It all started on Friday, when I had to drive up to Santa Barbara for two doctor's appointments. We'll just call this the day of poking and prodding... First I had a referral to an opthamologist because my optometrist was a bit worried about early signs of glaucoma. After they dilated and numbed my eyes, the doctor decided he must poke my eyeballs with multiple instruments, all the while insisting I relax, not blink, and not move my eyes. In case you were wondering, this is not possible. Anyway, I got the all clear "for now" on glaucoma... phew! Later in the afternoon I had the annual fun time with my gynecologist, and I'm guessing you all know how much excitement that can be!
I was able to sneak in some quick retail therapy between appointments at Anthropologie and discovered a wonderful range of aprons (including sizes for girls!), the usual stunning and overpriced clothing, and some gorgeous paper goods. I came home with this set of labels by Lotta Jansdotter and some amazing letterpress goods from elum, a new discovery for me. Look at these amazing sets I brought home:
Saturday was another busy day. We started with some garage sales (no great finds...), and then went into lots of cooking. Some friends of ours just had their second baby (their first is just 3 weeks older than Brynne), and we were signed up to bring them dinner. The mom is a self-professed vegetarian who doesn't really like vegetables (!), and we are low-carb, so it was a little tough to come up with menu options. But, I did come up with a delicious lasagna recipe that uses zucchini in place of noodles. Everyone was happy and well fed!
For father's day, Brynne and I took Jerry out to brunch and we all ate way too much. We came home and I washed the cars while Brynne napped, and then I made a German chocolate cake as a special father's day treat. Among other little gifts, Brynne got the book "Bing: Something for Daddy" for Jerry; the Bing series is one of her favorites, so this book was the perfect choice. She also got him a new CD by Quantazelle, an experimental electronic female musician (relatively rare in that genre!) who makes really fun and pretty music. The woman behind Quantazelle also makes cool jewelry out of electronics components under the brand Zelle. I found several things I'd like to have, like this diode necklace:
or this toroid necklace:
I've saved the final discovery for last, because I'm thrilled to know that Japan no longer owns the market on delicious, flavored Kit Kats... introducing the crunchy and delicious orange and creme Kit Kat (yes! like a dreamsicle!):
And now I hear there are banana Kit Kats in Japan... must get some of those!