Odds & Ends, Take 6

Confession: I start drafting these “Odds & Ends” posts ALL THE TIME — adding to it here and there — but then one day I realize the stuff I wrote about happened months ago and no one, myself included, cares about that stuff anymore.  But look at me actually posting one for real this time!


My parents went on vacation a couple of weeks ago so I went over for dinner when they got back and my mom made this spread of pure beauty.  Needless to say, I’m really glad she’s home 🙂


In addition to Sunday morning breakfasts, Joey and I are instating a Tuesday Date Night™ policy.  Started with a bang at Biju’s Little Curry Shop because it’s curry weather in Denver this week.  I’m well aware of how good that place is but Joey seemed EXTRA blown away.


Words of wisdom from my kombucha.


Made this Greek Quinoa Salad (+ pita and hummus) for lunches this week and our co-worker totally caught me standing outside taking a picture of it.


Got five bug bites on my foot in D.C. and ohmygod, my foot was so swollen on Monday.  I quick texted my private nurse (aka Hannah) to ask if I should be concerned.  She said no but she’s the one who should be concerned because I plan to send many more texts like this in the future 🙂img_3940Joey and I celebrated our 2 Year Anniversary last Tuesday by tailgating with Illegal Pete’s before Film on the Rocks.  We FINALLY saw the newest Star Wars and I feel like Adam Sackler would really shun Adam Driver for being a part of a blockbuster.  Otherwise, we thought it was pretty good.


This happened.  Ain’t no bond like a sibling bond, because a sibling bond don’t quit is based on the seamless quoting of movies you grew up watching together.


Found this copy of Life of Pi in one of the Free Little Libraries in our neighborhood and decided, since I’d never read it, to give it a go.  Loving it so far and can’t wait to re-watch the movie once I’m done.  Also, it’s WAY better than this s%*# I’m reading for book group.


And speaking of book group, we got to go to a preview of “This Is Us” on Thursday night!  Pizza dinner first 🙂  I’ve seriously seen the trailer for this show a thousand times and it took me until the 999th time to realize it was Jess from Gilmore Girls and Mandy Moore!

We’ve got friend-filled plans and perfect fall weather to look forward to this weekend.  Hoping you all have equally good things on the agenda!

Christmas Things

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!


Per usual, ours was busy and hectic at times but that’s half the fun, right? Right.

Christmas Eve was split between Joey’s mom’s side of the family and my family. Tradition calls for breakfast and a movie with the former group so that’s what we did.

Pretty sure I hijacked the celebration by choosing both the breakfast restaurant and the movie. And then I ordered for everyone. Just kidding.


I think everyone approved of Turley’s. I definitely approved of this giant cafe au lait.

The 3D thing is kind of lost on me. After 5 minutes I usually forget it’s even in 3D but regardless, I really liked Life of Pi! Visually it was beautiful and it was definitely thought provoking. Poor Joey had to listen to me analyzing it for the rest of the day. I just wish the ending had been a little less spelled out.


We spent the evening with my brother and co. over at my parents’. It’s always so fun watching little ones open presents (and to open some for myself). My nephew spent the evening taking super close-up pictures of everything on his new camera and my niece loved her new jacket so much that she burst into tears when my brother took it off of her.



I also let my dad eat about half of the casserole I made before telling him it was full of cream cheese. I think he quickly forgot after opening his iPad mini. And this is probably how my dad is going to look from now on.


I finished the evening by watching A League of Their Own with a sleeping dog on my lap and was greeted with snowfall when I headed back home.



Christmas Day involved breakfast, mimosas, dominating in Scattergories, and lots of present opening. Santa was good to everyone this year. My mom actually cried when she opened presents from my sister and I. It was so sweet 🙂






I don’t think I’ve removed this pair of Frye boots from my feet since opening them.

There was also a good amount of relaxing.




You would think a 3-day work week would go fast but it’s so slow at work and the 3 days just keep dragging on and on. Does anyone else find this time of year depressing? It’s cold and there’s no Christmas to look forward to.

C’est la vie!

What were the highlights of your Christmas?

Are you experiencing the post-Christmas blues?

Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition?