Happy Friday!

There is something about watermelon that just reminds of us of summer, isn't it? I'm looking forward to a lazy summer weekend by the pool and lots of watermelon.  Last night I was actually able to get some household chores behind me and I finished "The Glass House," so I'm ready for some more quick reads this weekend too.  By the way, I love this poem by John Tobias; it such a good reminder of how precious summer and life is. I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy every moment.

 

Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle Received from a Friend Called Felicity

During that summer
When unicorns were still possible;
When the purpose of knees
Was to be skinned;
When shiny horse chestnuts
    (Hollowed out
    Fitted with straws
    Crammed with tobacco
    Stolen from butts
    In family ashtrays)
Were puffed in green lizard silence
While straddling thick branches
Far above and away
From the softening effects
Of civilization;
During that summer--
Which may never have been at all;
But which has become more real
Than the one that was--
Watermelons ruled.
Thick imperial slices
Melting frigidly on sun-parched tongues
Dribbling from chins;
Leaving the best part,
The black bullet seeds,
To be spit out in rapid fire
Against the wall
Against the wind
Against each other;
And when the ammunition was spent,
There was always another bite:
It was a summer of limitless bites,
Of hungers quickly felt
And quickly forgotten
With the next careless gorging.
The bites are fewer now.
Each one is savored lingeringly,
Swallowed reluctantly.
But in a jar put up by Felicity,
The summer which maybe never was
Has been captured and preserved.
And when we unscrew the lid
And slice off a piece
And let it linger on our tongue:
Unicorns become possible again.
John Tobias

Read Anything Good Lately?

I'm in the mood for some lighter summer reading.  I feel that I've gotten a bit bogged down in the classics lately, and I'm looking to read something a bit more recent.  Here's what I'm hoping to read this summer: The Glass Castle, Great House, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Nectar in a Sieve. Any other suggestions? 

Polka Dot Shorts!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  I took a long-weekend, and I was able to go see my sister before she drove down to Florida and celebrate my parent's anniversary and sister-in-law's birthday.  On Saturday we went to a work event for the husband and some of our out-of-town friends came to visit Saturday night.  On Sunday, we just recovered from all the excitement, and  I also happened to see some Old Navy new arrivals online.  Aren't these polka dot shorts really cute?



While I can't really pull off shorts well, the weather is driving me to them, so I ordered the black and white polka dots.  I had a giftcard that I've been carrying around for a year, so I don't feel too bad about the purchase either.  I can't wait until they arrive!  Any summer staples catching your eye lately?

Pots and Pans

I like to consider myself a pretty organized person.  I'm constantly trying to clear out as much clutter as possible, but at heart, I'm kind of messy.  Just ask my poor sister who had to share a room with me when we were growing up.  Truly, if the clutter can be out of sight, then it doesn't really bother me.  I discovered this when the husband decided to organize all of our "important papers."  In my opinion, if I had all the paper in one spot that was organized.  Apparently, you are supposed to divide it up into categories and now we have three expanding folders all neatly labeled.  After having pots and pans come crashing down on me one to many times, I've realized that our kitchen cabinets could probably use a little help.  The problem is that there are too many things and not enough space. I currently have them stacked, but without a divider like this, so I'm hoping a system like this might help.  Anybody else dealing with a lack of kitchen cabinet storage?  What are your tips for coping?
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A New Little Lovely

I took the plunge and bought the J.Crew bubble necklace off eBay.  It's my first eBay purchase (shocking, I know), so who knows how it will turn out.  I had been thinking of buying one for a few weeks and finally took the plunge.  The husband acquiesced, because he thought I was getting an okay deal by buying a knock-off.  It'll be interesting to see how I like it, because it's so big, but I've seen it worn by so many other bloggers and I'm definitely a fan! What do you think of the piece?

Father's Day Festivities

 I've been feeling under the weather for most of this week and busy at work on top of that; however, Friday is finally here!  I  kind of dropped the ball on posting, but also on Father's Day festivities because I was feeling poorly.  Even though we've had Father's Day cards purchased for weeks, we hadn't signed them. When I realized this last night, I urged the husband, but he seemed unconcerned.  Timeliness of cards isn't really an issue in his family (thank goodness). I'm going to try to go home for Father's Day, but in case I don't make it, at least there will be a card.  Are you doing anything to celebrate this weekend?

Founding Farmers

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  Among other things, the husband and I spent some time at our apartment's pool and also enjoyed a nice dinner at Founding Farmers.  I've wanted to go there for two years, and we finally went! They have a popcorn of the day, which was a fun appetizer, and both of our entrees were very fresh and good.  Sadly, we didn't make it to dessert, but I'm hopeful that there will be a next time.  Of course, I would forget my camera, but it was nice just to savor the experience  Even though we've gone out to dinner a few times recently, it's still really fun to go out.  What were the highlights of your weekend? 

Happiness

It's been one of those weeks, friends! It's been a pretty stressful week, but I'm focusing on the fact that it's going to be over soon and I'll be seeing my parents Saturday morning, spending time by the pool, and going out to dinner with the husband.  I have so much to be thankful for, but it's funny how easy it is to forget that.

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Another Cheap Thrill: Forever 21

On Sunday afternoon the husband and I went to the mall.  He needed a diversion from doing work and I'm never one to turn down the mall.  Anyways, somehow we wondered into Forever 21 and picked up this little gem.  The husband wasn't amused by my little trinket, the store, or the line.  But for $6.80, there was no way I was leaving without it. They had a really pretty aqua colored one that I almost went with (honestly, if I'd been by myself, I may have bought them both), but I picked up the coral because I've been really drawn to the color lately.  When I got home, I discovered it matches three items that I already own, so I think it will get a decent amount of use this summer. I don't really buy that many pieces of jewelry, but when I do, I try to make them relatively inexpensive (this isn't exactly a classic piece).  The husband seemed to think it would be better if I lusted after something a little higher quality, but I think in the end, they are all just trinkets.  Are you a fan of quality over quantity?  I'm sure I would be, if I had a bigger budget!

My Find from an Apartment Moving Sale

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope that you had a great weekend.  Mine was quiet, which is exactly what I needed.  The husband and I went to our first "apartment moving sale", and we picked up this little shelf, plus the containers for $14. While it isn't going to last forever, it's giving us more storage.  Since the shelf freed up space in the closet, we have room for a hamper.  Originally, we had a plastic laundry bin, but it was too big for the space.  I picked up a hamper and some baskets at Home Goods Sunday afternoon, so I guess the $14 purchase wasn't as inexpensive as originally thought.  Does this ever happen to anyone else?