Friday, September 12, 2014

Five for Friday: cats, cookies, and books, oh my!

Wow - this is definitely a TGIF kinda week! Some weeks fly by, but the ones that don't, man they draaaaaggggg. I am pumped that it's finally the end! We have a "no plans" weekend ahead of us, which should be excellent for starting Operation: De-Clutter, and there is a LOT of football to be watched. My ideal September weekend!

I've got to say, today didn't start out on the greatest foot - the train ride in was bumpier than usual, and I almost turned around to ask the kid behind me to turn up his blaring rap music because I couldn't QUITE make out every single word... but I refrained (seriously, one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't want to hear your music from your earbuds inside your ears. Turn it the heck down! #oldladystatus). But I've got hot coffee and a busy day ahead, so I'm looking forward to turning it around. Plus, C & I are going to see Dierks Bentley tonight with some of the book club girls and their husbands (hi Stephanie and Aileen!), and I'm super excited. He puts on a great show, from what I've heard!

So let's get to the good stuff, shall we? It's time for Five for Friday - hooray!

1 // I had a hankering to do some baking last night, and the ingredients in my pantry led me to a batch of Copycat DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies - aka possibly my favorite chocolate chip recipe, ever! These cookies are SO moist and chewy - just the way I like them. Brought half the batch to work this morning so that C & I wouldn't devour them all! Thank heavens for co-workers.

2 // Yesterday was a lovely (albeit hot & humid) day in DC, and I caught this pic of the flag outside my building at half-staff blowing in the wind. I always feel very on-edge working in the city on 9/11, but at the same time, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.  God bless America, land that I love...

3 // It's been a while since I've posted about what I'm reading... and honestly, that's because it hasn't been much. After flying through several emotionally-charged books in a row, I was a little burnt out, and couldn't find anything to really sink my teeth into. That changed when I finally opened my latest book club book this week (due Monday, whoops) - Room: A Novel by Emma Donohughe is wild (affiliate link, fyi!). I'm about 2/3 of the way through, and just eating it up. It's kind of hard to read, because it's written from the POV of a very sheltered five-year-old, but other than that, it's fascinating. Anyone else read it??

4 // Our newest addition has officially received a name. Everyone, meet Toby. Toby, meet everyone. He is keeping us on our toes, that's for sure!

5 // And speaking of cats... Mac the Monster is having a tough time adjusting. Not that we thought it would be super simple, but this week has been a bit trying. I am doing my best to make sure my original cat-baby knows he hasn't been replaced and we still love him. It'll get better, but for now, he is not really enjoying this Big Brother roll. Not sure I blame him, though - the kitten is taking a toll on all of us! Whew.

So tell me... 
  • Big plans for the weekend? 
  • What's the last book you read? 
  • What's one thing you are looking forward to in the next few days?
Have a great day!

linking up with karli and amy


Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Awww poor Mac baby. I'm sure he'll adjust. He just has the big brother blues. Also, LOVED Room!!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Awww poor Mac baby. I'm sure he'll adjust. He just has the big brother blues. Also, LOVED Room!!

Kate said...

Check out 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin! :)

The Siberian American said...

I loved Room. It was so sad but so powerful! I just finished a book by Diane Chamberlain called The Escape Artist. It's not my favorite book by her (That's The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes), but it was still pretty good. :)

Lisa C said...

Toby is so adorable! I'm sure Mac will love him soon enough.