Farewell 2012.



The days of 2012 have gone by and 2013 is just on the other side of a setting sun.

Apparently I decided that my 2012 was going to go out with quite a literal bang. You see this…

TreeWell just a few moments after this was taken I fell off this log, while holding a stack of firewood. And I fell all my 5’10” + however high that log is off the ground straight on to the cold, hard, stick and thorn-covered ground. I cried. Then I went to go inside and panicked when I realized how I couldn’t barely walk up the hill because I was in so much pain. So I started crying even more. Oh and did I mention I was wearing a sweater headband with whiskers and cat ears? Because I was. So just imagine me wobbling up a hill, crying, looking like a kitty cat. And you’d have to ask Clint but my face was basically that of sheer panic… is it possible to actually break your butt?! Because I think I just did it. I’ll now be bringing in the new year sitting on a heating pad and making noises every time I shift my weight (which I know makes my sweet husband want to pull his hair out) but hey, he loves me. And we’ve had a pretty fantastic year, even with all the clumsy moments (like two days ago when a wine glass literally leapt out the cupboard at me and shattered all over the kitchen, and our dinner). There certainly is no one I’d rather pick glass up off the floor with then my main man. If 2013 is even a fraction as good as 2012 then we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

Now I know that some people don’t like resolutions but I, myself, LOVE them. And I am very excited for this years. So what’s my New Year’s Resolution?! In 2013 I will complete 113 hours of community service. You see, I’ve done my fair share of service hours over the years. Between clubs and what not at school I’ve always found a way to stay pretty involved in the community. However, since graduating from college, and especially since moving to Raleigh, I have not completed hardly any community service- and I hate that! So, for 2013, rather than doing something that is just about me, I want to do something that allows me to help others. Plus, I’m kindling hoping it’ll help me feel a bit more connected up in my new city, and maybe even allow for a teeny tiny bit of networking to get this lady a job (But that would just be a bonus). I’ll be keeping track on my own but I’ll be sure to keep you guys, my super faithful readers, posted on where I’m serving, and hopefully you guys will find yourselves motivated as well!

What are your new years resolutions?!

Cheers to 2013!



Let’s Get Cookin’: A Simple Saturday Snack.

You guys, get excited. This little snack is about to make some happy eaters out of you. Clint and I gave this a go for the first time yesterday and it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve already got the ingredients down on my grocery list so we can have it again soon. Here is..


I know a lot of people struggle with eating healthy on the weekends. Nothing says relaxation like a handful of greasy goodness. But today, I think you should give this a try.

What you’ll need:

1 Orange
1 Lemon
1 Apple (We went with Honeycrisp but you could also do Gala or Fuji)

How you do it:

Juice the orange and lemon
Slice the apple (I went for really thin slices so that they’d absorb the juices better)
Place slices in a dish and pour juice over them so apples are mostly submerged
Let sit for 30 min. to an hour in the refrigerator
Remove from juice and enjoy!

When I took our pieces out of the juice I put them in a bowl and poured just a bit in to sit on the bottom. We snacked on them all throughout the day and they only got better as the day went on.

I hope you all enjoy!

Fashion Friday.

I’m pushing it a little bit, but it’s still Friday and these pictures have finally found themselves cropped and in the same place so I’m sharing… and I kind of got some shots of my fashionable better half and I can’t let those go to waste.




And now.. as promised (and despite the fact that he said they better not end up on the blog) here’s my mister. He’s such a natural.


What’s been your holiday style?
Comfy patterned sweaters or glitz and glam?

Awkward and Awesome.

Apparently I took myself a nice little Bloggy Break. No worries though, the Mister and I are doing fab-u-lous. One of us is still unemployed, one of us is still overworked, and both of us remain incredibly thankful for our sweet little life together. And despite the fact that I just got over ambitious with my freshly brewed cup of hot chocolate, we’re talking raised lumpy things on the roof of my mouth here, people, I am feeling more and more excited for the Holidays.

Here’s what’s been awkward and awesome lately…


-The other night Clint was out back behind our building collecting firewood. In basic terms this means he was walking around in the dark with an ax. Maybe a minute after he came back inside we saw several cop cars patrolling the area around our apartment. Apparently someone was creeped out just enough to call the cops on my favorite eagle scout. On a side note to this: Clint then just left the ax outside our front door rather than putting it in the storage on our porch… because evidently we like to give people the tools they need to break in.

-A school bus from “primary beginnings” which I’ll just assume is some sort of preschool, was driving behind me yesterday and nearly ran me off the road. I’ll just go ahead and assume that none of those children’s parent’s would appreciate that, that little bus was going 55 in a 45. And I’m just gonna throw it out there that I didn’t care for that guys lane change. You turn the blinker on, then you change the lane, not when you’re half way changed, buddy.

-So I’m walking down the aisle in CVS when I kind of sense that someone is walking like really close to me. I did myself a little quick step and glance behind me and see a little girl. She was probably around five, completely unsupervised, and wearing what I’m going to refer to as, a child bride cult dress. You know the kind? A lace collar, a washed out pastel blue color, just all around creepy. This little child-bride girl then proceeded to follow me all. over. CVS. I was dodging in and out of aisles and everything. I thought it was going to become my John Quinones moment… and I was going to be the person who ran away from the young child bride seeking help.

-We tried to be kind, generous people and put some money in the Salvation Army red kettle outside of Harris Teeter but ohhhh no. It’s never that easy. From the time we pulled in to the time we walked up to the front door they had taken that kettle down! We tried, we failed, and that particular bell-ringer definitely ended his shift a bit early.. pretty sure the wrap it up time isn’t 6:37.

-In true Pinterest fashion I began by looking for recipes and wound up reading an article about what convicted rapists/abductors look for in their targets. Now let me tell you something, you should NEVER read these articles. All they do is convince you that you are destined to get abducted. Seeing as someone attempted to snatch me up in college I’m hopeful this means my run-in with abductors is now done and over with. But I’m also considering chopping all my hair off, wearing more than 2 layers at all times, never walking in a grocery store parking lot ever again, and wearing a sign that says “I have mace.”



-I bought my Christmas sweater today! I am so excited about it.

-I have finally learned how to drive Clint’s car. Take that straight drive. There have been a handful of failed driving lessons but last week I decided to stop freaking out every time the car got above 2nd gear, and I actually managed to drive, on real roads, with lines, and stop lights, and other cars. It was magical. And then two days later I stalled at a traffic-y stop light and proceeded to freak out and yell at Clint (cause that makes sense).

-Christmas commercials. They are THE BEST. And seriously, JCP, you are doing it right this year.


What’s been awkward & awesome lately?