January: highs and lows

The best stuff

  • New Year’s Eve
  • Watching The Office pretty much every night
  • Time spent with family and friends (birthday dinners; brunch at our place; nights out and nights spent staying in)
  • My birthday celebration(s)
  • Finally trying gin, and never drinking anything else
  • Singing karaoke by myself for the second time
  • Doug’s birthday celebration(s)
  • Buying tickets for Cabaret in March (!!!! still over the moon about this)
  • Getting a Wii U
  • Seeing Birdman and The Imitation Game – two incredible films
  • Teaching Zumba to my kiddos
  • Getting the ball rolling for my student teaching internship
  • Three snow days in less than a week
  • New brewery opening up downtown
  • Helping one of our best friends buy a car
  • Getting a new TV stand and rearranging our living room
  • Putting together said TV stand by myself
  • Classes and professors I’m really enjoying
  • Playing in the snow with my kiddos
  • Seeing two of my best friends who live far away
  • Our “anti” Superbowl party (we ended up watching it)
  • Making BBQ apple cheddar pork pie
  • Super nice new lady managing our apartment building

The worst stuff

  • Getting sick, thinking I was better, getting sick again, etc.
  • Tax-related stresses (that have since been resolved)
  • Struggling with getting back into an exercise routine
  • All of the money we’ve spent on our cars (registration fees and repairs)
  • Annoyances related to our neighbors (what else is new?)

You know life is good when it’s much easier to think of happy things than sad things. 🙂

#grateful

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Weekend recap: 06.13-06.15

I really enjoyed writing this post last week, so I think I’m going to try making these weekend recaps a regular feature on my blog!

Friday 06.13
Friday night was pretty low-key for us. We watched some World Cup matches and another episode of Sherlock– I can’t believe it took me so long to watch the show. I love it! I also did some cleaning & meal planning Friday night- nothing too exciting, but it was nice getting it out of the way.

Saturday 06.14
We slept in a bit Saturday (sleeping in for us means getting up anytime after 7:00!). Then we headed out so I could get an oil change and rotate/balance done on my car. I used to work at the dealership I get my car serviced at, so it’s always fun visiting my old coworkers! After we finished there, we headed to a local street festival. It was so much fun!

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We didn’t do any shopping, but we had fun looking at some of the interesting items available for purchase. We did sample a variety of foods- horseradish onion dip, maple cotton candy, green Thai curry, and dark chocolate caramel popcorn! After walking around for a while, we each got a slice of pizza and shared some fries. The fries were from a local Greek Orthodox church that was selling food and they were really unique (seasoned with tons of herbs). Yum! Finally, we headed to one of our favorite bars for a drink and to catch another World Cup match- Colombia vs. Greece.

Then we came home and pretty much crashed. Being out in the sun makes me so tired sometimes! After resting for a while, we did some laundry and then I headed to the gym. Working out helped me regain some energy! I think we had dinner and watched something on Netflix. Later on, we went for a lovely walk to get some snacks at a local convenience store. Even later, I realized I still needed to bake part of my dad’s Father’s Day gift: blueberry dark chocolate oatmeal cookies!

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They are so delicious! I would definitely make them again. Here is a link to the recipe I used.

Sunday 06.15

I woke up around 7:30 and headed to the grocery store. That probably sounds ridiculous, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to shop later in the day. Doug helped me put everything away, and then we grabbed some bagels at our favorite bagel place. I love that they offer hummus as an alternative to cream cheese!

Then we headed to my MIL’s house. Our plan was to take her dogs to the beach, but on the way there, we realized dogs are only permitted during certain hours in the summer (very early in the morning, and after 6:00pm). So instead, we drove to a local fort/historic site where leashed dogs are always welcome. They were actually reenacting a battle, so there was lots to see!

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We had fun walking around and exploring some of the old buildings. The dogs received so much attention- for some reason, we were the only people with dogs! I never had a pet growing up, so I absolutely love spending time with my MIL’s animals. Izzy is the black Pomeranian in the photo above.

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We stopped at Dairy Queen on the way home, and decided to have ice cream for lunch. Unfortunately, it seems like I am undoubtedly lactose intolerant. I don’t really want to take pills before eating dairy, so my plan is to only have it occasionally and accept the consequences.

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And of course, let’s not forget- Father’s Day! I called both of my grandfathers in the afternoon to let them know I was thinking of them. I saw my dad Sunday night! The photo above is of the two of us- I think I was about 2-3 years old.

My sister came over Sunday afternoon. We had a ton of fun listening to some of old favorite songs. Then we (along with Doug) met my parents for dinner. I hadn’t seen my mom or dad in a couple of weeks, and it was so nice to get to spend some quality time together.

Of course, our Sunday night is never complete without Game of Thrones. Doug and I have both read the books, so we knew what last night’s season finale was going to entail! Except for a few minor complaints, I absolutely loved the episode. Our Sunday nights are going to seem quite empty now- no Game of Thrones and no Walking Dead!

Weekend recap: 06.06-06.08

Friday
We drove to the beach. For the entire 30 minute ride there, Doug and I asked each other, “Why don’t we do this more often?” There is no good reason, or excuse– but we’re going to try and get out there often this summer. We walked up and down the sandy beach and greeted every single dog we saw. I found a sand dollar, but unfortunately it broke today as I was transporting it from my car to my apartment. I also decided to ‘test’ the water. Verdict: freezing.

Then we ventured into the downtown area and found an Italian bakery. We bought two mini cannolis, although we didn’t eat them until the next day. Once we realized the parking meter was about to run out, we walked back to the car and headed to our next destination: Dairy Queen.

Eating ice cream after you haven’t had any for about 5 weeks is a weird experience. The weirdest part of it was actually not the taste/flavor/insane sweetness. It was the portion size. I ordered a small Blizzard and when I began eating it, I started laughing because I thought there was no possible way I’d finish it. It seemed like SO MUCH ice cream. However, I did finish it- and did not suffer a bit of stomach pain. Apparently I can’t eat a small container of yogurt with only 5 ingredients (one of which is milk from grass-fed cows), but I can scarf down a DQ s’mores Blizzard no problem. Okay, body.

Saturday
My second summer course ended after 8 grueling hours spent sitting near a floor-to-ceiling window on the nicest day in a long time. However, the Salem Witch Trials are super interesting, and I’m glad I chose to take the class. My favorite part was when we talked about the current tourist industry in Salem, modern day witches who live in Salem, and in general, the way the trials influence the town of Salem today.

After class ended, I went home, ate my cannoli and collapsed for about two hours. I was the crankiest I’d been in forever, probably because I’d woken up at 6:00am! I finally dragged myself off the couch, changed my clothes, and made myself presentable. We went out to one of our favorite local restaurants for our friend’s birthday. For some reason, Doug (my husband- you probably didn’t know that) decided we should order a fish bowl. Kind of a good decision, but maybe not worth $10.

After dinner, we all headed back to our place, sat on the deck, and talked about life (for real). Then we hit our favorite bars, did some karaoke, and finally called it a night around 1:00am. The best moment of the night, hands down, was our friend trying to “ding dong ditch” people on the walk back. Crazy times.

Sunday
We slept till 10:00am, which is SO late for us. Around 12:30, we went to my mother-in-law’s house to pick up our huge fan we stored there over the winter. It hit 86F here today! We hung out with her for a while, which was nice. She only lives 15 minutes away and unfortunately we don’t see her nearly as much as we should.

Then we did our typical Sunday stuff, a.k.a., grocery shopping. I prepped food for the week and cleaned the apartment when we came home,then read for a while. We went for a walk (also a typical Sunday thing). I made Doug’s favorite dinner: apple mustard pork sliders; we watched Game of Thrones, etc. And now I’m going to sleep! I feel really refreshed and ready for the week ahead. My cold is finally gone, and I am quite relaxed 🙂