Thursday, October 31, 2013

They did the Monster Mash...

Ok. It's no secret that I love Halloween. Ever since I was younger, we've always gone all out for the holiday. I have Momma D and Grandma Donna Wood to thank for that. I just love Halloween. Loved trick-or-treating when I was younger, love going to haunted houses, love finding the perfect costume. I love every. second. of it. One year I even threw a fit because my mom was going to make me wear snow pants under my princess dress, because yes, sometimes it blizzards in Iowa in October. Clearly my mother didn't know that princesses don't wear snow pants.

Now 90% of my costumes are handmade. I just like them better. I like when people put a little creativity into their costumes instead of just buying them off the rack at the store.So today, we're going to take a look back at some of my recent favorite Halloween costumes.

Classic Hula Girl

Patty Mayonnaise and Quail Man

My personal favorite Statue of Liberty. 'Murica

Napoleon Dynamite. Vote For Pedro.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a recap of Halloween week and the reveal of this years costume! In the mean time, wish me luck trying to get Eric to dress up with me! Morgan already has!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Video Killed the Radio Star

Sorry I've been slacking in the blog world. I've just been really tired and would rather spend my evenings doing what Eric and I do best, watching TV like zombies. We're seriously so good at it. And we've had a new addition to our family....

We purchased this awesome 50" thing of beauty over the weekend. We had been talking about buying a new TV for a long time and we reeeeaaaallllly needed a new one. Our old one was a hand-me-down from Eric's parents that was one of the very first flat screens that ever came around. Well the bulb in it was starting to go bad when we got it and there was a faint blue glow right in the middle of the picture. We were able to tolerate the blue glow at first. But it eventually grew to where it took up the entire screen. It was ok if we were just watching cable, but if you wanted to watch a movie where some scenes are darker, it was TERRIBLE!

So off we went to Nebraska Furniture Mart on Saturday with no intention of buying anything (mistake #1). We also wandered through the bedroom furniture because we're in the market for a headboard for our king size mattress we purchased earlier this year. We didn't find anything there so we moved on to the electronic section with no particular agenda.

We then got hunted down by a salesman who informed us of the 30 months interest free financing they have. And that was when we were sold on it. We didn't need one of those fancy smart TVs since we have the Blu Ray player that I got for my birthday so we got a pretty basic 50" TV. It was pretty inexpensive and we'll pay it off quickly. And it's way bigger than our old one! It barely fit in the backseat of the car when we went to load it up! Eric said, "Good thing we didn't go with the 55 inch!"

So I apologize if you think I've been neglecting my blog. I've really just been watching all my Blu Rays on my awesome new TV. Sorry not sorry. You know I love movies and TV!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Happy Friday!!!! I hope you all had a fabulous week! Mine was pretty good so let's get right down to it and do some high-fiving!

1. Today at work, we had a fundraiser for a non-profit organization. We payed $5 and got to wear JEANS!!! WOOOOO!!!! Our boss is very against wearing jeans/dressing down so we were all super pumped. I had been planning for awhile what I was going to wear. Thanks to Eric's mom, I had a brand new pair of Miss Me's I hadn't worn yet!
Some of my beautiful coworkers! Love them!
2. We also had a pot luck lunch as part of our fundraiser. We had a pretty good turn out and raised over $200! Let me tell ya, we sure know how to put on a pot luck. And I love pot lucks. I love to have like two bites of everything!
I told you we know how to do pot lucks. Look at all that food!
3. I'm currently writing this from my couch. We closed the office early today! I think my boss just didn't want us hanging out in jeans all day!

4. We're heading to Omaha for the night tonight for a going away party. I'm excited to get out and do something, plus tomorrow, I get to go to Charming Charlie! I can't wait for that color coordinated goodness!

5. I've said my job is awesome before. Sometimes, we don't do a whole lot of work. Our property is right along this Missouri River. Like right by it. We have a walkway that is only a few yards from the river. We had a guest that came up to the desk today and said, "Did you guys know you have a really big snake back there?" We thought it might have just been a garter snake so we went on a hunt for it. Turns out it was a pretty big bull snake. I apologize to some of you who may not like snakes, but they don't bother me at all. And yes that's my boss just picking up a big bull snake like it's no big thing.

Sorry for the crappy video, but a coworker took it on her cell phone. Also, sorry if you hate snakes :)

But I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! I'll definitely fill you in on everything I buy from Charming Charlie!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike. Guess what day it is, Mike?!

I know that commercial is getting a little overused. But I don't care!

Happy Hump Day Everyone!!!! Congrats! You've made it halfway through the week! Only a couple more days until Friday!!! woo WOO!

I'm still on the whole list thing. So here's just a list of random thoughts for the day.

1. First and foremost. Gotta give an Anniversary shout out to the parental units. Mama D and Papa J have been married for a whopping 31 years today! They're pretty great. So if you seen them, or talk to them or what not, wish them a Happy Anniversary! I mean after all, they created the coolest daughter in the world in that 31 years.

Straight out of '82

2. In my flurry of making my Top Ten List of Kate's Favorite Movies yesterday I left out one very important movie. And I'm so mad at myself for leaving it out. Titanic. Freaking Titanic. How did I forget about it?! Not only did I see it with my parents the first time it was in theaters, I also saw the re-release in 3D. We also had it on VHS growing up where you have to put the 2nd tape in halfway through. Every time it's on TV I sit and watch all 5 hours of it, commercial breaks and all, because I surprisingly don't own this movie. So if someone wants to buy it on Blu Ray for me, that would be great.

3. I had an awesome week at work last week. Makin' Bank. I got an account worth $35,000 for the year and booked a celebrity that will be staying next month. Don't worry. I'll definitely fill you all in on who that is after he stays! For confidentiality reasons, I have to wait until then. Even though I'm dying to tell everyone right now!

4. We're headed to Omaha this weekend for a friend's going away party. :( He's moving to North Carolina. Which is a bummer. But, I get to go shopping and eat a Joe's Crab Shack :)

5. I actually ran a mile at the gym last night. If you know anything about me, you know this is a huge feat. I hate running. With a passion. I can't bring myself to enjoy it. I could play tennis for hours on end. I'm talking like 8 hours straight. I just can't bring myself to run more than a mile. I don't think it's that I physically can't do it, it's just that I don't want to? Do you guys have any tips for me?

I hope you all have a great Wednesday. We're one day closer to the weekend!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

So I can kiss you any time I want.

I don't know if any of ya'll share this habit with me, but I love lists. Grocery lists. Top Ten Lists. To Do Lists. I love them all. It's the only way I can stay organized and sane! Especially at work! Today I spent more time making a To Do list than I did actually doing the items on said list.

In honor of my love of lists, I'm going to share a Top Ten List with you today! As a Mass Communication student in college, I studied a lot of movies, tv shows, music, magazines, etc. If you know me, you know I love all these things. I love the media! So, why wouldn't I study it in college?!

Today I'm going to share with you my Top Ten Favorite Movies of All Time!!!!!!!!

1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's impossible not to love this movie. It's a classic. Do I need to remind you about my favorite workout shirt?
"My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night."
2. Wayne's World. Also, another classic. There's gonna be a lot of classics on this list, so deal with it. And how great are Dana Carvey and Mike Myers.
"Party on Wayne, and Party On Garth."  Source

3. Stand By Me. This is the perfect coming of age movie. Plus, it gave us the glorious-ness that is Jerry O'Connell.
I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone? Source 

4. The Little Mermaid. Seriously, everyone has to have a classic Disney movie on their Top Ten List of Favorite Movies. It's like un-American if you don't.
"Mermaid off the Port Bow!" Source
5. Sweet Home Alabama. I don't know what it is about this movie, but I love it. It's your typical chick flick and I love chick flicks. And I love love.
"What do you wanna marry me for anyway? So I can kiss you anytime I want." Source
6. Definitely Maybe. It's a chick flick, without being too chick flick-y and it has a great story. Plus... Ryan Reynolds.
"Dad, I can't believe you smoked... and drank... and was such a slut... But I still love you." Source
7. Steel Magnolias. There is no better cast than in this movie. Julia Roberts. Sally Field. Dolly Parton. Perfection. The higher the hair, the closer to God. It's also quite the tear-jearker.
"In a good shoe I wear a size six, but a seven feels so good I buy a size eight!" Source
8. Dirty Dancing. I try to get Eric to watch it with me at least once a week. He politely declines. I also try to get him to do "the lift" with me.
"I carried a watermelon." Source
9. Night at the Roxbury. It's so stupid it's hilarious. Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan at their finest. It also contains some of the best one-liners in the world.
"So anyway, I was standing there waiting in line to use the payphone..." Source
10. The Sandlot. Who doesn't love a feel good sports movie?
"Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart kid and you'll never go wrong." Source
There you have it folks. Kate's Top Ten List of Favorite Movies. But I love movies so much, there were a few I couldn't fit on the list. So here are a few honorable mentions: Moulin Rouge, The Breakfast Club, The Notebook, and I'm sure there are tons more I just can't think of right now.
What are your guy's favorite movies?

Friday, October 18, 2013

I Only Wanna Be With You....

Whether you know him from Hootie and the Blowfish or as Darius Rucker, one thing is for sure. He is A-Freakin-Mazing.

Happy Friday and welcome to the final installment in Kate's Awesome Week of Concerts!!

This was by chance the concert we were most excited for. We had planned on going since the concert was announced. We were PUMPED!!! I love me some Darius. He's so sexy. He's old enough to be my father, but damn, he's a babe!

I can actually hear his voice when I look at this picture.

Now, I've seen my boy Darius before, but I had never seen him from the 5th row! We got to the venue, which was outdoors at a casino, a little late so we weren't expecting to get very close. It was awesome to be so close. Last time I saw him I was up in the balcony of a theater and he looked like a little ant from where I was.

The best part about his shows is that he sings all of his country songs, plus a lot of his Hootie and the Blowfish songs. His band now is actually mostly the same band from the Hootie and the Blowfish days.

This may have been the best concert I've ever been to. We knew every word to every song, there were no girl fights to break up, I wasn't behind anyone 8 foot tall, and we had plenty of time to buy some drinks and enjoy our time. We belted out every song, danced a long and had a blast listening to great music and watching an awesome performer. We sang so much that we both barely had a voice the next day!

This is a great song of his to belt out while you're driving. I highly suggest you download it and listen to it every day!

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? Do you guys go to as many concerts as we do? Our next one might be Keith Urban this winter in Minneapolis. I've been dying to see him for awhile.

I hope ya'll had a great week and enjoyed Kate's Awesome Week of Concerts. I'm sure there will be plenty more concerts to blog about in the future. I'm kind of a concert junkie! Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Baby You a Song...

You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise.

Now that I've gotten that song stuck in your head... Happy 4th Day of Kate's Awesome Week of Concerts!

Lately, Eric has been obsessed with Florida Georgia Line. And they've definitely grown on me. It doesn't hurt that these two human beings are gorgeous and look like they would be a ton of fun to hang out with!
Seriously. They just look like they're a blast!
So we were soooo pumped for this concert. Like beyond pumped. Like, listened to them for a month straight beforehand. The concert was actually a festival put on by a radio station so we knew it was going to be big. We just didn't know how big.

The concert was at some fairgrounds in the middle of the country. (Yeah, I know, I go to a lot of concerts in the middle of the country. I live in Iowa. Deal with it.) We were staying at a hotel that was about 8 miles away. Traffic was backed up almost to our hotel. It took us a little over an hour to get to the concert. We had no idea we'd be spending the evening with 16,000 of our closest friends! It was soooo packed. And it was general admission and we somehow ended up smack dab in the middle of all 16,000 people.

The concert itself was ok. They had about 4 opening acts who I could have done without. They weren't very popular acts. They each had only about one popular song. They could have just cut to the chase and gotten Florida Georgia Line on quicker. Aside from the boring opening acts, FGL pretty much rocked it, but it was so busy and crowded, it was hard to enjoy. We tried to buy a couple beers when we got there, but the line was waaaay to long. I thought about sneaking some drinks in, but they were actually checking purses when you went in to the venue. Later on in the night I saw some people passing around a big bottle of Crown, so I'm not entirely sure how they snuck that in.

I really wanted to enjoy the concert more than I did. I got stuck behind someone that was about 6'5" and I couldn't see over him. I barely saw anything of the whole concert, but it sounded good! They sang all of their songs, plus some covers of some newer pop songs. Aside from not being able to see and being stone sober around 16,000 drunk people, it was a decent concert.

Until we went to leave.... the concert got over at about 11:30. It took over 3 hours to get out of the parking lot and drive 8 miles to our hotel. Three. Hours. Three flippin' hours. This venue was so unorganized and way too crowded. I don't think they anticipated the turnout that they had. Needless to say, I probably will never go to a concert there again. But I will definitely see FGL again.

We've got one more concert to wrap up tomorrow. And it's my favorite, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, Keep Calm and Shine On!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off

We're just rolling right on through Kate's Awesome Week of Concerts.
Happy Hump Day Everyone!!

I mentioned on Monday that once upon a time I had seen Dierks Bentley out in the middle of a corn field. Well at the same festival this year, Riverfest, I got the chance to see a country legend, Ronnie Dunn. I wish it would've been Brooks & Dunn, but I'll settle for half of the amazing duo. It was pretty awesome to hear him sing all of the famous Brooks & Dunn songs along with some of his solo work. It was a gorgeous night, the weather was perfect, and you're literally in the middle of a cornfield listening to awesome music.

The best part was the opening act, Joe Nichols. If you don't know who he is, here's a little refresher...

Yes, Joe Nichols, tequila makes my clothes fall off. Especially if you're singing to me while I'm drinking it. He put on a really great show. He kind of reminds me of Dierks. He had a ton of energy and just kept it up through his whole set. He had a ton of great songs, a lot of them that I didn't even know he was the one who sang them. And of course his newest one, Sunny and 75. That's one hell of a catchy song. Seriously, go download it. Especially with this gloomy weather we've been having lately, it'll perk ya right up!

Not only does Riverfest offer awesome concerts like Joe Nichols, Ronnie Dunn, and Dierks Bentely, you might get to meet a few celebrities. Lady Antebellum was actually at Riverfest a few years ago and I got to meet them and got their autographs. It was a pretty cool moment.

So if you're ever in the Sioux City area in July, definitely scope out Riverfest. You'll get to drink and dance and listen to great music in the middle of the country. You might even get to meet the next big thing!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

At the Copa, Copacabana...

Happy Tuesday and Happy 2nd day of Kate's Week of Awesome Concerts!

So I bet you're dying to know what the first concert Eric and I every went to was huh? Well it was none other than Mr. Barry Manilow, or Barry F'n Manilow as Eric says.

You might be thinking... What songs does Barry Manilow even sing? Well, I surprisingly knew a lot more songs at this concert than I thought I would, such as "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs." Go look them up, I bet you're be singing along in now time. The very next morning after the concert, Eric woke up singing "Copacabana" and hasn't stopped singing it since!

Aside from the fact that we were the youngest ones there by at least 25 years, it was actually a really good show. It was more of a Vegas show than anything. It was pretty entertaining. There were even glow sticks handed out!

I would make one suggestion to Barry Manilow's tour manager. I would maybe nix the confetti cannons at the end of the show. They kind of surprised me and we were sitting way in the balcony. I can't even imagine was the old folks in the front row felt like.  I think there were a few pacemakers working overtime that night.

Stay tuned for more concert fun this week. Did you miss yesterday's post about Miranda and Dierks? If you did, check it out here!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hide Your Crazy and Start Acting Like a Lady

So I'm sure I've told you all before that we're concert junkies. We go to a TON of concerts. This week, I'll be telling you all about the ones we've gone to. Bring of Kate's week of Awesome Concerts.

I'll start with the most recent one, the Locked a Reloaded Tour with Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

Now let me tell you. I love these two. Sooooooo much! This was the 4th time I had seen Dierks and the 2nd time I'd seen Miranda. And they did not disappoint.

Their opener was a group that Miranda and Blake discovered in a bar in Nashville. Jukebox Mafia. You guys seriously need to check them out! It's rap meets country meets Duck Dynasty. They were a great opening act and even provided some entertainment in between the two artists.

They were pretty entertaining. I didn't care for the lead singer much, but the guy doing the beatboxing was AMAZING!

Also, I forgot to mention, our seats in the balcony magically ended up to be pit tickets right by the stage. It's not what you know, it's who you know!

In the pit with the best friend and boyfriend!!
Next up was Dierks. I'm not knocking on Miranda at all because I love her, but Dierks put on a freaking amazing show. Like I said, I've seen him 3 other times before. And they were all great shows! Once he opened up for Kenny Chesney, I saw him at the state fair, and in a cornfield out in the middle of the country. This one show blew all the others out of the water. It did help a little that I was mere inches from my man, Dierks. He seriously just keeps getting better.

He started off the show with a lot of his party songs like "Am I the only one?" It really got the crowd going and the excitement did not stop the whole time!

What a beautiful human being. Also, Happy Man Candy Monday!
He sand a few slower songs of his like "Come a Little Closer" and "Home" which I loved, but for the most part, it was him rocking out the whole time. And the crowd loved it! There were little white tank tops and bras thrown on stage throughout the whole show. At one point a bar even got wrapped around the neck of his guitar.
Jammin' Out

I would go see him a million more time as long as his show was as awesome as it was this past Saturday. Sioux City was the last stop of the tour and I think they really put everything into this show.

Up next came my girl, Miranda. I have such a girl crush on her. She's such a bad ass and proved it to us. It was so awesome to be so close to the stage when she was performing. And girl looks good! Last time I saw her she looked a little chubby but still awesome. This time, she looks like she's lost some weight and looked awesome.

Seriously. Girl looks gooood.
She played a lot of her new songs and some of her classics like "Me and Charlie Talking" and even some oldies like "Silver Wings."

She was just rocking it out too. She forgot the words at one point, and I think it was just due to the fact that she had so much energy.

She just looked like she was having a blast until about halfway through her show........
That's when shit started to go down. Like I mentioned before, we were down in the pit right next to the stage. There were some very drunk girls in front of us. I don't want to know how much money they spent on booze, but at one point, one of them had three beers.  That's when things started to go south.

Some older woman said something to one of them that obviously pissed them off and the hair pulling commenced. It was a full on girl fight. Girl fight doesn't even describe it. Girl on Girl on Girl brawl is more like it. There was so much hair pulling and slapping and shoving. Drinks were spilled security tried to break it up. Eric had to help try to break it up. It was ridiculous! At one point I was even in trying to break it up! One girl had a death grip on the other girls hair and it took two security guards and Eric to get them apart. It was by far the worst girl fight that I've ever seen.

This is the point when she was getting pissed!
This all happened during the song "Mama's Broken Heart." Conveniently the lyrics go... "Hide your crazy and start acting like a lady." How fitting. Well during this fight, Miranda got pissed! She stopped singing, walked over to wear the fight was being broken up and pointed at the girls and said, "I'm not going to start signing again until these people are out of here. Security needs to kick them out or I will." It was sooooo bad ass!

All in all, it was a pretty awesome show. As much as I love Miranda, Dierks outdid her. She put on a good show, but there was something off about her the whole night. I'm not sure what it was. Dierks was spot on the whole time and never lost his energy and excitement at all.

I'm sorry if you guys never got a chance to see a show on the tour, but I can't say it enough. It was so awesome. It's easily in the top 3 concerts I've ever been to. It rocked my face off.

At the end, everyone got up on stage and sang together a bit. A good ending to a good show.
I love Miranda & Dierks

Stay tuned the rest of this week to hear more about the concert we went to this summer and fall including, but not limited to, Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn and Barry Manilow.

I hope ya'll had a great Monday!

Friday, October 11, 2013

High 5 for Friday!!

Finally! Friday! Where have you been hiding all week?!

This week has been atrocious. Not really bad. Just busy and it just druuuuuuuuggggg on. Way too long.
But there were a few little perks.

So let's give a little High Five for it being Friday. Finally!

Let's all give ourselves a big ol' self five!

1. Gas fell just below three dollars a gallon this week! Perks of living in a smaller city!
You probably can't see that little blur, but that, folks, is gas for $2.99 a gallon!
2. As we just wrapped up our third quarter at work, that means it's time for BONUSES!!! I should be getting mine on Tuesday. Hopefully it's not a subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club.

3. I had dinner with one of my really close friends last night. He actually came out to me earlier in the week and told me he had a boyfriend. I wasn't so shocked about that part. What shocked me was that they had been dating for 8 months and lived together! That shocked me more because I have seen him and talked to him in the past 8 months! But I am very happy for him. I got to meet his boyfriend and they make a very nice couple and seem to make each other very happy!

4. I have awesome coworkers. I know I've said it a million times, but it's true. I've become pretty good friends with one of the girls.We decided to take our lunch hour and go shoe shopping one day this week. We went to Shoe Carnival and scored cute pairs of heels for $5.
Cat has got her hands full!

5. My dog makes me laugh. All the time. Every day when I go to take her outside in the morning, she runs in to the screen door. And I can't help but laugh. Sorry if you think that's animal cruelty, but it's her own fault. Every single day she just bumps her cute little nose into the screen door. Every. Single. Day. One day this week, she full on faceplanted into it and smushed he whole little face on the screen door. You'd think she would learn by now! Silly Corgi.
Ok, so she looks a little special in this photo...
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I know I will! It's Morningside's Homecoming (Go Mustangs!), my best friend Amanda is coming to visit for the festivities, and we're going to see Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley in Concert!!! Woo Woo!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Working 9 to 5.

More like 8 to 5. But that's besides the point.

As part of my job, I have to do a lot of networking. I sometimes go to lunches and group meetings and join networking groups within the Siouxland area. Usually they're not too terrible, and sometimes I even have a little bit of fun.

Today I was invited to a lunch for a Networking Group for women in the area. I was not aware that is was pretty much for women over 50. At one point, we were going around the room introducing ourselves and I swear at least 25% of the women, if not more, in this group were getting ready to retire. I knew instantly after that, that I would not be attending any more meetings with this group.

On top of the fact that we were the youngest people by 15 years, the lunch was terrible! It was at one of our competitors conference centers, so of course we're always curious as so what they serve, etc. It was a measly little salad with chicken on top. And I got the small plate with three end pieces of a chicken breast on it along with some fruit. And it had weird fruit dressing and bleu cheese. There is nothing more I hate than fruit on a salad. It's just not natural.

It doesn't help that we have an awesome restaurant and banquet catering department to compare all of our food to, but we came back and raided a leftover banquet that we hosted today in one of our rooms. We were starving after that tiny little salad we were served.

I've joined a couple other networking groups, mainly for young professionals, and I hope none of them ever have lunch meetings that are that bad! I can't handle any more terrible lunches.

Is there anything you guys hate about your job?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

For Barbecues, Tailgates, Fairs, and Festivals

Instead of sitting at home all weekend, Eric and I really try to get out and experience new things every once in awhile. This weekend was no different. We stumbled on some free tickets to Sioux City's River-Cade Riverssance Festival and decided to check it out. It was definitely interesting. I'm not knocking anyone who enjoys and gets into Renaissance Festivals, but it's just not something I could picture us doing. Everyone who was there looked like they were having a lot of fun. I even ran into one of my coworkers there. Turns out she takes her vacation time every year around Riverssance.

We enjoyed our afternoon, minus the chilly weather. It's finally starting to feel like October around here. There was a high of about 50 today. So we bundled up and took on Riverssance! There was music, dancing, costumes and food!

Also, large birds of prey. There was an area set up that had probably 10 really large birds. I'm not sure what kind they were, but they were pretty cool. They were just hanging out on their individual little perches.

There was pretty good food there as well. Eric chose the Smoked Turkey Drumstick. It was pretty good. I snuck a couple bites of it. :)

There were also little shops set up all over selling random things.


And my favorite thing... Face in Hole Pictures!

It was a pretty afternoon, a bit chilly, but it was fun to experience something we haven't done before. I don't know if we'll make it back next year, but we can at lease say we've been to Riverssance before.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Happy Happy Happy!

Happy Friday everybody!!
I hope you all had a great week and that it is winding down nicely and I hope you all get to enjoy a fabulous weekend. I'm having a great day today. Work is going fast, I'm staying busy, I love my coworkers and I've got a few other things to High Five Friday about!

  1. We "won" tickets to go to Bingo Gone Wild at a casino tonight. I'll definitely give you all an update and let you know how I'm so good at winning things.
  2. The granola bars we made last night were awesome! The recipe goes something like this...
    1. 1 Cup Oats
    2. 1/2 cup Wheat Germ
    3. 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
    4. 1/4 cup honey
    5. Tsp vanilla
    6. Raisins, craisins, almonds, or whatever else you want to add.
    7. I'm pretty sure those are all the ingredients, I don't quite remember. But mix them all together and smush it into a pan and let set overnight in the fridge.
    8. Enjoy.
  3. Have I told you how cool 99% of my coworkers are (there's a couple I don't like)? We're all just like a big family. My last job I came from I hated everyone I worked with and didn't fit in at all. It's amazing how much more you enjoy your job when you enjoy the people you spend over 40 hours a week with.
  4. I've worked out almost every day this week and haven't slacked off much. I've also started bringing most of my lunch to work instead of eating at our restaurant for free everyday and it definitely helps. (I still take advantage of free lunches by ordering a side salad every day.)
  5. I love this fall weather we've been having! It finally give me a chance to wear all my favorite clothes without sweating my butt off. I love to wear boots and jeans and skirts with boots. It's fabulous.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Hopefully you won't be getting weather like we are supposed to get. Severe thunderstorms all night!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I Am a Material Girl

So I've told ya'll many times how much I love my job. Today I got to venture to Omaha with one of my coworkers to go on some sales calls. A few days ago my boss told us while we were there we should stop at a store that she always likes to go to called Charming Charlie. I don't know if you guys have every heard of this store. It. Is. Heaven. Seriously.

Seriously? How cute is this?!
It's kind of set up like a grid and every section of the grid is a different color. An entire store that is color coded. I loved every second of it! Oh, you need a olive green necklace? Those are located in section B-3. There is seriously so much stuff in this store. I was on sensory overload! They have everything. Purses, shirts, scarves, jewelry, shoes, EVERYTHING! And it's all so cute!

I was already plotting my next trip to Omaha for after I got my quarterly bonus to make a trip to Charming Charlie. I only got to spend about a half hour in the store today, I could have spent hours! You guys seriously need to hunt down the nearest Charming Charlie. And then.... I got home and realized they have an online store. And they offer free shipping on orders over $50. That won't be a hard requirement for me to meet. My cart might already be full.......

Also, since Eric and I usually try to be pretty healthy, we like to try a lot of different recipes. Tonight we made homemade granola bars. I'm not sure of the exact recipe but there is peanut butter, oats, vanilla, honey, craisins, raisins and a few other ingredients. They looked pretty delicious. I'll let you all know how they turn out tomorrow! I'm sure it's impossible for them to be bad.
We also housed two stray puppies at work today that were abandoned in our parking lot. We think they were part Chihuahua, but we weren't sure. They were so cute and I really wanted to keep them. I would have kept them if our apartment didn't charge us $35 a month per pet! I think Morgan needs a little friend! But we handed them over to the Animal Rescue and Adoption center and hopefully they both get adopted soon and go to a new home together.

I hope you all had a fantastic day and are as excited as I am for Friday!! woo WOO!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dog Days

There are many nights where Eric and I sit at home and our only form of entertainment is the dog. I’m sure a lot of you are the same way only with your kids. I can imagine dogs are very similar to two year olds. But what do I know. Let’s be honest though. Kids and animals are hilarious.

We’re lucky to live in a very nice apartment complex with a pretty large courtyard area. Morgan doesn’t have to be on a leash, because let’s face it, she’s just too lazy to run away. So we took her out there last night and just let her run around. It only lasted about 10 minutes because she is so lazy. She’s so short and low to the ground, that we just find it hilarious when she sprints back and forth between us. It’s like she can’t decide who she wants to give more attention to. It happens a lot when we’re inside too. If Eric and I are in separate rooms, every couple of minutes she goes to the other room to see what the other person is doing.

Other things we find hilarious… dressing Morgan up. I was cleaning out my closet over the weekend, which is quite the feat, and came across some scarves that I don’t want anymore. Let me tell you, there is nothing funnier than a dog in a scarf.

Exhibit A:
Prepared for a rough Iowa winter.
 We just thought it was sooooo hilarious. We laughed our asses off for a solid 20 minutes just putting different scarves on her. At one point we had it over her ears and she looked like a little old lady trying to cover her hair. She seemed to be enjoying it too. I think she just liked that we were laughing so much. If you don't believe me at how funny it was, go put a scarf on your dog right now. I just love how she looks like she's ready to go build a snowman or something.

I think we'll have to get some "family" pictures taken this winter... including scarves.