March 29, 2011

Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love that I'm feelin'?

Well, it's Wednesday so let's see What I'm Loving with this kind of love. (that was a lot of "w"s!)

I'm loving Bob Marley Radio on Pandora! It has been the perfect music for the sunshine-y weather we've been having (even if it's still a tad chilly!)

I'm loving the two new cans of tennis balls I bought yesterday morning. Is there anything better than the smell of new tennis balls? No, there is not haha

I'm loving that I bought 8 pairs of new earrings for $6! Thank you Target Clearance section :-)

I'm loving my new Twitter! I've had an account for a while but never used untill this week and I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of it! I'm @AFreund2-follow me (even though I'm not super interesting! haha) and I'll follow you back!

I'm *still* loving March Madness! I thought my bracket was tore up from the floor up, but apparently, I'm one of the final few people still left in my bracket pool and if UConn pulls through I could be $400 richer!

I'm loving this commercial-seriously, it cracks me up everytime!

Hope everyone is having a *lovely* week ♥

Gimme head with hair. Long beautiful hair, shining, gleaming, Streaming, flaxen, waxen

This Week it's "Top Two Celebrity Hairstyles"!

1. Hilary Duff
I'm not her biggest fan, but I've been looking inspiration for my next hair cut, and hers is the closest I can find to what I want. I have curly hair so my options are pretty limited, but I'd really love some layers and bangs like hers :-)

2. Ginnifer Goodwin
If I was adverntourous enough to have short hair, I would totally want hers. I think she is adorable to begin with, but I love her little bob! So cute!

March 27, 2011

By the rivers of Babylon, where he sat down and there he wept when he remembered Zion.

It's been kind of a weird week. Lots going on for people around me but none of it really involves me directly. So it's stressful, but not at the same time...weird. I'm hoping things will get back to normal soon, not even really for my sake, but more for everyone else.

Besides all that, it's been pretty uneventful. My days seem to go: work, school, friends occasionally, sleep, repeat. Nothing too exciting, to be honest.

Last night, though, I took a break from the monotony and my mom and I went to see Cedar Rapids downtown.

It was HILARIOUS! Ed Helms was so funny, and really the entire cast was just the best. Everyone in the theater was laughing the entire time. Plus, a lot of it was shot in Ann Arbor, so it was fun to try and figure out where they were!

After the movie, we went to Frita Batidos, which is a new restaurant in Ann Arbor and also happens to be one of my new customers at work. The food was delicious! It's Cuban inspired sandwiches and sides and the portions are HUGE!My mom got a fish sandwich and I got a chorizo one. I couldn't finish my entire sandwich (and am patiently waiting for my lunch to eat the rest haha) They also have the most amazing milkshakes-we got a passion fruit one and it was soooooo good! We weren't going to but we ended up getting an order of churros before we left-they were freshly fried and absolutely delicous! They have cinnamon like normal churros and a little bit or orange zest-to die for! I will definitely be going back and hopefully soon!

This week should be pretty much the same except the weather will get a little warmer (yay!) and fantasy baseball starts (double yay!). But right now it's back to work for me-luckily, I have Bob Marley Radio on Pandora :-)

March 21, 2011

And just like James, I'll be drinking Irish tonight and the memory of his last work week will be gone forever!

I'm finally feeling better-Thank god! That cold really kicked my butt! All week, I pretty much only left the house to go to work and my parents house. Other that that, I was in bed asleep. I have my voice back and am not sneezing or coughing, so I'm gonna get back to my work out routine tomorrow. I'm pretty excited-I couldn't work out all week and now that the weather is getting nice, I'm stoked to start some two-a-days, outdoor workouts and hopefully playing some tennis!

Since I was so sick, my St. Patty's Day involved laying on my couch, watching and painting my nails. Luckily, I got a little into the spirit and enjoyed some corned beef and cabbage courtesy of my wonderful mother-yummy!

On Friday, I started to feel a little better and decided to do some spring cleaning. I did a ton of laundry, washed all my linens and my comforter, rotated my mattress, cleaned my kitchen and bathroom. I probably could have kept going all night, but I got distracted by a Jersey Shore marathon and ended up seeing some of my friends later on that night.

This weekend, we had a TV show filming at work from the Food Network:

The crew took over the shop, the kitchen and half of the office for most of the weekend. I got to see a little of them filming (in between doing actual work haha) and I'm excited to see the show when it airs!

March 16, 2011

We have our very own everlasting love.

I'm linking up with This Kind of Love for my first "What I'm Loving Wednesday"!

I'm loving Target's $1 Section! I always find great stuff there, whether it's cute socks, party favors or these yummy treats!
I was so excited I had to take a picture in my car haha

I'm loving the fact that I have small enough feet to wear kids shoes! I was perusing the clearance section at Famous Footwear and I found these for $5! They are little boys shoes, but I think they are super cute.

I'm loving that March Madness starts this week. I'm in a pool at work and in one with my family and will definitely be posted on the couch for the first round games on Thursday and Friday :-)

I'm loving Glee! I know I'm late but I just died when they did this on the show last week!

I'm loving that because of daylight savings, it's no longer pitch black when I get out of work *and* the birds were singing when I woke up this morning! It's almost spring-yay!

On a much different note, I have a prayer request for everyone-My boss's friend was in a really bad accident and broke 2 vertebrae in his neck. He's responsive but doesn't have feeling in his fingers or legs. He's going to have a long road to recovery, and any prayers would be greatly appreciated!

March 15, 2011

I wanna talk about me, wanna talk about I, wanna talk about number one.

Even though this sounded like it would be pretty easy, I had a hard time coming up with "random" facts about myself...but let's see what I came up with :-)

1. I was an all conference athlete in high school.
I was a four year Varisty soccer player and was named to 2 All Conference Teams and an All State Team my Senior year. I was also a 2 time All Conference tennis player and won my division my Junior and Senior years.

2. Reality TV is my vice.
Jersey Shore, Top Chef, Teen Mom, Project Runway and my new obsession Lizard Lick Towing, plus many, many more. It's so addicting and so bad for me (I can *literally* feel brain cells dying) but I just love it!

March 13, 2011

'Cause I got your picture, I'm coming with you. Dear Maria, count me in.

I can't believe I lasted through *every single one* of my co-workers catching the cold/flu and didn't get it until now! Ugh!

It started on Friday with a sore throat that I didn't really pay attention to, since my mom and I were going to a Bat Mitzvah that night that we were looking forward to. But then I woke up on Saturday and my throat was on fire, my nose was running and just all over icky.

I got some cold medicine and went to bed sleep at 8:30 last night so I'm feeling a little better, although I'm losing my voice which is tres unattractive, especially when my job is 95% on the phone haha Hopefully this is all gone soon!

In other news, I did some running around on Friday...literally. I went to get my tire (finally!) and grabbed some coffee while I was waiting, which doesn't sound that bad, but I haven't had coffee in about a year so I was totally wired all morning! I went to Target and got these cuties:

They were a little bulky, no no wearing them to work-but I think they are super adorable otherwise! Yay for pay day! haha

March 8, 2011

You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter, you are the best thing that's ever been mine.

Today for Top Two Tuesday on The Undomestic Momma, it's "Top Two Things You've Learned About Relationships."

Even though I'm not currently in a relationship, I've had some trials and errors over the past few years which have all taught me a lot. While it hurt when some of those relationships ended, I've realized that what I learned from them will help me to a be a better partner in future relationships, so I've developed some gratidtue for all of them :-)

1. If I'm going to be happy in a relationship, I have to be happy with myself.

I went through a period of "serial dating"-jumping from one relationship to the next, without much of a break in between. Suffice it to say, I wasn't all that happy with the situation, or myself, by the end of it. I ended up taking an almost year long break from dating, by the end, I was actually happy and content! I got into a relationship, which didn't work out, but when it ended, I knew it had nothing to do with what I looked like, how I talked, etc and was really just that we weren't compatible. It made getting over the break up just a little easier.

2. Agreeing on core issues is key.

I was in a relationship that I was really happy in, but when we started discussing some core issues, we didn't agree on them at all! For instance, I want a family with children and he didn't. Also, even though I don't go to Temple every week, I pray on a regular basis and have a definite faith in God, neither of which he understood and even worse, wasn't interested in learning about. Because of these, along with some others, it really didn't matter how happy we were in that moment, it realistically wasn't going to last.

March 7, 2011

And I'll find strength in pain and I will change my ways. I'll know my name as it's called again.

This past week was a pretty eventful week, some planned and some not so much haha

On Wednesday, I had an interview for a marketing internship. It would be with the same company I work for now, but for a few months this summer, I would work with a different department, along with working my regular job full time. I was supposed to hear back on Friday if I got the position, but no word yet-so fingers crossed!

On Thursday, my brother Sam and I headed out to Plymouth to see GirlTalk.

We got there at 7, and doors didn't open till 8, so we stood outside in the 20 degree weather and nearly froze to death. Literally, by the time we went inside, my skin was cracking everytime I moved-it was THAT cold. Luckily, it paid off because we ended up being at the front of the crowd. There was a bunch of d-bags not so nice people by us, all of whom got kicked out of the show by the end. Junk Culture was the first opening act. They were pretty sweet-just a DJ, a kid playing drums and a projector. They were pretty good, but the Max Tundra, who was the second act to go on, was super hype.

There was a lot of drama in the crowd which definitely contributed to the negative vibe at the beginning of the show. Some girl even tried to start something with me because I was dancing too close to lame. Luckily, most of the people causing the drama got thrown out so the show ended up being much better.

GirlTalk came out and had like 30 people up on stage dancing, his hype men were throwing balloons and confetti and toilet paper into the crowd, just being crazy. There wasn't a ton of room to dance because there were just *so many* people, but I made it work. I was definitey sore the next day, but it was totally worth it :-)

While I was at the show, my freshman English teacher sent me an email asking me to house sit for her while her family went out of town this weekend. I called her back the next day and went to pick up the key before they left. On the way there, my car started making kind of a funny noise. Since I had just got my brakes fixed, I thought maybe something I was hanging down from under the car and hitting the wheels or the tire-rod, since it sounded like kind of a "thud".

That night my friend Dan and I chilled at thier house (and by chill, I mean we watched Lizard Lick Towing, which is the best show on tv, played Crash Bandicoot on PS2 and ate Mr. Pizza-basically the best Friday night ever) and since my car sounded about the same as earlier, I figured I'd talk with my parents about it the next day. So I stopped by their place on the way to work and mentioned that I was going to take my car in on Monday.

On the way home from work, I called my mom to ask her if she could take a look at my car and at the noise it was making. Not even 3 minutes later, my front driver side tire came off...while I was driving!!! Luckily, I wasn't on the highway, I wasn't going too fast (since it was snowing) and there wasn't much traffic right then. I pulled off to a side street and called my mom. We got towed to the same place that fixed my brakes last week because, obviously, they didn't put the tire back on correctly.

Luckily, they are paying to get it fixed and they are giving my dad money to cover to tow I had to get to the shop. A couple friends heard what happened and called to see how I was doing-such sweet friends :-)

They ended up putting the spare on because they have to order the tire, so I am able to drive it and just have to bring it in later this week to get my new tire.

I don't have anything much planned for this week-so let's hope it stays that way haha

March 4, 2011

We are family. Get up everybody and sing!

Today over at Kelly's Korner it's "Show Us Your Life-Show Us your Family!"

So...I'm going to share 5 (pretty random) things I love about my mom, dad and my little brother :-)


1. Sometimes instead of going to the gym in the morning, we go out out to breakfast instead.

2. I taught her how to dance last year, and it's one of the funniest things I've seen.

3. Even though she hated when I said it, she now uses words like "trashy" and "douchebag".

4. Shes's one of the best bakers and cooks I know. If I could have half of her talent, I'd be pretty well off.

5. My dad always says she has "the gift" when it comes to children. She makes every child she comes in contact with smile and giggle. It's really amazing to witness.

1. He calls me to let me know that Miguel Cabrera was arrested for a DUI (even though I'm at work).

2. His CD collection had over 600 discs.

3. He took me to my first concert (Beck on the Midnight Vultures Tour in 2003)

4. If it were up to him to make dinners, we would have lived off of Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.

5. He knows just about everybody in our city-we can barely walk around without someone recognizing him.


1. He writes raps and they are actually really good.

2. He's over 6" tall, where as I'm barely 5".

3. He's one of the smartest people I know-literally, he's a genius.

4. He's also one of the funniest people I know-super sarcastic but also hilarious.

5. He's probably one of my best friends-we talk a lot and hang out pretty often as well.

We look pretty much like your average Midwest family, but we're a little quirky and kind of crazy-and I think that's just the way we like it :-)

March 1, 2011

Money, it's a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.

Today, I'm trying out Top Two Tuesday on The Undomestic Momma. The topic is "Top Two Things You've Learned About Money."

My dad is a banker, so he's been trying to instill good money management skills since I was little. Unfortunately, some of them took a little longer to take hold lol But these two are the ones I keep at the forefront of my mind (and bank statement :-)

1. "Wanting" is not the same as "Needing"

When I was in high school, I worked but didn't have many expenses so I was able to shop a lot more than I probably needed to. I always talked about things I wanted, but used the verb "need" (i.e. I need those new high heels, I need a new mini skirt). They were all totally things I didn't need at all! As I've grown up, I've begun to learn the difference. I *need* to get my oil changed, but I *want* to buy new earrings. Big difference haha

2. Saving doesn't have to severly impact my income

I've worked at jobs with direct deposit before, but at my current job, I am able to have money divided into multiple accounts. I have most of it go in to my checking, but I also have $5 per check go directly into savings. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it does add up (I also have "Keep the Change" at my bank so when I use my debit, it rounds up and send the difference to my savings account). The money is only for emergencies, but it's nice to know I have a cushion if I need it. I also have money put directly into a 401(k) account. In the few years I've had it, it's really grown. And even though I can't really touch it right now, it definitely alleviates stress when I think about the future.

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