Friday, March 27, 2015

Five for Friday!

Phew!  This has been a long week, and I'm sure, we are all happy that it is Friday! Here are a few things other than work that I've been thinking about lately!

First, has anyone else watched The Jinx?  Last week, the husband started watching it without me, and then thought I would really like it, so I watched it on my own.  I know that a lot of stuff is edited, but I have to admit that it kind of drove me absolutely crazy. I feel like this guy is guilty and needs to be in jail.

Second, on a happier note is Lilly for Target! I know that the Lilly Pulitzer collaboration for Target is old news, but I'm super excited about it.  You can see all the products and the prices here in this new lookbook! I know the collection will sell out quickly and I probably won't get to buy anything, but aren't these pieces lovely? The sandals are my favorite.
Third, did you guys know that Forever 21 is doing a collaboration with Sugar Paper?  I feel like it is an odd combination, but I am still excited to see them branching out.

Speaking of Sugar Paper, I adore this Easter card.
Happy Friday!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend Recap!

This weekend my sister and her bf came to visit us!  We enjoyed site seeing a bit in the city, visiting the Library of Congress and walking around the Supreme Court.
For dinner we went to Rasika, and I loved our fancy night out.
We then celebrated with some Georgetown Cupcakes!
Sunday was low-key, as they had to fly back, but I was super thankful for our visit and the time together.  How was your weekend?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Since I'm not Irish, I've never been gone all out for St. Patrick's Day, but  it's always fun to celebrate a holiday! 

The husband's side of the family is part Irish, and one time I noticed this little Irish Blessing on the wall at his grandmother's house.  I know it is extremely common, but the words are so lovely.  Wishing you all a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five for Friday!

My birthday is next week, so I thought I would do a Five for Friday of some things that I am looking forward to celebrating and also things that have caught my eye lately...just in case the husband is reading.

First, I think having some monogrammed cloth napkins would be fun for entertaining.  I don't have a dining room or kitchen table, but I think some cloth napkins would still class it up.
Second, our current orchid is dying, so some new flowers would really perk up our apartment.

Third, my sister is coming up next weekend to celebrate and I'm hoping to pick up some Georgetown Cupcakes to add to the festivities!
Fourth, and most importantly, I'm looking forward to celebrating with my family and friends!  This weekend I'm going home to visit my parents and also see a good friend, and next weekend my sister and her bf are coming up to visit.  It will be a lot of celebrating, and I am very thankful for it!

Fifth, I'm looking forward to going out for a nice dinner.  I made reservations at Rasika again, and think it will be a lot of fun. 

What are you looking forward to this weekend?  I can't believe that we are already in the middle of March!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tiny Houses!

I find the process of people converting to tiny houses really fascinating. The husband and I live in a 700 sq. ft. apartment, and I think it's actually the perfect size for us.  Our parents do store a few things, but nothing that I wouldn't be willing to part with permanently.  Lately, I've been thinking that even the "essentials" that we have in our apartment truly aren't.  For instance, we have an entire bin devoted to Christmas decor, plus an artificial tree.  The husband also has a set of golf clubs and we have our wedding china. So clearly we have everything we "need" right at our fingertips, and then some.

While I don't think I could handle tiny house living (mainly because of the lack of permanent electricity, plumbing and central heating and cooling),  I admire the idea. I was looking online and here are some houses that are more permanent, still tiny, and just as charming!

This house was built after the Great Fire in Chicago and isn't actually such a tiny home at 780 sq. ft.
I don't know why, but I really am so intrigued by these houses.  What do you think about them?  Maybe it's just the idea that they make the idea of owning a home a little more attainable for all of us.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  I find that the first workday of "springing forward" is always a little tough. This weekend was a good combination of getting work done, relaxing and socializing.  On Saturday, we ran errands and I caught up on some chores around the house.  I also decided to start eating chicken!  After 11 years, I'm no longer a vegetarian, which is kind of crazy to me.  Awhile ago I decided to stop eating so much soy in my diet, which meant that getting protein wasn't very tasty anymore.  The husband also wouldn't stop raving about this Chick Fil a sandwich, so that was that.
I also got about 200 pages read for my grad class and a good start on my paper, which made me feel a lot better. On Sunday, the husband and I made it to church (always an accomplishment).  That evening we went over to a friend's house for dinner and watched Hunger Games 3.  We also got to see their cute baby who has grown so much.  We brought fruit and Bon Chon chicken, which the husband is obsessed with.  And of course some spring flowers.

Isn't it exciting that the weather is finally getting nicer?  How was your weekend?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Five for Friday!

I know it's a little late, but here are my five for Friday!

First, I booked a ticket to see my sister and celebrate her birthday in May.  I'm so excited that this has been finalized!
Second, I've been so tired of winter casseroles, so this week, I made some veggie sandwiches inspired by my favorite Jetties sandwich. It's amazing how a little tomato can lift one's spirits.
Third, Thursday was a snow day!  I was actually feeling under the weather, so I appreciated that I could just take it easy and get some work done from home. 
Fourth, the husband and I have been watching House of Cards.  It's so nice to just relax during the winter evenings and this has been the perfect excuse.
Fifth, I got a care package mailed out to my sister and another one sent to my MIL.  Mailing packages is sometimes such a hassle for me, but I always feel that they spread a little joy.
What have you been up to lately?  I'm afraid this weekend I will probably spend most of it reading and working on another paper for my grad class. Riveting, I know.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Life Lately

I've been quiet on the blog for the last week, because things have been a little busier than usual at work and I've also been spending a decent amount of my weekends pretending/actually working on my grad class.  I'm excited that March is here!  Winter should be over soon and Easter will be here before we know it. 

To combat the winter blues, I bought flowers last week.  They promptly died the next day.  I'm not sure what type of omen that is; I guess the flowers can't even take this cold.
I saw this card at World Market.  Originally, I was going to send it to my sister, but when I got home I realized I've already sent it to her once.  At least I know my taste is consistent!
Target has a few new spring things out, and I picked up some new kitchen towels.  It seems silly, but they freshen up the space a bit.
Finally, after reading Alexandra Bee's blog and being reminded at how cute these little bunny place cards are, I bought them at Target.  They are an early birthday gift from the husband.  We're having my family up for Easter brunch, and I can't wait to use them as place cards to label the food.  I already have quite an arsenal of Easter decor, considering the space in our apartment.
How have you been?  With March here I feel spring will follow in just a few weeks!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Few Necklaces from Forever 21

On Monday,  Forever 21 offered free shipping, so I decided to buy the necklace that I have had my eye on.  It drives the husband crazy, but I love some of their accessories.

I decided to buy a necklace for a coworker's birthday who has admired my elephant necklace in the past. 
I didn't buy this set of necklaces, but I think they are very nice.  I'd be interested to see how they look in real life. It's a set, so each necklace actually costs less than a dollar!
I also thought this paper airplane necklace is so whimsical.
In the meantime, I'm looking forward for my little trinket to arrive in the mail!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day Weekend Recap!

While I didn't have yesterday off, I'm afraid I ran out of time to do a weekend recap yesterday, so I thought I'd do one today.  To celebrate Valentine's Day, the husband and I decided to go to Founding Farmers for brunch.  It did not disappoint!  I ordered the stuffed French toast, and it was delicious!
The husband picked the eggs Benedict, and he was pleased with his choice. 
That afternoon my parents came up to visit! I know it is an odd day, but it was just how things worked out, and it was so great to see them.  My mom brought cupcakes and they were so delicious!  We had a a really great visit.
On Sunday, I had to work on readings and start a paper for my grad class, and I tried to catch up on weekend chores.  The husband's Valentine's Day gift to me was actually going to the grocery store for our weekly trip (and to make sure that we had food when my parents arrived).  It may seem like a small thing, but it really was so helpful.  How was your weekend?  We have a snow day today (hurray!), and I'm hoping to finish everything for my grad class, cook, and also get things a bit more organized around the house.  Such an exciting life I lead!