23 4 / 2014

While this weekend report may seem two days late, I’m actually extremely proud that it’s only two days late, instead of being posted at all!  This weekend was really good, but really exhausting.  Evan was baptized this weekend and I was confirmed, so we had both families in town, which can be exhausting for me.

Friday was a pretty excellent day, and you may have been able to tell from my posts from Instagram.  I had the day off, so I slept in and was feeling really good about myself; true story, that picture is, I believe, the first time the general public has seen me without anything between me and them (I didn’t even use a filter!).  Ordinarily, I either feel protected by my glasses and/or some makeup, but the whole no sugar during Lent thing had my skin really cleared up and I was sleeping better, so I was feeling really good just they way I am.  I treated myself to this month’s UK Vogue with Nigella Lawson on the cover (because I am so in love with her!) to read while I got my nails done for the first time since the wedding. I also watched a lot of French romantic comedies; Evan doesn’t mind them, but I know they aren’t his favorite, and I like having something that is just mine.  I knew that the families were converging on us on Saturday, so it was nice to take some time to myself.

Oh, also occurred on Friday: the most Chapel Hill moment that has ever happened to me.  I went to Whole Foods to grab lunch and some salmon for dinner, and I tried to get into the wrong Subaru Outback.  And when I realized it, I looked around to see FIVE other cars identical to mine within my field of vision.  My car was about four cars down.  Luckily, I don’t think anyone noticed, but…wow.

Anyway.  Saturday.  Saturday was a little crazy.  Farmer’s market, last minute cleaning for parent arrival, Good Saturday prayer, Great Vigil rehearsal, parents arriving, baking, nap, dinner with the other catechumens, our sponsors and the bishop suffragan, and the Great Vigil of Easter.  It was an amazing service.  The first half, including the baptisms and confirmations, were done by candlelight, and the joy I felt when the lights came on and we gave the Paschal Shout was incredible.  I may or may not cried when Evan got baptized, and I’m still trying to put into words my feelings on being confirmed in the Episcopal church.  I’ll share when I find the right words.

Sunday was church, family lunch, and nap time.  Since Sunday and breaking the Lenten fast, I’m not going to lie, Evan and I have been feeling like crap.  We’re thinking that, while we won’t be as extreme as we felt called to be during Lent, reducing the amount of sugar we eat is definitely going to be a permanent lifestyle change.  Expect to see more blog posts in coming weeks on my experiments in refined sugar-free living.

All in all, good weekend.  But I’m kind of glad to be back to work and the normal routine right now.

20 4 / 2014

oupacademic:

Happy birthday, Joan Miró!
Joan Miró was born on 20 April 1893, and was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Find out more about his life in Who’s Who.
Image: “Moon, Sun, and one Star” by Joan Miró. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

oupacademic:

Happy birthday, Joan Miró!

Joan Miró was born on 20 April 1893, and was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Find out more about his life in Who’s Who.

Image: “Moon, Sun, and one Star” by Joan Miró. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(via alpha-lima-lima-papa)

20 4 / 2014

Day 28: Easter lunch! Ham, potato salad with herbs and bacon vinegarette,  and radishes and peas with truffle butter to enjoy with family! (Not shown: gluten-free poundcake with strawberries) #Easter #food #100happydays

Day 28: Easter lunch! Ham, potato salad with herbs and bacon vinegarette, and radishes and peas with truffle butter to enjoy with family! (Not shown: gluten-free poundcake with strawberries) #Easter #food #100happydays

19 4 / 2014

Day 27: This guy just got baptized! #happyEaster #greatvigilofEaster #100happydays

Day 27: This guy just got baptized! #happyEaster #greatvigilofEaster #100happydays

19 4 / 2014

Setting the scene for Easter lunch tomorrow

Setting the scene for Easter lunch tomorrow

18 4 / 2014

Having a really good self-esteem day! #nomakeup #iwokeuplikethis

Having a really good self-esteem day! #nomakeup #iwokeuplikethis

17 4 / 2014

15 4 / 2014

So much of this.  Because, look, yes, the things on this list are delicious.  I’m not going to say they aren’t.  But stop trying to make food cool or some element in to build your social cachet.  Eat food you like, eat it because it’s good, eat it because it strikes your mood, eat it because it makes you happy.  Heck, eat it because it is in keeping with your philosophical or political ideals, if that’s your bag.  

But please stop making food trendy.  Stop making it about style.*  Stop making me tired of delicious things because I can’t go anywhere without seeing 15 ridiculous overuses of bacon just because.

*I do consider cooking to be an art as much as a skill, and I am aware that there is an element of style to food insofar as that goes.  It’s the difference between designing and buying a beautiful dress, for me.

(Source: huffposttaste)

15 4 / 2014

"Anything that makes life beautiful is a good thing."

Nigella Lawson. (via andthecollisionofyourkiss)

14 4 / 2014

This weekend turned out to be pretty awesome.  We didn’t make a lot of plans, because Evan’s mother was supposed to be coming into town Sunday evening, so we had a lot of preparations to make.  Saturday, we got up early to go to the Carrboro farmer’s market and found ourselves in the middle of a street festival, Carrboro Open Streets.  There were booths about bike safety, Zumba classes, yoga in the middle of the street, kid’s art stations…it was a pretty amazing display of community to behold.  We decided to grab a bottle of water at Weaver St. Market and enjoy the weather and the festivities for a minute before we headed back home to clean.  Which we did for the entire rest of the day, except for an hour or so when jennaywithan-i came over for some coffee and visiting, which was lovely.

Sunday we were able to get our chores done early to make our way out to Rougemont and Prodigal Farm’s open barn.  They are in the middle of kidding season, and there were baby goats everywhere.  I’m pretty sure that that is what heaven looks like.  I especially bonded with one little black and white girl named Husty…she just followed me around and snuggled me, and I totally wanted to bring her home to be Dacs’s new caprine sister.  We also took a tour of the dairy and tasted some incredible cheeses that I’ll be writing about later (trust me, they deserve their own post).  We came home from that to do our cooking and ironing for the week, and got a call that Evan’s mother wouldn’t be coming after all.  

All’s well that ends well, I guess.  I got to play with baby goats and hang out with some friends, so I’m putting it in the win column.