Monthly Archives: April 2012

100 Days!

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Today marks the 100 Day mark until our 2012 VEGAS VACATION!! I am PUMPED and already VERY ready to have a vacation and to spend a week laying by the pool by day and gambling by night.

VEGASSSSSSS!!!

I’m lucky to have SUPER fun in-laws, and they’re coming along on the trip with us (Chad’s mom, step dad, sister, her boyfriend and Chad’s best friend). Considering we regularly stay up until 2 a.m. playing games and having fun on our “normal” times together (but really, “normal” isn’t this group’s strong suit), I can’t even imagine what Vegas has in store for us – or what we have in store for Vegas!

What’s also super exciting is that I’ve booked lunch for Chad and me at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant when we arrive. We’ll have just enough time to get to our hotel and get comfy for a bit before we head over to the Paris for an awesome lunch overlooking the Strip, before the rest of the family shows up. WHOO HOO!!!

The view from the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in VEGAS!!!

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I Love Irony

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I love the ironic juxtaposition of the two pieces of mail I received yesterday:

Booze and...babies??

One is a postcard from a local hospital that says YOU’RE INVITED…TO HAVE YOUR BABY WITH US!! The other is 4 drink coupons for Southwest Airlines. Clearly one of these parties knows me FAR BETTER than the other! :)

…That is, unless the two companies are plotting together, and they’re trying to get me drunk and then knocked up. Well, I’m on to your little plan, fellas! And I’m too smart for that!

And to Southwest, I have just one word: VEGAS!!! (101 days and counting!)

2 Years Ahead

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Perhaps a little something like this?

Today, I asked my friend Cheryl what vehicle she planned to own when the kiddos arrived (she’s far closer to that point in her life than I). I then told her that I planned to own a small-to-medium SUV when pregnant with baby #2 (the Corolla will work just fine for the first kid). By the time that rolls around, both Chad and I will have paid off our cars and will have saved up a good amount of money to put toward the baby-friendly SUV.

No, we are not planning to have babies anytime soon – probably 2014, if I had to guess. But these are the crazy things I think about. Two years in advance. Judge me if you will.

Cinderella was Right!

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A former coworker of mine had a trinket on her desk that said “One shoe can change a life” and it was attributed to Cinderella. I always loved that thing and she even offered to bring me back one from a trip to Disney (where she’d gotten hers years before), but sadly, they didn’t sell them any more :(

Cinderella knew what she was talking about. After trips to a few places in the mall, I hit the casual black wedge jackpot at DSW this weekend. However, they didn’t have my size in stock, so they ordered them online and shipped them to my house for free (which, BTW, is awesome customer service). Said shoes were delivered last night, and are on my feet today!

YAY shoes!

I think they look spiffy with my new white crop jeans! And my outlook today is more positive than yesterday – it has to be the shoes :)

DELISH & Easy Baked Ziti

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I know this isn’t a food blog, nor could I ever claim to be a chef of any kind – but every now and then I come across a recipe (always of someone else’s creation) that I just have to share. This is one of those.

I don’t know about you guys, but my husband LOVES pasta. I’m pretty sure he had it 4-5 days a week before we got married. (He doesn’t any more because he loves his skinny wife more than his pasta – which is a LOT of love.) So whenever I make pasta in any form – spaghetti, lasagna, tortellini, etc. – he is overjoyed. And I’m overjoyed because pasta recipes tend to make at least two days’ worth of meals for us, which means I get the next day off from cooking. SCORE.

On Monday when The Hubs came home from work and said “What’s for dinner?” and I said “A surprise!” and he got really excited. It was my first time to make baked ziti (not sure why, it just was), and it had about 15 minutes left in the oven. When the timer went off and I pulled it out, the smell of delicious meat sauce wafted through our townhouse and we couldn’t wait a moment longer – it was time to dig in! After blowing on each forkful in an attempt not to burn our mouths, we dug in – and it was DELISH!!! Seriously, it was heavenly. And SUPER simple! Two thumbs up.

Seriously - doesn't that look delicious??

You know a pasta recipe is good when I eat it two nights in a row. I typically leave all leftovers to Chad and avoid eating pasta in consecutive days. Not Tuesday. Tuesday, I happily reheated some of this baked ziti and savored it all over again. Heck, we may even have it again today – it depends on how much is left after The Hubs ate it for lunch :) (Yes, I’ve prepared ingredients for an alternate dinner, just in case – FEAR NOT!)

So, seriously. Go to AllRecipes.com right now and check out the Baked Ziti I recipe (or just click on the link I just gave you). I made my own spaghetti sauce because I’m a spaghetti sauce snob and have the world’s best recipe (that I invented), but I’m sure the jarred stuff would work fine (as indicated in the recipe). Let me know how you like it! But be prepared to have TONS of leftovers if you’re not serving a group :)

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Kind of a crazy title right? I was intrigued right off the bat.

When I first started reading this book, I was a little concerned that I’d chosen two scary books back-to-back. I like to vary my reading and was like “Ahh geez. This is not what I need right now.” since I was so scared of my last book. Thankfully, that didn’t turn out to be the case – this was more of a sci-fi/thriller type of book, and I really enjoyed it.

The book opens with an introduction to the main character (Jacob) and his grandfather – they have a very special bond. After learning a bit about them and their relationship, Jacob’s grandfather is tragically killed (murdered). Jacob then seeks counseling and winds up visiting the remote Welsh island his grandfather, a holocaust survivor, lived on while in his late teens. Some crazy things start happening on the island and an entire world that Jacob never knew existed – containing the secrets of his grandpa’s past – is opened. Jacob and his band of peculiar friends are left fighting for their lives, and Jacob has to choose between living in this world or in the world he’s always known.

In short, I really liked this book. It wasn’t scary, it kept my attention and it was an easy read. Go for it!