Dec 162016
 

Every Friday afternoon at my job, our Chief Marketing Officer leads us in the weekly “Friday dance” around the office, conga-line style. She sings this catchy tune and then we all chime in at the right time with “Thank God it’s Friday.” It’s a lot of fun, and I’m so excited for 5:00 pm to roll around tomorrow (it’s Thursday night as I write this) so we can do the Friday dance and kick off the weekend! Woohoo!

This weekend we were supposed to visit our wedding venue and a potential bakery with my mom, but now the forecast is calling for freezing rain on Saturday morning so we’re rescheduling for mid-January. Boo! On the plus side, this means I’ll have some time to do some of the Christmas shopping I desperately need to do, and I might even bake some festive treats for my coworkers. ‘Tis the season!

Before I get too far ahead of myself though, let’s take a look at what made me smile this week with today’s edition Favorite Things Friday! Feel free to play along in the comments below!

Favorite Dinner

After our fun weekend in New York City, the last thing we felt like doing on Sunday night was stop by the grocery store. Luckily we had one rogue Blue Apron meal hanging out in the fridge, and it was the best thing to come home to on Monday after work!

The meal was really tasty and included squid ink pasta, a delicious Thai tahini sauce, and lots of tasty vegetables (broccoli rabe, carrots, and quick pickled radishes). I also learned how to make crunchy garlic and peanuts like you see in some of those takeout Thai restaurants. Yum! This was a really delicious meal.

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Favorite Planning

Speaking of Thai food, Fabio and I are in the midst of planning our honeymoon to Southeast Asia!! We have a rough idea of the places we want to visit, but I am continuing to do research to make sure we make the most of our itinerary.

For anyone who has experience traveling in this area, maybe you can help us! 🙂 For some background: we are leaving right after our wedding (so in mid-June) and want to travel for two weeks. We want our trip to include some time relaxing on the beach (preferably at the beginning to get over jet lag), some time doing active adventures like hiking waterfalls, and some time exploring the culture (temples and elephant sanctuaries). Eeek! I want to pinch myself just typing that out. 🙂

We know that cramming too many locations into one trip is not a recommended strategy, but we did that when we went to Europe last year and found that we prefer to see as much as we can even if it means spending more time traveling from place to place. We also have no interest in spending time in Bankok and think of it more of a pit stop since that’s where the main airport is.

With all that being said, here’s our rough schedule:

  • Sunday, June 11 & Monday, June 12: Home → Bankok → Ko Samui
  • Tuesday, June 13: Ko Samui

[Ko Samui – Source]

  • Wednesday, June 14: Ko Samui
  • Thursday, June 15: Ko Samui
  • Friday, June 16: Ko Samui → Chiang Mai

[Chiang Mai – Source]

  • Saturday, June 17: Chiang Mai
  • Sunday, June 18: Chiang Mai
  • Monday, June 19: Chiang Mai → Pai
  • Tuesday, June 20: Pai
  • Wednesday, June 21: Pai → Chiang Mai
  • Thursday, June 22: Chiang Mai → Angkor Wat

[Angkor Wat – Source]

  • Friday, June 23: Angkor Wat
  • Saturday, June 24: Angkor Wat → Home

Eek!

If anyone has any tips or recommendations I’d love to hear them!

Favorite Sweat

This week I took two great bootcamp classes with Anne again via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!), one at Urban Athletic Club and one at Definitions. The instructor at Definitions usually takes a video of everyone during the workout, and this week we asked if she could share it with us. She actually wound up compiling it in a really fun way, so I thought I’d share it with you guys here! It might take a second to load but should come up eventually.

So nice of her to do this for us, right?

Anne and I are planning to take another class at Definitions on Sunday morning with their new climb machine, and I’m really excited about it. Their classes are always challenging, but so fun when you have a buddy by your side!

Favorite Purchase

I know I mentioned this on Wednesday, but I recently decided we needed a Christmas ornament commemorating our first year in our first home! (And yes, next year I will likely buy a wedding one for us too. #sucker)

I bought this one from Etsy with our names, the year, and our address (which I blurred out for safety reasons) and I think it turned out so cute! It’s a nice quality too and I know it’s going to make me smile for many years to come. Yay!

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Favorite Festivities

I had a bunch of fun holiday festivities this week! First, we had an ugly sweater day at work, and I took the opportunity to wear a truly heinous amazing embellished vest that I got a few years back at a thrift store. I also listened to Christmas music while I worked, which made me one very happy camper. I love this time of year!

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Then we went out for a team holiday lunch at Ted’s Montana Grill, where I got the farmhouse salad with salmon. It was delicious!

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At our lunch we went around the table and said what our favorite moment of the year was, and I thought to myself – once again – how happy I am to have this job where I can make such a big difference for people with diabetes. It’s definitely stressful but so amazing!

Favorite Wednesday Adventure

On Wednesday night, we met up with a couple of our friends to see the Zoo lights! We stopped off for a beer first, and then spent the evening wandering around and enjoying the (free) festive displays.

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Yay!

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We were only able to go into the reptile house and small mammal house, but we had a nice time watching turtles, creepy snakes, small cats, mice, and other creatures. It was a lot of fun!

The lights too were really beautiful, and I can’t imagine how much time it took to wrap all the branches on these trees. Wow!

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It was definitely a fun evening!

Favorite Cozy

It’s super cold here on the East coast tonight with temperatures in the teens and wind chills in the single digits. Brrr! Thank goodness Fabio has gotten so good at making fires!

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Having a fireplace is just the best!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. Have a great weekend!

Question of the day: What made you smile this week? Do you have any honeymoon tips for me?

 Posted by on December 16, 2016

  12 Responses to “Favorite Things Friday!”

  1. Hahaha I cannot honestly imagine any company in Britain doing that Friday dance at work. That’s such an American thing to do, us Brits are *far* too conservative and self-conscious to do something like that! Hehe 😉

  2. Spend less time in Koh Samui and venture to Koh Tao- its another great island that you can take a boat to get to from koh samui. Its slightly less over-done than koh samui and super traveller friendly!

  3. I am a Christmas ornament fiend, so I totally understand buying one for the new house and your wedding. We had some people give us informal sort of ornaments – like the plastic-y ones you can buy at the mall and personalize. And those are so precious to us, but I also went all out and bought a fancy Lenox one: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/lenox-christmas-classic-ornament-collection?ID=1590031&CategoryID=40492#fn=HOLIDAY_DECOR_TYPE%3DOrnaments%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D25%26ruleId%3D69|BS|BA%26slotId%3D3%26kws%3Dlenox%20christmas.

    It is absolutely one of my favorites to put on the tree each year (even now, six years later!) and we bought a personalized baby’s first Christmas one to match it this year for our daughter’s first Christmas! I can definitely see it being an heirloom one day. Just wanted to suggest it as something to look out for next year when you, inevitably, make your purchase. 🙂

  4. Personally I would cut down the days in Chang Mai and spend a couple in Bangkok. It has some really beautiful temples and sites to see that are worth a day or two. Id also recommend Ayutthaya (about an hour outside of Bangkok) for a day…. There are unbelievable ruins there. Southeast Asia is amazing 🙂

  5. I’m just wrapping up an amazing 2 week vacay in Thailand and my suggestions would be to take a cooking class in Chiang Mai (we did the half day class at Asia Scenic and LOVED it), and Chai Lai Orchid for elephants. Also seriously consider at least one full day in Bangkok. It has a lot more to offer than The Hangover movies would suggest!

    • Thank you! We are planning to visit Elephant Nature Park during our time in Chiang Mai and will definitely take a cooking class in there somewhere. So many people I talked to said they didn’t like Bankok, but you are right — it’s probably worth checking out!

  6. I’ve been wanting to get to Zoo Lights! What other Christmasy things do you recommend in the NOVA/DC area? I want to make sure I hit them all before the season is up!!

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