Monday, November 14, 2011

Here's to Getting Old

I'm 24 today...2-4. That's one year from the big 2-5. I could have sworn I just turned 21 yesterday and opened a unicorn pinata full of mini-bottles from my roommates...where are all of these years going?

I wasn't kidding there really was a unicorn pinata--thanks B & M!

While celebrating Mr. Charming's birthday last week we realized that next year I'll turn 25, and he'll turn 30. That will be one kick-butt party! With one more year 'til we're both old (well me getting older, MC just plain old!) we decided to come up with a list of things to do before our next birthdays. Some things are already lined up and I'm hoping that we can accomplish them all in the next 365 days.

2011 American Birthday, he looks scared

Things To Do Before We're Old
  • Go on a cruise (May '12)
  • Get a kitten together (do we get double points for getting two?)
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Visit the Biltmore
  • Take a trip to Athens, GA 
  • Teach MC how to cook (in progress...)
  • Run a 5K (Anna: 3/17/12)
  • Go camping
  • Take dance lessons
  • Learn how to make sushi
  • Grow a tomato plant (subbed for basil, not enough sun on our porch-whomp)
Hoping we can get all of these crossed of the list, and of course you'll get to hear about them all!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Wolfpack Wedding, 1st Edition

It's certainly been one of those days where I've been extremely productive...but all in the name of avoiding a paper I need to write for school. Oh well at least I've cleaned, grocery shopped, cooked, and even picked up a new dress for my birthday tomorrow, hooray!

Last weekend was spent in Chicago and was an absolute blast! The lovely ladies I worked with when I traveled for Tri Sigma make up the wolfpack, and I don't know what I'd do without them. The first of us was getting married, and so we all roamed from our respective locations in the US to see our Michele walk down the aisle and become Mrs. Larson.

For Mr. Charming and me, our trip started out a little rough. As we flew Delta and had to connect in Atlanta we naturally almost missed our flight. Picture us both sprinting through ATL, fighting for bit as we are running, and then me beginning to sob because I think we've missed our plane. As determined as ever I kept running towards our gate, and good thing I did because our flight was pushed back 15 minutes. With the big Guy looking down upon us we got on the plane and made our way north.

Friday night was spent catching up, introducing our beaus to one another and doing so over some awesome Mexican food. Mr. Charming can't stop going on about their mole, and their tableside guacamole was to die for! We played a little joke and told them it was Colleen's birthday. After seeing a pile of sombreros in the corner I knew what would be in store...

Saturday we went to the yummiest brunch, Mr. Charming tried to order sweet Illinois. We were hopeful when they didn't look at him like he had five heads, but what they brought out was most definitely Lipton Raspberry Tea. 

We spent some time getting pretty and wrapping the gifts, then made the boys do a photo shoot of the four of us. We found a stranger to get a group picture as well!

The boys loved each other!

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Bryce Larson!!

So pretty, and yummy!

All of the Sigmas serenading Michele with Carrie Underwood "All American Girl"

Congratulations Michele!!

Since we weren't leaving until later on Sunday we ventured into the city. Mr. Charming was super excited...this is probably the biggest place he's ever been to!
All of us in the bean!

Mr. Charming LOVED the bean!

Just hiding under Marilyn's skirt

We got deep dish pizza at Pizzeria Uno (YUM!) and then made our way to ORD for our flight. We took the metro which was also quite the adventure. It was really convenient and much cheaper than getting a taxi. Before I knew it we were back in Georgia...sigh

Can't wait to see who's wedding is next!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mug 'O Cupcake

I. Love. Cupcakes.

I love cupcakes from bakeries, the ones I make at home, and cupcakes that other people bake for me. Also, I have an awful sweet tooth and once I get my mind set on dessert it's not changing.

In an effort to continue to stall doing my homework I decided I needed something sweet. Unfortunately the closest thing I have to a sweet is a box of dates. Yikes, grandma status!

I had remembered seeing some recipes on Pinterest for microwave cupcakes in a mug or for baking just cupcakes for two. This was a great remedy as:
1. I cannot be trusted with an entire cake, or more than one cupcake in my household
2. I do not have the resources to actually bake an entire serving of something
3. I'm lazy and wanted something that didn't include preheating an oven or really any steps at all besides mix, cook, eat

After all of these were recipes to use random ingredients one should have in their pantry (baking powder, cocoa powder, eggs, etc.) I was a little disappointed after getting my hopes up for a sweet treat.

Luckily 23 (almost 24! subtle hint...) years of life, copious amounts of Food Network and common sense lead me to a better idea. I have a box of cake mix right?...Yes! I have oil right?...Yes! I have water?...Duh!

I knew I also couldn't be trusted with an entire coffee mug size of cake so I poured in maybe 1/4 a cup of cake mix and then just a splash of canola oil. After that I slowly added water and whisked stirred with a huge fork until it was typical cake batter consistency. Two minutes in the microwave and voila, I have a cupcake! With a small dollop of cream cheese icing and a drizzle of honey I inhaled the cake in approximately ten seconds.

Try this with different types of batters, add in chocolate or peanut butter chips, nuts, fruit, whatever. Then try to control yourself before nomming on this delicious microwave creation, enjoy!

I actually used vanilla mix but I accidentally went to town as soon as it came out of the microwave and ate the entire thing before even stopping to think about taking a picture. Google search saves the day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sweet November

As I looked at this month on my Outlook calendar and in my planner (because having just one wouldn't do), I was filled with dread at the large assignments I have due every week for this month. Is it May 4th yet? While I continued to feel nauseated trying to figure out when I will have time to efficiently complete all of this school work I realized there are so many great things in store for November. Instead, I'm deciding to focus on the fun things, so here's what I'm looking forward to...

1. Traveling with Mr. Charming on Friday to spend the weekend with the lovely ladies of the wolfpack and our beaus for round two in Chicago!
The ladies I worked with when I traveled for Tri Sigma are some of my very best friends. Though we no longer talk everyday, and rarely see each other, we've stayed close through email and phone chats. I'm so thankful to have this group of Sigma gals in my life and even more grateful that we're able to visit at least once a year. This trip will hopefully live up to the memories of round one! We'll be gathering to see our Michele marry the man of her dreams--these two are the cutest couple you've seen. Their engagement pictures could double as J.Crew ads.

2. MY BIRTHDAY!!! (and Mr. Charming's, and a few other friends too!)
Since quite a few of my grad school friends birthdays fall within the same week, we've decided to have a birthday extravaganza to celebrate all together. With November 11th (Veteran's Day) being the date of our soiree, we will naturally have an American themed party. Time to get your red, white & blue on! What better way to celebrate one more year before officially being old? The big 2-4...

3. Taylor Swift
In concert. November 18th. Breaking out my boots...enough said!

4. Going home for Thanksgiving!
I haven't been home since early June for my sister's graduation and absolutely cannot wait. There have been quite a few little ones added to my family since then that I've been dying to meet. And after ten months, I also can't wait to finally show Mr. Charming my home and where I grew up. Thanksgiving is my favorite of the holiday season and I look forward to spending time with family and indulging in my favorite traditional dishes, yum!

As Mr. Charming is a history and politics nerd, I'll be taking him into D.C. for a out White House! 

So something big for school each week, paired with something super fun and exciting to look forward to. Hopefully I'll be able to manage spending enough time on the school part...

What are you looking forward to this month?