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December 18, 2014

The Best of 2014 | Music

It's been a long ttime since I've done a tried and true spontaneous link up but when I was doing some catch up reading and saw that Helene was asking us to link up our favorite songs, I knew I had to join it.

I'm at somewhat of a disadvantage since day to day I don't listen to the radio at all. {hooray for commuting?} That doesn't mean I'm in a bubble though. These are some of my favorites from 2014.

The Best Songs Of 2014

Black Widow// Iggy Azalea f. Rita Ora
I'm especially a fan of the beat... and the chorus. My appeal on Iggy is still out. Currently the verdict is that she's annoying.

Stay With me// Sam Smith
Stay with Me by Sam Smith on Grooveshark
This is the only song I know by him. It's soulful and just really good all around and I pretty much love it. How do you not?!

Habits (Stay High)// Tove Lo
Tove Lo by Habits (Stay High) on Grooveshark
This one just hooks me in every time. The concept of staying high in an attempt to forget about an ex is beyond me but I like the way it's sung. Plus, it's catchy.

Animals// Martin Garriix
Animals by Martin Garriix on Grooveshark
This. Is. My. Jam. You guys, this song is everything. It has a permanent spot on my cardio playlist because it's just so damn energizing. 

Delirious (Boneless)// Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo f. Kid Ink
Delirious (Boneless) by Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo feat. Kid Ink on Grooveshark
I stumbled across this one in a commercial {thanks Shazam!} for who knows what and I immediately downloaded it. 

Uptown Funk// Mark Ronson f. Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars on Grooveshark
I have no idea how I came upon this one but I kind of fell for it. It just speaks to my Foxxy Cleopatra loving self. You know why? Because we want the funk. 

All About the Bass// Meghan Trainor
All about the Bass by Meghan Trainor on Grooveshark
Sorry not sorry. This song is just fun to me. Also, if you've ever watched the video, the guy dancer is my favorite!

Shake It Off// Taylor Swift
Shake It Off by Va - on Grooveshark
I'm really not a big of TSwift but this song is awesome. It's fun and I always find myself dancing to it. And the video, so funny and carefree. Maybe I can be converted to being a fan after all?

Break Free// Ariana Grande
Break Free by Ariana Grande - on Grooveshark
Side note... this whole album is good. I got it for free thanks to a weekly Google Play download and I've listened to it countless times since then.

I'm sure there are others that I'll remember as I read other people's posts but for me, this is it. Do you really expect me to remember something from March? 

December 9, 2014

Winter Wear

A lucky few of you saw this post yesterday. Oops. But since it's already semi published, let's just throw it out there on an odd day.

With winter starting to bring it's freezing temps I've been thinking about replacing a lot of my winter gear. Mainly, the boots and coat I have. Although warm they don't keep me at my coziest.

Winter Wear

Sorell boots are at the top of my list this winter. They not be the "cutest" but my feet will stay perfectly toasty and dry.

I'm a huge fan of mittens. Personally, I think they keep my fingers warmer as they get to huddle and share heat... or something like that. I especially love the kind that turn down for what so that I ca actually use my fingers if need be.

Scarfs are probably the best invention ever. Fashion and function to infinity and beyond. Plaid has been the print for fall and although I already have 2 plaid scarfs, I really want one in the classic plaid colors. 

And what's some winter wear without cozy socks and hats? Unfortunately these kind of hats don't work for me. They give me crazy hat hair and it is NOT cute. I did but s new pair of Christmas socks though.

What do you do to keep warm? Are you ready?

Oh and Happy Birthday to K!!

December 8, 2014

Bells Will Be Ringing | Life Lately

I feel like I haven't been here lately (big surprise) but I know I have. These holiday months just fly by and before I know it, January is upon us. Here's a look at what's been going on lately. 

Holiday season is in full swing and I think I'm ready. K and I decorated last week and were super festive.

Isn't she pretty?!

Can we just talk about how awesome that  gingerbread house is!? We built it last week all the while trying not ready all the decorations. Yesterday the gingerbread man and the tree met their demise. 

I received my passport in the mail last week. I finally feel like a big kid. Time to get this baby stamped!

Saturday night K, friends and I went to the Slipknot and Korn concert at IZOD Center for his birthday... which is tomorrow. Fun fact - my first concert was Korn and Rob Zombie in 1999 when I was 15. It was kind of crazy to see them again 15 years later. It was a good show though. 



 Last night I snuggled up with myself watching Rudolph and most of Gremlins. Hand-in-hand holiday classics if you ask me. I was pulling out all my DVDs when I realized I might have a bit of a problem collection.

I own a lot of movies... but these are just the Disney ones (except gravity, I didn't see that one slipped in there). What can I say, I'll never give up Disney. 

Oh, and since December is here and I forgot about this. Say hello to the final page of the Man Candy Calendar. Oh it's been a good year. 

December 5, 2014

The Purge

I don’t mean to be all braggy but can we just talk about how I rocked the November Create Your Own Goal challenge?!

November’s theme was organization. I took that to mean purge, and purge I did.

1) Purge the closet.
My closet is looking a tad leaner. I removed a lot. I'd break it all down but I'm not that organized. Let's just say I'm minus several brass, shirts, sweaters, jackets, shoes, bags, and pants. Man it feels good to be a purger...

2) Get a 2015 planner
Planners are my absolute favorite because stationary. I just want them all. I'm a child so I like the ones that come with stickers for your events. I bought mine pretty much the day after I posted my November goals.

3) Start making holiday gift lists
Elf needs to be my middle name. Christmas is my Mecca. The buying, the wrapping it's like.... Christmas? Each person has their own list with things they've mentioned wanting or something I want to buy them and we all know Black Friday is when I do my shopping. I'm 95% done already.

4) Set up my "office"
This is still under wraps as it's a work in progress but I did buy the fabric for my chair makeover, and I did reorganize the space. I'm also rethinking updating the current chair. It's just a tad too narrow to ever be comfortable. 

5) Use my budgeting software
Ugh. I kind of did this. I'm beginning to think that electronic budgeting just former work for me. For one, it's ready to forget about if I'm not on the computer. So instead I started creating my own budgeting binder using printable sheets that I found in the Pinterest  rabbit hole.

If you ask me, I rocked my organization challenges. I even downsized my desk drawers at work. So, how did you do?

December 3, 2014

Gym class heroes

Today is going to be one of those random post days. As in let's jump from topic to topic with no real sense of structure. I know, it's about to get crazy.

First off, let's talk about the gym. This here, this is my gym bag.

As much as I like her, she's a tiny thing. All of my goodies need to fit in there and it's just not working. And all of these goodies need to fit into that tiny bag.

It's a mess.

So I've been on the hunt for a new gym bag for several months. I have an Adidas duffel but how cute is that? Then one morning I saw another woman with this ginormous, I-can-fit-all-your-gym-swag bag and I asked her about it. She said she got it at one of the outlets. #sads. Lucky for me, it was obviously Vera Bradley so I just did some homework.

In my attempts to be frugal I never bought one because cheap and not a priority. But then, then I saw a BOGO sale for Veteran's Day and I knew this was it.

Guys, I'm in lust.

I obviously don't believe in editing. Also, the cats like to be helpful...or something.


And it's comfy on my shoulder, and doesn't feel like I'm carrying around a small goat, and.... why didn't anyone tell me how awesome these were sooner?! I blame you. But it's okay now and we can still be friends. 

December 1, 2014

Food, Birthdays & Theivery

How 'bout that holiday weekend? Also,

So let's see, Wednesday night I got lucky and caught an early bus home so I got in around 7:30 instead of 9.

My brother and I stopped at JCP Thursday night and they were giving away surprise coupons. Most were $10 off a $10+ purchase but there were a few $100 off a $100+ purchase ones sprinkled in there. Well, Happy Birthday to me because I got one of the $100 ones.

I picked my mom up from work at midnight and then we went shopping. I used my JCP coupon and got some things for me, and for K.

I completely broke tradition this year and didn't even set foot into bath & Body works. I got a peek at the VIP bag Thursday night before they opened and just wasn't interested. Besides, I still have some of last year's haul that hasn't been opened.

I did get to pick out my new winter coat but I'm boo-hooing since I can't have it yet.

Isn't she pretty?!  The coat, not her. 
I also stole a sweater... technically. See, there was an ugly sweater kiosk in the mall that my brother and I had looked at Thursday night. They had ugly NFL sweaters but no NYG ones out. When my mom and I were back that morning, they had them out but there was no one to be found to buy it from. After waiting about 10 minutes I took the sweater, wrote him a note saying "I bought the NYG sweater - here's $20. Next time maybe you shouldn't leave the kiosk unattended" and shoved it in the register drawer, put my sweater in a bag and continued my shopping. "I'm a criminal..."

Friday, after my whopping 3.5 hours of sleep, I rang in a new decade. Mom is awesome and got me an iPad. She knows I wan the Surface Pro 3 (still do) but this is the next best thing (Sorry Samsung).

Saturday we put up the Christmas tree, it made us mad because the lights weren't lighting, so we went and bought a new one.

I came home Sunday, was lucky enough to sit by myself, changed my clothes in the White Castle bathroom and headed off to birthday dinner with K. We went to Morton's and I'm still swooning over my filet mignon.

And because it was such a busy weekend, here's some other things that happened.

November 24, 2014

A Weekend in Gluttony

For probably only the second time all year, I'm excited for a Monday. Not because anything is going on today, but because it means I'm one day closer top going home for the weekend.

Friday night K and I went to the unwedding which was a lot of fun. It was pretty much a wedding without the boring ceremony part. I got down with the mashed potato bar and Carlo's Bakery for dessert.

Believe me when I tell you that this was absolutely delicious!

(K just snuck up behind me and said that he likes that I refer to him by a drug term.)

Saturday night I went out with some former coworkers. You know, the ones who were/are worth still talking to on an almost daily basis? We went out for an early birthday celebration at a pub in the city. I haven't been out after midnight in a long time {God that makes me sound old} so fun was definitely had.

As we all know, Sundays are for football, so that's exactly what happened. And for once the giants almost kept it together. Oy. Seriously, I'm ready to just throw in the towel already. 

I need Wednesday to get here asap. I can't wait top get home and hang out with my littlest bff.

On that note, I'm going back to being everything ready to leave. I'm an overachiever like that.

November 21, 2014

The Post With No Name

Erin's Merry Monday post got me thinking. Specifically she mentioned how it's a travesty that Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. I couldn't agree more.

And because of it I'm proposing a few changes to the calendar. Specifically, Labor Day should be in August as it has no holiday. We can then move Halloween to the end of September and put Thanksgiving in October, thereby separating two of the best holidays so each can be celebrated on its own. Plus, that gives all us Christmas addicts almost 2 full months of decorating bliss.

In other news, K and I have an un-wedding to go to tonight. A what? Yup, an un-wedding. It's a Yelp "wedding" event at the Grand Summit Hotel and I could not be more excited. Everyone knows the reception is the best part. I'm REALLY tempted to wear my prom dress. I mean, when else will I get to wear it, other than when I do laundry in it?

Can I just be shameless for a minute? I turn 30 in one week. One. Week. I know this isn't a monumental thing, but it is if you've been around you've heard me say that I've been excited for 30 for the longest. And now that it's actually happening... Cue all the happys

Also in one week, Black Friday. I'm not even ready. I haven't one hint of a plan except to get to Bath & Body Works tomorrow so that I can get the coupon booklet thing they usually give out. Yeah, this year has success written all over it...

Let's get this weekend started!!