Weekend in Brief

Friday: skipping the upper body workout due to residual Wednesday soreness, impromptu stir-fry, stocking up on MEAT, ice cream treat, did we watch TV?, going to bed early.

Saturday: sleeping in, 9 miles, too busy farmers’ market, $12 for 1/2 bushel 2nds tomatoes + 1/2 peck 2nds apples (and 2 bonus pears) + 3 ears corn, Afternoon Delight, nap, cleaning (by Shane), canning, dinner of 3 new recipes and 1 old one with 2 new friends and 2 not-so-new friends, records, beers, games, SLEEP.

Sunday: coffee, garden, canning, cleaning, canning, baking, cleaning, test-writing, nap. Exercise intentions perhaps done in by the previous activities.  Bowling is in the plan.

looking forward to:

  • sangria in a jar at Dominick’s at 5:01pm tomorrow
  • finishing the scrap hat I’m working on and starting on holiday pressies
  • making and eating this while Mr. Eggplant Hater is out of town
  • running by the river
  • Without a Trace reruns
  • a few days of cooler weather
  • maybe a movie at the Michigan Theater?

What’s on deck for your weekend?


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Signs of springSaturday

Sunday breakfastSunday

After a totally lovely week, it’s been cold and rainy all weekend.  I’d like to see the sun again soon, but I’ve been making the most of the dreary weather.  To wit: baths, big pots of soup, tiny cookies, lots of coffee, movies, reading in bed.

Today: a list

  1. Awake at 4am, lulled back to sleep by the rain.
  2. Spent much more than I planned at the Dupont market – buffalo burgers, strawberries and more strawberries, broccoli, ZUCCHINI, golden beets, chive blossoms, salad, rhubarb, and basil.
  3. Finished the rest of the grocery shopping, made pesto, dramatically reorganized the fridge to make 2 shelves work (used to have 3 but one broke), and cleaned the kitchen and bathroom – all before noon!
  4. Drove all the way to Cherrydale Hardware only to find no 4oz jelly jars.  Bought lids and Taco Bell.
  5. Prepped and canned four pints of strawberry-rhubarb jam.  Scraped the pan with some bread from the market.  Even better than last year’s batch.
  6. Transplanted the herbs and the lime tree.  Planted lavender seeds – would really, really like it if my kitchen smelled like lavender year round.
  7. Dinner: spare ribs braised in this and that, broccoli with an amazing vinaigrette, glass of Garnacha.
  8. Sleepy E.

13 September 2008

We might not have an overhead light in the bedroom currently, but the rice that I made and the pretty pre-fab dinner that Shane is making smell amazing, and the music on the radio is pleasant, and we had an excellent trip to the market, and Iowa beat Iowa State, and I got eight pounds of beautiful peppers for $4 (and now have four containers of roasted peppers in the freezer), and tomorrow we’re going here for brunch tomorrow, and I might take a bath later.

A nice day.

Holding Pattern

A day of varying degrees of intensity.  Fantastic breakfast and a serious discussion over a second cup of coffee and the front page of the Sunday paper.  It feels kind of like a weekend, kind of like a vacation, except with a whole lot more work than either usually involve.  We’re both so ready to be done with this apartment and this shitty building – with the trash in the hallway and the ghetto neighbors and the elevators that never work and the stench of smoke and whatever it is that makes the Run smell so bad at night.

I felt at loose ends this afternoon – mostly done, not much to do until we actually start the move – but! we picked up our keys tonight and took the first carload to the new place, which already feels more home-y.  Shane played with the exiting tenant’s kitten and our landlord was super welcoming and we celebrated with cupcakes, despite the screw (!!) that SB found in the tire after running to Buzz.  The size of the kitchen is probably going to be an issue, but I think we can make it work.

And now, 9pm, home on the couch watching the IOWA GAME on the Big 10 Network, winding down for the night and trying not to think of a whole day of lifting and moving and unpacking tomorrow, followed by another of unpacking and cleaning – but then we’ll be done, and set, and in Alexandria, and out of The Carlton A Condominium.  And that will be a good thing

Apparently Shawn’s computer thought it would be a good idea to restart, so I lost my blog post. Arr.

A nice quiet couple of days. Thursday night Shawn called me after his long day, and we went to Perkins for late-night randomness, including a salad-in-bread (Elijah’s dream) for me and pancakes AND a burger for Shawn (wow). It was what I needed, though – just to get out of the house and be with someone I love and spend time doing nothing.

Yesterday I just couldn’t wake up, even though I had stuff to do before work. Oh well. My interview at Health Alliance went well, I think. They’re supposed to get back to me in the next 7-10 days about a second interview – not sure which department, but it’ll be back-office financial stuff, or customer service. The position would start at $2 more per hour than I’m making now – a good, good thing. I’ll be sad to leave my friends and cool customers, but I just can’t do this job much longer. My friend Penny loves it – but I feel like each day there sucks out a little bit more of my soul. My only real concern is that I still owe $250 or so on my clothing purchase account – but I’ll figure it out.

Shawn stopped in to see me in the afternoon, which was really nice and left me with a warm smile on my face for the duration of my work day. Lots of randomness as is par for the course – Diana accused Binh of not being Asian, then was offended by what she said, then was offended because he wasn’t offended. I don’t know how these convos start, but there you go. Binh’s Asian, Diana felt chastised, and I got to go home at 4:30, which rocked. Took a long hot shower, then wandered over to Shawn’s and sat on the porch with him for a while. We made dinner and watched Spirited Away, which was crazy and really pretty. I passed out around 10:30, and Shawn stayed up later, playing with the book club page, which is now v. pretty and redesigned.

Slept in this morning, still fighting off a wicked bad headache from Friday afternoon, then had coffee and rearranged Shawn’s massive CD collection, which took 2+ hours and left me with very stiff joints from sitting cross-legged and half-dressed on the floor. I’ve done the rearranging for so many people – it’s one of the few organizational tasks that I really enjoy. Made me think of putting away all of Sarah and Hannah‘s CDs the weekend they moved, listening to Tea Party VERY loudly while Sarah and Lucky packed in the other room. I was such an emotional mess, but the routine of matching discs to their cases helped me keep straight for a bit. I finished Shopgirl, which was wonderful. I highly recommend it – you should also check out Shawn’s review on the book club page. I had this super great blog entry all done, and then the computer decided to say no. Oh well. Not sure the plans for the rest of the weekend – probably nice and quiet, then breakfast with Hannah in the morning.

Oh, and Aroma called and offered me the job, which I took. I start on Wednesday. Not sure how that will work out with a full time job too, but I’ll figure it out. I have a history of getting really stressed working two jobs, but I think I can tell when it’s getting to be too much. And yes, I did call Friar Tuck. I was v polite and thanked them for having me in, and the manager said it was a pleasure. So if you’re looking for a part time job and can lift 50 pounds over your head, you should apply there. Talk to Sam – he was v. nice.

Shawn is now sitting on my back, which I think means he needs his computer, so I will turn it over to him. Have a nice weekend!

A quiet and boring day at work, following a pretty nice night at home. I drove by Shawn’s on my way to the grocery, stopped to give him a kiss, and ended up taking him along with me on a massive cart-filling trip to Meijer. Lots of good finds, including half-priced hella tasty ice cream, plus “stuff” for coffee that will end up costing me $1.69 after the mail-in rebate. I LOVE rebates on alcohol. Dinner was super fab – the kids came over around 7:30, and I still had no idea what I was making. I made a killer salsa-y salad with mango and avocado and cilantro (and other things), and then stir-fried shrimp and bell peppers with cilantro and this super tasty lime basil vinaigrette. It was wonderful. Sarah brought cake, which sent us all into sugar shock. I had a bit of a cake hangover still this morning. Shawn spent the night – we watched the odd Damien performance on Letterman – I love love love Damien and the song he (and Lisa and Vyvienne) performed, but it was an odd choice for such a brief segment. I would’ve loved to hear Volcano or Cannonball or Face. Cleaned the apartment a bit last night in preparation for the showing this morning – I’m going to be very sad to leave this place, even though I know I can’t afford it for another year – and was glad I did so, as it allowed me to make all the right excuses to stay in bed late this morning. It’s so hard to drag myself out of bed when he’s here and it’s warm and breezy and sunny and snuggly. The 9-5 paycheck is nice, but sometimes I long for a later morning or the odd day off. Work today wasn’t even worth mentioning, except that I drove home on lunch and took the bus back, thus affording me a little time outside in the sunshine. Stopped at Kopi and Aroma on the way home to fill out applications, then cut through the park – and got a call about a job interview at Friar Tuck on Monday. Yay! I’d rather work at one of the coffeeshops closer to home, but damn, a discount on liquor would be nice too. 🙂 Now I’m just unwinding for a bit, then I’m going to head over to the kids’ to prep the grill and have some tasty brats for dinner. Not sure who all will be in attendance, but it will be nice to hang out somewhere other than my apartment for a change. I love love love it here, but sometimes it’s oppressive being home all the time. Not that I am – just, you know.