Personal, Travel

Lyon: Journey and Arrival (6/30/12)

Today was eventful. And I say that because for me, it’s been one long 36-hour day. I got on an airplane from Boston à Lyon at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, June 29th. I arrived in Frankfurt, Germany at 5:35 a.m. on Saturday, June 30th. I then arrived (after a grueling layover) in Lyon at 11 a.m. that same day.

Granted, I did sleep for that whole 7-hour flight from Boston to Frankfurt, but it was more of a nap due to incessant baby crying, two snacks and a meal on the plane and constant hot towel offerings. Thank you, Melatonin and Lufthansa.

But the best part of the journey over to France was easily the Krombacher beer we had in the Frankfurt airport.

beer me, bro

Upon arriving a Lyon, we all went to the grocery store, came home and showered or napped and then went out in search of food. We went to a Café only to realize that the French don’t do dinner until around 7-7:30 p.m. so we had to find a random sandwich stand.

As five of us girls sat and ate our sandwiches, we’re pretty sure this old man either said we was going to dump his wife for us, that he wanted us to propose to his girlfriend for him, or that he was going to propose to us and his wife. Then he told us to call him. We understood that gesture.

And now I’m in my room watching The Big Bang Theory and neglecting to do the reading for our class on Monday…I mean tomorrow. Oops.

Au revoir (for now)


I realize this is a little late – but I made a BOMBBBB cooler for my daddy for Father’s Day.

Top: freehand Budweiser emblem replaced with our last name and “King of Dads” instead of “King of Beers” on a white background.

Front side: Jets logo and Boomer Esiason image Mod Podged on to a background of camo duck tape.

Right side: freehand WWE logo on a black background.

Left side: Mod Podged NJ Devils logo (I painted on top of the logo to make it look like it was painted on) on a black background.

Back side: freehand Fathers day quote.

On the corners: Mod Podged baseballs on two corners and Mod Podged Mets jerseys on the others.

You can flip through the pictures yourself:

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I get a lot of my cooler inspiration from The Cooler Connection or on Pinterest. But really, it is highly dependent on what the person you’re making the cooler for likes. I basically thought up all the designs for my dad’s cooler based on what he drinks, what sports he likes and just generally things that relate to him. I wouldn’t put camo on his cooler if he wasn’t in the Army and I wouldn’t put a Budweiser logo on his cooler if he preferred Miller. If only I could somehow add an Irish car bomb to the cooler…Maybe I’ll put the necessary ingredients inside…

As for cooler prep, I sand the entire thing down first and foremost. I’m not entirely sure if it helps, but I do it anyway. Then I prime it with Krylon Fusion for Plastic. This is a paint and primer in one. Usually I buy the primer in the color I want the background to be. If I don’t have the primer in my preferred background color, then I just prime it in any color and use acrylic paint to cover it up. I do a million random coats of Mod Podge over my paint, usually after adding a layer or something. Then I seal it with Minwax Polycrylic.

I did a cooler for my boyfriend about two months ago with these steps and it made it through their Mountain Weekend and hasn’t chipped at all yet. It’s holding up really well and I’m super proud of it. Therefore I am doing the same steps for dad. And though he’ll use his little mini cooler more than Dez uses his humongous one, I’ll keep you posted on if it chips or anything.

Cooler, DIY/Crafts

Cooler for Dad’s Day

Call Me Maybe Monday

Call me Maybe Monday: Katherine Heigl

As part of a new, weekly series called “Call Me Maybe Mondays” I’ll be featuring a person who I wish would call me. This week I have chosen Katherine Heigl.

I am 100% obsessed with this woman. She can literally do no wrong. I watched One for the Money yesterday with Dez and got a girl boner from her Jersey accent and the scene where Joe Morelli handcuffs her to her shower rod naked. Sorry I’m not sorry.

One for the Money

Ever since her Roswell days, I have just had this wonderful girl crush on her. Also – she loves dogs. Heigl has worked with Best Friends Animal Society on several projects including their Pup My Ride program. The program transports small dogs from high-kill animal shelters to other parts of the US where there is a greater demand for such dogs. Heigl and her mother, Nancy, started Heigl’s Hounds of Hope which operates as part of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. The Foundation was created in honor of Katherine’s brother, who was killed in a car accident. Heigl’s Hounds of Hope rescues larger dogs with behavior problems from shelters with a high kill rate and rehabilitates them through training and other adjustments to make them suitable for re-homing.

She also is living my dream of owning at least six dogs. She’s genuinely a good person, a phenomenal actress and a loving mom and wife. Can I please be her now?

Personal, Travel

It’s rage tank season!

For anyone that says they “hate country” –  you have probably never listened to it. I was one of those assholes until I was introduced to some of the wonderful Bigger Picture artists: mainly Zac Brown Band and Craig Campbell. But then I broadened my horizons with some Luke and Jason and my life has since been changed.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the Fourth of July is my absolute favorite holiday ever. Which is actually pretty convenient given my new country music obsession.

What is there not to love about July Fourth? American pride, red, white, blue, country, BBQ and minimal clothing. Sounds like the perfect summer day to me.

I’m actually a firm believer that every day should be lived like it’s the Fourth. That’s why I’m sharing this Blackout Sing-a-Long play list with you. You deserve it.

Download every single one of these songs and then once those run out, go on FratMusic and listen to any Summer station and continue the rage fest.

Shotgun a Bud Light, take a shot of Jack Daniels and sip on some spiked sweet tea. That’s how summer should be lived. Even if I’ll be in Europe for the Fourth – I will be celebrating on the inside and I’ll be damned if I don’t drink some American beer and whiskey on July Fourth, even if it’ll only be the second day of classes.

However, I’d like to also add all Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean songs to this list. Just because I love them.

I’m not sure if the French will be able to handle my cowboy boots – but I’ll be bringing them across the pond and rocking the shit out of them along with my rage take. Is that acceptable? I give zero fucks.

Land of the free, home of the RAGE

Speaking of rage gear…a tank, sick play list and cowboy boots are not all you need for a successful backyard Fucked-Up-Fourth. Koozies are also necessary. They need to be awesome. Boyfriend and I chose these:

Choice koozies for CMA Fest

Try to tell me that my Sorority Formal Koozie combined with his “B2B WW Champs” Koozie isn’t the greatest combination ever.

In conclusion, I will be raging and celebrating this country’s birth in the land of the surrender. With all of my gear present.


5 Reasons to Snooze Your Alarm

I know most people would have a post more like “5 Reasons to Not Snooze Your Alarm” but I am a firm believer that waking up before 7 a.m. is simply cruel and unusual. I realize that I should wake up and exercise or make myself breakfast or do something productive, but laziness is sometimes OK.

Here’s why:

  1. That extra ten minutes between your alarm and your post-snooze alarm will literally make you the happiest person on Earth…for ten minutes

  2. It’s a great time to meditate. I like to practice my mindfulness meditation during snooze time.

  3. You can plan your outfit in your head instead of making a mess in your room from getting dressed and undressed six times.

  4. It gives your roommate who needs the bathroom as well a ten minute grace period to have it all to herself

  5. Then you need your morning coffee that much less!

Today I snoozed my alarm three times. I didn’t even need a coffee but it was already brewing by the time I was out of bed. While I was a little drowsy at the start of my day – the extra sleep made a difference I think. It puts me in a slightly better mood and makes my morning commute just a little more bearable. Which is especially important when three outbound trains pass you before one going inbound rolls along.