Monday, May 22, 2017

40 By 40

As much as I don't want to admit it (and I will probably deny it many times over the next 365 days,) I will be turning 40 in May of 2018. So in honor of that, I've decided to make a list of 40 things I want to accomplish before then. I've created a tab at the top of my blog so you can check my progress. You can find that page hereSo, in no particular order, here is my list..

1. Meet Dick Van Dyke (the man deserves to meet me, of course I'm making this number one)
2. See a game at four different ballparks on my MLB Ballparks To Visit list
3. Visit three presidential libraries on my Presidential Libraries To Visit list
4. Visit three states on my States To Visit list
5. Read 40 books (starting May 23, 2017-the 12 I've already read in 2017 won't count for this one)
6. Go to Las Vegas
7. Visit Cooperstown
8. Finish my short story/novel
9. Visit the Alamo with my BFF Mandy (because WHY HASN'T THIS HAPPENED ALREADY!)
10. Go snorkeling
11. Dress up in a formal and go out with friends to a fancy restaurant
12. Clean out my storage unit so that there are only eight boxes (not including Christmas storage boxes). My goal is to declutter my life.
13. Travel outside of the United States (not including Mexico or the Caribbean)
14. Complete at least 4 vacation scrapbooks, I'm several (okay, 7) years behind on them
15. Learn to crochet
16. Run a 5K (just kidding, I meant walk a 5K)
17. Stay in a haunted hotel
18. Try sushi (the non seafood kind- I hear not all sushi has raw fish- I'm not eating raw fish.)
19. Pay off all of my credit cards
20. Visit Jared Padalecki's bar in Austin
21. Have a Supernatural marathon (IN PERSON) with my BFF Mandy (we sometimes talk on the phone while watching episodes, but we never get a chance to watch it together in person)
22. Go to a performance of the Plano Symphony Orchestra (I've been saying this for four years)
23. Take a tour of the Governor's Mansion in Austin (I went as a kid, I've never been as an adult)
24. Visit Washington D.C.
25. Visit five national parks
26. Learn to cook one new recipe a month
27. Take dancing lessons (any kind of dancing)
28. Volunteer at a soup kitchen/women's shelter/homeless shelter
29. Go whitewater rafting
30. Splurge and fly first class at least once
31. Go glamping
32. Watch a silent film in a movie theater
33. Meet Steve Avery (HE NEEDS TO MEET AVERYFAN!!)
34. Take a sign language class
35. Visit Stonehenge (or at least Stonehenge II in Ingram, TX)
36. Read at least five books published before 1920 (as part of my 40 book challenge)
37. Attend a murder mystery dinner (a professional one, not one held by a friend)
38. Perfect playing Fur Elise on the piano (I haven't played piano in 21 years)
39. Visit Big Bend National Park (as part of my five national parks challenge)
40. Write a blog post that gets at least 3,500 views (so far the most I've received is 3,003 on this post)

I hope to actually accomplish the majority of this list. If you don't see me post updates on it throughout the next year, call me out. I need some accountability!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday

It's been a rough week for several reasons, I felt I needed this post as a reminder to always try and find a reason to be thankful.

I'm thankful...
For the opportunity to say goodbye. On Monday I had to say goodbye to a woman who was my "adopted grandmother" for over 25 years. I just happened to be in Austin when I got the news she didn't have much time left (she lived in Austin). I was able to go by and let her know how much I loved her. Although she couldn't talk, she did open her eyes when I started talking to her. She passed away just a few hours after I took this picture. Love you Meem. I'm glad you are no longer in pain. I promise to take care of the family for you. 

I'm thankful...
That my Pop (my "adopted grandpa") is so strong. Before I left their house on Monday, I asked for a picture with him. He said only if I smiled. Despite the fact we were going through a lot of sadness, I love this picture. He looks so happy.

I'm thankful...
For my job. It's been a rough week at my office-we saw a lot of changes in my department, but I'm glad to have a job and for my coworkers. And I enjoy the time we get to have away from the office.

I'm thankful...
For my BFF Mandy. I was dealing with some upsetting news while I was in Austin and she was there for support and to give hugs. It was just what I needed.

I'm thankful...
That I got to see some other dear friends while I was in Austin. I traveled to Austin on Sunday to see a concert with my bestie Zach. I was able to see a few other people in the short time I was in town. Austin friends: next time I visit I promise to be there longer so I can see more of y'all.

Thank you Zach for the ticket to see Brian Wilson. I had so much fun!
I'm thankful...
That I got to spend a few days with this cutie last week. My neighbor (who hasn't moved yet- YAY) was out of town so I got to Holly-sit. 

I'm thankful...
For those of you out there who read my blog (whether I know you or not). Thank you. Thank you for taking time to read whatever I post, whether it's something silly, serious, or just random. So much love to y'all.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I'm Loving!

I'm loving...
That I finally got to check out a few RoughRiders games (that's the Rangers AA team in Frisco). I love minor league baseball (okay, I love any kind of baseball), but minor league games are super fun to attend. I went to a game last Thursday night and on Sunday afternoon. Sunday was Bark at the Park Day and there were so many cute dogs there. I wish I had gotten a picture of some of them.

My friend Daniel went with me on Thursday. I forgot to tell him that I'm always taking pictures. :)
My baseball homegirl Beks works part time at the Roughriders games. I had to stop by for a hug. Yes, I hug. A lot. If you have never met me in person, this is your warning. :)
My friend Art also works for the Roughriders and I got to see him on Thursday too!
My view Thursday night and Sunday afternoon (yeah for free tickets!)

Sunday was my friend Eric's first time to see a Roughriders game.
I'm loving...
The crazy weather in Texas. We had a week full of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Then Saturday a cold front hit and it was overcast and freezing (in the 50s- yes that is freezing to us). Nevertheless, my friends and I enjoyed our tailgate before the Rangers game. Even cold temperatures couldn't stop us from being out there. 

My friend Andrew works with me and saw on Facebook that I was tailgating, so he came by to say hi
It was cold, but at least we looked cute in our Rangers beanies
Former Rangers great Rafael Palmeiro was signing autographs before the game
I'm loving...
Cute gifts from my friends. My friend Lisa made us all fans to use at baseball games (obviously we didn't need them on Saturday though). She put a picture of Steve Avery on my fan. As you all know, he is the "Avery" behind my "Averyfan" handle. So, it's basically an Avery fan for Averyfan. :)

I'm loving...
Going to Rangers games. I know, this shocks you, especially after the first part of my post. Lol. I went to two RoughRiders games and three Rangers games over a five day period. I promise I don't have a baseball problem. :)

For those of you who make fun of me for posting on social media when I'm at the games- it pays off. My friend saw that I checked in on Friday at the Ballpark and texted me saying he wasn't at the game, so I could sit in his season ticket holder seats. He texted his usher to let him know I was coming so I had no problems sitting there. :)
With one out in the 9th, it started pouring. Thankfully my friend Monica and I were prepared with ponchos. The rain only lasted about 10 minutes so we were able to see the fireworks show after the game. :)

Watching Saturday's game with some of my Twitter family- I love these peeps!! I never would have thought that I would get such wonderful friendships from Twitter. These people are truly the best!
I actually took Monday off work to get some rest and take care of a few errands. My friend Harry texted with a last minute Rangers ticket for that night, so of course, I had to go. 
I'm loving...
That I finally saw my high school friend Matt Belisle pitch in a big league game. He's a relief pitcher and it seems I was never at a game where he pitched. Monday night he came in to pitch for the Twins. As much as I want my friend to succeed in his career, I wish he hadn't pitched so well against my boys. :)

Matt and I were on newspaper staff together my senior year. Super sweet guy, just wish he played for the Rangers so I wouldn't feel guilty cheering for him. :)
I'm loving...
When I get to see friends I haven't seen in FOREVER. After 15 months trying to plan lunch/dinner, my friend Landon and I finally had brunch on Sunday. It's ridiculous how busy we both are, we laugh about it. And on Saturday I got to see my friend Cheryl. I've known her since I was 14, but we hadn't seen each other in about 12 years. She and her fiance were in town for a Rangers game so we met up before the game. 

I joked with Landon that I thought he was a figment of my imagination since I hadn't seen him in so long.
Oh, the stories I could tell about the trouble we caused when we were younger- but I won't. :)
I'm loving...
That I'm on week two of my 30 Day Shred workout. We will see if I can keep it up. This is how I feel about working out. Lol.

What are YOU loving today??