Friday, November 18, 2011


Tonight I am thankful for Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" song. It's light hearted and fun loving. Exactly what I love! Happy weekend Loves, enjoy the song :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gray Day

It's been gray and rainy the past few days and it has taken everything in me to not fall asleep at my desk. What is it about dark days that make you so much more tired? Come out Mr. Sun, this whole 40's and cloudy is really cold!
Maybe if I had this umbrella I wouldn't care so much!

One week until thanksgiving! Today I am thankful for my Mom. She's the best. She lets me show her random wedding ideas online, even though it is still 10 months away and she gets genuinely excited everytime!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Generic Sharing

Yesterday, I accidentally found out some sad news. As I was perusing facebook I came across someone from my past. I noticed that his profile picture was an old one of he and his older brother (the brother being the person I knew better, we will call him W).  At that moment I got a sinking suspicion that something bad had happened.  After googling W's name (the number one way to find out information) I quickly found an obituary. At that moment, I felt sad thinking he must have been sick at a young age and passed away. Or an accident must have happened.  I noticed that the obituary said "suddenly", so I looked further down in google and saw a bunch of articles.  Needless to say something horrible happened to him. 

It has been weird finding this out about W after having no contact with him for 10+ years.  It seems as if it shouldn't affect me like it has.  But I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I saw the articles. I can't stop myself from googling and reading more and more.  It's one of those scenarios where you can't really describe how you feel, because you really just don't quite know. Am I sad? Yes, but not in the "miss you" way. How can you suddenly miss someone that you haven't talked to in a long time anyways? Am I shocked? Absolutely.  It was information that had been published on the internet, on television, in newpapers and it took me two months to see it? It all just seems very odd. How did no one who knew W and the connection with my family not see it until me, just yesterday?  Am I disturbed? Yes. I think that is the number one thing I am feeling. How can something so bad happen to someone who was good? You always want to wish and hope that bad things didn't happen to good people, but I guess that just isn't how the world works. 

I know this is the most generic post ever, and I am sorry. But I don't really want to share names/scenarios since I am so conflicted with my feelings as it is.  This is all the explanation that is really necessary. Just that someone, who once had a strong impact on my childhood has passed away in a very sad way and it just doesn't seem fair to him or his family that he had to go so soon, especially like that.  I hope that W was able to find peace after this up in heaven and that he gets to spend time with my Nana up there looking down over his angels, just like I know she looks down over my Mom and I everyday. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day

I am thankful that it is friday.

I am also thankful for all of the Veteran's today and everyday. Thank you for serving and protecting our country.

"Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,

Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men." -Richard Watson Gilder

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Funny Wedding Videos

These made my day! I love funny wedding videos! The third on is my absolute favorite! I am thankful for people who don't take themselves too seriously to have fun :)
All Videos from YouTube

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Is it lunchtime yet?

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So True Sometimes

Day 7-Turnaround

After three days in a row of awful traffic on my way to work I really needed something to turn my mood around.  The following list which came originally from a chain email, (I saw it posted on this blog today) did just the trick. So many all of these things are so true, they make you giggle, some made me literally laugh out loud at my desk.  I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

****** 20 ADULT TRUTHS ******

1.Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2.Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3.I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4.There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5.How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6.Was learning cursive really necessary?

7.Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8.I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind-of tired.

9.Bad decisions make good stories.

10.You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

11.Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

12.I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

13.I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

14.I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

15.I disagree with Kay Jewelers; I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

16.I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

17.How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

18.I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

19.Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

20.Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

Sometimes being thankful for a good morning laugh is all you need.  :-)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 5 (through 8)

I have been a bit of a slacker. To make up for it, I have 4 things for the Thankfulness Challenge.

1.) Saturday - I am thankful for some girl time and a manicure with my soon to be sister-in-law (so crazy to think I will have two SILs)! Sometimes just getting a $12 manicure can be so nice, especially when you get to chat while you wait.

2.) Sunday - I am thankful for family. All of it. Just in general. Seeing family, talking to family, and just knowing that they are your support system, no matter what.

3.) Monday - Yesterday, I saw one of the most horrific accidents I have ever seen on the way to work.  At that moment I realized how thankful we have to be to all of the emergency responders that help people everyday.  No matter how big or small an accident they always show up ready and willing to help.

4.) Today - Today is one of those days where I am thankful for something that I read.  As I was reading one of my favorite blogs today (She's Pregnant!) she did a new piece on rescuing animals.  It just made me think of all the good people do in the world that gets overlooked by all the bad in the news.  There is not going to be a news article about an average girl doing amazing things to save animals. But those people are out there, and we should be thanking them everyday.

What are you thankful for? Are you challenging yourself everyday to think of something?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4-TGIF

Today I am keeping it simple.  I am thankful that it is FRIDAY. I have been looking forward to the weekend since...monday.  The fact that it is finally here makes me want to smile from ear to ear:

I'm a sucker for a smiling Boston Terrier. source
Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3-All the Ingredients

There is nothing better than getting the urge to bake, googling a recipe and figuring out that you have all of the ingridients at home to make it. Today I am thankful that I don't have to go to the grocery store to make a batch of Pumpkin Banana Bread. I have everything I need in my pantry at home. So tonight I am going to bake, watch Grey's (gray's?, I always spell that wrong) and relax and celebrate that it is Friday Eve.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Banana Bread (adapted from this recipe)

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ready for it to be the weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2-Tuesday Happy Hours

Last night I had one of the best happy hours that I have had in a long time.  My friend Ashley and I met at Ranazul to enjoy a few glasses of vino and appetizers.  We tried their olives and edemame which were both delicious, especially because they were washed down with some pinot noir. 

My real reason for wanting to meet up with her was to take her a wedding photo book that I had made her of all the pictures I took at her rehearsal dinner and throughout the wedding day. I love pictures, taking them and having them and thought the photobook would be such a personal gift. It was so fun to look through with her and see her reaction to all the pictures of her and her hubby :)

She also brought me a bridal survival kit that she put together herself after her experience with wedding planning.  It was adorable. Each item included a note of why it was in there.  There was even a little something included for Brent and her husband thought was a necessity ;-)

Today I am thankful for a fun happy hour, and more importantly a thoughtful friend.  I am really lucky to have her in my life.  I will need all the guidance I can get through this planning process and who better to get it from than a best friend. No wedding planner needed that way!

Us at her Rehearsal dinner

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankfulness Challenge

I have been having a hard time thinking of interesting things anything to blog about lately. I feel like I have been busy doing exciting things but how many dog pictures/traffic pictures/talk about dinner (leftovers)/P90X do people really want to read.  I feel like I have been living a huge routine during my minimal free time lately and nothing really exciting ever comes to mind.  Needless to say this morning I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Carrots 'N Cake, and she came up with the idea of blogging one thing you are thankful for everyday in November. This is the month of thankfulness isn't it? It can be something as minimal as the fact that the ceiling in your office has stopped leaking (phew) or something very important.  I am going to take this challenge. What better way to get out of a blogging rut, than telling people thank you for all that is good in your life. 

Today I will start with a biggie, since it is the 1st.  Today I am thankful for my sweet, wonderful fiance.  I know that we have our disagreements (what kind of knife you use to carve a pumpkin?) ;-) but I think it is those disagreements that make us understand each other even more. Thanks for being my best friend and my confidant. And also for being so strong, understanding, level headed and compassionate.  I am thankful for you every single day. <3

This is one of our first pictures, look how short my hair was!
Thanks for going to that No Doubt concert too ;-)