Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Resolutions...

I am ringing in the New Year in a hotel in Galveston, TX with Garrett and I could not be happier. Tomorrow we leave on our second annual New Year vacation, a 7 day cruise (YAY!).

It's quiet around here no going out or drinking, we've been in our pjs since 4:00 and I honestly can't imagine a better way to welcome in the new year. After a crazy busy running-around-like-chickens year it's nice to end it in a peaceful way.

Let's take a look at how I did on last year's resolutions...tomorrow I'll post 12 for 2012!

1. Reach My Goal Weight. Fail. I am disappointed in myself for pretending that this resolution didn't exist, and not even getting close. I won't make any excuses I just didn't stick to any kind of plan....

2. Stay on Track at School. Completed! I finished 18 hours of classes in 2011 keeping me right on schedule! Not only did I complete all the hours I should have but I got all As (let me tell you how good that feels!)

3. Attend the OU vs. fsu game. Fail. In the grand scheme of things it just didn't work out. I was disappointed and regretted my decision almost immoderately. It came down to being scared we would lose, and being so busy with school. 

4. Read 12 non Academic Books. Completed! Some of them were terrible easy beach reads because that was all I had time for, but at least I was reading something other than accounting text books!

5. Once a Week Blog a Recipe. Fail. I didn't even blog an average of once a week this hear (shameful!) and I stopped cooking....

6. Cook 6 Meals for the Ronald McDonald House. Fail. I didn't have/make the time. The 3 day took priority in the volunteering slot this year...

7. No Traffic Violations. Completed! and let me tell you many of days I had to remind myself that this was a resolution of mine so I would slow down! It also helps I moved so much closer to work/school. 

8. Save, Save, Save! I spent more than I should have but I did alright on saving too...I kind of forgot what I wanted the number in my savings account to let's call this one neutral. 

9. Establish a Skin Care Routine. Fail. Not much to say on this one I just am not the best at taking care of my skin. 

10. Exercise 3 Times a Week. I am sure I averaged 3 times a week BUT I there were some weeks with more and some with less. I'll call this one mostly a fail because I did not get in a routine. 

11. 365 Picture Challenge. Fail. I still think this is an awesome idea, but lots and lots of days I do the same thing: school, work, study. That gets boring to take pictures of...but now that I have an iphone it would be maybe I'll try again. 

Well those may be my worst odds yet! 3completed 2 kind of completed and 6 were a BIG FAT FAIL.

It's really crazy how your goals change throughout the year. This year was mostly all about doing my very best in school, everything else took a backseat it's so important to me to really excel now that I've found something I really love to do.

2012 I really must work on finding some balance....

I hope you are having a wonderful time ringing in 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I am at work, sadly my mind has already left for Christmas vacation so I'm not getting much done...

I think this is going to be the best Christmas in a long time!

I have a bunch of vacation days I'll be using in the next few weeks!

I wish I could get a quick glimpse of the future. But, I guess that wouldn't be much fun.

I imagine all kinds of outrageous things, my imagination is very active. (or at least that's what G tells me)

I love my little dog.

I hate most bad drivers.

I miss my sister...I get to see her the day after tomorrow!

I fear way too much, but nothing like spiders or snakes.

I hear LFO Summer girls on Pandora.

I smell my Sugar Blossom Soy that smell

I crave potatoes and lemonade.

I indulge in manicures and pedicures.

I wonder if different life paths would have led me to this same spot.

I regret nothing.

I will never forget how lucky I am!

I ache like a little old woman. mustgetinbettershape.

I believe in Santa.

I sing around little kids, they never make fun.

I cry in the shower sometimes.

I lose EVERYTHING. (it's usually only temporary misplacement)

I never say never.

I sometimes talk out loud to myself, even though I will make fun of you if you are doing it, 

I always forget how good I feel after I run.

I look forward to being done with school. again. 

I search for whatever I most recently lost.

I carry my Lilly wristlet everywhere I go.

I can usually be found making myself busier than necessary.

I am scared of scary people.

I need a lesson in patient driving. 

I am happy about seeing my mom and sister in 2 days, Christmas in five days, and our cruise in 12 days!

Friday, December 16, 2011

The stockings were hung...

We are all really excited for Christmas around here!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy ME!

Today is my birthday!

With all the craziness that is my life I didn't really count down or let the anticipation of my birthday build up too much for the last several weeks it has been I can't wait until December 14 and it's not because it was my birthday but because it's the day I'm taking my last final!

It's funny to think that exactly 10 years ago I was waiting to take my last final of my first year in college, it was the very last final on Friday, almost everyone had left the dorms and I was just as excited for the break (but mostly so I could get home and see my high school friends!) I can guarantee you that Ashlee never thought  she'd be still taking finals 10 years later! I can only imagine what Ashlee 10 years from now will be doing on our birthday but I hope it's something great (and I really really hope she's not still taking finals!!)!

I am getting exactly what I need for my birthday, a break from school! (and a cruise in two and half weeks!!!)

Do something awesome today! I'm more than happy to share some of the birthday magic with all of you I want everyone to have a Happy My Birthday day! 

Monday, December 12, 2011

The end is near!

Of the semester that is!

I got almost no sleep this weekend.

Which is completely against everything I believe in for finals week.

The dark circles under my eyes are so horrible there is no hiding them, but I'll keep trying.

Emily over at In the Life of Emily had a good post about preparing for finals...and even though I've had a few more semesters of college than she has, I found her finals motto to be such a great idea and one I'm going to be "borrowing" for sure...

"Dress well to test well"

Seriously it makes so much sense, while I still think it's important to be comfortable (no one wants to be messing with their clothes while they take a test). You better believe I'll have on my cutest outfits tomorrow and Wednesday!

Best to luck if you are testing this week!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Friday Y'all!

It's the end of the semester and next week is finals week, which means every aspect of my life that isn't school is being severely neglected.

I only have to make it to Wednesday.

In the mean time if someone can make me one of these.....

I'm so easily distracted by shiny things...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nail Polish Swap!

Tis the season to swap!

I participated in Tara and Celia's nail polish swap. It was so much fun! 

My partner was Amanda at Simple Girl, Simple Pleasures and she did such a good job!

My package was wrapped in newspaper, I always love it when the boxes I get in the mail are wrapped! 

Inside there was a sweet note from Amanda (isn't her handwriting pretty?)

She sent me seven awesome colors! I told her I mostly wear pink but that I would love some fun new fall colors..

I'm really excited about the gray, it's out of my comfort zone but so fun!

and the fact that it dries fast is perfect for this impatient girl!

Thanks so much Amanda! I really loved the package!

Friday, December 2, 2011

You did what?

Garrett called me on Monday and asked me if I wanted to run a 5k race this weekend.

I was like sure! why not!

(it sounded like so much fun my brain forgot to remember that I haven't run in TEN months!)

When the panic set in, after that little bit of information was remembered, Garrett was like no big deal you just walked 60 miles in three days worse comes to worse you'll just walk the race no big deal.

Right! I can walk 3 measly miles no big deal! I bet I can even run part of them.

I.AM.AWESOME! (that's what my head was saying anyway)

I was even kinda pumped.

Then the registration email came through....

and it said blah blah blah bah you are signed up to run the 10k on 12/3.

I'm sorry what did that say? 10k? IS THIS EVEN REAL? I have not run one step in TEN MONTHS. I can't run 6 miles....that boy is INSANE!

When I called him he repeated his earlier advice you can always just walk it.

So that's cool tomorrow I'm supposed to run 6.4 miles in the rain with the wind blowing 30 miles an hour in the freezing cold.

Have I mentioned I have not run in 10 months?

I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.....

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Birthday Month!

Everyone who lives in our house turns another year older this month.

My birthday is the 14th

Kuddles will be turning 6! on the 16th

Garrett's is the 23rd

It's a requirement to live with must be born in December!

You throw all of those birthdays in there with Finals and Christmas and you have one crazy month.

(Speaking of finals and birthdays I have TWO finals on my birthday. BLAH.)

It's always a struggle to find time to make birthday's special when you have Christmas things to attend but it doesn't matter for as long as I can remember I have loved the month of December! This year will be no exception.

Here is to a great month!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Cyber Monday!

I just had the best four days anyone could ask for! 

I skipped the annual what I'm thankful post because I just wanted to spend my time off of work and school soaking up the things I'm thankful for!

And man did I ever do that. 

I got to spend time with (most of) of the people I love! Including a shopping trip with my oldest cousin on Thanksgiving day, and a cupcake date with another cousin (one that just turned 16 and drove himself there) (crazy!) Lots of lounging with the boy of course. I missed my Mom, and my Brother, and I really really really missed my sister! I wish she would have been here to cook and shop with me! 

The food this year was awesome! I'll post what I made tomorrow. Everything was a big hit! (I just love that!)

Other than Thanksgiving day with the family I had no plans, and that is my very favorite thing! I didn't have tests to study for or projects to complete I just did what I wanted to do! glorious!

I spent lots of time relaxing on the couch, mostly watching football and doing some online shopping!

I didn't step foot into a store and got a ton of great deals! I'm not against Black Friday shopping sometimes it's fun, but I just wasn't feeling it this year, so online was great for me!

We got things accomplished around the house lots of things marked off the to-do list!

And went to the last home SOONER game! It was cold and wet and just an overall nasty game, but we won and I guess that's what's most important. 

You know what I didn't do...take one single picture...I'll try to do better the rest of the season!

I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning but it will be nice getting back into my normal routine! 

and maybe do a little more shopping! (have you seen any good cyber Monday deals?)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today I wore jeans to work and I didn't wash my hair....

I'm such a rebel.

Actually I just thought no one would be the wiser.

Some days (most actually) I don't see a soul my entire work day. I thought today would be one of those days, until my boss walked in around 2:00.

Oh well.

Truth be told I went home at lunch and put the jeans on because I just wasn't very comfortable.

Tomorrow I'll try a little harder...maybe.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What's the deal with the baby pjs for grownups??

Have you seen these?

They've been at Target for awhile...

and that's okay because it's Target right?

Then I noticed them in my Land's End Canvas catalog (without feet)...and I thought that was kind of weird.

But then yesterday I noticed them at J.CREW....
Really is this for real?

Is this the new trend for pajamas?

I will not be participating, can you even imagine? I mean look at that jcrew models ass, that is not flattering can you even imagine what they would look like on a normal person?

I'm pretty sure if I were a guy I'd have it written into my wedding vows no weird one piece pjs. ever. Maybe guys think they are hot though...I'll have to check with G when I get home...but I'm just not seeing it...

I'd admit I am far from the most fashionable or trendy person (there is a reason you'll never see outfit of the day posts around here) but I just don't get the function or the excitement of these. I sure wouldn't spend $80 on them!

Do you own one piece pjs?

Are they on your Christmas list this year?

Please tell me the appeal!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November Fail. And Swaps!

I didn't make it posting every day in November...dang it.

The 3-day took so much out of me both physically and mentally that I've been going to bed at ridiculously early hours.

Every night riiiight before I fall asleep I think about how I didn't blog but the goal doesn't seem worth dragging my sleepy self out of bed and turning on the computer. So, I've just accepted the fact that this isn't my month for every day posting. Maybe I'll try again next month?

I'm so excited to share pictures from the 3Day and to write about my experience but you'll have to wait at least another day. :)

In other news...I can't help but sign up for all the blog swaps during this time of the year! I seriously love  getting things in the mail and I may take my job of putting together the perfect swap present a little too seriously!

Here are some good ones I've signed up for!

Laura at Luckiest in Love had the ornament swap last year and it was so much fun I can't wait to participate again! Who doesn't love new Christmas ornaments?

Then there are three fun lady's hosting a Secret Santa Swap! I love a good surprise so I think this one should be exciting! Head on over to Everyday AEM to learn more about it!

Are there any more fun swaps I'm missing out on??

Sunday, November 6, 2011


I know these short posts should hardly even count for NaBloPoMo but...they are all I can manage right now since I didn't schedule anything for yesterday or today, I just wasn't sure what would be swirling through my head while I was on the walk.

I'm still not sure that I have processed the magnitude of it all.

But, I did it. I walked 60 miles in 3 days and it was hard. and amazing.

get ready because the posts and the pictures will be coming...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 2

Oh the blisters I'm in medical hoping to get them taken care of but the line is insane. At least I'm sitting down can't wait to write about this experience.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Here goes nothing....

Abbi and I have been planning this walk since February and it is finally here.... 

Today is the first day. 

We will arrive at Collin Creek Mall between 6:00-7:00am, listen to the opening ceremony and then start walking...

The anticipation has been building and my ability to sleep has been weakening. I said to Garrett I feel like a little kid who gets to go to Disney World and their Mom keeps telling them to go back to sleep. I just want to be up!

"Ya but this is more like boot camp than Disney World" was his reply, he's probably right.

I hope it lays somewhere in between, boot camp and a good life changing adventure. 

And as always I hope I don't get blisters!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

What I've been buying!

I've found so many great things on the internet lately (like in the last 6 months, I'm a little behind) I feel like I should share!

Source: via Ashlee on Pinterest

I got this print from Paper Parasol on etsy that I just love! The colors are perfect and it looks great as the center piece of my gallery wall (it's not finished yet or I'd show you pictures, soon though I promise!)

I got this elephant (for the gallery wall) and spray painted him! He was pretty easy to put together and I just love him!

Source: via Ashlee on Pinterest

I got this cover for my Kindle as well as a small bag that I use for pens for school in the same print, from from Britgal Designs! It's seriously too cute and makes me smile the entire time I'm reading! (obviously I have a think for elephants)

I got this super cute braided scarf from putapuredukes on etsy she has a tutorial on her blog to make the single braided scarf it's really cute too. But, when she showed this one and put it in her shop so I could just buy it instead of making it myself I snatched it right up (sometimes I like to diy but sometimes I just rather pay someone else and save myself the headache...)! And I'm so glad I did because it's so cute!

Have you bought anything off the internet lately? I seriously love Pintrest it has been a terrible thing for my wallet but a great thing for the economy, just doing my part!! :)

ps. Abbi and I are heading down to Dallas today to get ready for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure if you could send us some good no blister, no rain vibes we'd truly appreciate it!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Goals

Let's start with how we did on Octobers...

I can tell you before we start it was a BIG FAT FAIL. dangit!

1. Blog Every Weekday - FAIL - I blogged 6 times in October.
2. Walk 100 Miles. fail - but just a little fail I did really well with the training 
3. Reach Team Donation Goal. Together we've made our goal but I have a little ways to go get to reach my half of the $4600
4. Spend @ least 1 hr a day on school work. Fail I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote this! I had two fundraisers this month preparing for this walk has been HARD work and I'm still behind but I'll be fine.
5. Keep Car Cleaned Out. DID IT!  
6. Organize Office. FAIL- Not even close, it's worse than when I started!
7. Finish Gallery Wall. FAIL - better luck next time
8. Comment More! Maybe I did a little better, I'll give this one a neutral.
9. Try 2 new recipes FAIL - I did not cook once this month, not one time!
10.  Get a laundry schedule, and stick to it! FAIL- still have piles of laundry...


1. Blog every day! I'm like a broken record on this...we all know I'm participating in NaBloPoMo...

2. Start Couch25k (again) I'm given myself some grace on the start time since I'm walking 60 miles the first weekend of November, ideally I'll start Tuesday 11/8 but if that turns out not to be realistic that's okay I'll just start as soon as physically possible.

3. Limit *extra* spending to $100 extra is those things I *need* at Target, getting my nails done, projects I start, etsy purchases, etc...

4. Finish Christmas Shopping and by finish, I of course mean start....

5. Keep Car Cleaned Out. oh the never ending battle....

6. Organize Office no excuses get it done. the gallery wall too!

7. Clean out my side of the garage it is about to get really effing cold, I'll be so happy I did!

8. Maintain As Started out strong...that makes things easier to finish that way!

9. Comment More! I read too many blogs I need to comment on them!

10. Plan to take 4 dishes to Thanksgiving! Since I stopped cooking I miss it, I'll make up for it at Turkey Day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy November!

I have apparently turned into Scrooge.

I got home from class last night and turned on my porch light and waited (and waited) for the doorbell to ring.

At 8:00 it finally rang, and then it rang again, and while I was walking the 7 steps from the couch to the candy bowl next to the door it rang 11 more times.

I am not even kidding you the two children at my door rang the doorbell at least 12 times in the 30 seconds it took me to hand off the dog and answer the door.

The kids were probably 7 (a girl) and 10 (a boy) too old to ring the doorbell that many times. I have no idea what they were dressed up as because my head was vibrating from all the ringing.

I resisted the urge to give them a lesson in trick-or-treating manners, and also the urge to give them one piece of candy.

Instead I gave them a handful of candy, looked for their parents (I saw none), shut my door, and promptly turned off my porch light…

They ruined my Trick-or-treating sprit.

Of course I made the little dog dress up….

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Isn’t she just the cutest little Hippo! Here is her costume from last year, she makes a really cute bug too…

Don’t forget it is NaBloPoMo time you can win prizes for posting every day in November! I made it last year, but my posting has been waaay more sporadic in 2011 so let’s see if I can make it though…

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I missed this cute kid's football game, because I was just too cold to go.

Dear Winter,
I am so not ready for you.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


My 10 year high school reunion is next weekend.

I'm not going.

It's funny when I told my sister I wasn't going she said "but, Ashlee you loooooved high school!" and I laughed (she was in elementary school when I was in HS and even she knew how much I loved it).

Honestly it just doesn't fit into my schedule if it had been during a school break (summer anyone??) I would have been there in a heartbeat...

It sounds like there are not very many people going...about 10% of our class and the people I care most about seeing won't be there. So, I'll figure out a time to catch up with them. And I'll try harder to make it to the 20 year.

Today has me really thinking about what my 18 year-old-self thought my 10 year reunion would be like.

While driving around our little town before graduation a friend asked that crazy boy obsessed girl  if she really thought she was going to marry someone from high school, and I remember just what that Ashlee said...

she said "if there is anyone from this school I end up marrying I think it will be Jeremy" kind of a surprising answer since we never dated...

but the way 18yo Ashlee saw it, if neither of us were married we'd meet up at the 10 year reunion and that something that had always been there would be tried out, tested and just maybe the timing would be right....

I filled him in on my plan, it would be just like my best friends wedding...only not such a close call :)

Throughout college my thoughts and day dreams would find myself back there more often then most people would probably admit, but it always did.

5 years ago today those silly day dreams were taken from me (that feels so selfish to type because so much more then that was lost).

Jeremy passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer.

So, even if everything had worked out and I was hanging out with the rest of MHS class of 2001 next weekend I know that without him there it would never be able to live up to 18 year old Ashlee's idea of a high school reunion.

I really really miss you. I have so many regrets when it comes to our friendship, I wish I would have been a better friend to you during that time. I was so scared and I thought saying nothing was better than saying the wrong thing and I will never be able to have that time back, I'm so sorry. Sometimes I regret that time I broke that big wooden paddle brush when I hit you with it, but honestly mostly it makes me laugh when I think about it! :) I still miss your phone calls every year on my birthday and I always think about your dad, I've contemplated a card, but honestly he still kind of scares me from that one time on Easter, with the beer. I'm going back to school to get my requirements to sit for the cpa exam and Jeremy I love it...seriously love it. I'm getting As (can you even imagine? I do my homework! I don't copy off of anyone!). I wish I could tell you, I want to hear what you have to say about it. Would you be shocked, or does it totally fit in with the fact that your dad and I share a birthday, and a personality, and now a profession? I hope you knew how much you meant to me, and I really did think just maybe someday it would work out, and if nothing else we could have totally laughed about it next weekend.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Monday to you!

I know, I know we are supposed to hate Monday's...but I just can't help but think Monday's get a bad rap!

1. Monday is a clean slate.
2. I am re-energized and refocused.
3. I have a new to do lists and plans to have a successful week.

Maybe I just had an extra good weekend, and so having to go back to work and school doesn't seem so bad? (I mean don't get me wrong I almost cried when the alarm went off this morning, but that happens's not just a Monday thing!)

First and most important good weekend thing...

We beat texas 55-17! Even better than that? Those Sooners looked like that had it together on both sides of the ball!

Second good weekend thing....

I only took my pajamas off to go out to eat for breakfast Saturday morning, and dinner last night...I love lazy weekends and it has been sooo long since I've had one! This one was much needed and appreciated and I know the KuddleBug loves it when we stay home with her!

Third good weekend thing....

I finally nailed dates for our cruise this winter! Now I just have to pick which ship/cruise line I want to go on...I'm not going to lie if I can figure out which one has the best food that will be the deciding factor for me.....

So here is to good weekends, Mondays being not so bad, and an awesome week!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011


It's one of my favorite weekends of the year OU/sɐxǝʇ! 

I'm a little bit sad I'm not heading down to Dallas, but at the same time I'm a little bit relieved that I don't have to go anywhere at all for two days, and other than training walks I have no intention of leaving my house. 


The little dog is really excited to cheer for the SOONERS! 

I already missed two weekdays.....Oh well I'll keep trying....

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The 3-Day


This year I signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure. 

I will walk 60 miles over the course of three days, I will sleep in a tent (me in a tent! outside!), I will have raised at least $2300 in donations.

This walk is something I have been anxious to participate in for years but life always got in the way. This year I stopped making excuses and signed up.

I haven't even started the walk and I can't even tell you how hard the journey to get there has been. I try to fit in all of my training, but I work, go to school, it's been 110 degrees allfreakingsummer and the last thing I want to do is go outside and walk 10 miles. I hate asking people for money and fundraisers are hard HARD work. 

I buy new shoes-socks-powders-creams-gels every week to try and get rid of the blisters that everyone looks at and tells me "those are horrible, I don't ever get blisters though so I don't know what you should do". I have 12 blisters on the bottom of my feet at this very moment, and I plan to walk 10 miles tonight, tomorrow I'll report back to the running store on how our new experiment is going. 

We are planning on hosting our fourth garage sale to raise money in a few short weeks, and then I am missing a weekend away trip to a football game that I really, really wanted to go to because we need to squeeze in one last fundraiser. 

All this to say it's not easy, I've already wanted to quit (and in theory I haven't even started) and I've cried and I've pouted, and I've neglected things that need to get done and feel guilty because everything can't have my attention and WALKING 17 miles for a training walk takes F O R E V E R! 

Through all of this (and the flat tire I got after a long walk on Saturday that had me sitting in a parking lot barely able to moving balling my eyes out waiting to be rescued) I have to remind myself why I signed up for this walk, why I am doing this. 

I am walking because the most significant risk factors for breast cancer are being female and getting older (two things that are pretty impossible to avoid).

I am walking because the first time I watched someone lose their mother to this disease we we were in fourth grade and saying "I'm so sorry" wasn't enough then or any other time since. 

I am walking because I want to see an end to cancer. I am walking because without a cure, one person will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States.

I am walking because I can. 

No matter how hard (and time consuming) I feel like this walk has been I know that my struggles cannot compare to someone who is battling cancer, or someone who is watching their loved one battle this disease. I will fight through blisters and exhaustion and I'll be thankful that is all I am fighting. 

Help me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day for the Cure!

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Goals

1. Blog Every Weekday - Next month is NaBloPoMo and I want to play! Weekends are harder to post/nobody reads on weekends any way so this weekday blogging will be a good start. I will not be afraid to schedule posts! This month is going to be crazy!

2. Walk 100 Miles. Plan is loooooong weekend walks, and as many during the week walks as I can manage.

3. Reach Team Donation Goal. We need $2240, and we have 30 days to make's hoping a lot of people are feeling generous this month! (this deserves it's own post...coming tomorrow!)

4. Spend @ least 1 hr a day on school work. I hate being behind and trying to catch up so I really need to just stay ahead/caught up!

5. Keep Car Cleaned Out. My car is a disaster area, it is so bad I hate for people to have to get into it, I have no excuses any more I am not commuting any where. I should be able to keep my car presentable. Reward I get to have it detailed if I succeed!  

6. Organize Office. My office is the only room in the house that still has boxes in it from our move back in August...this needs to change!

7. Finish Gallery Wall. Good thing about my office is the Gallery Wall is hung, but I am kind of tired of looking at empty picture frames.

8. Comment More! I read a whole lot of blogs, but I don't follow many of them publicly and I hardly ever comment, I get so shy! 

9. Try 2 new recipes This actually isn't too much of a challenge for me on any normal month, but I've gotten a few less "this is the best thing I have ever eaten" lately and I am missing that reaction so I need to find some yummy things to make!

10.  Get a laundry schedule, and stick to it! Seriously we only have 2 people in our house and I always have a mountain of laundry, we obviously have to many clothes because I can go weeks without doing any. The plies are redic (what I'm cool?). Somethings got to give!

I'm pretty sure the theme of October is Time Management, like I better get a helluva lot better at it if I am going to make it out in one piece! 

Do you set monthly goals? What about weekly & monthly? I do I am all about breaking up my long term goals as small as I need to.Whatever it takes to get some instant gratification....

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Is this for real?

This is the name on a professors office door, that I walk by all the time at school....

Poor baby...makes me laugh every time! Do you think he changed it?

I bet there's no excuses in his class "your dog ate your homework oh you poor baby"

Is it just me? Or does that crack you up too??

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday is the new Monday

As far as I can see there is only one bad thing about three day weekends...

It's even harder to get out of bed on a Tuesday morning that is the first day of the week!

I wasn't the only one who wanted to stay snuggled in bed...

We had a really good weekend our Sooners won and Garrett's Grandpa had his 90th Birthday party.

And best of all we only have to wake up two more times and then it will be Friday again!

Have a happy week friends!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Every few weeks for the last couple of months I've been pulling up this sad little blog of mine and looking at my last post with a cute little picture of the Kuddlebug and the date of April 5 and I think I should type something, but I don't.

Then I find myself saying if I blogged I would totally blog this, I even went as far as to download the BlogPress app on my phone.

but for whatever reason I can't seem to make my fingers type words in the blank white box.

I have all kinds of excuses I haven't taken any pictures, blogs without pictures are boring, I'm too busy, I have nothing to blog about, so on, so forth.

I'm not sure what the deal is and why I stopped but I think I'm going to start again, so the first step was opening blogger, and the second step was to take a picture of myself (so I didn't have the no pictures excuse)

Now that there are words and an instagram picture on the page I'm getting kind of excited about my re-entrance into the blogging world.

Even more exciting though is that college football has started and tomorrow I'll be sitting in my happiest place on earth watching SOONER football!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tail Wagging Tuesday!

Today I'm linking up with the first ever Tail Wagging Tuesday! Hosted by C Mae at Live What You Love!

I could not pass this Blog Hop up since Kuddles is my very favorite pup!

This week is link up your Most Favorite Picture of your Pet...

It was almost impossible to pick just one favorite picture of Kuddles, but this one pretty much sums her up the best!

We had been walking around campus and she was ready for a little rest, there was no way she was going to hang out on the ground like a dog, little Miss. Priss had to sit on the bench next to me. I love that her little ears are perked up and you can see her little Grinch toes (my favorite!)

Let me know if you link up, I'd love to come see your fur baby!!

Monday, April 4, 2011


I had a perfect weekend.

Friday night was full of cleaning so that it wouldn’t have to be done during my precious weekend, followed by dinner at a new local favorite that is so scary and run down we would have never tried it if it hadn’t come highly recommended (I’m not kidding I was worried I’d get shot) but it’s so worth it for some biscuits and gravy!

Saturday was equal parts productive, relaxing, and fun. We had big plans to hit up the OU baseball game but Garrett’s parents returned from Colorado and we decided to hang out with them visiting, eating pizza, watching the Final Four and the baseball game on tv instead. After they went to bed Garrett and I headed to a movie.

I don’t even think we’ve been to a movie at the theater since tax season started. So not like us. We saw Source Code and it was really pretty good, if not a little bit predictable. Then since we were feeling crazy and spontaneous we decided to see Insidious. As it turns out I’m too old to pay for one movie and go to two, my conscious got the better of me and we bought a second round of ticket for the 12:30am showing of the movie, let me tell you if you go to the latest movie on a Saturday night there are only teenagers there (why there parents let them out that late I will never know). We were without a doubt the oldest people in the movie theater, I felt like I should be bossing children around. Insidious was scary, right up there with the Paranormal Activity movies. I really enjoyed it, it was worth getting home at 3:00am!

Sunday we spent the day catching up with other friends, lunch with Abbi and the afternoon with Brent.

And here we are back to Monday.

Poor Monday gets such a bad rap.

I mean don’t get me wrong I hate leaving behind the joys of the weekend to head back to work, and Monday’s are my longest day of the week (clocking in at right around 15 hours away from home). I think Monday can set the whole tone of the week, so I always try to have a happy one. Buy yourself a special Monday treat if you need to get rid of a case of the Mondays!

Have you seen any good movies? I still want to see The Lincoln Lawyer.

lets be happy




Don’t forget to link up at Mingle Monday to make your Monday a little happier!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

This guy was the half time entertainment at the Thunder game Tuesday night...

I was pretty amazed, plus he can spin a basketball on his finger and then a soccer ball on top of that! I couldn't help wondering if his parents were ever disappointed that their son grew up to be a juggling pianist or if it's just awesome enough they would tell any one that listens.

I wish I had some cool hidden talent!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Last night Garrett and I went to my first Thunder game!! I looked up the game time on ESPN so we were a little bit late due to the fact they list everything in EST and I wasn't paying attention. dang. it.

The game was a little too exciting. At the end there were 5 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors (such a silly name, I think) were down by 6, so I said it's over right because there is no way they can score two 3 pointers with that much time left. And I jinxed it (just like that test I took last week). After a crazy play and a stupid Thunder mistake the GSWs tied the game....and into overtime we went. The stadium was pretty much empty because everyone left thinking it was over!

We ended up winning by one point, so yay for that!! It was a fun way to spend a normally boring Tuesday night (but it did cause me to miss Teen Mom 2...)

I took no pictures to commemorate my first ever NBA game because I left my camera at home, and then when I asked Garrett to get it he left it at work. And it was too dark to take iphone pictures. sad.

PS. Don't worry football you're still my favorite! me

Monday, March 21, 2011


I just finished taking a test (who gives a test the first day back from spring break?!)

I handed it to the teacher and he asked me how I did.

I said “better than last time I think”.

He said “really, you didn’t have much room for improvement” (aw thanks!)

Then I said “well at least I felt like I knew this stuff better”

Then I have no idea what happened because I was freaking out that I had jinxed myself and I’m going to fail.

Is it crazy to email the guy and explain my logic, or back peddle and tell him I think I did awful so as to take away my jinxing?

I hate waiting any entire week for a grade….(on top of that he makes us wait until the end of the 3 hour class)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


 Hope your day is free from pinching and full of all things green!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A little too human

Kuddles eats what we eat. Sure I give her dry dog food that she eats but when we sit down to eat anything a meal, a snack, some fro yo Kuddles knows she'll get some too.

Everyone feeds her. She's cute when she begs for food and she's too small to be annoying about it so I even see guest dropping food on the floor for her.

She'll eat just about anything if she thinks you dropped it on accident it's all the better because she thinks she's not supposed to have it and I've watched her eat chunks of onion, all that to say she isn't all that picky.

Last night I made some microwave popcorn (which is very unusual because if I eat popcorn it's only when Garrett makes it with kernels on the stove top) Kuddles was sitting on the couch with me waiting for her share of the loot so I gave her a piece. She didn't eat it right away which isn't out of the ordinary (sometimes she holds out to see if she can get something better).

After a few minutes I saw out of the corner of my eye my little spoiled dog use her paw to push that piece of popcorn on to the floor. It was so sly and quick like a child trying to feed their vegetables to the dog. I said to her you did not just do that...and then she slowly peeked over the edge of the couch looked at the popcorn and then looked back at me.

She's such a brat.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Let's answer some questions...

1. Do you know what your REAL hair color is?
It's a light brown/dark blonde's not a really pretty color but that can easily be fixed (it's not a very good color right now either..oh HELLO roots)

2. Do you plan ahead for summer, or fly by the seat of your pants?
It's been awhile since I've had a summer. This year I'm taking classes on top of working that's a double whammy. Either way I'm more of sketcher...I like to sketch out some ideas and then see how it all plays out.

3. What is your favorite meal to cook?
I love to cook anything that people tell me is awesome, the more praises I get the more I like to cook it. :)

4. Do you get offended by not receiving thank yous?
No. But, I get excited when I get them!!

5. How did you meet your best friend?
I met Garrett when he locked his keys in his car. He was friends with my roommate and she knew I had AAA so she brought him up to my dorm room, he was kinda cute so I called to get his keys free! :) 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring Break!!!


I’m officially on Spring Break!

I had an accounting test today (I cannot wait a week and a half for my grade ugh) and I have another test the day we get back from spring break. I think I can handle that.

Unfortunately I won’t be heading anywhere fun (or warm) I’ll just be working.

No complaining here though I’m going to enjoy going straight home after work instead of to school!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Campus beautiful by day and night…

Baseball season is in full swing and I’m happy to say that my Sooners are 14-0 the only undefeated team left!

We’ve been able to make it to two games, and I’m so excited for this season! And hopefully another trip to Nebraska!!


February 001

After last weekend’s game we decided to walk up to campus corner for some burgers. It’s quite a trek about 3.5 miles round trip. I love campus and I’m always up for any excuse to be there soaking it up.

February 002

We took a break on the bench by one of the dorms on our way to campus corner (see the stadium peaking out *love*) and plotted ways to get back to freshman year of college. Oh the freedom and lack of responsibility, how I miss thee!

February 004

I have spring break next week, and while I’m sad I won’t be enjoying it like I did as an undergrad since I still have to work every day. But, I’ll be enjoying heading straight home every night next week instead of heading to school.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Five question Friday

1. Can you drive a stick shift?
I can! Garrett drives a stick and had to give me a refresher course so I could drive his car, when he got his new car I was hoping he'd go automatic...but he didn't...

I much better at it when I'm driving alone, I get so nervous with someone else in the car!

2. What are two foods you just can't eat?
Shrimp - and if you give me a hard time about it I'll start talking about how you might as well be eating a cockroach with every hope that it ruins your dining experience. I.hate.shrimp!

Coconut - there are no words for the disgustingness that is the food you just keep chewing.  

3. Do you buy Girl Scout Cookies? What is your favorite kind?
I'm avoiding those girls like the plague this year! I love me some Thinmints and Do-si-dos!

This year I did buy some Samoas from Olivia. I won't touch them with a ten foot pole because of the coconut but they are G's favorite! It seemed like a win-win supporting O and avoiding calories for me!

4. How do you pamper yourself?
I love manicures (way better than pedicures) and I get one or both of those occasionally. I think getting my hair done takes waaaay too long so that's not very much pampering as much as please hurry up and get this done. I've had a massage or two but nothing life changing. I'm actually not very good at relaxing or being pampered...

5. What is your nickname and how did you get it?
I've always wanted a nickname, I think it's such a fun idea, but I never really had one. In high school a friend of mine and I decided I should go by Skillet (I have no idea why!) but it didn't really stick.

When Garrett and I were dating in college I decided we should have nicknames for each other and came up with Pookie and Snookums (maybe). Pookie stuck around and Garrett still calls me some form of Pookie (it's okay you can gag) right now it's Pookstah. We are both always changing it up one of my favorites is Pookaburra as in Pookaburra sits in the old gum tree...

A few friends call me Shlee or Shleebee.

Have a great weekend!!