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The Sunday Salon: Fun at the Fair

Today, we are recovering from our trip to the L.A. County Fair yesterday. I am not sure how hot it was. I think when I checked at one point it said 104 degrees and it must have been at LEAST 70% humidity because I was sweating buckets! It wasn’t pretty!

Here are some photos from the day, but they were all taken fairly early on because once I got hit with sun stroke (that is seriously what it felt like), I gave up on the picture taking.

Check out all the horrible food choices they had! I shouldn’t be surprised, but I was surprised by how many people were eating it. I know it’s part of the fun, but I cringed. It seemed so over-the top wrong.

Fair Food Stand #1

This next one is smokey!

Fair Food Stand #2

Fair Food Stand #3

What did we have? Roasted rotisserie chicken and tortillas! The Boy opted for a $16 corn dog!! Never give your kid money and tell him to go find something to eat. No pic of the corn dog but it was over a foot long and I don’t even know how big around. I swear, it was the diameter of a baseball bat. The top part!

The Girl and a turtle wrangler. His name was Rush.

The Girl with a turtle wrangler

We expected to see more animals, but there really weren’t that many to be seen. But aren’t these baby pigs adorable? The Girl wanted to feed that little runt on the left because he wasn’t getting any of the good stuff.

Baby Pigs!

Remember the Zoltar machine from the movie Big? Well, The Teen HAD to give it a shot and the fortune was so spot on, it was scary. Scary, I say!

The Boy and Zoltar

A little while ago, The Girl got to see JAWS for the first time. Do you think she is at peace with that decision? She looks a little uncomfortable in the shark cage don’t you think?

Shark Cage

Last one is for my buds from the #ITAlong (IT read along). I saw this creepy clown and thought fondly of all of you.

Freaky Fair Clown
Sunday Salon

As for today, I spent the morning cleaning and doing laundry so that I could relax for the rest of the weekend.

What am I reading?

I joined RIP VIII, so I am thinking about starting off with Bellman & Black.

What am I cooking?

I am making spaghetti! The sauce is from scratch so it’s cooking away. The house smells really good right now.

What am I watching?

Right now we are watching the Dodger game but we are about to pull out a silly movie from the late 80’s (I believe). It’s called Only You, not the one with Robert Downey Jr. ). I love that one but this one has Andrew McCarthy and Kelly Preston. It’s dumber than dumb but funny.

Other than what I listed, I am still drinking water and trying to replenish what I lost yesterday. I am not kidding about the heat stroke. When I came home, I could not get my body temp to return to normal and no matter how much water I drank, I could not get caught up. Today, I am better.

What are you up to?

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Summer! It’s so Random!

Pimm's Cup
Image from NPR

First off, doesn’t this drink look delish? See the little slice of cucumber? I’ve never even heard of Pimm’s before but it’s gin based and tastes of spice and citrus. When I saw this on NPR the other day, I felt the need to share it. The traditional Pimm’s Cup includes lemonade, but the photo that I included shows a variation made with pomegranate juice. Yum! I could totally see myself sipping that drink with a great book in my hand. You can view the recipe here. Thanks to NPR for the photo and the recipe. 

My brain is in summer mode, but unfortunately, when you work full-time, that luscious feeling of summer doesn’t really hit you in quite the same way. I’ve been a tad stressed with the morning routine lately. Getting the little one off to day camp is difficult when she is so darn exhausted from all the fun she had the previous day. What a bear!! So by the time I get to work, I am ready for a break, but no, the boss doesn’t seem to agree so the projects keep coming. 

 What I’ve been trying to do is pack a nice lunch so that I can sit outside and read or hole up in somewhere to catch-up on The Hills. Yes, I watch that show and am quite addicted. If I manage to do that, the day passes nicely. 

As for the weekends, I try to make it as summery as possible. Cook-outs, lots of reading, cold refreshing drinks (like the one above, which I have yet to try BTW). Anything that puts me in a summer mood because the work week sucks! There is no other word that describes how I feel.  I like my work and all that but please, it’s SUMMER! Lighten-up a bit. Life will go on. 

If you are in the same boat, wanting to kick-off summer in a big way but can’t do it large-scale because work or other commitments interfere, then let’s promise to do something this weekend that’s just for us. You know, something to put us in a summery mood. You can make the drink I shared above, or you can get all girly and paint your toes some hot, summer color, or you can hit your local Starbucks (book in hand) to enjoy one of their However You Want It Frappes. The Light Soy Strawberry Frappe (no whip) is yummy! I’ve indulged in a few. 

Sound like a plan? I’m not quite sure what I plan to do myself but it’s happening because this girl needs a pick-me-up!