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Chronicles of a simple girl in a sparkling world


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RANT: One of those days…

Ok, I am usually not one of those debbie downer people. I truly believe that each day is what you make of it and a large part of that is your attitude. I’m also fairly easy going, patient, and don’t get worked up a whole lot.

MONDAYS are the exception to this rule. I have a general statement that Monday’s do not like me and something is likely to go wrong (and usually does). My boss has even picked up on this and just laughs at me. I’ve learned to just go with the flow, it could always be worse.

But, today, TODAY IS NOT MONDAY. I swear it is though. This morning was COLD AND RAINY. THIS IS TEXAS. I do NOT like winter. I liked the 80 degrees we had this weekend. It started out with me spilling my coffee on me. Then, I had an appointment at the Apple Store to get my iPad fixed because I dropped it on the rocks and shattered my screen (on a Monday, because I had lost my phone on a Monday). Get there, and OMG APPLE HAS THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE. Period. 3 minutes is all it took for them to make me angry enough to walk out. First, they won’t take a look at my uncle’s computer because that’s not what I made the appointment for. Well, I’m sorry. Didn’t know it was going to malfunction last night when I booked the appointment 3 days ago. And why do I need to tell 5 people what’s wrong with my iPad when I had to put it on my online form for why I was coming in?!?!?! Maybe if they’d fire a few of the USELESS hands around those stores, we wouldn’t have to pay $5,000 for a computer. Ok, maybe that amount is a little dramatic, but seriously. Oh, and if I can sit anywhere according to one guy, why does another tell me I need to sit at a certain table. I had already asked an Apple store in Houston if they could replace it and they said yes. Austin, nope, they cannot do that. Must replace the whole thing. Oh, and who did you talk to? Did you get their card? Excuse me, sir. I did not know it was necessary. And DO NOT question me. Wrong feisty, blonde girl to mess with.  And this is the point where I looked at him and said “this is ridiculous.” and walked out.

There are few things that make me more angry than terrible customer service. Apple better be glad I really like their products, because I REALLY do NOT like their people.

Next, I rarely ever am on time. I’m usually 5-10 minutes late not matter how hard I try to be on time. Sometimes, I have to tell myself 30 minutes early if I REALLY need to be on time. My friends have learned this and adjusted my arrival time accordingly, too :). But, if I’m going to be late, I let the person know. It usually isn’t a big deal, but it’s just courteous. Well, my trainer forgot about my session today. And one of the front desk people tried to get him. I waited 20 minutes. AND THEN HE TRIED TO TURN IT ON ME. Hi, I don’t know if y’all can tell, but today is NOT the best day to jack with me. UGH.

Today is just one of those days where people are generally annoying. I’m hoping for a better, warmer day tomorrow. For now, I’ll consume some wine.

xoxo,
jenn


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MAID OF HOTNESS: Because I’m Only Half Crazy!

So, here’s my first post about anything that’s related to becoming the maid of hotness. But, it’s a big one. One filled with 12 weeks of anxiety. One SERIOUS day of anxiety. Two days of extreme hunger.

I have officially completed my first HALF MARATHON this past Sunday! For those of you that know me (especially my trainers), know that I am NOT a runner. I remember when a mile used to be a task for me. Fall 2012, I finally could run 3 miles. Not easily, and not without a lot of complaining. 🙂

So, you’re probably wondering how and why did you agree to do this? Well, it’s kind of something I’ve wanted to do and just never put my mind to it. Fall 2013, my two friends, Bernadette and Stephanie, mentioned that they’d like to do one and they weren’t runners either. And, they happen to say that in front of our friend, Omar, who is a professional runner. Ok, not by trade, but I mean he’s ran 13 marathons I think now. RIDICULOUS. Of course, he finds a half for us in Dallas and sends us the training program. Dallas race – March 23. Training to begin – December 28. We have now committed to do this. Like real life, we will be running 13.1 miles. and YES THE POINT ONE COUNTS.

Well, go figure, I open my mouth to my uncle and current trainer, Brian. My Uncle Looch mentions that he would like to do one also. We found one to be ran on February 16. Training begins – THANKSGIVING WEEK. I haven’t completely committed to that race at this point but agreed to train with him, as it can’t hurt, right? So, I tell Brian. He says he’ll do it with me and that he has a couple of other clients who are interested. Crap, now I have to do it.

Once we started training, it wasn’t that bad. We followed the Hal Higdon’s training program for novice runners. It was great and it works. I honestly haven’t found that love of running yet, and convincing myself to run on running days was hard. But, we did it. Most weeks at least ;). Once the weekly runs got longer (4.5/5 miles) those were really hard to convince myself to do. We ran those in/around our neighborhood and it was less than entertaining. We did our weekly long runs on Sunday’s around the lake. They have great trails here in Austin. It also helps when you have other runners around you. The 5 and 6 mile long runs were good. My 7 was terrible because I didn’t eat. My 8 was really good…

…and then I hurt my foot. Not sure what it was, but I could barely walk and definitely couldn’t run. The week of the 9, I don’t think I ran at all. If I did, it was just once. But, I couldn’t complete the 9 mile run. Only made it 5 miles and my foot just couldn’t take it. This is the point where I just didn’t know if I could run the February race. We hadn’t signed up at this point and there was still time to back out. The week after the 9 mile, I decided I had trained for this race, and I was going to run it. My uncle had signed up and I knew once I did, I’d fully commit to the race. So, I signed up two weeks before the race. I only ran one 5 mile the week of the 10 miler, I think. And then had a fairly decent 10 mile run. Now after. We were a mess. We could barely walk. And I was worse than my uncle! The 10 mile is where you end your training. Even though it seems like you only have 3 miles left to go, I was super nervous about those last 3 miles.

Race week is now upon us. I am thoroughly looking forward to 4, 3, and 2 mile runs. I thought they’d be nice to me. NOT. I have learned that longer runs are actually better. It takes you the first two miles to get settled in and just cruise. I did good the whole week. I ate good, drank a lot of water, stretched good every night, iced…you know, all the precautionary measures.

I was feeling good the day before. We woke up, had coffee, watched the news. FAIL. DO NOT WATCH THE NEWS THE DAY OF THE RACE. Here’s where the anxiety SERIOUSLY starts. I had some errands I needed to run. I wanted to go do some shopping as there were President’s Day sales. And then I FULLY intended to take a nap.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I don’t really get anxiety, (I think) I’m fairly easy going. Well, I got my errands done in record time, spent too much money in Express and decided I needed to clean out my closet. Cleaning out my closet lead to me totally reorganizing my closet, getting rid of so many clothes, cleaning off a bookshelf, doing my laundry and yeah, then it was time for dinner. No nap happened. I knew it was going to be an early morning but I just couldn’t stop. So, then, my mom and sister get here and we go to dinner at Texas Roadhouse. I AM A NERVOUS WRECK. I had already planned what I was going to eat to make sure I had a good meal before the race and I could barely eat. I tore my straw wrapper to shreds and fidgeted the whole meal. My aunt was laughing at me because she hadn’t ever seen me like that!

After a decent night’s sleep, we woke up and it was FINALLY race day. Now, I hit the “ok-lets-just-go-get-this-done” mood. We stretched, took advil, rolled out our calves, got breakfast and ALMOST forgot spark! We got parked and we had a few blocks to walk to do gear check and then make it to the start line. We made a terrible mistake and went to the bathrooms by the start line. For reference, we started on the north side of the Capitol and ended on the south side of the Capitol. We barely made it to the start line on time. The gun actually went off before we got there.

Once we were off, we knew we’d separate pretty quickly. I needed to control my pace and make sure that I didn’t waste too much energy on the first few miles. There were 20,000 runners (!!) so it was a large pack for a lot of the way. The half marathoners split from marathoners at mile 10.8. The first 5 miles were BRUTAL. All hills. I was cussing in my mind and feeling like I hadn’t trained at all for this race. Once we made the first turn to come back it was downhill and I felt much better. We knew that we would have a cheering section but didn’t know where they would be located. Well, right at mile 6 I hear “there she is! there she is!” There THEY were! My mom, sister, and aunt were at mile 6 cheering us on! They had signs and pom poms!

As they tell the story, they got out there and immediately felt peer pressure. The ladies next to them were completely prepared – like had dog toys and a PVC pipe contraption with cow bells! They ended up using wrapping paper, tissue paper, and sharpies. They were awesome and next time we’ll be much more prepared! To my surprise, there were a lot of people out supporting the runners! There were a lot of great signs but ours were the best and used the most creative supplies!! #teammilesfortheaisle #hunklelooch #maidofhotness

Tissue paper pom pons!

Christmas wrapping paper signs!

Once, I got to mile 10, I started getting pretty tired. I used the Gu, but was trying to ration it out over the course. In the final 2 miles was an enormous hill. It is kinda infamous in this course. It was just as awful as I thought it would be. I drive it whenever I go to the office, so I had to constantly look at it. And there the cheering section was again! At the top of the hill! Right at the one mile left marker!

Finishing the race was such an amazing feeling. I sprinted the last straightway. Well, it felt like a sprint not sure if it really was 🙂 I had a goal of 2:30 and I beat it by 7 minutes! I was so proud of myself!

We did it!! 

After we finished and met up with everyone, including my boss, Lindsay, and her husband, Chris, we went to the Driskill for breakfast and mimosas. I was SOOOOO hungry. I ate every bite of the picture below, plus 2 mimosas. And then I still had a huge dinner.

Post run meal – scrambled eggs, a ton of bacon, and bread pudding french toast. DELISH..

Mimosas and water. 

I took this week off to give my legs a rest, but they don’t feel like they really need it. I just have had to stretch A LOT. I will be back to training next week for the March 23 race with my friends! I’m interested to see if I have the same anxiety and how I do overall. I can’t wait to run with them!

Thanks to my training partner, Uncle Looch, my cheering section, Mom, Brittney, and Aunt Steph, and all of you who wished me well!

If you ever have a race around you, I highly recommend going out there and cheering the runners on! You never know what a difference you make for the runners! A little encouragement goes a long way!

Now, for a special shout out to my friend Kat and her counting sheep sleep pants. Love you and can’t wait for this weekends shenanigansssss!

Happy Running!

xoxo,
jenn


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Happy birthday, biffle!!!

So, I currently get the award for worst best friend on Earth. However, I will be paying appropriate attention to her special day next weekend when I actually get to celebrate with her!

Today is my BEST FRIEND FO LIFE’s (Stephanie) 24th birthdayyyy!! And since I ran a half marathon this morning, I didn’t tell her happy birthday until after noon. FAIL.

I am also too tired currently to write anything meaningful. Here’s the low down.

1. Been BFF’s since 7th grade. Working on 12 years this year!
2. We’ve been through it all together. Boys, high school, college, parties, drunken nights that lead to drunken mornings, vacations, work probs, football seasons, etc.
3. We are literally the people that have to be friends because we have too much blackmail on each other.

I love you and can’t imagine how boring life would be without you! 🙂

xoxo,
jenn

PS. I’ll get to the nostalgic instagram and facebook post tomorrow. Now, I’m off to bed.


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MAID OF HOTNESS: The engagement party.

By now, y’all have probably figured out I rant a lot. Well today my rant is about me posting a week after the party. I so wish I was better at posting in a more timely manner. aka, my newly married friend, Ashlee, posts regularly, and makes me feel guilty about not posting the day after. 🙂 But, we have been so busy at work and I really have to be in the mood to blog and I just haven’t been in the mood.
I also need to preface this by saying I KNOW that I am terrible at taking pictures. I’m not good at making sure there isn’t stuff in the background, or even the angles. And I just use my cell phone. Maybe starting by taking pictures with an actual camera would help me have better pictures.
Back to the story now. Being one of the few, and very potentially the ONLY, times I’ll be a maid of hotness, there isn’t ONE possible party that will not happen. Therefore, the first is the engagement party. Well, timing worked out perfect and we doubled it as an engagement/Super Bowl watching party. I had exactly one month to plan. And anyone who knows me knows that I’ll have great ideas and then procrastinate so much that I just can’t execute all of them.
So, I started planning early, well a month early. My sisters’ friend, Regan, offered to help so I definitely took her up on that offer! I thought a taco/nacho bar would be a really good idea. Easy, people can make what they want, and it can stay out and not worry about food getting nasty when it got cold. Done, know what food we’re having. I knew I wanted to make the chalk board frames with their love story on it. We’re very lucky because we get to use a lot of supplies from the flower shop. I also wanted to do a banner that said “She Said Yes” but I never got around to that. I started making painting the frames about 3 weeks in advance. I also had every intention of completing them well in advance of the party but didn’t. I’m actually glad I didn’t because when I put them into the trash bags so glitter didn’t get all over Marilyn (my new car), it totally smeared the chalk…
Next came invitations. Since we were so close to the party already, I decided to do online invitations. I use a website called Paperless Post. They have so many cute invitations there and include an envelope and everything customized to each guest. They are sent via email so all of the guests need to have an email. You can also do printed invitations through them, which reminds me I need to print this one for my sister to keep. And, ok, I am kind of a control freak/want everyone to respond immediately, so I watched the RSVP list CONSTANTLY.
I had already decided to make the rice krispie treat cake that I’m sure you have seen on Pinterest. Then, our friend, Kasie, asked if she could bring anything and she makes amazing cupcakes! She ended up making cookies and creme and cake batter mini cupcakes. They were a total hit and there wasn’t a single one left!
I ended up buying most of the groceries from Costco because it is significantly cheaper, but still had some things to buy once I got home. Friday night before the party consisted of me dropping everything off at my sister and Blake’s house so I didn’t have to lug it around twice. Saturday, my mom and I ran the final errands to Target, TJ Maxx for some serving dishes, Hobby Lobby (which has NO cute plates and napkins), and the grocery store. It feels like we went 50 other places but I don’t think we did. My mom and I spent Saturday evening cutting and chopping vegetables.
Super Bowl Sunday gets here and I will admit that I am not good at planning out time to cook things. I always fear that it’ll be cold so I try to cook it to as late as possible. Well, some things never change haha. I got to Brittney’s an hour later than I planned. Once I got going I did pretty good. Regan came over and we started making queso. Well, I got a recipe from a friend and decided to make the recipe times 8. We were expecting about 50 people, and one of my biggest fears is running out of food.
Once everyone got back from looking at the reception hall, Regan and I had just started making the taco meat and still needed to get dressed. Whoops! 🙂 Luckily, my mom and sister stepped in to finish the taco meat so Regan and I could get dressed. Oh, and I’ll mention that I was totally unprepared. I brought summer clothes and it was FREEZING AND RAINING. I rocked those wedges though!
Now to the part where I tell you how I made everything. I’m going to start with the chalk board frames. 

I really didn’t know how to make it. My aunt gave me the idea and had most of the supplies. I think we used 16×20 inch frames. I really wouldn’t use anything smaller. When I got them from her they were already painted silver. I tried to just paint over it with antique gold spray paint and then brush it with a paint brush to give it the not perfect look. Well that didn’t work and the silver kept showing through. So, then we tried to paint it with flat black spray paint underneath and then gold on top. Still didn’t work. Finally, my aunt gave me the idea to paint it gold and then put gold glitter on top. Success. Going back, I probably should have sanded them down first. I used the Martha Stewart gold glitter. It’s very fine and sparkles A LOT. 🙂 I did put a clear coat on top of the glitter but it really didn’t work. For the adhesive, I used 3M Super 77. 
Crafting the only way I know how – with wine 🙂
Saw I used to cut the foam board 
After coat #1 – you can see the white streaks on the board still.

After round 2 of glitter. I did quite a few. You can see it’s still splotchy.
Finished Product! 🙂
Not a great picture, but I’m pretty proud of myself! Also pictured is the rice krispie cake 🙂
For the chalk board part, I used white foam board and the Martha Stewart chalk board paint. I only needed one can of paint to get 2 layers on both boards. Definitely follow the instructions and let it dry all the way in between coats. Another thing to note, you must watch the direction you paint. You want to make sure you have full strokes in the same direction covering the board. It does have to sit overnight before you can write on it so make sure you allow time for that. I used regular white chalk to write on mine and it worked just fine. Oh, and I only had a huge piece of foam board so yes, I really sawed the foam board to get it to the pieces I needed, and I should never use a saw. 
Next is the rice krispie cake. This took waaaay more ingredients than I ever expected. My momma makes the BEST rice krispies, but she uses the marshmallow cream. Part of the deliciousness is that crumbles and doesn’t stay together. Well, for this project that was going to be an issue so I knew that I had to use marshmallows and butter. My mom has quite an assortment of cake pans and she just happened to have one that fit the cake stand perfectly and then also the size smaller. I originally wanted to do 3 tiers but we didn’t have a smaller cake pan and I didn’t want to try to cut it. AKA I’m a perfectionist and couldn’t stand for the top layer to be different. Since I didn’t have any idea on how much rice krispie it would take, I just started with one stick of butter and one bag of marshmallows. Once I got that melted down, I just poured the cereal until I thought I had enough. Oh Lord, I am becoming my mother’s daughter…guessing, not measuring. (My mom is queen of a little of this, a can of that, just a little bit..) I will say it took way more. I was kind of concerned that putting the finish product in there in multiple layers, that it would come apart or not appear seamless but it did. And they were delicious. 
Next was tequila punch. I actually had this at the Christmas brunch I went to. I was the ONLY person to drink this at the party. Yes, I did ask once if it was getting hot in the house, and no I did not finish the whole thing 🙂 The recipe is very easy.
Tequila Punch

Equal parts tequila, pineapple juice, and ginger ale. Half part of frozen lemonade. 


Now, for the finale…dun dun dunnnn! QUESO! I got this recipe from a friend who made it for a baby shower we hosted together. It was delicious and super easy to make. Her mother in law came up with this recipe from a restaurant. Usually in restaurants the bell peppers and onions are in large pieces. I chose to use my mom’s food processor and so it was more finely diced. Still tasted delicious. 
Galileo’s Queso
3/4 stick of butter
1/2 onion
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 block of velvet 
1/2 pint of whipping cream
Melt the butter. Add the onion and bell pepper and let soften. Add velveeta and whipping cream. Once melted and blended, queso is ready to eat!

Maid of Hotness Fail #2: I had 2 crockpots full of queso. When one got low, I switched them out with the intention to add the rest of the first to the second when there was room. Done. I would hold the first pot and Mom would scoop out the queso. Except that I dropped the first pot in the second and made a total mess on my sister’s counter. Whoops! 🙂

Queso Fail – Also, you never realize how blonde your hair is until it blends in with your sister’s white cabinets.

All in all, I think the party went well. We had so many leftovers and I hope everyone enjoyed their lunch and dinner the next days! 🙂 

Happy Olympic Partying! GO TEAM USA!

xoxo,
jenn