Cooked up all kinds of goodness to ring in 2018 including Crab Rangoon, Wontons, Bruschetta, Italian Pigs in Blankets, and Stuffed Mushrooms. Not pictured: Korean Beef Lollipops - except without lollipop stick skewers due to the lack of beef skewer volunteers. Everything was absolutely scrumptious and with tons of leftovers to snack on for the next couple of days, if it even lasts that long. Best. Tradition. Ever.
When the college peeps return to the homestead, guess what happens? Board. Games. And to my utter delight? THIS particular game has been chosen as the starter of our festivities - SCRABBLE! (Little do peeps know... I've been playing Words With Friends for YEARS and have a leg up on them all, skill-wise. Ok, so they know but are just feeling brave - HA!)
Typically I prefer straightening my naturally wavy hair, but Christmas called for a special hairdo - hence the waves. Unfortunately this particular "wave" resulted in a neck burn since I'm not all that accustomed to my curling rod, so I'll be hiding a hickey-looking neck burn spot for several days, as a result. But it was a fun diversion from the usual hairdo, if anything. Cheers!
Our plan was to have the College Peeps all home by Friday and eating my famous lasagna by Saturday. And guess what? It all worked out, and with all of us going back for 2nds and 3rds! We'll be eating 4ths tomorrow after Christmas Eve mass, so it's the "Gift that Keeps on Giving." Praise be to God.
This is how the CSM IT Team completes their holiday celebration - by sharing not only ONE but THREE types of desserts at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse. I shall never leave this team, God help me.
Sometimes working in a college marketing department requires an employee to complete other duties, as assigned. This photo is one of those fateful moments! Yes, this is a picture of the back of my head sporting a graduation cap, one that belongs to an actual CSM graduate since I did not actually earn a degree this time around. But I am so adding "Graduation Cap Model" to my resume for future photo-taking opportunities, because you just never know when another chance like this will present itself again. *wishful thinking*
Photos taken from my Sony Cyber-shot digital camera do not do justice to the spectacular-ness of my last visit to Italy, hence the need to return for a refresher. And I do believe in the Fontana di Trevi legend stating that throwing a coin into the fountain ensures a future return to Rome. Except, next visit? Nikon photo-taking. Totally.
Excitedly, I found these 2 vintage badminton rackets in basement storage and flashed back to swatting birdies around at my Mom's annual office picnic at Offutt Air Force Base Lake when I was a college student. Fortunately, these 2 rackets will get another chance at play time since they so decently stood the test of time with only a little bit of weather damage. However unfortunately, these guys came from a set of 4 with the other 2 rackets completely destroyed by small backyard-playing children and woodland creatures over the past several years. Counting my blessings, though. Let's hope one of these will become my good luck charm while battling with the CSM IT Tennis / Badminton team on our makeshift court.
What's an IT Tennis Team to do when courts turn frigid in winter-like temps and nets are taken down and packed away for the season? The next best thing, of course: Badminton. Which is exactly what happened, as evidenced by this excited looking bunch of IT'ers whiffing birdies around an impromptu badminton court. And so it goes - BADMINTON until the return of TENNIS, another successful use of that wellness benefit and reason to leave the office to burn off those extra calories just waiting to be burned.
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