Happiness and Hula-Hooping

My heart and life feel very full. Just some of what’s contributing to said fullness lately:

  • Getting the opportunity to cover an ACL Live taping of one of my favorite country music artists for the event blog.


  • And bringing the little brother along as my plus one! And a photo booth! Is it obvious who the more normal of the two of us is? Hint: It’s not me.


  • Catching up with some of my favorite homies:


  • My sweet friend Becca surprising me with early baby gifts:


It’s still a little strange to me that I get to dress up my own little person in just a few months.

  • Speaking of which, that soon to be tiny person is kicking around right now. She’s a very active little thing.
  • Nearing 6 months pregnant and still having the featured video spot on the U By Kotex site. It’s a little funny.


  • Finding a long lost ornament from my first married Christmas with hubby. Dated 2009. Now we’ll soon be sharing Christmas 2013 together, and with a baby on the way. Time is so sneaky. But also kind of beautiful sometimes. I have to smile thinking about all of the memories we’ve made and ways that we’ve grown in between these Christmases.
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  • Travel planning
  • Adventure planning
  • Goal accomplishing
  • Having my first job with benefits


  • Getting paid to take pictures and talk to people
  • Slowly becoming a little less clueless about cars. Ahem. This is a Mustang, guys! stangme

I took my first hula-hooping dance class last weekend. We learned synchronized hula-hooping moves to the song “Santa Baby.” This was awesome. Trying new things just never gets old.


I’m a happy hula-hooper, y’all.

Sad game, Good party.

As I’m sure most of you know, Texas lost last night.  However, it was still a pretty damn good night, for the following reasons:

1. One of the best friends tagged along to the party with me.

2. Lots of food.  I think my favorite was the meatloaf cake.Yes, you heard me right.  It looks like a cake, and tastes like meatloaf. I was in awe.  I think I told the dude who was awesome enough to cook this how amazing it was about a thousand times. Looked a little something like this, but with bacon instead of ketchup (I liked the substitute,not a big ketchup fan.)

3. Leading me to this….Have any of you ever heard of This is why you’re fat.com? This is where the ‘cake’ maker got the recipe and told me I needed to go check it out. He and a couple others were surprised I’d never heard of it before and mentioned something along the lines of two donuts being used as hamburger buns….WHAT!? I had to see.After seeing this amazing food-filled web site, I’m an instant fan. Go look, go look!

4. Betting with shots. Brittany and I held strong on the bet that if Texas got another touchdown, meatloaf guy takes another shot. It definitely happened. He had his first ever shot of jager. I took one with him but couldn’t finish mine. Ick. I got made fun of a few times by different people for nursing all of my shots that night.  My gag reflex sucks, okay!?

5. Marriage talk! I don’t get to talk about marriage with girls really, ever. No friends of mine or anyone my age is married and my older friends that are married got married years and years ago. There was a lovely couple there that got married the same day as Robby and I. We talked honeymoons,house-buying, and the fact that everyone and our mothers want to know when we’re popping a baby out. (hint, NOT anytime soon,dammit.)  It was nice to have someone to relate and laugh with marriage-wise for a few hours.

6. New people. I love people, I love anything new, I especially love instantly hitting it off with new people. I met a lot of adorable new people last night and was a little surprised how sweet they all were. Brittany and Deesh were the hosts and they’re still fairly new to me too.  You know when you can tell right off the bat that people are just…genuinely good? I get that vibe with them both.  Not to mention they’re a lot of fun and can host a really good shin-dig. Brittany also introduced me to Amaretto. I didn’t even know that was alcohol, I thought it was a lovely smell/yummy coffee flavoring.Well,It’s freaking good. Or, it was until the two of us stupidly decided to mix Everclear with it. Not such a good idea. It is a good idea (courtesy Deesh) to have a board game night soon though.  I made my Apples to Apples love affair known.

7.Yeah so, the game kind of sucked. But drinks were pouring, My best friend joined me, The company was lovely; Lots of high-fives and shot-taking and laughs.  Oh, and meatloaf cakes. So I say lose or not, the night was a success. One of the reasons I love football so much? It’s about the company just as much as it is the game. I call win on that part of the night at least.

Goals and Party.

Picture above is my official-favorite New Year party picture.  We definitely did a good job of saying hello to 2010.

I’m alternating my new/old goals with New Year’s party last night. This way, y’all get to read my blog AND see party pictures.  Please no peeing in your pants with excitement, now. I’ve always been one to make lots of goals for a new year.  It’s nice to look back and see what was important to you a year ago, how you’ve changed, and what you’ve accomplished.  Sometimes it’s also nice for a good laugh.  I went searching and found last years goals scattered on my old blog. In parentheses I’ve x’d the completed along with a little explanation.

-I will pass college algebra. (I give myself  1/2 for this.  I didn’t end up being quite qualified for this class but passed  with a B the only math class I needed for my major anyway.)
-I will get down to 125 pounds. (I don’t know, I’ve stopped weighing myself.  No x here, but the fact that I’ve learned to love my body without knowing my weight is a good enough feeling to let go of this goal.)
-I will figure out what I want to do with my life. (x. I want to write. I’ve decided on the four year I want to transfer to. I know for sure my major. I’d say yes, I’ve figured it out and have come a long long way from last year.)
-I will publish something I write.  (No, sigh. I did absolutely nothing to pursue this, and this will  be on my list again this year.)
-I will go to California. (SIGH. No. Dammit. Again, carries over to this year.)
I will become more organized. (X. A little. I’m getting there, I have a planner now, and that’s a start.)
-I will learn to close at Hannah D’s. (X)
-I will stay not impregnated. (X . This is an unspoken for my 21st year too.)

I will get married. (X. I sure did.)

-Get good credit. Maintain good credit. (X. )

-Prove my potential. (X. I’m not sure who this was for exactly. But to myself and many others, I definitely have. Though I’m always still working on it.)

7 1/2 out of 11 Ain’t bad,ay? Okay. Picture Intermission!

This is us being Charlie’s Angels. My gun…does not look like a gun.

Patrick is holding my face. I’m obviously intoxicated if I’m letting someone hold my face.

Us ole married couples. I love this picture. Nobody my age is married. Jenni is actually ten years older than me but I don’t care, she’s still married.

He lets me be his foot in Rockband. It’s the only thing I seem to be good at in that damn game.

Okay, okay. Intermission over. Needless to say it was a fun, drink-filled night. I was glad to ring in the New Year with my Starbucks friends, plus two of my best friends who Jenni oh-so-kindly allowed over.  I think it’s a good sign to be spending the first of 2010 with both new and old great friends, don’t you? Alright. Time for my 2010 goals! I’ve actually already accomplished a couple. Woot,woot!

1. Start a new blog. (check.)

2. Gain followers and comments.  Take more time and effort on blog.

3. Make and maintain best friend’s blog with Meg. (Check on the first part, and here’s the link. Promise you’ll be entertained with us. Click here for TinaandMeggie’s blog )

4. Look into and prepare for transferring to four year.


6. Learn to better balance friends,work,marriage, school,etc.

7. Be more honest.  Especially with myself, in my writing, and with my friends.

8.Average at least going/trying one new thing a week.

9. Travel with the husband.

10.Be a good wife. Work on my temper. Learn to cook and clean better. Um, much better.

11. Stay. Stay questioning, wondering,asking, hoping, believing.  Keep smiling, laughing,making friends, and making people happy.

12. Publish something I write.

13. Pay off credit card. Maintain good credit. Save a little money.

14. Learn to say no.

15.  Buy a house.

I think that’s all. I’ll add more if it comes to mind. I leave you with an amusing, drunken video. We had played King’s cup last night and at this point in the card game had to say “In my pants” at the end of every sentence.  I think I just felt like saying it randomly.

I’m excited about this year.  It’s gonna be a good one.