‘kiss me I’m Irish’ week: green beer.

its here – kiss me I’m irish week.

and oh my, did it begin with a bang. yesterday I drove back to des moines from my hometown. & so did my brother, except he was heading to denver, CO. ten miles from my apartment the consistent rain turned into heavy snow. thank god I was almost home. my brother on the other hand, not so lucky. let’s just say they closed I-80 & he was stuck in des moines, overnight.

I, selfishly, enjoyed the extra time I got to spend with him. the snow has finally stopped. and he’s back on the road.

me, on the other hand, I’m getting excited for the upcoming holiday. and what better way to build excitement than 24oz of green beer. [in a {not-so-dainty beer mug}]. I have had many times before, but only in bars. why not make at home? it’s simple. and a perfect way to jazz up your standard miller/bud/coors light.

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all you need is:

a {not-so-dainty} beer mug.

green food coloring.

and the light beer that tickles your fancy.

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tomorrow: the perfect appetizer for your st. patrick’s day festivities.

happy monday!

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the best souvenirs.

as I mentioned last week, [J] was away on business, for 7 days. he came home for 48 hours. and off he went again ..

he travels frequently for work. it can be sudden, or planned in advance. he could be gone for a week, or a day. it’s really hard to keep up with. but you’d think after two years of living together & his schedule staying consistently inconsistent, I’d be well-adjusted. 

almost. 

I’d much prefer to travel with him; gallivanting around, while he’s working. unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

for allllll the times it’s not, he brings me back ..

the best souvenirs.

next to traveling myself, I love souvenirs. they’re thoughtful. even if it’s a knickknack you’re going to toss in a drawer, never to be seen again – they say “I was thinking of you while I was away”. it’s the thought that counts people.

what makes the best souvenir: an item that you can bring home and your loved one can experience, as if they were in the city themselves.

a few of my favorites.

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they’re all things heavily associated with their city, at least in my mind. what’s more new orleans than hurricanes & cafe du monde? oh, beads. but what the heck would I do with those? decorate our kitchen?

a piece of the city comes home with you. for the person you wished had been there.

[J] the bar is set really high now. but whatever you do, don’t try to sneak the empire state building in your suitcase. TSA is unlikely to let you through. I’d happily settle for the TODAY show cast.
 

enjoy your tuesday.

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the week in photos.

happy march.

that came quickly. have I been living in des moines 3 weeks already? wow. february you’ve been eventful, but you can pack up your snow storm friends and let spring take over. I’m ready.

in the wise words of author gretchen rubin [of {the happiness project}]:

“the days are long, but the years are short.” 

on that lovely note, let me share my last week of february ..

a great moment on the ellen show

if you did not see this moment during the ellen show this week, you need to watch it. she is hysterical. and this is ahh-mazing! see it here: {it’s raining film canisters}.

new coffee sign the happiness project - proofs of love mason jar drinking

happy place the night circus at barnes and noble

I’m loving this month’s book club pick: {the night circus}. I grab a coffee and happily lose myself for hours in this read.

the night circus quote

I think “put effort & energy” means I’m not going to drop a lb [or ten] by just thinking about it. so ..

I’m going to start this month off right. in the gym. 

also, [J] returns from his week-long business trip this afternoon. ohhh happy day! bring on a fun, relaxing weekend with me attached to him [poor guy!]. I’m not crazy ..he leaves again on sunday. a girls gotta take what she can get.

happy friday. hello weekend.

see you monday! for my chicken noodle soup + kale recipe.

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