Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Futbol (aka Soccer).

Today is the first day of soccer in the Olympics... Let's do this Team USA! Make some noise...

Here is the confirmed schedule for Team USA so far...

Women's Team:
First Round Group G - USA, Korea, France, Columbia
July 25, 2012 - U.S. Women vs. France Women (12 p.m. EST)
July 28, 2012 - U.S. Women vs. Colombia Women (12 p.m. EST)
July 31, 2012 - U.S. Women vs. Korea DPR Women (12:15 p.m. EST)

Unfortunately the Men's team didn't qualify for this Olympics. Yeah, I don't get it either considering how far we advanced in the most recent World Cup. C'mon boys, get your sh!* together.

(insert feminist joke here).

Update: The US Women's national team beat France 4-2! F&*%^ yeah!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bringin' In The Happy.

What can I say? Palm trees make me happy. :)

So, I ordered this guy to bring a little happy to my steel grey couch. Can't wait for it to arrive!

Source: via Lauren on Pinterest

p.s. We will return to some more normal posts (more fashion and witty/snarky comments) and the interior posts will probably become less frequent once I am done decorating. Key word: probably.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down.

So I think the excitement of moving across the country has started to wear off. Maybe it was the 100+ degrees combined with humidity of last week, or maybe it's the realization that it is just me out here, with no one that's known me longer than 2 months for hundreds of miles. Whatever it is, this past week or so has been tough.

It's hard moving from a city where you know tons of people and have an amazing support group, socially, emotionally, professionally. To one where you are constantly having to prove yourself.

All I friggin want to do is grab dinner and drinks with someone who can sit there and say, "That's you, that's what you do" about whatever stupid idea I have in my head at the time.

That being said, I'm ready for the visitors. I have a ton coming in the next few months and I feel so fortunate to have friends that are willing to spend their time off visiting little ol' me! Everyone knows how valuable PTO is once when you have 8+ weddings to attend a year. :)

I also have rediscovered how amazing my friends and family are. Some friends have really stepped up and I am so lucky to have them in my life. You know who you are...

J has been amazing at putting up with my transitional pains - the highs and lows, the excitement and frustration. God, I love that kid and I'm lucky he puts up with me.

My family... I don't even know where to begin. All I can say is that I am truly blessed. We are a modern family but one with more love than I thought humanly possible. Thank you is all I can say, but it doesn't even begin to cover it.

Wow. This sounds like a friggin' acceptance speech.... Except for that whole winning an award part.

Okay, enough of that sh%*.

Today, after a trying day that called for a gym session to clear my head, this song popped into my head and I googled the video. Instant smile. Took me right back to high school and I found myself lip syncing and head bobbing down Broadway on bus 36. Good times...

Puff Daddy - Can't Nobody Hold Me Down by pezhammer

A few other things that have recently made me smile...

This Baby...

Imaging me doing this in San Diego this weekend...

This saying...

And imagining waking up to this.

So anyways, thanks for reading Internet people and for taking some time out of your busy to check on me. Much appreciated :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Gets Me Every Time.

This pic makes me laugh every time I look at it. Don't we all know someone we would love to say this to?

Music Monday - America Style.

Still feeling like celebrating Red, White, and Blue style. For me this means country and/or classic rock. So here's a little of both...

The Lumineers - "Ho Hey"

Classic Rock
The Rolling Stones - "Satisfaction"


Friday, July 6, 2012


Do you ever read something or hear a certain song and it just hits you "BAM" with a message? That just happened to me.

**Warning, this is a little more confessional than my usual posts.**

I have reached a point in my life where it seems like all of my friends are getting married and having kids. I am cool with this. However, what annoys me is when people ask us when and/or why we aren't engaged, live on separate continents, and aren't pushing for kids right now. Now I know I can just take this article and give it to those that don't understand our "non-Pinterest", unconventional relationship.

J and I are here for the everyday. We are here for each other not as a crutch, but for the right amount of support, mixed with motivation and harsh truth, when we reach a tough point in one of our lives.

I love us.

Living Well: How to be in a Healthy and Real Relationship
(via Jessica Constable for The Everygirl)

Less than a month ago, I got engaged to a wonderful man. And while you may expect me to babble on, and on, and on about his over-the-top romantic gestures, stunning features, and adoring acceptance of all of my quirks (and cellulite), I will not.

The truth is that some of those things are true, and some would be an overstatement.

Contrary to what Pinterest might lead us to believe, I think my relationship with my fiancé is a far more realistic and accurate depiction of what real love really means.

Real love, I have found, is about showing up day-in and day-out. It’s about supporting one another and supporting each other’s dreams. It’s about sticking together when there is a raise, or a layoff. It’s about knowing you share the same important life goals and values. It’s about believing the best of each other. It’s about being honest and open, even when the truth is not-so-pretty. It’s about being inter-dependent (not co-dependent or independent). It’s about feeling like the future together is full of potential.

And in a relationship filled with real love, in order to keep this commitment strong, we must work on ourselves. While it might feel easy to dazzle one another early on, it’s up to us to keep showing up each day as best we can. Real love trusts that if we strive to be our best selves, we can each find a partner who does the same.

So here are my three mantras going into this union with my Mister.

Accept that he will not complete you.

I know this might seem obvious for some. But regardless, I think it’s definitely worth reiterating: having a partner will not solve all of our problems or make us happy for the rest of our lives.

It is up to us to be happy, first and foremost.

Though being with someone can add to our happiness, they are not the keepers of our joy. And we should not approach relationships with the expectation that our partner’s actions will keep us in a state of constant swooning. They are imperfect people, learning life lessons along the way, just like us.

Work on yourself first.

Once we’ve accepted that Mr. or Mrs. Right is not going to be Mr. or Mrs. Everything, it’s up to us to work on ourselves.

Rather than seeing our partner’s flaws as something we must correct, we need to take a good, hard look in the mirror first.

This can be tough when we are supremely annoyed at a person’s willingness to leave clothes on the bedroom floor. But anything beyond honest communication veering into negative territory is likely to backfire.

And let’s be honest, there are probably habits that our significant others don’t love about us either. By working on our own issues and trying to become more considerate partners, we might just inspire them to do the same.

Or, if that doesn’t work, focus on key number one, and find a way to be happy despite his attachment to ESPN.

Seek the true rewards of relationships.

One huge aha! moment for me was realizing what relationships are really all about: teaching us to be more loving, compassionate human beings.

This is the end game of all intimate relationships. If we are able to love, accept, honor, and support another person as unconditionally as possible, we will be able to then share that love with our families, friends, and the world at large.

So when seeking a partner, remember that it’s not only about their personality—it’s also about becoming a better lover in the most real way possible.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

F^%^$ yeah. America!

In the words of one of J's best friends...

 "AmeriCAN, not AmeriCAN't!"

So go do it. Enjoy the freedoms that many of our loved ones have fought so hard for. Responsibly, of course :)

Happy 4th of July internet world!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Freak outs.

YOU’RE ALLOWED a maximum of one freak-out per month.  After said freak-out, get it together… call your mom, text your sister, walk it off, dance it out, massage it away, buy a new lipstick, fax your accountant, write your grandmother, and eat as many Tootsie Rolls as necessary.

Exceptions include: Bar prep, tax season, and any month that contains one or more days of jury duty. If said exception applies, you're allowed one freak-out per week. Also, be kind enough to not burden any one person with repeated freak-outs.

(adapted from Joy the Baker)