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

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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 14th, 2014

Friday was our Ice Cream Social downtown where, every half hour, we welcomed a [local] celebrity into each of our six tents to scoop ice cream for the public. 

The event, in its 25th year, raised close to $7000 for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, and gave me the opportunity to take a picture with Chick McGee from the beloved Bob & Tom radio show.

It was a beautiful day in downtown Indianapolis and marked another successful event on behalf of our local dairy farmers.

July 9th, 2014

i spent my morning on set at the local Fox station helping to promote this Friday’s 25th annual Ice Cream Social.

all proceeds from the gigantic sundae sales benefit the local Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

for a $3 donation you’ll receive a delicious sundae from a celebrity scooper & can feel good knowing your supply of Girl Scout cookies will never diminish.

(& yes, those are Girl Scout cookie crumbles pictured above)

but seriously, if you live in the area, stop by Monument Circle between 11 am & 2 pm to pick up some ice cream & say hello to your favorite dairy promoters!

July 3rd, 2014

i kicked off the long holiday weekend (& boss-appointed early dismissal) with a classic bacon cheeseburger & beer-battered onion rings from BRU Burger Bar. 

it was sunny, 68 degrees and felt like early fall.

i’m not sure what this weather is all about, but i’m not complaining one bit.

plus, sitting outside on a Thursday afternoon felt a lot like vacation.

man, i love this city (& red meat).

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June 26th, 2014

yesterday was Emel’s 30th birthday & like any great party planner does, she thought ahead as to how she wanted to celebrate— the Handle Bar.

if you drive around the city often enough, it’s hard not to spot one of the mobile bars, & three months ago, Emel decided to reserve one to ring in the new decade.

surrounded by sorority sisters, work friends & those of us who’ve stolen her from mutual friends, we cruised around the city for the better part of two+ hours. 

it was a balmy summer night spent riding up & down the quaint pockets of the circle city.

we had three coolers filled with adult beverages, a driver who didn’t seem to mind the confused playlist of 90s rap & modern day indie, & enough conversation to make the two hours of pedaling fly by.

(during pit stop #3, we even had a random guest appearance from the Pacer’s beloved mascot, Boomer)

it was a great excuse to explore the city, but an even greater reason to soak up the first week of summer [with the help of beer].

June 16th, 2014

daily outfit: the “Zoobilation" edition.

i can’t say enough great things about Rent the Runway. i read the reviews, ordered two sizes (for the price of one), reserved my dress for a four day period & patiently awaited its arrival.

with a quick trip to my former employer from some accessories & shoes, i was set for the night.

the weather was perfection, the heels were tolerable for many many miles, & i received no fewer than a hand full of compliments from stranger friends.

if you have an event coming up in the near future, i would say you should probably try RTR (i know i’ll use their service again!).

June 2nd, 2014
May 27th, 2014

at 7 am, i made my way over to my parent’s house (making a quick pit-stop for coffee on the way).

by 9 am, we were in a lot 2 miles west of the track.

for two first-time race goers, we already felt like champions.

after living in indianapolis for 20+ years and never attending a race, we were soaking absolutely everything in (including the amazing people watching potential).

jim nabors’ last “back home again in indiana”? amazing.

martina mcbride’s “god bless america”? amazing.

leann rimes’ “star spangled banner”? amazing.

and then there were the cars…

i really wish i had a video of mama after the first lap.

her eyes welled up with tears as it was the most startling noise/feeling we’d ever experienced.

i don’t know if i can handle a crash!" she exclaimed.

i’m glad i’m not dating a driver!" i remarked.

luckily, the first crash didn’t happen for another 120+ laps.

between laps 150-200, there was so much action, we couldn’t help but quickly adapt to the cheers shouted from the rest of the stands.

when Ryan Hunter-Reay crossed the finish line, the milk was safely presented, consumed & poured—how great for our dairy farmers!

while i don’t claim to be a “racing fan,” Sunday was a day i won’t soon forget.

if you ever have the opportunity to attend an Indy 500, i’d highly recommend.

there really is nothing like it!

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May 22nd, 2014

chicken and waffles.

for the last year or so, the Indianapolis Star has been running story after story about Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles.

located in the heart of downtown, this establishment has been recognized over and over again for their delicious cuisine.

when you drive by, you may be fooled by the gas station exterior, but i assure you, this is way more than a convenient coney dog.

a few weeks ago, my dad & Bro #2 dined & their amazing experience has been shared by anyone willing to listen more times than i’d care to count.

yesterday, after the festivities at the Indianapolis Zoo, six of us headed over to Maxine’s to taste what all the hype was about.

naturally, i ordered their most popular item, “Chicken and Waffles” with wings, not tenders— because i was told “there’s no other way to do it.”

vanilla, strawberry, blueberry or sweet potato were my waffle options & i decided the antioxidants of blueberries plus the peaches in their infamous peach butter would counteract all the sugar & fried goodness about to be ingested.

did they live up the hype? well, do you see the size of those wings! of course they did!

they were amazing…every last bite.

i can’t recommend Maxine’s enough.

between the food & the hospitality, it’s one [gas station] stop i’ll definitely make again.

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