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Friday Favorites: The week of trivia questions and gifts

It was another four day week, this time for both Gary and I, so we will be enjoying a leisurely Friday morning.  Work is still crazy so these days off are a blessing!  I’m linking up with Andrea to share some favorites from the week.

A couple of people decided to organize a Secret Santa-type event at work this week.  Each person bought and wrapped a gift valued between $10 and $15 and brought it in on Monday.  Everyone picked a gift from the collection, and also received a stack of Trivial Pursuit cards.  Then we went around and tried to steal each other’s gifts by answering a trivia question.  The idea was great, but I was so busy that I barely did any stealing.  And my desk is off the beaten path so only a couple of people stole from me.  But it was still fun and I made a point to steal from new people I didn’t know very well.  Today is a catered lunch (which I am missing, boo!) and the opening of the gifts.  I will have to wait until Monday to see what I ended up with.  This is the gift I started with.

It was stolen and I was left with this one.

I then stole this one, which was really solid and heavy.

It was stolen from me for this little one.  I actually wish I had kept this one, but in the spirit of the game I had to let it go.

And my final steal was this.

I can’t wait to see what’s in there!

And in case you missed it in my Monday post, this is the gift I brought.  It was two white ice cream dishes, fudge sauce, caramel sauce, and a jar of candy sprinkles.  A bag attached to the bow had single malt scotch caramels, a piece of dark chocolate peppermint bark, and two Annie’s caramels.

My journaling pens were starting to fade, so I found this new set.

It’s the same brand, but with 12 colors instead of 10, and they came in this sweet box.

I love fresh new pens!

I spruced up my desk for winter.  I added some mini carnations and eucalyptus to my tree trimmings.

I swapped out the red ribbon for blue on some metal snowflakes, and picked up this felt ball garland at Patina last weekend.  I just had to print out and frame my favorite new photo of the kids!  It was pure luck that the garland also had a green that matched the mat on the frame.

It’s think it’s festive without being too Christmas-y.  I love making my desk more homey and less corporate.

I have been enjoying my Nespresso machine, and found one more reason to love it this week.  I had been using my glass measuring cup for brewing the espresso and lungo, but it was dirty one morning so I checked the cupboard and found my baby mug!  It works perfectly.

That cup has been sitting in various kitchen cupboards for years and now I finally have a use for it.  It makes me so happy!  (I also dumped the granola to use my glass jar to store the pods.)

I haven’t been wearing nail polish for several months because my nails were in such rough shape, but I found this color last weekend and decided to try it out.

It’s Essie’s Bare with Me, and I may have loved it more in the bottle than on my hands, but I’m going to give it a chance.  It’s a very subtle neutral with just enough pink and just enough beige-y tan.  It would probably look really great in a French manicure but I’m not that talented!

Both girls are home now, so we are enjoying some nice family time.  Tonight we gather with Ryan, Amanda, Hayden and the Fisher clan to celebrate Hayden’s birthday.  And that’s the only set plan we have for the whole weekend.  Napping is at the top of my to-do list!  I would also like to watch a couple of holiday movies, maybe White Christmas and The Holiday?  Hope you have a great weekend!

What’s Up Wednesday: September 2017

As usual, I am running behind on my blog postings this week, so I’m not going to link up this month, but I am going to capture the update for September.


Since I was gone on Sunday, Gary made our menu for the week AND did the grocery shopping.  I think I’ll keep him!

Monday:  Steak and mashed potatoes with cooked carrots

Tuesday:  Ham and cheese omelets and kiwi

Wednesday:  Chicken breasts with left over mashed potatoes and corn (we had to be really careful with our carbs all day for this one)

Thursday:  Hamburgers, salad, and green beans

Friday:  Eating out


Our weekend at Itasca.  It was just so much fun!


I am really loving my new Ninja, and drinking smoothies for breakfast.

I started out with Strawberry-Banana, and then last week I tried Mango-Pineapple.  This week, I kept the same fruit combos, but I’m using coconut water instead of milk.  I have plain coconut water for the Strawberry-Banana, and coconut with pineapple for the Mango-Pineapple.  The Ninja makes it so quick, easy and convenient!


Home projects.

We finished the fitness room and storage closet, and now we are tackling the bedroom.  Our goal is to have that done by the end of the weekend so that we can move on to the upstairs bathroom.


Again, not really dreading anything!


As I clean out the bedroom, I am going to reorganize all of my sewing/crafting/gift wrapping.  I’m looking at getting a wardrobe to store everything in, rather than half a dozen plastic carts and containers.  I have seen so many ideas lately and am really looking forward to this little project.


WILL AND GRACE!!!  I may have to buy this to snack on while I watch the first episode.


I have a new show I’m binge watching.

Wealthy family looses everything and is forced to live in a motel in a small town called Schitt’s Creek that they bought as a joke for their son.  Great characters, great story, great comedy.


I’ve been on an iTunes kick this week and have been listening to my playlist in the car on my way to and from work.

I am also listening to a new audio book.  It’s a little dry and VERY detailed, but I’m so intrigued by Eleanor Roosevelt so I’m going to stick it out.  There are actually three volumes, which feels a little overwhelming, but I’m going to push my way through this one and then see how I feel about it.


I switched out my summer and winter clothes last weekend, so I’m testing out some new outfit options.  I need a couple new tops, but haven’t found anything that doesn’t have the ridiculous sleeves that are popular this season (no thank you to bows, ruffles, slits and cold shoulders).  Except for this one sweater that I’m just waiting to go on sale.


Gary and I are attending our first “event” at the hunt club this weekend.  They are hosting a wild game appetizer and craft beer tasting.  Should be interesting!


It’s Cyclone Family Weekend at ISU in October, so Amanda and I are going to spend the weekend with Megan.  We are staying at a cute Airbnb on a farm.  Should be a really fun girl’s weekend!

Ok, I think I’m caught up now.  It’s been a crazy week at work and at home, so I’m not planning a Friday Favorites post this week.  But I will be sure to report back on the wild game event!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Favorites: June is going to wear me out!

I drafted this post on Tuesday and started with this sentence – “It has been another busy week but the pace is about to slow down considerably.”  At that time I was blissfully ignorant of the events that would transpire on Wednesday.  That is going to be it’s own story, but suffice it to say it’s the reason I didn’t get this finished and posted earlier and there may be some typos and unfinished sentences because I. AM. TIRED!   But nevertheless,  I’m linking up with Andrea this week to share some favorites.

I’ve been asked to lead a large project at work.  It’s been awhile since I have managed a project and I’ve missed it.  I was starting to feel like I was in a slump and needed something to energize me and this was the perfect solution.  Plus I get to use my sticky notes and markers!


My new washer and dryer are a big hit.  We traded out our old Whirlpool Duet set for some shiny white Maytag numbers.  While watching the first load through the clear glass cover (nice touch), I was skeptical about how the clothes would get as clean as they did in my front loader since it seemed like they were hardly moving around in the machine.  But everything came out clean, soft, and smelling fresh so it must be working.  And the clothes are dry after one cycle!

via Lowe’s – my machines but unfortunately, not my laundry room. And I don’t have a glass door on my dryer, it’s white.   #laundryroomgoals

I had planned a whirlwind trip to Chicago on Wednesday.  I had a meeting from 9 – 4 so I flew out at 6:00 a.m. and expected to get home at 10:30 p.m.  That didn’t exactly happen.  I actually got home somewhere around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and it wasn’t by air, it was by rental car.  Here’s a sneak peak from my Facebook post:

I look like I’ve had a stroke but I think it’s just a mixture of exhaustion and squinting into the sun.  I’ll post the full story next week.

We have been bathing Scout in the bathtub, using a red Solo cup to wet and rinse him.  It takes forever to get the soap out and I can barely stand up straight by the time we are done.  He isn’t a huge fan either.  Last week I saw a picture of a dog tub, and as I started researching it I saw shower heads with the optional hand held sprayer.  Not sure why I never thought of this but Gary bought and installed one last weekend and it took us all of five minutes to give Scout his bath.  And he was much more relaxed.  Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference.  And sometimes I’m amazed at the things that never occur to me.

Zach was with us last week, but we hadn’t seen very much of him because he was home for a wedding and had activities every night (other than the one night we all met for dinner).  The wedding was on Sunday and he got home about 8:00.  He went downstairs to change, I cut Gary’s hair quick, and then he, Gary, Megan, Amy and I sat around the table and visited.  At one point the front door opened and Hunter came in, and she and Megan stuck around and visited with us for awhile.  There is nothing I love more than  hanging out with my family and seeing them all interact, especially now as adults.  It makes my heart so happy.

Our central air went out on Sunday and the service company can’t come out until next Wednesday so we have been trying different things to keep cool.  Our favorite solution is Dairy Queen.  Tuesday was exceptionally hot, and Scout had been in the warm house all day so we loaded him up in the car and pushed his kennel all the way to the front so he would feel the cool air.  We went through the drive thru and they could see him so they asked if we wanted a Pup Cup.  Well, yes ma’am!  He thoroughly enjoyed it.

So that’s a glimpse into my week.  I had high hopes of accomplishing some projects around the house this weekend, but I’m probably going to spend much of my time napping.  At least on Saturday since it’s supposed to rain off and on all day.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday Favorites: Every day was special

Well this has been a whirlwind of a week!  I need to jot down the highlights before I forget, and of course, I have limited photos because I was just too busy enjoying the time.

Sunday:  Megan’s grad party.  It was awesome!  The weather was perfect – sunny, warm, light breeze.  The food was great and probably the best idea I had.  We overcame the road closure, had a large crowd, Scout behaved himself for the most part, and Megan had a great time.  And I couldn’t have done it without the help of Lynn, Barb and Amanda.  You guys are the best!  I did manage to get one picture of these sweet kiddos giving Scout ice cubes.

And this one of the flowers I got for the centerpieces.  But that’s it.

Monday:  I took the day off to recover, return the chairs, and get stuff cleaned and packed up.  It was another beautiful day and I started it off with a walk at LEPR.  Scout and I came across this big old snapping turtle.

I also did laundry, and when I went down to put the last load in the dryer I discovered that the washer had died at some point during the rinse cycle.  Dang.

Tuesday:  I called HomeSmart first thing in the morning and set up a visit over Gary’s lunch hour.  Turns out that the bearings are shot and so is the motor.  Parts alone are $1,200 and not covered by HomeSmart because it’s a front loading machine.  Zach was flying in at 4:50 and I had planned to pick him up but he changed his plans so Gary and I decided to go to Lowe’s for a new washer/dryer set.  But first we stopped at Lift Bridge brewery for a fundraiser so I could see how they had it set up.  And so I could have a beer.  We brought Scout and he did so well.  A couple of people asked to meet him and he got a little excited, but otherwise he laid in the grass by us and didn’t make a sound.  We had hoped to have the new appliances delivered the next day (per the online ad), but discovered that they were two weeks out with deliveries.  Dang.

Wednesday:  The highlight of this day was dinner with Gary, Amanda, Ryan, Zach, Amy, Megan, Dick and Theresa at Buca in Eden Prairie.  It was the only night Zach was available so we joined together so we could all see him.  The food was AMAZING, and it was a really fun night.  As you can tell by the expressions on Amanda and Zach’s faces while we were singing Happy Birthday to them.  But really, it’s my photography skills, not them.  We all had a great time.

Thursday:  Megan’s graduation ceremony.  I held it together – barely.  It was another beautiful night and I was so proud (and relieved) as she walked across that stage.  The group photo is her classmates from St. Peter’s elementary school.  I love how they are all still friends.

And now I am ready to head off to Ladies Weekend, my favorite trip of the year!!  I also have a couple of grad parties that I will need to duck out for on Saturday afternoon, but I am so looking forward to spending time with some of my favorite people.  We are so lucky to get this time together!  I will try to take more pictures.  Have a great weekend!

Favorite Christmas Movies and Music

Hallmark is really knocking it out of the park this year!  Two channels, close to 20 new movies, and more notable actors.  This is what we do at night now because if we sit still, Scout may sit still and even snooze for a bit.  We just don’t actually see an entire movie, so I guess these will all still be new for me next year too.

Besides the Hallmark fluff, my favorite holiday movies include White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, and the Holiday.  I saw Love Actually last year and need to see it again before I can declare it a favorite, but I really liked it.  And I have only seen Elf once too, so not a favorite yet, but I would like to see it again.

Maybe next year I can curl up with a calmer Scout (or Gary), a glass of wine, a fire, and put in some serious Christmas movie time.  There has been no wine this year (I just can’t relax long enough to enjoy a glass), and no fires yet (scheduling a chimney cleaning soon).

Here’s a link to some of my favorite holiday music.

And if you haven’t seen this yet, you really should.  It’s not a traditional Christmas song but it’s on their new Christmas album.  I really wish I would have seen them when they were in St. Paul last month.

And because I made such a big deal about it, here is the promotional video for Christmas in Christ Chapel.  You can’t hear the actual songs, but you get an idea of the theme.  I’m keeping my eye out for a replay of the live stream.  And yes, those are the candles from The First Nowell.

Please let me know if there are others I should add!

Merry Christmas!