Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ten on Ten :: March 2015

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!

 I'm 13 days into my 28-day teatox and feeling good!

After completing the 22-day Basic Training workbook, I'm working on a financial devotional before my small group starts K2.

What a beautiful March day!

Left over Valentine's Day chocolate made for a good afternoon pick-me-up.

This 5-year journal has been the best purchase of 2015. I've done 41 days and I'm loving it!

Please note that at 3:00 this afternoon, I had the A/C almost on full-blast.

 Headed to work at Pure Barre.

Sure it's great that the days are longer, and I love me a good Colorado sunset, but the sun blinds me for 75% of my shift at Pure Barre now.

Headed out to get drinks with a friend.

 This month my goal was to start a prayer journal and I've ended the last ten days writing down something I'm thankful for, something I'm asking for, and someone I'm praying for.

Monday, March 09, 2015

3rd Annual Academy Awards Party

Well this post is about three weeks late, but let's pretend that it's not.

I've been looking forward to the 87th Academy Awards for months, but mostly because I would be hosting my third Oscars party! Last year, I wrote that I had a lot of ideas for the next party, but if I wrote them down, I have no idea where I put them. Hopefully some of the new things we did this year were my ideas from last year. Who knows!

This year, I took to Facebook to send out the invite since almost everyone who was invited was on Facebook, so I didn't do another cool invite like last year. But we stuck with the same idea for food as last year: food inspired by the 9 Best Picture nominees.

American Sniper
hummus with pita & veggies
Much of the movie takes place in the Middle East and hummus seems to be our go-to for the last three years of movies about conflict in the Middle East.

bird-shaped sugar cookies
The only food shown in the movie (to my recollection) was deli meat dipped in mayo and since we needed another dessert, I just went with sugar cookies.

mac & cheese
The perfect side dish that evokes memories from everyone's childhood.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
petit fours
Agatha bakes lots of pretty cakes throughout the movie.

The Imitation Game
cucumber sandwiches
Alan states early in the movie that he doesn't like sandwiches, so later on a coworker steals his cucumber sandwich from his picnic.

shrimp & grits
We needed some down-home southern cookin'!

The Theory of Everything
steak with potatoes & broccoli
Many scenes revolve around dinner, where Stephen struggles to feed himself or must be fed by someone else.

Duh, it's a movie about drumming.

I also had chocolate Oscar statues as favors again this year, but instead of buying them, I made them using a mold (from here).

We had a giant ballot (printable from here) and ballots for guests to fill out. If you wanted a chance to win, you could buy a ballot for $2 and the winner took home the pot. I ended up winning.

We had acceptance speech mad libs and photobooth props (from here) to pass the time since most people don't want to sit down and watch a 3+ hour award show!

I also bought a black and gold tassle garland (from here) and we went to the local fabric store to get some red fabric--on sale--to serve as our red carpet!

My picks for Best Dressed:

Anna Kendrick in Thakoon
Zoe Saldana in Versace
Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab
Rosamund Pike in Givenchy
Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford