Monday, December 14, 2015

Life of a Chef Wife

The life of a chef wife is hard. Okay I am not technically a chef wife yet but still. This is my reality now and I don't foresee it changing once I do become a wife next year. Jamal loves his job. It is his passion and so I wouldn't want anything else for him but it has it ups and downs.

It's so tough on me to have him have to miss out on so much due to his work schedule. Tonight was my family Christmas party and he couldn't make it. He hasn't seen this side of the family all year because of work and it sucks. I hate not having him there with me and I know he misses it too. He works evening and holidays and while he can and does get some special days off it's tricky and doesn't always happen. *I know there are many other professions that have the same problems and some even worse where a spouse is gone for periods of time so I am lucky in the fact that he get to come home every night*

He has friends in the business so it's always fun when we get treated while we are at a restaurant where he knows someone.
Excellent spare ribs from Butcher and the Boar 


Everyone is always asking me if I get gourmet dinners every night. Um nope! I'm lucky if he cooks me a full meal once a month. He is gone six nights of the week at work and Jamal is no early riser no it's a special treat when he cooks me a good meal.

He does bring home food every now and then from work though and I love that. Sometimes it's a delicious meal, sometimes dessert and sometimes alcohol. So that's a fun bonus.
Pumpkin cheesecake he brought home from work. 


Not only is his schedule not the most flexible but the hours are not ideal. He usually goes in at 2pm and depending on the night gets home anywhere between 10:30pm and 2am.

I love that he can cook for our friends and we can have awesome dinner parties.
Please excuse the ugly red plate and the oddly shaped piece of chicken. It was delicious. 


It's also fun to brag that my fiance is a chef. Everyone loves good food.

He makes me more adventurous in the food I'll try. I am as picky as they come but because of him I have tried some stuff I never would have dreamed of eating-think headcheese for example which by the way is super delicious :)

So it has its pluses and minuses but I wouldn't have it any other way :)



Friday, December 11, 2015

Chicago Engagement Pictures

I'm back again :) I had to stop in here so I could share our engagement pictures with you. Our photographer is seriously a miracle worker! I don't know how she made us look so good. Before we even got engaged I have been set of taking our engagement pictures in Chicago. What can I say? I'm obsessed! So as soon as he made it official I started looking for a Chicago photographer for our pictures- I contacted a bunch of people I found online and went with the one that sounded like she would be perfect for us-Jenna of Jenna Marie Photography. We emailed back and forth multiple times and I could just tell that she was amazing. I was ready for her to become my new bestie :) We facetimed so I could make sure she was a real human and then I sent off the check to book her. Oh and she also suggested coming to MN to be our wedding photog so that's happening too! I cannot wait. She is so fun and I just know that we are going to have a blast on my wedding day and that she will capture the perfect pictures I have always dreamed of. 

I narrowed it down to my top 13 pictures-it's so hard to pick just a few!














Isn't she great? So so talented! I am so glad we found her. 


All photos copyrighted by Jenna Marie Photography

Thursday, December 10, 2015

He (finally) Put A Ring On It

Hey!! It has been way too long! I always think about blogging but it gets a little hard between working three jobs and trying get some sleep outside of that. If i could blog at work that would be amazing! But alas I cannot so here we are four months since my last post. But let's just continue on. I'll share with you the biggest and best news of my life!! If you follow me on insta I'm sure you know but here's the whole story :)

Back in September the day I had been waiting for for years finally came. Jamal got down on one knee and asked me to marry him ♥. Here's how it all went down.

It was a Sunday morning and Jamal said he was going to take me out but wouldn't tell me where. I was looking through the closet and he told me to find something nice. Naturally I started freaking out in my head thinking that he was going to ask me to marry him!! But I didn't let onto this and just got dressed. We were in the car and he told me he wanted to do something nice for me so that I wouldn't complain when he went to hang out with friends and watch football that night. Lame. Clearly today wouldn't be the day then if he had evening plans. So we arrive at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Lame again. I mean I love going to the zoo but it wasn't what I had in mind for the gorgeous fall day that it was. So I was a little crabby to start out.

We began walking through the conservatory and I started to have fun. It's so pretty how could I not?! After seeing everything there we headed to the zoo to see some animals. We looked at the gorillas and there was one that was so funny. He was hanging out by the window just lounging and I joked that Jamal looked like him. He quickly tired of the zoo and said he wanted to leave so we did.

The park has tons of trails that are fun to just wander around so as we were leaving Jamal kept pulling me this way and that. We were at this spot that had a bench and was in between two bridges when he stopped and grabbed my hand. I tried to keep walking but he told me to wait and I instantly knew what was about to happen! I didn't know what to do so I burst out laughing! I literally just stood there laughing so hard and Jamal could not figure out what was wrong with me. He started talking and then as soon as he got on his knee the tears start. I think I was just so shocked that this was finally happening and so emotional that I honestly didn't know what to do with myself. And Jamal ever the joker told me he thought I was going to say no. Yea right, he has no chance of getting rid of me ;) He pulled out the ring and it was blinding. Like so freaking shiny that I couldn't even see it! I didn't even really look at it until we got back to the car I was enjoying the fact that I was finally engaged and that he really wanted to marry me :)

Right away we drove to my moms to tell her and my sister and then stopped at a few other peoples houses that we wanted to tell. Lots and lots of tears happened the entire day I was just so happy. We went to celebrate together at 4 Bells and had a delicious dinner. Then stopped by Jamal's job to tell everyone there. His boss popped some champagne for us and gave us cheesecake. And then to make the night even better if that was possible Jamal accepted a promotion there and got his first job as a Sous Chef!! Seriously amazing! It was the best night of my life thus far.

Ever since then we have just been busy wedding planning and mostly enjoying it ;) We are counting down the days until September 17th of next year! We're down to about nine months-where does the time go?

Let's talk again soon!

Monday, August 10, 2015

4 Bells

Last night we had the most delicious southern inspired meal I have ever had...okay fine, the only one I've ever had. And now I'm a believer. We left full and happy and are already planning when we can go again. I'm super excited to check out their two outdoor areas so I can bring Colby Jack with me next time! It's not quite opened yet but very soon they will have a rooftop as well as a back alley speakeasy. I can't wait to tell people I hung out and had dinner in a back alley :) so I will for sure be back for that.

4 Bells is Minneapolis' newest restaurant and they make the best southern inspired cuisine. They have lots of seafood-oysters, fish, that kinda stuff but of course I steered way clear of that. I'm sure it's good if you're into that kinda thing. But if you're not go for the chicken.  Yum. We had the fried chicken with a trio of sauces plus a side of gravy. All I will say about that is Watermelon hot sauce. 

For our sides we had biscuits with honey butter and mashed potatoes and gravy. I'm generally don't eat gravy but this stuff was so good. I couldn't stop eating it. I recommend it for both the chicken and the potatoes. 

Even after all that we couldn't leave without trying some dessert. We decided on the Shoofly Pie. If you have no idea what that is its okay I didn't either. I think it's better seeing a picture but if you're still confused its some sort of delicious cinnamon streusel pie with white chocolate ganache on top. 

This meal was so delicious. I'm trying to figure out a way to go here weekly without gaining five pounds each time. If you have any suggestions let me know ;) 



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dream A Little More

The past few days I've had it on my mind to blog about crazy dreams and the fear of failure if I share them and lo and behold I look back into my drafts and had all those thoughts already typed from back in April! Funny how that works. It's been on my mind a lot lately as I have been talking and thinking about traveling because I have so many ideas swirling about and every week find another option. I want to share all my ideas with everyone and want them all to come true but I also worry that maybe none of it will ever happen and people will just think I'm all talk. I like to see action in people and so that's what I try to do for others. I'm slowly learning and accepting that talking about dreams and future possibilities is okay too. Doesn't mean anything is set I stone :)

I have always been a realist. I look at the cold hard facts and nothing else. If something seemed out of reach then I took it as so and didn't see any possibility of it ever coming into my grasp. It's funny because I have always thought of myself as a huge daydreamer but I guess when I really think about it I am a huge overthinker

Jamal is a dreamer. Through and through. I cannot tell you how many different ideas he has thrown my way in the past six years of our relationship. To tell you the truth, in the beginning I tended to shoot him down immediately. I would barely listen to what he had to say and in my head all I could think about was how unlikely his next big idea was of happening. I have been working really hard on not shutting down his ideas with my words. I have learned how to be more supportive and maybe even believe in his wild ideas a little too. 

The past year or so I have begun to think about things that in my head seem far fetched. I don't hold onto the ideas too hard and I pretty much never share with anyone because I hate failure. I think that's a huge reason why I am not a dreamer because in my mind it was always "if those big dreams of your don't happen I failed" so I stick to what I know is possible and don't stretch my imagination toooo far. 

But it seems that in the past few months I have been thinking up some pretty crazy ideas for myself. And even sharing them! It's weird. And uncomfortable. I have recently let my mind wander band have thought up a few cool restaurant ideas as well as a non profit idea. I have always had a heart for those that need a little help and I would love to one day work for a non profit that changes people's lives. I also consistently dream and hope that we will get married soon. It'll happen just not on my timeline-God loves to remind me that his plans are better than mine. I haven't given up on any of those and I have shared them with at least a few different people. I am slowly getting used to the idea that dreaming a little is okay. 

I am trying to remind myself that dreaming isn't failing and I'll never get anywhere without grand plans. Don't get me wrong I always have a general idea of where I want my life to head but I tend to be more realistic about where that is exactly. Jamal talks about having multiple restaurants in multiple states with a house in each of those states whereas I think that maybe one day we will own a few restaurants, a house, and a nice condo in Chicago. To me that seems doable. To Jamal that seems like were underestimating our capabilities. 
These pictures and more can be found on my Pinterest page

So I guess Jamal's crazy ways have been rubbing off on me and we really do balance each other out. It's taken six years but he is starting to ease my anxious worried mind which lets me dream a little too. Not too much though. He's the one who thinks were going to own the next Chipotle; not me ;)




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Viewing Parties: What Are You Missing?

Do you ever feel like you're missing out on something? Like everyone else is having fun together and you're not invited? It happens. There is not a single person on this Earth that has not felt left out of something at some point. I always have felt this way about The Bachelor/Bachelorette (from here on out now refereed to as Bachelor Nation) watching parties. I'm sure you're now thinking "Really? This is about that dumb reality show?" But stay with me I promise I have something valuable to say :)

I have always wished I had some friends to watch Bachelor Nation with. It seemed like everyone was having these viewing parties every week while I just just sitting home alone watching them by myself. I always felt like I was missing out. I love to discuss with others just as much as the next Bachelor Nation fan so of course it would be ten times better to watch it friends right? WRONG!

This past Monday for the finale I finally had this opportunity and let's just say I regret every single second. I generally watch it at home a night or two after it aired because we don't have cable or an antenna. Therefore Hulu and Netflix are my besties. So anyway I try to if I can at least find a way to watch the finale live because after that I feel like spoilers are much more likely and plus I just like to see stuff in real time sometimes ya know? So I asked everyone I know if I could watch it with them and/or borrow their TV for the night, Well I ended up at my neighbors house who was having some other friends over to watch it. I was extremely hesitant to go for multiple reasons. Mainly because I would be with strangers and I just wanted to relax, drink some wine, watch my show, and cry not try to make friends. And I was also worried about these people being too loud. I like silence. I don't want to discuss the show while I am watching it. Only after. Well my desire to watch it live won out and over the the party I went.

So I got to their house we did quick introductions and I settled into my chair with a bottle of wine ready to watch Kaitlyn choose her lover. Instead what I got was some loudmouth chick talking the entire time. Giving her opinion on literally everything. Ev er y thing. No joke. Half the time I couldn't even hear the TV. I was so annoyed. I was that girl sitting off to the side by myself not saying a word and looking start at the TV. Let's just say I definitely didn't make any new friends. Seriously though, how rude! I didn't go over there to listen to her blabber on about what she thought I was there to listen to what was actually happening. I did not get to enjoy the show whatsoever and I am really mad that I didn't cry. Didn't even tear up! I was too distracted by the sideshow.

All that was just to say things aren't always as they seem. Don't feel left out when it appears that others are having such a great time doing something. Because guess what it isn't always perfect. And just because others are having fun doing something doesn't mean that you have to enjoy it too! It's perfectly fine for you to do something a different way. Your way. I always thought I was missing out with these viewing parties but guess what. I finally went and hated every single second. I enjoy myself at all. I will never go to one again and I'll never feel left out when I hear about them. They aren't all they are hyped up to be. So just remember sometimes it's better to just be you and not follow the crowd.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Blaze Pizza

I did receive free pizza in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 

A couple of weeks ago I got contacted by Blaze Pizza to let me know that they were opening up their first location in Minnesota. I was pretty excited to hear that. I had never heard of them before but after checking out their website I was in. They have 8 signature pizzas to choose from or you can create your own. With all the toppings they the possibilities are endless. Once you pick or create your pizza of choice it is fired for 180 seconds in their oven and then it's ready to devour.

I love the pricing of this place it was so easy! Basically everything is the same price. The signature pizza's and create your own's are all the same price and for the create your own pizza you can have unlimited toppings. Unlimited. What?! I didn't believe I heard her right at first when the girl told me but it's true. You better believe that was music to Jamal's ears. Plus the pricing is super reasonable. What else could you want? Oh a beverage maybe? Well you're in luck because they have the most delicious blood orange lemonade. For dessert they have a little s'mores pie that I didn't try this time around but it looks good.



For our first visit we decided to each try out one of their signature pizza's so Jamal got the Meat Eater with pepperoni, meatballs, red onion, mozzarella, and red sauce and I tried out the White Top with bacon, garlic, oregano, cream sauce, and arugula. For mine personally next time I will get it finished off with olive oil once it is done cooking-didn't know you could do that. And I would have preferred a little more bacon. Otherwise it was really good. I loved the fresh garlic on it. We will definitely be back.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Emergency Vet Visit

Two weekends ago was a hot one. Outrageous humidity. Colby Jack and I spent the day at Chelsey's to hang out and save us on our own electricity bill  from the AC ;) We were in and out a lot but I tried to make sure that Colby Jack was drinking plenty of water and staying cool. While we were watching Celik play at the park I was feeding him ice cubes. He seemed fine. After the park we had gone back to their house to cool off and each dog got a rawhide to entertain themselves. I don't typically feed Colby Jack rawhide's but his friends were having them so I said why not. For dinner we all decided to go check out Jamal at his new job in a beer garden. So we were outdoors again but it wasn't terrible and there were fans all over. And of course I had water set out for him to drink from as he wanted.

We got home later that night relaxed a bit and then went to bed. Colby Jack didn't get up with me the next morning which isn't unusual after he has had a busy day then he likes to sleep in. After I got home from work I made some popcorn for dinner and shared a few pieces with Colby Jack (plain) and then within minutes he threw up. A lot. After I asked Jamal had he had been that day and he said he had thrown up a couple of times. The rest of the day he just slept by me. That night when Jamal got home he had some energy and wanted to play but after a few minutes he puked again. Poor baby, I had no idea what was wrong with him. So off to bed we went hoping sleep would cure him. He threw up a few more times on Tuesday and again was super lethargic. I fed him some rice for dinner and he did keep that down thankfully. Later in the evening while I was trying to watch the latest episode of The Bachelorette Colby Jack walked over to the bedroom and went to sleep all by himself. I walked out of the room and he didn't follow me. This is not like him whatsoever he always at my side and always always in the same room as me. So I was getting concerned. I checked on him and he was so sleepy and looked so miserable. I called my mom and she said I should take him then I called the emergency vet and they agreed since he had been puking for more than 24 hours. 

So we made it to the vet and my mom and sister met us there. Once he saw them he got some energy back and was excited to see them. Of course since he seemed to be acting better I felt like I was the overreacting paranoid mom. But even though he was happy to see my family he was still pretty mellow compared to how he normally is. The vet checked on him and said he had no additional symptoms other than the puking, dehydration, and lethargy so I opted to just get him some fluids and nausea meds. As soon as he came out the back after getting fluids he was already starting to look better. 

*Sidenote: have you ever seen an animal after it has gotten fluids? My little baby had a humpback! I was so thrown off when he came running out I was not expecting it.*

Now he is back to 100% playing and running and driving me crazy and I couldn't be happier about it. Emergency vets are expensive, $120 just to get him looked at but the $200 total was worth it to get him back to being himself even if at the time I swiped my card it hurt a little. I am so glad that I took him in. And we will never know what exactly caused it. Could have been the heat. Could have been the rawhide. I do know that I will never let him have a rawhide again just in case.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wanderlust

Wanderlust. I've got it. I am itching to go somewhere. I need to see more of this insanely beautiful world that we live in. I feel the need to explore, experience, and learn. I want to immerse myself in a new city. I want to see new museums and monuments and new gorgeously scenic views. I want to see what else is out there.

For the past six years I have been with Jamal. For the past six years I have felt anchored to home. To be with him. Though I spent one of those years in Oklahoma I spent every free minute there on the phone with him and at every opportunity I came home. I of course wanted to be with him and he was in Minnesota so that was where my heart was but now I feel like I need to get out and see more of the world. I have been to a few places in the past six years but it isn't enough. I need more. Every day I am adding a new destination to my ever growing list of must see places. 

I feel like we are at a point in our lives where the possibilities are endless. We will both soon be in a position to travel together. I cannot wait. He will be done with school in August 2016. In August 2016 the world will be our oyster. We will be able to go anywhere we want. I have so many ideas floating around in my head. Lately it is all I can think about. Where will be go next? How will we get there? What will we do? And then after that where? 

Since we still have a year to go though before we get too crazy I do some ideas that I am playing around with seeing if I can make them work in the near future. Who knows what will happen but trust me I will always have suggestions and options when it comes to traveling. So here are some options I have been thinking of to happen in the near future. 

My old exchange student from Poland is here in the states for the summer in NC so I of course and going to try my hardest to meet up with her. From some limited research I have done it seems to be pretty expensive to get out to NC so Florida is an option and then she can also see our friend Max who moved out there a few years ago. I love this option because I have never been to Florida and I haven't seen Max in forever so it would be fun to catch up with him. My other option to see her would be NYC since that is where she is flying out of when she heads home. This would be another fun place to visit with her. I really want to go back to NYC since i didn't really enjoy it the first time around and it would be fun to explore with someone I know.



This photo of Epcot is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Birthday Trip!! I am turning 25 this November and think that it is the perfect excuse to travel. I have considered volunteering for a week in Ecuador. This would combine my two passions-travel and volunteering. I really love this option and think it would be super fun and a great way to start off my 25th year. Another thing I thought about doing was going on a girls trip with my mom, aunt, and cousin to LA and Napa Valley. I think that this would be so much fun and we haven't gone on vacation together in many many years but I can't get anyone to commit yet so this option doesn't seem too likely at this point. A final alternative would be to do a solo trip. After reading travel blogs this one sounds cool but a little intimidating. This one took some time to grow on me but the more I think about it the more I like it. I am thinking somewhere warm-Arizona maybe or the beaches somewhere tropical-where I can just lay beach-side or poolside and read books all day long for a week with a couple spa visits thrown in. This sounds so incredibly relaxing. Dang what a hard choice. 


This photo of Quito is courtesy of TripAdvisor



This photo of Sedona is courtesy of TripAdvisor

For Thanksgiving we are hoping to be able to head back down to Chicago to visit Jamal's grandparents and scope out a condo. Ha just kidding about the condo part :) I wish!! We will have to wait and see if Jamal can get this one off of work. 


This photo of Chicago is courtesy of TripAdvisor

And finally to round out the year I am really really hoping we can do a NYE trip. Costa Rica maybe? Or the Bahama's? Somewhere all inclusive with beautiful views of the water. We do a lottery for Holiday's off at work and I had my fingers crossed all year that I would get this week off and I did! So we better be able to go somewhere to ring in the near year and escape the snow. 


This photo of Bahamas is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Who knows which of these trips will happen-if I am really lucky all of them :) But I will take what I can get. Only time will tell where I end up but for now these pictures and my imagination will have to do.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Work It

Well I am back down to three jobs but man are they time consuming. I want to blog but also want to sleep. Ya know how that goes. Really though, I am loving having something productive to do instead of coming home every night and just watching TV like I used to do. Jamal is always at work anyway so I might as well be making some extra money too right? And don't worry I promise Colby jack is getting all the love and attention he needs still. Jamal has decided to take this term off from school and work a little more to try and build up his savings so he is home with the pup in the mornings and early afternoons. 

I still want to finish blogging about our staycation back in May and now I also have our Chicago trip from a few weekends ago to update you on but that will have to wait. I figured I would start with something a little easier since its been a month since I've blogged. But I have been doing really well keeping up with your blogs!! Yay :) 



Over the 4th we dog sat like we have for the past few years. It was super laid back and relaxing which was night. Multiple times during the weekend I felt like we should be doing something but then just reminded myself that we needed the time to just relax. Jamal started a new job last week so he had about four days off which was super nice. He is always working! Today is his 8th day of working in a row and I have no idea when his next one off is. It's hard to get an entire day off between three jobs. I guess we are both workaholics. But he is loving his new job. He works in the beer garden of a trendy well known restaurant. 

Don't judge the choice of knife it was all we had to work with ;)

But back to the fourth. It was mostly just us at the house all weekend. On the actual holiday we had some friends over in the evening for grilling and fireworks. Jamal put on his own little fireworks show. He did a great job and I had as much fun watching as he did setting them off. And best of all he didn't lose any fingers :)


My mind has been on travel non stop for weeks now. I just need to go somewhere new. Experience another part of this world. I have been brainstorming where to go and have a ton of ideas now if only I could have the funds for it all I'd be set. So I have been working super hard to save money for some of these travels plus some anticipated upcoming expenses while also trying to pay down these ridiculous student loans. Why was college a good idea again? Jeez was it expensive. I thought I was broke while I was in college-if only I knew what was coming. I am actually doing pretty decently I think but always trying to think of new ways to add to my savings. I love short-term/flexible (babysitting/dog sitting/weekend stuff) jobs so if you know if anything let me know MN friends :) 


Alright that's all I've got today. Hopefully be back soon! Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chris Harrison and The Perfect Letter

I love The Bachelor/Bachelorette. I started watching back on Emily's season and have been addicted ever since. And I of course love Chris Harrison. So soon as I found out that he wrote a book I knew I would have to have it. Then to make it even better I found out he was doing a book signing near me at the Mall of America!!!! I got to the mall before the stores even opened I was so excited. It wasn't too busy when I got there and only a few people were in line so I walked around some. I kept checking back to make sure the line didn't get too long before I got in the back but it never really did. He was here over memorial weekend so not too many people showed which made me feel kinda bad for him but hey I'll take a shorter line! :) He did a little Q&A and was pretty funny. He is seriously so handsome. He is definitely easy on the eyes. 




If you recall a while back I met Sean Lowe for a book signing too. Well I was a complete idiot in front of him and not wanting to repeat that with Chris I had no idea what to say so then of course I say nothing and instead just stood there awkwardly while he signed my book. I've always considered myself to be a bit of an awkward person but never thought I would be starstruck by two of the most handsome guys from reality TV and turn into a mumbling, fumbling idiot. So that's cool. It was so fun to meet him though.

This past weekend while I was hanging out at one of the luxury homes I got a chance to read almost the entire book (I finished as soon as I got home) and it was amazing. He is really a great writer. There were some parts that I just paused at and was like "woah! Chris Harrison wrote this? It's excellent writing." Here's one of my favorite paragraphs:

"She was starting to realize that places, like people, get under your skin and become a part of you. That you could leave them, but they changed you somehow, and you could never quite go back to being who you were before. That the dirt of a place under your fingernails was as powerful, as transformative, as any kiss."




The book had a great story line that I wasn't expecting when I opened it. Sidenote: I didn't read the synopsis or anything so I really had no idea what it was about in general other than she found some old letters she wrote. It was a really good read and now thanks to him and Nicholas Sparks with The Longest Ride I want to date a cowboy. I'm smitten. Take me to Texas please. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Exhausted doesn't cover it

We're back at another week!! I am so freaking exhausted. This month has been insanity for me so far and it's not slowing down  for some crazy reason I thought it'd be a good idea to take on four yes FOUR jobs this month. Yep, I'm out of my mind. I'm working my normal job at the credit union and then one of my coworkers there got me a second job at a hotel restaurant as a host/expiditor-hotel discounts!! And then for the first three weekend of this month I signed up to be a greeter at a few different houses for the luxury home tour. Who can say no to hanging out at gorgeous million dollar homes all day?? And then of course I am still babysitting every other Saturday. Holy smokes is that a lot or what? Oh and how could I forget to end the month. Next weekend were heading to Chicago for some fun and maybe just maybe some relaxation ;) who knows though I'm known to schedule every minute of every day. Have to cram in as much Chicago fun as we can. So excited!! 
Love this view 
This weekend after working two jobs almost every day during the week I drove about 40 minutes away on Saturday to work at a house at 1130 and didn't get home until 730. Luckily the rest of the night I had no plans and was able to sit on the couch with Colby Jack and start season four of Scandal. So good! Then I wa back up Sunday morning to greet at another house in Stillwater. It. Was. Beautiful. Like I can't even begin to describe it. Just gorgeous. It was back in the woods and 8000 square feet of luxury. In the basement alone there was a home theater, three bathrooms and a laundry room, and a walkout to an in- ground pool. I'm ready to move in :) 

After working there all day I rushed home to eat and get ready to go to a wedding reception. One of Jamals old friends from school was getting married and invited to the cake and dancing part of the reception. I'll admit that I was super hesitant about going and unsure what it would be like. It was kinda a last minute thing and felt weird to me. Just the cake and dancing? Luckily we went and found out we weren't the only ones at least. It was a pretty small wedding but really pretty. Plus it was so good to see old friends. I knew the groom in high school too but don't think I've seen him since and his younger brother was a good friend of Jamal's so it was fun to meet his family and catch up a little. But now we're back at Monday morning. Reality. While it was a fun night out I am so beyond tired. So I just have to make it through next Wednesday and then vacation time!! Whew I can do it. 

Ps Minnesota friends. This coming weekend is the last weekend for the luxury home tour. Check them out! There are some really cool ones. Although you do have to pay to get in. Let me know if you want recommendations for the best ones :)


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It Happened One Night

Sometimes I can be a little bit dramatic. Try as I might to not let it happen sometimes my mind just wonders off into the worst of places. I may occasionally throw small things out of proportion but what can I say? It keeps life interesting that's for sure. Oh and it usually makes a for a pretty good story. This happened last night.

Scene 1:

I awake abruptly to Colby Jacks window shattering barks and immediately realize that Jamal isn't beside me in bed. People are out in the parking lot talking so Colby Jack is still yapping away. I try to get home to calm down and check my phone to see what time it is. Almost 1am. Where the heck is Jamal? I call his phone twice and get no answer. I didn't think he was out in the living room but just to be sure I go out there and check. I was correct in my assumption. Jamal is nowhere to be found. He never works this late during the week so I started to freak out a little. 

I call his phone two more times then look up the number for his job and call them. It is a slim chance that someone will answer considering they closed an hour go but it's worth a shot. Of course it goes to voicemail. Alright I try telling myself not to panic but all I can envision are thoughts of him in a scary car crash or being hauled off to jail for some insane reason. 

I can't get these thoughts out of my head and I can't go back to sleep as irrational as in being what if something is really wrong and I just went back to bed??? So naturally I call him four more times for good measure. And then I call his work one last time and get no answer. 

I quickly weigh the consequences of calling my mom and waking her up in the middle of the night but my imagination gets the best of me and I call her. As soon as I start talking to her the tears start falling. I'm so scared. She said he was probably out drinking and it he didn't get home by three I could drive down to his work to see if I spotted his car anywhere. Eventually she gets me off the phone and I'm left to my own miserable thoughts. 

I'm just sitting there trying to figure what to do and where on earth he could be. I was scared. 

Scene 2:

I'm sitting alone with Colby Jack trying to not start crying again when my phone rings. I look down and its Jamal!!!!!! I of course pick up the phone demanding to know where he's been and telling him how scared I was. "I was at work. We were busy and then Chef gave us drinks." He says. 

What a relief. I lay in bed waiting for him to get home and then all is well in the world the minute he walks in the door. 

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So maybe I can be a tad dramatic but I'm just going to blame that whole situation on the fact that I was tired and woken from my sleep. Yea, let's go with that. Okay? Okay. 

My little monster snug as a bug in a rug. He looks so innocent but don't be fooled by his good looks. He has quite the loud barker and isn't afraid to use it-even in the middle of the night. 

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