Friday, October 3, 2014

One Thing I Can’t Live Without

One of my absolute favorite things in the whole wide world is laughing.


I love it. Can’t get enough.


Even when I’m having a bad day and feeling blah, laughing can turn my day around.


What could you not do without?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dream Job As A Kid

I don’t want to brag, but I’m kicking this Blogtober challenge’s ass. 2 for 2 baby!

Today’s topic is what dream job did you have as a kid?
Well, my friends, I had two.

First, and foremost, I wanted to be a teacher. For as long as I can remember, I always pretended I was a teacher.


I would teach whatever it was we’d done in school the week before. I even had a room at my Nanny’s with chalk and dry erase boards hung up on the doors, a desk, and I even went so far as to eat the same snack as the teachers in my school, because I assumed that’s what teachers did. (It was Chex Mix, by the way.)

I would make seating charts. Assign homework. Grade homework. Do math problems on the board. etc. etc.

Funny story- I actually became a teacher. A high school English teacher. And boy, was it different than how I always had imagined. Needless to say, I’m no longer teaching. You can read about that mess here.


My other dream job was to own a bookstore called Shop Around the Corner, after…you guessed it… You’ve Got Mail.


I wanted to be just like Kathleen Kelley and have a magical little bookstore that kids would love. I wanted the exact same store in the exact same city. Unfortunately, that little dream never did come true. I’d still love to do this. Maybe one day.

Along the same lines as this topic, I did a post not long ago about some odd jobs I found interesting. Check them out!

What was your dream job as a kid.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Odd Jobs

I have a history for wanting to do odd jobs and thinking they would be fun. Granted, I’ve never actually done them, but I think I need a shot at it just to see how I’d like it.
Pizza Assembler

Wouldn’t it be fun to flip that dough, spoon on that sauce, and bake those tasty little pies? I think so.
Grocery Store Clerk

It could be the fact that I like the little dings as the labels are scanned or the fact that I watched Supermarket Sweep as a child, but I always wanted to work at the grocery. Let’s not forget that I would pretend to be one when we got back to my grandmother’s after going to grocery, and I would “scan” the items on the kitchen table.
Chef on a TV Show

While also at said grandmother’s house, I’d often whip up stuff in the kitchen, all the while, giving step-by-step instructions to my fake audience. Mini-pizzas on buns? Spaghetti sauce? Meatballs? I could do it all.

The Next Ricki Lake

My mom was a talk show junkie, so I obviously became one. And my dream job was to be the next Ricki Lake. She had dark hair. I had dark hair. She was funny. I was funny. She loved the dramatics. I loved the dramatics. Can’t you see me with my own show? Say yes.

Costume Designer Picker-Outer

My absolute dream job was/is to choose the clothes that the actors wear on tv shows. I don’t want to have to sew and make and alter them, which is basically the job, but I want to go to into a big room and pick out clothes that are ready to wear, choose shoes and accessories that go with them. Wouldn’t that be SO fun? Yeah. I still want to do that.

What odd jobs did/do you want to do?

Friday, September 5, 2014

#BFCMugSwap

Kallie from But First, Coffee hosted yet another fabulous swap. I was super lucky to be paired with Veronica from Vero Says!

So for basically a week, I stalked Veronica on Instagram and read her whole blog. Girlfriend is cute as a button, is obsessed with nail polish, and has the sweetest little family ever. Also, she lives in my very favorite city, so I’m uber jealous about that. I bet she has the Bahston accent that I love so much.

I received my mug this week, and Veronica even included a few more goodies. Woot woot!

First, that mug is perfection. If everyone around me didn’t already know that I’m the Princess, they certainly will now.  I seriously lol’d when I opened it. Awesome job, Veronica!!! You got me down pat!

The Almond Joy, banana baby food, and nail polish (because duh!) was an added bonus. Veronica also is a great PI because she found the candy bar and baby food on my instagram. The polish is such a fun color, and I can’t wait to try it out. And yes, people, I do like an occasional jar of baby food every once in awhile. It’s like dessert! Don’t knock it ‘til ya try it! K?

I’m so glad Kallie paired me with Veronica. This girl is already on my bloglovin and instagram feed, and she’s there to stay.

Thanks, Veronica!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Confession Session

It’s hump day. I’m just excited that we are that much closer to the weekend. And a long weekend at that. Halle-freaking-lujah! I haven’t confessed in a long while, so I thought today was the perfect day!

- I ordered a new Kate Spade purse last week. I have been wanting this purse ALL summer long. I finally found one on eBay for a great price, but some twat waffle beat me by $2.00 in the very last second. I was pissed. The last damn second!!!

-I got a new iphone 5s the other day. I wanted to wait for the 6, but heard it would be several more hundred dollars, and I just don’t have time for that. I have purses to buy, dammit. There was nothing wrong with my 4s, and to be honest, I don’t see a huge difference in this one. Also, I realize I’m about a year behind everyone getting this. And I don’t care.

-I feel like I’m just treading water lately. You know that feeling? Like your are just going through the motions and life is happening, but you don’t really feel it. Yeah. It’s a bad feeling, but I’m not sure what to do to get out of that funk.

-I’m in the middle of two classics- To Kill a Mockingbird (at work) and Tess of d’Urbervilles (home). I’ve never read Tess, so I thought it would be a good book to read before I start my book club book. I’m on chapter 2. Ugh.

-Can these ice bucket challenges be over? I promise I’m not a bad sport, but I hate them. They clog my newsfeed. Yes, it’s awesome people are more aware. It’s awesome that donations have increased. But I donate to charities. I don’t need to post all about it on facebook. And honestly- how many of the people doing them have actually donated???? How many just did the challenge to put it on fb?

-I’ve been pretty subdued lately, so I obviously haven’t had anything blog worthy. But to be honest, have I ever? Ha

That’s all I got today, folks. What’s going on in your world?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Blog Baton

Guess who gets to hold The Blog Baton tomorrow on insta? This girl! And I couldn’t be more excited, you guys!

Blogger, Mason from Mason…Like the Jar, came up with this fabulous idea. Here is how she describes it on The Blog Baton page:

Every week day, a different blogger will take over the Blog Baton Instagram account just for that day. Instead of this baton being city-specific and a way to learn about places and things in a particular area, this will be a way to learn about YOU and things in YOUR life and on YOUR blog. Take pictures throughout your day, share interests, do an OOTD, show us your morning Starbucks or your fresh manicure, share the Pinterest recipe your cooked for dinner...whatever! The choice is yours. This is a way for you and your blog to reach more people in this community of ours.

How cool is that? Be sure to follow me tomorrow on instagram under The Blog Baton account.

Pretty sure this is how I will feel all. day. long.

See you guys tomorrow!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Shenanigans

Well, I’ve already lied to you and I haven't even completed the first sentence. It wasn’t intentional, but that title is all wrong.

Shenanigans didn’t happen.

Other than going to the lake for a few hours on Saturday, I stayed home in comfies, binged on Netflix episodes of The Killing, ate my weight in junk food because HELLO MONTHLY VISITOR, cleaned a tad bit and caught up on naps.

The weather was nasty, rainy, and stormy. It was glorious. And I enjoyed every minute!


What kind of shenanigans did you get into this weekend?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s Friday afternoon, and many of you are probably packed up and gone for the weekend. However, I’m still at work with 50 minutes left. I. Can. Make. It.
Since I’ve been a less-than stellar blogger this week, here’s what I’ve been up to… and I’m sharing both the cool things and uncool things that happened. Get ready.

Having margaritas and Mexican food on a patio with my best friend. That’s cool.


Getting a manicure and pedicure one night. Cool.


Having my nail polish chip off in LESS than 24 hours. Not cool.


Talenti gelato in Sea Salt Caramel. Way cool.


Sitting in elementary school pick-up line. So not cool.


Getting a box of Silpada jewels delivered to my door step. Cool.


Finally finishing a book you don’t like because you refuse to stop in the middle. Not cool.


Miss Priss lying on a blanket with her little feet crossed. Well that’s just precious.


Have a great weekend, friends!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Killing

I wasn’t feeling the best this weekend (chills, vomiting, along with major anxiety and wanting to cry over every little thing), so I read my book club book and watched embarrassing amounts of Netflix.

My new favorite show on there? The Killing. It’s dark, gruesome, and of course, I love it.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor, and check it out. You won’t want to stop watching.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Truck Stop {Book Club}

Remember that time I told you that some friends and I were in a book club? You know, we meet at one of the restaurants in town once a week, stuff our faces, talk about the book, and then life. Well it’s our 2nd month of Book Club, and this time we are reading Truck Stop by Evan Richardson.

Richardson is from our hometown, and the town in the book is supposed to be based on ole Glasgow. Richardson now lives in NYC and is a celebrity make-up artist.

Here’s a synopsis of the book found on Amazon.com:

When Lulu Mae married Hank, she thought he would help her become her dream of being a country western singer. But when she realized that all Hank wanted was a wife and for Lulu Mae to waitress in his honky-tonk truck stop saloon, as she had at the diner where he met her, she soon began an affair with the handsome new bartender, Brad.
Then a car containing two of the main characters goes over a hill and crashes to the bottom with a tremendous explosion, destroying most of the evidence as to the cause. The sheriff’s department is quick to attribute the tragedy to a faulty accelerator, but crafty old Sheriff Bob, after fifty years on the police force, secretly suspects it was murder.
As the law scrambles to piece together the event with what evidence they have, the one or ones responsible for the crime try to wangle out of the hands of justice as the plot thunders to a dynamic conclusion where everyone has their final rendezvous with destiny to even the score in this lurid tale of obsessive sexual desire, murder, greed, and betrayal in a small rural Kentucky town one steamy-hot summer, set in a honky-tonk truck stop saloon situated along the Southern interstate.

I can’t wait to open (or download rather) this book and dig in. And yes, this English major will be taking notes and coming up with discussion questions for our group meeting next week!

Sometimes, I love being a nerd!

What are you reading?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Life Lately

I hit one of my blogging slumps last month...you know how it comes and goes with me sharing my life with complete strangers...or the 3 people I know in real life that come to this little spot when they are bored. ;)

If you are, by chance, someone other than those 3 kind friends, then you  may not know what's been going on in my little spot in Kentucky. Don't worry though...you haven't missed much.
I've been spending every weekend that I can in the water. I could seriously float on that dirty lake water every single day and not tire of it.
 
I'm not a huge sushi eater, but was craving it last week. It wasn't the best I’ve had, so I'll probably stick to the shrimp fried rice I also tried…until I crave it again in another year or so.


The new Silpada catalog came out, and needless to say, I want everything! Feel free to check it out at mysilpada.com/melanie.smith and let me know what you love!


Anxiety sucks. So much.


Finally, you must watch this movie if you haven’t already. I saw it twice in theaters and bought it the day it came out. Love it.


What have I missed in Bloglandia since I’ve been MIA?






Monday, July 14, 2014

Finish the Sentence

…because YOLO.
And because Juliette did it, and I love Juliette and her bloggity blog, so I will too.
And YOLO.

When I open the fridge, I always hope I find... a Mello Yello. I rarely keep sodas at home, but when I do, I drink them non-stop; hence the not keeping them.


My favorite article of clothing is... my red WKU sweatshirt. It’s older, stretched out, and super soft. I could live in it.


 Last week I was really pissed when... people keep interrupting me when I’m talking. You asked me a question, but you can’t let me finish? Rude!

One thing nobody understands about me is... my constant self-doubt. I can’t explain it. 

One thing I don't understand is... why people are so effing crazy.


The world would be a better place if... people weren’t so selfish. 

If I had a million dollars I'd... pay off my student loans and credit card, buy a house and a car, and then I’d be broke again.


 If I could change one thing about myself, it would be... that I was naturally skinny. Some people just are. And life isn’t fair. 

Something that can always make me happy is... Steak n Shake cheese fries..

Something I'll never blog about is... relationships. That shit doesn’t need to be in print.


 If I could go anywhere I would go... Bora Bora.
because... Hello! It’s beautiful! And would be so relaxing!


 If I were an animal I would be a.... dolphin. Because it’s the only animal that I could think of that wasn’t totally lame.

A job I've always wanted is… costume designer. I don’t want to sew and stuff, but I want to tell the characters what to wear. 

My idea of a perfect day is... being on the water and tanning (NOT burning!). 

If I knew I'd die next week, this week I'd... Say goodbye to all of my family. But that’s sad. Who the hell came up with this question?


Also, I can't believe I used YOLO so much in this post. Eww.



Allieology

Friday, July 11, 2014

Feta Dip Recipe

I made this dip for a 4th of July party last weekend and it was a hit! Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. Make it. You won’t be disappointed.


Photo via Pinterest


What you’ll need: olive oil, 5-6 tomatoes, 1 bunch of green onions, 4-6 oz feta cheese, 2-3 tbsp greek seasoning



Directions:
1. Pour thin layer of olive oil in bottom of platter.
2. Dice tomatoes & onions and put in bowl.
3. Crumble cheese on top of veggies. 
4. Sprinkle greek seasoning on top.
5. Mix.
6. Serve with baguette slices or pita chips.


I'm craving this now! Let me know how you like it!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One of those days…

It’s been one of those days.

I couldn’t sleep last night, so it was after midnight before I finally drifted off.

Mia had me up at 3am to go potty.

I awoke to my phone ringing at 815 with my dad/boss asking where I was. Remind you, I am supposed to wake up at 7 and be at work at 8.

I also had to be at the dentist this morning at 840.


Since I had overslept, I only had 15ish minutes to get dressed and do hair and makeup.

Before running out the door, I grabbed the container of dog food to feed Mia, the top came off and dog food flew across the bathroom.


I didn’t have time to take my meds this morning.

I skipped breakfast because my teeth were nice and minty when I left dentist. And I was starving.


My teeth are sore from dentist.

I have tons of work to do for my therapy job and just can’t force myself to do it.

A lady cut me off at McDonald’s in the drive-thru line, which makes me way angrier than it should. I refrained from yelling expletives out my window to her.


It’s been one of those day.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tres Leches Cake {Recipe}

I decided to be adventurous and make 2 new recipes for my family’s 4th of July cookout. Some would consider this a bad idea, but who better to be your guinea pigs than family, right?

One of my very favorite desserts is Tres Leches cake from Chuys. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it. I perused Pinterest until I found a recipe that didn’t seem too daunting. Heck, it even sounded…dare I say it…easy?!

Here’s what ya need: white cake mix, can of evaporated milk, can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup milk, 1 tub cool whip, berries (or whatever you want to top with)

And here’s what you do:
1. Bake the cake according to box.
2. Mix the three milks together in bowl and set aside.
3. While still warm, poke holes in the cake with a fork.
4. Pour milk mixture over cake (while cake is still hot).
5. Put in fridge for a few hours or overnight.
6. Before serving, top with cool whip and berries.
Since it was for the 4th, I used blueberries and strawberries so it looked patriotic and all.

This cake was a hit! I even ate a piece the next day and it was tasty then too.  And I’m going out on a limb here and saying it was just as good as the cake at Chuys. I know! Crazy!

Please make this soon. And let me know what you think…even though I know you’ll love it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th on the Lake

I was part of the majority that spend the 4th of July weekend on the lake. Boating, tubing, jet skiing, grilling, family, eating, and sleeping in were the only things on the agenda. Unfortunately, I didn’t get too many pictures to commemorate the weekend, but that just means I was spending all of my time in the moment, enjoying every second of it.




Hope yours was just as wonderful!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Time I Hung Out With Katy Perry

Last Friday night, I hung out with my bff Katy Perry. Another bff, Meg, was also there, but this story is about Katy and me.


See. Meg was there. Our expressions are so us. I’m always crazy and excited, and she’s usually questioning herself on why she hangs out with me. It’s true.

Back to Katy. Girl is a freak. And I loved it.

She had the wildest costumes and sets. She had gigantic cat castles. An umbrella to cover the arena. Girls twerking down the aisle. A horse on stage.


Giant blow-up poop emoji.


And balloons fell from the sky.


It. Was. Awesome!


Thanks, Katy. Let’s hang out again soon, k?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday 5

I think the only important word in this whole post will be the word Friday. It’s the only thing that makes me happy.
1. I cooked last night for the first time in weeks. And you know what happened? I sliced my finger open. To the bone. Blood gushed out like a volcano. Those last two sentences were a complete lie, but I did cut my finger. And it hurts. Waaaaah.


2. I saw this while perusing Pinterest today. Every blogger in America will be ordering this in bulk simply because it says unicorn. You’re welcome.


3. I was having a pretty blah day on Wednesday, got home, and one of my very best friends pulled into my driveway. She drove over (35 minutes) to hang with me. Technically she thought we had plans. I thought we were kidding. Nonetheless, I was super excited she was there to cheer me up.


4. I’m also going with friend from above to see Katy Perry tonight in Nashville. Can. Not. Wait. This will be my 3rd concert in 3 weeks. I’m not mad about it.


5. I’m going with another of my best friends to buy bridesmaid dresses with the bridal party tomorrow night. I’m sure we’ll eat and celebrate, so that should be a fabulous time. Can you take champs to the bridal store? I feel like I’ll need to be drunk in order to be sized for that dress. Oy vey.


Pretty sure this is why we aren’t eating before….

Until next time, have a fantastic weekend friends.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FGL & Nelly

Did I tell you guys that I was going to the Florida-Georgia Line & Nelly concert this past Friday night?
Well I did.
And it was SO. MUCH. FUN.
I’ve loved Nelly since he sang Country Grammar way back in 2001. So of course, I was super excited about seeing him. Throw in some redneck country boys, aka FGL, and who wouldn’t have a good ole time?
  
I know this is shocking, but you can actually go to a country concert without a super short dress and cowboy boots. My sister and I were definitely in the minority in our attire.
    
But first, lemme take a selfie.
   
FGL with Nelly singing Cruise. They did not disappoint!

Write that down as another successfully fun concert in the books.

Friday, June 20, 2014

5 on Friday

Fridays are supposed to be awesome, but I’m in a mood! I think it’s the combination of having to deal with people, those people being annoying as shit, and lack of sleep. I’m determined to come back in a better mood after lunch.
1. I got a new pretty princess to add to my collection this past weekend. I first saw it a few months ago, and it finally went on sale. I love it.


2. The Florida-Georgia Line concert is tonight, and I cannot wait! Nelly will be there, and I think I’m more excited to see him! Hello 2002!

3. I’m starving and all I can think about is food right now. Someone bring me a cheese pizza or Big Mac, stat!
4. I’ve been wearing Mocs the past two winters, LOVE THEM, and found some Minnetonka brand ones at TJ Maxx last night. They are grey. When will it get cool so I can wear them?!?!

5. Tomorrow is my sweet niece’s 2nd birthday party! I can’t wait to watch her open her gifts and see her expressions. 2 is such a fun age! Happy birthday, Rae Rae!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Twitter Fave & Reply {Book Club}

Yesterday I posted about my new book club and what book we were reading. I obviously linked it to twitter because that’s what you are supposed to do, right?

Imagine my excitement when the author of our first book to read in the club, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, not only favorited my tweet but also replied to it.


I was like a kid on Christmas morning.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

{Book Club} Bittersweet

I’m friends with some ladies that decided to start a book club, and let me tell you, I couldn’t be more excited! The nerd in me has always wanted to be in a book club, and finally, I am!

I got to choose the first book, which is a lot of pressure to choose something you think everyone might enjoy. I ended up choosing Bittersweet, a novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

Here is Amazon’s description of the book:

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted:  friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.
   But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact - and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev's world her own.
 

I’m really excited about reading this book and then discussing it with this group of friends. I am an English major, if you remember, so this is right up my alley.

Please feel free to read along, and then maybe we can discuss it online next month!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mind Blown

So I was sitting quietly, reading my June issue of Glamour, when I let out the biggest, “What?????”

I was on the article about the hottie McHottie, Taylor Kinney. He’s the sexy guy that played the brother on The Other Woman, and also was on Chicago Fire and The Vampire Diaries.

Anyway, I was drooling away when I read he was dating Lady Gaga.

Lady. Freaking. Gaga.

And my mind was blown.

Friday, June 13, 2014

5 on Friday

I, for one, am so so  glad it is Friday. This week has been crazy busy, a roller coaster, and even though the weekend will be busy too, I’m just glad it is just that- the weekend.


1. We have a new accounting system at work; we have switched from Peachtree to QuickBooks, and I absolutely hate it. It is so much more complicated, not easy to maneuver, and it has totally stressed me out. Do any of you all use QuickBooks?


2. My brother-in-law has been in Arizona on a mission trip with the youth group at his church, and comes home tonight. Please say a prayer for safe travels for them as they travel back home.


3. I’ve hung out with my sister and niece twice to keep them company while he has been gone. We settled down Monday night to watch Frozen since Raelyn is obsessed, like every other girl under 10, and I had not seen it. That lasted a whole 30 seconds until she was ready to do something else. We “vacuumed” the floor, used the plastic slide to build a tent, played in her “house” under the stairs, played with giant legos, and the list goes on and on. Basically everything but watch the movie. And that’s ok, because she is so darn cute.


4. My friend, Sharna, is working super hard to reach a goal in her Mary Kay career. I told her I’d try to help her reach that goal by seeing if anyone I knew wanted to order. If you’d like to help, or if you need any skin care or color, please visit her site to order: here. Thanks in advance! Let her know I sent you!


5. I’m going to Louisville tomorrow to see one of my very best friends, Whitney, who moved about a year ago. She was my go-to when I was bored, needed a shoulder to cry on, a stalking partner, or just to hang out. I miss her not being 2 seconds away, and I can’t wait to see her tomorrow to catch up. Shopping will also be involved. Duh.


Have a great weekend, friends.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CMA Fest

One of my very best friends, Meg, had tickets to Sunday night’s CMA fest at LP Field. Of course, I was on board. Because duh. This was my very first CMA Fest trip, and I was so excited.


The lineup included: Charlie Daniels Band, Thomas Rhett (my future husband btw), Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley.


Thomas Rhett was SO MUCH FUN! And holy moses, is he not good to look at??? MmmmMmmm.


Lady A and Zac Brown Band killed it on stage. They were so good, and the crowd loved them! They were definitely my faves of the night.


I will be going back next year. For sure. I loved seeing so many different artist at one event play their best songs.

Have you been to the CMA Fest?

Friday, June 6, 2014

5 on Friday

1. I got to the end of my street this morning, looked in the mirror at my lips, and thought, “What is wrong with my face?????”

I had somehow forgotten to apply my makeup. All of it. I backed into the driveway, ran in the house, and did a 4 minute application. I think it looks the same as usual. Hopefully.

2. I went to Qdoba last night for dinner before making the trek home. I thought I’d be all “bloggery” and take a pic for instagram of the assembly line. I remembered to turn the sound off, but apparently the flash was still on. There was a big burst of light and a few people turned around to see my phone up. Embarrassed isn’t even the word for it.

And it wasn’t even a good damn picture. #epicfail

3. I’m working on letting some things go. I feel like I’m always stressed, worried, or upset about something. Just let it go.
    
4. I got a monogrammed decal for my car window last week, and I couldn’t love it any more.



5. I saved the best for last. Today is June 6th. And that is Orange is the New Black day. FINALLY! Don’t send out a search party for me this weekend, I’ll be holed up in my living room binge watching Piper, Alex, and the rest of the loons.


Happy Friday, guys!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

7 years


I couldn’t let this day go by without wishing my little nugget, Mia, a happy 7th birthday!


I can’t imagine coming home and not having this little face greet me every single day.


Happy birthday, Caramia Pupcake!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Step Up My Blogging Game

It’s quite obvious that my blogging has taken a backseat these last few months. I just feel like I haven’t had anything to say, which is probably really surprising for those that actually know me.

That being said, I’ve come up with a few things that I should do to step up my blogging game.

+ Post More Often- Currently, I’m posting maybe twice a week, if I’m lucky. I obviously need more exciting things to happen in my life so I actually have some good content.

+ Use Good Photos- This would also require me actually taking a photo from something other than my iPhone and shaky hand. It really does make a difference.

+ Edit Photos- I’m sure every single “good” blogger edits photos before adding them to their post. I never do this. Like maybe just a few times have I done this. Adding this goal to my list.

+ Use GIFs- Every blog that I chuckle when I read uses a good GIF. They make me happy, so that’s the only reason I need to use them.

+ Find a Style- One of my favorite bloggers, and one of the first ones I started following, tends to write the same way, and her posts are usually short and sweet with some photos. She gets to the point. There isn’t a lot of fluff to read through just to take up space. And I like that. That may or may not be my style, but I need one that is me.

What suggestions do you have for me to step up my game?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Trends I’m Over

You know the problem with good things? They are SO overused, overworn, overplayed, that you get freaking tired of them! The Happy song? It’s a good song. It used to make me happy. But I’m over it. Much like some fashion trends.
Chevron

For the love of all things holy, can we stop with the chevron. I am a chevron fan. I loved it. But it’s everywhere, and I just can’t take it anymore.
Mustaches

It’s cute. I liked it the first thousand times it was done. But I’m over it. Move on to something else, please.
Gladiator Sandals

I feel like these have been around forever, and while I’ve never liked them on me because my legs look like elephant legs, I did think they were cute on others. Until they weren’t anymore.
High wasted Pants

Let me make this clear- I’ve NEVER liked this trend. Why? Just why???? There’s a reason these are called mom jeans and they should be left in the 80s.

Sheer Overlay Dress

I hate this so much- the short dress with the long sheer overlay. I just don’t like it. Don’t ask me why. Especially if the overlay is in….chevron!

What trends are you over?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Weekend on the Lake

My Memorial Day weekend was filled with cookouts, family time, boating, and lots of sunning. I can’t imagine how it could have been any better, to be honest.
How did you celebrate Memorial Day?



Friday, May 23, 2014

5 on Friday

We made it guys. Another week down, and not only is it the weekend, but it’s a long weekend!!! Hells yes.


1. Sonic Slushes. They don’t need a description. Just know they are delicious. And know that I’m working my way down the 25 flavor list. It’s a challenge.



2. I couldn’t give two shits about the Kimye wedding. Please go away. Please fall off the face of the Earth. You are both douche canoes and everyone actually hates you.


3. I’m reading 50 Shades of Gray again. Long story, but I had a long wait at an appointment and could only access books already downloaded. I remember why this was so popular.



4. I finally got a mani/pedi this week. Finally! However, I noticed when I got home just a few hours later that my feet were still extremely dry. Ya know like on the edges. What. The. Hell.  And the super cute nail polish I chose has already chipped. Not very happy about that. Dang it.



5. Memorial Day. Let’s remember the real reason we are all getting this extended weekend. While the barbeques and lake time is nice, that’s not why everything shuts down Monday. Thank you to all those that have sacrificed their life for all of us.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tunes on Repeat

I just downloaded two songs that I am obsessed with.


The first is “Girls Chase Boys” by Ingrid Michaelson. Like I could listen to this song for hours and not get tired of it.



The second is “All I Do is Win.” Which apparently is old, but whatever.



My obsession is all thanks to my good friends Jimmy Fallon, whom I’ve loved since he starred in Summer Catch, and Emma Stone, who is just the best, and their little lip sync battle. I’m sure you’ve seen it already.



What are you all listening to?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Scandal


I opened an email Friday letting me know that Scandal season 3 was now on Netflix.
The excitement that I had over this new knowledge was kind of sad actually.
Ya know what is even more sad?
The fact that I spent my entire Sunday watching 10 whole episodes.
I’m not even ashamed.
Now, when can I get home to finish the season?

Friday, May 16, 2014

5 on Friday

Hallelujah, y’all. It’s finally Friday and I feel like I need to shout it from the mountain tops. I’m that excited.
Let’s get down to business.
1. Tres Leches cake from Chuys.

Oh. My. Yum. This is THE best cake I’ve ever had. And the piece was huge, so I brought some home. I can’t wait to get back and devour it.

2. Payday is today, and I got a raise! Holla!


Dolla dolla bills y’all.

3. The most ridiculous video you will EVER see. Ever. Watch at your own risk. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.


4. The Other Woman was so good I saw it twice. Hilarious. Witty. Girl power.

See it.

5. I saved the best for last- today is my favorite sister’s birthday.
     
 Happy happy birthday, Trisha. I hope you have a fabulous day!

And to the rest of you crazies, HAPPY FRIDAY!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I’m a Slacker

Since declaring that I’ve become a blogger again, I have really been slacking. To be honest, I’ve totally forgotten all about blogging until I wondered about a certain blogger this morning.

I’ve been super busy at work, and probably will be the rest of this month.

But you all don’t really care where I’ve been or what I’ve been doing, do you? Silly me…thinking you all have been worried.

My point, though, is I have a few blog post ideas swimming around in my head, and hopefully I can get them typed up and posted next week.

Until then, ciao!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Things You Hear In Pre-School

Most of you may not know but I work on behavior with a little boy twice a week in his pre-school room. While it’s only a few hours a week, I am sometimes worn out by the time I leave. A room full of 3-5 year olds can really get to you. And I never leave without giggling more times than I can count at something one of them has said.


I also started thinking that the things I hear in that room from the teachers are probably things you would not hear in any other profession. Anywhere. So I compiled a list of just a few things I heard one afternoon in class.

  • Get your finger out of your  nose.
  • Sit up!
  • Get out of his face.
  • You have a boo boo?
  • Put your thinking caps on, ears open, mouths closed.
  • X is a consonant, a letter in the alphabet.
  • /ks/
  • /ks/
  • /ks/
  • You all WILL lose a sticker!
  • Move like a cat.
  • Move like a monkey.
  • Move like an elephant.
  • Wipe your nose.
  • I’m looking for a leader.
  • My ears are listening.
  • My eyes are watching.
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Get your hands out of your pants.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Thoughts While "Exercising"

I woke up Sunday morning, and thought, "I want to be a runner." I've always been envious of those crazy, lying bitches that claim to love it or that it's their hobby. So what better way to join them is to just get my fat butt out of bed and hit the pavement.

Needless to say, it did not turn out like I expected. I mean, I didn't plan to do a marathon or anything, but I thought I could at least make it more than 30 seconds. For the record, I did keep on walking. And I hated every single second of it.

So here are the random, unfiltered thoughts I had while running jogging walking.

It's hot out here. I hope I don't get sweaty.

I hate sweating. It makes me feel gross.

Yep, I feel a sweat bead on my forehead.

This Happy song that I thought would make me happy while out here isn't working. Next!

This music isn't really helping me along at all. I thought it would make it easier.

Ok. Let's start jogging.

Holy shit, my ankles are hurting already.

Let's walk some more before we start that mess.

My lungs are small. I'd think they would expand the bigger I got. Nope.

Give me some air!

I'm sweating now. I feel gross. Sweating is gross.

Oh, I wonder who lives over there now.

Let's try this again. I'm going to jog until I reach that sign up there.

Fat people shouldn't jog. I can feel my fat flopping around with each step.

I wish my boobs were big enough to flop around while running.

These Nikes aren't very comfortable.

My ankles are effing killing me. Are my bones coming out of my skin?

If I sprain another ankle, should I limp home or call someone to pick me up?

If I sprain both again, I wonder if I should just call the security guards from the hospital to pick me up? (They are basically across the street.) Let's save on that ambulance bill.

How much further until I'm home?

Now, I know these runners are full of shit. This sucks.  

I'm never running again.

Let me tweet about how much I hate this.

Ohhh. This might make a good blog post.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Ankle Probs

If you’ve been with me awhile or followed me on twitter or instagram, then you couldn’t have missed my 2 sprained ankles in February and the problems I continue to have with them. Still. After over 2 months.

If you don’t remember- I stepped off some stairs, and sprained both ankles…AT THE SAME TIME… pretty badly. They were super painful, swollen, and I couldn’t walk for days. Surprisingly, I still have trouble with them.

Since I’m the queen of sunshine, I thought I’d make you all feel my pain. Or at least see what I’m talking about.

-They are still puffy. Like I have cankles. Even when I’ve done nothing.

-I went walking for awhile yesterday, and limped all night as a result.

-I tried jogging, and the pressure was intense, so I couldn’t do that long.

-I wake up and they are super stiff. Every morning.

-I can’t wear wedges or heels. I tried heels Easter morning and couldn’t even walk around the house. So I wore my trusted wedges. By the end of church, I was in major pain.

-When I wear sandals, my feet swell around the straps. It’s super attractive.

-And when that happens, I’m sure people that see them just think I have really fat feet.

So that’s what’s on my mind this morning. My ankles cankles. Anyone know how long they will be an issue?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I Confess...

I'm copying today. Tracie at Tracie Everyday decided to confess some goodies on her blog yesterday, and because I'm coming up blank when I open that blogger screen, I'm going to borrow her idea and confess some of my own dirt. Don't hate me because I'm unorginial.

I confess...I'm a complete and utter emotional wreck this week. I blame pms. And assholes. I may have cried all of Sunday night. And last night. And I almost burst into tears while eating my biscuit and gravy this morning. When my friend asked what happened to make me cry into my gravy, I had no reason. Damn hormones.

I confess... it makes you stop in your tracks when you walk out of the restaurant and you hear "Moooo". I shit you not. I stopped mid-stride with my mouth agape. Luckily, it was just a trailer of cows going down the road. Whew.

I confess...now I'm wondering if I should be even more offended that even the cows think I'm a fat ass.

I confess... I'm not a fan of non-fiction usually, so I was convinced Cal's book would bore me. (Ya know, the one I got signed Tuesday.) I love it. Can't put it down. It is so well-written! If you are a Kentucky fan, you must read this book!

I confess... I did absolutely nothing to my hair today. I took it out of the bun, it looked the exact same as it does when I "try" to fix it, so that's that. I wonder if anyone can tell?

I confess... I shut down the blog for a few days. I had decided I was done (for like the tenth time). Then all of a sudden I have tons of ideas to write about. Now that it's up again, I've lost all ideas. Gone. Poof. Go figure.

I confess... I've always been on the fence about sponsoring other bloggers. I'm all for it, then against it, much like everything else in my life. However, I'm SUPER EXCITED about sponsoring one of my favorite bloggers- The Other Juliette. Like stupidly excited. She's a hoot. Check her out.

Here's hoping my craziness subsides (who are we kidding, I'm always a mess), and that you all have a great Thursday! One more day folks, and the weekend is here!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Texas Bound

Guess where I’m headed, y’all. Obviously you know by the title, but my happy butt will be driving to North Texas late tonight to see the Cats battle Wisconsin for a trip to the championship game.

This is my very first time for a few things: seeing a final four, driving across the Mississippi River, and seeing Arkansas and Texas. I seriously could not be more excited!
I’ve got movies, my pillow and blanket, and a bag of snacks for the 11 hour drive. I also need to get some medicine to knock me out cause why not (and I’m also sick….so I best be in tip-top shape to enjoy the weekend!)

If UK wins, we are staying for the big game Monday, which means even more sight-seeing. Texas friends- What should I look for?
Everyone send happy thoughts for me getting better, the trip and our team. If you follow me on IG (melanie_ks), you better be ready for an annoying amount of trip pictures, cause they will be posted.
Oh…..and Go CATS!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

32 Things That Make Me Happy

While reading through my blog feed, I saw where Hey, Hollywood listed 32 things that made her happy. And it made me happy to read them. Then I, of course, started thinking about things that made my happy, and the list kept growing. So here are my 32.

1. Finishing a good book

2. Kisses on the forehead

3. A UK win

4. Blooming daffodils

5. New shoes

6. A fruity cocktail

7. Toes in the sand

8. Compliments

9. A major sale

10. Family time

11. Comedy shows

12. A baby's laugh

13. Naps

14. My dog's excitement when I get home

15. Gifts for no reason

16. Cookouts

17. McDonald's coke

18. Thunderstorms

19. Appetizers

20. Silpada boxes in the mail

21. Anything and everything about my niece, Raelyn

22. Texts from someone that gives you butterflies

23. Yum yum sauce from the hibachi grill

24. Riding around with the windows down (& music up)

25. Mia (my Yorkie) resting her head on my arm

26. The smell of lilacs in the spring

27. Getting retweeted

28. A handwritten note

29. Good hair days

30. Boat rides

31. Giggling

32. Manicures and pedicures

I'm also participating in #100happydays on my instagram. Follom me to see my daily photo at melanie_ks or search for #melshappydays to see what makes me happy.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

White Lasagna

I’ve been craving this lasagna for awhile now, and finally remembered to buy the ingredients and make it this weekend. And let me tell you, it was amazing!

White Lasagna
Ingredients
-lasagna noodles
-jar of alfredo sauce
-2 cans of sliced mushrooms
-can of asparagus (I will leave out next time)
-1-2 cans of chunk chicken (diced) OR 1 package of ham (diced)
**I did one dish with ham. I made another dish with half ham and the other half was chicken. Either meat is really good.
-1 bag of mozzarella cheese


Directions
1. Cook lasagna noodles according to box.

2. Layer noodles, meat, asparagus, mushrooms, sauce, then cheese.

3. Repeat layers.

4. Top with noodles, then a layer of alfredo sauce, and top with cheese.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for appx. 45 minutes.



You seriously must try this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you like it!

Enjoy!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cinderella’s Closet & Fairy Godmothers

While on Facebook one night, I saw a link to South Central Kentucky Cinderella’s Closet. I clicked on the link and read all about how this organization was having an event at a local church. I immediately knew I wanted to be involved.


Cinderella’s Closet is an organization that helps young ladies in the community find prom dresses, shoes, and accessories for a prom they otherwise may not be able to attend due to costs. All of the items are donated by the people and businesses in the community.
     
I signed my mom and I up as fairy godmothers, and we eagerly awaited the Saturday of the event. After arriving, we learned that each girl would be assigned a fairy godmother whom would help her choose a dress, shoes, jewelry, a bag, and she would have the dress altered if needed, and steamed, all for free by people that had kindly donated the items or their time.
    
Mom and I worked with 2 sweet young ladies last Saturday morning. We learned where they went to school, what their favorite things were, what they wanted to do after school, and so much more. It was so fun helping them find their dress and accessories and making them feel like a princess.


Mom and I both got a picture with one of our Cinderellas, and I forwarded the photos to her. That afternoon, I got the sweetest text back from her.


I will never forget those few hours I spent with those young ladies, helping them do something they might not have been able to do without this organization. It reminded me how lucky I really am, and how wonderful my little small-town community really is.


If you find that your town is participating in Cinderella’s Closet, I encourage you to attend. You absolutely will not regret it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PLL Questions

Last night was the spring finale of Pretty Little Liars, and it did not disappoint! I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time- with all of the lights on in my house, of course. That show seriously makes me paranoid!

If you haven’t watched it yet, you may not want to read any further.

While it did finally answer some questions we’ve all had, it left plenty more in it’s place.  Here are a few of mine-

1. Why does Noel know Ali is still alive? I obviously missed something here.

2. Who the heck was Ali’s mom afraid of? My bet is on Jason, but I have no idea. Who else would she be covering for?
3. Who killed the blonde girl in Ali’s grave? Why?
4. What the eff is wrong with Mona? Why was she so obsessed with Ali?

5. What did Melissa, Spencer’s sister, whisper to her dad? His face was one of shock.
6. Is Ezra really a good guy? I’m not sure.

7. Does Ezra live? A shot to the stomach is pretty tough stuff.
8. Who was the mad man/woman in the black hoodie carrying a gun? I told you I’m always leery of people in hoodies. Perfect example of why!

9. Who is burying Ali’s mom? It can’t be the same person in the hoodie, right?
10. Why is Holbrook, the new cop, playing games with the Hastings? What do they think they have?

Did you watch? Did you love it? What are you stumped about?!

Monday, March 17, 2014

What I'm Watching

Forget What I'm Wearing posts....you don't want to see my jeans, sweatshirts, and tennis shoes that have been the norm since I sprained my ankles and can't fit into other shoes. No. You don't want to see that.

Instead, here are some of the shows that I'm hooked on as of late.

House of Cards
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I've actually watched both seasons on Netflix already, but if there were more, Id be watching. While the story lines can be quite slow at times, there's something that keeps me coming back. And I'll tell you what that is: Frank Underwood's slimy ways. While I hate that character, I love him too. What an ass.
 
Downton Abbey

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I'm on season 4 right now, and I can't get enough. I love the characters- all of them. The Granthams. The Crowleys. Even the minions in the basement that wait on the snobs every single day. I love the scheming. I love the costumes. I especially love the English accents.
 
The Walking Dead

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This 2nd part of this season has been terrible. I've been bored with the storylines and haven't really liked how they are only doing a few character each episode. However, last night's episode was awesome. So emotional and shocking. Great episode.

Revenge

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Revenge has gotten so good lately! I love that Aiden is back, and I'm really hoping that he and Emily get closer. #TeamAiden I really want Emily to take down the Grayson's soon. That family has got to go.

Real Housewives of Atlanta & Beverly Hills


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Currently, there are three different Real Housewives that are airing on Bravo. I'm not really sure why they overlap like that; it actually drives me crazy. However, I'm not mad that Beverly Hills will have their reunion tonight. I love hearing the slurs fly! And as far as Atlanta goes, it's always going to be entertaining.

Rich Kids of Beverly Hills


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I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I love it. I really do. Morgan is basically the rich, blonde, skinny version of me. She is absolutely hilarious. I love seeing her with Brendan, who looks just like Peter Russo from House of Cards. Doesn't he?
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The others- Dorothy is obnoxious, but so freaking funny, and Roxy is ok. She's cute, but eh, not much else there. Morgan makes the show though. I mean she blogs for goodness sakes! I do hate the fact that these "kids" are well into their 20s and have everything, literally everything, handed to them by their uber-rich parents, but they are entertaining, dang it, and I can't stop laughing at them.


So that's what I've been watching. What shows are you all hooked on?

Friday, March 14, 2014

20 Questions

Need to know even more about me? Of course you do. Why not, right?

One of my favorite bloggers, Julia from Black Tag Diaries, posted these 20 questions on her blog, and said feel free to play along. Well, Julia, I think I will.

1) What is your full name?
Melanie Kay Smith
2) Where were you born?
Glasgow, KY

3) Do you like your handwriting?
Sometimes
4) Do you have kids?
Just my little nugget, CaraMia Pupcake, a 2 lb. Yorkie
5) What is your favorite cereal?
Cap'n Crunch w/ berries
6) Would you ever bungee jump?
Mmmm. I like the idea. However, I don't have the kahunas to actually do it.
7) What shoes are your wearing right now?
My favorite Target flats- that they no longer make. Sad face.
8) Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
A random customer
9) Favorite sports to watch?
College basketball or NFL
10) Do you dye your hair?
Nope. This black is natural.
11) What is your favorite ice cream?
Baskin Robbins Chocolate
12) Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy
Scary movies are too much for me.
 
13) What book are you reading right now?
Danielle Steele's Happy Birthday
(a recommendation from my mom)
 
14) Summer or winter?
Summer
15) What are you listening to right now?
The catty, obnoxious women of The View
16) Beach house or mountain home?
Beach House-- in a fun color like purple or green.

17) When was the last time you cried?
When I sprained both ankles 2.5 weeks ago.
18) How many states/countries have you lived in?
Just good ole Kentucky.
19) Morning person or night owl?
Night owl, for sure.
20) What are you supposed to be doing right now?
(that you are obviously ignoring by playing 20 questions:)
Filing papers
 
If you want to play along, make sure you link back to Julia!
 
Happy Friday, friends!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Walmart Observations

Let's continue with my observations of people, shall we? Last week, I posted about my mall observations. Today, you have the pleasure of agreeing with me on what you will see/what I saw while doing my grocery shopping yesterday afternoon.

1. Screaming kids
Maybe it's just the fact that they are out in public and don't know how to act around the madness that is Wally World. Maybe their parents never taught them manners. Or maybe they are young and just want their skittles. (I screamed once when I was three over and over in the middle of a store, "I WANT MY SKITTLES.") Needless to say, I didn't get them, and my mom spanked me. Why are kids not being spanked now? But back to the point, why are kids always screaming?!?!?

2. Beer bellies on display
If a man (or woman) has quite the large belly, usually from the copius amounts of beer that is consumed, make sure the shirt you wear in public is short enough so that everyone can see said belly.

3. Motorized wheel chairs
If one is in a motorized wheel chair it is because they are either old (acceptable), injured (acceptable- and could have been me last week), or because they are too large to walk. If it is in Walmart, it is probably the latter. And the person that is too large to walk and in the scooter is in the very middle of the aisle where you can't get around.

4. Teens in hoodies
It's still technically winter, so I understand the hoodie. But why in the world do you wear a hood on your head inside? It is creepy, and makes me think you're carrying a gun and trying to hide your face. If you are just trying to cover up your month old greasy head, wear a cap, not the hood of your black sweatshirt.

5. People you know
And you keep passing them in every aisle you go down. The first hello is painful enough. I don't want to keep making eye contact with you after that.

6. Empty shelves
I think maybe the rest of the town knows of a storm or apocolypse coming that I don't. I can't tell you how many things were on my list that I couldn't get because they were out of it. The ONE item I go to Walmart for because I have to get that brand and they are out. Go figure.

7. 25 lanes. 4 open.
This is a given though. Nothing new or surprising there.

Any observations this weekend?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Mall Observations

I decided to brave the pain of bum ankles and go to the mall to do some exchanges and pick up my new glasses. I may or may not have driven around the parking lot for a good 10 minutes looking for a close parking spot, because distance, snow/ice and two wobbly legs just don't mix.

While I hobbled around, I made several observations. Possibly because I was walking at snail's pace and looking around to see if anyone was making fun of me.

1. If I had a dollar for every skinny jean/riding boot combo I saw, I'd be one rich bitch. Don't get me wrong, I love them. They're adorable. I'm just saying that every other female does too.

2. While writing female in the above sentence, I totally wrote it as "femail."  I also just did it in this sentence for the first one. Thank God, I fixed it before hitting publish. Although, now I've told you so what does it matter if I fixed it.  #dummy #PromiseImEducated

2.1. I just proofread this post, which I never do, and noticed I had spelled pick the wrong way. I wrote pic. I really need to be back in school or something.

3. Families that walk 4+ people wide and slow as molasses should be shoved in a closet for a few days. If I were walking normally, I'd be furious, impatient, and try my best to squirm my way around them. However, since I was the one that was crazy slow, it didn't bother me since they were moving pretty fast compared to me.

4. I carried around my "shopper" bag that said "Keep Calm and Go Shopping" to hold some returns that I didn't have bags for. I thought I'd be embarrassed. Turns out- I wasn't.

5. No one really noticed my gimp walk. If they did, I didn't notice them noticing. I got worked up over nothing. Story of my life.

5.1 I googled "gimp" to make sure it meant what I thought it meant and that it wasn't offensive or something. Urban Dictionary proved me right. As usual, I was.  #bam

Anything you notice in the mall?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I Don't Agree

I'm pretty outspoken on things I like and don't like. Just ask anyone that knows me. That often gets me labeled as negative, but I just know what I do and don't like.

For instance- I disagree with many bloggers/twitter users about lots of things. Here are 5 off the top of my head.

1. Jared Leto's hair

No. I don't like it. I don't think it looks good, and I'm certainly not jealous of it. I've never liked long hair on men, and he's not changing my mind.

1b. However, I do like his eyes.

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2. The Bachelor

Everyone I know complains about how obsurd the whole premise of the show is, but my twitter feed is blowing up on Monday nights about the crazies that are on it. I watched some of the season with Sean, and it reminded me why I stopped watching after season 2. Some shows need to quit before they hit 10 seasons.Speaking of shows quitting before they hit 10 seasons, let me also bring up Survivor, American Idol, and all of those other reality shows that bore me to tears. Just stop already.

2b. Except for Real Housewives of Anywhere. I could watch those ladies (and I use the term ladies loosely) until they end up in a nursing home with each other, beating the caretakers on the head with their canes because they didn't put enough "champs" in their oj.

3. Starbucks

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Don't get me wrong, I love a good coffee concoction, but I'm not a Starbucks snob. It's expensive, and you can get drinks even better at other places. Gloria Jean's anyone?

4. Chipotle

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Only because I've never had it. I've had Qdoba; is that the same?

5. Benedict Cumberbatch

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I just don't get the appeal. Granted, I've never seen him act in anything, but based on what I see, I don't get it.

And to each of these I say: #sorrynotsorry.

What things do you not get?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Just Call Me Crip

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I'm sure you've seen the results of last week.

It all started with a silent auction at my aunt's benefit last Tuesday night. I was determined to win a set of chimes; I mean I liked them and all, but I just wanted to beat the heifer that kept bidding against me.

The family was seated in the balcony for the concert, and before it started, I was making my way down the stairs for another peek at the bidding sheet. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to the auction room for the fourth time.

I stepped off the last step, which was quite a bit taller than the rest, my feet hit the floor and my ankles turned. Yes, I said ankles.  Plural.

The next thing I know, I'm on my knees, in pain. Mom said she looked up and it looked like I was praying. I couldn't get up. After a few minutes, I managed to stand up and sit on the stairs. I knew I was in pain, but I was way more embarrassed that I fell in front of everyone. The lobby was packed; however, my mom said she didn't think many people saw me.

While fighting tears, I raised my pants to two egg-like knots on my ankles. Super swollen. I knew I couldn't climb the steps, or heck, even walk into the auditorium. My cousin, who is a nurse practitioner, said I needed to go in for x-rays to be sure they weren't broken.


I painfully managed to get to the car. Intense pain, might I add.

Fast forward a bit-- I didn't break anything, and the x-rays showed I had sprained both ankles. The nurse gave me two aircasts and crutches. I felt like I needed a wheelchair because standing was so painful. I went back to my parents house, my parents picked up some things for me at my house, along with my dog, and I ended up staying there for 6 days.


My mom waited on me hand and foot. They let my little Mia out. Kept my ankles iced. Cooked me food. Got me drinks (non-alcoholic, dangit). Sat in my dad's recliner to prop my foot up. (Whoa!!!) Let me have free reign over the remote. (Whoa!!!). Lots of Netflix was watched.



Besides being waiting on, I had a delivery Wednesday from the flower shop. My mom had a basket of flowers and wind chimes (yep, what caused this whole fall anyway!) sent to me. How sweet was that?



Then on Friday, one of my best friends came to see me and brought two carnations and a bag of candy.



I finally went home last night. It was sooo good to be back home and in my own bed. But when I got hungry, or had to let Mia out to potty, I certainly missed being at my parents to let them wait on me. Especially when Mom posted a bowl of snow cream that she had just made. "I left too early," I said!

Im back to work today, and I couldn't be happier. I never thought I'd say that, but sitting in a recliner for 6 days really got to me.

So that's it. Call me Crip. Call me Grace (as Hello Miss Chelsea does). Whatever you call me, I can take it. I've been laughing at myself all week.
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