Monday, July 19, 2010

the weekend + committing to...

happy monday! are you ready for a new week? i feel like i am--i'm taking a deep breath and jumping right in. and speaking of jumping in, i love these engagement photographs by michael costa. the setting is pretty perfect, and the couple looks so sweet and happy.

how were your weekends? mine was good; i got to catch up with my friend k., who finally came back to town after two weeks away; finished the fantastic book i'd been reading (more to come on that); and went to the beach on sunday afternoon with some work friends. swimming is my new favorite thing; there's nothing quite like the salty, warm water of the gulf washing over you--especially when it's so clear you can see your legs and feet the whole time. follow it with a scoop of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream (green only, please!) in a homemade waffle cone cone from kilwin's on st. armands circle and you've got yourself a perfect day.

here's hoping this week is as good as the weekend--and in that vein, here's my list of commitments for the next seven days:

+ gym it up. now that my membership issues are finally cleared up (yay!), i can get back to a regular routine. and after a carby weekend, i am ready for it.

+ on a related note, brave the heat and go running at least one night this week. i did it last week and it felt amazing; i can do it this one. i just have to pick a night when the humidity isn't 100 percent.

+ this is going to sound completely counter-intuitive, but i also want to bake something this week. i'm on the hunt for my great-aunt rita's incredible brownie recipe and i have a list of relatives i need to call to try to get it. i'm determined to succeed, too. i don't mess around when it comes to baked goods.

+ trying a new recipe again sounds good, too. this will be an ongoing commitment, i think, and i'm going to try to share more of what i end up making with you.

+ remember that stuff i posted about on friday? i meant it. and i'm going to try really hard to take my own advice.

+ and finally, start a new book. on the list: ian mcewan's solar; david mitchell's the thousand autumns of jacob de zoet; yann martel's beatrice and virgil. (more on the book i just finished to come.)


  1. Great list as usual. All those books are on my nightstand too! Haven't started them yet. I'm working on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - it's wonderful.

  2. Happy Monday, lovely!
    Excited to hear about your cooking adventures & the book you just finished... I'm always looking for good recommendations!
    Have a fabulous week!

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  4. I had an outdoor tea party this weekend! it was a little hot but the food turned out great and the setting was super pretty. i think it's just the motivation i need to start updating my blog again.

    your weekends sounds awesome. i hope you have a great week!