Archive | December, 2011

Looking Back on 2011

31 Dec

If I had to label 2011, I would call it “the year of change.” Looking back, I can’t believe how much my life changed in 2011. Change has never been my strong suit- but because of it, I know I’ve learned a lot, and I’d like to think that I’ve become a stronger person. As 2012 nears, I thought I’d take the time to reflect upon what happened in 2011:

– I entered my last semester of college.

– I snagged an internship at an online health and fitness magazine.

I graduated from college.

– I watched my sister graduate from high school.

– I said goodbye to my grandpa.

– I had my first surgery.

– I survived two months of unemployment after college graduation.

– I turned 23.

– I began my first “big girl” job.

– I played the part of bridesmaid, twice.

– I talked about my engagement and wedding fever more than once on the blog..and then in November, I got engaged!

– I attended my first company Christmas party at my “big girl” job.

– I bought my wedding dress.

And, I captured all of those memories on this very blog. I am so thankful to be a part of the blogging community, grateful to have a place where I can reflect. It’s my outlet, my hobby, my home away from home, and I hope to get even more involved with it in the coming year.

I can only hope that 2012 is full of fun, laughter, and even more wonderful, new beginnings. Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!


The NYE Dress Dilemma

30 Dec

Finding something to wear on New Year’s Eve is a pain in the you know what.

The hardest part is, I don’t know what I’m looking for. I know that most girls are probably following the three S’s- short, slutty and sexy (and I just made that up, if you couldn’t tell ;)), but who am I kidding? It’s not like I’m trying to pick up a guy, and tight fitting dresses have never looked good on me. I’m an A-line kinda girl, and unfortunately, a lot of A-line dresses look more like high school homecoming than they do NYE.

Over the past few days, I’ve been to six or seven different stores, trying on dresses that I know won’t look good on me, and secretly hoping that they do.

Exhibit A: The Hiphugger

My face was determined to find a dress…

I’m convinced that you have to be under 5’2″ (I’m 5′ 6″), or have no hips, to pull off a dress like this. I can’t even believe I’m posting this picture on the internet (I mean really, look at all four of my hips…), but it just goes to show, clothes have the capability of making you look 30 pounds heavier than you actually are.

Exhibit B: The “I Need a Boob Job” Dress

I kind of liked this dress. It’s an A-line, it has pockets, my butt wasn’t hanging out of it, and it was reasonably priced. But my boobs didn’t agree. Even when I went down a size, it was still a little big on top. I don’t actually want a boob job, but ‘the girls’, in addition to my wide hips, do cause me some problems when it comes to finding things that fit. Guys have it so easy- pants, a shirt, and they’re done.

After all that, it looks like I will most likely be wearing something I already own.

I wore this dress once, two years ago.

I might look like a ballerina. My butt might be hanging out of it if the wind blows my way. I might look like a 16-year-old. Or I just might be overanalyzing this situation.

If you happen to have any suggests, feel free to let me know. Obviously I act like a grandma too often I don’t go out much.

What are you doing/wearing on New Year’s Eve?

If I do wear the dress above, should I wear it with tights (it’s short)? Heels or flats? Input is always helpful 🙂

The Wedding Shoes

28 Dec

Where has the week gone? I can’t believe that tomorrow’s already Thursday, actually my “Friday,” since it’s another holiday weekend. I have been busy, busy, busy this week, and yet I have no pictures to prove it. Let me catch you up anyway :).

Yesterday, one of my good friends, Meghann, met me near work for lunch. It was a nice break in my day, since I usually eat lunch at my desk without getting away from the office. Meg moved to Arizona last summer, so it was so good to see her while she’s in town! Unfortunately, now that I’m working full-time, I had to get back to work after an hour of conversation that went by too fast. How I (sometimes) miss those days of being a student…

Oh, campus…I just kind of miss you

After work on Tuesday, I came home and got ready for different plans- dinner with my parents, Jordan, and his parents! Until yesterday, our parents had never officially sat down and talked to each other, so we figured it was about time. My mom made hor d’oeurvres, and everyone ate and talked for nearly two hours. I was afraid the first “official meeting” might be a little awkward, but conversation flowed naturally. Our dads talked a lot about work, while our moms talked a lot about the wedding. Everyone seems to be on the same page, so I’m feeling pretty good about how the plans are coming along!

Speaking of the wedding…after work today, I had my first dress fitting! It’s kind of crazy, considering I only bought my dress a month ago, and the wedding’s still over six months away! But, it came in much sooner than expected, and that meant we had to go make the final payment (of course), and get my first round of alterations done. She didn’t do anything major, just had to take it in on top (like every other dress I’ve had to have altered since my boobs came in high school ;)), and shorten it a tiny bit so that I don’t trip on it when I’m walking down the aisle- that would not be good. I’ll go back at the end of February to try it on again. Hopefully next time it’s snug on top and good to go! While I don’t want to give away my dress, I can show you the shoes that I’m leaning towards (only, my leg will replace that metal rod in the picture, obviously).


I stared at a rack of shoes in the bridal store for about ten minutes before deciding that I don’t want to wear a heel. Even though I own heels- too many pairs, actually- they just sit in the closet and never get put to use. Ballet flats are more my style, so it only makes sense that I’d wear them for my wedding. These ones have a ribbon that lace up around my legs just like a toe shoe (pointe shoe), that you might see a dancer wear. They’re comfy, they’re cute, they match my dress really well…and I used to dance (not pointe, but oh well ;)), so these are definitely a top contender. If I do go with something else, they’ll still have to be flat since that’s what I was wearing when the seamstress pinned my dress. Decisions, decisions.

Okay, guys, I better get to bed so I can rest up before work tomorrow. I plan to go shopping afterwards to find a dress for New Year’s Eve. Not like it’s last minute or anything…;). Have a great night/Enjoy your day (since most of you will probably be reading this in the morning)!

Do you get a day off for New Year’s?

If you’re married, did you wear flats or heels with your wedding dress?



A Glimpse of Christmas 2011

26 Dec

1. Christmas Eve “Eve” (or Christmas Adam, as some like to call it) began with a viewing of “Arthur Christmas,” white chocolate fro-yo, and falling asleep to “A Christmas Story” on the couch.

2. After church, my family and I headed to Outback Steakhouse for dinner, our Christmas Eve tradition. I had my fair share of bread and bloomin’ onions alongside that salmon and sweet potato.

3. Jordan wouldn’t stop eating his steak to take a picture. The man likes his meat.

4. Jordan’s gift from my parents- a Forever Lazy and some Annie’s Ketchup. It’s kind of an inside joke. It’s okay if you think we’re weird…

5. You mean you don’t stand in your blanket stocking too?

6. We make quite the pair ;).

7. My family’s tree on Christmas morning.

8 & 9. Some of my Christmas presents. The thing that looks like a Zebra blanket? It’s actually a Snuggie. I’m pretty sure I’ll be bringing that to work tomorrow. I have no shame.

10. Christmas morning brunch, complete with the breakfast burrito and coffee cake that I talked about on Thursday.

11. Capturing another one of Jordan’s overexaggerated faces before Christmas dinner. That’s just my sister‘s boyfriend in the background.

Today, I’m feeling the day after Christmas letdown- but it’s only a three-day work week and I have quite a few plans in store, so it should be a good one. I hope that you all had a very merry Christmas :)!

Five Things Friday

23 Dec

1. My Christmas “break” officially starts today. And when I say break, I mean I took an unpaid day off today, will get an unpaid day off on Monday, and will go back to work on Tuesday. I miss college.

2. It doesn’t feel like Christmas. Even though I’ve decorated my tree, wrapped my presents, listened to Christmas music since October, and eaten my fair share of holiday treats, I’m still not feelin’ it. I have some holiday plans with my family today, so I’m hoping my Christmas spirit starts to kick. It doesn’t help that it’s still nearly 50 degrees outside at the end of December…where’s the snow??

3. Thanks to Exercise TV, I’ve found a new go-to workout- 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme. My exercise routine’s been a little stale lately, and Courtney reviewed the training system on her blog a little while ago, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Last night, I did the 25 minute total body workout and the 20 minute core workout. My legs were burning by the end of the total body workout, so I really had to push myself to get through the core work! Not quite Jillian Michaels, but I am feeling it today! The 10 Pound Slimdown yoga workouts are also really good- I don’t usually like yoga, but the workouts are fairly fast-paced and keep my attention.

4. For the first time ever, I’m going out on New Year’s Eve (don’t look so surprised ;)). For several years, my sisters and I have had friends over for our own New Year’s party at home, but this year Jordan and I have the opportunity to go to a party downtown, and we’ve decided  not to be party poopers that we shouldn’t pass it up. Now I just need to find something to wear…

5. Technology and I need to take a break. I feel like I say this once a week, but when I’m with it all day long at work, and for a couple of hours after work (darn you blogging and Pinterest), it makes me want my personal space.


With that being said, I am signing off for the weekend. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

What are your Christmas plans?

Are you going to take a break from blogging over the holiday weekend?




Christmas Time is Here

22 Dec

Christmas Eve is only two days away, guys. Can you believe it? I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.  I was hoping to bake something ‘Christmasy’ for work before I leave for the weekend (today’s my last day!), but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. The joys of being a busy full-time employee. I say that jokingly, of course. I know I’m fortunate to have a job :).

So, to help me get in the Christmas spirit, I’ve decided to take this Christmas survey that’s been floating around the blog world. Enjoy…

1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate, with whipped cream on top.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He wraps them, of course! Where’s the fun in just sitting them under the tree ;)?

3. Colored or white lights on tree and house? Our tree has white lights, and our lights outside are colored. Jordan has already requested that we get a tree with colored lights when we’re married, though, and I’m okay with that.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nope, my family never has!

5. When do you hang your decorations up? In recent years, we’ve decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish, besides dessert? This is a hard one, because dessert is usually my favorite! But…my parents always make brunch for us after we open presents, including breakfast burritos and my mom’s coffee cake. That’s probably my favorite!

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Opening my presents up with my sisters and parents and spending the whole day in my pajamas. Only in recent years have I actually gotten ready, because now, I go to Jordan’s house too.

8. What’s on your Christmas wish-list? An iPod (because mine broke in September), a Snuggie (because I’m always cold), and “Bethenny Getting Married” (because I’m getting married ;)). I’d really like snow, too, but it was 50 degrees outside yesterday!

9. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve? Only one. Every Christmas Eve, my sisters and I get pajamas from our parents.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Very carefully. Just kidding :). We have a ton of childhood ornaments, and an angel on top of the tree.

Christmas 2009

11. Snow? Love it or dread it? I love it! I don’t like driving in it, but it doesn’t feel like Christmas without it.

12. Real or fake tree? We’ve had an artifical tree for years, but my dad always gets a real one for our basement. My allergies are ridiculous, so the scent of a real tree kind of bothers me. I’m not sure what Jordan and I will do once we’re married!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I loved playing “Mom” when I was little, so anytime I got a new doll, I was a happy girl.I think I was most excited when I got my Baby Alive (back in the 90s when they were cute and not scary looking).

14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you? Spending time with my family. I enjoy going to church on Christmas evening and celebrating the real meaning of Christmas, and then going out to dinner with my family afterwards (our tradition). I’m always a little sad when all of that is over.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? I like fudge…and anything with chocolate in it!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Besides the ones I mentioned above, I enjoy waiting at the top of the stairs with my sisters to go down and see our gifts. I do realize that I’m 23-years-old, but we’ve done it for as long as I can remember. This will be my last year at home, so I have to enjoy it!

17. What tops your tree? An angel

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? As I’ve gotten older, I really enjoy giving. I’m not going to lie though, I still enjoy receiving too :). It’s fun to see how much people know me (and when I say people, I kind of mean Jordan).

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? This is a toughie. I’ve had my Pandora station set on Christmas music since Halloween (I know, I know), so they’re all kind of starting to blur together.

20. Candy canes, yuck or yum? Kind of yuck. I’m not a big fan of mint. I like the citrus flavored ones though!

21. Favorite Christmas movie? Oh, there’s so many to choose from! “The Santa Clause,” “Elf,” and “A Christmas Story” all put me in the Christmas mood.

22. What do you leave for Santa? Homemade sugar cookies and milk, of course.

23. Do you have a favorite Christmas morning tradition? I mentioned it above- opening presents with my family and then eating brunch together afterward!

24. Do you prefer to shop online or in the mall? In the mall- it feels more authentic :).

25. Christmas letter or Christmas cards? When my sisters and I were younger, we’d get a Christmas letter from Santa every year. We don’t get them anymore (obviously). Christmas cards are fun to get, especially as I get older and my friends are beginning to send them too!

Now, it’s your turn to answer one or a few of these Christmas questions!

Seasons 52 Christmas Party

20 Dec

I had planned to blog last night, but I was feeling pretty yucky all day at work. An hour and half nap after work, tons of water, a couple doses of Airborne, and eight hours of sleep later, I’m now feeling much more like myself. I’ve been lacking in the sleep department lately, and it’s really catching up to me. Take Sunday night, for instance. I didn’t get into bed until midnight…way past my normal “bedtime”… with good reason, though.

On Sunday, Jordan and I headed to Seasons 52 for my office Christmas party. I’d heard the restaurant mentioned in the blog world before, so I was pretty excited to try the food, as they pride themselves in offering seasonally-inspired dishes.We settled in at a table with the other members of the web team (aka all the cool writers ;)), and socialized for awhile before ordering our food.

Me and my fellow entry-level employees 😉

I went with the salmon- which was delicious, and Jordan went with the steak, which wasn’t as delicious, unfortunately. We gave them the benefit of the doubt,  figuring it was because they were cooking them in large batches for the party, but it was nothing to write home about. Not that I’m complaining- it was a free three-course dinner :).  After enjoying our food and a glass of wine, we had a little more time to socialize, and then the games began (the games?).

The first activity of the night was the raffle drawing. When I heard that there was going to be a drawing for a Starbucks gift card, I was keeping my fingers crossed that I’d hear the CEO read those three little numbers on my ticket. I like my Starbucks, okay :)?

And….I won! A Starbucks gift card, along with a box of green tea (my favorite) that another girl at my table won in her Whole Foods gift bag, but didn’t want.

The second activity of the night was the ‘Guess the Celebrity on Your Forehead’ game. I don’t know if that’s the technical name for it or not, but we’ll go with it.

Yep, we sat around like cool kids, with post-its on our foreheads, trying to guess the celebrity. If you’ve ever seen “The Office,” it was kind of like when they played it, only with less racist remarks :).

After dinner, dessert and the games concluded, Jordan and I made our way to the valet parking line (fancy, fancy) to get the car. By the time I got home, I was exhausted, and crashed in my bed asap.

Sunday night was very nice, and now I’m excited for the other Christmas festivities I have planned for later this week! I’ll have to hold that thought though, because it’s now time for me to get ready for work. This whole not having a Christmas break thing is something I’m still getting used to!

Enjoy your Tuesday :).