Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Don't speak...

Actually, can't speak.

I have no voice. It's been a rough couple days. This was life yesterday at my desk.

I went home early and tried to rest, but the storm coverage kept me intrigued. Then I couldn't sleep. But I feel like I'm getting better - my coughs are more wet now (that makes no sense), so I think things are starting to break up and get the hell out of my body.

Since I've been boring and just been laying around, I have nothing interesting to report. So today you are getting a sneak peak into my iPhone, to see some of the pictures I've collected lately.

I really wish I would have had my knife for this picture.

Is. he. kidding. me??? LOVE.

Best seats I've had for a Husker game yet - it was like watching the game on a HUGE big screen right in front of me.

This is my hair after being in braids all day. I couldn't document fully how freaking huge it was.

AHHHHH. Seriously? Look at Chan's face.

I found this pic on the Bret Michaels app. I feel like I took it.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Another weekend!

Hi y'all - another weekend has come and gone...and of course, it was awesome!

Friday
I wound up being stranded at home all day because my battery took a crap in my jeep. This was actually ok - I wasn't feeling the best, so I took the day to rest. That afternoon, Nick helped me get a new battery so I bought him Little Kings and hung with him and Coop and Chan. Cooper and I shared a piece of cake (I ate the cake, he ate the frosting) and he made me laugh so hard. Then we put together some toy container that his grandma and grandpa gave him for his birthday, and then I came home! Wonderful evening!

Saturday
Saturday morning I got up and went to the wood to see my sister and my nieces. I stayed there til the middle of the afternoon, then headed back to Omaha to meet up with Missy to go to Lincoln for the game. And what an awesome game it was!! GBR!!
Sunday
Ahh, today. I have just been lazy...went grocery shopping, did laundry, cleaned, watched the Bears game (win! I picked the right season to start caring about the Bears) and did my nails. Now...if only the dog in the apartment above me would stop crying, it would be the perfect day. If not, I may commit doggie murder (fucking rude neighbors!!)

Upcoming!!
This week is gonna be awesome! Not only can we wear jeans at work (yes, that makes my day), but we have "theme days" this week. Tomorrow is pink day for breast cancer awareness, Tuesday is Kaplan day, Wednesday is Halloween (and pot luck day - awesome!) and Thursday is team spirit day. I loveeeee dressing in themes, so this makes my life. ALSO, I have another four day weekend coming up - I'm off Friday and next Monday. HOLLA HOLLA!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Top 10 List

Hello loyal blog followers! As you know by now, I love lists. So today I am going to provide you with a list all of my current favorite things.

1. American Horror Story Asylum - you GUYS! This show is so ridic. I watch it with my eyes covered, or fast forwarding to make sure I can handle what is coming up. Or rewinding because I can't believe what I just saw. It is SO GOOD. You ALL should be watching it.

2. Taylor Swift's new album RED - I love TSwift, so an album of 20+ new songs? Amazing. Love that poppy little crazy train. And red lipstick is always amazing. I need to break that out more often...

3. Maroon 5 coming to Omaha - is he kidding me? SO HOT. I feel like we would have a great time hanging out together (and having a ton of sex).

4. My weight loss competition with Kate - my sister wants to get serious about her diet, so of course I suggest a contest. It is one I am hoping to lose. But this will also help me kickstart my diet again. I've been maintaining for awhile, it's time to kick it into high gear again.
5. Running - I have had four really good runs in a row, and I'm finally to a point where I can run a 5K and feel really good about my time. Of course, this happens at the end of run season - so next year is the year of the 5K!
6. 4 4-day work weeks in a row, followed by 2 2-day work weeks - My. Schedule. Rocks.
7. Revenge, Once Upon a Time and the Mentalist - Sunday nights are basically the best nights of my life.
8. Being outside the crazy - it's so nice to be watching the crazy train from the station and not actually being on it.
9. Family time this weekend - my nieces are coming to town, and I am anxious to just hang and talk with my family.
10. Coffee - I've become a coffee drinker, and I get excited each morning for it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Love.

Jessica Biel wearing pink on her wedding day makes my heart smile.

Love. Love. Love.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Moments with a knife

So...Saturday I was at my mom's for my grandpa's 77th birthday party. Mom and Grandma (my grandparents live with my mom) have been in a de-hoarding frenzy lately so they have a bunch of crap for us kids to go through. I was digging through Christmas decor (stuff I remember my grandma having up in her house...pretty amazing to remember it and get to have it up in my house now) and mom (of course) was just talking the whole time and I wasn't really paying attention until I heard her say "your brother doesn't even want his knife."

"Wait!" I yelled out. "What knife?"

She went to some secret hiding spot and pulled out a scary looking knife. Which I got obsessed with.

 Me, not only modeling the knife, but my high school jacket. 
Grandma stabbing Kate.

Kate being extremely scary. 

When Nebraska started losing, I got dramatic. 



Off like a prom dress

The other day at work, we were discussing Halloween. We are allowed to wear costumes that day, and I am all about it. I take every opportunity to role play whenever I can (that's what she said). So now the question is...what should I wear? 

I have some ridiculous costumes from my marketing days at the casino - a turkey, a 50's girl, cowgirl, witch...but I have been recycling those for years. One of my co-workers, Lindsey, suggested wearing our old prom dresses or buying one from the Goodwill. Awesome! I mentally started planning a trip to the Dillards next door to Kaplan, which is a outlet store and everything is dirt cheap. But then I got to thinking...could my prom dresses from high school fit again?

The answer is...kind of.


 The red one is from my sophomore prom, and the yellow one is from my senior prom. I wore a black one to my junior prom, but it is TINY - I can get it on, but wow. That was the year I took some class where all we did was lay in the gym and do stomach crunches for an hour every day. My next goal will be to get in that dress!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hey...you're a crazy bitch...

One of my friends was dating a guy earlier this year. Dating may be too strong a word. I think they went on a few dates, texted a lot, and had sex a lot. Whatever. I think that's considered "dating" in your 30's. 

Anyway, this guy was a tool bag. He wouldn't answer texts or calls on Friday or Saturday nights, and then on Sundays at some point he would finally text her back and claim he lost his phone. Who loses their phone every single weekend? I have ignored texts before, and then I claimed that I lost my phone and didn't see the text - but I was lying. I told her that he was lying as well. She chose not to believe me, saying that he does "party hard" on the weekends and it is totally possible that he lost his phone. Every weekend. 

Well, as you can imagine, that relationship went to shit. That, along with me being an absolute trick to a guy who is constantly trying to get in my pants, has made me think a lot lately about how we communicate with the opposite sex as an attempt to get laid. When I was younger, before the days of texting and Facebook and Twitter and all of that, I had more guts. I remember when I wanted the guy, I would just show up at his house. Or his work. What the hell was I thinking? At one point, the object of my affection had a girlfriend, and I just went to his house and crawled into his bed and waited for him to come home. What the hell was I thinking? I cannot believe I had the nerve to do that, and it's even more unbelievable that it worked and we hooked up that night. 

I haven't had this problem in awhile, but it seems now that people aren't as gutsy. Rather than just showing up and crawling into someone's bed, we text and wait for a response. If we don't get a response, we go crazy and text our friends. Then our heart stops when our text alert goes off, but it's just our friend answering our text. The guy never answers, and then we go crazy. But the guy never knows about the craziness - because we mask it in our texts, and only our friends know and have to deal with the true crazy. 

I don't know which is better. Or maybe I'm just getting old. I don't go out and get drunk anymore, so there is no showing up on my boy's doorstep. Also, my relationships now are simpler and there is no need for that drama. But I feel like kids today (meaning people who are 18-25) don't get to experience the crazy that I did. Rather than going bananas and driving 2.5 hours just to make sure the boy of the moment isn't flirting with some girl at a party, you get on facebook and see if they have updated their status lately. Or if they have been tagged in any pictures with said girl. You make your status some song lyric, or some vague statement, and wait for responses only to ignore them or say "don't want to talk...inbox me". 

These poor suckers of today don't know what they are missing out on. You haven't lived until you go batshit crazy on a guy, and I don't mean by sending mean texts or sending out a psycho tweet. 


First bite syndrome FREAKING BITES

Okay...so I am not complaining about having a tumor, or having to have surgery to get rid of it. Yes, the hospital bills suck, but I am alive and well. My scar isn't even that bad anymore.


Some days it feels worse than it looks. Some days I think it looks really red and gross. And some days it itches. Missy tells me this means it's healing. It's annoying, but considering what I went through, I will accept a scar that size.

One thing that has happened as a result of this surgery is something called First Bite Syndrome. It's a real thing. Quit shaking your head. What it means: every time I take a first bite or drink of something, I get a shooting pain up the right side of my jaw. Sometimes it takes a few bites before it stops. The doctor tells me this might go away, but it might not.

It's super annoying. When it happens, I close my eyes and stomp my foot. It seems to help. Also, if I "stretch" out my face before I take that first bite, it tends to help. So if you ever see me doing this:
Or this:
You know why.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's political, yo.

I am the first to admit I don't have a political mind. I do enjoy election day tremendously though. Every four years I stay up all night, waiting for the next president to be named.  I think it's really exciting, and I love to watch how all the media outlets cover it.

This is the first year that I have truly believed that every vote counts. I vote every year. In the past, when my brother was active military, I voted for whoever he told me to. The president was technically his boss, so I wanted him to have his way.

However, this is also the first election year that I don't really like either candidate. Nor do I have a military family member who reports to the president. So I've been at a loss.

I think Romney is a toolbox, and I think his mentality is that of a man in the 1950's. I don't want the government telling me I can't get an abortion - I wouldn't, but I want to have the choice. Also, I don't want my employer (or anyone) telling me I can't be on birth control. I think gays should be able to get married, and I don't believe that murderers and bad people are that way because they didn't grow up in two parent homes. Get a clue, Mr. Romney. The world has advanced. Get on board. The "nuclear family" doesn't exist anymore.

I think Obama is a moron, who didn't do anything he said he would. Clearly he thinks the national debt is fake and he's just seeing how big of a disaster he can create.

Those thoughts aside, I don't think either of them can balance the budget in the next four years, like they claim. So which evil do you pick? Which evil do I pick?

I thought maybe I could decide from watching the debates. Purely watching the debates, I pick Obama. I think Romney is mean. He interrupts and gets caught in lies and talks down to the President.

I put some thoughts on Facebook last night, and today my friend Brian insisted on a lunch meeting so he could tell me why a vote for Obama is a vote for the destruction of the country. He has good points. He's smarter than I am, and he's incredibly passionate about politics and getting the right leader elected.

I know I'm voting. And I only have 2 weeks and 6 days to decide for who. Anyone want to be written in?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend roundup

I had a very busy weekend, and here are the highlights:

Sinister
Nick and I went to see this ridiculous movie on Friday night. Which didn't scare me at the time, but now I am terrified and think about it before I go to sleep. Fucking scary movies with creepy scary kids. Sidenote - I don't know why I think I will be able to spend the night in the Villisca Axe Murder House in November.

Goodwills
Mom, Grandma, Kate and I went to lunch on Saturday, and then hit up a few Goodwills in Omaha. Grandma was looking for flannel shirts and pajamas. I am always on the lookout for new (used) tshirts to wear for workouts. It was a nice afternoon and Grandma is so sweet when we spend time and do things with her. 

"Aw...cute"
After that, I went to a baby shower for Sheri. It was not your typical baby shower, what with the wine and beer that was flowing. Normally I avoid baby showers, but I'm glad I didn't this time. For one thing, I wound up on the floor acting out a woman in labor during a very interesting game of charades (which I dominated at) and two, when I first arrived I saw Donna and Calise standing outside talking. Donna looked over at me, so I gave her a little wave and started walking towards them. Donna looked at me strangely and just kept talking to Calise. Of course my mind went to "great...is Donna another one of those people who secretly hate me?" but as I got a few feet away from me, she exclaimed my name - she didn't recognize me! I haven't seen her in about a year, and sometimes I forget how drastically different I look now (especially since I still look in the mirror and see a fat ol' blob). 

Revenge
Last Sunday, Mama Jan and I were texting about Once Upon a Time, and she mentioned she loves Revenge. I have always been curious about this show, so I got ahold of season one and started watching it one week ago today. I am now all caught up, and I am uber obsessed. What was I thinking, ignoring this show! It's so good, and I'd be lying if I said it's not making me feel revengy. But I could never pull off anything like Amanda Clark/Emily, so I will stick to doing nothing and continuing to be blissfully blissful.
Adventures in Babysitting
Today I ventured over to the Boone's to watch Coop and Chan while Hannah and Nick went to dinner. 
We played in a tent.
Cooper showed me his scared face.
Chandler showed me his cute face.
Coop protected us from Arlo, who he likes to pretend is an alligator.

All in all, a wonderful weekend just happened, and now I have a four day work week. I have vacay to burn before the end of the year, and this is the first of my many four day weekends to come. So excited!



Friday, October 12, 2012

Mind yo' business, yo!

Okay, this entry may border on TMI, but whatever, no one reads it anyway.

Yesterday I was feeling a bit..sick. Or something. Just not quite right. So I went to Hyvee to get some tummy medicine before lunch. It was my only purchase, so I got in line and put it on the conveyor belt. The cashier greeted me, and as she rang up my stuff, an attractive fellow got in line behind me. She asked if I wanted a sack for my medicine.

"Yes," I said, hoping she would slip it in the bag before the hot guy noticed I was buying medicine to help with the blasts.

"Aw, someone must not be feeling good today, huh?" she asked, in a grandmotherly way.

UGH! I mumbled some crap lie about buying it for someone else and ran out the door. Seriously lady? You have to comment on my purchase when clearly it is embarrassing?

This seems to happen to me all the time. Maybe it's because I buy really ridiculous stuff, and usually that's all I'm buying so I can't like slip it in the middle of my order.

Like one time, I was at Walmart and I was buying...lube (I hope my parents aren't reading this). That's all I needed, and I was too stupid to just start buying shit so I wasn't walking up to the register with just a bottle of KY. As I stepped in line, I couldn't resist grabbing a beef stick. So there I was, lube and a beef stick. I was clearly handing the cashier a story to tell his friends later. So of course his comment was "This looks like a great night." Yes sir. Yes it does.

Of course, the worst is when I'm buying pregnancy tests. I don't buy them anymore, but I used to take them about once a month (I may be a drama queen) and really, I should have just been stocking up at Sams. But I always bought them at Walgreens, and the cashiers ALWAYS had a comment. Usually it was "good luck" or "hope you get what you want!". Give me a break, ladies. If that thing is positive, I am heading to the Mexican border.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 30 : A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

Dear Jen,
First of all, I love that you are done with this ridiculous 30 day blog question series. Get real. Don't do anything like this again.

I love that you have had the willpower to finally really do it, to finally lose the weight. I love that you have started running, when you always had every excuse in the book as to why you "couldn't" run.

I love that you are a good aunt, and that your kiddos love you. I love that Channy and Cooper are comfortable around you when they are rarely like that with other people, and I love that Gavin said you are the most fun aunt he has (sorry Amanda and Kate).

I love that you completed your Masters degree, and with a 4.0 at that. And that you spoke at graduation, even though you were so nervous your leg kept hitting the side of the podium.

I love that you are creative, neat and organized. I love that you finally lasted more than six months at a job. I love that you have a good work ethic that keeps you from abusing sick time or the fact that you've had no boss for awhile now.

I love that you know when to resist the fight and give in to your temptations.

I love that you know when something isn't good for you and refuse to succumb to it.

I love your ability to call people out on their bullshit without starting fights, but just by stating facts.

I love that you volunteer for Habitat and Adopt a Street, and are passionate about Relay for Life. I love that you are a mentor for an 8th grader and you have made her a priority in your life.

I love that you are quirky and sometimes you yourself can't even figure out how your mind goes from Point A to Point B.

That's all. Now get back to work.

Love, Jen

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"What about the stuff that gets up along the side of condoms?"

Katie, Molly, Missy and I went to an opening of a restaurant downtown tonight.
It was very Sex and the City. 


Day 29 : Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.

I hope to lose ten  more pounds. Right now, I feel like I'm NEVER going to get there.

I would love to be able to run a 10K. We'll see. I may get there.

I wish I didn't get in my head so much. I have so much control over my life in every way, except one thing that just makes me crazy sometimes (about two days a month).

I also hope to get a haircut soon. I am trying to grow my hair out to donate to locks of love, but wow. Long hair is ANNOYING.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Get a clue, Jen Wilson

I admit it. All last week, I was a crabass. I try not to let ridiculous things ruin my days, but last week I just couldn't get my shit together.

People at work are A.N.N.O.Y.I.N.G.
An important boy is ignoring me...well not ignoring...I don't know what he's doing.
Being a girl sucks.
Hospital bills suck.

I just let everything pile on top of me. I was still thankful every night when I went to bed, but I let things get to me way more than I usually do.

I took this weekend off from my bad attitude, and tried to enjoy the little things that make my life so awesome. Things like...

  • Gavin cuddling up to me when we were sitting next to each other at the kitchen table.
  • Chatting with my stepmom and laughing with her.
  • Phone calls with my mom that don't make me want to die.
  • Movie night with Hannah and Nick.
  • Lunch dates with Kate that result in the best burger I have ever eaten.
  • Working up the nerve to change my own lightbulbs since I haven't had a guy in my apartment in a few weeks (I just don't think changing lightbulbs are something a girl should have to do). 
  • Fun times at the bar with Katie and Missy and new people.
  • Stopping to see Grandma and Grandpa.
  • Not being too tired when I had to wake up at the ass crack of dawn on Sunday.
  • Grocery shopping. I just love grocery stores.
  • Napping on the couch on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Doing so badly at our college footballs picks that next week HAS to be better!
  • A Bears win puts me one step closer to a bet win!
  • Calise coming over and watching 90210 with me so we are ready for the season premiere tonight.
  • New TV on Sunday nights.
Another major thing from this weekend that I need to remember...I am SO lucky. Yes, I had a tumor...but it wasn't cancer. I've never been scared personally by the C word, but so many people have. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I signed up with an old casino friend, Kelly, to be a member of her "Kelly's Angels" and walk with her team.

Kelly is amazing. So beautiful and strong. She could have given up and let cancer beat her, but she didn't, and I need to remember when I go through my pity parties that some people have been hit with the worst news possible and they keep on keeping on. Kind of makes my "problems" at the top seem stupid, huh?

Me and Miss - it was SO COLD.

Not an awesome picture, but there were so many people walking.

Angels.

Day 28 : What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?

Oh lord.

First of all, I'm pretty sure I can't get pregnant. I only have one fallopian tube, so I only ovulate every other month** as is. I'm handicapped.

Second of all, I take birth control pills like it is a second job. I am never dealing with an unplanned pregnancy again!

However, if both of my above plans failed me and I ended up knocked up, I would do one thing:


I'd get in my pretty pink Jeep and drive to sunny Mexico!

**Every medical professional in my life tells me this theory is crap. I have to admit, I did make it up in my head. But it makes perfect sense to me. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 27 : What’s the best thing going for you right now?

The best, most awesome thing in my life right now is that school is over and I actually have my weekends free to do whatever I want.

Also, the fact that I (kind of) have a grasp on my medical bills is helping my mood tremendously - it's been a stressful few months with those bills being held over my head.

Also, I am back into my running routine and so far it is going really well.

Basically, I'm awesome.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 26 : Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?

No. I have been depressed before, to the point where I needed anti depressants, but giving up on life? Please. I'm too pretty, smart and funny for that kind of nonsense.

That being said, I do think about death a lot. I assume I will die from getting murdered - so I often wonder about when it will happen. Usually my daily death thoughts are as follows:

About 8:35am, at the stoplight at 96th and Q: Wouldn't it suck if a car just pulled up beside me, pulled out a gun and shot me, drive by style?

9am, when I get to work: Wouldn't it suck if a student came into school today and shot the place up? Where would I hide?

Randomly throughout the day at work: I hope there's not a killer in the mall today.

6:30p, starting my run: What if, when I'm running, someone just drives by and fires at me? Who would find me? How embarrassing, I'll be found when I'm not even wearing underwear.

7p, finishing my run, walking back to my apartment: What if someone pulls into the parking lot and just shoots me right now?

7p-midnight, when I usually watch at least one murder story on tv or on the news: Man, that would suck.

Midnight, when I am turning off the TV to go to bed: I hope no one sneaks in my apartment tonight and murders me.

Friday, October 5, 2012

I'm just a girl, in the world

Today at lunch, one of my coworkers told me that when she first started, she was told by another coworker that I was guilty of two things: 1. Sleeping with Nick, who was working here at the time, and 2. I don't like new girls who start working here, so don't even bother trying to get to know me.

Holy shit.

First of all, gross. I love Nick to death, he is one of my favorite people in the world. But his penis makes me sick. I don't even want to know that he has a penis. I know most people don't think our kind of relationship can exist, but I'm telling you, straight up: I have never, nor will ever, be attracted to Nick. We have never so much as kissed. Ever. I won't try to explain our friendship because it is ridiculous, but it has never ever EVER been sexual. I kinda feel like I am related to Nick, but not really because that would be gross too (for other reasons). So I will just leave it as this: Not true.

Second of all, I am not mean to new people, male or female. I am mean to people, however, when they give me a reason to be. I have gone on mean campaigns on a few people at work, where I ignore them or am very cold to them. Usually this cold war ends when I either get sick of it or forget why I was mad at them in the first place. I'm not going to lie, sometimes my mean campaigns end up with the person leaving (not just because of me, but I would like to think that's true). In previous jobs, I had an uncanny way of going on an attack and the person would leave the company within weeks. However, I have tried that here and it has never worked. So I must be losing my touch.

But this new information this morning is bringing up old feelings from college days. All of my roommates were highly intimidated by me, though I'm not sure why. I am not a mean person. I am very honest, yes, but come on. If you can't handle the truth, we probably aren't going to last long as friends. I do tend to get my way, and when I know I can't get my way, I bow out very early. Like, if my friends and I are planning a night out, I know that if we go to a club, or anywhere crowded, I will not have fun. So if that is on the agenda, I bow out. However, if I can get my way and we can go to a dive bar, or a sports bar, I'm all in.

I guess that I am not okay with my reputation as being intimidating, but if my other choice is to be a passive pushover, I'll stay the same. But I am really pissed about this co-worker's words, and I think I know who said it. So guess what, bitch. It's on.

Day 25 : The reason you believe you’re still alive today.

Honestly, the only reason I am alive today is because my sister Nicole takes care of me.

My sister is younger than me, but she's so much smarter.

In 2008, I almost died during a miscarriage and Nicole is the only reason I am alive. She made me go to the hospital, and then held my hand as we heard that baby's fate. Then when I had to go into surgery, she helped me accept the idea and get me off to surgery. I had never been more scared in my life, and thank GOD she was there. 

Then in 2012, I had to have a tumor removed from my neck. I would have never even known I had one if Nicole hadn't noticed it on Easter Sunday. And, again, she went to the doctor's appointment with me when we found out it was a tumor, and that it needed to be removed. She went to all the appointments at UNMC with me, and stayed with me in intensive care during the first night, then in my regular room for a few nights after. I didn't almost die that time, but being in intensive care is FREAKING scary. 

Thank heavens I've got her in my life.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day 24 : skipping the daily thing, it's stupid

This is ridic. I'm not doing this one.

Instead I will take this entry to tell you how wonderful UNMC is. I had to call them this morning about the millions of dollars I owe them and they were so nice and understanding to work with. I continue to be amazed at how wonderful that organization is.

Unlike Jennie Ed - they are a bunch of dicks. I talked to them and they were downright cruel about the money that is owed, and basically said it's my dumb luck for getting a tumor in my neck.

I am so so relieved that I do not have to have surgery on the other side of my neck (yet) and I am even more relieved to have wonderful people at UNMC to work with to get this whole mess paid off in a timely manner!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day 23 : Something you wish you had done in your life.

I wish I had saved more money. I wish I had started dieting way earlier, or not let myself get so fat to begin with. I wish I had started running earlier in my life.

Ummm...that's it. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Raindrops on roses...

This idea came from my friend Katie (http://yellowmangolife.blogspot.com/), as she blogged about this today and it popped up on my Google Reader this morning. I don't even know if Kate knows I am a loyal reader of her blog, but I am and I'm copying!

1.  Tell us about your five favorite memories in your life.
This is tough to narrow down, but I think I will go with...

September 14, 2006 - This was the day Gavin was born, and I became an aunt for the first time. I cried like a baby, and never knew I could love a kid so much. My three nieces have come since then, and each one is a blessing, along with my two "nephews" Cooper and Chandler.

September 11, 2012 - This was the day I completed my masters degree, and my schooling FOR LIFE!! Never going back again!

July 21, 2007 - This was not only Kaylee's birth day (so I became an aunt for the 2nd time) but also John's wedding day - it was pure chaos, but my whole family was together and a bunch of my friends were there, too. I just remember dancing and singing and having the best time with so many people I love.

October 21, 2008 - This was the day I got laid off from Harrah's - scariest day of my life (well not really, but top three scariest days) and I didn't realize it at the time, but I needed that kick in the butt to get a new start. So thanks Harrah's, for being completely heartless and letting this girl go. It was a blessing in disguise.

Trip to Florida with Missy and Jill, November 2008 - This trip was just us girls, in a condo on the beach. We went to DisneyLand, lounged around and had the best time ever. 

2. Show us three of your favorite beauty products.

One I can't find a picture of - but it's Ulta eyeliner, in the envy color. LOVE IT! My other two products are Too Faced Shadow Insurance (this stuff is amazing - use it before you put on your eye makeup and your eyes look great all day) and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny - I am obsessed with everything Paul Mitchell, but this is the one product I would probably die without. 

 3. Tell us what your favorite TV shows are to watch.
Don't judge me - I watch A LOT of TV. My current favorite shows are Once Upon a Time, The Mentalist, Deadly Women, Long Island Medium, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, The Voice...and that might be it right now. But I also watch a lot more than that. Don't judge. Fall TV is back.

4. Show us two of your favorite pictures.
I don't know what we are talking about here, but it must have been good.

Have you ever seen a little girl wish harder than that?

5. Tell us your favorite thing to do during "me" time.
Honestly, my favorite thing to do is catch up on my DVR and just lay. Also, I love to read, though I don't seem to do it much anymore. Working out is good "me" time, because I don't like to do it with anyone else so that way I can just enjoy myself and work at my own pace. 

Gone country

I have been on a bit of a country kick lately. I go through spurts with my music genres. My musical taste replicates that of a bi-polar person.

Anyway, so I've been especially obsessed lately with Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Eric Church. So much so that I have downloaded all of their albums onto my iPhone in the last few months. And so much so that I roadtripped to KC on Saturday to see Eric in concert.

I didn't get any pics of Eric because I was rocking my face off. That's right. I felt more like I was at a rock show than a country show. It was AMAZING! I can't wait to see him again.


This was during the opener, Justin Moore. He had everyone pull their cell phone out. Doesn't it look like a Christmas wonderland?

I even pulled out my flannel and cowboy boots for the occasion. This may just be a phase, but I'm loving being a hick, y'all.