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I just want to say thanks to TJ Maxx for helping spread the word about my little blog!  I truly appreciate it!  I am currently featured on the site as a new-found Maxxinista.  It’s pretty cool.  If you want to check it out, here is the link.

And since I talk all about my great finds in this post, I thought I’d share some pictures of me in my cute new dresses

The dress I saved a ton of money on for my friend’s wedding

Who’s says you can’t look cute while you make Thanksgiving dinner!

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Does it blow anyone else’s mind that Thanksgiving is tomorrow?  I feel like 2009 just started, and now Christmas is exactly one month away.  What. The. Hell.  Where did the time go?

I’m not complaining because 2009 has been a great year, but it’s just crazy how fast time is flying by!  I thought last year went fast because we were planning a wedding.  This year definitely feels likes it’s gone by 10 times faster.

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share some of the things that I’m thankful for and are making me smile.

~ My family because they are truly wonderful people

~ My friends because they are amazing people who are so much fun to be around

~ Having a job where I enjoy what I do

~ Being healthy

~ Having my family and friends be healthy

~ Being happy about where I am in my life right now

~ My new computer that works and looks really cute – it’s purple

~ Having 4.5 days of time off – I heart this time of year

~ Cool fall temperatures and sunny skies

~ Stuffing myself senseless on amazing food

~ More than likely going to see New Moon again with my mom on Friday – I am a nerd, I know

What are you thankful for this year?  What is making you smile?

 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Eat lots of amazing food and enjoy the time you are spending with your family and friends! 🙂

…I went to the Midnight showing of New Moon last night.  I was going to wait until next week to go, but as the days went by, I was getting too excited to wait.  Yesterday afternoon I thought, what the hell, let’s go.  Of course my other girl Twilight fans didn’t want to go because it was so late.  So I did what any other chica in my situation would do, I made asked T to go with me.   He hemmed and hawed, but came along (after I agreed to do something for him in return).  Bribery always works best!

After work, I was all kinds of giddy about going to see the movie.  Seriously, I felt like I was 12.  Part of me was really excited to go to the opening show of a movie because I’d never been before.  We arrived at the theater around 11:15, and there was a decent line coming out the door.  I was a bit concerned, but it moved quickly – we only waited about 5 minutes before going in to find our seats.  It was pretty crowded, but T and I were able to find seats in the center section – third row from the back.  Not too shabby if I say so myself.

The movie started right up, no previews, which was nice.  Of course the theater erupted into crazy cheers once the screen lit up.  I saw people taking pictures and videos on their phones.  It was bizarre. The theater also lost it when Edward and Jacob made their first (and shirtless) appearances on-screen.

I won’t say too much about it because I don’t want to ruin it for any of you who haven’t seen it yet, but I really liked it.  Sure it was corny and cheesy in parts, but it was so much better than Twilight.  The movie was more in line with the book, which I really appreciated.  There were also some random funny comments that had me cracking up.  The acting was also better.  Bella had a bit more life to her this time around.  I’ll give it 2 thumbs up.  And yes, it was worth not going to bed till 3 a.m. to see it! 🙂

Ok, there is something that I do want to discuss.  I’m not sure I love Rob Pattinson as Edward.  He just doesn’t really look anything like what I imagined him to look like.  He always looks so scowly and angry, which really bothers me.  I tried to give it a chance, but it’s just not working for me.  I like him better in pictures than on-screen.  I think Paul Wesley (Stefan from The Vampire Diaries) is more along the lines of the Edward I imagined.  Drool…

What are your thoughts?  Did you see New Moon last night/early this morning?  Are you planning on seeing it?

 

Hello lovelies!  First of all I want to thank all of you for the birthday wishes last week!  You are all too sweet!

What can I say?  The weekend was crazy, yet so much fun.  I think I’m still recovering!  Friday night, the boys from NY and our best man arrived, so we all went to Fox for dinner and drinks before heading to VaHi for the pub crawl.

I had actually picked out 4 bars, 3 of which I’d never been to so we could branch out.  Well, we stopped at the first one and decided we may need to move on.  It was a cute Irish pub, but it was teeny, tiny and already sort of packed – there was live music and another pub crawl group already there.  Plus it was roasting inside.  We decided to head to bar 2 before any more people showed up and had to pay a cover and leave 15 minutes later.

Luckily, JD, ASP and her fiance had already made their way to the second stop, and they were able to secure a small patio.  About 20 people showed up, so we completely took over the patio.  In the end, we had such a prime spot that we never ended up leaving.  This was fine with me, because we had enough room for everyone to hang out.  It was really a lot of fun.

On Saturday, we took it easy until it was time to head to the pre-wedding festivities.  Since the whole wedding, from start to finish, was only an hour, ASP decided to invite everyone to a pre-wedding dinner gathering.  We hung out, wined and dined, then headed to the hotel around 11:30 p.m. to get ready for the wedding.

ASP didn’t have a bridal party, but I went back to the bridal suite to help her get ready.  She’s been one of my best friends since 7th grade, so I was glad I could be there for her.  She was so cute – she was as calm and cool as a cucumber.  If she was nervous, she never said anything about it or showed it.

She walked down the aisle at 1:00 a.m. sharp.  The whole ceremony lasted about 5 minutes, but it was perfect.  We laughed and oohed and ahhed, and everyone cheered when they sealed the deal with a kiss!

The reception went by pretty fast –  they did all the special dances, bouquet and garter toss and cake cutting in about 10 minutes.  I got up and gave an impromptu speech, everyone cheered the happy couple.  Then we all danced our butts off for the next 20 minutes or so, and it was done.  It was very “wham, bam, thank you ma’am,” but it was exactly what they wanted.  I’m so happy for them and love them so much!

Sunday night, we went out for my birthday dinner with my family, the NY boys and JD to Two Urban Licks.  The food was phenomenal!  T and I split the Lobster Corndogs for an appetizer.  What is a lobster corndog?  It’s a lobster tail on a stick that is battered and fried like a corndog.  It was delish!  I ordered the Bronzed Scallops with Gouda Grits, Pico de Gallo and Smoked Tomato Broth.  It was heaven on a plate.  I seriously cannot get enough of correctly seared scallops – they are melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for!  Since it was my birthday, I was also given a complimentary dessert.  It was a decadent chocolate cupcake with ice cream.  It was really tasty, but I was so full I didn’t eat too much of it.  I did share with the table though.

After dinner, we decided to go out and grab a birthday drink.  We went to this divey Irish bar down the street from JD’s house.  I think we may need to start hanging there because the bartender was super nice.  Since it was Sunday, it was a little dead.  But he brought us over some jello shots and even sent me a free shot for my birthday, so I can’t complain!

It was an amazing weekend, and I’m sad it’s over.  But it has taken me all week to recover-too many late nights and not enough sleep!

Partial group shot – NY boys, former NY girls (we went to high school in NY and now both live in Atlanta) and JJ

Me and ASP before the wedding – she was so pretty

Jumping for joy about the impending nuptials

Sunday night birthday dinner at Two Urban Licks – yes I wore the dress from Thursday

My birthday dessert


I participated in the Scarf Swap that Kate over at Simply Said by Simply Me organized, and now it’s time to show off my cute new scarf.

Nothing is greater than coming home from work and seeing a package waiting for you by the front door, especially on your birthday week!  My scarf swap partner was Jesse at Journey Through Life, and she sent me a pretty, soft and colorful scarf that will be perfect for cold winter nights and my trip to NY in December.

I know you are all dying to see what it looks like, so here are some pictures of me wearing it after getting home from dinner last night.

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Loving my new scarf – My dress was a little clashy, but I didn’t feel like changing

IMG_2304Another angle of me and my new scarf.  My favorite part of this picture is demonic-looking Fado on the kitchen counter.  He looks like he has lasers for eyes!

Thanks so much for the scarf Jesse!  I love it!

Kate – thanks for organizing such a fun swap!

Last night was the start of my birthday weekend celebration.  In honor of me being on this earth for 27 years (ok, 26 and change until Sunday), T took me out to dinner at Woodfire Grill, Kevin’s (from Top Chef Las Vegas) restaurant.  He is our favorite chef on the show, so we were both super excited to eat his creations.  Let me tell you, it was the most amazing meal I have ever eaten.

Everything on the menu sounded great, so we decided to go with the 5-course chef’s tasting menu – so we could sample as much as possible without having to make decisions on what to eat!

Our dining experience began with delicious fall cocktails while we waited for our table.  I chose the Champagne Cocktail, a unique mixture of oregano syrup, dolin blanc vermouth,  lemon juice and marques de gelida cava.  It was such an aromatic drink, with an herby and sweet flavor.  The smell was just as wonderful as the taste – it may be my new not too sweet favorite cocktail, if I can recreate it at home.  T went with the bourbon-based Fall Classic – wathen’s single barrel bourbon, cranberry shrub, bliss maple syrup and orange bitters. soda.  T enjoyed the cocktail a lot.  I thought it was tasty as well, but I’m not much of a bourbon drinker.

After we were seated, we were given an amuse-bouche that was an interpretation of a Waldorf salad.  It was a tiny bite, but that bite packed so much flavor.  It was AMAZING.  We were presented with silver spoons topped with a tarragon cream sauce, an apple and pickled celery.

Our first course offering was a tomato broth, topped with a variety of beans and vegetables that was finished off with a soft poached egg.  My favorite part of the dish was the egg – when you cut into in, even though it was soft-boiled, the yolk stayed together and you were able to scoop up the vegetables and broth with it.

Our next course featured the most perfectly seared scallop I have ever seen with lamb jus and a flavored oil.  The scallop practically melted in your mouth it was so tender!  As we finished, our waiter told us that Kevin was working on a special oyster dish and wanted to know if we were interested in sampling it.  We said yes and were presented with a dish featuring some type of Washington oysters that are grown on a rope.  The oysters were topped with fresh vegetables and a tangy sauce and were sitting on top of a pile of seasoned salt.

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After we finished the oysters, we received our next course – a quail dish.  The plate featured 2 quail breasts with turnip puree (to DIE for), apples and turnips pieces, and a sauce.  The dish was the perfect combination of sweet and savory, and was a true testament to fall.

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Our fourth course was our favorite.  It was a sorghum braised pork belly that was accompanied by homemade sausage and creamed Brussels sprouts.  It was so succulent and flavorful.  I seriously could have died and gone to heaven after the first bite!

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The meal was rounded out with 2 desserts.  T received a banana cake and I received chocolate crepes with chocolate filling.  Mine even came with a birthday candle! 🙂 Both desserts were rich and delicious, the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

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On our way out, we saw Kevin in the kitchen.  We stopped by to tell him how much we enjoyed his food and that we were rooting for him on Top Chef.  He was even nice enough to take a picture with us!

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All in all, it was the best pre-birthday dinner I could have hoped for.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of the weekend will be as remarkable! 🙂

** Sorry for the crappy iPhone food pictures.  We felt a little weird busting the real camera out during the meal!**

A couple of days ago, I posted about all of the things that had me smiling this week.  One of those things was the cute dress I bought for my friend’s wedding.  I was super excited because I got the $180 dress for $130.  I thought to myself – what a steal!

Fast forward to last night…I went shopping with JD to help her pick out a dress for the same wedding.  We decided to start at TJ Maxx.  Growing up, I was never a fan of the store.  The store near my childhood house never had anything in my size nor anything I liked.  Now that I live in Atlanta, things are much different.  The discount stores have an awesome selection of designer clothes in a variety of sizes.  Can you say “Jackpot?”

So imagine my complete and utter shock when I saw my dress, in a slightly different color, for $90 less than I’d bought it a few days before!  I found it in my size, and in a slightly different design in black.  I tried it on, it looked great, so I bought it.  The super expensive one is going back to the store tonight!

Since I was saving money, I looked around to see if I could find a cute new dress to wear out for my birthday celebration this weekend.  I did, and it was fairly inexpensive as well.  I guess I have learned my lesson the hard way – I will not avoid the discount stores any longer.  They will be my first stop from now on.  And if I don’t find what I’m looking for, then I’ll hit the department stores.

So, are you a bargain shopper that can scour the racks for a deal?  Or do you need more practice, like me?

And in case you are curious, here are some pictures of my new dresses.

other dressThis was what the original dress looked like, only it was with different silver shades, not black and tan


black dressI went with the black one


b-day dressAnd this is the dress I bought to wear out tomorrow night for the bar crawl

**UPDATE:  Here are some photos of me in my new dresses.**

I’m not sure what has been wrong with me lately, but I have been so tired.  For the past few weeks, I pretty much fall asleep on the couch every night.  The times that I doze off vary – sometimes it’s been as early as 9:30 p.m, other times it’s closer to 11 p.m.  I don’t know why I let myself get comfortable and cozy enough to drift into dreamland, but I do.  And being under a snuggly blanket with a cat curled up next to (or on) you doesn’t make staying awake any easier.

I know part of it is a vicious cycle.  I sleep for a couple of hours, wake up and go upstairs, then get ready for bed and lay down.  The problem is, it’s usually around 1 or 1:30 a.m., and it takes me about 20 minutes to wash my face, brush my teeth, change and crawl into bed.  Sometimes I go right back to sleep, but other times it takes me a while.  If it takes me a while, it means that my sleep cycle gets all messed up.  It also means that I don’t get a continuous amount of sleep, which results in me being tired the next day.  It sucks and drives me insane!

I think part of my tiredness also comes from the time change.  By 6 p.m., it’s pitch black outside.  This makes me feel like it’s really late (even when it’s not), and I get tired fairly early.  A few weeks ago, when it was still light around 7 p.m., I didn’t feel nearly as wiped out all of the time.

Tonight, I will NOT let myself fall asleep on the couch.  Once I feel myself getting groggy, I will drag my butt upstairs and lay in bed.  This way if I do fall asleep, at least it’ll be where I’m supposed to do it.

So, are you a random couch snoozer or do you actually make it to bed before dozing off?  And, is the time change messing you up too?

I am in such a giddy and happy mood this week.  Why, you ask?  Well, my birthday is this weekend, and there are a lot of fun things in the works!  So, without further ado, here are the things that are making me smile today:

1.  My birthday is in 5 days!  I love birthdays, especially when you’re able to get together with all of your friends and celebrate.

2.  I am getting a new computer – we just ordered it today!  After much deliberation between a Mac and a PC, T and I decided that we would go with a PC after all.  Last night we spent a good hour at the Apple store playing around with the different MacBook Pros, getting a feel for them.  While we really liked them, we had a really tough time justifying spending so much money on one laptop.  Instead, we went with Dell, and ordered 2 and a printer for a teensy bit more than the Mac we were considering.  I went with a 15-inch purple Inspiron, while T went with a Yankees version of the same one.  I am so excited to have a working computer again soon!

3.  My best friend ASP is getting married this weekend!  Saturday night all of us will gather to have pre-wedding dinner and drinks.  Then we’ll head to the hotel she is getting married at for her late-night wedding.  I bought a new dress for the wedding last night and was kind of upset that it cost so much, but when I got to the register it was $50 off.  So I was super excited – plus the dress makes me look really skinny!

4.  A couple of our guy friends are going to be in town from NY visiting this weekend, so that will be fun.  We haven’t seen them since May.

5.  Since ASP is getting married during the wee hours of the morning on my actual birthday, I will be celebrating on Friday night.  I wanted to do something different this year, so we are doing a bar crawl in the Virgina Highlands.  I have the places picked out and the length of time we should stay at each place decided on, but I still haven’t come up with funny things that we need to do in each bar.  If you have any bar crawl suggestions, I’m all ears (or eyes).

6.  On Thursday, T and I are planning of going to Woodfire Grill for an early birthday dinner.  For those Top Chef fans out there, that’s Kevin Gillespie’s restaurant.  He’s our favorite chef on the show, and we totally hope he makes it to the end.  His dishes always look so creative and tasty – I can’t wait to go try them for myself!

7.  My family (parents, Little S and JT, and T and I) are all going to see the show Cavalia in the next few weeks.  It’s a show combining equestrian arts, music and acrobatics that was created by a former Cirque du Soleil mastermind.  I keep hearing amazing reviews about it, so I’m very excited that we will be able to check it out while it’s in Atlanta.

So, what’s got you smiling these days?

This past Saturday, we took my best friend ASP out for her bachelorette party – her last weekend of freedom.  We had a group of 10 girls, and we had a ton of fun!

The day started with ASP and I heading to get body wraps at Suddenly Slimmer.  It was one of the weirdest things I have ever done! You are wrapped up from head to toe in ace bandages that have been soaked in a mineral solution.  Then you are covered with a poncho and have to do an hour on one of those gazelle fitness machines.  Every 20 minutes you are “basted” – like a turkey – and your booties are emptied – the toxins from your skin and overflow from the bastings gather in your foot booties.  Nothing is stranger than being wrapped up like a mummy and not really being able to move while doing exercise.  It was a very odd experience, but my skin looks great.  Everything was smoother and soft.  I also had some scars/marks that faded some, which was awesome.

The night of debauchery began with drinks at JD’s place.  She has a lot of bachelorette party items, so her apartment was perfectly decorated with a variety of penis paraphernalia.  There were 10 of us girls, and ASP wanted to head to the Atlanta landmark Mary Mac’s Tea Room for dinner.  It was a funny experience because some girls were true Southerners, while some of us were not.  This led to us transplants trying some new and interesting foods like pot likker with cornbread.  I was a little scared to try it, but it ended up being really tasty, so I was glad I did.

After our Southern dinner, we jetted back over to JD’s to have the most delicious cake ever from Southern Sweets Bakery.  Then ASP opened her presents.  We had a mini champagne toast, then headed over to The Clermont Lounge.

We arrived just as the guys were heading in the door – they had also decided to head to the scariest strip club ever.  We all went inside together, but stayed fairly separate.  JD and I bought ASP’s fiance a lap dance from a 60-something year old stripper who wears a Little Red Riding Hood outfit.  Nothing is more awesome than watching someone wedge their granny panties (literally) into a thong and stick their butt in a poor guy’s face.  Priceless.

We had a lot of laughs, but unfortunately we couldn’t take any pictures of our craziness inside because they don’t allow that.  But I do have some pre-Clermont images to share with you.

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ASP and me with the world’s strongest hurricanes ever – I was loving mine!

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JD rocking the special fake penis undies – yes they were brought to Clermont and yes they were worn in public

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Who needs a veil when you have this spiffy penis hat?

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All of us ladies before we headed inside…

So, how was your weekend?

 

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