Indianapolis!

This weekend K and I spent some time in Indianapolis, Indiana on a business trip. As I’ve mentioned, K owns a business. He designs and fabricates steel carts for the competitive and orchestral music market. It’s a nationally-recognized business and we showed off our gear at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).

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We spent Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, in the convention center, but I managed to get some pictures of the city and we enjoyed the nightlife a bit!

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The conventional hall & K’s head.

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Our hotel
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Monument Circle
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Christmas decorations around the statue
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Thursday night we went to a cigar bar for our welder (and best friend)’s birthday.

While we were in Indy we enjoyed dinner and/or drinks at Starbucks, The Claddagh Irish Pub, Nicky Blaine’s, The Ram, and Palomino Restaurant & Bar. I seriously recommend all those places! Yum!

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Thankful Fridays

My hubby and I have been preparing for our business trip to Indianapolis, IN so I’ve been very negligent as far as daily posts this week. Sorry!

Nov 15: I am so thankful to have our house. K & I bought our home last year and I am so in love with our little abode in our little town. Someday we will build a beautiful retreat out in the country but I just LOVE our starter house!

Nov 16: Today I am thankful for candles. After work tonight I came home, finished dinner (it was already started in the crockpot), and lit my new pine-scented candle. I LOVE what a simple scent can do to a room! (And I love the prices at Marshalls!)

Nov 17: SNOW! This morning I woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground. I know people hate the cold and they get nervous driving in it (trust me, I’ve been in a weather-related accident), but I LOVE this time of year and snow makes it even better!

Nov 18: I know I’ve mentioned it, but we live in the same town as our parents, all our grandparents, some of our siblings, and many aunts and uncles. Holidays are hectic, but I feel so blessed to actually know our relatives and see them. When we have children I think they will really benefit from having their grandparents and great-grandparents so close! (Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother-in-law!)

Nov 19: This should’ve been Day 1, but any day will do. I am thankful to be a Child of God. Every blessing in my life is because of God and I try to remember to say “thank you”, but I’ll never be able to say it enough. This morning K and some family members are traveling to Indianapolis and tonight my m.i.l. and I will follow them over. My parents are traveling later this week, too. I pray that God gets us there and back safely, and watches over us and our pups while we’re apart. How great is our God that He can be so many places at once, doing so many incredible things? 🙂

Nov 20: I typed this out a few days ago, but decided to save it. Today I am thankful for music. We are in Indy because of music. My husband has found his passion in life because music influenced him so deeply and connected him/us with incredible people and opportunities. Without music I wouldn’t have met or fallen in love with K. Music is such an incredible “thing.” I heard this the other day and now I’m sharing it with you!

Nov 21: I am thankful for the ability and the desire to travel. I’ve been touring this world since I was in the womb. (Seriously, my mom went to Hawaii when she was SUPER pregnant.) I have seen many states (although not all of them) and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to visit and stay on other continents. I love Ohio, but I love leaving Ohio, too- even if we’re only crossing the border!

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-Louise

Thankful Fridays

Nov 8: I am thankful for aunts and uncles and cousins. I only have 4 first-cousins, 2 aunts, and 3 uncles, but I’m so lucky to know my family and spend time with them.

Nov 9: I am thankful for children. Three months from today my BEST FRIEND & her hubs are due with their first baby. I am SO STINKING EXCITED to hold, cuddle, babysit, spoil, and love on their baby girl. What a blessing it is for them to bring a baby into the world- and I’m so thankful to be a small part of her/their lives!

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She’s further along now, but I love her countdown!

Nov 10: Today I am thankful for technology because it allows me to stay connected with friends all over the country and world. I have friends in Ohio and Arizona and Japan and all over. Without technology I wouldn’t be able to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my long time friend Aubrey!

I've known this lady since 5th grade- we were 11. Now we're 24. WHAT HAPPENED?
I’ve known this lady since 5th grade- we were 11. Now we’re 24. WHAT HAPPENED?

Nov 11: Today I am thankful for my grandfathers, my uncle, my brother-in-law, and all the veterans that have dedicated so much to our country and our safety. I will never have the mental or physical strength that it takes to defend our freedom. Thank you to all those who have served, do serve, and will serve.

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Nov 12: On days they drive me craziest, I am most thankful for my dogs. Lylee and Enzo are K’s and my world. We don’t have human-children and they are filling that gap nicely right now. Despite the death and destruction they brought upon my comforter today, I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

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Nov 13: I am thankful for siblings. I only have one brother, but when I married K I gained another brother and a sister (and a niece and nephews)! Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Josh!

Nov 14: Today is my dad’s 50th birthday. (I know, lots of birthdays this week.) With each passing day I realize more and more how lucky I am to be born to my mom and dad. I have learned so much from my parents and I continue to do so every day. My dad is the most hardworking, honest, funny, compassionate person I know. They say little girls look for someone like their father and I see a resemblance between K and my dad every day- my dad taught me what to look for in a partner. We’re celebrating with dinner and some fun tonight (he doesn’t know the plan..shhhh) and I hope he has a fabulous 50th year! Love you, Dad!

Grateful

 

-Louise

Halloween Goodies

It’s been two weeks since that awesome holiday, but I never got the chance to post my offices goodies!

I LOVE holidays- they makes me feel happy. I love spreading that joy with my entire work environment, so I got all the ladies in my office a Halloween goodie! (They’ll get a Christmas one, too!) There are four men in the office, but they’re in and out all day so I just stuck with the 8 ladies (plus the mail lady, haha).

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The little hand sanitizers were fall scents from Bath & Body Works– they were 5 for $5 so I bought 10. I made the little paper cards (free Halloween fonts here) and laid one on each desk.

It’s a ridiculously easy way to make someone’s day! Does your workplace have any holiday traditions?

-Louise

Credit to Dreamsicle Sisters for the fonts!

 

Thankful Fridays

Usually I do this November-activity on Facebook, but I figured doing it here would motivate me to blog! (At least there will be a weekly post… haha.)

I try to be thankful every day but by recognizing that which makes me blessed I have a better appreciation for my life and the people I share it with! Ready? Ok!

Nov 1: I am so thankful for friends that appease me and dress up for my silly themed parties!

Nov 2: I am thankful for the health and wellness of my family. I hope that my children will get the opportunity to meet their great-grandparents and spend ample time with my and K’s parents.

Nov 3: After a crazy weekend sometimes it’s nice to go back to work and unwind. I’m thankful for my secure job and the promising future it holds.

Nov 4: It sounds nuts, but I’m thankful for seasonal work! Today I was hired for a part-time job and it’s so nice to know that we don’t have to use the “real” budget to purchase Christmas gifts!

Nov 5: I’m thankful for in-laws that spoil me rotten. Today I snacked on fruit salad sent over by my mother-in-law and tomorrow I’m getting a massage with a gift card from my wonderful in-laws. Also, my father-in-law is constantly helping K with his business. I struck the jackpot when I married K!

Nov 6: Today is my grandfather’s birthday! I am so blessed to have both sets of grandparents still healthy, living, and only a few miles away. (K’s paternal grandparents and his maternal grandma are also in town!)

Nov 7: Can I be thankful for Fridays? Of course I can! (But I’m actually thankful for everyday- nothing’s ever guaranteed!)

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Why I’m Listening to Christmas Music

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Fun little fact about me: I love all different types of music. Some days I’m in the mood for pop and sometimes I want country. When I’m working I usually stick to 40s/50s jazz. I also tend to listen to instrumental tracks, Disney tunes, and classical music. Occasional I even get into rap/R&B, but that’s rare. Anyway, today I took the plunge and clicked on my “Christmas” playlist on Pandora instead of my typical Frank Sinatra/Nat King Cole jazz.

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Today is November 6th. We are still 24 days away from December and double that until Christmas day (here’s a countdown). My husband is one of those people that would their eyes at me, but I feel totally justified.

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First of all, I’m a Christian and I am well aware of the reason for the season. I put effort into finding the perfect gifts for everyone, but deep down my favorite part of the season is going to church in the evening on December 24th. Quite frankly I love the warm glow of the fire, the tinsel-and-pine decorated town, and blustery snow weather that comes with late fall/winter. I feel especially thankful in November and extra kind in December. Why not combine those feelings into one big, long holiday celebration?!

PERFECTION.  I hate when my food touches.
PERFECTION.
I hate when my food touches.

Let’s be clear: By no means do I skip Thanksgiving. I am a turkey-consuming, stuffing-loving, wine-and-pumpkin-pie kind of girl. I love eating 3-4 Thanksgiving meals (all our families live in town) and then collapsing on the floor- it’s the greatest. All I’m saying is why can’t I have stockings hung by the fire and a wreath on the door while I stuff my face? I can! I firmly believe Tom the Turkey and Santa Claus are good pals. Also, wasn’t Jesus born in fall or March or something? So our calendar is all jumbled and screwy anyway.

If you walk into my office, you’re going to hear The Rat Pack serenading me with some Christmas tunes. I’ll wait until Thanksgiving to put up my tree, though…

What are your thoughts on Thanksgiving vs. December?

-Louise

Real Jell-O Shots (minus the ouch!)

For my Halloween party I made Jell-O shots in a syringe. They’re a smaller dose of shot-y goodness, but they are SO much easier than running your finger (or tongue- ew) around the edge of the shot glass. (If you’ve ever taken a Jell-O shot you know what I mean…)

So these are super easy to make and they make a TON since it’s such a small dose. Go to your local drug store and ask them to order you a box of medical syringes. Don’t get needles, obviously. You want the oral syringes. These are what they give you at the vet to drug your cat. Weird, I know, and the people are going to look at you like you’re a nut, but they’re not too expensive and they’re cool– which is what’s actually important here.

Jell-O Shots

Things you need:
A 1oz. box of Jell-O (if you want to use the 3oz. box use math to convert the equivalent of this recipe…)
Water
Alcohol that goes well with your Jell-O flavor

I used black cherry Jell-O and Malibu Strawberry & Whipped Cream Rum (SO DARN GOOD).

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Alrighty. For a 1oz. package of Jell-O mix you’ll need 2 cups of water.
One of these cups of water we are going to almost replace with alcohol.
Mix 3/4 cups of booze with 1/4 cup of water and refrigerate ahead of time.

Put your other cup of (JUST) water in a small pan and bring it to a boil.

Put the Jell-O powder in a mixing bowl and, once the water boils, add the hot water and stir until the powder is totally dissolved (2-3 minutes).

Once water & powder are combined, add your cold water/booze mixture and stir. It’s important that this mixture is cold because the high temperature of the boiled water (allegedly) has the ability to weaken the alcohol. I’m not a scientist, but I was warned so I’m just passing that along.

Alrighty, now that your concoction is made, it’s time to suck it up, into a syringe.

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Push all the air out and put the open end into the liquid, then suck it up!

Ignore the mess... Yes, an actual Jell-O shot in an actual syringe.
The syringes came with caps, so put a cap on that puppy!

I store my shots in mugs and stick them in the fridge for AT LEAST 4 hours. I tend to make my shots the day before I need them.

My Dad's John Wayne mug that somehow ended up in my cabinet...
My Dad’s John Wayne mug that somehow ended up in my cabinet…

Enjoy your crazy creations!

-Louise