Summer Hair

I thought I would mix it up a little for the summer & go blonder than I have in a long time. 
What do you think?
I took a few too many selfies last night…
Happy Thursday!
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MWF seeking BFF

I’ve had several people take interest in my most recent read, so I thought I should provide a little clarity about it & maybe even a little review. 
MWF seeking BFF is a book that I had my eye on since it has been out. I came across it shortly after our wedding in 2010, by seeing its praise in SELF & from authors of interest (to me), like Gretchen Rubin.
During this time I was new to the MWF category & actually seeking a BFF. My friends were shifting from the group of people who I had been hanging out with since high school (and a few from college) to individual friends that I had more aligned interests with. Some relationships from my past were deepening (and thus, my best friend emerged) and some were fading way. 
So it was really no surprise that this book was very appealing to me, though I never got around to taking the plunge of reading it until my book club decided on it. While it didn’t get rave reviews from that group, I still decided to give it a try. 
The story is about a newlywed whose moved from Manhattan to Chicago & while she has two best friends & plenty of other satisfying friendships in her life, she is looking for friends in her new-ish town. With my recent move to Fort Collins, it seemed totally fitting.
So while this is not really a “self-help” book on how to find friends in a new town, it does provide many ideas for meeting new people, if that is not something that comes naturally to you. The author tries many things (both successfully & unsuccessfully), including:
Asking out-of-town friends to set her up with their in-town-friends
Rekindling any connections that she never followed through on: college acquaintances that live in Chicago to a nice girl she connected with in a cooking class awhile ago
Taking out a want ad (yes, really)
Signing up for special interest groups (cooking class, religious gatherings, etc.)
Sparking conversations with strangers
Joining friend meeting groups, like meetup.com
I will admit, I’ve never had trouble meeting new people & converting them into new friends. It just comes naturally to me. But this book did make me view friendships differently & reminded me that aligned interests can influence a surface level conversation with an acquantance to go much deeper.
As a MWF new to her city, I’ve found this book interesting & mildly entertaining. The author throws in some interesting stats about friendships and has a great overview about all aspects of friendships, in general. I definitely took more away from this book about the value, life-cycle & different types of friendships than I originally thought I would. 
I would love to know your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it too!

Memorial Day Weekend

Ahhh…the weekend that unofficially kicks off the summer season. Do you have traditions for this weekend? 
One of our past traditions for this holiday was road tripping to Bull Schoals lake w/some friends of ours. Since we’ve moved, we have the opportunity to create some new traditions, so we’ve spent this long weekend BBQing, pooling & trying some new (to us) restaurants in town. 
This morning’s brunch at Snooze was something to write home about.
The Godfather Bloody Mary
Pancakes, from L to R: Pineapple Upside-down, Chocolate Chip & Velvet Elvis (yes, a red velvet pancake)
Two Styles of Eggs Benedict + Hashbrowns
And afterwards, to let our food settle, we took a little stroll through Old Town.
Some other plans we have for this summer are:
Summer softball league-ing
Biking
Spending plenty of time by the pool
Drinking our fair share of Summer Shandy
Hiking
Vacationing 
BBQing
Lounging on any & every patio we come across
Training for our second 1/2 marathon
Celebrating Bonnie & Brandon at their wedding
Exploring 
I would love to know what your plans are for the weekend & the summer!

Instagram Roundup

My weekend, as told by Instagram:
There is no other way to say this: Friday sucked. By the time 5:15 rolled around, my hips & legs were literally sore from sitting in one chair all day with only a few very brief breaks (to go to the bathroom, make a PB&J & let me dogs out – that’s it). I really needed some fresh air & open space – turns out discovering this Fort Collins treasure was just what the doctor ordered.
This little hike started my weekend off on the right foot. 
Saturday I woke up & went to barre, which is by far my favorite strength work out ever, & then managed to squeeze in a little bike ride with Cory before he went to work.
 While Cory was working, I snuck over to the pool at our gym, which is right across the street from our apartment complex, and got a little reading in.
Later I met up with Lacey, a friend from home. We tend to only see each other in brief, random spurts, but it was great to catch up with her. 
Then Cory & I met our friend, Rachel out for some drinks at a place we had never been before: Ace Gillet’s. LOVED IT. It’s a fancy little jazz club hidden underneath a boutique hotel on College called The Armstrong Hotel. Their Ruby SOHO martini is to die for, but Cory decides to get this:
What are you gonna do?
Sunday I met another Wichita friend, Jessica & her friend for brunch at Lucille’s. It’s a little cajun place that always has a 45 minute wait. And people actually wait because it’s that good. 
We dined on a chai lattes, beignets, biscuits w/sausage gravy & finally eggs sardou. YUM.
Overall, it was a very nice weekend. After a rough week, it was good to take my mind off of work & remember the important things in life: family, friends, love and faith in God’s plan for each of our lives. And with these kind of views in our everyday surroundings it’s easy to realize that not much else really matters.

Friday Favs

I don’t know about you, but it’s been a really busy week for me. Here are my favorite things about it!
Getting to see Kate again, so soon! 
Our new boss called this meeting a couple of weeks ago & we were more than happy to oblige.

Digging In at Work.

The main reason that it’s been a long week is because I’ve had so much going on at work. We have a lot of new & exciting stuff on our plate in the marketing department & I’m looking forward to growth.

 
The start of softball season!
Cory & I are playing on a co-ed team & he is also playing on a men’s team, which means softball is our life two nights a week for the next 10 weeks (minus a vacation week or two in there).

My Day Designer is in. 

*Nerd Alert*

I’m in the habit of getting my planners mid-year, so when I noticed that my current planner was coming to an end, I knew exactly what I wanted to get. I’ve been coveting this baby for months now & it’s finally arrived. I haven’t had time to sit down & beginning filling it out yet, but I am so excited to do this!

A Beautiful Mess – The App!

All of my photos today have been doctored by this free app, which is similiar to Instagram. It’s owned by these bloggers & has been a hit with the blogging community thus far. Check it out!



Reading List

Reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do & this year I’ve committed to reading at least 20 books (although secretly I’m aspiring to 24 – two a month). I’m also trying to make it through all of the unread books off my shelves, since it seems I have a little habit of buying books in bulk & not reading them. So I’m close to halfway through my reading list and excited to jump into some summer reading in about a month.

If you haven’t already, take a look at some of the books I’ve read so far this year & my (shortened) thoughts on each of them. 

And here’s what I’ll be packing for my Florida vacation/Vegas conference (back to back) in June:
I’ve heard that they are making this book into a movie, with Charlize Theron as the lead character. Speaking of books being made into movies, I’m dying to see The Great Gatsby this week.  
I would love to know what is on your reading list these days. Leave your comments below!