The One with All the Pictures – Thanksgiving Week Photo Explosion & Recap

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Well – I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed my Thanksgiving break. I also know I’m sad it’s over, I’m sad that my sinuses could not handle the wild temperature change between MS and VA (almost 70 when we left my sister’s, about 45 when we arrived home) and is making me pay for it today and I’m sad that I won’t see my sister daily. Well – at least for the next three weeks.

Otherwise – there is naught but happiness here, for those things above are trivial things to be sad about and the past week was filled with plenty of moments to be quite happy about. A season of Thanksgiving and a reminder of the many, many things I have to thankful for.

The drive home on Monday night – shaky, but I love the sunset over the mountains & I love getting to see it on the way home.

The week started pretty quickly – which maybe sounds like a crazy way to phrase it, but I guess what I mean is there wasn’t much down time. I worked on Monday, en route to the house on Monday night I picked up pizza at Little Caesar’s (and almost face planted off the sidewalk leaving the place…) and we drove all the way to Dandridge, Tennessee before finally stopping for the night shortly before midnight. Eek! Watson did spectacularly all the way to MS – I had no doubt he would do awesome but I think my parents were pretty pleased with his travel endurance. His travel endurance consists of sleeping almost the entire trip – but you know, to each their own.

When we’d stop and take breaks, my Mom and I would walk Watson…until my Dad came out of the rest stop and took over. He’d run Watson around the place, putting him through his paces like some kind of show dog. My Dad was pretty certain Watson didn’t just need to skip around and sniff things; he needed to really run and blow off some steam. Hey – whatever you prefer Jeffrey.

Watson – always up for an adventure!
Especially up for a good nap in the car, ha-ha!
Waiting for his Lindsey Beast to get home from work…

We stayed with my sister all week and she was a lovely host – even if she was very particular about how I went about unmaking the bed – ha! I’m kidding Lindsey! Love you! We were bums for most of Tuesday night…well, we were bums for more than just Tuesday night, but then again, it was Thanksgiving Break – so a break was called for. On Wednesday we explored and shopped some in downtown Columbus; I always like to stop in at Deep South Pout, a store that Lindsey introduced me to last time I visited. We had lunch at Cafe on Main – a mainstay of downtown Columbus that had some pretty delicious down home Southern cooking! I have no doubt Watson’s favorite part of the visit though; besides getting to be with his whole family, was the dog park mere steps down the street from Lindsey’s house. He ran wild and free on several occasions and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

Good ol Southern cooking – fried okra, black eyed peas & mashed taters…with Sweet Tea, of course!

Watson enjoying being king of the “mountain” & getting some Lindsey cuddles.

Sliding down one side of the climbing obstacle…eek!

And here is where so many of the pictures come into play – ha! Of course we celebrated our turkey day exactly as one should; with more food than you could ever actually eat! We had turkey, ham, dressing (stuffing – what do you call it?) mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, corn, lima beans and rolls. Whoosh! We had to wait on dessert (red velvet cake, pecan pie and lemon meringue pie) until we’d taken a little afternoon stroll. My favorite thing on the menu was; as always, my Mom’s sweet potato casserole and I’m realizing as I type this that I never managed to have more than my one little serving! Aw man! My little sister is no doubt enjoying polishing off what is left.

I wish I’d had more than one spoonful of this goodness! 
Watson in his bow tie – outfitted handsomely to beg for some turkey & dressing!

After watching the Macy’s Parade and polishing off quite a bit of food, we decided we needed to get outside and do something besides sitting on our rear ends! Columbus has a river walk and so we decided to load up, head down to the river walk and stroll around some; Watson was especially thrilled to be included in this, even if it did mean he had to pose for some pictures every once in a while. One thing about packing for Thanksgiving in MS that I didn’t really think too hard about? The weather! I looked at it once or twice; it looked like the weather would hover around 60, and then I packed up my bags and didn’t think about it again. Well – almost every day the weather topped out at above 70 degrees and sunny! Don’t get me wrong, the weather was absolutely gorgeous! I just didn’t have anything gorgeous to wear in all that heat! Blegh! I struggled through, one day even wearing fleece lined leggings with a dress…because well, it was what I had!

Lindsey & I pretending we aren’t sweating….

There are tons of antebellum homes in Columbus – after we left the River Walk, we drove around and looked at some of them (from the car). I interspersed those photos in here too…and yea, I have no clue what any of the houses are called. But they’re pretty…

The Summerlin children with the granddog – who was obviously interested in something besides looking at the camera.

The sis & I – posing & secretly contemplating when we’d start acting wild for photos. 

I promise I’m not holding his head like that – he actually looked!

We made the mistake of parking under a big ol Oak tree while we explored the River Walk and apparently half of Columbus’ bird population likes to roost there – the car was covered in crap, no other way to put it. We decided to head through the car wash on the way back to Lindsey’s house and let me tell you – Watson was NOT a fan. I’d never taken him through a car wash for the very reason that I assumed he’d absolutely freak out. He did. Bless him.

Talk about being in a panic.

This face clearly says “car washes are NOT okay!”

We started our Friday with a trip to Starkville – and our first stop was The Biscuit Shop – Lindsey was so thrilled to go get biscuits that she quite literally ramped over the curb and into a parking lot across from the shop. She swears she thought it was the entrance to a parking lot…I’m not convinced. She just wanted those biscuits! We had lunch at Abner’s, a place I’m pretty sure I haven’t been to since I went to college for a semester at Mississippi State…but surprisingly, not much had changed. The chicken was still good, the tea was still sweet and the walls were still covered in MSU and SEC sports memorabilia. We cruised around campus (the calm before the Egg Bowl storm) and hit up a few shops before heading back to Columbus to visit with family and watch a Christmas movie.

Delicious chicken – and sweet tea!

The curb jumper with the biscuits. Ha-ha!

The day before the Egg Bowl madness….

Lindsey’s little home – all decorated for Christmas!

Saturday was such an absolute whirlwind – just thinking about all we did makes me feel sleepy; although there is probably more to it than just that. We woke up at 6 AM, left the house around 7 and drove to Collinsville to visit with my Mom’s family for a couple hours, then drove into “downtown” Collinsville to visit with my Dad’s family and give my cousin a send-off before he deploys on Tuesday. After lunch, we drove back to Columbus to drop Watson at the house and purchase emergency rain ponchos before cruising up the Interstate to Starkville for the Egg Bowl. And when I tell you the first time I felt relaxed (besides when I fell asleep in the car…hehehe) was sitting in those stands, well – that’s the truth and is kind of goofy too.

Saturday morning breakfast of champions – biscuit lady biscuits in raspberry, cranberry-orange & carrot cake!

En route to the game with the essentials!

The Junction

The (blurry) view from on high. So many people…so many tents.

I had not been to an MSU game since I was in college at MSU – and folks, that seems like a lifetime ago. So many things have changed but some things have certainly stayed the same. Let me tell you though; that gigantic, massive, absolutely huge Jumbotron on each of the stadium is pretty spectacular…as are the fireworks when a touchdown is scored and don’t even get me started on the fire that shoots up when they players enter the field. Wow. Granted, I certainly would have liked to see more of the fireworks…the bulldogs weren’t victorious but I still had a really good time and remembered all the wonderful things I love about Mississippi State football.

The new cowbell being put to use – the old one is still boxed up…

M! S! U!

Give me an S! Give me a T! Give me an A! Give me Another T! Give me an E!

That’s right – I can ring two cowbells at once – because that’s how much spirit I have.

Trying to keep her hood on during the downpour…thankfully it was short lived.

Dak Prescott’s last home game with MSU – a fond farewell.

Adios MSU – until next time…whenever that might be.

We drove home all day on Sunday. All day. In the rain. Blegh. I know I was about to go stir crazy and by about hour ten of thriteen, Watson has started just hanging his head in despair that he’d ever be freed from the car. Bless him. The last stop we made, he was like “nope…not getting back in that car…” but of course, he soldiered on and was one thoroughly thrilled little puppy when we arrived at home. I was one thoroughly thrilled person when we arrived at home. The week was wonderful but the drive/ride was long…and I’m glad I won’t be driving anywhere again until late March. Whoosh!

Settling in for the journey.

I leave you with my panoramic shot of Davis Wade Stadium – with Lindsey posing, of course.

London Bound – Harry Potter and Heights

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There are twenty-six days people. TWENTY-SIX. As in…less than a month. That’s right – I’m a little bit excited about all this London business and so I thought I’d share just a few more things we’d be doing while we are in merry old London Town!
First and foremost on this post – are you a Harry Potter fan? Well, let me assure you that we are definitely fans in our house…at least, my sister and I are huge fans, my Mom has read the books/seen the movies and my Dad…well, I suppose he likes it all just fine because we like it, you know?
Well – a large chunk of the Harry Potter films were filmed at Leavesden Studios in Leavesden and as the films were made, the props, costumes and sets were put aside in the event they were needed later in production. When the final film wrapped in 2010, the studio was left with thousands of intricately designed costumes, sets and props…and nothing to do with them, so the Warner Bros. Studio Tour was conceived and the tours began in March of 2012.

Leavesden Studios – The Warner Bros. Studio Tour
The Lobby 
The tour offers the chance to walk through the set of the Great Hall…right over the very stone floors that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint traipsed across filming the movies and you can also stroll along Diagon Alley if you’d fancy. The backlot is also a big part of the tour and allows guests to check out Number 4 Privet Drive, board the Knight Bus and even take a picture on Hagrid’s motorcycle. Costumes and prop used in the films are located throughout the studio and when you’ve finished touring you can certainly help yourself to a tankard (or four) of Butterbeer…and let me tell you; I’ve had the stuff and I think I’m going to try to figure out a way to smuggle it out of there. Do you think it’d make it through customs??
Incredible: This extraordinary model of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is due to go on display for the first time
Hogwarts – A filming model, obviously.
Great Hall: Inside Hogwarts Castle at the studios near Watford in north London
The Great Hall
The tour will no doubt be a highlight of our visit to London – granted; I feel like the whole trip itself will be a highlight if I’m being honest, but I’m sure this will be a lovely way to start the New Year though. The most delightful part of our tour is that because we are arriving mere days after Christmas, we will be getting the Hogwarts in the Snow Tour. The Great Hall will be decked out with eight Christmas trees, wreaths will line the walls, the Gryffindor Common Room will be festively furnished for the season, the Goblet of Fire will be on display as well…spitting out blue and red flames, much like it did in the movie. Hogwarts Castle will be covered in a blanket of snow as well; after all, the tour is called Hogwarts in the Snow…right?
If you’re headed to London and you’re a fan of Harry Potter, I think this should definitely be something on your list. If you want to check it out just because – look no further than right here. 
I mean – it’s received the royal seal of approval. It’s obviously amazing.
Another treat – I think – will be taking in the amazing views from the London Eye. I’ll be the first to let you know that I’m terrified of heights. Terrified. So, I’m not 100% certain how this whole thirty minutes turning ever higher will really work out for me but I’m also bound and determined to give it a whirl. Pun completely intended.
The London Eye – All 443 feet of it.
Step right up…step right into your very own pod.

The London Eye was opened in March of 2000 and was (until 2013) the highest viewing point in London. Eek! There are 32 capsules (one for each borough of London) that allow passengers to ride in air conditioned (hopefully heated in December) comfort as the Eye makes it approximately thirty minute rotation, offering unparalleled views of London as far as the eye (Eye…hehehe) can see. 
I’m looking forward to ascending to great heights…albeit with a slight hint of trepidation. However, I know this could definitely be a once in a lifetime chance; I certainly hope to return to London in the future, but you never know. There are so many places to see – so I figure I’d better seize the chance to take a turn on the Eye when the chance is offered!
The Eye at Christmas
So – there you go. Only twenty-six days to go…and I still feel like I have so much more to share! I can’t believe this trip is getting so close! Christmas will soon be here…and when it arrives, I’ll be in London! 

Watson Wednesday – Bark Box, The Third

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This week’s Watson Wednesday post is a little longer than usual – because Watson got his third (and final, for now) Bark Box! This box was somewhat Thanksgiving themed, although I was surprised that there weren’t any turkey flavored treats or toys…but still, it kept the theme fairly well.

I sat the box on the floor and let Watson do his normal routine of sniffing things out and then letting him inspect each one. He always knows the box is for him because it is filled with delicious (it stinks to me…) smells that entice his little puppy nose!

Oh look – another box just for me?
Trying to reach in & pull something out – so he can eat it! 

I only signed Watson up for a three month subscription – I wasn’t sure what would come in the boxes and my pup tends to be extremely ambivalent about toys; as I’ve mentioned before, he could care less about them. I feel like that was a good call for us because after three Bark Boxes, he now has five toys (I gave one away to a friend) that he doesn’t do much of anything with. I know…I know…I could have given those away too, but they’re so cute and a part of me hopes that he’ll decide he likes them. One day.

Watson is NOT so picky about things to eat – he loves food, he loves treats and so the variety of treats that came each month offered him new and different things. I know sometimes the boxes have treats and a “clothing” article but sadly we weren’t lucky enough to get one of those boxes, so I think for now we’ll be done with Bark Box – but maybe I’ll try it out again after some time has passed!

Nature’s Bits with Bison, Apples & Peaches

Nature’s Bits – These definitely intrigued Watson the most; I thought they smelled awful but he wanted to dive into the bag snout first! He had some of these treats as soon as we got everything out of the box and inhaled them immediately – he loves beef flavored things and bison is honestly just a better tasting version of beef (have you ever had a bison burger?) – so I’m sure if that applies to human food, surely it applies to dog food too.

The Squash

The Squash – This is one of those toys that is designed to make the dog work for a treat. I think; for that reason alone, I might be able to get him to play with this toy! Victory! He sniffed and licked at this but so far, that’s all he’s done. I haven’t quite figured out what I might stuff into the Squash – it obviously has to be small enough to fit in and out of the hole but not so small that it falls right out! However, I think we might have finally found a winner as far as toys are concerned!

Peas in A Pod

Peas in A Pod – Isn’t this the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I’m absolutely in love with this toy…and of course, Watson gave it one sniff and moved on to other things. The little stinker! All three peas come out of the pod and have squeakers, while the pod itself is crinkly. I think this could be such a fun toy but Watson has no interest and since I’m goofy, we’ll probably end up hoarding it because I have the hope he’ll eventually want to play with it. I just don’t have the heart to think of it getting torn to bits by some other dog, ha-ha! I know – I’m nuts.

Bully Chew

Bully Chew – Another one, eek! I know Watson loves these and he will no doubt devour this one just like he did the other…but I can’t get past the things ever since a co-worker let me in on what it’s made from. I won’t elaborate here, you can google that if you feel the need. I know that Bully sticks tend to be very high in Sodium content, so I’m glad we won’t be getting anymore of these. While I know I might be happy about that, I’m sure if Watson could voice his opinion online, he’d say exactly the opposite. Oh well!

Bark Box Approved – Pig Ear

Bark Box Approved Pig Ear – Another favorite for Watson, he can demolish a pig ear like nobody’s business and enjoys every last bite. I guess if there is one thing my dog definitely likes, its animal parts. Eek! Gross! I suppose if it makes him happy, that’s all that matters, right?

So – our final Bark Box may have been the most successful, if only because at least one of the toys can be used in conjunction with treats and so he might…maybe, just maybe he might play with it! I really enjoyed the three months that Watson received a Bark Box, I love what the company is doing and they were so easy to work with. 
We had an excellent experience with them and if my silly little pup would only play with toys, I’d have signed up for a much longer commitment! If you think Bark Box is something your dog might be interested in, feel free to check it out here – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed – and I know your dog will thank you!

Mission Cute

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Mission Cute is yet another product that I was turned on to through some of the numerous blogs I read; I discovered Mission Cute through April of A. Liz Adventures.  Now listen, if you click that link you’ll see that her review is over a year old – I stumbled onto her blog and literally played catch up for a couple months!

Mission Cute is a company that I can’t help but get behind because the whole idea is really quite inspired. The boxes start as cheaply as $17 a month and are curated to have some of the cutest and most unique vendors in each monthly box; April jokes it’s like Etsy in a box, but I really think that’s the best way to describe the things you’ll find inside each box. The boxes ship on the 15th of each month and the shipping is always free via UPS!

The best part about these boxes – besides getting an awesome box of cute things each month? Every month a different non-profit is chosen and 50% of the proceeds from all boxes purchased goes directly to that non-profit. The non-profit that is chosen each month is voted on by the subscribers and you can put in your vote each month on their website and you can also offer up the name of a non-profit that you’d like to see sponsored. A couple of the non-profits that have been supported in the past are RAINN, Ekubo Ministries and Feeling Fine Canine & Equine Rescue, and those are just a few of the many that have been supported!

Mission Cute – November

My subscription started with the November box and the non-profit that the November box supported was the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue; located in North Carolina this group is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of migratory birds. I was SO excited to get this box and I couldn’t believe all the awesome goodies that were inside the box! Let’s dive right in!

A 5×7 print with a message of gratefulness.

I think Mission Cute is all about a good art print – I took it upon myself to look back at some previous boxes and it seems like they include an art print of some sort almost every month! I love this one for the month of November; a reminder to be grateful, which is essentially the same as being thankful. I also love that the colors and design are simple – this print could be used year round. I’ve got to find a cute little frame for this and then I plan to display it in my office!

Blood Orange Smoothie Loose Leaf Tea

I absolutely love a good cup of tea and when I pulled out this little bag of loose leaf tea and began reading the ingredients, I knew I would be in love! I mean – I love orange and citrus flavored anything and this also has some vanilla as well. I’ll go ahead and let you know it tastes as delicious as it sounds! I’d love to get myself to a tea shop and get the chance to sniff all the teas, pick out some delicious blends and be able to steep myself a lovely cup of tea…which leads right into the next item…

A Steepware Tuffy Steeper

A steeper! I have an absolutely adorable tea steeper that is shaped like an owl and he usually roosts at home; I am going to keep my Tuffy Steeper at the office. I especially love this steeper because it allows your tea to steep and provides a clever cover over the hot water concealing everything handily inside your mug! I love when something is both handy and cute – which this tea steeper certainly is!

Good Morning Sunshine mug

Isn’t this the cutest mug? I certainly don’t know how often I feel like “sunshine” in the morning but a cup of coffee in a cute mug is a step in the right direction. I have this mug at the office and I try to absorb it’s happy little mantra each morning…especially on the morning I’m not feeling too much like being a ray of sunshine, ha!

Gold Leaf Necklace

This necklace might be my favorite thing from the November box! I’m not a huge fan of gold jewelry; or so I thought, but in recent months I’ve become a bit more interested in having a few pieces of gold jewelry and this necklace definitely fits the bill! It’s lightweight without looking cheap or tacky and can be worn for any season…although I think it’s a winning piece for Autumn for sure! The first time I wore this, I got so many compliments and I love jewelry, so I hope some of the future boxes have cute pieces like this too!

Thank You card note set

That’s right – it’s a whole set of thank you notes! I was raised on writing thank you notes and I fully believe you can never have too many thank you notes; you never know when you’ll need to pen one and send a little thanks someone’s way! I love the aqua and gold color scheme these cards have and the clean lines are especially pretty. I couldn’t believe there was an entire set of note cards – normally you see a box like this having maybe a note card or two, so I was really tickled with these!

So – there you have it! My very first Mission Cute box. I’m so glad I signed up for this subscription service and I can’t wait to see what the next few months hold – I’ve seen some really neat things in other boxes and I love the surprise of receiving a little box of happy each month! I also like knowing that some of the money I put toward the box is sent along to help a charity each month. I wonder who December’s box will benefit? I guess I’d better go offer up my vote toward that, huh? Till next time! 

You Can Never Have Too Much Coffee…Or Too Many Washington Nationals Themed Items

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This recap may be short and sweet…and it might evolve into being longer than I think. I don’t know. I feel a sense of urgency with this one; perhaps because the work day has been hectic and finally seems to be slowing down, but maybe I’m worried it will pick back up?

Who knows? The past week…as always….seems like it had a lot of not much happening and then the weekend wasn’t too full of activity either. I guess this past weekend was like the calm before the holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas) storm! I’m realizing as I type this that it was probably the last weekend with nothing to do and nowhere to be until 2016! There will be holiday travel, Christmas parties, Christmas concerts, cookie swaps, ornament exchanges…and the list goes on and on…and then of course, LONDON!

And well, by the time we return from London, the New Year will have already started and then maybe there will be another weekend with nothing to do? Prefereably with some snow so I can curl up in front of a fire and drink delicious warm things like coffee and hot cider and maybe tea, because perhaps I won’t get a tea overload in London. Perhaps. See…I’m already rambling….

Such an accurate shirt. Which I suppose is why I own it.
The Christmas trees at home are up & sparkling!

I suppose one of the major themes of the past week was decorating for Christmas – we decorated at home and we decorated at work and there are Christmas trees everywhere now. Which I completely love. Our family is a little excessive when it comes to Christmas trees; we usually have at least five trees decorated in our house, at one point we had seven each year and I’m sure when my parents have a house again (as opposed to a town house) that will happen again. When I was living in my own home, I had five – so we like the Christmas trees. A lot. 

I don’t think my Mom has ever truly embraced that I’m a complete and total nerd. Geek. Dork…and decorating “my” tree revealed that as she looked at some of my ornaments like “what the heck?!?” Whatever you want to call it – I’m it. After more than one Christmas season as a Hallmark employee (college and last year…eek) I have more Christmas ornaments than any one person ought to have. A huge chunk of those ornaments consist of fairly nerdy things…such as superheroes and villains from many a comic book related movie…there is most assuredly at this moment a Batman, more than one Superman, an Iron Man and a Spiderman hanging on “my” tree. Bane is also holding court on one of the lower branches. I have a Darth Vader in a Christmas sweater that will wish you a Merry “Sithmas” if you pass too close to him and the tree also contains not one but two dragons (Smaug and Drogon) a dwarf king (Thorin Oakenshield) and of course, the Iron Throne. And half of you have read this and have absolutely no clue who in the heck some of those people are. Ha!

And the Christmas tree at work is all aglow too!
Watson is ready to do Thirty Day Shred with me….he thinks…
Oh hello – may I have what you’re drinking? 

The office tree is more traditional – all red and green and delightful. I’ve started dotting my office landscape with all manner of Christmas decor…but I suppose I’ll save the final push for when I return from Thanksgiving. I read somewhere that every time you decorate a tree before Thanksgiving, an elf kills a baby reindeer…at this rate, I’ve got some reindeer death on my hands. Oops! Having shared that horror, the rest of the week was spent tweaking decorations here and there…and otherwise just doing the regular weeknight things: exercise, dinner, catching up on TV shows, trying to keep my dog from crawling into my lap and stealing my food…you know, those kind of things.

And to think – it was supposed to rain on Thursday. 
National League MVP – yes sir! Sounds exactly right to me!

The weekend started with some seriously delicious food at what was literally a complete hole in the wall – Italian Touch – in the little bitty town of Woodstock. I’m always so hesitant about hole in the wall places because I’m just a weirdo about things like that…but I guess I should get over that, huh? The food was pretty much divine…especially the cannoli…and the place was literally on the side of a gas station. We followed up supper with a visit to Fort Valley Nursery for their Enchanted Evening, which was all sorts of delightful Christmas decor, live music and some pretty delectable looking sweets on display (I only got coffee). I got a coconut latte and lest you turn your nose up at that, let me tell you it was literally the best latte I’ve maybe ever had in all my life and I’m now on a mission to find Torani Coconut syrup for all my coffee. Forever.

Seriously one of the best lattes I’ve ever had. In the midst of a complete Winter Wonderland.
Gorgeous Christmas decor all over the place…
Watson is always a convenient foot warmer. 

Saturday was a fairly epic day in the category of being lazy – although I didn’t actually sleep in – I woke up at 6:55 and couldn’t ever get back to sleep, which always makes me sad. I mean, not tragically sad or anything…just slightly bummed out. I continued to be lazy almost all morning and didn’t venture out until around lunch time when I joined my Mom to go to a craft bazaar at the local Moose Lodge. As with all craft bazaars, some of the things we saw looked like junk and some of the stuff was actually seriously awesome…and there were lots of vendors there from random companies like Scentsy, Origami Owl, Thirty-One…you get the picture. My Mom and I bought Origami Owl charms, a Scentsy warmer and some homemade sweets. We continued our (mild) shopping spree at Home Goods and Old Navy, before winding things down at Cold Stone Creamery – where I will warn you that you should not get the marshmallow ice cream because while the flavor will draw you in, the fact that it basically turns into a giant lump of cold hard marshmallow will push you back out.

Who knew marshmallow ice cream actually had the consistency of a marshmallow???
Look at this sweet little face. It’s certainly changed as he’s grown, but it’s still just as sweet as it was on Day One.

Sunday was fairly slow paced – after church and lunch we went to Nibblins and Best Buy – where I purchased my brand new shiny camera. I purchased that camera at Best Buy, not Nibblins…just in case you’re confused. Nibblins sells food stuffs…and a camera is not food stuffs. However, they did have a glorious 24 ounces Washington Nationals Tervis Tumbler that my Dad thought he’d show me, I assume he thought I wouldn’t immediately decide to make it mine but I guess he still has some things to learn because I walked out of that store with that Tervis because 1) you can never have too much coffee and 2) you can never have too many Washington Nationals themed things. Those two sentences could be a life mantra for me if we’re being honest here. I spent Sunday night eating breakfast (for supper, true story) and watching Scandal and packing. So…there you have it.

Christmas Reindeer? Moose? ReinMoose? Who cares?

Also – I have successfully rambled like a complete and total spazz now and I think I should probably move on. I’d like to blame the third cup of coffee I’m drinking right now on my spastic-ness, but let’s be honest: You can never have too much coffee, so that’s not it. Ha!

Five on Friday

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It’s Friday – Hallelujah! I won’t go into my stressful week hoopla yet again; that doesn’t mean it isn’t true but I’m sure no one, not even myself, wants to hear it this Friday…right? I will say that so close to Thanksgiving, at this point in the game I’m currently thankful for the impending weekend, the joy of sleeping in (even though it’s bad for your health) and knowing I only have one work day next week. Oh happy (Fri)day!

One. The Fifteen Sexiest Names….Did your name make the list? I have to say, I stumbled on to this article on Yahoo earlier in the week and it completely cracked me up! Why, you ask? Well, not only is my name number seven (I think) on the list, but my little sister’s name is number thirteen – so my parents are two for two with sexy names for their children…which I’m sure is exactly what they were going for when they picked out names for their tiny new babies, right? Ha! It’s good for a laugh, if nothing else.

Two. Bryce Harper is the National League MVP – and he’s not just the winner of this award, he won it unanimously, was the youngest MVP to ever win the award unanimously and is the first MVP in the Nationals history. So yep – that’s a pretty big deal and as a Nationals fan and all around unabashed Harper lover, I’m pretty thrilled about all this. Congrats Mr. Harper – can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for you and the Nationals!

Also – in other new – Bryce Harper has no clue what a meme is. He also doesn’t want to become a meme. But yea…when you mispronounce the word meme, you’ve just gone ahead and assured you’ll be a meme. Stick to baseball, ha!

Three. Apparently studies show that sleeping late on the weekends isn’t a good thing – and I just have call foul on that. I was listening to KLove on the way to work this morning and they read off some information about how altering your sleep schedule can cause diabetes and heart disease!!! Let me tell you, that is crushing information because I love to sleep late on the weekends. Even if at this point my idea of “late” means I usually don’t make it past 7:30. *sigh* Please tell me this news is just as upsetting to all of you out there…because I have BIG plans to sleep in on Saturday!

Four. Fitness on Friday; I know this is your favorite number five! I’ve finally embraced the elliptical; I needed to catch up with a show on Monday night and so I made a deal with myself that I’d stay on the elliptical for the duration of the show – and while there were moments when I thought my legs would fall off…but I definitely did it! I’ve started alternating between the elliptical one day and Jillian Michael’s Thirty Day Shred and I’m pleased to report that while the first week absolutely made me feel like I was dying, this week I don’t feel that way so much anymore. Progress, right?

I feel a sense of trepidation as the holiday season and holiday eating approach – I know I can conquer the need to shovel my face with all the glorious holiday goodies…and I also know that weight loss and fitness is a process. I think I’m going to need to be reminded not to get so down on myself when I have a misstep or perhaps eat one more cookie than I need to. Oh well – tis the season, I suppose.

Five. A reminder this Friday, for when you seem our of sorts, a mess and altogether just not sure about anything. It’s okay. We’re all a mess – and that’s why it’s such a wonderful thing that there is grace. Keep this reminder close during these next few hectic weeks and happy weekend-ing to you all!

Friday Reminder

Also…because I just couldn’t resist. Hehehehe…..