Mid-Week Confessions

Before I start, I need to be serious for a moment.
My thoughts go out to those in Belgium right now as well as anyone who has been targeted, attacked, or killed by terrorism anywhere in the world. Terrorism is supposed to strike fear into our hearts- it’s the whole premise behind the act- but it stirs up anger in me. I’m angry that someone (or a group of someones) intentionally hurt others. I’m angry that the media picks and chooses what and who to report about. I’m angry that terrorist attacks are “nothing new” or “surprising” to us. Keep the world in your thoughts and prayers, friends. We can’t tolerate violence.

Let’s try to focus on some happier things & spread some cheer now.

For example… today is my Friday!! I have Thurs./Fri. off and I’m so so happy about it!

Now on to some confessions & hashtags…

Did I mention today is my “Friday”? #CanYouTellImPumped #It’sTheFreakinWeekend


K and I watched three¬†episodes on The West Wing last night… and four on Monday. We’re on Season 5, episode 3 now. So we’ve watched 91 episodes (44 minutes each) since January 1st. That’s 67 hours or roughly 4,000 minutes this year… #GiveMeMore #Obsession #LymanSeaborn2016ForPresident #IMissSam

Also, Will Bailey Josh Malina is starting a weekly podcast about TWW. #Yaaaaas #AlreadySubscribed #BillyBailey


On Sunday K’s side of the family is coming to our house for Easter dinner (minus his sister’s tribe ūüė¶ )! I’m excited to clean and cook! #NotKidding #ILoveHosting #WeWillMissYouLori #CrazyHouse

I should probably bathe the dogs before company comes… #DirtyDogs #BathtimeIsLikeAWaterPark #TripleBath


Also on Sunday, Jesus has risen! (…will rise? How should I phrase that…?) And Thursday is my second favorite church service of the year! #MaundyThursday #IsThatWeird? #ChristmasEveIsMyNumber1

Guess who’s only going to have two books finished (three, if I’m lucky) for her recap next week… #PatheticOnMyPart #ThankALotWestWing #BigGoals


And that’s a wrap, y’all. My life consists of The West Wing, dogs, & Easter prep… #exciting #INeedMoreFriends

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Ok, time to link up with Lauren & Laura and Kathy & Nadine!



The Last Bit of 2015 Confessions

Hi ya! It’s the last Wednesday of the year, my friends! I’m pretty focused on straightening up my house and keeping up with my work load and visiting with my baby brother while he’s home so I didn’t prep much for today… so how about some confessions??
(Linking up with Laura, Lauren, Kathy, and Nadine, of course!)

I am already planning 2016’s Halloween Party. I have the theme, date, and tentative guest list done. #WantAHint? #Let’sPartyLikeIt’s1999

I will have amazing hair when I become an old lady. First of all, my hair is already turning a metallic grey color. Secondly, when I let it air dry it gets all fluffy and old lady-like. #OldLadyFrenchTwists #GoingGreyAt25 #HairGoals

grey hair

Sometimes I catch myself sitting really weird… Like, chest out and my chin up. Or my chin down and I’m looking up with my eyes at the screen. Or my head is sideways… #WhyCan’tIAccidentallyHaveGoodPosture? #NoWonderMyBackHurts

So… on Monday I realized our electric bill was due so I very calmly logged onto the website and paid the +$2 fee to make an instant payment. I was feeling good until I remembered that I’d already sent in the payment last Wednesday. Oops. #ChristmasBrain #I’veGotNextMonthCoveredIGuess #Dammit

A few nights ago my dad, my brother, and I got into a heated political/religious debate. It’s so confusing how my dad (& mom) raise two people who have totally different beliefs from each other AND our parents… (K and my mom safely silently sat in the living room with their phone/iPad.) #AtLeastWeAllRejectTrump #ItEndedPeacefully #WhatHappenedToTheDaysWhenIWasTheControversialOne? #MyBrotherHasMeBeat

And now some Christmas confessions…

As the day progressed I got some amazing gifts and I was happy with everything, but I was especially looking for the illustrated HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone. When it didn’t show up under our tree or my parents’ tree I was a little sad… but then my mother-in-law gifted it to me! #Yaaaaaas #HappyChristmasHarry #BestMILEver


I played Star Wars Monopoly on Christmas against my teenage cousins and my grandma… I dominate that galaxy, guys. I even held back a little and still dominated. #RealEstateMogul #JustCallMeTrump #ButActuallyDon’t

Let’s pretend like humility doesn’t exist for a hot second… I feel like the mother-loving Queen of Gifts this year. I bought my husband the cymbals he’s been wanting, I sent my niece and nephews their official Hogwarts letters, and I outfitted my brother and his fiancee with niffy, often-forgotten cooking and baking tools. #QueenOfChristmas #IKnowThat’sNotWhatIt’sAbout #ButILoveToSeeTheirFacesLightUp

Bow Down

I also got my father-in-law a Gryffindor quidditch bathroom… #BestDaughterInLawEver #ItWasTheOnlyHouseLeft #ButHe’sABraveGryffindor

Did you guys see the moon halo/rainbow/ring on Christmas?? #What’sTheOfficialName? #ItWasPrettyNeat

My Christmas tree died halfway through December… #CarpetOfNeedles #ISwearIWateredIt #IKillPlants #It’sComingDownToday #Dammit

But I will never surrender to the fake tree. #RealTrees4ever


How about some of my favorite holiday photos?

The engagement gift K & I made for my brother and Christina
Lylee was in heaven and my cute little husband was so happy with his cymbals!
When the excitement of my dad’s Christmas gift finally sank in… (My mom is also an A+ gift-er.)
All but one pillow were Christmas gifts to me!
On Sunday night we took the PI team out to dinner at Bravo for Christmas!

And now we’re on the eve of NYE! Enjoy the last two days of 2015, guys!!



Negative Nancy & #Hashtags

I don’t want to complain- really, I don’t- but this past holiday weekend was a trip to Hell and back for me. I’m so exhausted. I was actually glad to come back to work on Monday. I mentioned in my vlog that I technically work 4-ish jobs… and this past weekend I put a lot of time, energy, and effort into all four. #overemployed

catI also mentioned last week that I was looking forward to working Black Friday. I actually ended up working 7-10:30pm on Thanksgiving and 6-10:20am on BF. If I had just left at 10am on Friday I would’ve had a wonderful experience, but in that last 20 minutes I was verbally attacked by a customer and it pretty much destroyed my entire day weekend. #HowDoesOneBecomeSoMean #gohome #poisonoustonguedevil

aprilFortunately Friday night and all day Saturday were spent with a wedding party (because of the wedding planning job that I never blog about) that was so easy and nice to work with. Weddings are exhausting, but when you have an easygoing family with a lovely bride & groom it makes it 10xs easier. The husband and wife are in the Coast Guard and four of the five groomsmen were Coast Guard so they looked dashing in their white uniforms! #soattractive #TheyDidASwordArch #amazingpeople

upOn Sunday K took me to breakfast and asked me to paint the new office space he’s recently leased for the company. (We also have a new +/- 10,000 s.f. warehouse space- woo hoo!!) I really wanted a day off, but I know he needs to get into the new area asap so I took one for the team. Plus, after work on Mon. & Tues. I have no plans so maybe I can finish getting Christmas up and clean the house. #TooBusy #ActsOfService #LoveLanguage

dumbledoreIn other news, I’m currently in a horrendous mood as I write this. (Hopefully when I publish it I will be a little more cheerful.)

*That was a lot of complaining in a short amount of time… I’m sorry. I really am thankful for many things…

asshole dayI didn’t mean to take a whole week off and I didn’t mean to do two hashtag posts in a row… but sometimes you just need to step back. I’m still fighting a headache that started on Thanksgiving. Ugh.

I’m happy to link-up with Laura & Lauren and Nadine & Kathy and Alanna & Plucky, and Happy One Year Anniversary to the #HashtagHumpDay link-up!





It’s Wednesday and I am so total ready to just check out. #ButICan’t

Today I’m linking up with:
Laura and Lauren and Nadine and Kathy and Alanna and Sarah (Plucky)! (Whew, that was a long one!)
Time to confess…

Since Sunday I have worked 24 hours at my full time gig & 6 hours at the part time place, spent 8 hours in a car, survived IKEA, and attended a major sporting event. #BringOnTheHolidays #IWorkRetailOnBlackFriday #ICoordinateAWeddingOnSaturday #I’mPrayingForSundayToArrive

We spent Monday night in #CLE watching the #Cavs beat the Orlando basketball people… (I don’t know who they are…) #IStillDon’tGetSports #WeBoughtShirtsToFitIn

Speaking of sports… my one true love just wrapped up another season and I have to wait until next year for more races #IAlreadyMissYouNASCAR #Let’sGoRacing

south park gif

Fallout Boy is in my top 3 favorite bands. I feel like that alone is a confession… #EmoKid4Ever #WhereIsYourBoyTonight #Guy-liner&SkinnyJeans

I will do everything in my power to avoid letting my food touch on my plate tomorrow. #ExceptMashedPotatoesAndGravy #YummmmyMashedPotatoes


Monday I gushed about the blog world, but we have some crazy-cool IRL friends, too. #ThanksForTheTickets,Nic&Erx #ThanksForGoingWithUs,Woz&Kelsey #ThanksForHangingChristmasLightsWithMe,Kayla

I’m secretly looking forward to working retail on Black Friday… I know that’s weird. #Hello6am #IWantToSeeCrazyPeople

And on that note, I’m off to work a full day and then enjoy four days off from my full time job! Woot woot!

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Favorite side dish? Are you venturing out Thursday night or Friday morning to score some deals??





#Hashtag Hump Day & Confessions

Let’s get real today, friends. Do you ever look in the mirror and thing to yourself, “Oh crap”? I consider my Facebook and Instagram to be pretty honest representations of my life (food, dogs, sarcastic interactions), but they still represent edited snapshots of my life. Here’s the real story: I wake up late every morning. I skip dogs walks at least twice a week because I’m too tired. My toe nail polish is so chipped it belongs in an ancient Greek museum. My husband left for +1 week and I drank wine every night and had cereal for dinner. I’m sitting here writing this eating Ramon noddles for breakfast.


I mean, these aren’t huge confessions, but they’re the parts of life that make me feel like I’m totally screwing everything up. I have this dream of opening a dog shelter/sanctuary… guess what I’m doing to make this dream come true? NOTHING. Guys, Emma Watson is my age and she has already been Hermione, a UN ambassador, and a college graduate. I guess one out of three ain’t bad for me. #ugh

You go, Hermione Granger.

This is my first time linking up with Lauren for #HashtagHumpDay and Alanna for Confessions, and I feel like I’m gonna knock this one out of the park…

So here we go…

I’ve already designed and ordered my Christmas cards. Some would say I’m ahead of the pack… I would say I’m a nutcase.

I’ve joined a writers FB group and made some friends on #NaNoWriMo, but I still haven’t hit 2,000 words. #writingfail #thenextgreatJKRowling #NOT

(Sidenote: If you want to be my writing buddy on the site my username is audielou)


I’M SO PUMPED FOR CHRISTMAS! #sorryThanksgiving #MyMantelIsAlreadyAWinterWonderland

I love judging all the parenting choices people make when they bring their children shopping at my retail store… Yes, the employees do absolutely judge you. #I’mSorry #IfYouThreatenToPutTheItemBackAndYouDon’tFollowThroughIAmJudgingYou

GUYS. I was watching (and cracking up to) SNL’s Weekend Update Saturday night and replied to Taylor Wolfe‘s tweet AND COLIN JOST FREAKIN’ LIKED IT! #I’mACelebrity #DoesThisMeanWe’reDating #You’reFunnyButI’mMarried


I swear I’m trying to #hashtag correctly but I just can’t leave out punctuation #ApostrophesShouldCount #ContractionsHappen

Have you guys seen Casual on hulu? I LOVE IT and I’m so obsessed with Alex. I know he was Josh on The Mindy Project but he’s MUCH cuter as a sex addict (vs. cocaine addict). #DidThatEvenMakeSense? #AddictionIsn’tCute #GonnaStopWhileI’mAhead

I don’t know what to get my husband for Christmas… but I’m killin’ it with all my other gifts… #WifeOfTheYear

Also, I have this irrational fear that when I find the perfect gift for friends or family they will some how find it and buy it before I can gift it to them. #ItHappens #CanIJustGiftYouNow?

xmas meme

I’m not allowed to watch Criminal Minds when K isn’t home. Truthfully, I just can’t handle it. Like, earlier this week the office phone rang (in the basement) and my first thought was, ‘Oh my gosh, someone is luring me down there so they can grab me and slit my throat! (I hope they don’t hurt the dogs.)’ #IHaveAProblem #I’mGoingToGiveMySelfAHeartAttack

I wish I was kidding… Last night I went to dinner in a downtown area of a bigger city and was scared sh*tless to walk to and from my car. #HelpMeDr.Reed #HelpMeAgentMorgan #HelpMeTomCruise

I purchased a Harry Potter Adult coloring book for myself. #IAmInsanelyHappyAboutThis #INeedMoreColoredPencils

I love following bloggers on Snerpchert. Also, my husband got the app just so he could snap me from TX. My favorite ones right now are thenewwifestyle & thedailytay¬† #IDidn’tUsedToGetTheTrend #NowIDo #DogSnerpchertsAreMyFav

Ok…. I think that’s more than enough.

Tell me tell me, what are your major confessions this week? This was fun! I might partake more often!