Archive for September, 2010

::The Fair::

September 29, 2010

Last weekend, we chose the rainiest day ever to explore the State Fair of Texas.  It was still fun!

We spent way too much money on tickets but I believe that’s part of the experience.  However, we did spend all of those tickets on yummy fair food and that is never a waste.

We waded through a billion people to get to the free food tasting lines.  My mind was blown by some candied jalapenos!  So good. 

We stopped at the car show and had no idea what was going on…clearly.

We fed the fake duckies…

…and the real baby giraffe.

And maybe we played on our cell phones just a teeny tiny bit.

Then took family photos under a huge elefante. 

Good day with some even gooder people. 
**Yes, I realize that ‘gooder’ is not a real word but today how about we put the grammar rules aside and just go with it.  Feels nice, eh?**

Disclaimer: I didn’t bring my camera along so I stole (like a fox in the henhouse) all of these pictures from my sweet friend Ashley’s facebook.  Womp womp.  Thanks, AB!!

All The Single Fellas!

September 28, 2010

(We Heart It)

A few weeks ago, I was sitting around with some of my girls at a local coffee shop downtown.  Of course, like usual, the conversation ended up on dating and then to what each of us looked for while out with a fella.  I decided to compile the findings and make a handy dandy little list for all the men out there trying to figure out exactly what makes date #2 in your immediate future.  Clearly, you may not agree with everything that I’ve said.  People have their own opinions and are in different stages of life but these are some of mine.  So….here we go!!

1)  Open doors
I know some ladies have made quite a big deal out of this move & seem to hate it (what is wrong with them?!) but here’s what my friends and I think about it…we love it.  I smile every time somebody opens a car door for me.  Every time.

2)  Drive
It’s just nice when a man picks you up and takes you out on the date.  It’s sweet and then, to make it even better, it gives us a chance to control the music. Win.

3)  Know Where You’re Going
Plan out a destination beforehand.  This will get you major points! Not only is it nice for us to chill and not think about it but it also shows that you put a little thought into the date and women ::love:: thoughtful.  Sure, you can ask my opinion but it is so great when you’ve already planned ahead and know exactly where we are going, where to park, when it opens, if there are any cupcakes nearby! *hint hint*

4) Compliment, please!
Chances are we put some time into getting ready for this shindig and our feelings will be hurt if a) you don’t notice and b) you don’t even say anything about how we look.  I like being told I look pretty…there, I said it.  Simply notice a feature and compliment us on it….dress we’re wearing, how our hair looks, the sweet awesome boots we have on.

5) Beautiful vs Sexy vs Hot vs Cute
If you really want to make a girl swoon then tell her she’s beautiful. (And mean it.)  It’s a huge turn off if somebody tells me I’m sexy or hot.  Let’s get real, any girl with a fake tan, short skirt, and heavy eyeliner can look ‘hot’.  That’s totally not what I’m going for here.  True beauty is natural and softer and a huge part of that comes from within.  Cute is great most of the time but sometimes you just get tired of hearing a word that’s associated with baby rabbits and chinchillas.

6)  Full Time Jobs Are Sexy
I’ll admit, it’s nice to know that a man can take care of himself financially.  Sure, I totally understand that tough times come but it’s how you handle those that speak the loudest.  Work…just do something, anything!! Also, along with the work thing, every girl I’ve talked to agrees that it’s a HUGE turn off if you’re completely obsessed with your job and have no interests or hobbies outside of your 9-5.  Balance, balance, balance.

7)  Speaking Of Hobbies….
Get some and then tell us about them!  I love to talk about pretty much everything (except sports).  If you’re into music, art, cars, cooking, running, horseshoe collecting, boxing, maybe even sports then we want to know about it.  It’s so awesome to meet somebody with a multitude of interests and experiences.  Cultivate these.  Plus, when you’re passionate about something, it’s attractive (unless you’re passionate about something ridiculous, like watching grass grow.)

8)  Love Your Mom
This is HUGE!!  There’s a difference in being a complete momma’s boy (not cool plus I don’t want to compete with that) and having mad love and respect for your mother.  When you’re kind to your mom (don’t roll your eyes when she calls you, help her with things, take her out to lunch) this speaks volumes about how you’ll eventually treat me.  So when you talk about your family, know I’m totally paying attention.  It’s a huge deal.

9) Call vs Text
When you’re asking a lady out on a date, 9 out of 10 of them will say they prefer to be called on the phone or asked out in person.  I am that one weird girl who honestly doesn’t care.  Text me if you wish…you’ll probably get a hold of me easier that way.  But I realize that I’m the total exception on this because my friends will all say don’t even think about texting them or facebook messaging them to go out on a date.  Ok, I will admit that asking me out on facebook is super lame. 

10) Be Creative
Girls love when you put thought into a date.  I’m talking LOVE it.  So put a little brain power into it and bravely pursue something outside of the dinner and movie scenario.  Even if it bombs, it’s alright! Us gals are pretty forgiving and won’t hold it against you forever if the creative date takes a turn for the not so awesome.  Ha! There’s always a coffee shop nearby to stop in and chat about life.  Those are some of my favorite times anyway.  Also, being outside is always amazing.  Especially when it’s FALL!

11) We Don’t Want To Hear All About Your Ex Girlfriend
Period.

12) Put The Phone Away!
I take it personally when I’m out with somebody and they keep their phone face side up on the table.  Good grief, if it’s that important not to miss a facebook notification, text, call, tweet, email then why are you out with me?! Just don’t do it.  At all.  Nope, don’t even think about it. 

13) Relax.  We Like You.
Dating should be fun!  Be yourself.  If we’re out with you then chances are we probably already like you a little bit.  Don’t feel like you have to have ‘fake’ interests that match ours or that you should agree with every word we say.  I can handle a little difference in taste and opinion.  Plus, it’s attractive for a man to have a mind of his own. 

14) Ask Questions.
We ::love:: this.  If you ask me questions about life then I’m swooning.  There’s just something about a guy that cares enough to ask questions and then actually remembers what you say.  Learn this technique because it will pretty much work every time.

15) Slooooooow Down!
It’s just a date.  I’m not planning our wedding after the first time we hang out (trust me) and I really do not need you trying to call my dad and ask permission to take me out a second time.  Seriously, don’t do it.  I think he’d also prefer if you didn’t!  Ha!  Not all girls are in a mad dash for the bridal finish line.  Most of my friends aren’t and this will royally freak me out if you start heading that direction.  If it moves towards the serious then yes, family time is extremely important, but not after we have coffee once.

16) ASK!!
So many guys never even get to the asking part.  See a girl who interests you and you want to know about her?  Goodness, ask the lady out!! Get some courage and do it.  I’ve heard of guys who are secretly head over heels in love with some of their close girl friends and never made a move because they were completely afraid of rejection.  Ok, let me clue you in on something here, us ladies have been trained since birth to NOT make the first move and trust me when I say that I’m not making it.  It isn’t our place.  So, if fear of rejection is your only hurdle then get over it.  No really, get over it and ask her out…like now.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be pursued when intentions are out in the open.  If you’re into us then tell us!! It’s that easy.

17) Pay
If you ask us out then it’s the right thing to do.  Also, if you do pay for the date don’t make a huge deal out of it by saying something to the tune of “oh my gosh, this is so expensive” or “well there goes my gas money for the rest of the week.”  Seriously?  Of course, we are probably going to offer to pay and I’d gladly pay for things later but the first date is all you.  Come on man, you got this.

18) Hygeine matters
Take care of yourself.  Take a shower. Look presentable.  Iron that T shirt.  Easy on the cologne.  Don’t order every fried thing on the menu and chase it down with a massive triple extra large Dr Pepper then order three desserts.  Just don’t. 

19) Be A Gentlemen
Walk us to the door when you drop us off.  If I drove, ask that I text or call when I get home to make sure I made it.  Pump our gas for us (unless you’re in Oregon.)  Do not push the physical…ever, ever, ever.  Be sweet.  It will pay off.

20) Flowers
This is just an extra one because I personally am a huge lover of flowers.  It makes me light headed to get flowers from somebody…in a good way.  A lot of girls hate them but they make me super happy and because I’m the one writing this blog post then I say buy the girl some flowers!! *smile*  It doesn’t matter where they’re from.  Sometimes Target and Whole Foods have the most amazing flowers for pretty cheap.  It’s just the thought…..always the thought.

So that’s it!  I have a wonderful father and some great guy friends who have taught me to expect a lot of these things.  Plus, my great dates outweigh my bad ones and I’m thankful for that.  Just trying to shed a little light on the female mind for the fellas trying to figure us out.   Yes, there are plenty more points I could have talked about and should probably talk about.  However, these are some important things to remember about dating.   Major thanks to my girls who give me hours of great honest conversation about life and love.  Ladies, did I leave anything off?  I’m sure I did.  Just leave it in the comments.  Thank you!!

Sushi Ninjas

September 26, 2010

Nicole and I decided to get a little adventurous with the cooking so we went with sushi.  It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.  To see the recipe we used, click here.  Of course, no sushi making is complete without a karate kid headband.  I’m calling mine a ninja warrior headband because that’s what I was all day…a ninja warrior.

We didn’t use any raw ingredients this time and made a California Roll and a Candy Roll.  I know it’s considered ‘fake’ sushi if it isn’t completely raw but it’s so darn tasty!  Here are some of the ingredients we used:

I’ll admit that shopping for these items was pretty fun.  The whole process took about an hour and the rice cooking took the longest but it was easy.  The recipe called for sugar, sake and rice vinegar to go over the rice.  Stinky yet delicious. So we took a lot of pictures and here they are!! Don’t worry, I didn’t add all of them.  Hey, we like to document things around here.  Especially monumental events like sushi and ninja headbands.

Nicole adding the rice to the seaweed.  This part was super sticky!!

Add all of the goodies that you want on your roll.  As much as you want!! ANYTHING YOU WANT!!

Then holy roll that baby up.  This part is a tiny bit tricky…but not too bad at all.

Top it off with some toasted sesame seeds.  Yummy!!

I was pretty proud of us.

Then we played a little.  You have to, right?

Such a good little Texan.

Wait for it…..

Super stealth ninja sushi!!

This is where Nicole took the knife away from me.  No really, she totally did.

Yummy!!

And then we ate sushi…and it was good.  We nailed it.

Success!!

You should try making it on your own.  It is a lot easier than it looks and extremely tasty.  I’m talking all kinds of extremely tasty.  Next time? We’re tackeling homemade pasta! Mmm mmm mm.

Friends – Real vs Internet

September 24, 2010

It’s so crazy to me how small the world gets because of the world wide web.  In 2010 it’s completely normal to carry on conversations with friends all day long that you’ve never actually met!! To people like my parents, this idea is totally crazy but for us avid Twitter fiends and Facebook addicts it’s completely normal.  Disclaimer:: I’m not saying you should throw caution to the wind and just meet lots of random internet peeps.  That’s creepy and….weird.  BUT I am saying that I’ve met a lot of wonderful people online and now they are friends in real life.  Over the past 48 hours I’ve spent time with real life friends and also those I’ve met through Twitter and I’m happy to report that they’re all completely rad.  Success on all fronts.

Chrissy (one of my best friends in the world who I met in real life and not over Twitter) took me out for sushi and gelatto two nights ago.  We went to Legacy Town Center in Plano.  It’s a hip and with it little shopping area pretty close to where we live.  Suh-weet!! We first got our sushi on at Ra Sushi.  YUMMY!! This raw fish was delish.  Muahah, a rhyme.  It was yummy and pink!! Crazy!

Somehow, we managed to eat three huge rolls and an order of fried Hawaiian wontons.  Oh straight heaven for your tastebuds. 

After sushi we needed dessert.  She knows me well.  Next door to Ra Sushi is Paciugo Gelato.  Mmm yummy! I had lavendar vanilla, seasalt caramel and wedding cake gelato.  Chrissy had gelato covered in chocolate.  It’s just about fall here in Texas (but it’s still hot) so we took our yummy treats to the fountain area.  Water!! With bright colors!! Happy girls.

(yep, that’s a bright green spoon in my mouth…I couldn’t put the ice cream down even for a picture)

I’m not exactly sure why our hands were in the air but it’s cool….we do what we want.  All in all, a great night with a dear friend. 

Last night was also a great time with some lovely people and I have Twitter to thank for it. 

(myself, Rand, Christy…in Dallas, TX!!)

Here’s the backstory on this trio:

I met Rand on Twitter about 6 months ago.  We realized we both lived in Dallas and met up for coffee one evening.  Boom….friends.

Rand met Christy on Twitter a long time ago.  He had a layover in California (where Christy lives) and she picked him up and took him to In and Out Burger while he had a few hours to spare.  Boom….friends.

Christy met me through Twitter about a month ago.  She was randomly coming to Texas and decided to drive down to Dallas to hang out and stay at my place for the evening.  We had dinner at Urban Taco in West Village and then some cupcakes (duh) at Dimples!! Afterwards we watched Harry Potter because, well, it’s awesome.   Boom….friends.

So yes, internet friends may seem weird but in reality I know more about my Twitter friends then some people I’m around often!! You get small glimpses into people’s lives on the internet and see what books they like, music they’re listening to, places they visit, food they’re eating, things that inspire them, church they attend…..you get the idea. 

It’s been a good week!! Oh, I’m headed to the Texas State Fair tomorrow with some ‘real’ friends.  Hehe.  Ok, they’re all real friends but you know what I mean. 

Enjoy your weekend!

{♥♥♥}

September 22, 2010

I’m in love….finally.

It’s never a good idea to go last minute puppy browsing.  My friend Chrissy has wanted a little dog for quite some time and always tries to convince me to get one with her.  (We are neighbors!) I don’t know what got into me but for some reason last night I got a hankering to see a little pup or two so off to Petland in Frisco we went. 

I love Petland because you can play with the little fur balls for as long as you want.  This is dangerous, I repeat, this is DANGEROUS. 

The first dog we saw stole Chrissy’s heart and I’m about 85% sure she’s going  back there to bring him home forever.  He’s the sweetest toy australian shepherd you will ever see.  Did you notice that he’s a toy? As in so cute and tiny you could just die with happiness?

He was such a little cuddler.   Then we saw the cotton ball.  He’s a natural blonde….just like me!  Although, I have no clue what kind of pup he is.  He’s just cute.  I’ll leave it at that.

Oh…those puppy eyes!  And that sweet little face!!

Ok, ok, ok so it’s all well and good and my heart was still intact.  Up to this point I was totally in the clear.  No burden or tugging in my spirit to take anybody home, until…

SLAY ME WITH THOSE BABY BLUES!! Oh my gosh, I want I need I covet I have to have him.  Listen, I’m not a huge pet person but a beautiful husky is the one dog I’ve wanted forever.  He was gorgeous, sweet and terrified.  He sat shivering as we held him in our lap for about 15 minutes or so.  Huskies are super shy at first and it takes a little bit for them to warm up to you.  But once they do….it’s love.

I apologize for the multitude of pics you’re about to see of my new infatuation.

We are meant for each other!

I was a smitten kitten for this little guy.  Then I found out his birthday is 2 days before mine.  WHA?!?!  I.AM.DYING!

After about 30 minutes of petting him he started to relax a bit.  I needed to get on home before I made a hasty decision.  I sat him down and got up to leave but he started to whine.  That sweet pathetic RIP MY HEART out baby puppy whine.  Oh good grief, I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it. 

I can’t have a puppy.  Do you know my life?  Sometimes I don’t even know why I have an apartment here in Dallas.  There’s no way that huge beautiful beast of a dog would be happy in blazing hot Texas living in a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs with a girl who is never home. Right?  RIGHT?!  Oh snap, I need somebody to talk some sense into me before I turn around and get the little precious blue eyed wonder pup. 

Sigh, one day I will have a pretty little husky of my very own.  One day.  Maybe tomorrow?  No, no I shouldn’t.  I don’t think.  Eeek….I’m in trouble.

{Aloha!}

September 20, 2010

My mom and pop are in Hawaii at this exact moment and it’s all my fault.  Look how cute they are!

Yes, I won my parents the trip to Hawaii they’re on right this very second.  Get this….at our company Christmas party over a year ago, I won a two night stay for two people at the ‘W’ hotel in downtown Dallas.  Well I didn’t really need it so I gave it to my parents.  They came to Dallas and hung out at the ‘W’ and you know, lived it up and such.

….time goes by….

Over a year later, my parents get a call from the ‘W’ explaining that they had won a random drawing from all of the hotel guests who had stayed with them during the past two years.  The prize?  Yep, you guessed it.  A week long trip to Hawaii with lodging at the ‘W’ resort, food vouchers, and rental car.  They just paid the flight (used frequent flyer miles) and are now slurping down coconut snowcones and macadamia nuts. 

{We Heart It}

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  I could be the one in Hawaiian bliss right now.  Technically, I should be.  Honestly, I’m glad my parents are there instead of myself.  They deserve it.  I mean they’re pretty much the coolest and most thoughtful and sacrificial parents ever so ‘ALOOOOOOHA’ mom and dad.  Live it up. 

{We Heart It}

Cleveland, OH (plus a kilt or two)

September 19, 2010

My dad would describe my current state like this:
“I’m plumb wore out!!”
This weekend, the Women of Faith tour was in Cleveland, OH which meant I was also in Cleveland.  Oh goodness, the fall weather was perfect and the downtown area was beautiful.  I leave a piece of my soul in every city I visit.  I can’t help it.  There are so many wonderful things to explore and never enough time to see everything. 

Well…I checked into our downtown hotel and what did I do?  Jumped into my comfie bed and ordered room service.  Duh.

{veggie omelette, french friends, spring mix salad…so good I cried}

The remainder of the weekend was a blur.  On Friday, I went with Lisa W. to an interview on Fox 8 News.  That’s always fun for me though it makes the days super long!  All of us are going nonstop from about 8 am – 10:30 pm.  Whew.

{I snapped a pic of the studio while they were doing the live interview but my computer hates it and won’t let it upload so this is where you use your imagination.  Oh, look how lovely the studio was.  Moving on.}

I enjoy being super busy and running from the hotel to the arena, from backstage to the main concourse, from one end of downtown to another, from the Coldstone booth in the arena to the rice crispy treats in catering…

{yum – enough said}

After working all day we often explore at night.  The nights in Cleveland were gorgeous and so perfect.  I wish a picture could convey feelings of how amazing it was.

{iPhone photo lovin’ of downtown Cleveland}

I flew back on Sunday (today).  Earlier today during breakfast with my friend Lauren, I noticed we were surrounded by kilts! They were everywhere at the airport.  So…I took pictures.

{a hug from a man in a kilt means it’s going to be a good day}

But wait!! There were more!

{kilt sighting #2}

And now I’m safe and sound on my comfie couch in my dear little apartment (that I love).  Of course, there were plenty of other undocumented great moments from the weekend.  If you want to know, just ask and I’ll give you the scoop.  *wink*

For now, I’m out!  I have to be rested up for my day off tomorrow.  Hehe.  Oh it will be spent at the p-o-o-l, baby.  Summer is quickly moving away and I have to soak it up while I can.

I Don’t Mean To Brag….

September 17, 2010

…but I have a really great job.  I think one of the best things about my position at Women of Faith is being surrounded by such Godly older women.  Have I mentioned how much fun they are?  Last week, we shot a video at Luci Swindoll’s home and somehow, by the end of the day, this is what happened.

In this picture you will find the lovely Luci Swindoll, me (plopped right down on her lap of course), Nicole (our promotions manager), Mary (our president), and Leslie (our VP of marketing).  Yea….amazing. 

Sometimes I feel like I’m the company mascot because the ladies on our team are always taking care of me. Whether I forget a toothbrush and somebody finds out from Twitter and brings me a new one (thanks, Mary) or they’re calling me to the side and asking about my life and how I’m really doing.  Always quick with a hug and a smile…these are the ladies that I look up to.  I hope to be like them when I grow up.  If you have spent any time at all around them you know why I say that. 

It’s important to spend as much time as possible with those older than us.  I feel it’s these relatonships that once were so prominent in society and now hardly exist.  I’m no idiot (well sometimes I am)….but I’ve been sat right down in the middle of some incredible people and so I’m taking every chance I have to sit at their feet and learn, by taking the time to listen.  They have a lot to share. 

Break time over!! I’m sitting backstage now in Cleveland, OH and need to get back to work.  Much love to you this weekend!!! I’m out.

Signed,
bug

Bye Bye Dallas!!

September 16, 2010

This weekend I’m off again for another exciting weekend of tweeting for Women of Faith.  Yep, I tweet like it’s my job because…..well, it is!! How awesome is that?  Want to know where the airplane is taking me this time?

Boom.

Cleveland, Ohio

{We Heart It}

What exactly is there to do in Cleveland?  Soak up the fall weather, that’s for sure!! Besides that I don’t really know what to do or see.  Any ideas?  I’d love to know.  Alright, this little lady has a plane to catch.

::Good Records::

September 15, 2010

So I finally got a record player (at Target, believe it or not) and I can’t stop listening to it.  Yep, I’m hooked and now all I want to do is buy new records.  Seriously, I get giddy when I’m out somewhere and start thinking about coming home to listen to Bon Iver or The Mamas and The Papas on vinyl.  This is the little beauty that stole my heart.  Want one?  Click here.

This brings me to my next stop in the attempt to find hip and with it spots in Dallas, TX.  Hello, Good Records music shop.

{pic from The Dallas Observer}

Since I started exploring Dallas I just get happier and happier around every corner.  When I started this little search I never knew all of this fun stuff existed.  I wandered into Good Records with a music budget of $0 (I underestimated my lack of willpower) and I walked out going $65 over what I had planned for.  Blast!!!!  I just couldn’t help myself.  There were some great cheap and classic vinyls downstairs but when I walked up those magic stairs to the second floor I found an entire room of brand new records.  Ohmuhgawsh.  I will say that the sales guy followed me around in a ‘Hey, little girl! Are you trying to steal something?’ type of way.  Come on, I’m as dangerous as a baby seal.  It’s cool though.  It didn’t stop me from leaving with these delicious musical numbers:

{Iron and Wine, The Postal Service and Andrew Bird – iPhone photo}

Yes, a great find for me but not so much for my bank account.  I’ll leave you now to spend time with the newest love of my life…my turntable.  Mmmm.  ::i like music::