Happy Monday! Keeping it short today, since I'm officially back to work at a new job!!
John and I dropped Scout back off at bird camp this weekend, and we will very much miss her.
(John insisted I further explain what "bird camp" is because he thinks it isn't clear.)
Scout is a French Brittany, which is a bird hunting breed. Some examples of other bird hunting breeds ("bird dogs") include German Shorthaired Pointers, English Setters, and Springer Spaniels. When we first brought Scout home as a puppy, we had the intention of training her to do what she was bred to do- find and "point" birds. "Pointing" happens when the dog catches the scent of a bird in a bush or tall grass and instincts cause the dog to freeze, often with one paw up, which makes it look like the dog is pointing to where the bird is hiding. The training facility that we are taking her to helps further these instincts. She will learn a lot of these things by practicing, but the professional training gives her a good foundation and speeds up the process. Here in Arizona, quail season opens in two weeks, and John would like her to be fairly functional to start.
There is something about a lunch date that I think is so romantic! On Saturday, John took me to lunch at Postino, and I ordered a cucumber honey lemonade... and it was uh-mazing!
Not too sweet, and very refreshing - I may try to recreate this gem at home.
After lunch we did a little bit of shopping, and I finally purchased the Zara scarf that I have been seeing everywhere. Last week this scarf was on 5 or 6 people's blogs, and every time I saw it I said something along the lines of "Ahh! Need that!" ...So finally it's mine. It is too hot to wear it outside, but I have no problem rocking it in my living room.
BY THE WAY, did you know that Forever 21 does not do returns? I went to return a shirt that I bought the day before, and I swear they treated me like a criminal for suggesting I wanted to return it - it was super confusing... Not exactly quality customer service (but I guess that's to be expected when you're purchasing clothes for $10).
For lunch on Sunday, John and I went to Blanco and had the most amazing chicken, short rib, and carnitas tacos... the location that we went to is just a walk-up window, so we enjoyed our delicious food outside under some misters (it was actually pretty nice outside with the breeze)!
To prepare for going back to work, I made 12 premade freezer meals to eat throughout the month. I'm actually quite excited for them! I spent about $135 (including the dishes) to make the 12 meals... not too bad! All have chicken in them, and they should be pretty tasty when we decide to eat them.
I'm all about no-prep post-work dinners, and this is the only way I can think of to avoid eating out every day of the week. More on this tomorrow!
We didn't get a chance to make it to the apple orchard this past weekend, but we did indulge in some delicious Arizona apple cider - Mm, mm, mmm! Gotta get what you can!