Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
This was a really nice short (work) week for me. Since July 4th fell on a Tuesday, I took Monday off for an extra long weekend. It was nice. Since we’re not planning any vacations this summer, I am taking the long weekends where I can get them. I feel quite lucky that I can work a flexible 4/10 schedule and because I get (most) Fridays off, I have longer weekends most of the time. But it was nice to extend it even further!
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I attempted making some homemade frozen yogurt this week (because do you know how freakin’ expensive even froyo has gotten? It’s insane, that’s how expensive.) I do not have an ice cream maker, but found a recipe that said you could do it without one and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It really worked quite well. I love me some tangy frozen yogurt as a summer treat, and now I can make it fairly cheaply at home and know what’s in it! Win-win!
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Speaking of summer treat, I also got a watermelon for the long weekend as we were ‘treated’ with triple digits here in the Central Valley. It has not been fun, friends (too hot!), but I do enjoy some ice-cold, juicy watermelon when it’s a gazillion degrees outside. Elisabeth had a fun post about her top/bottom five fruit earlier this week, and while I generally love most fruit, I agree with her about not being a fan of melons. Like Elisabeth, I only make an exception for a sweet and juicy watermelon in the summer. (I have yet to try it with salt!)
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App recommendation of the week: my friend Kate recently posted a list of apps she uses frequently and I was especially intrigued by the UVLens app that she recommended. As a fair-skinned person that burns easily but spends a fair amount of time outdoors, I think this app is super-helpful. It lets you know how bad the UV rays are at a given time of the day in your area, and which precautions you should take based on your skin tone and other factors. I use sunscreen quite religiously, but it’s still good to know when to be more careful. I thought this might be a useful little app for some of you, so I wanted to pass on the recommendation.
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Tile saga update! I know you didn’t think you’d see the day. After another three weeks of radio silence, our landlords texted today. I guess they were busy picking out flooring. I am starting to get cautiously optimistic about the work being done soon. They sent us a link and asked us for input on a preferred color. They picked out vinyl flooring that looks like wooden floors. Does anyone have “wood-looking” floors in the kitchen? What color looks best? Should I suggest “matching” it (as closely as possible) to our wood floors in the living room, or would that look weird and a contrasting color would be better? Any or all thoughts and insights are welcome!
What’s new with you this week?