Friday, December 27, 2013

High Five!

I hope everyone is recovering nicely from the holidays. I will be after this weekend. We have nothing planned for this weekend and it will be great! There were also some awesome highlights from this week as well!

1. I got to see a bunch of family and friends and eat a lot of delicious food. It's quite possible that I ate my weight in prime rib and I still have more prime rib to come for New Year's Eve!

2. I got to give everyone their gifts and see how excited they were to get them. I love buying gifts for people, but I hate waiting to give them to them.

3. I finally got a couple days off from work. I didn't have to work Christmas Eve day or Christmas day and it was fabulous. I was so glad to have Christmas Eve day off so I could get my life in order a little bit. Shit was starting to get a little out of control. My bosses took the entire week off this week so it was kind of like a mini-vacation at work too. It was much needed.

4. The only plans we have for the weekend are to go to a hockey game tonight. We have free tickets and their special tonight is $2 beers and pretzels. So we'll be having that for dinner tonight.

5. I got so many awesome gifts from my friends and family and I am so thankful for all of them. My mom got me a ton of clothes, Eric got me a wine rack and new wine glass set, Eric's parents got us new coffee tables and Eric's mom got me a new Coach purse. If you guys know me, you know I'm a Coach junkie. Remember the Coach sunglasses I got for my birthday? Well she definitely knows what I like. It's like the one below, but tan with dark purple leather. It's adorable.

I hope you guys have some things to high five about this week as well! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Blue Christmas

I'm glad that for the next week, I have absolutely nothing planned. I'm excited to be able to stay home in our apartment to relax for a little bit. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the past week eating my weight in food and goodies and spending time with family and friends, but I'm ready to be done.

However, I'm not ready for the Christmas season to be over. As I headed to work this morning, I came to the realization that I have the post-Christmas blues. I'll be sad to take my tree down, sad to put our stocking away, sad that our usual "Husker Fans Live Here" sign will replace our Christmas wreath on our door. No more Christmas music or movies, no more giving gifts to anyone. I'm just a little bummed. There's not really any holidays to look forward to. No days off from work. No parties. Just back to normal life.

I am going to try to drag the holiday out a little longer, I still have a few more holiday posts up my sleeve. So definitely keep an eye out for those, especially a recap of the craziness!

What do you guys do to beat the post-holiday blues?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Deck The Halls

I got in a crafty mood last night. (Thanks for nothing Pinterest.) I came across a cute little craft that I had everything on hand to make. Since Eric and I moved in together and this is our first Christmas in our apartment, I decided this was the perfect ornament to make.


I just made a very small, simple batch of salt dough.
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Water
Mix it together and form it into a ball. Cover cutting mat and rolling pin with flour and roll it out about 1/4" thick. Use cookie cutters, etc. to cut your ornament to whatever shape you want. I just used a drinking glass. I then took my key and pressed it into the dough. I also did one with Morgan's paw print. Then, use a straw to create a hole at the top. Next, bake them for 2 hours at 200 degrees. Flip them halfway through. Let them cool completely.


After that you can decorate them however you would like. Paint them. Glitter them. Write on them. Whatever you want! Then string a ribbon through the hole and display them on your tree! The possibilities with these really are endless!

Friday, December 20, 2013

High Fiver

As long as this week was drawn out, it was pretty fun. I have a few moments to high five about.

1. We did Secret Santa at work a few days this week. My Santa pretty much rocked it up until today. But, there is always a reason for gift receipts. It was a fun gift but I'm 99% sure I won't use it. He got me a Hostess Cupcake maker. 1. I make a LOT of cupcakes I don't need a machine. 2. We don't have ANY room for this contraption. But it's the thought that counts.

2. I've done nothing but eat this week. Seriously. And it's not going to stop anytime soon. I love the holidays and all the food. So what if I donated $40 to my gym this month.

3. We're on our way to my brother and sister in law's house for our family Christmas. Literally. We're in the car right now. Our family Christmas is always a good time. We eat, we drink (a lot), we play games, open presents and have a blast.

4. I did a fun craft this week that I'll post about next week. It's so simple and fun! It would be a great craft for those of you with kids.

5. We have so many Christmases to go to the next few days. We'll be busy but it will be a blast. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the family members.

I hope you all had a great week. I know I did, but I'm glad it's over. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Slacker.

I realize I have been slacking on the blog postings lately, but I promise, there are some good ones to come! We've been doing Secret Santa at work, and my secret Santa is hilarious. I also squeezed in some time to do a little crafting last night as well. So be sure to look for posts about those coming up!

In the meantime, enjoy this Christmas joy I have to pass along.


So Many Corgis!!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When I wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning I don't think I'll ever make it on time.

Disclaimer: Start playing this first before you read the rest of this post. It will really add to the experience.




So I came across quite possibly the funniest thing I have seen on the internet in awhile.  In an article posted by Cosmopolitan.com they detailed what it would be like if Kelly Kapowski had an Instagram. Seriously hilarious. Check it out here!

#SoManyHashtags

That phone. I die.
This is by far my favorite. An ode to the time Jesse Spano got all hopped up on pills. I loved Saved By The Bell so much. I might have to write a whole post about it some day. And let's be real... Zack Morris. SWOON!

And let's be real Mark-Paul Gosselaar is still a mega hottie. If you guys have never seen the series Weeds, he makes an appearance in a pretty steamy sex scene. Season 6 Episode 8. Not that I know that or anything.


Did you guys love Saved By The Bell as much as I did? Team Zack or Team Slater?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I don't know if I've told you guys this before, but my major in college was Mass Communication. You know, TV, radio, newspaper, etc. etc. etc.

I may not be in that field now, but I love it. I love to listen to the radio, I love the behind the scenes of all of it, I love the pop culture and the news. I might have had the best major ever. I got to have my own radio show, I got to be on TV, write for a newspaper, shoot videos, all the cool stuff. I rarely had tests. Mostly just projects where I had to shoot a story, or record a newscast or do other fun stuff like that. My homework consisted of writing movie reviews, book reviews, recording part of my radio show and watching TV. It all consisted of doing stuff that I really enjoy. (The only not so fun part was lugging all of the video equipment to the gym to film basketball games. But I got paid $50 bucks a game, so I couldn't complain too much.)

When you're a Mass Comm. major, you sometimes write very interesting topics for your papers for class. I once wrote a paper about Christ Brown beating up Rihanna. I also wrote my senior theory paper on GLEE and the stereotypes that the show portrays in the media.

One of my favorite things to write in my classes though was movie reviews. I always thought I might end up as a movie critic. (I still might, who knows.)

Well last night, I was cleaning out a bunch of stuff from my computer, stuff I didn't need anymore, and I
came across a movie review I wrote about the movie Jarhead starring Jake Gyllenhaal. I had this beautifully thought out review that, let's be real, should be published somewhere. I got to the end where I actually rated the movie and here's what I wrote:

"3 out of 5 for lack of excitement and climax. 5 out of 5 for showing Jake Gyllenhaal's butt."

I don't remember writing that, but I'm glad I did because I got quite the laugh out of it. I tried to tell Eric about it, but I couldn't because every time I tried to say it I started laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks. It took me a solid 5 minutes to stop laughing and just get it out.

There's no doubt about it, I love to laugh and laughter truly is the best medicine.
Do you guys ever say something that makes you just crack up, even when no one else is laughing?

Friday, December 13, 2013

High Fivin'

Happy Friday!!!
I don't have much to say today, I'm squeezing a couple minutes out of my morning to write this real quick so let's just get down to it!

1. Eric and I celebrated our anniversary last night. We went out to a nice dinner and ate our weight in food. It was soooo good.

2. Eric surprised me by having flowers delivered to me at work. He also got me a pair of really nice earrings that I was not expecting.
No, that's not my birthstone. I just really like yellow.
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3. I've been super busy at work so this week went by really fast. I'm very grateful when I'm busy at work. It means more $$$!

4. Morgan went to the groomer this week and came back with ridiculous hair bows and a Santa bandanna. She hated every second of it. But I got a good laugh out of it.

"Really, Mom? It's not the time for photos."

5. We're heading to Sioux Falls this weekend. One of our friends graduated from college (finally) and we're heading up there to celebrate with her and some other friends. It should be a good time.

I hope you all had a fabulous week and a great weekend before the craziness that is the holidays!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I Have Been Blessed

There is something you may not know about me. I love love. I am a romantic. I love Valentine's Day. I love seeing people in love and I love being in love. I love being in love with Eric.



Today marks one year from the day when he asked me to be his girlfriend. It's been a crazy year full of love and nothing but love. Not once have I ever thought to myself that Eric wasn't the right person for me. Things just work for us. Our relationship just clicks. We have a lot of the same goals in life and want the same things. We have the same sense of humor, we laugh at the stupidest things together. We enjoy doing the same things. (The only things we disagree on is who has to pick up the dog poop and what movies we watch. Sorry I have better taste in movies.) Most importantly, we enjoy just spending time together. Every night while we're at home and he's making me die of laughter, I know that I will always be in the honeymoon stage with him.

So here is to many more years with this clown. I wouldn't trade our time together for anything.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!


Now that all the cards have been mailed out and delivered I can finally share them with you guys! May I present to you the first ever Eric, Kate and Morgan Christmas card!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tipsy Tuesday

Tuesdays used to be my absolute favorite day of the week. Back when I was in college we would always look forward to going to our favorite bar on Tuesdays. It always made the week go so fast. We would spend all of Monday looking forward to Tipsy Tuesday and planning our evening. Tuesday would roll around and we would just be pumped and before you knew it... it was already Hump Day!

The end of my junior year/beginning of my senior year is when Tipsy Tuesday really took off. Our favorite bar, The Chesterfield, had karaoke and two-fers on Tuesdays. For a measly ten dollars, I could buy three $3.00 drinks and get three for free! And still have a buck leftover to tip the bartender (because let's be real, college kids don't tip well). It was especially awesome when someone's birthday fell on a Tuesday. Now when my birthday is on a Tuesday it's boring.

One of the most memorable parts of Tipsy Tuesdays was always the morning after. My best friend Kylie and I would always get up to eat breakfast in the cafeteria before our 8 am class Wednesday morning (Yes we would still go out even though we had an 8 am class the next day) and rehash all the details of the night before. Then we would trudge off to our dreaded typography class where two other girls who also went out the night before (there was only for of us in the class) would fill us in with their own stories of Tipsy Tuesday. Needless to say, our teacher didn't like the four of us very much.


I wish I could look forward to Tuesdays as much as I did in college. But now all I have to look forward to is the end of the day. My Tuesday is filled with meetings meetings and more meetings.

Sometimes I wish I could still go out and have fun like I did in college, but let's be real, it takes me 2+ days to get over a hangover now. I can't just get up and go to breakfast and an 8 am class like I used to.

Is there anything you guys really miss from your college days? This is about the only thing I truly miss (other than my friends and being able to take a nap at 10am).

Also, sorry not sorry for the quality of the pictures, we were trashed when they were taken anyway.


Friday, December 6, 2013

High to the Five

Happy Friday everyone! Let's pass some High Fives all around!

1. This week went surprisingly fast. I thought for sure that it would drag on since we had a short week last week, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think it's because I was busy with the whole volleyball thing.

2. I have 90% of my Christmas shopping done. I just have to making a trip the liquor store, smoke shack to finish up gifts for my dad and brother. Seriously, who else does Christmas shopping at the liquor store?

3. We don't have much going on this weekend other than a quick trip home to get my oil changed. I'm pretty excited to be able to relax before the holidays get into full swing.

4. I've come to the realization that I'm become a shop-aholic. I've done so much online shopping lately, but it's because I'm trying to update my wardrobe so I can look a little more professional. I just need to get rid of a bunch of stuff now like Kate over at The Florkens did.

5. I'm patiently waiting for 2:30 to roll around because today we're celebrating the associate of the month and we get ice cream cake. My job is better than yours. Boom.

I'll leave you all with this photo of Morgi, all tucked in and cuddled up watching the Walking Dead. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bump. Set. Spike.

The NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament is in town this week! Not only do I love to watch volleyball, but the tournament brings a lot of business into town. Our hotel is packed, which packed hotel = $$$ for Kate.

Having a lot of business isn't the only thing that is exciting. We are a corporate sponsor for the tournament so we get assigned a team to us and we get to hang out with them and be "honorary coaches" and sit on the bench during the game. It's a lot of fun. The team we have this year is the same team we had last year. We were lucky enough to have them qualify for the tournament two years in a row. These girls and coaches are awesome. They're from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. It is a faith based college and you can tell. These girls are so kind-hearted and you can tell they are going to do awesome things. We had lunch with them on Monday and got to know them a little bit. They brought us gifts too! They brought us sweatshirts and t-shirts to wear to the game and some California wine!

I really hope they succeed and make it far in the tournament. I've loved watching them play and seeing them roaming around the hotel.  We even got to see a couple of them play around in the snow for the first time!
Getting a little pep talk during the game.
Go Warriors! Kick some butt!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Our Christmas cards will be going out this week. And let me tell you, I had a heck of a time with them. Originally I designed a cute one myself that I wanted to send out. I tried 5 different websites and could not get them to print on any of them. I was a little ticked, but I sucked it up and just picked one off of a website and got some printed. I'll share those with you next week once they get in the mail and delivered so I don't spoil it for anyone. I am going to share with you the one that I designed though. I figure I can just email it out to people so it wasn't a total loss.

Merry Corgi-mas Everybody!
What do you guys do? Do you make your own or go the pre-made route? Or do you have someone else design them for you?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

O Tannenbaum

I have a love/love relationship with glitter. And Christmas decorations. When the two are combined, I am on overload. Our Christmas tree is nothing but glitter. From the ornaments, to the tinsel and even the tree skirt and star on top. Glitter everywhere. And I love every second of it. Eric, not so much.

I came home late from work last night (I had a volleyball banquet to go to, I’ve never felt so short in my life. I’ll write more about this later in the week.) and Eric told me he had to get glitter out of Morgan’s eye. He said, “She was kind of blinking a lot so I looked in her eye and there was a bunch of glitter in it. It’s your fault.” I’m pretty sure Morgan has been rolling around on the tree skirt while we’re gone during the day. I’m pretty sure girl leaves a trail of glitter everywhere she goes.

So without further ado, here is our tree in all it's glittering glory.

I went for a black and white theme this year.

Morgan was recently abducted by aliens.

Had to throw in a little Husker love.

The stockings were hung by Memorial Stadium with care.
That's how the story goes, right?!
Have you guys put up all your decorations yet? I wish I had more, but I just don't have room to store them when they're not out. I think we're quickly outgrowing our apartment :(

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday, Monday

I'm pretty sure everyone should just get Cyber Monday off in addition to the rest of Thanksgiving weekend. All anyone did at work today was shop anyway.

I think these are going to be added to my New Year's Eve Wardrobe
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There are some pretty good deals out there, did you guys score anything?