Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's Eve

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Happy New Year's Eve everyone! It's hard to believe that today is the last day of 2011! 2011 was a typical year for us- I think! Although, I will say that I am now officially a certified teacher! 2 years ago, I changed careers (just as I finished my undergraduate degree!) and I started school again full time. I had waited and waited for the semester when I could student teach, and now it has come and gone just as things do! It was a fast 15 weeks that makes me hope that I learned enough, and have a good hold on it when I have my first job... I did have a few interviews, which is nice to say that I started that process prior to being done for the semester. But, still no job- which means....drum roll please....I will be subbing for now. I am kind of excited for this adventure because it is definitely not something that I am used to. I very much like my schedule and knowing what I am doing everyday. However, some days, I think that I will get a call early, and have to go sub somewhere. I am excited to not have a jam-packed schedule for once, as I have had since I started working at 16. I will have time to do some of the things that I want to do crafting-wise, or cooking wise. Don't get me wrong- I look forward to the day when I have my own classroom and can run it the way I see fit and putting to work what I worked so hard for. But, for now, I will embrace the coming days and the "free" time that I will have. (I will still be taking 2 more classes this coming semester to complete my MEd, but then I am done, Done, DONE- at least for now)

black and white "something or other"
Today, I am taking a break from my Homemade Christmas series of posts. I want to tell you about my date with Hubby this morning. He treated me to brunch at Terrain at Styers which is one, if not the, favorite place to eat. I absolutely love the atmosphere, and the food is delish. Sometimes the service is a bit slower, but, I think that is to allow time to enjoy the food and embrace the atmosphere. Then, to top it off, it has a wonderful home/garden store which is fabulous, but, a bit pricey for my frugal spending ways. This morning for brunch, I had a black and white something or other to drink. It was coffee, vanilla and espresso but I am terrible with remembering names, so of course, I can't tell you exactly what it was called. It had a great leaf pattern in the top, that I would love to learn how to do!

lobster benedict
To eat, I had Lobster Benedict, as pictured. But, I must tell you, I was too excited to eat it that I forgot to take an initial picture. It wasn't until I was done the sides, and done one of the eggs that I remembered that I wanted to take a picture. Hubby had steak and eggs, which he said were very good, but he was a bit jealous of the lobster. He later told me that he thought it was going to be shredded lobster imitation or something, but as you can kind of see, it was a huge lobster claw on each croissant with the egg. The eggs were cooked perfectly- not to runny, but not too solid either.

If you have never been there, I suggest a trip just to walk around. You don't even have to eat there! They seem to be getting ready for spring, although winter is still young in this part of the country. I got a lavender plant to bring a bit of "early spring" into the house. I grew lavender last year, but it's hibernating in the shed, so I got a fresh little plant that I can add to my already seasoned one in the spring.

Happy New Year's Eve to you! What are your NYE traditions?

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