Sometimes, it’s the little things
I am currently up late, icing my knee because it is throbbing. It has been all day. It’s kind of starting to freak me out how much this pain has progressed, so I’m really glad that I have a physical therapy appointment on Monday. A healthy 24 year-old should not have this much knee pain. Blegh.
I kept up and iced last night too, while watching the presidential address.
I didn’t have much energy to make a fancy or involved meal, so I rolled with some gluten free Amy’s mac and cheese. I’m not sure why I had GF instead of regular or whole wheat, but I like rice pasta so it was fine with me! I made a big serving of Brussels sprouts to have on the side. Perfect quick but relatively healthy (as opposed to takeout, which I would have done in this situation in the past!) meal for a takin’ it easy kind of night!
Last weekend I had originally planned on joining some friends over in Michigan to celebrate a birthday on the beach, but the plans were a little too last minute and ended up falling through. I didn’t mind so much though, because my brother and sister-in-law had invited me over to their new apartment in Old Town for some barbecuing, drinks and chillin’ with my parents and my sister-in-law’s parents, who we all get along with very well. It was such a blast — the perfect day :) Sometimes, it’s the little things.
There was lots of food, including Lisa’s (my S-I-L) delicious homemade caprese pasta salad, along with some orzo and quinoa salads as well.
It was so good, I had to actively prevent myself from devouring the entire gigantic bowl she had prepared. Props to the chef!!
While the boys worked the grill, I had some tasty chilled Riesling.
Before long, Lisa had brought out the fixin’s for the grilled food. Again, I had to watch myself as not to drool all over the food.
The chicken kabobs came out first. I didn’t know they were an option so I hadn’t requested one, but thankfully my mama let me have a bite…or three :)
My brother’s amazing corn recipe came out next. It smelled so good!
By this point, I was ready for the main event — my mouth was watering!
Thankfully, the burgers were ready!
The delicious smells invited some visitors of the canine variety.
That’s Mason, my nephew :) He gets his good looks from his auntie Laura! :)
…Perhaps that’s where he also gets his mischievous and sometimes naughty behavior from…
That’s their neighbor’s dog, Jake. As I snapped a picture of Lisa petting him, Mason decided to make himself the star of the shot. Check out that sneaky little devil!!! What a punk!
After Mason had his own pee incident, more drinks were served.
And I insisted that everyone pose for some more pictures. Say cheese!
Hi, momma!! She looks too cute in my hat :)
My wonderful dad. It’s hard to get him to do a normal smile, so I was thrilled with this picture!
My brother, however, wasn’t as thrilled.
He may or may not still think of me as his annoying little sister :D
Aren’t they such handsome fellas??
Mason came in for some more glamour shots.
He really is too adorable. Tough to photograph, though! Lots of blurry shots, and I had to lure him with the promise of blueberries to get him close enough!!
Our friend Andrew stopped by.
We had some amazing dessert…brownies with fresh berries!
They were so good! I definitely had two or three. Nothing beats summer berries. Well, okay…brownies are a close call!
And as it got darker, a few more drinks were had ;)
All in all, it was the perfect day and evening full of friends, family, laughter, and delicious food. I couldn’t have been happier. Life is good :)