Through the Looking Glass (A Day in the Life): Weekend Fun
Maddie and I had a fantabulous weekend filled with crafts, delicious food, and a beautiful rain that lasted almost all of Sunday and well into the night. It might not have been the healthiest of weekends, but it was fully of healthy indulgences that brightened my day and lifted my soul. It looked something like this:
On Friday Maddie and I ventured over to nearby Greensboro (about an hour away) and had a grand ole time with some delicious eats.
We went to a local coffee house, where I got an iced treat called “The Clockwork Orange” made with soymilk. It was orangey and chocolatey and delicious.
I’ve been crocheting up a storm lately, so I threw a couple of skeins of vegan yarn and my hook into my beloved canvas tote and worked away the whole trip there.
I even found a crochet book (Stitch ‘n Bitch’s Happy Hooker ) for a mere $7 at an AWESOME used bookstore/art gallery near the coffee shop that I could’ve spend the whole afternoon in…
Later that evening, we had our dinner at a local vegetarian restaurant, Boba House, famous for its veggie “meats”. The dinner was definitely on the flavorful side, but the meats were a little too… realistic… for our taste. We started off our meal with the sampler appetizer platter:
The vegan sampler platter with “drumsticks” (these even had a little fake bamboo bone in them! Cute, but a surprise and definitely a little on the creepy side), “shrimp” spring rolls (crazy how real these look, right?), and “calimari,” all served up with a chilli sauce, a cucumber and pepper vinaigrette, and some peanut dipping sauce. The spring rolls were our favorite:
They had cilantro and basil in them, along with lettuce and some rice noodles with the “shrimps.” I was a little thrown off by how real the shrimps looked… they didn’t taste it, but the texture was frighteningly close to what I remember eating in my childhood…
Based on our appetizer, we went the traditional route and chose tofu as our protein for our entrées.
I had the “Hula Pot” a curry with lemon grass, basil, onions, and bamboo shoots served with rice noodles. I loved the color of the curry and the adorable little pot it came in.
Maddie also got noodles:
After dinner, we headed off for a beer with a friend, then back to Carrboro for the night to rest up for:
We started off by spliting a take away box of scrambled tofu and tater slices off the hot bar from our local co-op. (Sorry, not pictured!) It was good fuel for the day ahead of us let me tell ya…
Maddie and I baby sat our three nephews, aged 6, 4, and 3 all day Saturday. We had a ball but boy were we ever tired that night…
The craft table we set up for the nephews, pre-use of course…
Olive during craft time
We literally walked with the boys all over Carrboro including to the park for sidewalk chalk and play time on the play ground. After all that walkin’ (and haulin’ we had to carry the littlest most of the way) we had all worked up a serious appetite. We took the kids to the co-op to pick out some vegan pizza toppings so they could each make their own mini pizzas. (Maddie and I split a big grown-ups’ pizza)
The three little pizzas for the three little ones. They had NO idea what they were eating was vegan, they just accepted that we bought them “special cheese” and “special pepperoni” and ate it up!
The grown up pizza, eaten by Maddie and myself.
Really the same schtick, except more of everything, especially basil. As I tend to lean away from processed foods, this was the first time I’d had both vegan pepperoni and vegan soy based cheese from a block. Both were good, but I still think that I like my own cashew ricotta with spinach, olives, and mushrooms better…
After the nephews left, we went out on a date to a fancy wine bar in neighboring Chapel Hill. We got all dressed up and had a glass of nice wine, then headed downstairs for a game of pool.
In our world, Sundays are fun days even though I work a brief 3 hour shift at the bookshop. This week, Maddie went with me to sit in the coffee shop and work on a paper. We had good fuel for both of our respective jobs with this breakfast…
Banana pancakes with tempeh bacon. Gee, we were heavy on the fake meats this weekend, huh?
After work, it was lunch at Evos:
We each had a vegan “Champion” burger and “Air Fries” along with their delicious flavored ketchups. (Garlic is by far our favorite, but it’s really hard to choose between Cayenne and Mesquite…)
Then it was on to some shopping! We got some groceries and headed off to a FABULOUS local thrift store where for a mere $28 we got: pants, a bag of stuffing, 2 lamps, an antique porcelain elephant pitcher, a present for my mom for Mother’s Day (also an antique teehee), and the find of the day-an ENTIRE sewing kit for a mere $6. It’s almost entirely vintage and has 2 bags of thread, about a zillion buttons, some fabric and 2 embroidery hoops, all in a clear plastic (oh so vintage) case. Deal of the day, and I’m not kidding.
When we got home, I set about crafting and organizing my new sewing materials:
Again, an Olive during craft time… (I’ll expose the nature of the crafting later on this week in a DIY post…)
Daily Threads (Weekend Edition)
Shoes: (not pictured) Maddie’s rainboots
I bought these overalls during high school to paint in, and they’ve turned into one of my favorite things to wear! They’re a limey green corduroy with lots and lots of pockets. Just the way I like them. I basically lived in my overalls all weekend. They were perfect for babysitting and crafting. I even wore them to work on Sunday.
I’ll be posting more on my creative projects in the coming days, so stay tuned!
It was definitely my favorite thing about this weekend, and I was lucky enough to have a lot of wonderful things to choose from. What was your favorite part of your weekend?