Loving and Learning

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Raise your hand if you have a Trader Joe's near you.  If you do, consider yourself blessed.  I don't need to tell you that though.  I am all kinds of happy when I am there and now that their pumpkin extravaganza is starting- forgetaboutit.  I am smiling while typing this at the sheer thought of it. What's even better is that the sample lady at Trader Joe's today told me they were getting even more ridiculous about pumpkin than they were last year.  "And I thought last year was over the top" she added under her breath. (I'm going to let that last off-color remark about my beloved squash roll right off my back.  Some people just don't get it.) But I digress...

So this week at Trader Joe's I discovered Watermelon Cucumber Cooler.  Whaaaaaat?!  It's so good.  I like to put it in a wine glass and pretend I'm really doing something special (as if strolling about the house in my second-hand pajama bottoms at 4:30 in the afternoon isn't special enough).  If you want to get completely wild, add it to some of that newfangled La Croix flavored sparkling water.  I have been going through so many cans of that carbonated nectar-of-the-gods that my husband has labeled it a "luxury item."  Since we've been married almost a decade I can see that he is posturing himself to ban La Croix at our next budget meeting.  He will claim something like "we are going to lose the house if you don't cool it on the waters."  I am standing firm, however, and am prepared to build a small house out of my empty cans if it comes to that.

I have been accused of not ever sitting still.  That is such a lie.  I have NEVER stood while getting my teeth cleaned or while driving.  I totally sit.

Seriously though, I do like being on the move.  I see the value sitting more though and have found that without some serious intentionality it simply won't happen.  This week I was listening to Heather's podcast over at the God Centered Mom and she interviewed Kristin Schell about her turquoise picnic table that has changed her neighborhood.  

Side note: I am totally working on getting one of these in my front yard.  My HOA has approved it- my husband is the hold out.  He currently says "no" which I take as a strong maybe.  

Back to Kristin.  She writes about hospitality and faith and has a section on her blog that has 52 Sunday suppers that she's already planned.  I don't know about you but most of the reason I don't plan a home cooked meal more often is that I don't always know what to make.  I visited her site and chose Spinach Chicken Enchiladas & Mexican Caesar Salad.  Man oh man!  I was the hero of the house.  Half the meal was everyone telling me how delicious it was.  This makes me want to cook more and sit more.  

The moral of the story: cook and sit.  It's super fun.  If you need some ideas, check out 52 Sunday Suppers.

Thanks for reading and I'd love to hear what you're loving and learning in the comments!