Archive | September, 2011

awkward & awesome thursday!

22 Sep


  • I was telling my co-workers that I could eat grilled onions everyday and not get tired of them and one girl goes “Ew. Grilled onions are so gross” and you want to know what I wanted to say to her? “You’re gross so shut up” You wouldn’t know it, but I am 24 and I did graduate from college and am not 7 and in second grade.
  • My loofa caught on my earring while I was in the shower – two days in a row! I didn’t know what to do… there were suds everywhere. I ended up having to take my earring out (very carefully so it wouldn’t slip!) and detaching the loofa. Somehow I was successful (both times), but it was annoying.
  • Eating French onion soup is really awkward all by itself. There is no story here, it’s delicious – but awkward.
  • So, I ordered prints of all my kiddos so I see their 4 adorable faces every time I walk in or out of my living room and every now and then I find myself passing by them and saying (out loud) “hello pumpkin” but of course it doesn’t sound like that, it sounds more like “hedddoooo punkin” which is exactly what I sound like when I talk to them in person, but saying it to their photo makes it awkward.


  • My dad came to visit! The last time he came to visit was for a quick overnight trip for graduation, but we spent most of the time at graduation and it was only 2 weeks after I moved into my new apartment so it was fun to get to hang out in my neighborhood and go downtown for dinner.
  • Spelling “fascinating” right on the first try.
  • Corey and I went to the Art Institute for his birthday and there was a photography exhibit that has photos from various places around Chicago and I got so, so excited because there is a photo of a girls quinceañera and I was totally thereeee!! Well, not like, for the celebration or anything, but for the pictures! I was walking around the garden by the Lincoln Park zoo and BAM! A girl in a huge poofy blue dress with about 30 other young teens running around in really, really fancy clothes. It was almost like I was a huge part of her day or something… kind of. No? Okay.
  • How amazing is that picture above?! I was waiting for the train one day after work and saw it and thought it was, by far, one of the most awesome things in the history of ever!
  • Today is Erin’s birthday, which is awesome all by itself! 🙂 My seeester is amazing and I am so excited to spend part of her day with her.
  • Corey and I are going to have a video game day at some point so I’m brushing up on my trash talkin’ skillz. Example:
    Corey: they call me quickdraw mc[insertlastname], ya know…
     me:  they wont be calling you anything once i’m through with you.

Corey’s birthday!!

22 Sep

I loove birthdays!! Corey’s birthday was this past Monday and I learned that his birthday is one of my favorites! 🙂

I was lucky enough to get to spend the whole second half of the day with the birthday boy! We spent a couple hours walking around the Art Institute (probably laughing too loudly), looking at whatever we decided had the potential to be interesting. My first choice was the paper weight collection which was much more interesting than I would have ever thought it would be. I don’t remember what the name of Corey’s first choice was, but it was a weird picture exhibit that we didn’t spend much time at (it wasn’t your fault C, you didn’t know 😉 )

After the AI, we went to Navy Pier for a nice, relaxing dinner at… hmm, I don’t remember where we ate (Corey, do you?).  Oh, do you like my fuzzy picture taking skillz?

After dinner we walked down to the ferris wheel where I was going to be content to just stand there and admire how pretty it looked, but Corey said we needed to go on it. Let it be known that I only said yes because it was his birthday. But! I am happy to say that my second time on the darn big wheel thing went much smoother than the first time… I even kept my eyes open (most of the time)!

Happy birthday, Corey!! 🙂

I’m so, so glad I got to spend your day with you!

awkward and awesome thursday!

15 Sep


  • While cooking the other day I dropped a knife and in the .2 seconds it took to hit the floor this huge fear ran through my mind that I would have Friends moment. You know the one I’m talking about. The flashback where Monica drops the knife on Chandlers foot and cuts his toe off. Yeah, that’s what went flying through my head.
  • I went on YouTube to see if I could find the exact clip of that scene from Friends and instead spend an hour watching 10 seasons of Friends bloopers. (Have no fear, they all play back to back without you having to press a single button.)
  • I accidentally grabbed my managers booty. That was, by far, one of the most awkward things I’ve done in a while. I was reaching for some papers and well, his rear was where I was reaching, but obviously not looking. Neither of us said a word after it happened and haven’t since… thank goodness.
  • I was recently introduced to Spotify and have had more operator errors than I knew was possible or want to admit. It’s an easy enough program to use, but you’d think I was trying to do rocket science with it. I kept asking someone how to do things on it and at some point he told me he really didn’t understand what I was having problems with. I really need to take it slower with new technologies, I finally mastered Skype and then FB goes and adds in a new group chat feature AND video chat. I’m [technologically] doomed.
  • The other night I was reading in bed when all of a sudden I hear Carrie Underwood singing to me from my living room. I have no clue how this happened, but it sure did freak me out and I thought someone had broken into my lil apartment. My first thought was “oh bummer, now I have to get out of bed”… my second thought was “oh shoooioioiott, do I call the cops first or my sister?”… my third thought was “I know I locked all my locks, what is the deal?” … my fourth, and last, thought was “Okay, I really need to learn how Spotify works”


  • Getting mail. I loovelovelooove getting mail. My dad regularly sends me mail and today I got something from Target! I finally got the pictures that I ordered last week! So far I’ve put 2 in frames and am trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with the other 4. You’d think I would have figured this out before I ordered them, but I didn’t. I’m just excited because I put this insanely adorable picture of my niece, Gracie, in a pink frame… I think she’ll approve. 🙂
  • My seeester and Paulie came over and I made them lunch and we all hung out and talked about fun things I could do in my apartment.
  • Last Friday was my 2 year anniversary with muh friends. We met two years ago on 9.9.09 in a marketing class at DPU and celebrated by all having busy schedules and not all being able to get together. It wouldn’t be my group of friends if we were all able to see each other on the same night. I did, however, get together with Corey and Roxy and we all had a fabulous time at Wilde and playing in a park after.
  • Nights spent sitting by the lake.
  • I love being done with school. I was so ready to be done, but when the end finally came I was nervous about what it would be like. I’m happy to say that I am so so happy. 🙂 I had coffee with a friend at DPU downtown and ended up leaving right when classes were getting out and let me tell you, I do NOT miss waiting 10 minutes for an elevator with 4931 other people.
  • Writing about being done with school made me realize that I hadn’t looked through my graduation pictures completely yet, so I went through them and found a picture of each of my kiddos from graduation day! L-R: Joey, Paul, Grace, Thomas. Are they not the cutest nephews and niece you have EVER seen?! I can’t wait to welcome niece or nephew No. 5 soon!
Phew! Barely made it before midnight… happy (almost) weekend!

52/52: Book 1 – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

13 Sep

Book 1: The Bluest Eye

Author: Toni Morrison

No. of Pages: 206

Started: September 1, 2011

Finished: September 10, 2011

Description [from]: The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.
What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.

My Thoughts: Amazing. This book definitely took me longer to get through than I had intended. Every time I picked it up I had the same feeling, like I wasn’t sure I was going to like what was on the next page, but I just had to know what was on the next page. This feeling kept me from being able to pick it up all that often, but when I did I couldn’t put it down.

Although I finished it 3 days ago, I still feel like I need more time to gather my thoughts on it and be able to truly write what I think. I will update another time with more thoughts and details.

(52/52: the official challenge!)

How do I have friends?

9 Sep

This morning I woke up after having a really great dream and I wanted to tell Danielle about it over gchat, but it turned out she was busy and wasn’t able to respond.

Did that stop me from sending her a zillion messages? Heck no.

 me:  oh my gosh.. danielle!
 Sent at 9:24 AM on Friday
 me:  dani dani dani dani dani daniiiiii!!!!!
(ha, i just realized that i sound like rikki)
but i need to tell you a story!!
 Sent at 9:28 AM on Friday
me:  fine. it’s cool. i didn’t want to tell you about the dream i had
Sent at 9:57 AM on Friday
 me:  jfklja 3890oajf lafm83a1`o!!!!!!!!
 Sent at 10:17 AM on Friday
 me:  okay, sorry, I’ll stop harassing you.
i think
or i’ll just let you come back to a million messages from yours truly
(that’s me)
 Sent at 10:18 AM on Friday
 me:  fine. you know what? i’m just going to make you wait until Monday to hear my dream. Yeah, that’s right. Monday.
I’m going to make you wait allllll weekend before I tell you what my dream was about.
 me:  how you like them apples?
 Sent at 11:33 AM on Friday

Seriously, how do I still have friends?

awkward & awesome thursday!

8 Sep


  • Guy at work: “Here, I have a present for you!” *hands me papers* Me: “Thanks, but I like flowers better” Guy: “I bet you like straight men better, too”
  • Texting someone saying something completely serious and getting “lol” in their reply.
  • Karla: “Sarah, I need your help” Sarah M: “I sure hope you mean the other Sarah”
  • Remember shower guy from a previous A&A Thursday? He hit on me. He was really awkward about the whole thing and what makes it worse is that he lives in the apartment next to mine.
  • Crying in Meijer. It had been a long day and I was missing my mom a lot. The crying in public wasn’t what was the awkward part (I’ve done that a lot in the past year), but it was the old couple that walked by and said “Oh honey, don’t you worry, he wasn’t worth your time anyway” Oh gosh. This is the point where I can never decide if I should tell them why I’m really crying or just move on. Thankfully this couple just moved on with their shopping and left, but seriously, can’t a girl cry in the middle of a store without everyone assuming it’s about a guy? Guess not.
  • Do you like my attempt to take a panoramic picture [above]? It didn’t work out as planned (but I like it anyway).


  • My eyelashes. I don’t know how to say this without it sounding like I’m bragging, but I have really great eyelashes. Over the past week I’ve had approx. 8 strangers and 2 friends tell me how great they are. Thanks, everyone!
  • Girls weekend!
  • Texting my dad “I just had butter pecan ice cream and it made me think of you!” and getting his reply “If butter pecan ice cream becomes my legacy i will be okay with that” I would just like to say right now that I have the best dad ever.
  • One of my favorite parts about going away for a bit is coming home. At first it’s so great to see the skyline and then to be driving along Lake Shore Drive, then pulling onto my street and then walking into my apartment where my own bed and shower and things are.
  • Friends buying me a Cafe Mocha from Starbucks when they know I’m going to be super super tired.
  • Leaving love notes for Danielle to find when she got to work on Wednesday. I love her and am going to miss seeing her beautiful face everyday.
  • Finally getting a chance to drink the wine that Sarah and Craig brought from Ohio and then spending the rest of that evening listening to Disney songs with a friend. (My specialty of the night was Mulan’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You“)
  • This week I got to proctor an exam. I felt like hot stuff! “No, you may not use your cell phone as a calculator” “Yes, you may go to the bathroom, but you cannot take your pencil with you” “It is 12:15, you have 15 minutes left” Yeah, I got to say all that. It also wasn’t the worst thing that I got to read UsWeekly and other gossip magazines for 3.5 hours.
  • While writing this post I learned how to make font really, really huuuuugeeee! 🙂

Hope Floats

7 Sep

I’m going to let you in on something I don’t usually tell people…

Hope Floats is one of my top 3 favorite movies of all time. (I also just realized that it came out on my 11th birthday!)

I don’t tell people this because I refuse to watch it with anyone. Every time I watch it, either by myself or with anybody (or multiple people), I cry like a baby. There is something about this movie that draws me in every time. It’s a combination of a lot of things that are personal to me, but all in all I just love it. And, for the record, I know a lot of people think it’s dumb, but I don’t care. Boo on them.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing about it is because one of my favorite quotes of all time comes from it. A particular part of my everyday life finished yesterday and today starts the beginning of something new. Now I’m going forward not knowing exactly what’s going on or what to expect. During times like this I think of Hope Floats and this quote…

…beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will…