What’s Fun and What’s Not Fun

This weekend can pretty much be broken down into what was fun and what was not fun.  Luckily the fun stuff outweighed the not fun stuff and I enjoyed one of my very few free weekends this summer.

What was not fun:

  • Taking two cats on a 30-minute bus ride to the vet.  It was time for Olaf to get his one-year wellness check-up and update his vaccinations and since Dot hadn’t been to the vet since before we moved to Chicago we decided to take her too.  Bad choices all around.  Since we don’t have our car we had to ride the bus to the vet.  Neither cat was pleased with the loud bus and Olaf yowled as loud as possible for the first 15 or so minutes.  Cue me freaking out that we’re bothering all the passengers and would get thrown off the bus.  When we finally did get to the vet it was time for Dot to freak out.  She would not sit on the table, would NOT let the vet tech take her temperature, hid under the chair in the room, and growled/hissed/scratched at everyone that came near her.  The vet did manage to give her the vaccinations and Adam has a nice big scratch to prove show for it.  Olaf was just fine and barely even noticed that he was getting an exam.  As an extra special bonus, the bus ride back home was packed to the brim with Cubs fans because of course we chose a game day to go to the vet.  One bright spot of this whole ordeal was that the bus driver on the way back was super nice to us and made sure that our cats were comfortable and safe.  Overall, I never want to do that again and I’m pretty sure Dot is still angry at us for subjecting her to all of that.
Olaf Lovin'

Olaf has forgiven all and wants to be held. Now

Dot recovers

Poor girl is pooped from her trauma

  • Trying to get good food pictures with minimal space and light.  We have two windows in our apartment and because of the way our apartment is situated, we get very little natural light.  This makes taking pictures for my blog slightly difficult.  At first I thought it was impossible but I’ve gotten creative and learned how to make what I do have work for me.  It does lead to some interesting positions though.  Good thing I do yoga!

Food Photography

What was fun:

  • Going to the farmers market.  We finally got to go to our favorite farmers market.  Because we have been busy pretty much every weekend since the Green City Market opened up, we haven’t gotten a chance to go.  This weekend though we finally made it and it was of course awesome.  All the fresh fruit and vegetables make me happy and I could wander around the market all morning if I could.  Adam was happy to get his first Donut Vault donut of the season and even more excited that they had his favorite, lemon poppyseed.  It’s the only way I can get him to come with me!
Lemon Poppyseed Donut from Donut Vault

He’s trying not to stuff the whole thing in his mouth

  • Purple asparagus.  I’ve seen green asparagus and I’ve seen white asparagus, but I had never seen purple asparagus.  While we were at the market we saw these and of course I had to get them because they were purple.  Best. Decision. Ever.  They were so delicious and simple to prepare.  All I did was drizzle them with a little olive oil, sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, squeeze a little lemon juice over it all and roast at 400 for 15 minutes.  They were a little sweeter than green asparagus and I could have eaten like 5 more bunches.  Too bad I discovered them at the end of asapargus season.
Purple Asparagus

I’ll try any purple fruit/vegetable

  • Fruit crisp.  The farmers market pretty much just led to all sorts of good things this weekend.  This fruit crisp is proof that you should go to the market more often!  I made Adam a strawberry rhubarb crisp with fruit we got from the market.  He deemed it delicious and probably would have eaten the whole thing in one sitting.  Which is quite the compliment.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Overall, it was a great weekend and I really loved having the free time to do some fun things and spend time with Adam.  Here’s to another great week!

What did you do this weekend?