Monday, January 30, 2012

Random Wrap Up

From the last post to this post...the weather has done a 360! Today it is sunny and about 70 degrees in Memphis. It is so confusing. I love this warm weather, but I don't want to get too attached if winter is just around the corner. Who knows!?

This post is going to be filled with random iPhone photos that I have been meaning to post for a while! I will update you on our trip to Chattanooga in the next post. Stay tuned!

 This is Mac being "fashion sassy" (as we like to say) with his new boots and Patagonia fleece.

 I used some of my Christmas money to buy this fun little platter. (Thanks, Joe and Kathy!) The attachments at the top are held on by velcro and you can buy different ones for all occasions. I have a few in my collection already!

 Mac and I went ice skating at the Mid South Ice House in Olive Branch a few weekends ago. I bought a Groupon that was about to expire, so we made the trip! It was so much fun. We can't wait to go again soon.

 I have major ice skating skills. I also have on a shirt, sweater, fleece, and coat. That is why I am so puffy. :)

 One of Mac's drivers had been promising to bring him a King Cake from New Orleans. Well, I thought the driver forgot about it, so I ordered Mac one from Whole Foods. Wouldn't you know, the same day the dang driver brought one to Mac's work. Oh least it was delicious!

I had gone without nail polish for almost a month...which is very much not like me. I finally painted my nails last week a new color by Butter London. I love it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Duck Boot Kind of Day

It is rainy, cold and just gross in Memphis today. It took all the effort I had to get out of bed this morning.

Mac got a pair of duck boots for Christmas...and today is the first day he's been able to test them out. He sent me the photo below this morning. I think he is happy with their performance.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Fun

Mac and I had been sitting around all day waiting for the severe weather to hit...we finally decided to just forget it and take a quick bike ride. Well it ended up being our longest ride yet. I can wait for the spring when we can take longer rides and meet up with friends. The picture is from the top of the Mud Island bridge! We made it home just as the rain started. Fingers crossed that the severe weather doesn't materialize!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Long Weekend and a Trip

Do your long weekends run together? Mine sure do! I was trying to think about what all we did this past weekend, and it is just one big blur! Poor Mac had to work on Monday, but I had the day I got to enjoy mine a little bit longer. Here are a few of the things we did/accomplished this MLK weekend!
  • Took down and put up the outside Christmas lights/decor.
  • Put up all the Christmas dishes...which led to a total re-organization of the kitchen
  • Lots of laundry
  • Saw a movie with Linea on Monday (The Descendants...ehhh, it was ok. It is a "rent a redbox" kind of movie, not a "see in the theater" kind of movie)
  • Enjoyed a Mexican meal with Whitney
  • Visited with Leah (and John Rich) in the Peabody Lobby
  • Slept late!
  • Cooked some good meals (blackberry cobbler was included)
Overall, it was a great three day weekend!

In other news, we are planning a trip! I have been wanting to go on a ski trip ever since Mac and I went skiing last winter in North Carolina! I have talked, and talked, and talked about it...and it is finally booked! We are going with the Smiths to Park City, UT! I have only ever skied in Colorado and NC, so I am very excited about our upcoming vacation! I cannot wait to see those mountains and play in the snow.

Also, I feel like this is blog-worthy news as well...Mac and I have been researching/exploring the idea of a puppy. Mac is 100% set on getting a Doberman. I was 100% terrified of this idea. Well, we got a book about the breed, and have met one Doberman, Ripley. I am warming up to the idea. (Shocking, right?) We have plans to meet another Doberman, Bella, this weekend. Mac has been doing lots of research on breeders in the area as well as the proper training for a dog.....SO we will see! Stay tuned to see if and when there will be an addition to the Priestley family!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Saturday

This long weekend is starting off on the right foot! Mac is making bacon and eggs for breakfast. Yum yum! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Taco Truck and Chocolate Cake

The events of last night began with an email I got from Williams-Sonoma. This email featured a photo of the most delicious looking chocolate cake I had ever seen. I immediately knew I had to have some chocolate cake! So, I made a plan. I was going to whip up a quick batch of spaghetti for dinner and then dive into the chocolate cake process. I was pumped!

I got home from work and pulled the ground beef I bought on Sunday out of the fridge. IT WAS BROWN. Ew! I have never had beef go bad on me! It was only one day past the 'sell by' date. I called the meat department at Kroger, and the guy said it was "up to me if I cooked it or not". He told me I could return it to the store, so that is what I did.

I had recently seen an article in a Memphis food magazine about a delicious Taco Truck that parks on Summer and Perkins. I suggested to Mac that we check it out since we had to return that beef to Kroger anyways, so we did! After searching a little bit, we found the truck! And it was delicious. Our meal was under $10 too. I had a little taco with pork, cilantro and onions and also a quesadilla type thing with pineapple and pork and a spicy sauce. Mac got three things and honestly I was too busy stuffing my face to notice what all he got. However, he was very happy with his choices as well. Look how excited he was!

 So after our taco fest, we ran to Kroger, returned the beef, and headed home to (finally) make that chocolate cake I was dying to have!

Three-ish hours later we had a cake! The whole time I was making it, Mac told me he would not have a piece. Well...that warm chocolate cake with gooey icing must have been calling his name because the one piece I cut quickly disappeared! If you want a moist yummy chocolate cake use this recipe!Now I am craving it again....come on 4:30!

Yes, those are my Christmas dishes and I still have them out. I love them so much, I just don't want to put them up yet. Mac reminds me that it is no longer Christmas every time he gets one from the cabinet.

Maybe (just maybe!) I will think about putting them up this weekend.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Tuesday Surprise

At work today, I got an email from our receptionist that I had a delivery at the front desk. And look what I found?! Beautiful flowers from Mac on a rainy day. I LOVE flowers, so this was the best surprise! Please note the handy box they give you to carry them home! It has a grid in the bottom to keep your flowers from spilling out in your car. Brilliant!

Mac, you made my day. Love you!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Last Weekend

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great Monday! Mac and I are planning to host some friends to watch the National Championship game tonight (and I also have a Junior League meeting) so that will be fun! We had a fun/low-key weekend. 

On Friday, we met friends for bowling at Billy Hardwicks. I bowled a 120. Yes, you read that correctly. Me, who has never bowled more than a 40 in my life, bowled a 120 in our first game. However, I stayed true to my talents by bowling a 37 in the second game. I have no idea how that happens! Haha.

On Saturday, I headed to Medina for the Grand Opening of Martin Family Chiropractic. Congrats, Heather! There was a great turnout and it was so much fun to see Heather's pretty, new clinic! Saturday night, Mac and I met up with friends for dinner and drinks.

Now, Sunday was a doozie. We were BUSY with a capital "B". In fact, I think it deserves a list. Here is how our Sunday played out:
  • We met Mac's Mom and Frank for lunch after church
  • We went to Sheffield Antique mall (see photos below)
  • We went to the Collierville Mall
  • We stopped in CrepeMaker (yum), Dillards, Francescas, Eddie Bauer, and Clarks
  • We returned a Christmas gift at Target
  • Picked up a free Starbucks (I heart Starbucks Rewards)
  • Stopped by Mac's Dad's house to drop something off
  • Hit up Kate Spade to return a gift and make a purchase (see photo below)
  • Made a monthly Costco trip (and spent an insane amount of money)
  • Dropped by Kroger for a few things
  • FINALLY made it home around 7:30 p.m. 
  • I made Chicken and Dumplings and spent the rest of the night putting up and organizing above purchases!

Whew! Mac and I were both exhausted. I think he also did two loads of laundry and polished a pair of my shoes when we got home. 

Here are a few photos of our adventures:

 This is my new Kate Spade wallet! Isn't she beautiful! I was talking to it as we left the parking lot and I think Mac was questioning my sanity. I had to take a photo of the beautiful box it was packaged in. I am such a sucker for packaging.

 This is a piece of furniture I need for our dream home. You know, the one with the big dining room and such. Hopefully I can track down something like this piece in the future. This photo and the next two are all from Sheffield Antique Mall.

 Ok, for some reason I cannot get this photo to rotate! I am in LOVE with this desk. I am seriously thinking about purchasing it. It would be perfect for my sewing machine in the spare bedroom!

This is the vintage ostrich feather turban I found...isn't it a beaut?

It was a fun (but exhausting) Sunday! I love it when Mac and I get to run around town together!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Go Vols

Mac and I are at the UT v Memphis game tonight! One of my co-workers just got a brand new puppy (and her husband is out of town) so she decided to stay home. She sweetly offered their tickets to us! Mac and I are cheering on the doesn't seem to be doing much good. Oh well, Go Vols!