73 Questions

Does anybody else love those Vogue YouTube videos where they go around asking celebrities 73 questions about themselves? I’ve loved them for years! Now they’re getting a little bit annoying with all the product placements/tie-ins, but it’s still fun to get to see where a celebrity lives and what their kitchens look like and get a little glimpse into the things that they like. (Some of my favorites have been Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe, Olivia Wilde, and Blake Lively off the top of my head!)

I saw a while ago that Lindsay over at Bourbon & Lipstick posted her own version of the 73 questions, and it seemed so fun that I wanted to do one, too! So instead of forcing my roommate to follow me around the house with a camera and ask me the questions (which side note how hilarious would that be?!?) I’ll just answer the questions right here!

73 Questions

  1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this month? My friend Jen came to visit and we had the most delicious queso I’ve found in Dallas so far!
  2. What’s your favorite game? Buzzword. 
  3. When are you most inspired? When I’m content and there isn’t anything stressful clouding my ability to appreciate what’s going on around me.
  4. If you could teach one subject in school, what would it be? Probably English/grammar. Gotta teach people about the Oxford comma!
  5. What’s your favorite beverage? Root beer. Water is a close second tho (how lame does that sound?!?)
  6. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? That if I were a baked good, I would be one of those pink frosted animal cookies with the sprinkles. 
  7. What is your favorite birthday cake? Funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting.
  8. What is one thing you still have from your childhood? So many things – stuffed animals, school projects, souvenirs from trips… most of them are in tubs in my parent’s attic at the moment.
  9. What is your favorite movie? That Thing You Do.
  10. What is something you can’t do? Dive off a diving board. 
  11. Window or aisle seat? Window.
  12. What is something that makes you laugh no matter what? Saturday Night Live. There is always at least one sketch a week that I’m sending to all my friends because I died laughing.
  13. What does creativity mean to you? Feeling free and confident enough to put what is in my head out into the real world.
  14. What are your favorite lyrics of all time? Probably something by Jimmy Eat World.
  15. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas (specifically the snack extravaganza we have as a family the night before!)
  16. What’s heavily played on your music playlist right now? Smallpools! Perfect for a road trip, a jog, or to energize you while cleaning the house.
  17. If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be? Carly Heitlinger. It’s the perfect combo of young, fun, classic, and always well put together.
  18. Must have purse item? Chapstick.
  19. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 12? At that time, probably a teacher.
  20. What is something you will not be doing in ten years? Worrying as much?
  21. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn? Financial responsibility and budgeting.
  22. How do you start your day? Making my bed.
  23. Would you ever live anywhere besides where you live now? Hundo p I would. I love Dallas but could see myself being happy just about anywhere. 
  24. What is your favorite dessert? Funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting.
  25. Is there a dessert you don’t like? Most lemon treats.
  26. It’s brunch! What do you eat? The standard combo that comes with eggs, bacon, hash browns, and a pancake! 
  27. Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken? England in 2017.
  28. Favorite Disney animal? Dancing penguins in Mary Poppins.
  29. What is a book you’re planning on reading? American Royals.
  30. What did you read most recently? No More Holding Back by Kat Armstrong.
  31. Favorite solo artist? Sleeping at Last.
  32. What is something you’re tired of? People on their phone while doing something else. Like if you put on a TV show and then immediately grab for your phone “just to check Facebook.” Nope. Just pay attention. 
  33. What’s a city you wish to visit? Charleston, SC.
  34. Heels or flats? Flats.
  35. Where does one go on a perfect road trip? Leaf peeping around New England
  36. What do you do on a rainy day? Listen to music, read a book, crochet.
  37. What’s your favorite exercise? The Les Mills Body Combat class.
  38. What was your worst subject in school? PHYSICS wow I was so bad.
  39. What is your spirit animal? An alpaca I guess?
  40. What do you usually eat for breakfast? Scrambled eggs or a protein smoothie or a Larabar.
  41. What do you usually eat for dinner? Often it’s chicken and veggies and sometimes a potato of some sort!
  42. Cooking or baking? Baking always.
  43. Favorite baked good? A good soft peanut butter cookie.
  44. What is something you wish you could be good at? Singing.
  45. Skiing or surfing? Couch surfing lol I’ve never actually REALLY done either.
  46. First celebrity crush? Literally have no idea! We’ll say Zack Morris.
  47. Most recent celebrity crush? Aaron Tveit.
  48. What color was your prom dress? Peachy and cream junior year; sea foam green senior year.
  49. How do you manage stress? Walking, music, praying.
  50. What do you do to relax? Walking, music, praying.
  51. Age when you were first kissed? 16.
  52. Favorite fashion trend of all time? A cardigan (not really a trend, but there’s different trendy variations each season.)
  53. Best fashion advice you ever received? “Yes you DO need more cardigans!!!” 
  54. What is your current favorite piece of clothing you own? A berry red trench coat that I can’t wait to wear once the temps get a little cooler.
  55. Shoes or bags? Shoes.
  56. How do you know if you’re in love? You put their needs first and want to hear every mundane thing they have to say.
  57. Television show you binged recently? Schitt’s Creek (it’s seriously so hilarious.)
  58. Who do you turn to when you’re sad? Jesus and also my friend Allison.
  59. Leather or lace? Lace.
  60. Vintage or new? I want to say vintage but I’m not that cool. New.
  61. What is your kryptonite? Getting distracted on the internet.
  62. What are you most enchanted by? Stillness during sunrise.
  63. What is your biggest strength? Listening and giving advice people might not want to hear in a loving way.
  64. What is your biggest weakness? Thinking I know what’s best for others and giving them advice when they don’t ask for it.
  65. What are 3 words to describe living in your city? Active, culinary, pretentious. 
  66. Cutest thing on planet earth? When I knock at the door of my sister’s house every week and I hear my niece and nephews yelling “YAYA!!! YAYA IS HERE!!!” from inside.
  67. Favorite color? Navy (to wear), pink (for everything else)
  68. Best first date idea? Coffee somewhere where you can walk to a second location if the date is going really well.
  69. Favorite time of day? 10am when you’ve already had a really productive morning.
  70. What do you first notice about someone when you meet them? Their manner of greeting (hug, handshake, intimidating look up and down).
  71. What’s your guilty pleasure? Listening to all. the. podcasts.
  72. Favorite band? Literally too many to name. 
  73. Favorite season? Autumn.

Oh man, that was a lot! If you made it through that, you deserve a medal and a slice of funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting. I mentioned it so many times that now I feel like I need to find a slice of funfetti cake with almond buttercream frosting!! Can you even find that somewhere in Dallas? Should I do some research? I don’t need cake… but also… I might have to look that up real quick…

2019 Resolutions Update

…or an alternative title should be “How Have I Been Doing This Year?!?!?” Turns out, better than usual!!

(p.s. I keep an updated version of my resolutions on this page!)

So what have I accomplished so far this year? Quite a few things!

  • I lost 30 pounds! Wow! One of my high-level goals for the year was to get healthier and be more active and I don’t care about an eventual number on the scale, but I did want to make sure that I had some metrics to track to in order to make sure that I was actually making progress. 30 seemed like an achievable number and by golly it was! Like my sister said to me last week, “wow, it’s like diet and exercise are actually good for something, huh?!? Who knew?!?” I think I struggled in the past because I lived alone and had zero accountability for what I cooked or how many times I went to Chick-Fil-A or how many mornings I hit snooze instead of lacing up my sneakers and working out, but now that I have a roommate and we encourage each other when we eat healthier (and don’t knock each other down when we have an occasional treat or crazy meal) it’s been great. She even comes with me from time to time when I walk/jog outside, and it’s nice to have some company!
  • I completed 2 Whole30s! Did I really need to do 2? No. But am I glad that I did 2? Sure! It’s just a good reset for me mentally and shows me that I don’t actually need sugar or coffee or all the bread on the planet. I just finished my most recent one last week, and I’m working on a post that will talk about how it went and what amazing recipes I made this past time, so be on the lookout for that soon!
  • I made a new baby blanket! This one took FOREVER (and you can see what it looked like here!) It might have been my biggest and most intricate baby blanket to date, and I need to make a serious mental note to NEVER MAKE ONE THAT BIG AGAIN. It just took forever but I was happy with how it turned out even though I kind of ended up hating the colors that I used… sorry little B!
  • I saw Hamilton on stage! TWICE! So amazing yes I cried yes you should see it, too. I went into a lot of detail on the post I linked, but even thinking back to it now, I’m just so impressed with the touring cast that I saw. They were seriously the best of the best and I was blown away by the chorus, the understudies, the main actors, everything! To be constantly moving and dancing and singing all at the same time for 2 hours – wow. I hope they’re getting paid so much money because every single one of them deserves it. (And yes I will probably listen to the Hamilton cast recording in the very near future now that I’ve been thinking about it!)
  • I began jogging again! I’ve never been a runner, like a serious long-distance type runner but I used to go jogging a lot! (To me jogging is just running for a few minutes and taking a walking break and repeating for a while, FYI. I’ve always needed walking breaks and I’m ok with that. And I also prefer to be outside while jogging – I’ve never been a treadmill fan. Just some background info that you totally didn’t ask for but there you go!) I live in a neighborhood that is GREAT to walk around AND I have a phenomenal nature trail RIGHT behind my house, so I’ve been using it! A lot! I’m still slow and I still need lots of walking breaks, but I can see myself making major progress and that is really exciting! My goal is to jog a mile without stopping by the end of the year and y’all I am SO CLOSE! #babysteps
  • I took a fun trip! My bestie and I met up in Minneapolis over the 4th of July and it was a blast! And as an added bonus, we were “featured” in AAA magazine from our trip there! We were photographed while playing mini-golf on the roof of the Walker Art Center and I was just tickled to see that we made it into the magazine! You have to squint and hold the page up close, but I promise that’s us!!

What resolutions do I have currently in the works?

  • Run 1 mile with no stops. See the jogging bullet point above. I’m so close and just need to build up a little more endurance and then give it a go! I use map my run when I jog outside so it will be easy to know when I finally reach this goal.
  • Make an England photo book. Oh my goodness this trip was OVER TWO YEARS AGO and I still haven’t done this?!?! I have all my pages “planned” but I just need to sit down and finish it.
  • Take a cooking class. I signed up for a cooking class at the beginning of October and I can’t wait to do it! It’s going to be making croissants and puff pastry so maybe it’s more a baking class but I still think it counts.
  • Tithe at church every month. I’ve been consistent so far! My church does a really good job of making sure you know what your giving goes toward, and that helps encourage me to keep up with this one. Plus, it’s not my money and it all belongs to God anyway!
  • Drink less alcohol and soda. The Whole30s really helped me out with this one! I have never been a huge drinker at home (I’ve had two bottles of yummy Scout & Cellar wine in the fridge since I moved into the house in May that are still untouched if that gives you any idea lol) but soda… I could happily drink root beer ALL THE TIME and be the happiest person on the planet. I’ve definitely cut back and plan to keep it up!
  • Learn a new piano song. I’m on my way with this one! I picked a gorgeous song and am memorizing it!! The song is…. incredibly repetitive…. so I might end up picking another one but for now here’s what I’m learning!
  • Read entire bible in a year. I’m on schedule! I’ve been using a chronological plan and we’re still in the old testament and it’s going well! If you’ve never read the bible or never read certain books of the bible, I highly recommend it. Yes I am reading it from a spiritual/religious stance, but it has some crazy good stories in there! Like, crazier than a season of Game of Thrones type of drama in the old testament. If you’re like “oooh I like stories but reading the bible seems a little intimidating” then don’t worry, I have a recommendation for you! The podcast “The Bible Binge” is AMAZING at taking a look at stories and characters in the bible and making them approachable and easier to understand. They basically recap bible stories as if it were an episode of TV and the hosts are hilarious and if you’ve ever been curious about Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Moses, The Wise Men from the Christmas story, etc., go ahead and give them a listen!
  • Read 25 books. I’ve technically finished with this one! I made a book bingo board for the year and still have 2 more spots to fill in on it, but I’ve also read a few books on the side and so my total right now is exactly 25. Don’t worry, I WILL keep reading the rest of the year. I have to fill my commute with something!

What resolutions might not get completed?

  • Find a new hobby. I feel like I already have 942 hobbies, so do I REALLY need to throw another one in the mix? I’ve got a jack of all trades but a master of none vibe in my life and instead of starting a completely NEW hobby, I’m going to try and get better at some of the ones I know I already enjoy. Like watercolor painting. Or hand embroidery. Or baking (hence the cooking class I signed up for!)
  • Open an etsy shop. Meh. I just don’t think this is in the cards for me right now (or ever?), and I’m ok with that! Again, I feel like I’m a ‘master of none’ person and until I really focus on one thing long enough to get good enough at it to feel like it could go in an etsy shop, I’ll just keep making things for me and my family and friends and feel happy with that.
  • Chop off my hair. I’ve made the personal decision to keep my hair long through the winter and then make the big chop next spring. Or at least that’s the current plan. Usually when I chop it off the decision is made VERY spontaneously with little to no planning and so who knows, this could still happen!

So all in all I feel like I’m doing pretty well for the year so far! Back in January I was talking to a friend on FaceTime and he was saying that the best way to reach your goals is to look at them every single week. He suggested that I make a PDF of my resolutions and put it on the desktop of my work computer, and make looking them over the first thing I do every week. And so that’s exactly what I did, and I definitely think it’s helped me stay on track and remember what I wanted to accomplish this year! There’s still a few months left and we’ll see where I’m at by the end of the year!

Have you kept up with any of your resolutions from January? Are there any that you’ll try to accomplish by the end of the year?



Five for Friday #54

Oh hello there! Are you as excited that it’s Friday as I am?!? I don’t even have exciting plans for the weekend, but I’ll just be happy to relax a little bit! This was a full and fun week for me! I saw the movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette on Monday with some friends from my book club (we read the book a few months ago and just hadnt’ gone to see it yet!), had life group on Tuesday, bible study on Wednesday, and dinner at my sister’s house last night! Full but very fun! I need to do some deep cleaning at the house this weekend because I have ONE OF MY VERY BEST FRIENDS coming to visit next weekend (can you tell that I’m very excited?!?!) but I have a feeling I’ll spend a good chunk of it on the couch watching High Seas on Netflix… I’m a sucker for Spanish dramas set in the past for some reason (like Velvet which was THE BEST!!) and I’ve only watched 2 episodes so far but I’m all in! It follows 2 wealthy sisters on a ship traveling from Spain to Brazil in the 1940s and there is DRAMA! There are SECRETS! There is MURDER?!?!?!

But enough of that – here is what’s been on my radar lately!

one || I just got this white top at Walmart a few weeks ago and love it! My roomie also got it in the chambray color, and I might have to borrow it at some point. I wish I was able to wear the mustard yellow, but sadly that is the worst color on a pale person like me.

two || This sticky note set is the cutest! I don’t really use sticky notes that often at work… but…. I might need to start!

three || This candle from Target is literally the BEST smelling candle for fall!! It’s no wonder it’s sold out! I have the small size and will have to use major restraint not to burn the whole thing in one weekend!

four || I got this Healthy Feet cream because my heels were looking pretty rough and it is a miracle product! My heels are nice and smooth, and I didn’t have to go get a pedicure for that to be the case!

five || I signed up to bring something sweet to bible study in a few weeks, and there is a very good chance I’ll be making these fluffernutter cookies. Because fluffernutter sandwiches are the best and cookies are the best and so yes I’ll try the combination of those, please! I just finished my Whole30 and am still in the reintroduction phase, but I’ll be excited to try these very soon!!

2019 Book Bingo – July/August Update

I’ve got a few more books coming at ya today! I can’t believe that I’m so far along in my book bingo for the year! But then again, it IS already September so I’d be worried if I still had a lot of it left to go! I’m still having fun with it, and I’ve got books picked out for all the spots I have left – hopefully they’re as good as I anticipate they will be!

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

For a book that’s part of a series, I read Still Me! It is the final book in this particular trilogy – you’ve definitely heard of the first book “Me Before You” and maybe you’ve seen the movie! I read the first book and the second book 4 years ago and it took me a little bit to get reacquainted with the characters and remember what happened leading up to that point. But once I got back into the swing of the story, I LOVED it! It was so much better than the second book. So much better. This story picks up with Louisa Clark moving to New York City to be a caretaker for a family and she has lots of adventures! She struggles to keep things going long-distance with her boyfriend back in England, meets some new friends in NYC, and a series of events leads her to figuring out what her dream is and what is really important to her. I read this so fast and was genuinely sad when it was over!

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

For a book with more than 600 pages, I read the Alexander Hamilton biography. This one took forever to finish but I FINALLY DID IT!!!! Obviously I was inspired to read it because I’m very much still obsessed with the Hamilton musical, and it was actually really good! Yes it’s incredibly long and full of a crazy amount of detail, but Chernow did such a good job writing it. He weaved all the details together in a way that made you want to keep reading to find out more of what happens (even though it’s history so we all pretty much know what happened…) It was REALLY fun to read this knowing so much from the musical – I would pick out certain phrases and connect them to lines from the musical and it was very fun for me!! (Was it as much fun for my friends on Snapchat that I would send pictures of the lines correlating to the pages to? Maybe not… haha).

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

For a Young Adult book, I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. This one had been on my radar for a while, and when I saw that Netflix made it into a movie I knew that I’d have to read the book so I could then watch the movie! This book was overall pretty cute! Lara Jean would write a letter to a boy she loved when it was time to get over them. After writing the letter, her feelings were gone. She kept all the letters in a hat box in her room and one day, she finds out that the letters got mailed out and the boys received their letters! Drama! I liked the characters and thought it was an interesting take on a common romance story line! I was rooting for different boys at different points in the book, but I’m happy with the way it ended!

Party of One by Joy Beth Smith

For a book published in 2018, I read Party of One which is all about singleness. As a single person, I thought that I could read this and maybe get something out of it. And I did! It was incredibly encouraging and had so many reminders that the single time in you life can and should be fulfilling. That it’s not just a holding pattern while you wait for your “real life” to begin once you get married. That joy isn’t spelled m-a-r-r-i-a-g-e. That you are valuable to the kingdom and have just as much, if not more, to offer in this time in your life. That it’s ok to want to be married and still enjoy NOT being married- like really have fun and really enjoy it! I honestly think it wouldn’t be a bad idea for married people to read this book, too!

Life Lately

Hey hey and happy Friday!! Can you believe that it’s already SEPTEMBER?!?!? I don’t actually know where the year is going. I’ve been busy with work and life and doing another Whole30 (more on that to come!!) and the days just keep flying by. Geez. I feel like we need a little update on what’s been going on lately (which really isn’t much, but why not, right?!?) Here’s a little photo diary of what I’ve been up to…

I took my nephew to see a movie and of course we had to play a few arcade games on the way out of the theater! (Fun days with Aunt Kelly include ALL the fun things!)

I got THE BEST sno cone flavor on the planet (root beer and watermelon mixed DON’T GIVE ME THAT FACE you haven’t even tried it yet it’s so good!) from a place SO close to my house – and it has a drive thru window which is fun but also dangerous because now I want to get a sno cone every day on my way home from the train.

One of my favorite people that I somehow get the privilege of knowing in real life WROTE A STINKING BOOK and y’all it’s SO GOOD! She had a book launch party in July and it was so great to go and support her!

I had what seemed like the perfect hair day a few weeks ago! The braid! The bun! And it stayed ALL DAY which was a miracle!

I won some Airpods at work and I love them! I love getting to walk outside and not have to deal with the cords from my headphones, and the sound quality is better than expected for most things! I also bought some teeny studs to go in my 2nd and 3rd ear piercing and I’m clearly very excited about those, too.

I went to a rooftop hip hop cardio fitness class on the terrace of the Joule Hotel downtown and it was so much fun! My friend Beth and I didn’t make fools of ourselves like we thought we would and had a blast sweating and dancing along to Lizzo. Plus I got to see my favorite eyeball from an elevated height which was fun!

This is totally random but I’ve started parting my hair in the middle from time to time and tbh I’m kind of loving it!!

My company reserved a section at the minor league baseball game and my friend Merideth came with me! There was tons of free food and be proud of us – we didn’t eat ANY of it. Which is incredibly sad. BUT I’m doing Whole30 and Mer is eating super healthy, too, so we were very strong and you know what, I bet the hot dogs and cookies weren’t even that good. The cookies looked super dry. #lies

You guys I saw my first armadillo and it was slightly terrifying!!!!!! It was IN THE FRONT YARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! What? Gross! Go away!! I didn’t know that they could be so huge and I was kind of terrified to walk along the sidewalk to get to my car. But I did it. I survived.

When people ask me what I’ve been up to lately, I always answer with “oh not much… same ol’ same ol’, just like church and bible study and stuff…” but now it’s nice to see and be reminded that I’ve actually been doing things and I’m not as boring as I thought! Thanks for following along – I’ve got some fun posts planned in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you! Talk to you later!