Friday, December 12, 2014

weird things happen to me.

the strangest things happen to me...

so I don't know how to even know how to preface this story.

all I wanted was my house 
not like a precious feather duster clean...
like things I don't think about,

the oven/stove/behind the washer/etc.
I have lived here 2 years,
and I will be perfectly honest in saying I have not cleaned under the stove.
at all.
not once.


so of course I think it is a little strange to pay someone to do something,
that I obviously can,
but sometimes it is worth it!

so I find a lady.
she seems legit.

we text a few times,
she shows up,
calls her husband to tell him she made it last Friday.
(said they check in with each other when it is a new place, smart!)

well I got ready for work,
she went and got some supplies and came back,
and I was so excited to get home that afternoon to a spotless apartment!!

except I did not...

this is what my kitchen looked like,
as of 5:30pm

literally got home to all her supplies at the front door,
they money still sitting there (that I left to pay her),
stove open,
microwave open,
clothes in the middle of a washing cycle
(with the lid open).


she literally disappeared. 
no trace.
and no acknowledgment that she was 
1.done cleaning
2. was coming back.


I, of course, called her.
no answer.

so I locked up my apartment and headed to the gym.

called her a couple hours later.
no answer.

and now I am beginning to think something earth shattering happened.
death/house burning down/emergency with family/etc.

and then,
11 hours after I met her,
I get this text:

now, I will be the first to say that if my pet was hit by a car it would be a 

no text,
no call,
it was just super strange.

It is weird enough to let a stranger in your house.

but then when they straight up disappear of the face of the earth, it adds a new dimension.



so yeah, 
the cat lives.
my house got put back together,
it ends well!

Friday, December 5, 2014

christmas cheer.

I got in the Christmas spirit this week!
I think the anticipation for the holidays is often a lot more fun than the actual day,
which is okay.


We went to Santa's Wonderland in College Station Tuesday.
it was cool, but not freezing, which was really nice!

it is so cute there and they have done a really good job with it.
It is something you could have fun doing every other year or so.
and the hot chocolate was great lol 

J is so handsome :) 


last night I hosted our 
3rd Annual Wine Swap!

It is one of my favorite friend activities we do.
I think because:

1. it is so Christmasy
2. we swap wine, so that is winning.
3. I get to have people over 
(I love to entertain, my mother taught me right!)
4. we are all in the same room together & it is 
sometimes rare that we all can do that as often
5. also, good food lol 

so I went a little "pinteresty" on the food table:

I had the wine on the bar, we had all wines made in Texas!

I wrote what everything was on the table, and what wines pair best with them.

(of course, we all just drank/ate whatever haha, but it looked pretty)

I cheated on the sangria:
1 Bottle of Mesina Hof Sangria Wine
1 can of Sparkling Lime Water
Frozen Cranberries (for looks lol)
Cut Up Pears and Apples 
(left over from what wasn't for eating with the cheeses) 

why did I sorority girl pose so hard? lol

the "ellen selfie" happened and ended up making my chin look like Jay Leno,
don't mind that lol 


so we played a few games and then did the "wine swap"
basically like an ornament exchange, except you really like what you get haha

I feel really blessed because I don't know what it feels like to not have a 
honest, supportive, caring, ridiculous 
group of friends.

seriously, within the last couple of years we have seen so much together and went through it all together! the good and the not so good.

and here we all are,
somehow still standing,
and still loving each other. 

and I won't apologize for the cheesy post lol

Merry Christmas month!!

do something festive this weekend.

(even if it is just watching Elf on the couch, with a large pizza)

Monday, December 1, 2014

goodbye november.

let me just take a minute to be really cliche and say
November flew by reeeeeeally fast.


Happy December!

I had a busy last few weeks with work & fun:


-got to see this pretty girl in College Station


Preston got we decided to act younger lol 


PLT participated in a blanket drive & we got in the Christmas spirit


I tried out the new place 
Michael's Coffee & Wine Bar in Fall Creek,
it is adorable in there, pretty small though, so don't take your loud friends lol


I finally got to see my little sister,
every time I am off work, she is in school...
responsibilities lol 


I got some of my Christmas decor up.
yeah, I am going to add some more to my tree, it is a little bare.

this picture of Ginger, just because she is perfect!! 


Thanksgiving came and went!

we ran the Turkey Trot that morning & it was a nice way to start the day!

and before you think I am trying to be all "fit"... I think the run made me actually eat MORE haha

(oh heyyyy, I finally got see J... #retaillife)


work has been nuts!

which I happen to LOVE, except for the fact that it makes me a little nuts 

we had a record breaking day on Black Friday!

I couldn't have done it without my mom's help though.
I love that she doesn't mind helping, and she will run and get ice, steam, take out trash...
whatever is needed. I appreciate that, bc it takes all that to make it look pretty and effortless.
some people think they are "too good" for the dirty work,
but that work is really the only thing that keeps it all running.


and of course my girls :)

Small Business Saturday was also wonderful!
love this community and my sweet friends


Brittiny and Brittney had back to back birthday celebrations this past weekend

always a great time with these people.
I never try to take it for granted how lucky I am to have
such life long friends. 


and now it is December!!

cheers to all the crazy, all the shopping, 
but most of all remember the reason for the season 
and try to not let all that "other stuff" shadow that.

I am so guilty of getting "busy" and forgetting the true blessing of 
family, friends, and all the relationships we have.

be nice to all the grinches and people with road rage also!