Monday, January 5, 2015

TWTW - first one in 2015

I'm taking it back to NYE for this one. Frank, Amanda, Eva, and Debbie joined us for dinner and the ball drop. We had a good night culminating in the banging of the pots & pans. Ending a good year and beginning a new one with great friends was really wonderful.
Thursday Debbie and I braved the winds and headed to the Mummers Parade. It was fun as always, although I'm not a fan of the new route they used this year. We saw it all, parking in South Philly and walking up the entire parade route and then back with MFD's band. We met up with good friends along the way and saw the sights of Philly on New Year's Day: sequins, feathers, confetti, instruments, and tons of beer can trash.
Friday I woke up and thought man, I shouldn't be hungover, I didn't drink that much. Then I realized I had a fever and basically slept for 24 hours, which the dogs loved because all they do is sleep. When I wasn't sleeping, I was watching The Wire, drinking tea, and eating the cure all - wonton soup.
Saturday I was feeling about 75%, so I got the remaining Christmas put away and did some laundry. Sunday was magazines, lounging, more laundry, and prepping for the week.

I also switched out some decor in the kitchen. The before has been up for five years. The top photo is a collage made on Snapfish of all the places we've been this year. I can just switch out the collage going forward. Sorry for the crappy window reflections in the pics.
Sunday afternoon culminated in a crap ton of water on the bathroom floor and palpable rage from all dogs - dog bath day!
I don't get sick often, but it forces things I don't often do - laying around, sleeping a lot/late, and not adhering to a to do list. Sometimes that's really refreshing. So while I'm not a fan of the quick virus, I am a fan of the resultant slow down.

This week's food prep was not needed, which is a blessing when you're not up to it. Breakfast is breakfast burritos from the freezer. Lunches are steak over spinach/tomato/cucumber salad. Dinners are leftover pork & sauerkraut, baked chicken and steamed broccoli. Snacks are carrots, bananas, and power breakfast muffins. Cookies are not on the menu, which will be a shock to the system after existing on them for the month of December.

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Happy birthday to my father-in-law today!

In case you missed it, I'm giving away a copy of book one and two of the After saga to one lucky winner. Go check it out.

Some housekeeping: Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge Link Up on December's Simplify Goals is this Thursday, January 8. The next Show Us Your Books Link Up is Tuesday, January 13.
I hope you guys had a wonderful new year. Here we are, back at a full work week...what's that? I think we're about to find out.
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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending
















36 comments:

  1. So sorry you weren't feeling well that stinks! It is nice though to get some much needed rest and relaxing in. Bath day is not fun for all involved. You are getting some serious stink eye in those pics.

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  2. That parade looks like so much fun. Mardi Gras, Philly style? I hope you're feeling back to 100%. Wonton soup cures all; I love that my local place adds veggies and pork strips on top. Yum! Have a great week.

    PS--Love the Eat Well, Travel Often art. :-)

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  3. That parade looks so freaking fun. I hate that you woke up sick though :( I agree that wonton soup is a cure-all! Our animals all got baths this weekend, too and it made me feel so accomplished haha!

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  4. I love the kitchen decor- looks great! i need to go to the mummers parade- your pics always look so fantastic! happy 2015!

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  5. Hope you feel better, lady! Love the kitchen decor!

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  6. I love my Christmas decorations, but de-Christmasing was amazing.

    I am in awe of the little one who stayed up late on New Year's Eve. What time did she go to bed?!?!

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  7. Ahh sorry to hear you weren't feeling well over the weekend - I think we all had a bit of that!!! I love the new decor in your kitchen - such a great compilation of photos!! Happy Monday girl!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  8. Bahaha their bath day faces! Sorry you got sick though, that's never fun.
    Loved your mummers photos, MFD looks AWESOME. What a costume.

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  9. Oh man, I am not sure if I'd rather wake up with a hangover...or a fever :/

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  10. MFD's costume is EPIC! IT's so nice :) Glad you had a great weekend and that you were able to rest and recoup before Monday Funday :P I'm so depressed right now lol being here is so hard on my soul - I can't wait to go home and bake bread. :'( Happy Monday Stephanie! -Iva

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  11. I love his costume!!! The parade looks super fun!

    Sorry you got sick - but Wonton Soup or even the Chicken Noodle Soup from the Chinese take out IS the cure all. I totally do that too!!!!

    Dog Bath Day - OH MAN, their faces! Not happy puppies right there... Nope nope. I wonder how our new dog will be in the bath? OH MAN - that will definitely be an experience.

    Happy Monday!

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  12. I loved seeing your pics of the parade on Instagram. I've never been too a Mummer's parade before and it looked like so much fun! I feel like I spent the majority of the weekend cleaning and and trying to put our house back together. Glad your feeling better now!

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  13. the bug that's been floating around my city has finally caught up to me and because i'm a dumb shit, i still went to muay thai. it was awesome when i was there but i felt like crap the next morning. i need to know when to just tone that shit down.

    i hope you're ok now! the flu is the worst here!

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  14. Your snapfish collage reminded me today is the last day to order free prints on shutterfly! Thanks! I love the new decor & the parade looks like so much fun. I haven't been at 100 since NYD. I'm hoping it goes away soon.

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  15. The photo with all the ticker tape in front of City Hall is wonderful! And great job switching out the photos. We also have old old photos in our house. Not even any of the kids on the main living areas!

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  16. Inspired by your example, I did my first ever weekend food prep on Sunday! We'll see how it goes, but I'm looking forward to a real dinner tonight with minimal effort.

    Sorry you were sick! And my dog hates bath time, too. Dirty pond water = best thing ever! Bathtub = murder attempt to be avoided at all costs.

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  17. That parade looks awesome! Hope you're feeling much better. I guess it was a good weekend to get some sleep and lounge at home.

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  18. "Eat well, travel often" should be my personal motto. I love it.

    Next year I want to be in Philly on NY's day so I can see the parade- it always looks so fun.

    Glad you're feeling better!!!

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  19. It looks like you had a ton of fun at the parade! Love your photos!! I also need to change out some decorations now that all of my Christmas stuff is down! It gives me a great excuse to go shopping haha.

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  20. I loved looking at all the parade photos!! All the colors! So fun! I didn't get sick this year, but Addie got the flu, so I also took "sick" days with her. It was nice. Movies all day! I love the new kitchen collage. The white frames look awesome!

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  21. what is the full work week you speak of? Sounds dangerous...

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  22. looks like you had a ton of fun at NYE and the parade, sucks you woke up sick! but yay for laying around lol. love the new artwork in the kitchen, so fancy! the collage is such a good idea.

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  23. You guys look like you had so much fun. I absolutely adore all of these photos. Wonderful post

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  24. Dog washing day is the worst! Try it with 3 large dogs!! Hope you're feeling better!

    -Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation

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    1. Three large dogs is above my pay grade! God bless you!

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  25. Looks like NYE was a lot of fun, as well as the parade! It stinks that you woke up not feeling well....but at least you had some down time and weren't having to be at work!

    The dogs are adorable after their baths no mater how rage-filled they are. Mac gives me death stares and I just smile at him and tell him he looks like a white rat when he's wet!

    Your change out in the kitchen looks good! Is that homemade wonton soup or ordered in? Looks yummy!

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  26. I'm going to take a page from your book and have some close friends over for NYE next year. I'd love to be cozy at home munching on snacks and playing games.

    Sorry you weren't feeling well, but I agree sometimes it's nice to slow down and catch up on rest and tv :)

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  27. You had a fun New Years! We just vegged in the house.

    I like your decor!

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  28. Hope you're feeling better (in time for Monday..blah)!
    Bath day for dogs is fun for no one.

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  29. I love all your parade pictures!! Looks like fun! Sorry you were sick though, at least it was short lived. We did our usual which was just stay home in our PJs for New Years :)

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  30. I love won ton soup!! I've yet to find a good one here, but yours looks SO YUMMY!!

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  31. I love the new kitchen pictures, I've been itching to replace all my pictures again. Do you like the color quality of the prints you order from Snapfish? I ordered some prints from Walgreens over the holiday and the color was off in the enlargements, so annoying.

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  32. I love your new wall decor. Nicely updated and fresh! Glad you are feeling better. I finally got all my Christmas shit put away and my house looks naked... but clean!

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  33. That parade and NYE look soon fun! Sorry you were sick .. bummer!

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  34. I LOVE WET PUPPIES!! JC looks like a drowned rat when he gets a bath. :)
    I felt shitty one day too last week and it went away after a day... weird shit.

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