Just a few weeks late, [and I wasn’t sure how far in the month to share] but I hope everyone celebrated the new year safely and that their year is going fantastic so far! Believe it or not, I celebrated my first New Year’s Eve party that was hosted by lovely Alexis. Alexis’ high school friend [Jessie] and Jennifer helped decorate and cook the most of the afternoon.
I ordered some supplies on Amazon and they were supposed to arrive that day [Tuesday] and the party started at 8:00 PM. I was super anxious that they weren’t going to make it on time, but they did a little after 4:00 PM, which Stephen and I then got ready to head to the party. While this was a major waiting game, I made some of those barbecue weenies to take to the party!
When we got there around 6:00 PM or so, the cute decorations were set up everywhere.
Stephen didn’t want to get up from the comfy couch, and Alexis’ living room was just so cozy. The Happy New Year banner fell on me during a game we were playing and it startled me, so that was fun.
I definitely really liked these cute decorations. Plus, they had all of these foods! They cooked a few of these items themselves.
I love the backdrop that I was also waiting on, and you’ll be seeing it being used a lot on the blog!
I don’t know what it is about meat and cheese trays, but whenever I was in college, I would devour them in one sitting! I’d eventually make my own and use pepper jack cheese instead because I like that one better. I was quite obsessed with them, shamelessly. Not to mention that Stephen and I bought the meat and cheese at Kroger, so I’m hooked on them again.
Also, look at these cute little props!
I brought tripod — which was such a good idea or else Stephen would have been designated to take these photos. I know he wouldn’t have been a happy camper if so.
Funny side note is that the lighting looked better with Alexis’ kitchen light off, so we were taking these photos in the dark with the flash on. Our eyes were definitely put through some torture because we took so many fun pictures this night.
This was kind of a girls party, so I felt bad that Stephen was sitting in the corner on his phone for part of the time, but he said he had some fun. He probably got more acquainted with his phone since he’s now an iPhone user!
I wanted to find something sparkly to wear, but I didn’t want to splurge on one after all the Christmas shopping, so I wore this dress that I’ve only worn once before — and that was after changing out of my wedding dress on our wedding night!
It seems pretty logical when you have a bunch of introverts at a party that they’ll gravitate towards taking pictures, right? We’ve got about 40 plus more photos of this lovely night, haha. We played a few games on the Xbox that require our phone, which I’ve never heard of and can’t remember their names at the moment, but they were pretty fun.
Stephen and I left a few minutes before midnight since it was an hour’s drive or so back to our place.
The Remainder of the Week
Stephen didn’t have to go back to work until Thursday the 2nd, so we got to hang out and clean up around the apartment. He played some video games while I hung out with Jennifer on Saturday.
She and I ate at Bar Louie. They also serve brunch, which I didn’t know since I’ve only been here at dinner time. We stuck to some sandwiches, and we were not disappointed with them!
She ordered the California Chicken Club, which sounds just as good as it looks! I was craving barbecue, so I choose the BBQ Pulled Pork. I need to be ordering these more often because it was fantastic! The fries were also extremely yummy too.
I had to eat my sandwich with a fork and knife because there was no way I could eat it without making a mess! How do other people seem to eat sandwiches like normal, or do they use forks too and I just don’t know it?
Afterwards, we walked over to The Well once more. We both ordered the Yorkshire, which is butterscotch and hazelnut. I knew I loved it for a certain reason! It’s funny because I remember trying something that had hazelnuts in it and I didn’t care for it, but now that’s one of my go-to flavors!
The guy misheard me and thought I wanted a hot one instead of an iced. I was too shy to tell him that I wanted an iced after receiving it. Plus, you can’t waste a coffee! The hot version was tasty as well, but I still would have rather had the iced because it has more of a distinct flavor.
I wanted to take a cute picture of the coffee design, but they were super busy and the place was packed, so I had to put a lid on it and carefully walk to the car without messing it up too much!
This year, I’m taking more of an initiative to have my nails painted. Now I remember why I don’t. It could just because I buy the cheap kind, but my nails never last! For the record, they lasted about five days or less. Also, it never fails that I mess up at least one nail before they’re dry completely.
Stephen wanted to paint mine the steel color, as pictured with the coffee, and he’s got a steadier hand than me. I can’t have one chip in the polish or I want to immediately remove and take it off! Plus, I have bad nervous habits, but maybe painting my nails will cause me to stop that.
As of today, I have repainted them with the steel color twice since they were chipping and driving me insane just looking at them.
Can’t you tell this is a skill of mine? [Not.]
Just let it be known that this is actually an improvement. I know, terrifying. But once they dry, I try to wash my hands as much as possible so the paint is just on my nail — like it should be, haha.
On Sunday, I went to Clarksville to hang out with Alexis. No pictures to show, [so is there actual proof I went?] but we went to Steak ‘n Shake and Starbucks, then drove around and looked at houses and chatted until I left around dinner.
The next week consisted of the same routine of work with lots of coffee to fuel me to get some stuff done. I wrote up a draft for a new series that I haven’t officially posted yet, but I did manage to post my first What I’ve Been Watching post on Saturday. It was rainy and yucky, so we stayed in on Saturday.
I was getting restless on Sunday, so we went out to Cheekwood. I’ve never been during the winter time, but I kind of liked it since there weren’t as many people there — and it wasn’t hot!
It seems like whenever we go, there’s always a new something that we’ve never noticed before. For this trip, it was this neat statue.
The small detailing in it is so fascinating and very intriguing.
We missed our chance to see the lights that they have around Christmas time, but they still had them up in some areas.
I can only imagine how this would look even more beautiful if the lights were on. Oh well, there’s always this year, and we’ll be sure to go. I’m sad that I didn’t bring tripod because this would have been the best time since the only other person around us in this area was one other lady.
I’ve always liked this mosaic piece that’s near the train track. I had to hold the camera up above my head since it’s higher up from the ground, so it’s just a tad bit crooked on my part, but I couldn’t get it to be perfectly centered.
There were some flowers still surviving during this time, and some workers were in a garden that was under construction that’ll open this spring. That about sums up what we’ve been doing since the new year has kicked off. Still recovering after the Christmas season, but it’ll be an exciting year, especially if I do my Christmas shopping earlier so I’m not stressing out right now with bills.
- Despite being a few weeks late, how did you spend your New Year?
- Any nail polish recommendations? I’ve bought Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and Essie as of now. I don’t know much about fancy gel nail polishes and other kinds, but I just want a good one that I can paint on myself.
- What exciting things have you been up to for the first half of this month?
I’ve neglected the blogging community, so I can’t wait to catch up with you all! Also, it has taken me almost two years to figure out how to receive notifications that people have replied back to me from their original post’s comments section. So if I’ve never replied to your comment in the past, I apologize tremendously!