Friday, January 23, 2015

Faves on Friday

Hey guys! It's my favorite time of the week...FRIDAY! This has been a looooong week so today is more than welcome. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I started a new job in October and it's getting better (or at least I'll stick it out for now), but I also asked my manager if I could pick up shifts working in the immediate care center which she happily helped me facilitate. I started at the immediate care center on Tuesday and I am really happy helping them out so far. If you're keeping track now, that puts me at technically 3 different jobs. I'm crazy I know, but I am loving all the experience I am gaining and every place I'm at is unique and different. So let me break it down for you guys.
 
The first place I'm at is my old old job as a cardiac tech that I've been at for 3+ years, I'm doing Tuesday & Thursday day shifts there (and some Sunday's on-call), then the second place is my part-time place at the congestive heart failure clinic run by the hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (luckily NO weekends!!!) Sounds like a cool place right? Well I'm hoping so, it's been slow since we are very very new, but loving the patients I'm seeing so far. Then the final place is still with the hospital that runs the heart failure clinic, but at their immediate care center and I'm doing that also on Tuesdays & Thursdays, but second shift. So with that I'm at 3 different places doing 3 different things, and hopefully not running myself down at a young age.
 
So even though my schedule seems wacky and kind of nutty at times, I do appreciate every opportunity I've been granted and can't wait to see what's in store for me. Out of the 3 places, I have to say that currently my favorite is at the immediate care center because I get the rush of being in the ER without seeing some of the insane stuff they see or do there. I have a feeling all of my skills will be getting used there and I'll probably even learn some more. I'll keep you guys posted from time to time if I'm not completely run down...plus side is the moolah should be rollin' in!!!
 
 
Now let me get onto the actual post (sorry for the super crazy tangent there). Friday faves with Amanda!!
 
 
Fave song:
 
 
Adam Levine...swoon!
 
 
Fave recipe:
 I posted this recipe earlier this week and am still obsessed over it. I may repeat it this weekend because it is super easy and delicious to make!
 
 
 
Fave funnies:
 




 
 My cousins thread has been blowing up with daily meme's to get us through the work week and I wanted to share some of them with you guys!
 
 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

$1,000

Now let me preface this by saying, this is NOT a giveaway for $1,000. I wish I was so generous or even had that amount to give away, but I don't.
 
Now, have you ever thought if you were able to spend $1,000 in any way you wanted, what you would actually spend it on? I've thought about this quite a bit and I know exactly what I'd get. I'd make an investment in....
 
 
Louis Vuitton Speedy30 Damier Ebene Bag
 
I have been lusting over this bag ever since I set my eyes on it. I want it and if I had $1,000 to spend, I would most definitely be getting this baby. Maybe one day (soon) it will be mine, until then it will remain on my lust list.
 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Things I'm an Expert at:

I love learning and discovering new things. Granted if you caught me at school, I would totally say the opposite, but what I mean by that is if there is something I am passionate about or even good at, I enjoy learning about it. My list may not be long, but it's what I can think of off the top of my head.
 
Things I'm an expert at
 
> making lists
I absolutely love making lists. I get pretty OCD about my lists too, it needs to be neat and very legible, so if I mess up on anything you better believe a new list will be made. I love how it keeps me organized in my life and I feel like I have my stuff together if I have a pretty list.
 
> staying organized
I think this goes hand in hand with the whole making lists things. I think if it weren't for my lists and planner(s), I would not be as organized as I am. If it's written down, I know it needs to get done.
 
> Resting bitch face (or RBF)
Now this is something that I totally have no control over. I think I'm an expert at it because I've had 26 years of experience. Even without trying to, I can master the face. I have learned in my profession how to lessen that or put on my smile in front of patients.
 
Pretty much my life in a nutshell
 
> Sarcasm and snark
Ask anyone in my life and they will tell you I have more sarcasm and snark than necessary in life. Sometimes it can get me in trouble, but other times it's just fun.
 
> Eating Taco Bell while driving
Now you may not think of this as something to be an expert thing and to that I say, I challenge you. I challenge you to get something from Taco Bell and eat it while driving (in a straight line). It's not easy my friends, but I have mastered it. All those late night Taco Bells runs have come in handy apparently, my parents should be so proud. You get extra points if you can add sauce to your food while driving!
 
I need this in my life
 
> Pretending to work
This doesn't always happen, but when we have downtime at work, I am constantly pretending I am donig something super duper important on the computer. Most times I am either on Pinterest, Bloglovin, or cranking out blog posts. I have recently mastered having a bajillion windows up at once in case someone sneaks up on you (I'm looking at you coworker who doesn't know what a personal bubble is).
 
Alright, this is the most I can come up with on a Monday. If I think of more, I will add as I go. What are some things you guys are experts at?
 
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Recipe {Baked Cheese & Bean Enchiladas}

Guys, I'm so glad that I finally have a recipe again that I made over the past weekend to link up with Kate & Emily! Their recipe swap link up is so much fun and I get tons of great recipe ideas from there, but it's been a while since I'd been able to link up with them.
 
Now I kind of had an idea of how I was going to make this recipe, but wanted to follow a strict recipe (I'm weird like that, I need to know exactly of what needs to go into something).
 
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Ingredients:
 
bean mixture
-1 can (16 oz.) refried beans
-1 tsp cumin
-1/2 tsp chili powder
-2/3 cup cheddar cheese
-flour tortillas
 
sauce mixture
-1 can (10-16 oz) red enchilada sauce
-1/4 cup sour cream
-1/2 tsp cumin
-1/4 tsp chili powder
 
Directions:
 
For the bean mixture
1. In a medium bowl, combine beans, cumin, chili powder & cheese until smooth.
 
2. Over the stovetop heat up the tortillas to make them soft and easy to roll. Add a dollop or two of the bean mixture to each tortilla and roll closed.
 
For the sauce mixture
3. Whisk together the enchilada sauce, cumin, chili powder & sour cream.
 
For the enchiladas
4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees
 
5. Spoon  1/3 cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of an 8"x 9" baking dish. Place the enchiladas seam side down and top with remaining sauce and enough cheese to cover all enchiladas.
 
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until the cheese starts to bubble) and enjoy!!
 
 
 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekending

Hello! Man does it suck to come back to work (on a holiday nonetheless) after an extended weekend. I had taken Thur-Sun off since A was going to be here and boy am I glad I did, I needed those days off. We kept it pretty low key this time around since we had done the sight-seeing stuff the first time he was here. He flew in Wednesday evening and I thought it would be cute to do a nice fancy dinner and celebrate an early Valentine's Day since we won't be together for it. We went to The Melting Pot and had an amazing 4 course meal. It was both of our first times there and we had such a fun time just chatting and actually being on a date, ha! The one thing that I was bad about (like always) was documenting with pictures. I did get a yummy picture of our dessert though!
 

 
The next day, we headed to Targs and the mall to pick up some last minute gifts for our super duper late Friendsmas. Alas, I have no pictures from that night, but I will say there were tons of foods, plenty of games (cards against humanity), and jokes for days. We decided to do our gifts white elephant style and A & I's gifts were the big hits of the night. Mine was a movie lovers package with 2 movies, movie theater candy, popcorn in a cute basket. A's gift was trival pursuit, which I was trying to steal back, but ended up without it at the end. One of my friends made it interesting by saying if we wanted to "steal" a gift, we had to compete in a minute to win it style game, hilarity ensued. I ended the night with an awesome coffee lover's package filled with a cute mug, hot cocoa, and 2 bags of archer farms coffee! Here's the mug the following day already getting use out of it.

 
Friday we spent the afternoon looking at a venue that I adore (and now A loves it too) to have our wedding next year, eek!! I really love this place and hopefully we can book it sometime this year, the staff is amazing there. Just look at some of the weddings they've held there!
 

 
(photo taken from the website)

From there we relaxed at home until dinner time when we went to eat yummy deep dish pizza (and chocolate chip cannoli), then watch the movie American Sniper. I realllllllly recommend watching this movie, it was probably the best one I've seen in a long time. Bradley Cooper was amazing as portraying Chris and his story was touching and definitely emotional.



Had to snap a bathroom selfie in this cute bathroom!


 
Saturday was the big day where A was going to meet my extended family. Now he met my parents the first time he was here, but meeting my family I was a bit scared. My family can be loud and outspoken so I was worried about what they were going to say or do, luckily for me they all really love me and were on their best behavior. They all came up to me individually throughout the night and expressed how much they liked A and thought him and I were perfect together. That made me really happy to know that they all loved him, which I knew they would anyway. Having my cousins there to meet him was also great, we spent the night playing board games and more cards against humanity before calling it a night. I'm so bummed I didn't get a picture of my baked cheese and bean enchiladas that I made, but they did turn out super delicious and were so simple to make (I'll post a recipe tomorrow).
 
Sunday was the last morning I was going to see A until April and I was sad about it, but we soaked in some time just watching some tv and grabbing lunch before his flight. I couldn't let him leave without just one more picture (I keep telling him we need to get better at taking more pictures, but we always fail at it).
 
 
I dropped him off to the airport and relaxed the rest of the day watching the Seahawks beat the Packers and Patriots obliterate the Colts, can't wait until Superbowl weekend!! Go Pats! Later that evening, my mom, sister and I went out to our favorite mexican spot for a late birthday dinner for my sissy. It was delicious and I graciously passed out as soon as I got home!

 
Even more exciting than the food, was the fact that I found superrrrrrr cheap tickets to Houston for April when I'm going and I cannot wait to spend an entire week in my future city with my boyfriend!
 
 
I know we are going to try to look for some houses while I'm there and take a mini getaway to Galveston!! I'm so excited :)!!

Linking up with Biana for weekending and for weekend recap with Lisa & Bella.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Instagrammers

I have to admit that with all the different forms of social media there is out there, one sticks out as my clear favorite. Sure there is the on-going Facebook trend, but I felt like the last few years have been bad on FB...I have no real desire to post anything on there and most people act like it's their personal and private diary, that's what blogs are for people!
 
Twitter is also a fun platform, but I definitely am not on there as much as others. I find that I go on in small spurts. If I'm tweeting along to a show, I'll have multiple tweets flying out, but I don't ever see myself on there always tweeting. First off 140 characters is way too little, I hate feelin so limited.
 
Instagram is my number one social media. I usually check my Instagram a couple times a day (more if I've posted or am getting alerts). I love the fact that you can go on there 5 minutes apart and have new stuff to see. Plus with me being a visual person, pictures speak way more than words to me. This is an app that I see myself for years regularly on, that is if it's still in it's existence. Here are some of my absolute favorite Instagrammers. If you don't follow them, I highly suggest you do, trust me you won't be disappointed!
 
Amanda
 Amanda is such a fun person to follow because she is really into fitness and her posts really motivate me and want me to do something. Plus she's getting married next month, so I can't wait to see how gorgeous of a bride she makes!
 
Robin
 Robin is such a sweet human being. Her life is super colorful (hence the name of her blog!), but she is also a bride-to-be and following her sunny life in Florida is always refreshing since I see snow and cold during this season. She also has the cutest Lilly collection since she works for them!
 
Maegen
 Maegen is such a gorgeous preggo isn't she?! Her outfit posts are so cute and really easy for anyone to recreate. I love that she is very down to earth and such a sweet girl. I can't wait until her baby boy arrives, in the meantime follow along if you want some outfit inspirations.
 
Sarah
 Sarah is such a fun girl. I tend to live vicariously through her Instagram life because she lives in a pretty cool city (Deep Ellum in Dallas) and her food/drink pictures are sooo yummy. She's also a pretty big sports fan, so that's always refreshing to see.
 
Tara
 Tara is probably one of the very few girls who can actually pull off front bangs really well. I get really jealous of her bangs and want to try them out on myself, but remember that I would most definitely not look like that. Her pup is also such a cutie with tons of sass!

Myra
 Myra is another sweetheart. She posts about her life as an expat in the Philippines, and her various travels. I love seeing her life abroad and hope she comes back to Houston one day so I can finally meet her! Her doggie Kobi is adorable too!
 
Darby
 Darby is a sweet momma to Dutch. I love seeing her #DutchDaily posts because he is just the cutest little munchkin. She also introduced me to essential oils and I'm so grateful for that! I 'met' Darby when we were swap partners way long ago and am so thrilled to be following along with her to this day.
 
Meg
 Meg is my go-to for makeup reviews/advice. She knows her stuff and I love getting a little peek at her life with her beautiful little girls. She is pretty awesome with all her balancing acts in her life, but I love being able to follow along with her since she was one of the first blogs I followed.
 
Helene
 Helene is a fun person to follow because her life in Dallas seems so fun with her pups. I've never been to a music festival, but following her it feels as if I have. She has had some awesome opportunities to meet and interview some big names in EDM and that's pretty cool.
 
Emily
 Emily is such a sweet person and following along on her life in Florida is really fun. She has a brand new puppy, Lola Chanel that is just the cutest thing ever. Just like her bio says, she enjoys martini's and traveling and she's gotten to do a bit of that, so it's been fun to follow on her travel journeys!
 
Kate
Kate is such a fun and fabulous person. She's another one whose life I live vicariously through because it really seems pretty great. I love following on her trips to Disney and to the beach (or even her pool parties) because I don't get to do any of those things here in Chicago, so getting to see a little slice of it is really fun. Plus she's got a cute pup too!
 
Mindy Kaling
 I don't follow too many celebs on Instagram, but Mindy Kaling has to be one of my favorite. Even though she's a big star, I think she's super real and down to earth in her Instagram. She loves posting pictures, and I love seeing them. It's really neat to be able to get a peek inside the lives of a celeb and she does a great job of opening up with her fans about her life.
 
Beyonce
I mean it's Beyonce...do I really need to say anything else. Sure a lot of her pictures don't make sense to us regular folk, but her life is so glamorous and elegant I just can't help but love her even more. For being such a private person, it's really awesome to get a little glimpse of her day to day.
 
 
So from these picks (who I love in no order at all) you can tell I like a few things, warm weather, beaches/pools, food, and doggies!!! If you fall into any of those categories (or even if you don't) and I don't follow you on Instagram, please let me know and I'll change that. I'd love it if you'd follow along on mine too, even though my life is nothing compared to these wonderful women.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boyfrannnnnnnnd!!!

I'm not sure if you could tell by the title of this post, but my amazing and wonderful boyfriend is coming into town tonight for the next 5 days and I cannot wait!!! I haven't seen him since November, that's forever away. Long distance truly does blow, but I know the times we do get to spend together are cherished SOOO much more.
 
I have a ton of stuff that I'm trying to squeeze into the 5 days A is here to stay. He has to meet more of my friends and we're doing that at our very very very late Friendsmas. He is also going to meet my extended family; aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandpa. I can't wait for them to finally meet him because I know they are just going to love him!
 
I also know I want to take him to a few different spots to eat, but he insisted on going for deep dish...what can I say, I got him hooked on the best! We also plan on seeing American Sniper this weekend which I am superrrr pumped about because Bradley Coops, duh! He is both of our favorite actor because he seems so down to earth and he's just a dreamboat! I know I don't want to take him outdoors too much because the poor Houstonite will freeze in this Chicago cold, but maybe I can convince him that ice skating would be fun...we shall see.
 
Most importantly though, I cannot wait to just spend time with him and make memories. The time we do get to spend together really is great and keeps me hanging on until the next time we see each other, which unfortunately won't be until April!!! I really hope we can try to squeeze in another little trip, but we both have so much happening between now and May, that weekend trips seem to be on the back burner for a bit. I may be slightly MIA for the next few days, but I'll definitely be back and post a complete recap of his trip here, and I told him we need to make more of an effort to take more pictures while he's here!
 
 
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