What’s Happening Wednesday

I got my new mixer.

And yes, that is pretty much the biggest news in my life right now and I love it. Fortunately, my mom never uses hers, so I borrowed hers for a few weeks. After a busy day of baking, I started to get concerned of wearing out her 275 watt machine, having just blown my 325 watt one.

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I know it isn’t exactly the color we talked about previously, but I decided to walk on the wild side. In the picture, it comes out more like the yellow of my last mixer, but is really a bright tangerine, my favorite color since high school. I was leaning towards aqua or silver because they fit the color vision I have for the kitchen in our next house. But, the orange was cheaper and tugged at my heart strings, so I decided to save the aqua mixer for the next house.*

*Which is pretty much where we stand with our living room furniture, piano situation, TV, bed frame…any major home essentials have been bulked into the “next home” purchase list.

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Hubby spent an entire Saturday, obtained a beautiful shade of red on his skin, and planted tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and a wide selection of herbs. It’s taken us a few years to get over the poor yield of our first garden, so fingers are crossed on this one. I’m mostly excited about the herbs because I run through them like a baker goes through butter.*

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*I’m planning another trip to Cabot so I can load up on another 18 pounds of butter. I can’t wait.

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Last weekend, we went to New Hope Winery with Amy, who if you don’t know by now you should read about in this post. She’s a ‘stand by me’ kind of friend and I love her.

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Bagpipes…no lie, the night got a thousand times better when I saw them.

Amy’s a big fan of Enter the Haggis, a Canadian Celtic rock band. She even went on their Ireland tour a few years ago. When she invited me to come hear them play, it was an easy yes. I knew she wouldn’t steer me wrong where music is concerned. To me, they were a mixture of Aerosmith, Paul Simon, and Green Day*. I’ve never been someone who could settle on one favorite kind of music, so they fit my music genre beautifully.

*How is that possible? I know. Lance fought me on this, especially the Aerosmith idea, but the sound of some songs clearly said to me Aerosmith. They have a way of going from rock, to celtic, to folk with a hint of pop, to upbeat rock, all with some bagpipes and violin thrown in. I did feel a little victory on my Paul Simon notion when they inserted You Can Call Me Al into one of their songs.

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Oh, and this guy here? He sings and plays the violin. He plays the violin and then switches over to piano while still holding his violin. Yeah, I can barely stand and play the violin.

I’m looking forward to going back for a tasting, and maybe even another night of music, too.

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