mint tea at ultimo

Its been a long week. Accomplished some things this weekend, put aside some others for another time….

finally, a board game for two that doesnt take forever!

finally, a board game for two that doesn't take forever!

Ah Sunday. Time to relax and recoup from the busy weekend and previous week… C is preparing for starting his new job on Monday, and we took a drive out to the new office on Saturday. Of course, I’m probably the worst navigator of all time, so I led us totally wrong to start out with. Once we got on the right road, it all worked out… there’s even an EMS on his way to work, so we stopped by so I could get a new pair of sunglasses since I broke my last pair. Got a case for them this time, too, so I don’t break them again.

We got a bunch of games a few weeks ago, but haven’t had a chance to try them out. Today we finally played “Mr. Jack,” a board game for two where you are either Jack the Ripper or a Detective. Not too bad. I think it will be more fun now that we’ve figured out the gameplay and can focus on strategy. Although, I like Hive, another one of the games we got recently. (Both recommended by C’s sister)  Its got really cool game pieces, and is portable so I like to bring it out to Ultimo for a few rounds. I wonder if they’ll have any fall specials over there… mmmm… hoping for some pumpkin lattes or something.

It was a long week, lots of days staying late at work, and unfortunately not a very big feeling of accomplishment at the end of it all. But I got the days off for a trip to Rehobeth with Chris’s family, so that is something relaxing to look forward to.

Jen and Dee Dee at the dog park

Jen and Dee Dee at the dog park

As annoying as the whole week was, at least it ended well, with a visit from Jen and Dee Dee to plan our hiking trip. Dee Dee has an awesome little backpack that she can carry her water and food in… and she’s a little ball of energy, so I’m sure she’ll be fine for the three day trip. I’m excited to go backpacking with a dog. Its a new experience for all three of us. We walked Dee Dee to the dog park, which is a whole new experience for me. Its a different kind of culture- I can defiantly see how having a dog can be a great way to meet people. You’re sort of forced to interact while the dogs get friendly. We were eventually chased out of the park by a hump-happy bulldog, but it was a nice walk anyway.

mmmm......

mmmm......

Spent some nice time at Ultimo reading and knitting….mmmm they have some very tasty pastries there. I’m torn between the lime bars and the raspberry lindsor for my favorite. I bought an awesome grey Ultimo shirt- Usually I don’t buy shirts for places I frequent, I feel a little like That Guy wearing the shirt of the band he’s going to see. But I am all about Ultimo. Seriously, if you live in Philadelphia and you haven’t been by yet, you are really missing out.I highly recommend their mochas. And you haven’t had real coffee until you try their special blends. Aaron takes great care with the brews he selects and you can really tell. Also- word is the beer is on its way. Ultimo can only get better.

Best Dessert Ever

Best Dessert Ever

Best plan of the weekend: rootbeer floats. Such a simple dessert, but so satisfying in the heat of the summer. Really good following our dinner of fish (with a really good kikomon marinade) veggies and couscous.

The long days at work sort of wiped me out for productivity this weekend, but I did get some work on the blanket done as well as some further headway on the docs I’m working on. Chris and I tried the new-ish sushi place on Passyunk, and were less than impressed. I think Kisso has spoiled me for your average sushi, no place I’ve been has been able to compare. Some movies and some knitting will wrap up Sunday night, hopefully with another root beer float. Oh weekend, I wish it could continue.

Ultimo is quickly becoming my favorite place

Ultimo is quickly becoming my favorite place

This weekend started out nicely, with a cappuccino and some knitting at Ultimo, shopping for veggies at the farmers market in Rittenhouse, a stop by the post office…..
I decided I wanted to make some more muffins for breakfasts at work. This time, my goal was less sugar more nutrients. A healthy start to the day!
muffins

muffins

I found a recipe for “healthy blueberry muffins” online… had bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup and oatmeal, I added in some flax-seed and sunflower seeds for extra healthiness…. mmm.

They turned out pretty good, I think they’ll be great for breakfast throughout the week. I should have cooked them for a little bit longer to get the outside a little more crispy.

I also went to the Delaware River Festival at Penn’s Landing today, but it was a little lame. It advertised free kayaking, but I didn’t see a single one. A bunch of tugs, some people milling around, not much else. A good day to walk down by the river though. No plans for tomorrow, but I’m sure I will enjoy the Monday off from work.