Weekend Laze


Hi again–here’s a little update on my mantle–I couldn’t resist making yarn poms and tassel garlands for a little fall festivity.  Also had to simplify and took a few things down–it feels much better! 

This last weekend was like most others for us.  I found random chores to do, there are always a million it seems even though we are just two people, and  the man of the house was all about his projects.  I got really distracted with rearranging our mantle place and ended up on Pinterest looking for arrangement ideas.  In the end, after a few hours and several tries, I think it’s kinda fun and quirky–I love my huge stone map picture that my dear dad gave me and my silly blue cat print I got when I was doing an internship/class on culture in Chicago my senior year; the pink ampersand I made for our wedding, bowl of tiny rocks my mom collected and mailed to me from Lake Superior, a money tree that my cats can’t seem to leave alone, candle holder from the art fair made from a wine barrel–and, the best, it was a free project since I didn’t buy anything new.  I’m sure I’ll want to rearrange again soon enough, I suppose that’s the beauty in it.  There’s always a new way to look at things.

We also took the dogs for a nice walk except they were especially poorly behaved on this one and my hubby ‘s arm was sore the next day from all the pulling.   We decided to eat in Saturday night and we made popcorn and vodka sodas.  Sunday we slept in and lazed around with the dogs.

Later Sunday we went to Barnes and Noble which is our favorite spot to relax at the mall.  I felt tired and kinda grouchy all day until 4 pm or so until after my third coffee.  I read 74 pages of a random book about journalists in Rome and it was pretty good. I’ll have to remember to find it next time we go.  We were starving a

fter that so landed at our fav for snacky things on that side of town-Houlihans- and had chipotle nachos and drinks for happy hour–yum!  Then it was time to relax and get our TV and drinks on; we don’t

have cable so my hubby records shows for us to watch.  Our current obsession is Game of Thrones. Seriously, I didn’t think I would  like it, but it’s super addicting!   Dexter season 7 started up too so we’re definitely keeping up–I won’t say anything to ruin it but OMG, it’s a great season so far.

How was your weekend?

Eating In or Out


I love eating out!  I just do.  I love to cook and grocery shop for home cooked meals that luckily, my husband usually says are edible, if not really good.  And for about a year now we’ve tried to save money for our wedding and a big chunk was by not going out to eat because when we do we order pretty much whatever we want.  Although, I’d have to pride myself on being a somewhat cheap date–I’ve never order a steak except for twice in my life–(an the second was last night!)–and I don’t mind ordering the house Red or house tequila.

My big plan was going to make our current eating out a lot better for at least a short while.  I was watching the Today Show/having morning coffee/reading my mag and there was a segment on  deals you could buy specially on today.com–so they featured restaurant.com’s  deal where you buy $40 and get a $300 gift card; I was super excited to get the deal and as a fan of groupon/living social deals I thought this would be great so I literally ran to my purse for my credit card then to my mac where I purchased not one, but 2, of the $300 gift cards–I figured I would give one as a gift to my parents who also enjoy Going Out (after they footed the wedding bill I thought it was the nicest gift I could get them being that I’m currently unemployed).  Had I at least looked at restaurant.com for deals though I would have found only 2 places we like to eat at in our neighborhood featured AND you can only redeem a portion of your $300 AND you have to spend more than the gift card that you choose(spend 35 on a 25$ gift card)..So, my plan sorta bombed.

In order to spend the $300 (bye bye booze filled expensive dinner that I so imagined) we got to spend a min. $35 on a $25 gift certificate and we can only use it once per month.  so in order to spend the $300 we have to go to our favorite little farm-to-table place once a month for the next year which really isn’t a bad thing.  On the 8th monthly dinner out we will finally be utilizing the “free” gift card money. So much for going out on a budget.  Furthumore-I will not give this as a gift to my parents because I’m sure they would love the really fine print here..eh.

If you followed that at all, which re-reading it I didn’t very well, my advice would be to budget your eating out and always check out the fine print 🙂

(Sorry restaurant.com, I’m sure it’s a good idea when you know what you want ahead of purchasing $600 worth of credit!)

Bread Pudding at Ava-wow!