Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 455

Today, I'm thankful for the internet.  It allows me to successfully conduct business, keep in contact with friends, share funny things, and has a million other benefits! 

Trying out this new thing called spray tanning today.  Let's hope I don't look like an oompa-loompa! :\

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 454

Today, I'm thankful for the opportunity to make dinner for my family.  (I'm pretty sure) God has blessed me with the ability to cook, so hopefully that rings true today!  

Here's what I'm making:

Recipe called for pork shoulder/butt - the store had shoulder blade/Boston roast (it works the same).

After 6 hours in the crock pot (on high), the meat fell apart.  Yay!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 453

I've come to realize after a homily or two about gratitude (and random conversations over the past few weeks) that I need to live a more grateful life.  There's so much to be thankful for, and so I'm going to start today.  Also, I've been inspired by this blog ( to share my thankfulness. :)

Today, I'm thankful for the warm weather, the sunshine, and the beautiful blue skies.  I have my windows open and am enjoying the sounds of summer. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 452

5 Things I Love - June Edition:

  • The tiny roller bottle of Juicy Couture perfume that Kristen included in our bridesmaid gift bag.
  • Toms red canvas slip on shoes - I can't wait to buy a pair!
  • Sara Evans and her new song "A Little Bit Stronger"
  • New York & Company - their clothes make me feel classy.
  • Strawberry Bruschetta - yum!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 451

Pro-Life Breakfast today, woo hoo!  Watched "Dinner for Schmucks" and "HP and the Deathly Hallows Part I" this weekend.  The first, not so great.  The second, great, but dark.  I need a home theater, people!  Ok, or maybe I'll just try and see these movies while they're still in the movie theater.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 450

Co-hosted Cierra's bridal shower today!  We had a good time, and most importantly, we ate a lot of good food!  I'll have to make this strawberry bruschetta we had for you sometime...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 449

Day 6 at the Hilton Chicago.  Our trip was extended due to the client's request.  We stayed another day and it was great.  The meeting itself was winding down, but I had the opportunity to go to Mercat with one of our clients and two other ladies Thursday night.  Even though one lady almost caught a paper menu on fire (there was a black spot) and another friend at a different table knocked over a candle (subsequently spilling hot wax ALL over an ottoman), we all had a good time.  I finally had a glass of wine and got out of the hotel.  Just what the doctor ordered (or what I'd imagine my doctor would order). ;)

While dining at Mercat a la planxa, we tried these croquetas with ham and chorizo, the "patatas bravas" which were spicy potatoes with spicy paprika aioli, and finally, my favorite, "patatas a la riojana" which were heirloom baby potatoes with cider braised chorizo, manchego espuma, and piment d'espelette.  YUM!

It was fun going on site and working in Chicago.  Even though I really only left the hotel twice, I love the vibe of the city.  I got to have a few really good conversations with new friends, and now have a strong desire to go on the Chicago Architecture Tour!  If you want to go, just let me know! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 448

Day 5 at the Hilton Chicago.  I highly enjoyed working with the hotel staff.  They were just on it and were always not only polite, but friendly!  We had many conversations with these lovely people.  Ok, and I'm so happy about them because one just happened to be incredibly attractive and nice to me.  Whatevs.  It was also pretty cool walking into breakfast and/or lunch each day and having the banquet staff ask me if I'd like a Sprite.  How did they remember what I asked for on my first day?!  Seriously, it was impressive.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 447

Day 4 at the Hilton Chicago.  Big ol' meeting today with a public shout out to the awesome meeting planners (Afton & me).  Woo hoo!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 446

Day 3 at the Hilton Chicago.  We sent our 400+ participants out to dinner in groups of 10.  Of course (of COURSE!) the second highest person at the meeting was sent out with a crazy bus driver that got lost.  Yeah, we spent that night working out an amenity (gift) to send to those participants (chocolate covered strawberries + wine) and Afton and I wrote out apology notes.  Not to worry, the leader was happy after a bottle of wine, and all was forgiven.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 445

Day 2 at the Hilton Chicago was filled with registration desk walk ups to get their packets.  I had our little welcome packet schpiel (I don't know how to spell that word) down.  My voice, however, didn't appreciate it.  If you heard me on Saturday, I was even worse while in Chicago.  Answering questions all day didn't help my voice.  Oh well!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 444

After 3 1/2 hours of sleep, I got up from my "nap" to get the gallon of hairspray out of my hair, the airbrushed makeup off my face, and headed to the airport for my work trip to Chicago.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 443

WEDDING DAY!  Kristen and Eric are tying the knot today and I'm so excited! :)  We've already had two big bad things happen, so hopefully that's over so today can be perfect.  WOO HOO!  I can't wait to see everyone and have a daaaaance paaaaaaarrrrrtttyyyy!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 442

Dear internal organs and parts of my body,

Please stop hating me.  Clear up, sinus pressure!  I've got places to go, people to see, good food to eat, and delicious wine to drink tonight.  Shape up!!!  Also, if you could give my energy back to me, I'd be forever grateful.



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 441

Kristen's bachelorette party tonight, woo hoo!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 439

All work and no play makes Brie very sad...and sleepy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 438

Time for a change...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 436

Went to see "Bridesmaids" today and had lunch with a friend at the oh-so-yummy McAlistair's Deli.  Finished up the day with some work clothes shopping ... and then fell asleep early. :oP

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 432

I saw 4 ducks crossing the street today, and they were pretty darn cute.  I just love all that summer has to offer.  I think my favorite thing right now is the extended amount of sunshine.  It's soooo nice to come home from work (usually late) and still have time to sit outside to soak up some rays.  It's exactly what I need after a tiring day inside.  I'm a human solar panel!  I need the light to recharge. :)

Did anyone else see Tosh.0 tonight?  I saw a few minutes of it, which was enough to make me laugh.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day 431

Happy Birthday, Kristen!  Last one as a single lady!

I just love sitting outside on one of my new blue chairs, reading and soaking up some sunshine.  It just makes me happy. :)

P.S. If you haven't listened to Adele's new album, "21," you're missing out.  Remedy that now!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 430

I'm looking forward to my next visitor so that they can sit next to me on my back porch.  I just purchased these two blue adirondack chairs tonight.  They're not just "blue," they're the same color as my room.  OH YEAH, they're bright.  Naturally, I'm pretty excited about them.  The porched needed some color (KUL-ahh).

Note: if you need any cilantro, please let me be your supplier.  I have it coming out of my ears.  Not really, though, as that'd be pretty gross.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day 429

I got up an hour earlier than usual today, and had a pretty productive day.  Work has been SO busy, so I decided to get caught up over the weekend.  It always helps when you can't receive any new messages, so I wasn't distracted by new emails!  However, I then noticed that I had a whopping 54-ish emails in the outbox.  They'll be sent out bright and early Monday morning.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 428

Half day Fridays are great, but they'll be even better when I am actually able to leave at 12:30 to take advantage of it!  So far I'm 0/2 leaving at 4:30 both times it's been available.  However, thinking optimistically, that's leaving at least an hour earlier than a normal day. :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 427

I don't know what my deal is, but I'll hear a song and proceed to have it STUCK in my head for days.  It's happened with a few songs this week alone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 426

Today's happenings: stressful day at work, had some champagne at work for Michelle's going away party, watched "Julie & Julia" after destroying a bunch of weeds in my garden, and then proceeded to get really freaked out by some sounds outside.  I'm 99.9% sure it was someone closing the gate on their truck bed across the street (and then leaving or talking or making some other sort of ruckus).  Whew!

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!!! :)

Tomorrow is going to be a better day.

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