Cruisin’ (hopefully not for a bruisin’ hehe)

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Ok so we are currently on our way to NYC to board our cruise to…Bermuda!!!! (ps the pic above is me showing off the minuscule bottle of banana republic perfume I got for the trip that I thought I was getting a deal on…uh yea). Anyway, I am super excited although I’ll admit a bit apprehensive about leaving the pups. I already miss them. But I know that our good friends Ron and Joe will take amazing care of them while they stay at our home for the week…I mean I definitely bribed them enough hehe. No seriously. A little “hostess with the mostest” goes a long way.

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Pound Ridge, NY- Memorial Day Weekend 2010

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We decided to head to Pound Ridge this weekend to see Mom and Dad #2!  It was a blast like always!  We all (Oscar, Ian and myself) LOVE to escape the city to the beautiful suburbs of Westchester County, NY!

Excuse the blur and evening pic, but this is our gorgeous view when we pull up to the MIL/FIL house!

Mm MOM 2 and DAD 2 (plus LOLA-dog) live in a beautiful house in Pound Ridge, New York.  We just LOVE it there.  Our getaways there include MUCH outdoor time in their spacious and lush yard and pool area…

While the doggies LOVE the pool…

Uhhhh....OK, so maybe Lola likes the pool a bit more than Oscar... 🙂

The adults like to chill on the deck…

Being in NY definitely brings the outdoorsy-ness out in ALL of us.

We hiked in the local nature preserve and at a beautiful nearby ravine.  It was awesome.  BUT, of course I got a lil shoppy-shoppy in.  I purchased some adorable digs for our trip to Europe this summer (more on that to come) along with a VERY European hat and pair of Raybans LOL.

C'est la Vie!

Overall, a great time with the MIL and FIL.  We were fed great food- thanks Dad 2 for the amazing grilled steak-and saw a FANTASTIC movie—The Blind Side-

PS:  LOVED it!  Did you see the Blind Side?  Did you love it as much as I did?!?!?

A Walk in the Park

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Hi all!  So,  I feel like I mention walking in the park with Luxy and Stephie a lot, but don’t elaborate much.  Well, today’s the day… recapping a walk in the park!

Steph and Lux

Poor Stephie needs to walk Luxy girl every day.  Luxy is a very large (130 pounds) mastif and is as cute as can be.  BUT, she certainly needs a lot of exercize.  Sometimes I volunteer to meet these two lovely ladies in the Norristown Farm Park for a walk.  The farm park is very large and has a few streams flowing throughout.  There are trails and many wildlife to be seen. It is like a little nature preserve in the middle of N-Town 🙂

Ya know, everything was going soooo well…I was in SUCH a lovey mood…even hugging trees!

SUCH a hippie~!

…UNTIL Luxy and I got a LITTLE too lovey.  She headbutted and gave me a bloody nose an a fat lip!  Let’s assess the damage…

...and for a close-up

So…we got a lil’ rowdy.  BUT, all’s well that ends well- my fat lip deflated as the night went on, so no worries.  Husband met me out out Steph’s and we were off…to New York!  Stay tuned for a post on those shenanigans!  Toodles!

Running with a Friend

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So, I’ll start out this post with a question (I usually hit ya with it at the end)… Do you enjoy/like/prefer exercising with a friend????

Not to be sounding like a self-centered Debbie Downer (Downeser hehe) but I generally like to exercise ALONE…especially when it comes to RUNNING.  I really take the time when running to be by myself.  It is my “ME TIME.”  I get to sing think, reflect, or not.  BUT, yesterday I went it with a friend, and I realized that my reasons for running solo aren’t always great.  For example, running with a friend can be extremely motivating and way less boring.  Yesterday I went for a run with my friend Kristin.  She is SOOO great and in wonderful shape.  I was even getting butterflies in my belly, nervous that I would have to chase her the entire run and thinking I would burn out quickly. We planned to run from School over to the local park, do two loops there and run back. It is a 5-mile course that is filled with hills (in the park).  Well, I must say- we did great!  I don’t know if she was humoring me, but Kristin’s pace was LOVELY and I actually enjoyed the run AND the company!  So there was a final hill that I am pretty sure I would have ditched (aka walked up it) but because I was with a friend, I PUSHED…like hard.  And it was great.  SOOOO maybe my aversion to running with others is sort of a cop-out in ways.  Therefore, I am going to make it a goal to run with a partner at least once a week.  It can be really fun and encouraging!  So, thanks, Kris!

Kristin is the beautiful lady on the left 🙂

Moving on to today’s Oscar cuteness…We found out that Oscar’s Dog School (cute, right?) is closed all week for repairs, so the lovely Eamon filled in to help us out.  He is SOOO cool because he sent me some serious cuteness…Oskie waiting patiently for his treat 🙂

Happy Tuesday!  Toodles!

The morning (day) after…

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So last night’s party was a blast!  It was intimate and lovely!  A wonderful time…here are some picture highlights!  

Because of the snow (and the subsequent Philadelphia Snow Emergency), our usual menu had to be altered, as Chic-Fil-A and Philadelphia Soft Pretzel were both closed.  Therefore, there were some new additions to the menu, which turned out to be delish!  

Homemade baked ziti  

Total cheesey yumyum!

  

Funfetti cake (decorated by yours truly, who doesn’t necessarily excel in cake decorating) nicely decorated 😉  

The cookies surrounding it are plain Stella Dora cookies (Husband leaves those in the package hehe) that I iced for more excitement

  

And onto more icing, iced cookies (chocolate chip AND sugar)…and for those crazy people who don’t like like their cookies iced, I left some plain.  

another yumyum...and addictvie too 🙂

  

…I know what you’re thinking.  Yes, I was icing-happy.  But i think it worked ;-).  Here are some pictures of the table and decor:  

Food, glorious food!

  

The bar…the drink was peppermint martinis by the way, which were (adorably) garnished with mini candy canes.  🙂  

  

Fire was a roarin’  (thanks Husband!)  

  

I think Oscar is getting annoyed by my constant camera usage…I wonder who else is… 😉  

  

Anyway, it was a great time.  

I am currently watching Sweet Home Alabama.  I just love that movie.  I made a spaghetti squash and am waiting for it to cook.  this time, instead of halving it and putting the halves face down on a baking sheet (sprayed, of course), I sput them in a deeper pan like this…  

  

…face down with a cup of water in the bottom (for one hour on 350.) They fit perfectly!  

  

 Anyway, I will let you know how it turns out.  I am planning to do it “Italian Style” (with tomato sauce and cheese)…yumyum!  

So, I’m feeling bad out the passing of Brittany Murphy, age 32, today.  She was in three of my favorites, 8 Mile, Clueless, and the one with Ashton Kutcher (I forget the name)…anyway, RIP.   

  

OK, until later…

Well, hello hello!

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TGIF people!  wootwoot!  Working on a post for yesterday…hint, yesterday was FABU!  Look for it later today.  BUT, for now, just wanted to pass on some interesting Friday stuff.

1. Ordered up some snow for the partay to make it more festive and (drum roll please)…it’s on its way!

Speaking of snow, I actually am NOT dreaming of a white Christmas because I think it will make for a NIGHTMARE of traveling. I am SOOOO excited for Cincy and want to GET THERE!  heehee

Saturday, Dec 19
High: 35 °F RealFeel®: 16 °F
Breezy with snow of varying intensity, accumulating 2-4 inches
Saturday Night, Dec 19
Low: 23 °F RealFeel®: 12 °F
Cloudy, breezy and cold with snow tapering off, accumulating an additional 2-4 inches

2.  How redonk is Oscar’s chew toy?  Seriously?  Pretty cool no?  Dog’s life

Wise Oscar Pictures, as requested by Husband

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So Husband and I had a great time the other night taking pictures of Oscar…I know, we’re off our rockers.  Anyway, Husband LOVED some of them!  This was his favorite,  he things Oscar looks very WISE!

I’ll admit, he does have quite a soulful look on his face.  I like this one:

Close-up!  Haha!  Husband also liked this one- he actually REALLY liked it (I was proud)

 

WOW, that is an awesome picture…”Oh Oscar!”