This turned out to be a slightly more relaxed weekend than I'd anticipated, which was good because I needed a break from running around.
I started the day by baking two loaves of Italian bread. My plan was to turn one of the loaves into Stuffed Cheesy Bread on Crack for a game night that evening. The other would be left to complement the minestrone I made on Sunday.
To give you some insight into what I deal with every day, once my husband got up I said, "Did you enjoy the smell of fresh-baked bread when you woke up?"
His reply, "I didn't really notice."
You can forward applications to be my new husband to the email address listed on my "About" page.
So anyway, in the afternoon I helped judge a pet costume contest at one of the PETCO stores where my rescue group has cats on display. The winner was this American Bulldog dressed as The Incredible Hulk. Here she is meeting her fellow Avenger, Captain America.
He's holding his hand like that because he had just petted She-Hulk and realized that dog-safe spray paint and sweaty palms don't mix.
I stopped at the grocery store on my way home and was thrilled to discover that pomegranate season has begun, so I purchased some and made pomegranate salsa. I'll have to pick up some more of the secondary ingredients to make another batch soon. Yum!
That evening, I went to A Librarian's house to play Cards Against Humanity with a group of friends. Thanks to the magic of technology (specifically Facetime and an iPad on our end), one of those friends played from the comfort of her own home in another city.
It really worked amazingly well. The room lighting was a little problematic, but they'd done a practice run beforehand and worked out how the virtual gameplay was going to proceed, so it went so smoothly that we might as well have all been sitting at the table together.
However, only those who were physically in the room got to drink gummy bear martinis.
On Sunday, I put Toby's sweater on. He was less than thrilled.
My husband had a band in the studio and their cars blocked me in, so I cooked all three meals at home that day starting with waffles, proceeding to tuna sandwiches and finishing with the delicious minestrone. I had three bowls for dinner. It might be my favorite food in the world.
It was really nice to have more time to spend at home than usual. I didn't get in as much reading as I'd intended, but I'm sure the pets appreciated all of the extra snuggling (and probably the food smells as well, although they didn't get any of it).