November 22nd, 2013
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!

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!
November 15th, 2013
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.)
eBay. sometimes you need space & decide to sell designer goods?
Mindy Project. this week’s texting scene. dead.
Pat’s Philly Pretzels. there used to be a couple mall offerings i deemed mandatory destinations during shopping trips: Auntie Anne’s & Cinnabon. both could have been a contributing factor to my weight problem as a teen, but both equally delicious nonetheless. so i digress, Pat’s Philly Pretzels had been on my radar ever since in opened up shop, but it wasn’t until this weekend, i made it a destination on my day of driving around Indy. it did not disappoint.
Rakuten.com (formerly Buy.com). my beloved sunglasses had more scratches on them than a cat marks on a wood door. i googled & googled in a fit to replace them, when i stumbled across this site. i purchased them for a fraction of their original cost, & my sunnies arrived a few days later.
Tweezerman tweezers. i’d have a legit unibrow without them. i could get ‘em waxed, but last time i attempted that, i left with eyebrows that looks more like pencil marks than hairlines. never again, Zoe.

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.)

  • eBay. sometimes you need space & decide to sell designer goods?
  • Mindy Project. this week’s texting scene. dead.
  • Pat’s Philly Pretzels. there used to be a couple mall offerings i deemed mandatory destinations during shopping trips: Auntie Anne’s & Cinnabon. both could have been a contributing factor to my weight problem as a teen, but both equally delicious nonetheless. so i digress, Pat’s Philly Pretzels had been on my radar ever since in opened up shop, but it wasn’t until this weekend, i made it a destination on my day of driving around Indy. it did not disappoint.
  • Rakuten.com (formerly Buy.com). my beloved sunglasses had more scratches on them than a cat marks on a wood door. i googled & googled in a fit to replace them, when i stumbled across this site. i purchased them for a fraction of their original cost, & my sunnies arrived a few days later.
  • Tweezerman tweezers. i’d have a legit unibrow without them. i could get ‘em waxed, but last time i attempted that, i left with eyebrows that looks more like pencil marks than hairlines. never again, Zoe.
November 8th, 2013
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.)
you. plain & simple, thank you. for reading this platform, for sending a message, for liking a post, for being unique, for being kind, for celebrating my birthday/my day/my life/my decisions/my opinions, for showing support, for being you. you made turning 29 feel oh, so special, & i thank you with a huge chunk of my grateful heart.

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.)

  • you. plain & simple, thank you. for reading this platform, for sending a message, for liking a post, for being unique, for being kind, for celebrating my birthday/my day/my life/my decisions/my opinions, for showing support, for being you. you made turning 29 feel oh, so special, & i thank you with a huge chunk of my grateful heart.
November 1st, 2013
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.)
DJ Topher Jones. this week, i got to catch up with my longtime friend, and was reminded that hard work really does pay off. Topher used to invite us down into his basement in high school to show off his turn tables while i twirled my hair and thought, “nice hobby, bud.” 10+ years later, he’s signed to Ultra, opening for Tiesto, & living his dream. it was so good to catch up with him before he headed out to a show, & i am so thankful he’s still one of those guys in my life.
Halloween remix. so, Halloween was canceled in Indianapolis. legit canceled. like, no kids can be out trick or treating canceled. thanks to mother nature, us Hoosier folk moved Halloween to today. Happy Halloween, y’all. I’m headed to Target to pick up 50% off bags…treat yoself & all that.
November. besides it being my birth month (hello, lucky number 7!), it’s inevitably one of the happiest times of the year. clothes feel cozier, football gets more handsome, food tastes like family time, & the weather requires boots, always boots. for some it’s June, for some it’s August…for me, it’s always November.
Olivia Pope Wine Glasses. For months, i’ve oohed and aahed over Olivia Pope’s wardrobe (OMG!), but other than her lustworthy coat collection, i’ve always admired her wine glasses. they’re absolutely stunning! every time she’d take a sip, my focus would be taken off of Fitz & onto that long & skinny stem. Well, this week, i discovered where they’re from. (with a little help from the Possessionista, of course!)..and did I mention they’re currently on sale? I immediately told Mama she could ship some my way as an early birthday gift (!!!), & yesterday, they arrived on my front porch.
Puppy Cam. adorable.
Red Cups. even if they appear earlier and earlier every year, i’m more than happy to pick one up from time to time.

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.)

  • DJ Topher Jones. this week, i got to catch up with my longtime friend, and was reminded that hard work really does pay off. Topher used to invite us down into his basement in high school to show off his turn tables while i twirled my hair and thought, “nice hobby, bud.” 10+ years later, he’s signed to Ultra, opening for Tiesto, & living his dream. it was so good to catch up with him before he headed out to a show, & i am so thankful he’s still one of those guys in my life.
  • Halloween remix. so, Halloween was canceled in Indianapolis. legit canceled. like, no kids can be out trick or treating canceled. thanks to mother nature, us Hoosier folk moved Halloween to today. Happy Halloween, y’all. I’m headed to Target to pick up 50% off bags…treat yoself & all that.
  • November. besides it being my birth month (hello, lucky number 7!), it’s inevitably one of the happiest times of the year. clothes feel cozier, football gets more handsome, food tastes like family time, & the weather requires boots, always boots. for some it’s June, for some it’s August…for me, it’s always November.
  • Olivia Pope Wine Glasses. For months, i’ve oohed and aahed over Olivia Pope’s wardrobe (OMG!), but other than her lustworthy coat collection, i’ve always admired her wine glasses. they’re absolutely stunning! every time she’d take a sip, my focus would be taken off of Fitz & onto that long & skinny stem. Well, this week, i discovered where they’re from. (with a little help from the Possessionista, of course!)..and did I mention they’re currently on sale? I immediately told Mama she could ship some my way as an early birthday gift (!!!), & yesterday, they arrived on my front porch.
  • Puppy Cam. adorable.
  • Red Cups. even if they appear earlier and earlier every year, i’m more than happy to pick one up from time to time.
October 25th, 2013
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.)
One year. one year ago this weekend, i moved into my house. after twelve months, it’s really starting to feel like home—furniture is being delivered, glitter is being hung, & colors are being added. when it comes to home decor, i’m definitely not an impulse shopper, so one year in seems about right.
Candy stores. there’s a candy store about an hour & a half away, & when i say store, i mean confectionery. did you hear that? there’s a candy factory an hour & half away & i went for the first time on Wednesday. on our way home from Chicago, we stopped at Albanese & you guys, if you’re in the area, you should probably go. not only are they the home to the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain, they have sooooo much candy— gummy candy, chocolate candy, sour candy, hard candy, carmel candy, sugarfree candy etc etc etc. Albanese is such a charming place, & the triple dipped dark chocolate malt balls are on a different level!
Networking. it never ceases to amaze me how much you can learn about a person in even the shortest real life conversation. this week, i met two former White House interns, folks from all over the country (Dallas, Tulsa, Savannah, Brooklyn, Orlando, etc.), the best friend & real life quarterback to then high school football receiver Actor Scott Porter (!!!), & so many more. there was such a diverse group of people in my meetings this week that i couldn’t help but keep asking questions, keep talking to stranger-friends, & keep exchanging contact information. i always knew i wasn’t meant to sit in front of a computer for 40 hours a week, & this week proved why.
Thirteen years. this November, on my 29th birthday, my beloved Jeep will turn 13. right when i thought i’d be parting ways & picking up a car payment, she decided to stick around for a few more months.  13 years…man, i sure thought i was cool back then.
TV Debut. my first Colts interview for Fuel Up to Play 60 aired this past Sunday before the Colts/Broncos game. fast forward to the 16:50-ish mark if you’d like to judge my ponytail.

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.)

  • One year. one year ago this weekend, i moved into my house. after twelve months, it’s really starting to feel like home—furniture is being delivered, glitter is being hung, & colors are being added. when it comes to home decor, i’m definitely not an impulse shopper, so one year in seems about right.
  • Candy stores. there’s a candy store about an hour & a half away, & when i say store, i mean confectionery. did you hear that? there’s a candy factory an hour & half away & i went for the first time on Wednesday. on our way home from Chicago, we stopped at Albanese & you guys, if you’re in the area, you should probably go. not only are they the home to the World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain, they have sooooo much candy— gummy candy, chocolate candy, sour candy, hard candy, carmel candy, sugarfree candy etc etc etc. Albanese is such a charming place, & the triple dipped dark chocolate malt balls are on a different level!
  • Networking. it never ceases to amaze me how much you can learn about a person in even the shortest real life conversation. this week, i met two former White House interns, folks from all over the country (Dallas, Tulsa, Savannah, Brooklyn, Orlando, etc.), the best friend & real life quarterback to then high school football receiver Actor Scott Porter (!!!), & so many more. there was such a diverse group of people in my meetings this week that i couldn’t help but keep asking questions, keep talking to stranger-friends, & keep exchanging contact information. i always knew i wasn’t meant to sit in front of a computer for 40 hours a week, & this week proved why.
  • Thirteen years. this November, on my 29th birthday, my beloved Jeep will turn 13. right when i thought i’d be parting ways & picking up a car payment, she decided to stick around for a few more months.  13 years…man, i sure thought i was cool back then.
  • TV Debut. my first Colts interview for Fuel Up to Play 60 aired this past Sunday before the Colts/Broncos game. fast forward to the 16:50-ish mark if you’d like to judge my ponytail.
October 18th, 2013
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.)
California. you got me good, you always do. thankfully, i have two weddings & a football game (Nebraska at Fresno St.) to attend in 2014. so, don’t worry, we’ll meet again!
Every airline other than United. i was wheels up for a total of 12 hours last weekend, and guess how many “free” peanuts &/or pretzels i was offered? Zippo. from indy to denver? zilch. denver to san diego? nothin’. san diego to chicago? nope. chicago to indy? yea right.
Hot Tamales. keep all the milk chocolate halloween candy, and pass me the cardboard boxes of Hot Tamales. last week, i picked up a bag while browsing the aisles of target, & my love affair with those sugar cinnamon capsules was most definitely reignited. can’t stop, won’t stop.
Online Education. the thing is, the quality of education one receives means something different to every student. for some, receiving an online education is their only option. for the last 16 months, i have been humbled by the stories i read and the students i “meet,” & i am grateful every 12 weeks when my contract gets renewed. 
Pancakes. you do realize that i could eat these flapjacks on the daily, right? because i definitely could. i crave them more than any other food, & sometimes i find myself daydreaming about when i can eat them next, how i can work them into my meal plan, what new recipe i can taste test, etc etc etc. is this what it means to be in love?
Running. i ran for the first time in two months on Wednesday morning. by 6:30 am, i had successfully run, without hip pain, 3 miles. i don’t think i’ll ever need run a marathon- because those early mile runs do enough for me (plus, the thought of running for 5 hours doesn’t mesh with my spirit. i’m better with the pom poms on the sideline! go team go!)

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.)

  • California. you got me good, you always do. thankfully, i have two weddings & a football game (Nebraska at Fresno St.) to attend in 2014. so, don’t worry, we’ll meet again!
  • Every airline other than United. i was wheels up for a total of 12 hours last weekend, and guess how many “free” peanuts &/or pretzels i was offered? Zippo. from indy to denver? zilch. denver to san diego? nothin’. san diego to chicago? nope. chicago to indy? yea right.
  • Hot Tamales. keep all the milk chocolate halloween candy, and pass me the cardboard boxes of Hot Tamales. last week, i picked up a bag while browsing the aisles of target, & my love affair with those sugar cinnamon capsules was most definitely reignited. can’t stop, won’t stop.
  • Online Education. the thing is, the quality of education one receives means something different to every student. for some, receiving an online education is their only option. for the last 16 months, i have been humbled by the stories i read and the students i “meet,” & i am grateful every 12 weeks when my contract gets renewed.
  • Pancakes. you do realize that i could eat these flapjacks on the daily, right? because i definitely could. i crave them more than any other food, & sometimes i find myself daydreaming about when i can eat them next, how i can work them into my meal plan, what new recipe i can taste test, etc etc etc. is this what it means to be in love?
  • Running. i ran for the first time in two months on Wednesday morning. by 6:30 am, i had successfully run, without hip pain, 3 miles. i don’t think i’ll ever need run a marathon- because those early mile runs do enough for me (plus, the thought of running for 5 hours doesn’t mesh with my spirit. i’m better with the pom poms on the sideline! go team go!)
October 11th, 2013
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.)
Furniture pick-up. before i headed out to Kansas for grad school, i drove up to Chicago to pick up a hand-me-down couch from a good friend. the couch, soon recovered by Mama, took me through grad school & the first year in my house. but after all this time, & spending the last couple years hoisted up on boosters, i’ve decided to part ways with the beloved 3-seater.  thank goodness for furniture pick-up people. as of Tuesday, my living room has been empty—just making room for new…someday.
Hobby Lobby. the source for so much of my decorating inspiration. i get lost in the aisles, rarely buying a thing. after all, window shopping until i make a solid decision has always been a specialty.
Hunter & Jimmy Choo collab. 4 years ago, i was in NYC with Mama & we bought some rain boots. a ridiculous purchase? probably, but a staple in my closet? most definitely. i’ve worn those boots all over kansas, indianapolis, chicago, apple orchards, football games, raining saturdays…etc etc etc. to me, a label is a label. in real life, i get uncomfortable when discussing them, but i will forever choose quality over quantity—even when it comes to a rain boot. truthfully, if you want to see me squirm, ask me about a designer good in front of others, i’ll quickly turn quiet & change the conversation. so, when i choose to wear rain boots that were purchased in THE Saks 5th Avenue to a dairy farm, please keep in mind they’re serving a purpose, i’m not intentionally flashing a receipt— i’ll never understand Hunter’s decision to plaster their name on the front of their design. i’m grateful for the boots, but they shouldn’t be a topic of conversation when there’s more important stuff going on in the world, like milking cows for delicious ice cream.
Work. i’m happy, like really happy. typing that out feels good— expressing my happiness in real life feels better. i’m starting to feel like myself again—& overhearing my family tell others, “i haven’t seen her like this in a while” confirms that notion. two months ago, i had no idea where i’d end up, but i am saying thank you on a daily basis for allowing me the opportunity.

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.)

  • Furniture pick-up. before i headed out to Kansas for grad school, i drove up to Chicago to pick up a hand-me-down couch from a good friend. the couch, soon recovered by Mama, took me through grad school & the first year in my house. but after all this time, & spending the last couple years hoisted up on boosters, i’ve decided to part ways with the beloved 3-seater.  thank goodness for furniture pick-up people. as of Tuesday, my living room has been empty—just making room for new…someday.
  • Hobby Lobby. the source for so much of my decorating inspiration. i get lost in the aisles, rarely buying a thing. after all, window shopping until i make a solid decision has always been a specialty.
  • Hunter & Jimmy Choo collab. 4 years ago, i was in NYC with Mama & we bought some rain boots. a ridiculous purchase? probably, but a staple in my closet? most definitely. i’ve worn those boots all over kansas, indianapolis, chicago, apple orchards, football games, raining saturdays…etc etc etc. to me, a label is a label. in real life, i get uncomfortable when discussing them, but i will forever choose quality over quantity—even when it comes to a rain boot. truthfully, if you want to see me squirm, ask me about a designer good in front of others, i’ll quickly turn quiet & change the conversation. so, when i choose to wear rain boots that were purchased in THE Saks 5th Avenue to a dairy farm, please keep in mind they’re serving a purpose, i’m not intentionally flashing a receipt— i’ll never understand Hunter’s decision to plaster their name on the front of their design. i’m grateful for the boots, but they shouldn’t be a topic of conversation when there’s more important stuff going on in the world, like milking cows for delicious ice cream.
  • Work. i’m happy, like really happy. typing that out feels good— expressing my happiness in real life feels better. i’m starting to feel like myself again—& overhearing my family tell others, “i haven’t seen her like this in a while” confirms that notion. two months ago, i had no idea where i’d end up, but i am saying thank you on a daily basis for allowing me the opportunity.
October 4th, 2013
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.)
Buffalo Chicken Salad. last night, Piercey & i headed to Detour for dinner. we both ordered the Buffalo Chicken Salad & couldn’t stop raving about it the whole way home. besides the occasional Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich (OMG) or Chickfila’s spicy chicken sandwich (OMFG), it had been way too long since i indulged. highly recommend if in the Carmel area.
John Legend. his tribute to Chrissy gives me this deep romantic hope that i haven’t felt in a very, very long time. perhaps this is what happens when you once again witness that look between two people—the same look the groom gives the bride as she waltzes down the aisle.  all the feelings, you guys.
Target. i went in for bananas & honeycrisp apples, i left with 1 dress, 2 tops & a Diet Dr. Pepper (i resisted the Halloween candy- that will be purchased November 1st at 50% off). Target does it right so often.
Tivo. at 5 a.m., i love my Family Matters & Full House on Nickelodeon, but what i love more are the trashy shows i record on my Tivo. at this point, the repertoire ranges from the Real Housewives series to The Game to Teen Mom to Hart of Dixie. there’s no justifiable explanation for any of the recorded shows, but they’re perfect during those early bird workouts…perhaps that’s justification enough?
Happiness in others. my heart bursts with joy when i witness happiness in others.  last weekend, it was for K as she married her best friend. it’s been for C as she feels her first baby kick throughout our dinner dates. it’s for A as she talks about life in the suburbs & how her almost two year old grows a little sassier each & every day. & it’s for P as i visited her new lake house- a house that i know will someday be the place her children have birthday parties and graduation parties and spend most weekends & summers in between.  even during times when my life has been up & down, i have never forgotten to celebrate the victories of others, because i know how much it means to me when they celebrate my own.

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.)

  • Buffalo Chicken Salad. last night, Piercey & i headed to Detour for dinner. we both ordered the Buffalo Chicken Salad & couldn’t stop raving about it the whole way home. besides the occasional Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich (OMG) or Chickfila’s spicy chicken sandwich (OMFG), it had been way too long since i indulged. highly recommend if in the Carmel area.
  • John Legend. his tribute to Chrissy gives me this deep romantic hope that i haven’t felt in a very, very long time. perhaps this is what happens when you once again witness that look between two people—the same look the groom gives the bride as she waltzes down the aisle.  all the feelings, you guys.
  • Target. i went in for bananas & honeycrisp apples, i left with 1 dress, 2 tops & a Diet Dr. Pepper (i resisted the Halloween candy- that will be purchased November 1st at 50% off). Target does it right so often.
  • Tivo. at 5 a.m., i love my Family Matters & Full House on Nickelodeon, but what i love more are the trashy shows i record on my Tivo. at this point, the repertoire ranges from the Real Housewives series to The Game to Teen Mom to Hart of Dixie. there’s no justifiable explanation for any of the recorded shows, but they’re perfect during those early bird workouts…perhaps that’s justification enough?
  • Happiness in others. my heart bursts with joy when i witness happiness in others.  last weekend, it was for K as she married her best friend. it’s been for C as she feels her first baby kick throughout our dinner dates. it’s for A as she talks about life in the suburbs & how her almost two year old grows a little sassier each & every day. & it’s for P as i visited her new lake house- a house that i know will someday be the place her children have birthday parties and graduation parties and spend most weekends & summers in between.  even during times when my life has been up & down, i have never forgotten to celebrate the victories of others, because i know how much it means to me when they celebrate my own.
September 27th, 2013
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.)
Camera ready outfits. i suppose if you’re always on television, you understand the ins & outs of “on-screen” fashion. i learned on Monday night, that i do not possess that valuable education. for those who get it, i applaud you.
Mums. Costco has these amazing GIGANTIC mums for $15, & they scream FALL once you cut off their plastic jacket. they are beautiful! go get one (or two)!
Peanuts & Candy Corn. yup.
Road trips. i always love a good road trip, but even more than that, i love a good road trip through hundreds of fall cornfields at the end of a busy time period. there’s really nothing better—even if it’s 10 hours alone with XM radio.
Vet care. there are times i need someone to tell me that Bentley will be okay. while i believe she’ll live forever, i understand that a consulting doctor might diagnose issues, & i’ll deal with it. last weekend, i was thankful not only for a kind vet, but for a calming vet who treated Mama & i with the same attention he gave to Bentley.
Visiting my old workplace. don’t get me wrong, one step into my old place of employment allowed me to say a couple more “thank you for laying me off”s within minutes, but there was something about going back to visit a supportive, still-employed, friend that left me feeling extra grateful to have been laid off. i would never wish that day on anyone, but to now look back, after hitting my one month anniversary at the new job, makes me even more happy to be where i am.  i promised myself and a few friends that i will never return to that office, and it’s not because i don’t like some of the people still there, it’s because that period of my life is gone for a reason, and it needs to stay in its place.

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.)

  • Camera ready outfits. i suppose if you’re always on television, you understand the ins & outs of “on-screen” fashion. i learned on Monday night, that i do not possess that valuable education. for those who get it, i applaud you.
  • Mums. Costco has these amazing GIGANTIC mums for $15, & they scream FALL once you cut off their plastic jacket. they are beautiful! go get one (or two)!
  • Peanuts & Candy Corn. yup.
  • Road trips. i always love a good road trip, but even more than that, i love a good road trip through hundreds of fall cornfields at the end of a busy time period. there’s really nothing better—even if it’s 10 hours alone with XM radio.
  • Vet care. there are times i need someone to tell me that Bentley will be okay. while i believe she’ll live forever, i understand that a consulting doctor might diagnose issues, & i’ll deal with it. last weekend, i was thankful not only for a kind vet, but for a calming vet who treated Mama & i with the same attention he gave to Bentley.
  • Visiting my old workplace. don’t get me wrong, one step into my old place of employment allowed me to say a couple more “thank you for laying me off”s within minutes, but there was something about going back to visit a supportive, still-employed, friend that left me feeling extra grateful to have been laid off. i would never wish that day on anyone, but to now look back, after hitting my one month anniversary at the new job, makes me even more happy to be where i am.  i promised myself and a few friends that i will never return to that office, and it’s not because i don’t like some of the people still there, it’s because that period of my life is gone for a reason, and it needs to stay in its place.
September 20th, 2013
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.)
flex schedule. it’s nice that after a 12 hour day, i have the option to sleep past 5:15 the next morning. it’s nice that after two 12 hour days, i can plan on leaving the office at noon the following Friday. there are little luxuries i vastly appreciate after not ever having them before..turns out, trust in the work place is a beautiful thing.
frozen bags of corn…for icing my hip. have you ever had a hip flexor injury? because it’s no fun, at all. honestly, it’s horrible. all i want is to run—do you realize how weird that is for me to want? & right now? right now, i can’t. i attempted a mile on Monday morning after thing my hip felt a little better. welp. it’s not. so, i’ve resorted to bags of frozen corn on my hip as often as possible. do you have advice? help me, please.
iOS 7. it’s so pretty. the apps look wonderful, the new features are enticing, & even answering a call on the cleaned-up format makes me happy. nice work, Apple. i have no interest in the new iPhone, but this is pretty great.
Huskers. first we lost last weekend, then we find out Coach Pelini cursed out the fans 2 years back. the thing is, regardless of the coach (we all know he’s a hot head— did you see him & Taylor Martinez on the sidelines all last season?!), we’re there for the guys & for our love of the program. #GBR
lattes. i went months without placing a fancy coffee order, & just like that, i’ve reverted to my old ways. it’s gonna be short lived (my bank account tells me so), but for the time being, those things are flippin’ delicious.
Match.com. my membership ended on September 9th. i never went on a date, although i did receive many emails from creepers older than my preferred range (hey, gramps!), but i did realize something, i still believe it’ll happen naturally. there were so many times i’d think about my profile being available to men i’ll never meet, & it gave me a weird feeling every time. i know of people who are happily married due to match.com (& similar sites) so i know it is possible for some, but for me, it wasn’t, & that’s perfectly okay.

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.)

  • flex schedule. it’s nice that after a 12 hour day, i have the option to sleep past 5:15 the next morning. it’s nice that after two 12 hour days, i can plan on leaving the office at noon the following Friday. there are little luxuries i vastly appreciate after not ever having them before..turns out, trust in the work place is a beautiful thing.
  • frozen bags of corn…for icing my hip. have you ever had a hip flexor injury? because it’s no fun, at all. honestly, it’s horrible. all i want is to run—do you realize how weird that is for me to want? & right now? right now, i can’t. i attempted a mile on Monday morning after thing my hip felt a little better. welp. it’s not. so, i’ve resorted to bags of frozen corn on my hip as often as possible. do you have advice? help me, please.
  • iOS 7. it’s so pretty. the apps look wonderful, the new features are enticing, & even answering a call on the cleaned-up format makes me happy. nice work, Apple. i have no interest in the new iPhone, but this is pretty great.
  • Huskers. first we lost last weekend, then we find out Coach Pelini cursed out the fans 2 years back. the thing is, regardless of the coach (we all know he’s a hot head— did you see him & Taylor Martinez on the sidelines all last season?!), we’re there for the guys & for our love of the program. #GBR
  • lattes. i went months without placing a fancy coffee order, & just like that, i’ve reverted to my old ways. it’s gonna be short lived (my bank account tells me so), but for the time being, those things are flippin’ delicious.
  • Match.com. my membership ended on September 9th. i never went on a date, although i did receive many emails from creepers older than my preferred range (hey, gramps!), but i did realize something, i still believe it’ll happen naturally. there were so many times i’d think about my profile being available to men i’ll never meet, & it gave me a weird feeling every time. i know of people who are happily married due to match.com (& similar sites) so i know it is possible for some, but for me, it wasn’t, & that’s perfectly okay.
Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B