how I spent my weekend.

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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 ..it 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!

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currently ..

a couple things that make me happy.

#1

the daily tayTaylor from {TheDailyTay}.

she wrote a post [yesterday] that spoke to me: {I’m 25 During a Recession}. see the correlation? she’s unfortunately going through a similar situation, but she’s hysterical. “I occasionally look around my house and wonder how much money I could get for certain things at a pawn shop”. true.

#2

TJ's wine selectiontrader joe’s wine selection.

how can this not make you happy? you can get a bottle of wine for $2.99. I have that much change hidden in the couch cushions. definitely worth calling the search team.

#3

pretty little liarspretty little liars.

hello guilty pleasure. they give me something to look forward to during my week. tuesday. 7PM. now all they need to do is tell me who killed allison & who is on the “A” team. please.

three book pagethe three books I’m reading.

{Blog Inc.}/{The End of Your Life Book Club}/{The Happiness Project}

there is truly nothing better than escaping from the ‘real world,’ & into a book. and I have a couple good reads on my hands right now.

#4

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWOmy main man.

oh dear [J], what the eff would I do without you? you’re the bees to my knees. actually, you’re a lot more than that. you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me. thank you. just being next to you makes me happier.

#5

our shopping basketthe jelly beans from our Jelly Belly tour.

they’re on my nightstand. and until they’re gone ..they’ll continue to make me happy. [except for the licorice flavored ones. I only eat those by accident].

now I must take [J] to the airport. he’s gone on business ’til monday. no one feel sorry for him ..he’ll be in 80° temps, surrounded by water, probably with a mai tai permanently in hand. feel sorry for me, I’m staying home.

happy hump day friends.

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manic monday.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

[J] & I took a road trip to des moines, IA. the trip was planned on a whim. and a nice little escape. until our drive back to chicago on saturday night ..5 hours in a “wintery mix” [aka: freezing rain & snow]. watching cars drive right into the ditch does nothing for my heart rate ..but thanks to [J]’s driving, we arrived safely.

on sunday, [J]’s brother gifted us round two of our christmas present – the installation of our remote start. [if you live in cold temps, these are invaluable!]. I can now start the car from the comfort of my nice warm bed. if I wanted to. while his brother was hard at work, we were enjoying #SundayFunday. someone’s gotta do it.

scenes from the weekend ..

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSC bloody mary[J], the behind-the-scenes man, was hard at work on my giveaway image for {TheDailyTay}’s blog. so I made him a bloody mary [in the newest addition to the {not-so-dainty} collection; the beer mug].

beer glassI chose to drink beer from our {not-so-dainty} wine glass. what can I say ..I like stemware!

yay giveaway!you like them too? I’m giving away a pair on {TheDailyTay}’s blog. [BONUS: there are 15 other bloggers giving away some serious goods]. what are you waiting for? go! enter!

SONY DSC[I learned how to multi-task: playing with dog & baby simultaneously. boooom!].

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and last but not least, a quick shout out to kirsten @ {objets d’envy}. the first piece of jewlery [J] ever got me was from her. and I’ve been in love since. so, I got my mom’s christmas present from her. when I received the sparkle in the mail, I contemplated keeping one of the two pieces. but guilt set in. so she got both!

necklace earringsnow off to the land of productivity. at least, I hope. my to do list could stretch to the moon, wrap around 8x’s, and come all the way back. impressive. especially for someone without a paying job.

happy manic monday.

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