It’s an Ellen Kind of Day

What an amazing day! On my friend Bridget’s blog, her tagline is “I’m having an incredible year.” Well, I feel like I’m having an incredible day…and it’s not even over yet!!!

But first: April Photo a Day
Yesterday, I honestly completely forgot about taking my picture, so it’s here today. Better late than never.

The next text I will be teaching is Death of a Salesman, which I haven’t read since high school. Guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow? I had to hunt down the copies, so this is my something you found.

Ellen is always so happy, and while I flipping through the March edition of Real Simple, I came across this ad. Because Chantelle’s theme was how you feel today, I snapped a photo of Ellen’s smiling face.

Reason Number One I am Happy Like Ellen:
I had a fantastic run this morning with Mel and her husband Tim. We covered twelve miles and ran along Lakeshore Path, past Hoyt Park, down Monroe, past the zoo, and back to Brittingham Park. The temperature was perfect, I wore my new running clothes (Old Navy tank and Nike spandex shorts from Marshall’s), the GUs I brought were yummy (Roctane chocolate raspberry and blackberry), and we finished with an average pace of 9:41. Could it get much better than that?

Reason Number Two I am Happy Like Ellen:
One of the Wine and Recipe ladies, Mel, is pregnant with her first child and is due at the end of May. Two of the other Wine and Recipe ladies, Jena and Emily, threw Mel a baby shower today. Because Mel and her hubby are not finding out the sex of the baby, everything needed to be gender neutral. I went over to Jena’s house last night to help set up the adorable bee themed decorations and food.

This was the sweetest theme ever!

We had yummy food: chicken salad in pita, veggie wraps, pasta salad, spinach salad, cowboy caviar, fruit pops, cupcakes (which I helped frost), and Oreo truffles.
It was fun to watch Mel open all of her gifts. Many of the other women there have kids, and so many times they said things like, “I wish we had had that!” Mel was especially excited for all of the bath time presents.

*The woman to the right of Mel looks like she’s picking her nose, but she’s not.  I doubt she’ll ever read my blog, so I am posting this picture.  Casey, if you find this, I am sorry.

I cleaned off a few items off her registry that no one apparently wanted to buy, including a bottle scrubber, a medical dispensing kit, and bibs. As an English teacher, I feel it is my duty (and joy) to give books to expecting moms. My always book is Goodnight Moon; I LOVED this book as a little girl and would apparently make my dad read it to me every night. Besides that, I also found Ten Little Monkeys: Jumping On the Bed.

We played some fun, non-cheesy games too. Jena printed off pictures of celebrities’ kids; she gave us the names of the moms but we had to put the mom and child together. We got an extra point for knowing the name of the kid. I don’t follow celebrity “news” much but knew a few.

Another cute idea, because it wasn’t exactly a game, was for everyone to fill out a sheet of paper with sentence starters such as “I hope you learn…” and “I hope you laugh…” for Baby Baker. Emily compiled everyone’s sheet and made a cute scrapbook that said “We’re Excited to See Who You Will Bee.”

While I had a great time at Mel’s baby shower, I am sad to be missing my college friend’s bachelorette party in Chicago tonight. With Brody being in Vegas and not being able to fond anyone to watch the dogs, it just wasn’t in the cards. I hope all of my Pi Phi girls have lots of fun!

Cheers to an Ellen-happy-face day!

What was the best thing so far about your Saturday?
What is your favorite baby shower game? Least favorite?
Did you run today? Share the deets!


6 thoughts on “It’s an Ellen Kind of Day

  1. My Saturday was AMAZING! I worked out with my client, walked at the park, made my own suspension trainers (like TRX but for a fraction of the price), worked out with the fake-trx, hit some golf balls in the yard with the hubby, watched a movie, enjoyed a cocktail, and then had a delicious dinner of steak, zucchini, and sweet potato while watching Big Bang Theory. Best. Day. Ever. 🙂

    I’m so glad you’re happy today, too!

    • You did have a fantastic and busy day! Nice work with the suspension straps – I have heard those classes kick your butt. I wish my gym offered it.
      My husband and I also watch Big Bang Theory. Such a funny show! Have you seen Happy Endings? Also kind of a “modern” Friends show.
      Hope your Sunday is just as amazing!

      • My gyms don’t offer the classes either, but I was dying to have them at home to add to my own workouts! I’ve seen a couple of episodes of Happy Endings. It was cute, but nothing could ever replace Friends for me (it’s my all time favorite!). Have a great day!

  2. That tagline is from Brody’s favorite GOB from “Arrested Development”. Did you ever get into that show? Its so funny. Did you hear they were gonna have a short return with like 8 shows on netflicks then a movie? Tell Brody and I bet it makes him have an Ellen kinda day!

    • Ha – I had no idea it was from that show! I have seen a handful of episodes but sometimes feel uncomfortable watching shows with awkward humor like that (like Always Sunny in Philadelphia which I think you also watch).
      The countertops are amazing! Do you know what color you’re going to paint the walls?

      • Jp and are in the the middle of trying to decide. I might post some pictures of the swatches i grabbed yesterday. Its sort of overwhelming to be honest with you. I dont’ want to ever have to paint again ya know? I would really like color in the kitchen and around that smaller hallway and something lighter and grey/blue/green but eggshell tone in the family room. Who knows!?!

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