over the weekend

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this weekend was a kinda busy one. i feel like i did a lot of eating and hanging out on the couch. really just matt was busy and i stayed mostly at home.

friday night, while matt was at a social engagement, i made myself some tasty roasted parsnips and purple carrots and piled them on top of sautéed kale and leftover chicken. then heard the fire trucks rumble down the street. see about once a quarter, the fire alarms needlessly go off in the building the next block over from our place. it lasts about half an hour, and everyone has to evacuate and the trucks block all the traffic. so i figured i’d take a picture of it. the excitement in small town living is hard to come by so i take what i can get.

saturday i had some gal pal time with some of my very favorite ladies. we had sushi and talked and shopped and laughed and cried and spoke amazing truth. i’m so lucky to have them in my life. seriously, i don’t know what i’d do without them. but as soon as i got home from galavanting around town, matt headed out for another social engagement. it was just me and the little man again. i made myself another tasty dinner and hung out with kiddo and we talked and talked. it was so great. these are precious moments for me.

sunday the weather turned bitter cold and i wore my sweater of many colors and made isaiah take my photo just because i liked my outfit. after church, i put on my leggings and didn’t leave the comfort of my blanket the whole rest of the day. i watched the oscars and live tweeted to pretty much nobody and was sad that ‘boyhood’ didn’t win best picture.

and now it’s monday and it’s still dreary and cold and spring feels so far away.

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over the weekend

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it was so great to get the heck out of town last weekend. even apart from the greatest super bowl ever played, i had a lovely time in orlando. it was sunny and warm and relaxing. i got a lot of room service meals and read by the pool and ran on the treadmill while watching sportscenter.

i left on friday morning, flying into orlando by way of minneapolis because of course. i bought the book ‘still alice’ at the airport and got almost halfway through it by the time i landed in florida on friday night. (it is such a hauntingly beautiful/sad story. highly recommended) i got lunch and a double gin n tonic at a random restaurant and took a bathroom selfie.

matt had to work on saturday so i busied myself by eating breakfast in bed and working out and reading. for dinner that night we walked a mile to a sushi restaurant for dinner and basically bought the place out of fish. we had quite the feast going. we ended up not eating it all and brought a couple rolls back to the hotel. so we walked the mile back in the dark with a to-go box and the last patriots football balloon from the publix next door to the sushi place. i’m sure we were a sight to see.

sunday. oh super sunday. before the game, matt and i started the day with a run in the sun. it was great to get some fresh air and let out some of the anxiety of waiting for kick off. we also got a sweet visit from our new baby niece everly. she is the cutest little thing. matt’s sister and her husband made the 2.5 hour drive to see us just so we could meet her for the first time. we had lunch together and cooed at the baby. when they left, it was time to get ready for the game. and of course you know what happened next.

i flew home on monday. it was sad because i had to leave matt, but i was happy to get back home to my boy. it’s always nice to get away, but i miss that squishy face when i don’t get to see it every day.

this weekend really did prove how blessed i am. friends took care of my kiddo, i got to experience something great with my husband, and i refreshed myself with a little r&r and little baby kisses. it was a wonderful weekend indeed.

on repeat

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i feel the need to admit something. i wear this sweater at least twice a week, maybe more. it’s just so comfortable! soft and cozy and it keeps my neck warm. and i always pair it with this t-shirt because it is the height of oversized heather-gray perfection. case in point: this photo is from friday, i also wore this yesterday.

but i kinda pick a new uniform each winter. like last year i wore an oversized black sweater basically everyday. 2013 was all about this certain blue hoodie from a prep school in california that i picked up at a thrift store. i think having these go-to outfits help me combat the gloominess of the cold dark days of winter. seriously, it’s too cold to even formulate coherent thoughts, let alone pull together an ensemblage of clothing that makes sense. and the gray matches the weather we’ve been having. so here’s to winter uniforms, and staying warm, and not having to think too hard.

thirsty thursday

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we used to get together every thursday night at the same restaurant, in the same booth and eat and drink and live it up. but life has gotten crazy and busy and we let that tradition kinda fall away. but last night, us girls met up at the same restaurant, in the same booth and we ate, drank, and lived it up to celebrate a birthday. just like old times. and it was great.

over the halloween weekend

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so friday was super fun. i really do love halloween.

every year on october 31st, our main street basically shuts down to host a few thousand ghosts, ghouls, ninjas, and princesses for trick or treating. this was the first time i got to walk my kiddo around. you guys, it was intense. it took a solid 2 hours to hit all the shops handing out candy. and it was cold and windy. my little minecraft enderman was quite tired and worn out by the end of the afternoon. once we got home, we immediately dumped all the candy out onto the table and smelled the wonderful scent of sugary goodness. there really is nothing quite like the aroma of halloween candy. i think it’s the mix of fruity and chocolatey with a little bit of bubble gum. mmmmmmmmmmm.

then later, matt and i went to a costume party down the street. we dressed up as a gypsy mermaid and ship captain. i really kinda loved my outfit, just sayin’. we danced, laughed, had a couple drinks and by the end of the night, the house was super crowded. we lit out a bit early and had a few friends over for a chill after party. we talked about sports and ate popcorn. it was great.

halloweens of the past

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as i am feverishly putting together this years’ costumes, i am reminded of the halloweens that have come before. i loved the family photo we took in the cemetery in 2010. when i had my shop, i’d hand out candy to about 2,000 kids during downtown trick or treat and i’d dress up because why not? dressing up is fun. and for ‘adults only’ parties, one year we had a speakeasy theme and last year was villains and victims. matt made the most creepy awesome charles manson EVER.

i am sooooooo excited for halloween this year. as long as i can get my biz together. i’m diy-ing my outfit which means there’s a 70% chance it will be a complete disaster, but store bought costumes are soulless and sad. so if you need me today, i’ll be at my sewing machine.

what are you all going to be this year?

over the weekend

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our weekends lately have been very full. this past one was no different. friday night started with a most delicious mussels dinner with great friends around my table. there is something so special about sharing stories over a meal. and i absolutely love having my kitchen overtaken by handsome bearded cooking men.

saturday morning, matt and i went on a run together and i saw this old guy just sitting on a stool in the middle of the trail, talking on his cell phone. so cute.

then we celebrated my favorite 5 year old’s birthday. she makes a pretty adorable bat girl, am i right?

i wore my ‘i give my word to stop at third’ t-shirt from four-legged bird. arkansas abstinence day, 1987. i think it’s pretty funny.

saturday night, we had more friends over for dinner. but this time it was chill and easy and i did all the cooking.

then sunday i watched football and the sunset and they were both lovely indeed.

happy accident

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matt had another fun day off of work yesterday. we had big plans to go to lunch at a favorite spot and then head over to crystal bridges museum to see the newest ‘state of the art‘ exhibit. as we’re standing in line at pressroom, (the wait having been 20 minutes for a lunch time table!) i checked the museum website because they have a cafe and maybe we’d like to just eat there. turns out the only day of the week they are closed is tuesday. TUESDAY?!?! $@%&!!!! so we decide to leave because we don’t feel like waiting for a table anymore because we’re sad.

but here’s the deal, we found a new favorite spot! yay! sushi house is so crazy and wild and you get free food sent to your table like all the time and the wait staff all have thick japanese accents and they kinda yell when the next order is ready. and the sushi is AMAZING. especially if you like the raw stuff, which we do. it kind of all worked out perfectly in the end. we got to hit a new goodwill and i loaded up with cozy sweaters. and this lady latched on to me and talked my ear off about how she crashed her grandson’s wedding. see she wasn’t invited because of the divorce……

but really the moral of this story is that when life throws you lemons, make the best of it and eat sushi. things are always funner when you go with the flow and it’s especially funnest when you spend those times with your best friend. i do love a happy accident.

frank

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last week i went out with some gal pals for a little belated bday dinner. i wore all black and red lips and got driven around town in a 1960s cadillac named frank. we ate out on the patio under the stars and twinkle lights, the weather was perfect. all five of us piled into the car and whooped, hollered and honked all through downtown. it was excellent.

over the weekend, vol 6

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let’s begin by reflecting on how freakin’ handsome the men in my life are………

done? ok. but really though. they are good looking dudes.

this weekend we attended the wedding of some friends. we had this big group that we called the posse and andrew and tracie were two of only three single people. we had get togethers and parties and all the while they were secretly dating! finally they came clean to all of us, and as the saying goes, the rest is history. the ceremony was lovely (i forgot my phone or there might have been documentation of that) and the reception was awesome. open bar, great food, and dancing. what could possibly be better than that? oh yeah, the celebration of two great people merging their lives together forever. you know, that stuff.

and then on sunday, my sweet boy had his first turn at being an acolyte at church. geeeeeeeeze, what a cute kid. he was so good at it too. it was a pretty proud mom moment for me.

plus the patriots won on sunday night football. yay!!!!!!