daily outfit: the “day before Turkey" edition.
last night, my boss sent me two very critical messages, “i’m picking up coffee tomorrow morning” followed by “wear jeans.”
being the great employee that i am, i placed my order & happily obliged.
plus, after my 5:15 alarm sounded under my pillow for this morning’s early bird workout, i was more than happy to slip into something more casual post-sweat session.
it’s the day before Turkey time, & i can’t wait to help Mama in the kitchen this evening…it’s gonna be a good, good day!
today marks my three month anniversary at the not so new anymore job.
during that three month period, i have pinched myself no less than 57 times as i still can’t believe this is my new work life.
i traveled to more indiana schools than i ever thought possible, attended more Colts events than my inner cheerleading heart could handle, & quickly regained some confidence that somehow got lost in my early to late twenties.
this morning, i pinched myself one more time as i walked the halls of the Colts facility, entered their on-site radio studio & recorded a segment that’ll air before this Sunday’s game on more than 66 radio stations.
i am so thankful for every opportunity that has come my way since August 26th,
& can’t wait to see what the future holds!
daily outfit: the “still workin’ for the weekend" edition
while there are some folks already enjoying Thanksgiving break, i’ll be in the office through tomorrow afternoon.
trust me, i’m not complaining.
this morning, i headed to the Colts complex to “work.”
there are flurries in the air, i got in a solid morning run, & i could not be more thankful for a job that makes me happy.
hands down, the best birthday gift i received was this survival tool of the winter known as the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Electric Kettle.
recently appearing as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, this stainless steel beauty will be used on the daily at casa de Brooke.
seriously though, you choose the temp you want, it magically heats up the water to your heart’s desire & manages to keep the pot regulated for thirty minutes.
how great is that?
refills on refills on refills…for $99.
now, go holler atchur Santa lists.
in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)
- Credit where credit’s due. Bob Kravitz, the sports writers for the Indy Star, wrote a great piece on the recent support our city has offered those in need. Two of my favorite Colts, Pat McAfee & Matt Overton, are mentioned as well as a couple other beloved circle city celebs. Tis the season to give back, & yet, Kravitz highlights those who do it year round.
- Jennifer Lawrence. every time i see one of her interviews, i become more convinced she & i should be friends. did you see her on Letterman this week? gahd. she’s great.
- Kid President. not only are his dimples adorable, he shares some great advice in his newest video “20 Things We Should Say More Often." bonus: dance.
- McDonald’s french fries. when you’re driving back from the middle of nowhere, sometimes you need the comfort of crunchy, greasy fries. am i right?
- Scotchguard. i have no idea if this stuff will actually work, but last night, i sprayed two cans on my couch & that was more calorie exertion than i experienced any other time of the day.
- Selena covers “Dream.” i’ve enjoyed this Priscilla Ahn song for a few years (it’s been in more romantic comedies than i can count), but i dig Selena’s version, too. how precious is she…& that hair!
i’m fortunate enough to have a father who is handy in the yard and insists his skill set is always more in-demand than hired help. case in point, last week, he started building a deck on the back of my house. not only is his hobby saving me a ton of money, this deck will be something i will love that much before because it’s being built with love (& some occasional cursing).
the girls i’ve been nannying for the better part of the last five years are still one the greatest diversions i’ve been afforded. last weekend, i was their chauffeur & cheap entertainment for 72 hours. i introduced the littlest tot (now an 8th grader) to my love, the Hallmark channel. i assumed she’d settle in for one Christmas movie & then blow me off, but turns out, my love for the cheesiest holiday movies was infectious. 4 movies later, she finally moved on. but not before i kept a long running tradition alive by baking up some orange cinnamon rolls & chocolate chip pancakes.
mama j & i first saw wicked up in Chicago about 4 years ago. when tickets went on sale for the Indy tour, we jumped on the chance to attend. when a song gives you chills, you know it’s good, & i had chills during at least 5 of ‘em.
on Sunday, storms moved through my beloved state. last i heard, they’ve settled for 26— 26 tornadoes in a state plopped in the middle of the country. the Starbucks right up the road from my parent’s house was hit, but that hasn’t stopped Starbucks from providing coffee for customers. we were warned the storms would hit, but nothing can ever prepare you for the destruction. when a break arrived in the path, i drove downtown for dinner & was greeted by the most beautiful light. ah, indianapolis. you really do feel like home.
the past three days have been a bit of a blur. my alarm on Monday went off at 4:45 am to get in a work out before heading up north to a farm tour; however, on my way to meet my team, we got word the tour was cancelled due to said storms. a shortened day in the office meant loads of laundry, cleaning of the house, and grading for more hours than i’d like to count that evening. tuesday was for being a shy girl in front of pro athletes & the Selena concert with my favorite long-haired beauty. yesterday was for a Fuel Up to Play 60 presentation downtown & a long drive up north to Attica, IN where i witnessed a Family Fitness Night that completely blew me away.
luckily, yesterday morning, i didn’t have to be in the office until 11 am (!!!).
right now, life feels good, really good.
"i do know how lucky i am" was the statement that exited my mouth last night, and it’s true, 6 months ago, i was a different person, & it feels nice knowing there’s room to grow, challenges to overcome, an acceptance of the past that has to happen in order to proceed, & a promise to live more in the present that must be followed.
(feel free to follow along on instagram as my posts here seem to be hit & miss these days!)