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. 

Curtain close 

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. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

These are a few of my favorite things

We are in June already?! How did that happen? We are in full blown summer now. Time just goes way too fast. This is the season where I feel like I have to be outside all the time or I am wasting my life away. Inevitably summer always goes too fast so we have to take advantage of those nice sunny days when we can. My next few weekends are pretty full since I'll be a greeter at a luxury home tour we have here but luckily I will be outside for that :)

In the past few months I have found quite a few new food things that I have become obsessed with. As in I buy one of each every time I go to the store. I love hearing about new delicious things from other people so I thought I'd share a few of mine and maybe you will find a new favorite. 

I got the flu last week and the first day it started I was at work. I wasn't feeling well but headed down to the cafeteria to see what I could find to snack on since I hadn't eaten all day. I found a probiotic drink. Amazing! I decided to try the original flavor-lemon ginger since ginger is good for calming your stomach. It was delicious. I sent Jamal to pick up more the next day. I just bought a few other flavora yesterday and I am sure they will be just as good. Can't wait to try them.

I am a sweets girl that's for sure. So anytime I find a new sweet snack I'm all in. Back around Christmastime I happened upon Ghiradelli Spiced Chocolate Almonds. These are perfection. The smooth chocolate, crunchy almonds, and the delicious spices to kick it up a notch. Seriously if you don't try anything else I mention go get these. You can thank me later.

As I said I love sugar so it should be no surprise that my next item is a cookie. These WOW Cookies 
are unbelievably good. Chocolate chip was the first kind I had and have since had most of the flavors. They are all good.

These Pamela's Whenver Bars are the best. I have tried many different brands of granola bars and these are number one in my book. They are soft and delicious. Personally my favorite are the chocolate coconut ones but these are good too.

Image from here 

The last item on my list is for everyone. It's the most delicious veggie burger I have ever had. And I love meat. If you've never had a veggie burger or if you have but it was sub par try out Hilary's Eat Well Adzuki Bean Burger. This thing is phenomenal. After I tried it the first time I made them every night for a week straight. They are that good. I cook it on the stove to get it a little crispy then I topped it with some spinach, cheese, and garlic park dressing then put it all on top of a corn tortilla. Easiest and tastiest dinner I've had. 

And that's that. Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments or share some of your favorite things. 
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