Monthly Archives: February 2013

30 Day Photo Challenge – Update 3

Hello Friends –

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I started the 30 day photo challenge and it’s time for my last post. You can read about the challenge here, here, and here. Enjoy!

Day 21 – Whatever I Want – 2/5/13 I love me some Wawa French Vanilla Cappuccino. I’m not supposed to have any coffee at work; the effect is almost like someone on speed.

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Day 22 – Daily Routine – 2/6/13 I’m a list maker. Almost every day, I write a list of what I hope to accomplish that day.

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Day 23 – Drink – 2/7/13 It was pizza night with my pals at RRCW. So I enjoyed some sassy wine with some of my favorite sassy runners.
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Day 24 – A Smile – 2/8/13 I was going through old pictures and I found this of my niece Dana. I miss the high-pitched, squeaky laugh that accompanied this smile. She’s all grown up now (insert sad face).
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Day 25 – Eyes – 2/9/13 Here’s my eyes, wonderous as usual.
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Day 26 – Blast from the Past – 2/10/13 I was out at the thrift shop (anyone else obsessed with that song?) looking for frames for a gallery wall I want to create in my family room and I happened to stumble upon a collection of cassettes and this fine gem. Anyone down for the New Kids Dance?? If only I had my Sony Sports Walkman (sad to think that my nieces/nephews will never know what a cassette tape is).
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Day 27 – Messy Hair – 2/11/13 I let my hair air-dry and it’s half straight, half-wavy and looks like crap. Here ya go; just keeping it real folks (and I look like I’m posing for a glamour shot with my 80’s Jersey mall hair).
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Day 28 – Morning – 2/12/13 Here’s the sunrise on my way to work; I was just thankful it looked so pretty.
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Day 29 – Gratitude 2/13/13 Since I’m a list-maker, I made a list of everything I’m thankful for. Sometimes writing it down/verbalizing it, is just necessary to remind yourself that life is good and the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere.
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Day 30 – Me 30 days later – 2/14/13 Happy Valentines Day. While waiting for my morning tea @ Starbucks, I took this master. I wonder if my niece Dana would be proud of my duckface (disclaimer – I was in line waiting and the car was in park; safety first folks).
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I have to admit it was kind of fun doing this everyday! I may have to do this again, if I ever get a fancy pants DSLR camera (Hint, Hint Eddie). Enjoy your weekend!

30 Day Photo Challenge – Update 2

Greetings Friends,

I’m back with my 30 Day Photo Challenge Update. I can hardly believe that 20 days have gone by so quickly. You can read about the challenge here and my first update here. Feel free to follow me on instagram at #shannonsshenanigans30dayphoto.

Day 11 – Favorite Dessert 1/26/13 – Hands down it’s Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream. I don’t have it all that often, but it’s so good. Try it – you’ll be hooked.

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Day 12 – In My Closet 1/27/13 – Here’s my master closet. You might remember it from this post back in 2010. I’m still hoping to eventually get my dream closet (and by dream closet, I mean transforming the existing space to be more functional and organized). But in case you couldn’t tell, my OCD tendencies show that I organize my clothes by color and then by sleeve length. Call it a sickness

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Day 13 – My Front Door 1/28/13 – Here’s my front door, from inside my house. It was too cold to take the picture from the outside.

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Day 14 – Books 1/29/13 – Here’s some of the books I’ve read. I have a strange fascination with WWII and political books.

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Day 15 – Where I sleep 1/30/13 – There’s my bed, where all the “magic” happens (if you’ve never saw MTV’s Cribs, you probably wouldn’t get that reference). The bedding is a little too matchy-matchy to the walls, and I’d love to update the furniture (we’ve had it for 11 1/2 years) and get something with richer wood tones.

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Day 16 – Hands 1/31/13 – three things I noticed about this picture; (1) I desperately need a manicure; (2) my ring needs to be cleaned; and (3) I’m overdue for some new Michael Kors gear.

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Day 17 – Favorite Food 2/1/13 – Pizza Steaks. Yummmmm……nomnomnom

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Day 18 – Clouds 2/2/13 – I took this when I left the gym Saturday Morning. It was a gorgeous sunny day, but very bitterly cold. I can’t wait until spring (44 days to go – I think)

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Day 19 – Shoes 2/3/13 – I caved and bought fake uggs. I needed a warm winter shoe and most of my shoes are ballet flats. Not good in the snow. They are surprisingly comfy, but I will not spend the $$ for real Uggs.

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Day 20 – Mailbox Love 2/4/13 – This is what I got in the mail. Can you pay my bills? Can you pay my telephone bill? Can you pay my auto-mo-bill? Yeah, nothing but bills and junk

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I saw that my niece is doing her own challenge on Instagram – anyone else joined in?

101 in 1001 update – January 2013

Greetings Friends. So I’m back, pretty dedicated as I’m nearing the end of this challenge. Here’s what happened in January 2013:

#11 – Take a Cooking Class – this is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m officially signed up, with one of my BFF’s Megan. We are scheduled for a 2/25 class and I’m looking forward to the hilarity that’s to come of this. I have a feeling we might end up like this clip from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (for the record, I would not be the one with the soap on the chicken):

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2 – Soap on a Chicken – Video – Bravo TV Official Site.

#18 – Take a picture every day of a month and blog about it – so right now I’m just over halfway through my 30 day photo challenge. You see the first 10 pics here, the next 10 should be posted by the end of next week. If you have Instagram, you can follow along by searching #shannonsshenanigans30dayphoto

#54 – Try 10 New recipes – I’m sure I probably had this complete last year, but since I was lazy on a blog hiatus, I can’t quite remember what I may have made that was “new”. So a few weeks ago, I made Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup. It was fantastic. I even made my own garlic croutons (I took rolls that I had in the freezer, thawed them out, cut into cubes, and mixed with melted butter/garlic powder. Baked at 350 for 10 minutes) and they were awesome too. I’m thinking about making it again this weekend, except this time I would puree the veggies for a smooth soup. Also, I found out that the soup freezes well too, just make sure you thaw it out slowly in the refrigerator.

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I also tried this Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe from Skinny Taste. I used the exact ingredients, however, I decided to cook it in the crock pot (chalk it up to my love affair with my crock pot). Um, it looked and tasted like dog food. Maybe next time (that is IF I try this again), I will follow the recipe exactly. It sounds like it would be good.

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#96 – Paint a piece of pottery to display in my house – Back on January 12th, I had a girls day out with my sister Kelly and my niece Makenzie. I had bought Makenzie a gift certificate for a local pottery place (she is quite the little artist) for Christmas with the intention of having day out with them. I painted a vase, complete with a monogram ‘M’ (because I’m obsessed with all monogrammed things) for my front hallway. Kelly painted a chocolate bunny and Makenzie made a heart trinket box. Here’s pics from the day:

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Any new recipes worth trying? Feel free to share!!! Take care until next time!