Friday, December 11, 2020

How is it already December 11? OMG! I am so ready for a break from virtual teaching but I am not nearly ready for the holiday! Plans are not set, presents are not wrapped, menus are not planned, but it will all come together. This is a year to give yourself grace and just not do it all, but if you want to do it all because 2020, then do so! Do what makes you happy!

I am happy to link up with Andrea, etc. right here today!

My first favorite is the weather! Wednesday it reached 50, yesterday 60 and today it will be 60 again. We have rain expected tomorrow but I am o.k. with that. I like a little respite from the cold before it stays cold for months on end!

You guys, I love this book. I am about 3/4 of the way through and the title is not great but I love the story. Also, it involved Lake Michigan and I love LM. I have not started any Christmasey books yet – oops! I do not want this one to end and I am savoring it.

Also, I am dragging out Virgin River Season 2 because I do not want it to end. I am going to do The Crown after VR.

This sweet niece turned 15 this week! I ordered her this sherpa from Amazon. I want one, too! I miss all of my nieces and nephews and sadly, we are most likely not gathering at Christmas, etiher.

Did you read my post yesterday with meal ideas? Here is another super simple one. Ham, green beans from a can, Sister Schubert rolls, and I did make the mashed potatoes homemade but I do not think they are that hard. I have a Cutco peeler and it makes peeling so easy!

I had two patio happy hours this week! This is not the norm but I was really needing it after not doing much last weekend. The cold weather, coupled with not much social interaction had me a bit down and this helped so much!

This little patio had 3 tables; I met my teacher friend Elizabeth who is 21 years younger than me! Do you have friends of different ages? I love it. One man was at one table when we first got there and then a couple sat at one after a while and then left. We felt very safe. I forgot to take photos because we were talking so much but we shared some fried pickles and some truffle fries and had a bourbon cocktail.

And, the other was for my friend Victoria who had a birthday this week! I got a bourbon champagne drink and we shared some of their local bakery bread and some smoked salmon dip. The salmon was too smoky for me so I took my portion home to Tom!

They had heaters on the patio and there was only one other table occupied.

O.k., you guys, I did it. I ordered the Spanx leggings for blog research. I ordered directly from the website so I could order the short – did you know they come in short? I am 5 foot 4.

I am going to wear them around the house and give you my thoughts on Wednesday. I plan to do a side by side with my Aerie crackles, my Target Wild Fables, and these. Also, you must order the Aerie high-waisted velvet leggings with zippers at the ankles for $23! They are amazing. You guys, honestly, I think the Aerie crackles might win. They were also around $25. I am telling you – American Eagle and Aerie are the bomb. I should not speak too soon because I have not done all the research. Ladies, just tell your husbands your purchases are research.

My gifts I ordered are starting to roll in, thankfully. I joined the bandwagon – I had seen a couple of these on Facebook – and made a treat box for the delivery drivers.

I have heard that the USPS has like triple the number of packages to deliver this year.

My boys finished their online finals Wednesday! They had some that took the full three hours allotted. I am so enjoying having them home. They are sweet and funny. I am really lucky.

What were your favorites this week?


13 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. I can’t wait to hear your leggings review! I think you’ll like the Spanx ones – it gets cold there and I think they’ll keep you warm. Your happy hours sound like fun, it’s good to get out and socialize. I’m off today and next week we only have 4 days until break – I am sooooooo excited and looking forward to being lazy!


  2. Interested in your legging comparison! I don’t love the crackle look? But I agree that Aerie/AE has always been good quality. I feel the same about the GapBody line for loungewear.

    I love that sherpa. You should get one and report on its quality!

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    1. I love the crackle look! Just discovered they have other colors like blue and burgundy but those call more attention to the crackle look. I will say they are so warm. I have Gap sleep lounger pants that are amazing! I may just do that. But I really have enough in that category now!


  3. I can’t wait to hear about your legging review. The weather has been so good. My kids have been able to play outside so much. I need to do the same for our delivery people as well. I love that idea ❤️


  4. You are so good about getting out for happy hours! I love it! I can’t wait to hear your leggings reviews. I am 5’5” but I have short legs, so the short option sounds perfect. I’m glad the boys have finished exams. Enjoy your weekend!


    1. Thank you! They should
      Be walking dates to be honest. The beauty of aerie and AE is that you can order online in short length – game changer! All leggings are 50% right now I think!
      Thank you – you too!

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  5. I love my Spanx leggings and today I wore my Spanx denim leggings- which I love too. You need to buy some vuori for research too. I am telling you…..BEST JOGGERS EVER! I had my hair done today- hey if Nancy Pelosi can get hers done during a lockdown … know I am going to as well. #hypocrites …..and of course my California closets at the beach house have to be my all time favorite for the month! And we are headed back there on Sunday for 2 nights and we have a new project planned but I am not spilling the beans just yet. I have decided to just take before shots now and then will post on my IG when it is all done. Its going to be very cool. Have a great weekend!

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    1. The texture of the Spanx is amazing! Does your waistband roll? I am having a hard time with the price for Vuori because I’m not sure I’m a joggers person. My hair appointment is next Saturday. Nancy! Ugh! I can’t wait to hear what your project is – hot tub? Pool?


      1. Oh no! No pool or hot tub….we’d have to hire another person to check on it and my backyard just got remodeled. I’m not posting about it til it’s done! My waistband doesn’t roll. That i can remember….if you’re not a joggers person the. No don’t buy them. But they’re the best of any I’ve purchased!

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  6. I absolutely love that sherpa!!! I am going to start using “research” for A LOT of things- genius! Keep up those HH with friends! I have friends of all ages too! I also loved your cute sign for the delivery guys. I might do the same. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it’s called research! The happy hours are really nice – in the past it might have been 3 or 4 but I like this 1 on 1 time with friends. I feel like our friendships have grown. Thank you – not many drivers have taken anything! You too!


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