Awesome in August

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

August started out with such promise. I felt motivated and inspired. I was taking care of business and trying new things. It was a beautiful couple of weeks. Then the kids came back to school and that weight settled back on my shoulders. Some inexplicable decisions were made that adversely affected people I love, and I almost let it drown me. But right now I’m feeling a glimmer of hope. Maybe I can pull it back. Maybe I can have it all. Or at least most of it.

August is always an austere month following a month of summer fun. We did manage to make it to the movies to see War for the Planet of the Apes. Somebody please give Andy Serkis some trophies. We also tried out the new Glasgow location of The Counter. It was just as good as I remembered it.

I read Walter Isaacson’s Einstein biography. I’ll admit that a lot of the science was over my head, but the personal stuff was fascinating. How does the man who’s name now means genius go about being an actual human in the real world? The answer is with great difficulty just like the rest of us.

Much of the states is still crippled by insane heat, but we’ve had miserable rain all month. I’m already getting excited about sweaters and boots and pumpkin spice chai. 

I’m also ready to eat these Egg & Cheese Hash Brown Waffles. I’m up for waffling everything.

This Six Layer S’mores Cake is bonkers.

And please can we have these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups because the world needs more happiness, and I think this is it.

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Your favorites this month were consistent and strong. Peanut Butter Fudge, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. I’m into it.

Time passes whether we’re ready for it or night, so I guess we better get on board and make it amazing. Let’s go live, friends.

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Awesome in February

Awesome in February

Can we get some sunshine, please? I’m ready ready ready for this nasty rain and snow to go away. I got to throw a last minute party for a dear friend this, and it was a blast. I got to make Swiss & Bacon Dip, and that’s always a good thing. Then I got to attend a beautiful wedding for that dear friend and watch her smile and laugh the entire day, and it was absolutely perfect.

Since the weather was so nasty, I watched approximately one billion movies. One of my favorites was Arrival. If you have a love of language and you haven’t seen this film yet, do not wait another minute. It was beautiful to look at and so thoughtful. 

I’m almost finished reading MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. Her books are so frighteningly relevant right now. If you haven’t been terrified by the Handmaid’s Tale recently, I suggest you pick up a copy.

Internet foods were on fire. This chocolate truffle cake is just bonkers, you guys! 

These pretzel dogs with cheese sauce are making me hungry. Gimme.

If a cupcake could ever be elegant, it would have to be this Valentine’s Surprise Chocolate High Hat Cupcake. It’s just beautiful. 

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Your favorites this month were Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Chicken Parmesan, and Passion Fruit Green Tea. Can I come over for dinner?

The days are getting longer, and I’m excited to see what’s coming my way. Be awesome, friends.

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Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Yes, I know we’re solidly in February by now, but January completely kicked my ass there at the end. A bunch of stupid crap that nobody cares about has sapped my energy, but to be honest, I almost wish I had been in a coma for the past couple of weeks so I wouldn’t have to wake up every morning and read the horrible, scary news. But guys, we’re gonna get through this together and be more awesome than ever before. The struggle is real, but so is my love for humanity and my desperate desire to evolve into Star Trek culture where we finally figure out that we’re all connected and can stop wasting our energy fighting each other and start focusing on sharing some damn compassion.

Woe, that went off the rails a bit. Right. January. Good stuff.

I saw La La Land and was totally won over. I’ve had crushes on both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for ages, but they really broke my heart here. If only they’d spent a couple more weeks in dance class working on their arm extension and general epaulement. If you’re not a former dance teacher, you’ll never notice it, and even if you are, City of Stars will still make you cry. This film is completely immersive. See it in the theatre to be fully transported.

Or if you’re not up for leaving your house, watch Sing Street on Netflix. I promise you’ll be very very happy.

I ate some outstanding schnitzel at Bavaria Brauhaus in Glasgow. The food was stellar. You’ve gotta check it out. We also had some fancy burgers at Drygate Brewery. I’d definitely do that again.

Best news of all, we got a cat!!! I am a full on cat person, but because we were renting, I’ve lived in a cat free home since 2009. I’m so happy to have Leeloo in our house running around chasing shadows, knocking stuff over, and being generally awesome. I will never stop posting her picture. She’s a beauty.

Internet food is always my friend. Scottish people do a lot of things well, but they don’t really do Mexican food. I can’t wait to try making my own Spicy Chorizo Queso Dip a la Love and Olive Oil. I just hope I can find the right cheese.

Also, Taco Frachos, ’cause duh.

I’m totally smitten with these Chocolate Hand Pies from Sally. They’ve almost got me wanting to be into Valentine’s Day. 

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Your January favorites were Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. I could probably eat about 47 peanut butter cookies right now.

February will be over in a flash, and before you know it, the light will be back and we’ll be singing in the sunshine. Get into it.

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