This week we have:
This week we have:
Chicken Gyro Salad
Ganache-Topped Mascarpone Brownies
Outside my window... Sunny, hot, not much changes. We had a bit of rain over the weekend, but it seems to have passed. Sigh.
I am thinking... I am just NOT cut out to be a gardener. And this is the last time I assume that an employee at a garden center knows squat about flowers! Turns out half of my plants can't handle heat. The other half hate being over-watered. So I've been drenching the whole thing thinking I was protecting them from frying, little did I know, I was drowning my thyme and my roses! Sigh. I should have just asked my Mom what to buy from the beginning. Luckily, most of the plants that love Colorado's hot, dry summers are also cheap. So I can replant again! I shall prevail!! And the saga continues :)
Source: enchanted cornerIn the kitchen... Ah, kitchen fantasies! It may be a bit silly, but the room I dream about most in our someday house is my kitchen. I rarely think "WOW, just look at that BATHROOM!" or "I want my living room to look just like THAT!" Just doesn't happen. I have no idea what I'm going to do with the rest of my house, but I know exactly what I want in my kitchen. Just let me dream for a few minutes, all right? I'll be back with you shortly...
I am looking forward to... Starting new habits! I've always gotten up barely before or just with the boys. This week I am waking up early, every day! Starting my day off before they wake up. I'm hoping gaining control over my day this way will help me stay more productive, accomplish more goals. It certainly worked this morning! I'm always loved the idea of silent early mornings all to myself while the boys are still asleep, but have been in the habit of holding on too tightly to every last minute of sleep. Here's hoping I learn to be a morning person!
Source: PinterestI am reading... "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. This is a regular re-read for me. It was only published a few years ago, but has earned itself a spot next to the Bronte's, Jane Austen, and Wilkie Collins. I know, I know, those are some awfully big claims, but truly. I don't know how someone of this era managed to capture the feelings of those venerable novels, but she did. If you like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or The Woman in White, you must read this book. It is haunting and beautiful and you will be lost in it for days. So clear your schedule, people!
Around the house... Ugh. My home is a battlefield today. The boys are on their 3rd hour of attempting to clean their room. They keep interrupting themselves by playing, wrestling, tattling... we're instigating a new schedule of tidyness as of this week. Rooms will be cleaned every day. I hope it doesn't take them long to figure out how to just get it done. Am I expecting too much, honestly? Mornings like this are rough!
I am thankful... Oh goodness, this daybook is coming off a bit grumbly, isn't it?? I didn't mean for it to. I'm not in a bad mood. I am thankful for so much!! We had a fabulous camping trip, even with all the rain, a wonderful long weekend all together as a family, I redeemed The Geologist's birthday last night with a Skype game of dominoes with my family and a fabulous dinner, I even did the dishes for him! I'm thankful for that lovely day. I'm thankful for my friends here in CO, and scattered around the world. I'm thankful for this gorgeous apartment, the fact that I live HERE and not in Houston *shudder*, that I am still healthier than I have been in 11 years, that 90% of the time my boys are the sweetest children ever, and that life is just good!
Source: PinterestOne of my favorite things... Hayley Westenra. She's a singer from New Zealand, and I adore her voice. It's so perfect, and pure, with never too much drama, never too much vibrato. I always cry, just a little, when I listen to her. She reminds me, just a tiny bit, of how I could have sounded if I had been dedicated enough to truly work on singing, years ago. Ah, the wistful wishes of "might-have-been"! Anyway, next to Julie Andrews, she is my favorite female vocalist ever. In "Quanta Qualia", I swear she sounds just like a flute. Gorgeous!
Who is your favorite singer ever, and why? Any genre!
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