Friday, May 3, 2019

TGIF - May 3rd Edition

Another week is in the books! It was a cool, rainy, overcast week but hopefully this rainy stretch is behind us soon! Here's how my week shaped up!

The book I'm reading is Where the Crawdads Sing (physical book) and Text Me When You Get Home (eBook). I've gotten into the habit of reading a physical book and eBook at the same time. I never used to read 2 books at the same time, but it's nice to have an eBook going so I can read when I'm waiting in line for something or have downtime at work. Where the Crawdads Sing has gotten quite a bit of buzz and I am really enjoying it! Text Me When You Get Home is a non-fiction book about the evolution of female friendship. I already have lots of thought about the book/topic of female friendships so I might need to do a separate post on that in the near future!

The high of my week was seeing my friend's daughter's spring ice skating program last night! She's only 8 but is quite the little skater! I love watching ice skating. The older skaters were super talented!

The low of my week was the weather. It's been really cool and rainy here. I had to pull Paul's mittens out of storage as he needed them for a walk on Wednesday since it was only in the 40s. I need the warm, sunny weather to return!

A recipe I made was Chipotle Chicken tacos and Turkey Meatloaf. I was hoping Paul would maybe like the meatloaf but he spit it out. Oh well, at least Phil and I liked it! I only make the meat part of the chipotle chicken recipe. I roasted some peppers and onions to put on the tacos and we topped them with salsa verde that I canned last fall. This is a favorite meal of ours!

The best money spent was on the 2 macarons I treated myself to on Wednesday! Sometimes you need a little mid-week treat and French macarons are my FAVORITE treat!

A podcast I listened to was an interview of Dr. Emily Oster on Psychologists Off the Clock. Dr. Oster wrote a book about pregnancy and recently released a book, Cribsheet, about raising kids from birth to preschool. I loved her first book and can't wait to read Cribsheet. She's an economist so she looks at the data/studies behind the recommendations that are made. In this book she covers topics like breast feeding, child care decision, sleep training, etc. The interview was super interesting to listen to!

For workouts I mostly went on walks although I did go for a 3 mile run after Paul went to bed on Tuesday night! I've mostly been doing running intervals while Phil pushes the stroller but on Tuesday I decided to go for a quick 3 mile run. My pace is so slow compared to how fast I used to be, but you have to start somewhere! It felt so good to get out and log some miles!

My plans this weekend include staying in tonight. Saturday will be a busy day as we have swimming lessons in the morning and then Paul and I are going to a college friend's daughter's First Communion open house in the afternoon. Phil is going to his mom's that day to collect Oscar after he month-long stay out there! We missed her! On Sunday night I'm going to a Pink concert with 3 college friends! We bought tickets ages ago - last fall I think? I have heard Pink puts on a great show so I think we'll have a great time. I took Monday off since Sunday will be a much later night than usual!

Bonus Paul Pics

I didn't take many pictures of Paul this week as instead I took a couple of videos of him saying his new words - "uh oh" and no, which sounds more like "nah." It's pretty cute!

Telephone, mama!
He has the best smile!

What was the high of your week? Did you make any new recipes?


The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I love his expression in that picture at the bottom haha! High - Getting a maternity dress in the mail from Old Navy that actually fit me that I didn't completely hate. No new recipes. Just trying to get through the week feeding my family as food doesn't always appeal to me in a timely manner to plan/feed people! We are going to try making the tomato soup recipe we love tonight with some canned tomato sauce we have from the garden. We usually roast the tomatoes and immediately make it, but we miss the soup that we ate all up in the fall, so we are trying it tonight.

Jeanie said...

I'll join you in bemoaning the weather. I hope your yesterday was lovely -- ours wasn't but our today is and tomorrow is scheduled to be (as always, we believe it when we see it!)

High of the week? Kevin got his MBA and graduation was yesterday! YAY!

Amber said...

I downloaded the podcast episode Cribsheet that you recommended but haven't listened to it yet. I have been on the waitlist for Where the Crawdads Sing FOREVER. I will have to check out that book about female friendships, it sounds super interesting. Might be a good one for my next audiobook!

Marlys said...

The weather has been despicable! Our neighbor at the lake, who is taking chemo for her second round of breast cancer, finds this weather so depressing that she spent one afternoon just crying her heart out. I can understand how she feels with feeling chemo crappy and then the cloudy cold weather just doesn't help. Tomorrow is her last treatment, so I'm praying it warms up and gets sunny just to cheer her up!
I love the pictures of Paul - always will!
My highlight of the week was attending a band concert for my grandson, and the guest performer was a saxophonist who is a professor at Concordia college in Moorhead. It was absolutely the best performance I have ever witnessed! He played two songs - one he wrote for a high school band and the last one was "Hey, Jude" which was just over the top wonderful! If that doesn't inspire a young person to stay in band, nothing will. Oh, my, the little joys of life!
We also attended a dance recital for our granddaughter, and one group of girls got to dance with their Dads! Now that was a treat to behold, also! To see their daddies doing kicks and pirouettes with them was awesome, and I'm sure their daughters will hold that memory in their hearts forever. I was so proud of the good eggs the Dads were and even seemed to enjoy it.
Our granddaughter is five is did a wonderful job - she is not bashful and totally enjoyed performing!

Stephany said...

I'm so glad you're able to get out and run now! That must feel SO good after not being able to do so for so long. Hooray!

I really hope the weather improves for you soon. It's just not right to be experiencing temps in the 40s in May!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I'm just catching up on blog reading; it seems we have been going and going non-stop, so it's nice to have a bit of time at home to sit on the couch.

The high of my week was catching up with Chris' brother and his wife (I went to elementary school with them both), as well as another friend from our elementary school days. We had a lot of laughs last night, reminiscing about our childhoods.

A new recipe we made this week was ginger meatballs in a coconut broth. They were really good!