Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Things

We're coming off an absolutely gorgeous but tease of a weekend here in K-town, and it brought with it that perpetual good mood that only spring can bring. Unfortunately snow is predicted in the near future, which is necessary I guess to remind us all that it's barely February, but regardless, I figured I'd share some happy things while it's still above freezing:

1. Tonight I made this for dinner. And it was sooo good. I used a store-bought thin whole wheat pizza crust too, which it made it pretty darn easy and maybe even healthier too?

2. I just stumbled upon this recipe too, and I'm so pumped to try it soon! I'll give you a hint: it's called Cookie Dough Creme Pie...oh. gosh.

3. Valentine's Day is only 2 weeks away! I know it annoys a lot of people, but I really just love this holiday. And not just because I have the greatest fiance ever to spend it with either, I loved Valentine's Day even before Mr. Right came along too. The happy red and pink colors everywhere...the aisles and aisles lined with candy...the excuse to eat chocolate all day long...and not to mention the little spring in your step and smile on your face that only that diapered baby with wings can bring. (That's my cheesy reference to Cupid, p.s.) But yeah, I love everything about February 14th and am pumped! Benjamin and I are celebrating a little early. We have dinner reservations here for Friday evening, but I fully intend on extending our celebration through the actual day anyway. Yay! :)

4. Yesterday Mom, Ben, and I went up to my aunt and uncle's hilltop property to check out their new pool house and bar that will serve as the location of our rehearsal dinner come the end of May. It is absolutely beautiful and got me so much more excited for the night before the wedding! There are incredible views in both directions, a huge stone fireplace in the corner, and plenty of space to sit any and everyone who wants to come!

5. I finally got my engagement ring sized last week, and it has been so nice to have it actually fit! Turns out I had been wearing it a whole size too big for the past 6 months, and winter's cold temps have caused my fingers to shrink even more. No more worrying about it falling in the toilet at the preschool, hurray!

6. I'm taking an awesome class on Communication Disorders that is totally making me want to be a speech pathologist. What does that mean? More school, of course, but that was in the plan anyway. I've got awhile to think about it, but for now I'm just going to keep learning and feel it all out some more. Got to read for it now, in fact, so I'm out!

Sorry for the lack of pictures...I have got to get better about that.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Monday!

Hello again!

Well, school must be back in session since the only time I seem to blog is when I have a whole big list of other stuff I should be doing. But who really wants to watch an hour-long anatomy lecture disguised as a YouTube video...not me! So here we go.

Friday night 301 finally had our roomie dinner! We found out last week that sweet Erin will be doing Teach for America in...wait for it...HOUSTON!!! To celebrate, her dad told her to use the credit card and take us all out for a celebratory dinner. And celebrate we did.

With wine flights at Cru! It's a new restaurant in Turkey Creek that serves tapas (small plates) and lots and lots of wine. We each chose a different flight to try, meaning we each got 4 small tastings of different wines, all coming from a similar region of the world. It was tasty and super fun, and when I wasn't in the bathroom blowing my nose (tmi, sorry...), I had a really great time.

That was pretty much the highlight of my weekend however, because the next day I woke up feeling like someone had injected foam into my head. I've been dealing with a nasty sinus cold for four days now and am sooo ready for it to move on out. Benjamin hooked me up with a McAllister's spud, some Sweet Cece's, and a nice hefty box of Kleenex Saturday evening, but sadly it wasn't the end-all cure I was hoping for. Thus the pill-popping will continue.

In other news, I'm on the half marathon hunt again. Do I really want to run my life away all spring in order to prepare? Not really. But I do have a fairly large event coming up on May 28th that calls for a flat tummy, so I figured a commitment might be necessary. I've promised Ben for the last 3 years that I would do the TriDeltathon with him in April, and I'm thinking this might be the year I actually hold that promise, so that will be a nice way to mix up the training...if I build up enough courage to ride my bike anywhere besides my neighborhood, that is. As for the whens and wheres of the race, I'm honestly not sure yet. Last night we looked into this one in Cincinnati at the beginning of May. Looks great, but the only drawback is that it's right smack in the middle of finals...hmm. Let's be real, though, probably wouldn't study that much anyway.

Well look at the time, gotta get ready for meeting! I think I'm finally trying our new Chipotle on the strip tonight and I'm excited! Happy Mondays everyone! Good luck deciding on whether to watch the second half of the Bachelor or Gossip Girl later tonight...I know I'm wishy-washy, hah. Bye!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snowed In...Again!

There are about 4 inches of snow on the ground.

School was called off.

I am sitting in bed...and my butt is gradually molding to my mattress.

But it's the perfect way to spend my second to last day of break.

I've been brainstorming ideas for a new blog to document this little upcoming journey called marriage and moving across the country, and today I actually created it...though I'm not sure I'll keep it. I'm really ready for something new and fresh and want to start writing on it now, but part of me just thinks it's too weird to contribute to anything which mentions The Hymans just yet. Maybe I'll talk myself out of that eventually and go for it. But today, it will remain blank and floating somewhere out in the world wide web.

I'm mildly concerned with the fact that I'm still at home (and stuck here, for that matter) with classes starting in less than 48 hours. I've decided to wait until tomorrow, with the hope that the temperature will rise enough to do some melting without adding any additional treachery to the road. I'm a wimp when it comes to winter weather driving...imagine that, hah.

Well, sorry to be brief, but just thought I'd check in...not much else to do! Probably need to go do some ironing and preliminary packing, get the blood flowing a bit. Gotta get everything as ready as I can before I begin my LAST SEMESTER EVERR!! Ahh, too much craziness.