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Weekly Highlights m2w4y17

Weekly Highlights m2w4y17

What an AWESOME WEEK!!!!! I love vacation!! I’ll be posting the video and tons of pics of our trip very soon!

Highlights from the week of February 17-23rd, 2017:

  1. Spending time with my parents
  2. Shopping at Bealls
  3. Lunch at Ford’s Garage at Miromar Outlets
  4. Pizza night
  5. Naples Beach
  6. Harbor cruise in Naples
  7. Seeing multi-million $ homes on the waterfront
  8. Seeing dolphins
  9. Lunch at Bonefish Grill in Naples
  10. Rotisserie chicken
  11. Delnor Wiggins State Park
  12. My kids’ good behavior
  13. BBQ and swimming in the ocean at Bonita Beach
  14. Dinner date sans kids at The Fish House
  15. Lobster Bites & Grouper Reuben at The Fish House
  16. Pool at Paloma
  17. Chic-Fil-A
  18. Cruisin’ the coast from Bonita Beach into Fort Myers Beach
  19. Splash pad at Lakes Regional Park
  20. My Dad’s smoked ribs
  21. Downloaded movies on Netflix to watch on the airplane
  22. Discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1
  23. G/T Cohort with Dr Westberg
Weekly Highlights m2w3y17

Weekly Highlights m2w3y17

Highlights from the week of Feb 10-16, 2017:

  1. Happy Hour at Ol’ Mexico
  2. My amazing 40th birthday!!!
  3. Birthday greetings from friends and family, near and far
  4. A beautiful new purple Coach purse from my honey
  5. Romantic birthday dinner at Bonefish Grill
  6. Pomegranate Sage Martini
  7. Donuts at Bonefish Grill. OMG, best donuts I’ve ever had
  8. Birthday drinks with my girlfriends
  9. My first ride with Uber
  10. Phone call from my Gram & Gramp
  11. Brunch with Brian, Michelle and all the kids
  12. Really great NAAPID performance at school
  13. Valentine’s Day gyros at Dino’s
  14. Generous donations for Weeks 2 & 3 with Pennies for Patients
  15. Getting everything packed up and ready for our trip to Florida
  16. Finishing It Ends With Us
  17. Pizza at Angelos
  18. A decent flight to Fort Myers to see my parents!
  19. Reading Another Brooklyn in its entirety on the flight to FL
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not a big sucker for Valentine’s Day, but this year I decided to send out photo cards in lieu of the Holiday cards I never got around to ordering and sending a few months back.  I think it was a nice surprise for our friends and family to get happy mail in February! I might just make this our new tradition 😉

Happy 40th birthday to my dearest Lanee Valentina! Love you girlie!!

This is 40!

This is 40!

OMG you guys!!!!!!! I am 40!!!!!! Here is me yesterday on my 40th Birthday!

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend, but a fun one turning 40. I was in denial about being over the hill and I didn’t plan anything in advance but I’m good at impromptu plans 😉

It started with happy hour at Ol’Mexico on Friday with some of my co-workers, then Saturday we had lunch at Taco House. I love tacos! Great start to a very nice birthday.

Lunch was followed by some shopping at Coach to get a beautiful new purse. Or two, because I couldn’t decide which of these beauties needed to come home with me 😉

I talked to my mom and dad for a brief call followed by a surprise call from my Gram & Gramp.  I think this is the first time they’ve called me on my birthday so that was pretty special.  They are 88 & 91 years young now. lol
Later I had a wonderful meal (sans children) at Bonefish Grill in the West End.  We had bang-bang shrimp, calamari, steak and lobster, wine and pomegranate martinis, topped by the best donut dessert I’ve ever had in my life. I will dream about those fluffy pillows of pastry for years to come. Oh! And complimentary cheesecake to boot!


I was tired, stuffed out of my mind, and had a few cocktails under my belt but wasn’t ready to call it a night yet. I met up with my BFF Mary and her husband, and my dear friend Cassie for a couple of hours at a local dive bar (Doc’s Landing).  They were playing old school music, the same stuff they played back in the day when I was just a kid hitting the bar scene for the first time 😉 

Earlier today I met Brian, Michelle and the kids for brunch at Green Mill. Yum! 

Later this afternoon we went to Maplewood Mall to get a few things for our upcoming trip to Florida.  We took the kids on the carousel and walked around the mall.  It was a nice ending to a great birthday weekend.

I have to admit, 40 feels pretty good.  I’m looking forward to the next decade, I hear your 40’s are the best!

Weekly Highlights m2w2y17

Weekly Highlights m2w2y17

Happy Friday!! It seems like it has been a Looooooooooong week and I am ready for my birthday weekend!! Here are my highlights from February 3-9, 2017:

  1. Fresh cut and color.  Color wasn’t exactly what I wanted but it still looks nice and the cut feels great.  Still long, but more layers.
  2. Organizing the boys’ old baby clothes so I can get rid of them
  3. Getting started on my taxes
  4. Finishing my mid-year TD&E paperwork at work (a week before the deadline!)
  5. It Ends With Us
  6. Mushroom & Swiss burger and Alfredo wings  at DSpot
  7. Reminiscing with old friends on FB re: songs that remind people of ME
  8. Hearing from an old college friend
  9. Sending out photo Valentines instead of Christmas cards
  10. Response to my cute Valentines
  11. A very generous week 2nd of donations by the kids at school for Pennies for Patients
Weekly Highlights m2w1y17

Weekly Highlights m2w1y17

This week was decent however, I hurt my back and have had a rough go of it, physically.

Here are my weekly highlights from January 27-Feb 2, 2017:

  1. Pizza at Cossetta’s
  2. Taking boys to Mall of America
  3. Rides at Nickelodeon World
  4. Lobster bites at Long John Silver’s
  5. Another scenic drive along Mississippi River
  6. Having an old RX of muscle relaxers on-hand to help with my back
  7. Registering for the Plexus Convention in Las Vegas
  8. Family STEM Night at school
  9. Photo Booth with Props (with yours truly as the photographer)
  10. Making an appt to get my hair done, balayange-style
  11. Getting caught up with This Is Us
  12. Making it through “Winter” and “Spring” in GG: A Year in the Life
  13. Catching up with Noemy
  14. Starting the book Dark Matter

Bash & Dash on Blue’s Ride at MOA

Snowy Beach at Spring Lake (Mississippi River)