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!
Super tired from last night, but excited to spend some time with family and friends tonight. We're going to the Seeds of Hope reverse raffle at the Colts complex. I've never been, but my family has gone for years. I guess I'll find out what it's all about soon enough!
I had a great night out in Broad Ripple with Dan, Jim, and Danny. Saw Mike & Joe perform at the Vogue, but before that, Dan and I played Rock Band onstage and were given free shots (which I named "Chocolate Kool-Aid"). It was a good night!
P.S. If you like Maroon 5's "Misery" google the slower version. It's pretty good. I heard it at The Cheesecake Factory of all places. :oP
Today is Grandpa's 75th birthday! We celebrated by stuffing our bellies with delicious food from The Cheesecake Factory. Naturally, I have enough food for at least one more (large) meal and cheesecake to last throughout the weekend. Woo hoo! My grandpa rocks. :)
It's amazing what prayers from Bridget, a good & filling lunch, an impromptu visit in your office from Cierra (she found me!), and a nice glass of sweet tea can fix. Today was a huge improvement over yesterday, and I now have TWO Thanksgiving celebrations to attend! :)
Today was very weird. I was in a TV commercial, had a so-so afternoon, then had a really good chat with BK about prayer. I'm not sure what my final verdict is of the day as a whole, but keeping in mind that I'm finally getting some (home) work done, I'll call it a positive day.
I'm starting to get back into a schedule, yay! It's frustrating not being able to get to everything each day, but that's just the way life goes. :\ Also, I'm not a huge fan of it being pitch black dark on my way home, but I suppose it's fine that I can't see the gray skies outside. Save the sunshine and long days for prettier landscapes. :)
Happy Birthday to my dear ol' DAD! He's such a swell guy. :)
Tonight, I'll be learning all about the new Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise ship at an after work event at the Keystone Art Cinema. Sometimes, I wish I had a second home (probably an awesome apartment) on the north side.
(Above: last year's birthday cake. I haven't made anything for this year (yet). I'm thinking it'll be something in the cheesecake family.)
Three words have made an impact on my life: "Action crushes fear." A pretty simple and yet perplexing thought. I think it makes sense, though. If you're afraid to talk to someone about subject ABC, the more you put it off, the more you allow yourself to think about it and freak out, the bigger it becomes. If you deal with something ASAP, then it doesn't have time to fester and become something (seemingly) unbearable. Sometimes life is complicated and scary. However, you have to remember that 99.9% of us are a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for. I've done a few things in recent history that were seemingly scary (for me). I can tell you with 100% certainty that I'm happy I tackled them when I did. My life is better for it! Don't push yourselves into something you're not ready for, just don't procrastinate once you are ready. Be bold! Be brave! Have fun! :)
Dan and I went to the new Indianapolis California Pizza Kitchen. Now, I have been to CPK in Seattle and Sacramento before, so I had high hopes. They didn't disappoint! The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza + Applewood Smoked Bacon was fantastic. Dan had a Bass in a bottle and I had a super tasty (and pretty) Raspberry Lemondrop Martini. Hey, we had to celebrate week one of my new job! I can't wait to go back and try other options. :)
Today, I sat at work learning all about Hawai'i and all of the different Sandals, Beaches, and Grand Pineapple resorts in the Caribbean. Too bad I don't get to visit them and do some work "research," haha! :oP