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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dunkin' Donuts Fans, Anyone?

I just got this Hungry Girl newsletter about the awesome new changes at Dunkin' Donuts. I've personally never been there, but I actually may try it now since I've seen this e-mail. The links in these pictures are not clickable, I'm sorry. Click here to sign up for a FREE daily e-mail from Hungry-Girl.com with tons of awesome recipes, tricks, and all around good information about being healthy. It's free, people.

Keepin' It Classy.

I found this on DListed.com which is quite possibly the funniest site ever.

Kristy Hinze - An Australian model, actress and host of Australia's "Project Runway." She is also a gold digger after my own heart. She is dating 63-year-old Texas billionaire and Netscape founder Jim Clark. She said in an interview that she is attracted to him because he is "truly, incredibly rich."

One thing can be said - she's honest.

Here is the article in case you don't believe me.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I'm Bossy.

I've been thinking a lot lately, and I've decided that I'm bossy. Shocking, I know. I've always known that I'm bossy, but for some reason, I've re-realized it.

Don't worry, I do have a point.

It seems like whenever I hear about bad service or bad experiences from someone, I go try it out and have a completely opposite experience, and I believe this is in part of my bossiness.

For instance, I was told (by a lot of people) that the bridal shop where I bought my dress has terrible service and they are just so rude and you'll hate the owner. So I went there and had a great experience. She wasn't rude to me and she even gave me a better price on the dress than I could find anywhere else. (I didn't look too many other places though for the dress I bought, it was rather impulsive, but I don't regret it.) I think I had a good experience because I went in and told her exactly what I was looking for. She didn't throw dresses at me or anything. It was exactly what I was looking for in a shopping experience.

Second: The Great Clips episode. I was so scared because I had heard such bad things about Great Clips. I went in, told her exactly what I wanted and she did it. No bad experience, no problems.

Our old receptionist at work goes to IPFW and the lady I met with this morning is her advisor. She had told me some bad things about her and made it sound like she wasn't very good at her job. So I went in apprehensive. I met with her and she was great. I told her exactly what I wanted to do and she worked with me. No bad experience.

I don't really care if I'm bossy or not, I get what I want that way, I guess.

Me? A 'Don? I believe so.

I met with an advisor at IPFW this morning and I feel MUCH more comfortable going there than I do staying at Saint Francis. Weird, right? I know. So I just submitted my application online and I guess now I wait. I'm actually really excited about it. I'm glad that I'm not going through the panicking I went though when I met with the lady from USF. (If you missed it, read a few posts down. It was crazy.) So, I guess I'll just keep you all posted. : )

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Traumatizing Experience

In an attempt to save money I decided to get my hair cut at Great Clips (also because I think it's completely ridiculous to pay $30.00 every six weeks for a trim). I have an issue with going to places like Great Clips. I have never heard anyone say "Oh, I got this amazing haircut and Great Clips!". Not ever. But I decided to take my chances. So I went in and the place was packed...with high school aged boys. So then I'm thinking, "great, this is the place where only guys trust to get their hair cut." Because honestly, how bad can you mess up a buzz?

So I put my name in and they tell me 15 to 20 minutes. So I sit and panic for 15 to 20 minutes. I'm evaluating ALL of my surroundings, fellow customers as well, and my dread gets worse. All I can think about is how horrible I'm going to look. I'm not sure why I didn't walk out then, but I didn't. So finally (20 minutes is a long time to panic) my name was called (just like I was at the license branch or something) and I stood up to meet the woman who could possibly ruin my life for the next month. I walked back to her station and she told me her name was Olga. She doesn't fit her name, she really looked like a Terri or a Lori, but I didn't comment on her name. So Olga started small talking me and she said "Oh, I'm so excited! I get my hair cut on Friday!" Which struck me as odd, she works at a hair salon, can't she get her hair cut whenever she feels like it? So I asked her "Do you get your hair cut here?" and she quickly replied "No."


Then she kept going "I have someone I went to before I started working here and I just didn't want to be rude and leave." At this point, she should have stopped talking. At this point, I should have got up out of the chair. Then she kept going, she said "I've had the girls here cut my hair once or twice, but..." and she never finished what she said.


I think I'll go ahead and say that fear is what made me immoblie and unable to get up out of the chair and throw the cape at her. She wasn't a nasty person, don't get me wrong, she was actually very nice and friendly, I wasn't impressed by her lack of confidence in her own salon, but I had the very same lack of confidence.

Anyway, she cut my hair and it looks better than it has for about four months. So the next time I need a haircut and build up the nerve to go, I'll probably try to go to Olga again. It was a terrifying experience though. All I could think while I was panicking in the waiting area was that when I'm 40 and write a story about my life, I'll probably devote a whole chapter to my Great Clips experience.

Monday, July 28, 2008

I Love Fiber One

Last night at the store I decided that I needed to get some yogurt. So I picked up this Fiber One Yogurt, Key Lime and Vanilla flavors. I thought maybe it would taste a little different, but it tastes just like regular yogurt. One cup is only 80 calories too! I am so in love with Fiber One!

This isn't the pack I got, I don't like peach. I had Key Lime Pie and Vanilla.

Ever Seen "Cars"?

Last night my mom and William were at Wal-Mart and my mom said "Will, that little girl is checking you out." and he looked at my mom and said "Her just likes me for my body."

I guess 'Mater the tow truck on Cars says it. It was so funny.

William also told me again this morning that he's not going to be in our wedding.

It's Offical.

As if getting married we're a big enough step, Josh and I are now bound by a cell phone contract. Woo hoo. Anyway. We went to Verizon yesterday to "look around" and ended up buying phones and getting a plan. It's cool though, I think we got a good deal and the guy hooked us up with lots of extras. These are our new phones. We're phone twins now. How cute, right? So far, I really like it.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Good Site

This is a good site for healthy recipes and also tips of healthy stuff to buy at the grocery. I found it at FitnessMagazine.com. It all looks pretty dang good. If you don't feel like having subscriptions to magazines, check out their websites. They put everything on the website that they put in the magazine.

Linda Hogan, Are You Kidding Me?

This is Linda Hogan's boyfriend. He's 19 years old and if dude would work out a little and put on a bandana, he'd look like...well, you know.

It's Sushi Day.

Normally I don't get this excited about eating dinner, but I'm so excited because it has been so long since I've gotten to get sushi and its been so long since me and Meg spent time together. So yay.

Here are some pictures for your reading enjoyment.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

More Changes

Today at work (I was working really hard) I was looking at my friends on MySpace and realized that I don't really like half of them. It's not that I don't like them, but that I don't really know them. They aren't really my friends. I actually contemplated deleting my MySpace but then I wouldn't be able to see pictures of Sean's son Sutton. So I went through and cut my friends list until it was about a third of the size it used to be. Then I went to Facebook (still working very hard mind you) I had over 300 friends on there and deleted over a hundred. I wasn't being as selective on there, if I went back through I'd probably delete another hundred. I'm over these people. I'm not trying to impress anyone anymore. I feel good about myself, and I no longer feel the need to hold on to these people. I think I may have done it because it made me feel better about myself that I had so many friends, but these people aren't my friends. I went though my friend list when I was making out our guest list to make sure I wasn't missing anyone...I think I put maybe ten names on our guestlist from my Facebook friends. It's dumb. I'm glad I feel better about myself and I like my new point of view.

That's all.

Ok. Really?

This is a trend that I'm finding out quite a few girls on the Knot do. And I don't get it. Why waste your invites on people you know for sure won't come? Supposedly some people get a certificate from the president, but I think a lot of people don't. We won't be doing this, I don't think Josh would invite Bill Clinton anyway, because he's a liar.

LOOK at how much postage you have to use to even get your invite to the Pope. He doesn't care. He's busy. Yes, even on YOUR day.

Popcorn Update

If you are in Fort Wayne, Kernel Season's website says it is only available at the Wal-Mart's on Lima, Coldwater, and Maysville. So go there. Also available at the Meijer on Lima and on SR 37, where ever that is.


My weakness is popcorn. Which if you ask me, is a pretty damn good weakness to have. I love it. Josh's mom has an air popper and I am so ready to go out any buy one for myself. Three tablespoons of kernels is 120 calories. That makes a lot of popcorn. Then I spray the popcorn with fat free vegetable oil (it literally has nothing in it, not calories, not fat, not sodium, nothing but probably a bunch of chemicals that probably aren't the healthiest, but whatever). I spray the popcorn with an aerosol can of veggie oil (think PAM, but definitely buy generic, it's the same) and then put these seasonings on it that they have at Wal-Mart. I love Wal-Mart. I'm not sure why so many people hate it, but whatever. It's not like they're giving lots of people jobs or anything, but whatever, if you don't like Wal-Mart don't go there. More for me to buy. Anyway, the popcorn seasonings are awesome. They are right above the popcorn kernels, I think they are always on the top shelf for some reason. Here is the website for the seasoning. I just googled it because I wanted to put the link in this post, but this could be one of my new favorite websites. They have a recipe section where you can make things besides popcorn with the seasonings. THE BEST NEWS: One teaspoon of the seasoning on your popcorn is 8 CALORIES. 8! No carbs, no fat, no sugar (except in a couple, but it is only 1g). So far I've only tried the White Cheddar and Ranch and they are awesome. Try them. If you do decide to buy them, don't buy them off the website. Wal-Mart has them much cheaper. I think they are $1.80 per bottle, but on the website they are $4.00. Remember, this doesn't all have to go on popcorn.

I should go into sales or something. Geez. I seriously just wrote that whole post about one product. Wow.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Flower Girl

Here is our flower girl's dress. Isn't it adorable!? She's is going to be so beautiful in it. I can't wait. Hopefully we can get it before David's discontinues it. : /

Food Journal Update

The food journal is still working. Ugh.

I weighed myself this morning and I still kept the two pounds off so I don't think it was a fluctuating thing...but it still could be. I don't really care what it is, it's nice to see something new on the scale every once in a while, I hate watching the same show over and over. That is, it's ok if the number is lower. Not higher. Not ever.

Come On, Friday. Hurry Up.

I cannot wait for Friday. Me and Meg are having a girls night and we're going to get sushi. I am so dang excited about it. Thats all.


I have an appointment next Wednesday with an advisor at IPFW to discuss their licensing program. I wish it were sooner but that is the closest they could get me. Oh well, luckly we have more than on college in town or I wouldn't even have options.

I'm no longer freaked out by this whole thing. I gotta do it, so I'm gonna do it.

I Decided To Look It Up.

Here is how to calculate the calories in food that you prepare yourself. Courtesy of Hungry-Girl.com.

"Calculating nutritional information for recipes is actually a lot easier than you may think. It just requires a little math (hopefully you have a good calculator) and some patience. If you are any good at using Excel, that is a great way to organize your recipe calculations (especially since Excel has a built-in calculator). All you need to do is carefully record EXACTLY what you use to make your recipe (that means the specific amounts of each ingredient). Then figure out the nutritional info for each of the ingredients, either by using the info on the package or looking up the food's info online in a database (my favorite place to go is calorieking.com) -- this step requires your calculator, because you'll need to figure out the info for the EXACT amount of each ingredient in your recipe. Once you have all the nutritional info for EVERY ingredient, simply add them all together, and then divide the totals by the number of servings in your recipe, and VOILA -- you have your nutritional facts! It's not as complicated as it sounds -- trust me -- and it's so worth doing. The only thing that gets tricky about it is if you need to figure out how many calories are in a tablespoon of something with a serving size that's given in ounces or cups. So keep a handy conversion chart around to help make that part easier. Good luck -- and let me know how it goes!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fiber Fiber Fiber.

It is true. Fiber is good for you. But it is also true that you can get too much fiber. Fiber makes you feel fuller longer and is great for your digestive system, however if you get too much it makes the food pass through your body too fast for your body to absorb the nutrients it needs from your food. So don't over do it.

That being said, I am in love with Fiber One.

I was at Josh's a few weeks ago scrounging their kitchen (my future kitchen...however my kitchen will not have ugly wallpaper, but that's for a different blog) for food and found little boxes of cereal. There was a box of Fiber One Caramel Delight. It is so yummy. It really tastes like caramel cinnamon toast crunch.

Sarah came to Fort Wayne this weekend and she brought me one of these Fiber One Oats and Caramel bars. They are so good. I am definitely used to eating bland food because these bars had so much flavor that I almost needed a glass of milk to drink with it. Very good. I couldn't believe how much caramel was in the bar, it was crazy.

Also in the mini boxes of cereal at Josh's house was Multi-grain Cheerios. I love them. They have soooo much more flavor than plain cheerios and they are only 110 calories per serving. They taste delicious and have 100% of a lot of vitamins in it, I was crazy. It has 100% of your daily recommended value of iron inside. Crazy.

Raspberry not included.

Food Journal

I hate food journals, with a capital HATE. I think they are stupid and dumb and stupid and I hate them.

That being said, I think food journals are just about the smartest idea ever.

Now you really think I'm crazy, huh?

I was complaining to Josh yesterday that I have weighed 165 for two months now. I work out consistently, I do cardio consistently, and I have a consistent diet. What is happening? He is genuinely interested in helping me because he knows how hard I've been working, so he told me to write down everything I eat for three days and we can try to figure out what needs changing. At first I groaned because I don't want to write down everything that goes into my mouth, that would mean I'm actually responsible for the food I eat. I can't handle that type of responsibility. But I started doing it anyway, and it works. Every time I would think about snacking on something I would remember that I'd have to write it down. And somehow, calories look so much worse when they're staring up at you from the page of your notebook.

I know how many calories I consumed yesterday and so far for today. The little things do add up. I know there is a formula for counting the calories for food you make yourself, but I can't remember how to do it. I made that pasta last night and I just made sure I had the correct serving sizes and then added all the calories together. I need to find that formula and figure it out. But the journal definitely kept me from snacking last night, and believe it or not, when I went to the Y this morning I almost fell of the scale when it said "163".

As much as I hate food journals, I think I'll give it a good try.

Side note: I think the journal in that picture is adorable.


Ok. I calmed down. I feel much less anxious now. I feel like my psychologist has me doing some kind of documentation to control my anxiety. Whatever. And for the record, I don't have a psychologist. Just Megan.

I feel much more comfortable now with the thought of graduating this December and then starting more classes at IPFW. After I met with the advisor this morning she gave me so much information all at once that I think I overloaded. I will be fine.

I hope you all don't think I'm psycho. And if you do, stop reading my blog. Thats all.

Press Release

Ok, not really. I met with an education advisor today and ever since then I've been in a bit of a panic attack. I'm not sure why though, I knew this was going to take a while longer to do. Maybe because its real now, it's not just something I'm thinking about doing. Anyway, she wanted me to start taking classes now and then start the teaching licensing in January. It will take me three more semesters to get done, but I'll probably take summer classes to get going on it. So that means two more years total at USF. I can't afford that. I probably could, but I don't want to. So I'm looking in to going to IPFW for my licensing. I e-mailed the department head there to ask for information and hopefully he gets back to me soon. So right now my plan is to get my bachelors in December and then start at IPFW in January. I don't know how much longer it will take me there, but it will be a hell of a lot cheaper. Which I don't have to worry about paying for it right now, but once I'm not in school anymore, that would be a killer. So I'm going to get what should have been a four year degree in about six years. School sucks.

Monday, July 21, 2008


7/21/08: I just made this recipe tonight and it is AMAZING. Seriously. The herbs are a little expensive, but so worth it. Seriously, try it.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Ripe Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Fresh Herbs
Make whole wheat pasta according to package directions. While it's still warm, toss in large chunks of ripe tomatoes, cubes of fresh mozzarella, and a mix of chopped herbs, such as thyme, basil, chives, and oregano. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

Here is a link to the article called "The Lazy Girl's Guide To No-Cook Meals" which includes this recipe and 25 other yummy sounding ones. Check it out. Or just go to fitnessmagazine.com and look around.

Bridesmaid's Dresses

This is Megan & Sarah's dress. This is the color it will be in.

This is Bridget, Amber, and Ashley's dress. It will be in this color.

I really think everyone is happy with the dresses, at least I really hope they are. They are fairly cheap if you ask me, they could have cost a lot more. Megan and Sarah's are even on sale, so hopefully they can get them before they are discontinued. I'm excited. : )


What every bride needs. Totally unreal. Brings new meaning to "something blue". Get your betty ready...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Mo' Hair

I like this one too.

Here is a clearer picture of the one I previously posted. I really like it.

Wedding Hair

I really like this picture. I'm worried though that this will look a little like I wear my hair everyday and I don't want to look like my everyday thrown together self on our wedding day. I really like this though.

This one is pretty too. So many options.

I'm Not Gonna Lie

I'm completely obsessed with this
appliance package.
Am I ridiculous? Yes. Do I care? No. I want to get these so bad for our house. Since these are from Sam's Club they are a little less expensive for what they are worth. We could probably get an entire set like this for the same price somewhere else but these would be slightly upgraded. Whatever, you don't care. Hopefully we can scrounge up enough money once we have the house to buy these. We need a microwave and I want an over the range one like this comes with.I'm pretty sure we need a new dishwasher because something is wrong with the one in the house. And the range and fridge work ok, but I would really like to have this new matching set. I'm greedy, get over it. I priced all the items out though separately and by buying this set you save like $500 than if you would buy them all separate. And since Josh demands we have a gas range and not electric that saves us money too. Hopefully hopefully hopefully we can get it. I'm pathetic. Oh well.

Silly Me

I was just reading the Journal Gazette online and they reported that a second area Starbucks will be closing. So like a fiend I clicked to make sure it wasn't mine. They are closing the Angola location. I got extremely disappointed that I won't be able to get coffee anymore while we're at the lake...until I realized that I don't drink coffee anymore, and I haven't since the end of last year. I guess some habits are hard to break. Ha ha.


So I am getting all kinds of wedding stuff finalized now. Yesterday I booked our trolley for after the wedding! I'm so excited about it. It holds 40 people, so we'll have tons of room!! : ) Check it out.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Losing It.

I'm about halfway through this book and so far I'd highly recommend anyone to read it. You might not get the same experience out of it that I have, but its an awesome book. I can really relate to the things this girl is thinking while she's losing weight. I realize that I haven't lost anywhere near 200 lbs, but even though I'm losing on a smaller scale we still have the same thoughts and the same feelings, and even fears. Very interesting so far.

Moving Right Along...

I booked our wedding photographer on Monday night. I'm so excited to see what our pictures will look like. I loved looking at her pictures and I know she'll do an amazing job. I can't wait now. It's nice to be getting all of these things checked off of my list. Now I just need to find a DJ and all the big stuff is done, besides reserving a trolley for after the wedding..I think. Please tell me if I'm not thinking of something : )

Monday, July 14, 2008

Guest Book Obsession

I think this might be the book used in those pictures:

Found at The Knot Wedding Shop. Satin cover is available in your choice of Shiny Wine, Ivory, Adriatique, or Onyx satin. Book measures 10” x 8”. Now, which color to get?

More Guest Book Photos

Some more that I like:

This is just like the one in my previous post.

Guest Book

I like this guest book a lot. I have a feeling I'm going to be abandoning a lot of my complex ideas before the wedding and everything will be very simple. My mother will not be pleased. Sarah said she thinks she can make something that looks like this, she is so creative, I'm truly jealous. I'm pretty sure I can find a plain guest book somewhere, I just really like the look of this. I still like the photo mat frames too, I think that would be cool to hang up in our house. We'll see.

More Books

Jen Lancaster is absolutely hilarious. She is actually from somewhere in northeastern Indiana, but in now living in Chicago. Check out her blog: Jennsylvania. She is sarcastic and hilarious, with a touch of smart ass...I love her. BTW, these are all memoirs. She can also be found on MySpace.
Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office is her first book.
This is the summary from Barnes and Noble:
Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.

Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.

Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? is her second book. I haven't read this one yet, but I am getting ready to, because I can't wait to read her third book.

This is from Barnes and Noble:
Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

Whether she's reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store clerk, or fighting-and losing-the Battle of the Stairmaster- Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not-so-fabulous real city living can be. And if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka.

Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer is her latest book. I think it looks awesome, and motivational. If you can't tell, my motivation has been lagging lately so I bought some books to get my goin' again. : )

From Barnes and Noble:
Personal Training, Session One: I'm standing at the front desk, waiting for the mythical "Barbie" to appear. While I was sucking down water and aspirin earlier today, trying to shed my hangover, I started thinking about how judgmental I can be. I mean, why should I have instantly freaked out when I heard someone named Barbie was going to be my trainer? Sure, the name brings up images of gorgeous girls with long blonde hair, shiny white teeth, deep tans, and impossible-to-achieve, completely enviable figures, but maybe this Barbie is different.

Maybe Trainer Barbie is a dark, homely girl with an overbite and she took up fitness to feel better about her hump and her skin condition. Yes, that's it. Barbie is all hideous and disfigured and she will have a heart of gold and because of this, she'll be devoted to nothing but making me lose weight...

I stand by the magazine rack and I'm about to pull out this week's In Touch when I hear my name being called. I turn around and look for my gargoyle of a trainer.

But I don't see any monsters.

All I see is a gorgeous girl with long blonde hair, shiny white teeth, a deep tan, and an impossible-to- achieve, completely enviable figure standing there. "Hey, are you Jen?" she asks. "I'm Barbie!"

Of course you are.

Check them all out. You'll love it.
Well, you might not love it, but I did, so if you like funny sarcastic girls you'll probably like her.


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