Tuesday, July 31, 2012

So close and yet so far. Alternatively titled: The Adventure that is Michigan.

Today marks two years that we've lived in Michigan.

I remember wondering who turned on the air conditioning because it was so cool outside. (I think it was 85 and we'd left 110 in Oklahoma.) We quickly unpacked everything and then went and had a square burger (Wendy's) for dinner.

As I laid in bed that night, the gravity of it all hit like a ton of bricks. I was terrified about what lied ahead for us. Law school was going to be hard and Brandon still needed to find a job. There was also the looming terror that our families and friends were a thousand miles away. No one was just down the street anymore and if something went wrong, we were all each other had in the world. For better or worse, we were now facing the next three years together, just the two of us.

But most of all, what scared me was the UNKNOWN of it all, because what I "knew" wasn't even concrete.

I really didn't know how hard law school was going to be. I also didn't know how hard it would be to live so far away from loved ones. The reality was that I only had ideas of what our little adventure would look like. Teetering between the brink of puking my guts out from nerves and being so excited I couldn't stand myself, I realized there was no turning back now.

The last thing I remember that night was thinking how long three years would take. My dream of an attorney was so close and yet so far.

I could never have imagined how awesome all of this would turn out to be. We have made some of the best memories of our lives together. We've been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Our marriage has been reborn in ways we never imagined it could be. I have made some of the very best friends I could ever ask for and we both have committed ourselves to living healthy lifestyles. I don't think either of us would take back a second of any of it either. 

I can't believe we only have a year left in Michigan. The taste of Oklahoma and our return is slowly but surely starting to become real.

We are so close and yet so far to another round of the unknown for us.

But for now and for today and in the year to come, I'm enjoying and plan to enjoy the adventure that is Michigan.

 Happy Tuesday, Y'ALL.

Monday, July 30, 2012

An Important Milestone.

NOTE: Jessi, Loren and Will, this post is for you.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver

Tomorrow, we will have lived in Michigan for two years.

But more importantly, today marks the day that we left.

I don't know about you, but for me getting started, on any task, whether it's sitting down to do homework, going for a run, or move across the country to go to law school, is the hardest part. Once, I get going, I'm completely fine. It's the starting part that I struggle.

You see, when you start any journey, however big or small, that means you actually believe the words that are coming out of your mouth. It means that whatever it is you're about to do is totally worth it.

I am from one of those small towns where it is extremely hard to "get out." It is also one of those places where everyone and their dog knows your business. There are also two groups of people: those who get out and those who didn't. You can certainly tell the difference between the two too.

Those who have left know that while it's still home and will always be home for us, there is a whole world that is exciting and exhilarating that is just waiting to be explored. It is rare for us to return to live. If we come back, we don't stay for very long. (I did it once myself and didn't stay for very long. I plan to do the same this next go round.)

The other half, the half who didn't leave, are further broken down into two groups: those who can't believe we'd have the nerve to leave and those who are related to those who have left. The first group is pretty self-explanatory. The other group longs to go out, but for some reason seem to be stuck with taking that first step.

This post isn't about me tooting my own horn about leaving. Yes, it is a huge deal that we had the courage to move cross country for a dream I've had since I was 17 years old. But that's not the point to this post.

Despite those rough spots to my small hometown in Oklahoma, it is still home for me and a lot of other people.

This post is about taking that first step.

If you've done the research, prayed over it for a long time, and have the green light from the big JC, then it's time to move forward.

Don't be afraid or concerned with the fear of missing out on what you're leaving.

Be concerned with the fear of missing out on what you will miss if you don't. 

Will it be hard? Of course it will. But it will be more than worth it too.

I've left my hometown twice.

Both times I've never regretted my choice for one second.
Both are considered the among the top three greatest experiences of my life.
Both were the start of the greatest learning experiences of my life.

And both have brought more joy than I could have ever imagined.

So, if you're waiting to take that first step, let today be that day. It really is the hardest part of the whole dang thing.

You'll still die famous in your small town. You'll just be the gal or guy who was known for his/her courage to see the world and lived to tell the tale.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Queen and Agent 007. And other things I'm loving this Saturday.

-If you haven't seen this video yet, you should. The Queen knows how to make one hell of an entrance.

-This post is a must read.  It sums up my entire feelings on the Chick-fil-a hot mess.

-I think I'm going to run a half-marathon. Runners, I need your tips.

-I'm Team USA all the way, but as for the Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps rivalry, I think this video says it all.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

What's going on in your world? Happy Saturday and Go USA!!


Friday, July 27, 2012

I'm looking for the good today.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."-John 16:33

DISCLAIMER: This post is basically me just trying to process my thoughts and put it somewhere so that I can reduce my stress level. It is not about my thoughts regarding the 2nd Amendment.

I've been thinking a lot about the Aurora shooting lately.

You see, I'm an avid movie-goer. We didn't have cable until I was 14 years old and so I grew up going to the movies and seeing movies regularly. It is something that I appreciate about my childhood most.

I also suffer from General Anxiety Disorder. In plain terms, I'm a worry wart on overdrive.

Since the shooting, I've not been in a movie theatre. I realize that the shooting was only a week ago, but I was looking forward to seeing the latest installment of the Dark Knight series. My husband and I planned to go as part of his birthday celebration. With finals looming, we haven't had a chance to make it to the movie just yet.

And secretly I've been relieved about that because I'm scared about going again.

I know that this fear is irrational and I could get hurt in a car accident or walking in a parking lot.

But the fear has remained just the same. It is also still very real.

One of my coping mechanisms when my stress levels are high like they are right now with finals is to avoid things that would trigger my anxiety going into overdrive. I don't know about family dramas unless it's a life and death matters. I usually have very little clue about the latest political dramas. I don't read about a lot of news.

One of the many ways my anxiety manifests is that I have VERY vivid nightmares.

Unfortunately I've made the mistake of clicking on one of the articles about the heroes on a celeb news site I read and I saw the shooter.


So I've been praying for peace on the matter and a release from this extra unnecessary stress.

I got my prayers answered when I read this blog post and this article.

I was reminded that with the very bad, there is also very good around us as well every day, including days like the one the people of Aurora experienced.

So today, I'm making it my mission to find the good because I know it's out there.

Happy Friday!


P.S. Don't forget to ask me anything! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Side Effects of Slap Happiness.

I'm either: 
a. a moron,
b.  sleep deprived,
c.  just plumb out of my mind
d. slap happy OR

Because I've decided to do a Q & A post.

So lay your questions on me.

Come on now.
Don't be shy!
Step right up!
You're the next contestant...(See? SLAP. HAPPY.)

I'll entertain your questions on just about anything.


I'll answer them in VLOG form!!

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday is "Policy" Day.

Policy: prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs.

I don't talk about law school that often on here. I mention that I'm studying and have no life in passing. I might also talk about going out with some friends from school here and there.

But other than that, I don't say a lot on the subject.

I have a reason for this. It's simple.

Law school is my job. I don't talk about my job as a matter of professionalism. I also won't talk about my job as an attorney one day for the very same reason.

That my preference. If you don't like it, I'm not sure what to tell you. I don't want that to come across as rude, but part of the snapshot of my life that you read about here includes you knowing that I'm in law school and will one day be an attorney. And that's the long and the short of it.

The sucky part about this is that you don't get to hear in detail about how awesome my friends from school are.

There's a group of girls that I am close with and have been blessed by ten times over in school. They all have made my law school experience wonderful when we aren't dying from studying for finals.

We all connect for different reasons and I don't think this is by coincidence. Law school has easily been the hardest and best experience of my life and I know that the ways I've been challenged have not been just for kicks.

They tolerate my emotional stuntedness and are always there to tell me that I will get through whatever struggle I'm facing.

Anyways.The point? I'm breaking my policy to share a verse with you.

This semester, I have had a class that makes me want to cry endlessly. It is hard. This verse was shared with me yesterday by one of the girls.

I thought that if any of you are going through something that has just rocked you to your core, it might help you find solace. I know everyone's struggle is different, but is still just as important.

"Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you." -Isaiah 41:10

Hope this finds you well.

Happy Wednesday. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday.

This Week's Loss: 2 POUNDS!!!

Total Loss: 44.8 POUNDS!!!

What I craved this week: A burger cooked on the griddle and chicken fried steak, fried potatoes, fried okra, and gravy. Basically, I've craved grease.

What I noticed was different about my body: I've noticed that I've been running colder recently. I remember doing the same thing when I lost a bunch of weight in college. Not sure if it's a coincidence or because I've lost weight. I also get fuller a lot faster now.

Workouts I did this week: Two runs and a blowing off some steam walk with B.

Personal Goal for this week: Stay focused on school. Hit all my runs. No Flex Points.

Favorite Quote for this week: "Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you." -Isaiah 41:10

What I'm looking forward to: Being the next size down in clothes. I am getting so close!!

Happy Tuesday!
 P.S. If you haven't read this post, you totally should! So well said!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Our Weekend In Pictures: Brandon's Birthday and The Color Run!

This weekend was Brandon's birthday weekend. 

He wanted to fish and eat Mexican.

So Friday night we completed the first part of his birthday mission...
The Birthday Boy caught a fish!

I'm on a mission to get a good Instagram photo of us for my new EC planner. This one's blurry.

Another beautiful Michigan sunset...maybe a contender?

We also took this shot as we were headed back to the dock.
On Saturday (aka B's birthday), we headed out with friends for some Mexican food.

Of course, there was some resistance to pictures when they brought out the sombrero!

Isn't he cute?!?! (We'll see how long it it before he tells me he can't believe I posted this picture here! HA!)

What's a birthday without a cookie cake?!?

On Sunday morning, I got up and went with my best gal pals from school to hit up the Color Run. It was a total blast! I'm not posting all those pictures because the amount that I took is obnoxious. No lie.

Clean (Before) Color Runner.

COLOR (After) Runner!

I may slightly obsessed with the photo apps, Instagram, Pic Stitch, and Phonto...as if you couldn't tell.

Me and my pals!

We had a total blast this weekend. It is probably my favorite weekend this summer.

And since I'm feeling extra sappy, I just want to say how much I love B. I felt myself falling more in love with him this weekend. He seriously makes me so happy.

Now that I've made half my audience gag in disgust, I'll end this post.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Guest Posting Gig

Hi y'all.

I've got a guest posting gig over at Our Love Nest's blog today. So head on over for news on what my date nights have looked like this summer!

Happy Friday!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Little Q&A with my seestur, Jessi.

1. What is your secret? What have you been doing to lose the weight?

 I am not sure I really have a secret, but I know could not keep doing what I was doing. I have never been small. I was always bigger than my friends and I couldn't grasp how they could eat anytime and whatever they wanted and I thought I could tot. Obviously, that wasn't the case.

Gosh, I have done lots of things to help lose weight. One thing I did do that most people don't like doing was seeing someone who specializes in it. I go to a dietician. This was a hard decision for me because I had seen one when I was younger and felt humiliated, but I knew I wanted someone who this was their cup of tea. He has taught me a lot and taught me fully how to read and understand labels, know good fats from bad. But here is the thing he can't control what goes in my mouth. 

So that's where lots of self control and withdrawals come in,  and time just pouting because I can't just put whatever in my mouth I want. 

Several huge things I have done was cut the junk food, cut fried food (which I live in the South so it's everywhere. I laid off pop and if I had it I had diet. I am firm believer that aspartame is bad BAD and I will tell you it is to your face. But if for some reason I think just need some source of caffeine I will drink it on rare occasion but usually do tea for caffeine.

If I can tell you to do anything, that would be to DRINK WATER like its going out of style!! I have heard people say they hate water and I don't understand that. In the summer here in OK I can't get enough with the heat. The thing with water is it makes you feel full, so when I have the urge for a snack I grab my big container of water and just drink away. One day I drank 100oz without realizing it, but gosh my bladder knew. 

 I do exercise which yes had been big factor but not huge because I walk a lot at work and never sit. For me the bigger changes have come from my food choices. Until recently I hadn't been doing any extra exercise outside of work, but now do couch to 5 K program.

2.  What's your motivation? 

THE MIRROR! I looked in it and saw something I couldn't believe I let happen. 

But if I have to narrow it down, there are three things that motivate me.

First, my sister. We said this year was the year we get fit and that what we are doing! I kinda had a head start on her because I started November 6th. There are days we text and one is in a slump and the other is like get your butt up and do something or ask what is for lunch. We keep each other in check, but if anything we encourage each other we send "hot mess" pics to each other to show how yucky we got after a good workout. It's funny and it makes you want to keep going! The rest of my fam encourages me as well! It goes a long way to have them, because they see you everyday and see you in good and bad days. My Dad will ask me how much I lost and at first I didn't know how to respond but he never fails to ask every month and tell me to keep going because every little pound or ounce counts! He knows it's something that has bothered me and something I have struggled with for awhile as well as rest of fam. He also tells me how good I look on different occasions and it's makes my heart happy! My sister and I are super blessed to have a daddy and momma like we do.

Second is my close friends! They may not be in the same town but gosh there is not a week goes by that they ask how I am doing or tell me they are going to work out at 5 (crazy Carrie!!!) I am still dead to the world then. They text or call to say hey but throw in that they are proud of me and continue on talking and I am still stuck on what they said because its new to me, so it often stops me in my tracks and don't know how to respond. 

Last, but most importantly has been God! Gosh without him I not sure where I be. He has seen me at my worst and knows when I sneak a cookie or two I don't need. He knows when I have had tears roll down my face because I looked at myself and wonder, "Has any guy ever looked my way?" He knows I have asked him to NOT let me die a nun! He reminds me that there is more to life than looks and it's about inner beauty too! He is there when I feel like I can't make my legs run any farther! He's been there for me more than just this journey I started in November. He has his arms around me at all times! 

Okay. Okay. I know said three but this is something else. My degree is hugely health based and I had hard time thinking how could I ever help people with struggles when I don't even take care of myself.

3. Why now?

Well like I said before Sam and I said this is the year we get fit and take care of us and of business! So we are doing just that! I also will say moving home has been hard on me in the department of being lonely! I lost 30 lbs my senior yr of college with working out and eat properly with Carrie  (bless her for doing it with me!) If I could FaceTime/workout with her at same time and not throw up I would as well as Sam and so many others! But I say that to say that being home was and still is rough because I don't have close friends here and I feel like I am in kindegarten making new one all over! So I did whole lot of nothing and and ate how I felt which is bad! I gained weight I lost back and more.

It was brutal to say the least so I had to do something and I knew it was going to take time to get it done! I remember stepping in the scale for the first time  and wanted to quit and sit down and cry. But that when I heard the good angel on my left say "Jess this is why you are here and we gonna get through this." So I strapped on my big girl panties and said "Let's do this!" I am only person who knows what the scale read and will remain the only one to know till I am ready to let it out. Mostly because the number I saw made me want to puke and yet that's what keeps me going today.

 4. What are some of your goals? 

Honestly I tossed around what my ultimate goal weight around, but that's never been a big goal for me. I did have a first goal of losing 50lbs and I have done that. But my biggest goal was and is to just keep going and never look back. Yeah as cheesy as it maybe that is my goal because there are days I want to throw towel in and be done. BUT I am not ready to give up or stop yet and so I just keep going! 

5. What do you notice is different about your body?

JOINTS! Like I said before at work I am on my feet all the time so by the end of the day. My knees and ankles were throbbing, but now they don't! It feels amazing to feel like I could go all day long! From sun up till sun down. 

Me and our baby sister, Loren.

I can feel and see bones without having to do some maneuver to do so. I don't have cankles anymore. I can see my clavicle bone, veins, my hands are more defined. 

Now you can laugh at me for this but  I have always had boobs from as long as it was time for them to come in. I been used to being "blessed" in that department. When I start losing weight anytime, the first place I lose is always my boobs.  I'm down two whole cup sizes!

It's amazing to not walk or turn around and boobs get in the way!!

 So it's definite plus I just didn't want to lose so much by boobs would hang low as Ethionpian women's do. Call me dork I don't care! I just didn't want to be able to tie them in a knot as the song goes! 

Oh and my stomach does not stick out farther than my boobs now.

6. How much have you lost total currently?

57.5, but I haven't stepped on a scale in weeks!

7. What you doing differently from your sister? What are you doing the same?

Different-  Our foot intake is the difference. I've limited my portions. Sam is using Weight Watchers.
Same-  We're both running.

Edited to Add: This question will receive a more in-depth response next week. But for now this is a "long story short" version.

Got any other questions? Lay them on me! Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday is "Irregular" Day.

Irregular: lacking continuity or regularity of occurence

It's time.

I'm no longer concerned about making sure I have a post written every single Wednesday.

So if you get an educational post on Wednesday, consider it a treat.

Happy Wednesday y'all.


That's what I originally had written. I wrote that post on Monday. I thought I was fine with it and then I went for a run this morning. While on that run, I got to thinking about how educational Wednesday's have been a part of my blog since the beginning.

It's a constant around here. I like consistency. I like tradition. What can I say? I'm an emotional sap. I admit it.

So I'm not quite ready to let go of it just yet.

PLUS, I think part of me was giving it up because I got a little too big for my blogging britches. I can admit it. I'm not proud of it. But shit happens sometimes. (Sorry Mom!)

I especially can't get rid of it when I think I'm above it. That's not how it works around here. I don't do "above it" or "holier than thou" people.

I also can't get rid of it because it's not popular. This blog has never been about doing the latest thing. Hell, I just did my first giveaways last month! (Sorry again mom!)

Educational Wednesday is here to say.

And now that I've written a post about blogging-and cussed TWICE! Sorry mom!- I'll shut up before I go on a tirade about how I don't like those either.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday.

This Week's Loss: 1.6 pounds!! BOOYAH!

Total Loss: 42.8 pounds

What I craved this week: A Big Plate of Nachos and Dark Chocolate.

What I noticed was different about my body: This is going to sound really weird, but I was stretching the other morning and y'all my little overlap from my belly went flat when I stretched out. It was so stinking cool!

Workouts I did this week: Hit all my runs!

Personal Goal for this week: No flex points. Hit all my runs.

Favorite Quote for this week: I have two.

On Monday, I was NOT looking forward to my run. So I asked runners if they ever get burnt out on running and if they do, did they have a cure? Megan promptly responded, "Putting your pants on and knowing they are loose cause you run." I really like that, because they do!

Then I was in the library and my sister Jessi's best friend, Jessika sent us the following text:

I bawled like it was my job. This text is now my home screen shot.

I've decided I'm going to add a new section...

What I'm Looking Forward To: Finals Time. I know that sounds odd since it's an extremely stressful time for me, but since my schedule is so rigid, I only have certain times to eat. Since I basically live at the library, there is little time to leave to be tempted. I dropped ten pounds last go round. So anything to make the process go by quicker, I'm all about.

Don't forget to submit your questions for my sister regarding her weight loss journey!

Happy Tuesday!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Some things just need to be left alone.

I've tried to keep my mouth shut on the matter. I really have.

I didn't want to be another one of "those people."

But Hollywood has officially crossed the line this time.

In fact, I'd go as far to say that Jesus is on his way back VERY soon.

What am I ranting and raving about you ask?
Apparently Disney thinks they need to do the story about the Wizard of Oz before Dorothy arrived.

They even released a trailer at Comic Con this year.

And try as I might, I can't resist hopping on my soapbox as long as it takes you to read this pathetic post a hot second. In fact, I feel it is my duty as a loyal and ardent fan of the one and only Wizard of Oz.

  1. It's the "Great and Powerful, Wizard of Oz," not the other way around, Disney.
  2. James Franco couldn't be a believable wizard if he tried, let alone THE Wizard of Oz.
  3. I watched the trailer, several times, and there is so much CGI that they may as well throw their attempts in the garbage can. Seriously, if Harry Potter can pull off all the wizardry and witchcraft without noticeable CGI, then Disney should able to do so too.
  4. The Wizard of Oz is and was an old man when he arrived in the land of Oz. 
  5. For crying out loud, get some new freaking material Disney and Hollywood for that matter. The Wizard of Oz has been done and very successfully so, I might add. LEAVE IT BE. It doesn't need a prequel. 
  6. I'm not naive enough to know what this is really about. It's what it's always about: MONEY. A few days before this trailer was released, it was announced that the rights to Wicked were sold to Universal. Since we all know Disney can't be left out in any form or fashion, here we sit with a stupid prequel about the Wizard of Oz. Now, this doesn't mean I won't see Wicked. I personally can't wait to see that movie. 
  8. This looks like a Tim Burton hot mess. If you're a fan, that's fine, but clearly I'm not.
If you read that text, you can also see that there is a Steel Magnolias remake in the works as well.

If they're willing to go after these two classics, they will be willing to go after Gone with the Wind. 

What kind of world would that be???


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Some of my numbers in weight loss. And a guest post to come.

On January 10th I decided to make a lifestyle change.

I am telling you one of my numbers. When I hit my journey, I will have lost 89 pounds total.

To put it into perspective for you, you have to be able to need to lose more than 85 pounds to be on the Biggest Loser. 

So where am I?

I've lost 41 pounds. I have 48 to go before my goal weight.

I saw this comparison thing on Pinterest. And so I'm doing it.

The jar on the left is pounds lost. The jar on the right is pounds to go.
 I'm almost halfway. That is so crazy!

In other matters, this is my little sister Jessi.
Doesn't she look fabulous???
She's also been on a weight loss journey of her own. And I've asked her to do a Q&A interview on the old blog. Everyone has a different approach, style, way of doing things and my way might not be the best way for any one person. So I thought it'd be awesome for y'all to hear her thoughts.

Let me know if you have any questions for her!

Happy Thursday y'all!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday is "Adjustment" Day.

Adjustment: change

In just a few days we'll have officially lived in Michigan for TWO! WHOLE! YEARS!

And a few weeks after that, it'll be a year until we move back to the Promised Land that is OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKLAHOMA!!

I'm just a little excited. But only a little.

You see once again, when we move, there will be a ton of adjustments. 

This move back, like the move here, will take lots of prayer.

And therein lies the dilemma... I've kinda been going through a quiet period as far as my relationship with Christ is concerned.

We've been super busy with summer activities with our friends and the activities happen on the weekends.

Plus, lately, I've felt just kinda awkward when I settle in to pray.

Has anyone gone through this?

Major changes are heading our way once again and I just feel like God is completely silent.

I also feel disconnected because it's been awhile since we've talked.

Thoughts? Comments?

Happy Wednesday.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday.

This Week's Loss: I gained this week because I basically let myself go on an eating spree. I feel like I kinda needed to get it out of my system. I am happy to report that my gain wasn't awful, but it was enough to piss me off to the point that I refuse to post it.

Total Loss: Over 4o pounds

What I craved this week: I would love nothing more than to put my face in some cheesy baked ziti and a steak supreme chalupas from Taco Bell.

What I noticed was different about my body: My calf muscles are coming back!! I don't know why, but I really like calf muscles. It's one of the first things I notice about all people. It's also a source of pride for me since I've been running again.

Also, I really like the way clothes are starting to fit again. This is a picture of me dressed up for an event I had at school this weekend. I think it's cute, classy and yet very professional at the same time. PLUS, it makes me think of Jackie Kennedy!

Workouts I did this week: I had a super crummy workout week. Other than my time in the lake on the 4th, I did absolutely nothing. This week, it's pretty much balls to the wall again with school, so my workout schedule will become very rigid too, thankfully.

Personal Goal for this week: To hit all my workouts and then an extra one here or there because I want to get rid of the weight I put on and get back to kicking butt and taking names.

Favorite Quote for this week: "Trust the process." -Bob Harper, Biggest Loser Trainer

Happy Tuesday y'all!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays on occasion. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • I took a self-imposed hiatus this week from Twitter, Instagram and blogging. It was nice and needed. 
  • I have fully returned to all things super blonde. I feel fabulous in my natural state. 
  • I need to shave my legs. Armpits too.
  • If you're not reading BigMama or BooMama, start now. Seriously, they are such a treat and highlight of my day.
  • Went to try and buy some panties from GapBody because my dog eats my underwear on occasion. The GapBody was gone y'all! So my question is, are all the GapBody's being closed down across the country?
  • Speaking of shopping, there is a new Francesca's in the mall. I can wear the clothes now, but I wouldn't feel like it was an okay investment until about 10 pounds from now. When that happens, I'm going to be in serious trouble. Serious. Trouble.
  • The gumbo from Qdoba is all kinds of amazing. I put the pulled pork in mine. OH BUDDY! 
  • Team Pacey ALL THE WAY!
  • I am determined to get my to-do lists done every day until finals are over. I think this phenomenon is called having fire in my belly.
  • The Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce may shape up to be pretty nasty. 
Happy Monday y'all! Happy Monday, indeed.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Our 4th of July in Pictures...

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever." -John Adams

We spent our 4th with some friends from school and some friends from home on the lake and then we had a bonfire later that night. It was a ton of fun!


It tasted like a koolade. Seriously, I couldn't even taste the alcohol.

I made my momma's recipe for dirt cake, but instead of another layer of Oreo's, I made the flag on top of the cake. It was delicious, if I say so myself!

This was my manicure for the day. I did it myself.

These are my best gal pals in law school. Seriously, I don't know what I'd do without them.

This is my outfit for the day. I also had a cute swimsuit on as well. It's a cotton dress from Old Navy. It was so comfortable. I had one of my buddies french braid my hair on top and I thought she did such a cute job!

This is me at the beginning of the day.

This is me fried at the end of the day.

It was an amazing day all around and at the end of the day, I couldn't help but feel super blessed by all the wonderful people in my life. I also felt super proud to be an American as well.

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you take every opportunity to hug the ones you love.


P.S. Sorry for all the pictures of me. I hope I don't look like a narcissist. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy July y'all!

We have some good pals in town from Oklahoma this week and so I'll be pretty scarce. It's so good to have people here who understand all of our little phrases and nuances that are native to being an Oklahoman. I'm also glad that my accent will get a little thicker again.

I'll be back for Healthy Train Tuesday tomorrow. It could be a big week for me.

If I miss y'all on Wednesday, Happy 4th of July y'all!

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Hi y'all! The name's Samantha. You can call me Sam if you like. I am a lover to a boy I met at Falls Creek in the summer of 2005, that is a student of Jesus, a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead, Democrat by party, blonde to the core, and oldies but goodies kind of girl.
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