What I’ve Been Reading Lately

With the exception of Artemis (which sort of reads like what if someone wrote a fanfic in the style of Andy Weir), I would recommend all of these books!

What is just truly wonderful is that tomorrow I will take off for four days of girl time which also means a lot more time for reading. Joy.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Artemis by Andy Weir

All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey

The Big Rich by Bryan Burrough

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Another long weekend Up North at the Cabin

This trip you guys. It was a total 180 from all cabin trips since Critter was born and a total 180 even from our trip over Memorial Day.

Namely, the children slept and that made everything else easier.

Critter enjoyed his outdoor classroom. We inspected the textures of different types of tree bark (Norway Pine, Maple – sapling, Birch), as well as varieties of moss. He also got to hold a toad and plant some grass.

It was also a trip of firsts.

Marcus docked the pontoon for the first time and Glitter went swimming in Big Pine Lake for the first time!

And by that I mean she spent most of the time being held by me. In the lake.

I also got to have a nice swim with Mom which hasn’t happened in a few years so that was really lovely.

We ate a lot of sprinkle donuts.

This was much to Critter’s delight. When we were talking about going up to the cabin he repeatedly brought them up. Apparently cabin = sprinkle donuts to him and I am good with that.

We had some Zorbaz pizza (obviously).

And we checked out the new taproom in Crosslake, 14 Lakes.

Otherwise, our nights were (less than wild!) spent reading, relaxing, having a few drinks and watching the lake. Almost like a vacation.

Some Things

Recurring feature?

Yes.

Currently we are up at the cabin and I am enjoying the best cabin sleep I have had since…2014? A brief chronology: 2015 pregnancy insomnia, 2016 Critter doesn’t sleep through the night, 2017 pregnant and all sleep is bad, 2018 BOTH OF MY CHILDREN SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT SO I DO TOO NOW.

The weather is great, the wind coming off of the water is just a balm for my soul.

Otherwise literally living my best life right now. We come home tomorrow, on Wednesday I get to enjoy a day of self-care and getting our lives in order because on Thursday (!) I am going on a long girls’ weekend to Traverse City, MI.

Friday Food Round-Up!

We had dinner with my family on Sunday so I took that opportunity to make a double batch of dinners in the crockpot that we can pull out later. Note to file: Always do this.

Monday – Turkey Ragu over Polenta, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

The ragu was actually a slow cooker meal I pulled from the freezer. It went GREAT over the polenta.

Wednesday – Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice from Cravings, Asparagus

This is probably just going to be one of our meals for the rest of the summer.

Thursday – 90’s Taco Salad

Yum.

The Day In The Life Posts I Have Not Written This Week

Also if there IS anything you would like me to write about feel free to throw it in the comments.

The one where Critter’s pool sandals vanished but really they just spent the weekend at daycare.

The one where I drank beer for dinner (and finally decided that a grilled turkey cheese sandwich would go well with it).

The one where we went to the library storytime for big kids (which was objectively slow paced and boring) and Critter intermittently announced “we can go home now.”

The one where I ordered five boxes of RX Bars because there was a deal and let’s be honest even though I have been trying to eat more Elevation bars from ALDI because it saves money these are just better.

The one where my Mom praised me for dressing like an adult for an important meeting (on my SAHM days I look like a mom okay?).

The one where we went to playgroup and discovered that the hosts had a duplicate of one of Critter’s loveys (the one they don’t make anymore so we have been living on the edge by owning only one) and when I asked if we could buy it from them they said we could just take it home. God bless her.

Some Things

Hello my friends.

This is a snap from this morning’s park adventure. Usually we try to make it down to Wayzata Beach at least once per weekend but since we were there on Saturday morning, today I introduced Marcus and the kids to the park at Parkers Lake. Our life is so wild right now.

Am I the only one who feels like July is simultaneously starting and ending all at once? June seemed to take its time but here I am making plans to see friends and every single message at this point involves some variation of July is so busy what if we just do August?

I can see how as the children get bigger it would bee very easy to let our summer spiral completely out of control.

The Tour de France started on Saturday so I have been enjoying nightly replays while I read. My reading ebbs and flows – sometimes I read a lot, sometimes I don’t read enough. What I know to be true is that I am a much more pleasant person to be around when I am reading books. I also know that when I am on a non-fiction kick like I am right now, I really enjoy learning new things for no other reason than to know them.

We are now a week and a half into Glitter sleeping through the night and my friends. I simultaneously cannot sleep enough and have SO MUCH MORE ENERGY. And I feel like I should be using it productively but also I don’t know on what and frankly after three straight years of being pregnant or feeding babies I think it is okay to have no clue for the time being.

I have some indoors projects that I do really need to start working on in the interim. Doing the rest of my SHRM-SCP recertification credits. Re-sizing all of the photos on my blog from July 2017 to present (if anyone knows an easy way to do this, please fill me in). Ordering photos for our photo album. Purging things from the basement storage room (I just removed another grocery bag of clothes from my closet). Organizing the kids’ closets. So there is stuff to keep me occupied.

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week we actually cooked everything. And I made another double batch of this soup so we had a few more meals in the freezer ready to go to friends!

Friday – One-Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard, Roasted Tiny Potatoes

We had an at-home date night.

Saturday – Perfect Instant Ramen

We haven’t made this in a few months! Easy, fast dinner.

Sunday – Texas Sweet Onion Casserole with Rice, Chipotle and Gruyere Cheddar, Black Beans, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

It has been YEARS since I made this rice casserole and it is just the best ever. Literally the best. We will be making it more.

Tuesday – Grilled Barbecue Chicken, Roasted Tiny Potatoes, Coleslaw, Hot Brownie Sundaes

We had a pre-Independence day grill out with friends.

Wednesday – Roasted Turkey

I literally made this for the potluck we were invited to. And it was great. Not pictured: the scratch gravy I made.

Thursday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings, Steamed Broccoli

Once again, I made them peanut instead of sesame. Still great. Also, I used leftover turkey instead of chicken because it was there and it was fast.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I had two extra bananas so we needed to re-stock the freezer.