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Weekend Snapshot

By December 11, 2012December 20th, 2012Dogs, Education, Food, Weekend

This weekend really flew by and we really didn’t get anything done. Not a big deal, I’m not complaining, but I think the lack of happenings made it seem like a single blink.


Truth be told I was a little bummed out. Last week, one of my favorite professors, of all time, passed away of lung cancer. He was still reasonably young, just a year older than my dad, so that sort of made life a little too real if you know what I mean. My father and I completed most of our master’s program together, and his was the first class we took. I credit him for my deeper love of learning psychology and cognitive problem solving and I am so much the better designer today because of his enjoyment of pushing our buttons and never making any answers easy. Without going into too much detail, the funeral was a beautiful celebration of his life, work and tireless curiosity. If heaven exists, he’ll spend eternity trying to figure out how.


After the funeral on Saturday, I was pretty emotionally wiped out. Neil called in a pizza order, and I picked it up on the way home. I haven’t had take-out pizza in forever, so it tasted awesome. Still the ultimate comfort food for me.



After lunch, I climbed in bed for a nap. I just needed to hit reset on my day. When I woke up, my neighbor Scherrie called and asked if I wanted to come over and make granola. She gave me a jar of her homemade granola this summer and I absolutely loved it. Super crunchy and not too sweet, with plenty of nuts and seeds — perfect! So I went over and she made me a big batch and sent me home with her secret recipe. No more box granola for us! She has no idea, but she totally turned my day around.


Neil and I spent the rest of Saturday night on some work, games and tons of episodes of Merlin over winter-themed drinks and more pizza.


Sunday was pretty quiet as well. I baked a loaf of Paleo Flax and Raisin Breakfast bread (recipe coming!)


Neil and I planned our menu for the week and went to the grocery store, only to come home with something a little out of the ordinary — crab legs! Seen above looking a little like Loch Ness…


Laugh all you want, but I’ve never bought them outside of a restaurant menu before. I don’t eat a ton of seafood in general (comes with living in the Midwest), so when Neil suggested we improvise for Sunday, the idea of crab legs came completely from left field. They were really good, albeit messy, and went great with sides of steak and salad. The pets, especially Felix, would NOT leave us alone.


After dinner, we bathed the pups and tried to corner them in front of the tree for some holiday photos. It went…okay. We have an interesting set of photos that documents the experience, but here’s a teaser.

How was your weekend?

One Comment

  • Rachel says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Jess. I love your comment about him spending eternity trying to figure out how there is a heaven. Sounds like a great guy. The pups look adorable-can’t wait to see the holiday card 🙂 Love you!