Friday, December 19, 2014

Whip my hair

Okay, you guys, I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna do it!

I'm going to run for office.

Sorry, that's not even remotely true. I just felt like I needed to put something dramatic there so you didn't feel like this announcement was a major letdown.

I'm just cutting my hair.

No big deal to any of you, but a big change for me.

Actually, it's not even that major of a change, I'll just be losing several inches of the hair that I've been growing out for the past year and a half. 

Clayton is not happy, but this had to happen. I am not the girl who can whip her hair back and forth and look like a Victoria's Secret model. My tresses are less Gisele Bundchen and more Ozzy Osbourne.

Actually, that's not fair to Ozzy. I think his hair might be thicker than mine.

I've been making hair mood boards for over a month now, and I think some people stopped following me on Pinterest because they were just like, "OMG STOP WITH THE HAIR PICTURES BEFORE WE COME OVER AND SHAVE YOUR HEAD FOR YOU."

I live by the "go big or go home" philosophy and was ready to just cut it ALL off, but after considering my lifestyle and the fact that I want to stay married, I opted to at least keep it long enough for a pony tail ...

... for now.

We'll see how this goes. I've read that women who go for shorter hair eventually get addicted to taking a little more and more off each time. We'll see.

Current hair length:


(This picture was taken only 2 weeks ago, but my hair could very well be a little bit longer already because it grows like a weed.)

Desired length:



My inspiration:


Lauren Conrad can do no wrong in my eyes. 

My hair appointment is tomorrow a.m. Let's see how this goes. It could either turn out amazing and change my beauty routine for the better ...

... or totally ruin Christmas. 

For all we know, I might chicken out.

I'm sure I'll chicken out.

But maybe I won't.

Remember that time I blogged about a bezoar

Hair.

C

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Me with a beard

I've been using a free photo editing website called PicMonkey for the past few years and I recently bit the bullet and paid for a subscription so I could unlock the premium tools and tricks. Since it's Christmastime, PicMonkey really brought their A game and provided royal users the opportunity to fart around with some really neat-o holiday-themed stuff. 

(My writing is getting increasingly poetic, can't you tell?)

Anyway, I turned myself into Santa Claus because you know, no one's gonna live your life for you. 


If Santa were a Kardashian. 

Wow. It's only Wednesday and I've already referenced the Kardashians twice this week. 

I'll see myself out. 

C

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Christmas Survey


We're getting so close! At my last count, we're just 8 days away from Christmas! So what could be more fun (and easier) than a holiday survey? 

Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?
I feel like Jesus will be upset to know that my favorite Christmas song is secular. But I chose my favorite Christmas song solely on which tune I find myself singing most often around the house. It's a major toss-up between "Let It Snow" and "Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland", and that's because I don't think I know all of the words to either and kind of lump them together.

Favorite Christmas album: Neil Diamond's  "The Christmas Album". Ride or die readers of this blog already knew that. Neil Diamond rocks the red sequin shirts of my Christmas dreams.
  
Favorite Christmas(ish) movie?
This Christmas with Regina King, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown and Idris Elba. Clay and I rented it the first Christmas we were married. Now we own the DVD and watch it every year. Though I should also mention that I finally got around to watching Love Actually like, 2 weeks ago and it's now a strong contender, too.

What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?
We don't tend to eat one specific thing because we alternate which set of parents we're with on Christmas morning. Since we're basically operating on a "unwrap and go!" kind of schedule every year, we don't get to linger on Christmas morning goodies. 

Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?
I've always been extremely partial to Christmas Eve over Christmas Day. My family has several Christmas Eve traditions that I adore including opening the gifts in our stockings, watching Claymation Christmas and listening to my mom read The Littlest Angel. My mom has read that book to us every Christmas Eve since we were practically babies. I'm 29 years-old and perfectly capable of reading on my own, but there's just something about the sound of your mom's voice that you can't beat. 

Real tree, fake tree or no tree?
If there's a fake tree in my presence, I'll light it on fire.

Christmas pajamas: Yay or nay?
Nay. We wore semi-coordinated jammies when we were little girls, but I think that's because almost everything we owned was semi-coordinated. 

Where do you spend the holidays? Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends?
Oh the joys of being married without kids! So many families to see, so little time. We rotate where we spend Christmas Eve and morning every year, but we always see my mom and sister, Clay's parents, and Clayton's maternal extended family.

Food that you always have during the holiday season? 
This is going to make me sound terrible: Champagne. But hey, it's the holidays! I'll drink my Christmas spirit, thank you very much. 

Favorite Christmas food/treat?
I used to wait on the edge of my seat for my Nana's annual tin of Christmas cookies to arrive in the mail. Sure, they'd be mostly broken due to a traumatizing trip in a mail carrier, but they were still wonderful and held so many sweet memories. Nowadays I scarf down my mother-in-law's chex mix like the world is ending and my only solace is to eat more chex mix.

Open presents all at once or take turns? 
If you take turns, the gifts last longer! Most of the fun is getting to watch other people open their gifts and be surprised, so we definitely take turns. I'm super pumped about the gifts I'm giving this year! 

Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?
I should really just rename this survey "Courtney Drinks for Christmas" because I only enjoy eggnog with a healthy splash of bourbon. 

Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
In recent years, I've done most of my shopping online because it's so much easier and you seriously cannot beat some of the cyber deals. However, I always make at least one trip to the mall for Christmas shopping because as much as I hate crowds and waiting in line, there is something to be said for roaming the stores and soaking in the holiday ambiance. Plus, sometimes shipping takes forever and it's great to be able to have the item in your hand the second you're ready to purchase it. 

What is on your Christmas wish list?
Honestly, not too much. Writing my Christmas list was a bitch this year, but that has less to do with my selfless and more to do with the fact that I have way too much stuff already and really don't need anything. 

How do you decorate your tree?
Sometimes it looks like we just gathered up all of our ornaments and lights in one giant handful, shouted "1-2-3!", and then tossed everything onto a bare tree. I try to be calculated and artsy with my tree decorating, but when you spend over an hour just trying to evenly space out your Christmas lights, you tend to be over the whole thing pretty quickly.

Candy Canes: Yum or yuck?
Meh. We buy them to decorate our Christmas tree, but then usually just throw them away in January. Clayton strongly dislikes peppermint, and I could really take it or leave it. 

Now yu know what would be fun? If YOU take some time to fill out your very own Christmas survey and then share the link with me so I can read your answers. Or if that sounds like too much work, you can just post your answers in the comments section below. 

Okay! Ready, set, go! 

C

Monday, December 15, 2014

The weekend reCRACK

Behold, the weekend recap! Always reliable. Always faithful. Faithful like a ... something that's faithful.

Sorry, I'm not on my game tonight.

But ya, a weekend just happened, so let's talk about it!

Friday night, Clayton and I were more than excited to meet Dan and Emily at The Comedy Attic to see Pete Holmes. We've seriously had our tickets since like, the second they went on sale. Emily gifted me one of his comedy cds to help me train for the marathon last year and we've been basically obsessed ever since.

Funniest. Show. Ever.

Clayton was in tears. I was in tears (and sweating because I'm gross). I couldn't even breathe most of the show. At one point I rested my head on Clayton's shoulder and whispered to him that I didn't think I was going to make it.

You know how people are rather fond of the term "ugly crying" nowadays? For those not so familiar, ugly crying is when you fail to have control over your face during periods of profound happiness or sadness. Ugly crying is when your face involuntarily contorts into less than flattering expressions and you are powerless against it. See also: Kim Kardashian.

https://www.tumblr.com/search/kim+kardashian+crying+face

Well, I ugly laugh. When I find something incredibly funny, I can't control the muscles in my face. I look like the donkey from Shrek. And probably sound like him, too. I can't help it.

And I ugly laughed through the entire comedy show.

Pete Holmes has to be the most endearing comedian ever. I think his whole shtick is "let's not take any of this or ourselves too seriously because life is actually pretty good". Love it.

Since we're old people, we hit the early show and were delighted when Pete took the time to meet every single person who wanted to shake hands and snap a picture before the next show started. I don't normally fangirl too hard nowadays, but his comedy cd got me through flippin' marathon training, so I had to tell him thank you.



How delightful is that man's face? He's a self-proclaimed "Lesbian Val Kilmer" or "Renee Zellweger before whatever happened to her face this year happened". 

I also welcomed the opportunity to try a few new recipes this weekend. 

Do I have to even prefaced this by saying I found both recipes on Pinterest?

First, I made some festive cupcakes for a craft workshop we held at work on Sunday. A bunch of us girls got together to try a DIY holiday wreath project and drink some bubbly. The workshop was a huge success and I'm pretty proud of my little Christmas tree cupcakes. 


 

The recipe was a standard red velvet cake and the icing is a new buttercream that the original pinner swears tastes just like frosting from a bakery. 

She is not wrong! Fluffy, sturdy and delicious! For being so light, it piped onto the cupcakes beautifully and I'll definitely be referring to this recipe again and again and again.

I also tried a recipe for this thing called "Crack Bread" and without ever having tried crack, I'm pretty sure the dish lives up to its name. 


What is Crack Bread, you ask? It's a loaf of sour dough bread stuffed with bacon and cheese. Like, literally STUFFED with bacon and cheese. And in case you didn't think that was enough calories, just pour a cup of melted butter and ranch seasoning over the top before adding more cheese and baking. 

Crack Bread is never necessary and no one has a valid excuse to eat it ... unless they're really gunning for a heart attack.

Other weekend activities included that standard weekend long run (which now that I'm not currently training for a big race isn't that outrageously long) and attending a wedding for one of Clayton's cousins.

At least, I think it's one of his cousins. I'm not entirely sure how they're related. My husband's family tree has so many branches, I still can't keep things straight after 11 years. But I absolutely adore his family and love when we get to see everyone. I think you'd be seriously hard-pressed to find anyone who loves their in-laws as much as I do.

Since Christmas is right around the corner, I'm getting super duper pumped to see MY side of the family, Clayton's side of the family, Joey's side of the familyeveryone!

How are you preparing for Christmas this week? Have you finished all of your shopping and wrapping?

C

Friday, December 12, 2014

Accolades

I think Googling yourself is a high level of narcissistic stalking and anyone who writes a blog knows exactly what I'm talking about. 

Instead of using my usual search term "Courtney is the greatest blogger ever; throw money at her", I recently took to Pinterest to see what popped up when I searched the site for my blog's name. 

I found a few pins of my recipes (thank you!), but not much to make me feel like the rockstar I like to pretend that I am. However, I did notice this pin and it almost made my heart (and ego) explode with delight:


Yes, this was originally pinned over a year ago and it's quite possible that this gal has stopped reading my blog because a lot can happen in a year (though the only acceptable excuse for not reading my blog this year is death), but for a moment in time in my words meant something to her and she identified with me. 

I honestly feel like I can quit blogging now because my ultimate goal has been accomplished.



... Just kidding. I'm going to keep blogging til' people give me free stuff. 

C
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