Confession: I Love My Mom

Confession: I love my mom.

Recently more than ever, I’ve come to appreciate being able to be completely honest with her. It’s been a little over a year and a half since I moved away from home to go to school, and consequently, a little over a year and half since I’ve been texting my mom in a panic about every bodily function.

While growing up, my parents always put emphasis on having honest, open conversation about the things others seemed to shy away from. My parents talking to me about puberty and sex were less speeches and warning, but actual conversations. My mom and dad wanted to know what I thought about the subjects, and more than anything, wanted me to know that I could come to them with any questions or concerns that I had.

Now older and less embarrassed about sharing with my parents, I take full advantage of this. I talk to my dad about why cheap beer is gross, why I should spring break in Denver, and why guys are- well, guys. I ask my mom about having back pain during my period, and most recently, about my horrible, horrible hangover.

So after being warned to not trust the ‘trash can punch’ at frat parties, my mom sympathized completely. She never made me feel ashamed for drinking, or like I was I was irresponsibly having a good time. Getting as hungover as I did was completely my fault, but all my mom did was try to help me feel better. And that was wonderful.

It felt so great to be honest with her. As I grow older, my mom realizes the importance of being able to let me make my own decisions, while having her there to trust, to confide in, and to ask advice when I need. She makes sure I know that there’s nothing we can’t talk about, and makes me feel like we really can talk about everything. And that’s why I love her as not only my mom, but as one of my best friends.

Blog Revamp!!

Hello friends, new and old!

Today I begin a project that has long been overdue! I’ve been putting off blogging for over a year now, figuring that I should just give up. BUT, the blog ideas just kept flowing so now I have this long list of fun content to come :)

I realize beginning a revamp to my blog a year later is basically starting from zero once more. So why didn’t I do that? Well 1) I already am in love with my domain name, and 2) I plan to leave the contents of my blog as is. So everything; from me complaining about not having a Valentine at age 17, to stressing about getting into colleges will be left on my blog for any one of my new followers to see. Why? Because its my past, its very real, and I am not ashamed. Yes, I could start from square one, but if one of my followers would like to see the silly outfits I wore as a junior in high school, so be it. There was a time when I felt the need to post those things, and I’m not sure what kind of blogger I would be if I wasn’t transparent. Same thing goes for my YouTube channel, which I also plan on updating and making more regular additions to. All my high school singing solos and rants about high school drama will remain. Because, that’s still me. With my new blog/youtube comes not a new person, but simply a new focus. Or focuses.

My new blog will simply be an extension of what it was before and is likely to always be- a little bit of everything. I do have plans for more specific posts, namely those pertaining to my newest line of work and the mass amounts of knowledge I’ve gained from it, but I will definitely be focused on simply writing about what I love.

Until next time friends! I’m so excited to see where this takes me, and hope you come along for the ride :)

Tuesday, February 25th

Dear Stride Rite:Today I got to see the new store! I’m so excited to work in the new store, and looking towards the positive, stocking shelves gets me familiar with the product :) Dear Janie and Jack: Today was actually a pretty good day! Things weren’t overwhelmingly busy, but we still had a good day overall. Dear Psychology: I really really like you, and that’s probably 50% of the reason you’re getting done right now. Seriously, there’s so much reading I know I would hate it if I didn’t actually like psychology. Dear Jacob: Poor baby, I barely got to see you today! I saw you in the morning when we left for school, and not again until night! I’m still always so grateful to come home to you every day, and all I wanted to do was hug you when I got home. Thank you for understanding today was a long one, and being okay with PB&J for dinner :) I love you so much<3

Valentine’s Day

Yes yes I know I haven’t posted in over a month. I’ve been busy!! I moved into a new apartment with Jacob in another part of Austin, got a second job, and started school. But, I definitely wanted to share how my Valentine’s was this year (much better than last year’s btw. You can read last year’s ‘Teary Eyes and Valentines’ here.) because it was amazing! :)

The day before, I made these heart paper chains from Pinterest and hung them random places in the house, like so:

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Then the morning started with heart-shaped everything for breakfast :)

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Yes that’s heart-shaped bacon. It was awesome and Jake was super impressed :)

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Mmm pancakes. Then of course I had to start the morning with a note for my sweetheart:


For Jacob’s gift, I painted him a small canvas to go up on our bookshelf. He also got a handmade card and sticker for his laptop :)

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And then I got my gift! I got the most beautiful ‘Circle of Love’ necklace from Jake, and I’m completely in love with it<3

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And of course he’s making silly faces in the background lol :P

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Next we went to play laser tag at this awesome place in Austin that apparently has the largest laser tag arena in Texas! It was awesome, and as Jake said ‘Nothing says I love you like shooting lasers at your partner!’ I had so much fun and can’t wait to go back. Before heading home, we stopped by HEB to get all the things I needed to make dinner. As you can see, I had big plans for dinner.

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And actually everything came out okay!! I was super nervous for making the steaks, and definitely relieved when Jake tried and enjoyed everything I had made. We sat down for a nice candlelit dinner that was super-romantic, and everything was awesome :)

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Most of all though, Jake loved dessert. I made poached pears in puff pastries with a honey glaze, a dish I had made before for New Year’s Eve. It’s actually quite simple to make, despite how complex it looks, and it is SO delicious. It’s now my go-to fancy dessert haha :)

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So that was my Valentine’s Day!! Before this year, I had never had a Valentine, so this time around was most definitely a success. It was a wonderful day to spent with Jacob celebrating our love, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day as well! :)

Friday 1/10/14

Dear Janie and Jack: Thank you so much for this opportunity!! I’m so excited to start working there on Tuesday, and I know I’ll love working in the store. I was super nervous for the interview, but I’m super excited to start :) Dear Jacob: Today was so wonderful. Not because it was the most exciting day, because we did the most things, or went the most places. Nope, after my interview this morning we came home on this cold, rainy day and called it a movie day. We watched an episode of Band of Brothers, We’re the Millers, Iron Man 3, Spring Breakers, and Fast and Furious 6. I love just being with you. Dear Spring Breakers: You were one weird, terrible movie. Like, it was really weird. Dear Jake: Thank you for making dinner tonight baby! It was so cute watching you in the kitchen, determined to do everything yourself. Breakfast for dinner is always wonderful, and you make the best brinner. I love you so much<3

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