Much ado about everything..

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." - Dr. Suess
foodopia:

baked chicken burritos: recipe here

foodopia:

baked chicken burritos: recipe here

Omg friends - all three of you - I’ve been neglecting this irrelevant blog for far too long now! I have a semi-valid excuse: posterior spinal fusion (back surgery). This has left me confined to an old recliner scrounged up from the depths of my parents’ basement. Yep. I sit, lay, eat, sleep, read, Facebook, Tweet (pretty much any activity that does not require gross motor movement) from the same spot all day, erry day. This has been going on for about 3 veryyyy long weeks now and after seven seasons of Friends, three seasons of Downton Abbey, two seasons of Law & Order, one season of Homeland and countless Lifetime movies, I decided that this little blog could be an outlet for my bordem! So, in the upcoming weeks, I will probably blog about my surgery - why I needed it, what it did, how it worked and what it looks like now. This is important to me for a few reasons, but mainly because this surgery is rarely preformed on young adults my age (it’s more typical in teenagers or the elderly). When I found out my scoliosis would require surgery, I found very few internet resources that applied to my situation. It was frustrating and a little scary. My hope is that the next woman my age comes along looking for answers, she will run across my account for help and info! 

Lastly, I’m starting school in May so I will be spending the upcoming months transforming our third bedroom into an office/study room. So I will also be blogging updates on that as it progresses. 

I hope you all had a great and happy Holidays!! We sure did.

xoxo

When will Christmas get here so I can haz this? 

Monogrammed necklace

I baked this crack cookie over the weekend in celebration of finally making the Quantitative section of the GRE my biotch. Suck it high-school math, see you again NEVER.

Anywho. Crack cookie. This an eggless cookie recipe, which is cool. I don’t have an egg allergy (shocking, actually) but I know a lot of people who do, so this would be great to bring to a party. The egg substitute? CREAM CHEESE, Y’ALL = pure genius. 

I love the texture. And the cream cheese tanginess. YUM. 

My only complaint? If you eat four of them for breakfast, your tummy will hurt. Also, if you eat two of them before you go to the gym, you might probably will throw-up. Woops.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie

Things have been busy around the Tomsic household lately, including but not limited to: one year anniversary celebrations, Farley family functions, week-long vacationing to Bald Head Island, water-skiing, beach and boat with Bentleigh, celebrating engagements with friends, a little bit of sewing and some smaller projects in between. 

Matt and I went Stand Up Paddleboarding for our anniversary, which was super fun and super exhausting. I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s thought about trying it out, it’s a great workout. We went to BHI with Matt’s family for a week and even though it rained for a majority of the time, it was so nice to have a real vacation. A full week of doing absolutely nothing. We also both agreed to “unplug” -  so neither of us checked e-mail, texts, Facebook (although, I deleted my account recently), Twitter, etc. for an entire week. I also recommend that, it was so nice to be free from it all!

This past weekend we were back in Wilm for some friends’ engagement party, so we took advantage of the great weather. We were up early before the Labor Day boat traffic to water ski a little bit and then we took Bentleigh out to Masonboro. She was great in the water and on the island! And just like that, summer is basically over. But, I’m looking forward to fall. Fall = football!

I’ve been doing some sewing - a clutch here, a beach bag there and little bib somewhere in the middle. Next up, I’m going to try a Kindle case. I also did a cool Bentleigh silhouette on a canvas, love how that turned out! While we were in Wilm, we picked up a vintage fan at a consignment shop. I’m pumped because we have been looking for one for our room for a while and it looks great on our armoire. 

Happy Labor Day, y’all!

"My brother got the brains of the family, so I thought I’d learn to sing sew.”

Attempting to sew a bib for my sweet cousins and their highly anticipated baby boy!! 

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials. For you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1: 2-4
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The Lumineers,
The Lumineers

That’s pretty cool,

But classy girls don’t kiss in bars, you fool.

quotevadis:

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way she adjusted her sails.”

Elizabeth Edwards, an American attorney, a best-selling author and a health care activist. She was married to John Edwards, the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina who was the 2004 United States Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

Dudes. It’s July 9th.  ALREADY. Where is time going? Hope everyone had a lovely holiday! Honestly, FOJ (that’s Fourth of July for those who don’t speak abbrev) seems like weeks ago. We had a relaxing day on the beach. Nothing too crazy. A group of military plans flew from Myrtle Beach all down the coast of SC for a salute the troops type of thing. It gave me fuzzies in my tummy. God bless the good ol’ USA.

                                            

Onward.

Behind our townhome we have a small patio, which is actually just a rectangular slab of concrete that is functional for like 2.5 people at one time. We have our grill out there, which we use all the time, but I’ve been yearning for a space to sit back and sip a beer on a cool (psh, dream on) summer night while grilling up some yummy seasonal dish. I also have had a bad case of pallet-itch. This is a term that I created 2 seconds ago which describes what happens when one gets on Pinterest and sees the millions of different projects floating around that use pallets found on the side of the road. The side of the road, you say? I’m in. 

Unfortunately for me, Matt mentioned that there was a pallet at his work waiting to be taken by the garbage men. Let’s just say I was mildly depressed about missing an opportunity to salvage something off the street. I tried looking on Pinterest for a DIY pallet outdoor table, but nothing came out. Most table searches found either a big, full-sized patio table or a fancier coffee table, which wasn’t right for what I wanted outdoors. Funny thing about Pinterest is that it seems like the same pins get created in a couple different ways so if you have an idea of your own, you just have to be down-right creative. UGH. Thinking for myself? How annoying. Luckily, this project required about 25 seconds worth of thought.

                                          

Step 1:  Sand that puppy down. I wasn’t too thorough here because the wood is really rough and sort of impossible to completely sand down. 

Step 2: Stain to the color of your liking. I wanted a dark stain to complement the red chairs we found at Lowe’s for $17 bucks a piece. Cha-ching, y’all. 

Step 3: Buy 4 casters at Lowe’s and screw them to the bottom of the pallet, one on each corner. 

Step 4: Seal with an outdoor sealant that will protect against the elements. I gave it about 2-3 coats.

Step 5: Grab some steaks, corn on the cob and an ice cold Mich Ultra and enjoy!

                               

The airondock chairs sit low, so I love how the table balances with it. Perfect sit-your-beer-down-for-a-sec-to-take-a-bite-of-your-burger height. Have I talked about beer too much in this post? Oops.
I did snag that rusty watering can off the side of the road. So, there’s that.