Little Things to Love

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy that this off season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette is almost over! Mondays aren’t the same without that relationship drama and the glass, eh, sometimes bottle, of wine that accompany it. You can bet your bottom dollar that come May 20, that show is going to find its way onto my list of ‘little things to love’. Until then, I am loving…..

My dogs. I mentioned in my last post that Dan and I were dog sitting over the weekend. Despite the fact that these boys and girl were the reason for my intermittent sleep, I loved sharing the bed with them.

ImageSaturday Brunch. Paninis and Peach Bellinis definitely fit into my ‘favorite meals’ category. Bonus points for the chocolate dipped peanut butter cookie we shared for dessert.

ImageRegistering For Our Wedding. After fueling up with Saturday Brunch, Dan and I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to register for our wedding. Registering was definitely one of our favorite wedding related activities. Of course, a fire pit and fondue maker both made their way onto our wish list.

ImageTennis Time. I absolutely love playing tennis. Aside from the fact that I become entirely too competitive, it is one of my favorite sports. And tennis outfits are cute. So, that’s a win win.

ImageSunday Funday. We went to a great outdoor bar yesterday for a late lunch and drinks. The weather was amazing. And there was a couple dressed as Batman and Wonder Woman. They took Sunday Funday to a whole new level.

ImageReader Question: What are you loving this week?

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D.J. Tanner and the NFL Draft

After a Thursday night Happy Hour and staying out past our bedtime, I welcomed the idea of a Friday night in. My parents are out of town for the weekend, so Dan and I are dog sitting – hence the reason I am up before the sunrise, saving pens from being chewed and blankets from being torn. They’re lucky they’re so cute.

ImageLast night, I was craving chocolate, surprise, surprise, and something about relaxation and sweatpants seems to call for it. So, I decided to make this cheesecake brownie frozen yogurt concoction.

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Dan and I were planning to rent a movie, but instead flipped channels between ‘Full House‘ and the NFL Draft. My favorite childhood show + my favorite sport = win win.

ImageI, of course, lived up to my grandma status and fell asleep on the couch before 10:00 PM. That’s alright though, because now, it’s the weekend and I am all like –

ImageReader Question: What are your plans for the weekend? Good Luck to all you ladies running races this weekend!!

Dinner and a Rerun

Last night, Dan and I did what any hip (did I really just say hip?) and young couple would do. We headed home, changed into our sweats, took the dogs for a walk, and settled in for a night of dinner and reruns. By the time Friday afternoon rolls around, a little R&R always sounds appealing. If I’m being honest, even showering can seem to require too much effort, hence my decision to skip the shower after our walk.

What did make our at home date night more exciting was the fact that it was ‘National Margarita Day.’ I’m not one to ever pass up a margarita, especially on its day of observation. We decided to celebrate by making fajitas, rice, beans, guacamole, and queso, paired with margaritas and a splash of grenadine.

ImageFirst things first, we prepared the margaritas and queso.

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I eventually got around to making the fajitas as well. Although with cheese dip and a rita in hand, nothing else seemed quite so pressing.

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And, what is dinner without dessert? I made a pan of oatmeal chocolate chip bars, bolding the oatmeal of course in an effort to demonstrate that our meal was somewhat healthy.

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We considered renting a movie, but who am I kidding? There is no way I was going to make it through 2 hours of anything without falling asleep on the couch. We opted instead for a couple episodes of ‘House Hunters‘ and whatever else Dan turned to as I began snoring slumbered.

Reader Questions: How did you spend your Friday evening? What are your plans for the rest of the weekend?

The Pursuit of Passion

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”-Steve Jobs

Okay, it’s time to get real. In the midst of my happy-go-lucky posts, I relish in the opportunity to write about something that has been weighing on my mind. These posts leave me feeling vulnerable, but, if I’m being honest, that’s one of my favorite things about writing.

Lately I have spent a lot of time considering my passions in life. Aka, my inner dialogue reads something like this: “What am I doing with my life and what do I want to do with my life?” For some reason, I have always had trouble articulating this. I’m 25 years old, nearing 26, yet this probably started at least 15 years ago, or whenever I was first given an assignment in school to write and present what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” In 4th grade, this assignment wasn’t nearly as anxiety producing as it was as a senior in college, with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and no clue of what the future would hold, and even worse, no clue of what I wanted it to hold.

Well, I think I am starting to figure it out. About time.

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When I allow my mind to wander, it usually leads me to…

Writing. This, right here, is what I love to do. I have also written a novel, which hopefully one day, I will find the courage to attempt publishing.

Working Out. I am one of the rare breeds that loves to work out. Dare I say it, I enjoyed 2-a-days during cross country and soccer season. I may not offer the same intimidation as Jillian Michaels, but I would love to help others become passionate about finding a healthy lifestyle.

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Dogs. If you ask me, there are few greater things in life than dogs.  I’m the girl who has to stop people to ask if I can pet their dog, and I most certainly have a ‘dog voice,’ you know, the mode you go into when you see a dog. Or maybe you don’t know, and I’m just crazy. Either way, dogs are amazing.

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Baking. Baking is and always has been great stress relief for me. Something about preparing a loaf of banana bread allows my mind to wander to such a happy place.

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Family and Friends. While I would love to ultimately build a career in which I could pursue my passions, I know that life is about so much more than what you do for a living. My family and friends bring me incredible joy. I know that regardless of the path I choose, game nights, family dinners, football tailgates, and weekend getaways will always be part of my life. And for that, I am grateful.

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I realize that this was a much longer post than usual. Thanks for bearing with me!

Reader Question: What are your passions?