Thursday Things

  1. There’s been a new addition to our family – Patricia! A pistachio green Kitchen-Aid mixer. I’m in love. I used her to mix up a batch of my browned butter chocolate chip cookie dough earlier this week.
  2. Cloudy Kitchen may be one of the favorite Instagrams I’ve followed as of late.
  3. It happened. Finally. I killed a houseplant. I forgot a fern was in the window over the weekend and the heat cooked it. Burnt to a crisp.
  4. I’ve got my eye on this bag. I’m in love.
  5. Scrunchies are back! But only if they’re Hufflepuff print. Of which I now have two.
  6. Next week, Seth and I head to Chicago for a few days and I.cannot.wait. I’ll be taking him to a few of my favorite haunts as well as getting more work done on my arm. Stay tuned!

Thursday Things

  1. Seth and I attempted to forage for some wild asparagus along his fence line on Tuesday. We came up empty. And every other spot along shoulders and ditches had been picked over by other eagle-eyed searchers. Maybe next year. Sigh.
  2. Made out like bandits on rhubarb though.
  3. My friend Alice has a birthday this weekend. I made her a modified version of my Chocolate Coffee Stout Cake for her – with a chocolate buttercream instead – and it’s one of the best cakes I’ve made in a long time!
  4. I found a GORGEOUS vintage coach bag at a local thrift store for only $12!!! It’s not one of those purses covered in Cs with a bunch of different colors. It’s quality leather, the perfect size, and in excellent condition. It’s also a twin to a bag my friend Jen in SC has. I thought of her as soon as I found it!
  5. This song on repeat. All day.
  6. I’ve started giving Edgar these treats throughout the day and I’ve noticed a marked difference in his anxiety. He’s calmer, listens better, and hasn’t jumped out of any more windows!
  7. Just ordered another one of these rollerballs. I’ve really gotten into quality perfumes in the last two years and this is one of my favorite scents! Plus, I think a rollerball lasts longer than a spray – in terms of the actual product longevity and the scent lingering on your skin.
  8. I need to share this because it boggled my mind! Y’know in the midst of the Royal Wedding craziness (guilty as charged), there were all those “What’s your royal wedding name?” thingers? Listing your first pet, grandma’s name, street your grew up on, or some amalgamation of that? Dudes. It’s a scam!!! If you comment on those posts with all that info those people can easily figure out your security questions for things like your bank account and credit cards! That thought never even crossed my mind! Bless Jen for telling me!

Thursday Things

  1. After the big birthday party on Sunday we had our first fire out by the lake. We sat and talked and watched the dogs play. Such a good ending to a great day.
  2. I slept ten hours Tuesday night. I credit the rainstorm (of which we’ve had several and I’m totally ok with that) and the crash that comes after a major adrenaline rush.
  3. Why the adrenaline rush? Oh, only that Edgar decided to make a jail break while Seth and I were out getting lunch and I came home to an empty house and a torn window screen. After frantically searching for him and crying to everyone I crossed paths with – including the entirety of the college track team – he was waiting on the porch when I circled back around toward home. Napping in the sun, patiently waiting and wagging his tail. The mixture of relief and aggravation I felt was unlike anything I’d ever experienced.
  4. Have you gotten you Mother’s Day card and/or gift yet? I’m all set – because this year Mom was very straightforward about what she wanted. A shovel.
  5. The Nanny has aged so well as a tv show. The jokes still land and the fashion has circled back to being in style. Fran’s insistence on being true to yourself is also as important now as it was then.
  6. It’s been over six months since I’ve eaten a brat. This situation needs to be rectified ASAP.
  7. My friend Jamison brought over a bunch of foraged ramps for me to enjoy. I’m happy to have found friends who find food.

Thursday Things

  1. Got the first real snow of the season this week! Inches of the stuff! Edgar is oh-so thrilled, can’t you tell?
  2. And with that beautiful, blanketing goodness I also got my first cold of the season. Yay…
  3. I just woke up from a nap. My second of the week. I normally never nap, I’m not good at it. Can’t turn my brain off or relax enough to fall asleep. Guess colds are good for something.
  4. Introduced my mom to The Family Stone for the first time. That is one of my absolute favorite Christmas movies ever. Of all time. Forever and ever. I’m not super in the mood to watch many others, except for maybe Love, Actually? And the classics like Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch (animated, not live-action) and Frosty. But those are all quickies that you watch in the final days of the month to savor the season. You know?
  5. I blame The Family Stone for my attraction to dudes like Ben (Luke Wilson’s character). That floppy hair and laid back attitude…le sigh.
  6. This put a big, stupid smile on my face.
  7. A guy at work last night made the biggest batch of gingerbread dough I’ve ever seen! It was truly remarkable. And delicious! He gave me a copy of the recipe, I am honored. Apparently he is making dozens of gingerbread houses for his son’s birthday party this weekend. So sweet!
  8. It’ll be cool to do stuff like that for my nieces as they get older. For now, I’m just going to try to keep them from spitting up on my clothes. Which happened this week.
  9. I’ve got one more recipe coming your way for cookie week. Stay tuned!

Thursday Things

  1. I get to see my best friend, Mandy, today! We’ve known each other our entire lives (seriously…we were baptized together). She lives in Nashville and came up for a quick visit with her fam and is going to grace me with her presence.
  2. She’s also willing to take pictures of Edgar and me for our Christmas card. I’m embracing dog motherhood with reckless abandon.
  3. Meghan Markle is going to be a princess! She snagged the best ginger out there (aside from maybe Ron Weasley).
  4. On Tuesday I went to see Thor…again. Dare I say I enjoyed it just as much this time as the first?! I went with my friend Tim who had yet to see it and I felt a little bad for giggling a few seconds before all the really funny parts. Kinda gave it away.
  5. Me taking him a cup filled with cake (no, not a cup cake, an actual to-go cup filled with cake) softened the blow, I think.
  6. After staring at Tom Hiddleston for two more hours in his long, dark wig I got to thinking about the movie he was in a few years ago, Only Lovers Left Alive, where he’s sporting a very similar hairdo. I fell down that rabbit hole and am now listening to the movie’s soundtrack on loop. Particularly this song.
  7. I’d normally be listening to Christmas music now but I’m just not feeling it – it was 60 degrees earlier this week! I didn’t sign up for this when returning to Wisconsin. Sheesh.