weekend in pics.

BBQ and brews on Saturday.
Much needed latte.

Kitchen companion enjoying some sun.

Cooling off with some pool time.
And suddenly, we're back on a Monday. This weekend I was able to accomplish everything I wanted, which was a whole lot of nothing. After a long day on Friday, I made cauliflower pizza (using Trader Joe's cauliflower crust) and went to bed early.

Saturday I took my sloth-like ways to a level that surprised even me, but I managed to get my act together and meet my brother and his family at Carter and Stevens Farm for BBQ and beers. It was a lot of fun: the food and beer were delicious, and while it was super crowded it was definitely a fun summer night.

On Sunday I had lunch with my mom and then proceeded to get toasty at the pool--the weather was absolutely perfect. I made a pesto pasta salad with mushrooms, spinach and chicken for dinner and continued reading Hello Sunshine (it's been okay so far, but not my absolute favorite--I think I much prefer Laura Dave's other novel, Eight Hundred Grapes). I'm trying to soak up as much as the remaining weeks of summer that I can--I can't believe we're halfway through August.

Here's hoping the work week goes by quickly!


weekend things.

a successful sushi lunch

I'm a little late on the weekend recap, but as my favorite saying goes, better late than never.

On Friday my family and I celebrated the life of my grandfather. We had a lovely church service and reception followed by the burial and gathering at my uncle's house--it was hard, but at the same time it was the perfect celebration of a truly wonderful man. The dichotomy between the relief of having a loved one no longer suffer and the feeling of loss is stark, but being surrounded by family (some whom I haven't seen in years) provided a lot of comfort.

On Saturday I ran some errands with my mom and sister and then had a delicious sushi/mai-tai lunch...which led to a nap while Sleepless in Seattle played in the background. I was finally able to pull myself together to make Ina's turkey lasagna (sans goat cheese) and it was perfect.

Sunday was a pretty low-key day, but the highlight was celebrating my niece's 3rd birthday. I love that her personality is really coming out--she is an absolute riot.

And in other news, I was promoted at work a couple of weeks ago, which has been a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I'm so appreciative that I was recognized as being the right person for the additional responsibilities (I mean, who doesn't like that???) but on the other, the timing isn't great and it means a lot more time on the road. This entire month is going to be filled with a lot of training, and I'm already super exhausted by the time I get home. It's going to be a (hopefully good), serious adjustment.

TGIW--I'm looking forward to a sleep-filled weekend. 


hello, august.

I can't believe it's the first of August--time is seriously flying by. Truth be told, this summer has been a pretty rough one for my family and we've been most recently dealing with the death of my sweet grandfather who passed away last week. I'm so lucky that I have such an amazing support system and we're able to lean on each other, but I also hope we can catch a bit of a break soon.

I've been able to make it up to Maine for a few long weekends which has been great, and this past Saturday I saw The Head and the Heart with my sister in Boston at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (such a cool venue). The band was so good and I'm hoping to go to their show in Portland in September.

Other than that, I'm plugging along. I have some things in motion that will hopefully come to fruition in the fall but I need to constantly remind myself not to get stressed out over the stuff that's beyond my control (something I really, really struggle with).

So...deep breaths. I'm using the start of a new month as a clean slate and fingers crossed there are good things to come.