Monday, August 27, 2012

Everything Is Bigger In Texas: Part 2

Okay folks, lets dive in to May, shall we?

Several things happened in this month and a couple of them were life changing. Here we go. May 6th is my brother, Hunter's birthday so we celebrated by going to a Cubs game. Not just any Cubs Game.. A Cubs vs Braves game. Whoa. And we didn't sit in the stadium, we went to a rooftop bar by the stadium and it was honestly the coolest thing ever.
This picture was from before the game started but it shows the view that we had. I took a picture as the sun was setting but I can't find it anywhere. It was pretty though, trust.
My brother will always be more photogenic than I am and I will always hate him for it.

Then, my oldest brother, Brandon, graduated from Ole Miss.Colin had to work so Hunter, Nicole (Hunter's girlfriend) and I made the trip to MS for the big event.
While I was in MS, Colin called me and said he had been promoted and that we were moving to an extremely small town in West Texas. I think I died a thousand deaths. Then, he told me we were leaving Chicago in exactly a week. I didn't even get back to Chicago to start packing for another four days. I died another thousand deaths. And then I bought that pink purse that I am holding in the picture above. Retail. Therapy.
So I had a heart to heart with my 3 year old sister and I think she told me to get over myself and go with the flow. After she set me straight, I enjoyed the rest of my visit with my family and then went back to Chicago late Monday night, followed by work and packing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Friday, at 8am, Colin, Mowgli, and I left Chicago. More on the move in the next post, part three.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Everything Is Bigger In Texas: Part 1

Okay. I am going to skip that whole introduction where I say "Wow, it has been so long since I have blogged, where has the time gone, blah blag blah."

I moved to Texas.

I know... WHAT?!

Hold your horses, I will get to that. Let's start back in March. First, I went to a wedding.
From Left to Right- Caleb (Colin's brother), Kayla (Caleb's Girlfriend), Me, and Colin(Making his supermodel face,)
That picture was taken at Brittany and Jason's wedding and I honestly don't think I have ever been happier to see two people get married. They are perfect for each other and I am so glad that Brittany is now part of the family. Like the Godfather. Except not.

Then... There was the cruise. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion celebrating the wedding but things never go exactly as planned, do they?

If you can't pick me out in this picture, I will thank my lucky stars. If you can, you're probably thinking "Man, she looks like death warmed over!". Well, that is because I FELT like death warmed over. Thursday before the cruise I went into the hospital for dehydration. Let me tell you, getting several IV bags of fluids is much more expensive than drinking a bottle of water. I reccommend the bottled water. That will spare you from a hospital gown and your husband taking an extremely unflattering picture of you in said gown and posting it on FB. Yes, that happened.

 Friday, Colin and I left Chicago and drive to St Louis, where his parents live. Saturday morning Colin, his parents, his brother, and I all loaded up and made the 18 hour drive to MS. The cruise left from New Orleans on Monday so we wanted to spend some time with our friends in MS before we headed out to sea.

That is where everything went wrong. See, on the drive to MS where we were all packed in a rental car, Colin's Dad had the flu. He was a trooper about it and even managed to help drive. But alas, Monday morninng, the morning of the cruise, Colin and I woke up with the very same flu. Yep, the entire cruise, Colin and I were laid up in our room praying for the ship to sink and put us out of our misery. We tried to enjoy it, going to port when we could and going to dinner every night. That is about all we could maage.
This picture was on formal night. You can't tell from the picture but I am holding on to Colin for dear life because I thought I was going to fall out any second and he is holding on to the rail so we both wouldn't fall.
Okay, That covers March. Nothing special happened in April so in the next post, we will skip straight to May and trust, that is where the interesting stuff happene. Stick around kids, this is a story for the ages, a tale as old as time, and other things like that. K? K.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 4- Update


In my last post I told you guys that I was going to try a vegan lifestyle for at least 30 days and that my biggest fear was lack of options when eating out. Since then, I have eaten out several times and haven't had a problem finding something delicious to eat.

Subway- Veggie Delight Sub on italian bread. I also used the Sweet Onion Sauce as my only condiment.
Noodles & Company- Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine- No cream or cheese and still delicious! I could eat this every day.
Buffalo Wild Wings- Black Bean Burger- No cheese. I was assured this didn't have animal products in it by the waitress.

Today, I am cooking at home so I can control the ingredients that go into my food.
All in all, so far so good. I haven't had a lot of trouble resisting Colin's food even though his Mac and Cheese from Noodles was pretty tempting. :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Kind Diet

For real, let's talk about this book. The Kind Diet was written by Alecia Silverstone and it is all about a vegan lifestyle. I read this book in one night. I was in a trance. Some of the things that she said about eating animal products really resonated with me and I have decided to try to eliminate most if no all animal products from my diet for at least 30 days.

I mean, I wouldn't eat this little guy... So why do I feel okay eating other animals? I have no idea but for the next 30 days I'm going to try to figure it out.

If I slip up every now and then, I am not going to beat myself up about it. This lifestyle is all about being kind to yourself, your body, the planet, and animals.

I have been interested in trying the vegan lifestyle for awhile now and I'm glad I am finally willing to take the plunge. The biggest challenge for me will definitely be the lack of options when I am eating out but most restaurants have vegan options now. Right now seems like the right time to jump so I am jumping, mmk?

I'll keep you posted!
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