Holidays Are Here

What allows you to eat a fridge full of food?

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This does!

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Let’s get our fat asses up and run 4.6 miles on Turkey Day! Previously. Can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I did this race. No complaints because traveling is fun! They are really trying to increase participation at this event. A wave start and bring out yer balls! Me trying not to get hit in the head…

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After hosting our first amazing family Thanksgiving, it was time to end my Mother’s plea to see the tree lighting at the Circle.

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If we are going to do this, let’s do this! I scored nearly front row seats to the show. We had some good laughs about how close we were.

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Bundle up! It’s cold when the sun goes down, even at 55 degrees!

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After 1 hour and 55 minutes of stage shenanigans….

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We FINALLY got to see the tree get turned on!

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That tree inspired me to get our tree up and decorated. Bought new ornaments at the end of season last year. Had to lean on the OCD to figure out how best to use them.

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A little twine and the starrs!

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Happy holidays! Let the present wrapping begin!

Shiverrrr Me Pumpkins

Previously.

With so much October fun this year, we were left to the last weekend of the month for our own jack-o-lantern party! But damn it’s cold outside! This carving party was moving indoors. We consolidated all the food into the kitchen to free up 2 tables inside.

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Loved that I was able to add candles and skull lights to the decor this year!

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Also added pumpkin shaped carrots, thanks to Pintrest!

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One part I love the best about this get-together is entertaining the kids. WTF you say?! These faces say it all. Even the kids congregate in the kitchen!

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Being surrounded by family and friends is priceless.

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After being inspired at the best jack-o-lantern spectacular I have ever seen, my  pumpkin this year needed a wicked smile!

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Goal achieved!

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Later, I stumble upon (thank you Karma) people in the Yip Yip outfits!!! Ah-mazing! So relevant in my timeline!

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This green guy was not as excited to see them or us.

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We capped off our night with crazy Halloween eye lanterns! I love the detail our friends put together.

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Then on the real day, I was able to top it all off with my Minnie accessories straight from Disney!

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Halloween needs to be more than once a year!

Jack O My Lanterns

A few years ago, a friend told me about a Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular down in KY. It sounded neat, so I put it on my To Do list for a later time. This year, it came time to check it off! Who wants to go with me?

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These guys did! The event boasts 5,000 jack-o-lanterns carved by area artists. 5,000? I didn’t even know what that meant. I knew this would be cool, but I had no idea the grand scale this show was about to be. This guy broke mascot code by talking. Boo. I still needed my pic!

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Luckily a co-worker had gone the weekend before and gave me some great tips about the long wait we would have to enter Iroquois Park. We took snacks to keep the energy up and finally it was pitch black and time to see this thing! Holy shit, it was amazing from the first step!

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My camera won’t do these jack-o-lanterns justice. The precision that these artists have was unbelievable! Recognize these guys from Sesame Street?

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Amazing Cheshire cat display!

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Oh Johnny!

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This hummingbird one caught my eye. It lit up so beautifully.

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Our whole party just kept saying, “I can’t believe it!” We were absolutely dumbfounded.

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Then you turn around and they have jack-o-lanterns in trees!

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Really high up!

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This artist even made an Otter on a pumpkin look cuddly.

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Stole this from CS much better camera phone. This exhibit is put on by Passion for Pumpkins Inc., a multimedia production company with over 27 years of experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery. (Excerpt from their website) They thought of EVERYTHING! Even dancing twinkle lights shooting up into the trees.

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Trees

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I titled this one, Pumpkin Butt.

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After we finished and picked our chins up off the ground, we all agreed. We’ll be back again. This is a sight to see over and over.

Definitely need to level up our carving party this year!!

Re-remodel

Previously.

Taking down 1 towel hook in the bathroom almost turned into a complete remodel. It started off with the wrong paint. I could not find the blue paint. Found something that kinda looked like it so I tried it. Couldn’t hurt since I was going to have to repaint some portion of the bathroom anyway! I have no idea where this hunter green color came from. Fail.

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Ran over to Lowe’s to see if I could find the shade of blue to try to make the tiny repaint solution work and match the color. Paint-karma was not on my side. Got some samples and while walking away, dropped a quart on the floor of Lowe’s and it slow-motioned right up my pant leg in a wave of paint. Hello painted thigh!

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Well shit. Time for a new color. CS picked a great deep gray shade to match the granite. Bye bye blue…

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Hello new shower and wall color!

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Regardless of the removal of 1 hook, a new bathroom shower install was already in the books. I was done with the shitty job that was installed years ago. I called Bathfitters and after a long battle, a beautiful marble surround with a fabulous Delta shower head.

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Add some new lights, and this room is done. For good.

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Ham-mer Time

Last year, Herbie decided to make Easter all about him.  Dick move, and I let him know I felt that way. This year, we were celebrating! When you invite the hostess with the most-est to your place for Easter lunch, you must have a suitable center piece. This was my attempt!

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Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…

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Let’s eat some ham!

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After a full tummy of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, baked beans, rolls, cake… we needed to walk it off. Mom was impressed with the flowering trees in the community. Sounds like an old person thing but I will admit, these were pretty cool.

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When we bought the ham, we had few to choose from. 12-15 pounds each! It’s only 5 of us. So we have leftovers for days. What to do? Make ham sandwiches!

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I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.

Pay It Forward

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It works. Try it.

A friend, who is also a co-worker, got sneaky on me a while back. While I’m in the lunch line behind her talking to another friend/co-worker, she secretly bought my lunch. I go to hand the cashier my card and she kept saying “You’re good.” Me, “What?” It was like a who’s on first moment. I just wasn’t getting it. She finally spilled the beans and said my friend had bought my lunch. Awww shucks. I text her later that day and all she asked was that I pay it forward. Today, I found a great moment to do just that.

I was up early and hungry. That formula is always solved with a Starbucks Gouda and bacon egg sandwich. On my way to work, the only drive-thru Starbucks I pass is downtown. It’s always a nightmare drive-thru line. It usually moves nicely, but there are 2 entrances and you know how people get before they’ve had their caffeine. I was at the side entrance, and a nice lady in a white SUV let me go in line in front of her. I asked the cashier to put her bill on mine. Felt really nice and fitting for Valentine’s Day. Spread the love and #payitforward. @HaleyJoelOsment.

When I Dip You Dip We Dip

A friend needed to take a side dish to a Super Bowl Party. I offered up my famous taco dip recipe. I have no idea where I learned this from, so I can’t take credit for creating it. It’s so simple and I always end up with an empty dish after I serve it. My suggestion sounded so good, I thought I would make it to take over to our friend’s house tomorrow! 3 key ingredients: 8 oz sour cream, 8 oz cream cheese, 1 package taco seasoning.

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If you let the cream cheese soften, mixing in the bowl is much easier. Before…

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After!

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Spread the mix in any glass dish. I prefer a round with 12″ diameter.

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You can top with whatever you want. I always use 1/2 yellow pepper, 1/2 green pepper, and 2 chopped roma tomatoes.

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Toss some shredded cheese on top and you are done.

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Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. I like the Scoops. Get’s all the goodness in 1 bite! Very colorful, very delicious, and very little clean up too. All you use is 1 bowl, 1 fork, 1 knife and a cutting board.

Bucket List

Turning 39 did not excite me this year. Being with my friends did, so I found a fun way to make them do some work for me!

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Have at it, party people!

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A quick Goodwill trip and a staple gun provided a DIY way to showcase my bucket list ideas.

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Lots of great ideas. A few questionable ones.

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Thanks to JW, this thing follows me around at every birthday since my golden. Luckily she forgot the real deal at home but happily sent a phone pic later. Those are not caterpillars. Those are my eyebrows before this girl learned what sculpting was.

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My event coordinator and I taking a breather after the meatball debacle.

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Black and gold was a fitting color scheme this year.

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We leveled up this year by adding live music. Our youngest guest was loving the Guitarist by cutting it up on the dance floor!

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I love being surrounded by friends and family. I felt loved!

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I don’t throw birthday parties to get presents, but AV picked something special out for me, so I was excited!

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A cupcake puzzle! Can’t think of a better birthday gift! Just need to pick which weekend I’ll be working on it. As the birthday girl, I tried to make the rounds and mingle with everyone which caused me to lose my cup every now and then. Oh well, we can double fist it.

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After all that fun, clean up day was bittersweet.

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After the weekend festivities, a good workout was needed but damn, JL outdid himself. Who needs training?!

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I was ready for a good dinner and a cocktail. I think a martini pairs nicely with filet. Or anything.

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I’m ready to tackle 39 and rock into 40…. I think.

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