hook ‘em!

ready for summer

Loving this suit from J. Crew.

And it’s on sale!

weekend recap

My weekend, abbreviated.

Watched some UT football. Hook ’em.

Drank a bit of Pumpkin Ale. Hello autumn.

Bought a new burnt orange J. Crew shirt. Let’s be real.



And number 3 on my list:


Ellen started a new feature on her blog… and well, I love it. She is going to ask an “if” question a day and wants her followers to chime in with our answers too!

Today’s installment:

… you could completely remove someone’s vocal cords for a year, whose would they be?

No one would fully appreciate it if I say my cubicle neighbor at work. BUT LET’S BE REAL. He’s famous for his knowledge of WWII fighter planes — oh he knows everything … its color, speed, time of flights, where they went, who flew it, how old they were, their parent’s names, whether they were married, at what age they started teething, who worked on the planes, what that person’s aunt did for a living — and, even better, his knowledge of birds. Yes, birds. Don’t get me started. It actually pains me to type this. My ears just instinctively start bleeding.

So to be frank, he would be number one on my list. But number two?

Yes. Miley Cyrus. Besides the fact that I picked a horrible picture of her (I’m at work! Everything is blocked), I think that she is cute. I mean, I get it. I get her appeal to younger audiences. I have not once, but more times than I would like to admit, watched Hanna Montana (I was babysitting!). And I possibly drug friends to go see The Last Song (okay that I have no excuse).

But HER VOICE. She sounds like a 50 year-old, smoker, mixed with a nasally lisp.

Actually, one of my favorite Glee episodes (Laryngitis) showcases Rachel singing “The Climb” horribly because she loses her voice. Truth be told, I think that Rachel actually sounds like Miley — even though later Rachel is diagnosed with tonsillitis — but the funniest thing is that Brittney actually enjoys her rendition!

Sidenote: that episode also features Finn singing “Jesse’s Girl” which happens to be my go-to karaoke song. But that’s for another post.

Back to Miley… she’s everywhere. I can’t get away from her voice and I have a sneaking suspicion she will be around for awhile… because just like her dad’s mullet, she can’t be tamed.

office kitsch

I am loving this globe lamp from drowsySwords… thinking that I need it in my newly redecorated office!

swoon worthy


When I was in church youth group, we used to do random acts of kindness which I loved… even more specifically, once a year we would make a whole day of it! We did everything from taking poinsettias around Christmas to home-bound church members to helping build a habitat house — the idea obviously being the act of putting others before us.

So, when I decided to tackle this bucket list, I decided to make a point to leave my mark on the world by continuing these selfless acts.

Some are directed towards loved ones, others are directed towards those who need love but all, I hope, will leave a lasting impression of my desire to better those around me when, you know, I kick that bucket.

76. Volunteer to be a baby cuddler.

77. Write a letter to everyone whom I love.

78. Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.

79. Send birthday cards.

80. Spend more time with family.

81. Build a Habitat for Humanity house.

82. Go on a mission trip.

83. Visit a nursing home.

84. Donate to charities.

85. Teach conversational English to help combat illiteracy.

86. Tithe.

87. Participate in a fun run.

88. Donate blood/platelets.

89. Volunteer at a food kitchen… Mother Theresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

90. Donate to Goodwill.

91. Be a loving wife, mom, and daughter.

92. Hug more often.

93. Say “I love you”. And mean it.

94. Plant a tree.

95. Adopt a family at Christmas.

96. Work a telathon.

97. Adopt shelter pets.

98. Buy a pair of TOMS and Warby Parker’s. Let’s be real. Cute.

99. Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.

100. Love unconditionally.

So, who’s with me?

bucket list, part tres


Okay, really. I don’t know what I was thinking.

I want to do this all… now.

Thanks and hook ’em. (Told you, EKW, that sounds better than “gig’em”… and I can’t believe that thing just made my blog. I have to go wash its mouth out with soap… how very Christmas Story of me.)

So what is personal development? For lack of a better word, and to further delve into why I decided to break up my bucket list into 4 parts, I picked personal development as a way to define what I wanted to do with my life — versus the first 50 which I felt was more what I wanted to do in my life. This list consists of things that I want to do for me to mold me into a better person, to become my better self (okay, Oprah). So, without further ado, personal development!

51. Invent a board game.

52. Do stand-up comedy.

53. Learn to salsa dance.

54. Host Saturday Night Live.

55. Visit a Renaissance fair.

56. Witness a solar eclipse.

57. Run in the Boston marathon.

58. Participate in the Tour de France.

59. Learn karate.

60. Become fluent in a foreign language.

61. Learn conversational Spanish.

62. Learn enough Italian to be able to understand La Boehme.

63. Learn to play the harmonica.

64. Learn to play the piano.

65. Learn to play golf (first bogey this past weekend!)

66. Join the church choir.

67. Appreciate jazz.

68. Build a classical music library.

69. Learn to belly dance.

70. Name a star.

71. Talk to a politician in pig latin.

72. Compose a song.

73. Own a sewing machine and actually use it.

74. Get a motorcycle license.

75. Break a Guinness World Record.

Final 25 on Monday… =)