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The day I wore a big red flower in my hair

Posted Feb 07 2011 12:00am

I really can’t believe that today’s a Monday; it’s been a pretty fantastic day, and it’s not even noon yet. Which is nice, because I had a simply glorious weekend, and it’s always nice when that feeling of happy contentedness can spill over into the workweek.

One reason things are so lighthearted around here is the fact that the weather has been gorgeous!  This weekend it was sunny and in the mid – upper 70s.  (Please don’t kill the girl from Northern CA for living somewhere so beautiful.  I do feel slightly guilty to be basking in this warm weather when so much of the country (and many of my good friends) are dealing with frighteningly cold temps). But I am loving this weather, and have taken full advantage of the fact that I own a convertible -  top down all the way.

Before I tell you about my weekend, let me share a little something with you that absolutely made my day.  This morning I received an email from a parent of one of my seniors, and she wrote:

May I say first and foremost, thank you so very much for EVERYTHING you bring to the table: to your students and to our son. I love that you push him to be more because he is more! May I say you are his favorite! It is always so nice to have a favorite teacher for anyone’s life. So again, thank you.”

How cool is that?  It makes all the long hours of planning lessons, grading papers, and sometimes dealing with less than respectful students worth it.  To know that I touched someone’s life that way.  That I’m THAT teacher for him.  It completely and utterly made my entire day.  And to start off a Monday like that, you know it set a great tone.  :)

But on to the weekend update.  This weekend was chock full of fun activities.  LC and I had our social calendar BOOKED, and we enjoyed every minute of it.  It’s funny, I now seem like I’m on the same schedule that LC is – when the girls are home, it’s more of a get schoolwork done and clean the house kind of weekend, and when they’re at their dad’s it’s more of a let’s go out and have some fun and be active weekend.  It’s actually sort of nice to be on that routine.  It definitely adds a good balance.

Friday Night
I had a Trubate to a 3 1/2 star sushi restaurant than neither LC nor I had ever been to, and so we were planning on using it Friday night. Unfortunately, our plans were foiled when we got stuck at home waiting for the Medifast package that never arrived. So, so frustrating. It turns out that the bad weather around most of the country affected the package that I was supposed to receive, and even though UPS.com said that it was on time and should be delivered by “end of day,” it took 30 minutes on hold to find out that in fact it was late and wouldn’t be arriving until Monday. I was pretty upset, because it meant delaying my plans for another day, plus the fact that we ended up staying home and eating leftovers when we could’ve been enjoying a sushi dinner. But, we made the best of it. LC had purchased Chinese food the night before in honor of Chinese New Year, and since the girls eat like birds, there was more than enough left over for us to share. After dinner, we talked for hours as we lounged on the couch, which was nice, because both of us were tired out from our long work weeks. Even the pups were pooped:

Saturday

LC and I had some really fun plans on Saturday, including getting much needed mani/pedi.  I haven’t had a pedicure since I moved to the new place, which was in September, so you know my feet needed some TLC.  I really want to make sure that I have the time and money to get a pedicure at least once a month, because I love when my toes look good, even if they will be in socks and shoes the majority of the next two months.  No one else might see my painted toes, but I’LL know they’re looking good.  I had to choose red, but  this one is more of a springtime red, which went with this weekend’s weather

Our other main plan was to go to high tea as part of LC’s Christmas gift (we’ve both been so busy that this was our first opportunity).  We tried a place that I’d discovered through Trubate called Satori Tea Company , and I loved it.  They had a wide range of teas available, and we could smell the teas before we chose which one we wanted. I chose Lady Londonberry and LC got a custom blend of cherry and almond.  The tea service was described as rustic country English tea, and was anything but stuffy, which I appreciated.  The tea, sandwiches, and desserts were all scrumptious, and it was nice sitting in the very eclectically decorated room.  It was a nice opportunity to take time out of our busy lives and just relax over a hot cup of tea while we caught up on everything.

Once we got home, each of us decided it was time to catch up on some housework and laundry, so we went to our respective houses until about 7:30 or 8pm, when we had dinner together.  My mom had given us this delicious pasta dish that she’d made, to which I added a salad of spinach, mushrooms, and blue cheese.  Paired with a glass of good red wine and we had ourselves a dinner to remember.  Again, we talked and laughed and just hung out until we both decided it was time to turn in, because we had more fun planned for Sunday.

The weather on Saturday was beautiful, and once we saw this sunset, we knew we were in for more loveliness on Sunday. This sunset capped off our day perfectly – it was a gorgeous way to end a delightful day

Sunday

Sunday morning the sun was already streaming through the blinds at 7am, so I knew we were in for a warm day.  Even Miss Lulu enjoys the morning sun as she tackles her favorite chew.

A slow morning of coffee & newspaper (and of course more laundry), LC and I headed to the local farmers market.  The one that I go to most often is cool because it’s open year-round.  We found lots of great things, including:

I’ve been wanting flowers to put in my hair for a long time, but whenever I find any, they never work because the clip they’re attached to is always too small to hold all my hair.  These were perfect because they are glued to duck clip s, which are strong enough to hold even my mop of curls.

I thought the colors coordinated well with the darker colors I have in my wardrobe.  They just make me happy to see them, and with this great weather, I was totally inspired to wear one to school today (see photo, above).  I figured that the look was either fun and funky or totally dorky, and I was ok with either one, because I felt pretty wearing it in my hair.  And really, that’s all that matters.

Of course, the main reason we went to the farmers market was to pick up some veggies, especially because on Medifast I eat one lean and green meal a day.  So it was time to stock up on the green.  And boy, did I.  I found dino kale, rainbow chard, and good old spinach:

Popeye would be proud, wouldn’t he?

One of the best thing about the farmers market is trying new items.  And for someone like me who has been exposed to all sorts of fruits and veggies her entire life, it’s not often that I come across something new.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a sign advertising watermelon radishes:

The flavor is much more mild (less “hot”) than a regular radish, and their color is just beautiful.  Very springy.

After we got back from the farmers market and ate a bit of lunch, we decided it was too spectacular not to go on a bike ride around the neighborhood.  So that’s exactly what we did.  And boy do my thighs feel it today.  :)

In all the time LC and I spent together, we never ran out of things to talk about, which is a testament to how close we really are.  Good friends, and especially good friends who are sisters, can spend 2+ days together and still have things to say.

It was a glorious weekend.  One that reminds me of how sweet life can be if you let it.  A perfect mix of relaxation and activity, coupled with a lot of sunshine.  Perfect!!

Oh, and the Packers won the Superbowl!  I really didn’t care who won, but it was nice to see a very deserving team finally win the big one.

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