Hilarious thoughts

I recently came across a list of '65 Random Thoughts Everyone Has Had.' {Don't ask how.} Some were true, some weren't; some didn't apply to me, some did; some were funny, some were hilarious. You have to check it out.

Some favorites:

Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the fuck was going on when I first saw it

I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

I really like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.


Infographics can be cool too

I admit it, I'm a nerd. I kind of love infographics. As a journalism student, I hated trying to design and build a graphic in addition to writing a story before the hitting deadline. But as a media consumer, I love them. Generally, I think graphics, if created well, can be used to better explain news articles on any topic, feature stories, directions and, also if used correctly, just to be humorous.

Here are a few of my recent favorites:

{Some things are just confusing no matter how you diagram them.}

{via 1-3.datavis 4. nytimes}


little gracie is one

my good friend's daughter turned one this past weekend. it was a big day. you've heard the phrase "it seems like just yesterday" a million times, but it really does. i remember when she was so tiny that it scared me to hold her, when she could barely hold her head up, but now she's walking and showing her fiery little personality.

no wonder why her mom started to cry as she blew out the birthday candles. i'm getting a little emotional just thinking about it and i'm just an "auntie.'

the party was a hit. the owl theme was absolutely adorable and the cake incredible. i'm not sure the birthday girl really knew what was going on, but she sure was happy for all of the attention.


reading on simmons island

we finally had half-way decent weather the other day so i took full advantage of it. i bundled up in a warm fleece and mittens and sat on the lakefront reading. it was nice and quite peaceful. i honestly feel that there is nothing better than reading outside on a warm afternoon.

i can't wait for those trees to have leaves again and blow in a welcomed breeze. and to have company on the beach, because even though the weather was warmer than usual for this time of the year, i was still alone out there.

happy weekend

this has been such a rough week, i really need the weekend.

i'm excited for my busy weekend.... dinner out with family, my friend's daughter's first birthday {a huge day for the both of them}, shopping with my best friend, dinner and drinks with friends for a moving-away party, brunch date and maybe even a little golf thrown in there.

what are you up to this weekend?

{image via artissimo}


book review: water for elephants.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is an absolutely entrancing book, if you're interested in a story about a prohibition era circus. The story was addictive and possessed incredible true details and descriptions of a time you never knew you wanted to learn so much about. While it was well-paced throughout most of the book, the end was rushed. It started well, painting pictures of everyday circus life but just as a true love story started unveiling itself, the author skipped past the build-up and hurried to the end. She skipped what I consider the best part of any love story: anticipation.

Overall, a great novel. I was skeptical to start reading it, but after recommendations from several friends with very different taste in literature, i decided to give it a shot. You don't have to take my word for it though, this is definitely a book to check out.


little notes.

dear knot club.
hello. glad to be a member. i hope i live up to the high standards and reputation.

dear wilson.
i'm glad we bumped into each other and a quick hello turned into a cup of coffee and hour-long chat. we should bump into each other more often. i'm always up for coffee and good conversation.

dear friend.
i'm so sorry you and your long-time boyfriend broke up. it's a terrible situation and i am here for you, always. i hope you two work things out. but with that said, i'm glad we've gotten to spend more time together.

dear "sisters".
i cherish every day we spend together. i'm so glad we were able to get together again, especially when cake is involved. let's make more reasons to get together.

dear midwestern weather.
i'm confused. is it spring, summer or fall? please make up your mind.

{photo via abbytryagain}


happier thoughts

I've been dreading this week for a while now. My coworker is on vacation in Mexico, leaving me in a terrible situation. It's not like work is unbearable without her, but it's a whole lot better when she's there. I know i'll survive but i'm not excited by any means.

S to keep my spirits up, i thought i'd make a list of things that make me happy and concentrate on those...

finishing the last page of an amazing book
making dinner with friends and enjoying wine while doing so
driving with my car windows down
being a kid again and coloring with sidewalk chalk
sipping coffee and reading on a sunny afternoon
writing handwritten letters to friends and family who have moved away
the start of the baseball season and all that includes
trivia nights with friends
text messages from my sister in New York

{image via fffound}


washington d.c. cherry blossoms

aren't they beautiful?

i always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom but i've only ever been to washington d.c. in the fall. one day i'll go out and see how beautiful they are for myself. until then, i'll have to live vicariously through my friend eric and his camera lens.

i think a picnic in the park, under an umbrella of cherry blossoms would be the perfect spring afternoon.

{photos by eric miller}


Gleeking out.

Glee finally makes it's return to prime time tonight. I've been waiting months for this! I really hope it's as good as I'm expecting, but those expectations are pretty high.

To celebrate it's return, a few friends and I are making dinner {what, I'm not sure yet so I hope it turns out}, drinking wine and swooning over Finn Hudson. It will be a good night indeed.


hello monday.

good morning, everyone. i hope you have a better week planned than i do. my co-teacher is out of town all week which means random substitutes everyday and crazy children. i am not looking forward to that. at least i have big plans for the weekend, i'll have to keep that in mind all week.

hope you have a fantastic monday!

{photo via beautyineverything}


a visit with my little friends.

i love hanging out with my little friends and taking pictures. and trust me, they love it too. after every picture i take, i get a three-year-old jumping on me, "can i see me? can i see me?"

throughout the day, i think i got a few great photos. but again, maybe it's just because i think they're so darn cute.


Opening Day!

There's no where I'd rather be on a warm spring night or a hot summer day than at a baseball game. For me, summer means baseball. And I love it.

I'm a Cubs fan but I love going to other parks too. As long as they sell hot dogs, cold beer and toss peanuts in the stands; I'm there. There's something about a baseball game that just turns you into a kid again, it's magical.

"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again."

-Terence Mann, in Field of Dreams


baby faces.

cutest. baby. ever.
although i think all babies are incredibly adorable. and they make the best photography subjects. for me at least.
i love the expressions babies make and how exaggerated they can be.

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