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2.13.2014

10 Best // Life Lately

1. my student loans are all paid off!!!! all of them.  from over $65k to $0.  zero dollars owed, people.  nothing could be more exciting to me right now.  i have a little debt in other places (bill me later and a credit card) but that should be gone by the end of the month and then i will have no debt and then i'll throw a party.  which is probably the antithesis of being debt free... i should rethink that...

2. got to meet up with mary for a drinks blate at the dawson.  we're bad bloggers and didn't take photos, we were busy taste testing all their fun beers.  but i do love hanging out with mary, she's awesome.

3. my friend natalie started a blog.  i didn't even only a little bit peer pressured her!  and we were able to get together and discuss blogging details over cocktails.  (and of all the pictures i could have chosen to post of the two of us, she should be 0% surprised i picked this one.)  obviously, you're going to love her.

p.s. we're not rocking out to an actual rock song.  it was either spice girls or nsync.  we were 'studying for finals.'

4. john actually ordered the royal rumble for me (wwe pay per view.  yes, fake wrestling. it's my favorite), and watched it with me.  and liked it and predicted the winner.  best boyfriend ever.  but cm punk better not leave the wwe, or i'll be really upset.  and if royal rumble wasn't a highlight of your month, you're missing out.

5. i eat like a king after christmas, seriously.  my dad always gets gift cards to chicago restaurants for christmas (which he doesn't use because he's weird and won't use gift cards) so he gives them to me!  something about using a gift cards makes me all "what's the most expensive thing?  i'll have that!  and 7 martinis!  with top shelf vodka!"  anyone else?  it's like free money.  but also, that means january is my fat month and now i need to get back to meal planning.

6. i helped my mom get organized.  long story but a bunch of stuff has changed in my dad's office (they both work there) and it was chaos for awhile.  so i spent a saturday there organizing things and, although everyone thinks i'm nuts, it was an awesome day.  i love finishing an organization project.  and changing half burned out light bulbs in the exit signs so they all finally match and my ocd can rest.  we're also almost done with her photos which is huge.

7. it's valentine's day!  too many people are bitter about it.  not me!  i love any excuse to dress up and eat/drink in theme and this day is no exception.  it's not my favorite holiday (duh, halloween) but i still like it and we're going to a nice dinner tonight at my favorite italian restaurant.

8. tomorrow (saturday) i'll be over at sarah's blog talking all about how i did this:

9. 101 in 1001 list progress - student loans paid off, fully decorated my apartment, made all the drinks on my cocktails pinterest board (the various sangrias with peaches are my favorite), taught hawkeye 'high five' and 'kiss' and she's in the process of perfecting her 'thriller' move for halloween.  she has no idea how to sit, but she can twirl and do the zombie arm move and i think those are way more important.  now, i realize you don't care much about my list and aren't keeping track but this means i'm officially at 51 out of 101 thing done.  that's halfway, folks.  nothing checked off in 'travel' and only one in 'finances' but hey.  at least i recognize my weaknesses.  i have just over 2 years to complete the rest of my tasks, which i'm going to need to save money for all that travel.

10. hawkeye.  i booked her hotel room for her birthday.  she's clearly very excited.

70 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day! I love it too! And congrats on paying off your student loans! You are awesome! I'm about a bajillion years away from doing that haha

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  2. I'm so jealous that you're debt free. I'm working on paying off my credit debt, but my student loans will probably linger a little while longer. But the interest rate is ridiculously low, so I'm OK with that.

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  3. Still so in awe of your scheduled posts, if only I was that on top of it and had that many ideas!! :) You simply rock my dear!! And yea for booking the room for Hawkeyes birthday, where is she going?

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  4. Love this list and keeping up with your fabulous life!!

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  5. Congrats on being debt free. I will assume that you have a post scheduled that outlines how you did this? xo

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  6. you paid them off?! thats freaking fantastic! You deserve more pinterest cocktails for that one.

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  7. Congrats on being debt free! That is awesome!! The royal rumble brings me back to my younger days, wow! I will for sure be reading about your scheduled posts because I seriously need to get to that point so I can stop stressing trying to do it so last minute.

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  8. No student loans?!?! that's insane!! I just started paying mine in December and I'm already over it. Good for you!! and Happy Valentine's Day :)

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  9. Congrats on paying off the student loans! I have about the same amount and I feel like I'll NEVER get those things paid off. Go you! Believe I'll also throw a party when I do.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! It'll happen soon, fingers crossed for you. And I'll be sure to attend your party when it does ;)

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  10. Congratulations on paying off your student loans. That has to be an amazing feeling!

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  11. Congrats on getting rid of your student loans! That has to be the most amazing feeling! We paid off two large ones in 2013 and we are hopefully going to finish them off by 2015. So, I already love your friend Natalie because she's wearing an Alpha Chi Omega sweatshirt and I was also an AXO! Ps. next time you and Mary get drinks, I'm inviting myself haha!

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  12. CONGRATS ON THE STUDENT LOANS!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!

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  13. CONGRATS on paying off your student loans! What a huge relief that must be!!!! I'm seriously SO happy for you!!!!! :D
    Going to check out Natlie's blog... the picture sold me - obviously. :)

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  14. Those are some awesome things! Paying off student loans is HUGE! I'm also really looking forward to reading your guest post. I really want to know all the details on how you did that! ;)

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  15. No more student loans?! You are a stud, my friend. And in honor of vday; I heart you a lot.

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  16. I'm not which I like better: The fact that you paid off your loans (soooo jealous!) or that amazing picture of you & Natalie. You two look like so much fun.

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  17. Woo hoo congrats on paying off your student loans! Best feeling ever!

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    1. SO GOOD! Thank you girl, it's definitely a big ole celebration around here!

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  18. So many congratulations for paying off your student loans! Hopefully I'll be able to say that in a year or so!!

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    1. Thank you Marcie!! One year isn't too bad at all, they'll be gone before you know it - it's a good feeling!

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  19. CONGRATULATIONS! :)))) I can't imagine how it will feel to finally pay off my student loans! We paid off our credit card debt this month, and we couldn't be happier. One month at a time, and we'll be chinking away at our debt... slowly but surely. We did just buy a house, so I doubt we'll be debt free for a LONG time. Haha!

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  20. BYEEEE student loans! That's awesome! So is eating out on gift cards. You are certainly winning today.

    I'll check Natalie's blog out.

    Happy Valentine's Day! I love that you guys ordered wrestling. I find it so entertaining.

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  21. that last payment felt awesome, right? i remember making my last payment and i walked out of that bank and wanted to holler: SEE YA NEVER, BITCHESSSSSSSSS!!! (back then, online banking didn't exist so payments were made at the bank whaaaaat!????)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  22. huge congrats on paying off your student loans! you need to share your secrets. I have even more debt that you did (isn't that nice to be able to use the past tense!) and know I need to get on a hardcore plan to pay them off ugh. and can't wait to read your post about having all those posts prescheduled too - jealous!
    -- jackie - jade and oak

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  23. Over 65k in student loans paid off?!?! That's amazing! I would want to throw a party, too! And I can not believe you have that many posts scheduled! Even after I read your guest post tomorrow, I'm sure I will still never be that scheduled no matter how hard I try...nor as organized as it sounds you are!
    Eva Marie

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  24. Tell me you student loan debt secrets!!! I need them!!!! That's so awesome!

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  25. OMG, congrats on the student loan payoff!!!! Seriously, wasn't that one of the BEST. FEELINGS. EVER. You throw a party. Go ahead, girl!
    I can still never wrap my head around all those scheduled posts. LOL, I swear on my cup of coffee (that serious) I actually mentioned you and your scheulded posts to my therapist on Wednesday. I really hope that didn't sound as creepy as it felt to type it.
    Happy Valentines Day love! Enjoy your pricey meal and martinis tonight! <3 <3

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  26. my jaw dropped twice in this post. #1. that you paid off student loans- virtual high five
    #2- that you have that many posts scheduled. jaw, literally dropped. can't wait to read how you did it!

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  27. I couldn't even read after the first one because I am so freaking jealous and impressed! Being debt free is a dream of mine- please share how you did it!!!

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  28. HOLLAR for having your student loans paid off!! That is a big freaking deal, so congratulations! I only hope to be able to celebrate the same feat with you one day in the future. :)

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  29. Student loans paid off = freaking awesome.

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    1. Thank you!! It's a wonderful feeling :)

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  30. WOW! That is AMAZING that you got your loans paid off. That must be the best feeling in the world! I'm a bad blogger too because I went on a blate this week and didn't take any pictures either. I hope you have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  31. I'm so impressed you paid off your loans! You need to teach me your ways!

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  32. So many things. loud hand clap over the student loans! Get it girl. and ha, I wrote the posts for both blogs...this morning. Teach me your ways;) I will for sure be reading that!

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  33. so excited for you about paying off your student loans!! i dream of the day! where is hawkeye going for her birthday? somewhere exotic?

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  34. Congrats on paying off your student loans!! Not many people can do that especially at this age. I'm very lucky not to have any loans from college but my husband has loans which he'll probably be paying for his lifetime. It can be a heavy load to keep up with...anyways now it's your time to celebrate for V-day!!

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  35. Insanely jealous that your student loans are paid off! I feel like I'll be treading water paying mine off for years and years to come :-P

    Happy Friday!

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  36. I seriously look forward to the day student loans say $0 owed. Yay for being on VTIM tomorrow! I can't wait to read it!

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  37. Woman, you are crazy organized.

    Congrats on getting your student loans paid off. That's huge!

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  38. 199?! Stop that!! I'm about to submit my last loan payment in a little bit too! Going to love that feeling.

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  39. yay for being student loan free! 199 is insane, I was proud of myself with 8. and gift cards are the best, I do the same thing.. "I'll take 5 long islands please"

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  40. Congrats on getting your debt paid off AND I can't WAIT to see you on Sarah's blog tomorrow. :)

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  41. Jealous that you paid off your loans!! I've deferred mine for the past two years (oops.. I know that's bad cause of interest in all), but I'll do it soon. Sigh.

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  42. amazing about your loans, congrats!!

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  43. I'm totally doing a little happy dance for you! Congratulations!!!! I have about 3k on my grad school loan and then I'm done as well...cannot wait for that joyous day to come!

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  44. Congrats on having your student loans paid off!! I hope one day I can be doing that happy dance too! They seem to NEVER go away! Never!

    Yay for gift cards! Eating out is the best when someone else paid for it, I say!

    I will check your friend's blog out. Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

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  45. Congrats on being debt-free! What did you think of Dawson's? I've heard it's underwhelming, but maybe it's improved since it's first opened?! I'm intrigued because it looks nice from the outside!

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  46. go out and enjoy your student loan freedom! probably the exact opposite of what you should do when you're debt free, but that deserves a drink...preferably w/ a side of flip cup.

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  47. The rocking out photo is awesome as is your choice of music!! Congrats on the student loans being paid off, such a feat most never reach!

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  48. i LOVED your saturday session and congrats on paying off the student loans! What an amazing feeling!

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  49. Congratulations on being almost 100% debt free! I paid off my student loans once, then went back to school so I'm back in debt. Any tips how you did it?

    And I'm totally jealous of your "scheduled" posts number - that looks like my "drafts" folder. I'll pop over to Sarah's blog to read your tips.

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  50. HUGE congrats on being debt free!!! its an amazing feeling and a great accomplishment! Next up, retirement savings?? Hope you had a nice Vday with John and Hawkeye!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  51. Congrats on owing zero! SUCH a good feeling!

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  52. Hurray for having your student loans paid off!! That must feel so good! Angel lived with his parents and worked overtime like a maniac until we got married so that he could pay off all of his student loans. Sometimes they stick with people for far too long. Some of my friends say they already expect to still be in college debt when they are sending their kids to college...and that sounds so miserable.

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  53. Wow girl, you are definitely making progress. Stop making the rest of us look bad! Just kidding :) I'll be jumping over to read your guest post for sure!

    Have a great weekend!

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  54. Congrats on paying off your loan, wow that was a big one! I paid mine off about a year ago and it was not nearly as big, good job!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. Thank you! It's a wonderful feeling, no matter what the size! Debt freeeee!!!

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  55. Aw shucks! I had a great time - and we must hang out again soon!

    And oh my goodness CONGRATS! That is seriously incredible! You throw a party, girl! You deserve it!

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  56. OMG yay on paying off all your student loan debt, you should definitely throw a huge party to celebrate that!!! Also I love reading your 101 in 1001 list, it's inspired me to do my own list, but it's much much smaller and I haven't completed it yet, but when it is I will blog about it and reference your awesome list!!

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  57. Say what?! Yours are paid off while I'm going back into debt by trying to finish my degree! Jealous!!

    And hell yes to restaurant gift cards!! My dad sends me those all the time too - I may be in student loan debt, but at least I can eat like a celebrity! Bwahahahaha!

    ♥ Duckie.

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    1. Haha yes!! Hopefully the debt is just an investment for you and you get it paid off quick!
      I eat so well with those dang giftcards. Otherwise it'd be ramen and pb&j for me!!

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  58. Aw, such a great post. Congrats on paying off your student loan debt, that's big time!!! I'm with you on eating like a king when paying with gift cards. It's the best :). Hope you're having a great weekend. Xo

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  59. Cheers to you for paying off your student loans! That's amazing! How long did it take you, if you don't mind me asking. This will be my ugly reality come May when I finish grad school.

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  60. That organization post was great! Kudos to you for being so on top of things! And congratulations on paying off your student loans!!! That's awesome!

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  61. Congrats on paying off your school loans! I am SO jealous. I literally just started paying mine back this month.... boy do I have a long way to go!

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    1. Thank you!! You'll get there don't worry! It's tough at first but if you just pretend the money wasn't even part of your paycheck in the first place, it gets easier to swallow!

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  62. Congrats on the student loans - that has to feel amazing!!

    And I'm completely the same way with organizing. I'm dying to get into my dad's home office, but I'm 2.5 hours from home, so I would have to plan a weekend to do just that. And I would be in heaven the whole time!

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  63. You are more than welcome to pay off my student loans too. I'm pretty sure I will be paying mine off, and paying for Abbey to go to school at the same time.

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