Monday, December 20, 2010

I have never been to Chicago...

but I tend to always end up sitting in O'Hare for what seems like days!!

Today was finally go time to head home to I-Daho for the holidays. I spent a few hours in the office this morning taking care of an interview and some time sensitive issues and then headed home to finish throwing some things in my bad. I headed to the airport early to try to catch an earlier flight out of DC.

**Side cab driver story: I was asked out. Told I would be taken to a very expensive fancy restaurant if I called my driver when I got back to DC. Right....let's just say I didn't keep that business card!!

I made it out of DC early and arrive to is just starting to snow in Chicago.

Then the delays started.

It has spiraled out of control true to holiday travel and now 5.5 hours later they say I might board a plane. Might- being the key word.

Who wants to bet my bag is lost too? Who's exited to wear thier one outift they have with them! YAY!

Someday I will have to visit this city for real. As much as I love the extended periods of time in the airport I hope the next time I am in Chicago it will be to explore!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It is time to Par-tay!

It is time for my work's annual holiday party. Along with that came the excuse to purchase a new dress, which I haven't done yet for any of these holiday parties I have attended. Year 1 I wore a yellow cocktail dress that I had for Senior year BD and then last year I wore my fabulous bridesmaid dress from Alli's wedding. This year I found this gem at

I love her. We had a few minor issues with her at first, but things have been straightened out and I think I am going to love wearing it! I need to get cracking on finishing my feathered hair thing. I'll keep you posted on how the party (and the following morning) turns out.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Browned Butter and Mizithra Dinner

So while I totally understand that Old Spaghetti Factory (or The Fac. as affectionately called be me and MOH) is generic Americanized Italian food I have a deep, unwavering love for their browned butter and mizithra. Sadly The Fac. does not exist out here on the desolate East coast. Kind of problem when I get a brownedbutterandmitzthrafoodcraving attack. So.... I whipped up my own version of this tasty delight. I figured the ingredients could not be too extensive. So here is it for all of you mizithra devouring individuals such as myself.

Butter (butter is love people)
Wedge of mizithra cheese, grated finely (the only place I have found it here in the DC area is at the Whole Foods on Duke street in Alexandria)
Olive Oil

1) Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain. Toss in a glug of olive oil so the pasta won't stick together if you decide to keep any for left overs.
2) While pasta is cooking, heat a small sauce pan and put in about a 1/4 cup (per person) of butter. Slowly heat the butter until it has browned (yes, it is normal for it to have almost burnt flecks in it, but don't go further than that!)
3) Put pasta in a bowl, drizzle butter on top and sprinkle cheese, toss all together and inhale!

Trust me, not the healthiest meal, but cheap and very very tasty.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Cheer

A few things to spread some holiday cheer.

First I have share a story about  being the recipient of a random act of kindness. I was at Michael's Arts and Crafts picking up a baking sheet, sprinkles, and craft supplies to attempt a hair piece for my upcoming Holiday Party this past weekend. It was a mad house. The start of holiday shopping, no baskets available, people gawking and clogging isles. I was to my max frustrated and feeling a massive head ache coming on. I was standing looking at some holiday ribbon and this older gentleman comes over to me and in my head I am thinking " I do not have time for this. He places a coupon from an old receipt of his on my pile of things I am struggling to hold on to and says "maybe this will help with purchasing some of your items". It was a 40% off one item coupon! It was so sweet of him! I was stopped dead in my tracks by his thoughtfulness. Needless to say, it really brought into perspective the intention and underlying blessing that this season brings.

Now some images that make me smile. Maybe it is because I have a purple wall now, but I am loving this decorating scheme.


I have always wanted a winter wedding that is just drenched in white and snow. I love some of the features of this table scape and decorating scene:


I know I know...

It was like i disappeared or something! I haven't blogged in what feels like forever! I will make the excuse that I am living in the dark ages right now- without internet or cable! I have been able to use a weak signal from someone else's apartment for 5-10 minutes a night but not nearly enough to write any sort of blog. Tonight we are at the Starbucks that is connected to my apartment building (t-r-o-u-b-l-e) for a few hours.

The new place is treating me well. Still no furniture. Things have felt slightly out of control and frantic as they always do towards the end of the year. So they only progress made has been painting one wall purple and buying the grey paint to attempt stripe on another and to paint a wall in my kitchen. The kitchen is pretty much unpacked but I am still in need of a microwave.

I have done well walking to and from work. The walk really isn't much further than my old place and I welcome the opportunity to kind of zone out and think about things on my mind. It has been brutally windy and cold the last couple days and I do worry that if I get chilled I may start getting colds but we will see if I can tolerate walking until I go home for the holidays.

I did buy a new TV. MY VERY FIRST TV! And I adore it. I watch a few tv shows (on DVD) before falling asleep, and it is blissful!

After many days of searching I also found an awesome deal on a gorgeous blue and teal print fabric shower curtain from the Crate and Barrel outlook.

Things are coming together slowly and surely and once I make the venture to IKEA to purchase the furniture it will really start to feel like home.

And the one and only photo of the purple wall so far! The wall that is still white is the one that we are going to attempt to paint grey horizontal stripes on. (Dad be proud. Your daughter owns and can operate a laser level!)