Monday, December 31, 2012

the last weekend in 2012 that was

Friday errands:
Target - they had flipping St. Patrick's Day stuff out. On December 28! 
Home Depot
TJ Maxx - I love buying new sheets on the cheap.


Friday we cleaned out Grandmom's apartment.
I'm glad her stuff will live on in our houses or go to people who might need it.
More old photos:
Grandmom's high school graduation photo from St. Hubert's, Grandmom & Pop's wedding photo. My great great grandfather is painted into the photo on the right because he died before the family photo was taken. I was lucky enough to know the woman in the photo, my great great grandmother Granny, and the girl in the photo, my great grandmom Mom Mom

Amanda brought her new dog Jackson over to meet us. 
That sweet boy was abandoned by his family in Barnagat when Hurricane Sandy hit.
Amanda and Frank improved his life forever by taking him home with them.
We ordered chinese and chatted while MFD snoozed and obsessively watched Gold Rush.


Saturday morning coffee and eggs please.


I like having my Christmas stuff out, but I love when my house is returned to normal.
And I wasn't feeling super Christmasy this year, so it was time.


Nine loads of laundry. Where does it come from? I don't even do MFD's.


We got a dusting of snow, and the dogs inspired laziness.


What's better than macaroni salad for lunch? Not much.


I was supposed to be cleaning, but I watched a marathon of Sex and the City instead.


Taco dip. Ole.


Family dinner at Stephen & Aubrey's


In his quest to get comfortable on Saturday night, Geege walked along the arm of the couch.
And knocked over the table that had a full glass on it and a candle.
Goodbye Mistletoe candle. I hardly knew ye this season.




Shoe problems, yo.
I had to integrate some new ones into my closet, which meant purging some old ones.


Hausfrauing fo' real. Dusting, vacuuming.
I purged this house like it was my J O B.
We put a dresser out on the curb and it was gone in five minutes.


Last Mum Sunday.
MFD came home after practice and I dropped him back at the club so I could be DD.
Then I went to the liquor store, Sam's, and Redner's.
Holy shitballs the liquor store and Sam's were freaking insane.
I was happy to get out alive.


New pleasures and biscuits courtesy of Carol & Dad


Homeland on demand.
Oh oh oh.
I know I'm late to late to the party, but I love love love this show.
I watched seven episodes from season 1 on Sunday.
Hello, new obsession.

the last weekend in 2012 that was

Here we are, sitting on the precipice of a new year. Make the last day in 2012 a good one. If you're going out tonight, be safe. 

Good luck to all of my mummer friends tomorrow, especially to MFD and Ferko. 

If you didn't get a chance yesterday, check out my Year in Review post. See y'all in 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Year in Review

No paper towels except for the bathrooms, and no paper napkins.

I became obsessed with colored flats and also with It's a great source for shoes on the cheap, people.

Aldi became a weekly stop for a lot of dairy and produce staples, and I counted the money I saved.

Polar Bear Plunge in Sea Isle City on February 18 - CHECK. Cross that off the life list. And it wasn't even that cold. Thank you, universe.

Life changer:

My first foray into bread that was not a quick bread: english muffin bread.

MFD and I walked over the Ben Franklin Bridge on my 35th birthday, another life list item.

I started making my own Febreze, fabric softener, glass cleaner, and granite cleaner, and I haven't bought any since.

I changed the name of this blog from Weinerwhistle to Life According to Steph.

I became a devotee of Zoya nail polish.

Geege turned eight and Gussie turned 7.

The best dessert I made all year: salted caramel butter bars.

The best dip I made all year: bacon double cheeseburger dip.

One of the best meals I made this year: Pan seared chicken with balsamic cream sauce, mushrooms and carmelized onions.

My favorite quick meal: Chicken enchilada pasta.

I think you should make spinach feta turkey burgers

I got an iphone. And had a brief but extremely ardent affair with solitaire.

We spent a weekend in Cape May to celebrate my Grandmom's 80th.

My brother graduated from high school and started college at Villanova.

We got a new car.

I spent a lot of time at my Mom & Rich's pool.

I started drinking beer on ice like an old lady.

I carried a watermelon. You didn't think you'd get through this post without a Dirty Dancing reference, did you?

My obsession with Duck Dynasty occupied a lot of my time.

We got a new roommate. Darren Daulton himself.

I touched the Pacific Ocean for the first time, drove over the Golden Gate Bridge, rode on a street car, visited Alcatraz, and hugged a redwood tree.

We went sailing on Lake Tahoe while spending a weekend with my best friends and attending a wedding.

This blog turned a year old in July.

We had an awesome weekend in Strathmere with Frank and Amanda.

I finally made Pioneer Woman's iced coffee and good Lord it was wonderful.

I continued my mad love affair with pinterest and found new ways to organize my scarves, purses, makeup, and under the bathroom sinks.

Two days in Cocoa Beach.

Seven day Disney cruise on Disney's newest ship with friends. Stops in St. Martin, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay. It was marvelous and wonderful. I'd like to go back.

We celebrated our second wedding anniversary and 10 years together with an amazing eight course meal at a fancy french restaurant after trolling around St. Martin all day.

President Barack Obama was re-elected. We housed out of state campaign workers in the final days of the campaign.

We were Bill and Monica for Halloween.

We were also Amish thanks to Kenny & Lauren's costume lending.

Jersey Shore and Gossip Girl ended.

Sandy devastated the East Coast. A crazy gunman devastated Sandy Hook Elementary School. I've had about enough of Sandy disasters.

Books I enjoyed in 2012:
Gone Girl
Tigers in Red Weather
Rules of Civility
The Fault in our Stars
Four novels (in order) by Tana French

Friends and family got engaged, married, moved in together, announced pregnancies, lost dogs, got new dogs. We celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. We lost loved ones - my step grandmom died in the summer, and Grandmom died on December 21 after a courageous nine month battle with pancreatic cancer.

I reflected on my grandmothers and knowing your weaknesses; shared some of my life lessonscleaning tips, why I love America, shore love, and favorite books. I elaborated on the art of saying no and managing expectations.

Like every year, 2012 contained good and bad. I subscribe to the school of life where you need to know the bad to appreciate how good the good is when it's good. Say that five times fast.

As this year winds down, I'm setting my sights on 2013 and what things I can knock off of my life list next year, what recipes I want to try, restaurants I have to get to, weekend getaways I'd like to get nailed down, home improvement projects...I'm ready to leave 2012 in the dust!

Linking up with Courtney for a 2012 Review. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Scenes from Christmas

Christmas Eve

One of my favorite traditions - Christmas Eve at Sandy's.
1. My brother and Aubrey, MFD & me
2. One of my BFFs, Kimmy Foo Foo
3. Number one again, but add my Dad and Carol

4. Lifelong friends
5. Inlaws and friends who are family (FRAMILY)
6. My Dad's lifelong friends

Christmas Day

1. Juicy iphone case
2. Geege loves his new pink piggy
3. Mom's apron
4. Bacon cheddar breakfast muffins a la Carol
5. Ferraras gathering at Mom & Rich's

6. Drew blowing the Christmas horn
7. Candy cane buddy
8. Relaxing at home with friends after a very long day
9. My brothers and me and our people

Shitter's full.

Christmas Shoes - not that awful song. The actual shoes. 

1. Eve shoes
2. Day shoes
3. Bottoms - aren't they cool?
4. MFD's day shoes

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Linking up with Shanna for Random Wednesday.
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