October 19, 2017

Life Lately...

October is flying by y'all and I am freaking out about how close we are to Christmas already. Someone shared on FB yesterday that there are only 9 more Mondays until Christmas. NINE. How is that even possible?! My nephew turned 8 months old on Monday and I cannot even fathom how fast this year has gone by. I still have so much to do and accomplish and time is running out! But instead of being productive and actually doing any of those things I'm just going to write out a life lately update. 

I got away to the Queen City for a night a couple weeks ago with my sister and nieces. Graycie had a pediatrician appointment so we went up the night before to stay at a hotel and the girls got to swim and waterslide for a bit. Trying to get them out of the pool to check out of the hotel and head to the appointment the next morning was not an easy feat. We got a little bit of shopping in and I managed to snag some more Rae Dunn goodies at Home Sense and Marshalls so I was a happy camper. I've also managed to convince my sister and Graycie to let me make her up as Pennywise for Halloween (not for at school, obvi) and I cannot wait. My inspiration is the picture below. I'm pretty sure some people are going to hate us haha
Thanksgiving in the GWN has come and gone. My Mama Bear outdid herself again with the delicious Thanksgiving feast. We didn't get around to watching any scary movies though, which was a bummer. It's become tradition to watch a scary movie on Thanksgiving while all my family is together. One year we watched all the Scream movies and another year watched The Conuring together. Strange, I know, but I love it! I tried to get pictures of my nieces and nephew all together in their plaid shirts but it was an epic fail. It was chilly outside so I couldn't take the baby outside so between the lighting and trying to get three tiny humans to look in the same direction there wasn't a single picture that turned out. 
As mentioned before, I've been on the hunt for an inexpensive fake plant for a long time now. A couple weeks ago Lauren mentioned on her IG story that the Fiddle Leaf Tree that she has in her home was finally back in stock and only $56. I hadn't found anything for less than $130 in my search so I was immediately sold. I texted MN that I needed him to order it and have it shipped to his house (I didn't think they would ship to the GWN), assuming he would just laugh at me. Instead, he agreed but then found an even cheaper (but still nice) fake plant on Amazon and he ordered it! Now he has a fake tree in a box taking up space in his apartment just waiting for when we have our own place together. He's a keeper. The only downside is that he thinks it can substitute as his Christmas tree (eye roll).
As you can see, we communicate a lot through emojis and capital letters haha 
I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, which I'm actually loving. Who knew that if you just have a plan for what you're going to make/eat that it makes cooking way easier and even enjoyable?! Haha.  I just wish I had a clean-up fairy to do all the dishes when I'm done... So far this month I have tried a few new recipes but also made some tried and true classics. This past Sunday I was in the kitchen for almost five hours straight making the Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls and Monster Cookies for my work fundraiser this weekend (and half for my family to keep and enjoy). I LOVE the PW's Cinnamon Rolls but holy moly are they a lot of work - it's quite the process. Totally worth it, but there's a reason I only do it a couple times a year. I also made Stuffed Peppers for the first time over the weekend and they were a huge hit. So yummy! I had originally planned to use this recipe but couldn't get and Spanish/Mexican rice in my local grocery store so I ended up mixing a couple different recipes together and it turned out great! 
Last night I made this Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Salad for supper. My mom tried some and then said "Is it supposed to be cold...?". I guess I didn't emphasize the salad part enough haha.  It was good enough, the chicken was ah-mazing and I will definitely be making the chicken the same way again to serve as a meal on its own, but I wasn't a huge fan of the taste of the bruschetta (and I love bruschetta) so I think I will make it again just with a different bruschetta recipe. I love how simple and fast it was - I didn't get home from work until around 6:10 and I was eating supper before 7:00 so that's a win when trying a new recipe!
I had to text my brother yesterday to ask him what Amber beer is. Up until I met MN all I knew about beer is that I like to drink it. Now that we've been dating almost a year and a half I've definitely tried more craft beers than I ever thought I would and have even been on tours to find out how beer is made (it all went over my head...) but I still really don't know anything about different styles of beer (just that I hate hoppy beers). I'm making a pot of chili for a fundraiser for work this weekend and I'm trying out this recipe, which calls for a bottle of Amber beer. I was hoping my brother would tell me that one of the kinds of beer I already have in my fridge at home (Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Pilsner, or Grapefruit Shandy) was an Amber beer but, spoiler alert,  none are. So now I need to go to the liquor store in the hopes that they have Alexander Keith's for sale individually. And the reason I didn't ask MN my question? I was too embarassed that I didn't already know the answer considering he's tried his hardest to educate me on beers over the course of our relationship. Whooops. 

I'm meeting up with friends in 'the city' tonight for supper. I haven't seen them in what seems like forever so it's much needed. I also have plans to go out with a friend to the Olive Branch for supper next Friday and discussed plans with a couple other friends to go to a Wine/Paint Nite fundraiser in another town in a couple weeks. I've already been feeling the beginning of the Winter Blues (and it's not even Winter yet!) so getting out of the house with friends will hopefully help with that. 

This weekend my work is holding a fundraising event that I did 95% of the planning for. And I can't be there when they set up/for the beginning of the fundraiser because I'll be in Minot picking MN up off the train.For a Type A control freak like me it is painful to put work into something and then not be able to follow through with it completely. I have a bunch of information written out for the board members that will be doing the set up for the event and for the volunteers that will be helping out until I can get there and I just hope they don't take my control freak ways the wrong way. 

What have you been up to lately?

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