What’s Up Wednesday: January Edition

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Alright y’all, it’s that time again…What’s Up Wednesday is back!  I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve done one of these!  So, as a quick reminder, this is a linked blog with Mix & Match Mama.

Here is the list of questions I’ll be answering: wuw-questions

What I’m eating this week…

I’m having a weird week food wise.  I might have previously alluded to some mystery symptoms, which I still have & are still a mystery…  But, one of the symptoms is that I have little to no appetite & food tastes off.  I’m going through a particularly strong phase of this at the moment, so I aimlessly graze throughout the day trying to find something that satisfies.  You’d think it would be a great diet…

However, last Sunday I did make these awesome Spicy Butternut Squash Empanadas.  They were pretty fantastic if I do say so myself.

What I’m reminiscing about…

So, a little further down I wrote about our new office move.  Without spoiling that, I am reminiscing about my 20 minute drive (yes, in traffic).  Oddly enough, the new location is pretty much equal distance from my house as the last office was, but the time has tripled.  Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes I like getting stuck in traffic – there are days when being in the car is the only alone time I get.  But, my new drive is either slow (think 2 lane country road) or incredibly expensive on the toll road (about $7 one-way!).  I’m looking into alternate routes, & I think I found one this morning. shorter-drive

What I’m loving…

I’m really loving the #31mornings Challenge from Camille Styles.  You basically receive an email each morning with a recipe for a nutritious breakfast, an inspirational quote, a yoga pose, & fun little surprise suggestion.  This has been a great way to start out the new year, focusing on the positive & moving forward (mind & body).

What I’ve been up to…

Y’all, I have been playing BINGO every Tuesday, for the last 2 months, at the Whole Foods bar.  birthday-bingo

It has been so fun!  I go with my friend Brigitte (Bri-gee-tah) every week; sometimes other friends join us, but we have also met a lot of new people.

I’ve only won once, but I always have fun!

What I’m Dreading…

Going to the dentist.  dentist

I have a deep rooted dislike of the dentist – ALL dentists.  Why would anyone want to stick their hand in someone’s mouth all day???

Anyway, I recently had a permanent crown put on, & it was an. ordeal.  The temporary crown refused to come off quietly & without out numbing.  Unfortunately, my permanent crown needs to be adjusted because two weeks later I’m still having some sensitivity.  😦

What I’m working on…

Our office just moved, so I’ve been setting up my new office.  I’ve gone from a nice, roomy office with windows, to a cube.  Trying to get used to all the noise is a big adjustment, but I am settling in well.  50696041572__906ef80f-9041-4035-8319-5d696f42357a

What I’m excited about…

I’m so excited that Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I still watch) & Scandal come back tomorrow!

What I’m watching/reading…

This past month I’ve watched the final episodes of Girl Meets World.  Sad face.gmw

Yes, I am a 33yo woman, but I babysit all the time.  This was one of the few, quality shows that I didn’t mind watching with the kiddos.  I liked this one better than the original Boy Meets World, & I am so sad that it got cancelled.  If you only watch one episode, watch the one on bullying – so good!

I’ve taken a reading break lately…been listening to a LOT of podcasts.  Do y’all have any recommendations?

What I’m listening to…

I am OBSESSED with the Popcast’s Bachelor recaps!  I listen through Patreon & they are hilarious!  I will warn you, you’ll need to become a “Friend of the Show” to get these recaps.  popcast

What I’m wearing…

As usual, I’m wearing my striped sweater, but I basically live in these booties from Zulily.

I loved them so much, that next time they came around I bought them in black.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Y’all, this weekend I will be taking down my Christmas decorations.  I decided a while ago that I was going to leave my festive decor up until the Chinese New Year, which is this Saturday!  So down it comes.  Don’t tell anyone, but even I (a MAJOR Christmas lover) am a bit tired of my tree.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

I have to confess, I don’t love February.  Nine years ago, February 16, 2008 my father unexpectedly passed away.  In that moment I became a “real” adult.

On a side note, I’m getting my hair done on the 3rd, so I do look forward to getting rid of my grey roots! hair

What else is new…

I plan to give up all places with a drive-thru for Lent.  I should save a lot of money & lose some weight!

Bonus Question: Who’s your favorite Bachelor & Bachelorette of all time?

This is so easy for me!  Andrew Firestone is hands down the GOAT Bachelor!  Plus, I think he is so good looking…and his family owns a vineyard, duh.

My favorite Bachelorette is Jillian, but I also really liked Kaitlyn’s season.  Jilly had great fashion, & she really has branded herself perfectly since being on the franchise.  Respect.

Don’t forget to comment with anything, but especially book recommendations.  I’ll read anything.  Until next time…

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: November Edition

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It’s that time again…What’s Up Wednesday Link Up!  I just got to Mama J’s house in Georgetown for all the Thanksgiving festivities.

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What I’m eating this week…

I don’t know about y’all, but Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday.  I really only like this food at this time of year, but for me it is ALL about the sides.  Green bean casserole is my go to, but I save a little room for dressing, & other sides. gbc

What I’m reminiscing about…

My dad passed away in 2008, this time of year always makes me miss him more than the usual.

What I’m loving… 

I am LOVING the Kacey Musgraves Christmas album. km

What I’ve been up to…

I took this week off from work as I knew I’d be doing a lot of traveling over the holidays.  It was nice to get a few days to myself (I need this to survive).  I’ve also been dog sitting for the Party Bus Crew.  Last night, I accidentally sneezed on a 14 yo arthritic dog – she got up & moved to the other side of the couch…gave me the cold shoulder.

What I’m dreading…

I always dread the cleaning up after Thanksgiving.

What I’m working on…

I am working on a new beauty routine for 2017.  I’ll be 33 in December, so it’s WAY overdue for me to start taking better care of my face.  I’m going to be trying some home recipes involving baking soda.

What I’m excited about…

I am so, so, so, SOOOOO excited for the Gilmore Girls revival!  November 25th!!!  I realize I am the last person on earth without Netflix, but I subscribed just for GG!  Copper Boom!!! gg

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m watching ALL the Hallmark Christmas movies.  Looks like I’ll need to add in the UP & Lifetime Christmas movies starting next week.

I’m about to start reading Andy Cohen’s new book, Superficial.  I also want to read Lauren Graham’s book that should be coming out next week if not already out.

What I’m listening to…

I’m listening to Christmas music most of the time with the occasional podcast thrown in.  Just heard about Congressional Dish, the host – Jen Briney, deep dives into the inter-workings of Congress.  You can listen to all my Christmas Playlists here.

What I’m wearing…

I’m really digging all the plaid!  Plaid everything!!!

What I’m doing this weekend…

Thursday will be spent in San Antonio with my mom’s family.  This weekend will be spent going to Georgetown’s Lighting of the Square on Friday night.  Saturday will be spent celebrating Mama J’s birthday; Sunday will be driving back to Houston & finishing up my Christmas decorations.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

December is my favorite month!  Obviously Christmas, but my birthday is also on the 14th!

What else is new…

I just discovered a street in The Woodlands that goes all out with Christmas decorations!  I can’t wait to see it all up!lights

I sincerely hope you all have a safe & happy Thanksgiving.

Kiss Hug,

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WUW: Stranded With…

Hey y’all,

A couple weeks ago I did a What’s Up Wednesday post with a bunch of other bloggers through Mix & Match Mama.  Well, every Wednesday she does a Stranded With… linkup as well.  After the chaos of the last few months, I decided I need a little lightheartedness.

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This week’s topics is what 3 types of outerwear would you take?

To be honest, I’d prefer to go to a cold island than a hot one. So, with that in mind…

First Item: my blanket sweater.  It could could do double duty – blanket & sweater!  I love multi-tasking. 🙂 img_3832

I know I talk about this sweater a lot, but it is the best!  I wear it at least 4 days a week at the office.  Here’s a picture of one the VP’s wearing it around the office.  PS – that is not my office in the picture. snuggie

Second Item: a baseball cap…particularly this one.  cap

I got this hat from Possessionista.com & it is a weekend staple for me.  If you love The Bachelor, then you’ll love Dana’s website for her Bachelor recaps with outfit posts.

Third Item: a pair of TOMS.  I mean, can you ever go wrong with a pair of TOMS? toms

These babies are on my birthday/Christmas list.  Hint, hint.

Not sure all of these items are technically considered outerwear, but I consider them to be outerwear. 🙂

See you next Wednesday!

Kiss Hug,

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What’s Up Wednesday: October Edition

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Okay y’all, I’m trying something new here.  My friend Heather, checkout her blog New York Roots to Southern Boots, suggested I try What’s Up Wednesday from Mix & match Mama‘s blog (yes, Shay Shull is Sean Lowe’s sister).  So, I will answer the questions below & link back to Mix & Match Mama.  Here goes nothing…questions

What I’m eating this week…
I’m currently eating fried okra & a roll from Luby’s (thank you Ruthy & Katy!) & Mama J’s Chicken & Rice Soup.  This was my first attempt to make this soup as her recipe calls for a little of this & a little of that.  I also have tried out my first few recipes from Blue Apron; they are delicious but so much food!  They need a plan for single gals like me.

What I’m reminiscing about…
Lately, I’ve had the travel bug.  The last vacation I took was 2 1/2 years ago to Sonoma Wine Country…what I wouldn’t give to be back there!sonoma

Don’t I look right at home among the barrels of vino?!?

What I’m loving…
I am loving the song Big Girls Cry by Sia right now.  I’ve been listening to is on repeat trying to learn the lyrics.

What I’ve been up to…
This may be a bit too “Real Housewives” for you, but I’ve been trying to get a diagnosis for some weird symptoms, that when combined may or may not be symptoms of anything.  It’s been a real struggle to get my doctor & a few specialists to take me seriously.  I’m not one to manifest pain, symptoms, or discomfort – it took me six months to convince myself to go to the doctor.  Right now, the doctors are making me feel like I’m crazy, but I know that sleeping 15+ hours a day is not normal among other things.  At this point I’m ready for a full body scan…  Just as a side note, if you know something isn’t right with you, keep going to different doctors until you get an answer.

What I’m dreading…
I’m dreading the dentist.  Y’all, I have a deep seeded hatred for the dentist…all dentists.  It’s nothing against them as individuals.  They always find something wrong.  They ALWAYS ask opened ended questions while their hands are in my mouth.  Um, I can’t talk dude, your hand is blocking my airway.  As someone who has had numerous cavities, braces 4 times, & jaw surgery – I think it’s safe to say that I’m not looking forward to my upcoming teeth cleaning.

What I’m working on…
I am currently working on revamping the blog.  Is there anything in particular you want to see more of?

What I’m excited about…
Kathryn Dennis is coming back to #SouthernCharm for Season 4!  She’s Back!!!!  I, for one, am super excited about seeing Kathryn & her June Carter pouf back on my TV.  I adore Kathryn & think Thomas is a liar, liar, on fire.  Blandon ought to be scared… kd

What I’m watching/reading…
I’m watching This Is Us…so good!  It totally replaces Parenthood for me. this-is-us

As for what I’m reading right now…you caught me at a bad time.  I am an avid reader, & will read just about anything.  I’m currently reading a cheesy romance novel that I don’t even know the name of…don’t judge me too harshly. 🙂

What I’m listening to…
Last week, on the Popcast with Know & Jamie, Jamie greenlit the band Johnnyswim.  I’d never head of them, but she compared them to The Civil Wars (RIP).  I immediately looked them up on Spotify & have been listening ever since.  johnnyswim

What I’m wearing…
My office is a frozen tundra, so I’m wearing a cute shift dress with black tights & brown riding boots (yes, I think brown & black can be worn together).  I’m also covered head to toe (huddled really) in the most amazing $7 purchase I’ve ever made…my infamous sweater blanket as it’s called around the office.  Some of my colleagues have lovingly mockingly referred to as the Aztec Snuggie or my papoose, joke’s on them thought because I’m warm & they’re not.img_3832

What I’m doing this weekend…
I will be attending a wedding in Louisiana to help out my friends Ashley & Chisum; I’ll be watching their four daughters under the age of 8 (yes, you read that correctly).  Ashley’s niece is marrying into the Duck Dynasty family…how cool is that?

What I’m looking forward to next month…
I’m looking forward to so many things…

  • Nutcracker Market!!!
  • cold weather (God willing)
  • Greenbean casserole
  • Mama J’s birthday

What else is new…
Notta lotta…

This was so fun!  What a great way to slow down for a bit & take stock of all the cool things going on in life.

Until the last Wednesday on November…

Kiss Hug,

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