Monday: There’s nothing like starting the week with a 1:00 job. I love having the time to peruse the Web and make my latte in the morning. It’s especially nice when the job is over by 2:00. I did do some work from the couch, though.
Tuesday: Off today. I never really want to work, but I have to. You know what I mean? You have to support the shopping habit . . . and the grocery bill. Today was nice because I did have to do some editing.
I am also proud to say that I renewed my library card today. It expired a year ago. Obviously I have gotten out of the habit of visiting the library. I need to stop spending money at the book store; so this will work out nicely.
Wednesday: The good thing about freelancing is you have time during the week to go shopping when you don’t have a job. The bad thing about freelancing is if you don’t work you can’t afford to shop.
Apparently that didn’t stop me. I picked up this beautiful book at Anthropologie. I’ve looked at it several times before. I told myself I didn’t need it because I already do a lot of the stuff in there. Insert pat on back here.
I don’t want to be too much of an overachiever; so I’m going to try to make sure to hit one a week.
I also made Braised Red Cabbage with Apples, Onions, and Raisins from the Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook. Here’s a secret: I used currants instead. No big diff.
I may be not so thrilled when it comes to radishes, but I do love cabbage. My mom used to make green cabbage with ham and lots of black pepper.
Thursday: I think we know each other well enough; so I don’t mind telling you that I had a hot dog for breakfast. I’m sure I’ve established that I’m not really a morning person; so by the time I got up and woke up and actually had breakfast it was close to 11:00. Besides, my job was at 1:30, which means I had to be there at 1:00, which means I had to leave at 12:30, and it was easier to pack my cereal.
I’d like to say the hot dog was the highlight of my day, and it kind of was. I had to stop at Williams-Sonoma to pick up some Olio Santo aka Best Olive Oil Ever. There’s a new Michael’s next door; so I stopped in. I couldn’t have been in there more than ten minutes, including a stop in the bathroom, and I had at least 8 different salespeople ask me if I needed anything. Two of them offered twice! One even approached me from behind; so I ignored him, and then he still cornered me by a display case. By the third time I was approached I actually stopped making eye contact. By the seventh I started getting testy. In my book, it was tantamount to harassment. All of this for a lousy tube of super glue.
Friday: After a nice morning at home with my latte I went off to Van Michael for a cut and color. And when I say cut, I mean cut . . . I think my hair is five inches shorter.
My friend Lily came over for dinner, which consisted of Tex-Mex Beef and Bean Dip from Cooking Light’s Crave!
We also had a Southern Pimm’s Cup from Garden & Gun for the Drink of the Week:
Saturday: I was in heaven for the afternoon: AJC Decatur Book Festival.
I discovered Mirabelle the Boston Terrier. She looks just like my Phoebe, and there are books, clothes, and greeting cards!
On top of that, Decatur is home to my favorite little book store: Books Again. Let’s just say they were having a sale.
Uh, only two of those belong to Jake.
Afterwards we went to The Iberian Pig for dinner. I didn’t love my cocktail, the Aviation, but everything else was superb. Don’t ya just love tapas? You can sample so many dishes. Variety is the spice of life. We had Bacon Wrapped Dates, Albondingas, Veal Ravioli, and Croquetas de Queso.
Sunday: What. A. Day. It started out slow, but then we went to Costo, Pike’s Nursery, and Whole Foods. Then we came home and planted our new blueberry bush and did yard work. I. Am. Pooped. But here’s hoping we are blessed with many blueberry muffins, cheesecakes, pies, and jams.
We haven’t had much luck with fruit in the past. We have an apple tree that self-pollinates, but we didn’t realize that; so we bought another one to go with it. Well, let’s just say that someone, not me, didn’t drill holes in the pot and the poor thing drowned with all the rain we’ve been having. Then, just a week or so ago, I bought a patio peach tree that apparently produces inedible peaches. Just my luck. That has since been returned. Thank you very much. I have had a little success with the lemon true, although no lemons have actually turned yellow yet.
Good Deed of the Week: Smile at a Stranger. How easy is that? I do this every day. I see a lot of strangers when I’m walking the dog and in and out of office buildings. I’m not perfect, though. I’m only going to smile (and I say hi) if they’re looking up and willing to make eye contact. I’m not into accosting strangers for the sake of being friendly. See above remarks about the Michael’s employees.
Eat Well and Savor.