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Monday’s Here Again










Seriously, Monday…get a life. I don’t know about you but as the days stay lighter longer and it warms up (I’ve heard it will one day anyway), the weekends get shorter. I’ve always enjoyed my weekends but since the fella and I started dating over a year ago, I live for my weekends, particularly my Saturdays. He works on Sundays so Saturday is the one day we can have together all day. This past Saturday we definitely had one to remember! K’s birthday is right around the corner and as my gift I bought Capitals hockey tickets for Saturday’s game. I also promised a dinner out at Paladar. So Saturday morning we woke up and had a little lazy time breakfast before heading downtown (in the drizzly rain) to the Caps game. We had a great time, even though they lost. The seats were great and you make your own fun when your team is losing, right? And at least it wasn’t a shutout. Back home to relax for a bit before dressing up and heading out to dinner.

Well, little did K know but I invited about 12 others to join us for dinner. Not only did we surprise him with a large birthday dinner but I managed to get some friends come out who he hadn’t seen in quite some time and I’d never actually met (partial thank you to Facebook). It’s not easy for me to surprise K. He gets a little suspicious but mainly because I’m HORRIBLE at keeping secrets from him. I get excited and I want to share everything with him. But we managed to completely surprise him and had one of the best evenings we’ve had in a while. It was full of friends, family, good food and drinks, and lots and lots of laughter.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my fella smile and my heart just felt full watching him interact with his closest friends. I loved seeing our different walks of life friends interact and get along really well. (But I won’t lie…I’m glad it’s over because I was about to burst with that secret!)

Today the sun is shining after 3 days of rain here in Maryland and a weird freak snow “storm” yesterday afternoon. Honestly, y’all, while nothing stuck, the Facebook posts were hilarious yesterday once everyone started seeing the white stuff fall out of the sky. March has been awful around these parts and I think even the snow lovers are just over it. So the sun is shining and there is promise of temps in the 60s this week. I’m not believing it sticks until I see it.

Happy week ahead!

Friday is Fabulous Because…

I don’t know about y’all but I’m extra glad that it’s Friday. This week has just been long. I’m taking my PMP exam next Wednesday so I’ve been studying extra hard this week. I’m just ready for it to be over now. I’m taking off Tuesday to study a bit and just relax my brain then Wednesday morning I’ll probably be a nervous wreck until noon when it’s time to take the exam. So today I’m telling you that Friday is fabulous because:

1. I started the day with an extra powerful “push/pull” series in my training session right after a seriously heart pumping Spin class. 

2. The fella and I are headed to Amish country tomorrow for the day. I can’t wait to get away and and enjoy some special time with my favorite person! (He’s also pretty damn fabulous himself.)

3. This Friday is fabulous because in 2 weeks at this time we will be hanging with my family for 4 days in North Carolina. Cannot. Wait. Family time is a need right now.

4. It’s finally warmed up a smidge around these parts. This week has been bitter cold and it’s finally just a teeny bit warmer.

5. I’m looking forward to SO many fun things coming up in the next 6 weeks that every day feels fabulous because it gets me closer to something fun! 

Happy Friday!

Stressful Week

After a glorious long weekend with my fella, it’s back to the grind this week. And boy is the week grinding (on my nerves)!

Kev and I went down to TN to visit my brother’s family this past weekend. It was a successful first meeting. Everyone loved each other and it made me that much more excited to have more family get togethers with my fella involved. We also had a nice long road trip to be silly, have great talks, and have great jam/dance sessions. I love that guy!

Tuesday I hit the ground running at work. It’s a stressful week around these parts but at least things are going smoothly…they’re just keeping me busy busy. Long hours are being put in but that makes the weekend that much sweeter!

Tuesday night my back was feeling healthy again so the trainer hit me hard with some upper body circuit training. My arms were like jelly when I was done with my half hour! I’m still a little sore today! I was planning to go to Spin last night for some high intensity cardio but it was an unseasonably nice evening yesterday. So my plans changed and I went to have a nice evening with Kev. We had dinner and then took a nice walk down to the park. I wish one of us brought our phone only to take a picture of how awesome the clouds looked at sunset last night. They were pink and the sky looked like a watercolor painting. But, you know, just enjoying life without documenting everything through a camera lens is how it should be done. On our way back home, I was feeling so happy and elated, I did some Prancercising. That lady has a new video, don’t ya know? It came out yesterday or the day before so I was feeling inspired. Until I almost knocked Kev out with my Prancercise box. 🙂

Tomorrow morning I’ll be back at the gym for Spin and training. Rumor has it I’ll be outdoors with the tires and the sled. Oof. Wish me luck!

High Five for Friday

I’m linking up with Lauren for H54F.

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I’m copying my good friend over at Thirty-Something Lindy‘s idea from last week to make a collage for my H54F this week.

 PicMonkey Collage

1. My man and I made some lists for things we want to do together sooner and later in life. He’s the best. 2. I spent two evenings reading a book, which I rarely do anymore. It was glorious. I got a new book on my Kindle last night so more reading in my future! 3. My guy came over on Wednesday before I went to class and before I got home he left little notes all over for me to find. Did I mention he’s the best? 4. The storm/rain rolled in last night and all day yesterday the clouds were being crazy. Check these out from early morning! 5. National Doughnut Day! So a free doughnut from Dunkin. I rarely get doughnuts. They’re not worth the calories to me but when it’s free and it has sprinkles and I’ve been good all week, twist my arm!

How has your week been?

Italian Chicken

Yesterday was a “snow” day in my area. They called for a huge dumping of snow but we saw nothing. But because they were calling for the worst as the day went on, I stayed at home. I have to say, it kind of worked out in my favor that I was home and that it amounted to nothing. The problem with being home and working, though, is that I get snacky. I felt like I was hungry every 2 hours. At noon I decided to throw some chicken in the crockpot for dinner. After looking in my spice cabinet intending to make a southwest chicken, I saw diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. So Italian Chicken was born.

Crock-Pot Italian Chicken

3-4 lbs bonless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins (can be frozen)
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried thyme
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c water

Place chicken breasts in the crock-pot. Cover chicken with tomatoes and sauce. Sprinkle seasonings over the top then add water. Cook 6-8 hours on low. About 30 minutes before serving, shred the chicken in the crockpot to let it soak up some of the juice.

I served my shredded chicken on a sandwich thin and made sandwiches. But tonight I’ll probably eat just the chicken. I think it would be a great salad topper or addition to a baked pasta dish.

Active Kind of Day

It was a beautiful day outside and despite getting a workout in at Curves this morning, I just had to get outside and move. So I took a nice long and hilly walk today. It was hilly enough that I left the house and only had 4 flights of stairs logged and when I came home I had 25 logged. So between that and just trying to walk more I have some nice stats today:

What have you done with your Saturday?

Seven Year Itch

I’ve been in Chicago since Wednesday night. I got back in town just before lunch today and I have to say, I’m glad. I was so confused as to what day it was and what time of day it was the entire time I was gone. My schedule was completely thrown off, even for a work trip. I was conducting focus groups at 7:30am on Friday morning, which was a first for me. I’ve never conducted a group that early but it worked, even though I was exhausted last night.

In between groups yesterday I was looking out the window at the gorgeous Chicago buildings and saw what looked to be a large Marilyn Monroe statue down below. I talked to our knowledgeable AV guy and sure enough, that’s what I saw. So when we were done for the day I wandered down to get a closer look.

This statue of Marilyn Monroe in her iconic pose from Seven Year Itch was 26 feet tall. Yeah. It was a little overwhelming. And yes, Marilyn had her toes painted and she was wearing underwear. One guy was having his picture taken with her and yelled to his group, “I don’t want any underwear in my picture!” I cracked up.

After that sight I decided to stroll down Michigan Ave. and window shop and enjoy the not so cold afternoon. Even though I’m not ready to decorate my house for Christmas, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that seeing the window displays and beginnings of Christmas decorations coming out didn’t get me in the holiday spirit. Y’all, I’m ready to go on Thanksgiving vacation to see my family and I’m ready to start Christmas shopping and doing other holiday themed things. Anyone else getting there, too?

While Chicago was beautiful on Friday, there was some snow on Thursday. Just a little.

It’s hard to see, but trust me, it was coming down for real.

Off to watch my Clemson Tigers!

Snowy Saturday?

You’ve heard the phrase, “frost on the pumpkin?” Well, tomorrow our pumpkins may look like this:


They’re calling for up to 5 inches of snow tomorrow between midnight and 6pm. That is insane!

Hopefully it doesn’t snow or stick so I can go have fun with a friend. If it snows, I’m curling up on my couch and watching football and tv. It’s October, why do we have winter weather warnings? It’s not winter, Mother Nature. Get yourself straight!

Thinking About Fall

This morning when I walked out the door it was cool and felt like fall was in the air. I have to admit, as much as I love summer time…I’m ready to see it off and dive right in to fall. Fall is my favorite season. To me it means the arrival of:

College football!

If you're not going to give 110%, then get your hand off my rock! -Coach Howard


Gold leaves on the trees

My favorite ways to see the trees, especially against a blue sky


The Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Only the best drink ever

Cooking and baking with pumpkin

Pumpkin chili, pumpkin pasta bake, pumpkin enchilada bake, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cupcakes...

I can’t forget wearing boots!


Love my gray boots!

Also, when it’s fall it means I get to see my family more. I don’t live very close to my family and at Thanksgiving we all descend on my aunt and uncle’s house in North Carolina for a few days of nothing but family time. Then it means just around the corner is Christmas and my trip to my hometown where I can spend a week away from it all.
So while fall doesn’t officially start until Sept. 23, it kicks off for me on Saturday with the first college football Saturday and then the pumpkin spice lattes hit a Starbucks near you on Sept. 6. You know where I’ll be!
What do you like most about fall?
What’s your favorite season and why?

Kitchen Cabinet Cookies

Well, yesterday it rained all day and I woke up around 5am to some roaring wind. Once I was awake, I got up, opened my blinds a little and laid back down to watch the swaying treetops while checking Twitter. I mean, what else do you do at 5am? Once I woke up again around 8am I went out to survey the street (from my balcony with my coffee). First, it felt amazing outside! Nice strong breeze and cool weather. Second, it seems like all we got in my neighborhood was a bunch of leaves, rain, and some small limbs down. Now the sun is out and it still feels fantastic out there! However, when we went out to explore…we found a lot of places are closed or on limited generator power. So I’m home and it’s Sunday:


I baked cookies. Kitchen Cabinet Cookies. Ok, so they’re just a slight variation on the Nestle chocolate chip cookies, but kitchen cabinet cookies sound better. I named them as such because I just opened up my baking cabinet and grabbed the open bags of morsels I had. Everything went in and then I added sprinkles for good measure.

C is for cookie, that's good enough for me

Kitchen Cabinet Cookies (or Jazzed Up Nestle Tollhouse Cookies)

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c regular chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips
  • a good overflowing handful of sprinkles

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and sprinkles. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

My favorite kitchen utensil

Ok, y’all tell me I’m not nuts. That picture up there is of my favorite cookie mover spatula. Now, some may say that’s not a good spatula because it’s metal but it’s my favorite because it never fails me. I always pick up perfect cookies, no matter how warm, without ruining them. It’s also the perfect size and can get around tight rows of cookies without messing up other cookies. So, please tell me I’m not nuts and that y’all have favorite utensils, too.
What is your favorite cookie? I love a chocolate chip cookie and this may be my new favorite. The sprinkles make them fun and the mix of different size morsels and different chocolates make it fun and flavorful!
Do you have a favorite kitchen utensil?
What did you do this weekend?