I'm trying to not be in denial that it's already the middle of July. So much to do before I got back to school in late August. Especially now that we have to move out of our apartment completely for two weeks because our unit is being renovated! We spent the last couple weeks immersed in serious dilemma over whether to find a new apartment in another part of the Boston area, even though apartment prices are even higher in other areas of metro Boston, or whether to put up a fight so that our unit's renovation could be moved up to mid-August instead of right as I'm starting my semester.
If we'd gotten this news before we got puppy girl, we probably would have left. That dog park has become indispensable though. The night we decided to stay here and won our renovation schedule battle, a bunch of us dog park people took a big field trip out to Stoddard's. Despite the incredible hassle, it's worth staying for the little community that we have here. It's not the right time to start over. And, could there be a lovelier place to take your dog to burn off some energy? Hard to leave that behind.
Still, we have to move all of our stuff out, and live somewhere else for two weeks, then move everything back in. Slight inconvenience. We're trying to look at it as the opportunity for the ultimate spring cleaning. We've become selling things on Craig's list, yet we feel we've just begun. The free time I planned to have this summer that isn't being spent on the puppy, will now be spent going through all of my worldy possessions, deciding what's worth keeping. And also, getting around to those pesky little to-do items I've been putting off for no good reason.
One of those tasks was sending an artist trading card back to Kristina Contes. A few months ago she send me this:
It's a little bit of scrapbooking prettiness adhered to an old playing card. She designed the scrapbook paper herself and I think you can buy her stuff at SIStv.
Three months later, I'm finally reciprocating. I don't know why I've put this off so long. Silly really, as it took all of 20 minutes and I enjoyed throwing something together. Here is my first artist trading card, ready to go in the mail tomorrow morning. I did not design that scrapbook paper myself. That would have been impressive.
And since it's Sunday, here is my One Local Summer meal for the week. Pizza again? Yes, pizza is a staple around here. This Friday I sent Matt to the farmer's market. He picked up some really good Italian sausage from Stillman's booth. He also stopped by Schoolhouse Pizza to get some handmade mozzarella. The owner sells his own mozzarella for $2 a ball. Love that man, even though I've never met him. The dough came from Portland, Maine, a bit outside of the 100 mile radius, but not bad.
I pulled the last of the pesto I froze last summer. Part of our mission to empty the freezer asap. Then, I had some green beans still hanging in the fridge from Ward's Berry Farm, so I thought what the heck. Pesto pizza with Italian sausage and green beans was created. Maybe I'm the only person to ever create such a thing.
Sounds weird. Heck, it is weird. But the pizza was tasty, and I'd make it again.
Part of moving will also mean letting some things go this summer. I never did make it back to pick strawberries. But, with what we're headed for, I don't think a freezer full of strawberry jam and local strawberries would have worked out anyway. Luckily, we'll be back in our apartment in time for blueberry season. Last fall, I went through the frozen blueberries so fast that it'll be a blessing to have an empty freezer ready just in time!