Friday! Now usually I'm not one to promote a waiting-for-Friday type of life, but I'm glad to see this week pack its bags and hit the road because tonight WE are headed out of town. Tonight we're meeting my sister for dinner at a new (to us!) restaurant, then tomorrow it's on to DC with my sister, brother in law, and their kids to celebrate my niece's 8th birthday. I've been hard at work on a gift for her - since I didn't think to start before Tuesday! - and I'm hoping to have it finished by tomorrow.
Last week we were in Richmond from Wednesday through Saturday, and spent a lazy Sunday doing some unpacking, browsing the goodwill bookstore (where we found $200 worth of "I've been wanting to read this" books - several of them unopened! - for $19.85. Boom.) We saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I absolutely loved it. I'm such a nut for those types of movies, all things Star Trek, Avengers, Star Wars, X-Men - they just all capture my attention like nothing else. (Is that insanely dorky to admit??) It was a perfect way to start the week as we've been talking about trying to make Sunday's less of a hurry-up-and-get-ready-for-Monday marathon and more of a family day. I hope by the time we bring our little one home we'll be in such a habit with things like that, family day and movie night and Sunday brunch, that our little one will grow up with those traditions from the very start. So no time like the present, yeah?
Green smoothies! I'm on day 4 of 30 (though I don't expect to be consistent with them while we're out of town this weekend) and I've already started noticing a difference in how I feel. I think it has more to do with the actually eating something before noon part of the smoothie routine, but nonetheless I'm sold. Any favorite recipes? What started out as a very calculated, measured recipe on Tuesday slipped to a 'dump everything in the blender because we're going out of town and I don't want that to go bad' smoothie this morning. Surprisingly, they've all been delicious regardless of what I put in them!
Wednesday, my usual day off, I hit the thrift stores for summer clothes - finding tons of tops including a Coldwater Creek tee with tags still on!, a pair of sandals, and a few gifts for the kids this weekend. I remember when I was little and our grandparent's would come into town for a birthday, and they would always bring gifts for all of us - even if it wasn't our birthday. That's one of my best memories, so I try to do it for my nieces and nephews as I can. But speaking of clothes, my closet is a mess since the move - with no real structure or organization, and a laundry pile constantly on the hallway floor. I started to pare down by taking out all of my non-favorites and texting pictures to my sisters. Soon everything was spoken for, and I had no problem bagging it up to go to them this weekend. It's always easier for me to get rid of things when I know they're going to someone I know rather than just AWAY. Whatever works, I say.
Our evenings this week were all spent making dinners - because eating alllll of the veggies one bought the weekend before is especially tricky if even one meal is eaten out - submitting adoption papers, continuing to unpack, and settling in early for Redbox movies and the end of White Collar, season 5.
And now it's Friday afternoon and the fun begins in just two hours! So cheers to Friday, friends, and I hope your weekend holds more joy and springy-weather than you know what to do with. xo