Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Road Rage

This afternoon I was driving back to work from lunch, a few minutes late (as usual)…I take a highway that runs on the outer skirts of town to avoid slow traffic, stop signs & stoplights. It’s probably not any faster, but it’s better for my mental health.

Anyway, today as I was exiting off the highway…about to merge onto a street named “Richardson Loop” …one of the busiest streets in town...I see a white pickup truck in front of me slam on his breaks! It all happened so fast, I had to swerve onto the grassy shoulder to avoid rear-ending him!

Of course, being the obnoxious /impatient/always-in-a-hurry person that I am, I slam on my horn!

::honk honk::

Assuming the reason for his sudden break was due to his lack of ability to merge off of the highway onto traffic.

Anyway I speed past him –shooting him a nasty glare!

It was in that moment, mid honk & glare, that I see the reason for the sudden stop:

A big white funeral hurst slowly passes by.

I honked at a FUNERAL PROCESSION!

And the award for the most terrible person on earth goes to…

(I started to write something about dropping dead from the embarrassment but I decided it wasn’t in good taste, ahem.)

Anyway, I could feel the eyes of every driver staring at me with disgust.

In a moment of desperation to escape the embarrassment, I literally fled the scene!

You’d think I would have had the grace to pull over…nope! I hit the gas and sped off!

It wasn't my best moment.

Every now and then we all need a big slice of humble pie….I had mine today.

And now my friends, I will leave you with a few of my favorite road rage memes. Enjoy!






*All images found here.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Tulips, Tea, & Brittney Skins Her Knee!

I had big plans for this weekend. The weather was beautiful. Weeds needed pulling. Grass needed mowing. Home Depot was having a sale on mulch (5 bags for $10!) -I laughed out loud as I wrote that last sentence...When did I get so lame? I feel like Will Farrell's character in Old School...

"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time”

Anyway, I had plans to *finally* work in the yard. My yard is out. of. control! It's like a jungle back there and I knew that I'd better get to because it is supposed to rain all week.

So Saturday morning I attended a "tea party/brunch" fundraiser for a local organization that (believe it or not) I am the president of.  I wanted to look nice. I knew I would be speaking in front of a group of impeccably dressed women and that can be a little scary.

Anyway, I put on my favorite skirt...the one I wore on Valentine's Day. 



I swear that skirt has magical powers...if it can make a single girl feel special and pretty on a day that everyone in the office gets flowers *but her* (read that again in Chandler Bing's voice...emphasis on the "but her" part)...a day that one might feel a little un-pretty...well the only explanation is magic.

So, I arrived to the brunch with my hair perfectly curled, donning my favorite skirt, a bold red lip to top off the look. I was feeling good!

The fundraiser was a huge success, everyone seemed to have a good time. 

Our theme was "Tulips, Tea, & Tables To See!" Several ladies (myself included) decorated tables for the brunch. Each table had a different theme. Of course, I chose Harry Potter.

Here's a few snap shots I took with my phone: 





Do you see the chocolate frogs? 




The china and crystal glasses belonged to my late grandmother. I was a nervous wreck about using them but in the end, decided they would offer an elegant touch to my Harry Potter theme. Not to mention, my Grammy would have been all over this type of event! She would have LOVED decorating the tables and dressing to the nines...I smile just thinking about all the little functions she took me to. Brunches and teas and lunches. She always dressed me in these darling outfits and showed me off to her friends. I know she would have loved the Tulips and Tea Party.

Following the brunch, I carefully packed the table decor. Ensuring the safety of my beloved china, I wrapped each plate, saucer and glass in individual tea cloths. 

The last item to take to the car would be a basket filled with wine and cake balls -something I won in the silent auction. It was going to be my reward for finishing all of the dreaded yard work. 

I said my final farewells and headed to the car. I was so pleased with myself. I won the cake balls! My table looked just like I'd envisioned! I didn't break or chip any china! 

And that's when it happened.

I felt my feet buckle underneath me. "Dammit! I missed a step!" My basket of cake balls and wine went flying out of my arms. My knees hit the concrete first. Hard. I didn't have to look, I knew the wine was gone...I could smell it. "Oh no! My wine!" 

Women came running over help me, one of them screaming "Oh my god!"

I was surrounded by shards of glass, from the wine. My knees bloody, from the concrete. 

Someone asked: "Are you okay!? You broke your wine!" 

I replied in the most pathetic, whimpery, voice: "I know I did!" 

I did that thing where you jump up and pretend like nothing happened, smile through the pain..."I'm fine!" except I took one step and I knew I wasn't. 

Tears tickled the back of my eyes, a lump forming in my throat. What minutes earlier had been a graceful stride, my walk had now become a limping shuffle of high heels and bloody knees.

As soon as we got out of earshot of the other women, my best friend Susan asked if I was okay, I croaked out an honest "no." 

Everything after that was a blur.

Wanting to flee the scene, I packed up my car as quickly as possible...only to realize I've misplaced my keys. The car doors were locked "Crap!" 

I made the walk of shame inside to look for them...nope nowhere to be found.

I hitched a ride home and grabbed the spare...went through the entire contents of my car and still couldn't find my damn keys. As it turned out, they had been inside the whole time...

My knees and ego are still pretty bruised.

And the yard work? Well the yard work can kiss my ass. I sat on the couch and watched Netflix all weekend!

Here's to healed knees and a better week ahead!

-Brittney

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer for Target!

Mark your calendars for April 19!

Lilly Pulitzer has partnered with target and created the most ADORABLE line!


Here are a few of my favorite items:














Let's be real: I love everything! I cant choose just one! I neeeeeeed those pillows for my guest room, and the matching hand towels! And the floor cushions! Swoon! Don't even get me started on the clothes...maybe the birthday bunny will get me those sandals and the matching tote for my birthday? *hint*hint* 

Be sure to follow @LillyForTarget on Instagram for more photos of the collection!

Happy Wednesday!

-Britt

P.S. Target has no idea who I am or that I've written this post...I just thought it was really awesome and I wanted to share it with all my favorite peeps! :-) 


Monday, April 6, 2015

In Review- March

Farewell March! Here's a little recap of what I've been up to!

I cheered on a dear friend at the Mrs. Oklahoma pageant! She made top ten!

Before the pageant, My mother, sister and I went to Oklahoma City and visited Blo. for a blowout. Small world! -the girl that styled my hair was from Ada! Anyway, we spent the appointment gossiping about everyone we know in common. It was great!



Reading:

On living alone -this hit the mark! I live alone and can relate to every last word. If you know me in real life, or know anyone living alone, or if you live alone, or if you're thinking about living alone, or if you used to live alone, or if you have a child who lives alone, or if you're worried about your child living alone (okay, I'll stop now)...just read this.

I followed my stolen iPhone across the world, became a celebrity in China, and found a friend for life.  -this had me laughing out loud. The internet is awesome.


Here's what happened when we weighed women's purses.  -Anyone wanna give me a neck rub? I wasn't aware of how much neck and shoulder pain I was experiencing until I read this. I'm going to weigh my purse tonight and take a picture of it's contents. Follow me on Instagram @orrbrittney for an update!

Watching:

Just finished Gilmore Girls on Netflix and I don't know what to do with myself. I loved that show! How will I survive without my daily dose of witty, fast-paced dialog between Loreli and Rory? The clever wordsmiths, the laugh-out-loud silliness? I'm having some serious withdraws!

...move on to the next binge-worthy show...

Ally McBeal -it's cheesy but pretty cute! I have to cut Ally McBeal a little slack, after all it was made in the 90's. I've only watched the first three episodes but so far so good!

Cooking:

Chili for the chili cook-off. I made this recipe and won first place! I beat 9 other entries -they gave me a trophie and everything!



Easter Dinner. Easter Sunday was spent with my brother & sister. We went to church and spent the day napping. I made an Easter ham with glazed carrots and my favorite green beans on the side.



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Inspiring rooms:

...Dreamy ghost chairs...

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Lovely blue accents...

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Everything about this front porch makes me swoon...

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The month ahead:

I'm hosting April book club! Every month we choose a "theme" for our potluck-style dinners. I'm going with an Asian theme. Asian food is my absolute favorite; if we had sushi in Ada I would eat it every day! We don't have many options for oriental dining in my little town...so I decided, what better way to satisfy my cravings than with a group of close friends and a bottle of wine? Yumm-o!

It's time for spring cleaning and for me that always includes a garage sale!



I have this weird love for garage sales. It's sitting outside, early in the morning, with a coffee (or mimosa, depending on the day) my sister in the lawn chair next to me. We laugh about silly things and celebrate every big sale. She's the best cashier, that girl never makes mistakes when counting change! It really is my favorite way to spend a Saturday morning in the spring.


What about you? Any big plans for April?



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Week in Review

It's Sunday morning (well noon-ish) and as I write this I'm lying under the covers, in my cozy bed, Gilmore Girls is playing on Netflix, the sound of a neighbor's lawn mower in the background (hello spring!) and the sun is streaming through the windows. 

If this isn't the perfect morning, I don't know what is.

Here's what I've been up to this week:


I can't seem to get my fill of tortilla soup, it's packed with spicy flavors & only 3 WW points per serving...that's hard to beat my friends!


Last weekend I ate lunch at the cutest little sandwich shop. The jukebox plays doo-wop style music & the sandwiches are delicious. Oh! and see those stools in the background? That's the ice cream counter! As I ate my lunch, I dreamed of renting out this little place for a night...my friends dressed in 50's attire...Elvis playing on the jukebox...doesn't that sound like fun? It's going to happen one of these days!


I wrote a review on Amy Poehler's "Yes Please." It. was. so. funny! I recommend getting the audio...she does the narration and it took the book to a whole 'nother level.


Spring has sprung around my parts and I'm loving it! Flowers are blooming, the sun is lingering a little longer each night & the world just seems cheerful. It's a refreshing time of year and I'm savoring every second of it!


So...theSkimm shared my photo on Instagram. I feel a little famous (Did I mention FLOTUS is a fan as well?) Sign up here, all the cool kids are doing it.

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-St. Patricks day celebrated with friends: green beer, fajitas & so much laughter. It was perfect.

-Friday night spent with old friends; we went to see Insurgent...it was okay. I lost interest in the series after reading the third book.

-Saturday nights with new friends and tacos (apparently I've really been craving Mexican food this week! I didn't realize it until now, but my gosh! It's all I've eaten!)

The week ahead:

-I'm cooking in a chili cook off! We're raising money for the American Heart Association. If you live in Ada, come down to the Chickasaw Community Center on Tuesday from 11 - 2! Lunch is $5!

-Book club meets this week! I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts on "Yes Please." I'm hosting the April book club so I'm on the hunt for a good book! I'd love to hear your recommendations!

-Girls weekend with my mom & sister. We're getting blowouts & going to Mrs. Oklahoma pageant to cheer on one of my friends as she competes for the crown! It's going to be so much fun!

Have a good week!
-Britt



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Review: Yes Please!

Something to know about me, I'm not a huge comedy fan. 

If I'm planning the perfect "night in" my movie choices would include a heart pounding thriller or romantic love tale that inevitably ends with me clutching a box of Kleenex

Don't get me wrong, I love "Old School," "The Ringer" and anything with Vince Vaughn, but for the most part I tend to lean towards the serious subject matter in my viewing pleasure.

When choosing books, I gravitate to genres that provoke deep thought. Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" spoke to my soul. I hang onto every word written by Jane Austen. I swear Mr. Darcy is going to knock on my door any day now...

So when my book club chose to read Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" I wasn't thrilled. I don't really enjoy autobiographies and I don't follow Amy Poehler. 

I put off reading it and finally decided to buy the audio book. The audio is narrated by Amy Poehler herself and let me tell you, it had me in tears! I finished the book in three days. I couldn't turn it off!



I listened to it in the car, in the shower, while I got ready for work...it was absolutely hilarious

Here's the weird part: I related to her. Don't ask me how, it really doesn't make any sense because she's from Boston, an introvert, a potty mouth, a middle aged mother of two, a divorcee, she isn't shy when talking about her past drug use or sexual encounters...she is everything I'm not.... but somehow I could relate to her.

She spoke about her failures, her insecurities, her regrets. She told behind-the-scenes stories from her days on SNL and Parks. She talks about the pressures women put on each other and says this is her motto:

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^^Isn't that true?

At twenty six years old, I've been experiencing a lot of societal pressure on my personal life. I swear Oriental Trading sends me their wedding catalog at least once a month. Last week, Target sent me a discount coupon in the mail. I was SO excited! I'm finally going to pull the trigger on that bar cart! But then I realized the coupon was only valid if I use their bridal registry ::insert curse word here::

Married with two kids that keep me up all night long:

"Good for her, not for me." 

And then there's this quote:

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If you know me in real life, you can understand why this quote might make me smile. ;-)

So my friends, I implore you to get this book. Actually, get the audio book. Amy offered a raw interpretation that you'd otherwise miss. Also, the intimacy of Amy reading her life story to me, like it was just the two of us on a long road trip, was epic!

In other news, I'm choosing our next book for book club & I NEED your help! Please, I'd love to hear your suggestions. This book is a hard act to follow and I want something good!

Xoxo!
-Britt

Friday, March 6, 2015

Week in review: Indigo

Hello Friday! I hope you've had a good week!

Here's what I've been up to:

Reading:

-Hell yeah, I wear a fanny pack  -Shout out to all my Jenks Middle School classmates! Remember when North Face fanny packs were cool? (For those of you that missed out on that trend, we'd wear them across our bodies like a satchel, with the bag on our backs). I still have mine!

-Yes Please by Amy Poehler

-The Skimm This has become my new daily ritual. I've been reading The Skimm every (week)day for a few months. If you want to be more informed but don't have the time to watch the news or pick up a newspaper? This might just be your cup of tea! Check it out here.


Pinning:

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad, this looks amazing! I love all the roasted veggies with the pesto dressing...yum!


I neeeeeeed this cover up.


I'm loving navy/indigo right now & am trying to find new ways to incorporate it in the doll house. Here's what I've been inspired by:

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The week ahead:

I'm headed to Durant this weekend to see Les Miserables -one of my all-time favorite shows "Red, I feel my soul on fire! Black, my world if she's not there!" (swoon)....anyway, I have a friend in the show & I can't wait to cheer her on!

Have a good weekend!
-Britt