What We’re Eating this Week…On Friday, I went to a very classy birthday party for a dear friend. It was in the home of this talented friend, and catered by Gather & Forge, a locally based personal chef company. We were served four mini courses of some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten- mini ravioli, thai beef spring rolls, some kind of fish dish with fried mint (I can’t remember the name because I was stuck on the fried mint part), and their own gourmet take on a frito pie (picture below). All of the ingredients were incredibly fresh (some were even foraged from the greenbelt!), and it was so cool to get to hear the chefs talk about the work that went into preparing each dish.
I think frito pie is one of the more disgusting food concepts (they are right up there with chilli cheese dogs in my book), but this was AWESOME.
What I’m Reminiscing About... I saw the Jungle Book this weekend, and it was nothing short of magical. I never wanted it to end. The whole feel of the film was reminiscent of a lot of my favorite movies from childhood: Hook, Jumanji, Homeward Bound, Free Willy, Casper…the 90’s was a really really good time for kid’s movies. I feel like most movies they make “for kids” nowadays are animated, and really Trying to Teach Me Something, which is fine, I guess, they are just a little heavy handed. But this movie really focused on the story telling and the characters and… ok, ok fine- I just wanted to reach into the screen and grab a little wolf friend to cuddle.
Also, does anyone remember the 1994 Jungle Book? I saw it in the theaters with my sisters, and all I remember about it is that we would always quote the ‘MOWGLI!’ line in a fake British accent. It was very funny to us, and I can’t recall why. Especially since Mowgli looked like this:
Speaking of my desire to snuggle with animals, back in December, I got to meet this adorable little fella on our trip to Australia: His handler informed us that he bit through a kid’s cheek a few weeks before this photo was taken BUT I DIDN’T CARE GIMME THAT KOALA.
What I’m Loving… My coworker looked out the window this morning and yelled ‘Farm Stand! Farm Stand!!!!!’ then made a mad dash downstairs as if Justin Beiber himself had come to campus. My office mate and I, of course, followed suit, and spent a good long time inspecting every inch of gorgeously arrayed fresh produce.
I was very tempted by the vegetables, but thought it might be a little impractical for this week, so instead I walked away with the cutest little jar of raw local honey I’ve ever seen to keep in my desk for afternoon tea.
What We’ve Been up to… Will and I taught in the 4’s room at church on Sunday. They are so much fun, but I always leave after the hour and a half totally exhausted, and super thirsty. I have mad respect for people who teach 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Bless you, seriously.
This was my favorite moment:
Child #1: (Insert kids’s name) said a bad wourd. He said ‘SHOOTLE PATOOTLE!’
Me (not laughing, of course, I’m an adult): Um, let’s all say nice words-
Child #1, interrupting me: I’m goin’ to tell yo mom you said that wourd. I am NOT kiddin.’
What I’m Dreading... It’s t-minus any day now until Austin turns into a three month sauna. 100 degree weather is fun when you’re spending the day at the lake. Not so much when you have to put on professional clothes and do, well, pretty much anything.
What I’m Working On..My posture! So exciting, I know, but I have terrible posture. I’ve been using these door post exercises, and I think maybe just maybe they’ve been helping me sit up a little straighter recently.
What I’m Excited About… Come 5:30 am tomorrow, I am Boston bound!
What I’m Watching/Reading…A whole lot of New Girl, Season 4.
Winston Bishop, you have my heart.
I’m plowing through ‘Just Do Something’ and about to start ‘How to Not Die.’
Will is reading the sixth Harry Potter book, which I think is the sexiest thing ever.
What I’m Listening to… Sleeping at Last, Many Beautiful Things.
What I’m Wearing...I’ve been experimenting with a work capsule wardrobe recently… So basically, nothing exciting.
What I’m doing this Weekend... Exploring Boston!
What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month… May is my sister’s birthday, mother’s day, and the end of school year so all the students go away and campus is sweetly serene and quiet.
What Else is New...I don’t know if this is new per se, but lately, I have been a wee bit clumsy (er) and forgetful (er) (than usual).
On Friday afternoon, I went to grab my keys to head home, and realized they were not in the bowl on my bookshelf where I always put them. Or on my desk. Or seemingly anywhere else in the building. There was an extremely fancy party going on the building right outside my office, complete with local press and waiters carrying around trays topped with generously poured glasses of wine. I seriously considered taking one, but seeing as I was wearing jeans and flats, and pretty much everyone else was dressed like they were attending a ball, I figured that may be a bold move.
One phone call to the police later, I found myself hiding behind catering partitions in my casual Friday outfit, waiting for the police to come off the elevator so I could grab them to help me break into the office where the lost and found is kept.
The nice police officer, after helping me search through every drawer in the office, asked me if there was a possibility the keys were in my purse. I wish.
It’s Wednesday, and my keys are still floating out in the ether somewhere.
Monday night, after coming home from a long day, I tackled a huge sink full of dishes leftover from a dinner party the night before (more on that later), then sat down with a well deserved glass of red wine. On my last sip, I somehow managed to choke, spewing a mouthful of red wine onto every surface within 7 feet of my face; including but not limited to the table, my laptop, iphone, rosemary plant, white runner, 2 placemats, 3 out of 4 upholstered chairs, and 1 of my floor length white curtain panels. My kitchen looked like a crime scene. As I started cleaning, I kept finding wine splatters everywhere. On the floor. On the fridge behind where I was sitting (someone figure that one out for me). I literally found a drop of red wine resting in my clavicle when I went to the bathroom (I have very deep clavicles).
I can now confidently tell you that salt does not remove red wine, nor does boiling water. I did not have club soda or white wine on hand, but I hear they do wonders.
Thankfully my Friday is coming early this week! Happy Weekend- may all your keys stay in your possession, and all drinks remain in your mouth.