Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Next Mini Vaca!

Because of my new job and lack of time off, I don't get to take a real vacation this year. That's okay with me because I'm totally a fan of weekend trips. Especially extended weekend trips!

In honor of Travel Tuesday, I'm going to focus on my next mini vacation.

Helene in Between
Over Memorial Day Weekend, E's cousin is getting married in Florida! We'll be flying down Thursday night and coming home late Sunday. (This still gives us all day Monday to recuperate from the festivities.)

Photo by Hey I love you Photography
This is the happy couple. Aren't they disgustingly cute?
PS - E's cousin is the groom.
So. If you do math the way I do math, the equation goes something like this: 

Florida + May + Wedding + Beach Weekend = Summer and New Clothes

Obvs this means I need to pick a few things to pack. I bought ALL the things, but I can only bring some. And of course one of those things will be my dress to wear to the wedding and reception. I better get it together. Here are the clothing items that are definitely going with me.

- I'm all about these mint pants lately. There's no way I'd leave them behind for this trip.
- I just bought this dress at Target and I am so in love with it. It's perfectly Spring-y AND it has pockets. Win.
- I bought these sandals last year and I still can't get enough of them. They are super comfortable, too. Plus, they're black and brown which means they go with everything.
- I always have sunglasses. And they are always Ray Bans. These will be making the trip with me.

Of course I will also bring probably three bathing suits (never too many), but I haven't decided which ones yet. I cannot wait for this trip! Fun, family, wedding, beach. Yes.

When Renting is Better Than Buying - Campus Book Rentals

Hi people! Most people look back on their college days and have a few regrets (at least). For those of you who have more schooling to live through, I want to tell you about a company that can help prevent one major regret:  spending too much on books. I think we can all agree that paying for required books is kind of a rip off. What's even more of a rip off is book buy-back. Don't even get me started. Here's where Campus Book Rentals can help!

First of all, they have a huge inventory. It's unlikely that you won't be able to find your book on their site. Using their rentals gives you the freedom to treat the book as if it was your own; you can even highlight! Their prices are incredibly affordable, and they have flexible rental periods and can work with you. You can save anywhere from 40-90% off of bookstore prices. That alone won me over. On top of all that money saved, you won't have to deal out extra for shipping; Campus Book Rentals offers free shipping both ways.

Should you choose to use this rental service (and you should), a portion of the money you spend to rent your book will also help those in need. Campus Book Rentals has teamed up with Operation Smile to provide reconstructive and reparative surgery to children all over the world who were born with cleft lips and cleft palates. C'mon now. How awesome is that? You can help heal a child's smile. Is there anything better than that? You get a book to use for the semester and a child gets a free smile. Win-win.

Okay, so let's say it's the end of the semester and you've already bought your book. Now what? I bet that book buy-back is pretty tempting... Get this (this is a true story, friends):  my college roommate studied nursing. She once paid $300 for a book and then when she went to sell it, she was only offered $20. Ridiculous, right? Basically she laughed in that guy's face and kept the book. This is the part where I wish I had known about Campus Book Rentals way sooner. They have created a new program called RentBack that allows you to rent out books that you own to other students. All you have to do is print a free shipping label, send your book to Campus Book Rentals, and wait for the paycheck to come in. They do all the heavy lifting. You can do this as many times as you'd like as long as your book stays relevant and in demand. Um, can you say pay day? By doing this, you can earn 2-4 times more (and sometimes even more than that) than you would by selling your book at the end of the semester.

I'm in my last class for a certificate program and unfortunately have already bought my books, but you better believe that when I enroll in a Master's program I will be taking full advantage of this company. I might even use RentBack to make some money off of the books I bought recently. Ka-ching!

**This is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are my own. I would never endorse a product or company that I would not use myself.**

Monday, April 29, 2013

I Had Shenanigans!

1. Smoothie breakfast on Friday. Strawberries, blueberries, oatmeal, orange juice. Simple. (I also usually put ground flaxseed in my smoothies, but I didn't have any that day.)
2. This is only a fraction of the clothes I bought this weekend. I finally did some much-needed Spring shopping and replaced my jean shorts! This is big news, people!
3. I reorganized my whole closet and my dresser on Friday. I also cleaned our bedroom and it no longer looks like this. It took forever, but I feel so accomplished. I also can locate my clothes now. I'll have to post an after picture soon.
4. Homemade pizza. The best. (I have a secret recipe and it is soooo good.)

*If you follow me on Instagram (@FallLikeTimber) these are repeats. Sorry.

On Saturday, my family and I went to the Celtic Festival. E met us later and missed the taking of this picture. I hadn't been in six years! The last time I went I had my best friend with me, and we took funny pictures at this stop sign. Naturally, when I saw it, I had to re-create one of the pictures. (I can't locate the original, but if I find it I'll put it up.) What would a Celtic Festival be without bagpipes? (Quiet is the answer to that.) There was a bagpipe competition going on all day. They all played the same song. For the same length of time. All day. I had nightmares about bagpipes.

Saturday night we all ended up back at my parents' house and watched Lincoln. I almost made it all the way to the end. I fell asleep when there were about 45 minutes left. I just couldn't do it. PS - Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in it and I'm a little disappointed by that. I can't take him seriously, which meant I couldn't take the movie seriously. But Daniel Day-Lewis is THE MAN. (What's with all the hyphenated names, dudes?)

Sunday I went to E's parents' house for a birthday party. It was tons of fun and I didn't take any pictures. This last picture is of me at about 10:30 last night trying not to fall asleep while we worked out plans for E's cousin's wedding in Florida next month. It took three whole hours, but we finally coordinated flights, hotels, and a rental car. I never want to think about it again. Also, my feet were freezing so E made me wear his shoes. Hence the picture.

There you have it. Kind of short and sweet. It was a fun and busy weekend, and I think my days of having free time are over until June. But this is good news for all of you -- more weekend updates with actual substance!

I'm out of here. Metaphoriacally, though, because my whole leg is asleep and I don't think I could physically get out of here if I wanted to.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Today is my Puppy's Birthday!

1. Joey in the car on the way home after we got him. That used to be my blanket. No more.
2. Little puppy monster used to sleep like this. Freakin' adorable. Cannot handle.
3. Big puppy monster only likes the sun. He fits right in with our family.
4. Little dog, big stick. (Yes this is a repeat picture. It's cute. I like it.)

Today is my Joseph's birthday. (His official name is Joey, but I call him: Joe, Joseph, Hot dog, Pupsicle, Monster, Weasel, and other names.) He is two years old. My mom won't let me throw a real party for him, which is honestly probably a good thing. He kind of freaks out around other people and most definitely around other dogs. As in, he barks because he thinks he's big, but then whenever anything gets near him he rolls over and becomes submissive. Weenie. I mean, he does only weigh 4.4 pounds.

In honor of his birthday and my inability to throw a party for him, I will tell you what I would do if I could give him a party. Commence!

via Pinterest
These invitations are too cute. I might have to have a dog-themed party just so I can use them.

For the human food, there would be hot dogs, mini corn dogs, and puppy chow. (And a veggie tray because people seem to like that.) I would bake a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant, although I'm pretty sure Joey has never even seen a fire hydrant. Oh well, who are we kidding? This party is for me.

Puppies in attendance would eat regular puppy chow and treats. And doggie cupcakes! (And then Joey would throw it all up. He has a sensitive tummy.)

We joke that he is actually a toddler. He can identify all of his toys -- no, seriously, he knows all of their names -- and he takes each one out of his toy basket. They end up scattered all over the house. We don't bother picking them up and putting them back in the basket anymore because it doesn't last. He also cries when he drops a toy behind the couch. Seriously, he is a child.

I'm pretty sure that toddlers love cake and parties, so I'm confident my dog would love my minimum-effort party. Besides, he loves me unconditionally.

Tonight I'm stopping at the bakery to get him a doggie cupcake, and of course I ordered him a BarkBox.

Happy birthday, Little Monster!

*Also, I'm linking up with Stephanie (www.bourbonandglitter.com).

Finally a Weekend Update

First of all, congratulations to those of you who guessed correctly on the question from the other day! If you provided me your address your note is on its way. Some of you were no-reply bloggers and I tried to get in touch with you in other ways. Please be on the lookout on Twitter!

Alright. So it appears that I owe you all a recap of my weekend. It figures that the one weekend I do fun stuff would be the one I don't get around to writing a post about it. But truly, there are VERY few pictures. I was too busy.

Thursday night E and I went to look at an apartment. Our rent is going up and we need to move (although that's another story for another time, and right now it looks like we're staying where we are). It was nice, cheap, but SMALL. We have 940 square feet of space now and can't see downgrading almost 200 square feet. It would be impossible. (Not really -- we're just big babies and like what we have.)

Friday I drove to Delaware to visit my college bestie!! We revisited the Chili's we used to go to for happy hour that night. I had two margaritas and things got silly.

Saturday morning we hung out on the couch for a while and watched tv. Then we drove into Salisbury to see all the new stuff that's popped up around campus in the past two years. And of course we shopped. Oh my goodness did we shop. I bought ALL the things that said Salisbury on them and then I spent even more money at Marshall's, Old Navy, and Target. It was much needed, though. Spring, here I am! I'm ready!

Saturday night BFF's bf (that's confusing) drove us to a friend's house for drinks and dancing and an all-around hootenanny. It was fun, we drank a lot, and were home and in bed by 1:00 a.m.

Sunday was Pork in the Park. Potentially my favorite weekend. This was my third year going, and I swear I gained 10 pounds. All the best BBQ vendors from around the country come set up in the park and pretty much you just walk around ordering everything. Yep. I'm sorry, I can't explain it very well; I'm still in a meat coma. (Inappropriate, guys.)

I left Salisbury/Delaware at 2:00 and got home just after 4:00. Literally the second I walked in and sat on the couch I got a text from E (who went to the circus with his family that day) asking if I wanted to meet them for dinner. I really didn't want to, but I went anyway and as usual am glad I did. From there we went to the grocery store and then home. I had never been so tired in. my. life.

And now we're here.
Oh, PS - I started 30 Day Shred on Tuesday and I think I might die. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

First Things First

Hi-diddly-ho there! (If you can name the character and the tv show I will send you a cute note in the mail. Forreal.)

I haven't done this link up in a looooooong time (have I ever done it? I don't even remember.), so I thought today would be a good day for it. I know I owe you all a weekend update, but I took approximately ZERO pictures over the weekend, so it would be a pretty boring post.

First thing you would do/buy if you won the lottery

 If I won the lottery, I would obviously scream and do a happy dance first. Now that that's out of the way, I would probably donate a good portion of it to some of my favorite charities, then give a lot to my mom, pay off my car, put a crap-ton in an account so my future children can pay for college, and buy a house in every city I've ever wanted to live in. I would invest what's left so I can live off of that money for the rest of my life (and then hopefully my kids can, too).

First person you call when you get amazing news

When I get amazing news I call Erich. Then my mom. If neither of them react the way I want them to, then I call everyone else. My BFF is also a top priority. Although, I haven't received really amazing news lately, so I guess this order could change. I'd also like to say that it depends on the news. Some things are more relevant to my BFF, so I would call her first. Some things might be family-related, so of course I would call my madre. But usually it's Erich. Yep.

First thing you do when you've had a bad day
When I've had a bad day I go home and whine/yell/rant/make faces about it until I feel like I don't need to anymore. Erich is amazing about listening to me complain when I've had a bad day and I'm not sure how he puts up with me. I also completely ruined dinner last night and freaked out about it, and he was so nice and calm and offered to eat it anyway. When he realized there was no way that was going to happen, he offered to buy us takeout. He wouldn't even let me clean up the mess I made in the kitchen; he didn't want me to have to look at it anymore. Isn't that the sweetest thing you've ever heard?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Things I Can't Live Without {Beauty Edition}

Happy Friday!! Today is the most exciting day EVER because in a few short hours I will be driving myself to Delaware to visit my best friiiieeeend!

Anywho, on with the point of this post. Today I'm going to share with you the five most important things I use in my beauty routine. I own a lot of makeup and skincare stuff, but these are the ones I use all the time.

1. Paul Mitchell Shine Serum - I never realized how much this could help my hair until I actually started using it. I have naturally straight hair, but sometimes it gets a little poofy and I always have fly-aways. This stuff is amazing! It keeps my hair smooth and calms the frizz and fly-aways like no other. I put it in my damp hair after a shower and it works whether I blow dry my hair or let it air dry. I will probably never stop using this (unless, of course, it stops working). This serum is a little expensive, but I bought one bottle almost two years ago and I'm still using it. Well worth it. 

2. Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Face Wash - I'm one of those people who has tried everything to clear up my face. I've tried Proactiv, just about every store brand there is, and I never came across anything I loved or that didn't make my face feel itchy, dry, or peel-y. This was recommended to me by a friend, so I tried it. I figured if it didn't work I was only out about $7, so it couldn't hurt. I LOVE IT. It has a cooling sensation and it doesn't leave my face dry or oily. Perfection. This is the face wash I use in the morning when I wake up. Then I moisturize and I'm good to go. (It works so well that I've actually stopped wearing foundation lately.) There is a whole line of this brand, but I only this product.

3. Lush Ultrabland - This is just a little bit pricey, but it's all natural (you know, because it's made by Lush). This is my night-time face wash. It takes ALL of my makeup off. I follow it up with a moisturizer and it never leaves a residue on my skin. (A lot of people have that complaint with this stuff, but it hasn't happened to me.) It also lasts forever because you don't have to use much. Just put some on your hands and slather it all over your face then wash off with a washcloth. 

4. Dr. Pepper Bonne Bell in chap stick form - I know, I know; I'm a child. I don't even care. I love this stuff. I hate not having something on my lips at all times, and this just gives the perfect color and keeps my lips soft. No trying involved. 

5. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - Is there even an explanation needed? It just works. I like to try new mascara every time I run out, but I don't think I'll be switching it up anytime soon. But I don't use the waterproof one because it makes me hate my life. 

And there you have it. Those are the beauty products I absolutely love and would be lost without. 

Um, it's also #backthatazzup Friday, so please enjoy the musical stylings of: 

*This was not a sponsored post. All of the opinions written were my own, and just for fun. The companies of these products did not endorse this post.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I've stated this before, but I love a good bandwagon. This has been floating around blogland for a few days now, so I'm gonna hop on board. (Erin, you're a genius for starting this -- and you didn't even realize what you started!)

The Good

.I'm a great listener, and I give awesome advice.
.I make friends easily and would give the shirt off my back if someone needed it.
.I'm good at keeping to myself and not "rocking the boat."
.I have never done drugs.
.I'm pretty good with my money.

The Bad
.I have the patience and the attention span of a three-year-old.
.I love to eat. And sleep. And not work out.
.Hello, my name is Gayle, and I'm a shopaholic.
.I'm very easily offended/hurt. I don't have a very thick skin.
.I require a lot of alone time. (This is not conducive to living with my boyfriend.)

The Ugly
.I am extremely selfish. This is mostly in my relationship with E. He's a saint.
.I can go days without showering. It's gross, I know. But I seriously hate being wet.
(For the record, I'm generally an every-other-day showerer, but I hate it and it feels like work.)
.I hate putting clothes away. They will stay on the floor or in the hamper. Even when they're clean.
.I'm really good at pushing people's buttons.
.I have issues. Can we leave it at that? Maybe one day I'll dedicate a post to describing all of my issues.

My Mildly Shenaniganized Weekend

I thought about not posting this at all, but normalcy is good for me in times of crisis. I'm sorry if you find it offensive that I'm not going to spend much time acknowledging what happened in Boston yesterday; my heart is too heavy to really process it just yet. So I will post my weekend update a day late in the hopes that it allows me to regain a grip on life.

Usually my weekends are exceptionally boring, and really, this weekend wasn't too much different. BUT! I did do some stuff that I am excited to share with you. I'll make a list (you know I love that).

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1. This was Friday night's OOTN. E and I went to dinner at Ruby Tuesday and saw 42. It was SO good! I want to see it again, which is rare.

2. Saturday's OOTD. My first maxi dress! I had a nice down day.

3. We found this super cute bakery just down the street from us, and we had been dying to try it. We finally made it there Saturday afternoon. After that, E went to practice with his band, so I had the place to myself for the whole afternoon/evening.

4. We ordered pizza and then I passed out on the couch at 10:30. Like REALLY passed out. I had absolutely no recollection of the night, and E kept asking me if I remembered stuff. At one point I asked him, "Really? That was tonight? That feels like days ago."

5. This is Henrietta. We played with her for a little while before I passed out Saturday night. I got a few pictures, and that's all I remember.

6. Sunday morning/afternoon/evening. Got up and got my sh*t together. Rare. Put soup stuff together in the crock pot. I had the BEST girl date with Abbey! We met at Starbucks and literally sat there and talked for seven hours. We never ran out of anything to say! And also we're twins, so there's that. We even showed up wearing eerily similar outfits, right down to our key necklaces. Creep-tastic, really. I could dedicate an entire post to this, but she already did. Got home just before 9:00 (yes, p.m. -- that's how long our "date" was. omg) and ate the soup that had been cooking alllllll day!

It was pretty much a quiet weekend, but one that was exciting for me, nonetheless. Next Monday I will have much more to report, as I am going to Delaware to visit my bestie this weekend!

Over and out. Catch you on the flipside!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Liebster Award [Numero Dos]

Happy Monday! (But really, no.) The only things I am excited about for today are that my order from drugstore.com will be at my door waiting for me when I get home, and I was nominated again for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Ashley!

Because I have been nominated before -- pretty recently, too -- I will not be nominating new people. I will, however, give you all 11 facts about me and I will answer Ashley's questions. Ready? Go!

1. I hate working out. Zumba is fun, and that's about it.
2. I can be exceptionally lazy.
3. All of the scars on my body are on my left side.
4. I never have bare toenails.
5. I wear makeup maybe four days a week, and I have WAY too much of it. It's an addiction.
6. I am obsessed with stationary. I collect it. And planners and blank notebooks and notepads.
7. My office looks like Rainbow Brite lives there -- I only use colored pens, and I have over 100 pens on my desk.
8. I love sending my friends notes in the mail. (If you want me to send something to you send me your address!)
9. If my feet are either too cold or too hot I am the most uncomfortable person on the planet. And I will whine about it.
10. I recently bought a CamelBak eddy water bottle and I am in love with it. It makes me drink more water in one day than I used to in a week.
11. I have an incredible amount of self-control when it comes to eating chocolate. I would much rather eat potato chips. Granny UTZ, anyone?
Ashley's Questions
1) What is the best book you've read recently?
It was something by Sarah Dessen, but I can't remember what it was called. I'm working on her collection right now.

2) What is your least favorite house chore?
Vacuuming. I refuse to do it.

3) Why did you start blogging?
I needed a hobby. I also wanted to write my thoughts somewhere.

4) What is your favorite type of blog post to read?
I like anything on Lifestyle blogs. I like to read a little bit of everything. My faves are probably day-to-day life posts and anything with facts about the writer. ('Cause I'm nosy like that.)

5)  What did you laugh about today?
I laughed at Abbey's post, remembering our ridiculously long girl date yesterday.

6) Are you left-handed or right-handed?

7) If you could travel anywhere and money was no option, where would you go?
Everywhere. Poland is probably first on the list. I know, I'm weird.

8) Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. Always Coke.

9) If you had to choose one food to eat the rest of your life, what would you pick?
Pasta. It would make me incredibly large, but would be so worth it.

10) What was your favorite cartoon when you were a child?
Hmm. I have a two:  Doug and Rugrats

11) Tell me something that you like about yourself.
I like that I give good advice. Does that count?

Friday, April 12, 2013

I Blog For YOU

Don't get me wrong -- I blog for me, too. At least I started blogging for me.

I didn't realize there was a community, and so originally I just thought I would use my blog as a place to put my thoughts. I had all of three followers (and I know they didn't actually read) so I never thought people would care about what I was saying.

It turns out that I LOVE you guys. I've made friends I never would have met before. Some of you I've met in real life, some I will meet soon, and some I probably will never come face-to-face with. And that's okay. I still consider you my friends.

I started blogging back in 2011 (really in 2004 if you count Xanga and LiveJournal), but wasn't consistent with it until this past January. I'm so happy I decided to stick with it. In three months I've had a blog makeover, gained quite a few followers (I'm almost at 200 through Bloglovin' and GFC), won giveaways, made friends, and have begun to feel that this is where I belong.

I'm all for people saying that they blog for themselves. I think anyone who has a blog does it for themselves; it's cathartic. But let's be honest:  I continue to blog because of you. Yes, YOU. If you've ever read or commented on something I've written here, you are the reason I keep writing. I will also admit that being contacted for reviews and winning giveaways and getting free stuff is awesome! I've also learned about so many products that I had never heard of before and now I am obsessed with (thanks Lisette for alerting me to the Vino2Go and Jessica for Gap dance pants, both life-changers).

Okay, I could go on forever, but it IS #backthatazzup Friday, so in honor of doing it all for you, I give you a musician we all love to hate.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's Okay! Because I Love Thursdays

Linking up with Amber today over at http://www.brunchwithamber.com/ !

Its Ok Thursdays

It's Okay...

...that I just spent a lot of money on drugstore.com

...that I am electing to spend the night at my parents' house tonight so I can hang out with my mom

...that I haven't cooked a single night this week (or last week)

...to get really excited about a certain workout -- and then not do it

...to get excited when someone likes a picture I posted on IG

...to drink wine out of a sippy cup

...to complain about my Starbucks coffee from this morning
(the girl forgot to flavor it and now it's making me feel sick, but those are unrelated)

...to have consumed more candy than real food the past few days

...to think that one of my coworkers complains WAY too much. Seriously, about everything.
(yesterday she complained that it was hot, so the maintenance guy turned the AC on, and today she's complaining that she's freezing)

...to be indecisive and impulsive at the same time

...to be SUPER excited about getting to see my BFF from college next weekend!

And on that note, peace out cub scout!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wildcard Wednesday and I Need (Want) a New Camera

I'm having issues. I can't make a decision.

I want a new camera. Last time I didn't research enough and ended up with a super expensive Olympus ILC (interchangable lens camera) that just isn't cutting it. Well, it is, for certain pictures. But if I ever want to take a picture inside -- um, all the time -- my camera doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.

I'm also one of those strange people that thinks inanimate objects have feelings, so I feel really bad saying these things about my Olympus. It was also a graduation present from my mom, so I'm sure she's not thrilled with the idea that I want a new camera already.

I love my Olympus, I do. Really! I just can't handle editing every single photo I take anymore. There's always a yellow tint to my pictures because it doesn't do well in low lighting. I'm so over it. By no means do I want to get rid of it, I just think I'll keep it for outside picture-taking purposes. Yes, that's what I'll do! I spent months reserching the camera I wanted the first time around and then set my mind on the Olympus. But considering how unhappy I am with it, I feel like I didn't research enough. Now I have a complex.

I've known I wanted a Nikon FOREVER. Why I didn't get one when I had the chance is beyond me. Dumb. But I can't change the past. So instead I will dwell on doing research about which new camera to get in fear of making a wrong decision again. (Here's my problem: I become attached to things.)

I've narrowed it down to two choices. This is good news.

If any of you know anything about photography and/or Nikon DSLRs, please let me know your opinion.


 My two "favorites" are the D3200 and the D5100. If you can help me out, I'd really appreciate it.
I'm also linking up today with Samantha at http://www.hooahandhiccups.com/ for Wildcard Wednesday!
*Sorry about the URL. I'll add the button later. Work computer, guys. Boo.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Allow me to Explain

Sooo... if you remember correctly, I whined in this post about how I couldn't go to the Maroon 5 concert. The show had sold out, so the only places selling tickets (other than street corners) were ridiculously-priced sites like VividSeats. No. Way. was I gonna pay for that. They are one of my favorites and they put on an amazing show. Well, Adam Levine puts on an amazing show. The rest of them just stand there playing instruments.

Then, after I whined because I couldn't go, I posted this. Of course I would expect you to be slightly confused. No big. I'll explain.

Last Monday, while sulking about my lack of tickets, this happened:

Um. Need I say more?

I was the only one who responded and I got both tickets. It gets better. I got both tickets for less than the cost of what ONE ticket was selling for at that time. Said tickets resulted in staring at this for the evening:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Where Did My Weekend Go?

Time flies, man. Every Monday I'm left sitting here wondering where my weekend went and how I got here. I wish we could save up all the daylight savings time and then just apply it to weekends. Anyone with me?

On Friday I met some friends for lunch at Olive Garden. I hadn't been there in FOREVER, so I ate approximately 4 breadsticks. Disgusting. Then I headed to the mall to pick up some weird natural headache remedy that I've heard good things about. I get headaches so frequently that I decided I need to try something other than popping pills. Let's hope this Origins stuff works.

*Update: The Origins stuff is okay. It's not a miracle worker, so maybe I'll stick to pills. Having a pounding head is the worst.

I am not a giant. All of my friends are just really short. I'm only 5'5"! 
 I spent a lot of time catching up on a guilty pleasure show that I stopped watching years ago. Honestly, it just got to be too ridiculous and I couldn't take it anymore. (I won't even tell you what show because, seriously, it's that bad.) But then I saw the commercials for the newest season and realized I missed A LOT. So Netflix is my new best friend.

Friday night E and I went to Outback...clearly that never gets old. It was an early night for us.

Saturday we had lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and if you follow me on Instagram you know I had my first frozen margarita in years. Literally, years. I tried a few a long time ago and decided that I just hate them.

Well, I'm glad I decided to be a big brave dog and try one again because now I am obsessed. After lunch we did what all normal people do on the weekend and went to Target. I spent way too much on these super cute things:

Both via Target
Then it was back to the homefront for me while E went to play guitar with some friends. This resulted in Netflix, naturally.

Sunday was a full-on shopping day. I have a super-coupon to DSW, but that was a bust. I was a little disappointed in their selection, but maybe it's just too early for the good shoes. We shall see. And because you can't shop on an empty stomach, we went to Noodles for lunch. I was too busy eating to remember to take a picture. (I really need to get better about this.)

Our afternoon concluded with a trip to the Christmas Tree Shoppe because E had never been. And if you've never been you need to find one and go. Immediately. And no, they don't sell Christmas trees, so please don't ask. Fifty doll hairs later... oops.

I also happened to be puppy-sitting, so here's a picture of my dog.

All in all it was a successful weekend. Now I'm ready for Friday.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Smiles Are Contagious {Link Up}

Today's the day! It's officially time for the Smiles Are Contagious linkup! 

I want to thank you all for your support -- I received some feedback with the announcement and it was all positive. It makes me feel so happy to know that there are others out there who aren't interested in being mean girls. 

There is nothing required for taking part in this linkup other than what is listed below. I hope you all receive as many smiles as you give! 

A Gayle Force

  • Please visit at least three other bloggers who link up and leave them a comment that will put a smile on their face.
  • Mention in your comment that you found them through this link up.
  • If you are interested, take the button and post it on your side bar to show your support.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

You Know What...

I'm a slacker. And I don't care. Yesterday I was sick, so there.

Today I only have one thing to say:


Dear Adam Levine, I will see you tonight.

Monday, April 1, 2013

You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

This idea may fall flat on its metaphorical face, but I really hope it doesn't.

Lately there has been much information all over the news about bullying. Unfortunately, as we grow up we realize that bullies are everywhere; they don't always become more mature like the rest of us. There are different bullies for different situations and sometimes they can be hard to avoid.

These bullies seem to have invaded the blogosphere, and I want to get out a message that we're not all mean. Many posts have been uploaded, words have been spoken, and people are bringing to our attention that there are bloggers who believe they are above the rest. I am not one of them. (I have a very small blog anyway, so I'm really in no position to be "elite" but that's beside the point. I can't imagine treating people that way to begin with.) I was first inspired by Brin's post, and then Whitney's post.

No one is above anyone else. Especially in the blogging world. We all have our own reasons for being here, and for some it might be an escape. Who are we to make anyone feel inferior? When you can't escape using your escape method, there is a problem.

So here it is. This is the surprise I talked about. Martha from A Southern Transplant and I are co-hosting a linkup/blog hop. I wanted to do something to show the bajillions of bloggers out there that there are TONS of us who are in this to make friends and be part of a community.

The actual link up and rules/details will be posted on Thursday, so be sure to check back and join us!