Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Life Lately

In general I try to stay away from these type posts because I feel like an over sharer in them. Like do you really care what's been going on in my life lately? Probably not. But I feel like I've been so MIA lately everywhere I could get away with this without feeling weird about it. So with no further ado, here is what's been happening in my life lately

I'm loving my job, but it's a little more stressful than I expected. I'm a meeting coordinator for an association so it's been really interesting to see events from a totally different side than my previous events job in Vail. But, my director put in his notice within my first 60 days which is challenging on its own. Combine that with the fact that we're about 4 weeks out from a major conference and its a huge stressful challenge. Luckily my manager is great so I know we'll get through this.

I'm also loving living in the same town as my boyfriend. Admittedly I was a tiny bit worried that being so close would be bad for our relationship. Prior to this we'd always been long distance and I am fiercely independent and love my "me time." But honestly this has been so so good! I love getting to see him and the pup every day. It's nice to just be able to sit on the couch after work and watch tv without someone having to drive 45 minutes each way or to spontaneously go to a Rangers game because its dollar dog night and tickets are cheap.

Part of what I love about living so close is that we're able to have routines. Every Sunday we go to church in the morning followed by lunch. We're having fun exploring all the delicious restaurants in Dallas. I love looking at the Dallas food instagram hashtags and discovering a new place to add to my list. Some of my favorite posts while I lived in Vail was sharing local spots and I'm hoping to start writing some posts sharing my new favorite Dallas spots.

While eating at all these exciting places has been fun it has certainly not been good for my health. Since moving to Dallas I've gained 8 pounds and that is not okay. While we eat out every Sunday lunch we're also trying to eat healthy during the week to make up for it. I've also realized eating at Sprinkles once a week is not the smartest idea. My brother is getting married next year and I'm using that as my inspiration to get healthy and fit.

And I think that just about does it. What's been going on in your life lately?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

First Thoughts on the Bachelorette Guys

To say I was excited for this season of the Bachelorette to begin is an understatement. I was originally on the Arie fan train, but after what he did last season I think he's the scum between Chris Harrison's toes. I can't even bring myself to talk about what he did and how gross it was. So long story short, I'm excited to see Becca find the love she deserves! I think Becca is going to keep it real and not let herself get walked over. She has that mid-western no nonsense personality.

I haven't looked at any spoilers for this season, so I'm excited to watch Becca's love story unfold. Today I thought it'd be fun to give you my first thoughts on the Bachelorette guys.

Intro Videos 

Clay - too good to be true

Garrett - cute, but please for the love of God do not do that impression all season

Jordan - do you really want to be engaged to a model?

Lincoln - unmemorable

Joe - he's going to go far, maybe the next bachelor

Jean Blanc - does he just want to add Becca to his collection?

Colton - Very Cute! Please keep him around for a while

Limo Introductions 

Colton - Still so cute!

Grant - electrician, a man with a real job

Clay - reminds me of a puppy

Jean Blanc - hard pass

Connor - his pants look a little short, did he hit a growth spurt in the car?

Joe - weak intro, but I still like him

John - sweet story to throw in the grandparents

Leo - he has better hair than Becca

Jordan - He looks like a Ken doll

Rickey - glad he wore gray

Alex - literally couldn't tell you one thing about him

Nick - points for the costume, funny without being over the top

Mike - Arie cutout fell a little short

Garrett - Is he driving a mini van? Oh wait, that's actually really cute!  

Blake - seems to have an obsession with riding things

Lincoln - the cake guy! Now I'll remember him

Chase - all about the "chase" lol

Darius - I've got nothing

Ryan - banjoist, terrible job and terrible jacket

Christian - usually not a fan of former jobs, but former harlem globe trotter is legit

Some guy I literally know so little about I don't even know his name

Jason - middle school handshake, cool

Kamil - short pants and bad shoes and bad intro. He's a no for me

Jake - from State Farm! probably would have been a better intro

Trent - "I literally died" I'm a fan

Christian - good brows

David - I guess you can dress like a chicken when you're a venue capitalist

Chris - watched last season, never a fan of guys who are franchise fans. The gospel choir was legit though

Are you watching the Bachelorette this season? Who are your favorites?

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Book Review

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read a book a month as part of my larger goal to read 30 new books for my 101 in 1001 list, and I'm happy to report that I'm currently on track. A couple of weekends ago I went and got my Dallas Public Library card so now I feel like I'm really a Dallas girl. Now that I've gotten my card and I'm feeling more settled I'm hoping to maybe be able to read more than one book a month. I love reading about what others are reading so today I thought I'd share by 2018 book reviews with you.

January - You Can Even by Kate the Wasp - I've long been a fan of Kate Hendrick's Kate the Wasp character, so her 7 chapter Ebook was a no-brainer once I got an Amazon Fire last Christmas. This is the perfect fast read when you need something to help get you over the "not in the mood to read" slump that happens when you've been spending too much time working on your Netflix list.
"After a devastating break-up, Kate sets out on a partly triumphant but mostly hilarious path to rebuild her life."

February - Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger - I really, really wanted to like this one, but it just fell really flat. I think my biggest criticism was that I just didn't like the characters, it makes it really difficult to get through a book without someone to cheer for. This is the only book I would not recommend.
"A delicious novel about a trio of best friends in Manhattan who agree to change their lives in the most personal and dramatic way possible - and to do it within one calendar year."

March - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid - This was one of the most interestingly written books I've found in a long time, almost like one of those choose your own adventure books from elementary school. My one criticism was that because of the way that each chapter was a different story it made it really confusing to stop in the middle of a chapter. But I really liked how even though both ends were completely different they were both happy endings.
"A breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold - with stunningly different results."

April - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - This is my favorite of what I've rad so far this year. It tells the fictionalized true story of female spies during WWI France. I love historical fiction so the fact that this one was based on real people made it even more fascinating. And you have to love a story with strong female leads!
"A female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite perching for her cousin in 1947 - are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption."

May - The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe  - I haven't technically finished this one yet, but it's so good I wanted to include it in my review for anyone looking for their next read. Again, this is based on a real story with a very strong female lead. You know this one is good because Reese Witherspoon has picked it up to turn into a movie!
"Historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white - until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person."

What have you read lately and loved? I'm looking for my next read.

Monday, May 7, 2018

7 Mother's Day Gifts for the Last Minute Shopper

Mother's Day is less than a week away! If you haven't shopped for the most important woman in your life now is the time to do so. Full disclosure I'm actually only buying my mom a card this year. I'm going to visit her at the end of the month and that seems like a better gift than anything I could pick up at Nordstrom. But I've rounded up a few gifts that are perfect for mom if you're planning on gifting something you can put a bow on this year.

What are you getting your mom this year? If you're looking for something a little more personal, or you're reading this on Saturday be sure to check out this post with a DIY last minute gift idea.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Degas exhibit at the Denver Art Museum

The last thing I did in Colorado before moving was tour the Denver Art Museum. When I say last thing I'm not joking; I literally drove out of Denver after leaving the museum. Why did I decide this was such an important thing to do that I made this my last stop? Their special Degas exhibit. Edgar Degas is my favorite artist. So when I saw they had a special limited time exhibit I knew I had to go.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection was interesting even though I already knew a lot about Degas. Even though they didn't have my favorite piece they had a variety of pieces I'd never seen. When you think Degas you probably think ballerinas, but this exhibit also featured many of his early pieces featuring horses. They have it set up so you see his pieces in order from earliest to latest which made it easy to follow the different subjects.

If you have the chance I highly suggest you check out this special exhibit before it ends later this month. You have to buy a special timed ticket to enter the exhibit, but we didn't have any trouble getting them that morning. While you're at the museum I also suggest checking out the exhibit on fashion illustrations. It's much smaller and doesn't require a different ticket, but if you have any interest in fashion you'll find it if nothing else beautiful.

What's your favorite type of art?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Howdy from Texas

Hey What's Up Hello! Still alive over here even though I've basically been silent on all social media. Moving to a new state and getting accustomed to a new job has really taken it out of me. I know I'm tired because I easily pass out on my air mattress every night. I've been in Dallas a little over a week now and with each day I'm even more convinced this was the right decision for me. Hopefully I'll get a real post up soon, but until then here are a few random thoughts (plus one embarrassing photo) from my first few days in the Lone Star State!

Did you really move to a new state if you don't get a photo by the welcome sign 

I have not seen a single bluebonnet, but I have seen a couple of cows on the side of the road.

I've only eaten Whataburger once since moving, which is funny because it wasn't unusual for me to eat it three or more times when the boy friend and I would be visiting.

It's been too cold to wear sandals and I am dying a little/ feel like I brought all the cold weather with me.

Driving in city traffic isn't so bad, but that's probably because I drive the opposite way of traffic to get to/from work.

Speaking of driving, I no longer need to use my gps to get to the mall or Home Goods #priorities

While online shopping (lol that I thought I'd stop that once I lived in civilization) I've only sent things to my old address once.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

top 5 reasons I'm excited to move to Dallas

I'm officially leaving Vail today and it is so bitter sweet. My goal was to keep it together and not ugly cry; so far so good! In all seriousness I am so excited for this new adventure. When I first started thinking about moving it seemed so far off and it's crazy it's actually here now. I know this is the right decision and I'm excited to start my life in a place I see myself forever. Here are the top 5 reasons I'm excited to move to Dallas!

1. No more driving over Vail Pass for the 3 Ts - Target, Taco Bell, and The Boyfriend (who's name also starts with T)

2. Closer to family - Maybe they'll actually agree to come visit me!

3.  The Food - TexMex, BBQ, Fried Food, Sweet Tea, what's not to love

4. Things to do - I can't wait for Rangers games, the State Fair, and days touring the arboretum

5. Lower Cost of Living - my dollar is going to go a lot further being I can actually afford to enjoy all the food and activities

Have you ever been to Dallas? What's your favorite thing about the city?