Friday, July 8, 2011

Solitude, Strawberries, Sour Cream, Shoes & Swamp Creatures

Don't you just love alliteration?

Rob left on Thursday for yet another work-related camping trip grumble grumble. I won't lie that it made me a little sad to say goodbye, as it usually does. I trust my husband implicitly and without question, but I still wish I could be in the woods with him rather than alone with my dog.

When Rob was in the Army we both met some pretty jealous wives (one of whom threatened to get Rob in trouble with the FRG because I talked to her friend's husband for five minutes...but that's another story).  Though I may whimper and moan about him being gone I'd say I'm pretty damn cool about him going into the woods with the ladies he works with.

Anyway when he's gone I wallow around and mess around on the internets try hard to stay busy and active.  Yesterday was no exception.  First, after walking the beast, I took a break from work and went out to breakfast with my friend Rachel.  Her wedding was the first I ever photographed "professionally" (I use this term loosely) and I think she's just lovely.

I also bought some organic lavender because I really wanted to make lavender lemonade.  Unfortunately I'm lazy and didn't want to deal with the whole boil-water-and-actually-make-lemonade thing, so I basically added about 1/4 cup of lavender into a Simply Lemonade bottle and left it there for around 4 hours. Surprisingly it came out pretty well,though it actually required even more work than the boiling since I had to strain it, put it into a giant drink dispenser, then get it back into the Simply Lemonade bottle. I'm also not sure anyone would want to drink lemonade this color if they didn't know it had lavender in it:

As you can see the straining didn't go particularly well...
Additionally I found some organic strawberries so that I could try out a recipe from my good friend Ayla, involving organic local strawberries, sour cream, and brown sugar.  Sound weird? Whatever, it was delicious. Like, seriously delicious. You'd think that the sour cream would be all up in the strawberry's face, but it stays remarkably mellow, providing just the right amount of tart before your taste buds are sung to blissful sleep by the sweet maiden brown sugar:

I think I could probably write for some sort of food magazine.  Recommendations now being accepted.

In other ridiculously exciting news, I finally broke down and bought some wedges the other day and holy jaysus how did I not catch on to this earlier? Wedges are amazing, especially with high-waisted shorts!

Sorry for the crap cell-phone husband around to take pictures!

Finally, I wanted to share with you a random story that happened to me last week. I was sitting in my chair working, minding my own business and wearing purple striped pajama pants, crazy hair and an oversized blue sweatshirt that said "Stewart/Colbert 2008" when I decided to get up off my ass and just style my hair rather than, you know, take a shower (someone told me I always mention 30 Rock, this is the moment where Liz Lemon and I become one).

As I was preparing the bathtub, Cypress began barking madly downstairs. I ran down in the aforementioned outfit and without my new glasses.

And there stood my husband.  With two of his female college student coworkers.

And me, in all my frumpy, pajamalicious glory.

So that you fully appreciate the gravity of this situation, I hired an artist to render an approximation of how I looked in this particular moment:

Now, the terrible secret about why I don't post many pictures of myself on my blog.
My darling, sweet, thoughtful husband said brightly, "We needed tools for work! I told them you might be pissed." I think I mumbled an apology, talked about some restaurant we'd been to, and told my husband, with an edge to my voice, just how much I loved him.  I also think at one point my skin turned a lovely shade of crimson awesomeness.

Have I mentioned how awkward I am?

Truthfully I feel worse for the girls than for myself.  As the above photograph quite obviously demonstrates, working-from-home Caitlin can be a truly stunning and frightening site. And since I know at least one of them reads my blog with some regularity, I would like to grant them my deepest apologies.

How has your post-holiday week been?

Also, for your Question of the Blog (totally a thing): What are some of your blogging pet peeves, either about blogging in general or reading material on other blogs? Without getting snarky, mean, or personal of course.


  1. I posted my pet peeves on my old blog long ago and I don't think that it's ever a good idea to talk about the on the blog. Even if it is just for you to vent, etc... I recommend talking to your husband or a friend (not on the internet) about issues you have with blogging. The blogging world can be a very positive place, and a very negative one... whatever you choose.

    Of course there is no way to mention something that peeves you without getting snarky because it bothers you in the first place, so you are kind of upset/frustrated about it already.

    Just my two cents... I have been down that road and it's not one worth taking!

    LOVED this post, btw... you are so cute!

  2. I do love alliteration! Perfect title, by the bye. Now I must clarify . . . I know you and Ayla are friends and that's how you came across my blog .... but how do you know each other? Because this post really reminded me of her. ;) Lavender and strawberries with ice cream and photographing weddings, etc. . . you two have so much in common!

    Blogging peeves ... extremely nosy people. I've had some weird encounters in the blogging world. One woman I've never met wrote an extremely long and offensive post about ME and continually misreferenced one of my posts in it. The weird thing was it was a post about going to grad school, of all things. Nothing offensive there. Another fellow (stranger) borrowed one of my post topics, referenced it back to me, and put a huge photo of me in the middle of it! Need I say more. It was very weird.

  3. *I mean strawberries with sour cream. Woops.

  4. I LOVE THIS POST! It's funny, and I love funny blog posts...
    xoxo, Katie

  5. Oh man... I had a smirk on my face the entire time I was reading this. Very cute. :) And I think you look glorious in the swamp picture. :P I don't have any blogging pet peeves yet, since I have only been blogging and really following a lot of blogs for about 2 weeks now. :P Though I CAN say that really messy blogs drive me nuts.... like when there is a TON of clutter along the sides? Eeek!

    Sea Marie

  6. Mmmm...lavender lemonade sounds delicious! When I worked from home on numerous occasions the first question out of OccDoc's mouth when he returned home was 'Did you shower today?' The answer was almost always no. My blog pet peeve is people who have music on their blogs that automatically starts playing when I open the page.

  7. Love your outfit with the high waisted shorts! I don't think I could pull those off, but you look great :)

  8. The stawberries sound awesome, and the shorts LOOK awesome! Oooh la la!!

    My blogging pet peeve is when I notice myself getting all caught up in the "numbers" part of it, but I've been getting much, much better : )


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