In all my life, I’ve never given much thought to Tuesdays. Mondays are a bummer, Wednesdays are hump day, Thursdays are the best night to go out, Friday flies by as the build up to the weekend, Saturday is always a blur and Sunday is family day. Tuesday has just always been a nothing day to me.
Then in January, TJ started taking Tuesdays off! Granted, most Tuesdays he’s still working for part of the day, but at least he’s sort of around. But every few weeks he’s just home putzing around, and we set off on grand adventures with Jason, who has never quite experienced anything like this in his life. Both parents doting on him, and his older brother nowhere to be found? He’s in heaven.
When yesterday dawned it became clear that Jason was pretty sick, so we settled in for a lazy morning at home. I decided to undertake some homemade chicken stock, that I would later turn into West African chicken soup.
By late morning, however, we were all pretty bored, so we went in search of a little fun, and found it at West Elm in the Fenway district. While I don’t love their furniture, I could re-accessorize my entire house from that store. We got so carried away that we almost replaced all of our glass and dishware, but then thought better of it and left with some pieces for our mantel and our dining room table top.
After that we found nirvana at Tasty Burger. First off, as soon as Jason heard there were hot dogs on the menu, he started yelling “HOT DOG!” at the top of his lungs. Always fun. TJ and I decided to split the Big Kahuna Burger, the Cheddar Jalapeno Burger and a basket of 50/50 fries and onion rings. The best part of all of this is that TJ and I had started our weight-loss challenge the day before. When I brought this up to him he said, “Well, you can’t be good all the time.” Okay, but apparently we can’t even be good for 24 hours. The burgers were awesome, and I love the whole feel of the restaurant. A definite keeper.
Speaking of our weight-loss challenge, TJ wants our goal to be that “we both feel good about ourselves.” Um, I’m sorry but is that the lamest goal ever? I’m thinking that we should come up with some better goals, or we may find ourselves at Tasty Burger a little too often.
After a killer mid-afternoon run, I got to work finishing my soup, and TJ declared it was officially warm enough to have our first bottle of Rose. We settled on the Villa Gemma Rose. It was a pretty intense glass of Rose, and a good choice for weather that had barely broken 40 degrees. It was a vivid raspberry color (the picture doesn’t quite to it justice), and had a lot of raspberry on the nose, but wasn’t sweet. It was, however, delicious. We have a lot of Rose in our future because TJ is sampling bottles to stock up for the spring. We should have over 50 different labels from all over the world in the store by our Grand Rose Tasting on May 7th. This is our summer of Rose, everyone!
Dinner turned out to be fantastic! A delicious chicken stock finished with sauteed onions, tomatoes, green banana, coconut milk and ginger. I served it with a little basmati rice in the bowl and cilantro on top. Could I have made it with chicken stock from the store and a rotisserie chicken? Absolutely, but my house wouldn’t have smelled so delicious all day.
We ended our day with a chick flick of my choice – Love and Other Drugs – which turned out to be pretty good. Another great Tuesday on the books!