Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Faves

Hap-hap-happy Friday!!! Today's a teacher workday so I'm student-free today, getting progress reports done for the end of the quarter, along with some reports and other things on my seemingly never-ending to-do list! At least today will be a productive one, and no horrible parent meetings to mar my day!

Let's get to some favorites, shall we?
This is a mix of Pinterest finds and other stuff I've stumbled upon!

{1} Favorite Show
I was so excited when I realized that Million Dollar Listing came back this week! I love watching all of the guys on the show and drooling/rolling my eyes at the insanely expensive NY real estate scene. Plus, it's one of the very few shows on Bravo that MG actually enjoys and watches with me. Bravo for the win! :)

{2} Favorite Link
This Buzzfeed about the emoji's all 30-something wish existed.
This one is called "Friday Night Emoji"....looks vaguely similar to my Friday night plans ;)
Is it sad that I can relate to almost every one of them?? 

{3} Favorite New Game
You guys have played Words with Friends and Trivia Crack (as have I), but this week MG discovered Yahtzee with Buddies and I've been playing it ever since. I had totally forgotten how to play, so MG had to re-teach me but I'm loving it! Perfect time-waster :)
Find me on there if you want to play (username: Jamiffer)

{4} Favorite Funnies (someecards are the best)
{5} Favorite Dresses for a Shower
My friend's baby shower is this weekend so I've been figuring out a cute outfit to wear for the shower. If I had access to Pinterest, I'd probably pick one of these:
{via} I'm OBSESSED with this dress!
What's some of your favorite stuff to wear to a shower? I have an idea of what I want to wear, but might change my mind once I go through my closet and do my own little fashion show for myself ;)

I hope you have some fun plans or a restful weekend ahead!
Catch ya on Monday, lovies!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dominican Republic Vacay Recap {Part 2}

Part 2 of our Dominican Republic anniversary trip today!
(If you missed part 1, just click here to get caught up).
This one is full of a bunch of pictures, so you've been warned!

On Thursday, we were up early to meet our bus at 8am in our lobby. We'd booked an excursion to a place called Isla Saona (if you ever go to the D.R. you HAVE to go!)
We took about a 45 minute bus ride to get to the place where we then got on a speed boat!
We got on the speed boat and sped off for about 20 minutes or so until we got to a natural sand bar in the middle of the ocean.

 We stopped, jumped off the boat, and walked around in waist deep water while the tour guides came around and poured rum and cokes for us! 
If you're thinking "that sounds like Heaven" yes...yes it was!
Just hanging out in the middle of the ocean, taking selfies :)
We even got to take some pictures with starfish before we got back on the boat and sped off to Isla Saona.

The island was beautiful! Everywhere you turned lent itself to a post card-worthy (or Insta-worthy) photo!

We swam around in the ocean and made friends with a couple from Peru whose English was MUCH better than our Spanish and spent pretty much the rest of the day with them. 
Lunch was prepared for us, so we ate our lunch at picnic tables with our feet in the sand and then walked along the beach to take everything in! 

Seriously, doesnt this look like it belongs on a post card?
The rest of our time was spent relaxing, lounging on the lounge chairs and soaking up the sun before it was time to hop onto a catamaran for the ride back home.
We've been on catamarans before and they are a favorite! There's music playing, drinks flowing and a really calm and smooth ride back to shore!

By the end of the day we were beat from being in the sun and having so much fun during the day. We said good bye to our new friends when we got dropped off at the hotel (and exchanged Instagram information :)

We had a delicious dinner at the gourmet restaurant that night. I ordered the triple seafood dish and I was overwhelmed by the size of my meal!
Shrimp, a full lobster tail (that was massive!) and crab, plus risotto...I was so full!
The next day we spent relaxing on the beach, reading, taking walks along the beach, playing in the water, and maybe a cocktail or two on the beach ;). After showering, it was not uncommon to see me lounging in the sunshine on our deck, looking at the amazing view before getting ready for dinners
That night we had dinner at the Mexican restaurant and the food was SO good--this was probably our favorite meal of the trip! 
MG ordered tequila shots to go with our margaritas. I had one sip--that was good enough for me! 

We watched the "circus" act that night which included all kinds of body acrobatics. It was insane how good they were! (I would try and explain but it wouldn't make sense or do it justice, but it was one of the most impressive shows I've seen.) I was too busy with my jaw hanging open at what they were doing and clapping to take pictures. 

(I found this one on-line just to give you a taste of what it looked like--in addition to a bunch of other super impressive stuff)

The next day, Saturday, was our last full day, and we spent the day saying things like "this will be the last time that we _____", soaking in all of the beautiful stuff around us, and not wanting it to end.
My last drink on the beach
We had dinner reservations that night at the hibachi restaurant. The view on our walk to dinner never disappointed:
Our food was super delicious again and we left dinner completely stuffed. 

MG spent a little bit of time in the casino that night, winning us some money, and then we watched part of the entertainment for the night before doing our last nightly walk back to our side of the resort, along the beach under the moonlight.

The next day we packed up, did a quick final walk along the beach, and made our way to the airport. 
Checking our bags was an insanely long process for some reason, so when we got to the plane, we were ready to leave and get back home. The guy who ended up sitting next to us was an airline steward, just flying back home after working another flight. We got to talking with him until he got upgraded to first class. 

He came back part way through the flight and offered us complimentary drinks....two rounds of drinks in fact. He said "your vacation isn't over yet!"
He was so nice and really made the last part of our vacation really nice with that kind gesture.
these are the leftovers of what he gave us--a ton! 
As you can tell, (and you've probably heard me rave about it enough), we had an amazing time. It ended up being a great vacation and the perfect way for us to celebrate our anniversary!
So, if anyone wants to pay for my ticket to go back, I'll gladly accept! ;)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

That Sucks Day

Did you know that today is called "That Sucks Day"? I didn't until I heard it on the radio the other day.
You might be wondering to yourself: "But, Jenn, why does today suck?"

It's tax day.
(and as Jimmy Fallon said: "Thank you, tax day, for combining the fun of doing paperwork with the threat of going to jail" lol)

It's the day the Titanic sank.
(and, therefore, also the day that Rose lost her beloved Jack....*sarcasm*)
It's the day that Abraham Lincoln died. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lincoln.
Me and Abe
I guess all of those could make for a day of suckiness (yes I just made that word up :)

Since we're on the topic, and today is "That Sucks Day", let's talk about some other "funny" things that suck:

~planning to wear white pants the next day and then waking up to a rain storm
(Obviously this is from personal experience. I still wore the white pants, btw) ;)

~getting back from grocery shopping, only to realize you forgot one item. And of course it's the most vital item out of everything that you just got
~humidity in general. It's the worst. My hair agrees.
~Being sick of working isn't a legit excuse for a sick day.
~Calories. In general. And the fact that all things that taste good, usually have a bunch of them. Why can't the gross tasting stuff have a TON of calories and the yummy stuff have none?

~Being late to get someplace and getting stuck behind the slowest vehicle known to man.
The curse words that inevitably ensue also suck, too.

~In a crowded parking lot, you spot the glorious last space, only to pull up and realize that the jerk next to the space is parked like an a-hole
~Thinking it's Friday when it's any other day but Friday
{via} But I'm sleepy....
~That moment you find something that you just HAVE to have on Pinterest. You click the link and see the dreaded "Unavailable" or "This item is sold out" appears. Doh!
~The time you have plans for the night, but end up falling asleep on the couch instead
Ok, maybe that doesn't suck that much. Naps are pretty awesome :)

I hope those funnies gave you some good laughs and help get your through That Sucks Day!!

Catch ya tomorrow with part 2 of my Dominican trip recap!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

{Recipe Files}: Sun-dried Tomato, Roasted Asparagus Pesto Pasta

It might be a mouthful to say, but it's a delicious mouthful!
DamnDelicious pulled out another win for me last night when I had almost no energy left to make dinner after a long day of meetings. This one was quick and easy and SO delicious!

What You Need:
-8 oz medium shell pasta
-1 pound asparagus
-About 2 Tbsp olive oil
-Salt and black pepper (I used sea salt)
-1/2 Cup Basil pesto
-1/3 Cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained (about 6 Tbsp)
-1/3 Cup mozzarella cubes
Optional: fried egg (I did not do this)

What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Lightly coat a baking dish with non-stick spray. Place the asparagus in a single layer on the baking dish and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and "toss" to combine. Bake for 8-12 minutes (I did 10 and mine were perfect.)
Let these cool before cutting them into 1-inch sections.

2. While the asparagus is baking/roasting, boil the water and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and mozzarella cubes.

* Optional 4. Serve immediately with a fried egg. I did not do this and it still tasted amazing.

I lightly sprinkled mine with parmesan cheese, which was good, but when I had seconds, I didn't and it still tasted delicious!

This is a great dish, but especially for Spring and Summer. It's light, so you don't feel totally stuffed and uncomfortable, and mega flavorful!
I highly recommend making this one! You won't regret it! :)
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