September 19, 2016

Weekending | Junior League, Football, Beer, Brunch

Welcome back, Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I can't believe this past weekend was the actual last weekend of the summer. It certainly didn't feel like it - the weather was cool at points, the pool wasn't open, and I didn't have a single hot dog all weekend! Lucky for me, I had Friday off of work, so I spent some time saying goodby to summer by swapping my summer wardrobe to fall. That task itself has made me want to Konmari everything all over again - I just have too much clothing! So that weekend task will take me a few more weekends, I'm sure of it.
On Saturday, the Junior League of Harrisburg put on its second "Super Saturday" event, which is a crash course where new members learn about our organization's history, our setup, how we contribute to the Harrisburg community, plus all of our signature events. It's a 3.5 hour day that really crams in a lot of information, and this year all of the new members took it in stride! I'm especially thankful to our current members who came out to help present. Y'all are the greatest!

After Super Saturday, I settled down at my parents' house to watch the second half of the Penn State game. Obviously, my most favorite person on the team is the kicker, Joey Julius. Watching how excited he gets when he has the perfect kickoff always makes me smile! 

The moment the game was over I headed to the Friends and Family sale at Athleta. Now that I've been taking barre classes on a regular basis, I've learned that the Athleta leggings are my absolute favorite for workouts. I also picked up a few tops and a pair of yoga pants (for lounging, not yoga!). Today is the last day of the sale and it's 25% off your purchase. I highly recommend the Sonar leggings and the Fastest Track Tank!

I rounded out my Saturday by attending a Beer and BBQ Fall Fest, which was a fundraiser for the Harrisburg YWCA's Camp Reily. Camp Reily is a summer day camp for children in the Harrisburg area who may have otherwise not had the opportunity to spend time at camp during the summer. The camp offers swimming, sports, a color run, hiking, and field trips. My friend, Caitlin, and I sampled a few beers, ate some delicious BBQ, and talked with quite a few people. Overall, it was a great event for a great cause and I can't wait to go back again next year!

Sunday, of course, was brunch day. And nap day. And football day. It should have also been laundry day, but that just wasn't happening. This week, I'll be winding down at my current job at the airport and starting up my new job just across the street from the airport in HR. I'm beyond excited to have this opportunity to learn more about this industry that I just can't get enough of! I should also probably get back to that goal of purging my closet...who wants to come help me do it? I'll buy you wine and let you listen to My Favorite Murder. And you can keep the clothes! 

September 12, 2016

Weekending + A Lazy Recipe

So how was everyone's weekend? Mine was equal parts fun and relaxing with a slight bit of disappointment from Penn State's loss thrown in. I was off work last Thursday and Friday for a minor outpatient procedure, so I got a few extra days to do nothing, which was a welcome event. 

Saturday my sister threw a 30th birthday party for my brother in law, which was so much fun and only slightly tainted by the outcome of the PSU - Pitt game. As much as I love going to games and being at Beaver stadium, it was so nice to be able to go right home and not have to wait in traffic and sit in the car for 2+ hours. Such a first world problem, right? Sadly, I only took one photo the entire afternoon, which means it was a good party, but I'm shitty at social media. There's always Kinsey's birthday on Thursday to make up for it!

The food spread was delicious, and I brought my Pinterest-favorite "crack dip" to share. It's so easy to  make that calling it a recipe would be a cop out, but I'll share anyway! It's a 16oz container of sour cream (go for the full fat kind!), a bag of shredded cheddar (about 1.5 cups), a packet of dry ranch dressing mix, and a container of bacon crumbles (I used Hormel, found in the salad dressing aisle of th grocery store). Mix it all together and serve with tortilla chips. So simple and so addicting. It's probably a good thing I don't make this every weekend!

Sunday was rounded out by cleaning the basement and watching some NFL games. I feel surprisingly relaxed and ready to head back to work, despite the fact that this is a busy week coming up. I've got my to-do list ready and a Starbucks gift card burning a hole in my wallet, so let's get this thing started, Monday!

September 7, 2016

101 in 1001 {An Update}

101 in 1001 | List | Goals

This seems to be the week of updates around here! I'm less than a year out from the end of my 101 in 1001 list, and I'll be honest - I haven't made much headway on it. Of course, circumstances have changed and I know that some of the items won't be crossed off the list, but I'm still trying to accomplish as many as possible. It's been quite a while since I last updated it, and it served as a nice reminder of things I'd like to do in the near future. Here's what I've accomplished recently:

10.    Visit three out-of-state friends - I'm almost there! I need one more trip. Anyone in a far-away location want a visitor? 
14.    Host a brunch for Junior League members - Done! It was small, but it was awesome. Mimosas, bagels, and girl talk on a rainy Sunday. Can't wait to do it again!
20.    Send a surprise package to a far-away friend - Check! I sent my friend Katie quite a few packages while she was deployed. It was so much fun putting everything together to create a fun surprise for her.
38.    Save for and plan kitchen update - So this isn't quite happening like I'd imagined. However, I'm being flexible and instead of a big kitchen re-do, Jason and I have picked out some new paint colors for the entire downstairs. We're also doing low-budget updates, like adding a backsplash, painting the cabinets, and adding some shelving. 
49.    Create a jewelry storage system - I'm calling this one finished. Instead of creating storage, I just purged my jewelry and kept my few favorite pieces. My rings live in a ceramic egg crate, my necklaces hang in my closet, my bracelets are on a display rack, and my earrings are in little tiny ziplock bags. Simple!
57.    Take a new-to-me group fitness class - I started barre in March and I love it! I've been going on a very regular basis since then and it's so great to have a workout I look forward to.
66.    Complete a Whole30 challenge - This may or may not happen. I'm currently not eating wheat as a result of allergy tests, which has me feeling great, but I'm not sure I'm willing to commit to the entire Whole30.
78.    Clean out closet and donate / give away / toss all clothing I no longer wear - Almost finished with this one! I have about 35 more items to take to the consignment store in September and then I can cross this one off!
83.    Go to a Harrisburg or West Shore Symphony Orchestra performance - I went to a concert with my parents in July! It was wonderful and I can't wait to get to another one.
90.    Find an organizational system for all of my digital photos - Done! I backed all my photos up and now I regularly upload to Dropbox and organize them.
99.    Find and join a book club - So I didn't find a book club, but I started one! We had our first meeting last week and I can't wait to continue this new little tradition.

So that's where I am with everything as of now. I'm excited to work on some of my decorating related items (front door wreath! Christmas lights!) next season and travel plans (Boston! Charleston!), too. Do you have a 101 in 1001 list? My entire list can be found here!

September 2, 2016

Five on Friday | Tailgate Edition

Tailgate - Football - Penn State - College - Blog

Happy Friday! I'm extra excited for this weekend because it marks the beginning of Penn State football season! Tomorrow morning I'll be loading up the car to head up to State College to see PSU take on Kent State. In honor of my favorite fall event - tailgating - I've rounded up five of my favorite tailgate items. Happy Valley is frequently mentioned on the "Best Tailgating University" lists, and it couldn't be more true. Let's Go State!

1 // Corkcicle Canteen - This insulated bottle is my new addition to my tailgating arsenal this year. It holds an entire bottle of wine and keeps it cold for over 24 hours! Not that I need the entire 24 hours to spend drinking prior to the game, but it's a great way to avoid glass bottles in the cooler. When I'm not in State College, it makes a great water bottle for work!

2 // Sunglasses / Sunscreen / Hat - I know north of the Mason-Dixon, college football and tailgating seem to be synonymous with jeans, comfy sweatshirts, spiked hot chocolate, and riding boots, right? But the first few games of the season can be quite warm and sunny, so sun protection is a must! Spending all day outdoors can be so rough on skin and we're not all young undergrads anymore, so cover up and don't get sunburned!

3 // Hot Dogs - Judge away, but a tailgate is not a tailgate to me without hotdogs. Early game, late game, whatever. These are the perfect food to eat one-handed while you're balancing a beer or a cornhole bag in your other hand. Top it with onions, cheese, mustard, relish, whatever, and enjoy!

4 // Portable Speaker - You'll find most tailgates in Happy Valley have their own source of music, ranging from pre-game radio shows to top 40 hits. Personally, I'm a big fan of an iPod playlist with classic rock with a few Blue Band marching tunes mixed in. Nothing better than getting pumped up with a sing-a-long to Sweet Caroline followed by the alma mater!

5 // A Community Spirit - Cheesy? Totally. But tailgating is such a great way to feel like part of a fun party community on a Saturday morning. Forgot your paper plates? The guy parked next to you will gladly share his. Need another member for your cornhole team? There's plenty of people around who want to play. Some of my most favorite college memories involve singing, drinking, cheering, and playing all while getting pumped up to watch football on a fall morning. I can't wait to get back there tomorrow morning!

Is anyone else planning on getting out to tailgate and cheer on your favorite team tomorrow? Get pumped for college football, people! WE ARE!

Linking up with Five on Friday today!

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