Long Weekends and Lifelong Friends #100HappyDays

Day 47-51:  Long weekends make me happy.  I originally planned to go back home to Kentucky for Memorial Day, but ended up doing a staycation instead.  I got so much stuff done around the house–I wish I had a four-day workweek all the time.  My house would be spotless!  For Memorial Day, my boyfriend and I relaxed and grilled veggie kebabs.  This long weekend was the perfect blend of work and play.

Day 52:  Office days make me happy.  This was my first day back after the long weekend and I’m so glad I didn’t have to jump into teaching right away.  Having the time to get through my backlog of email and work on projects (with quickly approaching deadlines) was a great way to come back from vacation.

Day 53:  Lifelong friends make me happy.  I’ve known my best friend (Gabby) since fourth grade.  We went through middle and high school together, but ended up at different colleges and now live in different states.  Our bond is still just as strong though; she is the sister I never had.  We chatted on the phone and it was like no time had passed, even though the last time I saw her was at Christmas.  I’m so happy that she’s still in my life after all these years!

Besties!

Seeing New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys–we dreamed of this day since we were kids!

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Weekends, Faux Burgers, Reunions, and Chipmunks #100HappyDays

Day 13:  Saturdays make me happy.  Long story short, I love the weekend!  I enjoy my job (see my last post for reasons why) but there is nothing like sitting around the house doing absolutely nothing.

Day 14:  Grilling out makes me happy.  My boyfriend and I made Portobello burgers for dinner and they were SO.  GOOD!  I’ve often missed meat since becoming a vegetarian last August, but these burgers made me forget all about it!  Ground chuck who???  All I need are these mushrooms, honey!  🙂

Day 15:  Reuniting with colleagues makes me happy.  I ran into one of my old analysts during our customer conference and it was so exciting to see her!  Her organization was the last one I worked with before I switched to my current role, so I wasn’t able to see them get all the way through the install.  I loved getting updates on how things went, the other analysts, and overall just getting to see her again.

Day 16:  Small fuzzy animals make me happy.  I saw a chipmunk when I was walking to lunch at work.  I would have snapped a picture but the little thing scampered away before I could get my phone out.  Guess he was heading to lunch too!

Fun times with great friends!

A few weeks ago, my wonderful friend and fellow blogger Kathy invited me to spend a weekend with her and her husband at their home in Pittsburg. Kathy and I met while working together and became instant friends. We spent lots of time together while she lived in Madison and I was very excited to get to see her new house!

Kathy and her husband were wonderful hosts and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them. Below are a few snapshots of their beautiful home and other fun things from my time in Pittsburg. Making new memories with old friends is one of life’s sweetest pleasures!

The gorgeous guest bedroom that was my temporary abode:

 

Their beautiful home–living room, solarium, gazebos, and a few furry neighbors:

            

A weekend of delicious meals–ramen downtown (complete with octopus balls) and a homemade breakfast by Kathy herself:

  

         

Fun times with one of my favorite couples–hiking, board games, and seeing the sights of Pittsburg:

                   

Finally, a friendly photo shoot! Categories are Fainting Realness, Living Room Luxury, and Solarium Chic: 

                         

Many thanks to my wonderful friend and her husband for a fantastic weekend! Check out Kathy’s blog here for information on beauty, fashion, and more!