Friday, May 17, 2013


Listening... to a Jennifer Weiner book on CD.  Ever since our bookclub started, I've been really into listening to books on CD again.  So far this month, I've listened to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, our book club selection Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson, and now the Jennifer Weiner book, which I can't remember the name, but it's the one about the fertility clinic with about a million characters.  Also, on the subject of books, I have Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn in hard copy at home as well.  May has been the month for reading.
Eating... leftovers of Bacon & Mater pasta for lunch.  absolutely love this recipe.  The ingredients are flavorful and the sauce (when made with milk instead of cream) is light and perfect for summertime. 
Drinking... Is that even a question? Diet Coke. I'm hopelessly addicted.  Anyone see that article go around facebook about signs you're addicted to diet coke?  That's totally me.  And tonight, probably drinking the leftover wine used in the pasta above. 
 scrubs.   I'm so lucky to have an office dresscode that allows me to wear pretty much whatever I want except jeans, but today, just wasn't feeling like planning and outfit or ironing anthing. 
Needing... to finish up my notes on a presentation I'm making at a conference... tomorrow! Yikes!  Procrastination = my worst enemy (or my best friend, depending how you look at it)
Wanting... my dog's hair to grow back.  He is so skinny with his summer shave!  Also, wanting to find a new groomer that gives him the perfect cut, not too short, not too long.  Will be on the search for that next month.
Planning... a long weekend at the beach for Memorial Day.  First days off work since my half-day off in January.  Now that has taken some HARD work!  Finally built up some time off so my bank won't be empty after summer vacation!
Enjoying... warmer weather!  After a weird few weeks in April and beginning of May, it's finally here!  I need to put a towel in my car so the leather seats don't burn my booty.  Now, if only my leg will get better so I can RUN! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hello? Anyone out there?

I fell off the face-of-the-blog earth during the end of April.  Kinda got crazy busy and didn’t update too much around here.  So, how about I show you some pics from my phone and catch you up on  our life?

Trimmed up my rose bushes and made this giant pile of thorny limbs....  

Since I waited too late to start trimming, I actually had to go buy new loppers to cut through the thick limbs but lucky me, I scored these beautiful hanging baskets for our porch at True Value while I was out...

Spent a weekend at the beach with my mom and her work friends.  There is nothing quite like getting close to the beach (13 miles to go)!  Here’s a pic I took on the way down…. it was super rainy on Friday, but so beautiful on Saturday!

We might or might not have run the golf cart completely out of batteries and had to push it for an entire half mile back to the house….

Luckily we had these yummy raspberry mint mojitos to spur us on!

I watched in disbelief as the finish line of the Boston Marathon was bombed.  Honestly, I thought a few times about writing something here, but just couldn’t find the words.  I loved this article…. and, like most runners that week, I got together with my running buddy Jennifer and “Ran for Boston.”....  

I’m a member of the Junior Women’s Club of Lake Murray and we had our annual yard sale…. There was a lot of junk to sell… here’s a pic of our organizing garage the night before.... so much junk!

We finally had a baby shower for my sister and niece Elliott.... somehow I managed not to take any pictures there, may have had something to do with attempting to play paparazzi with Marian’s fancy camera. 

Our church rented out the Plex and our Sunday school class organized an ultimate Frisbee team…. Go team green!  Since we were the only organized team, I’m declaring us the champions (we won our first game and lost the second game 2-1 because we ran out of time to play)….

Most of the month I spent running to get ready for the Providence Heart and Sole 5-miler.  After the St. Patty’s Get-to-the-Green race, Jennifer and I set a goal of running the 5-miler in 50 minutes.  She made it under 50, and I just barely missed it, finishing in 50:25.  Here’s me with some of the alumnae girls from my sorority before the race… 

All in all, April was a fantastic month, just really busy!  We've had the weirdest weather ever to start off the month of May, but I'm looking forward to warmer weather and the rest of summer!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Monthly Menu

Here is our monthly menu for the month of May!  Lots of new recipes and old favorites, and tons of plans for grilling as the weather continues to heat up!!

Week 1: May 1-5

  • Dinner w/ family for Travis' (my brother) Birthday
  • Pantry Cleanout meal
  • Grilling Out
  • USC Baseball Game
  • Dinner at Gervais and Vine for Girl's Night

Week 2: May 6-12

Week 3: May 13-19

Week 4: May 20-27

Week 5: May 28-31