Tuesday, February 18, 2014

hearts, hockey, and Cady Heron

Someone please tell me that it's not just me who's feeling a little disjointed today? Between two snow days last week and a long weekend (yay President's Day!), it's no wonder that I'm a bit out of sorts. Five days out of the office was a delightful little mini vacation! We should always get a week away in February. Can that please be a thing?!

We had plans to head to the lake on Friday afternoon, but the snowstorm had other ideas for us. We ended up staying home Friday, cooking a little dinner and hanging out with my sister and her husband. Not our original plan for V Day, but still fun! C surprised me with flowers that he bought when I wasn't looking, and we traded cards - we have a tradition of buying two each for everything, a funny one and a serious one - so we've got Valentines galore at our house.

We woke up early Saturday morning to watch the USA Men's hockey game vs. Russia - who else watched?? If you didn't, you missed out on some serious excitement. What a game! My sister made us a round of Bloody Marys for good luck in the third period... it must have worked!!

We left for the lake later than planned since the game went on and on, but still made good time and met my parents at the house by early afternoon. With Monday being a holiday, we still had plenty of time to relax!

The rest of the weekend looked a lot like this:

Sitting by the fire, watching movies, cooking a couple delicious meals, getting sucked into several episodes of West Wing, and playing a million rounds of dominoes. My mama and I even got out for a long walk on Sunday afternoon - it was fantastic to get some fresh air! It wasn't too cold, but everything was still blanketed in snow, so we got to see some beautiful lake scenery while we walked. Though cut a bit short, it was just the weekend we were looking for!

We got home yesterday afternoon just in time for me to throw myself together and head out for a fun Monday night event: girls' night! Some of the girls I've been going to book club with had the great idea to make the most of the government holiday and plan an Italian-themed potluck evening, and were sweet enough to invite me to come hang out! I straightened my hair and put together some "Chicken Parmesan Chicken Nuggets" in a matter of minutes and then I was out the door.

BTW - I totally pulled a Sandra Lee with my contribution to dinner, but I really thought it worked - I baked some chicken nuggets, then topped each with a spoonful of marinara and a little bit of provolone cheese and stuck them back under the broiler for a few. Ta da... mini chick parms! It wasn't my finest cooking moment, but it was delicious... I'll definitely keep that "recipe" in my back pocket for a quick snack or potluck dinner!

We spent several hours chatting, eating, painting our nails, and watching Mean Girls... because why the heck not?! It was so much fun, and I enjoyed getting a chance to see some friendly faces. It was a great way to wrap up the long weekend!

Essie "Chincilla" plus a little sparkle
So tell me....
  • Did you get a long weekend? How did you spend your day off?
  • Do you have a go-to recipe for potlucks? Something easy to make, transport, and share? Help me out!
  • What's your favorite brand of nail polish? I like the colors that Essie has, but I don't actually think it's very good quality... (I just heard several people gasp in horror. Sorry not sorry!)


Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Yay for girl's nights!! Looks like a great weekend over all, though! And I'm right there with you - I managed to walk out the door this morning without my water bottle, my gym bag, and without taking my vitamins. 5 days is clearly too long for me to be away from work before I start losing it.

Lisa C said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! And the perk of long weekends are short work weeks.

Tammy Jo said...

I LOVE your socks!!!!! Super duper cute