A Recipe for Weekend Happiness

February 12th

I can’t believe it is Monday. I feel like I just left this desk, just got in my car, just took my first sip of Friday Happy Hour cider. When the weather is this great, the time seems to slip away so quickly. My perfect weekend included large doses of cooking, knitting, sewing, cycling and movies.

Lessons learned:

mini film festival

Renting foreign films to watch while knitting sounds like a good idea, until you realize you have to watch every. single. scene. Without paying much attention I rented five movies, only two of which were in English. Next weekend? Babel and Little Miss Sunshine.

hat and scarf ready for auction

I can cable! The hat wasn’t just a rare fluke. I finished the scarf this weekend while squinting at subtitles. The pair are off to auction.

spokes on the knees

It is always smart to take a cell phone when cycling. I took a long ride yesterday out to Fountain Hills and got a flat on my way home. I’d never had a flat before and wasn’t sure how to fix it, even though I have a repair kit under my seat. I called a friend’s husband to come and pick me up, but before he could get there another cyclist stopped and helped me. It was a beautiful example of pay it forward. Not only did he squirm when I tried to thank him (including giving me a spare tube because my kit’s spare had a broken valve) but he wouldn’t let me even buy him something to drink. He just said, “Now you know how to fix these. You stop for the next guy.” Deal. The grease on my legs is still there and I’m wearing a skirt today to flaunt the fact that, “Hey! I fixed a tire yesterday on my bike and finished the ride!”

eggplant tacos

Final lesson — grilled eggplant and squash with a bit of cilantro and cheese wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla = veggie taco heaven. Sweet reward to a weekend well spent.


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  1. Um, yum! And we watched Little Miss Sunshine last night. It was great.


  2. Green peppers and tomatoes? Raw?

  3. I saw Little Miss Sunshine over the summer, and I LOVED it. I thought it was hysterical. And I’m glad that at least one of us had good weather this weekend… πŸ™‚

  4. Great scarf – congrats on the cables!!

    And what a nice surprise to come across such a kind and generous helper on your weekend ride. Got to remember momments like that πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve seen Little Miss Sunshine a couple times..it’s so worthy of the hype. And Duda- Raw green peppers and veggies rock! I love them with hummus.. MMM

  6. sounds like a great weekend! jealous of the knitting skills πŸ™‚

  7. What a great weekend–great knitting, Kelli! I love the pay-it-forward kindness shown to you. Your menu sounds yummy.

  8. As soon as I saw “Rabbit-Proof Fence” in your pile, I knew I was writing in. LOVE that movie. So powerful. And there’s no way to ignore that we here in the good old USA had schools like that too.


    Love the bicycle story, and that grease! πŸ™‚

  9. how awesome of that guy to help you out! so refreshing to hear that someone went out of their way to lend a helping hand without wanting something in return. and i want your recipe!

  10. sounds like an awesome weekend! Thanks for the warm fuzzies/good wishes. My Monday actually wasn’t *bad* it’s just hard to deal with MONDAYS in general….soon that’ll be changing….stay tuned….

  11. I haven’t watched a foreign language film in ages because I have to sew or knit while eatching tv – not good at sitting still. Your weekend sounds great!

  12. What did you think of Y Tu Mama? I loved Little Miss Sunshine. We watched movies around here too, but more along the line of Robots and Mary Poppins.

  13. Sounds like a perfect weekend. I used to ride, and I remember fondly (not!) the first time I found myself stranded with a flat tire. Unfortunately, nobody was there to help me, but I did learn to change it as I was smart enough to carry a dog-eared instructional pamphlet around in my pannieres.

  14. That does sound like a great weekend!
    And cables…! I’m impressed.

  15. ha ha – I too have learned that lesson about foreign films! I’ll be watching Little Miss Sunshine soon also – it’s due to arrive tomorrow. I figured I should watch at least one of the best picture nominees before the Oscars! Looks like you’ll be fitting in at least two πŸ™‚

  16. So awesome the whole pay it forward thing! God I love when that happens! I also loved Little Miss Sunshine. Babel was very good as well. It took me a while to like it. When I left the theater my head was just full of it. But looking back a few weeks later, so many moments still stick with me and I feel fondness for the movie.

  17. Loved Little Miss Sunshine. Glad to see an Aussie Movie in your stash.

  18. Looking forward to hear what you think about “Babel” and “LMS”! I thought both were wonderful.

  19. what a great weekend! i don’t know how to fix a flat either… definitely something i need to learn! and the knitting looks fantastic. you are a cabler for sure.

  20. You go girl! Wear your grease with pride. I love hearing about your biking adventures. We’re buried under snow (and scheduled to get 1-2 more feet tonight) so I like hearing about all the warm weather things I’m missing… biking… running outside… wearing sneakers instead of knee-high boots. Glad to hear that your sock-free injury didn’t leave you completely immobile.

  21. Yo también quero ver Little Miss Sunshine y babel antes de partir a Suecia, hoy voy al cine.

    Besos Kelli!

  22. Definitely sounds like a great weekend!

  23. You wanting to watch Babel, has really made my day! About The Ballad of Jack and Rose, is it good? Worth it to rent?

  24. That taco just made me soooo hungry! Oh and Little Miss Sunshine is hilarious, hope you enjoy it next weekend.

  25. Rabbit Proof Fence is one of my all-time favorite movies. So sad. So moving.

  26. You will love Little Miss Sunshine. Sarcastic inappropriate intelligent humour.

  27. I love that cycling story. You know I never ride a bike, but could probably fix a flat, I’ve watched it done so much? One of those facts about myself that no one knew I guess.

    I love the scarf and hat, that green is the best kind!