Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Ours was a 10 hour whirlwind! Since Dr. Chris was on-call this year we had to be trapped inside a 30 minute bubble around Chapel Hill so we couldn't go see our families in Charlotte. But we were able to host our first ever Christmas! Unfortunately, we didn't plan on anyone coming up so I didn't take any time off so I had to work the next day. My parents came up around 1:30 and My sister and her husband and my sweet baby nephew Jackson followed a few hours behind. I had prepared several hors d'oeuvres for snacking and my parents brought plenty of cheese, crackers, and of course, wine. I pre-made some cauliflower fritters, roasted garlic and artichoke dip, and cheeses. Sadly, we don't have any pictures to show for ourselves!!! (long story, new phone) It was so nice to visit with my parents who brought our Christmas present of a beautiful rug for our house. They actually brought 2 for us to choose between! I fell in love with this one they got from Crate and Barrel. (no longer available) I'm so glad they chose this one, I had been looking for a rug pretty much since we moved and only found a few that I really liked but was never able to see in person so I never pulled the trigger. Seeing the pictures of this rug online makes it look so different! Please compare these pics! They look like different rugs! (See someone else's anguish here.)

This was probably one of my favorite gifts this year. It really makes our house look like a home to me. After talking, drinking, eating and opening presents it was finally time to settle in for a delicious meal. Chris had been wanting to make his jerk chicken for a while and I knew my family would love a spicy Christmas! We paired it with Sweet Potato Mashed with green chilies and Garlic Broccoli and ended with a Chocolate Peppermint Bunt. Of course no meal is complete in the Gibnoz house without a couple signature drinks. We made Sparkling Amaretto Sours and Chris made his boozy Egg Nog. I'm not really a huge fan of egg nog but I LOVE Mr. Chris'! Not too sweet, not too boozy, juuuust right! He hand makes the whole thing so it's mixed to perfection! We just love to make things hard around our house but it's always so worth it!! I hope everyone got something in their stocking and that everyone has a safe and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Stop what you're doing

And read this article, I had intentions to post MAYBE a gift guide but this is way better and kind of a gift guide for a 7 year old girl. Please die of laughter with me in reading...My Kid's Insane Christmas Wish List, Annotated.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gift Guides

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving as I did and experienced as little traffic as we did! Whew! Now that it's time to get into Christmas mode for me I have seen about a MILLION gift guides lately. Do any of you like those? Do you find them helpful? Personally I find them most helpful for making a list for myself rather than finding gifts for others. However they have spawned several ideas for gifts, but maybe like 1 in 500. I don't know. What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? I'd like to know your thoughts!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On The Road

I've always wanted, or planned on writing about podcasts and books on tape but never had the right opportunity. Well here it is! I know many people might already be on the road, be safe out there! But for those who are still getting in those last few tasks, here is another thing to tack onto your list of things to do! I first came across audio books when I scanned a company's entirely paper-based filing system into PDF form. (awesome) After listening to music started to make me feel like my brain was going to leak out my ears my mom suggested audio books. Ummm, perfection. First one? Gossip Girl, Christina Ricci narrates awesomely, I still remember, this was in like 2006, I used an original iPod mini. Sa-weet. Then I discovered my library would let me stream audio books for free! I remember I listened to The Kite Runner and several other books narrated by the author and I fell in love. Chris and I listened to audio books on long trips for a longtime. Then I branched out to podcasts. I still listen to these way more than audio books.
These are some of my favorites:
Stuff Mom Never Told You: I have loved this one for a long time, it's all about women, and womanly things and women in history. A lot of it can be applied to the world in general but I love the hosts, past and present and the topics are super interesting.

NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour: This is a newer one I really like. It's all about different kind of pop culture and the hosts are awesome and hilarious and so well informed. They are usually around 30-45 minutes and the topics are always up to date but I still like to listen to the really really old ones too!

Aisha Tyler: Girl on Guy: I LOVE this one. Aisha Tyler is not only hilarious but she is super freaking smart, she has kick ass people on her show and it's just awesome. If you have kids in the car it may not be totally appropriate since she and her guests curse, but it doesn't bother me. I HIGHLY recommend this one, they can be quite long, usually an hour and a half to two hours. But entertaining the whole time!

NPR: Ask me Another: This is perfect for car rides! It's basically a recorded quiz show. I love to answer along, and since its through NPR you know it's good. I'll definitely be putting this on my phone before we leave!

Conversations with Maria Menounos: This is the newest one of the bunch, I think she only has about 3 interviews but so far they have been good. I wish her sound quality was a little better but other than that i have no complaints.

Go subscribe and happy driving! If any of these get boring you had better put on your crazy dancy running mix! We don't want ANY accidents this year!! Stay safe!!

Monday, November 25, 2013


Well we attended another Friendsgiving this year and what a success! I made this pie again and it was a big hit! Can you tell my oven is uneven? One side seems slightly more cooked than the other...that's what you get with a thirty year old oven!
I also made these potatoes because I love leeks and who doesn't like bacon? Can I tell you, when I went to buy leeks I only found GIANT organic ones. Seriously, I've never seen a leek so huge. They were definitely abut as round as a regular 16.9 oz water bottle. I am so excited for my family's Thanksgivings! Hopefully my Granny will get out of the snow storm in Texas and will get to NC safety! This will probably be my last post this week. In the mean time have a safe and happy holiday!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Birthday Weekend

Like I said on Thursday it was also my birthday weekend! I've had much discussion on the matter of fall birthday's versus summer birthdays. Many, many of my birthdays it has rained. 2 years ago in Baltimore it was like a spring day! I always had to go to school and now work, it's cold, its right in between Halloween and Thanksgiving, there's a lot to complain about. My sister on the other hand has a summer birthday July 4th to be exact. That sounds like an AWESOME birthday to me, but she always finds things to complain about. In school no one was around because it's kind of a family holiday, people never got her cupcakes because it wasn't during the school year. Umm I'm sure she has other reasons but on the upside, she will NEVER have to work on her birthday and she will ALWAYS have fireworks. Seriously? The only time that will happen for me is...umm never? In my dreams? But on the upside I plan my Christmas list early and whatever I don't get on my birthday I just ask for again for Christmas. Here are a few things that will no longer be on the Christmas list...

My favorite thing might be the perfume, it smells just like my wedding leis and my mom is getting the bottle engraved with our wedding date, which I thought was such a sweet added touch! Anything on here you are going to add to your Christmas wish list?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reunion Weekend

This weekend I had the pleasure of reuniting with some of the most favorite women I know. We were missing a few, but the show must go on! I drove down to Charlotte on Friday afternoon after having a leisurely breakfast with little Kona.
Of course as with any driving trip I packed way more than necessary. Does anyone else do that? I made it there before anyone else and caught up with Noelle and my parents and then the fun began! Since we had two ladies come in after long, long road trips we took it easy with some dinner and wine and catching up.
On Saturday we had a late brunch and then headed up to the National White Water Center. I've been several times to raft and climb but this time we took to the trails! It was so nice to enjoy the beautiful weather and chat while getting in a bit of exercise. We ate a delicious lunch there and then went home to get ready for our night out.
We ate at one of my favorites, Cajun Queen and met up with a friend from high school. Then headed to Whiskey Warehouse where we enjoyed the Charlotte Skyline and couple pitchers before heading to a late night trip to Amelie's. All in all it was a great trip and so good to see some of my favorite women. It always feels good to come home to Mr. Chris and little Kon though.
Do you have anyone you try to catch up with every year or so?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Happy Birthday!

To me! Yep, wishing it on myself, that's why I've been so lazy this week because I'm old...Let's celebrate my survival!! WOOHOO!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

Thank you to all who have served our country. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Shoes

The final installation of the NHYS. But where are all the pretty shoes? I don't know, I got tired of looking once the prices reached close to $100. I'm trying to keep things realistic here people! But I have been looking into getting new trainers since I've been doing more classes and I don't want to wear out my running shoes when I'm not running.
Does anyone else feel like their feet look huge when they workout? I need thinner shoes or I need to work this weird complex out...

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Coats and Jackets

My oh my! Are there jackets galore! Let's get right into it because these are actually pretty affordable and beautiful! And I just realized all but one of these are Guess? They're doing right by coats for me!
Clearly I'm trying to get out of the plain black or gray coats that I already own! What are your coat preferences? I prefer a button to a zip and I always want that waist cinched!

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Dresses

Ah dresses, one of my favorite and most coveted clothing items. Nothing can beat a good dress. When you slip into something that fits like it was meant just for you, there are few better feelings. Also, a dress? It one thing, just find some fantastic shoes and you're done! But we'll get to that later! ;) These are all more formal dresses but could probably be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Ok I do already own the French Connection one but what can I say? It's awesome, I love it, it's super comfy and French Connection has been hitting it out of the park lately for me!
I mean, I love this dress! Also that guy, how cute is he? Now that I think about it, some of my favorite memories are in dresses. Formals, my proposal, wedding (duh!) Who doesn't like fancy dress?

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Accessories

Break time! Time for some accessories! I love a good watch and Michael Kors does it right!
I'm not huge on jewelry lately but I do like these Kate Spade studs.
I think I'm not huge on jewelry in the fall/winter because I would just cover it up with a scarf! I love a good scarf, with my black monotone ensembles a pop of color or interest with a scarf is so easy, with the added bonus of warmth!
Finally I would love to top it off with some awesome sunnies!
I think these are so cool with the half gold half tortoise! What are your winter must have accessories? 

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale: Bottoms

For bottoms I'm more of a skirt girl at work, these are the only two I would be interested in since they are both classic shapes and both fully lined.  
For pants I've been on the hunt for comfy leggings. There aren't a lot of choices in the sale but here are a few I would want to try on.
If you can stretch it I would go for these Paige Denim Jeans, I love mine that I was able to score at Marshall's. Love 'em! Always looking for a deal! Does anyone else hate how work pants look on them? Is it a short thing? Or a big legs thing? Let me know your thoughts!

Nordstorm Half Yearly Sale: Underpinnings

Girl if you're going to be buying new clothes you need to start at the beginning; like buildings and make up you have to start with good foundations! I think anything with a lace waist is great, no lines are the way to go! (Or Victoria's Secret is having there 7 for $26 on now too!)
My favorite everyday bras are definitely Calvin Klein with Natori and Chantelle close behind. Please take this time to get fitted! It only takes a minute and the people there are always very helpful, it really makes a huge difference when your bra fits! It will make you feel better, stand up straighter, and it really will make your clothes look better on you!
I also like tights in the winter and I've found that I really like the DKNY ones since they have a nice smooth control top without it cutting into my sides and don't suffocate. These tights are also opaque so they are hard to 'run' and easy to wash a wear!
Good luck and stay tuned for more installations for the NHYS throughout the day!
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