Happy Friday! I have to admit that I didn’t realize that it was already Friday. Time has a way of slipping by when I’m on vacation. Earlier this week, we celebrated Ashton’s job promotion. He’s worked so hard for this for so many years and my heart is full of pride! Unfortunately, for now, he’s having to work a beastly amount of hours. I am so used to him being home, that I’m feeling a little out of touch and lost without him. However, with most things, there is a silver lining. The benefits that he’s receiving now are such a blessing! And, because he isn’t here, I am having to challenge myself to do new things. Sometimes, you need a little push to be able to grow.
Here is my Favorite Five Friday list:
1. Putting a Cooler Together. I put together this cooler for the pool today. It’s been sitting in my garage for weeks, and the thought never crossed my mind to put it together. After all, that’s a guy’s job. Right? While I love Ashton’s new job, I have to accept that I am going to have to learn to do different “guy” things. While I struggled to put it together, the frustration level was high. But as any man would do, I looked at the pictures and figured it out. I was puzzled, however, as to why there was a packet of lubricant included in the box. There was nothing in the directions about lubricant. After 10 minutes of trying to push a plastic tube through a rubber grommet, the light-bulb flashed. I’m not sure which would have been a more comical sight….my climbing into the cooler to get a better look at the situation, or my rubbing lube all over the tube. I have come to the conclusion that when life gets difficult, add lube. In that situation, it was truly a game-changer. You had better believe that putting the cooler together was a two glass of wine job! Now, where is that pool?
2. Painting Crown Molding. Yuck. I have put this job off for 8 months. Yes, you heard me correctly. While I don’t love to paint, it’s the caulking and hole-filling that is completely horrible. In hind sight, it really wasn’t that bad. If you take into account that the tube of caulk developed a hole in the side. It squirted all over me, on the floor, in my hair, and on my clothes. Including the intense clean-up efforts, it took only three days to complete the job. There are a lot of hills and craters in the freshly painted molding. And, the paint is a tad thick in areas. I might have painted over a little dust and a few cobwebs. However, if you squint your eyes, the overall affect is fantastic! I don’t know why I waited so long.
3. A Date Night with Hubbles. As I mentioned, I haven’t seen a lot of my husband this week. When he called last night to ask me out to dinner, I readily accepted. With only an hour to spare, I scrubbed off an acceptable majority of the caulk and paint. I even had enough time to enjoy a glass of wine, by myself, in Smokey’s Bar. I began to realize last night, that it was really nice being able to put on a little jazz while I waited for my date to arrive…..maybe absence makes the heart grow fonder. We went to my favorite restaurant, The Laughing Owl, where I had the spicy lemon shrimp. Amaz-a-balls! (Yes, I did just say that word. )
4. Painting my Nails. As an art teacher, during the school year, I completely give up on having decent fingernails. During the year, my nails scrape glue off of the tables, pry open icky glue bottles, and slice open countless packs of construction paper. In art, nails aren’t something that look pretty; they are purely functional tools of the trade. So, during the summer, I actually paint my nails. And I love it. I feel pretty. I especially love this new nail polish from e.l.f. This color,Dragon Fruit, seems to go with everything! And, at $2.00 a bottle, it’s a steal. Buy some. NOW!
5. Dinner with Sister Pants. There is nothing I love better than creating healthy foods in the kitchen. Even better is healthy food, sister time, and wine! This week, we tried out this awesome mandolin, from Williams-Sonoma, that my was gifted to me by my in-laws. They always know exactly what I like! We made a beautiful zucchini salad with a cucumber dressing. (Recipe coming up on the blog next week!) We also sampled the wine that she purchased in New York. I can proudly report that there were no food casualties that night. And, if ever I am in upstate New York, I must visit Schwench Cellars.
As I am sitting here tonight, dining alone, I realized that life will always throw you a curve ball. Life, as you know it, could change tomorrow. Celebrate what you do have now. If change does come your way, make the most of it. To every dark cloud, if you look hard enough, there is a silver lining.
What were some highlights of your week? Please comment!