Sunday, May 5, 2019

My Everyday Life [Weeks 17-18]

Here's what the past two weeks looked like!

We've married for 10 years, together for 12, so I guess it was inevitable that we started dressing alike on accident. We both changed and got ready for a walk separately and came downstairs to realize we were twinning. So weird. I went back upstairs to change into different pants. :)
 Easter Sunday hike with my brother Gary, Craig, and Mom at Brady's Rocks on the Ice Age Trail.
This was a great book. I loved it even more because it was based on the author's family's experience during World War II.
 Happy 80th mom!
 Finished this very hyped but, but decent read.
 Love my new bookmarks!
 I guess my interests lately are environmentalism and veganism.
 This is delicious!
 Spring is finally here!
 My little baby Shiva and I.
Dinner with Danielle last night. 
 I enjoyed a delicious mushroom, cashew cheese, and arugula pizza with a peach raspberry martini.
These two are shedding like crazy lately, throwing up lots of furballs, and still fighting off and on since Pema is a jerk face. Shiva is still so loving and sweet, despite getting picked on off and on.

Hiking: Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve

This weekend has been absolutely perfect, so we took full advantage of it and headed outside before a crappy week of weather ahead.

I've heard so many good things about Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve in Grafton and we finally checked it out this morning.

Parking and the park entrance is free. We parked at the front and walked on a few planked trails until we hit the graved trails that lead to Lake Michigan.
 There's a pretty swamp area with lots of red-winged blackbirds defending their territory.
I loved these yellow flowers near the streams.
Don't these buds look like caterpillars?
 So many great paths to choose from! We started on the bluff trail.
 Naturally, we were aiming to see views like this.
 The trails are well-maintained, flat, and the types of trees change throughout the park.
We both liked this cute bridge among all of the pretty birch trees. 
Near the bridge, we took the stairs down to the beach. The water here looked tropical at times.
 Of course, Craig always finds rocks to skip. I always fail at skipping rocks.
 People left little rock art creations around the beach.
 The bluffs around the lake were pretty treacherous looking.

Love hiking together! It's a great and active hobby and I'm so thankful to have a partner I can do this with for life.

Memories from today: so many spring birds out everywhere, a random dog on the trail growling specifically at me while I sat on a bench, and "Sunday' driving through the country on our way home.
We were starving after all that activity and headed to downtown Grafton to get a bite at Collectivo. I wanted to check out their new vegan options. I had the Edamame Hummus Wrap and a Green Hornet smoothie. The wrap wasn't my first choice, but they were sold out of the Cauliflower Bahn Mi so I had to settle for something else. It was still delicious!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

My Everyday Life [Week 11]

The warmer temperatures, sunshine, birds chirping, and melting snow cheered me up so much this week!

Here's what week 11 of 2019 looked like!

Trying to get some exercise in, but I need to be better about it.

Yum! 
 Still loving salad club at work! Check out this week's colorful creation.
 I really enjoyed this read for book club. Can't wait to discuss it this week.
This satisfied my craving for Italian food. I'd definitely repurchase, but I wish there was more saus'age in the dish.
Attended a bridal shower for Craig's cousin's fiance. She was so sweet and we have a lot in common.
After shopping off and on for two years, I finally picked out two new frames from Costco optical and had a really good experience there.

These are my prescription frames.
And my blue light frames, which have no prescription in them so I can wear them at work and home with my contacts.
Started and finished this wonderful book by Sy Montgomery! We definitely have the same, deep love for animals. Reading about how she dealt with grief over losing a pet reminded me of myself. Unfortunately, we got some bad news about our two cats this week and we aren't sure what is causing all of our cats to get sick. It was hard enough to lose Tanzi in January and I can't imagine dealing with two more being sick. 

Anyway, great book and I highly recommend if you're an animal lover like me!
The illustrations in the book were so cute too.
 Pema and I were basking in the sun this morning.
Snuggles with Shiva. He's the sickest of our two cats and my little buddy, so lots of tears were shed on Monday when I got the bad news from our vet. His kidney levels are elevated and his thyroid is in the grey zone.
We tried the burrito special at Urban Beats this week. It was ok. I much prefer other items on their menu.
Accidental phone shot, but it represents that Craig and I got a couple of nice walks in this week. It felt so good to be outside.
 We both really liked this Miyoko's vegan cheddar cheese!
 So did Pema. He's always trying to sneak something, but he's not quite as brazen as Shiva is.
Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

My Everyday Life [Week 10]

I'm feeling like I need to get back at blogging, so let's jump right into the everyday life series and show you week 10.

Pema, I'm trying to take a picture of my contact lenses for a rebate! Always has to be in on the action.
Checked out a new vegan option in downtown Waukesha called Perennial and met the chef and owner! It's in the Five Joints @ Five Points spot on Broadway.
I brought the Pineapple Curry home with me!
A visit for both boys to the vet. I love the artwork there. 
 We need to say adios to these (too much sugar).
And hola to these as a treat. Plus, we need to feed the boys more calories. I really hope they're not hyperthyroid like Tanzi was as they're way too young.
I was chatting to a coworker and drinking this. She gave me a funny look and said, "are you drinking cough syrup!?" I suppose it does look like it!
Aunt Lisa, I want to touch your hair next. Conner was having fun touching all of the ladies' hair at Craig's cousin's baby shower.
After searching for two years, I finally bought some new eyeglasses. I got two in fact. I ordered these for my prescription lenses and a different pair with the blue light lenses.
A Sunday morning at Mama D's, which has become our favorite coffee shop. I just wish one was closer to our house. Trying my best to reduce waste and I insisted we bring our own cups this time.
Beautiful quilts on display at the New Berlin Public Library which remind me of my lovely mom who is an amazing quilter.
Picked out these three books from the new book shelf. Now I need to stay off my phone and read more. Fun fact: I coordinated a lecture for Sy Montgomery, who wrote the book on the left. She was a sweet lady to work with.
Have a wonderful week! I'm so ready for some warmer temperatures and for the snow to melt.