Happy Monday and happy new year! I'm back to work today after 2 glorious (and really fast) weeks off...it might be a struggle this week. But, since it's been a bit, let's recap the NYE weekend!
My weekend highlights included:
~NYE get together prep--we had cheese/crackers/pepperoni, made buffalo chicken dip (which was a major success), spanakopita, and had pierogies but never ended up making them because there was so much buffalo chicken dip being eaten haha. And champagne and raspberries!
~Had 2 couple friends over for NYE celebrations: we had a pajama/sweats "themed" get together so that everyone who came was in total comfort. Before we knew it, we were counting down the ball dropping and ringing in the new year!
~One of the couples stayed over (intentionally...they'd brought an overnight bag), so we had a new years sleepover :)
~Slept in a bit on new year's day and got to watch the Rose Bowl Parade while eating yummy omelettes that MG made. I loved the Downton Abbey float!
~Had a super yummy lunch of grilled cheese and tomato bisque at Yard House
~saw The Big Short at the movies--wow was that movie good, and really informative...and also slightly terrifying of where things are headed. Highly recommend it!
~My in-laws came into town for the night for a funeral in DC on Saturday for a priest who was also a family friend, so they stayed with us Friday night and we got to watch their pup during the day on Saturday (aka, she played with Cooper the whole time)
~Hung up a new mirror for our entryway that I found at the HomeGoods in PA when we were up there. The bigger mirror totally makes a difference from the small one we had before. Thank you, HomeGoods!
~Said good-bye to Christmas as we packed away our tree and all of the Christmas decor around the house
~Made plans to finally paint our master bedroom since my father-in-law brought us an extendable ladder so we can paint the super high wall on the one side of our room. I can't wait for our room to finally have some color and personality.
~Went into Georgetown to meet up with MG's parents and family friends from the funeral of the priest who had passed. He was also behind creating Dog Tag Bakery, where we all met up, which supports veterans in various ways including a place to work #bakingadifference
If you're in the area, I highly encourage you to stop by Dog Tag Bakery and support this delicious place that gives back to, and supports, our military service members.
~Said good-bye to MG's parents as they headed back to PA after the funeral
~Got addicted to Making a Murderer on Netflix thanks to my bestie--if you haven't seen it yet, you HAVE to! It is insane, and addicting, and maddening....a must watch!
~Went out to dinner with MG in Old Town for a little date night by the water front--I got the mahi mahi tacos and MG got the jambalaya. Both were SO good!
~Got in some good cuddles with Cooper who has thoroughly enjoyed all of the extra snuggle time he's gotten on Winter Break
~Ran errands, put my pasta fagioli recipe in the crock pot for dinner (delish!) and then went for a 4 mile walk over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from Virginia into Maryland, and then back again
~Watched some football, mainly the Skins/Cowboys game (yay for a win!) and the Vikings/Packers game
~Rested up to prepare to go back to work and watched the first episode of the last season of Downton Abbey