Coming Up For Air

I thought ahead for my entire week of vacation (last week) to schedule posts but apparently I didn’t have the foresight to anticipate the serious lull that would take place the following week (this week). Sorry for my weird absence.

So here’s a brief rundown of my life: Nearly two weeks ago (7/10) I left for vacation with K and my parents. We were gone until this past Monday (7/18). We went to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. I plan to recap that on Mon. and Wed. next week. Then this week I worked T/W/Th plus a quick run to the mall up north for last minute stuff, a hair appt to cover my roots, and a spa appt with my mom to pamper ourselves before…. MY BABY BROTHER’S WEDDING THIS WEEKEND. So right now I’m on my way to/in Columbus, Ohio to decorate and prepare for tomorrow’s wedding. The last two weeks have been a serious tornado for me. Thanks for your patience here in Blog-land.

Since this post offered little content, check out these bloggers instead:

  • Meagan asks that you not call her daughters beautiful.
  • I can’t get over Rebecca Jo‘s gorgeous photos…
  • If you plan to travel lightly this summer you need to check out Stephanie‘s carry-on bag for her 9-day Alaskan cruise!

See ya Monday, friends!

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The Best 80s Movies

It’s a very movie-themed week in Life as Louise-land.

You know the drill… I’ve already talked about the best 90s movies and the best 2000s movies. The 80s are a little different since I wasn’t alive, but I’m confident I’ve got some good ones. (Well… these are my favorites, at least.)

Clue (1985)
Surprised! (Ha..) Clue is one of my all time favorite movies. I love a cheesy good murder mystery and I love Tim Curry. This film is cute and funny and full of twists. Even if you’re not on the edge of your seat the entire time it’s still entertaining. Plus there are alternative endings!

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The Goonies (1985)
My aunt bought me this movie a long time ago and I thought it looked super dumb, but it’s actually kind of funny. I mean, it’s also kind of dumb. And it has that odd 80s humor… but it’s a classic!­čśë

The Princess Bride (1987)
This is one of my mom’s favorite movies. I always rolled my eyes when she’d put it on, but it’s kind of a cult classic. I find myself quoting it often, though few people actually get it. Ha.

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Back to the Future (1985)
Personally, I’m not a fan of this movie; I think it’s dumb. I included this pick because I’m afraid my husband would draw up divorce papers if I didn’t mention at least one of the BttF movies. I guess I giggle at some of the jokes, but mostly I find them silly.

Trading Places (1983)
This is another movie that K introduced me to, but I actually find this one to be quite comical. It starts Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis. I usually don’t like the predictable story line where everything’s perfect, then there’s a big issue with a goofy misunderstanding, and then it’s all resolved…. but this film does a pretty good job with all that. And I love that regardless of their situation or lifestlye the good people are good people and the bad people are bad people.

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Beetlejuice (1988)
I thought I could get through my list without mentioning this film, but I can’t. I love this movie. I’m really not a huge fan of Tim Burton (-all the emo kids from the 2000s gasp-) but I think this movie is awesome. It’s funny and a little spooky and filled with amazing people. (Geena Davis 4eva.)

Obviously Star Wars is a great (70s &) 80s trilogy. I also won’t discredit the Brat Pack movies, though I never really got into those films.

I know I’m missing some good ones, but my childhood was filled with overalls and fold-down socks, not bright spandex and crimped hair. (Yeah, I just stereotyped the 80s and 90s.) Help me out- what classic 80s films do/did you love?

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Fall Film Challenge

I know it’s a little early, but Jenn release the requirements for the fall film challenge & we all know how much I love a challenge. I did this challenge last year and missed the mark, but this year I’ve been pretty good about keeping up with reading so I hope that’s a good omen.

Also… I’m just really happy to have the word “fall” somewhere in my blog post. This Ohio heat/humidity is killing me. Bring on October­čśë

This challenge starts on September 1st and ends November 30th. The rules are pretty simple and can be found here.

Alright, on to my choices.

|one| about adolescence: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
|two| about a character’s rebirth or rite of passage: It’s a Wonderful Life
|three| about a comic book character: Iron Man
|four| shot or set in Washington DC: The American President
|five| set in an academic environment: Rushmore
|six| about failure: Begin Again
|seven| about a man vs. god or gods: X-Men: Apocalypse
|eight| about a man vs. himself: J. Edgar
|nine| about an invention or an ingenuous individual: Joy
|ten| set in a jail or prison: Toy Story 3
|eleven| about a dog: Best in Show
|twelve| about loss: Steel Magnolias
|thirteen| about man vs. man: Bad Moms
|fourteen| about man vs. nature: Cast Away
|fifteen| one that has a monster or monstrous individual: Hotel Transylvania 2
|sixteen| shot or set in Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia Story
|seventeen| about a character’s quest of some kind: Alice Through the Looking Glass
|eighteen| about a character who goes from rags to riches: October Sky
|nineteen| about a man. vs. society: V for Vendetta
|twenty| originally released in the thirties: You Can’t Take It With You
|twenty-one| about undesirable individuals or elements: Ghostbusters (2016)
|twenty-two| about a voyage and return: Thor
|twenty-three| about wizards or witchcraft: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
|twenty-four| originally┬áreleased in the sixties: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
|twenty-five| about a yearning or obsession: The Talented Mr. Ripley

I know there is a shockingly large amount of movies that I should have already seen…

So, have I convinced you to play along, too? It’s a pretty easy challenge with a very chill host. Even if you’re not planning on playing along this year let me know what you think of my choices! Do you love/hate any of these movies? I haven’t submitted my list so it’s not too late to suggest a substitute!

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Goals: an update

If you’ll recall, back in December of 2015 I made some goals for the new year. My mind is completely blown that we’re already past the halfway point for 2016. Some days and weeks drag on, but overall I think this year is flying. The second half (actually, the last quarter) of the year is my favorite so things are only going to speed up for me!

Today I was inspired by Chelsea to go back and look at the resolution I’d made for 2016. To be totally honest, I haven’t thought about or referenced this list since I made it. Hopefully my subconscious brain kept me on track:)

Start running. Alright… I’m going to half cross this off because I have started running. I’m not a consistent runner, though, so I don’t want to totally own this one yet. Still working on it…

Learn to cook more (vegetarian) meals. Nah…. this hasn’t happened at all.

Find a word for 2016. I settled on embrace. So far I think I’ve done a pretty good job at embracing changes and opportunities this year.

Read, read, read. And write. I’ve already read more books in 6 months than I didn’t in 2015. Next year I will set a numerical goal. To see what I’ve read this year you can check out my 2016 Book Nook .

Volunteer. I’ve done the orientation… I just need to get myself to the shelter.

So there ya have it. Halfway through the year with roughly half of my list checked off. I’m ok with that.

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How are your resolutions or year-long goals coming along?

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My Favorites!

Next week I will be on a much needed vacation from real life. I still have posts scheduled here, but I might be a little slower at replying and catching up on other blogs. I promise I will still reply to every single comment and I plan on reading through my usually blogs. This is just a heads up:) I’m actually pretty excited about next week’s posts! Leave me some comments to read on our loooong drives!

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Also, I know I’m a little late, but I hope my Muslim friends had a happy Eid celebration! I know things are violent and crazy in the Middle East for people of all religions. Please know I’m thinking of you & your families and praying for you ÔŁĄ´ŞÄ

Today I just wanted to share some of my favorite blog posts from the last week or so!

I am still laughing like an idiot about Steph’s post concerning concert go-ers!

Carolann looks for the good in stressful situations- it’s a great reminder from a strong lady.

Amber is giving a pep talk every day this month. Follow her Instagram for your daily dose!

Lindsay’s life reminders- especially this one about things not going as planned– are so refreshing and honest!

Emma is the travel guru! I’ll take her packing advice any day!

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I’ve got one more day of hard work (read: wedding planner duties) before I wind down and relaaaax for the week. Follow along on Instagram or Snap Chat (audie_lou) to see what I’m up to!­čśÇ Have a fabulous weekend friends!

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The Holiday Weekend

It’s been a while since I posted a weekend recap- mainly because my weekends are typically laid back and slow- but this past weekend we crammed a lot into those beautiful three days of freedom!

F R I D A Y

If you’re new here you might not know that I gave all four years of my high school life to my school’s band program. I lived, breathed, ate, and slept band (or drumline). My town still has a strong band program and part of the reason for that is the healthy support of alumni. At the end of my high school career a new tradition was started for alumni band members to come back and march in the 4th of July parade with the current band. This alumni parade happens every four years and this year happened to be it.

In this video the very first person you see conducting (in red) is K’s friend. (He’s a band director is central OH who we don’t get to see very often.) The next person you see conducting- the wonderful older woman in black- is Mrs. Graham. She’s the saint who keeps music alive in our area and beyond. She is the most dedicated, hard working, kind, selfless person you will ever meet. She’s smart and sassy and everything in between. She’s the one who heads up this crazy event every 4 years. The current students are in white, the alumni are in red. There are over 200 alumni.

K and I were both band nerds percussionist in school, but we didn’t sign up to march in the parade this year. Instead, we cheered from the sidelines and attended the alumni banquet/reunion afterward. It was nice to see friends from my school years, K’s high school years, and even my dad’s years in band. (K was four years ahead of me in school so we have a wide mix of friends. My dad is a band alumni, too, but he’s a little rusty when it comes to playing an instrument now.)

S A T U R D A Y

On Saturday morning my doll of a husband headed off to a “man’s breakfast” without me. (Turd.) I spent the morning picking up the house and weeding the driveway and cuddling the dogs. When he finished breakfast he stopped at home quick before jetting off to another boys-only event. This time, a bachelor party for my brother in Columbus, Ohio.

My homemade breakfast :)

My homemade breakfast:) eggs & peppers and a smoothie

I spent the afternoon cooking some food, cleaning some nooks, and getting ready for evening festivities. I put together some Turkey Salad Skewers, left the pups at home, and joined my parents at family-friends’ pool party. This was one of three parties I was invited to, but I only made it to this one. After some pool time I drove my little introverted booty back home and snuggled into bed with the dogs to watch the NASCAR race:)

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I came home to be with Lylee for the fireworks. We live close to the city park where they set them off and we don’t like to leave her on the 4th of July. Enzo, of course, couldn’t possibly care less. We can actually see the high fireworks from the backyard and he sat on the patio furniture and watched them. Ha.

S U N D A Y

K returned to me around 5 am which disturbed my slumber and ruined my plans to attend church. We ended up getting a late start and I had just enough time to run to the grocery store & whip up a Berry Cheesecake Salad for an afternoon cookout at K’s aunt and uncle’s house. We spent some time sipping adult beverages with his family before popping out to my parents for a second and then heading to my grandparents’ house for an evening dinner. (We typically get together on Sunday nights with my family at my grandparents’ house, but this Sunday my grandparents also had guests in town which made dinner even more eventful.)

A some point in the evening one of my four cousins made a comment about going to see Finding Dory at the drive-ins. After much debate and discussion (and a few sparklers) we decided that I should take my four cousins to the movies. (Cousins’ ages range between 8 and 17.) K opted to go home and take advantage of the empty house so I loaded up my car and we went to the first feature at the drive-ins. The movie was cute- more humor and less sadness than Nemo.

M O N D A Y

On flag holidays (Memorial/4th/Labor) my family all meets bright and early in Amish County for some breakfast. K and I opted for a productively lazy day after that. He hardwired the new garage door opener into the garage (so glad I married a handyman!) and I left town for a bit to shop for vacation! (There are lots of stores about a half hour north of us.) I snagged a dress shirt, a t-shirt, some sunglasses, and a pair of flip-flops at NY&Co for $25:) I also got some goodies at Target.

Since I’m a total psycho I started packing for vacation as soon as I got home. (We don’t leave for another few days… ha.) I realized I needed my big suitcase from my parents’ house so we hopped in the car and headed out there. On our way back into town we stopped at First Town Days- which is the city’s 4th of July festival at the park- and got some deliciously bad food for dinner: two sausages on a bun, fair fries, and sugary lemonade. We ended the night/weekend on the front porch in the chairs K put together.

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This week mirrors the craziness that was my weekend… We have dinners and vet appointments and last minute chores and get-togethers and a wedding. (Yes, I am counting down the days to vacation. Ha.) But what’s life without a little excitement, right?

Linking up today/tomorrow with Kristen & Gretch for What’s New With You?

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What's New With You

Happy Fourth of July!!

Go eat a hotdog or swim in a lake or light a sparkler or thank a founding father!

Despite the messy world in which we live, I’m very thankful to live in a country where I can wear what I want, love who I want, and do what I want! We have problems, but we’ve made progress over the years. Happy Birthday, America! I hope you grow stronger and wiser and more united as you age ÔŁĄ´ŞÄ

Go click that red X in the corner & have some fun today!!

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