Sayonara, 2011. You were filled with a few big & bad events, sprinkled with some really good events, and loaded with everyday simple pleasures. I'm an optimist and am looking forward to more good events (like weddings of close friends) and everyday simple pleasures (like chocolate and hugs). Hope you have a great New Year's Eve and an even better 2012!
Enjoying my day off from work. Staying out late, waking up late, getting stuff done, going to lunch with fun people ... I love it all! Headed to the Butler game tonight with Dad, Ken, and Dan. Should be fun!
I went to Jungle Jim's today, yay! I got SO MUCH wine and cheese - you'd all better attend my wine & cheese party that is TBA! Today feels very much like a Sunday, which will make waking up to Tuesday that much better. :)
You know when you've been uber productive, you finally sit down, and just exhale with a big ol' "ahhh..."? Well, that's what I just did. However, my mind is also reeling with all of the things I need to do before tomorrow's shindig and before Christmas. My brain and body need to agree so I can fall right to sleep when I get there. :oP
P.S. Totally diggin' Fitz and the Tantrums. You too?
I have the sweeeetest loaner car right now. It's a chocolate brown Jetta and it's fully loaded. It was a nice little bonus on today's odd but overall good day. I'm having a good hair day. I wore a new shirt and was told it was a good color on me; always nice to hear. I'm looking forward to time with friends and family and time to relax. Ahh, it'll be lovely...
Oh, and I got to talk to/catch up with Becca for a long time, YAY!
Each year, just when I feel like I'm at the end of my rope, the St. Roch Christmas Concert happens. It just makes me stop and remember exactly what this Christmas is all about: friends, family, and Jesus. It's SO easy to get caught up in the shopping, stress, and social calendar. Thank goodness for Joey and our friends that give us a night of beautiful music! :)
It's hard to believe that it's the week of Christmas. It's chilly, but not freeeezing Indiana winter kind of cold. Also, today went by so fast (yay!). I went to lunch with Dave, and he had his first O'Charley's experience. He discovered that it's true - the rolls are truly unsliceable, haha. Looking forward to the St. Roch Christmas concert tomorrow night and whatever else is in store for me this week!
P.S. I did a mud mask tonight. Does anyone swear by these, hate them, or have you ever done one?
I came back from breakfast with Grandpa, (finally) finished watching "E.T." for the very first time, and fell asleep ... for awhile. I didn't realize I was tired enough for a nap. I guess the Christmas shopping will have to wait until tomorrow! Excited to see Dave tonight at Starbucks; I predict a Rummy win in my future. :)
Tonight, we all met up for white elephant #2 at Jim's apartment. There were some pretty interesting gifts, including a Rubix cube, an IU snuggie, an Aldo gift card, and these discs with handles that help you with push ups. (Yes, I tried a few but am still bad at even the girl push ups.) Then, we played a long but funny round of Balderdash - Dan and I won, woo hoo!
Will, Shauna, Dan, and I went to the Smiley Morning Show's adaptation of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" tonight at Daddy Real's "The Place." Yes, a very strange name for a restaurant, but it was nice. We had more than a few bursts of laughter. :) Excited to see them again and some other lovely friends tomorrow night at white elephant #2!
I've been on a bit of a baking roll over the past few weeks...and I'm enjoying it. The only problem is that I must test, test, and test again that the aforementioned baked good(s) are edible. I need to start workin' on my fitness. I'm seriously going to go jump on my elliptical for a little bit. Here I go!
Heard some really bad news after work, followed up by some really good news right before bed. I decided to focus on the happy and pray for the bad to turn around. Seems like a good theory to work with.
I just love a good, productive day at work. Let's hope I can continue the trend all week in between stuffing my face with cookies. Today was the annual baking day for my momma and her little elves (A.K.A. Dad and Grandpa). They ended with somewhere around 40 dozen cookies. Yummy!
I went shopping with 3 little girls under the age of 10 today. We (in addition to my mom and Ginger) went to the mall, Christmas Tree Store, and Garden Ridge. There are funny photos, and oh yes, we giggled. :)
Went on a lovely little double date tonight with Cierra, Joe, and Dan. We went to Pei Wei (an extension of P.F. Chang's) and it was really good! You should try it sometime. It's in Glendale by the Target, Macy's ... all of that good stuff.
After a day or two of being a bum after work, it feels SO good to get things DONE. Tonight, I made birthday brownies for one of my new co-workers, did all of my dishes, am working on my laundry, and will *fingers crossed* get at least one photo blog post done tonight.
Hope you're all kickin' ass and takin' names this week ... or at least being productive in your own way at home. :)
Wearing jeans to work instantly makes my day better. Things are looking up for the rest of the week since I'll be wearing them each day! I had a piece of Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake today ... whoa, momma, that was tasty. Try some if you haven't already. The lady that brought it in got it at Sam's Club (for a lot less than normal!).
I made two new friends tonight while at the City Market for the Mustache Movember Party with Dan. I ordered a Pic Nic crepe from 3 Days in Paris (via zip line - awesome!). A yummy chocolate + raspberry one was given to me, though. When I zip lined a message to the stand, they brought the correct one up to me (chicken, bbq sauce, cilantro, jack cheese, red onions) AND a voucher for a free crepe for my next visit. WOW, three for one! I'm so happy it's the weekend. :)
Is it bad that I don't want to take my Uggs off to go to bed? It's really gross to even think about outside shoes in my bed, but man they keep my feet cozy and warm! I suppose that's why I have a pair of cozy socks. :)
Last night, Dan and I had the opportunity to sit in the super awesome VIP section at the Vogue for Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band concert. I really liked it, but Dan, he loved it! I had fun sitting with a few friends from church (my connection to the band) and trying to figure out what the heck Josh (Rev. Peyton) was saying/singing. :oP
Then, this afternoon, Dan and I headed over to Good Morning Mama's Cafe in Broad Ripple. Wow oh wow the Mexican breakfast tacos are tasty! It was the perfect amount of food for me. Plus, the whole restaurant is brightly decorated with a heavy 1950s vibe. I'm sure that made me like it even more. :)
I'm making a (hopefully super awesome) Blackberry Cheesecake for tomorrow's Thanksgiving festivities! Yay! I'm was SO happy to leave work today. I get to stay up as late as I want with no major responsibilities tomorrow! Woo hoo! :)
I heard this version of Maroon 5's "Misery" while at The Cheesecake Factory last week. I found it online for you to enjoy. :)
Woo hoo, another milestone! Six hundred days of blogging!
In preparation for Thanksgiving, I decided it was time to share more baking goodness with you...my 3 readers.
Here's what I've got for you: lasagna! I made one tonight for tomorrow night's dinner (but didn't bake it yet). I can't include a link to the recipe, because I don't like any of them enough. I am one that appreciates a good meat to pasta to cheese ratio. I think I've pretty much perfected it (for my taste buds at least). If you'd like to have the details, just leave me a comment and I'll get them to you.
Basically, it includes the following yummy ingredients: italian sausage, lasagna noodles, fresh garlic, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, freshly ground salt, freshly ground pepper, freshly ground italian herbs/spices, eggs, cottage cheese, a jar of pasta sauce, and love. Haha, of course I had to say something cheesy!
Photos are from when I made the Pioneer Woman's "Best Lasagna Ever." I liked it, and it's what I basically use for my own version. The only big changes are using a jar of sauce instead of making my own (I ended up with too much sauce + time to make it and simmer) and using only sausage (sausage + beef = too much meat). Needless to say, I'm excited to eat this bad boy tomorrow night!
Thanksgiving...a time to give thanks. It's been a roller coaster kind of year, but I've ended up in a positive place. :) Some people moved out of my life, and some new ones have been introduced. I always struggle with this part, since I want to be friends with everyone forever. Who doesn't want to be surrounded by awesome people? Well, life just doesn't work that way.
I left a job, started another, left that job, started another, and am sticking to this one. I'm happy to wake up in the morning and not dread work. Happy to have a wonderful family and friends that rock my socks off. Also, pretty happy about this lovely little slice of Chocolate Raspberry Truffle cheesecake sitting in front of me. Nom! There are a ton of other things I could add to the list, but really, the people in your life are what matter most!