Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My latest vice...

image via the miracle workers aka..Ben & Jerry

Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk (ie...heaven on earth)! Seriously you should've seen my eyes light up as soon as that spoon filled with cinnamon, oatmeal chunk, chocolate chip goodness hit my tongue...

I might be a bit behind on this ice cream flavor since I just read that it was first released in 2003. How in the world did I miss this deliciousness for the last 7 years? I am not sure I am going to sleep tonight knowing that my hips and tush could be alot rounder right about now if someone would've just told me about this fabulous ice cream.

In addition to the euphoria pictured above, I have another vice...one that I have found myself daydreaming about in the middle of the work day practically drooling at my desk thing of it..in fact excuse me while I go get myself a napkin...

via my lovers - Ben & Jerry

In case my behind is not big enough, those pesky guys Ben and Jerry went ahead and created yet another can't live without yummy flavor. Cinnamon Buns. Approriately named for it is going straight to your buns...but I tell you I don't mind if my behind grows three sizes, this ice cream is worth every dimple!

If you have missed the express train to absolute yumminess, run do not walk to the nearest grocery store, or if you are lucky B&J store, and pick up BOTH of these ice creams....seriously stop reading and get going! You and your tush can thank me later!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pink Penpals

THINK pink was my sorority's theme for our philanthropy the Susan G. Komen Foundation, so you know couldn't pass up the opportunity to participate in Hopsy's (Monograms & Manicures) Pink Swap.

Essentially you sign up on Hopsy's blog (if you haven't checked it out, please do it is filled with all things pink, green and Lily!) and get paired up with another reader and swap all things PINK. The only stipulation was that everything had to be the lovely rosy shade and that you couldn't not exceed $30.

Once I found out my pink pen pal I headed straight to Target and started filling my basket to the brim....it was so much fun to go up and down the aisle thinking what would my pen pal like. Would she like this pink heart shaped candle? Or darling pink woven place mats? It was a treat to shop....below is my pen pals bounty....
complete with Carmel Hershey Kisses, Pink striped slippers, makeup bag,
note cards, note pads, pink candy bowl, and lots of pink candles

I got my PINK package the other day and it was lovely! Full of pink and treats galore! Thank you thank you pink pen pal! xoxo
It is just so much fun to get REAL mail these days. Sending and then anticipating my package was so much fun and made me realize I need to be sending more REAL mail more often...electronic mail not allowed!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Better late than never...

how I spent my week off of work - baking!

Good Morning lovelies! My sincere apologies for my absence - and for my tardiness on writing about one of my favorite holidays! The past week and a half has gone by in a white blur of far too much snow.
Usually I am all about snow - trust me I am like a 10 year old when it comes to snow that is how excited I get, but 31 inches of snow is just too much. Mr.President and I were in Philadelphia with his family the weekend the first blizzard hit DC, and then came home Super Bowl Sunday to Snowmagedon or Snowpocalypse, whichever you prefer. I had off from work all last week (insert happy dance here!) and then we had Monday off for President's Day so I am just trying to dig out (literally!) from the snow, the work I missed etc. I am now officially ready for February to go bye-bye, and for March to hurry up and get here...preferably in like a lamb, not a lion!

Anyways - let's talk Valentine's Day! Despite all the snow and craziness of last week, me and Mr.President found a way to make the day really special. Mr.President booked us a room Sunday night in Annapolis, Maryland. It was both of our first times there - sad considering I have lived in DC for almost four years now - so we were so excited to go. We left around lunchtime Sunday and arrived to a very snowy Annapolis. The town is so very quiet and quaint and romantic.

image via HistoricInnsOfAnnapolis

We stayed at the Maryland Inn, which is part of the Historic Inns of Annapolis. It was perfect! The Inn only had about 40 or so rooms and made you feel like you were in 1773 still. The room had a fireplace and lace curtains and a red velvet covered bench at the end of the bed...it was all very romantic if I do say so myself. Mr.President did a great job selecting our hotel!

We spent the afternoon walking around the downtown area and playing tourists. It is a charming little town - perhaps even more charming if there were not 3 foot high mounds of dirty, black snow but I digress.

Unfortunately, due to the very old feel of the hotel there was no ice machine (or at least not one we could find!) so Mr.President improvised and found another way to chill the wine...

please note that is not in fact a wine bucket, but the trashcan from the bathroom...we used what we had!

our makeshift wine glasses

Now since "we" are not planners - note "we" is just me trying to be nice to Mr.President..I am in fact 100% a planner....we did not make dinner reservations until Sunday morning. Not knowing the area we decided to go to opentable and just see what reservations were left for the night. We found 3 or 4 restaurants that looked good and then decided on an Italian restaurant...of course not knowing it was a chain restaurant. In fact, I am still not sure it is, but it certainly had a Cheesecake Factory feel to it - and don't get me wrong, I LOVE the CF. The food was delicious and my only complaints was that we were sitting so close to the other two tables that I felt like I was on a double date with the other couples. We could hear word for word their conversation and on Valentine's Day I do not think that is ideal for anyone involved.
Overall the entire weekend was just lovely! Mr.President if you are reading this - GOOD JOB! A+ for you!

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day as well. I hope that your bellies were full of yummy chocolates and wine and that you spent the day feeling fabulous!
I have so many delayed posts to share with you...including Hopsy's Pink Swap so I promise to upload my photos and update soon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wedding Wednesday

(major swooning happening over her work)

Holding true to what I started this blog hoping to do - I am going to start (or well try my darnest) to make every Wednesday - Wedding Wednesday! If you know me, you know I LOVE all things to do with marital bliss so this will be a great creative outlet for me!

In honor of all the snow DC is getting right now I wanted to do WW with a snow theme...so here goes....

inspiration via Sunday Style

I am absolutely, whole-heartedly OBSESSED with these engagment pictures...I am doing some serious swooning over here. Love the snow, the colors and the plaid, the blanket, the fun headbands (ahh, girl after my own heart!) and the precious couple to boot!

Are you swooning now too? Between the snow and these photos - I am a happy girl!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Do you know the donut man?

before - breakfast of champions

See that image up there...yep that was taken from my blackberry this morning and I wish I could say it was not mine, nor was it breakfast...but sadly it was both.

Now you might wonder why in the world there is not only a sugar sweet, sinful chocolate frosted donut (note the Valentine's day sprinkles!) sitting next to a handful of potato chips...fair enough question I suppose...

Let me back up and tell you that at my office there is a printing company rep (ie. read slimy used car salesman type) that comes once a week to schmooze and try and sell us on printing our marketing collateral with his company and as part of his slimy pitch, he bribes all the ladies of the office with Dunkin Donuts.

Now it would be fine (well not fine, but ok as long as a long workout follows) to have these donuts around if I actually had a shred of self-restraint to resist these inner tubes of sugar...but I don't. Now the donuts come into play because over the course of a conversation with Donut man we discussed how his donut deliveries were increasing my waistline...from that we somehow managed to talk about the debate of sweet vs. savory. Donut man is a savory - so now he brings chips in addition to the donuts

I would love to end this by saying I resisted at least the donut OR the chips...but nope, ate both

after - well only sorta after because by the end of this post the rest of that donut will be in my belly

ugh...damn you donut man


Monday, February 1, 2010

Snow Day

outside my window

Mr.President and I on our snowy walk

Let it snow, Let it snow, LET IT SNOW...and there is still more to come! This weekend in DC boy did it snow! I think the grand total was around 7 or 8 inches...and it was the perfect snow - light, fluffy, powdery! I woke up around 7am on Saturday and couldn't sleep anymore - I would love to tell you that it was because I was just so excited for the looming snow storm, but I shudder to think it was more the result of one too many (or three too many) glasses of wine.It started snowing here around 9am and by about 10am I had successfully convinced Mr.President to bundle up in every warm piece of clothing we have and take a snowy walk to get breakfast.

It was so much fun - like we were inside a giant snow globe (cheesy I know - but it really was, promise). We went to a place nearby called Bear Rock and sat in front of the fire, yep they have a little fireplace with a little sofa. Mr.President read the paper and I day dreamed. By the time we headed back for home, there was abou 4 or so inches of snow covering the ground....great but not so good for my not so practical crocheted Uggs not meant for 5 inches of snow! Although I love them, they are not waterproof - my tootsies were quite cold by the time we eventually made it home.

The rest of the afternoon we snuggled (nauseating, I know) watched movies and ordered pizza. Such a lovely snow day!
Fingers crossed we have another potential snow day this week - and perhaps even a day off from work? One can dream right?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tuna Casserole fail

Ugh...a total and complete dinner failure. Let me say for the record I have never, and probably will not be a tuna fish fan. Something about the texture and the fact that this mysterious fish gets packed in water and shoved into a can that you then have to drain to get the foul smelling, and weird looking fish. Yuck! Not a fan - don't get me wrong I will occasionally make a tuna fish sandwich, but that is few and far between. Growing up, and still to this day my Dad makes tuna fish sandwiches regularly and I can stomach those, but anything else, no thanks!

Anyways, Mr.President is a fan of tuna fish so I being the fabulous (HA!) girlfriend I am I decided I would whip up a tuna casserole the other night. Sounds like a sweet gesture in theory - but it failed miserably. The above photo is the proof in the pudding (or tuna) that it was not good. It tasted like wall paper paste and salt mixed together.

Bless Mr.President's heart, he tried a few forkfuls before he politely said "Can I be honest without hurting your feelings....I don't want to eat this". I can't blame him, I wanted nothing to do with it either.

Tuna helper you are NOT in fact a helper at all, but instead a gross mix of sodium and putty. YUCK! No wonder it is so cheap at the grocery store. Avoid it at all costs!