Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What I'm Loving Wednesday!


I'm loving...

That I got to go home last weekend for Father's Day weekend. I surprised my folks by showing up on Friday afternoon, they didn't know I was going to be there. My sweet kiddos (AKA my great-nephew and great-niece) live next door and when they saw my car, they immediately came over to see me (well, they came to see my phone, they love taking pictures, especially with SnapChat).



I'm loving...

That I got to dog-sit for my neighbor last week. She had to go out of town and needed someone to stay with her dog Holly. She's a good dog, we went on a few walks and she got spoiled with belly-rubs (she's quite the diva). :) 



I'm loving...

That I'm going to cross two ballparks off my Major League Ballpark list this summer. Next week I will be in St. Louis and just got my ticket to a Cardinals game (I'll refrain from spitting on the sidewalk). ;) They will be playing the Royals next week, so I'll be there for a Missouri showdown! 



I'm loving...

SnapChat. It can be very entertaining (especially when you are bored or can't sleep). I know, there are selfie haters out there, but SnapChat makes them funny, at least to me. The filters are fun. Here are a few snaps that got saved to my phone (these are over a span of like two weeks, they were NOT all sent the same day). For the record, the one of me in my car was taken while I was NOT driving. There was construction and a wreck on the way to my folks last Friday and I sat for almost an hour NOT moving. I was about to get out of my car and make friends with people around me. If you want to follow me on SnapChat, my handle is Averyfan.

I really don't care for West Coast games, they start too late!







I'm loving...

That my BFF's sweet five-year old felt I needed cookies delivered to my office when she heard I was having a bad day. Tiff's Treats will deliver freshly baked goodies to someone (seriously, they were so fresh the cookies were still warm). They have locations in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and I believe Atlanta. They also deliver ice cream, because there was a pint of Blue Bell included as well. :)



I'm loving...

That I can update some of my 101 in 1001 list. I'm so behind with it. I only have until October to complete it. Looks like I probably won't get it all done this time.

17. Organize storage unit
This was actually done a few months ago, I've just been HORRIBLE about posting updates to this list. I got rid of about six Rubbermaid containers. Now the majority of the stuff in my storage unit is all my Christmas decorations. :)

27. Take books I'm not going to re-read to Half Price Books or library donation drop-off
This was also done a few months ago. I took most of my CD collection (that I possibly ripped to my laptop before getting rid of them) and a bunch of books to Half Price Books. 

44. Volunteer for company's Habitat for Humanity team.
Sadly my company is no longer partnering with H4H, so I had to remove this from the list. BUT, I just found out that my church DOES volunteer for H4H, so I'm going to do that instead. I missed this year, but I will volunteer next year!

66. Attend 7 musicals/plays I have never seen (4/7) 
Since I saw some of these in early 2015, I've been REALLY bad about keeping up with this one!
-Ragtime
-My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
-The Sound of Music (I've seen the movie, but never the live musical)
-Newsies (again, I've seen the movie but never the live musical)

What are YOU loving today?

XOXO!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review 2016: Dropped Third Strike

**All reviews on Randomness With Rachel are done on a five star rating system. The reviews are solely my opinion and no one else's. Randomness With Rachel does not receive any incentives or compensations for reviews.**

Dropped Third Strike by Micah K. Chaplin


It is NO secret that I'm a HUGE baseball fan, so I LOVED the baseball aspect of this book, but even for a casual or non-baseball/sports fan, this book is an enjoyable read and I loved it.

In so many books today (especially romance books), the characters are so perfect and "flawless" that it's not only unrealistic, it's ridiculous. Who can relate to someone who is so perfect? I know I can't. I love that the characters in this book have their own individual imperfections, so they are easier to relate to and seem more "real".

Now, I don't work for a major league baseball team (I could only wish), but I could relate to Kate in some ways. She has insecurities and hang-ups that we all have (even if we wish we didn't). I can also relate to what she goes through with her singleness- the struggle can be very real.

I love that the author included a glossary of baseball terms (to help out those non-baseball fans). I hope that this encourages a non-fan to give the book a chance. You never know, you might also fall in love with the sport of baseball! :)

I have high hopes that this will become a series because there were some minor characters in the book that could have their own story line. I look forward to the next one! :)

Why yes, I did order an autographed copy! :)

XOXO!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What I'm Loving Wednesday!



I'm loving...

That a new Chick Fil-A opened by my office and the manager gave everyone in my building a promotional card for a free chicken sandwich.


I'm loving...

That Bath & Body Works brought back limited edition "Flashback Fragrances" this month. I possibly stocked up on some of my favorites from college. 

I smell a whole lot like 1996. Ah, memories!
I refuse to admit that I have a Bath & Body Works addiction. Stop judging me...
I'm loving...

That my best friend is letting me read the newest story she is writing. She sends me a few chapters at a time. I spent last Saturday night reading the first five chapters. :)

Picture blurred for obvious reasons (I can't have part of her unpublished story on the internet, come on people)
I'm loving...

That I spent my Friday night organizing my closet (well, I'm loving that it's finally clean and organized, not that I have no life and was home on a Friday night). Lol. 

I organized my Rangers shirts by color. For the record, it will NOT stay like this. After the next load of laundry, I'm sure they will all get jumbled up again. :)

I'm loving...

That I saw seven consecutive Rangers games last week. They won six of the seven games. Yes, I'm crazy. Yes, you knew the Rangers would make this post at some point. I tweeted out that my attendance streak would end at six games because game seven was last Thursday during the day. I said I couldn't get off work. My friend Corinne tweeted that I needed an excuse note to miss work, so the Rangers tweeted me a note to show my boss. I jokingly showed it to my boss and she was like, "fine, if the Rangers are excusing you, you can have the afternoon off", so I went to a little day baseball (which is always fun). Yes, I have an AMAZING boss and work for a great company that they would let me have a day off with such short notice.


I forgot to wear my cap to the sixth game and they lost that game. The Rangers teased me about it
Day baseball with friends is fun! The picture on the bottom left shows mine and my friend Misti's reaction to Prince Fielder's home run. We had possibly been talking smack about him and we felt that he showed us up by hitting the home run. :) My nephew Peter (top left) was at the game with his church so I had to get a picture with him. Yes, in the picture of the shoes, I'm the one with the ghostly white legs. Lol. 

I'm loving...

That I got to see two of my Twitter peeps at the games. I got to sit with my friend Steve last Wednesday night and I met up with my friend Phillip at the day game!



I'm loving...

That TCM was streaming one of my favorite movies online this week. This movie starred Nancy Reagan (when she was Nancy Davis). I also love TCM On Demand streaming. It's great for classic movie fans such as myself! :)


I'm loving...

That my friend Micah is mailing me a copy of her newest book. I've already read it (I helped her with edits), but I can't wait to read it again. It's great! A review of the book will be up on my blog SOON (so stay tuned!) :)

I'm loving...

That BMW stopped by my office today and allowed employees to test drive different cars. I test drove an electric car (which was different). There is no coasting so as soon as you take your foot off the gas pedal, you come to a stop. It was fun though! All of these pictures were taken when the car was STOPPED (just do you know that I don't take pictures while driving). :)


What are YOU loving this week?

XOXO!!