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Things I Love Thursday

11 Aug

I’m back, I’m back.  Life is pretty good here in the great (?) state of Maryland.  Not too much to complain about outside of the heat, homesickness, and boring social life… all thing that will be remedied in the coming months.  Here’s what I’m loving on lately:

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  • Hearing the chimes of all 3 (yes, THREE) ice cream trucks as they drive past our condo everyday.  A perk of our proximity to the pool.
  • Having a LOST marathon with my husband.  We watched the entire series (120 episodes) in about 3 weeks.  I’m already missing my friends… especially Hurley and Sawyer.
  • Saving our $$ so we can eventually buy a place of our own, (where we can drill holes and paint/destruct to our hearts’ content).
  • My husband’s face as I recently explained to him that if, at any point in time, ‘NSYNC decides to joyfully reunite for any type of performance (and if, and ONLY if, Justin Timberlake is included) that I must be there.  No matter when, where, or how much it costs.  Priceless.  I think he’d be ashamed of the 14-year-old I once was. 😉
  • Upcoming plans.  We are very  very thankful for the eventfulness that the fall/winter seasons bring.  As a result of our attempts to save money, July-August has been one the most boring stretches of our lives everrrr.  (This should help explain our 120-episode LOST insanity).  We’re beyond anxious to get out, see people, go places, and have plans.  Current planned excitements:  Trip to SC to visit with my husband’s bff and his new baby boy, my entire family (all 8 of them) visiting us in MD over Labor Day, a beach wedding in September, football, possibly Chicago, cabins in the mountains, more football, etc.
  • Having real conversations with my 4-year-old niece.  How many 4-year olds do you know that can not only effortlessly say the word “chiropractor” but also explain to you that their mom had an appointment with one because “her back gets all crackled up and stuff so he had to fix it”?  Too funny.  This is the same girl who approached the poolside-musician at the beach to request “anything Bob Marley” or “maybe Jack Johnson”.
  • PW iced coffee.  A bit of a hassle to make, but so very worth it in the end and so much cheaper than paying for Sbux, Dunkin (my love), or even McD’s.  And the best part is you have total control over the sweetness.  I like a little caramel, a little sweetener, a little half-and-half.  Delish.
  • Finally forcing myself to put photos up around our place thanks, in part, to our July visitors. 🙂
  • My best friend’s recent June wedding featured here.  It was such a cute wedding, lots of fun details.  Check it out!
  • Talking my sister through some patience-trying issues at work.  This kind of stress in the workplace can be so emotionally draining at times, and I’ve been where she is.  It’s nice to have someone to vent to who understands what you’re going through.  And since I couldn’t make an in-office appearance, I sent her some virtual motivation (1 & 2).  There are some pretty good tips in there.  I’m sure most people can relate.
  • Pre-planning how to decorate our place for Christmas.  Yeah, it may still be over 4 months away… but it’s my favorite holiday.  Therefor, I’m allowed to be excited already.

Things I Love Thursday

14 Apr


Him. And the whole marriage thing.  So much more to come soon! ♥

Things I Love Thursday

2 Sep

Well hello again, friends.  It seems that I’ve been somewhat MIA the last month.  I’d apologize to you about my lack of posting, but I’m really not all that sorry (whoops)!  Of course I’ve missed sharing my thoughts and getting your feedback, but my impromptu hiatus was a nice little vacation.  Like a social-networking rehab of sorts. It’s amazing how freeing it can be to let yourself off the hook …even when it’s your own projects.  Social media stresses me out.  It’s just one more thing to worry about.  Between my blackberry, Facebook, LinkedIn, this blog, Twitter, and multiple email accounts, I feel like I constantly have to work to assure I’m up-to-date on everything going on in the lives of my “friends” and stay on top of any and all communications passing through the various vessels.  Sometimes I think about just deleting them all and enjoying my freedom.  Maybe one day I will. I’ve mentioned the idea of deleting FB once and everybody I told basically shunned me.  People are apparently very serious about Facebook!

Things I love Today:

– Fall approaching with means so many good things:  (here’s my response, theoneinpink) Football, sweatshirts, traveling, campfires, crisp & cool morning air, good TV, hot coffee drinks, colorful leaves and peaceful drives, Sunday naps on the couch-monster, and prepping for my favorite holiday of all- Christmas (I also start preparations in October, which really just means listening to tons of holiday music. I have to make myself wait until October begins or people want to injure me).

– Upcoming travel plans starting with tomorrow’s trip to Chicago! (then followed by Frederick, Vegas, Gatlinburg, etc).

– Smore’s bars. Or the real deal.  Any combination of graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow works.

– My blogging vacation.

This pretty cleaver idea from UPS.  I like the idea of not lugging  bags through the airport, on cab, busses, etc.  Having my bag hand-delivered to my room might be pretty sweet.  And if I wasn’t flying SW, therefore having to pay for a checked bag, I might look into it.

– Simply Lemonades.

– A good pulled-pork BBQ sandwich with french fries (or onion rings) and a giant sweet tea.

– Manicured Nails.  Manicures are usually a definite no-go for this girl due to a serious polish problem. (the polish stays for maybe a day, starts to chip, then I can’t resist the urge to peel it all off).  I hated spending money for something that was so short-lived.  But recently I’ve gotten a few manicures and not only did I LOVE how beautiful my nails were (as opposed to my own artwork, which i consider pretty decent) the polish actually lasted around 5 whole days.  A miracle in nail-care.  I’m slightly obsessed now.  This is one expensive habit I probably need to break… but might continue jussst a little bit longer.  My favorite colors lately- Essise Beach Party, and Heavenly Sunset.

– My dad’s 30th anniversary gif to my mom.  Pictures to follow.

– My best friend (below with her future husband) getting engaged!! Wedding planing round 2! Couldn’t be happier for Niki and Chandler.

– Seeing MY boy tomorrow, finally, after 7 long weeks.  We get 5 days together this time and I can’t wait.  Plus, our visit will be taking place in Chicago, which means lots of fun entertainment options (i.e. eating & shopping).  I haven’t checked Man vs Food yet to see what delicious eateries might be in our path, but I will.

Things I Love Thursday

22 Jul
New York City Section-

Ok, I know it's Shia LaBeouf... but you get the idea. Hot.

  • New York City businessmen.  Yummy.  I’m in love with how snazzy the men of New York dress for your average workday.  I’m use to khakis and polos (which if fine, don’t get me wrong), but these men dress with a purpose.  And they look goooood.  I couldn’t stop gawking.  Very sharp!
  • Air Conditioning.  We literally baked on the concrete in 100 degree weather.  It was unbearable.  Air conditioning and shaded sidewalks were our safe havens.
  • Absolutely ridiculous dinner conversations with friends. Yikes!
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar. I cant help but thinking “why didn’t I think of this??” every time I visit the candyland. Dylan Lauren, you’re me hero.
  • H&M.  Because the chain has yet to see the need to open a location in Nashville (MUCH needed), I have to wait until I travel to shop here.  I love that I can get cute, affordable work clothes.
  • NOT getting migraines when I travel.  It rarely happens… if ever.

Non-NYC (normal) Section-

  • Co-workers bringing their babies into the office.  I’d like to bring them all home with me.
  • The Kotex approach to selling tampons (by poking fun at the way other’s promote their feminine products).  Hilarious, I love these!  One & Two
  • Celebrating birthdays.  There were three just today- Brother, Best Friend, Co-Worker (and friend).
  • These beautiful rental-apartments in Paris.  How perfect are they? I must must go there.  Who’s coming with me??

Things I Love Thursday

8 Jul

Woah…Hold on.  It’s already Thursday again??  The days are just flying by so quickly this summer.  That is NOT ok.  Let’s slow it down a bit, eh?  I’ve still got some flip-flop and sundress wearing, sunshiny weather to enjoy.  I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet.

On to the things I love today…


The fact that, 8 years past said age, I still receive Seventeen Magazine in the mail.  To this day.  Why?  Beats me.  Perhaps I’ve accidentally won some sort of lifetime subscription?  Maybe it’s a fluke.  Maybe it’s a practical joke.  I doubt the later, though.  I’ll read, flip through, and steal ideas from any magazine that shows up at my door.  I’m betting it’s a fluke.  Oh well, I guess I will continue to learn about the issues facing our teens these days (which are surprisingly more advanced than I remember them being when I was 17, by the way).  Did I really just say “our teens”?  Wow, I’m aging too rapidly.


WATER.  Being on it, in it, and around it.  (Not drinking it though, I need flavor, people).  I always loved/envied The Little Mermaid and her underwater accommodations.  I actually used to pretend to be Ariel in the pool when I was younger (you know what I’m talking about, Katie).  I swam like a mermaid and sang away my voice to Ursula… the whole nine.  Nowadays, the adult me just wants to be around the water (not living under it).  But I still wouldn’t mind having her beautiful locks or singing sea-creature friends.


Short work-weeks.  For 2 (possibly even 3) weeks in a row!  This kind of setup would really be ideal… for the rest of my life.


Visiting with families.  Not just my own.  Every family is so interesting and it’s fun to see what makes them special.  Like this weekend, for example.  I got to spend time with both my sister’s in-laws and my boyfriend’s parents.  Fun stuff.  Katie’s nephews are adorable and I may just have to be their adopted aunt so that I can play with them more.  (and snipe them a little… did you see how photogenic they are?)


Then End.

Things I Love Thursday

1 Jul


Sometimes these lists are just a fun, light-hearted way to share my happy thoughts and such, but today… it’s an escape.  I’ve had the most obnoxious of all weeks in history.  I can’t (and won’t) pin it to one particular incident, it’s just been all-around craptastic.  I found myself, today, hand-writing a list of things I have to be thankful for (the TRUE meaning of TILT I suppose).  It really does help to take a moment away from the pity-fest and focus on all of the good things in your life.  It’s so easy to sit back and count all the things going wrong, but it really takes some strength to pull yourself out of negative-land (or Negsville, as Dad responded to us children as his preferred way of saying “no”) when you just feel like being whiny and angry and bitter.  Sometimes it’s easier to feel sorry for yourself. You know, like;  “This is the worst week ever”, “My life is terrible”, and “People should feel sorry for me and buy me brownies and cheese dip”.

But… then it happens;  The moment where you decide that YOU control your own happiness and you become determined to not let this week continue to ruin your mood.  So, you step outside of the freezing office, away from the computer and everyone in the building.  You close your eyes and let the wind lift your hair off of your face just long enough for the warm sun to embrace you… and you remember that life’s not so bad after all.   Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes just being outside can make all of my problems and worries seem so much smaller.  It’s a reminder of how big God is and how wonderful this world is that we live in.  I guess it takes feeling small to see the big picture.

So, today I encourage all of you to be happy, despite whatever is going on in your life (big or small).  Decide to be happy no matter what and really take a moment to step back and reflect on all of the great things you DO have going for you… it will make the bad stuff seem so trivial.

Here’s a sappy/fun combo list of things I love (and am thankful for) today:

God’s love and daily reminders

My family & dear friends who support me

Having $$ in the bank

Having a good job & an education

My sweet boyfriend who politely puts up with my occasional melt-downs

Having PTO left to use on weeks like this

My health

My free living arrangements

My ability to restrain myself from purposely t-boning that lady at the 4-way-stop (thisclose)

Pretty new bracelets from Anthro that fit my little wrists, yet stretch over my large hands

My niece Marlie’s chocolate dance (she’s my girl alright)

The video of my niece, Marlie, singing  & dancing to Bullet Proof (which I can’t share cause it’s only been uploaded to FB and not youtube… hint, hint)

People who flash their lights to warn me of cops ahead, appreciated

People who don’t gossip

Stocking up on Target cardigans to assist in the warming process at work (maybe one day I can leave the fleece at home)

Planning adventures with my bestest of friends (shoutout NB!)

The humor of trying to create a “beauty budget” and ending up with a dollar value that could feed an entire third world country for 2 years, because I can justify anything.

Slumber party with my newly married sister last weekend (and sympathizing with Edward Scissorhands)

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen.  Just because.

Thing I Love Thursday

24 Jun

These old (college years) pictures I found recently while trying to free up some computer space…

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I could dig through these memories all day long.  I may try that sometime. (And when that happens, be prepared for an obscene amount of photos that will have no effect on you, but will likely make me smile and possibly shed a tear).

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