Ok, so maybe I'm enjoying this week off just a little too much. All of this time to go moping around in my head has left me a little off-center, as well as my kitchen bare (who runs out of olive oil?!) and my house, well, filthier than usual.

I know. It's hard to believe.

But it's barely light out and I'm already wide awake and almost through my first cup of coffee. So I am proclaiming today Get'erDoneDay. On the agenda?
  • meet LG at the gym at 9
  • laundry
  • walk the dog. At least twice.
  • clean the house
  • get groceries
  • run to Chevy Chase to buy espresso
  • new pillows - must. buy.
  • hit the bookstore for a new read...I'm spoiled after reading two great books at the lake. need new stories!
  • find a new recipe for dinner. While I have time to make dinner, it's time to add something new to the repertoire.
I have to say that there's a large part of me that really misses the routine of work, even when I'm only away for a few days. It's so tempting to check in, to get re-invested in what's happening and to want to take care of things as they arise, even when I'm not technically in. And this is of course the time when I think "OMG, did I forget something?" in regards to every aspect of the summer. It's difficult to leave it behind. But before I know it I'll be up to my eyebrows in singers and Whack-A-Mole, so I should enjoy it while I can, right?

So, gentle readers...any advice on a good new read or a tasty dinner recipe? (Take-out or getting ice cream for dinner doesn't count - we've already done both of those...some more than once...) I'm all ears!

My five:
  1. Time off mid-week.
  2. Green...nature went and got herself all tarted up, and I love it!
  3. Clean, warm laundry.
  4. Small indulgences.
  5. Choices.


Anonymous said…
I'm trying something new for dinner tonight - pinto beans! Not something I've made before, but I figured, why not? Simple enough to make! Pair it with my famous guac and a salad, and it's good to go.

The guac, as I made it today:
2 avocados
1 mango
2 ripe bananas
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 bunch of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
pinch salt

For heat:
1/4 tsp chipotle pepper powder
1/4 tsp "rooster" sauce (chili /garlic sauce)

Mix all ingredients and mash with a potato masher. Refrigerate 30 min before serving.

You can't go wrong with this recipe -- no bananas, it's fine. More mango? great! A chopped jalapeno for heat? sure! The only mistake I've made is to use too much rooster sauce -- red + green = brown. Yuk! Still tastes good, tho.

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