Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I am trying to simplify...

So sephora is one of my all time favorite stores....and this beauty chick hasn't been inside and bought or ordered from since November 12, 2009. THIS IS UNHEARD OF.

See...back in November I started organizing my beauty products, makeup, shampoos, conditioners and all else in my bathroom and I was OVERWHELMED by how much I owned. So I put myself on a 6 month hiatus from buying anything beauty related...or if something ran out... I could only buy one package at a since then I have not bought ONE SINGLE beauty item.

Inventory wise -
  • I still have enough shampoo and conditioner to last probably a year - and we aren't talking cheapo products either!
  • I have enough hair styling products to get me through the next decade
  • I am not allowed to buy makeup for a long time - some if it is still in boxes
  • I dont need lip glosses to save my life - I have over 15 left- although now I use them until they are empty and go to the next.
  • I am on my final bottle of face wash...well final 2 - one at my place and one at the bfs.
  • I have enough toothpaste for 3 years and toothbrushes to match (all in boxes)
  • I have enough bar soap (I'm old school and I love bar soap way more than body wash..I know I'm weird) for at least a year

See...the things I am going to buy in May are probably only 2 things...I need new mascara (I have one tube left...I just opened it for the first time) and I will probably need a thing of fash wash.

Does anyone else have too many beauty products? I'm seriously trying to simplify my life and not spend so much on products that end up being half empty but what can I say...I love packaging!


Have you ever been at a restaurant, a coffee shop or some place where you overhear someones conversations and you think "omg I think I know that person!" and then you turn around or look over and who you thought it was - you were so off?

That just happened but in a bad way.

One of our clients was in my fathers office and I could hear him speak. It was eerie how much he sounded like one of my exboyfriends. His mannerisms, his speech, the way he acted when he walked out etc...I wanted to vomit.

As he left I said to my dad ..."doesn't he have the say mannerisms as ______" and my dad said "you are so right!"

It was weird.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday...

Taken from The Undomestic Momma ... it is Top 2 Tuesday!

Top 2 Random Facts About Yourself

1. I love to read...anything and everything I can get my hands on. One of my favorite things to do is to lay in bed all day and read.

2. I eat sushi at least once a week. It is soooooo good.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Random survey

Borrowed from Preppy Little Dress :

Below are a list of things people may or may not have done. The bold ones the ones I have done:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Been sky diving
66. Visited a Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

okay, who created this list? some of these questions are a little off the wall if you ask me! ha! ha!so play along, re post this on your blog! can't wait to see your answers!

Apple Pie

I baked Alton Brown's apple pie over the weekend from scratch and I dare say it is DELICIOUS!

The start of the crust

The dough for the pie crust

Pie crust

Apple Filling

My pie!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Girls night

So B is out of town at a bachelor party - they are camping and playing disc golf and eating at Perrys...a very tame bachelor party! (I like!)

So last night one of his female co-workers/friend invited me out for drinks. It was so much fun. We've hung out before and I honestly think she is great and I'm so glad we went out. I mean- UH alumni Rugby players showed up halfway through our night and insanity ensued and the night ended at Katz - so all in all a fabulous night!

I find the journey of meeting new people and making new friends very hard for me. While I am outgoing by nature, I am only outgoing with those I love and those that know me well. Whenever I meet someone it takes me a long time to get comfortable and just let loose. As I get older I find making friends easier and I guess it is a sign of being more comfortable with myself as well as just knowing everyone could always use more friends. In the past 2years my social circle, which ones consisted of me and just close friends, has expanded exponentially. I have let a lot of people in and I couldn't be happier - because truly life is party - you have to enjoy it. And enjoying it I am!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Date night!

Last night B and I had a date night. I loved it. Sometimes I think life goes by quickly and it is nice to stop and smell the roses so to speak. I truly enjoy our date nights for lots of reasons.

  • I am with someone who stops and takes the time to be in the moment with me. I have never had that before. I, of course, wanted to talk about how long we've been together, past great dates etc and he of course told me to stop thinking about the past or the future and to live in the now. It is so hard for me to do that. It is hard for me to not compare or evaluate things on an on going basis. I wonder if he ever evaluates us or thinks about the past or the future. I know men and women think differently, but sometimes I have no idea what is going through his mind.

  • I always feel so important when I am with him. I know this should be an obvious thing but when I look back and think about him and I, I never have a doubt in my mind that I am important to him. It is a wonderful feeling.

  • I enjoy his company. We laugh, poke fun, (sometimes I am too sensitive and I do like that he doesn't let me be overly sensitive!) and inbetween those moments there are stolen kisses, hugs and hands held.

  • We may not be the overly affectionate couple - but date night includes my favorite things - him opening the door (I know it is cliche, but I love it when he opens the car door for me), holding hands as we drive (this always makes me feel so special!), kisses and good wine with lots of laughter. I don't think we have ever had a date night without wine. It's kinda our thing!

Anyway- last night we went to Ruggles Grill and it was so good. We split a crab cake (divine!) and I had the salmon and he had the stuffed chicken. After Ruggles we went to the Tasting Room (per our usual!) and split a bottle of Malbec. All in all, a wonderful date night.

As he heads out of town for a bachelor party - this weekend is going to be quite the girls weekend - drinks, mani/pedi, drinks and brunch. Cannot wait...and hopefully I will bake an apple pie on Sunday :)

Fill in the blank Friday!

The Little Things We Do... fill in the blank Friday!

1. The best piece of advice I was ever given was to live in the moment. I too often talk about the past or the future and forget to live in the now.

2. If I had a million dollars to give to one charity I would give it to KIVA because then people from around the world could help other people...a pay it forward mentality.

3. If I got to choose my "last meal" it would be a french feast! Starting with foie gras, escargot, beef bourguignon, crepes (savory and sweet!) and ending it with poached pears!

4. My hair is curly, unruly and yet I love it. It can be straight, wavy or curly and always does what I want it to do although sometimes it takes forever!

5. If at first you don't succeed better luck next time!

6. I have always been very much a planner. I plan everything...I need to work on that.

7. Oh....and by the way.... I am ready to relax and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cooking Class

So B and I are going to a couples cooking class next month. Have any of y'all been? I have been wanting to do it for a while but everytime I looked at the schedule I didn't like what the food was going to be. (I don't need a cooking class to make pasta thank you very much!)

I hope it is as fun and I think it will be...then again it is rare that I don't enjoy a date with him. :)

Update- we didn't get to go because he went out of town for

Cleaning my closet

So I moved my fall and winter clothes to the back of the closet and brought up my spring and summer clothes. In doing so...I also went through my shoes.

I HAVE OVER 40 pairs of shoes...not including flip flops or tennis shoes...

Some may say I love heels...because I do...I don't think there is such a thing as a heel too high!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

So true!

Read this on Social Climbers and just had to pass it along!

1. Aspire to be Barbie - the bitch has everything.

2. If the shoe fits - buy them in every color.

3. Take life with a pinch of salt... A wedge of lime, and a shot of tequila.

4. In need of a support group? - Cocktail hour with the girls!

5. Go on the 30 day diet. (I'm on it and so far I've lost 15 days).

6. When life gets you down - just put on your big girl panties and deal with it.

7. Let your greatest fear be that there is no PMS and this is just your personality.

8. I know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok. They know me here.

9. Lead me not into temptation, I can find it myself.

10. Don't get your knickers in a knot; it solves nothing and makes you walk funny.

11. When life gives you lemons in 2010 - turn it into lemonade then mix it with vodka.

12. Remember, wherever there is a good looking, sweet, single or married man there is some woman tired of his bullshit!

13. Keep your chin up. Only the first 40 years of parenthood are the hardest.

14. If it has Tires or Testicles it's gonna give you trouble.

15. By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she's wrong

2 ER visits and one amazing boyfriend

St Patty's day 2010 will not be forgotten by me in a long long time....

I was at work and started to feel a little itchy. I took 2 benadryl and left work at 3 to head down to the festivities with B and one of his co-workers. I break out into hives every once in a while and I thought, oh well, I just won't drink and I'll be fine. We hung out until 7 and then B had to go to a company dinner so I headed to his place- I got dinner and settled in to watch TV. Around 9 I started to feel awful and I had hives that wouldn't go away and I started to not be able to breathe 100%. So I texted B that I thought that I needed to go to the ER. He came home and rushed me to the ER where we were for 4 hours. He took such great care of me.
I took Thursday off of work and stayed at his place. B called throughout the day and made sure I was doing ok. We went out for dinner (because I couldn't handle just sitting inside any longer!) and then headed back to his place. I fell asleep on the couch and woke up right as he was going to face, lips and body were all swollen - so we went back to the ER. We were there until 5 am and he had a flight to catch to Mexico for work at 830. Poor guy got an hours worth of sleep. He called non stop from Mexico to make sure I was ok. I spent Friday night with my friend V and then headed to my parents on Saturday (they were out of town until Saturday night).

Truly...I have never in my life ever had an allergic reaction like that. I am so lucky to have such a caring, compassionate and loving bf. I am sure he thinks I am "overreacting" by how thankful I am...but I am really thankful that he didn't think it was nothing and that he took such great care of me.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Simple Pleasures

I'm jumping on the bandwagon since other blogs have posted their "simple pleasures" of life....

I decided to have my own list as here goes...

talking to my best friend on the phone after work

a nice long walk without the ipod

a mani/pedi

writing letters to friends

reading in bed all day long, just because I can

a glass of very good red wine

foot rubs

snuggling in the morning

playing with animals

hearing children play outside

beautiful sunrises and sunsets

a blue sky without a cloud in sight

tea with my mom

#52 Camping for the weekend!

B and I went camping at PINS. We got there late Friday night and set up camp. Roxy came with us. It was so much fun. There is nothing like waking up on the beach and watching the sunrise. We went offroading, walking on the beach, and overall had a great time. I am so blessed.

Friday, March 12, 2010

feelings and honesty

So I think B and I are ok. So we had a few bumps and for now we are smooth sailing. I don't know what my future has for me. I know that I care about him and would like for this happiness that he brings to my life to continue but he by no means is the only reason I am so happy.

I was talking to my best friend last night and being brutally honest about my feelings. I tend to be sensitive but not let a lot of people see my true feelings. A really good friend once told me that I smile through all pain- and the thing is...I do. Sometimes I only let myself feel when I am all alone.
At 27 years old I thought my life would be different. Not better or worse, just different. I was always the girl in a long term relationship. I was happy, fun loving, and truly just going through life with a smile on my face. I thought by 27 I would have found the one. I would be settled (at least in the love department) and have my partner to go through life with.
Careerwise I had no idea where I would be. I am sure I didn't think I would be happy and so fulfilled. Most of my friends are either married or engaged and that is a little difficult for me. I know it will happen one day. I am really happy with my life the way it is and when the right person comes along I will be more than happy to let them in my life. I am more than happy for my friends. My friends husband's have been so amazing to me, especially my best friend K's husband. J has known me for the better part of 7 years. He has always said that I don't date quality people. He has sometimes really hurt my feelings but I know it is because he cares and truly wants me to be happy. Between K and J I couldn't have better friends.
Anyway- as K and I were talking she said something that really helped. She said - "all of us struggle with those issues. While I am not struggling with being single I am struggling with the idea that maybe I grew up to fast and settled down too early and stopped going out so much. While I love J and I know he is my match for life, sometimes I think I missed out on the "single" life. Everyone just has to have the balance in their life to know they are doing the best they can. "

It helped me more than she realized.

Fill in the blank Fridays

Taken from The little things we do fill in the blank Friday!

1. The best day ever was the: day I landed in Greece. It was the start of an adventure of 3 months backpacking and learning that no matter what I could get through anything.

2. My favorite meal of the day is: dinner because I usually enjoy it with great friends or family...or if I am lucky...both!

3. This weekend I am going camping! B and I are headed out to the beach to soak up some rays, read, relax and play with our favorite pup!

4. Never in my life have I gone skydiving. (I know I copped out)

5. The only thing better than a vacation is a vacation with those i love!

6. I could really do with some reece's peanut butter cups!

7. The most recent thing I bought myself was Lilly's Laurent Cardigan Ruffle. SO CUTE!

Friday, March 5, 2010

too quick to say

Maybe I said it too quickly because we are talking. I think I realized that we never talk about things that bother us...and we are both so giving that I think we sometimes forget about ourselves. So for now I wouldn't say it is over...I would say we are trying to see what the future my own heart - I hope it is love and whatever form. I would hate for our friendship to be ruined. I feel so blessed that he is back in my life after so long that I would hope there is more in store.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

some things change so quickly

So...we are no longer together. He needs time to figure things out and needs alone I have no idea what to say.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

#2, #17, #98

I finally had the chance last weekend to sit down, like I did in college and just read for an entire day. It was lovely. I started a book, ate breakfast reading it, and indulged myself to allow myself to read all day long. It was heavenly!

I love my job. I hate my job. But overall I feel so blessed to do something I like and be with my dad all day long. Not everyone has that luxury.

#98 I need to be a vegan for a week and then a vegetarian for two (don't think I wont combine them because I will...this girl loves her cheese and loves her meats!!!)