Weekend in Review

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This weekend was exceptional. It feels like summer is here and, just like every year, I forget I actually love summer until we’re in it. However, check in with me around August and I might have other opinions about the weather. August in Georgia is no joke, friends. Imagine a super-sauna and then crank the humidity up to 1000 and that is what Georgia feels like at summer’s end. But, for now, the weather is swell and let us all soak up our farmers’ tans, grill all our food, and keep our eyes peeled for the perfect baby sun hat. Maybe the last one only applies to me, but it sure is a cute accessory necessity we can all think about for a moment. Something like this or this (to coordinate with mama) is at the top of my list for my teeny girl.

Also of note, my dear, sweet baby slept 7.5 hours Friday and Saturday night… and Pal and I got to do the same! What a beautiful gift (and one I will never take for granted).

On Sunday Harper got to experience her first cookout. A few of us went to our friends’ house and enjoyed delicious food in the great outdoors. It doesn’t take much more than a back porch and a nice breeze to make me happy this time of year and, judging from the picture below, my kid feels the same. It was glorious – steak, veggies, corn muffins from heaven, and blueberry crumble with extra Cool Whip. Harps napped through dinner and this mama said a million thank yous.

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If I can make requests, as I am wont to do, I’d like for every weekend to feel a lot like this past one. So, consider my request formally logged and sent out into the universe.

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Lastly, I leave you with this:

“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” – Mrs. George

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Adios, Weekend!

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Another summer weekend comes to a close, and I have to say, this one was rather nice. Friday night was spent at home catching up from being in Austin for a couple days. Meal planning, tv watching, all-together not a far cry from any other Friday. We were just sleepier. Friday was also Day 1 of Whole30! It came and went like a breeze. Pals were a little snacky that night and when Tex went for the homemade popcorn I decided to toast a bit of coconut and almonds in coconut oil with a sprinkle of kosher salt and cinnamon. A touch sweet and fixed my snack craving right up.

Saturday night we celebrated a city’s birthday with some friends over some fireworks. It was lovely! Snacks, music, and most certainly the fireworks show of the summer. We also got to play with babies! Incredibly cute babies, to be precise.

Today was nice and slow, complete with a little back porch reading, iced tea making, pug snuggling, and a delicious dinner of pork chops and crash hot potatoes (my new favorite thing ever).

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Photo Aug 03, 5 28 53 PMDon’t worry, Elizabeth got lots of pets and kisses, too.

See ya later, weekend! Monday, I think I can handle you.

Memorial Day Weekend 2014: A Post of Mostly Nothing

This weekend was a little of this, a little of that, and one day longer than normal; which makes it extra lovely in my book.

Not a whole lot happened of note, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway! Aren’t you the luckiest?

Saturday I managed to cart myself to not one grocery store, but three grocery stores. See, it’s getting good already. By the time I cleaned the house, bought food all over town, and whipped up Joy the Baker’s Cherry Pie Bars, I thought I just might be done for the day. But lo, Pals opted for a last-minute movie date and finally saw The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was marvelous, as was the medium popcorn and diet coke combo.

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Sunday we churched and headed over to our friends’ house for a BBQ. The rain held off long enough for everyone to stuff themselves silly. I think it’s written somewhere that the only way to kickoff the summer is with various grilled meats and mayonnaisey side items.

Today I managed to clock a good 10 hours of sleep (it’s my magic number). After a slow morning, we did various backyard-ish things before the rain rolled in. While Pal trimmed lots of greenery, I:

– checked out the mulberries Lola is currently obsessed with. There are many streaks of purple where I never thought there would be.

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– bathed both pups – terribly dramatic each time around. Lola shook and looked at me like I’d betrayed in the worst way. Elizabeth swapped cone for bath temporarily and I’m fairly certain considered running away. Alas, they both survived and got to have a treat.

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– painted my nails and very patriotic shade of red.

– continued to read Nora Ephron’s collection of essays, Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble, from the comfort of my back deck. The best kind of reading happens on back decks. A little bit of a suntan wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Pal finished the yard just in time for a fairly theatrical thunderstorm. We took full advantage, opened lots of windows to catch the breeze and started on the final season of Mad men.

Life Lately

Oh hey there! Turns out the winter took with it my creative juices. But, lucky for you, the winter is drawing to a close and I might just have a thing or two to say in the coming weeks.

First thing’s first… this baby:

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SHE’S OURS FOREVER (and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever). In a serendipitous turn of events, Lola is now a Grubbs and life is grand.

Speaking of Grubbs, the in-laws came to town last weekend! There was much eating and much playing. The four of us, plus the pups, enjoyed a 70 degree day at Stone Mountain Park on Sunday. It was wonderful and Elizabeth and Lola were able to sniff and explore to their little hearts’ content (which tired them out in the best possible way).

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And now I leave you with this handsome fella. Adios!

Snow Day… or Something Like It

Snow days in Georgia are something to ponder, are they not? Sure the schools get closed a day or two out of the year, but what we like to call real snow days (or a snowpocalypse), they come once every three years or so and shut the whole dang city down. Around noon today the snow started falling and hasn’t stopped, as far as I’m aware. The steady rate with which it fell and the dropping temperatures sent Atlanta into a tizzy, and fast. I was skeptical at first, until an hour or so later it was clear that the driveway into our office building had already iced over on one side. Traffic very quickly backed up and the gridlocked cars looked as bad, if not worse, than driving over a little ice.

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We waited out as best we could, but by 5pm we knew it was now or never (at least for the Beefs’ sake). We made it back to our hood (a little over 8 miles) in an hour and a half… and we were lucky. I’ve already heard reports of coworkers sitting in traffic for over 5 hours and walking miles in the snow (after having left a car behind). Needless to say, it’s nasty out there. Yes, so many other regions have seen far worse than our meager couple of inches, but we are seemingly always ill-prepared. And for something that happens once every few years or so, how prepared can we be?