Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekending Highlights

Somehow it's not only Monday but it's the last week of September. How quickly is time flying???
Ok enough of that--let's chat about the highlights from the weekend!
My weekend highlights included:

~Going home on Friday afternoon to relax and attempt to recover from the cold. Ending up sleeping for 2 hours on the couch. Guess I needed it.

~MG took me out to Sweet Water Tavern for dinner since neither of us felt like cooking. I gorged on a bacon cheeseburger with their "wicked" sauce (it's wickedly delicious!)
~a quiet night in, finished Ballers season 2, and more sleeping on the couch ensued while watching Dateline

~Woke up feeling about 80% which is HUGE. I never feel this good this quickly after coming down with a cold. Guess that sleep paid off. And saline spray!! I highly recommend that stuff for any future cold suffering (do it like 8 times a day when your cold first comes on)!

~Early morning trip to Costco where they had the world's largest teddy bear. Stocked up on more pirate's booty, pesto and quinoa. Plus we got ourselves a new, fancy stainless steal motion sensor trash can for the kitchen (only $40!)
(teddy looks a little drunk)
~Did a quick run to Target and picked up this super comfy Gilligan O'Malley lounge shirt (omg it's so soft) for $19 and then found out once we got home that the check out guy didn't scan it right so we got it for free. #happyaccident
~Went to Tyson's mall to return a shirt to Loft and get some money back on the shirt I wanted to keep, but went on sale for 40% off (got $29 bucks back on that one) and MG found two new pairs of shoes for himself
Mixed Media Top  $35                                    Tie Neck Shell $23.99
~Had lunch at Brio: lobster bisque for two (I swear I could eat a vat of that stuff!), plus a margarita pizza to split (super yum!)
~Went for a 3 mile walk with MG on a trail near our house

~Had another pretty quiet night in which was perfect for my cold recovery, and after the crazy busy weekend we had last weekend. Facetimed with my one SIL and BIL, too!

~Started a new Diane Chamberlain book (she's definitely a new favorite author of mine!)

~Had a quick breakfast, ran to the grocery store to pick up some things I didn't get the day before, then met up with my friend MK for a long walk with temps that started to feel like Fall weather and then grabbed lunch together at Panera (hello broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl!)

~Made a cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice casserole to take to my friend who is going through chemo (dropping it off today)--we have a meal delivery sign up going on for her so she doesn't have to worry about cooking. Hopefully the casserole is a success!

~My other SIL and BIL were in town with our oldest niece for a recruiting session at Catholic University so I got to spend some time with them and then went out for a steak dinner that night
~Got in some good family time before heading off to bed to rest up for another work week (and the second part of her recruiting session this morning).

All in all, it was a restful weekend which was much needed to get over the hump of that cold. Hoping yours was fun and restful too!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sick Day

I had myself all ready to put together a list of my favorites this week since I haven't done one in a while, and then....

I got a cold.

This inevitably happens to me at some point during the start of every school year. My body is used to being away from all of the germs for the summer, and when I get back to work, my immune system is attacked with all of those germs its been away from. No amount of hand washing, essential oil use, or clorox'ing the table in my room seems to keep them away.

Hoping for a quick recovery with lots of rest this weekend. If anyone has any good recommendations for kicking a cold quickly, I'm all ears. Well, the parts that aren't already feeling clogged anyway :)
Hope you have a good weekend, and the germies stay away from you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday Thoughts and 'Fessions

Oh my word, I really don't remember the last time I did a Thursday post which means that my blogger game has been slacking big time lately!

Slacker, no more!! Here are my thoughts and confessions this week:

~I unfriended a girl on social media who I've known since elementary school because she only posts selfies, or quotes. I'm all for a good quote, and I like a selfie here and there, but when you're posting three selfies within 10 minutes and they all look the same, I just click "unfollow"
~I hate that apples start turning brown within like 10 minutes of cutting them. 

~I have a coworker in a new position at work which requires being organized and efficient. And this person is neither of those things. This has already caused me to get reamed out by a parent for something that wasn't my fault. Grrrrr.
~I have a second school again this year and it happens to be the school that my crazy parent's kid went to. But it also happens to be 3 minutes from my house. Trade offs.

~Give me all the cheese! Grilled cheese, mac and cheese, just plain cheese cubes. I'll take it and eat them all. Please and thank you! :)
{via} Nice little Wallace and Gromit throwback :)
~As nice as it was not being at work on Monday, coming back on Tuesday with the week already in full swing just kinda drained me. I didn't feel like I had a day off, I just felt like I had less time to get things done, and now I have to figure out all of my make up therapy time in the coming weeks. Makes that one day not seem worth it (but at least I was already one day closer to the weekend when I got to work!)

~I hate when IT people talk to you like you're an idiot. And then in the end, it was a problem on their side, but I've just been made to feel like an imbecile for the entire time we've been talking.
~The end of the month can not come soon enough because the end of the month means I will finally get a paycheck after not having one since the end of June. #poorteacherprobs

~I caught one of my Kindergarten girls wiping her nose on the bottom of her dress yesterday. I promptly offered her a tissue.

What are your thoughts or confessions?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WHW {#59}

Happy What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday! As promised, I'm back with a real post today!
Since our friend's wedding was what took me away from the blog for a bit of time, I thought I'd recap it since it was a super fun weekend away and a gorgeous wedding!

Friday MG and I dropped Cooper off at our friends' house for the weekend, and then made our way up to NJ and got to spend the night with my SIL and her family.

Saturday morning we were up and at 'em really early to shower and head to the rehearsal which started at 10:30 in Long Beach Island, NJ. (Apparently this place had 3 weddings that weekend and the early morning was the only time they could do the rehearsal). Luckily the weather was absolutely gorgeous and so was the setting!
We got to see several friends, watch the rehearsal, and then went to have lunch at a restaurant nearby. The food was superb and the company was fabulous! I swear I had to rub my cheeks several times throughout the lunch because they hurt from laughing so much!
After lunch, the groomsmen and their ladies all went to check into the beach house that we had rented for the weekend. We were right on the bay and had gorgeous views from the kitchen and the bedrooms!
We all got ourselves settled in and then headed back out to meet up with everyone at a local rooftop bar where we sat and had more laughter for several more hours before heading home to have pizza, play some beer pong and Cards Against Humanity before heading to bed!

The next morning we all grabbed breakfast together and then around noon the guys were off to meet up at the venue spot in their sharp new suits!

My friend Michelle and I went to get our hair blown out (and it was a good thing because the humidity was fierce that day and my hair was already feeling the effects). 
We went to the ceremony, which was absolutely beautiful and really emotional. You can tell that these two truly love each other so so much.
Cocktail hour was full of all kinds of fancy and tasty foods, and offered up some great photo ops as well!
Then we had dinner, and MG did his best man speech which he knocked out of the park! He was by far the best speech of the night (and I'm not just saying that because he's my husband :)
After delicious food, and a 4 option dessert (we had wedding cake, a chocolate cupcake, creme brulee and fruits), we followed it up with a bunch of dancing! Before we knew it, everything was wrapping up!
We all ended up going to bed around 1:30, and then were all up early the next morning to clean up the house and pack up.
Unfortunately a HUGE storm was rolling through and made it impossible to pack up the cars without getting soaking wet, but we did it. And then on the drive out, the roads were already starting to flood, so we were happy to make our way out and back home!

All in all it was a fabulous weekend! It was great to spend time with friends we don't get to see as often, and I definitely got in an ab workout from all of the laughter!
Now it's your turn to share what's hap-"pinning" with you! Link up with Jessi and I below!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I'm SO sorry I've been missing in action for almost a week!

After the middle of last week, things got really hectic at work and I didn't have time to get a blog post together, and then MG and I went away for his best friend's wedding, which was on Sunday. So after celebrating into the wee hours of Monday morning, and driving back home from NJ yesterday, there wasn't a lot of time or energy for a post either.

 Just letting you know I'm still here and alive! :)

In the meantime, on Saturday morning, Facebook reminded me of this photo, taken 5 years ago. It was our first photo together, at a friend of mine's wedding. Crazy how quickly time flies (and even more fun that we were at another wedding on the same date as 5 years before).
Ok, I promise I'll be back tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday {#58}

It's time for another edition of WHW, where you can share what's happening with you, stuff you're pinning, recipes...anything!

Reading ...
Lots of stuff, although now that I'm back at work, my days of being able to read for hours on end are over. Boo hiss! Right now I'm reading a book my mom gave to me called Stepdog by Nicole Galland. I'm only about a quarter of the way in and so far it's pretty good. Check out my post from yesterday for some of the other books that I've been reading!
Watching ...
All the Real Housewives (no surprise there), Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry (anyone else?? He's incredible and has me tearing up almost every episode), Teen Mom OG--I used to like Maci the best, but I'm sorry if you get pregnant three times "by accident" then you obviously haven't learned anything about what this show is supposed to be preaching. And lastly, Married At First Sight which I think has been the most disappointing and boring season yet. And I think the experts suck.
{via} BORING!!!!
Pirate's Booty. The other weekend (not this past one, but the one before) I picked up a Costco sized bag of Pirate's Booty, and I'm ashamed to admit that there was only about a 1/4 of it left by this past weekend. That stuff is like crack! #givemethebooty
Looking forward to ... 
Our friend's wedding this weekend. It's on a Sunday which is a bit of a pain (and out of town) but it's sure to be a LOT of fun! I'm pretty sure we're gonna need a weekend following this weekend of festivities and friends!

my friend Kelly a successful first day of Chemo today! This girl has been a true superhero to me since finding out she had breast cancer at the end of the school year. She has had nothing but the best, most positive attitude, and I know she is going to rock this too! On Monday, a bunch of us got together and surprised her at a local wine bar, wearing pink (well almost all of us) as a Chemo Kickoff to show our love and support for her. I think she was surprised as she teared up immediately upon seeing us :) Sending so much love to you, Kelly!
Enjoying ...
the last bits of watermelon season. Since we got a big guy locally the other weekend, I've been having a mid-morning snack of watermelon every day and I'm loving it!

Cucumber and lemon water that we've been making in our infuser pitcher. SO delicious and refreshing and better than just plain lemon water.

working with Kindergarten students. First of all, they are SO tiny at the start of the year. And boy are they funny, rambunctious, and full of giggles! 

Wanting ... 

to have a week without parent meetings. I'll have at least 4 this week. It's the first FULL week of school and by the end of this week, I'll have had 5 meetings so far this school year, in 9 days. #justletmeseethekids

Wearing ...
dresses and anything else that keeps me cool since we're climbing back into the 90s this week! At least Sunday and Monday were less hot, and not humid, but I could really do with some consistent 80 degree, no humidity days.
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Grateful For...
Comfy clothes, glasses and being able to relax and veg out at the end of a work day. 

Now it's your turn to link up with Jessi and I and share what's hap-"pinning" with you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Extra Extra Read All About It! {Books}

I'm back here again, with a bunch of good book recommendations for you! 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I forgot to review this one last month, so I wanted to include it here. 
The general gist of the story is that the main character in this book, Emma, loses her husband in a plane crash. She deals with that loss and eventually moves on to find new love. And then she finds out that her husband wasn't dead after all....(I didn't ruin anything--that detail is in the synopsis on Goodreads)
The concept of this book really intrigued me. I love books that make me think "what if I was in that situation?" and this one definitely did that. I thought it was interesting how everything happened and resolves itself. This one gets 4 stars.

The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
I love Liane Moriarty's books, and this was one of the last ones of hers that I hadn't read, but got thanks to my bestie. As in most of her other books, the story alternates between the two characters, Ellen and Saskia. I actually found the story really fascinating and loved that I could definitely 'hear' the different characters in the alternating chapters. 
I will say, I would not have been as calm about things as Ellen was throughout the entire book if my boyfriend/husband and I were being stalked by his ex, but I thought the story was good and kept me interested throughout. This one gets 4 stars from me, also.

The Other Half by Sarah Rayner
This was another find off of my bestie's Kindle and I figured it would be a typical summer/beach read which is just what it was. Following the affair unfolding was interesting. I just didn't find myself really liking any of the characters. I definitely sympathized with the wife, and probably liked her most, but the husband was a total douche.
It was good for a nice pool/beach, easy read. I didn't expect literary genius from this, and it wasn't. But it still passed the time just fine. 3 stars for this.

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
I actually got this as one of the Kindle First books for the month of August. The book chapters alternated between multiple characters in this neighborhood, and each chapter gave way to a tiny bit more of each person's story. I liked reading and learning about all of the characters, but I felt like I was getting teased throughout the book with the eluding to everyone's secrets, without much new information, until EVERYTHING came apart seemingly at once, and then quickly resolved and wrapped up. I did enjoy reading the book and would recommend it for an easy, interesting read. I'd give this one 3.5 stars. Leaning towards 4 for enjoyment factor.

The Secret Life of CeeCeeWilkes by Diane Chamberlain
You have to just go with the plot of this story because it's somewhat unbelievable, but once the "big event" happens in the book, it was gripping. I kept reading to find out what happened next, watching the main character's life unfold, and in the end how it all kind of comes to a head. I read the majority of the book in a day and a half because I was so engrossed in it. After reading this book, I looked into other books by this author because I enjoyed it so much. 4.5 stars for me!

What books have you been reading?
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