Girls Getaway

This past weekend I headed down to Galveston, well the Bolivar Peninsula actually, to celebrate a sorority sister’s upcoming divorce from singlehood, aka marriage. It was a rainy weekend but we made the best of it. The house we stayed in was right on the shore and had some of the most beautiful views of the ocean. I volunteered to stay in the kids room: hello bunkbeds!

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It was great to be able to stay up late, talk about everything, get a little drunk, play games, and watch movies. It was like a grown up sleepover. Oh who am I kidding, it was a majorly girly sleepover and it was awesome! Cards Against Humanity and Naughty Charades were at the top of the game pile. I learned a lot of new words this weekend, many of which I had to Urban Dictionary the meanings. Yall, I’m either old or naive. Perhaps both.

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On our short walk on the beach between rain storms we found people fishing, frolicking, crabbing, and then there was a dead jellyfish that I apparently had to poke.

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We ended the night with a fantastic fresh seafood dinner at basically the only restaurant on the peninsula. Drinks happened obviously. The bride to be got some advice from two ladies at the bar, I think one piece of advice was about making your husband believe everything is his idea, and the other was to sweat everyday (workout or other umm activities). I also definitely took the opportunity to let me hair go au-natural: read beachy waves and then a quick bun when my hair starts to grow exponentially like those math problems I couldn’t do in college.

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The weekend was great and really cemented the friendships I’ve had since college and saw the beginning of new ones that I hope to help grow further.

 

PS if you’d like a non-inappropriate laugh we watched this short video approximately 73 times and laughed while drunk, tipsy, and sober.

I actually just watched it again. And laughed. Ha, so good! YASS!

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2015 in Lists: Week 17

I got lots of good ideas on what makes yall feel better now I want to know how you relax! I spent all day yesterday at a beach house for a bachelorette party, the beach was relaxing, the party was… well a party!

Have you ever heard the expression you need a vacation after your vacation? That’s basically happening to me right now… I just need a day to relax!

This week’s prompt:

List what you do to relax

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

 

 

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DIY: Chandelier

When I posted this recap of the organization of my disaster of a closet, I got a few emails asking about the chandelier. Well, the secret is that I totally and completely DIY’ed that.

Not only did I DIY that it was basiclly a perfect storm of all the materials and help to get it done.

I started out with a candle holder (on sale) from Michael’s and some wire based jewels. The candle holder was already white so I didn’t need to spray paint it but the problem was that there was that candle dish in the way of where the light bulb was supposed to go… and I had no way to remove that part. Seriously scissors were out, my really thick large wire+ cutters didn’t work (and they usually work for everything else), and I was basically stumped. It’s not like I have a blow torch on my apartment porch.

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So I did something that I’m not particularly proud of. I put on something cute, did my hair, put on makeup and went to home depot. I acted like a silly unintelligent girl and the guy at the rent-a-tool center did it for me for free. I went and got him coffee but still. I’m half ashamed and the other half of me feels like I’m brilliant.

The entire chandelier cost me less than $20. Candle Holder: $10, Jewels: $3, Coffee: $5. If we add in the hit my smart-girl psyche took then the cost is over $20… way over.

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2015 in Lists: Week 16

Listing your pet peeves was fun right?

I’ve been feeling not quite right this week, hence the absence from Plumewood here. So I want to know something from you…

This week’s prompt is:

List what makes you feel better

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Grown Up Mac & Cheese

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One of the first things I ever learned to make is Macaroni and Cheese because let’s face it, it’s super easy right? Well as I’ve matured grown up cooked more than my fair share of M&C I’ve realized that it’s not exactly the healthiest dish. So my goal was to make the dish last longer (aka more of it) and to make it healthier. I thought basically I need to add protein and vegetables and I need to add lots of them.

Now, I started off as a Kraft girl (cheesiest all the way) but then I was turned onto Annie’s Mac & Cheese! It’s fantastic and as my taste buds have evolved I realize it doesn’t taste like I’m eating plastic.

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Colonel Mac & Cheese

This M&C is so named after Colonel Mackenzie in JAG, she’s a US Marine and wears green all the time so this recipe has lots of green in it!

Add: peas, chopped zucchini, and broccoli. If you’re really in the green mood add sliced avocado on top! Chicken optional

 

Mac & Under the Cheese

This M&C is named after the add ins. Fish and veggies that you can’t see!

Add: tuna and roughly chopped cauliflower

 

Mambo Mac & Italiano Cheese

This M&C is named because the resulting dish is the colors of the Italian Flag and the taste is similar to a caprese salad.

Add: sauteed spinach, slicked cherry tomatoes, make sure your M&C is made with white cheese. Again, chicken optional