Bits and Pieces

Life has been incredibly busy for me the last month or so, mostly due to work.  The hours have been long and the days stressful.  SOMEBODY MAKE IT STOP!!!!  I joked with Dave that I think I will have some surgery so I can take a couple of weeks off.  Pretty desperate, huh!  Actually, that is really not very funny because I am scheduled for surgery in about a week and that by itself is stressing me out!

*For the most part we have all been snowbound around here for the last week.  I can not remember a time before when school was cancelled for an entire week.  I know we have received this much snow (10 inches) and more before, but I think last friday’s ice event and the brutally cold temperatures have really hampered the street crews ability to get the streets cleared.  If you can make it out of your neighborhood, the main roads and highways are good, but the side streets are just downright dangerous. I am so over winter……

Feb-2014

*In the few hours per day that I am not stuck in front of my computer or brain-dead, I have been working on my first floor update which includes switching up some tables and chairs, a new rug and mostly new accessories.  I am not ready for the big reveal yet, but I will share a sneak peek.

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*If you know me well, you know I love to entertain.  When thinking about my personal goals for the year I decided I would like to host a dinner party once a month using the time of year to inspire the menu.    I am starting this project I am calling “Small Gatherings” with a  Valentine’s Day celebration.  This means I have been searching recipes and trying to decide on the perfect Valentine menu.  There are a MILLION dessert recipes perfect for the occasion, in fact I have found so many I have had a hard time deciding which to choose.  Here are a few of the final contenders, although not the one (or two) I finally decided on.  I am saving that to share with you later.

Valentine cookies

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valentines cake

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I am pretty sure Boulevard’s Chocolate Ale will also be on my Valentine table since I was able to get a couple of bottles on the day it was released.

Chocolate-Ale

*Finally, speaking of surgery, my 4th and final (hopefully) surgery will be happening in just a little over a week.  Since I will be recovering over the hubby’s birthday and we (at least me) will be stuck in the house for a few weeks after,  we decided to spend the weekend before in a jam-packed two days of revelry, merriment and fun.  That means no work, no laundry, no cooking, just good times.  So far we lined up:

  •  A movie or two– thinking The Monuments Men, Labor Day and/or Lone Survivor
  • An hour at the shooting range – (guess who picked this activity?)
  • Lunch at Oklahoma Joe’s
  • Shopping for a “poor me, I have to have surgery present!”
  • Dinner at Em Chamas – A Brazilian Grill and Dave’s idea of heaven, people walking around with all you can eat big hunks of meat
  • Sunday Brunch (maybe Avenue’s Bistro in Brookside)
  • And anything else we can think of, any suggestions??

I am going to focus as much as possible on this weekend and not the days that will be following it.  So NOT looking forward to doing this again!

Happy Friday!

Comments

  1. I love the snow come pic! ;). I didn’t know you were having another surgery or I forgot. :(. Good luck with it and keep us posted!

  2. I love the colors! I can’t wait for the big reveal!!!!

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