Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lately

Good morning!  How's everyone's week going?  My organization is hosting our biggest event of the year, a big gala out on Kiawah Island tomorrow, so to end my week of blogging, I thought I'd share a little early "Five on Friday"-type post to share what I've been doing lately...

Traveling - The weekend before last I flew up to Philadelphia to meet Mike in Delaware for his grandmother's 80th birthday.  It was so nice to see all of his family, and during our 5 hour layover in Chicago on the way back, we even enjoyed some deep dish pizzas with a friend from college.

Cooking - Football Sundays for us mean crock pot fun!  Last weekend we made the most delicious slow cooker Mongolian beef (but I added 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and a bunch of dashes of sriracha) and spicy zucchini.  I haven't been the only one busy; Mike made a from-scratch German chocolate cake, and I can't wait to share the recipe next week.

Golfing - I had Veteran's Day off from work, so Mike and I played a round of golf where we've been members for the last year.  I've been striving to break the course record all year, and I did with an even par 72!  I started off playing well, parring every hole through 10, except for one birdie.  I three-putted the 11th to go back to even par, and held there through 17.  On 18, I hit my ball into the hazard and took a drop.  From 137 yards out, I hit the ball to about 15 feet from the flag and made the putt to make par and shoot even par!

Anticipating - I have another Charleston Blog Society event to attend tonight.  This time, it'll be "Bloggers at the Barre," and I'm excited and nervous all at the same time to try my first barre class.  Usually, we have events at boutiques and new spots around town, like last month's event at The Spectator Hotel, so I'm really excited to try something new!

Yelping - I was so excited to get an email this week that I was accepted into the Yelp Elite squad.  I've been Yelping for a few months now and am loving getting to know another group of people in Charleston.  I'm even helping to plan my first UYE (unofficial Yelp event) with Erika in a couple of weeks.  Are you on Yelp?  Add me!

Wrapping - 95% of my Christmas shopping is done and everything I have is wrapped.  Like last year, my parents are driving down to spend Thanksgiving with us, and they're going to bring all of our gifts back so we can fly up without a million suitcases!  They're the best.

Gifting - One of my favorite gifts I've wrapped so far is for one of Mike's cousins.  As part of an art kit, I requested Doodletopia: Cartoons from Blogging for Books.  He is absolutely going to love it!  The step-by-step instructions and tips are perfect for kids of any age, and the student learns how to draw every part of the cartoon from their expressions to their outfits.  There is even space on many of the pages to draw right in the book.  Mike's cousin is 12, and I know this will be the perfect gift for him, as he likes to follow instructions, but also has quite the imagination and can take the tips from the book and run with them.  I can't wait for him to open it on Christmas morning!

Wishing - The only person I haven't finished shopping for yet is Mike (we do our gifts at home before traveling for Christmas), and I've been thinking about gifts for him as well as creating my own wish list.  Here are the links to my lists from last year and 2013.  What's on your wish list this holiday season?

24 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

I am itching to start wrapping all the gifts, but I wait until after Thanksgiving!!! Hope your event goes smoothly! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Looks like you've been busy girl! So glad you got to enjoy deep dish pizza in Chicago!! What a cute hotel, you will have so much fun at the barre class I promise, the first class is scary, but you will enjoy it!!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

That Mongolian beef sounds delicious!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

That slow cooker mongolian beef looks awesome!

I'd like to get gifts wrapped but probably won't do that until mid-December.

Carly Messmer said...

Congrats on an awesome round of golf! You killed it. See you at barre tonight! I'm nervous too! ;\

Emily said...

Yay for barre!!! I saw that on the Facebook group and got a little jealous ;)

You already have presents and they are wrapped?! You are my new idol... My parents keep asking for my list, and I have no clue what to put on it.

^^which is kind of ridiculous because I really good at coming up with five million expensive things I always "need."

Gillian Ellis said...

Your week sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to see that cake recipe!

Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five} said...

Yay for a big gala out on Kiawah! & for having your Christmas shopping/wrapping complete before Thanksgiving. You're way ahead of the game!

Rebecca Jo said...

You know you just made a lot of people groan about your christmas shopping being so far done & wrapped

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

You girls have such awesome bloggy events! And now I'm totally craving deep dish pizza from Chicago <3

Green Fashionista

Jen said...

I am all about using my crock pot, it's so nice to not have to do any hard labor. :)

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

The beef lettuce wraps look amazing. I can't believe you are almost done, but even more wrapped them all.

Julie said...

I love that I got you hooked on yelp! And yay for elite, its the best!!

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

Omgosh I saw your wrapped gifts on snap chat! I couldn't believe it haha!! I love golfing, but I'm not good at it haha it's so fun!

Jacquelyn @ The Lowcountry Mama said...

Yay I'm excited for tonight! I feel like every time we have a blog event it's gross outside. Hopefully it's nice for you tomorrow on Kiawah.

kingdomofsequins said...

Those lettuce snacks look amazing! Super cute wrapping paper :)

Emily said...

Congrats on getting into the Yelp squad! How do you apply for that? I've been yelping for a while now. The mongolian beef recipe looks amazing...I might have to try that for Sunday dinner. I love to make use of my crockpot on the weekends too.

Macy V said...

YAY I am so excited to hear about the yelp event you are planning. I am amazed that you have almost all of your shopping done...I haven't even started. I want to try a barre class so bad, I can't wait to hear about it! Have so much fun

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

MMMMM, Mongolian Beef Lettuce Wraps! I used to go to tons of Yelp events in Tampa, and they were always so fun!

Christina Lea Loves said...

So much goodness going on around here! Enjoy the barre class tonight - it's one of my favorite workout classes! I love that your so ahead with the Christmas shopping/wrapping so you don't have to worry about taking it with you!

Megan Campbell said...

Wait- Delaware? Did we know that we had that connection? I can't remember!! Also- yay for Yelp! I literally JUST left my job with Yelp. I was planning events for the Elite Squad in Baltimore and loved it! Let me know how you like it :)

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

So glad that you guys were able to celebrate Mike's grandmother's 80th with her! Occasions don't get much more special than that. :) Your mongolian beef wraps look AMAZING!! Can't wait to check out that recipe! Enjoy the gala tonight!! xo - Brenda // Chatting Over Chocolate

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Have so much fun at your gala and blogger event! Hope you have a great weekend!! xo

Krista said...

The blogger events sound like so much fun and barre too! I know the picture might have been to show off the presents but I'm really liking the posed the kitties!

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