10 Best: Life Lately Moments

December 12, 2013

(warning: long and loaded with photos. eh, it happens!)

1. my birthday, of course.  john is the absolute best, he got me my gorgeous birthday flowers and chocolate covered strawberries and took me to an adorable little italian restaurant.  for birthday part 1.  and then he surprised me with part 2 in which he took me to another dinner and then to see catching fire, and gave me my new necklace!  probably my favorite part though was that he actually really liked catching fire, told me not to tell him what happens, and then went and read everything on wikipedia anyway.  and he now knows when the next movies come out!  (the day after my birthday next year, and my birthday, 2015.  same as twilight.  my birthday is a big movie time, pre-thanksgiving and all.)  i loved the book series and both movies, so i'm happy he likes it just as much!  way better than having to drag him to a chick flick he hates.



2. also for my birthday, betsy took me to a new greek restaurant and to the hellenic museum so i could cross those things off my 101 list!  plus, it was the day of all the rain and tornado warnings, so we had the place to ourselves.  pretty awesome!  she'll do a whole recap post - mostly because she took all the photos - in case you're interested in visiting.  she even used to intern there (before it moved locations.)

3. and even more birthday fun - look what my bestie sarah got me!  it's also been on my 101 in 1001 list to get a new set of nice makeup brushes.  mine aren't nice and don't match and now look - a new set from sephora!!


they are seriously great, i love them.  they're soft and lovely, and that stand comes with it and it's weighted, so it's perfect on my shelf.  i'll post a photo when i get it all updated with my new brushes.  thank you sarah!!

this is why you tell your friends about your blog.  they find perfect presents for you by reading ;)  and thanks to them, i've now got 40 things crossed off my list.  only 61 to go.

4. speaking of sephora - i won chelsee's giveaway!  $165 to sephora.  you can be jealous.


5. ryan proposed to one of my best friends, kelli!  i am super excited about this one.  since i went to iowa, i had a lot of college friends get married way too young and a lot are already divorced or unhappy.  sometimes you just question when people get engaged - but not kelli and ryan.  i think they're perfect for each other and they've dated a long time and live together, and he gets along with all of her brothers (the first guy to ever do so), so it's a win all around.  she's really been wanting this and i know they'll always be a wonderful couple.  and i think it's even cuter, that, through all their ups and downs and life changes, they've stuck together and kelli has said from the first day she met ryan that she would marry him - he wasn't even ready to date yet!  she just knew.  too perfect.  and i am not just saying that because they both read my blog.... but really, i love you guys.  this photo is the night he proposed, she's in front in white, he's behind us singing.



6. i love tara.  and taco bell.  that is all.



oh no wait, that's not all.  tara is here this weekend, we have the epic tbox (twelve bars of christmas) bar crawl tomorrow.  it's actually, ohhh, 53 bars participating.  and 18 hours of bar crawling.  and the one event that every other night i go out is really just practice for.  nbd.

7. 1000 gfc followers.  and so close to that number on bloglovin.  that's pretty amazing, so thank you, and i love you.

8. my friend from grade school, ida, spent thanksgiving with my family.  she's not a huge fan of her own family.  as you know, mine is awesome, so it's really nice that someone else would want to spend that much time with them too.  my mom has just been calling her "my second daughter" and saying "we're going to make her a samuel."  i'm not sure you can adopt someone at 28 years old, but i think my mom is about to!



9. blog weekend.  betsy and i picked a date for blogger weekend.  the second weekend of january, the 11th and 12th.  we're going to be spending that whole weekend working on blog things.  such as writing and scheduling posts, editing photos, organizing feeds and readers, etc etc.  her and i will likely be together at least once if not both of the days, and we invite you to virtually join us!  we'll be around all day both days to do google hangouts, chat on twitter, e-mail, and we'll be setting up a chatroom that people can log in to whenever they've got time.  you can bounce your ideas off other bloggers and get tips to help you get your blog ready for the new year.



10. and of course, princess.  admit it, you're in love.



have a wonderful weekend!  i promise a slew of hot mess entertaining photos and tweets from tbox this weekend, so make sure you're following me!

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38 comments

  1. So glad you had a most fabulous birthday!!! I love the necklace, are those chocolate diamonds? I think that's what they're called.
    Also, so glad you won the $165 giveaway! Although, like you saw in my email, I thought Chelsee was sending the email to say I won! I got a little excited. Get yourself many snazzy things!!
    Blog weekend- this sounds like something SMD and I need to do. I bet she could get my ass in gear.

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  2. It would seem as though you had a FAB birthday... however I see you didn't get EVERYTHING on your list. That EVERYTHING being a blogger date with yours truly. Don't worry. It can be a belated b-day present... like YEARS belated.

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  3. This sounds like an absolutely amazing birthday!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  4. Sounds like an awesome birthday! and $165 to Sephora? SToppppppppppp it. Lucky duck.

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  5. I am in love with your birthday necklace & your brushes. Love Love Love!! What kind of goodies will you be getting with your 165 Sephora or have you already?

    I love the Princess, but you already knew that one ;)

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  6. So happy you won the giveaway!! And had such an awesome birthday :-)

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  7. Your dog is adorable :). $165 to Sephora? Awesome! I just went there today. I'm sure you will have no problem spending it.

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  8. this was a good post to read to catch up on everything! it sounds like things have been going so well for you as of recently :)

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  9. 1. The necklace is beautiful - John's not so bad at gifting after all.
    2. I'm jealous of your Sephora brushes and your Sephora gift card.
    3. Your dog is absolutely precious.

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  10. I looove those brushes! The colors are SUHWEEEEEEEEEET! "7. 1000 gfc followers. and so close to that number on bloglovin. that's pretty amazing, so thank you, and i love you." You deserve all of them and then some. You're an amazing writer, blogger, and person! :D

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  11. I love it. except the raging pain of envy from your winning the gc. so, in no specific order, here are the things I would like...hahaha. I am now anxiously awaiting my next movie release, Divergent in March!

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  12. I AM JEALOUS that you won that giveaway! i never win giveaways but seriously, that is so awesome that you got $165 to spend!

    a couple of days ago, i saw that you had 999 GFC so i wanted to bump you up to 1000 and tried to add myself....but then couldn't because i was already there. ah well; i'm glad you made it over 1000 anyway.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  13. Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you gorgeous! Looks like you had an awesome birthday! Oh and that necklace is soooo pretty!

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    1. Thank you!! It was definitely a good one :)

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  14. I love princess. Walter loves princess. The end.

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  15. Aww these are all great things!! Yay!!

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  16. John did good on the birthday presents! Congrats on winning the Giveaway. Yeah on 1000 foloowers, you rock! I need to give myself a reminder for the bloggy weekend. Seamus is in love with Princess! ;) Have a great weekend, use a cab or a DD. :)

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  17. Yay! I was so happy you won! I too am excited to see 1000 gfc approaching for me too..so congrats on that. Look at princess omgsh she is too cute!

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  18. I went to the Hellenic museum and a Greek restaurant when I was in Chicago this summer! I'm Greek so it was super important to me! They were both awesome! And wow John really went all out for your birthday! That's so nice!!! And that's so cool that you won! I'm so jealous! And Hawkeye! (!)

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  19. John kicked birthday ass, he rocks!

    I can't wait until bloggy weekend, I really want to have one of these!

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  20. Your birthday sounds like it was fabulous! I am for sure jealous of your winnings....I would do some damage.

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  21. tbox always sounds so fun. I wish we did cool things like that in Ohio. congrats on the Sephora win, that's amazing and a perfect Christmas gift for you!

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  22. awww John is SO sweet! That's awesome!

    What restaurant did you go to in Greek Town?

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  23. You won $165 at Sephora?!?! That is so awesome! Congrats! Those brushes are beautiful and now I want some new brushes!! I love Greek food, mainly for the feta. And the hummus.

    Princess is too adorable!

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  24. Wow that a lot of life happenings :) good job jon!! and yay for the sephora stuff!! you have had a great month!! and i think i shall pencil you in for a virtual bog weekend hang out :)

    Look ma!! I'm not no-reply commenter anymore

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  25. Love that picture of Hawkeye! She looks so sweet and innocent. :)

    Yay for new makeup brushes and winning beauty giveaways! You've got good beauty juju!

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  26. Good luck this weekend! And buy me some matching brushes with that giftcard. THANKS.

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  27. Princess is adorable! I love those brushes too and congrats on winning that contest!

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    1. She says thank you :) I love my brushes, I am so excited to by more makeup to use them with. Like a kid in a candy store!

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  28. Eleventy billion things to comment on!

    Reminders about Blogger Weekend please!

    Godspeed on the Gazillion bars of Christmas crawl. I hope you have your pedialyte.

    John did good.

    YAY to the 1000 GFC!!

    AND the Sephora brushes and giveaway win. That's awesome!

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  29. congrats on #4 and #7 but .... #10 is the best!! hahaha

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  30. you and john are the cutest! total score that he loves the hunger games, b/c really, if he didn't that's a red flag.

    and #6, which makes me think I would love Tara. silly bananas, taco bell is for crunchwraps.

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  31. happy birthday - looks like you had an awesome time and a great week overall. the blogger weekend sounds like such an awesome idea!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  32. That blogger weekend sounds fun....hope I'm around to join in x

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    1. Yes!! We'll be going both days so hopefully you can stop by at some point!

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  33. good make up brushes are a must have! They are almost as special and important as taco bell

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  34. Blogger weekend sounds like a great idea! And you make a pretty good case for telling IRL friends about the blog but I'm not ready yet!

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