Did I Say A Productive Weekend?

30 September 2013

Happy Monday!!  I know, it's not too often you see those two words sitting right next to each other. Despite the weekend being over, I'm in an extra good mood this morning.  I love those days when you're super cheerful and you have no particular reason why.  Sorry to anyone who may be suffering from the Monday blues.

I left off on Friday saying I was going to be extra productive this weekend since Todd was working and it would be a great chance to get some well needed things done.  Yeah, well I should have known that I was fooling myself because that didn't happen.  I did, though, do lots of blog reading over the weekend if that counts as being productive. I'm going to pretend and say it does.  I wish I could say my reason for slacking this weekend was because I was doing lots of fun things, but I can't even say that.  

I spent Friday night hanging out with my mom and watching random things on t.v. and I think I was in bed, again, by 10 o'clock.  I must be getting old because I honestly can't remember the last time I made it past that time on a Friday night.  

Saturday was a much needed Charley filled day.  It was raining every single day last week, so she desperately needed to release some craziness energy.  We went to the dog park, walked around the pond that was close by, and then walked to a friends house so she could play outside with their dog. After 3 hours, she was completely exhausted which meant that I had accomplished my main goal for that day.  It also meant that momma could enjoy some quiet time without having to chase her around the house trying to figure out what kind of trouble she was in to.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 When Todd got home that evening we went downtown for some pub food and drinks.
 
Staring at the menu, so many decisions!
Todd practicing his photography skills. 
Not really, I'm pretty sure I blocked his view because he only wanted to take a picture of his beer.
Busted, mid chew!!
 
After that we drove out the airport to greet my dad who was away working for three months.  Three whole months, that's a long time.  Don't feel too bad for him yet, though, because him and my mom are leaving for a trip to Vegas tomorrow.
 
Even though I have no pictures to show from Sunday, I met my friend for breakfast and then we went for a walk with Charley, of course, because dog owners would never dare go for a walk without them.
 
 
Hope you all had a great weekend, whether you were productive or not!

 
 
 Sami's Shenanigans

 
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Five on Friday

27 September 2013

It's that time again!!  You gotta trust me here when I say that I'm going to have to dig deep to come up with 5 things off the top of my head that stood out to me this week.  Like real deep. Work has been crazy busy which has left me no time to do hardly anything else other than work and sleep, and there really hasn't even been much of that last part going on since I've had to be in to work for seven o'clock each morning (waaaan).  That's the reason why I started doing this weekly post, though.  I knew there would be crazy and hectic weeks along the way and I wanted this to be a place where I could stop and think about the little things that happened, even if it means having to reach into a bag of tricks and perform some magic here.  Let's see what I can come up with.


THE GOOD LIFE BLOG



ONE//
I found my visa card!  Wahooo!  I guess I could turn this around and talk about how mad I was that I actually lost it in the first place, but nope, I'm moving on.  It's been on the missing list for the last few days and every hour I debated about whether or not to call in and report it lost, but I kept procrastinating because I was really hoping that I just misplaced it somewhere around the house. Luckily, I found it in on my car floor yesterday evening and now the lazy part inside of me can breathe again because she really didn't want to go through the trouble of having to be put on hold forever just to cancel it and then have to wait for a new one to arrive.

TWO//
Last Sunday I bought new pillows and curtains for our living room and I think it looks so much better.  It's funny how small little touches can make such a difference.  Every time we sit in our living room now, it feels so much brighter and cozier and it makes us enjoy spending time in there even more.

I can't believe that after going through hundreds and hundreds of pictures, I can't find a single one of the living room before we made the changes. Gesh, what kind of blog is this if I can't even show you a before picture?  To get the affect, try and picture dark red curtains and patterned brown/red pillows.


The "after" picture that I remembered to take.
Pretend you don't see all the doggy foot prints everywhere!

THREE//
This one really "filled my heart" this week (I just couldn't resist).  My good friend from work went shopping on her lunch break one day and she brought me back a pair of black flats from Ardene because she heard me talking earlier about how I needed a new pair. They fit a little snug but I've been wearing them at my desk trying to stretch them out and I think they're going to fit just fine. Wasn't that soooo sweet of her?  And what's even sweeter is how she gave them to me.  When she came back I asked her if she found anything at the mall and she said, "meh" and then she trotted on back to her office.  A few minutes later I left my desk to go to the washroom and when I came back, they were on my chair staring up at me.  Heart melted.  I honestly could have squeezed the crap out of her right then and there but I didn't want a sexual harassment case on my shoulders!!

You have no idea how much things like this means to me.  I'm a firm believer in the saying "it's the thought that counts" because there is nothing better than knowing that someone is thinking about you at a random moment.




FOUR//
Okay, now this is getting tough. What else is there?
Oh, despite not making it to the gym in a while, I've been staying on track with eating good so that deserves a pat on the back!  I also get extra bonus points because there was one night that I didn't get home from work until 9:30 after working almost 14 hours and I really, really, really had to pull out any will power I had left to avoid not grabbing a big bag of chips and crawling in bed (I did crawl in bed right away though, just without the chips).


FIVE//
And now I think I'm all out.  I guess I'll cheat a little and say that number five is that I'm super excited because it's FRIDAY!!  That totally counts, right?   Todd has to work this weekend (booo), but I'm going to use this as a time to try to be extra productive.  Let's see how well that goes over!


And there you have it.  Doing this list, and making myself remember these things, honestly works. The crappy week that I thought I was having doesn't seem all that bad now, and in fact, it makes me realize that it was pretty good after all.



HAPPY WEEKEND!
 
 
 
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Recipe// (Almost) As Good As Pizza

24 September 2013

Last night while I was making supper (dinner, as what you non newfies out there call it),  I figured I would do what most bloggers do and take lots of pictures of what I was eating so that I could share and impress you all with my cooking skills. Ha!  Okay, that last part may be a little untrue because I'm pretty sure that Todd did not propose to me for my cooking skills.  

There is one thing that I make often that we both actually really enjoy, though, and that are pitta pizzas.  I wanted to share because if I can make it, then anyone else who is lacking in the cooking department can make it too.  It's super easy, fast, and delicious...aka, definitely my kind of meal!  Plus, it tricks my brain into thinking I'm eating pizza when it fact it's a healthier version.


Here's all you need:
-Pittas
-Pizza sauce
-Chicken (already cooked)
-Cheese (optional)
-And whatever else you want to throw on top of them!
    
 
 You make them exactly like you would make a regular pizza
 They only need to go in the oven for about 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted and the pittas are a little crispy.
Mine is on the left and Todd's is on the right, can you guess who the picky eater is?

Voila!!!!



That's it, simple as that!


Enjoy!!!!
 
 
PS: I really need to start upping my cooking skills so I'm going to try over the next few weeks to see what I can come up with.  And you better believe that if I make anything worth while, I'll be broadcasting it all over here as proof!
 
 
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Great Music, Great Friends, Great Weekend

23 September 2013


It's a good thing that I was super busy and had two exciting events on Saturday, because if I only had to write about what I did the rest of the weekend, it would make for a very short and boring post. I think I was asleep by 10 on Friday night and Sunday was spent relaxing mixed in with some grocery shopping and cleaning.  Luckily, Saturday was so much more fun.
  
The day started off bringing Charley to the spa (it was actually the groomer but we were telling her all morning before she went that it was the spa...ssshh!). 

The finished result.
And within an hour her bows had fallen out.

We were then off to our nephews first birthday party.  Todd's brother and sister in law always know how to throw a great party, for both kids and adults.  There was so much food and everything was ahhh-mazing.  



  
Once we left, I kicked myself in the butt for not taking more pictures, I guess I just didn't want to move away from the food.  Oh well!
  
As soon as we left the party we rushed home to get ready to go to the Brad Paisley concert.  Here's what I wore: 
 
You can imagine how well I fit in at the country concert with my blazer amongst all the jean jackets, cowboy boots, and cowboy hats.  

I instantly became a huge fan of Brad Paisley Saturday night.  I think it was the second best concert I've ever been to in my life (the first being Bon Jovi).  His voice is incredible and what I loved the most was how much he interacted with the crowd. 


 
Another cool thing was that when he sang "Remind Me" (the duet with Carrie Underwood) he had a hologram of her on the stage so that it looked JUST like she was singing right next to him.  It was freaky how real it looked. His last song of the night was "Alcohol" and boy did the crowd ever go nuts.  Great way to the end the show!




After the concert, we made our way to George Street with some friends.  Newfoundland is probably known for one thing and one thing only, and that's George Street because it's famous for having the most bars per square foot in North America.  It definitely is something you have to experience if you ever visit.
 
We drank, we danced, and we laughed a bunch.  

I have no idea why Todd's lips looks redder than mine!!!!

 




Whenever we're downtown on George Street, I can never leave without getting a poutine before I go home and this night was no different than any other night. Whoever came up with idea of putting cheese and gravy on fries is a complete genius. Thank you, thank you, thank you!   






We also may or may not have made one more stop to get a slice of pizza too before we went home.  #sorrynotsorry

And because of the damage that was done on Saturday, I will now be eating salads for the rest of this week. 

#stillnotsorry
 
 
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Five On Friday

20 September 2013

My favourite day of the week is here once again.  Surprisingly, I actually like Friday's better than Saturday's.  I think it's because I love the anticipation of knowing I have the full weekend ahead of me.  Another random fact, I also despise Tuesday's more than Monday's. The first day back after the weekend I'm usually pretty rested and excited, but then on Tuesday it hits me that we still have a while to go before the weekend.
 
Anywho, let's get this started shall we. 





ONE//  I am the most excited about seeing Brad Paisley in concert Saturday night. Although I've never been a huge country fan, I do love concerts and I do love his music so that's a win, win to me. I've been listening to his songs at work the past two weeks to make sure I know the majority of them because I'm gonna wanna be singing to the top of my lungs. It's just not the same when you go to a concert and you can't participate so you just have to stand there swaying back and forth (although I'm sure the people around me would prefer this much better than what's actually going to happen).



TWO//  I realized yesterday that I have been working at my job for exactly two years. And even though some days I feel like I just want to run walk out that door and never look back, the majority of times I've really loved it. Every other job I previously had was in a much smaller setting, so I love that I've been able to meet soooo many new people, not just here in Newfoundland, but across the country.  I also feel that there is an opportunity to grow with this job (knock on wood) which makes it that much better.   Here's to hoping that I continue to feel this way!


THREE//  Todd's nephew (mine too now) is celebrating his first birthday on Saturday so I can't wait to help him celebrate at his party, and if I'm being honest, to also indulge in all of the good things that makes a kids birthday party great. 




FOUR//  The lady at the Tim Horton's drive thru now knows me.  She is just the sweetest and it makes me happy around 7:30 each morning when she strikes up a conversation with me. By the way, is it just me or have I been talking about Tim Horton's A LOT in only the few posts I've written so far?  What can I say, this girl loves her coffee (and I guess that's why the lady knows me now).


FIVE//  I bought this sweater at Old Navy this week and I think it's the cutest. I rarely shop there but I was actually really impressed with all of the nice fall sweaters they have.

 
 
The camera on my phone has been taking really crappy photos lately (i blame it on running with the phone in my hand).
You know what is impressive, though? 
I actually had a few minutes to spare this morning before work to take this picture and upload it.

Also, I have no clue why I love to wave when I'm taking selfies!! 
 
 
 
 Have a great weekend!!!
 
 
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We Took the Road Less Traveled

Pick One- Blogger BFF Style

19 September 2013

Although I'm a newbie over here with this space of mine, I've been reading blogs ever since my lovely sister introduced me to them a few years ago and I've been obsessed hooked ever since.  FYI, I will be forever grateful to her because of this!

As soon as I would open my eyes on a Saturday morning,  I would make my way to the nearest Tim Horton's to get a coffee and then instantly rush back home so I could sit in front of my computer and start in on all of the blog posts that awaited me.  I'm sure you all know how it starts off. You're reading one post when another blogger on their sidebar happens to catch your eye, so you make your way on over to check them out when that blogger mentions another blogger that seems interesting so you just have to click on that link to see what all the fuss is about.  Before you know it, three hours have passed and you're still in your pajamas and still sitting in the exact same spot on the couch.

Well, luckily for me, my searching paid off because I happened to find two hilarious bloggers that I've been following since the first time I read their posts and literally laughed out loud.  Despite being from completely different parts of the country, these two have become best blogger friends and it is so entertaining to watch their friendship grow one post at a time (in fact, they are actually visiting one another right now so they're probably squeezing the crap right out of each other as we speak at this very moment).  With all of the excitement and anticipation of them getting to see each other, I guess they didn't want to use up any of their creativity on a blog post when they could be putting it to better use (like planning their next four days together) so they decided to do a random link up where you just pick an answer between a compilation of comparisons. Sounds simple enough, right?

Before I get to that, have you guessed which two bloggers I'm talking about yet?

They're known as one of the best power couples/ blogger duos in the blogging world.  In fact, if you're reading my post right now and you don't know who I'm talking about, then this word just became very, very backwards.

Here are some more hints:
Unicorns
Fireballs
Miller Lites
Bagel Bites

How about now?  I think I'm making this too easy and just giving it away.
Hazel
Yoga Pants

You guessed it; Erin from Two Thirds Hazel and Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants To Work. If you want to laugh until your cheeks hurt or if you ever just want to know that someone out there is having a worse hangover than you, then I sincerely advise you to check these two bff's out. Don't be surprised, though, if in three hours you're still in your pajamas and sitting in the exact same spot on your couch too.

Okay, so I'll get back to my list.  What would I rather?

Vacationing in Florida or vacationing in NYC: I guess I'll go with Florida and ONLY because I visited NYC last year and I haven't been to Florida since the 4th grade (which probably doesn't even count if the only thing you can remember is Snow White shaking your hand).

iPhone or Droid: It took me so long to get on the iPhone train and now that I'm finally on board, I don't think I ever want to get off.

NSYNC or Backstreet Boys: NSYNC, oh how I loved thee.  Plus they gave us Justin.

Being forced to delete Facebook or being forced to delete Twitter:  Hmm..I never thought I would say this but it would probably be facebook because twitter has become much more appealing to me.

Fireball or Miller Lite:  Probably miller lite because after my last birthday, I hope to never see another fireball shot being passed around.

Full House or Family Matters: Full house, and mainly because they gave us Uncle Jesse.

Dumbledore or Gandalf:  Huh? I guess the fact that I just had to ask google who these people were makes it pretty irrelevant who I choose, right?

Dying Easter eggs or Carving pumpkins:  Carving pumpkins.  I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who has never done this before, but don't worry because it's on my list to do list for next month.

NFL or NCAAF:  Again, I don't really know the difference.  Please don't judge me.

A hangover forever or sobriety forever:  Definitely sobriety forever.  I can't handle my hangovers like I use to, so the thought of being stuck with one forever, well that's just plain silly.

January or July:  Oh, an easy one!  July for sure, because we end up spending all of January trying to shovel ourselves out of our house.

Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus:  Can I pick somewhere in between?

Shark Week or Fashion Week:  Probably fashion week, although I would be able to go on if there were neither.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or Saved by the Bell:  Tough one, but I was addicted to Saved by the Bell so I guess that one wins. Who doesn't still love Zack and Kelly?

Britney or Christina: Hands down, Britney.  I hear I'm going to have to make a trip to Vegas just so I can see her perform I'm A Slave For You.

Burrito or Burrito Bowl: I never had a burrito bowl (again, no judgment) so I guess I'll go with that one just to try something new.

Reading blogs on your phone or reading blogs on your computer:  On my computer because I feel like I can't get the same affect on my phone.

Angelina or Jennifer:  I was always a huge Jennifer fan, but the scales got weighed more heavily after the whole Brad and Angelina thingy.

Doug Funny or The Rugrats:  I've heard of the rugrats but not Doug Funny. I never would have thought that while doing this list I would feel as unknowledgable as I do.

An open mouth chewer or a heavy breather:  Tough one!  Although I hate an open mouth chewer, I guess it's the lesser of two evils because, unlike the breather, the open mouth chewer hopefully wouldn't be doing this all day.

Oh, in case anyone needs a reminder, tomorrow is FRIDAY!!


 
 
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Where Did My Thoughts Go?

18 September 2013

There's not a whole lot going on over here these past few days. My brain is acting all fuzzy-like and don't want to spit out anything that's even remotely worth while to share.

I think I'll just go ahead and blame it on being secluded in the woods this past weekend without a connection to the real world, and it's taking me a little longer to come back to reality.

It could also be from the fact that we're trying to get serious with picking a wedding venue so I feel like that has taken up 99.9% of all brain activity.  Who told me this was supposed to be the easiest part? If that's the case, then I'm in trouble. Big trouble.

My boss is also off this week which makes me feel like I'm on vacation not only from work, but from everything else going on around me.

So, now that you know the extent of my attention span at this very moment, I better leave it at that before I ramble on even more.

One more thing, I got this text last night so I might just have to check that out.


 


It is such a beautiful fall-like day here and it is making me want to shop even more.

I warned you!

Now I'm really gone.
 
 
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Weekend Cabin Getaway

16 September 2013

Don't you just love those weekends when you can get away and not have to think about one thing?  Not one thing? I know I do, and I know that's exactly what I did when I spent this weekend at our cabin.  (We also didn't have much of a choice when there was no cell phone service or gas stations or malls around for at least a half hour). 


Remember how I said earlier that Todd has a very handy-dandy dad?  Well, here's what he's been working on for the last couple of years.




Our cabin is now at the stage where it can be slept in, so we've been completely taking advantage of this the past two weekends.  This time, though, we had some friends join us!


There was lots of exploring.




Lots of bike riding.






Lots of Charley-filled activities.






And of course lots of eating.





We had a blast this weekend and we can't wait to do it again, hopefully really soon!

I know Charley had the best weekend out of all of us because she was so exhausted when we got home yesterday, she spent the entire evening sleeping.
 


 
 
Hope everyone had a great weekend too!  I'll say goodbye now on this note.....


 



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