what's in a day?

oh.my.goodness what a day i've had today. busy, but productive.

over the past week, since my final day of work, i've been doing a lot of thinking. mostly, i've been thinking about projects. business projects, house projects, mini projects, massive projects. all sorts of things. i even thought through our house -- room by room -- and wrote down all the projects i'd like to do in each one. both now, and later.

and then i set out to start tackling them.

yesterday i spent a good chunk of the day rearranging my desk, and cleaning out a bunch of paperwork. i'd show you a picture, but i think i'll wait until all the office rearranging is complete.

as a side note though, it just so happens that a clean and fresh work space makes me want to sit at my desk for longer periods of time. now i just need to go through all my books too...

anyway, that was yesterday. today was fabulously, productively, crazy. and tomorrow promises so much fun i can hardly contain myself! [more on that later...]

this morning marked the first tuesday morning in the past four and a half years when i haven't had some sort of set commitment. so, i spent a couple hours at the gym with back to back classes. it was marvelous.

after that i ran a few errands to prepare for the rest of the day. once i made it home i promptly took off the top of the sewing table we currently have in the office, and spray painted it. this lovely table will be switching rooms in the near future so it needed to become a bit more presentable.

once it's put back together i'll show you the finished product, but here's the color:

LOVE it! can't wait to see it put together.

next i moved on to a big project that i've been wanting to do pretty much since we moved in almost 2 years ago. this became an urgent project due to some guests we're having in a few weeks, but really it just gave me an excuse to finally complete it!

here it is - en images:


i measured and cut all the fabric squares

then i ironed each one

i set the pattern [w. helpful input from the hubs]
then taped it up to test it out

i stapled each piece in place, and voila!

lastly, we added backing so the back of the doors looks clean too. 

i'm so in love with these doors. and now my niece and nephew will have somewhere of their own to sleep when they come to visit oh.so.soon!

after the doors were finished i set about to make a quick dinner.

now, i must preface this next part with a quick story.

about 15 months ago peter and i went to hawaii to visit his cousin, chris. while we were in oahu i gave chris a cooking lesson one night because i saw it as my duty to do so. chris is good at a lot of things. cooking, however, is not his forte. [of course, i must add that he simply had never been taught, not that he tried really hard, and was just bad at it...]

after i returned kelly [peter's sis] and i had an idea to help chris learn to cook from afar - blog it. and while nothing happened back then, i have decided that the next part of this post will be my inaugural "helping chris cook" post.

i can't guarantee the frequency of these posts as we go forward, but i'm aiming for once a week at this point.

so, chris, here's your first dinner:

chicken bacon caesar wraps

ingredients -
1 large skinless, boneless chicken breast
2 strips of bacon
1 heart of romaine lettuce
a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves
about 1/3 c freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
caesar dressing
salt & pepper
5-6 tortillas [i prefer wheat]

1. trim the chicken and cut it into bite-size pieces.
2. heat a small skillet over med-high heat. add the olive oil to the skillet - just enough to coat the bottom, you may not need a whole tablespoon... once warm, add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. cook the chicken, turning every few minutes until it's no longer pink in the center - approximately 6-8 minutes [depending on how small the pieces are, and how hot the pan is when you add the chicken.]

3. while the chicken is cooking chop up the romaine heart, and gather the spinach leaves. mix together, and rinse with water. either use a salad spinner, or pat it dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. place this mixture in a large bowl.

4. when the chicken is done leave the stove on, and move the chicken to a separate plate. rinse the skillet, and then add the bacon to the skillet -- keep the heat at med-high and cook the bacon until crispy, about 3-4 minutes total.

5. while the bacon is cooking, grate the parmesan cheese.

6. when the bacon is done pat it dry with paper towels, and then crumble it over the lettuce/spinach mixture. add the chicken and the cheese to the mixture, and toss until everything is well mixed.

7. place a tortilla on your plate, add some of the mixture to the middle. drizzle with caesar dressing.

makes 5-6 wraps.

*note* you can add the caesar dressing directly to the salad mixture, and mix with the rest of the ingredients. however, if you add the dressing directly to the mix, leftovers will not keep.*


the last little note i'll share with you is about my day tomorrow. i'm SO excited!
tomorrow morning i'm heading down to greenville, sc to have a meeting with my friend barb of knack! barb is being kind enough to take some time out to have lunch with me, and give me some advice on business, etc. she is one talented lady, and if you haven't checked out her site yet, click on the above link, and see what she can do. her pieces are amazing.

i'll be sure to share all about my visit with her once i get back.
...along with pictures of any other projects i complete.
i see a lot of painting and organizing in my future!

hope you had a lovely 
and productive day!


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