In the spirit of holiday sharing, I caught the boy’s cold right after Thanksgiving. So I spent most of the weekend sleeping and doing a bit/a lot of online shopping for the holidays. All in all it was a great weekend, just not very inspirational… here is what I have been loving in recent weeks!
1. Seattle. Two weekends ago I jetted off to Seattle for a quick weekend trip. I love living in Idaho but I frequently get cabin fever so it is quite nice to get out of town. I stayed with my wonderful friend Ali, who just happens to be the best tour guide and Idaho loving girl around.
A highlight of the trip was enjoying dinner with friends from college at Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar. We enjoyed shots of tequila, rounds of margaritas and some quality Mexican fare (amen for kids quesadillas…Gina Hagerty) all while catching up. Some things just never change. The service was a bit slow and the restaurant was incredibly loud, but the super cool atmosphere and catching up with friends was well worth it!
Highlights from the trip below!
2. New Thank You Cards. I purchased two identical sets of thank you cards at one of the most incredible paper stores in Seattle, Paper Delights. The antlered and arrowed cards were just too great to not buy out. With the coming holidays I know they will go to good use!
3. Idaho Hunting. While I have been a vegetarian for more than half of my life, I truly have an appreciation for hunting and “harvesting” your own meat. The boy is an AVID hunter and spends a majority of his free waking hours out with Miss Maude exploring Idaho. Here is a great article, appropriately titled Are You Hunting Too Much, that is both endearing and hysterically true to share if you have a special someone who is also addicted to hunting…
I took advantage of a day off to enjoy a day of duck hunting with the boy, my brother and the pups. I have been wanting to see Miss Maude at work with her beloved birds and it was the perfect opportunity to go. Unfortunately I was not feeling very well and literally spent most of the time sleeping in the duck blind but it was still fun to be involved and watch the boys and dogs in action!
4. Mini Houses. I have a recent bizarre obsession with mini houses for no particular reason. Maybe it’s the allure of the simplicity and open floor plans that generally incorporate walls of windows that has me captivated. If only I could give up half my closet I might have a chance at living in one of these gorgeous spaces…
5. Inspirational Stories. Recently I have been a sucker for inspirational stories. I generally find myself sniffling alone at home but just cannot stop clicking on the links that follow me on Facebook. I found both of the below stories beyond inspirational and restorative of my faith in the human kind.
Arthur the Adventure Racing Dog joined an adventure racing team and finished a grueling race across Ecuador. Must read for any animal lover! And to calm all of your worries, Arthur was adopted by a member of the team!
Coach Catches Teenage Running with Multiple Sclerosis after every race as this teen collapses on the finish line. Regardless of if you are an athlete or not, this young woman’s desire to keep running is incredible.
6. Thanksgiving & Goats. Every year we enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt and uncle’s home. They have three amazing children who are growing so quickly into young adults. Not only do they have three children but also just about every farm animal you could imagine!
Immediately upon our arrival we went outside to see the goats (obviously). I have to admit, their goats are pretty amazing and make me think about adopting next Spring. We also enjoyed another incredible dinner cooked by my aunt. She is so wonderful and thoughtful that every year she not only prepares a meal that is devoured but also cooks my stuffing outside of the turkey (something vegetarians everywhere can appreciate). Everyone else enjoyed a 37# farm fresh turkey they raised that starting cooking at 8:00 a.m. It was a GIANT bird!
After dinner we played a few games, pet the cat and digested the incredible meal. I didn’t manage to capture a picture of any food, which is just a testament to how delicious it was!
7. Snow Days. While Miss Maude has been loving the snow, my lovely but old pugger Lizzy isn’t quite as excited about all of the snow. She has to be bribed to leave the porch. So Lizzy and I are pulling on our Christmas sweaters a bit early while Maude is racing around destroying all hopes of shoveling a nice path. I have no shame in dressing my dogs up….