Monthly Archives: June 2013

June Bucket List Completions

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Brookhaven Beer Fest

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My Place

I saw this question on Ashley’s blog and I thought I would post on this subject also!

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I think you all know who Luke Bryan is..

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Buster Posey is the first baseman for San Fran Giants. He’s pretty good. Prior to the 2013 spring training season, Posey signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Giants,followed on March 29 by an eight-year extension worth $167 million, said by the Giants to be the most lucrative in franchise history. The contract wiped out three arbitration years for Posey, locked in his services and value through the 2021 season and provided the club with an option for 2022. The agreement was the second largest in major league history for a catcher, exceeded only by that of Joe Mauer in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins.

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I think most of you also know who Phillip Phillips is. He won American Idol’s 11th season. How much of an honor is this?! When asked about Phillips’ imitation of his style, Dave Matthews said: “More power to him, I don’t mind”, and added “He should kick my ass, [then] maybe I can retire and he can take over my band.”

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What’s your place? What’s something interesting about your hometown?

 

Cold Life Organics

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One of the guys at work told me about Cold Life Organics. Basically CLO delivers organic fruits and veggies to your door weekly. You pick a package and sign up. That easy! You can skip a week if you’ll be out of town at any time and the best part is, there isn’t a membership fee. You only pay for the package(s) you select! How awesome is that? If you hate going to the grocery store like me, this service is pretty awesome! I was told that the package that is for 1-2 people has a LOT of stuff in it, so be prepared with recipes to use it all! They also have recipes on their website to help you out. They have thought of it all!

Being Single and Being Awesome

I came across this post on fellow ATLian Whitney’s blog. She highlights some reasons you should be happy you’re young and single.

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  1. You can be selfish
  2. You have time to figure yourself out and what you want
  3. You can figure out what your deal breakers are

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Check out her post! I agreed with all of it. As much as I’m ready to settle down, it’s nice to be reminded that I can do whatever I want without having to take into consideration anyone else.

10 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

This blog caught my attention as I was browsing The Little Things We Do. I’m not married but I do intend to be in the next couple of years. These are simple little things that I thought were great ways to help protect your marriage. I will say that I think half of the battle of affair-proofing is marring the right person. Here are her tips.

 

1. Keep dating

2. Have sex

3. Take the time to touch

4. Put effort into your appearance

5. Maintain a bit of mystery

6. Be open and honest

7. Set clear boundaries

8. Talk

9. Share in each other’s lives

10. Check in

 

Click on the link at the top to read the full description of each!

Dear Future Hubby

Dear Future Hubs:

 
There a few things I hope that you know and can learn accept about me. I have prayed for you for an eternity a loooooooong time. (6+ years)
In no particular order…
I will secretly pray that you have dark hair and light eyes. Such a sucker.
…If I decide to have kids, I really want a daughter that looks like my mini me. Just one.
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…I want you to love her so much it hurts your heart. Show her what a relationship between a husband and wife should be, so that she looks for that too.
…I hope you enjoy sleeping as much as I do. That way we can have lazy Sundays together. Saturdays too, maybe? If you aren’t naturally a sleepy person, just understand that I am, and don’t complain. :)
…Know that when we are married and have little ones, I still need and crave your attention.
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….Know that sometimes I just need to be picked up and held. If I’m mad at you, this is a good way to make me less mad. Especially if you start covering me with kisses.
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….Be playful with me, like I am with you. It will help keep our marriage strong.
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…I treat my dog like I birthed him. You don’t have to love him on the same level, just love him and be sweet. This is essential.
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….I need you to accept the fact that I don’t know a lot of older songs or movies. Same goes for car stuff and sports. Understand that I didn’t have a dad to teach me these things. If you want to teach me and help me discover some of these things, I will be happy to learn.
….I enjoy traveling. Let’s go somewhere!
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….I love shoes, dresses and jewelry. When I run out of room in the closet, I still won’t have enough. I will always shop for a bargain, unless it’s a classic that I know will last for years.  If it’s a big purchase, of course I will consult with you first. Bonus points if you bring home new shoes for me.
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 ….I will think of you a LOT during the day. Don’t be surprised if you see texts from me or cute pictures that make me laugh. It’s only because I think you will appreciate it too.
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….While I am thinking of you, understand that if you mention you like something, chances are that I will buy it for you. Making you happy makes me happy.
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…I can’t promise that anything I ever cook will be good. I can only promise that I will try. If it sucks, we can get takeout.
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….I like to do fun things. Life is full of adventure if you look for it. Concerts, road trips, the fair, a walk in the park..

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…I have prayed that you love God the same way that I do. That you will have a heart like mine. That you will want to give, give, give and love people. No matter what.
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…Sometimes on a random day in the middle of the week, I’ll feel like having champagne. Just go with it.
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 …I will love you completely, without fail, neverending, but I will sometimes be hard to live with. I will get mad at you for leaving your clothes or papers lying around, or waking me early on a weekend.
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…And you will know that no matter what, even if you don’t fit anything on this list, you were the love story that God wrote for me, I will love you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. The rest of these things are just an added bonus.

xoxo

Date Rape Drugs

Date rape drugs. It’s one of those things that you think could never happen to you if you’re careful. If you don’t take a drink from a stranger, stick with friends and watch your drink being poured, it could never happen. Right?

Until last weekend, I would have agreed. Last weekend two girl friends and I went to a beer festival close to my place. We pregamed by having a drink at my place before going. Standard. We planned ahead by calling Uber to take us there.

The beer glasses they handed out upon entry were the size of a double shot glass. None of us drank a lot while there. We ran into several of my guy friends so we hung out and chatted with them. I had a light beer, a dark beer and two cups of wine. We left to hang out with a friend of mine and I started feeling bad. I was so hot I laid on his bathroom floor sweating. My two girl friends – Ashley and Laura – came to check on me and I remember puking two times.

I vaguely remember being carried and almost dropped on the way to the cab by one of the guys. I remember Ashley telling me the cab was there and I face planted in the cab across the seats. The next thing I remember was her shaking me to make sure I was still breathing and telling me to sit up because we were at my place. I remember her stepping out of the elevator with me, holding me like a little kid. After that all I remember is waking up to Laura sitting beside me at my desk, watching me sleep. At that point I was fairly out of it, but sober. I thought I had just drank way too much and I got sick. After I got out of bed I took a shower. About that time Ashley came back and gave me something to make me not throw up. Perk of having a friend be a nurse. I ate a little bit and headed back to bed and they both left. Around 3AM I woke up and I was sick again.

Ashley had complained of a bad headache and at one point Laura felt sick. Again, we just thought that I somehow drank a lot and they just both felt bad.

On Sunday they both text to check on me and make sure I was feeling okay. I felt very tired and slept off and on till about 5PM. Ashley told me that she felt like she was floating above her body while she was at work, so she had her urine tested. It came back positive for benzos (benzodiazepines).

Some things to note about Benzos that scared the F out of me after researching:

She recommended that I get tested just to make sure everything was okay. The results were the same as hers…

Looking back, I don’t believe there is anything we could have done differently. I had my glass in front of my face the entire time I was holding it, I watched each vendor pour.. There is nothing that we could have done differently, except, not go to the festival. Ashley’s first thought was that maybe one of my guy friends did it, but she ruled that out when she realized that she didn’t even remember seeing him at the festival, which means it was already working on her.

How scary is that?! It freaks me out just typing all of this out. I have never blacked out. I have always been the type to get sick versus blacking out. I don’t like knowing that things happened that I absolutely do not remember. The other scary part is that I am on two anti-depressants. I could have died, or ended up in the hospital in critical condition. You just never know what kind of messed up people are out there. This is why it it so important to stick with friends as well.

Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I miss you more than words can explain.

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Uber

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Have you heard of Uber? It’s an on-demand private driver. I personally am usually sketched out by the taxi drivers in Atlanta. Half of the time their credit card machine isn’t working, or either they don’t want you to use it. I’ve had this happen to me on more than one occasion.

With Uber, you can download the app and you link it to your credit card so there never has to be any cash exchanged. I believe the 20% tip is also factored in. You can select if you want a town car or a SUV to pick you up. They dispatch the driver that is the closest to you to pick you up so that the waiting period is short. When you are scheduling the driver, you can actually see how many cars or SUVs are near you. They are a 24/7 service which is great! They are also available in several cities.

A lot of times there are credits you can get if you have an offer code, so that’s like free cash! Every new rider will get you $10 in points. Enter the referral code below if you download the ap.

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New Music

I have some new songs that I wanted to share with you guys! I love these songs!

I just like the song. The video? Dumb. Mariah stop trying SO hard to be sexy.

“what rhymes with hug me”

ha! I just found this video. nice song.

and one more.. it’s not new but mannnnn I want to move like Ciara

50 Shades Too Close

Remember this post where I said I was obsessed with 50 Shades of Grey? When I wrote that I was still in the first book. Now that I am done with the third book, there are a lot of similarities between me and Ana and my ex and Christian. I don’t mean that he used to inflict pain on me when we were in the bed. Mostly just Christian’s issues.. Here are some quotes that hit too close to home. It’s like E.L. was a fly on the wall in my relationship. It’s unnerving.

He thinks I might leave if I know him. He thinks that I might leave if he’s himself. Oh, this man is so complicated.  

“Okay,” I mumble, completely bemused, bewildered, and shell-shocked. He leans over my desk. What now? I am caught in his hypnotic gaze. “Love doing business with you, Mrs. Grey.” He leans in closer as I sit paralyzed, and he plants a soft tender kiss on my lips. “Laters baby,” he murmurs. He stands abruptly, winks at me, and leaves. I lay my head on my desk, feeling like I’ve been run over by a freight train – the freight train that is my beloved husband. He has to be the most frustrating, annoying, contrary man on the planet. I sit up and frantically rub my eyes. What have I just agreed to? 
Can I see him again? Could I bear it? Do I want to see him? I close my eyes and tilt my head back as grief and longing lance through me. Of course I do. Perhaps-perhaps I can tell him I’ve changed my mind … No, no, no. I cannot be with someone who takes pleasure in inflicting pain on me, someone who can’t love me. Torturous memories flash through my mind-the gliding, holding hands, kissing, the bathtub, his gentleness, his humor, and his dark, brooding, sexy stare. I miss him. It’s been five days, five days of agony that has felt like an eternity. I cry myself to sleep at night, wishing I hadn’t walked out, wishing that he could be different, wishing that we were together. How long will this hideous overwhelming feeling last? I am in purgatory. I wrap my arms around my body, hugging myself tightly, holding myself together. I miss him. I really miss him…I love him. Simple.
I should run, but I can’t. I’m drawn to him on some deep, elemental level that I can’t begin to understand.
 
I shrug, trapped. I don’t want to lose him. In spite of all his demands, his need to control, his scary vices. I have never felt as alive as I do now. It’s a thrill to be sitting here beside him. He’s so unpredictable, sexy, smart, and funny. But his moods… oh – and he wants to hurt me. He says he’ll think about my reservations, but it still scares me. I close my eyes. What can I say? Deep down I would just like more, more affection, more playful Christian, more… love.
 
We’re coming near to the end of the bridge, and the road is once more bathed in the neon light of the street lamps so his face is intermittently in the light and the dark. And it’s such a fitting metaphor. This man, whom I once thought of as a romantic hero, a brave shining white knight—or the dark knight, as he said. He’s not a hero; he’s a man with serious, deep emotional flaws, and he’s dragging me into the dark. Can I not guide him into the light?
 
I raise my eyebrows. “You’re going to settle for plain old vanilla?” He cocks his head to one side. “Nothing plain or old about vanilla – it’s a very intriguing flavor,” he breathes.
What does Christian know about love? Seems he didn’t get the unconditional love he was entitled to during his very early years. My heart twists, and my mother’s words waft like a zephyr through my mind: Yes, Ana. Hell, what do you need? A neon sign flashing on his forehead? She thinks Christian loves me, but then she’s my mother, of course she’d think that. She thinks I deserve the best of everything. I frown. It’s true, and in a moment of startling clarity, I see it. It’s very simple; I want his love. I need Christian Grey to love me. This is why I am so reticent about our relationship – because on some basic, fundamental level, I recognize within me a deep-seated compulsion to be loved and cherished.
 
He gazes down at me, his eyes wide and panicked, and all we can hear is the steady stream of water as it flows over us in the shower. “You love me,” I whisper. His eyes widen further and his mouth opens. He takes a huge breath, as if winded. He looks tortured-vulnerable. “Yes,” he whispers. “I do.”
 
The sex is amazing, he’s wealthy, he’s beautiful, but this is all meaningless without his love, and the real heart-fail is that I don’t know if he’s capable of love. He doesn’t even love himself. I recall his self-loathing..
 
Pursing my lips, I strive to appear unaffected by his touch. He is so artful at diverting me from anything painful, or anything he doesn’t want to address. And you let him, my subconscious pipes up unhelpfully, gazing over her copy of Jane Eyre.

Who??

On the way to the beach with my bestie, we listened to songs on my iPhone. Of course there were goodies from back in ’03. Wow, do I feel old typing that or what! I started noticing a theme in rap songs. Sometimes peoples names are mentioned and I have no clue who they are. This goes for songs ‘back in the day’ and songs out currently.

Here are some people that I have no idea who they are:

  • Billy Ocean
  • Bruce Bruce
  • Nia Long
  • Mike Jones
  • Lisa Ray

One of my friends brothers thought I said my dog’s name was Billy instead of Bentley about a year ago. We thought it was pretty funny so at times I will call him Billy. If he’s not listening to me, I will call his name. If he looks at me but doesn’t do what I ask, I will call him Billy and guess what! HE DOES WHAT I ASKED! It’s kinda crazy.

After our beach trip I decided to start calling him Billy Ocean. Just because, I mean, that’s funny. My bestie is getting a dog for her son and I begged her to name it Bruce Bruce or Mike Jones. She died laughing and she agreed to name him Bruce Bruce! hahaha YESSSSS!

 

Here are a few pics from the beach trip. The company I work for was nice enough to let us use their beach condo!

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Funny

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You’re welcome.

While this is not my ideal body for a man, I definitely appreciate what he’s working with. Even better that he did it for cancer. I’m blaming 50 Shades for my hormonal imbalance. 😉

Grey

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Yes, I know. I’m probably the last person in the world to jump on the Grey bandwagon. My friend loaned me these books in December and I finally decided the summer was a great time to read them. What else will I do besides drink at the pool on my free Saturdays?

I ran errands ALL day Sunday. Literally from 2PM – 8PM. I had to unload groceries and other items and clean a little. Finally around 11 I decided to just open the book. I figured I would just read the first two chapters. Around 3:20AM I finally put the book down. Page. Turner. That my friends (that haven’t read it) is an understatement.

I am officially obsessed with this book. I am over half way through with the first. Yesterday at work, it was all I could think about. I had to go home at lunch! I was chatting with a friend of mine, and we both agreed that it was a life-changer book.

I’ve had the passion with an ex that is in this book, but not quite to the extent that they have it. It does make me wonder if I’ll ever have that kind of passion again. There were a lot of things wrong with that relationship (that’s another post for another day) but ultimately I know that real love will trump that relationship ten fold.

With paragraphs like this, how can you not love the book? This isn’t even the rest of this particular occurrence! For you non Grey people, this is actually the first time they have any physical contact.

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 I’m so obsessed with this book I’ve even started deciding on who I think should be cast in the movie. ha! Here are some of my choices.

Anastasia Steele

What we know about her: She’s about to graduate college, she has fair skin and brown hair, doesn’t wear makeup, wears mostly jeans and Converse, beautiful, innocent but seductive, doe-like eyes, virgin.

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Nina Dobrev

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Ashley Benson
 
 
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Lily Collins
 
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Alexis Bledel – her voice kind of annoys me though
 
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Emmy Rossum
 
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Ashley Greene
 
 
Christian Grey
What we know about him: he’s 27, a billionaire, has his own company, tall, sexy, pretty teeth, copper hair, very fit, big youknowwhat
 
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Matt Bomer
 
Ian-Somerhalder
 
Ian Somerhalder – He’s already gone on record saying that he would love to play Grey.
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Jake Gyllenhaal – According to Digital Spy, when Gyllenhaal heard the news, he responded: ‘That’s super flattering. I mean, I have not heard that, but if that’s true then that’s a nice thing. It’s always nice to be considered.’ As for considering the role? ‘Yeah, of course! I always want to work, man, of course.’
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Michael Fassbender – not sure if he is handsome enough?
 
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Chris Pine – He took his name out of the running for the star-making Fifty Shades of Grey movie role during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
 
 
I think Emmy Rossum and Lily Collins could pull off a great Ana. As far as Christian goes, I think Chris Pine would be perfect. Mike Bomer is set to play Superman, and I couldn’t see the same person pulling off Christian. I really think that they will cast people that are less known for the movies.
 
The one thing that I don’t like about the book so far, is that whole “Laters, Baby” thing. UGH that annoys me because it’s so dumb. That, and when she’s describing where he touches her, she sometimes says “my sex”. Pet peeve. Let’s just call a spade a spade ok E.L.?
 

May Bucket List Completions

dinner at Iberian Pig

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eat and shop in Decatur

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eat at Burnt Fork

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eat at The Big Ketch