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First Day!

Well today is my first day at my new job, and I’m currently sitting at my new desk, on my new (old, but new to me) laptop, craning my neck around my cubicle wall to occasionally glance out the window.  This morning was full of introductions, tours of the building, and initial set-ups, and web training.  Fun stuff!  I have a few meetings this afternoon, and then my first day will be behind me.  Seems pretty good so far, I’ve already had an invite in calender for the company Holiday Party on Friday, wooo!

Yesterday, the girls and I did more decorating of the house for Christmas, this time tackling the outside fence and front porch.  We’re pretty happy with the outcome so far, but I think we are going to hang some more lights as soon as we figure out an outlet situation.

Front of the house!

After the decorating, I finished unpacking my clothes and hanging them in the makeshift closet that Adrienne’s dad helped me put together.  The one that came with my room is teeny tiny, so something had to be done about it, and thanks to one trip to the Container Store I was stocked with the makings of a new closet.

new closet!

Pumpkin is trying to decide how she can make it to the open window, and I still need to buy a curtain to hang across there, but you get the idea.  It definitely added a lot of space to my cozy room :).

The rest of the day was really the epitome of a lazy Sunday.  I was in my pajamas by 6:00 relaxing on the couch with my roommates, and in bed by 10 pm.  Today after work I’m going to try to figure out a gym situation.  There is a LA Fitness (which I already belong to from home) about 10 minutes from my new house, and then there is a Bally Total Fitness right near work, which they will pay for.  With my new 9-5 hours (I used to work 7-3:30) I definitely want to try the whole working out before work thing, it’s just do I want to work out close to home and commute to work or get the commute over with and work out close to the office.  Decisions, decisions!

Alright well I’m off to meet more new people and hand in my new hire paperwork so I can get paid!  Happy Monday, only 24 days until days off for Christmas!

I Made It!

Well I officially live in Virginia now!  Pumpkin and I hit the road yesterday morning around 9 am, and three hours later (after a minor incident with someone having an accident in their crate) I was parking in front of my new house.  My roommates were waiting with open arms, and ready to help me unload my car.  Luckily all my beautiful furniture arrived without a problem and was ready and all set up in my room when I arrived.

We made quick progress of the unpacking, and before I knew it my bed was made and the clothes were hung up in my closet, and the three of us were running out the front door to head to Target.  Yup, I was in my house for approximately two hours before our first Target trip was necessary.  We picked up a million Christmas decorations so that we could immediately start decorating together, and our little tree is now complete.

Pumpkin is slowly settling in and getting used to our new surroundings, although she still follows me every time I leave a room, I think she’ll get used to it soon though.  To celebrate my first night in our new house, the three of us stayed home enjoying some adult beverages and playing in the house together.


roommates take 1

take 2!


I am so incredibly happy and excited to finally live here in VA with my best friends, but I will really miss all the great Philly friends I made and of course my mom and sister.  It’s weird sitting here and realizing I don’t have to make a three-hour trip home later because I am home!  My first day of work is tomorrow and I am very nervous about that, haha, I hope they still like me.

I just made my grocery list for the week and plan to head to the store with Adrienne in a little bit, we’ll see how my first attempt at meal planning for myself for the week goes.  Happy Sunday!

Post Thanksgiving Blues

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, and if you didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you had a wonderful Thursday :).  My mashed potatoes and mini pumpkin cheesecakes were a big hit with the fam (phew!) and my uncle kept a few for himself.

Before my Thursday Thanksgiving feast with my family, I had a goodbye party with my girlfriends from work.  The five of us ladies met at Alexis’s new house for an early evening of appetizers, wine, and girl talk.

Along with enjoying our wine and platters of food, there was some playtime with this little guy.

That’s me with Alexis’s new puppy Max.  He is a Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix and the most adorable little puppy ever.  It’s going to be weird going into work every day and not seeing these girls, and I will definitely miss them, but I’ll be home again in a month so they better make time to see me!

Yesterday morning, despite still battling the cold from hell, I was up bright and early to get to work on my mashed potatoes and the finishing touches of the pumpkin cheesecakes.  The potatoes again turned out creamy and delicious, and the whipped cinnamon topping really made the cheesecakes.

My mom, sister, and I arrived at my Aunt’s house around 3:30 and immediately got to work preparing the pigs in a blanket appetizer and opening the wine :).


Katie and Drew

Me and my sis


It was a great Thanksgiving full of my favorites, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and corn.  After we were sufficiently full, it was time to retire to the couches where we watched a Taylor Swift special before finally heading home around 9 pm.  It was weird thinking about how it was my last holiday where I wouldn’t be traveling in from out of state to see my family.  For Christmas next month I’ll be one of the crazy people driving to get home by Christmas Eve.

I have some lofty goals for today, like finish (ok start) packing, going to the movies with my sister, and getting my car all packed and loaded to be ready to hit the road to VA bright and early in the morning.  EEEEK!  My beautiful Pottery Barn furniture is scheduled to arrive between 10-12, and I would really like to be there when it gets there.  I can’t believe moving day is tomorrow!