Monday, March 10, 2014

Project 365 {Weeks 9 & 10}

Finishing up February here I notice a trend. I like food... a lot. That and I literally have no camera with me other than my iPhone. 

Week 9
February 24
I sent this photo to my sister-in-law-to-be and she said it was the fattest deer she had ever seen. I think he looks a little skinny... especially for the cold winter.

February 25
Seems like it is getting colder every day and literally feels like a never ending winter. 

February 26
This invitation came in the mail today. My friend that has wanted to have kids for oh so very long is finally getting her wish... times 3! I couldn't be happier for her and can't wait to see her! 

February 27
We were headed out of town this weekend and came across a Don Pablo's. Back in the day this was my most favorite restaurant. It was the restaurant where J and I actually had our first date. My meal taquitos with rice and beans; his meal a salad. Yep. It was the best. Well, either my taste has changed or Don Pablo's has really gone downhill. Looks like this was our last visit. 

February 28
Today I got to meet my newest nephew Ryan for the very first time. Born way back in November he was now 3 months and 3 weeks old and couldn't be more perfect. He looks exactly like my sister. 

March 1
Since yesterdays photo was Ryan sleeping, I had to get one of him awake with his Uncle. Just too cute!

March 2
We did a lot today, visited the Grandmas and brought over Chinese food lunch. We even got our little Goddaughter to come pick up the food with us, along with a quick bakery stop for a tasty treat. I am amazed she picked just one... and thoughtful enough to pick some out for her cousins too!  

Week 10
March 3
Visiting Virginia is always so full of emotion. So hard to see all the things I miss living far away from my family and my most dear friends. But at the same time so good to see moments like these... Grampy and little Jacob sitting in the chair together reading. 

March 4
Traveling is tough. No time to make dinner so happy hour at Flour! 

March 5
Out car is getting terrible gas mileage. This is the highest I've seen it this winter. I may have to start biking to work. 

March 6
This is actually J's lamp but it didn't work in his office... so it made its way over to mine. I think I need to update my work photos looking at this picture. 

March 7
I hate fast food. That and sandwiches. But somehow, today I ended up here for lunch. I say it was a moment of weakness. 

March 8
We had to stop by the hospital today for J to round. As I sat in the office while he went and did work I saw this little photo of the two of us many moons ago... I think we are 22, secretly placed where only he can see it when he is in his office. He is just too cute. 

March 9
French toast, orange juice, and coffee. Delicious! Would only have been better with bacon!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Project 365 - Week 7 & 8

So this is harder than I thought it would be. Not only remembering to take photos but I seem to never have my camera with me. It is more like a iPhone photo shoot than anything else. I am down to 365-7... 7 missing days! An entire week! I think I may go look on J's phone and iPad since I know I have some more photos. 

Week 7
February 10
We FaceTimed with Madison and Ryan today and I think I might have a photo someplace, at least a screenshot of our chatting but nothing on my camera unfortunately. 365-5 and counting... 

February 11
Some days, I get breakfast almost in bed. It makes my day. Really. Without asking, just because he cooks for me which is the sweetest.

February 12
Taxes. Need I say more? I am covered in receipts.

February 13
I came home from work to these beauties. Early Valentine's roses. Love, love, love! J sure is on a roll this week!

February 14
Friday night date night and Valentine's Day all in one! Our friends Mary & Steve joined us for dinner at Red. Super fancy... a little too fancy for me actually but still wonderful. I don't usually "win" with my food choice but tonight I did!

February 15
I found out that the Botanical Gardens here does a butterfly release in the afternoons downtown AND they were having an orchid exhibit. So we hit the road and soaked up some warmth in the greenhouse. We saw tons of beautiful flowers and a butterfly that found my hand for a resting spot!

February 16
I'm lucky I like snow. Really lucky since this winter especially seems like it is NEVER. GOING. TO. END. How many more days until spring??  

Week 8
February 17
I'm running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April with my Dad and sister. Well, that is the plan anyway as I have done zero training. So I hit the gym today to try and get some miles on these legs. It was rough... and mostly walking. 

February 18
365-6... boo!!! 

February 19
This little Valentine came in the mail today. I love it. I miss her too much!

February 20
I ordered Ceviche for dinner. Yes, me. That's right... I don't even know who I am either. So odd but it was delicious. Have to be adventurous sometimes I guess! 

February 21
Astronaut Don Thomas was at NASA today. I was supposed to be going to his lecture but I was caught in meetings and couldn't make it. A coworker of mine did happen to surprise me and pick up his signed book for me. Gotta love all us space nuts!

February 22
It is Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week so we headed out with our friends A&M to Chop. Dinner was good... but certainly glad we had the discounted menu. Way overpriced if it was a regular day. Somehow we ended up at the new Horseshoe Casino afterwards where the girls sat down at the penny slots and won a little money... not as much as the $700 the guy won that sat down after we got up but what can you do?

February 23
365-7. Ridiculous!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Project 365 - Week 5 & 6

Where does the time go? I am working a lot. Both my job and helping J get the practice going and there seems to never be enough time for everything. My "To Do" list is endless. I honestly don't know how women with kids even get showered, I can barely get groceries and the laundry done. Here's to two more weeks completed and into February we go! 

Week 5
January 27
Our little kitty Hailey has been super sweet recently. Seems like in her advancing age (13!) she is just getting cuter and cuter. We were chasing the string here on a Monday evening while J was making dinner.

January 28
On the way to get my hair done I saw the fattest deer I've ever seen. Looks like she knows that this winter is going to be a long one. 

January 29
A perfectly clear day. The first completely sun filled day in Cleveland in 124 days. Wow.

January 30
This is the recliner gift I gave J back in June for completing his fellowship. Ever since Hailey has avoided it... until today. It was cold and we put this nice, warm, fleece blanket down. The next thing you know there is a sleep princess kitty right in the middle. I think she has a new spot. 

January 31
And we're off! Headed to Maryland to visit Steve and do some skiing. I am not 100% thrilled, I'd rather be going to the spa or laying in the sun someplace but J loves it, so I'll try my best. 

February 1
Group selfie on the slopes! It was the warmest day I've ever skied with a high of 48 degrees!

February 2
We were back home just in time for the Super Bowl, sporting our Broncos jerseys and rooting on my favorite player Peyton Manning. Just wish it had turned out different for him.

Week 6
February 3 
Another missed day. We went out to eat at Don Ramon's tonight and I had a telecon for the sorority I volunteer with... just missed a change to take a photo. 365-4. 

February 4
It is freezing again today. Perfect day to snuggle in for grilled cheese and chicken tortilla soup. 

February 5
I'm seeing a theme of food here... I made Giada's Brussels sprout recipe but with pancetta instead of prosciutto and it was fantastic! Even a nice little fire in the background. Shh! J didn't know I snapped this quick shot. Hehehe

February 6
Every once in a while I get some visitors right outside my office window. They were actually looking at me for a while before I moved to get the camera and just like that they ran off.

February 7
Ah, sunshine. I miss you. This was a really pretty sunset in Maryland on our second trip skiing this winter. 

February 8
Back in blue, slopes that is. I made it through all the blue slopes and am getting better and better skiing, much to the delight of my husband who has skiing fever. I blame the Olympics that and the record snowfall we are having this season.

February 9
After a long weekend skiing (nearly 7 hours!!) I think I deserve some amazing Italian food. We stopped at 3 Palms Pizzeria in Hudson and enjoyed their Sunday gravy, meatballs, pasta and of course a cannoli to top it off!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Project 365 - Week 3 & 4

So even though I haven't done any other blog postings, I am still working on the a photo a day! Here are weeks 3 and 4! January has gone by fast... cold but fast. I am really getting tired of this polar vortex and temps being highs of double digits. At least there is some pretty snow with it!

Week 3
January 13
J had a craving for corned beef so even though it wasn't St. Patrick's Day, we made corned beef in the crock pot. We followed Mom's recipe, 2 cans of Guinness, corned beef covered in brown sugar, and the spice packet. DELICIOUS!

January 14
My friend Stacey and I went to BYOB and painting class. It was so much fun! We thought they were going to tell us what to paint but we had to come up with our own inspiration and mine was J's new company logo. I was not happy with how my lady turned out... I blame the wine. She needs some plastic surgery! 

January 15
Terrible photo... but at least it is something for the day. Our new Ohio cutting board and remnants of our cheese plate dinner. I love Brie! 

January 16
And today I have nothing, well nothing to post that is. We went out to dinner at Gamekeeper's tonight and I took a photo of the fireplace but it was even worse that my cheese board photo and I just couldn't include it. 365-3 so far... 

January 17
It is so nice when you meet couples where you don't have to pair up with just the girls and just the boys. That is how I feel about these friends, two couples we love to hang out with here in CLE, although this is the girls only selfie! We are just too sad that a third of the bunch will be moving this summer. 

January 18
Last week when I was on travel for work, my rental car was a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, aka the 4 door Jeep. So today we happened to drive by the Jeep dealer and look at them... is it time for a 4 door/grown up car for us?  

January 19
Yes, it is 19 days into the new year and I am still taking down Christmas. This is one of my least favorite things to do. But I am improving... last year everything was still up in February.  

Week 4
January 20
J is going to hate that I posted this but it was just too cute. We love our little kitty cat.  

January 21
Bang, bang shrimp and lemon drop martinis. Need I say more?

January 22
So this happened tonight. Jared is out at a work dinner and I am in my pj's with dinner cooking and the fire alarm goes off. And it smells like smoke suddenly when I open the door to the hallway.  I run around like a chicken with its head cut off putting clothes back on, snow boots, grabbing my purse, phone, car keys, getting my wedding photos... and I can't find Hailey. She has hidden under the bed and I can't reach her. The blaring alarm is making my heart race, encouraging panic, and my cat won't come out from under the bed. I finally get her, race out of the apartment and get the car out. I forget my wedding rings.
All was fine in the end. It was a cable line into the building that overheated and started to smoke. 

January 23
So I didn't sleep well last night... and this is my morning commute. This is the on ramp 3 minutes from my house, beginning my normally 35 minute drive... which ended after nearly 2 hours. I'm ready for the weekend. 

January 24
At least snow is pretty... especially with some sunshine making it sparkle.

January 25
J's friend Aashi was in town for a conference so we picked her up and spent the day out to lunch, driving in the snow, shopping, and stopping by our favorite little town Chagrin Falls.

January 26
Today is Pie Day and Miles Market was sampling nearly every pie imaginable. My favorite was the Dutch Apple. Yum!!     

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