Thursday, January 20, 2011


I have the plague.

I have had the plague for almost a week.

I fear I infected Mike. No worries though, we are almost fixed.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Food (times 4)

It's been a while. I'm due for a update. What better way to do it, than with food!?

Mike is a prince and I have a love affair with Mexican food. Thursday night, he took me out to dinner to the restaurant up the street, where margarita pitchers were on special and they have a fresh salsa bar. This was the only shot I managed to snap. I ate the rest to fast, and its always a challenge to get Mike to pause eating to take a photo...

First up. I have spoken before about the importance of peanut butter to my family. Lets just say, it's quite similar to Mike's love affair with Hummus. So, here you have our traditional snack. Mine on the left: Pita chips and peanut butter, and Mike's on the right: Red Pepper Hummus and Pita chips. Nom. Nom. 

Friday night was a friend's birthday party. We went to dinner at a trendy place in downtown Raleigh where I got the "spicy beef and noodles" pictured below. The atmosphere was lovely and it was all around a great night, with dinner followed by a round of bowling at the Hillsboro St. bowling alley,. 

Saturday Morning: We had both gotten coupons for the new Spicy Chicken Biscuit from Chick-fil-A. Well, Mike is a culinary genius (at times) and he decided to add egg and cheese to his breakfast. It was just as delicious as you imagined. Also, the spicy chicken was just as spicy as I thought it would be, and delicious. 

Saturday night we had dinner at a friend's house. Ive just met her recently, but she really is a gem, and the menu showed that. BBQ, pasta, DELICIOUS chocolate truffles (that I now possess the recipe too) and both red and white wine. Lots of friends were there and we played a couple different games, while watching some very important football. (ahem... GO JETS)

Mike likes to joke that Cookout was our first "romantic dinner." I'll let him explain that one to you, but late night on Saturday, after the lovely dinner party, we made a late night stop to Cookout. I remember going there after QUITE a few nights in college, and at one point, I lived within walking,  nothing says comfort like chicken tenders, hushpuppies, fries and a Huge sweet tea. 

 So, there ya go. <3 See you later this week. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011


 Every morning, I get an email with a "daily quote." Today's well, reminded me of dad. It seems fitting - it's still his birthday week after all. Mike got him peanut butter for christmas, and I finally saw my dad's stockpile, I think there was 6 jars in all... 

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” ― James A. Garfield

If you know me, you know mine would be potatoes, so I suppose everyone has their own..."thing?"

Friday, January 7, 2011

My New Years Resolution from Mike...

Yeah, you heard that right. Mike is making "New Month Resolutions" I am not, however, but I did make some New Years ones. Mike decided he got to make one of mine. That resolution: Eat Meat from Bone. I am not a fan of Pork Chops, Chicken Wings, Turkey get the point. This disturbs Mike, thus my new years resolutions were born. Earlier I mentioned film strips (and my love of them.) So, here we go:

The 1st Attempt at Chicken Wang Eatin' Filmstrip.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I am my Mother.

Tonight, as I was vacumming, folding clothes, getting dinner ready, unwinding from a full day at work, making my lunch, talking to my mom and talking to the kittens..and it hit me.

I am my Mother. 

Now, this is in no way a bad thing, just a realization. Before, I think my mom was a little worried. I hated cooking as a kid and I refused to clean, so I'm fairly certain she was convinced that I would fail in all areas of homemaking, but like any awesome mother (like she is) she let it be. When she learned that I, Terri Elizabeth Eller, could not only do laundry and iron, but clean house and cook (really well, I might add) she seemed quite proud. Tonight, she called me "her little homemaker." A small part of me feels like I finally made it as a big girl. I'm an adult now.

Take THAT!

Monday, January 3, 2011

NYE (2010)

(clickyclicky to make the pictures big-ybig-y)
This year, to ring in the glorious new year, a bunch of Raleigh people (5 total) traveled the 3+ hours up into VA for NYE. Little black dresses, glamorous accessories and hats and photo ops were the early winners of the night.

Keeping with tradition, new cheap sunglasses had been purchased, and you know what that means. Everyone has to try them on. Everyone. and take lots of photos. Lots.

The bonus for this year, VezuzuzlfnavoievnagwpagI CANT SPELL THEM, the really annoying sounding horns from the World Cup. Oh yes, they were there. In spirit, in attendance, in full use. Some people used them more than others.
Mike requested a bonus Vuvuzela picture, as it was his favorite of the night..and you can imagine who is behind the green horn to the left...
But, good times had by all. A good sayonara to a bad year, and a sweet HEEEEEEEEEEELLLLOOOOOOOO lovely to a new start. :)

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Film Strip, NYE

I've always been in love with film strips. From the mall as a kid to the beach with Brooke, I love the idea of 4 random frames taken in succession with no regard to what they look like. With normal digital photography, (and especially if someone else is taking the pictures for you) its rare to get such a decent set. But, here is mine and Mike's NYE 2010 film strip.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you super lots and could not be more thankful for the most amazing father ever.

101 Things Practice

On my 101 things to do list, Under See the Sights: Number 11 : See a Broadway show..on Broadway. Well, Mike and I started practicing. We went to DPAC to see the Mel Brooks play "Young Frankenstein" sometime within the hubub that is the holiday season. I know. I'm behind. I'm so sorry...ahem, on you go...

It was absolutely hilarious. I'd never seen or heard of it before but I was definitely happily surprised. Plus, it was nice to have a bit of a night away in a different city. I've always had a soft spot for the Dirty Durham, thanks to NCSSM, and it was nice to get to play in the local flavor for a bit. Mike's dad suggested the movie version, which has Gene Wilder in it. We have yet to make it all the way through, but so far, it really is hilarious. Mel Brooks has become a "go-to" with Mike and I when we need a laugh. (Men in Tights and Space Balls so far, with a few more in the queue)

Shot via Mike's lovely iPhone, so I would have photographic proof.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

4 quick things

Not only has a new year came and went, (Hello 2011!) but a whole new decade. So much has changed in a year, and then to think about being 14..and now being 24, it's insane. It can be a bit overwhelming. So, lets focus on the little things, shall we?

Nc State's football team won their bowl game over the holiday week. The stadium was flooded with red and I was super impressed with the year. Like always, the Bell Tower turned a glorious color of red . Go Pack!

Mike's Challah bread french toast was to die for. End of Story.

(one of) My favorite things about Mike's place: The library of "must reads" that adorn the wall. There are two small stacks I'm working through that I'll show later, but the wall itself is pretty impressive. I love having someone who likes similar literature and can show me stuff I havent heard of, that I like. Heck, its just nice to have someone who encourages reading and learning on a daily basis :)

Finally, these boots. I forgot how much I loved them. They're super comfy, colorful and fit over my jeans very nicely. The best part about cold weather (did I mention I got them for $11)
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