Which Wich Marathon Relay?

marathon relayteam coco puffs

Two new experiences today.  This morning, I ran in a marathon relay with some kids from the cross country team.  I can proudly say that team Coco Puffs finished ahead of the other team from our school.   You can see the race results here!

After the race was over,  I completed all the pick-ups and drop-offs and grabbed some lunch at the new Which Wich near my house.  I’ve heard good things and bad things.  I’m siding with the good things.

The restaurant is kind of like Chipotle for sandwiches, but they also serve any of their sandwiches as salads.  You can order a salad with more veggies and sauces than you could possibly imagine.  I ordered a roast beef salad with hummus and ranch on the side.  On top, there were bell peppers, two kinds of onions, cole slaw, tomatoes…it was great.  I highly recommend.

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After a great lunch, two episodes of Netflix’s House of Cards, and a long nap, I’m finally getting to all the things I need to do today!

Desktop Monogram

There are a hundred ways to make this happen, but my way is easy.  I have no fancy equipment or software.



Create a Monogram for Your Desktop:

  • Search for desktop images, and find one you like.
  • Save the image to your computer.
  • Open the image in either PowerPoint or Keynote.
  • Expand the image over the entire slide.
  • Download a free monogram font.  I used this one from a random website.
  • Install the font.  When it is installed, it should appear in your font list in all your programs.
  • Create three text boxes.  The last initial in the middle is 300 point font.  The side initials are in 200 point.
  • Center and align the letters.
  • Export the presentation as a PDF file.  Save the file in a folder that appears as an option to select a background image in your computer’s settings.
  • Open your computer’s settings, and choose the background you created as you would any other picture.

I think these instructions are specific enough.  If you have questions, PLEASE leave  a comment so I can help you and fix my instructions.

Something to do with those Christmas Lights

Putting up Christmas decorations is such a bummer.  I dread it before I even put them out in November! Here’s an idea to keep a touch of Christmas around all year.

Remember that pink and teal Christmas tree?  I just couldn’t let myself put it away entirely.  So I did this:

Pink Bathroom Lights

It’s just one string of pink lights around my bathroom mirror.  I may get tired of it in a few months, but for now, I think it’s pretty awesome.  The lights give just enough light to see what you need but still take a relaxing shower.  Take that, Rubbermaid boxes that get to spend the next eleven months with my Christmas decorations.

I am the 90% (on New Years Eve)

I’m  one of the 90% of Americans who claim they are staying in for New Years.  I think that says more about the people who actually respond to those polls than what people actually do on New Years.  They way I see it, I’m going to get a good night’s sleep tonight, and I’m definitely not going to be disappointed!

I’m also going home tomorrow.

Which I think is what I said when I headed this direction a week and a half ago.  I guess my home is both places.

Since it was my last day in Anderson (and I busted my tail at the gym today), I ordered something at Panera that I’ve been hankering for lately–the grilled cheese.  My mom, brother, and I enjoyed a nice lunch together.

Lunch at Panera

Of course, I thought about ways that I could make a slightly healthier version myself.  It will happen soon.

I finished off my stay in Anderson with a bike ride with my mom and dinner with the family.  I’ve had a wonderfully restful break here.  My other home hosts both new and old exciting things to tackle in 2014.

Happy New Year!

Rolling the Final Credits on Christmas

Colorful Post-Christmas Mess

This will make you feel better about whether or not your “house is a mess.”  When I am at home, everything has to be where it belongs or I can’t function.  On vacation, all bets are off.  The only plus is that a lot of my stuff is in bright colors so the mess becomes its own decoration. Bleh, bleh, bleh…it’s a wreck and starting to drive me nuts.christmas mess

Fun with (ridiculous and grammatically disastrous) Signs

I have a few fun photos from Anderson adventures today.  First, I’ve been working out at Gold’s Gym since I’ve been here.  During my first visit, I walked quickly out of the women’s locker room and thought I saw something odd on a sign, but then I thought there was no way it really said that.  Today, I saw it again.  I was right.  I really says that.

no boys in the girls bathroom

…and that’s not to mention lack of apostrophe! Also, just noticed the creation of the gigantic word “lockerroom.”  I guess that extra space would have just taken too much out of them.

Next, this little sign caught my eye at the mall.  Lynna stole the apostrophe from the bathroom sign, I guess.

luxuries' by lynna

One Last Christmas Dinner

On a serious note, I finished up my Christmas festivities tonight with a trip to my Aunt Johnnye’s house.  She’s a phenomenal cook.  As she was making final preparations, she pulled out a recipe handwritten by my great grandmother who was known around town for her fantastic cooking.  This is the recipe for her dressing which I will try to post soon.  There are no fruits or vegetables in this one!

dressing recipeMy great grandmother passed away when I was in the second grade, but I remember her cooking.  Actually, the thing I remember most about staying at her house was that she would let me use the microwave all by myself.  I thought I was a big thing for that.  Apparently, she had a cooking problem that I share–she didn’t like following recipes.  She cooked with a lot of “ish” measurements and “hmmm, I think I’ll throw in this.”  Love.

Once again, my family sat around the table to share stories, laugh, and eat.  I wish I could say I cooked this goodness, but I didn’t.

prime rib

The food was fantastic and made me a little sad at the thought of the little awkward time period after Christmas when the glitter and ho-ho-ho is still on the mind.  Eventually things return to normal, but Christmas is nearly over.  I’m starting to work on my list of things I want/need to do as the new year begins.  I don’t typically do resolutions; I just make a list of things I’d like to be able to say I tried by the end of the next year.  It helps with the post-Christmas transition period.  So, what do you do as Christmas ends avoid to that cheer hangover?  Please leave a comment!