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Five on Friday: Almost Christmas Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Did anyone else TOTALLY need today to be Friday???

Anyhoo, here’s 5 things going on in my world this week, as I link up for:

1. Date Night

Well, technically, it’ll be group date night. C and I are going to the movies with some of our friends tonight to see Rogue One. I’m pretty excited because we’ve haven’t had a movie date since Valentine’s Day, when we saw Zoolander 2 (clearly, we’re all about the romantic movies lol).

2. Falling Behind on Movies

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Speaking of movies, I have yet to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. I’m pretty sure that I can’t allow myself to open presents on Christmas morning if I haven’t watched that movie.

3. Westworld anyone?

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Is anyone else watching Westworld? My friends recommended it to me, and I’m hooked after the first two episodes. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it’s one of those shows that I have to watch really closely, so I don’t miss important things, which means that it’s not the type of show that I can watch while accomplishing other tasks.

4. Drunk History

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And now speaking of television, do yourself a favor and watch the episode of Drunk History that features Lin-Manuel Miranda telling the story of Hamilton. I’ve watched it twice already because I love it so much. Also, if you are a fan of Parks and Rec and/or Arrested Development, then you’ll love the cameos!

5. Wrapping It Up!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to wrap gifts this weekend! I’m going to clear off my big ole desk and turn it into my gift-wrapping station. Christmas music will play, hot chocolate will be consumed, and if I’m lucky, the pups will not get into the scraps of paper too much.

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Five on Friday: Top 5 Scrubs Episodes

Happy Friday everyone! Since the holidays are coming up, I’m going to try to avoid stress by watching some episodes of my favorite shows. Today, I’ll write about some of my favorite episodes of one of the greatest shows of all time: Scrubs. Linking up with some great ladies for Five on Friday!

“My Half-Acre”

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This is by far my favorite episode. First of all, Turk, Ted, and the Janitor are in an “air band” together. Why on EARTH would four grown men form an air band? It doesn’t matter because it’s AMAZING. Also, this is the first of two episodes with Mandy Moore, and there’s just something so lovable about her. Oh, and you find out that JD has Les Mis trading cards.

My Best Friend’s Baby’s Baby

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I love this episode. Carla and Turk are having their baby, and JD and Kim are deciding what to do about her pregnancy, and Dr. Cox and Jordan’s son has no filter, which is phenomenal.

My Way Home

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The first time this episode aired, I missed it because I was on the phone. The next day, my friend yelled at me for missing it because he said it was one of the best episodes ever. He was right. It has the perfect mix of magic and heart…and a Wizard of Oz theme.

My Musical

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I was really skeptical of this episode at first, as I am when any mainstream television show decides to do a musical episode. But it was awesome. I still sing the “You’re Going to Be Okay” song in my head from time to time.

My Unicorn

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You know how my most favorite show of all time is Friends? Well when a guest star on Scrubs was Chandler’s from Friends, it made the episode SO much better!

Do you watch Scrubs? Do you have a favorite episode?

 

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Five on Friday: Five Things I Miss From the Old Days

Happy Friday! So today, I’m going to come across as pretty darn old. There are just some modern conveniences that don’t hold up to their outdated counterparts. Today I talk about five older items that I truly miss as I link up for Five on Friday!

1. Typewriters

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Yep, I used to use a typewriter. In fact, I typed up a scholarship essay on one in my senior year of high school. Sure, it’s MUCH easier to clean up mistakes on a computer, but there is nothing more satisfying that hearing the pounding of the keys when you’re typing away on a typewriter. And that ding at the end of each line? That’s when you really knew you were cookin’!

2. Phones with Cords

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Some people still have these, but it seems to be rarer and rarer. I remember for my tenth birthday, I got my own phone for my room. It was pink (OBVIOUSLY) and the keys lit up! As someone who paces when I’m on the phone, having a cell phone is clearly more conducive to my lifestyle, but pushing an “end” button to hang up on someone isn’t nearly as fulfilling as slamming down a receiver.

3. Cassette Tapes

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Again, some people still have these, but do you remember back in the day when you would wait FOREVER for your favorite song to come on the radio so that you could hit “record” for your Super Awesome Songs Mix? Just me? Cuz I’m the oldest person ever? Okay, fine.

4. Be Kind, Rewind

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VHS tapes were certainly a pain in their own right, but didn’t you always feel a little better about yourself when you would rewind the tape before bringing it back to the store?

5. Double Dare

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Okay, this isn’t a object, but it’s something from the old days that I TRULY miss. I really and truly think that if Double Dare were still on television that I would watch it everyday. Trivia plus the intensity of beating an obstacle course at the end of the show??? Sign me up! Side note: we got the Double Dare board game for Christmas one year…it didn’t hold a candle to the show.

What do you miss from the old days?

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Five on Friday: 5 Fabulous Fictional Dogs

Happy Friday all! This weekend, C is camping, so I’ll be spending some extra quality time with my two favorite pups, Linus and Emmy. And thinking of them made me start pondering the dogs of my youth, both real and fictional. So for today’s Five on Friday, I’ve reviewing five of my favorite fictional dogs!

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Clifford the Big Red Dog

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With the exception of a Labrador that we owned for a short while, most of our dogs growing up were very small. So by contrast, the thought of an enormous dog like Clifford was just incredible! Plus, any dog that can help get a little girl and her friends out of trouble was number one in my book.

Spot

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Another childhood favorite, Spot from the book series by Eric Hill was a mischievous little pup. He would hide from his mother or sometimes be on the search for other objects. Either way, I would get to uncover flaps in the pop-up books, which endeared me even more to the character.

Toto

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A mean old lady can’t keep Toto from his Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz! That sly little terrier hopped right out of that basket and ran all the way home. I’d like to believe that Emmy would do the same if she were taken from me…although she’s not the best jumper…

Comet

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One of my favorite episodes of Full House is the one where Comet and his brothers and sisters are born in the Tanner household. And it always cracked me up that Michelle chooses the puppy that loves Uncle Jesse’s bed (reminds me of Linus SO much).

Trusty

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There’s nothing like some true words of wisdom, and sometimes I wish that I knew what dogs were thinking so that they could pass on that wisdom, much like Trusty from Lady and the Tramp. “As my grandpappy, Ole Reliable used to say…”

Linking up with these ladies for Five on Friday!

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Five on Friday: Five Shows I Want to Watch this Fall

Happy Friday! It’s that time again to link up with the lovely ladies for Five on Friday! And today, I’ll be chatting about 5 shows I’m excited to watch this Fall!

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This is Us

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When I first saw a commercial for his show, I thought, “Meh.” Looks okay, but it really isn’t grabbing me. But then people started calling it the “next Parenthood,” and I remembered how I thought Parenthood looked “Meh” until I started watching it. And loved it. Plus, as I continued to watch commercials for the show, I saw that Jess from Gilmore Girls and Mandy Moore are both part of the cast, and those two can sell me on pretty much anything.

Designated Survivor

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I completely missed the entire 24 series (although I’m hoping to Netflix it one of these days). But this show looks very intriguing. I’m a little worried that it’ll peter out after a few episodes, but hey, the premise sounds intriguing. A “Designated Survivor” in case the President and Vice President are both killed? If anyone can do it, I believe Kiefer can. And not just because I loved him in The Three Musketeers.

The Good Place

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  1. It’s Kristen Bell.
  2. Every time she tries to swear, it turns into something else completely adorable.
  3. There shouldn’t be any more reasons.

Stranger Things

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Everyone and their cousin has been telling me to watch this show. In fact, one of our friends came over wearing a Stranger Things shirt the other day and was flabbergasted that I didn’t understand its meaning. Don’t worry, I’ll start watching it soon.

Grey’s Anatomy

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With all of these news shows, did you honestly think I’d give up my Grey’s? Even though I wasn’t a HUGE fan of last season, I’m still a forever fan of this show. And for those who watch: how much trouble do you think Karev is in?

What are you excited to watch this Fall?

 

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Five on Friday: The Rest of the Chicago Pics!

Happy Friday all! Since it’s the last day of the week, I thought I would wrap-up my Chicago trip with pics in this post!

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1. Doughnut Vault

I checked off another donut shop from my 101 in 1001 list by visiting the Doughnut Vault. Not only was their decor just adorable, but the chocolate glazed donut was delicious! My mom got an old-fashioned donut and definitely enjoyed the chocolate one more, too 😉

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2. The Bean!

As true Chicago tourists, Mom and I visited Millennium Park to see The Bean! It truly shows the skyline of the city in an incredible way. We probably took more pictures of The Bean than anything else.

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3. The Flowers

Gorgeous flowers line Chicago’s streets and populate their gardens! One of our Uber drivers said that a portion of the city’s taxes definitely go to beautification, and that’s very clear! As C’s mother is a huge fan of flowers and gardens, I sent her quite a few pictures throughout the weekend.

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4. The Beach!

Was I the only person who didn’t know that Chicago had a beach? The water was so turquoise that I thought we were in the Caribbean! A beach in the middle of a fantastic city…you’re doing it right, Chicago.

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5. Lincoln Park Zoo

If I’m on vacation and there is a nearby zoo, I’m absolutely going. It also helped that the Lincoln Park Zoo was on my 101 in 1001 list! The baby camel was just precious, and everyone laughed at the monkeys’ antics. I’m still getting over the fact that I didn’t know there were red pandas in the lion house, which we didn’t visit, since the lions were outside 🙁 🙁

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Linking up for Five on Friday!

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Five on Friday: Mixed Bag

Happy Friday all!

This week has been a little crazy, so I thought that today’s post should reflect the same 😉 So here’s a mixed bag of posts, updates and a Parks and Rec quote to end your week!

1–“Florida to California PCS: The Road Trip” from We Took the Road Less Traveled

I know that I’ve mentioned this oodles of times, but I love me a planned trip. In fact, C and I are considering driving to our honeymoon destination in Asheville, NC instead of flying, which gives me the opportunity to research some fun road trip stops for us! Casey from We Took the Road Less Traveled is just as much of a travel planner as I am, so I love the heck out of this post!

2–I Love You…So Let’s Go to a Strip Club

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SERIOUSLY Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa?! You’re about to get divorced, but you want to show the world you still have love for each other by hitting up a strip club. Sigh. I have no words. Except the previous words.

3–Full Calendar

How is it that I have 5 different plans this weekend and C has none? Sheesh.

4–Another Today Show baby!

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I was able to work from home on Tuesday of this week and saw Savannah Guthrie announce that she and her husband are having a second baby! She looked incredibly happy, and I felt like a boss for hearing the news before my E! phone app sent me the news alert. Suck it, E! app! I already knew!

5–Some Ron Swanson to Start Your Weekend

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Five on Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

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Can I just start by saying I don’t know when I’ve last been so happy for it to be Friday? Seriously, this has been a giant disaster of a week, so it’s going to be a CHORE trying to think of 5 positive things to mention, but I’ll do my very best and keep remembering that it’s a three-day weekend.

1. Bridesmaid Gift #1!

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Last week, I got an email that one of my gifts for my bridesmaids had arrived at the store, so I took a rather lengthy drive on Sunday to fetch them. Totally worth the drive, however, because they’re adorable! I’d tell you more, but I know that at least one of my bridesmaids reads the blog regularly, so in her words, I “betta not.” 😉

2. Registry–Decided!

I was going back and forth for a while about where to register. I knew that I wanted to register at MyRegistry.com, but besides that I was torn. Finally, after a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond, I was sold! So when people want to buy me pretty pretty wedding gifts, they can do so from MyRegistry.com or Bed, Bath and Beyond!

3. Revisiting Archer

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When I was home sick on Tuesday (part of my crappy crappy week), I started rewatching the series Archer. Through my fever and hacking coughs, I was laughing more than I had in a long time. That show totally holds up.

4. Winner Winner!

Our trivia team “Blue Steel” won this week! I was able to help with several questions, but seriously, did anyone else think that Dancing With the Stars was more popular than The Bachelor according to Nielsen ratings? Ridiculous.

5. Flower Power!

My flower girl’s dress came in this week! It’s so gorgeous, and I can’t wait to show it off in post-wedding recaps!

Linking up with my ladies, and Happy Memorial Day!

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Five on Friday

Happy Friday Folks!

It’s the end of the week, so here is a recap of random thoughts, feelings and stuff that went down:

1. Gilmore Mama!

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Y’all, Alexis Bledel is a mom!!!! In real life, Rory Gilmore had a baby baby LAST FALL, which just fills my heart with so much joy (and makes me SO impressed that she kept it a secret for so long)! It also gets me even more jazzed for the Gilmore Girls revamp–is that ready to roll yet??

2.  !@&#$@ Roadwork!

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On the main road approaching our office, there has been roadwork going on for at least two weeks now. Every day I hope and pray that it’ll be done, and yet each day, it seems to screw up traffic more and more. What was originally a minor inconvenience has become a reason why I really want to telecommute everyday.

3. Coughing Symphony

C, our roommate and I have ALL been sick for the past week, so our house is basically just a mix of coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. This is tough for the Big Pup, since he’s scared of sneezing, so he has been trying to be supportive but has also been cowering in corners.

4. Mexican Stuffed Peppers

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C and I cooked together on Sunday night (before the dreaded sickness hit) and made these amazing stuffed peppers. Thanks so much to Spend with Pennies for the recipe!

5. Clean It Up!

Okay, I must must MUST get some cleaning done this weekend. I’ve been putting it off forever and using every excuse in the book, but excuse time is over, and if I ever want to have new pretty things in my house after a bridal shower (even though it’s still a few months away), I need to make sure my home looks good now.

Linking up with these lovely ladies for:

 

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Five on Friday: National Crouton Day!

Yes, you read that correctly. It’s National Crouton Day. There is a day for croutons. I mean, there SHOULD be because croutons (in my opinion) are the best part of a salad (carb queen over here). But since croutons are only part of a successful salad, I decided to find five yum-tastic salad recipes to share with all of you!

Strawberry Bacon Blue Cheese Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Remember how I said that croutons are the best part of a salad? Well, if you switch that out with bacon, then that totally works, too! I love the sweetness of this salad’s strawberry and the saltiness of the bacon.

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad from Cooking Classy

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I’m always so impressed when a salad looks as beautiful as it tastes–that’s the case with this salad!

Loaded Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing from Averie Cooks

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Regular readers of the blog know that I’m OBSESSED with Mexican food. Therefore, the taco salad is one of the greatest inventions because it allows me to have my Mexican fix while incorporating more veggies!

Ridiculously Amazing Asian Ramen Salad from Table for Two

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A close second behind Mexican food for me is Asian food. And since dating C, I’ve found that ramen isn’t just a 90-second meal that you heat up in the microwave. And for this salad recipe, you only need the noodles and not the seasoning packets, so no MSG!

Mexican Corn Salad from A Dish of Daily Life

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I know, I know, a second Mexican salad, but honestly, how AMAZING does this look? I want to run out to the store right now and buy the ingredients!

Do you have a favorite salad recipe?

I’m linking up with these lovely ladies for Five on Friday!

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