First Friday Five of 2014

Well, well, well, lookie what I remembered to do! I'm sure it's been several weeks since I did a Friday Five - maybe months! - but, hey, it's never too late to pick something up again right?  Anyway, last night I went to SLO Farmer's Market for the first time in forEVer ( so I think it might count as an "Adventure"!), and it was so. much. fun! I had a light dinner at Novo, browsed a few shops, heard some awesome music, and purchased some beautiful produce I'm looking forward to roasting this weekend. In light of that, I decided to share a few observations from the evening:

1.  First off, something completely randon: I think I might like Hendrick's Gin more than Tanqueray.

2.  Marston Smith - The Lord of the Cello - is totally awesome and amazing and has fantastic fashion sense.

3.  Hands Gallery still owns my heart and my wallet.

4.  Downtown SLO is hipper and cooler than I remember it, and that's saying a LOT because it's always been pretty hip and cool!

5.  I'm going to have to do Farmer's Market again. Soon. Maybe even make it a monthly outing. I forgot how much fun it is!

 Have a great weekend! Cheers!

Friday Love List

Things I loved this week:

  1. The Host. I finished the book last night - it's awesome! I'm still not sure if the ending thrilled me or annoyed me, but on the whole, it's a great book! (Also, I suddenly realized I've been spelling Stephenie Meyers' name wrong this whole time! Yikes! Sorry about that!)
  2. Buying fresh produce at the Farmer's Market on Wednesday. Since my trainer cancelled our appointment, I didn't need to hurry to the gym, and a few stands were still open when the bus pulled up, so I was able to score some carrots, plumbs, peaches, beets and artichokes. Yum!
  3. My new Isabella Fiore purse! Yeah, it's a bit small which is kinda-sorta bugging me, but it's so pretty I totally forgive it!
  4. Having Monday off! I suppose that should've been at the top of the list, but whatever. It was really nice to sleep in on a Monday morning then spend the rest of the day laying around in comfy clothes and watching soap operas, Judge Judy, and Ellen! I could use a few more days like that!
  5. Paletas. One of my coworkers brought in a bunch of these delicious cold treats for us yesterday. I had the Strawberry one, and it was so refreshing! Just look at that! You can totally see big chunks of strawberries in there:


  6. Fitting into my "skinny jeans". They're still a size 18 which is what I'm generally wearing now (although some of my pants are getting a little baggy and require a belt), but they apparently run small because today was the first day I was actually able to get them on. They're still too uncomfortable to sit in all day so I'm not wearing them now, but I'm still excited about it because a) I got them up over my thighs and hips, and b) I was able to zip them up! Yay!
  7. Finishing my 26 Things list. I will be posting the pictures on the 26 Things flickr group on Sunday, and thought I might post one picture a day (or so) in June.
  8. Getting a pedicure. OMG, that felt so good! I was originally going to see the new Narnia movie with a couple friends tonight, but those plans fell through, so I had a pedi instead. Since I didn't have any of my stuff with me, I had to choose a colour from their selection. I can't remember the name of the O.P.I. polish colour but I think it might be Chicago Champagne Toast.


Have a terrific weekend, everyone!

A Night at Farmer's Market

So, Farmer's Market was a ton of fun! As I mentioned before, I had dinner at Novo (the chicken Caesar salad because I love their's and also because I'm boring and predictible) ...



(btw, I found out the wine was Blue Slate Riesling by Dr. Loosen, and it's German, not French.)


... and after stuffing myself near to bursting, I wandered around the market and got kinda sad when I saw all the BBQs, pizzas, pita sandwiches, roasted corn-on-the-cob, giant turkey legs, pies and cakes and other delicious yummy things I could've (and probably should've) noshed on instead.

Next time, I told myself. Next time.

One of the best parts about the SLO Farmer's Market is all the entertainment. There's bands:



Belly dancers:


And, even a very fun and popular puppet show:


The guy who does the puppet show is awesome! He has different voices for the characters - all of which sound delightfully fake and are utterly charming! -  and he sings songs, and totally and completely charms everyone, children and adults alike.


And, of course, there's lots and lots of produce:



I picked up some beets (from the Cal Poly stand above; sadly they didn't have kolerabis this week), spinach, radishes, almonds, sugar snap peas, a 3lb bag of the sweetest, juiciest oranges I've ever had, and a bouquet of beautiful, fragrant lilacs:


The evening ended with a lovely drive home and a beautiful sunset:


Tomorrow is Friday (thank God!) and Glory Day! I can hardly wait!!

An Evening at Farmer's Market

So, Farmer’s Market last night was so much fun! Miss S. and Miss K. and I headed to Barnes & Nobel after work and had coffee drinks and a light supper in the Starbucks Café upstairs. Well, not really light: I shared an herbed chicken sandwich with cheese with Miss K. (which was good), then got a bowl of the cheese and broccoli soup (which was bad). I was just bad yesterday, that’s all there is to it. I believe I made up for it, however, by walking lots and lots later on.

After eating, we wandered around B&N, and I couldn’t resist buying some pretty spring-like stationery and a cool journal. I had two books in my hand (Inkspell by Cordilia Funke and Terrier by Tamora Pierce), but put them back in favour of the other items. Miss S. insisted I must read Inkspell, and purchased it for me, as well as purchasing a book for Miss K. We took revenge on her by buying her a couple fun items, too. So there!

Once we finished shopping we headed to the already-bustling Farmer’s Market and met up with our current Student Worker (whom we dubbed The Boy) and his younger brother (whom we dubbed “The Child”). It has been a long time since I was at the market and I forgot how crazy it can be! There were tons of people – families, high school and college students, Goths and emos, a couple guys who looked like they were from The Ramones, and a couple girls dressed up like Vikings for some unknown reason. It was awesome! Unfortunately, it was too dark to take any decent pictures of the beautiful produce and flowers and such – that will have to wait till summer – but I did score some delicious veggies: a kolerabi (which is relatively unknown and I would link to some information about them, but I couldn’t find anything, so I’ll just say it’s kinda like a turnip), a head of cauliflower, some celery and some beets. I would’ve purchased more (the sample orange slices were delicious, and I totally would’ve picked up some organic apples, asparagus, artichokes, almonds and even some locally made olive oil and hummus), but I had taken one of my paralegal conference bags to carry everything in and it wasn’t big enough. If we end up making this a monthly or bi-monthly event, I might have to invest in a fold-down cart on wheels to carry all my stuff around in. As it was we had The Boy and The Child lug the stuff for us until we parted ways, then we had to lug our own!

It was a lovely, lovely evening and a great deal of fun! I cannot wait till next time!