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Friday Faves

Howdy dudie, guys—welcome to the frickin’ [three-day] weekend!

I cannot tell you how positively, over-the-moon, do-a-little-dance, get-down-tonight excited I am. It’s supposed to be absolutely beautiful here in Denver this weekend and you can bet your bottom dollar (I never really understood that phrase but we’ll role with it because IT’S FRIYAY!!!) that I will be soaking up every last minute of the unofficial end to summer in style.

I’ve got big plans that include pool time, a Rockies game, downtown Denver shenanigans, a BBQ and some major hikage/bikage action, all with my fantabulous friends of course. The smile is already plastered on my face and I haven’t even done anything yet (always a good sign of a great weekend to come–most likely with a lot of stories to share on Monday Tuesday).

My motto for the next three days: “Let’s do some ‘we shouldn’t be doing this’ things.”

Whatever you’ve got planned over the holiday weekend, I hope a lot of fun, food and friends/family are involved! But before we get the party started, check out my faves from around the web and more in this week’s edition of Friday Faves! 🙂

Favorite travel: America’s Best Swimming Holes. Nothin’ better than a good ol’ swimmin’ hole, right? Bahahaha. Seriously though, what an awesome list. I’ve actually included a bunch of these in past Friday Faves. That’d be a fun bucket list – visit all of America’s favorite swimming holes in one summer.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area of Idaho where a red canoe is beached on the shores of Little Redfish Lake

Favorite frosty: Birthday Cake Milkshake. Wow! No need for it to be anyone’s actual birthday to dig into this puppy. In fact, I think it might be mandatory that this be had everyday. Drooling.

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Favorite help: 10 Ways to Wear Ankle Boots. I bought my first pair of ankle boots last fall and have worn them exactly once because I have no idea how…until now! This is so helpful for the style challenged (aka me!)

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Favorite indulge: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Scotcharoos. I didn’t think scotcharoos could get any better but clearly I was wrong – to the tune of two additional layers of deliciousness. 🙂

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Favorite jam: Panic At The Disco’s Hallelujah. Ob.sessed with this song. Like, ugly-dance-behind-my-desk-on-the-regular ob.sessed.

Favorite furball. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Hopefully I’ll be able to do a bit of the same this weekend.

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Favorite find: Counter-Height Fire Pit. I have never seen one of these (am I crazy?!) Would love, love, love to have one for the back yard. My future back yard, that is.

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Favorite DIY: Map Page Letters. CHEAP and so cute.

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Favorite photo. Bright barn + long exposure = wonderful. 🙂

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Favorite breakfast: Banana Bread French Toast. Banana bread pancakes I’ve heard of, but french toast?! Come to mama!

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Favorite funny. I can’t even handle the cuteness… 😉

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Friday Faves

Well hey there, guys! Guess what?

IT’S FRI-YAY!!! I mean Friday.

It’s been another busy (and exciting) one over here this past week. On Tuesday I got to sit on a panel of other instructors and deans to judge the 2015 Westwood Scholarship. It was so great to see the hard work that these students put in, the dedication and drive that was so overtly apparent in each and every entry. It was hard to pick a favorite and I am looking forward to seeing who wins. If that wasn’t enough excitement for one week on Wednesday I, along with most of our student body and faculty, spent most of the afternoon down in our campus’ basement due to tornado warnings. Good times, good times. Thankfully no one was hurt or major damage was done, however if I’m being honest, I was definitely more than a little scared. Okay. A lot. I was a lot scared.

Did I mention that I’m deathly afraid of anything tornadic-related?

Good gravy.

It was a good thing I wasn’t blown away Dorothy-style because this weekend is shaping up to be another goody. Tonight the sis and I are kicking off the weekend right by heading downtown to see one of my friend’s band play. Good music, tasty drinks and some pretty awful dancing does a great Friday night make! On Saturday I’m hoping to squeeze in some pool time, possibly hitting up the South Platte River Fest and then on Sunday, we’ve got our second softball game of the season.

Woof.

Now THAT is what I call a weekend, my friends!

I hope that wherever you are, and whatever you do, that you have a wonderful weekend! But in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Faves!

Favorite YESSSSS!!! Today we got to watch history happen. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. I think POTUS put it best when he said, “”Those countless, often anonymous heroes–they deserve our thanks. They should be very proud. America should be very proud.” Love wins. Always.

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Favorite Surprise: When I walked into the library this morning, I found a beautiful pink carnation sitting on my keyboard. To the very sweet mystery person who left this for me, thank you! What a wonderful way to kick off my Friday! (and it’s kind of perfect timing because I definitely forgot to put on the deodorant this morning!)

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Favorite Memory Maker: This past weekend one of my besties came to visit and I’m not even joking when I say that it was probably one of the best weekends ever. Top five for sure! From climbing an ‘F’ing mountain and Brewer gaming (and meeting my future husband Jimmy Nelson!!!!) it up, to meeting great friends and getting down and dirty on the softball field, it was just. so. great! My face still hurts from smiling and laughing so much (not a bad ailment to have for sure)!

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Favorite bite: Cinnamon French Toast Bites. Be still my miniature-food-loving heart! How adorable!! Cinnamon-Sugar-French-Toast-Bites-2

Favorite Page-Turner: I had been on my library’s waiting list for this book for weeks (which in my world translates to forever) so I finally decided to just go out and buy it. And ohmygoodnessamigladidid! I was a huge fan of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies so I knew that her follow-up book, The Husband’s Secret would be just as good, if not more. And boy was it! Let’s just say that if you start reading it, plan on canceling all and any plans for the next four hours. You will not be able to put it down!

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Favorite Funny: Pretty sure I laughed until I cried peed. “I’m like regular Mike. Except Magic.” Dead. Jimmy Fallon, you did it again.

Favorite travel: Havasu Falls, AZ. This picture is equal parts barf-inducing (don’t look down!) and exhilarating. Havasu Falls inside the Grand Canyon has been on my must-see list for a few years now, and this is by far the coolest view I’ve seen of it.

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Favorite treat: Healthy Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Pops. Oh man, when I was little those Jello Chocolate Pudding Pops were ma JAM. Can’t even imagine how delicious these must be and bonus that they’re made with Greek Yogurt. Must have for the summer!

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Favorite fashion. Super cute little summer outfit. Love the coral with the black chevron pattern.

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Favorite photo. I am all about the burgers lately! The photo of this Aussie Burger with the Lot stopped me dead in my tracks. I mean come. on.

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Favorite furball. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Hopefully I’ll be able to do a bit of the same this weekend.

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Friday Faves

Heyyyyyy Friday. You are looking damn fine if I do say so myself. Is it just me or do short work weeks have a sneaky way of dragging on. And on. And onnnnnnnn.

Good news: The weekend is here my friends, and that makes this girl one happy camper. Another thing that has got me smiling from ear to ear? For the first time in goodness knows how long, it’s supposed to be sunny here in the Mile High City. All weekend long. I KNOW, RIGHT???!!!

Crazy sauce.

You can bet your bottle of Root Beer that I’m going to take full advantage; I’ve got a friend coming into town to visit tomorrow and we’re planning on hitting up some hiking trails, maybe do a little alfresco happy hour/dining and then on Sunday, I’m meeting up with another one of my friends for a day of BBQ and volleyball at Washington Park (aka the Central Park of Denver). I would like to preemptively warn my fellow Coloradans in saying that I am bringing out the shorts/rompers in full force this weekend–should you see any blindingly white glares, do not be scared. It’s only my pasty-white-hasn’t-seen-sun-in-a-month legs.

Any way you slather on the SPF, it is sounding like a great couple of days ahead! And I hope that wherever you are, and whatever you may have planned this coming weekend, that it’s a splendiferious one!

But before you get started on all the fun, be sure to check out my fave finds from around the web and more in the week’s edition of my Friday Faves!

Favorite Binge-worthy show: As I mentioned yesterday, Chasing Life is just all of the ahhhhmazing! I may or may not have plans to spend a pantsless Friday night with my boys Ben & Jerry, some tissues and the rest of season one. I don’t know what is going to make me cry ugly tears harder: the show or the fact that I’m going to have to wait a whole two more months until season 2!

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Favorite ‘Q: Chicken Beer Sliders. Saucy, scrumptious, and perfect for a summer BBQ.

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Favorite rainy day surprise: I think I’ve seen more of these beautiful guys in the past week that I have in my entire 28 years so far. LeVar Burton, I’m coming for you. Reading Rainbow is MINE!

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Favorite wake up: Sugar Crusted Vanilla French Toast. What a decadent way to start a weekend, no?

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Favorite pup: Tired Allen. I feel ya’, buddy!

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Favorite remix: I am in LOVE with this rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ by Bootstraps. It doesn’t even sound like the same song! So incredibly beautiful.

Favorite feel-good: This brave student’s graduation walk is all the inspiration you’ll need today.

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Favorite why not: Death by Snickers Bars. What a way to go, right?! 😉

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Favorite house: Queenstown Home. Hooooly buckets – you have to check out this house in Queenstown, New Zealand. Can you imagine waking up to this view every day?

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Favorite fun: “Where I’ve Been” Scratch Map. So, so, so cool! And great for kids, don’t you think? And by kids, I obviously mean me.

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Life’s Little Awesomes: A Really Cold Glass of Water on a Really Hot Day

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Oofta, guys. Summer is definitely upon us.

When your eyes sting from big, salty beads of dripping sweat, your T-shirt gets wet and sticky and melts to your back, and your upper lip forms a splotchy sweatstache,  then I say buddy, it’s time for a drink.

And what says refreshing better than a tall glass of completely dripping, condensation-covered, fall-in-a-winter-pond-cold water?

I mean, you chug that stuff down and it feels like swallowing an icicle. You can actually feel that cold river ripping down the chute and coating your insides. Your throat pulses, your stomach clenches and thanks you, and your entire body just drops a couple of degrees. It might feel like you’re the model for the Pepto-Bismal commercial, only instead of the pink stuff, it’s icy cold H2O.

Yes, a really cold glass of water on a really hot day is simple, it’s cheap, it’s refreshing, and we all know it is truly….

AWESOME!

My Summer in Milwaukee (in pictures)

My last night in Wisconsin is most definitely bittersweet. I had SUCH an amazing time; I learned so much working at the library, met some incredible people, got to reconnect with old friends and even landed a pretty darn amazing job out of the whole thing–the sprinkles on top of the cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of the hot fudge sundae that has been the last few months.

The summer here may be over, but these pictures, and memories, with last forever!

Let the summer begin! ROAD TRIP!!

Let the summer begin! ROAD TRIP!!

HEELLLLLOOOO MILWAUKEE!!

HEELLLLLOOOO MILWAUKEE!!

You can't NOT have a great day when you get to drive by this beauty every morning on your way to work ;)

You can’t NOT have a great day when you get to drive by this beauty every morning on your way to work 😉

Oh hey, Jim Gaffigan. Whay's up?

Oh hey, Jim Gaffigan. What’s up?

His hero. HIS HERO! That's what's up ;)

His hero. HIS HERO! That’s what’s up 😉

Heaven on a spoon. You know you have a problem when the staff at Kopp's begins to call you by your first name, Norm from Cheers style. SO GOOD!

Heaven on a spoon. You know you have a problem when the staff at Kopp’s begins to call you by your first name, Norm from Cheers style. SO GOOD!

My trip to the windy city started off with a license plate show-down. It's BRWRGRL for the win!

My trip to the windy city started off with a license plate show-down. It’s BRWRGRL for the win!

First time American Library Association Conference exhibitor and attendee. What an experience! A bookworm's mecca!

First time American Library Association Conference exhibitor and attendee. What an experience! A bookworm’s mecca!

This is what happens when you let librarians out of their cages: sheer chaos.

This is what happens when you let librarians out of their cages: sheer chaos.

Free pre-release Nick Sparks book? Why I don't mind if I do ;)

Free pre-release Nick Sparks book? Why I don’t mind if I do 😉

Just my BFF Giada and I hanging out, swapping lasagna recipes. You know, the usual.

Just my BFF Giada and I hanging out, swapping lasagna recipes. You know, the usual.

A visit to Chicago is not complete without a pit stop (or two) to Giordano's Pizza. Heaven on a plate.

A visit to Chicago is not complete without a pit stop (or two) to Giordano’s Pizza. Heaven on a plate.

Don't worry. I got this.

Don’t worry. I got this.

Fourth of July sparklies :)

Fourth of July sparklies 🙂

Just another day on the job as a children's librarian: story time prep.

Just another day on the job as a children’s librarian: story time prep.

Bastille Day = all you can eat beignets = one happy Wendi!

Bastille Day = all you can eat beignets = one happy Wendi!

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"Don't worry about a thing, 'cause everything little thing is gonna be all right."

“Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause everything little thing is gonna be all right.”

Zoo trip with the lovely Mary S! Ignore how incredibly pale I am next to this tanner than tan beauty.

Zoo trip with the lovely Mary S! Ignore how incredibly pale I am next to this tanner than tan beauty.

I think my girl Stephanie has got this staring contest in the bag. What do you think?

I think my girl Stephanie has got this staring contest in the bag. What do you think?

 

My fellow librarian rock stars. I owe so much to these guys!

My fellow librarian rock stars. I owe so much to these guys!

My summer mom, miss Arlyne Becker. I love her like no other and am so thankful for everything that she has done for me. One of the biggest hearts of anyone, right there ;)

My summer mom, miss Arlyne Becker. I love her like no other and am so thankful for everything that she has done for me. One of the biggest hearts of anyone, right there 😉

Did a lot of this. And a lot of that.

Did a lot of this. And a lot of that.

I cannot for the life of me get this expression off of my face. And I am pretty alright with that fact.

I cannot for the life of me get this expression off of my face. And I am pretty alright with that fact.

The most beautiful ending to the most amazing summer in Wisconsin ever!

The most beautiful ending to the most amazing summer in Wisconsin ever!

A huge thank you and virtual bear hug to my amazing friends and family! Your well wishes and thoughtful messages truly mean the world to me. A permanently affixed smile on my face is a pretty darn good problem to have 😉

ALIENS HAVE TAKEN OVER!!!

If by aliens you mean grad school.

And if by take over you mean consume every waking breath, thought, movement and/or action of my life…

then yes.

Aliens have taken over!

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Your brain. Your brain in grad school. ‘Nuff said.

I am so sorry guys for my absence as of late. I am currently in my second semester of graduate school, taking my last two core (aka tougher than dirt) classes for my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I am LOVING every second of it, don’t get me wrong, but it is a lot of work.

Like, a lot, a lot. But that kind of comes with the territory. The good news is that after this semester is done, my last year (or so) should be smooth sailing. I’ll have the required classes done which opens up the opportunity for me to take course that really interest me. And we all know that learning about anything that we are passionate about makes school oh so much fun and an heck of a lot more easier.

I also have some “holy cowabunga!” good news to share with you all…

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Bernie Brewer and I have become quite the BFF’s.

I landed an internship this summer working with the Children’s and Youth Services Department at the Milwaukee Public Library!!!! I get to spend all summer learning and working with some of the best peeps in the world, sharing my love of all things reading with kiddos all day, every day. Well, not all day…I fully intend on hitting up every possible Milwaukee Brewers game that I can (speaking of the Brew Crew, only 40 more days until I will be sitting at Miller Park cheering on my team opening day!!!! WHAT?!) , spending as much time as I can with my friends and fam whom I haven’t seen in forever and a day, exploring the greatest city in the world (Milwaukee, baby!) and having a blast.

One word that can describe what this summer will be?

Epic!

I hate to wrap this up so early, but this lovely research paper is not going to write itself and as much as I would like, I don’t think my pup Thunder is up for the task either. He can sneak a sandwich off my plate when I’m not looking and has an uncanny ability to pee while walking, yet he hasn’t learned the ways of the laptop yet.

Weird, right?

I promise I will be bahhcckk (Terminator style) very soonly! I’ve got so much to catch you guys up on!!

I hope you all are doing splendidly splendid!

And if you do happen to see actual aliens, let me know!! I’ve always wanted to know how they keep their skin so blemish-free 😉

Question of the day: HOW ARE YOU?? Please fill me in on all of your life happenings!! I have to live vicariously through your fun and excitement 😉

I’m So Mad

I’m so mad excited that it’s officially summer!

Today, June 20th  marks the Summer Solstice…aka the first day of summer!

Even though it seems like it has been summer down here since March in the very hot and oh so sticky and magnitudedly humid Georgia, there is something about it being the official day that gets me excited.

I know.

I am a dork.

You know what else gets me mad excited?

A little MadTv! I was on a mad YouTube binge last night and came across this little gem of a crazy and zany show. Do you all remember this? When I was in middle school, I got my very first, my very own, TV in my room. It. Was. The. Coolest! On Saturday nights, I would stay up til the wee hours of the morning, snuggled up in my bed (BECAUSE I HAD MY VERY OWN TV IN MY ROOM!!!!) with a glass of milk and a plate of oreos. First I’d get my laugh on watching SNL and then I’d fall alseep to the likes of one Stuart, Miss Swan, Bible Dude and the rest of the MadTV gang.

Although I was always prone to SNL (the best years in my opinion were when Sandler, Rock, Farley, Myers, Ferrel, Fallon, and Fey rocked the show. Now it’s sadly gone downhill. On skis. Fast.) but MadTV did have it’s crack-me-up moments.

Here are some of my favorite skits from the show 🙂

1. Abercrombie & Fitch

2. The Ellen Show

3. STUART!!!!

4. Miss Swan and the Dating Game

and finally the skit that has me literally in tears from laughter every time I watch it…

5. Jenny Jones (Uuhhhhh. Yeaah. Yyeeaahhhh.)

Yay for summer! But something I am not so mad excited about, that I’m just mad at..is my poor ice cream. Did you know that Ben & Jerry now make soup? Apparently that is what you get when you mix 98 degrees (not the band although I am sure they had the power to melt many a heart back in the day) with getting stuck in traffic on the way home from the grocery store. Merp.

RIP Cookies and Cream. RIP.

Hope your official start to the summer is mad exciting 🙂

Question of the day: where you a MadTv fan?

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