Friday, April 30, 2010

6 Observations

I'm in Nashville today running around this great city. I'm putting my 6 observations on hold because I want to make sure I get 6 really good Nashville style ones. Between the country fringe jackets, cowboy boots, and southern charm, there's bound to be some great observations!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

NASHVILLE!!!


Today is the day! Kelli, Melissa, and I are road-tripping to Nashville for a long, fun filled weekend! We're hoping for some successful shopping, celebrity sightings, jamming with some local country singers, visiting the legendary landmarks, having coffee with some dear friends, and having a blast!! Smashville (in the word's of Kelli) HERE WE COME!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

This beat is AUTOMATIC, supersonic, hypnotic, funky fresh

Automation is supposed to simplify our lives and essentially, it does. However, most recently I've come to the realization that sometimes automation brings out the crazy in me. Take the other day for example, I'm in the bathroom at work and I go to wash my hands. I'm met by automatic sinks and soap dispensers. I hold my hands under the faucet for about 5 seconds while nothing happens. I slightly move my hands and the water comes but only for a couple of seconds. I repeat the same motion 3 times. Now it's time for the soap. What's the deal?! Are my hands transparent? Before I know it, I'm waving my hands around like a crazy person trying to get soap to come out. I've even resorted to trying other soap dispensers at other sinks. No luck. I'm back to my original sink and I quickly move my hands and suddenly soap squirts out... only my hands weren't in the line of the soap so it completely misses my hands. Seriously! I'm that girl who MUST wash her hands and walk out of the bathroom touching nothing. Eventually, my crazy hand waving antics pay off and I can wash my hands (after about 5 attempts at getting enough water to come out of the faucet).

Ever had something like that happen to you? How about walking up to an automatic door that just doesn't open fast enough so you about barrel right into it?! Yep, happened the other day at Target. How about a time when you're sitting on the toilet and it decides to just automatically flush on you when you're still sitting there?! Or maybe you've gone to the vending machine to get a soda or snack and watched the item of choice get stuck inside the machine. Seriously, maybe we need to rethink this automatic thing.... or maybe just laugh at the people who have run-ins with the automatics. I guess it makes for a humorous day.

Friday, April 23, 2010

6 Observations

1) I prefer to put my makeup on sitting down
2) I sleep best when its raining outside
3) I'm obsessed with Miley Cyrus' hair!
4) I really want a tattoo but know I lack that impulsive gene to actually follow through
5) Never wash your sheets after 5:00 pm. It's inevitable you will leave the house to return late at night to a bed with no sheets.
6) One day I hope to crash a wedding.

Jason is SO Old!


Happy Birthday Brother!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Chicago Recap


I feel like I could live in Chicago and be perfectly content… but, that's not where the Lord has called me to live so I happily get to visit often. I'm so thankful for my brother and Krista opening up their home to allow us to crash there all the time. I love their company and I hope they like having us stay… because I just keep coming back.
Sarah and I made the annual trip to Chicago over a long weekend to see John Mayer at the United Center. Since Patty still wasn’t fixed, we headed out in the nice rental I've been driving for 2 months. She's equipped with a 6 disc changer so our music options were endless.

Last years trip was quite eventful and we were hoping that those events wouldn’t repeat. We may our way through the Quad Cities and found out that we'd have to take a detour over the Mississippi River because the bridge still wasn’t ready. First mistake… there are 2 Interstate 74's once you get into Illinois. We made the mistake of taking the first one and before we knew it we were circling back through the Quad Cities into Iowa. We just made a big 25 minute loop around all of the Quad Cities and were back on our way. We arrived in Chitown (didn’t get locked out), chatted for a bit and went to sleep.
Friday morning we slept in a little (sleeping in by my standards since I'm up at 430 am) before catching a train downtown to meet my brother for lunch at my favorite restaurant Rockit! I am in love with the Turkey Burger on a Pretzel Bun. SO Good. After lunch came SHOPPING! We were in search for wedding attire for the numerous wedding events we have this summer. We were successful in our shopping endevours with me walking away with 2 dresses, a scarf, a cardigan, and a tank top for under $50! Score! You'll have to refer back to my 6 Obsevations Chicago Style for the downtown sightings.
Friday night was dinner at CPK (so Jon could watch the hockey game) and Ice Cream followed by Rob & Big. Such a funny show!

Saturday morning we all slept in. Shopping seriously takes a lot out of you! We decided later to head out to Schaumberg for more shopping. After a successful mall run, we were out of time to make it to Ikea so we headed back to Jon and Krista's place for lunch. Jon grilled us brats and we got ready for the John Mayer concert.



Oh John Mayer, you never disappoint. It was their last show on the tour and they let us know. Michael Franti spent 90% of his set out in the audience. He had so many people dancing on stage with him it was hard to even tell who the band was. He even had a little boy named Drew up there playing the cowbell. It was awesome. John Mayer and his crew crashed the last song in capes and masks. It was nuts. During intermission I spotted Lindsay, Brooke, and Annie so I went over to chat with them. Then came time for John. Heartbreak Warfare was first and was amazing followed by other crowd favorites like Vultures, No Such Thing, and Assassin. My favorites were probably Free Falling and Half of My Heart into Don't Stop Believing. Ridiculously awesome!
(This picture is for Krista. She loves John's crazy face!)
Sunday morning we were up early so we could get back for McKenna's wedding shower (like I said… it’s a wedding themed summer). Another successful Chicago trip!

Friday, April 16, 2010

6 Observations.. Chicago Style

1) I spotted a lady dressed in Green on the train… decked out from head to toe in all green. I think she forgot St. Patricks day already happened
2) Luke Colemans identical twin at the John Mayer concert. Seriously, it was SO weird.
3) While on the street in downtown Chicago, we passed a man that could definitely have been Ean Grubb in 20 year.
4) Luis from Passions was our train ticket taker man.
5) At the John Mayer concert in the lobby, I saw Jon from this seasons American Idol
6) My brother is still a white gangsta

Friday, April 09, 2010

6 Observations

I'm in Chicago today running around downtown. I'm putting my 6 observations on hold because I want to make 6 really good ones. Chicago is FULL of crazies.... there's bound to be some great finds! Plus, we've got the John Mayer concert tomorrow night. That should be promising!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Chicago here we come!

Sarah Wilson and I are making our annual trek to Chicago. Last year, some of you may remember, was quite eventful. We ran in to a TON of road construction which put us behind by about an hour, we got locked out of my brothers apartment, sarah lost her wallet in the train station, we got outbid on Cubs tickets for a different day..... BUT, we had SO MUCH FUN! Basically, that's why we go to Chicago. Its quality car time with guaranteed fun. One thing we always do is make a playlist for the road trip. Since I still don't have my car Patty back, we're driving the rental which means no ipod hookup (i can't figure it out anyways). So we're reverting back to mixed CDs! Hello 2000. The best part about our playlists is that they are completely RANDOM! I like to think there's a certain art to making a road trip playlist. Thankfully we both like all kinds of music which makes our absolutely ridiculous. Here's my playlist:
Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas
Telephone - Lady Gaga
In My Head - Jason Derulo
I Know You Want Me - Pitbull
Evacuate the Dance Floor - Cascada
Empire State of Mind - Jay Z
We Are the World
Today Was a Fairytale - Taylor Swift
Baby - Justin Bieber
Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen
Two Is Better Than One - Boys Like Girls
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Party In the USA - Miley Cyrus
Crush - David Archuleta
Baby Baby - Amy Grant
Dirty Girl - Bobby Lite
I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman - Britney Spears.

Here we go!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Hola Mexico!



As previously posted, my dear friend Ami got married in Mexico over spring break. My good friend from high school, Sherry, and I were supposed to surprise Ami. However, being the organized person that she is, checked the guest list the day before she was to leave for Mexico and saw our names. Regardless, she was still pretty surprised and excited that we were coming. Sherry and I arrived early Thursday afternoon and hit the beach right away. Thankfully, our resort, The Great Parnassus, was far enough away from the college spring breakers that we didn’t have to worry to much about the rowdiness or noise. However, we were curious so we took a walk down the beach to go check things out with the college crews. We were informed that Snoop Dogg was performing. Oh yeah right! It was a mad house down on that end of the beach. I was thankful I was able to go back to my hotel. We found some other people with the wedding party and chatted for a bit before we went back up to our room.

Thursday night was a cocktail party at the Atlantis Lounge. It was great to finally see Ami and get a chance to sit and talk with her.

Friday Sherry and I got up early to book an excursion, grabbed some breakfast and then headed to the beach. We spent the majority of the day at the beach swimming in the ocean and enjoying the sun. My skin was thankful for the sun! ;) Friday night was the wedding and it was so beautiful. Ami looked incredibly pretty and her and Chris were both so happy. Following the wedding we all ate at the Big Ben restaurant. Being that it was London themed, it was my favorite. Following dinner, we gathered at the Oktoberfest bar to tape some video commentary about the wedding before we all invaded the Karaoke Club. WOW. Adam Franzen. That's all I can really say about his performance to the Backstreet Boys "I'll Never Break Your Heart." Everybody knows that a good wedding reception includes a dance party so we basically just took over dancing and danced into the night. They basically played Pitbull's Calle Ocho and LMFAO's Miami on repeat.

Saturday we were up bright and early and walked to check our bus which was taking us to Playa del Carmen. We played to jet-ski and snorkel! It was SO much fun except that I drank enough salt water to last me a lifetime. Seriously, I almost wore my snorkeling mask to drive the jetski because we kept crashing in to 6 ft waves with the jet ski and I couldn’t see! We had such a great time. Saturday night we ate at Samarai and then Sherry and I walked around the hotel for a bit. We caught the Elvis impersonation show (do NOT recommend this if you are ever there) and then walked around some more. We sat out on our balcony for a while before calling it a night.

The trip was great… way to short but so worth it. If it wasn't for the delays in the Houston airport on the way home, the trip would have been perfect. :)

Monday, April 05, 2010

Baseball is HERE

I just read an article about the 5 best MLB parks in the US and I got SO excited about baseball this summer. Here's a link to the article. Also, if you don’t want to read the whole thing, the list of parks are:
5. Safeco Field: Home of the Seattle Mariners
4. PNC Park: Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Fenway Park: Home of the Boston Red Sox
2. AT&T Park: Home of the San Francisco Giants
1. Wrigley Field: Home of the Chicago Cubs

Seriously, Wrigley Field is like no other! Cubs fans are crazy, loyal, and crazy loyal. Game day around Wrigley is absolutely insane. It’s a mother a small childrens worst nightmare. People are everywhere acting NUTS! I don't know what it is about the sport that I love so much. Maybe the fact that I grew up around it plays a little part in my love but watching baseball is my favorite thing to do in the summer. I don't even like hotdogs but I do at a ballpark. They just taste different. One day I'd like to travel to watch a game in all the ball parks in the US. What a dream that would be! I can't wait for this season. Go Cubs Go!

Friday, April 02, 2010

6 Observations

1) The old spice commercial about a man on a horse has got to be THE funniest commercial I've seen in a long time.
2) Sneezing while driving is absolutely terrifying
3) Peeling a sunburn is disgustingly cathartic
4) Not remembering your ipod for a Saturday workday is complete torture.
5) When I was 7, I convinced myself that I saw the Easter bunny outside my window one morning hopping away.
6) As cute as headbands are, they give me killer headaches!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Sunday Funday

It was another eventful Sunday packed with so much excitement. The day started off terribly with me having to roll out of bed in to work. Seriously overtime, I've had enough of you! I didn't work too long and headed home to meet up with my Sunday Funday bestie. 1st item on the agenda: Fishing License. Check!! We're so excited for fishing again this summer. Even the guys have big plans for fishing… see http://www.troutbout.com
Agenda Item #2: Purchase a new fishing pole. Check!! It’s a Black and Pink Shakespeare Lady Fish. I LOVE it! It's so cute. Now I just need a tackle box to match

Agenda Item #3: Laguna Beach episodes. Check! We try to watch an episode of Laguna Beach on Sunday. It brings us back to our college days and reminds us of how ridiculous life was then… and still can be now sometimes. Only this Sunday, we ended up watching quite a few episodes. Steven plays with LC's heart way to much and Kristin is just a player!

Agenda Item #4: Dinner. We always try to make something new for dinner on Sundays. This week we attempted Chicken Parmesan (thanks Christie for the recipe). It turned out beautifully! See picture. We ate WAY too much food too.

Agenda Item #5: Find something constructive to do with the rest of the evening. This consisted of me checking twitter multiple times, reading everyones profiles on troutbout.com, reading movie reviews, chatting about life, laying over the edge of the couch and just hanging there, kelli punching herself with my boxing gloves (she eventually punched herself in the kidney and had to stop!), playing ping pong…. And waiting for our friends to show up.

Agenda Item #6: Ping Pong. Thankfully, others were available to join us for the evening otherwise who knows what we would have found to do. Eric, Joe, Karen, and Jeremy came over to play ping pong for a while. We had a great time talking about random things and laughing at each other. It was a great end to a Sunday Funday!