Friday, November 9, 2012

My little man, Eli

I got a kitten, his name is Eli and he is my world. My birthday was the first week of October and I decided that I was going to get a kitten for myself. I adopted him from an organization called Pet Angles and we fell in love immediately. He is such a little snuggle bug and he is such a joy to come home to. 

This is Eli the night I got him. He was pretty intimidated by my apartment when we first got there but he made himself at home in no time. He is very mischievous and loves to get into things but he is to cute to get on to. We have introduced the spray bottle this week and he is not a fan of that but he is learning quickly what he can and cannot do. 

He loves to snuggle and will only sleep on top of or right next to me if we are touching. He is so much fun to have around and I love coming home to him every day after work and school. 

He loves to take naps with me and Jarr. 

Our first car trip this is how he rode. He will cry the entire time if he isn't laying on top of me like this. So I lean back and let him sleep. I don't mind because he keeps me warm and it gives me an excuse to take a nap also! 

I am so happy with my birthday present. Eli is definitely the best present I have ever gotten. He makes everyday fun and interesting and I am so excited to go home and play with him everyday. I also really like having the company at night when I am home alone. 

What is your favorite birthday present? 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Great State Fair

Happy Thursday everyone! The state fair of Oklahoma started last weekend and I went with Jarr and my family. We had so much fun walking around the buildings and sampling all the foods. We didn't ride any rides because I think they are a little unsafe and the lines were really long. We did spend a lot of time in a karaoke tent and listened to people sing. I must say only the best are brave enough to do that. I was pretty impressed with some of the singers and I was very entertained by them all. 

This is me and Jarr at the state fair. We had a lot of fun, me probably more then him but he isn't a big fan of things like this. He was a great sport though and let me eat all the fair food I wanted. 

This is an amazing strawberry crepe I had. It was so delicious! I've been thinking about going back to the fair just to get another one. 

My mom and I had so much fun at the karaoke tent listening to people sing. It was great to spend time with her and I'm so glad she invited us to go to the fair. 

This is a very bad picture of my mom eating fried mashed cheddar bacon potatoes. They were pretty crazy but actually weren't bad when dipped in ranch. I really enjoyed my fill of fair food and the giant corn dog I always get. The fair was a lot of fun like every year and I am so glad we went. I encourage everyone to check out their state fair and make a day of it. I really enjoy looking through the buildings at all of the crafts and peoples booths. I think its a great way to find something unique! 

When's the last time you went to the fair? 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Big Girl Presents

I guess when you grow up you have to start asking for things you actually need for your presents instead of things you just want. Especially since I am a college student it is always important to ask for the big things for my birthday and Christmas since I generally can't afford them by myself. So my birthday isn't for a few more weeks yet but I asked for good cookware from my grandma for my birthday. 

She went ahead and got them for me since I haven't had any pots since I moved in and I want to start cooking and stop eating out so much. I am really excited about my big girl present because they are really cool. I love to cook and I am really glad I got nice cookware that will hopefully last me quite a while if I take good care of it. 

This is not a sponsored post, I am not being compensated in any way for this post. I just like the product and wanted to share my views on it. 

I got my cookware at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, it is the Bialetti brand and had very good reviews. After researching different places I found that they have the most affordable quality cookware and I am very happy with my purchase. These pans are very thick and seem really durable. I followed the instructions and washed them with hot soapy water before the first use and they all seem fine. 

For the first meal on my new pots we made grilled ham and cheeses, well Jarr made them while I cleaned the kitchen. We are such a good team. (And he really is a great cook so I like when he volunteers even if it's something simple.) The pots have a non-stick coating on them that worked great for the grilled ham and cheeses. I let the pan cool before I washed it but everything still came off really easily. 

I am VERY happy with my new cookware. I love how the skillets have handles on both sides, this makes it really easy to use when you have to strain something. I am really excited to use these more and I will be giving you another review in a few months so you know how they are working out. 

What was your first big kid present? 


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Peaks, Pits, Praises, Prayers

I know I'm the worst blogger in the world, I just don't know how you ladies do it and manage to have a life and maintain all of the other things in your life. This week has been so crazy for me, I had my first test of the semester, a couple of papers due and I worked everyday. It has been very overwhelming for me but things should be back in order now and I should be able to actually get in a normal routine now. I can't wait to be able to have a regular routine and know what I'm doing everyday. 

I also got my financial aid this week and bought a computer! I have been needing a new one so bad and that is one of the main reasons I haven't been posting lately, I have to use Jarr's computer and its very inconvenient. So with my biggest purchase of the year and my most favorite I am saying hello. I am so excited to have finally gotten the computer I have wanted for so long. It might have been a little expensive but I in no way regret my decision. I know this was a good investment for me and I am so excited about it. 

This is my new baby, please excuse the crappy phone picture. 

Anyways this week has been crazy and I have needed some major retail therapy, so buying my computer and a few cute clothes have definitely been a much needed reward. I have felt so drained lately, I have just been working so much and I can't seem to get in the swing of things. I am so glad it is Saturday though and I get tomorrow off. I can't wait to just relax and get things done. 

Peaks of the week- My biggest peaks of the week are buying my computer and having dinner with Kyleigh for her birthday. I did both of those on the same day after my test and last class of the week so it was a great way to end the week. 

Pits of the week- My pit this week is from last night, waiting 2 hours for a rain delay at Jarr's brother's football game. It was cold and wet, definitely not my idea of a good time. I did enjoy seeing Jarr's family and getting to spend time with them but waiting in the rain wasn't very enjoyable. 

Praises of the week- I am praising God for allowing me to survive this week and still not be sick. I have been fighting it all week and I am crossing my fingers I don't get sick. I really need to be healthy right now. 

Prayers of the week- I am praying that can continue to fight this sickness and stay healthy. I am also praying that I can get my body into a routine and get things in a normal pattern. I am praying that this week goes well at the career fair and me and Jarr both walk away with interviews for internships. We both need to get them for next summer and this week is when it happens. 

What are your peaks, pits, praises, and prayers this week? 


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Peaks, Pits, Praises, Prayers

I know I'm a day late and a dollar short, but this is one of my favorite things to do every week so I am going to do it anyways. This week was my last week to work 40 hours at work and I'm so excited. It is going to be so nice to actually have some free time and be able to get things done. Last night Friday night football started and I of course went to a game. No matter how old I get or where I am in life I will always love Friday night football. It is so much fun to go and watch people who really love the game play, that's what you have in high school football, people who really love the game. 

This morning I am working for a little bit and as soon as I leave work I am going to meet my family and go wedding dress shopping for my sister. They had to move the date of their wedding up to December so now everyone is scrambling to get things done and getting a dress is kind of a big deal so we are going today and hopefully we will find the perfect one. It is so crazy to me that Mal is actually getting married. I guess part of me still doesn't feel old enough to do that so I don't think she should be either. I'm definitely not ready for that big step in life but I think she is. we are only 22 months apart so I've always felt like we are the same age and this is really strange to me. 

This is my sisters and I last year. 

I know that she will be a beautiful bride and I know that Mal and Mark with have a wonderful life together. It is weird to me that we will never go on another family vacation just me my mom and my sisters, we have been doing that as long as I can remember every summer and now we won't be able to. It's just weird to think that I will actually have a brother now, don't get me wrong I like Mark a lot. He is a great guy, It's just weird that he will actually be apart of our family now. My family is VERY close and we are adding our first new member, I guess I will probably be the next person who gets to add a member but I just don't feel old enough for that to happen. 

Now onto my favorite part of the post. 

Peaks of the week- Definitely watching some football last night, that was amazing! Going wedding dress shopping today for Mal, I know it will be so much fun with my family and I can't wait for her to find the perfect dress! 

Pits of the week- Being a cranky butt because I've been so tired lately, hopefully that ends after this long weekend and cutting my work hours. Also finding out all the things I need to accomplish in the next two years before I graduate and feeling really behind. I know they want you to be at the top of your game when you graduate and that's why its like this but it is very overwhelming. I know I can do everything it's just a lot to take in. 

Praises of the week- I'm praising God that Jarr's little brother did good last night and didn't get hurt, he tore his ACL in the state championship game last year and it's been a long road to recovery for him, so last night was a big deal. I'm praising God for Labor Day and getting a long weekend! I definitely need it after all of the craziness I've had lately. 

Prayers of the week- I'm praying that God will heal Ryan (Jarr's brother) and the swelling that I'm sure will come today isn't to bad. I'm praying that Mal finds the perfect dress today and isn't overwhelmed by planning her wedding in such a short time period. I'm also praying for peace for myself, I know my future is in God's hands it just seems very overwhelming when I think about it. 

What are your's for the week? 


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Healthy Choice Challenge Week 9

Are you ready for another week of Healthy Choice Challenge? I know its been awhile since we have done this but I figured we should all get back in the swing of things and after this there is only one week left. How did you do with the last challenge of doing a workout? Did you keep it up after your one workout or did you just do the one?

I'm going to be honest with y'all, I haven't been working out lately. Its been since before my move since I have lifted weights and actually got in a good workout. I can feel it, I feel bloated and blah. My stamina has gone way down and I always feel like I'm draggin. I have got to get back in the habit of eating healthy and working out.

So this challenge is for both of us, its something I've been putting off and trying to ignore but the pudge in my stomache is getting to big to ignore. So here we go ladies, the challenge this week is to make one healthy meal this week AND to do some form of weight lifting. I know I've never done a double dose before but its getting to the end and I think y'all can do this. I believe in you.

So lets whine and throw temper tantrums for a few minutes and then lets put on our big girl panties and do it. I know it sucks but some of the best things for you in life are not fun. I'm learning that more and more as I become a big girl. Yes I still think of myself as a child sometimes because I'm not ready to be a real grown up yet. I am embracing my time before I have to get a real job and start making big decisions about my life. 

This is the truth ladies, for all of us. 

So here are a few ideas for weight lifting, get a couple of big cans out of your pantry and do 10 lunges around your house with them. I promise if you do this a couple of times a day you will feel the burn. Another easy thing to do at home is to get a heavy book, like a big yellow phone book and sit on the ground and do an ab work-out with it. When you use the phone book it helps tone your arms as well as your core.

There are hundreds of easy workouts you can do at home in a few minutes or during commercials on TV. Just doing little things like this daily can make a huge improvement in your life and in your body. So try it ladies, see what eating healthy and working out can do for you. I promise you won't regret it.

What are you doing for this weeks challenge? 

If you are new make sure you check out Healthy Choice Challenge Week 1, HCC Week 2, HCC Week 3, HCC Week 4, HCC Week 5, HCC Week 6, HCC Week 7, and HCC Week 8 to get updated on what we are doing here.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bestest Best Friend

Today is my oldest and closest best friends birthday! As most of you know we reconnected after a few years of just being to busy and letting life get in the way of our friendship. So today my best friend for as long as I can remember is turning 21. She is in nursing school pursing her dreams and working so hard to achieve them. I know that someday she will be an incredible nurse and I can't wait for that day to come. Right now she works at an inpatient/rehabilitation center that means so much to me. 

The Children's Center is an incredible place in Oklahoma and a place I spent some time at after my car wreck. They do amazing things with children who have disabilities and people who need intensive rehabilitation after a serious injury. Someday I will tell you all about the children's center, for now all you need to know is my favorite nurse works there. 

All of my favorite memories growing up have Kyleigh in them. I can't remember a summer we weren't constantly together or a week we didn't stay at each others houses. I still call Kyleigh's parents mom and dad and I feel like her brother is mine. We started off as friends and grew into sisters long before we left for college. 

I think one of the reason's we have reconnected so easily is because we have always been so close. I'm pretty sure most the time we were reading each others minds growing up. I know that no matter what happens in our lives no matter where we are we can always call each other and we will be there. I am so thankful to have a friend like Kyleigh. Happy Birthday bestest best friend, I can't wait to celebrate with you! 


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Things Work Out

No matter how many times it happens it always seems to amazing me when things work out. I know that I can always rely on God and my faith in him has been tested enough times to know he is the only choice for me. But it still amazes me when things work out without me having to do anything. I am a planner and I am also a doer, I hate waiting for things to happen. So when I do wait for things and they all seem to just work out it makes me so thankful for my amazing God. 

A lot of times in my life things haven't worked out and I've had to do something about whatever the situation was. Those times I still prayed for wisdom and guidance from God so that I didn't make things worse or more complicated. So today I am sending up prayers full of gratitude for my amazing God who always takes care of me. Things have been really crazy lately but I know that when I think I'm at my limit I can always send up a prayer and find more strength. 

Happy Sunday y'all, send up a prayer of gratitude for the blessings in your life today. 


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Saturday, August 25, 2012

How do you do it?

These last few weeks have been complete chaos for me. I moved into a new apartment, started a new job, and started classes at a new school. In the last few weeks I have not unpacked everything yet, I have not learned how to do everything at work, and I have not prepared for class like I should. I have been stressed to the max and a grumpy bear to Jarr. I haven't had time to breathe much less worry about blogging. I am currently working 40+ hours a week, going to class full time, and trying to have some sort of a social life. 

I found this guy in a parking garage at school. I thought he was pretty neat. 

I'm going to be honest, its not working. I'm not getting enough sleep, I'm not eating healthy at all, I have no time to myself and I haven't worked out in weeks. I don't know how people do it, how do people work full time jobs and go to school? I know people do but I just don't understand how. 

After this next week I am talking to my boss about cutting my hours. I just can't do it, school is my number one priority and I just can't give it my all when I'm working this much. I have no social life to speak of right now and when I'm not in class or at work I'm sleeping. I will never understand how people do this and also find time to spend with their loved ones. 

Every night when I get off work or out of class Jarr comes over and he watches tv while I sleep on the couch. He doesn't complain that we haven't actually spent any time together since I started my job and he doesn't make me feel bad for never making dinner and my house being a complete mess. He lets me sleep while I pretend to be watching tv with him and he never says anything while I drool all over him. 

So this whole thing is to let you know what has been going on in my crazy life the last few weeks. I am hoping that after next week things won't be as crazy and I can actually get caught up on things. I would like to be able to unpack all my stuff and to buy grocieres. I would also like to be able to spend time with Jarr when I'm not sleeping. 

So here is my question for all of you who do this, how do you do it? How are you making things work? 


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Peaks, Pits, Praises, Prayers

Well y'all its been a crazy few weeks. I am finally back in my apartment and bug free! So the unpacking process has begun and things are a mess because I don't want to hang anything up on the walls yet until I decide where I want things to go. So I have boxes of decorations and things lined up along the walls. I only have gatorade, water, and ketchup in my fridge and I still don't have any cookware so there hasn't been any cooking going on. 

This week at work I covered two shifts for some ladies and I am pooped. Its been a long week and I still have to work tomorrow night. Its been a long week and I am just ready to finally have everything unpacked and my house to be a home. So my goal this weekend while I'm not at work is to finish unpacking everything and do a few touch up paint jobs around the house. 

So right now I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Classes start on Monday and I get to try and figure out how to balance a full time class load with a 30 hour work week. It is going to be interesting to see how things go and hopefully I can handle it and have some sort of social life. We shall see for sure. 

This week my big sister Mal got into Optometry school in San Antonio. There are only 26 optometry schools in the US and it is a huge honor for her to get in the first round. So this week she quit her job, packed up and moved to San Antonio, found an apartment and started orientation yesterday. Things are definitely going to be different with her 8 hours away from home. I have an aunt that lives in Austin though so at least she has some family close by. 

Now onto the good stuff. 

Peaks of the week- Definitely spending all of my free time with Jarr. He isn't working this year because he has a really hard class load and we have got to spend a TON of time together, he has also been a life saver with my house. He has helped me paint, bomb, clean, organize, and decorate. 

Pits of the week- working so much overtime this week has definitely worn me out, I'm not even finished with my work week and I'm pooped. Realizing that summer is over and I spent the majority of it working and I didn't go to the lake one single time. 

Praises of the week- I am praising God that Mal got into optometry school. She has worked really hard to have the GPA and test scores to get in and she deserves it. I'm also praising God for my amazing friends who always seem to know exactly what I need. 

Prayers of the week- I am praying I can get over this cough I have had for the last 3 weeks soon. I am praying that Mal does good at school and that she doesn't get homesick so far away. I'm also praying that this school year goes well and I make some friends at school. 

What are your Peaks, Pits, Praises, and Prayers for the week?

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hot Mama's Run

I WON I WON!!! I never win anything and this is the first time I have entered a giveaway and actually won something! Thanks so much to Pineapple Lily I won a free entry to this amazing 5K.

To all my fellow women, if you are an Okie then pay attention because this is just for you. There is a 5K going on in September for all the Hot Mama's and Hot females in Oklahoma. It is for an incredible cause and you can run or WALK the 5K. There is also a baby parade that you can show off your little cuties at.

This is such a great cause because all of the profits go to the Regional Food Bank and to the Backpack program at schools. The Backpack program provides backpacks with food for kids to eat on weekends when they aren't at school and don't get a meal every day. You would be appalled at how many kids last meal is on Friday and they don't get another until Monday when they get to school. Child hunger is a problem everywhere but we need to help the kids right here in our backyards while we can.

I will be running/walking this race with some of my best friends and sorority sisters. I hope to see all of you lovely ladies there supporting us or right beside me in the race. This is such a great cause and it won't be in the heat of the Oklahoma summer. So go and sign up at Hot Mama's Run and start getting ready for the race in September!

If you are participating please let me know and we can meet up before or after the race! I would love to meet you!
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Healthy Choice Challenge Week 8

It's that time again y'all, how was the water challenge? Did you find it difficult to drink water every time you were hungry? I'm going to be honest this was hard for me to do but I think it really did help with my portion control. I've been trying to do this everyday so it definitely helped that it was our challenge and I dedicated one day to actively thinking about drinking water before eating.

This last week has been so crazy with my move and I haven't had much time to work out because I have been crazy busy packing and unpacking things and trying to get rid of all of the bugs in my apartment. So the last thing on my mind this last week has been working out and let me just tell you I can feel it. I have felt really weak without my normal workout and I have definitely been feeling a fatigue. Its amazing how just a little workout everyday can make such a big impact on your daily energy level.

Well me and Jarr haven't found a gym yet because we haven't had any free time to go and look for one. We are hoping to find one this week so we can get back into our workout routine and start a routine here. So if you have any suggestions for gyms in the metro of Oklahoma please let me know!

This will always be the hardest part for me, I tend to put things off if I am not excited about them and working out is not an exciting thing for me. But this quote is so true and something I continuously try to do, not wait and just get things done. 

This week's challenge is going to be doing some kind of workout. I know its a big step up from any of the other challenges but I have faith in y'all. I don't care what kind of workout you do, as long as you sweat. You can do yoga, kickboxing, go for a run, a walk, do some crunches, run up and down your stairs a few times, or go for a bike ride. There are countless things you can do for a workout so just pick one and try to have fun with it.

So ladies, lets make a choice to try something new. Because if not now, then when?

If you are new to the Healthy Choice Challenge make sure to check out the previous week's to find out what is going on and why we are doing the Healthy Choice Challenge. Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7


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Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Well as you all know I am in the process of moving into my very own place. I was welcomed to my new home by a few unexpected and unwelcome guests. I have cockroaches. Not just a few here and there, all over the entire apartment. To say I have been frustrated with this setback would be a slight understatement.

I have bombed my apartment twice and that still didn't get rid of them all. So thankfully my landlords had an exterminator come in and spray everything. After the exterminator came I bombed my apartment one more time and crossed my fingers. Yesterday was my first day at work so I didn't get to check out my apartment and do anything with it until about 8 last night.

I saw one cockroach and I killed it and then used some spray to get all around the area it was in. I also vacuumed my apartment really well and swept the kitchen and bathroom. I aired everything out and turned my air conditioner back on and decided to leave it for the night and actually work on things today.

Today I cleaned, I vacuumed again twice and sprayed all of the baseboards and behind the fridge and oven. I aired things out again and I repainted the baseboards and trim in my apartment. I also finally set up my bed and put a few things in their place. I also put up a ceiling fan today in my bedroom with the help of Jarr. Unfortunately I'm still not unpacked enough to stay there and its a maze to get through the house.

So hopefully I will actually be able to move in and start unpacking things now so I don't have to sleep on an air up mattress at Jarr's apartment much longer. This was a completely unexpected turn of events and I'm going to be honest it's stressing me out. I started a new job Monday and everything I own is stuck in a roach infested apartment.

They don't prepare you for things like this in school. So I'm pretty clueless on what to do here and how to handle this situation. I refuse to live in an apartment with roaches everywhere because that is gross and a major health hazard. So I have bombed my apartment 3 times, it has been sprayed by a professional twice and the second time he used two different sprays. I also have a big bottle of Raid roach killer I spray on any moving thing I see.

I can honestly say I am paranoid. If I see something move it gets sprayed, I have been a freak when I open up my boxes of stuff and Jarr thinks I am a nut case because I scream when I see shadows of things that might be bugs in my boxes of stuff. So lets just say it has been a very interesting day of unpacking things.

So I am asking for prayers that this all goes smoothly and also for advice. What have you done in situations like this? Is there anything I can do to make this not happen again? Any and all advice would be appreciated because I'm really clueless here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Peaks, Pits, Praises, Prayers

Its been one of those weeks where you plan to get all of these things done and then the end of the week comes and a lot of them aren't accomplished. Today is moving day and by the end of the day I will probably want to pull all of my hair out. Just knowing that I am going to a house that needs to be completely cleaned before I can put anything away is already stressing me out. Also knowing that the high is 111 tomorrow and my AC isn't on makes me sweat a little. 

So today I will be a crazy person with a mission and hopefully by the end of the day my house will be in some order and I will be able to sleep some without thinking about all the things I need to accomplish. I have never moved this many things before and I have never had my own place so this is a whole new experience for me. It has been quite interesting so far and I am sure there will be many more challenges along the way. 

This is me and Jarr snorkeling in Cozumel, I love this picture of us in our masks.

This is me and Kyleigh before our dinner last weekend, it went amazing for those of you wondering and I'm so glad we met up! Her dog also insisted on being in the picture and kept posing with us. 

Now onto what this post is all about. 

Peaks of the week- having my last day at work and saying goodbye to this chapter of my life, as well as starting a new one and moving into my new house today. Seeing Skye tonight and spending time with her, I am really looking forward to that. 

Pits of the week- by far my biggest pit this week was finding a dead mouse in one of my Ugg boots. I screamed and wanted to cry, thankfully Jarr was there and disposed of the mouse while I pouted like a baby. I am crossing my fingers and praying I can figure out some way to clean my boot so it is wearable again. 

Praises of the week- Having some amazing friends and family who have been so great about our move and have helped lots. My mom came and helped me and Jarr paint on Wednesday and that made things go so much quicker. I also and so thankful and grateful for Jarr, I seriously have no idea what I would do without him. I have been a big brat most of this week and he has just put up with it and let me be a whiny baby. This move has been really stressing me out and I will be really glad to have it over with. 

Prayers of the week- I am praying that our move goes smooth today and that nothing gets lost or broken along the way. I am praying that I get everything unpacked and in its place in a timely manner. I also am praying that my sister finds out about school soon and things go as planned for her. 

What are you Peaks, Pits, Praises, and Prayers for the week?

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Last Day

Well today is my last day at my job. I have been here for two years as a student secretary and I have really enjoyed this job. I have learned a lot about myself these last two years and about how I work with other people. We have had a lot of changes in my office since I have been here and it has been interesting to watch us grow. I have made some friends I will have forever at this job and there are some people I won't miss seeing everyday.

In my two years at Distance I have become the Senior Student Secretary, a fancy way to say I've been here the longest and know the most. I have created and designed a student guide in a 4 day time period and sent it to press. I have filmed countless events and helped organize the entire office in a summer. I have filed countless papers, sent hundreds of faxes, and given numerous exams. I have answered thousands of phone calls and delt with tons of professors and students. I have also had a lot of laughs at this job and spent quite a few nights working late and eating pizza with my coworkers.

I will miss Distance and the family I have here. These people are my work family and I have come use to seeing them everyday and working with them. In the last two years I have spent a lot of time with them on and off the job. It will be hard to leave this office today and know I will never come back in. This has been the constant in my life for the last two years and even though I know I am doing the right thing for my future it will still be hard to leave this.

So as I am bidding farewell to my Distance family and remembering all of the good times we have had I am also looking forward to the new adventures. I will never have another job like this one and that makes me sad and also excited for what is to come. So here is to the start of a new adventure!

What new adventures are you starting?

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Monday, July 30, 2012

30 before 30

I have heard about people making lists of things they want to do before they are a certain age and I always though it was so cool. I realized the other day that hey I'm actually old enough to do that now. Before, when I still lived at home under my mom's rules it made things difficult because I was poor and I was still in high school and didn't have all of the freedoms I do now. So I decided that since I'm 20 and I have 10 years to accomplish these things why not try it.

So I am making a challenge for myself, some things are important to me and some are things most people want. This is some of my bucket list for myself but that would take a lot more time and pages to put it all up here. I will be blogging about all of the challenges as I am doing them and they are happening so I hope you will follow along.

Here is my list
  1. Graduate college
  2. Get a Master's degree
  3. Go to Europe
  4. Scuba dive 5 times (5 separate trips)
  5. Buy a Mac
  6. Go on a girls trip
  7. Go to Vegas
  8. Blog every day for a month
  9. Work at a summer camp
  10. Buy a plane ticket to the first place available and go
  11. Volunteer every Saturday for 3 months somewhere
  12. Plan the wedding of my dreams
  13. Have a successful career (my own definition of successful) 
  14. Live in another state
  15. Have date night once a week for a year
  16. Go on a cruise
  17. Go backpacking
  18. Start/finish writing a book
  19. Go to New York City
  20. Visit the coasts
  21. Run a 5K
  22. Give something to a total stranger
  23. Go on a mission trip
  24. Donate to a charity
  25. Teach a Sunday School class/children's church
  26. Start a family
  27. Make a quilt 
  28. Try a new recipe every week for a year

If I have finished something I will strike through it and if I am currently working on something I will put it in italics.
What would be on your list?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Peaks, Pits, Praises, Prayers

Well this week has definitely been interesting to say the least. I am really glad that this week is over and tonight is the Olympics and I can just relax and watch the opening ceremony tonight. Tonight is my dinner with Kyleigh and I am really excited to sit down and talk to her. Its been a long time since we have actually sat down and talked about anything so this will be really good. I also have some interviews this afternoon and I am hoping those go really well. We are moving a week from today so it would be really nice to have something lined up by then.

This week I feel like I have gone a mile a minute and been super busy. A lot of things fell apart and its been very stressful. Jarr left yesterday to go to his grandparents 50th wedding anniversary in Colorado. He will be gone until Sunday evening so I have the whole weekend to get everything ready for the move and to spend some time by myself. I can honestly say I'm really looking forward to it, I love my boyfriend and spending time with him but I need some Morgan time. It's just been one of those weeks and it will be nice to have some alone time this weekend to unwind from everything.

I still have to paint my bedroom at the apartment but I will do that tomorrow as well as take the rest of my things besides my big furniture. It will be nice to work on my apartment, I am getting really excited about the move and having my own place. I can't wait to start decorating everything, I can wait to start unpacking though. I have SO MUCH STUFF. It is slightly ridiculous how much stuff I have accumulated in the last 2 years of life.

This is my life motto and something I will definitely be doing this next week to help from going crazy.

Here are the important things for the week

Peaks of the Week- For sure my peaks have been the interviews I have set up for today, I'm gonna be honest I was a little stressed out about finding a job. Having an amazing boyfriend who lets me complain and be whinney when things are going wrong and I need to vent, Jarr has seriously been amazing this week like always. Going to dinner with Ky tonight, I am so looking forward to seeing her and having dinner!

Pits of the Week- this mess with my social security number, to find out about it read my Coffee Table Pinspiration. I've also had quite a few family issues this week that don't need to be discussed on here but have been majorly stressful.

Praises of the Week- I'm praising God for allowing me to have these interviews this week and I know that he will provide the perfect job for me in his time. I'm praising God for all of the amazing friends and people I have in my life. They are seriously a God send and I don't know what I would do without them.

Prayers for the Week- I am praying for safe travels for Jarr and his whole family this weekend and they celebrate his grandparents anniversary. I am also saying a prayer for my cousin Madi who is competing for rodeo queen this weekend. Also, please send up a little prayer for me that my interviews go well this afternoon!

What are your Peaks, Pits, Praises, and Prayers this week? 


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Coffee Table Pinspiration

I'm going to start this off with a little rant, I normally don't do this but today I need it. I have been getting everything ready for my apartment and the move next week, so yesterday I called about the electricity. After I got over the shock of having to pay a $200 deposit on top of a $25 start up fee I got everything ready for today so I could get the electricity started tomorrow. This morning I faxed my photo ID and social security card with all of my account information to the office to get it verified so I could start up my account. About 20 minutes later I get a phone call telling me that someone has already used this social security number and now I have to go to a social security office and get it verified that I am who I say I am. Let me just tell you I almost yelled at the man on the phone. I am 20 years old and someone decided to steal  my identity when I was 4, I learned this last year when I started our electricity at my house with my roommates. I had to go through all of this last year and now I get to deal with it again.

I am so mad at America for this even being a possibility. Every single American citizen is given a social security card and it should be in a huge database with THEIR names next to it. If someone tries to use one of those social security numbers and the name doesn't match it should be flagged. I have a social security card with MY name on it. I have used it for COUNTLESS things during my 20 years of life and when I was in the hospital for 3 weeks we didn't have one problem with this.

So now I am having to jump through a bunch of hoops to verify I am Morgan McMullen and this is my social security number. I personally think this is ridiculous and just because some slim ball decided to steal MY number doesn't mean I should be punished. But back in the 90's people didn't check to make sure you had the correct social security number they just assumed it was yours. So I get to spend my afternoon going to the social security office and proving I am myself. This whole thing is so frustrating to me and makes me want to go find the person who did this and smack them around a little, I know that won't solve anything but it would make me feel better.

Well now I guess I can tell you what this post is really about. I finally found a coffee table that I am going to redo. I am really excited to get started on it and to hopefully finish it up before the move next week. So of course the first thing I did when I found my coffee table was search Pinterest to find exactly what I wanted to do. I have been searching for awhile to find exactly what I want to do and I think I might have it finally figured out. This isn't the exact coffee table but it will work and I didn't have to pay a dime for it!

Okay y'all I love this coffee table. I adore that color on the top of it and I like how it is two toned, I've been digging that lately. This post is really about the Nester's lovely striped curtains but it had the best picture of her beautiful coffee table. I am really digging the round coffee table and I like the funky piece of wood/antler/I'm not sure on top of it. I think this is super cute and I personally love everything in the Nester's house. She has some gorgeous stuff going on so go and check her out over at Nesting Place.

I love neutrals in the living room. I think it is really smart to go with neutral colors when it comes to your couch because it makes things so much easier to decorate around and if you change your mind about your color scheme then you don't have to buy a new couch. I love this coffee table because it can also be a comfy foot rest, I'm all about putting my feet up. I also love the trim on this piece around the bottom, I think it ads an extra ump to it. I found this beauty over at Kristie's blog The Decorologist, she has some awesome tips for decorating and how to stage your home if you are trying to sell it. Make sure and check her out for more great ideas!

The thing I like the most about this coffee table is that the top was left wood and wasn't painted. I also really like that the painted part is white so that makes it really versatile when it comes to what color scheme you are using in your living room. It makes things really easy to change out if you want something new. I love how it is really distressed and you can see the wood showing through the paint. I am a BIG fan of this coffee table and the fact that it's round also makes me love it more. To find out all about Kristine's lovely coffee table and the rest of her home makeovers go and check out the Painted Hive.

I love old trunks, I have a serious obsession with them and someday in my future big house I will have loads and loads of old trunks everywhere. I have an old trunk that came with my family from the mother country that my great grandma gave me. It has all of my special things in it that I want to remember. It is at my house with my momma but very accessible. I love the idea of putting a trunk in my living room as a coffee table but my trunk is black and I wasn't planning on using black in my living room. So even though I really love this idea I would have to find a trunk to use since there is no way I would paint mine. It is a family heir loom, so no painting. I just loved this idea though and had to share it with you lovelies. If you like this idea too you can find even more great ideas at Decor Pad.

I hope you don't mind the rant from above, I needed to get it off of my shoulders. Thank you for all of your support I really appreciate it ladies. Have a blessed day and let me know what your favorite coffee table is! 
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