An approaching thunderstorm just looks more impressive when it’s sitting over the UM Law School, don’t you think? We enjoyed attending Nashbash 2014 in Kerrytown last week (BBQ, beer, and live music), a game of Ticket To Ride Europe – complete with Alvin and Dexter added to the game board, and our friends’ most adorable two-year old was the star of brunch on Saturday; he was very interested in counting everything together and then counting it again, he had an amazing laugh, and when he said, “Are you ready for Ryan?” we all came to understand that meant he wanted Ryan to pick him up and put him on top of his shoulders – adorable! I suppose the world must look very different for a two-year old when you’re on top of the shoulders of someone who is 6’4″ tall. And if you ever wondered what Melody might look like as a monkey…
We had one of those perfect weekends last weekend - the kind where your plan is to not have any plans – and after Ryan had been out of town for about a week and half it was nice to spend some downtime with just the two of us. We went where the day took us and it was such a beautiful day too. Neighborhood walks with Melody, I had fried French toast with blueberry spoon fruit and real maple syrup for brunch one day…yum…, a trip to Dexter and a stroll on the boardwalk there, etc. It felt like summer – warm, with a cool breeze at times, and did you see that super moon last night? Wow!
Our weekend was filled with beautiful weather, which made for very enjoyable walks with Melody, Art Fair here in town (we bought a gift for a friend here, and I thought these ceramics were fun), and I rather enjoyed making good use of this estate-sale-find tea tin by filling it with these lovely roses. And Sava’s is serving a new cocktail called “The Sky is On Fire” – not only was it beautiful to look at, it smelled amazing and was delicious to taste too (macallan scotch, cocchi americano, champagne, angostura bitters, cayenne oil, basil). Did I mention how much I love basil?!? I’m convinced these trees in our neighborhood (Royal Purple Smoke Bush) must’ve inspired Dr. Seuss at some point – they’re fluffy looking and pink/purple…I think they’re pretty great.
Yesterday was Pi Day and to celebrate we naturally felt the need to partake in some delicious form of pie; we chose pizza and visited a fairly new restaurant in town, Bigalora, to enjoy a slice – it was tasty, but my favorite thing I ate there was the delicious orange salad in the photo above…yum (they have tasty cocktails too)!
Ryan’s been laughing over the jokes in this book and won’t stop sharing them with me; like this one…”How do you organize a party in space? You planet!”
And I picked up this new lovely below, to brighten up our kitchen table.
This is our friend’s (lovely Lisa of Pot & Box) dog Ko and, in case you can’t tell from the photo, he is awesome. Sadly, our handsome fella has cancer…the good news is that there is a treatment that can help save Ko. If you can give any amount to help save Ko and/or you’d like to hear more about Ko and Lisa, please visit this page here. Thank you.
Update: Happy New Year’s Eve eve news – the campaign for Ko is now fully funded!
Last night, I enjoyed a most adorable advent play performance in which our friends’ daughter, Averie, played a lamb. The kids were so cute playing the part of angels, lambs, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, etc. I can remember doing the same, when I was a little girl; I even got the lead role of Mary one year, which was a really big deal for me and included a solo performance. Not only was it fun to watch the kids sing and act out the story, but it was also so much fun for me to sing along to such familiar Christmas carols – what a nice way to add some Christmas cheer to my holiday season!
We had a fun, busy, Christmasy weekend. We kicked off our weekend with some Midnight Madness fun in downtown Ann Arbor to finish up our Christmas shopping and we stopped into the Old German for a drink and to share their delicious, baked soft pretzels with spicy mustard and cheddar fondue. Downtown Home and Garden had a petting zoo for the weekend, complete with alpaca, goats, sheep, a donkey, and a zebu. The zebu had the best eyelashes! I wanted to get a good picture of the zebu, but it didn’t want to pose for me – oh well, you know how zebus can be. We hosted a holiday brunch at our home on Sunday and really enjoyed having everyone over and sharing such delicious food with friends; Ezra (who shares my love for strawberries – in fact, I’m pretty sure he loves them even more than I do) even showed me the proper way to patty-cake – thanks, Ezra! During our brunch, the snow started to fall outside (it really was perfect timing) and 3 different groups of friends at the brunch were heading directly from our place to pick out their Christmas trees.
It’s glorious fall weather here this week and even with the rainy, cloudy day last Sunday I appreciated that it really felt like fall. We met a friend for brunch on Sunday and enjoyed catching up - sometimes you have to remind yourself to stop and smell the roses with your peeps…even when everyone is busy.
I also enjoyed dining at The Lunch Room for the first time (since they moved into a permanent space in Kerrytown), followed by an extra delicious latte at Mighty Good Coffee. I thought it was fun how, instead of using a number for your table, The Lunch Room uses images (like a bird, a stand mixer, etc.) so they can bring out your delicious plate of goodness to the right table when it’s ready.
This is what our walks with Melody in our neighborhood look like this week…I know…crazy gorgeous, right?!?
I love going to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, but Ryan and I both hate dealing with the lack of parking and the crowds so it’s not often we actually make it there. Last Saturday, we made the trip though and it was wonderful to see the many booths of tomatoes, peppers, and other local goods this time of year. We left with an interesting assortment of things – fresh apple cider from Wasem Fruit Farm, hot dog buns, Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love coffee beans (my personal favorite), and two bunches of fresh flowers. Zinnias make me happy – they are so bright, colorful, and cheery; they remind me of my Mom’s garden back home when I was a little girl – they were one of the few flowers that would survive the Texas heat. You can almost always find one or more flower arrangements sprinkled around our home, because I love fresh flowers so much.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Matthaei Botanical Gardens this week. It wasn’t my first time enjoying the space, but I hadn’t been in some time and every time I visit I am reminded of how much I love it there - I can’t help but leave with a wonderful sense of calm about me. As it was raining out, we stuck to the indoor, conservatory portion only; the conservatory is divided into three different zones – tropical, temperate, and arid. They are all lovely, but I am drawn to the Arid House as it reminds me of Texas and I have always loved succulents. They have a pretty impressive, variegated century plant which is over 70 years old too.