I’m Back!

If you scroll through my most recent posts you’ll see that most have included an apology of some degree for being gone, missing, MIA, and altogether non-posty. This one will be no exception! There is no real excuse for why I’ve been gone other than general life happening at a very uninteresting pace and my guilt for not posting which fuels me to avoid my blog on the whole. I have also mustered up the courage to admit that I watch much too much TV and spend a lot of time being frustrated about the current situations of my life. In the beginning this blog was supposed to be a diversion from all that… And I’ve failed. BUT, the difference is that I am now promising to be around more, make more posts, say some interesting stuff, you know, be there for you, comfort you…. Well, you get the point.

At this point I feel it’s crucial to mention that I already wrote the majority of this post and my browser (which shall remain unnamed (safari)) crapped out on me and I lost everything, EVERYTHING. So I’ve made the executive decision to move blog posting to Google Chrome and will hopefully keep it together and go into a tizz a little less often from losing stuff so often. Good point, well said, right Lisa?

SO, obviously I went to Peru and there will be a post (or two) coming up about that! I wasn’t in an amazing place upon the return from that trip which I outlined literally just below so I won’t link it. I’m excited to write these posts because I really miss it and it’s been a while so it will be nice to rehash the entire thing! Other than that, I don’t have very much to report from the last two months really. I’ve bought a lot of lovely new things which will show up soon and I’ve got some stuff coming up that will be blog-worthy. It’s all happening!

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Wine class is still happening! And after last week’s lesson focused on Spanish wines (le sigh) I believe I may have placed my finger on my new favorite wine! While Priorat isn’t the most popular, it is VERY tasty! And makes me nostalgic. I highly recommend if you like dry red wines like myself (an old man at heart).

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I have a problem with candles, I like them too much. This one was way too cute to be ignored at Marshall’s today! And it smells divine. The scent is Vanilla and Oak which I was drawn to because of my association between wine and oak! If you come across a cute candle with bikes on it, pick it up and smell it! I doubt you’ll put it back down.

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The crew is still in effect, although we’ve had some close calls over the last month which have really stressed us ALL out, we’re all doing well.

ImageI decided to face facts and admit that my old bulletin board set up in my room wasn’t working out and looked atrocious. This isn’t looking too good right now either since those postcards just look awkward, but I’ll sit down and work it out soon. I went to Marshall’s LAST week too and found this really cute contact paper that I now have about 7′ of.

I’m going to start calling my shots in an attempt to keep myself true to my promise. SO-

COMING UP THIS WEEK: New Products I Love; Eczema, a Love Story.

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I Must Apologize

For my lack of posting this week. My life has been somewhat hectic this week, you see, Minnie got fixed this weekend. I didn’t want to post about this because I don’t want to make a statement on how I think all cats are supposed domesticated… But in our house the cats are fixed and the front claws are removed. We save a lot on reupholstering furniture and only endure a week of heartache. I’m not going any deeper into the topic though.

So Minnie went to the vet last Thursday which was a catastrophe. It snowed about 2 inches and Maryland goes into crisis mode anytime there is weather, PLUS they “lost” our appointment. So I took the entire day off from work assuming she’d be out by the afternoon and I could love on her for a while. Not the case. The actual story makes my heart hurt so I will skip to the rest of the weekend. Friday was an easy day at work and my sister came over in the afternoon so she did the babysitting until I got home. We had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner, and watched Brave (again!). 

The next morning we did kitten cuddling and then we went shopping!! I spent oodles and oodles of money, if you want to see it all I did another haul video, because that’s all I feel confident doing so far. But I got a lot of great stuff! We then met my parents for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate both of their birthdays. When we came home we watched Pitch Perfect which was fantastic and hilarious. I probably need to own it. 

Sunday we hung out, went to church, hung out more, and went to Marshall’s where I bought another pair of shoes…. They’re adorable though! I will post them somewhere someday. Alas, but now it’s another work week. Today was fortunately very quick and easy and I was home by 5:30 which is a happy thing indeed. I was going to post my favorites tonight, but I think I’ll get to it tomorrow because I start a new responsibility tonight and have a meeting! Very exciting! Sort of.

I’m so behind!!

I wanted to be so bloggy for Christmas because I’ve been spreading out all my tasks to post about! But, alas, I’ve been so busy with other non-Christmas related things it hasn’t worked out. I’m going to give a quick outline of my build up to Christmas!!

DSCN0204 Last weekend I wrapped presents and had some merry old Christmas snacks to sustain me during the difficult task of wrapping oddly shaped gifts.

DSCN0223This is the finished products of my gifts (the blue paper) and my father’s gifts (green paper), which I am always in charge of wrapping.

DSCN0242We brought home something nice from Ikea.

DSCN0245 Baking preparation for the Christmas open house my family had.

DSCN0221 Probably the cutest postcard I’ve ever received from my beautiful friend Natalie! WHO I will be celebrating New Years with in Missouri in a few short days!! 🙂

DSCN0263 This morning I made the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for pull-apart bread. It was pretty tasty! I did things a little differently though… For my batch I used half a cup of brown sugar and a cup of granulated instead of 1.5 cups of just granulated. In the icing I used 2 cups of powdered sugar instead of 3 and it tasted just as delicious!! It did have to bake for an additional 20 minutes from what the recipe said, but it was still worth it!

There’s more to come later, but this is just a post of all the things I’ve been meaning to talk about! It’s obviously Christmas Eve so my sister and brother-in-law are here today so we are having our traditional Christmas celebrations and there may even be a video coming soon! Maybe?

Unexpected Three Day Weekend

So apparently there’s a storm coming. Sandy is making her way North and the Federal Government is closed tomorrow, therefore I do not have to work! Hooray! I’m torn between hoping we’re closed Tuesday as well, but also knowing that the workload we’ll return to will be out of this world… So it’s almost not worth it.

Either way, an unexpected 3 day weekend and an expected power outage somewhere in the next 24 hours will hopefully mean I’ll do a full post tomorrow! I recently purchased a Nikon P510 which is blowin’ up all the stores right now with sales. I just need to learn to unlock it’s potential (or mine) and then the posts should start streaming in.

For now, East Coast friends, stay dry and safe and don’t drink too much. Midwest/West Coast friends- you better come help us rebuild after this massacre.

Here are the cats!

Let Me Be Polite

And introduce myself! My name is Lisa and I live outside Washington DC. It’s an election year, so you can imagine how wonderful it is! I’ll outline what you need to know about me in a detailed list.

1. In one exactly one month I will be celebrating my 23rd birthday with my dad in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This tells you 3 things about me: I love Harry Potter, I actually like getting older, and I spend a lot of time with my dad.

2. A year ago I was studying abroad in Malaga, Spain for my last semester of college. Two months after graduating I got a job working in DC. Eight months into this job and I just received a 3 band promotion and still reminisce about Europe, frequently. I have no plans of moving out of my parent’s house until I can afford to buy a home. Especially since we’ve all proclaimed how much we enjoy living together. I promise I have basically no life.

3. I have genuinely terrible skin and a tendency to ramble.

4. My regular commute to work takes about an hour and a half, I ride a commuter bus and sleep most of the way, but music is a big deal. I’m one of those people who says I enjoy all kinds of music, but I’m also one of those very few people who means it. Banjo music? Classical? Britney Spears and Beyonce? Weezer? Come at me bro.

5. I have two cats. I am obsessed with them and neither one is particularly interested in me. Tigger is technically a family cat, at 16 years old. Minnie, however, is specifically my cat. Named for Minerva McGonagall because Harry Potter is life, she is 5 months and loves my parents significantly more than she esteems me. Even if I pay for her food and feed her everyday.

6. My father is a pastor and I am a Christian. I hesitate to say this because I generally dislike religious people. It’s been extremely interesting going through life as a pastor’s daughter and not necessarily easy. I was born in Staten Island, New York, when I was 7 we moved to Maple Grove, MN, and then after my first semester of college at 18 we moved to Maryland. Religion is easier now because I go to a church full of normal people without holy roller complexes and very few people are trying to be better than everyone else. That being said, I don’t have any hatred for what other people want to be, nor do I have the authority to tell them they’re wrong.

7. When I was 18 and failed out of my first semester of college due to laziness and lack of a future, I decided that when we arrived in Maryland I would get my Pastry and Baking certificate instead of my original plan to study Marketing. I was 3 months away and changed my mind… Enter a long list of schools I attended and cut to last December when I graduated with a BS in International Business.  Now that I’m almost a year into the working world and on the brink of turning my job into a career I’m looking back and wishing I had gone to Pastry school. Thus, I begin this blog with the hopes that I can document my food-making (as well as a myriad of other hobbies) and use this site to contemplate what the next step in my life will be!

I hope I’ve been interesting and you enjoyed! But I’m trying to be realistic too. This is Minnie and me, she is obviously loving every second with me.