This week has had its ups and downs. It’s been a relatively calm and peaceful week with lovely weather (even the rain today isn’t depressing). But, I’ve come down with a little cold and am suffering a shockingly sore throat. Add to that a recipe bomb (more later) and a wine I don’t love, and we’ve had some pitfalls. All-in-all, though, we’re all relatively healthy, warm, dry and safe with our Sandy-girl, so I’m not complaining one bit.
Here are a few pics from the week….wine and recipe included:
We had some more dramatic morning fog this week. Maggie asked to listen to music today rather than Audible. I agreed for today only. Otherwise, we have to be expanding our minds rather than flipping stations and listening to radio DJs. Still…this fog and trees and whole Wuthering Heights scenery is beyond.
In an attempt to get some fluids in me and soothe this throat, I’ve been drinking hot water with lemon, fresh ginger and honey. It’s so comforting, and that mug is from Beijing, where Maggie and I once spent a week in a fancy-pants hotel and got lost in the hutongs and then drove around for 2 hours on a wild-goose-chase to find Western food. Good times.
I had high hopes for this Spicy Chocolate-Chip Hazelnut Cookie recipe and spent over $20 on the ingredients, shocked to find hazelnut flour in our smallish town. Alas, nobody in our house cared for the flavors (even if people in the blogosphere rave), so we tossed these cookies. I know. Sad. It takes a lot for me to toss a cookie, but I always think of treats in terms of whether or not they’re worth it. Calories. Fat. Damage to my skin via sugar consumption. The list goes on. These, in the end, didn’t make the cut.
This wine was okay but not my taste. It’s spicy (which I like) but there was something I just couldn’t get behind in this wine, and my husband didn’t care for it either. I’m giving it a 5/10. It’s definitely drinkable and some may like it very much; it just wasn’t for me. I’m starting to wonder if my taste is off this week due to an impending cold?
Finally, to end this all on a good note, I came home from dropping Maggie off at school to find my husband had set out an umbrella for me to use to day, as it’s raining. Marriage can be a slog sometimes, and then you walk in and someone has set out an umbrella. I stood in the kitchen (still in my bathrobe) and felt such a sense of comfort in knowing someone cares about me enough to make such a gesture. It’s the little things that hold us all together.
That’s it for me this week……
I’ve been back perusing the web as I lay in bed swallowing dramatically with this painful throat, digging into articles and through blogs. Here are a few bits that got me thinking:
A hack for creatives to be….creative. I was skeptical when I saw the title (Medium seems to be the same articles over and over again), but I clicked and can ‘see’ how this would totes work for anyone wanting to dig deep, even if it’s not writing or painting.
This woman took her baby and her beautiful self to Cambodia. This travel guide reminded me of my visit to Siem Reap almost 20 years ago, a young Peace Corps volunteer on vacation, riding on the back of a moped for a week, staying in a $5/night guesthouse (with a friend) and drinking wine while watching the sun go down behind the temples. It was one of the best trips of my life.
I’ll be getting a new driver’s license in a few weeks. I had to make an appointment at the DMV because, when I casually strolled in on a Tuesday, the wait was a minimum of 3 hours. I guess these new Real ID cards are causing major backups. Does anyone have one? Anyway….here are tips for a decent driver’s license picture. I did some eye rolls at some of the suggestions (a selfie session) but then the hair tips seem legit.
I’m torn about Ina Garten these days. I used her cookbooks for years, and then for some reason, I sort of went ‘off’ her. I don’t know. All of her stuff seemed to be the same version of the same stuff - laden with fat and sugar and gluttony. But she’s got a new cookbook out, and I’m tempted. Anyone else a Barefoot Contessa fair-weather fan? I might try the chicken thigh recipe on the Amazon page and report back.
One of my favorite blogs is: A Model Recommends. Here are 5 products that changed her skin. I’ve long seen Paula’s Choice show up on lists but have hesitated. I may try this brand now. If you’re not reading A Model Recommends, try it. She’s a wonderful writer, and she writes about more than beauty.
I hope everyone is staying dry, cozy and warm today, looking forward to an excellent bottle of wine and solid coffee consumption. I’m off to have my hair done and am anticipating a beloved house guest.