seriously THRILLED to have an extra day to this
we're getting closer to the apartment therapy finish line, but there's still plenty of work to be done . . .
you may note that the piles don't seem to prevent the master builder from enjoying the fruits of his labor.
fine with me, as long as those piles stay AWAY FROM MY PRISTINE DESKTOP, please:
what's that? you wanted to see what was in those drawers?
loving. it. of course, i now need to find a happy home for the rest of my stationery/notebooks/office toys, but there's no reason i need 10 different blank notebooks at my fingertips at all times, right? [. . . i think?] i am going to try to stick with this minimal setup at least for the time being.
i feel more zen + focused already.
[although maybe that's just the result of 3 consecutive nights of 8-hour+ sleeps]
mediterranean dinner party!
we've built a pretty solid sunday dinner routine with k + m [aka dr. s]. from polish to swedish to french and back again, we've had some serious culinary adventures together. no matter what the theme, a night with these two means flowing conversation + flowing WINE! last night was no exception.
i was going for some sort of mediterranean vibe, but i'm not sure the elements came together in any sort of cohesive way. but no one was complaining [at least not to my face!].
perhaps not as pretty, but still tasty and a fun way to start the evening. i'm not sure this beverage was the ideal accompaniment to this little aegean snacking tray:
the main event: sara moulton's braised lamb shanks with ratatouille. i chose this recipe mostly because i had [unknowingly] purchased every vegetable it called for at the farmer's market on saturday morning. plus, when else would i have time to make something with total preparation time: 3 1/4 hours??
served with a side of buttered egg noodles, i think it turned out quite well:
our eating marathon continued with a dessert wine + cheese course:
and somehow, we still had room for jenna's blueberry crisp --
other than recovering from the above feast and doing a little more cleaning/organizing, not much is on the agenda! i may head over to BP later today for some yoga fun, and josh and i are about to head out for a very short run in 80-degree heat. mostly, i just plan on kicking back and enjoying this EXTRA day -- every minute of it :) happy 4th of july!
[yep, i posted this last year but couldn't resist a repeat!]