Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ten Tuesday Tunes

Kelsea Ballerini - Peter Pan

You're always gonna fly away, just because you know you can
You're never gonna learn there's no such place as Neverland
You don't understand
You'll never grow up
You're never gonna be a man,
Peter Pan


Cam - Mayday

I said I'm moving on, 'cause things were getting rough
But here I am in your bed
I strung it on too long, afraid to be alone
Now we're in over our heads
It's either sink or swim, we've tried so many times
For worse or for better
It tears my heart in two to leave it all behind
And say goodbye forever


Eric Church - Record Year

I'm either gonna get over you
Or I'm gonna blow out my ears
Yeah, you're out there now
Doin' God knows how, and I'm stuck here
Havin' a record yea
r

Livin The Dream - Drake White

Look at us with a picket fence
Don't got a lot of money but we're makin a dent
Old Ford truck with a dog in the back
Ain't we livin the dream

H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line

You made the brightest days from the darkest nights
You’re the river bank where I was baptized
Cleanse all the demons
That were killing my freedom

Next Big Thing - William Clark Green


21 Summer - Brothers Osborne

I hope you find the storm that you were chasing,
hope your eyes are still full of dreams
as they were that night when you slipped off those cut off jeans
when I hear the sound of high tide thunder,
I can see your hair blowing in the breeze
I think about how you and that 21 summer made a man of me.

Born & Raised - Shane Smith & The Saints


Church Bells - Carrie Underwood

She could hear those church bells ringing, ringing
And up in the loft, that whole choir singing, singing
Fold your hands and close your eyes
Yeah, it's all gonna be alright
And just listen to the church bells ringing, ringing
Yeah, they're ringing

Running For You - Kip Moore

But if the rain stops falling, falling on you
And your heart stops breaking, breaking in two
If the light starts fading, baby don't move
Just say my name, stay right there
I'll come running for you

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moving Madness

Friday
Friday night was my last night in my apartment.  It was a bittersweet (mostly sweet) moment.  Let's be honest, all year I've spent as little time there as possible & it never really felt like home.  

I had a half day at work on Friday.  I had an interview that afternoon & I honestly have no idea how it went.  There were certain parts that I felt like I rocked, & certain people that I felt like I won over, & other parts where I was sure they were sitting there thinking "this girl is full of shit."  It probably didn't help that that morning I had applied for a job that last year I had applied for, interviewed for, & came in 2nd for.  I want that job & it's available again.  So while I need a job, & the one I interviewed for would be a great job, I couldn't help but really want the other one.

After the interview I had planned on packing a few things so that I could put them into storage when I went to go get the unit later that day.  That didn't happen.  What did happen was a nap, followed by me getting the keys to the storage unit, & then stuffing my fave with Chipotle for the first time in a really long time.  I planned to get some packing in when I got home that night but that didn't happen either.  All of my boxes were at the back of the closet & I just didn't want to dig.  Instead I cleaned up my room, finally put away laundry that had been in baskets for weeks, & then messed around on the computer before deciding to go to bed.

Saturday
Moving.  A lot of moving.  I sent out thank you cards for the interview that I had on Friday & then headed off to the auto body shop so that I could get a couple of tires put on my car.  That was supposed to take like 20 minutes so I was just going to wait there & then drive back to my place to meet Mr. Midwest so we could go get a rental truck & then move my bed into storage.  What actually happened was that they also needed to do an alignment & fix my front brakes.  I knew both would need to be done fairly soon I just hadn't really planned on doing it that day.  I suppose it's better to have it fixed now rather than have something go wrong while I'm driving back to MN in a couple of weeks.  The people there were really great, since a lot of it hadn't been planned, they saved me money by not charging me for labor on certain parts & not charging me for the tires they put on. (they did take the 2 from my trunk that I had planned to put on)  Before I had Mr. Midwest come get me there, the guy behind the counter was even going to give me some money & the keys to his truck so that I could go get breakfast for him & myself.  After Mr. Midwest & I got the truck & loaded up my bed, I made sure to stop at Whataburger & drop off some breakfast for the guy behind the counter.  After the bed got put into storage I told Mr. Midwest that he could go back home since he had work to do & that I would take care of the rest myself.  I spent the rest of the day packing stuff up.  A little before 2 my car was done so I went to go pay for the repairs & then took my stuff up to storage.  When I got back I had to take an Uber to go pick my car up.  At that point I was so tired that I just didn't want to do anymore moving so I headed down to Mr. Midwest's.

Sunday
I planned on going to Toyota Fest around 2 so I could see Breelan Angel, Chase Bryant, & most importantly Kip Moore.  I went to return the truck in the morning & since I was by my apartment I decided to pack up more & bring it up to storage.  I got done with that about 1:30.  At that point I was exhausted.  I really could have still gone up there to see Kip Moore at 5, but in the end I decided that with the traffic, a 2.5-3 hour round trip drive wasn't worth an hour of music when I was already tired.  So instead I spent the rest of the day/night watching TV & Netflix.

Moving is going to be the death of me.
Luckily I'm not at work today.  However, that means I'll be spending the majority of it finishing up the packing & cleaning the apartment so I can be done with it.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Goodbye Ridglea

One
American Flag Dress
I bought this dress from Tipsy Elves because my love of patriotic clothing knows no bounds.  They have more than just patriotic clothing & if you shop through here I will get $20 off my next order.  IF you do choose to buy any of their patriotic clothing however, you can use the code Memorial15 through June 1 to get 15% off your order.

Two

I have a job interview today at 1:30.  Please do some finger crossing, praying, good vibe sending.  I need a job, that's a fact.  As of this moment come August 26th I will no longer be getting paid.  However, more than just the fact that I need a job, this is a district I would love to work in.  It's a great school district & it's where Mr. Midwest lives.  So hopefully on Monday I will be able to update y'all & tell you that it went really well, & perhaps that I was offered the job right then & there.  I'd really like to go into summer vacation without having to worry about finding a new job.

Three
We were on block scheduling Wednesday & Thursday so that seniors could take their finals.  This meant that on Wednesday we had an hour & forty-five minutes for our conference.  Rather than sit around in my classroom & talk like we normally do, 3 of my favorite co-workers and I went to Chili's to eat chips, salsa, & queso.  I wish all days could be like that.  My wallet & waistline however are happy that they aren't.

Four
Wednesday night was the spring athletics banquet at school.  The following night was the spring academics banquet.  It's always fun to see the kids get dressed up & receive recognition for the hard work that they put in both in class & in sports.

Five

Nothing else really notable happened during the week so I'll just leave you with this little image of how I look when I'm sitting at my desk & trying to get the motion lights to turn back on in my classroom because I haven't moved enough.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Secrets Are Lies

**I'm sad that this is potentially the final season of Nashville**

**I keep going back & forth when it comes to potentially moving in with Mr. Midwest in August.  I want to move forward with a boy but I've also essentially been single & lived alone my entire adult life & changing that is scary**

**When my cursor decides to just jump to wherever it wants when I'm typing I get a little stabby**

**I both want & don't want this school year to end**

**I scheduled myself an hour & a half massage for the day after school gets out because I deserve it**

**I am in desperate need of a manicure & pedicure**

**I still have almost nothing packed & I start moving stuff in 2 days**

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Currently In May

Making: Poor shopping choices...why does warm weather always make me want to buy shit?

Eating: Frozen meals.  Since Friday is my last night in the apartment I wanted to avoid using as many dishes as possible.

Drinking: Water.  Both carbonated & tap.  I'm obsessed with lemon flavored carbonated water.

Reading: Nothing.  I have a stack of 4 or 5 books that I'm ready to read this summer on vacation.

Listening: To people walking their dogs & leaving in my parking lot

Watching: The season finale of Hawaii Five-0.

Wanting: To no longer adult

Looking: Forward to getting to see all of my friends & family back in MN in a few weeks.

Enjoying: My last few days in my apartment.  Friday will be my last night here.

Waiting: For summer vacation to start #17Days

Wondering: If I'm gong to have a new job before this school year ends or not.

Loving: All of the support I've had with leaving my current job & finding a new one.

Needing: To repaint my nails yet again.

Wearing: A black tank top & jean shorts

Smelling: Nothing.  I literally notice no smell around me.

Noticing: How badly I need a new wardrobe.

Knowing: That I should really start packing up my apartment soon.

Laughing: At the gifs that my friend & I are always sending back & forth.

Daydreaming: About how I'm going to get myself to Europe

Feeling: Bittersweet about leaving my current school district.  I have never worked with so many awesome people.  I'm really going to miss them.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Netflix & Chill

Friday
On Friday one of our track girls headed off to state (she wound up getting 4th in hurdles.)  Because she was the only track member, guys or girls, that made it to state, we spent the athletic period make posters to surprise her with as they drove away from the school.  I missed the actually send off but apparently she cried she was so surprised.  The actual school day drug on & on.  My 5th-7th periods doubled in size because the teacher next to me is the hurdles coach & had to go with Kenzie for state but no sub ever picked up his classes.  That evening I did absolutely nothing.  I painted my nails for the 3rd time that week (sunshine & trophy wife) on the patio while enjoying a margarita.  Truth be told I only drank part of it before dumping the rest down the drain.  I just wasn't in the mood.  I finished catching up on my shows, the only episodes I have left are the ones that have yet to air, & started passing out at 9:30.  By 10 I shut down my computer & went to bed.

Saturday
I woke up starving & craving breakfast tacos so after some deliberation I went to Fuzzy's because it was close, I knew they took credit card, & it's pretty cheap.  I got one with bacon & one with chorizo.  Breakfast tacos always hit the spot.  I had planned on starting to pack stuff up but realized there wasn't much I could do until closer to the end of the week when I actually move.  So instead I sat in bed & made teenage me super happy by watching Bring It On, Save the Last Dance, & Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on Netflix.  When did Netflix decide to actually get good movies??  

For about a week the plan had been to drive meet Helen & Caleb at their house & then go to Old Chicago for dinner around 6.  The night before we decided we wanted to do some patio day drinking so after I spent 5.5 hours reliving my teen years on Netflix it was off to Dallas, of course I had to stop at Starbucks first because frappuchino happy hour.  None of us were hungry yet so instead of going straight to Old Chicago we decided to start at the Richardson Truck Yard.  Meat in the Street, Rockstar Bakeshop, & Oh My Kabob Benita were the trucks there that day.  While Caleb just got a beer Helen & I both tried the Cool Cucumber.  It was really good & had the potential to be really dangerous.  It essentially tasted like carbonated cucumber water.  We were starting to get hungry & the food at the truck yard was starting to smell really good so we went to Old Chicago to get some pizza.  

I hadn't been to Old Chicago since college, & actually didn't even think they existed in TX, so when I found out there were in fact a few I had to go.  We started off with some wings & then got the Applewood-Spiced BBQ Chicken pizza.  Caleb once again just got a beer while Helen & I got a beermosa (Blue Moon & orange juice.)  I'm not an orange juice fan but I do like Blue Moon & I enjoyed the drink.  I probably wouldn't drink more than one but it was still good.  Helen & I each got a flight of beer after that. 

Our last patio stop of the night was The People's Last Stand.  Helen & Caleb both had traditional Moscow Mules while I decided to try a couple of different variations.  One was called the April O'Neil (it was made with strawberry & kiwi vodka) & the other was called The People's Far West (raspbertty & mint vodka.)  We sat around playing trivia until the sun went down & we started getting cold.  Because we're old instead of hitting up another bar to sit inside, we went & bought some meat & cheese to eat at their house.  We They watched Dirty Grandpa while I passed out on their couch.

Sunday
Sunday morning I woke up at their place & then headed on home to be productive.  I needed to get food ready for the week but because I'll be moving stuff starting Friday I didn't really want to dirty anymore dishes so I wound up getting frozen meals to eat for my lunches/suppers this week.  The only other productive thing I managed to get done was laundry.  For real Netflix...I'm grateful for the good movies but it seriously puts productivity on the back corner.  Plus, I was so tired from staying up so late (12:30) the night before that laying in bed with Netflix seemed optimal.  I wound up watching The Sandlot, Little Rascals, Charlotte's Web,  Varsity Blues before I decided I was hungry.  I got some wings & then watched Into The Wild for the first time ever until it was time for bed.  #WildWeekend

Friday, May 13, 2016

I'd Rather Be Lucky


Happy Friday y'all!  Today is the only Friday 13th of 2016 & I hope it treats you well!  I don't believe in bad luck (or good luck) on Friday the 13th, just like I don't believe in broken mirrors, black cats, etc being bad luck.  In fact, there are only 2 superstitions I really have: don't turn off/walk out of a game before it's over (it ain't over til it's over) & getting a tattoo for your significant other is a sure way of guaranteeing that it's going to end.

On with my week...

One
I tried the new Caramel Waffle Cone frappuchino from Starbucks.  Which, itself is not post worthy.  I mean it's delicious but that's not what this is about.  When I got home from work on Monday I remembered I needed to get something for breakfast for the rest of the week (the consistency of the eggs I had made for breakfast burritos made me want to vomit so I threw them out that morning) so I left again to go to the store.  I live half a mile from a grocery store but decided I didn't want to go there & randomly decided to go to Target instead.  Even more randomly I decided to go to the Target that's slightly farther away but nicer than the one I usually go to.  I grabbed some muffins, grabbed some pizza rolls, checked out, & then decided to hit up Starbucks.  When I got in line the following played out in my head:

That girl looks really familiar.  Do I know her?
She looks exactly like that girl from Chicago Fire.
I need to creep a picture of this!
Son of a bitch!  The one time I don't have my phone on me is the one time something like this would happen to me!
Maybe they'll say her name & I can see who plays her when I get back to my car.
Damn it barista why don't you need our names?!  Y'all always ask for names!
She sounds exactly like her too!
Should I say something?
No don't say anything what if it isn't her.
Even if it is her she's in a damn Target getting Starbucks looking all comfy & casual...leave the girl alone.
*A million awkward side glances while I wait for my drink*

I grab my drink, get to my car, Google Chicago Fire, find the real name of the actress, see she's originally from Texas, start geeking out, she that she's originally from 20 min south of Fort Worth, start geeking out even more, realize that Chicago Fire is done filming for the season & see that she comes back during breaks from filming, geek out to the nth degree.  Oh, it was Kara Killmer aka Sylvie Brett.  I've met a handful of singers of varying celebrity status but the only other time I've ever randomly ran into a celebrity was when my friend literally walked right into the actor that plays Scott Thomas on Eurotrip when we were in Austin for SXSW 4 years ago. #6DegreesOfKevinBacon 

Me & Kara Killmer: Starbucks
Kara & Eamonn Walker: Chicago Fire
Eamonn & Bruce Willis: Tears of the Sun
Bruce & Brad Pitt: 12 Monkeys
Brad & Kevin Bacon: Sleepers


Two
The freshmen are doing a zombie apocalypse project in their biology class where they need to find a partner & need to figure out mutations & such in order to have the best traits to survive.  The teachers are having their own zombie game.  One teacher was selected to be patient zero & that person started the "infection."  In order to infect someone you need to go up to the other teacher, place your hand on them, & say "the copiers are working."  The only way to protect yourself is to have a stapler on you.  A mini stapler will protect you against 1 attack, a regular against 2, & a large one against 3.  I went to Walmart & got myself some cheap staplers so I'd be protected against 4 attacks at a time.

Three
If you remember on Sunday I had just painted my nails pink.  This is why I don't normally paint my nails.  Part way into Tuesday my nails were already chipping so I had to redo them when I got home from work.  This time I went with Essie "In the Cab-ana"  Just 2 more weeks & I can get my nails professionally done again.  (For the record it started chipping the next day)

Any suggestions on what color I should go for when I get them done again at the end of the month??

Four

Wednesday night Mr. Midwest & I went to go see the new Captain America movie.  It was good.  Not, it needed to be 2.5 hours long good, but good.  It was definitely action packed & thanks to the people on the internet who had already seen it I knew to stay after 2 credit rolls.  Despite all the action in the movie I fell asleep more than once.  In my defense I had had a long day & it didn't even start until 8:30.  I am too old for a 2.5 hour movie to start that late on a week day.  I'd still recommend it if you haven't yet seen it.

Five
I came home Thursday to this.  I also came home to the trash can gone but a full trash bag hanging on the pantry door.  Apparently my roommate took all of her big stuff, including her trash can, but couldn't bother to also take the trash out.  18 more day until our lease ends!  There's going to be a solid week & a half that our apartment sits empty though because I'm moving all of my stuff out on the 21.  I was tempted to just go stay with Mr. Midwest starting the 16 but I might as well be at my place to pack everything up so that it's ready to be put into storage for the summer.  Packing begins this weekend!