THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME SMILE
(because the news of the world isn't making me smile)
: one :
My spring break officially began at 2:45 yesterday afternoon. Even though I only teach two days a week, having those two days off is very exciting. Not quite as exciting? Washington's spring break isn't for another two weeks, so Addie and Jules and I will be enjoying the days off while Jason and Syd keep going to school. I won't even get to sleep in since Sydney still has to be at school, which is a bit of a bummer. But! In two weeks, when Jason has spring break, I will get to sleep in on the days I don't teach. Hooray hooray!
: two :
Even though the reason for my sister flying into town wasn't a happy one, it was still happiness to have her in town. I love having her here. We did the things that we spent all summer doing together--grocery shopping, getting Starbucks, eating cupcakes, talking books--and she got to meet her newest and smiliest niece.
On Thursday, I told Jules that Andrea was flying home.
"This is her home," Jules informed me. "Do you mean she's flying back to wherever she lives?"
And I stood corrected. The Family Farm will always be Andrea's home.
She made it back to Glasgow safe and sound, and I have to say that I'm very thankful for Skype. Whoever invented it should receive a medal.
: three :
Every couple weeks, Megan and I go out to lunch. Today was one of those fortunate days. We have a few regular places that we go, and today we went to Petite Provence and I had the most delicious triple berry french toast. I usually get a salad, but it's been raining a lot here, and so I indulged. Totally worth it.
: four :
Even though it's not my super duper exciting news, I'm super duper excited for Jess, whose blog I've been reading for years. Her awesome news: her book is being published! It's so fun to see exciting things happen to people who you know totally deserve it and worked hard for it. I got to meet Jess a couple years ago when I visited DC, and she's just the sweetest.
Hooray for Jess!
(And someday when it becomes practical for me to wear dresses again (ie: I'm not breastfeeding a baby), I'm going to celebrate by getting a dress from ModCloth, and I have Jess to thank for turning me on to them.)
: five :
On Wednesday, I hosted a "it's like Soup Night except that it's on a Wednesday and it's in the middle of the month" gathering to celebrate my Aunt Jane's birthday and also to give Andrea a fond farewell. I love getting together with family. It's awesome. Since it was the day before St. Patrick's day, then we did a little beer/root beer tasting as well as served beer bread.
Have you made beer bread?
It's ridiculously easy.
Some flour, some baking powder, salt, sugar, butter (I recommend the version where you pour the butter over the top, not mix it into the batter), and beer. Bake it for an hour. And voila! Yummy bread. Andrea and I made one loaf with Blue Moon and one loaf with Hefeweizen. The Hef loaf was the better one. I think I'll make some more tomorrow.
: six :
Jason had a gruelling soccer schedule this week with three games. It exhausts me to have him gone so much. But! The silver lining--and therefore the reason why soccer gets put on my "making me smile" list--is that we are using the nice paycheck Jason will receive to pay for a trip to Scotland in July 2012. SCOTLAND! KILTS! And more and most importantly: MY SISTER! I'm ridiculously excited. We are going without the children, and will also call it our 15 year anniversary present.
I'm a big believer in rewarding yourself for getting through tough things. Scotland is my reward for soccer.
And Hawaii is also my reward for soccer.
What can I say? We like rewards :)
: seven :
Fringe is on right now. And I must go watch. Because I love Anna Torv. And Pacey. And Walter. It's fabulousness wrapped up in a pretty little sci-fi bow.
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