Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Bachelorette: Before & After Episode 1

I didn't even realize The Bachelorette had started until a few people I follow on Twitter began live tweeting the first episode. I hadn't even looked up the guys' pics and bios and picked out my favorites yet! From the live tweets, it seems we have a lot of d-bags this season. Those are the most fun to write about, so here goes.

Before I began Episode 1, I read everyone's bios. I'm only interested in five of the 25 guys based on that. Hopefully they won't disappoint. Brooks, Drew, Jonathan, Michael G, & maybe Larry.

Let's find out...

1. I couldn't be the Bachelorette because I hate giving hugs.
2. Hashtag guy.
3. Most of the guys are cuter than their bio pics. (Robert) Some, not. (Michael G)
4. Fantasy suite guy.
5. Shirtless guy.
6. Is James related to Ames?
7. Magic guy.
8. Armor guy.
9. Motorcycle guy.
10. Homemade suit guy.
11. Poem guy.
12. The guy with the kid.
13. The roses.

*Desiree said she loves camping and road trips. Didn't she used to live in a tent/car? Awkward.

The guy with the kid got the first rose. (His name is Ben.) Shirtless guy became pantsless guy. And also got a rose. (I don't know his name.) Other people got roses. I think Larry blew it with Des, but I'll give him a shot. Fantasy suite guy (Jonathan) blew it with me and Des, so we sent him home. 

Eliminated Night 1: Diogo, Jonathan, Larry, Micah, Mike R, Nick R

Still in the running: Ben, Brad, Brandon, Brian, Brooks, Bryden, Chris, Dan, Drew, James, Juan Pablo, Kasey, Michael G, Mikey, Nick M, Robert, Will, Zack K, Zak W

After night 1, who would you take to the fantasy suite?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits

This Tuesday definitely feels like a Monday, but I keep telling myself that it's basically almost Friday -- so I hope that's gonna get me through the week.

Weekend Roundup

+ Friday night, I went to the bar with some friends. I witnessed a "grown" man act like a child, met my favorite Rebel baseball player, and got to catch up with a lot of old friends.

+ Saturday, I laid out by the pool and then laid on the couch and watched two movies. Office Space and Snow White and the Huntsman. Both decent, but I probably wouldn't watch them again.

+ Sunday, I barely moved from the couch. I watched three movies. Hall Pass, Boys Don't Cry, and Prometheus. I had seen Boys Don't Cry when I was younger and remembered bits and pieces. Obviously I didn't really grasp the whole concept of the movie as a child, but now I do. And it's a good one. Hall Pass and Prometheus on the other hand? Hated them.

+ Monday I went to a family cookout (not my family) and was one of 6 adults. There were 10 kids between the ages of 4 and 16. It was an experience, that's for sure. But I had a good time with good people and good food.

Week Forecast

+ I'm hoping my sister will finally finish rereading The Great Gatsby so we can see the movie this week.

+ I have to give a presentation to a group of students about our online meeting tools...on Saturday. I might show up in my swimsuit and coverup.

+ New monthly goals on Saturday!

+ I'll be going to my second ever baby shower this weekend. So ready for baby Luke to get here!

How was your weekend? What do you have planned for the upcoming week?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Back to Reality

Happy Friday, guys! This week has been a major adjustment...getting back to reality after 3 days of watching concerts on the beach. I definitely have a Hangout Hangover. If it was possible, I'd just stay there forever.

I'll be recapping the concerts I saw (emphasizing my five favorites: Macklemore, The Shins, The Wild Feathers, Ra Ra Riot, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on From the Crowd next week. That's the place for music. This is the place for shenanigans. So here are a few highlights from my trip.

I ran into a sliding glass door.

My shoes broke the first day and I had to walk around barefoot.

I got my face painted like this.

I caught the water bottle Macklemore threw into the crowd and held onto it for dear life.

It is now in my office.

It was a great long weekend. And now that I've recovered, it's time for another. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013


I'm taking a break from Jenni's Blog Every Day in May Challenge because today's prompt is...

Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it.

Since I am currently headed to the beach, I have decided not to complain about my lot in life. It just doesn't seem fair. But don't worry -- I'll be back Tuesday.

If you're hanging out...come find me. I'll be posted up at the Boom Boom tent from the moment I arrive until I see Macklemore. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Day in the Life of Faye

6am - 7:30am
Wake up, feed dogs, shower, discover Milo has been bad, love on Mosby, get ready, leave for work.

8:00am - 10:00am
Arrive at work, catch up on things I should have done Monday, work on checking off my to do list (all while adding more things to it).

11:00am - 12:00pm
There will likely be some kind of meeting, usually via Adobe Connect.

1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Lunch break at home with the pups.

3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Check Facebook & read blogs because I'm probably done with work for the day.

Whip up some dinner (usually for one), eat, clean.

7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Alone time with DVR or a book (and the pups).

Bedtime. Because I'm an old lady.

And that is my regular day. Maybe I should have detailed a day that includes happy hour drinks instead. Those are more fun.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Prompt 14: Ten things that make you really happy.

An afternoon snack of sunflower seeds and a Mt. Dew


Emptying my DVR


Clean sheets on a Sunday night


Good laughs with friends (or strangers)


The first time we sing Joy to the World in church at Christmastime


Puppy cuddles


Quiet time alone


Painted nails


Being engrossed in a good book


Checking off the last item of my to-do list

Monday, May 13, 2013

10 Words

Prompt 11: Sell yourself in 10 words or less.

honest / caring / witty / organized / reliable

authentic / logical / intuitive / determined / fun

Friday, May 10, 2013

I don't get embarrassed.

Day 10: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill.

I guess I have some embarrassing moments from my youth. The time I thought I was picked for the Quiet Game and got up in front of the class only to realize I had not actually been picked. The time in middle school that I slipped on the wet grass in my cheer uniform, sans bloomers. The numerous times I dropped my lunch tray in the cafeteria. But those don't really stand out to me as my "most embarrassing moments".

Since my youth, I've done many things that embarrassed my friends. Usually after a few drinks. The time I danced on the poles on the MARTA in Atlanta. The time I got lost because I was following a kitten trying to feed it goldfish crackers. The many times I've fallen down in public places. But those didn't embarrass me...because I didn't remember them the next day.

After much thought, I have decided that I just don't get embarrassed. I've done many a foolish thing, but my skin is just too thick for it to bother me. 

One exception: the first time Chris Lambton called me and I stuttered like a fool. (Read that story here.)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Day 8: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.

Figure out who you are. And be that person.

Change happens. Change can be good. Actually, it should be more of an evolution than a change, really. You are going to evolve over time. You're going to figure out how to be a better you...but you should still be you. Never let anyone change who you are. And don't change yourself to fit your surroundings. If anything, change your surroundings to fit you.

Sometimes, this isn't easy. Sometimes the easier thing to do is to change for the benefit of others. But if you're not're not going to be happy.

"I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not." - my main man, Kurt Cobain.

Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise by The Avett Brothers on Grooveshark

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Day 7: The thing(s) you're most afraid of.

The thing of which I'm most afraid is also where I take refuge from other, even lesser, fears. Stagnancy. 

Comfort. I'm comfortable where I am. I work in a college town. My college town. Thirty minutes from where I grew up. I have a routine. I have a good job. I have good friends. But it's all very stagnant.

I'm scared to move. Scared to look for a new job, to make new friends. Scared to be away from my routines, my traditions. I don't want to miss Thanksgiving with my family and I don't want to leave my friends...and I don't want to miss an Ole Miss football season.

But even more than all that, I'm scared to be stuck. Scared to be here forever, with no room to grow. No new people to meet, no new experiences to discover. No new traditions and new routines. 

I need to stop taking refuge in the one thing that scares me most.

Friday, May 3, 2013


Day 3 prompt: Things that make you uncomfortable.

Fortunately for me, I thrive in awkward situations. So not that many things make me uncomfortable. However, there are a few.

Compliments. I take them well. I say thank you. But then I always feel like you're supposed to respond to a compliment with a compliment. And sometimes that gets awkward. "You look pretty today." So do you, sir. What? I also sometimes respond with "you too" when people tell me Happy Birthday.

Opening gifts. I don't show emotions. So I get uber uncomfortable when opening gifts in front of people. If I love it or if I hate it, my face will look the same. I don't want you to think I hate it, even if I do hate I just try to avoid the situation altogether. 

PDA. Not only do I not like to participate in PDA, if I'm with friends and they are publicly displaying their affection, I get very uncomfortable. Am I supposed to walk away and give them their not so private privacy? Do I just stare at the ground and twiddle my thumbs until they're finished? Uncomfortable.

Leftovers. They just make me very uncomfortable.

What makes you uncomfortable?

"Uncomfortable" word count: 8 

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Day 2 Prompt: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic).

Today's prompt threw me for a loop. Am I an expert on anything? I'm good at my job, but I'm no expert. I'm definitely not a relationship expert. I love music, but as I've admitted, I really know nothing about it. Now, I am an expert on all things Kurt Cobain. But I could go on and on and on about him, and I just don't have time for that. 

So I'll just focus on what I was an expert on today.

How to be hungover all day without letting your superiors know.

1. Wear glasses. This is the most important thing, because no matter how good you may feel, your eyes will give you away. If you don't wear contacts or glasses and your job doesn't permit you to wear sunglasses all day...get some faux lenses and put them on. Your bloodshot eyes aren't as noticeable through the lenses.

2. Dress comfortably. Today, I was to dress "business casual". I wore a cotton shift dress. Not exactly what I would call business casual, but I dressed it up with jewelry and cute shoes. You gotta make it work.

3. Drink lots of water. Or you will die.

And that's how I made it through today! What are you teaching us?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


April was actually quite successful! I read The Great Gatsby on the plane home from my Dallas trip. I also started reading Winesburg, Ohio which was assigned to me in a college English course and somehow I never even opened it. I did very well about not eating meat. I ate a hamburger early in the month on accident (I seriously forgot), had a small piece of steak because my friends were grilling and I couldn't turn it down, and I ate one serving of lasagna because it's my favorite food. I still consider that a win. I also succeeded in the no soda goal. I don't even miss it. Now, the 30 Day Shred. Oh, Jillian. I completed the Shred on April 1 and then I didn't do it again. But, I did succeed in my weight loss goal, as I lost 3 pounds. That's 5 so far this year.

1. No credit spending 

2. Post once a week on FTC

3. Get up early

4. Work out 3x week (including 1 outdoor activity)

5. Lose 3 pounds

Bonus! Blog every day in May challenge

May would be a hard month for me to cut out spending altogether. (I plan to do that one month soon, though.) However, I vow to not spend ANY on credit.

I finally started the music blog I had been dreaming about...and then only posted once. My initial goal was to post every Monday. That will happen during May. The Strokes' Comedown Machine album review and a Mikky Ekko artist review will be included.

I leave my house for work at 7:50 every morning. But sometimes, I don't get out of bed until 7:30. I usually begin my workday with wet hair and no makeup. Even though I have my own office and am the first to arrive, I want to actually wake up and get ready before I leave the house. Maybe I'll even eat breakfast. Since I have to be at work at 7:30 every day in May...this one is going to be tough.

I don't know about the 30 Day Shred, but I will try my hardest to work out at least three times a week. And most importantly, one of those 3 routines will be held outdoors. Whether I'm walking the dog, playing tennis, doing yoga in the park, or walking from stage to stage in the sand at the Hangout Fest...I need to get outdoors.

Three pounds. I can do it.

Jenni from Story of My Life posted this blogging challenge (along with prompts!) and I am so excited to join in. Starting now.

Do you still remember what your 2013 goals were? How are they holding up?

Story of My Life in One Paragraph

My dad was from New York, my mom from Texas. I was born in Michigan and raised in Mississippi. (All of those will be apparent when I finally get around to posting that accent vlog.) My father passed away when I was young, so my older sister and I were raised in a single parent household. This, along with other things, caused me to "grow up" at a young age. I wouldn't have it any other way. Because of what I've been through, I am who I am. And that is a strong, independent, caring, and honest young woman. My first love in life was music, even though I don't play an instrument or sing. It always got me through the hard times. I'm still waiting to find the other love of my life. However, I am in no rush because I have the best family, friends, and dog child around. (But, I mean...if you know someone...) I work at the University where I went to college. I am active in the community in that I support my local bartenders. I know how to have a good time and I know how to give good advice. My friends love and hate me for both of those. The beginning chapters of this, the story of my life, have been hard, fun, and telling. I can only imagine what the next chapters will bring.