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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sunshine questions!

The lovely P!nky nominated everybody for The Sunshine Award, and since I am feeling somewhat creatively stunted today (cripes - that is like a regular theme over here), I decided to accept the "nomination"!

Here are the rules:
{1} Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
{2} Answer 11 questions the blogger has created for you.
{3} List 11 bloggers that deserve the recognition & love (not including the blogger who nominated you).
{4} Post 11 questions for the nominated blogger to answer.

1] Breakfast or dinner?
Dinner, hands down. I pretty much could live without most breakfast foods for the rest of forever. They mostly just annoy me. 

2] What is your biggest fear?
Having to watch people I love die painful, miserable deaths. Also, I'm a bit nervous at the thought of dying a painful, miserable death myself, but if it came right down to it, I'd volunteer for it any day if it meant I could spare someone I love that torment..

3] If you could live in a movie which movie would it be?
"Pitch Perfect". I'd be Becca...because, duh. 

4] What is your dream job?
I WISH I KNEW THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION!! One day, I think, "Therapist". The next, I'm all like, "ooh, I'd make a great nurse." "HR". "Just own my own business." "Professional blogger." 

You see? I'm struggling with the concept. 

5] You're given $10,000 and it can only be spent on clothing, where do you go and what stores do you visit?

Um, okay....I'd go to Victoria's Secret, Lulu Lemon, Silver (for jeans), and uh.... Gosh, I don't even know. Maurice's maybe? I don't do a lot of clothes shopping, so I'd have to really think about it. 

6] If you could go back in time, what period would you like to visit?
I think the Roaring 20's would be interesting..before the crash. 

7] What is your favorite piece of candy?
Depends on my mood - sometimes I'm all about some chocolate like a 3 Musketeers, and other times rabid dogs couldn't keep me away from gummy bears or airheads. Okay, maybe rabid dogs could, but common sense, not so much. 

8] You have to get rid of Blogging or Facebook, which is it and why?
Facebook, no question. Because blogging is fun, but Facebook is stupid. And actually kind of creepy. 

9] Where do you want to retire?
Some where amazing and warm. NOT in the midwest...because let's be honest, I've lived here for almost 30 years now, and I'm bored with it. 

10] Tell us about your perfect day!
My perfect day would involve Boyfriend, my family, delicious beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), an ocean beach, salt on my skin and sand between my toes, and the smell of sunblock and waves and fruit and hot skin. 

11] What teacher was the most inspirational in school?
This is a tough one to answer. My mom was the only teacher I had all the way up until college, and there were only a couple of instructors at NP that I even liked, much found inspiration from..Peterson was pretty good, and his passion for history was contagious. Snell was awesome, and even though he was so much smarter than I am, the way his eyes would light up when we'd talk about Aristotle and Socrates and a bunch of other things all over my head kind of made me like Philosophy.. And Weber was just awesome. So I'm not sure. :-/

And now we're on to my questions! 

1.) What is the talent of which you are the most proud? 
2.) You have 24 hours to live. How and with whom do you spend it? 
3.) If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
4.) What is your go-to meal? (Can be either for comfort reasons, because it's the easiest thing ever to make, because it's delicious, because it looks impressive, whatever.)
5.) If you could write a letter to the American society and make only three points, what would they be? 
6.) What is your favorite kind of potato chip?
7.) When you're having a crappy day, what is a sure-fire way to turn things around for you? 
8.) What is your favorite nice thing to do for your best friend/significant other?
9.) Why do you live where you do? 
10.) What is your favorite type of office supply product? 
11.) Tell me the best or funniest joke you know. 

And the nominees are....... (side note, please go visit these girls' blogs!! I promise, in no time flat you'll start to love them as much as I do!)

1.) Kaylee @ With love and heartness
2.) Sarah @ Venus Trapped in Mars
3.) Taylor @ The Daily Tay
4.) Liz @ Fitness Blondie
5.) Kenzie @ Life According to Kenz
6.) Bethany @ Love Grows Design
7.) Amberly @ Life with Amberly & Joe
8.) Stephanie @ Not Entirely Perfect
9.) Samantha @ Hooah and Hiccups
10.) Justine @ Sleepy Single Girl
11.) Bonnie @ The Life of Bon

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Monday, November 25, 2013

I finally saw The Wizard of Oz.

                                                   Monday Monday, can't trust that day,

Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way

Okay, but let's be honest: this Monday isn't as bad or frustrating as it could be, since it's a Holiday week, which means three-day work weeks for most of us. And for those of you who DON'T get the three day work week, and have to work on Black Friday.....well, sorry 'bout it. 

And also *shameless plug* - please, please, please go enter my Erin Condren giveaway!! It's such a great company, and a fantastic product.. I know you'll love it! :) 

Moving on... So I had a pretty good weekend, overall, so I'm linking up with Sami to discuss. 

On Friday, I worked all day, which was a little complicated, because Boyfriend was sick so he was sleeping on the couch, and I was trying to be quiet.. But we managed, and I still got a lot done, and he started feeling better, so that's awesome. We also had lunch from Panera for the 2nd day in a row, so I'm thinking that might have had something to do with the day being generally good. 

On Saturday, Boyfriend went to the library to try to catch up on the work he missed from being sick, and I stayed home and did some more work. Working for yourself is awesome, but sometimes it is hard to tear yourself away from work when it's sitting on your kitchen table staring at you, instead of sitting on your office desk, patiently waiting for you to come in on Monday. I digress..

Saturday afternoon, we went to see "Catching Fire". IT. WAS. AWESOME. 

Seriously, it was so amazing. I loved the books, so before the "Hunger Games" movie came out, I was a bit nervous that it might be frustrating for me, but they have done SUCH a good job making the movies match the books! Boyfriend hasn't read them, but when we left the theater, he said that he wanted to go buy the third book in the series right away, because he wanted to know what happened. :) 

We also visited a delicious Chinese buffet for dinner that night, and then parked our fat selves on the couch for another movie - "The East". It was really different than what I was expecting, but was still pretty good. 

On Sunday morning, we got up and went for a walk through the skyway/subway system in the town, since it was bloody freezing outside, but we had gained like, eleventy billion pounds from the Chinese, and were totally bloated from all the sodium. We explored a bunch of different spots around the city, and got some Starbucks, which you know..is always awesome. 

In the afternoon, Boyfriend watched football, but for some reason I just wasn't in the mood/was completely crabby, so I went in the bedroom and watched "The West Wing" on Netflix for a few hours, then went wandering around the town for a while. I stopped at the library and picked up a book, and then went to the mall and got a new pair of jeans and some shirts. I always feel bad getting new clothes, since I have literally no space for them right now, plus I have a bunch more clothes in the storage unit in Vegas, but then I think...um, no, the clothes in Vegas aren't doing me any good right now, and I need some warmer clothes, so I suppose it's okay. 

But I do think that having to wear a bra on a Sunday should be some kind of stupid punishment for people who did bad things during the week. The same goes for having to wear pants. And I know, I know, I didn't have to leave the house, but I was grumpy and restless, so I think it turned out better for all involved parties for me to take my crabby ass somewhere else until I turned my mood around. 

And then when I got home, we watched the "Wizard of Oz" on TV, which was awesome, since in all my born days, I had never seen it. And now I can scratch it off the list of movies Boyfriend thinks are amazing/classic but I haven't seen because I grew up under a rock. :) 

Sami's Shenanigans

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Confessional Friday by my planner (giveaway)

If you were my daily planner, you'd probably have a whole lot to say. So, in the spirit of giving, I offered my little planner the opportunity to take over the blog today for Confessional Friday. 

So here we go.

I confess // sometimes I am impressed by Jordan's ability to make sure her bills are paid on time, and her penchant for always writing down the confirmation number of the payment on my pages.

I confess // I think Jordan eats meals out way too often. If I could write on myself, I'd write something about meal planning, or jot down a link to an article about how much healthier food is when prepared fresh at home.

I confess // for all the eating out she does, Jordan does not go to the gym as much as I think she should ever, which is disappointing to me.. She shops a lot, and as previously mentioned, goes out to eat a lot, so I don't think it's the money that's stopping her... She also mentioned moving a time or two though, so maybe that's what she's waiting for.

I confess // I am a planner to longs to be used to my full potential. I want to be covered in writing about appointments, have little notes stashed here and there through my pages, and be a source of constant joy and inspiration to my owner. Jordan's nice and all, but I know she could use me for so much more.

I confess // I really do like the cover Jordan made for me. Her nephews sure are cute!

I confess // homegirl needs to relax more often. I have my fingers crossed, waiting for the day this girl takes a vacation some place warm, and gets tipsy on drinks with umbrellas in them. She would do real well to just chill the hell out.

I confess // that even though it may sound egotistical, I know I am destined for greatness. I am, after all, a beautiful, completely customized Erin Condren Life Planner. Ergo, my sole purpose in life is to simultaneously make Jordan happy, and keep her organized. And I'll be damned if I'm not the best thing for that. I like to think I have magic powers.


So I totally got my brand spanking new Erin Condren planner the other day. I may or may not have staked out the window of my apartment so I could make sure I knew when the FedEx guy got there. I also may or may not have run out the door when he did get there, screeching that the colorful package was mine. (As it turns out, both packages he had were mine, so the screeching was probably a little unnecessary. Oh well.)

And then I opened the box. And here is the awesomeness that was inside:
These two.. I mean, seriously. I just can't even, with all the cuteness. 
And again. I just want to look at the cover, all the time, because it's adorable-ness overload.
Who doesn't love a colorful, inspiring quote right in the front?!
Awesome full month view - space for writing notes and marking important things 

Quotes on top of every monthly page
Plenty of space each week to document all my happenings - plus a "goals and notes" section on the left! LOVE IT. 

Totally handy little pocket folder in the back, very aptly labeled..

This planner comes with its own little zip bag, to keep things organized and make sure everything stays put!! GENIUS.
                                        **disclosure: i was given this product in exchange for my honest review. all opinions are my own.**

I am so, so, so in love with this planner. Honestly, I have been rocking a Barnes and Noble book for years, and I had gotten pretty used to that system, but I don't think I will ever go back. The ability to customize the cover, all the fun bells and whistles, and the amazing add-ons* that you can get have me completely sold.

* Add-ons include, but are not limited to, customized stickers (both words and pictures), a pen holder, and canvas bands to hold the book closed. I did get some customized stickers, but that was all. You can even get matching note cards, gift tags (they sent me some as samples - I know what I'll be using on every Christmas gift this year!), and business cards, too! 

And now for the really fun part! The Erin Condren team has graciously offered to give away a $25 gift certificate code to one lucky winner! They throw some awesome sales at random times, too, so $25 can go a really long way! Good luck! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Cara Box - Reveal!

This month was my second time participating in the Cara Box exchange. The first time I did it, I sent my box, but never got one, so that was a bit disappointing. But this time was very different, and it was so much fun!

My first partner was Jill. We had a blast getting to know each other. I found out this girl lives in one of the prettiest states in the Union (Tennessee), loves anything pumpkin related, and has a banana tree named Burt on her back porch. Sounds like fun, doesn't she?? Well she is. Go visit her, and say hi.

My second partner was Justine. Oh. My. Goodness.

Do you ever have those moments where you meet someone, and you just instantly click? And you know like right from the start that you're going to be friends, and that's just pretty much that? And you feel completely comfortable telling them your whole life story, and they tell you theirs and you can just sit and commiserate with them about all the things you have in common and how silly other people are?

That's how it went with me and Justine. I can't even tell you how many novel-length emails went back and forth between us in the last couple of months. It's been so fun, and it's so nice to meet someone (even online) and know right away that they will have your back, and they're there for support any time you need it.

So now, on to the reveal!! Here's what she sent me:

1 // A very sweet card of encouragement that totally made me smile
2 // A cute little notebook. I love it because it's small enough to fit in my purse, plus I needed a new notebook for blog topic ideas anyway! :) 
3 // An adorable coffee mug. There are also two packets of salted caramel hot chocolate mix (YUM!) and four Sharpie pens in there. (Side note: This is just further evidence that this girl gets me, because Sharpie pens are like, my absolute fave, but I never told her that.) 
4 // 'Tis the Season scented hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works
5 // A package of DELICIOUS caramels
6 // Nail polish, in a really dark blue color, which is awesome, because dark colors on my nails is my jam
7 // A little candle from Bath and Body works in the Peach Bellini scent. Another favorite that I didn't mention to her, and she just magically got right. :) 
8 // An eyeshadow pallette from Ulta. It got a little banged up in the shipment, but I love the colors, so I'm still going to clean it up and use it. 

How fun is this??!! Justine and Jill were both such bright spots in my life over the past couple of months. I have so enjoyed getting to know them, and I am looking forward to meeting some more girls through future swaps! If you are interested in joining future swaps, keep an eye on Kaitlyn's blog for sign up dates!

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Social

I haven't posted in over a week. It's not because I haven't wanted to, because believe me...I've wanted to. It's because I haven't been able to figure out what I wanted to say, or if I even wanted to say it. Once things are out there in the interwebs, they're impossible to take back. So I have erred on the side of discretion, which I've heard is the better part of valor. So sorry for the disappearance, and I'll try to do better. 

I do have some awesome content planned for this week though..And a really fun giveaway that I am SUPER excited about..it's an opportunity I've been trying to get for a long time, and I finally did, so I can't wait to share. :) 

I haven't participated in a Sunday Social for a while, so I figured I'd join in on it this week. It's kind of a fun way to get to know each other, don't you think? 

Name 4 jobs you've had in your life: Legal secretary, Dispatcher/911 Operator, Customer Service Rep, business owner

Name 4 movies you would watch over and over: Pitch Perfect, The Princess Bride, You've Got Mail, and It's A Wonderful Life. 

Name 4 places you've lived: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Nevada

Name 4 of your favorite foods: Pizza, Honeycrisp apples, steak burrito bowls from Chipotle, and bagels

Name 4 things you always carry with you: Generally speaking, I will have my phone, chapstick, my wallet, and keys, though sometimes I will leave my purse at home on purpose. 

Name 4 places you've been on vacation: Ummm I don't take a lot of vacations to interesting places. I grew up going to Nevada to visit my grandparents, and then when I lived in Nevada, I took a couple vacations back to Minnesota. And my family spent a week in San Diego playing on the beach one year, and we also had a Christmas vacation down in Florida, so I suppose those count too. 

Sunday Social

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday randoms.

skydiving with a dog
This picture has nothing to do with anything. It's just a funny picture of a guy skydiving with a dog. 
My brain is kind of in weird word-vomit kind of place right now, so I apologize in advance for the insanity that will be this post. 

Three things that make me crazy....because I spent half this morning with my jaw hanging open at people's stupidity: 

1 // I hate it when I'm waiting in line somewhere (like Starbucks), and there are like three or four people in front of me, so like basically, the person right in front of me has plenty of time to peruse the menu and think through the Starbucks offerings and decide what they want, but they don't, so when they finally get to the front of the line, and I'm all excited that I'm next, they take THREE BLOODY MINUTES to figure out what they want. And then they change their order halfway through its creation. This exact situation happened to me this morning, so the irritation is still a little fresh.

2 // It drives me nuts when people don't use their turn signals when they're driving. I can't read your mind, losers!! How am I supposed to know that you're trying to get over into my lane? There is really no reason for you to speed up to be even with me, just to slow back down so you can move into the lane behind me. Unless the reason is just to flip me off, in which case it's still completely unacceptable and also rude. Jack wagon.

3 // Boyfriend tells me I am high-maintenance for this, but it drives me nuts when there are a bunch of empty tables in a room or restaurant, and people come and sit down right next to where I am. I don't know why it irritates me so much - I know it's completely snotty and irrational on my part. But it just does.

Three sports related things (just so I can link up with Sara):

1 // The stinky Minnesota Vikings finally had their first win on US soil last night, against the Redskins. It's about dang time, Minnesota. Get your shiznit together. (Quick side note: There's all this hulabaloo lately about the Redskins having a "racist" team name or whatever...how does everyone feel about that?)

2 // Hockey is back! And though I don't really actually care about it slash really don't care at all, Wild games are still really fun to go to, so hopefully I will get to go to at least one game this year.

3 // THE BEARS BEAT THE PACKERS ON MONDAY NIGHT. This is actually probably like the best news ever for me, since I'm a Bears fan and a Packers anti-fan (which basically means I hate them). Shannon and I had a lovely little Twitter war going on for a few minutes on Monday, but then I fell asleep like a loser before the game ended so I couldn't even properly gloat. That part sucked. But the Packers losing part was still pretty awesome.

Seven things that are completely unrelated to anything, including each other: 

1 // I am going to make a delicious dip for Fat Sunday this week. It's really easy, consisting only of cream cheese, sausage crumbles, and Rotel dip. And it's worth every dang calorie in it. So I'm pretty jazzed about that.

2 // Family Christmas is officially scheduled, and people from the outlying parts of the country are procuring plane tickets and everything, which makes it even cooler. I CAN'T FREAKING WAIT.

3 // Starbucks is having a BOGO on holiday beverages November 14th-17th from 2-5pm. You're welcome.

4 // Boyfriend and I hit up the amateur hour at the local comedy club last night. It was basically as to be expected, I suppose. Some of the performers were straight up terrible and got nothing but pity laughs (or drunk laughs from the crazy girls sitting next to us - see #3 annoyance above), but some of them were actually really good, and really funny. It made me think of Taylor and her journey down the comedic circuit. And I found myself really wishing that she were performing last night instead of the stupid not-funny people, because I pretty much crack up through every post that she ever writes, so I imagine listening to her tell jokes is probably enough to make laugh hard enough to start snorting and falling off my chair all classy lady style.

5 // I finally ordered an Erin Condren planner. I am way too excited about it. I didn't go all out crazy and get the personalized photo stickers, even though I wanted to, because of the time it would have taken to pick out all the faces and stuff, but I did get the birthday/anniversary/etc stickers, which will add a fun piece to the planner. And the customization on the cover?? OMG the cutest thing ever. Just wait 'til you guys see it. You'll agree with me, I promise.

6 // I REALLY miss watching "Friends" every day. I used to fall asleep to random episodes every night, but since all of my stuff is STILL in storage out in Vegas, (and we only have the one TV, and it's in the living room, not the bedroom) I'm pretty much limited in what I can watch when I fall asleep. I've been turning on "The West Wing" on Netflix recently, which is interesting, certainly, but doesn't quite fill the void.

7 // I want donuts right now. And salt and vinegar potato chips. And some delicious tomato macaroni a la my mom. Oooh, and my dad's fried chicken. Basically I want to eat all the things right now.

8 // The blogging community is kind of a cool thing. Like it's really interesting to look back and think about the ways that I have made some friends over the course of the past few months. And isn't it weird to think about the fact that like, these friends and I - Kaylee, Belinda, Bethany, Justine, and Juliette, just to name a few - we've never even met!? We just read random snippets of each other's lives, and tweet at each other, and send random texts and snapchats and emails, and that's all! More and more, I'm understanding that blogging is a club. And you can't be in it until you're in it, but once you're in, you're always in. It's totally sweet, and completely weird, all at the same time.

And last, but not least....

One song that is awesome, in honor of all things Yoga Pants and her awesome new business endeavor

I Use What I Got by Jason Aldean on Grooveshark

Venus Trapped in Mars

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Life is...

A friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook this morning: 

Let's all just take a second and think about this....

So often, people refuse to take responsibility for their own lives. Sometimes this comes in the form of blaming others for your mistakes. Sometimes, and perhaps even more often, it comes in the form of simply not appreciating the great power we have over ourselves. 

Can we control the way other people treat us? 
Can we control whether or not we become victims of crime or other mistreatment?
Can we control the way people speak to us? 
Can we really control anything at all, aside from our own thoughts and behavior?

More often than not, the answer to those questions is "no". I can't control any of those things. And sometimes that really sucks, because let's be honest, people can be really awful, and to be on the receiving end of any of that is just plain crappy. 

But what I CAN control - and here's the best part - is how that treatment affects me. I can let it ruin me, or I can let it make me. I don't have to break under the pressure of the way other people behave. I have the freedom to stand strong, to turn the frustration of being mistreated into something awesome, just because I want to. 

I am often guilty of underestimating the power of my brain when it comes to this kind of stuff, of underestimating the power of both positive and negative mental processes. But I have discovered that when I am conscious of what I'm thinking about, and I am intentional about being positive, about finding the good in every person and situation, and in ignoring negativity, then I am a happier person, as whole. 

And happy people don't kill their husbands. They just don't. 

I'm sure at some point, everyone has seen or heard the Charles Swindoll quote, "Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it." 

I'm feeling a bit convicted about that today. It's so easy for me to whine and complain, to focus on the negative - why is this happening to me, why doesn't anything ever go as planned, why me, why me, why me - instead of setting my sights on the positive things, and intentionally turning crappy situations into good ones because of how I react to them. 

So I am making a commitment: I will be intentional in my thought processes. I will purposefully choose to be positive, to let my thoughts make my life something incredible. I will be thankful for the gift I have been given, the gift of being able to breathe, love, think, dream, create, write, read, get older, and just LIVE. 

Who's with me?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I'm really bad at this...

In the last few months, I've seen a few posts here and there where people wrote lists of things at which they are skilled. Like, some people take really short showers. Which is a talent, actually, because even though I too get annoyed with the long-drawn out ridiculousness that is the process of a girl taking a shower and getting ready for the day, I am a big fan of giving the actual shower the lions share of that time frame. Which means I have absolutely no problem whatsoever taking a 30 minute shower and then spending exactly five minutes on post-shower-about-to-leave-the-house prep.

But anyway, so I was thinking about writing a list of things that I do really well. But then I realized that that's kind of a short list, and also not very entertaining, so I scrapped the idea and went on about my merry way. And then Miss Allie Pants wrote a post yesterday about stuff she's bad at, which was awesome, and I was instantly like, "I NEED TO DO THAT."

So. Let's begin.

1 // Staying awake. I am TERRIBLE at this. Which is weird, because a lot of times I have this weird insomnia stuff, but basically, any time Boyfriend and I sit down to watch a movie or something, and it's after the really really late hour of 7pm, it's pretty much a given that I'll be sawing logs long before the movie is over. He doesn't even ask me anymore what movie to watch on a given evening .. instead, he asks what movie I'd like to fall asleep to, and then gives me grief for being the worst movie watching companion ever. And I can't even complain because he's totally right.
This is me, about 17 minutes into the movie. Every time. 
2 // Keeping my clothes organized. Honestly, if I didn't know better, I'd swear that there are little gremlins who come out when I'm not looking and throw all of my clothes into complete disarray. One second everything is folded and organized properly, and then I turn my back for two bloody seconds, and all of a sudden it looks like a damn tornado came through my room. Madness, I tell you.

3 // Walking in a straight line and/or being coordinated at all. When I'm tired, especially, I seem to lose all depth perception I may have otherwise had (which probably wasn't much to begin with, let's be honest). And then I do things like walk into walls, fall over couches, and generally look like a seal on dry land. Even when I'm not tired, I really can't be trusted to have any concept of where I am in relation to a countertop, a wall, a curb.... Gotta watch me every minute.

4 // Not dancing amazingly. (See what I did there??) Boyfriend likes to tell me that I'm not a good dancer, but really, despite the aforementioned clumsiness, I am actually quite the exceptional dancer, and I'm pretty sure Boyfriend is just jealous of my moves. I mean, I trained Chandler Bing for crying out loud. And he's awesome, which means that clearly, I'm awesome too. Just look at all this evidence.

And last, but not least...

5 // Eating healthy, especially when I'm stressed. Does this really need more explanation?

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Two Truths and a Lie - Reveal

A couple of weeks ago, I posted two truths and a lie, and challenged you all to guess which one was the truth. I got a few email guesses, and a couple of comments, and only one of you guys got it right.

So, to review, here were the three things I said:
1.) I once held a job as a telemarketer.
2.) I have eaten fertilized, partially matured duck eggs.
3.) I can dislocate my shoulders.

Sadly, item number three is the lie. I was a telemarketer for a credit card machine company. I got the job because I was struggling a lot, and my friend's dad owned the company so he gave me a shot... But it was terrible. It's really just as bad as anyone probably thinks, only way, way worse. And I showed up faithfully, every single day, for an entire summer, and ONLY MADE $240. During the ENTIRE SUMMER.

Bad idea? Yep.

And, in case anyone cares, the duck eggs were awful, too. Like, just awful. I ate it when I was in the Philippines. It's called balut (pronounced bah-loot), and it's considered a delicacy there. You eat it by first cracking the shell and making a tiny little hole so you can drink/slurp out the egg white part. And then when that's gone, you can just go ahead and rip off the top part of the shell, and then bite right on into the little guy inside. You can feel the bones crunching and everything. 

I mean absolutely no offense to the culture or anything at all, but I'll be damned if that doesn't hold the title for the grossest thing I've ever eaten in my life. 

So, if you feel so inclined, you can still share two truths and a lie with me! I'd love to hear what you've got, and take a guess. :) 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Right now.....November 2013

Gosh, I seriously suck at keeping up with this thing lately. Work has been insane (those lucrative deals I mentioned a while back actually happened!), which is awesome, but is taking up a LOT of my time. On the bright side though, I'm learning a lot of stuff that will be useful in the future, and am really enjoying the challenge of what I'm doing. So that's awesome. 

But since I do wish that I could write here more often, and I just don't because I don't feel like I have enough time right now to create good content right now, I'm going to copy Steph's idea and do a "here's what I'm doing right now" thing, to catch everybody up on what's going on in my life. 

I know you all were really wondering. YOU'RE WELCOME. 

So right now, I'm......

Reading: a lot of CRM user manuals; proofs of client sell sheets and info sheets; and murder mystery books because I love them. :) I actually just downloaded the book "Presumed Guilty" by Tess Gerritsen onto my Kindle. She's one of my favorite authors, so I want to read all of her books. 

Eating: Well nothing, right now, which SUCKS because I'm starving....but Boyfriend and I are hitting up Chipotle for dinner in about an hour, so I'm pretty psyched for that. I also made this delicious recipe for dinner last night, and shoved some leftovers down my throat for lunch today. Basically, it was amazing. 

Watching: I just finished watching season 2 of "Hart of Dixie" on Netflix, and now am working my way through "The West Wing" from the beginning. I am loving it!! I only caught random episodes here and there when it was on air (mostly when I was grounded and had to stay home from Wednesday night church and so was home alone), and I am really enjoying watching it from the beginning and seeing how all the characters and story lines come together. 

Missing: My nephews. I mean, seriously. IT DOESN'T GET ANY CUTER THAN THESE TWO.

Anticipating: Getting to see those two little munchkins at Christmas. Going back to school. CHIPOTLE. 

Wishing for: Lots of money, a much bigger apartment, being finished with my degree, and a bigger bank account. And a Sleep Number bed. Oh, and a massage. 

Drinking: Fruit punch kick start. Of course. 

Laughing at: The Seinfeld clip show currently on TV. Holy cow, if I had known the show was this funny, I would have jumped on board to watch it a long time ago. 

Loving: Boyfriend. The new job. My new Lulu Lemon sweatshirts that I got on clearance!! 

Beginning: Work with a new client. And also, to digest my own stomach because I'm so hungry. #firstworldproblems

Listening to: the sound of the TV... Boyfriend is switching back and forth between the previously mentioned Seinfeld episode and an episode of "Locked Up" on A&E. 

What are you up to these days? 
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