Friday, February 25, 2011
Labels: blog move
Thursday, February 24, 2011
That's right. I'm moving.
Let's call Spring a fresh start for the life of Alyssa, and therefore, for Life of bLyss as well.
Here's a sneaky sneak preview of my brand spankin' new Wordpress domain:
|sneaky, sneaky, sir.|
"I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness."
|Courage is about doing what you're afraid to do.|
There can be no courage unless you're scared.
|Be who you are and say what you feel.|
Because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
|this has been on my fridge for the past 5 years.|
|I'm totally a thief, Lisa. Forgive me.|
But this is perfect.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sounds heavenly, right?
|who wants a cute little truffle?|
|after I dove in and swam around a little|
I challenge you to find a room with three people who all don't like Reese's peanut butter cups. It won't happen. Unless you surround yourself with loonies on a regular basis.
|don't slobber all over your keyboard. just go make some.|
- 1/4 finely chopped salted pretzels
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used my new favorite, Naturally More. go get that, because it's got a fantastic flax seed crunch to it)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, but dark chocolate would've been even better)
|don't chop them finer than this. I almost wish I had bigger pretzel pieces.|
Roll the peanut butter/pretzel mixture into little balls. I made them smaller than necessary... because who doesn't want MORE truffles for a little less guilt? ;)
|my aunties spoil me with the best gifts.|
|Meggy gave her stamp of approval.|
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
My beautiful friend Anastasia has been such a wonderful addition to my life for the years I've known her.
She's compassionate, fun, loving, smart, and such a loyal friend I can truly count on. And that's been the case since the day I've met her.
Don't call her Nas. And it's not Aaa-nuh-stay-juh, either. Her name is Greek, and it's pronounced "Uh-nass-sta-see-uh." If you're teaching a kid to say it, tell him to say "uh, nice to see ya" really fast.
|pretty, pretty Greek friend|
I always selfishly talk about how these bar exams have taken my loved ones away from me (copious amounts of studying are not conducive to fun with Alyssa), but it's more important to highlight just how many months of hard work are put into these tests. I know, just as it did for the Virginia Bar, Anastasia's hard work is gonna pay off for her. :)
Anastasia and I have been through a lot together in the few years we've known each other.
|and QUITE a few miles...|
|lots of bottles of wine...|
|a whole lotta dancin'...|
|a bunch'a holidays (and the best halloween ever)...|
|and after you do, these people will be waiting for you in VB|
to come celebrate. ;)
And some Running News...
I was hitting the treadmill yesterday, I got a text from Jamie proposing an evening run. I hopped off that tread at mile 3, headed home, and ran outside for a run with her.
BIG NEWS. I'm over my wussy refusal to run in the cold! It was a chilly one, and it didn't bother me at all. And including my quick gym run, I finished yesterday up with 9.5 miles.
I think between running earlier in the morning, running in the cold, and running with no ipod, I'm getting used to swingin' it and being a laid-back runner.
You don't phase me, cold!
Jamie's such a good influence on me. :)
What was your biggest recent running breakthrough?
Aaaand... I think I fixed the "comment" bug... users without a blog should now be able to post again (if you can't, let me know).
Monday, February 21, 2011
|thank you, VB fire department and rescue squad. my finger is free at last.|
When I got ready to go out on Saturday night, I picked out a ring to match my new Michael Antonio Lovie Pumps. I remembered it was a little small, but it went on my finger fine, so I finished getting ready and hit the town without worrying about the ring.
|perfect match, no?|
I figured I'd try again in the morning... no big deal.
This is my finger around 2 p.m. on Sunday.
After a cry for help via Facebook (what would we do without social networking?) my EMT cousin suggested I hit up the closest fire station to get it cut off.
|thank you, Steffie!|
"Hi... uh, this might sound weird, but my cousin is an EMT... and she suggested I come to you... uuumm.. (gesturing to my finger like Julia Roberts does in My Best Friend's Wedding) I kind of have something I need to get cut off?"
|(best. movie. ever.)|
About 15 minutes, 3 cuts into the ring, and a lot of wrenching and pulling later, I was a freeee woman.
Did I mention this process took three firemen?
|yes. you may cut my ring off.|
|"mom, take it easy on the too-tight jewelry. I'd rather not wait for you in the car at the fire station."|
We celebrated our love for wine with our usual Tortugas Wine Night...
|kisses for the chard|
|carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese filling? peanut butter pretzel truffles? bourbon balls? bruschetta? gosh..|
|Laura used her new bLyss Designs wine glass!|
|and Meggy and I snuggled and ate copious amounts of bruschetta.|
|"not until you're 3, Chloe."|
|so she chilled on Cynthia's furniture while we had our Saturday night fun. =)|
|kisses for mama!|
|Chloe's found a new set of pet-sitters!|
And guess what else happened this weekend?!
|soon to be Mrs. Doherty|
What lesson did you learn this weekend?
Friday, February 18, 2011
Are you guys all Etsy lovers like I am?
For all of you who aren't up to speed on the awesome site, I'll fill you in a little.
Etsy is like the Ebay of handmade goods. Their "About" page reads,
Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.
|check out my etsy! :)|
I stumbled upon Emily's shop, ERM Originals, a few months ago. I fell in love with the gorgeous little necklace, and have pined over it for a while.
|how adorable is this?|
Naturally, I'm sporting mine at work today.
|"A" is for "Alyssa" and an "Awesome" necklace.|
|Chloe and me sportin' the Lulubug!|
|I own this. in hot pink. "I like your beard."|
|and Lisa-Marie's mustache flask. gosh, are we cute.|
|photo by http://aliciawhitephoto.com/|
And FINALLY, my friend Katherine, shop, Kakalina Rose. She's got the most adorable Vintage clothing store on Etsy, and the most beautiful pictures to boot! If you're a vintage girl, you must check out her stuff. It's so cute, and her prices are awesome. You can get coupon codes if you check out her blog, too!
|pretty Katherine and her vintage 70s flower maxi dress|
Do you have some favorites on Etsy? Share them with me! I'm at Etsy-holic, and I wanna see 'em!
P.S. The fit academic is having a PB & Co. giveaway! Pretty timely, since I just tried these for the first time!