February 14th, 2014
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.)
Justin Timberlake. this man. his concert. oh my, oh my.
My Nebraska Girls. considering i’ve known these girls since i was 18, it’s amazing to me that we’ve remained so close. not only because of the challenge due to distance, but because of how much has occurred in our lives over the past 11 years. after spending yet another night with them, we all had a mutual feeling of contentment & admiration for how far we’ve each come. collectively, we’ve seen each other overcome such life-changing obstacles that our friendship is not only based on respect, but on an intimate level knowing our secrets will never get out…lord knows, that would be bad.
Opinions. one of the greatest aspects of blogging is that every blogger has his/her opinions about food, travel, style, marriage, sports, etc etc etc. & while i attempt to keep my opinions about other’s lives/interests at bay, i appreciate the openness of those who express theirs. it makes the world go round,it really does. but let’s all remember, life’s too short to worry about eating, traveling to, wearing, dating, or cheering for some(thing/where/one) you don’t adore. be you, be happy. you’ve got this!
Safe flights. sitting in a three-seat-across, 20 row plane while speeding through thunderclouds is not my idea of fun; however, if it’s gotta happen, i’m glad it’s thanks to a handsome pilot delivering us from point A to point B. 
Sugar. i went 28 days without it in my life, & i am so glad it’s back…in moderation. 
Valentine’s Day. it’s a day to tell those you love that they’re loved. it’s a day to do something kind for a stranger, to eat chocolate because you damn well feel like it, to thank your lucky stars you’re not dating the wrong person, & to treat yoself, because why the hell not.

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.)

  • Justin Timberlake. this man. his concert. oh my, oh my.
  • My Nebraska Girls. considering i’ve known these girls since i was 18, it’s amazing to me that we’ve remained so close. not only because of the challenge due to distance, but because of how much has occurred in our lives over the past 11 years. after spending yet another night with them, we all had a mutual feeling of contentment & admiration for how far we’ve each come. collectively, we’ve seen each other overcome such life-changing obstacles that our friendship is not only based on respect, but on an intimate level knowing our secrets will never get out…lord knows, that would be bad.
  • Opinions. one of the greatest aspects of blogging is that every blogger has his/her opinions about food, travel, style, marriage, sports, etc etc etc. & while i attempt to keep my opinions about other’s lives/interests at bay, i appreciate the openness of those who express theirs. it makes the world go round,it really does. but let’s all remember, life’s too short to worry about eating, traveling to, wearing, dating, or cheering for some(thing/where/one) you don’t adore. be you, be happy. you’ve got this!
  • Safe flights. sitting in a three-seat-across, 20 row plane while speeding through thunderclouds is not my idea of fun; however, if it’s gotta happen, i’m glad it’s thanks to a handsome pilot delivering us from point A to point B.
  • Sugar. i went 28 days without it in my life, & i am so glad it’s back…in moderation. 
  • Valentine’s Day. it’s a day to tell those you love that they’re loved. it’s a day to do something kind for a stranger, to eat chocolate because you damn well feel like it, to thank your lucky stars you’re not dating the wrong person, & to treat yoself, because why the hell not.
February 7th, 2014
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.)
Almond butter. my most recent go-to. a couple weeks back, I ordered two varieties from Mark Cuban’s Nuts-N-More brand, & they’re both amazing. how could chocolate almond not be amazing?
Brewed Chai Tea. don’t get me wrong, i love me some coffee. but sometimes, even i need a break—especially in the afternoon. & considering how often i’ve been craving a hot drink, brewed chai tea with a little cream has become a new fave.
Introductions. every once in a while, all it takes is one conversation to completely turn a day around. for me, it was yesterday afternoon, after a Pure Barre class. i don’t know what it is about that place, but i’ve met some of the most interesting & kind people. i keep going back because i know it’s a great workout, but the people always leave me feeling better than all the energizing endorphins in the world.
Mini high school reunions. when you’ve moved back to your home state after being away for college, you never know who you’ll run into. on wednesday night, Crissy & her husband were seated right next to me, and within minutes, one of our old dance team friends walked through. we stopped what we were doing & enjoyed the company, because we couldn’t make up this stuff if we tried…mainly because we were all so hell bent on getting out of this area when we were 16 years old. it’s good to be back.
Sam Edelman. the man makes a nice boot.
Turbo Tax. as of 10:07 last night, my taxes have been filed. without the help from Turbo Tax, i’m not sure i would’ve made it through page two.

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.)

  • Almond butter. my most recent go-to. a couple weeks back, I ordered two varieties from Mark Cuban’s Nuts-N-More brand, & they’re both amazing. how could chocolate almond not be amazing?
  • Brewed Chai Tea. don’t get me wrong, i love me some coffee. but sometimes, even i need a break—especially in the afternoon. & considering how often i’ve been craving a hot drink, brewed chai tea with a little cream has become a new fave.
  • Introductions. every once in a while, all it takes is one conversation to completely turn a day around. for me, it was yesterday afternoon, after a Pure Barre class. i don’t know what it is about that place, but i’ve met some of the most interesting & kind people. i keep going back because i know it’s a great workout, but the people always leave me feeling better than all the energizing endorphins in the world.
  • Mini high school reunions. when you’ve moved back to your home state after being away for college, you never know who you’ll run into. on wednesday night, Crissy & her husband were seated right next to me, and within minutes, one of our old dance team friends walked through. we stopped what we were doing & enjoyed the company, because we couldn’t make up this stuff if we tried…mainly because we were all so hell bent on getting out of this area when we were 16 years old. it’s good to be back.
  • Sam Edelman. the man makes a nice boot.
  • Turbo Tax. as of 10:07 last night, my taxes have been filed. without the help from Turbo Tax, i’m not sure i would’ve made it through page two.
January 31st, 2014
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.)
Apple Store. it’s nice knowing you can walk into an over populated store & still get decent service. it’s even more nice knowing you can carry on a conversation with a complete stranger and not have it be awkward because they’re doing you a solid & providing assistance while talking about the weather & sharing tips about siri. Apple is one of my favorite brands & last night at 9 pm, they proved why.
Gleaners Food Bank. 1 out of 6 Hoosiers struggles with hunger, and after touring Gleaners facility, i’ll be making more of an effort to contribute to their cause. what are you doing to help? (side note: on Gleaners homepage, you’ll see an image with a long line of people waiting to pick up donated goods. the picture was taken in the most affluent counties in the state. think about that one.)
Green BEAN. many many people love at-home grocery store delivery; i, apparently, am not one of them. don’t get me wrong, i’m all for “prime” shopping on amazon, but when it comes to produce delivery, i’d like to keep the shopping to myself. i’m always thrilled when a company offers their product in exchange for a review, & in the case of Green BEAN, i can understand why some people will continue ordering their produce bins. for me, i’m thankful i had the chance to experiment with a leek, but considering the worm that accompanied the container, i’ll stick with a little pesticide control & good ole grocery shoppin.’
Kind hearts. throughout the week, i’ve heard stories of so many people lending a helping hand. whether on a national level like the Atlanta residents taking to Facebook to help stranded passengers or on a more personal level where 80% of our office drove down to stand at the side of our co-worker who had lost her grandfather. it’s always humbling to hear & witness how others are making time for others even in the midst of their chaotic lives/schedules.
McDonald’s Breakfast. the one craving i will always accept.
Redbox. last weekend, i rented Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station and Lee Daniel’s The Butler. i fast-forwarded through two out of three because the plots were so slow & anti-climatic. there was a small part of me that felt bad given the accolades the productions had received, but there was a larger part of me glad i only paid $1/movie.

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.)

  • Apple Store. it’s nice knowing you can walk into an over populated store & still get decent service. it’s even more nice knowing you can carry on a conversation with a complete stranger and not have it be awkward because they’re doing you a solid & providing assistance while talking about the weather & sharing tips about siri. Apple is one of my favorite brands & last night at 9 pm, they proved why.
  • Gleaners Food Bank. 1 out of 6 Hoosiers struggles with hunger, and after touring Gleaners facility, i’ll be making more of an effort to contribute to their cause. what are you doing to help? (side note: on Gleaners homepage, you’ll see an image with a long line of people waiting to pick up donated goods. the picture was taken in the most affluent counties in the state. think about that one.)
  • Green BEAN. many many people love at-home grocery store delivery; i, apparently, am not one of them. don’t get me wrong, i’m all for “prime” shopping on amazon, but when it comes to produce delivery, i’d like to keep the shopping to myself. i’m always thrilled when a company offers their product in exchange for a review, & in the case of Green BEAN, i can understand why some people will continue ordering their produce bins. for me, i’m thankful i had the chance to experiment with a leek, but considering the worm that accompanied the container, i’ll stick with a little pesticide control & good ole grocery shoppin.’
  • Kind hearts. throughout the week, i’ve heard stories of so many people lending a helping hand. whether on a national level like the Atlanta residents taking to Facebook to help stranded passengers or on a more personal level where 80% of our office drove down to stand at the side of our co-worker who had lost her grandfather. it’s always humbling to hear & witness how others are making time for others even in the midst of their chaotic lives/schedules.
  • McDonald’s Breakfast. the one craving i will always accept.
  • Redbox. last weekend, i rented Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station and Lee Daniel’s The Butler. i fast-forwarded through two out of three because the plots were so slow & anti-climatic. there was a small part of me that felt bad given the accolades the productions had received, but there was a larger part of me glad i only paid $1/movie.
January 24th, 2014
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.)
American Idol. when Harry Connick Jr. was announced as a judge, i knew i’d be tuning in. i’ve proudly attended two of his concerts and the man’s personality is hard not to love. he’s witty, he’s caring, he’s easy on the eyes— plus even with out HC, J.Lo’s skin is so enviable. half the time, i ignore the auditions & get lost in how she achieves such a glow. so if you’re wondering who i want to win, the judges get my vote.
Breaking Bad. as previously mentioned, i now consider myself a pretty big Breaking Bad fan. after finishing the series in less than two weeks, not only do i think i deserve a “couch potato award of excellence,” but i think i can officially declare Breaking Bad to be the best series I’ve ever watched…& trust me, when comparing it my past experiences (i.e my love affair with JTT in Home Improvement or the always adorable Clarissa Explains it All) this is a high, high honor. anyway, if you haven’t given in to the ways of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, i really think you should.
Espresso Machine. my keurig machine is on the fritz & more & more i contemplate purchasing an espresso machine. seeing as my recent drink of choice is an americano, it would only make sense, right? my parents have a machine & i look forward to playing barista every time i visit their humble abode.
Pistachios. in a world where raw almonds get a lot of a press for being a healthy appetite suppressant, let’s not leave out the delciousness of those pretty green nuts, pistachios.
Pure Barre DVDs. don’t get me wrong, i love attending barre classes, but what i’ve come to love equally as much are their at-home workout DVDs. the workouts are led by the founder, Carrie, and my legs shakes just as much at home as they do at a class. to each their own & all that, but if you’re contemplating the purchase of the DVDs & equipment, i say go forth. plus, the upfront cost of the DVDs is gonna be a lot cheaper than attending the classes.
Tums. i love spicy foods, but spicy foods don’t always love my esophagus. i carry Tums around in my handbag, & maybe it makes me an old woman, but they are my lifesaver.

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.)

  • American Idol. when Harry Connick Jr. was announced as a judge, i knew i’d be tuning in. i’ve proudly attended two of his concerts and the man’s personality is hard not to love. he’s witty, he’s caring, he’s easy on the eyes— plus even with out HC, J.Lo’s skin is so enviable. half the time, i ignore the auditions & get lost in how she achieves such a glow. so if you’re wondering who i want to win, the judges get my vote.
  • Breaking Bad. as previously mentioned, i now consider myself a pretty big Breaking Bad fan. after finishing the series in less than two weeks, not only do i think i deserve a “couch potato award of excellence,” but i think i can officially declare Breaking Bad to be the best series I’ve ever watched…& trust me, when comparing it my past experiences (i.e my love affair with JTT in Home Improvement or the always adorable Clarissa Explains it All) this is a high, high honor. anyway, if you haven’t given in to the ways of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, i really think you should.
  • Espresso Machine. my keurig machine is on the fritz & more & more i contemplate purchasing an espresso machine. seeing as my recent drink of choice is an americano, it would only make sense, right? my parents have a machine & i look forward to playing barista every time i visit their humble abode.
  • Pistachios. in a world where raw almonds get a lot of a press for being a healthy appetite suppressant, let’s not leave out the delciousness of those pretty green nuts, pistachios.
  • Pure Barre DVDs. don’t get me wrong, i love attending barre classes, but what i’ve come to love equally as much are their at-home workout DVDs. the workouts are led by the founder, Carrie, and my legs shakes just as much at home as they do at a class. to each their own & all that, but if you’re contemplating the purchase of the DVDs & equipment, i say go forth. plus, the upfront cost of the DVDs is gonna be a lot cheaper than attending the classes.
  • Tums. i love spicy foods, but spicy foods don’t always love my esophagus. i carry Tums around in my handbag, & maybe it makes me an old woman, but they are my lifesaver.
January 17th, 2014
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.)
a Firm bed. Wednesday night was the most peaceful night, spent in a firm bed, tired as all get out, truly out until Thursday’s alarm rang. it was magical.
Hazelnut flavored coffee. i’m pretty fond of Millstone’s selections, but when it comes to flavored coffee…or any coffee, in general, i’m a pretty big fan of any brand that makes coffee taste like dessert.
Jesse Pinkman. yea, yea he’s only a character, but i want nothing more than to be his friend & eat Pollos Hermanos by his side.
Pulled Pork. that ish is good.
Revlon curling iron. it’s ceramic. it’s at least 5 years old. it’s still a favorite.
Town & Country. one of the few subscriptions i have yet to cancel, perhaps because they keep wooing me with handsome men.
Zappos returns. i ordered a pair of heels 3 months back, have not worn them & now they’re 50% off the price i paid. thanks to Zappos customer service, they’re letting me return the pair i own so i can accept a new(er) pair at the current price. hello, savings! hello, shoes i shouldn’t have purchased in the first place but did so therefore i’m keeping them!

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.)

  • a Firm bed. Wednesday night was the most peaceful night, spent in a firm bed, tired as all get out, truly out until Thursday’s alarm rang. it was magical.
  • Hazelnut flavored coffee. i’m pretty fond of Millstone’s selections, but when it comes to flavored coffee…or any coffee, in general, i’m a pretty big fan of any brand that makes coffee taste like dessert.
  • Jesse Pinkman. yea, yea he’s only a character, but i want nothing more than to be his friend & eat Pollos Hermanos by his side.
  • Pulled Pork. that ish is good.
  • Revlon curling iron. it’s ceramic. it’s at least 5 years old. it’s still a favorite.
  • Town & Country. one of the few subscriptions i have yet to cancel, perhaps because they keep wooing me with handsome men.
  • Zappos returns. i ordered a pair of heels 3 months back, have not worn them & now they’re 50% off the price i paid. thanks to Zappos customer service, they’re letting me return the pair i own so i can accept a new(er) pair at the current price. hello, savings! hello, shoes i shouldn’t have purchased in the first place but did so therefore i’m keeping them!
January 10th, 2014
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.)
Breaking Bad. i may have started watching 6 years after the premiere, but guaranteed, i have quickly become a dedicated fan. thanks to Netflix, my binge-ing of this award-winning series has become a highlight of my evenings.
Dairy Farmers. through all the cold and snow, please take a minute to acknowledge the hard work of farmers everywhere. here in indy, one of our beloved dairy farmer families posted an image that became national news. it puts into perspective the dedication farmers possess in order to get food & milk on our tables. it’s a 24 hour job, & we are so thankful for their efforts.
Fur Vests. can’t stop, won’t stop.
#Read26Indy. the challenge set forth by an Indy star reporter has re-ignited my love for reading. i love a good challenge & it’s not too late to join!
Snow Days. as a student, i loved a good snow day. as an adult, i love them even more. this break, i was happy to have the time to spend a solid 2 weeks with my family. with the snow days, i was given a few more days. i will never take that time with family for granted, even if i already see them multiple times a week.

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.)

  • Breaking Bad. i may have started watching 6 years after the premiere, but guaranteed, i have quickly become a dedicated fan. thanks to Netflix, my binge-ing of this award-winning series has become a highlight of my evenings.
  • Dairy Farmers. through all the cold and snow, please take a minute to acknowledge the hard work of farmers everywhere. here in indy, one of our beloved dairy farmer families posted an image that became national news. it puts into perspective the dedication farmers possess in order to get food & milk on our tables. it’s a 24 hour job, & we are so thankful for their efforts.
  • Fur Vests. can’t stop, won’t stop.
  • #Read26Indy. the challenge set forth by an Indy star reporter has re-ignited my love for reading. i love a good challenge & it’s not too late to join!
  • Snow Days. as a student, i loved a good snow day. as an adult, i love them even more. this break, i was happy to have the time to spend a solid 2 weeks with my family. with the snow days, i was given a few more days. i will never take that time with family for granted, even if i already see them multiple times a week.
January 3rd, 2014
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.)
Adventures with the boys. i grew up wanting to emulate my older brothers. i played on a co-ed tee ball team with Bro #2 & relied on Bro #1 for protection during those impressionable elementary school years. the three of us were a unit & there was never an event that took place where i was left out because i was a girl. 20+ years later, this is still very much the case. in fact, my brothers now encourage me to join in on their adventures. case in point this last week as i found myself getting fingerprints at a nearby town followed by a morning trip to the shooting range. it’s nice knowing your family has your back— it’s even better when your siblings are your loudest cheerleaders.
Colts. when we moved to indiana in 1993, there were two football teams we rooted for on the weekend, Nebraska Huskers & the Indianapolis Colts. i knew about Jim Harbaugh long before he became a west coast favorite, i watched the draft when #18 joined our team & i touched one of Edgerrin James game-day socks when i was 16 (true story, long story, but yes, true). i have been fortunate to sit in the stands at many Colts games, typically as the guest of a best friend. however, now i have the opportunity to bring guests of my own & to be in that position, that’s a great place to be.
EPH. Happy, Happy Birthday to a girl who has supported me through the thick & thin of 2013, who cheered hard through interviews, who followed up with powerful words, who has become a friend— a dear, dear friend. I am so thankful for you EPH & hope 31 is the BEST year! xx, B
New Year’s Resolutions. i’m not typically one who sticks to resolutions but if 2013 taught me anything, it’s that i love the feeling of being fit—in my own defined terms. to me, January 1st presented the best platform to re-evaluate & make a game plan. & that’s just what i did. so, here we good… work on Fitness & Read 26 books in 2014. two things i love very, very much.
Oranges. during the winter months, i crave oranges more than i crave cashmere. that’s saying something.

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.)

  • Adventures with the boys. i grew up wanting to emulate my older brothers. i played on a co-ed tee ball team with Bro #2 & relied on Bro #1 for protection during those impressionable elementary school years. the three of us were a unit & there was never an event that took place where i was left out because i was a girl. 20+ years later, this is still very much the case. in fact, my brothers now encourage me to join in on their adventures. case in point this last week as i found myself getting fingerprints at a nearby town followed by a morning trip to the shooting range. it’s nice knowing your family has your back— it’s even better when your siblings are your loudest cheerleaders.
  • Colts. when we moved to indiana in 1993, there were two football teams we rooted for on the weekend, Nebraska Huskers & the Indianapolis Colts. i knew about Jim Harbaugh long before he became a west coast favorite, i watched the draft when #18 joined our team & i touched one of Edgerrin James game-day socks when i was 16 (true story, long story, but yes, true). i have been fortunate to sit in the stands at many Colts games, typically as the guest of a best friend. however, now i have the opportunity to bring guests of my own & to be in that position, that’s a great place to be.
  • EPH. Happy, Happy Birthday to a girl who has supported me through the thick & thin of 2013, who cheered hard through interviews, who followed up with powerful words, who has become a friend— a dear, dear friend. I am so thankful for you EPH & hope 31 is the BEST year! xx, B
  • New Year’s Resolutions. i’m not typically one who sticks to resolutions but if 2013 taught me anything, it’s that i love the feeling of being fit—in my own defined terms. to me, January 1st presented the best platform to re-evaluate & make a game plan. & that’s just what i did. so, here we good… work on Fitness & Read 26 books in 2014. two things i love very, very much.
  • Oranges. during the winter months, i crave oranges more than i crave cashmere. that’s saying something.
December 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.)
Babies. another friend announced her pregnancy on Monday and i cannot believe that come July, i will be “Aunt B” to FIVE of my best friend’s babies! for 3 of them, this will be their first. for the other 2, it’ll be their 2nd. each pregnancy has been so different, yet i have remained the same…give or take that weight i gain while indulging in their cravings.
Christmas. with every decoration, carol, ball of wrapping paper, reunion, cookie, hug, kiss, gift exchange, etc. comes the joy of the season. Christmas at the age of 29 might involve more grown-up gifts than it did at the age of 7, but man, did i enjoy every second of the day/month/season.
Kleenex. thank goodness Mama carries a supply in her purse. Tuesday night’s service left me shedding a tear or two.. go figure.
Of a Kind. one of my favorite gifts came from Of a Kind. knowing only 49 people own the same gift makes it that much more special.
Surprises. there’s nothing like surprising a loved one with a gift they’d never expect. no matter the size or price of the gift, the thought behind the gesture means so much.

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.)

  • Babies. another friend announced her pregnancy on Monday and i cannot believe that come July, i will be “Aunt B” to FIVE of my best friend’s babies! for 3 of them, this will be their first. for the other 2, it’ll be their 2nd. each pregnancy has been so different, yet i have remained the same…give or take that weight i gain while indulging in their cravings.
  • Christmas. with every decoration, carol, ball of wrapping paper, reunion, cookie, hug, kiss, gift exchange, etc. comes the joy of the season. Christmas at the age of 29 might involve more grown-up gifts than it did at the age of 7, but man, did i enjoy every second of the day/month/season.
  • Kleenex. thank goodness Mama carries a supply in her purse. Tuesday night’s service left me shedding a tear or two.. go figure.
  • Of a Kind. one of my favorite gifts came from Of a Kind. knowing only 49 people own the same gift makes it that much more special.
  • Surprises. there’s nothing like surprising a loved one with a gift they’d never expect. no matter the size or price of the gift, the thought behind the gesture means so much.
December 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.)
Do Not Disturb setting. i’m one of those people who enjoys the quiet at the end of the day— more commutes than not, i drive in silence after work, which is why i decided to activate the “do not disturb” setting on my iphone. at a certain hour every evening, my phone screen turns black and lets me be— no noise, no interruptions, nothing. at first, i freaked out when i’d miss a text about Olivia Pope’s coat or Justin Timberlake’s live performance, but now, it’s all on my time instead of interrupting my Scandal & Sexy Back viewing hours.
a Mailman. as far as i can tell, my Mailman does a great job— he’s one of the most reliable service people i know, really. he makes me happy on a daily basis (well, 6 days a week), he doesn’t judge my outlandish magazine subscription variety, & he’s been in my life longer than any recent relationship. so, as you’re supposed to do around the holiday, i decided to leave Mr. Mailman a gift in my mailbox yesterday…along with a simple note of thanks. I was tempted to set up a hidden camera to witness his reaction when he opened the door & saw the raised flag was exclusively for him. but i didn’t. because i’m not a creep.
Oatmeal. i tend to get on kicks with food, and right now, i’m on an oatmeal kick. is that weird? don’t answer. the point is, it’s delicious and nutritious (especially when made with milk).
the Owner of Pure Barre Carmel. confession: i activated an unlimited membership to Pure Barre and let it go to sh**. i started it right when i began my job— not realizing how often i would have work obligations. so needless to say, i had the original goal in mind of attending at least 3 classes a week and i ended up attending maybe once a week. last night, i attended my first class since October and told the owner, Becky, how nice it was to be back. long story a little shorter, she offered to take a look at my account and see how i can either extend the unlimited membership or add some classes to my account to use in the near future. i left there feeling so good about the work out, but even better about the people at my beloved barre center. i know barre classes are expensive, but supporting a great company run by such caring individuals makes it a little more justifiable. the toning isn’t so shabby either.
the Sing Off. Nick Lachey is back in my life and i am elated.
Teaching. just when i’m started to get overwhelmed with my teaching commitments, i received an email that stated, "You are a good and fair instructor. I hope to have more like you in my future classes." turn out, i’m right where i should be.

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.)

  • Do Not Disturb setting. i’m one of those people who enjoys the quiet at the end of the day— more commutes than not, i drive in silence after work, which is why i decided to activate the “do not disturb” setting on my iphone. at a certain hour every evening, my phone screen turns black and lets me be— no noise, no interruptions, nothing. at first, i freaked out when i’d miss a text about Olivia Pope’s coat or Justin Timberlake’s live performance, but now, it’s all on my time instead of interrupting my Scandal & Sexy Back viewing hours.
  • a Mailman. as far as i can tell, my Mailman does a great job— he’s one of the most reliable service people i know, really. he makes me happy on a daily basis (well, 6 days a week), he doesn’t judge my outlandish magazine subscription variety, & he’s been in my life longer than any recent relationship. so, as you’re supposed to do around the holiday, i decided to leave Mr. Mailman a gift in my mailbox yesterday…along with a simple note of thanks. I was tempted to set up a hidden camera to witness his reaction when he opened the door & saw the raised flag was exclusively for him. but i didn’t. because i’m not a creep.
  • Oatmeal. i tend to get on kicks with food, and right now, i’m on an oatmeal kick. is that weird? don’t answer. the point is, it’s delicious and nutritious (especially when made with milk).
  • the Owner of Pure Barre Carmel. confession: i activated an unlimited membership to Pure Barre and let it go to sh**. i started it right when i began my job— not realizing how often i would have work obligations. so needless to say, i had the original goal in mind of attending at least 3 classes a week and i ended up attending maybe once a week. last night, i attended my first class since October and told the owner, Becky, how nice it was to be back. long story a little shorter, she offered to take a look at my account and see how i can either extend the unlimited membership or add some classes to my account to use in the near future. i left there feeling so good about the work out, but even better about the people at my beloved barre center. i know barre classes are expensive, but supporting a great company run by such caring individuals makes it a little more justifiable. the toning isn’t so shabby either.
  • the Sing Off. Nick Lachey is back in my life and i am elated.
  • Teaching. just when i’m started to get overwhelmed with my teaching commitments, i received an email that stated, "You are a good and fair instructor. I hope to have more like you in my future classes." turn out, i’m right where i should be.
December 13th, 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.)
Babysitting. last night, Ashley & i watched our good friend’s little boy so he & his wife could attend a holiday party. besides the sheer shock that Steven actually agreed to leave his child in our hands, i was thankful for the time I could spend with Ashley, & for the Wii that kept Wes preoccupied for a good chunk of time. i hadn’t been in charge of a child for many, many years, so it’s nice knowing that if/when i have a child of my own, they’ll be fine for at least three hours of their life.
Down coats. you guys, it’s been cold in Indianapolis. & i’m not just talking about winter temperatures, i’m talking tip of the highest mountain temperatures in the dead of winter. i’m so glad i took advantage of a sale a couple years ago and invested in down coat.
Luna bars. a pantry staple in my house, these under-200-calorie bars keep me from experiencing the rage of hunger pangs. plus, as our office continues to fill up with delicious treats from partnerships, i’m keeping one of these on hand just in case i need to be stabilized in the midst of a sugar-laden binge.
Pictures…Real Printed Pictures. Emel sent me snail mail & inside was a hand-written note & a printed picture, like an old school printed picture that goes into a frame & everything! the combination of the mail & letter & picture left me grinning from ear to ear. when’s the last time you printed a picture for a frame? or used a photo kiosk inside of a pharmacy? my mind flew back to Spring Break 2002 when there was a two day wait for photo development. & then prom…senior year, the photo department ruined my prom pictures… the whole roll! they were exposed before kim kardashian took advantage of that word. ugh. life used to be so hard when i was a senior in high school. as if.
Space heater. i’m not sure how safe space heaters really are, but i do know my desk has never felt more tropical.

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.)

  • Babysitting. last night, Ashley & i watched our good friend’s little boy so he & his wife could attend a holiday party. besides the sheer shock that Steven actually agreed to leave his child in our hands, i was thankful for the time I could spend with Ashley, & for the Wii that kept Wes preoccupied for a good chunk of time. i hadn’t been in charge of a child for many, many years, so it’s nice knowing that if/when i have a child of my own, they’ll be fine for at least three hours of their life.
  • Down coats. you guys, it’s been cold in Indianapolis. & i’m not just talking about winter temperatures, i’m talking tip of the highest mountain temperatures in the dead of winter. i’m so glad i took advantage of a sale a couple years ago and invested in down coat.
  • Luna bars. a pantry staple in my house, these under-200-calorie bars keep me from experiencing the rage of hunger pangs. plus, as our office continues to fill up with delicious treats from partnerships, i’m keeping one of these on hand just in case i need to be stabilized in the midst of a sugar-laden binge.
  • Pictures…Real Printed Pictures. Emel sent me snail mail & inside was a hand-written note & a printed picture, like an old school printed picture that goes into a frame & everything! the combination of the mail & letter & picture left me grinning from ear to ear. when’s the last time you printed a picture for a frame? or used a photo kiosk inside of a pharmacy? my mind flew back to Spring Break 2002 when there was a two day wait for photo development. & then prom…senior year, the photo department ruined my prom pictures… the whole roll! they were exposed before kim kardashian took advantage of that word. ugh. life used to be so hard when i was a senior in high school. as if.
  • Space heater. i’m not sure how safe space heaters really are, but i do know my desk has never felt more tropical.
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
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