Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

&

Happy 50th Birthday to My Dad!!!

















Images via MarthaStewart.com






Love you Daddy!

(It is also my step-brother's birthday today too. Happy Birthday Evan!)

Trick or Treat!!



Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Friday!!

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week



Image via Me!



1. Taking a walk in the evening with my boyfriend through the golf course.

2. Signing up for the National Novel Writing Month challenge.

3. Treating myself to 3 (huge) awesome raspberry linzer cookies from the Italian bakery.

4. Following a lamb chop recipe 100% from Saveur magazine and having it turn out FANtastic!

5. Purchasing a new vaccuum.... ahhhh so clean.

6. Arranging a bowl of lemons for home decor ('Baby wants lemons, baby gets lemons.' The Breakup).

7. Eating all the candy corn in the candy jar within 2 days...well it wasn't all me.

8. Receiving such great and meaningful feedback regarding Monday's Dream Jobs post.

9. Welcoming all new followers... :)

10. And announcing the winner of a free ornament for the Holidays!

Drumroll......

And the winner is...


Adrienne @ The Flying Bee

Email your address to nicoletterenee@hotmail.com.
























Images taken in the 5th Street Public Market of Eugene, OR


Have a safe
&
Happy Halloween!!




Thursday, October 29, 2009

Travel Thursday


Willamette Valley Vineyards






On my trip to Oregon, I was fortunate enough to have a scheduled Brides Luncheon the day before my friend's wedding, at the beautiful King Estate Winery.

First we took a tour, then had a delicious lunch consisting of an Artisan Cheese Plate with a brie, goat, and parmesean cheese with olives and fruit. I had a delicious Margherita Pizzetta with homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil. Mom had the Tarte de Jour, which was a trout tart. Quite tasty. The bride had BBQ pork ribs. The private room we occupied had tudor style windows stained a mahogany red color, they were beautiful and rich with a sunny view of vines all around, as the winery is perched on a hilltop. Dessert was my favorite though, as I chose a fresh Bartlett Pear & Raspberry Crisp with almond struessel. It was piping hot and perfectly paired with a cinnamon ice cream. Pure Heaven. Followed by our tastings of mainly white wine. :)


Here are a few photos of the tour. Some were from the iPhone, so please excuse if they aren't the best.




























More information on the Oregon Wine Country... Here.




Cheers!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Good Eats Wednesday

The Bison Burger





The Bison Burger with added avocado
and a side of sweet potato fries.





offered at Burger Me! in Truckee, California.



The Menu.


The opinion...

While I admit I was turned on by the idea of trying a bison burger,
I noticed no difference in the taste of meat compared to a regular beef burger.
Next time, I will just get a regular burger
 for a few bucks less and add chedder, avocado, and bacon- crispy
please.





I admit I gave up cheeseburgers for a few years,
but since working near The Cheesecake Factory,
I have become ADDICTED to the Classic Burger.

(Oh, and McDonald's classic cheeseburgers still get me every once in a while, there is something about those little sauteed onions, except getting one is a rareity because I know 15 minutes later I will feel sick.)

But now it's hard to compare to my Classic Burger.


Who makes your favorite Burger?


Bon appetit!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month





After my post yesterday, I was visiting some of my favorite blogs. Sorry, it's not everyday as I would like, my computer is literally running on minimal memory and keeps freezing on me. Nothing more annoying. But as I was browsing, I ran into Jen @ Haute Whimsy, and her post introduced me to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It was one of those "right place at the right time" kind of moments. So I signed up for the challenge.

The challenge is, for the month of November to write 50,000 words for a novel (equals about 175 pgs.) It's about quantity not quality. To plug through and see where your mind takes you. I figure that is about 5-6 pages per day. Tough for working 40 hours per week, but doable.

If you are interested, visit the National Novel Writing Month website for more details.

I'm thinking about ordering one of these cute Tees for inspiration. Aren't they adorable?






Way too cute.


So, if your in for the challenge,
get your coffee, computers, and arthritis cream ready to type away.

Have a great day!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Dream Jobs

Part 1.





  Those who know me, know I'm very imaginative about what I want to be and what I want to do. My problem is not knowing what I want to do, but narrowing down what I want to commit to completely without getting bored or wanting to switch gears yet again. My wants change seasonally because I have so many interests, but I'm pretty consistant about being practical, and I'm finding that practicality is paralyzing, because it's hard to be brave, or even stupid, to abandon what is safe.

   I'm creative and hands-on, a little shy, and can be a marketing genius when time and money allows, but fearful to pull the trigger or jump start anything. Blogging and Etsy have allowed me to experiment and have fun focusing on some of the things I love, but I'm still sitting at the desk under flourescent lights, wondering if my educational loans were all worth it. Because I'll admit I'm still dispersing the mail, answering phones, and data entry, pretty much the same tasks pre-degree except with a little better salary. All things I wouldn't mind doing if for the pleasure of my own business. I know, I know I should be grateful, because of the many who have lost their jobs and would be grateful for my opportunity, but I think most people can relate it is hard watching the years go by sitting on the sidelines, watching the star players live out their dream.

  So until that day comes when I decide on my niche, no need for sympathy, just a little Monday gripe, this is the perfect excuse for a Monday escape with a mini-blogseries focusing on Dream Jobs and success stories. What better way to start a Monday?

So for starters, here is a little background on me...

My Degree: Bachelor of Science in Journalism- Magazine &  a business minor.

What I intended to study when I applied to colleges: Film Production / or Screenwriting
(Of the 6 colleges I was accepted in to, film was not offered at the University of Oregon, where I attended.)

My Actual JobClient Services Manager for a boutique investment advisery firm.



(That's me subserviently playing the part of dutiful employee. Remember when Emily in the 'Devil Wears Prada' says, "I love my job. I love my job. I love my job." in her cute British accent.
Yeah...I love that line.)

So there you have it my friends, after months of blogging, my personal resume on a post and my heart and soul exposed. I know many of my blog friends have careers they love and that I so jealously love. So if you are interested in guest posting your success stories, interview, how-to, or general advice (on blog or privately), email me at nicoletterenee@hotmail.com.



Here's to a new week! :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I spy

something green...




This little guy was just hanging out...




minding his own business




shedding his skin




until I came along snapping photos




but he whipped up this exotic pose for me




as he gazed out at the tropical pool below,
reminding me to take a moment and pay attention
to all creatures large and small.



Have a great Sunday my friends!!!


XOXO



Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Friday!


Giveaway!
And such...




She has a lovely blog, stop in to say hi.


I feel free and light,
like I've got the world
 by the wheel.


Nothing is new,
nothing is different,
just a new view on things.


Isn't it wonderful
to wake up with that realization
from time to time?


And because I want to share
this feeling,
I want to give you a little gift.






I know, I know,
Halloween isn't even here yet,
but I've got Holidays on the brain.



I will choose one person at random
from anywhere in the world
to win an individual ornament...



The ornaments are available individually,
or in sets of 4,8, and 12.
Traditional Holiday colors coming soon.


Let me know which design you like,
or if you prefer a personalized Script Initial
for your First or Last name.


You never know,
Santa may be taking notes!



Also, if you blog about the giveaway,
NO, I won't give you another entry.
But you may just get a free ornament
just because you are SO awesome!



Before I let you go
if you have a moment,
stop in to see my dear friend
She is having gall bladder surgery.
I just want her to know how much I'm thinking
about her today.


P.S. I will choose my winner Tuesday @ noon.



Have a lovely weekend everyone!!!



XOXO


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Travel Thursday

Top Ten Creepiest Places in the World
according to Travel Channel...






1. Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
2. Winchester Mystery House (more info HERE).
3. Roswell
4. Salem, Massachussetts
5. New Orleans. Gettysburg
7. Mutter Museum of Medical History (see more images HERE, too creepy for my G-rated blog)
8. Tower of London
9. Haunted Hollywood
10. Bermuda Triangle


I have been to The Winchester Mystery House, Roswell, and New Orleans. 




Roswell, New Mexico (UFO site crash site 1947).



Bermuda Triangle more info HERE.



Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
Read the Story and Make Your Reservations HERE.
Let me know how your overnight visit goes!! ;)


View the Travel Channel's link HERE for more information on all these places.


I'm interested to know if you have been to any of these places?



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Good Eats Wednesday

Top 10 Pumpkin Beers

List provided by: BeerInfo.com


1. Punkin' Ale - Dogfish Hear Craft Brewery
2. Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch Ale - Wild Goose Brewery
3. Ichabod Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
4. Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
5. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale - Saint Louis Brewery
6. Saranac Pumpkin Ale - Matt Brewing Company
7. Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery
8. Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale - Coors Brewing Company
9. Pumpkin Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

10. O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale- O'Fallon Brewery

Visit Beer Info for flavor description and company sites.





for the Man in your life...
or for yourself!

Cheers!



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