Wednesday, July 30, 2014

24 Things You Don't Know About Me

Is anyone else having problems coming up with things to blog about this summer?  I know it's been said before but I feel like I sit down to plan out my posts for the week and my brain is like
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I saw these questions on Julie's blog yesterday and thought they made for a cute post.  

Here are 24 Things You Don't Know About Me.

1. I’m happiest when...
I have a house full of people I love sitting down to a meal that I cooked.

2. I’ve always wanted to...
skydive, take a cooking class, go to Greece, get married, have babies

3. My family and I...
are the 1st to push each other's buttons but the 1st to be there when you need it

4. I was a terrible...
Athlete.  I played volleyball in 7th grade and my teammates conventiently kept the ball on the opposite side of the court and away from me.

5. My first job was...
Teaching dance

6. I could probably eat...
Guacamole and queso everyday




















7. I stole...
A bottle of water from The Alamo giftshop in 7th grade on a church trip.  I totally didn't mean to but I got sidetracked (probably by the cute boys in youth group) and walked out without paying.  Whoops!

8. I was born on the same day as...
Channing Tatum and Carol Burnett


































9. My all-time favorite film is...
Dazed and Confused & Breakfast at Tiffany's 

























10. I do a pretty mean...
Hitchkick double clap layout (only my OCU family will know what this is)!

11. I’m still mad...
That I didn't meet Joshua Jackson before he fell in love with his current lady friend. He would have totally fallen in love with me and we could have re-lived Pacey Witter moments for the rest of our lives!



















12. I met most of my current friends...
In college at OCU and in my sorority.

13. I always knew I wanted to...
Get paid to travel and perform. Thank God for dreams that come true!

14. I’m not afraid to...
Start again.  I love fresh starts whether it be a relationship, new town, new job, etc.

15. I make the best...
Guacamole and queso.

16. I have almost no...
Willpower when it comes to good food.

17. I always cry when...
I am frustrated.

18. I’m a...
True Texas girl.

19. I spent 4 months...
On a tour bus living with my crazy castmates.  Actually it was more like 9 months!

20. I wish my folks...
Lived closer.

21. At 5, I was deeply in love with...
Dance and a boy named Jeric.

22. I believe if everyone had a ____ the world would be a better place...
Personal masseuse

23. I can’t stand...
Smacking, being interrupted, know-it-alls and the song Chicken Fried

24. Whenever _______ is on, I’ll watch it...
Sex and the City, Pitch Perfect, Saved By the Bell and One Tree Hill




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mackinac Island Recap

Sorry for being MIA yesterday but this girl was tired y'all!  We didn't get back in town until after 6:00 and by the time I went to the grocery, did laundry and made a couple of lunches for the week, I was whopped!

Last weekend 6 of us headed up to Mackinac Island for a weekend getaway.  I had no idea what to expect but I loved every bit of this vacation.  I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.
























View of Mackinac Bridge from the ferry. Apparently the Mackinac Bridge is the only link between the Upper Penisula and the southern half of Michigan (the mitten part) within the state.  We drove across on the last day of the trip and the view was amazing.

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After getting off the ferry we walked down Main Street towards our hotel.  Mackinac Island doesn't allow any motor vehicles on the island so everyone gets around by horse or bicycle.  How cool is that?  The only downside is the smell of horse poo is a little overwhelming but you do get used to it after a few hours.

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We stayed at the Chippewa Hotel right on Main Street. It was super cute and very old school.  I didn't get any pics of the hotel itself but got a cute one of the back patio.


















My favorite part of the hotel was the bar/restaurant called The Pink Pony.  Everything is PINK!  The ceiling, the walls, the barstools, EVERYTHING!
















































My favorite part of this bar was their hyper color cups!  When they served your drink the cup was bright pink and as you drank it, the cup turned white.  Ummm how cool is that?
























We rented bikes Friday and biked the 8 mile perimeter around the island.  I hadn't been on a non-spin bike in years but now I want one REALLY bad! I had a blast biking and seeing all of the sites!





































We climbed the 207 stairs up to Arch Rock and the view was absolutely breathtaking!
How nice would it be to be in that boat right now?











































Katie decided to join me for the ride!


























Such a fun day.  We ended the day having a great dinner and doing some drinking and dancing.

I woke up Saturday and had one of the best breakfasts I have ever had at Seabiscuit Cafe.  They had pickle infused vodka on their bar so of course I had to have a Bloody Mary!  I'm happy to say it was amazing but the food was the highlight!  I ordered a puff pastry that had cheese in the middle, a fried egg on top, scallions and a maple bacon chop!  Y'all it was one of the best meals I've had in a long time!
























We rented bikes again on Saturday and biked through the middle of the island but for some reason no one got any good pictures of that day.  Going through the trails was a lot different than staying on the perimeter but we got to see some really cool views that you don't see off of the main road.

Sunday we made sure to stock up on fudge and peanut brittle before getting back on the ferry to head towards the mainland.  Mackinac Island is known for their fudge and at most places there was a line out the door to load up.  The good news is there are places that sell fudge (and other goodies) every few yards.  I made it home with Red Velvet fudge and Chocolate Carmel Sea Salt fudge.

It goes without saying that this was a much needed and appreciated getaway.  Now back to reality!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I've Always Wanted to Be in Cosmo

I'll be honest, I was struggling for a blog topic today.  Thank God for Kristen and her post yesterday or I might have been MIA from the blogosphere!  The lovely Erin created this lovely quiz and I had so much fun filling it out.

No clue why it's so small….but I've uploaded it 4 different times and I give up.







Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekending: Beachin, Relaxin, Cookin!

Here we are at another Monday.  These weekends just feel shorter and shorter.  Let's get down to business shall we?

As always, linking up with Meghan and Biana!

Friday night a few of us headed down to South Haven to have dinner and drinks on the beach.  We started at a place called The Idler.



















The Idler is a riverboat turned bar and grill.  We didn't try their food but they make an excellent Moscow Mule.
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After a couple of drinks we headed over to Captain Lou's which is famous around these parts.  We sat out on the deck and got to watch all of the fancy boats drive by.
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After dinner we headed to the back deck at Captain Lou's to listen to a band.  Such a fun night.

Hanging out with my Twin!  Not sure why it turned out so fuzzy.




























Saturday I got up early to take a barre class and run a few errands.  That afternoon Michigan took me on a movie date to see Maleficent.
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We both agreed that it was one of the worst movies we'd seen in awhile. Not at all what I was expecting and so disappointing.  

Sunday I hung out in the kitchen most of the day and am proud to say found 2 more FABULOUS recipes. 

Steak Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce
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Brussel Sprout and Bacon Salad
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Michigan and I both agreed that these were both home runs!

I've got a super busy week ahead between work, teaching 2 barre classes, 1 dance class, and packing for the weekend.  We're headed to Mackinac Island this weekend for a little getaway!

How was yall's weekend?


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