Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 2014 NatureBox

let's preface this by saying that these pictures were taken around nine/ten o'clock at night in a poorly lit kitchen using a flash. oh, and I still don't know very much about my photoshop elements.

moving on.

you know, I don't know what to really say as an introduction, so let's just have some pictures.

that little card was to tell me that one of my snacks had to be replaced, but I don't remember what it was, and I'm kind of wondering if I ever filled that spot in my pantry.

you know, I often get distracted when I'm trying to write these posts because I go and look at the NatureBox website and add new snacks to my pantry. I'm back now!

Salt & Pepper Lentil Loops :: I was a bit nervous about this one, since I've never had lentils before. they were really good! they taste like French fries from somewhere, but I can't figure out where! they do have a little kick to them, but it is quite delicious.

Blueberry Nom Noms :: I was expecting a lot out of these because I really like the dark cocoa ones last month. these weren't as great as those (hello, the other ones were chocolate!), but they aren't bad. they're soft and pillowy little oat cookies (:

French Vanilla Almond Granola :: it's granola. I like granola. I'm satisfied. in case you're wondering, that's caramel yogurt {Yoplait Greek}, which is kind of strange, but very good with an apple!

Blueberry Almond Bites :: these are so cute. they have three different types of rice, and one of them must give them a tiny almost spicy flavor, because I can't figure out what else it would be. cocoa is also listed as an ingredient, but I don't taste it.

Dried Cranberries :: not impressive. this is clearly the replacement snack. I don't really know what to say about these, because they're just like the cranberries that you can buy anywhere. I already have cranberries, and now I have more!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

34/52 2014

the end of summer is just flying by. I can't say I'm too mad, because fall is beautiful and will hopefully be a little less chaotic!

Wednesday 20 August // day two hundred thirty-two :: planning Sunday's lesson

Thursday 21 August // day two hundred thirty-three :: where I'd rather be

Friday 22 August // day two hundred thirty-four :: the only flowers left in my apartment. love these paper ones.

Saturday 23 August // day two hundred thirty-five :: my nails remind me of raspberry sherbet! they're OPI's My Address is Hollywood.

Sunday 24 August // day two hundred thirty-six :: new arrangement. for now. (;

Monday 25 August // day two hundred thirty-seven :: a rushed picture between jobs.

Tuesday 26 August // day two hundred thirty-eight :: eating an apple when "je mange une pomme" came up. except I conjugated it wrong. whoops.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

21st Birthday Party with WIFEE and the HUZz Band!

We celebrated my 21st birthday (the 9th) this past Friday night, and it was so much fun! I had originally wanted to have WIFEE and the HUZz Band play at my party, but then after months of changing the dates, Ruby and I decided that it would just be easier to use one of their pre-existing Door County gigs for the party. This was actually smart, because I haven't really had any luck with having people show up for my birthday party, ever. The band had a gig scheduled for August 15th at the Florian II Supper Club in Baileys Harbor, and we decided to dinner beforehand.

The Wednesday before the party, I went down to Appleton and got a manicure and pedicure at Spa BenMarNicos. My toenails were painted OPI's My Signature is DC and my fingernails were OPI's I Sing in Color.

I was off from work on the day of the party, which was really weird because there have only been a few Fridays that I haven't been there since I started working at the motel nearly four and a half years ago. I walked around Target for a little bit before my hair appointment.

It ended up taking longer that I was expecting to get my hair done, because my hair stylist and I were having a hard time deciding what we wanted to do. I wanted it curly, and I was hoping to have it up at least partially, but I didn't want to look to Prom-y because of the dress I was wearing.

I left there a little bit later than I was hoping to, and then I went home to get changed. I rented the Allison Parris Grand Celebration dress from Rent the Runway, along with the Lauren Merkin Grey Eve Glitter Clutch.

I was already freaking out because I was running late, and then I was having some problems with the zipper on the dress because the teeth wouldn't stay together. I called two of my friends, but there really wasn't anything that they could do, so I just ended up wearing the larger size. (Rent the Runway will send you a second size at no additional charge. I am so thankful for that.)

I drove up to Baileys Harbor, and I already saw the cars of the people that I was supposed to be meeting there. Our dinner reservations were for seven, and I was a few minutes late. I don't really remember seeing anyone in the restaurant other than us, but they might have just been on the lower level by the water and I wasn't paying attention. I found Anna, and she helped me tape my dress up, and then she took a couple pictures of me. The one thing I wish I could change about that night was that I wish I took pictures with more people.

photos by Anna Sacks

The dress was just incredible. I felt like a cupcake, and melanie said that she wanted to bake a cake for me to stand on! ha.

We sat down for dinner a little bit later, and Ruby had gotten these giant happy birthday balloons to put on the table. Almost a week later, and they still look brand new.

Dinner was really nice because I got to spend some time with people that I feel like I rarely just get to hang out with. I ordered the smallest steak on the menu (I don't really eat seafood, and I didn't think that ribs were a good choice for what I was wearing...), but it still seemed huge!

A few more people showed up after dinner, and then I dragged Abi with me to go fix my dress again, and then her mom bought me my first drink. I had a grasshopper which was really good, but I didn't drink the whole thing because I was kind of paranoid about having to drive home.

photo by Abi Bethke

It matches my car, so that was cute. pat was joking about wanting to take a picture of me in my car with it. (:

The show started around nine, but I don't have a lot of pictures of that (or really anything that night) because it was so dark in there.

Just before the end of their first set, they played "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," which Ruby said that Vee picked out as my birthday song. {listen to the original here} I thought that that was all that they were going to be doing, but of course not. They made me get up on stage and they played a real birthday song and made me blow out candles on some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cupcakes.

photos by Ty Helbach

I was laughing so hard and had no idea what to do with my arms. I felt so awkward.

photos by Abi Bethke

Abi took a couple pictures on her phone, and then she saw that my camera was sitting there, so she took a couple pictures on there for me, which was really sweet.

After I sat back down at the bar with Abi, melanie came over and told me that I was supposed to pass out the cupcakes, but I didn't want to, so Abi's mom went and brought us some cupcakes, and later she passed them out to the people at the bar.

Abi also took this last picture here, which I love. We would alternate between standing/dancing and sitting at the bar. Anna and I danced together to My Girl, and that was pretty funny because neither of us had any idea what we were doing. Then, for the Get Down, I ended up lying on the floor with Vee, and it was a funny and awkward experience, which he made even funnier/more awkward by kneeling over me while he continued to play his guitar.

All in all, it was a wonderful night.


*this is not a sponsored post.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

33/52 2014

it's been a pretty busy week. I worked a lot, and then my birthday party was on Friday! (: as the summer merges into the school year, I hope that things start to seem a little bit less crazy.

Wednesday 13 August // day two hundred twenty-five :: I went to Appleton to get a manicure and pedicure. I was hoping to take some pictures downtown, but I ran out of time. I grabbed a Groundskeeper Frappe from Copper Rock Coffee, and it tasted like an Oreo (:

Thursday 14 August // day two hundred twenty-six :: I found this scarf on clearance at World Market.

Friday 15 August // day two hundred twenty-seven :: birthday fun with WIFEE and the HUZz Band. technically this was taken after midnight, but it was the best one. the lighting there wasn't the greatest.

Saturday 16 August // day two hundred twenty-eight :: birthday balloons from Ruby!

Sunday 17 August // day two hundred twenty-nine :: this week's camp theme is s'mores! (:

Monday 18 August // day two hundred thirty :: it's barely rained all summer, but we have thunderstorms in the forecast all week.

Tuesday 19 August // day two hundred thirty-one :: breakfast. because white dishes make everything classier.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Twenty While Twenty {revisited}

1. get my own place. May 1, 2014. {see some pictures here}

2. take a solo trip. Minneapolis in March! {pictures here}

3. get another tattoo. {sorry, Mom} May 29, 2014.
please note the sign to the right of my head - yes, it hurts. I would also like to point out that that is a freckle to the left of the raven, not blood.

4. graduate college with my associate's degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. 20 December 2013 {read about it here}

5. try a new recipe to bring to Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Oreo White Chocolate Pudding Peppermint Cookies for Christmas

6. create a Facebook fan page for my photography. 19 September 2013

7. rename my blog & get a fresh design to go with it. never happened, because I still don't know where I want to go with it.

8. read twenty books. see the list here.

9. blog at least twice a week. yes!! and there were times that I blogged more than that, especially September, when I participated in Blogtember.

10. buy a real leather belt. no more bad quality Target belts for daily wear. 31 December 2013

11. bake a cake. {I've never baked a cake before, only cupcakes.} 4 August 2014

12. send out one piece of real mail {package, letter, postcard, etc.} each month.
August - lots of thank you cards & Nicole's Cara Box
September - birthday card
October - Sonya's Cara Box
November - thank you note & postcards
December - Christmas card
January - thank you notes & a birthday card
February - Valentine's cards (:
March - some postcards from Minneapolis
April - a postcard from Door County to a friend in California
May - some notes to family
June - a congratulations card to Abi for passing her driver's test {which you can see here}
July - note to my sister, note to my pen pal, Leah
August - nothing yet, but it will happen

13. learn how to be more frugal. {and blog about my adventures along the way} the only part I blogged about was a January spending freeze, but I've actually tried to be better about not wasting my money. I don't go to Target nearly as often, and I'm waiting for some of that college stuff to go on clearance before I buy it. I also have been using more coupons and buying things when they are on sale! (:

14. take better care of myself. {eat healthier, do yoga, etc.} I've been eating better {less junk, more fruits and vegetables}, and I've been doing my own version of yoga, if you could call it that. I teach a few tumbling classes at the Y, so I do stretches and run around with them, and I am planning to get back in the pool and start swimming again when school starts up again.

15. go to the spa to get a pedicure, massage, and/or facial. never happened, even though I have two gift certificates, BUT I scheduled an appointment before my birthday, and I went on Wednesday for a manicure and pedicure.

16. learn how to apply makeup - maybe someone at Sephora would teach me? never happened. oh well.

17. start writing a book. while I decided to go a different direction with this, I did start working on it. {but I haven't worked on it much, and it's been a while. oops.}

18. learn how to play one song on the guitar. hahaha never happened, and I knew in the back of my head that it wouldn't.

19. drive up north at least four times. I lost count of the number of times that I actually went, but here are some times that I did a whole post of pictures.
Labor Day photos here
fall photos here
winter photos here
Memorial Day photos here
July photos here

20. plan a fabulous party for my twenty-first! (: kind of, sort of. Ruby is the best and we're making it happen, even if it isn't what I was initially thinking. {it's going to be a lot better.}

I passed with an 80% (:

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