Friday, January 13, 2012

Life as I know it (for this week at least)

Quote: " The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."
             - Flora Whittemore

This week was a good week for me. It felt productive and positive. I love having weeks like this. I've been eating healthy and working out every day and I feel great.


We lounged around and watched football. At night my mom, sisters and I went and met my Aunt Kate for dinner at her hotel. She landed with her team earlier that day to start practicing for their game Monday against Georgia Tech. We ate at Jw's. Yum.


I went with family, friends,and neighbors to my Aunt's basketball game against GT. (see previous post)


I hung out with Reecie girl after work. I had a Co-Ed soccer game at 9:20pm. Of course it was raining again. We have literally played 3/4 of our games in the pouring rain this season. At least it wasn't cold Tuesday though so it wasn't too bad. We play out of the Atlanta Silverbacks League. Our team name is Save the TaTas and we wear pink jerseys. Nice. ha

Below is our jersey. But imagine it with Save the TaTas accross the chest and the pink cancer ribbon.


Reecie girl and I worked out after work and then I went over to my neighbor/sister's apartment for dinner. We have 2 families in our neighborhood that are basically family to us. We do all holidays and everything with them. Erin grew up next door to me back in Marietta. We now live like 2 miles apart in Atlanta. It's nice! She and her boyfriend cooked us Weight Watchers Stir Fry and we watched Modern Family.


Reecie girl and I worked out after work and waited for my baby sister Ann to get to my apartment. Ann nanny's in Buckhead and has a side job with CSS as their camera girl some evenings. So sometimes when she gets off her internship at 7:30pm and has to be back in the city to nanny the nexy day at 9am she'll just stay at my place. So last night we went to sushi and Erin met us there. It was delish. I am trying to eat really healthy so I got a sushi roll wrapped in cucumber instead of rice. It was so refreshing and delicious.

This is the first weekend I have free since Sept 3rd and I am THRILLED. Tonight when I get off work I'm going to work out then Erin (another friend named Erin) and I are going to hang out and do something fun. Tomorrow I have tennis at 3pm then I'll probably head to Marietta for the night. Sunday we are planning on going Hiking.

Can't wait for a stress free weekend.

This week may not seem as good to you as it was for me but I sure enjoyed it.

Tell me- what are some healthy (really healthy) recipes for dinner/lunch?

I'm open for lots of suggestions.

Smell ya later home fries. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

For the Love of the Game

Quote: "It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans."
            -Robert Lynd

My family is a family of sports FREAKS.

 We are all very athletic and very competititve.

 I always get made fun of by my siblings and dad because out of all of us I am the least athletic.

 Make fun of me all you want but we all know I can beat anyone in the family's butt. I've been known to carry around my own can of whoopass just waiting to be opened

Just kidding.

I may be the least athletic but I am still pretty good at sports and more athletic than most females. People can tell this because of my intense masculinity and my hairy upper lip (just kidding I'm womanish and my lip is so fresh and so smoooooth).

All 3 of my siblings have/had college scholarships to play football or soccer. I decided against playing in college because I wanted to enjoy the social aspect of college. This is a decision I am still 100% happy I made. I played Co-Ed intramurals in college and I was perfectly happy with the level of play. I'm glad I didn't have 6am work outs, curfews, daily practices, etc. I enjoyed my freedom as a normal college kid.

Besides playing sports we all love to watch sports. It's literally all we ever watch together as a family.

On New Years Eve this year I didn't go out drinking and partying with my friends...

 I went to a football game.

My brother's team (Auburn) made the Chick-Fil-A Bowl this year. We were extremely lucky because this bowl is played in ATLANTA.

We seriously had 25-30 members of our family drive from Chicago to go to the game with us. Talk about chaotic and a packed house for 3 days.

Although it was insane having that many people around it was so much fun and I'm glad everyone got to come and see Philip. It's neat to see people who aren't used to big football games getting to enjoying one. We are so used to seeing Philip on the field that sometimes I forget the awe inspiring feeling there is when we see him run out on the field- only still makes me flabbergasted most of the time. But it was really cool to see my family (aunts, cousins, grandma, uncles, etc) experience that overwhelming excitment of having a family member playing in such a huge dome, such a huge field, and such a huge game.

Auburn won (wooooo) and it was a fun day/night for everyone.

My mom took alot of pictures of the weekend/game but I only took 2. ha

This is a picture of Chizik (head coach) accepting the trophy. Philip is just chillin' on the side next to Aubie.

FYI- My brother is the white guy. In case you couldn't figure out which one was him.


On another sports related note...

My aunt is the Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of Miami. Go Canes.

Every year they play a game in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. And every year my family, friends, and neighbors all gear up in our UM clothes and come out to support.

This Monday we all cheered as the Lady Canes beat Georgia Tech.

C-A-N-E-S...Canes, Canes, Canes... Let's go Canes!!

Aunt Kate looking Supa Supa Flyyy while coaching.

The team all huddled up during a time out...

This weekend is the first weekend I have nothing planned since September 3rd (start of football season). I have no games to go to, no family obligations, no showers, and I.AM.SO.EXCITED.

I plan to:

  • Reconnect with friends
  • relax and de-stress
  • get healthy
  • love on my puppy
  • start the man hunt (someday my prince will come? ew.)
  • start/finish some projects
  • learn how to use my new sewing machine from "santa"
  • clean/organize my closet and room
  • AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...continue to "kick it old school,yo"

Smell ya later 'stashe riders ew.  (shout out to you know who...)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sprucin' up the place

Quote: "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."-George Bernard Shaw

Earlier I posted about my DIY chalkboard that I absolutely LOVE. The week I created the chalkboard was our week of SPRUCIN' UP THE APARTMENT. Allie and I threw a surprise 30th birthday bash for our roommate, and her older sister. I'll post about the party later.

Because of the Surprise Bash Allie and I wanted to put the last finishing knick knacks and touches to the apartment before we had people over.

We teamed up and created the chalkboard and some cute little buckets to hang in our bathroom.

We went to Home Depot and bought 3 little tin paint buckets. They were like $2.50 each.

Then we picked out a spray paint color. It took us a long time to decide because I wanted a bright color and she wanted a muted color. So we compromised and went with beige so it can match any room.

Once we got back to our apartment we spray painted the tin buckets beige. We did 3 coats just to be safe. But be careful because the spray paint runs if you don't let it dry all the way between coats. Whoops.

Then we hung them on our towel rod in the bathroom above the toliet. We filled one bucket with wash cloths, one with potpourri, and the last with sprays and lotions.

All in all I think they turned out pretty cute. We faced the bucket with the side of dripped paint towards the wall and you'd never know.

Pretty cheap and cute way to store things in the bathroom!


One night I was trying to figure out what to do with a left over mason jar I had. I think mason jars are the best things ever. You can use them as storage, cups, food savers, etc. They can be used for EVERYTHING while still looking cute.

I drilled a hole in the top of the mason jar and took an old pump and stuck it in there. And BAAAAM a cute way to store dish soap. I hate the way the dish soap bottle looks sitting out by the sink but it's such a pain to put away because we use it ALL.THE.TIME.  So I thought this was a cute way to keep the soap. It also makes administering the soap to the brush super easy.

 Just one little push of the pump and you're ready to scrub!

The only pump we had to use was an old face wash pump which is purple. I'd like to find a more muted color pump. I'll have to wait until one of my pump bottles is about gone and use it unstead of throwing the pump away.


Another little project we did that week was to create a curtain for under a desk. Our kitchen has a little built in desk space and since we don't use it as a desk we like to store things under it where the chair would usually go. But the stuff under there was an eyesore. So I bought a tiny little curtain rod for like a buck and my roommate sewed a little curtain.

Super cheap and easy and now you'll never know what's hidden under there... unless you are a perv and lift up the skirt. Ha jk.

I got a sewing machine from Santa this Christmas so I can't wait to start on my own DIY sewing projects!!! If anyone has any easy sewing tips, projects, etc please please please let me know!

I'll leave you with this little gem of a picture.

Yes, you should all be jealous this cute sleepy little baby squirrel is all mine (for some reason I like to call little puppies & kids baby squirrels - it's odd i know)...

Smell ya later DIYers.