26 May 2016

Happiness List | Two.

I think we will be making this a permanent fixture on this here blog for my Thursday posts. See it's my Friday at work and by this day I usually need things to remind me not to stab people, I kid I kid or do I? #retailprobs

Maverick||One of my best friends from my high school years and the years since then and I have reconnected it seems. We would text a little here and there but it feels like we were back in our heyday with the way we were talking yesterday. I've missed her and missed our conversations something fierce. So grateful for OpenDiary for introducing us all those years ago.

Words||I've been perusing Pinterest more lately and I'm loving the quotes I find on there.

Nashville's finale||Totally gave me all the feels. Sad it's over, but happy they wrapped it up so well.

What's making you happy these days?

25 May 2016

What's Up Wednesday?

1. What I'm eating this week...
I made myself some BBQ chicken in the crock pot on my day off and then my work momma brought me leftovers which included brats and dirty rice, so I'm eating pretty good this week!

2. What I'm reminiscing About...

This was pretty rad, getting to meet BG last month. 

3. What I'm loving...
Right now, I'm loving watching the rain fall as I have Pandora going & am sipping on my coffee.  

4. What I've been up to...

Mother's Day weekend was spent watching one of my favorite cousins graduate college #gobeavers as well as seeing Easton Corbin in concert with her older sister, who is also one of my favorite cousins haha. 

5. What I'm dreading...
Inventory at work. 
6. What I'm working on...
Not letting what people say get to me and letting go when someone wrongs one of my loved ones, why is it so much easier to let it go when  they say it to me, but if they say something about my loved one, I still am trying to get over it almost 2/3 weeks later. #dontmesswithmyfamily

7. What I'm excited about...

My summer plans..June is shaping up to be a pretty busy month, July will have a break, and then I'm going to visit my bestest in Iowa in August.  Also, getting to meet her little boy is going to be so fun! 

8. What I'm watching/reading...

Series finale of Nashville tonight :(  Also loving Outdaughtered & Little People Big World  on TLC. 

9. What I'm listening to...

My Pandora station currently is The Woman With You by Kenny Chesney.

10. What I'm wearing...
Yoga shorts and a tank when I'm not at work, it's nice in Minnesota...FINALLY! 

11. What I'm doing this weekend...
Friday I'm going home and hanging out with my Lynn-Mom and Saturday looks empty, I'll find something to do I'm sure.  As well as lunch with my work momma per usual.  
12. What I'm looking forward to next month...
Moondance Country Jam! Seeing some of my favorites including Dierks Bentley & Travis Tritt! 

13. What else is new...
Nothing too pressing is coming to mind! 

14. What am I looking forward to this summer...

Cabin time! I didn't make it up to either cabins last summer and I'm missing especially Pine Roost!

That's what's up this Wednesday

24 May 2016

73 Questions..or something like that.

Apparently Vogue asks it's cover stars 73 questions, also it appears that Cosmo has some beef with that & says it's only 70. After T-Swift's cover, Kaeleen posted the questions and only came up with 69 of them, so all of that to say, this post is loosely based on the 73/70/69 questions from Vogue to their cover people, okay? Okay.

1//  What's keeping you busy these days?
Reading and browsing Pinterest as well as catching up on all of my DVR'd shows.  

2//  What's the most exciting thing in life right now?
All of my summer plans. 

3//  What are you completely bored of in life right now?

4// What is something that recently moved you?
The conversations between my work mom and I. 

5// How many guitars do you own?
I don't actually own one, my kid brother has one though.  

6// What's the first blog post you ever wrote?
It was deleted when I rebranded, but it was a linkup.  

7// What's the first thing you do when you get an idea for a post?
Unless I put it into my phone or type a draft title on my computer right away, it's usually gone. 

8// What's your blog writing process?
Sit down to blog, boot up Pandora on my phone, play a few rounds of Candy Crush, write a little bit, check pinterest, read a few of my faves on Bloglovin', write a little more, check facebook and possibly finish the post.  

9// What type of posts take you the least amount of time to write?
Usually my currently posts. 

10// Which ones take you the longest?
Ones where I have no idea what I'm going to blog about before I sit down.  

11// Is this the room where you write?

12// Who is your favorite teacher?
It's a toss-up between my yearbook advisor, Mr. King and my algebra 2 teacher, Mr. Anderson. 

13// If you could teach one subject in school, what would it be?
 English or Creative Writing. Something like that.  

14// What's your favorite beverage?

15// What's your favorite cocktail?
Is Sex on the Beach considered a cocktail?

16// What's your favorite food?
I love a good burger, but I'm also partial to pizza. & I love Mickey Mouse cheese, because obviously I'm a 5 year old. 

17// What would you order at a drive-thru?
Fries are usually one sure thing you'll hear me order at a drive-thru.  

18// What was the best birthday cake you'd ever had?
The one from my 16th surprise that my Dad did for me. 

19// What was the last thing you baked?
BWAHAHA. That's a cute question, 

20// What one thing do you need to have in your fridge at any given time?
Creamer and Ranch. 

21// What's one thing you still have from your childhood?
My sassy attitude. 

22// What's your favorite TV show of all time?
Army Wives & Blue Bloods if you had a gun to my head this is what I would more than likely tell you. 

23// Favorite TV show that currently on the air?
Grey's, Last Man Standing, Blue Bloods, etc. 

24// What is your favorite movie?
8 Seconds & Twister. 

25// What was a movie that made you cry your eyes out?
8 Seconds and Twister. 

26// Why do you think people follow you on Instagram?
Because my dogs are cute. DUH. 

27// Have you ever googled yourself?
Yup. There's a beauty queen with my name and also a murderer. I honestly can't remember if they are the same person or not. 

28// What do you think when you google yourself?
Thank God my last name is so popular so even if people wanted dirt on me they'd be searching for awhile.  

29// If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Keeping the answer from K & Tay and saying healing people. 

30// If you weren't a blogger, what would you be doing?
Drinking coffee and cuddling with my dogs. Wait, I do that anyway. 

31// Can you show me a really cool or bizarre talent?
I'm sarcastic to the point that people aren't even sure if I'm sarcastic or just a B. 

32// What's something you can't do?
I can't sing very well, which doesn't stop me from singing. 

33// What's the best compliment you've ever received?
That I'm one of only two people that can calm my work mom down by just being by her side at work & she's able to rely on me.  

34// What's the best gift you've ever received?
My Garth Brooks tickets. & then my George Strait tickets would be a close second. 

35// What's one habit you wish you could break?
The way I worry, although that has been better lately. 

36// Do you have any nicknames?

37// What surprises you the most about people?
The kindness in the face of adversity. 

38// What makes you laugh no matter what?
I have the sense of humor of a teenage boy, so you can imagine.  

39//  What does creativity mean to you?
Sharing what's inside of you however you can.

40// I found out that Nicole Kidman swam with sharks. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
Moving out on my own? Idk. 

41// What's your favorite lyrics of all time?
I can't really just choose one, but one of my fallbacks is Kutless' What Faith Can Do, "You've got to face the clouds to get the silver lining." 

42// What's one blog post you wish you had written?
Not sure. 

43// What's a favorite memory from the last five years?
Meeting BG. 

44// Is taking outfit photos harder than it looks?
I don't take them. So probably. 

45// What's one accomplishment you're most proud of?
Moving out on my own and supporting myself. 

46// What's something you've always wanted to try but you are too scared to do?
Getting a tattoo, I just can't decide on which one I want first. 

47// What's your spirit animal?
Big dogs. I just feel like they get me.  

48// If you could get on a plane right now and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Texas or Tennessee. 

49// Any advice for someone who wants to become a blogger?
Just write. 

50// Any pre-blogging rituals?
I drink coffee & procrastinate. 

51// What's the most difficult thing write to about and why?
The personal posts and the ones that could possibly be seen as controversial.  

52// How many cats are in this room?

53// If you were a dog, would you get along with your dog?

54// What's your favorite dog breed?
Black labs will probably always take this top spot because that was my first dog as a kid, but I also love my weim Cooper. My golden Chloe is pretty rad too, she's just not the sharpest tool in the tool box. 

55// What's the coolest thing in this room?
Me duh. 

56// If you could raid one woman's closet, who would it be?
Miranda Lambert's probably. 

57// What's your favorite fashion trend of all time?

58// Besides your phone and wallet, what's a couple must have items?
My earbuds and a notebook. 

59// Can you tell me what you'll be wearing tomorrow?
Blue and khaki. #workingfortheweekend. 

60// What did you want to do with your life at age 5?
I wanted to be Shania Twain. 

61// What do you wish you knew at 19?
That the next few years will be tough, but you'll get through it.  

62// What won't you be doing in ten years?
Being a twenty-something? 

63// What do you think is the most important life lesson for someone to learn?
Whoa deep question. Something having to do with loving others I'm sure.   

64// What can you say in another language?
I can speak a little Spanish. Not much.  

65// What do you love most about the town where you grew up in?
That it's still my home.  

66// What's the bravest thing you've ever done?
Having my eyes opened after they were sewn shut. Not the most pleasant feeling in the world.  

67// Most spontaneous thing you've ever done?
Quitting my second job. 

68// What's one goal you are determined to achieve in your lifetime?
Writing a book that changes lives. 

69// What is your favorite scented candle?
Usually something fresh smelling or something that reminds me of home.  

23 May 2016

On Parents.

Good morning, I know it's a Monday, but try your best! The way my new schedule is, today is actually my Tuesday, so I'm in a bit more chipper mood then if it was actually my Monday.

I'm training somebody new in my department at work this last week or so & we were talking about my childhood and her kids' childhood where we were truly the last generation before technology took over.  I was telling her how blessed I felt to have parents that knew the importance of getting us kids outside. Whether we were running over to Grandpa's to have us drop us a mile down the road so we could float down to our house on the river during the summer or swimming in our backyard pool or jumping on our ATVs and dirtbikes to make up our own adventures and race around the track that my uncle built.

Somehow this led me to realize that I never posted really anything for Mother's Day and with Father's Day coming up in a few weeks, I thought I would share a few tidbits on each of my parents, because not only do I have a great Mom and Dad, I also got really lucky in the "step"parent department as well.

I look the most like my momma, and I also have her big heart.  Ever since I was a little girl, she told me that she loved me higher than any mountain top and deeper than any sea, and I know she does, there isn't anything she wouldn't do for me or any of her kids, although there's no contest that I'm her favorite kid.  Some of my favorite memories are from when I was a little girl and her and I would road trip up to her hometown before my little brother was born as well as our road trips up there now because we usually end up making the trip alone & it gives us a chance to catch up and bond even more.

If I've ever made you laugh with my humor & wit, well you can thank my Daddy for that. He taught me to work hard so you can play hard, and that family is the most important thing a person can have and be a part of. He doesn't know the word quit and I get my work ethic from him.  My favorite memories with him include our morning routine when I was younger before he and my mom got divorced, as well as all the times he just calls me to check on me now that I'm out on my own.

If you asked me which of my parents I'm closest with, it would probably be my Lynn-Mom. She's been one of my best friends since I was a junior in high school and though our relationship may not be as close as it was back then, I know that I can call her and get an honest answer with no sugar coating anytime I may need it.  She's the one who has helped nurture my relationship with Jesus and my faith the most  and I'm so grateful for that.  Some of my favorite memories with her include when we used to go do vending down in the cities and we would talk about everything and nothing all at once, as well as our mornings after I stay at my parents now that I'm on my own. My dad's gone to work and Ryan's at school so it's just us, some of the best conversations happen then, probably because we don't have two other people trying to butt in ;)

My stepdad and I probably have the most complicated relationship, it got really strained when I was in high school and honestly, it's a lot better now that we aren't around each other 24/7 like we were when I was living with them  He's one of the smartest people I know though and can fix just about anything if you give him the time to get it done.  He taught me how to be opinionated and gave me my love for NASCAR, I can ask him just about anything and he knows the answer. Some of my favorite memories with him include going to New Hampshire and watching a race with one of our family friends, my Uncle Dave as well as the trips each August we take down to Iowa for the Knoxville Nationals.

Not  many people can say they have pretty good relationships with not only their parents but their stepparents as well and I'm so glad that I can.  I hope all four of my parents know just how much they mean to me and that I'm so glad that they were the ones who I call mine.

19 May 2016

Happy List.

I haven't done one of these lists in way too long, so I thought today would be a good day to do another happiness list.

-Thursdays are my new Fridays, I've got a set schedule for my days off at work now & I'm loving it. I'm off Friday & Saturday, I'm a weird person that doesn't mind working Sundays as long as the option to go to church in the morning is always available.

-Being needed makes me happy. It's actually one of the main things about my personality type according to the Myers-Briggs test, anyways, it fills my cup up when I'm able to help or tag along with one of my people do their errands or things they need to complete off of their to-do list, which probably sounds weird, but oh well.

-Summer plans. After these next two weekends, my summer is about to get pretty busy, I'm so excited to see what kind of shenanigans I can get into over the new few months!

-Writing/blogging. I love being able to share my words and thoughts.

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