One of my room designs was chosen as a Polyvore Top Story! I hadn’t submitted it to any of the contests or anything. It’s third on their front page carousel right now.
They like me!
And here’s the full version:
The art in the frames is by the creative studio Atelier Olschinsky, run by Peter Olschinsky & Verena Weiss of Austria.
We’ve been testing out a CSA box this summer to mixed results.
Homefries with onion, bell pepper, and carrot
One one hand, it never seems like the correct amount of food. Our boxes are the second smallest size from Full Circle. We inevitably end up with lots of leftovers of some items & not enough of others. (I actually had a dream where I was elated to find horses because they would eat our carrots.) It has been much better after I arranged it for very other week and learned how to opt-out of lettuce. We’re not big on salads. Extra oranges and broccoli are more our speed.
Snack time! Mexican cheese roll-ups. The CSA was not enough this round.
On the other hand, it’s like playing iron chef every week. It has really made a difference in how I approach our kitchen basics. Every time I go to cook, I try to clear out the fridge of everything fresh. My go-to easy pasta dishes now have a fun mix of veggies instead of lots of meat.
Simple pasta. Mushrooms, tomato, spinach. Broccoli on the side.
Hello Summer! I am so ready for more sun. May was a fantastic month and I’m excited for more time in the garden, more library books, more CSA box dinners, more shows, & more dance classes.
Beyond the fun stuff, I’ve also been reorganizing & re-evaluating my wardrobe. Admitting to yourself that the current trends aren’t flattering on you is always rough. All drapey tops, crew neck shirts, or backless dresses. A lot of grunge, not enough prep. Luckily, I found my perfect maxi dress. Throw in a couple of accessories for color and you have my new favorite outfit. I’ve worn a variation of this about four times in the last two weeks.
Of course I’m not buying everything I love. These are all pieces I was considering and didn’t pull the trigger. I worry that a midi length skirt with a colorful ankle strap will make me look stumpy. But looks at all that color! I’d wear the heck out of it.
The only thing in either of these outfits that’s over $100 is the leather tote from Madewell. That maxi dress is from Target for $30. So cheap and the perfect fit for me. I bought it in black, orange, & plum. Instead of hemming it like usual, I’m going to have my tailor take out the elastic waist so that it looks a little more luxe.
I contested my first parking this week! It was much easier than expected (kind of like most things I worry about). The only part I regret is not checking the artist name for the sculpture in the stairwell.
Who is this by?
Often I find public art cloying or repetitive. The Northwest could really do with less metal fish. But this I like. It’s repetitive in best way and has great imagery for the balance of the judicial system without being too literal.
Any idea who it’s by? The Seattle Municipal Court website has lots of helpful information about court instead of public art information.
E found our new favorite wine this week and I’ve been telling everybody. Maybe I’m supposed to keep it a secret so we can buy it all up for ourselves, but I can’t help it. Waterbrook is just too good. It also gets bonus points for being from Washington!
Like most people, we’re constantly on the hunt for delicious red wine at a great price, bottles you don’t regret opening with a weeknight dinner. The cab sav he picked up was on sale at our grocery store with a little note that it is a 91 from Wine Spectator. The row was nearly sold out already and we grabbed the last one! I went back to the store the next day to try one of their white wines with my first homemade alfredo sauce. Luckily the pinot gris was delicious because that sauce needs a lot more work.
The Waterbrook wines are within a price range of $12-25, dipping down to $10 on sale. Many are rated at 89 and above by Wine Spectator. It’s really not shocking that they’re considered a WS Top Value wine!