Friday, December 30, 2011

The Boy Who Lived

I'm sorry I have been so M.I.A.

Christmas and being off of work and on a weird schedule really messes with your blogging ability, as does my internet's inability to behave and work properly.

Soon I'll have some awesome Christmas pictures to post. Until then, I am alive and kicking.

Oh, and in reference to the title of my post, I reread all the Harry Potter books and can't wait to get kicking on rewatching all the movies.

Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

These are My Confessions

Linking up with Leslie.

One. I have only bought 1.5 Christmas presents. Maybe, 2.5, but that's only if my mom picks one up for me. I'm terrible, right? And I do realize Christmas is really only a little more than a week away. Today doesn't count anymore because its practically over. One of the gifts was a major fail, as well.

Two. This is a confession because I'm a Chargers fan, and its against my standards to like anyone else in the AFC West, but I love me some Tim Tebow. He's a genuinely nice guy, he's attractive, oh and he wins football games. (I also can not believe he made it onto my blog TWICE in one week).

Three. I would eat pork ribs (off the bone), coleslaw, and onion rings from Phil's BBQ for the rest of my life if I could. Obviously my arteries and thighs would not approve, but I would do it.

Four. I am addicted to all the sweets that have been around for the holidays. I have eaten more than my fair share, and I think my body is going to make me pay for it. I have gone to the gym though, so that's in some ways negating it.

Five. I royally failed on a Christmas present I was making and now I do not know what step I should take to make up for it.

I don't have a lot of confessions, that I can think of. Not a great post, but a link up to someone else is better than my boring post.

Sorry, no photos.

9 days until Christmas, woo hoo!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Finally

I was having a terrible day.
Work will do that to you sometimes.

So, I went to the gym.
And it got worse.
The treadmill was skipping, and I almost fell off.

So, what is a girl to do?
I get on the elliptical and do intervals for 30 mins.
Then I do 20 mins of leg weights.
Then I did the cross-trainer/elliptical for 15 mins.

I feel amazing now.

And this is what it makes me think of:


Elle Woods is my idol.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Trying to Get Back in the Game

Today's post brought to you by linking up with Megan.


Sometimes: I go to Target with the intention of buying only one necessary item.


Always: I end up buying way more (although some are necessities).


Sometimes: I want to quit my job on the spot.


Always: I end up realizing that I need to keep it, and that it really is not that bad.


Sometimes: I plan on cutting off all my hair.


Always: I end up keeping it long and seeing how far it can grow.


Sometimes: I want to hate Tim Tebow (I am a Charger fan, after all).



Always: I remember that he seems to be a really great guy.


Sometimes: I want to go to bed really early and get lots of sleep.


Always: I realize 7 hours is all I need.


Sometimes: I want to sleep in on the weekends.


Always: 7:30 AM calls my name and I get up.


Sometimes: I want to give up shampoo like all the cool kids.


Always: I end up washing my hair everyday.


Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Post with a Poor Internet Connection

I apologize if anyone else on Wednesdays does something like this and I'm not linking up and you think I'm copying you. I'm not.

Highs and Lows

High:
I'm not getting laid off.

Low:
I do not like my job.

High:
The Lonely Island

Low:
My internet is being very, uncooperative.

High:
Working out.

Low:
My gym changing ownership.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Happy Sunday everyone.
I'm sitting here drinking my coffee, and I'm ready to tell you about my Saturday.

I ran errands so I could put up our Christmas tree.
I also purchased this:



It is an awesome CD. I love it. I listened to it all day yesterday. I love Christmas music as it is, but I could not stop listening. I love his version of "Feliz Navidad" with Thalia. But, I really just love the whole thing. Go buy it.

I then went to a Christmas luncheon at my church. We ate a lot of good food, and had a really great time.

Then I put up our Christmas tree:


I know that it is kind of wimpy, and that the pictures are terrible, but I'm not sure if a bigger tree would have fit. If we ever get a bigger one, we can always put this in the bathroom or something.

I'm off to finish my piping hot coffee.
Happy Sunday.

Friday, December 2, 2011

M.I.A.

I am so sorry for being so M.I.A. lately. I was visiting my family and then I've had some major work and life drama, that has just drained me completely. I've been reading other blogs and am so jealous of all of you that have had the time, energy, and $$ for Christmas decorating. I really want to dig out what I have, but it isn't very much, and I'm afraid it will add to my irritation with things these days. I also need to have a clean apartment before I can make it work. I haven't even been on Pinterest, if you can believe that. I don't think my following on here is too huge, but trust me, I will eventually be back. I just need to sort my life out. Seeing everyone elses' happy blogs makes me know that bad things can happen, and I know I am lucky to have my health. It is really a shame that the economy, especially in California is such a disaster, and that having a job today does not always mean you'll have one tomorrow. I know that no matter what Chris, my family, and my church will always be there for me, just with so much uncertainty in life, things can get a little crazy.

I'll be listening to my Christmas music and pinning for Christmas until I can no longer pin. Have an awesome weekend, and hopefully I'll be back A.S.A.P.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Back at it again

I am so thankful that I was able to spend a nice, relaxing weekend with my family. We had an internment ceremony for my grandparents' at the Veteran's cemetery, my mom and I did lots of shopping, I saw Breaking Dawn, and now that my weekend is coming to an end (although I have tomorrow off as well), I've got to get myself back into gear.

I'm thinking of giving up my monthly splurge on magazines and clothes, to join Weight Watchers or something. Being accountable only to myself is not working. I keep losing and gaining the same 3 pounds. It is very frustrating and I'm not happy with where I'm at. I don't have a specific goal, I've never felt that my weight truly represents an accurate portrait of my size. I've worn small-ish pants and still only weighed 15 lbs less than what I do now. I'm not super tall, but I'm also not super short; I'm of average height. I have narrow shoulders, a wide chest, an average sized waist, and wide hips, butt, and legs or maybe I don't and that's just what I see.

Chris has always been loving and supportive of me. He doesn't say that I need to lose weight or that I am too big or anything. I just think he and I both are unhappy with our current weight and size, and I think now that Thanksgiving is over, we can take this opportunity to lose some of our unwanted pounds.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Turkey Day

Images of Thanksgivings passed:

2010 at my parent's house

2009 at Chris's parents house

2008 at my parent's house

2007

2003 or 2004

2002

1999

I won't be with my family tomorrow, I'll be with my mini family aka Chris and myself. We're doing our own Thanksgiving. Although I'll miss the family fun, I'll be going back to my family on Friday. My mom said she bought a giant turkey, so there should be leftovers for me.

I am so thankful to have a loving boyfriend, a great family, a roof over my head, a job, and my health. Some people are not as fortunate as I am.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bad Dreams

Usually when people have bad dreams, they scare them. My bad dreams make me sad. I haven't been able to shake how sad it made me.

On April 23, 1999, my grandmother died. It was a Friday and I was in my school's Spelling Bee. I was in 6th grade, finally having the competition in the gymnasium in front of a large number of people. I do not remember acknowledging that my grandmother wasn't there, or that my mom wasn't there. It did not seem weird to me, which, in hindsight, should have been a red flag. My grandmother was retired, only worked in the morning part time cleaning houses and had no reason not to show up.

We lost the Spelling Bee on the word "orator" we spelled it with an E. I do not remember if the plan was for me to just go home, or go back to class. My teacher gave me a big hug and told me to, "be strong." I shrugged it off thinking, I lost, no big deal. Of course I'm upset, but I'll get over it and see you on Monday. My dad drove my sister and me home, telling us my mom was busy, and could not get off work. Once again, I accepted it, I was only 12, and didn't think anything of it.

My dad asked my sister and me to sit on the couch, and he read the 23rd Psalm to us because he had to tell us something important. It was very strange, but we sat there and listened. Then he told us, "Grandma Pat died this morning." I remember screaming in horror, asking him if he was lying, how could it be, no she didn't, why are you making this up, etc. I know it seems like such a crazy thought that I really thought my dad had made this up. That would be an awful, cruel joke.

My mom was a mess, I was a mess. I had a bike-a-thon or some nonsense the next day. My mom couldn't go, so my cousin went with me and my best friend. It was weird.

Anyway, to get to the point of bad dreams. I had a dream last night that I was in my grandmother's house, but someone else lived there. Obviously someone else does now. It made me so sad because I could not remember what her house looked like, at least all of it. I know she had 3 recliners and a couch in her living room, but how were they arranged? What wall was her bed on? Was there more than a desk in the back room? How many chairs were in the kitchen? I know it is so trivial, but it made me so sad. I have had 4 other grandparents die since then (yes, my mom's parents divorced and both remarried before I was born) but the pain felt with this death is deeper, and is a hole I always think is sewn back up, but sometimes it isn't all the way.

I miss her, a lot. That dream made me sad. I'll cherish what I remember of her for the rest of my life. Here's a photo of me and her:


I'm really thankful for the 12 years I had with her, and I hope that I can hold onto as many memories of her as possible.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Appearances

If you've looked at my blog, you've probably noticed that in the past week it has changed designs/layouts/etc. I finally, after hour upon hour on pinterest, decided what I really wanted it to look like. This is definitely more of what I like. So, with any luck, it will stay this way.

I kind of feel like this little girl in regards to the Chargers (Vikings) and any team they've played in the last 5 games...



My Weekend in Review

My weekend has not held too much excitement thus far.
I returned some black leggings, because, well, I don't want to wear leggings until I feel that they flatter my body more.
I also returned a burgundy shirt, because, well I found some better things to spend my money on; after my lunch at Chipotle, of course.

I walked into Forever 21 and found something I had to have, this scarf:


Although this one is black, and I'd like a black one even if my mom says they're boring, mine is purple. It is a pretty blue-ish purple. I wore it today with a pink sweater and it looked fantastic. The tag said the scarf was blue, but it is definitely purple.

Then, I had seen this on Pinterest, and found earrings to recreate it and I went ahead did so (note: this is not my ear, it is the image from pinterest)




I went to church, and think for once, that I will actually use our "Grow. Pray. Study" guide this week. I'll least try my best. Thanksgiving is almost here so I am going to have to start thinking up my list of what I am most thankful for this year. I have some ideas. Oh, and to go back to church, we were talking about: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21 NIV. If you didn't know, David Livingston when he died in Africa, they took his heart out and buried it in Africa, while sending his body back to England. The reasoning was that his body belonged in England, but his heart belonged in Africa. My pastor asked where they'd bury my heart, and I am so ashamed to say that the first thing that popped into my head was Nordstrom Rack. At the time I thought it was funny, but I think I need to rearrange some of my priorities.

Happy Sunday.

My afternoon involves some Chargers football, running errands, and taking care of a sick Cwisp. My boy is sick, he has a fever. Poor thing.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Only One

I think I am the only one that didn't partake in seeing Breaking Dawn Pt 1, even my mom went out with my cousins, my sister, and their friends. I wish I had been with them to go. Chris said he'd go with me, if I really wanted him to, but I won't put him through that. Even though, maybe I should make him, be a good boyfriend and all.

We used to have this restaurant here, Spicy Pickle, and they had the best pickles, ever. They were so yummy, spicy, and delicious. They closed awhile back. I bought some sour garlic pickles at the grocery store, they don't really compare, but are really good as well. And no, I'm not pregnant, I have always LOVED pickles. My mom and I used to eat "chips and cheese" (tortilla chips with melted cheese) and pickles as snacks and/or dinner. Like mother like daughter.

I am so thankful that Thanksgiving is almost here. My family is moving our dinner to Saturday, since I won't be going to visit until Friday. But, my best friend aka my sister, will be working all weekend. Super lame, but I'll spend time with Momma Benz and Poppa Benz. I can't wait.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Loose

Have you seen this commercial:


So hysterical. I envision that most people find that the clothes their mom wears are probably not what they would want to wear. Luckily, my mom is an okay dresser. She and I do not agree on everything, but she would never ask me to wear "loose" jeans that she kept in a bin forever. She likes to buy clothes (like I do) and then not wear them and give them to me. She'll buy things that are too young, or buy them for a present, not remember where she put them, and have to give them to me at a later time. I was donating some things to the Salvation Army this weekend, and I thought to myself: I should give this to mom, the tags are still on it. Then it dawned on me, oh, she gave it to me.

I can not wait for Thanksgiving to see what might be in store for me to bring back that won't cost me a dime.

Still sick, no gym for me until I get better. It is all stuck in my chest. Ugh, I don't wish this cold upon anyone. Well there's maybe one person, but I don't like to name names.


Monday, November 14, 2011

So Excited

I am so proud and excited for my cousin. He wrote and published a book!!! I'll post a link once its had some time to be bought and read by others. We are all so proud of him. I can not wait to read it. He's had such a great year. The birth of his beautiful daughter Hannah, and now this book. I'm so happy for him and his awesome wife Megan. They're great so they deserve the best.

I am still on the mend from being sick. I have this terrible cough. I have no real nasal symptoms, but it is all in my chest, this terrible painful cough. I've been coughing so much it is giving me a headache. It is really irritating, if I had to use one word to describe it. My body doesn't feel bad like it did when I was sick last month (SERIOUSLY? Sick that often, other than being sick the last time I honestly can not remember the last time I was sick; I remember once in Maryland - 2009 - being sick, but I honestly don't remember any time in 2010). It is just awful. I think after this I am getting my multi-vitamin, hand washing, and not touching my face at all on so that I do not get sick again.

Have a great week and just a friendly reminder: start to remember what you're thankful for, Thanksgiving is not that far away.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Getting Reacquainted With:

ABC Family, like they do all the time, has had a Harry Potter weekend. Since I went to bed at 9 pm last night and woke up still sick at 7 this morning, I have taken this opportunity to lay around and reacquaint myself with my good buddies: Ron, Hermione, and Harry.


I still think I enjoy the books better, and I ahven't seen the last 3 movies, yet, I guess they'll be back on my Netflix queue. I only have the first 4 books here, my sister has the last 3. I've been meaning to read them again (as well as Twilight, but that's a totally different post).


So, while I drown in Airborne and get some rest, turn on some ABC family and reacquaint yourself with some former friends.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rainy Days

I really can not believe it is raining in San Diego, and has been all day. It is not very often that my day gets put on hold from a little bit of rain. However, people in So Cal (I'm not a native so I can give them a hard time if I want to) do not, I repeat, DO NOT know how to drive in the rain. Whether it is pouring, sprinkling, or misting, it is as if their "moron" hats come on and they can't drive. We saw an accident on our way home from the gym. Obviously, it is best to stay inside. I am thinking of kicking back and watching some TV shows I need to catch up on ("Hart of Dixie" and "Gossip Girl") and then probably watching this:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I Forgot to Make a Title

I have an interview for a promotional position tomorrow. I'm only somewhat nervous. I have to take some kind of test beforehand, so hopefully that goes over well. I wouldn't be too disappointed if I didn't get it, and I'd be happy if I did. We shall see what happens.

In other news, it has been super cold here in San Diego at night and in the morning. As much as I love wearing pajamas and slippers, I do not like to freeze on my way to work. I left Maryland for a reason. I remember all the layers, flannels under my work clothes; sweaters and fleece; my wool coat; ear warmers; gloves, snow boots, and a number of other things.

My friend told me that Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has Red Velvet Hot Cocoa. I'm pretty excited about that. I love anything red velvet (and pumpkin and carrot). I think I'll be having one this weekend.

Speaking of weekend, a 3-day weekend is just what the doctor ordered. Chris and I could really use some time to organize some stuff, clean, work out, and overall spend together. Maybe hot cocoa and reading?? Its supposed to rain this weekend. Which is so abnormal for San Diego.

Anyhow, I'm about to watch the CMAs.
I love Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I've Been Working on This

I think that I could have come up with more stuff.
I really don't even know what I want.
I usually just want clothes.
None too specific.
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

One Of Those Days

Some of today is not even worth a rant.
I'm going for a promotion; technically.
It might actually save my job.
Because I could be laid off.
I could get this new job.
Or I could keep my current job.
I'm not nervous, although I think I should be.
I might even be overly confident.
Which is crazy, because I've had some "flubs" in my current position, that depending on who interviews me, could automatically think, "no thanks."
Maybe I'm not nervous because I haven't turned in my application?
Yet, I feel weird about it.
I'd love the promotion; I'm sure I am fully capable of the challenge. I guess I just wonder: what if it isn't right for me and I don't realize it until I've been doing it for awhile?
I hate to be a quitter.
In some aspects of my life I live by the motto: "Too blessed to be stressed." - that would be for work.
In others, my motto is: "Get there or die trying." - that would be exercise, weight loss, healthy eating, etc.
Anyway, I'm feeling kind of indifferent towards things right now.
I don't think I like this feeling.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Death of my Computer aka Nothing of Importance

So, today the two males that I work with, who obviously choose to not acknowledge that I am female, welcomed me into the world of being a girl. Apparently I have being a girl "on lock," because I like The Notebook and Twilight. My first thought was, did you think I wasn't a girl because I haven't shared my love of these movies with you? Are you not a girl until that is known? It was probably something you would have had to been there for, or else I only vaguely remember the conversation between us. It did include Shakespeare in Love, Anonymous, and The Human Centipede. I'm sure all three movies have SOMETHING in common... None of these movies have I ever seen.

So, in case you didn't know, any maybe wanted to know:

1. I am a female; a girl; a lady.
2. I am not too cuddly, or sweet. I'm more gunpowder and lead than I am sugar and spice and everything nice. Okay, that's probably a lie. Or I'm just in between because my idol is Leigh Anne Tuohy. I'd like to keep a gun in my purse and go to church on Sundays.
3. I love The Notebook and Twilight but you can definitely find me watching Saw and Taken.
4. I eat a lot of cereal. I only like it when its been sitting in the milk and it is soggy.
5. I am not good at hair or make up or cooking (baking I can do) so I might have just negated #1. 6. I can however, fix my garbage disposal and the sink. Once again, negated #1.
7. I love the color pink and wish Chris would let me decorate our bedroom with the hue; however, I mostly wear black and grey.
8. Christmas, Easter, and my birthday are my favorite holidays; Yes, January 30th is a holiday. 9. I'm a nerd. I read, a lot. Especially while I'm eating. I'm not really a great dinner companion.
10. People don't find me very friendly. Case in point: Today I'm walking upstairs in our building, on a floor where I know very few people. I walk by this man. He yells, "hey!" (I've already passed him and continued to the other side of the office. He yells it again, and again. Then proceeds to tell me how I need to look at people when I'm walking. And blah, blah, blah I can't hear because I'm 87, and I've already tuned you out sir, have a nice day. :]

The End.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Products I Can Not Live Without

I'm not even going to call these beauty must-haves. These are the things that keep me looking and feeling like a normal person each and everyday. I'm somewhat picky and generally only uses these... I've found some others that are okay, but none have the tried and true effect that these products do.



I have acne. Although, looking at my face you probably wouldn't see it. Why is that? Because I wash my face, everyday, with this. I've had issues with it since I was like 9, so I'm not one to skip washing. Even though this comes in a three step system, I usually just buy the face wash. The toner and lotion don't really matter for my face; just the wash. And it is pretty affordable to comparable products based on its size.

Yes, I know it is drying, so I do moisturize my face to make up for it. Occasionally, when my face is really dry, I use Cetaphil, but not that often.



I have long hair. That's wavy and tangly. I know that's not a word. My grandmother used to buy this, and my mom started using it on my sister and I when we were little. I've tried others, and this is so light weight, and I think it really has kept my hair from getting too damaged. I buy the giant bottle and it lasts FOREVER. I bought some yesterday, and I really can't remember when I bought the last bottle.



Even though I am afraid of getting cancer from the aluminum in anti-perspirant, I have to use this one. I sweat a lot when I work out, and this is the only thing that keeps me smelling like a lady. Its the only one that works. I tried Toms of Maine, when I was trying to give up on the aluminum, but they gave me a rash, which is kind of weird since it is an all natural product.




Other than the Aquaphor lip balm that I use at night, this is the only chapstick that touches my lips. My mom has always used it, and its the only one I use. I like the original, but they have a new lime flavored/scented one that I really like. I keep one on my nightstand, one in my desk, and two or three in my purse; you never know when you might need some.



I have super dry skin on my feet, and I live in San Diego, so I wear sandals a lot. My doctor told me this was the best. And it definitely is. It doesn't have a scent, and I can even feel the moisturizing action (I have some on now). I use it twice a day, and it is the best.

These are really my only must haves.
I like Neutrogena and Almay make up, but I buy whatever I feel like.
I like Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves spray for my hair; when I feel like doing it.
Dove used to have the best heat protectant spray, but they don't make it anymore, or at least I haven't seen it.
Shampoo wise I like to switch it up. Right now its Aussie, waiting in line is Dove. I like Garnier as well as Herbal Essences; it all depends on my mood.
When it comes to spending more, I like Redken All Soft.

That's all.
I'm a pretty basic and simple girl.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blast from the Past

I was listening to some of the Beatles, and when I heard, "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You," it reminded me of Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World movie.

Take a peak:


Watching this also made me think of another one of my favorites:
Maxie's World


Enjoy my blast from the past!
I kind of wish I wasn't an adult, so I could still watch these.

Friday, October 28, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

With October coming to a close, we are fast approaching my favorite time of year.
I do love Thanksgiving, but nothing beats Christmas.
I love Christmas music, shopping, trees, lights, presents (who doesn't, right?), and the overall feeling around Christmas. You just can't help but be happy.
Taking a line from my friend, "Buddy," here's how I feel during Christmas:

"I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite!"



There's nothing about this movie that I don't like.
I love Buddy, and I love Jovie (but who doesn't, hello, its Zooey Deschanel!)

Since the holidays are fast approaching, I can soon, but not quite yet, dig out the Christmas music. I am desperately in need of some new tunes, and since we're on the subject of Zooey Deschanel I can not wait to go get this:


Remember who song in "Elf?" If you didn't know, she and M. War make up "She & Him," and she's a great singer. This CD sounds so awesome.!

I really think you should all go get it. I can't wait to pick it up.

Samples:




Thursday, October 27, 2011

Likes & Dislikes on a Thursday

I am liking... sore muscles; they show me how well I am doing.

I am disliking... that somehow I started biting my nails again this week; I had stopped and now I am back at it.

I am liking... that I can honestly say my eating has been really well this week. Two thumbs up for mostly real/clean food.

I am disliking... that my cravings for Diet Coke have been out of control! I gave it up in March and have only honestly had 3, well, now 4. Will I ever not crave it like a crazy person?

I am liking... that it is almost the weekend; this week has been too much for me.

I am disliking.... the tangles in my hair. Nothing keeps it from getting tangled.

I am liking... Grey's Anatomy & Private Practice this week.

I think that's sufficient for today.
At least for every negative, there is a positive.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top Reasons Why I Love Fall

Fall is always my favorite season.
Its usually not super cold, but you can cuddle up and get comfy without overheating.
And these reasons always make it better:

I get to see these people more often:
Thanksgiving AND Christmas


I like wearing sweaters.
I like wearing cardigans.
They are so comfy.
They're my favorite.


Football.
Chargers football to be exact.
Now if only they could get their act together.



Apples.
Any kind.
They always taste better in fall.
I also like apple cider and apple pie.
I like the scent of apple as an air freshener.
It smells warm and fall-like.


And last, but not least.
Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Yum.
I've only had one this fall, but I am already planning for one when I go visit my family after Thanksgiving.


My reasons for loving fall.
I am sure that I have more, but these are my tops for now.
Happy Tuesday.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Risky Business

I like being a girl, I like being girly, and I like the color pink.
I like to look pretty and smell nice.
I like having soft skin.
But sometimes, we all forget that when we take it all of, that we might just be our most beautiful. We might have sparse eyebrows, large pores, laugh lines, or any number of unwanted markings, but what is most important is being comfortable in our own skin.
I've given in to my wavy hair, and have forgone straightening. I think I straightened it 4 times in September, and so far this month, once.
I don't wear a lot of make up, I wear no foundation or anything.
I'm equally content walking out of the house without make up as I am with.
So I'm doing something wild.
I took off all my makeup.
I let down my hair.
This is me, au natural; smile lines, dimples, scars and all:

I've never dyed my hair, and I'm content wit the color.
I try not to tan too much.
I baby my face and moisturize and try to prevent acne.
I brush and floss twice, to three times daily.
I laugh, and don't mind my slight smile lines and dimples.
I have a scar on my cheek, that looks like a dimple, and I'm okay with it.
We should be content with who we are and what we look like.

Of course I wish my hair was longer and that my cheeks weren't so chubby.
I wish I had longer eyelashes and that I was thinner.
But overall, I can't complain.

I smile because I'm happy with me.
You should smile because you're happy with you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Salt N Pepa's Here And We're In Effect

Actually, only my new friend "Salty" is here.
He's going to help get rid of my itchy throat.
He's kind of yummy, kind of nauseating.
He'll make you bloat, and make your potato chips taste good.
He's white, can be from the sea, and draws water to him like a machine.
He's my new best friend.





He says "hey girl hey!"
Anyway, I'm kind of sick. Emphasis on "kind of". I don't get sick, like ever, or I am in complete and utter denial. My only problem is my throat itches like crazy and my ears are full and icky.
Now, this is a typical day for me in allergy land, but since I'm sick, its especially bad.
It ruins everything. If you're gonna be sick, don't you want all out, feel crappy, look crappy stay home on the couch and watch bad tv all day? Yeah, me too.

Oh well. Salty and I are heating things up in the hot tub (him, not me) and we'll see how he likes it when it becomes a jacuzzi.

Second, I am not caught up on "Parenthood."
I'm not watching tonight's but I finally watched last week's episode.
And if you didn't know that I have a major crush on Adam Braverman due to his normal antics, check this out:


"Malibu's Most Wanted," anyone?
Pretty Fly for a White Guy?



I think so.
Happy Tuesday.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Radio Station? Crustacean? Eustachian?

So I think I have one of these three things (or a combination of the three):
1. Ear infection
2. Sinus infection
3. Common cold

Why do I think this?
Well, for starters, I feel as what I imagine a cat with a hairball must feel like. Something is stuck in my throat. And whatever it is, does not come up. I also don't cough anything up (gross, I apologize).

Second, it is all in my ears and my throat. When I have allergies that is what is worse too. But I took my meds, and most of my sinuses feel dry.

Third, well, I'm convinced I have a very small eustachian tube, because, my ears ALWAYS feel plugged. Even when I get them irrigated by the doctor, I have one day of clarity and then I'm backed up.

I'm having some tea, and will be heading to bed after my shower, in hopes of knocking this one out.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vomiting

No, I do not actual have to throw up.
I'm just posting a bunch of words, in a blob, aka "word vomit" style.
I've decided that I need to switch up my workout.
Running like a crazy person isn't getting the job done.
Enter the dreaded StepMill.
I always set it for 30 mins, but today, I actually did it for 30 mins, interval style.
I of course had to run after.
Go me.
I like to say: StepMill: 0, Lindsay: 1

In other news, my sister, is possible allergic to red dye.
She had reactions as a child, and she is now having them again.
What's she going to do without Red Velvet Cake?
Strawberry jell-o?
Fruit punch?

Her world must be ending.

Adios!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Footloose and Fancy Free


If you did not know, Footloose is definitely my all time favorite movie. I haven't watched it recently (shame on me) but I really love the movie. I love Kevin Bacon's character, Ren McCormack and John Lithgow's character, Reverend Shaw Moore. I love the idea of books being banned and not being able to dance in a small town and a guy from the big city coming in to change that. I love the 1984-ness of it, I know that's not a word, but I still love it.

My heart broke in a million pieces when I saw they were remaking it, with rap in it? Something about that ruins it for me. I was watching Blake Shelton's video for Footloose and I felt forced to like it because its Blake Shelton. I don't know if I find it worse that they are literally remaking it with the same characters and would I like it better as a sequel, or the fact that it will be different.

Personally, it just won't do as well in 2011. Its too sexed up.

Anyway, this is my favorite scene:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Little Bit Country

Every time I hear this song, I want to throw on my boots, and a flowery skirt, kick up my heels, fake a southern drawl, and dance around like a crazy girl.

I love this song. When I was visiting my family, I went out with my sister and her friends, to a "pub" that had country night which is clearly, right up my alley. They had a live band, and it was pretty awesome. The drinks were strong, so worth the $$$.

Little Sister (Danielle), and her best friends Leah and Katelyn.

Me and the sister


Katelyn and myself. We don't dance, we drink beer.

Take a listen, and a look, at Mr. Bryan








I have a GIGANTIC crush on Luke Bryan. Damn him for having a GORGEOUS wife.

Anyway, I have this, I don't like to use the word fetish, it sounds so bad, but I have this strong like for country men and their jeans. It just goes hand in hand.
Country singer + good jeans = hotter than a desert day in July.
Here's my list, if you needed to check it out yourself:

1. Luke Bryan
2. Rodney Atkins
3. Jason Aldean
4. Tim McGraw
5. Blake Shelton
6. Charles Kelley
7. Jerrod Niemann

I think you get the hint.
Hope you're having a sensational day!

Oh, I ran 4 miles today. But that's all. One week of vacation killed me. Building back up again.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Get Up, Stand Up

Here's a quiz:
1. What does the pink ribbon stand for?
2. What does a beige ribbon stand for?
3. What does a blue ribbon stand for?
4. What does a black ribbon stand for?
5. What does a gray ribbon stand for?
6. What does a red and white ribbon stand for?
7. What two things can a lavender ribbon stand for?

I love the color pink.
And it will be popping up everywhere this month because October is: "Breast Cancer Awareness" month. I am quite sure that many of you already know this. And if you watched any football today, it was quite apparent with the pink attire that many players were sporting.
Most people know of someone or have a personal relationship with someone who has had breast cancer. My coworker and my aunt, both are currently survivors. With that being said, I wholeheartedly support the cause, but I am also very wary in the way I choose to support. I look at all the hype, hysteria, and knowledge we feed into our people, for one specific kind of cancer. Thanks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is everywhere. I don't want to take away from what a great job that foundation is doing. But did you know that there are other months that support awareness of cancer that you may not know of.

January
Cervical Health Awareness Month

February
National Cancer Prevention Month

March
National Colo-rectal Cancer Awareness Month

April
Cancer Control Month
Cancer Fatigue Awareness Day
Testicular Cancer Awareness Week
National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week
National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week
National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

May
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Melanoma Monday
Brain Tumor Action Week
Blood Cancer Advocacy Days

June
National Cancer Survivors Day
Sarcoma Awareness Week

September
Childhood Cancer Awareness
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness
Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Prostate Cancer Awareness
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week

October
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Mammography Day

November
Lung Cancer Awareness
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Did you know about these other days, weeks, or months of awareness? Maybe you did and I congratulate you. Maybe you didn't, and that's fine. Just remember, for every person you know affected by Breast Cancer, you can probably name just as many affected by some other type of cancer. Farrah Fawcett didn't die from breast cancer; Patrick Swayze didn't die from breast cancer; John Milford didn't die from breast cancer.

Every time you buy something pink to support breast cancer, think of how you can also spend or donate to help battle all these other forms of cancer.

Stand Up to Cancer, Not Just Breast Cancer.

I bet most only know the answer to number 1 and maybe number 7 (part of it).

Answers:
1. Breast Cancer
2. Oral Cancer
3. Prostate Cancer
4. Melanoma
5. Brain Cancer
6. Head & Neck Cancer
7. Cancer and/or Gynecological Cancer

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sunshine Saturday


I'm excited that my hair is finally growing and will soon (okay maybe by my birthday or shortly thereafter) look like hers. Oh, and I'm hoping to win myself some tickets to her concert.


Recipe available from link as well.
Fall = pumpkin everything.
I bought a new pumpkin candle.
I am holding out for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I'm looking for pumpkin flavored coffee.
Mmm, that pumpkin and cream cheese pie looks divine.

I love the look of all those mirrors together.
I want to do this in my apartment.
Chris doesn't understand mirrors that you don't use to look at yourself in.


Flare jeans.
My absolute fave!
Much more flattering than skinny jeans, on me at least.
I have the pair on the left in dark denim and black.
I'm excited to bust them out.


This song.
I'm just like my mom.
We hold our purses the same.
We look the same.
We walk the same.
We like the same things.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I'm Curious For You, Caught My Attention

I have this, recently developed, obsession with Katy Perry.
Maybe, it is because she is on the cover of InStyle magazine, but I really think she is the cutest, most fun thing ever. She makes me want to smack bubblegum, eat Mother's Circus Animal cookies, drink lemonade, wear pink lipgloss, use sugary sweet perfume, and dance around to pop music.



That dress = phenomenal. I know you can only see part of it, but I would love to have it.
(By the way, I am sitting in my satin-y pink robe, pajamas, and slippers).



And if not cute enough, I love the pink hair. (And my girl stays well hydrated!) Not everyone can pull it off, and I always loved Gwen Stefani's hot pink, but I really love this lavendery-pink. It is adorable. No, I won't be dying my hair pink BUT, I will be listening to "Teenage Dream," "Last Friday Night," and "I Kissed a Girl" on repeat.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fly Away

I was watching Pan Am, which I think I am going to like, but not as much as Mad Men. Anyway, it reminded me of what I had seen/heard about Southwest Airlines and what their flight attendants wore in the 1970s.

This is PSA - Pacific Southwest Airlines - they have the cutest little outfits. I don't see what is wrong wit them, they're adorable, maybe a little short, but adorable.


Here is Southwest. Cute, and I read somewhere that they only hired people with good legs and good faces. I wish I could find this photo in color. So cute.


That's all I have. Kind of boring, I know.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Soon, and Very Soon

I will be spending a glorious week with these guys:
Mom, Dad, and Dani.


I am pretty excited because: 1) I miss them and 2) I could use a vacation.
Even though my grandma's memorial service is also going to be part of this trip, I am still so excited.

In other news, I injured my elbow somehow and have only been able to do leg work at the gym. Good, bad, I don't know, all I know is my legs are killing me.

And my last bit of info for this Saturday until I go finish my laundry and take a shower, I tried my first protein shake. It's not super oh-mi-god I want to drink this everyday, but it doesn't taste bad either.

My First Ever Protein Shake:
1 packet Spirutein Chocolate Protein Powder
1 cup skim milk
6 strawberries
15 blueberries
5 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy.
Happy Saturday



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday to the One and Only....


"Poppa Benz"
as I like to call him, or dad.
But you can call him Bret or BB.
Anyway, last Thursday (when I would have posted this but then got stuck with the power outage and spent the weekend in a stupor of loss of sleep), was his last day of work and his 58th birthday. This lucky man is now retired. Join me on my trip down memory lane with my dad.


My dad is quite the character, and back in the 90s he was known to sport a bright t-shirt or tank top with white shorts or the reverse, and his never wear socks with my loafers because they are my only shoes. (He still, does not wear socks, I think my mom, sister, and I are tired of telling him he should).


Being the first child and being a girl I hold a very special place in his heart, as he does in mine. I will always be daddy's little girl, even though, clearly I'm not that small anymore. A girl can dream to have that petite, hourglass figure again, right? Okay, not quite appropriate... Moving on.


Awkward teen phase meet not awkward dad phase. Anyway, maybe not so noticeably in this photo thanks to my lovely chubby cheeks, double chin, and oh so noticeable cleavage for like a 16-year-old, I look a lot like my dad.


We sure put the "merry" in Merry Christmas, don't we?


The similarities are astounding. Weird faces, awkward hand movements, oh and if you hear us talk, we talk the same. Example. My college roommate (friend from high school) who was not super close with my family and never spent much time around them, spent a day with my parents once. As soon as she was alone with me, she said, "Oh my god, your dad talks just like you! It is so freaky. I was sitting there and I am thinking, did he really just say that, Lindsay would so say that." Thanks dad. :)


His favorite daughter, don't tell Danielle.


Aww mom and dad.


A favorite photo. Much of our summers were spent like this. Thanks dad for your Mexican blood so I don't look like a ghost and easily pick up some color.

A recent photo with the other child. My dad loves his cigars, and he loves his casinos. I suppose that's what retirement will be like for him. He said he's going to do some fishing too.

I have the best dad. I'm sorry that I can't share him with you. He always makes me laugh, can fix anything, enjoys the same music as me, knows when to say it and when not too, and would do anything for me in a heartbeat.