Friday, September 8, 2017


Hello Friday! Sometimes short weeks go by slowly but this one flew by as I was so busy at work! Here's how my week shaped up!

The high of my week was getting together with a friend from run club. I haven't been running this summer as my RA has been a beast and she hasn't been running with the club as life has been busy for her. We went on a nice long walk and got all caught up on each others' lives. Plus it was a beautiful fall day and we walked a really pretty path, part of which was along a lake!

The low of my week was not sleeping well. The steroids I am on to make sure my flare stays calm make it hard to sleep. I had a series of bad nights of sleep but then the last couple of nights have been better so hopefully the bad sleep is behind me. I'm tapering off the steroids and will take my last pill on Sunday. Fingers crossed the flare does NOT come back.  

A book I am reading is Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny. I am really loving this book so far. The dialogue is fast-paced and some passages of dialogue remind me of the Gilmore Girls. It's about a man who is on his 2nd marriage and his wife, who is kind of quirky and very outgoing, wants to forge a friendship with his ex-wife and her new boyfriend. It's been a delightful, fast read so far!

A recipe I made was this beef kebab recipe. I used meat from my meat share and they were SO GOOD. We'll definitely be making this recipe again. I marinated the meat and veggies for almost 24 hours which makes all the difference! The recipe doesn't tell you to marinate the veggies but I've found they cook better if they've been marinated. We enjoyed the kebabs with roasted fingerling potatoes.

The best money I spent was on groceries for this upcoming weekend! I'm hosting my sister which I am so excited about! She's running a half on Saturday morning so I am making my favorite pasta dish tonight! This is the 2nd TGIF post in the last couple of weeks where groceries have been the best money I've spent. I've been spending so little money lately - which feels SOOOO good after planning/paying for a wedding.

My plans this weekend include soaking up time with my sister! Phil has his post-wedding bachelor party golf weekend (he wanted a golf weekend and golfing in April/May is not pleasant in Minnesota so he decided to have it after that wedding - which is a-ok with me) so we will have the house to ourselves. We are staying in tonight and carb-loading. Tomorrow morning she's running a half and I will cheer her on, we'll get brunch afterwards, see a few sights in Minneapolis and then settle in for an evening of Indian cooking. I can't wait! On Sunday we are meeting up with my friend to go to the Farmer's Market and then out to brunch at my favorite restaurant. It's going to be such a fun weekend!! My sister lives in AZ but has been in ND this summer as he husband has been training at an Air Force base in Fargo. They return to AZ in October so I am glad I get to see her a few more times before they head south!

What was the high of your week? Did you make any meals this week?


Lori Honeycutt said...

Are y'all going to the brunch spot where you took me? That place was AH-MAZING!!! I wanted to take Michael there but we were there for a short time and Hells Kitchen brunch truly was one of the most incredible meals I've ever had! That is so great that y'all get the house to yourself for your weekend, SO fun!!! I saw the picture of your Kebabs and they look wonderful!!! I am so sorry about the RA flares and having to deal with the steroids. I've been thinking of you and praying! The book sounds like one I would like! I think it just depends on the situation as to whether or not friendship is a good idea with a spouses ex. As you know I'm good friends with both the first wife and baby mama of my ex but first wife and I didn't become friends until after I left.

Abby said...

Love long walks of catching up. Glad you were able to get together with one of your run club friends - as I know that is something you have missed so much this summer due to your RA. I pray this series of flares is behind you!

I am so excited for our weekend! It will be the perfect mix of relaxation and fun.

Highlight of my week was cooking a Thai dinner with Ryan Tuesday evening. Best money spent was booking our hotel in Denver for our trip home. We decided to break up the 27 hour drive with a little fun in Denver on the trip back to AZ.

See you in a few hours!!!!!!! :) :) :)

Marlys Dotzenrod said...

I am so excited that you and Abby get to spend some "sister" time together and sounds like a great weekend! September is slipping away so it is great to make time to have fun with her!
Your kebabs look wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

I, too, am praying that your flare-ups cease! And thankful you are weaning off the steroids and that you continue to sleep better!

missris said...

Awww have so much fun with your sister this weekend! I hope her half goes well and that you feel better and are able to enjoy your girls weekend!

Jeanie said...

Sounds like a terrific weekend is planned. Those beef kabobs look to die for!

Meals this week? We did a nice one on labor day -- grilled pork chops from the market, fresh corn and potatoes from the market, all good. Getting ready to get into cooking mode again!

katielookingforward said...

Hooray for long walks! One of my friends and I are walkers, usually 4ish miles and it is such a great way to catch up. Here's hoping you get some good rest and good fun this weekend!

Sandra Bond said...

Oh that long walks with your friend sounds great!

So glad you're getting to spend time with your sister. I wish my sister could just come over for a weekend. Sigh.

I bookmarked the recipe for the beef kebobs... they look so good!

Amber said...

Oh those beef kebabs looks sooo good! Hope you had a super fantastic weekend with Abby - your plans sound PERFECT!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

That "Standard Deviation" book sounds really good! I don't read a lot of fiction, but that sounds like one I'd like.

We have been doing quite a bit of cooking lately, and I should be posting later today or tomorrow about some of the meals we had last week :-)