Okay, let’s tell a tale through words and pictures that will recap my last few days.
Friday was Studley.
Friday was a long workday (as are all Friday’s I think). Once 4:00pm hit, I hit the roads. I was headed to the craft store and to Target. Mom had requested NCIS Season 2 for her birthday. We really enjoy crime dramas and refer to them often in our real lives. “You should touch that, you know they will dust it for fingerprints”, “Remember that one episode where the wife got away with it because she buried the husband in the backyard…. Remember it well”.
After acquiring the crime drama series, I headed over to Michaels to get crafts for our much-anticipated Paint + Wine = Awesomeness party next Friday at Amy’s house. We are to bring 1 canvas, 1 fun paint, 1 bottle of wine and some snacks to share. We are also to bring an inspirational piece of art/jewelry/saying, etc that will help to spark our created flair on that day.
I find that Michaels has Canvases on sale, so I get 7… because that’s how I shop. Then I find the paints… and get about 8 of those. They are so pretty and now I’m imagining all the stuff around the house I can paint and “up craft” in order to meet my current visual stimulation needs. I also get some new brushes because the 12 I have at home might not be enough. I finish it all up with push pins in order to complete my 007 (as in secret agent) coaster making project at home.
I got done with my craft-a-licious shopping and headed home to meet Jason. We had a date night and were headed out to Hooker’s Resort to grill ourselves some Ribeyes. Well, he’d be grilling the steaks and I’d be grilling the bread. It turned out that he grilled it all and I just sipped on my very summery rum drink. Che sara sara.
We headed over to the Thirsty Moose where our roommate, her bf, her sisters and friends were all having dinner and a couple of beverages. Also there was our friend’s Sarah and Mike. We met up with everyone and had a drink down by the lake at the tiki hut. Jason’s back was bothering him so we decided to go home and relax there. Which was fine with me because I knew I had a chocolate bar waiting in my purse and crafting supplies for the weekend.
Saturday I get up and do my normal morning Zumba routine. 50 minutes of jumping and salsa-ing my way into an extra slice of pizza and 2 brownies when necessary. I work out so I can eat more of what I want. And look sexy while I do it. I ate some cinnamon raison toast for breakfast and then grabbed the husky and took him for a walk.
Tyson: Losing his mind as usual on the beginning of our walks. OMG, OMG, I’M FREEEEEEEEE!!!! SQUIRREL!
After our walk, which is 3 miles long… consisting of 1 mile of Tyson trying to walk me, 1 mile of him walking nicely besides me, and the last mile of him looking at me with something along the lines of doggy disdain. I lead him to water after and let him pass out on the cool tiled kitchen floor.
I head over to the Piggly Wiggly (grocery store) for some much-needed lunch items and get a text from Dad and Jean that they are headed into town for the Farmer’s Market. This is great news as I was trying desperately Friday to wrangle some friends to accompany me there, since Jason had to work all weekend, and much to my dismay it just didn’t align with my friend’s schedules. So, I practically skipped out of piggly wiggly with (Jason’s) Mayo and (My) Kiwi’s and ran home to get ready to head out.
The Farmer’s market was wonderful. We walked around, soaked in the beautiful weather, got to see and hear all the local Madison flavor and culture. Got to spend time together. It was just great! Dad picked me up some fun food goodies.
Spicy Cheese Bread from Stella’s (the 6 mini-loaf pack), 2 quarts of organic strawberries and some cheese made for grilling/warming and serving with Wine. (Okay, maybe that’s not what it’s for…. but that’s what I made it for).
After the Farmer’s Market, we headed to Quivey’s Grove for lunch. That was delicious. I had a large salad and then their mocha fudge ice cream dessert. A-maz-ing. We stood outside afterwards and watched a wedding while we talked and plotted about my future wedding.
The fact that Dad and Jean are so on board about talking “weddings” with me makes me happy. They have high expectations and expect me to be with the best partners. That they approve of Jason and our life together, while not necessary, really means the world to me. Especially because Jason also means the world to me.
After this we headed to West Towne mall for some more chocolate, courtesy of Godiva, and some sparkly shopping. I got some wonderful shoes, a pair of earrings and a few bracelets at Charming Charlies (aka best store for accessories EVER). I also scored a seriously lovely set of rings from Swarovski Crystal. They are called, “The Double Wide”. I know that sounds like trailer, but they look like mansions… so I don’t care. Plus it’s fun to tell people who Dad bought me a double wide.
Behold… the double wide.
We parted ways after the mall and I went home to make Jason and I dinner with my farmer’s market finds. I made sandwiches and strawberries, and accompanied them with the cheese I fried up, some venison sausage and crackers… and wine. Gnarley Head, Pinot Noir (As Jason would pronounce it, Peanut Norway).
- Classy Ingrid Dinner Creation. Complete with Paper Plates and Flowery Wine Glasses.
I ended the night with some much-needed crafting time. I finished up my 007 coasters.
Sewing the batting to the coasters.
28 Random Coasters made with Love… and a little blood because there was a lot of sewing pins in there.
Sunday I woke up with my normal Zumba routine, and then woke Jason up for a breakfast of Lunch with Elvis coffee, eggs and toast. All courtesy of me. So, they eggs were a little goofy looking, but the toast and coffee turned out great. I went to work with him at my friend’s house in Cottage Grove.
Picture from Work Van side mirror. Notice I’m wearing the double wides. Oh yeah.
I spent the morning pulling nails out of baseboard that had been removed in order for him to install their new wood floor and was now needing to be re-installed… sans nails. I’m not going to lie, after a couple of blisters and uncooperative nails, I was a little grumpy. However, he did just gorgeous work.
New Wood Floors in Foyer and Hallway. Courtesy of Jason.
We got done around 1:00pm and headed home to rest and relax by the pool. Our roommate had family over to enjoy the pool and their children. We all ended up hanging out, splashing, sun bathing and eating by the lovely pool. Jason makes a good pool boy too. I took about a 1.5 hour nap after that and Jason made some phenomenal Chicken Parmesan. Mmmm Mmmm Good. With squiggly noodles, which are my fav.
After dinner I found some old quilt(ish) projects that I had started and decided Sunday evening was as good a time as any to finish them. So, I had at it and completed them.
The yellow backing on the pretty kitty quilt is super soft. I think Jason almost cuddled up with it.
Shortly after finishing these projects, we trotted off to bed like good little boys and girls to be well-rested for our Monday.
Monday was an uneventful day at work, but I got to leave early to go get my retainer which I have to wear for 6-8 weeks until my invisalign aligners arrive. Goody goody. I wore it last night, until we started drinking wine. Yeah, wine on Monday… it just seemed like that kind of day. We re-heated the chicken parmesan leftovers… equally as delicious on the second day. We went for a quick shopping trip to get brownies, because not only was it a wine-monday… but I really needed it to be a brownie-monday also. So Jason drug his tired butt with me to the store and we were able to fulfill that request.
I finished the evening off while Jason watched the Stanley cup with some crafting. I had gotten the idea to create cube decorations inspired by another fun blog I follow. I gave one to Mom in her birthday gifts… which was almost (but not quite) a week late. I’m sure the anticipation made it totally worth it.
- Cube-Flags of Awesomeness
Probably the best (most adult) decision we made was to NOT finish the bottle of wine and go to bed at 9:00pm. We were both exhausted from our Monday’s and needed a fresh start for our Tuesday (Terrific Tuesday as Jason often texts me in the morning).
It’s been a good few days. Tonight is Vince’s first baseball game of the season. I’m super excited to get to cheer him on and watch him progress in this endeavour. I’m proud of him. He’s a pretty cool little dude.