Monday, March 21, 2016

Lately

Did everyone have a good St Patrick’s Day? We enjoyed some green beer with friends and our share of car bombs.   Mike has this thing where he needs to do a car bomb the start of every half of a UConn tournament game. He started it in 2011 when the first game fell on St. Paddy’s, and it worked twice with championship titles in 2011 and 2014!
Speaking of the tournament, how’s your bracket doing? Between work, friends, and local bars, I filled out 5 brackets. None of them are looking so good, but then again, whose is with all these awesome upsets?? Oh, and both of our teams: Holy Cross Crusaders and UConn Huskies are both out, so not the best year for us.

Mike and I are hopefully flying back this morning from Boston. Not only did we have an awesome time at our friends' wedding, we also had a chance to spend time with my cousins, whose kids we hadn't seen since they were this small.  Now look at them in the photo below!! I’ll be recapping all of the wedding on Wednesday! As I write this on Sunday night, it looks like the city of Boston could get up to 10 inches overnight, so we’ll hope this spring storm isn’t as crazy as the meteorologists are predicting and we can get home tomorrow. Honestly, all I care about is that we are back in Charleston by Wednesday.
On Wednesday, I have to have eye surgery.   Early in February, when I was driving at night, I noticed that every time I turned my head, a lightning bolt went through my vision. When we were in Disney later that month, I noticed that the flashes started happening every time I blinked at night, and now I’m constantly seeing bright and dark lines and shadows, regardless of the time of day.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to work for a week (can’t stare too intently at anything for too long), can’t do anything physical for at least 2 weeks (bye bye Bridge Run registration, kickball season (with one of my favorite teams ever), and spring golf), and can’t fly for 6 weeks. On the bright side, at least it’ll be fixed.  So, I apologize in advance for my potential lack of communication over the next week. I’ll try my hardest to still keep up with blog posting and reading!
We have been cooking up a storm recently.  My latest Blogging for Books read The Tabasco Cookbook by Paul McIlhenny and Barbara Hunter is seriously my new favorite go-to recipe guide.  Growing up, I actually didn't like spice at all and didn't even try Tabasco until I was in college.  Now, the spicier the better, and I loved the piquancy scale where (if using the amount of Tabasco in the recipe), you could see if a recipe was one to four Tabasco bottles hot.  I expected recipes like a Bloody Mary, gumbo, and wings made with this famous pepper sauce, but I was so surprised at the number of unique things you can cook with the iconic condiment.  I've now tried a few recipes from the book including Honey Glazed Carrots and Spicy Spinach Quichettes with my favorite being the Scallops in Double Pepper Sauce.  What I loved most was that each recipe didn't have too many ingredients, and they were mostly all things with which I was familiar (nothing too weird).  Next up will definitely be one of the desserts, either Hot Bananas with Rum and Chocolate or the Spicy Pumpkin Tart this fall.  I highly recommend this book for spice lovers, and even if you're not so much into spicy food, you should definitely consider getting this book and cutting back on the Tabasco because the flavors these recipes pack are fantastic!

Well, this post has already become way too long so I need to do another one of these soon. There’s so much going on in our lives, and I feel like I have just not had enough time to write it all down. I hope everyone has a great week!

25 comments:

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

oh my gosh the eye thing - that's scary! we often don't think about our basic senses until they are lost or threatened. sending good vibes for a smooth procedure! glad you had an awesome weekend in boston!

xoxo cheshire kat

Nikki said...

Good luck with your surgery! Hope everything goes well for you!

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

Good luck with the surgery! Saw your snaps over the weekend! So fun! That cake looked delicious too! 👌🏼 xo

P!nky said...

Good luck with the surgery!!!!

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery! :)

BLovedBoston said...

Hope you guys are able to make it out of here today!! Sorry to hear about your eye surgery, but praying everything goes smoothly for that! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Jacquelyn @ The Lowcountry Mama said...

Oh no your eye surgery! I hope all goes well, and that your flight wasn't delayed today!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Booooo to UConn already being out, what happened to our dynasty?! Glad you had a great trip to Boston, and how weird about the spring time snow?! Hope you get back safely and soon, and that your surgery goes well with a quick recovery <3
Green Fashionista

Carly Blogs Here said...

Sounds like you guys had a fun weekend and a nice trip back to Boston-- hopefully you were able to get home & the snow didn't end up being that bad? Hoping everything goes smoothly with your surgery this week.

Julie said...

Freaky on the eye thing, I hope the surgery can fix it! Sounds like you had a great St. Paddy's Day...I worked!!

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

Good luck with the eye surgery! It might be a complete pain to not be able to do a lot of the other things, but at least you'll get that problem fixed :)

Missy said...

Good luck with surgery, hopefully it is a swift recovery and everything is fixed! Those kids are too cute!

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh wow.. so what did they say it is that caused it & needs surgery? That's so scary! Glad you're getting it taken care of.
Enjoy that time of relaxing a bit!!!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Oh no so sorry about the eye thing, hope the surgery goes well!! How fun that you got to spend time in Boston with family, hoping the crazy storm isn't too bad and you get home soon! My bracket is surprisingly doing pretty good minus UK & MSU screwing me up, but the left side of my bracket is actually perfect!! I impressed my fiance since I don't know much about college b-ball!

Lauren Honeycutt said...

I'm so sorry that you have to have surgery, but it's so good that you're getting your eye fixed! Hugs hugs hugs to you!!!!

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, I hope your eye surgery goes smoothly!! Sending lots of good thoughts your way.

Lisa Loves John said...

Praying your eye surgery goes smoothly! And girllll, I can't even talk about my bracket this year - so many upsets!

Alexandra Bee Blog said...

Yikes! Eye issues are so scary! Best of luck!

Kristin said...

Sending prayers your way. My mom had the same problem a few years ago. An outpatient surgery, I believe, was all that was required. Good luck!

Emily said...

Oh no that sounds terrible what was happening to your vision. I hope they're able to get it corrected for you and the recovery is speedy. LOL @ Mike's car bomb tradition.

Adriana from Glitter & Sarcasm said...

Yikes! hope the eye situation goes off without a hitch! And note cool that you're back home while it's cold and snowy again here!

Christina Lea Loves said...

Looks like you guys have been up to some fun! I hope all goes well with your surgery!!

coastalkelder.com said...

Good luck with surgery! What night / location do you play kickball? We're Wed @ West Ashley, the Aggressive Spooners! See ya in the playoffs ;)

Macy V said...

Good luck with your surgery, that sounds so scary!! Keep us updated if you can <3

Amy Rae said...

Good luck with your surgery! My thoughts & positive vibes are with you! :)

Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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