Friday, January 17, 2014

friends and crafts and friday

It's another Friday! I nearly forgot that this is a three-day weekend (thanks, Dr. King, for many things, but a day off for your birthday makes you even more extra-special) so that just means today is going to crawl by. I'll try to keep my Five short and sweet.

1) Knocking another restaurant off of the Top 100 List: After the churro tequila at El Big Bad last weekend, I was interested in trying El Gran Malo, EBB's sister restaurant on the Top 100 that also features amazing tequila. While the food was a bit lackluster - two of my three tacos lacked flavor - the strawberry-hibiscus tequila didn't disappoint. The ginger flavor was a bit more subtle. My dining companion had the churro and then the pecan-cayenne, which was interesting.

Quesadillas with zucchini and poblanos | tacos | the cabinet where the tequilas were infusing

2) Speaking of my dining companion, it was the awesome Sara, formerly of Simply Sara Elizabeth. I would be sad that she quit blogging but since we talk a good four days a week, I can't say I miss her TOO much. She is doing good, Barley is getting big, and when I asked her what she wanted me to tell the blog world on her behalf, she said that everyone needed to stop being obsessed with numbers - from what size your friend wears to how much money she makes to blog and twitter followers, just stop. She might write a post for me about this, or I will expand on our talk about it because it was a good one.

3) Hypocrite, your name is Lauren (sometimes). I tweeted about how I hated when people tweeted their own blog posts a million times and then you guys were super sweet on twitter about my post yesterday so I had to retweet you because that's what you do and apparently I was annoying (according to my husband, but he's annoyed by everything so his opinion only counts when I agree with it). So sorry and I will do better next time but really, thank you so much for the love. I am really working on being me in my posts so the fact that you liked that one meant so much!

4) I did some googling and learned that you can download an app called Printicular and use it to print your Instagram pics at Walgreens (4x4) for 30 cents each (use a coupon code for more money off, obviously). I maybe went on a printing spree and refreshed my work bulletin boards and some frames at home.

 5) I also used my Instagrams for the Smashbooks I mentioned last week. I went to Michael's and got the full kit for $12 (after coupon) that came with a  book, some tape, and some inserts and a book with a "taste" theme to document our food adventures that was on clearance for $7. I'm having fun putting them together so far and the pages are already really cute so you don't have to do a lot of extra work, which I love.

Blacksmith gets a page (duh) | A page with my top ten of 2013 (found here) and a few pics to match | A spread dedicated to Underbelly, my favorite!

See More Good: This one comes from a blog post. I read Angi's post about a project she did for a friend and I've been thinking about it since. She got different envelopes and labeled them with things like "Read this before a date" "Read this before you see me" and "Read this on your birthday" and then wrote notes and put in little gifts for her friend who she doesn't see that often. I think that is the most thoughtful gift. Who doesn't want a friend who goes through all of that effort?

I'm looking forward to a great, long weekend. If you don't see me until Tuesday, you know I'm enjoying myself!



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18 comments:

  1. Everyone is bragging about their 3 day weekends and I am totally jealous. Apparently the real estate market doesn't care about MLK and his birthday :(

    Strawberry-hibiscus tequila? This sounds very interesting!!!

    Your food adventure book looks so fun!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. what? a holiday already?! can we get the same one here in canada too??

    downloading that print app right now!

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. Thanks for the Printicular app! I have been looking for an easy way to print my Instagram pics.

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  4. So jealous of the three day weekend. I never get bank holidays off.

    Enjoy!

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  5. Printicular sounds awesome! Thank you for recommending that. I'm definitely going to use that. I've been wanting to make a scrap book for my fiance to document our past hockey seasons together and there are a lot of instagram pictures that I would love to use. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Printicular sounds awesome! Thank you for recommending that. I'm definitely going to use that. I've been wanting to make a scrap book for my fiance to document our past hockey seasons together and there are a lot of instagram pictures that I would love to use. Have a great weekend!

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  7. I so don't get MLK day off, so jealous! Have fun! Printicular sounds great, need to check it out! Those quesadillas look yummy.

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  8. I don't get another holiday off until May so enjoy yours a little extra for me!

    I LOVE the Smashbooks!

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  9. I wish I got Monday off :( Lucky you! And I love El Gran Malo's drinks. I had their soup last time I was there and it was yummy!

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  10. Going to need to check out Printacular! Love the concept.

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  11. it makes me happy that i at least still follow Sara on instagram so i get puppy pics :) ps. happy friday!

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  12. Zucchini quesadillas?! That sounds delicious! I never would've thought of that combo on my own.

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  13. No 3 day weekend for my company :( Boooo. Printicular sounds cool, I may have to check it out!

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  14. I'm super jealous of your 3 day weekend! Have a great one!

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  15. I need to come and do dinner with you. I get so jealous every time you post about your amazing meals (or even your lackluster meals). It makes me miss Charlotte and its dinning scene so much. I mean..I guess I could always truck up to the Western' Sizzlin' in Dunn for some flavor. Oh man, oh man. Also? I'm with Sara on the whole numbers thing. And I do really think she should guest post for you on it ;)

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  16. About time more people starting printing IG pics. Do the Walgreen's ones turn out darker? I noticed that when I get normal pics there - they seem darker. Just curious, especially with the smaller pics. Love the Smashbook. Looks great!

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  17. You are the sweetest person for mentioning my post. I "try" my hardest to be a good friend since I moved 12 hours away from everyone I know. I'm going to need to check out printicular, sounds awesome!

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  18. Your smashbook looks so great! I would totally do one if I weren't so lazy because I think it's an awesome idea.

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