Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Strangest Thing

The strangest thing happened to me this morning.

It was 7am. On Sunday morning. And I woke up - inexplicably* up early and ready to start the day.

*maybe not entirely inexplicably - my back has been hurting a lot lately and it was throbbing when I woke up. I assume this was the reason I was wide awake as the sun came up...

Nevertheless, I'm one of those people who will sleep 12 hours if given the chance (which is exactly what I'd done the night before). After a wonderful date night** last night, maybe I just felt rejuvinated in life?

**our date night was really quite perfect, a special treat to ourselves to make up for a rather rough week. We went to one of our all time favorite restaurants Serious Pie, but because it is not only our favorite, but half of Seattle's favorite, we had a good hour long wait to kill. So we walked around downtown and stopped into Nordies, where my mom (thanks Mom!) bought me these boots:
I'm still deciding how I feel about them, but I'm leaning toward loving them... Cute with leggings, skirts, long slouchy sweaters, etc.... We (okay, I) got big sissy a fabulous birthday pressie she will die for (can you say Chanel? I promise I didn't give it away!!). Anyway, after quickly shopping, we headed back to SP, where we devoured the best appetizer I've ever had - Peaches and Burrata cheese with pinenuts and a drizzle of basil-oil, shared a couple glasses of wine and two Serious Pies - Garlic, Broccoli Rabe and Cured Ham as well as the go to favorite Chanterelle Mushroom and Truffle Cheese. Added perk - at SP you sit at a table with other guests of the restaurant. We were squeezed, sitting across from each other, between a couple of other couples. One of the couples was leaving and had a couple glasses of Chianti left in their bottle, and handed it off to us to finish off. Score!

I digress though from The Strangest Thing that happened to me this morning - also titled "Why It's 10:45 am and I have completed many chores already". So, I was awake, early. Came upstairs, rolled out the yoga mat and did some stretching in the peaceful quiet of the stillness of our home. Did some work on the computer and eventually Petesie came up to meet me. We had coffee, he had eggs and toast and I went to the grocery store. At 9am. LOVE grocery shopping at 9 am, seriously. Nobody there, I can get in and out in under half an hour and finish shopping for the week. Which is what I did, plus I gave myself a treatsie. Breakfast Maple Bar, anyone? Yes please!

Came home, and in the true spirit of fall, which I am quickly catching (proof - I wore my red wool jacket out last night and felt just so darn festive. Plus, Husky Football started yesterday! LOVE these fall weekends!) busted out the dusty crock pot and whipped up some beef stew for tonights dinner. Should be lovely - carrots, potatoes, onions, diced tomatos, beef, chicken broth, salt, pepper, mustard, fresh thyme and fresh rosemary bunches.... It already smells delicious.

Then, I decided to take my meal preparation one step further and boiled up a whole chicken - we'll have shredded chicken on hand this week, plus chicken stock. These kind of things make me Very Happy.

So - that's the strange thing. I have already been more productive today than I usually am in a whole 12 hours. We're going to enjoy the rest of the day hanging out with my boy George Clooney (aka The American, aka, we're going to see a matinee, which we rarely do) and adoring my boots. And sissy's chanel. No, I promise I won't take it for myself. (Big sissy - come up and visit and I'll give you your pressie!!)

(I'm not above bribery. I learned it from my mommy).

Happy Sunday, ya'll.


  1. I adore your new boots too! They are beautiful. I hope you post what lovely Chanel present that you're giving your sister, after her birthday!!

  2. You're right Birthday Girl, bribery is my HIGHLY recommended strategery for raising kids, indeed. Tune in to my Podcast....coming soon. (Just kidding!) Don't do it all the time, or it loses its punch. (As in 'give Mommy a kiss and I'll give you a Snicker bar'...)
    Love, Mom

  3. I love this post- and I love my sister! I think I can manage a reason or two to come and visit ya :)

    love you,

  4. Great boots that look stupendous on my wife, plus great food and all around good times -- what more reasons do you need to come visit us, Jo-Jo? We'll leave the light on for you...

  5. I miss your lovely blogs, Julia. Hopefully tagging you in this fun food game will inspire more posts!