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lazy sundae: kthxbye, summer

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Seagull on a rock

I woke up this morning to the scent of someone’s wood burning stove wafting into our bedroom, accompanying the crisp ocean breeze. It’s one of my favorite smells because it’s a sign of cooler weather, and cooler weather = happy Leslie. Yankee Candle just can’t make that happen. Sorry, but it’s true. Even that seagull up there agrees with me.

Bill and I went downstairs, fried up some bacon and eggs with a side of whole grain toast, fought off two needy cats who desperately wanted said bacon, sipped coffee and enjoyed the light breeze blowing though the house that was just cold enough to require pajama pants and a long sleeved shirt. I love that we can sit in silence and just enjoy our surroundings without having to tell the other one to hush it. We’ve lived together for a little over a year now and have settled into a comfortable rhythm, and we’re typically in sync and on the same page for when it’s appropriate to do and say absolutely nothing and have it be enjoyable.

We discussed recently that we’ve peaked. This beautiful home on the ocean is a rental, and eventually we’ll move on to purchasing our own home, but we haven’t figured out where or when that’s going to be. We have beautiful views, an easy commute by boat, a lovely and quiet neighborhood, nice neighbors, beaches and entertaining wildlife. We’ve peaked. Unless one of us hits the Powerball like that lucky lady in Massachusetts last week, we’re never going to be able to afford to purchase a home in this sort of situation. It makes me sad and anxious to think about, so I just have to remember to take the time to stop and appreciate it while it lasts, as often as possible.

Darla the deer

So anyway, we talked about our plans for this lazy Sunday and I commented, “I had a dream last night that I made a gigantic oatmeal cream pie. So, I’m gonna try to make that today.” Bill replied, “Well, you gotta chase your dreams.” I think I snorted a little bacon out my nose on that one.

I plan to “chase my dreams” today, as well as do a crapload of laundry – half of which is going to ThredUp with the hopes of getting some money back. Have you ever used ThredUp? I’ve sent them a few bags of stuff over the last couple years with some success in terms of profit, and that’s coming from a woman who is perpetually behind on the latest trends. So if you’re actually up on the trends? You could probably do pretty well. I’ve never actually purchased anything from them (simply because I try not to spend money on clothes), but I am constantly seeing things I’d love to add to my wardrobe. 

Speaking of clothes, Bill recently got his first StitchFix Men’s box and he ended up keeping everything in it – and I was shocked. His stylist, Ciara, really nailed it for him. It didn’t go too far out of his comfort zone, but just enough that he added a few really nice pieces to his wardrobe: khaki pants from Mavi, casual low-top sneakers from TOMS, a dress shirt from Fairline, a polo and a long sleeved shirt from Tailor Vintage (a personal favorite brand of mine because they’re big on nautical styles). I was so happy he got things that he liked, because he struggles to do any kind of clothes shopping – I think I’ve converted him to be a StitchFix lover like me. Plus, I got a $25 credit for referring him, which certainly doesn’t hurt. To my stylist, Sally: You can expect an order from me very soon ;) If you want your own, I’d love it if you signed up for Stitch Fix using my affiliate link!

Yesterday we watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 twice yesterday (yes, twice) and I made an easy new recipe with figs that will be perfect for fall (I’ll be posting that recipe this week, stay tuned!). In addition to that, we tried a couple new ice creams from local companies. Let’s start with the good:

Lizzy's Ice Cream "Chocolate Orgy"

Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream is a cult favorite in suburban Boston, and it’s easy to see why. The “Chocolate Orgy” is perfect, and dare I say even better than Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Rich chocolate flavor, lots of chunks, and just plain delightful.

Vice Cream "Afternoon Delight"

You know what’s not a delight? Vice Cream’s “Afternoon Delight”. I have no idea if this is typical because it’s our first soiree with this brand, but our print was 95% vanilla ice cream with a couple pockets of chocolate fudge and caramel. Bill and I split it and I only got two bites of chocolate, and never even got a taste of caramel. I was pretty disappointed in this one. We also picked up a pint of “Higher Grounds” so I’m really hopeful for that one.

I think King Arthur Flour overheard me talking about fall baking lately, because an email just popped up as I was writing this titled, “summer’s farewell”. That’s a much nicer way of saying how I feel about summer, which is “BYE FELICIA”. They linked to this late summer berry torte and I think I drooled a little on my keyboard. I’m a bit partial to my own blueberry muffin recipe, but their recipe for Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins sounds like perfection. I didn’t live in New England when Jordan Marsh department stores were still around, but I’m told they were iconic. 

Alright, time for me to start chasing my dreams of a giant oatmeal cream pie – have a great week!

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