Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Vegas Diaries: Pt. 1

I'm splitting this up in two parts because 1- I don't want to overwhelm you with stories and pictures, and 2- I would like to reminisce about Vegas for as long as humanly possible. 

Almost two weeks ago, (where is the time going?!) John and I jet-setted off to Fabulous Las Vegas.  It was too much fun.  We arrived at the Flamingo Hotel Thursday and were eager to get the night started. After already having the strongest drinks of all time a cocktail on the plane, we were well on our way to party town. 

This was the view from our room! We could see the Bellagio fountain show from our room.  It was pretty awesome.

So we got ready and headed out to Wynn to meet up with our friends, Brad and Lane, and Brad's Uncle Pat.  Brad called us up about 2 weeks prior to ask if we wanted to take a weekend trip to Vegas.  Um, duh! Easiest question ever.
Everything in the Flamingo was Pink! Heaven in a hotel.
 Boo thang.
 Trouble. At least there's water, right?
 Me and the boys at Tryst.

So we partied all night into the wee hours of the morning. 

Friday John and I woke up around 11 ordered room service brunch (can we all talk about how amazing brunch is?) and went down to the pool.
Not mad at it.
The pool at the Flamingo was the most fun.
John and I came up with a plan to get fake engaged, have bachelor and bachelorette parties in Vegas then magically "call the wedding off" the next day, all so we could have parties at this pool.
Sounds like a good plan to me.
Everyday at 2:30 sharp they held a booty shaking contest on a stage smack dab in the middle of the pool. And ya'll, some of these girls should NOT have been shaking what there momma gave them, if you know what I'm saying.  
It was hilarious and I wished I was coherent enough to think to record it because it would have brought laughs for days and days.

Anyway, we spent allllllll day at the pool. 
We had plans with Brad, Lane, and Brad's uncle to eat dinner at Del Frisco's. 
Did we spend way too much time in the sun and drink way too many beers?
Did we stumble our way up to the room and pass out?
Did we have 20 missed calls because we missed dinner?
Here's why:
You see, there was a little Mexican cantina bar attached to the pool.
This place was our kryptonite. 
 Fun bar stools... I swear I'm tanner than this picture indicates.
Best bar tenders who decided to give me tattoos with a bal point pen all over my body... only in Vegas.

Me and boo not remembering the most fun day of our lives.

So there are days one and two, a million drinks in, eaten one meal.
Welcome to Vegas.

Join me Thursday for part 2 where we'll meet a drug dealer, stripper, and a naked man all within an hour.


Monday, July 30, 2012

This should tide you over

When John and I went to Vegas, my parents took over grandparent duties and watched Cash. Today, I'm finally back home to pick up big puppy and bring him back to Houston. So, while I'm on the road driving back and forth I thought I'd share a little game with y'all that should tide you over until I get back to my computer (I'm on my phone) and write a proper post!

I'm sure if you have the ability to see and/or hear, you know the Olympics are in full swing. (gymnastics last night? Poor jordyn) So while we're all cheering our beloved USA on to victory in events such as fencing, ping pong, and badminton (these are real Olympic sports) here's a little game to keep things exciting. Enjoy!

Ps. I have no idea how this will publish from my phone so if this ends up looking like a hot mess please forgive!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dear whoever is reading this:


Lets jump right into it, shall we?

Dear Fly or whatever insect that is dumb enough to keep flying into the window located right by my face, You are the WORST.  Thanks for making me want to throw a chair through the window.

Dear Gwen Stefani and No Doubt,  Stop trying to make the 90s happen. They're not going to happen.

Dear Kenny Chesney, Put your hat back on. 

Dear Vegas, Miss me yet?

Dear John, You're my favorite. There, I said it.

Dear Readers, Ya'll are the best! Sorry if I haven't gotten back to a comment you left, but know that I read every single one and get overly so excited when I see a new email from one of ya'll pop up on my phone! 

Dear Diet/ New Lifestyle, You did me right leading up to Vegas.  Thanks for helping me lose 10lbs and lots of inches. Now, I most definitely may have fallen off the diet-train this past week because who wants to diet while they're on vacation and in my mind, I'm still on/recovering from vacation. Monday we will be reunited. And it will feel so good. 

Dear Weekend, I see a lot of fun, friends, and food (I heart alliteration) in our future. Don't disappoint! 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

25 in 25

About a month ago I had a quarter life crisis turned 25 and haven't looked back since.
In this short month I've gained employment, been to Vegas, and have had the best time of my life.
25 has turned out to be not so bad, but I'm linking up with my girl Erin @Living in Yellow to talk about 25 goals I have for my 25th year on this little blue and green planet we all call home.

1. Be in the best shape of my life.
2. Go to the beach... any beach will do.
3. Rent a convertible and cruise around town with nowhere to go.
4. Move into a bigger house with John and the puppy.
5. Watch the sunrise over the city.
6. Read 5 books...maybe more.
7. Run a mile without stopping (you laugh, but this girl is NOT a runner)
8. Be the best I can be at my job.
9. Make my parents proud.
10. Make John proud.
11. Make myself proud.
12. Dirty dance in public while it's still acceptable to do so. (because I'm in my 20s ya'll)
13. Clean out my closet and donate everything to GoodWill 
14. Visit my best friends in DC and St. Louis because I miss them so so much!
15. Explore Houston because I've lived here 7 months and still haven't actually done anything.
16. Become a better cook.
17. Travel somewhere I've never been.
18. "Adopt" an angle child around christmas time and give them the best Christmas ever.
19. FINALLY use my passport...anyone out there got a passport they want to use? Let's go.
20. See my name on the Senior Walk at the University of Arkansas.
21. Take more pictures daily. (sorry I'm not sorry, John)
22. Go to as many concerts as possible.
23. Watch less Bravo.
24. Fail at watching less Bravo.
25. Laugh every. single. day!

Phew, that was a lot...looks like I've got a pretty awesome year ahead of me :)
What do you want to accomplish this year?
Link up and play along!

ps. I promise I'll do a Vegas recap next week. Tomorrow I've got some letters to write so stay tuned for that.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'm here...but I'm not

My mother would be so proud.
I woke up this morning and completely unpacked my suitcase from Vegas...which then led me to completely rearranging my closet...which led me to do an enormous amount of laundry....which led me to become certifiably insane. 

Okay, maybe not the last part, but if you know me I like to just casually live out of whatever suitcase I was using until all of the clothes magically disappear and I never have to actually "unpack".

Does this mean I'm getting older?

With that being said, there's still some lazy in this lady... like I keep staring at my camera and then thinking about how much I just don't want to upload the pictures from this weekend, edit them, and then create a coherent blog post about the craziest trip of my life.

Maybe tomorrow?
Maybe Thursday?
For sure one day soon, but unfortunately I'm not going to make some false promises and pick a certain date.
But know that when this blog post comes to past there will be stories of (in no particular order) crying strippers, naked morning run guy, bathroom drug dealers, and lots and lots of drinks.

It'll also be edited to a pretty PG-13 rating because 1- I just got a new job, and while my bosses are beyond cool, there are certain things they just don't need to know and 2- My mother reads this blog and  bless her sweet pure heart, she already judges me enough as it is.

Love you momma, but sorry you raised a little wild child :)

SO...this turned out to be way to long of a post talking about how I'm not posting... 
welcome to the department of redundancy department.

Talk to you soon kiddos, I'm off to do a infinite amount of laundry.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

today is the day!

I have an extra pep in my step today because come 4pm Mr. Man and I will be on our way to the airport and then off to Vegasssss!!!!

While in Vegas I plan on doing 3 things:
1. Party (obvs)
2. EAT... I've been on a suicidal strict diet for the past two weeks in preparation for this trip. Girlfriend is gonna eat, ya'll.
and 3. Soak up some sun!

It has literally (and I mean literally) rained in Houston everyday for the past 2 weeks. 
Vegas says "what's rain?" and will bring us some sunny sunny time!

I went shopping yesterday for some cute clothes to wear out to da club and came home with too many  several cute things...or so I thought.
Know how pretty much every article of clothing right now is sheer?
Know how it's cute if worn with the correct undergarments?
Know how JOHN decides to tell me after I everything I bought was SHEER that he in fact does NOT like the sheer look?
Yeah, me either.

Dear John, You wear your polo on vineyard vines on brooks brothers and I'll stick to wearing forever 21 and being the fashionista in the relationship. 
Why are all your clothes designer? 
Muah. Love ya mean it.

I hope ya'll have a great rest of the week.  We'll be back on Monday so expect a fun recap on Tuesday!
And I know I'm the worst when it comes to taking pictures, but the camera is charged and ready to go! 
Get excited people.


Monday, July 16, 2012

weekends are for lovers

This weekend John and I headed up North to Dallas for honestly, one of the best weddings I've ever been to!
Scott and Stacey were married at Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine, Tx.
Did you know the Dallas metro had a winery?
Yeah, us either.
It was gorgeous!

Okay...so my horrible iphone pics do NOT do this place justice.
It was  laid back, beautiful, and duh I cried like a baby.
I didn't get a chance to snap a picture, but when the ring bearer walked down the isle he carried a sign that said:
"Mr. Hyde, here comes your bride."
And then I lost it again.
Bring on the water works.
I don't know what it is about weddings, I mean, I knew Scott because he was one of Johns Fraternity brothers, but I didn't know them that well and I was crying like it was my own flesh and blood up there getting hitched.
John joked that I was crying because they got married before me.
Sorry I'm not sorry that seeing people in love makes my heart happy!

Then the party got started and these fools made the night so much fun!
Hoop a loop aka The Best Man kicked off the party with a little 'raise tha roof' action

Mr. & Mrs. Hyde!

Making love to the camera

My handsome date

I can't take these boys anywhere

So much fun!

Sending them off to the Bahamas *coughJEALOUScough*


Friday, July 13, 2012

fridays letters


Dear Dallas, I'll be seeing you tonight! I can't wait to get out of Houston and this rain for a little while!
Dear Houston, I didn't realize you were the Seattle of the south. Get it together.
Dear Channing, you announced that there will be a Magic Mike 2 proving that there is a God and he does answer prayers. 
Dear Tone It Up, Today marks one week on your plan and I'm down 7lbs and 14 inches all over this body of mine. I want to marry you because I love you so much.
Dear Rachel, Thank you SOO SOO much for watching Cash this weekend while we're out of town.  I'm sure he'll love it, but you have to give him back when we get home :)
Dear John, This monkey loves you... but not the rabid ones that escaped in Vegas.
Dear Vegas, I will see you in a week! Get those monkeys under control and the money bags ready.
Dear Sarah (me), I'm so proud of you for sticking with the clean eating for 7 days! Don't let it all fly out the window while you're out of town this weekend. Capiche?  
Dear Readers, Thank you SOOOOO much for all of the sweet comments on yesterday's post!! Hopefully now I'll have some more interesting things to talk about rather than my daily walks with Cash... which still get to happen since I get to work from home half the week!
Ya'll are awesome!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

well it's about time

Yesterday I mentioned that I had some exciting news to share with you.  Lets just jump on into the story.

Last Friday I was minding my own business, working on my daily quest to find the end of the Internet and watching The Real Housewives of Whatever for the billionth time when John Google chatted me up.
Convo went a little like this:
John: "link" apply to this job
Me: (after looking at the link) um...sounds fun, but it doesn't say they're hiring.
John: just do it. you have nothing to lose.
Me: ugh whatever okay.

So I go to their website and completely send a cold email to this company that I legitimately would enjoy working for.
Then I told John I did my duty for the day and needed a nap.

Not even 2 hours later, I received an email from the company.
It went a little something like this:

"I would love to visit with you.  You could not have contacted us at a better time.  We were talking about it this morning."
And then my face did this
Is this real life?
Fate. I'm telling you, it's some serious stuff.

So I met with the CEO (wha?) on Tuesday for brunch and she was awesome.  It was the most laid back, comfortable interview I've ever been on.
Probably because I knew that I really did have a lot to offer this company and that I was actually qualified to do what they were looking for.
So, I was hired! 
Yesterday I met with the CEO again along with the President (I'm important) and the marketing team leader.
I can't say enough how nice everyone is and how welcome I felt.
They immediately made me feel like I was a part of their team and I can't wait to jump head first into the ideas and tasks they already have for me!

So by now you're probably thinking 'oh Sarah, that's great, but I just read all of this and you haven't said what exactly you'll be doing!'

Okay, fine, pushy readers...

My official title is Lead Event Manager and I'm working for a company that specializes in event planning for Oil & Gas professionals!
Which, if you know anything about Houston, know that you can't go anywhere without running into someone who works in the industry.
We (ahhh I said we) put on events such as golf, fishing, and skeet shooting tournaments along with happy hour socials and anything else you can imagine.
Pretty sure I enjoy all of the above things I mentioned.

Dream Job?
Does the good Lord answer prayers?

Oh and best part:
I get to work from home 2-3 days a week.

Okay, okay...  I'm done.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the encouraging words these past couple of months.  Job searching is nothing less than awful, and I'm so lucky to have found something that I will actually enjoy! 

I hope you all are having a great Thursday!  It's raining here like I've NEVER seen... I mean, the bayou is flooding by my house, and I didn't get to watch any of my morning shows because the weather news has taken over.
Guess it's time to get out the canoe...or just switch the channel to Bravo.

Some things never change.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

so much love to go around

Happy Wednesday ya'll! 
Its a gross rainy day in Houston, but there's always something I'm loving!
I'm linking up with Jamie and Michelle today...play along with me!

I'm Loving that we're heading to Dallas this weekend for a Wedding.  One of Johns fraternity brothers is getting hitched and I can't wait to see the shenanigans that this group of guys pull at this wedding. Fact.

I'm Loving that I've been eating 'clean' for almost a week now and I'm feeling AMAZING! 

I'm Loving that I received some of the greatest news yesterday! Come back tomorrow for a post on that :)
(no I'm not engaged. no I'm not prego)

I'm Loving that our friend is watching baby Cash this weekend while we're out of town.  I just can't stand the thought of boarding him.  If this is any indication of how I'll be as a parent to a human child, then I have a long road ahead of me.

I'm Loving my boys

 I'm Loving my Pinterest finds

I laughed so hard when I saw this... best announcement ever.

This is the greatest idea! Have a window in the kitchen that's a bar on the patio!
Source: houzz.com via Sarah on Pinterest

I died when this song came on in Magic Mike. 

I'm never guilty of this.... right, John?

I need this dress for Vegasssss!!!!

Are you on Pinterest? Click the button at the top and follow along with me! 

I hope you all have a great Wednesday! We're halfway to the weekend! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

weekend in bullets

To say this weekend was laid back would be an understatement.
Let's do a quick recap using bullet points because (A) I'm lazy and don't really want to form a cohesive paragraph and (2) bullets are grossly underused and I would like them to feel included every once in a while.

  • Started our diet new lifestyle of clean eating (today is day 4... still going strong!) I can honestly say that I can already tell a difference in my energy levels and just the way I feel overall! Why didn't we do this sooner...oh yeah, because I love fried things.
  • Woke up at 6am for our morning walk with Cash (this is a new thing, it's pretty awesome)
  • Did Laundry (exciting)
  • Met with a friend at the dog park so Cash could run around and swim in the kiddie pool.
  • Went to dinner (Sushi-I could eat it everyday) with friends.
  • 9am INTENSE workout... I thought I was going to pass out. Not kidding.
  • Took Cash on a walk and to the park.
  • Came home and watched John wash his truck for a little bit.
  • Started raining, watched John be upset that he took time to was his truck.
  • Bed by 10.... so not us.
  • Morning walk with the puppy and dog park...we got caught in the rain on the way home and it. was. awesome.  I had forgotten what temperatures in the 70s felt like.
  • Lunch with some out of town friends at Papasitos. Keeping with our diet I had a horribly boring really good salad while I watched the mexican food being devoured all around me. All I keep saying in my mind is 'Vegas. Pool. Vegas. Swim Suit.'....
  • Went to see Savages which was intense and graphic and weird and not my type of movie.  The ending was confusing and not conclusive which drives me insane. And Blake Lively looks sweaty the entire time which makes me uncomfortable.
  • Went home and cleaned the house from ceiling to floor.
  • Sat on the couch and admired our clean house.
  • Ate dinner, watched tv, headed to bed.
And that my friends, is how senior citizens spend their weekend.
Honestly one of the most laid back weekends ever.
No complaints, either!

I hope you all had a great weekend!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Dear world,


Dear Vegas, You might be my first love, and while I always leave you in far worse shape than I arrive, I can't quit you and we'll be reunited again 2 weeks from today. Brace yourself.
Dear ToneItUp, We've got 14 days to slim this body down.  Let's do work and make it happen because the amount of drunk I have to currently be to be seen in a bathing suit is not healthy or attractive.
Dear Magic Mike, Saw you. Loved you. Will own you when you're available. 
Dear John, Sorry for my obsession with Channing Tatum.  I love you and you will always be my only male stripper.
Dear Household Chores, I despise you. Why are you so needy? 
Dear Real World: St. Thomas, I have realized that I am now older than anyone on the cast of the Real World.  This makes me sick. You know you're old when: MTV is no longer relavent. 
Thank God for Bravo and The Real Housewives of Anything.
Dear Sarah (Me): Okay, so you're going to Vegas in 2 weeks.  I know you love chips, ranch dressing, and that entire tub of fun-fetti dip that you made for the Fourth. Will power, sister! 
You can do this for 2 weeks. 14 days. 
Then you can celebrate in Vegas with yummy treats!
Dear Readers (YOU!): Sorry for the lack of posts this week! Zero motivation.  Stick with me... I always have something to say :)


Party in the USA!!

Hey friends! 
This week has been a strange one.
I spent all day yesterday thinking it was Sunday because Wednesday just screamed 'Saturday' to me all day long.
For the fourth we went to a friends apartment complex to celebrate out by the pool...the way George Washington would have wanted it.
Nope, that's not spring break you're looking at it... it's just a few hundred people who had the same idea we did.
Party in the USA!

Other than that I've really just been doing the same 'ol same 'ol! 

I have exciting news though:

I'm heading back to my first love!!
2 weeks from today I'll be reunited with VEGAS!!!!
I. Can't. Wait.
I'm also not eating until then either.


Have you heard of the Tone It Up Girls?
Have you heard of The Bargain Blonde?

I've decided to join in on the fun!
Today is day one and it's already off to a great start!
Cash didn't mind the 6am walk either :)

Since I'll be in Vegas and by a pool with people who aren't real people because that's how Vegas is..... I'm super dedicated and determined to 'Tone it up'!
Fo Real!

Motivation now...

Happy weekend, friends!!!