Yes, I do realize it is already 10 days into the new year, but I’ve been a little busy lately. As I go back and read my post from this time last year, I realize how much has changed in my life in just one year. I would never have guessed I would be were I am now a year ago. To recap, some of my resolutions last year were to A) stop biting my nails and B) to be happy. Needless to say, I failed at mission A. But B… well I can honestly say I have never been happier.
As for this year, I am going to sincerely try my very hardest to stop my terrible nail biting habit. I am going to do it… just wait. I would also like to read more books, save money, cut back on all the junk foods, run a half marathon, go to church more and lastly, stay happy.
life has been bad shit crazy. December and I have a love/hate relationship… big time. Christmas is my favorite time of year, without a doubt. I’d rather wear boots than sandals, leggings than shorts and sweaters than tops. BUT, at the same time, it sucks. Christmas is 12 days away and the only things I’ve bought have been things for myself… or food… or rent. Besides that, I am bad terrible at Christmas shopping. The problem is that every time I ask my sisters what they want, this is their response:
"Just get whatever you see and you want… I’m sure I would love it because I love everything you buy"
…really? REALLY? Of course everything I see and want I’m going to buy… FOR MYSELF. Not to mention I have the WORST case of buyers remorse (which is why I need a full day to shop for a gift because I analyze EVERYTHING.) If only I could practice even the least bit of self control. Pray for me.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Last week, my family and I learned that my aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer. A year ago, she was checked out totally fine but at her annual checkup 2 weeks ago they found a lump. 1 bump. I know this is pretty common and there’s a great chance of overcoming it but at the same time… it is still the C word. Last Friday she had a lumpectomy (google it) and her bump has been sent to the lab for testing. We aren’t sure the extent of her cancer or if she’ll have chemo but please, please take 5 seconds and pray for her, her husband, and her boys.
As I mentioned in my previous post, within the past 3 months I have acquired a love… Henry Woodall Mullen, Jr. (aka Hankalicious Sassy-Pants). This past weekend we spontaneously decided that besides his dog Hattie, we need something a little more… something else to care for other than the three of us. We found ourselves on the way to Pet Super-Market where, after careful consideration and a Natural Light, we stumbled upon the light of our lives. Six fish and a pirate later… our wolf-pack had grown. I am a proud parent of Chicken and The Strobe-Lightz with their Captain, Francis.
As I sit here and mourn the fact that tomorrow is the beginning of yet another semester, I can’tt help but think about how much life has changed since last year. I mean think about it, this time last year I was full of gypsy powers and living at the Paretes’ house because my family loved me just enough to give me a blow up air mattress to sleep on (which was eventually popped by Boozer). I was sad and broken-hearted. Independent and poor. Spending the majority of my time with Sean P. Now, Seanie is a big brother, I spend most of my time with two sets of twins, paying my own rent with the money I earn, randomly became a Jaguars season ticket holder and somehow picked up a boyfriend along the way. Needless to say, I could not be happier. Although I do miss the good times spent at Lemon Bar and Hooters last summer, this past summer was one for the books. Cheers to new friendships, lots of laugh and plenty of wine. This summer wouldn’t have been the same without you.
You take them to the mall and act like they are yours. Seriously.
Here is a glimpse of how Mandi Parete and I have spent out last 36 hours…
Chet and Sarah have graciously chosen the two of us to watch over their sweet angel babies while they take the night off for their anniversary. Clearly, this is a dream come true to Mandi and I. So what do we do first? Yup, we ride in style straight to the mall via minivan. As some of you may know, I come from some minivan driving experience as I was once given a Mazda 5 (google it) as a rental car for two weeks. So with that being said, Mandi made me drive. We shopped for two straight hours and the babies slept the entire time. It. was. awesome. Not to mention within the first 10 minutes of being in Dillard’s we already had 11 people comment and ask us if they were ours, naturally we acted as if they were. After our luxurious afternoon of shopping, we decided to treat the twins to a fancy dinner at The Brick (mainly because we wanted to dress them in cute outfits and pretend we were moms). Once again, they were perfect. I can only imagine though what people were thinking as they witnessed us trying to get the carseats into the tiny booth. But hey, we totally rocked it with grace and ease. We even fed the babies while sitting in the booth like champs. After that, the babies were dunzo and went straight to bed once we got home. We even got to sleep until 1! Then again till 4! Then again till 7! After that, Tyler made it clear he was ready to start the day… he even suggested we all go to Metro Diner! Geeze that kid can eat. Once again, flawless outing. What comes next is as if Mandi and I hadn’t taken our job as “moms” serious enough, we took them house hunting. Yup… they loved it. Since they have been so good we decided to treat them to a trip down the Target toy aisle. Raegan picked out some sweet shades while Tyler was more concerned about his nap… such a chill kid. Last but certainly not least, we finished off our outing with a trip to our favorite, Panera, were we all four ate peacefully. You know what comes next, NAP TIME! Until next time…
Well well well… what do you know… our 8 pieces of pizza and late night chips and dip have finally decided to reside within us. Lets face it, no one wants to feel a double chin slowly forming with each bite of nacho you take or each Ab disintegrate after each sip of beer you consume….
So here we are shriveling away in our starving sorrows.
Here is a glimpse of what I got myself into tonight:
After a long day of work (and only having time for a protein shake, some carrots and turkey roll-ups (with a pickle) I had talked to Alix and we decided on cooking dinner. Next thing you know, I show up at her house and she THEN decides to inform me that she is on the 2nd day of the 17 day diet. For those of you unaware of what that is, all you can basically eat is lean protein, fruit, and vegetables. SHOOT ME NOW. My immediate thought was “Why did I not stop at Taco Bell BEFORE I got here?” Anyways, the two of us set off for Winn Dixie to gather ingredients for “dinner”. After about an hour of wondering around, we finally got the hell out of there (you can only imagine me…starving… in a store of endless delicious foods) What was for dinner you might ask? Bare salmon with a side of sautéed vegetables paired with a side of more roasted vegetables. And water. Yup. That. Is. It. No bread… No wine… nothin.
Clearly around 9:30 pm, our famished feeble bodies couldn’t handle it anymore so we set out on a trip to Target for some late night food:
It’s going to be a looooooooong night.
I’m going to munch on my broccoli now… Good night you lucky, lucky people. Wish us luck.
There has been a special request for a story… so tonight I will be sharing with you all the time Alix and I almost drowned.
It was the morning of March 16, 2011. A group of friends and I were at the Eckstein residence in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, and the waves were freaking tsunamis. Our sweet, surfer bra guy friends paddle out on their styrofoam surf boards in attempt to capture the 10 ft waves. Being the adventurers we are, Alix and I decided that we should probably join in with all the excitement. So we grabbed the ONLY boogie board we had… no string and all… and set sail on the ocean blue. It was all fun and games… until about 10 yards off shore. Then shit started to hit the fan. The next 10 minutes of our precious lives were spent under water… being plummeted by wave after wave after wave. Meanwhile, our boogie board was taken out from underneath us and was no where in sight. The next thing I knew, we were a mile off of the Mexican shore, no one in near, and treading water as if we were on a bike being chased by a mountain lion. Alix was still having the time of her life (I’m still convinced she chugged an espresso shot and shotgunned a Red Bull before we set sail). I, on the other hand, was quickly running out of energy.
What happens next… I will never forget. Alix continued to ramble on about whoever the HELL she could be talking about at a time like this when I looked at her, started crying and said “ALIX. WE CANNOT DO THIS ANY LONGER. I AM ABOUT TO DROWN” (at this point we had drifted another half mile off shore). Thank the Lord she finally took notice how serious our situation was. I mean.. think about that… a mile and a half off the shore being constantly rocked by huge waves with NOTHING to hold on to. Our poor legs felt like they belonged to Gumby.
The next 5 minutes are a blur… I balled my eyes out as Alix realized the end was near for us.
Then, all of the sudden, Clare Helow came floating up like an angel on a cloud, laughing, ON ALIX AND I’S LONG LOST BOOGIE BOARD.
The first thing she said to us?
"Erin, you look so ‘Blue Crush’ right now"
Ya. Imagine how funny that was to me. Anyways… I shared a few not-so-very-nice words with her as I continued to cry and the three of us made our way back to solid ground (on the leash-less boogie board).
After we finished kissing the mexican sand once we touched the surface, our feeble legs had to continue on the trek back to the house. Once we met our destination, I immediately ordered a cheeseburger with a side of fries and chips and a cheese quesadilla for dessert (Taylor, that story is next) . I mean, think about it… we probably burned at least 800 calories.
Things have been very stressful. Coming from someone who is constantly worrying, anxious and thinks way to much, I have realized the easiest way to deal with whatever it is that is stressing me out is to surround myself with the people that make me laugh (Mandi, this means your couch with a bottle of wine, computers, and whatever dumb show is playing tonight).
A vacation would also be nice. Since Taylor, Alix and I’s Europe trip fell through, Taylor has decided to come to Jacksonville and live with me for the summer instead. Yikes. We’ve also decided we are going to road trip through the West. Vegas? LA? We will go wherever the wind takes us. Oh, and did I mention Coldplay AND Dave play within a month of each other in Tampa and West Palm?! And on top of that The Fray is a month away in St. Augustine?!?! I feel like I’m about to live a dream.
Last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY AMAZING DADDY! I love you so much and am so grateful for you. Cheers to another year of love and laughter, old man!
If you know me well, you know my favorite color is Kelly Green. Green shorts, green jewelry, green shirts, bathing suits, nail polish, hair…right now I am OBSESSED (kidding about the hair… maybe). I think it is the perfect color for spring. Or maybe I’m just too obsessed with March… nahh. In fact, I just bought a GORGEOUS green Dye bracelet from YT Clothing:
(Comes in all colors. Check it out here: https://ytclothing.com/shop/stone_bracelet/)
Luckily, I have a birthday coming up as well. Which means my spring/summer wardrobe comes somewhat free (well some, for that matter… shoppoholic over here). Here is an outfit I die for and has become part of my birthday wish list:
top: Nasty Gal Jardin Lace Blouse
Jcrew Chino shorts
Rachel Zoe Kelsey Platform Heels; La Mer Collections watch
Now… If only I could find the funds to afford such things. Have a good and gorgeous green day :)
““People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.“
-Eat, Pray, Love”—
"Remember, God is the only one who knows his plan for your future." -My Mother
Everyone in this world is dealing with struggles. Currently, I’m dealing with a heavy heart. Things have been so inconstant the past year, I have lost trust in a lot of things. But with God on my side, I know that he will help me make the right decisions. Everyone needs a little Jesus in there lives. I believe prayer is the only answer to any struggle. Pray for peace. Pray for happiness. Pray for strength. Pray for a sign. Whatever it is you need, pray. God is always listening.
Is it sad that I’m more excited about the food we will consume today rather than the actual game? Wait… whose playing anyways? What shall Mandi and I make? Buffalo chicken dip? Spinach dip? Such decisions. Seeing as how we’ll probably be two of the only girls at whatever festivities are going on today… this is a very important decision on our behalf.
Alright… and we’re off to Publix. Peace out and happy Sunday ;)
January is National Oatmeal month which is great because I LOVE OATMEAL. It has become a staple to my diet. In fact, I just enjoyed a nice warm bowl of Quaker High Fiber Maple Brown Sugar instant oatmeal. Seriously, pick some of this stuff up the next time you go grocery shopping. Not only is it super healthy for you, it’s delicious! Here is a link that provides the top 10 reasons Oatmeal is healthy:
Starting this week off with a great breakfast: coffee, a banana and oatmeal. After a weekend full of Taco Bell, Pizza, and alcohol… You can find me in the gym all afternoon (if I can find any motivation, that is). Detox just to retox my friends.
Joey Peters is getting hitched tomorrow… and this is my date to the wedding:
Aren’t I lucky? It is absolute CHAOS at the Heekins’ today. Fridge broke, Rob is deathly ill, Liz is running around like a chicken with her head cut off, rehearsal dinner blah blah blah. I’ve pretty much been the peace keeper. So now me and my hot date are off to sit back, enjoy the low-country boil, and watch all the awkward wedding craziness unfold! Happy Friday!