Why Aren’t There More Weekends?

This weekend was one for the books, ya’ll. It was so great…and I didn’t do anything that spectacular.

Friday after work (I leave work at 4 on Fridays!) I headed to Van Buren (about 20-30 minutes away) and bought some CUTE Fall clothes at Solemates! The sweater I showed you before, a peasant top with beautiful peach and turquoise flowers, and a denim button up that is sooo trendy!

Then I went to Kohl’s (to spend some Kohl’s cash) and got some jeans and a sweater (can you tell I’m ready for Fall?).

I came home and cooked breakfast for dinner for us and we watched TV and lounged around.

I also made my very first Christmas stocking! (Nevermind that the next night I competely screwed one up! THAT is why I always buy extra fabric!)

Saturday I stayed home in the morning working on a side project for my former advisor. I am formatting a book for her…and its tedious, but its extra money…so I’m happy to do it!

Then I met Brooke for a movie. We saw The Help. And it might be one of my favorite movies EVER. I laughed, I cried, I was moved. It is a beautiful, funny, heartwrenching story.

Then I hit up Hobby Lobby (and came home with more fabric to try to learn to quilt! We’ll see how that goes!)

And we ate yummy peppers bolognese for dinner…and watched TV and laughed all evening. We were getting caught up on our USA shows, Dexter, and watching random things on TV, like how they make scotch and bourbon, or a whole show on spicy peppers and how they make hot sauce and grow and rate the peppers.

Sunday we went to church, came home and had leftovers, napped, and I worked on the book while Tyler did yard work. Then we watched more TV and had dinner and relaxed.

I REALLY love weekends with nothing on the schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I love having stuff to do, but once in a while, a lazy weekend is fab.

Remember, you is kind, you is smart, you is important. 🙂

Snow Day (Again) with Easy Cheater’s Chili

Well, thankfully, last night the U of A called off classes. So glad! I didn’t have to worry about whether or not I was going to have to get out in the weather. Tyler stayed home too becuase the roads in our area were quite icy by the time we woke up.

It was a nice snow day. We had breakfast (pancakes and eggs), watched a few movies (The Experiement=A- (had a weird ending), GI Joe=B (good action and Channing Tatum, but a lame story), and The Bounty Hunter=A ), had lunch (buffalo chicken tenders and grilled veggies…mmm!), made us a bowl of snow cream to share (Tyler had never had it before!), did some cleaning, I did a little workout, and had dinner. I HAVE to share this dinner with you. It was super easy!

I wanted chili because its cold and it sounded so good to me. Well, I didn’t really have chili ingredients on hand. But I made what might be the best chili ever using what I did have…and it was so easy!

I am calling this Cheater’s Chili because its cheating to use these ingredients. It served 2 for hearty dinners. Would be a few lunches or lighter dinners if you had a side dish or added beans.

Cheater’s Chili:
-1 lb. ground beef
-chili powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, cumin
-1 can Progresso Hearty Tomato soup

Brown the ground beef. Drain. Add seasonings to taste to the ground beef…and add in the soup. Heat until warm. I let mine simmer for a bit too long (Tyler helped our neighbor clear off his car and such) so I had to add in a little bit of chicken broth to loosen it back up. It was so good.

Tyler said this might be the best chili he’s ever had. I think I might make chili this way from now on! ha!

They have canceled class again tomorrow. This bums me out because I was going to begin working on analyzing my thesis data. I’m hoping this clears out so I can do that this week. But I will cherish another snow day with my love! Stay warm!

I am not a calm movie watcher

Yesterday was a great day at work. I am finally getting the hang of most of the programs, and they are giving me more tasks to do and more responsbility. (cue music from Annie…”I think I’m gonna like it here…”). After work, we decided to eat and see a movie.
We ate Chick-fil-a because we didn’t want to go to a sit-down place and get stuck and miss the movie.
We decided to see Unstoppable, about the runaway train. It was intense.

I was so scared for the characters and into the movie, I watched all balled up and face covered….almost like this! haha!But the movie was really great and we all really liked it. But I found out I am not a calm movie watcher. I get into it and my body obviously responds by tensing up! ha! I felt like I was in the movie! And after we left, I felt as relieved as the characters! Too funny! Anyone else get really into movies?

Great Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend.

Yesterday, we slept in and then we drove around downtown to check out the remnants of Bikes Blues and BBQ. Most of it was closing down, so we didn’t stop and walk around. Then we went to Walmart and did our grocery shopping. I love to shop with Tyler, he makes a Walmart run so much more fun!

Later in the afternoon, we went to see The Social Network.
It was a fascinating movie. While I heard the story isn’t 100% on point with what really happened, it was a great storyline and an interesting look at Facebook. While some people are annoyed with Facebook, I am fascinated by it and am studying computer-mediated interpersonal communication, so to understand the driving forces and the creation process of Facebook was really neat. I liked the movie. Two thumbs up. There were also some great previews for movies coming up. Looks like a winter filled with great movies (which is good because winter is our movie going season, as it is too cold to do much outside!).

We also put out our Halloween decorations. My plates in my plate holder…
My sign in the kitchen
My little pumpkin outside (it has a haunted house instead of a face)

And on another note, we can’t seem to get rid of this little neighborhood cat.
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I think some people moved away and left her (him maybe? Not sure…haven’t gotten close enough to examine). I feel so bad for this cat. It just meows all the time and I am sure she is hungry…but I can’t feed her because I don’t want her to depend on me. But its killing me to not put out a can of tuna or a plate of milk for this pretty kitty.

Do you feed strays in your neighborhood? Or do you shoo them away? Did you have a good weekend?