Monday, March 31, 2014

Is it Spring yet?

5:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon signaled the end of my first week of being a full time employee of The News & Observer! It was a long, productive week peppered with a 1/2 day when I had to be at the new house for the home inspection, an out-of-the-office marketing event in Cary, an early morning networking event with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce YPN and finally a quiet lunch from Pogo.

After work I came home to a sleepy husband and kitten cuddled up on the couch. For dinner we decided to go to our favorite local Mongolian grill, Crazy Fire. The secret is to use a lot of sauce and to combine teriyaki, soy sauce, garlic oil, lemon pepper, and chopped peanuts with your choice of protein and veggies. Always good, every time!

I slept as long as I could in Saturday morning, but the sun always comes through my window and wakes me up on the weekends. Note - get black out shades for the new house. After brekafast I went to Ross in hopes of finding a few new spring dresses, but no luck. After trying on a few I started to get overheated and frustrated, so I put the dresses back on the racks, called it quits for the day and headed home for lunch, a refreshing shower and an afternoon nap.

Later in the day Aaron and I went to the Raleigh Grande to see Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. We both really enjoyed the story and especially Ralph Fiennes' performance. I always enjoy seeing a new Wes Anderson film even though none have surpassed my favorite, which is of course, The Life Aquatic.

After the movie we stopped in to Target, picked up dinner and made it home before the big rain storm came through Raleigh. After the evening rain storms passed, we went to our friend Nick's house for drinks, nighttime target practice with his BB gun and of course, a bonfire.

Still raining on Sunday morning. We made our monthly trip to Costco then Trader Joe's. I spent the afternoon talking and facetiming with family and friends.

The big event of the day was a surprise birthday party for our friend, Ali! We drove out to the Village Tavern in Greensboro to celebrate!

Hope you had a good weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Favorites: March 28

Favorite Song: Be Okay by Oh, Honey
First heard on Glee, then 1 million times after that when I found the video on YouTube. It's such a fun, lighthearted song that fits just perfectly into a Winter/Springtime transitional playlist. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.

Favorite TV Show I Never Knew Existed Until Now: Billy on the Street
How did I not know for so long that my favorite citizen of Eagleton, now Pawnee has a FREAKIN' HILARIOUS SHOW hosted by comedian Billy Eichner?! It's part game show, part celebrity interviews, but mostly just Billy running around NYC, shouting insults at random people on the street. It's the best! Comedy that is not for the faint of heart. This show is not for you pearl clutchers! Everyone else — watch it now.
Favorite Home Decor Item: The Roger Rug in Deep Lake | Lulu & Georgia
I know that I haven't posted anything about this on the blog yet, but Aaron and I bought a house! We're only a few weeks away from closing, which means that all I want to do in my free time is browse through decor sites and home & garden inspiration posts on Pinterest. I can't wait to get in there and start decorating!

I saw this beautiful Lulu & Georgia rug yesterday and thought that it would be a good starting point for our dinging room. Now we need paint, a table, and so much more, but I think a rug is a good place to start. More posts and photos of the house to come!

Favorite Birthday Kitten: Skwisgaar!
Our little poochers is 2 years old today! All he wants to celebrate his day is to lick all of the ranch dressing off my salad, but we don't let him! Happy birthday to the only NC native in our family. Maybe we will get you a new feather stick to celebrate, but probably not because you love old hoodie strings and burlap bags even more than real cat toys!

What are you loving this week?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Favorites: March 14

Favorite Designer Collaboration Announcement: Emily Henderson for Target
Do I love Target? Yes. Do I love reading Emily Henderson's blog and watching her design shows? Yes. Am I super excited that she is the new Home Spokesperson for A Bullseye View, the official Target blog? Yes! Now I just need a house to decorate so I can apply the all of the decorating know-how that I am going to learn from reading her posts.... Still working on that...

Favorite New Kitchen Toy: The Mason Shaker
I first spotted The Mason Shaker in a cocktail recipe post on A Beautiful Mess and now it has a home in our kitchen. The last cocktail shaker we had ended up in the donation box. It was pretty, but it would leak every time I used it. I love that the 3 piece shaker lid will fit on ANY mason jar, which makes it easy to shake up custom cocktails, iced coffee, or shaken iced tea in a snap!

Favorite Cartoon Themed Cookbook: Eating Ooo
"It’s cooking time, Come on wash your hands. We’re going to eat In all Ooo’s lands. There’s Finn and Jake, But there’s no cumin. The meal will never end. It’s cooking time!" This fun, artful cookbook, created by Eric Resnick, is inspired by the Adventure Time series. Recipes include: BMO’s Chicken Lorraine Pizza, Finn’s Root Sword Baguette, Princess Bubblegum’s giant spaghetti IN meatball, and so much more... ALGEBRAIC! I wonder if there is a recipe for Pi Day...?

What are your favorites this week?

Monday, March 3, 2014

I Couldn't Possibly Comment...

For us, this weekend was all about house hunting, Frank Underwood and MOVIES!

On Saturday morning we spent a few hours with our realtor driving around the Triangle for house viewings. We saw a few smaller townhomes in Raleigh and one out in Durham by RTP. None of the houses we saw stook out to us, so we headed home for lunch with hopes that March will bring a good crop of new inventory for us to see.

After lunch we spent the afternoon with our dear friend, Netflix, and finished Season 2 of House of Cards.

Oh. My. Goodness.

I can't get enough of this show. Season 3 won't be released until 2015 and, I'm sure everyone else who has grown to admire Mr. and Mrs. Underwood along with me will agree, that just isn't soon enough! The last scene of Chapter 26 actually gave me goosebumps. It truly is captivating. If you have time and access to Netflix, get on it.

As is usual for us on most Sunday mornings, we looked up a few new recipes to try this week, put together a shopping list and headed over to the Food Lion to stock up. At Aaron's request I'm planning on trying a recipe; Slow Cooker Asian Glazed Chicken from Six Sisters Stuff.

We always try to put our heads together to plan out our weekly menu — it's more fun that way! We try our best to cook and eat at home Monday through Thursday and then treat ourselves with dinner out on Friday.

Later that afternoon we drove downtown to see Jerusalem 3D at the IMAX Theater at Marbles. We went with a couple of other members of The Raleigh Tribe, Raleigh IMAX.
Filmed for the first time in 3D and for the giant screen, Jerusalem immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home.
Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make Jerusalem a unique and stunning cinematic experience. 
Before the screening, we had the chance to listen to renowned archaeologist and UNC professor, Dr. Jodi Magness, talk about making the movie, and her ongoing work in Israel. Dr. Magness shared photos of her findings at archaeological sites in Israel and explained the historical significance of Israel; the land, the religions, and the cultures.

The documentary is beautifully shot. The story of living Jerusalem is told by three young women, each from a different quarter of the old city, but who all have a shared love for their homeland. We got to see inside buildings and watch religions celebrations that we would never have been able to see unless we were in Jerusalem at just the right time and members of every community. The director did a fantastic job of showing the living city juxtaposed with how it actually looked in the past. And BONUS it's narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch!!!

If you have a chance to go a screening, do it! Everyone in our group enjoyed the movie and learned something new.

We ended our weekend by trying to stay awake to watch the Oscars, but ended up falling asleep on the couch after the celebrity selfie, but before any of the big awards were announced. No big surprises or upsets and just a so-so awards show.

Hope you had a good weekend!