Monday Musings

Hello, Everybody!!! How was your weekend? Was it fabulous??

Good.

Mine was fabulous as well!

It started Friday night when we went to a bonfire at our friends’ house. Well, actually, that came after a completely failed attempt at a steak dinner at home. As much as I love Aldi, I will not be buying their steak. Ever. Again. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but I didn’t think it would taste….like that. Consider yourself warned. The good coffee and pumpkin bread around the fire helped redeem the less-than-stellar-dinner, though, so I won’t complain anymore.

Saturday, I got up early and went yard-selling with a friend. Yes, yard-selling is a word. No, I don’t know how to spell it. Yes, an embarrassing a small amount of time went into debating the proper spelling of this word.

I didn’t find anything at the yard sales, but we ended up in downtown where the farmer’s market was still open. I got a jar of local honey and bought a super cute vintage butter dish. I don’t have a picture to share with you because, well, I just don’t. #newblogger #forgottodocumentherlife #again

I got home from our yard-selling (have to break it in being a newish word and all) around noon, and I made spaghetti and salad for lunch. Here’s some ground breaking news: I bought a new kind of spaghetti sauce, even though my husband is a die-hard Prego groupie, and he raved over it! He even said, and I quote, “I like this better than Prego.” See?? Now it’s documented. Because no one would believe me otherwise.

*insert photo of ecstatic me pointing to jar of aforementioned sauce*

After lunch, I attempted to make homemade frappuccinos. I actually did document the steps of this process, but they weren’t that great. So instead, I’ll just share the after shot. Because…they were kinda pretty.

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I said kinda pretty.

Later that day, we went out to buy coffee for the week and went to Bojangles for a random mini-date. I’m not hard to please, and after Hubs had been working on a paper allllll dayyyy, I was super excited to spend a little time with him before church. We couldn’t figure out why there were hardly any parking spaces, but when we got in we realized there was a game of Bingo happening! The place was filled with people over the age of 55 and one twenty-something girl. We wanted to join in the fun, but had to go home to get ready for church. This may have been the highlight of my day.

After church on Sunday, we ate lunch at Carrabas, where I tried something new! This never happens. I’m so glad I did, though, because it was delicious. Next time you go, you have to get the Cavatappi Martino. Unless you are already getting this dish. Then I’m mad at you for not telling me about it sooner.

Cavatappi nazi.

After lunch, we went to Lowe’s to get the supplies I needed to tackle a DIY project. I finally painted our front door! It was just plain white and painted with flat paint, so it stayed dirty all the time. I’ll tell you all the details later, but here’s my sweet hubby putting the hardware back on for me….

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…while I sat snuggled on the couch.

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Cold weather + coffee + snuggling with my love = BINGO!

What did you do this weekend? Have you tackled any DIY projects lately?

~Red~

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Friday Favorites #1

Can you plagiarize a theme? I read so many blogs that include a Friday Favorites theme, but I always have fun reading those posts and want to participate! So, if I’m breaking blogger code, please tell me. I don’t want to be kicked out of the club on day two…even if I did invite myself.

Anyway, here are some fun tidbits from this past week that are making me smile.

  1. Surprise Date Night…with a side of Bleu Cheese!

Friday’s are date nights at the White house, and my sweet hubby planned a surprise for me last week! He took me to my favorite restaurant, even though he doesn’t like it, and we shared one of my all-time favorite appetizers. They serve their spiral potato chips with crumbled blue cheese and their house bleu cheese dressing on top, and man oh man is it delicious. We had so much fun that night, but that’s typical on date night….and every night for that matter. What can I say? He’s my best friend!

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I don’t have a picture from Friday, but this is from a baseball game we went to this summer. So much fun! More people came. I promise!

  1. The Office Finale – “NOOOOOOOO!!!!”

Ok, yes, I know The Office ended back in 2013, but we didn’t get around to watching it until a few months ago. After some serious binge watching (no judgement here, folks) we finally finished. Even though the show suffered big time after Steve Carell left, it still left me in tears during the final few episodes. I mean, how can you not love Jim and Pam? So, so good.

Jim and Pam Quote

*sniff*

  1. Well Hello There Old Friend

Fall. Is. Here. Even though temperatures are still reaching the low 80s on most days, the mornings are cool and crisp, and it’s obvious that true fall weather is on its way! I love this season for so many reasons but here are some big ones:

  • Cardigans. Scarves. Cardigans. Boots. Cardigans. Enough said.
  • October is my Birthday month! Hubs always makes a big deal for my birthday, and I can’t help but be all giddy about it.
  • The leaves are changing! We live in the mountains, and there is just nothing better in my opinion than mountain views in the fall. I start paying really close attention right about now because the leaves seem to change overnight, and I don’t want to miss it!

October Quote

Plans for this weekend include another date night and a birthday lunch for my mom and me. Let the festivities begin!

Feel free to share some of your favorite things lately! Let me know that I’m not the only one who gets irrationally attached to fictional characters…

TBT to That Time I Channeled Wordsworth

As a former English major who’s spent more time with fictional characters than most normal people, I often have difficulty with reality. So when presented with an assignment during my sophomore year in college to create a “Wordsworthian moment” and find something beautiful in something ordinary, I wasn’t worried at all. I did this on a daily basis to keep my idealistic worldview intact, so I was confident I could breeze through this.

Rebel against reality. Read more books.

This was my plan: have my friend meet me before classes at a pretty spot on campus to eat homemade muffins, drink coffee, and watch the sunrise. I already had my response written in my head; that’s how confident I was that this would be the quintessential Wordsworthian moment.

Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize is that a healthy dose of reality is often necessary to create such an ideal situation. For example:

  • If you forget to make muffins the night before, you will oversleep and have to ask your friend to stop at McDonald’s on her way to campus.
  • If you fail to check the weather forecast, chances are it will be gloomy and gray, and you won’t be able to see any sunshine at all, much less the sunrise.
  • And, if the sun rises in the east, it’s a good idea to make sure you aren’t facing the opposite direction. #fail

Instead of having the perfectly crafted Wordsworthian moment, my friend and I ended up laughing hysterically while eating our greasy fast food breakfasts on a damp, cloudy morning. And we had a blast. So much so that we recreated it the morning before graduation.

Wordsworth

Top: Sophomore Year ; Bottom: Graduation Day!  (please forgive the old cellphone picture quality!)

I learned something that day that I’ve never forgotten, even five years later (kudos to you Dr. Thomas).

I learned that ideal conditions aren’t necessary for an ideal moment. Looking back, some of my favorite memories come from times when reality was just plain ugly, but we found ways to create our own joy.

And that’s what this space is all about: taking time to enjoy all of the western sunrises on all of our cloudy days.

~Red~