#Ingrid

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Not a lot to say, except that I love her. Have always loved her. Will always love her. Ingrid Michaelson is hands down in my top-five favorite artists of all time. She may even be #1 because at this moment, I can’t think of who I would have ahead of her. But maybe that’s because I’m still starstruck from her show on Friday.

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The hubster totally surprised me Friday night with plans to see her at the LC theater here in Columbus. THIRD BEST SURPRISE EVER (I have to keep our engagement at #1 forever, and the Chicago trip at #2). But truly, what a great way to spend the night. And it was our first concert at the LC – it was AWESOME. Obviously, nothing will ever compare to the Ryman, but it was seriously a great, intimate space. We were in the back but hardly noticed!

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We tried! #selfie

 

 

Christmas Wish List

Tis the seeeeeaaaaason!!

Okay so I hope it goes without saying that there is SO MUCH MORE to Christmas than presents. But I really like presents. I like finding the right presents for my loved ones – things they never thought of or that they forgot that they mentioned back in March. I like being creative in choosing something that I believe they will enjoy as much as I would.

Best gift advice I ever got? When in doubt, buy something you love for someone else. They are likely to love it, too!!

And just in case any of my family need a few ideas of fun things I’ve been eyeing, I add a few items to my Amazon Wish List throughout the year, here and there (hint hint, wink wink). Currently, in addition to some makeup, trivets, and a new laptop charger, I have a few fun favorites chilling on my list. Allow me to share…

Puzzles. I’ve always loved them. I recently saw these in a Dr. Oz magazine and just had to add them.

This wallet. I mean, a girl can dream, right?

I have gloves already, yes, including some great fingerless ones my friend Julia made me. But I can’t help but love these sweet little loving ones from BCBG…

And like I said earlier, the practical side of me is lingering, so I have some makeup and fun little knee socks on the list too. What are your must-haves this season? Please share!

A Fun Wedding Weekend

In college, one of my main friend groups formed out of our campus’s Presbyterian Student Fellowship. I found this group early in my Freshman year, and I can’t begin to explain the life-long relationships I formed from it. So naturally, it’s pretty exciting when any of us have exciting life events, especially weddings when we all get to see each other!!

our PSF alumni!

our PSF alumni!

This year has been THE YEAR of weddings. With nine invitations, we have very sadly not been able to afford to go to all of them. Seeing friends and celebrating new marriages are two of my favorite things in the whole world, and it makes me so sad to miss some of them. Because of this, I am also grateful to be present at the ones I’m able to be present at!

Love these ladies!

Love these ladies!

This weekend also had the added bonus of being in Nashville, which is always extra fun for the Hubster and me. Just love getting dressed up with this man! Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Me and my man!

Me and my man!

Into The Woods

I cannot begin to describe my excitement that Into The Woods is coming out in MOVIE FORM!! While there have been both successful and unsuccessful movie-musicals, I have high hopes for the likes of Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and Johnny Depp.

I’M SO EXCITED!! Watch the trailer…

As an 8th grader, I watched my high school perform this musical, and fell in love with it. I’ve seen several versions of it, and performed in a piece of it during college as the Baker’s Wife. It’s Friday, but I’m pretending this is a little #TBT anyway. Our college, low-budget version looked a little different…but here’s my favorite solo shot for ya!

And a fun little one of our small but mighty group in action.

My college theater group (The Original Cast) was my family in college, and we had so much fun putting on our sometimes-great-sometimes-not performances. This happened to be one of my favorites.

I hope you all have a great weekend. Happy Friday!

Chicken Noodle Soup

For some reason, traveling between Florida and Ohio caused me to come down with a major cold. I had no voice for about a day and a half, and now, when I think it’s just about over, I’m having coughing fits at night and headaches in the morning. Major bummer, but ’tis the season!

As you may be experiencing something similar, I am hear to bring you my very tasty and so-simple-you-can-cook-it-while-you’re-sick Chicken Noodle soup.

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Chicken Noodle Soup (for your soul. makes a lot.)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 large (or several baby) carrot, chopped

2 quarts chicken stock, low sodium

8 oz egg noodles (I use No Yolks)

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped

Seasonings to taste: salt, pepper, basil, parsley, paprika, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce (my hubby likes to doctor it up with the spicy ones)

Directions

1. Coat the bottom of a large soup pot with oil. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Cook for about five minutes, when the veggies are softening but not browned.

2. Pour in the chicken stock and bring it to a boil.

3. Add in noodles and reduce to a simmer for about five minutes.

4. Add chicken, and continue to simmer as you add the seasonings.

Doesn’t get much simpler than that! I like to let it simmer a little while just to get all the flavors melded. The noodles will soak up a lot of the stock, but that’s what makes it all so TASTY. Enjoy, and feel better!

 

A Sweet Trip to Sarasota

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Y’all know I travel for work. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s boring, sometimes it’s stressful. But hands down, THE biggest perk is occassionally being able to see friends or family I wouldn’t otherwise get to see. I tied a Dallas trip to a bachelorette weekend for Katharine. An Atlanta trip to a fun weekend with the one and only Katy. A few Chicago trips with weekends either in Chicago with my hubby, or in Milwaukee with my parentals. San Fran = Christen. NYC = Kimmy + a solid handful of college pals. You get my drift.

Florida, which is now a huge part of my territory, does not house many (any?) of my buddies from high school or college. I do, however, have one very sweet uncle in Sarasota. So when I was there for a work trip last week, he picked me up bright and early for breakfast and beautiful drive out and around the bay area. I admit, I didn’t take many pictures at all. But we did visit a low-key fishing pier, right around sunrise. A nice add-on to  my work visit!

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Top 5 Horror, Thriller, and/or Halloween Films

Disclaimer: These are MY FAVORITES, so while I value your opinion, I don’t value it if you tell me I’m wrong. Just keeping it real.

Okay, so back in middle school, we were obsessed with films that were terrifying at the time. Specifically, I recall practically peeing my pants watching ALL OF THE POLTERGEIST MOVIES in my friend Laura’s basement, and jumping out of my skin watching ALL OF THE SCREAM MOVIES at Mandy’s house. WHY did we do this? I don’t know. These days, I am not at all into movies that scare you simply by making you jump for two hours.

That said, for varying reasons, here are my top five favorite horror, thriller, and/or Halloween films of all time.

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1. Hocus Pocus. You know you were born in the mid-eighties if this movie is a must for Halloween. The song. The one-liners. The innuendos we never noticed when we were ten. Oh, and if you watch NCIS, you may recognize McGee.

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2. The Orphanage. Saw this at The Belcourt with Whitney. Obsessed over it. Made all my other friends see it. It may be in Spanish (with subtitles), but you are totally going to freak out. It just gets in your head. Promise.

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3. Silence of the LambsReally no words here. Just classic and creepy and Anthony Hopkins will forever be a genius.

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4. The ShiningReally this only made the list because before I ever saw the movie, I read the book. And let me tell you, my 8th-grade-self WAS PETRIFIED. The movie seemed kind of lame after the terror I had created in my imagination. So watch the movie, yes. But really…READ THE BOOK!

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5. Seven. Just…Seven. If you haven’t seen it, well, you’re welcome.

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Honorable Mention (because it’s a total spoof but I love it) goes to Shaun of the DeadNot usually my type of humor, but honestly, I just love these two guys. Check it out if you want some laughs with a little bit of jumping mixed in.

So tonight, if you’re not dressing up / going out, you’re not alone. Rent one of these lovely little films instead and make some Halloween Puppy Chow!

And because I have a deep need to post photos of the puppy (yes, I’m obsessed with my dog), Happy Halloween from my little pumpkin!!

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