WL&W At Home

October 22, 2013

pasta

tea

pumpkin ice cream

so you think you can dance

craft supplies

Happy Mond…er, Tuesday. Clearly I’m still trying to get back on schedule. After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back to share what I’ve been up to lately. I’m still working on getting used to being back home after a pretty spectacular trip abroad, but I think I’m just about back to reality. Now, if only reality were waking up in Europe every morning…

one. I am not even about to complain one bit about traveling, especially when that traveling includes Holland (Amsterdam is currently battling it out with Paris for the title as my favorite city ever) and Turkey, but I have to admit that I really missed cooking. It’s lovely to try new foods and not have to worry about getting dinner on the table, but after several nights of eating out I was really looking forward to getting back into the kitchen. I absolutely love cooking, both because I see it as a form of creativity and I’m just really obsessed with food. I didn’t make anything mind-blowingly amazing, but after a ton of bread and meat and fried foods (none of which I eat very often – or at all), a big old bowl of pasta with veggies was just what I needed. Add a Pumpkin cider, and I was a happy camper.

two. I was suffering from some major jet lag last week, which meant waking up way earlier than I’m used to. I actually used to be quite a morning person, but since I don’t have to be up at any certain time now that I work for myself, I tend to sleep later than I would really like. I decided to start taking advantage of the fact that my body was up and at ‘em at 5am and created a new morning ritual for myself. I’m only a week in, but I’m already loving my routine of waking up, making a cup of tea, moving through a quick yoga workout, and getting in an hour or so of reading before I have to start my day.

three. Three words: pumpkin ice cream. Since discovering the best combination ever of Malley’s pumpkin ice cream and hot fudge last fall, I’ve been hooked. I’ve been looking forward to this treat all year, and it’s just as good as I remember. There’s nothing quite like the flavors of fall. (Well, except for the flavors of Christmas, but don’t even get me started on my love of that season. And yes, Christmas is a season in my world.)

four. My husband and I started watching this past season of So You Think You Can Dance from the very beginning, and became a little bit crazy about it. Every Tuesday we were in front of the TV, obsessing over Makenzie (my favorite) and Jenna (his), and it became our little weekly ritual that we totally looked forward to. We somewhat jokingly talked about going to see the dancers on tour which would kick off after the show’s finale, but when we found out they’d be performing in Cleveland on our wedding anniversary, we decided we had to go. And thank God we did, because It. Was. Awesome. We felt like total nerds with the throngs of young girls surrounding us, but we didn’t really care. It was so surreal to watch those talented dancers in person after having followed their entire journey on TV. It was a great show, and you better believe I’ll be there next year. (Makenzie, can’t you just be part of the tour every year? I’ve got a major girl crush.)

five. I got an email a few weeks ago that our local Archiver’s was going out of business (sad!), and everything in the store was being discounted. I’m not one to pass up good craft supplies, especially when they’re marked down, so I headed there to see what I could find. I didn’t get too crazy, but did come home with some fun things I thought I might be able to work into a few upcoming weddings and personal projects. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to say no to bringing more crafting materials into this house…but I’m not holding my breath.

Make it a good week. See you next Monday!

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