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“…pure randomness.”

9 Sep

Remember that time I said I would be better about posting this year and it turns out I am a total liar?  I do.  And I am so ashamed.  It is like I blinked and literally half of the year is gone!! Where did it go?

Let’s see….there was:

I had Another Abnormal Pre-Skin Cancer Spot Removed

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Horrible to have stitches in the crease of your hip…not ideal for sitting…

Gina’s Bachelorette Party in Cancun, Mexico

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Gina’s Bridal Shower

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Hosted this at my house with the other Bridesmaids and Gina’s Mom

Flooding in Houston

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This is in our neighborhood one evening then the next morning

Gina & Kevin’s Wedding

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Such a beautiful wedding.  Love Gina and Kevin to pieces!

Our Trip to Africa

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Absolutely the best trip ever.  I want to go back right now! (I will post a more detailed blog, possibly multiple blogs, about our amazing experiences in Africa.)

We Bought a Boat

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Our new boat (Joseph seems to think it’s just his boat) and the fish we’ve caught on it.  Notice Joseph’s and Gina’s large Red Fish and Mom’s massive trout…Yes my fish is tiny but it was the first trout ever caught on the boat so it had to be documented…and no, I didn’t keep it.  It would’ve been bait before it was a keeper….

My 10-Year High School Reunion

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Go Wildkats! C/O 2006!

Trips to the Lake House

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Spitting Watermelon seeds and fishing with Uncle Joseph

Work Trip + CrossFit Games in California

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Had to take a work trip to California so Korey, Neva, and Gina decided to go with me so we could go to the Crossfit Games and support #TeamDensity and Crossfit Overtake!

The Olympics

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We had 2 sets of Beer Olympics this year.  One at Zachapalooza (Zach’s birthday weekend) with Teams Texit, South Africa, Jamaica, and Native Americans and One at Neva and Korey’s with Teams Germany, South Africa (year we reused, don’t judge me), Brazil, and Jamaica and we can’t forget the USA Ref who took his role very seriously…

Flooding in Louisiana

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One of my co-workers and I drove 50 storage bins to three members of our team that had their homes destroyed by the flooding in Louisiana. The devastation was so sad.  If you can donate something, anything, many people are still in need of a lot of items.  

Sooooo many birthdays

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Big Kat, Neva, Kaitlyn, Paige, Joseph, Me, Chloe, Jessica, and Gina….and these are just the ones I caught on camera…

and all kinds of random things in between.

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Mom adopted a dog that found her and named her Lady, we did a Walk for Autism Awareness, Bald Eagles apparently visit our neighborhood, our friend Tanner Kloven got a radio station gig and you can listen to him on 103.7 KVIL if you live in Dallas or on the Radio.com app, Chloe had a dance recital and sooo many more events that I just don’t have pictures of…

I know I say this alllll the time but I really am going to try to be better about posting more often.  I used to post during my lunch break but now that I work through lunch, I can’t do that anymore.  I will figure something out and get better!  Thanks for sticking with me! Love you guys!

“…pure randomness.”

15 Sep

First things first.  Do you Skimm?

No, I am not talking about the little, thin board you use on the beach.  I am talking about THE SKIMM.  It’s wonderful.  If you are like me and have no time to read long articles about everything going on in the world or get to work too early for the morning news and enjoy nice, light-hearted chuckles, then the Skimm is for you.

If you want to get a daily weekday newsletter sent to your email to keep you up to date on the world around you, click –> Link to Share the Skimm.

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Have you experienced the perfection that is YETI?  Joseph and I have a couple of their coolers which are great – heavy as hell even when they are empty but keep ice for days.  Well they also have cups and koozies.  AND THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT!  I went to the mall the other day, during midday, aka the hottest time of the day.  I was in there for two hours and came back out to this…

Yeti Cup

Yes, that is ice that hasn’t even begun to melt in Texas summer heat for 2 hours!

How have I lived my life without one of these cups?  I guess with nasty, hot water – BUT NOT ANYMORE!  They are expensive for cups and koozies ($29.99 each for the koozie and 20oz cup and $39.99 for the 30 oz cup) but they are seriously worth every penny.  I can honestly say there are few things that I enjoy more in the world than waking up in the middle of the night or early in the morning and reaching over to my water and it being ice-cold.  So much satisfaction in the little things, am I right?

Has anyone else taken the plunge into investing in this great invention?  I bet you don’t regret it, do you?

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Speaking of being at the mall for two hours….

I was getting my hair cut.

Before and After Million Dollar Hair Cut

Before and After Million Dollar Hair Cut

Please excuse the before picture.  My hair was so long it was hard to get it all into a selfie and I was concentrating so hard I forgot to smile.  I hadn’t gotten my hair cut in over a year (insert panicky horror noises from all you beauty queens) and I quickly remembered why.  Including my tip, the shampoo, cut, and style was over $100. $100!!! Do you know how many Yeti cups I could buy with that?!  Really only 2-3 depending on the size but that’s more than ONE hair cut! – not to mention the Yeti cups would last me literally FOREVER because they are Yeti.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked my cut (which is hard to tell from all the country curling she did so I wasn’t sure if I liked it until after I washed it and styled it on my own at home) but that price is just ridiculous.  I know not everywhere is that expensive but at least she didn’t ridicule me for not having been to get it cut in a while which I literally get everywhere, every year…when I get my annual hair cut…

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Is it a problem that my dog gets more hair cuts than me?  Nah.  He is way cuter.

Duddley

Duddley

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Well, I am keeping it short and sweet this time because I have lots of things going on but I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  Is it Thursday yet??

The first 5 days after the weekend are usually the hardest…

“…pure randomness.”

30 Oct

Yesterday was National Cat Day so I want to give a shout-out to the best cat in the history of the world – HEMI!!

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Hemidactyl

Also, just to give you an update on how she is doing…so far her kidney levels are the same – no better but that means no worse too so that’s really good news.  She is active and playful like she feels fine so that makes me happy.  BUT apparently she was bitter about not celebrating National Cat Day yesterday so she woke me up a little before 4:30am this morning…rude, Hemi, rude.

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I was walking through SAMs the other day when I saw these…

Carton of Kiwi Berries

Carton of Kiwi Berries

They are called Kiwi Berries.  Ever heard of them?  No? Me either.  How does a new type of fruit just appear on the market when I have literally never even heard of such things for the past 25 years?!  I love kiwi and I love berries so obviously I had to buy them to see what they were all about.

They are about the size of large green grapes.

So you can see the size relative to my hands...

So you can see the size relative to my hand…

When I got home, I immediately had to inspect these things.  I wasn’t really sure how to eat them…regular kiwis are furry but these were smooth like grapes so can I eat the peel?  Sure, why not?

I washed them off, plucked off this little fuzzy tip on the end, and popped on into my mouth.  The end where it grows on whatever type of plant/tree/bush/whatever was hard so I had to spit that part out but it TASTED EXACTLY LIKE A KIWI!!   Look how cute they are…

inside of a kiwi berry

inside of a kiwi berry

These things are awesome!  You get the taste of kiwi without all the annoying work of peeling off the furry skin!  You just wash them like grapes, pluck off both ends, and eat!  Perfection!  Oh, AND you can have 20 of these bad boys for around 100 calories.  What a great snack!  I highly recommend everyone try these things!  The only place I have seen them so far though is at SAMs.  Have you seen them anywhere else??  Has anyone else tried Kiwi Berries?? Let me know what you think if and when you do!

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In college, I started saving all of my loose change in a big Ozarka bottle.  You know the ones I am talking about…

Over the years, I collected quite a bit of change in this sucker.  A lot of it was found on the ground or in my parents’ house because my dad always had change and would hide it around the house for me to “discover” – yes I am still a small child but if you don’t get excited over finding free money, even if it is a few pennies, then you are just crazy in my opinion.  It was about half-full (optimism!) when Joseph and I decided to cash it in.  We had done this once in college with a bunch of change he had at his house and ended up being able to go skydiving off of it so that was awesome.  We decided this time to put it towards our bar fund for our wedding.

I don’t use Coinstar machines.  No way I am going to let you steal 10.9% of my earnings over the years of collecting change.  I knew the Wells Fargo in College Station had a coin-counting machine so I decided to call around to other branches in Houston to see if they had one…

Turns out College Station is the ONLY one I could find.  I literally called about 50 Wells Fargos in the Houston area.  NONE of them had one.  You can bring in change to any branch but not in mass amounts like we had.  So we decided we would take it to the College Station one the next time we went.  So before Daniel and Ali’s rehearsal, we stopped by Wells Fargo to cash it in.

Y’all, we clogged up the machine…

"changing" out the bags - yes, pun intended.

“changing” out the bags – yes, pun intended.

They had to come out and empty the bags.  Given, I think that it was already pretty darn full because we didn’t have THAT much change but it still felt pretty cool.  Oh and the majority of our coins were pennies but wouldn’t that be cool if they were all quarters?!

We ended up with $720 in change!  Not too bad considering I have hardly used cash in the past year to get any change so this was over maybe 2 years in college and a year after graduation.  So just remember the next time you are walking in a parking lot and see a penny and think “Oh it’s just a penny.  I’m not going to bother to pick it up.”  I will be coming behind you, thinking you are an idiot, and say, “Oooh! A penny!” with child-like excitement and possibly even throw in a “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers.”

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So I saw this video on YouTube.  Go watch it.  I’ll wait…

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So yeah, I saw that video and thought to myself…I wonder how many people have died while Hardcore Parkouring??

Obviously, once again, I Googled it.  I didn’t see a definite answer but I found several stories of people all over the world that have died while Parkouring.  One article said a 24-year-old Russian female died after falling from 17 stories high because she missed the building the was aiming for…absolutely nuts.

It is pretty cool to watch but you definitely won’t catch me doing any of the things they do…

Here’s another cool video of parkour and freerunning.  The people who do these things have to be completely fearless.  Blows my mind.

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It’s Hump Day everyone!!  So obviously I’ll leave you with this

Somehow I'm still not sick of this one...

Somehow I’m still not sick of this one...

Happy Wednesday!

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