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Tuesday, January 24

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Nobody likes being sick, but it makes me HAPPY that the Mister went out of his way to take care of me last week when I wasn't feeling well. He bought the ingredients to make me chicken and rice soup and made a special trip to the grocery store for orange Gatorade and ice cream. What a good husband.

I am beyond HAPPY that the Republican primary is over in South Carolina. The results surprised me, but at least we get a reprieve on the mud-slinging television ads and the polling calls for the various candidates. (BTW, whatever happened to the "do not call" list? Apparently these "research" firms don't abide by it; nor do they realize that it's inappropriate to call my cell phone after 9 p.m.)

I'm HAPPY that this is a short work week for me. I'm looking forward to getting out of town for a few days and relaxing.Sometimes a little getaway is exactly what the doctor ordered.

The new song "Drive By" by Train makes me HAPPY. I just want to get up and dance when it comes on the radio. It is extremely likely that I'll be purchasing their new cd when it releases.



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Thursday, January 12

Its Ok Thursdays

This week, I thought I would play along with "It's Ok" Thursdays.....

Hey, It's Okay....

...to have planned to do a series of posts to go along with Real Simple's #BeNiceWeek, but not find time to write them. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

...to think a dish was amazing for dinner but not want it as leftovers for lunch.

...to be thrilled that there are new Vampire Diaries, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice tonight (affiliate links).  Sometimes a little fictional drama is worth looking forward to, and I love the Salvatore brothers.

Vampire Diaries [It's Ok Thursday at High-Heeled Love]
Source: IMDB

...to feel like I hit a wall in jujitsu last night, but still know I got a really good workout. Luckily the Mister is generous with the hugs when I'm whining later at night, and the grappling provided a really good workout.

...to be a little too excited that ebates is sending me more than $40 next quarter for my Christmas shopping (referral link). Hey, I like getting a little back when I do my shopping.

...to think that everyone should watch this video about photoshopping...and yet still occassionally touch up a photo here and there. Usually, it's just to color correct the image.

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.


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Saturday, January 7

Now that the holidays are over, I'm back to Shoe Lust Saturday. Since it's actually been cold this week, I've been day dreaming of summer. And where I live, that usually means lots of animal print. Here are my favorite animal print heels this week for a quick walk on the wild side. (Cheesy...I know, I had to.)
Indie by Promise Shoes
Faye Zebra Print Calf-Hair Sandals by Jimmy Choo
Karenly by Guess
Watersnake & Leather T-Strap Wedge Sandals by Manolo Blahnik
Canvas & Leather Slingbacks by Giuseppe Zanotti
So my personal favorite when it comes to animal print is zebra with neon accents. What's yours?


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Friday, January 6


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Because confession is good for the soul.

I confess...

I get more than a little annoyed when you see that car on the road that's whipping back and forth across lanes. You know, the guy who is in so much of hurry that he has to pass everyone to get two car lengths ahead of us all. The one who doesn't really that turn signals come standard on every vehicle. He must have thought they only came with the next trim package. I confess that I also do a little happy dance inside when I pass that guy at the next intersection because he has to wait for a left turn signal.

I confess...

I bought four packages of hummus today at lunch because they were on sale 4 for five dollars. It was a good sale...like basically two of the packages were free and then some compared with the regular price. But the confession is really that those two free packages are staying right in the work fridge. All for me. Do I need two packages of hummus? Heck no! But I can tell you, my belly is sure going to be happy.

I confess...

I got mad at my credit union today. I realized when I was reviewing my end of the year banking and realizing that the annual percentange rate on my savings account was .39%. I know that interest rates are down everywhere, but they paid me 14 cents on my savings account last quarter. Really? 14 pennies? It's like being a waiter and getting two pennies on the tip. You almost wish they'd left nothing at all.

I confess...

I whined and whined and whined about how cold it was on Wednesday. It was 17 degrees when I had to leave for work that morning. There is something about scraping ice off my car at 6:30 in the morning in the dark that is JUST WRONG! And I made sure the universe heard about it. Today though, it's a balmy 68 degrees and sunny outside. Gotta love South Carolina winters.

I confess...

I have enjoyed college football too much this week. After all, my Gamecocks won their bowl game on Monday, making it an 11-win season. This has never happened in the school's 120 years of football history. And then on Wednesday, Clemson lost. And they didn't just lose, West Virginia stomped on them, 70-33.  Ouch. At least I didn't call all my Clemson friends to talk trash...just put it here on my blog =D It was a good week to be a Gamecock.

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Thursday, January 5

You might wind up with a new dog pillow and a very happy dog. The Mister followed this tutorial to make a no-sew pet bed.


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Wednesday, January 4

Monday while I watched the Carolina bowl game, I got this yummy roast started in our dutch oven.  It was finally starting to feel like winter in South Carolina, so this was a warm, hearty meal for when the temperatures drop.

Total time: About 4 hours
Serves: 4-6

1 large tri-tip or chuck roast (mine was about 2.5 lbs)
Salt, pepper, cumin
Garlic powder
1 package onion soup mix
1 bag baby carrots
4 white potatoes, chunked
1 cup water

1. Season the roast with salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder. Rub the onion soup mix on both sides of the roast.

2. Place the carrots and potatoes in the bottom of that pot. Lay the meat on top of the veggies and pour the water over the roast. Cover the pot and cook at 325 degrees....about 4 hours for a 2-3 lb roast. You could also cook the roast in a crock pot on high for 3-4 hours.

3. Serve with salad and dinner rolls.

Recipe is modified from the What's-For-Dinner Cookbook. I like this cookbook because it gives weekly menus and shopping lists for the whole year. With this recipe, I reserved about one pound of the meat to us later in the week.

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Tuesday, January 3


C Mae at Happiness Is... is hosting a fun linky today where we get to show off our engagement/wedding rings. The idea that we create a post showcasing our rings and the stories behind them. It also allows single or nearly-engaged ladies to "shop" without having to go to a store and deal with sales people.

So without further ado, here are my rings:

I shared our proposal story back when I first started blogging. It's hard to believe that post was written back when we first got engaged in May 2009.

Ring specifics:
My center stone is a 1-carat white sapphire in a round brilliant cut.
All the accent stones in both bands were given to me by my step mother; they are also round brilliant cut. According to the appraisal, they are G color and SI1-VS2 in clarity.
The rings are custom-made from palladium.
If any of the guys are interested, my husband band is 9 mm and made of tungsten carbide.
We custom-ordered our rings from Moseley's Diamond. All photos by Chi Photography. Also, be sure to check out our ring-warming ceremony.


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First of all, welcome back to Mamarazzi! Miss Angie did a wonderful job with the Happy List in December, but Mamarazzi was missed. Glad to have her back to blogging.

The best way to describe the HAPPY that took place over the holidays is to show you. So a photo dump is in order. Enjoy =D
Tessa was thrilled with her santa hat.
My niece adores the Mister.


And I adore her.
Cookies from a client.

Roses in December make me HAPPY



Yummy turkey & brie sandwich at Drip Coffee

The Mister's Nutella Stuffed French toast

French press is the way to go. Just give me coffee and no one gets hurt.
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Monday, January 2

Before I get started, I want to say a quick "I'm sorry!" for the unintentional bloggy break. I didn't plan to be gone from my blog for two weeks, but the holidays and company and family took all my time up. Oh, and a little work, too.


I'm hoping throughout the week to share how our holidays went, but first I think it's most appropriate to tell you how we closed out 2011. On Saturday, we laid the Mister's 93-year-old grandmother to rest. Last year was a really hard year for her healthwise, and I think the whole family agrees that she's now in a much happier place.

MaMa (as we called her) was a great leader in our family. She was a retired nurse of 50 years. She was a woman of faith within her church. And she dearly loved her family.

You can read the obituary HERE.

Photo source: BBBrown.com
MaMa (far left) and her three sisters. All four sisters were nurses.

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This was a gathering of the sisters in 2006. MaMa is the second from the left.

Photo taken at our wedding by Chi Photography

Many cousins and family members commented that MaMa's death was the end of an era in our family. We'll miss MaMa, but I have no doubt she's looking down on us and is so proud of her family.


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