Monthly Archives: October 2011

Thankful Journal – Part 1 – 10.24.11-10.29.11

Well, as promised in my last update for my 101 in 1001 challenge, I wanted to complete task #99 – Keep a journal for one month and write down 1 thing I’m thankful for each day.  So, I’m keeping this journal right here on my bloggy-blog, for you all to read.  I figured I’d start on 10/24/11 to 11/24/11 (Thanksgiving).  So here’s the first week (figuring I’d go Sunday – Saturday, although this first week starts with Monday).

Monday – October 24, 2011 – Kind Words – my birthday is 10/24 and I was thankful for the many kind words I received through phone calls/text messages/facebook posts.  Thank you all for taking a moment out of your day to think of me! Some of the sweetest words came from the babes @ 8:30 AM when I woke up – “Happy Birthday sweetie” with a kiss on my forehead – ahhh, love 🙂

Tuesday – October 25, 2011 – Quality Time With My Family – On Tuesday Night, my sister Kelly and I, along with her daughter Makenzie, went out to dinner and then created some pottery. We all had a great time, and I found that I’m more creative than I thought (when we pick up the final pieces, I will share with you!).  Here’s my niece, Makenzie, showing off her artwork:

Wednesday – October 26, 2011 – Running – I had a particularly rough day at work (hey it happens), so after I got home, I went out for a nice long run (3.65 miles).  It was nice to (a) enjoy the beautiful fall weather and (b) let go of some much-needed stress.

Thursday – October 27, 2011 – Alone Time – Eddie went out to watch the Miami/Virginia game, so I seized the opportunity to catch up and write some blog notes (one of my goals is to create a better blog with more content other than my 101 in 1001 challenge), talk to one of the BFF’s (Megan), and chat with my niece Dana on Facebook. 

Friday – October 28, 2011 – Pretty Sunrises – On my way to work, I happened to see this pretty sky.  Made me happy and made my day!

Saturday – October 29, 2011 – Celebrations – Within our close circle of friends, there are 5 birthdays (including mine) from October 20 – November 4 (Happy Birthday Jimmy, Chris L, Kelly, and Chrissy).  So we decided to go out and celebrate all the birthdays.  Since many have children now, it’s difficult to all get together, but I know wehad a great time, and it was nice catching up and celebrating another year!  Cheers!

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Language Barrier

How many of you have ordered a cheesesteak in South Philly before (@ Pats, Genos, Tony Lukes, Jim’s, etc)?  Well, many of you know that there is only one real way to do so – see the illustration below:

The babes taught me this after my first failed attempt at age 17 – and believe me he’s a pro!!!!

This afternoon, after some shopping, I decided to venture off to Tony Lukes new eatery right here in the heart of Washington Township (Twp, as the locals call it, or S. Philly East in my world) to pick up lunch for the babes and me.  I would have thought that since I was ordering lunch from a S. Philly eatery, the lingo would be the same (especially since I live in S. Philly East – I swear more than 1/2 the Twp population was from, or their parents were from S. Philly – no joke).  Here’s how the order went down:

Cashier:  Can I help you?

Me: I’d like 2 provolone wit (side note, it’s not with, it’s wit – translated as I’d like 2 provolone cheesesteaks with fried onions, following the illustration above)

Cashier: Uhhhh (insert long pause and blank stare with mouth partially open like I was speaking Mandarin Chinese), what was that?

Me:  I’d like 2 provolone cheesesteaks with fried onions

Cashier:  So you want 2 cheesesteaks,  (insert blank stare) both with provolone cheese, and uhhhhhhhh both with fried onions?

Me:  Yes

Although the steaks were delicious, I would love to know what the owners thought of that?  How could you work in a S. Philly based cheesesteak place, located in S. Philly East and not know the lingo?  I have to admit, I thought it was too funny not to share.

Weeks 48 – 53 Update

Hi Friends…..Just looking at the dates, and I realize that I’m a whole year into this challenge (and blogging – Happy Blogiversary to me!).  Wowzer!  Here’s the up-to-date tasks completed:

#20 – Cook for a whole week; no takeout – Aaaaah, if you happened to feel the breeze on 9/17, it was actually me breathing a sigh of relief.  I admit, I’m not exactly a gourmet chef – in fact, I have a love/hate relationship with cooking.  Sometimes I love cooking, more often I love to hate cooking (if that makes any sense).  So when I decided to do this challenge, I had to put something that would be tough for me.  I mean,  a whole week w/o takeout of any kind???  Yikes!! I did it (and I’m glad it’s done – my previous attempt in January wasn’t successful!)

#37 – Have one weekend a month for an entire year without commitments – So I was down and out on 10/8 and 10/9.  I had recently had a minor dental surgery/procedure (no worries, I’m totally fine), so I thought this would be a great weekend for some R&R.  I watched some College Football (Red River Rivalry – Texas lost 😦 ), shopped, and prepped meals for the week (although my dinners were limited for a short period of time). 

#54 – Try 10 New Recipes – In my attempt to bring new foods to our dinners, I actually made three (yes, 3) new dinners during this time frame.  The first was Shepherd’s Pie (and when Ed read that it called for lamb, he almost freaked out and told me that “you Irish people sure eat weird things”).  I didn’t use lamb, I actually used ground sirloin.  The next was a dish called Spinach Ravioli Bake.  Basically, it’s frozen ravioli, layered like lasagna with spinach, cheese, and sauce.  Um, delicious.  The third was homemade chicken noodle soup – all I can say is delicious.  If you are interested, leave a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll e-mail you all the recipes.  Savor over this mouth-watering picture of my soup below (sooooo delicious!)

#88 – Have a yard sale – back on 9/17 I had a yard sale to get rid of the stuff accumulating in the basement/garage.  Didn’t do bad, made over $100 and whatever was left was donated to the local Goodwill.  The goal was whatever didn’t sell, was not, under no circumstances, coming back into the house!

# 99 Keep a journal for a month and write down 1 thing I’m thankful for each day – with Thanksgiving rapidly approaching (on 11/24), I decided that starting on 10/24 through Thanksgiving, I’d write down something I’m thankful for each day.  I figured I could turn this into a weekly post (um, please don’t hold me to that).  You all should join me in this – there has to be at least one thing you are thankful for each day, right?

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m doing a lot of brainstorming to see how I can make this blog better.  Note the following stats for the 1st year of this project (I still have about 20-21 months left):

24 tasks complete

1 failed task

11 tasks in process

Not bad, eh?  Until next time,

xoxo, Shannon