When I sat down to write this post, I realized I didn’t have many thoughts to share with you guys this week. I received a particularly difficult job rejection and it has been consuming my thoughts. The position was perfect; I was qualified, and in my interviews, I was confident, passionate, and polished. But I’m finding those things don’t seem to matter these days. I’m tired of the emotional roller coaster of getting pumped for a position, spending hours and hours prepping for interviews, falling in the love with an organization’s mission, and then getting rejected. And I feel weird being all secretive here on the blog. I get so excited with each interview that I’ll be able to share great news with you guys and it just hasn’t happened yet.
The really good news is that Matt and I are going to Mexico this weekend. We had a flight voucher from getting bumped that was expiring soon. And, we were able to get a great promotion through Matt’s Marriot Rewards, so a quick getaway was born. Time heals all, but margaritas and sunshine can’t hurt.Read More
Hosting Christmas in Dallas was a blast, but boy am I exhausted. Matt’s parents and sister and my parents and sister, husband, and family were all here!! Everyone arrived on Christmas Eve, so I prepped a big spread of food in the townhouse where they were staying. We were up late eating appetizers and drinking beer, hot apple cider, and egg nog (I thought the almond kind was pretty good with bourbon!). I made bbq pork shoulder in the crockpot for the main course along with cornbread and quinoa salad. For dessert, we had an ice cream sundae bar and some of the goodies I baked.
Christmas morning, we had mimosas and french toast and then opened presents. We did a gift exchange this year instead of buying gifts for everyone, and I think it worked out really well!
We hosted Christmas dinner in our apartment, and made all the usuals: maple glazed ham (my first, and it turned out fabulously), corn pudding, pineapple sweet potato casserole, bacon green beans, cinnamon apples, and rolls. I made the casseroles ahead of time and then everyone came over for cocktail hour and helped with the rest of the cooking so I didn’t have to do all the work:)
Mazen stayed busy with snacks.
I made a chocolate bourbon pecan pie and a peppermint ice cream pie for dessert!
The two days after Christmas were filled with more beer drinking and hanging out in Dallas.
We went bowling at a cool vintage alley in the design district.
And we took our siblings out for craft cocktails at a neighborhood bar called The Standard Pour.
We also had awesome weather and fit in some nice walks. Our last night ended with pomegranate margaritas and a trip to The Common Table for a wonderful dinner.
I was so sad to see everyone go today, but just thrilled that they made the trip to Dallas to spend Christmas with us! Matt has the whole next week off from work, so we decided to drive down to New Orleans for a New Year’s road trip. I’ve got to push through this sleepiness and pack my bags so we can hit the road in the morning! Hope yall had as merry a Christmas as I did!!Read More
Happy Labor Day! I’m enjoying a fun-filled weekend with my parents, who are visiting Dallas!
Exercise used to be my time to clear my head – now it’s the time that my to-do list fills my head and ruins my me time.
We’ve been eating giant salads over here, because they are quick and easy and good for wedding bodies.
Work got crazy this week, which can be expected for this time of year – what is it about the end of school and kids acting crazy?
Sleep and I are BFF.
I’m going to the Lantern tomorrow night and I’m so pumped. We also have a dance lesson – is it bad that I’m not as pumped?
I love this weather, and all the green in Durham. Lush!
I need the ultimate romance novel to read on my honeymoon – do tell!!!!Read More
I feel like I’m in this peaceful period – the calm before the storm. This winter has been relatively slow in terms of plans and events, and while I know things are about to be super busy, I’ve just been enjoying going to work, slowly making my way through the giant to-do list that is the wedding, and taking pleasure in the slow pace of the cold season. Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:
- I’ve been trying to work out in the mornings 2 or so days a week, so that I can better utilize my time in the evening. I really can’t even describe how wonderful it feels to get home from work and not have to think about going anywhere. I’ve always hated evening workouts, and I’m especially appreciating getting cozy at night during the winter. A few years ago, I would have been bored at home or craving happy hour, but these days, there’s nothing better than being warm on the couch with free time. The best nights involve Downton Abby (I’m stuck now btw because Netflix doesn’t have season 2) or a movie.
- Caitlin’s cornbread quiche. I love that this is easy, delicious, produces leftovers, and can be made with essentially any toppings. I keep coming back to it over and over again.
- Wedding planning, while quite stressful and sometimes annoying, is so fun. For the most part, I’ve really enjoyed the process and I’m starting to realize that I’m a very visual person. I love just looking. The flowers, colors, patterns, paper, dresses, shoes are all so darn beautiful these days, that wedding browsing has become my favorite way to waste time. Even though I’ve already planned so many of the details, I still want to look!
- Date night. There’s just nothing quite like a good one-on-one date (I would be terrible on The Bachelor). It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with going out to dinner, but one of the reasons I love it so much is because it allows for quality time without all the distractions of work, school, or life. Matt and I had great conversation just sitting at the bar on Friday night, and it felt so refreshing after a long week.
- Wine. Every year, after I’ve had every imaginable chocolate porter, coffee stout, pumpkin ale, and winter barley wine during the holidays, I start to crave a little break from beer. And then I have a glass of juicy red wine and remember that I adore wine too! My love for beer just sometimes overpowers it and I have to go on a wine kick to rekindle the flame.
What’s something simple that you’re loving about life?Read More
I didn’t even know I’d reached a milestone until this arrived today! Whoohoo, only 80 more days of school.
I haven’t really talked about my job much because, well, we know I don’t love it:) But really, it’s going well. There are still plenty of days that I feel ehh about the whole school psychology thing. I’m just much more interested in mental health than special education. But most of the time I feel neutral about it. I do really enjoy the people I work with. And I like having responsibility and independence. Most of all, I like being in the school environment. I’m still craving more of something, but the problem is (and always has been) that I’m not sure what the next step might be in order to turn the corner in my career path.
Matt made dinner! In the crockpot that is. He assesmbed Kath’s pineapple chicken this morning and it turned out beautifully. I sure do love chunks of pineapple and the combination of sweet + sour.
Not having to cook dinner will never get old.
Happy 100 days of school friends!