Friday Musings: Schlafly’s, Lentils, Cupcakes, a Kiss and The Goldfinch

I am still getting settled into a St Louis routine, but am becoming more and more comfortable as the weeks go by and summer comes to an end. One of the highlights of the week was an impromptu date night at Schlafly’s Bottleworks on Wednesday night. I had seen on Twitter that they were having a farmer’s market that night in their parking lot and after an emergency trip to an auto repair shop in Maplewood (no one was hurt and the car was parked – someone was nice enough to leave a note), we decided to make the best of a bad situation.

I love farmer’s markets and it was the perfect stress reliever to aimlessly walk around from tent to tent, talking to vendors and buying tomatoes. I also bought a basket of honeycrisp apples and apple butter from a man from Illinois. Afterwards, we sat on the patio and shared an Oktoberfest and a goat cheese appetizer (recipe to come!).

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WashU students are back on campus and every time I am stopped at the stoplight on Skinker, it makes me miss college. Watching college kids scurry from the Kayak’s coffee and back across the street to campus. It also makes me think of my brother, who attended WashU Law School when I was in college. While IU will always be the perfect college campus in my opinion, WashU is beautiful.

I’ve eaten salmon and lentils almost everyday this week. It’s a rough life, I know. I bought a large package of cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s (in the refrigerated section) and ate them throughout the week with salmon. Sometimes I added balsamic and tomatoes. Lentils are good warm or cold and they are so filling.

I also made birthday cupcakes for a work friend and the last photo is a screenshot from our ALS ice bucket challenge. We ended our video with a very cold kiss.

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One of the projects I have added to my list is a herb garden. I have a basil plant sitting in one of our window sills, but I would love to get an early start next summer and plant a variety. I have about five hours (of 31 total) left of the Goldfinch. I use Audible and like to listen to books while cleaning, doing laundry, working, and responding to emails. The book received a ton of hype and I am still not sure what I think of it. I can’t say I liked it and therefore won’t recommend it, but I understand why it was a national bestseller. YOU CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO IT. As much as I haven’t enjoyed it at certain points in the book, I must finish it. I need closure. So, the author definitely succeeded in at least writing a gripping novel.

I shared the advice below with someone this week, but it really applies to everyday. Don’t let idiots ruin your day and always hold your head up high. Finally, a photo of a fingerling potato I found on my phone. The heart shape made me smile.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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