10 Random Tidbits 2.17.15

Tidbit 1:  We were forecasted to receive 5 – 8 inches of snow overnight, but we woke up this morning to see no more than 4 inches.  Bummer.  If any of you New Englanders want to send us some of the 7+ feet y’all have received we’d gladly take it off your hands!

Tidbit 2:  We all watched Ryan shovel the front walk this morning before he went to work.  Little Miss is in awe of the snow – it’s precious.


Tidbit 3:  Did you catch Sunday’s post?  It’s one that you don’t wanna miss – a tasty {no bake} recipe and a delicious giveaway.  The giveaway is open to US residents and the winner will be announced on Thursday.

Tidbit 4:  The flowers Ryan gave me for Valentine’s Day are blooming beautifully.  I especially love lilies.  And peonies.  And tulips.


Tidbit 5:  Saturday morning Ryan and I went to a Stroller Strides partners class in honor of Valentine’s Day.  It was a lot of fun having all of the spouses join and complete the exercises with us!  By the end of the day Ryan felt the burn from all of the squats and asked me why we still have a gym membership, ha!

Tidbit 6:  I may not be the best baker, but I can read directions on the side of a box.  This devil’s food cake with whipped vanilla frosting and dark chocolate hearts didn’t disappoint.


Tidbit 7:  My goal this week is to get Little Miss to nap in her bassinet.  She loves movement so she naps great in her car seat and carrier, but getting her to nap at home {without wearing her} has been a challenge.  She’s a deep sleeper at night, but a light napper during the day.

Tidbit 8:  On Sunday we took a drive through the mountains and followed the Potomac River into Maryland.  Ryan and I started taking day trips when he visited me at school in Boston and I’m glad we’ve kept them going.  We’ve mapped out a handful of trips we hope to take this spring!


Tidbit 9:  Every time I import pictures into iPhoto I end up with duplicates.  I’ve read online that it could have to do with my iCloud settings, but I have iCloud turned off.  Help?!

Tidbit 10:  I planned to share how I’ve been making the greatest boiled eggs the past few weeks, but it appears that my tricks aren’t so original.  How to Make the Perfect Boiled Egg, Every Time, Every Way by Greatest sums it up perfectly.

Question:  Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  We celebrated, but kept it low-key.  We exchanged gifts Friday night {because it’s hard to hide a cake} and Saturday we went to the Stroller Strides partners class and dinner + a movie at home.

Question:  Do you have any secret tips to make the greatest boiled eggs?

— Allison


Hypersonic Speed Mode

It’s a busy beginning of the week!  Since we were only in school for one day last week, and yesterday was a half day (Mondays always are – perk of teaching elementary school!), we’re trying to squeeze in as much as possible today and tomorrow.

The second grading period ends tomorrow, and Thursday and Friday are teacher workdays, so teachers are in “gotta get it done, no talking just working, hypersonic speed mode.”  Or at least that’s how one of my students described it yesterday.  Meanwhile, the students are looking forward to another long weekend…

Ryan and I didn’t have any exciting plans over the weekend, but as I keep saying, a low-key January is appreciated after a busy holiday season.  I also wasn’t feeling 100% so “easy” was exactly what I needed.









August Osage County







Question:  Would you rather have a 3-day weekend starting on a Friday or ending on a Monday?

Question:  How do you take your coffee?

— Allison


MIMM: Breakfast Quadrafecta & Sunrises

I can’t believe it’s already 5 p.m. on Monday…  The day has completely flown by.  I may not be in an office working a 9-5 job, but I have plenty of things to do to keep me busy.

This morning I walked over to Caribou Coffee – I love the atmosphere of coffee shops and tend to get my best work done while sipping on a cappuccino – I continued working on grad school stuff (which seems to be never-ending) and responded to/sent emails before walking back to our apartment to grab my armband for a run (finally getting back into the groove).


By the time I finished it was almost 1 p.m. and my stomach was talking for food.  I made lunch, rotated through 4 loads of laundry, roasted an acorn + spaghetti squash, washed/peeled/cut a dozen apples for crock-pot applesauce, and tried but failed to connect with anyone in the county’s substitute office.  Oh well, tomorrow’s another day and another chance.

In typical Monday fashion, here are a few marvelous moments from the past few days…

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!


Marvelous… the thought of swimming in peanut butter puddles


Marvelous… Charlie’s sneaky attempt to go to work with dad


Marvelous… restocking our kitchen with a Trader Joe’s haul


Marvelous… chicken + french fries = a no fuss dinner


Marvelous… working out while watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives


Marvelous… salty & sweet pumpkin peanut butter oatmeal


Marvelous… Yankee Candles burning on a chilly morning


Marvelous… being warmed up from the inside out a la Starbucks


Marvelous… bringing home 1/2 bushel of freshly picked orchard apples


Marvelous… a lazy Saturday afternoon in bed after apple picking


Marvelous… the breakfast quadrafecta :: pancakes + peanut butter + pumpkin + apple butter


Marvelous… walking Charlie while the sun rises


Marvelous… a lunch date with Ryan at Wegmans


Marvelous… swinging by my momma’s house to check out her new deck


Marvelous… the beautiful fall foliage (I Virginia)

Marvelous… seeing Prisoners which reconfirmed that I prefer chick flicks > psychological thrillers


Marvelous… finally uploading old pictures from my 2 cameras


Marvelous… seeing the blinding sunrise burst through the trees


Marvelous… Ryan helping me to take care of (i.e. keep alive) my birthday flowers from Molly


Marvelous… breakfast & a little beggar

Question:  Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?

Question  Apple crisp a la mode or pumpkin pie with whipped cream?

— Allison