Thursday, June 30, 2011

thursday.

So this is what it feels like to have free time!

I love it!

Here's so random Thursday thoughts for you:

I had a long, leisurely lunch at Medina with my sister-in-law, mother-in-law and mother-in-law's best friend. It was amazing, and it was so fabulous to not sit at my desk and eat leftovers while continuing to work!

I have on this dress today, and I'm pretty obsessed. More than anything, I'm obsessed with the back of the dress. Take a peek - you likey?


I've been seeing this "knot ponytail" on Pinterest lately, and I'm kind of obsessed with it. I don't think my hair is quite long enough yet to do it, but I'm going to try it this weekend.

Basically, my hair has two functions: down and teased; and in a knot-bun on top of my head. I can't do the cute Jennifer Aniston ponytail no matter how much I try. Just doesn't happen. And, okay, I had super cute hair my freshman year in college. It was about the length of the girl's in the photo below and would do anything. I had that hair under control! But then, I had (what I thought at the time as the worst break-up of my life...yeah, right) and chopped my hair off. Like, all of it. Almost Britney Spears-like...kinda. But seriously, what was I thinking? I can't even look at pictures from my junior-senior year of college because it's disgusting hair. Anyway, now that it's FINALLY grown back the length I want it {thank you, Biotin}, it hates me. It's like it is paying me back for the horrible Victoria Beckham haircut I gave it circa 2007.


Anyway, I hope y'all are having a fantastic day! I'm so excited to go home and just relax tonight. (And I'll let y'all know how the ponytail turns out!)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

w.i.l.w.

Happy Wednesday!

Holy cow, this has been the busiest week of my life. We have a huge event going on today in numerous cities across the U.S., so I'm a little haggard, to say the least. So ready for this weekend!

Anyway, I'm taking a break from my madness to tell y'all what I'm loving this week:


I was introduced to this stuff by Emily and her sister Melanie at Em's wedding last month. If you have super fine hair like mine (that falls flat the second you walk out the door in this humidity) then buy this stuff. It's SO cheap, too! It's the best stuff if you're a hair teaser like me. :) I bought mine at CVS for around $6.


I'm loving that I'm so into baking right now. Clearly it's the last thing I need to be doing since it's summer and I'm in a bathing suit, but I think it's been therapy for me this past month with work being absolutely out of control.

Monday night I whipped up the batter for these peanut butter cookies and let it refridgerate overnight. I let it sit out for just a bit last night and made these yummy cookies. We had SO MANY leftover that I packaged some up for Brandon to take to his recruiter, Collin. Hubs said he really enjoyed them, so yay! I love doing small things to surprise people. Collin works really hard for Brandon, so he deserved this little treat.


I went to the Victoria's Secret semi-annual sale last week and came home with a ton of stuff. (Seriously, that's the only time I ever buy anything from there!) 

I love a good lotion, and I've loved their scent "Heavenly" since High School, so when this was on sale for $4, I scooped it up immediately. I am in love. Smells so good!


Speaking of VS' semi-annual sale, I picked up their "Vixen" perfume, which was on sale for $11! (Marked down from $45!) Smells so yummy and summer-y.


I'm also so excited that it's Fourth of July weekend! My office closes early on Friday {Hallelujah!} so hubs and I are going to celebrate by taking a big fat nap and grilling out. We have no plans this weekend and I am thrilled. Here's to hoping that July will be a bit slower than June. (And how the heck is is already July?!)

{Photo via here}


I hope you're all having a wonderful week!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Whew!

Did you watch The Jetsons when you were little? I did, and I was so awed by the entire show: how little humans did, the ease of their "chores," and hello, who can forget the flying cars?!

But I was most amazed by The Jetsons' robot, Rosie. She could do it all! Dust, make sure George got up for the day, made sure that LeRoy had his meal, etc. And she made it seem so easy!


This morning, I felt like Rosie the Robot. Actually, all weekend I felt like Rosie the Robot! Washing and folding loads of laundry, cleaning up after church, washing sheets, making the beds...

But this morning, I challenged myself to get up just 15 minutes earlier than I regularly do (when I hit the snooze button on my iPhone alarm clock for nine more minutes of blissful sleep) so I could get done the things that I normally am rushing around the house to do: making our bed; making coffee for both of us; and actually putting up my straightener, hairbrushes and the five bajillion other things I use in the morning to get ready for work. And you know what? Just those 15 minutes made me feel SO much more productive. And, I'm thanking to Lord for a great night's sleep that gave me the energy to get up and do that this morning, and plow through this busy day.  

If you know Brandon, you know that while he is so sweet and "romantic," he's not one of those guys that is constantly gushing over me and telling me he loves me 5,000 times a day. {If he were, I wouldn't have married him!} But what I love so much about him is that he's very perceptive and notices everything. And so while I was running around the house after church putting the sheets on the bed, wiping down bathroom counters and folding laundry, he looked at me and said, "Wow! You really have gotten a lot done this weekend, huh?" And hugged me.

While that doesn't seem like a huge deal, it is. Ladies, doesn't it feel wonderful to know your husband/fiance/boyfriend notices what hard work you're doing around the house? It made me feel so good knowing that Brandon noticed and was thankful for me doing our laundry, picking up around our house and grocery shopping for the week.

Disclaimer: Even though we both work 40+ hours a week, I feel that it is my role as a Christian wife to care for my husband in the ways that I am able (e.g.: cooking for us, doing our laundry and picking up around the house). He does help me, but he helps me in many more ways than just inside! We made a pact that I take care of inside and he takes care of outside, including the cars. While that seems like I got the short end of the stick, at least my jobs are with A/C. :) And, I don't do all of this because I feel like I have to. I do it because I want to! (And it doesn't hurt that I'm the most Type-A person you'll ever meet in your life!)

{Photo via Google}

Sunday, June 26, 2011

weekend.

Oh, weekend. How you always fly by so quickly!!!

I took Friday off to just plain get things done. I went to the doctor, went to {finally} change my vehicle registration...and got a ticket on the way to the place (ugh), got my hair cut, went to pick up things for a dessert I was cooking on Saturday, and watched "The Adjustment Bureau" with Brandon over supper and vino. 

Saturday, we went to Fort Worth for the funeral of a beloved man, Scott Walker, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday. It was a beautiful service and a wonderful tribute to his life. On the way back, we decided to eat at In-N-Out Burger, which just opened its third location in Dallas.  After nearly an hour wait, we got to taste the heavenly food. SO GOOD...yet so bad for you. 


We spent the afternoon lounging around and I made this for dinner with Brandon's family: The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie 'n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar. Again, so good, yet so bad for you. Uh-mazing. 

First, you make the chocolate chip cookie mix and layer it in the bottom of a casserole dish:


Layer with Oreos: 


Then, mix brownie batter and pour over the Oreos:


Heat at 350 degrees for 55 minutes:


And wa-la: 


Awesome. Pretty sure I dreamed about this last night. 

Today (Sunday) we went to church and officially joined the Newlyweds Sunday School class. We're so excited to take part in this 52-week class and see what the Lord has in store for us in these 52 weeks. After church, I washed clothes and sheets, dusted and picked up around the house. My sweet husband even vacuumed for me! Love him. :) Then, I went to the grocery store and my gosh, it feels so good to have a week's worth of groceries and a full refrigerator! The small things...

And, here we are on a Sunday afternoon watching FOX News. We are so cool. :)

Happy Sunday.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

happies.

I had a teacher in middle school that said "happies" for anything that made you happy that day. "Happies" was a noun. As in, "What are your 'happies' for the day?"

I thought about that this morning as I was getting dressed. It was a bright morning; the sun was peeking through our curtains in our bedroom, I didn't hear Brandon's alarm go off, and he came and sat on the bed all dressed and ready for work (mmm, I love the way his cologne smells) and kissed me goodbye. I was barely awake, but I smiled. Happy #1.

Then, I went to make my coffee. After that first sip, I realized, "Holy cow, this coffee is good." (Starbucks Pike Place Roast, if you're wondering.) Happy #2. Then I remembered that Brandon picked it up on a whim when he was at Starbucks. Happy #3. And then I looked at my cute little 'B' mug and realized how much I love drinking coffee...ahem, good coffee...out of it. Happy #4.

{I'm racking up these happies like a cash register. Ca-ching, ca-ching!)


Today is my Friday, so I'm generally in a much better mood than I would be on any given Friday. Is that a movie? Wait, no. That's Any Given Sunday. Never mind. I never saw that movie, anyway. Happy #6: Friday PTO.

Happy #7? My Tom Thumb-purchased peony that's blooming like crazy. Not even kidding, I left for work on Tuesday and it was still somewhat closed. I got home Tuesday night and it was like all bursting and open like this. Beautiful. 

{My peonies in the living room, however? They need some help. Bloom, peonies, bloom!} 


Figuring out these "happies" is kind of like writing down what you eat: it makes you really realize it, and makes you thankful for what you have in your life, whether it be small things (blooming peonies) or big things (a husband whose love is unconditional, when sometimes, frankly, I don't know how he doesn't smack me sometimes).

Speaking of being thankful for your family (whether they're friends-that-are-family or family-that-are-friends), my aunt's father figure passed away on Monday from an unexpected heart attack. Please keep her in your prayers, will you?

I didn't know about this death until just a bit ago, but as I was driving to work this morning, I was listening {for the 100th time} to "This Little Light of Mine" by Addison Road. In the song, there's a part that goes:

In this life you will know
Love and pain
Joy and sorrow
So when it hurts
When times get hard
Don't forget whose child you are

Sounds so simple, doesn't it? But that's just it. It is simple: our life is going to throw us so much love. So much pain. So much joy. And so much sorrow. It's inevidible. It's going to happen. But when it life gets hard, remember who you can turn to. My Grammy always told me, "Remember who you are and whose you are. You are a child of the King."

Happy Thursday, friends. Be inspired to find your "happies" today.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

oh, my.


I wish I could sit here and tell you that we're having this awesome summer and I haven't been busy at all. I wish I could say that I've been spending my summer hanging out with friends, going out to eat, relaxing and enjoying the {hot} dog days of summer.

...but I would be lying to you.

Life has been out of control busy this month, and I'm really paying for it: broken out skin, circles under my eyes, only working out a few days a week, snipping at my husband...

And I'm sorry. Really, I am. I'm sorry to you, sweet readers, because I feel like I'm being such a "Negative Nancy" this month. I had a full-on cryfest at my office on Monday; totally came out of nowhere and I was completely unable to stop it. Talk about embarrassing! Vented to Gel.

But you know, it's times like these that I'm reminded to just be. To just calm down, take it all in and breathe.

I used to get mad at those people that would say, "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all 'small stuff.'" I wanted to scream at them, "Um. Right. You tell that to my boss."

But the more that I think about it, I need to stop what I'm doing, take a breather, and remember that life goes on. Watch that movie on a Tuesday night, even if it totally defers from the 'normal' routine. Have another glass of wine. Turn the TV off and just talk to my husband. Go on a walk. Remember that everything will get done.

If you know me, you know that I am a "list girl." I have lists everywhere: at my office, in my car, on our refridgerator. It gives me great, utter satisfaction to check that little box I've drawn next to my task at hand. It's like finishing an OCD marathon - box is checked, let's go get our banana and walk it off. Kind of Bethenny Frankel-esque.

That said, I haven't been able to check hardly any boxes this month. Right when I start a task, another - more pressing - one pops up. Talk about learning to control the OCD. This month I have honestly learned that it's okay that laundry is overflowing in the hamper; it's okay that we eat leftovers two nights in a row; it's okay that I don't finish pitching to media in one day. It's okay. *Sigh.*

And my sweet, amazing husband, sent me an e-mail today (knowing full well how insane life has been this month) saying, "I know you're stressed out. What can I do to help you out tonight? What can I do that will just make your day?" Ladies (and gentlemen, if you're reading, too)...that is a real man right there. Homeboy grew up with no sisters, and bless his heart is learning all about razors, make-up, tampons {Did I really just write that on my blog?} and the importance of having a regular pedicure. So for him to send me a sweet e-mail like that, I was swooning. I love him.

I'm taking Friday off to relax, rest and recharge. And I promise that I'll be back next week with my regular WILW posts (and happy, positive posts!) I'm skipping the workout tonight and am going to make an insanely fattening dinner tonight (sour cream chicken enchiladas, if you were wondering) and am watching "16 and Pregnant." Screw the 'routine.' OCD, peace out tonight.

{Photo via Pinterest}



Monday, June 20, 2011

Chance of Rain.

There's a chance of rain in Dallas today. You wouldn't know it by the sun creeping through the blinds in my office today. (I like to call my cube mate "Dracula," because the windows are always closed.) But there is a chance and I'm excited.


It's been so hot here in Dallas lately. I'm ready for a bit of rain and some relief from this insane heat. A nice, rainy day sounds good. :)


Anytime I think of rain, I always think of the kissing scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

I love that movie.


Hubs and I watched the Miss USA pageant last night. Can I please say that the winner (Miss California) is so cute? Loved the top of her green dress. Totally matched with her red hair. Loved it.


I'm so overwhelmed this week. My colleague is still out and I'm absolutely exhausted. I'm taking Friday off and I am so thrilled. Can-not wait.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

weekend.

First of all, Happy Father's Day to the most amazing Dad a girl could ask for! I'm so sad that I couldn't be with you today, but I love you very much! 




He is the epitome of a loving, caring father. He is a provider, a protector, a fighter, a true measure of a family man. 

"The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him." -Proverbs 23:24 


I could not be more proud to call him my Dad. I am so proud of him and thankful for him. He is wise beyond his years. He fought for me...literally. And I can never say "thank you" enough for that. 

I love you, Dad.  


We took it so easy this weekend. And after the crazy week I had, it was wonderful. 

I read a lot of The Pioneer Woman's Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
{Such a good love story!}


After I cleaned our house for two (yes, two!) hours, I rewarded myself with a pedicure and a Sonic vanilla Diet Coke {I love Sonic Happy Hour!} and a manicure/pedicure. And I had a free pedicure from my salon! Score.

And, because I'm so proud of myself, let me just tell you how much I cleaned our house:
two loads of laundry, cleaned both bathrooms, washed the sheets, mopped, vacuumed, dusted and cleaned the kitchen. Whew! 


Peonies were on sale at my grocery store ($4.99 for a bunch!) and once I brought them home and put them in a vase, I thought that a date night in with my hubs would be super fun and a great ending to his day golfing. So, I rented The Company Men and made chicken and steak shish kebabs. It was so fun to just relax with Brandon over dinner and a movie. After a bit of SNL reruns, we hit the hay.


We went to Sunday School this morning and came home and napped and had dinner with my grandparents, who were driving through Dallas. 

After dinner, I decided that I really wanted cookies. Chocolate chip cookies and/or Monster Cookies, to be exact. But I didn't have chocolate chips. And I certainly didn't want to go to the grocery store for one thing, especially since I'd been there the day before. 

So I made sugar cookies. And can I tell you something? I love being able to just whip something up with ingredients already in my kitchen. I felt very Martha. "Oh, this recipe calls for baking powder? No worries, I have a jar of Clabber Girl in the cabinet." 


We're currently eating the cookies (with milk, thankyouverymuch) while watching the Miss USA Pageant. 

And, by the way, this is what my husband did the entire afternoon: 


Relaxing weekend, I must say. 

I don't want to go to work tomorrow. 

Happy Sunday!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday.

"Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet."
-Bob Marley

Heavenly Friday, you're here at last.

It's a high of 102 degrees here in the Big D today, which, if we didn't already know, means summer is here...and in fact, it's still spring. Summer doesn't even officially begin until Tuesday.

Hubs and I are spending this beautiful summer evening on the porch at Kona. A simple date night over some saki and sushi.

And then a pedicure for me on Saturday, some golf for hubs.


A trip to the grocery store, which will, of course, involve me bringing home sugar-free Fudgesicles. Because that's summer to me.


And it will involve church and Sunday School.


And sitting around a dinner table with my grandparents, who are driving through the Big D on their way to a summer getaway.


If the weather allows, we'll hit the pool with our books.


And take afternoon naps. And call Dads to thank them for being so wonderful.


And possibly stopping to get another {amazing} snowcone at the ghetto snowcone shop we discovered last night.

More than anything, I am ready to relax and just be.

Happy Weekending.

{All photos but last photo via Pinterest and We Heart It}

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Random Thursday Post

Random Thursday thoughts:

I am exhausted today. Why? Because I had a disgusting dream that my husband murdered me. What the what?! Brandon was so disgusted and half-laughed when I told him that. I think I've been watching too much Law & Order.

I make these highly involved meals, but sometimes, the simple ones are the best (and the cheapest):

Grilled chicken in a teriyaki marinade, Uncle Ben's 90-second brown rice, and my "famous" asparagus. Want the recipe? You're going to laugh. And my grandmother would die:

Wash the asparagus and break off those ends. Arrange them on a plate. Spray a little spray butter over them, then sprinkle with lemon pepper, garlic salt and the juice of half a small lemon. Put in microwave for 4 minutes. You're done.


Yesterday I was so stressed out. Brandon, too. So I bought a bottle of Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon and we just sat on the couch and talked. And I read P-Dub's new book. Life was happy last night.

I want to paint my toenails this color. I have a free pedicure (because at my fabulous nail salon, you buy 11, the 12th is free...love it) and I'm so using it this weekend. I normally wouldn't go for this color, but I am kind of liking it for summer.


Speaking of weekend, hubs and I are having date night on Friday. Kona and a movie. So excited for those avocado eggrolls and sushi. And I guess I should really be excited about spending uninterrupted time with my husband? :)

I'm exhausted. I'm going to get another Diet Coke. Talk to y'all tomorrow.

Sincerely,
The Boringest Blogger on the Planet

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

p-dub.

I love The Pioneer Woman. And I love anything that bakes in the oven for 20 minutes, allowing me to fold clothes and pick up around the house while it's cooking.

So, last night I veered away from our typical Cooking Light recipes and made P-Dub's Sour Cream Noodle Bake.


Ummm....two words: in.love.

I typically am not a fan of cottage cheese (which this recipe calls for) but this was heaven in my mouth. And hubs liked it, so score one for the SCNB. I'll be making again.

I did make a few subsitutions:
  • whole wheat noodles as opposed to egg noodles
  • light sour cream
  • 93/7 ground beef
  • and I did not grate my own cheese (I don't have time for that!)
But seriously? We loved it. And I pretty much feel like a drug addict craving for one more hit...of the Sour Cream Noodle Bake. Do me a favor and make this next week. It's easy, yummy and your husband/boyfriend/fiance will thank you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Weekend.

Before I say anything, I have to say, "GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!" I am so happy and excited for them, and this picture just says it all. The first NBA Finals Championship in franchise history, y'all. That is a huge deal and I'm so glad that we got to watch history being made last night. Congratulations!

(By the way, I am loving that the homepage of the Dallas Morning News says,
"Simply Mav-elous.")

{Photo via Google}


We spent the weekend with my parents celebrating: my oldest younger brother turned 17, my sister is turning 9 on Saturday, my parents will celebrate 19 years of marriage on the 20th, and of course, celebrating the best Dad a girl could ask for. We had dinner together and gave gifts on Friday night, spent all day (literally) on the lake on Saturday, and went to church and my sister's dance recital on Sunday. Life is good.

While I hate the {long} drive, one of my favorite things to see is the line of pine trees start as soon as you hit Walker County. It's the little things.


We rode jet skis (and may or may not have gotten lost on Lake Livingston), lazed in the hammock, tubed, rode the boat and just spent time with family. I love it.


{I got this sign for my Mom for Mother's Day. That's supposed to say "Laguna," but oh well.}


I love summer days. They start early, end late and leave you filled with excitement and anticipation. We both are sunburned, but sunburned and happy.

{Check out his crazy, windblown hair! And ignore mine, please. Thank you.}


I absolutely adore my Dad.


Maggie had her dance recital and I'm pretty sure she was the cutest little ballet and tap dancer on the stage. I'm probably a little biased, though. :)

{Doesn't Brandon look like he's in the runner's stance and about to jet off in a marathon!?}


By the way, can you tell who Maggie looks like? Hint: It's not my Dad. :)
I love this picture.


I didn't want our weekend to end. When I was unpacking last night and throwing our dirty clothes into the laundry basket, I smelled the faint scent of coconut sunscreen. Literally, my heart ached a bit for those summer days as a kid when the biggest item on your agenda was deciding between spending the day at the pool, or spending the day at your friends' pool. How I miss it.

Speaking of summer, here's the weekly forecast for Dallas:


I can sum all of those numbers up into one word: H-O-T. Summer is here, y'all. Summer is here.

Oh, and can y'all please do us a favor and say a prayer of protection over us and our neighbors? Two cars directly outside of our apartment (literally 10 feet away from our bedroom balcony; we're on the first floor) got broken into last night. One person had his stereo stolen and another had his car hot-wired. The police said that it looks as though the people were attempting to steal the cars. Neither of them were expensive vehicles, which scares me because ours aren't, either. Please just say a prayer that:

  • The police catch whomever did these acts (or that the Lord gives them guilt and they turn themselves in) and give them justice.
  • Our vehicles remain safe. I know they're just "things," but it's that sense of violation.
  • The two guys whose vehicles were broken into are able to repair the damage that was done.
  • Those that did this don't return to our apartment complex.
Thank y'all! And Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lake Weekend.

I am typing this from my iPhone in the car...I love technology! We had a sun-filled lake weekend and I'll post pictures tomorrow. :) In the meantime, GO MAVS!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Y'all.

"If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane."
Jimmy Buffett


Y'all. It's was a cuh-razy morning in the Whitacre household today. No fights, of course. Just craziness that I can only explain by saying: "I laughed." In the middle of craziness, I laughed. It was the only thing I could do at the time. And you know what? I'm still laughing.

I'm having lunch with Emily today (so excited) and then we're East Texas-ing it for the weekend.

Have a safe, happy Friday, and happy weekending.

{Photo via Pinterest}