Ahhhh…  Peace and quiet.

The human tornadoes have just vacated the premises, not to return until 3:15 this afternoon, and it’s Coffee O’clock — the best time of the day.

What are you doing to occupy yourself on this fine Friday?  I was supposed to go on a ladies’ retreat to the beach this weekend, but thanks to the presence of bone-chilling cold and wind and rain, AND A CHANCE OF SNOW, the event was called off.  We’re gonna do dinner instead.  So tonight, instead of hanging out in my slippers and yoga pants with a few girlfriends at the beach, I’ll be venturing out in the driving rain to go to dinner.  But hey, at least I won’t be cooking, right?  And there’s something to be said for sleeping in one’s own bed, even if the inhabitants have a way of multiplying throughout the night.

Other than that, the weekend’s pretty wide open because, as I said, I was planning to be at the beach. Since when does it SNOW in October?  What is this, the North Pole?  It’s a good thing we have a good mall nearby or I’d be packing my bags for warmer climates.  I hear it’s 95 in Florida right now.  Of course my friends in Florida are coveting my fall temperatures, which just goes to show, the grass is always greener on the other side of the Mason Dixon Line.

Speaking of a good mall.  I decided to go to the mall and meander yesterday.  That’s always a bad idea.  Because I find things I didn’t know I wanted.  Like this.


I’ve been hankering after a French Press, but this one is not only prettier than the average French Press, it’s actually insulated so the coffee stays warm.  Brilliance!

I’m thinking Santa might be getting a letter sometime soon.

And speaking of shopping at William Sonoma, aren’t these the cutest?  If I’d seen them in the store, I’d have bought them right up.  Instead I got these — boring, but serviceable.  And now completely devoid of sticky price tag goo, thanks to a trip through the dishwasher.

Then, as I was walking through Nordstrom, I spotted the Ugg slippers that inspired my Tar-Jay designer knockoffs.  Yes, teenagers everywhere are coveting my slippers.


My Target knockoffs are just fine for schlumping around the house, but I’ve heard how infinitely comfortable the Ugg is, and I was curious.  What does a $100 slipper feel like, anyway?

O MY GARSH. (My mil always says garsh. Cracks me up every time. Evidently when you’re from Pittsburgh, superfluous r’s appear in words that otherwise do not have them.)

Let’s just say, that while $100 is pretty steep for footwear that is not intended to cross the threshold into the great outdoors, not that that has stopped me from venturing forth on occasion wearing my Tar-Jay designer knockoffs, there are no words to describe the level of comfort of the Ugg slipper.  Which got me to thinking.  Don’t our feet deserve the best?  Think about everything they do for us.  We ask a lot of the feet.  What better way to reward one’s feet for their diligent service than with a pair of the most luxurious slippers money can buy?  I’ll have to ponder that one.  There are a lot of other places I can think of to put $100.

In other news, yesterday I got in the mail 2 boxes from the Tastemakers Potato Challenge and McCormick and Schmick’s.  One contained a pocket video cam and a gift card for groceries for the challenge, and the other contained over a pound of fresh Mahi Mahi to use in my recipe.  I spent hours going back and forth with a friend via email, and we finally came up with a recipe that I’m hoping will garner me plenty o’ votes!  My dear husband stopped at the grocery store on his way home from work and picked up the ingredients I needed, and then he set up his video studio in our kitchen and recorded me making the meal.  If there’s a sure fire way to divorce court, it’s having your husband play videographer/director/producer of your cooking experiments.  No, truly, I appreciate his help and his attention to detail, but let’s just say there are a few expletives to be edited out in the final cut.

We finally wrapped up the filming and ate at 8PM.  Now, THAT’S commitment to a challenge, wouldn’t you say?  Or perhaps it’s just my competitive spirit getting the best of me.  But I’m glad it’s done, and as soon as we have it produced and uploaded to YouTube, I’ll be begging for your votes.  I apologize in advance.

Meanwhile, I plan to spend this dreary day at home in my yoga pants and Tar-Jay designer slippers.  My main objective for the day, other than baking a couple loaves of bread, is to stay dry.  ‘Cause a girl’s gotta have goals.

What are your plans for this dreary weekend?

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16 thoughts on “TGIF!

  1. Lookin’ like a laundry weekend for me… By the way, I’m discovering that an excellent pair of shoes helps ward off the feet problems that slow down my tennis game. I just bought a new pair of sneaks and they’re so much more supportive than my old ones.

  2. Getting away for a couples weekend…no kids! We do this every year with 2 other couples. It’s only in Branson but if FEELS like it’s a gazillion light years away. No one’s sick and the bags are backed. Counting down the hours till we leave…..

  3. In Colorado it has been known to snow as early as labor day. I think this year it was closer to September 20th.

    I am not enjoying the cold and dreary weather here in Maryland either.

  4. I love to see what other people buy at the mall! Since I am never able to go alone and look at things I want to look at, it’s nice to see what things other adults are shopping for. That ring is fabulous!

  5. Not so dreary here. Sunshine and mid 90’s. So I think we’ll be bbq’ing. I saw a recipe the other day for cranberry bbq chicken breasts. Sounds delish to me. And a great way to get a taste of fall in spite of our stubborn summer that just doesn’t want to go away.

    Enjoy your dinner with the girls.

  6. Sounds lovely! I secretly love it when things just drop off my calendar and leave me with free time! Love the ring! (or RANG, because below the mason dixon we add a twang to everythang).

  7. Scrapbooking with the girls at church tonight! I’m making a 5×7 book for my hubs to take with him when he travels. It will be my first digital scrapbooking project, and I am WAY excited!
    Tomorrow it’s the pumpkin farm with our BFFs (and my 7-year-old future son-in-law). =) Tomorrow night is some good NASCAR.
    Sunday it’s church, followed by a family portrait session for some friends, and church community group at dinner time. Yup yup, it promises to be a good weekend, especially since we’re supposed to see the sun! Mr. Sun has been MIA for the last month here in Arkansas.

    So sorry about your freezing beach! And I’m with you on coveting the Uggs. Those look so comfy!

  8. Your weekend sounds much more fun than mine. I get to sit outside in the bitter wind, rain and cold to watch my oldest daughter’s marching band. Tomorrow’s high is 45! Add the wind and the rain and we are looking at 37ish. Yep, I’m sure I’ll be sick again next week. But I did go into Eddie Bauer and picked up one of their awesome blankets that was half price.

  9. The UGGS are worth every dollar spent. I have some of those slippers and I wear them EVERYWHERE. The best part is that you don’t need socks.

  10. That ring has my birthstone in it and would look perfect on me. 😉

    Love the French Press – I’ve been wanting one for years.

    The weekend – actually low key this time. Soccer and church and a little yardwork.

    Have a good one!

  11. Well, we are on our NINE DAY FALL BREAK (hooray for homeschooling!), and I have begun with: Christmas music, candles, crocheting, and a crackling fire. I will keep doing this for a week until I am fully relaxed.
    The solid metal French press, btw, is GREAT. We got one at Starbucks that has been fab. We had other glass ones that always cracked eventually. The stainless steel wears like iron, and makes lovely coffee.

  12. We just got home from three days at the waterpark, and tomorrow is laundry and yard work. It is going to be nice for the first time in weeks on a weekend and I have a list of projects to do.

  13. I bought some Ugg boots in about 1995 and STILL have them. I don’t wear them outside of the house usually either, which is good since they’re such a fashion police no no.

    Also, go for the french press!! I have one and LOVE it, I’ve been using it for about two years now instead of a coffee maker.

    I use an insulated carafe with mine because I make two rounds of coffee in the press (we drink that much) so mine is just the glass kind.

  14. Those UGG slippers look comfortable indeed. And pretty cute too, actually.

    I have to admit that I will spend TOP DOLLAR for my feet. For example, I am planning to buy another pair of El Naturalista clogs soon. Very soon. They are ever so comfortable…and stylish too. 🙂

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