Friday, November 15, 2013

High Five For Friday 11/15

This week was kind of a rainy blur. It got down in the low 70s here a couple of days and I could have sworn it was in the 50s. All I wanted to do was snuggle in bed. It snowed back home in KY and I am not one bit sad I missed it. Snow and I, we aren't friends.

I went to the aquarium on Monday with a bunch of friends to celebrate Veteran's Day. The aquarium here is one of the coolest aquariums I have ever seen. The building in itself is something to look at, but it also has a giant saltwater tank that is home to whale sharks and manta rays. There is also a live dolphin show outside over-looking the ocean. I am now an annual passport holder to the aquarium. I got a card with my picture on it any everything. Yep, I'm pretty much the coolest person you know.

I made Quinoa Chili this week and it was so good! I am not a huge chili fan, but this recipe was right up my alley since I'm kind of the quinoa queen. I was in need of a good soup during this rainy week. This recipe makes a HUGE pot, perfect for freezing for easy weeknight meals. 

Last week I talked about how our trip to Thailand was all booked. It was a rather stress-free ordeal. We decided we were going and I had everything booked within 2 days. I didn't have much time to sit and stress over the planning. Looking back, that is pretty crazy seeing as I have never planned something of this magnitude on my own. I woke up in the middle of the night the other day to an email completely shattering my stress-free planning. Apparently New Years is a popular travel time in Thailand. Since trains are the most popular transportation mode, all of the tickets were sold out for when we needed them. Yep, still haven't figured out this whole dilemma seeing as this was an integral part of our plan. I am trying to stay calm and tell myself that it will somehow get worked out. Breathe in, breathe out.


I got these books in the mail this week and had forgotten I had ordered them almost two months ago. Girls In White Dresses is on the "Must Read in Your 20s" list so when I saw it for super cheap on Amazon I got it. I have read Hunger Games and had been meaning to read Catching Fire. I was waiting to borrow it from a friend and never did so I decided to go ahead and buy it. I have quite a few books on my reading list right now, but this one is getting bumped to the top so I can finish it before the movie comes out. 


Have you all seen the "Organize Your Entire Life" pin floating around pinterest. I had pinned it awhile back when I first saw it. I am one of those people who actually looks back at what I have pinned for recipes, workouts, and such. I ran across this pin again and decided to check it out. Essentially, it is a guide on how to organize every aspect of your life. Feeling out of sorts and unmotivated this week, I needed some inspiration to get all the aspects of my life together. I am now motivated to clean, organize, minimize, and plan. Starting this weekend. Ok, so maybe this will last for a day, but hopefully I will get a lot accomplished in that day! 

Have a great weekend! I will be trying to stay motivated to organize my entire life.

Linking up with Lauren, Darci, Jennie


  1. I loved Catching Fire, but I'm going to have to check out Girls in White Dresses now. And I'm going to go pin that pin about organization. I try to stay organized but usually I'm only good about it for a little bit.

  2. where do i find this must read in your 20s list?!?! i need to check out girls in white dresses!! i love the aquarium!!

  3. I can't wait to see Catching Fire! It was my favorite book of the trilogy.

  4. that quinoa chili looks so good. it's perfect for the season right now!! pinned a recipe for it on pinterest this week...need to get on that! thanks for the inspiration, girlie!! xx

  5. Your chili looks delicious :)
    I can't wait to see picturs of your trip to Thailand - it is so beautiful there!! Are you going in January?

  6. First of all, Aquariums are kind of one of my favorite places to visit.. ever! And I just finished reading Girls In White Dresses a few weeks ago and immediately started one of her other books called The Smart One. They are definitely perfect for women in their 20's!! And Catching Fire was my favorite of the HG Trilogy! If you love those books, you should check out the Divergent Trilogy and the Matched Trilogy!

  7. I absolutely loved Girl's in White Dresses! Such a fun 20-something read. Stopping by from the link-up. Happy Friday!

    Forever Young

  8. That aquarium looks awesome! I'll have to check out Girl's in White Dresses! Sounds so cute!

  9. Pretty pictures! Yeah passport holder ; ) I made chili this week too - yours looks amazing! I've read the Hunger Games series, but not Girls in White Dresses - would love to read that.

  10. The aquarium looks amazing! I will have to check out Girls in White Dresses, thanks for the recommendation! Have a great weekend.

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  12. You will LOVE Catching Fire. I literally read that whole series in a week. After you've finished up that series you have to read the Divergent series! Have a great weekend! ;)

  13. We just went to the Shed Aquarium last week! I can't get enough of it. I wish we lived close enough to get a pass. Enjoy the rest of the hunger games series!!! It just gets better...


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