Tuesday, December 31, 2013

one last thought on 2013 + double linkup

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Today I'm linking up to share my 2013 in one picture. I'd like to say that I had tons and tons of photos to go through and a super difficult time deciding, but that'd be a total lie. As soon as I heard about this link up one singular picture came to mind. 

Yeah, I know you've seen it before. But truly there is no other picture that comes even halfway close to summing up my year. The first 5 months of 2013 were spent working towards this day and the other 7 were spent trying to accept the fact that this day had actually happened. 2013 was a year about growing up. It was when I had to say goodbye to my life as a sorority girl and turn into an adult. Suddenly I went from being the girl who stays up late crafting things like this and going on midnight Taco Bell runs into one who stays up late perfecting cover letters and searching job boards. While I still don't really have that adult thing completely figured out, I have come a long way in the past month or so. I do still refer to myself as a "retired sorority president", but hey, nobody's perfect. 

I hope y'all have a great and safe NYE. I'll be spending mine at work, because I'm an adult who works in an industry that never closes and today happens to be our biggest day of the year

Glossy Blonde

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Responsibly

Can you believe it's Christmas Eve? I sure can't. I feel like this holiday season just flew by so quickly. I'm not ready to let it go! I feel like I haven't watched my favorite movies or listened to my favorite carols enough. And I haven't even eaten anything with peppermint!

I'm kinda bummed that I have to work Christmas afternoon/night, so I'm very thankful to have today off to spend with my family. I plan to spend today at home watching Christmas movies with my family and doing some baking. And than of course we'll have our traditional Christmas Eve Chinese dinner. We've done it for as long as I can remember, including the year we went to the Florida Keys for Christmas. None of us can remember when or why we actually started, but now we all look forward to it. Last year our favorite restaurant was closed for the holiday and we had to go to a different one, but this year they're staying open so we're all excited. And then tomorrow we'll all go to Mass together and come home to eat lunch before I have to go to work. Oh and I guess we'll open presents somewhere in there, but at this point we all know exactly what we're getting because we were there when it was bought.

It's always Happy Hour at our house. HOLIDAY RESPONSIBLY 
We never send a normal Christmas card, my mom always insists on something "unique"

Please tell me my family isn't the only ones with weird Christmas/Christmas Eve traditions

Glossy Blonde

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 in Review - the middle months

I missed last week's link up so I'm just including it in today's post, making this a 6 months recap of 2013. Except I only really have 3 things to share from those 6 months. I guess you could call my life boring.

In April I was given the chance to be one of 100 Greek students chosen from across the country to serve as a lobbyist with the Fraternity Sorority Political Action Committee. My sorority paid for me and 4 other girls to go to DC for the week to help lobby about issues that are important to Greek Life. It was such a really cool experience to spend the week getting to know sisters from other chapters in my favorite city.
Because no trip to DC is complete without a stop at Georgetown Cupcake

In May I graduated from Ole Miss! I seriously cannot even begin to tell you how much my 4 years in Oxford meant to me. They truly were the best years of my life, and I sometimes seriously worry that I'll never be as happy as I was during them. But earning my BA in Journalism was such a great moment because it meant checking off a major life "to do".
My decorated Cap that was featured on the Ole Miss Homepage!

In July I pulled a TSwift and turned 22! I had a pretty uneventful birthday spent with my family so there is no photographic evidence that it actually happened. But like, why would I make that up.

And that was pretty much my April-September, plus of course my seemingly never ending job search. How sad is it that I spent half the year looking for a job? Hello terrible economy. But at least I got to go on a couple of fun trips while on the hunt

Make sure to link up and share what you did July, August, September!

Peach State of Mind

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What I don't love about Christmas

I love Christmas time. Peppermint Bark. Stockings. Wrapped presents. Hot Chocolate with half a mug of marshmallows. Christmas carols. Watching Elf. Dreaming of a White Christmas.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone just seems happier and kinder during this season.

But there are a few things about Christmas I don't love and I'm not ashamed to tell you.

I can not stand eggnog. Eww. Yuck. Disgusting. Seriously, just thinking about it makes me want to gag. Don't even get me started on how awful an eggnog milk shake sounds. I don't understand how people can drink it. It's so thick and sweet. And no, cajun eggnog is not any better.

I also dislike It's a Wonderful Life. Yes, I know it's a Christmas classic but it's just plain awful. And why you ask do I hate this movie so much? Because of the scene towards the end when he yells at his kids. I get so upset every time I watch that it just ruins the entire movie for me. And when there are so many other seriously wonderful, merry Christmas movies why waste your time with that one.

Until last year I wasn't big fan of A Christmas Story, but somewhere between the 3rd and 4th time I watched it I decided it wasn't half bad. This year I might even venture to bring it over to the "things I love about Christmas" column, but I'm not sure yet.

Now so that I don't feel like such a Grinch please tell me I'm not the only one who hates a couple of things about Christmas.

Glossy Blonde

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2 Thoughts for Tuesday

Are you completely surprised to see me since I just told you not 12 hours ago to not count on seeing me every day anymore? Yes I fully accept that sentence has horrible structure and is probably making anyone with an English degree cringe.

I originally hadn't planned on writing for today, but than I got the cutest little email from Karly reminding me that it was Totally Posted Tuesday and I knew I just had to post something. I seriously love this weekly linkup because Niki and Karly are seriously so nice. I might be wrong but if I had to guess I'd say most bloggers don't read all the posts in their sponsored linkups, but these girls do. And I know they do because they leave comments on my posts. Maybe it's selfish, but I love joining in this link up because I know I'll get a comment, even if my post is lame.

Okay so after that little PSA I really don't have much to share today other than these 2 thoughts. 

1. I really wish I could make a pandora station that played nothing but different versions of Do you Hear what I Hear. This is my favorite, it doesn't matter who sings it, Christmas song. The lyrics are so simple and easy to pictureI seriously could listen to different versions all day, not that I did that last night or anything. This version is one of my favorites I found. 

2. Does anyone have a suggestion for a zippered agenda? I really want one for work. I have to walk around with my phone a notepad and pen at all times so this way I wouldn't have to always make sure I've got pockets. I can't find one I like. I've been looking at this Jon Hart Designs one, but I've never seen any of their products in real life so I don't know if it's worth the cost.

Glossy Blonde

Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekend Update

Long time no blog. So I started my job on Thursday and I love it. It's just mostly been training so far, but I really really enjoy it. I was off today and tomorrow, and then more training Wednesday and Thursday, and then Friday night my boss is going to follow me around for a few hours on the floor testing me.

The Marketing department is small, only 9 of us total, but everyone is seriously so nice. I was a little nervous at first because they all knew each other and it was easy to see that they were close, but they've really welcomed me into their circle. Really everyone at my casino is friendly and willing to share information, which is so great for me because I've never worked in one before. I feel so blessed to be in such a good environment for a first job. As I've been walking around meeting different people every person has said that it's such a great place to learn the casino business. I really don't know if I'll stay in the casino business forever, but I think the skills I learn here will be easily applied wherever life takes me.

I worked all weekend so I really don't have anything exciting to post about, but I just wanted to pop in real quick and say hello, and that I'm alive, even though I'm seriously so tired. My mom was out of town the end of last week and this weekend so I felt like a working mother, take my sister to school, work till 6, come home cook dinner, clean the kitchen, do some laundry, and then wake up and do it all again the next day. I've now got mad respect for working moms.

Hopefully I'll post again this week, but obviously no promises!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday - First 3 months of 2013

December is a great time to reflect back on the past 12 months and everything that life has brought to me. I think it's so important to take time and reflect on how your past 12 months of life have helped you grow. 2013 wasn't my best year yet, but it also was by far not my worst. I'm so excited to link up today with Lauren from Peach State of Mind to talk about the first 3 months of my 2013! The Cheers to a New Year link up will happen each Thursday through the end of the month, each time highlighting the next 3 months.  

Okay I wrote that first paragraph earlier this week when I first found out about the link up, but then I started to try and think of what I actually did in January, February, and March and it was really hard. I can actually only think of one thing I did between all those months; took a last minute road trip to Kansas City in March. This was actually one of the most fun things I did in all my time at college, so I guess it makes up for the fact that it's the only thing I can remember.

Unless you're an Ole Miss fan, or intense follower of March Madness you probably don't remember that the Rebels won the SEC basketball tournament this Spring, guaranteeing them a spot in the NCAA tournament. Well that spot landed us playing in the Kansas City regional. It was really an exciting time for us because we hadn't made the tournament in years, so we were all so excited even though we weren't favored to win our first game. The first game was on a Friday late morning tip off, so a few friends and I decided we'd skip Fried Friday at the sorority house and go grab lunch and watch the game on the square. Then the unthinkable happened: we actually won!

Caught up in all the excitement of actually winning two friends and I decided we were going to make the road trip up to Kansas City to watch our next game. Within 15 minutes of that first game ending we'd bought way over priced tickets and booked a hotel room. We mapped it out and were all set to make the road trip in the morning. We would drive all day, watch our game Sunday and then drive home through the night to make it back to class on Monday. It was the perfect plan, until it wasn't.

Suddenly at about 11pm Friday night our game got moved from a noon tip off to a 6pm tip off. Now when you're making an 8.5 hour drive in the night that change of game time was huge. But we'd already invested way too much money to just not go, so we had to change plans. We'd leave right after our game and drive to St. Louis to spend the night and then get up at day break to make the rest of the trip putting us back in Oxford with about an hour to spare.

We woke up Saturday morning and after having to double back to each other's apartments to grab forgotten items we finally got on the road about an hour and half behind schedule. Normally this wouldn't have been a problem, but we were trying to beat a freak snow storm that was projected to hit Missouri that night, so every minute counted. Our drive was pretty non eventful, just 3 sorority sisters jamming out cruising up the highway. Even with our delay we made it to Kansas City right as the snow started to fall, so armed with Chipotle and a case of Lime-a-ritas we settled in for the night at our hotel.

We never could have predicted what we woke to find. Snow. Covering. Everything. If you'd put together all the snow I'd seen in my life prior to that it wouldn't even be half of what we saw that morning. So abandoning hopes of hopping around to taste different BBQ before the game we very slowly made the drive to the Power and Lights district after the hotel employees assured us the roads would be cleared because this was the 3rd snow storm of the month for them!

This is after a good 15 minutes of brushing snow off my car. STILL COVERED

We found a great covered parking garage right across from the arena and next to the bar that everyone said we had to go to to have a pregame drink. It was a really great atmosphere and we met lots of really nice Kansas fans who thought it was crazy that we'd made the drive. We probably got asked about 25 times each who we were dating on the team (PS the answer was no one).

Our seats for the game were on the very top row behind one of the baskets, seriously I think I could have touched the arena ceiling we were so high up. But after the first game, UNC vs. KU the place emptied out and we were able to move WAAAAY down. We watched to Ole Miss game from half court, 5th row. Even though the game wasn't great (we lost) it was a fun experience.

But that's not were the adventure ends (unfortunately that is where the pictures end). During the game we find out that the snow storm that we'd gotten over night had hit St. Louis way worse and there were roads closed. When we were already going to be getting a late start driving on roads we didn't know this was the last thing we wanted to hear. After much debate and only minimal fighting we decided we'd go the long way back to Oxford, adding an additional 1.5 hours to the trip. This meant getting in the car and driving down the other side of the state, spending the night in Joplin (where thankfully one of our sorority sisters is from so we were able to call her and find out about how safe the roads were), and then driving the next morning through Arkansas home.

It was one of those trips where nothing seemed to go right, but everything ends up working in the end. We over payed for everything but I kinda think it was worth it. And we got to drive home through the Ozark mountains which were seriously beautiful. Oh and we somehow managed to just miss 3 hours worth of standstill traffic in Little Rock when an 18 wheeler over turned and caught fire; I'm still not sure how we managed that.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Affordable Stocking Stuffers

The other week there was a link up to share ideas for stocking stuffers and I just have to say that if those are the type of things people got in their stockings growing up than I clearly didn't have as generous of a Santa. I saw a new iphone on one list. If that's considered a stocking stuffer I want to see what your actual under the tree gifts are; in other words, adopt me please?

I have 2 rules for stocking stuffers: 1. small  and  2. cost $15 or less.  I think once something costs more than $15 it should be considered an actual gift. I happen to really love stocking stuffers due to the fact that in my family I have the largest stocking, which I like to remind everyone is because I am always at the top of the nice list.

So here are some of my ideas for stocking stuffers that are fun and won't break the bank.

Koozies : I'm actually really hoping to find one of these from our yacht club in my stocking this year. I feel like you can never have too many koozies, especially heading into all the bowl games, because nobody should have to hold a perspiring drink.

Nail polish : This is really a no brainer, and probably the most popular stocking stuffer. You can pick a standard favorite color, or pick one from the latest winter collection. I'd love to find a little bottle of Essie's Sable Collar.

Sticky Notes / Pens : They now make so many varieties of sticky notes in all different colors and shapes. Run out to your closest office supply store and pick up a couple of packs. Also you can find packs of colorful pens for relatively cheap. Maybe I'm crazy but I really love fun, bright colored office supplies.

Hair ties : Who couldn't use some more hair ties? You can usually find the elastic ones for about $1 at local boutiques. Also a good idea, bobby pins.

Candy : Go to Walmart and pickup a few boxes of the $1 movie candies. Now you've got the supplies to watch one last Christmas movie later that night.

Socks : These are seriously such a great idea for a stocking stuffer, probably the best of the whole list. They're inexpensive, cute, and so practical because you wear them under boots all winter. I can never have too many socks, because they're the favorite food of my dryer. Forever 21 and Target have the best varieties for the best prices.

What do you hope to find in your stocking Christmas morning? Am I crazy for thinking these gifts need to stay under $15?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Life Update: I have a job

Yes, you read that right. I am now employed. Finally after almost 7 months of being on the job hunt full time, I have an actual job. I've dreamed about writing this post countless times since I started this blog, but now that it's finally here I honestly don't know how I feel about it.

During my whole job search I just kept telling people, and myself, that I didn't have a job yet because the one God wanted me to have hadn't crossed my path yet. And y'all that is absolutely 100% what happened. This job is a brand new position, as in it didn't exist a month ago. I am the first one hired for it at this casino, ever. Honestly it probably is a good thing that I wasn't offered this position 3 months ago because I don't know if I would have taken it then. It's funny how things all work out because I really do feel like it was God's plan for me to have this position. I applied kinda on a whim, not really knowing what the position entailed, and was offered the job right in my interview so I didn't have time to over think my decision to accept. 

I'll be working full time with the marketing department of a local casino. While I won't be raking in the big bucks, my above minimum wage salary will be more than enough to cover my meager expenses while I live at home. This is a far cry from my dream job, but I'm very grateful for the opportunity. And that's how I'm looking at the whole thing, as an opportunity. It seems to have a strong possibility for relatively quick advancement, which is pretty much unheard of for an entry level job. Plus I'm only 22, this is certainly the time in my life where I can try new things that I never really thought would interest me. It's not exactly the most responsible decision to suddenly change career fields with no direction when you're 35 with a family. Right now my family is mom and dad, who thankfully are there if I stumble along my journey of life. 

Since this is a brand new position I don't really 100% know what I'll be doing, but I'll be sure to update y'all once I've gotten a better idea of my duties. Today I have to go to the state gaming office to finish my paperwork for my gaming license, and then I start work on Thursday morning.  

I'm excited and nervous and a whole bundle of other emotions I don't have any idea how to express. So say a prayer for this new working girl if you get a chance this week. 

Glossy Blonde

Monday, December 2, 2013

Weekend Update

My weekend consisted of three things:
1. Watching football. But we're not going to talk about that because rehashing it is just too painful. All I have to say is I'm still proud to be an Ole Miss Rebel and I still hate Auburn.

2. Listening to Christmas music on repeat because well duh who wouldn't want to do that. You better believe I've been blasting it every chance I get.

3. Shopping. I'll admit I'm a big fan of Black Friday. The crowds, the deals, the strategizing. There are few better feelings than the rush you get from beating someone else out to that half priced pair of boots you've been wanting for months. The past few years I was one of the crazies up and waiting in line at 4am to snag my items, but this year I just couldn't go get in a line for a store opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving. That's just unAmerican.
But have no fear, after the tragic ending of the Ole Miss game I headed over to the mall with my mom and sisters to do some shopping. Our trip was cut short however when after bringing 50 things into the dressing room my dad called to tell us he was taking my brother to the hospital with a kidney stone. Obviously there was no way we could justify shopping while he was in pain at the hospital, so we left for the night and my mom went to meet them at the hospital. But I woke up the next morning to head back out before the "door busters" ended at 1.

I got so many great deals! Seriously, too many to post pictures of it all. I didn't go crazy over any electronics, just normal department store stuff. It's the people going after the plasma tvs for $100 that give the rest of us Black Friday shoppers a bad name. Those people are the ones that always cause the injuries. My favorite find though was probably this bag that I snagged at Belk for just $14! After the mall I came home and continued shopping online where I made my first purchase from Alex and Ani. I first discovered this company thanks to blogging; a while back it seemed that every blogger was wearing one of these bracelets. I've been wanting the Leo charm bracelet ever since, and I finally ordered it with 15% off and free shipping! PS they've still got 15% and free shipping today for Cyber Monday incase you've been eyeing up one of these bracelets too.

I spent most of yesterday trying to decide on something to order to send to a few of my friends. I don't want to spend a ton because I'm buying more than one and having to send it so all these online deals have really been great. Anyone have any suggestions? I'd like to keep it below $15 if possible. I'm leaning towards these great Jute Totes Swoozies has on sale for just $10 today. The best part is personalization is free and so is shipping!

How was your weekend? Link up and share!