Roxie wanted to hear about my Day of Debauchery and Gluttony. It wasn't that bad, but it certainly wasn't a diet day, either. We started with Harvest Grain and Nut pancakes (or panqueques, as Jeff and I like to call them) at IHOP - this was brunch, as he had gotten up at 5:00 am to run while I slept in (hey, I have to get something out of not being able to run, right?!?). YUM. That is my one splurge on real butter and syrup. I like to dab a little bit of butter on each bite of pancake, then dip into a puddle of syrup. YUM. Later that afternoon we were out running errands - it was so freaking hot that you could feel your skin burning during the walk from the car to the store (and yes, sunscreen was applied, Helen). We stopped at the sno cone hut to rehydrate with a pina colada sno cone. Hit the spot - there is nothing like an icy treat on a 105 degree day to make you feel human again! Later that night, we went to BJ's Brewhouse (new to our town!) and I had their Italian Market salad - chopped goodness with fresh mozzarella, fontina cheese, salami, and olives (Carla!) - YUM. That kind of day was most welcome, after my boring eats of Greek yogurt, granola, peaches, watermelon, eggs and PB&J sandwiches during the previous week.
File this under So Very Wrong:
I have no words.
OK, I've lived in Texas for nearly 19 years now, and I've acclimated to the heat. I've grown to like it, actually. I know, call me weird, but it's true...especially since I lost the weight and with it, my insulation. I can take the heat. For the most part. But Jimmy the Cricket (as my son Sam used to say), it's been especially hot this summer, and well over 100 degrees for a month now. Which wouldn't be so bad if it would just RAIN once in a while. Come ON, already - this global warming/La Nina/whatever has got to stop!
And now, it's time for a very special Fashion Friday! Recently, Janell posted on her blog that she was starting a little business knitting cowls - well, she called them scowls, but she's funny that way. I contacted her and placed an order - while I've tried to learn to knit, it just hasn't clicked (haha) in my brain. And I appreciate the creativity that some people have, especially since art and colors and making something out of nothing is not my strong point. But it certainly is Janell's! I told her what colors I liked for the cowl, and she went to work. Y'all. I was stunned when I got it in the mail. It is so gorgeous. There is so much detail - she used all kinds of yarns, and varied the textures, and then she added beads - I was not expecting anything this amazing. I love it, and while I've only been able to wear it for the photos for this post (please see above reference of 100 degree heat), I know that this will be wonderful to wear in the Fall (all two weeks of it) and Winter.
Pictures don't do it justice - I should have gone outside in natural light, but have I mentioned the heat? Click them if you want to see it in more detail.
Love how the lighter blues pop when worn with this color blouse!
Click this picture to see the beads, and the different textures of the yarns...
Janell joked that she'd throw in some Bella fur (Bella is her adorable corgi) and of course I welcomed that! Paco could not keep his nose out of the cowl - he was all over me, "meeting" Bella! Click here to see when I got to meet Bella...and Janell, of course! :)
If you're interested in having Janell create a one-of-a-kind, gorgeous, hand-knit cowl for you, email her (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pricing and details. You won't be sorry.
Alright, hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Stay cool? Hah! Not likely, here in Texas.