Gobble! Gobble!

I hope I don’t ruin the turkey.

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This is a crazy, leap, kind of year where the people in my family who usually cook Thanksgiving, i.e. cook the turkey, are both working. Our family tradition is to have a Thanksgiving lunch and dinner. We basically eat all day. We ran the risk of not having Thanksgiving lunch this year due to both my sisters working. No one else was available to be the chef. Except me and my husband.  Soooooo, I’m going to step up to the plate and take a swing at roasting my FIRST turkey.

I’ve been really spoiled. Up until a few days ago, I knew I didn’t have to do much on Thanksgiving except eat and not wear pants all day long. I have watched non-stop Food Network Thanksgiving shows that have turkeys being cooked in a myriad of ways. As I watched these shows, all I could think of was, “Wow, that turkey looks soooo good! I wish I could do that.” Followed by a “Hmm. But then I’d have to actually cook a turkey. It looks way too fussy. If I miss one step will my turkey be dry? These Food Network chefs can cook a turkey in their sleep while wearing roller skates in the kitchen.”

There’s no going back now.

I would love to try cooking my turkey in fun experiments like cooking the turkey upside down for the first hour, but what happens if I can’t get it to turn back over?? How the hell do I “flip” a turkey? Turkeys are way bigger than any chicken breast I’ve ever roasted, and even those can be tricky when using tongs!

No worries, though. I have a plan. I’m going to go with the traditional way of roasting and not get too fancy. You know the acronym, K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid. lol.

I’m going to roast my turkey tomorrow afternoon when I get done interning. I figure by cooking it a day ahead will come in handy IF I fuck it up! Oh, and we do not one, but TWO turkeys for Thanksgiving lunch. So, I will be doing the 10 lb turkey and my husband will do the 20 lb. turkey on Thanksgiving. Yep, that’s correct. 30 lbs of turkey!

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, what are some of your traditions for the holiday? I’d love to know!

Also, have you ever roasted a turkey before?? If so, you’re awesome!

I hope your day was amazing and here’s to Thanksgiving Eve! Gobble! Gobble!

<3 always,

christina

Sagittarius Pride with Lilly

It’s my favorite time of the year!

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My birthday (December 4th) is literally just around the corner AND it’s starting to feel like Christmas despite stores having Christmas stuff out on Halloween. One of the houses down the street already had their Christmas lights up and on BEFORE Halloween. I, like many other people, refuse to celebrate the holidays until Thanksgiving week and after Thanksgiving is over.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed reading about my horoscope growing up and always believed that the universe had something special for me. I feel that the time that I was born, the day, and whether or not a moon was in retrograde has had a big influence on my life. When I was lusting after some very pink and preppy stuff on Lilly Pulitzer’s, I found this adorable horoscope print on their blog that I saved and just knew I had to share it once the time came around. And so it has!

Shoutout to all my Sagittarians out there!! And if you already celebrated your birthday, happy birthday!!

Sagittarian details:

Element: Fire

Symbol: The Archer

Planetary Ruler: Jupiter

Personality: Nature-loving, curious & fearless

Lucky Day: Thursday

Lucky Numbers: 3, 12, 21, 30

Famous Sagittarius: Taylor Swift, Beethoven, Britney Spears, Walt Disney & Brad Pitt

Aw, Taylor Swift is a Sagittarian!? Nice!

Do you agree with this description? I know it’s from 2013 but it’s still really cute! Also, I’m not wearing any Lilly right now, but I’m wearing pink and that’s the Lilly spirit, right?! I think so!

I hope you are having a fabulous start to your week!

Do you love your birthday or do you hate it? I know some people don’t make big deals about their day and that’s fine, it just gives me another opportunity to celebrate on your behalf! <3

<3 always,

christina

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Update to Last Night’s Anxiety Post: Movie was great!

Hi, everyone! <3

If you read my post from yesterday, you would know that I was having a major anxiety attack due to having a movie date night with my friend. It’s not because of my friend that I was anxious, it was knowing that I was going to the movies on a Saturday night, i.e. busy and packed.

To those who don’t experience any type of anxiety disorders, a girl night that consisted of a movie and dinner date with an amazing friend sounds perfectly the norm and really fun. But, if you have any issues with anxiety such as social anxiety, claustrophobia, etc. being in a confined space filled with a bunch of strangers is really fucking scary.

And anxiety isn’t “just all in your head.” It’s also physically upsetting

My body was shaky, my shoulders were tense, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. This was even after I worked out on the elliptical machine for 20 minutes! I tried deep breathing and focus my mind on something else, however, the memory of the last time I went to the movies on a Saturday night kept interrupting my zen.

Instead of just canceling on my friend, I told her exactly how I was feeling, unsure about how she’d react. I unfortunately have had close friends become really upset and mad at me for breaking plans with them in the past. Would my friend understand? Or will she be mad at me? I bet she’s going to think I’m crazy or weird.

“It’s okay, babe. Let’s go to dinner later and head to the movies first. How about 5pm?” she offered.

My tense shoulders released just a bit. I think I could do 5pm. Not too early and not too late. I’m not doing what I’ve done in the past and completely nix the plans. I’m still going to the movies on a Saturday night and this was my stepping stone to going at 6pm next time, and 7pm another time, and finally on an opening night, sitting right in the middle of a crowded theater.

baby steps.

Building strength and beating this fear and anxiousness.

I know the fear will never go away unless I face it. I must do it and for the first time in a while I felt like I can.  I did see it, by the way! A little mind power, courage, and encouragement helped.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt facing your fears when you have a beautiful bestie/neighbor to be right there next to you! <3

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In case you were wondering, the movie was GREAT!! I’m glad I didn’t miss seeing it last night.

Thank you to all who left me sweet and encouraging comments from my post last night. You’re the best!!

I hope you are having a Sunday that is 100% a Funday.

<3 always,

christina

Cupcakes & Painting

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New photos from my paint nite. Please check them out! =) I want to go painting again!

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Have you heard of these painting classes where you can paint, drink, eat, and have a private party? There’s a place called Painting with a Twist that has locations all over the Tampa Bay area. I’ve never been but have always wanted to go! When my beautiful neighbor and friend, Valerie, decided to celebrate her birthday with a private party there, I knew I had to go!

I went to my friend’s painting birthday party last night and it was so so so much fun. I took my sister with me and drove across town to get our painting on. It’s in this cute strip mall in the Palma Ceia area (the richy, fancy area!) and as soon as we got there, we picked smocks, took our canvases, and found a stool with an easel. The studio’s wall is covered in paintings that they offer classes for, and I think…

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It’s Totally Me, Not You

You know that saying people use to break up with someone, you know, the classic line “It’s not you, it’s me.”

This line is told with puppy dog sad eyes to their soon to be ex in hopes that it will soften the blow that they no longer want to be with you anymore. Luckily, I don’t think I’ve used this line or been given it in my love relationships, but I have had a number of friends who have used this infamous line.

In my world, the saying, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Is seriously the truest saying, especially when I’m feeling very anxious about an event or date night coming up.

Case in point, my sweet neighbor Valerie, who I love and am so lucky to have her want to hang out with me…little ol’ anxious me. Plans are to see a movie tonight at either 8pm or 9:15pm. Then have dinner. It’s the cutest girl date I could ask for. The problem is, the last time I went to a Saturday night movie showing, it was a completely packed theater and I couldn’t stand it any longer that I walked out just as the previews came on. Luckily, we were refunded tickets but what felt the most pain was me and the worrisome look on my husband’s face. I hated that look. It made me feel worse about my problem.

“What’s wrong with me? Will I never be able to see a movie with my husband or family/friends again? I certainly don’t want to have a panic attack in front of them. I don’t want them to be mad at me for ruining their movie night.” I always thoughts.

I clearly remember feeling defeat that night as I cried standing beside our car. I didn’t know what to do. This was 4 years ago.

Flash forward to today and I’ve seen movies successfully with my husband and with others. No panic attacks but still feel hesitant at first. It has worked well since we will see a movie during the day, like the first showing on a Monday or an early showing on Saturday. I even sat at the very top of the movie theater. Yes, the thought of me having to leave and use the bathroom or something ran across my mind, and picturing the worst that could happen like I would fall and trip loudly during a monologue or something. Luckily, that hasn’t happened. The more I went, the less scary going to the movies was for me and I was able to enjoy seeing new movies.

I still need to work on improving myself, though. I usually go early like I said, and my seat in the theater is usually down below and basically an aisle seat…easy to escape. I plan on working on sitting in the middle row, right in the center, and stay there the entire movie, with like 10 people on each side of me. If I were to get up, I’d have to say, “excuse me.” to at least 10 strangers, coming and going. Eventually, I will do this on a busy Saturday night. Then once I conquer that, I do that but on an opening night of a popular movie. Eeeeek. Getting a little flustered just thinking about that.

Valerie is on her way over now and we’ll see how this goes. Maybe we’ll skip the movie and just go to dinner. Maybe we’ll do both. I know what’s healthy is to do both, face my fear and conquer it. But sometimes I just have to psych myself up for it.

So, I put on my favorite lipstick, comfy jeans, and my refillable $3 popcorn bucket and hope and pray the 5pm showing isn’t terrible.Take that anxiety! I’ll be sure to update later to let you know if I actually faced it or not.

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Are there places that you are fearful to go to or places you avoid on purpose? I’d love to know and know I’m not the only one. Just know that when being a friend to someone with any type of social anxiety disorder, plans can get canceled at the last-minute. Please don’t hate us, please understand that it’s not because we want to mess up your plans, string you along, or cause you any issues…it’s simply something that we deal with and (hopefully) most of us are working on conquering.

Do you or any friends or family members suffer from anxiety disorders? I’d love to know. I hope you are having a nice and fun Saturday so far! <3<3

Thanks for always reading!

<3 always,

christina

Chocolate at 8AM? Yes, that’s fine.

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Good morning, loves!

I must admit that being a semi-adult is hard work. I suspect that I’m not even to the center part of being an adult, ya know, the gooey-chocolatey center that which makes a person an adult. (Somehow I believe people have mushy, chocolatey centers…it’s 8AM and it’s like, 40 degrees out so let’s go with that!)

I am blogging this right before I head off to work/internship. Everything is going smoothly after a few hiccups. I know this experience will make getting my Master’s degree THAT MUCH SWEETER knowing that I worked really hard for it. Through tears, quitting, coming back, quitting, wanting to give up, awkward emailing to come back, and all that fun stuff, I’m still here!! Yes! It feels good. Sometimes you really need to breakdown to bring back all your (chocolatey?) pieces back together.

Here’s to a happy Hump Day and know that you can make life what YOU want it to be. <3

be you the world will adjust

<3 always,

christina

Lifebeinggirly has been taken over by me, her cat Berkeley

vberuvidwn…..wait. Sorry. My paws need to get used to typing coherent messages. I must remember to headbutt Christina next time I see her so that I can thank her for not getting me declawed. Such a barbaric thing to do to a cat. One day clawless kitties will join and rule the world. Until then, I wanted to introduce myself since my cat, Christina, who spends her time on this keyboard all day and night. What the hell is so great on here? Oh, wait. I see. Lots of friends on here and photos of herself. I see now. As I said, my name is Berkeley, and I am a female Tabby cat who lives with Christina and her man. I’m writing this before I go take my 6 hour nap, and I’m actually getting very sleepy so I’ll make this quick. I love my cat, Christina very much and I’m happy she has you guys to keep her happy while I’m asleep all day. This makes me happy knowing she isn’t bored and she’ll be so tired from typing all day, that when I wake up from my nap she’ll be laying down….perfect position for me to give her a massage and tell her what I dreamed about. Oh shoot, I’m starting to close my eyes and my instincts tell me I should go to the top of the couch and leave this warm keyboard. I think I shall do that. Here’s a picture of me just in case you were wondering. I think I look like Christina in a certain light. I’ll be certain to get my paws on this keyboard again and say, Hello. Till then, goodnight till 5pm when it’s time for dinner.

Berkeley

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Cupcakes & Painting

me as Bob Ross

Have you heard of these painting classes where you can paint, drink, eat, and have a private party? There’s a place called Painting with a Twist that has locations all over the Tampa Bay area. I’ve never been but have always wanted to go! When my beautiful neighbor and friend, Valerie, decided to celebrate her birthday with a private party there, I knew I had to go!

I went to my friend’s painting birthday party last night and it was so so so much fun. I took my sister with me and drove across town to get our painting on. It’s in this cute strip mall in the Palma Ceia area (the richy, fancy area!) and as soon as we got there, we picked smocks, took our canvases, and found a stool with an easel. The studio’s wall is covered in paintings that they offer classes for, and I think I already counted like, 6, that I would love to come back and paint!

Valerie chose us all to paint a cupcake which is her favorite thing, much like Hello Kitty stuff is my favorite! Which makes me wonder…they should offer a Hello Kitty picture to paint! Anyways, the cupcake was such a cute choice and at the beginning of the class they offered a stencil of the cupcake to use. My daring and more creative sister decided to go sans stencil and draw her own! She’s badass like that.

Here are some photos from the night. I had so much fun and I didn’t even have a glass of wine or beer, so YAY! to sober fun! Haha.

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My cupcake stenciled on and ready to paint!!

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Let’s paint cupcakes while we eating a cupcake! But first, lemme take a selfie.

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My art is finished! What do you think?
My finished masterpiece! What do you think?

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Happy birthday, Val!

our final cupcake painting

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me as Bob Ross

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I am newly obsessed with this fun, creative, and unique way of going out. Have you ever done a painting class before? If so, I’d love to know! What did you paint? I’m already making a list of future paintings I wanna do!

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I hope you’re having a nice start to the week. Unfortunately, I’m a little under the weather but I wanted to get a post in. Here’s to having a sweet week!

<3 always,

christina

Friday Favorites With Pictures!!

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ballerina pink tieks

zara blanket scarf

pom pom hat

never too old

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pusheen the cat

sparkling confetti bath and body works

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pearl bracelet

pink pom pom keychain

Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca); Sichuan Province, China

love origami owl holiday 2014

kate spade pineapple earrings

ab crystal candy

Do this!

Sparkle quote

no pants are the best pants funny quote