It's been a quick week over here. Monday and Tuesday were spent at home, as my son was sick with a fever and sore throat. We hung out at home, which was actually sweet and low-key. The remainder of the week I hustled to make up for those lazy days, and that was kind of nice in its own way.
There were two highlights to the week. First, I'm excited to write over at one of my favorite blogs, Wit & Delight. I read W&D on the daily, so having my own article included on the blog is an honor. I wrote about Mental Fitness: Developing a Balanced Mental Health Regimen. Seriously - who doesn't need that?
Second, I found a wine I like so much I bought another bottle last night. I'm loving this whole wine-a-week year because I'm going beyond the usual suspects and breaking out of my wine rut. I'm trying types of wine I'd previously declared 'not my style' and finding I don't have a style at all. That's nothing short of liberating.
Otherwise, I'm reporting solid sunshine this week, which meant long walks with Sandy and some outdoor sitting, books, wine and coffee included. I hope your week has been equally lovely, if not more so.
Here are a few bits from the past seven days:
The wine (J Winery 2017 Pinot Gris). I grabbed it because it was in the chilled section, and I was serving dinner in under an hour. It had a tag indicating it got 94 points from people who know wine well enough to allot points. I wasn't hopeful, though, because (as you know) I'm not a huge fan of whites, even less so of rose, and this wine had a certain rose tint. Still, I was in a hurry and the points gave it some legitimacy. Readers - we loved it. It's just crisp enough, just sweet enough, just delicate enough to make you think the afternoon in the sun with the dog and the kids and the wheel of brie is the finest moment on earth.
But really - it's very good. I'm putting it in my Top 10 of the year so far. Also, that's the amount of wine I drink each night. Seriously. Any more than that, and I can't rally for bedtimes and homework and dishes.
I got this green smoothie and these gluten-free muffins at the local health-food store, thinking I was being so good to my body. An hour after drinking that smoothie I was feeling some regret in the form of bloating and pain. Do smoothies do that to anyone else?
I was feeling pretty good during a Barre 3 workout, so I thought I'd take a pic for my IG account. I was truly humbled by that middle-aged vein in my forehead. When did that start happening?
I've been trying to clean fully this past week. Instead of leaving the sink with a dish or two or the counters half-wiped, I'm trying to fully clean each room. It's incredibly satisfying to see the entire kitchen clean, if only for an hour. There's something to completing a task and being done with it that is soothing. It takes more time, yes, but I find myself much less anxious when at least one room in the house is in order. Also, my sister suggested that Rohl faucet when we were building this house, and it doesn't disappoint. The new barstools are peeking out there. :)
I made Smitten Kitchen's Salted Brown Butter Krispie Treats last night, much to the applause and delight of my entire family. They're the easiest, quickest dessert I make, taking all of 4 ingredients and maybe 10 minutes. These things are RKT all grown up. I've never had someone not like them, and most people do a double-take when they taste them. These are not your margarine-infused, marshmallow-fluff coated RKT. These are legit.
That's it for me. Here are a few bits from around the web I've been looking at this week:
According to Modern Mrs. Darcy, these 15 Literary Novels are page turners. I've read Plainsong (one of my all-time favorite books) and Stay With Me (which I review here). I started Rules of Civility and couldn't bring myself to read more than a few pages; though many people I know loved it. And I also began Station Eleven, but I was also reading The Road. That's isn't fair to Station Eleven, now is it? I'll have to go back to this list, however. It does look intriguing.
I appreciated this article in Darling Magazine: How I Keep The Internet From Ruling My Life.
That's it from my little spot in the world. I hope everyone has a slow, leisurely weekend ahead of you...filled with on-point pinot gris, cups of French press and heaps of sunshine.