Thursday, December 31, 2009

kiss kiss!


Happy New Year's Eve!
Hope you have someone on your arm at midnight to kiss!
See you in 2010!!
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

you make me happy.

I can't let the new year start without passing an award on! I've been slack about forwarding on the love but I promise I appreciate each and everyone of you! My dear IRL friend Kristen & my sweet bloggie bud Jenni passed the 'Happy 101' award on to me and I couldn't be happier! It's an adorable award from two darling girls.

The rules on this are easy... tell 10 things that make me happy.
Here we go:
1. The way Gus follows me around the house and nearly always has to be in the same room as me.
2. My new found love for chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. I can't get enough.
3. Guy, of course.
4. Guy's new beard. It has to go away for work next week but I'm loving it while it's here.
5. Christmas ornaments! I have a serious love for those things. I love staring at them, remembering who gave each one to me, buying new ones each year, etc.
6. The anticipation of getting my first roll of Diana film back. They should be in sometime this week!
7. Having friends in town for the holidays. Two of my closest friends were in town and I had so much fun seeing them again.
8. Skype! Both my and Guy's family have webcams now so we're having a blast "seeing" each other rather than just talking with one another.
9. Will & Grace. Remember that show? I've fallen back in love with it. Oh man is it funny.
10. YOU. I loooove reading all of your blogs and learning about each and every one of you.

I now bestow this award unto the fabulous:
Mayra of life is Bananas
Mara of M loves M
Nicole of my teacups in peony
I know most, if not all of you ladies, have gotten this award elsewhere but who wouldn't want an Oscar twice!

Happy Second to Last Day of 2009!!!!


Up in the Air

Forget those blue cat people in Avatar... just give me George Clooney in an airport.
{actually... I do still want to see Avatar and probably will this coming weekend}
Guy and I saw Up in the Air and loved it. It is by far the best movie I've seen this year. My guess is I have a stronger affection to it than most because I travel quite a bit but I promise you'll love. It's not predictable and is very 'real.'



George Clooney's character is hired by companies to lay off their employees. You know, not get their hands dirty and have a professional do it. Such an awful job. Part of his spheel, when he's laying someone off, is something to the affect of "every man who built an empire... sat exactly where you're sitting today." I don't know... I just like that sentiment. It's a nice reminder that any horrible situation can be turned into your next stepping stone to something better.

xoxo


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

my new food obsession


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Chocolate covered pomegranate seeds.
Have you had them?
They're simply delicious and I can not believe I've lived 28 years without them.
Find them at Costco or Trader Joe's.
images from google


Monday, December 28, 2009

pay it forward in 2010

We're all lucky in our lives in some way. It may be hard to see sometimes but surely you remembered this when you were surrounded by family and/or friends this Christmas. Here are some ways you can pay it forward in 2010. If you're asking 'why'.... perhaps think about 'why not?'
Recycle!!


Do you all recycle? Such a simple thing yet so many people don't do this. Many states don't charge a thing to collect your recycleables and even if your State does collect... it's a low cost. South Carolina charges me $5/month. If you aren't overly 'green', think about doing it for your children, niece & nephew, or because you're Type A and like sorting things!
Kiva


Kiva.org is an amazing non profit organization that allows you to loan money to people who are trying to start their own business to sustain their families. They aren't looking for a hand out - just a hand up. What's great about this is they pay back your loan (as little as $25) and you can a) loan again or b) pull your money out. I treat Kiva like a savings account. What better way to use my money that otherwise would just sit there?!

Volunteer


We don't all have money to donate or loan... nor do all of us care to recycle.... but we can all volunteer. I firmly believe if you don't volunteer... you just haven't found the cause you care enough about. And there is one out there for everyone. It can be once/week, once/month, or even once/year.... just do it.
Smile


And finally... just smile. Doesn't it make your day when someone smiles at you? Or says something nice to you just because? I'm going to make a concious effort to do both more in 2010 because, well. why not?



Saturday, December 26, 2009

a girl couldn't ask for more

Can you believe Christmas is over? I'm a sad girl. It went too fast, as it always does. In fact - the whole month of December was a blur dontchathink?
We had a wonderful Christmas with Guy's family and unfortunately didn't take too many pictures. So unlike me really. {sigh}
Guy and I did take a few cute polaroids on Christmas Eve so I'll scan those in the next few days and get them up. Speaking of C. Eve - Guy and I exchanged presents that night and he spoiled me as usual. I really couldn't have asked for more.


{he wanted to get me this shirt from Anthro... but they're out of my size. So he got me a gift card to either get it or something else.}


{this isn't my exact necklace but it's darn close and I'm in looove}


{my precious Flip!! Get ready for some videos my friends...}

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and got everything you wished for. Now it's time to start thinking about how I can pay it forward in 2010. Stay tuned for my ideas!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

to you and yours....


Wishing you and yours a lovely holiday! Hope it is filled with lots of love and warmth.
xoxo
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

i'm alive

I'm not a country fan. I couldn't name one Tim McGraw, Sugarland, or Faith Hill song. I can now name one Kenny Chesney song however. 'I'm Alive' featuring Dave Matthews. Dave might as well have hung the moon I love him so much... so it's no surprise that I love this song.
Kenny has a new fan... for at least one song.


mele kalikimaka!

One of my favorite Christmas memories was the year we went to Hawaii for Christmas. We lived in Wisconsin at the time and my parents decided to take my brother and I there for a special Christmas holiday. It was amazing and I  hold that Christmas a little more close to my heart than most.

My mom decorated a palm tree as our 'Christmas' tree and surprised us the first morning we were there. It was the best and truly made it feel like Christmas which isn't always easy to do when you're traveling over the holiday. Plus - Santa would need to know where to leave the presents! :)


Christmas night our hotel had a Christmas luau for all the guests. I'm talking full on pig roast, luau & fire dancers, and an all around good time. It was fun to play with the other kids and finish our Christmas in style.

Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the World so spending Christmas there was as close to perfect as possible. Did you ever travel somewhere for Christmas?
images from google


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

big sigh

Oh Rachel, what happened? You're my girl crush. You're IT. But lately... I dunno.... it's not working for me. Why Rachel.... WHY?





photos from google


Christmas comes early

Since my parents are leaving me for Christmas (I'm trying to be a big girl and act like I don't care but I will definitely miss them!), we had an early Christmas dinner. It was so much fun and made me feel like I still got my family Christmas even if it wasn't on the exact day!


{my new bike! Isn't she a beauty?!}


{perfect for the beach or a ride around the neighborhood}


{Guy with his reindeer ears}


{a family picture...I have the best parents!}


Monday, December 21, 2009

lettuce wrap recipe!

You asked - I deliver! Here is the recipe Guy & I used for the lettuce wraps. They are oh so good!

Ingredients

2/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup fish sauce (we used a bit less)
1 tablespoon of sugar (we used a heaping tablespoon)
2 teaspoons garlic-chili sauce

3/4 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
1 cup thinly sliced green onions (we did 1/2 cup and the other 1/2 red onion)
Thinly sliced red pepper - up to you on portion
Peanuts - add a nice crunch!

One head of Iceburg or Boston lettuce

Preparation

Whisk first four ingredients in medium bowl to blend; reserve sauce
Bring broth to simmer in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken. Simmer until cooked through, breaking up meat with spoon - about 8 minutes. Add onions & peppers. Stir until vegetables are tender and most of liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in sauce and add peanuts. Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!


a holiday filled weekend

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I made the mistake of doing some last minute Christmas shopping this weekend. Never again. It was mass chaos. The rest of the weekend, however, was wonderful!
Friday night we stayed in because we had one helluva rain storm so Guy made some yummy lettuce wraps. (yet another idea from our lovely friend Maggie!) They were soooo good and super easy!


Saturday night we had dinner with friends which is always a good time! We wanted to get together one last time before everyone left for the holidays.


Please notice my hand in the first picture. Heinous. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read here.
Moving on.... Sunday was a lazy day filled with baking, movies, and pizza. PERFECTION.


Peppermint Bark.... delicious!

Hope everyone has a great start to the holiday week! Hopefully you're not at work like I am!
xoxoxoxoxo


Sunday, December 20, 2009

i die.


Go on with your bad self little man.


Friday, December 18, 2009

halleluiah it's friday!

Happy Friday! Hope you’re all as excited about the weekend as I am. I don’t have any plans to be excited for but I sure am happy it’s {almost} finally here!


First and foremost, how funny is my boyfriend? Did you see the rouge guest post from late last night? Funny story. I got back from Austin at 1a (more on that later) and he was up but about to fall asleep so we didn’t talk too much. Fast forward to 5:45a. I wake up to him pacing in the bedroom. He gets back in bed and tells me he *thinks* he’s done something stupid. My heart starts to race. Crazy thoughts run rampant in my mind. I’m asking him a zillion questions a minute… all of which I’m sure you can guess… and he finally tells me “ I think I wrote a guest post on your blog… and I don’t remember exactly what I wrote.” At this point part of me is relieved but part of me is wondering if he put something crazy up so I immediately boot up my laptop and read his adorable, off the cuff, manifesto of nothing and everything. We sat there, at 6a this morning, reading and laughing at how funny he was to actually write this. I decided to leave it up because it’s quintessential Guy… but we did correct the spelling errors. :)



In other news… I had the travel day from hell yesterday. I left Austin at 3:40p, got to Dallas and was suppose to leave at 6:20p. 6:20p comes and goes because our flight from Mexico hasn’t arrived. It finally does around 7p and they quickly load us on… only to have us sit there for another 40 minutes because of “mechanical” issues. They finally deplane us because they can’t fix the problem and start the search for a new plane. By this time it’s 7:00p and we’re starting to feel like we’re not going to get out of Dallas. Finally – EUREKA – cue the horn section and doves! They’ve found a plane and it’s ready to leave so we have to r-u-n to terminal B from D to stake our claim and get the rock out of Dallas.

We do this, giddy that we might get home, but realize once we’re there…. that this plane has a mechanical issue as well. How surprising?! So we end up sitting, for another hour and a half… and finally leave at 9:30p CST which gets us home at 12:45p EST. It was a looooonnnnnngggg day and I vow to never fly American again. They were a hot mess.

Wishing you safe & on time travels if you're heading home for the holidays this weekend!
Happy Weekend! xoxo


She's going to hate me!

I've got to admit - I am not a fan of social media.  Morgan frequently gets upset that I am not a fan of facebook or the "blogosphere" - is that the right terminology?.  (However, I frequetly read Steve Benen's blog on the Washington Monthly  http://washingtonmonthly/ - I'm a left wing political junkie - cheap plug for a blog I've read for years - my apologies).

Did I mention how fantastic Morgan is?  She was recently voted one of our employers top ten speakers at the conference on philanthropy.  As an FYI...there are over 800 attendees that attend our 3 day conference!  I can't tell you how proud I am. I know she frequently blogs about her life and the times she shares with me and those close to her.  I know the blog isn't very personal, but I hope you all know how special she is.  I hear about every new post and every new follower she has. This isn't my thing but I know how much you all mean to her - so I guess it is my thing!

Happy Holidays!  Maybe someday I too will embrace social media!

Agian, she is going to hate me for taking over her blog.  She's on her way back from Austin, Texas and I've had one too many drinks!  That's why she loves me!

Guest Post

Guy


Thursday, December 17, 2009

hints from your helpful convicted neighborhood burglar

My dad sent me an interesting forward about tips (from convicted burglars!) to keep your home safe. It's surprising how many of these things I hadn't thought of. Hopefully you'll learn something too!


THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU:


1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste ... And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it. Keep mail box empty..

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters.
(Don't take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

thank you & an update


Friends - Thank you again for all of your warm wishes and support for Guy's dad. While he isn't out of the woods yet, we did get some positive news today and *think* he'll be able to leave the hospital this weekend. It looks like he'll need one more procedure which is better news than we were getting previously.
Fingers are crossed and wishes are sent above that nothing changes.
Thank you again. I love you all!


perfect hostess gift

I'm sure we're all going to at least one holiday party and if you're like me - you're tired of bringing wine. If you're looking for a hostess gift - look no further. I've received some amazing candles from friends lately (particularly the lovely Maggie) and thought I would share some of my favorites!

{Pacifica: Tahaitian Gardenia}


{illume candles.. particularly olive & lemonwood)


(Who doesn't love a Yankee Candle? The holiday candles are particularly yummy}


{Woodwick! Love the crackle of the fire and the wood burning scent}

Do you have a favorite candle brand or scent? I'm always looking for new favorites!

{p.s. I'm over at B is for Brown today - check out my Christmas horror story and say hello to the lovely Summer as well!}


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DITTO

Have you guys seen this? I think this is hilarious and would love this to be in my neighborhood!

I read an interview and the Chicago Illinois owner, Dave Nosek, said it wasn't to be 'ba humbug' but more so to be funny. Beats taking the time to put all those lights up right?!
Read more about this here.


Monday, December 14, 2009

an etsy christmas

Heavens... do I love Etsy. I could list 100 things I've found and love. Here are just a few......








{linen roses bib necklace}

[special thanks to you all for your kind comments last night and this morning. will keep you posted}


Sunday, December 13, 2009

need your positive thoughts today


Friends, I need your positive energy. Guy's father had to go back to the hospital today for complications from his surgery last week. It's been a frustrating day because we were all hoping he was out of the woods. We'll learn more tomorrow about how long he'll be in for and what is causing the complications. Keep his family in your thoughts if you can. I'm not the most religious person but I do know the power of positive thinking often heals.
Wishing you a happy Sunday evening. xoxo
image via Google images


Friday, December 11, 2009

does this week ever end?!


Does this week ever end?! All I want is the weekend. This week has been a biznatch and my weekend is my solice before another crazy week begins. I'm torn between wanting my days to go slowly because I love the holidays to just wanting it to be 2010 already to slow things down a bit.
I'm sure most of you feel the same way!
What do you have on tap for the weekend? I have a fun dinner party to attend tonight, Christmas shopping tomorrow, a Christmas show tomorrow night with my and Guy's parents, and then a *hopefully* lazy Sunday.
Wishing you a peaceful & fun weekend! xoxo

image via Google


Thursday, December 10, 2009

lilith fair: yay or nay?


Lilith Fair 2010. Excited? So 10 years ago?

I wanted to go badly 10 years ago but that was because I was obsessed with Fiona Apple and she was there. Remember her? I wish she was still around... her music was amazing.

This year's line up is all the usual suspects..... Mary J Blige, Sheryl Crowe, Indigo Girls, Jill Scott, Colbie Caillat, EmmyLou Harris, Sugarland, etc. Sounds like kind of a *yawn* to me but what do you think?
If you're interested, find out more information here.


have you had your moment?


Have you ever looked at the ‘missed connections’ area of Craigslist? If not – you should – there’s often entertaining posts. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about – missed connections is where someone can post if they think they had a moment with someone but never got their name… or perhaps got their name but didn’t get their information. They hope that person felt the moment as well and will check ‘missed connections’ for a post related to their meeting. It’s all very exciting and fun and it got me thinking if I had ever had a moment that, if not with Guy, I would have post a missed connection on. I immediately remembered my moment.


As you’ve read, I travel quite a bit for work. Sometime in 2006 B.G.(Before Guy), I was flying from Austin to Atlanta and sat next to this amazingly beautiful man. He seemed to be close to my age, traveling for business, and not awful to sit next to so I was excited. Now, I don’t typically talk to strangers on planes. I’m that person that immediately gets her book and headphones out to make sure everyone around her knows she wants to be left alone on the flight. Not this time though. I struck up a conversation with him, learned he was funny, charming, interesting, and nice. The plane ride flew. I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to keep talking to him.

When we were deplaning, we said our goodbyes… both with a little reluctance. We wished each other well and that was that.

A week or so later I was traveling yet again, through Atlanta. I had a tight connection and was running Home Alone style through the airport. I decided I couldn’t wait for the train so I ran through the underground tunnel with the moving sidewalk. I was weaving in and out, bumping bags, and then it happened. I saw him. Running the opposite direction on the moving sidewalk across the way.

I stopped and stared, still moving on the sidewalk of course.

He saw me and stopped. We both are now just moving away from one another on the opposite side on the tunnel.

He waved, I did the same, and we reluctantly return to our frantic dash in opposite directions.

I still think about him. It’s rare that you have a connection like that with a complete stranger and get a second chance to see them again. If Missed Connections had been around then (maybe it was?) I think I may have made one.

I think about him whenever I hear Dave Matthews 'Little Thing.' Listen to the lyrics and you'll understand why. Unfortunately there isn't visual to the video below but the song is amazing...



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

i'm the luckiest girl in the whole world.

Ladies. I'm giddy. I just got an email from Joanna at A Cup of Jo. I about peed my pants when I saw her name in my inbox( I have a major girl crush on her). And then I doubled over in excitement when she told me I won her Tuesday giveaway. YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!
Winning any giveaway is so fun but this was one I was really hoping to win because I am obsessed with Old Soul, New Heart. I've blogged about it, commented about it, and now I am the proud owner of this beauty!

You know when things just happen at the right time? This is one of those times. I've had a rough 24 hours between an intense surgery in Guy's family (everything turned out great thankfully), a frustration at work, and stressful decisions to be made.
Thank you Joanna, Shea, and Tamara!!!!!!!!


what NOT to do while flying

I travel a lot. Some for work, some for fun - all on airplanes. I've had my fair share of odd events and awful travel buddies and thought I'd put together a little "What NOT to do while Flying." I'm sure one or more of these has happened to you too!


1. Please don't file your nails on the plane. How gross. The older man one seat ahead of me on Monday insisted on tearing his finger nails, filing them, and then admiring them. It took everything in me not to use bodily force to make him stop. The icing on this cluster of a cake was that he choose to flick the nails on the floor. Awesome.

2. Whistle While Flying. This happened to Guy and he's still scarred to this day. He sat next to an older gentleman that whistled the entire two hour flight. I'm talking full on, song after song, whistling. Guy called me when they landed and said he might not make it. His brain was rattled. We're guessing this is what they do to torture people to coax them into confessing.

3. Eat Smelly Foods. I'm not a fan of eating on a plane period but I understand there are times you have too. Even I break down and buy the Delta cheese plate from Atlanta to San Francisco because it's such a long flight. You don't, however, need to eat a bag of Doritos, banana, and onion straws on a 38 minute flight between Atlanta and Charleston. Lucky me - I got to sit next to the woman that felt this was necessary.

So tell me, what horror stories do you have from flying?!?