Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sugar and spice and everything nice

What a great day! We didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but it was filled with nice things and time with my boys. I needed that.

While R and A were off at R's swimming lesson, I cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed and Swiffered, dusted, and ran two loads of laundry. I can't remember the last time I was that productive in just 45 minutes! That was a nice feeling.

After lunch, we headed to the mall to find accessories for R's Halloween costume (he wants to be an Army guy). A and I were giddy to discover that the long-awaited Sur La Table had finally opened! While R whined and laid on the floor (until I told him that if he kept doing that, we weren't going to the Lego store), A and I shopped in heaven. Oh my word, that is the best kitchen/cooking/food shop ever created. I picked up just a few little things - a demitasse spoon for R (he finally came around and found some things he liked), letter cookie cutters to spell out R's name, and a little ceramic spice jar that we plan to use for storing our kosher salt. Isn't it sweet?

While I was paying at the register, an employee came over and asked A if he would be interested in a cappuccino. Um, hello - me, too! The guy demonstrated two different espresso/cappuccino makers for us (one of them cost $3,000!), and I enjoyed a lovely little free cup of decaf cappuccino while A had his espresso.

A and I are planning to go back to Sur La Table for our next date night. :-)

After finding R's Army accessories at the party store, we headed to Whole Foods. To keep R's spirits up while we shopped, we saddled up to the gelato counter and got a black raspberry gelato for him and a tiramisu one for us. Oh my, what a perfect sweet treat for the afternoon. Even the tiny cups and spoons were beautiful, so we kept them.

At home again, R and I played a Lego board game and listened to "A Prairie Home Companion" while A made dinner (rotisserie chicken and roasted vegetables - carrots, sweet potato, zucchini, and mushrooms with shallots). The perfect fall meal!

After dinner, we curled up under a blanket (we live in New England where waiting as long as possible to turn on the heat is a source of pride, so sweaters and blankets it is until our family's goal of November 1st) and watched a National Geographic show about the crystal caves of Mexico. R's interest in geology is alive and well, and he was fascinated by the giant crystals and harsh conditions in those amazing caves.

Now, I'm blogging (writing makes me so happy) while sipping a hot mulled cider mixed with blueberry port, and then I'll be poring over the new issue of Whole Living, my new favorite magazine.

I call that a good day. And a blessing.

How was your day?


sandwhichisthere said...

I was glad to learn from your Twitter comments that it was blueberry poRt.I was also glad to read about your love of grocery stores and cooking stores. The apple is very close to the tree roots.
Yesterday I went to the grocery store and got ten pounds of beef and ten pounds of chicken thighs. I also got some Rachael Ray beef stock. Cook's Illustrated recommends it and it is cheaper than Pacific beef broth which was their former favorite. I have plans of making pot roast. The chicken thighs are a staple here. They are cheap, flavorful, and impossible to overcook.
You mentioned gelato. How I miss the little gelato shop in Revere that I used to frequent. It was right next door to a pizza shop. Talk about a match made in heaven!
I also wait until November first to utilize the heat. Your Mother subscribed to a much later date. There were times when the wolf at the door was trying to get out.
I stopped by two yard sales and the book sale at the library. The yard sales were brimming with crappy junk. Lots of monitors and printers now that the rubbish guys will no longer take them.
It was a wonder filled day. The colors of the trees and the crispness of the air combined for a wonderful outing,

Stefwoodsdc said...

Love your new blog layout and the tone of this post! You deserve many, many more days like this!

I'm out of my chemo-induced haze so I'm feeling very grateful!

I love you!!!

Kristen said...

Dad: I had no idea what you were talking about (poRt) until just now! Whoops. That typo has been fixed. :-) Ah, yard sales - that would have been the absolute perfect addition to my day, except that I am not allowing myself to go to any yard sales until we have one of our own.

Stef: I'm glad you like the new look! And, I'm really glad you've come out of the chemo haze. Two down, one to go? You kick that cancer's butt!

sandwhichisthere said...

dusting the bulbs with athelete's foot powder before planting them will keep squirrels away. I don't know how it will work if you dust them after planting but it might be worth a try. Pushing a moth ball into the dirt might work but I have never tried it. It works on skunks and will keep them away. It also works on Republicans and other noxious vermin,