Oh, weekend. You could not have gotten here any sooner. I usually don’t feel that way… my weeks often go by so fast, the Friday afternoon almost catches me off guard. This was one of those weeks that somewhere around Tuesday I was like a lil kid sitting in my front window just waiting for Friday to show up. Just one of those weeks.
The weekend ended up being just the perfect blend of social time, me time and house-restoring time. (And when I say restoring, I do not mean Bob Villa style… I mean restoring order, calmness, sanity and the throw pillows that somehow always seem to end up bunched in one corner of the couch.)
Friday night we had a very casual dinner at La Carreta with Zac + Jamie, and Matt + Donna. I don’t think I’ve been there since college… but it hadn’t changed a bit. Same wait staff, same cheap pitchers of margaritas, same never ending chip basket. After dinner, we went downtown and Donna + I accompanied Jamie on a walk around the art district to complete her night photography assignment. The boys busied themselves with the drafts at 6th & Vine. I had taken my camera card out to upload the day before, and for the 2nd time that week, had forgotten to put it back in. So I’m waiting on you, J-boo, to live vicariously through the awesome night pics you took!
Saturday was the first hint of our long overdue Spring, and I’m pretty sure all of Winston found a way to be outside. Matt finally got to crack open the golf bag, and I took Buddy on a long run after getting the house put back to order. It seems like no matter what we do, sometime around Wednesday or Thursday our house starts to look a little bit like a tornado passed through, dropping Vera Bradleys and junk mail and pocket-sized medical references in every corner. Thank goodness for Saturdays, and the chance to put it all back together. (Literally. My house and my self.)
Saturday night we got together with a bunch of the other Emergency Medicine interns and their wives for a wine and cheese party. The premise was simple: bring a wine and a cheese to share and sample, but the outcome was superb. (I think there’s few comestibles I love more than wine and cheese, so I’m fairly easy to please.) Our hostess, Kim, went out of her way to make some other tapas, including an asparagus-prosciutto combination that Matt and I were still talking about 24 hours later and a fiery Spanish tomato dip called Romesco. Imagine my envy when Kim described a 2-week cooking experience in Spain she and her mother had attended. Oh my sweet heavens. Who wants to send me? I regret that I didn’t get my camera out, because the food was simply gorgeous. (It tasted amazing, too, which I suppose is equally as important to non-food bloggers.) I still feel a little hesitant to whip my camera out and start photographing food in places other than my own kitchen.
Sunday we headed down to visit with Matt’s family and celebrate the March birthdays, including my mother’s-in-law tomorrow. Matt’s aunt was in charge of the cooking, which was as delicious, abundant and Southern as any family gathering could hope for. I consider myself very fortunate to have married into a family that is as loving, welcoming and accepting as the one I was born into. I know this isn’t always the case, and any time I listen to a girlfriend tell a “mother-in-law” story, I send a little thanks up to my lucky stars for giving me such a wonderful second family.
Matt’s family lives about 90 minutes west of us, but it doesn’t take 10 minutes of being on the highway before I am sound asleep, every time. There is something about good food, warm homes and cozy conversations that knocks me out every time.
It doesn’t take much to put me back together after one of those weeks: a clean home, some yummy food, and time well spent with friends and family. It’s my very ctrl + alt + delete button that gets me ready for another Monday.