10 Best // Life Lately

May 15, 2014

1. i feel a bit guilty that i haven't posted in a week.  but, not really.  i've been sick and also super busy with work.  and just totally unmotivated.  i had lots of posts scheduled but i honestly didn't want to edit them or respond to comments or do any work so i just embraced the break.  it was glorious.  it did mean my bloglovin reader got all the way up to 400 unread posts.... so i just hit 'mark as read' on all of them.  it happens.

2. anniversary dinner last month.  we've been (officially) dating for a year.  to most people it feels longer since i've known john for like 15 years but to me it feels much shorter.  but anyway, 1 year = dinner at my favorite restaurant and the prettiest flowers ever.  don't you love them?



3. my friend from high school, katie (you might remember her from her wedding here), started a job in the building directly across the street from me.  i'm so excited to have someone to drag to happy hour again when the weather gets nicer, since my normal buddy julie moved across town.

4. i'm debt free!  student loans are all done (over $65k) plus no more credit card debt.  everything is totally paid off and up to date.

5. free money.  if you're not earning swagbucks yet, i don't know what you're waiting for.  i'm totally done with christmas gifts for my friends because i've earned $200 in gift cards since april 10.  i'm now working on the money i'll need for gifts for my family and hawkeye but seriously - i'll be done in like 2 months.  free christmas, done 5 months early.

6. i told my 3 best friends from law school (including natalie) to keep a weekend in november open for my 30th in nashville.  to which caitlin responded "i'm turning 30 in july."  natalie and i both said 'damn we thought your 30th was july 2015, not this year!' ... caitlin: "oh wait shit it is. lol...i just *feel that old. reunion either way. yay for only being 29!"  i'm still laughing over this.  i've had those days too, caitlin.

7. shopping with my mom.  we keep going grocery shopping on sundays and making food for the week, it's awesome.  and she also took me clothes shopping.  and paid.  you can't have her, she's mine!

8. cover your bases bar crawl!  with john and his brother eric.  eric and i are like kids on christmas at these things, poor john has to babysit us.



9. 101 in 1001 list progress - obviously, celebrating 1 year of dating, that was a secret goal.  i also got all my other debts paid off and started a savings account.  and of course, planned another themed party - a doggie birthday, which also checked off bringing hawkeye to a hotel.  i'm at 65/101 things checked off!

10. hawkeye, the birthday girl.  i couldn't pick just one favorite photo this month, so you vote - 'i give up on life' or 'face deep in a cup of queso dip'?



happy friday!

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37 comments

  1. aw, glad you're back! congrats on your one year anniversary & i vote for quesoface hawkeye! haha

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh my goodness, those tulips!!! Those are amazing!
    Happy 1 year anniversary my dear!!
    Sorry you were sick though :(

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  3. Sometimes you need a break. I fully plan on taking one if and when I need it! Congrats on one year!

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  4. Those flowers are amazing! And a big congrats on the one year and being debt free!

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    1. Aw thank you love! It's definitely been a good month :)

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  5. The flowers are gorgeous! Yeah for happy hour friends! Aww hard to choose since Hawkeye looks cute in both!

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  6. glad you're back! hitting "read" on all posts sure does feel good, doesn't it? i did that when i got back from miami and felt zero guilt. yay for being debt free! i hate it when that shit looms over your head like a black cloud :(

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  7. I totally get you on the comment thing. Some days I just want to turn them off because I'm lazy. But, that said, I did wonder where you were so glad it was just busy and needing a break and not OMG I'm breaking up with my blog or anything!

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  8. Major congratulations on being debt free. I know how huge a deal that is to achieve! And yay for a year of dating- the flowers are so fun!

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  9. Congrats on one year of dating!! I am so happy for you. Your Mom is amazing and beautiful and I want to go shopping with her. OMG Hawyeke face deep in queso-so.much.cuteness.

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  10. Happy year anniversary! You guys look so happy together, and I hope the 2nd year together is even better! Those tulips... loooove!
    Sometimes you just need a blog break. Embrace the "Mark as Read"
    Congrats on debt free. Holy schneikies, that's amazing! <3

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  11. Girl, CONGRATULATIONS on being debt free!! That is amazing. I know so many people who are still paying off student loans! And happy anniversary! You have way too much fun real life stuff going on - I wouldn't be blogging if I were celebrating all of those things either!

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  12. That i give up on life photo is the best! Congratulations on paying off all your debt must be suc a relief! WTG!

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  13. Beautiful flowers! Haha I like the face deep in queso cup so cute :)

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  14. There's something going around because I feel like shit too. Ugh I can't wait until the day I'm debt free - I need to make a 5 year plan since I still need to finish school. You motivate and inspire me. Lol Happy Friday Stephanie and hope you're feeling better!! -Iva

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  15. Those flowers are really pretty!!! And congrats on paying off student loans and being credit card debt free. What a feeling!

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  16. Both of those Hawkeye photos say "too much birthday!!" to me haha. Can't wait to see my favorite this weekend! If it's snowing tomorrow I'm staying and playing with Hawkeye and Kevin can go sit in the car ... just saying ...

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  17. Face deep in queso dip is the winner, but it was a very hard choice.

    Happy anniversary to you guys!

    So much awesome for you: anniversary, dominating Swag Bucks, Mom with groceries/cooking/clothes buying, 65/101, and DEBT FREE.

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  18. happy one year! those flowers are gorgeous!! y'all seem to have the best bar crawls. JEALOUS

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  19. Love those flowers :) Also- YAY FOR PAYING OFF DEBT!! That's so exciting!! We just paid off my car last month, and credit cards the month before that. It's such a huge weight off our shoulders. Now we're turning to our loans- and hoping to just get those out of the way ASAP!

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  20. Refreshed much?! We all need those breaks :). Dude... I can't wait to say that I'm debt free - though it'll be a while. Working on it though!!

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    1. It was such a good break! I think we're both feeling good now haha!

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  21. Congrats on paying off all your debt! I keep for getting about swagbucks! I really need to get on it!

    I hope you are feeling better! Hawkeye is adorable eating out of her container!!!!

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  22. Tulips are my favorite! Those are freakin AWESOME!!!

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  23. congrats on one year of dating!! and those flowers are AMAZING!! i have never seen anything like them!!

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    1. I was so sad when they died, they were so colorful in my kitchen!!

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  24. you are clearly nailing life lately, I would skip the blogging, too. those flowers from John are gorge, congrats to you guys! congrats are also in order for paying off your student loans, more dinero for bar crawls and tbell. and I couldn't pick a cuter Hawkeye pic...but if ya twist my arm, I'd go w/ the queso cup, I look like that too when trying to get the last of the dip out my cup.

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  25. Seriously I LOVE those flowers!! Tulips are my favorite!!

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  26. I love those flowers!! I want them in my apartment like now.

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  27. Hawkeye is SOOO ADORABLE and OMG - CONGRATS on being debt free!!!!!

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    1. Thank you!! It definitely feels good :) Hawkeye says thank you too!

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  28. Those flowers are crazy awesome! Happy 1 year!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  29. i love all of this. yay for debt free! tulips, gorgeous. and i seriously went like a week once where i thought i was older than i was and i was so upset at where my life wasnt, and i finally cried to my husband and he pointed out i was younger than i was saying i was. haha!

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  30. Those tulips are amazing - I've never seen anything like them! Sometimes breaks are good - and I'm happy to know I'm not the only blogger who fell off the truck this past week :) Hawkeye - "I give up on life" for sure!!

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  31. Face deep in a queso cup for sure - that's hilarious! Also, the tulips are awesome! Where did he get those?

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  32. i haven't been around in FOREVER so that picture of hawkeye literally just made my whole life.
    don't tell her that though. i feel like she has a big enough ego as is.

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