Thursday, June 24, 2010

The ABCs Of Me & My New Hair Cut

Happy Thursday everyone! In honor of Thoughtless Thursday over at Life In The Fulmer Lane this week I will share some snapshots of my new hair cut! My hair was getting crazy long and I decided to chop it all off! It is a little hard for me to get used to but I love how cool it is on my neck and how easy it is to take care of! What do ya think?
Sorry for the "in the car" pictures, but I haven't taken any new ones lately. Since I had my shades on in this picture I thought I would share this silly picture of Ty... I torture him sometimes, but he still loves me ( : Isn't he the cutest? I never wear those sunglasses, so I am glad someone is getting some use out of them. Haha!
I also found this little quiz in my drafts so I thought I would finally share it! The ABCs of me!
A. Age:24
B. Bed: Queen
C. Chores You Hate: Washing the dishes
D. Dog's Name: Ty
E. Essential "Start The Day" Item: Toothbrush
F. Favorite Color: Pink, Green, Blue
G. Gold or Silver: White Gold
H. Height: 5'4"
I. Instruments You Play: I attempted the flute and drums in elementary school... I guess you actually have to practice to be good!
J. Job Title: Staff Pharmacist
K. Kids: Someday, but not right now!
L. Living Arrangements: home
M. Mom: Sweet
N. Nickname: Kate/Katie/Katesy
O. Overnight Hospital Stay: Never for Me
P.Pet Peve: Rudeness
Q. Quote From A Movie: Too many to list!
R. Righty or Lefty: Righty
S. Siblings: Brother
T. Time You Wake Up: As late as possible
U. Underwear: Victoria's Secret
V. Veggies You Hate: Brussel Sprouts
W. Ways You Wear Your Hair: Up, Down, Wavy, Curly, Straight
X. X-Rays You've Had: Tons, mostly at the dentist
Y. Yummy Food You Make: Chicken and Broccoli Braid
Z. Zoo Animals You Like: ALL! Giraffes, zebra, red panda, otters, lions, just to name a few!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sugar Doll Award

It is always such an awesome surprise to find out that I have been given a blogger award! This award is courtesy of the lovely Ro Magnolia over at Soft Wind and Roses

This award comes with the following rules:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Share ten things about yourself
3. Pass the award along to 10 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!
4. Contact the bloggers and let them know you've picked them for the award.

I would definitely like to say a big thank you to Ro Magnolia! It is so sweet of her to pick me and it is so nice to know that people really read my blog! If you have not checked out her blog please do so! She always posts the most gorgeous pictures of the flora and fauna in her neck of the woods and she has the cutest four legged friends! She is also a great writer and a great blog to read so stop by and say hi!

I have shared so much in my short time blogging so it is hard to come up with ten new things about myself, but here goes:

1. I am a third generation Arizona native. My grandma, my dad, and I were all born and raised in AZ and I have never lived anywhere else. Maybe in the future I will move somewhere new, but AZ will always be in my heart!
2. I used to love gymnastics and was actually pretty good at the uneven bars. I can still do the splits and round offs and handstands.
3. I love flowers. My favorites are roses, orchids and peonies, but I pretty much love all kinds of flowers. I prefer potted plants as opposed to cut flowers.
4. I have a BLACK thumb! I literally kill every plant I have ever had! Even the easy ones! I can usually keep the lucky bamboo alive for a while, but eventually even those die on me.
5. I hate to have my toenails bare. I prefer to have my nails natural, but I love having polish on my toes. Every once in a while I give my toes a break, but I can't stand to look at them and wear close-toed shoes!
6. I have never traveled outside of North America. I have visited many places in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, but I have never been outside of this continent. I am hoping to change that someday!
7. I am afraid to fly and my boyfriend has his private pilot's license. This makes him sad because he likes to fly "just for the fun of it," while I see it as a necessary evil to get to where I want to go.
8. I love the library. I love to go there to study, to check out books/DVDs/CDs, and to take advantage of the free events at the library. Dave and I took free ballroom dancing lessons there!
9. I have a dream that I will get to see all of the National Parks in the United States. I think there is nothing more awe-inspiring than God's natural wonders.
10. I love to collect quotes. I have been writing down my favorite quotes since I was young and still copy and paste my favorites into a word document. Maybe I should start a page for them?

It is also very hard for me to narrow down my selection of my favorite newly discovered bloggers to just ten choices! There are so many wonderful writers out there and I love reading so many blogs! Some of my favorites include:

1. Sink or Swim
2. Bits & Pieces
3. Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife
4. Life & Times of Alison & Justin
5. Katie's Journey
6. The Road Less Traveled
7. Kendra Diaries
8. Chronicles of Neely
9. Life In A Small Town
10. Newlywedded

Monday, June 14, 2010

Good Times and Guilty Pleasures

Hello to all my fellow bloggers! It has been a great week for me! Its only been about five days since I last blogged but I have been keeping myself busy. On Wednesday last week, my best friend Courtney came over after work and brought me Pei Wei takeout, Coldstone ice cream, a sweet card and bought me a new change purse from Francesca's. How lucky am I to have a friend like that?! We just watched movies and hung out. It was so sweet of her and its the little things like this that have kept us best friends since sixth grade. {I am the one on the right rockin' all that ADIDAS gear}

On Thursday, Dave came over and we went to the library for a little while together. We got a little studying done but I started to feel sick so we had to leave early. We watched the Celtics and Lakers NBA game, and again it was a great game! I am kind of rooting for the Celtics, but I like the Lakers too. Still hoping I can see the Suns win a championship someday!

On Friday Dave and I had lunch at Jason's Deli (pot roast sandwich- I love thee!) and stopped by my Grandma and Grandpa's house. We were there for quite a long time and it was really nice to hear all the old stories. I am working on scanning all of their photo albums for a digital frame that we are giving to my Grandpa for Father's Day. I love looking at the really old pictures! My grandparents are so sweet and my dad was the cutest little kid! Scanning all those albums is A LOT of work, but definitely worth it to save all the memories from the past.

Friday night I went to the bar where Courtney works to keep her company as she collected money at the door. It was a pretty mellow night, but I still had fun. They had live bands there, but all in all they were pretty terrible! Courtney's friend Caroline was there too and she was pretty nice. I had met her before but this was the first time I had the chance to talk to her. I also think its pretty funny to try to hold a conversation with drunk people when I am stone cold sober! A few guys tried to talk to me and half of what they said didn't even make sense-lol. Courtney also worked the bar during the day on Saturday. She called me and said it was completely dead in there so I went in and she painted my nails. Some of her other friends stopped in a little later and we played darts. These guys have their own darts, so you know they mean business, but it was really fun! I also scheduled a hair appointment with Court's friend Ashley. I have never had her cut my hair, but from what I have seen she does a great job! I guess I will see on Thursday. I will do a before and after for you all ( :

Sunday, Dave and I went for lunch at the mall and did a little shopping. He got me this cute necklace from Forever 21. He works in the aerospace industry and has his private pilots license, so when he saw this he wanted me to have it: {Image via F21}

How cute is that bejeweled plane? Oh how I love cheap accessories, and Dave is definitely an enabler in that area! Sunday night was another NBA championship night and we also took my dog for a walk around the lake by my house. All in all a really great week!

I am also playing along with Taylor's Top 2 Tuesday and the topic is Top 2 Guilty Pleasures:
1. Bad TV- I have some shows on my DVR that I am sure are killing brain cells but I still love them. These shows drive Dave CRAZY and he cannot stand them. I don't really know why but I love to watch 16&Pregnant/Teen Mom, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendra, etc.
2. Buying Cheap Accessories (see above)- I know I need to stop buying cheap stuff that breaks within three or four wears but I cannot help myself when I see a new shiny bauble that is less than 10 bucks!

Head on over and play along!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Happy and Healthy on this Wishful Wednesday

First and foremost I would like to say my surgery went really well and I am so thankful for all the sweet comments yesterday! I am a big believer in the power of prayer and I really felt all your kind wishes with me today! I cried like a big baby during some of the pre-op stuff and my surgical nurse was so sweet to me and really helped me relax. I spent most of the day sleeping and watching movies, but that is to be expected I guess. I had my mom and boyfriend with me all day and I honestly don't know what I would do without them! I also watched the Lakers/Celtics game tonight with my mom and dad and it was a great game! It would be better if the Suns were in it instead of the Lakers though (and we came so close!) Who are you all rooting for?

This week over at the Seattle Smith's, Kelsey has a fun topic for Wishful Wednesday...

I wish' .... I had the opportunity to change careers
and it would be __________!

This is a hard one for me! I think I am pretty lucky to have the career that I do. I have always been interested in science and especially biology and medical topics. I love pharmacy because I am in the health care field but I don't have any "hands-on" duties (I don't have the stomach for some of that stuff! I almost fainted in the Cadaver lab at school!) I do love working with patients and being able to answer their questions and ease their fears in the times when they are sick and scared. So... I really love being a pharmacist and can't picture myself doing anything else!

If I HAD to choose something different I think it would be something with animals. I would love to be a zoologist and get to work with some of the lovely exotics at the zoo! I would still have my scientific side satisfied while getting to work with animals. To play along, head on over and link up!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Confessions of an Ex-Bookworm

The topic this week for Top Two Tuesdays is favorite books. I used to be a big reader and loved everything from the classics to the lighter fluffier reads. I must confess that lately I have not been reading at all. I think it might be a little burn out from all the scientific reading I had to do in college, but it has been a while since I have had to do any of that! It is definitely time to jump back on the bookworm band wagon and checking out every one's picks will certainly help me get some books on my "to-read" list! My top two are books that I have read multiple times and have loved for a long time. I first read these in high school, but I still think they are amazing books!

1. Pride and Prejudice

2. Joy Luck Club
If you haven't read these I highly recommend both of them! Sure you could watch the movies, but as is almost ALWAYS the case- the book is a million times better than the movie!
To play along head on over to the Undomestic Momma and link up!

As for this weekend, it was pretty low key. On Friday Dave brought home some delicious Greek food from one of our favorite Greek places on the other side of town- yummy! On Saturday morning I went to my Aunt and Uncle's new place to help them unload their U-haul truck. It was hot but I am glad I could help. As my Dad always says, "Many hands make for light work." My family and I went out for Mexican for lunch which was pretty tasty! On Saturday night, I went to the movies to see the new Shrek with Dave. It was cute but not as good as the other ones in my opinion. I also forgot to eat dinner before the movie and ended up eating WAYY too much popcorn and it totally made me sick! Other than that we just hung out together- watched a little TV (the NBA game!) and took Ty for a walk.
I have surgery scheduled for tomorrow and I am pretty scared about it, so please say a little prayer for me! Hopefully everything will go well and I will have enough energy to catch up on all my favorite blogs! Thanks for stopping by and thanks in advance for your sweet comments! Have a great week!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Proud New Businesswoman

Happy Friday! You might notice something different about my sidebar today... I finally decided to jump on the Etsy bandwagon and try to sell some of my crafts over the interwebs. Check my little store out if you have time! I am not sure how else to promote my stuff so if you all have any tips I would LOVE to hear them! I am also going to play along with some of my favorite memes today. First up:

Fill In The Blank Fridays

1. My dream vacation would be... anywhere tropical with a beach! I would love to go to Hawaii with my boyfriend, friends, and family {can someone have a destination wedding there so I can go??} I also would love to go on a trip across Europe with the people I love. Someday I hope to make these dreams a reality! I definitely have a wanderers soul!

2. The best trip I've ever taken was... my trip to NYC. I am lucky to have gone on many wonderful vacations with my family, my friends, and my boyfriend, so its hard for me to pick just one! This Christmas/New Years trip to NYC with my cousin was so amazing. I think New York is so beautiful in the winter. We navigated the subways, saw ALL the sights, and spent New Years Eve in Times Square. It was definitely something I will never forget.
3. The most important items to take on a road trip are... delicious snacks, CDs/iPod, and of course amazing people to keep you company. My favorite things to do in the car are sing along to the radio and play car games and just talk with my co-pilots.

4. The next trip I'm looking forward to is... California for my birthday/Labor Day. I have been to California many times, but this year I am hoping we can make it to Catalina Island. I have not been there since sixth grade and I would love to see it again. I think all our friends will be there too so that will make it even sweeter!

5. If I had to pick one CD to listen to for a long road trip it would be... Oooh this is a hard one! Probably Sublime's self titled CD. It is always a crowd pleaser and it has a nice mellow vibe.

6. The biggest disaster I've ever encountered while traveling was... as I have said a few posts back, it is without a doubt the time I flooded our hotel room. It was a self induced disaster- haha. Funny now, awful then!

7. My favorite traveling memory is... camping on the Mexican beaches with my family. We would go every year with some family friends and it was always a blast. Once Mexico gets a little safer I am hoping my family and I can all go back together!

I am also playing along with the lovely Girl In Pearls for Favorite Fridays.
Favorite Fridays
This week's topic is favorite movie trilogy. I ALMOST went with Lord of the Rings, because it is so amazing, but I am going to have to go with the Austin Powers triology. Yes, the last one was pretty bad but I really liked the first two! Dr Evil, Mini-Me, the Femme Bots, Fat Bastard, and many other memorable crazy characters.

I know it is kind of a cheesy pick, but I remember laughing so much watching these (and quoting the movie over and over!)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Another Thursday To Be Thankful For

I am back from my vacation (and blog-cation.) I spent Memorial Day weekend with Dave and a big group of our friends in Las Vegas! It wasn't the most relaxing of trips... there was some MAJOR DRAMA with two of our friends. Dave's best friend and his girlfriend have been together for four years, but they have some issues and I think we all knew they were going to call it quits sometime soon. Unfortunately for all of us, it happened the first night of our trip! Dave and I and his friend Eric and his gf got into town later than the rest of the group. When we got there we found out that J had been dating someone else and A had just found out about it. YIKES! It was so crazy! I never thought she would do something like that! She slept in the room that first night and we all went out without her. Friday was a really fun night! We went out on the strip, had a few drinks and went dancing at Coyote Ugly! In honor of Thoughtless Thursdays here are some of our pictures:We went to a breakfast buffet Saturday morning and I had the most delicious breakfast pizza. Then we crashed in the hotel for a little while and we we woke up we went to the pool. Dave and I spent a lot of time Saturday trying to keep J and A apart so they wouldn't get angry and cause a scene. Everyone was ignoring J because she cheated, so Dave and I were really the only people she had who would talk to her and just be nice. Yes, she made a mistake, but I am not the kind of person to be nasty to someone I have known for three years because of something like that. Everyone left Sunday morning except Dave, Eric, Sam-his girlfriend, and me, so we had at least one day that was drama free! We went to the shark exhibit at Mandalay Bay which was smaller than I expected, but still fun. We also hit up the premium outlets- which has a great Coach outlet. Dave bought me some new Coach sunglasses- Gingers in black and green. He is so stinking sweet and I LOVE them!!
We also spent Tuesday night out with Ben before he had to go back to the Midwest. We went to Dave & Busters and played some games. My favorites were a trivia game (which I got the bonus for getting all the answers right one round!) and the basketball game. Here is Dave and his Trivia ticket winnings ( : We also went bowling together that night and had a blast. Ben is such a fun and sweet guy and I can't wait until he is back in town for Labor Day and our trip to Cali!
To play along head on over to Life in the Fulmer Lane and link up!

For Thankful Thursday Five at MannLand5 here are five things that
I am thankful for this week:
1. Delicious Cold Drinks On A Hot Day
Nothing is better than an ice cold drink on one of the many hot days here in the southwest. Lately I have been making my own smoothies a lot. I used to work at a smoothie shop and I make some pretty delish frozen treats. Here is a simple recipe in case you are interested in making your own:
1 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 banana, 2 scoops frozen yogurt, fruit juice (I like pineapple, but you can use whatever you like) Blend until smooth and enjoy!

2. Long Weekends With Friends
Vegas was still a great get-away even with all the DRAMA! My favorite things were dancing at Coyote Ugly and all the buffets!

3. My New Sunglasses
(see above) They were on sale and they are pretty timeless! I will be wearing these beauties for a while!

4. My DVR
Sometimes after a big trip you just need a few nights of watching TV and relaxing at home, or at least I do! I love having all my shows recorded and getting to skip all the commercials!

5. My Pup
There is nothing better than coming home to a loyal little guy who has been missing me and is super excited to have me back home!

Share all the things you're thankful for over at Mannland5!

Thanks for stopping by! I always love all the sweet comments! Have a great Thursday!