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Tuesday Things, 9 Sept 14

-I’m pretty pumped about this Saturday’s game.

We have a home and home scheduled with Tennessee, and they’ll be here this week to take on the Sooners. Should be a fun one!

Speaking of, I think know technology has made Will’s fantasy football football obsession worse.

Way worse.

When we first got together you’d have to go to your desktop computer and put in your lineup.

Then you’d watch the games broadcasted on the main networks.

And you’d only check your scores every so often. After all, you’d have to be near your desktop computer.

Now not only does he have Sunday Ticket and every app and mobile device known to man, but he can watch on his phone.

I’m dead.

I was lucky enough to get to sample Skintimate’s Mandarin Burst shave gel.
Confession- when it comes to shaving, I am usually a soap and water gal.

Don’t judge, I already know.

Sample

Anyway, I gotta say I loved getting to try this stuff out. It smells amazing and yes, as we already know, Skintimate is far better than plain old soap and water. Lesson learned.

Oh my goodness sake.

Have you seen this video of the tarantula dog that’s gone viral?

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I have dogs or that I hate spiders, but oh my goodness guys I was cackling when I watched this video. Tears were streaming down my face, and I couldn’t catch my breath.

It’s not that funny, but I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Okay guys, do you know about the Walmart Savings Catcher?

Do it.

That’s pretty much the only place I buy groceries and I’ve used it three times and already have almost $3 accumulated on a gift card.

I realize that’s peanuts, but considering I did absolutely nothing for it and shop there all the time, I figure I might as well make some money if they’re going to do the work. Win.

Speaking of gift cards, we had a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory that was set to expire last night so we placed a to-go order to use it up.

Seriously- why is that place so great?

Or so terrible?

I suppose they’re one in the same.

I got one if their lightened up salads and skipped getting dessert.

I was so proud of myself.

Only, when I went to pick it up they took a little longer than anticipated. I was super nice about it and chatted the staff up and when I got to leave they threw in an extra piece for being so nice.

I was so proud I had the willpower not to order cheesecake. Aaaand then they took a long time and I was super nice about it and they threw in an extra piece for my kindness. Dead.

Dead.

I ate the gut bombs and am going to let Will eat my non vegan cheesecake...though I might eat the chocolatey bits?

So dead.

Since we’re talking food, the Oklahoma State Fair starts this weekend.

One of the newly debuted foods is fried gummy bears.

I’m not sure I’m down? I mean, fried anything is good I suppose. However, given the choice, if I’m going to cheat on my macros, just shut up and give me a fried Snickers. smile

Check in tomorrow to talk about why we need to change up our routine

Thursday Things, 21 August 2014

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Alright sweets, we are nearly weekend bound. Let’s finish strong!

Let’s talk about how this week is most certainly not my best in terms of eating healthy.

Not.at.all.

It involved this 5,000 calorie cupcake.

I'm dead.

Plus Will had two softball games Monday, one at 6:30 and one at 9:30, also known as past my bedtime.

What do you do when you have a two hour gap between games?

You eat French fries and fried pickles.

Real life.

And then I felt like a big heavy greasy bomb was in my stomach and I kind of wanted to slip into carb coma and pass out until morning.

So I did.

It was raining for Will’s second game so I stayed in the truck and fell asleep.

Supportive wife.

I also got to spent some quality time talking to a dear friend this week.

Oh girls, I am so refreshed by our conversation! We are not extremely close, however we have a common bond and love for God that has allowed us to strengthen, encourage, and pray for one another. 

Winning.

I’m kind of pumped about the weekend.

It involves a trip to a nearby fair with a little two year old girl. I’ve never been more excited to sweat my butt off in 100 degree heat and pet smelly blue ribbon goats in my life.

Here she is last year. Where does the time go!?

The fair!

Speaking of time passing, Lucy turned 8 this week and Boz turns 8 this weekend.

I fully acknowledge they’re not real kids, but I seriously can’t believe how quickly our time has gone with these old pups.

In hindsight, I feel a little guilty about getting them during our 45 day vacation home from Kuwait back in 2006 (but there was really no other time unless we waited until we moved home).

What were we thinking!? Staying with my in-laws with unruly puppies biting, tinkling, and flopping about!?

the babies

I also cringe about how we tormented our neighbors with their yapping during the nearly 2 years they lived with us in Kuwait.

Bad neighbors. Bad dog parents.

It’s probably a good thing we didn’t have real kids back then. We were totally clueless.

Soooo I’m 100% positive I’m not preggo, but guys, I’m having some seriously strange and insatiable cravings lately.

Like some weird stuff. Last night for dinner Will had leftovers and I had a giant bowl of broccoli and then proceeded to squeeze tablespoon upon tablespoon of mustard over it.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!?

Don’t google that stuff either or it will pretty much make you worry about everything.

Okay, that’s it for now friends. Check in tomorrow! 

The One with the Cat Rescue & Look Ahead

Okay, not a real cat rescue, but it felt Iike it!

As I’m sure all of you smart and responsible ladies know, you’re supposed to clean under your fridge once a year.

Yeah, let’s just say it’s been forever awhile for the B-Love family.

This weekend, we noticed our freezer wasn’t keeping things as cold as normal.

Before dropping $100 on a service call plus whatever other associated costs, one of the first recommended actions is to clean below your fridge.

Duh.

So at 9:00 Saturday night Will and I embarked on the great cat rescue.

I call it a cat rescue because, girls, there were no dust bunnies under there.

There were full-blown lions!

I am a little crazy about a clean house, so yeah- was kind of freaking out about the hidden animal sanctuary right under my nose.

Sheesh.

We decided not to conquer the lion’s den that night, and instead reserved the fun for yesterday.

Want to know how to push me over the edge?

Use a leaf blower inside the house I spent cleaning on Friday to clean the dust from the back of the fridge.

I was not a happy camper, and Will knew it.

I quickly de-dusted some of the surfaces, but by the time we finished yesterday it was nearly 5 and I was spent.

In fact, most of yesterday was spent doing painfully responsible things. Like getting new tires, putting a new doorbell on the house, ironing, and prepping for the week ahead. Boo!

Oh, and as an aside, what is it about doorbells that make dogs go berserk?

I suppose I didn’t even really give you a weekend recap so much as confessing my lack of under-the-fridge-cleaning and frustration for my husband’s indoor leaf blowing action.

The rest of the weekend was good and fairly uneventful. We did our usual weekend things and also tried to rest a little. I even got to spend some quality time with mom and Layla.

Oh, and on Saturday night Will also proposed. On one knee and everything.

That’s right, girls, it’s official. I’m currently the co-owner of one of Will’s fantasy football leagues.

How did I get so lucky!? wink

So part of Saturday night was also spent doing research and discussing strategy. Exciting things, my friends.

Here I am researching...sort of.

Fantasy footballing

This past weekend was also the second to last weekend before the craziness of football season!

I know I say this all the time, but seriously, how is it already football season again!?

So let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Food lately
-Evening TV busters
-Thursday Things
-Are we good enough?

Alright my dears, that’s it for now. Here’s to a good Monday full of fresh starts and clean refrigerators. 

Thursday Things : 17 July 2014

Okay, nerd alert.

During the dog days of summer, when all our usual shows are off until fall, Will and I fill our evenings with a variety of things.

Sometimes it’s house related stuff, other times we’ll go for a walk, and a lot of the time we will catch up on some of the box sets we own but haven’t watched.

If you don’t remember, box sets were pretty much our major mode of television while we were in Kuwait, so we have lots.

Will is a big fan of the Andy Griffith Show and bought the series soon before leaving Kuwait. 

Can we please just camp out for a second and laugh that Will loves that show?

I think it’s adorable, and I never quite understood why.

Because I’m a millennial, maybe?

Anyway, between the move home, the overwhelming options of cable TV, and life, we never watched it.

Sooo, guess what we’ve been ending our nights with lately?

Yep. An episode of The Andy Griffith Show.

You know what? I find it incredibly endearing and totally get why Will loves it.

I also think Andy is so darn charming, and I can’t get over how young Ron Howard was in the first season.

Will’s parents and grandparents are staying with us tomorrow and part of Saturday.

I think it’s safe to say you know what I’ll be doing on my day off tomorrow.

Creating the fake house.

Oddly enough, I’m way more relaxed about it this year than in times past.

Maybe because I’m over 30?

Because we’ve been married over 10 years now?

I have no idea.

Last time they both came I went total commando on the house.

Washing outside windows, cleaning stuff with toothbrushes, making Will clean crown molding.

What!?

This year I’m like, “Eh. The outside windows are fine.”

I’m still cleaning away tomorrow, but I think I’m making progress with my obsessive cleaning?

I’m making tiny goodie bags with bottled water, a few snacks, candy, Chapstick (yes, my homemade batch), and a thanks for staying note, too.

A little over the top?

Don’t answer that.

I find I’ve become a little crazier more hospitable at my old age. I used to stress so much about making everything perfect that I forgot to actually enjoy myself.

Now I’ve lightened up a smidge (but don’t ask Will or he will probably tell you it’s less than a smidge), I want to enjoy my time with company.

Who the heck am I!?

Alright, that’s all for now.

Any randomness you care to share?

Thursday Things

*Tanning.

Let’s discuss.

It’s getting hot outside and once again it’s time to don sandals, shorts, tanks, and dresses.

Except, I have to call ahead and give advance notice anywhere I go so the public can wear proper eye protection.

Glaring white.

It’s what I am.

Yes, I still have the tanning machine.

However, I’ve pretty much decided if I use it I can’t work out the the entire time I’m tan. I sweat glow so much that it starts to kind of melt off.

It pools in some places and fades in others. It even wipes off, too.

What a mess.

I end up looking like a spotty giraffe and it’s just all bad from there.

It’s not just the tanning machine either. It’s pretty much all fake tanners.

So which is worse, glaring ghastliness or spotty giraffeness?

No Seriously.

Which one is worse?

*Is anyone else already counting down to Memorial Day weekend?

Please say you are.

Last year we spent the weekend in a super remote cabin away from the world.

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It was heavenly.

We have no plans this year, but I’m just looking forward to a long and relaxing weekend. I’m spoiled this year because it happens to fall on my Friday off, so that means I get a four day weekend. Seriously, I can’t even contain my glee.

*Speaking of glee, I made Chapstick over the weekend!

Crafting.

I’m pretty excited gleeful about it.

It was so easy, and I have Chapstick to last a year now.

I can’t wait to share it with you guys soon, and give some away!

*Please tell me you watched 24 the last two weeks!?

I was afraid I was going to hate it, but it totally sucked me right back in. 

This is the first time we’ve had to
wait a week between episodes, and I hate it! I would much prefer to watch it all in one weekend.

I’m awful.

*As for other things, I decided to WebMD a minor ailment the other day.

Don’t do that.

Ever.

Seriously, it’s awful. I probably just had low blood sugar for a minute, but spent all day Monday convinced I had fibromyalgia.

True story.

Basically, don’t go searching random symptoms unless you’re mature enough to handle the reality that you just might, probably, most definitely have fibromyalgia.

*Over the weekend, Will and I pulled out some of his sports pictures in preparation of hanging each other them this weekend (we seriously hate hanging stuff and get so grouchy. Okay. Mostly me.) Most of them were boxed with bubble wrap.

Layla enjoyed stomping on the bubbles.

Bubble wrap

Adorable.

Okay, let’s end on that.

Any randomness you care to share?

Thursday Confessions: The House Edition

1. Now that you have refrigerator rights, I feel I can be totally real and lead off with a huge home confession:

I have a complete internal meltdown when people wear shoes inside my house.

Complete.internal.meltdown.

You can probably see the color start to drain from my face, and the smile fade from my mouth.

I hold it together on the outside, but guys?

I’m dying inside.

2.Sooo chances are if you were ever to pop in unannounced, you would find we use Walmart sacks as trash bags.

Very Classy.

This has been a “thing” at our house, oh for about five years now.

Yep. True story.

I used to throw a total fit about it, but after while got tired of arguing with Will about the trashiness of it all (no pun intended haha). The truth is, we have a freakishly large amount of Walmart sacks and I guess we are putting them to good use?

I disgust myself.

3. Favorite chore: Dust busting with my new Dyson handheld. smile

My new toy

Least favorite chore: Dusting & cleaning the shower

4. Speaking of dusting, how often do you guys dust your blinds and baseboards? 

I’m not really sure what constitutes “normal dusting.” I usually do basic surfaces every week, but do in depth dusting, to include baseboards and blinds, twice a month.

Too much?

Not enough?

Help!

5. Will and I have a heightened sensitivity to the way our house smells.

Like for real.

Do you guys do that too?

We kind of sort of have a mini breakdown in the Sam’s aisle during the spring-summer months when we religiously check to see the scents they have only to realize they never ever carry what we need EVER during the warmer months.

Did the Sams people ever consider that vanilla and apple cinnamon are always in style!?

ALWAYS!?!

Sheesh.

So yeah, we pretty much hoard those two scents on the fall and winter when we can get them in bulk at Sams. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

That’s enough for me. Any household confessions to get off your chest?

Thursday Things, 13 Feb 14

Watching the Olympics has definitely confirmed I’m old.

I have complete admiration for the hard work and dedication these people put into mastering their sport. However, I also can’t help but wince every time I watch them crash onto their knees during many of the sports.

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Can you believe the impact and abuse our poor knees, and especially theirs, take in a lifetime?

Yes, I’m old.

I’m watching the Olympics and simultaneously thinking about these athletes and their knees. (HELP!)

So the mint plant I got last year for my birthday is still alive (yay!).

However, it was recently pelted with avids.

And it totally ticked me off.

“Oh no you don’t!” I thought to myself.

Will helped me concoct a natural deterrent, which helped but also really dried up my leaves. So, I’ve had to do lots of pruning and give lots of extra care to my poor mint plant, but I think (I hope!) we’re through the worst.

Maybe I should start singing to it?

Then again, it’s doing so well…

As you saw Monday, I got into a little trouble with peanut butter over the weekend.

HELP ME

I knew better than to buy that darn White Chocolate peanut butter.

I.knew.better. 

But I thought, or secretly hoped rather, I would be able to be mature around it.

Turns out I can’t be.

I’m like a blood hound let loose in a meat market.

I literally opened the container the second I got home from the store and unloaded groceries.

What is wrong with me!?

Although, I did unload the groceries first.

That shows some type of restraint right?

Keep telling yourself that, Brittny…

Too late

Do any of you guys watch the Sonic commercials on TV these days?

Thanks to the DVR we don’t watch many commercials at all, however we watched a lot of the Olympics “live” over the weekend and had to endure commercials.

Those Sonic commercials?

I’m on the fence.

Will hates them.

I do too… but also secretly maybe sort of kind of like them… a little.

Although I will say, I totally don’t understand the dynamic between the two guys. The dark haired guy seems so normal, and the other guy seems so…annoying. I guess that’s the point.

Any randomness you care to share? smile

what we can learn from the goldbergs

I love the Goldbergs

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Please tell me you’ve watched the show?

If you were born in the 80s, you ought to give the show a try.

It will probably strike a chord.

And you will probably want to live inside their lives.

(HELP ME!)

As some background, the show is about an east coast family in the 80s.

You’ve got the lovable and feisty, grandpa, the tough-love dad, the overbearing and hilarious mom, and their totally radical kids (Radical. Haha Can we please use that word on a regular basis from here on out?).

They’re probably a lot like the neighbors we all had back in the 1980s.

At least, I like to think that is how my neighbors were. smile

The show covers real life shenanigans experienced by Adam Goldberg, the show’s creator.

You know how our grandparents loved The Andy Griffith Show, and how our parents loved Happy Days?

I sort of love the Goldbergs like that.

I think our parents and grandparents liked such shows because it reminded them of a simpler time.

Oh man, here we go.

(Insert the part where I tell you I had to walk uphill both ways to school. Oh, but unlike my parents, it was the 80s, so I had shoes by then.)

It’s true.

I’m old.

And watching The Goldbergs totally validates it.

And I don’t even care.

Because seriously?

Looking back with rose colored glasses, the 80s were freaking great.

Still enough technology to have fun, (Mario Brothers anyone?),

but not enough to let it totally control your life (raise your hands if you’ve ever occasionally fallen asleep in bed with your phone still in your hand).

The show totally takes me back to a much simpler time.

When I actually had to call friends from a phone attached to a cord in my house. A phone I had to share with other people that lived there (crazy, right?).

Oh man, and when we got call waiting and caller id?

Shut.up.

The show takes me back to a time when I got to go to Blockbuster and spend a good half hour hoping, just hoping the videotape I wanted to watch that weekend was hiding behind the store’s display model.

The show takes me back to a time when I got to wear puffy pants, neon pink, crimpy hair, and listen to totally radical (haha) bands like NKOTB, on things called cassette tapes, on a device called the Walkman.

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Remember that huge set of encyclopedias out parents had? Do they even sell hard copy encyclopedias anymore? Haha

Ooh! And remember when we had a tiny diary with the smallest.lock.ever and would handwrite our whole lives in it? What!?

A time when our parents actually knew our neighbors and let us play outside all day long without worry.

A time when there was a lot less noise.

A time when life actually happened before our very eyes, and not on a phone screen with people we call “friends” that we met like two years earlier at dinner one time, had fun, but never saw again.

I realize virtually every generation experiences this nostalgia to some degree. However, I can’t help but wonder if we are among those that have experienced it with a little more heightened awareness.

I mean after all, everything is at our fingertips these days.

Like the touch of a button.

Literally.

I mean, I freaking tried to get Will a diet coke the other day at Qdoba and nearly had a meltdown with the simplicity yet complexity associated with the new giant soda machines.

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Why is this so hard!?

I just want some soda!

(I’m such a technological granny)

But seriously… what the heck happened to these things?

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Anyway, watching the Goldbergs is a good reminder to put.the.phone.down and just live life in the moment. Just because it’s not 1988 doesn’t mean I can’t occasionally turn my phone off and (gasp!) avoid Facebook for a few days. It’s reminders like these that make that whole being still lesson a lot easier to implement in my life.

And for that Goldberg Family, I say thank you.

<3 Happy Friday and more fun to come.

(and maybe even a post over the weekend)

Thursday Things, 30 Jan 14

Can we please talk about how pumped I am for Winter Jam?

It’s true.

Winter Jam is a super gigantic Christian concert tour that will be in OKC Saturday.

I mentioned my affection for listening to trashy rap music while working out over the years , and how making the simple switch from embarrassingly awful rap to Christian rap made a (obviously) huge change in my entire outlook and Christian walk.

Lecrae, my favorite Christian rapper, is headlining the concert. I’m so excited about it!

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I’m sure you’ll get the lowdown on Monday. Brace yourself smile

I’ve recently renewed my obsession with roasting garlic, only for it to fizzle soon thereafter.

The problem, however, is that I roasted 5 heads over the weekend with an entire bag of fresh garlic waiting to be used. Ugh…

Bulk buy. Good plan.

Similarly, I’ve also renewed passion for lemons, but thankfully I’m not sick of those (yet).

Lotsa lemons

I pretty much can’t even drink my water if there’s not a lemon wedge in it right now.

Such a total water snob.

Are any of you guys watching Parenthood this season?

It’s one of my favorite shows on TV right now, and it’s killing me! Julia and Joel can’t break up, they just can’t!

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What’s worse, now I have to wait a whole entire month before it’s back on.

Gosh darnit, Olympics.

I wonder if I can use this month to contact the writers and stress the importance of their reconciliation?

Good plan.

Sooo, I pretty much cackle every time I watch a “My Boyfriend Does my Makeup” on YouTube.

Sure, sometimes they get a little long, but they almost always make me laugh.

I tried to get Will to do a video with me for today’s post.

Yeah, obviously didn’t happen.

He’s such a curmudgeon.

For the record, you would have cackled too.

I bought this pretty, pink, summery dress at Target last week.

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I got it on clearance for $11.

ELEVEN DOLLARS. What!?

It’s true.

I want to wear it.

Like right now.

It’s going to be in the 40s tomorrow.

Sleeveless dress? Winter weather?

Good plan.

<3

Thursday Things, 16 Jan 14

1. Sooo, I gave a new recipe a try last weekend.

It was supposed to be easy and delicious.

And it was…

Sort of.

Halfway through baking I realized I had a problem.

Recipe fail

Fail.

The dough you see curved around like a winding river was supposed to be folded and encompassing the inside goodness.

Like a pocket.

Eh, only not so much.

Recipe fail

Yummy, not pretty.

2. Last week our Life Group went bowling, and look what happened.

Actually happened

Yes, it’s true.

How it did, I have no idea, but it makes me laugh.

3. I’ve gotta get organized ya’ll!

It’s ridiculous. Will continues to own the office (for now). I need to find a shoe rack for our closet to help free up some extra space so he can move his gigantic paintball duffle bags into our closet, which sounds easy right?

Eh, not really.

There are like a billion different kinds of shoe racks. Who knew?

4. Have you guys started thinking about Super Bowl food yet?

I know- it’s early.
.
I’m crazy.

But yeah, totally thinking about it.

5. Sooo..  I was thinking about sending out weekly emails with happy thoughts, inspiration, and scripture to some of my girlfriends.

Nothing spam-y, nothing that needs a response, and nothing annoying. Would you be interested in getting them? Comment below or shoot me a note and I would absolutely love to add you.

That’s all for now friends! Happy, healthy, Thursday. Check in tomorrow!

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