Impromptu

Today was a day that I thought was going to be sucked away by furniture shopping, but it actually turned out to be a fun one!

We walked away with beautiful living room and dining room sets πŸ™‚Β Chelsey’sΒ advice to buy quality pieces, rather than one’s that “will do” was right on target with what we wanted to do. We haven’t found a bedroom set yet, but we will in time. Good things come to those who wait, right? πŸ˜‰

We celebrated with some cool refreshing Starbucks coffee.

Can you believe that this was my first iced coffee of the season?! Me either. What have I been thinking? This iced sugar-free vanilla coffee was on point. Cory raved about the caramel macchiatto as well πŸ™‚

We came back to Cory’s apartment to for some lunch. I had a turkey, cheese, avocado and lettuce sandwich with some blueberries on the side.

After a quick lunch, I headed to the pool to do summa this

I hung out at the pool for about an hour, and Cory and I decided we didn’t want to sit at home for the rest of the night – so we went on an impromptu date and went to the movies!

Oh my gosh! If you liked the first movie (come on, who didn’t?) you have to go see this one! It was pretty darn funny πŸ™‚

I also thought it was funny that everyone in the theatre brought their own snacks. The girl next to me had a whole Chipotle burrito. And I thought we were being smart…

Okay friends, I’m off to watch five moreΒ an episode or two of The Tudors πŸ˜‰ I’ll catch ya tomorrow!

Let’s chat –Β What was the last movie you saw in theaters? Do you bring your own snacks?

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Birthday Weekend Wrap-Up

Birthdays are a big deal in my world. I am a huge birthday diva and insist on celebrating a birthday week. Yeah, it happens.

Cory is no such diva.

But because it’s hard to celebrate a birthday on a Monday – darn that work thing – we did most of the celebrating this weekend πŸ™‚

On Saturday morning, we ventured into DC and visited the Spy Museum!

Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside. Let me tell you, though – is a very huge, very cool museum.

We learned so much about spies!Β I’m considering dropping out of my counseling program and starting a career of espionage. How does Special Agent Lunchbox sound? πŸ˜‰

After the spy museum, we stopped by our favorite DC fro-yo shop!

Cheesecake fro-yo for lunch makes for two very happy campers πŸ˜€

We spent the afternoon lounging around before getting dressed up for birthday surprise #2 – dinner at Texas de Brazil! I don’t know about you, but I love getting a little dolled up and going out to dinner.

We tried our best to play around with the self-timer just for this little blog πŸ˜‰

We’re looking in to hiring a personal photographer πŸ˜‰ We just don’t have the self-timer skills.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Texas de Brazil, it’s literally a meat fest. Men walk around with huge skewers of meat like this

(Taken with my phone, sorry for the poor quality!)

And just keep slicing you pieces until you say stop. I did not partake in the meat fest, as their “salad” bar is top notch. Salmon pieces, cheeses, breads, olives, pastas, veggies…

I mean, how many salad bars have you seen that look like this?

I made two trips during Cory’s meat extravaganza. While I didn’t take the meat-route, I did eat an alarming amount of cheese and bread. I really think the restaurant should invest in stretchers to roll people out of there. We were stuffed!

Now it’s back to reality for the next 8 hours before I head over to Cory’s for more birthday celebrations – his parents are coming to town!

Happy, happy birthday, Cory! I hope 25 is the best year yet!Β 

Let’s chat – When’s YOUR birthday? Mine is October 5th!Β 


Busy Bee

Hello, beautiful people! Happy Saturday to you πŸ™‚

I’ve got a very busy day planned with my birthday boy (man? guy?) so I’ve got to make this post a quick one πŸ™‚

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FridayΒ (Did anyone else start singing Rebecca Black when you read that word? Gag me.)

Last night, Cory and I made our way over to the little farmer’s market that sets up shop across the street from his place. My favorite vendor, Great Harvest, was there handing out thick slices of cinnamon swirl bread.

The crust was heavenly.

The flower vendors also made me happy.

DinnerΒ 

Cory and I had plans to make dinner, but time got away from us. Deciding Oh yeah, I’m starving. Let’s start dinner doesn’t really fly in these parts. Hanger gets real serious. So when Chinese was suggested, it was a no brainer.

I had the chicken and broccoli and Cory had the General Tso’s. To-go boxes were requested almost immediately. That’s a lotta food!

Today Cory and I are venturing into DC to go to a pretty awesome museum (they do exist) and then we have dinner reservations at his favorite place. Updates to come! πŸ˜€

Enjoy your Saturday, friends! I’ll catch ya later!

Let’s chat – Chinese food: Yay or nay?Β 


Wax Attack

Hello, friends!! I hope you’re not up as early as I am on this fine Saturday morning πŸ™‚ I’m getting ready to head out to my Saturday class, but I wanted to share last night’s highlights with you!

After work, I finally made Courtney’s scone recipe!! I was so pleased – they are delicious! I might take one with me to class today πŸ™‚

Around 4 Cory and I metroed into DC, and thanks to LivingSocial we were able to hang out with all 44 (wax) Presidents – and some wonderful celebrities – at Madame Tassauds πŸ™‚ I thought Heather would enjoy this outing πŸ˜‰

I won’t lie – at first, it was almost like being at a morgue. It was semi-creepy seeing all these life size presidents standing around. But, as you can see…we got over that feel pretty quickly πŸ˜‰

Cory and Tommy J..

I’m trying to keep an eye out for John Wilkes Booth. (I was disturbed that Lincoln was placed in a theatre booth)

“You can’t handle the truth!!” I forget who this is! But I kept laughing because Cory would bang his fist on the table each time I tried to take a picture. “Cory, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but we’re in public and we can’t hear the fist bang in the photo.”

I was hoping this moment would come πŸ˜€

Madame Tassauds was right across the street from a self-serve frozen yogurt shop. We stopped for an appetizer πŸ™‚ A dollop of red velvet cake and a dollop of cheesecake flavors with a hearty serving of rainbown sprinkles and almond slivers. Yes, please! πŸ™‚

We had plans to go to THE CEREAL BOWL (!!!) after Madame T’s – but the crazy intense winds blew a tree over on the metro rail, shutting down the red line, the one needed to get to Cereal Utopia. But it’s okay, we improvised and had a great time!! πŸ˜€

We ended up at a Spanish tapas bar – the food was good, but a little too oily/greasy for me. I really can’t tell you in much detail what we ate – and the menu is not online, but I’ll do my best. We started with bread and three dipping oils:

Then shared fried eggplant with a queso dipping sauce:

We moved on to more eggplant – not fried this time – filled with ricotta cheese and tomatoes:

Then we topped off a calamari bowl that had shrimp and mushrooms. It was great!

It looks like a lot of food, but we didn’t finish everything – and the servings were great sizes to share! πŸ™‚ It was almost like we were back in Spain πŸ™‚

Well my friends, I’ve got to hit the road if I want to grab some coffee before class!

Chit – chat: Do you have a favorite President? Mine is Lincoln! πŸ˜€

 


Busy Day!

Hello, friends! Happy Hump Day πŸ™‚

I had a date with the treadmill bright and early this morning. I completed 20 minutes of speed intervals. I sprinted at 7.2 for 1:30 and recovered for 40 seconds at 6.0 – and repeated that several times πŸ˜‰ After that I hopped on the elliptical for 12 (random, I know) minutes.

I got back to my apartment, showered, packed my lunchbox (lunch & dinner) and my backpack and ate some cereal for breakfast. I’m still stuck on my combo of Honey Nut Cheerios and Quaker Oats Oatmeal Squares topped with almond slivers and half a banana. Maybe next shopping trip I’ll change up the cereals. Maybe πŸ˜‰

Last night’s dinner at Panera was delish, per the usual. My prediction last night came true! πŸ˜‰ I ordered a you-pick-two of chicken noodle soup and a Thai chopped salad. This was the first time I’d ever had this salad, and while it was pretty good, I don’t think I’ll be ordering it again. The peanut sauce dressing was slightly overpowering.

A close up of the salad: fresh cilantro, chopped romaine, citrus & pepper chicken (YUM), fire roasted edamame blend, wonton strips (I removed), Β low fat Thai chili vinegarette, cashew pieces, peanut sauce.

The show stealer? The baguette, duh πŸ˜‰

My day is pretty swamped – I’m teaching my RA class this morning, I have meetings this afternoon, a doctor’s appointment, a group meeting for a project and class from 5:30 – 9:30. Is it the weekend yet?!

I better get movin’! πŸ™‚

Let’s chat – What did you have for breakfast? Did you have a morning workout?


Dutch Date Night

Good afternoon, my friends! Thank you SO much for helping me decide what I should do for my Substance Abuse project. My Grandma left a comment suggesting that I get rid of my potty mouth, but I couldn’t come up with a an idea for “treatment.” Oh well. F it πŸ˜‰ (Just kidding, Mare!)

After thinking long and hard – and reading your very helpful comments – I have decided to forgo all technology after 8PM. This means no computer, no TV. I’m focused, guys. I’m dedicated to the cause. Maybe I’ll even go Lindsay Lohan-chic and invest in an ankle monitor πŸ˜‰

Too much?

I’ve decided that I can use my phone for conversational purposes (no texting), as that is a positive trade-off. The only exceptions for the technology are 1. Tuesdays = Glee at 8PM, sorry. 2. If I need to use the computer after 8PM, I can only use Word to write my papers. Sound fair? I think so.

My “treatment” will be reading or journaling or anything else that happens to come up! I’m excited to see how it goes. I’m a little nervous as well, because I’m usually working on my blog until 10PM. Yikes! This will be difficult.

Okay – that’s enough about school work! Thanks for putting up with it. I feel like once I put it in writing, I’m more likely to stick to it πŸ™‚

Lunch today was a veggie bowl with brown rice, a crisp Fuji apple and a Babybel cheese wheel. I could eat 10 of those Babybel wheels. They are so tasty!

Tonight Cory and I are going on what we call a Dutch Date. A Dutch Date means we go out, but we pay for ourselves. Some people think this isn’t proper. Some people totally agree. My opinion is that after you’ve been dating someone for 4.5 years, you can’t expect them to pay for you every time you go out. It’s easier to swing $10 for yourself rather than $20 for the two of you – do you see what I mean?

Anyway, I’m telling you this now because I fear I won’t have time to get back and post after dinner (and because of Glee) and make my 8PM rule. I mean, I can’t relapse on the first day! πŸ˜‰

If I was a gambling woman, I’d say you’ll probably be seeing pictures tomorrow morning of a you-pick-two made up of chicken noodle soup and half of a Thai chopped chicken salad πŸ˜‰

Let’s chat – Do you think the boy should always pay for dates – regardless of how long you’ve been together? What do you normally order from Panera?

 

 


Valentine’s Day Victory

I know I said I’m not one to celebrate Valentine’s Day. After I made that post, I almost regretted it because I felt like I’d have to be Hard Hearted Helen today in order to stand true to what I said – and that’s so not me. Β All I was trying to express (albeit poorly) was that I don’t like when this day taken to the extreme. I try to find the happy medium between walking around throwing rose petals in my wake and wearing black while dubbing today “Singles Awareness Day” (Which I just realized spells sad. That’s sad.) It’s a fun day to do cute things with people you love, and I can dig that.

Our Valentine’s ended up being just that! A little bit of cuteness, with a whole lot of love πŸ™‚

Cory and I usually send each other emails throughout the day, and today he sent me two “themed” ones that I enjoyed πŸ™‚

A little comedy –

We love our Macs and iPhones πŸ™‚ I know these things from Facebook are so yesterday, but they always make me laugh.

And a little sweetness in the form of a Google Maps e-card –

 

Aw, man. I just love this guy. πŸ˜€ As an aside – I can’t believe our wedding is less than six months away! It sounds like a long time, but it’s going to be here before we know it. I get butterflies every time I think about it πŸ™‚

Speaking of our wedding – Cory’s parents sent us a Valentine’s Day present off our registry πŸ˜€

It didn’t come out in the picture very well, but they’re Mr. & Mrs. champagne flutes filled with treats! Can you guess which one is mine? πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much, Joni and Mark!!

When Cory got home, I gave him two “tickets” to the Spy Museum in DC. I went years ago, and we’ve been wanting to go together, so I thought this was a good idea πŸ™‚ Nevermind the 5th grade-esque quality. It came from the heart.

Cory asked where I wanted to go to dinner and we came up with the decision to try the American Cafe.

I ordered Cajun chicken with veggies and mashed potatoes. You can imagine my disappointment when I quickly realized the “mashed potatoes” clearly came out of a box. Let down. The chicken wasn’t too bad though – it had a nice spicy kick to it.

Neither of us was totally satisfied with our meals, which only meant one thing. We had to go somewhere else for dessert. Enter: Red Velvet Cake (to-go!) from Eggspectations.

We devoured this baby real fast. I tried to get it out of the to-go box for a pretty picture, but that wasn’t going to happen without the cake crumbling/messing up the (cream cheese!) icing.

Well, friends, I’m stuffed and ready to relax for the rest of the night! I hope you’re doing the same! πŸ˜€

Question for the evening – How did you spend your Valentine’s Day?