Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Hello friends - the question - book or e-reader - and some other thoughts about it by Sophie White today as I attempt to get myself back together after vacation. Don't forget that the Show Us Your Books: Anniversary Edition link up is Tuesday, October 13. Enjoy!
Monday, September 28, 2015
I love to travel, but I'm happy to be home. Just waiting anxiously on the arrival of my niece or nephew now! Come on baby!
Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending
Sunday, September 27, 2015
MFD just got a new iPhone 6 before we left, and his phone photos are about 2480384 times better than the ones I took with my iPhone 5. He also brought along his iPad, which was indispensable for reasons listed above. We also used the GoPro Hero 4, which was awesome for both video and photos.
What are your tried and true travel gadgets?
Friday, September 25, 2015
Marriage is a lot of things, but when I think of how I would describe it, I most often think of a road trip. We all know no matter what external forces come up, a road trip is always only as good as the people on the trip make it. This is an especially fitting analogy as today is our fifth wedding anniversary and we are currently on the second to last day of a 10 day road trip through the the middle of a lot of nowheres with shoddy cell service. An appropriate test for a marriage, yes?
MFD and I met in seventh grade and have been friends for 25 years. This month marks 13 years of us being a couple, 12 of which have been cohabitation years. And today? Today is our fifth wedding anniversary. We've had wonderful days that we wished would last forever and terrible days we couldn't wait for the end of; days where we felt invincible together, and days when we felt we couldn't scream loud enough at each other; days when our marriage felt like a tough old rock bridge and days when it felt like a chaotic landslide. Every time that was good and every time that was bad over the past 13 years together, we chose to stay in the car. We're still on the road. This is the truest quote I have ever come across about long term relationships:
p.s happy birthday to one of our BFFs, Amanda!
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Happiest of birthday eves to one of my BFFs Amanda. She so kindly agreed to share 10 things she wants her daughter Eva the Diva to know. I love both of these ladies and I love this list.
1. There is no purpose or advantage to being a mean girl. Ganging up on or putting other women down does not make you look powerful. It does not build you up in anyway. It does the opposite.
2. A relationship that is constantly making up and breaking up is a cycle that will never end, never improve, and is likely borderline emotional abuse. The drama can become addicting but it will not end the way you want it to. You are not Carrie Bradshaw and he is not Mr. Big.
3. If you ever find yourself in a situation and think, what if no one believes me - your dad and I will always believe you.
4. Surround yourself with friends who have your best interest at heart especially in your weakest, most vulnerable times.
5. I'm your mom, not your friend. We can't be friends until you are a grown woman.
6. The purpose of your 20s is find yourself, make mistakes, and have fun. If you happen to find the person you want to marry in that decade, great. But that should not be your sole purpose in life.
The end of your 20s is not a deadline to find a partner. I met your father one month before I turned 30...after spending my 20s feeling like I needed to be married by 30 (for some reason). It happens when it's supposed to.
7. Have a way to take of yourself. Never be in a position where you have to completely rely on another person. Marriages can end and spouses can die...sad but true.
8. Don't be afraid of confrontations and if someone confronts you don't be intimidated by it.
9. Keep a journal in middle school and high school, it will be a great read for you one day.
10. The hardest thing to overcome is a bad reputation.
Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff & Things
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
1. Become Bob MFing Vila in the home improvement project arena.
2. Get up 15 minutes earlier one weekday each week.
3. Attend Opera on the Mall and 20th Year high school reunion. Fellow classmates, did you get your tickets?
4. Participate in a Pancreatic Cancer Walk with my family in memory of my Grandmom.
5. Finish using the remaining nail polishes in my arsenal - for those of you playing along at home, I have used a different nail polish without repeating every time I paint my nails or toes since January 1 thanks to an idea from Steph @ Insert Classy Here. My collection is large but I'm nearing the end.
a) Clean old cushions and store.
b) Winterize flower beds.
c) Yard cleanup/winterization.
7. Check out the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk.
8. Gather whatever gear I need for Africa trip and make appointments for shots.
9. Get miles situation straightened out and book flights for New Orleans using miles.
10. Bake french bread.
11. Wish The Boss a happy 66th birthday today.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
3. I don't like how my nails feel after getting gel on them, but I always do it for vacations because these suckers do last. I am not ready for vacation until my nails are.
4. What packing for this trip looked like...I used the eBags packing cube system. I've been using them all summer for shorter trips and I cannot say enough about these bags, especially if you aren't unpacking, which we aren't. We're basically taking an outfit and pajamas into the hotel each night since we're moving around a lot. This is my first big trip with them and my anal retentive self thinks they are revolutionary. The left is my large suitcase and the right is my carry on (electronics/cords/camera stuff, empty glass water bottle, and down jacket and vest that fold in on themselves along with a rain jacket - basically the things I don't want to replace should something happen to big blue).
6. Praise the good freaking LORD, the concrete is finished. I won't lie, I spent last night crawling around in the dark in my yard in work clothes rigging up a temporary fence with plastic and zip ties. Go on, enjoy that vision. Or the one of me moving bags of mulch out of the trunk at 4 am this morning while wearing pajamas. Our grass is destroyed and everything has to be put back in its place, but the concrete is finished. Chances of a major home project ever being done again within one month of any type of vacation is a big fat ZERO.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Please note: MFD is not a rule follower per se
As he tears ass through a suburb
MFD: Happy half birthday!
Me: Thanks! Thanks for remembering.
MFD: You put it in my calendar. I have no choice but to recognize it.
I am totally the travel agent in this marriage.This is the conversation less than two days before we leave.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Fire in the hole has nothing to do with this post. I just felt like using it in the title so these are now called fire in the hole bites. What they actually are is chicken tenders stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos wrapped in bacon and grilled.
Ingredients (can be halved, I was making them for an event)
2 8 oz packages chicken tenders, pounded thin and cut in half
8 oz package of cream cheese
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 package of bacon, cut in half
Pink Himalayan sea salt
Toothpicks, soaked in water
Grab a piece of chicken. Add a dab of cream cheese (just under a teaspoon) to the top. Top with some jalapeno pieces, pressing into the cream cheese. Dust with garlic powder and onion powder. Fold up or roll in half, wrap in bacon, and spear with a toothpick to secure. Top off with some pink himalayan sea salt.
Preheat grill to about 350. Grill until bacon is brown and crispy on both sides. Mine took about 10 minutes. Make sure you pre-soak the tooth picks. I did not and it was not cool. Learn from my mistakes! LOL
Clean up well with antibacterial everything since you will be handling raw chicken. Toss any cream cheese you don't use if it's been chicken contaminated.
Original recipe from Salad in a Jar.