Happy Wednesday friends! Finally bringing back the WIAW. It’s been awhile since I’ve actively participated, which is a shame because the meals down in these parts have been off the chain.
It’s too bad I didn’t get any pictures of them. I scarfed them down too quickly I guess, so these boring meals will have to do!
Breakfast was back to the basics. Chobani yogurt with a banana. We’ll ignore the fact that I had a McDonalds breakfast sandwich today (totally worth it).
Yesterday afternoon I went shopping for Vegas outfits and I met up with my mom to grab lunch at the mall. It’s so awesome to live in the same area as my family to be able to do things such as these. I really took it for granted growing up and I’m so glad I’m back!
We went to the Chinese food restaurant in the mall and I ordered orange chicken, lomein, and green beans. The chicken and lomein were just eh, but the green beans were off the chain. My mom didn’t really like her meal either, but the company made it a great lunch.
When I got home from work yesterday I went straight to my room to start cleaning everything out. I’ll definitely have to share my before, during, and after pictures. The movers are coming tomorrow with all of my furniture so I have to make sure everything’s clean. I got so caught up in cleaning out my bedroom that I didn’t even eat dinner and was in bed by 8. That definitely explains why I was so hungry this morning (again, McDonalds – totally worth it).
Today I’m at the office all day, WHICH I totally love by the way – but I’ll save that for another post. This week is flying by surprisingly fast considering I have a vacation to look forward to this week.
That’s right, this Friday I’m going to VEGAS BABY!
About a month ago my old roommate Tom and I were texting about having a reunion. It took about 3 seconds to decide on Vegas, and another 10 seconds to convince our 4 friends to join us. Three hours later our flights were booked and it was official. Vegas here we come!
I land in Vegas early Friday morning and don’t get back until Monday night. Because there’s 6 of us total we’re staying in a suite at one of the hotels in the middle of the Strip. The prices were extremely reasonable, and how can we not get a suite when we’re planning the Hangover Part IV (coming soon to a SnapChat near you).
The last time I was in Las Vegas was my senior year of college. My sorority sisters and I went out for the week and, boy, did we have a blast.
I’m excited to finally experience Vegas as an adult. And by that I mean I’m not a broke college student trying to ball on a budget, I can actually afford to lose the money I’m gambling with
I’m heading back to the office for the day, have a great week everyone!
In the comments:
Have you ever been to Vegas? Tell me all about it! If not, what’s your favorite “long weekend getaway” location?
Wow. That’s all I can really say about this past weekend. Instead of trying to put how great Thanksgiving break was into words, I’m just going to let my photos do the talking.
Thanksgiving day was spent with my family at my grandma’s house. Every year we all find time to get together, and be thankful for one another. I’m so lucky!
Dinner at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford with my family and my dad’s parents. I felt like I was transported back to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Live music, tall pints of German beer, and great company – it doesn’t get any better than that.
I had the chance to spend time with my friends near and far who were back for the holidays. (Several) drinks later at World of Beer with some of the very best…
Last, but certainly not least, a day spent tailgating with my favorite people in the world and a football win that (k)night. Black Friday was given a whole new meaning – Go UCF! (But most importantly, GO NOLES!)
And the best part about this weekend? I don’t have to leave.
In the comments:
Tell me about your Thanksgiving weekend! Do anything fun? Crazy? Wild? I wanna hear about it.
Happy Wednesday everyone! I can’t say it enough, the best part of being home has got to be the home cooked meals. The past month I spent the majority of my meals at Chipotle or Panera – I’m ready for some real southern home cookin’!
I kind of slacked on my meals this week, I blame it on the fact that I inhaled it so quickly. But I did snap a picture of our Monday night dinner. Baked ham, homemade cheesy potatoes, and green beans. BOMB DOT COM.
Baked ham always reminds me of Christmas time, which is convenient because the holidays are here! I’m that obnoxious person who likes to play Christmas music starting the day after Thanksgiving. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
This year I’m so thankful that I’ll be living near my family for the holidays, so I came up with a Holiday Bucket List to complete since I’ll actually be around to complete it.
Holiday Bucket List
- Dress Buddy up in a Santa Claus suit for Christmas
- Christmas Pandora the day after Thanksgiving
- Finish my Christmas shopping early
- Black Friday shopping with my mom
- My grandma’s homemade chicken noodle soup (YUM.)
- Have a great New Years Eve for once, and maybe even a New Years kiss
- Hit the Christmas movie trifecta: Elf, Home Alone, and The Santa Claus
- Be crafty (or have Pinterest help me be crafty)
- Go to an ugly sweater party
- Spend an ample amount of time with my family and younger cousins who still believe in the simple joys like Santa Claus
- Hot chocolate spiked with Kahlua curled up by the firepit
- Decorate the Christmas tree with my mom and sister
- Go see the Christmas lights around our neighborhood in the back of a pickup truck
- Christmas Eve candlelight service at our church
- Yearly tradition of jumping on my sister to wake her up on Christmas morning, then run down the hall to our parents room without looking at the Christmas tree to let them know we’re up
- A kiss under the mistletoe
- More photos than I know what to do with …oh wait that’s impossible
In the comments:
What’s on your holiday bucket list?
Hey everyone, happy Tuesday! I had a prior post written for today, but Buddy seems to think that my MacBook is a play toy and as he was dancing on the keys with his paws he somehow managed to delete all of it.
The face of a genius.
Anyways, I’ve seen a bunch of virtual coffee date like posts which I loved, except for the fact that coffee really isn’t my cup of tea. As a matter of fact, tea isn’t really my cup of tea.
So let’s go with wine*, because who doesn’t like wine? And who doesn’t start spilling the secrets within their soul after a few glasses of pinot? AMIRIGHT?
So, if we were at wine night together, I’d tell you that today I start my first day at our company’s Orlando office. I AM SO EXCITED. I’m the girl that craves change and is always looking forward to the next big adventure, so I’m looking forward to starting over somewhere new!
If we were at wine night together, I’d tell you that I saw Catching Fire on Saturday and it was the bomb dot com. Seriously. The first book was my favorite of the series, so I just assumed that it’d be the same with the movies. I’m so happy I was wrong.
If we were at wine night together, I’d tell you how great Buddy is doing in Florida! He loves the house and is obsessed with having a backyard. He’s getting along pretty well with the two other dogs in my house and loves being around people all the time. Plus, he handled that flight down here like a pro, there isn’t anything he can’t handle!
If we were at wine night together, I’d tell you how I’m so happy to have moved home. There’s nothing like being able to see your family whenever you want, especially during the holiday season. And the home cooked meals and endless supply of wine doesn’t hurt either.
If we were at wine night together, I’d tell you that I hate Veronica Roth for ruining the Divergent series for me after reading Allegiant. Then I would probably send her a few angry tweets while gulping down my wine for liquid courage (not that she’d ever read it). I saw a preview for Divergent when going to see Catching Fire and I was so excited, but so sad at the same time. I won’t give anything away but to say that I hated Allegiant is a vast understatement. Ugh.
If we were at a wine night, I probably would have whipped out the tequila an hour ago, I may or may not still be wearing pants, and it would be time to put me to bed.
Good thing it’s 8:00 AM on a Tuesday and it’s NOT wine night otherwise my first day of work would be REALLY interesting.
Catch you guys tomorrow!
*Thanks to Caroline for this brilliant virtual wine night idea!
Hello from the sunshine state! Last week was my very last week living in Boston. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to the city that has turned into my home. Luckily, I was able to enjoy every single minute of it.
Tuesday my roommate Kayla and I had a going away dinner at Yardhouse, a restaurant in Boston by the Fenway area. And we couldn’t go to Yardhouse without ordering their specialty – yards of beer.
On Wednesday my co-workers threw me a going away party at Owen O’Leary’s, an Irish pub right across the street from our office. Convenient? I think so.
What happens when you get 15 insurance employees together –> Things get wild.
I may or may not have cried at the end of the night. Thanks, tequila. But I wouldn’t have cried if I didn’t have such an amazing two years with the best co-workers anyone could ask for. To say I’m going to miss you guys is an understatement.
Thursday the festivities continued. After work our two local offices had a happy hour at Patriot Place in Foxboro. We made our way to Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar & Grill” for some live country music and beers out of mason jars.
Friday was my very last day at the office. It was heartbreaking packing up the desk I’ve spent the last two years at, but at last it was time to say goodbye. When I got back to my apartment the movers were just arriving. My life in Boston was condensed down to 32 boxes, 3 couches, 4 suitcases, 1 crate, a desk, a dresser, a bed, and a nightstand.
Before I knew it, my apartment was empty.
Instead of dwelling in my empty dwelling, I went over to my friend Paige’s for a going away dinner party. Good friends, good food, and good wine – it was exactly what I needed to distract myself.
Homemade bruschetta, dates wrapped in bacon soaked in maple syrup, garlic bread and homemade chicken parm – AMAZING.
Buddy also had a blast, although he spent most of the night staring at himself in the mirror.
It’s tough to be that good looking.
Saturday morning my flight was at 7:00 AM – bright and early. Buddy is too big to ride in the cabin, so he had to be put underneath the plane for the flight. To say I was nervous is an understatement, and I felt so guilty for the 3 hour flight.
But, HE DID AWESOME guys. He didn’t go to the bathroom in his crate and was so excited to see us once my parents and I picked him up. The entire process was so seamless and smooth that I want to write Delta a thank you letter for taking such great care of my little buddy boy.
I don’t officially start at our Orlando office until tomorrow, so for now I’ll be unpacking and getting ready for my furniture to be unloaded by the movers. I can’t wait to start this next chapter, and I’m so excited to share it with you all!
Have a great week everyone!
In the comments
Let’s chat: Tell me about your weekend! Are you excited for Thanksgiving this week?