Wednesday, April 16, 2014

These Are My Confessions...

...I've gone to that Starbucks I mentioned they just built by my house everyday this week. Dereck is disappointed but I mean, it's not like I'm taking his card or anything. So. Me no curr!!


...I kind of want to buy those vitamin gummies even though I am an adult. I mean, it's still a vitamin right?

...One of my summer school classes is supposedly led by a hot professor (according to RateMyProfessor.com) and is supposed to be a great teacher. Eye candy always makes going to class a little easier! (Aria knows what's up.)



...on that note, I also confess that I hate that Ezra was so involved with that book and knowingly entered a relationship WITH A STUDENT just to get info on A. What a dickhole! I also confess that even though that makes him such a shitty dude, I still want them to workout somehow.

...speaking of shows that are about girls much younger than me, I confess I am SO EXCITED about the new season of Awkward. Am I the only one who watches this shit?


Yes, yes it does.

He may play a high schooler, but he's 25 so it's not creepy, I swear.


Le sigh.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits


  • I still haven't started another book. I know a few have come out by some of my favorite YA authors, including Jessica Sorensen's next installment in Nova and Quinton's story, so I will probably start there! 

  • After months and months of going to the gym 5-6x a week, I've been hitting it maybe 2-3x max these last couple of weeks. School is getting in the way (which is fine and was expected) but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss my regular schedule! I did back/biceps on Saturday. It's Tuesday and I am STILL really feeling it! That's one of my favorite side effects of lifting. I think I'd like to start sharing some of my favorite exercises for various body parts. 
  • They built a drive-thru Starbucks about a quarter mile from my house. Maybe less than that. Within a mile, there are now 4 Starbucks. Half of me is like "What the fuck?" and the other half is like "sweet, a drive thru." 'MERICA.

  • There are 194 days separating me from Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica.
  • After going to Chevelle, I need to find another concert to go to ASAP. I'm pretty sure 'live music' is tied for first with 'being on the beach' for things that make me the happiest.
  • After receiving a pair of brown Kendra Scott earrings for Christmas from my boss, I felt like I could use a pair of black ones. Can't have brown without black, amiright? I could play with the Color Bar forever...

  • This weekend, no ifs ands or buts, I am meal prepping. I feel so much more organized when I have meals ready for the week. 
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  • I broke a nail and now I feel ratchet.

  • On that note, I need a cute lunch bag type thing to bring to work. Oh look, a miscellaneous reason to go to Target!
  • Speaking of which, I have failed miserably at this whole wallet watch thing. This just wasn't a good month for me to commit to anything like that. Also, see bullets #3 and #6.

Linking up tomorrow for Hump Day Confessions with Kathy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chevelle concert, Pacquiao Fight (aka reason for beer pong), and a whole lot of NADA!

First and foremost, I'd like to say THANK YOU for everyone's support on my post last week. Allow me to get all emotional on you for a second. I've said this before and I will say it again: when I started blogging, I had zero expectations when it came to making connections with people. I started this thing as a way to keep track of my life through my early twenties (yikes, I don't think I can technically say that anymore at 24) and progress through various goals. Since then, I've made so many great friends through this and I feel incredibly lucky to have the support system I have here in this little blogland. Very, very thankful for y'all!

So, after I set my stress to the side and just looked at everything from a logical standpoint, I was able to map out a plan of attack and everything got taken care of just fine. *insert derp face here* Of course. Everything will always work out, and I know that, but sometimes stress can mask that little bit of knowledge I suppose! Thanks again for the kind words!

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Thursday night, I went with a friend (Sherita - Vodka and Cupcakes - she's hilarious, you would love her blog!) to go see Chevelle! It was my third time seeing them and I swear I fall more in love with them with every show. We were on the floor and were able to get pretty close! Great show and I'm pretty sure Chevelle will always be a favorite of mine.



 After my hectic week, Dereck and I decided to just stay in on Friday and watched a Modern Family marathon before calling it an early night. It was extremely granny like of us and it was awesome.



Saturday, I hit the gym and then laid out by the pool for the first time this year! So relaxing.





Saturday night, we went to a friend's house to watch the Pacquiao fight. I honestly did not watch the fight and instead focused on beer pong and quarters. I have my priorities straight, don't you worry. I also made my jalapeno popper dip again! 

If you fail to make more than 2 shots in a single game of beer pong, you are required to "troll" (stay under the table) for the entirety of the next game. Dereck had to troll! Sucka.

Sunday, we stayed in bed allllllllllllllllllllllllll day long. We alternated between Snapped and napping and it was fantastic. Got some Chinese takeout and sherbert and that's about all we got out of bed for yesterday.

This weekend was exactly what I needed after last week! It's crunch time for my classes and I feel confident and ready to knock everything out. Final papers, projects and exams all coming up over the next month. I got this!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

About to get real: Stressed Out Edition

Ok, so obviously I haven't been posting as much. 

Going to school part-time, working full-time, and living at home are all extremely, extremely stressful. I thought living at home would make it less stressful because, hello, no rent. But honestly, I am just not happy there. I cannot afford to remove myself from this situation so I have to work on changing my attitude about it but that's proving to be a little harder than I thought. This is like a whole different blog post in itself that I will probably never write but unlike a lot of you, I am not close with my parents, particularly my mother. We have good times from time to time but for the most part, I don't understand her and she doesn't understand me. The only thing we both understand is food and booze so we bond over that. It pretty much stops there.

I love my job! I really do. And I love school, too. It's the combination that is a lot more overwhelming than I anticipated. I will forever kick myself in the ass for not doing this shit when I didn't have to work at the same time. 

Everything above is clashing together right now. I have a bunch of shit due this week, a test this weekend, a concert to go to Thursday (first world problems I know haha), and this is my hell week in the office (closing time), and it's just all. really. overwhelming. And I'm not even taking hard classes right now. They're easy, but time consuming. I know there are people out there working full-time, going to school full-time, and probably raising kids and shit and honestly? HOW THE FUCK DO THEY DO THAT. Kudos to you/them because if I had to throw kids in the mix, well, that'd be hard as shit.

I keep things pretty light and airy around here and never really get into deep and personal shit because 1) no1curr and 2) that shit is boring. 

However, it's what's happening right now and hopefully when I look back on this later, I'll remember that I was able to push through everything and it'll probably seem a lot smaller then. I try to consistently remind myself that I could have cancer or some terminal illness or be dead, so it could always be worse. I just have to suck it up and keep on going.

I have to say, without Dereck's support I would probably be a nut case right now. He is so encouraging no matter how fucking crazy I get. I'm a really lucky woman and shout out to the big dude upstairs for hooking it up!

So yeah. That's what's going on in my world right now. I knew going into this it would be stressful but I guess this is the first week that that became a reality for me. Hopefully after it's all over, I'll be ready for the next time it happens. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 on Friday - 5 Ladies I'd Love to Workout With

[1] Kathy - Vodka and Soda
Not only is she one of the funniest bloggers but she has found fitness jesus and gets fitness boners on the reg which I love! #notweird I'm pretty sure she lifts twice as much as I can so I'd love to train with her so I could get on her level. I'm not sure I could keep up with her on her beloved trails, but I'd lace my Asics up and give it a shot!


After spending many years as a runner, Jessi decided to broaden her fitness horizon and discovered a love for weight training, HIIT, and dancing. She participates in a healthy balance of different activities and while she strives to stay close to a Paleo diet, she admits she'll veer off for cheese or alcoholic beverages from time to time. It's all about balance and Jessi definitely has that down!


[3] Sarah - Silly Incantations
Sarah has been so consistent and dedicated to her workouts! She writes about her weekly workouts every Sunday and she's been kicking ass this year. I love that she always seems to have fun with it and she obviously has great taste in music! 




[4] Amanda - Meet at the Barre
Amanda's choice workout is Pure Barre and while it's something I've never thought to try, after coming across her blog I would love to! Obviously I'd prefer to take a class led by her if I could. You can tell she's extremely passionate about it and I'm sure that transfers through her instruction. Also, it's supposed to be great for your thighs and core and hello, those are areas that could always use a little help!




[5] Valerie - Wine and Summer
Talk about endurance. Valerie runs like the wind! She set a goal to hit 60 miles in the month of March and ended up finishing with 75.24! IN ONE MONTH. She's a beast when it comes to running and I could definitely use a few tips and training sessions from her!



Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Little Bro's 21st Birthday: College Station, Austin, and a Strip Club

Friday, right after work, Dereck and I went and picked up our other friend, Marcus, and hit the road! We went to dinner as soon as we got there at Boston's. We used to have a Boston's in Houston (which was Dereck's and my Friday night place when we first started dating!) but they unexpectedly closed down and never relocated so we always go when we go to CS! 

I've watched these guys grow up over the last decade!
After dinner, we went out to Northgate. Northgate is basically the equivalent to 6th Street in Austin or The Square in San Marcos. It's a little area of bars/clubs right across the street from Texas A&M. After bar hopping until 2AM, we went back to Cristian's house and stayed up until 5AM.

Saturday morning, we went to Chick Fil A for a well balanced breakfast lunch (we missed breakfast) and then hit the road again for Austin, TX!


The weather was absolutely PERFECT. It was supposed to rain all weekend so the fact that it was in the 70s and sunny was not only surprising but appreciated as well. 

We got to Austin, checked in our hotel, and went to El Mercado off S Congress. Great atmosphere, beautiful patio, but the service was absolutely terrible. Despite the shitty service, we still enjoyed ourselves over some fajitas and margaritas!

Dereck has an e-cigarette that he needed to find drops for, so we parted ways with the group and headed to a tobacco shop for his liquid stuff. Across the street was a strip that we jokingly talked about going to but skipped over and had a drink at Stomping Grounds instead. This is where I randomly found KCCO beer! 


Knowing we'd been up really late the previous night, we headed back to the hotel to get a little rest before hitting 6th Street. I called us cabs and the ridiculousness began!


We started off at The Easy Tiger, a fantastic beer garden, where my cousin from Dallas (you might remember her from St. Patrick's Day shenanigans post) came to surprise my brother! 


6th Street ended up being a complete bust! We didn't realize the weekend was totally packed for The Texas Relays (I'd never heard of this before). After realizing most of the bars and clubs we wanted to take him to were closed because of the event, Cristian asked one of the bouncers at Maggie May's what he'd recommend we'd do. He suggested Rainey Street, about 6 blocks away from where we were, so we headed that way in hopes of finding something fun.

Cristian on Dereck's shoulders
And that we did.

We ended up at Lustre Pearl, one of Rainey St.'s first bars which is really a renovated house, and it was exactly what we were looking for and did not think we were going to find. Indoor and outdoor bars, HUGE patio, dance floor, a stage where you could hula hoop, and a DJ playing nothing but funk and R&B. It was amazing! Cristian was having the time of his life and that's all I could ask for his 21st birthday!


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Borrowed this from his friend. Look how happy he is! Haha.

We shut down the bar, hailed cabs, and Cristian passed out as SOON as we got home! We all stayed up until 5AM again partying and taking shots in honor of Cristian even though he wasn't exactly present. It was such a fun night though.

Lime in my mouth because I'd just taken a tequila shot.

We had a photo shoot with him.
After finally passing out, we all woke up, checked out, and headed to P Terry's for some burgers. If you're ever in Austin, I highly recommend this burger shack! Absolutely delicious!


After we finished eating, the guys were all horsing around (of course) and Dereck accidentally dropped and broke his e-cig that I mentioned earlier so we headed back to that little vapor shop. While Dereck was inside, I brought up the strip club again and before I knew it, we were headed across the street to check out Expose - Gentlemen's Club. 

I'd been to a male strip club before (La Bare), but I'd never been to one with women and I gotta say, it was a blast! They were all super nice and of course when we told them it was Cristian's 21st they were more than happy to entertain. I thought it'd be a little weird going to a strip club with my brother, my boyfriend,my cousin, and a bunch of guys I've known since they were in middle school but we all had a lot of fun. It was nothing like what I expected (I thought they'd be completely naked - nope) and it's something I would definitely do again! It was a wild Sunday Funday and a perfect and random way to wrap up Cristian's 21st Birthday!

#stripclubselfie

It was probably the most crazy and jam packed weekend I've had in a really long time but when Cristian told us how much fun he'd had, it made it all that much more worth it. We ALL had a great time and in reality, this was the last 21st birthday I was looking forward to celebrating, so I'm glad we did it the way we did. Go big or go home, right?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Unbeknownst To You!

...this is where I learned the word "unbeknownst."


....I watched Teen Mom 2 last night for the first time in a while and I couldn't stop. So much has changed in the past few years o.O


...that said, I think Jenelle's baby daddy is pretty hot.

....as mentioned yesterday, I had to stop myself from going on a few online stores already. On the first day of the wallet watch. This month might be a little harder than I anticipated! Especially with spring weather sticking around, I have all the desires in the world to buy dresses and shorts and floppy hats. 



...I have a lot of emails to catch up on and the more they pile up, the more overwhelmed I feel. 

...I have really exciting travel news to share! I didn't want to say anything until everything was booked and deposit was made thus making it official but now that that's done...


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