Dec 12, 2011

You Know What's Depressing?

Gaining 25 pounds in 6 months,
that's what. 

   June 11                         December 10        

Needless to say, I hate myself right about now. 
And won't be eating for the next 6 months. 
(That's an exaggeration, but still. I've got to do something.) 

Nov 15, 2011

The One Where I Brag on Mr. G

Guys, my hubby is super talented. 
For real.
He's been working on designing this website for what seems like FO-EVA
and it's finally up!

:) Seriously- he's fantastic. I am so very proud!

Nov 4, 2011

The One Where I Met Ben Folds

It's true. I met the man who rocks the suburbs.
The night before his show with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra, Ben Folds put on a Master Class for a local university's contemporary music program. 
It. Was. Perfect.
He's a hilarious man with a dirty mouth full of fantastic stories. 
(He even made a "that's what she said" joke. Come on--it doesn't get much better than that.)
I can't decide if his talent, intelligence, or humility impressed me most.
I got to tell him that my dad and I danced to "Gracie" at my wedding. 
Seriously- one of my favorite moments of my favorite day involved this man's musical brilliance
and I got to tell him "thank you." 


Like I said, he's hilarious.

He's not smoking- just holding the mic. :)

There he is, signing my... planner. Yep- I'm that cool. 

I have every intention of framing this page from my Erin Condren planner.

Have you ever met a celebrity?
Aside from Ben Folds, I've also met Patrick Dempsey, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, and Alan Jackson.
(One of these things is not like the other.)

Oct 22, 2011

The One Where I DON'T Vomit on Mr. G

Fried food, ferris wheel, farm animals, and NO VOMIT?
I'd say it was a great day at the Texas State Fair. 

Oct 10, 2011

The Leak

If it weren't for my super-comfy(dry) bed and cuddly husband, 
I would absolutely hate my apartment right now. 

Hope your abode is dryer than mine. 

*The Scottish flag is the husbands. Rather than freak out about decorating and matching, I let him put it up in the hallway. I know. Best wife ever. 

Oct 6, 2011

The Zoo

The zoo + my nephew = an exhausting, but wonderful time. 

Plus- I got SO close to the elephants (my fav).

I start a new job tomorrow. More on that soon. 

Sep 26, 2011

The One Where I Vomit on Mr. G

Until yesterday, Tim had never been to a State Fair. Isn't that crazy? Growing up in Texas, we went to the fair EVERY year. In fact, we got a day off of school for it. So naturally, I've always loved anything fair related. Food, rides, strange exhibits, animals- I love it all. My only negative memory was peeing my pants on the TX State Ferris Wheel when I was three. But come on, I was three. 

Let's fast forward 20 years to yesterday. Tim and I decide to go to the fair. It's the last day, he's never been, so why not? Little did I know, the horror that would follow. 

We were both pretty hungry when we got there, so our first mission was to scout out what we wanted for lunch. Tim decided on a Philly Cheese Steak and I picked the Indian Taco. Ever had an Indian Taco? Their pretty fantastic and look something like this:

Trying to be smart, we opted out of rides for a bit. Neither one of us wanted to feel remotely sick on our fun fair date, so we walked around for about an hour and a half. We saw the new cars, the random shops, and of course, the animals. Feeling on top of the world, we decided we had waited long enough and headed over to the Midway. 

First ride: awesome. It was called the "Fire Ball." And despite a few butterflies from the height, I was completely fine. 

Second ride: This beast- 
"The Spider" 

Not awesome. About 30 seconds into the ride, I felt it. That awful feeling that starts in your head, creeps down your throat, and then quickly consumes your whole upper body. I tried closing my eyes. I tried pressing my head against Tim's shoulder. I tried in vain. Right as Tim asked, "Hey baby, are you okay?" I lost it. I lost an entire Indian Taco and a large sweet tea all over myself and Tim. Five times. FIVE. It was awful. There was no stopping it. 

Think that's gross? Just wait. 
Apparently, the operator missed the spew, and let us down LAST.
Guys- we were marinating in my vomit for a good three minutes... at an angle. 
It. Was. AWFUL.

Tim, again the BEST HUSBAND EVER, just smiled and kept asking if I was okay. He wasn't grossed out, he didn't freak, and he even waited until I was done crying to laugh. When we finally got down, the operator simply said, "Oh, sh*t" and walked away. 

Oh, sh*t was right. 

Then came the walk of shame. Covered in my spew, Tim and I journeyed back to the car, removed our pants, and drove home. Can you imagine if we would've gotten pulled over?

As we got closer to the apartment, we remembered a few things: 
1. We were in our underwear
2. There was no way we were putting our pants back on (yuck) 
3. We had to somehow get upstairs to our apartment without showing our entire complex our skivvies. 

Luckily, Tim's friend met us with some towels and we were able to sneak upstairs, pretending to have just gone for a swim. 

The worst swim of my life.

We laughed non-stop from the drive home until after we were both showered and our clothes were in the washer. 

Like I said, I have the best husband in the world. 

Sep 21, 2011

Sick Day Must Haves

I am SUCH a baby when it comes to being sick.
Normally, I would deny this, but now that I have hubs around,
there's no hiding it. I am a sick diva. 
There are certain things I have to have when I'm feeling miserable.
Am I the only one who has some *must haves* for sick days?
Hope not, but in case I am, I thought I'd share the things I keep close when I'm feeling rotten. 

1. DayQuil/NyQuil dual pack
This stuff is the For real. The DayQuil keeps my symptoms somewhat at bay during the day and that NyQuil knocks me out cold. If there's anything I really need when I'm sick, it's a good night's sleep. NyQuil makes this possible. 

2. Vicks VapoRub
Tim hates the smell of this stuff. Which is unfortunate because when I've got a cold, there's no way I can sleep without it. (Okay, maybe there is- but like I said, I'm a sick diva.) I put it on my chest, under my nose, and on my feet. Have you heard of this trick? You put VapoRub on your feet and cover them with socks. Maybe it's an old wives tale, but I'm convinced that it helps. 

3. Walgreens Saline Nasal Spray

Maybe there's a name brand out there that's better, but this is what I grew up using. In fact, for as long as I can remember, there's been a bottle of this stuff on my dad's bedside table. One of the worst things about being sick (and allergies in general) is waking up with a ridiculously dry throat/nasal passages. Spray some of this stuff up your snout before bed and in the morning and VOILA. Problem solved... well, delayed. 

4. A humidifier
This is great to have around all the time, but even more so when you're sickly. I bought it about a week ago to help my allergies/sinuses, but it has definitely been useful over the past few days, too. Also- apparently adding moisture to the air helps with dry skin? Sweet. 

5. Kleenex
I'm certain that the green police would be all over me for the amount of Kleenex I go through when I'm sick, but hankies are just nasty to me. Blowing snot into the same piece of fabric repeatedly? No, thank you. These little babies are lifesavers and keep my face booger free. I carry a box with me at all times during illness.

6, 7, & 8. Netflix, comfy couch, and a quilt. Do these really need an explanation?

Well, there you have it, friends. 
How do you deal with sick days?
Any secret remedies from your grandma?
(Seriously, folks. Spill 'em. I'm going on day four of this mess and will try anything)

Sep 20, 2011


The sickness returned last night. I say "returned," because I battled this villain three weeks ago. Coughs, sniffles, mucus, fever, the works. I kicked it's tail in two days and felt invincible... until last night. By the time I got home from work, my voice sounded like a cartoon character. However, at that point, my voice was the only thing *off* so I was fairly certain it was just allergies. False. The villain had returned with a vengeance. No voice, snot and mucus everywhere, and running a low grade fever.  I was absolutely miserable when Tim got home from practice (he's directing the band for a freshman show here on campus). Being the sweetheart that he is, he offered to do his homework in bed next to me. The medicine started to kick in after a while, but before I could pass out, Tim put his computer down and read to me from a book on the Psalms. We've been reading through this together for a while now and it is one of my absolute favorite things. Most nights, we take turns reading, but tonight he took the reigns since my voice was no where to be found. Gracious-  being curled up in his *nook* and hearing him read? It's fantastic. I can't imagine a sick day without him now, I'm afraid. Or any day, for that matter. 

I'm a lucky girl. 

Sep 19, 2011


From the newlyweds I've talked to, I've gathered that most everyone shares pregnancy fear for the first year of marriage. I'm not too embarrassed to say that over the past three months, I have freaked out a few times. Anytime things down in woman town are the tiniest bit *off* I convince myself that I'm pregnant.

My saint of a husband always calms me down and reassures me that the chances are slim, but that God will work through any situation- even if it means a baby. I then pout like a three year old and tell him he's wrong. Yeah- I'm lucky he puts up with it.

This past week, I had my monthly scare. This time, I decided that instead of waiting it out, I'd go ahead an take a pregnancy test. Ya know... just to shut my brain up.

I snuck into Walgreens, praying no one I knew was there. Piddled a bit, just to keep attention off me and then quickly grabbed the first test I saw. As I made my way to the counter, I had another freak out. The main (and only) cashier was a guy I'd had before. A guy who ALWAYS asks about what I'm buying and how I'm doing, etc. Any other day, I would indulge his friendliness, but conversation was the LAST thing I wanted with the fate of my uterus on the line.

Just as I started to sweat, a sweet girl tapped me on the shoulder. In a kind, reassuring voice she said, "I can check you out at cosmetics, if you'd like."


She smiled sweetly and rang up the test. No awkward conversation or consolation. It was wonderful.

Okay- fast forward to my apartment ten minutes later. I have drank my WEIGHT in sweet tea at this point and decide to go for it. And for the record, peeing on a stick is challenging. Even with the fancy thumb grip. Yuck.

Of course, hubs was right. Not pregnant. Figures, since I've taken my pill religiously since day 1.

And while the story ends happily (for us, for now) I still can't confidently say I won't have the same freak out next month. Am I some sort of freak? Probably. But at least I'm not pregnant.

Disclaimer: I LOOOOOVE babies. Love them. Want tons of them. Just not right now. Don't read into this post as ungrateful or anti-baby.

Sep 18, 2011


Oh, hello there! It's been awhile, hasn't it? Not only does marriage fatten you up, but it makes you busy- at least when your hubby is a college student. We have been going non-stop for the past three weeks!

I've been at my new job for about a month now. All of the kids in my class finally know my name, so that must mean I'm old news. For the first few weeks I was, "Teacher! Teacher!" or "New Lady!" Get ready for some entertaining stories about these little ones. They definitely keep me on my toes.

Also- does my blog look FANTASTIC?! Katie over at Loves of Life did a PHENOMENAL job giving my piece of the web a much needed facelift. If you ever want to change up your blog, she's your girl.

That's all for now, loves. My Sunday afternoon nap is calling! Have a wonderful week!

Aug 21, 2011


our epic tent/fort
playing cards
trip to the airport to get the newlyweds
filming for 1st week follies
movie/Quelf night with the newlyweds
Sunday dinner

Aug 18, 2011


Blogger has made it RIDICULOUSLY difficult to change up the blog. 
Sooo I'm gonna wait a bit and have Tim play around with it.

Pardon the mess. 

Aug 17, 2011

Wedding Pictures

I am overjoyed to finally see these and share them with you! 

Click HERE to see more! 

Aug 16, 2011


Here's what we've been up to: 

2 month anniversary
Back to School get together
Random folk band porch concert
my 1st Big Truck Taco's experience
Sara Sara's cupcakes
Switchfoot concert
Frontier City

Hope your week is going well.
I'll be back soon with some more details about the new job!

Aug 10, 2011

Big News

I have a job. 


Starting Monday, I will be teaching pre-school FULL TIME 
for an amazing, Christian organization. 

God is good. 

Aug 1, 2011

Laundry, Hair, and Jillian

DIY Laundry Detergent:
I LOVED the results of the DIY laundry detergent.
My clothes came out clean and soft.
The only negative thing I can think of?
No super-yummy smell.
But here's the deal,
since I'm not paying an arm & a leg for detergent,
I could probably spring for some delicious smelling fabric softener.

Where did I get my supplies?
I know some people have issues with Wally World,
so I made a little trip to Target to make sure the supplies were there, too.
They carry the Borax and the washing soda,
but I couldn't find any Fels Naptha.
Maybe a local grocer carries it?
Let me know if you find it elsewhere.
(I found everything next to the detergent)

Since I chopped my hair off relatively close to the wedding,
there's really not much left to cut now that I'm a newlywed.
So rather than ending up with an Abby Wambach look,
I decided to dye it instead.

Initially, I had thought about going a little lighter 
since it's still summer and all.
Tim had another idea:

I love it. :) 

And lastly, Jillian:
Tim and I started Jillian Michael's 
"30 Day Shred"
last night.
Holy quadricep,
I am sore.
Has anyone else done this program?
It's literally kicking our tails,
but we kinda love it.

Jul 25, 2011

DIY Laundry Detergent

Detergent is expensive, folks. 
Tim and I have been married less than 2 months
and we've already gone through a huge thing of detergent.
As poor newlyweds, 
constantly buying detergent is just ridiculous
(& pricey!)

So, I did a little research online and found an amazing recipe for homemade laundry detergent. 
For all of the ingredients (and the cuuuute little canister) I spent less than $10. 
And here's the kicker- I doubled the recipe and still have tons of Borax and washing soda left.
If I were to need more, I'd only have to spend .97 cents to buy another bar of Fels Naptha. 
However, I doubt that'll be any time soon since I made 80 loads worth. 


Here's a little recipe/how-to: 
Each regular load uses 1 tablespoon of the mix. 

Our first load using the new detergent is in the dryer right now. 
So far, so good.
The clothes smelled fresh and clean coming out of the washer.
I'll let you know how I feel after they're dry. 

ps- How fun/cute would this be as a wedding gift? 
Put it in a little decorated canister with directions and the recipe? 

Jul 23, 2011

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh- the right stuff!

Hello, friend.
How's your Saturday?

I woke up to the hubs doing the dishes.

Remember the promised deets and (better) pictures of the NKOTBSB concert?
Well, my girl Amber (who was a rockstar and got us FLOOR SEATS) 
wrote a post about our experience earlier this week and I figured, 
why not just send you over to her neck of the woods? 
Plus, all of the pictures would be stolen from her if I were to attempt a post myself. 

So click here to see some awesome pictures from our night with NKOTBSB
(and Matthew Morrison. *sigh*)

Jul 19, 2011

Tim & babies

It doesn't take much research to discover that I absolutely love children, especially the little ones. Goodness- put a tiny human within 500 ft of me and I am a mess. I'm that creeper that will ask to hold your child, even if we've only met once... or not at all. (jk- I'm not that bad. Well...)

That being said, you can imagine my inability to keep it together 
when I see my hubby interacting with kiddos. Seriously. It's adorable. 

To all of our friends that let us love on your little ones:
Thank you thank you thank you!
(esp. because it feeds my baby addiction and 
keeps me from wanting to have one any time soon)

Jul 17, 2011


That, my dear friends, is Donnie Wahlberg.

& the Backstreet Boys

Yeah- I had an amazing night.
More details/stories later.
I'm exhausted from screaming/singing/dancing 
like a 13 year old.

Jul 16, 2011


(We didn't take many pictures worth sharing on day 4.)

Overall, our honeymoon was amazing.
It rained on our excursion day in Cozumel,
and it was STILL fantastic. 
I cannot wait to get my booty back to Mexico. 

We had a little less than a week between 
our wedding and our honeymoon. 
Best. Decision. Ever.
We were exhausted after the wedding
and I can't imagine having to go straight from 
our wedding night to our cruise. 

Fingers crossed,
Tim and I can afford to go another one relatively soon.

Hope your weekend is going well.
I'm heading to Tulsa tomorrow night to see
New Kids on the Block,
Backstreet Boys,
and Matthew Morrison 
with the lovely Mrs. Pless.

I know you're jealous!