Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall & Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Greetings faithful blog readers,

Friday was the start of fall, and after being back at work for over a month, I was ready for fall to feel official.

Friday, we checked out Amanda and Elliot Lunson's packed art show and reception at the Museum of the Southwest, and it was amazing, beautiful, and interesting. It's going to be on display until October 29th, and we highly recommend checking it out. After the show, we returned to Thai House for the first time in months (the family returns to Thailand each summer) with Dagan and Steph. Our adults only time and meal was appreciated by all, and we stayed out at a party afterwards until nearly 2am. Needless to say, Saturday started with sleeping in!

My current obsession is pumpkin spice lattes, which I understand is "basic" or whatever, but I don't care. I started both my weekend mornings with one, and it felt indulgent! Brendan has been making them for me at home, so I don't have to go buy them at a coffeeshop. Here's our recipe in case anyone else wants some fall in a cup:

1 cup milk
1/4 coffee
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp pumpkin puree (canned)
whipped cream

1.) Start brewing coffee
2.) On the stove, bring milk, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, cloves, and cinnamon stick to a boil. You need to watch carefully and remove from heat as soon as the mixture comes to a boil.
3.) Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves with a slotted spoon
4.) Whisk the milk mixture until it foams (you have to whisk fast to do this--thus the reason Brendan usually does it for me!)
5.) Combine the foamy milk mixture with 1/4 cup coffee.
6.) Allow it to cool for a minute or two before topping with whipped cream and sprinkling with nutmeg.

Saturday night, we went to the movies for the first time in a long while. I debated what to see (we were interested in It, Mother, and Wind River), but I ultimately settled on It because I love the original (and Stephen King) and didn't want to take a chance on not liking my first movie in awhile. It was outstanding! It was scarier than the first, I think, but still so fun. I was gripping Brendan's hand the whole time. Like any good horror movie, it made me think about bigger issues too (in this case, how the horror we inflict on each other is much more "real" than our childhood fears and how innocence is thinking that the monsters we imagine are the real threat). 

Our evenings were all for us, but our weekend days were spent productively. For me that meant grading a discussion, finishing edits on the first half of my manuscript, researching/reading/and starting my conference paper, and reading for class. It was the best kind of working weekend there is, and we hope for a repeat next weekend. 

Week five of the semester is a busy one for us! We have an evening event, extra meetings, programs to run (for me), and more grading piling up (as usual!) 

Cheers friends: may your work weeks be productive, and may you fill your days with small joys (a candle, a good book, a yoga class, a nap, or a latte--whatever does it for you!)

Happy Fall! 

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