May 2018 Round Up

May is not quite over, but I am a busy girl for the rest of the month. On Thursday I will be leaving for Albuquerque, NM to visit my friend Jennifer. I’ve never been to that area of the country so I am eager to see what it has to offer.

Though it is officially spring and we are creeping up on summer, the northeast is a little behind, weather-wise. We’ve had a couple of nice sunny days, but most of the month has been chilly and rainy. We even had a tornado come through northern New Haven County.

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May the 4th be with you…this is Teek’s namesake. When we got the little squeaker, her foster parent mentioned how she looks like an Ewok. We looked up Ewok names on the ride home and loved the name Teek. Months later we decided to see what the real Teek looks like – YIKES!

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Speaking of Teek– someone knows how pretty they are. As you can see, she looks nothing like her namesake.

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Gayle, Phil, and Liam came over for dinner one night. We made veggie burgers and potato wedges from Oh She Glows. I love having people over for dinner. I cannot wait to own my own house and be able to host dinner parties and game nights. At one point Liam needed a changing. He was a bit fussy and Teek was very interested in what he was squeaking about. She is the number one squeaker in these parts.

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You pickle lovers better brace yourselves because I have discovered the best life hack EVER! Hands down. No competition with this one. I recently learned you can cut up a cucumber and put the spears in an empty pickle jar to create new pickles! This is the most exciting thing I have learned all year. I let the pickles sit for about 10 days but had low hopes that they would taste anywhere near as yummy as my favorite maple bourbon pickles. They exceeded all expectations. I scared Walter a bit with my excitement. These were gone in a couple of days. This weekend I put more spears in the jar and tried one on Monday and it was still delicious. I am beyond thrilled with this life hack.

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There was one Saturday this month where it didn’t rain and the day started off warm so I immediately planned a trip to West Haven beach to walk around the boardwalk. I had taken out our summer clothes earlier in the day and was feeling daring so I threw on some shorts. Once we got to the beach I realized that was a bad idea because it was really chilly on the water. We still managed to have a good time and it was nice getting some fresh, salty air in our lungs.

 

I wanted to pick up a new book from Atticus for my trip this weekend. I didn’t have anything in mind and planned to pick something up on the fly. On their employee recommendation shelves, they have a handful of books wrapped in brown paper that say “Take a Chance On Me” with a tiny blurb from the employee who chose the book. The one I picked up said:

“Technically this is a book for children, but don’t let that deter you. The concepts explored are deep and existential and it’s done with kindness, playfulness, and the solemn wonder that comes with childhood. Also if it’s good enough for Neil Gaiman, it’s probably good enough for you.”

While I was reading the blurb, I heard a whisper in my ear, “it’s really good.” I turned around and Sophie, the employee on the cover, was talking to me. She said the book has philosophical aspects that deal with technology and it is overall a good read. I felt intrigued by the wrapped book concept and by my run in with Sophie so I bought the book.  I opened the book when I got home.  She was not kidding about it being a children’s book. It is called Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson. I expect it will be a quick read that I will probably finish by the time my train ride into the city is over, but I’m looking forward it nonetheless. I will probably pick up another paper wrapped book from Atticus, but maybe I’ll steer clear of the kid’s books.

That about sums up my May. This summer is going to be a busy one! I have a trip to San Diego/LA planned for June, my in-laws are visiting in July, and I have a few birthdays to celebrate in the next few months. I am sure they will fly by because life just can’t seem to slow down nowadays.

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