August 21, 2017

Weekend Happenings...

This past weekend I filled in at my old part time job while the owners went out of town. In March, after over a year and a half of working almost every single Sunday, (and every Thursday afternoon plus the extra shifts I picked up) I finally realized how burnt out I was and handed in my resignation. Running a business 40 hours a week (usually more) is enough, and when you add in another 11 hours elsewhere (plus a 45 minute commute each way) it was just too much. 

I had stopped at the store back in June to grab some things and the owners had mentioned a trip they were planning for August and that they weren't sure who they were going to get to help out the only other employee. I told them that if I wasn't going to be in the Twin Cities that I could definitely help them out (because Summer gets expensive y'all). After checking with MN and finding out that he had his fantasy football draft (face palm) that weekend anyways I said yes to filling in and on Friday, after almost 5 months away, I was back behind the counter. 

Before I started my shift I had some errands to run for the centre so I was running around 'the city' like crazy from store to store trying to get it all done before I had to start work. I didn't end up getting it all done so after I got done my shift at 8:00 I had to stop at Wal-Mart to grab some more things. I didn't get home until around 10:30 that night and it was basically a 15 hour work day - my only 'me' time was my drive to and from 'the city'. Most of the days I worked in 'the city' there were always errands to run, either for myself or for the centre, and I definitely don't miss those days of trying to fit it all in! 

On Saturday morning I went into 'the city' early to meet up with a friend for coffee. We met at Tim Horton's and sipped on our drinks outside while we caught up on everything going on in our lives since we hadn't seen each other in a couple of months. I decided to try something new and got the iced vanilla latte - so yummy! I'll for sure be getting it again before the weather gets chilly and I go back to hot drinks for Fall/Winter. 

The local farmers market was right across the road so after chatting for awhile we took our coffee and wandered around the booths. Aaaaand I got to cross visiting a farmers market off of my Summer Bucket List! I bought myself some Butterscotch Confetti (mmmm), after taking forever to decide what I wanted because there were SO many delicious looking things, and then talked myself out of buying Tupperware (I want it all!) since I currently don't have a kitchen and I already have enough kitchen stuff in storage. Then we wandered over to the food truck to see what they had to offer us. There were lots of good things to choose from but I decided to have dessert for lunch and I got frozen dipped cheesecake on a stick because cheesecake is my weakness and I couldn't say no. It was ah-mazing y'all. I just wish they sold a mini version of it because there was no way I was eating all of it! 

Saturday was really warm compared to the recent temperatures so the store was pretty slow, everyone must have wanted to be outside enjoying the nice weather instead of shopping, but my shift actually went by surprisingly quick. When I got home that night at 9 pm I settled in on the couch and put my feet up and didn't move for the rest of the night. Between the two jobs I worked 63 hours from Monday to Saturday so it was needed! 

On Sunday I had a lazy morning (and it was glorious) watching HGTV and the Food Network and drinking waaaay too many cups of coffee. That afternoon I went into work for a few hours because I'm working on a big project and just want it DONE. I kept telling myself it could wait until September so I could enjoy the last days of Summer but once I have an idea in my head I can't get it out and I needed to keep working on it or else I would have been super anxious. I made it back home at 6:50, with just enough time to grab a drink, put some vegetables and dip on a plate and call that supper, and settle in on the couch for GOT. I can't believe there's only one more episode of the season left! I'm heading to the Twin Cities this weekend (MN and I are going to the State Fair on Tuesday with friends) and my initial plan was to get on the train on Sunday night.. that is until MN messaged me about us watching GOT with friends for the finale and I realized that with my plan I would be on the train and would miss the episode and that cannot happen! So now I will be getting on the train on Saturday night instead so that I will be in St. Paul with plenty of time to spare before GOT. 

I can't believe how fast this Summer has flown by and that there are only two weekends left before school starts! I'll be heading to the Twin Cities this weekend and then next weekend (the long weekend) I'm Saskatoon bound for my cousins' wedding. After that there is technically only two more weekends of Summer and then Fall will be here - crazy! 

August 18, 2017

50 Things...

Happy Friday y'all! This week has surprisingly flown by, which is very strange. I worked some looong days this week so I guess I was just so busy that it seemed to go by quick. I'm just popping in quick with an easy post, before I head to 'the city' to run some errands for work and then fill in at my old part time job for a few hours, because I realized that I hadn't made it to this space all week (whooops) and if I want to meet my goal of 10 posts this month I needed to get something up today. 

I started working on this post on Tuesday when I saw that Kelly from Sparkles and Shoes had done it. I love posts like these because they let me get to know the person behind the blog a ltitle better so I figured I'd do one myself. 

50 Random Questions (to get to know me better!):

1. What’s your favorite candle scent? I can't pick an all time favourite but right now I'm loving this Pineapple Mango scent from Bath and Body Works.
2. What female celebrity do you wish you were related to? Because I can't decide between Amy Poehler and Tina Fey I'm going with T-Swift.
3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?  Chris Pratt.
4. What’s your favorite thing about marriage? (And if you’re not married, what’s your favorite thing about being single?) I'm not married but I'm also not single so....
5. What’s one thing you own that you should probably get rid of, but just can’t?  I've actually been really good lately with letting go of things that I should have a loooong time ago but I just can't part with a dress that I wore to my aunt and uncle's wedding in Grade Two and then again for my Grade Two school pictures. My Grandma bought it for me and I just can't bear to get rid of it!
6. Can you do a split? Not anymore :( In May of last year I finally accomplished it and then I stopped doing yoga and can't anymore. I need to get back into daily yoga!
7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike? Kindergarten age maybe? 
8. How many oceans have you swam in? Just one I believe - the Pacific Ocean while I was in Mexico. 
9. How many countries have you been to?  7. Canada (duh), USA, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. That number will go up one day (hopefully soon!)
10. Is anyone in your family in the army? Nope.
11. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child? I can't think of just one favourite but Rugrats, Full House, and Boy Meets World were definitely up there. Oh, and Sailor Moon!
12. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight? Probably a witch. I think I was a witch for 4 years in a row (if not more).
13. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series? Read them all. Currently reading the Harry Potter series for my annual Summer re-read.
14. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent? British, but only a certain kind of British accent. I watch a lot of YouTubers from the UK while I get ready in the mornings (I can't stand silence) and I LOVE Gabriella's accent.
15. Have you ever taken karate lessons? No. No interest whatsoever.
16. Do you know who Kermit the frog is? Of course.
17. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to? Tinkertown? I'm going to say yes. It's a tiny little amusement park near Winnipeg that we used to go to while camping. It was so tiny but we loved it anyways. The ferris wheel was always held together with duct tape but we still rode it anyways (face palm). 
18. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in? French. I wish my school would have offered it past Grade 5. One day I'll be able to carry a conversation in French!
19. Do you spell the color as grey or gray? Grey, because that's the Canadian way.
20. Do you know triplets? I know of triplets, they are the younger siblings of a girl my brother went to school with for awhile. 
21. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?  I love The Notebook so much that it wins out but I do still love Titanic. I threw a hissy fit in Grade 5 when my Mom wouldn't buy me it on VHS when it first came out. 
22. Have you ever had Indian food? No. I have had Maggi noodles though, does that count? haha
23. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant? The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar in Gruene, Texas. My second favourite is the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin, Wisconsin. And my third favourite would probably be the Olive Branch Bristo in Carnduff, Saskatchewan. 
24. Have you ever been to Olive Garden? Yes, I go there just for their salad and breadsticks. Mmmmm. MN hates it though so it's somewhere I'll have to go with girlfriends. Or I'll just order their salad and breadsticks for take out! 
25. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender? I don't think they had a name picked. They did have a girl's name picked if my brother had been a girl and my sister and I used to call him by it all the time when he was little - poor kid. We even used it in our wedding speech haha
26. If you have a nickname, what is it?  Chigle. It means cheeky and my Grandpa always called me it because I reminded him so much of my great-grandma (his mother in law). 
27. Who’s your favorite person in the world? I'm going to go with Krickit so that nobody gets mad at me!
28. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs? I was born and raised in a rural setting so I don't know any different. I've told MN that we'll definitely be living in the suburbs though, because they're the closest I'd get to my rural upbringing (compared to living in the Twin Cities). 
29. Can you whistle? Nope.
30. Do you sleep with a nightlight? I sleep with a tiny little bit of light that comes off of my Scentsy warmer when it's turned on. I used to sleep with my door open, with the hallway light on, but I got over that and now I need darkness. 
31. Do you eat breakfast every morning? No, I'm terrible. I need to work on this!
32. How many times have you been to the hospital? I'm going to answer this as how many times I've actually been admitted to the hospital because I have visited so many family members in the hospital and had a few ER trips myself. I have only actually been admitted to the hospital once, and that was to get my tonsils out just over 4 years ago. 
33. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo? Yes, I can pretty much quote the entire movie. I still haven't seen Finding Dory all the way through though!
34. Where do you buy your jeans? Target, Old Navy, Bootlegger, Maurices, and Dynamite are where my current jeans are from. I'd rather wear yoga pants any day though...
35. What’s the last compliment you got? I rearranged the toddler room at the Centre and one of the tiny humans complimented me on my hard work. Too cute! 
36. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning? Sometimes but not all the time. I have some pretty craaaazy dreams though. 
37. Favorite beverage that isn’t water? Cofffeeeeeee
38. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Not that many actually. Maybe 20? 
39. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real? Grade three or four maybe? I still pretended though for my little brother (and so that I'd still get presents from him).
40. What is one food that you used to hate but now you love? Onions! My mom used to make me seperate dishes without onions in them when she was cooking something with onions (can you say spoiled - eek) but now I LOVE them. I'm still not a huge fan of green onions in things but it doesn't kill me to eat them.
41. What is a weird lie you’ve told? My siblings and I once told a group of kids at a playground that Stone Cold Steve Austin was our uncle. 
42. Heels or flats? Flats. 
43. Do you have any weird phobias? I'm terribly afraid of cotton balls. It's a legit fear called Sidonglogophobia. My sister and I both have it. My boyfriend just discovered this phobia of mine the other day when I needed his help to get the cotton out of a bottle of Advil I was opening and I threatened to jump out of the vehicle (and was near tears) when he kept touching and playing with the cotton ball to freak me out. He didn't think it was a real phobia until I googled it and showed him. Cotton balls - blech!
44. What is a phrase or word you always say? Something I didn't realize I say, until MN pointed it out to me recently, is "Mmm-hmmm' in response to things. He says I sound just like my Mom when I say it because she says it a lot too. Which I also didn't realize until he pointed out! haha 
45. What is a song that you blast or belt out when you are alone? Oh there are so many but one that comes to mind is Fancy by Reba McEntire. Anytime that comes on I belt it. MN hates Reba (what's wrong with him?!) so anytime she comes on in the vehicle he changes the station so at least I don't have to worry about him being around when I'm belting it out.
46. What is one of your biggest pet peeves? Slow walkers. MOVE people!
47. Do you sleep with your closet door open or closed? Closed. I can't sleep with them open. I also can't leave my bedroom in the morning without making sure they're closed.
48. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?  Oh this is a tough one. Am I actually getting attacked or is there just a chance? If I'm actually getting attacked then I'll take my chances with bees - I'm not allergic so hopefully it wouldn't be that bad. 
49. Do you have any weird things you do? I don't like my food to touch each other (hot foods touching cold foods - blechh) so I'll sometimes use a divided plate OR put certain foods into little containers on my plate so there's no chance of them touching. 
50. What movie could you watch over and over again and still love? Home Alone, Mean Girls, The Notebook, When Harry Met Sally, Field of Dreams, The Santa Clause, She's All That... oh man the list could go on and on!

August 14, 2017

Currently (August 2017)...

Reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My annual Harry Potter series Summer re-read is moving along at a snails pace this year but I know I'll be able to get it done before September 22nd. I picked up a couple of books at the beginning of July and since they were new the Harry Potter series got pushed to the side until I was finished both of those. I don't have any other books in my reading pile anymore so now I can fully concentrate on the series. 

Listening to Garth Brooks CD's anytime I'm alone in my SUV. I have over 15 of them and I've been obsessed with listening to all my old favourites lately. I have no idea where this sudden urge to listen to his old CD's came from but I'm just going with it. 

Celebrating that school doesn't start for another three weeks around here. I've been seeing so many back to school posts lately and I am SO not ready for Summer to be over. There's just something about back to school that makes me think of Fall and even though I do love that season I still love Summer and I'm not ready to say goodbye to it just yet. 

Watching HGTV any chance that I get. And if I'm not watching something on HGTV then I'm usually watching something on the Food Network. Of course I'm also watching baseball whenever it's on as well as Game of Thrones (I need to know what's going to happen!). I finished rewatching HIMYM for the millionth time and since I always need some background noise when I'm cleaning, folding laundry, etc. I restarted Grey's Anatomy for probably the 10th time and have been breezing through the series since I don't have to hit pause every time I leave my bedroom since I've already seen every episode at least 10 times. MN was here last week/into the weekend and we finished the first season of Breaking Bad and now I have to wait until I'm in the Twin Cities in a couple of weeks to watch more -  it's torture!

Working at my old part time job this weekend. I haven't worked there since the end of March (I think?) but the owners are heading away for the weekend so I'm filling in Friday and Saturday evening to help them out. It's going to be sooo weird to be back there after over 4 months.

Drinking water at the moment but I made the mistake of buying a case of Dr.Pepper a couple of weeks ago and I've been drinking way too much of it lately. I need an intervention!

Waiting, impatiently, for the Pioneer Woman's newest cookbook to come out. Why can't it just be released now?!

Wearing my new runners around the house to wear them in so I don't get blisters when I take Krickit for walks. I FINALLY got myself another pair of runners for outside use so I don't have to use my others for both indoors and outdoors. I'm so over finding tiny pebbles all over the floor while working out! I've been on the hunt for a good but inexpensive pair of outdoor runners for almost a year now and I finally found a good deal on some Nike Flex Contacts in Kohl's yesterday afternoon so I snatched them up.  

Anticipating seeing my nieces for the first time in over two weeks! They went to BC with their Dad to visit family and two weeks is the longest I've gone without seeing them so I'm anxious to finally see them and hear all about their vacation. 

Loving anything and everything by Rae Dunn. I know, I'm very late to the party on that one but I'm just starting to find pieces around my neck of the woods. So far I've found Krickit food and water dishes and myself a Laugh mug. I found a spoon rest in Marshalls when I was in the Queen City a couple weeks ago but there was a chip in it and I almost cried haha. I would KILL (not literally but you know what I mean) to get my hands on the Halloween bowls. Seriously obsessed. Send help!

Making plans to get some more things crossed off of my Summer Bucket List. I've done a few so far but with just a little over a month left of Summer I need to start making some more progress. 

August 2, 2017

August Goals (2017)...

First, just let me start off with this: How in the h-e-double hockey sticks is it already August?! I just feel like this year is flying by and I am NOT okay with it! I still have so many goals/plans for this year and I feel like time is running out. But for now lets just focus on my monthly goals because they seem more attainable in this moment. Or maybe not considering my lack of progress on my July Goals... But I'll let you see for yourself below.

In July I Wanted To...

Track my meals/snacks using the WW App 
I was doing pretty good with this and then Vegas hit and tracking went right out the window. Calories don't count on vacation, right? With all the walking I did in Vegas I cancelled out the insane amount of alcohol I consumed and didn't gain any weight while on vacation so at least there's that.

Workout every single day 
I managed to work out over half of the days in July, but didn't meet my goal of every single day. 

Track every cent I spend 
I tried, but it just doesn't work when I spend time in the States when doing this because of having to convert from CAD to USD. I did really well with it when I did it in March because I was in Canada the whole time so I'm going to try again another month where I won't be leaving the GWN at all (if that ever happens haha). 

Take at least 10 walks with Krickit 
None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Poor Bicki :( 

Post at least 10 times on this space of mine
I didn't quite make it to 10 posts, but 8 is still pretty good. I have a couple posts in my drafts folder that I planned to finish up and have scheduled for while I was in Vegas but I never got a chance to finish them before leaving. 

Post to Instagram at least three times a week 
I made more of an effort to post to IG in July but I still managed only 10 posts all month. Still much better than only 3 posts in June! I think part of my problem is that my phone is ancient (it's an iPhone 5s) so my camera quality is terrible. Every single picture I took in Vegas is horrendous because of it (wahhhh). I've been due for an upgrade for over a year but didn't actually NEED a new phone until my camera quality got bad around Spring-time but with the possibility of hopefully moving within the next couple of months upgrading just doesn't make sense right now. If the move doesn't happen by October I think I'll just need to suck it up and upgrade because I can't deal with it for much longer. I LOVE taking pictures so I need to be able to! 

Cross as many 30 Before 30 items off of my list as possible 
Yeah... that definitely didn't happen. I'd like to go back and ask myself (when writing the list) where I thought the money would come from to fund a lot of the items on my list. The easier ones were pretty much forgotten about in favour of dreaming about the big, exciting ones, like a trip to Toronto to bird watch at Rogers Centre - which obviously didn't happen either, which was my biggest mistake in trying to get these things crossed off. I've just decided I'm still going to work on crossing them off, regardless of the fact that I'm already 30. 

Start working on my 101 in 1001 list
The list has been started, it's just not complete yet. Once it is complete I will definitely be sharing. If there is anything you think I should add let me know!

Obviously, I didn't fair so well with my July goals but I was pretty much focused on nothing but Vegas for all of July so that didn't help. Moving on to August!

In August I Want To...

Finish one Project Life album
Just one is all I ask of myself. I just want my spare bedroom back. It's organized chaos in there and I can't wait for it to be back to normal. Then after that album is complete there is only 4 more to go... (eeeek)

Publish 10 blog posts 
I managed to publish 8 in July, the most since March/April, so I think it's doable

Try 5 new recipes 
There are SO many recipes I want to try, I just need to follow through. And not blow my budget buying groceries to make them all...

Make at least $150 from decluttering items around the house
In July I made $420 from decluttering, which paid for my hotel in Vegas without even having to touch my bank account (score!). This month I'm aiming to make $150 so I can put it towards my Twin Cities trip in September for the Jays games 

Complete a new workout program 
I'm starting on Monday and haven't fully decided which program yet but I'm thinking of trying Shift Shop, Insanity, or 21 Day Fix Extreme. Last month I did a mix of Country Heat and Shaun Week workouts so this month I want to try something new

Take Krickit for a morning walk (at least) twice a week 
Poor Bicki hasn't been on any walks in forever. I didn't have contacts for almost three weeks in July so I couldn't take her (the sun would kill my eyes without sunglasses and I'm blind as a bat so I can't go without either glasses/contacts at all times) and then as soon as I got my contacts I left for Vegas and when I got back from Vegas July was pretty much over. So, new month = new goals for time with Krickit!

Take family photos for my sister and nieces
We had wanted to do this in July but the timing never worked out. My nieces are currently enroute to BC with their Dad to go visit their Grandparents and it will be two weeks before we see them again (waaaahh) but I want to get them done for sure this month

Wear a different outfit to work each week day with NO repeats
This was a goal of mine in May (I think?) and I forgot to take photos of my outfits in the first week so then I couldn't remember what I had already worn so it went out the window within the first week. This time I am going to make sure to take pictures each morning before I leave the house so I can make sure to follow through with it!

I think I've set myself some really attainable goals this month so hopefully that means that next month I can cross everything off (probably for the first time ever). I still have lots of things left to cross off of my Summer Bucket List so I didn't set any crazy goals for myself this month since I'll be trying to cross as many as those off too!

Tell me one of YOUR goals for August!

July 31, 2017

Four Things...

Happy Monday y'all! Please tell me that I'm not the only one having a super hard time wrapping their head around the fact that today is the LAST day of July. How the heck did that happen so fast?! I can't believe it's already been a week since my birthday - I feel like Vegas just flew by in the blink of an eye. 

Since it's Monday and my brain is foggy from trying to comprehend where July (and pretty much all of 2017) went I am keeping things simple today with a Four Things post. Enjoy!

Four Favourite Places I've Travelled...
Venice, Italy
New York City, New York 
Duluth, Minnesota
Gruene, Texas 

Four Places I Want to Visit...
Chicago, Illinois 
Portland, Oregon
Toronto, Ontario
Charlotte, North Carolina 

Four Nicknames...

Four Jobs I've Had...
Sales Associate 
Early Childhood Educator

Four Things In My Bag...
Kate Spade wallet
Blistex lip balm 
Phone charger 

Four Movies I've Watched More Than Once...
Home Alone
Mean Girls 
Christopher the Christmas Tree 
Field of Dreams 

Four Books I Would Recommend...

Four Favourite Drinks...
Dr. Pepper
Barefoot Moscato Wine 
Vodka + Orange Juice 

Four Favourite Foods...
Caesar Salad
Cabbage Rolls 
Turkey (with all the fixings)

Four Places I've Lived...
O-town, Saskatchewan 
Medicine Hat, Alberta 
Estevan, Saskatchewan (two seperate times)

Four TV Shows I'm Watching...
Game of Thrones
Breaking Bad
How I Met Your Mother
Fixer Upper 

Four Things I'm Excited For This Year...
Twin Cities trip in September for some bird watching 
Paying off Eleanor! 
Moving (hopefully!)
My nephews 1st Christmas

July 28, 2017

Links + Love (July 2017)...

I'm baaaaack from a whirlwind trip to Vegas to celebrate my 30th birthday. I think from now on I want to spend every single birthday on vacation because it didn't really feel like my birthday and thus it doesn't feel like I've actually turned 30 (just go with it...). But more on that trip in a different post because today is the last Friday of July (how?!) so that means time for this months Links + Love post 

I'm LOVING this face cleanser from First Aid Beauty that I picked up in Sephora a couple of weeks ago. I grabbed a travel size bottle and used it in Vegas and it worked so good to take off my makeup and get all the other dirt and grime (I was in Vegas after all...) off of my face. Now I wish I would've went with a larger bottle! 

I've been listening to 'A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega' by Ashley McBryde any chance that I get since first hearing it on satellite radio a couple of weeks ago. Obsessed

I have an abundance of black beans in my cupboard so this cowboy caviar is getting made this weekend.

If you have plans to head to Vegas in the future make sure to check out Absinthe at Caesars Palace. I've wanted to go for years and finally made it during this trip. It was SO good y'all. But if you get offended easily it's definitely not the show for you....

I NEED to try this Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo asap!  After eating out so much in Vegas I am SO ready for some home cooked meals!

How adorable are these matching 'necklaces' that I got for me and Krickit?! I also found these online and NEED to order them!

That's it for this month - I'm sure there were more things I loved this month but I'm still recovering from Vegas and can barely think straight. I'd need to sleep for a week straight to catch up on all the missed sleep! Today definitely doesn't feel like Friday but I'm glad I have the weekend to get back into routine. Happy Friday y'all!

July 19, 2017

24 Things Revisited...

Almost 6 years ago, on my champagne birthday, I wrote a post on my old blog titled '24 on the 24th' about some facts of me at age 24. I had completely forgotten about this post until I happened to click on a link to my old blog a few days ago and scrolled down a bit and found the post. Since I'm 6 days away from turning 30 I thought it would be fun to revisit the list from 6 years ago. Here we go!

I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up
Still very much true. I'm happy in my career but at least weekly I dream about being a stay at home dog mom, or an event planner or professional photographer. All these that aren't anywhere close to what I'm actually doing in my career 

I'm scared to death of turning 25...
If I was scared then then I am absolutely terrified now of turning the Dirty Thirty. More so of just the idea of being 30, since I don't feel any different now than I did 5 years ago 

Las Vegas is my favorite vacation spot 
Okay so it's not my favourite but it's definitely one of them

I am a bad, bad blogger... but I will work on it 
I've been working on it for the last 6 years. I've definitely come a long way since my first blog but I'm still not very consistent. Whooops

I can't go a full day without checking Facebook 
These days mostly just because I need to check if anyone wants to buy anything I'm selling on a garage sale group. Otherwise I could definitely live without Facebook

I can't stop biting my nails... help!
I've 99% kicked this habit. Turns out spending 10 days in Mexico 4 years ago was exactly what I needed to kick the habit (my fingers were so salty from the ocean I didn't want to bite them! ha) When my anxiety gets really bad is when the 1% comes in which is the reason I now get shellac nails every 3-4 weeks so that even when I'm anxious I can't bite them

I am sooo ready to own my own home 
Still VERY ready but still not a home owner. Yet. It all worked out for the best though considering eventually I will be leaving O-town and I won't have to worry about trying to sell a house before I leave

I LOVE cheesecake and Margaritas
Still love them though I definitely don't get to enjoy them as much as I used to. I should change that

I am attempting to grow my hair longer than it was in High School... not an easy feat
I think I probably accomplished this though I will never try it again. The length I have right now is perfect

I am 'Mom' to a fat cat named Hank
Hank went to live out at my cousins' farm about a year after I moved home from 'the city' because it just wasn't working out having him at my parents house with all of their animals. My cousin and her kids used to come visit quite often and her boys loved Hank so one day they just decided to take him home with them. Now I'm Mom to my angel baby Krickit, a 3 year old Chiweenie 

I love to bake but I don't like to eat much sweets
Still true though I haven't done any baking since Christmas (the horror!). I think about it all the time but my weekends are always full of other things. I really need to work on my time management so I can still make time to do things that I enjoy 

Potato chips are my weakness :(
Considering I gain and lose the same 10 lbs all the time I would say this is still very true 

I have 6 tattoos with plans for many, many more
I'm now at number 13 (I think?) and still have plans for many, many more 

I am a bad, bad scrapbooker... I couldn't even keep up with Project Life
Still behind by years on Project Life (and completely gave up scrapbooking) but I'm determined to get caught up!

I want a 'fancy' camera
I bought myself a Canon EOS Rebel T3i just before my brother's wedding almost 2 years ago. Still haven't mastered how to use it outside of auto mode but I'm glad I finally did get myself a 'fancy' camera 

My family and friends mean the world to me 
Obviously still true 

I want to own a bakery/coffee shoppe 
I'd still love to do that but after binge watching Bar Rescue on the weekend I'm now thinking running a bar would be even better (I'm clearly delusional haha)

Next on my list of places to visit is New York City
I did it y'all! I went to NYC in August of 2012 and I'd love to go back again. Right now I'd love to visit Chicago or somewhere in North Carolina first though, so I can cross some more places off of my list

Currently my favorite tv shows are How I Met Your Mother, Grey's Anatomy, and Vampire Diaries 
I still watch HIMYM on Netflix all the time but I gave up on the other shows years ago - I just don't ever get a chance to watch tv. Right now my favourite tv show is probably House Hunters (clearly I've grown up a bit in the last 6 years haha)

I recently discovered a new love for Starbucks Tazo Passion Tea Lemonades... Mmmm
I haven't ordered one of these from Starbucks in probably 5 years because I love coffee too much but I do make them at home all the time with the mixes that I buy in Target or Wal-Mart

I believe in ghosts
Nothing has changed there. Though I'm significantly less scared of the dark now... 

I could spend all day browsing blogs
Still true. But also Pinterest... And real estate listings... and vacation planning sites... 

I can't stand unpainted toe nails
This is why you will never find me with unpainted toe nails. And why I usually get a pedicure every 
couple of months

I LOVE making lists
Still very, very true. I'm ashamed of the amount of post it notes that I go through in one week...

Obviously I now need to make a list of 30 things about myself at 30 because HELLO I LOVE MAKING LISTS!

July 17, 2017

Confessions (July 2017)...

I Confess...

I binge watched so many episodes of Bar Rescue yesterday (thank you Spike for having a marathon) that now all I want to do with my life is open a bar. I figure that with watching so many episodes that I now know exactly what not to do and my bar would obviously be a huge success... 

I fly to Vegas next Sunday night and all I can think about is how I'm going to watch Game of Thrones! I will not be able to wait until I get home on Friday to figure out what happens and I know I won't be able to avoid any spoilers while I'm gone.

How I'll react if I have to wait until Friday to watch

I layed out for over an hour on Saturday in the blazing heat to try and get some more colour before Vegas and in the end all I did was get more sun on the areas that I had burnt two weeks ago and now my upper thighs have started peeling from my previous burn (that turned into a tan within a couple of days). No colour anywhere else except where I already had some - how does that work?! Ughhh...

I completely blew my budget while shopping in Minot last week after I got off the train. In my defense I really did need some new clothes for Vegas. It's my birthday month so I figure it's all right just this once. I also spent time on Saturday doing a closet cleanout and posted some items to sell on FB so at least there's that...

I still don't know how I feel about turning 30 y'all. Though my dental hygeniest looking shocked when she asked my summer plans and I said I was going to Vegas to celebrate my 30th birthday definitely helped ease some of the nervousness about turning 30. I just remember being young and thinking 30 was SO old and now here I am and I still feel the exact same as I did when I was 21 so I just don't know how to feel about it. HELP

I accidentally bought some Danone Light and Fit yogurt thinking it was the Light & Fit greek yogurt and I can barely force it down because it is waaaay too sweet.  I used to hate greek yogurt and now it's apparently all I can eat. But since Wal-Mart in Minot only had the large tubs instead of the individual ones I now have a ton of yogurt that I have to force myself to eat because I can't waste $

Ever since MN and I ordered Taco Pizza from Toppers when I was there a couple weekends ago that all I can think about is that pizza. It was SO good and I have plans to try and recreate my own at home. I love Mexican food SO much so combining it with pizza is GENIUS

I am getting SUPER stabby that my contacts that I ordered from 1-800-Contacts on June 28th STILL haven't arrived. If they don't get here before Vegas I will be the stabbiest I have ever been. I am so sick of wearing my glasses and not being able to wear sunglasses! I thought I was completely out but while cleaning my bathroom on the weekend I found three pairs so I at least will be able to get through Mon, Tue, and Wed in Vegas next week if they don't arrive before then. But they better or watch out 1-800-Contacts....

July 12, 2017

Currently (July 2017)...

Reading my way through the Harry Potter series for my annual summer re-read. I finished Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (in most countries, like the GWN, it's called this instead of the Sorcerors Stone) on the train on the weekend so now I've moved on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I also picked up Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica while I was in Wal-Mart last week and started and finished it in just a couple of hours on the train ride home from Minnesota on Sunday night. I LOVED The Good Girl so I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint!

Listening to a lot of 90's country music lately. It reminds me of summer vacations spent camping with my family and gives me all the feels.

Celebrating my 30th birthday in 12 days! 

Watching Jillian and Justin tonight! I'm an episode behind so I need to catch up on that one first. MN and I finally finished Game of Thrones on Sunday too, just in time for the new season to start this coming Sunday! Now we've started watching Breaking Bad - I was hooked after the first episode and can't wait to get back to the Twin Cities so I can watch some more! Also, it's been super weird to not have my schedule dictated by the Jays games because of the All Star Break and I cannot wait for Friday to get here so I can have baseball back in my life again. 

Working on some posts to have scheduled for when I'm gone to Vegas in 11 days (eeek!) so that I meet my goal of having 10 posts published this month.

Drinking water, water, and more water in preparation for the shit show that will be Vegas. My liver won't know what's happening. Also, I discovered a new drink on the drive home from Minot on Monday when I stopped in a tiny town to use the restroom and bought myself one of the Lemon Lemon Sparkling Lemonades in the Blackberry flavour. OMG y'all it was SO good. I had just picked myself up a case of the regular lemonade in Target that morning and didn't even know they made a Blackberry flavour. I'll be on the lookout for a case of them when I head to Wal-Mart in the States next! 

Waiting for my contacts to arrive in the mail. I'm down to one last pair (I wear disposable dailies) so I've been stuck wearing my glasses all day which I don't like to do much in the Summer because then I can't wear my sunglasses when I'm driving. I was down to 5 pairs at the end of June and I made sure to save three of them for my trip to the Twin Cities on the weekend so I've been wearing my glasses so much lately. 

Wearing a rotation of all my Old Navy/Lululemon capri leggings lately. I can't wear shorts to work so they're really the only option right now. I love being comfy though so it's all good. I bought a few things in Minot on Monday for Vegas and I'm going to start planning outfits soon so that I don't overpack my suitcase and have to pay extra fees for it being overweight! 

Anticipating Vegas! MN is flying in to Vegas on my birthday (I get to Vegas the day before) and I can't wait to see him and I also can't wait to see my Twin (aka my cousin) who last minute decided to book a flight from BC and meet us there. I haven't spent more than an hour with her since she moved to BC last June!

Loving the cooler temperatures we've had the last couple of days.  We had a major heat wave last week and into the weekend so the cooler temps have been appreciated. The humid weather last week produced an F2 tornado that destroyed my friend from high schools childhood home - just 35 minutes from O-town. I LOVE warm weather but I am not a fan of always being under an Extreme Thunderstorm Watch/Warning or a Tornado Watch/Warning. Why can't it just be nice without all the storms?!

Making plans for must see/do things in Vegas and a list of all the places we want to eat! It's been two loooong years since I've been to Vegas and there are so many places I want to re-visit and also so many places that I want to try. Choosing which places to visit is going to be hard! If you have any Vegas recommendations let me know! I've been 10 (I think?) times now and there is still SO much I haven't done! 

July 6, 2017

June Happenings (2017)...

What's New With You

I spent the first day of June travelling by train to the Twin Cities, just a week after I had left. Normally I wouldn't do back to back trips like that but MN had bought us tickets to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at the Xcel Energy Center in St.Paul back at the beginning of the year so almost as soon as I left the Twin Cities I headed back. 

I got to St.Paul on Friday morning and, as is now our tradition, we first headed to the Uptowner Cafe for breakfast. After breakfast we settled in on the couch at MN's apartment to watch Game of Thrones (we're still trying to get me caught up before the new season starts!). We usually eat out while I'm visiting but that night MN cooked us supper (only the second time in over a year of dating so it definitely needs to be written down! haha) - and it was delish! The next morning MN headed up to Duluth with his Dad for the Air Show so I slept in, watched HGTV, and then explored the neighbourhood, walking to the Walgreens a couple of blocks away and then to Caribou for an afternoon pick me up.  Friends picked me up for supper around 5:30 and we headed to a restaurant near the Xcel Energy Center where MN met us when he got back from Duluth. The power had went out just before we arrived for our reservation time and the place was a complete gong show the entire time we were there. I'm sure its normally a great restaurant but they were busy beccause of the concert and the power going out did not do them any favours. We couldn't complain too much though because our waiter was giving us beers on the house because of the wait time and we ended up having 10 beers at our table and only paying for four. We had to eat our supper super quick and then make the walk down the street to the concert venue - luckily we made it just as the opening act was beginning, so at least it all worked out. The concert was very good- never did I ever think I would enjoy listening to Tom Petty. In the week leading up to the concert I had only listened to his music so in the end I knew every single song at the concert. By the time the concert ended it was almost midnight so we were all exhausted, I think I passed out the second my head hit the pillow. 

On my last day during that visit we met up with MN's Mom's side of the family at his Grandma's and went out for pizza and then went back to her place after supper to exchange birthday gifts. My train ride home that night was not the most pleasant - my car was SO full and I ended up with a seatmate which is always just super awkward. 

The rest of June was pretty low key - the weekend after being in the Twin Cities my Dad was able to find a trailer that would work (borrowed from his cousin) so my Mama, brother, and I headed down to Minot with the trailer to finally pick up Eleanor (details here on my vehicle issues in May) and haul her home. It was the quickest trip to Minot ever! Thankfully all the work on her is now finished (at no cost to me thankfully) and I finally got her back a couple of weeks ago and I don't have to drive a loaner car anymore (or walk everywhere like the first week after she broke down!). 

MN came to the GWN in mid June. He was finally able to come over a weekend so I picked him up in Minot on a Saturday morning and we spent our weekend in the Valley (where my parents and brother were camping), just down the road from my parents place, playing Bones and Corn Hole, and drinking and enjoying the nice weather (when it wasn't raining...). It was also Graycie's end of year ball tournament that weekend so we got to watch a couple of her games. MN had to head back to St.Paul on that Monday night so it was another quick trip but better than nothing. 

For the first time in years my sister and I didn't take the girls to the fair when it made its way to Estevan. That week was a busy one, we both rode the Big Bike for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with my sister's work one night (holy moly is that thing a work out! I've done it three times now and I always forget how hard it is) so it just didn't work out for our schedules. Not a big loss, the fair isn't even that great, and the girls will get to ride the rides at the MOA when we go on our big baseball trip in September. 

I had a big fundraiser for work at the end of June, an online auction, and I really enjoyed putting together some baskets to auction off. The fundraiser went over really well and we were all very happy with the end results. 

On the 23rd of June my entire family headed up to Saskatoon to celebrate my cousin Dana's wedding on the 24th. Everyone partied a little too hard on the Friday night before the wedding so we barely made it past midnight at the wedding (whoooops). We checked out of our hotel on Sunday morning and headed to my aunt and uncles for the gift opening. My aunt went all out with the food for the gift opening - it was so good that now I'm counting down to when their son gets married in September just for the food at the gift opening (for the wedding too but y'all - the food was that good). 

I ended off the month in the best way possible, getting my monthly massage at a spa in a neighbouring town. It was actually overdue, I'd had to cancel my original appointment because of my vehicle issues, so the knots in my back were once again a little bit of work to deal with. Even when I use up all of the money available for them through my benefits I'm still going to treat myself to monthly massages - my back desperately needs them! 

So that was my June - another month that completely flew by in the blink of an eye!