The Rule of Three

by Holly on June 8, 2010

in 2010 hiking trip,dinner,eating out

Three is my lucky number.

It never lets me down.

People will refute my allegiance to this number and say, “Didn’t you know bad things happen in threes?”

And to that I respond, “When I was living in Thailand, I simultaneously broke up with my first long-term boyfriend; got the worst case of bed bugs known to man; and went under anesthesia to have surgery on an infected sebaceous cyst and the doctor cut a nerve too deep, which consequently resulted in me suffering minor facial paralysis…all in the course of two weeks.”

In other words, yes. I did know that.

But, didn’t you also know good things happen in threes?

Take for instance June 8, 2010.

On this night, as I type this very sentence, Sissy Everythingtarian #3 is walking across the stage and receiving her high school diploma…

I really hope she air guitared it across the stage in celebration. I am SO proud of you Kendra!

In addition, it is also the 26th year of celebrating the birth of my one and only Meggy Moo…

She’s more commonly known as one of my best friends Megan (or soulmate or other half or life partner) and deserves a gold star for putting up with the crazy mess that is me. Happy birthday Creme Brulee!

Last, but most certainly not least, I got to celebrate another birthday today for this lovely gent…

He’s my co-worker; he’s my 1/2-Mary partner-in-crime; he’s the man behind the camera of my VLOGs; he’s my personal chauffeur to the airport tomorrow morning; but most importantly, he’s my friend Brett.

His real birthday may not be until Friday, but tonight was the night to celebrate his twenty-something years of life on this planet at one of Madison’s signature restaurants: Bluephies.

It all started with a seemingly innocent-looking glass of white wine sangria.

And here it is a mere 60 seconds later…

I may or may not have been light-headed two sips in. Call me G’ma Everythingtarian…I’m okay with it.

Bluephies serves the most amazing white rolls with sundried tomato + kalamata olive butter. In case you didn’t know, I HATE olives with a burning, don’t-complicate-your-order-or-I’ll-cut-you-and-call-securrrity kind of passion.

But this buttah? AMAZING.

How fabulous is this modern, funky decor? I loves.

More than that, how fabulous are those party habits? I really loves.

When my sweet potato corn chowder was served, I was ready to slurp it right up…

…and slurp I did.

But not by itself, no siree.

A mandatory plate of sweet potato fries were most definitely in order…

They were served with the most delectable side of chipotle mayo (I think?). Whatever it was, it was amazing. I would have licked that small metal container clean had it not been for the other nine people present at the table. I’m okay with embarrassing myself in public, but for the sake of keeping the few friends I have, I must draw the line somewhere.

I got home at 9:14pm this evening.

I peed.

I realized I had only 10 more hours until my plane leaves for Canada in the morning.

And then I panicked.

I haven’t packed.

I haven’t finished my writing assignment.

I haven’t cleaned my apartment.

But damn it, I HAVE organized my snack stash for Banff!

And I AM blogging right now!

Did you know important things also come in threes? Snack packing, blogging and drinking coffee.

Check, check and check.

I told you three is my lucky number.


runnerforever June 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

3 is my lucky number too, always has been and always will be. :-)
Want to ship your stash of goodies my way, yum!

Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Sweet potato corn chowder sounds divine!

3… represents a triangle, the strongest geometrical shape. 3 is odd, but it’s my second favorite number… one being the first. :)


Chris June 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Hey! Have fun on vacation! My interview is tomorrow at 1 p.m. and today they started calling my references (woo-hoo). I’ll drop you a line after the interview tomorrow. Take care!

Kailey (SnackFace) June 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

HOLLY I LOVE AND MISS YOU. There. It’s only two things, but they’re good. And they’re true, which is even more important!

Are you going to blog while on vacation? Basically, how can I make sure you’re alive and happy?

My “lucky number(s)” were 13, 14 and 7. This was based off the numbers I was assigned in elementary school, which coordinated with where I fell alphabetically amongst my fellow students.

Anyway, I hope you have an AMAAAHHHHHZING time!!! xoxoxoxo

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Holllllllly. You guys are going to have so much fun and I am going to be so excited for you and sad that I couldn’t be there! Next time my friend, next time…

Lynn @ The Actors Diet June 9, 2010 at 12:25 am

the other day 3 pieces of glass broke – i’m still trying to figure out the meaning!

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) June 9, 2010 at 5:43 am

I’m a fan of the number 3 also, I mean c’mon – named my daughter TRINITY! :)
Glad to see you have your travelling priorities….snackpacking is always number one on my list,too!
Have fun in Canada!!

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self June 9, 2010 at 5:43 am

In some religions three is actually considered a holy number. :)

Have a great trip!

Lauren June 9, 2010 at 5:46 am

I do believe that many things (good and bad) happen in 3’s. But then, sometimes, things happen in sequences of 8 or 10, so I’m not really sure how accurate it is to assume that EVERYTHING bad in life happens in a round of 3. Either way, it’s still a cool number! :)

Haha, you never cease to make me laugh. Don’t worry girl, you’ll get yourself together before your trip but I must say, I like that your priorities lie in the snackage. Always the first thing I do when leaving too! Have a wonderful time!


Jennifer June 9, 2010 at 6:09 am

I do the same thing when I need to pack! I always put it off and then freak out! I’m liking the priorities though. Snacks, blogging, then packing. Have a safe trip!

Erica June 9, 2010 at 6:25 am

hahah whoops. Hope you got your pack on and are all ready to go! Congrats to your sis and happy birthday to your friends! So sweet that you made sure to celebrate before leaving. Both the soup and the fries look amazing. Are you going to be able to blog on your trip? If not…I will misssssssss you

Kate June 9, 2010 at 6:58 am

sangria! how i love thee?! once in college i ate a bunch of fruit from the bottom of the wop cooler. not a good idea. there is a lot of alchol in fruit that has been soaking in it for hours. lesson learned!

have fun in canada!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

You are the master of snack-packing. That stash looks positively perfect. :D

Happy Hump Day, Girlie! :D

Shelley June 9, 2010 at 7:29 am

ahh i love bluephies!! i want to go when I get back in August- i only got to go once :) ill ahve a car this year so maybe i’ll take a couple friends! Have a safe trip to Canada :)

Jenna June 9, 2010 at 8:12 am

Have funnnnn!!

Jenna June 9, 2010 at 8:21 am

Have a fun trip lady! Banff is one of my favorite places EVER!

maxinthegym June 9, 2010 at 8:29 am

Have an amazing trip to Canada! I’ve never been there but I sure want to!

P.S. That snack stash looks so yummy! I could just eat those all day errrday :D

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

Ahh – have a BLAST in Banff! I have ALWAYS wanted to go, so I can’t wait to hear tales and see pictures!!!!

brandi June 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

SO excited for you and this trip :)

Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

Have a safe and fun trip!

Kacy June 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

Have sooo much fun in Canada my love! I hope many good trios happen to you whilst you are away!

Brooke June 9, 2010 at 9:21 am

HAVE THE BEST TIME IN CANADA!!! Ummmm sweet potato fries and chipotle sauce = life. And white sangria? My fav.



Maya June 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

Hah! You packed snacks but havent packed clothes yet, you are a very good food blogger, Holly!

Have a great time in Banff!

samantha June 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

i’m a 7 girl – always have been, always will be. i know it’s cliche, but it was my soccer number since the age of 4!

have the best time in canada, please do some interpretive dances on the mountains for me.

Katie June 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

3 is my lucky number, too! And 9, and 81. I’m a dork.

Have a GREAT trip, my dear! Can’t wait to hear all about it :-)

mary ann June 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

that friggin snack-pack is shear artwork. Also, Ive been known to lie to my waiter that Im allergic to olives I hate them so much. Then I realized he probably thought i was a total jerk while dip my bread/rolls into heavenly olive oil. Oops-must find a new technique to avoid the damn things.

Katie June 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Have so much fun on vacation! Glad your priorities are straight…food packing, blogging, etc. ;-) Can’t wait to hear all about your trip, lady.

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I need to get to Bluephie’s one of these Madison trips!
What are you going to CA for?!?!

Faith June 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

What a fun night — that corn chowder looks fantastic! Hope you have a fabulous time in Canada!

elise June 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

thats the worst case of 3 i’ve ever heard. but im glad you are seeing the best of the triple effect now. congrats and happy bday x2

have fun in canada!

claire June 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Oh lady, you will have so much fun in the wilderness…I am kinda jealous! congrats to the sis and bday’s…three exciting events for sure!

The snacks look perfectttttt.

Molly June 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Holly- have an AMAZING, fantabulous, unforgettable time in Banff. Can’t wait to see pics and hear all about it! Miss you tons and have a safe trip :D LOTS OF LOVE!

rebecca lustig June 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

sweet potato fries are the perfect remedy to sooo many things.

hope you have a great night
love love love– bec

Hilary @ Purelicious June 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

GAH that sweet potato chowder and the sweet potato fries look AMAZING! now i’m majorly craving me some sweet potaters… mm!

HAVE FUN on your trip! :)

whitney June 10, 2010 at 7:28 am

wow I want those sweet potato fries in my mouth right now. I also need to wash them down with some wonderful white sangria :)

Erica D June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

A) I swear by the rule of 3! When I’m working out, I ALWAYS do 3 sets. It doesn’t feel right otherwise.

B) I also hate olives with a burning passion! They’re the one food that I absolutely, positively, will not try. But I’ll take you at your word for the buttah!

C) That sweet potato chowder, and the white wine sangria, look amazing. I’m working as an assistant cook at my old summer camp until August, so I’m trying not to drool over food blogs as I am forced to make and eat food that I would deem “Amurrrrrican!” know what I mean? However, today I get to bake cookies like it’s my job. Oh wait, IT IS MY JOB! Sweet.

janetha June 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm

food bloggers have priorities. snacks.


amanda June 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

wild, three is actually my lucky number. i was born on the 3rd, so that right there is lucky. and eh, hello, third times a charm! didn’t people ever hear that? three is a good number, holly. i’m with you. and you’re kind of awesome.

congrats to your seeester! and i’m lovin’ the snacks!

have a blast, girl!

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