Sunday, June 5, 2011

Misadventures of the Weekend

Goodness I don't even know where to start.  I feel like I have been completely MIA from the whole blog scene this last week.  Here is the recap:

1.  Wednesday I was promoted at work to Regional Account Manager.  What does this mean?  Well, more work, more travel, more responsibility, and a little bit more money.  I wish the increase in work load was equal in the rise in salary.  It's not but money isn't everything.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.  I am super excited though.  My first trip as manager is in another week to the great state of Kansas.  Yehaw!  Are there cowboys in Kansas? I better read up before I take off.  I also switched desks at work. 

Isn't it pretty?

2.  I am pretty sure I caught my husband counting to himself for the length of time he needs to dunk his cookies into the milk to make them the right consistency.  When I started laughing uncontrollably, he complete denied what he was doing and tried to reassure me that you don't need to count because you can just feel when it is ready by the change of texture in the cookie.

3.  Saturday, Mr. J promised to do whatever I wanted. This was purely because he had slacked on household work all week and because he was going golfing all day on Sunday.  However, at 11am when he got confirmation that his shipment had arrived at Cabela's our plans completely changed.  I was alright with this because Cabela's is about 10 minutes from my favorite bread store, Great Harvest Bread Co.  I have been itching for some good bread but it is hard to justify an hour ride for loaf of bread. 

We got honey whole wheat and pesto Parmesan.  As you can see it didn't take long to for me to taste test.  Both are delicious!  I might have also snagged a monster cookie - flourless peanut butter chocolate chip.

4.  Our inpromptu trip to Hartford also gave me the opportunity to go to Penzey's spice store.  For our wedding one of my uncles got me an assortment of spices from here. 

They were amazing.  As with anything amazing I find I have to do some research to find out more.  I started googling and eventually signed myself up for the catalog. 

The catalog is equally amazing because it contains tons of recipes.  The spices range from traditional to unique blends and mixes.  I had a coupon for a free jar and ended up with some ancho chilli blend.

5. I scored big at the gym this morning.  Not only did I get in a great workout - 5.5 miles on the treadmill - but I made some friends.  If you know me, I am not the most friendly to strangers. I have been told I walk around with a sour look on my face.  I just think I am deep in thought.  I do smile at people but I am never out to just make friends with any fool I meet on the road.  Anyway, that is a story for another day.  Today though I made friends we the two men who were working behind the counter.  Every Sunday I see the morning paper sitting on the counter.  I want it for the coupons.  I have mentioned before that I love coupons.  However, I am too cheap for the $1.50 cost of the Sunday paper without knowing how good the coupons will be.  I hate spending money to save money; I think it defeats the purpose.  I normally get a local paper that has one packet each week but this week there were none.  Back to the gym, after my workout I went up the the counter to flip through the coupon packets to see if it was worth a trip to the store to actaully (gasp) buy a paper.  These two men were clearly having a good time singing this song, which they later told me was called "Hussle".  I have no clue who or what this song was but we started talking and after a bit I muster the courage to ask if I could have the 3 packets of coupons.  It was a good week for coupons.  They chuckled and said sure.  I could probably say this made my day. Maybe it pays to make friends with strangers?


  1. "I have been told I walk around with a sour look on my face. I just think I am deep in thought. I do smile at people but I am never out to just make friends with any fool I meet on the road. Anyway, that is a story for another day."

    You just described me to a tee. I am so glad not to be the only one LOL

  2. Great post. Congrats on the promotion!

  3. Sounds like you had a fun time-even if it was just a few stops in town. I love going to specialty food stores and bakeries-even if it is just to look around.
    Congrats on the promotion!

  4. Congratulations on your promotion, hope you en joy your trip to Kansas! Your husband sounds like Adam, who will never admit to anything that even vaguely resembles a quirk of character, and believe me, he has a few! One thing he does have going for him, though is that he does make friends wherever he goes. He will talk to anybody about anything and it is amazing the things he finds out or gets people to give him or do for him... so making friends is definitely good. Lovely post, sounds like an eventful week!

  5. LOL CAN I PLEASE make fun of J about the cookies?!?!

  6. I too found that comment funny about the sour look on the face. I get accused all the time of either looking angry or too serious. I just tell people that it is my natural facial expression:) Congrats on the promotion. I hope it is going well


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