I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was wonderful — it didn’t seem too short, and it contained a good mixture of fun activities and getting things done.
Here are three snapshots from the weekend.
1. Friday’s dinner
After a long and stressful week, a simple but flavorful meal seemed just perfect. I sauteed some seasoned chicken breasts and roasted a bunch of vegetables in the oven. It was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted … I think roasted vegetables are officially the yummiest. You must try.
Peel and cube sweet potatoes, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh-ground pepper and coarse salt, roast at 425 degrees for 25 minutes until just a little crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
Wash and trim asparagus, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and coarse salt, roast at 425 degrees for 10 minutes until tender. I garnished it with asiago cheese, but it doesn’t even need that.
Same oven, same pan — couldn’t be easier. I can’t wait to make this again, maybe with some different kinds of vegetables.
2. IKEA road trip
On Saturday I drove with some friends (Tess and Jess, how cute is that) to the nearest IKEA, over 2 hours away. The photo is of an enormous wall map I fell in love with there. It’s a long trip, but so worth it! We had a blast drooling over great design and great prices and talking up a storm. We didn’t buy that many things but we came away with lots of great ideas for our spaces. It was so much fun. I needed that — the girl time, the road trip, and the design ideas. :-)
A post with more IKEA inspiration from my trip will appear later in the week. Let’s just say my living room — which is scheduled/budgeted to be re-done in the fall — is going to be awesome.
3. Reader’s Greek New Testament
While I was away on Saturday Ben bought me this Greek New Testament I have been wanting for a while. (I was hoping I’d get it for Valentine’s Day, is that proof I’m a nerd or what.) Since I’m learning Biblical Greek this year and will continue with the higher-level classes next year, I really need it for reading and translation practice. He got this beautiful leather-bound edition that I’m already in love with, and it was on sale! I was so excited and of course took it to church with me yesterday.
There are still a LOT of words I don’t know, but I do know quite a few, and this edition is designed to be readable even if you don’t know all the words. It has the definitions for lesser-used words at the bottom of the page so you don’t have to keep stopping and looking words up in a lexicon. It’s called a Reader’s Greek NT because it’s supposed to help you actually READ. So I’m looking forward to many months of increasing my Greek literacy.
I hope you have a good Monday. I am hoping to get a lot done, but I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, when it is rumored that the sun is actually going to show its face. After a weekend of almost nonstop rain, I can’t wait!