The title of this post is how I characterize all of you. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my graduation, move, etc.! It means so much to me that I can share pieces of my life with so many genuinely kind people. I truly appreciate all of you!
I will definitely be posting some pictures of the apartment once I get back to Chicago. So far, I don’t have too much to say since we’ve only had one day in the new place before we left! But I can tell you that we did pop open a bottle of champagne that my aunt gave us and it was very fun to sit on the balcony up high in the sky and stare at the Chicago skyline while sipping I think I could get use to being a city girl for a few years!
Also, for those who asked, I will be starting an internship with a PR firm downtown in mid-July. I am really excited about it because the company works with a lot of food-type clients, and the people there are all very nice. More to come on that once it starts!
It has been such a treat to have this time in Arizona with my family. Yesterday was a Papa Bender delight, by all standards. Well, except breakfast. That one was all me.
Yes, you know it was made by me thanks to the lack of creativity, right? 😉 I had a simple bowl of Kashi Go Lean and unsweetened vanilla almond milk topped with banana and blueberries. So glad that it’s summer fruit time!
There was also some Coffee Cocoa action in one of my favorite mugs.
I spent the morning catching up on the more than 300 emails I received during my little “hiatus” – I basically had no Internet access this past week, and between all the good emails and the junk (mainly) mail I subscribe to – I sign up for way too many newsletters! – it all added up! That took quite a while, but then I got distracted and started looking at wedding dresses and brainstorming ideas We are going to have the wedding in Arizona and starting to figure out where and when. Details to come!
Before I knew it, half the day was gone, but Papa Bender saved the day by calling everyone to the kitchen for lunch! Turns out, he made a little sandwich buffet for us. We decided to take our sandwiches and corn-on-the-cob outside to enjoy the sunshine.
My sandwich was made up of salmon, turkey, provolone, pickles and honey mustard on a whole wheat roll. I also had a little extra salmon and turkey on the side 😉
After lunch, my brother and I went to the pool for a bit and I caught up on one of my Eating Well magazines that Karla was kind enough to supply me with. When we got back, we decided to head to the gym. I did 20 minutes on the Stepmill followed by an arm workout. I was feeling tired for some reason, so it wasn’t anything special.
Dinner was my all-time favorite Papa Bender meal: fajitas! I swear that my dad’s fajitas are better than any I have ever tried at even the best Mexican restaurant. And so fashionably presented, too 😉
Several different protein, veggie and topping selections…
I had two of what you see in the next picture! So nice I had to have them twice.
And Papa Bender also made up a batch of…MARGARITAS!!
Home is where the heart is We let our food settle by sitting outside for a while and then it was time to celebrate my brother’s 16th birthday! It was actually his birthday back on June 17, but because of all the graduation craziness, we decided to wait until we could have a proper celebration.
What a cutie! I can’t believe that he is now officially taller than me. It’s so unfair! We got his favorite red velvet cake from Cold Stone, complete with vanilla ice cream and chocolate shavings. SO GOOD. And my mom didn’t skimp on my gigantic slice. But I had no problem eating it all 😉
I was pretty stuffed after a big dinner and dessert, but it was all delicious. I received a few freebies in the mail yesterday, too, so I’m excited to review those soon! I have so much stuff backlogged that I need to tell you about! For now, I would like to share with you my final project for photojournalism: Phoebe’s Cupcakes. You may have seen a preview of this project when I did a guest post on Angela’s blog (thanks for the sweet comments on that post!), and now, here is the finished project. Enjoy!
Phoebe’s Cupcakes (may not show up in Google Reader, but the video is below!)
I am slowly making my way around to all of your blogs. Life feels “normal” again when I’m reading about what everyone had for breakfast 😉 I’ve missed you!