Monday, November 22, 2010

...and then there were crumbs.

We celebrated Thanksgiving over the weekend with my side of the family, therefore I ate way more than should be legal. We're talking turkey, two different potato dishes, casseroles, my favorite strawberry jello salad, rolls, mac and cheese, creamed corn, three different pies...and much more.

Today, I decided I needed to scale back at lunch, so I headed to Zaxby's for a simple salad. I found comfort in my plan to eat healthy the rest of the week, to offset the crazy amounts of food I've already consumed and will consume again with Severyn's side of the family this coming weekend. I drove away from the drive-thru with visions of crisp green lettuce leaves, ripe red tomatoes, carrot strips and grilled chicken. The ultimate "healthy" lunch. I felt the feeling of success!

I parked in my usual "lunch time parking spot" and cracked open a bottle of water while I dug my salad out of the bag.....

Guess what the lovely, obviously out to sabotage me, drive-thru attendant at Zaxby's gifted me with??

Curse it!
The cruelty of it all...

Excuse me while I lick chocolate off of my fingers.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter Weather and Christmas Wish #2

I'm married to a weather man.

No he didn't major in meteorology (though, he decided last week that he wants to minor in that! HELP me Ronda!)

He is just REALLY into the weather.
Do you want to know what the temperature is in Algona, WA? Ask Sev.
Planning a trip to Chula Vista, CA? Sev's got your "what should I pack" covered!
Is it snowing in Billings, MT? ...Puuulease! He has that exact weather application on his phone! Watch out! (I hear you! and I have NO clue!)

He's obsessed.

So, when my weather man told me that it was looking like a white winter this year, I added the following to my Christmas wish list:

These aren't your typical rain boots, these are Hunter Boots and while they are an investment, they will last forever (read: possibly outlast the Dansko's I've had since my junior year!)
I NEED, MOM are you out there?!
These would be perfect for the winter weather Sev is sure we'll get.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Football, Friends and Fire

Last Saturday morning, Sev and I woke early and spent the better part of the morning riding with dad (I'm still paying for it! My body hurts).
When we got home our favorite people in the world were at our house. Kyle and Kennedi had come to spend the evening with us. It was the first time we have gotten the chance to see the "newly married" couple since their wedding.
Kennedi and I spent the afternoon browsing a few shops downtown and then we picked up groceries for dinner. Later that night, we had our friends over for a football/bon fire party.
It was a success, we had so much fun! We got to watch the gamecocks STOMP the gators and claim the eastern SEC title and we got to spend time around a camp fire roasting marsh mellows and making s'mores with friends, it couldn't get much better than that!

Here are a few pictures from the night.

I don't know how my "little" brother grew SO much taller than me!

(No I still do not have My Boots...the ones pictured above are old, cheap and too peter panish but they are all I have)

We also had a little party for Ali and his four legged pals! We had a house full of dogs! Ali was worn out. You can see Layla, one of Ali's new friends, and Ali's cousin Bean (Chris' dog) in the picture above.

Our sweet neighbor, her boyfriend and our roaring fire!

Sweet friends make for Sweet memories!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Favorites

Here are a few things I'm loving lately.

So much so that I thought it warranted a post!

Benefit Cream Eyeshadow. I Love this stuff! My favorite color is birthday suit, but I have a few different shades (including the one pictured below, RSVP). This stuff is soooo easy to apply and it stays on ALL day. It's perfect for me, I'm low maintenance (when it comes to getting glammed up) and typically have little to no time for makeup, but this stuff is super easy and quick.

One of my favorite holiday items. Enough Said.

THE boots. THESE are them. I keep looking at them and I just KNOW that these are the boots I want on my feet this season. However, I can only get these online (if I want the super discount I found!) and I have commitment issues...I keep waiting...just to make sure these are THEM!

This eternity scarf is so pretty. The jeweled broach can be removed so you can dress it up or down. I have it in this color but it comes in three other shades too. I like that scarfs are pretty popular, they are easy and don't require a lot of work (like necklaces or earrings...YES there are many days I go sans jewelery because I didn't have time to undo, unlatch, re latch, or untangle a piece)...and once again, I like easy!

There are a few more items that I'm loving right now, I'll add those as I find pictures :)

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonder Land

Pppssssht anyone can walk in a winter wonder land. Try CAMPING in one!
That's right.
We spent last weekend camping in Tuxedo, NC.
It was cold.
Not quite as cold as Yellowstone National Park in the middle of February cold...but pretty dang close!
As a matter of fact, we woke up to snow on Saturday.
I think I cried, but it could have been a snowflake on my eyelid.

I spent the weekend looking like this.

Ali spent the weekend looking like this.

That's little man zipped up in three layers of my coats! He stayed there pretty much all weekend.
We stayed around the campfire mostly, but for a brief couple of hours we rode dirt bikes and four wheelers out on the trails. My hands stayed frozen.
My feet...I'm just now getting the feeling back.
It was cold, we had no running water (unless you count the creek), nor electricity, but it was peaceful.
The stars were bright and the campfire was cozy, we enjoyed a big pot of homemade chili Saturday night and all went to bed with our bellies full.
I don't know that I'll go camping again until the Spring, but I'm thankful that we got the chance to sleep under the stars one more night during 2010.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Boot Debate

I have been on the hunt for a nice pair of brown boots for...forever.
I'm not exaggerating either. I've really been on the hunt for forever.
Okay, well, it seems like might have only been a year or two.
I'm really funny about shoes.
You see, I have really big feet. So large, in fact, that most all shoes, regardless of how cute they appear to be on anyone else...turn into giant skis on my feet.
It's true, ask anyone that knows me.
Therefore, I do not own many pairs of shoes. The few shoes I do manage to run across, like and then purchase...end up staying with me for years and I tend to own several of the same pair of shoes, just in different colors.
The shoes on my feet now? Danskos...that I have proudly owned since my junior year.
My junior year in HIGH SCHOOL.

So it comes as no surprise that while I adore the boot look, I just can't find THE boots for me.
Here are a few of the boots that I've looked at, tried on, stuck my tongue out at, sighed because they cost way over my budget, turned my head sideways at and then ultimately decided against or put on my list of "maybe".

I like everything about these, except the funny little tie in the back. It's just weird.

I actually purchased these! Part of me thought they might be a bit too pointed, but I talked myself into them and took them home! That night, I got on skype with my cousin and the first thing she said? "WHAT have you got on your feet? Those things look huge!"
They went back the next day!
Pointed toe, OUT!

These look okay online, I'm just afraid that they will be too slouchy in person. Once again, they have a pointed toe.

These are the ones that I looked at, turned my head sideways and then thought better of. I'm glad I did, I showed them to a friend whose opinion I trust and she nixed them right off the bat! (and honestly, now that I look at them again, I'm embarrassed to say I considered them!)

I currently own these! Yep, I bought them on a presale from Belk's. I'm suppose to pick them up today. I still can't decide 100% if THESE are THE boots...but I thought I better buy them while they were on sale and then decide later. I just don't know if they are too clunky for the look I'm going for.

There are MANY more...many. many. many. more boots that I have looked at while on my hunt.
I don't know what it is about riding boots, but I really love them and I'm glad they are currently in style. I just hope I run across the pair that are meant for me.