Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ringing in the Hodgepodge

1. Share something you loved about your Christmas Day.
I loved being with my family. We had a full house Christmas weekend and so my sister and I got to have a sleepover and I just love waking up and having everyone in the house with me!
2.You get to put five items in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years, what items would you choose and why?
  • My hot rollers: I love my hot rollers (and my curling iron, straightener and hair dryer) and maybe in 100 years they'll still be around (I mean they've lasted this long) but it's probably more likely that they will look about as strange as this:
  • My cell phone: pretty sure it's not going to take 100 years for it to be obsolete. Probably wont even take 5 years.
  • A DVD: unless we can all agree to collectively ignore whatever they try to force on us after blueray, these things will be ancient history!
  • A favorite book: I am anti Kindle/E-reader. I want to own a million books and have a floor to ceiling library with a rolling ladder and comfy plush chairs by a fireplace to read and read for hours and hours. Sadly, though, I have to wonder if books will still be printed in 100 years :(
  • A note written in cursive: I only write in cursive! I wonder if they'll still teach it in school 100 years from now?
3. What do you like on a cracker?
Baked brie en croute (recipe here)

4.Do you make resolutions? How'd that work out for you this past year?
I generally have some goals that I'd like to accomplish over the year. For instance I really want to put together a filing system for all those important documents that are piled up on my desk. I also have to start dancing again! This one has been a resolution for the past 5 years but I just know this is going to be the year it sticks!

5. What song or song lyric will you associate with 2011?
Take Heart by Hillsong United. Here's a snippet of the lyrics:

"All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome"

6.How will you ring in the new year?
I am going to Peter's house in Ocean City. I love the beach in the winter (or any time at all) and I am so excited to be with my honey on New Years. This will be our 4th one as a couple but our first one spent together!

7.What is something you look forward to in 2012?
My cousin Anna being completely healed of cancer!!

8. I want a fun sparkly dress like this one to wear on NYE:

(from here)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Giver

I wrote a little bit about my cousin Anna's story here but haven't really mentioned it since. Not because it hasn't been the number 1 thing on my mind, but because I don't think this silly little blog could contain what Anna and her family, my family, have been dealing with. Life for her has been put on hold while she goes through this trial. Plans, holidays, normalcy has been swapped out for a new plan of simply making Anna healthy again.

And today is a big day, a huge step forward towards total recovery!

Today a complete and utter stranger is giving Anna the most awesome gift! This stranger, whom we have been affectionately calling Nigel (because the one thing we do know is that he's a man living overseas), was identified as the best match for Anna's bone marrow transplant. He has taken time out of his week before Christmas to give Anna the healthy stem cells that she needs! The harvested cells were flown across the pond and will today be given to sweet Anna.

Please praise God for this wonderful, selfless giver, shower him in thanks. And pray for Anna to stay brave and for her body to receive this gift with no more sickness and no more complications.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gift Time

Tonight Peter and I are exchanging gifts! I am so excited to give him mine and somehow I have managed to keep it all a secret. I only have to go a few more hours without giving it away! I think I can make.

Since I can't show you what's inside yet, I'm going to show you some DIY gift-wrapping details I tried out!

I made these gorgeous paper snow flakes using these instructions. The funnest part is unfolding them and seeing the final flake. I put a big flake inside the box and one on top, and a smaller one on top of the little box.

I used the ribbon and a bell left over from my hot chocolate jar project
To the big box I also added a bow that I made with scrap wrapping paper.

How to:
1. Cut 9 strips of paper 3/4 inch wide.
2. Make three of the 12 inches long, three more of them 11 inches long and two of them 10 inches long and cut one 3 1/2 inches long (this one you simply loop into a single circle, add a dot of glue and set aside.
3. Then you take the other strips and loop each end as shown below. Secure in the middle with a staple or glue.

4. Beginnning with the longer strips, layer them in alternating directions, securing with glue each time.
5. Add the final loop to the middle and voila!
The final produt:

I know Peter doesn't really care about how I wrap his presents. Nor do the presents really even matter. But I am still anxious for him to open them up! Although with all the super glue and ribbon he might have a harder time than he expects...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Brief


(Peter and I at the tacky Christmas sweater party- not sure either of us looks that tacky, especially Peter in his cute Christmas flannel but it works.)

On Sunday I ended up making the red velvet whoopie pies to take to the Young Life party. They were actually super easy! I followed this recipe. I suggest dolling them out onto the baking sheets in 2inch scoops and baking for 7 minutes. Try to make them all the same size. They turned out pretty good! I used cream cheese frosting instead of the filling the recipe suggested.

(post baking. Aren't they pretty. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the completed pies before I ate them all!)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Five Things Friday

1. Adorable and simple Peppermint Hot Chocolate gifts for my co-workers. I got the idea from pinterest/my mom. I then used this free printable and added ribbon and a little bell to jazz it up.
2. A big bag of delicious Clementines sits on my desk. They are my favorite winer snack. Plus they're good for you during this cold season- lots of vitamin C.

3. Last night was our firm's holiday party that my manager and I have been working on none-stop! I am so pleased with how it all came together! We worked with a red, black and white color scheme for a Frank Sinatra Holidy theme. *pictures to follow soon.

4. I have 2 Christmas parties this weekend. A tacky-sweater party tomorrow and a Young Life party on Sunday. I don't know where to find a tacky sweater. Any suggestions on stores that still cary them?

5. I also am bringing a dessert to the Young Life party. I'm debating on what to bring. I'd like to make something seasonal like these pretty red velvet whoopie pies

but this just looks sinfully delicious:

(Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie and Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar)

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

I am linking up at my mom's blog for the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. Will you be hosting any house guests between now and the end of December? Does that thought make you happy or crazy? Do you do anything special to make your house guests feel welcome? How long should a guest stay?
This year I am still technically a "guest." I will hosted at my parents along with my mom's side of the family. It's strange to think that one day (in the very distant future) I may be hosting Christmas at my own house and this time of year would make me feel more crazy as I prepared for a house-ful of family and friends. But for now I like being the one coming to visit. My mom always buys cereal that she knows I like and usually puts a couple good magazines and a little treat for me in my room. And as far as how long should a guest stay? Well I'm pretty sure my parents would be ok with me moving back in forever.

2. Walter Elias Disney was born this week back in (Dec 5) 1905...what's your all time favorite Disney movie? Here's a list in case you're struggling...and yes, you have to pick one.
My favorite Disney movie of all time is The Little Mermaid. Hands down. No questions about it.

3.What's the last thing you purchased that you realized was a mistake after the fact?
I bought a pair of shoes once and thought they fit just right in the store but the first time I wore them my feet were like "NO WAY girlfriend- this is not happening!"

4.What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?
I do probably 60% online. It's easier than braving the parking lots and shopping malls.

5. Amaryllis...snowdrop...poinsettia...your favorite winter blossom?
I like snowdrops. Their name is darling and sounds like a wintery candy. And that's pretty much what they look like as well.

6.What is one thing on your personal wish list this year? I think we all want peace on earth so let's make this an actual item.
This may not seem that fun but I asked for a queen size mattress.

7. If you could only use one word today what would it be?
Positive. I am going to be positive today, about my job mostly. It's been frustrating me lately so in the words of Barney from How I Met Your Mother:

Not that I'm sad but like I said I'm having a tricky time staying positive about my job this week so instead of being negative I'm just going to be awesome/positive instead!

8. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my house:

Last night my roommates and I decorated our tree, listened to Pandora Christmas radio, and had some eggnog. My one roommate and I both have a large collection of ballet ornaments so our tree is covered in glass ballerinas and tiny ballet slippers. All three of us went to the same university so there are also a couple ornaments from there. I think it looks beautiful and I was pretty pleased with how full it is!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

That boy

Yesterday after work (seems like all my posts and all my fun happens after work...) I walked to Peter's apartment to meet him for dinner. When I came through the front door I was so wonderfully surprised! Not only had he bought me my favorite flowers (daisies and hydrangeas) and a bottle of wine for us to share, but he had cleaned his apartment! That boy sure does know the way to my heart!

He had also "lit" the fireplace for us. Aka. turned on the "fireplace" app on his laptop and connected it to the tv, complete with crackling logs and popping embers minus the fire hazard.

We ended up going to delicious sushi restaurant for dinner (Current Sushi). We have a special fondness for sushi since our first date was to get sushi! We had debated going ice skating but put it off since I was freezing at this point. Instead we walked to Melodie Records and bought a movie to watch that night (Garden State, I'd never seen it- soo good). We also decided to hit up Whole Foods for some movie-watching snacks: brie, manchego, crackers and olives.

Basically it was a perfectly lovely evening! Please excuse me as a gush on and on about how lucky I am to have a most loving and thoughtful boyfriend.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Goodbye November

1. Do you send out Christmas cards?
My parents send one every year, usually along with a Christmas letter detailing the past year's exploits. I love getting Christmas cards and will definitely send one out when I have my own family. Doesn't this below picture look like a Christmas card though?

2. When do kids become adults?
Hmm... most days I don't feel like an adult. But I really don't feel like a kid either. I'm not sure. I'll let you know when I figure it out.

3.Does your beauty regimen change with the season?
Not really. I wouldn't even say I have a set "regimen" in the first place. I do use more lotion in the winter and I wash my hair less.

4. What is something you like to eat that might cause other people to turn up their noses.
I LOVE crabs covered in Ole' Bay (probably my favorite food). Mussels and clams and oysters and escargot- love it all! I find that not everyone enjoys seafood like I do which I just can't understand!

5. Gloves or mittens?
I love mittens because they are cozy and keep my little hands warmer. But if I'm out with Peter he doesn't really like holding my "mitt" so I wear gloves because I like holding his hand. Anyways, he keeps my hands just as warm as any mittens could.

6. What is the longest queue you've ever been in? Was it worth the wait?
I feel like I've spent a lot of time queue-ing so it's hard for me to remember a single line that stands out as the longest. England has mastered the art of the queue. I waited in super long lines for the London Eye and Madam Tussauds- both very touristy but still worth the wait. I have always waited in too many security/immigration/and customs lines at airports. Always worth the trip!

7. Besides Christmas, what is one thing you are looking forward to this December?
On Saturday Peter and I are going to see A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theater. I lucked into two free tickets from a hotel that I work with in my job. I've never been to Ford's Theater but Peter used to go to this performance when he was a kid. I just love this play! I think it will really get me into the Christmas spirit to get all dressed up for the show and go then out for dinner afterwards and just enjoy being together this time of year!

8. My random thought:
I never shared any pictures from my time at Young Life camp a few weekends back so here's one now: I got to go zip lining with these awesome girlies! Love em!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Baked Brie en Croute

Yesterday I shared a picture of Peter and I hard at work on a tasty treat for the holidays. And today I am sharing the recipe for: Baked Brie en Croute with dried cherries, and pecans. It's not my recipe, I got it here. It's super easy and sooo delicious! Your family, friends, holiday guests, strangers, will love you for serving this!

Ingredients:
1 package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (package comes with 2 sheets, you will only need one)
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/3 cup dried cherries, softened
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves (optional- I didn't have any when we made it last week and it's still divine)
1 (13.2 ounce) round Brie cheese

Directions:
1. Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 40 minutes or until it's easy to handle.
2. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
3. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork for egg wash.
4. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14-inch square.
5. Stir the cherries, pecans, honey and rosemary in a small bowl. Spread the cherry mixture into the center of the pastry square. Top with the cheese round.
7. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg mixture. Fold two opposite sides of the pastry over the cheese. Trim the remaining two sides of the pastry square to 2-inches from the edge of the cheese. Fold the sides up onto the cheese and press the edges to seal. (Basically just cover the cheese with the pastry and try not to have tons of extra dough).
8. Place the pastry-wrapped cheese seam-side down onto a baking sheet. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.
9. Decorate the top with pastry scraps or additional rosemary, if desired. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.
10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the pastry is deep golden brown. Let stand for 45 minutes to 1 hour (uh... yeah right. I guess this would make the cheese less melty but I don't have the patience to wait that long).
11. Serve with the crackers or bread or apples slices.


*Peter and I made this together. Doesn't food taste better when it's made with your sweetheart?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Still Thankful

I am not going to limit the season of thanks to just one day. I am still thankful for so much and want to celebrate my blessings everyday! I am especially thankful that I got to spend the past week at home! It was a great little vacation and a wonderful holiday! It was also extra special because Peter got to spend it with my family. This was our first time celebrating a big holiday in the same place. We've been together for over 3 years now but have always been apart on the holidays. He fits right into my family and that makes my heart so happy.


Peter and I baking together. I'll share the recipe for this yummy treat tomorrow!

The five of us all gathered, ready to enjoy the feast we prepared.

We went to Wawayanda State Park one day- had to walk off all those starches.

Peter and my sister and I outside the Jets stadium. Peter, being a Redskins fan, was maybe feeling conflicted but we all enjoyed the nail-biter of a game, the great box seats, and the company!

Time with my mom and dad is hands down my favoirte part of being home, duh. I hate living far away from them (even though where they are living now is closer than we've been in 4 years, it's still not close enough).

I simply do not get enough time with my family- what really qualifies as enough time?

We went bowling, baked and cooked, went on a hike and to the football game. Forced Peter to watch home videos and Gone With the Wind. But when it all boils down I feel like all we really did this holiday was eat. Even when we were doing something else there was food present. Oh and we took A LOT of pictures which I'm pretty sure is not something Peter is used to quite yet, but in our family it's a requirement! I don't mind one bit, even though I do roll my eyes when the parentals whip out the camera for the zillionth time.

This morning I missed walking down to the kitchen and chatting with my mom and seeing my dad first thing in the morning. And don't even get me started on my sister time. Fortunately Christmas is right around the corner or I just could not bear it!

Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tonight

Tonight after work I am meeting my roomsky and some of her work friends for dinner and a happy hour before heading to the special early release showing of Breaking Dawn at 8pm.

In the past, I'll admit it, my girlfriends and I did go to see the other Twilight movies at the midnight opening. This was mostly becasue our university student activites group rented out a theater and sold tickets for only $3. How could we not go then? But now I'm old and I never stay up past midnight anymore- except for Harry Potter, and I'll probably go to the Hunger Games midnight showing, but that's besides the point, this is just Twilight. Still I am really glad that my friend was able to get me a ticket to the special 8pm showing- it will be a fun girls night!

Back to the Hunger Games now... This new trailer was released a couple days ago and I could not be more excited! If you have not read this book do it. I promise it's nothing like Twilight!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hodgepode

I am linking up at my mom's blog today for the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Hop on over to share you answers!

1. What song reminds you of a specific time in your life and what is it about that song that makes you remember?
The first 2 Needtobreathe albums (Daylight and The Heat) take me back to my college days every time because that's where I first heard them. They used to play at fraternity functions and at the Handlebar downtown. And I can still picture myself dancing on the patio of the Polynesian Hotel with all my favorite people singing We Could Run Away sophomore year. Or crying whenever I heard the song More Time senior year because I was almost out of time.

(Sophomore year)

(Senior year)

2.What's something that you've given up on?
Washington D.C/ Politicians- they always fall short of their promises.

3.What's something you'll never give up on?
God's love for me and his promises for my life- He never fails!

4. If you had to cook something from scratch in the next hour what would it be?
The other day Peter and I bought all the ingredients to make this yummy Garlic Parmesan Edamame that I pinned the other day. It wouldn't be that much of a meal but looks like a delicious side or snack dish to me:

5. Have you started Christmas shopping? Decorating? Listening to Christmas music?
I have started drafting my shopping list however no purchases have been made. Must get on that I suppose. Decorating I tend to wait until after Thanksgiving since I have a lot of cute fall things that I'd like to get more use out of. And as for the Christmas music- well, it's pretty impossible not to listen to it since they pump it out of the speakers in every Starbucks and place that I stop for lunch.

6. What do you know about your parents wedding?
I love listening to my mom talk about their wedding. It's so fun to get a better idea of what my parents were like when they were at this stage in their life. I know the year they got married they were also in 10 weddings between the two of them! My mom went with my grandma and her sister to a wedding show/fair/whatever and was very decisive about what she wanted- bouquet, photographer, etc. (I hope I can make clear decisions when it's my turn- I am notoriously bad at that.) They got married in a church in Maryville, TN where my dad is from. I know my mom's bridesmaids wore peach colored dresses. My dad still had a mustache and looked very handsome and my mom was absolutely beautiful. Their reception was at a hotel and they went to Florida for their honeymoon and that was the second time my dad flew on an airplane.

7. I can't believe I: will be at home with my family in less than a week! Get here now!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blog Lovin'

Please excuse my absence. I don't really have a reason for my infrequent posting- just laziness and a lack of creativity.

I feel a bit like I'm relearning to ride a bike- I think getting back into the rhythm of writing is going to take me a few posts but I really actually miss it. I feel left out when I read my favorite bloggers daily post and I don't have one of my own. I've hit a wall but I'm going to just keep plugging away and hopefully it will take back off.

I have a lot going on in the next couple of weeks- plenty of blogging material.

This weekend I am going to Young Life camp with some awesome high schoolers. I am so excited to spend the weekend with these friends and to get to know them on a deeper level- plus have a ton of fun! I think I've made my love of YL camps pretty clear (see here and here).

I have been battling an annoying head/throat/chest cold for a week now and I'm really starting to get irritated by it. I am hoping it's completely gone by the time I leave for camp on Friday because a weekend of late nights and early mornings and running at full power is not going to help! Fortunately, after this crazy fun weekend comes a relaxing holiday!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! I am taking some nice vacation time and heading out of town on Tuesday after work. Anndd... Peter is coming home with me. This will be our first big holiday together. I am really excited for him to see some of our family seasonal traditions and to sit down to dinner for some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes- and experience Angel Pie (yes, it is a treat that you don't just eat, you experience it) but more on that later.

Just want to quickly share that I signed up for Bloglovin which is a site/app that allows you to read you favorite blogs on your smart phone. That was always my complaint about blogger- that their website couldn't be navigated on my phone. So now if you're on there Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gettysburg & Snow?

On Friday Peter picked me up from work and we drove to Gettysburg, PA for the night. It's only about an hour and a half away and the traffic wasn't too terrible. We stayed at the historic Gettysburg Hotel which is right in the center of town. Friday night we just walked around the town a bit and then got dinner at a delicious Italian place called Mama Venturas. Peter had gone there before with his family and they were mighty jealous of our visit.

We had heard they were calling for snow on Saturday but I didn't take it too seriously, despite what my iphone was telling me:

We were quite pleasantly surprised by what we saw when we woke up Saturday morning:

The snow fell heavily throughout the day, making this small town even more beautiful! We couldn't do too much since it was freezing so we hopped from door to door to stay dry. We had breakfast at the Lincoln Dinner. We went on a tour of the David Wills House (where Lincoln finished writing his famous address and where he stayed the night before he delivered it). We popped into a really neat antique shop. And then hopped in the car and drove out to the National park and the battle fields. If we had been prepared, it would have been fun to trek through the fields in all the snow. Instead we stayed mostly indoors, visited the museum and took pictures of the battle fields from the warmth of our car.

It's pretty crazy to think that almost 200 years ago these fields were littered with soldiers. Couple things I learned from the tour was that I am very grateful for warm shoes and socks and I would rather have died in the field then face war surgery back then... ugh.

Peter acted as my tour guide when it came to all the artillery and gun stuff. Did you know the Sharps carbine rifle really affected the outcome of the war due to it's longer range and greater accuracy? I do now!

Afterwards we headed to the Dobbin House Tavern for lunch. It's one of the oldest homes in Gettysburg, built in 1776 and is so charming with low dark wood beams on the ceiling and fireplaces and cozy couches.

Can you believe this much snow in October? It felt more like we skipped right over Halloween and Thanksgiving and were gearing up for Christmas!

These poor mums are totally freaking out! Who else saw snow this weekend?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Feels Like Home to Me

Hello! I'm back from Homecoming. The weekend was wonderful and I had so much fun reconnecting with everyone, but most importantly, I loved getting to have lots of time with my closest girlfriends!

On Thursday my roommate and a friend we had in town visiting, drove down to college town. I flew down that evening after work and they picked me up from the airport. That night we stayed on campus in my sister's apartment. We were so excited to pull onto campus and see this sign. Someone in our car may have teared up...

(I actually borrowed this picture from Hugs From Hannah, she's a freshmen at my school now and I follow her blog so I can relive the good ol' days. Hi Hannah! You don't know me!)

Friday we met up with the rest of our crew and went to our favorite local place for lunch. Afterwards we went to check into our hotel downtown. We did the economic thing and got one hotel room for 6 girls. We brought an air mattress and a power strip (not kidding) and piled in. 6 girls bring A LOT of stuff. Anywho... we just chilled out and caught up with each other for a while before making moves to head out for the evening. Of course we tried to take a ton of pics:

All the D.C. girls looking super patriotic together.
My favorite people!
After a night out on the town we slept in and then headed back to campus to tailgate. I love being on campus and seeing all the lucky people who get to still be in college. It's sad to know that one day I'll go back and not know anyone still there. We opted out of the football game and grabbed lunch and a nap instead. You know you're not in college anymore when one late night out forces you to need a nap the next day...

After resting up we started the getting ready process. (It takes 6 girls a LONG time to shower, blow dry and roll there hair, do their make up and commit to an outfit). We made dinner reservations with a bigger group at a delicious restaurant downtown before meeting up with the rest of the homecoming crowd.

Sunday my roommate and I got up and went to the service at the church we used to attend. It was so nice to be back there as well and I really miss it! Unfortunately we then we had to start packing up. The weekend was over way too quickly. Before heading out of town we grabbed lunch at another favorite-there were not enough meals in the weekend to eat everywhere we wanted. It was a tearful goodbye but fortunately we have new years and wedding get togethers on the horizon to look forward to! It was a looonng drive back to D.C for my roommate and I, and while I'm already missing my besties, I am glad that I don't have to share my bathroom with 5 other girls this week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Family, Friends, Fun

This past weekend I went home again. This time my darling sister was also in town! I love when all 4 of us get to spend the weekend together- although it always much too short. Why do weekends always fly by??

I went apple picking for the first time! It was so fun and such a beautiful day to be outdoors. I will say that my height works against me in the apple picking department...still such a good day!
It would have been have really hard to head back to D.C if I didn't have something to look forward to....Tonight one of my bff's is coming to town!

She is on fall break for the entire week and she is coming to stay with my roommate and I until we all head back to South Carolina for Homecoming this weekend!
We can't wait to be here in just a few short days....

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Catch Up

On my honor, I will try, to be a better blogger this week.
Here's some random things I need to get you, my patient readers, caught up on:

1. Fall has exploded in my house. Really what I should say, though, is pumpkins have thrown up in my house! Big ones, small ones, felt ones, glittery ones- stay tuned for a fall decorations extravaganza!

2. My lovely friend came to town for the weekend- it's a known fact that girl's weekends are the cure for most of life's problems.

3. I am obsessed with The Hunger Games. I read book one and two in less than 48 hours- I stayed up way too late finishing the 2nd one last night! It is soooo suspenseful, nerve shredding, adrenaline pumping, wonderful (probably not the best book to read at bed time- oh well). OBSESSED! I am literally tingling to get my hands on the third (and final book) but it's bittersweet because after that it's over. Seriously. Read. These. Books. Today (or at least before the movie comes out in March)

4. Young Life has been going soooo well! I feel so encouraged and excited by it all. I have loved getting to lead music again and I am loving all the great people I get to hang out with every week!

5. I had Columbus Day off. It is a wonderful thing to not have work on Monday. What cruel person decided that weekends should only be 2 days? Do you think we could get everyone in the whole world on board with changing it to a 4 day work week/3 day weekend? I don't think I would get much resistance. Oh, well. At least this will be a shorter week.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekend Recap

I cannot believe it is October. Outside this weekend it felt like we kinda skipped fall all together and went straight to winter. My closet and I were not prepared.

Both my roommates were gone for the weekend and I can't handle too much time on my own these days so I did my best to keep myself busy. On Saturday my friend Catherine and I met two guys for high tea at the Willard Hotel. It was such a nice time! Lovely hotel, champagne, tea and scones . Of course being that we are all only about 23 years old the conversation remained "high tea appropriate" for only a short time...oh well.

Afterwards Catherine had planned the perfect cold, rainy, fall afternoon of homemade bread pudding with rum sauce followed by homemade hot chocolate- all enjoyed in comfy sweaters and yoga pants- aka perfection!

On Sunday I took myself on a much needed trip to target! I recently ordered a pair of new pants from gap that I am eagerly awaiting and I decided I needed some new tops to go with them and to get ready for the colder days ahead:
(I also got a new dress, and a basic white long sleeve top- I can never leave target with just one or two items...)
Sunday evening we had Young Life team dinner and planning time! Tonight is our first official club! I am so excited/nervous, so say some prayers that lots of kids come and that it all goes smoothly! Today is going to be an absolutely crazy day work-wise so also pray that I make it through the day without any breakdowns and have plenty of energy for club! Ah Mondays...