Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Social

It's the last Sunday Social of 2012!

Sunday Social

And it's all about New Years!

1. Favorite New Years Eve you've ever had?
NYE 2010 in California before TCU played in the Rose Bowl! There was a big TCU NYE party at Hollywood in Highland with the TCU Band and celebrity look-alikes! I took my picture with Lucille Ball, just like Mr. Bob Schieffer. We toasted at Texas midnight (aka 10 pm California time) and all headed back to our hotels. The next morning I got up and went to the famed Rose Parade and watched my Horned Frogs win the Rose Bowl!
Happy New Year's and go frogs from LA!
2. Are you doing anything this NYE and if so what?
My married friends, the Browns, moved over the summer to a nicer apartment and they're hosting their first big shindig at the new place. We're going to have lots of food, fun, and of course friends!

3. Name a book we should all read come January.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I've blogged before about my newfound obsession with Mindy. She's hilarious. She was hilarious on The Office as Kelly Kapoor and she's even more hilarious on her new show The Mindy Project as Dr. Mindy Lahiri. I also recommend other comedienne's books (Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, etc).

4. What are your new years resolutions?

  • Drink more water! This has been a resolution for the past few years and I've made a great effort, but I know I still don't drink as much water as I should.
  • Read more! I started the A Song of Ice and Fire series (aka Game of Thrones) last September and I've spent most of this year reading the fourth book. I want to finish 4 and read all of 5 in 2013! As well as the other 3 books I've got open in real life and on my Kindle. (Give me some suggestions on what you're reading, too! I love to know what my friends are reading!)
  • Get into Grad School! I know this isn't totally in my control, but once I get into grad school I want to study my ass off. I mean, study like I know I should have in undergrad. Get awesome internships. Meet new people. Enjoy grad school to the fullest.
  • Spend more time with Nappy. Do more things he likes, like playing with his little soccer ball outside and going to the dog park when we move to a place that has a dog park (hopefully this summer?).
  • Eat better. I've been battling my cholesterol for the past two years now (an unfortunate side effect of my thyroid issues) and I know I can eat better, but Chick-fil-a is so convenient and delicious. I started counting my calories in August and it's actually helped me stay accountable to how much crap I eat and makes me want to eat better. So I'm going to do it. 2013 is the year!

Are you linking up for Sunday Social?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

United State of Pop 2012

I love pop culture. Love love love. Every year this brilliant DJ (DJ Earworm) mashes up the year's top pop hits into one song, the United State of Pop. I feel like I usually have to wait much longer, but it's already out! This one will probably have to grow on me (the first one I heard, 2008 I think, I loved instantly), but it's still amazeballs. Seriously, check all of his stuff out.

Are you a fan? Are you a pop culture lover, too?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

White Christmas

It snowed today. On Christmas. In east Texas. When was the last time that happened?! While we ponder that, here's a picture Nappy and I took earlier!

He is absolutely OBSESSED with the snow. He was eating it and chasing it and bunny hopping though it. Cutest thing ever. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas (my Christmas celebration continues tomorrow thanks to some lost luggage and then again with high school friends Friday or Saturday)!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, blog friends! I hope Santa was good to you and your family! Here's a Diptic collage of me and Nappy in our Christmas sweaters to bring you some holiday cheer!

Merry Christmas and happy birthday, Jesus!

Friday, December 21, 2012

High Five for Friday!


It's Friday, y'all! AND it's the Friday before Christmas!!! Yayyyyy!

Tonight my bestie is have an End of the World/Tacky Christmas/White Elephant party at her apartment and I've been diligently crafting my sweater (it's really a sweatshirt) since yesterday afternoon. It's pretty awesome and I can't wait to show it off (don't worry, I'll post a picture of it tomorrow)!

Cold weather made its way back to Texas! I think it's supposed to be in the 50's on Christmas Day which will be nice. Not too cold, but definitely not hot. I hate when it's hot on Christmas and I can't enjoy my TCU Marry Christmas Y'all t-shirt and any next PJs that could be waiting for me under the tree.

For tonight's party, I'm making these sausage balls. I made them for our Super Bowl party in February and they're SOOOO good! They're a pain in the ass to make (mainly because I don't have a Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer... Sorry I was day dreaming about said mixer's awesomeness), but they're amazeballs delish.

Since it's the last week before Christmas, I got lots of fun goodies yesterday at work (and today when I went in for some trial contacts... I only have 3 pair left and my order isn't in yet). I love the people I work with. They're so much fun and so nice.

Last night, seester and I went on a dinner date. It was so much fun. Gotta love sister dates!

And a bonus: The shortest day of the year is over!!! The days start getting long again! I really don't like when it gets dark at 5 pm. It's so depressing...

What are you high fiving Friday for this week?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Most Handsome

As promised, here's my handsome Nappy and Santa! I got the picture a few hours ago in the mail and scanned it in. Isn't it such a good picture? I have the most handsome boy in the world!

Thank you, squeaky pink ball, for capturing his attention!

Have you ever taken your pet to get their picture made with Santa? Or would you if you had a pet as handsome as Nappy?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


It's 12/12/12!!! I'm sure most of you already know that, but I couldn't pass up typing it. It's been crazy to see 12 consecutive triple dates like this, isn't it? (1/1/01, 2/2/02, etc) It won't happen again for a LONG time. I think it's neat anyway.

Have you guys watched the Google/Zeitgeist 2012 video? It's pretty amazeballs.

If you were to show the highlights of your year in a video like that, what would you include? Just something to think about during the last few weeks of 2012.

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's Finally Cold!

I've been ready for it to be cold for a few weeks. It would get a little chilly for a day or two, but then it'd be back up near 80* for two weeks. Texas weather, what can I say?

Anyway, I found the cutest coat (in black) in the Victoria's Secret catalogue about a month and a half ago and I've been beyond ready to show it off and now I can!

My doctor has also been wanting me to eat oatmeal because I have border-line high cholesterol and oatmeal is obviously a cold weather food. So, I found some at Target a few weeks ago, Quaker Oats brown sugar and maple flavor. Sounds wonderful. I made it this morning because It was 36* when I woke up. I measure out my milk, read the heating instructions, stirred it all up. The flavor was great. The temperature was perfect. The texture... Ew. Y'all. How do you eat oatmeal? That was no bueno. I tried so hard to like it. I took several big bites. I couldn't do it. The texture was chunky and yucky. So, readers, if you like or even love oatmeal, please let me know what I'm missing! I really want to like it, but that texture was... ehhhhhh.

OH! And yesterday, I took Nappy to get his picture made with Santa! I'm officially one of those dog moms that does silly things with her dog. Nappy was SO good, too! Except for this mean Beagle right by the door when we walked in. S/he growled at Nappy and snarled and was just mean. All Napster wanted was to meet Santa and make some friends. I'll share his picture as soon as I get it! It's way cute.

Hope you're all staying warm!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

That Time I...

Remember that time I finished one of my five grad school apps two weeks before it was due and felt super accomplished?

Remember that time I forgot to answer part of the app and probably won't get in now because I'm dumb?


Cool. That happened and I am SUPER embarrassed. Like, I want to rescind my app to this school because I know I'm smarter than that.

So now I'm just really embarrassed. I'm 24 and a half years old and know how to read and write but clearly I looked right over this part of my application and just felt it unnecessary to answer.

Someone make me feel better and tell me they've done something terribly embarrassing like this before... Maybe not necessarily grad school apps, but something equally important. And reassure me that I'll get into one of the other four schools I'm applying to and I'm smart. K thanks.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Instragram 365 (+1): November 2012

Can you believe it's December already?! Here's a recap of November!

The time changed. It's not just hard for people; it's hard for doggies, too!
Nov 4, 2012 - time changes are hard for puppies #corgi

Speaking of cute doggies, this one got pink eye... Did you even know that they could?!
Nov 7, 2012 - somebody is milking this pink eye diagnosis... yes, my dog has pink eye #corgi

Seester and I had a date and I had to sabotage our dessert. Pizookies at BJs are so delicious, but filling.
Nov 14, 2012 - dinner with seester, had to sabotage dessert

I started Christmas shopping thanks to this cute little website!
Nov 18, 2012 - thanks to Rue Lala, I have officially started Christmas shopping!

Celebrated Thanksgiving at my Dad's...
Nov 21, 2012 - thanksgiving part one!

And celebrated Thanksgiving at my Mom's... And a TCU win!!!
Nov 22, 2012 - happy thanksgiving and GO FROGS!!! First win in Austin since the 60's! #gofrogs

And helped decorate the tree!
Nov 25, 2012 - the Christmas tree is up!

Then we started to wrap presents! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (Also, I am aware that the bottom fifth of the tree has no ornaments. It's only Nappy's second Christmas and my mom is scared he'll break an ornament or five...)
Nov 28, 2012 - there's presents under our tree! :)

How was your November?!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mustaches 4 Jessi

Hashtag it. #Mustaches4Jessi. Tweet it. @Mustaches4Jessi. Instagram it. (There's not an IG account, but hashtag it again). Facebook it. Mustaches for Jessi.

Remember that terrible, awful Batman incident this summer? Remember one of the faces of it, Jessica Redfield/Ghawi? Well, she was my friend's friend.

Jessica's 25th birthday is today! Very bittersweet for said friend, Emily, but she's chosen to celebrate Jessica's awesome life by starting Mustaches 4 Jessi. Tweet her a picture of you wearing a mustache, fake or real, and she's compiling all of them to a Shutterfly account and Facebook album.

Jessi was way too young and left so many people behind. Through this she's touching so many more lives than she probably ever thought possible. And it's all thanks to her love of mustaches and silly pictures.

So draw on a mustache, or don't shave your Movember one just yet. Either way, tweet, instagram, facebook, blog, whatever your picture of you and your sweet, sweet stache. And happy birthday, Jessi!

Monday, November 26, 2012

I Have a Confession...

Some of you may already by be aware, but I think I'm relapsing. I have severe Obsessive Corgi Disorder. This weekend, I decided to read about and look at all of Pudge's tumblr. All of it. I finished today. I'm obsessed with him. He's just so flufftacular.

Of course, no corgi can compare to my sweet Napoleon. He now answers to the name Mr. PooPoos. It's pretty great.

Anyway, point being: I'm re-obsessed with corgis thanks to Pudge derPoopster. Feel free to look at his awesome tumblr and fall in love/obsession with me.

Friday, November 23, 2012

High Five for Friday!

I'm linking up for High Five for Friday!

1. I'm thankful for this sweet pup!

2. I'm thankful that it finally looks like fall in East Texas!

3. I'm ridiculously thankful for Horned Frog football! What a great game last night!

4. I won the wishbone pull against my step-sister, Katy at my dad's Wednesday night! I wished for the Frogs to win (and they did! See #3).

5. I'm thankful for this most delicious turkey. Seriously, y'all. The best. It was on Oprah's Favorite Things. It's legit.

What are y'all thankful for/high five-ing Friday for?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Social Sunday

I kind of wanted to wait until Thursday to do a thankful post, but I figured I'd be too busy eating the most delicious turkey (Greenberg Turkeys. Google it. It's been on Oprah's Favorite Things, so you know it's LEGIT.), napping, and watching football (GO FROGS!!! Beat Texas!). So I'm linking up for Sunday Social again!

Sunday Social

I am thankful for the most amazeballs family ever. I thankful they are supportive of me no matter what. I'm thankful that my divorced parents get along and I'm thankful that I'm reminded of this regularly. Their friendliness post-divorce has made my life so much easier. I'm thankful for my amazing step-family (or bonus family as my Dad likes to say), including my step-mom, step-seesters, and step-grandmother. I'm thankful for the ten years I got to spend with my step-grandfather. I'm thankful for family here and gone.
caricature of me and seesters
Daddy, Jan, and me - Rose Festival 2011

I'm thankful for my friends, old and new. Friends like Jessica who(m?) I've known since we were in first grade (although we weren't friends until fifth grade). Friends I met later in school like Kendall and Muck. Friends I met at TCU. Friends I met after graduating. Friends I met after I moved home. Friends from camp. Friends I've made at work. All of my friends are the best and I love them all.
Muck, me, and Kendall
at my graduation
I'm thankful for my part-time job. I'm gaining a tiny bit of experience while working in a really fun environment.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to go back to school and further pursue my passion.

I'm thankful for my sweet Nappy boy even when he gets bitey and tries to gnaw my arm off.
Nappy's "Walk?!" face
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Twilight Nostalgia

Tonight I will, like many others, go to a premier viewing of Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II. (I found a 10 pm showing. I was pretty excited because I'm old and not so much a fan of midnight showings any more.) Anyway, it's made me incredibly nostalgic and reminiscent about the first midnight Twilight showing.

Madee, Allison, me, and Brigitte
Yes, Allison, me, and Brig made shirts. So legit.
We had a group of nine that night (and I remember I didn't have class Friday so I was ready to party!) but tonight if we were seeing it all together we'd only be eight. Madee, I know you've the best seat in the house, but you are so missed. That night was a blast, as was just about any time we hung out.

Sorry to get all sappy and whatnot. It's just been kind of heavy on my heart this week. I hope any and all of you seeing Breaking Dawn this weekend love it!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

What is currently on your wish list?  New rain boots. A few months ago, Nappy ate part of one of the laces in one of my rain boots. It's kind of a lame reason, but those lasted a good four years and I got them on sale on Black Friday (40% off. I never shop on Black Friday)! And they were Coach!

Share a new iPhone, droid, iPad app you have recently discovered that we all need: Matching with Friends. It's amazeballs. I don't have many real friends that play it so I have mostly games with strangers and it would be nice if people I really knew played it!

What is a new Fall TV show you have added to your DVR?  The Mindy Project. I posted a few months ago abut how much I LOVE Mindy Kaling. Ummm, we should totes be BFFs. But this show is HILARIOUS. I also recommend her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. And even though it's not new new, it's only in its second season: Once Upon a Time. It's SOOOO good.

Share your Social Media links for us to follow you on (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) Tell us which is your favorite and why? Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest

I love all Social Media. It's ultimately what I'd love to have a job doing. I'm currently obsessed with Instagram. I've been doing my Project/Photo 365 (+1) on it. I'm kind of excited to be done with 365 so I can upload more than one picture a day to it! At the same time, it's probably good I only do one picture a day on it right now haha.

What is a TV show or Movie or Song you could listen to or watch over and over and over and never get tired of…feel free to name one of each: Reruns of Friends on Nick@Nite right now is a big favorite. As is two hours of Boy Meets World every afternoon on MTV2. Supposedly Disney is in the works for a BMW sequel about Cory and Topanga's little girl, Girl Meets World. I have mixed feelings, obvs. And movies? Woah, there's a lot. Anchorman, the Wedding Date, Mean Girls, the list goes on. I can pretty much quote those three movies though. Those are the types of movies that no matter when they're on, I plan to watch.

Are you linking up for Sunday Social?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Instagram 365 (+1): October 2012

Can you believe it's November already?! I know I say this every month I recap, but this year has FLOWN by!

Camp started the hashtag Mystic Monday on Instagram and I participated 4/5 Mondays this month! It's so fun to see everyone's memories on Instagram and reminisce all the fun times everyone shares with their own cabins growing up at camp.
October 1, 2012 - #mysticmonday Reality Rough 2004... "I had to sell a cow to come to camp..." @caitder @tracygwilk @maggiemccarty @emkogan @amanda787 @nsemelio

TCU lost their first game and I ate my feelings... This was a sad October trend and I will not be wearing this purple color I've had on my toes this month (even though I LOVE it! OPI Suzi and 7 Dusseldorfs. SO cute).
Oct 6, 2012 - sad day for frog fans... eating my feelings at ihop...

I got Nappy his second soccer ball (his first died an unfortunate death by dog teeth as it was foam. This one is not and is still alive). He LOVES soccer ball. It's his favorite outside toy!
Oct 9, 2012 - playing soccer with my Nappy boy #corgi

Nappy got a cone for licking his paw... He was not happy.
October 12, 2012 - "dear diary, mood: apathetic..." Nappy got a cone of shame today, poor puppy #corgi #coneofshame #emokid

We went out to Lago one Saturday and had unintentionally color coordinated. Aren't my friends good looking?!
Oct 13, 2012 - Lago after TCU dominated Baylor #suckstoBU

My family had to put down our sweet lab, Angel. Then the next day my dad texted me a picture of that sweet face on the bottom. Meet our new pup (technically Nappy's uncle?) Jack! He's the sweetest boy ever (well, since Nappy, of course) and is a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix.
October 14, 2012 - we'll always love Angel and she is missed but nothing soothes the soul like a little puppy love, meet Jack!

October 20, 2012 - TCU Homecoming! Saw the stadium, my big @kynlynn2, and Hoooolia @juliak67!

Nappy had his boy surgery... He was so sad and pitiful last week!
Oct 22, 2012 - Nappy had his "procedure" today, he's very sad and verrry wasted. #corgi

Second month in a row I got to see one of my campers in Tyler! So exciting!
Oct 26, 2012 - Byrn is in Tyler! #mysticlove

Made Tweety cookies for said camper and celebrated Halloweekend!
Oct 26, 2012 - made Tweety cookies and carved a pumpkin!

Tuesday night I went to Grand Prairie and saw the SYTYCD Tour! We had the BEST seats. We were in the 7th row. I wouldn't have wanted to be any closer. It was awesome. I could hear them exhale. They did Gangnam Style as part of the finale. It was great.
Oct 30, 2012 - #SYTYCD tour in Grand Prairie #gangnamstyle

And then Nappy dressed up as a (land) shark for Halloween! He was so cute waiting for the trick-or-treaters last night.
Oct 31, 2012 - Nappy is patiently waiting for the trick-or-treaters in his (land) shark fin! #corgi

WOW! I guess October was a little more action packed than I thought! I hope you all had a fabulous October and have an even better November!