It’s the very last Friday of 2017!


Hi guys!

It’s Friday once again, but this is a particularly special Friday, because it’s the very LAST one of 2017! I’m happy to report that the year is wrapping up on an awesome note, and I’m super excited to see what is in store for 2018!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Is it just me, or is the week between Christmas and New Years always a bit of an odd blur? And this time around it’s been quite the FROZEN blur! We mostly stayed close to home on account of the below-zero temps…brrrr!!!

I finished reading Wonder by RJ Palacioย — it was SUCH a lovely little book. I loved the “voice” of Auggie and thoroughly enjoyed every heartwarming page. It even made my eyes tear up a couple times! I haven’t seen the film yet but I can imagine that it’s amazing too!


I have already ordered my next book and am eagerly awaiting its arrival! According to the tracking info, it should get here today. I can’t wait to get started with it –>ย Beneath a Scarlet Skyย by Mark Sullivan! It has over 13,000 reviews on Amazon and an average 5 star rating! I don’t normally gravitate towards war-time books, but this one looks incredible. Actually, now that I think about it, another one of my favorite books is also set during a similar time frame –> The Book Thiefย by Markus Zusak (highly highly HIGHLY recommend!). I’m sure it’s no coincidence that my sister-in-law who introduced me to my all-time favorite vinaigrette is the VERY SAME person who first told me to read The Book Thief!!!


My mid-morning snack yesterday consisted of a piece of 12-grain bread (this kind is our fave) and Nutella! Fun fact: this snack used to be in my post-run rotation during marathon training! You KNOW that deep hunger that sets in after a long run — sometimes the only thing that would hit the spot for me was bread with nutella ๐Ÿ™‚


We went over to Ikea to browse their furniture and also look at their curtains. We have been debating whether to put curtains versus blinds over our patio doors. Turns out blinds don’t come wide enough for the door frame, so I guess that made the decision pretty easy –> curtains it is!

Side note: Does anyone else get a little stressed out in Ikea? I am not sure if it’s because it’s set up like a maze that you have to walk through in order to escape (hah!). Thankfully it wasn’t too crowded and we were able to make our way through it pretty easily.


We checked out the bar-height table/chair options at Ikea. We’ve been wanting to get something bar-height for the deck, and they had a few decent options for relatively cheap. Since their furniture isn’t really made for outdoors, we’d probably need to coat it with some kind of sealant to protect it from the elements. We didn’t end up purchasing any furniture but it was nice to see what their options were. Several months ago we went to Jordan’s and found an awesome bar-height patio set, but it was crazy expensive ($3000)! In comparison, Ikea’s prices were VERY reasonable.


I have never eaten Ikea food before, but their menu looked pretty yummy (and inexpensive!). Has anyone tried their food, and if so, would you recommend it?


We ended up picking up lunch at Chipotle. I love their burrito bowls! Whenever I walk into a Chipotle, I am reminded of the time I lived in New York City… my bus stop was right in front of a Chipotle, so I became very accustomed to the smell of their food! Despite standing within feet of a Chipotle every single day, I never bought food from them until after I moved away from New York City. (weird, right? hah!). It wasn’t until we had moved to Houston that I tried Chipotle for the first time, and realized what I had been missing all along! ๐Ÿ™‚


Joel likes to get their burritos, but I love to get their burrito BOWLS! ๐Ÿ™‚ I often get a combination of their mild and medium salsa, and if I’m feeling extra spendy, I’ll splurge on their guacamole too!


We then headed over to Home Depot to pick out some BLINDS! We have been living in the house for a year and have not yet put blinds up in the living or dining rooms (all the other rooms already had blinds). Since we’re on a cul-de-sac it wasn’t the biggest deal, because only our immediate neighbors ever go past our house. But it was nice to finally get around to getting our blinds! While Joel was making sure the measurements were correct, I found a nice comfy box to sit on and wait for him. ๐Ÿ™‚


Weย  also picked up another rollerย for painting the bedroom. With all the holidays (and all of the stuff that goes hand-in-hand with the holidays), we haven’t started rolling paint onto the actual walls yet. However, we officially have not one, but TWO coats of white paint on the baseboards and window frame! Yay for progress! ๐Ÿ™‚


Two coats of white paint on those baseboards & window frame! Joel wants to put a third coat of white paint on them because there are a few places where the wood grain still peeks through.


Dinner consisted of Chipotle leftovers and I was perfectly happy with that! I love that I can get at least 2 meals out of their burrito bowls.


Joel did the actual work of putting up the blinds, while I made myself useful by being a good cheerleader and helper. The blinds look awesome!


What is everyone up to tonight? Joel is going to a basketball game with a few of his friends. While he is out in the sub-zero temps, I will 100% be snuggled up, warm and toasty with a soft blanket on the couch! We finished our show (Rectify <– really good!) and are now on the hunt for the next show to dive into… suggestions welcome!

Have you ever eaten at Ikea? Got any book or show recommendations to share? What are your plans for New Years Eve?ย ย 

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13 thoughts on “It’s the very last Friday of 2017!

  1. I have eaten at Ikea before because I was running errands like crazy the entire day and absolutely famished. The food is pretty good which was a pleasant surprise. I really want to read both Wonder and Beneath a Scarlet Sky, can’t wait to see what you think about the latter!


    1. That’s really good to know! Maybe next time we’re over in Ikea I will give their food a try! I thought a couple of dishes on their menu looked really tasty!


  2. My son loves to eat at Ikea! I would agree that the furniture there is not made for outdoors too. Did you check Home Depot for the chairs? Some Home Depotโ€™s have more than just home improvement stuff which I love. If you went to the one by the Ikea Iโ€™m not sure what they have though. I did get my blinds from Home Depot. They took my measurements of my windows (weird sizes) and made me blinds!
    Iโ€™m not a Chipotle fan. Iโ€™m glad you had a good day in our old weather here (sub zero temps cracks me up). ๐Ÿ˜‚


    1. Good idea to check Home Depot for patio stuff! I sometimes forget that they have furniture! The sub zero tempos are somethin else, aren’t they! I’m ready to plan a Florida getaway!!! ๐Ÿ˜


      1. I think it feels colder because of the rain weโ€™ve had the past few days. Itโ€™s cold but wet makes it worse! And that Ikea here is a crazy maze! I found a cheat to get where I need to go so I can avoid it๐Ÿ˜‚


      2. I could see rain/wet making it feel even colder! No fun! It is 5 degrees here currently, so at least we are above zero today! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hear things should warm up a little bit after the new year though, just gotta hang on a few more days! ๐Ÿ˜Š


  3. I can wait to see and hear about the end result of your project. I can tell you are ready for 2018. I wish you all the best for 2018.


    1. Aw thanks Marjie! You are so right, I’m super excited for 2018! I hope your 2017 is wrapping up nicely, and that you have an amazing time ringing in the new year!!


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