Another month, another what-I'm-into post...
Spring! We first saw our house on March 4, six years ago. That is kind of a desolate time around here. We knew, theoretically, that the house had nice flowers and flowering trees, but only later did we really learn the extent of it. It is fun to watch the seven month flower show begin, going from the daffodils of March to the Michaelmas daisies of October. The tulips are pushing up, the plum trees will go soon. I'm antsy to see if I'll miss the magnolias while traveling for spring break. I hope not. Because they are absolutely fantastic.
Good boots. People in northern, snowy climes have a saying that there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. The kids all have Bogs boots. I had a pair, but my 9-year-old commandeered them (!) so then I bought myself a pair of Muck boots. Both brands are great for rain and deep snow, and are so easy to put on that even the 2-year-old can get them on by himself. Actually, this has turned into somewhat of a problem, as he has decided to start going outside without telling anyone. Yet another reason he has to be watched like a hawk. Anyway, given that winter extended deep into March this year, and the last pile of snow on our driveway just melted, the boots were key.
Garam Masala cauliflower. I found a sheet pan recipe in one of my magazines for chicken with garam masala and cauliflower. I made it a few times, but realized the part I like best is the roast cauliflower. So now I just make that. Cut up a bunch of florets, coat lightly with olive oil, then put on salt and garam masala spice. Roast (at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes), then serve with plain (full-fat!) yogurt. A creamy, tasty way to get another few servings of veggies.
Dobby Be Free Knickers. I now own two pairs of these Athleta running capri-length tights and plan to buy more lest they suddenly decide to stop making them. As the "athleisure" trend takes flight, I find a lot of so-called exercise gear is designed to be worn at the coffee shop if you wish to appear like you've just been exercising. So of course the expectation is that you'll have a cute bag and all that to store your phone, keys, ID, etc. These pants, on the other hand, were designed by someone who actually runs 5+ miles outside. There are two side pockets that can hold a phone in one and gels in the other (if you need fuel during the run) and then a zippered back pocket that can hold your driver's license and car keys. I may look like a pack mule but the truth is I don't care what I look like while I'm running.
Brooks running shoes. I bought a new pair of Ghost 9s to replace my Ghost 8s. The reviews online were mixed but I've found that every pair I buy feels good running right out of the box. That's good for keeping up the streak (I just hit 100 days this morning).
The out and back trail. Much of distance running is mental. The upside of the out-and-back trail I sometimes follow along the river is that at the point you decide the distance you'll be doing, you've only done half of it. E.g. you decide to do 7 miles at the point you've done 3.5. So you feel pretty good -- and then you've got to get yourself back to the car somehow, so you suck it up on the back half.
My local library. It just re-opened after a year-plus renovation. I went on Friday and picked out five books for myself ahead of an upcoming spring break trip, and then went back on Saturday with the big kids to get books for them. The children's librarian was deft with their queries: books for kids just learning to read, books about Minecraft, books on history. She was a bit wide-eyed at the selection. My 9-year-old picked out a book on Kate Middleton (he has been reading my People magazines now that I kind of stopped) AND a "Super bug encyclopedia."
Our kid-friendly church. My 2-year-old is in an actual Sunday school class, where they do stories and activities and such. When we were looking around years ago, even some places with seemingly a lot of kids just put everyone up to age 5 in a nursery.
Basketball. I watched the semi-finals of the NCAA last night, and will watch the finals Monday night. I quite enjoy basketball (as anyone who's read The Cortlandt Boys might have guessed).
Blue Moon. Still the beer of choice for sports watching around here.
Sleeping in on weekends. No, the baby is not sleeping any later. But my husband has been traveling way more than I like, meaning I've taken the early wake-ups most of the weekdays for the past several weeks. Weekend mornings are my reward.
Actually using the gift certificates I get at silent auctions. I used one at a boutique called Skirt around here today. I made sure to go quickly so it wouldn't sit in the drawer for years!