Posted 2 days ago

I didn’t think I could top my pumpkin from last year but I kind of love my one from this year.  I didn’t do anything too complicated but I was still quite pleased with the result! 

We didn’t think ahead to get candles so we had to light each one individually and I didn’t get a picture of all the candles side by side. That’s an area for improvement for next year.

Posted 2 days ago
When I saw this vest, I had to have it.  And then it sat in my closest for a couple of weeks because I kept forgetting to wear it (plus it got warm again for a little while).  It finally made its appearance today and I’m loving every minute.
Please ignore the messiness of my room — I need to do some major cleaning this weekend. 

When I saw this vest, I had to have it.  And then it sat in my closest for a couple of weeks because I kept forgetting to wear it (plus it got warm again for a little while).  It finally made its appearance today and I’m loving every minute.

Please ignore the messiness of my room — I need to do some major cleaning this weekend. 

Posted 5 days ago

I try to take a lot of pictures when I’m with Lila because I find myself looking at them a lot when we are apart. Thank goodness my parents and sister send pictures often too. I’m counting down the days until November when I get to play with her again!

Also, my mama got Lila that sweater and I wish she’d found one for me in my size!

Posted 5 days ago

I wore this outfit over the weekend and I rather liked it so I took a picture to post. Also, I’ve been practicing with my new curling wand! More to come on that.

Posted 1 week ago

I got some VERY good (but very vague) news at work yesterday.  I have to wait a little while longer until I can share but I’m SO excited! 

Secrets at work are so hard and when I found out I was bursting to tell someone.  I finally found my old boss who I consider a mentor and told him before I exploded.  Of course he already knew.  I prodded him for more details but apparently now we both know the same amount.

We’ll see what sort of news will come in the next several days!

Posted 1 week ago

A couple months ago I was hanging out with Stacey in Chicago and she got a text from her friend Hilary asking if she wanted to share a hotel room for Colleen’s wedding.  Stacey was going to stay with me since the wedding was in Indy and even though I don’t know Hilary that well, I told Stacey to invite her to stay with me as well.  I’d only ever heard wonderful things about Hilary and it seemed silly for her to have to get a hotel room on her own.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago Hilary came to town.  I coordinated a place for her to pick up my key so she could get ready in my apartment while Stacey and I did Bridesmaid duties.  Aside from a hiccup with her rental car being broken into, everything went great and I was happy to have Hilary come stay. 

Earlier this week I arrived home to a package outside my apartment.  I was totally surprised because I wasn’t expecting anything and it turns out it was a lovely Harry and David package from Hilary to say thank you!  I’d heard about these pears but never realized I’d get so excited about a fruit delivery.

I’ve eaten 3 of the pears now and they are so so delicious.  I have yet to eat the cheese and nuts because I feel like I should also have a nice bottle of Pinot Gris  when I do that and I don’t currently have any on hand.  

If you’re looking to say thank you to someone, I would highly recommend one of these gift sets!    

Posted 1 week ago

canttuchthis:

i made this chicken and dumplings from budget bytes last night and it was delicious! i did make a couple modifications, which i think were good for the flavor and amount of time i had:

  • i did this on the stove, not in my slow cooker, and it worked great and took under an hour
  • i sauteed the onion and garlic in the pot before adding the remaining ingredients
  • used half water and half chicken stock
  • rosemary in place of thyme
  • used rotisserie chicken (to add flavor and expedite cooking time)

given how much work spouse and i both liked it and how crazy easy it was, i’ll definitely be making it again as the weather gets colder.

This is going in the “things to cook” queue.

Posted 1 week ago

I don’t know how to turn this 90 degrees but it doesn’t stop me from being a proud aunt and posting videos of Lila walking!!

update: it posted correctly!!  I don’t know how that happened but I’m quite pleased.

Posted 2 weeks ago

I can’t get enough of this song.  That voice!! 

Posted 2 weeks ago

Friday Five

1. I called Nike and they fixed the issue with my Fuelband.  Then I hung up and found out that my band won’t sync with my phone.  I called back and was told to delete the app, restart my phone, and then re-install the app but for some reason I can’t download or update any of my apps right now.  It’s not Nike’s fault — it’s Apple’s.  Apple — get your act together.  I haven’t even updated it iOS8!

2.  I’m leaving for Chicago in 3.5 hours…all will be better then.

3. Did I mention my cute little niece is WALKING?!  Video to be posted later today.  I can’t wait to see it in person.

4. In other news, I got Lila a coat that matches mine because I’m her aunt and I can do whatever I want. 

5. I had the most restless sleep last night and woke up with crazy hair.  I don’t know if it’s because I went to sleep in an unmade bed or because I ate dinner so late but it was not appreciated.