Friday, November 29, 2013

Turkey Coma

No post of any relevance today. 

I'm in a turkey/food coma. 
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Or I'm in Pennsylvania.

Or I'm in a turkey coma IN Pennsylvania :)

Either way, I'll be back on Monday! Enjoy your weekend, lovebugs!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday!

The day is here! Thanksgiving!! MG is running a turkey trot this morning (this girl is not ok with waiting around to run in the cold...just not me) and then my parents and his parents are headed over to our place to cook and eat and enjoy time together. I'm really looking forward to our first Thanksgiving at "our" place (even tho my mom is doing most of the cooking...shhh)

So, since it's the big day, let's get down to some thanks, shall we?

This week is the big guys that I'm thankful for:

~MG. He's my best friend, he makes me laugh, he comforts me when things aren't going the way I want and he's always thinking about the future, for us. The day he asked me to marry him was one of the happiest days ever, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life making memories and a family with him. April 12 is just a day (albeit a special one), because I've already began my life with the man that I love, who loves me back and quells all of my fears from the past. I'm so lucky and thankful to have him in my life.

~My parents. My dad, as I've mentioned, has been struggling lately. After his heart attack things just haven't been the same, and lately he's gotten hit with some health issues that he's had trouble bouncing back from. I only hope that those get better because he's a great dad and I want to see him able to enjoy life more than he's able to right now. My mom is an angel, taking care of my dad, being there for me always...she's amazing. I love them both and have them to thank for raising me to be a pretty normal person (for the most part) and supporting me all along the way. I love them with my whole heart.

~Cooper. He's the absolute little light of my life. Seeing how happy he makes almost everyone that he meets, makes me smile. Watching his tail wiggle at the slightest thing, showing what a happy little puppy he is, makes me feel so much joy. I truly was blessed with one of the sweetest most gentle pups in the whole world. He's been with me for 5 years now and I can't imagine my life without the little fluff ball. He's just the most perfect little pup ever and I can only hope that he knows that with every fiber of his little doggy being.
~Friends. I'm not the person who has 100 friends. I have a few close friends who I just adore, can be myself with, and they love and support me. My best friend, Genna, my bridesmaids Trish and Crystal, are just some of the best girls I know (there are others, too, but these ones get a special shout out). I know that if I need anything, (or my parents) they are always there. I'm always gonna be there for you girls, too and just know how much your friendships absolutely mean to me. I wouldn't be who I am or as happy as I am without you all in my life.

~MG's family (my soon-to-be in-laws). I just adore them. MG's mom is SO sweet and kind and has been since I met her. His dad is the most generous person ever. His sisters treat me like another sister, and have been wonderful since the day I met them. And his nieces and nephews are the absolute best, and have made me the "aunt" that I can't be since I'm an only child. I love seeing them grow up and getting to be a part of that.   
I know some people have horror stories about their in-laws and I am SO grateful that I can't relate to that in the slightest. I'm so excited and happy to be joining a family who  already accepted me as one of their own long before MG and I even got engaged.
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If I didn't have a job, or any of the other blessings I have, sure I would struggle a bit, but knowing that I have the people above would make it all much more bearable. I'm SO incredibly lucky to have these wonderful people in my life and am so so so thankful for the happiness that they bring to my life in their own ways.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. I'm thankful for you all, too, because I've developed so many relationships because of blogging, and can only hope to foster more. The blog community is a great one and I'm incredibly thankful for it, and for you!

Now go get your turkey on!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Worst Date Ever and a LinkedIn Request

Did my title intrigue you? Confuse you? It's ok, you'll shortly understand.

I'm going to tell you about the worst date I ever had in the history of ever. Loaded statement eh? Just wait. I was in grad school, about 24 years old (maybe 23) and had been messaged by a guy who was kinda cute on a dating site I was on at the time. He was a Florida State alum, and his name was Art--I was not fond of the name, but he seemed nice so after talking for a bit, we decided to meet up in Adams Morgan and go to a kickball bar crawl.

We met up and he was cute like in his pictures. We may have grabbed some food (I can't recall) and then headed over to the bar crawl, but before we got there, he told me a name I was supposed to use so that we could get into the kickball party because it wasn't ACTUALLY his team. Uhh...shady right? Red flag number one.
 I went along with it though (cuz I was an idiot apparently) and we had a good time. We made it to several different places and then ended up at a "mansion party" (in DC there are several "mansion" town houses that super wealthy people have). At this point, Art had been participating in the alcohol consumption heavily. Actually, beyond heavily.  
After being at this mansion party for a bit, I wanted to go outside because it was super hot in this house.

We went outside to sit on the stoop in front of the house and take in some fresh air. He apparently thought this was a great time to maul me. Like smash into my face attempts to kiss me, and then putting his hand on my thigh and trying to move it higher...you know what I mean. I told him no and pushed him away. He tried over and over, and eventually I got up and said I wanted to go.

He started walking beside me and was seemingly not happy about my lack of willingness to be mauled. He yelled at me, said he was leaving, and then walked away in the opposite direction. At this point I wasn't sure which direction the metro station was to get home, and I began to panic. Luckily there was a cop on the corner of the block we were on so I asked him for directions. Art must have seen this and decided to come back to talk to me (oh joy). I told him I was going to the metro and to leave me alone. He was SO drunk, there was no reasoning with him. He kept grabbing my hand and trying to pull me in to kiss him and I would push away and keep walking towards the metro, dragging him as he stumbled down the street since he wouldn't let go of me. I knew once we got there, he had to go on another train and this would finally be over.

Eventually we made it to the metro station and we each went our own ways. Thank goodness!! The next morning I got a message from him that was something like "hey, when do you wanna hang out again?" So non-chalant, like nothing had happened! I responded and told him I wasn't interested in hanging out with him as his behavior on our FIRST date was a HUGE red flag and I didn't want to see what another date would entail. Only THEN did he apologize and said that it was out of his character, totally not like him, and to give him another chance. I decided no response was the best way to proceed.

Cut to now 6 or 7 years later, and I wake up on a Monday morning to find a LinkedIn request. From Art.
What. The. Hell?
I've never spoken to this guy again after we went on that HORRIFIC date, never seen him, don't have any friends/people in common. And he reaches out to me on LinkedIn?? Not to mention he's back in Florida.

No. Just....I can't.
I had totally blocked out forgotten about that horrid date, and seeing his face on that request just brought it ALL flooding back. Ugh. And I'm pretty sure the picture on his LinkedIn is the same one he had from 6 or 7 years ago.
I remember I took a LONG break from on-line dating after that experience. Luckily MG was the antithesis of that date!

Anyone else have a horror date story to share? Did they ever contact you again?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Apparently I got back on the reading train full force two weeks ago because as soon as I was done with The Wolf of Wall Street, I picked up The Fault in Our Stars and finished it in less than a week. (It just took me a bit to get to posting my review....shhh, don't tell)
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Here is the Amazon synopsis:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

I liked this book. It had emotional parts, it had sarcasm, and it had reality. It surprised me at parts, and it made me think. I found it an incredibly fast read...and I'm not sure if it was because I was so engrossed in it, or it was just easy to read. Or maybe it's a combination of both. Either way, I recommend reading it. It's kind of heavy, so be prepared for that, but it's also good. I agree with Katie's review, that I had a hard time believing that the language and dialogue coming from the main characters was from a 16 or 17 year old. But, once I got over that in my head and just read it, I still liked the book.

Also, it's $3.99 for Kindles on Amazon (when I got it). Can't beat that! :)

Side note: I'm going to see Catching Fire tonight with MG and some friends and I can't wait!! I've heard such good things, so my hopes are high!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend Recap

It's Monday and it is COLD in the DC area. No more 50s and 60s sadly so I'm doing my best to stay warm.

Luckily my weekend provided some fun times to warm my heart (cheesy!)

Friday night MG and I didnt have plans but our couple friends asked us if we wanted to get dinner at a local Italian place that has yummy pizza, so we decided to go. And they invited another couple friend, and it was a great time. We all went back to the couples' apartment complex after dinner and hung out for a while longer before going home.

The next morning I felt horrible. Red wine hangover. Ugh. I hurt just thinking about it.
MG and I ran some errands later in the afternoon to prepare for Thanksgiving with our parents this week, and to get some stuff to make an appetizer for our get-together later that night with one of the couples from the night before.

Around 7:30 we made our way to their place and were joined by another couple that we hadn't met before. There was TONS of food, and the company was great. I made my feta dip, which was a huuuuge hit! It was one of those low key nights with great conversation  and company that was just fun.

Sunday MG and I decided to go out and look at couch sets for our living room since our main couch is sunken in on one side (MG's side...so I was less motivated to go haha). We ended up finding a really nice set, and were able to get 0% financing for 36 months, so we went for it! We'll now have extra seating in our place, and it won't break the bank!
The rest of the night was spent watching football, reading and just hanging out before this short week and Thanksgiving festivities!

Hope your weekend was fab!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

5 on Friday

Another Friday is here, and this one brings us closer to Thanksgiving! (Don't worry, I'm not "wishing away my days" as one blogger commented last week...just excited for family time and the holiday).

This week actually felt like it went by at a good pace. Perhaps that had to do with the fact that I didn't have a nightmare meeting with a parent this week like I had last week. But, I digress...on to more fun things, like...
{1} Fun Registry Items
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Part of the fun of getting married (other than the obvious) is registering for gifts. We did our big day of registering a while back, but as we come across things or think about things, we've added to our lists. Last weekend, thanks to Pinterest, I saw this fun little item, showed MG, and decided to add a set of 2 to our list. (You can also use the cracker part for dip and have carrots or something in the cup). It's something small, but I think it's cute and unique and will definitely get some use, at least from me! :)

{2} Friends-giving
MG and I had a couple friend of ours invite us over for a Thanksgiving potluck with them, and some of their friends. A friends-giving if you will. I love the idea of doing something with your friends before the holiday, because in some ways, your friends are like your extended family and it's nice to celebrate with everyone, even if it's not all together all at once. Can't wait for our Friends-giving this weekend!

{3} Christmas Tradition
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I talked about this last year, but MG and I have started a Christmas tradition, and I find myself looking forward to it every year. Right before Christmas the last two years, we've made reservations at one of our favorite restaurants in DC, Old Ebbitt Grill, for dinner. We indulge in oysters, decadent main courses, creme brule dessert, and after dinner coffee and drinks. We really go all out (and feel super fat afterwards), but it's so fun. The food is always good, it's a fun environment, and we always enjoy it. Plus, we can usually walk over to see the National Xmas tree afterwards, too. This year, MG has already made reservations for it. We're going the Monday right before Christmas and I already can't wait. I love that this has become a tradition for us!

{4} Work Bathroom
Our bathroom at work is an adult-bathroom (thankfully) and it's a single stall/room. Something I hate about it is when you walk in to go, and it smells like someone took a #2. Not only is that bad, but then there's that fear that someone is gonna come in right after you and think that YOU are the culprit of the stink. I hate it. I think it gives me a small amount of anxiety when I'm in there. Rushing, not only cuz of the smell (ew), but also so no one comes and thinks it's me.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a first world problem.
Moving on...
{5} Dog Funnies
Pets are awesome. Dog shaming is hilarious. On a hard day, I look up some e-cards and dog shaming. And then every once in a while you stumble upon a gem like this:
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Here's hoping your weekend is testicle-biting free! :)
Catch ya on Monday, lovies!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday

One more Thursday before the BIG day of thanks, so get your list of things you're thankful for ready so you're super prepared! If you want to join in on the thankfulness, link up below and share what you're thankful for!

This week, I'm thankful for...

....65+ degree weather on Monday. It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day out. I didn't need a jacket, I wasn't shivering every time I went outside, and all of the windows were opened in our place in the afternoon. Happy-maker for sure :)

.....Pinterest. This may sound silly, but Pinterest has given me SO many great recipe ideas (the ones I turn around and share with you all!), ideas for our wedding, and things for my classroom/kids that I work with. Not to mention the other times it just helps me kill dead time. Love me some Pinterest.

.....shoe heel liners. You know, the little pads that stick into the back of a shoe if it's rubbing you the wrong way and causing blisters (if only they made "shoe liners" for people to prevent them from rubbing you the wrong way....). Those puppies have saved me from numerous blisters and have made some uncomfortable shoes comfortable! 


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 .... free shipping and companies that offer it (especially without having to spend a fortune to get it). Whenever there is free shipping, I try to take advantage. I hate when companies (*cough cough* Loft) make you spend $100 or $150 to get free shipping. Target is ok (I still haven't gotten a Red card) since theirs is $50 and I can ALWAYS find something to get there to meet that number. I just hate paying for shipping when sometimes they don't have things in a store that I want, but they have it online. 


....phones. I can keep in contact with my parents, if something happens with my dad, my mom can reach me. I can keep in touch with my friends. Sometimes my best friend and I talk multiple times a day, just because. I love that I have the immediate access to the people I love when I need or just want to.

That's it for this week (obviously there's lots more that I'm thankful for but to list it all would be a never-ending post)! Share in the linkup--I'd love to see what you're thankful for!







Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wedding Wednesday

One of my friends told me recently that I don't talk about my wedding enough on here, so I thought I'd participate in Wedding Wednesday. (And a side note sorry for those of you who don't feel like I've shared enough--I try not to make my blog JUST about my wedding since it's not the ONLY thing going on in my life. And I'm in a planning lull right now which I'm really enjoying haha).
Anyway, let's get to it!

Our wedding date is April 12, 2014, just 4 1/2 months left! (not that I'm counting....)

I know I've mentioned that we ordered the bridesmaid dresses, but I dont think I ever showed you what they would look like. With lots of help from my soon-to-be sister in law, I picked a designer, the color, and the fabric, and then all of my bridesmaids picked their own style of dress that they wanted. We went with Bill Levkoff, Regency color in chiffon. This is the closest picture I could find to what they would look like, except ours aren't long:
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I think the purple is gonna look great on all of my ladies and I can't wait to see them in their dresses and all of the styles!

As for what's going on right now, like I said earlier, we are kind of in a planning lull right now since we were so on top of things so early on. So, lately the wedding-related planning has centered around my bridal shower  and bachelorette party dates, and details relating to those two.

MG's bachelor party is the same weekend as my bridal shower which makes it nice to have the whole place boy-free for my girls to come into town and stay! I'm SUPER excited for the bridal shower and bachelorette parties, to be with my friends, and celebrate this day that I've waited so long for :)

Next on the list: MG and I decided that we aren't going to get each other Christmas gifts this year. Instead, we are going to get each other our wedding bands (and a card, cuz this girl loves a card with a handwritten note from my dude!) I can't wait to go and pick out our wedding bands :)

That's about all for the wedding stuff. I'll share more details as they come!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Sunshine Award

Jessica over at {The Newly} nominated me last week for a Sunshine Award. That sweet sweet girl! Jessica and I have become good bloggy friends over the past year, and I just adore her, her blog, and of course, her cutie pie son!

Here are the rules:
{1} Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
{2} Answer 11 questions the blogger has created for you.
{3} List 11 bloggers that deserve the recognition & love (not including the blogger who nominated you).
{4} Post 11 questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.

1. Where is your "happy place?"
This is going to sound somewhat pathetic, but on the couch, in sweats, cuddled up with Cooper and MG. I couldn't be more comfortable or happy.

2. If you could tell your 18 year old self one thing, what would it be?
Throw away the "timeline"....enjoy what's in front of you instead of worrying about what is/isn't going to happen, etc. Party a little bit more in college so you party a little less in grad school (maybe).

3. Fall or Spring?
Spring, minus the allergies. It's so refreshing to go from the cold to warmth, and knowing that summer is right around the bend is always nice. I can't help but smile on nice Spring days. And I get to use my sunroof which always makes me happy.

4. What's at the top of your Christmas wish list?
I haven't really thought that much about it--MG and I are buying each other our wedding bands for our Xmas presents, which I'm really looking forward to (altho it'll be a little delayed gratification since I wont actually get to wear it until April...). I honestly don't really NEED anything right now. If I had one WISH for Christmas, it would be that my dad would start feeling better and regain some of his strength back.

5. Favorite breakfast food?
I love a good omelette with feta in it.  And a sausage patty. Yum.

6. If you could change your name, what would you choose?
I'm not sure. Originally my mom was going to name me Jessica, so maybe that. I feel like at this point I'm so associated with my name that I can't imagine being named anything else.

7. If you had to choose: french fries or dessert?
This really depends on what mood I'm in since I sometimes crave salty and sometimes crave sweet. More likely than not, though, it would be french fries.

8. Favorite quiet time/de-stressing activity?
I really like to read to de-stress. Or have a glass of wine haha. Hanging out with friends to de-stress is also a good one, too. Combining wine and hanging with friends is usually a good combo, too :) 

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Greece. I want to go SO badly! All of the pretty pictures from there, the history...I just want to see it all. A trip to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos and I would be the happiest girl in the world!

10. Favorite store to shop for yourself in?
Hands down, LOFT. I have the credit card bill to prove it.

11. If you had all the money in the world, what's one item you'd most like to 'splurge' on?
I dunno if this actually counts, but I would love to buy a house that MG and I could grow into. We're in that phase of thinking about a family sometime soon and our little one bedroom w/sunroom condo just isn't going to cut it. Everything in the DC area is SO expensive that it's gonna be hard for us to find something that we love that won't break our bank. I'd love to have a cute home for us and our future family.

I'm going to nominate the following girls (some of whom have already been nominated, but that just means you're doubly sunshine-y, right?):
1} Trish @ Tales from Trish
2}Casey @ Poodleism
8} P!nky @ Pink Persistence
10} Meg @ Life of Meg

Here are your questions, ladies:
1. What is your favorite activity to do on a rainy day?
2. If you could go back in time, what is ONE thing that you would change?
3. If you could be one Real Housewife from any season, which one would you be and why?
4. Favorite ice cream flavor. Go.
5. Name/show something that you've seen online that makes you laugh every time you see it.
6. Tell about the best date that you've been on. Or the worst.
7.  Who is your celebrity crush?
8. If you could eat one thing/meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
9. What's the best thing, for you, about blogging?
10. If you were a gazillionaire, do you think it would change you, or would you lead a relatively normal life?
11. What's your favorite month of the year, and why?

Thanks again, sweet Jessica! I think you're just as sunshiny! :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Recap

Although my weekend was relatively uneventful, it was pretty relaxing and that's a-okay with me!

Friday after work I had my 3rd laser hair removal session for my underarms. The woman wasted no time in zapping the crap out of them! 3 more sessions left!

After that my buddy and bridesmaid Trish came by to hang out since she was in the area for work. We hung out for a bit and then went to get margaritas and Mexican where we caught up more since it's been a while. We came back to my condo and had another glass of wine before she headed home. 
Since I was with Trish, MG had a guys night with his friends. Apparently one of the topics of conversation was that they all thought MG and I will be having kids first out of the group. The funny thing is, half the guys are married already, but they all think it's gonna be us. Time will tell I guess! (and I feel the need to point out that I didn't know boys talked about that kind of stuff...lol)
Saturday it was overcast and kinda gloomy. MG and I didn't really do anything productive other than giving Cooper a bath and going to Tysons mall in the late afternoon. I picked up some eye primer from Sephora, we did a little "wishful thinking" shopping at West Elm and Restoration Hardware, and a few other stores, and then had dinner at Brio. The lobster bisque there is TO DIE FOR and anytime we're at Tysons it's where I want to eat.
While we were having dinner there, we decided that we would walk over to Coastal Flats to get dessert and a key lime martini if it wasn't too crowded. It was the perfect sweet end to a great dinner date night.

We came home and watched the movie The Words on Showtime. I remember hearing that the movie was really bad, but I thought it was ok. (I didn't fall asleep, which means it wasn't too bad haha).
Like the old people that we are, we were in bed by 11 and slept for 9+ hours (still recovering from that stupid cold! ugh...)

Sunday was running errands and then watching the Eagles/Skins game.  Since MG is an Eagles fan and I'm a Skins fan, we had a wager going that whoever's team lost had to plan a date night. Needless to say, I'm now in the process of planning a date night...(dang you, Skins!)

In the midst of football-watching at our place, I tried out a new recipe that involved sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, pesto and quinoa. It was a hit!!--I'll be back with the recipe soon, but for now I'll make your mouth water with this yummy pic:

Overall, it was a low key weekend, but JUST what I needed.
And now, I'm ready to take on another week! 
Hope your weekend was relaxing/fun/just what you needed :)

Don't forget to link up with the fab ladies below!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

5 on Friday

Fridayyyyyyyy....whoop whoop!
I'm SO happy for Friday. This week seemed to drag (I know I say that a lot, but this one really did). On Tuesday it felt like Thursday, so by the time Thursday hit, my body was ready for the weekend. Luckily, just one more work day to power thru!

Let's get to some 5 on Friday, shall we?

{1} Frigid
It has been downright COLD in the DC area this week. Like, so cold that I put my seat heater on HIGH cold. As I have said to several people this week (my students included), it should only  be this cold if it's going to snow and cancel work. That's it. In the meantime, I'll be over here with my glittens, coat and scarf on....

{2} See the Good
I know I wrote a post about this in the past, but things have come up again that make me feel the need to reiterate it, if for no other reason than to rant out my frustrations. IF/WHEN you are a parent, PLEASE see the good in your child. Obviously if there are areas of need that need to be addressed, do so. But PLEASE do not focus on the negative. Your child is special and has their own talents and gifts. Revel in those! Rejoice in them! I feel so bogged down by parents who come in here with a perfectly healthy, smart, capable child, who focus on what they CAN'T do, or what they SHOULD be doing compared to others. Appreciate what you have and the amazing kid that you have. The end.
{3} Visits
Wednesday night I texted my friend, who I met at a wedding last year, about a rough day I'd had. She's the one I mentioned is potentially moving down here in December with her bf. After texting back and forth I suggested that she and her bf come down next weekend to visit. 5 minutes later she texted saying "we are literally planning this out right now" and now they are 90% sure they're coming. I'm SO excited to see her again, meet her new bf, and show them around the city that may be their new home. Love that a whim of a text is potentially turning into a visit :)

{4}Candles
I finally got around to ordering the candles for our ceterpieces for our wedding. We decided on ordering candleholders that had a small vase in the middle with hopes of cutting down on the flower costs. It worked! But what that also meant was ordering enough candles for 16 centerpieces, that each have 8 candles. Luckily I found a good deal on them on Amazon, they came, and I think they look great in the candle holder (and another item to check off of my to-do list!). What do you think? (Imagine the center vase with a bunch of purple flowers in it!)

{5} Dog Bothering
I originally wrote "torture" but that sounded more serious that this is. For those of you with pets, I'm sure you've 'bothered' your pet before...you mess with them a little bit. The other night, MG put Cooper's bone on his head while he was sitting on our ottoman, and he just sat there. It was pretty funny. He would move his head and it would drop. And then I had MG do it a few more times so I could get a pic of it. My poor pup. He tolerates so much from us. But also provides lots of entertainment.
He looks more pathetic in the pic because I caught him mid-blink.
Here's a video from Jenna Marbles on How to Mildly Annoy Your Dogs which is pretty funny, too:


And on that note, have a happy Friday and weekend!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Like I said last week, since it's the month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to do a weekly post on some of the things that I'm thankful for. Feel free to join in--there's a link up below!

I'm thankful for...

.....cold medicine, because being sick stinks. Having cold medicine helps it stink less.

.....Veterans. Without them, and the families who support them, we wouldn't be where we are today. Very thankful for their service and sacrifices.

.....kindness. I really appreciate people who make sure to look out for others. Notice that someone isn't included in something and you ask them to join you? I'm thankful for your kindness. We need more of that.

.....a warm comforter. The weather is getting more and more chilly, and there is nothing better than snuggling under a warm comforter. This also makes it hard to get up in the morning, but I'll take my cozy night's sleep, still :)

.....MG's ability to make me laugh. He's a goofball through and through but he can always make me laugh. I love that about him.

....a supportive principal. I've never had a principal that I admired or thought "wow, she is great" until this one. Given, she is only a temporary principal here until December, but it has been SO nice to see what a GOOD principal looks and acts like. It's nice to know that they exist. She also claims that the principal who is coming here will be fantastic, so I'm thankful for that, as well.

....girl time. I'm finally getting to spend some time with my girl Trish this Friday. It's been a bit since I've seen her and I can't wait to spend some quality girl time together, catching up, being silly, and having fun :)

That's it for now for me. Now it's your turn, so link up below!



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What's Cooking? Wednesday #8: Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe

As promised, I'm back this week with the recipe for Noodles and Company's copycat parmesan crusted chicken recipe.


What You Need:
-about 1 lb boneless chicken tenderloins
-egg whites from 2 eggs
-1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
-bread crumbs
-1 tsp italian seasoning
-1 tsp garlic powder


What You Do:

1. Mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a bowl.
2. In a shallow dish, add the two egg whites so that you can dip the chicken in it on both sides. (I don't have a picture of this since my hands were too covered in egg goo)

3. Once the chicken is coated with egg white, dip it in the Parmesan breadcrumb mixture until it is fully coated. Press the mixture into the chicken to make sure it sticks.

4. In a skillet over medium heat, add a little olive oil, and then add the chicken. Cook through until no longer pink in the center. Wait a bit before flipping it so that the parmesan crust can get more cooked/browned.

5. Serve over whatever dish you'd like! I added this to the top of my Pesto Cavatappi recipe


Sadly, I think this is going to be the last What's Cooking? Wednesday post due to the lack of interest in the link up. I'll still post recipes periodically, though, so keep an eye out for those :)

Don't forget to link up with me tomorrow for Thankful Thursday if you want to share what you're thankful for this week!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekend Update and Wedding

Since yesterday was Veteran's Day, I didn't want to cloud my post yesterday with the"what I did this weekend" stuff, but it's here today!

Friday night MG and I went to dinner at a new pizza place nearby that had a great beer choice on special. We stuffed our faces and then made our way to the old school movie theater nearby (we are talking, no stadium seating, have to deal with a person RIGHT in front of you old school) to watch 12 Years a Slave, which is based on a true story that is actually a book.
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People. This movie is SO good. It is intense, powerful, emotional. It is one of the most powerful movies about slavery that I have seen. I held it together during the movie, and as soon as we left, I was overcome with emotions. That sounds "not fun," but I HIGHLY recommend everyone see this movie. It is incredibly well done and one of the most real depictions I've ever seen.

Saturday MG and I had to drop off Cooper at my parents house and head to our friends' wedding in Ashburn, VA. We rode with another favorite couple friend of ours and the ride was filled with laughter.
The ceremony was long--it was a full Catholic mass, filled with some other stories the priest decided to throw in. The reception was at a country club, and also a place that James Madison had stayed (the bride went to JMU so this was special to her). The reception was SO much fun! The food was good, the dancing was plentiful, the cupcakes were yum...it was just too much fun. Ready for some pics?
Cocktail hour
the bride and groom being announced!
Some of my lovely table mates :)
Enjoying the last wedding that we have before OUR wedding!
FIVE months from today!!
After everything was over, we made our way back to the hotel and everyone proceeded to continue to hang out for another couple of hours. Pizza was ordered and eaten...
It was a great night.

Sunday we made our way back home after having breakfast with the bride, groom and other guests.
We went out to watch the football games, but I was so tired and starting to come down with a cold that I couldn't really enjoy it. Not to mention I was at one end of the table and the rest of the girls were at another so I got stuck listening to Fantasy Football guy talk. Blah.

Overall the weekend was super fun--I just wish I hadn't come down with this dang cold. Working with preschool is going to be the death of me and my immune system, I swear.

Anyway, that was my weekend. I'm already dreaming of the next one :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans and Patriotism

Have you ever had a moment where you question where the country is going?
I know I have.

And then there are moments that restore your faith in people. Moments that make you proud to be part of a country that is so great.

One such moment for me was when MG and I were waiting for our flight to Minnesota. We were grabbing a drink at a restaurant, waiting til we could board our flight, and a flight was unloading. And then we saw people holding little American flags. We were wondering what was going on until we saw some veterans getting off of the plane. They were WWII vets, Korea vets, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard vets. Some were walking alone, some were walking with the help of someone else or a walker, and some were in wheel chairs.

 And every person in the area (with the exception of a few jerks who I glared at) stood up and clapped for the vets the entire time that they deplaned. As each vet made their way by, they were cheered on and clapped for. It was enough to make your heart swell.

What we saw was a group called Honor Flight that takes vets to DC so that they can see the memorials to the wars that they fought in/were a part of.

Watching these vets go by, seeing the people around, who were total strangers (us included), showing respect for people who had risked their lives for our freedom, was incredible. 

The whole time I had a small lump in my throat (I am a sap through and through). And then the second to last person to get off of the plane was a man in a wheelchair. And as he was coming towards me, he had tears streaming down his face. I lost it. Tears welled up in my eyes, and I was so glad that we were able to be part of such a special moment. To recognize people who were courageous and fought for us.

And in that moment, I was more proud to be an American than I have been in a while.

Despite all of the stupid stuff going on in Washington, it was nice to experience this show of  patriotism and respect.
And what better day to share this, than on Veteran's Day.
My dad is a Korea vet, and my grandfather and my uncle were WWII vets. I'm thankful for all of the military people and families who support them, for everything that they have done, are doing, and continue to do.
Happy Veterans Day!
 
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