Lessons Learned Over the Weekend…

by Holly on December 20, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,holidays,lunch

(1) Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal makes a great start to the weekend (obvs).

1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup water + 1/3 cup organic skim milk
pinch of salt
splash of vanilla, cinnamon + 1 tsp. brown sugar
1 chopped apple (cooked for 1 minute in the microwave)
1 spoonful Skippy Natural PB

(2) Graduation ceremonies may be boring, but there is ALWAYS a way to make it more entertaining.

In my case, that would be taking random pictures…

(3) Even if they involve clapping for people you’ve never met, graduation ceremonies are completely worth going to in order to see your sister graduate magna cum laude with a nursing degree.  And then raise the roof afterwards, naturally.

(4) Don’t be afraid to be a little high-maintenance.

Asking for 1/2 the amount of cheese, no mayo and add yellow mustard to a sandwich, alongside a cup of chicken wild rice soup, really isn’t that tough to get right.  Because I mean, they actually got it right.

(5) Good friends are to be cherished.  They are also good to drink with.

A 1/2 bottle of red wine, a birthday present of homemade cookies + Glee CD and 2 1/2 hours of conversation later, I am pretty sure it was fate that the blogosphere brought Angharad and I together. Love her.

(6) Good friends REALLY should be cherished.  They are also good to eat ginormous breakfasts with.

My plate of kamikaze-style (ahem, with bananas + blueberries + pecans) French toast from the Uptown Diner

Ashley’s plate of Garden Omelet-goodness…

Joined by Megan, these two lovelies got me the most adorable birthday present: oven mitt + apron from one of my favorite things, Anthropologie.

And yes, I look special in this photograph.  Really special.

(7) Family holiday get-togethers provide for a snacky good time.

A couple shrimp, handful of trail mix, handful of Chex Mix and all the pineapple was consumed from this table…

Hmmm…two cheese + sausage cracker sammies from this table…

And some salad + broccoli salad to top it off (plus 3 camera-shy chocolate coconut cookies)…

(8) You are never too old (or young) to flirt.

Yes, they are brother and sister, but watching Olivia try to kiss Peyton while he tried to wiggle out of her grasp was perhaps the most adorable + entertaining thing I saw all day.

(8) Kids have it easy.

I wish my greatest care was whether I wanted Beauty and the Beast or The Princess and the Frog on my juice box.

(9) Never underestimate the power of kind people.

Whether it’s the gift that keeps on giving – the music of Glee! – from a certain Mama Pea (for privacy standards and to keep her off the FBI’s most pirated list, she shall remain nameless :))…

…or a mini food processor from the incredibly sweet Erica, who had an extra one she was willing to so generously part with and send me…

…kind people make the world go ’round.  Don’t forget that.

(10) Tomorrow may be my 25th birthday, but for some reason, 25 doesn’t seem as scary as it did a week ago.

I think Angharad said it best on Saturday night, “25 is a good age.”

Let’s see….wonderful family, the best of friends, good health, financial independence, my first “real” job, a healthy living blog, being almost old enough to rent a car and a world of possibilities before me…yeah, I think 25 is going to be just fine :).