Sunday, September 30, 2012

{Sunday Social - Childhood Edition}

Time for another round of Sunday Social with Ashley & Neely

1. What do you miss most about being a kid? Having no responsibility! HELLO! You're so carefree as a child. Don't have to worry about paying bills and you can have a good time. Oh, and the "mandatory" naps when you were a wee one.

2. Did you have a nickname growing up? My mom always called me Maggie for some reason (and my SIL ended up naming her cat that which was kind of weird). My family called me Krissy for the longest time until I told them I hated that nickname. One of my soccer coaches called me "Christmas" (because it was close to my name) and because when the weather was really cold, my cheeks were red like bulbs on a Christmas tree. Odd.

3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?: Build lunch box forts! When we were in elementary school, the kindergarten rooms and their own door in the back and we used to have to put our lunch boxes on the stoop while we were at recess. But a bunch of us would always make a fort. Ha ha! Also, I loved the monkey bars or playing red light/green light/ 1-2-3.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? 
I wanted to be a pediatrician for the longest time. I was convinced I could marry Doug Ross (ER, anyone?) and we could have a practice together. HAHA! My 6th grade guidance counselor told me that I was "too stupid" to be a doctor and I should chose something else. Well, thanks for the guidance!

5. What was your favorite toy? 
I had many! My godmother gave me this white furry dog that had a pink collar and leash that walked (it was battery-operated). I thought it was awesome. I also loved my Barbies.  And tamagotchis! Those things were so annoying when they beeped but so much fun.

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?
When I was in kindergarten, I was wearing a pretty dress one day and black shoes. My teacher called my mom because I apparently refused to go outside at recess. So my mom asked her if she asked me why I didn't want to go out. Apparently I didn't want to get my new shoes dirty!! High maintenance at it's finest from a young age, ha ha ha!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

{Friday's Letters]

Dear 7-11: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having free coffee this morning until 10am. I really appreciate it. I also really appreciate the people who flooded my newsfeed with it. i may be overloaded on coffee today.

Dear body & brain: Please begin to shut off early because I am going to have to get up at 5:30am starting next Thursday and we all know how unpleasant I am in the morning.

Dear Justin Timberlake: You were so mighty fine in "Trouble with the Curve" but you REALLY need to release some new music. I just miss that sexy voice of yours.

Dear work: I hope tonight isn't too terribly boring. And decently busy. Heck, I hope tomorrow is decently busy because I am working 11:30am-9:39pm sans a break. And for two hours training a new host. I'd also appreciate my work schedule for next week.

Dear fall: It's nice you're back and bringing PSL and my birthday in like 7 weeks. I just wish you were warmer.

Dear bus driver who honked at me yesterday: Explain to me how the HECK I am suppose to make a left hand turn down a street when there is a CAR IN FRONT OF ME and there's also oncoming traffic? You can wait the .25 seconds and not cause an accident, thankyouverymuch.

Dear Essie: Please start making coupons because I buy way too much of your product.

Dear lung doctor's office: I really hope this appointment goes quickly. I also hope you give me another prescription for the inhaler because that worked really well last time. 

Dear Grey's Anatomy: Why did you have to kill off Lexie Gray in the season finale last time and Mark Sloan in the season premiere?!!!! UGHH!!! I feel so ripped off. 

Dear Target: Why must you be addicting? I may or may not be going in there today on my way home....we shall see!!

Link up with Ashley! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

{it's okay thursday}

Happy Thursday everyone! Who can believe it is almost the weekend again?! 

Link up with Neely & Amber to share what is okay with you!

IT'S OKAY.......

...that i sometimes enjoy coming home and being by myself. I love me time.

...that I am excited to start working in a classroom again next week!

...that I bought two pairs of dress pants, a shirt, and earrings at Kohls for $50+ thanks to my 30% off. Gotta love Kohl's!!!

...that they hired another host at work...hopefully she doesn't quit! (They totally needed to because no one can work during the weekdays now). I just hope they still give me a fair amount of shifts! 

...that I can go from zero to p.o.ed  in .25 seconds. Sometimes I can be pissed off for the stupidest reason and then feel dumb immediately after. Something to be worked on...

...that I want to go to Ulta tomorrow just to buy new nail polish for when I get a manicure friday. I have a problem.

...the way to my heart is PUPPIES!!

...that sometimes I'd rather take a nap then hang out with people. #ijustlovesleep. treat yourself to a pumpkin spice frap when you're having a bad day. be excited to start your new job in a week!!

...that I need to go buy jeans...all my jeans are too big in the waist and sagging in the butt area. I hate pants shopping!

...that I want to move out on my own but I am scared to do it. And I am scared of losing ties with my friends. be scared of growing up. Reality blows. have an addiction buying nail polish. I did not just buy two new colors at Ulta today...kidding, I did. be grateful for your friends because you know no matter where they move (or you move), you'll always have each other! have flipped off the bus driver behind me today for honking at me to turn when I couldn't turn because there was a car in front of me! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

{WILW - Happy fall!}

Happy Wednesday, everyone! And this is now officially fall! There's a breeze in the air, the leaves are falling, and it's comfortable sweatshirt weather. 

Today I am linking up with the lovely Jamie to share what I am loving! 

I'm loving that I got a *PROMOTION* in a sense from the school district I will be working in. They want to move me from a permanent Spanish sub to the Spanish TA for the special education kids!! It is primarily the age group I want to work in (7th & 8th grade) and its more involved in the curriculum/instruction! I still start October 4th so I am excited!

I'm loving that Sean Lowe is the next bachelor!! Part of me can't believe it is going into it's 17th season (say what?!) but I am SUPER excited he was chosen. I fell in love (haha) with him on Emily's season of The Bachelorette so I hope he can find his true soulmate. He is the type of man I hope to marry! Plus, it doesn't hurt that he is HOT.

I'm loving that Law & Order SVU returns tonight and Grey's Anatomy returns tomorrow! Yay for fall TV!

I'm loving this scent from Bath & Body Works. I have enough lotion from there as well as hand sanitizer to last me probably for the next 3 years but it was just so perfect for fall that I had to get it!

I'm loving Taylor Swift's new single "Begin Again" from her album "Red" out on 10/22 (do I really need to wait that much longer?! It seems forever away). Then again, what T-Swift song do I not love? I've already informed my friend Shannon we are seeing her in concert on her next tour, no questions asked.

I'm loving that as much as I don't want to go to the gym, I always leave feeling better and usually sleep well that night. I plan on going to the gym after stopping at the mall today to look for new clothes!

I'm loving these pins from Pinterest (one of these days I'll learn the correct way to share them on the blog so it shows "via" on the bottom but for now, deal with it this way! :))

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Step up?!

I feel that for maybe once in my life, I hit something on the money and I am being blessed. I have gone through so much as an undergrad and grad student to get to where I am as a certified teacher. One of my friends, Shannon, said that our undergrad school must have seen my application and said "Let's put this girl through the ringer" because she doesn't know anyone but me who had such bad luck with school related things.

So, remember how I said that I received the permanent Spanish sub position I interviewed for? Well, I got a phone call from the district today. Apparently, a TA position in foreign language is opening up and they wanted to know if I would be interested in coming in to talk about that and possibly moving from permanent sub to Spanish position. I am sure they are also going to be interviewing other people for it as well (I think the lady said she has someone coming in at 9 tomorrow) but it is nice to know I have options. I don't wanna get hopes up because they could always chose someone else and keep me as the permanent Spanish sub but it is nice to know that there are options! 

I also have to fix my W2 form because like the idiot that I am, I messed up! Ooops. Luckily they caught it and mailed me a new one. Ha ha.

So let's hope and see where tomorrow goes! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

{misc monday musings}

1. I am super excited that Cinderella is released on DVD on October 2nd. It is probably my second favorite princess movie from Disney (Beauty & The Beast being the first). I am 25 years old and I totally plan on buying it. If you don't like Disney, you have no soul (I want to go back so bad on another trip!!)

2. I think it was so sweet of my best friend's parents (in Georgia) to send me a congratulations card on getting my permanent sub job! I am like their third daughter after their two biological daughters, ha ha. It means the world to me that so many people have faith and believe in me.

3. Did anyone watch the RHONJ season finale last night? Or was I the only one? (Kidding). Teresa setting up her sister-in-law Melissa (who, BWT, I think is gorgeous and genuine and I would LOVE her body!) to say that she was a stripper before she met Teresa's brother. Apparently she knew about it and pretended she didn't. Probably for drama ratings but I think I am not sure which season finale I liked more...this one or the one where Teresa flipped the table. I cannot WAIT for the reunion next week (their season 3 reunion that aired last year was the day after this all went down...what was in last night's episode). And this is confirmation I need to get a hobby!

4. I am honestly dreading cleaning my closet/switching my wardrobes over because it is such a tedious task! I need a major walk in closet where everything can hang in its place and I don't have this task to do. A girl can dream, can't she?

5. Am I the only one who is NOT excited about fall? I find it to be a boring season. I do really like Christmas so I cannot wait for that to come and start shopping!

6. I went to the gym today and it felt good. I am going to have to figure out how to incorporate it into my schedule once I start the subbing job. I will truly be sad if I can't have my daily "people watching" at the gym!

7. This e-card totally sums up my life:

Link up here

Sunday, September 23, 2012

{Sunday Social}

You know the deal. Answer the questions and link up with Ashley & Neely

1. What is something you have wanted to do but are afraid of?
Definitely sky diving. I have a fear of heights but there is something about just jumping out of a plane (with someone attached to you of course) that seems liberating. There is a place not too far from where I live (probably like 20 minutes) where you can go sky diving. It is on my bucket list to do!

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope that within the next five years, I have my own classroom in a good district. I hope to have my own place (I will cry if I am still living at home at 30, ha!) and be engaged or possibly married to my one true soulmate. I hope to be settled down into my dream home (or in the process of looking for one) by 30. I just want to have my life together by then, ha ha!

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2012?
-I start my job (October 4th!!). It'll be nice to be in a school setting again, getting my foot in the door.
-My 26th(!) birthday! It's on a Sunday (boo!) but I just told two of my best friends we need to go out in NYC for the night (obviously on Saturday).
-My niece's birthday (she turns 8!!! She needs to stop growing up so fast).
-Just simply spending time with family and friends.

4. What are your hopes for your blog?
I hope to continue blogging being myself, being real. I am finding this to be a therapeutic outlet for me. I hope to connect with more bloggers. I would also love to be able to figure out how to design my own blog. Or maybe give it a professionally designed blog look! 

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current city/town?
Probably not just because it is SO expensive to live on Long Island! While it'd be nice, I think I would like a change of scenery. Maybe another town on the island or a completely different state! I know I could never see myself living in NYC. I am definitely a suburban girl.

6. What is your morning routine?
-Get up whenever my many alarms ring (I set at least 3-4 on my phone and a regular arm paranoid!)
-Watch TV in bed as I browse FB, check my email. 
-Make myself a cup of coffee because otherwise, it'll be a pretty ugly day!!
-Shower, Blow dry my hair and get ready for work. Soon, I'll be getting up a lot earlier than 9 or 10!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Powerful Thinking

Everyone has always said that thinking/prayer can be powerful. When you want something to happen, pray about it and in due time, God will make it happen. We want things to happen for us and get jealous when those around us are having better luck. But just sometimes, when you least expect it, things work out the way they are suppose to!

My mom has only one sister and they are pretty close. My Aunt Dot lost her husband, my Uncle Ken, last January after a battle with lung cancer. Uncle Ken was a minister (I guess you could call him that...not a Father, not a reverend...I guess a minister) and was always very religious. He gave a blessing for dinner at my brother's wedding 12 years ago. He always wanted the best for us. Last Friday, my Aunt Dot and her son, my godfather Billy, were praying at about 1pm for my mom. They just prayed that her children (Eric, Brian and I) would find the jobs that were meant for us. 

Little did they know that 2 hours later, I would get the call saying I had the permanent sub job that I only interviewed for two days before! I had a much better feeling leaving that interview then I did the first one. I liked the school, thought it was a friendly atmosphere and it felt like it was the right fit for me. I secretly prayed the morning of my interview "I hope they pick me." And so they did!

I filled out a bunch of paperwork yesterday. I am officially starting October 4th! I am honestly so excited! I feel like after everything I have been through that God was finally telling me "this is your time." Even though it is only a permanent sub position, I feel like this is my foot in the door. Who knows, maybe I will only be here for the remainder of this school year. Maybe a full-time position will come out of it. Who knows? Only God does. 

I could have been pessimistic and looked at it like "Oh, it's just a sub job." "I'll never get it." "No one wants to hire me." "My Spanish isn't good enough." "Why is everyone else I know getting a teaching job and I am not?!" But I chose to look at it in a more optimistic view. I will get so much experience. It'll help me! I don't believe I have to do lesson plans considering my assignment could move around day to day. I have never even subbed before so I don't know if I have to write a note at the end of each class or the day to tell the teacher what happened, etc. I guess I'll figure it out shortly!

Once this happened only a short week ago, it got me to thinking about what I want in other aspects of my life. At 25, I feel like I am NOWHERE where I should be at my age. But then again, I think 25 is so young and I have my whole life ahead of me. I look at my relationship with the bf daily and wonder if this is right, if this is meant to be, am I truly happy. Can I truly envision a life with him down the road? I am honestly NOT sure. I don't know what I want anymore really and just want to see where life takes me in the next 3 months, 6 months, year. I have to do what is right for myself and right now, I am just going to take it day by day.

Because like Forrest Gump said...

{Friday's Letters]

Dear people that drive down my block: There is a stop sign on the corner FOR A REASON. Don't blow through it, ya big moron because one of these days, there is going to be an accident because of your impatience in getting home to go pick your nose or watch your soap operas.

Dear closet: I wish you would clean yourself. It is a really daunting task and I am dreading it next week.

Dear body: Get yourself back to the gym! You're slacking off a lot lately (partly because I feel like being lazy before I start three jobs).

Dear bed: I cannot wait to come home after work tonight and climb into you. Seriously, when did I get so old? 

Dear hair of mine: Why must you be so "thick" and annoying to brush? I really just want to chop it off (not like Miley and definitely not shave it like Britney) but I don't think that'd look well.

Dear Lindsay Lohan: Get your act together. You are giving Long Island a bad image because you're from here and can't get your life together. Maybe you and Amanda Bynes should live in a house together.

Dear anyone who is a morning person: I ENVY YOU THE MOST. I wish I could wake up pleasant and refreshed but that will happen....when pigs fly and crochet sweaters. 

Dear Dunkin Donuts: I am incredibly excited for my coffee today and bagel with cream cheese. I probably eat way too many of those but it keeps me "alert" at work.

Dear Georgia: I really want to move there. Find me a job...even though I just signed my papers on my job in NY. I feel a strong fondness for the south/Georgia. I just now need a window decal for my car to proclaim this in NY!

Dear coffee cup: Yes I did just tell you that I love you and I am so thankful for your existence. I think it's about time I go back to bed instead of work. You agree? Okay!

Link up with Ashley today! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

{It's Okay Thursday}

Happy Thursday everyone! Time to link up with Neely & Amber


....that I put my married brother down as a contingent for my teacher retirement if God forbid anything happened to me. Not that I don't trust my other siblings...I just would want the money to go to his kids. (That'll change when I get married)

...that I enjoy grocery shopping at 25! I even like to use coupons! need to go buy more pants now that I'll be going to school 5 days as week and have to dress up every day!

...that I am excited to enjoy a few days off (even though I am working nights) before I start having to get up at ungodly hour.

...that my computer screen looks gross (I probably should clean it!)

...that I almost cried when I updated my iPhone to have iOS6 because I thought I lost all my pictures! not have gone to the gym in a much stuff going on! plan when you want to take a nap or go to bed as soon as you get up! dread switching out the clothes in my closet....this is why I need a giant walk in closet when I get married. Like Jessica Simpson had when she was married to Nick Lachey:

...even though I have a permanent sub job, I still wanna move to the South. #southerneratheart want to go back to Europe. be excited to use my VVB Vera tote as my "teacher" bag. I am excited to start school!

...that the shows I primarily watch are on TLC and Lifetime. LOVE this (found on A Day In The Life blog about the Chicago teacher strike)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Happy Wednesday everyone! I cannot believe how the weeks are flying and September is HALF over! Before we know it, Christmas will be here!!

Link up with Jamie to share what you're loving this week!

I'm loving that I got the permanent Spanish sub job I interviewed for last week! I found out Friday and I cannot wait to start. I start October 4th!

I'm loving the Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie creamer I have for my coffee...because otherwise, I wouldn't be functioning!

I'm loving that I have two days off this week and three days off next week! I am only working Monday night, Friday night, a double Saturday and Sunday night next week. Just might try to pick up the Wednesday night shift to make some extra cash-ola.

I'm loving that fall TV is coming back! I am so happy Glee came back next week. Looking forward to Law & Order SVU, Grey's Anatomy. 

I'm loving that Reality Steve has said that Sean Lowe (from Emily's season of the Bachelorette) is going to be the next Bachelor. ABC has not officially announced it but Reality Steve is usually pretty on the money with these things so I am 97.8% sure it is true. I am so happy because I can be glued to my TV when he is one! Who wouldn't wanna to look at this fine man?!

I'm loving this picture of my cousin David & Stephanie's identical twin girls Addie & Charlotte. They are just too cute for words!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Misc Tidbits

-I feel like everyone under the sun around me is getting engaged. This may be an exaggeration but seriously. At least 10 people from my graduating class in high school have gotten married. A handful of them have popped out a kid (or two) since. One girl who I used to be best friends with when we were younger got engaged over Christmas. Another couple I went to high school with (oddly enough I had a crush on him in middle school) just got engaged....that was only a matter of time. But seriously, I feel like everyone is getting engaged! Kudos to them for knowing who they want to spend the rest of their life with and I am happy for everyone. As much as I love weddings and cannot wait to get married, I refuse to get married to the wrong person. The time will come for me when it is right. 

-I am SUPER excited about my permanent sub job! I feel lucky I got it after only going on two interviews. I swore this district lost my resume. I have to call the secretary tomorrow and talk to her about things. I cannot start until I am approved by the Board of Ed and they have a meeting tomorrow night. So if it is not tomorrow night, then it's after their October 3rd meeting. I just have no idea what to expect. Anyone have any tips about subbing?! 

-I am still keeping my job at CPK, just cutting away my availability of weekday mornings. I am going to have my availability be Monday night, Wednesday night, Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday...just like it was last year when I was student teaching. I need to pay off as much of my student loans as possible so it'll be nice to have some extra pocket cash. I may go crazy because I also have my tutoring job (only two hours a week) so let's see how long it takes before I crash & burn!

-Sometimes I feel annoyed that my boyfriend wants me to spend every single night I am not at work with him. That's probably horrible of me to say but sometimes I just need to BE BY MYSELF! 

-I am not kidding you when I say that I am addicted to buying nail polish. I usually buy OPI or Essie...more Essie than OPI. Every time I am in Target, I browse the nail polish. I blame it all on my mom for taking me to get my nails done a few years ago and i have been getting them done (tips) ever since. It only fueled my nail polish addiction. I wish they made Essie coupons! At least I can use 20% off coupons at Bed Bath and Beyond on them! 

-I probably should mail my voter registration papers in so I could *possibly* vote in the election in November. I registered when I was in high school but when I was voting in the 08 election, my college messed up and changed my voter registration address to there and I never changed it back. Then again, I don't care about politics enough (I probably should!) so will I even vote?

-I am really excited to see this movie, Won't Back Down. Call me a teacher or a nerd but it looks SO GOOD! 

-I just made a to do list and actually put "do laundry" and "clean room" on it. What an exciting two days off I am going to have!

-I need to buy new dress pants if I am going to have to be dressing up 5 days a week for the permanent sub job. All my pants I wore last year during student teaching were too long and now possibly too big from going to the gym so I need new ones. Where is your favorite place to buy dress pants? 

-I am legit sad that Dance Moms is over for the season. However, I am excited for the "reunion" show they are doing and for Abby's Ultimate Dance Off that starts October 9th. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

{Sunday Social}

Link up with Ashley & Neely for this fun link up! 

1. 5 items you cannot live without on a daily basis:
My iPhone...seriously, I feel "naked" when I don't have it! 

COFFEE!! Without it, I barely function during the day! Also cannot live without my MACBOOK PRO (it's my baby), gum and my Kindle!

2. All time favorite book. Why?

I was never really a fan of what we were forced to read in high school. The only book I ever did like was "They cage the animals at night" which I read in 10th grade honors English. I picked up Jodi Picoult's "Nineteen Minutes" in the Madrid airport on my flight back from study abroad and I finished it in two days. SO GOOD! I pretty much love any of her books.

3. Something you'd like to accomplsh by the end of 2012:
I'd say have a permanent teaching position full time (like my own classroom) but I am okay with having my permanent sub job right now!! I really would like to build up my savings account.

4. If you could go back and relive any year of your life, which year would it be?
I would say probably 2008. I studied abroad and started my senior year of college and had a LOT of fun that year!

5. What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?
I may be quiet but I am a really funny person once you get to know me. Don't judge a book by it's cover and think just because I am quiet that I am boring or a snob. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Good things REALLY do come to those who wait...

I have become a firm believer in good things happen to those who wait. I think that if something happens and it wasn't what you wanted or expected, well there is a reason for that. Something better is meant for you and will come along when the time is right. 

Well, remember how I talked about the interview I had on Wednesday? It was for a permanent Spanish sub position in a district not too far from my house. I had originally applied for a Students with Disabilities 7-12 Spanish position back in July and never heard from them. When they called last week to ask me if I wanted to come in for an interview, I was shocked! Shocked that they didn't lose my resume. 

My interview was Wednesday, I sent a thank you email on Thursday. Yesterday (Friday) when I was at work, I had a missed call from the principal. I called him back and got his voicemail. Then I got another call back from him. He told me he had "good news and bad news." The good news? I was the candidate chosen for the permanent Spanish sub position!!!!! Bad news? I couldn't start until I was approved by the Board of Ed. That's not so bad. I was SO HAPPY to hear that news. I was in shock that I was actually chosen! 

I have to call the principal's secretary on Wednesday, the one I'll be working with for assignments and such. While there are no benefits to being a permanent sub job, I will be in the school 5 days a week...every day school is in session. I don't think (or know) if I have to make lesson plans at all but I am just so excited. This is my foot in the door! At least I have found a position to be in a school environment (after only 2 interviews!) and hopefully this will lead into a full time position or be a stepping stone for me to get that.

I was so happy I cried happy tears. One of my coworkers went and bought me a congratulations card with a little $5 giftcard to Starbucks to buy a coffee on my first day which was so sweet. I felt bad not being able to work the morning shifts hosting anymore but talked with my manager and she was COMPLETELY understanding. She was excited and now she REALLY needs to hire someone else! I am still going to keep my job in the restaurant at nights and weekends (so it'll be Monday/Wed/Friday night and all day Sat & Sun availability) because I need to get those loans paid off! Plus I have my tutoring job so I shall be a busy girl!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

It's Okay Thursday

Linking up with Neely & Amber for "It's Okay Thursday!"

It's Okay... be excited for the "Glee" season premiere tonight. It also helps they are covering "Call me Maybe." #soexcited be cranky when you get woken up by a hammer banging in the room next door at 7am! think that Mason Disick (Kourtney Kardashian's son) is one of the cutest little boys! be excited I have TWO days off next week! enjoy a night to yourself when plans get cancelled because the bf has to work. be addicted to buying nail polishes. This ecard describes me SO WELL!!

...that my room is a mess again after I cleaned it the other night. #firstworldproblems

...that I still find Bridesmaids as funny as the first time I saw it:

...that I think Mackenzie on "Dance Moms" is so funny & cute! 

 ...that I am considering going to bed NOW because I am that tired. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Time for another one of my favorite link ups! Link up with Jamie to share What You're Loving this week! 

I'm loving that I had an interview this morning! It was for a permanent sub position and I think it went well. Here's to hoping it's a foot in the door!

I'm loving that the carpets are being installed in my brothers' rooms tomorrow so all the stuff in the living room can go back in their rooms and we can get rid of stuff. Oh my word the chaos is driving me nuts!

I'm loving Dance Moms! I am addicted to this show and the finale last night was awesome. I loved Chloe's solo and I can't wait for Abby's Ultimate Dance Off for the $100,000 Joffrey Ballet Scholarship!

I'm loving that one of my sweet friends from college, Cara, is expecting her first baby with her husband! She was a senior when I started and I met her because she was friends with my RA (who lived in my sweet). She is such a sweet individual and I am so happy for her even though I haven't seen her in years!

I'm loving Taylor Swift's new song "Ronan" which is about a boy who lost his battle to cancer. It's part of the "Stand up to cancer" campaign. You need to listen to it! 

I'm loving that Glee starts tomorrow! I thought it wasn't coming back for two more weeks but I just saw a preview while watching TV. SO EXCITED!

What are you loving this week? 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

11 years later...

Who can hardly believe that 9/11/01 happened 11 years ago? Do you remember where you were that ill-fated day when you heard the news?

I was a freshmen in highschool and my brother Brian was a junior. Somehow we managed to miss the bus (it was right across the street from our house) so my mom had to drive us. As we were probably 2-3 minutes away from the school, we sat at the train tracks waiting for the train to pass. I just had a feeling in me that something bad was going to happen that day. Creepy, right?

I went about my day...first went to Spanish class (I think) and then my global history class was second period. My teacher's husband was a firefighter in the city. At the end of 2nd period, they always did announcements and they were kind of short. One of the security guards came in and I heard something about the towers being attacked on his walkie talkie. Then, the hallways were like a rumor mill. It wasn't until 4th period, gym class, when one of the gym teachers came in with a note from the principal and told us all what happened. After that, school that day became a blur. In every class, we just sat dumbfounded. Some teachers tried to keep with a normal routine and teach but it just wasn't working. 

My family doesn't work in NYC but we live not too far from it (on Long Island). Many LIers commute daily. My next door neighbor & her son (who is my brother's best friend) both worked there and were able to meet on the Brooklyn Bridge... both unharmed. My brother Eric's friend's sister lost her fiance in one of the Towers. That was the only person we knew of who perished.

But here we are, 11 years later. And we will never forget. Many questions/reasons remain unsolved. Many loved ones still hurting. Many memories lost forever. But a big thanks to all the firefighters, EMTs, police officers, military who responded that day and since to fight to keep us safe. We will never forget.

But on a lighter note, 6 years ago today, part of this dark day was washed away and made brighter by the arrival of my nephew Steven. He wasn't due until the 16th but couldn't wait anymore. Thank you little man for bringing a glimpse of brightness back into this day. I am so proud to be your aunt and know you will do great things this year in 1st grade & football! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Miscellany Monday.

Well, I went to work today and the alarms did NOT go off at all. Thank goodness. I freak out any time I hear alarms. Even if I accidentally set my own car alarm off in a parking lot (which I did at work the other day), I jump outta my skin. Nice, right? I think there was some guy from the alarm company sitting at the bar all day to make sure they didn't go off. That or he was just being a creeper.

I just think I am finally caught up with paying my bills and oh my is gross how much I had to pay. I wish my bank account was about 30 times more than what it is now, ha ha! I guess it has to do with living in New York, one particularly expensive state. Gas is over $4 a gallon now! I might as well get out a broom and fly on it, ha ha! I just know that in the right time, a good job will come, I will be able to save more to have a safety net and be more grown up. But let's face it, growing up sucks, especially paying bills. Thankfully I still live at home (even though I should be paying rent) otherwise I'd totally be screwed.

Today after work I went into Barnes & Noble and purchased this book because Leslie had recommended it/wrote a post about it a month or so ago. I had been debating for the longest time since then if I should buy it, should I get it on my kindle, or just forget about it. I am probably not the most religious person (I don't go to church every Sunday...I was raised Catholic and made both my first Holy Communion & Confirmation)...probably since my mother never forced it upon us. Although, she did grow up going to religious schools. And please don't get me wrong...I have nothing against those who are super religious. But the more I have been thinking about relationships and the type of man I want to marry, the clearer it became to me that I had to buy this book. I can't wait to start reading it! 

I cannot believe Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married this weekend! Um, how about leaving him for the rest of the world,Blake? He is one fine human being! But at least Ryan Gosling isn't hitched....yet! 

I love following celebrities on instagram and then seeing the comments people post on their pictures. Honestly, it cracks me up and is a good source of entertainment!! I follow all the girls from dance moms & the moms on it (sad story lol) and one comment was left like this "hey you might know me and my sister because my sister was offered to do dance moms before the show started. and one time in dance class abby lee miller was calling her we r closer than u think"....seriously people?! Oh my, it cracks me up. Get over yourself!

And the more I think about my interview on Wednesday, the more I wonder What kinds of questions will they ask me? Will they be in Spanish? Etc. It's for a permanent sub position so if anyone has any advice/tips, it'd be helpful!