Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Super Sweet Giveaway Time

Have you heard about the awesome giveaway that's being hosted by Natalie over at At Home with the Hinkleys? Well if you have and you're new here, welcome!

Did I mention that Natalie is the greatest name in the world? It really is.

If you haven't, you can check out the giveaway here or enter below using Rafflecopter!

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HAPPY TUESDAY!
Hopefully I'll be back with a real post tomorrow :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

4 Days!



I found this in my inbox just a little while ago, and I am super nervous (and excited too). I cannot believe that Friday is almost here! And it's probably all I'll be talking about for the next week or so...just FYI.

I spent the weekend doing laundry, packing for my trip, and I had to work on Saturday. Talk about a boring weekend. But it felt so good to do almost nothing all weekend long :)

Keep me in your thoughts & prayers later this week!

Friday, April 26, 2013

It's Almost Here!

Ohmygoodness. My interview is next Friday. I cannot believe that it's almost here!

In case you're new to Beauty & Brains or just dropping by, I got invited to interview with the ONLY Doctoral Occupational Therapy program in the US. And it sure makes up for all of the rejections I got last year (7 of them) from all the Master's programs I applied to. 


But Nebraska is so far from Texas. And snow? Pretty sure I'm going to die if I end up there.

Anyways, it's Friday & I've been at work since 7am. At least I can link up and jam with Whitty & all of her awesome pals to get through today :)


And since Sammie's birthday was Wednesday, I'm dedicating this song to her!
#whathappensherestayshere #backthatazzup



Thursday, April 25, 2013

NSVs & Winning

Tomorrow is Friday, yes! But I have to be at work at 7am, yuck. Oh well. Linking up with Katie & Lex today!

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So Tuesday morning I had a coworker ask me if I was pregnant. I'm definitely not. Talk about awkward. And now all I can think about is how I sacrifice sleep to go to the gym instead every single night but I end up looking pregnant...what the hell...why do I even bother going to the gym then?

*Side note: stupid kids in high school told me I looked preggo but I was able to shrug it off because they were asses, but a coworker is totes different*

There's a part of me that wants to give up & just let the pounds add on, but I know I would be so unhappy & unhealthy that I would regret it. I feel so defeated. I didn't want to go to the gym last night or the night before, but I did anyways. It felt good--until I stepped on the scale--and saw a gain of 3 pounds. Even more defeating. Not to mention I was the only female at the gym the other night. That was weird. Really weird. But it didn't stop me from getting my workout on.
I do know that I'm not giving up that easy, regardless of how much the words hurt and how awful I feel. And that scale can go screw itself, at least for the next several weeks. Victories! #winning

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Birthday Girl

Today is extra special because it's SAMMIE'S BIRTHDAY!
[send her some birthday love by visiting her blog]

We met in college sophomore year through mutual friends, and we've kind of been stuck to each other since. We were roommates for a year--she is such a slob, and kind of trashy too--and then she graduated and left me behind. Womp womp. We still see each other every now and then, but we mostly talk via texts and Instagram.

Today she's hit the big 24, and I'll be hitting it in about 2 weeks. I've got some super awesome birthday shiz to give her, if she ever comes to visit me.



And I have no idea how I would have survived college without her. No matter where our lives may take us, she will always be one of my closest friends.

someecards.com - We'll be the old ladies in the nursing home causing trouble.

Happy Birthday love!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Non-Shenanigans Weekend

This weekend was yet again, completely uneventful. My sister came into town, and I took care of her because she's got some sort of nasty viral infection. I'm just happy that it isn't mono or strep like the clinic initially told her!

I did all of her laundry--she had about a month's worth of it--and did some of my laundry too. And I ran some errands, but of course I missed out on a few things I still need to get. Darn that shopping list!

And since it's #TallTuesday on Twitter, here's my photo for today :)


Maybe I'll be back tomorrow with a read-worthy post!

Friday, April 19, 2013

A-Z of Me

So I saw one of these somewhere recently, and I figured with the increase in new followers, I should fill everyone in! Plus it's super cute, how could you not want to do this?

age:
23

bed size: 
queen. And yes, my feet hang off unless I lay sideways #tallproblems
  
chore you hate: 
cleaning the shower & tub

dogs: 
2 weenies! Ruthie & Gracie. And they are spoiled rotten!


essential start to your day: 
contacts & washing my face

favorite color: 
turquoise

gold or silver: 
silver, except for when it's my Aggie Ring 

height: 
6'4
 [could I seriously be any taller??? some days it's so hard]

instrument you play: 
I played flute back in middle school...does that count?

job title: 
exam proctor by day, receptionist at night

kids: 
none yet, but I want at least 3 someday!

live: 
Aggieland, otherwise known as College Station. Or better yet, home of the recent Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel


married: 
nope. not even engaged.

nicknames: 
Nat, Sissy, Sissybear, Pooh bear...most of these are only used by my sister :)

overnight hospital stays: 
never have stayed overnight yet

pet peeve: 
I have plenty too many. 
The big one that happens every single day at work is when people do not listen to the directions I give them. Another one is stupid college drivers, zooming around & weaving in and out of cars...not safe.
  
quote: 
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."  
[Matthew 17:20]

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
[Joshua 1:9]

righty or lefty: 
righty tighty!
  
siblings: 
one sister, her name is Megan. She's the best sister in the entire universe.

  
time you wake up: 
6:00AM on weekdays. I never set an alarm on weekends.
  
university attended:
Texas A&M 

vegetables you dislike: 
brussel sprouts & cauliflower & raw tomatoes.

what makes you run late: 
when I snooze my alarm too many times in the mornings. I know exactly how long it takes me to get ready and I've started the habit of snoozing past that time limit...oops.

x-rays you've had: 
big toe (thought it was broken), chest (for infections), head & neck (after my recent car accident)
  
yummy food: 
just about everything.

zoo animal favorite: 
flamingos and llamas! 





Oh, and I can't forget that it's #backthatazzup Friday! What's my jam?


I'm feeling some country today with The Band Perry! And I gotta say, I loved their performance at the CMAs a few weeks ago! And I'm DONE with my work week! 
see what I did there? hah.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Finish the Sentence


The story of West, Texas, is so heartbreaking. But it has amazed me to see so many first responders show up--and how the rest of Texas is giving such great support. There are still people unaccounted for, and lives have been lost.
#prayforboston #prayforwest
[news story here]

On a much lighter note, I'm linking up with Jake & Holly for Finish the Sentence! 

1. I laughed so hard I cried when...
my mom and I were making a video for my grandma for her 80th birthday. I was holding this ENORMOUS teddy bear and making him move & sing in the kitchen. Every time we watch that video I end up laughing/crying/dying on the floor. 

2. My high school...
was super ghetto. And mostly black. I was the only white girl on the basketball team. 

3. It really pisses me off...
everything pisses me off. but when college students drive like fucktards it is the worst. I've seen too many accidents, slow down and just stop driving like maniacs 

4. In ten years...
I'll be 33. Married with 11 children and 4 dogs. And an iguana. Living in the middle of nowhere.

5. If I could erase one thing...
it would be my sophomore year of college, from August 2008 to mid-March 09. It was awful. But I met Andrew at the end of March, and I can't erase that!

6. In 1999...
I was in middle school. Awkward, tall, and chubs. And I had switched from a private to public school and I hated it for a long time. 

7. Honestly...
I need to pee so badly right now, but everyone in the office is busy and nobody can cover me while I run to the bathroom. I haven't peed since I left my house at 7:30 this morning.

8. To me, Sushi...
is hard to order if you don't know what you're doing. Just give me some Cali rolls and sake and maybe some dumplings. And an egg roll. 

9. Someone really needs to invent...
some fancy shit that keeps my hair straight after I finish straightening it. Every time I finish & leave the bathroom, I come back 10 minutes later and my hair's gone psycho--flipping every way rather than looking like it did when I checked myself in the mirror earlier. There's probably something out there but I don't know it exists.

10. The first time I drank alcohol...
It was NYE sometime in high school. I had a few Smirnoffs and it was uneventful. Also, I've never EVER been drunk. I've only been tipsy once, but that was because I chugged a pitcher of beer in less than 2 minutes. Why? Because it's a tradition. You can read all about my chugging experience here.

11. The one question I would ask God is...
Do dogs really go to heaven?

12. Lindsay Lohan...
was super great in Mean Girls, but now she's gone cray cray. Apparently TMZ says she's got some huge random bruises on her body from who knows what...and it makes me sad to see celebs go downhill like this [ahem, Amanda Bynes and Miley.]

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Tomorrow's Friday. That makes me #happyhappyhappy 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Random.

Today's just a bunch of random things thrown together. I should be linking up for Weigh In Wednesday and I'm just feeling lazy today. So instead let's talk about....

....my obsession with this song. It's become my favorite workout jam, and Sammie is in love with it too. I text her when I'm at the gym about C25K hell. Thanks, hun.

...and this amazing video. Seriously, just take a few minutes and watch it if you haven't already. Every single woman is beautiful. Don't ever let anyone tell you different. 

I'm so glad it's Wednesday, the weekend is right around the corner!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

First Things First

So what's first on today's plate with Halie?

First movie you went to without your parents
First sport you played (either Little League-style or in school)
First major injury


First movie without parentals:
I'm pretty sure a huge group of my friends went to see the second Harry Potter movie, and that was back in 8th grade--so I was 13. I'm sure there's probably another movie I saw before this, but I just don't remember. I can tell you the first R-rated movies I saw on my own lol. I had turned 17 that day, and my best guy friend wanted to go see Poseidon and Silent Hill. We saw both of them that night. 

First sport you played: 
Basketball, of course. I started playing church league when I was about 7 or 8. Before that I actually took ballet from one of the moms at school--all the girls were doing it! Even though I loved it at first, I always felt out of place. 

First major injury:
My major injury happened during the summer of my sophomore year in high school, and I don't think I've ever shared this story on the blog. I was playing summer league basketball (it was my life) and my dad stepped up to help coach for summer. He's a basketball star from back in the day, and would even run drills and stuff with us. One time during practice he decided he was going to do a slam dunk. He ended up swinging his arm back and his forearm smacked me right on my nose. There was so much blood. I couldn't get my nose to stop bleeding for at least an hour. We didn't go to the doctor or the ER, because it was just blood! My dad felt horrible, and he still does to this day. I had TWO black eyes and I felt so ugly. And it was super painful to do anything. Thanks dad for this great photo too. Real cute!

this was taken later that night, maybe 3-4 hours later.
I didn't think my nose would ever heal! But it finally did....and I wonder how my face would look if my nose had never been broken. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

I Survived Saturday

I don't think I have ever been so exhausted in my entire life. I am barely awake at work as it is. This is BAD.

My alarm went off at 4:30am, I was out of bed 20 minutes later, and I was at work ready to go at 6am. It was intense, the examinees were obviously nervous, and they tested for 8 hours--along with an hour lunch break. The church we were in was freezing cold in the morning [typical] and a little warm in the afternoon. I had the HARDEST time trying to not fall asleep.
I got out of there just before 6pm, and even though I work 13 hours a day regularly, this one seemed so much harder because things got started 2 hours earlier than what I'm used to.

Thankfully it happened to be Parents' Weekend, and Andrew's mom came into town for the day :) if you didn't hear or see on ESPN, the spring scrimmage Maroon & White game was broadcast Saturday afternoon. Andrew, me, Austin, and their mom went out to Chuy's for dinner, and it was delicious. I can never get enough of their creamy jalapeno sauce. I really wanted a margarita, but I knew it would send me over the edge and I still needed to get home safely.

Sunday was so uneventful, I laid around the house and did a ton of laundry. So much laundry. And I watched a bunch of movies on TV. It was great.

But this morning has been brutal. I'm exhausted, and I can barely keep my eyes open. I don't know how I'm going to manage through the week, but it's coming whether I'm ready or not.

Oh, and I'm not linking up with anyone today because I don't want to bore everyone with my uneventful weekend. Just kidding--I'm just feeling extra lazy and don't want to bother with all that shit #sorryimnotsorry

happy monday!

Friday, April 12, 2013

TIP comin' live from the VIP

The very last thing I want to be doing today is working. I NEVER work on Fridays until 5pm, my schedule is just awesome like that. But not this week. I just want to crawl back in bed...I wish. 
Not to mention I have to work all day tomorrow. As in 12 hours of working. I don't know how I'm going to survive. But at least for today, I'm gonna take it easy. And I'm gonna think about how easy life was in high school.




Thursday, April 11, 2013

V is for Victories

Ahh I am so excited that tomorrow is Friday! I don't care that I have to work tomorrow & Saturday, I'm just ready for a day off. It's Thursday again, so obviously I'm linking up with Katie & Lex for Non-Scale Victories today :)

So what all happened this week? 

First, my coworkers at my night job have finally learned my usual schedule in the fact that when I get off work at 9:00 pm I go straight to the gym. They know that sometimes the last place I want to go after working for 13 hours is the gym--and they always make sure to ask me if I'm going or not. In a way, it's like more encouragement from some of the most unlikely people, people I never thought would impact my life in such a cool way. 
.....and when I say I'm not going to the gym they're responses are crazy and make me feel slightly guilty, so sometimes I end up going anyways. 

Second, I couldn't care less that I gained two pounds. I know I didn't go to the gym, my body needed a break. So what if I gained a little back? Getting rid of my extra weight is going to take more than just a few weeks. 

Thanks to my bff Sammie, she got me to use the C25K program on my phone. I'm not sure if I like it or not, but today is the end of week 2. She says week 3 is a bitch, but I think I can do it! Mind you, I've never been a runner, but I did play basketball for a really long time and that involves running  up and down the court...so does it count? 

Lastly, I went to to grocery store Monday night [yes I skipped my workout to go to HEB] and finally bought some fresh fruits & veggies. I really struggle with eating healthy because I work so much and I haven't pushed myself enough to prep on weekends for the week ahead. So I'm not ready for that huge effort just yet.

Maybe my victories are a little cheesy this week, but sometimes you gotta take baby steps!
Don't forget to link up!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hump Day Weigh-In

It's HUMP DAY, Y'ALL! And time for another round of Weigh-In Wednesday with Erin & Alex. Grab their button and link up!

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Obviously, I didn't work out at all last week. I don't know what I was expecting--I ate crap last week and didn't get any exercise, so when I stepped on the scale last night I was at 233 lbs. Boo.

The terrible good news is that I skipped my workout on Monday night to go to the grocery store. And I picked up lots of fresh fruits & veggies--carrots, broccoli, apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Sounds mouth-watering just thinking about it! And I bought more eggs because the half-dozen I had in the fridge was about to go bad. Props to me for thinking of boiling them to eat as my weekly source of protein! I feel on the ball this week with eating healthier than usual :)

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Weekend Happenings

Obviously I'm a little behind on my weekend recap....oopsies!

Even though I didn't have to work both jobs yesterday, my butt is dragging from the weekend! I have to remember that I'm not 21 like my friends are...

Friday night was completely awesome, I got off work and went straight to bed. I almost had to work on Saturday to cover for someone, but it worked out that I didn't have to..YAY! Instead I went to get my nails done with my friend, Chelsea, but I absolutely hated the place we went to. Needless to say, I'll never go back there. I assumed Andrew had made plans for us to go out for a nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary, but he didn't. We got Fazoli's to go and vegged out on the couch. And Chelsea and I had made plans to go out that night. I didn't hear from her until 11ish, way past my bedtime. But then I though, oh what the hell, why not....

We stayed out until freaking 5AM, y'all. I was so exhausted. But it was awesome--minus the fact that I was the DD so I didn't get to drink. Womp womp. I spent half of Sunday in bed, then Andrew and I bummed around for lunch and took a trip to the gun range :) ohh, and I got to finish season 1 of The Walking Dead...and I bought season 2 yesterday. And now for pictures!





Andrew is happy happy happy!
I should probably mention that I'm only having a one day weekend--more like a day off--because my dumb ass decided to be nice and help proctor some random exam on Saturday. And I have to work my usual hours on Friday [8am-9pm] and then Saturday from 6am-6pm. Damn. All I have to say is that I better get paid well for it!
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, April 5, 2013

PIt & Peak

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It's FRIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY! I've been doing absolutely nothing all day long, and it's fantastic! So without further ado...my pits & peaks! IF YOU DON'T READ ANYTHING BESIDES THIS, AT LEAST PAY ATTENTION TO THE PEAK BELOW IN BOLD.

Pits
- I've been super exhausted all week from working too much.
- I haven't been to the gym since Monday night and I'm feeling a little flabbier than usual.
- I smacked the ever-lovin' hell out of my knee at work last night, and of course today it's puffy and purple. 
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Peaks
- The scale at the gym Monday night made me happy--I've lost 13.4 pounds so far!
- I got off work early yesterday afternoon, like 2.5 hours early.
- Texas A&M's student body president officially vetoed a bill that was passed in the student senate concerning a portion of student fees being used for the GLBT Resource Center on campus. The bill basically said that that many students disagree with the use of student fees to pay for the GLBT resource center for religious reasons and that students should be allowed to object & not pay for this resource. This is huge. And fantastic.
- Andrew brought me some calla lilies to work last night for our anniversary! So pretty!

HAPPY WEEKEND, Y'ALL!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

4 YEARS

In case you haven't read yet, today is the day that Andrew and I officially started dating! And y'all, 4 years feels like it's been forever. Other days it feels like it's only been a few weeks. Is that crazy? 

I've never shared the story of how we met, and I won't be sharing it today. But one day I will!

But I'm going to fill you in on a few things that have happened over the past 4 years. Some of it you may have already seen or heard about, but most of you are pretty new to my blog and don't know a whole lot about me & Andrew :)



In case you missed this photo from a few days ago, this is the first picture Andrew & I ever took together. I posted it on IG recently, and it's crazy to think that we took that photo nearly 4 years ago. It was at the end of April, we hadn't even been dating a whole month. Dang.

That summer I stayed in CS for summer school with my BFF Sammie. I'm so glad that Andrew is from Houston because it was easy for him to come & visit me--it definitely strengthened our relationship. Once school got started in the fall, we were inseparable. We both lived on campus, and had similar schedules. So we would normally eat lunch or dinner together (or both) and sometimes with our friends. I met his parents in the fall because they came to visit for his birthday. And let me tell you, I was a nervous wreck! In the end it worked out perfectly :)  We took what may be the cutest couples picture on Kyle Field after a football game in late 2009. Sorry that I didn't bother cropping it...but it's still cute!



Sometime that fall, Andrew got to meet my parents too! And they really liked him! My 21st birthday rolled around, and Andrew & my sister Megan had planned a surprise dinner party for me! My sister will tell you I hate surprises--but I loved it!

Fast forward to fall 2010. Andrew & I attended our first wedding together, and got to help out with a proposal! Andrew's college roommate/best friend Erik proposed to his girlfriend (now wifey) at Turkey Peak (which is part of the Enchanted Rock state park in Fredericksburg). We were supposed to camp overnight, but the weather was supposed to be nasty so we just made a day trip. See below for some wedding photos!

In April 2011, Andrew, me, Sammie, and her date went to Ring Dance. It's basically like prom for A&M. The friends you go with really make all the difference. At least for me! And since we were going to Ring Dance, we didn't do much to celebrate our anniversary.



Senior year ended, Erik graduated and got married. Both Andrew & I were in the wedding party--it was so special! To this day we keep in touch with them, if it weren't for Erik I would have never met Andrew!



Over the summer, Andrew and I (plus my dad) made a special trip to Florida to see the last shuttle fly. Obviously Andrew's studying Aerospace Engineering and has wanted to be an astronaut since he was 5 or 6. The only thing stopping him now is his height, so he became an engineer. And I got super tan in Florida!



I spent an extra year at A&M because I couldn't pick a major, which gave Andrew & me extra time together! By now we were both so wrapped up in school and future plans that we didn't get to spend as much time together, other than the constant football games every Saturday :)



But that changed in the spring when we both joined a coed intramural basketball team
[cause duh, what other sports do tall people play??]
We spent the night of our 3rd anniversary on the court. We had a playoff game that we just couldn't miss! Thank you IG! As a result of the game, Andrew had a nasty scratch/bruise on his face. Ouch.





Not to mention we went to Ring Dance again, this time for his class year. It was quite a different experience, because we went on our own--and Andrew doesn't dance.



So far, our other big celebrations were my graduation day and his graduation day. I graduated last May (can't believe it's almost been a whole year!) and he graduated last December.

Ugliest picture ever.
So proud :)
Who knows what this next year will have in store for us....
....maybe a proposal ;-)

But I'm just happy that he loves me!