Life Lately

This past week went by so quickly! I feel as though I blinked and it was suddenly Friday. Trust me, I’m not complaining. Last Sunday I spent some time roasting up some of my farmers’ market finds to use in this week’s lunches (black beans + rice). The results were pretty tasty!

On Sunday night, I was finally feeling better, so we headed to P’s in Raleigh for an Oscar viewing party. We had quite the spread of appetizers and desserts to eat while taking in the pre-show (my favorite part, even though Ryan Seacrest tested my enjoyment of the red carpet proceedings this year) and the awards themselves.

After work on Monday I came home from the gym and chopped up all sorts of salad fixings for the week’s dinners. Tomatoes, mixed greens + romaine, Trader Joe’s light champagne vinaigrette, radishes, green onion, carrots, and sauteed tempeh. So easy and so tasty!

On Wednesday Kate and I had an impromptu date night to a sit-down Mexican restaurant followed by the world’s least expensive frozen yogurt trip ($3.20 for us both!). At least I sprang for a margarita at dinner to make up for it…

Even more flowers bloomed this week! I absolutely love the variety of crocus we planted in our garden- white and purple striped with bright orange stamen (?).

While working from home (aka a different coffee shop), I snapped this photo in between all of my email sending. I love these lanterns!

After work (and before a three hour board meeting!) on Thursday, Kate and I took a quick trip to Staples for exciting things like printer ink. Fortunately, Kate found all of the items on our list while I lusted after all of the beautifully displayed Martha Stewart products that came out recently. Thank goodness for good spouses!

On Friday, I took a quick lunch break to meet up with a friend who was sadly moving out of town this weekend. We hit up City Beverage in Durham, which has some of my favorite decor in the area, not to mention a great menu. I got my standard: the bahn mi chay sandwich (it comes with tofu) and a side of garlic fries. Om nom nom.

After work, Kate arrived home to find that her brand new iron had come in the mail. Have I mentioned that my wife does all of the ironing (and laundry!) in our house? It is indescribably awesome. Anyway, our old iron bit the dust, and so she did some hardcore research before settling on this one. I’m happy to report that it’s every bit as awesome as she’d hoped.

Saturday morning Kate baked banana-walnut-chocolate chip muffins while I visited the farmers’ market. I then met up for lunch with a friend from college who was in town for the UNC-Duke game, followed by some grocery shopping. It was so good to catch up and hear about her life in Charlotte!

Saturday night we headed to a friend’s in Raleigh for dinner and games. We had so. much. food, y’all! One friend brought fondue with baguette and apples for an appetizer, another brought brie + strawberry preserves with baguette, and we brought some goat cheese and baguette. Basically it was carb-central, and I loved every minute of it! We had such a great time catching up and cooking together and our friend R did a great job with dinner! After dinner we started out by playing Hoopla and then eventually transitioned to writing down three secrets about ourselves, putting them into a bowl, and having everyone guess who put what. We ended up each telling the stories behind our secrets and it was such an unexpectedly fun way to get to know really good friends even better.

This morning I finished making my first batch of iced coffee of the year (I use a bastardized version of Pioneer Woman’s method and keep it stored in airtight pitchers in the fridge). So easy. So tasty. So much less expensive than stopping at Starbucks before work!

During the day we did a run-walk around town with a friend, went out for more Mexican food for lunch, did even more grocery shopping (I swear it’s a rabbit hole), and I made vegetarian chili and cornbread.

We’re now camped out in front of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ (just as good the second time around!) with a double batch of granola cookin’ in the oven. Here’s to a great week ahead!

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