I’m pleased to announce that the winter coats have finally been stowed away! After the last surprise snowstorm in the middle weeks of April, we have now swiftly transitioned into shorts, T-shirts, air-conditioning, and scattered thunderstorms.
In the calm before the end-of-the-school-year storm, we tried our best to take advantage of our weekends and free time to enjoy new experiences, celebrate milestones, and have fun with friends old and new. Though April 30th was the exact date of our 1-year wedding anniversary (and 5-year relationship anniversary), our prolonged “celebration” spanned many weeks and included our spring break trip to New York, the amazing broadway show Hamilton in Chicago, and a delicious Italian dinner in the Third Ward at Onesto. It’s been a wonderful and challenging first year of marriage, and we are so thankful that God brought us together to journey through this life as a team.
Speaking of teams, we watched Avengers: Infinity War this past weekend after working hard to catch up with what we’ve missed in the Marvel universe since the 2012 first Avengers movie (yes, we were very, very behind). Inspired by many Marvel-loving friends and the release of Black Panther, we watched Guardians of the Galaxy 1, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Thor Ragnorak, and Doctor Strange in the past few weeks in preparation for the newest Avengers installment. It was a crazy movie full of unexpected twists, but definitely worth watching!
Recently, we have also watched a water polo match for the first time, almost escaped from an escape room, and finally went on the Lakefront Brewery tour when a friend from Detroit came to visit.
Of course, our adventures would not be complete without mention of the new forays in food and cooking that have occurred as of late. At our local Aldi, a German-origin supermarket that has not yet made it to Northern California, we picked up some frozen scallops and made a delicious pan seared scallops with lemon caper pasta dish. We also invited some friends over to try a recipe that sought to recreate the spicy cumin lamb noodles we ate at Xi’an Famous Foods in NYC and discovered that making thick, rustic hand-pulled noodles are not so complicated after all!
In closing, I’ve been inspired to become a better baker (likely due to the fact that I’m currently binge-watching the newest season of The Great British Bake Off), and we are so thankful to have friends nearby that have barbecue grills and love food just as much as we do! Looking forward to summer!