1. When my doggies snuggle. Sometimes they pretend to be each other's nemesis, but truthfully they are the two best friends that ever did live.
2. R and I went to Can Can happy hour last Thursday. Two words: cheese and wine. Oh and bread. So much crusty bread to go with the delicious cheese and crisp, refreshing wine. I could live at Can Can's zinc bar. Every time I go there I feel like I'm back in Paris, whiling away a lazy afternoon at brasserie. Also half carafes for $10. Which means obviously I had to order an entire half carafe instead of a glass. Because SALE!
3. Akida sushi. We followed up our happy hour with a little sushi in Akida's new Museum District location. And maybe it was the wine and romance of Can Can talking, but it may have been my favorite sushi I've ever had in Richmond. It's a tiny little hole in the wall with no decor or ambience to speak of. But darn do they do good sushi. I went with a spicy tuna (my go to, even though it is a little on the boring side) and then a crazy roll with tuna and salmon. Oh and there was roe. Lots of roe/caviar/fishy goodness.
4. The tulips in our front yard. I take absolutely no credit for these. Someone who owned our little house in the past planted the most amazing flower bed in our front yard. It literally starts blooming in March and continues to bloom through late fall. It is so gorgeously choreographed that as soon as one flower starts to wilt a new one comes up from the ground, like a long, slow, elegant dance. I applaud whoever planted this bed, because it is really and truly a masterpiece of gardening. My favorite blooms are the tulips, because I love tulips. They are pretty sure. But they also remind me of everything that you feel at the beginning of spring, like life is new and shiny and full of possibility.
5. Last Friday I had a movie date with my mom and 5 year old niece. We went to see Cinderella, and it was just what you want from a live action Cinderella, totally by the book, utterly charming, sweet and sincere, with a bit of magic. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up from the enchanted 5 year old (and her equally enchanted 29 year old aunt). Sweet Frog post movie was mandatory for obvious reasons.
6. I co-hosted a bridal shower for one of my very best and oldest friends, Chrissy. It was lovely and relaxed and filled with food (I baked biscuits for a party, I feel very proud of that because two weeks ago biscuits terrified me to even make for myself), laughter, and advice for the soon to be bride.
Me with the gorgeous bride to be and my mom
7. I finally started to tend our garden in the last couple of days. The weather has been GORGEOUS and I've spent the last two days outside planting and weeding and trying to prevent George from eating everything I plant (have been about 50% successful with that). There really is something so satisfying about putting your hands in the dirt and watching things you plant grow and thrive. Last year I started off enthusiastically and then kind of let most of my plants die due to lack of watering/animals. I really am going to try and not let that happen this year. I've scaled back a little and am focusing on quality rather than quantity.
8. I further took advantage of this wonderful weather by having the family over for a cookout last night. I actually grilled because R was sadly stuck at work (I am kind of a grill amateur, but I really want to try and get more experience with it this year, because it's a healthy and flavorful way to cook). I made chicken and beef kebobs with some grilled zucchini and asparagus and my mom brought over yummy ribs. We hung out outside on our patio (my house is way too small to have my family over when we can't use our outdoor space so it's nice in the summer to be able to invite people over) and enjoyed the pleasant weather while the babies and puppies played in the yard (George is really happy when my niece and nephew come over because they are the only creatures who can match and even exceed his level of energy)
9. This jasmine candle from Target. Because my house smells like stinky dogs and anything helps. But most of all because the smell of jasmine this time of year so deeply and firmly takes my heart and soul to Charleston even if I'm not physically there. I can close my eyes and be there, walking down a moonlit street with the Confederate jasmine twined around wrought iron gates, their thick, earthy perfume heavy in the spring air.
10. This video. Because GoT started last night (SO good!). And because even though it feels like spring, as Jon Snow would remind us, winter is still coming :)
Happy Monday everyone. Here is to a good week!