141.4…A Big Discovery

Hey guys! I’m back! Surgery a success and now I’m relaxing and recovering at home.

Let’s rewind to Monday night. I went over to my friend Dina’s house for Bunco. She had tons of delicious appetizers out and I enjoyed each and every one of them.

Crackers with goat cheese and red pepper jelly:

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Stuffed grape leaves:

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Cucumber & Tomato Salad:

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Dina, Alicia and I:

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For dinner we enjoyed all sorts of fabulous Persian dishes. Most I cannot name but all were amazing!

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My plate:

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Since Bunco was the day before Valentine’s Day, Dina made some Valentine’s Day chocolate covered strawberries:

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I was impressed with how professional they looked!

Dina also had two different kinds of chocolate cake for dessert. I tried both of course!

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The next morning (Tuesday) was Valentine’s Day and the day of my surgery. All went well fortunately and now I’m at home catching up on all my shows in my DVR and the stacks of magazines and catalogues that have been accumulating lately.

I have made a discovery in the last week. I have the best friends in the world. I mean, I knew they were awesome but they really came through for me this week. My husband was kind enough to take the kids skiing this past weekend so I could recover in peace and my friends took over and brought me meals and anything else I needed/wanted.

I was brought In N Out burger, Subway sandwiches, a baked potato bar, pasta, pizza, soup, chocolate….the list goes on! It’s not just what they brought me, it was the concern and love they showed me. I really feel like the luckiest woman in the world!

Here’s an example: I was having a conversation with a few of my friends who were over about our favorite kid cereals.  I mentioned that I love Lucky Charms and then later that day this arrived:

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Lisa brought me some Lucky Charms which I enjoyed this morning for breakfast. 

I had some leftovers from my “baked potato bar” for lunch:

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Baked potato, chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, broccoli and green onions. Hearty and filling!

Today my family and I are just enjoying a vacation day together.

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

Do you have today off?


  1. Welcome back to blogging, missed you. So glad everything went well with your surgery and that you were surrounded by loving/caring friends... What a wonderful feeling. I just started back with dieting and the Lucky Charms and chocolate cake and strawberries are killin' me. ;-) Enjoy time with your family and take care.

  2. How sweet of your friend to bring you lucky charms...it's one of my faves too! ;)

  3. So nice of your friends to come take care of you, I am sure that helped so much!

  4. @Kathleen
    Thanks! Missed you guys too! Sorry about the Lucky Charms! I will try and clean up my eats (no guarantees). :)

  5. Glad the surgery went well and yes, you do have great friends!

    If I lived close to you I would have brought you some chips and salsa! :D

  6. @Biz
    And I would have loved and appreciated that! :)

  7. Lucky Charms,they truly are magically delicious! We all adore you, Animalissa! You inspire us all, and OF COURSE we would do anything to help you in time of need! Thanks for the "shout out"...we have a super "core", huh?!


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