On the weather:
August, for the most part, has been feeling a bit chillier so I’m really happy that this week we’re getting back into the true feel of summer and reaching temps in the mid 80s again. Which means, I’m making the most of wearing as little as possible. It’s nice to be able to quickly pull on some shorts and slip into sandals. It’s one of the reasons why I love this season so much. It’s so easy and laid-back.
On giving up sugar and alcohol for a month:
Next month, Bob and I will go completely alcohol and (processed) sugar-free. The sugar will be the toughest because we’ve gotten into this habit of getting peanut butter fudge ice cream after dinner every weekend (and it’s gooood). While there’s nothing wrong with a little sweet here and there, I really want to challenge myself to make healthier creative desserts using only natural sweeteners like raw honey, dates and maple syrup. The alcohol will be a cinch though. I stopped drinking in July and still going strong! This isn’t permanent by any means. Goodness no.
On the prospective new home:
No news on the house yet. Apparently, a short sale—which is what this is—is another word for long sale. We’ve put down the offer and the bank will take weeks—weeks!—to get back to us with an answer. If we have to re-negotiate, it’ll take another few weeks. Our lease is up in December, so it’s not like we don’t have the time. But if this process takes longer than that, which it very well can, we may have to renew the lease, which means higher rent (boo!) but more time in Queens (yay!). Of course, we’ve been keeping an eye out for other prospects but so far, nothing else has really caught our attention yet.
On the new blog makeover:
I wanted something a bit more stylish, but clean, minimal and responsive. You like?!
On the weekend:
We celebrated Bob’s grandmother’s birthday over the weekend. It’s funny because she’s kind of averse to new technology but every year, someone gets her something high-techy that she has to learn to use. Last year, we gave her a Kindle. We knew it was a risk, but we decided on it anyway. She may not know how to purchase a book online (Bob’s mother does that for her), but she knows how to turn the page and that’s really all you need to know when it comes to the Kindle. She likes it. Or at least, that’s what she tell us. This year, Bob’s uncle got her a Keurig, which upon opening she laughed and said, “What am I going to do with this? I already have a coffee machine!” “But this one makes one cup at time which is perfect for you!” we all explained. Bob showed her how to work it and if you have a Keurig, you’ll know it’s pretty simple to figure out. Here’s to learning new things! Now, if we can get her into texting…
Bob and I were supposed to babysit the boys last Friday, but since my sister ended up taking off the whole week anyway, we decided to have a little family outing with all of us instead. I invited them to come to Astoria park. I knew they would enjoy the bright open space, the bridge views and the playground. And they did! The boys had a lot of fun, despite a few “misunderstandings” here and there (see below*).
*Parenting in action: “No hitting your brother!”
( ↑ Taken from Bob’s Instagram)
Bob waits on the sidelines while someone gets a talking-to.
But then we were back to business as usual: monkey bars and slides for the kids, while we looked along and chatted about So You Think You Can Dance (Ricky for the win!).
And that’s all I got for now. How was your week?