It's been a recovery week around here. We had company over the weekend and had a really wonderful time with my husband's family. We had steak dinners, played board games, made homemade ice cream and took Sandy on walks. It was great to see family again, and this week we all flopped hard after all that fun and let ourselves sleep late, eat leftovers and snuggle with Sandy, who is still unsure why so many people came and then, just as suddenly, left.
Here are a few bits from our week:
We had several bottles of wine over the weekend, and these two were my favorites. They're both solid and a little on the strong side, just the way I like it. 8/10 on both of them; though I liked the Roth a tiny bit more.
I walked outside one evening to find this awaiting me. As you all know, I love a sunset. There is something really hopeful and affirming about watching the evening light.
My son wanted to bake apple fritters this weekend for our guests. He got a recipe when he visited Old Salem on a school field trip. I was worn out from making a big enchilada dinner, but he was hopeful, and there is something pretty sweet about a hopeful kiddo. We made the fritters, and I had to take deep breaths when he measured flour with what can only be described at wild abandon. I had to remind myself that the point wasn't tidiness but that we were baking, together, on a cloudy Sunday night with a house full of family and board game competitions on-going. He even dusted the fritters with powdered sugar, lightly tapping the mesh strainer with the palm of his hand. :)
I feel like North Carolina is hitting me upside the head with this weather. I'm not kidding when I say it has been weeks of rain/thunderstorms/clouds. I'm thinking I could just live in Seattle with my sisters if I wanted this sort of business. In fact, I think their forecast is sunny and 70 all week. Crazy-town.
After eating with abandon last weekend, I've been trying to keep it lighter this week. This is my favorite breakfast: Siggy's yogurt, berries and chopped almonds. It really sticks-to-the-bones and keeps me going until lunch.
That's it for pics. Here's what's grabbed my attention this week from around the Web:
This article on 'American week' at Aldi in Germany had me laughing. Hotdogs in a jar? BBQ marshmallows? It makes me wonder what we're eating from other countries that we're getting wrong. The French must be doing constant eye rolls at all of our attempts. :)
I am considering a new hair dryer. I know that sounds like an easy decision, but for anyone with longish, middle-aged hair, you'll know how painful it can be to round-brush that out a few times a week. My arm gets seriously sore, and my hair gets damaged. This blog post over at The Small Things blog is calling my name. Do I need a high-end blow dryer?
This list of over-looked books from 2017 has me wanting to go straight to the library and come home with heaps of new titles. I love that the list gives not only the books themselves but also suggestions from the authors. I feel 2019 shaping up before me.
Getting honest about this 'crazy mess that is motherhood' over at The Washington Post. This was an interesting read. I could have written this sentence myself: As I over-prepared for labor, I underprepared to become a mom.
The most interesting thing I read this week is an article over at Wired: Climate Change's Looming Mental Health Crisis.
That's it for me. We've got a quiet weekend ahead of us, which will give us some time to tidy the house, start back-to-school buys and begin thinking about the weeks ahead. Sometimes, you need a two-day breather. :)