Can’t Stop The Spring

We are on Spring Break this week, and was it ever nice to sleep through 4:45am today without the sound of my alarm disturbing my peaceful reverie. Yesterday began with a lovely Sunday morning trip to Trader Joe’s (I so love that store) – here’s a few highlights from my shopping trolley:

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Isn’t this green cheese just the coolest? It’s a special item for St. Patrick’s Day, and I can’t wait to try it! πŸ™‚ Yummy! πŸ™‚
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This looks pretty delicious, too – I love sopressata, and you can’t go wrong with cheese! I love the cheese at Trader Joe’s! πŸ™‚
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Here’s another St. Paddy’s Day cheese..I’m not too sure about this one, but I figured I’d give it a shot!
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There aren’t even words to express how delicious and amazing this stuff is…wowza. Just wowza. My Mom asked me how I eat it – do I put it on toast, or waffles, or what…and I was only mildly embarrassed to admit that I have yet to do anything with it other than eating it with a spoon straight out of the jar. Oops. It’s THAT friggin’ good! πŸ™‚
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More cheese and magic meat (that’s what my Wee One calls sopressata) πŸ™‚
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This stuff is da bomb πŸ™‚ I heart Greek yogurt with honey πŸ™‚

I spent the afternoon working on my dissertation, riding my bike, and enjoying a very lovely work break at the Flying Saucer pub. I LOVE that place, and I wish I lived closer, because I would probably turn that joint into my neighborhood Cheers-type hangout. Perhaps my liver should be pleased that I don’t live closer! πŸ˜‰ I had some delish Alamo Golden Ale – on Sundays they feature Texas beers for $3 a pint! Bargain! πŸ™‚ Sunday night was spent with my family, celebrating the life of Stompin’ Tom, my beloved Canadian troubadour who passed away last week. We ate excellent barbecue, drank some fantastic Molson Canadian beer, and listened to some of Tom’s greatest hits, like the incomparable “Muk Tuk Annie“…good times. I think Tom would be proud to hear that he was being honored by a bunch of Canucks living in Texas! πŸ™‚

The first real day of Spring Break was pretty quiet – the Wee One and I went and bought a new mattress for her bed (she went to the store in her jammies, to really be authentic when she tried the mattress out – that kid is a hoot), practiced riding her bike, made friendship bracelets (which I suck at, by the way…I am SO not crafty – I feel bad for that artistic little one of mine, because I’m just useless), watched some TV together…it was a really great day. πŸ™‚ We have some tentative plans for the rest of the week: going to get our nails done together, going out for lunch, watching some movies…all good stuff. πŸ™‚ The best part of this week? The break from work! Yaaa! πŸ™‚ As much as I love my job (and I really, really do – I have the best job!), this break will do me some good. I think my poor little mind has been rather overwhelmed lately, and I’ve not been thinking about things as clearly as I would like to. I’m hoping to take a bit of time, do a bit of nothing, and just reboot. πŸ™‚ Sounds like a plan, eh? Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

Oh, before I go – I watched a documentary today called “Shakespeare High“…and I LOVED it! πŸ™‚ It’s a “feature-length documentary about students in California whose immersion in the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California’s high school drama program compels them to overcome their difficulties and create better lives for themselves.Β Among the many famous alumni/ae of this almost 100 year-old program are Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer, Mare Winningham and Richard Dreyfuss, all featured in the movie.”Β As an educator, and one of the biggest Shakespeare nerds around, I thought this movie was AWESOME – the kids they profiled were great, the competition that they all take part in is fantastic, and it does a heart good to see kids getting down to Billy the Bard. I was really taken with some of the kids, and my heart grew big and fuzzy when they updated us on where they ended up after high school. If you have the opportunity to watch it, please do so – you will not be disappointed. πŸ™‚ The power of education and learning never ceases to amaze me – and it restores my faith in humanity and the future. πŸ™‚

Happy Spring Break, friends! πŸ™‚

xxx

 

PS: The great folks at CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada opened their show on Saturday night with a tribute to Stompin’ Tom – here’s a link πŸ™‚

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