Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tattoo Talk-Link Up!

I stumbled across this link up over at Tales of a Twenty-Something and I knew it was just right for me today! 


Last year I did a link up for tattoos, which you can see here that showed off my five tattoos that I have currently. But this time I think I want to show some ideas of what I am looking to do next. 

For a long time I was very anti-sleeves for girls but over the last couple years I have fallen in love with the idea of having one myself...maybe just a half though. But anyway, I have decided to wait until after I've reached some goals I have for myself so that I can have the theme of the sleeve be about change and new beginnings. 

I have wanted a thigh tattoo for awhile...actually I want something that pretty much goes mid thigh all the way up my left side including the half sleeve. 
But I do love this tattoo: 

My sister and I have talked about getting another tattoo that matches and for a long time she wanted a sparrow(she loves Johnny Depp) I was pretty hesitant for obvious reasons but then after going abroad and spending some time learning about different tattoos and finding new things I have fallen in love with I think a Sparrow would be perfect for  me as well. My reason would be that sparrows are birds that travel long distances but always return home(not to be confused with swallows which sailors often get) 
There is a lot of symbolism behind Sparrows but that is what I most identify with. 

I'd really like to get it in white ink since this is very similar to the placement we both want. 

Do you have tattoos?? Want them?? Link up lets hear about it! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Its Monday Yo!

I remember a time when I absolutely hated Mondays...like dreaded them to the point where I would make myself sick. Thankfully that is not the case anymore...although trying a new route to work meant sitting in horrendous traffic for over 2 hours today. Won't be doing that again. 

So I had a pretty relaxing weekend, besides the raging parent cocktail party I attended for work Friday evening. Sometimes a weekend just hanging out with The Boy and seeing my friends for grub is just what I need. 

Today my brother turns 15 years old. Seriously. I can still remember when he was born and changing way too many poopy diapers and now he is taller than me and a sweetheart. So I wanted to wish him a happy happy birthday and share some of my fave photos of us: 

He went from this: 

To this: 

In 4 years.....

So there you have I am getting old! 
Do you have siblings that are growing up too fast??

Friday, September 20, 2013

Its Friday!!!

Wooo Hoo!!! 

Its been a crazy busy week! I am getting up at 5am to commute the LONG ASS journey to work daily and then sitting in traffic for an hour & 1/2 back but I like my job so I refuse to complain. 

Tonight we have a Parent Cocktail Party! Ooh yes I get to dress up drink & eat and get paid to do what I do best(socialize) definitely a good way to spend my Friday evening says the new girl

So I leave you with this...a song that has been on repeat and made me happy this week: 

and this gorgeous face....Is is possible for me to add him to my Xmas wishlist this year??? 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


I got the job! Wooo hooo I got the job! 

I started yesterday and its great! After being home 6 weeks and honestly starting to get pretty down about finding a job in a field I actually like without  starting at the bottom getting paid horribly I finally found a job. 

Anyway, I am excited and this is how I felt after they called to offer me the position: 


so happy!!!! 

I will definitely share more about the job at a later date but for now I am getting up at 5am(first time ever) to get by bum to work on time and I am not complaining about it one bit!!! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

On friends...

So many of you know I have been home almost 2 months now. Luckily I got home while summer was still in full swing which has kept me ridiculously busy. Not only was I enjoying every bit of sun I could catch and every chance I could to catch up or attend some event in the city I have also been looking for a job, trying very very hard not to completely wipe out the bit of savings I came home with and to make sure I make just enough time with The Boy to keep him from giving up hope on me.

Its has been amazing, exhausting and sometimes just down right frustrating. I usually am great ok at managing my time but recently I am starting to feel like I am completely in capable. I continually double book things, I forget completely or just get to the point where I am so tired I don't even want to bother.

Anyway the point of this post is not all of that its about making friends. So as the story goes about 5 years ago I moved from the suburbs of Chicago into the city and realized I had all of 3 good friends left and of those 2, one of them was a terribly toxic friendship and the other had just moved to New York and the other was a G who had recently entered into a toxic relationship that meant I was never seeing him anymore(she hated me). I wanted to make new friends, people I could do fun things in Chicago with, I could travel with, have to talk to who weren't busy with their boyfriends or kids.

I took to the internet as a way to find other girls who might be in similar situations and just wanted to make some new friends. Luck would have it there were A LOT of girls in Chicago looking for friends because making friends after college is EFFING hard! So anyway after organizing dinners once or twice a month with 20+ girls who were always welcome to invite other girls I finally met my core group of girls who just meshed perfectly. They understood my over the top personality and didn't judge me for not giving a shit if you like that I get rowdy when I am happy.

So 4 years passed by and things were great! Along the way I discovered meetup.com and immediately loved it. There are so many groups of girls on there looking for other girls to do things with. So many groups in general for ALL interests.

Then I decided to move to Thailand/China for a year.

And that brings us to now...Ive been home 2 months now like I said and I am realizing that my decision to pick up and leave Chicago for a year has cost me a lot of friendships. No one was angry or mean about it but most just decided that my decision meant our friendship wasn't as important anymore and moved on with their lives. So I returned to find my two best friends(and even those friendships are different than they were before) and not much more than that. Sure everyone keeps in touch via social media and an occasional call but they have all made new friends or just in general moved on with their lives and are not interested.

So after all this I ask...what am I supposed to do with that? How am I supposed to feel about this? I came home thinking my relationships/friendships with people would pick right up and was genuinely heartbroken to find that is not the case.

For now I have decided to not take it personally because that is just how life goes...right? People change over time and move on with their lives how they see fit. I recently decided to make a meetup group for couples to make friends with other couples and I promised myself I would make an effort to meet more Chicago bloggers and attend more events so that I can get out there and meet new people.

But I tell you...it is hard!!

So thats all I have for now....a  long ass post about how I am feeling. Hopefully sometime soon I can report progress on this front!  Do you have any experience with making friends after college??

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Stop it!

I am not ready for fall! Don't get me wrong...I love fall, especially boots...oh how I love boots but I am not ready to let go of warm weather and sunshine, the beach, not wearing pants and flip flops! I'm not ready for it being too cold to stand in line or walk bar to bar in a little dress. So...yea I don't want to keep reading about everyones fall favorites or pumpkin spice lattes or anything! well...ok except Halloween because this girl loves her some Halloween time :) 

Ok so yea...more of this: 

and less of this: 

Just for a few more weeks ok? Please and thank you. 

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