Monday, October 16, 2017

celebrating ava...



Sunday, we celebrated Ava. Our families met at the church and witnessed Ava being christened in an intimate ceremony. Afterwards, we enjoyed a lovely lunch at Matt and Jenny's home...a truly wonderful Sunday. God Bless Ava!

Friday, October 13, 2017

and they are moving on...


tuesday is going to be special...



I saw this post on Facebook last night before dinner. Bam! Tickets are bought and we are going. This night is certain to be a "blast from the past"!

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JUST ANNOUNCED! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 
50 years ago, Stephen Stills wrote a song about his girlfriend, the great Judy Collins, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes". It became a huge debut hit for Crosby, Stills & Nash, and she became a folk music superstar. They will reunite on stage for a very special all-hits and more show at The Arcada next Tuesday (10/17) nite!
Tickets go on sale TODAY at noon! Call 630.962.7000 or www.oshows.com INCREDIBLE! Another Arcada exclusive!

Thursday, October 12, 2017






So happy it's here and that my week is ending. This weekend we will celebrate our Ava as she will be christened on Sunday and my husband as it is his birthday!  It is going to be a very special day for my family. I'm looking forward to seeing my loves and their families but sad as I'll be missing my Nick.  Happy Friday, all!

yesterday's consultation...


Brian and I met with our new doctor yesterday and the consultation truly "wiped me/us out". I have never experienced such "intensiveness" or maybe I have with Nick at one time in 2010, but I think this one is at the top. Our doctor is great; loved him and his bedside manner and his knowledge and his looks. (He is young, young, young and had on black, skinny, dress pants, a white, knitted v-neck cardigan layered over his crisp, ironed, shirt and this was accented with a wool Burberry tie; a seriously together outfit! It kinda "threw me" when he first walked in!) Dr. Mohammad knew Brian's history to a "T" and explained Brian's current condition to a "T" and his plan to a "T". During this time, I sat there listening and taking things in and then realized that I was not breathing. Do you know that feel? You are paralized and then notice you somewhat stop inhaling and exhaling. Yikes! Even when we left and drove home the feeling was still there as it was during our dinner and beyond. There was a lot of information to take in and when the emotional component is added to that, it just makes for a really intense experience. Luckily today is a new day; let's see what is coming at us next!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

yikes, this is a bit crazy...

Now, I don't want to be repetitive but, I was at work until almost until 6:30 today and I could have stayed later. That being said, I can think of a number of reasons this dilemma is occurring and all are causing me to be "out of sorts" as they say. I am thinking these are the major contributing factors:
  • Merging schools and people and students is big and I am a part of the "Let's Make This Happen!" team. That means I have more things to do which means I spend more time at work.
  • Okay, okay, and then, their is my husband's cancer resurfacing which is affecting me. Now, by no means do I want that statement to be perceived as me being the primary person in this equation. Brian's last week diagnosis just, plain, "threw me for a loop". I am trying to get things in perspective to move on but it's a bit hard at times.
  • And then, on top of all of that, I am not exercising like I want. Why? Well, the listed issues and probably more and as many know, once one is out of routine, it's really hard to get back into it.
Solution:  Weather the storm, set some new goals, and move on. Just do it!

Monday, October 9, 2017

leading us into another week...


This is my new principal entering the Color Run last Thursday at school. He is seriously hilarious and has truly brought laughter and fun back into our building. Seize the week, all!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

a weekend to get things back in perspective...




Brian and I just needed to regroup this weekend. After errands and cleaning, we enjoyed each other's company on an foggy, misty afternoon on the patio of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery Friday. A cloudy Saturday brought us to Global Brewery before we cooked and grilled and lounged as the rain came. I went for a great run Sunday as it was sunny and crisp and it was just what I needed. Then, I was off to Von Maur to shop before relaxing the rest of the day. (I think we're both in a better place; we'll see what this week brings.)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

another young soul gone...


A woman I worked with closely for three plus years lost her dear son on Monday to suicide. Just a reminder, all, don't sweat the small stuff.

There are children out there who are lonely and sad and worried and confused. They cannot cope and they do not know why. They cannot reason and they do not know why. They are desperate and they do not know why.

We MUST work together to service these children so they can live. It is a sad day in St. Charles as we again lost a young and innocent child who thought there was no hope.

Please pray for Estela and her family...

words to think about this wednesday...




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

chicken chili...


slow-cooker-quinoa-chicken-chili-bowl

I bought a beautiful chicken breast from the butcher on Sunday with the intentions of making a crock-pot chicken chili. With a dish like this, I usually chose a recipe and proceed to leave out what I don't want like the quinoa (Well, I wanted it, but Brian gets funny about quinoa.)and  add a little more of this or that as it's chili...the more the better, right? Well, this chicken chili was spicccccy!!! I could have been from me adding the diced jalapeno or the Spicy Chile Beans or the Chili Tomato Sauce or the additional dry spices or the combination of all but let me just tell you, the dish had a real kick to it. I tried to tone it down by adding some corn meal and served it with cheese and sour cream but it was still hot. Good, but hot! I must say, though, it was nice to come home to a crock-pot dish on an October evening.
Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili via The Girl Who Ate Everything 

all is good in the world...


Friday, September 29, 2017

my favorite month of the year is here...


friday is here...



Well, I made it through another long week, but I feel good as it was very productive. I seriously do not stop once I walk through Wredling's doors which is kinda crazy. I mean, do others have "down time" at work or does everyone just go and go and go? (This week, I even stopped eating my lunch with my co-worker to engage in "working lunches".) Oh well, move on, right?
I'm looking forward to catching up on life a bit over the weekend. Our bathroom shower doors are finally getting installed on Saturday so I'll do some "home" work until that gets done. I must finish grading an assessment, plan some meals and get a good book to read. Reading has not happened in awhile. The weather is going to be beautiful which is a plus so sitting on my deck is definitely going to happen. Happy Friday, all!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

we can finally breath...




I woke up this morning and opened the windows. Yeah, the heat is gone and the air is cool and crisp. It was such a nice morning run; dark but nice and no humidity. The break in the weather instantly made me want to cook so I found three recipes that I'm making over the next few days. Two are chicken dishes; one Mexican and one just, plain decadent as the chicken is stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and smothered in a cream sauce. Yes! The third is a pumpkin pasta sauce; I love pumpkin pasta covered with cheese and sprinkled with sage. Mmmmmm! Enjoy the last Wednesday in September, all!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

bam...

I thought I would make a seasonal change this morning and bam!; it was done in a flash and I like it! Did you know that I only discovered I could use pictures that I took as a background this year and I've been blogging seven years? Sometimes it just takes while, I guess. Have a terrific Tuesday!

could this dish be any more beautiful...



Look at those succulent, plumpy shrimp swimming in that rich, creamy, cheesy, spinach sauce splashed with sun-dried tomatoes. Seriously, this is a delicious dish that will impress anyone at your table! I made Creamy Butter Tuscon Shrimp, courtesy of Cafe Delights, on Sunday and the left overs were as good as when we first twisted our forks around the rich pasta, topped it off with a juicy, garlicky shrimp and took our first bite. The layers of textures make each forkful amazing and it was simple, simple, simple to put together. I made everything well before dinner time and then slowly blended the ingredients together when we were ready. Next time I make this, I think I will top top the dish off with some pepper crumbled bacon. That is guaranteed to take it to the next level. Enjoy!

Monday, September 25, 2017

sometimes it just doesn't work...


From the moment we entered Graham's school on Saturday to celebrate grandparents; Graham was not happy. Our little man wanted to be held and stopped talking and just could not embrace what was happening. He was more than confused.
Graham showed us his hook and his daddy had him show us his friend's hooks; NOPE; not working.
We walked around the room holding him and asking him what certain centers were; NOPE; not working.
We sat at the craft table and I tried to make some apple artwork with Graham;
NOPE; not working.
After the second time G told us he wanted to leave, we left as there was no reason to stay. As Graham walked out of his room past the directors and toward the door, he smiled and talked and happily ran to the car. When home, Graham helped us put the pumpkin we brought him by the fireplace and hang the bells on the door and was excited with the pads of paper I brought him. At 151, we enjoyed brunch and much laughter and constant conversation for almost two hours before we said our goodbyes and headed home. I was sad that I had to leave my guy as he was so precious on Saturday.
Bam! Our first Grandparent's Day was a success; even if Graham did not think so!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

happy first day of fall...



My favorite time of the year is here! Fall is beautiful in our little river town and there is nothing I like better than enjoying the scenery. The colors are always amazing and the air is crisp and walking on the river paths and around Third Street in Geneva is simply wonderful. I love our outdoor cafes and the Farmer's Market and people watching while I sip some wine. Enjoy this pretty day, all, and stay cool as we break records in the Midwest this first fall weekend!

Thursday, September 21, 2017



I made the most delicious dinner last night and it was so simple. I bought some stuffed peppers from our local butcher on Sunday and I added the leftovers to good, jarred marinara sauce which made it taste amazing. This was served over papperdelle pasta; can't get better than that, and I also made a side salad with my homemade Italian dressing. Homemade food added to store bought food makes the store bought food taste homemade! Bam!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

starting again, and again, and again...



I have been back to work for 20 day and with students 17. Working out has not happened so tomorrow, I am again making some changes. (It never bothers me to do this as routines change when life changes.) Tomorrow is about running in the morning until it is too cold and more fruit and vegetables in my diet. In addition, I am going to reduce social media and more about that will follow!

where were our smiles...

Happy Monday!
Well, this little nugget did not have one smile for Brian and me last Saturday night when we went over to her house. Ava watched her mommy and daddy leave for a wedding after five, looked a bit panicked and then proceeded to moan/cry until she went to bed 3.5 hours later. It was so sad as she could not get over the fact her parents were gone and could not recover. Sarah and I remembered Graham doing the same around her age, but let me tell you, that is no concession as I just felt so bad for our little sweetie who is always talking and smiling and happy.  Beside that experience, Brian and I enjoyed seeing Matt and Jenny and our Sunday of errands and watching the Bears lose and cleaning and rearranging the garage. The weekend went fast, as it always does, right? Enjoy our last week of summer!

Friday, September 15, 2017

a five day work week...



This was the first five day work week for me since school started and it went rather fast. I am still working 10 hour days but they go by quickly. I feel organized at both home and work which is good, but what has not happened is exercising or yoga or mani/pedis or making really scrumptious meals. At this time, I just can't do everything that I like to do. I'm thinking some pampering for me will happen sooner rather than later and I'll resume exercising on Monday which will make me feel good. Looking forward to the beautiful weather we are going to have this weekend as well as watching our Ava and some meal planning. Cannot wait to enjoy some down time; happy Friday, all!

who's your b.f.f...


Sunday, September 10, 2017

my weekend...


Our weekend was nice. Unfortunately, Brian has been more than involved in work for 6 plus days which meant stress and tension so his weekend was not as calm as mine. We did manage to unwind together and go to Taste of the Vine on Saturday which has gotten huge. On Sunday, we spent the day with Sarah and Graham as Chris was golfing on the East Coast. The four of us had fun playing and taking a trip to Reams and lunching and napping before saying our goodbyes. I managed to talk to Nick who is again starting a new job.  Matt was in Iowa for work over the weekend and I need to find out more about this as it had something to do with Temple Grandin. As it is now Sunday evening, I'm currently getting some work finished and waiting on dinner. My table has these beautiful gladiolas on it; one flower that I love this time of year. They remind me of my brother, Greg. He often brought me a bunch of these beautiful flowers when they were blooming at the end of summer. Have a restful evening...