Parties, House Buying, the Ballet and Christmas Ho Ho Ho: A Five on Friday

I thought it was time for a little Friday five. This week has been nuts. Just crazy.  From parties to shopping… to me convincing myself that I should have become a ballerina…it’s been busy. Throw in getting really sick mid-week, I am running out of minutes in the day. So lets get to it. {Sorry for crappy iphone pics}Christmas Cookies

  • I had my work Christmas party this week. My boss has a tradition of giving everyone an ornament. It’s kinda fun to see what she’s going to come up with. Besides the ornament, she gave us these super soft blankets. And a bright point in the evening, besides the mounds of food…the 50 spot she put in all our cards. Nice touch.
Christmas Ornaments

Left= 2014 Right= 2013

 

  • We went back to look for tiles for our bathroom remodel on Wednesday. I am HORRENDOUS at creative design. Horrible. I studied biochemsitry. I am as much of a linear thinker as they come. Give me a color wheel and I’m baffled. One tile away from having a melt down (we are of course in a rush to pick something out)…we called in a little help. Enter…an interior designer consultation. <<<What an idea. Someone who knows what the heck they are doing with design.  Well worth it.

Tile | www.beyondthekhakipants.com

  • AV and I went to the Nutcracker this week, which was amazing. I love the ballet. I used to dance ballet when I was younger and into my teen years. It’s sort of reminiscent to watch something that I used to love. Now I just feel old and stiff. Which as a PT…I know is not the case…but still. I am no longer dancer-flexible. Which as a PT…I know is a good thing.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker

  • We are signing papers for our house this week. In theory.  Down to the wire with timing. I have to finagle my schedule and move patients around. But I think today will be the day. If not, we will have to get a mobile notary when we are on vaca.
  • Tonight we are attending my sister and brother’s annual white elephant party. This year’s theme?? Jinglelos…and Christmas Ho Ho Hos.  I kid you not. And the good Lord knows that I will not be dressing for the theme this year. Amongst the “Pimps and Hos” will be me…in my khaki pants. Whoever wins the theme for the year ( ie who participates the best for the theme) gets to pick out the them for the next year. If I were to win?…I’d pick “Christmas Pajama” theme. What you can take from this:  I’m 27…and I am a lazy partier.

Happy Friday before Christmas Everybody!!


Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail- The Perfect Christmas Drink!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper Snapple Group for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

AV and I love to entertain, especially around the holidays. Add on the fact that we are thoroughly enjoying this time of being DINKs and living in the city, we often find ourselves willing and able to host gatherings at our place.

One of the best things about where we live, other than our fabulous view, is the fact that we live on top of a Safeway. My running joke is that we are never truly out of anything. Har Har. Living on top of a grocery store is one of the fine perks of being in the city, as most buildings are multi-purpose.  But seriously, it’s nice to know that we have a convenient store with everything we need just steps away.

When hosting a party, I usually come up with a signature drink to match the theme. A number of years ago, my sister-in-law compiled a book of all our family’s recipes. From drinks to desserts, she hand-typed every last recipe we had. Since then, my signature drink for my holiday parties has always been our Cranberry Raspberry Holiday Cocktail.

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It’s simple, light, and with a deep, red color…it’s festive enough for any Christmas party. Plus, I just love the added jazz of the raspberry ice cubes!

What You’ll Need:

Makes 6 Servings:

  • 7 UP- 2 and 1/2 Cups
  • Safeway Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail- 4 Cups
  • Vodka- 6 oz
  • Raspberries- Enough for ice cubes and garnishes, about a 1/2 cup Cranberry Raspberry Vodka Cocktail #Christmas #Cocktails

What You’ll Do

1.Prep the ice cubes. Place one raspberry in each section of the ice cube tray. Fill with a diluted mixer of cranberry raspberry cocktail and water. Note*** I like to keep my ice cubes light in color so that you can see the frozen raspberry inside. Therefore, I used a very diluted water/cocktail mix. You can also just use cocktail mix in your ice cubes so that the drinks don’t get diluted. It’s up to you! Place in freezer until completely frozen. Usually about 3-4 hours.

How to Make Raspberry Infused Ice Cubes for a Raspberry Cocktail

RaspberryIceCube

2. Combine Vodka and the Safeway Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail in a large pitcher.

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3. When you are ready to serve, mix in the 7 Up with the vodka/cocktail mixture.

Easy Christmas Cocktail Recipe using 7UP that everyone will enjoy!

4. Pour over raspberry-filled ice cubes.

5. Garnish with a few fresh raspberries on top. Enjoy!!!

Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail Recipe, perfect for Christmas!!

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5 Pieces of “20 Something Advice” That I’ve Never Taken

Advice. It’s all around us. I should know…being a blogger. I mean, aren’t bloggers the queens (and sometimes kings) of giving advice?

Whether it be the biggest blogger on the block, your mom and dad, or even that pesky facebook feed, we can’t stray away from hearing all of the “20 something advice” we should be heeding. Some of the advice is great and a good reminder. At other times, it’s unsolicited musings for a dynamic period like our 20s.

For me, there are pieces of “20 something advice” that I hear routinely that I haven’t and likely will never take for the remainder of my 20-something years.

5 Pieces of "20 Something Advise" that I've Never Taken |www.beyondthekhakipants.com

 

5 Pieces of 20 Something Advice…I’ve Never Taken

1. Formal/Higher Education is expensive and overrated, and therefore isn’t worth it.  True story, it’s expensive. Speaking from a girl who put herself through two private school educations, I can tell you that…. Yes, it’s expensive. But in my opinion, it’s not the least bit overrated. For me, my education resulted in a job that I couldn’t have had otherwise. Lord only knows you don’t want to see a health care practitioner that doesn’t have education. Plus, all those pesky core classes that one has to take at a liberal arts school??  They have contributed to giving me more understanding to work with the diverse group of people like I do.  Learning will never be wasted on me.

2. Don’t bother figuring your life out, you can do that later. It only takes 5 minutes around this blog to know that I am highly driven for success. Not just with my career, but personally…with my marriage and relationships too. I firmly believe that you don’t have to have things figured out…but I find a lot of joy trying to figure things out. For me, life’s an active journey full of active engagement and navigation. I am not one to wait and see how things work out.

3. You need to be single at least once in your 20s. Welp, I failed this one entirely. I met AV and started dating him when I was 19. We’ve been together ever since. I will never know what it’s like to be single or to have lived alone in my 20s. While I can somewhat understand the premise of finding independence, I find it more important to recognize a good thing…or person...when you see it. Eight years later, I can confirm AV was a good choice.

4. YOLO. There is a serious push for spontaneity for 20 somethings. Why is being spontaneous more important your 20s than any other decade? For me, I have no clue as to why. Being careless stresses the absolute heck out of me.  I find serenity with a balance of spontaneity and planning.

5.  A belief that “You deserve it”. I have never believed that I deserve anything… especially when it comes to fancy purchases.  I hate entitlement or a tick for tack, reward system. Most success in life comes with very little reward for years.  While I am all for building self-confidence, having a sense that I deserve something will never be my MO.

What is some advice that you routinely get, that you’ve never taken?


Scatterbrain

I am not one to usually celebrate the fact that it’s Friday, but as we inch toward Christmas, I am happy to welcome the rest that the weekend entails.  #TGIF

Before you go blissfully off into your weekend shenanigans, stop and say hi to my friend Jae. She blogs over at Scatterbrain where she writes about all the things that go through her mind. Call me easily distracted…but I love a blog that’s a bit random.  She’s educated (love that!) and talented with a clear voice for creative writing.  An added bonus, she has some STUNNING wedding photos.

And in the name of random thoughts…. and being easily distracted…”stunning” was my word for 2014. I don’t think I really lived up tot that.  But I digress…

Back to Jae!

Jae

Why did you start blogging and how did you come up with your blog name?

I started blogging in 2006 as an outlet. You know, you’re more emotional when you’re a teenager, so it’s become my scapegoat. My reasons for blogging have evolved to something else through the years. I’d like to believe that my blog grows as I grow.

About the blog name. I’m one of those bloggers whose blog name is different from its domain. Please don’t be confused! SCATTERBRAIN is a name I have kept back when I started writing, which I think is simply appropriate. My blog is a ‘brain dump’ where I write about whatever comes to mind. ‘gorjaeous’ has been a monicker a college friend has given me where my nickname is on it.

What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I think the one thing that most people don’t know about me is that I graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. However, my first job was at a UK-based publishing company, and I did great there. I had fun working as a production editor for four and a half years, which could be considered stellar for a first job. I’ve always loved writing, so it’s probably why being employed there didn’t really feel like working at all.

What are three of your favorite posts and why?

Behind the Scenes: #RoanMarriesJae – This is one of my recent posts, and I’ve written here the story behind some candid photos from our wedding. We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, so it’s something lovely to look back on!

Scream and Shout – I’ve shared here some of the bands/artists I wish to watch perform live in this lifetime. I’m excited that my husband is already looking into the schedule of their performances for next year! 

In My Own Little World – That one time I cut my own hair. This is probably one of my best childhood memories! Just thinking about it cracks me up!

What’s one thing you want readers to take away from your blog?

I don’t know a lot of Filipino bloggers who blogs about similar things as mine. The thing I want my readers to take away from my blog is the genuineness of my voice in the things I write about. I want them to leave my blog feeling like they found a ‘new’ friend in me.

Name one thing on your Christmas wish list this year?

I’ve actually shared some items on my Christmas wishlist this year, but the one thing I really look forward to having is a Panasonic DMC-GX7 camera. I think it’s the best size for a travel camera than a DSLR. My husband and I are looking forward to travelling a lot when I moved to the US, so this is really something we need!

Connect with Jae on Twitter here!


Christmas: Food, Drinks, Decor and Dr. Suess!

Christmas is just two weeks away. Two weeks!! Which means it’s officially time to start my shopping. Yes, I am one of those Christmas shoppers.

For many years, Christmas wasn’t much of celebration. While I was in graduate school, Christmas often came and went without much attention.  Gone were the days of lengthy holiday breaks. PT school had no plans to let up just because Santa was coming to town. I even had to work on Christmas once for a clinical.  I always get a chuckle when people compare graduate programs to college.  Ask me how I felt about working for free on Christmas. No, check that. Ask me how I feel about PAYING to work on Christmas.  #GradSchoolProblems 

Clearly, I’m still bitter.

Fortunately, now that I have my big girl [khaki] pants on, Christmas has become the blissful holiday it once was. It’s usually a time for celebrating and reflection. A time to spend time with family and friends and cherish the blessings of the year. And I’ve mentioned it before, I am a Christmas junkie!! I can’t get enough of the decor, music, food or parties. 

2014 Christmas Party. Dress is Banana Republic. Shoes are Jimmy Choo. | www.beyondthekhakipants.com

AV’s Holiday Party 2014.

Usually, I am in a rush to get somewhere. Not in day-to-day stuff, but in big picture life things. Lord only knows I am the queen of punctuality. And while I’ll likely never be late if we were to meet for coffee, I am often in a rush to complete every thing else. 

2014 Christmas Party. Suit is Hugo Boss.

AV let me snap ONE photo for the blog!

I have big goals and lofty plans on how to get to where I want to be in life as fast as possible. Pay of my student loans faster. Get that promotion. Travel the world sooner. And with out shame, that is who I am. I don’t think that will ever change about me. I’ll never be able to settle for waiting around. But it’s definitely not always a good thing either. 

With being able to celebrate Christmas this year, I remind myself to be present with where I am today. Content with where my life is now.  Focus on the successes achieved already this year. 

AV and I have had an exceptional year in many ways. I really can’t complain about a thing.  Even more so, I don’t have much to ask for.  I think this quote from Dr Suess wraps it up the best…

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr Seuss.

So after busting my butt all year, I am ready for a little indulgence! Food, drinks, decor and parties! 

What do you do to settle yourself during this time of the year?!