Friday Five: December 2017

1 | Christmas


How was your Christmas? Did you go anywhere or get anything fun? Adam, the dogs, and I went to my parents’ house in Prescott, AZ for a few days. We had a fun trip and of course it was great to spend time with my family. I got an Instant Pot from my mom and I'm so excited to try it out this weekend! If you have any tips or recipes, leave them in the comments! 

I also got a present from Adam that made me cry. He put together a 'Choose Your Adventure' binder and it was the sweetest thing ever. He cut out pictures and letters from magazines to make it. I felt stupid crying, but I couldn't believe the thought and effort he put into it. Of course I'm excited for the adventure we're going to go on too!


2 | Cone of Shame


The weekend before Thanksgiving Adam noticed something wrong with Ringo’s ear. It felt like an air bubble, but after a quick Google search we discovered it was a hematoma (like a blood blister). So we took him to the vet and after discussing our options, we decided that he needed surgery. That was the day before Thanksgiving, so we had to wait until the following Monday for the surgery. Anyway, he had the surgery (they drain it and suture the cartilage in his ear together so I won’t come back) and he had to wear a cone for 3 WEEKS! We didn’t want him scratching his ear and ripping his stitches, so cone life for Ringo.

We were so worried that we were going to have to fight him over the cone, but he was SO good about it. He just accepted it and wore it without any fuss. The stitches finally came out on the 18th (he had to be sedated because he’s so wild) and he’s loving life without the cone of shame. The tip of his ear doesn’t stand up anymore and we’re not sure if it ever will again, but he looks cute either way!



3 | AZ Blogger Bash


A few weeks ago I went to the AZ Blogger Bash hosted by Cathy from Our Mini Family. It was so fun to meet and mingle with other Arizona-based bloggers. We did a white elephant gift exchange and I ended up with the gift that Tammy brought and she ended up with mine. Crazy! Of course the food was amazing (give me all the Nothing Bundt Cakes bundtinis) and the swag bags were so, so good. There was a bottle of wine in them! I also won a raffle prize! It was a bottle of Queen Creek Olive Mill’s limited edition Cranberry White Balsamic Reduction and it’s delicious (we also got a bottle of their EVOO in our swag bags).


I had a really great time with my fellow bloggers, especially the ladies at my table: Beverly, Camille, and Isabella. Beverly gave me her bottle of wine so she’s officially my best friend (although she doesn’t know it). I’m pretty shy and awkward around new people, so I had to really push myself to go and not be the weirdo in the corner. Like I seriously gave myself a verbal pep talk before I went…and I’m so glad I did. I had such a fun time and can’t wait for the next event!



4 | Hamilton


The touring show of Hamilton is coming to Phoenix in February and I got tickets! I had to go through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan process to get them though. The process was kind of a pain, but I don’t think there’s any way I would have gotten tickets otherwise. I’m sure all of the bots and dealers would have bought them all before I could have gotten seats. They were expensive to begin with, so I can’t imagine how much they would have cost at resale value. I read some stories about people hating on the Verified Fan process, but I actually think it works.


Have you seen Hamilton? We’re SO excited to see it!



5 | The Handmaid's Tale


Adam and I just finished watching the first season of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu and it was SO good. It's so crazy, but I loved it and can't wait for the second season! Also, I'm totally moving to Canada if they ever start forcing women out of the workplace. Seriously, that means it's time to GTFO!


Wishing you all a Happy New Year! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?


18 comments

  1. First off, love the idea of this post. I laughed out loud seeing the picture of the cone of shame. Second, I have been looking for a new show and thought about starting that one so I definitely am glad I read this post!

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    1. He was so ridiculous wearing that cone! You should definitely check out The Handmaid's Tale. It's such an interesting story and so well done!

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  2. Adam's present sounds so thoughtful and how great that you get to go on an adventure!!!

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    1. It was so thoughtful and I was so surprised!

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  3. I am loving Adam's gift for you! How stinkin' sweet is that!! Some of my favorite memories with my husband are the adventures we take together. :)

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    1. It was so sweet! I couldn't believe he took the time to cut everything out and put it all together.

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  4. I want an instant pot and air fryer. I got a NUWAVE oven and that thing is AH-MAZ-ING! So glad you enjoyed your holidays! Happy New Year!

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    1. I've seen the NUWAVE oven infomercial late at night and I always think about ordering it...

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  5. My dog had a hemetoma in her ear once. It was so hard for me to deal with. She was young, I was young and it didn't want to go away.

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    1. Oh no! Poor pup! It was definitely scary and a lot of deal with...and expensive!

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  6. SO jealous of you seeing Hamilton. I know every word to the soundtrack and only live a 1.5 hour train ride from NYC but cannot get tickets that cost less than 2 weeks pay. We keep trying for the ticket lottery. LOVED Handmaids Tale and I am so with you on GTFO of here if that actually happens. Your pup is so cute and I hope his ear gets better!!

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    1. I'm so excited to see it! I can imagine how hard (and expensive) it is to get tickets to see it on Broadway! Crossing my fingers for you to win the ticket lottery!

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  7. That cone of shame was too adorable. The gift that he gave was definitely worth the tears. It's so sweet and thoughtful. I always love coming across Friday favorites, and I enjoyed yours. :)

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    1. Thanks Amber! He was pretty pitiful, but also super cute wearing that cone.

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  8. Aww, the Cone of Shame! Poor little guy! They're always adorable with it on, though!

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    1. Thanks Erica! They are and they know it :)

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