Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The second half of March

I have been a bad blogger.  :)

I've just been so busy that I haven't even had time to blog.

This is partly caused by this little thing called March Madness.... I'm actually in 2nd place (with the potential to win) in my little tournament pool.  I'm super excited- even though I don't know a lot about any team other than the Razorbacks and all my preparation for my bracket consisted of was watching College Gameday for like 2 hours!  Anyway- I've been watching all the games and cheering as hard as I can for my picks, and I'm pretty sure it's helping. Ha!  Anyway, all the sitting in front of the tv watching basketball put me behind in all the other things that needed to be done, and so I was staying up way past my bedtime!

I was a committed fan.  I even watched the games while I had my oil changed and ate lunch.  :)

I posted this pic on my facebook to ask for advice- and I thought I'd try here as well.  I have kind of wavy hair naturally, but when I dry it with the hairdryer, it gets mostly straight.  Anyway, this was a day when I kind of let it do its own thing.  Any suggestions from the blog world?  I was mainly looking for styling tips or product suggestions.

I finally got some of the new Toms ballet flats- and even in the pattern I wanted!  I tried to order them online but they were sold out of my size in this pattern.  Then on a whim I went to a local store that sells mainly outdoor clothing items and they had some- although turns out I needed a different size than I originally thought.  I have had a lot of pairs of Toms in the past, so I thought for sure I knew what size. ha!  I'm glad I got them in the store instead of online so I didn't have to worry about the hassle of returning them to get the correct size!

I've been on a hunt to get a whole new wardrobe.  Unfortunately, that has not worked out...  I went to practically every store in Little Rock.  I only ended up with those shoes above,  a pair of capris from Old Navy, a shirt from Dress Barn, a bra and sunglasses from Target, a shirt from Limited, and a headband from Forever 21.    Hardly a whole new wardrobe.

This past weekend was crazy busy.  First off- this pollen is crazy.  I went on a walk/ short run through my neighborhood on Saturday morning and my lungs felt like they were on fire.  I haven't sneezed and blown my nose so many times in as long as I can remember when I wasn't sick.  I went to 2 baby showers on Saturday afternoon and evening- one for my sorority sister Elizabeth and baby Granger and another for my friend Ashley and baby Avery.  Sunday we celebrated my dad's birthday- which was actually a few weeks ago.  This is becoming a bad habit of late birthday celebrating...

I can't wait for the rest of these basketball games to see what happens!

Monday, March 19, 2012

No Gas?

Today I took some leftover food (crockpot chicken tacos) over to my mom's house so my brother, mom and grandmother could help me finish them off.  I'm just not really into eating the same dish for a million meals in a row, and I'm also not very good at cooking for just one.  So the leftovers must be shared!

Anyway- on the way home I was like, oh man I'm almost out of gas!  I'll stop at this Shell station right by my house on the way home.  So I get there, and all the pumps say out of order.  I was like ok, well that's weird.  And then I went to the next (and only one before I get to my house) gas station, Phillips 66.  So they have signs on all the pumps that say "No Gas."   What the heck?  I called my dad (who watches the news) and apparently a valve on the pipeline broke and there is a shortage in central Arkansas.  I finally found some gas at a Kroger a little ways down the road, but I had to wait for ever.  Remember how I was running low on gas... yeah.  I had to turn the car off because there were so many people there.  I waited forever in my strategic spot.  This lady had been there a little while ahead of me, and we were facing each other both waiting for a chance to get gas.  She was giving me the evil eye the whole time like "Don't you steal my gas!!"  I mean, do I look like a line jumper to you?  I was patiently waiting my turn with no intention of dashing in front of her, especially since my car was OFF.  And then she put on her blinker, I guess in case I was confused on why she was sitting there??  :) haha  Anyway I finally got some gas and they say we should get the supply replenished by tomorrow afternoon.  I think this is the first time I've gone to a gas station where they were completely out of gas, and I know it is the first time that I've had to go to three different stations to get gas!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A few randoms and a wedding

I have become addicted to pinterest.  It's my new favorite place to find recipes.  I found this one where you shape cinnamon rolls like hearts before you bake them.  Mine could have used a more distinct point at the bottom, but they still tasted great.

Thursday night before Cherry's wedding, there was a storm and the power went out.  I went out and wandered around Target (because- you know, they have a light in their bathroom and all that) and when I couldn't find anything else to look at, I drove through Chick-fil-A and got dinner.  A smart person would have stayed at the restaurant and eaten their dinner where they could actually see their food, but I didn't think about that until I was already at home.  So- I had a romantic candlelight/flashlight dinner by myself in the floor of my bedroom.  Ha!  And if you know me at all, you know that I like to eat with operating room style lighting- I like to see what I'm eating, so this was not super awesome for me.

Friday night we had the wedding rehearsal.  The actual wedding wasn't until Sunday but someone else was getting married on Saturday so we couldn't have the room then obviously.  I made Cherry a ridiculously tacky rehearsal bouquet.  She asked me if the white thing was a loofah.   Seriously- who puts a loofah in a bow bouquet?  It was made of all bows from her shower and bachelorette party presents, along with a plate and napkin from her shower.

Since her wedding colors were red and gold, we had a hard time coming up with something blue for her to wear.  I found this cute idea on pinterest, and one of the other bridesmaids did this for her on the day of the wedding when we were getting ready.

I saw lots of old friends!  And I didn't get to take a lot of pictures because I was busy running around doing miscellaneous things, so I can't wait to see the pictures that the photographer took!

She had a wardrobe change halfway through the reception (of course when I was finally trying to eat some cake) and I snapped this picture of us in the hotel room.

I caught the bouquet.  Funny story.  So all the girls were so hesitant to try to catch the bouquet.  We practically had to drag everyone up there.  And then I was telling people- I'm gonna fight for this bouquet so get ready!  haha!  So she throws it and it goes really high in the air.  I tried to jump and catch it and totally missed and it hit me right in the face!  I hope the photographer got a picture of that and doesn't think I would be offended because I think that is so funny and totally something that would happen to me.  AND- then the do the garter thing, and guess who catches it- my ex-boyfriend who was the best man.  I was the maid of honor and I told her that whenever I get married, I'm having all of her ex-boyfriends in my wedding party.  :)

This is me and my friend Louisa re-enacting the bouquet toss.  And I look like I have zombie eyes and she was totally trying to hit me in the face.  We had a crazy time- and all I had to drink was Coke and sparkling white grape juice (not together- that is gross).

Here's me with the newlyweds!
  And the messy cake table- not sure how we got it so dirty!

We had a fun time and everything went perfectly.  Well- except that my face was twitching the whole time from when I started walking down the aisle until the wedding was over.  I hope I don't look crazy in all the pictures!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Bachelorette Weekend

Back in February, we went to Fayetteville for Cherry's bachelorette weekend!  Five of us drove up there together and we met a bunch of others there.  We went to lunch at my fav (and sadly only found in Fayetteville), Flying Burrito!

Graham wasn't really happy about the situation, but everyone else was! :)

Me and the bachelorette!

Both Cherry and I also got invited to baby showers that same day, which worked out well since we were in NWA anyway.  Here's a picture of me, Toni, and Lucy at Toni's shower.  Toni was my roommate my senior year of college, and Lucy was our unofficial roommate who slept on the couch.  :)

After running around dropping off baby presents, we went to get manicures and pedicures.  Then we went back to get situated at our hotel.  We had 3 different kinds of petit fors and wine for when Cherry opened her gifts. 

The petit fors had a rough ride to Fayetteville, but they still tasted fine- just looked a little messed up.  BTW I am so learning how to make those things because they are freaking expensive.

She opened her gifts and got a lot of good stuff.  Then we went to eat at Taste of Thai.  That was my first time eating Thai food.  I had some kind of chicken with asparagus and it was pretty good.  Here is a pic of me and my other bff Lyndsey at dinner.

Me, Cherry, and Louisa after dinner.  P.S.  It was soooo cold!!!

We had a fun weekend- stayed up to late, ate too much, laughed alot, and played silly games.  And of course I had to go take another picture with my name on the senior walk at the UofA.  Pretty soon I will have a giant collection of those pictures!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pi Day Swap

I participated in a Pi day blog swap and today we are revealing what we got!

Basically we were paired up and had to send 3 paper items, 1 accessory, and 4 pastel items to our partner, with a price limit of $15.  Tammy was my partner.  I hope she likes her package- it is hard to shop for someone that you don't know in real life.  It was funny though because she sent me a note in mine (see the cupcake note card?) and I sent her those exact same notecards in her package! Great minds think alike!

Here's what I got:

It came in a cute little box and I'm trying to think of what I can use it for!  I got a magnetic list pad, some sticky notes, and cute Easter napkins, a ring pop, a cute little soap, some sprinkles (!!!), a cute little bunny Easter decoration, some M&Ms, and some tea.  I've never had white tea before, so I'm anxious to try it.

The blog swap was fun and I made a new blog friend!  Thanks Tammy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What is Kony 2012?

I've been seeing alot of stuff on Facebook today about Kony 2012.  I had no idea what it was until I saw a video on Kelly's blog.  If you are curious, go watch the video.  Crazy.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Wedding Shower

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a wedding shower for my friend Cherry at my house.  It was a fun time.  This is what I wore (for some reason it won't let me re-size this giant picture...): 

I love this dress.  It is from Dress Barn.  And did you notice I finally cleaned my mirror?  haha.  That is the main reason that I like hosting things at my house- it forces me to really clean my house!

I made some wedding cake cupcakes in a bunch of different patterns:

I also made these 7 layer dips (the idea came from pinterest):

Here is a picture of me and the bride-to-be:

I made this kitchen towel cake as a gift/decoration.  It was fun to make but definitely harder than I thought it would be!

And I had these little high heel cake servers to give out as favors.  I bought that serving tray with an "L" on it before she told me that she wasn't changing her last name from an F to an L, so she just has a tray with an L on it anyway.  Oh well.

There will be many more wedding related posts to come, I'm sure.  The wedding is this upcoming weekend, and we had a bachelorette party last weekend.  Here's hoping everything goes smoothly!