Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I give thanks.

In an attempt to make my Thanksgiving dinner semi-nutritious, I wanted to bring something to my grandma's that would not make me gain back the 5 lbs. I worked my a off to lose. I love sweet potatoes, but we didn't grow up eating them so I decided that would be the perfect addition to tomorrow's bountiful feast (just like the pilgrims and indians). Which by the way, I feel very grown up (read: old) bringing food to holidays -- it's my first time, you know. So, today I went to Dahl's with recipe in hand. I found some yams labeled "58 cents/pound." As I'm putting those bad boys into my sack, I remembered a conversation I had with my good friend, Becky where she described a passionate discussion she'd had with a lady at the grocery store who mistakenly said that yams were sweet potatoes. I asked the friendly grocery man if there was a difference. "Oh yes, yes there is a difference," he said. "Sweet potatoes are much healthier, they're right over here." He was the cutest old man (yes, I love all old men, but still.) and he had me convinced. Apparently, they aren't only healthier, but much more expensive. As in, I spent $21 on sweet potatoes. Seriously?!?! I think I would have rather had lobster for that price. But, I left that grocery store knowing Becky would be proud.

Things I'm thankful for today:

1. I have a GOOD job with no worries that the "recession" will leave me unemployed

2. I'm spending the weekend with some pretty fabulous and ridiculously good-looking people in O-town (Chris Jones, anyone??? Don't be jealous.)

3. I'll be enjoying 21 dollar sweet potatoes and Grandma's rhubarb pie tomorrow

4. My family will welcome the cutest baby for me to spoil, snuggle with, and pretend to adopt as my own this next year (yay for A & K having another baby)

5. My classes are over in 2 weeks

6. My hair is getting very, very long :)

7. My good friends in Des Moines (including baby cambri who I also love to snuggle with and pretend to adopt as my own. If you saw her, you'd do the same too)

8. For it to be socially acceptable that I have my Christmas decorations up (because remember, people can be very passionate about putting them up too early), and getting to look at everyone else's pretty lights

What are you thankful for?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Living in a different decade...

While doing some on-line Christmas shopping today, I came across these beauties for myself. I love the blue one. Not quite sure I could pull them off, but you can bet I would rock them if I lived in the fourties... or fifties... or sixties... or any decade they wore cocktail hats.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Incline

My heart's a bit heavy today. These pictures from Colorado brighten my day. We didn't make it to the top of the incline. Just half way and even still, I felt like my heart was pounding out of my chest... I could feel it beating in my neck, in my head, in my hands... I could barely walk for 3 days... it felt like I had done an extreme amount of lunges (Megan knows how much I hate lunges). It was fun though. A real accomplishment. The scenery, breathtaking. Worth every minute.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Christmas is Coming!

You wouldn't believe the number of scrooges out there who grumble and have smart comments when I tell them I set up my Christmas tree yesterday. I understand it's a bit unorthodox to set up your tree before Thanksgiving. I get that. But, it's my house, I love Christmas, and why wouldn't you want to celebrate the birth of Jesus a bit early???
To celebrate (or brace myself) for the beginning of another Iowa winter, I threw together a little party with some good friends, good food, cookie decorating, and tree trimming. Everyone brought their own cookies, traded them all, and left with a bunch of different ones. Unfortunately, a couple of people had to leave and couldn't be in our group picture. Athena loved it because she got to clean up all the dropped frosting/sprinkles and she had more attention than she's had in ages. It's safe to say she loved every minute of it.
I have a few friends who aren't from here, and I know what it's like to be away from my family, so I thought it would be a way to help them to feel a little like they were at home away from home. Because selfishly, I'm thankful they live here! :)A couple of things I didn't take into consideration... a) My house is very, very teeny. We set up a card table in the middle of the living room, with eight girls surrounding it. Tight squeeze, for sure. b) Apparently, I forgot to take in the size of said apartment when I purchased my tree, because I think it may be a bit (a lot) big for the space. c) I am not that great of a baker.... okay cook, not okay baker. I had a hard time figuring out how long to cook my gingersnaps and they definitely left something to be desired. d) I am not great at parties on work nights (I guess I'm just really old) because when my alarm went off this morning, I wanted to call in "sick."
Really though, none of those things matter. Good friends are all you need!P.S. I know this picture of me and Athena is blurry, but I couldn't resist the cheesy Christmas card portrait.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This weekend

I'm going to Colorado Springs this weekend... in 3 days actually!!! This little (BIG) trail, called the "The Incline" is my goal to conquer while I'm there. When I look at this picture I think my friend Shannon is right to say we'll probably only make it half way. One thing's for sure, It will be a good workout, with even better company.

Friday, November 7, 2008

For the first time this year...

The wind was so cold that it took my breath away... oh, and it's snowing too. Makes me want to decorate for Christmas and bake cookies.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I've started to think Halloween may be my favorite holiday... next to Christmas, the 4th of July, and any day that I get off of work... I've been thinking up a post in my head for a few days now, but I haven't found the picture I'm looking for yet. Until then, these will have to do.