July 31st, 2014

life gets a little crazy from time to time and no one knows that better than the four of us.

between the starting of relationships, the maintaining of relationships and the ending of others, up until last night, it had been months since the four of us were just that.

one year ago, we were four late twenty-somethings with one collective goal in mind, enjoy each other’s company.

considering we had all lived outside of the city at one point or another, it seemed odd that we were all back in indianapolis, finally able to reconnect and see each other whenever the hell we wanted.

of course, 12 months later, we’re realizing that may not always be the case.

as one of us (spoiler alert: not me!) starts planning a move to a country far far away, i’m extremely grateful we had a memorable evening together last night.

i missed it. i missed us.

sometimes my most meaningful relationships are those i never could have predicted, and while i would like to think that back when i was 16 i would’ve known they’d be in my life forever, i never knew how deep of an impact they’d have on my life as i get closer to my thirties.

the point is, after all these years, i’m even more thankful for our crew and know, with 100% of my being, that a move across the world isn’t going to end our bond—

that would be absolutely impossible.

July 31st, 2014

on Tuesday, I attended my first “Indiana Dairy Princess Scholarship Contest.”

for someone who never attended nor competed in pageants/contests of any kind, i had no idea what the day would entail. i was happily surprised to find out that the Dairy Princess contest is more about intelligence than beauty—in my opinion, that’s really the best kind.

instead of a bathing suit component, there was a question & answer portion.

& instead of a talent component, there were individual presentations on an industry-related topic.

no big hair, no heavy make-up…simple & classy— quite refreshing, really.

overall, it was a fun way to spend a work day & we ended up with one heck of a talent who’ll represent our industry for the 2014-15 year!

July 30th, 2014

lately in baking adventures…

two cookouts & two excuses to fill my kitchen with the scent of sugar.

Tollhouse Break & Bake Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies // bake for 10 minutes & they stay oh, so soft!


Magnolia Bakery “Hello Dolly Bars" // mix everything together (graham crackers, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, butter, pecans) & throw it into a pan to bake. they’re so simple yet so amazingly delicious.


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July 29th, 2014


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July 29th, 2014

back in March, i was asked to help with my boss’/friend’s engagement

last night, i helped throw her a surprise bridal shower.

alongside the other ladies from the office, we quietly hid in a room while jenni entered into the home.

with a joint, “SURPRISE!” we successfully scared/surprised the bride-to-be!

what followed were many laughs, stories, & of course, a couple games.

in a month, Jenni will get married in a small destination wedding & i know her real life dress will be more beautiful than the toilet paper gown my team made for me.

July 28th, 2014

this weekend was for drinking beer, listening to live music & enjoying the picnic table environment with new friends.

recently, if there’s one thing i’m extremely grateful for, it’s the new friendships that’ve entered my life thanks to a best friend & a handsome boyfriend


July 23rd, 2014

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July 21st, 2014

one year ago, i was unemployed.

today, i found myself inside the Colts complex handing props to Colts Punter and #Boomstick extraordinaire, Pat McAfee.

"they" say a lot can change in a year and without a doubt, i know that to be true.

for a girl who loves her hometown team, i am honored & extremely grateful to be working professionally alongside such great people/athletes.

this evening i told Mama, “i still can’t believe this is my job.

i’ll never take anything for granted— that’s one of many lessons i learned while collecting unemployment & scouring the internet for a job that i would actually enjoy.

it’s gonna be a great season, no doubt in my mind.

July 21st, 2014
Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.
Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena

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July 18th, 2014


yesterday, i boarded a plane in dallas.

stop being so creepy!" my boss exclaimed as i took a picture of some stowed luggage.

i’m not being creepy, look at this precious luggage tag!" i forced while showing her a picture of the pilot’s bag.

we continued to board the plane feeling good about the pilot in charge— i felt so good about it, i tweeted American Airlines to express my happiness.


two hours later & a flight with some minor turbulence, we safely landed in indianapolis to the news of Malaysia flight #17.

if you don’t think i was saying my “thank you’s” for getting to point A to B with no complication, you’d be very very wrong.

over the years, my feelings on flying have changed. 

it used to be such an enjoyable experience—i remember my first flight, sitting toward the front of the plane in those two rows of three seats, the ones facing each other. my brothers and i would fight over who could sit backwards, every time.

and now, flying feels different. i look forward to a safe landing and a smooth ride more than i ever have.

yesterday, when i boarded the plane, i had no idea, obviously, how the rest of the day would turn out, but i’m so grateful for Pilot Elvis.

i’ve never had anxiety when it comes to boarding a plane and i know how many flights travel safely from one side of the country to another, but it’s hard not to think about the possibilities that exist.

i hope my child-like memories connected to the luxury of flying remain, but as more uncontrollable tragedies occur, i’ll be sure to wholeheartedly commend those who are able to take me safely from departure to destination.

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