Tuesday, January 3, 2017

TWTW - the one with the New Year

Friday was all about the production - I worked from home and got my shit in order for 2017 work-wise. Meanwhile back at the ranch a photographer from the Courier Times was at the house by 9 a.m. to take pics of MFD with his Star Wars toys that he bought a few years ago to replace the long gone toys of his youth. Let me set the scene for you: just delivered groceries all over the counter, no bra on, bedhead, crappy Maxwell House coffee the only thing around to drink, knock on the door, MFD upstairs doing his hair, me left to answer it. Deliver me. Article here.

Lunch errands included Marshalls, Ross, and the death defying Produce Junction parking lot for flowers. At the end of every year I like to freshen up a little of my decor - new table runners and hand soaps and this wall thing MFD is sure to hate. I also ordered a lamp from CB2 because I couldn't find anything I liked. MFD would leave Christmas up for eternity, so I compromised and took everything down Thursday night except the tree and the front window.
I felt a cold coming on so I tried my hand at some homemade elderberry syrup using a recipe from Crunchy Betty that Steph pointed me to. It's great, and much cheaper than the $14+ bottle of syrup in a lot of stores. We rounded out Friday night with a Brother's Pizza and I was in bed by 6, where I stayed all night but didn't fall asleep until midnight.
Saturday of New Year's eve started with a 4:20 alarm. I had to get to the shore to get the outdoor furniture in and clean out the fridges and I figured if I had to do that I might as well catch the sunrise. I spent an hour on the beach and it was cold and beautiful and energizing. My last sunrise of the year thoughts here.
After I finished the not so fun chores, I stopped for a coffee and a donut in town. I missed being down more in November and December this year, I love how Ocean City does Christmas. 
I was back home before 10:30, lounged most of the day, and for the first time in an eternity we were out on NYE - we stopped at Pat & Kat's and Joe & Catie's and enjoyed being out and about. We were asleep around 1.
My New Year's morning kicked off as it always does, with the preparation of pork and sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. I killed it on the pork this year. Mashed potatoes are skins on as always. 
Michelle, Amelia, Debbie, and I took the train downtown for the Mummers Parade. It was a really fun day, and I was back home by 4-ish. Ferko placed fifth and their Captain got first. I enjoyed the show, I always do. If you missed it, you can see it along with a gallery of professional photos here
My office was closed Monday. I slept in then spent the rest of the day fighting the urge to do nothing. I did get to ShopRite, Target, and Jo-Ann Fabric to pick up a frame. I finally framed the elephant print we got in Africa last January. I made veggie soup and MFD's family came over for soup and salad dinner. We rounded the evening out hanging with the dogs, as usual.
Weekly food prep: burritos out of the freezer for breakfast. Lunches and dinners are leftovers of pork and sauerkraut and soup and salad.


Let's see what 2017 has in store, shall we?

But first, let's wish my BFF Laura a very happy birthday.




Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending


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  2. That extra long weekend is so welcome especially to start the new year!! I take it your homemade elderberry worked since you were able to enjoy New Year's with friends! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  3. LOL at MFD for his Star Ward toys. I really thought it would be his Griswold decor... ;) sounds like a very productive new year despite being sick. Ugh need to take the tree down and decide where to store everything....

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  4. I have a cold that wants to make an appearance, but I keep fighting it...I am okay everyday until about 2pm and then I am knocked out. I need to try the elderberry!

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  5. yes to that jar of (hella expensive) manuka honey. The golden jar, is what i call it. I need to whip up the lemon/honey/ginger syrup today since my husband is now sick and is coming home early from work to whine all day. Fun.

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  6. Superb day for the Mummers Parade! Interested in the elderberry stuff! Reprogramming all of our cells to perfection for perfect health for all! It's free. God and Goddess speed for a wonderful 2017!
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  7. It's a good idea to spruce up in the new year. Maybe as I de-Christmas, I'll move a few things around and freshen up what I'm tired of. And now I want cheese pizza before 9 a.m.

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  8. The flowers are so simple but they really brighten the house up, I'm sure. I love that. We should get some, too. I love fresh flowers :)
    This year I decided that New Year's Day meal is my favorite. I love the hotdogs and sauerkraut mix, plus homemade potatoes are my FAVORITE. You pic has me crazing it again. Haha!
    I like that you spent NYE morning on that beach reflecting. I think that's perfect.

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  9. Happy New Year! Everyone around me is in various stages of cold and I'm just hoping I can keep avoiding it!

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  10. LOL at MFD leaving you to answer the door, totally been there braless as well! I love how you freshen up the house for the new year complete with flowers. I so need to get on that! And those sunrises - beautiful! Happy New Year <3

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  11. Just seeing that shot from Drip N Scoop makes me drool a little :) Hopefully you kicked the cold that you felt coming on. Looks like the rest of the weekend was a lot of fun. And oh my to that sunrise!!

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  12. I do skins in the mashed potatoes, mostly because I HATE peeling potatoes. Tastes delicious, too.

    I am so, so excited for our reunion weekend this summer and to see in person all the things you take pictures of! Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who drinks iced coffee in the winter.

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  13. I am totally pinning the Elderberry stuff. I heard that stuff works miracles with colds.

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  14. I like the idea of freshening up the décor in the new year. Everything seems a little drab to me once the Christmas decorations come down.

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  15. I can't believe that you made it to 1 on New Years after waking up so early to make it to the shore! I'm pretty sure that I would have passed out!

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  16. The beach looks so peaceful in those sunrise shots, such a gorgeous spot to spend a little time the last morning of the year. The parade looks like so much fun, as do all of your New Years Day traditions!

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  17. I'm sure it wasn't funny in the moment, but I am CRACKING UP at the Star Wars' photographers' arrival!! Hahaha! I hope 2017 goes up from there!

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  18. I hate when I'm left to answer the door unprepared! I mean who wears acceptable clothes around the house? I like that you get new tablerunners and such for a new year. I'd like to freshen up a few things around here. Loved seeing all your parade pictures!

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  19. "wall thing MFD is sure to hate"...ha ha ha
    That production is neat too...and I hate having unexpected guests show up when I'm far from ready to welcome visitors.

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  20. Cracking up at the scene of you left to answer the door. Lol. For some reason the article won't load on my work comp, dangit. I want to read it! I love your room decor, nice finds. I hit up similar places for homey things that my husband is sure to hate. Dog lounging pics never get old.

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  21. I would've been pissed having to get the door in that condition. I wish I could read the article though (big Star Wars fan). I'm always so impressed by how much you get done before 10 AM, but I am just not a morning person at all! I also went to Shoprite on Monday and faced the ridiculous crowds brought out by the Can Can Sale. Ugh. That soup looks healthy AND delish. Sounds like a relaxing night before going back to work!

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  22. oh how rude, i can't read that article about MFD and his toys because i'm not a subscriber and it's more than 24 hours old. boo. but i laughed at you setting the scene. i'd be cranky. my favourite thing about that photo is the dogs all together. love the elephant print you got in Africa, and the frame. happy belated birthday to your BFF :)

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  23. I feel like MFD and Justin would get along so well with their Star Wars toys. I wasn't able to read the article, but I did get a sneak peek of his picture. Also, if it makes you feel better, the scene you set is pretty much our house at least 3 days a week.

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