The DROID and a cute Oscar moment

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First off…we are having a lazy day and look how good at it cute Oscar is! 

So, last night, I had a Susie-Homemaker moment and made those pretzle sandwich things and they were delish!  I used not just Hershey Kisses, but also York Peppermint Patties and Reeces PB Cups

Hershey's Kisses Chocolate   

YUM YUM…Sandwiched between

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Thanks, Google images!

(I obviously forgot to take my own pics…sorry!)

Anyway, they were delish and I plan to make goodie baggies with the leftover supplies from this shindig…reminder:

Remember these?

 

OK, moving on….So the Husband got me and AWESOME Christmas present-a much needed new phone…A DROID!

It is SWEET but I am still learning how to use it.  I am soooo stubborn that when I get new things I refuse to read the instruction manual that comes with it.  I like to learn by self-exploration!  Anyway, this “self-exploration” leads to it taking a REALLY long time for me to not hate get used to it…PS: the situation is definitely made worse by the fact that I can’t stand “not being good at stuff”

So, consensus is…I’ll get back to ya when I understand it a little more 😉

Toodles!  Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve if I don’t blog before then!  What are your plans?!?!

…With a lil’ help from my friends ;-)

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Today was one filled with friendship and love 😉  Heehee-cheesey but true.  After a painful morning run, I met up with my dear long-time friend, Kelly.  I went to her place, as I had not yet seen it and boy was I impressed!  It looks great!  She and her man, Mike live there and they’ve done a great job with the place.  We hung out at her house, then went to an adorable restaurant for lunch that was within walking distance under normal non-freezing conditions.  Their neighborhood is so cute.

Later in the evening, I went to Steph’s house and played with Luxy hung out with her 🙂 

Luxy Girl

Funny-she looks really small here

Deceiving camera angle

…BUT she weighs in at around 105 lbs!  Hahah!  She is so awesome.

Anyway, I am now relaxing at home with my amazing Husband. We are watching a show we actually agree on!  😉  Man Vs. Food.  Love it!

Bummer Runner!

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So guys, I think I’ve hit the end of my honeymoon phase with running…Bummer.  I have these SERIOUS shin splints that get me literally CRYING by mile 3.  Help!  Any advice, guys?!?!?  So here is my plan of action, of which I have already begun…

1.  Rub down shin (mainly my left one-the one that is giving me the most problems) with ice each time I run and maybe in between

2.  Wear shin compression sleeves from Zensah, which I am not 100 percent sold on yet.

3.  Take it outside.  Get off of that horrid treadmill! 

4.  Rest…BLAHHHHHH!

Grrr….ok, please send suggestions my way!

Welcome back, welcome back, wel-come back…

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Hey all!  Long time no blog, eh?  Boy have I missed  it you!  So I amcurrently watching Julie and Julia again (taking advantage of the rental).  Husband and I watched it last night.  It was AWESOME (and so applicable to my new blog love)!  Anyway, I definitely reccommend it- fantastic!  So, we have a LOT to catch up on!  First, on the topic of “VERY old and  repetitive news,” here are some pictures of the yummy pretzel treat bag-making experience I had.  They were a hit, by the way 😉  Wootwoot!

Ingredients

Linin' up the pretzels

Smashing the candy canes with my foot (and Oscar's help, of course)

End result. Done and Done. Yumyum.

Here was the amazing dinner we had that night that I meant to blog about-sorry!  It is thin crust whole wheat Boboli crust with sauce, low fat cheese, and in Husband’s case, jalepenos.  It was sooo good!  We also had raw veggies and ranch on the side.  Total yumyum.

 

 

Everyone was feeling festive that evening 😉 

After dinner, I bagged and tagged the pretzels…

I was feeling VERY domestic that evening, as I also made…

Sugar cookies for my kids at school to decorate

Baked pita strips with dip for my school holiday luncheon

Then, it was time for Cincinnatti!  I was SOOOO excited to get out of the city!  We had SUCH a great time.  It was wonderful to spend the holiday with family and Kevin and Ali were such great hosts!  Ali is doing really well and makes the cutest pregnant girl 😉  We are very excited for the new arrival!  Anyway, here are some picture highlights…

The restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner (gorgeous, by the way)

Beautiful Christmas tree

Sweet ornaments!

Sweet ornaments!

Bundled up-it was chilly!

The star of the night...the kareoke machine Kevin and Ali got for Jim and Susan- we played ALL NIGHT! So fun!

Hat and gloves to run in yay!
I got some really cool running gear (pictured to the right) to keep me warm for my outdoor treks.
Overall, we had an awesome time!  I can’t wait to see everyone again and am really excited to have a neice!  I think I’ll be a pretty cool aunt, if I say so myself 😉
Anyway, moving on, when Ian and I returned from Cincy, we had our own lil’ Christmas.  I got the BEST stocking stuffers…and I finally received my precious Road ID.  Now, if Philadelphia could only creep out of freezing temperatures for a moment, then I could try to use it!

The coveted road ID

 

 

OK, I guess that’s it for now with the recap. I PROMISE I will be a better blogger…heehee- missed you all!

jess

Merry Christmas and my first blog award!

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First of all, MUCH love to my girl Lindsay who added a ton of happiness to my holiday by (among other amazing acts of kindness ;-)) passing me the Beautiful Blogger award-my first ever!   Wootwoot!  So I’m live from Cincy right not but unfortuately won’t be resuming normal posting (aka rambling and picture-laiden) and official acceptance and passage of my blogger award- until tomorrow when we fly back to Philly.  But until then, happy holidays to you are yours!  Much Christmas love!

-Jess

OscaRuuuuuuudolph!

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Last night I had a friend over and we were messing with Oscar a bit…but it was OH so fun, we couldn’t help ourselves!  While we made my lil’ pretzel treat bags for some special people, Oscar wanted to get in on the festivities too!

heehee Osc was NOT happy 😉 But we were!

 I think he is okay with it now, though as I gave him some lovin!

 Oh, and here is the look I’ve been rocking lately since the Philadelphia turned into the MidWest was hit with some CRAZY snow…The awesome new socks my Husband got me and polka dot waterproof boots 😉  cuuuuuuute!

So, totally off the topic, and maybe a damper on this cheery holiday post, but I have been a bit rocked by the death of Brittany Murphy.  I think the most intriguing and relative factor to me is the speculation behind whether or not she had an Eating Discorder. I am not going to debate this on the blog, although I will show you before and after pictures…

BEFORE (in Clueless-not a full body shot but you get the idea)

And AFTER (one of the last pictures taken of her before she died at the age of 32)

Brittany Murphy Upbeat at Last Public Appearance

Moving on, I guess what upsets me is her Husband’s quote regarding the Issue.  Denying the rumors of her ED, “Look at that smile,” he went on. “That’s not the smile of an anorexic or drug addict or someone in a bad marriage. That’s someone who was content with her life.” (according to Us Magazine)  UM SERIOUSLY?  What does the smile of an anorexic look like?  That is a TERRIBLE thing to say regardless of whether or not Brit was plagued by this awful disease or not.  Ironically, here is a picture of a SMILING Karen Carpenter who died at AGE 32, like Brit, from an Eating Disorder.

Just sayin’…

An exciting start to an exciting day!

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Wootwoot!  Last day of work/school before break!  This morning was fun, as I received some fun Christmas cheer from some special friends 😉  I got some really nice cards…

LOVE cards! Esp this one 😉

…and an awesome gift for my “hippie self” from Stephie girl!

A hippie container with soooo many yumyums!

BTW, those candy items are going RIGHT into my carry-on for Cincy!

…and here is me in the holiday cheer nibbling on an AMAZING donut hole- I LOVE the holiday munchkins at Dunkin! (insert jealous Husband here heehe)

And when I came back from lunch, some more goodies were waiting for me from a special friend 😉

Anyway, today is going to be soooo busy!  Here is a look!

Work

Go STRAIGHT home, try to fit in a lil’ runny run

PACK for Cincy (gather gifts as well and figure out how to pack them)

Pack Oscar to go to Grandma Carol’s

Meet G-Ma Carol to “hand-off” Osc

Leave for airport by 8 PM for CINCY!

I will DEF be blogging on my vacay so look out!  Have a happy holiday humpday heheheh!