Due to the holiday weekend, I’m a little behind schedule, so forgive my lateness. Tuesday is the new Monday?
The Boo and I were in Florida this weekend to attend an engagement party thrown in our honor and take care of some last minute wedding planning. We are officially in the 30s for our Days Until Nuptials countdown, and although there’s a lot that has been accomplished (wedding invited went out last week, which was our last big to-do), we still have a lot of little things to take care of (ceremony music selection, ordering bridal party gifts, putting together gift baskets for the out-of-town guests, finalizing rehearsal dinner plans, yada yada yada). I know everything will come together, so I’m not particularly stressed; mostly I’m ready for the Big Day to hurry up and get here so we can go on our honeymoon.
Anyway, enjoy this week’s list of things that are helping me make it through
Best dose of Vitamin D: Florida sunshine. This afternoon, I was sitting out on my parents’ patio, soaking up the gorgeous sunshine and enjoying a delicious veggie avocado sandwich. When I was growing up in the Sunshine State, I’d complain about the lack of seasons, but after spending 3 cold, gray winters in DC, I’m thankful to come home to flip-flop weather in the middle of January! (Of course, everyone here is bundled up in boots and scarves, but hey, to each their own.)
Best quirky character: Tucker. Also providing me with great entertainment and happiness this weekend was my parents’ dog, Tucker. He’s a two-year-old Boarder Collie they rescued from a family who couldn’t keep him any more. Tucker is a sweet, good-natured dog, but he clearly has a few screws loose (bless his heart). When he greets new people, he jumps up to sniff their eyes, he keeps himself occupied by chasing his own shadow, and occasionally he licks the walls. Not only did he provide my “dog fix” for a little while, but he provided several minutes of entertainment throughout the weekend as we watched him sprint back and forth across the lawn, trying to catch his shadow.
In other, non-family related links…..
Best internet list: Distractify’s 28 Most Flawless Responses to a Wrong Number Text had me laughing out loud throughout the whole thing. I know this has been circulating the internet for a while, but this gets me every time I read it. Warning: inappropriate language, probably not safe for work.
Best science: NASA scientists take first steps to building faster-than-light warp engine that could make Star Trek a reality. Don’t be deterred; the article title is nearly as long as the article itself. If you’re like me, just gloss over the science part and marvel at the intelligence of some of these guys. Achieving warp speed is even a remote possibility? How. freaking. cool.
Warning: the next link is not for the squeamish.
Best home cleaning: Drain Wig. Like I said, not for the faint of heart. Clogged drains are always disgusting; but, if you have long, curly hair like I do, they’re a way of life. This product promises to eliminate the need to dig it out yourself. (Like I said, gross, but worth sharing.)
Best one-bowl dinner: Maple-Miso Glazed Tofu with Broccoli and Winter Squash. Sweet + Salty = happy Erin. I’ll probably sub Brussels sprouts for the broccoli, but everything else about this dish looks divine.
Best gift: Savino Wife Saver Carafe. I discovered this contraption while adding some last-minute items to our wedding registry, and I allowed the sales lady to make me into a total believer. You pour leftover wine into the carafe, drop in the stopper, and your wine keeps for 5 – 8 days. Best of all, when you’re ready to drink again, you can pour straight from the elegant carafe. I can promise you that this will make it into our kitchen, one way or the other!
And that’s all for now, folks! We’re supposed to have a minor winter storm tomorrow, so cross your fingers for a snow day! I’d love to work from home instead of traipsing about the city in cold, gray slush.