Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 31: It's the end of the world...

I really like that song. But it has nothing to do with this post other than that I like it. It just popped into my head and became a post title. Moving on...

Day 31 of the Blog Every Day in May challenge. WOW! I can't believe I made it. Well, I may have cheated a few times by scheduling or back dating my posts. But I still did 31 posts in 31 days. That's an accomplishment. And because of the 31 posts in 31 days, I have now run out of things to talk about. I'm not a fan of today's prompt (a vivid memory).

SO instead, you get a random assortment of crap thoughts.

  1. I had an egg salad sandwich from Brown Bag Deli for lunch. It was yummy!
  2. I went to a class at the gym last called BodyPump. My arms felt like jello afterwards. This means I should workout more often.
  3. It is insanely hot in Houston today. I started sweating as soon as I walked outside. Not good when you're trying to impress someone. 
  4. Looking forward to happy hour tonight with some friends (and Boy Wonder). Fun times!
  5. I FINALLY figured out where my IPass was. I loaned it to my grandma and she forgot to give it back. It's been driving me crazy!
  6. I think it's really unfair I have to pay bar dues again when I just paid them last November. The State of Texas likes to suck money out of lawyers. 
  7. My days of having nights off are coming to a close. I'm going to be so busy in June!
  8. My brother is getting married next May. He is becoming a real adult. I should probably join him in adult world soon.
  9. I'm going to Chicago in July. So excited!
  10. It's Friday. Thank goodness. These short weeks always feel so long. I hope Clark lets me sleep in tomorrow. 
Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be blogging more but not every day in June!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Day 30: Letting go...

Day 30! Only one more day! Today's prompt: Letting go.

I have learned in my short 32 years on this planet that letting go is one of the best ways to be happy. I was actually just discussing this topic last night with Boy Wonder. When I was in my 20s, I had everything planned out. Actually, now that I think about it, I believe I came out of the womb planning my life. I always had goals and a time frame that I was aiming to meet. But in my 20s, I was really into planning. My life was going to go like this- college, marriage, babies. HA! Boy did the Big Guy Upstairs have a different plan for me. I got through college but the marriage and babies part kinda fell apart. I think that was probably the first time in my life that things didn't go as planned. And as an 25ish year old would do, I sulked and complained and threw a fit. But then, I put on my big girl panties and realized that letting go of the planning every single moment of my life was what would really make me happy. I let go and moved on.

If my plan had gone as planned, I would have never gone to law school. I would have never met my close group of friends that I have now. I would have never gotten to spend a summer in Spain. I wouldn't be as involved with my sorority as I am now. My life would be completely different. And I love my life now. I can honestly say that I am completely happy. While there are always things that I'm working towards (i.e. that marriage and family goal), I definitely wouldn't change the way my life has turned out. I am happier and more satisfied with my life now than I think I ever have been. And it's all thanks to "letting go."

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Day 29: I got nothing for you

Day 29 and the prompt I was supposed to do was all pictures. Except I forgot to take pictures today. So I have nothing for you. Except that today was a normal day of work, taking care of the pup, and trivia with friends and Boy Wonder. There you go. A recap of my Wednesday. Exciting, huh?!?!?!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Day 28: 5 songs I've been listening to A LOT

Day 28: Five songs to share. It's like show and tell day. And I get to share songs that I'm obsessed with right now. Here you go:
Phillip Phillips Gone, Gone, Gone
Hunter Hayes- I Want Crazy
Gloriana- Kissed you Goodnight
Taylor Swift- 22 (because everyone knows I secretly want to be 22 again)
Calee Reed- She Put the Music in Me

Monday, May 27, 2013

Day 27: Weekend Wrap-up

Day 27 of the challenge and still going strong (kind of). Today is Memorial Day. First of all, I love 3 day weekends. You get an extra day of rest and it makes for a shorter work week. it's a win-win situation. But Memorial Day is extra special because it's a day we remember the service men and women who have served our country and fought for our freedom. I have several family members that have been in the service at some point in the past. I am thankful for their devotion to our country. It's definitely a sacrifice that I'm not sure I could handle. So take a moment to be thankful for all the men and women who serve our country while you're enjoying you BBQ, pool party, and adult beverage.

And to recap this weekend, it was wonderful. Here is my weekend pretty much in pictures-
Bufflao Bayou Brewery. Boy Wonder and I went. It was yummy. 
Definitely a place I will visit again.
Sunday Funday with a friend.
Frozen (well it was so hot so not frozen for long) mimosas
from Little Woodrows.
Then we got hungry and visited Mongoose vs. Cobra. 
Yummy pretzel and a drink with an egg white in it. 
I tried not to think about the fact I was drinking raw egg. 
I even pondered how many raw eggs it was safe to consume in one day.
I decided two was a good number. 
Mongoose vs. Cobra was celebrating it's 1 year anniversary.
So I got myself a balloon hat (lie- I actually stole it from my friend)
But balloon hats in a bar are totally ok, right?
Memorial day was spent doing some of this. 
Resting, cooking, cleaning, socializing, entertaining.
And talking to my brother's fiance about their wedding! 
So excited to help her plan!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Day 26: A letter to my readers

Day 26. Click HERE for more information about the challenge.

Today's post- A letter to my readers.

Dear Wonderful Readers (all 5 of you),

First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you for doing so. I know sometimes I'm not that exciting. I try to be. But this whole being an adult, working full time, and having a child dog sometimes makes for some boring days. I actually like those days because they are few and far between. I do try to be somewhat entertaining while still documenting my life. That's really why I have a blog. I used to scrapbook but that got too expensive, messy, and time consuming. I usually ended up with glue in my hair and a not-so-nice looking book. So I started blogging. I kinda like it. it's a little therapeutic. Although I'm pretty sure some of the people I've blogged about (i.e. bad date guys) wouldn't appreciate it. Oh well, it is what it is.

I have noticed lately there are a lot of people reading my blog. But they don't comment. You shouldn't be afraid to comment. I mean, don't be leaving me nasty comments. That's just not nice. But I do read them. And I will respond (if you leave an email address). There are even people from other countries reading my blog. Kinda weird and cool at the same time. But seriously, if you like a post, let me know. If you have blog of your own, let me know and I'll check it out. I love reading new blogs.

And with that, I will leave you blogging friends. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to do so often.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Day 25: A little light reading...

Day 25 of Blog Every Day in May. Today I was asked to share something that I've been reading online. Well, I read a lot of stuff online. But one of my favorite sites to read is Reality Steve. Click HERE to visit his website.

For those of you that know me, you already know that I'm a huge Bachelor/Bachelorette fan. It's not something I'm proud of but the first step in recovering from an addiction is admitting it, right? I've been watching this show from day 1 (which is way too long). I can't help myself. I know it's a horrible show. I very often know what's going to happen on the show (thanks Reality Steve for the spoilers!). I also know that 99.999% of the time, the relationship ends. BUT I still watch the show.

This Monday, a new season starts. It's with Desiree. I'm not a huge fan of hers but I'll still watch the show. For the next couple of months, my Monday night will be filled with the Bachelorette and her lovely suitors.

Do any of you have a reality TV addiction? Any Bachelor fans out there?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Day 24: Bagel Shop Observations

Day 24 of Blog Every Day in May.
Today's post will consists of my observations at the local bagel shop I've been frequenting lately. I've noticed some interesting things.

  • First of all, this place has delicious bagels. It's a little hole in the wall but their bagels are yummy. And cheap. $1.79 for a bagel with cream cheese. Way better than Einsteins.
  • BUT I don't understand why bagel shops have to use an INSANE amount of cream cheese. Are they trying to kill me via a cream cheese drowning. I think so. I know I'm paying for it but really? Do I need a whole pound of cream cheese on my bagel? I think not. 
Here's the proof. 
Exhibit A (and I don't have an Exhibit B- I ate it. But I still like to use exhibits)
This is the leftover cream cheese that I scraped off the bagel I ate this morning. 
AND I still had cream cheese on my bagel. 
Kinda gross when I look at this picture.
  • I'm slowly becoming a regular at this place. I've been going a few times a week for the last few weeks. (And don't say anything about how bagels aren't on my diet. I know this already. I have issues clearly.) I'm just waiting for the day I walk in and he doesn't even need to ask me for my order. Supreme bagel toasted with light cream cheese. SO GOOD!
  • Speaking of regulars, the REGULARS at this place think they run the joint. Example- This morning, I'm waiting in line to get my bagel. And a regular walks in. He just feels the need to cut in front of everyone in line and place his order. AND THEN, he looks at the 5 or so people waiting in line and say "Oh, are you all in line?" Ummmm.... duh dude! Why else would we be standing in a line at the counter? Silly regulars!
  • Another regular example- they have no concept of personal space. This bagel shop is kind of small and it gets busy so I understand having to get a little cozy. But this particular regular had to get all up in my business this morning. AND to make matters worse, he had just come from working out so he didn't smell so great to say the least. I felt like I needed a shower after today's bagel visit.
  • This bagel shop brings in all sorts of characters. People going to work, retired people, nannies with the kiddos, and really anybody else you can think of. It's always an odd mix in line each morning. One lady came in this morning and ordered enough food to feed an army. Seriously! She had two huge bags of bagels. THEY ARE THAT YUMMY!
Ok, enough observations. This post really has no point. I just wanted to tell someone about my bagel observations and everyone at my office is out (or not at work yet) so the blog gets to hear them. (good thing I proofread my post. I had spelled hear "here". The grammar police would have definitely caught that one)

So excited about this weekend. 3 day weekend. Not much planned. An outing with Boy Wonder. My sick puppy is FINALLY on the mend. My kind of weekend!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day 23: It's ok....

Day 23 of the Blog Every Day in May challenge. I'm going to go off the beaten path today and change things up a little. While I'm still linking up to the challenge, I am also going to link up with two other blogs today. These are two blogs that I read and really like. Visit them HERE and HERE. BUT I have never met these women in real life (is that weird? does that make me a stalker?) Anyways, these ladies have been doing a Thursday link up called "It's ok." Today is the last Thursday they will do the link up so I felt it was only appropriate to link up to them too.

So here we go-

It's ok... stalk read other people's blogs even though I have not met them. be really frustrated with your dog when he eats your shoes and clothing. want to escape from the world for just a day. be completely overwhelmed at work with all the things going on. eat Taco Cabana for breakfast when you're supposed to be eating healthy. be excited but cautious about what's happening with Boy Wonder. boycott doing the dishes at your house. eat Chipotle for lunch when you're supposed to be eating healthy. dream about going on a vacation even though you have nothing planned. be super excited that this weekend is a 3 day weekend!

Its Ok Thursdays

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Day 22: A little ranting goes a long way

Day 22 of blog every day in May. Here is my rant post for today-

Do any of you have a family member or significant other that just refuses to pick up after themselves????

Because I do. And his name is DAD. I'm currently residing with the parentals for the time being. It works for the most part (although lately it's been rough). My mom was out of town for 8 days. And what did my dad do in those 8 days. NOTHING! Well, he did something. He went to work and took care of the dogs. But he did not help pick up at all. I can't wait for my mom to be back tonight so I don't have to go around the house picking up socks, shoes, dishes, left over food, glasses, etc. I feel like the maid. And I HATE being the maid. I don't understand what is so difficult about picking up your socks when you take them off. Or heaven forbid you actually use the dishwasher instead of piling the dishes in the sink. And maybe wipe off the counter after you make yourself something to eat instead of leaving the crumbs around? Would that seriously be too much to ask for????

While I'm not the cleanest person, I do know how to use the dishwasher. And because my dog is a destructive demon, I have learned (the hard way) not to leave my stuff laying around. Just wait until he eats one of your $200 pair of shoes and see if you'll leave your things lying around. I bet not.

My dad is not all that bad in reality. Perhaps its the dog issues on top of the lack of cleaning up after yourself that have compiled together to make me really grumpy. But seriously. My future husband will know not to leave dirty dishes in the sink. Or else....


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 21: A list of my favs

Today on blog every day in May, you get a sampling of some of my favorite posts. I love going back and reading my old posts. It reminds me of how much my life has changed and how much it has stayed the same. I still have some of the same problems, just 4 years later. And some things that seemed so huge back then are now just minor thoughts.

So enjoy some of my favs from the past 4 years!

Law School (seems like just yesterday)
Snow, Snow, and more Snow (I miss the midwest)
2010 New Years Resolutions (still have some of the same ones)
Summer in Spain? yes please!
I really like Chicago food (and taking pictures of my food. Yes. I'm one of those people)
One of the best days of my life- entering the lawyer world
13.1 miles is a long way (and I'm gearing up for race #2 in October)
And the dating game continues... (hopeful it might have ended for a little bit at least)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Day 20: It was the worst of times and the best of times...

Day 20! Only 11 more days in the blog every day in May challenge! Today's prompt- Something you're struggling with right now.

This is an easy one because I have been having a majorly hard time with my dog the past few days. He has turned into a destructive little guy. Part One- He was neutered on Friday and was completely drugged up. I spent all of Friday afternoon and evening trying to make sure he didn't fall down one of the 2 flights of stairs in my house. Being a parent is exhausting! 

Part Two- Once the anesthesia wore off, he turned into a crazy, psycho dog. So far, he has chewed up 3 pairs of my shoes (one of those being Coach brand shoes), a tank top, and a new shirt I had only worn one time. He also woke me up twice last night to go out (both justified wakings but still!) This morning, I thought I was going to murder him. He just wouldn't leave me alone. And tried to escape out of the house when I was leaving. If he wasn't so cute, I might have just let him escape.

He also has turned into Houdini and can get out of his crate. He has figured out how to collapse it and escape. This is a huge no-no in my house and I'm not going to let it happen. I'm zip tying/duck taping that thing together tonight.

My mom said it's preparing me to have patience for my future children. All I can say is my children better not ever eat my Coach flats or they will be sorry!

I'm getting ready to go home a wage a war against my dog. I've been preparing mentally all day. I'm determined to win. This should be interesting. Wish me luck...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Day 19: 3 of my favs

It's Sunday so you get another scheduled post (is it cheating when I schedule posts so it looks like I blogged every day in May? I'm going to pretend it isn't even if you disagree)

On to today's post- 5 of my favorite blogs to read. I'm supposed to include 5 but I only have time to write about 3 so these are some that I read on a daily basis. Check them out!

1. NieNie Dialogues
This blog is amazing. Stephanie Nielsen is a mother, a mormon, and a blogger. In 2008, she was in a horrible plane crash with her husband and was burned over 80% of her body. But she survived. And lives in Utah with her 5 children (one of which she had after her accident) and her husband. Her blog is fun to read, she has good links to great products, and her message is always family first and forever, which I love.

She also wrote a book about her life pre-crash, during the crash, and post-crash. It's a true testament of Heavenly Father's work. You should read it. It will make you cry and laugh all at the same time.

This blog is written by another mother who is mormon. She has been through many trials in her life (including divorce times 2) and her writing is very eloquent. She doesn't blog all that often but I love to read her posts when she does. She's also friends with someone I went to high school with so that's how I found her blog. 

Jenny Lawson is a hysterical blogger. I was introduced to her through her book, Let's Pretend this Never Happened, and I could not stop laughing. I read this book on my trip to LA in April and I'm pretty sure the guy sitting next to me on the plane thought I had something wrong with me because I just kept laughing hysterically (like practically crying) throughout the flight. it got to the point where it was awkward but I could n't help myself. Glad I don't have to see him again...

Weekend update and post #20 tomorrow. You better be looking forward to it!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Day 18: Once upon a time...

Day 18 of the challenge. I'm cheating a little bit this weekend and scheduling my posts. I have a busy weekend taking care of my doggie child so I don't want to get behind.

Today's post is to tell a story from my childhood. I have a ton of stories I could tell. I had a wonderful childhood thanks to my parents. My parents did everything they could to make my childhood as perfect as possible. Now I'm not saying we were the perfect family because we aren't. But I got to experience life and it was always an adventure.

One story that I'm particularly fond of was happened when I was pretty young, probably 6 or 7. We owned (and still have in our garage) a 1972 yellow VW camper. It was my first car when I got my license. This thing is a beast. It basically has a lawnmower engine but it runs and runs. Except you have to keep track of the mileage because the gas gauge doesn't work any more (I speak from experience on this topic).

We used to take this thing on vacation with us and camp in it. Now if you know me, I'm not much of a camper at all. I try to be but the outdoors and I just don't really like each other. So this camper was perfect when I was little. It popped up and I slept on the canopy thing in the popup part. Mom and Dad slept on the back seat that folded down. And the brother slept on a canopy that snapped into the front part of the car. (See pictures below)

We took the camper to Florida one year to visit my grandma and go to Disney. We drove it all the way from Chicago to Florida and back. And didn't break down. Once particular memory I have about this trip is on the way back, the weather was really cold. And the good old VW did not have AC or heat. So my dad pulled out the space blankets we had bought in Orlando at NASA and gave them to us to keep warm. We all spent the rest of the trip huddled under space blankets (and those things actually work well). I'm not sure why this memory sticks out to me. But I do remember that it was an awesome trip and I will never laugh at space blankets again.

My dad has debated getting rid of the VW lately. Nobody drives it and it just sits in the garage. But if he ever does, a part of me will be sad. It was the root of many family vacations and also my first car. Even though it's old and has no AC, it still holds a special place in my heart.

These are from google but here's what the VW looks like. 
And yes, our VW is that color yellow too. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Day 17: A picture of me!

Day 17 of blog every day in May. I'm on the homestretch!!!!

Since it's my blog, I get to write about whatever I want. And since this blog is all about me, today's prompt is perfect. Post a favorite picture of yourself.
This picture was taken by someone that I no longer talk to. But it brings back good memories. And I think I look rather nice in the picture. Plus, it's when I had long long hair.

On another note, this weekend should be interesting. Clark was neutered this morning so it is all about Clark this weekend. I have a few things planned (dinner with Boy Wonder on Sunday!) but I'll just be paying all sorts of attention to my doggie child. He deserves it after having his manhood taken away :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 16: A Day in the Life of ME!

Day 16 of Blog Every Day in May. Today's prompt- A Day in your Life.

Here is a day in my life through pictures. It was a pretty boring day.
7:30am- wake up and shower. This is what I came out to. 
They have some nerve sleeping on my bed. 
9:00am- Breakfast of champions
10:30am- Busy working
1:00pm- Lunch from the hospital
2:30pm- more lunch form the hospital
5:30pm- traffic on my way home
7:00pm- hair cut! I love getting my hair cut
9:30pm- bed time with this little guy. He loves his momma. 
(Excuse my sleeping hair)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 15: Halfway through!

Halfway through the blog every day in May challenge! And so far I've been successful (well, I scheduled some of the weekend posts but who's counting). Today's prompt is "A Day in the Life." Since I was traveling home today, I didn't get a chance to post about it so I'll take care of that post tomorrow instead.

But for today, you get a bunch of pictures from my San Antonio trip. It was a fun and crazy 4 days. I think I ate the entire city of San Antonio. And I am exhausted. Here are some pictures of my time in the city!

Baby duck and his momma and daddy
River Walk Boat ride!
Cool restaurant!
La Mansion Hotel- I want to stay here one day
This is the oldest bar in San Antonio
We saw a wedding on our river boat tour
Margarita and sangria mixed together- sugar overload
Mi Tierra- yummy place to eat. And they are always decorated for Christmas!

They have a yummy bakery at Mi Tierra. I was too full to enjoy it though...
The remnants of my lunch
Dippin Dots from Buc-cee's. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day 14: 10 things that make me happy

Still in San Antonio for work but keeping up with the blogging every day in May challenge. Today's topic is simple and easy, which is perfect for my busy work trip.

So 10 things that make me happy-

  1. My family, including Louie, Leo, and Clark (the dogs)
  2. Having a job. I really love going to work every day. I'm lucky to have that situation.
  3. Happy hours- good prices and fun times always
  4. Going on dates (well at least the good ones). I may complain a lot about the crazy people that I meet but at least I'm meeting people. Plus, it's fun getting to know new people.
  5. Sleep- I love it
  6. Technology- blogging, my iPhone, iPad, computer, etc. I love it all.
  7. Coke- I don't drink coffee so coke is my caffeine. I try to drink diet but regular is my true love
  8. My friends- they truly make me happy
  9. Sad to admit this one but reality TV. I love it (and I know the story lines are trashy and horrible)
  10. Being outdoors when it isn't too hot. Like today- took a boat ride down the river walk, drank a beer, and just relaxed. Pure HEAVEN. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 13: Work trips are awesome!

I'm in San Antonio this week for the National ADA Symposium. I'm in sessions all day and then have been hanging out on the River Walk in the evenings. Even though I'm working, it's still fun to get away!

Today I spent some time at the Alamo! And finished off the afternoon with a yummy snow cone!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Day 12: Today I am missing this...

First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there. No matter what kind of mom you are (momma to humans or animals), you deserve a huge pat on the back for putting up with all of us kids. We can be difficult sometimes (never me but I do know some difficult kids). I wish I was spending it with my mom but instead, I'm traveling to San Antonio for work. So my mom gets a delayed Mother's Day this year. I did leave her a card and some chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge. And I also cleaned the house for her. So I guess that counts, right?

Anyways... moving on. Day 12 of Blog Every Day in May. The topic is "What do you miss?"

I'm going to revert back to an old post that I did while I was in law school. I wrote this post in November of 2011. I was one semester away from being done with law school. And I was a mess. Not only was I stressed about finals, I was having major boy drama, had ZERO dollars in my bank account, and was just overall miserable on this day. I look back at this post and think about how different and how similar my life was in comparison to today. Things are much improved these days. I'm done with school so my stress level is way low, I have money (not a lot but some), and the boy drama is over (THANK GOODNESS). But I still miss the same thing that I did 1 1/2 years ago. I miss teaching. I miss the classroom. I miss the kids and all my fun teacher supplies. I miss the people I worked with. I miss the summers and holidays. I know I will probably never teach again but it was such a huge part of my life for 5 years that I miss it. Sometimes, I wish there were two of me. One that could do the teaching and one that could do the lawyering. Then life would be perfect!

Read the post HERE.