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November 19, 2011

Things I Would Not Be Opposed To

(1) Only working from 8 am to 1 pm. I am super productive between those hours. I get about the same amount of work done between 1 pm and 6 pm that I do between 9 am 10 am.

(2) Coke only being sold in cute, glass bottles.

(3) The computer making a ka-ching sound at the end of every line like a type writer. I find that noise to be very fulfilling.

(4) If Condoleezza Rice ran for President.

(5) If Starbucks delivered. I tip very generously.

(6) If "embarrassing" was spelled "embaressing" (makes more sense I think).

(7) If Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and myself all were best friends.

(8) Having a Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake for breakfast every morning was totally acceptable.

(9) If my car knew how to drive itself home on a Friday night. An hour long commute home after work on a Friday is just mean.

(10) A blow drier that could dry my hair in 2 minutes instead of 20. Lets do the math. I blow dry my hair every day (us girls with curls have no other choice) 365 days a year x 20 minutes = 7,300 hundred minutes which is 121.6 hours of my life each year devoted to just blow drying my hair.

Anything you wouldn't be opposed to?


November 13, 2011

Books 15-17


Book 15
Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

This book is told through the perspective of four different friends after they graduate from college. The premise intrigued me and I liked the book until about half way through when April's character lost her mind and things started to get a little bit ridiculous for me. It was an easy read, but lets just say I am not saving my copy for the bookshelf.

 Book 16: 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

This was the most recent book for my book club and I think everybody seemed to like it.  The book is unique in that it is told through the perspective of a young boy who just lost his father in 9/11.  The story is not really about 9/11 but more about the boy's quest to find out what an unknown key he finds of his father's unlocks. The book is full of pictures and has a unique writing style.  It wont be for everybody but its definitely worth checking out. 

 Book 17
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling

I ordered this book a week ago and I have already finished reading it.  It is not very long (220 pages) and is an easy read with lots of laugh out loud moments.  Is it Bossypants?  No.  Mindy's humor is much drier then Feys', but the subject matter is uniquely Kaling and I think anybody under the age of 35 must read it. 

Instead of taking her life in chronological order, Mindy instead separates the book into a series of essays.  Here are some of my favorites: 

(1) The essay on the Alternative Titles for This Book, my favorite being "Harry Potter Secret Book #8."

(2) Best Friends Rights and Responsibilities, the most important of which I think is "I Will Try To Like Your Boyfriend Five Times." 

(3) Revenge Fantasies While Jogging wherein Mindy describes her favorite...okay, just read this one.

Oh, and the eulogy for her at the end of her book wherein she dies by getting impaled by a heel of a christian louboutin peep tow slingback is pretty funny too...

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November 12, 2011

Christmas Cards from Shutterfly {Sponsored Post}

I have been sending out Christmas cards long before it was age appropriate.  Who sends out cards at the age of eighteen?  Me! That's who! I adore Christmas/Holiday cards. I think they are a great tradition and a fabulous way to stay in touch with those you love. However, the one thing I don't particuarly love is the stress of picking out your Christmas card.  This year I am getting my Christmas cards from Shutterfly because they make it easy.  They have a great selection and tons of high quality cards to chose from. 

Here are some of the options I am considering (minus the photos of the families that are not mine, obvi.)  

{To browse Shutterfly's full Holiday Card Collection go HERE}

Shutterfly also has calenders, photo books, and personalized gifts! So check it out! Also make sure to send me one so I can proudly display it on my fridge for the next ten months...

Full disclosure: I received 25 free Shutterfly cards as a result of this post- and I couldn't be more excited!


November 8, 2011

Recent Obsessions

The following is a very important update on my current obsessions:

First, The Big Bang Theory.  For whatever reason, the premise of this show never really appealed to me so I never took the time to watch it. Year after year I was baffled with how it continues to get renewed, and I was enraged when Jim Parsons won Best Actor in a Comedy over Steve Carrell. Then, I watched an episode...and want to know what?  This show is hilarious!  And Parsons is phenomenal as Sheldon.  I am totally addicted and am sad that I didn't have the foresight to tune in until now.  Thank god its in syndication on TBS!

Another new addiction (of a Netflix nature) is Parenthood.  I watched the first episode when it premiered and vowed never to watch it because I couldn't imagine Lauren Graham being anything but Rori Gilmore's mother. Now that I am giving the show a second chance I have realized Graham plays the exact same character except this time we see what her life would be like if Rori was a bad girl and Loralie was forced to move in with Emily.  My favorite part about this show is that I think it depict the dynamics of what it is like to be in a family insanely well.  But have you noticed a lot of plaid shirts in this show?  I just finished the first season and practically every episode someone was wearing a plaid shirt...

I am so excited for the release of this book.  I ordered it yesterday and am anxiously awaiting its arrival in my mailbox.  Kelly, Mindy Kaling's character on The Office, has always been one of my favorites.  Specifically in the episode from season five entitled "Weight Loss."
"I swallowed a tapeworm last night. It's going to grow up to three feet inside of me and then it eats all my food so that I don't get fat. And then after three months I take some medicine and then I pass it. Creed sold it to me. It's from Mexico." 

Speaking of books, here's a book I recently gave up on because it was so terrible I couldn't finish...

You all know that I adore Bethenny and went to great lengths to get this book autographed, but sadly the substance is just not doing it for me.  It has been sitting on my bedside table for months and I just can't bring myself to finish it.  Yesterday, I gave up and it was placed on the bookshelf.

Another book I am surprisingly having trouble getting through? 

This is another book I went to great lengths to get signed - but for some reason its just not doing it for me. Its claims to be fiction...but since I follow Jen's blog I know that the majority of it is not.  Plus, its very "house buying detailed" - to the point that sometimes I feel like I am reading a how-to book.  I'm not giving up on it yet, but if it doesn't grab me soon its dunzo.

Currently, I have become determined to save up enough money to buy myself an ipad- however its becoming increasingly difficult with all the cute clothes I want to buy and the fun things I want to do with my friends.  My goal is to score a fantastic deal on one during Black Friday.  So here is my question for all of you: (1) Who has the best ipad Black Friday deal? (2) If I have a smart phone, do I need the 3g? (3) what gig should I get?

Your insights would be extremely helpful.

But never fear- I don't just watch TV and not finish reading books- I also have been crocheting scarves!

They are nothing fabulous but I think they have been turning out rather nicely and I have already worn one when I went to the SMU football game Saturday.  Therefore, time not wasted. 

Have you guys all tried spotify yet?  I don't know how I got through the work day without.  Wait, yes I do, I vaguely remember a website called Pandora.  But seriously, how is this legal? (it is legal, right?) Currently I have been listening to The Band Perry and Kelly Clarkson's new album non stop.  So great!

What are some of your recent obsessions?


November 5, 2011

I Did It! {Part Deuce}

I would like to announce some very exciting news...{drum roll please!}...I found out on Thursday that I passed the Texas Bar Exam!

I have now passed two bar exams in two years, and I can say with all my heart I WILL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER BAR EXAM AGAIN.

{its three, jerkwad, three miserable days!}

While nothing will compare to finding out I passed the Idaho bar exam and become a legitimate lawyer, I can unequivocally say this one felt better.  The Texas exam is hard! Plus I didn't really have the time or the energy to study for this exam as I was working full time, thus to say I was nervous about the results was the understatement of the century.

And to answer your question regarding how I celebrated?  With a rousing game of yatzee and an early bedtime. And you want to know what?  I slept like a baby.


November 1, 2011

Change of the Seasons...

I fall squarely into the “I hate Halloween” camp. It has a great deal to do with my aversion to things that are scary and a small amount to do with the fact the Halloween at our first house some brats knocked over our mailbox after we gave them candy.

And I have never cared much for the holiday since. See how your actions can scar people?

However, much to my surprise, Halloween turned out to not be so bad this year. Despite my attempts to eat all the candy before the children arrived and my insistent that we should put the pumpkins on the back porch for our own personal enjoyment, Dan forced me to hand out candy. And not just hand out candy…literally sit outside for hours handing out candy.

(Apparently the Droid's night setting is not as good as one would hope.)

We talked with neighbors and forced the children to pick whose pumpkin was better....


Which one is better?


And you know what? I found myself moderately enjoying the stupid holiday.  But that also could be attributed to the margarita I was drinking...

Now it is November 1st and while I STRONGLY STAND AGAINST CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS BEFORE THANKSGIVING I couldn't help but get myself one of these red beauties to kick off the holiday season...




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