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Netflix and Chill, Or……


Hey ladies and gents! It’s FRIDAYYYYYY which means a couple of things: donuts in the office breakroom, a pregnant bank account (hey payday, hey!) and that the next 52-ish hours are yours for the taking. The weekend is right around the corner friends, and you can spend it however your heart damn well desires. For me, that usually includes some QT with my bestest pals, brunch, hiking/biking/runs in the park, some QT with a good book, a spontaneous road trip to a quaint Colorado town, some QT with a pizza the size of my face, and of course, Netflix.

Oh Netflix. How I love you. But kind of hate you at the same time. I promise that I will only watch one, maybe three episodes tops. Six hours (and a pizza the size of my face) later, I’m still sitting there asking myself if Buffy will ever get together with Angel (I know I am like, 15 years late to the game here so please, no spoilers. BUT DO THEY GET TOGETHER OR NOT?!?!).

Instead of timesucking these precious 52-ish hours away, I’m taking a vow this weekend to nix the ‘Flix. And you should too! Here are just a few things that we all could do this weekend that will leave feeling happier and more relaxed come that dreaded Monday morning.

  1. Clean out your damn closet. Like, hardcore purge. Resist the urge to come up with bizarre situations in which you will need that one top you haven’t touched in three years, and just toss it instead. Be ruthless. You’ll realize you just wear the same ten things anyways.
  2. When you’re finished cleaning out your closet, make a stop at Plato’s Closet or your nearest Goodwill and donate the rest. You’ll feel super dupes great about giving your clothes away to people who could really use them, and you’ll also get a solid $8 back from Plato’s when you hand them over those fifteen skirts from American Eagle you wore in middle school.
  3. Get a massage. Confession: I’ve never had a massage, partly because you’re basically half-naked on a table, and mostly because I have this weird fear of man-handed Viking women karate-chopping my back to oblivion. But there’s no time like the weekend to get over ridiculous irrational fears, right?! Schedule your appointment for Saturday morning. It’ll force you to not drink on Friday night. Because puking onto the floor through that face hole thingy on the massage table is kind of frowned upon in spas.
  4. Go to one of the local community events in your area. One of the best things I love about living in Denver is that there is ALWAYS something going on, particularly in the late summertime. Outdoor movies, food festivals, Shakespeare in the park, it runs the gamut. The best part? Most of these activities are free. Music to my cheap ass ears. Not sure what’s going on in our area? Just Google it. Chances are you’ll find something awesome!
  5. Get some creative writing done. You can finally crack open that moleskin notebook you bought six months ago when you were going through that whole creativity phase.
  6. Check out the museum. Any museum–a history museum, a nature museum, an art museum, whatever. They’re pretty much always free. Bonus points: you can feel really smart when people ask you what you did over the weekend.
  7. Have your friends over for a game night. Everyone will be secretly excited, trust me. Don’t be afraid to bring out the adult beverages of your choice because let’s face it, Monopoly is boring without wine. Buy a block of cheese, cut it into squares and put it on a plate with some crackers. Your friends will think you’re not doing too shabby at this whole adulting thing.
  8. Try out the Rosetta Stone program you bought three years ago. Maybe you’ll only get through half of one lesson. But still, you opened the program! That’s a start. Congratulations. Bonjour.
  9. Get your Spotify playlists together. Because let’s face it; they’re total shit right now.
  10. Make kale chips as a light, healthy alternative snack. And when they don’t satisfy your craving, eat everything else in your house, including the kitchen sink sponge.
  11. Build a fort with your significant other. It’ll be sweet. And probably really comfortable. Instagram it or it doesn’t count.
  12. Put on cute workout clothes. And then walk to Chipotle.
  13. Wash your bedsheets. It’s been an inappropriately long time.
  14. Go to a pet shelter. Even if you don’t plan on adopting an animal, it’s a good idea to do the research now in case you want to get a dog in the future. (I’m projecting here.)
  15. Speaking of animals, go to the zoo. Most zoos are free. Plus, it’ll reconnect you with your Lion King-obsessed past and will make you feel less guilty about never going outside.
  16. Visit a used bookstore. They have plenty of relatively recent stuff, and the prices are fantastic. The perfect excuse to buy just all of the books. *The fact that it’s a day ending in ‘y’ makes it a good enough reason to buy just all of the books in my, well, book.
  17. Call your mom. She hasn’t heard from you in three days and wants to make sure that you washed your bedsheets.

Friday Faves

Happy Friday (more like Fri-YAY amiright?!!?) Wait, did I use that joke last week? Doesn’t matter, still totally applicable.

I’ve been kicking butt and taking names over the past couple of days and, after heading into Monday a little more overwhelmed than I had anticipated, I’m dancing out of Friday and heading into what is sure to be an ahhhhmazing weekend! Once the clock hits 4:30 this PM, I’m heading on up to beautiful Breckenridge, CO with two of my favorite weirdos in the history of ever…my sister and good friend Joe for two solid days of mountain biking, zip lining, hiking, hot tubbing and shenaniganing it up!

I could not be more excited!

I hope that whatever you’ve got shaking for the weekend, that you have a fantabulous time! And in the meantime, refill your coffee cup, grab that last remaining donut that was left in your office break room, and enjoy a round up of my finds from around the web and more in the week’s edition of Friday Faves!

Favorite set of wheels: GUYS! GUYSGUYSGUYS! I got a bike! After my old mountain bike finally went to the big mountain bike trail in the sky a few years ago, I’ve been itching to get another one. And I finally did! And hot damn is it nice! I’ve never had a specialized bike before now but I don’t I’m ever going back to any other bikes. It rides like buttah. Buttah I tell you! I can’t wait to get it out on the trails this weekend and get it dirty!


Favorite swirl: Simple Spaghetti Fra Diavolo. I’m not sure what I’d do if I ever had to give up pasta. Sit in a corner and cry, probably. This dish looks so inviting – I can taste a big fat swirly forkful just by looking at the picture.


Favorite furball: Shelter Dogs in a Photobooth. This idea is so wonderful – an animal shelter in Utah gave their dogs super cute and quirky photoshoots to help them get adopted faster. This would definitely work on me!


Favorite indulge: Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies. YOU’RE WELCOME!! Oh my  gosh, that chewy caramel!!


Favorite ‘that’s my jam!!”: I’ve been on a serious Cold War Kids kick lately and am not even mad about it. Their whole Hold My Home album is pretty awesome, but my jam du jour as of late has been First. So good!

Favorite home: 12 Things Every Home Should Have. Great little list of home essentials. I especially love the art @ 57″ rule – great tip!


Favorite shirt: Dip Dyed Linen Tee. Is this as cute as I think it is? With chino shorts and a jean jacket?


Favorite idea: Cookie S’mores. S’mores made with chewy chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers. All together now – YES! (Also, I want to go camping.)


Favorite travel: 32 States in 55 Days. This guy mounted a time-lapse camera to his rear-view mirror then drove in a huge loop across the country, taking photos all along the way. Even if you don’t look at the map of his route, you can tell what region he’s in based on the landscape. Pretty cool!

Favorite find: Don’t Grow Up Poster. This whole adulting this is hard, guys.


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.


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.


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!)


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)!




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!


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.


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!


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


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.


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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