Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So Clumsy


I am abnormally clumsy but last night I reached a whole new level. 
I was a disaster waiting to happen. 
I made taco salad for dinner.  While I was waiting on the meat to simmer, I decided to clean out my fridge.  I emptied all of the containers into the trash and about half way through I got up to check my meat.  Somehow, in the minute it took me to stir the meat I had forgotten that the trashcan was on the other side of the opened fridge door.  I pushed the door shut and the trash fell over and all of its contents emptied onto the floor.   I had to scoop up the broccoli and cheese soup, fruit, pesto chicken, and last weeks trash back into the trashcan and mop the floor.  Yuck.
After I cleaned up the horrifically gross mess, I continued with my dinner (which by the way was cold and not as appealing).   As I am piling my salad with toppings, I cut my finger on the black olive can.  I should have known not to reach into the can, or to take off the sharp lid, but I was in a hurry because 9:00 was approaching fast and I had already been delayed.    Now I know that a little pinky finger cut sounds like a minor inconvenience.  However, my poor little pinky was bleeding uncontrollably!  I spent fifteen minutes trying to get it to stop!  I went through three band aids people!
So I am finally able to sit down to dinner and eat the salad that took me an hour and a half to prepare and the phone rings.  It is my mother.  I absolutely love talking to her.  Actually my sanity depends on it.  I have only talked to my mom probably once since last Thursday so I jump up to get it.  I am on the phone with her for literally less than five minutes when I reach to pick up my Coke Zero.    I am holding the phone with my left hand and I reach for the coke with my right hand (the one with the severe pinky injury) and because of my weak pinky I try to grab it with my thumb, pointer, and middle finger.  Of course I drop the can and it explodes all over my freshly mopped kitchen.  AHHHH!  I think I said a couple of really bad cuss words (or maybe just one repeated several times).   It was not a pretty sight.  Mom, I’m sorry you had to witness my momentary nervous breakdown. 
I’m trying to remain positive: at least my apartment (kitchen) is clean; I think I used about five swiffer mop pads!

Monday, June 27, 2011

R.I.P. Long Hair

Last weekend I went to Tulsa to visit my Dad.  It was great getting out of town.  I always feel at home in Tulsa, it's such a beautiful city.  My dad has a pool so I spent the weekend laying out and enjoying the company of family.

Also, I got my hair cut.  I have had LONG hair for as long as I can remember.  When I graduated college I decided that long hair isn’t very professional.  I have become very tired of the hour it takes to brush and blow dry it, fixing it every day and it gets very hot.  So I decided to take a risk and cut it off.  I am still not sure how I feel about it.  There are times when I think it’s really cute and sassy, and then other times I want to cry because I miss having it long.  Of course I can’t style it as well as my sister (she is the one who cut it).  I guess it will take some getting used to. 




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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cry Baby

POTTER UPDATE:  The Harry Potter announcement was somewhat disappointing.  There aren’t any new books coming out : /   “Pottermore” will be an online gaming experience that will include real-world prizes such as magic wands that are secretly scattered throughout Britain and the United States  (I’m guessing treasure hunting type stuff).   Pottermore will be the only place that fans can buy the Harry Potter books in a digital format. Rowling also said there would be additions in the digital copy of the books that have never been told.  I’m guessing additional information about characters and a few more stories.
On a serious note:
When I first decided to create a blog I told myself I wouldn’t put anything negative on here.   There is enough negativity in the world without me contributing to it.  However, life isn’t always sunshine and roses.  The past couple of days I have been feeling a little down.  I never thought I would say this but I MISS DURANT!?! (What! I know I’m shocked too) In my first couple of weeks here I was filled with the excitement of all the new changes in my life.  I was busy getting settled and exploring my new hometown.  I met some people and made fast friends but that didn’t turn out so well (long story). 
Anyway… I’m back to being the new kid in town and have LITERALLY one friend here.  I have felt very homesick and Tuesday I broke down.  I was getting ready for bed thinking about how much I missed home and I got a heytell message from my sorority sister singing me a song (we used to do that randomly anytime a good song came on the radio) and at the end she told me how much she loved and missed me.  I lost it.  I was reminded of the fun times I used to have EVERY day with my sisters.  I sent her a pathetic-crying-sniffles-response and told her about what I had been going through.  She told me that she would pray for me.  She asked God to send me something to be happy about tomorrow.  That night I did the same.  I had mixed feelings about asking God for help.  I mean, there are SO many people in this world that need the Lord way more than I do and I felt as though I was complaining. 
The next day was much better.  I woke up a little late, rushed to work, not even thinking about the night before.  That day I received a text from my college roommate and best friend.  She just wanted to know how I was doing.  I hadn’t spoken with her in weeks and since then I have talked to her every day!  Later that day I got a call from my other best friend (If you’re greek you will understand this relationship---my Big).  She is a nurse, married, and expecting a baby so we don’t get to talk very often…but it was her day off!  We talked for probably an hour.  It was just what I needed.  After I get off the phone with my Big, my little brother called me.  This is a very rare occurrence.  He read my Harry Potter blog and just wanted to tell me he enjoyed it.  We talked for a while, which was nice because I never, ever, ever, get to talk to him!  Lastly, I am about to crawl into bed and my phone starts ringing.  It is my little sister.  She was calling to ask me for help with something and wanted to know if she can visit me for a weekend!   P.S. I forgot to mention that I talked to my parents but they don’t count because I talk to them every day!
I spent the ENTIRE night talking to the people that I love!  The only person that knew about my little breakdown was the sister that sent me the message.   It is amazing to watch the Lord answer prayers.  He knew exactly what I needed.  I realized that I was being silly.  I have such great friends and family, I’m not alone at all.  I am just a phone call away. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Attention Harry Potter Fans!!

I have been a huge Harry Potter fan for several years now and I must admit that I am very sad to see it come to an end.  The first time I heard about the series was when my babysitter (yes babysitter!!) was reading the books.  She brought one to our house and I thought “I will never be able to read a book that big!”  I didn’t take an interest in the series until the first movie was on DVD.
 I remember when the first movie opened in theaters and I thought that the people lining up at midnight were so nerdy.  (It was probably because my baby brother was into them and anything he did back then was nerdy).   So one summer day we were bored and my brother forced me to watch the DVD with him.  About five minutes into the film I was hooked.  I still haven’t read the first or second book but I am considering reading them now that it’s over and I’m having Harry Potter withdraws!
So of course I will be one of those nerdy people lined up (possibly in costume) waiting for the final movie!  The reason I am telling you all of this is because I found a website: www.pottermore.com that is very mysterious.  It is a picture of two owls with the message “pottermore coming soon…”  Once you click on the owls it takes you to youtube where you see a countdown.  Apparently there will be an official J.K. Rowling announcement in about 12 hours!  I have no idea what it’s about but I am so excited!!!! I will post an update tomorrow but I am hoping that the announcement is so big that all of you will know about it before I have time to write another post!  Please let it be another book!!  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Not So Orr-Dinary

Yesterday was the annual Orr family lake party.  Every June, the entire Orr family spends a Saturday at my cousin’s lake house eating and playing in the water.  If you have ever met one of my “Orr relatives” you would know that we have VERY similar personalities (Especially my Dad and his brothers).  We are all neat freaks, we can get a little grouchy at times, we like to eat, and we love each other.  When my uncles and dad are together I feel as though I am watching comedy central, they are constantly mumbling something hilarious under their breath.   Last December we went to Colorado for Christmas.  Oh how I wish I had been blogging at that time. 
Back to yesterday…I understand that I am in the “real world” now and it is time to start my post-college life.  However, I don’t understand how that is linked to having a boyfriend.  Yesterday I had at least 6 people ask if I had a boyfriend.  I am not a stranger to this question.  It seems like I have been asked this since I was 14 or 15 but it is beginning to sting a little bit.  Their response when I say “no” is normally: “Well you have plenty of time…or you will meet someone soon!”  I didn’t know there was an exportation date on being single!!   I wanted to respond with:  do you know how hard it is to find a guy that appreciates that famous Orr “clean freak- tells it like I see it-strong willed” personality?!?!  But that would have been rude so of course my response was simply a smile. 
Thanks to my Dad, my standards for boys are pretty high.  Today is Father’s Day.  I have been blessed beyond what I deserve with my Dad.  He is the best listener, advice giver, hugger, and the list goes on forever.  He has been there in the darkest times and the best times.  He knows how to make me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world.  He knows how to step aside and let me make my own mistakes.  He doesn’t judge when I make those mistakes, he has never said “I told you so,” and he always helps me find a solution.  He has never left or hung up without saying “I love you” (even when he is mad).  My Dad is constantly trying to embarrass me and my siblings by dancing or singing in public, he never missed a game or a show, he is our biggest fan.  I am so LUCKY that he is mine.  I love him so much.  Thanks Dad for all you do!  I hope you know how much your presence in my life has influenced every decision, memory, and accomplishment I have made.  I love you. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Lovin!


My body isn’t used to being a working woman.  I am not accustomed to going to bed early.  It seems like every night I lay in bed for at least 30 minutes just thinking.  This is what crossed my mind last night while waiting to get sleepy: 
Words cannot express how happy I am for summer.   The world seems more active and I feel so energized.  I wish I had more time in the day to enjoy it.  There is so much to do indoors and outdoors.  I am VERY excited about all of the “semi-annual “summer sales.  Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s secret, Ann Taylors, just to name a few.   Something about the big yellow and red signs that say 70% off make me feel like a little kid in a candy store! 
Another summer shopping experience I look forward to every year: the farmer’s market.  I am a sucker for home grown tomatoes.  Yesterday I went to my local farmers market.  It was a great experience.  I got a bunch of tomatoes, plums, red potatoes, and squash. Going to the farmers market reminds me of black Friday.  You have to be up before the sun in order to get the best selection.  You can’t arrive after 8:00 or so because you would have missed all of the tomatoes and other popular items.   I decided I would make it a Wednesday ritual. 
Finally, my eyes are getting heavy and I realize that at the start of every season I have a renewed attitude about my life.  Towards the end of summer I will become whiny about the heat.  Then in the fall, I will be elated with the changes in the weather and colors.  It’s the same story with winter and the first snow of the year.  Once spring rolls around, I will be tired of all that yucky snow (not to mention my severe anxiety about being single AGAIN on Valentine’s Day) and embrace the green and floral landscape of the season.  So take some time out of your busy day to celebrate summer!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I’m just a Broadway baby!

This has been an amazing weekend.  I have met so many wonderful people in my new hometown.  I spent Friday cleaning my apartment and rearranging furniture.  Saturday I went shopping for the new apartment.  I went to my favorite stores: Target, Tjmaxx, and Kirklands.  Saturday night I went to a cookout.  I had such a great time!  We had hamburgers and hotdogs, we played games, and I felt very comfortable.  It is so good to meet people that make you forget you are the “new kid.”  My only fear in moving to a new town was that I would be lonely without my friends and family.  I forgot how easy and exciting it can be to meet new people. 
Tonight I watched the Tonys!  I am head over heels in love with the theatre! I have been for most of my life.  While most of my high school peers were listening to Eminem, Dave Mathews, or Kid Rock, I was listening to Wicked, Seussical, Chicago, Phantom, and so on.  I have been lucky enough to have parents that support my passion by taking me to the theatre, paying for my voice and dance lessons, attending dozens of school productions (where I was just the chorus girl in the back corner).  I even entered college as a theatre major.  I soon found out that I was not cut out for life on the stage but I am (and will always be) a musical junkie.   Have you ever heard of people that watch ice skating on TV and glide around their home wearing socks pretending to be in the Olympics?  I am that way about the Tonys. Tonight, while watching the cast of Anything Goes perform, I decided to pull out my old tap shoes and dance around.  I forgot that I live on the second floor and there are people under me.  Anyways, my Tony debut was short lived : / maybe next year.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Look Ma! I’m a grown-up!

This week is the first official week of my “grown up” life.  I have a grown up job, a grown up apartment, and : (  grown up bills.  My life has changed so quickly in the last couple of weeks! I don’t even know where to begin. 
My first week at work has been absolutely wonderful! I love the people I work with! I think I will be very happy.  Unfortunately, you won’t get to hear much about it on here (that sounds like I work for the CIA or something). I spend the entire day at work, by the time I get home the last thing I want to do is write about it!  So: all I will say is that I feel truly blessed to be employed right out of college, and even more thankful that I actually love what I do!
I live in a cute little two bedroom apartment.  I love it because it is very sunny.  It has new appliances, wood floors, big windows, its perfect!  I even have a plant! I have never been a “plant owner” but my mom is always gardening so I decided that having a plant would be another thing to add to my grown up list.  I am still trying to decorate but once its complete I will post some pictures!!
I have also taken an interest in health and wellness.  This isn’t really a new interest.  I joined weight watchers last January.  I have lost about 35 pounds and counting.  This week I took my healthy living a step further.  I joined a boot camp class at my company gym.  The fact that my company has a gym for its employees makes me feel very grown up as well.  Anyway, boot camp has lived up to it’s name.  It has challenged my body more than I expected.  This morning I woke up and of course my entire body ached.  I was surprised that even my KNECK was sore! How did that happen?!?  I can’t even turn my head without wincing.  I expect to have Kelly Ripa arms, Cameron Diaz abs, and Beyonce ‘s bootie at the end of this! We are swimming laps tonight; it should be interesting because I can’t swim straight.  Pray for me!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I'm new at this...

So I created my blogger account three days ago and I still haven’t been able to come up with something to say.  I considered an "introduction" blog.  Where I would introduce myself to you, talk about my life, tell you about all things Brittney, and then it hit me:  the people reading your blog already know you.  Because let’s face it, they probably saw a post on Facebook (which means we are friends because I am very picky about who sees my Facebook).  So I decided to skip the introduction and just start!
I am a little concerned that it took me three days to figure out what to talk about.  I’m thinking “this is bad, I haven’t even started my blog and I have writer’s block!”  Hopefully this gets easier and my posts are somewhat interesting.   I am really new to the blogging world.  My mom is the one who opened me up to blogging.  She started telling me about all of her friends and their fabulous blogs.  At first I wasn’t really interested in reading about other people’s lives.  Especially my mother’s friends, but she sent me the link to their blogs and I was instantly fascinated.  She follows a lady who is a stay-at-home mom.  Her blogs are hilarious.  She is so funny, I find myself laughing (out loud) while reading.   Also, I start thinking about all the funny, quirky, and ridiculous things that my family does.  I am convinced that we are interesting and that someone should record all of this stuff.  So I began pressuring my mom to do a blog.  I sent her an email listing out all the different topics she could write about. Every time something funny happens I started mentioning “this would be great for your blog!”  So after two weeks of pressuring her with no results, I decided I would take matters into my own hands and do it myself.   
I am most eager to blog because my life is at a crossroads.  In the past month I have graduated college, moved to a new town, and tomorrow is the first day at my new job!  I want to stay connected to my friends and family and let them know what is going on in my life.  This is such an exciting time for me and I can’t think of a better way to preserve these memories!