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 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 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!

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 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!


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:


-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.


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!

Monday, March 2, 2015


When they made the announcement that work would be closing "effective immediately" on Friday, you would have thought I'd won the lottery, I was over the moon! 

Doesn't the yellow house look pretty in the snow?

A two-day work week was an extra special treat! Especially considering the fact that I was in recovery mode after an epic girls weekend -not to mention, the new season of House of Cards was released that very day!!! ::happy dance:: 

So I gathered up the essentials: a bottle of my favorite red wine, extra coffee & creamer, the latest issue of Glamour magazine & my favorite snack (veggie straws, ranch flavor). 

I was ready.

I snuggled up on the cocoon that was my couch and suddenly, I felt this odd sensation: Boredom. 

I don't know why, but I wasn't in the mood to watch Netflix. I wanted to DO something! 

Am I the only one with this struggle? When I have time to relax, I'm bored. When I'm busy and have too much on my plate, I'm exhausted and want to relax.   

Not to mention, last week was my first week on fitbit! Of course the week I decide to start tracking my steps, I get snowed in!

Needless to say, this weekend wasn't as I'd hoped it would be. I think I'm finally ready to say goodbye to winter. 

Anyone else ready for summer street festivals?

Weekends at the lake? 

Ice tea on the back patio?

Fresh flowers?

Sigh, just a few more months...

Oh! & I am proud to report that after living here for two winters, I finally know how to work the fire place! 

It's a little tricky (I vaguely remember the inspector having issues with it on this day). What's a girl to do with a fresh pedicure and cold toes? YouTube for the win!

Have a wonderful week my friends!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Here's what I've been up to:

Long time no see! How are you?

 I've been super busy (you know, having the time of my life and enjoying every second of my dream job)...anyway, I finally have some down time (hello snow day!) & I thought I'd dust off the ol' laptop and fill you in on what I've been up to these first few months of 2015.

I rang in the New Year with my best fran. It was perfect.

Hosted a co-ed "Serial" dinner party, it was amazing! We ate baked potatoes & debated over Adnan Syed's innocence for hours. 

Watching on Netflix:
The Paradise
Gilmore Girls 

Finally stopped procrastinating over my next doll house project, painting the guest room. Here's a sneak peek:

I became a platinum member at Ulta -doesn't sound like much but after being a member there since 2008, I felt like it's worth celebrating.

Pulled the trigger on a few Pinterest trends:
1. Kendra Scott Earrings
2. Gold Michael Kors watch (paired with every gold bracelet I own). 

3. Naked 2 Palette 
4. Contouring, love this kit 

Celebrated Valentine's Day by wearing the most adorable skirt known to wo-man kind. 

Spending more time with my baby sister...who against my protest, is actually growing up. Glass half full? The older we get, the more the age gap between us seems to shrink. 

As I write this, I'm slowly recovering from an amazing girls weekend in Dallas. We watched 50 shades (I loved it and I don't care who knows), ate at my favorite restaurant: Mi Cocina & danced the night away. Perfection. 

Who runs the world? Girls. I'm inspired by so many leading ladies right now. Here's who I've been following: 

Sheryl Sandberg 
COO of Facebook, author of Lean In

Shonda Rhimes
Producer of my current tv obsessions: Scandal, Grey's & how to get away with murder  #TGIT -she owns Thursday night tv & my admiration for creating three shows that feature powerful female leads. 

Rachel W. Miller 
My girl crush & Buzz Feed writer. She is someone to watch out for...I just wish we could be friends IRL. 

The Skimm
^okay so this isn't an actual woman but I feel as though I'd be doing you an injustice by leaving it off the list. It's founded by two ladies, both under 30. So what's "The Skimm" you ask? It's a newsletter for the busy (I like to refer to us as "modern") woman.  It's my complete source for the latest headlines: everything from Oscar buzz to ISIS & healthcare. It's witty & informative. Also? It gives me something smart to say on my next date, dinner party or business meeting. Sign up here. You're welcome. 

I think that about covers it on my end, but I'd love to hear about you! What have you been up to? Reading anything I might enjoy? I'm always looking for a new Netflix series to binge...have any suggestions?

Monday, February 2, 2015

My J-O-B

A couple of things are happening in my life right now that are pretty awesome and I've had to keep it a secret from you...which hasn't been easy because I'm soooooo excited!

It's been a little more than a year in the making, so it's hard to believe that the day is finally here that I can share this wonderful opportunity with everyone!

I'm officially a professional blogger, blogging for the Chickasaw Cultural Center!

It's so strange seeing the word "author" under my photo. 

In college, if you had told me that I'd be a professional writer, I would have thought you were crazy!

I can't tell you how excited I am for this new journey. It really is a dream come true!

Click here if you'd like to follow along, I've already written several posts!

Okay now to the second "thing" ....

Along with writing a blog for the CCC, I am also the voice behind their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages! Meep!

Words can't express my excitement!

I hope you'll come over and say hello!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fall in love with me.

A week or so ago I came across an essay in the New York Times about how to fall in love…with anyone. That’s right, anyone.

Of course, that got my attention.

The idea is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. The study suggests that personal disclosure is the key to intimacy. In a relationship, personal disclosure evolves over time -this study accelerates personal disclosure by having two strangers ask each other 36 questions. The questions start off pretty basic but become increasingly intimate. After answering the questions, the pair stares into each other’s eyes for FOUR minutes.

(I don’t know if I could be a grownup about that…I really don’t think I’d be able to stare into someone’s eyes (for the purpose of falling in love) & keep a straight face)  

Anyway, it sounds a bit ridiculous. I've been on so many first dates, with every type of man imaginable –the jerk, the clinger, the flake, the cheapskate…I just have a hard time believing that this could work.

But here’s the thing: IT HAS.

So maybe I’ll show up at my next first date with the list of 36 questions and put this theory to a test!

Until then, I thought it’d be fun to answer a few of them on this here blog.

Would you like to be famous? In what way? 
No, I think I’d hate being in the public eye. I love wearing sweats too much.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why? 
Not usually, only if I’m intimidated by the person I’m calling.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? 
A slow start to the day, coffee under a warm blanket. Lunch or brunch on a patio somewhere. Afternoons on the lake. Dinner at an urban restaurant. Time spent with the people I love.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? 
I’m always singing. When I’m in the car, in the shower, while I clean…it’s almost second nature. I probably sing in front of people without even realizing it, but the last time I sang in front of someone on purpose was a few months ago.

What do you value most in a friendship?
Loyalty & acceptance, my best friends are those whom I can be goofy in front of. Also, I can eat as many slices of pizza as my heart desires, without hesitation, because I know they get me.

What is your most treasured memory? 
Singing (of course it involves singing) Christmas carols with my family on Christmas Eve. My late grandmother would play the piano and everyone would gather around. I remember feeling so much love around that piano. I would give anything to be able to do that one more time.  

What roles do love and affection play in your life? 
My family is very affectionate. We tell each other “I love you” without hesitation. My mom still hugs and kisses on us. Our Dad is the same way; he makes sure we know how precious we are to him. Just yesterday my grandfather was quoting Proverbs 17:6 about grandchildren being crowns to the aged. He told me I was his crown. I don’t think I could be in a relationship without affection …so I’d say love and affection are at the top of the list.

Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “  
I wish I had someone with whom I could share my life with. Yes, it’s cliché. But it’s true. Sometimes I worry that I’ll always be alone, simply because I am so content when I’m alone. I love my life. I have an amazing family and my friends are pretty awesome too.  I can buy myself pretty things and travel wherever I please. (Actually, I can’t even commit to having a dog because I don’t want to be tied down…so having a boyfriend is a hard concept to grasp). And dating sucks. I hate it. Sometimes I think I avoid it on purpose…but maybe, just maybe, when I meet the right person, it will all be worth it. So this year I’m determined to step out of my comfort zone.

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why? 
I would grab this quilt, I plan on sharing its story on another blog post. and I know this is breaking the rules but I’d also save my grandmother’s painting. It’s located on the wall inside the front door so it is totally feasible that I’d be able to get it & the blanket!

To see the full list of questions, click here.

And I promise, the next first date I have, I will totally pull these questions out and see if it works…if any boys are reading this and are brave enough to put it to the test, look me up @orrbrittney

Happy Tuesday!