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I had such a great weekend! It was a mix of fun and errands, nice weather and rain, indulging and counting calories.

Saturday

My high school alumnae food & wine club (of which I’m the president) took a day trip to Napa to celebrate our 1st anniversary.  We hired a van service (a nice Mercedes diesel) so that we wouldn’t have to worry about driving and could just enjoy our wine.  The weather was gorgeous – a perfect fall day: just a bit cool, a slight breeze, and the colors of fall all around us.  Here are some of the best photos of the day.  (Click on any of them to make them larger, if you’d like).

Bouchon is a ridiculously popular bakery that had a line a mile long (which we waited in).  The second photo was snapped while we were waiting for the bread.

Of the 3 wines I bought, the Quackenbush Zin was my favorite of the day.

A great day of friends, memories, wine, food, and sisterhood. I’m also proud to say that I counted each and every ounce of wine and morsel of food into LoseIt, and sent my food journal to Scale Warfare this morning, flaws and all.  I’m glad I tracked each calorie, but I’m also glad that I let myself indulge and have a good time.  I need days like that, too, every once in a while.

Sunday

Today I was determined to make that extra hour (the end of daylight savings time) count, and boy, did I.  I still work up at 5am (new time) and did my usual Sunday morning routine of coffee, newspaper, and playtime followed by a quick morning walk with Lulu.  I wanted to make sure to beat the rain, because as much as I love listening to the rain outside, I like to avoid being out in it, if I can.

Having said that, I decided that today was the day to fit as many errands into a hour and a half as I possibly could.  So out I went to Ace Hardware to get some light timers (now that it’s getting darker earlier, I want to make sure there are lights on for Lulu, in case I get home late. They also had the “must-have” dog lights that all the dogs at the dog park are sporting.  I didn’t want Lulu to be without, and I really do think it will be safer when we take our walks in the morning/evening this fall & winter.

Then I headed to the nursery to buy bulbs, because all the fall planting guides are telling me that between Halloween and Thanksgiving is the ideal time to get them in the ground.  The nursery had all sorts of bulbs on sale, but I got a combo of bright purple & yellow tulips, anemones, and freesias.  We’ll see how they turn out, but it will be a fun project to watch.  Because the dirt in front of my house is rock hard, my dad brought two planters over, pre-filled with dirt (he’s so good to me).

They should end up looking like this:

Then I headed to Michael’s to get a fall wreath for my front door.  I’m trying to watch my budget, and I got some good deals!
Everything I found was 70% off: the wreath was $11.99 and the flowers were $5.00.

Then I was off to Target to get the usual household items, although no matter what I go in for, I never leave without spending $70.  Am I the only one?  I also found this great water bottle, which is BPA-free, has a frozen core to keep the water cold, and the essential (for me) straw:

I went to Trader Joe’s to get my weekly salads and other veggies, and I saw another new seasonal coffee.  I mentioned on Twitter last week that I’d tried the Wintry Blend, and I LOVE it.  The addition of cloves, pepper, and other spices makes it perfect for this time of year.  Along those same lines, I thought my newest find, the gingerbread coffee, would be a budget-friendly way to have my version of a gingerbread latte.

After all the errands, I came home and tidied up a bit, did laundry, and planted the bulbs.  And after uploading a bunch of photos on Facebook and writing this blog post, I intend to spend the rest of the evening relaxing:

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