Showing posts from August, 2013


When it comes to high school reunions, my friends and I fall into two camps: the "hey it'll be fun to go back and see people but really just hang out with the friends I still have and maybe chuckle at a few people who lived their best days in high school" OR "h to the no, I have no interest in paying $$ to feign interest in the lives of people I didn't care to spend a minute catching up with in the past ten years."

Can you guess which camp I fall into?

Now, my college reunion was a completely different story. I had it marked on my calendar at the beginning of the year, and gladly spend $50+ to hang out with my friends and reconnect with old classmates. The nostalgia! The partying! The school spirit!

This is where my parents can feel good about the $$ they paid for me to go to college, vs. the free public high school educational experience. Because college was WAY better.

Do you know how many people I keep in touch with from high school? One. And I don't…

All the Single Ladies

Recently at a wedding, the Beyonce anthem started blaring from the speakers. I was in the photobooth with two sorority sisters, and we were arranging the various accessories the photographer had provided. Upon hearing that song, we knew it meant only one thing. We pulled the photobooth curtain closed and discussed how happy we were to be missing "it". "It" being the bouquet toss, of course.

The New York Times recently wrote about the fading popularity of this wedding tradition. They say as the average age of a bride increases (especially in urban areas, like DC), so does the age of her friends who would be considered "eligible" for the bouquet toss. And like the article says, catching the bouquet just isn't that appealing anymore. 

I used to LOVE the bouquet toss. Having attended family and family friends' weddings since I was in preschool, the thought of catching a bunch of pretty flowers (essentially winning a competition, never too young to feel …

Apples to Zebras

In honor of my birthday, I'm stealing an A to Z quiz of sorts from a few bloggers I read. These can seem totally self-serving (lemme tell you 26 things aaalllll about me!) but I honestly like to look back at them and see what I said years ago (like when Wild Cherry Pepsi was my favorite soda).

Away we go!

A. Attached or single? Single
B. Best friend? As I've quoted from The Mindy Project, "Best friend isn't a person, it's a tier."

C. Cake or pie? Red velvet cake, strawberry cake from Society Bakery, or pecan pie any time of year!
D. Day of choice? I really do love Fridays. And everyone loves Saturday.
E. Essential item? My monogram ring.
F. Favorite color? Dark purple/eggplant/ This used to be a hard question until I took a look at my closet . . .
G. Gummy bears or worms? Gummy worms! Especially covered in that sour salt.
H. Home town? Dallas, TX

I. Favorite indulgence? Fro yo or new music from iTunes.
J. January or July? July allll the way. 
K. Kids? I really want a fur…


A child asks a stranger where he comes from, whereupon his father rebukes him gently, 'Never do that son.  If a man's from Texas, he'll tell you.  If he's not, why embarrass him by asking?

Steering Clear of the Bandwagon

It's no secret that I love all things pop culture related. I read blogs (all the blogs!), Entertainment Weekly (yes, the actual paper copy, my mother mails it to me from Texas) religiously, and pride myself on knowing the intricacies of celebs, movies, TV, etc.

Since getting Netflix, I've been so excited to catch up on lots of shows that I either missed out on entirely (Friday Night Lights, I'm sorry), and get up to speed on shows still on (Parks and Rec, Scandal, hello).

My likes and dislikes are pretty mainstream. While I haven't watched Mad Men or 30 Rock (save for occasional watching party), I usually like the big popular show that's taking over everyone's Facebook feed and Twitter account (hi there, Game of Thrones).

But in the past year, I've not only not gotten into two shows that are immensely popular, but actually really disliked them:

Breaking Bad: Oh, man, this show should have been catnip to me. Morally ambiguous characters, lots of Emmy wins, an…

Guess What Day It Is?


Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday is coming up next week, and I like to celebrate for ten days. Before you write me off as a spoiled only child, listen to my reasoning:
About a week out from your birthday, people start saying "Hey, isn't your birthday next week? Happy birthday!" Don't lie, this happens to you. Also, a week prior to your birthday is about as early as you can have a birthday party/dinner/celebration. Any earlier and you're just dragging it out.
So your birthday occurs. BUT, you will continue to get Facebook posts, texts, and "happy belated" wishes from people, up to three days after your birthday (I haven't officially clocked this, but I don't ever recall getting any birthday recognition four days after).
Anyways, here's what I want to get myself for my birthday--the last piece of art I feel I need in my room before I will consider it "finished":

Representing the two states* I've lived in, both of which hold a piece of my heart. Still…

Check it Out

I was bemoaning that there were SO many books I wanted to read, but why are books so freakin' expensive? Even on my Kindle (save your judgement), they're not cheap.
Then I walked by this huge building by my office, giving books away. FOR FREE.
So I got a library card. I admit, I was really excited about it. And, y'all, the library has changed since we were visiting in the summer for the latest Boxcar Children (or whatever you read).
I search the catalog online--it tells me which libraries have copies of the book (and if they're in stock or checked out. If they're checked out, it tells me when they're due back). I can put a hold on a book so when it's returned, they'll save it for me.
Now that's all well and good. But here's the best part.
I can check out e-books! Seriously, they have a website that keeps track of the digital books they have copies of, and a few clicks later, a book arrives at my Kindle. Seriously. And if it's a popular book,…

When Friends and Family Visit

In the past month, I've had two out-of-town visitors--my mother and a Texas friend. Both visits were special in their own way (wow, sounds like I'm talking about a problem child), but the differences between the two were very stark. So I thought, why not make a game out of the differences?

Guess which of the following belongs to which visitor--friend or family:
--Clocking a solid 9-10 hours of sleep each night of said visit.
--Ordering a pre-meal cocktail, followed by a bottle of wine for the actual meal.
--Killing plans for a view of the Mall for a nap.
--Deciding a solo kickline at a club was not only appropriate but a good idea.
--Getting pedicures with a side of white wine.
--Getting lots of time poolside.
--Pulling out various outfits to decide what to wear. 
Visitors, family and friends, always welcome :-)

Quotes and Quotables

Lately I feel like I'm struck by quotes everywhere I turn. I've always been a quote-fiend (senior year of high school, we were all assigned a day to bring in a quote for the class to discuss--hardest decision ever).

Anyways, some of these quotes have found me in the past few weeks/months, so I thought I'd share:

"What is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes." James 4:14 (A bit of a Debbie Downer, but a good reminder to make the most of the time we have)

"I'm lookin' right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold,"--Justin Timberlake
(I could write a whole paper on the poetry of the song "Mirrors", I literally tear up whenever I hear it, but this line is one of my favorites. As someone I follow on Twitter said, "This song, y'all, it's about true love. Wow.")

Not that I don't love talking about my reasons for a cross-country move to my …