Tuesday, April 15, 2014

my very first car

Almost every free second of the past month or so has been devoted to looking for a car. My parents were kind enough to lend me their extra car for a year while I saved some money but that year is almost up. After a lot of looking, I figured out that there isn't too much more out there that I hate than shopping for a car - between the pushy salesman and how quickly cars move off of lots (you just test drove it yesterday and now it's sold? How did that happen?) there were just so many other things I preferred to do.

Luckily, my Mom is very good at car shopping (she can haggle like no one's business) and actually enjoys doing it so this past weekend she came down to visit and my month-long search was quickly over. I am so happy to say that I have my very first car now! With my own name on it and everything. A 2009 Nissan Versa and I am in love. I get to pick it up later this week and I have been counting down the seconds until I can drive it again. I can't wait.

Do you remember your first car?


Thursday, March 27, 2014

old fashioned letters, snail mail & pen pals

I know that I am not alone in loving the feeling when you open the door of the mailbox and there are letters addressed to you. Email is fun but a letter? It's always better. One of my goals for 2014 was to write more letters and I don't think I've written more than one (and that was a card for a birthday...) Even though letters are becoming a far-flung tradition I want to start up again for myself. I think that it will give me consistency while also meeting new friends (and learning to love my handwriting again since I don't think I've seen it since almost a year ago when I graduated college). I love reading and writing so what could be better! So, here's my idea....
...I want to hear from you. I really do. Send me an email with your address and I'll send you a letter. Maybe a postcard or a small letter. Who knows? So, if you are so inclined please let me send  you a letter! Let's keep up with each other and make sure that we both are consistent in sending something back and forth - at least once a week both ways. There is no way to get closer and better with blog friends than this. I am so excited about this idea and I hope you are, too!


Monday, March 24, 2014

weekend with my grandmother in south carolina

Last week, I spent time in Myrtle Beach to celebrate my grandmother's 86th birthday. My sister Katy and I spent Wednesday - Saturday there to celebrate, spend time with my grandmother and help out with doctor's appointments, cleaning and anything else she needed. As well as spend some time with my sister - on the beach and relaxing with a book or two on my grandmother's porch.
I realized while we were down there that Katy and I have spent every spring break since the beginning of high school with my grandmother to celebrate her birthday. Coming back now out of school was a different experience. I think of how I have changed in so many ways since the first time I spent a spring break there. My nana's house is full of so many dreams and memories and I am so happy to have had all of that time with her -- it's a blessing I will never forget. All I can hope for is seven more years (and then more) celebrating these birthdays with her.
How was your weekend?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

as of lately

As of lately:
• David & I went to Busch Gardens last weekend. It was a pass-members-only preview day and it was pretty crowded. The weather was fantastic, however, and it just made me so excited for spring to come.

• Began looking for a car. It is so hard! I'm trying to find something within my price range, used, low mileage and good MPG. But every time I walk into a dealership I am just bombarded with offers I don't want (and won't even consider, really) and I just don't know how to cut all the crap and find a car for me. It's gonna be a long while until I fine one, I think.

• I'm headed out to South Carolina tomorrow. My grandmother turns 87 on Thursday (!) and my sister and I are going to spend her birthday with her. I love spending time with my grandmother and that, combined with the sun, will be a nice 'spring break' in the middle of this snowy weather.

• When I get back from SC, I'm excited to head to a friend's bachelorette party. But I'm stuck on ideas for what to get her. Any good ideas?

What is your life like lately?


Monday, March 17, 2014

recipe: no-bake thin mint truffles

Happy St. Patricks Day! To celebrate, I had to make something delicious and chocolate-y. So I whipped this batch of truffles up - they took less than half an hour and are so delicious. I swear I don't eat bad all of the time, but my job loves to celebrate

Since it is Girl Scout cookie season, you can use a package of those but since they are almost sacred in my apartment (and I think David would kill me if I used his!) I grabbed a package of grasshopper cookies from the shelf. They are almost the same and just as good. So feel free to use either!
• 1 package of thin mint cookies or grasshopper cookies
• 1 package of white chocolate chips
• 1/2 package of cream cheese (about 8 oz. or 1 stick)

1. Place the cookies into a food processor and pulse until completely fine. If you don't have a food processor, use a rolling pin (or a wine bottle like me if you don't have a rolling pin either!) and grind up until fine.

2. Place the cookies into a bowl and mix up with cream cheese until fully mixed.

3. Shape into small balls (about a size of a dinner spoon) and place into freezer for about 20 minutes to let harden.

4. While the balls are hardening place the chocolate chips into a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds periods until melted. (Note: white chocolate hardens very easily in the microwave if overheated.. It should take less than 1:30 to melt the chips - do not cook more than that. Less is more. If you overheat, add a bit of milk and it should soften again)

5. Pull balls out of oven and take fork and drizzle white chocolate across the balls. And enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers (if any)

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