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Cuz what else would a blogger do at 3AM?!

You know when you wake up wide awake in the middle of the night you suddenly have the clearest train of thought ever: did I switch the laundry? Did I pay that bill? I should check my passport…I think it’s expired. You think of all the things your brain won’t let you remember during waking hours but seems to find extraordinarily important at 3 AM. Your to do list is steadily growing, and you might as well start on it now since you can’t sleep. Except that everyone else is tucked in and cozily dreaming like you should be.

Speaking of 3 AM- I’m not a very superstitious person, but when you wake up anywhere from 2:59:59-3:59:59 AM- it is automatically 25% more creepy. I mean come on, witching hour- have you ever watched any horror movie, ever? Next thing you know your mind wants to remind you of all things haunted/demon possessed, Chucky and his creepy ass laugh, the murderer that’s inevitably hiding in your shower- and why is that shadow over there moving towards me? Or how you can’t quite remember if you locked the front door. You break out in a cold sweat and start singing lullabies to yourself; “Jesus loves me…this I..”
Suddenly your spidey sense hearing kicks in- ‘What was that? Just the heat kicking on? No- it’s never that loud. Maybe just the wind? Right, ok- the wind.’ 45 seconds pass- “Ok, no but seriously-what was THAT?!’

Smash your eyes shut determined to sleep- after all the alarm is going to go off in what will feel like an hour. Then you’re sweating- literally, so off the blankets go- except for on your feet, those can’t be uncovered-the ghosts like drag you out of bed by your feet and if they’re covered they can’t (clearly- it’s like a rule or something). Then, .37 seconds later your leg is freezing. Back under the covers. And why does the cold side of the pillow not stay cold for as long as it takes to get cold again?

And now you’re realizing you’re uncomfortable so you roll over- but that’s not working either. Back the other way, eyes shut. Starting counting sheep, thinking about something boring and will yourself to fall asleep. Eventually, you get so annoyed you find yourself lowering the brightness on your iPhone screen because its about as bright as staring into the sun, and start writing a blog post- because what else should you do at 4:19 AM when you can’t sleep and there’s a murder in your shower, a ghost in the corner, and damn it- you know your passport’s expired.

To understand more of my predicament check this Buzzfeed article out. Or just be honest with yourself (and me) and tell me what lurks in your shower at 3 AM!

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{Sweet Dreams tonight kiddos!}

And the Award Goes to…

Warning: This post is real long, anything in italics are transcripts of speeches which have the videos linked so you can watch them instead of read them, or read instead of watch. Your call.


Happy Day After the Oscars Day! While I thought most of the fashion was a total snooze fest (could there be any more nude/tan/cream beaded dresses in one place ever? Probably not, but a close second would be the “Misses” department at Lord & Taylor. I vote P!nk, Amy Adams, Charlize Theron, and Lupita Nyong’o (sans the headband) as best dressed. Honorary mention to Jlaw and Kate Hudson also.

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Not surprisingly, Ellen was incredible- I mean the woman got pizza delivered. You automatically win my vote if you get pizza involved in the situation. 

Best speeches hair speeches were Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey. Both of which have been criticized.

Which leads me to my whole shebang here (brace yourselves- I just jump right in).
We blame Hollywood for so much. For being fake, cynical, shallow and scandalous. And we love it (no matter how much we say we don’t we do- that’s why it is a multi-billion dollar industry). We subscribe to fashion magazines, follow our favorite celebrities on any and all social media outlets, and watch every second of footage on them- be it the in films, on the news, etc. Hollywood ends up as our scape-goat for our low self-esteem, our poor body image, for giving us false expectations about just about every aspect of life. For dehumanizing people, for manipulating situations or ideas, and working away at our moral fiber as a society.

But does art imitate life or vice versa (Oscar Wilde said:”Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”- I like that). As grown  adults can we honestly say that a stranger, which is just merely playing a role, and doing their job has affected us and our behavior? That someone we have never met has put such a mark on our lives that we will conduct ourselves differently from that moment forward?

I think the answer, whether we’d like to admit it or not is- yes.

We pick up trends- habits even, we start saying phrases (i.e. Yolo, “That’s what she said…” for example), and every once in a while our opinions can be swayed by a celebrity in or out of character. They sneak in ever so subtly and eventually shape a part of our sense of humor, turn of phase, and the way we respond to things.

Do I think this is all bad? No. I think art saves us, shapes us, and refreshes us. I think we desire to see other human experiences brought to life by strangers to know we aren’t alone. I think we liked to be moved by things that are outside of ourselves, and yet still so close.

And this is where I want to talk about Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech from last night. It.was.awesome.  Here’s the video and below is the text of it.

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“Thank you. Thank you to the academy for this — all 6000 members. Thank you to the other nominees. All these performances were impeccable, in my opinion; I didn’t see a false note anywhere. I want to thank [‘Dallas Buyers Club’ director] Jean-Marc Vallee, [co-stars] Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, who I worked with daily.”There are three things that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase. Now, first off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, ‘When you got God, you got a friend, and that friend is you.'”To my family, that’s who I look forward to, to my father, who I know is up there with a big pot of gumbo, and a lemon meringue pie, and he’s probably in his underwear, and he’s got a cold can of Miller Lite and he’s dancing. To you, dad, you taught me what it means to be a man. To my mother, who is here tonight, who taught me and my two brothers, demanded that we respect ourselves, and what we in turn learned is then we were better able to respect others. To my wife, Camilla, and my kids, Levi, Vita, and Mr. Stone, the courage and significance you give me every day I go out the door is unparalleled. You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud.”And to my hero, that’s who I chase. When I was 15 years old I had a very important person in my life ask me who was my hero, and I said ‘I don’t know. I gotta think about that, give me a few weeks.’ And I come back two weeks later, and they said ‘Who’s your hero?’ and I said, ‘You know, I thought about it. It’s me in 10 years. So I turn 25 ten years later, and that same person asked me ‘Are you your hero?’ and I was like, ‘Not even close.’ And she said ‘Why not?’ and I said, ‘My hero is me at 35.’ So every day, every week, every month, every year of my life, my hero is always 10 years away. I’m never going to attain that, I know I’m not. That keeps me the somebody to keep on chasing.

“So to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasin’, to that I say Amen. To that I say, all right, all right, all right. To that I say just keep livin’.”

I literally jumped off my couch with the “Alright, alright, alright”. And I loved this speech. I love the genuineness, the candor, and the humility he demonstrated. I’ve read a few articles criticizing him, saying his speech was rambling, confusing, self-centered, or arrogant. A number of people were angry he “brought God into it”. And to this I say- “I think you watched a different speech” or “You’re nuts”. Some people criticized how he “called himself is own hero”. I think there was an immense amount of wisdom to that sentiment- aren’t we all striving to be a better version of who we are?

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ONCE in a while, when the veneer of Hollywood’s glamour and glitz starts to crack it is incredibly refreshing to see the humanness below the surface. If Mr. McSexy McConaughey wants to thank/mention God, his family, and his deceased father in his speech- well I’ll be damned, have at it. Because everyone- even Celebs are allowed to be, and should be much more welcomed to be human for a minute. If at the pinnacle of his career- he wants to spend three minutes thanking those who have got him where he is, I think he should. A la Richard Sherman and his championship post-game freak out- which everyone heavily criticized (including myself, until I read up on it a little more).

Overall, I think we spend so long idolizing these people as “stars” and rob them of the humanness they deserve (PS- this is not a “I feel sorry for famous people” post, just hear me out). Like all the people who criticized J-Law’s [second] Oscars fall as a publicity stunt or play to get attention. And to those people I say- “Why so cynical?”. So what she has two left feet?  I.love.it.

I love Ashton Kutcher’s speech at the Teen Choice Awards from late last year.

“Um, First of all, um, I don’t have a career without you guys. I don’t getta do any of the things I getta do without you. Um you know, I thought that uh, it might be interesting.. You know In Hollywood and in the industry and the stuff we do, there’s a lot of like insider secrets to keeping your career going, and a lot of insider secrets to making things tick. And I feel like a fraud.

(PS- why is he saying “getta”- must be an Iowa thing)

My name is actually not even Ashton. Ashton is my middle name. My first name’s Chris. It always has been. It got changed when I was like 19 and I became an actor, but there are some really amazing things that I learned when I was Chris, and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it’s helped me be here today. So, it’s really 3 things. The first thing is about opportunity. The second thing is about being sexy. And the third thing is about living life. 
So first opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my Dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job, and every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.
Number two. Being sexy. The sexiest thing in the entire world, is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less, so don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.
The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is, and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in too much trouble, and maybe get an education and get a job and make some money and have a family, but life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people who are no smarter than you, and you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don’t live one, build one. Find your opportunities, and always be sexy. I love you guys.”

Thank God for a man in Hollywood addressing sex appeal (and it has nothing to do with appearance), hard work, and humility.

I love Seth Rogen for his speech at a Congressional Hearing earlier last week about Alzheimers- which is incredibly personal and hilarious.

SETH ROGEN: “Thank you very much for having me, Mr. Chairman, ranking member [Jerry] Moran and the members of the subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert in something, ’cause that’s cool. I don’t know if you know who I am at all — you told me you never saw ‘Knocked Up,’ Chairman, so [spectators laugh] it’s a little insulting.”
SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): “I want the record to know …”
SETH ROGEN: “It’s very important, guys.”
SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): “I want the record to know, this is the first time, I will wager, this is the first time in any Congressional hearing in history that the words ‘Knocked Up’ have ever been used.”
SETH ROGEN: [Laughs] “Oy. You’re not gonna like the rest of this, then. [Senators laugh] First, I should answer the question I assume many of you are asking — yes, I’m aware this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana. In fact, if you can believe it, this concerns something that I find even more important.”
“I started dating my wife Lauren nine years ago when her mother was almost 54 years old. The first time I met her parents, being the mensch (Yiddish word for “person of integrity) that I am, I was excited to spend time with them and make Lauren thing I was the type of guy she should continue dating. It was this trip, the first time I met my now-mother-in-law, that Lauren first admitted to herself and then to me that something was off with her mother.”
“I guess the clues were, unfortunately, easy to spot since both of Lauren’s mother’s parents had Alzheimer’s disease. Soon after this trip, at 55 years old, Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.”
“Now, at this point, my impression of Alzheimer’s was probably was I assume most people’s impression is — I thought it was something only, like, really, really old people got and I thought the way the disease primarily showed itself was in the form of forgotten keys, wearing mismatched shoes and being asked the same question over and over. This period, which was the only way I’d seen Alzheimer’s displayed in movies or television, lasted a few years for Lauren’s mom. After that, however, is when I saw the real, ugly truth of the disease.”
“After forgetting who she and her loved ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher for 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself and go to the bathroom herself — all by the age of 60. Lauren’s father and a team of caregivers dedicate their lives to letting my mother-in-law be as comfortable as she can be. They would love to do more but can’t because, as you’ve heard, unlike any of the other top 10 causes of death in America, there’s no way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.”
“Another thing I didn’t realize until I was personally affected was the shame and stigma associated with the disease. It was before I was born, but I’m told of a time when cancer had a stigma that people were ashamed by. Celebrities and other public figures that were stricken would hide, rather than be voices of hope for people in similar situations, and although it’s turning, this is currently where we are largely at with Alzheimer’s disease, it seems like.”
“And it’s because of this lack of hope and shameful stigma that my wife, some friends and myself decided to actually try and do something to change the situation.”
“We started Hilarity For Charity. Hilarity For Charity is a fund we have, as a part of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise money to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s and support cutting-edge research. That’s right, the situation is so dire that it caused me — a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child — to start an entire charity organization.”
“It was through this that we felt we weren’t just complaining there was nothing to be done, but actively taking steps to do something. Instead of being disappointed that young people were so misinformed about the reality of the disease, we’ve started to educate them. We recently started a college program that allows university students to hold their own Hilary For Charity events, and in the months since it started, 18 schools nationwide had signed up to hold events.”
“The fact that we actually got college students to stop playing video games and volunteer their time is a huge accomplishment, especially considering both Xbox One and Playstation 4 came out this year — I’m sure these people know what I’m talking about [laughs].”
“I came here today for a few reasons. One, I’m a huge ‘House of Cards’ fan. [Senators laugh] Just marathoned the whole thing. Had to be here. Two, is to say people need more help. I’ve personally seen the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes and if the American people ever decide to reject genitalia-driven comedy, I will no longer be able to afford it. Please don’t.”
“Therefore, I can’t begin to imagine how people with more limited incomes are dealing with this. As you’ve also heard, studies show that Alzheimer’s and related dementia is the most costly condition in the United States. Yes, it’s more costly than heart disease in a country where, for $1.29, you can get a taco made out of Doritos. They’re delicious but they’re not healthy.”
“While deaths from other major diseases, like heart disease, HIV and strokes continue to decline, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased almost 70 percent in the last 15 years. Over five million Americans have Alzheimer’s and at this rate, in 35 years, as many as 16 million will have the disease.”
“The third reason I’m here, simply, is to show people that they’re not alone. So few people share their personal story, so few people have something to relate to. I know that if me and my wife saw someone like me talking about this, it would probably make us feel a little less alone.”
“Americans whisper the word ‘Alzheimer’s’ because their government whispers the word ‘Alzheimer’s,’ and although a whisper is better than silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it’s still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs.”
“I dream of a day when my charity is no longer necessary and I can go back to being the lazy, self-involved man-child I was meant to be. People look to their government for hope and I ask that when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, you continue to take more steps to provide some more. I would like to thank the committee again for the opportunity to share my story and to voice my whole-hearted support for the continuing work that pursues a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Thank you very much.” [Applause]
SENATOR TOM HARKIN (D-IA): [Clapping] “Thank you Mr. Rogen, that was great. That was very, very good. Thank you, thank you.”

 

And while I know there are so many celebs that do great humanitarian things- I love watching them in the limelight taking those moments to be human, to show support for causes, and to call people/organizations onto the red carpet.

And to answer your questions- no, I do not like Angelina Jolie- I don’t care how many starving babies she adopts. #homewrecker

And Bono gets on my nerves too. #takeyoursunglassesoff #youreinside

All of this to say- cheers to the shreds of beauty we find in Hollywood, celebrity, and fame.

And the award goes to…. calling it like it is.

Pet Peeves

Okay guys- today I want to talk about pet peeves because, why not?

“A pet peeve is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to himself (or herself), to a greater degree than others may find it.” via Wikipedia.

Actually this is inspired by true events. One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when there’s an ambulance coming down the street all lights and sirens- and people don’t move/pull over/stop/get out of the way. UHM HELLO!!! I’m sorry (not really) but I think that person in the back of the ambulance is having a heart attack or maybe just has a really bad paper cut that needs some serious medical attention- but either way, MOVE IT DUDE. Wherever you’re going isn’t as important as that person getting to the hospital- for them every second counts, you can wait at that light for a hot second. It happened this morning on my way to work- I pulled over to the curb (I was in the right lane) to get out of the way and this guy behind me cut into the center lane (where the ambulance was) to pass me and keep going. Then because people don’t get the concept of getting out of the way the ambulance had to drive in the oncoming traffic lane because people wouldn’t move! Makes my blood boil. Also, props to ambulance drivers, because I think I would start going at cars that were in my way demolition derby style. (Sidenote- if you’ve never been to the demolition derby- go. It’s amazing. NOT even kidding.)

This got me thinking about random pet peeves I have, and how funny it is that certain things bother people more than they do other people. So here you will find my complete list of pet-peeves.

Also- “they” think the phrase ‘Pet Peeve’ became popular around 1919. And the word ‘peeve’ actually came from the Latin for the word “Perverse.” Now, don’t say I never taught you anything here.

My [Random] Pet Peeves

  • Loud Chewers (see this Instagram post)
  • The noise Mac & Cheese makes when you stir it. Only a Mac ‘n’ Cheese Connoisseur would have this issue.
  • When people wear socks to bed (EWEEEE).
  • People that don’t move for ambulances, as seen above.
  • When people scrape their teeth on their forks.
  • When someone calls/texts you and you miss it, but call/text back right away and they don’t respond.
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  • People that honk at you .0034 seconds after the light turns green.
  • Slow turners- you know you don’t like those people either.
  • People with music/TV ADHD- Please can we listen to the WHOLE song instead of you changing it at the best part!?!
  • Poor customer service- this one is pretty general, but it DRIVES ME NUTS.
  • When you call/email a company/event/professional about something and they don’t respond for DAYS or at all. COME ON. You are a company- answer my damn question!
  • When people use the words….ugh. I don’t even want to type them.”Panties” & “Moist.” UGH I need to go take a shower now.
    (My family & friends love to taunt me with these words- they even combine them in really gross ways to watch me wig the eff out. #RUDE)
  • People at the gym who get on the treadmill right next to you when there are other open ones that aren’t near to any other runners. GET OUT OF MY QUADRANT.
  • Couples who sit on the same side of the booth/table as each other when it’s just the two of them. WEIRDOS- sit across from one another- you’re creepin’ me out!
  • People who use too many hashtags. Stop yourself. 4-5 is the max, and even that’s pushing it. When you have a paragraph of hashtags I’m instantly annoyed.
  • When people squeeze the condiment/shampoo or conditioner bottles and then close them with all the air sucked out…just, don’t even ask.
  • When you ask for the guac at Chipotle and they shout at you that it’s an extra $2. “Yes, I know- this is not my first Chipotle rodeo. No, I don’t care. Yes, I want the guac. Just, yes- right there in my burrito bowl.” IT SHOULD NOT BE THAT HARD. I JUST WANT SOME GUAC.

I think 15 17 is a good number to leave things off at. It was going to be 15- but then I found THIS.
What about you?! Let me hear about some of your pet peeves. I need to know I’m not alone in this.

Keep an eye open for my post about last night’s shopping event!

Cara Box Link-up & Some Random

So let us start with this. I participated in my first Cara Box Exchange this last round. It was great fun- and I’m really excited for the next one! Today is link-up day where we show off the fancy stuff our match sent us.

One of my matches was Jessy, she blogs over at The Artsy Cajun. She is a fabulous gal who I had a ton of fun getting to know.

She blogs about all sorts of stuff and does a lot of fancy DIY type things. Here are some of the fun things I got in my box!

First of all- what a smarty pants- she put everything in a reusable shopping bag- I am a bag lady so this was exciting in and of itself. Also, super cute an Valentine’s-y (which you know I love if you read this post).

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Then she put a bunch of fun goodies inside- it’s funny- how did she know I’m slightly a bit of a wino? How did she know I paint my fingers/toes like once a week? Or that I write notes a lot? I don’t even know- I mean we talked and shared a lot over the course of the exchange- but man, she nailed it. photo 2PS- How cute is that ‘F’ she hand painted?! You can’t tell but it’s all sparkly. #CUTE

I think one of my favorite things though, besides the cute ‘F’ are these here Post-It’s. I have a problem with habit of Post-It hoarding collecting (please see Figure 2 for evidence). Anyways, these new ones- they are bright colored and say #yourock- I think YES about these!

Figure 1 (Cute, new ones for the collection)
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Figure 2 (I keep Post-It’s in two spots on my desk- all of varying color/size- you never know what you’re gunna need)

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Anyways, lets not focus on my Post-It problems and instead let me say how much fun it was to participate in the Cara Box Exchange! I sent a box to Ashley who blogs over at Our Mitchell Moments and I think I was just excited to send my box  as I was to get one!

Thanks to Kaitlyn of Wifessionals who organizes this whole huge production! And of course, thanks to my match Jessy- who was such a delight to get to know, and sent me some very thoughtful stuff!


First- We need to take a moment to recognize the fact that it is SPRING outside right now. And how fabulous that really is. Or how I put on a skirt and a jacket today without fear of going outside and instantly freezing?! Hallelujah- I think this is really what I needed to keep me from throwing a real hissy fit over how cruel this winter has been to us here in Chicago.

Second- I am 1 stamp away from winning about 5 different prizes on this damn Jewel Monopoly game. I am SUCH a sucker for this stuff. That brings me to the following conclusions: A) I want your pieces if you aren’t playing- and no I’m not kidding. B) I HAVE to win something- even if it’s just the $10 grocery gift card or else I will be really upset. C) How in the world did I even get sucked into this?!

Third- Erica over at Erica Jacqueline did a lovely feature about me in her post yesterday, which you should check out if you haven’t already!

And finally, I’m going to an event hosted by Windy City Blogger Collective tonight at the Langford Market which I’m pretty excited about- you’ll get to hear more about this later in the week!

Well- I’m just rambling now, so off I go to obsesses over my Jewel Monopoly board….

 

A PSA for the Bro’s

Let this serve as a Pre-Valentine’s Day PSA for all you dude’s out there. Rather, you ‘Bro’s’ because you are clearly the only people left on the plant that are delusional enough to think the way you do. (GUYS- I have been waiting a HOT MINUTE to have a post where I would write about people being delusional. This is an exciting time right now).

To be honest- I don’t even know where to start. I’m all full of chuckles, and completely baffled by this whole situation. Sometimes, life hands you the best material.

How about we picture this. Picture your typical Bro. 6’1 maybe, works out, works at a GNC (maybe takes more than his fair share of “supplements”), drives a fancy car that has more balls than he does. You know the type- don’t pretend you don’t.

Well, long, long ago- in a land far away, a family member of mine may or may not have briefly dated this type of Bro (and by “dated” I mean talked to casually, had a couple dates with- the whole thing probably lasted a month). Well, this whole deal only lasted the space of month because this ‘Bro’ who we will call “Justin” to protect…well, I don’t know who I’m honestly trying to protect- but anyways. “Justin” invited my sister over for a little get together with him and a bunch of his friends. Well, apparently he forgot to mention to his friends that the girl he was trying to date on the side had no clue he had a long-term girlfriend. So, as we’re all standing in the kitchen having the awkward small talk type of thing that happens at parties, someone let the cat out of the bag- and needless to say, my family member decided that was enough of that. And, a big thank you to “Justin’s” friend who has a flappy trap- it really saved everyone a lot of time.

Well- let’s pretend we have a fancy little FF button on life and we move ourselves about 6 years into the future. Said family member (who if you haven’t gotten it yet guys- it’s my sister, but you’ll never know which one, I’ll never spill!). Anyways said family member sister is now happily married with some children, some three children (if you know me in real life, and haven’t figured out which sister it is- PROCESS OF ELIMINATION is a fabulous tool in life).

Anyways, I’m out one night last summer at my favorite local watering hole (BANDITO’S FOREVER) with one of my girlfriends. We’re bopping around the patio and are lucky enough to find two seats next to each other at the bar- so we grab them sit down and start BS-ing. WELL, I very quickly notice that the guy next to us on the right has NO SHOES ON. In a public place, I mean for Pete’s sake (who is Pete anyways?! And why do we always use him and his ‘sake’? I don’t even get it…) WE ARE IN A BAR- put some shoes on, you’re gunna get AIDS or something. Anyways, weird “Shoeless Joe” starts talking to my friend while I’m ordering another round of fireball shots distracted. Well we take our round of shots and are just minding our own business when the dude on the left of us (on my side, my friend got stuck with “shoeless Joe” on her side) pokes me and says ‘Hey, I think I know you’. Now, let me start by saying this- I do not recognize this person at.all. And I’m kind of taken aback at how he could have gotten a good enough look at me to conclude he knows me, as my back was mostly turned on him (facing my friend) and his facing his friends. So immediately I’m thinking this dude is just trying to hit on me. So me, being married, trying to just have a girl’s night with my friend, and completely disinterested in trying to put this guy down nicely- turned and said (very flatly, pretty bitchy); “No, I don’t think so- I don’t recognize you” and turn back to my friend and go to work on my drink.

Welp- that wasn’t enough- he pokes me again and says; “No, really, I do, I know you” (I must have confirmed his suspicions with my bratty response). He then proceeds to start listing off facts about my family. At this point I am intrigued, totally creeped out, and overall confused (he got me like a Venus Fly trap!). Well wouldn’t ya know it- its “Justin” who has shaved lost his hair (and probably stopped working at GNC and taking all those supplements- because he seems to have lost his muscles too). Well anyways, “Justin” is now married to his girlfriend who he loved so much from back in the day and now has a few kids. We play the awkward “haven’t seen you in six years, didn’t even really know you that well back then” catch up game and part ways. Because while I’m tied up in my conversation with creeper on my left who happens to remember random details about my family, and what my face looks like after 6 years (PS- I met him twice for about a total of 25 minutes altogether). My girlfriend is sucked into conversation with “Shoeless Joe” on her right—TALK ABOUT A CREEPER SANDWICH! No wonder those seats were open. “Shoeless Joe” offers us a ride home-which I turn down as I don’t let people who are creepy, who don’t wear shoes, I don’t know drive me home. So, we do what most women in weird situations do and go to the bathroom, run to exit and give the bouncers all the singles we have to call us a cab and hide around the corner so “Shoeless Joe” (who we are pretty sure got up at this point to come look for us) can’t find us until our cab comes. Ahhh, that was a fun night.

Fast forward to about a month ago- I’m at my local gym, listening to one of my best friends talk me through the intricacies of her latest relationship fiascos getting my sweat on. We forgot water so we walk up to the juice bar to grab one. A guy in line next to us (clearly, bro’s also don’t get how lines work) says; “Hey, I think I know you…” I look up and am like: ‘Huh? Why do I keep getting this lately?!’ (Those are my thoughts, in my head. I think I said something out loud like “What did I do this time” or “Depends on who’s asking” or something annoyingly overused like that) Well, I am going to bet you can guess who it was. Me and our friend “Justin” have our perfunctory ‘Long time no see, how are your kids, how’s your husband’ talk. It last about 3 minutes and my friend and I go back to doin’ our thang at the gym.

 

Today in a work meeting I get a text from my family member sister;

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And then this conversation ensues:

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So, clearly we need to travel wayyyy back to that kitchen and profusely thank Mr. Flappy Trap for saving my sister from “Justin’s” insanity. Because apparently this Bro thinks that when I bump into him a few times and don’t completely ignore his existence- I am “flirting”- you know, as I tell him about my husband, and ask about his wife and kids. I just can’t help myself…what can I say…?

 

SO- PSA of the day is this-

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I don’t care who you are (unless you’re my husband- then this is totally flirting-because anything is flirting with you baby. 😉 Hahaha)- If I smile, and say hello, maybe ask about your wife & kids- THIS IS NOT ME FLIRTING. This is me being nice, and not ignoring you when you say- “Hey I think I know you”. Also, as a side note- let us remember the part of the story where I tried to ignore him at the bar until he started reciting facts about my life. Creeper.

I don’t know what your issues are Mister Bro- whether it be ego/narcissism/insecurity or some cocktail of all of that- but please, for the sake of any other polite women out there and Pete (let’s not forget him) GO GET A SHRINK. Work through your social issues-It will really help.

Also- just to show you how predictable the whole situation is:

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*SERIOUSLY, Auto-correct? A mini can? You think you’re so intuitive, but you can’t even catch that one?! You’re not as smart as you think you are. Also, before you all start correcting my spelling of “Odyssey” I know. I spelled it wrong. I’m not Greek/don’t own a suburban family hauler with stick figure people on the back (see more on this; here– 4th paragraph in). I struggle spelling words sometimes- whatever. 

Alright ladies, please tell me I am not the only one who this has happened to?
I am dying to hear your stories! Spill the beans!

 

 

 

The Birthday Bowl

THE GREATEST HOLIDAY OF THEM ALL!!! My birthday ya’ll!! (I’m calling this weekend “The Birthday Bowl” as I think people who have to share a birthday weekend with the Super Bowl should get some recognition too.)
My birthday was actually on Friday, but I was too busy celebrating to post about it.
Also- Friday was my Aunt/Birthday Twin’s birthday as well. So, that being said- I thought we should do a special birthday feature!
I asked my lovely Auntie Luisa 12 questions (because 20 is cliche) and these are her answers! (My questions are in bold, her answers are below, and my commentary is in italics)

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What has been your favorite birthday?
I’ll have to say Sweet 16. You’ll see why when I answer the next question.

Have you ever had someone throw a surprise party for you? If so, Did you have any idea what was going on?
Grandpa planned an elaborate surprise Sweet 16 birthday party for me.

No. So here’s the deal, my parents were divorced and my dad decided to take me out for my birthday (what 16-year old wants to spend their birthday with their father?!) We went to the Ramada Inn in Schiller Park where he worked and sat in the dining room. I just ordered a Coke and was literally sulking (being a brat!). He asked me to come to the banquet room with him as there was an “issue” (so his restaurant staff came to our table and told him) and he didn’t want to leave me sitting there by myself. Of course when we walked into the room, it was a surprise party for me! He had two busloads of my friends from high school driven from the Arlington Heights library to the Ramada. We had a magician, a hypnotist, a band and dancing. IT…. WAS….. AWESOME! You know Grandpa knew how to throw a party! (I asked this because I am of the opinion that everyone should have a surprise party throw for them at least once in their life. It is such a cool/surreal feeling!
PS-My grandpa was THE MAN when it came to party throwing. He worked pretty much his whole life in the restaurant/banquet/event coordination business so he knew what he was doing. Seriously, who has a hypnotist at their birthday?! I totally would have messed with people.) 

Do you like having a winter birthday?
Did I have a choice?! (I asked this because I HATE having a winter birthday! It’s cold and you can’t do anything. I mean honestly, an “Ice skating party”- that’s lame.)

What did you do this year for your birthday?
At work, I got a flower delivery with a Happy Birthday balloon attached from Marketing and HR departments that I report to along with a fruit tray and yogurt dip. Brownies are coming Monday. At home, went out for a steak dinner with my wonderful husband, and my sons Chris & Mike, and Grandma Irene and Uncle Frank. And for dessert we had Portillo’s chocolate cake with a scoop of Premium Vanilla Ice Cream at home as my birthday cake. It was a great day. (All I have to say here is PORTILLOS CHOCOLATE CAKE- if you’ve never had it you need to get your life together.)

What is the most memorable gift you’ve gotten for your birthday?
A diamond tennis bracelet from Uncle Joe. (DIAMONDS- a girls best friend, amiright?!)

On a scale of one to ‘Sending Justin Bieber back to Canada’ (that means you were really, really excited) Just how thrilled were you to find out we were going to be birthday twins?! 10! It’s a special bond — between me and you. (So, clearly she means “Send Justin Bieber back to Canada” and not 10- and that’s pretty awesome!)

Onto non-birthday related questions:
What’s one of the best pieces of advice you’ve gotten and still live by/think of often?
Being from a “short” family, the saying, “It’s your attitude, not your altitude that counts most.” More recently, my favorite is, “God’s got this”.

How do you feel about Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow this morning? (P.S.- he saw his shadow if you didn’t know, and that means at least 6 more weeks of winter- BOOO!!!)
Not too pleased. Fortunately me, I’m getting out of dodge in about a week to a much warmer client — can you say FLORIDA. (JEALOUS)

Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?
Bears aren’t in it so not that invested, but I think Seattle will win. Best defense always wins. (Smart lady over here)

Have you set any new years resolutions? If so, what is one of them, and how is it going? (Now that we’re a month in it seems like a good time to check in on those!)
I set three resolutions: 1. Lose weight – not going so good so far — too many birthday celebrations. Now that that’s over, I’m on it.  (Me too & me too)
2. Get to work on time (8:00 a.m.) every day. Not good again – made it only once this year so far.  (I mean come on, who is ever at work on time, there’s like a 10 minute grace period I think….right???)
3. Wear lipstick every day – protects your lips in winter – this one is working! (Got your priorities in order on this one! I am really getting in touch with my lipstick game as of late too)
1 out of 3 – time to work on the other two with the new month upon us.
(we got 11 months to get back on track!)

What’s the best movie and/or book you’ve seen/read in the last 6 months?
I’m reading “Managing Up” by Rosanne Badowski – she was the assistant to Jack Welch, CEO of GE during it’s greatest growth in history. It is written in a down-to-earth, no-nonsense style with takeaways at the end of each chapter that are very helpful and make a lot of sense. (So sophisticated sounding!!)

What are you most looking forward to in 2014?
Brittany’s graduation from Residency in June and getting our condo construction fully completed and finally settling into a comfortable routine. (My cousin is working on becoming a pediatrician and taking over the world. Round of applause for her.) 

Have any good stories/answers to these questions?! Let’s hear ’em, leave a comment!

Also, FYI Kerry Washington and Justin Timberlake are our birthday twins too. So I’m going to go on a limb here and say some very good looking, talented, and classy people are born on January 31st.


Also something else very cool happened this week- my wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty! Our photographer Michael Novo submitted it and it looks great! Check it out here and here. PS- Every time I see my wedding pictures I want to go back and do it again. BEST.DAY.EVER. Here’s a taste:

PicMonkey Collage(Photos courtesy of Michael Novo Photography – the best wedding photographer around!)

As you just read, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, guys. So while having a very lovely and enjoyable birthday weekend (er, Birthday Bowl) it has now been poopooed all over by this little runty groundhog. Honestly, who does he think he is to snow on my parade like this?! We have had the most Polar Vortex-y winter I can recall, and now he sees his damn shadow and now 6 more weeks of this unbearable cold. MAKE.IT.STOP.

So let’s all have a moment of honesty here- I don’t care about the Super Bowl because my team isn’t in it (just like my Aunt!). And just like everyone else whose team isn’t in it- if we’re all being honest. BUT I am excited for commercials, and of course the greatest bowl of them all- THE PUPPY BOWL!!!!
How about you guys, what do you look forward to most when your team isn’t in the Superbowl?

Cheers on this Super Birthday Bowl Sunday…Happy Birthday weekend to all the birthday people out there!! Also, for some good entertainment follow me, Chicago Blogger Network and their members for some good old fashioned live tweeting. #CBNBowl.

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PS- I want to hear from ya’ll!!! Who are you rooting for today -in both the Football and the Puppy Bowl?

The Pinterest Minefield

***First let me put a disclaimer out there- this is purely meant to be funny- don’t get your undee’s in a bundle. I’m mean no harm, and love seeing people’s ideas on Pinterest. Sorry there is no photo cred- none of them had original sources/watermarks when I found them on pinterest.***

So I was being very productive at work scrolling through Pinterest today and saw this photo that made me laugh and than shudder.

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But it got me thinking about the funny photos you see on Pinterest- more specifically, the ones that seem weird/self-explanatory/or just bad ideas in general.

COME ON YOU GUYS!! I want to know who in the family was like; “I have the best family portrait idea. First we all get naked, and then we lay on each other. It won’t be weird and uncomfortable as we do it. It will look awesome in that antique frame grandma gave us. We will want to show all our friends how we managed to scar all of our children in one photo-shoot cute we are as a family- such togetherness.”

Honestly, I feel the worst for that little guy in the front- he doesn’t even know what the heck is going on. This photo is going to haunt him when he’s old enough to get how absolutely weird their family photo is. Also, I wonder what the next family photo idea was for these guys…er, maybe its best we don’t know.

MOVING ON…Can we talk about this? Please? Unless you have 12 children who all compete like Olympians in sports/dance or get real serious about dodge ball day in gym class- and who also need more than one refillable/reusable water bottle a day…who really has THIS MANY water bottles? This is bananas. I got a DIY: Water bottle storage Idea for ya: It’s called the garbage can/donation center. Improves storage problems by 87%.

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I’m sorry- but this is about as good of a DIY Project as making a box of Kraft Mac & Cheese is a gourmet meal. THIS IS NOT A BOOKMARK, I REPEAT- this is not a bookmark. That’s a paint sample. Please stop encouraging my creativity then throwing this nonsense at me Pinterest. It offends my sensibilities (apparently, I’m Jane Austen today…me and all my sensibilities).

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Split level flooring…. First of all- this is a lovely photo. Let’s start with a compliment. Now, let’s get honest with each other for a moment. That’s a pallet on the ground with plywood over it. That’s NOT split level- that’s about 1,000 stubbed toes and curses, right there.

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You know what happens when you paint PVC pipe? IT STILL LOOKS LIKE PVC PIPE (especially when you don’t do the inside of it). Come on guys- be like the rest of us and let those cords drive you crazy and get all knotted up. Throw that blow dryer into a drawer it hardly fits in and call it a day.

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I think this one takes the cake- Those are “fire starters”- wanna know what they’re made out of? You don’t? Well I’m tellin’ ya anyways. DRYER LINT (Belly button lint will suffice in a jam) AND PETROLEUM JELLY.

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STOP. Probably two of the grossest things brought together. Can you imagine what the process for making those is?

Step 1: Go to laundry room, grab all that icky lint from the lint trap and make cute little piles with it.
Step 2: Grab a handful of Petroleum Jelly and mix it with those cute little piles you made. Your hands may get a little greasy and linty- but don’t worry! You’ve just made your first fire starter.
I just want to tap this person on the shoulder- “HEY, HEY YOU! Someone beat you to this whole “fire starter” idea- it’s called a match & newspaper. Works wonders.”

The high-waisted Camel toe pant. It’s going to be all the rage in 2014. Seriously, how do some designers get away with selling us the things they come up with? I can’t even say anything more about this- I don’t even know where to begin.

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Have you seen any funny pins like this? Have you ever attempted a Pinterest project that went horribly wrong?! If so, I wanna hear about it!

We have Corndogs here…

Please watch this video before you do anything else today. Also, do it before you read the rest of this post otherwise it won’t really make much sense.

I stole this from my sister– she posted it earlier on Facebook and I started to write down quotes from it- and ended up basically transcribing the whole thing. So- I’m going to go point by point on this.

“Some days gross things will happen- some days awesome things will happen”
PREACH CHILD, PREACH. Let’s talk about gross for a small second. Gross is the pile of laundry that I really needed to get to on Monday when I had the day off, but instead pretended it didn’t exist. Gross is the amount of time I can waste on the internet, or lying around instead of going to the gym, or cleaning, or being any kind of productive.
Awesome, let’s talk about that for a hot second. Awesome was Monday when I hung out with my sisters and little niece and nephews for the morning. They are great. I discover the older I get how much work kids are, and how that is so not where I’m at. I like to sleep through the night. But getting to see them, and watch them grow up is so awesome. Watching them go from little smelly cry face bundles to walking talking humans is pretty hysterical.

“Some days you’ll get ice cream and some days you won’t.”
If any of you follows me in other corners of the internet you will find that I was seriously craving ice cream. I will blame this on PMS (it was real crazy-I started crying at a MMA show Adam & I were watching for two seconds because they interviewed the fighter’s wife and she said something really sweet/corny)- but really I just think ice cream is one of God’s ways of making it up to us for all the screwed up stuff that happens in life. Either way, I got my ice cream.

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“Some days your kite flies high, other days it gets stuck in a tree.”
I think that accurately sums up my week. In fact, I think it could sum up one day of my week- one minute my kite is flyin’ high- higher than everyone else’s. And the next minute it is hopelessly stuck in a tree. Damn it, I’ve never been good with kites. Me and physics just are not the best combination. Ever.

“There are plenty of reasons to dance”
Mainly, because it’s Friday. Second, because I finally got to catch up on all my blog reading, and am FINALLY posting (for the first time this week- eek!). Also, because I heard this song (see below) today and am linking up with Whitney for Back That Azz Up Friday. Pure. GOLD.

“You’ll meet lots of people here- some will be nice and some won’t be.”
Again I say, ‘AMEN CHILD’. People are insane. On my drive to work on Tuesday I saw this guy two cars ahead of me- get out of his car (at a very green light) so he could proceed to yell at, and block the car behind him- until he was finished with his rant. I have no clue what terrible road atrocity she committed to deserve this extreme wrath- but man, it must’ve been good to get this guy out of his car, at a green light, in single digit weather, with very slippery roads so he could yell at her for a few seconds. I bet it felt really good and was totally worth it (lots of sarcasm there).
One of my New Year’s Changes I wanted to make this year was trying to be nicer. I am a really blunt/bold and sometimes thoughtless person- and I want to work on that. I feel like there are a lot of really simple ways to be nice to people and we just get busy or are too busy thinking of ourselves we forget to be nice. It’s really wild.

“Being a person is hard sometimes. We should high five people just for getting out of bed”
Wednesday was a 13+ hour work day for me. Again if you follow me on any other social media outlets you probably saw this photo:

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So basically, that giant pile of paper which took 5.5 hours to copy was for a Committee meeting. Well, it takes a long time to sort (or as those of us in the administrative world like to call it- “collate”) that much paper. And I ran out of time before the meeting started. Then people came and wanted to help, and it turned into one giant clusterfuck. Too many cooks in the kitchen, people. You know what’s funny about that situation- you can’t tell that to people as its happening. It’s like a slap in the face- ‘Thanks for your help, but you’re just ruining things and making my life hell’. You can’t say that. Not to your committee members. All of this made me look incredibly incompetent and like a total train wreck-I HATE that more than just about anything. So needless to say- I needed a high five- because Thursday I did not want to get out of bed and go to work to deal with the crash site from said train wreck. Tell me you needed (and hopefully got, a highfive this week- come on, I can’t be the only one! Really do tell me about it- comments section people!)

“Just treat everybody like it’s their birthday, even if they don’t deserve it.”
My birthday is in exactly a week- just a reminder…so, you know, let’s celebrate. Also, this is really solid advice. Also- this is really hard advice. Is it over the line to say there’s a couple people I wouldn’t mind celebrating them breaking a leg or something? Just me…ok….on to the next point!

“You’re gunna do a lot but nobody knows exactly how much- so enjoy it”
Ugh- I posted about this earlier– I have no clue what I want to do and taking time to figure it out just feels like a waste of time. Anyone else feel like this? But Kid President knows what’s up. I’ll be over here trying to enjoy it.

“You’re made from love, to be love, to spread love. Love is always louder- even if hate has a bullhorn, LOVE IS LOUDER! So let your life be loud. Let’s shout to the world; ‘Things can be better; it’s okay about the mess ups! [CORNDOGS RULE]” (PS- he’s right, they do.)
I don’t even know where or how to expand on this. Except to say LOVE IS ALWAYS LOUDER. I have to keep telling myself that all.the.damn.time.

“I’m really glad you’re here- we don’t say that enough to each other”
I am truly, really glad YOU are HERE. I love knowing people like/read this stuff. Even if it is just my sisters to check my spelling/grammar. I posted this photo last week- it was really awesome to see all the international and domestic love goin’ on here. So thanks for that.

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And finally-

“YOU’RE GUNNA SMELL GREAT!!!”
Get out there and enjoy this Friday night people! Whatever that means for you- go on with your bad self and smell great. Kick some ass. Have at it. I promise I will not say it, I promise I will not say it….because YOLO!!!

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Happy Friday Kids!!!

(PS- Grooveshark and WordPress are not friends & that’s why my link looks like that- still works though!)
 

 

 

 

 

 

Liebster Award

Well this is pretty stinkin’ cool! Jessy over at The Artsy Cajun has nominated me for the Liebster Award!

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This award is for newer blogs/bloggers who are nominated by another blogger who enjoys your posts (wowza! that’s cool- people like mah stuffs!) You post 11 random facts, and then answer 11 questions your nominator has given you. You then ask 11 questions of 11 other new bloggers and they give thier random facts! Sort of ‘pay-it-forwardy’ and I love that.

So, without further ado-

11 Facts about me:

  1. I hate the cold (I was writing this as it was -17 in Chicago)
  2. I live about an hour from work, so I drive 82 miles (round trip) a day which has taught me that I am a very passionate and intense driver who likes to give a lot of constructive criticism. AKA- I have road rage.
  3. It took about two months to think of a name for my blog.
  4. If my husband would allow it I would be a crazy dog lady with like 27 dogs.
  5. I am a clearance/sale rack addict. I hate paying full price for things…so maybe I’m a little cheap too. Ha.
  6. I grew up in a round house in the woods with a fireman’s pole in it. Right? I know…weird.
  7. ‘The Five People You Meet In Heaven’ is probably my favorite book, ‘Great Gatsby’ coming in at number 2.
  8. When I was a kid I thought it was called the “Heimlich Remover” rather than the “Heimlich Maneuver”. (I still think my idea is better- I mean it makes sense, you’re removing something from someone’s windpipe). Also, I thought it was Noah’s Zark…I didn’t have a speech problem but apparently I had hearing issues…
  9. I’ve never broken a bone or been in the hospital for anything. (Knock on wood)
  10. Instagram is my favorite app. (Follow me! Daniellejflikkema)
  11. I have a giant lady crushes on Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, and Mila Kunis. AND I HAVE NO SHAME IN MYLADY CRUSH GAME.

 

My 11 question’s to answer:

  1. What is your driving force in blogging? I’m can’t shut up. Kidding…well, sort of but not really. Initially, it was a professor I had in college. I was doing an internship and had to write her a few times a week giving updates of what happened and how my time was being spent there. She said the things/the way I wrote made her crack up and that I should blog. I was like; “Ah, yea whatever..” But then my husband started telling me repeatedly I should start one too-which I think he suggested thinking maybe I would stop talking his ear off and write about it instead. Which seems to work a bit! However, I would say my curiosity, my imagination, and desire to write.
  1. Dogs or cats? DOGS. Erryydayyy allll day.
  1. What is your favorite, go-to bible verse? That’s hard being that I love quotes as much as I do, but I would have to say Esther 4:16- I actually have a tattoo of the end of the verse where she says; “If I perish, I perish” (background: Esther was going before the king uninvited which in that time was a crime which could be punished by death. She was pleading for the lives of the Jews who were set to be executed.) I think this inspires me because it gives me courage to live. It’s kind of a reminder- “What’s the worst that could happen” type of thing.
  1. How has blogging changed your life? So far nothing too extreme- but I am a newbie so we’ll see what 2014 has to bring. What I would say though is it makes me think more or consider what’s going on in my life- as I’m doing an everyday project or enjoying an event with friends I think- ‘How can I write about this’ or ‘Don’t forget to take pictures of this for the blog’ etc.
  1. What is your favorite down-time activity? Shopping, going out to eat (I am SUCH a foodie), or laying around and watching crime shows.
  1. When you think back, what is your favorite childhood memory? Hmmm, first one that comes to mind is when we lived in this house with a HUGE yard and spending summer days playing outside from when the sun came up until my parents dragged me back inside for dinner. Not necessarily a specific memory, just a time in my life I am especially fond of.
  1. How do you balance work, blog, and family? Well my job is not exactly the most demanding so I can blog at work (SHHH!!! Don’t tell my boss!) so I kind of double time. Family/friend time is always for the weekends! I try to make sure we meet up with at least one of our friends/family members a week/weekend.
  1. Favorite song at the moment? That’s a tie between ‘Follow Your Arrow’ by Kacey Musgraves or ‘Do I Wanna Know’ by the Arctic Monkeys…I know, polar opposites. Typical.
  1. Describe your perfect day? I’m gunna go all corny on ya here- my wedding day was perfect. Almost all of my favorite people in the world in attendance for the best celebration ever. I was in tears at the end of the night because I didn’t want it to end. But if we’re talking a day I haven’t actually lived already I would say a day on vacation, by the ocean- with some of my favorite people.
  2. Where would you like to travel next? Hmmm- International: Greece Domestic: New Orleans or Nashville.
  3. What is your best piece of advise for new bloggers? Network! I am still learning this myself, but I feel like the biggest help in learning about blogging and connecting is talking to other bloggers, reading their stuff, and seeing what kinds of groups, link ups, etc. are out there.

 

My 11 Questions for Nominees:

1: Did you set any New Year’s Resolutions? If so what is your main one and how has it been going so far?

2: What is your favorite quote?

3: Besides blogging, do you have any hobbies?

4: What is most challenging to you about blogging?

5: What would your dream job be (education, availability, or expertise aside)?

6: One thing that can make you smile/laugh instantly?

7: Favorite place to shop?

8: Current book, T.V. show, or movie obsession?

9: What’s your favorite style/fashion trend right now?

10: If you could meet one person (living or dead) who would it be and why?

11: What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

MyNominees:
Abby  @ Always, Abby
Lauren @ Wifestyles
Minttu @ Iammrsk
Nycole @ Thesavvybrunette
Leanne @ Younameitevents
Val @ Chickenscratch
Miranda @ Hurryupandwait
Jessica @ 26andnotcounting
Alexia @ AlexiaCurtis
Chelsea @ LLiaBC
Cait @ FierceFabulousandFit

Sip Happens & other randomness

Guys- I’m going places here with this bloggy stuff. Look- I bought a folder and a notebook and planner all from Target, ‘cuz I mean really, where else do you buy stuff?

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(ps- isn’t that folder the cutest?!)

 

I would die for one of these– but alas, they are expensive and I am poor. So overrated being an adult with a budget and all…honestly.

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Ok, back on track. Organized. I’m getting organized. The irony- my post goes off the rails as I’m talking about getting organized.

Earlier this week if you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my post about trying out some weekly meal planning. So far it’s going well- although making more leftovers than I originally expected. Any suggestions my fellow meal planners? We plan to do a leftovers night on Sunday, but I’m thinking it’s just too much. 

Finally, what I’m most excited about right now is this link-up/excuse to have a mini party. What goes on is this: the lovely ladies hosting this link-up have chosen a wine based on it’s label (you know the whole, “wine by it’s cover thing…”). We get together and taste this wine (along with one or two others which I select) and give our insights on it. Later in the month I will link-up with these ladies and write about what we thought of their selection and ours!

Erin at Living in Yellow is the guest host and has chosen; ’14 Hands Hot to Trot’ which is a red blend. For more info on this link-up- click the link below!

If you’re interested in joining the party I’ll be hosting, just email me for more details!

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Happy {almost} Friday kids!!!