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2013 in review

3 Jan

I saw this survey on another blog that I follow and since, hello I had AOL in the 90s and I love surveys, I thought I’d give this one a go. I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, and resolutions for 2014!

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I got married and traveled to quite a few new places.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes! My New Years’ resolution was to start a blog and keep it going for 1 year. My posts were sometimes infrequent, but they were there I tell you!

2014 Resolutions

  • As always, work out.
  • Spend more time in the kitchen.
  • Eat better.
  • Try new things.
  • Travel.
  • Meet new people.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my lifelong best friend gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Tatum Leigh!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes our furbaby, Bubba.

5. What countries did you visit?
The Bahamas, Scotland, France, Amsterdam.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A house of our own! The urge to nest is real, people, with or without babies.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 4, 2013..the day I vomited outside a church and then married my best friend. (just kidding about the vomit but it was a close call)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Planning a huge wedding, then being able to completely separate myself from said-wedding and enjoy my honeymoon!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I did not stay on track with my workouts. As a matter of fact, I went to the gym almost daily until about March…didn’t see the gym again until around November! Yikes!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Other than chronic allergies that threaten to kill me with a change of wind direction, I was good.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Not the best question for an online shopping addict…everything is the best

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My parents and close friends went above and beyond for me this year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Hmm another tough one.. I don’t think that I had any sort of lasting relationship with anyone whose behavior made me appalled or depressed.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bridesmaid dresses/wedding dresses… I was in 3 weddings this year and attended 7!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
EURO TRIP! Agh, so much fun!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Could It Be by Charlie Worsham

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder?
Happier! And definitely less stressed out!

II. thinner or fatter?
Pretty much the same.

III. richer or poorer?
Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Taken time to unwind and relax. We were on the go pretty much every other weekend of 2013.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stressed out (wedding planning, budgeting, moving)

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At my parents’ lake house on Canyon Lake

21. Who had the biggest influence on your life in 2013?
Charlie, since he made me change my last name

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Yes, in more ways than one. I fell in love with Charlie again the day that we got married (cheeeese), and I fell in love with San Antonio again the day we moved downtown.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
The Goldbergs. Oh God, the Goldbergs. Barry is my spirit animal.

25. Do you dislike anyone now that you didn’t dislike this time last year?
I don’t think so.

26. What was the best book you read?
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Couldn’t put it down! Also read the Game of Thrones and Outlander series.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Oh there were far too many to list. I pride myself on falling in love with songs 4-5 months before they show up in Apple commercials.

28. What did you want and get?
I wanted a year full of travel, time spent with family, and love. I got all three!

29. What did you want and not get?
A house… had to leave something for 2014.

30. Best movies this year?
I’m not much of a movie buff… I did laugh all the way through This Is The End though!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27 this year and spent the day stuck in the Sacramento airport coming home from a business trip. Ate my birthday dinner on the floor of the Las Vegas airport at 11:00 pm, satisfying all around.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Again… a house!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Loved some trends, loathed others. Faux fur vests – yes. High heeled sneakers – can’t do it.

34. What kept you sane?
Daily phone rants with Mom

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Franco, Rogen and Hill just get me.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Why anyone would make banning gay marriage their life’s work is beyond me.

37. Who did you miss?
I always miss my far-away family and friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Loved spending time with the Scotland gang!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:

Things work out the way they are supposed to. Don’t spend time stressing, spend time doing!

40. One word or sentence to describe how you feel about 2013:
Such an amazing year, ready to conquer 2014!

Happy New Year, friends!

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back with the fire of a thousand suns

15 Oct

Well… it’s been almost a year since my last blog post. Life has been crazy! In the time that I’ve been away (from the blog, not away from life), I got married, traveled to the Bahamas, traveled to Europe (Scotland, Paris & Amsterdam), said goodbye to our sweet boxer boy, Bubba, moved, and in the midst of it all…sprouted a few new gray hairs. 2013 has been a ROLLER COASTER and I promise to update with wedding & Europe ish soon. 

It’s Tuesday.. so fitting that I return to the blog just in time for a round of Tuesday tags. Here’s what’s been in my earbuds this week:

“Hurricane” – MS MR

“The Wire” – HAIM

“Stompa” – Serena Ryder

“The Mother We Share” – CHVRCHES

“Scare Me” – New Beat Fund

“Afraid” – The Neighbourhood

“The Ceiling” – The Wild Feathers

“All Things at Once” – Tired Pony

“Lightning Bolt” – Jake Bugg

“Land of Gathering” – The Ceremonies

tuesday tags & mozilla firefox

6 Nov

Holy mother, can you believe it’s already November?! It feels like just yesterday that Charlie and I were falling (literally) all over the dance floor and having the time of our lives on New Year’s Eve…and now…November. It just doesn’t seem right! Probably because it’s still 80 degrees outside. But what can ya do? The holidays are upon us!

Last week, my company held our annual costume contest. We are a software development company, and the costumes are usually pretty funny and right on theme with the work that we do. This year, I chose to dress up as Mozilla Firefox (as in the web browser).

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Hehehe…While my costume may have been lost on strangers during trick or treating with my godson and his big brother, my coworkers got it! 🙂 Unfortunately… I lost to an oompa loompa. Is there no justice in this world? After work, I went to my best friend’s house to go trick or treating with her little ninja turtles!

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…Seriously? How cute are they??? They kill me! Okay, on to the Tuesday Tags!

“I’m Amazed” –My Morning Jacket

“Three Marlenas” –The Wallflowers (throwback ya’ll!)

“Norwegian Wood” –The Beatles (what what? throwback x2!)

“Queen of California” –John Mayer

“Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” –Counting Crows

“The Pretender” –Jackson Browne

“Work Around It” –Them Swoops

“Land of Hope and Dreams” –Bruce Springsteen (I have a special place in my heart for Bruce. His voice just screams “America” to me.)

“Follow Me” -Muse

“This Ladder is Ours” –The Joy Formidable

I will leave you guys with a very sweet picture of Bella.

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Awww, cuddle bug 🙂

celebrating 26!

24 Sep

My birthday fell on a Wednesday this year. We celebrated during the week with dinner and drinks at La Gloria, which ended up being an awesome time! I couldn’t figure out what I felt like doing on Saturday, but we finally decided we would head to Austin for the night to spend time with my brother and sister.

Since Charlie had to work Saturday and I didn’t, my parents picked me up and took me to lunch before we headed out to the lake house for a day on the boat! We decided that the dogs would really love the boat so we brought them with us… not so much. We ended up having to pull up to the beach outside our house so my dad could jump off the boat and carry both Juneau and Scout to shore.. hilarious to say the least!

Charlie got off work and met us at Myron’s Prime Steakhouse in New Braunfels where I had the best steak I’ve ever eaten in my life. Easily. I got the 8 oz. filet (Oscar style, because I’m a crab whore), and ate every single bite. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it! I also recommend going extremely hungry, because you will be sad if you have to leave anything on your plate!

After dinner, we said goodbye to my parents and got on the road to Austin. Charlie got us a room at the Hilton Austin downtown. It ended up being the perfect location because the bar where my brother works (The Aquarium on 6th) was only a 3 minute walk away! And ladies, you know when you’re walking in stilettos that every minute matters. We met up with my sister and headed to 6th for a few drinks!

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I love Austin, I truly do. I love the diversity, the music, the people…what I don’t love is traffic and pedestrians with death wishes, but I guess you have to give and take right?

Sunday morning we woke up bright and early. The Dallas Cowboys kicked off at noon and Charlie wanted to take me by the outlets to pick up my birthday present before we went back to San Antonio.

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Ta-daaaaa!!! He listens! He listens! He loves me! ;);) I’ve been eyeing this Michael Kors watch online, in magazines, online some more, on other peoples’ wrists, for months! I spent our drive home coming up with outfits to wear it with.. weird, I know.

All in all, my birthday was awesome! I was so glad to get some quality time in with my parents, my siblings, and Charlie of course. Thanks to everyone for making this birthday one of my best yet!!

Also, the COWBOYS WON!!! It was an ugly, ugly game but a W is a W!

We had some friends over and cooked out after the game to celebrate! The burgers (turkey for me, beef for all the sweaty men in my house) came out delicious and the weather was perfect. Hope everyone else had as great of a weekend as we did!

Aldo manning the pit!

Now, back to the grind! Hope everyone has a happy Monday!

Birthday outfit:

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Lime green racerback – Victoria’s Secret (this is totally a work out top and I kind of just wore it out..)

Black lace bralette – Victoria’s Secret

Leopard skirt – Forever 21

Necklace – Express

You can’t see my shoes but they are adorable black peep toes 🙂 That is all! Byeee!

the big 26

21 Sep

Another year, another birthday. Is it just me, or does it seem like as soon as you hit 18 time starts flying at breakneck speed? When you’re younger, you can’t wait for all of these huge, momentous occasions. Turning 16 and getting your license, turning 18 and becoming an “adult” (I use that term loosely, because I definitely didn’t become an adult until about halfway through 25), turning 21 and getting your beer card.. then what? Most days, I don’t even feel like a mid-twentysomething. I feel like I could totally transport back to 2005 and relive my senior year from start to finish. Then I remember that my hangovers last 2-3 days and vodka makes me vom. What other age is there to look forward to? I mean, 30 is right around the corner, it will basically be here in 15 seconds. These were the thoughts that were going through my mind the day before I turned 26 (which happened to be on Wednesday). So I did what any girl would do…called my mom and cried like a baby, and then went for a run.

My mom and running are my two favorite stress relievers. My mom has a way of making me realize  how blessed I am without making me feel stupid for hiccuping and sniffling over the phone for 35 minutes. A nice, long run gives me time to put everything in perspective…plus I refuse to cry while running. That’s just weird and there are way too many people outside.

By the end of my mid-20-something-crisis, I realized that I’m not very good at enjoying the “here and now”. I’m GREAT at planning and looking forward to things and getting overly excited, but once the event or whatever takes place, I don’t take the same time to enjoy it that I did to plan it.

Basically, I came to the realization that I need to chill the fuck out and smell the roses. 25 was a crazy, wild, insane year. I got engaged, I got promoted, I finally got to introduce Charlie to my whole family (they live in New York, we live in Texas…it took some planning), I helped one of my best friends welcome her beautiful son into the world (shoutout Raymond!), my nephew (who can now say my name and it sounds so sweet) and sister in law moved to San Antonio… all in all, it was one Hell of a year and I think 26 will be even better! Plus, it didn’t hurt that I got to ring in my new year with a couple of my best friends 🙂 Charlie got a group of us together and we all went for dinner and drinks at La Gloria, such fun times!

ImageFlowers from some of my besties 🙂 Thanks again Sarah, Alicia & Ari!! Ya’ll are the best!

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Sarah and I outside of La Gloria

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We had some visitors 🙂 These ducks actually bit Sarah.. twice. 

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Tres leches with a candle! Oh and the man of my dreams 🙂

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If you aren’t double-fisting a blue margarita and a michelada on your birthday, I don’t know who you are. 

7 Wedding Planning Tips for the Newly Engaged!

23 Aug

So sorry I’ve been away from this blog for MONTHS! I got swept away with traveling, working, and of course…wedding planning.

When it comes to planning our wedding, I consider myself lucky. I interned with multiple wedding planners when I was in college and after that, I worked as the Event Center Coordinator for two facilities. I have been to my fair share of weddings, people! I hung up my clipboard and ear piece when I took on my current job, but I still love planning and I have a pretty clear vision of what I want and don’t want (ie: I want big, fluffy flowers. I do not want a Turkish Elvis-impersonator for the reception).

We set our date for May 4, 2013, and were able to get most of the big stuff out of the way around the 10 month mark. Here are a few tips that we followed when our list of things “To Do” seemed endless!

1. First things first. Pick a date! When you are newly engaged, this is the question that comes up the most. “Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! When’s the wedding?” Talk to the important people (parents, siblings, etc.) when trying to figure out a good date for the wedding. Charlie and I almost scheduled our wedding on my cousin’s birthday, then his best friend’s birthday, then Mother’s Day weekend before we finally figured out the date that worked best for us. You definitely don’t have to work with other people’s schedules if you don’t want to (it is your wedding afterall!), but we did! Picking a date is the step that gets the wedding planning ball rolling. Without a solid date, you aren’t able to book your ceremony site, reception site, caterer, musician, florist, etc. Take your time, don’t rush, pick out a date that works for you, and then you can REALLY get started. 🙂

2. Pick a location. For us, once we picked our date it was set in stone. Because of that, we weren’t able to secure our first choice for our reception venue as they were already booked on our day. However, we found the perfect place (that we actually ended up liking more than our first choice!) and couldn’t be happier. Once you have a location, you will be able to “envision” your wedding day with that much more clarity. Getting these big things (date & location) out of the way early on will seriously take the edge off of the whole process. Once you’ve got a day and a place, it’s all downhill from there!

3. Don’t commit to colors too early.  If your wedding colors are not open for discussion, skip this tip. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a purple and silver (or green and brown, or champagne and gold, or whatever and whatever) wedding. However, there are other things that should be taken into consideration. Like….your venue! It’s totally possible to have the perfect color in mind, only to walk into your venue and realize… wow, that shade of green would look absolutely putrid against this orange carpet. Keep an open mind, and figure out a palette (that’s right.. a palette. Not two colors!) that works best for you. Our colors are celadon, tea green, silver, teaberry (a pale pink), and some charcoal. Having a palette rather than two colors prevents everything from looking too “matchy-matchy”.. which is a term I have used more times than I can count throughout this whole ordeal!

4. Have engagement pictures taken. This is a great, wonderful, happy time in your life! You are in that stage where you aren’t really boyfriend and girlfriend anymore, but you’re also not married yet. This ‘in between’ stage is so fun (not to say it can’t get crazy, overwhelming, AHHHHH, etc.). Most photographers offer an engagement or bridal session as part of your package, take advantage of it! It will be so cool to look back on the pictures you take years down the road and just be like, “Wow.. look at us! If only we had known…” (just kidding about that last part 😉 ).

5. Don’t get overwhelmed! This is my biggest, most important tip EVER. It’s extremely easy to get bogged down in the little details. Favors, flowers, chargers, napkins, stemware, etc. DON’T! Make yourself a Wedding Binder and divide it into sections such as “Ceremony”, “Reception”, “Cakes”, “Flowers”, “Wedding Party”, etc. Stick images of things you like in a divider so you can remember them. MAKE LISTS! Also… sign up for theknot.com. You will love me, I promise. This site gives you an extremely detailed checklist, divided by month, for you to follow. It doesn’t get any easier than this, folks! Along with the checklist, it also gives you a Guestlist Manager, a Budget Tracker, a place to save your favorite vendors, millions upon millions of reviews on the vendors in your area by brides that have actually used their services, a place to create a wedding website, and TONS of pictures. That’s not all, I just don’t feel like typing everything else The Knot offers! It’s a sanity saver! And it’s free! Hello!

6. Make a Wedding Website. I know that some of you may not be into this part, but it’s really more for your guests and family members than for you anyway! 😉 http://www.theknot.com and http://www.weddingchannel.com both have super easy templates that you can use to create a personalized Wedding Website for you and your significant other. Use your Wedding Website to give guests information about your registries, hotel blocks, driving directions, timeline of events, activities for non-wedding time, restaurants in the area, etc. Include information about your honeymoon and your wedding party, pictures from the events leading up to the wedding, etc. This is a great way to let your guests feel like they are a part of the process, no matter how far away they are.

7. HAVE FUN! Brides have nightmares about stuff going wrong on their wedding day. But here’s the thing…if something goes wrong, the only person who is going to notice is you. Your guests aren’t going to know that the chocolate fountain was supposed to be pink instead of white, they are just gonna be happy there’s chocolate with cool shit to dip in it. Relax, have fun, and enjoy your wedding!!

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the chair from hell and a sassy salsa

3 Feb

I’d like to introduce you to someone. This is the worst office chair ever. That is not an exaggeration, it really, truly is. After a year of working here and sitting in this stupid chair every damn day, my back, neck, shoulders, and EVEN MY HEAD hurt constantly. Take it from me.. and do not ever purchase this chair. He’s a bad boy.

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That isn’t my desk by the way.. mine is far more cluttered and “lived in”.

In other news, I completely lost my mind today and found myself ass deep in a Taco Bell gordita for lunch before I even realized what I was eating. Don’t judge me okay? It’s been a long week! I will say though, their conversation-ish salsa has stepped it up a notch. Why does this feel like my salsa is trying to get in my pants?

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….is it Friday yet?