Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sister Weekend ♥

Last Friday, my little sister Maryanna came to visit me in PA. It was her first time in PA so I really wanted to make it special and show her around. She arrived late in the evening so we ordered pizza and then watched "Something Borrowed" and "Crazy Stupid Love". I guess we were in a lovey, dovey mood. But let's be honest, chic flicks are the best!

On Saturday, we woke up around 11am since we went to bed rather late. We got ready and then had lunch at Cactus Blue and I'm happy to report that there was no wait and the food was so, so good! I completely understand the wait that last time Sean and I tried to check it out. I ordered the chimichanga and my sister ordered the gordita. I can't wait to return with Sean.

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After lunch, I drove her around to see the area and then we went shopping for her to buy a few things since PA has no tax on clothing, such an awesome perk! After shopping, I drove us to the park since it was so nice out and of course a little photo shoot ensued.

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I know you're thinking it. I can't help it. Stilettos all the time might be a sickness.
And if you weren't thinking it, I completely did not say the above ;).

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After our photo shoot (and busting Maryanna's chops since she does not believe in taking pictures without chopping your head off) we went back home because my other little sister, Priscilla, was coming into town as well. I was a happy girl last weekend!

Priscilla got lost a few times but finally arrived around 8:30pm. She quickly put on clothes and we were on our way to dinner. We ate at Burgers and More by Emeril. My sisters loved that you get to create your own burgers and wow is it good!

There was only one thing that would have made things better, if our other sister Emma was with us! Emma, we missed you! ♥

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After dinner, we put a few bucks in the slot machine and Sean won a little over $450, Maryanna won $120 and Priscilla won $15! I lost 20 bucks, but of course. We decided to check out the club in the casino but were gone within a few minutes. It is just not our scene but to be honest I think we're too old now and would rather just spend time together talking each other's ears off until we fall asleep. We went back home and did exactly that.

More sister stuff (that really means pictures) to come.

P.S. Thank you all for your advice on my last post. It helped so much and put a lot into perspective!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The guilt monster.

A little bit in awe right now.
I was just offered the other job.
A much, much better offer.
I'm struggling because I accepted the last job offer but I have not been given a start date yet.
I'll get one this week.

The job I was just offered today I was given a start date for next week.
This is the better offer and I feel like I should do it so I'm 75% sure about what I will do.
I just wish I didn't feel guilty.
I think I know what most of you would do but tell me anyway, what would you do?!

I hope you all had wonderful weekends! ♥

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Celebrate.

On Saturday, Sean took me out for a "yay! you got a job" dinner. We've never been to Melt before but since it was so warm Sean thought that it would be the perfect place to try. I loved it and think it's a place that we'll go to a lot more while it's warm. The establishment is absolutely gorgeous and the food and drinks we had was so good.

We decided to eat on the rooftop.
For dinner, I ordered Capellini (angel hair pasta with shrimp, white wine, fresh tomato, hot pepper + parsley) and Sean ordered Spaghetti Polphette (Italian meatballs, tomato sauce + parmigiano). We were full so we passed on their delicious looking selection of desserts but hopefully not next time.

It was a nice night, made better, because of the reason we were celebrating.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

{Recipe} Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken

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I'm usually a turkey bacon fan but to make this recipe I decided to go all out and have the real stuff and I'm glad I did (just don't tell Sean!). This is delicious! I cooked mine in the oven but I'm thinking that on the grill this would be even better so obviously I can't wait to try it on the grill next.
This would also be a perfect appetizer or an hors d'oeuvre to bring or have at a party.

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts cut in thirds (12 pieces)

Bacon slices

Salt and pepper to taste

Garlic powder to taste

Chili powder to taste

brown sugar

2-3 tablespoons of olive oil or nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

Cut each breast into 3 pieces, season all the chicken with the spices, then wrap a bacon slice around each piece, roll in brown sugar and place into an oven proof dish. Pour olive oil or cooking spray in the dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is nice and brown and crispy. The person who I got the recipe from said the chicken is delicious served with mashed potatoes with some of the gravy from the chicken drizzled on top. I just did a simple brown rice with broccoli baked with EVOO, sea salt and pepper.

FYI: I did notice that the bacon created grease in the bottom of my pan so be aware of that if you do not want to be soaking and scrubbing grease out of your pan for several hours. Others suggested using a cooling rack in your pan if you have one or maybe using an aluminum pan that you can throw out after.

But yes, this recipe is so good and incredibly easy to throw together! Enjoy!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

After exactly 7 months of ....

Tears & breakdowns (OK, there were some ups, let's not be so dramatic Faith) I was offered a job. I knew that I would hear either a yes or no yesterday and kept on replaying things in my head on what I thought would happen. I had another interview yesterday too which I thought went very well so I kept telling myself that if I got a no at least there was a chance that I still could be offered employment.

Well I got that phone call yesterday and this girl was offered a job! I am a soon to be State Disability Analyst but my start date is contingent on my drug test and background check. That just means, I'll report with a start date very soon.

And hey, if I am offered another job I think there will be lots of room for negotiations! ;)

I just want to thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers. You have no idea how much they have meant to me.

Few things thing I have learned through this experience is that:

God is always there, He is always there. He did not want me to settle so He made sure that it didn't happen. Positions that I thought were perfect, companies that I thought were perfect, He did not find the same way so He allowed rejection after rejection. He also made sure that I had seven months of Netflix and chilling on my couch. If that doesn't show how good He is I don't know what does.

Friends and family are your sanity. They can make you laugh when you want to cry. They can tell you to stop feeling sorry for your self and you know they're right. They can FaceTime you and laugh when they see how horrible you look and you have no choice but to join in because, damn, you look freaking awful.

Husbands, good husbands will beg you to spend money to go out, to go shopping, to do anything because you sulking on the couch, watching yet another new show on Netflix is just not fun and he knows that new stilettos will always bring a smile to your face. And their shoulders are always good to cry on. Oh and if they add a few trips here and there, don't let go.

Your blog friends. Although you've never met them they'll send you texts and emails just to check up on you to ensure that you aren't eating a big pint of ice cream in one sitting after the many rejections. Emily, I feel that I have to give you a separate thank you. Your texts really became something I looked forward to. The videos of Dominic and the one in particular where he said "Good Night Faith" seriously was the best. And anytime I was feeling a little down I always replayed it.

So yeah, I'm ready to not have time to blog. Like I can't wait.

Although I'm sure in a month I'll be wishing I had time and energy to finish just one episode of House ;). Which is funny. I really should be Netflix'd out considering the amount of shows I watched in seven months. So not healthy.

And for those of you who are still looking for work please know that your job is out there, don't give up. I am praying for you. I know it is not fun to wake up daily to apply to 10+ jobs (that is seriously a job in itself) and hear nothing in return and wonder why these companies can't see what a great candidate you are. Just be persistent and keep at it. It eventually will happen. In the meantime, try (as hard as it may be, they were right) to enjoy your downtime.

Happy Weekend y'all! ♥

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Colleen's Goodbye to Roaring 20s Birthday Party

Last Friday, I traveled to Albany for Colleen's birthday party. Sean had a rugby game on Saturday so he did not arrive until a little over an hour before the party started. I wanted extra time with Colleen which is why I decided to go on Friday vs. on Saturday with Sean.

On Friday, we had dinner at our favorite sushi place (Colleen's treat as "payment" to take pictures on Saturday which I found funny because I was going to take pictures anyway. But I did not argue because free food is high on my list of things I enjoy in life) and then went back to her house. We wrote down a to-do list for the next day to ensure that we got everything that needed to be done, done before the party started.

On Saturday, we woke up bright and early and headed to the nail salon which was a sweet treat by Colleen's husband (thanks Eric!!). We had an early lunch, stopped by the grocery to pick up a few things for the party, went to the mall for accessories and were back at Colleen's house to begin setting up.

By 4:45pm we were set and began to get ready for the party.

Colleen thought of everything for her Goodbye to her Roaring 20s party. Her house was set up as a speakeasy and in order to enter you needed to provide the password that was given to all guest attendees the day before.

On her front door was a sign that read "Closed for Violation of National Prohibition Act by Order of United States District Court. All persons are forbidden to enter premises without order from the United States Marshall".

She had mustaches for the men and long pearl necklaces for the women. She had a small candy station filled with candies made in the 20s.
She also had Girl Scout cookies since they were created in the 20s as well.
The menu was a mix of popular foods in the 20s and Colleen's favorite foods.

Everyone really went all out and dressed up and it was so fun to see everyone in their getups! Seriously, I want to go around dressing like this everyday. Such a fantastic era!

Since I was responsible for taking pictures I took lots of detail shots and of course what everyone wore! I think that anyone who is turning 30 should throw a goodbye to Roaring 20s birthday party! It's such a fabulous idea and who doesn't love getting dressed up?

It was such a fun night and I'm wishing that I could do it all over again. But with these pictures I kinda feel like I can. Excuse the massive amount of pictures but trust me when I say that I actually removed a lot of pictures before posting this, as hard as that may be to believe.

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That's Eric! So neat, right?!

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And that my friends is a wrap!

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