Monday, November 28, 2011

Black Friday for Winners

I must brag for a moment. Who am I kidding, I brag all over this blog! Back to the point, I am GOOD at Black Friday. I hadn't planned on doing any shopping on Friday but 9:00 a.m. came around and I got bored. Disclaimer: I am an early riser so boredom at 9:00 a.m. is normal. Now I can't tell you about everything that I bought because some are Christmas gifts but I'll share what I can!

First stop: Jos A Bank
Huge sale! I purchased $377 worth of stuff for a mere $100!! Today they are having yet another huge sale and EVERYTHING is 50% off so get it while you can!

Second stop: Best Buy
That place was a mad house and if I was in the market for a TV bigger than my master bathroom I probably could have saved more but that was just not in my cards. I did however need a TV small enough to fit underneath my kitchen cabinets so I found this bad boy.

I also needed a new SD card since Tyler accidentally gave the other one away somehow. Don't ask!

I didn't save as much as I would have liked but beggars can't be choosers when only 1 TV in stock would fit the dimensions I had. I ended up getting $175 worth of stuff for $143, not my best.

Third stop: Southern Homes and Gardens
Don't get too excited, I need poinsettias and they had some beautiful ones for 20% off. $18 worth for about $14.40. They look nice on my mantel so who cares.

Fourth and final Stop: Dick's Sporting Goods
These are my favorite running shorts and they had them for 50% off. Not too shabby; so I snagged 2 pairs and when I got to the register they gave me another $15 off! That is $64 worth of shorts to help me get skinny for only $17!

So for the grand total: including taxes I purchased $706.20 for only $311.18! Yes I am aware that I could have spent $0 but what's is the fun in that, plus some were gifts and I really needed the rest ;)!

Monday, November 21, 2011

An Update and a Recipe

Well I'm finally finished with my little stint in the pharma sales world and I am now safely and comfortably back in my cushy cubicle. I had a great time getting out and about and enjoyed getting to meet new people every day but there is something to be said for having a home base and knowing exactly where you are headed when you get in your car every morning. When I got back to the office I was also welcomed with a little promotion. Now don't get too excited, it's nothing dramatic but it's nice to feel rewarded for finishing grad school AND getting some experience in the sales world. Anyway, with that said, I have my head back and now have a bit more time to think about blog posts.

I have to get my sea legs back so I'm going to start slow (aka boring)...

One we go...this weekend I had the opportunity to host a baby shower for a sweet friend of mine who is expecting her first child in January and was flattered by being asked to take are of planning the menu! I won't bore you with all the details but I do want to share my chicken salad recipe because it was simple, easy and flipping GOOD!

please forgive the picture quality, I was in a hurry!

Rotisserie Chicken Salad
  • white AND dark meat from 1 large rotisserie chicken ( I get mine from Costco because they are huge, if you go for a grocery store chicken you may want to use the meat of 1 and a half, using the dark meat is KEY!!!!)
  • 1 1/2 c good mayo (Hellmans or Dukes)
  • half of a sweet onion diced very small
  • 2 ribs of celery diced very small
  • 1 c toasted pecans chopped
  • juice of half of a lemon (another KEY!)
  • salt and pepper to taste ( I also added a little garlic powder just for giggles)

mix everything together and pop it in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

* depending on what consistency you like, add as much mayo as you need; just remember that using the dark meet will ensure that it has lots of flavor and isn't overly dry. Also, the lemon juice really brightens up the flavor so don't leave it out!