Driving in the car with the windows down. Smelling freshly cut grass. Chicken tacos. A glass of rosé. My dog curled in the crook of my leg with her head resting on my knee. Planting herbs and flowers. Drunk karaoke. These are some of the things that made me happy this week. Spring has been in the air and it feels incredible.

As soon as the sun was out and it was warm enough to sit on my front porch with my coffee and breakfast I had the sudden urge to go buy plants. And buy plants I did. There are a couple of garden beds in our front lawn that I have tried to keep herbs and flowers in but ended up being lazy about watering and weeding, so everything I had in there died and I haven’t tried again for a couple years. until now. I’ve had some herbs in pots on my kitchen window for a while now, and I decided it was time they were relocated outside to the garden bed. So now I have rosemary, purple basil, and mint alongside thyme and borage that I added to the collective. They all look so cute in the beds, I can only hope I will keep them alive and well.

I’m hoping to add a couple more cute garden decorations to make these beds even cuter.

I’m hoping to add a couple more cute garden decorations to make these beds even cuter.

I also got two more plants I’ve wanted for a while. A fig tree that I’m growing in a container and a Hellebore. I got a variety called Dark and Handsome which produces these beautifully goth looking dark purple, almost black flowers. I’m so excited to take care of both of these and watch them grow.

The fig tree is a Brown Turkey variety and is supposed to produce fruit twice a year.

The fig tree is a Brown Turkey variety and is supposed to produce fruit twice a year.

What I made this week

The meal of note I made this week were these slow cooker chicken tacos. They are one of my favourite things to make this time of year and they are always so easy and satisfying. This time I used chicken thighs instead of breasts, and in our house we like to fry corn tortillas to make crispy taco shells. Definitely serve with plenty of avocado or guacamole.

This week reminded me of something that I knew but had forgotten.

You have to step out of your normal boundaries every now and then. Example. After doing all of my planting I convinced my husband to go get lunch with me downtown. Normally he or I would just go pick something up to bring back home and eat in front of the tv, but I wanted to go sit down and enjoy a meal in the sun with my love. So we went. We got pizza slices and agreed with all the passerbys that felt he need to mention to us how beautiful of a day it was. This in itself is different enough for us, but there’s more. We decided to go in to a bar down the street. One that Max frequents a lot, but usually by himself. I’m basically a senior citizen when it comes to going out so I very very very rarely go with him. Bars usually make me feel anxious and uncomfortable, but I told myself that I would stay until I didn’t want to anymore. We got drinks, chatted with regulars and ended up staying all night. I have never stayed at a bar for as long as we did and I had such a good time. I was just happy to be out with my husband, as a couple, having a night out together. We spend a lot of our time at home, which I love, but it felt so good to do something different, to have a healthy change of pace. I think I’ve had my dose of it for now, but I like knowing that it’s something we can do together. And that we always have to option of going home. If you think this is the end, it almost is, just one more thing. I sang not one but two karaoke songs. This is incredibly rare for me, but I was in such a good place (lightly drunk) that I had a blast.

So here’s the lesson that we’ve all heard a million times but don’t really understand the importance, at least I didn’t: do different stuff every now and then. Step out from your routine. Get drunk and do karaoke. It feels great.

This was a long one, and if you read it all, thanks. Be well this week.