last wknd in chicago.

the week of “the move” is upon us. in two days, actually.

and in preparation, I had a relaxing, stay-at-home weekend. it went something like this ..

winter wonderlandthe weather outside was frightful. [winter finally decided to show up in february].

so I stayed inside ..

buffalo chicken mac & cheese& made myself some scrumptious buffalo chicken mac & cheese. [I used a recipe from {iowa girl eats}, and changed it just a tad].

cocktailI also made myself a cocktail, obviously. cheeeers!

curly hairI curled my hair. this is such a rarity for me, because I stink at it. but thank you to {the small things blog} & her easy to follow hair tutorials ..I’m learning. slowly. if I can do it, anyone can. truly. [the tutorial is very helpful].

bathroom productsand in the midst of all that drinking & eating & hair curling ..I packed one box. under-achiever? maybe. but it was our “bathroom box” and oh my goodness, could we have any more products? I organized everything before packing it away; lotions, hair products, face wash, etc. it was never-ending.

in heavenI wore my favorite game day tee shirt yesterday, to get in the super bowl spirit. “in heaven there is no beer ..that’s why we drink it here“. the power outage was exciting. the halftime show was amazing. the commercials were [overall] underwhelming. and the outcome of the game didn’t affect me one way or another.

but guess what did?

the snow storm that hit the midwest overnight.

shoveling ughlet’s just say I earned my cup of coffee this morning. snow is heavy.

I am keeping busy this morning. trying not to watch the clock. [J] is flying home today. tomorrow we’re loading up our belongings. and wednesday morning we hit the road, to iowa. you could call it an exciting, action-packed week.

happy monday.


how I spent my weekend.

hello {TheDailyTay} friends.

thank you for visiting!


happy monday!

this weekend I did some quality dog sitting. for [J]’s parents. and honestly, that’s about all I did. a lot of couch time. I mean.. hello, I had to ‘sit with the dog’. ;)

[it was much like the last time I {dog sat}. pure laziness].

I have proof ain’t pretty folks.

laying on the couchthis is pretty much what I did all weekend.

hot mess.I didn’t even put on make up once. yikes! [did I mention [J] was gone in the cayman islands?]

wine time a lot of readingI read a lot. I’m almost done with this month’s {book club} choice: ‘The End of Your Life Book Club’. I am absolutely loving it. my review will be posted on jan. 31st. & I drank a lot of wine. but don’t judge me ..I waited until 5PM.

green teaI discovered {Not-So-Dainty} wine glasses are my glass of choice, even when drinking green tea.

barking at the squirrelsthink the movie ‘UP’. think dogs going crazy, with squirrels to blame. well, this dog has been on the crazy woofin’ train all day. clearly, there’s a squirrel reunion going on outside, on the branches.

quinoa cupsthe one productive thing I did all weekend: made {Iowa Girl Eats} scrumptious ham & cheese quinoa cups. [J] & I love them. and I figured they’d be a nice surprise for him to come home to.

he comes home tonight.

I’ll be picking him up from the airport in four hours. but who’s counting?

therefore, I had to abandon my no make-up streak. dress in clothes other than yoga pants. & I even curled my hair.

lipstick & hair donewhich led me to add to my {2013 goals}: learn how to curl my hair; better & faster. and do it more often. I have really thick, naturally straight hair. making it quicker & easier to just rock straight. but it’s more fun curled, so I guess I’ll be setting my alarm clock for earlier ..

I have some really exciting news to share this week! not quite sure which day will be the lucky one ..yet. :)

come back tomorrow: I’ll be discussing Valentine’s Day. if you need some ideas, you’ll want to return. I can be a romantic ..if I try ..hard.

enjoy the rest of your day!


december in new york city [part I].

new york city is magical. but decorated for the holidays .. it is absolutely breathtaking.

thanks to spontaneity¬†& inviting myself on¬†[J]’s business trip, I got to see the city in all of its christmas glory.

as soon as we landed .. [J] went to a meeting. & I went gallivanting, with my camera. [only fair, right?]

bryant park 1


times square





then all of my dreams came true …


I saw the today show while it was filming. [I could’ve easily made this happen when I lived in new york ..but the fact is, I didn’t].

and let me show you the VIEW I had ..


[only slightly worth the wait ..]

central park 1


central park




and the best photo of the trip goes to ..

what is this little boy up to?

SONY DSCoh nothing much, just perfect timing on MY part.

SONY DSChahahahahahahaha.

your eyes are not deceiving you. I’m proud of this moment I captured.

on that note ..

SONY DSCstay tuned for part two.

happppppy monday.