Monday, December 28, 2009

shoes in need of a party

Since New Years is right around the corner I thought I would write about these beauties for Must Have Monday. Just take a minute to take in their beauty because they are FABULOUS. I've been eyeing these shoes for months now, knowing full well I would never be able to purchase them...they're $625. Well Nordstrom is having their Half-Yearly Sale so you can get them for a steal at $414.90...ha, yeah right. If I had a NYE party to attend and made lots o' money I would be taking these bad boys out on the town, because these shoes deserve a fabulous party. Hey a girl can dream.

Hope everyone can ring in the New Year without breaking the bank!

Friday, December 25, 2009

merry memories

Merry Christmas! I hope you are all enjoying this lovely holiday with your loved ones. In our final Christmas themed Top 5 Friday my dear friends and I will be listing our top 5 Christmas memories.

1. I have plenty of wonderful Christmas memories. But the one that stands out the most was my 8th or 9th Christmas. It was during that time I was obsessed with Madonna. I was wearing an over sized Madonna tee with a pink fuzzy robe and I had pink curlers in my hair. I remember being so excited that morning and taking in all the presents that were displayed in front of the tree. My parents would always create a beautiful display of Santa's toys and as a child I was always overwhelmed by the number of toys that lay out in front of me. The only toy I remember from that Christmas was my Cabbage Patch doll, Georgette. She had a an adorable purple onesie and a small tuft of blonde hair at the crown of her head. I held on to that doll for the rest of the day. There's even pictures of me at my aunt's house with Georgette in tow.

2. My junior year of college I lived in my sorority house with my dear friend Virginia. That Christmas we went all out in our little room. We strung white lights along the edges of the ceiling. We then cut out dozens of snowflakes and hung them from fishing wire from the ceiling. It was like a peaceful little winter wonderland.

3. My cousin Lauren and I would often put on cute little shows for our family friends. One year we choreographed an entire routine to the song "'Tis Better to Give than Receive," complete with long purple ribbons (think ribbon dancer). We dressed up as little mice in black leggings and black sweatshirts, complete with tails and ears and did a full routine in the living room.

4. During my sophomore year of college my sweet roommates went all out. We hung white lights all over the living room, bought our very own Christmas tree from Home Depot and we even had our own Christmas party. We treated our Christmas party like Christmas Eve and the next day was like a mock Christmas day. We woke up early the next morning and exchanged gifts, Virginia even read the story of Jesus' birth from Luke. It was such a fun way to get us ready for the Christmas season.

5. Each year my family and I did the same thing for Christmas. Our traditions rarely changed so it was extremely difficult when we moved to Daphne and had to spend our first Christmas apart from our extended family, things were completely different, I don't even have any memories from that first Christmas in Daphne. That second Christmas was fabulous. My aunt Cheri and her family came to spend a week with us. As an only child I always wished for a bustling house full of family during the holidays. My dream had come true that Christmas. The house was filled with family, I was sharing a bed with my cousin Ali and Danny was on the floor. This was during the time Napoleon Dynamite came out and I distinctly remember laying in the dark trying to go to sleep as Danny quoted the movie, I was laughing so hard. That week leading up to Christmas was spent shopping, baking, putting puzzles together and even making homemade ice cream. We were having new traditions, but all that mattered was that we were with our loved made for a most memorable Christmas.

Here's to hoping you can create your own Christmas memories this season and for seasons to come. Hoping you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

misadventures of a twenty-something cook

Yesterday I was rather ambitious. In honor of my mom's birthday I tackled three desserts, a salad, and ravioli. Everything turned out, but of course there were a few missteps along the way. As I'm sure you've gathered, I'm not the best cook and I choose to stay far away from the kitchen, so 5 dishes/desserts in one day is quite an undertaking for little ole me. I even felt out of place at the grocery store, I couldn't find anything...I must have gone up and down those aisles a dozen times. Once I got home I put all the ingredients on the counter (I learned a couple of years ago that ingredients should be at room temp) and suited up in my apron. Things got messy pretty quickly.

First dessert on the list, mini strawberry cheesecakes. I figured, if nothing else we would have mini cakes for my mom's birthday. My dear friends, Jill and Mary Grace gave me a fabulous cupcake cookbook for my 22nd birthday. I've flipped through it a dozen times and admired all the beautiful cupcakes, but haven't been brave enough to try any. These have always sounded delicious, so I thought what the heck. In true undomestic fashion, I didn't read my directions beforehand. Five minutes into my cooking adventure, I realized the cheesecakes have to set and cool overnight, duh, they're cheesecakes! Moving on, I was flipping through Martha Stewart's Cookies cookbook and thought the peanut butter whoopie pies looked delicious. Again, they too have to be refrigerated...strike two. Thank goodness I had bought ingredients for some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (courtesy of Margie Lott), that I was gonna make later this week...but I needed some kind of dessert for dinner. I figured I could put a candle in the cookie?!? About thirty minutes into my cooking adventure I had confused baking soda with baking powder and I had forgotten buttermilk, strike three and four. Once I got my bearings I certainly got into the rhythm of things and was well on my way to making a fantastic trio of desserts...yum.

Chocolate cookies ready to be iced with yummy peanut butter filling

Me with my peanut butter filler. It was delicious, I couldn't stop sneaking bites of it.

Yummy whoopie pies (still refrigerating) and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, Margie you came through in the clutch.

Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes. I just tasted one and they are delicious. Can't wait to give mom a proper cake.

After all that baking I had to tackle dinner. On the menu, ravioli with apples and walnuts and a spinach salad with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I don't have any pictures of dinner, I was pretty exhausted after all that cooking. Here's to hoping Mama had a wonderful birthday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

"i gasped, i actually gasped"

Happy Monday! And what a wonderful Monday it is. It is 9:45 and I am currently lounging in bed with Ms. Maddie and Ellie because I have two weeks, yes two weeks off work! Seriously don't know what I'm gonna do with myself...I imagine lots of sleeping. So I completely dropped the ball last Monday. I was getting ready for work Tuesday morning and a little light went off in my head, ding, I had forgotten about Must Have Monday...oh well, that's life. But I'm back this week with another pink item. Did I mention I liked pink? I was baking brownies for Thanksgiving and our handheld mixer kept dying on me, it kept going in and out...I'm thinking it may be on its last leg. So I did some research and found that Kitchenaid makes an adorable handheld pink mixer. So Santa if you're doing any last minute shopping, don't forget me ;). Of course I would love to have the Kitchenaid stand mixer, duh, but it's like $299+ and I can guarantee you I have not been that good this year. But I was flipping through Google images and found this beauty. I gasped, I actually gasped and had to hold my hand against my mouth. A hot pink Kitchenaid mixer, are you kidding me? It's adorable, behold...

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday. Also wanted to mention that it's my mom's birthday today so I'll be busy in the kitchen all afternoon. Happy Birthday Mama Bear!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

I've been promising pictures of my Christmas tree for a few weeks now. In all honesty we finished decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving but we still haven't put the star on top. The tree is so tall that the only way to reach the top is to take out the ladder. I've been waiting and waiting for my step-dad to put the star on, but we're four days away from Christmas and he still hasn't put it on, so I figured I would just take some pictures so I could show y'all. Sadly, I don't think the star will ever make...oh well.

The fireplace. We have three nosy little terriers so unfortunately we can't put our presents under the tree. Our fireplace serves as the place for presents during the holidays.

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care."

This is a beautiful wreath my mom made a few years back. It took a lot of hot glue and a ridiculous amount of ornaments, I don't know how we had any left to decorate our tree.

Not only does our tree not have a star but it also looks totally ghetto. The top and bottom half have different colored lights and it's leaning, I promise it looks better in person.

So my photography skills aren't as up to par as my sweet Cleezie, feel free to ignore the flash in the mirror. This is a fun little project my mom took on.

My own little Christmas corner in my room.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

honestly jillian

My friend, Alison Hogan, who's now Alison Ross (my goodness where does the time go?!?) presented me with the "Honest Scrap" blog award. Alison and I met during our freshman year of college on the 10th floor in Martin Hall...I think our hall will go down in history for the '03-'04 school year, or I'd like to think so. Alison and I haven't spoken in ages but she's such a sweet girl and I've enjoyed keeping up with her via her blog. Alison, thank you for this fun award, I hope you are doing well!!

Rules for the award:

1. Must thank the person who gave you the award and list their blog and link it.
2. Share "10 honest things" about yourself.
3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encourage you.
4. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines receiving the award.

Honestly, I've tried to dig deep on this one, so here goes it...

1. It's funny how the things we grow up watching our parents do one day become our own quirky habits. My mom has always been a greeting card guru. The woman could spend hours in Papyrus looking for the perfect card and she tends to always get the $5.00+ cards. As I've gotten older I've found that my own visits to Hallmark and Papyrus have become longer. It can be exhausting looking for just the right card, because mark my words I will leave the store if I cannot find just the right's really a sickness.

2. I have a love, hate relationship with Britney Spears. I remember when she first came on the scene in '98ish and I remember thinking she was so pretty and I'm sure I was a bit envious. Every guy in junior high thought she was so hot, us little tweens didn't quite compare. I always insisted that I never really liked her but I owned every CD and knew all the words to every song. And then she went crazy and that's when the hate started to set in. I know she didn't really have childhood, blah, blah, blah, but here was grown woman who couldn't seem to get her act together. And then came the big comeback, I've been a believer ever since! Circus was a hit and our girl is back! I'm so sad I couldn't see her in concert, but I'll be there with bells on when she goes on tour again. Welcome back B. Spears!

3. I've never really liked the Olympics. I remember hating how the games would cut into my soaps, when I used to watch them. I guess since I'm being honest, I should admit I was a Passions fan. Anyways, all that changed during summer '08 when the Summer Olympics went to Beijing. I have never felt so patriotic. I was jumping up and down when Michael Phelps got his 8th gold medal and Nastia Lukin took home the all over medal in gymnastics. Every night I would come home from work and watch the Olympics with my step-dad, I like to joke with him that "We'll always have Beijing."

4. One of my biggest regrets was not trying out for cheer leading. I honestly feel like I missed my calling. During 8th grade I even received an award for "Most Likely to be a Cheerleader," it's almost like this inherent thing in me that I never tapped into. But here's how the story goes. At my high school freshman weren't allowed to be on the squad, so I felt a bit deflated, but I knew I would certainly try out my sophomore year. Well sophomores could only be on the JV team and I thought I would spare my mom all the money that year and just wait 'til junior year when I could actually cheer at the BIG games. Well I think I went to one clinic my junior year and my lack of confidence made me chicken out. It's too bad, I think I could have been great.

5. I'm a cheeseburger girl. So long as a restaurant has cheeseburgers and fries, I'm good. I'm fairly certain I could live off of cheeseburgers, fries and a Diet Coke for the rest of my life.

6. I'm obsessed with Westies, I mean obsessed. I don't really know how the obsession started but I'm just smitten when it comes to those little white dogs with there adorable fluffy faces, I melt. I mean it's so bad, that I will stop in my tracks and just smile and admire them when I see one walking by...and now I sound like a creep. Fortunately, I have two westies of my own, Max and Ellie and Maddie, who's half-westie, half-scottie. I'm really just a big terrier fan in general.

7. I have a great memory when it comes to numbers, like it's really weird. It's more so a memory for dates, like birthdays, major events. For instance I'm fairly certain Alison Ross' birthday is December 17, and I haven't really spoken to the girl in like 6 years...and I'm not Facebook. For all you Facebook people, please verify this for me and let me know if I'm correct, I'm kind of dying to know. And Alison, if I'm correct Happy Belated Birthday!!

8. I cried when I turned 13, yes I cried. I remember thinking I was leaving my entire childhood behind because suddenly the number in my age had the word 'teen' attached to it. This goes hand in hand with the fact that I'm an extremely emotional, dramatic, irrational person at times. I'm turning 25 in four months, so I'm fairly certain I'll be crying then too...I'll keep you posted.

9. My car looks more like my closet. I could probably dress myself with the things in my car. The car is littered with practically every pair of shoes I own, a few pants, tops and a couple of coats. I have the next two weeks off so I'm hoping to clean it out, but it's inevitable that it will be a place for my wardrobe in a few short months.

10. I'm deathly afraid of flying. I mean I've been flying since I was probably five, so it's not because it's new to me, I just hate the lack of control and the turbulence, whew...forget it. The fear has become a lot worse over the last few years. I hope to one day travel to Europe but I know full well I will have to be heavily sedated before I make that trip. I like to think that I would never let my fear of flying get in the way of my travels, I only hope I'll be saying that when I'm 50.

Now that I've revealed a few things about myself, I would like to pass this award on to some of my dear blogging buddies, make me proud ladies...

Friday, December 18, 2009

candles burning low...

"Lots of Mistletoe..." That little diddy should clue you in to what today's Top 5 Friday will bring. If you haven't guessed, my dear friends and I have decided to list our Top 10 (yes, 10) Favorite Christmas songs. There's so many great Christmas songs out there, we didn't want to cut ourselves short, so we're doing our first expanded edition of Top 5 Fridays.

10. O Holy Night by Celine Dion: My mom was a HUGE Celine Dion fan during the height of her fame. So it was only natural that I too became a Celine Dion fan, even though I'm sure my tween self didn't want to admit it at the time. I love Celine's version of O Holy Night off of her Christmas album.

9. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin: The Elf version with Zooey Deschanel is cute too. I don't have much to say about this one, other than the fact that it's an adorable little Christmas tune.

8. The Christmas Waltz (Awayteam Remix) by Nancy Wilson: This is the fun remixed version of the song off the Merry Mixmas album. Mary Grace introduced me to these fun remixed Christmas songs a few years back and they're irresistible, a fun spin on all the old classics. I love the Frank Sinatra version too.

7. (Everybody's Waitin') for the Man with the Bag (Thunderball Mix) by Kay Starr: Another Merry Mixmas remix. This is a fun an upbeat version of an old classic. And don't worry I have my own little dance moves to accompany the song, it's a full force party in my car during the holiday season.

6. Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) by Amy Grant: I loved this album as a kid. In fact I loved Amy Grant as a kid, how can you not love "Baby, baby"? I don't know why I liked this particular song, but I just remember listening to it on repeat when I was little. And unfortunately Mary Grace had to listen to it on repeat during our sophomore year. MG and I were roommates and our rooms were right by each other. I would blast this album during those two short weeks before we went home for Christmas break, and poor MG had to bear the brunt.

5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland: What a beautiful version of this song. I can't help but to tear up when I hear this song. I honestly feel like Clark Griswold when he watches all the old Christmas movies up in the attic and starts tearing up. Christmas is a bit bittersweet for me. Of course I get to spend time with family and friends, but as you get older traditions change and not everyone can always make it to be the family, so it's a bit emotional when you reminisce about the good ole days.

4. Santa Baby by Calista Flockhart: I know there's a lot of versions of this song, but I particularly like the Ally McBeal version. I know, weird. But at the height of it's fame my mom bought the Ally McBeal Christmas album and to my surprise Calista Flockhart did and adorable rendition of "Santa Baby." It's still my favorite version to this day, and it's pretty hard to track down. And how can you resist this song? It's so cute and sexy, I hope to prance around in a cute Santa outfit for my husband one day while Santa Baby plays in the background...have I revealed too much?

3. Grown Up Christmas List by Amy Grant: Another Amy Grant favorite. This and "Breath of Heaven" were the two most played songs off of that album. Again, I don't know why I was drawn to this song as a child, but I just loved it and still love it to this day.

2. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey: I think Mariah Carey's Christmas CD came out in '93ish and my eight year old self was obsessed. I remember thinking she looked so pretty in her cute little Santa dress with her Jack Russell in the snow...that's what I wanted to look like when I was grown up. This song is definitely still on repeat during the Christmas season, even 15+ years later.

1. What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder: I became obsessed with this song during my sophomore year of college. It's a completely infectious tune and you can't help but smile and dance when you hear it. This song makes it on every Christmas mix that I make, it's by far my most favorite Christmas song. And I'm not gonna lie, this occasionally will come on the shuffle during the off season, and I'll definitely still jam to it (not quite the same when it's 90+ degrees out, but still infectious).

And before I sign off, I must mention a little song that I couldn't squeeze onto the list. When I was working at Pottery Barn a few years ago there was one song in particular that seemed to play all the time, "Susie Snowflake" by Rosemary Clooney. It got to the point where I would be at home singing "Here comes Susie Snowflake dressed in snow white gown, tap, tap, tapping on your window pane to tell you she's in town." Oh yes, I remember the lyrics. The song would drive me up the wall, but I can't help but to smile when I think of it today. So here's to hoping you soak up all the goodness that is Christmas music in this last week before the big day!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

christmas confections

I spent the better half of today baking in the kitchen. I was tied up making these fabulous Sprinkles cupcakes for my coworkers. I made two separate batches, red velvet and chocolate peppermint and then wrapped up one of each. I can't wait to pass them out tomorrow!

Friday, December 11, 2009

dear santa

For today's Top 5 Friday, my buddies and I will be listing the top 5 things on our Christmas wish list. So Santa if you're looking at this, I promise I've been good all year ;)

1. Mirrored glass jewelry box: I love mirrored glass. In fact I have a mirrored glass tray that I put my perfume on and I absolutely love it. I was shopping on Urban Outfitters and came across this beautiful jewelry box. I've been looking for a jewelry box for years, I had to settle for a wood jewelry box from a Target a few years ago just so I could have a place to store all my jewels. This jewelry box would be perfect, it's like a work of would look great on my newly renovated dresser :).

2. Hot pink MacBook case: I'm a totally girly girl when it comes to the color pink. I love the color pink. I love it when common household items or things that shouldn't be pink come in pink, like a pink DVD player or a pink Cuisinart could you resist? I'm fairly certain that once I get my own place all my kitchen utensils will be pink. Anyways, I was at the Apple store a few weeks ago and saw this adorable hard shell case for your MacBook...I could finally have a pink computer! It's one of those things that I would never buy for myself, but since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I might ask Santa.

3. The complete Beverly Hills 90210 DVD series: I've always loved 90210. It's one of those shows I never watched as a kid but watched in syndication as I got older. A few summers ago I became hooked when they would show back to back episodes on the Oxygen network. The greatest thing about this show is that I rarely have seen one episode more than once, it's like an entirely new series for me. This past summer I learned that they are now showing episodes on Soap Net, but sadly I don't get that channel at my house. The next best thing is getting the complete series on DVD so I can watch them whenever I want.

4. Pink phone: Here we go again with the pink accessories. I've always loved old rotary phones and my sweet friend, Grace told me about about this cute phone on Fred Flare. Of course it would be cool to get an authentic rotary phone in pink, but believe me I've done the research and have come up empty handed. The "pink princess phone" will do just fine.

5. Gray suede pumps: I've been looking for a pair of gray suede pumps for a few months now and have come up empty handed. I found this fabulous pair on Piperlime and feel in love, and they're only $50. These shoes would be perfect for the cold winter months ahead.

Monday, December 7, 2009

classic cardigan

Happy Monday! I only have seven more days of work until I'm a free bird for two whole weeks! I'm excited to say the least. Today's MHM is the Jackie cardigan from J. Crew. In honor of the style icon herself, J. Crew has created a simple yet sophisticated 3/4 length cardigan that is perfect for any occasion. I live in these cardigans and believe that every girl must have at least one in her closet, even if it's just black. The great thing is, you can dress it up or down and it's perfect for the office or running errands. Check out this iconic piece at J. Crew and be sure to snag one because they're currently on sale :).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

weekend review

I love broccoli and cheese dishes. In fact I eat the Smart Ones broccoli and cheddar roasted potatoes TV dinner close to once a week at work, which I really shouldn't admit but grabbing a TV dinner while I walk out the door is a lot easier than having to prepare a lunch the night before. Anyways, while I was on my way to Oxford a few weeks ago I was flipping though a copy of Real Simple. I saw a delicious broccoli and cheese dish that had a quite a fancy name, broccoli and gruyere gratin...yum. All I knew about gruyere was that it was a fancy cheese that my cousin had used on various entrees. There were only 5 ingredients so I thought this was something I could certainly tackle. I took a picture on my phone (see above), without even thinking I could look it up on the website. Anyways, I was doing some grocery shopping this weekend and thought what the heck I'll try the broccoli dish. Luckily I had my phone and was able to get everything I needed (I knew that picture would come in handy). I got home and was ready to tackle the dish. As I started reading the directions I immediately became overwhelmed. I hadn't even thought to read them beforehand (this is something I do often, I have a tendency to breeze through recipes and leave out major details, i.e. flour out of cookies...perhaps this is why I stay far away from the kitchen). All the sudden I'm reading about steaming baskets and whisking, clearly I should have done my research ahead of time. After consulting my step-dad he assured me that I wouldn't need a steam basket, but a colander and large pot would do...whew. Fast forward close to two hours later and voila my very own broccoli and gruyere gratin dish. The magazine version is on the left and mine is on the right...not too bad, right? And believe me if I can do this anyone out there can too, check out the recipe here.

In addition to my fancy broccoli and cheese dish I finished all my Christmas cards and bought the sassy Jessica Simpson shoes I blogged about a few weeks ago. I've been eyeing them for months now but they're so impractical that I couldn't bring myself to spend $80 dollars on a pair of leopard print pumps. About a month ago they went down to $60ish and I still couldn't do it. Well they must have been calling to me this weekend because they were on sale for $40 and they only had one pair in my size, it was meant to be. Can't wait to wear them to work tomorrow!

We're still working on our tree at our house. It's huge and we have a ton of ornaments so I'll be posting pictures later this week. Every year my mom buys me my own ornament and this year she bought this beautiful snowflake globe from Pottery Barn.

I'm still looking for the right hardware for my dresser. I just can't bring myself to pay close to $80 on hardware from Anthropologie so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect knobs. I'm hoping to find them soon because I really want to show y'all my finished piece! Hoping y'all had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 4, 2009

christmas classics

I can't believe it's December and Christmas is right around the corner...this is by far the most wonderful time of the year! Today is the first of four Christmas themed Top 5 Friday's. Today my buddies and I are listing our Top 5 Christmas movies. I've decided to do a Letterman Top 10 kind of countdown...

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. And I'm talking about the old school 1960s version with Hermey who wants to be a dentist and the land of misfit toys. The most memorable character has be Sam the snowman (voiced by Burl Ives) who narrates the story. The most comical part is the way Sam moves back and forth through the snow, my mom and I still get a kick out of it to this day; there's even a reference to him in 'Elf.' Honestly I probably couldn't watch this movie in its entirety but it will always have a special place in my heart.

4. Home Alone. How can you resist? This is a Christmas classic. Most memorable part of the movie has to be the very beginning when little Kieran Culkin, who plays cousin Fuller is chugging down on his Pepsi and his mom exclaims "Fuller, go easy on the Pepsi!" Check out the clip here. For some reason my cousins and I have quoted this line for years and it's always one of the things that stand out when I think of this movie. It always make me sad when they show this movie during the summertime and the fact that there's now like five Home Alone movies...nothing can replace the original.

3. Love Actually. I love, love, love this movie. My first time watching it wasn't so great. I watched it with my parents and actually had to pretend to fall asleep during the porn scene, I was dying on that couch. But after watching it on my own, I fell in love. I can't help but to tear up at the beginning with all the real footage of people meeting up with family and friends at the airport. I have family and friends scattered throughout the U.S. so I definitely know the overwhelming feeling you get when you see that person at the airport for the first time in a long time.

2. Elf. "Buddy, the elf, what's your favorite color?" I love Will Ferrell and will forever love this movie. How could you not love naive and innocent little Buddy trying to find his father in big, scary New York? He's such a pure and happy character. I could watch this movie over and over!

1. Christmas Vacation. Hands down the best Christmas movie of all time. From the giant Christmas tree, Uncle Eddie and Sparky losing it once he doesn't get his Christmas bonus. I feel like everyone can relate to this movie. We all have to see our family during the holidays and every one's family is a little crazy and dysfunctional and I'm fairly certain every man has a bit of Clark Griswold in him. Sometimes it just hits all too close to home. I still laugh hysterically to this movie and it's best when seen with a big group.

Monday, November 30, 2009

signature scent

Coco Chanel once said that "a woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." I'm a firm believer that every girl must have a signature scent. Scent is one of the strongest senses tied to memory. What better way to be remembered than by your perfume. I still think of my sweet Claire whenever I smell Ralph Lauren, Blue or my Aunt Jenny when I get a whiff of Oscar by Oscar de la Renta. Personally I've been wearing Chanel Coco Mademoiselle for close to six years. Funny thing is at the time I was looking for a Vera Wang scent but couldn't find it, the salesgirl suggested Coco Mademoiselle and I was sold...been wearing it ever since. So for those of you who haven't found your signature scent I encourage you to venture out the nearest department store and go scent shopping.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

weekend wind down

What a weekend. Even after four days off work I wasn't able to get half the stuff I wanted to do done, but I was still super productive and as a result I'm now exhausted and could easily fall asleep for the rest of the night. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

This weekend found me venturing into uncharted territory. I baked, tackled my dresser, and took part in Black Friday with all the other crazy women in Mobile. My mom recruited me to make reese's bars for Thanksgiving. Not gonna lie, I wasn't too happy about it, but made them with a smile on my face so mom wouldn't get mad. If anything I was able to wear my cute Anthropologie apron I bought a few weeks ago. Here I am making my best Martha Stewart impression. And not to toot my own horn, but the reese's bars were pretty good. They didn't even make it 'til the end of the weekend.

The day after Thanksgiving I woke up bright and early with my mom to head to Target. Other than when I worked retail I've only been out shopping on Black Friday once before and I vowed to never do it again. Well mama told me about a $250 TV at Target and I couldn't resist. We woke up at 4:30 and braved the cold. I had no idea the dedication these people had to get a sweet deal, and I'm now a believer. I got my TV and a $25 vacuum...I think I saved close to $300 that day.

The main project of the weekend was tackling my dresser. The drawers need one more coat of paint and I'm still looking for hardware, so stay tuned for the finished project. Here I am painting away, I think this dresser needed close to six coats...ugh. But it looks great, can't wait 'til it's complete.

In between baking and painting I tackled some more of my book. Sadly I will not complete the NaNoWriMo challenge. I only got up to 9,425 words this weekend. Perhaps I can tackle the National December Writing Month Challenge, the NaDecWriMo Challenge, if you will...doesn't have quite the same ring. Regardless, I'm determined to make it to 50,000 words.

We're starting to decorate for Christmas around my house and I couldn't help but to wrap my first gift for mama bear. We'll be decorating our tree tonight so I'll be posting pictures later this week. Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend and that it's not too painful to pull yourself out of bed tomorrow morning.

Friday, November 27, 2009

a plug for the best

So my amazingly talented blogging bestie, Mary Grace, has decided to open her own etsy shop, be sure to check her out here. All of her prints will make great Christmas gifts!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

thursday thanksgivings

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this day finds you surrounded by friends and family. Today, me and my blogging besties are doing a special edition of our Top 5 Fridays. Today we'll be doing "Thankful Thursday" where we list the top 5 things we're thankful for. Before I dive into the my blessings I want to talk about one of my most memorable Thanksgivings.

Whenever this holiday rolls around I can't help but to think of my dear friend Megan. In junior high we would send out Turkey Grams. It was little program held by the Student Council where you would buy a Turkey Gram and send them to your friends. It was always a treat to hear your name called out during your first period class (think back to that Mean Girls clip). Anyways, the week leading up to Thanksgiving was spent advertising Turkey Grams over the intercom. My dear Megan was tapped to make these announcements and after every plug should would say "Gobble, gobble." I can still hear it my head, and every time someone says gobble, gobble I can't help but to think of Megan.

Ok, so on to the thanksgivings...

1. My parents. I'd like to give a quick shout out to my step-dad, Bob. My parents got married ten years ago and we definitely had a rocky start, I hated Bob and didn't understand why I was not enough for my mom. Well fast forward ten years and I couldn't feel more blessed to have this man in my life. Bob, you have taken me in as your own and never treated me differently than your children, you have been more of father to me than my own and I will be forever grateful. And mama, thank you for a being a terrific, fantastic and fabulous mother. We have gone through some rough times but you were always there for me and I never missed out any of my childhood experiences. Thank you for everything you've given me and your constant support. I love you both very much!

2. My friends. God has blessed with amazing friendships. I am surrounded by people with whom I have deep and meaningful relationships. I feel like nothing is off limits when it comes to my friendships and its comforting to know that whatever I'm going through each of them will be there for me in their own way. Thank you all for your constant love and support, it means the world to me.

3. Max, Maddie and Ellie. For those of you who don't know me, these are my dogs. The unconditional love that a dog gives you has always amazed me. They're always so happy to see me when I get home and they're content with just sitting by my side. A few weeks ago I was sitting on the couch crying and my sweet Max could tell I was in pain and came and sat by me to comfort me. If everyone could have the loyalty and love that dogs have we would be a much better people.

4. My extended family. I come from a huge Italian family so my extended family is big to say the least. I was blessed enough to live within a 50 mile radius to my aunts, uncles, cousins, and the list goes on. I grew up going to the same school with my cousins, Ali and Danny. Weekday afternoons found me at the Tomcheck house where I was treated more like a sister than some distant cousin. I've always been thankful that I was never treated differently, Danny would pound me like I was a little sister and Ali would ignore me like a little was great! My family's moving to Mobile has put some distance between us but we are still all very close and keep in touch.

5. My job. Look around you, the economy is still in a terrible state of disarray. I know how it feels to be without a job so I feel so blessed to have a job with a company that I hope to grow with. I'm thankful for my short weeks and long three day weekends and my upcoming two week Christmas break :)

Remember to tell your friends and loved ones that you are thankful for them. Now on to the Turkey!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

stay tuned

So I've decided to take a cue out of the White Waxflower handbook and update this dresser.

This was my mom's dresser growing up and it used to have a terrible green finish. My grandpa stained it for her and gave it to her as a house warming gift. I love the wood finish but I'm more of a shabby chic kinda girl so I'm looking to paint it white and distress it. I'm hoping to tackle this project over the long holiday weekend. I've been looking at hardware at Anthropologie and I've narrowed it down to three knobs. Let me know which one you like best. Here's hoping I have an entirely updated piece to present to you next week.

Monday, November 23, 2009

a makeup must

Every girl must have this in her makeup bag. I was introduced to this product about a year ago and was actually a little skeptical but it was one of those trips when you pretty much buy all the makeup the salesgirl pitches. The eye potion acts as an eyeshadow primer that helps eyeshadow go on darker and prevents it from creasing. It's pretty much amazing. Be sure to grab this little guy at Sephora.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

the mac is back

I've always had problems with computers. I seem to kill every one that comes into my possession. Most computers have close to a two year shelf life once I get a hold of them. And it always ends the same way...the hard drive crashes. I always figured it was because I owned a PC and they're prone to viruses, blah, blah, blah. Well I can no longer use that excuse because I was able to kill a Mac. I received my Mac Book two years ago and just last month I received this error message.

I was heartbroken to say the least. I knew exactly what had happened and the kind Apple folks were able to confirm that the hard drive had crashed. Pictures, music, word documents, all gone. And to make matters worse my warranty had expired a year before and the closest Apple store was four hours away. A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and took the computer in to be repaired and to my delight no charges were incurred! I still don't know how that happened but I refrained from asking any questions. I traveled up to Birmingham this weekend to get my computer and I was happy to say the least.

Now starts the tedious task of uploading all my pictures and music on to my computer. By now I'm an old pro so it shouldn't be too long of a task.

Aside from getting the Mac back I was able to visit with my sweet friend, Jill. We had a fun weekend filled with movies, good food and little 90210. Hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 20, 2009

the lighter side of things

So I've needed a bit of change in my life for a while now. What better for a girl to do than change her hair a bit. In instances like this I would either chop it all off or go to brunette. Seeing as how I've been trying to grow my hair out for the last year and I really like being blonde, I couldn't go down either of those paths. So I asked my stylist to give me a "sexy" 'do. I don't know that I really pull off sexy all that well but my hair has definitely improved. My stylists gave me fun layers, short bangs, and super blonde locks. Behold...

a bucket list of sorts

Good morning and happy Friday! I want to take a minute to welcome my sweet friend Jill, she's new in town and just got her blog up and running last night. Jill will be joining me Grace on Must Have Monday's and Top 5 Fridays, so be sure to check out her blog. Jill actually came up with today's topic, 5 things we want to do before we die, kind of like a bucket list. I really don't think my list is gonna be all that exciting but its definitely stuff that will make me happy if I accomplish it...

1. Publish my memoir. Btw, I still only have 4,729 words written for my NaMoWriMo challenge, I imagine the bulk of my writing will come during the long holiday weekend next week. If anything I would love to finish writing it and at least take it to a publisher to see what they would say. I feel like I have something good on my hands and I'd love to share it with the world. Not gonna lie, I have dreams of me visiting Oprah and dancing with Ellen while we discuss my fabulous book.

2. Travel. The furthest I've travelled is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Cabo's great but I want to travel all over Europe. I'm terrified of flying and I don't know how I would ever get myself on a plane to travel for hours on end, but I would never let my fear of flying get in the way of my travelling. For the purposes of this post, I will narrow down my two countries to Italy and Ireland. Of course I would love to go to Paris, London, Sydney and the list goes on, but I'm part Italian and part Irish so I would love to visit the countries of my ancestors.

3. Live in a big city. I'm definitely a city girl. I would love to live in a city like NYC or Chicago for a brief period of time. Honestly, I don't know how I could live there for too long, but I'd love to experience city life for a short period of time. I would love to live out my Carrie Bradshaw fantasies and then get back to the suburbs.

4. Get my MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. My obsession with Austin began about two years ago. I had never been but from what I heard I knew I would just love that town. I was fortunate enough to go this past September and it lived up to all my expectations, I even became a bit of a Longhorns fan. I've been thinking about going to grad school for the last few months, may even take the GMAT soon. If I could go to UT to get my degree I'd be a happy girl.

5. Become a photographer. My freshman year of high school we had to write our obituaries for English, I know super morbid. Anyways, in mine I had been a renowned photographer who had travelled all over the world and made quite a career for herself. I've always loved photography, I even took a class in high school. Sadly, I wasn't all that great. I think one time I didn't load the film into the camera properly. Imagine how I felt when I went to go develop my film and nothing appeared...sad day. Until I become a photographer, I will leave vicariously through my amazing and talented friend, Claire.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

meeting Jillian

Hello! I'm Mary Grace, and I'm a guest blogger visiting from over at my place, White Waxflower. Today Jilly and I thought it would be fun to do a guest-blog for each other. We agonized over what to write about, and finally decided it might be fun to write about our first impressions and earliest memories of each other.

Baby Jilly and Mary Grace, relaxing after being busy hostesses of a Christmas party at our apartment.

I met Jillian in the first semester of our freshman year of college. I kept hearing through mutual friends about this DG named Jillian from California. Being that I had never been to California and was only 18 years old, I immediately pictured her looking like Gidget - a little tan blonde that spent entire summers at the beach, surfing and going to luaus. I remember walking up to her dorm, where a bunch of our mutual friends were hanging out, and meeting her for the first time. She was little and blonde, but definitely didn't fit into my stereotype of the Gidgetesque surfer girl. Some of my earliest impressions were:

She didn't seem impressed by the silliness and boy craziness of half the girls in the room.

I thought she looked very preppy and put-together.

She knew a lot of songs.

Often, when people would make some sort of statement, Jillian would sing it back to them as if it were a song lyric. For example if someone said "I need to do my laundry" she might sing "Oooo that laundry sure needs to get doooOOOooOOone". It was for comedic purposes of course, but for some reason I thought all of these little ditties were actual songs. I thought she must REALLY be into music to know so many songs about so many different situations.

Another very early memory is the time I went up to her dorm room to visit her roommate. I walked in and asked if her roommate was there, and she said that she wasn't. I felt bad just leaving, and for some reason thought it might be less awkward if I acted like I would be just as happy to hang out with her (even though we barely knew each other). She was playing on her desktop computer, so I asked what she was doing. I remember her saying she was downloading music, and I asked her what she used. She told me she used Limewire, and I was excited because I had been looking for a free way to get new music. I asked her if it gave her computer viruses, and she told me it hadn't. I downloaded it that night, and about 2 months later, both our computers crashed.

I think it took about a year for us to finally warm up to each other. We moved into an apartment with 2 other girls our sophomore year (one of them was our dear friend Claire Smith and you can visit her by clicking here), but we still didn't really know each other very well. One night neither of us could sleep, and somehow ended up hanging out. We started talking about TV shows we watched as kids, and the super awesome show Under the Umbrella Tree came up. I LOVED that show as a child, but I'd never met anyone other than my cousin Madison that had ever seen it! But of course, Jillian had. I confessed that I had brought with me to college my Under the Umbrella Tree VHS tape that I had recorded with the help of my dad when I was about 8 years old. Needless to say, we popped it in and watched hours of ridiculous adventures with Jay, Iggy, Gloria and their human friend Holly. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Just think ... if it weren't for these absurd and slightly scary puppets, we may have never become the besties that we are today.

Monday, November 16, 2009

oxford is for lovers

I always forget what a charming and unique town Oxford is. I was fortunate enough to make it there this past weekend after a year long hiatus. It was a jam packed weekend filled with football, friends, and a little shopping. Saturday we headed down to Oxford and watched the Rebels beat the Vols, 42 to 17, and yes you read that right. I was happy to have Linnae give me a play by play of what was happening. Together we braved the hot weather (yes, I’m sunburned) and watched the Rebels lead us to victory. After the game we were able to do a little shopping, and as always, the Square is filled with new boutiques and restaurants…nothing ever seems to stay the same there. I got some fabulous jewelry and new shoes. That night we ate at Ajax…mmm, so good. It’s weekend’s like this that make me realize how incredibly blessed I am. I’m looking forward to visiting Oxford in the near future.

Me and Linnae in our stunna shades...check out Margie's blog for more pics from the game, I look like a goof but everyone else is super cute.

the pearce sectional

The Pearce sectional in Oat everyday suede, 'nough said. In the words of Rachel Zoe, "I die." I have coveted this piece for the last three years. I've worked at Pottery Barn on and off since 2006 and immediately fell in love with this sofa. I love the sleek upholstered look of this sofa, but it's also warm and welcoming with its curved armrests and cushy pillows. Whenever I get my own place or start making more moolah this will be my first major investment. I imagine cozy nights watching movies by the fireplace, lazy Sunday's napping with Ellie...I can picture it now.

Friday, November 13, 2009

a little bit about me

Happy Friday! For today's Top Five, Grace and I have decided to do to the Top Five Things you may not know about me. I've tried to dig deep on this one but sadly I think all of my readers may already know everything I'm about to share with them. Oh well, maybe I'll surprise you with one fun fact...

1. I went to a year round school K-8 grade, meaning I never had a normal three month summer until high school. The school year would start in July and we would get three week vacations in October, December, April, and June...weird, huh? But for nine years its all I ever knew. My first three month vacation was the summer going into high school, to say I was excited was an understatement!

2. I was voted best dressed in 7th grade. I remember they didn't warn us ahead of time when the pictures would be taken so I was wearing my GAP bootcut jeans, a pink and gray 3/4 length baseball tee and braided fashion forward. I could have rocked that picture had I known ahead of time!

3. Ok y'all are gonna think I'm crazy when I tell you this one, but I was a strange kid so whatever. My friend Megan knew how to talk in a chipmunk voice and everyone was always so amazed because it sounded so cute and no one else was able to master it. Well after what I'm sure were months of practicing I was able to nail the voice. Together we were Hue and weird. Anyways, we would do little shows for people in these crazy chipmunk voices and people loved it. I'm happy to say I can still do the voice today.

4. The only time I've ever been stung by a bee was at my 2nd birthday party...sad. I was wearing a cute little navy dress with white polka dots. We had had my party at a local park and then everyone came back to my house. Do y'all remember those bushes that have wax leaves and pink little flowers that bees would just hover around? Well I got too close to one of those bushes and got stung. I'm sure it was all very dramatic and there were lots of tears, but fortunately I don't remember all that.

5. My dad wanted to name me Molly and luckily mama bear interfered and chose Jillian. In fact I was named after a soap opera character. I don't know what soap it was, but thankfully y'all don't know me today as Molly Donahue...oh, that looks weird!

Hope y'all were able to learn a few new things about me. Feel free to leave some fun facts about yourself!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

the NaNoWriMo challenge

So today my blogging partner in crime, Mary Grace, told me that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short). For the past year or so I've thought about writing a book, a memoir in fact. I felt so inspired to do so that I actually started writing and was rather impressed with what I had. Unfortunately my wave of inspiration quickly dissipated and my five page word document that I kept referring to as "the book" went by the wayside. Well my little buddy Grace and few other people have encouraged me to start writing again and see what I come up with. I am now faced with the challenge of writing 50,000 words (175 pages) in a one month period. I just signed up for NaNoWriMo this afternoon so I'm already two weeks behind, but I feel like I can make up for some lost time, especially since I already have a few pages written. I'm currently at 4,729 words, only 45,271 more to go...yikes. So here's to sleepless nights, strained eyes and perhaps a little carpal tunnel all in pursuit of writing my very own memoir.

Monday, November 9, 2009

the undomestic goddess

So I'm not the most domestic person, I can't cook or decorate (gosh my future husband is so lucky...haha). But I do enjoy baking, every now and then, especially during the holidays. For the past year or so I've been eyeing the beautiful aprons at Anthropologie like the one to the right. When I was living with my cousin she had a handful of aprons to choose from and whenever she cooked she would always wear one, how cute. I soon realized that wearing an apron instantly made undomestic me feel like Martha Stewart (ok, that may be a stretch). I've visited Anthropologie on a few occasions, but I can never seem to find an apron that I absolutely love, or maybe it's just the fact that I know it won't get used. Anyways, I'm thinking this Christmas I may just indulge a little and buy an apron, I like this one best, but suggestions are welcome. Whenever I bake my first batch of cupcakes I'll be wearing my apron with bells and whistles, and of course I'll be blogging about it.

Here's a picture of me and my cousin, Ali at our family's annual Christmas cookie bake. Aren't we too cute in our aprons?

Friday, November 6, 2009

so obsessed

It's that time of the week again...Top Five Friday! For today's Top Five, MG and I have chosen to list the top five songs we've been obsessed with in the past and basically played to the ground. I play most songs into the ground, but when I'm obsessed with a song it's all I will listen to. I will download a song and burn that one song on a CD and will literally be content listening to it for the entire day. Just the other day I listened to my new obsession "Heart Skipped a Beat" by XX roughly 20 times. Unfortunately when you play a song back to back 20 times in a row you can never really appreciate it like you did the first time you heard it. Fortunately for me the list of songs below have stood the test of time, and I will still listen to them every once in a while.

1. C'mon C'mon by The Von Bondies
2. Fascination by Alphabeat
3. My Moon My Man by Fiest
4. French Navy by My Maudlin Career
5. Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

just got paid

Today was a good day. At approximately 8 AM, central time my manager called me into her office and presented me with a TAP award. It's basically a bonus/performance award. I was excited to say the least, it definitely gave me the extra pep in my step and kept me motivated to continue with my hard work. I've had my eye on this fabulous pair of Jessica Simpson leopard print pumps. I may just have to make a visit to Dillards this weekend and indulge a little. Hoping everyone's having a happy hump day!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

monogram me

So today is the first official Must Have Monday or MHM for short. My first MHM has a little story behind it, I'll do my best to keep it brief. For Christmas last year I asked for this pretty monogrammed necklace from Danielle Stevens Jewelry (the picture doesn't do it justice). I had seen the necklace in Lucky Magazine the summer before and immediately fell in love. The only thing is I kept going back and forth on whether or not I actually wanted the necklace (since I usually don't wear neckalces). My mom took this as sign that I didn't want the piece and that Christmas I ended up with a Juicy Couture gumball machine instead...I was heartbroken. Well mama came through just two months later for Valentine's day. The necklace is gold plated and allows you to personalize it with a beautiful script monogram. If I could I would give this necklace to each of my friends; however, I'm not that rich so I'll just suggest to y'all. Or y'all can wait til I become rich and famous and then I'll get the necklace for you. Check out the Danielle Stevens website to see some of her other gorgeous jewelry.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

dress you up in my love

I'm fairly certain I was born in the wrong time period. Ideally I would have been born in 1970 and would have been in my mid-teens during the mid 1980s (right around the time I was born). I would have been the best 80s teen: big hair, lace gloves, bright fluorescent colors. However, I was born just as Madonna was coming onto the scene. Luckily for me, costume parties and Halloween have allowed to channel my inner Madonna every once in awhile. This Halloween was no different. I was "Lucky Star" Madonna circa 1984. I wore the short lace skirt with tights, star earrings and bright pink head bow. I even had hot pink detail went unnoticed.

Initially I wasn't going to go all out (I need to save money and Halloween costumes are entirely too expensive). But as the actual day came upon me I couldn't help myself. I went to Birmingham to visit my sweet friend Jill, who I must note is not quite the Halloween enthusiast that I am. We spent Saturday afternoon visiting Target, Claire's, and the costume shop. By the end of the day I had accumulated an entirely new outfit and accessories to match. And Jill who hadn't dressed up for Halloween in six years was too cute as flapper. She was such a trooper. We kept going back and forth on various outfits and like a proud mama I kept insisting we would find just the right costume and in the words of Tim Gunn "Make it work." That night we got all dolled up and went out in downtown Birmingham. We had a great time and Jill was even talking about her costume for next year (I'm so proud). Hoping everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

happy halloween

My dear friend Mary Grace and I have taken on our blogging adventures together to ensure that we would at least have one reader, you can check her out at While she seems to be an old pro I'm still working out the kinks and trying to figure out how to post a picture. As new kids on the block we've decided to have Top Five Fridays and Must Have Mondays. So with Halloween being tomorrow our first Top Five Friday will be our Top Five Halloween memories. Since most of my memories will come from the same Halloween I should probably give you a brief history. My sophmore year of college I lived with 3 girls (Mary Grace, Claire and Virginia) in an apartment complex. Our apartment number was 1312 and to this day we still refer to that number when talking about sophmore year. Anyways that Halloween was chalk full of fun memories, shoot I could probably have all of my top 5 be from that year but I'll try to mix it up a bit.

1. Buring Ghostie. Ghostie was a kitchy little Halloween doll that played the Adams Family theme song and danced when you pressed his hand. He served as fun Halloween decor for a short period of time until one night my roommates and our neighbors decided to set his head on fire (I promise we're not violent people). We all gathered in the breezeway of our apartment and tried to start a fire with lighters. After multiple failed attempts my roommate Virginia announced that she had fluid. Wait, what? Why does Virginia have lighter fluid? I honestly couldn't tell you, but it definitely did the trick. We had a huge flame going once we doused ghostie in lighter fluid. I even think we had Ben Harper's "Burn One Down" playing in the background. And there's footage of this somewhere out there that I would love to get my hands on. For now all I have are the memories

2. David Moser. Where to begin? I'll try to get this right, but some of the details remain fuzzy. David Moser was convicted of raping a girl in Ohio and in October '04 he was being transported from a jail in Ohio to one in Florida. While in transit the people transporting Moser stopped in Oxford, MS, which to this day seems odd. Oxford is 20+ minutes away from any major highways so why they stopped there is still questionable. Anyways, as I remember it the people transporting Moser stopped at Wendys and Moser was able to escape at this time. As the story goes he remained in the trees behind Wendys for 48 hours. However, during that 48 hour block there were rumors and apparent sightings of Moser all over Oxford, including my apartment complex. The night that Moser escaped my friend Jaclyn called to let me know that he had been spotted in Campus Creek Apartments. As she's telling me this someone starts pounding on the door. My heart sank. We rush to the door and look through the peep hole, but our visitor has covered the hole with his hand (OMG). We then hear knocking coming from the balcony. We rush over to the balcony to find that MG's creepy boyfriend (they're not dating anymore), who happens to bear a striking resemblence to Moser is standing on the balcony. REALLY?!? So once we were all able to calm down we decided to all sleep in the living room and watch scary movies...probably not the best idea, but so much fun! And after all that we find out Moser was never roaming around Oxford, he had stayed put behind those trees in Wendys.

3. Tinkerbelle. My first Halloween as Tinkerbelle was when I was six years old. I fit the bill quite well, I was blonde, tiny...I guess that's it. I was in Mrs. Drew's first grade class and that year we had a Halloween fesitval where all the students dressed up and showed off their costumes on the playground. Little did I know 13 years later I would be putting on my fairy wings once again. Sure enough I was Tinkerbelle for 1312 Halloween. I pieced together my own costume and had all the details down even to the white balls on my shoes (I had green heels and used white feather boa clippings to make them a bit sassier). I even bought my own fairy dust that I poured on everyone I came in contact with. I'm sure there were a lot of sparkly sheets that night. As I returned home I poured the remainig "dust" all over the breezeway of my apartment. I think there were still sparkles left spring of the following year.

4. Hizapite Hizolloweeniezie. Say what?!? So my sophomore year I took it upon my self to implement IZMs (as in "fosheezie my neezie") back into our everday vocabulary. Well my sweet friend Virginia couldn't quite get the IZMs down. I woke up Halloween morning to find "Hizapite Hizolloween" written on the white board on our fridge. At first I couldn't make out what she was trying to say, then it clicked, awww, "Happy Halloween." Bless her, five years later we're still laughing about that.

5. I guess my last memory isn't really a specific one, which I know is cheating. But I'm trying to spare you from another 1312 Halloween memory (because believe me I have more). Growing up I always had amazing costumes. I never had to wear the store bought costumes because my creative mother made all my costumes. I wish I could somehow post all the pictures from Halloween's past because I really did have some great costumes, but I guess I'll just have to walk you down memory lane and let you imagine them for yourself. I'm tyring to rack my brain here...I've been a bumble bee, princess, Minnie Mouse, Snow White, a mermaid, statue of liberty and a present...just to name a few.

I hope you've enjoyed walking down memory lane with me. Hoping that you can make some memories of your own this Halloween. Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

it's miley!

The first time I heard "See You Again" by Miley Cyrus I couldn't believe I had gone through one verse and someone still hadn't changed the station. My friend Emily and I were headed to dinner and she was clearly enjoying the song. Not only was she bobbing her head back and forth but she knew all the lyrics. I demanded that she change the station, but she refused. I suffered through round one. Little did I know that round two would come only hours later. On our way home, sure enough "See You Again" came back on and I found myself enjoying it. Now you must know I couldn't stand Miley Cyrus at this point. Perhaps it was jealousy, perhaps it was my conservative self thinking she acted entirely too old for her age...I honestly saw a Britney Spears trainwreck in the making (I still do). But as I said, I couldn't help but to indulge in the bubble gum pop that was pouring from the speakers. That night I found myself paying $1.07 for a Miley Cyrus song (cringes). As I do with most songs I played "See You Again" to the ground, and it soon lost its newness.

I found myself in the same predicament in August of this year. On my way home from work I heard "Party in the USA" for the first time, and this time I couldn't resist it like I had "See You Again." I turned up the volume and was hooked. Thanks to XM I knew the artist and title. I immediately ran home to download the song but was foiled...the song hadn't been release yet, thanks limewire (maybe that's why my computer crashed...but that's for another post). I think I must of listened to that song 10 times that night and immediately burned a CD so I could listen to my new find on the way to work the next morning. Now I pride myself I liking good music so I often like to keep my pop music indulgences on the DL. Unfortunately, I've been outted both by my own doing and by a co-worker's keen ears.

So just a week ago I'm jamming to Miley on the iPod at work and sure enough my wall cube mate, John sends me an email that said something along the lines of "Is that you that I playing my song...yayaya." OMG, I about died, John could hear every word. Not only that but he knew how obsessed I was with this song. Upon receiving the email, the earbuds came out and I asked John "You could hear that," in which he responded "You play it all the time." Suffice it to say all credibility with John has been lost. I'm 24 years old and I'm listening to Miley Cyrus at work...really?!?

So after being called out by John, I called myself out during bible study. I went to a bible study for the first time last week. So in a series of get to know you questions I was asked, "If you were to turn on your iPod right now what song would be playing?" My friend whispered Justin Bieber in my ear (because yes I listen to him too) and I decided to up the anty and say Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA." Again, I've been outted and again all credibility has been lost.

So yes world, I listen to Miley Cyrus and I know you do too. So I ask you to go into your rooms tonight and blast your favorite bubble gum pop song and just's an instant mood boaster! Happy dancing!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

this is me now

So here it is, I find myself blogging. Hmm...I tend to have negative connotations with blogging. First thought that comes to mind are punk emo kids holed up in their poorly lit rooms pouring out their emotions with every key stroke as dashboard plays in the background. I mean how self centered can you be to think that people in the cyberworld actually want to listen to why your parents are so terrible? You're 16, believe me it's not that bad! But those were the blogs of blogs are super trendy, perez hilton...hello! Anyways, I never thought I'd see the day where I'd be pouring out my emotions with every key stroke, but here I am. Not only do I find myself on here but I find myself with a super lame blog name "this is me now." So to all those cyber kids out there...suggestions for blog names are welcome.