriracha sauce with the green cap).

We got ours from Amazon.

5. Maui Midnight Salad-

Most of my joy comes from food these days, so it’s only right to end this email with my favorite midnight* snack I’ve been craving lately: this salad!

It’s got 1 tomato, 1/2 green bell pepper, olives, pickles, and feta cheese. The dressing is a mix of extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar. I also sprinkle a wee bit of salt and pepper on top.

It’s the perfect blend of refreshing, tangy, and salty for my taste buds. And I don’t feel gross before going to bed, like I used to earlier in my pregnancy when I “needed” to eat 2 bagels with cream cheese and a bag of sour candy.

Brandon also MUST have a bite of it (the perfect bite = 1 of everything) before I go to town on it, and he only recently found out that I never share my olives with him, because I MUST have all 5. Every night. 😛

*midnight on Maui is at like 9pm. Is Maui Midnight an actual thing? No clue. 

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