Friday, September 30, 2011

12. Men: I don't care how ripped or fit you are, NONE Of you need to be wearing tank tops to the gym, i don't want to see your nip slips or armpit hai

I know, I talk about how sexy hairy men are...and I still believe that, but gym sweat and post gym sweat are two different degrees of hotness. I don't want to see the sweat dripping off of your armpit hair as you grunt and lift your weights. I don't think that women should be wearing crop tops either, but most men don't have a problem with that (of course, if the woman is in shape...double standard because I have seen so many out of shape men wearing tank tops to the gym thinking they're all that) so just..keep it covered in the gym...everyone..please?

Thursday, September 29, 2011


I am obsessed with these Frye platform sandals...everything about them...i NEED them

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

11. I hate talking on the phone

How rude and bitchy does that sound?

Okay well first I just hated it because I get really distracted when I can't see people, so I end up focusing on other things and it's hard for me to remember or pay attention to things that are just said to me (notepads at work and sticky notes are SO my friends)

second, my ear and my head get hot and uncomfortable and it kind of just spreads through my whole body and them I'm all uncomfortable and overheated and trying to pay neck bending or cradling...because I'm a major multitasker because I'm not face to face with the person

third, i'm on the phone all day at work...which i get paid for...not that i don't love my friends and family, but sometimes I just don't want to be all crampy and overheated on the phone after i've already been on the phone all day

all of that being said, I've been really good about being on the phone lately, I had 3 phone conversations in the past 5 days that have lasted over half an hour...the others were just me bugging my mom, or my sister calling me about some random stuff...but i still hate talking on the phone...i just make exceptions sometimes

Monday, September 26, 2011

Music Monday

Check out Ivan and Alyosha's upcoming tour dates here

Grab a free download of Zach Ellworth's So Called Heroes here

Check out Katie Herzig's video for Free My Mind here

Grab a free download of Outasight's new song, Loosen Up here

At Noisetrade, grab free music from Matthew Sweet, On Joyful Wings, Flogging Molly, Marc Broussard,

You can buy Ben Rector's new album, Something Like That on Amazon or iTunes

At Spin! grab a free download of their October playlist here,

The top 10 tracks on Tweet for a Track for free download:

Grab a free download of Breathe Caroline's remix of Cobra Starship's You Make Me Feel here

Sunday, September 25, 2011

10. super productive one day, complete opposite the next

I come in to work knowing that I have to get down to it..I know I have to make a certain amount of calls and try to make sales..and I know that my performance and any type of raise that I get is based on why some days can i make 40-60 calls and others I only manage to squeeze out 15 or 20...on the same type of project..I just don't get it! I'm at work for at least 8 hours every day but some days it's like pulling teeth to get anything productive done, even when I don't have other things going on...I just don't get it

Thursday, September 22, 2011

9. Sleeping through all 3 of your alarms

Once every few months, this will happen to me...I'm not sure if I lose my hearing at night, or if I'm just in SUCH A deep sleep that my alarms just don't occur to me...The other day, I seriously had no recollection or my alarms going off or me turning them off; I never heard them that not even a last snooze. I guess the logical answer would be that I did hear them but I was in such a deep sleep that I turned them off instead of snoozing them without even noticing. Thank goodness my internal clock is getting used to getting up early (and man that took a LONG time)...I woke up about 45 minutes after I usually force myself out of bed, so of course I'm rushing to get ready for work...whatever, I just don't understand how 3 super loud/repetitive/kind of annoying alarms could not coax me out of a sleep! I mean 2 of them are just beep beep beep annoyingness, and the other is "Live To Party"-like really, WHAT happened there? How was I THAT out of it?


These Earthies wedges are really cute...the wedge isn't as high as I would normally wear, but definitely a cute, casual neutral for days or nights when you don't want to be too dressed up.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

8. Finding a random mix cd from 10 years ago and blasting it all the way to work

I've been going through my CD's (mixed, original, labeled, unlabeled) and listening to them every few days in my car...I just found one that I made after my second year of sleepaway camp..which yes, was the summer after 9th grade...yes, I had a super late start...i know...anyway, it totally revved me up and powered me through the day...such a good and productive day...this cd brought back so many memories of great friends and great times at camp, dancing around and singing at the top of our lungs and just being absolutely ridiculous and not caring one bit.

So 9 years ago, my music life included Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Hilary Duff, Dreamstreet, Nelly, Led Zeppelin, Don Henley, and some other great stuff...I blasted the whole cd on the way to wouldn't think that driving alone was such a party, but try it! Don't be afraid of the solo car dance can be your best friend.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Music Monday

Check out Nathan Angelo's upcoming tour dates here

Grab some free music from The Parlor Mob here

Check out The Scoundrels' tour dates here

On Noisetrade, grab free music from Julia Sinclair,

You can buy Ben Rector's new album, Something Like This on iTunes and Amazon

You can buy Shwayze and Cisco Adler's album, Island in the Sun on iTunes

You can buy The Hawk in Paris's His +Hers EP on iTunes and Amazon

Grab a free download of Mountain Song by Trent Dabbs here

You can buy a physical copy of Toro Y Moi's Freaking out EP here or buy it on iTunes and Amazon and check out tour dates here

Check out the tour dates for Ten out of Tenn here

You can buy Neon Indian's new album, Era Extrana on iTunes

If you share Micah Dalton's new video, High and Low, here, you can get a free download of his live 5 song EP.

Check out Drew Holcombe and the Neighbors' new video for Live Forever here

The top 10 tracks on tweet for a track are

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Why I DON'T think College is a Waste of Time

A few months ago, an opinion article was published on titled "College is a Waste of Time". I was a little taken aback by that and had to read it to see what this article was about.

In summary, Dale believes that college is a place that does nothing to promote forward thinking, innovation, and originality. He stresses that college is a place of conformity where students are taught to compete with each other instead of learning things that they can use in their professional lives after college.

I'm not sure what kind of person Dale is or what his school offered, but I believe that college truly is what you make of it. If you take every lesson for face value and get caught up in peer to peer competition just for the glory of being better and smarter than someone, then yes, that is what you will get out of college. If you explore the lessons and apply them to things that you are interested in, you can develop yourself into an innovative and forward thinker. For instance, I really loved my business law classes and my marketing classes. I also really love music. Without even realizing it, I started applying basic marketing strategy to the ways that some of my favorite bands at the time were being marketed. It become really interesting to me how differently you can market one band (or product) to various segments and targets and get each of them interested for different reasons.

Syracuse's business programs definitely encouraged strong entrepreneurial spirit and forward, out of the box thinking. We were constantly challenged to think of things differently and I feel like that really enriched my understanding and application of those lessons.

I graduated over a year ago and was hired full time upon graduation. Since then, I have moved up in my company and am now in a position where marketing, account management, and quick thinking is necessary if not mandatory. Had I not gone to college and taken those classes, I'm not sure that I would be in this position. For one thing, you need to have a college degree to qualify for about 95% of the positions available at my company.

What Dale did not mention was how much the college years are needed for a person to socialize, grow, mature, and start to find themselves. Not everyone is a technologically savvy and can get a start up bonus or hired straight on for reasons like that if they drop out. Most people have not matured to the point that they can discipline themselves to take all of that responsibility on so suddenly. I know that I have changed a lot and that time in college really got that moving for me.

If college is an option, I would suggest take it; use it as exploration and a chance to find something that you like and dive into it. That window of opportunity to actually have that time gets smaller as we get older.

Friday, September 16, 2011


These gold Bernardo flip flop flats are really cute. They're a great upgrade from the rubber flip flops for going out and dressing up an outfit

I really like this pair of Lucky Brand platforms. They have a fun, vintage look to them and can be worn with lots of different outfits and color palettes.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

3. when it first hits you that something is really...or really happening

happened today...we attended a conference for work that will segue us into our new roles as account managers...literally half the presentation (which was presented by the execs to all of the account managers and sales execs of this part of the company) was about how our new sales section is key to growing business and the success of our company...they had the 9 of us stand up (6 of us being in our 20's) so that we could be introduced to everyone else...and from then on, we got a less than warm reception from most people...some of them were excited that we'd be helping out, others just didn't understand why they got a bunch of kids to do their jobs...

So on one hand, we're like okay, we've all got college degrees, we aren't kids, and we are just as capable as you to be doing this job...and that's where I had my holy shit in...this IS my job...I am owning these accounts, I'm not just a customer service agent or someone to go through to get to someone else. This is real...on top of the other stuff that my group does...this is like...not a go nowhere, stay anonymous, no real ownership job...and that's just weird to think...that I started working with this company full time a little over a year ago, that I graduated a little before that..and now, it's just now that I'm stopping and seeing all of this and it's completely crazy...awesome and a little scary, but crazy good.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Light the Night

I post these a lot; I'm sure you all have already realized this, but all of these benefit events, runs, walks, etc are really such a great way to raise money for a cause and come together with your friends and as a community for something good.

My sister, Hayley and her sorority are participating in Light the Night this year. Light the Night, benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (research and support for those who have cancer of the blood)...any support would be appreciated ♥ Please follow this link for more information or to donate

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Israel: Visiting the Herodian City of Caesaria

Another early morning on our trip brought us a bus ride to Caesaria to see the ruins of Herod's palace. King Herod was all about wealth, splendor, the "latest" technology, and having several homes all over his kingdom. Caesaria was a very strategic place for Herod to build up because it was a very powerful port city and was the one of the great gateways for trade to his kingdom.

Though the city is in ruins now, it was one of the greatest and richest port and trade cities in Israel for years and years. It has been rebuilt almost as many times as it has been destroyed; one of the most pertinent keys to its timeline besides the Herodian era mosaics being the pointe archways which exist in structures built from the Crusades era and on.

Seeing the expanse of ruins, it's pretty easy to imagine the splendor of the palace that Herod had built in Caesaria. It's crazy to think though, how huge and intricate everything was and the fact that it was built without using the technology that we have today. This is one of my favorite things about learning about ancient cultures and civilizations; it's amazing to think that they accomplished their own equivalent of what we have today. They weren't just people living in huts or caves; they thrived just as we do.

Herodian ruins

Monday, September 12, 2011

Music Monday

Preview John McLaughlin's new album, Forever if Ever here and buy it at his merch store or on iTunes.

At Spin! check out the 30 must see fall tours here, grab a free download of Toro Y Moi's single, All Alone here, grab a free download of their September Playlist here,

From Noisetrade, grab free music from The Hawk in Paris, and Soundland

Buy Breathe Electric's Acoustic Sessions 2 here

Check out Apache Relay's upcoming shows here
Grab a free download from Shwayze and Cisco Adler here

Check out Andrew Belle's upcoming tour dates here

Jack and White posted a new acoustic video of Smoke and Mirrors here

You can buy Joe Brook's new EP, A Reason to Swim on iTunes or at his website here

Check out Paul Dempsey's upcoming tour dates here

Here are Sara Swenson's upcoming shows

Preorder Matthew Sweet's new album, Modern Art, and check out his show dates here

Watch The Waiting Kind's video for an acoustic version of Heaven Calls My Name here

2. The first workout after not working out for a while

so much pain, but it feels so good...okay, so it's only been a week and a half ish since my last work out/spin class, but in the course of last week, I definitely gained 3 lbs thanks to work: sales meetings, happy hour, Babe's southern fried heart attack lunch, and then Prarie's BBQ lunch...and Christy's amazing yeah...I was a lazy ass slug...yes, a slug...because I did nothing over the weekend but have a migraine and watch lots of DVR'd tv...I LOVE weekends like that...BUT...I should have gone out and run...or something...I skipped the work outs last week because my class was canceled for labor day, and then I decided to socialize on Wednesday instead of go to i REALLY should have done SOMETHING over the much as I want it to count, my grocery store trip does not count as exercising..even if I did walk there and back.

SO anyway, back to least one spin class a week...I've got a mud run 5K this weekend,the Komen 5K in October, and the Caine Halter 5K in November...lots of running and walking...and you can bet I will be running 2 out of 3 of those, if not all of them

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chicken and Chard Pasta Fagioli

Okay, I absolutely love meal worthy soups in the winter. I don't know why, but I find soups so comforting. I guess I love the warmth and that I can add as much hot sauce and vegetables that I want to them, especially when I'm making them for myself.

Here's a recipe for Chicken and Chard Fagioli. I couldn't find chard, so I used spinach. It was still delicious and I'd imagine the chard would be really tasty as well.

Chicken and Chard Pasta Fagioli

Serves: 6 Edit
Prep Time: 12 min
Cook Time: 30 min


2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
3/4 pound(s) Swiss chard, stems diced (1 cup), leaves torn (4 cups)
1 1/4 cup(s) diced onion
1 1/4 cup(s) shredded carrot
2 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper flakes
5 cup(s) reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
1 can(s) (28-ounce) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can(s) (16-ounce) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cup(s) shredded roasted chicken breast
1 1/4 cup(s) (about 6 ounces) ditalini or tubetini pasta
2 tablespoon(s) grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving, optional


Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat; add chard stems, onions, carrots, rosemary, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Sauté 5 minutes. Add chard leaves; sauté 2 minutes or until wilted.
Add broth, tomatoes, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and pasta. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes longer, until pasta is cooked. Stir in grated cheese. Ladle into bowls and serve with extra cheese, if desired.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Total Fat8g
Saturated Fat--
Total Carbohydrate44g
Dietary Fiber--

1. The Never Ending Migraine

in both literal and figurative ways....I've had this migraine since started with dehydration from a nap and eating a huge southern fried lunch-which was amazing, but I never do continued through Friday and a really boring and annoying training session...reared it's ugly head on Saturday which I fought through because I didn't want to sit at home doing nothing...I thought it had let up that night but of course it came back to keep me company this morning.

stress, work, not being good enough, being alone, trying to be good enough

life's migraines...these don't go away...hopefully this physical one will because I've got another big week coming up and I'm determined to make the new leaf that I've turned over a big one

Friday, September 9, 2011


This pair of Seychelles is understated but fun...with a pair of skinny jeans or even a pair of flared jeans, they could add some color and fun to a neutral outfit.

Part Mule, part peep to bootie, these Michael Antonio pair is a great neutral wedge that down here in Dallas, I could wear way into early winter.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


In this day of overshare and eminent flaws, the paparazzi seem to have no problem catching celebrities in weak or vulnerable moments. I'm not talking about a wardrobe malfunction or a drunken exit from a club though; I'm talking about those moments where these people are not trying to be a celebrity, but instead trying to do things that are more important. I have seen way too many pictures of these people trying to be moms, dads, and friends. The means that the paparazzi goes through to get these pictures is crazy. To top it all off, the pictures are spun to show how rude a celebrity is or how awful they look in street clothes or without make up.

I can tell you right now, I am wearing nike shorts, a t shirt, and no make up. My hair is thrown up in a messy bun because I live in Texas and it's disgustingly hot inside my apartment right now even with the a/c on because the sun is shining right through the slats of my blinds. If I was famous and being hunted down by a super powered paparazzi lens, I would get slammed when those pictures were published. That sucks because when I'm not at work and I don't have plans, this is how I look. We try to teach our children that society's perception of beauty is wrong and we try to tell our daughters that a good man will love you as much in a fancy dress, heels, and make up as he will when you're dressed down and in no make up. I know that my parents have, but honestly, I haven't found one yet. Not one who can appreciate the balance of a natural and beautiful woman.

So I'm getting off topic; here is where this rant came from. A few months ago, I read an article in People about how paparazzi was following Tori Spelling as she dropped her kids off at school. She had the baby in the car and all she was trying to do was get away from the paparazzi and get on with her day. The paparazzi stayed on her tail and she ended up getting into a car crash with her baby in the car. But this is thought of as acceptable; she was just being a bitch and not giving the paparazzi what they wanted. Tori is obviously an awful person for doing this; trying to give her children the most normal lives possible and trying to spend time with them, be a mom and a working woman. How unacceptable of her to think that this was okay.

When I read this article, the first thing that went through my mind was how dare these paparazzi endanger a child and a mother just to get pictures. Tori Spelling is such an accomplished woman; the fact that she has a reality show and yeah her dad is Aaron Spelling does not downplay the fact that she has taken control of her life and has done things that she set out to do. The paparazzi reduce her to nothing but a famous name. They don't care about her kids or her family...or their safety.

I applaud Tori for doing her best to evade the paparazzi. I applaud any celebrity for doing the same thing. So what if Justin Bieber gave the paparazzi the finger while driving away after a date with Selena Gomez? Let them date; let them be happy. Their dates are not hollywood red carpet events, so no photographers and paparazzi have any business being there. Miley smoked Salvia? Good lord, that's what teenagers DO! They smoke pot, they drink, they experiment. I don't agree with it, but I certainly would never turn anyone in on purpose or slander their name.

I think it's all about respect. Twitter, facebook, and the internet in general have blurred the lines of private and public. I've even had some of my own personal things that I've shared on those sites reported to my parents in a completely skewed way and I'm just an average nobody. It sucks and even that took a while to smooth over. No one has any right to judge others or make them look bad purposefully. See a celebrity with their make up off? Look at yourself? My dark circles could rival a raccoon on some days. See a celebrity hide their child or give paparazzi a stern look or remark when they follow them and their child? How would you feel if someone was taking pictures of you and your children or siblings at the park, at school, at the grocery store and sharing them with the world? I'd call that stalking, personally, so before you judge them, think about it.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Music Monday

Courrier, Parachute, and Kate Voegele are going on tour! Check out the dates here

Check out The Dirty Guv'nah's upcoming tour dates here

Grab a free download of Wavves' I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl here, as well as free downloads from Margo May, Pepper Rabbit, Saint Motel, and Human.

At Spin! grab a free download of their Dance Mix for Electric Zoo here, grab a free download of The Dream's album, 1977 here

Grab two new free downloads from Mr. Don Trip here

Help Caitlin Canty with her Kickstarter Campaign here and get a free download of Vermont here

Help Derek Jordan with his Kickstarter Campaign here

Grab a free download of OnCue's new single, Don't Fall For That here

Preorder Stars Go Dim's new album, Between Here and Now here

Grab a bunch of free music from Adam Sullivan here, here, here, and here

Buy Plumb's new single, Drifting here

Check out Steve Moakler and Andrew Ripp's tour dates here

Take a look at Susan Enan's tour dates here

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Smiles for Southwest Airlines

I know that I bitch about airlines and airports a lot, but I promise this is different! Southwest Airlines constantly blows me away with how easy and comfortable they make everything. I used to not be a fan of the choose your own seat feature but now that they have everyone divided into zones and online check in, I like it more. Score a window seat? It's my favorite feature ever.

I was on a flight from Chicago to Houston with a flight attendent who had such a great sense of humor. We may have been slightly delayed; if we were, I can't remember. This guy had us laughing in our seats every time he came on the speaker system. His jokes and one liners were the Full House/Boy Meets World type: funny for the kids even if the real funny parts went over their head.

It's always a nice change to encounter a smiling and positive flight attendent rather than a stressed out and snappy one. I feel like I always say that flying and traveling is so stressful as is; its so nice to see staff who can handle situations in a positive way and put everyone else at ease at the same time.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Love these heels...I can't tell if the criss crosses are leather, but i know that that would make them just even more awesome...They're by Promiscuous and again, I'm just loving the zipper trend on heels...kind of like an instant sex kitten feeling when you put them on :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Running for the love of Dave

This November, my best friend and I are running the Caine Halter Lungs for Life 5K in honor and memory of her dad who recently passed away from lung cancer. Please help us support this cause if you can; donate and support Do it 4 Dave here.

For more information on the Caine Halter Lungs for Life 5K, check out their website