Friday, December 30, 2011


So I've read a few recaps of the year and I thought it would be fun to try and recap my year. It was overall a good year. There were moments when I was sick of the world and later in the year I hit a very very rough patch but I pulled through and I know 2012 will be an amazing year for me!

Started the year out right at a club w/A! We had a fantastic time and waited for over an hour for a cab that night! I started my blog and did my first post and attempted to start the 365 Photo challenge. 

celebrated Mrs.M's bday(thats my mom by the way) also went to my first girly outing/potluck of the year! 
Mrs.M, Sister & Me 
Me & Paris
OOoh what a fun month! I gave up on the photo challenge, broke out into unexplained hives and went to Miami for the first time with a group of 10 girls to celebrate Paris birthday! I also finished my certification to teach abroad! 

Hmmm April is always a hard month at work since we have our biggest tradeshow. 
The Boy and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary that month w/out either of us remembering the date till a week later. there was Easter and we all ran the Bunny Rock 5K that month too! 

Easter time :) 

we ran the Y-Me breast cancer 5K on Mothers Day, celbrated the nephews 2nd birthday and had some family time 

at the zoo(dont like the zoo)

Celebrated my 26th birthday, I moved out of The Boy's home and back into my old apartment, celebrated my sister & dad's birthdays too! 
My bday 

Rock & Roll 5K(Fathers Day)
Bellydancers performance

 was spent mostly on the beach and partying it up enjoying the summer! 
My bestie G celebrated his bday ! 
G's bday

Taste of Chicago w/The Boy 

I'd say August was pretty uneventful since I only found pictures from a company work party but I am pretty sure there was some office gossip very prevalent that month! 

My friend of a few years got married, I rekindled a friendship w/X that had been neglected, and I got to celebrate half way to St. Pattys! I also got to go to NY and visit my love K
old HS friend X (night I fell off the trolley)
@ The wedding 

K & I 

oOh how I love Halloween! I spent most of the month figuring out a costume. I went to Orlando at the beginning of the month and then there was Halloween!! unfortunately The Boy and I split this month after 5 years and some odd months. 

Cboy, Father & Stepmom

celebrating Stepmoms bday 
Mortal Kombat
Thanksgiving...that is about all I can show for November as I was recovering from the break up 
Pumpkin Patch 2011
Thanksgiving day Turkey Trot

a wonderful month that I think you all have seen a million pictures of. I celebrated my first single Christmas in 5 years and did not have a mental breakdown. I got great gifts and got to see my loved ones! 

This seems like such a long post! Anyway it was a great year and I can not wait for 2012 to bring some more amazing memories. I hope everyone has a great NYE and see you guys on the other side!! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Its Ok!

Its that time again....
almost Friday....
Its Ok Thursday! 

-That I have not slept a full night in almost a week and will probably start becoming delirious from the lack of sleep 
-To have spent hours looking at blogs over the last few days 
-That I am a little annoyed with some of my friends for being very wishy washy about the NYE party I am having(always happens) 
-That we have not planned or bought anything for the party that is happening in 2 days 
-That I have had an argument with my EX The Boy at least once a week since we broke up
-That its been almost 3 months since The Boy and I broke up and I am finally starting to get out of my funk 
-To plan to start blogging about things that happen to me but I am always too worried people I know will read about 
-That I am planning to move out and am excited but stressed at the same time
-To be excited for all those people who got engaged this past weekend while secretly hating them 
-To be so very ready for a new year to start :) 

What is Ok with you this week? Link up over at A Complete Waste of Makeup 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ooh Joy

Well its Tuesday and I wish I had today off...actually I wish I had all this week off. Next year no matter where I might be I am taking the week between Christmas and NYE off for sure! I couldn't be more tired right now! 

My Christmas was fantastic! I love spending time with my family and as mentioned before I love seeing the happy faces when people get to open the gifts I got them. I surprised my sister with a gift she didn't ask for but had mentioned she wanted to get herself and that was a great feeling! 

Christmas eve I hauled all my bags and packages onto the train to go to my parents and ended up seated behind this couple who had just gotten engaged either the night before or that morning but they were adorable and planning how to surprise their family. It was seriously so adorable. I wish I had gotten a photo of them! So we hung out and wrapped presents and cooked. I don't go to Church often and I have always meant to post my religious opinions...I can't remember if I have before. 
Anyway, I did go to the service with my family before dinner and I am actually so glad that I did. The message was Hope and I think I honestly needed to hear it. I was feeling in a serious kind of funk leading up to Christmas this year and I was starting to feel very hopeless so as I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason I am thankful that I did not skip service to keep baking! So enough blabbering and here are some photos from Christmas Eve! 
Candles everyone lit in Church 
The Family

My aunt, Mom & I 

My sister loving her gift 

Cheeses for her gift :) 
Clearly there were lots of smiles!! 

Christmas Day we woke up around 7 or 8 I think and went down to open gifts. I know you all are wondering and yes Santa was very good to me and got me my #1 gift on my wishlist!! We went to see Sherlock Holmes 2 and that was fun! 

Here are some of my nephew and brother: 
Adorable candy cane nephew
Mac love 
serious concentration
It was a great day! Monday I got home around 2 and hung out. We have some not so pleasant stuff going on at our apartment and I am hoping it doesn't effect our NYE plans because all of my friends are expecting to come by for a party. I got to see A and we went to get some Puerto Rican food. 

I can't wait to hear what everyone did for Christmas and see the photos that I am sure will come!! Ooh and in case you were wondering I did not get that Cowboy I asked for :( 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to all of you!! I hope you all have a wonderful day and get all the presents on your wishlist!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Have a very merry....

I guess I don't really have a theme for today but it is Friday and I will most likely not post this weekend because well its finally going to be Christmas!! I can't believe how quickly it got here. I have been so stressed the last few weeks that my Christmas spirit was dwindling but last night I had my girls A & Bellydancer over and we made some cookies and truffles laughed, joked and caught up with all the crazy going on in our lives. I love these girls for bringing me back from that ledge I have been teetering on the last few days!
A's expert skills 

Oreo truffles
Peppermint Whoopie pies
Hershey kiss cookies
1. I can not wait to give out the rest of the gifts I got for people and just see how happy they are when they open them! I have to say that its probably my most favorite part of the holiday. Getting someone the perfect gift and being there to see their face makes up for the crazy lines and ridiculous amount of money I spend every year! I got my sister this awesome gift and I am thinking of wrapping inside a box, inside another box, inside another box just to make funnier when she opens it.

2. I have to share with you all that I absolutely love Christmas music, which I may have mentioned before but I have been listening to it since the first week of November. I love Michael Buble's holiday album and especially this song:

I won't lie I still think Mariah kills it every time but I think Michael Buble's voice is just so sexy!!

3. A got me the most amazing gift and I was so excited about it! She is seriously such a wonderful friend!! I was really near tears, which just goes to show what a dork I really am!

4. I didn't get to decorate much this year but I do get tons of cards from our clients and so I decorated my desk with them!

5. I am a little sad that there is most likely not going to be any snow on Christmas. It is the only 2 days a year that I hope for it. The weather has been scary mild. I am worried about what January will bring.

6. I have been very seriously debating making a move early in 2012 even if its just for about 6 months. I need to get a fresh perspective for awhile and I can't do it in Chicago.

This post is media heavy huh? Well I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Spend as much time as you can with your families, enjoy the love and cheer of the season and smile!!  I can't wait to see all the pictures and posts that I am sure will come after.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

I'm so excited to receive The Versatile Blogger award from Ms. Mia Maree
Thanks so much! I am still very new to the blogging world and I recently began to really get involved and so far I have come across some amazing blogs! 

The Rules: 
1.Nominate 15 bloggers
2. Inform the bloggers of their award
3. Share 7 random things about yourself
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you 
5. Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post 

These are blogs I've either recently come to follow or have been for awhile and I love: 

1. Karen @ Lost to Gain 
3. Victoria @ Mine to live
4. Cherie @ Refractions
6. Christine @ A day in the Life 
7. Kristina @ Pretty Rambles
10. Faye @ Faye's Book
11. Lolita Lemon @ Lolita Lemon
12. Maria @ Sex without Borders
13. Michelle @ The Vintage Apple
14. Ashleigh @ Waking Up in Vegas 

You should check them out, they are all great! 
Now some randoms: 
1. I listen to music about 16-18 hours a day 
2. I can't sleep unless I am completely covered from head to toe 
3. I am #1 at planning things and #100 at executing them
4. I blush really ridiculously easy 
5. I buy shoes on plain impulse and never wear them
6. My favorite holiday is Halloween
7. I love purple and green! 

Thanks again to Ms. Mia Maree

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Humps

I should come up with a cute little button for this. There are so many link-ups for Wednesdays! I always mean to blog on Mondays, I actually keep telling myself at least M, W, F right? Well that never works out because Monday is a crazy day for me and I am not a happy camper on that day either.  Anyway here is my wrap up for Wednesday!

-Holiday work party for work was a good time. Margaritas are not my friend, I may have mentioned in a post not that long ago that Tequila and I have an ongoing battle that I lose...every. single. time. It was fun to hang out with my coworkers at the Mexican restaurant across the street from our office building. We also got our Xmas bonuses that night (which is not how it usually goes). I am not going to say anything that could get me in trouble and while I am aware I should be very grateful that I got a bonus period I would love to know why it was less than last year when I know that my workload this year was not. Oh well it happens right.
Margarita eyes

- Thursday night I met up with lets call him...Cboy for some yummy Indian food and drinks. It was a good time and I am definitely glad we got to hang out. I may have to tell you all his story another time. Maybe anyway it was a late night and I was pretty damn exhausted Friday morning.

-Friday my father was in town from Orlando to visit my sister, nephew and I and do some Xmas shopping and dinner. He doesn't get to Chicago that often so its always good to see him, I think we actually got to see him twice in Chicago this year! We hit up the Water Tower place where I preceded to spend lots of my Xmas money! yay for me finally buying some nice things! I got a new pair of boots which I forgot to take a photo of, but I think I will post a blog after Xmas with all my goodies!
Shopping fun w/my sis 
-It was a very late night for me on Friday and so I spent Saturday doing laundry and hanging out at home Netflixing(this isn't even a real word) all the Christmas movies I could find and eating junk all day.
-Sunday I skipped the usual family time and dragged myself out to finish my shopping...did I get it all done? Nope, because I gave up after 3 hours in the mall and went home to my bed.

-Last night I went to the Meetup that I organized Holiday Cookie Exchange and Wine was a great success. We had a girl volunteer her workplace for us to come and meet. It was a wellness center. About 10-15 girls showed up and it was a really good time. Only funny thing was that I think I should have clarified your supposed to make the cookies. Only 4 of us actually made the cookies, the rest were store bought. Overall it was a great time and I met some new girls and made plans to see them all again really soon! I am so glad that I decided to give that site a try and have met some fun people so far.


Here are some randoms...

It took me 20 damn minutes to untangle my hair yesterday morning! 
The homeless man I pass everyday told me he would love me forever 
I caught two different people in a lie in the same day(Monday) 
I am convinced I may be single, celibate and a cat lady for the rest of my life. (SN-I dont have a cat and I am not celibate...yet)

So excited I finally caught the Holiday train going home! 
Santa rides the middle car(HE MUST BE COLD) 

My wrapped gifts so far 

This is the kind of morning I had today...i needed it! 

I hope everyone is having a great week! I know that I am so very excited for Christmas to be 4 days away!! 

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