I am going to London April 30 to May 5! I spent quite a bit of time there during my year abroad in college, and haven't been back since 1999, which when I really think about it, is rather ridiculous. I'm traveling with my friend Erin W, and will be seeing several friends while I'm there. To say I'm excited is an understatement! I'm exploding!
I think it's pretty unarguable that springtime is the best time in Washington. It's how I imagine summer in Maine to be, at least according to the LL Bean catalog: cool enough at times to wear a sweater, but warm enough at times to wear capris. Granted, spring seems to last about a week, but oh what a week it is. And, for about a week, we have the best thing in the entire city to enjoy: the cherry blossoms. Here's my first viewing from Saturday–a muddy, dreary day. I hope to go a few more times when they're at fuller bloom.
I wasn't sure eggs-actly what my Sunday morning would hold, but I know what I wasn't egg-specting: dropping 9 eggs on my kitchen floor.
This was after salvaging a few that weren't completely broken, so that I could make the French toast I had a hankering for. But look at this nightmare:
But, this post has more of a point than a one-woman pity party. I remembered a tip I saw once, to use salt to sop up the mess. Unfortunately, I ran out of salt mid-way, so I used the kitchen superhero, baking soda.
This dynamic duo did indeed help–I'll spare you the sweep-up view, but essentially, you can just slide the mess onto a dust bin and away you go. Don't get me wrong, there was still a little post-salt-baking-soda clean up, but this is a tip to keep filed in case you get as clutsy on a Sunday morning as I did!
Here's something the makers of Greek yogurt don't want you to know: it's just strained regular yogurt. There, I said it. Secret's out. I love Greek yogurt, but what I don't love is spending 4 times as much per container. What I discovered this week is that it's super easy to strain your own yogurt.
First, get a few papertowels, a few coffee filters, or some cheesecloth and place in a strainer. Put yogurt in the strainer over a bowl, and place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. That's it. At the end of some time in the fridge, there will be lovely, cheaper, Greek yogurt (and some whey down in the bowl, which you can discard or use as an extra boost for smoothies).
I tried plain yogurt the other day, and this batch is coffee. Seriously–yum.
Okay, I'm *considering* stripping the dresser myself with some Soy Gel (which gets rave reviews online…). I haven't done any research into getting someone else to do it, but I have a feeling it will be at LEAST $100, don't you? (Personally, I'd charge about $5,000.) At least I know the pitfalls this time, right?
I didn't do anything fun or exciting this week. I did taxes. I ended up owing the IRS, which sucks. I'd rather have overpayed and get money back because even if it is just them returning my money that they held without interest, it still FEELS like free money. This just reminds me how much I pay in taxes. Fortunately, my DC taxes cancelled this out, so…well, no, it still sucks.
It sucks that I can't deduct all of my student loan interest, because of my "high" salary (not that high, especially for HERE). The tax system definitely highlights the priorities of the government–getting married, buying a home, and having kids. I may just have to look once again into buying property and do that rent v. buy analysis.
I don't even know what else I did with the day. Oh that's right, a walk…which was okay except that it did nothing for my back pain, so I spent the rest of the evening on a heating pad. Good news is that today is better!
I am a strawberry freak. I don’t “collect” them or anything, but I do love them. I love how they look, I love how they taste, I love how they smell. When I was little, I was a Strawberry Shortcake fanatic. And, while they’re not in season in the Northeast now, it’s always strawberry season somewhere, so here’s a fresh picked crop of great strawberry stuff from Etsy!
It’s taking all my strength to not order up this vintage canister from seller Mysweetiepiepie.
While we’re on canisters, how about this stellar Ransberg gingham and strawberry set from Sanduca.
Shifting gears, I like these screenprinted notecards for their simplicity. Very charming for a little girl (or a big one). From sarahparrot825.
While I could probably get away with using those cards, unfortunately, there is NO way this toddler tee from tshirtproject would fit me.
For the do-it-yerselfer, here are some vintage strawberry supplies from antiquesgaloregal.
And of course you’ll want something to put your pins in while you’re sewing (from kimbercraft–other similarly adorable designs available).
I love the 1940s-esque quality of this tote from bitspeaces.
And think these pottery sauce dishes from elegantware would be really handy.
Vera collectors would go gaga for this set from seller shopatmoxie.
Here’s another toddler shirt for good measure from southernsweetcheeks….
And some bobbypins from veryvintage to match!
Last but certainly not least, I’d be remiss in not including a vintage Strawberry Shortcake doll from trunkofpretties (who has a killer collection of 80s dolls…her “sold” items will take you down memory lane…well, they did me!)
Oh, what the heck. While I’m including something from my kid days, here’s a scratch and sniff sticker from missmidie.
Hope you enjoy this basket of delight as much as I do. I’m berry glad you stopped by!!! Har har.
*With thanks and apologies to Siouxsie and the Banshees (a line from their song “Christine.”)
Updated to add this, for those whose curiosity was piqued!
As I do my first ( and probably last) post from the treadmill, I am thinking of how often we fool ourselves to get through life. Or at least I do. The human brain’s funny that way. It’s like captives who develop coping mechanisms. About 95% of my workouts involve trickery…”only 5 more minutes…” or “just get to the 2 mile mark & then you can leave.” That kind of thing.
Valerie's at it again, with a great selection of bags for Spring!