Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekending!

Happy Monday! Keeping it short today, since I'm officially back to work at a new job!! 



ONE
John and I dropped Scout back off at bird camp this weekend, and we will very much miss her.  

(John insisted I further explain what "bird camp" is because he thinks it isn't clear.)  
Scout is a French Brittany, which is a bird hunting breed. Some examples of other bird hunting breeds ("bird dogs") include German Shorthaired Pointers, English Setters, and Springer Spaniels. When we first brought Scout home as a puppy, we had the intention of training her to do what she was bred to do- find and "point" birds.  "Pointing" happens when the dog catches the scent of a bird in a bush or tall grass and instincts cause the dog to freeze, often with one paw up, which makes it look like the dog is pointing to where the bird is hiding. The training facility that we are taking her to helps further these instincts.  She will learn a lot of these things by practicing, but the professional training gives her a good foundation and speeds up the process.  Here in Arizona, quail season opens in two weeks, and John would like her to be fairly functional to start.


TWO
There is something about a lunch date that I think is so romantic!  On Saturday, John took me to lunch at Postino, and I ordered a cucumber honey lemonade... and it was uh-mazing! 

Not too sweet, and very refreshing - I may try to recreate this gem at home.


THREE
After lunch we did a little bit of shopping, and I finally purchased the Zara scarf that I have been seeing everywhere.  Last week this scarf was on 5 or 6 people's blogs, and every time I saw it I said something along the lines of "Ahh! Need that!"  ...So finally it's mine.  It is too hot to wear it outside, but I have no problem rocking it in my living room.

BY THE WAY, did you know that Forever 21 does not do returns?  I went to return a shirt that I bought the day before, and I swear they treated me like a criminal for suggesting I wanted to return it - it was super confusing... Not exactly quality customer service (but I guess that's to be expected when you're purchasing clothes for $10).


FOUR
For lunch on Sunday, John and I went to Blanco and had the most amazing chicken, short rib, and carnitas tacos... the location that we went to is just a walk-up window, so we enjoyed our delicious food outside under some misters (it was actually pretty nice outside with the breeze)!


FIVE
To prepare for going back to work, I made 12 premade freezer meals to eat throughout the month.  I'm actually quite excited for them!  I spent about $135 (including the dishes) to make the 12 meals... not too bad!  All have chicken in them, and they should be pretty tasty when we decide to eat them.  

I'm all about no-prep post-work dinners, and this is the only way I can think of to avoid eating out every day of the week.  More on this tomorrow!


SIX
We didn't get a chance to make it to the apple orchard this past weekend, but we did indulge in some delicious Arizona apple cider - Mm, mm, mmm!  Gotta get what you can!


30 comments :

  1. Good luck with your first day!! That scarf is amazing on you!! I actually would love a blog post on that freezer prep meals for the month!!! Such a great idea!! Hope you have a great Monday!

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  2. Umm I don't think I knew that F21 didn't do returns! I guess it kinda doesn't surprise me but yeah... weird. LOVE that scarf!! And yum, apple cider!!! Happy Monday!!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. Good luck today, I'm sure that you will be great! :-) I'm not a fan of plaid because I spent my entire life in Catholic school, but that scarf is cute on you. That cucumber lemonade sounds delicious and refreshing too. I'm so curious about freezer meals, so definitely share more about them! :-)

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  4. Good luck today! And so glad you got the scarf! Mine is patiently waiting in my closet to be used...it's going to be in the 70s here all week so no-go on that one! I probably have a month at least! Happy Monday!
    xo Southern Style

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  5. Love that Zara scarf! I've been thinking about getting one too! I would love a post about your freezer meals! I need help in that arena! And nowI want some apple cider... mmmm!

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  6. Congrats for the new job! Very exciting. Love the new scarf!

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  7. congrats on your new job! lovvvving that scarf! i just ordered a similar one so i cant wait to get it in the mail. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  8. That scarf is beautiful! Good luck with your new job. Make ahead freezer meals are the best!

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  9. Love the new scarf! I want to try the freezer meal thing, so I hope you share more about it! Good luck at the new job today!

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  10. Cucumber honey lemonade?? Um sign me up please! That scarf is ah-mazing! Glad you had a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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  11. yay for new job - good luck! and stop it with the zara scarf - love it!!!

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  12. That lemonade sounds amazing!! And love the scarf - I need to add it to my closet too!

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  13. Scout is adorable! We have Boykin Spaniel who is far from trained (blame it on my husband getting her in college), but it's always funny to watch her point and not have a clue what to do next. Hope you recreate the lemonade and share the recipe! Great scarf find, too :)

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  14. Good luck on your first day! I'm excited to hear about the meals you prepped :)

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  15. I can't wait to read more about all these freezer meals, that sounds amazing! That lemonade sounds delicious too :)

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  16. i love checking out nice places for lunch - same quality but cheaper!!

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  17. I'm so impressed with how prepared you are for your first day!! I love that idea of freezing your lunches for the month. That Zara scarf is so amazing and snuggly. I need it too :)

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  18. What is the deal with the Zara scarf craze? They are everywhere this week? Should I buy one?

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  19. Good luck on your first day back! You'll rock it! I hope you successfully recreate the lemonade AND share it with us...

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  20. Love the Zara Scarf! I can't wait to go apple picking too! We're planning on going in a few weeks.

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  21. You're right, that is a great scarf!!

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  22. The scarf looks awesome on you! I have one on the way to me right now :) Did Forever 21 give you store credit? I know they don't give your money back but they've always given me a giftcard! Oh, and when you figure out the lemonade recipe you better share it!! Yum!

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  23. That scarf is amazing! If I wore scarves..I'd want it! I almost want to start wearing them just because of it!
    Freezer meals! Good for you. I always think it is a good idea, and never ever do it. I had plans for making some before I had Aria, but then she came 5 weeks early and I hadn't done anything yet. p.s. I wish I would have had some haha. Cooking was so hard then.

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  24. Yay for a new job and scarf! And I also found out about F21 no return policy the hard way! They will give you store credit but only if the item is returned within 14 days and after that you're out of luck! Talk about a terrible customer service policy!

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  25. Hope your first day at your new job went so amazingly well, sweet girl! Here is to a new beginning and a new week ! :) And doing it while looking so cute in that scarf! :)

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  26. Hope you had a fantastic first day! I'm definitely curious to learn more about your freezer meals - I hate cooking after a long day of work and am always interested in new ways to prep ahead!

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  27. The scarf looks great one you! Good luck on your first day!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  28. You have to explain your meal planning process! That is so genius and I want to do it also. I'm glad you and John are enjoying your pup-less time together.

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  29. Let us know how work is going! :)
    That scarf!!!!! I. Need. It.

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