This week was gone in a blink. I'm not even sure how it's Friday. It's also a half-day for my son at school, so I've got some serious hustle going on this morning. Luckily we're bathed in sunshine; Sandy is flopped beside me, and we've got a pot of French press beside us.
Here are a few bits from our week:
This is full-blown PMS grocery shopping. Those Think Thin bars really balance out the M&Ms, right? Imagine what the grocery checkers think when we all pass through. Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall inside their heads?
Someone took a soccer ball to the eye last Sunday during a tournament. He had to get new glasses and has a real shiner. Being a kid is tough.
Last Sunday I wrote about an article I read listing good wines for $12 or less. I learned about a white grape grown in Portugal called the Vinho Verde. I hopped over to the local wine store and asked the buyer there all about it. He likes this wine on a summer day and says it's a solid buy. Though he didn't have the exact wine in the article, he gave me this Aliança to try. I was excited, so on the hottest day this past week I opened it up. It was okay. I'm not a huge fan of anything sparkling: water, champagne, soda. This has a light sparkle to it, a little reminiscent of champagne but not quite so sweet or strong. I definitely felt it had less alcohol (apparently due to the grapes being picked while younger). It's a wine I'd drink again but not go out of my way to buy. For better or worse, I like a bold California wine, which the wine buyer sort of smirked at and said, "Yes, that's definitely a 'new world' preference." Hahahah. Basically, I like Kool-Aid. :) I'd love to hear what someone else thinks about this variety of wine. Hit or miss? I'm sort of squarely in the middle - and yes, I realize that 'sort of' and 'squarely' shouldn't share the same real estate.
I unpacked another box from our move, eight months later. I was looking for a particular book, which I didn't find, but I unloaded all these gems. I sorted them into read and unread piles and then shelved them. It does feel good to get something done, something tangible and visible. I've never read Tender is the Night. I tried with What Alice Forgot but couldn't muster more than 100 ages. Anyone else read either one?
It's hard to get anything done with these sad eyes focused on me all day. I was walking on the treadmill. She seems to be saying, "Why on earth would you walk on that thing when you could take me for a walk in the fresh outdoors?" She has a point.
That's it for us. These gems from the web kept me smiling this week:
A black lab used his nose to find a missing toddler. I love so many details about this story - the grandpa, the firetruck, the 8-minute search and rescue. :)
In case you're in last-minute need: How to Choose the Perfect Derby Hat. I'm going to a Derby party because I happen to love a particular friend. I rode horses for a while, so people assume I love horse racing...but not so much. It breaks my heart, actually. But now I've gone all morose.
Giving Trade Jobs a Closer Look - this article explores high-paying trade jobs, which often sit empty while young people explore college degrees that land them in debt and don't end up paying as well. I'm fascinated by the whole college/debt/job situation going on right now in the US.
This article, How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math, is fascinating.
I had no idea llamas could gallop?