Bonne année!

I am so PUMPED for 2015! Though that could very well be from the 2 cups of coffee I consumed after work, but STILL! Good things are coming this way!

How was your New Year's Eve? Is your New Year looking bright?

And aren't you just so happy the holidays are over? I love Christmas just as much as the next girl, but the day after Christmas, I'm just ready to get back to real life (though getting back to work after several days off was kind of rough).

For New Year's Eve this year, we joined Dan and Emily and some of their friends in Indianapolis for  fancy-schmancy masquerade ball at Union Station. It was more or less prom for a adults and it was so much fun to see everyone dressed to the nines in their gorgeous, sparkly ball gowns and tuxedos. We met new people, swilled champagne and had a lovely evening.

I have no idea what's up with the lighting in this pic. That's a cell phone for ya. 

The highlight of my NYE experience was getting to speak with Fabrice and his wife, Deidre. Deidre is a French transplant from Indiana, and Fabrice is a French native who speaks English incredibly well. Deidre was good friends with Emily back in the day and even after moving to Europe, they remained close and visit each other every few years. I studied France and the French language all throughout both high school and college and have always had a love affair with the country and aspirations of visiting one day. Talking with Fabrice and learning about his life and home was such a treat for me!

On New Year's morning (okay, afternoon), Clayton and I treated ourselves to a waffle breakfast with our very own waffle maker! I've been talking about getting one for years, and my darling hubby surprised me with one on Christmas. Now I don't have to wait until after I run a half marathon and visit IHOP after the race to enjoy my favorite breakfast food! We made Leslie Knope proud and topped each waffle with a healthy spoonful of whipped cream. (And now my husband is spoiled and wants waffles everyone morning. I'm not complaining.)

But the icing on my New Year's cake? Receiving an invitation to Dan and Emily's on Saturday evening to enjoy an authentic French meal cooked by Fabrice. Did I mentioned that Fabrice is an amazing chef? Well, he is.

You seriously could not ask for better cuisine or company.

The French eat dinner in several courses and really know how to linger over their food in wine. Dinners are typically started late in the evening and all indigestion aside, it was one of the best culinary experiences of my life. Champagne from France, escargot from France (don't worry, they brought the snails over in a can. Not like, in a pet carrier or anything)—I was in French heaven.

 ^^There are snails sleeping in all of that melted butter! 
They were dead, but you know what I mean.

 Escargot is so ... so ... chewy. 

 Emily and Deidre set a gorgeous table!

 Boeuf Provençal with butternut squash pancakes and pasta topped with sauce from the beef. 

Galette des Rois (King's cake) with coffee gellato. 

Pair our fabulous dinner with Sunday's football game, and it was a great weekend!

Saturday was unseasonably warm, but the downpour that lasted all day kept me at the gym instead of running outside. So I was going to save my long run for Sunday afternoon, but it suddenly got REALLY cold and windy and I had to suffer 5 boring miles on the treadmill. But a runner girl's gotta do, what a runner girl's gotta do.

I've recommitted myself to logging my miles this year (I hated statistics class in college, but I like knowing how many miles I average every 12 months), so I've once again starting recording my runs on Daily Mile. If you use the app, follow me here.

Happy Monday (evening)! I hope your week is off to a great start and if you're still on winter break, I hate you.



  1. Sounds like you had a great New Year's! I know I'm ready for this 2015! This year is gonna be fan-freaking-tastic. I can feel it.

    Hope you're having a great week so far!


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