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Friday, June 28, 2013

Confessional Friday - {Link-up}



Confessions

Happy Friday, everyone! Lovely Leslie has given me the opportunity to throw a whole new bag of confessions at you this week, so let's get to it! 

I CONFESS....


I confess… that I hate it when people use incorrect words or spellings.

I confess… that it drives me nuts when people don’t clean up after themselves in public restrooms. There is no reason for you to leave toilet paper on the floor, urine splashes on the seat, etc.

I confess… that nail techs who complain that my toenails are too short and then try to use that as an excuse to do a crappy job on my pedicure make me pretty irritated.

I confess… that I hate going into a restaurant and seeing a bunch of employees standing around instead of working.

I confess… that even though I know it’s their job, people who approach me when I’m shopping and ask if they can help me, drive me nuts. I prefer to be left alone while shopping, and if I want help, I’ll find it myself.

I confess… that long toenails (or long nails on guys) are disgusting to me, to the point where I can’t even look at them, and I hate it when people don’t bother to keep their nails a respectable (in my opinion) length.

I confess… that drivers who don’t turn from/into the correct lane, or don’t use their turn signals when changing lanes or turning make me ridiculously angry. It’s not like it’s complicated!!!

I confess... that I find it incredibly rude when people are late, or flaky. If you can't make it on time for something, then don't say you'll be there. If you're not going to show someone the common decency of showing up when you say you're going to, then forget the whole thing.



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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Review: Gone Girl


Gone Girl review
I am a lover of books. I love to read, especially mysteries. The analytical part of me gets the biggest kick out of trying to figure out the plot twists and the ending before I get to them. Sometimes I get it wrong, but I seem to get it at least partly right more often than not. 

Even with my love of mysteries, it still took me a long time to read this book. I heard about it a lot before I checked it out....it was all over Goodreads, and Amazon, and was featured quite prominently in bookstores like Barnes and Noble, which we all know I frequent like I'm getting paid to do it. (Actually, Barnes and Noble people - I really would appreciate the opportunity to get paid for visiting your store, so let's talk about a way to make that happen, mmmkay?? Great, thanks.) I flipped through the book a few times, and it never really caught me, so I didn't purchase it. But then after I lost my job in February, I had more free time than anticipated, so I figured I'd give it a go. 

And I'm really glad I did.....

Here's the Goodreads editorial review: 

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Marriage can be a real killer.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
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This was a pretty great mystery. There are three sections to the book, with another major twist revealed in each one. I actually didn't figure out the second section twist until the very last chapter of the first section, which is pretty high praise. This was a book that, admittedly, took me a couple of chapters to get into....but once I hit that point, I was completely hooked. I flew through it. And then as soon as I could, I got my hands on her other two books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.  

Gillian Flynn's talent lies in her ability to make incredibly dark stories interesting, and keep her reader guessing. Every turn is new and for the most part, unexpected. Her characters are agonizingly real, which makes it really easy to identify with what they're going through. All of her books are written in first person, too, given the reader a feeling like they're reading a personal journal, rather than a fictional story. 

There are a couple negatives about this book, however. Number one, there is a lot of language, and a couple somewhat graphic sexual scenes. There were very few times when the language seemed gratuitous to me, but I know that it does bother some people. All of the sex scenes just seemed weird, and made me feel strangely uncomfortable, as if I were peeking in a window at the characters *actually* doing it. 


emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback
The book is also just kind of ... weird, for lack of a better way to describe it. The first thing I thought when I finished it was, "Wow, that was kind of a mind f*ck." I tend to like books like that, that get me all engrossed and then just rip my psyche to shreds. 

Overall, I'd give this book four out of five stars, and would highly recommend it, with the caveat that even if you enjoy dark mysteries like I do, if strong language or descriptions of sex bother you, this might not be the book for you. 



***Disclaimer: I purchased this book on my own. I received no compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own. ***

Do you have any suggestions for books I should read/review?

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Monday, June 24, 2013

I Will Never, Ever, Ever... {Link-up}

I saw this link up, and immediately knew I had to participate. Mostly because I laughed through every post I read. And yes, I'm easily amused, but that's beside the point. These are funny. The link up is in its third week, but this is the first time I'm joining, so I'm excited!



I will never, ever, ever…

…hear the song “Macarena” without laughing and smiling. And dancing.

…go back to not having a smart phone

…think that mushrooms are a good idea in a dish

…actually believe that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”

…be convinced that letting children get away with anything/everything is a good way to parent

…stop drinking water like, all the time

...stop laughing a little bit at the fact that my mother once believed an April Fool's TV special about marshmallows growing on trees

...be able to keep all my clothing organized and neat

...stop making my bed in the mornings

…think that the Mac OS is easier than a PC

...be one of those girls who is always perfectly put together, with the great outfit and the awesome makeup and the hair done just right

…get bored of thunderstorms, or just watching lightning

…prefer the weather in the Midwest over the weather in the desert Southwest

...agree with the notion that pedicures are a waste of money

What will you never, ever, ever do??

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That Time I Almost Died on I-94

One of the most difficult and stressful things about my life right now is that I don’t have a car. I know, I know, it could be a lot worse than it is…but still, not having a car, especially in my current stage of life where I am also trying to find a job, is really frustrating.

my cute little car
Isn't this a cute car??
I used to have a car – an adorable, Imperial Blue Chevrolet Cruze named Chloe, who I absolutely adored. She was a lease, though, and at the end of my lease option, I was not in a position to be able to purchase it, so I had to return her to the dealership. My dad had an old Jeep he was going to give me once I moved to Minnesota though, so it seemed like I was still going to be just fine.

Before I moved to Minnesota, I spent a few weeks with my brother Caleb and his wife Jackie in Chicago, and I picked up the Jeep during that time. I used it to drive around in Chicago a little bit, and then planned to just pack it up with all my stuff and move on up to Minnesota with it. It still needed a little bit of work on it, though, so I left a few days early to stop by my dad’s place in Wisconsin and take it to his mechanic.

So that is the background on how I came to be driving along I94 in Wisconsin, on that fateful Friday in May.

Very shortly after I started my journey, I heard a new sound coming from the front of the car. I knew that there were some issues with the gear and the front axle, so I figured that was the problem. I resolved to not drive like my usual self a bat out of hell, so I set my cruise at the speed limit, and turned the music down so I could keep an ear on the noise.

About 20 miles east of Madison, the noise had gotten to the point where I was really concerned. I called my dad, and asked if he thought I should just pull over and wait until he could come and get me. We discussed the issue, and figured that if the gears on the front axle went out completely, I’d have plenty of time to pull over to the side of the road before the car stopped entirely, so I should just keep going, which is exactly what I did.

Literally five minutes later, I heard a huge bang, and my car started shaking like a leaf in a storm. I immediately got to the shoulder and made it off the road at the next exit, and called my dad again. He had been working on the other side of the state, and still needed to stop at home to pick up a friend’s trailer to come and get me, so I had about a four hour wait ahead of me. At that point, I was pulled over on a country highway in the middle of nowhere, five miles from the closest restaurant or gas station, and I really had to pee. I called Boyfriend to vent, and he stayed on the phone with me while I tried to turn the car around and gimp to the gas station. In the middle of my U-turn, I knew the car wouldn’t make it. I barely made it across the highway and out of the lane again before the car just stopped completely.
Stranded
This is where I was stranded - right in the middle of nowhere. 
Obviously, I was a bit distraught at this point, since I still really needed to pee, had no place to do so, and was looking at a four hour wait by the side of the road, alone. Boyfriend was doing a great job of calming me down when a truck pulled up behind me. It had lights on the top, so I assumed maybe it was a tow truck or something.. the guy, a man I later learned was named Steve, got out, came up to my window, and very matter-of-factly told me that my front wheel was about to fall off.

missing lug nuts
My poor wheel, just struggling to stay attached
*Cue jaw drop*

Sure enough, when I got out and looked, not only was my wheel crooked, but I was missing three lug nuts, and two of the studs had snapped off completely. I’m assuming that was the bang I heard. The other two lug nuts, the only things holding my wheel to my car, were really loose. No wonder everything was a mess!

Steve graciously offered to give me a ride to a hardware store or to some garages in the nearby town to see if they would be able to fix it, thus saving my sweet father the trouble of coming to get me. I was a bit nervous to get in a car with him, but I called my dad again, and Steve talked to him and gave him his number, and his full name, and gave me a business card and everything, so I felt a little bit better. Just to be safe, I took a picture of his card and sent it to Boyfriend and Dad. A girl can never be too careful, you know.

snapped tire studs
Clearly, not quite the way this is supposed to look...
Anyway, long story slightly shorter, since it was 2pm on a Friday, there were no mechanics in the area who were going to be able to fix it that day, so Dad was back on duty. Steve dropped me off at a local cafĂ©, where I spent the next three and a half hours praying that my Kindle battery would last, and begging the waitress to let me charge my phone somewhere. She finally did, thank goodness, so I wasn’t without a phone while my dad was trying to find me.

One other really fun part about this whole thing is that because of some weird electrical issues the Jeep has, the keyless entry doesn’t always work, nor can the doors be unlocked with a key. Usually I just left one door unlocked, but since I wasn’t about to leave all of my stuff in an unlocked vehicle on the side of the road, all the doors were locked. My incredible Boy Scout of a father had planned for such a contingency, however, after he had locked himself out of the car a bunch of times for the same reason, so he had a little wooden block and a hanger tied to the luggage rack on top. (I forgot to take pictures of that awesomeness, sorry.).

Of course nothing ever works right, so it took about 30 minutes for us to get the doors open so we could push the car up onto the trailer. Ahhh, never a dull moment in my life.. Finally we got everything strapped down and we were on our way, about six hours after the incident.
broken wheel
My dad is the best ever. 



I am so lucky that I was able to get off the road in time, and that my wheel didn’t fall off completely while I was going 65 mph on an interstate. I’m also quite lucky that Steve was there, and was so nice and willing to help me. And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to my amazing father for always rescuing me when I need it, to his friend Joe who supplied the truck and trailer we used to haul the Jeep home, and to Boyfriend, who was completely available to help me calm down, and also entertained me beautifully while I was waiting. 










Have you ever had a near-accident like this, or been in a similar situation? I want to hear about it!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Confessional Friday!!! {Link-up}

Hello Everyone! Who's ready to confess?? This week's theme is "Random Facts about Myself." So here we go!!

Confessions


I confess… that even though I really do like drinking coffee, I can’t drink it black. In fact, I have to put in so much flavored creamer that I’ve been told that I don’t drink coffee with creamer, I drink creamer with coffee.

I confess… that I seriously can’t do any kind of high-level math beyond a 6th grade level to save my life. Embarrassing, but true.

I confess… that I am that annoying girl who will quote movies and TV shows while I’m watching them.

I confess… that when I drive long distances, I like to put my foot up on the dashboard, hang my arm out the window, turn the music way up….and then I dance. While I’m driving. It’s awesome.

I confess… that I cannot seem to regulate my body temperature when I am trying to sleep. I usually go through a covers on/covers off cycle at least twice before just giving up and sticking a foot out over the edge. I don’t know why I don’t just start with the foot out and skip the rest of it…

I confess… that I love singing. I really do. And I’m terrible at it, honestly, but I just really enjoy doing it. So my apologies to everyone who is ever within earshot..

I confess… that it seriously freaks me out to walk through a locker room or indoor pool area without flip flops.

I confess… that I cannot paint my own nails, like ever. My left hand usually is passable, and my right hand always sucks.

I confess… that I pretty much always chew my straws.

I confess… that I type really, really fast.

I confess… that apart from having one leg sticking out off the side of the bed, I usually have to be kicking my foot to fall asleep.

I confess… that I have to have a window seat on airplanes, otherwise I tend to have a pretty serious internal freakout.


I confess… that my favorite “comfort food” meal is pasta with tomato juice (not spaghetti sauce). Pure deliciousness!

I confess... that I seriously get the WORST writer's block. I will have a million ideas all of the time, and I'll even write them down and write drafts and stuff for when I feel uninspired, and it really doesn't even matter...I still struggle. Drat. :-/

What do you want to confess? Let's hear it! 


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Adult ABC's


Okay, so confession: Technically, I wasn't tagged to do this (probably because not too many people even know that I exist, but whatever), but I saw it on Pinky's page and decided I wanted to do it anyway. So there you have it. You're welcome. 

A. Attached or Single? Attached. J

B. Best Friend? Boyfriend, Anica, Sven, my sisters…


C. Cake or pie? Depends on what kind of pie or cake.. But usually neither. 



D. Day of choice? My days right now are all kind of the same, so it doesn’t make much difference.. 



E. Essential item? Vaseline Lip Therapy. And a fingernail clipper.



F. Favorite color? Pink


G. Gummy bears or worms? Either/or


H. Hometown? Tiny little town in Wisconsin



I. Favorite indulgence? Mani/pedis



J. January or July? July. Partly because I hate cold weather, and partly because my birthday is in July, which just makes it awesome



K. Kids? Yes, please



L. Life isn’t complete without? Family, friends, red wine 



M. Marriage date? I’ll let you know when I figure it out……



N. Number of brothers/sisters? Two brothers, three sisters



O. Oranges or Apples? Honeycrisp apples



P. Phobias? Centipedes, snakes, the dark, feet..


Q. Quotes? “You’re my favorite and I love you.” “Be yourself…Everyone else is taken.” 


R. Reasons to smile? Pretty much anything and everything. Life is GOOD.



S. Season of choice? Summer!



T. Tag 5 People: Patricia, Amberly, Jolynn, Lisette - and you only get four, because I don't know anybody else. :) 



U. Unknown fact about me? I sometimes watch stupid MTV shows like “16 & Pregnant” and “Catfish”. Judge away, I know it’s awful. 


V. Vegetable? Fresh, perfectly ripe tomatoes (even though they’re technically fruit), green beans, peas, corn, carrots, radishes….. I like vegetables



W. Worst habit? Assuming I know what people are thinking, and thinking I am always right



X. Xray or Ultrasound? Either one, makes no difference, as long as its not an MRI



Y. Your favorite food? Pizza or Mexican



Z. Zodiac sign? Leo. Apparently I’m a stubborn lion. Who knew?

Linking up with Northern Belle Diaries and Confessions of A Northern Belle for Just Because! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday {Link-up}


I am LOVING… that I finally have my copy of Pitch Perfect back and I can watch it whenever I want!! It’s the little things, people.

I am LOVING… bacon! I totally rocked a BLT for dinner last night, and loved it so much, I’m doing it again for lunch today. Bacon makes everything better.

I am LOVING… classical music. It’s great for concentration.

I am LOVING… that I have had some time lately to organize my iTunes. I had way too many song duplicates that were just taking up unnecessary space.

I am LOVING… having some more of my jewelry back. It’s so fun to be able to accessorize outfits a little bit!

I am LOVING… the ideas and inspiration I get from reading the blogs of others, and trying to see the world through new eyes.

I am LOVING… the song “Titanium”. For realz.

I am LOVING… the self-discovery that comes along as one of the many silver linings to difficult times.

I am LOVING… that I have been able to engage in some great, meaningful communication with some other bloggers (can I actually technically call myself a blogger yet, or am I still just someone who has a blog? Also, what’s the difference there?) lately! It’s so fun to see an email in my inbox from someone across the country, or even across the world, and to get to know them a little bit more. What fun this is!!!


What are YOU loving today? 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ten Questions....


I'm late getting into this, but I came across this post on one of my favorite blogs, and since I was feeling a little uninspired today, I decided to cheat a little bit and just answer these questions. 

1. If you could do one thing differently in your life, what would it be?

I would have finished my bachelor’s degree when I was in college originally. Part of me is glad that I didn’t continue to spend such a ridiculous amount of money on a degree I didn’t really want, but most of me is upset with myself for being so short-sighted, and not just switching my major or something so that at least I would have the degree.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully in five years I will have completed both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Psychology, and I will be working as a therapist. I doubt that I will be able to get all of those things done in five years, especially with the way my life is going, but hey, a girl can always dream and work for it, right?

3. Do you honestly want kids?

Yes, I do.

4. What has been the best moment of your life so far?

Um…. This one is tough, because I've had a lot of really great moments. I guess the best moment of my life was when my plane back from the Philippines landed in the United States. Coming home to a culture I understood, safe water, and working plumbing was kind of amazing.

5. What is your life theme song?

"The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. It may be cheesy, but as far as I'm concerned, life really is all about the climb, and going through the journey, rather than trying to get to a specific destination.

6. What is one thing you have yet to accomplish that you want to do before you die?

I want at least one stamp in my passport from every continent (except Antarctica). Traveling the world is definitely on my Bucket List, so hopefully someday I will have both the time and money to do it. 
 
7. If you could choose one thing to be known for, what would it be?


I want to be that person who is known for being sweet, for loving, for forgiving, for always being honest, for accepting others, who is intelligent, whose company is desired…

8. If you could do anything you wanted right in this very moment (no consequences, no fear, etc), what would it be?

I would buy a brand new car, and a completely new wardrobe. I’d also buy a house, or at the very least, rent a really nice apartment.

9. What has been the most challenging moment in your life?


I think I’m living it right now…I've gone through some pretty significant life changes lately, and while I really believe them to be positive things, the changes and adjustments I've had to make are still somewhat difficult to handle.

10. Summarize yourself in one word.

Analytical.


How would you answer these questions?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday! {Link-up}



I’m LOVING…that I surprised my adorable little sister with a visit to Vegas last night. It was a really last-minute trip on my part, and I’m not staying for long, so I got to sneak into the city without her even knowing. The look on her face was priceless.

I’m LOVING…Sudoku! I recently dug out my Sudoku book again, and have been working on some puzzles. I’m in the hard levels right now, so I’m pretty slow at them, and sometimes I completely mess up the entire puzzle, but it’s still fun.

I’m LOVING…that not having a job right now has given me so much time to read! It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much time to just sit and read for fun, so I am definitely making use of it!

I’m LOVING…that though they are few, I have friends who love me and are willing to support me and help me deal with life’s irritations and disappointments.

I’m LOVING…the way the world looks from the air.

I’m LOVING…that my dad’s plane is fixed, so he will be able to come to Minnesota and take me flying again soon! Is this thing cute, or what??? <------>

I’m LOVING…that even though I don’t think I’m going to get the job I really wanted, it’s only because I just am not able to guarantee how long I will be in my current city, and not because they didn’t want to hire me.  In fact, the woman who interviewed me said that she really did want to hire me, and so she might be able to find some other position in the 
company that I could fill temporarily, for as long as I am able. Which would be awesome.

I’m LOVING…that I have some homemade Kahlua left in the fridge. When I get back from Vegas, it’s gonna be game on with that stuff. Mmmmm-mmmmm good.

I’m LOVING that I tried some shrimp at Red Lobster the other day and I didn’t hate it! I have always hated seafood, my whole life, but liking it seems like such a grown-up thing to do that I really, really try! So far, I’ve had shrimp tempura at Firefly in Vegas that was okay, and then the shrimp alfredo at Red Lobster was pretty good. Progress, people.

I’m LOVING…that I have been doing some more freelance writing! Not only do I get to do something that I enjoy, I also am earning some much-needed money to do it. It’s perfect timing, because it helps keep me occupied while in this transition period, and also, I’m poor, so the cash comes in handy. J


What are YOU loving today?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I Love Bloglovin' {Link-Up}

In order to help bloggers transition away from GFC as the main way to follow blogs, Northern Belle Diaries and Postcards from Rachel have teamed up to host I Love Bloglovin'.

 

Make sure to check out the awesome blogs on this link up, and share the love!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Let's Talk About My Dad....

 
So yesterday was my fabulous father's birthday. In case you somehow missed it in any of my previous posts, my dad is one of my very favorite people. He has been an amazing example of love to me, and I thank God every single day for blessing me with such a wonderful person in my life.

In honor of that, here are nine of the many, many things (because it's the 9th!) I love about my papa.

1.) I know I've said this before, but there is something really, incredibly amazing about knowing without a doubt that no matter what - even when I mess up, even when I'm generally bad at life - my amazing papa will love me completely and totally and without condition.

2.) He listens to me. He will listen to me when I am hyper-happy and do nothing but talk at 90 miles an hour and don't let him get a word in edgewise. He will listen to me when I call him upset and crying. He will listen when I need to vent, or think out loud, or anything else. He listens without judging, even if he may not like what he is hearing. (Basically, this is me, like ALL OF THE TIME ------>)

3.) Even when my life is completely void of anything even remotely interesting, Daddy always acts like I am totally cool, and wildly fascinating. It's good for my ego, and I adore him for it.

4.) My dad is one of those men that you could send out in to the forest with nothing but a pocketknife and a book of matches, and he'll build you an entire shopping mall. That also means that whenever I move (which is often), he can come and hang all of my wall shelves up again, and get them straight. He can even find the studs in a wall without a stud finder. Yep, he's awesome like that.

5.) I am pretty much constantly laughing any time I am around him. His looks, his jokes (even the totally lame ones - just kidding, Papa, they're never lame!), his witty little quips.. He makes me laugh all of the time. Even when we are having a serious conversation about serious matters. I still laugh.

6.) And speaking of making me laugh, he is one of the only people in the entire world who can make me go from crying hysterically to giggling in the space of like 2.2 seconds. I don't know how he does it, but he always helps me find the positives in any situation, even when I would much prefer he just let me wallow in self-pity for a while.

7.) He is a really good cook. Obviously, since I don't live at home anymore, I don't get to enjoy his cooking much. But the man knows his way around a kitchen, and can produce some pretty great stuff.

8.) The map he somehow has in his head of oh, I don't know, pretty much the entire world, I think, has saved me on many, many occasions. I'm nearly thirty years old, and to this day, any time I am lost or might not know where I'm going, my first instinct isn't to consult a map, it's to call my father. And usually, Dad "finds me" wherever I am and gets me going the right direction faster than a map would, anyway.

9.) My father is incredibly wise. He just knows things, and he is always willing to share his wisdom, or insights he has gained from his life experience, without seeming overbearing about it. He is always available to give me advice when I ask for it, and as I get older, I put more and more stock in it, because I realize that really, he is basically always right.

Happy Birthday, Daddy. I love you!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Confessions, Confessions.....


I confess...that even though there does not appear to be a link up with Leslie at A Blonde Ambition today (she's sick, poor girl), I'm doing this anyway. Neener neener.

I confess…that sometimes, I’m whiny.

I confess…that despite my whines, I have about 289048590346903869030309809 reasons to be thankful.

I confess…that I ended up walking like 7 and a half miles yesterday and my foot is killing me. I’m an idiot for that. I also, my foot was bleeding, so now my shoe is bloody. I’m an idiot for that too. Ha.

I confess…that I ate Taco John’s for lunch today, and that despite the fact that now I feel gross and like I just gained twenty pounds, it was delicious.

I confess…that I am not always right, despite my tendency to believe otherwise.

I confess...that I really do think my dad is pretty much one of the coolest guys around, and that I would be totally and completely lost without his love and guidance. 

I confess…that sometimes even I don’t understand why I have a blog, except that sometimes, it’s just easier to type stuff out, even stuff completely unrelated to whatever is going on in my head, than it is to try and write about what is going on. I don’t even know if that made sense.

I confess…that I really really really want to go to another TranSiberian Orchestra show, and to more Cirque de Soleil shows, and to see Wicked again, and Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables on Broadway. Or heck, even off Broadway. I just want to see the shows.

I confess…that the fact that I haven’t gotten a pedicure in over two months is actually kind of gross to me, and even more than that, just makes me sad. I love pedicures.


What do you want to confess today?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday {Link-Up}


I am LOVING that there is sun shining outside right now! Minnesota had such a weird winter, and even though I missed most of it, I feel like I’ve still definitely gotten a taste, since it has lasted for so long! I do not love getting up to 40 degree mornings in June, though, that's a fact.

I am LOVING that I have lost some weight. I actually haven’t been doing it on purpose, which makes it even better!

I am LOVING the fact that I have broadening my social circle and getting to know other women through blogging, and that blogging has given me an opportunity to meet even amazing women, who are funny, and intelligent, and witty.


I am LOVING the fact that I can use Skype to chat with my sisters in Vegas, and see my little nephews. It's really tough being away from them, but I sure do love being able to see and talk to them online!

I am LOVING that Barnes and Noble has free wi-fi. 

I'm LOVING that I have another job interview scheduled for next week, in case the interview I went to last week doesn't turn into a job. 

What are you all LOVING this week?


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday Social {Link-Up}


1. What is your favorite Social Media outlet?  ----- I'd have to say Facebook, since that's really the only one I use with any regularity. I use Pinterest too, but a lot less frequently now than I used to. I also use Instagram, but I don't post pictures, really, so much as I look at everyone else's. And I'm on Twitter, too, but I find it to be a ridiculously confusing and complicated interface that I have neither the time nor the inclination to really learn right now, so I mostly just ignore my Twitter.

2. Do you subscribe to any daily news reads? ----- Nope. I have Google News as my homepage, though, so I see headlines a lot, and I will check out cnn.com or nbc.com a lot, to see what they know.

3. Favorite magazine to have by the pool? ----- Cosmopolitan is still a guilty pleasure of mine, for no reason that I can actually articulate. I also enjoy reading HGTV magazine, and used to swipe my sister's copies when we still lived together. *sniff....I miss living with that little rascal...sniff*

4. Favorite summertime song? ----- Jake Owens' "Barefoot Blue Jean Night". Also, Keith Urban's "Where the Blacktop Ends", since that song always reminds me of running around barefoot "where the grass and the dirt and the gravel all meet", which is pretty much what I did all day, every day in the summer, since I grew up in the country.

5. Best summer concert you've been to? ----- I have really only been to one, so I guess that wins by default.... I went to a Rascal Flatts concert with my then-bf JD back in 2006. It was an outdoor concert, and The Wreckers and Gary Allan opened. We sat on a blanket on the amphitheater part of the arena, and had a blast. The only rotten part was that I had torn a tendon in my knee the week before, so I was on crutches and in a straight-leg brace, which made climbing the hill a lot more complicated and difficult than it should have been.