snogged: ([Doctor Who] Maxing Out Cool)
Highlights from the Weekend:

-Ladies' Bible Study.
-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
-Superstore
-How To Get Away With Murder OMG!
-Seeing my daddy and my mom
-Seeing my niece Lauren and nephew Jaxon.
-Celebrating my friend Mindy's 40th birthday and hanging out with the fabulous 11.
-Trying a yummy drink - UV Cherry and Sprite.
-Mini bowling.
-Making it out of an Escape Chamber with 18 seconds to spare (the theme of the room was "The Heist.")
-Finding something at a Mexican restaurant that I now straight up love (Milanesa aka breaded steak filet.)
-Not feeling super hungover this morning
-Zumba
snogged: ([BtVS] Willow)
Hope you're all having a happy weekend so far.

Mine's been pretty great.

The Weekend )
snogged: ([BtVS] Willow)
I meant to post sooner, but time got away from me. I know [livejournal.com profile] angelskuuipo and [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams have already done their posts, but I thought I'd share mine as well.

Recap )
snogged: ([BBT] Traditional Nerd Dance)
This weekend has been utterly fabulous.

Saturday started off with a nice glass of Georgia peach iced tea and shortly thereafter, a visit from [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams! I introduced her to Nick and we all walked a few short blocks to the Taste of Portage Market and Craft Fair.

[livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams ordered a brat (in true Wisconsin-style) and I tried a walking taco. Nick tried a steak sandwich, which he said was quite tasty. After food, we wandered down the street and looked at the craft show and the vintage car show. Then, we did another quick swing through the food tents and [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams and I got cream puffs. Mmm...mmm...good.

After food, we returned to my apartment and [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams and I went to the grocery store to get fixings for our picnic dinner. We picked up bread, turkey, swiss cheese, and yummy baguette chips. We came back to the apartment and [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams introduced Nick and I to the first two episodes of Dexter. I can definitely see why she likes the show. It's really good!

Around five-o-clock, [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams and I drove to the American Players Theater to see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. I'm pretty sure it's the first time I've ever been to that theater and I loved. It's an outdoor theater and the weather wasn't bad given how hot it had been all day. It was a little muggy, but the breeze was so nice and cool. We hit up the gift shop and got mugs (mine's blue, hers is green) that say: "Life is short. Play in the woods." I also got two magnets. One says: "Please Don't Tame The Shrew" and the other says: "Last one out: Turn Off The Stars."

This morning Nick and I took [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams to the Log Cabin in Baraboo for breakfast. It was absolutely delicious. When we got back to the apartment, she headed back to her parents.

I definitely wish more weekends were like this.
snogged: ([MISC] Rain)
I definitely feel like I did a variety of things this weekend and that's not a bad thing!

On Friday, I came home from work, watched some TED talks, ate a wrap from Murph's for dinner. Then, I hung out with some of my neighbors. Carol and I drank wine (the guys and Erin drank beer) and Lee started a fire. It was lovely watching the sun set. Less lovely getting bitten by skeeters, but the fire kept some of them at bay.

On Saturday, we went to Taste of Wisconsin Dells with Amber and Joe. I was glad that all the food choices were cheap (under $4) and you actually got a tasting size vs. regular meal size. Nick and I did share a few things though. I tried crab rangoon, mini cheese meatloaf and beer cheese potatoes, coconut rice, BBQ rib tips, and deep fried pickles. (YUM!) We also stopped at the Dells Distillery and tried a tater tot creation. We all sampled the mac and cheese one and it was so good! Then, we walked into the gift shop for Wizard Quest and the shop lady loved my Harry Potter jersey. In fact, she loved it so much that she decided to give me a hug. It was random, but I was fine with it. She seemed nice. I bought two plush dragons there. :)

After this adventure, we headed over to the casino. I have never been to a casino in my life and Amber, Joe, and Nick were excited to show me around. I did play one game at the nickel slot machine because I always wanted to pull one of the levers. I put in a $1 and got back $5.90. I was totally cool walking away with that and I don't really have the desire to go back.

We also went to Knuckleheads and the mall. We played a bunch of arcade games and I went to the Disney store and got my niece's birthday present. I also got some wine bottle stoppers.

Then, we went back home and Joe lit a fire in his covered fire pit. It was nice to sit and enjoy and talk to good people.

Today, I braved the slight chill in the summer air and tried an Aqua Zumba class. There was a free one being offered as part of a summer kick-off. It wasn't quite as exhilarating as regular Zumba, but the people were cool and that often makes the party worth it. I'm also definitely feeling it in my legs.

Tonight, Nick and I will be getting subs from Jimmy John's after my regular Sunday night Zumba class and we'll probably watch more Adventure Time on Netflix Instant.

Why must weekends be so short?
snogged: ([BTVS]Nerds Are In)
For my own sanity, I'm doing this in bullet points:

Friday-
1) Went to the wine bar in town and celebrated one my Zumba instructors birthdays. It was neat getting to hang out with people without exercise clothes. It was also neat that Nick got to meet them too.

2) Got home and crashed.

Saturday-
1) Nick woke up with a tooth infection. Had to wait FOREVER to find out if we were going to a dentist or not. Instead, they just prescribed an anti-inflammatory and we were able to pick it up at the Walgreen's in town.

2) Participated in a 30 minute Zumba demo at St. Mary's Best Fest. We were on a slight incline so it was little tippy...but it was fun!

3) Drove to Nick's mom's house and got dinner at the Speakeasy. I had the best Asiago Chicken Pasta ever!! The martini, on the other hand, really messed with me and I only had one. I know I don't drink that much, but seriously, it was frustrating. At least, the feelings went away after an hour or so.

4) Got home and crashed.

Sunday-
1) Woke up, drove to Middleton, and joined friends in an adventure to the Janesville Ren Faire. I got a new hairpiece, a mocha gelato frappe (yum!), saw a few Bristol friends, and watched a fire show.

2) Went to Olive Garden, got flirted with by the server, got both my iced tea and raspberry lemonade comped so I'm not complaining. Our server also did magic tricks, which was actually quite entertaining. I was not completely thrilled with my Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad though. The chicken tasted pretty bland, but the lettuce and croutons were good.

3) Went to Star Trek: Into Darkness and enjoyed it. Every time I saw Zachary Quinto (Spock), my instinct was to think: 'Hey, I hugged that guy last year.'

4) Got home and crashed.

Happy Monday Everybody!
snogged: ([OUAT] Belle)
I have a three-day weekend on account of Martin Luther King Jr Day being a state holiday on Monday. I also have a weekend where I don't have to run all over the state and I actually get to be at home for once!

To celebrate, I've spent much of the day watching Season 1 of Supernatural on Netflix Instant while drinking hot cocoa.

Later tonight, we're going to a Nick's holiday work party. I've never been to one of his work parties (and neither has he) so I'm hoping for good food, good drinks, and good fun. :) I'm sure I'll post about it later.
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I didn't get around to reading fics from a different fandom yesterday so I skipped Day 5. Onto Day 6...

Day 6 )

In other news, I've had a good weekend.

We went to Nick's mom's house to celebrate Christmas, Part 5. His sister, brother-in-law, and nieces were also there so that made for a good day. We had a great meal of honey baked ham and a twice baked potato casserole with broccoli and cheese. There was also salad, deviled eggs, a Port Wine cheese balls, crackers, and Mediterranean-style hummus.

We also did a gift exchange. I was pleased to receive a set of appetizer plates from Nick's mom. They're super cute with peacocks on them! She also got me a cutter/scooperNick's sister and her husband got me a Kymera Magic Wand that can be programmed as a remote control.

Today, I read my Kindle. Currently, I'm reading I Wish I Were Engulfed In Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys with Autism by Jeni Decker. It's not the greatest book ever, but it's not bad either. I've also done some laundry and watched a few more episodes of Doctor Who. Only two more episodes and I'll be completely caught up with the show! WOO!
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~ The Decoy Bride

Nick and I went to the Taste of Portage Market Fair yesterday with some friends - Amber, Joe, and Meg. It was just a few blocks down from our apartment so it was an easy walk. The fair's activities included a food court that contained mostly local restaurants, an arts and crafts show, and a classic car show.

Amber and Joe had gone last year and they recommended we visit the Corner Pocket, especially since Amber had done some detective work and found out that Corner Pocket was doing beef brisket sandwiches this year. Without a doubt, the sandwiches were divine! The meat was tender and melted in your mouth, plus they had a selection of BBQ sauces to try. I sampled the Apple BBQ sauce and it had just the right amount of sweetness.

I also ate a cream puff and tried some of Meg's fries. MMM MMM Good. :)

There were plenty of classic cars to ogle so we spent a lot of time doing that. Meg and I spent quite a few minutes drooling over a Chevy Impala, but for the most part, I lusted after this bright blue Dodge Challenger with a white racing stripe down the side. I truly think that classic Challengers, especially the 1967 model, are the prettiest muscle cars in the world and I want one.

The crafts were fun to look at too. Meg picked up a cute ring that was made from a spoon, while I picked up this little guy for $8.00

He's not turned on at the moment, but he does light up )

That afternoon, Meg and I settled into the chill of my apartment and watched The Decoy Bride, which was definitely adorable. I definitely recommend it for anyone who loves David Tennant and/or romantic comedies. We also watched a bit of Doctor Who - Series 2 - 10th Doctor and some episodes from How I Met Your Mother Season 5.

For dinner, the whole group reunited and we went over to La Tolteca for some delicious Mexican food and some tasty drinks. I had a peach daiquiri and pork tamales. I also tried some of Joe's Chicken Mole (pronounced: "MOLE"-lay). It was a little spicier than I can normally handle, but I did enjoy the complexity of the flavor.

Then, we watched the fireworks that had been scheduled for the 4th of July, but got pushed back to August due to July's dry conditions.

It was a really great night.
snogged: (Default)
I wish weekends stopped being so darn short, especially when I have a rare weekend where I'm not rushing about like a chicken with her head cut off (Granted, I do get to have another one of those weekends this upcoming weekend to, but I promise you, they really are few and far between.)

Anyways, I'd say this was a good one. On Friday night, Nick and I went to Murph's NorthShore for supper/Friday Night Fish Fry/Ann treats Nick to a date night because he had to work overtime this week. They sat us out on the patio (per our request) and we got to watch the sun set over the water. SO PRETTY! Then we came home and our neighbors, Lee and Carol, were having a bonfire so we joined them for a bit.

On Saturday, I baked dark chocolate peanut butter bars and took them with us to Amber and Joe's house for an awesome gathering of awesomeness. Joe grilled up chicken breasts and provided a wide range of BBQ sauces for us to dip said chicken into in. Amber had whipped up a bacon ranch pasta salad that was positively divine. It was a great evening of food, drink, and chatter.

Today, I did very little. I've been watching this Australian show called Dance Academy on Netflix Instant Streaming so I watched a few episodes of that. I also caught up on So You Think You Can Dance? Based on the eliminations that occurred and the guest judges who seemed utterly pointless, I'm feeling a little bit like the show should be called: So You Think You Can Piss Me Off? But I made up for that minor irritation by going for an awesome 2 mile walk and doing some reading in my current book, Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom.

All in all it was a good weekend.

It was just too short.
snogged: ([BTVS]Spillow Bear)
It's been a solidly decent weekend on this side of the fence. We've had 80°F days (which is kinda crazy for Wisconsin in March, but I'm not going to complain so much.)

On Friday night, I went to go visit my parents and hung out with my sister, my niece, and my nephew. We went out for a fish fry at our favorite locale and it was as delicious as ever.

Saturday, I joined my mom, sister, and the kids for spring-time photographs. The photographer was a family friend who was running her own shop in town and she had a bunny named Oreo and little baby chicks. I got to hold one of the chicks for my niece to pet. I also got to see the new public library. It's incredible! Though I wasn't sure how to feel about the self-checkout counter. While at home, I saw my parents' TV Cue on the table where it turns found out Danny Pudi (Abed on Community) was a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Dan Harmon (series creator of Community) is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native. I grew up 40 miles from Milwaukee and considered Marquette for my undergrad so that made me feel pretty cool.

Saturday afternoon, I headed back for home as Nick purchased 8 pounds of corned beef and was making corned beef and cabbage for dinner. I ended up making a Reuben sandwich out of the fixings and it was delicious.

Today, my neighbor fired up his huge grill and we had a picnic. There were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, bacon-wrapped Portabella mushrooms, buttered and grilled French bread, red grapes, carrots, chicken wings, BBQ chicken breasts, BBQ shrimp skewers, and bacon-wrapped Jalapeno peppers (Gross!). I sampled mostly everything, but the bread, mushrooms, grapes, and water chestnuts were my favorite things.

Another awesome part to the weekend was the announcement of the winners at the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. Admittedly, I've been a little bummed about not winning anything for the Willowy Goodness Awards this year (though I've been trying not to vent online about it for fear that I'll come off sounding like a sore loser or something, which is not what I want to sound like at all.)

Anywho, I did win Best Angst Runner-up at the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards for my Riley/Willow friendship fic from 2010 ( Step Back From The Edge ). The judge's comments made me positively beam.

Award and comments below the cut )

I also want to take time at the end of this post to congratulate the awesome folks on my flist who won awards as well. Congrats to [livejournal.com profile] snowpuppies, [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip, [livejournal.com profile] shakensilence, [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams, [livejournal.com profile] whichclothes, [livejournal.com profile] okdeanna, [livejournal.com profile] ash_carpenter, [livejournal.com profile] spikesredqueen, [livejournal.com profile] evangelin1202, and [livejournal.com profile] sueworld2003. I feel honored to be friends with such a talented group of folks.
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Nick and I got invited to a Superbowl party hosted by the neighbors I met while passing out Halloween candy last October. I'm looking forward to spending time with them since up until today, plans to get together since October haven't panned out.

In other news, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] angelskuuipo and my dear friend, Kit, I have now seen the first two episodes of the Doctor Who revival (aka Doctor #9.) I keep making the mistake of liking certain characters only to have them die a few scenes later though that hasn't happened to Rose yet. I HEART HER! (Please don't spoil me....) I also watched most of the first episode from way back in the day when Doctor Who first aired in 1963. I say most because it didn't excite me like the new ones do. Nick really likes the old ones though so I'm sure he'll be watching more of them.

:D
snogged: ([BTVS]Spillow Bear)
Yesterday was a particularly long day as my boss at the Pauquette Center had invited me to attend a 9-hour conference on Opiate addiction management that he was a co-presenter for. It was primarily aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and primary care providers but I was able to walk out of there feeling a bit more knowledgeable so that was cool.

As a way of making up for the fact that I got to go for free, I worked at the Registration table and witnessed just how cool an iPad can be. There were some books that they were selling and it turns out you can buy little credit card readers that just plug into your iPad. It was fascinating to watch that transaction happen.

In which snogged meets some cool people )

I'm happy to say that I don't have to work today and I only have to work 2 hours tomorrow so I feel like I have a real weekend for once where I can enjoy myself. To celebrate, Nick and I are using a Groupon I got for a Light Dinner for 2 at a place we've never been to in the Dells.

I'm also plotting to watch The Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries. Yay for Fall TV being back!
snogged: ([Starship] Kick It Up A Notch)
I'm going to play catch-up on the meme tomorrow because I only have to put in a few hours for my Autism Project job and none of the other ones because the temp. job ended last Friday and I only work at Pauquette on Thursdays.(So Woo! Short day!)

Anywho, my weekend (and the trip it included) was really quite cool.

On Sunday, Nick and I woke up, packed up some overnight stuff and my baking supplies (due to the time constraints, I opted to make my dessert at Kit's dad's house), and we headed down to East Troy. We wound up chilling at Kit's for awhile after getting lunch at Cousin's Subs. I can honestly say that watching True TV's "World's Dumbest..." marathon was not a waste of time. In fact, it was really rather funny (in addition to being a bit sad because people are just so darn stupid.)

The Fun Continues )
snogged: ([Starship] Kick It Up A Notch)
I'm going to play catch-up on the meme tomorrow because I only have to put in a few hours for my Autism Project job and none of the other ones because the temp. job ended last Friday and I only work at Pauquette on Thursdays.(So Woo! Short day!)

Anywho, my weekend (and the trip it included) was really quite cool.

On Sunday, Nick and I woke up, packed up some overnight stuff and my baking supplies (due to the time constraints, I opted to make my dessert at Kit's dad's house), and we headed down to East Troy. We wound up chilling at Kit's for awhile after getting lunch at Cousin's Subs. I can honestly say that watching True TV's "World's Dumbest..." marathon was not a waste of time. In fact, it was really rather funny (in addition to being a bit sad because people are just so darn stupid.)

The Fun Continues )
snogged: ([FastFurious] BrianDomCars)
It's been a good weekend so far. Last night, I had the house to myself (Nick had to work late) so I got Chinese take-out and watched Morning Glory. I was quite pleased by how much I enjoyed the film, though it wasn't nearly as good (not that I should compare genres, of course) as the one I saw today.

The movie I speak of is none other than Fast Five.

I was seriously impressed by the pace, action, excitement, and general awesomeness that oozed from every pore of this film. I did get teary-eyed once though. (Highlight for spoilers: It happened when that stupid Dwayne Johnson crashed into the 1970 Dodge Charger. Not cool, dude. Not cool.

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, but plan to...I have one thing to say. There's a hidden clip after the "fancy" credits finish rolling. Make sure to say for it!

Finally, since this is the last day of April and therefore the last day of National Poetry month, I will share a haiku I just came up with.

Cops and robbers in
fast cars, transform me into
a squeeing fan girl.
snogged: ([FastFurious] BrianDomCars)
It's been a good weekend so far. Last night, I had the house to myself (Nick had to work late) so I got Chinese take-out and watched Morning Glory. I was quite pleased by how much I enjoyed the film, though it wasn't nearly as good (not that I should compare genres, of course) as the one I saw today.

The movie I speak of is none other than Fast Five.

I was seriously impressed by the pace, action, excitement, and general awesomeness that oozed from every pore of this film. I did get teary-eyed once though. (Highlight for spoilers: It happened when that stupid Dwayne Johnson crashed into the 1970 Dodge Charger. Not cool, dude. Not cool.

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, but plan to...I have one thing to say. There's a hidden clip after the "fancy" credits finish rolling. Make sure to say for it!

Finally, since this is the last day of April and therefore the last day of National Poetry month, I will share a haiku I just came up with.

Cops and robbers in
fast cars, transform me into
a squeeing fan girl.

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