Friday, August 19, 2016

So, seven years ago, I was 20 and had a blog in college and I thought I was hilarious.  I just remembered this blog existed and poor Ryan because I made him read almost all of it.  To share the love, here is a beautiful post I wrote seven years ago (and still completely stand by) all about why nail polish is a better predictor than a horoscope.  And, yes, the name of my blog was plaidglitterdino.  Which makes so much sense.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

some people use horoscopes, i refer to nail polish

The idea of a blog is so intimidating.  Or, at least it was until I realized very few people will actually be reading this.  This is purely for my personal enjoyment and those few close friends who find my sense of humor as endearing as my grandpa always likes to inform all of his closest friends.

I realize with that introduction I have put an incredible amount of pressure on my shoulders. Similar to the Nemo's dad, just because he's a clown fish doesn't mean his jokes have the best delivery or that anyone else really enjoys them.  Just because one seventy-something year old man finds me and my "wit" so wonderful does not mean that you will.  But, just humor me, for self esteem's sake. 

I've discovered today that I can predict my very own future even more accurately than any horoscope or psychic (and believe me, I've tried them both.  According to the psychic at Universal Studios, when I am 50 something tragic is going to happen in my life, that idea will haunt me until my 51st birthday).  Apparently my nail polish color does this all on its own.  To have the best day, with the best luck, go with a nice sparkler.  It's not necessarily what Seventeen Magazine will tell you what is "in" for the summer but they're not always right either!  Glitter automatically puts you in a better mood (and if it doesn't have that effect on you then stop reading this right now because I automatically don't like you).  A dark shade, depending on the outfit, can really make you feel complete.  For example, if you're wearing an outfit with some black accents and don't mind that the "Chanel Black Nail Polish" isn't the hottest color on the market these days (funny fact: the only reason I ever even knew that was because of my own dad) some shiny black finger nails can really pull your outfit together.   

I have one more color theory.  For me, nail polish works like a tiara works for a little girl.  That tiara can make a little girl a princess.  To onlookers that little girl looks cute and adorable in her tiara but, no one else is picturing her in a castle in a far away land waiting for her prince charming like she is.  Although I don't walk around wearing a tiara (I just watched the Princess Diaries and I honestly wish it was socially acceptable to do this in public other than on your birthday ((&even then its a little much)) or on halloween) I do, however, have a teal nail polish that literally makes me feel like a mermaid.  It doesn't matter what happens to me on those days but I look down at my nails and imagine myself ten years ago at the local pool swimming underwater with my little sister letting our imaginations transform us into mermaids, dolphins, and even sharks (when we felt a little rebellious).

Mind you, I am no "fashionista" or girl obsessed with my clothes and nails, it's just a simple way, I've discovered, that I can make my day and it is much cheaper than therapy or even a nice bar of dark chocolate (this, also without fail, will always make you happier).

If you're reading this, I probably love you, and hopefully you aren't surprised by my in depth analysis of nail polish colors.  I promise you, that from here on out these posts will get better... or at least more entertaining :) And if you still disagree or think I'm weird, I don't like you anyways. hmph.

[Breakfast, Lunch, and] Dinner in Denver

Monday, August 8, 2016

When Ryan was signing up for the bar exam, everyone at work recommended he go on a vacation after the exam and before starting his associate position. We played around with the idea of Disney world (but didn't want to spend more than we would on a honeymoon). Then we planned to go to Nashville to see Ryan's parents but they were out of town for the weekend. And since we will be able to go to Nashville plenty of times, we decided to save that!

Ryan had talked about going to Denver with me since we first started dating. We had both been to Colorado as kids and had really fond memories of those trips so that's what we decided on! 

Since we didn't rent a car and were only there for about 30ish hours, we weren't able to do much exploring outside of downtown so we will be back! We essentially ate our way through the city.  We started at The Fractured Prune! I was so stinking happy that my favorite donut place in Ocean City was also randomly in  Denver! They are made to order and melt in your mouth. They are a donut lover (like myself)'s dream come true. I got the carnival donut and the strawberry princess.  And let's just say, that after our visit there, Ryan not only wants to visit Ocean City but he would be happy to move there!
After the donuts, we decided to stop at the Denver Botanical Gardens on our walk to the hotel and it just so happened to be the day the corpse flower bloomed! I don't pretend that I knew this was a thing before last week but it was pretty amazing (and smelled pretty bad).  We also saw some breathtaking gardens. I've never seen lily pads that looked so picturesque before.

On our walk back to the hotel, we stumbled across VooDoo Doughnuts. You can't walk by that place and not go in! So we figured donuts for BREAKFAST and LUNCH seemed like the perfect way to spend vacation. If you were wondering, they definitely couldn't be compared to The Fractured Prune BUT they were equally delicious. 
After VooDoo, we walked back to the hotel to rest and watch the olympics. We ended up out for pizza at Patxi's per another blogger's recommendation and we loved it. Then, we took a LITTLE nap before meeting Ryan's friend from college and his girlfriend at PeaksLounge  (supposedly the best view of Denver). We had delicious drinks and then crashed hard right after. Apparently, all that delicious food is exhausting!

Sunday was already our last day so we took the morning easy, just soaking in the fact that it was our first true vacation together, and then went out to brunch (of course).  We ended up at the Denver Biscuit Co. where I had the most insane biscuit bacon cinnamon roll. I've never eaten anything like that before and will definitely be drooling over these pictures often.
We had such a great (and way too short) weekend! We are so excited for our next vacation (HONEYMOON)!  This week could potentially be a big one---Ryan is going to look at an apartment today that I fell in love with on Friday! Wish us luck!!

7 quick life updates...again

Friday, August 5, 2016

Remember the good old days (10 months ago) when I had creative 7QT posts?  Me neither.  Life lately has been all sorts of fun and all sorts of crazy and I am linking up with Kelly to fill you in!

1. Two weeks ago, I was home in Omaha for an entire week because the family I nanny for went on vacation.  My mom, Em, and I spent a good chunk of the week getting a lot of wedding stuff done and spending quality time together!  And also, lots of JM snuggles!  I love nothing more than spending a week in Omaha--especially when my parents will be moving soon.  We hit all the best places and even got to spend a day at the pool (heaven).

2. Last weekend, Em threw me THE BEST bachelorette party of all time!  Who wouldn't love a party when the theme was "Sip Sip Hooray, It's Megan's Day!"  Total winner.  She thought of absolutely everything.  It was one of the greatest weekends I've ever had.  There was a little anxiety leading up to the trip because a lot of my friends aren't also all friends with each other, but everyone got along great and had a lot of fun!  I'm stressed excited for the big day coming up and for us all to be together again!

3.  And moving on to other big life updates, Ryan and I began the apartment hunt yesterday (see what I did there, so funny).  We looked at an amazing place in DC right by union station, but I think we will end up in Alexandria.  We realized that with our apartment budget we can get double the space in Virginia and once I mentioned to Ryan that he could have his own office, I don't think there's any going back.  We are touring a place today that is only 2 miles from my work and less than 2 miles from Old Town so I am pretty hopeful this could be the one (also super not in the mood to tour a million places). 

4. How is it possible that I am 27, have moved 11 times in the past 9 years--that's insane--and I have never actually had to look for an apartment?  Let me tell you, if I had 5 moves ago I would have stopped moving.  I don't know why it's so stressful to me?  But it is.  So, here's hoping that Ryan and I love this place today so much we don't want to look anywhere else (and we are signing a 2 year lease---thank goodness)!

5.  The wedding/shower gifts have started arriving!  And even though I know your not supposed to check your registries, I'm breaking the rule and doing it anyways.  Most fun mail of all time.  Ryan is a little less thrilled than I am about all of the fiestware (SO MUCH FIESTAWARE) and serving dishes but he had his moment with the coffee maker so I don't feel too bad.

6.  We are headed to Denver this weekend for about...30 hours tomorrow for a mini vacation!  We are essentially going to quickly eat our way through Denver and then head right back!

7.  Last but not least, I quickly bought Grace's nail polish recommendation last week and I am loving it!

Have an amazing weekend, guys!!! If you have any last minute Denver recommendations, send them my way!!


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