I feel like I have been gone forever!
I’ve not even begun to get caught up with my blog-reading, but I thought it’s about time I got back to my poor little blog! Life hit warp-speed and I definitely got overwhelmed with it, but in a good way.
First, I finally graduated college:
Which was pretty world-rocking for me, because it’s been, oh… 8 years in the making! Better late than never :). It was a wonderful day; my mom, dad and sister came up from CT, and of course Hubs was there. Harvard really puts on a big whoop-de-doo with their graduation celebration, and I didn’t even mind that I had to get up at 4:45am to be there. It was magical and a day I’ll always remember. Of course we celebrated with some margaritas!
My parents left that evening, but my sister stayed with us for a couple of days to hang out and generally have a good time.
On Saturday, after we dropped my sister off at the train, hubs and I headed over too Legacy Place in Dedham (a huge outdoor shopping center with great restaurants and a big theatre) to catch Iron Man 2. We also caught a few cocktails at my favorite spot, Aquitaine.
And this, the Aquitini:
It was definitely one of the best martinis I’ve had in a while. It had fresh orange juice, orange vodka, and something called “Brille de lillet” — which I googled and is some sort of pear infused liqueur. It was so good!
And then, we went to Maryland to begin our house hunting expedition. We searched for three days and saw between 10-15 houses each day. Suffice to say, it was QUITE exhausting. But we did find something we loved… I don’t want to jinx it! The mission now is to sell this condo ASAP so we can put an offer down on this new place. If we get it… Oh boy. I don’t even know what to say, expect ALL of my kitchen appliances will have a permanent counter spot.
So, can you tell there’s been a lot of eating and drinking going on? There really has. And I wish I could tell you that I stuck to my workout plan, but I really did not! In fact, I’ve been wearing a lot of stretchy pants lately. It’s mildly stressful to know I’ve put on weight. It’s to be expected, when you’re suddenly eating and drinking 3x more than you were before. And not exercising enough.
I also have a job in retail now. I think I’m the last person on earth to have never worked retail, right? I actually love it. I enjoy the ladies I work with, it’s a fairly small store with a lot of regular clients, and I have a super amazing discount — which is both good and bad. Let’s say, I’m definitely representing the store’s clothes these days. 🙂
So life has been a little busy, which is great. I just need to adjust to it and get myself into a real routine. I look forward to getting updated on all of your blogs! I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer!
You know you love it!
Happy Sunday, bloggies! I have been a little shy with the camera this weekend, but I do have a few high-lights for you.
That’s right, the high lights are all food! Of course! That pizza was my very first without any cheese. I felt so…In control(?) as I ordered it too, “That’s right, NO cheese. Yes, ALL the veggies you have. Plus the onions and garlic.” Why not? Hubs is not home to cower from my dragon breath. However, next time I would change that pizza up just a little bit: No cheese, broccoli, extra eggplant, mushrooms, and spinach. The garlic was just too much, it was huge and chunky and raw, and the onions were kind of weird tasting. Not delicious. The eggplant and broccoli were amazing though, so I think that’d be my go-to pizza. I honestly did not miss the cheese.
The little pancakes… Hmm, what to say? I was trying to be creative on Saturday morning, and recalled that Heather always posts the most amazing pancake pictures, so I decided to try her recipe for Almond Flour(Extra Fluffy) Pancakes, because it seemed like I remember having almond flour and the ingredient list was very short. However, it turned out that my almond flour was actually almond meal. I also did not have club soda. The almond meal said that it could be used for 50% of the flour in a baking recipe, so I decided to roll with that. I used 1/2 cup almond meal and 1/2 cup ww pastry flour, which was also lurking in my cupboard.
However, I made one really stupid classic mistake: I decided to whip my egg whites in the Vitamix. Why not, right? It can do ANYTHING. Well, no, it actually can’t. Heather said to whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks — not until they turn… scrambled. Yes, my friends, the Vita heats up when you let it roll, and that heat cooked my eggs. Gross.
The brownies are pretty self-explanatory. I ate them.
So it was back to the old fashioned whisk for me. Sigh.
Anyway, the pancakes were not worthy of me posting my variation, though they were edible. I’d recommend checking out Heather’s actual recipe, and going by that. 🙂
My weekend has been pretty fun! I went out twice, which is darn near historic for me, and had a blast each time. I don’t have a hangover this morning, because I figured out that if you stick with ONE drink, without sugary mixers, the next day is actually pretty OK.
Weather-wise, it’s been lovely, and I’ve gotten the pups to the park a few times, and we’ve sunned ourselves plenty. All in all, quite relaxing of a weekend. Even though I miss the Hubs.
Now, I’ve got to get into my gym clothes, clean up this casa (Hurricane Sarah came home late last night and totally made herself comfortable all over the place), hit the gym (Week two, day 2 Upper body!) and then get some groceries. Because look:
GASP. I’m almost out of my chicory coffee!!!
Have a great Sunday, bloggies. See ya tomorrow!