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Countess Von Nibbles

18 May

Living in the country certainly has its perks.

After 10 years of townhouse living, I no longer have to see my neighbors on a regular basis because we have a couple acres between us. My husband gets his dream garage for all his crap and stays out of my garage. Our neighbor puts on a practically professional fireworks display each year for Independence Day. And we have our own fire pit behind our house so that I can enjoy homemade s’mores all year long.

One of the BEST perks though is the animals.

No, not the mailbox spiders. The dozen or so deer that like to hang out in our back yard. The two fat bunnies that bounce and run by our driveway. The red cardinals that swoop around when I drive by. And BEST of all… Countess Von Nibbles:

My husband calls him Mr. Munchie and Jack decided his name is Groundhoggy…but I feel like Countess Von Nibbles has a bit of je ne sais quoi that works perfectly for my fat, nibbly friend.

At this point, the Countess has basically destroyed my welcome mat. In a few more days, I’m going to drag it down and place it next to the groundhog hole so that he/she can have their own welcome mat to nibble on when he/she feels a bit peckish.

Until then, I’ll enjoy the cuteness of this little face. And those adorable ears.

Long live Countess Von Nibbles!

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Scheduling Fun

15 May

A few weeks ago I was working on planning out some blog posts and put a status update up that asked you all what you want me to write about. I know, super lazy blogger over here.

One of my favorite people in the world (hi Jessy!) commented and said that I should write about how I juggle all my responsibilities and still have time for fun. To which I replied, “what is this ‘fun’ thing that you speak of?”

I’m only partially kidding.

Some days, it feels like I’m constantly late and running from task to task. I hate it when people list all their tasks and whine about how busy they are (This post still makes me giggle. And yes, I know how lame it is to giggle at my own blog posts) so I’m not going to list all the miscellaneous stuff that is on my day-to-day schedule. Just know, that I don’t have a lot of down time.

And that includes time to do fun stuff, like hang out with my friends.

I’ve been covering extra campuses at work, so I’ve been working late pretty much one night each week. On weeks that I work late, I don’t make any other plans with friends. I don’t think it’s fair to Travis and Jack for me to be gone more than once a week and frankly, I get tired too. Weekends get super busy too with kid stuff, family stuff, random work events, etc. I was out of town last week on vacation — which was wonderful — but as you know, sometimes coming back to real life is even harder when you allow the emails and loads of laundry to build up!

I try to make plans with my friends a few times a month, but they are busy too. So, by time I look at open dates on my calendar and open dates on their calendars… I’m planning a month or two out.

And yes, it’s a little ridiculous. But that’s what works for my life right now.

Frankly, I’ve had some friends decide that this isn’t enough for them and leave my life. And that’s okay. Because once you have a kid, people tend to fade out anyways. However, some of those awesome friends not only stay in your life, but they understand the craziness. They are okay with being scheduled in and they understand why you want to cry when they have to cancel on you at the last minute. Those friends are keepers, and I’m lucky to have a few of them that will stand by me through anything.

Someday, I may have more time for fun.
But right now, I schedule it in.
And that’s okay.

Do you have to schedule in fun? Have you lost friends because you have other priorities in your life?

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School Update: 1/3 of the way through!

9 May

I shared with you all back in the winter that I had decided to go back to school to get my Master’s degree. I’m working on an online program where I will earn my Master’s in Management with a focus on Marketing.

I started the program last summer with a required 0 credit class, followed by a 6 credit course in the fall and two 3 credit courses in the spring. I also stacked on a 0 credit pre-requisite in the spring which lasted 5 weeks to prepare me for one of my summer courses.

As of this week, I am officially done with my spring classes… which means I’m 12 credits down with just 24 credits to go! With a full 1/3 of the program behind me, I wanted to give you a little update.

First off, I’m still embracing my inner nerd and enjoying each of my classes.

It was more challenging to juggle two 3 credit courses (and a 0 credit course) than just to do the 6 credit course. Dueling syllabuses meant that some weeks were super crazy with multiple papers and projects due at the same time (while still working my full-time job and wrangling my blog, husband and kid). It was do-able though and I got through it.

The one complaint I have is the whole idea of group projects for an online program. I had one in the fall and it was such a pain the butt; however the group project I did for one of my spring classes was absolute hell. There were four of us in the group, so we split the project up between each of us. Some people followed the timeline and had their poo together… some did not. I ended up having to rewrite a whole section because one of the group members did his part wrong. I probably could have gone all Type A on the paper and rewrote the whole thing, but I didn’t. I guess I should have though, because it was 30% of my grade and really brought down my total points for that class.

However, with that being said… I’m still carrying a 4.0 so far in the program! My husband is my biggest cheerleader and I’m super proud of myself for somehow keeping all the balls juggling in the air with this program and everything else going on. I don’t know if I’ll keep my GPA through the summer because one of the Finance classes is totally going to kick my butt, but I’ll try!

Do you have a success that you want to share in the comments? Come on, brag a little!

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Movie Talk: Favorite Movie Musicals

11 Apr

I’ve been on a bit of a musical kick lately. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Rent came through the Hippodrome… so of course I’ve been randomly breaking into song about going oooouuuuut tonight and scaring Ollie with my version of Angel’s pickle jug drum solo. I also have the soundtrack to West Side Story loaded on my phone, so that I can sing along aggressively when I’m stuck in traffic.

And I get stuck in a lot of traffic.

I figured now is the perfect time for me to share some of my favorite musical movies!

Yes, I know the movie isn’t as good as the Broadway show… but the movie has a bunch of the original Broadway stars in their roles, like Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal and Idina Menzel. I’d basically watch those three sing the colors off of paint chips and be happy about it.

West Side Story
The music to West Side Story is basically magical and the stars are as beautiful as they possibly can be. I used to rent this video from Blockbuster time and time again when I needed my “America” fix and now I can just plug my iPhone into my truck and sing along at the top of my lungs.

Okay, I admit that this one is a bit corny, but it’s totally a classic. I know that everyone loved Olivia Newton-John but I was totally obsessed with bad girl Stockard Channing. I can also rock the heck out of “There are Worse things I could do” in the shower. Just saying.

Moulin Rouge
Oh my gosh, Nicole Kidman is perfection. And Ewan McGregor is perfection. And the song and dance numbers are AMAZING. And the costumes basically turn my face into the ‘heart eyes’ emoticon. And now I need to go watch this movie again.

The Last Five Years
This one is pretty new to me and the moment I started watching I couldn’t look away. This tells the story of novelist Jamie (Jeremy Jordan) and his actress wife (Anna Kendrick) though song. However, her story starts with the end of their relationships and goes backwards, while his goes from the beginning of the relationship to the end. It meets in the middle with Jamie’s marriage proposal. It sounds weird, but Anna Kendrick is absolutely fantastic in it and she broke my heart within the first 4 minutes of the movie.


Okay, now your turn! Do you have a favorite movie musical?


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