Friday, December 27, 2013

That time we moved to Arkansas...finally.

If you're new around here, today is your day to read ye ol' blog.

If you're not new, this is me basically talking about the past six months of our lives.

Back in June, Brandon got the job of his dreams offered to him. So we talked about things and decided that it was best he go ahead and take it. This meant we'd be moving to Arkansas after graduation aka I'd be taking a different bar aka we wouldn't be living in Michigan anymore.

While Brandon was in Arkansas, my sister came up to Michigan so I wouldn't have to be by myself. We lived together in college and so it was just part two of that. She worked for a dentist up here and I finished up law school.

By the way, I'm officially done with law school and now all I have to do is take the bar and walk at graduation on January 25th. Guess which one makes me want to vomit and break out in hives?

So anyways, last Thursday, Brandon flew into town bright and early and we loaded up the truck and the next morning we headed to Bentonville/Rogers Arkansas. We unloaded what would fit into our tiny one bedroom apartment that smells like smoke (more on that later) and then headed to my parents to unload the rest. But we had a burger from Ron's in Bentonville. It's a solid burger joint, if burgers are your love language.

We headed to my parents in Oklahoma and rested all of a night before we were in the car again for Christmas with my momma's family. That day also happened to be our 6th wedding anniversary. So when we got back from the festivities, Brandon treated me to a stay in a hotel in Tulsa and dinner and a movie. My favorite kind of date. We saw American Hustle and here's what I'll say about that. I've determined that I'm not a David O. Russell fan because I wasn't impressed with the film. We ate at Texas Roadhouse and the meal was delicious.

The next day we headed back to my parents for some shopping and taking the truck back to the rental place. We then celebrated Christmas the next few days with my family and then on Christmas day, we headed to see Brandon's side of the family. And now here I sit back in my parents house until tomorrow. We stopped back here because I had to pick up Pais. Sugar is too big for our apartment so for the time being she is staying at Nana's house.

Today is basically my last day of "freedom." I've got a ton of stuff to do with my bar prep course before Thursday when it officially starts. That starts with us finally organizing our apartment this weekend. So I'll finally get to experience Arkansas a little bit.

In the meantime, I'll be considering the question, "How does it feel to be back?" I don't have an answer that sits well with people at this point I don't think. I think it's because I don't respond with a resounding "Well, of course!"

The thing is that even though Michigan was far away from everyone and ultimately not home, I still really liked it there. So many good things happened while we were there. I got my education, Brandon got his first big break in his career, we had some great friends, I found my love of running, lost a bunch of weight, came to appreciate 20 degrees being a "heat wave", ran my first half marathon, discovered a new city, and so many other things.

But most importantly, Brandon and I had to rely on each other because we were all each other had. I feel like we united together as a couple in ways that might never had happened if we hadn't moved away. And that is priceless.

Don't misunderstand me. I'm very happy to be close to our families and extremely happy to live with my husband again. But I'm sure I'll go through a transition period again. I don't think I've crossed over to being a Yankee, but I certainly have learned how to tolerate the Michigander ways. So it'll be an adventure returning to the South. And it'll be an adventure learning a new area again. I'm looking forward to it all.

But getting over Michigan is going to take longer than I realized.

Our first real day in Arkansas starts tomorrow. I hope it's a good one.

And if you read all of this, I'm impressed.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday Whats-Its

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it. However, sometimes, I'm lame and it happens on a Wednesday. Roll with it.

  • I did a whole lot of nothing on Monday and it was wonderful. 
  • Part of my nothing has included researching running shoes. It's a sickness really. 
  • Can't decorate because we are moving soon. My house looks so lame right now. 
  • I need to get on some form of a Christmas card. 
  • There are 11 areas in my house that have to be packed. I've done one and it looks like a bomb has gone off in my house. 
  • We went to Frankenmuth, Michigan this weekend. We had chicken dinner at Bavarian Inn and went to Bronner's. It was awesome and I picked up some great ornaments and gifts. 
  • Tried on some Asics Nimbus 15s/Cumulus 15s today. I liked both. Need to think about which ones would serve me best. 
  • I'm pissed about the season finale of Sons of Anarchy. I'm still debating on whether I'll do an open letter to Kurt Sutter about it. 
  • This article on Evil Not Winning is wonderful. The video made me sob. 
  • Things will come together. They always do, but in the meantime, I worry about how it will all happen. 
  • My plan of attack includes sort, clean, trash, and pack. Lather, rinse, repeat. 
Happy Wednesday.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The REAL Last Day of School.

Tomorrow is my last day of school. EVER.

But I've always felt like the day before the last day is the true last day. It's when a person is really doing the last real school work before an assignment is due or studying before the last final. Because the last day is spent taking a final or turning in a paper, and there is usually some fun involved after it's all over.

When I was in high school, I made a point to walk across campus on the last day of school. I can still remember standing near the entrance to the cafeteria looking up towards the choir room and athletic room at the time. It was hot because it was the end of May. It also, fortunately, was sunny.

When I was in college, I remember sitting on the edge of the South Oval on a bench in front of Cate Center after my Modern Catholicism final. It was dreary and snow was trying to fall. I remember thinking that I'd never forget that moment and how things were going to be so different.

And I didn't. And they did.

But the two days before the above mentioned days were spent doing homework and last minute studying. I don't remember a whole lot about them.

Obviously, this time I am trying to think about it all.

I've spent today wrapping up cases and working on final journal entries and assessments. I've been cleaning my desk for the next intern.

The excitement is so palpable I can taste it.
The finality of it all makes me cry almost instantly.

And I don't ever want to forget any of it.

The good friends.
The bad friends.

And all those in between.

I just want to remember it. And be in the moment.

Happy Thursday...look out tomorrow, you're almost here!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Top Ten Favorite Fun Christmas Songs

Apparently, it's the week of the YouTube videos. It's only fitting since it's been my tradition since college to look up YouTube videos during finals time. Although, I technically don't have finals this go-round, the tradition still stands.

This morning on the way to work, I heard a song for the first time and it made me think of all the fun songs I love to hear at Christmas time and thought, "HELLO easy fluff blog post!" I mean hey, I'm blowing my sister's mind that I've posted two days in a row, why not go for the gold?"

So here I am.

1. "Donde Esta Santa Claus" by Guster - I just heard this one for the first time today and I am now obsessed with it. Makes me wish I was on an island with some castanets.

2. "Mele Kalikimaka" by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters - I will forever think of Cousin Eddie when I hear this song. If you don't know who that is, we need to talk.

3. "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano - This song always puts a smile on my face.

4. "Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey" by Lou Monte - Listen, this song is so ridiculous, that it's awesome. And I'm sure if you play it for your kids, you'll want to find me because you can't get it out of your head.

5. "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses - Not every song has to be ridiculous. This song is just plain fun and makes you want to tap your feet.

6. "Last Christmas" by Wham! - It's 80s Glam at its finest. How can you hate that?

7. "Christmas Cookies" by The Oak Ridge Boys - This link goes to a Fox News site. Yeah. But it's the only good quality video I could find.

8. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas" by Perry Como - Listen, if you have a line in the song that goes, "...And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again" that's from the 1950s, that's called winning. I love that even then parents needed a break from kids. It makes things realistic.

9. "All I Want for Christmas is You"  by Mariah Carey - Because DUH.

10. "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron" and "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen - These two songs tell a fun story from WWI. Also, makes you want to march or tap your foot. 

What are your favorite fun Christmas songs? Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

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

  • We move in two weeks and I need to pack. Haven't started yet. Yep. Do with that what you will. 
  • Gotta figure out how to pay for my bar prep course. It stresses me out. If I got this taken care of, that'd be the perfect Christmas gift. I realize that's lame, but it is what it is.
  • Not sure if I'm going to decorate for Christmas this year because I'll get to Arkansas and it'll basically be Christmas and I have to unpack before I start studying. I really want to relax the last weeks before I start that as much as possible. 
  • I'm able to run in less than three weeks from now. I'm excited and I've even treated myself to some new running gear to celebrate. I also am looking forward to finding a barre class in the Bentonville/Fayetteville area. 
  • I ate like crap this entire last week and I need to stop. I'm looking forward to making good choices and getting back on track. 
  • This scene gets funnier every time I watch it.  
  • Chris Hemsworth or Liam Hemsworth? I personally am #teamthor
  • Watched Cold Mountain yesterday. I forgot how versatile Nicole Kidman is. I also didn't realize that Charlie Hunnam is in that film. 
  • It's Bedlam Week and I'm nervous. I want to beat Oklahoma State so bad. I'm sure I say that every year, but this year, I really want it to happen! 
Happy Monday! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy December!

This week is my LAST week of school! E.V.E.R.

Part of me is sad. I really like school. I always have. There is a sick twisted part of me that is excited about studying for the bar because it means that I get to "do school" just a little while longer.

I'm also sad because of all the fun I've had while in school. There are so many experiences that I wouldn't trade for the world and my favorite life experiences and memories have ALL happened during college and law school. I didn't really have time to process the end of college because I got married and moved a week later. It took me a bit to get my bearings post college. It's part of why I started this blog. I have a similar situation with law school in that I'm moving next week. But different because I'm starting in a new city and state again. This semester has confirmed so many things for me about my career. I can't wait to see how it all plays out in Arkansas. And yet I'm sad to leave Michigan at the same time.


There is also a part of me that is really excited! I'm about to graduate!! WITH A DOCTORATE!!

I keep thinking about the song, "School's Out" by Alice Cooper and how I get to rock out to it on Friday and it actually means something. Of course, I wish that the weather was beautiful, but gotta take what I can get!

I'm also terrified because I now am responsible for everything I've learned. People look to me....and it's a huge responsibility.

For now, I'm just going to enjoy my last week.

Happy December and Happy Last Week of School EVER to me!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Updates....oh the updates!

I figure that since I haven't blogged regularly this semseter that I'm waaaaaaaaay overdue for a life update.


Next week is my last week of law school and school forever for that matter. It blows my mind that this day has finally arrived. I'm excited and scared all the same. There is something to be said for the law school experience.

ANYWAY. The week after that I spend the entire week packing and then we are headed to ARKANSAS! We will celebrate the holidays and then I'll start studying for the bar. This period shall also be known as Sam has no life and Brandon needs lots of prayers.

So that's the sorta logistics for things.


I am officially halfway through my recovery time for my stress fracture on my right foot. I will say that I can tell a difference in the way my foot feels and I'm so glad that as of this weekend, I only have three more weekends until I can start training again. I will be starting from scratch, but that's okay. It's best for my foot and best for my studying schedule.

Speaking of working out, I think we are going to join the Y when I get there b/c they offer some classes. I really like classes for some reason. I think it's because the weights and other strength training moves are already incorporated into them for me. Plus, I'm not an expert at being fit. Trainers are. And so, it's best that I go to those types of people to teach the classes.


Sugar and Paisley are doing well. I realize that I haven't talked about them in forever. I just thought y'all should know that shenanigans still abound regularly with these two. It's snowed recently in Michigan and so Paisley's stank face has raised a new notch.

But life is good for them and they cannot complain.


I think I am going to do my 25 days of Christmas posts this year. I don't know if everything will be all cutesy Christmas, but I will post every day about something. It'll be good practice for me.


My family is here this week for Thanksgiving in our teeny apartment. But I love it this way. We all have such a good time when we're together and I have LOVED them being here already. We've cooked good meals, had a lot of laughs, and already made a trip to the DQ for some dessert!

Although, apparently, my mother has this grand scheme to go Black Friday shopping. I don't know if y'all know this or not, but I am not a fan of the shopping event that is Black Friday. Don't get me wrong, I can put a hurt on some retail shopping with the best of them, but Black Friday just isn't for me. It's the highest level of passive aggressive and I just can't do that at 3:28 in the morning. I'm just not committed to the cause.


What are some other updates you need from me? I think I've covered things, but if I haven't, ask away.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

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

  • I have 12 days left of school. I'm excited to be done, but sad about leaving Michigan. Leaving is a hard thing to process. I move. Then I start studying for the bar. Have a little Christmas. Then officially no life until after the bar. All of this includes so much unknown. 
  • I've had a headache since Saturday night. 
  • I'm looking forward to buying the turkey and stuff for the brine. 
  • My sister bought the Blake Shelton Christmas CD. It's pretty good! 
  • Who else drags butt at 2:30ish every day? Just me?
  • I can't wait for Catching Fire and the new Vince Vaughn movie this Friday! We might even go to the midnight premiere. 
  • Is it wrong that I don't feel like I can play School's Out by Alice Cooper until I know I passed the bar?
  • I'd love to go to the beach.
  • I have a new obsession with booties. I want a pair of peep-toe booties this summer. Of course, that means that I will have to not jack with my toes while running. 
  • I'm about halfway through my recovery period with my stress fracture. Thank goodness! 
Happy Monday! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Back in the CST

Now that I am officially headed back to Central Standard Time, people are starting to ask what I think about moving back to the South. While there is a part of me that's sad to leave Michigan, I really am looking forward to a new beginning.

Our time here in Michigan has brought us so many new experiences - good and bad. We have learned so many different things about ourselves, our relationship, friendship, money, our faith, etc. We also have lived through actual winters. I'll admit that I'm usually crying uncle by February 1 at 12:01am, but either way, I'll definitely miss winter.

We have learned that having our own space has been good for us, but we also have learned that being close to family is VERY important to us. I think God heard us on that when he brought about this Arkansas opportunity in the first place.

I've started to scout out doctors and hair stylists and churches. I'm letting myself look forward to things like good Mexican and Sonic and Chick-Fil-A again. Living without those things these past few years have not been lost on me. I'll have to reign myself in the first few months I'm back so as to not gain a ton of weight.

And this new beginning has lots of promise. I'll admit though, I'm a hard sell. I mean I've lived in Oklahoma and Michigan for crying out loud. And while some people might not consider those great states, they have clearly never lived in either place.

Either way, I'm ready. Hopefully Arkansas is ready too.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Healthy Train Tuesday... A Fresh Start

When we fall off the healthy train, it's important to get back up and try again. I recently got back on track and then ate horribly for a few days and pretty much undid my hard work. Eating healthy is a choice I have to make every day. Writing here weekly keeps me super accountable. So here we go...

Total Loss: 71.6 pounds.
Starting Weight: 239 pounds
Current Weight: 167.4
Pounds to goal weight: 17.4

What I noticed was different about my body: Since running isn't an option, I'm going to have to be serious about doing other things like the stationary bike and walking. What I eat will make a difference of course and I need to focus on that just as much. The working out has never been an issue for me. It's the food.
Workouts I did this week: My last run was almost a week and half ago. I go walk tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to it.

Favorite Song of the Week: Snoopy's Christmas. I'm rocking the Christmas tunes hard core right now in the car and I'm digging this song.

Personal Goal for this week:

  • Be active 5 times
  • Finish stuff for nationals.
  • Check off all my to-dos. 
  • No pop for a week. It's time for me to quit pop and I need to be serious about, but I've got to take it in small steps. 

Hope this finds you well! As always if you have questions, I am happy to answer them!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

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

  • My contact case has a turkey on it and says "Happy Thanksgiving." My contact case = cooler than your contact case. 
  • I love Fall Back. I know some people hate it. However, I am a morning person. So more sun in the morning makes for a happier me. It's selfish. I'm aware. I'm sure some day when I have kids, I'll hate it. But for now, I don't. Therefore, I still like it. 
  • I got my hurr did recently. I put in a red that is out of the box for me. I wanted to do it before I graduated because it's the last time I'll be a little risky with my hurr. I've had very mixed reactions. People either love it or hate it. The people that hate it are not shy about their opinion and they are a little rude about it, in my opinion. 
  • Here's my latest theory on Dina returning to RHONJ. Since she is separated from her hubby aka Caroline's husband's brother, she is hurting for money. Also, I think that he called BS on her not talking to Caroline and she didn't like that. Bravo knows that Caroline does well, so that's why she gets her own show. Dina could have had the same had she stayed on the show and not gone off the deep end. 
  • Watched "A Few Good Men" for the first time this weekend. Gosh I love Aaron Sorkin!
  • I go back and forth on whether I want to make New York City Marathon or the Marine Corp Marathon my first. That first one is something really special and I think both of these races have that magical feel. 
  • Only 33 days until my last day of school. I'm gonna make a paper chain. 
Happy Monday! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Aloha JACK!

I've been thinking awhile about this little space of mine. This past semester has not lent the time for me to blog regularly like I used to. I think that comes with major transition. I also have about a cajillion other things going on as well, so the thing that had to take a back seat was my blogging.


It has given me time to think about why I write. When I started writing 6 months after I married Brandon, it was a way for me to process how my life was going. And it still is. Whenever there was bad or good, this was my place to talk about it.

My family is going through a hard season right now. I don't want to go into the gory details because it's not my story to tell, but my family could really use your prayers. I am swamped with major life changes and don't feel like I can be there for them like I would want. My ability to be there for them is going to remain limited until after the bar. It's part of the life I've chosen. And so I have to rely on God to be in control of the situation.

I don't know if you've been reading here long, but that whole letting go of control isn't exactly a strong suit of mine. I'm from the school that when something goes wrong, I have a moment to be upset about it and then I get after it.

Well, there is only so much I can do because in the next few months my life includes bar application, national competition, finishing externship, moving cross country, the holidays, and then after all of that: I study for the bar.

No time for life. I have a small reprieve from when I move to before I start studying for the bar. I plan to be as in the moment with my family then as possible. But it'll be limited because even then I'll need to start getting used to studying.

And it's in the past two weeks and realistically this semester - because let's be honest, my blogging has sucked this semester - I've realized that this space for me is still about finding the good in the middle of the crazy horrible awful.

My running was a good outlet for that as well. It was my time to think about and process those things that were bothering me, pray about them, and then figure out how I was going to deal with them.. And now that I'm out of that outlet literally thanks to a stress fracture, I can feel myself tensing up again.

Don't worry, I'm going to be on a stationary bike like it's my job in the next few weeks to keep my legs in shape. I'll tell you all about it too.


All runners will understand me when I say this: There is just something about the road that calms me. Lacing up my shoes, plugging in my jams and pounding out the world's troubles one step at a time is something that can't be compared.

What does this all mean? I guess the long and the short of it is that I need to come here to process. So that's what I'm going to do. Sometimes it's funny. (And by funny, read I think I'm funny.) Sometimes it's light and fluffy. Sometimes it's hard. But it's all me.

Hope this finds y'all well.

Happy November!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I've injured my ankle and I'm losing my mind.

Almost two weeks ago now, I went for a long run. I'm not doing a half this fall because of some ill planning on my part. But I still wanted to remain in shape. So this was my last long run of the year.

I've been talking with my running coach a lot and I've almost felt bored with my running. I still love it. But I've needed to be stretched or pushed in a new way with it. In the back of my mind, since I crossed the finish line last year, I have wanted to do a marathon. I know that at some point, I need to know what that feels like.


I wanted to get a sub 2 hour half-marathon first. Thankfully, my running coach remembered that. And so when I told her that I was in this place of being bored, she suggested that I do some speed work. Training for a marathon is very time consuming and the only way to make it not time-consuming is to get your time down. So after this long run, she and I were going to re-evaluate my training plan for the remainder of the year. And getting faster sounded and sounds really exciting to me.

This run was hard for me. It was muggy as all get out. It had been forecasted to just pour about half-way through my run, but it never happened. Running has so many factors to it, but one of the biggest factors is the weather. So many things can change when it rains, is muggy, hot as balls or cold. When I first started running, I used to think people were crazy for loving running more in the winter time.  Now I'm in that camp. But running in the rain or when it's about to rain is when thinks can change or happen the most. A person just runs differently.

After this run, I did my usual post-run routine. I took a shower. Took a nap. Noticed my calves were tighter than usual. However, unlike the past year, I've been on my feet all day during the week because I'm in court for my externship with the prosecutor's office up here. I wore flats to be nice to my feet the next day. But at the end of the day, I was miserable. My point of pressure hurts right under my ankle bone. As in I touch my ankle bone, move my fingers right below it and that's where it hurts.

I went on rest immediately. Took some ibuprofen. Stretched regularly. This past Monday was Columbus Day so the office was closed. I had a full day of rest and it really helped. So I went to my running group on Wednesday. And it was the same pain again. I'm really stiff in the mornings. But then I'm fine throughout the day. At the end of the work day, it gets stiff and sore again. I've had no swelling or throbbing pain at any point. I'm going to see a sports medicine doctor that specializes in ankle injuries in athletes up here.

But I am really nervous.

I'm pretty much ready to lose my mind.

My worst nightmare right now are the words "stress fracture."

I've been in denial about this, but I'm at the point where I'm ready to talk about it. I figure that talking about it gets me on the path to recovery quicker than not talking about it. And who knows, maybe someone has been through it like I have.

Happy Saturday!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

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

  • In a little over four months, I take the bar. 
  • Vomit.
  • This weekend was an absolute blast and I hope to have a blog post up soon on it. You know, documentation for the kiddies and all. 
  • I don't know what I think about this season's Sons of Anarchy. For now, all I'll say is the Irish are pissed.
  • Sitting on hold for over 30 minutes is not cool. Looking at you Disney World.
  • Today is a legal holiday and so I've been at home. It's been nice, but I've still been working all day. Womp. Womp. 
  • Less than two months and I'll be living in Arkansas. 
  • Caroline Manzo leaving Real Housewives of New Jersey is lame. Even lamer than that? The way she exited. Guess I'll tune into Manzoed with Children.
  • I am chopping my hair off back to a short bob. Long hair is too much maintenance. The biggest grievance I have is how long it takes to blow-dry. And since I don't have a hair stylist to do my hair every day, short hurr here I come. 
  • I am running the Iron Turkey up here in about a month. I'm really excited for this event. It is something new and goes towards my goal of getting faster. 
I'm off to enjoy a portion of my day not in the office. Hope your Monday has been great! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The tradition lives on...

Sometimes I worry if I'm going to forget my Pappaw and Grannie entirely. It's been awhile since they have passed. But last week I was reminded that they live on in us in sometimes in the most unusual ways.

But first, a back story!

Way back before Loren and Will were born, my Pappaw or Grannie would call up our house to see if my parents were watching a specific show. My aunt (dad's sister) would do the same on occasion as well.

 The yellow phone would ring....(if you need a reference for that sound click on the antique phone sound on your iPhone. Believe it or not, that sound used to be a real thing and the only option.)

 If I answered, it went something like this.

ME: Hello.
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila: Hello! Who is this?
ME: It's me, Samantha!
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila:Well hello! Hey is your daddy there?
ME: Yep...DADDYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! (My daddy would either roll his eyes and get up or he'd yell at me to not yell and then he'd get up.)
Daddy: Hello.
Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila:You got the television turned on Channel 6?

Then it went one of two ways...

If he didn't have it on their station of choice for this particular phone call...

Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila: There's a 60 Minutes report about (whatever the subject was) and you should watch because it talks about...and they'd go on and on for a few minutes, while Dad couldn't change the channel because we didn't have a remote control for our TV. They'd go on about the show some more until finally Dad asked us to change the channel.

Of course we didn't want to change the channel because that meant we had to stop watching our program, because DVR didn't exist either.

As you can imagine, we weren't exactly excited to get their phone calls because we knew this could happen since it was almost a daily phone call.

If he did have it on their station of choice for this particular phone call...

Pappaw/Grannie/Aunt Sheila: Well I was just wondering if you were watching.

Then if it was my Grannie or Aunt they'd go on to discuss what had already happened on the show. My aunt usually wanted to know what my daddy thought. My Grannie, on the other hand, preferred to give a play by play. Because you daddy hadn't been watching the program already.

Fast forward to present day...

Me and Jessi are sitting in the living room watching TV.

Jessi: Did you see where so & so posted on The Twitter/Insta/Facebook?

Now this conversation goes one of two ways...

If I hadn't seen what so & so posted on The Twitter/Insta/Facebook...

Jessi: WELL. Did you know that so & so posted....

In the mean time, I'm opening up the app to look at what that person posted because it's easily available for me to do so.

If I have seen what so & so posted on The Twitter/Insta/Facebook....

ME: Yes
Jessi: Goes on to give a play by play of what the person had posted.

Don't worry Grannie. Your tradition and memory lives on....

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October - Work Hard. Play Hard.

This month is shaping up to be jam packed with lots of work and lots of fun.

I seem to do better when I've got a ton going on, but it also can border on having too much.

If I can survive thrive October, I'll be home free. I'll get rid of some major to-do list stuff.

The Work To-Do Stuff

  1. Finishing the bulk of my mock trial preparations.
  2. Submitting my bar application.
  3. Continuing my externship. 

The Play To-Do Stuff

  1. A Girls Only Weekend with my best girls. It's gonna be bad awesome. #thebusdriversrideagain #PLBD #collegereunion 
  2. Running more races and getting faster. 
  3. Personal Run Challenges.
  4. Watching college football. 
So bring it on October! I'm ready for ya!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Life Update

So here's the deal. I haven't blogged in awhile. I'm sorry. My life is super busy and I never thought the blog would be the thing that falls to the side. But it is and it has.

That being said, here's what's going on...

Bar Application.
Mock Trial Prep.

Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

But you know what??? I totally love it. I know that life won't always be this many life events going on at once. It's still been a lot of fun.

In the mean time, I thought I'd share some fun stuff.

-If you haven't watched this video yet, you are missing out on the experience that is life.

-I might be a slight mascara junkie. I kinda got away from it during the bulk of law school because well, I dressed like a street child for the majority of it. Now that I have to look like I belong in court, I'm back on the whole "wearing make-up regularly, so I don't scare people" train. As a result, my mascara obsession has reared its ugly head again.

My latest love? Rimmel London Scandal Eyes in Extreme Black.

Go getcha some.

- I've really been considering eating clean. So I've been asking around for blog suggestions. I really like this one called

- I know I'm late to the party, but Crockpot 365 is also awesome!

Hope y'all are doing well!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Confession is good for the soul. Especially on Tuesday.

  1. I am really starting to get the hang of wearing heels. I also really like them! 
  2. I have a Top Five Shows List. The Newsroom might be on its way above Sons of Anarchy. 
  3. I sometimes curl my hair at night so I can sleep on it and have beach waves. It's a hit or miss process.
  4. I want to beat Notre Dame soooooooooooooo bad!
  5. My best girls are coming into town in three weeks. It's gonna be epic around these parts.
  6. I even ordered a sequined skirt for the occasion.
  7. Think on this outfit combo: sequin skirt, white boyfriend tee, black leather jacket, and leopard heels. YES MA'AM!
  8. There may or may not be a video of Jessi and I doing the fight song. We also have zero cheerleading experience. Minus cheer clinics when we were in grade school of course. 
  9. I am ten kinds of delirious today. It's from a lack of sleep. I'm trying to get on a good schedule, but really, it's hard when there are so many things to do and only so many hours in the day to do them. Plus, I might be reading on the side before the bar. 
  10. Tonight, my plans include working on some bar stuff, finishing a book, running, and eating a good meal. 
What are your confessions? Are they mundane or riveting? Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

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

  • Well. This whole going to work regularly thing takes some getting used to again. I've got to figure out how to have energy throughout the day.
  • I re-read Fifty Shades after the casting decisions were announced. I need a teaser trailer now. I don't think this is too much to ask.
  • I have newscaster hair now. It's legit. 
  • Some of our very bestest friends are coming into town in less than a month. It's gonna be a top night the whole weekend! 
  • I'm behind in the twitter and blog world and I hate it. I'm making a conscious effort to get back in the game. 
  • I need Old Navy to get serious about business clothes and quick. Otherwise our relationship may have to be re-evaluated. Because Banana Republic thinks it is decent to charge $198 for a single blazer., it is not Banana Republic.
  • I can't say anything about where I work. But I will say that I LOVE IT!
  • I heart the Newsroom.
  • Six o'clock comes EARLY y'all. 
Happy Monday! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Go Shawty, It's Ya Birf-Day!

"...we gonna sip Bacardi like it's yer birfday!"

Except not really.

Because I like tequila.

But seriously. It's my birfday.

I spent the day in court. It was cool. I know that's nerdy, but it's where I am in life.

Then I raced home for Mexican food and margaritas.

It was a good life decision.

I miss my husband terribly. He's celebrated every birthday with me since I was 21. It's weird for me to not have him here.

But a nice consolation is to have Jessi here with me.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I digress.

Here's what I want for my birthday:

I was thinking about it this morning on the way to work. And I've decided that I'm going to be brave this in my 29th year.

Not that I am super scared by any means to try out new things. I never have been.

However, there are some areas that could use some stretching. I know what they are. So I will just say, stay tuned for now.

In the mean time, I hope y'all rock out today!

Happy Tuesday and Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Whur I've been...


Last week, I really didn't feel like blogging. It usually happens while I'm on school break. Nothing unusual.
Then we went to Oklahoma.

And it was so good to see family. We also got to see Sugar's nieces and nephews. (My sister's boy dog, Winston, and Sugar are brother and sister.)

(I realize that no one cares about that clarification. Nonetheless, clarification made.)

I ran my first race in Oklahoma while I was there. It was a lot of fun and I plan to do a review on it. It was only a 5K, but still every race counts!

We had lots of great food. We hit up the local casino one night. As most of you know, my dad won a Jaguar there. So when he walked in, lots of people made jokes about not even entering because my dad had entered. It was pretty funny.

I felt like the weekend flew by.

Oh before I made it to Oklahoma, I stopped in Arkansas and stayed the night with BRandon. Jess headed on to Oklahoma. We had Chik-fil-A, hit up Sam's Club for a few things. But the part that I was most excited about?? I got to check out Rush Running and get a feel for the local running scene.

We've been talking a lot about where we want to be settled when I'm finally there and we really liked Bentonville. It turns out that there is a huge running community there and I am really looking forward to trying everything out!

I stocked up on some new flavors of Gu. Hopefully, they're not terrible. The kiwi strawberry looks promising, but I'm not holding my breath.

We headed over to Tahlequah after some lunch and just enjoyed the drive. We got to catch up on the latest news in family, town, and school matters. It was just nice to talk to one another and be around each other.
Before we knew it was Monday and time for us to drive back to Michigan.

This is when I had a grand revelation.


I realize that most of you probably think this has to do with traffic. However, I am here to tell you that it does not.

Labor Day is meant to be spent doing nothing. Just chilling with family, eating some good food, and maybe getting in the pool.

It is NOT meant to be in a car for a long period of time. I like road trips. Listen, most people know that I actually, am in fact, a LOVER of road trips.

But there is a time and place for them. Labor Day does not qualify. Just in case you were wondering.
We got back late Monday night.

I had my first day of externship on Tuesday. I was dead to the world for the majority of the day. School was great, but there are some other things that are going on right now that could use some prayer. So by the time I hit the hay, at 8:30 and managed to squeak out an email and a text, I passed smooth out.

I wanted to write this post about my last first day of school, but clearly that didn't happen. Wednesday flew by and before I knew it Thursday was here and Friday is obviously today.

I get how people can go on blog hiatus and not really mean to do so. Life can be very busy and exhausting when you're not in your physical home all day.

So. That's whurr I have been.

What are y'all up to this Friday?

Boomer Sooner!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

To my sixteen going on seventeen self,

You're not going to believe this, but in about six months you're going to decide you want to be a lawyer. I know this sounds ludicrous. But in just a few days, this major life-changing event occurs (History calls it 9/11) and you will really start to think about all those Kennedy biographies you've been reading. You also will go page at the state capitol and decide that you want to be a part of history. You don't want to sit idly by. You want to be at the center of it all.

I know you have this grand idea that you want to be a sports trainer, but you also have lots of grand ideas that aren't so great right now.

Like your choice of boyfriend. Although, I will say that your husband does hail from Ponca City. But he is definitely NOT the joker you're currently dating.

(And yes, all of them really do call the high school "Po-Hi.")

(Yes, it is really dumb.)

BUT. Dude is tall, dark and handsome. And he loves you a lot. You also happen to meet him and get married before law school. I know that doesn't mean a thing to you now, but when you finally take hold to this law school business, you have this wacked out idea that you want to go to law school and then start looking for a husband.

Further more, he is NOT making your ex jealous. Not even a little bit. I know that is unbelievable to hear, but it is true.

But you want to know what is really crazy??

N*Sync....{DEEP BREATH}... breaks up.


Well not really, but Justin goes solo. Either way, things just haven't been the same. There are no good boy bands now, no matter how hard they try. And believe me they try.

The good news is that they do a reunion of sorts. Justin pulls a "Beyonce" though.

(By the way, a "Beyonce" is where one gets back with the group for only 30 seconds on stage and then dismisses the rest of the band like dogs because he/she is too much of a diva to let anyone share the spotlight. Beyonce did this to Destiny's Child and it was ridiculous.)

And yes, Destiny's Child breaks up as well. Beyonce was just too bootylicious.

If you think that is crazy, get this! Brit-Brit and Justin don't make it.

I KNOW!!!!!!

She also doesn't remain a virgin. She also might lose her shiz and go cray-cray for a bit.

And Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey do NOT live happily ever after.

It is a wild, wild world you'll live in during the next 13 years. The world will change drastically in 2001 and not all of it for the better.

But I digress.

My point to all of this is to tell you that your dream starts this year.

It's not just a dream.

It becomes a reality. And it is just as awesome as you think it is. It's hard as all get out.

But still really awesome.

How do I know this?

As I write this, I am in the beginning of the last semester of law school. You've spent the last three years in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

The winters suck. Spring doesn't really exist. Summer is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too short. But fall. Oh fall, it is the best time of year.

So just know that when that idea comes along in about six months. It'll all work out.


28 about to be 29 year old Me

Friday, August 23, 2013

Healthy Train

This Week's Loss: .2 pounds ( I will take it. A loss is a loss especially after a big loss the week before.)
Total Loss: 74.4 pounds
Starting Weight: 239 pounds
Current Weight: 164.6
Pounds to goal weight: 14.6 pounds

What I craved this week: A salad. I know that isn't exactly a fat girl craving, but I still want one. Desperately.

What I noticed was different about my body: I went to turn around in Old Navy and when I did I caught my muscles in the mirror. I know I sound like a Vain Violet right now, but when I saw the muscles in my legs and how tone they are, I almost shed a tear. I am super proud of my legs and all they've done this year, and sometimes I don't necessarily see what others see when they look at my body. And in that brief moment I was really proud of all the work I've done this past year and a half.

Workouts I did this week: 2 runs. And they were hard. But they were ugly because I hadn't ran in a week and also I didn't fuel properly beforehand and it was super humid.

Favorite Song of the Week: Chloe by Emblem3

Personal Goal for this week: Hit all my runs, eat well, and get a tan. I've already got one run for this week in the books.

What I’m looking forward to: Laying by the pool and wearing all manner of non-business clothes.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday is "Mourning" Day.

Mourning: the period during which a death is mourned.

Three years ago, during August, I wrote a post -which I am too lazy to look for so I can link back to- about how I was mourning the loss of my maxi dresses and jeans. I thought I had a dress code during law school.

During orientation, I found out that we didn't.

Three years later, 74.2 pounds down, I don't really have a decent business professional wardrobe.

Truthfully, I'm not entirely sure how I pulled this off.

It isn't because I didn't have law school functions that required me to dress business professional.

But somehow, I escaped the last three years without having a decent business professional wardrobe.

Maybe it was the fact that I have been in the business world already and I was protesting the return to it as long as possible.

Or maybe it was the fact that I lost a bunch of weight and didn't really want to spend the money on business clothes because things don't fit for a long period of time, so why spend the money?

Or maybe it is my inner hippie protesting because business clothes really aren't that fun.

Either way, I have a problem.

This last semester of law school is not going to be spent in the classroom, but in the courtroom. I have to dress business professional.

And I am not kidding when I say I don't have clothes to get me through a week.

I don't even have a traditional black suit.

And here's a quick side note for ya... While I want to be an attorney and feel like it is a calling for me, I do not entirely enjoy wearing the clothes that go along with it. It could have something to do with the fact that the clothes that look good on me, make me look like a Republican. I don't say this to brag, but I can pull off the Jackie Kennedy look like nobody's business. The problem is that now this is the Republican's way of dressing. I don't want to look like a Republican. My favorite outfit is jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops and a hoodie. Not exactly courtroom material.

But I also don't want to dress like a hippie in a courtroom either. (I'm sure somewhere my hippie card is being pulled for review right now.)

I also realize that I just wore some of y'all out with that whole mess. Living in my head is a trip sometimes I tell ya.

Back to the original point. Well, pointSSSSS.

Here is what you need to know from this post:
  1. I need business clothes. I want to look like Jackie Kennedy meets Olivia Pope. And I don't want to break the bank. (I am still a poor law student after all.)  
  2. I am in mourning officially because my casual wearing days are in fact numbered. (Yes, I'll get a reprieve during the bar, but really, it doesn't count. I want a job after I finish the bar.) 
  3. This is a first world problem if ever there was one. I realize that number two is not really something to whine about, but I am.
So if you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them. I'll be in the corner wearing black workout clothes all day and pouting about it for 10 more days, because I can.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays...especially after finals. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • I said goodbye to my best pal from law school yesterday. Bethany moved back to North Carolina. There are a hand full of girls, women I should say, that God has sent to me in my life when I needed a friend most. They're girls who have loved me for me despite all my faults, and know how to laugh.  Carrie, Jessi, Jessika, Emily, Katherine and now Bethany, thank y'all for being my best girls always.
  • My dogs are farting fools. 
  • I might take a nap today just because I can. 
  • It still feels really weird to know that I took my very last exam in law school. Really weird. I still have my externship and there are requirements I have to fulfill, but there is no actual exam in a room with a test.
  • I've been watching Switched at Birth all day. Saved the episodes for post-finals. This was a good life decision.
  • Jessi and I saw The Butler yesterday. Such a great film. 
  • What is the color that looks like it's used for french manicures, but without the white? I'd love to get my nails done in that color, but don't know what I'm looking for. Help.
  • Less than four months and I will be moving to Arkansas with my husband. 
  • I'm looking forward to a good run tomorrow. 
  • Everyone is super excited about this cool weather. I, however, am not. Summer is here for a limited time and if fall comes any earlier, that means a really bad winter is headed for us. And I'm still here through December. No thank you. Not one bit. 
  • I tweeted this earlier, but it's worth restating. Being healthy is a life time commitment. IT's not something that is an easy fix with shakes or wraps. Being healthy is fought for daily. 
Happy Monday!

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Healthy Train Report

This Week's Loss: 4.0 pounds
Total Loss: 74.2 pounds
Starting Weight: 239 pounds
Current Weight: 164.8
Pounds to goal weight: 14.8 pounds

What I craved this week: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

What I noticed was different about my body: I didn't exercise as much this week because of finals, and I realized that resting my body physically is just as important it is to move. So if I have a week off three times a year, because of finals, it's not horrible. I'll be back out on the pavement in no time.

Workouts I did this week: 6 mile run and 2.75 mile walk

Favorite Song of the Week: Can't Believe It by Flo Ride feat. Pitbull

Personal Goal for this week: Eat well, and hit the pavement after finals. It's half-marathon training time!!

Goal for this month: 45-50 miles and 5-7 pounds lost and making good grades!!

Favorite Quote for this week: "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

What I’m looking forward to: Sunday at noon! I'll be finished with my finals and Jessi and I will be headed out for lunch, a movie, and a little bit of grocery shopping!

Sorry this is short! I gotta get back to the books!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To Loren and Will on their first day of Junior Year...

Dear LB and Bubba,

I'm writing to you today because I want to caution and encourage you on the coming school year. I can't speak to Jessi's junior year of high school, but I know mine was pivotal.

I realize that there are some things that you're going to have to learn the hard way for yourselves. Those really are the best kinds of lessons, however, I am here to tell you as your big sister that there are some lessons worth avoiding. 

1. Don't be a math slacker...or any kind of educational slacker for that matter. During my junior year, I did well in all of my classes save one, Math Analysis. It started off easy enough, but then it got hard and required more thought than I was used to giving to anything. I wasn't used to this struggle. I don't want to sound like a Bragging Brenda, but I've always been naturally smart. So when met with a true mental challenge, I chose to avoid the situation and simply not do my homework. And then when it got harder because I was behind, I continued more of the same. I managed to survive my first semester with a B (my first!), but my second semester was rough. Mom and dad got a letter about how I was struggling. And I talked about how it was the teacher's fault, when in reality, it was mine because I wasn't doing my homework.


Okay now here is the real lesson or moral of the story. There are two certainties in this world, death and taxes. There are also only two things that cannot be taken from you: your salvation and your education. Both of those things require work.

Work isn't always glamorous, but everything in this world having is worth fighting and working for.

If you do not know the answer to a question or what the heck just happened in class, do not, I repeat, DO NOT be afraid to ask a question!

If you don't ask, you will never know!

Take the time to learn how to do things right. This will effectively create a good work ethic and study habits. I am speaking from personal experience when I say I didn't learn how to study or this earth shattering concept of "asking a question" until law school. Yeah. Not a good time to eat that slice of humble pie that's been waiting for you for over ten years. You know why? Because there is mold and rot and all kinds of other disgusting stuff on the slice because it has sat there and decayed. And it is NASTY.

So please, do me a solid and learn this lesson now. Whatever you do with your life, you will have to work for it. There is no way around it. There aren't any shortcuts or ways to avoid the hard stuff no matter how hard you try. Learn that lesson now so it isn't such a shock to your core later in life.

Being a slacker will do you no favors. Decide now you want to be a fighter.

There are also lessons worth learning. 

2. Do all the things.

If you are remotely interested in a group, club, topic, etc, then go to a club meeting or research  the topic. Don't be afraid to pick up a book and read because your curiosity has been peaked.

Go to the football games. Go to the basketball games. Dress up. Act silly. Have fun.

You will never be as carefree again as you are right now. I know you're obsessed with being older and all the things that come with it, but trust me. Everything will happen in due time. Being an adult isn't all that it's cracked up to be, so be present where you are right now. Enjoy being 16 going on 17 years old.

Kiss the boys. Yes, LB Miss "I Have a Boyfriend", I'm talking to you. Now is the time to have fun and not be serious about boys. There will be time for that later. And you don't have to have a boyfriend to have fun or be cool.

Bubba, ask a girl out. I know you're shy, but I know you can do it. And my Camaro needs a cool dude to pick up a pretty girl for a date. It's an experience Poison Ivy needs to check off her list. Make it happen.

3. This is the year when you start to figure out who you are and what you stand for as a person. 

I know I tease LB about how this is the year she is going to decide she wants to be a lawyer like me. But truly, between the lines, this is the year that I decided what I hold dear to me.

The thing is, next year you can vote and buy tobacco. (Don't buy it by the way. Those cancer sticks kill.) And for some reason, I really took those decisions and privileges seriously. 18 is also when you get your draft card Bubba. When 9/11 happened, I grew up a little and realized how important those little rules truly were.

Maybe it was 9/11 or maybe it was because I was a nerd, but I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted for myself when I was 17. I decided there were some things I was not willing to compromise on and I decided that there were only a few ways I could go about doing them. And so I decided I wanted to be a lawyer.

Now I realize that not everyone knows what they want to be at 17 years old. Hear me when I say this: it is okay if you don't know what you want to do with your life yet.

My point is this: Take the time to figure out what you consider important. Because in a little over two years, you're going to have to fall back on it when you take off to college.

4. Take the first day of school pictures for dad willingly. In a few weeks, I will take my very last first day of school picture. I wish that dad could be here to take it for me. Jessi is a close second, but still. It is crazy to think that my very last first day of school picture as a student is finally here.

Enjoy that dad loves taking your picture. You'll miss it one day, I promise.

I love you both very much. I am so proud of you both. I'm praying hard for you always.

Have a great first day!

Love your big sister,


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

That time my sister mercifully remembered there was a porta-potty around the corner...

Alternatively titled: A Walk to Remember or How Feeling the Burn in Pure Barre has paid off.

You know how I have some ridiculous story during finals week? I tried to break my boob. I've broken out in hives. I've had a full on rosacea attack.

Basically I'm a freak show.

And all are stories I couldn't make up if I tried.

Tonight's story is no different.

But first a back story.

A week ago,  my sister, my friend and running partner Bethany and I went on a walk to get out some of Sugar's energy. We stumbled onto a new running trail. I got super excited because I really get tired of the same running trails. I've ran up to the little area, but never past the park. I actually have run hills there.

I was super excited because the trail is very scenic. There are also beautiful houses and I can't wait to run during the fall because of all the trees. There was a little haunted woods looking area, a basketball court, and even a porta potty which we mocked mercilessly. It is just something that you'd see in Ann Arbor randomly.

Second back story.

(Really. What is a good story without AT LEAST two back stories!?)

(I don't want to know a world like that.)

When Aunt Flo is in town, I have three symptoms - loss of appetite, the poops, and I can smell chocolate.

I know. TMI.

Third and final back story.

(This is how you know a story is going to be epic.)

Certain runners think part of becoming a legitimate runner includes a rite of passage where you have to stop and poop in the woods because you get an upset tummy while running.

I don't want to be part of that club. I've had several close calls. I know. This is also TMI.

And now for tonight's story....

I had a long day working on my paper that's almost finished. My friend Bethany also is in law school with me. She had a final today. My paper is due tomorrow at midnight. I worked all day on it. To say we're stressed and a mess, is an understatement. After dinner, she, Jessi and I headed out for another walk.

And if I wasn't a hot mess enough, I started my period.

Before we left, my stomach was bugging me a little bit, but I didn't think anything of it. We got to the park area and decided we wanted to play on the swing-set. Jessi told Bethany about how I didn't set the timer twice for peanut butter cookies and how she knows that I'm not here entirely because of finals. We swang, (swung?) went down the slide, and I may have even rode the zipline thingy.

Well it seems that is where I went wrong.

I started cramping horribly and before I knew it, I needed to go to the bathroom. I sat down in the fetal position and prayed that the good Lord above would help me in my hour of need.

Just about the time I thought I could get up, I started hurting again.

My friend Bethany realized it was serious, "Sam, I've been surveying the scenery and it seems like your best shot is that way."

"I don't think I can make it that far."

Bethany then suggested, "Well do I need to go get the car?"

"I don't think we have that much time."

A few minutes later...

Me: "I might have to go in the side of the hill."
Bethany: "We can take our jackets off and surround you."
Jessi: "I don't know if I can do that. If I get a whiff, I'll puke."

Thirty seconds later...

Bethany: "I've been playing in the dirt and subconsciously I've been digging a hole for you."

Thirty seconds later...

Jessi: "You just need to mind over matter the situation."
Me: "I've been sitting here telling myself to relax for the past few minutes. DUH."
Jessi: "You know what you should do. Go on the zipline so we can put it on Instagram."
Me: "Yes, because that will help the situation calm down immensely!"

Thirty seconds later...

I prayed out lound, "Dear Lord Jesus, please help me think of something."

And then He delivered.


And I'm not even kidding when I say, I heard the Hallelujah chorus in my head.

Jessi: So are we gonna go?
Me: ....Deep breath.
Jessi: Well?
Me: Shhh...

And then with everything in my being I started to walk towards the porta potty.

Jessi: Are we leaving?
Me: Well you might not be, but I'm moving in a forward motion and I'm not stopping until I get to the porta potty.

As we're speed walking...

Me: Jessi, you're sure you saw one?
Jessi: Oh yeah! It's right by the woods part.
Bethany: Yeah, remember we talked about it the last time we were there?
Me: Okay.

And then Jessi decided she wanted to walk in front of me.


Me: What the hell are you doing?!?! Get out of my way!! I can't stop!
Jessi: Oh sorry! Man I wish I had some poop jokes to tell right now.

As I'm cramping,  "I'm just so sorry for your misfortune."

And then I saw the lightbulb go off in her eyes, "Wait! I'll just fire up the Google!"


"Okay. Jeesh."

Not even a second later, "Can I tell them to you when you're in there?"

"Sure. I'm so glad you're concerned. What are you even going to google? 'Jokes about Poop?'"


(Back Story #4: One time when we were in college, I slipped and fell on ice. It hurt and I was crying. Jessi was crying too. But it was from laughing at me so hard.She's a sweetie pie.)

Jessi: Just looking out for you. And speaking of looking out for you, did they teach you had to squat properly in the Pure Barre class? I sure hope so because I got a feeling that this moment is what you've been training for."

Me: Oh yes Jessi. That's what Pure Barre was for. Totally.

Thankfully, I could see the porta potty. Otherwise, I might have smacked her.

Bethany too. She was snickering the whole time. Good friends I tell ya.

(But listen, if it was either of them, I'd be cracking jokes too. I'm inappropriate like that.)

Thankfully, I reached the porta potty. It had just been cleaned too! Jesus really loves me!!

Jessi: Don't forget to turn on your flashlight to make sure it's all clear.
Me: Okay.
Jessi: Did you hear about the movie called Constipation?
Me: WHAT? Huh? No, I didn't hear about it.
Jessi: Yeah that's because it hasn't come out yet.
Me: Good grief.

A few seconds later...

Jessi: What do you get when you cross a bulldog and a shih tzu?
Jessi: No. Bullshit.

A few seconds later, I felt like a new woman. I even laughed at Jessi and Bethany's 4,385 one-liners about poop on the way home.

There also might have been a radar on the road tracking people's car speed. I also might have tried to set it off to see how fast I run.

See? Told you. NEW. WOMAN.

So what's the lesson here kids? Having a good memory is important. It might just save you from an embarrassing situation.

I hope to God that was my hot mess story for this round of finals.

Now that I've talked about poop on my blog, I'm going to bed before I realize what I've done.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 12, 2013

1 Year Running

A year ago today I started running with the women's group that I love so dearly. I met my wonderful running coach.

And my life hasn't been the same since.

There is a lot of talk about what makes a person feel like he/she is a runner.

I remember my first run out there like it was yesterday. I had on some Nike Free shoes, some compression shorts, a tank top, two bras, and a doo-rag. And I had to stop a lot. But I still knew it wasn't going to be the last time I was out there.

This last year...

I ran my first half-marathon that fall and really felt like I was making progress with my second half marathon this spring.
I've figured out certain products I love and don't love. (Mizunos - YES! Nike Tempo Shorts - NO!)
I read Runner's World like it's my job at the first of the month.
I get a sick twisted feeling by how good I feel post-run.
My running clothes smell disgusting post-run. Like death level.
I try to run on days that are holidays because I think it's fun.
I've lowered my pace from 15 to 10 and I'm working on the 9s.
I have found my post-run routine.
I ran during a Michigan winter. Single digit weather baby.
I figured out that Body Glide is a runner's best friend.

But all of these things don't make me a runner.

I am a runner because I run.

And today I've been running for a year.

Boom shaka laka!

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Healthy Train: The State of Things.

This week's Healthy Train is going to be a little out of order. It also might be lengthy. Either way, I felt I owed it to myself and to others who are struggling to see that I struggle too. 

State of Mind: This summer has been a whirlwind to say the least. For those of you that don't know, we are moving to Arkansas. Well, actually, my husband is already there. He got a great job that allows us to be closer to our families, that's in a college town area, and it is new to us. As much as we love Michigan, we weren't really settled when we said we were staying. It mostly had to do with our families. Being close to family is important. But we also have figured out that we love our space as well. We just don't want the space to be 16 hours anymore. So we prayed about things.

I'll admit I spent way more time worrying and in a state of denial than I should have been praying. Then we got a call about a job in Arkansas. It happened very quickly. We bought new vehicles and my sister graciously moved up here for the remainder of my time here. My dad and husband weren't crazy about me being up here by myself. So she came up here and is currently looking for a job.

Back to this whole thing happening fast. Usually, when God moves with us, it is all laid out and things happen that shouldn't or couldn't happen unless He was involved. And this time was the same, but we are going through some major spiritual warfare right now.

There have been things that have gone so right and then things that have been a major test. Trying to figure out how to make the new pay periods work and being away from Brandon is hard. We have a serious routine and it is not happening right now. To say this time is an adjustment period would be a gross understatement. I have had to remind myself more than I care that good does come with bad. It used to be one of my mantras and then I got complacent. And I am back to square one in many ways.

I say all of this to say, that this summer has been rough for my weight loss. I've been up and down like it is my job. But my natural inclination when I struggle is to withdraw. I don't like others to see me struggle. And yet I know that one of the most important things for me during this whole weight loss process has been accountability.

Whether good or bad, I've told you what I've done and what I could have done better. And I need to get back to basics. My goal is still within sight. And I still want to see my goal weight this year. I think it is doable.

So I guess I am considering this a re-commitment to myself and my goals. I never quit. I just really struggled this summer. And I could have done so much better if I just talked about it with someone.

I need to remember that anything worth doing is going to have battles, successes AND setbacks.

So I am going to start this blog post off by saying what has gone right.

The Positives alternatively titled, "How Far I've Come"

  • I smashed my old half-marathon record. 
  • I ran a 5K this year as well. 
  • I'm down 70 pounds.
  • I found cross training that I love: Pure Barre.
  • I am at a weight I haven't seen since high school.  
  • I am working on breaking into a 9 minute pace. I am really proud of this. My average paces are in the 9:50-10:30 range. I want this goal so bad. Running really does make me happy and it feeds my competitive nature as well. But more on what running has done for me this coming Monday...

How Much I've Gained: 6.8 pounds I've flucuated all summer and today I finally decided no more obviously.
Total Loss: 70.2 pounds
Starting Weight: 239 pounds
Current Weight: 168.8 pounds
Pounds to goal weight: 18.8 pounds

What I noticed was different about my body: So much, but this summer, Pure Barre has made me realize just how important cross-training truly is.

Workouts I did this week: Pure Barre four times and a 6 mile run.

Favorite Song of the Week: Fighter by Gym Class Heroes

Personal Goal for this week: Study hard, eat well, and hit all of my runs.

Goals for the Month: Run 45-50 miles. Half-marathon training is upon us. I gotta get serious again.

Favorite Quote for this week: 

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese Proverb

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Sir Winston Churchill

What I’m looking forward to: Getting back on track, fall weather, running another race and more races after that and finally seeing my number.

If you made it through this long winded post, I appreciate it. Hope this finds you well, inspires you, and that you have a great Friday!  

Boomer Sooner!! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Beginning of the End.

I have one more law school class to attend.
I have one more memo to write.
I have one more exam to take.

And then I have one more semester.

It blows my mind that I am in the last days of traditional classes.

I am stuck between wanting to be done with finals, wanting to make good grades, and having zero motivation in the middle of all of this.

I go back and forth between wanting to cry because I am so stressed out, wishing the world would end so I could avoid all of this homework, and wanting to crank this stuff out so it is over with already!

All of the above are things on my to-do list. They'll be checked off soon enough.



This is probably the most pathetic blog post I've ever written.

I also want fall to be here and yet I want to lay by the pool as much as possible once break is finally here.

Those things used to motivate me. Now not so much...

Y'all pray for me. I've got a long 9 days ahead of me.

Happy Thursday.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

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

  • My husband, momma, daddy, and baby brother came to visit us this weekend. It was a blast. I had a great time and ate way too much.
  • I didn't tell anyone they were coming and it was lots of fun to just explore the town.
  • The Michigan Law Library is an absolute cathedral. Seriously, it looks like something straight out of England. 
  • We went to Costco twice this weekend. Costco and their samples are appreciated greatly by my family. 
  • When I finish this LAST round of finals, it will be less than 4 months until I move to Arkansas. 
  • My brother said that he's going to be Uncle Si to my unborn kids. Jessi is Willie. Loren is Jeb. And yep, that's right, I am Jase. The kid nailed it. 
  • I think I found a great first legal bag. It's Vera Bradley. I really shouldn't be surprised by this. 
  • I also found a wonderful purse from there too. It has a matching scarf/sash.
  • Sugar was a complete angel this weekend while everyone was here. They left. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd we're back to holy terror status. 
Happy Monday! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Five on Friday: the "I'm going to miss Michigan" Edition

This week my Five on Friday is a little different. Three years ago today, Brandon and I were officially all alone in Michigan. We officially arrived on July 31st, but they left on August 2. I remember waking up and having a knot in my stomach. We went by the front office to our apartment complex and then we came back to the apartment and began unpacking and organizing.

Today, I am a little over 4 months from moving to our next chapter. It's already begun in many ways. I am so excited about being with Brandon again.

But in the meantime I want to be thankful for Michigan. So much has happened here and I want my Five on Friday to be about what I'll miss most when I finally move!

1. My running group and coach - This is without a doubt, #1. In just a few days, I will celebrate my running anniversary. Yes, I was running beforehand, but when I started training for my half, I felt like I was on the path to becoming a legit runner. And these women were the reason for that. They changed me in the very best way. I know I say this somewhat regularly, but I feel like running has saved my life. I know that God saves us, but God uses things and people in our path to help us from ourselves. And running being in my life was totally God. I love icing on cakes and cookies most. So for me, when someone says, "it's just the icing on the cake" I perk up because I know how much I love icing. I want to know what they consider the best part. And my running group and my running coach were the icing for me in the blessing that is running. I will miss them the most when I finally move. They've had such an impact on me and I know that is Jesus at work in the details. When I started running with this group of women, everything began to fall into place. My prayer life improved, my grades improved, my attitude improved, my weight loss improved, my marriage improved, everything just got better. They gave me a solid foundation as a runner and it is the knowledge from all of their many years of running that I will fall back on when I have a question or a frustration.

As you can imagine, I am praying hard about my next running group.

****************The rest I consider equally the things I'll miss the most.

2. Becoming Mr. and Mrs - I have mentioned this before as well, but when Brandon and I were first married, we lived in my hometown. And everywhere we went, Brandon was the girl who married Samantha so and so. And my name is hyphenated. But when I moved up here for law school, I was simply, "Samantha [Married Name]." And it was and is so nice. We're just simply the [Married Name's]. It is now weird for me to hear my maiden name. I know that might seem weird, but I love that we have become "just us two."

3. Fall and Summer Time - The summers here are divine. They are 10-20 degrees cooler than Oklahoma depending on the day. We only have about 2 weeks of 90 degree weather and that is it. It's green the entire summer and most days I can still get in a mid-day run if the day gets away from me because it really is that nice here.


The Fall is where it is at in Michigan. When you picture apples and the leaves changing and old college buildings and pumpkins and apple cider and soup and everything stereotypical about Fall. It's here. And it is totally and completely magical. I swear you can smell fall arriving here.

I don't think football is quite what it should be here, but I am willing to bet that Notre Dame probably has a decent show that will complete the picture. (And for those of you know that know me, you know what it took for me to make that last statement.)

4. My law school buddies - These men and women have made our time in Michigan wonderful. So many fun times together out and about and studying together during the dreaded month and a half before finals. We have done battle together and I have learned so many different lessons from everyone of them. I have met some wonderful people here. People that make me smile and people that get me. Not all are the warm fuzzy lessons, but still I am glad for them, because I am stronger and better because of it. Going out into the real law world seems daunting at times without them by my side...but I know they are pulling for me and I am pulling for them. If I need them or they need me, I am only a phone call away.

5. Our churches - I've attended two churches since living here. The first church was a home away from home when we first moved here. They are the most welcoming and unconditional loving people we've ever met. When I started running, it wasn't easy for us to make it because my long runs ended when church started. Jessi and I found a church that is nearby and has a service that allows me to get my long run in and a shower before church as well! The first Sunday we went the sermon blessed my heart immensely. It was a word that I desperately had been craving to hear and I am still thinking about it 3 weeks later.

And while I'm talking about church, I want to mention that church is about God's people gathering together for encouragement, edification, iron sharpening iron, and worshiping the Lord together and so much more. It doesn't take a fancy building to do that. In fact, it doesn't even require a building that is owned by the church to do that. It doesn't require fancy pews or a pretty pulpit or bathrooms decorated in the latest fashion. God can do his work anywhere if there are people willing to be obedient to Him. And both of these churches are excellent examples of that.

There really isn't a good place to leave off in this place. I am sure there will be more that I'll think of as time goes along. Example: I just thought about how I love grocery shopping here because there are so many options. I could go on and on about it. But I'll save it for another day!

Hope your day was great! Happy Friday!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Happy August!!

I woke up this morning with a huge smile on my face.

And do you know why??


The grass smells like sweat. And it smells glorious!

And to share my delight, I'm passing on a few gems for my fellow Sooners!

First up, there is this Buzzfeed article. Jessi and I stood to attention while the fight song was on. It was glorious. And also, #16 is sooooo true. Every alum was shaking their head yes because they know!

Second, my boys were up at 4:45 this morning starting things off right!

Third, my sister is making me a wreath so everyone in the neighborhood will know that Sooners live at my house!

How is your August starting out? What is your favorite thing about August?

Happy August! Boomer Sooner!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday is "YouTube" Day.

YouTube: a website that allows users to upload and share videos worldwide. Launched in Febuary 2005 by three former members of paypal, YouTube has seen immense success, and as of March 2006 roughly 20,000 videos are uploaded daily.

When Jessi and I lived together in college, YouTube was a serious form of entertainment for us. It was fairly new at the time, and there was always a video that would crack us up late at night when we were supposed to be studying.


Since in my last few weeks of finals, I figure I'd continue the time honored tradition and share my favorite YouTube videos/commercials.

Happy Hump Day and Happy Wednesday!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

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

  • I've decided this is the season of floaters on Big Brother.
  • Pais has been my pal these past few weeks and it's been wonderful. She's normally Brandon's girl and so a change of pace has been nice. However, when Brandon visits, I'm sure I'll be chopped liver again. 
  • Dark chocolate pretzels are from Jesus. I am sure of it. 
  • It feels like fall here right now. Don't get me wrong, I'm ready for fall like nobody's business. BUT. I'd like just a few more weeks of summer before the next semester starts.
  • My little sister texted me yesterday to tell me that she had missed me lately. Talk about melting my heart. I love being big sister to her.
  • I think I might be Team Teresa again. Don't get me wrong, Don Caro is still my very favorite, but Teresa seems to be making a serious effort. I also really love Rich and Kathy Wakile.
  • My sister and I have been attending Life Church up here. Both sermons we have been to have been about things on my heart a lot in the past few months. It's been such a good word. I come from a very traditional church in Oklahoma where everything has to be so-so and it has been nice to be in a place where the primary focus is on Jesus.
This week's is short because I need to get back to studying. Happy Monday! 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Gutting it out.

Last year when I started running with the Couch to 5K/10K apps, I mostly trained on my own. 

When I joined the women's running group that I'm a part of up here, my running really started to come together. I loved (and still love!) the advice my running coach gives me. It was and still is great to be around a great group of women when doing the long training runs. 

When I started training for my first half, I also gained a really good running buddy during the week. 

Well my running buddy is moving and pretty soon, I'm going to have to find a whole new running group. 

For some reason, this seems more of a rite of passage to me than running my races does. It was like running in the winter this past year. I just wanted to be able to say I could do it. 

I want to be able to say I can run with or without somebody. Accountability is great. And if I find another running buddy in Arkansas, I'll be thrilled, but this fall, I want to know if I can gut out the training (minus my long runs) on my own. 

Anyways, that's all I wanted to say. Wanted to make sure it was documented for you know, accountability reasons. 

Happy Saturday! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Five on Friday: I need a #royalbaby detox like WHOA.

Because I am still coming out of the haze that is the #royalbaby named Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, I am functioning in random thoughts. It's kinda like I am during finals, when I only make sense talking about the law and nothing else. So I figure that there is nothing better than joining all the cool kids and doing the Five on Friday Link-Up.

1. Royal Baby Nickname - I have decided that one of Prince George's nicknames will be George Alex. Spread the word. We're gonna make this a thing.

(And really if you're surprised I'm still talking about this. SHUT. IT.)

On a similar note, I found out that my great-grandma was a royal family fan as well. It made me smile. I immediately texted my momma to ask her if we could talk about her as I realized that I don't know a whole lot about her.

(Okay, now I'm done. Swearsies.)

(Who am I kidding?)

2. Law School Matters - My last semester of law school is this fall, but my last round of finals is this summer. Cue the Hallelujah chorus. Also, cue the many freak-outs. I've started my to-do lists a la Rory Gilmore and will be cranking them out in no time.

Jessi will get to experience first hand my lack of showers, cleaning, not cooking, and zombie status. What can I say? I'm a treat during finals time.

I'm sure some of you are curious about my lack of class. I have class, but it's an internship for credit. This fall I'm doing an externship and will be working on my legal wardrobe. I'm ambivalent about this. Lawyer clothes cannot exactly be found at the Old Navy. They also aren't cheap. But, I'll look like a lawyer!!

3. Part-Time Michigander -  I want to write a post about all the things I'll miss about Michigan. I think it's time considering my days are numbered and the fact that I've lived here for three years as of Wednesday.

That being said, I'm really looking forward to fall one last time in Michigan.

4. Running News - I'm on the hunt for my fall half-marathon. I also want to find races to run each month. I really want to run an October Halloween race that doesn't involve people running out to scare me along the way. My middle name isn't exactly Grace, you know.

I also plan to run a Turkey Trot again. Those races are lots of fun.

Finally, I really want to work for a running store part-time while I am studying for the bar. The extra money would be great and it would be an awesome way for me to get to know the running community.

5. The Last of Summer - It's been pretty cool this week in Michigan and it's definitely made me crave all things fall.


I plan to enjoy the last of summer because I need a tan and also because the warm weather like this doesn't last too long.

So pardon me while I pack a peach, a tea, my beach towel, and the #royalbaby Special Edition of People Magazine and hot foot it to the pool.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Top Ten Favorite Moments of Prince George's Birth

Ahem. You'll find that there is a mix of the modern and traditional aspects of the past few days.

10. The 41 and 62 Gun Salute - I love that there was a none too subtle reminder that this baby is special from the moment he was born!

9. Loading up the baby in the car seat with a regular blanket - When Prince George was loaded into the car by Prince William, we could all see that he had a regular receiving blanket on underneath and I thought that was lovely.

8. Quality Time - These parents are insistent that they have their private time as a family. I love that not only did they take 4 hours before they announced they had a little boy, but that the people around them respected that privacy and the need to bond.

7. Next Day Attire - The Duchess in her sunglasses and a ponytail was wonderful! It showed that just because she is the mummy to the heir to the throne, doesn't mean that she won't be part of raising that baby, INCLUDING losing sleep!

6. The Grandparents Visit - I know many people aren't huge fans of Prince Charles, but he has made significant strides since the death of Diana and that really came full circle when he arrived to see his new grandson! I really loved that he had a blue flower on in celebration of his new status and he really has come into his own. I strongly believe that Kate is part of that process. I also love that the Middletons are such an integral part of the immediate families.

5. That Cornflower Blue with White Polka Dotted Jenny Packham Dress - I have loved everything that Kate has worn since her induction into the Royal Family. But I've never wanted to find out a way to get ahold of a dress she's worn until yesterday when she stepped out in the Jenny Packham dress. It made me want to be a momma to a little boy too.

4. 4 Generations in a Room  - Listen, I don't care who you are, the fact that four heirs to a British crown were in the same room is, as the British would say, fantastic! It is something that doesn't happen all that often and so much history at the same time!

3. George Alexander Louis - I really love the significance of the prince's names. It is reported that the couple chose these names themselves.

George = The Queen's Father's Royal Name and one of Charles' middle names
Alexander = One of the Queen's middle names
Louis = One of William's middle names and the name of Prince Phillip's grandfather

2. The royal announcement scroll placed on the easel outside of Buckingham Palace - This is one of the last traditional aspects of the birth and even though we knew the baby was a boy before it was announced, it still was cool to see. The British are nothing if not traditional and it was nice to see that some things never change.

1. Prince William driving his little family home from the hospital. - As much as I love the tradition of the day, my favorite moment of all was when Prince William put his son in his car, made sure his wife was inside as well, and then drove his little family home. I'm sure he was a wreck just like every other daddy is when they drive their son or daughter home for the first time and that moment in time was just so tender.

What was your favorite moment of the past few days?

Happy Wednesday and Welcome to the world Prince George Alexander Louis!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Mumblings...the Royal Baby Edition.

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

I'm also a history nerd that loves the Royal family, just in case you're new here. If you're not new, well then you know this.

This edition of Monday Mumblings is likely to be updated throughout the day.

  • When we finally have kids, we don't plan on releasing names on the blog. But their nicknames will be royally themed. 
  • Friday night, I tweeted that it was supposed to be a full moon starting Sunday. My sister's dog had her puppies yesterday. And Kate is in labor today. That's called #winning people! 
  • HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, may have driven to the hospital. If so, I love that. So very normal for them!
  • My London fever is growing big time. 
  • I've got multiple windows open for my #royalbaby news. 
  • Still really like Alexandra/Elizabeth for a girl and George for a boy.
  • I actually think it's a boy. I would love a girl because of the historical impact, but I think it's a boy.
  • The fact that I know all of this "trivia" sometimes blows my mind and most of the time makes my eyes roll. 
  • I cancelled Pure Barre for today. I have a school appointment I can't miss. Why did I want to go to law school again?
  • Her Majesty The Queen has returned to Buckingham Palace.
  • The Royal Succession is as follows... Ahem. Elizabeth, Charles, William, William's heir, Henry (Harry), Andrew, Duke of York, Beatrice, Eugenie, Edward, Earl of Wessex...James (EDIT: James is younger, but he's the boy, so he comes first!) Louise, Anne, Princess Royal, Peter, Savannah, Isla THEN Zara. This isn't including the cousins. And is subject to change once Zara has her little one in the spring...although not a lot because she's the end of the line technically.
  • When the little RH is finally here, an announcement will be made by a royal aide outside the Lindo Wing and also a scroll will be placed outside Buckingham Palace. 

  • IT'S A BOY!!
Happy Monday! I am flipping delighted!
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