Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Just a quick little post to thank Magnolias Marriage and Manhattan for my very first blog award!! Yay! Thanks so much MMM! And super congrats on your wonderful little boy...I can't wait to keep reading about your pregnancy and see pictures of the baby when he gets here this February! I love your blog!
The rules for the Award:
1. Put the award logo on your blog (see above - The Diamond Award! who doesn't love diamonds??)
2. Add the person who nominated you to your blog roll
3. Nominate 7 other blogs.
4. Add those blog links to your blog roll
5. Let them know you nominated them
Red and White Preppy
Le Petite Blog
More More More
Well I do Declare
Flamingos and Flip Flops
This week is pretty hectic at work, so I may not be blogging too much! But I hope everyone has a fabulous week and enjoy your Labor Day weekend! I can't believe summer is over already - it went way too fast!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Moving forward from that, my two new items from J.Crew that came yesterday are both fabulous and I'm actually wearing the top as we speak. Love it! I'm having girls happy hour tonight with my two besties and I can't wait. It's been too long since I've seen both of them. I may or may not partake in several glasses of wine.
This weekend is pretty jammed packed. We have a party in Baltimore on Saturday evening, our friends are hosting on their roof top patio. Should be wonderful. Sunday we're doing yard work (Sailor boy is SO excited...haha) and then we have a neighborhood block party. I'm excited to get to know some more of our neighbors. We're really loving the new place and the new 'hood...everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It's one of the best things about living in an actual house as opposed to our old apartment. I never knew any of our neighbors the entire time we lived in the apartment. It was sort of bizarre.
I've also decided I need to start working out more. I take the puppy on two 2 mile walks a day, but it's not really cutting it. I need cardio like whoa. I can't decide whether I should join a gym or just start with a running program on my own. Mainly, I just need motivation...I know once I start doing it, I will get into a routine and love it. I think I will start with that tomorrow....hehe.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Hopefully these two things can cheer me up and break me out of this funk!
Monday, August 18, 2008
I was running some errands today and I ended up at the grocery store to grab a few things. As I was getting out of the car, I realized I was starving. Well me + grocery shopping on an empty stomach = bad news for my bank account and my waistline. When I grocery shop when I'm hungry, I usually buy everything in sight, especially unhealthy snacks. So I decide that I need to get something in my stomach ASAP. Luckily, there's a Starbucks in our grocery store. I ordered one of their new Vivanno Smoothies, the banana chocolate. I was very pleasantly surprised by how yummy it was! It was very chocolatey, with a slight hint of the banana flavor. The best part...only 270 calories, 5 grams of fat. Plus, it has 21 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber! It really could be a full meal (like my lunch today). There's a whole banana in each smoothie! I would highly recommend it, especially if you need something quick to fill you up.
Also, I was at TJ Maxx today...I did not know they sold Vera Bradley! I ended up getting a new Vera wallet because my old one is definitely on it's last legs. I also went to PetSmart to get Spencer a little present. She's grown so much in the 4 months since we first got her and she's finally broken the 50 pound mark. She's also a very stubborn puppy, so I got her a harness collar, since walking her can be quite a pain. She's surprisingly strong, and there's been a few times that she's pulled me HARD, so I'm hoping the harness will cut down on the amount she can pull while we're walking. We'll see how well it works. And just because I love showing off pics of my adorable little pup, here's some new pics of her lounging in her bed, which is her favorite thing to do.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
LIME CHIFFON PIE:
2/3 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Lime Flavor Sugar Free Low Calorie Gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1-1/2 tsp. grated lime peel
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping
1 ready-to-use reduced-fat graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)
STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 1 cup. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Stir in lime peel and juice.
ADD whipped topping; stir with wire whisk until well blended. Refrigerate 15 to 20 min. or until mixture is very thick and will mound. Spoon into crust.
REFRIGERATE at least 4 hours or overnight. Store leftover pie in refrigerator.
Unrelated - J.Crew is now offering 30% off of their final sale items. I ordered a cute top, which I think would work for work and going out. Love it!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Anyways, to the point. Yesterday was my day off and I had made plans to meet with one of the mother's of a previous bride that I dealt with earlier this summer. I wasn't exactly excited to meet this woman, as she's really long winded and very prim and proper, but she had some wedding planning questions for me, so I decided to be professional and meet her for coffee at 11:30am. I knew the meeting would last for hours, and I was sort of dreading it. I had already formulated an excuse to have to leave by 12:30...I figuring an hour would be a reasonable time to give this woman. Well I get to Starbucks yesterday at 11:25, order my skim chai latte and sit in a comfy chair to wait. 11:40, 11:45, 11:50, 11:55...I finally decide, you know what, I'm not waiting anymore...this is my day off, the weather is amazing and I'm going to enjoy it. So I left. I didn't have the woman's cell phone to call her.
So I go about my day, running errands, getting lunch at Whole Foods, etc. Around 1:00pm, my cell phone rings. It's a number I don't recognize, so I don't answer it (I never answer it if I don't know who is calling me). 1:30, call from the same number. At this point, I put 2 and 2 together and realize it's the woman I was supposed to meet. Well you know what...this is my day off and I'm not dealing with it. She can wait until tomorrow for me to call her back. I mean, she's the one who was late, not me. Well she calls me FOUR MORE TIMES over the course of the afternoon. I told you, she's sort of crazy and very long winded. But then I think...how did she get my cell phone number? We didn't exchange them. My lovely co-workers must have given it to her. I AM PISSED!!! Seriously, I didn't even want to give THEM my cell phone number when I started working there and now they are giving it out to random people and past clients??? I think that is so unprofessional and rude. If anything, THEY should have called me to tell me that she was looking for me...not just give it to her.
Apparently, when she showed up (at 12:15) at Starbucks and saw I wasn't there, she went over to the hotel where I work to see if maybe I was in the office....umm lady, you KNEW it was my day off, why would I go to work?? Well then she starts asking where I am, and one of "them" (meaning, bitchy coworkers) came out to talk to her and gave her my number to call me. I am just really upset by this. I got in the office this morning and everyone was like "you had the whole hotel in an uproar looking for you...why did you leave that lady waiting??" UMM WHAT??? I waited for 30 minutes....she never came. Sorry if I do not want to waste my day off sitting in a Starbucks by myself waiting for an appointment that I don't even WANT.
I don't think I'm the only person who would feel like this...when I'm not working, I don't want to think about work, worry about work, talk to anyone I work with, etc. That's why you have days off...to get away from work. I had a few words with my co-workers this morning about giving out my number to random people. I'm also going to send a follow up email (with my boss CC'd on it) just stating that I do not want my personal information given out to anyone. I just think that's common sense. I really think I should just change my cell phone number and not give it to ANYONE!!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
That being said...Michael Phelps, can you please shave that gross facial hair??? You look ridiculous!
However, I would like to be that woman's hand touching his amazing abs! WOWZA!!!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I tried soy butter, but really didn't like the consistency and it didn't taste quite right to me. But the Sunbutter, as it's called, is delicious!! I love the taste (it actually tastes SO close to peanut butter, you really wouldn't be able to tell on a sandwich) and I like that it comes in both creamy and chunky (my fave). You can only find it at like Whole Foods or Trader Joes, but I'm hoping that eventually they will start to carry it in regular grocery stores. With all the food allergies out there, it's a great option for any families that can't even keep peanut butter in house (my allergy isn't any where near that bad...I have to actually eat nuts to have a reaction). I use it all the time, even in recipes that call for peanut butter, and it always comes out well. So while this isn't a recent find for me, I wanted to share for anyone who is allergic to nuts and is looking for a peanut butter alternative. Even if you're not allergic to nuts, you may want to try it...it's that good!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
But you were a wonderful, comfortable pair of flops these past years. I won't be able to really ever replace you (even though I have already ordered another pair). I will miss you. R.I.P.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday evening we went to a cookout at my BFF K's house...where I ate and drank way too much :-) We took Spencer with us and she had a little "puppy play date", as our friends who also have a 7 month old puppy brought theirs as well. Their dog is a chocolate lab/pit bull mix named Wallace and he's so adorable!! The puppies literally did not stop playing and chasing each other the entire time we were there. To say Spencer was tired this morning was an understatement...we had to drag her out of bed! I wish they could play like that every day...get some of her energy out!! Here's some pics I took of the two of them "wrassling":That last pic is my favorite...they finally got tired and chilled in the grass with their tongues out...so cute!!
I made Texas Caviar to bring to the party, which is one of my favorite party foods for summer. There's so many variations of it and it's just so yummy with chips or crackers. The recipe I use is from Southern Living:
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (15.8-ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 (15.5-ounce) can white hominy, rinsed and drained
1 (8-ounce) jar medium picante sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
I also tried Paula Dean's zucchini bread recipe and I have to say, I was disappointed. The bread came out super dry...I like my zucchini bread really moist (even though i HATE that word). The recipe called for chocolate chips and I'm so glad I put them in because that was the only thing in the bread to give it any sort of flavor. Usually Paula's recipes (especially her desserts/sweets) are SO good...oh well!
Today is my mom's birthday (Happy Birthday mom!!) so we went out to lunch at this great mexican restaurant near my house. I needed to run some errands after lunch and of course, I spent way too money and didn't really get anything I actually needed. I got the most adorable purple and black print Helen Wang dress at TJ Maxx, for $39! It will be perfect for the end of the summer. I also got amazing brown sling back heels, which I've actually been looking for. I'm still shopping for a few last little touches for the house...we need a few more things to hang on the wall. Sailor Boy's parents are coming for dinner on Sunday, so I want the house to look cute and put together. Guess I'll have to keep shopping!! :-)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
That's right - there's a HUGE mouse IN THE TOILET. Being blind without my contacts in, I assume it's dead, since I can't really see too much. It was actually a good thing I hadn't put my glasses on, because I would have been much more traumatized if I could really see it. So I scream, shut the lid and sit on the couch freaking out until Sailor Boy and Spencer return home. Well Sailor Boy and I had some cocktails last night and he was feeling a bit rough this morning. He walks in and here's our conversation:
Me: Umm you need to go look in the toilet right now
Him: No way
Me: Yes, you HAVE to...we have a problem
Him: No way, not gonna do it
Me: You are the man in this relationship...DO IT
So he goes in, lifts the lid, promptly shuts the lid and then shudders. IT WAS ALIVE!!!!! I couldn't make it out in my blindness, but that sucker was alive and practically swimming around in there. Well I thought it would be easy - flush the toilet, flush the mouse. So we flush. No dice, he's still in there. We flush again, and again. Apparently he's flush proof.
Sailor Boy had to fish him out of the toilet with a little net, put him in a bucket and then "dispose" of him in the backyard. It was totally disgusting and horrible...I think we're both freaked out by it!
What a wonderful start to our Sunday!!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Put in all my information, credit card, free shipping code and press submit. I get the pop screen thanking me for my order. Well I still haven't gotten an email from J.Crew verifying my order. I also can't see the order under my account information. Does that mean I didn't order it? Is the website that screwed up that it didn't really go through?? I don't want to re-order it if the order really did go through. I guess I will just have to call them and check. GRRRR J.Crew...