Friday, January 30, 2009

Most Recent Favorites

T.V. Shows:
1. Ace of Cakes
2. America's Next Best Dance Crew
3. American Idol

Foods:
1. Lemon Muffins
2. Pot stickers
3. Spinach

Starbucks Drinks:
1. Americano
2. Pumpkin Spice Latte
3. London Fog

Articles of Clothing:
1. Black Gap Sweater
2. Yoga Pants
3. Doug's T-shirts

Music:
1. Everly Brothers
2. Anathallo
3. Fred Astaire

Past-times:
1. Skip-Bo
2. Staying inside
3. Baking

Purchases:
1. Blue rug for the living room
2. New running shoes
3. Container of blue cheese

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This Past Week We:

1. Spent Sunday afternoon curled up in bed, watching the X-games, and reading our books.
2. I beat Doug for the first time in Skip-Bo
3. Doug played his guitar more than usual this past week.

4. I baked Banana Chocolate Cake for our potluck at church on Sunday.
5. I discovered the Health and Fitness section of our OnDemand TV service. So, I have been doing work-out videos each night. Doug, so lovingly took a picture.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bright Days

It was bitter cold here last week. Some of the coldest temps in the decade. But, the thing that got us through it was the sun. Each day was bright and sunny, and that helped keep our spirits up. The sunny days also mean that it is not pitch black on my walks home from work. It really is amazing how much it helps to be ending my work day with light still in the sky.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Homemade Pizza Night

I made this recipe and then we invited four friends over to make individual pizzas. It was a fun night of eating, talking, laughing, and eating some more.



And, we have already accomplished one of our nine goals for 2009.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wicked Weekend




We got to see Wicked yesterday. We did not want to ask someone to take of picture of us together with the sign because it was 20 degrees and there were millions of people around. So we quickly snapped these two photos of each other with the sign and then we ran across the street and had dinner in the Walnut Room.

It was a really really great afternoon and evening. Doug is an excellent gift giver.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cold Weather

It has been so cold and snowy here lately that all we want to do is stay inside our little apartment. The cold weather has also brought many comfort food dishes to our table. I have made baked pasta, chocolate chip cookies, buffalo wings, chili, chicken and stuffing skillet, and lots of cheese bread. We eat our dinner in our comfy clothes (Doug's green pants and my black yoga pants) and then we like to watch a tv program together and then we usually end the night playing a game of skip-bo. I taught Doug how to play and now he beats me almost every time.

And work has been long, hard and busy for the past few weeks so going home at the end of the night is a wonderful thing.
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Monday, January 5, 2009

Castle Family Love Line

August 2007: Doug asks me to marry him.

May 2008: We got marriedOctober 2008: Sister Jeanette got engaged.

January 2009: Brother Greg proposes to Beth

February 2009: Jeanette will marry Brad

Later on in 2009: Greg will marry Beth

Friday, January 2, 2009

9 things to do in 2009:

1. Ski/Snowboard in Montana
2. Finish ordering all of our wedding pictures
3. Ride the ferris wheel at Navy Pier
4. Play one game of chess together (I have to learn how to play first)
5. Have homemade pizza night
6. Go to a Cubs baseball game
7. Read Pride & Prejudice
8. Grow herbs
9. Find/Make/Buy a shelf for our bathroom

Doug's other ideas that did not make the list:
1. Sing 'Rockin Robin' as a duet in church
2. Race in a NASCAR race
3. Get matching hair-cuts
4. Meet Ashton Kutcher
5. Learn how to do cornrows in people's hair