Thursday, July 31, 2014


Last week or so my Momma Collette and Aunt Kimmy came to visit me from Utah! We were able to do most of the tourist-y stuff that I haven't done in Baltimore. Though mostly we just ate and shopped. 

This was on the same street that the hotel was on. It was an Irish Pub! Dubliners, anyone? English majors unite!

The view from the hotel room!

We went to breakfast and I got biscuits and came with bbq pulled pork....very interesting...

Okay you guys, i'm not flipping off my readers. We were waiting for our table at brunch when I saw my reflection in the window. There was something in my hair. I thought it was just a leaf so I just picked it off and brought it down to eye level to check it out when all the sudden, almost in slow motion, I realized it was a huge BEE the second it stung me! I haven't been stung by a bee in almost 18 years so I was shocked. It hurt WAY more than I remember! My Mom ran into the restaurant and they brought me this out this HUGE bag of ice for just my lil birdie finger. It was hilarious and sad. Stupid bee! I guess it was my fault for wearing a headband with flowers...

So there happened to be an Arts Fest going on and so we decided to check it out. We literally had to fight our way onto the Charm City Circulator, Baltimore's free bus, it was ridiculous. However, the festival was really cool! My favorite part was this lounge area where they had all this furniture made out of car parts. This was the back to one of the chairs. It was pretty sweet! I helped a thirteen year old girl take a hipster Instagram in the reflection of these mirrors. So i'm probably gonna be the best high school teacher...just sayin...
My Mom pointed out that everyone was really happy and smiley at the festival. No one looked unhappy! Except maybe me of course. When I get hot and tired there is no turning back.

That night we decided to go have dinner in Annapolis. They had this cute little free trolley that you could ride all over the town. 

They had lots of little boutiques. I found this and needed to share it with my many relatives.

We ate at this way cute and super local restaurant called Subway for dinner. Like a real hole in the wall place, you know the type. I really was on my period this entire trip craving ice cream so we wanted to save room. I definitely overestimated the amount of waffle cone that would fit in my mouth. C'Est La Vie. But really, I wish I would have gotten a picture of this ice cream place. They had sharpies on all the tables and when you were done eating you were supposed to draw on your spoon and leave it at the restaurant. They had one wall just covered in spoons people have drawn on over the years! It was pretty sweet. The ice cream wasn't bad either but it didn't hold a candle to Aggie Ice Cream.

My Mom bought me this for my classroom. Students will never forget a pencil again!

On Sunday, we went to Fort McHenry. I learned a lot about the War of 1812 and Francis Scott Key. Maybe if i'm lucky, the entire history praxis will be on those two subjects. 
Also, excuse me looking like a total gumby. My eyes were really acting up this entire trip and I was  basically a blimp this entire weekend.

Mark and I look pretty happy for almost puking our guts out on this boat just moments earlier. 

We did a boat tour of McHenry which was actually really cool. We got Francis Scott Key's perspective of when he wrote the National Anthem and what he was actually seeing. I thought it was the neatest thing I had done in a while. 

Ahhh Maryland I actually might miss you when we leave.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

here we are, my two week vacation.

When I found my nanny job at the beginning of the summer, I knew that the family was going on a two week long vacation at the end of the summer. It always seemed so far away and like I would never get there. On hard days, it was all that got me through. There were some days I honestly thought I would kill myself or the kids before we made it to vacation. But alas, it's here. Yesterday was glorious. I caught up on all the sleep that those three kids have taken from me during my 50 hours/week with them. I slept most of the day and when I wasn't sleeping I was watching Gossip Girl. I also was productive and organized closets and woah, cleaned out my entire mac. Moved everything onto my hard drive and deleted my computer. It runs so quickly now! It was a heavenly, heavenly day. 
Today....i'm bored out of my mind. 
 I was looking forward to this break all summer and I am laughing that I wish my nanny kids were with me so I could go to Six Flags and not look like a loser, hah! 
I caught up on all my shows and have been marathon watching Gossip Girl. Now I think my body is a permanent part of the couch. 
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I google image searched "couch woman" but I like this a lot.
Even though I am pretty freaking bored, the timing of this vacation couldn't have been better. I found out this morning my eye has stopped making tears! I joked with my doctor that I didn't know it was possible for that to happen since I cry multiple times a week but he didn't think it was funny at all. Oh well. But no worries, with some rest and special eye drops, my tear count will be excellent by next week. Another reason this vacation was timed well, Mark's work takes some employees to Rethoboth Beach once a month for the weekend and this month I get to go with since I am not working! I am taking the polaroid camera my sister gave us for our wedding present and I can't wait to share our mini-vacation with you guys.
And the main point of this blog post, I wanted to apologize for being a little MIA lately and will probably be MIA for the next week or so. I have a few really big and exciting projects for this space coming up. I have been working my lil bum off planning and I am so excited to finally share what I have been doing! Thanks for sticking around, it will pay off very soon!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

hey hey hey it's my birthday soon

....and by soon I mean next month. If you are new here, new to me, new to this blog, new to life (but why are babies reading my blog? #badumting) my birthday has always been like....a huge deal for me. I freaking love birthdays in general, so of course I am obsessed with birthdays. Probably because I am obsessed with parties! I love planning parties. Growing up, my parents told me I could either have $100.00 for presents or I could have a birthday party. I always chose the party*. Mostly because I knew they would give me a present anyway and then I would get presents from the people that came to my birthday. Smart girl, I was...and kind of still am. 
*Except for one year when we were building our house and living in my Grandmas basement. I chose one of those real life dolls? They were like $100.00 and they were almost ten pounds. They had like a full head of hair on them...what were these called? They were super popular in the late nineties/early 2000s...they had their own store in the this is going to bug me..
Anyway, let me recap the last few years of birthday fun....
Just to show you this birthday obsession of mine is not a new thing, here are some pictures of when I turned ten and eleven. 

I should have copyrighted these looks because then RuPaul's drag race show would have made me a rich women. 

I want to give an honorable mention to my 14th birthday, we went to Build-A-Bear. 14 years old. Build-A-Bear. I remember my friend had just entered her punk rebellion phase, lots of piercings, etc, and I remember her face as the Build-a-Bear worker made us crawl on the floor through a fake safari. I betrayed her ultimately. So yeah, Build-a-Bear was kind of weird. I mean, I was still weirdly playing with barbies so I guess it made sense.

Fifteen years old I guess is when I decided that it was time to give up the kids stuff.... so we played a lot of games and had a sleepover. Here we are trying to melt frozen t-shirts. I convinced all of us to sit on them to melt them so it looked like we had peed our pants for the rest of the night. Super fun.

And then.....the dreaded sixteenth birthday. I look back on this birthday with shivers.

I probably should explain these pictures, but I won't. I just want everyone to notice the Cool is a Girls Best Friend shirt I was obsessed with. Literally, what does that even mean? Also, why was it so difficult to find jeans that fit right? I was still like a size six when I was 16...i'm so puzzled. I am disappointed that I made poor fashion choices when I was skinny. 
I'm also pretty disappointed that the fuzzy slippers I was wearing don't  make their debut in these pictures. Slippers are always sensible for a night out on the town, right?
This birthday was also known as: THE YEAR I INVITED EVERYONE AND THEIR DOG. COME ONE, COME ALL, APPARENTLY. But really, people kept pouring in and my parents were like ??? 

Apparently I have no photographic evidence of my 17th birthday, except my family party. I kept with the mature theme of Carebears. 

And then, there was 18. An age so mature that I had to have three parties to prove my worth.
Family party...fairly calm, mature, etc.
 So I mean yeah, I wish I could tell you my Mom ordered me this cake and surprised me and it was way cute but no, I totally ordered this cake myself. For myself. A cake with myself on the cake for myself that I ordered myself.

....Which none of us ate.

My actual birthday was a few days after I had moved up to Utah State for the first time. So I was like "Nice to meet you roomies, can you throw me a party? All my friends are coming up for part two of my birthday extravaganza" and since they were scared of me, they did it. 

On my nineteenth birthday I really wanted my party to have the "Studio 600" vibe. Marcus Wing was busy but I managed to get over seventy five people inside my basement to have a dance party. This party had a whole lot of people walking in, surveying the scene of sweaty people dancing awkwardly, and walking out. Pretty much like a real dance party! Very successful. 

This is also the year my friend Joe decided he was going to be a stripper for parties. I am not even kidding. Wish I was.

I also tore my meniscus at this party, literally from dancing so hard. The pain from this injury is one I still carry with me today. Hoorah!
Icing my knee after the party....

....annnnd somehow the party ended with this:

Twenty (we are almost done here) was the year I spent my birthday in Logan and it was also the year I worked at Kiddie Kandids. 

It was also the year I decided mexican food is way better than anything else. This was my best epiphany of this year. 

Twenty one was maybe the most awkward and my favorite birthday. Mark came home! I met up with him at a bar at 11:30 PM, a half hour before my birthday. He had been home a few hours and I drug him to a bar. My table for one in hell should be ready in 5-10 minutes. The next day on my actual birthday, we went to Red Robin.....cause nothing says "Happy Milestone Birthday!" like a crappy hamburger.

I feel like I should note I am drinking a Shirley Temple. Ok, noted.

Annnnnd last but not least, my 22nd birthday. I remembered when I ordered myself the cake with my face on it and I was like "That was a good idea," and so I bought myself giant mylar balloons. No Ragrats. Excpet maybe a few regrets, helium is like insanely expensive....

My friends and I went to thai food and then we went to the Off Broadway Theater for their improv show. I got called up on stage and realized the comedy career is really for me. But seriously, they told me it was one of the best bits they had ever done with an audience member.  However, I don't have an engrained love for Doctor Who so I didn't make it as apart of the cast. Alas. 

Two things went terribly wrong on this birthday. I got the spotlight stolen from me twice and it was just way rude. 
First, my nephew Joshua was blessed on my birthday. Like, how inconsiderate dude. Can you not plan better? Ugh, you're the freaking worst. 

Then I wanted to go on a bike ride for my birthday. So we did, without helmets because we are hardcore. Then Mark went ahead and decided I was getting way too much attention (Drama Queen, much?) and crashed his bike.....really really bad. He was out of it, concussion, huge bleedy thing on his face that eventually turned into a pus thing, passing out, etc. So I called 911 and he had to be fussed over all night, leaving my birthday cake untouched. So freaking rude. 

(if you don't understand sarcasm, this is it. this whole thing. Ok, just so we're clear.) 

So if you don't understand yet, my birthday is full of hot mess moments and always a great story. I started this post out with intentions of creating a birthday wish list and then I had a lot more fun doing maybe the wishlist will come soon.
This year I was thinking about how I could top any of my birthday parties yet. I came to the conclusion that I probably can't. The main thing I want for my birthday is to go home. So that's it, folks! August 18th we are packing up my lil nissan and headed on the 3,000 mile journey home. Can't wait to get there!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Blogger Pen Pal!

So a little over a month ago I came up with an idea for a blogger pen pal project! I realized I had an awesome network of blogger friends and even though I have never met most of them in real life, I love them being apart of my life! So I wanted to celebrate that and simultaneously I wanted to connect with more bloggers in a better way. So I came up with this project, like pen pals but with small packages! 
I recruited a bunch of bloggers and they are all seriously awesome. Let's roll call! 

My pal was Julie from Homegrown State of Mind.
I had so much fun collecting all the stuff to go into my package!

So, in my pen pal package was two little journals because I love to write/read! 
I thought these little personalized journals were so cute. 

 As you probably know, I LOVE the 4th of July! I found this super cute bow and of course I had to get one for myself.  

We all know my obsession with Mood Magic lipstick! I had to spread the love!

And last, but not least, lip pencils! In honor of my huge lips, my identifier! Haha!

I also threw in the gold glitter because I am obsessed with everything gold. 

Thanks to all the awesome bloggers that participated!

 If you are a blogger who is interested in participating in another round of this sometime in October, please contact me.

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