My Awesomely Random Life (and Everything in Between)

670px-Do-Guitar-Moves-Step-2Never. Stop. Wailing.

When you’re singing along with the lyrics of a song and a guitar solo starts up, make sure you keep onnnnnnn going.

We can’t have dead air in your steamy morning shower or all of your fans will just hear the sound of you soaping up your armpits and blowing your nose. And that screaming mosh pit in your Toyota Camry is just jumping for more. You better blast those high-pitched guitar notes or they’ll go home cold and disappointed.

Never. Stop. Wailing.

When the words fade out and the guitar fades in, it’s your big chance to keep the excitement flowing.

Maybe you already have practice from singing all the frontman and backup singer parts from the rest of the song. Now all you have to do is add in the guitar solos your fingers can only dream of playing. You’ll soon go from Axl to Slash in November Rain, start hitting the big notes in Bohemian Rhapsody, and you may even find yourself synthing along with Tainted Love.

“Sometimes I feel I’ve got to — boomp, boomp - -run away. I’ve got to — boomp, boomp — get away.”

Yes, you do have to get away — away from the notion of your sing-a-long stopping when the guitar starts slashing, that is. People, when you’ve sung the first six minutes of Stairway to Heaven, there’s no way you can disappoint that packed arena now. So get to the front of that stage and shred that axe, verbally.

Feel free to also wobble your voice when you step on your air guitar distortion pedal. “Meow meow meEEEOW meow meow meEEOW,” you smoothly bellow out in a beautifully sweaty, head-banging daze.

Be one with the guitar solo, be one with the song, and be one with a few big sweeping moments of…

AWESOME!

 

Hi friends!

Happy hump day!

Can we talk about how nice and spring (almost summer-like) it has been lately? It’s supposed to get into the high 70′s today here in Denver and I couldn’t be more excited! I may even have brought out and dusted off the ‘ol spring dresses and skirts for the occasion.

Which also meant that I had to shave my legs for the first time this year. #Sasquatch #Yikes

I really think we’re rounding a corner here, guys. If we all promise to do the please-stay-this-wonderful-forever-no-more-snow dance, do you think the weather gods will listen?

I mean, it’s worth a shot, right? And if anything, we can all break out our wicked dance moves and get our crunk on (Do they still crunk? Is that even a thing?)

As the seasons change, so does my reading list. As should yours.

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more amazing than getting a favorite book, a glass of cold lemonade, and sitting under the sun (hammock’s are my preferred choice of bum-placement but any soft surface will suffice).

Or even better, curling up on the couch or favorite cushy chair during a spring rain shower, with nothing but a good book and cup of coffee, letting the pitter patter of rain drops provide the soundtrack to your current read.

Throw in some chocolate-chip cookies and it sounds like heaven.

Because who doesn’t like a page-turner with some delicious baked goods?

NO ONE.

That’s who.

Whether you’re taking a spring break trip or spending some time by the pool, spring is a great time to do a little reading. In winter I tend to choose more serious books and brush up on my favorite classics (The Great Gatsby, anyone?). But once the sun starts to shine again, I look for fun books and real page-turners that I can devour in a few days (or hours).

With that in mind, here are 10 books that should be on your spring reading list.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

1. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
As I’m sure you’re all well aware by now, the first Divergent movie is now in theaters. I always like to read the book before I see the movie (even though that sometimes comes back to bite me in the butt. I usually end up yelling at the screen, pointing out the differences between the book and the movie, causing my fellow moviegoers to give me “the look”).  I’ve heard people call this series ‘the next Hunger Games,’ which I can kind of backup. It was a great read, full of adventure, action, morale corruption and of course, romance. I really think you guys will like this book! And if you don’t, feel free to give me “the look”.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
 The Goldfinch is a must-read. I won’t give too much away, but the plot involves a young boy’s miraculous survival of a tragedy, an art heist, and New York City society. It took me a while to get into the book, but once I did, I had to literally pry the book from my hands to stop from reading it. SO GOOD!

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

3. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Skippy Dies is a tragicomic portrayal of an all-boys Catholic prep school in Dublin, Ireland. Be prepared to laugh and cry all at the same time. I fell in love with the spunky characters, the setting (almost bought a one-way ticket to Ireland, no joke), and the different ways that humor shined throughout the book.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

4. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Cartwheel was names one of the best new books of 2013 by The Washington Post, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, and more. It’s loosely based on the case of Amanda Knox, the American foreign exchange student who was accused, convicted, and acquitted of murdering her roommate in Italy. Sounds intriguing, no? It was. I am a big huge Law & Order fan so naturally, I put on my lawyer hat and enjoyed figuring out the clues to this very interesting story. The fact that it is based on a true story made it all the more fun to read.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

5. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler’s books are always hilarious, and her newest one is as funny as ever. In this book, Chelsea recounts her misadventures in Africa. Warning: Do not read this book while at work. Or on the bus. Or in church. Or really in any small, enclosed public place. Heaving/crying/falling off of chairs due to laughter will ensure. P.S. Chelsea, if you’re reading this, let’s be besties, k? K.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This was a very beautiful story! The author’s way with words will have you instantly hooked and mesmerized. You’ll really enjoy this novel about learning to love and the powerful language of flowers.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

7. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle is memoir of a girl growing up in a very eclectic and cash-strapped family. It’s such a great story with relatable characters. It will definitely help to give you a reminder of the important things in life, something we call can stand to remember from time to time.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
If you have read and loved The Secret Life of Bees (as I did), you definitely are going to have to check out this latest novel by the same author. It’s a work of historical fiction about two unforgettable young American women fighting against slavery in the 1830s.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

9. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Named one of the “30 Books You Need to Read in 2014” by Huffington Post, this book takes place over a summer weekend at a beach house, where a group of 30-something friends meet. Think American Pie meets Now and Then. AWESOME!

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

 

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about the story of a young girl set during the Holocaust. This one also took me a while to get into, but after the first couple of chapters, you begin to develop serious feelings and relationships with each of the characters, even going as far as to see yourself in some of them. It’s a story that will leave you feeling the gamut of emotions; something any good book should do.

That’s it, guys!

My current spring reading suggestions. Of course, I am a library FULL of book suggestions and had a hard time just narrowing it down to 10 choices so if you are in the mood for a new page-turner and you’ve read all of the choices I’ve listed, please let me know and I’d be happy to give you some great picks!

Happy reading, everyone! :)

 

We’ve all been there.

We’ve all done it.

That moment when you play the  “You too!” card when it doesn’t necessarily apply to the person you’re chatting with.

It’s just one of those things that just slips out, sometimes unintentionally, sometimes without thinking, but most of the time,  it’s simply because you’re just trying to relay the compliment/sincere acknowledgement to the other person. And it’s always after the fact when you scrunch up your nose, turn up your lip, and turn beat red with embarrassment, realizing the “oops” that you just committed. I pretty much am guilty of this faux pas on the daily (just another one of my many, many talents) and have thenceforth (thank you, Word ‘O the Day calendar) come up with 9 times it’s awkward to accidentally say “You too!”

1. At a restaurantrest

2. At work.

“Great presentation, Susan! You knocked it out of the park!”**

“Thanks so much! You too!”

**Other person didn’t give a presentation. In fact, other person may have fallen asleep during said presentations.

3. At the airportairport

4. In a receiving line of any kind.

“Congratulations on your graduation! *shakes hand and presents diploma

“Thank you; you too!”

Literally please end my life. Like, right now.

5. At the movies.movies

6. When someone pays you an unreturnable compliment.

Boyfriend to girlfriend: “That is such a beautiful dress on you, hunny!”

Girlfriend to boyfriend: “You too!”

Girlfriend: awrgh wghjrg RWHRH!

7. After a sporting event that you participated in but not the other person.sporting event

8. As a matter of repetition.

“It was so great to see you, Bill!”

“It was great to see you, Tom!”

“You too!”

“Shit.”

9. When it’s your birthday and not somebody else’s.birth

We’ve all been there.

We’ve all done it.

That awkward “You too.”

But hey, at least we can take pride in knowing that we’re wishing our flight attendant a fun non-existent trip to Hawaii, a very happy non-birthday to our grandma and a delicious missing steak dinner to our waitress.

It’s the thought that counts, right?

Question of the day: Have you ever played the awkward “You too” card?

 

 

This ancient and mystical mode of transportation deserves big ups for big reasons. Because anyone who is anyone knows that piggy-backing makes you happy in so very many ways.imagesCAD5OGQA

Let’s take a look, shall we?

1. Give yourself a break. Piggy-backing about town is a relaxing way to get around. You just focus on holding on and not strangling the piggy-backer and you’re golden. It’s quite relaxing, really.

2. See the world. Piggy-backing is all about extra visibility and fresh perspectives. Sitting up high piggy-style is good for the back row of a crowded concert or for a kid trying to get a better view of the fireworks show. Yes, piggy-backing shoots you up where the air is thin, the world is small, and the bald spots swim around you like shiny coins at the bottom of a water fountain. The world is new again.

3. You’ve been shot by cupid. Yes, according to ads for online dating, jeans, or wedding rings, there aren’t many things that scream true love more than piggy-back rides. I mean, it does make sense if you think about it. Giving someone a piggy-back ride is a tough slog and not the kind of transportation perk you’d casually offer to a first date or office co-worker. Therefore, if you’re piggy-backing, you’re in love my friend.

4. You just got married in South Korea. Believe it, because according to our egghead pals at Wikipedia, after a South Korean wedding, the groom often gives a piggy-back ride to his mother and then the bride, symbolizing his acceptance of his obligations to both. This tradition was possibly invented by banquet halls tired of sweeping up rice and confetti at two in the morning. But either way, congrats on just getting married in South Korea!

So let’s get down with the carry-around.

Jumping on someone’s back and being lugged around town is a pretty sweet deal. If you’re lucky enough to score a piggy-lift somewhere, I say wear a big smile, try and return the favor next time, and most importantly, don’t forget to thank your little piggy!

AWESOME!

Homerun of a weekend

Hey guys! Happy Friday-eve!

So this happened today….

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Mr. Tumnus! Is that you? #WakingUpInNarnia

 

Gross.

It’s April 3rd for goodness sakes. I thought the expression was “April showers (not SNOW showers!) bring May flowers. Oy.

But it is Colorado after all and from what I am learning very quickly, the weather here suffers from a bad case of “I-can’t-make-up-my-mindness”.

Such is life, I guess.

In other news, I thought I would share with you some pictures from my weekend up in Wisconsin. As you all know, I am kind of a Brewers fan fanatic. Every year, I make it a point to go up for opening day, no matter where I am in the country. I’ve traveled far and wide to see my Brew Crew play ball and will continue to do so for as long as, well, ever.

This trip was even more special because not only did the Brewers reign victorious over the Braves opening day (*side note: I realized the evening of the game that I had, mistakenly of course, put my skivvies on inside out. Guess who has a new superstition tradition?!), but I was able to spend some much needed and long-awaited time with good friends (and even got to meet some new ones!).

You definitely cannot beat that!

On the docket:

A freakishly freaky after-hours Milwaukee Airport (Langoliers anyone? Eek!)

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Creepy! Just creepy!

 

Getting to see this lovely lady,mary

A wicked bonfire, dare I say, the PERFECT bonfire which included wieners and s’mores. But mixed together. Because that would be nasty. Or would it…?

OPENING DAY!!!!

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Friends, baseball, and little Hank. What more could you ask for, really?

 

And rounding out a pretty fantastical weekend…a trip to the zoo. We were there visiting my family ;)zoo2

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And the award for the tallest (and cutest) photobomber goes to…

 

As is a rule for all weekends and vacations, they fly by way too quick. I had such an incredible time, sharing laughs and memories with the best friends a gal could ask for, and am already looking forward to next year!

But until then, you know I will be cheering on the Crew from afar (and live and in person when they come to open a can of whoop ass on the Rockies in June–speaking of which, if any of my Denver friends are interested in going to the game, let me know! I would LOVE to Brewer it up with ya!!).

Hopefully by then, all this fluffy white stuff will be long-gone.

A girl can dream…

Have a great rest of your day, friends!

 

 

 

Imagine this.

You’re at a family member’s house. They’re throwing some kind of party celebrating some birthday/holiday/anniversary/wedding, and because you don’t want to look completely anti-social, sitting alone in a corner talking to yourself about bills that are due and clothes that need to be washed, you attempt to make small talk. You approach your aunt or second cousin once removed, and after brief introductory conversation, the first thing that comes out of one of their mouths is,

“So…are you seeing anyone?”

It’s the one question that everyone may not want to ask per say, but it’s the one question that they seem to always want the answer to.

I hate this question. Like, enough-to-spit-out-a-quick-answer-or-circle-around-it-altogether-moving-onto-the-next-forced-question-which-is-most-likely-something-like- “Hasn’t this weather been crazy?”-or-”How about those Brewers?”-hate.

Here’s what I’d like to say:

Actually, I’m very happy being single at the moment. I recently started a new job and am living in a new city; it’s been a blast just being able to meet people and make new friends. I’m not on the hunt for a boyfriend right now, but if a guy with the personality of Jimmy Fallon and the looks of Chris Hemsworth walks into my life (or bookstore—there’s nothing more sexy than a guy who reads, am I right, ladies?), I am totally open to seeing where things go.

Here’s what I actually end up saying:

Um…uh..well…the thing is…

Smooth, Wendi. Real smooth.

I hate this question because one, I don’t really have a one-word answer. And two, since when has my singledom, or anyone else’s for that matter, defined who I am? Who anyone is?

I’m turning the big 2-7 in a few weeks and realize that I am at the age now where a lot most of my friends from grade school, high school and college are getting married or popping out little kiddos. And honestly, I couldn’t be happier for them. I actually cannot wait till I get to that point in my life when I find the man of my dreams, settle down, and start a family. The truth is, I’m just not there yet. My parents got married when they were 24; they had me when they were 25 and my mom was only two years older than I am now when she had my sister.

Oh boy. According to those calculations, I am WAY behind “schedule”.

I do want a family, and I do want kids.

Eventually (so you can quit asking about great-grandbabies and grandbabies mom and grandma).

But for right now, I think it’s okay to be a bit selfish.

To focus on me.

To discover my passions and talents and goals and dreams outside of anybody else.

After all, I want to make sure that when I do enter a relationship, I am the best possible version of myself that I can be.

So…am I seeing anyone?

And let me tell you, she is pretty frogging amazing!

Question of the day: Have you ever been asked this question?

What is your response?

Can you spot the fake?Tulips

While flipping through magazines sitting casually at a restaurant table or while sitting in the waiting room at the dentist (oh who I am kidding. I haven’t gone to the dentist in years! Just don’t tell my dentist), I’ll mindlessly start staring at the beautiful flower bouquet before me and start wondering if they’re real.

I almost always think they’re fake at first, but them my eyebrows furrow and I stare in deeper looking for a clue, any clue that leads to the discovery that maybe, just maybe, these bad boys are real.

What’s that? A torn leaf in the back?

Wait a minute, did I just spot dirt outside of the vase?

My eyes widen as I lean in to rub a leaf or two, touch a petal, or take a big sniff.

Sure, it’s risky business going in for that inspection because if you find out it’s fake, then you totally just got duped by a fake flower factory.

But that’s what makes it so sweet wen Detective Petals comes up with a winner, winner real flower dinner! You lean back satisfied and stare sweetly at the bouquet as everything is now coming up roses.

AWESOME!

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