Friday, January 31, 2014

Five on Friday!



{1} 
Going out to Cafe Ba Ba Reba tonight with some of the girls for Tapas & Sangria....wooo!!! Thats me...I woo and I don't even care how it looks. 

{2} 
I have parent teacher conferences tomorrow and since we had Monday/Tuesday off this week for severe weather our day of this coming Monday has been cancelled...not cool man...not cool! 

{3} 
The Super Bowl is coming! Haha as if you all didn't already know that...but let me share why I am excited...I have a cute little sweets recipe I want to try. So basically I only want to go to a party so I can make them. 

**this is not them...because I do not have a steady enough hand to do that shit**

{4} 
I never win giveaways!! Never...so sad! But that doesn't matter right now because for my blogiversary I am having a giveaway! So stay tuned, should be going up mid-week! 

{5}
I recently started keeping in better touch with an old friend and it really does feel great. I think we kind of fell off for a while because of distance and our lives just going in different directions but it has been so nice to chat and catch up and just be friends again. 


What is your Five this Friday?? 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! 



Thursday, January 30, 2014

That one time...

I never show anyone pictures of me as a kid....not because I wasn't cute because I was adorable(of course) but it takes too much effort to dig through that giant box of photos my mom has under her bed and then to try and scan them.

So since I took a couple minutes the other day to dig through and take some crappy iphone shots of photos of me as a child I thought I might finally do a #throwbackthursday and so show you all the cuteness...

Yep...that's me in a park somewhere in Chicago with all my fatty rolls hanging out 

How could you not love that face?? 

A prime example of the types of things my mother would dress my sister & I in 

At some point after these photos we lost control of my hair. From then until about 15 I had no clue what to do with the mess and just let it run the show. Maybe someday I will share those photos too....



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Humpday Confessions!

Its that time again!! 


-I  have done basically  nothing but watch TV for the past 4 days...so much so that I am completely caught up on everything I like and I was actually forced to watch live TV on the actual television yesterday. I don't know what this says about my life...except that it was horridly cold out...



- I am secretly(not so secretly now) stressing about finding outdoor gear for this snowboard trip. I personally give no shits about what I wear as long as it is warm...unfortunately The Boy's friends are coming with their little girlfriends who all love to wear their super designer everything...so now I have to not look like a giant salvation army marshmallow and get cute snow bunny stuff...Dont judge me.....

Them....

Me...

-I resolved to start sharing recipes on the blog since I really do love cooking & especially baking but I have to confess I am horrible about taking photos of the step by step! I made a great new recipe and completely forget to take pictures of everything...well except the final product right before it went in my belly! 

Haha thats not me but its still funny! 

- I really do in general like my job and the children are great but some of these women I work with make me want to go all ghetto and slap a hoe. I think I may have complained about this before so if I did forgive me but dammmmm working with all women is TOUGH! 



-I confess I kind of Instagram stalk my favorite XXX star. He is a greasy kinda gross sexy and I can't help myself...



-I haven't practiced my Mandarin since I came home and I am starting to lose it. I struggled to remember how to say "I'm sorry" yesterday! How is that!?! I am thinking of enrolling myself in a class so I don't waste all that I learned! 

Now you all know...I confess my problems! 










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Monday, January 27, 2014

On Mondays...

Its another damn cold day in Chicago! Schools are closed today so I am at home relaxing on the couch reading blogs and watching movies.

I'd like to say I had an exciting weekend but since my parents are out of town and I have to make sure younger brother doesn't do anything crazy I spent most of it at home. It was actually really nice though!

So for now I will just go about my day reading blogs & watching movies while everyone around me freezes their asses outside....(insert evil laugh here)


Friday, January 24, 2014

Five on Friday!

Ooh I could not be happier it is Friday! Did you know...I've spent 11 hours in traffic this week so far? Take that and tell me you wouldn't be happy for a Friday!


{1}
 My lucky parents are in Mexico this week leaving me at home with my 15 year old brother. What does one do to entertain a teenager these days? I am thinking just leave him alone to his video games and be his chauffeur right?? 

{2}
The Boy, Snifferella, some of our friends and I are supposed to go snowboarding in a couple weeks up in Wisconsin. I am super excited and also not so much looking forward to the pain that will come when I bust my ass...because lets be serious I will hurt myself. 
In my mind I will look just like this chick: 

haha but in reality....


either way I need to get myself some outdoor gear asap! 

{3} 
Just found out Luke Bryan is coming to Chicago August 31st...which means that no matter what the hell I decide to do with life this year I will be here watching him shake that sexy ass of his! 


Feel free to come to Chicago and visit me just in time for this concert...I will let you look but he is mine! 

{4} 
I absolutely love the show Dracula. Actually I think I just really really love Jonathan Rhys Meyers so it seems like Dracula is a great show. K does not like his mustache at all...It think she might be crazy. 


Does anyone else watch this show???

{5} 
Haha I have been eating crap non-stop since Monday..I know I will get my ass back on track but for now...

What is your Five this Friday??
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 







Thursday, January 23, 2014

Positive what??

Yesterday I had a major bitch fest and I was all around angry and bitter with the world...you know all that I work so hard and I want to travel the world and I don't have a clue what to do with my life shit that most people(right??) deal with just like me...and I realized I have turned into a negative nelly and its really not me.

So I thought I might share some tips for Positivity! Some things that always help bring a little ray of sunshine back into my doom & gloom and ways to help get your shit back to dandelions & rainbows again:


1. Talk to a friend. Seems pretty basic right? It really effing helps...not just any friend though..someone you know will give you lots of love and advice or just listen if that is what you need!

2. Hug someone. Also, seems pretty basic but we need to be touched. It helps reduce anxiety, makes us feel connected...in short it makes you feel effing better. So do it. If you can snuggle up with your boo or get a giant hug from a parent or friend it will help!

3. Do something active. Its proven that doing some kind of exercise releases something or other that makes you feel high...like if you smoked something...without the shitty comedown(not that I know anything about that) Chocolate also does this but if you are like me and stress eat then don't do it because you will cry about it later. 

4. Write it down. When I get really overwhelmed and down I write it all down. Maybe I share with someone, maybe I don't but I get it all on paper so I can put it somewhere and walk away from it. Maybe you are just stressing over something small or maybe it is a huge decision...writing down all your thoughts and feelings may help you get it in perspective. 

5. Watch something funny. I don't know about other people but when I am feeling shitty I always make it worse by watching things that make me cry. A tip for positivity is to turn that shit off and find something funny. Laughing can't hurt...can it? 


6. Make a child laugh. This one might not work if you don't have access to children. There is nothing that can make me smile faster than hearing my nephew or any kid start laughing uncontrollably. You know what I mean??

Ok so maybe 5 & 6 could go together??/

7. 30 Second Dance party. Grey's Anatomy showed me the wonders of a 30 second dance party. Put on your favorite upbeat song(remember nothing that makes you even more sad) and get your ass up and dance & sing it out. Make it count like you are trying for the last effing spot on some dance/singing competition show.


I know sometimes it really as easy as saying "Ok, this is it, I am going to be happy" but sometimes it just doesn't work that way so try some of these tips and see how it works!

Do you have any tips, anything you do to help yourself out of a rut??






Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Humpday Confessions

Linking up for Humpday Confessions...even though I have now found out that the link up isn't so much a link up anymore :(


{1}
 I worry too much. About everything. I am sure that is normal for most people...but then I sent a photo of my knuckles to The Boy the other night...stressed because I was worried they are too bony. They are the only bony thing on my body...I should have been like "ooh snap look at that!" haha but no...I was worried.


He might be too used to things like this because he just laughed. 

{2} 
This sums it up....

My old Canadian coworker GCgirl messaged me this a couple days ago and I almost died laughing. We had many a conversation about why I couldn't be president when we were living in China....

{3} 
because of #2 I damn near quit my job yesterday...it took me 3 hours to get to to work..making me over an hour late. It was not snowing and the highways were plowed...and yet...people were driving less than 10 miles an hour. I got to a point where I said this job isn't worth the stress and almost rage quit. 


{4} 
Saturday I had brunch with a good friend who was in town visiting and we are walking the streets all bundled up and fighting the snow coming in sideways and we look up and see this....

 I confess....I took the photo and shared it with EVERYONE. Because well...you know why. 


{5} 
I had the best workout I have had in months the other day. I don't know exactly why it was so great...maybe because I tried really hard and was super into it and felt like a damn rockstar afterwards...

and then....then...I woke up the next day....

Haha but I will do that workout again and I lift even more next time bitches!!! 


So those are my confessions...forgive the underlying anger PMS is an evil sickness. 










Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tasty Tuesday

I'm back! Finally! I was out for the count sick at home since Thursday and spent most of the weekend laying low...and not getting to really enjoy my three day weekend. So forgive me if you suddenly get tons of comments on your posts from me! 

I made chili yesterday for the family so I thought  it would be fun to share my fave recipe. 



1lb ground beef
1 package Hot/Spicy italian sausage 
4 cans of Red (kidney beans)-keep liquid 
2 cans of white beans-keep liquid 
3/4 C Spanish onion(finely chopped) 
1 small tomato(finely chopped)
2 small cloves of garlic(minced)
1/2 C tomato sauce or paste 
*seasonings to taste: 
Oregano
Chili Powder
Parsley
Cumin

For Spicy chili add: 1 Jalapeno(finely chopped), 1 tbsp your favorite hot sauce and of course, more chili powder 

1. brown ground beef and cook sausages. Once cooked, chop sausages into small pieces. Chop onion, garlic and tomato add to crock pot

2. Add beans & meat to crockpot. Stir together and season to taste. Add liquid from beans depending how you like your chili. I added most of the liquid from mine. 

3. Set on Low for 5-6 hours or High for 2-3. I usually do a mix of both(High for 1 1/2 then low for 3-4) 

and then enjoy! 

Do you have a favorite Chili recipe?? 





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Humpday Confessions!

Its about time I link up for this!



Sooo I must confess....


- I am counting down hours until Friday this week. I am not sure why...could be that I have a 3 day weekend?? Either way...needs to get here NOW! 

- As much I like what I do...working with 11 other women is awful! Seriously...it was so much easier working with guys. 

- I haven't combed my hair for work more than once in the last two weeks...which definitely breaks any ideas I had of looking better for work...


-I may need to do a spring cleaning of blogs because I have a ton I follow on bloglovin(new & old) and most of them were because of a giveaway but I really just enjoy the usual lifestyle blogs that talk about all kinds of things not just fashion or makeup...or mommy stuff....I don't have kids and its way too much work to put effort into my everyday clothes.



- I get most of my new workout material from Instagram or blogs...and I don't care because that shit kicks my ass most of the time!


Because shit like that is inspiring!! 







Tuesday, January 14, 2014

On Weekends...

A day late because I couldn't get a minute to blog yesterday, which means I have lots of catching up to do today.

My weekend seemed to include a lot of food...and I got to spend some much MUCH needed girl time with Snifferella! I did manage to get to the gym in there too!












See...lots of food! 
How was your weekend???


Friday, January 10, 2014

Five on Friday!


{1}

So its 34° outside right now...it literally might as well be summer in Chicago. I was born & raised here and still the weather never ceases to amaze me. Monday it was -15 with a -40 windchill and today 34°. Crazy. 



{2}

Yesterday I was looking at photos from my time in China and I realized how much I actually miss it. I miss my coworkers and my students so much that it makes me quite sad sometimes. It being my first time away from Chicago and my family & friends for a whole year without coming home made it so hard to really appreciate the amazing things I was experiencing all the time. 






{3} 
This girl needs a night out! I have not been out with my girls & bestie G without The Boy in 2 months. I have never been one of those girls that does everything with her boyfriend and somehow that is exactly what has happened. Do you ever just need a night out with just friends(no SO)???


I need high heels, a cute dress and some drinks!! 




{4} 

This weekend I plan to get my blogging shizz in order. I am going to make a plan and stick to it! Ok...I am going to really really try to make that happen! 


I have an idea of the kinds of posts I want for certain days and link ups that I enjoy participating in and it would really help if I didn't leave every post up to the  morning of. 



{5} 

It is effing Friday!!! Woooooo! 
I don't have a 5th thing to share because I posted exactly what was on my mind every day this week so....Instead I share a song that I am loving this week: 

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I may have mentioned before I am a big Eric Church fan :) 










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