Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weekend Bliss

Perhaps the fact that there are zilch pictures from the holiday weekend further proves how blissful the weekend truly was.

Three days, three different cities.

Saturday: St. Louis with my friends from college
Sunday: Winery tour and a bed and breakfast with husband
Monday: Soaking up the sun while husband golfed with his friends

Just what the doctor ordered!

Saturday at the City Market

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hungry Hungry Tornados

A nasty storm hit Kansas City yesterday and {while I have nothing to complain about compared to the residents of Joplin} I got trapped in a storm shelter for hours.

This was obnoxious for the following reasons:
1. It was during lunch time {and I get really grumpy when I have to wait to eat}
2. The majority of the people I was trapped with were police officers
3. A man with a walkie-talkie re-read us the storm warnings every FIVE minutes for an hour and a half
Via Kansas City Star

My whining is only in selfishness. I know how lucky I am to have electricity, a roof over my head and all of my friends/family safe.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I don't know why Pat Benatar looks so creepy in this video but I was feeling a bit home sick for my friends {friend-sick?} tonight so I pulled this video up on YouTube.

Can we please rewind a little bit? The idea of going to graduate school makes me very nostalgic.

Watch out!

I've always been terrible at checking the voicemails on my phone. I cannot work up motivation enough to sit through a 15 second message. It might be a disability.

Anyway, had I listened to my messages yesterday I would have found out that I had been accepted into the graduate school program I interviewed for a few weeks ago. I am very excited -- and a little sad that husband will be out of town for the next month. I need someone to celebrate with! Maybe I'll go crazy and break out the weight watchers fudgesicles from the freezer. Watch out.

I need a vacation

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little pent up! Too much to do and not enough time to do it…..
Image Via Lonny

I'm going to try to put all of my day dreaming into being in a hammock somewhere, looking fancy, with a cocktail in my hand. This seems safer than what I've had my mind on lately: becoming a home-owner. Luckily my bank account {and my husband} have put a big 'ol halt on that. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Country Copy-Cat

Miranda Lambert must read my blog. The girl stole my wedding bouquet idea....
I saw a picture of hers on access hollywood but now I can't find it again. I think the most special part of mine was that it was made with pieces from friends and family all over the country.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Thing 1: I stress ate my way through a whole bag of these babies today. I'm not talking about a "fun sized" bag. I ate an entire "preschool snack time" kind of bag.

Thing 2: I am in love with the stunning new paintings by Sarah Ashley Longshore. Her inspiration came from a Audrey Hepburn and Hermes scarves.
photos via the love list

Monday, May 16, 2011

I wish I'd thought this up!

Are you familiar with Birchbox?

You know the deep disappointment that hits you when you've just shelled out a bunch of cash for a beauty product that doesn't live up to its hype? I feel your pain- this shoppers remorse happens to me anytime I get sucked into Sephora. But now there is this amazing new service that I'm wishing I had been brilliant enough to think up.

Birchbox is a membership club that sends hand-picked designer beauty samples to your door every month for just $10. Laura Mercier, NARS, Bvlgari, Apothia: all brands I see in Nordstrom delivered to your door so you can sample them to see what you like and what you don't like. Each box comes with 4-5 oversized samples from the top hair, skincare and makeup brands. And, if you happen to come across a product that you love while testing out your Birchbox, you can buy the full-sized product on the Birchbox site and earn reward points for future purchases. Genius!

Does anyone else?

.....think about other peoples' priorities and secretly pat yourself on the back because somehow you forgot how backwards your priorities can be?

JJ left today for 5 weeks out of state for work. I'm keeping myself busy every night this week with barbecues, dinners with friends, a bachelorette party and a family birthday celebration. I know my priorities should somehow incorporate the mounds of dirty laundry on the floor of my bedroom, the piles of dishes on the counter waiting to be put in the dishwasher (but then the dishwasher would have to be un-loaded!), or some form of exercise but I'm just not feeling it tonight. As I watch hoarders online, I have to pat myself on the back and think "at least my priorities aren't as wack as these coo-coos!" 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Motto for Friday

Thank goodness it is finally Friday! Since I spend 50% of my "awake hours" at work, I feel lucky to work with such great women. Work Hard. Be nice to people. That's what I've got on my mind today.

Image via Fabulous K

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lust List: Monogrammed Pillows

I've been obsessing over these monogrammed pillows lately.

They are reminiscent of the beautiful Leontine Linens that I will never be able to afford.

Weekend Round-Up (warning: picture overload)

As promised, here are a few pictures from the busiest weekend ever {er, I mean, this weekend I was privileged enough to celebrate lots of things with lots of people!}.
My sister graduated from college! 

Here are a few of the reasons I'm proud of her:
She won a trillion awards at graduation (hence all of the medals, etc around her neck)
She has the most caring heart - and wants to share it with children
She is freakin' gorgeous 
She moved to a new state and became everyone's favorite person

One of my childhood best friends got married! She looked STUNNING and the wedding decorations looked like an anthropologie window display. It was perfect!

And the icing on the cake?

I got this sweet fabric flower pin in a charity auction for a family trying to adopt a baby. I wore it today to pretend it wasn't rainy.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

It is Mother's Day after all

We're back from our whirlwind weekend. It was a blast but I had much to little sleep and much to much food!

I'm too tired to put up pictures from the beautiful weddings I went to this weekend but I couldn't resist this picture of my adorable mother in honor of Mother's Day.

She's a breed all her own and I'm thankful daily to be her daughter.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco De Mayo

Today my work cohorts and I celebrated Cinco De Mayo at the Olive garden. Then we came back to our office and ate strawberry shortcake. Ole! I don’t really think that is what the Mexican’s had in mind for the anniversary of their independence.
I’m confident husband will make us some margaritas tonight. That man loves margaritas. And white chocolate mochas. And diet coke. But mostly margaritas. Phony holidays like Cinco de Mayo make me miss being an undergraduate student- when everything litterly was a party.

I am anxious for tomorrow to come. This weekend is full of so many eventful and JOYFUL things. I am interviewing for grad school {what?!}, my little sister is graduating from college with about a million different awards for being a superstar, two of my childhood closest friends are getting married and I get to be at home with my Mom for mother’s day.

I’m sure I’ll have lots of good stories when I return. JJ and I will have 11 hours in the car together so pray for him!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Husband and I had our first weekend in Kansas City where we weren't hosting guests and/or we one of us wasn't out of town. This is sort of a big deal since we've been living here for four months!

In addition to a BBQ festival, some golf and a really long trip to the DMV {which was located inside PetCo so I got to play with puppies while husband tried to register the car!}, our weekend looked a lot like this:
Sunshine + Husband studying for the CPA exam and me working on my personal statement for the grad school interview I have on Friday. More details to come on that later.

Today is May Day, which always reminds me of my childhood. For as long as I can remember, our neighbor in my parents' neighborhood would deliver May Day Baskets on this day. They would ring the doorbell and then run away and when you came to answer the door there would be a cute basket with cookies, flowers and other goodies. Why doesn't anyone do this anymore? Maybe I'll make May Day Baskets for the girls at work tomorrow?!