Saturday, June 30, 2012

True Life: I'm an Editor

Hey friends! I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about what I do every day. Kind of a getting to know me type post :) I don't usually post on Saturdays, but my calendar is filling up up up and I wanted to get this out there because... well, because it's my blog and I don't need a reason, :)

I'm an editor in online advertising for a company that works with small businesses. What that means is that I edit websites all day long!

Source
Our typical customer is a small business owner -- we get a lot of electricians, contractors, plumbers, etc. 

We also do social media, so we have a team of people who will run facebook, twitter, Google+ and Linked in for businesses. So I also get to edit facebook posts, which can sometimes feel kind of silly since they're so short. :)

My job can be boring. Like reading 15 pages about plumbing.

And it sometimes gives me the heebie jeebies. We've had several pest control businesses, so after 25 minutes of reading about ants and spiders and termites, I just want to take a long shower.

It can also be pretty dang funny. Some of our more interesting clients have included a strip club, a lingerie shop, and a company that makes dolls that look like real babies (you can send in a picture and they'll recreate the baby!).

At work, I'm a rule follower.
I know when to say four and when to say 4 and I know that we don't capitalize all the letters in a title in one kind of writing but we do in others. I know the difference between compliment and complement, affect and effect.

I spend a surprising amount of time alphabetizing things.





My job affects my life outside of work.
Everything I do on a computer, I try to hit Ctrl S after to save it. Like, things on the internet or changing what folder a picture is in... Ctrl S. I'm constantly trying to save everything. Because I have to so so much throughout the day.

I can type really fast. :)

My mom and friends text me grammar and spelling and word questions.


I see the mistakes in your blog. Yup. I know which their they're or there you should be using and I know that punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. I can also spot it if you have two spaces in between words instead of one. Quite a talent. Try not to be too jealous :)


But I'm not constantly internally correcting you.
 I think that's the biggest misconception about people who know their stuff grammar-wise. I
 say stuff that isn't completely by the books all the time -- in my blog and in my speech. Sometimes things just sound better wrong, and sometimes I'm just wrong. I don't judge because I know I'm not perfect either.


(I do however judge my writers when they do really stupid things. Like spell a business name wrong. I mean, come on. They're getting paid for this!)


What do you guys do? Anyone have a crazy cool job? Or are you all stuck at desks like me? :)



Friday, June 29, 2012

Book review: Sisterhood Everlasting


Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends,Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.



I read all the previous Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books a long time ago, probably through high school. I don't think you need to reread them to be able to understand and enjoy this final book. It'll be a little hard to discuss this one without spoilers, so I'll be brief.

Thoughts:

1. Sisterhood Everlasting is a bit heavier than the other Sisterhood books. The girls are all approaching 30 years old, so the storyline deals with adult plotlines: jobs, marriages, etc. But the story is also very much about grief. So I think you need to be in the right mood to read this one. It's heavy, and parts make you feel heavy, too. But there is love and joy and growth, as well. And you get to feel them too!

2. Carmen is very unlikeable through most of the book. I didn't really like reading her parts. But it's all worth it in the end.

3. I love Bridget. I want to be Bridget.

4. It took me a while to get into this one, but it's so worth the read. If you're a lover of the series, push through. Soon enough the personalities of the characters we love will appear enough to hook you.

That's all, I think. I highly recommend anyone who has read the Sisterhood stories so far read this final book. I ended up loving it.

Have any of you read the Sisterhood series? Have you, or will you, read Sisterhood Everlasting?


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday thoughts [6.28.12]

Hey friends! As usual I'm linking up with Sar for Thursday thoughts :) 

1. This happened yesterday.

Yes, that's my car (Betsy) turning 200,000. If a car's age is measured in miles. She's a trooper. (Although she didn't start again this morning...)

2.  This also happened yesterday:



What?? No one wants to read my blog from 11 pm to 5 am? Really. What better things could you possible have to do?? (jk, jk... I just thought it was really funny for some reason to see the graph totally die at that time... and I maaay be alone in that.)

3.  Last night I made my version of these puppies for a bake sale at work today that would benefit charity (post on these soon! promise. I even took pictures.). I even missed adventure time at the lake to make them.

                                                                           Source: tipjunkie.com via Abbey on Pinterest


And then today they emailed us to cancel the bake sale. The day of the bake sale. Come on, people, think ahead. It's not like I have an oven at my desk and was planning on cookin up some brownies at work.

4.  Everything at work has gone completely nuts. For serious. So if this post, my emails, and whatever else are spazzy, my apologies. Also, if you, like poor Jenna, have been waiting for an email from me for over a week.... So so so so so sorry. Internet's still down at home so all I have are a few rushed moments here and there and my phone.

5.  I came to you guys for help yesterday and you totally rocked it. Seriously. If you read this post early on, you might want to go back and read some of the ideas. Because they're awesome. I even dreamed about the name tag one last night. Yup, "Hot Mama" was in my dream!

6. Finally, some good news (for anyone who doesn't follow me on twitter and already know). My mom is officially home from the hospital! She's still feeling pretty gross and won't be back to 100% or to work for a while, but at least she gets to be home now. Thank you to everyone who was thinking of us this week. :) I so appreciate it, and all the positivity I get daily from you all.

Alright, that's all the time we have today, folks. I hope you're in as crazy of a mood as I am so that maybe some of this will be amusing. If not, well, maybe you'll like this:

                                                                           Source: virtualvillage.co.uk via Abbey on Pinterest

Yup, I totally had one of those growing up.

Happy almost weekend, friends!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bridesmaid help!

Alright, here's the deal, friends.


I need your help!


My lovely bride-friend Meleah's "personal" shower is next week! You know, the kind where we give her lots of pretties to wear on her honeymoon.

I'm partially in charge of planning. I have lots of ideas for food and decorations, but since I've never been to one of these parties, I wondered if there is anything we have to do.

Have any of you all been to a lingerie-for-the-bride party? Were there any games/treats/decorations/ideas I just can't leave out?



Loving you all already if you have any ideas! Hope you're having a happy hump day :)


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My weekend! Or, "Pictures of my sister and pets"

Before I get into this post, I just want to quickly ask for some help. My mom was admitted to the hospital last night and is being treated for meningitis. Any prayers/good thoughts/positive energy/good vibrations are appreciated. It's killing me a little bit that I'm not there with her and with my Dad and Anna. Thanks in advance. <3


This weekend was my third weekend in a row going to my hometown/parent's house! Woah. I'm excited to actually spend a weekend at my home this weekend!

However, I can't hate going home. And I didn't want to leave when it was over.

I drove home Friday night after work. I tried to be nutritious with my on-the-road dinner and got a thing of fruit... but then I also got a giant cookie. Whoops?

Anyway.

Saturday I had lunch with a college friend who actually ended up moving to my hometown after he graduated! It was great to see him. But of course I didn't take a picture. Whoops. Anyone else ever feel awkward asking boys to take pictures with them?

After lunch I went to my little sister's dance recital! This was the whole reason I went home, and it did NOT disappoint!



Anna was in four dances. I think. She takes ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Woah. The pictures above are from her lyrical class (I think) on the left and the ballet on the right. I didn't take any of these pictures. I'll try to find out who did the studio pics so I can credit them and be a good person. My dad took the others. Edit: Someone (my mom?) says the studio pictures were by On-location Photography, LLC in Springfield, MO. Can't find a website. I'm trying though!


Dad also took this picture, which I'm sure isn't what he was aiming for, but I thought it turned out kinda cool and artsy fartsy.



Sunday, Anna and I finally saw The Lorax, which we've wanted to do forever.

I liked it. I was glad we waited till it was in the cheapo theater that plays movies after they get out of regular theaters. There were parts that were really trippy and weird, but overall I think I liked it. Anna too. :)

The rest of my time was spent going on a couple runs and adoring my pets.

I also found my family's cd of the Zoombinis and played for a couple hours... Anyone else remember these little guys?


....And that was my weekend! Did you guys do anything exciting? Hope you're all having a wonderful Tuesday!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Dear Monday [6.25.12]

Linking here and here!


Dear Monday, Merf.

Dear Meleah, Your wedding is so so close! And I'm getting really, really excited. Eeeee!

Dear planner and organization, Thank you for your color coded goodness. Looking at you helps me calm a panicked heart. Weird that I'm calmed by my planner? Yes. Potentially.


Dear Ed Sheeran, Thanks for being my Monday morning pick me up. I like yo voice.




Dear weather, You're so hot! I mean, really... H.O.T.


Happy Monday friends! What are your sure-fire cures for Monday morning yuckiness? I could sure use them!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend :)


Friday, June 22, 2012

Book review: Seriously... I'm Kidding

Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

"Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing." Ellen Degeneres' winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient and honored daytime shows on the air. (To date, it has won no fewer than 31 Emmys.) Seriously... I'm Kidding, Degeneres' first book in eight years, brings us up to date about the life of a kindhearted woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn't want to be mean. Lively; hilarious; often sweetly poignant.


Like many of the books I review, I listened to this one on audio. While I think audiobooks often add to the reading experience, this one both added to it, and I think some things were lost in translation. So where I usually don't think it changes how I feel about the book, I might have had a completely different experience had I read the book instead of listening to it.

But I did listen to it. And here's what I thought.

1. Ellen herself reads it. Which is awesome. I love Ellen. So much. It was like hanging out with her for my whole commute. Like I said, awesome.

2. There are a couple chapters she says just don't work for audio. One was about text talk. I don't remember what the other was. But audio listeners miss out on those. Booooo. But! She does have a chapter in there where she just makes funny noises. So I think this one evens out. :)

I laughed. A lot.

But I don't think it's Ellen at her funniest. This, however, may be.


Skip to the end, about 7:16, for my favorite part!

Have any of you read Ellen's books? I'll probably end up checking out her others, just because I love her so. much. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Thoughts [6.21.12]

1. My check engine light is on.

Since it came on yesterday, I've gotten my oil changed and air filter replaced. But the light is still on.

It makes me very nervous.

2.  I may or may not look like a watermelon today. See, I got dressed without looking at a forecast, or out the window. And, they always crank up the AC at work. I have on a pink shirt, but it's cold, so I grabbed the green cardigan out of my car.


Yup, I took a myspace bathroom mirror picture. Just for you guys. Although my shirt looks more orangey in the picture, I promise it is pink and very reminiscent of a watermelon.

And yes, I was trying to give a thumbs up, and yes, those are toilets in the background. I never claimed this was a fashion blog.

3. I have a few opportunities for guest bloggers coming up! I can use anywhere from 0-6 (as in, if not, I'll just schedule some posts). If you're interested, let me know in a comment. I'd prefer that you have a topic for your post (not just an introduction to yourself/your blog, although of course you promo your spot and tell a bit about yourself!) and I'd also prefer bloggers who have been around here for a while so you might be more familiar with the kinds of things I post. :) Let me know if you're interested!

4. There is food in the break room that smells like French toast. I want it in mah belly. But I have no idea who it is meant for. Also, probably shouldn't. But it smells soooo gooooood.

Alright, that's all for now friends. Head on over to [life of love] to link up and share what's on yo mind!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How Pinteresting!

Hey friends!

So my internet at home is still being a little brat. Which means I still can't post about Meleah's bridal shower like I want to.

What to do, what to do...

Instead, I decided I'd join The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting! but with a twist -- these are the recipes and projects I've tried and how highly or lowly(?) I recommend them!

Lately I've realized I'm developing a bit of a runner's tan. As in, like a farmer's tan but from running. So I tried out these two tutorials:


                                                                Source: dollarssenseandmore.wordpress.com via Abbey on Pinterest


I like this one, but I definitely recommend you use a sturdy shirt. Mine was one of those hanes shirts from walmart that come in the packs of three and it turned out ok, but a thicker material would work better.




                                                                             Source: blogilates.com via Abbey on Pinterest

I like this one better, I think. I didn't do the high-low part, though. Also, it's probably not great for any activity that might have you lying on your back, like yoga or pilates, since the way you tie the back creates quite a bump.


                                                                          Source: sixsistersstuff.com via Abbey on Pinterest

I loved these Mexican roll-ups. I made a bunch all at once -- ten I think -- and they got a little soggy by the time I ate them all. When I make them again, I'll probably only make a few at a time and save the ingredients to keep making them fresh throughout the week.


                                                                                Source: foodnetwork.com via Abbey on Pinterest

This broccoli salad was DELICIOUS but waaaay high on the calories. Pretty great for a pot luck, though, or any occasion where you can't eat it all yourself. :)


                                                                             Source: nutritionfor.us via Abbey on Pinterest


                                                                        Source: doctoroz.com via Abbey on Pinterest

These pasta recipes were very similar and both needed another... something. With a kick. I think the diced tomatoes I bought, called for in both recipes, were too sweet. Maybe fresh tomatoes? Also, idk what that second picture is, because it is NOT the dish I ended up with by following the directions!


                                                           Source: testadoprovadoeaprovado.blogspot.com via Abbey on Pinterest

This was an absolute flop. :) You can read about it here. Still looks and sounds good though, so if I ever get up the courage, I might try again. :)


                                                                          Source: pillsburybaking.com via Abbey on Pinterest
Finally, these funfetti cookies are by far the winner of everything I've tried from Pinterest. So good!

I've tried a few more things from Pinterest. You can find my board of successes and flops here or follow me here.

Have you guys actually done many of the things you pinned? How'd they go?



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guyyysssss.

Within the last week, I was nominated for two blog awards! Woah! Actually, now looking back, it might be two people who nominated me for the same award? I'm slightly confused...



Regardless, thank you to Riana from Beyond My Wildest Dreams and Tamara from Lehmann Laughter!

So. I've been nominated for these kinds of things before but always kind of blew them off since I felt like someone was like, aaaaah I've been nominated and don't know anyone let me just randomly find a blog and pick it.

But I'm flattered to get these awards because these are my legit followers, and to know they enjoy my blog means a lot.

Rest assured that at the end of this little post, when I pick some people, they will be blogs I actually enjoy. Not the random panic sort. :)

Anyway.

So, here's the rules:
1. I post 7 random facts about me.
2. Thank the person who nominated you in your post (check)
3. Put the Liebster blog button in your post. (check)
4. Nominate your 5 favorite bloggers with less than 200 GFC followers.
5. Let them know that you nominated them


So on to the random facts!


1. I talk in my sleep. My roommate my freshman year told me we'd have full on conversations while I was asleep, and I remember once I woke up and had been telling Pat about my favorite chapstick.
2. I loooved it when the 20 Random Facts list was a thing on facebook. Call me a creeper, but I think it's the writer in me. I'd read the lists all of my friends made and even the ones strangers made.
3. I just had to work on the facebook account of a lingerie store (for work). It felt really weird to be looking at their website at work. Other odd clients we've had: a strip club and a few funeral parlors.
4. When someone asks me to do something, like go on a trip or to a concert or whatever, I generally say no at first, or maybe. Then I think about it for a week and end up going.
5. I've been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for... oh gosh... eight years. Which means I eat dairy (lacto) and eggs (ovo) but no meat or fish.
6. I have seven holes pierced in my ears. :)\
7. My first flight ever was when I was 20 years old. Since then, I can still name all the trips I've flown on because I fly so rarely. 




And now... go show these bloggers some love, mmmkay? You all can do the dealy and give out the award. Or not. But just know I'm out here reading and enjoying your blogs. :) Pick whichever award you like or take both. Who knows what they actually mean anyway.


1. Kate at Begin Anyway -- Lovely blog, funny girl. And, she's a librarian! So cool.
2. Shauna, of the two blogs (I feel like I just gave you a clan name) Our Emerald City and The Awesomes. Shauna shares my love of travelling and teaches me to be a better vegetarian. And she's a breath of liberal fresh air for this Kansas girl.
3. Katie from State of Change. I'm constantly having to check whether I'm talking to Kate, above, or Katie. Ha. Katie is a great commenter and blog friend. Her blog is inspiring and uplifting and so are her notes on posts.
4. Amy from Taking Steps Home. One of my first blog friends! She hates zombies too! We're constantly finding little things we have in common. So obviously she's awesome.
5. And Allison from The Life and Loves of Allison Fay. Looking at her blog, you'd think she's a blog-famous pro. She's that graceful and wonderful in her blogging. And she inspires me to run better. And she has a cute niece. Gotta love baby pictures!




I feel a bit like Oprah.






Have a great day, friends!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Dear Monday [6.18.12]

Linking here and here!

Dear Monday, Hello again. Let's have a good week, shall we?



Dear Raja, You've been missing long enough. Please come home now, ok?

Dear anyone in the Kansas area, keep a look out for our favorite cat. Please be kind to her.

Dear weekend, You were good to me. I enjoyed Meleah's first bridal shower soo so much -- I'll be posting a short recap as soon as my internet at home returns and I'm able to post pictures I took with my camera -- and then had a lazy Sunday on a "beach" here in Kansas. Love.



Dear Couch to 5k, you are kicking my butt a little bit this week. But, I wore a swimsuit this weekend and didn't feel like a baby hippo. I guess we're even.



Dear bwiggans, While I appreciate your friend request on MyFitnessPal, I don't know you, so I will not be accepting your request. I did enjoy pulling up your profile and referring to you as my suitor. Thanks for the giggles, and good luck.


Happy Monday friends! Did you all have a great weekend? Here's hoping for a delightful week for all of you!

PS. Should any of you want to add me on  MyFitnessPal,  you will not be mocked. Provided you look friendlier than bwiggs.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Book review: Divergent


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.



Oh man, did I love this book. I rated it four stars, but I might eventually go back and give it five. Really, you should read it.

So I was talking with Amy recently about how a lot of these futuristic, distopian (utopian? I'm never sure what the difference is) books are starting to be similar. And I think books definitely hit trends (vampires, amnesia, and zombies, recently).

This one is not like any I've ever read.

There were constant surprises, and I was sucked into the story the whole time. I loved the characters and found myself rooting for them, which is so important in a book, for you to want the characters to succeed.

I have no list. Just, go read it.

So excited for the next book, Insurgent. Now I just have to wait out the 20-some people who have holds at the library before me...

Have any of you read Divergent? Did you love it too?


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday thoughts [6.14.12]

Happy Thursday friends! Here are some things on my mind this week:

Me and Toby on my birthday my junior year :)
[1.] Tonight I'm hanging out with Layne and my friend Toby. I am very excited. Toby was my Co-RA for my first year of RAing, which means we were on the same floor and worked together on programs. And he was the best co. So I'm excited. :)

[2.] Remember my running club? Well, last week we were running 10 minutes, walking two, and repeating until we'd run half an hour. Tonight, I will be running fourteen minutes, walking two, running sixteen, walking two, then running fourteen again. So, if you never hear from me again, that's how I died. 

[3.] My dad told me yesterday that he found out the white dog I tried to take care of Sunday didn't end up making it. I was (am) so shocked and so sad. By the end of the day, she seemed fine. She was wagging her tail and running around. I guess once dogs get to a certain level of heat stroke, there's no turning back? I'm not really sure. If I'd known, I would have done more. I don't know what, exactly. But I would have done something more. I'm sure I don't need to tell any of you, but please, please take care of your animals. Make sure they have water and shade. That's all. (not all they need, just all I have to say.)

[4.] Did I ever show you our finished projects from painting ceramics a couple weekends ago? I don't think so. Here they are!



Photos by my sister Emily. My bowl looks soooo so cute in person! I loff it.

[5.] Mostly when Pat's gone, I text or email him first. Since I'm in the Midwest and he's on the West Coast, I'm awake way way earlier than him. Anyway, yesterday for some reason (woah guys I just tried to spell that sume) I didn't. When I finally heard from him, it was because he'd sent me flowers!


Okay, okay. One flower. Through an email. But isn't it gorgeous?? :)


I think that's all I've got today! Linking up here with Sar.

What's on your mind today?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happiness and fear

When Pat left for Oregon for the summer a few weeks ago, I remember texting a friend and asking, "What if he doesn't come back?"

She reassured me that of course he was coming back. He loves me!

While I can't say that was a bad thing to hear, it wasn't exactly the fear that was haunting me.

See, I am really, really excited to move in with Pat in August. Like. Want-to-make-every-home-decor-craft-on-Pinterest-and-buy-him-a-welcome-home-cake excited. I just know I'm going to be so happy.

But what if it never happens? What if he doesn't make it back? What if I don't make it to August? What if something, anything, gets in the way of us being together again?

I know this post sounds like I'm overthinking things, like I'm irrational or maybe just a very anxious person. And I probably am overthinking it. But I think this is actually a feeling more people than just me experience.

I've found two quotes that explain what I'm feeling... or what I was feeling that day. The first is from Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brasheres:

"Carmen was a terrible one for bargaining with God. She knew it was wrong, but she found herself doing it anyway. When she was nine, the night before she was flying to Orlando for a holiday weekend in Disney World with Lena's family, she flopped around in her bed for hous, so excited she couldn't stand it. As the hours passed, excitement grew so big it transformed into terror that she would die before morning. Her desire turned monstrous, and she was suddenly sure it would swallow the happiest day of her life. She begged God to please just keep her alive through tomorrow, please, and then he could do whatever he wanted with her."

And the second, from The Kite Runner by Khaled Houseini:

She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you.”

Have any of you ever been so excited about something you feared it just wouldn't happen?


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A wedding and some puppies

Hello friends! 

Today I got my pictures to be my friends. So now I can tell you about my weekend! Just what you've been waiting for, right? :)

Saturday I went home for this kid's wedding.


That's us. Circa either junior or senior year of high school, I'd guess. Not enough high school awkwardness for you all? Ok, ok. Here's another one.


JK, I love that picture. It was at our last high school football game. That's the groom, Andy, on the left, our friend Meleah in the middle and me on the right.

Anyway. He got married. We've known both bride and groom since elementary school. They've been engaged forever and together even longer (duh), so we were really really excited to finally see them get hitched! I went with my parents and little sister.

Dancing down the aisle. Married.

Their ceremony was beautiful. The wind was blowing in the trees and you could tell Andy was really, really excited.

Quit growing up. Geez.

He asked me to dance :) 

That's the best man on the left and the groom on the right, two of my best guy friends in high school.

It was really, really great to see Andy and his best man, Mike, and catch up with the both of them. I've known Andy since first grade, so I remember him in the days of Kool-Aid mustaches, and Mike since freshman year when we were in theater together. These boys were my prom dates my junior year. And now their all grown up. *sniff*


Aaaaannnyway....


Sunday I woke up around 10ish to go for a run before it got too hot. I got out the door at like 10:30 and it was already approaching 80 degrees.

So I've been running around this outdoor track near my house for about half an hour when I see a big black and white lump under a tree enclosed in the loop of the track. So I pass it going one way and can't figure out what it is, and then I pass it the other way and finally see: it's a couple of dogs!

At this point I'd say it was around 85 degrees out. It was hot, especially if you have no water. So I drop the last minute of my run and go to check out the dogs.

I could tell right away they weren't in good shape. Their owner was no where in sight. They'd been drinking water from a nearby drainage ditch and kept throwing up, lots, either from the heat or from the not-clean water they'd been drinking.

They had collars, so they were obviously someone's dogs, but no tags, so I called my mom and asked her to get me the number for animal control. But they don't work on the weekends. So she said take a picture of them and I'll post them on Craigslist. (They'd posted another lost dog on Craigslist before and found the owner within a couple hours.)

So I took these pictures of my new friends:



And then, as I was emailing them to my mom, my phone died.

I sat there under the tree with the dogs for a while, looking toward my house and wishing one of my family members would appear with water for them. But they didn't.

So I ran home and grabbed a plastic bowl and water for the dogs. Me and Anna drove back to the park and I charged my phone on the way and sent the pictures to my mom to post. We also posted on my mom and sister's facebook. The dogs drank the water so quickly I had to run to the city pool nearby and refill. We hadn't brought enough.

I went back with water two more times. By the second time, they'd stopped throwing up and had started wagging their tails. Their bowl was bone-dry -- they drank every last drop I'd brought. The last time, they wanted to be my bffs. The white one just stood there with his nose pressed up against my leg. Then the big ol' klutzes knocked over their water bowl.

It was really hard to leave them. They'd been out there for at least five hours and we hadn't heard back from anyone through FB or Craitslist. I had to get back to Kansas, though, so I made my dad promise to take them more water.

When my dad went to check on them, they were gone. We got an email later through Craigslist that someone from animal control had picked them up and knew who the owners were. My dad said he'd follow up and make sure their owners had actually come and they weren't sitting in the pound.

I'm dying to know what the dogs names were.



So that was my dramatic Sunday. I drove back to Kansas and watched the TrueBlood premier with my sister. (Any TrueBlood fans out there??)

And then yesterday morning my car wouldn't start so we had to jump her. Thanks for all the well wishes yesterday -- she did start for me after work! easy peasy.

Did anyone else have an exciting weekend? What do you all do when you find stray dogs?


Monday, June 11, 2012

Dear Monday [6.11.12]

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Deeeeeeeear Monday, I had a huge post planned with stories from my weekend. But the photos just aren't being my friends today. Maybe tomorrow.

Dear Betsy (aka my honda), Please start after work. Please please pretty please with sugar on top. I promise I'll clean you out and feed you if you start after work. Please.

Dear exercise class tonight, please don't leave me so sore I'm unable to run tomorrow. Gotta get my last run of Couch to 5k week 5 in.

Dear bffffffff, thanks for being my hero this morning. I should make you a cape.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Book review: Pandemonium


Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2)

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. My review of the first book is here. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.



Because this is a sequel, my review will automatically involve some spoilers for the first book, Delirium. Read ahead with caution! Or, you know. Throw caution to the wind.

I enjoyed this book a lot while I was reading it. I was entertained the whole time and never wished to be reading something else. But. I liked it way less than I liked Delirium. I don't think Pandemonium is as well thought out or as cohesive as Delirium.

Thoughts:

1. Like Delirium, I listened to this one on audiobook. Also like Delirium, it's read by Sarah Drew. Yesss. That's a good thing.

2. This book alternates between "now" and "then." Sometimes, really exciting things were happening and I hated to switch between the now and the then. Actually, that was true a lot of times. I'm not sure I liked that. But sometimes Oliver did a really good job of using one time frame to inform the other one. So that was good. Overall, I'm not sure if I liked the technique. While useful, I think it disrupted the flow of the story.

3. There are a lot of new characters in this book. A girl named Raven stands out the most. She's the first person Lena meets when she's in the wilds and she saves Lena's life, so she becomes a big part of Lena's life. But I wish Raven was more fleshed out. In the "now" parts of the book, which deal with Lena's life about six months after her escape to the wilds, she seems to trust Raven whole heartedly and love Raven. But in the "then" parts, the parts that take place immediately after Lena's escape to the wilds, I never really see Raven earning that trust or affection. She also does something maybe out of character, maybe in character at the end, in a very important part of the book, and I wish we got to learn more about her so we could understand her motivation.

4. The two huge "surprises" of the book? Yeah, saw them coming a mile away. Some of the smaller things still surprised me, but I wasn't in shock like I thought I would be.

All in all, I don't think I'm very happy with how/where this book ended. But that makes me even more eager to read the third book. I do love the characters, and I'm sucked into the story enough to want to read them. But I think this book could have been better.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday Thoughts [6.7.12]

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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1. I am one happy girl today. Maybe because I have an ice cream date tonight with my friend Blake. I think that guy could pull me out of the worst mood there ever was. And, I love ice cream! Ooor maybe it's because I finally got to skype with my faaavorite boy last night.

I like him :)
2. Thank you all so much for your great responses to my post yesterday. That one sat in my drafts forever because I felt like no one would get it. Isn't it funny how we can feel like we're the only ones struggling with something, and then we find out there's lots of people who feel the same way? Woah. Makes me feel a little humbled. Like, why would I ever think I was alone in anything when there's 239482730123 people in the world?

Anyway. Thank you for proclaiming your introversion. Made me feel better about my life. :) Also, if you liked that post, you should check out the post today at Today's Letters. Semi-related and interesting!


3. I started a new exercise class last night! I'm taking a time out from Zumba as I wasn't really that fond of my instructor and I can't seem to get in another class. Anyway, it's called Extensive Total Conditioning and sounds way intense. Here's the description:

"A class designed to build and keep your heart rate at a target zone with interval cardio work followed by functional strength, balance and intense core work followed by a relaxing cool down. The focus is to create a leaner, more flexible physique using classic sculpting and stretching techniques."

Doesn't that sound scary? I'm not sure if it's a real thing or something the instructor created. But anyway. It was broken into three parts. The first was similar to Zumba because we were moving around to music, but it was less like dancing and more intentional movements. Then we did stuff with resistance bands. Then we did some Tai Chi and yoga. 

It was fun and I felt silly sometimes but if I learned anything from Zumba it's that everyone feels silly but mostly they're staring down the instructor anyway, so you shouldn't even worry about it because no one's looking.

How is everyone's week going?

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