Friday, July 31, 2015

Goodbye July

I feel like just yesterday I was posting about how I couldn't believe it was July already...and now today is the last day!  Easy there summer...

Van Morrison - Cold Wind In August

According to the Phone
So my car got egged...that's a first.  It's mostly off but it smells like hot eggs...It needs another wash.

I had to take a picture of this at Caribou because of 2 answers to "If you could be any animal what would you be?" A)Velociraptor &B)Brock Lesnar.  I about busted a gut right there in the coffee shop when I saw the Brock Lesnar one.

I saw this & a cork board map at Target.  I need want them both for my new apartment.

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Clearly this person has never actually read my blog as I am the opposite of a fashion blogger & wear make-up not even once a week.  Hell this summer I've worn a bra less than I've worn one.  So unless I'm getting free lingerie, to show me, myself, & I because I'm single as hell, no thanks.

I drove 20-30 minutes to a Caribou Coffee on Thursday morning just so I could do my fantasy draft because my internet at home crapped out on me.  #FirstWorldProblems  Someone please pray that the majority of my team doesn't wind up on the injured list like they did last season.

I don't drive to Caribou often, it's been 3 MAYBE 4 times all summer, because like I said above, it's 20-30 min away.  However, the above picture annoys the anal person in me to no end.  Of the 3, MAYBE, 4 times I've been to Caribou this summer, TWICE I've been the person to put the toilet paper roll on the little contraption.  Employee or non-employee it's not that hard people.  It doesn't lock.  You pop the end off, remove old roll, put on new roll.  After this picture I removed both of the old rolls & then put on the new roll.  How I feel about the people that leave the TP in above picture:

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On very rare occasions I can grab clothes off the floor, put them on, & have a look that is on point.  This was one of those rare moments.  By off the floor I don't mean dirty by the way...except for the jeans...that's debatable.

I pre-ordered the Kip Moore Wild Ones album & y'all should too.  I promise you won't regret it.  I'm telling you now...3 weeks before it comes's gonna be big.


Awkward moment.

finding every opportunity for fun…until you smash through the glass & get it in your hand

Hahaa! Too funny!


This guy's father/daughter pictures are the funniest thing ever... check out the gallery. I have seriously been looking for 20 minutes. These are hilarious.

Lion King


Haha :)

haha It's in the bible!

Photo Challenge

I used to do FMS photo-a-day challenges all the time but stopped because my Instagram got so cluttered.  I'm still cleaning out my IG but I saw this on Heather's blog & thought it'd be fun.  My IG is private but if you request to follow me I'll accept it.  If you decide you want to participate too let me know & I'll follow you as well!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

National Paper Back Book Day

Today is National Paper Back Book Day.

It's also pretty much the only type of book I buy.

I'm too cheap for hardcover.

I'm too old school for a Nook.

The other day I talked about some of my favorite books that I've already read.

Here are some books that are on my "To Read" list:

**Just One Year**

**Just One Night**

**Leaving Amarillo**

**Missing Dixie**
--It's not out until October but it's in the same series as Leaving Amarillo & Loving Dallas (which I already read)

**Luckiest Girl Alive**

**Fault In Our Stars**

**Me Before You**

**Yes Please**

**Food: A Love Story**

**Uganda Be Kidding Me**

If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Today In July I...

I got this idea from Pinky, who got the idea from Rebecca.  You basically relive your month as if it was all just one day.  I thought it seemed like a really fun way to recap what I've been up to so now I'm going to try it out as well.

Today I...

**Had drinks with my mama & her co-workers**

**Had girl dates with friends from high school, college, & of course Kickass Cousin**

**Celebrated Independence Day in Minnesota with a Texas themed menu**

**Went to Taste of Minnesota where I saw Maiden Dixie, Chris Hawkey, & Jon Pardi**

**Saw Adam Wayne, Greg Michaels, & Josh Abbott Band in concert**

**Had the world's worst headache & slept for 12 hours**

**Saw Eric Paslay & Jenn Bostic in concert**

**Gave up on my 6 week workout schedule because I got bored**

**Finished 3 books**

**Tried 5 new restaurants/bars**

**Worked at my mom's office**

**Enjoyed Shark Week**

**Reclaimed my closet as my closet & not an extra pantry**

**Had my contract with my former school district officially end**

**Booked a flight back to MN for First College Roommate's baby shower**

**Bought tickets to my first Vikings game in years**

**Began talks of a girls' trip to Nashville in November**

**Threw a dart at a map & went**

**Ate way too much fair food**

**Celebrated my grandpa's 80th birthday**

**Got to feel my friend's baby kick & it made me all gushy**

**Changed the name of my blog**

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

101 in 1001 3.0 1 Month In

Back on June 27th I started my 3rd 101 in 1001 challenge.  You can see the entire list here.  Here is what I have been working on in the first month.

I can't promise that I'll remember to take pictures for every goal, or keep up with that for nearly 3 years, but for now at least you can also follow along with my challenge on Instagram. #3Bri101in1001

#1. Begin 101 in 1001 (yes I am fully aware that this one is a cop out)

#4 Workout weekly

#5 Project 365 2015

#8 50 Book Challenge 2015: 9/50

#11 Volunteer Monthly

#12 Drink 64 oz of H2O daily

#17 Save change for 1001 days

#21. Try 101 new bars/resaurants

331 Club - Minneapolis, MN

Elsie's Restaurant, Bar, & Bowling - Minneapolis, MN

Lago Tacos - Minneapolis, MN

Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge - Spring Park, MN

Rustic Inn Cafe - Two Harbors, MN

#32 Go on a spontaneous road trip.  I'm not quite sure if a day trip within the state is good enough or not but for now it counts.  Kickass Cousin & I took a day trip on the 20th.  It'll be on the blog August 12th.

#53. Write a letter to me to open at the end of the challenge

#61. Bake something new each month

Red White & Blueberry Pie (recipe below)

#77. Listen to a new artist each month

Greg Michaels

#82 Make a list of what I want in love (coming to the blog August 5th!)

#87 Dance in the rain.  I haven't decided if it's cheating or not to count something that happened before the list started...  Dancing in the rain is how things with Oklahoma started.  For now it counts...but maybe hopefully it'll happen again before April 2018.

#88 30 miles in 30 days (70.27 miles in the first 30 days)

#93. Take a picture of myself on the 1st of every month

#100 Go on a date once a month
(my rules...friend dates count)

Red White & Blueberry Pie Recipe
1 refrigerator pie crust
4 oz white baking chocolate
1 quart fresh strawberries, divided
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup fat free milk
3.3 oz instant white chocolate pudding
1.5 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup thawed whipped topping

Preheat oven to 425.  Let pie crust stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.  Gently unfold into deep dish pie pan.  Prick bottom & sides.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cook completely.

Melt baking chocolate.  Remove the tops of 8 strawberries.  Cut in half through the stem end.  Set aside, slice remaining strawberries.  Dip the halved strawberries halfway in chocolate.  Place cut side down on waxed paper.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set.  Spread remaining chocolate over the bottom of the crust.  Arrange sliced strawberries on top of the chocolate.

Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Gradually whisk in milk until well blended.  Add pudding mix & powdered sugar until thickened.  Spread evenly over sliced strawberries.  Allow to set for a few minutes.  Spread whipped topping over cream cheese mixture.

Place halved strawberries around the edges of the pie.  Fill in the center with blueberries.  Chill until serving.