March 31, 2014

TMI - Part 1!

Hii! It's Monday & I'm After Darking. I've been seeing the TMI tag around YouTube & thought I'd take it upon myself to transfer it to my little space of the interwebs! There's lots of questions; so I'm going to break it up into a few parts. During the final post I'm going to tag some of you lovely people! 

As I have mentioned I'm at a conference - After Dark -  that started yesterday & lasts thru Wednesday. This is a scheduled post because this conference lasts from 11 AM - 11 PM (and beyond!) It is also encouraged to come early - talk about FULL days! I will not have time to write hardly anything because I am going to use every possible moment to learn from the great mentors! It's the last year for this conference & I cannot wait to learn. 

Anyways, on to the TOO MUCH INFORMATION questionssss!

1: What are you wearing?

If we're trying to get sexy up in here that's not happening. I'm wearing sweats that are 2-3 sizes too big & remember that awesome STL Zoo crew neck from a few weeks ago? That. 

2: Ever been in love?

Yes. We'll leave it at that. Because this one hurts.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?

Yepp. Not with the person alluded to above. I loved this boy & cared for him very very much but I wasn't IN love with him. And that my friends, is why it sucked. Do you know what I mean here? I'm sure this has happened to other people.

4: How tall are you?

My License says 5'5" So I'm assuming that is correct. Fun fact - I'm the tallest of my 3 best friends. 

5: How much do you weigh?

Well this is rude, but okay - 135 ish. 

6: Any tattoos?

3 of them!

7: Any piercings?

8 in my ears. I used to have my nose pierced, but I kept getting this gross-ass keloid. basically scar tissue on the outside; so I took that bad boy out & have a real scar. 

8: OTP?

What does that even mean?

9: Favorite show?

One Tree Hill

10: Favorite bands?

Kenny & Luke are my favorite! But if we're sticking strictly to the 'band' thing. The Band Perry

11: Something you miss?
Summer & naps - I really like naps. 

12: Favorite song?

Beer in Mexico

13: How old are you?


14: Zodiac sign?


15: Quality you look for in a partner?

Brings me caffeine in the mornings
Can effectively bullshit with my family
Works hard
Believes in me & my dreams
Has some lofty goals of his own
Has the knowledge & abilities to fix all the shit I break - I'm an accident waiting to happen

16: Favorite Quote?

"Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going."  -- Tennessee Williams

17: Favorite actor?

Alec Baldwin
Sandra Bullock

18: Favorite color?

Purple & glitter. Yes, glitter is a color

19: Loud music or soft?

Depends on my mood. mostly loud

20: Where do you go when you're sad?

I listen to sad country songs & drive & eat cookies & drink tea
then like Barney Stinson - I decide to stop being sad & start being awesome 

21: How long does it take you to shower?

Typically around 10 minutes could be more or less depending

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

I can get ready in about an hour & 10 including shower, coffee, shake, hair drying & curling & makeup

23: Ever been in a physical fight?

I have not

24: Turn on?

Forearms & boys in boots

25: Turn off?

If  you don't ask me how my day is/has been 
Also, depends on the person I believe.

I hope you all have a fantastic week & I will be back Thursday with live posts. Scheduling posts like this feels WEIRD but I don't wanna leave y'all hanging in the balance! Maybe I'll be able to pop in during a break to say hello & give ya a quick update!

I'm so excited to see what After Dark holds & I can't wait to share some of my experiences with you!!

March 28, 2014

5 on Friday! College Flashback

It's Friiiday! This week has been a little uneventful, the building is coming along & all but nothing else too exciting. I've been preparing for After Dark, narrowing down my courses I still have two choices in each time slot. Too many awesome options!

Today I'm going to borrow an idea from my friend, Eva Marie. She wrote a post called 5 things you would learn about me if we were college roomies. I absolutely LOVED it & I hope she doesn't mind that I'm borrowing the idea from her!

1. Just because I'm already gone before you get up doesn't mean I'm sleeping somewhere & not sharing the deets. I swear! I like to hit the gym right when it opens because it's less crowded & smelly. I can move around the machines with ease  & don't have to deal with waiting or fighting for them. 

2. When you come home & I am cleaning & scrubbing like the apartment has never been cleaned even though we just had a cleaning party 2 days ago - you know to just let me be because something has pissed me off. I will probably tell you about it later. But for now, hey at least it's getting a scrub! This rings true to this day, btw.

3. I will do anything to avoid unloading the dishwasher. Wanna make a deal? Also rings true to this day.

4. I like doing your hair & make up, it makes me happy.

5. If I'm watching the new One Tree Hill you know not to disturb me until it's over. It's best for everyone that way. And yes, I do want ice cream if you go. You're the best.

I could also sing every single word to this song:

Shake That (feat. Nate Dogg) by Eminem on Grooveshark
And I just learned I still can. Not sorry. Not ashamed. #backthatazzup

This May marks 2 years since graduation. I actually just typed "5 years." What?! No, that's High school.  Get with the times, Em. Go get another cup of coffee, you're losing your mind.

Here's a photo montage of fantastic times:
 The students won the Softball Goose Cup, obvi
 Pine 14 Christmas Card
 St. Paddy's Day!
 Graduation Day!!
 Unofficial Halloween

What would I learn about you if we lived together? Any funny college stories for me? Have a great weekend y'all! And remember I'm leaving for the week on Sunday. I have scheduled some posts & will be back on Thursday or Friday with live posts!

March 27, 2014

Baseball got ya stressed?

Hi friends!

Today while I was tanning (yes, I know it's bad for me. No, I don't plan on quitting anytime soon) Anywhoodles, I get some good thinking done in the tanning bed; that & the shower. Something about not being able to record my thoughts really gets my mind a whirling.

Let's start this again. Today while I was tanning I got to thinking that I have been in a complete shit mood for the better part of the last month & a half. Not every day, I have some good ones & I have some really good ones, but for the most part I've been in a shitty ass mood. I'm unemployed, single & living with my parents. It's been a big effing pitty party & it is time it comes to an end.

If we're being real here, no one wants to hang out with someone who is in a bad mood all the time. I don't even want to be around myself most the time lately. 

Today is the day that is ENDS. Okay, after April 7 will be the day that it ends. Why April 7 you ask? Well friend, April 7 is Cardinals Home Opener (it's a holiday, so it gets caps) And I have tickets. And it's really starting to stress me out. That's a lie, it has already stressed me to my maximum capacity. Now you're saying to yourself, this girl LOVES baseball. Why does having some of the most coveted tickets stress her out?

And that's a great question. You might remember a certain birthday post that listed what I got from a certain douchebag. That gift included these Opening Day tickets. Awesome, right? Yes, it was until he decided to say see ya later. And now, I have these fucking tickets (sorry for that f-bomb but it's how I feel) And using them is legit stressing me out. I can't find anyone to go with. And the whole event has been this awful weight looming over my head for MONTHS.

This is the first time in God knows how long that I haven't looked forward to Opening Day. I want it to come & go like a ship in the night. I want it to go away so I can start looking forward to baseball games & moving on with my life. 

Next year will be different; I will once more look forward to this holiday & be super pumped but for now, NO.

I know it's the root of my horrible attitude. I can't shake it.

I'm completely aware that this sounds ridiculous. And I have so many things to look forward to & be thankful for. I'm just caught up. I want be able to let it go. Let all of it go. And that's not going to happen until this is over with.

Until then I will be occupied with After Dark :D, then taking calls for my spring special, & then I have sessions the whole next weekend. Then it's here. I will go like a good Saint Louisian. I will drink beer & have nachos. And I will probably enjoy myself. But I just want it to be over with.

In closing, I have an extra ticket to the Cardinals Home Opener, who wants to go drink away that ignorant, stupid-ass, man boy with me? The ticket is free. I'll even go halvesies on a hotel room. Here's my number: call me, maybe. 

End Rant. 

Love you, mean it. 

March 26, 2014

Mouthwash is some disgusting shit

and other ramblings that happen in my head.

Hey pretty people, happy Humpday! I need to tell you about the awful (completely #firstworldproblem) experience I had earlier.

I brushed my teeth after the spaghetti I downed - at lightning speed - for supper. But the relentless spaghetti taste was still all over my mouth, gross. I searched for some mouth wash & remembered exactly why I never use the crap. I took a swig - immediately I was all ew ew ew. This is disgusting. I swished it for the time I took me to walk to my room from the bathroom & back - about 15 seconds bc my house is not that big & I began running bc I needed it to not be in my mouth any longer. I spat it out as quickly as possible & vowed to never use the disgusting shit again.

Now that that is out there for the world let's talk about other random things that probably couldn't hold their own as singular posts but compile nicely into a brain dump. Here's a look into what goes on in my mind during any random night. 

Some e card browsing:

So much yes. I do this. Do you?

Something that kind of {really} annoys me:
The phrase 20-somethings. I can't. I don't know why. There is no particular reason, I just try to ignore it when I see it on blogs I really like reading. Because that phrase - I just can't.

Another thing that really annoys me:
People that go to the gym and dick around in the middle of the machines on their phones. Seriously? Stop that. You're telling me that you are so important and needed {I knnnoooow you're not} that you can't put your phone in your bag up front for an hour? Because let's get real here. If you would stop screwing around on your phone, you would only be there for an hour.

Something that makes me happy:
Thin Mints - nuff said

I'm considering:
Joining a Bunco group. Not kidding here. A group of girls invited me & it sounds like a blast. 

Something else that makes me happy:
This has been my favorite Disney Pun for years. I LOVE IT! So happy it made the list. - 17

I want to do this, now. I'm cold & I miss my friends that I spend my beach time with. I also miss my tan. 

I hope you all are having a good week, I am! I just found out the Heaven is For Real is going to be coming out as a movie!! I am so excited! I read that book oh wow, I guess it was 2 years ago now. I was a senior in college. It was seriously life changing & you need to read it now. Seriously drop what you're reading & start that. I read it in 2 days. Yeah, it's that good. 

March 25, 2014

It's my Bloggy Birthday, y'all!

Hey Tuesday people! Let's talk about some milestones today! I like milestones & accomplishments. They make me feel good, even if they're small little guys! (that image is from my 23 birthday, but def relevant!)

Technically today, March 25 is my little blog's 1st birthday! Buuuuttt I quickly fell off the wagon #failboat. If we're being real here - and I always am! I wasn't into the whole beauty blogger thang. I LOVE hair & makeup, all that fun stuff. And I really like reading beauty blogs. My heart wasn't in writing about JUST that. I couldn't find a voice & I got a tad frustrated so I quit. Booo for quitting! I would post randomly but eh.

FF (fastforward) to January 22 of this year and I decide to give it another go. Writing about beauty related stuffs still. And I'll be damned if I didn't enjoy it! I found a little bit more of a voice. Learned about linkups & found new bloggers to follow. Some lovely ladies found me. I was learning things & being more involved. It was great!

I implemented a schedule that I stuck with for approximately 3 weeks then said:

I explain why in this post here: Schedule Schmedule

I started writing a bit about my life too. Now that - that was FUN! I found a few new friends to get to know & new girls who wanted to get to know me! Is that real? People wanna know more about me? That's cool. I like it. I like this lifestyle blogging business.

FF again to February 24 when shit got real. Like really real. I was freshly left in the dust by a runner. And was all hey, that's my job. I'm supposed to run. In the midst of trying to figure all that crap out - out came my REAL voice. And again, I'll be damned if that wasn't the most refreshing feeling in the history of everdom. 

Around this date is a pretty important time for my little space of the interwebs.
March 25, 2013 - opening day
January 22, 2014 - I've been flakey but seriously I'm sticking with this!
Feb 24, 2014 - I found my voice - this is a good thing
March 25, 2014 -  I have bloggy buddies - people I like reading about, people who like reading about me. Girls I've gotten to know & really enjoy communicating with. I LOVE this blogging bit. It's so much fun for me. I've learned HTML coding. Learned how to make my own header, buttons, all that fun stuff. Life & blogging are about learning & communicating.

I will always celebrate March 25 as my bloggy birthday. Failure is a part of life - not that I necessarily failed the first time; I just didn't stick it out. But I jumped back on the ride & here I am. 

It's really amazing that I've gained some great readers in this short amount of time. I also have some great twitter & insta friends. It's so much fun. I can't wait to see what this next year holds! It's going to be a busy one opening the studio & I can't wait to share it with you all. Thanks so much for all of your support. You seriously mean the world to me. Each one of you!

Wanna read my first post? It's…  uhmm… well here ya go: A Quick Run Down
And I would really love it if you'd check out Sacrifice & 10 favorite things - the place(s) I call home - some of my favorite posts to date

rando nuggets:

I'm writing this Monday evening & feel much better after the crappy days I had Sunday & Monday. Sometimes ya just have a shit day(s) every once in a while. Gotta let them happen then leave them in the dust.

I still haven't been sleeping. If you have any tips let. me. know. STAT. I need them. Tonight I'm going to make myself lay down in bed without my phone between 10:30 & 11. I go to bed at that time anyways. But usually I get pissed around 12 that I can't sleep & end up getting up or browsing the webs on my celly. 

Also, you might have noticed I changed my blog design. AGAIN. I need to get a grip. But really I like this one & will keep it around for more than 3 days. That's my max of keeping the design the same. I'm ridiculous, I'm aware.

Have a great day, y'all & thanks so much for hanging out with me here every day. I hope you're having as much fun as me.
Linked up with: ChelseeTiffany

March 21, 2014

Fave Five Friday #7

Hey there pretty people! It's that time of week again, time to recap the 5 best things!

1. IT'S SPRING!!! Warm weather & summer are sooo close.

2. My little shop is coming along quite nicely, they have started the wainscoting, putting metal on the awning, the lights are installed in the awning, & they have framed up the door & a few windows on the front! yay!

We also worked out demo-ing the inside some. This has proved a tad more difficult than we  thought it would be. Before I got down there on Tuesday, my dad ripped the old toilet out and there was still water in it (EWWW) but under it there was lots of oil from the nasty oil drillers who owned it before us. That was gross to clean. The shower base was concrete, also unexpected. That was also all busted out before I arrived. THANK GOD I would have only got in the way. BUT we made some doll hairs off all the copper we ripped out from the old plumbing, so WIN! (don't go trying to scavenge my building. all the copper is gone) I also impressed my dad with my ability to carry, not drag the heavy duct work to the junk pile.

3. I heard this song for the first time and loved it! There is a good possibility I have heard it before & just never paid attention. 

Get Me Some of That by Thomas Rhett on Grooveshark

I'm about 98% sure Mr. Rhett is singing this directly to me. Is that narcissistic? ;)

4. This next one isn't exactly a favorite thing, but it sure was funny. I smashed the shit out of my finger at the gym on Monday & bruised my bum too. It hurt, but it seriously had to have been hilarious to anyone who saw it. I'm not sure anyone did besides my workout buddy. I was doing tucks with a resistance band and supporting myself with my hands on a 50 lb kettlebell. Basically just hanging in mid air, better not screw up because this will happen. Not really sure how the chain of events started, but my lil handsies get super disgusting and sweaty. Something slipped, the kettlebell rocked, I fell, my middle finger was smashed under my body weight, the kettlebell, & possibly some of Kalani's body weight. My feet popped out of the resistance band and somehow, God only knows how, I landed on my butt. Profanities flew. Especially the "Mother….." yeah, I shouted that as I was falling, not exactly my proudest moment. You better believe I got my feet back in that band and finished those last 7 tucks though!

5. I requested my first button swap. That's pretty cool to me. Head your pretty self on over to say hello to Eva Marie! She's awesome.

Have a wonderful weekend y'all! And since it's Friday get your Thomas Rhett on and #backthatazzup with Whitney Yoga Pants. You know you want to!

If you enjoyed my little workout story, you might also enjoy this:

linked up with: WhitneyLauren ElizabethApril,  ChristinaDarciNatasha 

March 20, 2014

Pretty Little Liars is basically a bad boyfriend.

ATTN! SPOILERS FROM TUESDAY'S FINALE (kind of, because NOTHING ever really happens)

Hey there pretty people! Happy first day of SPRING! yippee!! How many of you watch PLL? No need to be shy here, I won't tell your guilty pleasure. But seriously, if you don't wanna know what happened on Tuesday STOP READING NOW. If you don't care, join me on this adventure. Because, big freaking shocker, we didn't learn a gosh darn thang!

My apologies in advance, this topic gets me all sorts of fired up. I know it's only a tv show, not even aimed at my age group…. anymore. Once upon a time when it started 4 years ago it was most certainly aimed at my age group! And that, my friends is EXATLY my point! This show has had me & countless other people entrapped in its filthy web of lies & deceit for FOUR YEARS! 4 years people.

4 years that they were able to EASILY sum up in 46 minutes, MAX I'm thinking it was more like 42 minutes.

They filmed the season 4 finale in a dark color space with lots of tears & melodrama. The kicker is the whole effing episode I was sitting there like OMG O.M.G. It wasn't even until the end I was like sooooo, nothing new happened here? Nope. Nothing. Okay, so maybe we learned 1 thing. But we already knew Mrs. DiLaurentis was a freaking nut case. She buried her kid alive instead of taking her to the HOSPITAL?! Who does that shit?

But now she's dead. Maybe. Who the hell knows any more. 

Oh & Ezra was shot, here comes another fantastic storyline.

I ask myself every week how is this show even successful? I'll tell ya how. People like me are brainwashed into thinking shit actually happens. I'm serious, they were able to fit 4 years of pivotal moments into one episode, easily. It wasn't jam-packed with info.

And then there is this interview E! did with Sasha Pieterse. I knew full well when I clicked on it that Ali would in fact not be telling all. I read it anyway. The only thing I learned was season 5 is gonna be ridiculous. Well you know what, PLL? You're ridiculous and not 'in the best way possible.'

See, I get fired up. Now, back to my original statement of how PLL is basically a bad boyfriend, relationship, whatever you wanna call it here.

You know it's gotta end soon, but you love it so much. You have to see it though. After all, it only makes you feel unloved and sad once a week. So, you can live with it. You just really love it. You're emotionally attached. It was really good to you in the beginning. Then it started leaving you feeling sad, depressed, alone, full of questions with no resolutions in sight.. But it's not his.. ehem, the show's fault. 

And you know I'm gonna be right there in front of my tv on june 10 dying to see what happens. I hope so much that season 5 is the last one. I really even hope it's only a half season. I can't do it any more. It is seriously so hard for me to sit & watch them. I've already wasted 4 years of my life on this show. Let's ties up these loose ends & get it over with already. I need a clean break. 

This post was 100% inspired by a conversation I had with one of my best friends.

Does anyone else have these feelings about PLL? I know how crazy I sound. I'm fully aware. It's just I'm involved!!

p.s. for the next couple weeks I'm sponsoring the ever-awesome Eva Marie Taylor! She's great & super funny. Go check her out!