3 things. {including a giveaway}

first off, i have to apologize for being so neglectful to this little blog and to you, my fellow readers. i started my new job last week and since then, it's been one crazy rollercoaster. not to mention i have had some psycho haters on my new blog as well, so let's just say that it has not been my week. i'll try to be better though!

second, i know the word 'saturday' is nowhere to be found in 'top five friday', but i'm going to do it today anyway. because this is my blog and i can do what i want. here goes:

#1 - my job. as crazy as it has been and as much drama that has already gone on there in the last two weeks...holy crap, i love it!! not even kidding, i probably think to myself at least five times a day how much i enjoy it and how i know that i'm meant to be there. it all feels like second nature to me! it's nuts to see how much comes back to ya when you haven't even looked at the subject material in 2+ years. hopefully, as i learn more, it will just continue to get better.

#2 - this pillow:

my dad and my brother are obsessed with memory foam pillows and i didn't think they were worth all the hooplah. that was until the mr. bought one and i found myself stealing his every time he was gone. they're so comfortable! then i came home from work last week and when i went up to my bedroom, the mr., being the sweet husband that he is, had this laid out on the bed for me. first off, i about melted at his thoughfulness and second, i was so excited to have one of these pillows of my very own! it has been so worth it. it feels like i'm sleeping on a cloud!

#3 - family. the mr.'s dad and step mom were able to come visit us last weekend and it was so good to have them here! it was the first time we've been able to host them since we've been married, so it felt pretty special. i've also been able to 'hang out' with my sister-in-law and best friend (she falls into the family category, because she's now my cousin. ;) lucky me!) via skype and it sure makes me miss them.

4 - golfing. i'd never been golfing before, until last saturday. there's a golf course on base and we decided to take the mr.'s parents to check it out. technically, i didn't even golf, but the driving around in the golf cart was fun enough for me! i felt like i was four wheeling all day. 

the mr. checked out every thrift store in town and was able to get some clubs and a pretty nice bag all for 13 bucks! i have a feeling there will be a lot of golfing in our future.

5 - the odd life of timothy green. umm, have you seen this movie yet? if you haven't, you need to change that tonight. actually, change it right now. it was seriously the best show i've seen in a long time. i know it may seem cheesy and all, but it was so touching! it took everything in me not to bawl my eyes out the entire time. of course i went home and dreamed about raising babies and adopting kids all night. weird brain. you really do need to see it. i don't want to go as far as to say that it's life changing but...it's kind of life changing. or at least day changing!

finally, the third thing i wanted to talk to you about today, is the fact that i'm finally getting to our '100 followers' giveaway! hooray!! when thinking about what i could give to you guys for being so faithful to me {thanks a billion!} i thought about some earrings i just got from a new website called my freshwater pearls. they came in the mail last week and holy cow, i'm in love with them! i'm pretty sure i've worn them every day since receiving them. haha anyway, i thought i'd spoil you guys a little bit and give away a pair of these earrings for free! they come in peach, rose, white, purple, and green. i got the rose colored ones.

this picture doesn't even do them justice.  it's hard to tell you how gorgeous they are until you see them in person. seriously, you will love them! and since it's taken me so long to get this up, why not throw in a $15 target gift card, just for kicks and giggles? :) to enter, just fill out the rafflecopter below. {since this is a giveaway to honor our followers, you must be a follower of this blog to enter.}

a Rafflecopter giveaway
also, if you don't happen to be the lucky winner, all is not lost. my freshwater pearls is giving all of you one awesome discount just for participating in this giveaway! here's the breakdown of it all:

you get $5 off when you spend $20 or more with the code: freefive
you get $10 off when you spend $40 or more with the code: freeten
you get $15 off when you spend $60 or more with the code: free 15

this is such a good deal guys! i really hope you take advantage of it. thank you again for following our blog and for all of your kind words over the years! we appreciate each and every one of you.

-the mrs.


top five friday.

#1 - this face:

we've been trying to wean him off of being on the couch lately. it was fun when we first got him and he was tiny and wanted to be all cute and cuddly with you, but now he just likes to jump around everywhere and hit you in the face with his tail. not cool. we were doing good until he pulled this card on me - the "i know i'm not allowed on the couch, but will you let me just this once?" look. if that doesn't pull at your heartstrings, i don't know what does!

#2 - the mr. had his first alert (24 hours spent in a missile capsule) this week and he survived! he came back exhausted after getting only four hours of sleep, but he said it went well. luckily, while he was gone, my night was spent skyping with the sister-in-law and hanging out at a friend's house, eating smoothies and talking girl talk. thank heavens for good people! otherwise, i probably would've sat at home all night, eating a tub of ice cream, and crying that i was home alone.

#3 - buffalo wild wings. i don't know how you could not love that place. although, my sister-in-law and her husband did introduce us to a wing place, called buffalo wings and rings, that is just a little bit better - but bww is still awesome, nonetheless. my favorite part would be the fried pickles. mmm, it takes me back to our alabama-living days.

#4 - this lil' blog just reached 100 followers! i was so excited to see that!! this definitely calls for a celebration! (aka a giveaway) i'll be sure to give you all the deets on it next week. i've been a little preoccupied this week, so just give me some time and it will happen. promise!

#5 - "what have i been preoccupied with?", you may ask. remember that job interview i mentioned last week? well, the results are in and it looks like i am officially employed! hooray!! this might even call for another giveaway! (ok, maybe that was a little overkill.) i really am that excited though! at the same time, i am scared out of my mind. the job was for a pharmacy technician position and i haven't picked up a pharmacy book in over two years! i've beeen studying my brains out for the last couple days, hoping some of it will come back to me. of course, every time i get on a roll, my body all of a sudden thinks it's exhausted and needs to sleep - just like the good ol' college days. i don't even know how many textbook pages i've ruined in my life because i fell asleep and drooled all over them. it's a bit ridiculous. anyway, prayers are appreciated because i'm going to need them to help me from looking like an idiot. i seriously cannot wait though!!

happy friday to ya! i hope it's swell.

-the mrs.


top five friday

#1 - blake shelton. the mr. and i volunteered for his squadron at cheyenne frontier days last week and it has now been decided that we are going to do this every year for the entire time we live in cheyenne. they had us selling sodas right inside the stadium and we had a clear shot view to blake for the entire concert.

i hadn't ever been much of a blake shelton fan until this concert...at least that's what i thought. more than half the songs he sang were ones i love and have listened to a billion times on the radio, but i had no idea he was the one singing them! he put on one fantastic concert. and the best part? it was absolutely free!

#2 - the olympics. has anyone been watching them nonstop like we have? seriously, they're on when we're not even in the room - and i've loved it! my favorite events have been the gymnastics and kayaking {which i didn't even know was an olympic event}. what about you?

#3 - chimichangas. you know, the el monterey kind that you buy at wal-mart? i'm pretty sure those things are the reason i gained ten pounds when i moved out on my own in college, but they are oh so delicious! i may or may not have eaten one for lunch and one for dinner/afternoon-snack/i'm-so-hungry-so-anything-will-work. slap on some cream cheese and salsa and you've got the best gourmet dinner that you ever did see!

#4 - date night - on a week day mind you!

i sure do love this cute boy of mine. doesn't he look so good?! he's been doing so well on my fitness pal and has lost thirteen pounds since we moved here! i'm so proud of him!!

#5 - this whole pile of stamps that i scored for only 15 bucks!

i can pick out at least three of them out that would be 10 dollars each at hobby lobby. ca-razy! i'm going to try my hand at card making here soon. can't wait!

hope you guys had a fantastic friday. hooray for the weekend!

-the mrs.


awkward and awesome.


-looking up from your racquetball game and seeing the base wing commander and his daughter watching you play. i'm not even in the air force and it still made me nervous!
-the hillbillies behind us in the movie theater that have no concept of whispering. if i wasn't afraid of them chucking their beer on me or punching me in the face, i would've told them to shut the $!@# up!
-always getting the squeaky cart at the grocery store, making everyone stare at you.
-taking copper on a walk and him pooping on our neighbor's lawn every single time.
-bubblegum flavored jelly beans. i don't know why they even exist. nobody likes them!
-getting all the way up to the doors at the commissary and standing there, waiting for them to open before you realize it's monday and they're closed.
-the ridiculous amount of hair that is left on our bathroom counter after every time i blow dry it. i'm surprised i'm not bald.
-that our laptop is a month and a half old and it's already running as slow as tar.
-putting a load of laundry in the washer and forgetting about it...for three days.
-that it's already august. where did the first 7 months of 2012 go again?
-getting hit on by drunk, 50+ year old man.


-freshly painted nails.
-that i got copper to go in his kennel and i didn't even have to put him there! it's amazing what a pup will do for a little pork sausage.
-the mr. passed his final evaluation. hooray!
-we're having chicken tikka masala for dinner tonight and i'm so freaking excited! i may or may not be starving my self a little bit right now, so that my stomach can fit more of it in.
-free popcorn refills at the movie theater. i might've gained a few extra pounds, but it made for one great movie!
-this rad giveaway that i'm pretty sure you should enter right now. just sayin'. ;)
-having a clean house.
-being able to watch hulu plus on the xbox. best. discovery. ever.
-my sunday school kids telling me over and over that i'm the best teacher they've ever had. so what if it was because i clearly bribed them with brownies? everyone can use a little self-esteem boost now and again.
-getting snail mail.
-i have a job interview tomorrow. {aghhhh!} i'm terrified, but still excited. wish me luck! i'm going to need it.

-the mrs.

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just a couple of things.

there are a few things that i need to share:
  • the mr. and i went to batman last night. after all the hype and good words spoken about it, i was expecting something awesome. i have to be completely honest - i was a little let down. yes, i understand it's a christopher nolan movie, so nothing is going to make sense until the very end and you'll be dropping your jaw in shock, but in my opinion, it wasn't near what everyone made it out to be. it didn't help that i couldn't understand half the stuff that the mask guy was saying either. did anyone else have that problem?
  • i'm sure you guys are sick of hearing about our new food blog, but i am so excited to tell you all that we are hosting our very first giveaway on it!! we just reached 100 followers and to show our appreciation, we are giving you a chance to win a gift card to the restaurant of your choice. what could be better than dinner for free?? be sure to enter here.
  • remember when i complained about not being a morning person and how frustrating it was? well, i am happy to tell you that i have woken up before 8 am just about every day for the past couple weeks! to some of you, this might be no big deal, but for me - it's ground breaking news! i will be the first to admit that i feel ten times better about myself when i wake up early. so what if i don't change out of my pajamas until 1 o'clock - at least i'm not in bed until then! {don't worry, i never actually did that. i'm not that bad.}
  • wyoming has really bad local commercials. and i mean really bad. i tried to find a link on the internet to show you the worst one, but couldn't find it anywhere. it's probably because it's on the verge of being child porn. there are two naked little boys in a bathtub that only have a rubber duck covering their you-know-what. this is a commercial for a credit union, mind you. how on earth, two naked boys in a tub is helping to promote their services, i haven't got a clue!
  • the mr. and i have talked about going on a cruise together since before we were married. i've never been on one and he's been on two and wants to take me so bad! we were planning on going on one to the caribbean next month, but when we moved here, the mr. was told not to plan on taking any big vacations in his first six months of work. so we moved our plans to february and as we were talking the other night, we decided to see if we can save up the money for a europen cruise instead. i've been researching it all morning and can i just say that i am so excited?? i get butterflies every time i think about it. also, tickets into london and out of barcelona are only $646!! i know people that have paid almost that much to fly somewhere in the u.s.! crazy right??
  • i am completely satisfied with how mild this summer has been in cheyenne. everyone tells me that wyoming and utah have the same climate, but no, they do not. while utah really isn't that hot, it can sure get up there. we don't have air conditioning in our house and i didn't think i'd ever survive, but it's already august and here we are - still air conditionless! it sure beats the 100 degree heat that we lived in starting in april and ending in october last year. hopefully we will never have to live that again.
  • someone needs to tell me how to decorate my house. like, seriously. comment below and give me some tips because i am out of ideas. i am sick of the bare walls and empty spaces. why can't everyone just be born with the innate ability to be decorators, crafters, and diy-ers?
thanks for letting my spill my guts on your computer screen. it felt good to get all of that off my chest.

-the mrs.
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