The week has, unsurprisingly, flown by. I hustled with school work, writing projects and preparing for Thanksgiving. I neglected workouts and water, and boy am I feeling it. Is someone a little puffy today? Someone is. We spent three hours last night listening to old 70s and 80s rock songs, which I’d pull up on Spotify and play bits of before letting everyone guess the song. We then got tennis rackets out for air guitar solos and all managed to get through AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long.
I know. You didn’t know that side of me. Now you do. My kids were super horrified. I imagine that will come up in therapy in their twenties.
Everything else was business-as-usual around here…wine, Sandy and solid meals. Here are a few pics:
I tried this wine at a party last week. It’s legit. Solid. I drank two glasses, though, and at 43, two glasses of wine throws me into a tailspin the next day. I’m loving the year of wine, but goodness, I am feeling it some days. I’m giving this a 7/10 and have no clue how much it cost.
I woke up this morning to men working in the kitchen. Coffee was poured from our jumbo French press. A Command Sergeant Major whipped up omelets and potato cakes. I added some chipotle apple butter, which really worked a treat.
Nothing smells better than mugs of freshly brewed coffee on a kitchen counter.
Sandy is enjoying the extra attention that comes with having two sets of extra hands for petting. As long as you continue petting this dog, she remains glued in one spot.
I’m going to save you all some time and money and say: gluten-free pie crust falls into the not-worth-it category. It wasn’t awful, but I wouldn’t bother with it again. I will say, a friend suggested I look on Cup4Cup’s website for recipes that work well with that flour. I may have to do that. The Texas Sheet Cake was such a hit I can’t give up on it forever.
That’s it for me. The holidays are truly upon us. We’ve got weeks (weeks!) until Christmas.
Here are some gems from around the web, a few of which were forwarded to me from my friend Jane, the one who is living abroad, working full-time, raising a family and still has time to keep up on reading, current events and maintain friendships. See. My friends inspire me.
Puberty for the Middle Aged. This is a NYT’s opinion piece, and is hilarious and sobering at the same time, like all good things are. My favorite quote:
Eventually, your pubic hair is going to thin out everywhere but on the bikini line, exactly the opposite of what you’ve always wanted.
More from the NYT’s - 100 Notable Books of 2018. I’ve read a total of 2, and Jane recommended one of them!
I’m all about coziness this fall. I’ve debated getting new furniture with this new house, and right now, things are just a notch above college-level-living. But with a dog who is older and whom we let on the furniture, I don’t know that I want to invest in new things, particularly a the price-points I’m seeing these days. So I may just work with what I’ve got, embracing this season of life, dirty paws and all. To that long-winded point, A Practical Guide to a Hygge Inspired Home.
For a gorgeous visual of said-Hygge, see this post (which I can’t actually read).
This article on career advice is great because the advice is solid. I loved it. I like this advice:
* Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. No one thinks bad of you if you’re into nerdy [things] as long as you don’t drag them into it. You play D&D right? Don’t be ashamed of it, as long as you don’t start talking to everyone about paladins and wizards and [other high fantasy things]. At the same time be cool with whatever other people like and if you’re even halfway interested dig in with them a little. Nothing better than finding someone who at least somewhat shares an interest with you.
That’s it for me. I hope everyone had a lovely, gentle Thanksgiving, including more chatting and relaxing than cooking or hustling. I love this time of year, and I’m grateful every single day for sunshine, clean air, the hot water coming out of my faucet (even if it takes a while), our healthcare and the people I have in my life, near and far.