A Little Sunshine

Sometimes it just makes us feel better.

Even if it’s raining as I write this.

And even though it’s been a crazy week and a half (does this explain my random absences?), looking on the bright side can sometimes be helpful. Or necessary. Depending on the day. Like today. As it continues to rain.

And rain…

Anyway… let’s try this, shall we?-I heart my house, although we’re still getting used to it. Creaking wood floors, the vintage-style (i.e. “tiny”) bathroom with the worst placement of the toilet paper holder ever, the sky light in my bedroom (ok, not getting used to it and trying to find a classy way to remedy the situation other than duct tape some cardboard up there). But all in all, it’s becoming “home”. Slowly but surely.

A few have requested it, and you’ll see a pic or two in due time. But there’s still much to be done. Patience… ;)

-As much as I want to bronze it up on Lake Michigan in sunshine and 85-degree weather, the cool down into the low 70′s has been extremely beneficial for at least one thing. My lunch running dates with my buddy. We’re still not quite sure how far we’ve been running (seriously only about 20-25 minutes), but I’m loving the little break up of the work day and am possibly becoming a little more fond of trail running (never thought I’d say that- road runner for life, ya’ll!).

We have plans to run today, but it’s looking pretty dreary out there. Better luck tomorrow?- Working out a little during lunch also leaves time after work for things such as cruisin’ the new ‘hood with my new roomie. On Monday, we found a few interesting restaurants/late night haunts. Picked up some takeout menus. Mexican food until 4:00 in the morning? Where have you been all my life??? 

Then a bird pooped on her shoulder and that was the end of our walk. Win some/lose some.-Sometimes the internet stops working at your house (ahem, another reason I’ve been absent). When you get home at 10:00 at night and want to use it, this is a problem. Hopefully it’s just a minor issue that will be resolved soon. Otherwise, I guess it means I’ll just be that much more productive at unpacking the rest of the house tonight?

Bright side… breathe… there is a bright side with that one…

-Yesterday was my dear friend Annie’s birthday and I was invited over to her in-law’s place for dinner. They’re also the same family that took me in last Thanksgiving. I sort of love them. And love that her mother-in-law can make some ridiculously good fajitas.

I brought the cake.Obviously.

Annie requested a cookie cake this year. With my love of cookies and sugar, this was not a problem.  I just hope she doesn’t mind the simplicity- finding my way around the new kitchen was a little harder than I thought it would be (babysteps…).Happy Birthday, Annie!

The trip out to the ‘burbs to have birthday dinner with Annie and her in-laws worked out extremely well. Because I technically still have a lease at my old place, the opening was taken to swing by and throw down 25 minutes on the elliptical and walk a little on the tread while visiting with Mon (she’s holding it down at the complex still!) before showering off and heading to dinner.

Friends and fitness are important to me. I fit them in whenever I can.

Now, if only I could stop playing phone tag with a few other people…

*Oh and by the way, when it comes to comments:

- It’s true. I’ve mentioned it before, and yes, there are people out there that just don’t like fruit. I would be one of them. Or maybe I’m the only one. There hasn’t been an official headcount. There are exceptions to my “no fruit, please” rule. As in, think of the most nontraditional fruits you can. There’s a good possibility I’ll like them. Like avocados. Or coconut (nut or fruit? Jury is still out…). Or lemons/limes. And artificially flavored things like cherry twizzlers. But I’m thinking that probably doesn’t count. 

You have no idea how frustrating it is to go to a party or summer BBQ and the only dessert option is a fruit salad.

I mean, come on… you’ve GOT to be kidding me.

But anyway…

And I can’t believe so many of you have never been ghetto enough to do the wine bottle rolling pin! Pretty sure that’s all we used one year in college- none of us wanted to throw down the $5 to buy one. It made more sense to buy a bottle of wine for that much, use it for such, and ALSO get a drink while we’re at it.

Don’t ever question the logic of a college student.

You’ll only confuse yourself.

Have a good one!

*The cookie cake was made with Andrea @ Can You Stay For Dinner’s fabulous chewy cookie recipe (used 1 1/2 the recipe). She probably knows I stalk her recipes page often because her food is amazing. The icing is buttercream with a little milk added to make it easier to work with.

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41 Responses

  1. I <3 Can You Stay for Dinner – it's one of my absolute favorite blogs!

  2. That cake looks SO good. I wanna see the inside.

  3. I love you. Love love love you. ANd cookie cake :)

  4. I’ve never had cookie cake before. I feel like I’m seriously missing out.

  5. I don’t see how a person could not like fruit. Some fruit, sure. But kiwi? Pears? That seems beyond impossible to me. It’s like saying you don’t like cookies.

  6. A. That cake is bananas. You should really look into becoming the next Cake Boss or something equally fabulous.

    B. I am actually getting into trail running too, dispite my past encounters with ankle rolling and hornet stinging (both=yeeooowwwtch.)

    C. You could totally tack a mirror over that skylight and not only block the ever-present sunshine but create a sexy loveshack all in one fell swoop. BAM. Solutions. ;)

  7. Can you come make my next birthday cake…I love cookie cakes!!! And I agree, fitting in workouts AND friends is a must! Have a great day!

  8. Omg that cake looks AWESOME! Can I get a cake made by you for my birthday, please???

  9. You don’t like fruit?!?! Craziness!!! I do agree though that fruit salad is not dessert…especially if we’re talking about any type of get together!!! Happy unpacking! Can’t wait to see the new crib zone! And P.S. such a cute cake!!!

  10. Mmm cookie cake. looks great! Of course it’s going to be raining tomorrow, when I’m trying to fly. haha

  11. 1. Not liking fruit is weird ;)
    2. A bird pooping on you is supposed to be good luck.
    3. The wine bottle makes an excellent roller!
    4. Andrea’s recipes rock!

  12. Are you calling that cookie cake simple? Because, ah…no.

    I have gone to the store countless times to buy a rolling pin and I always end up putting it back because the wine bottle works fine. And you get to drink wine when you finish. Win-win.

  13. Your in real life friends are LUCKY!!!!!!!! My birthday is in less than a month. Can you shit cookie cakes??? =)

  14. Jeez, you weren’t kidding about having to ice that thing! You did a masterful job, of course. Hopefully the rain holds out for your run- it’s gonna be windy, though!

  15. The cake is so adorable! By the way, we have one awkwardly placed tp holder too. Luckily it’s in the guest bathroom instead of the one downstairs!

  16. That cake is too cute! I love the butterfly addition!
    And I’m not sure I’d ever go to a cookout that didn’t have “real dessert”. Heck no.

  17. If that cookie cake is simple then you are seriously talented. Looks hard to me!
    Glad you’re getting settled in. It’s such a process!

  18. I’ve done the Play Doh rolling pin for rolling stuff out. I’m hardcore, yo! I agree w/ Kacy! You are very talented. I can vouch for that since I’ve had your stuff. Seriously, that’s why I’m looking forward to Christmas. Surely I made the gift list this year?? ;)

  19. The cookie cake is beautiful! You know my boys are cookie cake kids for birthdays too! I know you don’t like fruit, but I’m a huge fan of fruit salads for desserts at BBQs! Hang in there lady. We will get settled eventually. The adjustment period is just going to take a little time.

  20. that cake looks adorable and delicious! And I want some. And +1, bird pooping on you is definitely good luck (not that I’ve experienced this…many times…or anything…)

  21. awwwww I bet she adores it! =) Happy birthday Annie!!!! <3

    girl you have some serious cake decorating skills! and don't feel bad – i used to hate fruit =)

  22. So um, that cake looks AMAZING! And I want to see your new house!
    In addition, while I DO love fruit, it is NOT, I repeat NOT, dessert. The end.

  23. Will you make me a cookie cake on my next visit? I have no issues eating it for every meal-thanks.

    I hate old houses and their weird placements. My bathoom is the prime example. The toiletisthisclose to the shower so I have to angle my body so I dont hit the shower door with my knees, I hate it.

  24. I will be in Chicago in October and I may or may not show up at your front door requesting a cookie cake. Consider yourself warned :)

  25. Cooke cake 4 Lyfe! I want it.

    Your house sounds cute. Looking forward to seeing pictures. Take your time getting settled.

    Fruit salad is disgusting. Seriously, all the juices mix together and it’s sticky and just gross. I’m so glad you hate fruit!

  26. note to self: when it is my birthday drop MAJOR hint to you! ha!!

  27. [...] checked out a new street (new to us) of bars and restaurants. And then my roomie got pooped on by a bird. Again. This time on the [...]

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