Baseball and Soccer and Funnel Cakes

I am definitely not one of those people that LOVES sports. Don’t like to play them, really. Don’t want to watch them on TV. I take a very Gilmore approach to sports.

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But recently I’ve gone to TWO sports games (matches? events? spectaculars? what is the term here?!?!) in less than a week! Who am I?!?! I went with some friends to see the Frisco RoughRiders minor league baseball team play last weekend and then a few days ago I saw FC Dallas play. I think the highlight for both was the food and the friends.

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The baseball game was fun but SO HOT! And there was no breeze, so the heat just kinda stuck to you in a really disgusting way. But the game was fun and I had a blast with my friends. I had been dreaming about getting a funnel cake for over a week (my friend Kyle and I had been IM’ing about it at work every day!!) and we finally got them and it was delicious!

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After Friday games, the stadium has a pretty great fireworks display, and we got to go sit on the field to watch!

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The soccer game was also VERY hot, but thankfully there was a nice breeze and we got to sit on the shady side of the stadium. This was my very first time watching soccer (yes, ever!) and it was fun to watch in person! I decided that I still wouldn’t want to watch it on TV tho.

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My favorite part of the game was all the flopping! (That’s the right term, right? Seriously, I know nothing about sports!) I mean, they just overreact and fall to the ground and stay there and it was hilarious. One guy actually did get a bit hurt, but every other time the guys would look up, realize the game was still going on and pop up to keep playing.

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I really had a lot of fun at these games! One of my goals for the year was to see ALL the major Dallas sports teams play, and now I got to knock two of them off my list! Now I just have to see the Cowboys, and the Mavs, and the Stars, and the Rangers… good thing I know there will be yummy food at those games, because that will probably be my main motivation to go!

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Five for Friday #27

Happy Friday – we made it again! Have you all had a fantastic week? Mine has been pretty good- I didn’t fall down at kickball practice (yay me!) and we WON our kickball game on Wednesday! It was a big deal…. we aren’t actually that great… but it’s a just-for-fun team and league, so even when we lose it’s still a good time.

Here’s what’s been on my radar this week:

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1 – I need this coffee table book in my life. I am a little bit obsessed with the Gray Malin pics on instagram and I use his photos as my desktop backgrounds all the time!

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2 – This video of Bill Clinton obsessed with balloons is me IRL.

3 – I don’t watch The Bachelorette or The Bachelor, but these recaps are HILARIOUS and I look forward to reading them every week.

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4 – I’m going to print out these super cute bible verse printables and tape them all around my apartment!

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5 – You are what you read – here’s why it matters.

 

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Insta-Love (More Favorite Accounts)

As much as I try not to care about social media, Instagram is still one of my favorite apps that I have on my phone right now. I might not post that often (and my pics aren’t all that great) but it’s fun to share little bits of your life and see what other people are sharing too, whether you know them in real life or not.

There are always a few accounts I look out for while scrolling through my feed, and these favorites more often than not will get a ‘like’ from me. I’m always on the lookout for fun new people to follow, so I wanted to share some of my faves with YOU!

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racheltimmerman – From the blog Something Delightful. Cute outfits, cute daughter, cute pictures.

talkthirtytome – Hilarious posts that are brutally honest and most likely relateable if you’re in your late 20’s or older.

brightbazaar – His pictures are always so fun and BRIGHT! They just instantly give you a little dose of happy right from your screen.

lovegodgreatlyofficial – Just a good daily dose of truth and good things to remember.

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theodoreandhamilton – Carly (from The College Prepster) has the world’s most adorable dogs, follow their adventures here.

thefreckledfox – This is the account for Emily, who runs the blog The Freckled Fox. She has amazing hair, 5 kids, and sadly just lost her husband to cancer. She has been so honest about the ups and downs, it’s been emotional reading for sure.

milkandhoneycreative – One of my college friends, Mina, started this little etsy shop with one of her friends! They have cute crafts and cute posts to showcase them!

joannagaines – If you’re obsessed with Fixer Upper, then you’re probably following this one already. A fun sneak peek into the life of Chip and Jojo!

 

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I Got a Record Player!

For years, I had been saying “You know, I feel like I’m one of those people who should have a record player.” I just felt like that kind of thing would be enjoyable to have and I envisioned myself listening to vintage Christmas records while decorating the tree for the holidays or putting on an old classic while having people over for dinner. The only problem was… I didn’t have a record player. Or any records. I just mentioned that I felt like I would enjoy one. A lot.

About a month ago when I had friends visiting, I took them down to the Lower Greenville area to show them around. It’s just a cute neighborhood with little shops and boutiques- all of which were closed because it was the 4th of July. Don’t you think that businesses would be open so that all the people off work could shop? Anyway. We did find a little record shop that was open, so we went in to browse and I found 2 records for SUPER cheap that I just couldn’t live without! I got a Barry Mannilow greatest hits compilation and songs from the Sound of Music. Amazing!

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Hah look at Barry, he is staring right at you, ready to sing you a song. Oh yeah.

Now that I had two great records, I had the boost I needed to FINALLY get a record player. I didn’t need anything fancy, and I found a cute pink Crosley on sale, so BOOM I got it! It’s adorable and I really do enjoy having it around! I’ve been listening to it while getting ready in the morning, while cleaning my apartment, while cooking- while doing everything!

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The very best part about my record player so far? ANOTHER record, courtesy of my sweet friend Allison! She sent me a surprise gift in the mail earlier this month – The Futures record from Jimmy Eat World (one of our favorite bands) which was so thoughtful and nice- but unfortunately Amazon sent me THE WRONG RECORD. I was a bit confused when I saw the soundtrack to High Fidelity, but I sent it back and got the correct one in the mail last week- and it sounds so good!

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I realize I am totally just jumping on the bandwagon of having a record player, but I don’t care! Now I just need to find some old Christmas records so my holiday fantasy can happen in real life in a few months- garage sales, here I come!

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Pain, Parties, Work (2016 Book Bingo Review)

To take the place of a book set in the summer for my 2016 book bingo, I read Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder.

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According to Amazon, this book is a compelling look at a young Sylvia Plath and the life-changing month that would lay the groundwork for her seminal novel, The Bell Jar.

In May of 1953, a twenty-one-year-old Plath arrived in New York City, the guest editor of Mademoiselle’s annual College Issue. She lived at the Barbizon Hotel, attended the ballet, went to a Yankee game, and danced at the West Side Tennis Club. She was supposed to be having the time of her life. But what would follow was, in Plath’s words, twenty-six days of pain, parties, and work, that ultimately changed the course of her life.

I had this book on my to be read list for a really long time- mainly for the gorgeous cover. That lady looks so fancy! Of course I want to read a book with a fancy lady on it! It, like The Bell Jar, was not necessarily a happy book (the books have parallel instances, so you can imagine.) But what I liked about this was that you heard from people that spent that summer in New York with Plath- we got to hear their accounts of the famous author from that summer and read excerpts of what she wrote; it really was a great insight to her life that summer and what it helped to see what caused her to have such a massive breakdown.

If you’ve read The Bell Jar, I highly recommend this book; I think you’ll find it as fascinating as I did. If you haven’t read The Bell Jar and are interested in doing so- I would suggest reading that before reading Pain, Parties, Work so you can recall the events from the fictional book and how they parallel to her real life. Although, it might be interesting to read the real accounts and connect to them while reading the fiction. Either way, I strongly suggest that one be read with the other.

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