Hi! How was your week? Mine was really good. I asked Jackson’s babysitter to change her schedule a little bit so that her three mornings with him are broken up through the week (Monday and Tuesday, and then either Thursday or Friday) and what a difference it makes! I used to be so exhausted by Friday evening, having been on full-time mom duty since Wednesday afternoon, and trying to squeeze in whatever work I could do while Jack was napping, but it’s much more civilized to have a day at the end of the week — when I’m the most tired — when I get some help.
Drew had his wisdom teeth taken out this week which I’m sure was a total drag for him and I thought it would be for me too since he’d be kind of out of commission, but it wasn’t so bad. I made a lot of soup and discovered a new recipe for black bean soup* that we all loved a lot, so that’s a plus. And I learned that if you add half a container of Philadelphia onion and chive cream cheese — which I had leftover from a recipe I made last week — to a basic potato leek soup, it takes it to a whole new level.
Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, I got to meet my friend Matt — he used to be one of the guys from “His Take,” if you remember — in the city for lunch (with Jackson), which was fun because Matt actually lives in Chicago, so it’s a special treat to get on a subway and go meet him for lunch like it ain’t no thing. He’s performing on a cruise ship with Second City for a few months and the ship docks in NYC every nine days, so once every week and a half I can meet up with him for a few hours. It does a soul good to have a long-distance friend so accessible, at least for a little bit.
For Valentine’s Day, Drew got me those stemless champagne flutes I featured on my gift guide (I think he got them when they were on super sale because he is a smart man like that), as well as this awesome faux fur throw that I mentioned in passing because I’ve been wanting a substantial blanket to curl up under on those cold evenings when we’re couch-surfing the night away (i.e. watching “Billy on the Street,” eating ice cream, and going to bed at 9:30). I got him socks. But they’re really nice socks!
I totally had an idea for an open thread today that I know you all would like, but this has gotten long so I will save it for next week. Wanna talk about how your Valentine’s Day was? Any plans for the weekend? What are you reading?
* If you make this recipe, note that I made the following changes:
Added two extra garlic cloves
Used two cups of chicken broth instead of the bouillon cubes and water
Added about five small-ish carrots (not baby carrots)
Added 1/2 tsp. chili pepper
Left out the cornstarch