Weblog Wednesday: Summer Wonderland

Show of hands: who else is experiencing an unseasonably warm winter where you live? Because it’s been a crazy warm winter here in Nashville!

Hence this week’s Weblog Wednesday being a nod to how this has totally not been a winter wonderland. Not that I’m complaining! I love getting to wear tank tops in February.

Last Wednesday, I told you guys all about the crazy week I had had, which culminated in Dear Husband and I running the Hot Chocolate 5k that weekend. Valentine’s day was totally imperfect but totally perfect all at the same time, ya know?

I don’t think I’ve told you guys yet, but Dear Husband recently had a custom poker table commissioned to be made by a local artisan. The table is even decorated in his alma mater’s colors! This past Wednesday, he held his inaugural poker night at our house.

Being that I have zero interest in poker (less than zero, if that’s possible), I had the evening to myself to blog and watch some NBA highlights. The guys all sounded like they had a great night playing poker, though!

Thursday was a run-of-the-mill weekday: wake up early to go on a run, throw dinner in the Crock Pot, work all day, do P90 (not P90x!) after work, and blog until bedtime.

Friday was an absolutely gorgeous day! My office is in an old industrial garage that has been converted into a workspace, and it was so sunny and warm and we decided to open up the garage door and bask in the sun as we worked.

That night, Dear Husband and I went over to my father-in-law’s house for a family game night along with a plethora of pizza and snacks. Before you think “family game night” means a family-friendly game, think again: We played Cards Against Humanity, which is probably the most family-unfriendly (and funniest) games out there.

On Saturday, I didn’t have too much time after finishing my long run before we had to get gussied up to go downtown for a charity wine tasting. For those who have read my blog for a while, you’ll remember we went to this last year as well.

It was called Wine in the Winter, and it featured a number of local wine labels, breweries, restaurants, and distilleries, all featuring their wares. The ballroom was dimly lit, with blue and purple accent lights dancing off of the copious ice sculptures that punctuated the wine booths. It was totally perfect!

Sunday was a predictably humdrum day of buying groceries, doing chores, blogging, and of course getting outside to soak in the warm rays. 

I’ve also been trying to make a habit of doing a week’s worth of meal prepping on Sunday nights. So I experimented with pre-cooking meals for Dear Husband to have in the fridge so that he can easily grab a healthy lunch. Below is the blackened shrimp pasta I made him, served with spinach, cauliflower, and toasted pepitas.

If dancing the night away with a glass of wine on Saturday was more glamorous than a typical Saturday night for me, then Monday morning more than made up for it in dreadfulness. I had an 8 o’clock dental cleaning, found out I need a crown replaced, rushed to work, and worked through my lunch break to make up for the time spent at the dentist.

However, at least on Monday night I went out to dinner with a couple of coworkers, for some much needed out-of-office socializing. I don’t know about you guys, but I sometimes find that getting to know coworkers on a social level is one of the hardest parts of starting a new job.

Tuesday came and went uneventfully — no dentist appointments, thank goodness! The weather is still unseasonably warm, although now some rain has moved in.

Tell me, how has your week been? If it’s warm where you are, what are you doing to enjoy the warm winter weather?

Until next time,

xoxo Charlotte


  1. We are having warm weathe rher ein England too. Such a contract with my Canadian hometown! But I’m enjoying it, even though it makes layering-up for runs a bit more difficult. Last night’s run was… sweaty! We already have tulips and daffodils in the garden. You seem to like your new job, I’m happy for you!

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    • This unseasonably warm weather definitely makes layering for runs tricky!! I started my long run this weekend freezing but ended it sweating lol!

      That’s awesome that the tulips and daffodils are showing up in your garden already. I don’t think I’ve quite seen many new flowers yet, but if this weather keeps up I’m sure they’ll be blooming soon enough.

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  2. I am loving this warm February! We spent some time on the beach, or ‘down the shore’ as we say in NJ. It was really lovely. I am glad you are enjoying it, too.
    Charlotte, I have a question about your writing and schedule? Would it be alright to contact you privately? What is the best way to do that?

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  3. Card Against Humanity is a fun game. Unless you’re playing against two people who are one track minded in a sexually deviant way. I tried coming up with clever things whilst playing and would always lose out to something sexual. I’d have enjoyed it more playing with people like me. As for my past week…I think I’ll keep that to myself :-/ Better people don’t know really.

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    • I’m so sorry your week has been so tough. I really hope it gets better. 😦

      And that is a great point about many CAH games! I think it is best when all parties know each other fairly well and can use cards that leverage inside jokes or specific knowledge of the other person. For instance, my husband knows that clowns are my biggest fear, so for me a clean referencing card would win out of a card whose only merit (albeit humorous merit) is sexual in nature.

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      • I’m just not generally amused by things sexual in nature. It’s the kind of thing pre-teens who can’t wait for their first time might laugh about. I got me so much in my young adult years that I don’t see the funny side to it anymore. Haha. I’d definitely be up for playing CAH again, but with different company. I think a more English version should be made too as some of the answers were too American for us Limey’s to understand

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