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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And Finally…the Family BBQ

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Rounding out this years’ Memorial Day BBQs (this now will bring the total to THREE!), I will briefly recap the family barbeque we held at our house Monday.  It was a GREAT time!

WHO:  Myself, Husband, MOM, DAD and Eamon

WHAT:  BBQ!

WHERE:  Our house!

WHY:  So Husband could try Chilli Garlic sauce on his hot dog Kidding!

HOW:  Lots of planning and prep!

See above- the way I prep (Sabrina would be SOOO proud) is that I make a menu and resulting Market List:

Corn on the Cob

Caesar Salad

Potato Salad

Turkey Burgers with cheese

Hot Dogs

Rolls

THEN, I lay EVERYTHING out in their respective bowls (see above).   It REALLY pays off to plan!  Then, you can just enjoy!

HOLY YUM!

Berry Salad wtih whipped cream over brownies

Chips/Salsa (appy)

Neighborhood Block Party- Memorial Day 2010

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I must start this post by saying singing, “Who are the people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, oh who are the people in your neighborhood?  They’re the people that you meet when you’re walking down the street, they’re the people that you meet each day.”

HI NEIGHBOR! (Source)

BOY do I like did I liked that show!  OK, flashback over…return to the present!

Well, guys, all I can say is…my ‘hood KNOWS how to partay!  We have the most amazing get-togethers for all of the “good weather” holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.) and we do it up!  5-B STYLE, of course…

BANDS

BABIES

BOOZE

BURGERS

BAKING

…In no particular order, of course!  There were also other goodies:

YUM

YUM

YUM

...and YUM

Let’s just say people had FUN…A LOT of FUN…maybe too much? LOL

Fun with friends…

WHAT. A. BLAST!

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…

Oh, Mother Nature, you are TOO funny! ;-)

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So,  I guess it’s a good thing that most of our friends live in the city because the party that was supposed to be tonight has been hindered a bit by the snow I “ordered up.”  Husband says it will be nice for the holiday party atmosphere but I’m pretty sure he is just thinking “hmmmm more nuggets for me!”  heehee Oscar LOOOVES marking the snow!

Nice Osc.

Um yea.  So while we ponder that, more on last night’s run.  I am still soooo proud of myself and of course had to take a proof pic for myself!

wootwoot!

Boy, did I look the part, huh?

HOT.

And boy did I refuel!  Yumyum alert!

So I am actually NOT that sore today. I think it is due to the fact that post-run I have been busting out some yoga moves targeted towards certain areas of my body that I feel need a lil’ TLC.  Yesterday is was a LOT of forward folds, butterfly and some pigeon 😉 Above all, even though my practice is not as regular as I would like it to be right now, yoga has taught me so much about my body and mindfulness. 

OK, moving on to “Wrapfest 2009!”  Last night after my lil’ PR, I did some serious wrappy wrap!  Husband and I have a little routine we follow each year…I wrap and place the gifts on the steps leading upstairs, and then he arranges them under the tree- he is SOOOO good at it!

So , I also wanted to show some REALLY cool stocking stuffers I got the other night on my successful shopping hunt!

Heehee this NEVER gets old...who was naughty this year?!?!?

For my in-laws (guess which is for who!)

And these for a friend who kindly invited me to a post-holiday cocktail partay!

Hmmm…who will be the owner of these dreamy-smelling babies?!?!?

OK, enough blabbing for now 😉  Time for partay prep! See you soon, bloggies!

xoxo