Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weekly TV Roundup #2

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Modern Family
I got into this show after the first season or two but I absolutely adore it. It's a great mix of being humorous and heartfelt. Phil is 100% my favorite character. Gloria is a very close second favorite. Phil's mom has passed and the entire family travels to Florida. Surprise: Gloria is wanted in Florida, so Mitchell volunteers to be her lawyer. He gets her cleared of all charges. Cameron joins a book club meeting and befriends the women of the neighborhood. Jay runs into a woman he recognizes as his first. Phil's mom leaves some things behind for him and his kids - Hayley gets jewelry, Luke gets a pocket watch, and Alex gets a lighter. Phil gets a letter asking him to set his dad up with a woman who lives a few streets away. So Claire drags him to the woman's house and a man opens the door. They return to his dad's house to find women all over him. They talk about breaking up Annie (the woman his mother wants his dad to be with) and her boyfriend and Cameron lets them know that it's not her boyfriend but her brother. Phil returns to Annie's house and lets her know about his mother's request. At Phil's mother's service, Mitchell says he wants to quit his job and return to the court room. Alex speaks about her grandmother and sets off fireworks while the letter from her grandmother is read in the background. This was my favorite part of the episode - even though Phil's conversation with Annie was extremely touching. Her grandmother's letter ends with "Every once in a while, don't be afraid to break the rules. You never know what can happen."

Now those are some words to live by.

I didn't have a chance to catch The Bachelorette season premiere last night but it's on my agenda for later this evening!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Guest post from my in-post sponsor!

Hi all! I'm Becky, and I blog over at www.maketodayanadventure.blogspot.com.

I was really excited when Angela asked me to do a guest post, and today I'd like to share with you a couple projects that I recently or not-very-recently posted on my blog, and a few tips on how to make them. :)

One of my very first projects was this comfy tshirt-dress. Most of my ideas I gather from Pinterest, but this one was "original". :) I think the hardest things to sew are bodices and getting the sleeves and neckline right, so this one was super easy in that regard. ;) 
I started with a tshirt I liked (but was too short) for the bodice, then added specifically-measured scraps of tshirts to that!

When I sew it's really easy for me to take the easy way out and take a lot of wild guesses, but in the end I'm left with a lot more failed projects then if I had taken the time and effort to do it right! Hit and miss isn't usually the way to go...

So for this dress I measured the "hem" of the dark gray scrap, then made sure the next "layer" was 2 inches larger. I did the same with every layer, making each one 2 inches longer then the one before, then working it in so it didn't wrinkle, but got larger gradually. Didn't want something really "huggy". :)

If you love denim, or have just outgrown or inherited a bunch of jeans, this project would be perfect. I used a CD case to cut out all the squares evenly, then sewed them all together... Not sure how long it took, but the result made me grin!

I added leftover felt (from a failed project) and fabric from an old plaid skirt to the back. Super comfy!

I'll just end now with a couple more pictures and really short descriptions... :)

Sheet music Wallpaper.

Wooden plaque with a permanent photo transfer.

Thanks again to Angela for letting me write this post! I'd love to have any of you stop by and hopefully get some project inspiration! Maybe you can get around to some of those Pinterest projects that have been sitting around on the "To Do" list for a few months. :)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Weekly TV Roundup #1

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So, last week was the week of season finales. I don't know why the television channels have decided to do this but they have put my favorite shows all on Thursday nights. Thank God for DVR and streaming episodes online/on my iPhone because otherwise I wouldn't survive.


My three favorites from last week are:

1. Grey's Anatomy

This season has had so many ups and downs. Thankfully, it feels like more ups. I'm so happy Meredith + Derek finally have offspring together. I think that's going to be one gorgeous kid. Especially with McDreamy's hair. Fingers crossed he inherits that! Meredith said something that was just so fitting in this episode, I had to write it down (in reference to performing her C-section) "The big ugly scary risks, because I'm a lightning rod for those!" Seriously. She doesn't seem like that bad of a person who deserves some karma to come her way but I feel like she has bad juju all around. Poor woman. Can she just have her happily ever after now? I'm really happy Alex and intern girl (Jo?) are ending up together. I feel like he deserves some happiness too. Then there was the inevitable WTF moment the producers like to throw in there with cheating (excuse my language) whore Arizona! I have a hint of a feeling that Callie will ditch her and end up with a guy again. It seems like she goes back and forth like that. I can't wait for the next season. My predictions are: Christina + Owen are going to end up with a kid, Bailey is going to end up with another kid,  Jackson and April will end up together, and then regarding the other WTF moment at the end, is Richard really dead?! Please, no. He's the glue that holds that place together.

2. The Vampire Diaries

This show is my guilty pleasure. Well, one of them. Mind. Blown. Seriously, what the hey! This was another finale with many ups and downs. I've been pulling for Elena to get her humanity back for quite some time. I'm so glad Jeremy is alive but not happy that Bonnie basically had to sacrifice herself for him to return to the world of the living. I'm interested to see how that plays out, as I feel she will obviously still be a part of the show (someone correct me if sources say otherwise) since he can see/talk to ghosts. I really can't believe that Elena is ending up with Damon. Wrong, wrong, wrong - in my opinion. I think Stefan is her true love and I'm still pulling for them next season. She has to be the first to realize that Silas isn't really Stefan. How crazy was that twist?! The guy who loved/loves the doppelganger is actually a doppelganger himself! Stefan can't die. I won't allow it to happen! And don't let me forget that Katherine is now human since Elena shoved the cure down her throat. Can't wait to see how that plays out! She is obviously going to be miserable. I wonder if she can be turned back into a vampire now, and if she can, if any of them will do it for her. I feel like she can't survive as a human, but it's going to be bad news for all of them, especially Elena, if she returns to being a vampire. Another thought that crossed my mind is Jeremy will want to be turned. Not sure why that's come into my head. I can't wait for Tyler to return either. I'm also looking forward to the preview that was shown after the episode ended for The Originals. I have a feeling Caroline's character will be making an appearance there. I think her and Klaus could work but he's got some changing to do for that to happen.

3. The Office

Okay, I'll be the first one to say that I cried. The Jim and Pam love story gets me every time. I'm also happy Dwight and Angela finally ended up together. I love that Michael returned! I think this was the perfect time to end the series though. I missed a good number of episodes in the previous 2 seasons. I sort of lost interest in it for a while there and I couldn't see it going much further anywhere. Thank you for some good laughs and good cries. What a series.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

A new link-up preview!

I have some exciting news to share today! The lovely Tawny, of Tawny's Tidbits, came up with a really neat idea a few weeks ago and I had to jump on board. What is this idea? Well, read on to find out!

Weekly TV Roundup

Ever watch a TV show and desperately want to talk to someone about what happened? Problem is, you don't know anyone else who watches it with as much devotion as you do.

This is the spot! 
 Here you can link up with others that watch your favorite shows, talk about what happened, and what you think will happen.  Doesn't matter what show it is that you watch, just write about it! Someone out there watches it and would love to share their opinions too. 
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So, to give you all an idea of how you may go about this in the future, here is a little preview.

I've been obsessed with this show since episode 1. I just love the whole premise behind it. Getting revenge on the people who did your family wrong and ruined your life, and being a super badass woman: Emily Thorne is my girl crush. I want to marry Jack Porter. And when I realized Daniel Grayson actually sounds like this in real life, he looked even hotter. 

So, season 2 just came to an end and it totally blew my mind. I have wanted Jack to know Emily's true identity from day one and I can't wait to see how it plays out in the next season. I cried over Declan's death. I wasn't surprised to learn that Charlotte is pregnant. The 2 hour finale was a good call by the producers and it definitely left me wanting more. Summer is going to be a long wait for it's return!

Did anybody else watch the finale? What were your thought? Favorite part?

Tune in next Tuesday for the first official link up!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Very, very Pinteresting

                                                                           Source: someecards.com via Angela on Pinterest

                                                                             Source: thehunt.com via Angela on Pinterest

I LOVE this dress. It's so elegant and I adore the low back. I'm on a mission to find it. I have nowhere to wear it, but I think I need it.
                                                                         Source: 30.media.tumblr.com via Nicole on Pinterest

Spoken with truth. I'm only 24 but some days I feel like I'm 65. Still, I think taking risks is important. Obviously, within reason. It might be worth it in the end.

                                                                            Source: blogilates.com via Angela on Pinterest

I will be doing some of this to get the junk back in my trunk.
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Monday, May 13, 2013


In order to help bloggers transition away from GFC as the main way to follow blogs, Northern Belle Diaries and Postcards from Rachel have teamed up to host I Love Bloglovin'.

Now, let's get this party started!

Have an image of yourself ready so we have your pretty face to look at!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sunshine and summertime

I'm heading back to the beach today to get back to my natural shade. I do not make a good pale person. I get a lot of "are you sick?" My favorite is my Granny "you're inside too much." Gosh I love her. That woman has had a natural tan her entire life, I'm sure of it. She's German but she sure as heck don't look like it!

 Anyways, I love music. Plain and simple. 

When I was working in daycares I strayed from playing music during my car ride to and from work. Trust me, the noise level of thirty 4 year olds + thirty 3 year olds, and so on, and so forth, is enough to make you truly appreciate silence and crave it.

Well, now here I am with all the time in the world, and back to listening to my jams 24/7. Okay, not exactly 24, but definitely 7. In the car, chilling at home, out with friends, in the shower. Truthfully, I do listen to it in the shower too. I CAN'T GET ENOUGH music.

Here is my summer playlist so far.

I call it: Angela's Sweet Southern Summer Melodies of 2013

Eh, maybe it's a work in progress on the name part, but here is the selection of sweet southern melodies.

So, some of these are mainstream songs, yes - but I will be rocking out to these all summer long.

What are your country song summer favorites?

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Friday, May 10, 2013

high five for friday (11) + it's the freakin weekend


Happy Friday

It's been a long week. Here's a rundown of it.

1. I graduated!!! I promise this is the last time I will bring up the graduation ceremony itself. At least for another week or so. Funny story: the ceremony was boring and I was starving so me and my blonde friend A here "went to the bathroom" when there was still a long line of graduates remaining. I'll take this moment to apologize to the lady I lied to about it. I hate lying. But I was really hungry and feeling faint and my family actually appreciated it after a moment of arguing. Third graduation ceremony in seven years. I deserved to leave when I pleased. Don't judge me.

2. The celebrating part after was tons of fun. Dinner with family then my homegirl's graduation party. Correction: too much fun. I couldn't nap Sunday and was grouchy. Thankfully, not hungover though. It was quite strange, but I accepted it and moved on.

3. I did get to the pool in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, and there was this: 
If the school counseling thing doesn't happen soon, I can clearly try my talents at art, right?

My friend's post pretty much explains it all. He (not I, I refused) whipped out some Spanish to ask a lady how to make queso dip. I wanted Moe's and the line was 5 miles long. Sorry, the queso is fabulous, but not that worth it. "I'll make it" I say. I have no idea how to make queso. He asks, she explains. Now I did pretty well in Spanish classes - in high school. That was 7 years ago! I haven't kept up. Thank goodness she knew words like sour cream and pointed to the cheeses we needed. We still didn't understand, but we bought the cheese and sour cream. Guess what? It worked out well! At least while it was on the stove it was good. Off heat, it turned solid pretty quick. Noted for next time.

4. I got to spend a butt load of time with this sweet thing.
Photo: Sitting proper

Unfortunately it was because I am sick and unemployed. Yep, 10 days of antibiotics and on the job hunt still. Which is also part of this #4 of high 5. I learned some sort of exciting information regarding a potential job situation on Thursday morning and it made me hopeful again. Good timing too because Monday I was one teary-eyed sick person and down in the dumps. 

5. Party time tonight to celebrate my friend J's new job! Way to go! (Not that she reads this - I'm pretty sure she doesn't even know I blog, like most people I interact with face to face) I will be celebrating without alcohol because of my sickness and will also be designated driver so it should be entertaining to say the least.  Beach on Saturday and Mother's Day on Sunday - it's shaping up to be a beautiful weekend!

Happy Mother's Day to all the momma's out there. Hope your kiddos spoil you!

Ignition (Remix) by R Kelly on Grooveshark

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Brother from another mother

A few weeks ago I had lunch with my oldest friend - as in the person I have stayed friends with for the longest time. This friend happens to be a male and he {R} is my absolute best friend. Even if we haven't seen each other in over 6 months, we can pick up right where we left off. Our friendship has been going on for over 10 years now and he just gets me. We graduated high school together, we graduated college around the same time (though we went to rival schools), and now we are finishing our graduate programs at the same time. Of all my friends, R is the only one who ever knew my Dad, even though it was just for a brief amount of time. My Dad passed away just before we started high school and that was around the time our friendship began. At first, I will admit, I had a crush on him, and he knew this. It never went any further than that though and I'm so happy for that. We played tennis together. We were the two best players of the freshman on our team. We went to the same tennis academy. We stuck together through all of high school. Some of my best high school memories are with him. I was crushed when he decided to go to a different college than I was going to. I had always thought we would go to college together because we were both big FSU fans, but he chose UF in the end. I made frequent trips to Gainesville my freshman year. It was just a 2 hour drive away and home was a 6 hour drive, but Gainesville was my home away from home, away from home, during that first year. It was like I was visiting my brother. That's what he has been to me.

I think God puts certain people in our life for certain reasons and I am so thankful for this friendship. I wouldn't trade it for the world. At times, throughout college, when we would go a couple of months without talking to each other, I would be worried that our friendship wasn't as important to him as it was to me. But he always has a way of proving to me that it is. We don't have a regular chatting schedule, but timing has been everything in our friendship. He helped me get through my first year of college. He helped me get through my first major breakup in college. When I dated my ex-boyfriend, deep down I knew it wouldn't work out because he told me he wasn't good enough for me. His opinion is important to me and he gives great advice when I'm having guy issues. I just feel so blessed to have a friend I can count on, and have been able to count on for most of my life now. 

I read this quote below and it is so fitting for our friendship.

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar ~ Robert Brault

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Sunday, May 5, 2013


This post is super short and sweet but I have to share some thoughts.

Yesterday was amazing! I am on cloud nine. I can't believe I have finally earned my Master of Arts in School Counseling. There were times that I didn't think I would finish my undergraduate education and I can't believe I have made it this far. I've been fighting back tears all day. I am so proud of my classmates! Three short years ago we began this program with around 30 people and 12 of us stuck it out. I have made some amazing friends along the way and learned a lot about myself as well.

Now, can somebody please hire me?

Friday, May 3, 2013

high five for friday (10) + shawty, what is your name

Yay for Friday! My first week of no school, work, or internship has surprisingly flown by. The other downside of this week is that it has poured every day. I just want to tan!

High five y'all!

1. I passed my final tape for internship! All my assignments are done. This was a huge relief. My professor had me on the edge of my seat, having mini panic attacks every time an email popped up in my school email account. I'm glad the wait is over.

2. I'm graduating tomorrow! Say what?! Is this real life? I WILL be celebrating all weekend long. Also, the job hunt is in full force. Wish me luck!

3. I had the best last day at my internship. I got presents and was sent on a scavenger hunt! I didn't think it was possible to feel more loved and appreciated by the staff and students at the middle school, but after Friday I certainly did. We celebrated after work with dinner and drinks. Yes, that "counselor - I'm kind of a big deal" pin was one of my gifts. And yes, I'm kind of a big deal. In all seriousness though, I feel that I made an impression on people at the school and that's an amazing feeling to have. I miss the kiddos and some of the staff already.

4. Mint polka dots for my iPhone background! Heck yeah!

5. This was my view last weekend. If this rain stops, it will be my view this weekend too. So, rain, that's enough, okay thanks.

Time to back it up with T-Pain. My Tallahassee homie.

Bartender (feat. Akon) by T-Pain on Grooveshark

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Twenty-nine more to go

About a month ago I did something on my 30 before 30 list...I got my first tattoo!
I know I've been saying since the day I got it that I would write a post about it, but I have been super swamped. Like you wouldn't believe - I don't even believe what I have been up to in the past month. I have been a major homebody for the past two years or more and finally I am getting out again and I love it. Not to mention all the school things I have had going on. My graduation is just two days away!

Anyways, here it is, in all it's glory. This is one of the first photos I snapped of it.

I'm not sure what I expected as far as the healing process but as much as I read up on what was involved with getting a tattoo, I felt completely unprepared. It itched, it burned, it stung. Most of all, it was the itching though. It was not easy to sleep with it - it's on my back and I like to start out on my back when I sleep. That wasn't really happening. Not to mention, I probably didn't choose the best spot to get it. I mean, I did, but at the same time I didn't, at least not as far as the healing process goes. My bra covers it so that meant a lot of careful movement when I was wearing one for the first few days. Did I mention it itched like crazy?!

Anyway, here's how it all went down....well, first let me explain the events of the evening before. Thursday night, around 10 pm, I went into the kitchen and discovered some yellowish spots all around. I realized Buster (fur child) had thrown up. I thought it was strange because usually he does it in front of someone. I cleaned it up and didn't think much of it, returned to my room, and went on getting ready for bed. Not even a half hour later I was back in the kitchen, and again, there were more spots. Now I was a little concerned. He had not touched his dinner either. I cleaned the spots up again and went about my business. A little bit later, now I'm ready to hop into bed, and I find more spots. What the heck?! This is very unusual. And it didn't stop there. I woke up every hour to two hours the rest of the night to hear him throwing up. He wouldn't drink any water, I started Googling things which only made me panic even more. I tried ice - he wasn't feeling that either. Still never ate his food either and was refusing treats (SO not like him). 

Around 8 am on Friday I finally gave up on sleeping. My tattoo appointment was scheduled for 12:30 and my best friend, K, promised to go with me. I started getting nervous. Part because I was lacking sleep, part because I couldn't eat anything and feared I would pass out and part because I was totally psyching myself out. Did I really want to do this? What if I had an allergic reaction? (I have no known allergies but I get paranoid) A million thoughts were running through my mind. I was finally able to get some food down.

All this time, my fur child was hanging out at the vet, on IV fluids. I told them to not call me between 11:30 and 1:30, and instead to call my mother if there were any issues with my Buster. I drove to the tattoo shop and met the artist. Waited a little while, filled out paperwork, and then she called me back. She transferred her sketch of what I wanted on to my back and had me check it out in the mirror. I wasn't 100% set on the location, so she removed it and moved it a little lower. Perfect. I don't really know why but I wanted it right where the band of my bra would hit and it would be mostly covered. First tattoo desires - a little rebellion, but not too much. So, the process began. K was cracking me up. I think she was more excited/anxious/whatever than I was. She started tattooing and it HURT but not as bad as I had expected. Just imagine a knife cutting a little ways into your skin, and feeling it all over when it goes over your bones. I know it's not lady-like or pretty to say, but I started sweating like crazy. I had to sip on my water and the artist said "oh, you're doing great, we're over halfway done." Say what!? We just started. Seriously, from start to finish, it took maybe 10 minutes. I looked at the finished product and was in love! I've shown it to friends and family since getting it done and even people who don't like tattoos tell me it's the most beautiful one they have ever seen.

Here's a more recent shot.

So, originally I wanted to have my Dad's initials worked into it but decided last minute that I didn't want to do that. I figure it's always something I can add in at a later time. I do need to get it touched up. Parts of the dove's tail could be a little neater, but I want to get to the beach/pool and get my tan on before I have to go through a brief healing process again with this bad boy. Overall, I could not be happier with the end result. My Dad's initials would have been in the circled area between the body/end of the tail. I decided that I didn't need his initials in it because I know what the meaning is behind it and it's just for me anyways. And yes, I do think it's true that once you get one, you will probably get another. I'm not set on anything yet though, and I'm pretty sure my Granny would kill me if I got another one right now. She wasn't too happy about this one, but she is still speaking to me. I do have a few ideas of what other art I might like to have. I'm part Native American, and went to FSU which has a Native American tribe as our mascot, so I'm thinking something with an arrow and feather(s). I would love to get the word "fearless" tattooed as well. It's really growing on me. I also want to get Buster's paw print. He is feeling better, by the way, but we did have another scary episode which sent him to the Animal ER for a night, and had him at the vet the following day, all day, on IV fluids. $1,000 later and we know what his issue is and can do our best to prevent it from happening again.

In a few days, I will have even less to-do on my 30 before 30 list! Graduation, here I come!

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Cara Box

This month I signed up to participate in the Cara Box swap hosted by Kaitlyn who blogs at Wifessionals. I 100% recommend it, especially if you have not participated already.

Cara Box

The theme this month was "Go Green" and I had a blast. I was paired with two lovely ladies!

I sent a box to Sarah who blogs at Random Thoughts and Feelings. You can read about what I sent her. I had so much fun getting to know her and coming up with items to include in her box. 

I also got to know Cindy who blogs at Newlywed Nutrition. She sent me a wonderful box of goodies, did a great job sticking to the theme, and really got to know who I am and what I'm about.

Thank you so much, Cindy! 

I love my tinted lip balm, garden "starter kit" and magazine, and cute cup. Your note was so special to me - I had to choke back some tears - and funny enough, I gave the same style note card to my best friend when she went to Alaska for the summer a few years ago, so we could be pen pals. 

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