Monday, June 29, 2015

The Weekend

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.  I will be heading back to Houston tomorrow, which I'm excited for.  Although as I've already mentioned I will be missing my two fur babies lots.  So today I plan to soak up as much lovin from them as possible! :)

Ok! now on to the highlights from my weekend!

-Friday, went to lunch with my bestie and her hubby at a restaurant that is considered an El Paso tradition. It's called Chicos Tacos.  I used to hate it, but it's one of those places that grows on you.

-Took one last picture with my long hair and Ashley's sunglasses.  Um...I'm OBSESSED with these. I need them in my life.  They're Coach sunglasses but I will def be on the look out for a similar pair to take with me to Europe.  I adore them.


-After 8 months ( yes 8!)  I finally went and got a much needed cut and color. Ashley and I went together and had a little salon day! 


-Got 5 1/2 inches cut off!! (Had to take another picture with Ashley's sunglasses.  I'm telling you I love them. She's lucky I didn't steal them from her before I left! lol :)  Just kidding Ash! Kinda.


-Before heading to the salon Ashley and I stopped at this super cute little cafe called Becks.  We grabbed a smores flavored coffee.  It was absolutely delightful complete with a toasted marshmallow and graham cracker crumbles.  This was one of the set ups on one of their tables.  So cute.



-Went to lunch at a super yummy Mexican food restaurant.  I'm so glad to have gotten to spend a little more time with Ashley.  She's one of my favorites! :)



-Saturday night a family friend was competing in the Miss El Paso Teen Texas pageant so my mom and I went to cheer her on.  It was her first time competing in a pageant and she made it all the way to the TOP 5!!! We were all so proud of her, especially because she actually fell on stage during the evening gown part of the competition and still made the top 5.  She gave the best interview answer and ended up getting 4th place.  She did fantastic though and look gorgeous!

-Before the pageant we went to a fun little place for drinks, appetizers, and sushi.

- Sunday was spent relaxing and just enjoying being at home. My mom made crab cakes for dinner and we ate as a family.

-Finally enjoyed some good nights sleep this weekend.  It really cooled down in West Texas this weekend and so that means the house was the perfect temperature for sleeping! :)

- Got some good practice in with my Canon DSLR.  I'm taking the camera to our family reunion in Dallas next week so that will help.  But I'm finally getting the hang of the camera and working in Manuel mode!  Meaning you will be seeing some ROCKIN picture of Europe come August! :)

- Brady was an absolute delight and an absolute terror this weekend .  He is such a little boy and is into everything.  But as you can see from the picture below he's loving every minute of it.  He's getting so big!  I just know he's gonna look like a grownup when I see him in August.



Overall great weekend!  My hair feels SO MUCH better of the much needed cut.  Now it's all set and ready for Europe in 18 days! It seriously feels like just yesterday I was just telling y'all that I had decided to go.  And now it's almost here!! :)

Enjoy your Monday friends!

Linking up with these lovelies!



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Friday, June 26, 2015

Oh Hey/Confessional Friday!

Holy moly, how the heck is it already the last Friday of June?  I haven't done much this month and it feels like it is flying by.  I'm in a funky place where I wish time would speed up, because hello I'm going to Europe in 20 days.  But I also wish it would slow the heck down because the summer is flying by and I'm just not ready to go back to work yet.  Which I don't until August 17.  :)

Alrighty, so it's Friday and that means I'm sharing 5 things from the week.  This Friday though I'm changing things up just a tad because Leslie from A Blonde Ambition is finally back from her little hiatus!  And I am so glad because not only is she super stylish and sweet and her two girls are just the adorable, but she hosts a Friday Confessional link up that I have been missing!

SO I decided to mix up Oh Hey Friday and the Confessional Friday by telling you 5 confessions from my week. :)



Here we go:

[one] I confess that this week I've had 5 consecutive nights of terrible sleep.  See my parents live in West Texas.  So that means its hot as hell, but its dry heat.  SO....they don't have centralized air conditioning.  Instead we have what is called a swamp cooler.  Meaning that while it does blow cold air and keeps the house cool it doesn't keep it as cool as my AC does back in Houston.  Long story short it's HOT in my room.  Plus my room faces the direction that the sun rises so that means that it's hot starting at like 8 in the morning.  Not ideal for sleeping.

[two]  I confess that I'm dreading leaving my two fur babies for the month of July.  I'm leaving them here at my parents house since I'll be traveling so much.  And it is going to be so hard not seeing them everyday and cuddling with them at night.  Sadie is especially having a rough time.  She is not at all happy unless I'm in the house.  She won't come out of my room unless I'm home.  Brady on the other hand is having the time of his life and probably won't even notice I'm gone.

I took this a few weeks after I got Brady.  I think it's hilarious and look how tiny he is!  He def doesn't look like that anymore! Clearly they love each other.

[three] I confess that this week has been very uneventful.  I literally didn't leave the house at all on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Which explains my lack of Instagram activity this week.  And the lack of pictures in the this post!

[four] I confess this made me LOL for like 5 minutes......


And this one made me think..."YEP, STRONGEST MIND EVER"


[five] I confess I'm SUPER excited because my best friend Jordan will be coming to visit next week!  Her sweet fiancĂ© surprised her with the trip down to Texas.  I got to tell her the good news yesterday night via FaceTime (Isn't technology just fantastic!)  We thought we wouldn't be seeing each other until her wedding in October. So this is a real treat for both of us! :)


These were taken 2 years ago and I love them. Epcot is the BEST place to take pictures.

Yay! That was fun.  

So, this weekend my hair will be getting a much MUCH needed cut and color.  I cannot wait to have some of the weight taken off since it's been so dang hot.  I'm also going to a pageant to support a family friend's daughter.  It should be fun!  Can't wait to see all the pretty dresses! 

Hope y'all have a fabulous Friday and a terrific weekend! :) 



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Owning It [Vol. 2]

I had a completely different post planned for today.  But when I realized it was the last Thursday of the month (I'm sorry what?!) I knew I had to link up with Christina for her Own It Link up, just like I did in this post.


Enjoy!


I've been home for the last week and half and my bedroom still looks exactly like it did when I lived here full time.  Which was my senior year of high school.  I have so many little nicknacks/memories in this room it's erie.  I'm not sure why my mom hasn't gotten rid of everything in here yet.

Since Monday night I'm had this weird rash/rough patchy weirdness on my cheeks. It was red and itchy Monday night but has since just been rough.  No idea what it is.  I've washed my face and put massive amounts of lotion on it and it still won't go away.  (If I was really owning it, I would have taken a picture of it when it was all red and splotchy.  But I'm not that brave.)




I hate buying things online.  You would think I would love it because I'm super lazy and hate leaving the house.  But I just can't bring myself to buy online.  Especially clothes. I have to be able to try them on and I'm nervous that my CC will get stolen or something.  I like to browse online but very rarely will I actually buy online.


The only thing I'm nervous about when it comes to Europe, is that the clothes I bring won't be cute enough.  I know I know...that sounds totally weird and that I'm gonna be doing a ton of walking so  comfort should be my main concern.   Nut seriously I want to look super cute while strolling the streets of all these European cities and I'm afraid that all the outfits I have planned to bring are just not going to do it for me.  I also want my pictures to look amazing and I'm nervous that they're going to be awful.

Blogging confession:  I sometimes get upset when I don't have comments on my posts.  I don't blog for the comments, I blog because it's something I genuinely enjoy doing (otherwise I wouldn't have been doing it since late 2010).  But I dunno there is just something about getting comments that makes blogging so much more fun...doesn't it?  It means that people are reading your stuff and enjoying what they read and feel compelled to let you know that.  Now it's not like I'm crying or anything when a post doesn't get a comment, but it is always at the back of  my mind.


I can't have bare fingernails or toenails anymore. I've had my nails polished for so long now that I can't stand the look of my fingers/toes without it. Plus I find it very therapeutic to sit and give myself a mani/pedi...even though I would prefer to pay someone else to do.  But I'm not a Rockefeller so I do it myself.

When I'm home I never call up people from high school to hang out.  Yeah I'm friends with my high school friends on Facebook but I really have no desire to hangout with anyone from then. (Except for my best friend in the entire world Ashley.)  Which is weird because I had a great high school experience.  But yeah...no desire at all.

My friend Jordan and I have each other in our phones as Bellatrix Lestrange and Hermione Granger.  Respectively.  Sometimes I forget that and will look for the name Jordan and then remember I should be looking for Bellatrix.  #harrypotternerd

If I really like a book I can read the whole thing in one day.  I actually did that yesterday.

I could watch episodes of Friends (in the picture above I'm stepping into the Animal Kingdom map a a la Joey Tribiani) , Sex and the City, The Office, and Law&Order SVU over and over and over again.  In fact, as I type this I'm watching both Sex and the City AND Law&Order.  I have a problem.

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Alrighty, that's about it for today friends!  Now to get my day started since I've literally not left my house since Monday.

Can't wait to read some of the other Owning it posts! :)

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

EuroTrip 2015: The Hotels

One of my favorite parts of traveling is getting to stay in a hotel.  Besides officially being at your destination it's the only thing that signifies that you're  in a new city.  I've had the opportunity to stay in all kinds of hotel rooms.  Big ones like at Disney World and small ones like in New Orleans.  I just love exploring the room and finding all the little things that make each one unique.  And there is nothing like coming back to your hotel room after long day of exploring and being on your feet all day.

Because of my love for hotels, one of the things I was most excited to find out and research was which hotels we would be staying on our trip with Go Ahead Tours.  We received all our hotel information on June 17th, which was the official one month mark until the trip.  I wasted no time at all logging onto the website and Googling the hotels.

Y'all, I am SO EXCITED to see these babies in person.  I know that the rooms won't be super large like they are here in the States.  At least that's what I've been reading on the various travel blogs I've been scouring since we decided to go on the trip.  But it doesn't hurt to come home to a nice, clean, and comfy hotel after we've been touring all day.  Which is hopefully what we will be experiencing during our trip.

So here are the hotels we'll be staying at during our 14 day adventure.  All the hotels will come with breakfast in the morning and WiFi (which is good for staying in touch with friends and family back home).  I'll obviously be able to give a more detailed review of each place once we come back but like I said, they look pretty promising from the pictures and reviews I've seen/read!

Quick disclaimer: None of the pictures are mine, I found them all either via Google or on the hotel's website.

London- H10 Waterloo Hotel
This hotel looks to be very modern.  It has a few rooftop terraces that are available to all guest and give you AH-MAZING views of the city.  Apparently you can even see the London Eye and Houses of Parliament/Big Ben from the hotel.








Paris - Pullman Montparnasse
Another very modern looking hotel both inside and out.  There are 3 of us traveling together and we will actually have 2 separate rooms in Paris and in Amsterdam.  Lets just hope one of those separate rooms is mine! :)  From what the website says we could potentially have a view of the Eiffel Tower.  Um ok!








Amsterdam- Eden Rembrandt Square
I couldn't find a full length picture of this hotel, so I'll make it a point to try and get one when I'm there.  But it's located on a very narrow looking street.  And looks like it could have been apartments or something back in the day.  This is a very modern looking hotel on the inside and very old on the outside.




Mannheim - Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim
We'll be spending the day in Heidelberg but will be traveling to Mannheim, Germany to spend the night.  Which is A-Ok with me since that means we'll get to see more of Germany.  This hotel sort of looks like a prison on the outside I think, but once you get inside it's another very modern looking hotel.  So far all the hotels have a very modern feel to them.    I'm gonna make it a point to take pictures of things around the hotel because this is another one that you can't really tell what's around it.




Lucerne - Hotel Flora
Now this is a hotel that I'm excited for because of what you can see around it.  According to the website and pictures, the hotel is located close to the water and has breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. Once again the hotel isn't much to write home about on the outside but the inside looks modern and new on the inside.




Lenno (CO) Italy - Albergo Lenna
Italy!  Please note that from here on out the modern feel is thrown completely out the window.  The hotels we'll be staying at in Italy are very traditional and well for lake of a better word freaking GORGEOUS!! We're only at the hotel on Lake Como for one night but just look at this.  And the inside is just as pretty as the outside too. Let's just hope we have a balcony so we can enjoy the views of either the lake or the Swiss Alps.





Venice - Hotel Quattro Fontane
THIS HOTEL!!!  Oh my gosh.  I am totally IN LOVE with this hotel.  I mean look at it.  It looks more like an Italian cottage then it does a hotel.  And the inside is full of gorgeous antiques. I know this is going to be super tiny on the inside but I don't even care.  Talk about picturesque.


Rome - Hotel Ponte Sisto
Last but certainly not least....Rome.  Once again I couldn't find a full length picture of this hotel.  But I did find some roof top terrace pictures of it.  See that dome in the background, yeah that's the Sistine Chapel.  It's totally visible from the roof. According to the website this hotel is just a few blocks from The Vatican and just around the corner from the one of the oldest bridges in Rome, the Ponte Sisto bridge.

Lets just hope I can take pictures as good as these of the hotel! :)




Like I've already mentioned all the hotels come with Free WiFi and breakfast in the morning.  The early hotels are gonna be super modern and the later hotels seem to be a little more "European" I guess is the word.

Having our hotel information definitely makes the trip seem more real.  I mean I know it's real because I've paid for it but actually seeing where I'm going to be laying my head down at night makes it like really real!

So now I have a question for those of you that have travelled abroad.  What are some tips you have for staying in hotels in Europe?  Is there anything I should be sure to bring or anything I can leave at home?

Help a girl out! :)

Here are my other posts on EuroTrip 2015:
EuroTrip 2015
Pin-spiration: EuroTrip 2015
Eurotrip 2015: Places I'm Dying to See
Eurotrip 2015: What to Pack

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Your Next Favorite Book: The Girl on the Train

Happy Tuesday friends!

Sorry for my absence yesterday.  My weekend involved lots of driving with no internet access and then yesterday was spent at an outpatient surgery center while my mom had a minor surgery done.  So I didn't have an opportunity to sit down and write out a post. 

So today I'm sharing another book review. I've been powering through books lately and I'm excited to share them with all of you!




Goodreads Synopsis: 

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


My thoughts:

This book has been around for quite a while.  Before I read it I had seen it on other blogs and my friends To-Read or Read list on Goodreads.  I read they synopsis when I was in Barnes and Noble a few months ago and knew it was something I wanted to read. But I waited until the first week of summer to actually read it.  And I finished it up via Audiobook on my drive home two weeks ago.  

I had high expectations for the book and I'm pleased to say all the expectations were met.  For me at least.    I thought it was a great read.  I loved the way it transitioned between different perspectives to tell the story of "The Girl on the Train." When I switched over to audiobook they had a different girl reading each perspective and it helped me follow along with the storyline much easier then if I were reading it myself.   I will say that I predicted who the "bad guy" was about half way through the book.  So it wasn't much of a surprise when the person was reveled.  But the book held my attention  while I was both reading and listening.  A few times I got a tad annoyed with some of the characters themselves.  They could be incredibly selfish and self involved.  But I also think this is what held my attention and made the book enjoyable.  The characters weren't all lovable.  Which I found refreshing.  

SO...if you're looking for a book that will be entertaining, keep you guessing (unless you figure it out like me), and introduce you to some likable AND unlikeable characters this is the book for you!  It's a great summer read!  

Oh it will also make you want to ride a train.

Happy Reading!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!

How is it already the end of the second week of summer!?  This summer is already flying by!

This week was so great y'all.  I loved every single minute of this week and have zero complaints about the way it went.

So lets jump right into my top 5 favorite things.  It was so hard to narrow it down to 5 but I did my best!  Enjoy!

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[one]  By far the best part of the week was getting to FINALLY meet my best friend Ashley's sweet baby girl Lacey.  Y'all I am seriously OBSESSED with her.  She is just the sweetest little baby ever.  Ashley bought the most precious onesie for her to wear for our first meeting.  It said "My Aunt Is My BFF"  I just melted when I saw it.  

If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen these pictures.  If not you should totally follow me.  It was overloaded with pictures of my sweet niece and I'm not ashamed of it one little bit.  





Ashley and I have a tradition were we go to Barnes and Noble every time I'm in town.  So obviously Lacey's first time in B&N was with the two of us.  We had a little photo shoot, courtesy of yours truly (which I will be sharing next week!)  and bought Lacey some new toys and books.  Here's the evidence that she loved it just as much as her Mom and me.


One of my favorite moments from the week happened when I was helping Ashley put Lacey to bed.  She breastfeeds during the day and her last feeding before bed is from a bottle.  Kyle (Ashley's hubby) was nice and let me give Lacey her last bottle before bed.  That's when Ashley told me that she's been reading the first Harry Potter to Lacey during this feeding.  So I fed Lacey, which Ashley read aloud from Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.  It was such a special moment because Harry Potter has been a HUGE part of our friendship and just the fact that we were getting to pass along the magic of Harry Potter to Lacey, is just so special.  And even made me tear up a little.  #harrypotternerd #always  Kyle wasted no time teasing us about the whole thing.  But we know we're lame and love every minute of it! 
 



[two] Wednesday marked the official 1 month mark until Europe!  And since we are only 1 month out, we were given all of the hotels we'll be staying in throughout our trip.  All of them seem amazing! Especially the hotels in London, Paris, and Amsterdam.  I'll be sharing pictures of the hotels next week as well! So stay tuned!

[three]  I bought my luggage for Europe.  Thank you Marshalls.  The brand is Samsonite, which I've heard is a great brand.  It is rose gold in color, hard shelled, and the perfect size.  I'm very happy with it.  




[four] Ashley and I had a fantastic time together.  Having Lacey with us just made it all the more fun. Ashely introduced me to Toasted Marshmallow Milk Shakes.  YUM!!  All you need is a blender, these giant marshmallow, vanilla ice cream and greek yogurt.  She toasted the marshmallows in the oven for about 5 minutes then tossed everything in the blender and out came the tastiest milk shake I've had in a long time.



[five]  Got myself a fancy at home manicure courtesy of Ashley (and myself) while Lacey was napping one afternoon.  The color is Essie's Playdate.  The top coat is something I will be investing in ASAP.  It's Essie's new Gel Top coat.  It leaves your mani strong and extra shiny.  I filed and clipped my cuticles then Ashley painted them for me.  It was probably the best at home manicure I've ever had! :)  

Overall it was one of the best weeks I've had all year.  I loved getting to spend so much time with Lacey and Ashley.  It was so much fun having a week long sleepover with them.  It was so fun watching my best friend be a mommy.  She is doing a phenomenal job and I'm so glad I have her as an example for when I become a mommy.  
Hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend.  I'm heading to my parent's hometown this weekend for a memorial service of some very close family friends.  So while it's gonna be a sad weekend, I'll also be seeing some of my cousins so it'll be a good one too! :)
Till Monday! 
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Would You Rather: Travel Edition

I blame my parents for giving me the travel bug.  No seriously, it's completely their fault that I am obsessed with seeing and learning about new places.   See when we were young, we traveled all the time during the summer.  It was one of the perks of having both parents as teachers.  They had summers off so that meant we were always going somewhere.


As a family we traveled to Mexico (Cancun and Puerto Penasco), we drove to Florida to visit Disney World and in the meantime stopped in New Orleans (where I quickly learned that New Orleans is NOT a place for children) and Georgia, we took a trip to California, and fairly often we took what my family likes to call our "Texas trip" where we drove across Texas and stopped in all the major cities.  And finally the biggest trip of my life was with my mom to London.  Which you can read about in detail here.

See....totally my parents fault I'm not satisfied to just sit at home during the summer.

As an adult I've traveled even more, mostly in the US but as y'all know that is about to change in exactly 31 days I will be able to add a few international cities! Woo hoo!  One more month y'all! ONE MORE MONTH!


So to celebrate the official one month mark I decided to jump in on a little game of Would You Rather.  I've seen it floating around a few of my favorite travel bloggers (which I totally wish I could be by the way) and decided to partake.

Enjoy!

WOULD YOU RATHER............

one// Travel the world for free (hotels and airfare) OR have $400,000 deposited into your bank account now?  
Oh my gosh, this is a tough one.  I'm gonna go with, travel the world for free.  That $400,000 would run out pretty quickly I think.  So I would still be able to work and pay all my bills and boring stuff by working but then travel ANYWHERE I want FO FREE during all breaks.  Done.

two// Be able to talk to all animals OR speak all foreign languages? 
As much as I would love to be able to talk to my beloved fur babies, I'm gonna have to go with speak all foreign languages.  I would definitely get a job with the Department of State. (Which is a job I've considered applying for lately).

three// Be attacked by a shark OR die by a tornado? 
I'm guessing since there's no "die by" in front of the attached by a shark option that means I survived the attack. And since I'm in no hurry to die, I'm gonna go with shark attack.



four// Never take the train OR take an airplane again?
I've only been on a train once (and I totally passed out and don't remember the ride at all) so that's what I choose for now.  Maybe I'll re-visit this post and change my answer after I actually experience train travel this summer.  I love flying.

five// Visit Oktoberfest in Munich OR Carnival in Rio de Janeiro?  
Oktoberfest for sure!  Mostly because I want to wear a dirndl.

six// Take control of the airplane for 5 minutes (it's on autopilot, but still...) OR take control of beverage service for the entire trip?
No desire at all to run a beverage service for an entire flight.  People are picky.  I'll fly the plane.

seven// Wake up without your wallet OR wakeup without your passport and phone?
Wallet.  Everything in the wallet can be replaced easily and the credit cards can be cancelled easily. What cannot be replaced easily while I'm overseas would be my passport.  Then I'd be stuck.  (But let's be honest, if I got stuck in London, I wouldn't hate it.)


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eight// Be left behind in the bush on an African safari OR be left behind in the water on a scuba trip?
African safari.  I've been watching Naked and Afraid a lot.  So I'm fairly confident I could survive until someone found me. (Read....I would cry a thousand tears and then hopefully, maybe suck it up and try to remember what I saw on the TV show.)  Open water on the other hand.....HELL NO!

nine// Lose your luggage and land one time OR land 12 hours late with your luggage intact?
My luggage was lost once and it was AWFUL.  I hated every minute of it.  So even though I would be VERY irritated to be 12 hours late on a flight, at least I arrived with everything I needed immediately.  I think I could handle that.  Plus, I'm one of those weird people who loves airports.  So it wouldn't bother me too much.

ten// Visit every country in Europe OR every state in the USA?
Every country in Europe.  Don't get me wrong I love and adore the good ol US of A.  But there is something about a continent who's countries have been around for thousands of years that just......pulls at me.  I want to see it all.  And then when I'm done I'll visit every state.  Because we maybe one of the greatest countries in the world but we're also one of the youngest! :)


eleven// Move every 6 months (including internationally) OR live in the same place your entire life?
I lived in the same place until I was 18 years old.  Now I've lived in 3 different cities and 1 state. And lemme tell you moving SUCKS.  But if I could move to an international city for 6 months and then to another international city for another 6 months.  I think that would be very....tempting.

twelve// Be able to teleport to places you've already been OR only be able to teleport to places you've never been?
Teleport to place I've never been.  That would help me see more of this great big world!

thirteen// Go into the past and change something that's already happened OR go into the future and see what your life ends up being like?
Hands down, go into the future and see what my life ends up like.  If only to be reassured that I don't end up a crazy cat lady, living alone in a house by myself.  I really really hope that doesn't happen.

That was fun!  Feel free to steal these questions (I stole or rather borrowed them) or create your own.
And I'm dying to know:

Do you have the travel bug? Where do you want to go?

Happy Tuesday! :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Weekend

Hello Monday!  It is fantastic to see you again.  I'm especially excited about this Monday because today is the day I FINALLY get to meet my best friends sweet little baby Lacey!  I'm heading to her house for the entire week and I cannot wait to cuddle and squeeze my new little niece.  

Well it is Monday so it's time to share some of my weekend highlights.  It was a pretty great weekend, considering I am now at home with my parents for the next two weeks.  (Save for this week anyway!)

So my weekend highlights included:

- Finishing up the Girl on the Train via audiobook on my 10 hour drive across Texas.  Expect a review later this week!

- Started What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, also via Audiobook. So far I'm a fan.  The book is about a woman who passes out at the gym, hits her head, and when she comes to she's forgotten the last 10 years of her life.  I cannot even imagine that happening.  Especially since if that happened to me, I would think I was 17! Yikes.

- Saw and posted a picture of Prince George's first appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.  The royal family appeared on the balcony after attending the Queen's Trooping of the Colour.  This event is done every year to celebrate the Queen's official birthday, she turned 89 this year.  I actually got to see this event in 2004 when I was in London.  It was by far the coolest thing I have ever seen.  Such an amazing display of pageantry and tradition! I loved it.

- Went to the movies with my brother.  We saw Entourage.  I LOVED IT.  It echoed the series in a great way.  Ari Gold will forever be one of my all time favorite TV characters.

- Enjoyed a relaxing Saturday afternoon with a Sonic drink and Friends.  I don't care how old I am or how old the show gets, Friends will always be funny to me.



-Celebrated Father's Day early with dinner at a delicious steak house here in El Paso with the family.  Including my brother's new girlfriend.  This is the first girl he's ever introduced the family too.  She's a lawyer and is very nice and sweet.  I approve.  

- Decided to re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  Why?  Because it's here and all I have right now are Audiobooks and I don't want to listen to them if I'm not in the car.  I dunno just weird.  Also because um hello....it's Harry Potter, that in an of itself is reason enough.

- Spent a lazy Sunday at home with my parents.  It was delightful.  Mom cooked an amazing dinner.  I swear that is one of the best parts of being home.  Mom's cooking! :)

- Watched the new Lifetime show, UnReal.  If you haven't heard of it, it's a new series about about a reality show like the Bachelor, but shows all the manipulations that goes on behind the cameras.  Apparently its written by an ex producer of the Bachelor itself.  I'm pretty hooked already.

- Finished out the weekend by watching the season finale of Game of Thrones.  
(Skip this next part if you haven't seen the finale.....SPOILERS!!)


1. I cannot believe the season is already over and we have to wait a whole year (maybe more since George R.R. Martin hasn't even finished the next book) until the next season.  2. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I did not see that ending coming and when it happened, I started hyperventilating (just a tad) and sobbing ( a lot).  It was awful.  I didn't get to watch it on HBO because my parents don't have the channel, so I watched it on HBO Go.  Nor did I get to watch it right when it started so I made sure to stay away from Facebook to avoid spoilers.  After I watched I immediately jumped on the app on my phone and was glad I had stayed away.  Here were a few of the memes I saw posted on Instrgram and Facebook that I thought were appropriate:



Sounds about right.

Well that wraps up my weekend.  Started great and ended in tears.  

Have great week, lovelies! I know I will! :)

Linking up with Biana!