Friday, October 24, 2014

Five Things Friday

It's been three weeks since my last post, which is a significant improvement on time between posts for me! Yay!

Can you believe October is already almost over?! Blows my mind. Anyway, it's Friday and here are 5 things I'm totally pumped about!

1. Nina Pham, a fellow TCU 2010 alum, is on her way home and is Ebola-free! I don't know her personally, but we have a ton of friends in common and were in the same graduation ceremony, back in the day. Plus her dog is TOTES ADORBS!!! Congrats to Nina! I hope the rest of your recovery is smooth sailing and you and Bentley reunite soon.

2. Speaking of TCU, my Frog football team is off to a 5-1 start and in Big 12 title contention in just our third year in the league. My mom is coming in tomorrow for the game against Texas Tech and next weekend we go to Morgantown to face off against West Virginia, which I think will be our toughest game remaining on the schedule. Go frogs! Keep up the great work.

3. Spirit Jerseys. If you haven't gotten one yet, do yourself a favor. I know they're almost $50, but they're the MOST comfortable shirts ever. Yoga pants and Spirit Jerseys are my go-to fall weekend outfit. Don't hate.

4. Steel City Pops. I went Wednesday for the first time and wow. They have locations in Fort Worth and Dallas (and other places?) so if you're in DFW, go soon! I got the Chocolate and was NOT disappointed. My boss made fun of me for my "boring" choice because they have such interesting flavors (Maple Bacon something yummy?), but the shop girl was like "no, it's REALLY good."

5. Kansas City Royals. In the World Series for the first time in my life. The last time they made it was when they won in 1984(5?). A girl got a corgi a few weeks ago because they won in the post season on their way to the Fall Classic. One of their pitchers played for TCU in the College World Series this year (first played to be in CWS and Fall Classic in same year). AND I've got family in KC. So, I've jumped on the Royals bandwagon. I feel like those are pretty legit reasons.

What are you pumped about this week?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Exciting Month Ahead!

Hello, October! I've been waiting anxiously for your arrival! It's going to be a jam-packed month o' FUN!!! :)

This weekend: Friday night is the So You Think You Can Dance Tour with my mom. We skipped last year (it was the same weekend as a friend's wedding out of town, boo), so I'm really excited! Plus, I LOVE RICKY UBEDA. Oh and we might be seeing a movie called Gone Girl this afternoon. Have you heard of it? I can't wait! I think Ben Affleck is going to PERFECTION at playing Nick Dunne.
Saturday is tailgating and playing Oklahoma! Go frogs!!! And Sunday night a wonderful artist by the name of Jason DeRulo is performing on campus. FOR FREE (for students and a plus one). So my friend Maggie (who loves Jason) and I are going to that to dance the night away. I also told her to make a move on him since he and Jordin Sparks are splitsky right now.

Next weekend, my grad school bestie, Caty, is getting married! I'll experience my first Catholic wedding so that'll be cool. Then we'll dance the night away and celebrate C&J! TCU will be playing Baylor in Waco which should be a crazy game.

The weekend after that, I'll head east for the Texas Rose Festival's Cirque de la Rose themed festivities for my seester. I saw the headdress of her costume last weekend and it is GORGEOUS. She named it Gordo. Pictures to come, guys. I can't wait to tell you all about it! I'll have to follow football from my phone since TCU will be taking on Oklahoma State for the first time in the Fort since joining the Big 12.

Then the last weekend of October should be somewhat relaxing and enjoyable since TCU will be playing Texas Tech. So hello, tailgates! And go frogs, as always.

And then, it'll be HALLOWEEN!

And THEN, I will be presenting a paper I wrote last semester on Social TV at a conference on social media hosted in Fort Worth by Tarleton State University. Yep, my paper got accepted to a conference! Crazy and exciting.

So here's to October and the beginning of November!

Also countdown to graduation is around 217 days right now. Not that I'm so excited for my birthday (27 sounds so old), but I'm beyond ready to have my Masters and be done with school.

Hope all is well with you in Blogland!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Random Thought Socks

I am, in fact, still around. My goal to blog more during school is failing miserably, so far, but I thought I'd offer up some random thoughts...

Nappy was about 2 inches away from catching a squirrel this morning. I thought it was a rat. I know squirrels and rats are basically the same animal, but I was relieved when I saw it was a squirrel. Since squirrels live in trees I think they're slightly cleaner animals. Flawed reasoning? Probably, but whatever.

I'm taking an ethics class this semester and it's kicking my butt. It's SOOOO philosophical and I've never taken a philosophy class before so it's really taking its toll on me already. Any suggestions on how to handle a philosophy class? Or if you've taken ethics, how did you handle it?

I need more silverware. I run the dishwasher more than necessary because I'm out of silverware. So annoying. #Firstworldproblems?

Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell are in a Samsung table commercial and it might be the cutest ad ever made. Look it up, y'all. You won't regret it.

So, the building my classes are in is connected by an atrium and a name to the arts building. At the beginning of every semester, random new art pops up around the atrium and on some concrete slabs outside. This week a cornucopia popped up, so I have to wonder, is TCU hosting the Hunger Games and no one told me?! Where's Katniss?

The Mindy Project starts its third season tonight. It might be my favorite comedy on TV right now. I just love Mindy Kaling.
via TMP Facebook
K, that's all I've got for now. Hope all is well in blogland.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Social

I'm trying to be in a better groove of blogging, but since school starts tomorrow we'll just have to see about that. I do really want to do a summer recap, but I guess my countdown post might have to count as that for now... Anyway, A for effort today as I link up for Sunday Social!

1. What are you most looking forward to about fall? Classes, but not the work (necessarily); college football (go frogs!); my sister being in Rose Festival in October; the first season of the college football playoff!; the fair; the SYTYCD tour!; weddings; TV shows starting back up!

2. What is your favorite sports team?  Anything TCU is good at, so football and baseball; call me fair-weather, but I just like to have fun haha; and the Rangers are fun when they're not sucking miserably (see this season)

3. If you could back to college is there one thing you would change?  I rushed, but dropped out because I got cut by what I considered my favorite at the time; I kind of wish I had stuck it out and pledged before making my decision of whether or not I actually liked the sororities that had invited me back. I also wish I had studied a little harder. My grades were awful freshman year and I spent the rest of my time making it up to balance out my GPA. 

4. What was your favorite class you ever took? TCU requires every student to take a religious course before they graduate and I took two; the second was called Religious Sects & Cults and it was all these random (smaller) religions that were SOOOO interesting. In my major, I took a Corporate Social Responsibility class (which I get to take again this semester!) and it was all about how companies give back to their communities in different ways to keep up appearances and be good citizens.

5. Reach into your purse- what is the first thing you grab? Hand sanitizer. Or my sun glasses. Wish a suppressed immune system, I don't go many places without my hand sani. And of course, being blue-eyed I need sun glasses 97% of the time.

Are you linking up today? What are your favorite parts of Fall?!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Final Countdown

As summer comes to a close, I've decided to count down my awesome summer. Especially since I've been SUPER M.I.A. in blog-landia.

11 books I've read from start to finish so far this summer. Wanna be my friend on GoodReads? Got a book suggestions for me?

10 days until school starts. This will be my last year of school. I will not get a Ph.D. God bless those of you who do.

9 weeks since I moved into my new (quieter) apartment.
My "gallery wall." Still not 100% on it...
8 years since I started my Freshman year of college - what the WHAT?!

7 years since I was a Deb. Now my sister is! Can't wait for October (Texas Rose Festival)!!!
Dress rehearsal, summer 2007
6 days since the Hot Mess Express Weekend of 2014 (my friend Brigitte came to Fort Worth for the first time in almost 2 years. 3 nights straight of going out. I'm still pooped!)
At Studio 80 with Maggie and Brigitte
5 months until my last semester of school ever starts.

4 times I've seen Lady Gaga now. I've seen her every time she's come to Dallas. Love or hate her personally, she puts on a damn good show and it's worth every penny of that ticket. Plus there's EXCELLENT people watching.
This was my actual view of part of her catwalk. So close.
3 years of being a mom to the cutest, bestest Furbaby ever.
Nappy and Ol' Ripp at TCU
2 weeks until the best time of year: College Football Season. Go frogs.
Panorama from the first game last season. Hot. As. Balls.
1 full week of working at my AWESOME internship left. Then I'll be doing some part-time interning during school. So glad I found this amazing opportunity and met the awesome people there.

How was your summer?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer 2014 Playlist

Happy first day of Summer - officially! Today is the Summer Soltice, aka the longest day of the entire year! Seriously, it's legit. It would also have been my grandmother's 87th birthday if she were still with us. What an awesome birthday, amiright?

Anyway, to kick off the greatest season of the year (the beginning of any season is always the best though), I thought I'd give you a playlist of the songs I can't get enough of and I will probably continue to be listening to on repeat.

"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) by Iggy Azalea on Grooveshark
Some people might be tired of this, but I'm still car dancing and rapping right along with ZERO shame whatsoever. Iggy is my new favorite. She's fantastic. And fancy, obviously.

"Chandelier" by Sia
Chandelier by Sia on Grooveshark
The first time I heard this song I was watching the video because one of the girls from Dance Moms is featured in it. I wasn't too hooked, but then after watching a recreation of the video on Ellen and then Lena Dunham's rendition of the video on Late Night with Seth Meyers, I was hooked. It's a party girl anthem, let's be real. I'm sure there's some other meaning, especially with the video in play, but I'm going to enjoy the shallow, surface level interpretation shamelessly.

"Boom Clap" by Charli XCX
Boom Clap by Charli XCX on Grooveshark
Thank to The Fault in Our Stars previews I think we've all heard a little bit of this song. Again, I wasn't totally sold the first time I heard the whole song, but it's grown on me so much and I can't stop listening!

"A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay
A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay on Grooveshark
Coldplay's new album came out about a month ago and this song was featured in Target's ads for the album. The whole album is absolute greatness. I can't wait to see Coldplay live again. I wish they'd hurry up and announce full tour details!

"Work" by Iggy Azalea
Work by Iggy Azalea on Grooveshark
Ok, seriously, girl is talented. This is based on her life story and it's amazing. It makes you want to get up and dance. Hard. Get REAL sweaty kind of dance.

"Birthday" by Katy Perry
Birthday by Katy Perry on Grooveshark
This is one for you and your bests to show off your sweetest dance moves to out on the dance floor. "If you wanna dance, if you want it all, you know that I'm the girl that you should call." Me, too, Katy. You'll find me out on the dance floor for this one!

"Love Runs Out" by OneRepublic
Love Runs Out by OneRepublic on Grooveshark
I can't get enough. So much fun. I hope someone dances to this on So You Think You Can Dance!

What songs are on your Summer 2014 Playlist?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Signs You Went to Camp Mystic

Inspired by Helene's 25 Signs You Went to Ursuline and camp starting tomorrow, I've decided to compile a list of signs you may have gone to Camp Mystic. I've posted about Mystic before - it's one of my all time favorite places. I might be old now, in camp terms anyway, but I'll always be a camper at heart.

1. Tribe Drawings is still one of the most nerve-wracking nights of your life.

2. You crave Blue Bell ice cream every day after lunch during the summer.

3. You've seen the sun rise from Sky High (pictured above).

4. You love the sight of the Mystic sign when driving down Highway 39.

5. You can recite camp cheers and songs in your sleep.

6. You crave Mystic birthday cake and consider refrigerating your birthday cake every year.

7. You dream about getting married on the banks of the Guadalupe River.

8. You can correctly spell and pronounce Guadalupe thanks to KT Info.

9. You know that a walking or running a mile at camp is from the Office to the Gate to Bug House and back to the Office.

10. Climbing Senior Hill is both the most exhausting and fun thing in the world.

11. Same applies to Tribe Hill.

12. You've taken Tribe Hill for granted and miss it dearly when you don't go up there twice a week.

13. You've tried to predict CC Day (so well, in fact, that the Big 3 have had to move it no less than three times).

14. You know that CC might actually stand for Camper-Counselor, but it could also be Crazy Chaos or Coke and Candy.

15. You've eaten at the Hunt Store (yum).

16. You've gone to James Avery Headquarters in Kerrville and reveled in the freezing cold A/C.

17. You look forward to living without air conditioning in the middle of the Texas heat.

18. Coffee Cake is on Saturday mornings.

19. You've memorized the term schedule down to the food you'll eat on the last night: Messy Face Cake for dessert!

20. You know what a Messy Face Cake is and what it's for.

21. You ended up going to college with at least one of your cabin mates even if you didn't intend on doing so.

22. It doesn't take you very long to turn any TNM song on the radio into a camp acceptable song.

23. You know what TNM stands for.

24. At one time you feared the phrase "U for You," but learned to laugh at it with your counselors.

25. You keep in touch with your counselors as much as you keep in touch with your cabin mates.

26. You're convinced that your age group's memories of camp are better than any other age group's.

27. You've held your breath during War Canoe Races.

28. You know that War Canoe bruises are intense and take all summer to fully heal.

29. At a certain point, you've memorized the other tribe's cheers and songs, but you're not totally sure when that happened.

30. You've looked for your family member's name on the ceiling of Idiot's Delight and Memory Trail.

31. You've left your mark on camp grounds somewhere... possibly against Tribe Training Rules.

32. Ten years later, you still have and remember inside jokes with your cabin.

33. You've tried to skip Tribe Period. And failed.

34. You're upset that you miss at least one major movie opening weekend every year.

35. Giving up your cell phone for a month sounds terrible, but it's really not so bad being unplugged and in the Mystic Bubble.

36. Blood makes the grass grow and Bombardment is not a joke. Not even CC Bombardment.

37. You've had to promise your non-camp friends that it's not really a cult.

38. You're always on the look out for cute whites for Sunday.

39. Wearing your charm bracelet on Sundays is like carrying a small child with one hand.

40. This list was entirely too long but you can still think of at least 15 more things to add to it.

Anything I should add? Anything pertain to your camp from my list?

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Bachelorette Recap

So, I've been watching the Bachelorette. For the first time in my life. I have never watched (or been interested in) the Bachelor/ette series. I'm still not really... Anyway, here are some of my thoughts from the first three weeks of the show.

I question my life choices.
They're casting in Fort Worth at the end of this month...
I might be considering going.
I might not. Who knows?
Andi is precious. I want to be her friend.
I think I'm too normal to be on this show.
Eric is cute. I'm sad he died.
Marcus is cute. He's from Dallas. If he's still single, I should hit that up.
The Washington Post linked success of Bachelor/ette relationships to grad school. So maybe I'll finish grad school before I audition.
I still think I'm too normal.
Marcus is so great.
Why the hell has she kept Tasos and Cody around for so long?
Tasos plans weddings. That's all I'm gonna say.
Cody is a beefcake and needs to go. Somehow he hasn't yet. Maybe he's got a great personality? Just not my type, looks-wise.
Chris Harrison is so annoying.
What if Marcus is the next Bachelor?
Maybe I should go to the casting call...
Marcus. Dallas. Dallas. Marcus. So cute.

These are things going through my head. Sometimes they make it to Twitter, so follow me (FMK88).

Do you watch the Bachelor/ette? How long have you watched?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Last Day

Today is my last day being 25. Tomorrow I enter my late 20's and I'm just not sure how to feel about that. Anyway, I thought I'd recap the highlights of my 25th year and all of its awesomeness, because if we're being honest, 25 has been my absolute favorite year.

1. Kicked off being 25 by having a double celebration with one of my besties.

2. Saw my second Texas Rangers game.

3. Watched my baby sister graduate and said goodbye as she moved away for college.

4. Painted a peacock.

5. Saw one of my best college friends get married (and went to North Carolina for the first time in the process).

8. Moved back to Fort Worth.

7. Introduced Nappy to his first other corgi. It was completely derptastic.

8. One of my best friends announced she was pregnant.

9. Started grad school and met several new, awesome friends.

10. Saw the baby elephants at the FW Zoo.

11. My besties visited me and we went to the FW Zoo and took this adorable picture that captures our friendship to a T.

12. Was this far away from Justin Timberlake.

13. Made cronuts.

14. Saw Mizzou win the Cotton Bowl in a nail biter!

15. Drove in snow for the first time ever (Listen, it's Texas. We don't do cold weather).

16. Co-hosted this lil mama's baby shower.

17. Got this text and was giddy with excitement for a full week.

18. Met the sweetest baby boy in the whole world and got drunk on baby smell. So good.

19. Saw cops on horses. On campus.

20. Saw Chelsea Handler's stand up routine for her newest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me.

21. Made Ninja Turtle eggs with the Little One.

22. Conducted my first major research project for grad school (Social TV, y'all. So cool).

23. Took pictures of Nappy in the bluebonnets at my mom's neighbor's house.

24. Celebrated the end of the semester with these lovely ladies. Don't know how I would have made it through my first year of grad school without them.

25. Enjoyed one of the best years ever. Here's to 26. You have a lot to live up to, but I think we can make it happen!

What's been your favorite age of your life thus far?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Two Weeks

In two short (wishful thinking) weeks, I will be done with my first year of graduate school. I will also be another year old: 26.

25 has been my favorite year so far. It's had its highs and lows; what year doesn't? But for the most part, it's been an amazing year.

Anyway, when these two weeks are up, I will return to blogging and hopefully have some fun summer adventures to tell you all about. Until the, I'm writing lots of papers and presenting all the papers.

I don't want to wish my life away, but if these next two weeks could hurry up and move along a little more quickly, that'd be great!

Also, I think my blog is about 4 years old this week or next, but I don't really have time to look... Such is the grad school life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Keys to Pop Culture This Week

It's Friday! In fact, it's Good Friday! I hope you all have wonderful plans to eat lots of good food (and candy) with your families and enjoy the Easter holiday. Easter is one of my favorite holidays and has the best food: DEVILED EGGS. Yum.

Anyway, I'm here to bring you some of the important pop culture highlights of the week!

1. Mila Kunis made her first appearance since the announcement that she and Ashton Kutcher were expecting this past weekend at the MTV Movie Awards. She wore black and tried to conceal the baby bump, but we all know it's there. Is anyone else as excited as I am that Jackie and Kelso are a real-life thing and they're having a baby?!

2. In Game of Thrones news (Spoiler alert if you haven't watched last week's episode yet), we finally got some sort of justice for the disaster that was the Red Wedding. It was the Purple Wedding. Joffrey and Margaery finally got married, only for the brat that sits the Iron Throne to be poisoned and choke to death. Now Margaery has been Queen twice only to have her King killed before consummation... Oops.

3. Max Greenfield guest starred on one of my personal favorite shows, The Mindy Project, this week. He was not Schmidt, but a slimey, possibly married guy Mindy hooked up with at Peter's urging. Can we all agree that the addition of Peter Prentis to the Mindy Project has been fantastic? Love his and Mindy's dynamic.

4. The season finale of Scandal was last night. I don't know what happened though because I don't watch it. Am I the only one? I think so...

5. For one of my classes this semester, I am researching Social TV, aka when you post on social media while watching your favorite TV shows. If you are an active Social TV viewer, please consider taking my survey. The survey is closing Sunday morning, but I'd love it if I could get 50 participants before it closes. Thanks so much!

What were your pop culture favorites of the week?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Keys to Pop Culture This Week

I'm trying to make a weekly pop culture post a regular thing, guys. I posted the first one last Friday and due to my lack of planning and absolutely 110% lazy day yesterday, I failed on that, haha. But I'm here today to resurrect it! Here are some big pop culture happenings from the week!

1. Allegiant, the third and final installment of the Divergent series, will be split into two movies. While I haven't been totally on board with all of the splitting of final books into two movies (read: I don't think Mockingjay needs to be two movies, but whatevs), I think this is actually a great idea. Having just read Allegiant when it came out in October, I agree with this move. There is a lot of action covered in the third book, so a split will be necessary to cover it all in the movie.

2. Johnny Depp was subpoenaed while at the premiere for his new movie Transcendence. Can you say AWKWARD? A woman was killed after another woman hit her on the way to see Depp, allegedly. Depp will have to testify in court and prove that he does not know the woman.
I'll use any reason to look at this picture...
3. After 8 years, Chelsea Handler is calling it quits on her E! talk show, Chelsea Lately. I was REALLY hoping after Letterman announced his retirement from the Late Show next year that Handler would be the first woman in network late night, but I was wrong. For now.

4. As mentioned above, David Letterman will be stepping down from the Late Show. Stephen Colbert will be replacing him... Not in character, but as himself. The real Stephen Colbert.

5. Hello, 90's Nostalgia! The first commercial for Girl Meets World, the sort-of sequel to fan favorite Boy Meets World, debuted this week. I. Can. Not. Wait.

What were your favorite pop culture happenings this week?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Keys to Pop Culture This Week

Been busy with school or work? Well, I'm here to tell you a few of the most important things going on in the world of pop culture!

1. The long running show, How I Met Your Mother, ended this week after nine seasons. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that many fans were disappointed, myself included. It doesn't negate the legen-wait for it-dariness of the show as a whole though. At least not for this blogger.

2. Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season this Sunday night. To prepare, HBO2 is hosting a #TaketheTrone marathon for the 60 hours leading up to the show's 8pm (central) season premiere. That means HBO2 is showing the first three seasons (30 episodes) twice. If you haven't started watching yet, now is an excellent time to pour yourself a bottle glass of wine and start. Binge Watching for the win!

3. Another show made its return to our screens this past Tuesday. The Mindy Project returned to record low ratings, which is absolutely insane because it is hands down one of the best shows on TV right now. Mindy Kaling is one of the funniest comedians of our time and if you haven't read her book or watched the show, I highly suggest you do it right now.

4. Speaking of Game of Thrones, Gwendoline Christie, otherwise known as Brienne of Tarth has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2. Christie will join fellow cast member, Natalie Dormer as Commander Lyme, who doesn't sound too far from Brienne. If you're not sold, watch Game of Thrones and see Brienne take on a bear (almost) single handedly in season 3.

5. And in somewhat creepy news, James Franco tried to pick up an underage (for only a few more months) girl in Instagram. This morning on Live with Kelly and Michael, he said made a vague statement about it without directly addressing it. Kind of sketchy, but good PR on his move to go ahead and deal with it, in my opinion.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Broke.

What's this Spring Break everyone is speaking of? I've had an alarm set every morning of mine so far. So Now I'm feeling a little whiny.

Saturday, I had a paper due that night, so I got up to finish it and turn it in early. I also had other stuff to do before I came to my mom's for a few days.

Sunday, I set my alarm to do some more homework and the time had changed. However, I like Springing Forward because the sun doesn't disappear at 5 pm and it's one step closer to summer. I'd rather lose that hour that gain it back in the fall. And this winter has been miserable. I think most of you would agree with me on that. If I can't handle this winter in Texas, there's no way I can ever move further North. Sorry.

Monday, Nappy got groomed for the first time in nearly three months. Why do groomer's want you to drop your dog off so early? I don't understand. I did get to play with a sweet baby girl that afternoon, though, so that's always a plus. She even spit up on my hand, isn't that sweet? Definitely ignited the Baby Fever fire again even though I'm not ready. At all. I think I just know so many Preggos right now, I'm ready to play with babies for hours... Until they get fussy and/or need a diaper change. (Side note: I have never changed a diaper.)

Today, I got my hair cut for the first time in months. Woah, did it need it! Then I stopped by my old work to drop off a baby gift since one of my co-workers is due next month and I'm missing her shower this week. Like I said: BABY FEVER. Good thing I have a pup to come play with at home.

After that, I came home and had lunch and then went to a doctor's appointment. The dread building up was so much worse that the actual appointment. Ugh. But then I got to take the best nap I've taken in days.

Tomorrow, I was planning on heading back West, but it's supposed to be windy and that would require setting another alarm, so I'm pushing it back a day. Not to mention, I get to see Lindsay one last time before BB comes! BB is due to make his grand appearance next Friday. I canNOT wait to meet this sweet boy. He has the best parents and a TON of people who already love and adore him. Again: BABY FEVER.

Also, I finished reading Chelsea Handler's newest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, and it's hilarious. I'm seeing her with a few of the grad school girls in two and a half weeks when she comes to Grand Prairie (between Dallas and Fort Worth) and I'm hoping the other girls will want to get books signed or take pictures because I'm dying to have my book signed. This will only be my second comedy tour (I saw Dane Cook 5 years ago and he was HILARIOUS - I mean, obviously). If you haven't picked it up yet, I highly recommend it. If you haven't read any of her books - DO IT NOW.

I hope those of you out there that still get spring breaks are actually getting to enjoy your break. In grad school it's just a week where you do 9 more hours of work because I don't have to go to class every night...

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscars Best Dressed

I loooove Awards Season, y'all. I don't know why. I think it's just the fashion. I'd love to get glammed up like the celebs and hang out with JLaw and BCoops. I mean, who wouldn't, right? So I feel like acknowledging the phenomenal style from last night is beyond necessary.

Kate Hudson in Versace
I love Lupita and she's been a knock-out all Awards Season, but Kate Hudson was THE Best Dressed of the night. She is absolutely stunning and I bet she was so proud of her past leading man, Matthew McConaughey winning Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada
Like I said, Lupita has looked amazeballs ALL Awards Season and she absolutely looked like a Princess on her Oscar-winning night. Girl turned 31 on Saturday, too. Happy birthday.

P!nk in ???
P!nk STUNNED in this ruby red dress while singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as part of the tribute to the Wizard of Oz, which celebrates 75 years this year. She knocked her performance and gown out of the park. I'm beyond obsessed with that dress. So perfect.

Giuliana Rancic in Paolo Sebastian
I think I get *almost* as excited to see what G wears on the Red Carpet as I do for the A-list celebs. I love love LOVE this dress. I bet it has excellent twirl factor, too. So beautiful.

Amy Adams in Gucci Premiere
I love her. I've loved her for almost 10 years. This navy with the tiny peplum (that her hands are covering, but it's there) was so beautiful and fit her SO well. She is just a knock out.

And now for my Worst Dressed...
Pharrell in SHORTS.
No. Just NO. The Oscars is like going to the Royal Wedding. YOU DO NOT WEAR SHORTS TO THE ROYALS WEDDING. You don't make stupid fashion statements at the Oscars. You just DON'T. The hat would have been better. I can't wait to hear what Joan Rivers says about this on Fashion Police tonight. Because NO.

Who was on your Best Dressed list? Who was your Worst Dressed?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: One Year Ago...

One year ago, I felt like such crap. My stomach and sides hurt all. the. time. I thought my ribs were broken. It was terrible. Then I had a CAT Scan and found out I had an abscess on my ileum, aka the part of your intestines in the lower right quadrant of your abdomen. And then I got to spend 8 days in the hospital hooked up to an IV for antibiotics (and pain meds that first night).

The past year has been full of lots of doctor visits and more pills than I can even attempt to count, but I have felt better in the past year than I have a long time. That's because I've been taking medication for Crohn's Disease, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It's an immune system problem where the lining of your intestine becomes inflamed basically because your body thinks it needs to be in some sort of altercation with it. That's what caused my abscess last year. Or that's what usually causes abscesses in that area of intestines.

Normally, you need a colonoscopy to get a solid diagnosis of Crohn's, or the similarly related Ulcerative Colitis, but my doctor didn't want to upset things further while I was in the hospital and once I got out and the meds were working, he kind of just pushed it off more. So my diagnosis is super unofficial, but since the meds that treat Crohn's are working and I'm feeling good, he's pretty sure that's what's up with my intestines.

Basically, although I felt so terrible for so long last year around this time, I'm actually insanely grateful that it happened because I feel so much better now. Happy one year, Crohn's Diagnosis. Let's keep it the way things are right now because right now, we're good and feeling great. Also, shout out to my fellow Horned Frog alum, Bob Schieffer, for his Colitis diagnosis I just learned about last week. Not only do we love purple for our school, but for our stupid disease (purple if the official color of the awareness ribbon).

If you're interested in learning more about Crohn's and Colitis, check out the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's website.