Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Another 101 Is Done

So like I mentioned on Thursday my 2nd 101 in 1001 challenge came to an end recently.  My 2nd list began on September 28th, 2012 & ended June 26th, 2015.  This 101 list basically spanned my time in Houston.  I was one month into my first year of teaching when it began & it ended one month after I moved away.

(If you want to follow along with my 3rd 101 challenge on IG you can click here.  I'll be using #3Bri101in1001)

How did I do?  Not well.  I completed less than half the goals I set for myself.  Were some of them aiming fairly high? Yes.  Could I have still done better?  Absolutely.

Let's start with the positive...what I did manage to complete from my list...

1. Begin 101 in 1001
12. Pay for someone in drive thru
13. Visit 5 new states
16. Do Warrior Dash
24. Answer the 50 questions that will free your mind
25. Go on a road trip
33. Visit 2 national parks
34. Own a pair of Justin boots
44. Attend ****** 2014 graduation
45. Go to a rodeo every year
52. Go to 3 concerts
55. Watch the sunrise & sunset in the same day
59. Run a 5k
60. Give up pop for a month
61. Blog weekly
62. Leave a note in a book
63. Give up fast food for a month
64. See Josh Abbott Band in concert
67. Complete 5 Pinterest DIY projects
68. Do the Color Run
70. Leave 100% tip
71. Read 5 autobiographies
76. Get 1000 twitter followers
78. Try geocaching
80. Go skinny dipping
81. Be a MOH
84. Go to a drive in movie
90. Stop biting my nails
92. Meet up annually with college friends
94. Complete 100 snapshot challenge
97. Open a cookbook & make a random recipe
99. Get a library card & use it

So what didn't I complete...

2. Workout weekly
3. Photo a day 2013
4. Photo a day 2014
5. 50 book challenge 2012
6. 50 book challenge 2013
7. 50 book challenge 2014
8. AZ book challenge
9, Write in a diary daily for a year
10. Get engaged
11. Get married
14. Do Relay For Life
15. Do Susan G Komen race
17. Go camping 4 times
18. Donate $1 for every failed goal
19. Create monthly budgets
20. Throw a dart at a map & go
21. Boudoir photo shoot
22. Travel to DC
23. Travel to Europe
26. Go all out for 25th birthday
27. Get on a cleaning schedule
28. Go to NYC
29. See a play
30. Go to church monthly
31. Have 30% of student loans paid off
32. Weekly meal plans
35. Watch a new movie every month
36. Volunteer monthly
37. Donate blood 3 times
38. Meet up annually with student teaching roommates
39. Meet up annually with social studies major classmates
40. Use crockpot daily for a year
41. Cook a meal a day with Rachel Ray for a year
42. Visit Los Angeles
43. Visit Philadelphia
46. Visit Canada
47. Visist Mexico
48. Drink 48 oz of water daily
49. Buy a truck or Challenger
50. Complete AZ movie challenge
51. Sleep in the bed of a truck
53. Complete a coloring book
54. Go to 15 pro baseball games
56. See 3 new pro ball parks
57. Have someone to kiss every year on NYE
58. Buy a nice DSLR
65. Own a pair of Tony Lama boots
66. Own a pair of Toms shoes
69. Do AZ travel challenge
72. Tie a note to a balloon & let it go
73. Learn to swim
74. Learn Spanish
75. Learn to drive a manual
77. Learn 5 songs on the guitar
79. Do a scavenger hunt
82. Do AZ photo challenge
83. Put college photos in a albums
85. Watch the sunrise weekly
86. Read all Nicholas Sparks books
87. Be in a flash mob
88. Finish TX Bucket List
89. Get a MN teaching job
91. Stay off Facebook for a week
93. Have my name carved in a tree
95. Go to a comedy club
96. Do 10 best things in Houston
98. Don't swear for a week
100. Have a kid
101. Photograph the same spot monthly for a year

End result: 32 completed 69 failed

**That's 14 less than I completed my first time around...**

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Mama

First & foremost it's my wonderful mama's birthday so happy birthday to her!

I met up with some college friends to go to a rodeo on Friday night.  (They man in blue is not a college friend...he's just a photo bomber.)  With the exception of Favorite Ginger who I had seen on Tuesday, I hadn't seen the other in at least 6 months.  We didn't actually see a ton of the rodeo because we were preoccupied with beer, awesome, bad for you, fair style food, & being ridiculous with each other.  It also started down pouring at one point which is when this picture was taken once we had taken refuge in the beer tent.  We stayed a little while after the rodeo to watch the band but they really weren't that good so we left to meet up at a bar.  We each had a drink, & more delicious, bad for you food, & listened to a much better performer.


After leaving my friend's house around 10 am I decided I needed Caribou because I'm trying to get as much of it as possible while in Minnesota.  One of my favorite things ever happened.  It makes me instantly happy when I get up to the window to pay only to find out that the person in front of me has already paid for me.  I of course then paid for the person behind me.  With all of the anger and hate I've seen recently in the news & on social media, it made me extra happy.  When I got home my mom & I ran to Target & Walmart and then I passed out for about an hour when we got home.  I don't know what it is but I wake up between 5:30-7:30 everyday no matter what time I went to bed the night before.  I didn't go to bed until like 2:30-3 am & was up at 7:30...  That evening my mama, baby brother, & I all went to see Spy.  It was actually the second time I had seen it.  It's hilarious.  The cast is amazing & it made me fall in love with Jason Statham.

I should note that I was supposed to be in Iowa all day Saturday for a one day music festival seeing Eric Church, & others, but the day before it got cancelled due to flooding.  Despite having already seen him 4 times in the past I cried.  He is my favorite, I had been looking forward to it for months, & oh yeah...THAT week is this week...

Sunday was a really chill day.  My mama & I watched a Say Yes To The Dress marathon, went grocery shopping, & watched A Country Wedding on Hallmark.  This is by far my least favorite week because all of these things, minus grocery shopping, made me cry.  When baby bro got home from work we made shrimp tacos for supper & then the three of us went to go see San Andreas.  I liked it.  Of course I sat in the theater crying during parts of it.  I mean it has some intense moments but tears were not warranted.  Give me a week & I'll be back to normal...

Friday, June 26, 2015

I Smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

Travis Tritt - TROUBLE

According To The Phone
I got highlights added to my hair so that the 6 months worth of growth between my natural hair color & dyed color wasn't so noticeable. 

One of my favorite things about summer is driving down empty dirt roads with the windows down & radio up.

I had a girls' night with a couple of college friends where we made supper, watched The Hills, & just caught up on life.

I got to meet another friend for happy hour & satisfy my calamari craving.

Even though the sun had gone down we still got some pool time in because it was still really warm out.

Kickass Cousin & I are so flippin co-dependent that since she was still awake when I left my other friend at 11:30 at night I drove a different way home so that we could have breakfast together at midnight just because I missed her...despite having seen her 5 days ago.


When Disney Superfans Text

Waddle in the coup like whaddup, all the chickens squawk...

I love my whore family, too

No signs detected… hahah

was on a level for 6 days......you would've thought i just graduated college with the feeling accomplishment that came from  beating that level.....I think I cried

I just want a hug!!!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Third Times The Charm

Back on January 1, 2010 I started my very first 101 in 1001 challenge.  Despite only completing 46 out of my 101 goals I was hooked. I'm a goal setter; a list maker.  So on September 28, 2012 I started my 2nd one. I did equally crappy completing less than half my goals once again. (Recap coming soon.)  This time around I feel like I was a lot more honest with myself & therefore a lot more realistic.  My 3rd 101 list begins this Saturday, June 27th. However, as some unspoken rule we don't blog on weekends, & I already have my Friday Favorites ready to go for tomorrow, so I'm sharing my 101 in 1001 3.0 with you today.

1. Begin 101 in 1001
2. Have student loans at 60k or less
3. Fall in love
4. Work out weekly
5. Complete photo a day 2015
6. Complete photo a day 2016
7. Complete photo a day 2017
8. Complete 50 book challenge 2015
9. Complete 50 book challenge 2016
10. Complete 50 book challenge 2017
11. Volunteer monthly
12. Drink a gallon of water daily
13. Have someone to kiss every year on NYE
14. Donate $1 for every failed goal
15. Complete 30 day fitness challenge
16. Go to a psychic
17. Save my change for 1001 days
18. Go zombie paintballing
19. Go to Harry Potter World
20. Do the 52 week money challenge
21. Try 101 new bars/restaurants
22. Donate to Locks of Love
23. Pay off my car
24. Run 3 new races
25. Visit Niagara Falls
26. Get my motorcycle license
27. Go kayaking
28. Track spending for a month
29. Host a cocktail party
30. Attend Daytona 500
31. Visit 3 museums
32. Spontaneous road trip
33. Attend MLB All Star game
34. Choose an actor & watch every movie they're in
35. Start a recipe book from Pinterest
36. Send monthly handwritten letters
37. Attend trivia night
38. Visit a new country
39. Make homemade bread
40. Watch all movies that won Best Picture from 2005-2015
41. Go to Disney
42. Donate blood 6 times
43. Visit Maker's Mark Distillery
44. Save $500 in an emergency fund
45. Go to Frontier Days
46. Renew passport
47. Visit west coast
48. Travel to Europe
49. Host a theme dinner party
50. Go to an outdoor movie
51. Go zip lining
52. Keep a 6 word a day diary for 6 months
53. Write a letter to be opened at the end of 1001 days
54. Buy a house
55. Attend Austin City Limits
56. Go to Talladega
57. Visit Stone Mountain
58. Go to a food festival
59. Photograph the same spot every season
60. Make a pie on pi day
61. Bake something new every month
62. Visit 3 new ballparks
63. Go to 6 pro baseball games
64. Get a Brazilian wax
65. Get lasik surgery
66. Run a half marathon
67. Sing karaoke
68. Visit D & K in California
69. Pay off credit cards
70. Go at least 1 year without a car payment
71. Watch 2 movies at the theater in the same day
72. Make a year in pictures album
73. Don't watch TV for a week
74. Write a song
75. Attend a Revolutionary War reenactment
76. Visit an old teacher
77. Listen to a new artist every day for a month
78. Make an AZ playlist
79. Learn to do a back flip
80. Host a NYE party
81. Watch the sunrise on NYD
82. Make a list of what I'm looking for in a relationship
83. Visit the Grand Canyon
84. Build a snowman
85. Hike the Appalachian Trail
86. Send Christmas cards every year
87. Dance in the rain
88. Complete 30 miles in 30 days
89. Document music taste over a year
90. Visit Nashville
91. Take a selfie on the 1st of every month
92. Go a month without buying anything unnecessary
93. Travel to 10 new cities
94. Canoe
95. Complete 1000 piece puzzle
96. Visit Grand Portage State Park
97. Hike the Ice Age Scenic Trail
98. Go back to school
99. Watch all of my Netflix playlist
100. Have a date once a month
101. Make a new 101 list

I have until March 24, 2018 to complete this list.  That means this list is basically a bucket list for the rest of my 20s because in October of 2018 this girl turns 30!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sh*t People Say On Road Trips

*Arriving at Chipotle in a fairly nice suburb*
Bri: Since we're in Woodbury, I'll put my bra on.

*Hanging out near Lake Michigan*
Kickass Cousin: These geese have brought us to meet more family than our last few boyfriends combined.

*Honestly...I don't even remember how this would've come up*
Bri: If a girl shits in Canada & doesn't Instagram it, did it really happen?

*After meeting Frick & Frack*
Kickass Cousin: How do you spell South Minnesota?
Bri: I-O-W-A

*Looking at an Airstream*
Kickass Cousin: That's a little big for my taste
Bri: That's NEVER what she said

*After leaving Rock City & Ruby Falls & making tons of nature comments*
Kickass Cousin: Do you think we ruined nature for people?
Bri: Nature ruined nature.

*Seeing a sign for Lover's Leap at Rock City*
Kickass Cousin: We don't have lovers so we shall leap!

*Entering the nature trail at Rock City*
Bri: Nothing says natural quite like a track of nature sounds playing on the nature trail

Bri: I'm more concerned with finding Chipotle than our safety.

Kickass Couin: How convenient that my favorite animal is a sea cow & yours is a land manatee!

*Jim Hull talking about his religious philosophy*
Jim Hull: I'm glad I wasn't born a tree

*The tour guide talking about Ruby Falls inside of a cave*
Tour Guide: We don't know where the water comes from & quite frankly we don't care

*Seeing an eagle statue at Rock City*
Kickass Cousin: Look!  Nature's eagle!
Bri: Nature really does have eagles.  You're not funny...

*Talking about funerals & such after passing a cemetery*
Bri: When I die just throw my ashes to the wind.  Just make sure you throw it the right way so you don't breathe them in.
Kickass Cousin: I could just snort them so you're always a part of me,
Bri: Why do things always take such a left turn with you??

*Some kid in a truck behind us had his bass WAY too high*
Kickass Cousin: I can feel it in my teeth
Bri: I can feel it in my ass...and I don't like it...it's too aggressive.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Back To Chicago & Matchy Matchy Soulmate Time

The final 2 days are going to be combined for your sanity & mine.  Plus, at this point things weren't nearly as eventful.

Day 4
It happened!  We woke up at the ass crack of dawn!  The alarm went off & we were up.  With a 9.5 hour drive ahead of us we didn't have a choice.  By now though you should know that it took us longer than 9.5 hours to get to our destination of Chicago.  On the bright side though we gained an hour going from TN to IL.

Remember Frick & Frack from the previous recap post?  Well apparently Kickass Cousin & I caught a case of the basics from them because this happened...
Starbucks selfie complete with duck lips.

After we ate our breakfast & got our caffeine fix it was smooth sailing.  Just kidding.  That would be too easy.  If it hadn't been for that caffeine I might have gotten a whole lot stabbier.  Traffic was a bitch.  Why Chattanooga?  Why?  There was construction up the ass when we were there 3 years ago too.  Due to construction, and accidents probably due partially to construction, we stopped moving.

Just like the previous day, we spent a lot of time bobbing in & out of Georgia/Tennessee while winding through the mountains.  At least this time we got to drive through them during the day & the views were gorgeous.

I'm about to omit a large portion of our day right here.  We spent roughly 5 hours in hell on Earth.  No pictures were taken as there was nothing to take pictures of.  There were no stops made because we didn't want to get stuck there.  And because we vowed to never speak of the suck hole that is Indiana again...I just saved you a lot of reading.  Like I said...it was an uneventful drive.  I spared you Kentucky too because the only thing that happened there was we managed to stop at the exact same gas station in the ghetto in Louisville that we did 3 years ago.  Both times we took a random exit to get into Louisville.  Both times we wound up in the ghetto.

(Bloggers everywhere when they realize they won't have to read about 7 hours of my day)

Finally we made it to Chicago!  We were supposed to meet up with a friend of mine but #BecauseItsTheCup & a couple other events that came up...that never happened.  Being in Chicago during the Stanley Cup was it's own adventure.  Mostly in that I kept throwing shade at unsuspecting strangers who even mentioned the cup or got all happy over the Hawks #WildFan #ForeverBitter

My Chicago friend, GC, told us that we had to try Chicago dogs at Portillo's.  We were so hungry & so that was our first stop post check in.  They were so good!  I could definitely get behind a loaded hot dog.  I didn't even miss the ketchup.  After Portillo's we ubered to Millenium Park.  God bless our Uber driver for putting up with our giggling.  We checked out the fountain & then just walked along Lake Michigan.

We weren't quite hungry yet & were enjoying our walk around Lake Michigan so we walked out onto a pier to do nothing other than take ridiculous selfies.  I may or may not have also pretended to fly around like a bird because we get obnoxious when we're together...but in a fun way I swear!

Turns out flapping around like a bird & taking far too many selfies makes one hungry so we were off on a mission to find Giordano's.  The only reason we were in Chicago in the first place.  Ok not the only reason but the biggest reason.  We found one on Navy Pier & rather than waste an uber we kept walking there.  This walk included a slightly sketchy walk up some stairs & across a bridge which led to a view that was incredibly worth it.

We walked the entire length of Navy Pier & could not find it!  Neither of us was starving yet so we just walked around the pier enjoying live music & the views of the lake at night.  It turned out to be an awesome twist of fate that we didn't find Giordano's immediately because if we had we would've missed the gorgeous fireworks display.  After the fireworks ended we made the walk back down the pier & finally found it.  We got the meat & more meat because we were curious about this whole meat sweats thing that people talk about.  Eating one piece of stuffed pizza though fills you up & luckily neither of us got said meat sweats.  After we finished we waited for our Uber to arrive.  During the wait we saw shit go down.  Some crazy dumb ass got out of his car, started yelling at a cab driver to move, (who wasn't even in his way & had been there for all of 30 flippin seconds waiting for his 3 passengers to get in the car.)  This yelling led to both of them yelling, which led to the dumb ass walking up to the cab driver, shoving him out of the way, getting in his cab, driving it maybe 3-5 feet forward, & slamming on the brakes causing the passengers to slam their heads on the seats/windshield in front of them.  We watched this nonsense go down for a bit until our driver showed up while the off duty rent a cop did approximately nothing... & finally our Uber driver was like "yeah...we're gonna leave now..."  We fell asleep almost instantly once returning to our hotel. 

Day 5
The day to drive home had arrived.  We had appointments in Madison, WI to get tattoos at noon, which is only about 2 hours from Chicago, so we slept in just a little & then headed towards Madison so we could get some brunch before that tattoos.  I was so nervous for my tattoo because I knew that the foot was one of the most painful & I had almost given up part way through the one on my rib cage.  It hurt because all tattoos hurt to some degree, anyone that tells you any different is a damned liar.  It wasn't anything that couldn't be handled though.  I had to fake a pain face because Kickass Cousin was not happy with the fact that I sat there just breathing through it & playing on my phone while she had genuine faces of pain during hers.  In my defense, I already had the one on my rib cage which hurt 100x more, & it was my 6th tattoo vs her 2nd so I knew how to breathe through it & more of what to expect.  Mine also took maybe 5 flippin minutes.  I'm pretty sure the tiny star outline I have on my wrist took longer.
Mine is the one that says "Faith when I fall" & hers says "Strength when I'm standing"  They are back to back lyrics in the Kip Moore song Faith When I Fall.
Edit: Kickass Cousin would like me to mention her badassery.  However, I cannot tell a lie.  She turned into a stabby bitch during her tattoo which only made me laugh more.  At one point, when debating whether I should roll up both pant legs or just the tattooed one she said, & I quote "I don't give a fuck what you do with your pants."  According to her it's my fault that she was in pain because I made her laugh & therefore she "couldn't zen.  She just couldn't even.  Literally."

After the tattoos we were off to find 13 Dead End Drive in Jim Wells, WI.  Back when we were I don't know how old, and my mom's side of the family still drew names for Christmas, Kickass Cousin, one of our other cousins, & I all drew each other and got each other the board game 13 Dead End Drive.  We found Dead End Drive...and all of the house numbers started with 13 but the actual house numbers were 13xxx.  Sort of fail, sort of not,  We didn't stop again until Minnesota... well except for a bathroom break.  Once in Minnesota it was time for a Chipotle stop.  I still had a couple of gift cards so it was a basically free late lunch/early supper.  After Chipotle I dropped her off at her house, drove the hour to my house, & passed the eff out.

And that my friends is the finale of Road Trip 2.0

Tomorrow I have Shit Said on Road Trips & then it is completely over.  Womp womp