Thursday, December 13, 2012

Random Thursday--My Christmas Wishlist!

Happy Thursday y'all! Today I'm linking up with these lovely ladies for Random Thursday (and it's been awhile since my last link up) so I hope you enjoy! I really had to think hard about these cause I really don't know what I want...everyone always asks me and I never know what to say. I always just say CASH and end up spending it on clothes!

1. Dexter: Season 2-6
I am OBSESSED with Dexter! I've seen everything up until the current season, and I have no idea what has happened since Deb....ya know...

Dexter: The Sixth Season

2. THIS Funnel Neck Coat from Long Tall Sally
Is it too much for me to ask to not have cold wrists in the middle of winter? I know Texas doesn't get THAT cold, but the sleeves on all of my jackets are too short. like I have 2-3 inches of bare wrist showing with my coat on. Seriously.


3. Clothes
I can always use a new pair of jeans, and I will practically wear anything that comes from Target.  Can I also group scarves in this category? Okay good.
4. Pride & Prejudice
I want the book & the movie!

5. Lost: Seasons 1-6
Needs no explanation. Love this show!
6. a Kindle or Nook.
This one I'm not so sure about. Though I've had quite a bit of spare time on my hands at work lately, and books get annoyingly heavy to carry around. Like right now I'm reading 11/22/63 which is Stephen King's fictional novel about JFK's assassination. It's really good but that sucker is HUGE and too heavy for me to haul around every day. I don't even know the pros and cons about each...guess I need to do some digging!

7. Halcyon by Ellie Goulding

8. Movies!
There are so many movies out there that I want to own but I don't yet. I did at one point have an extensive list on my cell phone but when I updated to iOS 4 (this was like a year ago obviously) everything on my phone was deleted. So here's a more recent list that I just made up, in no special order:
Finding Nemo
The Ugly Truth
Harry Potter (all of them)
The Hunger Games
Water for Elephants
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
X-Men (all of them)
Batman (all of them)
The Avengers
The Expendables (1&2)
The Boondock Saints (1&2)
Toy Story (all 3)
Silence of the Lambs
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
There are plenty of others, but for now I can only think of these....dang.
9. True Blood: Seasons 2-5
I've kinda been way behind since Season 3 or 4 (I really don't remember) and we don't get HBO.
That's about it for now. Merry Christmas Y'all!
I am super excited for him, and I'm so happy that I get to see my parents!

Oh, and this is my 300th post! HOLLA FO' A DOLLA HONEY BOO BOO!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had as awesome of a weekend as I did!

Friday I did absolutely nothing other than laundry and go to work from 5-9. Andrew brought me dinner, and we had an incident at the assisted living home involving paint and an ambulance. It was kind of exciting :) later I went home, watched some TV, got ready to get in the shower and my friend Chelsea (she turned 21 Saturday) texted me and said she was out at Applebee's. So I joined the group for about an hour--old lady over here can't stay up that late. I finally crawled into bed around 2:30. 

Saturday my plan was to get going to do some shopping, and that didn't quite work out the way I had planned. Chelsea and I were supposed to go party shopping, but my friend Blake (whose birthday was also Saturday--he's 24!) texted me about doing lunch. So I pushed back my plans with Chelsea and we went to Olive Garden. I bought Blake's lunch--and everything was super delicious!

Birthday Boy! I highly recommend the Toasted Marshmallow martini---it was AMAZING!

After lunch Chelsea and I met up to do our shopping. I ended up buying a dress from Plato's Closet (cheetah print--RAWR!) and some stuff from the mall. Most of it was for Saturday night, I haven't been out partying in 2-3 years and I wanted to look gooooood. And I did! I found a gorgeous sequin dress and I also got some skinny jeans to go with my new boots (early Christmas gift!) because even though they aren't long enough, nobody will ever know! And I got a little more Christmas shopping done. Sneaky!

Sequin dress--Love it!
Even though this dress is super sparkly, I absolutely love the back! It dips low in the back, but you can still wear a bra without it showing. Best thing EVER.

Purple skinnies!

Sexy shoes--the ones I bought don't look exactly like this, more strappy and still with a bow!

Sexy leather boots ;)
After all of our shopping, it was time for me to go home and get ready for a night on the town! It took me just over an hour to do my hair, and about 20 minutes for makeup. I hate that the picture is so dark, but I don't have a flash on my iPhone :( 

Shoes + sexy dress = I look good! And I felt skinnier than usual!
Dress: JCPenney's
Shoes: The Shoe Depot
I had such a great time! Chelsea's party was at her house, so I went by after clubbing it up with Blake. Andrew actually went with me to Chelsea's, which is something he NEVER does. Perhaps it was the fact that he couldn't keep his hands off me! Haha!

All I did on Sunday was lay around the house and do more laundry. Andrew & I went out for lunch and just happened to run into his brother, Austin, and a friend of theirs/youth pastor guy (his name is Chris Raif, Raif for short) and I thoroughly enjoyed lunch. Oh, and I did cook dinner! So there was some productivity! Also, the weather in Texas is finally getting cool! The Dallas area even had snow--but it didn't stick. So I was able to show off all my new goodies today :)

Sweater: Old Navy
Jeans: JCPenney's
Boots: Zappos
Belt: Dillard's
Scarf: Wet Seal

Sorry for the darkness of this photo! I feel like the belt in this outfit looks dumb however without it the sweater is a shapeless blob. And it's kinda crappy too, it snags on EVERYTHING and fuzzy pieces rub off all over the place. Not so happy about that. 

How was your weekend?? Get any good shopping done?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I Wish Decisions Were Easy

The past few weeks have been more difficult than normal. My budget is really tight these days--with student loans to pay and Christmas & birthdays coming up in a few weeks. Last Friday I had a Starbucks date with two of my friends, and they were telling me everything that has happened since my job with FOCUS was terminated (NO I wasn't fired...) with the coordinators and other mentors. It made me realize how much I miss working with college students, and there are potentially 2 job openings in the near future that would allow me to work with college students.

The big problem is, what about grad school? I'm 90% finished with my last Occupational Therapy application, and I've decided that if I don't get in this time then it's not meant to be for right now. What about the program here at A&M for Health Administration? I love my job at the assisted living home, and getting my MHA would seem appropriate. Plus, Andrew will be here for 2+ years getting his Master's degree too.

So, do I try for a full time position to shove myself into "adulthood" faster and work my life away? And I know that if I do get a full time job I would be much less likely to go back to grad school later. Or do I keep attempting to further my education for the potential to do better in whatever field I go into?

Ugh. Sometimes I hate life. And making hard decisions. How do you make these big life decisions? Help!

Monday, December 3, 2012


Holy balls. I seriously cannot believe that it has been nearly 3 weeks since my last post. My bad! Things have been crazy. Why?

1. My work schedule is irregular due to the upcoming Christmas break (other than me & my 2 bosses, all my coworkers are students)

2. I thought I cracked a tooth! Turns out it was just a filling, and I'm getting it fixed on Thursday

3. A few days before Thanksgiving I went to get a haircut. I needed it BAD. The place I went to jacked up my bangs and so I didn't let her touch the rest of my hair. I called a salon and managed to squeeze in an appointment before that Thursday. My bangs are barely an inch long, they don't even touch my eyebrows. Freaking weird.

4. Andrew's parents were in town this weekend because Austin was performing in Songfest--fraternities & sororities put on a show to raise money for their respective philanthropies. It was awesome!

5. I've been trying to get to the gym on a more regular schedule, and this week I started off right with Zumba!

6. I'm at work an hour early cause my boss called me in. I felt like a chicken with its head cut off rushing around after leaving the gym. It was crazy.

7. Andrew is graduating in 11 days. Damn. I am so proud of him!

8. I'm going home in 16 days for Christmas! Yay :)

I've been better at taking photos and posting them to Instagram (you can follow me: tall_natalie) so enjoy!

Happy belated Turkey Day!

Ruthie & Gracie got their Christmas treats early!
The weenies & I got to enjoy a nap last Friday and it was heavenly!
Photo: neighborhood kitty sitting at the front door #cutiepie #softandsweet
"stray" kitty that's always hanging around the house

Photo: even though it's blurry, I'm so happy that I got to see this sweet girl this weekend! love you! #songfest2012 @audaud8
I was so happy to see Audrey at Songfest! The sorority she joined is in charge of Songfest every year. She is such a sweet girl and I wish I could spend more time with her--next semester it will happen!

Happy Monday lovelies!