Monday, May 13, 2013

No Such Thing as Ordinary

The great Monday morning I write in great detail about every interesting or maybe not so interesting tibit from a rather ordinary weekend, or do I go with a list of all I loved and didn't love about a rather ordinary weekend?

How about a list with details?

It was an ordinary weekend.  Other than the fact that it was Mother's Day of course, and if you follow me on any sort of social media you might have seen more of my face than you wanted. My girls made me feel like a rock star which had me smiling all day long on Sunday. I loved all the virtual love which made up a smidge for the fact that it was Mother's Day and my girls were elsewhere.

I woke up Saturday morning 'on the wrong side of the bed'.

Sometimes this happens, and when it does hubs wants to know what's wrong. Really nothing in particular is wrong. Or everything. I don't know. All I know is that the phrase mothers through the ages have been using to describe prickly children, applied to me on Saturday morning.

I had a sinus headache and hubs was chipper. I don't normally go to the gym on Saturdays, but it was a gloomy day which suited my mood, so I took myself to the gym. Sometimes we just need a tablespoon of endorphins.

Followed by a nap and movies on the couch all afternoon.

Sunday I felt better. The sun shone, and I counted my blessings from the weekend which included-

~hubs walking in the door from work early on Friday evening with a ginormous bouquet of gorgeous spring flowers. In spite of their name, snapdragons are a happy flower don't you think?

~roasted vegetables...if you've never roasted cauliflower you're missing out on something delicious. Daughter2 fixed it this way when she was home at Easter and we're addicted. Cut your cauliflower into bite sized pieces, lay it on a baking sheet and coat with a little olive oil, some salt and pepper, and a healthy sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes. Roast for about 15-20 minutes at 425 and enjoy.  

~Italian pottery...asparagus tastes better when served on a dish made and purchased in Italy.  That's a fact.

~fun kitchen gadgets...anyone notice many of my weekend happies are food-related?  Hubs picked up this fun little gadget that pits, cuts, and slices an avocado. I felt it was my duty to try it out so I made my famous guacamole Sunday afternoon, and a friend came by to spend a few hours with us, which gave me an added excuse. Not that I ever really need an excuse to make guacamole.

~a springtime fire in the outdoor firepit...our first of the season. Finally! Guacamole eaten beside an outdoor firepit on a sunny, but cool Mother's Day afternoon, is extra delicious.

~sweet daughters...daughter2 went over to my sister's for dinner on Mother's Day, and she took flowers and a chocolate cake she'd baked. My sister has been a kind and loving aunt to my girls all their lives, but especially during these university years when she's been geographically nearby and I have not.

I kinda wish I'd been at my sister's house for dinner yesterday.
Or at least for dessert.

Instead, hubs grilled me the perfect steak and then took me to a Rita's for an Italian Ice. I had a sugar-free rootbeer flavored kiddie cup.

It's not chocolate cake, but it's still a pretty nice way to end a never ordinary weekend.


  1. Gosh I saw the wonderful food and chocolate cake and had to stop by. Glad you had a great mother's day. sandie

  2. My weekend was filled with graduation! But Sunday was quite ordinary. Two of the lovelies were home but I surely missed the two that couldn't make it. Not that I didn't enjoy the two that were home but...well, you know how it is--great having them but you still miss the ones who aren't there. That cake sure looks good!

  3. I enjoyed reading about your "ordinary" weekend. It sounds like you managed to keep yourself busy and entertained, even though you woke up on the wrong side of the bed :)
    That cake had my mouth watering...

  4. Sounds like a really nice weekend. That asparagus looks delicious and so does the cake.

  5. I love the idea of baked cauliflower. I will definitely be trying that. It sounds like you had lots of lovely ordinary things going on this weekend. I know your girls were sending you love from where ever they were.

  6. We all have our moments! We can't feel wonderful all the time. Ha! But, it sounds like your ordinary weekend with a bit of a sinus thing turned out okay anyway.

  7. I had a blue Monday today - not sure why? Finally felt better after my walk. Glad to hear your weekend got better - there is nothing like a fire on a cool evening.

  8. I wish I could express my feelings when I wake up "prickly". My hubby genuinely cares when I seem to be upset, I wish I could find the words to explain. It usually passes quickly. Love that your daughter baked for your sister, how sweet.

    Happy Mother's Day.

  9. Sorry about getting out on the wrong side of the bed on Saturday and the headache but other than that it sounds like a pretty great weekend. Love the flowers. We have been enjoying a lot of veggies in the oven these days!

  10. The older my kids get the more my feelings about Mother's Day become mixed. I'm perfectly content with my role and my interaction with my kids until that Hallmark holiday rolls around and tells me I deserve MORE. More appreciation, more adoration, more gifts, etc.

    Then I get crabby.

    I think Italian ice would help. I KNOW chocolate cake would.

  11. Oh, I so relate to "waking up on the wrong side of the bed." I just happens once in a while and I would think especially not being with either of your daughters. I don't believe I've had both of my children with me for Mother's Day in about 10 years. Ugh! it's awful! They should do something about that don't ya think? :o)

    Hoping you are feeling better and wishing you a wonderful week!

  12. Sorry that Saturday wasn't great, but I'm glad you had a good Sunday! Happy (belated) Mother's Day!

  13. I haven't had a 'gloomy' day in a while...knock on wood. Glad to see you rallied though!
    How did that avocado tool work? My Hubs brought one home once. These over achieving tools sometimes do not work better than you're ordinary knife, spoon and fork! But I love him for trying. ;)

  14. It looks like you had a lovely Mother's Day. Sorry about the sinus headache though. :(