Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Couch Date

Since boy and I live only a couple blocks apart, we get to spend a lot of time together- or not a lot of time together. It's nice not living together sometimes when we'd both like time to ourselves to do things like laundry, catch up on our stupid tv and video games, or just have a moment to ourselves. That being said, when we do spend time together I'm happiest when it is just the two of us. Since we both have roommates, it can be tough to have a night with just the two of us. Last night boy came over and I made marinated chicken and vegetables on rosemary skewers over brown rice with homemade tzatziki sauce. This was probably the best meal I have ever made- and easy too! There is something so soothing about cooking a delicious meal, sitting on the couch with a bottle of red wine and doing absolutely nothing. It makes me excited for the time when we'll be able to do this all the time (and I will hopefully still have time to watch the Kardashians without him interrupting with video games!). I am so happy just being with him.

Happiness Means...
1. This recipe (although I put in way more dill and one more garlic clove). You can substitute the dill for mint, which is the more traditional tzatziki flavor, but I prefer dill.
2. Malbec. I think this might have been on my happiness list before? Oh well, worth it.
3. Working at a bridal salon on weekends. It's the greatest environment working around beautiful dresses and happy brides-to-be! Not to mention I save some money by staying in on Friday :)
4. Dinner with mom and her sister this evening in Georgetown! Can't wait to eat here!
5. Boy.

Goal: Don't get too overwhelmed with the all the events and dates this upcoming week! Thanksgiving is not far away wahoo!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

"Heaven Is Now Infinitely Better"

This is what my boyfriend's dad sent me in the sweetest message I could have asked for. My grandma passed away this morning. She passed away quietly and painlessly in her sleep, and my poor grandfather didn't even realize until he tried waking her in the morning. She had been suffering from dementia the past couple of years, and although she was not physically in pain (for the most part), I'm glad her mind is finally at peace. I was trying to remember the last time I saw her, and it was late in August when boy and I were home for a weekend. We cooked my grandparents frozen shrimp (blasphemy) with Old Bay and you would have thought we made a 5 course meal with creme brulee. I think they were looking for an excuse to keep us around a little longer, but it was nice just to sit with them. No matter how old I am, I always feel like the little girl that used to sit on their couch and eat Pop-pop's famous grilled cheese and watch golf pretending to understand what was going on. Grandma would always make the BEST apple and peanut butter snacks, which were exactly that- except she knew exactly how I liked my apples cut and exactly how to arrange the slices and how much peanut butter. Grandma always did hate cooking and baking, and getting her to make pumpkin pie every year for Thanksgiving meant pre-made crust and a simple can filling (still the best way to have it). I'll miss her every day. And I'll miss that pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I love you Grandmom Rose.

P.S. - Not a great picture of anyone in the above photo, but my Pop-pop was trying to fit into his Christmas present Steelers sweatshirt and essentially got stuck. I've never heard my grandmom laugh so hard. Still makes me laugh!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Horses and Tea

Horses and Tea

Polo Ralph Lauren blue top
€499 -

Frye leather shoes
$348 -

Prada bowler bag

Tahitian pearl jewelry
€7,90 -

Oliver Peoples gold shades
$310 -

Happy Halloween 'Til the Candy Runs Out

In my case, it would be Halloween far into 2012 (not the worst thing). However, I found some ideas to stop you from eating candy like its the only thing allowing you to continue breathing. Your thighs and ass will thank you. Oh, and some of them make you a good person too

Okay, so I found this is a bit odd at first. Usually the guy gives you a toothbrush and a pack of floss (which will never again see the light of day) and tells you all your teeth will fall out if you do not floss twice daily. I guess it's not the worst business plan... Giving out sugary sweets to five year olds with no problem stuffing down 3 reeses and 12 hershey kisses in an hour is guaranteed return business for the next 20 years. However, since I am still trained to "read" articles by looking at the title and finish books by reading the Clif's notes (thank you college), I totally missed the point. They ship the candy overseas or donate it to a local charity. Then the dentist give you a toothbrush and the floss pack.
2. Freeze it and save it for December when you can use it for your own advent calendar, stocking stuffer or gingerbread house.
3. Bring this to a party.
4. Save those swedish fish and skittles to drop in your next cocktail (like you never had one of those in college)
5. Ship them to anyone in your family still in college. There is nothing nicer than getting a package, unless its candy.
6. Store some of the smaller goods in airtight containers and use for ice cream toppings and small treats. Just keep them on a high shelf where it's easier to forget about them. Out of sight, out of mind... This is also great to be used for bribes while babysitting or emergencies of chocolate starvation.
7. Attach a little bag of candy with a kind note and leave it in your mailbox for the mailman, or give it to your dry cleaner, doorman, or anyone who does something for you regularly that you can show appreciation for.

Happiness Means...
1. White Chocolate Kit Kats (6 of them)
2. Magic Hat Brewery Variety Pack
3. a 2 year old dressed as Gilligan
4. Telling kids to take as much candy as they wanted, and watching them take two lollipops.
5. Ravens beat the Cardinals. Thank God. Also, happiness means really hardcore tailgates:

Bud Light bottles in a Natty boh container, ripples chips and generic dip, RoFo chicken thighs, bloody mary fixings and a 5hour energy. Amen.

Goal: Get rid of this candy!