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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of…)

I’ve been a little under the weather this week kids 😦

The good news is cold medicine makes the internet all the more fascinating!

The bad news is it’s more difficult to string together coherent and insightful sentences 😦

So the silver lining is Friday comes early this week!

Enjoy 🙂

Quote of the Day:

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs

dickens quote

Inspirational:

30 things to start doing for yourself.

no regrets

Round the World:

Mexico isn’t just for donkey shows, tequila, and spring breakers.

Climbing the Ladder:

Suffering from cubicle spine? Check out the best yoga poses for desk dwellers.

Peace of Art:

The truth is beautiful.

Giggles and Such:

What girls hair means.

My hungover kitchen.

but i love you babyevery day i'm snufflinnot your cup of teaHave a great week(end)!!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

oscar wilde

Around the World:

Think you’ve see it all?? Check out these 10 out of this world places.

Inspirational:

Don’t ever say you can’t do something EVER.Again.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Adult slushies 🙂

Techie Love:

There’s an app for that.

Fitness First:

If you’re like me, you despise running and there’s a good chance you might die if you had to run for your life. However, you can be coaxed onto the elliptical every now and again. Here’s how to make the most of your time there.

Climbing the Ladder:

Work feeling a little stale? Check out the best business books of 2012 and get some new perspectives!

DIY:

Everything’s better with glitter!

Giggles and Such:

My new favorite Christmas carol. Where my dogs at?!

How girls fall asleep.

nice caboose

stockings

third

Have a great weekend!!!

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It’s the End of the World as We Know it

Unless you’ve been living completely off the grid, for years, you’re aware the world is supposed to end next Friday.

Just in case it really does and those crafty Mayans didn’t just run out of room on that pesky calendar, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to do.

Kind of a super-accelerated bucket list.

If I knew I only had a week or so left to live, how I’d want to spend that time:

1.) Hug everyone I love. Yes, this would need to include teleportation or a private jet. But hey, it’s the end of the world – why not pull out all the stops??

hugs

2.) Eat enough bacon to make myself sick. While we’re at it you can add mashed potatoes with gravy, every kind of taco ever, my mother’s Tunnel of Fudge cake, and the risotto balls from The Federal in Agawam, MA to that list. I’ll also be drinking Veuve Clicquot with every meal. (Go big or go home, right?)

3.) Go skydiving.

skydiving

4.) Fly an airplane.

5.) Ride a Harley (solo). Travel Route 66 on said Harley. (I would also settle for traveling Route 66 in a classic Winnebago if I had a worthy travel companion.

harley

winnebago

6.) Fly to a tropical island, sunbathe nude, learn to surf, spend a day in a hammock tied between two palm tries, ride a horse bareback down the beach; all while holding an umbrella-adorned, frozen cocktail. (This would be a potential two-fer, as I could fly myself down to said island. Time is of the essence!).

7.) Dance. As much as possible.

8.) Drive a 1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster down the Pacific Coast Highway.

roadster 2

9.) See as much (good) live music as possible. (This goes hand in hand with #7)

10.) And last but certainly not least, channel my inner super hero, Slap Girl, and freely slap the shit out of any stupid persons I have the misfortune to encounter.

slap

How about you guys??

What would you do if you knew you only had a week left to live?

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

“Not all of us have to posses earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do.” ~Myrtle Auvil

Around the World:

Are you a beer lover? Check out the 10 best beer bars in Boston.

Techie Love:

Always losing your phone? Never know where your keys are? Then this gadget was made for you!

Climbing the Ladder:

Are you transitioning careers? About to graduate college? Repurpose those writing assignments!

Inspirational:

Having a Dream Girls, “WHAT ABOUT ME?!?” kinda day? Read this.

Giggles and Such:

What if ladies acted like “gentlemen” at the bar?

christmas spirit

irish girl sunbathing

friday

Have a great weekend!

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Afraid For My Life

So I finally joined the 21st century and traded in my trusty old Crackberry Torch for a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S III.

Isn’t she pretty?! 🙂

I can’t lie though, the last week and a half has had a serious learning curve.

In case you were wondering, there’s absolutely nothing that prevents drunk texting/dialing better than not knowing how to use you phone!

I’ve managed to get a handle on it though and I think I might be in love.

But, now I’m terrified!

My whole life can be organized and cataloged on this one sleek piece of technology.

BUT WHAT IF I LOSE IT??!!??

I’ve talked before on A-n-A about my beloved planner.

I’m sorry girl. It’s not you. It’s me.

I never thought we’d part ways, but it’s time to retire the old girl 😦

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time transferring over all the comings and goings of my life from old school to new school.

So far it’s working out pretty well.

The calendar that came on my phone is pretty robust, although I do wish there was a better way to view my full day at a glance.

Supposedly I can sync to the calendar on my gmail, which is awesome! If only I could figure out how to do that…

I’ve also found a couple apps to help me keep track of my never-ending to-do list.

Astrid is an amazing app that reminds you to do EVERYTHING! If I miss a call this little cutie-patootie even reminds me to return,  saying, “Don’t you like getting a callback?”.

How cute is this little nugget?!

Evernote might be the coolest memo pad I’ve ever seen. I can make notes on anything via text, picture, or voice command. It’s pretty fricking cool! And it syncs to a cloud app on my lap top so I’ll never lose my notes if I happen to lose my phone!

An elephant never forgets!

So kids, how do you back-up your device?
Do you have a favorite organizer app?
Any suggestions for a better calendar app?

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Thirty Life Lessons

There’s this great list from Glamour I kept on my fridge for years.

When I cut it out I don’t think I really understood it, but I figured they were things I could work towards (I was sixteen at the time).

There’s now an equally amazing book that came from said list, full of wonderful life lessons from awe inspiring women (my personal fave is from Maya Angelou).

I’m not 30. I’m 29.95 plus tax

As I approach my big 3-0 I’ve been thinking about all the life lessons I’ve personally learned along the way.

I’ve forgotten some of them from time to time.

A couple that I’m definitely old enough to know better!

So I figured I’d write down the top 30 lessons I’ve learned thus far and see if I could save someone else a little trouble 🙂

1.) Family is the most important thing. And it’s not just the family you’re born with.

2.) Stop making up stories explaining the events in your life and just except them. The more time your spend analyzing you life the less time you spend living it.

3.) If it seems too good to be true – it is.

4.) Always trust your gut. That niggling feeling that something isn’t quite right, is always right.

5.) Music is the miracle of life. It has the power to validate your feelings, make a bad day better, celebrate good times, nurse a broken heart, and help you keep on keepin’ on.

6.) Be honest. It’s hard. I know. If you don’t have the balls to be honest with others, at least be honest with yourself.

7.) No one is going to take care of you. Save your pennies and always have some “fuck you” money stashed away.

8.) Everyone has their own narrative and they are rarely EVER the same.

9.) Always be yourself. The most authentic version of yourself you can manage. Never EVER water down your personality for anyone. It’s the best part about you girl 😉

10.) My parents are truly amazing people.

Seriously! They rock!

11.) Talk is cheap. No matter what people SAY it’s what they DO that actually matters. So pay attention.

12.) You can fool yourself better than you can fool anyone else.

13.) Perception really is reality. There’s nothing you can do to change that, so stop wasting your time worrying about what other people think.

14.) Opportunity is usually disguised as hard work.

15.) Dogs are better than most people.

He might eat your shoes, but he’ll never do you wrong.

16.) This too shall pass is a true story. Good or bad, life changes on a dime. Always appreciate what you have.

17.) Stop trying to fast forward your life. Slow the fuck down and just take it all in. It really is all about the journey. Don’t get me wrong, goals are good, but it’s how you get there that really matters.

18.) Be BOLD. Ain’t nobody got time for that pansy ass shit. Figure out what you want and go for it.

19.) Credit cards are a slippery slope. Pay off your balance at the end of each month. You’ll save thousands in interest rates and countless headaches.

20.) Have an excellent tailor and hairdresser. They’ll make you look like a million bucks even when you can’t afford a cup of coffee. (For those of you in the area: Amber LaBorde at Visual Changes in Longmeadow, MA is beyond amazing and A Perfect Fit in Agawam, MA is the only tailor I’ve ever met who continually tries to save me money and does wonderful work with an unheard of turnaround.)

21.) Mind your manners. Especially if you’re sometimes socially challenged. Remembering what your Mama taught you will get you successfully through most interactions and keep you out of hot water.

22.) Read more. Books have lessons we’re all familiar with but hearing someone else’s troubles helps us actually learn them.

23.) A bra that fits right will change your life. Seriously go get fitted for one. I know, it’s awkward and weird but it’s worth it.

24.) Jealousy really is a monster. Keep an eye out for that bitch. She’ll sneak up on you if you’re not careful.

25.) Climbing a mountain will clear your head of all your worries. Even a small mountain 🙂

26.) Learn how to LET GO. (I have to admit I’m still working on this one. It’s super hard sometimes.)

27.) Expectations can be a dangerous thing to have. Manage yours well.

28.) Sex does NOT equal intimacy.

29.) Learn how to confront people effectively. Keeping emotions bottled up inside isn’t healthy, but neither is flying off the handle when you can’t take it anymore. Address your issues upfront and you’ll feel much better in the long run.

30.) A new pair of shoes can change your life.

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