Time for Feel Good Friday/Friday Favorites!
This was like The Week That Never Ends. Between the chaos and disorder of Freshman MCAS, the ever-changing demands of my work schedule, and the fact that we all, in our bones, know that school should be done already – but we still have three weeks left!? – I am just so completely and utterly done. Weekends with a toddler aren’t exactly silent oases of rest and relaxation, but at least I don’t have the added stress of work for the next two days.
Here are some things that carried me through this week:
J’s at Nashoba Valley Winery: If you ever find yourself travelling to/through Central Massachusetts for some reason, do yourselves a favor and book a table at J’s for dinner. The first time Andy took me was on our fifth anniversary, and we loved it so much we literally insisted my parents join us there two weeks later for my birthday dinner. Lately we’ve really been loving their prix fixe, five course tasting menu and wine flight. We went again last night – I’ve got a pic or two of the food on Instagram – and it was amazing, as always.
Top 100 Songs of 1995 Playlist: HOLY CRAP, NOSTALGIA BOMB. I turned thirteen in 1995, and it’s the first year I remember really listening to and buying music. I was getting bored with my usual YouTube music playlist and just sort of idly searched “hits 1995,” and oh my God, there are so many songs on this list I forgot about. I think I spent three days just listening to “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” on repeat. Also, my son caught me watching TLC’s “Waterfalls” and asked, “What are they? Are they mermaids?” so, like, come on. That’s adorable. How does that not brighten up your week?
Jose Cuervo’s Teagarita: Every once in a while I send my husband out to buy me a bottle of wine and he comes back with a “treat” instead. Recently, he discovered this amazing bottled concoction by Jose Cuervo called the “teagarita,” a ready-to-drink cocktail that is half-iced tea, half-margarita, and definitely one of the most perfect summer drinks I’ve ever had. Toss a few ice cubes in a glass, pour it over, and enjoy the fact that it’s Friday.
The Good Place Official Podcast & Forking Bullshirt: Last year, Andy and I fell head-over-heels for NBC’s The Good Place. While I’m still waiting for an official release date for season three, they recently began a behind-the-scenes podcast hosted by Marc Evan Jackson. I listened to the first episode last night, and so far I’m digging. it That being said, if you are interested in episode analysis and discussion from a fan’s perspective (as well as some good old-fashioned squeeing), the fan-run podcast Forking Bullshirt is pretty awesome.
That’s it for this week; I told you, it’s been a long one, and my “self-care” this week was food, alcohol, and nostalgia. Hey, we find comfort where we can, right?
What got you through this week? What were some things that brought you comfort/joy/brightened your days?