Mattie of Northwest Native and I are back at it with our Wednesday Weekly Lessons link-up! The kickstarter was a great success last week, thanks so much for your participation! I hope you all are smoothly getting back into the workweek groove after a fun Labor Day weekend, and I’m excited to learn about what you’ve been up on today’s link-up.
Lesson #1: Be careful when you tell someone you’ll be right back with your puppy… they actually expect a puppy.
I stopped by the leasing office to borrow something and had a nice conversation with the manager. I promised I’d come back to return the item while on a walk with my puppy, and I didn’t think anything of it.
However, when we entered the office again, the manager was extremely surprised to be greeted by a large, drooly full-size dog. I’d even go so far to believe she was scared, but who’s scared of Ollie? He’s that overly-friendly dog who loves to slobber on strangers’ crotches and lick your face. Ack, I suppose not everyone loves him as much as I do and I should start referring to him as the dog that he is (but he’ll always be a puppy to me). To be fair, I would probably be upset at someone if they returned with a large, drooly dog instead of the promised adorable puppy.
Lesson #2: College football is actually pretty awesome.
You know I love my Broncos (GO BRONCOS!) and I know my way around a fantasy football draft. But I’ve always had difficulty getting excited about college football. Sure, I enthusiastically cheered on the University of Colorado Buffalos in college and I’ve even attended a few games since graduation. It goes without saying that I trash-talked every Colorado State Ram around the Rocky Mountain Showdown rivalry game. The CU Buffs football team has a special place in my heart, but they’ve taught me not to expect much. After we joined the Pac 12, we were doomed. Doomed. This is why college football has never really appealed to me. There’s only so much hope I can place in my team.
Jake and his brothers, on the other hand, love college football–possibly even more than NFL (gasp). You can safely assume there was almost constant college football on our TV this weekend, only to be interrupted by golf. I must say, I was impressed. Perhaps I don’t know anything about these football players, but it is so much fun just to watch the games because of all the big plays.
Oh, and I found out CU crushed CSU in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Suddenly I care a lot more about college football.
Lesson #3: Eggs are, indeed, an important ingredient for baking.
I am not naturally talented as a baker (yes, my last name is very misleading), but I’m proud of the improvement I’ve made in the past two years. I even put my own spin on recipes, as long as I have some guidelines.
I really wanted to make muffins for this week’s breakfasts. I found eggless recipes on Pinterest, though they required other ingredients I didn’t have. So I decided to make up my own recipe, which consisted of frozen blueberries, greek yogurt, whole wheat flour, butter, baking soda, and baking powder. It sounds like it should work, right? Wrong. Well, wrong-ish… they’re still edible, if a little mushy. But the truth is, the muffins would have been perfect if I just had an egg.
Lesson #4: Life without a functioning coffee maker is just awful.
#firstworldproblems. It worked perfectly in the morning, and by the time I was ready for my afternoon coffee, it wouldn’t brew. It has now been five days of boiling water and slowly pouring it into the coffee-filled filter. I call it manual brewing, and it is the slowest process ever. I’ve said three times a day that it’s time to toss in the towel and get a new one, but Jake insists he can “fix it.” So… this could be awhile (or I hold out until he leaves again and I go to Target… unsupervised bwhaha.)
Lesson #5: The drive, motivation, and dedication to “fit into that dress” is real.
I’ve never fully understood the concept of wanting so desperately to fit into a particular dress, that you will diet and exercise just to wear it to that one event. My usual go-to solution is to buy a new one that fits and swallow your pride that it’s two sizes larger than the previous. But now I know.
I cleaned out my wardrobe over the weekend, and finally had to face some facts. I don’t fit into those college tank tops anymore. I can hardly breathe in those pants I bought three years ago. I wouldn’t be caught dead in that crop top. I’ll stop embarrassing myself here, you get the point. Approximately a quarter of my clothes went into a box that’s labeled only to open at x pounds. It will be that or donate them in a year.
Except that one dress. I couldn’t put my sleek cream and black dress in the box because I desperately want to wear it to Jake’s friend’s anniversary party. It’ll be his version of a high school reunion, and we’re making a whole trip of it to Southern California at the end of this month. I am determined to wear that dress and I think it’s possible as long as I stay away from the lean pockets when Jake is out of town.
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