This week is gone in what seems like a blink. Wait, January is gone in what seems like a blink! I'm not sure how we got to Friday, but here we are. For my part, it's been fairly calm. I binge-watched Big Little Lies, logged a lot of fireplace time, spent a few hours reading by said fire, attended a writing workshop and ended it all last night with a high-drama PTO meeting.
I hope everyone else had a wonderful, productive (or lazy) and fine-weather week. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the past seven days:
I drank French Press by the fire when I had to get up at 5:50 for an early school run. I honestly believe life is about the little things. I can't do anything about the early school run or my husband's Army schedule, but I can sip my coffee and watch the fire and take my moment. :)
I love that my daily drives take me past such beautiful scenery. Sometimes living in a small town has its challenges, but then I see this and stop and pause and feel thankful.
I take Chris Stapleton with me as I barrel down these country roads, past lakes and over railroad tracks. If only I had a couple of well-trained labs in the back of my car I'd be set. Well, and a gingham shirt and pearl studs. Boots. One arm out the window.
Okay. I'll stop.
I love country railroad tracks. I love the way the trees line them. I drive over them and pause and wonder where they go and who might have ridden these tracks back when people actually traveled by train. When I lived in China, we often traveled by train, sometimes over the course of days, and it was the absolute best way to see the country.
I tried two wines this week. The first, the Trivento, was so bad I couldn't finish the bottle and tossed it. It tasted, to me, like wine that's been left out for a few days. There was nothing redeeming about this wine at all. So, I tried the Callie on a whim. The back label indicates the sweet aroma of toasted marshmallow. I just about died laughing in the wine aisle at Harris Teeter. How could I not buy it? I was trying to stay in the $10-$15 range this week, figuring wine doesn't have to be $20 to be good. After the Trivento disappointment, I was skeptical. I bought the Callie mostly to have a good laugh with my husband over those marshmallow notes. Imagine my surprise when it wasn't bad. Seriously. This is a great, basic white. It tasted, to me, like pear rather than marshmallow, and it had a buttery finish. I'd buy it again. The label itself is fab, no?
On a side note, as I was looking up Callie's website, I saw their tagline: Made for moments that stop time.
Hahaha. Who writes this stuff? In my home, this wine was included in the moments I ate a chicken salad before hustling the kids to ballet and soccer and finishing my meal with peanut butter M&Ms.
Maybe I need some moments that stop time.
In other news.....here are a few tidbits from around the web that made me smile and think this week.
Female Directors: Movies Made By Women To Watch Right Now
What $2,000 a month in rent will get you in NYC. I love her bed.
Are American men get less marriageable?
I love this. As a mom of a 12-year-old daughter, I'm fully on board with #noairbrushing. Finally, brands are beginning to see that we don't want perfection.
This is pretty cute. Makes me almost want to get a puppy (almost).