What. A. Friday! I got to do a check off the good ole’ bucket list on Friday… To go live on the news! I was soooo nervous but it was awesome! I would love to do it again. I mean, it’s just talking. I LOVE TALKING!
So long story short, a PR company from NYC was looking for a person to go live on Lincoln’s CBS 10/11 to share products for National Wine Day (on May 25th). I wanted so bad to say no, because that’s a little scary going on the air to talk about something I have no idea about. But all I could keep thinking about was Shonda Rhime’s book Year of Yes. I would totally regret saying no. So I went for it. Plus, I was able to keep all of the wine they would send – so I was sold!
I received the products and studied up. I had no idea what I was going into, which made me extremely nervous all week. I’ve never wanted 5pm on a Friday to come so bad (because that would mean the segment was over)!
During the day of I was freaking out over what to wear. If you Google “What to wear on the news” you will read that the #1 rule is no black, white, red, or patterns. OMG. Literally, my entire wardrobe is black and white. I ended up using my ONLY pastel colored tank and had to put a jacket over it because it was spaghetti strapped and probably to promiscuous for a 4pm Lincoln news segment.
Steezy secret: I went shopping this weekend and purchased a new dress and a top in case I ever find myself in this position again. I’m calling it my pathway to becoming Oprah.
Laugh if you want. It’s a joke but I won’t stop it if it were to happen! 😉
Anyway, I roll up to da studio and the producer just tells me to set up then leaves the studio. I’m just like ummm omgsh, she thinks I really know these products and that I’m actually a wine expert… I’M NOT! AHHHH! HELPPPP!
The news gods were with me that day thankfully. The news anchors were super laid back and awesome! I was going to be the ending part of the show (FINALE!!) so I got front row action to the entire news! I’ve never learned so much from the news than I did in about 15 minutes. It was awesome!
Then… my 2 minutes and 27 seconds of complete Lincoln fame came. I literally had no idea the news was live at first (you can tell if you watch my face in the first few seconds).
After I was done, they were like, “This was perfect! We would love to do this again.”
Then my head blew up and I walked out of 10/11 all like…
So hopefully you see more of this. I’m calling myself “The Lincoln Party Expert”. I’m thinking of pitching segments that revolve around partying and entertainment. Thoughts?
I went straight to one of our family member’s house and watched the 2:27 worth of epic footage. But first, made sure to drink some of that wine. (I refused to watch it until I had a glass of vino in my hand).
Then I started getting tipsy and role playing how I wanted the segment to go…
On that note, go prepare yourself for National Wine Day on the 25th!!
*Repost from Feb. because it’s wedding season again!
I started writing this post back in November but I’m just NOW finally getting around to posting it. Talk about procrastination AMIRIGHT? I started writing it because I had all these wedding thoughts swirling in my head and now I’m already forgetting everything, so I figured I better get this out in the world before I forget some great tips that might help out a new bride or groom gettin’ hitched! 😉
I wrote my first batch of unsolicited advice before the wedding but now I have the “legit” advice since it actually happened. And it’s vital that you know this information before you walk down the aisle.
Just kidding, not really, but these might be really, really helpful!
And bare with me, this post might get lengthy!
First off, here’s what I’ve learned from other weddings that I realized are crucial for guests.
The things I remember most from weddings – how much fun I had. I also remember these:
1. Did I ever go hungry?
I will never forget when someone had fun snacks later in the night. One friend had grilled cheese bites and another had Taco Inn burritos and Culvers ice cream! You just don’t forget things like that… 😉
We went with popcorn. I’m personally a popcorn FREAK, so it was natural to have popcorn with M&M’s, pretzels, and peanuts to add in. And it’s a pretty affordable option if you get massive bags of popcorn and hit up Sam’s club for the fixings.
One other thing – make sure the main food is good and remember people have different dietary restrictions. I’m pescatarian ( the only meat I eat is fish ) so I have often found myself eating random things or picking around the meat. It sucks. And I’m nice about it, but a lot of people will get instantly annoyed if they go hungry because they couldn’t eat the food.
2. Did I have fun?
This is obviously a given. But it all stems back to one thing: The DJ. When we were hiring a DJ, we took it the most seriously, because if you have a bad DJ, there’s no bouncing back from it. It’s not that DJ’s can be bad, it’s just they aren’t the style you might be looking for. When people get DJ’s they want one thing–to dance. So look for one that has done weddings like yours (for example, we knew we would have a young crowd, so we made sure they were used to keeping the party bumpin’!)
What to spend your money on
Now this is simply my opinion and it’s totally cool if you don’t agree with me ( it’s a good thing if you don’t, it makes every wedding unique ) 🙂But I really don’t understand how some parties drop a ton of money on things that won’t last like flowers or focus on the smallest details that jump up the wedding tab like crazy. If I had a big wedding budget, I would have gone all in too, but we had a large wedding so budget needed to be allocated accordingly (you know, for the important things: booze, food, good DJ…) We wanted a fun party for both young and older people alike, so things like fancy details and precious flowers weren’t necessary.
If your wedding is more for an older crowd or a fancier bunch, then this isn’t a tip for you.
I like to think of money worth well spent on things people can actually enjoy and be a part of. Like, food, because they can taste it. Drinks, because they can enjoy it and taste. Music, they can listen to. Catch my drift? Table decor they see obviously but it’s not something they can actually taste or feel, leaving them likely to forget what it even looked like.
Use Pinterest at your own risk
This is a repeat from my last wedding blog post. Okay, but before I go any further, I do have to say something: I have seen pictures from some weddings that looked straight off of a Pinterest board and wow, it was amazing. So beautiful and hell yeah do it if you can/want to spend the woman-hours doing so. By all means, go for it girl!
It’s just not my thing. At all. I actually started to despise Pinterest once we really started planning and understanding prices/budgets. There are so many ideas and you can’t do them all, so why keep bogging yourself down with more thoughts and ideas? I found out quickly that I had to draw a line and stop searching for the perfect color, perfect table decoration, and just let the pieces fall where they may. However, this is also coming from someone who would’ve liked to have a wedding planner instead of trying to pick out things myself!
Just be real with yourself when you’re looking at Pinterest. My only tip is to remember that what you see on Pinterest is probably super expensive. You start to get a sense for what things cost once you get going. I will never forget the slap in the face that Brandon and I had when we first realized how much everything would cost. We thought we had it planned from the start – A downtown wedding, which yes, will be pricey, but we will have the ceremony and reception in the same place and keep it to 250 people with a starting price of $12,500+ for just rental space, food, and bar. Um yeah, my parents pretty much laughed in my face. To be completely transparent, we may have spent that, but at least we got a heck of a lot more out of it.
The slow times and crazy times of planning
The one thing that was nuts about “planning a wedding” is how there is like literally nothing to do for months. MONTHS! It’s actually super annoying. Because then you do everything at once. but if you have a solid year until the wedding and the places/vendors are booked. There’s really not much you can do until it gets closer. I mean you can definitely get ahead, but for me it just didn’t feel right until it was closer to my wedding. There was zero motivation because every time I sat down to try to figure out what colors I want, I would get flustered and stop and come back to it another night (or month).
The most stressful part of wedding planning
I was most surprised that this was the most stressful thing about the entire wedding planning process, but guess what it was? Invites. Damn invites.
I truly had no idea how much work they would be. This is also probably because I was extremely indecisive on colors, theme, etc. But my goodness they were hard. The Save the Dates were the easiest because those you just have to get out there and can make them super fun or really plain – there’s no right or wrong to them. Minus the part about creating the guest list, though. The first “hard” part with wedding planning is DA LIST. Because then you start factoring prices into the mix and deciding where to draw the line can get really intense.
When it came to the invites. Oh hot damn, talk about dumb traditional things that you have to do. Like, did you know that when using numbers you have to spell them out? It would’ve been easy just to work with someone professional, but then you’re shelling out so much money and we had like 350 invites to send so we were trying to use our resources. We went with a printer in town which was one of the best ideas ever (seriously, use a printer, they are so much cheaper – we had them do our programs too). Then came the design. We worked so hard and also procrastinated really bad. Brandon ended up using his minimal Photoshop and InDesign skills and whipped them up. Which was helpful because there are so many edits that having someone on hand to do them quick is the way to go. There’s another golden tip by the way: You will do a lot of invitation and program edits. If I could do it again, I would pick a design on Etsy and have them make it and get them printed here in town. That is one of the best tips I can give you!
Oh! Don’t forget about postage. So if you want to add string, extra papers, etc. it might cost more for stamps and those rack up the bill so flipping fast, it’s scary.
Oh, boy was registering fun *insert mischevious grin here* I love shopping. I used a little checklist from a wedding book on what to register for. I didn’t register for everything on it because let’s be honest, I’m not going to be using a cake stand anytime soon…
We live in an apartment, so we actually had to buy storage just to put all of our new kitchen stuff in. It’s fun to register for things, but don’t get too scanner-happy, remember to ask yourself where that pressure cooker is actually going to go. Also, I don’t know if this is how it is for other couples, but we got a TON of gift cards. So remember that if you don’t register for everything, your guests will most likely just give you money or gift cards to do with what you please. Be sure to check your lists after wedding showers too to make sure it doesn’t need to be replenished.
We also found that if you register really early, some of the items will go out of stock, so keep an eye on your registry (without spoiling your gifts to see what you’re getting)! 😉
My best tip for registering? Be aware that you are going to get lots of things that aren’t on your registry. We ended up with so many food storage things and pizza stones, which was odd but great because we love pizza! Ha! But the problem is finding a place for it all…
Most important: Don’t worry, be happy.
I can not stress this one enough. I don’t understand why some brides get all stressed and worried – you’re depriving yourself on one of the most important days of your life!! I understand that some people are more “type-A” and controlling(in a good way) than me, but you gotta let everything go and just enjoy the moments you’re living in.
There is no reason to worry, about anything. There’s a ton of people working for you and if something is wrong, someone will be on it! And if you’re worried that you can’t depend on someone to take care of things for you, hire a wedding coordinator or ask a family or friend that you can trust with the job.
Also, remember that if something does happen, like your hair isn’t as perfect as you would like, or your nail chipped – you will not remember it after your big day.
Other Random Tips
+ Use Google docs to keep you and your other half on the same page and organized!
+ Have fun!!
+ Did I mention have fun?
If you have any questions or need someone to talk to about the wedding, hit me up!
Side note: This blog title makes me sound like a college freshman.
Like the title exposes, Brandon and I were finally able to accomplish the unthinkable. Not to go out on Friday or Saturday night. Sounds easy, right? It’s not. Maybe it’s a sign of getting a tad bit older, but I get so pumped to think that there’s nothing going on for the weekend ahead. But then something always pops up and when Friday night rolls around I’m 96% of the time always ready to party. Then Monday shows it’s nasty little face and I’m cursing at why I wasted my weekend being unhealthy and not getting anything productive done. Maybe it’s because we live downtown so it’s hard to get away from the happenings, I don’t know?
But this weekend was different. Finally… it was actually happening. Sure, we had a grad party to attend at one of our favorite bars a block over from our apt, but it was during the day, so didn’t need to expect a hangover or anything this weekend.
Amidst this sobering journey, I discovered a whole new side of myself and Brandon and I’s relationship this weekend. So here’s what we did when decided to not “go out”.
We got home from work and took a look at all the potentials that lie ahead of us on this hangover-less weekend.
But shortly after we get home, we got quickly bored and started to feel the guilt of not being active when we have time and can sleep in the next day. So we went for a longggg walk around UNL’s campus.
I’m pretty much about to cry over the heap of memories that came upon me. (Every graduation weekend, I get this same feeling). HOW DID TIME SLIP BY SO FAST?!
NOT TO MENTION. Talk about upgrades! DANG. Now we know where our tuition money went… It looks so great, though. I need to plan some more runs/walks around campus this summer. It just brings me back!
The campus is so pretty, though. Not to mention, FOOTBALL coming soon.
I also FINALLY discovered how to get the perfect filter that I’ve been trying to go for forever. Ya just gotta up that saturation and ambiance! It pretty much only works for outdoor photos, though sadly.
Remember the story about these? We learned it at the beginning of college. I think (correct me anyone, if I’m wrong) but doesn’t the story go that if you don’t have a kiss during college and you walk through the pillars, they will fall down?
That was pretty much our wild Friday night.
Woke up early to the sounds of police whistles guiding hungover college graduates to PBA. I felt amazing and was loving it! I didn’t mind them waking me up.
We then treated ourselves to some Embassy Suites breakfast. I know what you’re thinking… but wour friend was staying there 😉
I’m not sure if you know this or not but Embassy Suites has the best biscuits and gravy, ever. AND the best breakfast selection. I would easily eat there every day if I could. #Lifegoalz
Then we just walked a ton some more. Walked our way around the Farmer’s Market then to Haymarket Park just because we could and then ended on the “Lincoln” bridge to watch for signs of the air show. Mind you, this is all before 12:30pm. In that moment, I felt as if I had morphed into a new human being. Who was I being this productive and alive on a Sat. morning?
Later, we finally met our destiny. A bar. We went to a grad party, had a couple beers that then led to “Let’s go to sushi happy hour!” which then led to trying some weird saki drink that was $2. Brandon didn’t drink it so of course I finished it and then had a $3 marg.
Okay, so maybe I’ll sling a couple back this weekend, but I still wasn’t partying. It was only 5pm! We watched the Kentucky Derby then headed to Rocket Fizz to get treats.
Then we stuffed our face with Papa Johns and watched Entourage. In bed around 11 or so.
This was the real winner of them all. To top off a weekend on no “partying” we went to church (GASP) and it gets even stranger. For some reason, I woke up really early, got ready fast and then started cleaning because I had time before heading to Omaha.
Ew. Just typing that made me a little disappointed in myself. But hey, weekend changes are a good thing.
We then just hung out with my family all day and it was awesome! TOTAL success of a weekend. It’s amazing how much you can cram in a weekend if you try hard enough!
In the end, my plan for the weekend was to read a ton, blog a ton, and workout–I didn’t exactly do that, but I did walk almost 15,000 miles in two days! Hey, it’s somethin’.
Since Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, why not celebrate with a healthy recipe?! (Because Cinco de Mayo is that oh sh*t moment when you realize it’s almost bikini season). Plus, this dish is colorful, which reminds me of a fiesta, now just need tequila…
This little number was adapted from this recipe, but I spun it into my own with a few slight changes. Check it out!
This recipe is super easy to make, you are literally pouring the ingredients in one pot. The squash takes a little longer, but in the end, it’s worth it! Side note: I love spaghetti squash, but does anyone else get super nervous when making it?? I’ve heard HORROR stories of the squash exploding in the microwave and/or stove. Seriously, I heard it crackling in the stove and freaked out – probably took it out too early to, but didn’t want to chance it. (It was just the olive oil making the noise, mind you).
For the Squash:
1 Spaghetti Squash (I actually bought two because they were pretty small in size)
Salt and Pepper
For the yummy part:
1 cup of brown rice
1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes (can use regular diced if you choose)
1 red pepper chopped
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon of maple syrup (THE BEST PART!)
1 can of corn
1. Cook the spaghetti squash how you wish. I chose the microwave/stove approach but probably didn’t end up cooking long enough because of my fear of an exploding squash.
2. While the squash baby is cooking, add the rice, tomatoes, red pepper, mushrooms, onion, minced garlic, olive oil, and salt in a pot. Bring to a boil, simmer and stir occasionally for 25-30 minutes.
3. Add in the cumin, maple syrup, and corn and keep on stirrin’!
4. Once the squash is ready, fork out those noodles!
5. Add your mixed toppings and ENJOY!!!
I’m not sure how many servings it is supposed to be, but I got about 4 from it! I was also working with 2 smaller spaghetti squashes, so not sure if that had anything to do with it. The way I look at it is it’s healthy, so eat up!! 😉
I’M BACKKKKK!!!!! My blog hiatus was due to discovering Game of Thrones (I know, I’ve been under a rock) and Vega$!
Speaking of Vegas, holy crap – I felt permanently car sick and extremely unhealthy for a few straight days this week. I pulled a Wed-Sun Vegas run. I totally knew what I was getting myself into, but ya know what? YOLO. Not to mention, the plane ride home Sunday was the worst turbulence I’ve ever experienced. I thought it was the end. I also eyeballed that barf bag like it was about to become my friend for the first time.
But dang, was it a blast! This was my fifth Vegas trip and every time I always find something new to love. That’s a given, though, it’s Vegas! I even almost signed up for one of those sidewalk solicitors to tour a hotel for two hours and in return get a discount on Motown the Musical tickets. Don’t worry, I didn’t do it. But I did want to go to Motown the Musical! Get this, though. I did see the one… the only…
It was everything I expected and MORE. She was lip syncing, but lez be honest, we all knew that was happening. She sang SO many hits. I was instantly taken back to my childhood. I felt like I was back in my old best friend’s house jamming to Britney, getting on AIM, and just figuring out how we would grow up to be her. That might not have happened, but seeing her during 2007, I thought “maybe I don’t want that in my life?”
So this is a tough decision, but I think my favorite song is “Everytime” and when she sang it, she came from the ceiling like an angel (literally!). OMG!!!!!!!!!!!
And her dance moves were on FIRE! She’s back, baby!!!
Another awesome thing I found…
I went twice during this trip because it is so that GOOD! I have a couple tips, though!
1. If you go during the day it’s cheaper.
2. There should always be a discount available that you can find. I don’t know if these work for nights, I think it’s just during the day but ask your hotel if they have a discount – I really think they all do. Or just Google for one.
3. Spend an extra $10 and get ALL YOU CAN DRANK for the Happy 1/2 Hour ride! That doesn’t sound like a long time, but challenge yourself. I believe in you. They also let you take a drink off the ride, so sling back a couple before you make it back to the bottom so you can get one to go! 😉
The Fountains of Bellagio is actually really cool.
I have seen it from afar, but never up close. And it’s sweet! I have a newfound appreciation for that ole’ fountain!
The rest of the trip was just as you would imagine it to be. Drinking, walking around, Margaritaville, dancing, YOLOing all around. SO much fun.
Lots of inspiration went into the making of this post. Here’s a quick breakdown:
1. Kobe played his final NBA game last night (isn’t this the end of the era for all of us M.J./Bulls/Grant Hill/etc. era kids?)
2. I have listened to so much Britney Spears in the past week because I’m seeing her next week!!!!!!!! (*freaking out*)
3. It’s #ThrowbackThursday and I lurve reliving the ole’ glory days. Especially the days when I rolled glitter on my eyelids with the help of Bath and Body Works.
So it got me thinking… What were those highlights of our early years? Well, here’s what I got.
You know you were livin’ when…
1. Beads dangled from your door.
Admit it, you had those and they would fall down ALL THE TIME. Imagine yourself storming away to your room because your mom wouldn’t let you use the ethernet cord to get on the internet because she had to call someone. Then right when you push through the beads, you slam your door and the beads get tangled in the door knob and they fall to the ground.
2. Inflatable furniture graced your bedroom floor.
Sure, inflatable furniture is a good idea in theory, but that shiz was awful. It never stayed full of air and I was never able to find the holes in that thing where the air was sneaking out. Also, did you ever come in hot and sweaty from playing outside and sit on that thing? UCK. I even had an inflatable table. TABLE. How is that possibly a good idea to hold liquid substance that will stain the carpet. My parents must’ve hated me.
3. A Furby.
I feel so bad for our parents. Because 1.) that thing is terrifying and 2.) I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure my parents waited in a crazy long line for that and spent too much money on it. I don’t remember the price, but I remember feeling like it was $100. Also, the worst part… Did it ever randomly start talking in the middle of the night?!!! I removed the batteries after that. HELL NO.
4. Beanie Babies. Beanie Babies everywhere.
Those things are still lingering in my parent’s basement “because they will be worth something one day.” I even have the Princess Diana one! I also have a secret: I have it in a plastic case next to my bed (at my parent’s house)… To this day.
5. Your “iPod” before iPod’s were even a thing.
Yup, I’m talking about those little keychain music things that you could buy at McDonald’s and get about 30 quality seconds of a hit song. “Hit Clips”. Bonus points to whoever can tell me how much each “song” cost. I can’t remember but I remember my parents telling me “no” every time I asked for a new “song”.
6. Talking on the phone and talking with a see-through masterpiece.
Not only was talking on the phone a way of life but if you had your own line and/or a see-through phone, you were making it in life. You were going to places that only other kids could dream of.
Side note: Just looked up a picture of a phone and found some on Ebay… Here you have a “Vintage Retro Clear See Through Corded Phone”. EXCUSE ME?! “Vintage”? “Retro”? WHAT IS THIS. If only I still relied on a landline I would purchase one of these bad boys to fulfill my younger life fantasies.
7. *~StEeZy Is AwAy RiGhT nOw~*
AIM Away messages were EVERYTHING. Sometimes I would just put one up to make it look like I had a life outside of playing on the computer, but in reality, my “buddies” just weren’t talking to me. Also, remember emo song lyrics as your away message? WHO DID WE THINK WE WERE?
8. You decided that you were going to Harvard Law thanks to Elle Woods.
“What? Like it’s hard?”
9. You witnessed your parents stock up on bottled water during Y2K just in case.
Man, looking back at that is HILARIOUS. We actually thought we might be at risk. I remember once it hit midnight, everyone just stood still for like a millisecond to make sure we were still alive then continued on shouting. Classic.
10. You learned to debate at an early age thanks to Backstreet Boys VS. NSYNC and Britney VS. Christina
And before that was which Spice Girl was the best. I held onto the fact that Sporty and Ginger was btw. I always played the Sporty barbie doll but always acted out Ginger. My parents were probably frightened at what I would grow up to be because of that.
When it comes to the BSB and NSYNC – we all know NSYNC takes the cake. As well as Britney. If anyone disagrees, I will fight you like it’s 1999.
11. You have a lot of regrettable fashion choices.
Awe, Snapchat. What an addictive little app. I could easily say it’s now my favorite app next to Insta. The best part is a lot of celebs and influencers have taken it on and holy crap I love creepin’ on their lives! It still feels weird to know what Kate Hudson is doing in that exact moment. Speaking of, she’s fun to follow but if she was some random friend you had in college, you would be so annoyed so fast. lol go check her out to see what I mean (Snap name: khudsnaps) she is the type to just use a plain snap filter and move it around her face making duck faces. I’m not even kidding. Go look. lol
Here are some of my favorite “Snappers”:
Gary Vaynerchuck (GaryVee)
If you ever feel like not doing anything and being lazy, just follow Gary and he’ll put some motivation in ya! The man barely sleeps and he is constantly snapping and talking! I bet people just watch him walk and talk into his phone being like WTF?. Haha it’s so good.
Karena and Katrina – Tone it Up (karenakatrina)
Omgsh I have two girl crushes and they are with these two. I love following them on Snapchat. They are pretty funny and damn, show me how little I work out. They are seriously working out like all day long and smiling and laughing. I don’t get it. But they also show their cute little pets all the time!
Emily Schumann – Cupcakes and Cashmere (e.schuman)
One of the most famous bloggers shows you behind the scenes of her blog and she does such a good job or snapping. She’s not over the top and give you everything you want… Like closeups of cake and candy. 😉 AND! Her handwriting on her phone is so good. Just wait till you see what I mean. She’s perfect. She also has a pretty cute kid she shows off.
Taylor Wolfe – The Daily Tay (thedailytay)
Okay, bringing on the bloggers! This is one of my fave bloggers and her snaps are HILARIOUS. Seriously, if you want mini videos of people talking about funny things, just follow her.
Lauryn Evarts – The Skinny Confidential (laurynevarts)
Another blogger that’s fun to stalk! She uses Snapchat religiously. She’ll take you everywhere and talk about everything. Make recipes, give you product reviews, seriously it’s like a walking/talking blog.
Daymond John (thesharkdaymond)
This guy is always on the move, I have seriously caught him in Omaha on Snapchat before! What the!?
Kiersten – The Blonde Abroad (theblondeabroad)
If I could jump into anyone else’s Snapchat, it would be hers. She’s a travel blogger and always traveling in some exotic, beautiful place.
Mike Stud (mikestudhomie)
I was refreshing my Snapchat for this account when he was in Lincoln–when he is on tour, his friends will snap the entire concert for you! Also, be warned – not always safe snaps for work.
Kaitlyn Bristowe (snapbackbean)
YOU GUYS another girl crush right here. She is actually hilarious and when her and Shawn appear on each other’s snapchats – YES. Speaking of…
Shawn Booth (shawn_booth)
I’m tellin’ ya – these guys are actually funny and not lame how you think someone from the Bach would be.
I’m not nearly as cool as these peeps above, but if you want to follow my shenanigans, here’s my code! Just snap a picture of it 🙂
What are your favorite Snapchat accounts to follow? Always in the business of adding more accounts!
P.S. Just found a new fave. Chris Pratt. Find him at ChrisPrattSnaps – I almost fell off my chair laughing at this guy.
Everyone knows that time of life. The mid-life crisis. But what about the one before that when your life hits a quarter in its age? Well, I found some words that speak to every mid-20-something’s soul.
I don’t even remember how, but I stumbled across this new book coming out called Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke, and Hangry”by Samantha Jayne. I impulsed pre-ordered the book on Amazon because it was calling my name. It’s a short read (win), relatable (also win), and the poems I read I was LOL’ing (ca-ching!)
Even though it’s not a novel or memoir to make you gain heaps of knowledge, it’s pretty good. Bonus: with nice little paintings dedicated to each poem 🙂
Here are some of my favorite lines and it’s also way funnier when you actually read it aloud like a poet does:
“Today I saw a baby
with such cuteness and grace,
I thought, ‘Aw I want a baby,’
but then I punched myself in the face.”
“I can’t afford a Zen garden
or tranquility pond,
so I’ll unwind by wandering
through Bed Bath & Beyond.”
“My alma mater implored me
to send them a donation.
If anything, I should write them
an equal invitation.”
“The waiting list was dismal,
the trek there was a pain,
but my muffin got twelve likes,
so brunch was not in vain.”
P.S. This makes a great gift for anyone turning 25+! 😉
I don’t think I’ve hit a quarter-life crisis, but I do get down when I realize my hangovers are the worst they’ve ever been after drinking like 5 drinks in an 8-hour time span the night before. What is this? I also finally realized why credit cards suck. I screwed myself over in college and now I’m paying for it, literally. Along with student loans. EEK. How did that diploma cost so much is what I wanna know. I will also never take the freedom of my N-Card for granted ever, again. Those random snack hauls from the Union paid in full by my little red N-Card and I never saw the bill. That’s l-i-v-i-n-g.
25 is great, though, don’t get me wrong! I still feel young as ever but if I could be granted one wish. I would go back to tailgating with da crew in the bottoms and drinking jungle juice, sleeping in until noon because I only had an afternoon class to attend to. I mean, AMIRIGHT?! THE LIFE!
In true Monday fashion, let’s all be mad at the world and relate on these together. Just kidding. I just wanted to make you laugh and say, “Yup.”
1. Trying to create a password you will have to remember that also must have 1 capital letter, 1 under case letter, 2 symbols, and must be 15 characters long.
2. The giant advertisements on newspapers sites. Take a look Lincoln’s local Journal Star. If you try to view any article, you’re going to get slammed with an ad that takes up the entire screen and you’ll end up clicking it because it just took up the entire screen.
3. Peanut butter M&Ms. They look too similar to the regs and they already have Reese’s pieces so there’s no need for those.
4. Startup buzzwords. I get it’s fun, but stop saying you will be the Uber of something and will gain traction and disrupt Google.
5. “An Open Letter to…” blog posts
6. Facebook trolls on local news stories who can’t tell the correct “there” “they’re” and “their” among many other types of fundamental grammar.
7. An email that just says “Call me.” or some other short, vague question when I’ve never even talked to the person. JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT SO I HAVE CONTEXT TO YOUR NEED.
8. Drivers who can’t make up their decision. JUST GO ALREADY! Oh, you’re not going to turn? I’ll go then. *starts driving* other driver starts turning.
9. People who try to troll with stupid NFL memes that everyone already saw 4 years ago. *picture of kid* “Mommy, why don’t they have rings?” IT’S NOT EVEN FUNNY
10. When you get in line in front or behind a pack of loud high school or college girls or boys.
11. Donald Trump.
12. Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
13. When someone goes to the gym to lose weight and then drinks a large Mocha Frappe with whipped cream after.
14. Bad stock photography and brands actually using it. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen the same girl working for so many different companies.
15. *Dresses up, does hair and makeup* See no one. *Rolls out of bed, ungroomed, runs to check mail* Sees an entire group of old college friends.
16. When someone posts everything they did on Facebook multiple times a day.
17. Selfies that have been airbrushed and you can tell. When your nose is all blurry, I’m betting that’s not natural…
18. When FedEx has a package for you but you have to be home to sign for it
19. Overly priced boutique fitness classes. $30 for one 50-minute workout? No thanks.
20. Incorrect news sites being shared as if they are real and 100% accurate.
21. When people have comic-y sans font as their main font on their phone. The worst is when it appears in a Snapchat. Maybe I’m brainwashed by Apple, but I can’t stand none-plain font on phone!
22.That immediate feeling of regret when you ate too much too fast.
23. Turning up on a week night after the age of 22. Sorry, but those hangovers can’t hang.
24. Brands trying too hard to make an April Fools joke work. One (that shall not be named) sent an email that we can now “scratch and sniff” clothes. That’s dumb. We all know you can’t do that through a phone. Gmail also failed.
We headed to San Diego two months ago and let me tell you it was one of the best trips EVA. My lanta, I fell in love with that place. I tried not to be another average “California lover” but I couldn’t resist. It was perfect weather, bright and shiny, everything you would want every day of your life to look like. I do have to say that when I visited California for my first time almost two years ago we went to L.A., and I wasn’t all that impressed, but I did enjoy Huntington Beach!
So seeing San Diego then driving up the coast to L.A., while checking out Laguna Beach and other bordering cities was pretty neat. But San Diego is in a league of its own. I feel like it’s a nicer and better weather version of Chicago with a beach (attached to the ocean and not a massive lake). I didn’t know the best way to break down this epic trip, so I’m just going to list all of the things we did. Think of it as The Steezy Blog book of Trip Advisor reviews, but everything gets five stars. 🙂
WHERE WE STAYED: HILTON GASLAMP
Great hotel. Friendly staff and great location. Scratch that, perfect location. Gaslamp Quarter is perfect for any young folk wanting to go out and be close to food and drank. One little thing: it’s not a super cheap area. But San Diego isn’t that cheap anyway (we learned that real fast). We did hunt down happy hours though like a bo$$. Anyway, the hotel was perfect. Brandon is an event coordinator so it’s no secret he knows always knows how to pick the right places.
Speaking of…funny story. I joke that Brandon is a diva when it comes to travel logistics because he knows his stuff and wants to squeeze the most out of an accommodation. Hilton has this room upgrade thing, so of course Brandon was trolling it every day trying to see if any upgrades were available. Well there was so he went for it. His main goal was to get a good view, which is fair enough considering you’re pretty close to the ocean. So they give us our key and tell us we’re in the “towers” and to get there you have to go outside the hotel then use this hidden elevator. When we get in the room it was super cool looking, very boutique-y
But it lacked one thing… a good view. This view was peering into apartments across the street. So in true diva fashion, Brandon nicely asked the concierge if there was a room available with a view. We basically downgraded, but it was still nice and it had a view and looked at the ginormous convention center!
Also, I actually utilized…wait for it…wait for it…the exercise room *GASP*. For some unknown reason, I woke up at 8 a.m., on our first full day there and wanted to do something. Everyone is working out in S.D., it seems and it makes you want to, so I hit up the workout center and it was awesome! It overlooks the convention center and trains and you can kinda see the ocean. So much people watching, the time flew by in there – which rarely happens in a gym.
WHERE WE ATE/DRANK
Dublin Square Irish Pub – San Diego
Our first victim in Gaslamp was this little Irish Pub that looked fun. We went and had a few drinks, including breakfast shots. Those are pretty much signature Greezy drinks. Shockingly, the waitress knew how to make them and even added a splash of vodka to the OJ chaser. Maybe that was the moment I fell in love with San Diego…
We even came back on our last night because they had a band playing.
Tin Roof – San Diego
This is a chain of bars/restaurants – not sure where they all are but we went to one in Charlotte once! It’s such a fun place, big and open and good food/drink specials and it usually gets wild at night. We came just in time for happy hour and rigged the system to get Fireball for like $2.50 (YAY!! Back to Lincoln pricing!!)
AND the food was BOMB. I got fish tacos and they were so good and pretty reasonably priced!
We ended up going back there the last night as well and drank drinks we probably didn’t need…I felt it the next day. Oomph.
K.C. BBQ – San Diego
As previously stated in a past post, this was my favorite bar! It felt the most like a hole-in-the-wall place, so naturally, I loved it. It was in the middle of giant buildings and then appears this little place. They only served wine and beer and the bartender was so cool; he was the best part. I think he really made the experience for us. First of all, he knew quite a bit of Nebraska peeps. He also stopped the bar at the end of the night to give the “Top Gun story”.
Laguna Canyon Hills Tasting Room & Winery
Found a good Groupon (it’s the only way I wine taste 😉 ) and it was just a wine tasting room, but we were the only ones in there, so the guy gave us all the tastings, and with the Groupon we got to take home three free bottles of wine. We also bought a bottle of Moscato because it’s the best, so we had to bring back four bottles of wine to Nebraska which might’ve not been the best idea, but it survived the plane ride! Note to self: just pack your clothes around it; it’ll make it!
Speaking of Wine… Check this out
This place blew me away. They had all sorts of booze with massive selections of tequila and wine – HELL. YES. Even found some new wine selections to add to my Christmas list…
Saiko Sushi – Coronado
Honestly, this was the best sushi I’ve ever had. Sorry, Blue. And check out those shrimps rolled in something fried. OH MA GAH. Delicious.
Bub’s at the Beach – San Diego
This place needed to cure my “illness” from having too much fun the night before. So I went for a mimosa THAT YOU COULD MAKE YOURSELF! It was awesome. Brandon got a “bacon flight” and make-your-own-bloody-mary.
Sandbar Sports Grill – Mission Beach
This, you guys! This! Is the place that Dave Grohl was sitting across from us!!!!!! I also had a mean shrimp wrap (why can’t we have those things in Nebraska?) and of course, another round of BREAKFAST SHOTS!
There were many more food and drank places, including In-N-Out (CHEA!) but I’m gonna move on. If you need any ideas, hit me up and I’ll give you some ideas!
WHAT WE DID
Del Mar Racetrack
We couldn’t go in but we drove by!
We stopped so Brandon could see another Top Gun attraction. This old beachfront house:
Such a cool little town. We drove by the high school and it’s so crazy to think these kids go to this school right next to the beach. Man, what a life!
Holy crap Laguna Beach is cool. Totally not what I expected. It seriously reminded me of Colorado Springs-beach version. I don’t know why, but it felt so homey and fun because the ocean is right there with tons of colors and then huge rolling hills. Loved it. Wished we could’ve spent more time there.
Lakers/Bulls Game – L.A.
^ How adorable is that!!! ^
Flagship Boar Tour – San Diego
Besides the USS Midway, this was probably my favorite thing we did. We purchased the boat tours off Groupon and it was a great deal! They go on two tours – North Bay and South Bay. We didn’t realize, but we had bought both, which was great because we could see both bays.
The first part was the South Bay and the boat was packed! I had a Long Island and enjoyed the cruise. The South Bay tour takes you by all the military boats and you get an awesome view of the San Diego skyline as well going under that insane bridge.
We even saw the ship that Osama Bin Laden was thrown off of! NUTS.
After the South Bay tour, they dropped us off and new tours got onboard. It was so weird though, we were like the only ones staying for the next tour.
Perfect for us! We could drink up, walk around, boat was all ourssss. (Almost).
The South Bay tour took us by Coronado Island and saw MF’ing SEALS. I did not know seals existed in C.A. Also saw more military stuff, which was really cool. I love boat history (hence, this).
Old Town San Diego
My favorite thing on the trip! When I was reading reviews on TripAdvisor this place was all the rage and I didn’t understand why. But after walking through the huge ship – holy moly, SO COOL!!!!
If you go to San Diego, you HAVE to go there!
Petco Park Stadium Tour – San Diego
It was really cool to go deep into the ballpark and see behind the scenes, we even got to go into the away team’s locker room!
Brandon’s favorite part is the historic building in left field. As a historic landmark, it couldn’t be torn down during the construction building of the stadium, so they left it in place as part of the ballpark.
Mission Beach Bike Ride
Well, there ya have it! Thousands of photos later… 🙂