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Friday, April 5, 2013

Confessional Fridays....

Quote: "Music is an outburst of the soul." -Unknown

Linking up with http://www.blondeambitionblog.com/ today for Confessional Fridays.

I confess...

  • The first time I went to confession for real I was terrified. I shook the whole time as I told the priest that I have sinned. My sins were super intense then too let me tell ya... I was a rotten 2nd grader. So rotten that my sins were probably: 
    1. yelled at my sister
    2. back talked my mom 
    3. snuck a peek at the blurry HBO channel late one night 
    4. pushed my sister off the slide.
    5. Kissed the neighborhood boy behind the garage. And by kissed I mean we pecked cheeks
Man was I rotten. Seriously... I  needed to get some better sins under my belt before I confessed. I ended the confession by running out of the confessional SOBBING. Thus scaring the pants off all my other Sunday School classmates in line behind me waiting to go in for the first time. You're welcome kids. 

  • Sometimes I like watching little kids fall down. I know it sounds mean but I think its hilarious to watch a little kid awkwardly running as fast as they can and then they just EAT IT. I never want them to be hurt but I just love when they bust ass. Then they look up thinking "should I cry? Is anyone looking???" and as soon as they see someone looking they start sobbing. It cracks me up every time. Does this make me the devil? 
  • I took an extra long lunch. It's Friday and the weathers getting warmer. I do not feel bad. Well I kind of do so being the rule follower I am I'll probably come in a little early Monday. But man did I feel like a rebel.
  • I hate Christmas. I know I'm Scrooge. I'm the Grinch. I just think it's too hyped up, people get too stressed, and who wants a fat white guy sneaking in your house. I sure don't. Every Christmas morning since I was little my Mom insists on pictures while we open presents. We now have 25 pictures of me looking like this. No joke. 

I'm sexy and I know it. 
  • I just started a 30 day ab challenge. If you know me you know I HATE doing ab workouts. But since I lost weight there is a chance I could actually have abs now if I work hard at it. Probably won't get them but I'm going to try! And it's about to be bikini season. SO it's day 2 of my challenge and so far so good. My entire body hurts but fingers crossed I stick to it. Hold me to it people!
  • Tuesday nights are my favorite night of the week. I get to play soccer every Tuesday night. It makes me so happy. Being the champions numerous seasons in a row also makes me happy.  Toot Toot (I just tooted my own horn fyi).

  • I'm obsessed with my dog. I love her. She's the best. Even when she's not and she rips things up and I yell at her. Even when she smiles while getting yelled at and pins her ears back to make herself super ugly. She's still the best. 
  




  •  I am so beyond happy today is Friday. 

Smell ya later weekend peoples. Smell ya later.





Thursday, April 4, 2013

Never have I ever...




Quote: "The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed." -Eminem

So I started following a new blog yesterday (http://www.backeastblonde.com/) and got hooked. 

Today I decided to follow in her footsteps and join in on the 'Never Have I Ever' post.

So without here goes...

NEVER HAVE I EVER...


  • Kissed a girl and liked it (cue Katie Perry aka Kitty Purry song): But for real I've never even kissed a girl and not liked it. I've just never kissed a girl. The appeal just isn't there for me. Even while drunk. I also don't really cave to peer pressure so in college when guys would chant "kiss kiss kiss" and the girls giggle and do it... nope, not for this chick. 
  • Liked cats: Get away from me right MEOW you little cats. They scare me. They attack me. They make my eyes itch. I don't like them.

  • Done drugs: Not one little (non-prescribed) drug has entered my body. Call me a prude or goody two-shoes, but my fear of dying/getting caught/dying was always WAYYY greater than my curiosity. I'm convinced I could somehow die of a marijuana overdose. No drugs for this gal.
  • Bit my toenails: Sounds gross. But seriously- I've seen people do this. Biting my own fingernails makes me cringe. But biting your own toe nails?! That's hardcore. And nasty.
  • Not laughed out loud at Dogshaming.com: If you don't know what I'm talking about please go check it out. PLEASE.
  • Had a bf for more than a year: This isn't because I'm a psycho. Just never found someone worth spending a year of my life with. It'll happen. No worries people. 
  • Been so hungover I threw up: I rarely even get hungover. Once I get up and take a shower and eat I almost always feel good as new. I had friends (still have even though we're grown ups now...sad.) who throw up from hangovers almost every morning after going out. If I pre-knew I was going to throw up I would NEVER drink. Seriously... get it together people. Jk- I won't judge. But it's so not for me. 
  • Wanted to work full-time: I love my job. But I would LOVE it even more if it was part-time. Give me full-time pay and let me work part-time? Yes, please. Even working 9am-3pm would be clutch. I just need hours in the day to get stuff done. Can I get an Amen?
  • Not felt cool with my bass bumping: I don't know what it is. Give me a song with lots of bass and the windows rolled down and I instantly feel sexy. I am almost 100% positive I do not look sexy one bit. But hey... beauty is in the eye of the bass-holder (see what I did there? huh? huh?). Granted I drive a Kia Sorrento (aka mom mobile) and I am white. So I guess putting subs in my car may not be the norm. But a girl can dream.

On that note... I'm off to get in my car and turn the new JT album wayyyy up and bump to some bass on my way home. His new album is so good. 

Smell ya later.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's wishes

Quote: "I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon." -Unkown




Ahhhh Valentine's Day is here again. And I am single again. For the 25th Valentine's Day of my life.

Yep- that's right. I have never celebrated a Valentine's Day with a boyfriend. Am I bitter? No. Do I care? Not really. 

It'll happen when it's supposed to. When it does I'm sure it'll be magical. Fireworks, love thick in the air, butterflies... AIN'T

I'm sure it'll be a pain in the butt

Who wants to stress about a present for a guy on a random day in February? Didn't Christmas JUST happen? Literally the most stressful day/season of the year is Christmas and now a mere 1.5 months later we're all supposed to stress again? 

Nope- so not sad I'm missing out.

But if I had a gun to my head and was told "DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT STEREOTYPICAL VALENTINES DAY OR ELSE..." this is what I'd say to avoid getting a cap in my A** (thug life).  

And then I'll show what will actually happen in reality.

(Future BF I hope you read this... jk)

Dreams:

For flowers this chick would want an orchid. It's my favorite flower. They are expensive little things though. But oh how I love them. 




Reality:

I got a rose from the technician at my laser hair removal appointment during lunch today. That's right... the people who zap the hair from my body gave me a rose. So romantic.

Sad thing is... it made me feel happy. ha



Also- my dog regurgitated some lettuce at lunch today. Does that count as getting a plant?

Lettuce throw up...the gift that keeps on giving.



Dreams:

A romantic dinner at a trendy restaurant in Atlanta. Fresh fish from The Optimist would be a clutch date.


Reality:

I will go to the gym and cook myself the same Paleo dinner I've had every night this week.

However- I'm a simple girl and could continue to eat this every night. I just think it's delicious. 



Dreams:

My hunk of a man would give me delicious strawberries.




Reality:

If I develop a sweet tooth tonight I will satisfy myself with an apple or pear.



Dreams:

Mr. Right would buy me a gift. This gift would be a weekend trip somewhere fun. I'm not really into jewelry and all that jazz. I'd much rather spend money on trips with someone fun. 


Reality:

My mom bought me some goodies. She does every year for all us kids and they are always great little V-Day treats!

This year I got some comfy slippers to lounge around in and take my dog out in. I also got a delicious smelling J-Lo candle.

So no complaints here. 




Dreams:

I would be smothered in kisses from a man like Channing Tatum.

DAYYYum.


Reality:

I will be smothered in kisses from a dog with 22 toes. 




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So there you have it people. The ultimate single girls Valentine's Day. 

You know what... I'm kinda satisfied with my day so far and excited for what my normal night holds. 

Because seriously, who doesn't want to make out with their dog. HA 

Wishing each of you a wonderful Valentine's Day!


Smell ya later love birds. 



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Built in Best Friends

Quote: "Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hide." -unknown



You ever read a good book before going to sleep and wake up the next morning and think it's real life? I do it All.The.Time.

In the past week or so I've finished 3 different books. One morning I woke up thinking I had a rich millionaire husband. One morning I woke up and legit thought I was fighting for the love of a cowboy who had fathered my child and then left for the rodeo. And another morning I woke up thinking I was a dog who loved racing. 

Seriously- I need to get a grip on my life and maybe stop reading so much. But I can't. I LOVE to read. I LOVE to get lost in a good story. I am especially into sappy romance books right now. I think I like them because they make me feel like there is love in the world. No matter how odd and twisted a relationship begins in these stories its fun to see how they all work out. Or don't.

Any who, enough about the fantasy worlds from books I have apparently created in my head... Like a nut job.


This weekend we went to the lake and relaxed, ate, drank, and enjoyed each other's company. Once again it never ceases to surprise me how close my family is and how well we get along. 

I'd like to thank God for a wonderful family and built in best friends. 

Some of my best friends in life are my siblings. When we were younger we played together and fought together. It's been so incredible to watch how our relationships have changed/developed over the years. How we have gone from "play pals" to best friends and support systems. The 4 of us are the ones we can turn to whenever we need help, advice, a laugh or just comfort.

Ann and I are the closest in age and we used to fight a lot. And by fight a lot I mean I probably just picked on her and she cried.  We started to share friends through sports and school since we were so close in age. And it used to drive me up the wall. I used to get SOOO jealous when one of my friends started hanging out with Ann too. I would get so mad.




Fast Forward a few years and now I LOVE that we share friends. It makes it so nice and easy whenever we make plans. It's also awesome that Ann and I are now best friends ourselves. Never would of guessed that one day little annoying Annie would be the person I invite to hang out. 

Love that girl.





Philip and Abby were always younger than me so I didn't hang out with them too much. Now Philip is one of my favorite people. We have a similar dry humor and I love spending time with him. I especially love his friends. It's been so nice throughout his college years to hang out and become friends with his buddies. Philip is away right now with football and life and I miss him. But I can't wait to see where his life takes him. Hopefully where ever he goes we remain close.





Abby is so much younger than me that we didn't have a very close relationship while she was in High School because I was away at college. When I would come home from college she would drive me crazy with all her teenage friends and their drama. I tried to remember when I was 15 and how annoying I was too. But it still drove me nuts. I am so glad we are not in the teenage stage of our family anymore. Recently Abby and I have gotten much closer. I love her sense of humor and the odd ball that she is. We actually spend time together alone now and we can chat on the phone. I think it is so wonderful having a friend in my baby sister. And a funny friend at that. 


My family means the world to me. They are truly the lights of my life. I do not know where I would be without each and every one of them. I treasure and value our relationships as a whole and individually. 




Smell ya later all you sappy siblings out there.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Small Obsessions

Quote: "Eat, drink, and be s

Took another blogging hiatus recently. Seems to be a recurring theme these days.

Oh well.

Right now I am feeling good. I have my life in order and am happy. 

Here are a few things that currently are making me happy as a clam:

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This bad boy in light blue
I've been searching high and low for a new bedside lamp and I finally found it at Kohls. For cheaaaap. It was only $35.99 when it originally sells for over $100.

Steal!

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1293404/safavieh-paris-table-lamp.jsp


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Recently people have been telling my my dog's collar looks pink. Which irks me because I'm not into having an uber girly dog by any means. The collar is supposed to be fuscia/purple. Come on people, it's not pink! 

But on top of that she rolled in stinky stuff at the lake the other weekend so it was definitely time for a new sexy collar for my girl.

And this little beaut just came in the mail. 
I ordered it from ETSY (link below).

http://www.etsy.com/shop/shopcateyblue?ref=seller_info

I just had to get it in the lavender color. 


It's safe to say she looks super cute now.

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Also majorly crushing on my new Nike Pro Combat Leggings.




The are so comfy and so warm.
 I often pretend they are not athletic leggings and I wear them out on the town. And by often I mean basically anytime an outfit requires leggings. 

If we're being serious I couldn't wear them to work out though. 
I'd sweat my butt off in tight leggings. I'm a strictly shorts kinda work out gal. 

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Super into my new fly kicks. 

One of my biggest pet peeves in life is people who wear ugly/dirty gym shoes. I know it's a weird pet peeve but it just seriously annoys me. Which is why I always try to have fresh kicks on my feet.

Call my crazy.

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I'm really into eating Paleo these days. Although I will admit I allow myself to cheat on weekends.
I like the way eating clean makes me feel. I sleep better, I feel better, I look better. 

Last year I lost 30 lbs by exercising regularly and cutting out processed foods by going Paleo.

I love the way I can eat a ton of veggies and fruit everyday so I always feel full.

I also love experimenting with new Paleo recipes. Last night I made Paleo Meatloaf and it was DELICIOUS.

So delicious in fact that I'll probably make it a couple times this week. I have to use up the ingredients I have left over anyway!

Recipe Below:
-I didn't use peppers in mine but I also added mushrooms and carrots.
I didn't make mine in muffin tins I  made it into a little loaf instead.



INGREDIENTS:
§  1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
§  1 medium zucchini, shredded or chopped finely
§  1 cup finely chopped onion
§  1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
§  1 large egg, lightly beaten
§  2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
§  1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
§  1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
§  1/4 teaspoon salt
§  Feel free to add mushrooms or other veggies are good additions too!

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Generously spray a nonstick muffin pan with olive oil cooking spray.
2. Gently mix turkey, zucchini, onion, bell pepper, egg, vinegar, mustard, other veggies, pepper
and salt in a large bowl, preferably with your hands, without overworking. Equally divide the mixture
among the muffin cups.
3. Bake until the meatloaves are cooked through or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the
center registers 165 degrees F, about 25 minutes. Let the loaves stand in the pan for 5 minutes
before serving.
Makes 6 servings, 2 loaves each.
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I will admit that it comes out looking a little like cat throw up but it tastes soooo good I swear!
Anyway- those are a few of the rando things that are making me happy this week.
Hope you all find little things to make yourself find joy in your week.
xo.
Smell ya later kitties. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloweenie 2012

Quote: "Eat, drink, and be scary." -Author Unknown



Before I start this post I'd just like to say that I am SOOO glad election day only falls every 4 years. I would go NUTTTY if I had to listen to this political mumbo jumbo every year.

People just get so mean spirited when it comes to politics. I don't like it one bit. I think politics are important but I don't like people's attitude towards it.

So no, I will not tell you who I voted for.

And no, I will not post about voting all over Twitter and Facebook.

And no, I will not instagram my "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker. Because if you are of voting age and legally allowed to vote then you shouldn't have to show people you voted. It should just be obvious because...

Everyone should exercise their right to vote.
And if this annoys you I'm sorry. I'm not really sorry.

End rant.

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On to a better day of the year... Halloween!

I didn't dress up this year because I was once again at a football game during all the Halloweenie parties.


Last year I rocked an Afro though.




BUT we did dress up our dogs. I've never dressed up a dog before but it made me SO happy. There is nothing funnier than an ugly dog wearing a costume.


So I hope you enjoy these as much as I do...


Old lady coe made the cutest black widow spider.


The antennas kept falling into her face ha


Baby Reecie was a little lion.

                                                   

Cutest little lion I've ever seen. Besides Simba.
He was pretty cute too. And he could sing so that was a plus.


Specs was a cheerleader at the last minute. She rocked it.


She's such a spoiled little lion.



And this happened last Saturday...
 Nothings better than a little construction tailgating down in Auburn.



I should be a model. ha


I hope everyone has a wonderful rainy election day.


Smell ya later my fellow Amuricans.


Friday, November 2, 2012

So Life happened. It happened HARD.

Quote: "Life isn't simple. But the beauty of it is, you can always start over. It'll get easier."
                  -Alacia Bessette

So life happened.

And man o man it happened hard.

I was floating right along happy as a clam and BAM. Things got jumbled. Things got chaotic. Things got stressful. Things got sad.

But I survived.

It all started with a Jury Duty summons. Yep, I got summoned just like the rest of the United States' citizens have the potential to be. I thought... No biggie. I'll sit for 3 days tops and read my kindle until I get cut and I can go back to work.

Nope..the Jury Duty Gods had WAYYY different plans for me.

I was picked to serve as a juror on a criminal case that lasted....

wait for it...

wait for it...

**FOUR WEEKS**

Yep, that's right. I was a juror all day everyday for 4 entire weeks. I lost a month of my life. I was living out of a suitcase at my parents house for an entire month so I could be close to the courthouse. I didn't see my friends, I couldn't go to work, I hardly exercised, I cried alot, I drank alot of wine, I floundered... 

It was awful. I would NEVER wish a month long jury trial upon my worst enemy.

People keep saying "You're so lucky you missed work. Its like you had a 4 week vacation!" or "At least it was  interesting!!"

And to these people I say... "watch out for my backhand...it's coming at your face."

Just kidding. But for real it was none of those things and it was so stressful, emotionally hard, physically and mentally draining.

We ended up putting 2 men away for life without parole and that is something that continues to weigh heavy on my heart. They 100% deserved what they got but it was still emotionally and morally so hard for me to be a deciding factor on someone else's entire life.

So that happened. The case ended on a Thursday night at 10:30pm after 12 hours of jury deliberation in a teeny tiny room.

I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and I exhaustingly stepped out.

Below are my new jury home slices... I spent an incredible amount of time with them all.

Life went back to normal.

As normal as having to make up a month's worth of work could be.


And then 4 days later...

My Grandma passed away.

BAM. Life hit again!

So we had to scramble to rent a car and drive all the way to Illinois to be with family and celebrate the life of one of the world's most amazing women.

It was a sad, stressful, but at the same time wonderful trip.

It was so hard saying goodbye to my Grandma. But it was hard watching her suffer through her 2 year battle with cancer and watch my family suffer through it too.

And we finally knew she was at peace and was in a better place.

So we mourned her, shared stories about her, laughed, loved, leaned on eachother and cried alot.

I know she looked down on us laughing about how ridiculous we still were.

My family is an odd ball group and it was so good seeing everyone.

Photo recap of the trip...

It was nice seeing both sides of my family. Thank GOD for such a supportive family and friends. We are SOOO blessed.


Cutest little God Daughter ever...


After the funeral we came home and all put on one of Grandma's sweatshirts to wear for the night. That woman LOVED her sweatshirts.


Philip & Matthew


God Daughter & God Mommy photo again


All the grandkids with Grandpa after the funeral.


The grandchildren.


So it was all in all a good trip.

 We went up there for a sad reason but left feeling blessed and loved.

We will FOREVER miss my Grandma and life will never be the same without her. But I know she wants us to continue the craziness that is life and to continue loving eachother so much.




AND THEN....


We found out my baby brother needed to have hip surgery the morning after we drove back from Chicago. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum and to reshape his hip bone.

It was a surgery that ultimately and abruptly ended his career at Auburn.

It's been emotional and I know he'll forever miss playing for the Auburn Tigers. We'll miss watching him play.

Fingers crossed that we'll be able to watch him play again next season with the "big boys".

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So since then life has returned to normal. Thank good sweet baby Jesus. I was about to explode!!

Through it all I have finally felt a calming sense of peace. Life never throws you something you can't handle.

 But life sure laughed as he tested us this past month and a half.

These little issues in my life seem trival compared to the bigger issues in the world. During this past month and a half I've really struggled. But its put everything into perspective. If these are my biggest problems and headaches than I feel lucky.

And if anything its all brought me closer to my family, God, myself, and my support systems.

So AMEN to that.

And AMEN to you all if you've kept up with this entire post and actually read my little "sob story".

My next post will be a happier one I promise. It involves dogs dressed in costumes.
That will ALWAYS brings a smile.

Thanks peoples!



Smell ya later friends.