The Friday Five - Indulgences

Five [Indulgent] Things I'm thinking about this Friday.

  • The weather - we can never stop talking about / thinking about the weather! A little over a week ago, the AC was running in the house. It's cooled off so much now, I wonder how long I can stave off flipping that switch to "Heat". But with the cooler weather, we've enjoyed our first Chili of the season. I also made Chicken Noodle Soup, baked a batch of spiced pumpkin scones and indulged in a Spiced Pumpkin Latte. [On the subject of Spiced Pumpkin Coffee - I'm now making my own, using real pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg]
Since it Feels Like Fall Today, Taco Soup for #dinner #foodie
Another Fall Favorite - Taco Soup
  • My guilty pleasure song download of the week (actually, of the month, since I hardly ever download music) - Taylor Swift's Shake It Off [Yes, I hear people wailing "noooooo..." right now]. Let me explain myself - the song is perfect to run with! With a snappy 160 beats per minute tempo, it's just a little slower than my running cadence. Plus, the chorus alliteration makes for easy "sing-it-in-your-head" playback as my feet hit the ground.
'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
    I also purchased Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" and the "Bang Bang" collaboration by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. It was quite the song purchase splurge for me. I added all the songs to my "Running" Playlist.
  • A Jimmy John's Sub Shop finally opened in the little town where I work. We've been anxiously awaiting this lunch alternative to the typical fast food that's available here. I enjoy their subs and crunchy kettle potato chips, but I didn't realize how yummy their cookies are! The triple chocolate cookie - the perfect buttery moistness, punctuated with white, dark and milk chocolate sweetness. They are big enough for sharing, too (but you might not want to!).
  • The iPhone 6 or 6Plus, that is the question. I am using a three year old iPhone 4s so I'm due for an upgrade. I'm going to wait until the local Verizon store has the physical devices so I can hold them, put them in my pocket and [most importantly] see what fits in my running shorts / skirt / tights. Yes, you can bet I'll bring my running gear to the store. The lens stabilization offered in the iPhone 6 Plus camera gives it an edge over the non-Plus version, but I wonder if the form factor might be too big. Regardless, I need to wait until mid October to make the switch.
  • With the cooler weather, I get to wear cozy leggings around the house, to the store and to yoga class. I bought a pair herringbone leggings, and while I initially vacillated back and forth on the purchase, I am so glad I have them - so soft and cozy and they look great with a skirt and boots.
There you have it - Five indulgences for this Friday. I hope your Friday is great and you can enjoy an indulgence or two this weekend!

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (September 19, 2014 at 8:12 AM)  

I love those songs because I can sing along with gusto while driving my truck to and fro. And I am also due for an upgrade in October so will be going through the same decision making process. I keep my phone in my back pocket and the extra large size may not work....although I'm sure that's the one I will want. No cooking for me for a while with the kitchen remodel starting. I'm sure I can find delicious "pumpkin everything" as the season begins.

Lisa Gordon  – (September 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM)  

We've had the heat on here for almost 2 weeks now. :-(

I am real excited about the new iPhone, and am due for an upgrade in Nov. I am thinking the 6 for me, as I want it to easily fit in my pocket.

Have a great weekend, Shirley!

Nicki  – (September 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM)  

Had to have some chili myself this week - and I hear you on your music selection based on what is good to work-out / run to (bang bang is on my iphone as well - and I've been known to sport a Taylor Swift song now and again - so I don't judge). Enjoy your weekend.

Amy at love made my home  – (September 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM)  

Hi Shirley, just catching up now I am back, I have been reading, just not commenting. Lovely to read your Five Friday things! xx

Sherry Bowman  – (September 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM)  

Envious of your cooler weather - as my a/c continues to run (high of 89 for us toda). Would love to get your pumpkin spice latte recipe (my daughter likes those - sorta - would probably enjoy a better homemade version. Have a good week!

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