It finally consistently feels like summer here. A very warm summer, actually. Our highs are averaging in the 80’s and there’s been nonstop sunshine. We’re enjoying having less plans and just hanging out outside a lot more too. So here’s what we’ve been up to.
We’ve been hitting up the library a lot, mostly because I’m trying to watch less TV. It’s only half working, but either way, reading more is good, right? I’m currently in the middle of Gone Girl, and I’m not super absorbed by it like I thought I’d be, but it’s good. I’m also reading the stories from Three Minus One, which I like because they’re all only a few pages so I can read one at a time when the mood strikes, mostly when I feel like a cry. I’m also reading The Little Blue Truck Leads the Way and Curious George at the Baseball Game, both at least 10 times a day at Cormac’s insistence. They are his clear favorites right now.
Cormac is obsessed with his bike and rides up and down the block almost every evening. Brent has a bike and has mentioned us getting me a bike and a bike seat for Cormac, but I’m not sure. I’m kind of terrified of riding a bike in the street (which I know makes me very un-Seattle). So we’ll see if that happens.
When the temperature outside inches toward 90 degrees and you have no AC, you tend to seek out other ways to cool down. We’ve been hitting up the Green Lake wading pool pretty frequently. It’s a mad house, but it’s only a 15 minute walk from home, so we love it.
We also hung out at the Magnuson Park swim beach last weekend, letting Cormac throw rocks into the water to his heart’s content. Also, I’m pretty sure anyone who has been to an actual beach would laugh at the characterization of the little bit of rocks as a “swim beach.”
Cormac loves “the beach.” He actually waded right in to the lake up to his waist before I pulled him back out. I always think how lucky Cormac is to grow up in such a beautiful place. The Chicagoland area is great for a lot of reasons, but I definitely wouldn’t call my hometown “beautiful.”
I’ve been obsessed with doughnuts lately, particularly the raspberry raised ring from Top Pot.
We (and by we, I mean Cormac) have also been eating our weight in berries.
He ate half of that half flat from the Farmer’s Market within 24 hours. I have not been feeling particularly adventurous in the kitchen lately. Who wants to stand over a stove when it’s 85 degrees outside? So I’ve been making super quick one-pot meals like this sausage with peppers and onions, taking inspiration from this recipe and this recipe.
I believe I suggested when we bought this house almost two years ago that we paint the front door a fun color (ridiculously bright yellow was my first choice. I was willing to compromise on red), but Brent vetoed that idea repeatedly until this past weekend when he suddenly agreed. Afraid he might change his mind, I decided it needed to be done immediately.
My previously black front door is now a bright and cheerful yellow, appropriately named “Instant Delight.” We’ve been keeping the front door open (with the addition of a baby gate) to help cool down the house and get a cross breeze.
Ignore my “in progress” landscaping. I’m also tearing out all the half-dead front bushes. I only wish the front door was actually on the front of the house because the grey and yellow go so well together, but you can’t see it from the front.
I’m currently planning /thinking about planning Cormac’s 2nd birthday! It’s less than a month away and his party is going to be really small, but I still like to decorate and make a ridiculous cake, so I’ve got to get on that. Pretty sure I need to make a truck cake.
AND we’re going on vacation the second week of September, just to have something to look forward to and to get out of town over Alfie’s due date. We’re probably going to the San Juans, but maybe the Oregon coast or Hood Canal instead? Either way, we just want fairly secluded and waterfront. I’m already excited, but we should probably get something booked soon!
So that’s what we’ve been up to. How about you?