Thursday, May 21, 2015

a Ruby a day

I could not be more in love with this sweetheart, who purred and then napped while I watched Netflix after dinner. 


No, but really. How did I get so lucky with this kitty?

miss claire's trader joe's recommendations

the greeting cards section at trader joe's is a-mazing.  some of the cards (not 100%, but enough!) are cute or funny or pretty enough to buy - and they are simple and not cheesy - AND THEY COST $1.  i don't know when the last time you bought a $1 card was, but hallmark cards are like $4 now.  trader joe's.  buy your greeting cards there, friends.

trader joe's frozen foods section: buy the speculoos cookie butter cheesecake bites.  and thank me later. they are small enough that you don't feel guilty have a few bites of something sweet, and they are delicious enough that you will be VERY sad when they are gone.  the box says you should thaw them a bit in the fridge before eating, but i eat them straight from the fridge and they are probably just a smudge firmer than intended, but, like thin mints, these are excellent straight from the freezer.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

what i'm listening to right now

the song is another one that requires dancing around my apartment while it is playing.

"fight song," by rachel platten:

a Ruby a day

On Sunday, this snuggle bug allowed me to take a nap with her...if I laid on the floor, only snuggled with one arm, and she got to lie in her bed.


I will take what I can get. 
“To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.”
—Confucius

Monday, May 18, 2015

wild rice casserole

on friday we had a baby shower for a work friend, which was really fun!, and there was a fair amount of food left over.  i took home the remnants of the vegetable tray, and then got the idea to make a wild rice casserole with lots of the veggies in it.  um, smitten kitchen wins again.  the cheese sauce was AMAZING over the steamed broccoli and sautéed green onions and mushrooms and just-barely-done wild rice, and it only took 15 minutes in the oven to be great.  huge thumbs up - i'll be making this again soon.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

a Ruby a day

Ruby is 2 today! Happy birthday to the sweetest little furball around! Please consider that cheese that fell on the floor your birthday present.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

a photo a day

I met the first of these fantastic people in June of 2001, when we worked together at Duke TIP. Over the next six summers the others joined. We have laughed and cried together, gone night swimming and hiking, baked and played nerdy games. And, you know, supervised middle schoolers along the way. After we stopped working together we have made it a priority to see each other at least once a year, though we are spread out around the country. These are very special friends of mine, and I can't imagine how our paths would have crossed had it not been for TIP, which hired us all (and then eventually fired a few of us).

I'm so happy we could all be together for Nora's wedding to Nigel in DC last weekend! And I can't wait for the 4th of July in Boone!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

what i'm listening to right now

i have heard this a few times on the radio when i was driving, and it is the kind of music you immediately turn up and start dancing in your seat.  LOVE.  "budapest," by george ezra:


Saturday, May 9, 2015

a photo a day

The original plan was NOT to have US Air cancel my flight from Charlotte to DC, leaving me stranded in Charlotte for 12 hours. It was not to be rebooked on a flight that landed in DC 3 hours before Nora and Nigel's wedding. But somehow this has all truly been okay. I'm sad that I didn't get to spend the day with my friends in northern Virginia before driving with them to the wedding venue. But we have tomorrow together, too, so all isn't lost. And my forced layover was in a city where I have good friends, who picked me up, housed me, fed me freshly-made biscuits and eggs this morning, and I got to read books to - and draw with sidewalk chalk with - and take selfies with - Mr. Ryan.


I saw a former student on my plane to DC (!!), metroed to the National Mall, and have set up shop with my suitcase and tote bag for a few hours before I uber to the wedding site. Will I be changing into my dress in the bathroom of the Smithsonian? Yes, yes I will. And until then I have a newly downloaded book on my phone, a diet coke, sunshine and blue skies, the shade of a big tree, and a suitcase-pillow.


Life is still pretty good.