Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Web Wednesday: Warning. Poop Jokes Ahead

Hey guys! It's been awhile since I've posted a Web Wednesday, but I stumbled on a great video this week. I showed it to my coworkers and we laughed so hard we cried. I will warn you though, don't show it to your husbands/fiances/boyfriends/significant others if they have the maturity of a 12 year old.

Also, I'm sure those of you with kids that obsess over the movie Frozen and watch it on repeat have had the song stuck in your head forever. Good luck getting this version out of your head.

Without further ado, the best video you'll watch all week.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Day in the Life

5:45 am: My day starts fairly early. My first alarm goes off at 5:45 and I usually snooze it once before I roll out of bed. I’m actually a morning person so it doesn’t bother me to get up before most people. It  gives me a few extra minutes to have to myself.
I don't just wake up looking like this.
6:00 ish: I hop in the shower and start the ever important task of getting ready for the day. By the time I’m out of the shower, Morgan is patiently waiting for me at the door so she can get her morning started. We turn on some Netflix (right now I’m catching up on Parenthood so I can watch the final season which starts tonight), and I get right down to the dirty work. Blow drying and straightening my hair. Every day. I wish I had perfect, hop out of the shower don’t do a thing hair, but I don’t. It takes a lot of work, product and tools.
7:15: Yes, it takes me over an hour to get ready. That’s why I get up so early. But then I take Morgan outside so she can do her business. She usually spends a couple minutes running around and playing with Cheyanne, the neighbor dog before she tries to bum some treats off Cheyanne’s mom.
7:30: I eat a quick bowl of cereal, feed the dog and head out the door.
I've had this cereal bowl since I was about 10.
7:45: I cross the bridge into Nebraska (Yes, I drive to a different state every day. Sometimes I’m in three states in one day), and arrive at work. I like to be there early so I can get a few things done before everyone else shows up. Also, it gives me a couple minutes to check Facebook.
My long list of complaints.
8:15: Everyone else shows up and we all get coffee or water, sometimes eat breakfast that someone brought in and do a little chatting before our boss shows up.
8:30 – 10:00: The first part of my day is usually spent putting out fires from the night before. I deal with any complaints we may have gotten that pertain to me, I return phone messages, answer emails, check to see if anyone important is checking in for that day and if I need to do anything special for them. Today’s main fire is a client who wants me to magically make a room appear for him on a day that we are already sold out. Sorry buddy. Go ahead and complain and take your business elsewhere, but I know you’ll be back.

Finding a DJ is the worst.
10:00 – 11:00: I usually squeeze a little wedding planning into some part of my day. Currently we’re trying to find a DJ so I’ve been researching and contacting them. And no, sorry, but I won’t pay you $500 to play 3 songs at my 20 minute wedding ceremony. Next.

11:00 – 12:15: This is when we lunch. Lunch is a big deal here. We all get to eat for free at our restaurant on property which is pretty much the We have a big family lunch every day and we all sit around our meeting table to eat and chat. Except today, I have a lunch meeting with a prospective client. I’ll give her a tour of our property then schmooze her with lunch and dessert before I ask for her business.
1:00: We meet for cake. We find any reason at all to eat cake, cupcakes cookies etc. Today it is a retirement and a 5 year anniversary with cookie cake.
I spend way too much time on this thing.

2:00: I get to work calling/emailing some prospective clients. Some days I stay in my office to do this and other days I go out and drop in on some at the offices. Just depends how I’m feeling and what the weather is doing obviously. (I’m not about to be out traipsing around in the rain doing sales calls. Did you not see earlier where it takes me an hour to straighten my hair? Yeah, no.)

3:00: Some days I have meetings at this time, some days I’m out of town on sales calls, some days I’m meeting with clients or brides and some days we go for a walk around the property and check out the progress on the new outdoor pool they’re putting in!
3:30 – 5:00: During this time I try to call a few more prospects, answer emails, deal with more complaints, get my ducks in a row for future groups, ask a football team for the millionth time for their rooming list, clean off my desk and head out the door.
5:30: After work I usually head on over to the gym for Zumba and dance my ass off for an hour. That’s about the only form of workout I’m doing lately. It’s the only one that doesn’t bore me to death.
6:45: I get home and either start making dinner or Eric has already made dinner for me.
7:00 – 9:00: We usually veg on the couch for a couple of hours catching up on the DVR before I shower and head to bed. We usually go to lay in bed pretty early, but end up watching a couple episodes of Friends/How I Met Your Mother before falling asleep and doing it all again the next day.
That’s your typical day in the life of Kate. The schedule of what I do doesn’t change much, but what goes on at work changes a lot. One day I might be preparing rooms for Alice Cooper and the next I might be trying to explain to someone that no, I can’t just make another room magically appear for you no matter how much you beg/plead/threaten to take your business elsewhere.
What about you guys? Does your routine get switched up a lot or is it pretty much the same day to day?

Friday, September 19, 2014

High Fives All Around!

Hey Everybody! Happy Friday! Finally! This week did nothing but drag on, so let's touch on a few of the highlights of the week...

1. I got invited to be a model for a Mary Kay event next week. One of Momma Deb's dear friends is  the Mary Kay lady of all Mary Kay ladies. They are apparently having an event in Sioux City next week for someones promotion and she emailed me and asked if I wanted to be a model for it. Sounds like a blast to me! I get a free makeover and probably get to have a few drinks with some crazy Mary Kay ladies.

2. We finally got engagement pictures taken. I had been waiting to get them done for awhile. I had all my new outfits purchased, practiced doing my hair and makeup and just had to wait. We ended up getting them done on Tuesday, the most beautiful day we've had all year. It was a blast, but now I just have to wait some more for them to be ready....

3. We're heading to Denison this weekend for a BBQ fest. I'm thinking it will be pretty fun. There is a Hairball concert tonight, which I'm sure will be a blast. We'll also get to partake in some beer and BBQ. Some of my favorite things.

4. Work has been pretty steady. I've been booking some pretty big events including one that my 7th grade shop teacher is coordinating. I had the pleasure of meeting with him the other day. He's just as pervy now as he was when I was in 7th grade. But his event is going to make me a butt load of money so I guess I can put up with it.

5. We started our fall volleyball league this past weekend. If you remember from last year, we were pretty awful. It was Eric and I and then a bunch of his older coworkers. We didn't win a single game. So this year, we did some revamping of our team. Invited some new friends from our softball team as well as a few others. We haven't won yet, but there is hope. :)

On a completely unrelated note, we've been cruising right along with wedding planning aside from a bump in the road with a DJ that wanted to charge us $500 just to do our ceremony. (Uh, no thanks. I'm not paying that much for you to play 3 songs.) So I'm hoping the rest of wedding planning goes just as smoothly. I've picked up my dress, just waiting to get it altered. We've gotten a lot of little things done which is nice.

I hope you guys all had a fabulous week and have a great weekend in store!

Monday, September 15, 2014

That's when I know without a doubt that I can't live without you!

Hi People! I know it's been a little while since I've stopped by. I've been sorta busy. Our September has been crazy between weddings and concerts and everything so far! But I did get a little time to do some crafting this weekend after I saw one of my favorite artists up close and personal at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in town. That's right! Little old Sioux City has a Hard Rock. It opened a little over a month ago and it's pretty awesome. I don't really gamble, so I haven't spent a lot of time there, but they have brought some bomb concerts to the area including one of my favorites, Phil Vassar!
This is what front row tickets gets you.
I have been dying to see him for awhile so when I finally got the chance, I was pumped. I splurged and bought front row tickets as a birthday gift to myself! Sometimes those are the best birthday gifts. Of course, Eric doesn’t really know who Phil Vassar is and didn’t even know I was that big of fan. Well as we got closer to the concert, I got more and more excited. I tried so hard to win meet and greet passes all week but didn’t win. L

Fast forward to the day of the concert and I had commented on someone’s post on Facebook about how we were going to the show. I get a text a couple hours later from a friend who works at the Hard Rock and deals with all the entertainment asking me if I wanted meet and greet passes! Of course I did!! I was pumped!
Standing on his piano that was held together with duct tape.
We only got to meet him for about a minute and take a quick picture, but it was awesome! And the concert was even more amazing! I even teared up a bit during one song. I don’t know if it was because it was a sappy wedding song or if I was just that excited that I was there in the front row singing along to every song. Probably a combination of the two. (I’m a nerd, I don’t care.)
!!!!!!!!!!!! (also, damn, I look good in this picture.)

The show itself was even better than I could have ever imagined. He is such a phenomenal performer and sounds incredible live. Homeboy can play the piano like nobody’s business. And I don’t care if he’s old enough to be my dad, he’s kind of a babe. I would pay to go see him over and over again a million times. It was perfect.

I think the best part was after the concert Eric said to me, “Jeeze, you sang along every word to every song. I guess you are kind of a big fan.”

Also, on a completely unrelated note, we’re getting engagement pictures taken tomorrow! So stay tuned for a sneak peak!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


So there is one thing all women hate. Periods. No doubt about it, they are the single worst thing ever. Maybe I'm the only one that thinks this way, but probably not. I can't be the only one who hates that wonderful monthly gift, right?

Well thanks to Influenster and my Vitality Vox Box, periods suck a lot less now.

In my Vitality Vox Box I received a complimentary a box of Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons. Now, I have been buying the same tampons for over a decade, so needless to say, I don't welcome change that often. But let me tell you, these are great!

I try to be pretty active, i.e. I go to Zumba a few times a week, and these definitely help me #PlayOn and the Odor Shield feature is awesome.

So next time you go out and are about to grab the same ol' box of tampons you always buy, take a leap of faith and switch it up a bit. You might just be a convert!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pour Some Sugar On Me!

Happy Labor Day everyone! I'm pretty sure Labor Day is just a day for us to have off work so we can do labor around the house. We got a lot done today. Carpets shampooed, groceries bought, apartment cleaned, laundry done, sweets made. That's right. Sweets have been made.

I have had an incurable sweet tooth lately. (No, I'm not pregnant, so don't even ask.) I just love me some sweets. And, since I picked up my wedding dress this weekend (!) I need to crack down on not eating so much crap. So while perusing Pinterest, I stumbled upon this recipe for Peanut Butter Balls. Sometimes a girl just needs some peanut butter and chocolate.

 Here is the recipe:
1 Cup Kellogs Cracklin' Oats Bran Cereal
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
Chocolate Chips to Drizzle

-Crumble cereal in food processor and mix with peanut butter. Roll in to ball and place on lined cookie sheet and place in freezer for a bit. Melt your chocolate chips in a ziploc bag, snip off a corner and drizzle over the balls (hah!).

I doubled the recipe and used my small Pampered Chef cookie scoop and got 22 balls(:p).

Pretty Simple Huh?
I did make one substitution to save some calories. I used PB2 instead of normal peanut butter.

Powdered Peanut Butter. Just add water. Pretty genius and healthy.
Ok. The cereal. I had never heard of this cereal before. Looks like cat food and kind of gross right? WRONG! This stuff is delicious! It's like cinnamon-y granola-ish delicious cereal. I just pulsed it in my food processor a few times.
Looks gross. Tastes awesome.
I combined the cereal and PB2, rolled them, and popped them in the freezer for a bit before I drizzled them.
Are you hungry yet?

Delicious, chewy, balls.
Ok, ball jokes aside, these things are awesome and easy to make. I'm storing mine in the freezer because let's be real, who doesn't love frozen peanut butter and chocolate. I think next time I might add some oats just to stretch it a little farther and make more. The best part about these though, three of these bad boys are just under 100 calories and there is tons of fiber so you're not still hungry afterwards. The perfect little dessert.

Do you guys have any simple, sin-free, go-to dessert recipes? This one will definitely be added into my favorites. If you try it out, let me know what you think!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Get out of my dreams, and into my car!

Hi people! I know you're thinking... who is this girl? She hasn't blogged for about a decade. Well I've been busy. Wedding planning. Work. Summer. More wedding planning. More work. And buying a new car.

Yes, that's right. I finally broke down and bought a new car. For you guys who know me, you know that I loved my car, Bruce. So it wasn't an easy decision. I had been toying around with the idea of buying a new car for awhile. I'm a grown up now (apparently), and I finally have a job where I make enough money where I can afford a car payment. But I wasn't quite ready to cave yet. After all, Bruce still ran pretty well. Who cares if he is 13 years old. He's still pretty stylish.
Bruce Almighty. Pretty good lookin' car for being that old huh?
But that's when things started to go down hill.... I paid $500 to get some stuff fixed on it and thought that would solve my problem and we'd be good to go. Well, after I paid that $500, the air conditioning slowly started to go out and that's when the awful noises started. I didn't know a car could screech and rattle and sound so terrible. So a month or so after I dropped five hundy, I took Bruce to the shop again. Got a call a couple days later, it was going to cost $1800 to fix everything that needed fixing. One thousand eight hundred. Dollars. I had a panic attack and died a little bit inside. How could my trusty ol' Brucey die on me and expect me to pay $1800?!

After debating for a long time, I finally caved. Let me introduce you to our newest addition to our family. Aka. The first care I've ever purchased. (Aside from my first car that cost $300.)
Welcome, Phoebe, Phoebs. Pheobe Buffay. Aka my new car!
When did you guys buy your first real car? Do you always have hand-me-downs like I did?