Lazy Link Weekend

Weekends around these parts are mostly about this guy:

link car

We’re so busy during the week that he often has to take a backseat to work (for me) and school (for Jeremy), so we like to pamper him a bit on the weekends. Busy [pup]parent guilt? You bet… but I don’t think he minds very much.

maria link morning

So, even though we swore he’d never sleep in the bed with us, he does—sometimes all night. He’s especially fond of morning bed cuddles because much like his mama, he is not a morning “person.”

mom and link

Lucky dog also spends a whole lot of time getting and giving kisses.

link starbucks

Beyond hanging out with Link all weekend, I finally got around to grabbing my first Holiday drink from Starbucks. I’ve been trying to avoid spending money on my coffee habit, but a generous co-worker gave me a Starbucks gift card on Friday. I couldn’t resist. The Gingerbread Latte was heavenly and just the boost I needed to get through puppy playtime on Saturday morning.

I’m going to save the rest of the gift card to use as Friday morning treats.

homemade pizza

Saturday evening I made a homemade pizza using The Best Pizza Dough recipe. I always modify the crust to be 2 cups white flour and 1.25 cups whole wheat (for taste preference). I thought this particular pizza was one of the best I’ve ever made. Success!

After church this morning Jeremy and I headed out for lunch. We alternate weeks for choosing the post-church restaurant and this week was my choice—I went with T.G.I.Fridays because it was close-by.

tgifridays chips and queso

We started out with chips and queso—the chips were too greasy, but the queso was really flavorful with a meat sauce and pico de gallo mixed in.

tgifridays burger

I ordered a bacon and cheese burger for my main meal. I skipped on the fried onions and french fries that came with the meal. Normally I LOVE fries, but these were so salty I just couldn’t force myself to eat them.

After lunch I immediately began to feel sluggish and blah (a great reminder why I rarely eat this way), so I came home and took a nap.

The rest of today has been very low-key. The only note-worthy event worth mentioning is that I dyed my hair for the first time in over 3 years this evening.

hair dyedarker hair

With cooler fall weather quickly approaching, I felt an itch to go darker with my mousy brown hair. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out—the color I chose was natural dark brown. I used to dye my hair regularly in high school and college, but stopped after we moved to Japan. It was a fun project for this slow weekend.

Unfortunately the weekend is basically over at this point, so it’s time for Monday preparation to begin: packing my lunch and gym bag, looking over my schedule, and getting my head in the game to start the week off right.

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