10.30.2013

Someday, I will..

In my feed this morning, I saw both Helene and Katie had a fun post today. Since I had nothing planned to post today, I decided to join Taylor's link-up, too.

The Daily Tay

Someday, I will...

..be out of debt and not worry about bills.


..finish school and finally have the RN that I've been dreaming of for years.

..be back down to my "happy weight".

..learn to not depend on caffeine each and every day.


..learn that just because there's money in my account doesn't mean it needs to be spent.

..get married and until that day comes, people need to stop asking. ;)

..get the windows on my car tinted. I've only been talking about it since I bought the car 7 years ago.

..go to Vegas. 


..put my passport to use.

..love to work out. Maybe. I'm not making any promises here.

(the only way I know to express my feelings is through some e-cards, obvs)

Happy Wednesday, loves!

10.29.2013

Oh, sweet nostalgia!

Who has fond memories of being awarded those fun blog awards back in the day?

I know I do. When I first started blogging, I feel like they were so popular. Receiving one made me feel so cool in fact that I had a place for them on my side bar. Ya know, so all my readers could see how awesome people think I am. ;)

While I don't showcase them anymore, I still get excited when a sweet blog friend nominates me for one.

I was so lucky that both Lindsey and Lauren nominated me for the Sunshine Award!


My Questions:

What was your best Halloween costume?
As a kid, my favorite was Pippi Longstocking. My mom even put a wire hanger through my braids so that my hair stood out to the side like hers. :) I know I have a picture for evidence somewhere, but I can't find it right now. I'll have to dig it up for you.

As an adult, my favorite was an oompa loompa. The job I had at the time made a BIG deal out of Halloween. Each group did a themed costume. So, our leader was Willy Wonka and all of us were oompa loompas. We even made a "chocolate river" and everything. Such a fun day!


What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
Definitely the mashed potatoes. My mom's are THE best. So creamy and yummy. Loaded with butter and salt and pepper. Mmm, I could eat a whole tub of 'em if given the opportunity.

What has been your most memorable holiday?
I would say that the first Christmas that Nate and I were together. My parents met his parents and it just meant so much to me.

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas, hands down. I love the holiday spirit I get into. I love to give and the holiday season makes me want to give more. I love to shop. I love Christmas music. I love cozy PJs and blankets. I love it all!

What is your favorite Christmas album?
Last year, I bought Michael Buble's Christmas album, and I'm kinda in love with it. Can't wait to start listening again SOON! ;)

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
We don't have a TON of traditions in my family. My sister and I will usually go shopping for stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve. When we were kids, my parents always let us open one gift on Christmas Eve night. Of course they were always Christmas PJs for us to wear that night. ;) And every morning, my dad is the one who plays "Santa" and passes the gifts around the tree. and if it snows (which is rare here in Texas) my sister and I go out and play in it like little kids who are seeing snow for the first time. So, I don't know. Maybe we do have some traditions?? 


What is the #1 item on your Christmas list this year?
The first thing that popped into my head is a new vacuum. Whoa. I think that means I'm officially old. ;) But, I'd LOVE a new computer. Mine is tired.

10.28.2013

31 Days: Days 21-27 Recap

Let's get caught up on the past week, shall we? 

October 21st - As I was leaving the post office, I held the door open for a mom with a couple of rowdy kids. She was ushering them out the door quickly and seemed a little frustrated. I held the door open for her and she quickly mumbled thank you and gave me a small smile. 

October 22nd - I met up with a friend for happy hour after work and traffic was absolutely horrid. So, I was running late and since she was already inside I was rushing in to meet her. As I was walking up to the restaurant door, a lady was walking out with her leftover to-go box in hand. She was wearing high heels and there were a few steps down, and she tripped and fell. Her food and purse went flying and she scuffed up her shoe and scraped her hand pretty bad. I helped her up and helped her gather her things to put back in her purse. She seemed really embarrassed that someone has witnessed her fall, but she was also grateful that I stopped to help and kept thanking me.

October 23rd - I paid for the person's coffee behind me in the drive thru line. I know, I've used this one before, but it just never gets old. I happen to think that it would make someone's day, especially so early in the morning. ;)

October 24th - I was doing an x-ray on a patient at work who had horrible balance. As I was positioning him, I noticed his legs starting to shake. I asked him if he needed to sit down, and he didn't say anything. I told him again that we needed to get him to his chair, and he said it was OK and to go ahead and shoot the x-ray quickly. I noticed him starting to go down. He was a heavy set man and I was in the room with him all alone, so I was unable to move him to get him to his chair. I did the first thing I thought to do, I threw my arms under his and slowed him down so he didn't fall so hard and I put myself underneath him so I'd break his fall. The last thing I wanted was for him to fall hard and hit the floor with no cushion and break something. Luckily, we were both OK and I was able to holler for a co-worker to come in and help us.

October 25th - My friend Lindsey is taking a missions trip to Ghana in March and all of money she makes from ad sales on her blog go towards her trip. Lindsey is such a sweet person with a kind heart, and I wanted to help her and put my money to good use. So, I bought some ad space from her. :) You can too!

October 26th - Most mornings on the weekend, Nate wakes up before me. He does the morning routine with Bink while I sleep a little longer. On this particular morning, I woke up a couple of hours before Nate and couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up and watched a bit of TV and decided I'd make Nate breakfast in bed. :) So I made up some eggs, sausage and coffee and woke him up. The first thing he said was, "Yum breakfast!" I love making that man smile!

October 27th - I mentioned last month that my BFF and I donated to the homeless in our area. This month, we did it again. It was a wonderful day and just like last month, we left feeling so humbled. We gathered socks, gently used clothing, snacks and other necessities and passed them out to the less fortunate. Be sure and keep up with us on Facebook (and you can like our page, too!) ;) And Stephanie is also blogging about our good deeds too, so follow her blog as well!


10.25.2013

Happies & Crappies, what what?!

Last week, I had so much fun being the new co-host with Steph. I'm excited for week #2! :) Thanks to everyone who welcomed me!

The Vintage Modern Wife & Brunch with Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up
Welcome to our 40th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn't have been around for so long if it wasn't for you awesome ladies linking up, so we really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:
1. Happies and Crappies link up will be posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST. Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!
2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.
3. Please follow your host. It's not mandatory, but I appreciate the love.
4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag Steph or me and use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies

Let's get to it!

HAPPIES

I've worked out 3 times this week. I know, it doesn't sound like a lot to some people. But, it is to me. I'm proud of myself.

I found out that my birth control is now FREE on my insurance. Super happy about that. As I mentioned last week, I'm keeping myself to a budget, so the more money I can save, the better. :)

I've been experimenting in the kitchen again, and I have made us dinner every night this week. More money saving for the win!



This week went by super fast. Probably because I was super busy at work, but hey! I'm not complaining about that.

I had 2 partners in a mug swap I recently participated in, and I got my packages this week. Such sweet mugs and I can't wait to share with y'all coming up.

CRAPPIES

I haven't been blogging about my 31Days challenge every day like I vowed to.

Our water pressure has been awful in our shower the past couple of nights. I'm not sure if our shower head needs to be replaced or what, but it's annoying not feeling like the shampoo is completely rinsed out of my hair.

My toes are in DESPERATE need of a pedicure. Whoa they look bad. At least it's closed toe shoe season. ;)


Happy Friday Friends! Be sure and tell us your Happies & Crappies of the week!!



10.23.2013

Baked Spaghetti {Recipe}

I know for certain that I've raved about eMeals on numerous occasions here on the blog. Each week when my new meal plan comes, I'm excited to scour the recipes and see what I will like to make that week.

I head to the grocery store with my app in hand and since the shopping list is already included, it's no fuss!

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a recipe that I knew I had to try. I've had it in restaurants, but I've never re-created it myself. 

Today, I'm sharing with you all the recipe for...

Baked Spaghetti


Oh yeah, that is a little slice of heaven on my plate.

Let's get started.. first things first!


Gather up your ingredients:

13.25 oz spaghetti
1 c. egg substitute
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 c. ricotta cheese
1 lb ground beef
1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce
1 c. shredded mozzarella

Side note: To make this as low fat as possible, I used whole wheat pasta, skim cheeses and lean beef. Also, you could use regular eggs, but egg substitute has less cholesterol. You can tweak it to your liking.

Directions:
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray.
  • Cook your pasta al dente and drain.
  • Combine the egg, Parmesan and ricotta and whisk together.
  • Toss spaghetti into the egg and cheese mixture.
  • Pour spaghetti mixture into pan.
  • Meanwhile, brown ground beef and drain.
  • Mix beef with pasta sauce. *here I added some Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder*
  • Top the meat mixture onto the noodle mixture.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella.
  • Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes.
  • Let cool 10 minutes.

This will be your final product once it comes out of the oven.

All cheesy and bubbly, just the way I like it! :)

Once it's cooled, slice up and serve.

You'll see in the first picture, that it kind of looks like a pie where the noodles serve as the "crust" and the meat serves as the "topping". Fun right?

ENJOY!

10.21.2013

31 Days: Days 16-20 Recap

Guys, I have been a total slacker on my 31Days challenge. I have not been blogging every single day like I originally vowed to do.

But, have no fear! I have still been completing my random acts of kindness.

Let me go ahead and get you caught up!

October 16th - I sent a Cup of Joe. I got this idea from Holly. What you do is purchase a cup of coffee and it is delivered, along with your letter, to a military service member. I mean, really? it's the LEAST I can do for the men and women who serve to protect my freedom. What really made my day? I got a return email from the solider who received my cup of coffee. :)

He said, "Amber, Thank you so much for donating a cup 'o joe to me. It's the small things that remind me of home. Thank you again for the cup 'o joe! Serving from Kabul Afghanistan, Jason Shirley."

So awesome. So, if you have an extra $2, I urge you to send a Cup of Joe. It's a great service!


October 17th - There's nothing more annoying than trying to come out of a parking lot and no one will let you in. The traffic never stops. So, as I was approaching a red light, I noticed a car that was sitting there for quite some time and no one let him in. I stopped to give him space to go ahead and get on the road in front of me. He sure looked relieved and waved to say thank you. It didn't take any time out of my day to make his!

October 18th - I participated in a mug swap and had two partners. The requirements was only to send a mug to my partner. Well, I included a surprise gift in my packages. :) A little something extra to make the girls smile. I'd tell you guys, but the reveal hasn't happened yet and I don't want them to read it on my blog before they get their package!

October 19th - I helped to orchestrate a surprise birthday dinner for my BFF along with her fiance. She has never had a surprise party before, and we knew it'd be something she'd just DIE from excitement with. We were right. She had the biggest smile on her face, and I just knew she was going to cry but she ended up holding it together. ;) Nothing like putting a smile on your BFF's face, especially for her birthday.



October 20th - I sent a shirt that I was previously trying to sell on instagram to Stephanie because she had expressed interest in it and liked it. She had a really crappy weekend and I thought she deserved a little something to cheer her up. So, you should go give her some love too!




10.18.2013

My 1st Happies & Crappies... Kinda

Hi guys!!! Happy Friday! Today is my first day as Stephanie's co-host for Happies & Crappies! I'm so excited! So be sure and come back here or her blog every Friday to link up! :)


The Vintage Modern Wife & Brunch with Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 40th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn't have been around for so long if it wasn't for you awesome ladies linking up, so we really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:
1. Happies and Crappies link up will be posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST . Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!
2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.
3. Please follow your hosts. It's not mandatory, but we appreciate the love.
4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag Stephanie or me and use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies


HAPPIES

I got to have dinner with my BFF and her baby last night. It's not very often that we get together because she's been working a lot lately and was recently married. Since she's a busy woman, I take advantage of her free time. ;)

I got a budget put together! I know I've mentioned it before, but I don't always make the best decisions with my money. This time, I had a list of what money goes where each paycheck, and I plan to STICK TO IT!

The roses that Nate got me for our anniversary (picture on Instagram) are still looking gorgeous a week later!



The government shutdown is OVER!! ;) I won't get into politics here on the blog, but it sure is nice that the news will stop talking about it now. Maybe.

I've been looking high and low for a good black & white striped tee that I can wear with lots of outfits. Browsed around Old Navy today, and found the perfect one on clearance for $2.99! HOLLA!


CRAPPIES

Like I said above, I had a budget made. While making the budget, I realized how much "empty dollars" I'm wasting. So much of my money is spent on CRAP, and that's gotta stop because it's quite depressing.

Binky stinks. I'm blaming it on the rain. Dogs that get wet don't smell good days later. He needs a bath. BAD. Don't worry, he'll get one this weekend. He's lucky he's cute. ;)



My bloglovin' feed is outta control. Must get caught up on blog reading.


What are YOUR Happies & Crappies of the week? Be sure to tell us and link up with us!



10.16.2013

31 Days: Days 14 & 15 Recap

Hiya friends. Happy hump day. ;) Sorry about no recap yesterday. Since I was sharing my delicious recipe, I didn't want anything to overshadow that. So today, you get 2 days in one!

October 14th - Most restaurants I go to, whether it be a sit down or a fast food restaurant, I always notice a change or "tip" jar on the counter near the cash register. I never really pay much attention to them, normally because they don't have a whole lot in them. I went to Subway for dinner with my sister, and instead of ignoring the change jar, I left my change in there for the employees to hopefully split at the end of their shift. A little change is something I won't miss, so why not share??

October 15th - After a SUPER long day at work and running errands afterwards, I was crazy enough to go grocery shopping. It ended up being pretty late by the time I was finished, so when I was heading to check out, most of the checkout lines were already closed. The lines were long and I finally chose one and waited my turn. As my patience was wearing, I was getting closer to put my items on the conveyer belt. I glanced behind me and noticed the guy standing behind me only had 2 items. I told him to go ahead and go ahead of me. He said, "Are you sure? Thank you so much! Even the express lanes are crazy long." He was very glad to skip ahead of my cart full of groceries. I know what it's like to only have an item or two and be behind someone with a cart full, so I thought I'd let him cut and hope that one day he will do the same.


10.15.2013

Skillet Scramble {Recipe}

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Hillshire Brand Company but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #buy3save3  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

When I come home from work and don't have a plan for dinner or haven't set anything out to thaw, I want something quick and easy. Something that only takes minutes and doesn't require much thought in preparing.

Luckily, earlier in the week I had gone grocery shopping and since I'm part of Safeway's "Just For U" program, I got the Buy 3, Save 3 offer on participating Hillshire Farm products. Not much I love more than saving money! ;)

I bought my favorite easy sausage product from Hillshire Farm and whipped up a quick, delicious and healthy recipe to share with you guys today.



First, gather your ingredients:

1/2 package of sausage crumbles
5-6 eggs
3-4 red potatoes
1/4 green bell pepper
1/4 onion
shredded cheese



Alright, let's get started with the steps.


1. Cut your potatoes into bite sized pieces. I quartered mine, and then cut the quarters into halves. Get those into a pan full of water and get 'em boiling. Once they start boiling, let them boil for at least 5 minutes and drain.

2. Meanwhile, chop up your veggies. You can use as much as you like, but I used a quarter of both.

3. Pour your sausage into a skillet. Since it's already fully cooked, you just need to heat it up for 5-7 minutes.

4. Whisk together 5-6 eggs with S&P and set aside.

5. Heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a skillet and put your potatoes into the hot oil to brown for 7-8 minutes.

6. Approximately 3-4 minutes into browning the potatoes, put your veggies in the skillet.

7. After the potatoes are nice and browned, and your veggies are semi-tender, pour your eggs in.

8. Pour your cooked sausage into the skillet.

9. Let set for a few seconds to get the eggs a'cookin'.

10. Once eggs are cooked, sprinkle cheese on top and let sit to melt through.

This recipe will serve 2 people. 
Serve and enjoy a hearty meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Be sure and check out the recipe page on the Hillshire Farm website for more tasty ideas! It's already given me lots more ideas for great meals.

10.14.2013

31 Days: Days 11, 12 and 13 Recap

Last weekend I asked what you guys thought about me blogging every single day (since it feels weird blogging on the weekend) or saving my RAKs from the weekend and blogging on Monday.

Rachelle was the only one to give me input, and I took her advice. I saved them all for you guys today. ;) Since they're all short and sweet, it works. For some reason, I always feel weird posting a post that doesn't say much. 

So, here they are!

October 11th - I got Nate's anniversary gift. Which to me, I didn't think counted as a RAK since it's a GIFT. But once Nate explained it, I decided that it's definitely a RAK. I bought him the new Madden video game for his PS3. He's only been talking about it forever, so I knew it'd be something that he'd definitely use and appreciate. While it makes him happy, it means I have to deal with him sitting in front of the TV and yelling. Oh well, at least I got a book finished this weekend. ;)

October 12th - Nate and I were at the fair, and as we were leaving a dog show, there were a lot of people waiting to walk out of the stadium. You know that weird situation where you're trying to get out of your seat and into the line to get out (it happens at the movies or weddings, too) and no one will let you in so you're the last out? Well, I stopped and let quite a few people in front of me since no one else was letting them. They all seemed gracious and an older woman even touched my hand and said I was sweet.

October 13th - I went to Half Price Books to donate some magazines and take a few DVDs in. I had a pad of Post Its in my purse and immediately went to the Self Help section. I wrote "You are worthy" on one and put it in a book about help with depression. I wrote "This Too Shall Pass" and put it in a book about help for widows. And then I wrote "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and put it in a book about help with anxiety. It made me feel really good knowing that someone who needs a smile will find these and hopefully it'll help along with the book. I would've taken pics to share with y'all, but I already felt awkward writing and opening books because there were workers everywhere. I felt like one kept watching me, probably thought I was writing in the actual book, HA! oops.

Did you perform and random acts of kindness this weekend? Please share with me. I'd love to hear! :)


10.12.2013

Half a Decade

Today marks 5 YEARS that Nate and I have been a couple.

And what a rockin' 5 years they have been.

Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been all rainbows and sunshine every day. We've had our downs as much as we've had our ups. We've got plenty of stories to share.


That picture smack dab in the middle? That's where it all started.

It's our first picture together, only a few weeks after we'd met for the first time. Do we look like babies or what?! I had just turned 21 years old.

There are so many memories and pictures I wanted to share, but I decided to narrow it down to a few of my favorites.

Half a decade. 

It blows my mind. The longest relationship either of us have had.

It seems like an eternity, but at the same time I can't believe it's already been that long. Time flies when you're with someone you have an absolute blast with.


Thanks for making me laugh even when I'm pissed at you. I still don't know how you manage to do that.

Thanks for cleaning the kitchen every night and pretending to like even my worst meals.

Thanks for putting up with the ridiculous baby voice I talk to Binky in.

Thanks for letting me kiss your ears even though I know you hate it.

Thanks for giving the best hugs in the world.

Thanks for making sure my wine glass is never empty.

And most importantly - Thanks for loving me these past 5 years. I couldn't imagine going through this life with anyone but you.

10.11.2013

31 Days: Day 10 Recap

Catch up with me and my 31Days project, by going HERE.

October 10th - On this day, I decided to do my hair and makeup before work, which is a rare occurrence. As I was flying out of the door, I said to myself, "Shoot! I forgot to make my coffee!" 

Realizing that I may be late if I stayed at the house any longer, I decided to make a trip to Seattle's Best Coffee which is on the way to my workplace.

After I paid for my coffee and was getting ready to drive off the cashier asked if I had a reward card, and I remembered that I did. So, I dug it out of my purse and handed it to her.

She stamped it and informed me that I now have enough stamps and my next coffee will be free. 

I looked behind me in my rear-view mirror, and since I didn't see anyone behind me I told her to hang onto the card and pay for the next customer who comes through the line.

She smiled real big and said, "That's so sweet, I'll do that!"

Also, as I came into work, one of my co-workers, who is an elderly woman was having a hard time with her phone. She just recently got an iPhone and is still learning how to use it. She handed it to me and asked if I would get something off of her screen. She had no idea how she'd done it but she couldn't fix it.

It took me a few minutes to even figure out how to fix it, but I finally did. It didn't take much time out of my day at all, and she really appreciated my help.


10.10.2013

31 Days: Day 9 Recap

Whew. I sure am glad it's Friday Eve. Thankfully this week has gone by pretty fast, but I'm still ready for tomorrow to get here. We've got a super fun weekend ahead of us. :)

As I've mentioned before, you can see all of my 31Days Recaps on this post if you so wish.

Guys, can I admit something? I know we're not even half way through, and I already feel like I'm running out of creative ideas. Throw some ideas my way if you would.


I was panicking a little bit because it was starting to get late and I hadn't done my act of kindness for the day, but I finally thought long and hard and came up with something pretty good. Read along...

October 9th - One thing I love and appreciate more than anything is an unexpected gift from a friend. I also LOVE giving unexpected gifts. Ones that I know they'll use and appreciate. Ones I put good thought into.

I decided I was going to gift a friend a book from their to-read list on GoodReads.

The friend I chose reads A LOT. She even hosts a book club link-up every Friday. You should probably link up if you like to read like us.

So, anyway. I chose a book on her to-read list and crossed my fingers that she doesn't already own it. 

Be sure and go visit my hoecake - I'm sure she'll review the book on her blog for you! ;)


10.09.2013

31 Days: Day 8 Recap

All 31Days posts can be found HERE if you're interested.

October 8th - You know when you go to check out at a store, and the debit card reader asks you if you'd like to donate to a charity? Or sometimes even the cashier asks you?

First, let me back up with a story..

A couple of years ago, I was at a pet store and as I was checking out, the cashier asked if I would like to make a donation to some pet charity. I said that I wasn't interested right at that moment. Then he said to me, "Without making a donation, you could be causing a pet to become homeless."

Knife to the heart. I felt terrible, but even more so I was upset with him for using his words that way. He shouldn't make customers feel guilty for not making a donation.

Ever since then, I get kind of annoyed with those requests for donations when I'm checking out.

But on this day, I ran into the grocery store for a couple of items and as I was checking out, I was prompted on the debit card reader to make a donation to breast cancer research funding. 

And in the first time in many years, I made a donation to a charity at a cash register and felt really good about doing so.


10.08.2013

31 Days: Day 7 Recap

Just an FYI - If you're interested in catching up on all of my 31Days, I have been linking to each day on THIS POST. A little easier than clicking through my blog a million times, ya think? ;)

October 7th - I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've gone to a vending machine and didn't have enough change on me. The prices have changed, or you grabbed less than you thought you did from your change stash. Whatever the case may be, it's always a bummer to not have enough change to buy what you want.

On this particular day, I was craving a Diet Coke something fierce and decided to treat myself to one from the upstairs vending machine at work. I grabbed a handful of coins from my purse, and once I got my drink I left the coins I had left in the vending machine change slot for the next person to find. 

Maybe they will notice it before they purchase and it comes in hand for whatever they're buying because they were short. Or maybe it'll be a little something extra along with the change they're receiving. I know finding change left over in the slot always makes my day! It's the little things people. ;)


10.07.2013

31 Days: Day 6 and {WEEKEND!} Recaps



Hiya girls! (and maybe a gentleman or two) I hope you guys all have a fabulous Monday. I know my weekend went by way too fast, like always, but I sure did enjoy the cold front that came through. Texas finally feels like fall!

Okay, today you're getting two posts in one. I am sharing my 31Days post and because it's short and sweet, I'm also sharing my weekend recap here too. :)

October 6th - We live in a world where technology has taken over. We text and email more than we call and write. For most people in my generation, that's easy to accept. It's second nature. But to the older generations? It's not as easy. Take for instance my grandparents. Sure, they're facebook and email savvy, but I know my Nana misses my weekly letters or random cards. She tells me all the time. ;) When I was a kid, we were penpals. :)

So, this weekend I dug out some cute cards from my ever growing stationery collection and hand wrote a few notes to some special people in my life. I know I enjoy getting "good mail" and by good mail, I mean NOT bills. ;) So, I today I will mail off the cards and hope they feel joy when they see some good old fashioned snail mail arrive from me.


This weekend was a fun one. For the most part. Okay, so Saturday day was the only FUN day if we're being honest.

Friday night, we didn't do anything super exciting. I made dinner (we usually go out for dinner on Fridays) but we felt like staying in. Nate did bring home Jeopardy though for the PS3, so we stayed pretty busy with that. #nerdstatus



We watched This Is The End (which I highly recommend if you're a fan of those guys!) It was really funny. and then we called it a night.

Saturday I pretty much planned to veg on the couch for most of the day. Nate watches college football all day, so I kinda read, blog, or whatever. Well as I was thinking to myself, "I should paint my nails today" Neely texts me and asks me if I want to meet up with her for a manicure. Perfect timing!

So off I went to have some girl talk and treat myself to a fab fall manicure. It was much needed and the perfect hour away from the house for a little me time.



I picked up Panera for lunch and came back home to hang with Nate. After lunch, we headed out for groceries. I don't know what it is, but I really love grocery shopping. I know, I'm weird. I also really love going with Nate. I look forward to our weekly trips to the store together. I don't know why, it's just fun. :)

Once we got home, we got ready to head out to the movies. We saw Gravity and it was AMAAAZING. Seriously y'all. Go see it. And see it in 3D if you can. It was so worth it!

Came home, one of Nate's friends came over for a couple of beers and he even brought an extra PS3 controller so we could all play Jeopardy. ;)



And then all of a sudden, I got so stopped up. I was sneezing a million times in a row, my eyes were all puffy, I couldn't breathe through my nose, and my sinuses were swollen. I felt like I'd been hit by a truck.

So after I showered, I went to bed and slept for 12 hours. I probably would've kept sleeping, but Nate came to check on me since I never sleep that late so I went ahead and got up. I stayed in my PJs all day, and laid on the couch with a pillow and blanket all day. I feel a little better, but still not 100%. I just feel exhausted.



Here's to hoping this day goes by fast so that I can go home and get some more rest!

How was your weekend??

Linking up with Meg//Syndal&Sar//Leeann&Kimberlee//Molly&Carly

10.06.2013

31 Days: Day 5 Recap

Sorry about the late post, y'all. I meant to schedule this last night, but I started feeling awful. I have some sort of sinus mess going on. Probably from the cold front that blew in this weekend. 

But that didn't stop me from passing on the kindness :)

October 5th - Nate and I decided we were going to the movies this weekend, and I had some movie tickets that I had previously purchased on Groupon. The movie we were going to see was in 3D, so I figured we'd have to pay an extra fee even though we had the tickets.

When I logged onto my Groupon account, I saw that the tickets expired this coming Wednesday. After we used these tickets we'd still have 2 more left. And we thought about trying to catch a movie on Tuesday evening, but then I decided - do we really NEED to rush to see a movie before they expire?

Instead, we called up our friends and invited them to see a movie with us, our treat. :) We even went ahead and covered their surcharge for the 3D movie.

We had a great time and they really enjoyed being treated. It's always a good feeling to treat someone else to a good time.


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