Thursday, August 30, 2012

Awkward and Awesome Thursday


Awkward

-On Tuesdays and Thursdays I attend an abs class at my gym. There are a ton of men in the class, which is a first for me. In the past, the classes I take (Zumba) are filled with a bunch of old ladies. These men, or should I call them bodybuilders, they grunt, loudly. I wish I could say that I’m mature enough to sit through class, listening to their savage grunting, but I’m not. I laugh uncontrollably.

-Unloading the dishwasher and dropping the utensil basket. Of course, all of your silverware scatters across the floor (that you haven’t swept or mopped in weeks). You stand there pondering whether or not to use the five second rule or wash them again.

-I think someone needs to tell the guy across the hall (at work) that just because he has is door shut, doesn’t mean that we can’t hear him burping after lunch. Ew.

Awesome

-I love this idea. I hope I remember it one day.

-Speaking of the gym, I’m about 3 weeks in and I haven’t given up! I am really enjoying the classes (not because of the sexy men and their grunting, I enjoy the rigorous workouts…)

-Tonight I’m co-hosting a 50 Shades of Grey party for my book club. It’s going to be epic. I’ll be sure to post pictures tomorrow for High Five For Friday.

-This weekend is a three day weekend! I will be spending my holiday in Tulsa, Okla. with family.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book review: Hush, Hush

I just finished another series:  Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpartick.




Warning: this book is written for teenagers. I didn’t think the writing was very good and at times I found myself bored. However, I enjyed the story.

You should know, the series isn’t finished. Currently, there are three books  and the fourth (Finale) is coming out this fall (October 23rd).

The plot:

"Nora Grey is responsible and smart, Patch is dangerous and reckless. After getting paired together in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from Patch, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her, as well as the dark path he is about to lead her down..." Source

I’m not sure if I would recommend this book.

On one hand, it was a great story about teenage romance and dark magical beings.

Who doesn’t love a story about an overprotective boyfriend with dark magical powers?

All you “Twihards” would love this book.

On the other hand, it was a little slow and very predictive.

Obviously, I have mixed feelings.

All in all, it was a great summer read. With nothing on T.V., it gave me something to do.

If you aren’t an avid reader, I would skip Hush, Hush and read Divergent (Now that’s a good book!)

Next month  I plan on reading The Night Circus and The Uglies.

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 27, 2012

O pot roast, how I love thee.

 
 





Simple ingredients with complex taste,

my family devoured with lack of grace.

Rosemary and thyme none compare,

your delicious smell filled the air.

Carrots and Onions that melt in your mouth,

that’s how we like em' in the south.

The beef was splendid with garlic galore,

never had we such a meal before.

When it was time to clean up we said our goodbyes

to the pot roast that brought sweet tears to our eyes.




Click here for the Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pot Roast recipe

Friday, August 24, 2012

High Five for Friday!

This weekend will be spent in Edmond with my Momma! We're having a full-fledged girls weekend! (My step-dad is out of town). I am sooo excited for some one-on-one time with my best gal pal!

I'm linking up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk for High Five for Friday!

Here are my top five:

1. I got a bubble necklace! After months of drooling over them on Pinterest, I broke down and bought one. I found mine at a local boutique for $18 bucks! Score!

I thought black would be great for fall and winter.
All those bright colors are close to being out of season.
2. My Le Creuset dutch oven arrived!! I can't believe I actually won it! (The same day I met the Pioneer Woman).




3. I go over to my friend Susan's once a week to watch DVDs. We just finished Mad Men so we've decided to start Lois and Clark! I'm so excited!

(slim pickens for entertainment in my small town)


4. Last weekend was cold and rainy. Perfect weather for a sweat shirt! Loving my new peach colored zip-up.


5. I'm going on a Ski Trip with my girlfriends. Six of us will be headed to Breckenridge in January! (I've known this for a while but this week it became official) We booked our condo!

Check out the kitchen:



All in all, it was a pretty awesome week! I hope yours was too!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fat Days

Yesterday I had an “ugly” day. You know what I’m talking about, we all have them.

My hair wouldn’t cooperate, my skin seemed extra oily, and I felt as though I had gained 3 inches overnight.

Also, I’ve been slacking on my Weight Watchers.

(For those of you that are new, I lost around 40 pounds on weight watchers a year ago).

I’m starting to fall back into my old eating habits and it’s time to nip it in the bud! I’m not going to let myself get out of control again!

So after an entire day of feeling insecure and down on myself, I decided to catch up on season 5 of Mad Men. In the episode Betty Draper (played by January Jones) was feeling insecure about her appearance. Since her divorce, she’s put on a little bit of weight.

Here’s a picture of what her character looks like:



Of course, her ex-husband is married to a knockout bombshell with an itty bitty waist.



Later in the show, Betty was attending a Weight Watchers meeting. I had no idea Weight Watchers was around back then!

Upon seeing Betty at WW, I experienced a moment of realization. What a coincidence! I’ve just spent the entire day feeling terrible about myself, and there…in the middle of my show…is a reminder that this insecurity (about weight and eating and comparing yourself to others) has been plaguing women since the dawn of time.

I know we all think the grass is greener on the other side. I know this because every time I set foot into my gym I see so many beautiful women. I always think “I wish I looked like them” or “I hate those skinny bitches.” (Just being honest here).

But I’ve realized, no matter how skinny I get, no matter how much I exercise, there will always be someone to compete with.

I need to learn to worry about myself and be happy with what God gave me!

When I was a little girl, my Mimi (grandmother) gave me a quote:

“How grateful am I, Lord, to live and love in such a beautiful temple.”

I try to remember this whenever I start to feel ungrateful.

I have all my limbs, I can hear music, I’m able to dance, I’m able to hold my loved ones, and I can see the beautiful world around me.

I really do live in a beautiful temple…and so do you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A few things about MOI





1. Every room in my house has at least two candles. (The living room has 5). I can’t go into TJ Maxx without looking for Wood Wick products. I blame my Mimi, she keeps a candle on every flat surface in her home. I should probably get renters insurance in the event that I accidently burn the place down.

2. Pickles, cheese, and crackers go together like PB&J. This summer I’ve been freezing my leftover pickle juice in ice cube trays. It is my favorite snack. You must try it if you are a fellow pickle lover.

3. I’m a T.V. junkie. I could watch T.V./movies all day.

4. I make my bed before I go to sleep. (I can't stand messy sheets)

Not in the morning when I get up, I don’t have time for that.

5. I would rather sleep an extra 30 minutes in the morning and spend the entire day with bad hair.

6. I’ve never had a macaroon. They are so pretty, I'm hoping to try one soon.

7.  I talk to my Mom on the phone every day, we never run out of things to talk about.

8. I can’t stand mushrooms.

9. If I could have any job, I would be a party planner (assuming that being on Broadway isn’t an option).

Have you seen my Pinterest lately? Somebody is obsessing over her Halloween party...

10. When I read books I bond with the characters like they are real people. When I finish a book I’m always a little sad because I miss them.

11. Fall’s my favorite. The clothes. The scarves. The Ugg boots. The candles. The football games. The warm soups/chili. The orange leaves. Mums. Halloween. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Black Friday. T.V. programs I’ve missed all summer (see #3). It can’t get here fast enough.

12. If I could live next door to my family I would. I’m happiest when I’m with them. See the photos above...

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, August 20, 2012

August Birchbox

The August Birchbox might just be my favorite box so far.

I loved every single item (which never happens).





Here’s what I got:
Schick Hydro Silk Razor
Um yes, I love trying out new razors.
(Although I bet it won’t be as good as my Gillette fusion…yes. I use a man’s razor).

WEI™ Pomegranate Buffing Beads
These came in a little pouch. You mix the beads with your daily cleanser to make it an exfoliator.
I love this.
It made my skin feel like silk.

WEI™ Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask
What is it about putting on a mud mask that makes you feel like you're at a fancy spa?
Loved it.

Beauty Fixation Cuticle Conditioner
I have TERRIBLE cuticles. I think this might be my favorite item in the box.
The oil is in the center of a Q-tip.
Best invention ever.

stila stay all day™ foundation, concealer, & brush kit
I love playing with makeup so I have no complaints.
I wish the sample size was bigger but other than that I’m happy!

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur
I love love love this perfume.
It has a sweet and rich sent, perfect for fall.


Don't have a Birchbox? Well you are missing out! Click here to get one delivered to your doorstep.

Only $10 y'all...you're worth it!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

High Five for Friday!

I'm a little ashamed that High Five for Friday is my second post this week. Oops!

It's been busy at work and I took a brief trip to Tulsa (Okla.) for a funeral.

I'm looking forward to the weekend. I'm going garage-sailing! I'm hoping to snag some furniture for my little brother. He recently moved into an apartment (by himself) and needs a few things.

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

One. I joined a gym! Gym 210 has amazing classes. I have a few girl friends that attend regularly (and by "regularly" I mean they have six pack abs and are marathon runners), let's hope they can keep me in check (let's also hope that I don't kill over trying to keep up with them)!



Two. My sister Courtney bought me the cutest pair of socks on her trip to California. I'm in love!

She knows me well!

Three. I wore my new purple snake printed skirt to work this week.

LOFT Skirt (on sale)

Four. I recieved this invitation to my nieces 1st birthday party! It melts my heart! I love that her Momma included a picture for me to frame!

A "dino-mite" celebration!

Five. While in Tulsa, I stayed with my Dad and Stepmom. They had a bowl full of Porter Peaches. Nothing better than home grown fruit!




I'm linking up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk  for #H54F and Jeannett over at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DIY Gallery Frame

Let me start this by saying I'm new to owning art. My grandmother was a beautiful water colorist and I have some of her work, but other than that I'm a novice in the art world.

A few months ago my Poppa gave me the most beautiful paintings and I decided they would look exquisite in a gallery style frame.

Of course, my first thought: Hobby Lobby! I waited for the half price sale, hoping to snag a couple of cheap (plastic) black gallery frames. Little did I know, the paintings are odd sized and had to be custom framed. After learning the pricing for custom framing, I decided keep the old frames. They just needed a little TLC.


Unfortunately, I'm a terrible DIY-er.

I consider myself to be reasonably creative; I have no problem coming up with ideas. It's the execution that I struggle with.

But how hard can it be to take apart a frame and spray paint it black? right?





Let me just say...I may or may not have scratched the surface of my coffee table trying to take them apart.

Scratches


I definitely got too close with the spray paint and have dripping paint marks down the sides of both frames.

Dripping Paint...

Also, I chipped them trying to screw the frames back together.

Chipped Paint...

Who knew filling in chipped paint with a sharpie would look tacky? (It was easier than taking them apart to re-spray paint).

Tried to cover it up with sharpie = fail.


Needless to say, they are beautiful at a distance but if you get too close you can see my flaws.

I'm still happy with how they turned out.



Right now they are proudly displayed in my office.






And you know what? I think they look positively lovely.

*Please note that I plan on filling in the bare walls; this office is temporary so I'm holding off on the decorations!

Friday, August 10, 2012

High Five For Friday

Ah Friday.

The next 48 hours will be spent in my pajamas with a movie marathon.

Let's face it, its too hot to do anything else (I live in Oklahoma, we're rationing water out here).

Here are my top five favorite things from the week er couple of weeks (because I missed last week):

1. I got this darling Kate Spade iPhone case in New York last week. I absolutely love it.

2. Don't judge me... but I may or may not have bought a Halloween accessory at Pier One. I had a coupon and it was the only thing I liked. Isn't it darling?

Yes, I know I look naked in this photo...
I'm wearing a strapless maxi.
3. My favorite part of being home from New York City? Cooking.  Mini Meatloaf, baked squash, asparagus topped with hollandaise sauce. 


4. I stumbled upon the most amazing concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer. It works like magic.
Source

5. Last week, while packing for NYC, I found something that has been missing for more than a year. My sorority badge. I thought It was lost forever! It was on a dress that I was packing. There might have been tears involved when I discovered it pinned to the dress.  


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

I'm linking up with Lauren at From my Grey Desk for High Five For Friday!



Thursday, August 9, 2012

New York City, Part Three

I was really excited to attend BlogHer12 in the hopes of learning some tips on writing, editing, and taking better photos.

I wasn’t really interested in finding out how to become a “famous” blogger or marketing myself as a “brand.”

Also, I don’t really care about stats.

My philosophy: the more the merrier. I always love seeing my page views increase and I love hearing from readers. But the truth is: I don’t want to get caught up in numbers.

I blog because I enjoy it, I like to write. When I get caught up in my weekly page views, I start to stress and get discouraged. I end up losing focus on my purpose.

Being at the conference made me realize something: blogging is not my life.

That wasn't the lesson I expected to gain, but I think it took being surrounded by thousands of full time bloggers for me to realize that (for now) I'm not meant to do this full time.

I am very happy in my current job. For me, blogging is just a hobby.

One day I would like to blog for my current employer (actually, I think it's a real possibility) but Brittney's Orr-dinary Life is just something I do for fun.

So that brings me to the conference.

What I found annoying:

-Remember me telling you that I was going to run a 5K at the conference? Remember the picture I posted on Instagram the morning of the 5K (at 5:30 am) with caption: Up and ready to go!



Well it never happened.

They didn’t get permission from the city so they basically sent someone down to tell us how to find Central Park and we could run independently.

I was so frustrated.

I’ve been training for MONTHS and they just blew it off. They didn’t provide numbers, they didn’t have timers, they didn’t have a course, and they didn’t even post mile markers!! (I was annoyed to say the least).

What I loved:

-I loved hearing from other successful bloggers (such as Martha Stewart).



Martha gave everyone a free digital subscription to all of her magazines (Martha Stewart Living, Everyday Food, Whole Living, and Martha Stewart Weddings). I die!

Katie Couric was pretty awesome as well.



-I loved meeting other bloggers. Like my roomie Stephanie. She is such a doll. I really loved getting to know her!



-I loved this picture I took with Zach Efron.



Well a cardboard cutout of Zach.

Yes, we’re on a first name basis...

I mean we did almost kiss!

All in all, I had a good time at the conference. I gained some valuable information.


P.S. I know I told you that I would talk about meeting the Pioneer Woman in this post, well It was too long so I decided to break it up.

Click here to read about our encounter!

The day I met the Pioneer Woman

I will never forget the day I met the Pioneer Woman. She is such a joy to be around. If you read her blog, let me just say: she is the exact same in real life.





She was there to speak about Land O' Lakes butter. They have a new product coming out and she’s teamed up with them to promote it. (Actually it is pretty genius. They’ve created butter that comes in a half-stick).

Anyway, before she started her speech, she explained that she is terrified of public speaking…she said that if she starts singing “There’s no business like show business” to just ignore her.



I chuckled, thinking that it was a little strange…she seemed to have perfect stage presence.

Well about 3 minutes later she got tongue tied and forgot her words. She had a terrified look on her face (wide eyed) and you know what she did? She burst into song!

“There’s no business like show business, like no business I know…”

(Which by the way is a song from “Annie Get Your Gun.”-a musical about a red headed cowgirl (Annie Oakley) who could shoot a gun better than a man. I find it absolutely hilarious that the Pioneer Woman chose that song!)

So after she finished her rendition of the Broadway hit, I died laughing. It took all I had to remain composed for the rest of her speech.

I’ve been "blog-stalking" her ever since to see if she will write about it!




It totally made my day to see her little "episode." Not only is she hilarious, but she likes Broadway, and she's human! She gets tongue tied too!

So after waiting in line for what seemed like forever, it was my turn to meet her. I introduced myself, explained that I was from Oklahoma. Told her that I loved her book (Black Heels to Tractor Wheels), that I’m now stalking every cowboy at Wal-Mart, especially those with starched Levis.



After hearing my compelling story, she promised that we would be best friends forever and that she would introduce me to cowboy Josh (not really).

Actually, we took a picture and I was forced to let her move on to the next crazy stalker.

Oh! and she totally tweeted me!

(totally tweeted? I apologize...)

I was sitting in the hotel room when I got an email saying “Ree Drummond tweeted you.” I screamed like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert.


I won the Land O' Lakes drawing for a Le Creuset dutch oven! Yay!

Obviously, meeting the Pioneer Woman was my favorite part of the conference (even more than Mary Poppins...if you know me, you understand how big of a deal it must have been).

4 posts later, I'm finally done talking about New York!

If you missed the first NYC post click here.

If you want to see the second, click here.

The third? click here.

We will be back to our regular programming tomorrow (#H54F).