Thursday, June 28, 2012

Some great movie lines.

The passing of Nora Ephron made me think of one of my favorite movies of all time: When Harry Met Sally... It's just a perfect movie that shows very real feelings. The movie has so many perfect and funny moments. One of my favorites is when Sally announces she and her boyfriend broke up and her friends pull rolodexes (ROLODEXES!) out of their purses to look for suitors. Of course it's funny now because no one owns Rolodexes anymore. If that scene were done today it would be all about iPhones and tweeting a cute guy. So, in a movie filled with amazing lines and moments, what's my favorite line? "Baby fish mouth!"

Another line from a totally unrelated (and terrible) movie that I love: "I'll go first because I'm the prettiest." it's from the Brady Bunch Movie and it makes me laugh every time. My sister and I watch that movie often for reasons I can't remember. Well, probably because that line is hilarious.

And one more: "Though we adore men individually, we agree as a group they're rather stupid." This line was sung by the mom in Mary Poppins. It's so true.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


                                               Dexter's old daycare dressed him up one day.
                                           We tried to get him to swim, but he did not like it.

A pretty picture

The Nicest Breakup, With Some Ups and Downs

As I mentioned in other posts, my boyfriend and I broke up two weeks ago. It's amazing that it has been two weeks. Overall, it has been a nice breakup. I've had my moments of sadness and anger, which is normal. We've talked almost every day. For some relationships it doesn't work, but I think it works for us so far. We have a dog; both of us love him way too much so I wasn't about to take the dog away from him. He comes over to play with the dog while I'm at work, which I appreciate because then the dog isn't home alone all day. We aim to remain friends, one day even hanging out. I think I'm fine with seeing him, he is still not sure. It's just one day at a time. I still feel like I have some attachment or possessive feelings, but overall, I know I don't want to date him again. I'm a control freak and want things a certain way, so the most difficult part has been wanting to talk when he doesn't want to. I had a few rough nights because I got angry and took it out on him, but we get past it. Ultimately, we are friends and we want to stay that way.

Last weekend, I was in California for my sister's bridal shower and a wedding, on the same day. It was great to be with my friends and family five days after a breakup, but under the circumstances, it was also incredibly difficult. On Saturday, after the wedding, I fell into bed (well, air mattress on the floor of my dad's office) but couldn't sleep. I realized that I do want a relationship and I do want a family. In a moment of panic, I went on and created a profile. I don't want to pay for a subscription at this point, partially because I'm not ready to be in a relationship (soon though), also because I'm cheap. I briefly met a friend of a friend about six months ago and he later texted her to tell her that I am "really cute." She just now told me, so she wants us to go out with his friends some time. I don't want to meet guys in bars anymore, but who knows what can happen. I'm going to lay low and figure things out. I know that the future may be difficult, as I will have some baggage. But, I just need to find someone who is confident and secure with himself. The evenings are strangely lonely, but I'm surviving. This was my first weekend alone at the house. Luckily a good friend from high school lives in Phoenix now as well, so we did dinner/drinks yesterday and lunch today. Life moves on. One day at a time.

And here's a photo from the wedding. I was at a table of couples (except Andrea and I. She's in the gray). And then came match.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lunch break

Salmon and tomato salad with a rich balsamic glaze. Probably my best lunch in over a week.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My first real dinner in a week

Matt hates salmon and asparagus. I love it but really haven't eaten much of it in over 2 1/2 years. I guess that's an upside of a breakup. I have to find the positives in life and stay optimistic.

Moving On

As I mentioned before, my relationship just ended. We were together for almost three years, so it is difficult, but I know that it had to be done. I'm glad he finally had the courage to do it, because I don't know if I would have. I genuinely like him as a person and we do have a dog, so we are going to do our best to stay friendly. We both love our dog more than we probably should, so I'm not going to take the dog away from him. It's been difficult because I don't know how to feel. I feel sad because a relationship ended. I feel relieved because it finally ended. I feel nervous because now I have to date again. I really do want to be in a relationship and I do want to get married and have a family. I wasn't sure when I was in the relationship, but I know for sure now. I think we both knew that, together, we would not be successful parents, which is why I was so unsure before. I also feel sad because now I am alone in this house. We moved to Phoenix about six months ago and I do have friends here, but not a lot, and our schedules are so different. I joined some Meetup groups today, so maybe I'll meet more people soon. It's odd, because I am excited about meeting new people and eventually being in a successful relationship, but I still have so many overwhelming feelings about all this, many I don't feel totally comfortable revealing here. I am going to a therapist on Saturday because I don't want to feel the way I've been feeling. I want to be genuinely happy for myself and for him, but I am finding it difficult. With some work I know I will get through this and be a better person. I have to work on myself before I can continue to look for a mate. I added this picture to put a smile on my face. It was taken 6 years ago in Ireland. I obviously had a very good time. (I'm on the left and that is an earring on my face.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Here's to a happy weekend

My boyfriend and I broke up on Monday. It sucks but we both knew that it should have happened a long time ago. We were together for a while and while I don't want to date right away (or at all), I also know that I'll be OK pretty soon. Deep down I knew it had to be done and I thought about doing it plenty of times. Luckily I already had a trip out to my parents house planned. I'll be in Los Aneles this weekend to celebrate my sisters upcoming wedding and go to a dear friend's wedding. So I'll be around people who will cheer me up and I will need it after being around wedding stuff. I'll look at David Tennant in the meantime. So handsome.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Was a very hard day. I won't lie; I am very sad and feel hurt. I am shocked, but life does go on. I am lucky to have a wonderful mother and my dear friend Jessica. A little picture to bring a smile to my face.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

XTREME with an X. That's how you know it's serious.

More on this later. I just wanted to share these. I bungee jumped in New Zealand a few years ago. I will never ever do it again but I'm so glad I did. I'm a bit if a control freak and this is something I had no control over. It was a really great way to let go and be less uptight. The shot from above with me falling brings back butterflies.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

More travels

These are from New Zealand. I went a few years ago for two weeks. That is one incredible country. The picture of the sheep is one of my favorite pictures ever.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Long week

Something to make me smile.

Lunch break

I love this little cottage. It's a private home in Adare, Ireland. If you look very closely you can see a computer tower in the window. That was a very beautiful town with the best seafood chowder I've ever had. I still think about that chowder often.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Happy Hour

EEK! I was so busy at work that I didn't have time for a lunch break post (and only a very short lunch break).

Yesterday, I realized that it had been six years since I did a short study abroad in Ireland. That trip was a huge change in my life. It made me see things from a very different perspective. No longer was in my little sheltered world that I grew up in. I ventured into a big world with different people and it felt great. I also ventured into a world where drinking at 19 was legal. Also a world where alcohol was on my radar. I went to school and learned a lot, but mostly I learned about myself and what I want out of life.

Over the next month I'll post some pictures and stories.

This is where I stayed...  a section of dorms at University of Limerick

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lunch Break

Larry David always makes me laugh. This particular observation is especially true for me right now. I have been going to the gym everyday after work in an attempt to look a little better at my sister's upcoming wedding. I only last 45 minutes max in there and the more I work out, the more junk I want to eat. I finally found a place in Phoenix with adult gymnastics classes and can't wait to start. I love gymnastics and it's the only workout that doesn't bore me.

What are your go-to fun workouts?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I hope everyone had a great day. Mine was super busy. Sleep tight!

Lunch Break

This is my work mug. Can you tell I like Doctor Who? I also have a cool print of the TARDIS in my cube.

What are your office decorations?

Testing 1,2,3

I'm still figuring out this whole blogging thing. I actually do know how to do it when designing from scratch but I don't have time for that. I just figured out how to change the picture size. So enjoy this gem as a test. The TARDIS!

Dexter before and after

We rescued Dexter when he was 8 weeks old. He's now almost 2. He also grew incredible fast. We were told he would be about 12 pounds fully grown. He's 24. He looks like a totally different dog!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lunch break

OK, I actually forgot to do this during my lunch break so I'll take a quick break from my spreadsheets. Happy Monday and enjoy!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

And away we go.

Fourth post. Thought it was time to introduce myself. This is the, maybe, fifth blog I've attempted. Maybe this one will stick. I'm writing it because I have a degree in journalism, but I'm not exactly using it. Now, in my opinion, blogging is not journalism, but hey, it's still writing. I've never loved writing, but it feels like a waste to not write occasionally. I spend my time in Phoenix, living, working etc... I live with my boyfriend Matt, our dog Dexter and my very elderly cat, Sadie. Enjoy.

OK, one more thing that makes me smile.

Ron Swanson.

Just a little something

"Up" and cupcakes. Brings a little sunshine to the day.

The best heels around

My sister's wedding is approaching, so I've been hunting for a comfortable pair of heels. I don't want to change into flats for the reception. One, because I don't want to have to keep track an extra pair of shoes. Two, my boyfriend, Matt, is very tall and dancing with him is awkward when heels aren't involved. So, I ordered two pairs. A yellow pair from Payless (which I've chosen to wear) and the new strappy Tom's wedges. I received both in the mail and decided on the yellow pair because they compliment the dress. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to keep the Toms, but then I put them on. My friends, it was like walking on a tall cloud. I chose to keep them and wear them to work. Not only was a comfortable all day, but I also got a few compliments, too. These fit true to size (unlike almost every other pair of Tom's). I think I need more.