I found High Five for Friday through my blog friend The Amateur Librarian and I really like the concept. Like the menu plan, it just gives a flash of insight into someone's life via things that made them happy. So often in the blogosphere we post about controversies or things that get us riled up or serious, thoughtful topics, so it's nice to have some whimsy for the weekend. So, without further ado, my High Five for Friday!
- On Sunday there were FIVE coupon inserts in the newspaper! FIVE! I got the paper for over a year with a Groupon I found that made Sunday delivery a great deal, but when the Groupon pricing ended I didn't feel like I would save enough with the coupons to justify it. So I try to keep an eye on Southern Savers' weekly coupon insert preview to decide whether I'll buy an individual paper. Usually there are one or two inserts, so when I saw 5 I practically ran out the door to get one! I've been feeling a little weary of couponing lately but clipping that many great coupons made me feel reinvigorated to put them to good use.
- I've hardly had to cook at all this week, which as much as I like to cook is a nice break sometimes. On Sunday we shared a nice dinner out with friends at a tapas restaurant that features half-price bottles of wines on Sundays, and on Tuesday Andy and I went out to eat for my birthday! Wednesday we each went to a meetup that provided food, and last night was a gathering at his work that had enough appetizer-y foods to satisfy us.
- This week is the World Swimming Championships! I was a competitive swimmer for almost a decade and sometimes I still miss it. NBC broadcasts at least a few select hours of pre-recorded coverage, and I was able to watch some on Monday evening. It seems like it would be boring watching people go back and forth across a pool, but I'm so steeped in it that I can't help getting sucked in. I get excited when the races are close, and I love ogling their perfect technique. Rowdy Gaines' commentary is also comfortably familiar. Lucky for me there is more coverage on Saturday!
- A co-worker of mine shared a blog she had found that had several lists of suggested things to buy at Trade Joe's (here, here, and here). Apparently a lot of people are intimidated by Trader Joe's. I've never felt that way personally, but it was still fun to see a really varied list of things that someone else loves there. I had $29 left in my grocery budget, so I made a list of the TJ things that sounded good to me and decided to go get as many of them as I could for that amount! Usually I am angsty about making sure I come in under my grocery budget (which is not necessarily the point), so it was fun to just kind of "splurge" and buy things that will be good but weren't strictly necessary. (If you're curious as to what I got, check out my Instagram. Maybe I'll write a separate post about them sometime.)
- Andy has been trying different methods of brewing coffee. We have quite the collection of gadgets! A pourover setup, a French press, an aeropress (well, and a drip coffee pot that we should probably just get rid of...). On Wednesday night we set up a pitcher with some cold brew (pretty much what it sounds like: you let some coffee grounds steep for a long time in cold water, then press and drink!). It's ready to try this morning and I am excited to taste it! Iced coffee is awfully appealing in the summer.
What have been the highlights of your week? Anything fun going on this weekend?
I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday!