|ILLUSTRATION BY MARIA INES GUL
THINKING ABOUT: If you've been hanging around m' blog long enough, you know that I am a Volkswagen devotee. But thanks to Dieselgate (AKA Vee Dubb's emissions ordeal), we learned on Tuesday that we can either modify The Rig or sell the family wagon back to the company this Fall for the amount we purchased it for in October 2013. We both love this vehicle A LOT (we brought Max home in it!) and we had every intention to keep it for the long haul, but when we weigh both options it would be silly to keep it. We still have a few more months to figure it all out, but you can guarantee the good-bye will be bittersweet.
THANKFUL FOR: Last Friday Max brought his stuffed Berner to the park and it got filthy. I knew there was no way he would part with the plush version of Beesly for his nap, so I decided to intercept it after his siesta and throw it in the wash for a much-needed bath. Within seconds of me tossing it in the machine, Max was on to my tricks and Operation Sanitization was a total bust. On the verge of a meltdown, my dear tot watched his beloved toy get thrown around in a tub of sudsy water. I wish I could explain how pathetic it is to see tears squirting from your child's face as he points with confusion and stares longingly at his stuffed animal. Despite my best intentions, I felt TERRIBLE. There are only so many ways to reason with a toddler (is that really even possible?!), so I explained a gazillion times that "Bees had to take a bath. She'll be back!" and thanked my lucky starts for the speed dry option on our dryer.
EATING: Fridays mean "THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!!" and who wants to eat salad for dinner to celebrate? Am I right?! I knew we were going to indulge on Saturday and Sunday, so I wanted to keep last Friday's meal on the lighter side. I'm always hesitant to do this because by the time Flyboy gets home from work on Fri-YAY, I usually just want pizza or nachos and hate the meal I had planned. Does anybody else get that way? Anywho, I stuck to our meal plan and whipped up these Egg Roll Lettuce Wraps. Whoa, baby! They tasted AMAZING and were simple to put together! In fact, we will more than likely be having them for dinner again tomorrow night because they were just that good. If you're looking for a healthy meal idea that's packed with flavor, I've got you covered.
WATCHING: On Flyboy's behalf, I'm going to publicly confess that I chose to watch the Real Housewives of Orange County WITHOUT him on Monday night. I'm sorry! In my defense, he had to work reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaally late. I honestly didn't know it was going to be such a big ordeal, or that he even cared to see the women shun Vicki some more. Lucky for FB, it's not a Bravo series unless I watch and re-watch ALL the episodes, so I'll happily view this week's episode AGAIN. I'm sure I missed something.
LISTENING TO: Max is teething again. I believe it's another one of those pesky two-year molars. This, of course, means that nap time is not promised. Sigh. So while I sit at my desk and attempt to finish today's post, I can hear my son chucking all sorts of toys from his crib. I'm pretty sure I just heard his garbage truck hit the bedroom door. Yep, that'll leave a mark! I know there's no chance he'll fall back asleep and that I should probably go retrieve him, but a tiny part of me is terrified to see what he's been up to.
READING: February's hail storm led to A LOT of damage on base and while several months have passed since the storm hit, we're beginning to see progress. Hooray! Houses are getting new fences, roofs, siding, etc. In our case, we've had windows and our storm door replaced, but we're still waiting on the rest to be completed. Unfortunately, in typical Swell Rio fashion, we've found the quality of the work to be slightly questionable (at best). Then again, it's really no surprise when you're scrolling through Facebook and see the following "courtesy post" on the community spotlight page. Please keep in mind the random capitalization and phrasing. Hehe!
Needing workers to do siding on Base immediately.
Must have Hard hat, safety vest, work boots and tool belt.
The tools you need small snips, big snips for vinyl siding, measuring tape, razor blade,
pencil, hammer, a level that at least 6 inches, and any other tools you believe you
may need to do vinyl siding. Experience is a plus, but not a must. Need identification.
YOU CAN NOT HAVE ANY WARRANTS. GO BY THE POLICE STATION
AND DOUBLE CHECK ON IT IF YOU MUST.
Call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX, if I don't answer please text me.
LOVING: Last Saturday I stopped by HEB on a whim and they had the prettiest fuchsia Peonies just waiting to come home with me. I'm fairly certain the lady in the flower department thought I was being greedy when I grabbed four bundles, but this will more than likely be our last hurrah for awhile and I wanted to make it count. Farewell beloved blooms. Until we meet again next year...