Tuesday, January 31, 2012


1. I think I am still on Pacific time. I can't fall asleep until 1:30 and can't fully wake up until like 10. This could be an issue.

2. I need to visit Vegas again. I didn't walk outside for almost three days... major fail!

3. I am loving my Erin Condren planner. It is organizing my life or lack there of....we are booked solid until July. Not cool for the stress level.

4. Winston's fur momma had her last litter of puppies. We are pondering a new addition to the family. We maybe are falling off the deep end.

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5. I have definitely failed my New Year resolution of working out. Only one day this entire month. Not cool. Let's start over tomorrow.

6. We bought our first piece of furniture yesterday.... a new couch! Now I just need my house to go with it. (that is a whole other increasingly depressing story)

7. I bought a replacement for my favorite necklace this past weekend. Of course, mine was discontinued but I am kinda liking this new one. Hopefully the vacuum will spare this beauty.

8. I may make these for my office on Valentine's Day. March may be a better beginning for #5.

Hope to come back with some more uplifting enlightening posts these next few days.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I pinky promise I am still alive and kicking. I have worked nonstop this week and it is only a four day workweek. I have seen the hubs and fur baby for maybe five awake hours. Then ... I jet off to the desert on an early morning Sunday flight. I need some motivation, Ambien and rest. But the bright end of the tunnel is Em is coming to visit. Yay for some Saturday release :)

Friday, January 13, 2012


I am alive! I know you were so worried :) 

I have been swamped preparing for 20 colleagues flying in next week, setting up an Awards banquet, getting three days worth of an agenda compiled and preparing for a business trip to Las Vegas in two weeks. Whew...

Updates on life:
- We are actually still trying to catch up on sleep from the National Championship game. Roll Tide!
We had the best seat ever... our couch :) It was very exciting to see our team come out with a victory. Especially after all that Tuscaloosa and the University have been through this year.

- I am a liar... I know I said it. I have not been working out hard core with Tony, the P90x nutcase. I did some Dance Central 2 and Kinect Sports with the Hubs but I am just so dang exhausted after long days. I am going try harder in the coming weeks and that is the truth.

- I have lost one pound though :) All from eating better and drinking lots of water. Although I look like the biggest freak going to the restroom every 30 minutes

- I woke up yesterday to a screaming baby. Nope I didn't miraculously pop one out. It was downstairs. Yep, I heard those lungs through our floor. Get me out of this apartment asap.

- On that front, I refuse to call anyone associated with the selling bank. Why? Because I would probably be in some deep trouble for the things I want to say to them. Luckily my hubs is a little less blunt when he is fuming. I did, however, have my first emotional breakdown about the whole thing so I would say that five months was a good length to hold it all in.

- What is all this hype with Beyonce and Jay-Z's baby? Yes I love this power couple but do you really think they are going to give you a glimpse of their daughter when they kept their marriage secret for two years? Think on that...

- Olivia Palermo makes we want to barf... probably because she always looks perfect. But you know what, I bet if I was an heiress and loaded with nothing to do, I could be pretty awesome too. Ah the life.

Well I have taken enough seconds of your life. Back to reality.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

30 Things

If you don't follow this blog, Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers, then you need to like right now. Natalie is precious and her blog does not disappoint. (I would die to have her closet)

She recently did a post on 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself and it was very insightful. I am going to try to make some changes as well because I am guilty of a lot of them. 2012 is a year of change :)

1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.

2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read The Road Less Traveled.

4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.

10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. Read Stumbling on Happiness.

11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.

12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”

17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.

21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done.

24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.

25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.

28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Random Ramblings

As you can't tell from my lack of posts, our life has been mad chaos this last week. My four day week needed to be like seven.

So here are some random thoughts that are filling the brain:

1. I have not started my New Year resolutions. My official start date is tomorrow so I am in the process of filling out my grocery list and prepping my schedule. Thank goodness I hadn't started since we had a date with Papa Johns last night.

2. Starting the resolutions means that Tony Horton comes back to our house. He is the crazy P90x guy and he likes to kick my butt. I promise not to fast forward you Tony.

3. Aaron got a Kinect for Christmas... That thing will kick your booty. I bought some of those dance games and they made me sore. Could be that I am out of shape or out of the loop on the hottest moves, but I ached for a few days

4. Why are all these celebs getting divorced or getting married? It is like a never ending cycle.  I let my Us Weekly subscription lapse but I may have to pick it back up. Yes I am one of those freaks that lives vicariously through celebrities. Congrats Beyonce and Jay Z! (like they are my bffs or something)
5.  We will be cheering on the Tide from our front row seat on the couch. I am pondering if some Louisiana style cooking will bring the atmosphere. Probably not but it is worth a shot. RTR!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Productive Few Days

Well these have been a productive few days.... did a little organization (or got great ideas for when we finally move), cooked a few recipes and enjoyed the hubby's time off.

Hope your days were just as productive :)

Labeling is key... and chalk makes it semi-permanent.

A must do for all entertainment areas.... tons of cords stress me out :(
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Made this dessert again (because it is super yummy) and it didn't let down. Great for entertaining.

This risotto was soooo good. A definite keeper! Aaron raved over it so that is a plus in my book!

Also, made these for the second time and they were yummy!
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