All Good Things Must Come to an End

It’s my last day as a 20 something!!!!

When I started this blog, I was sure that it would make me famous by the time I was 30.  I wasn’t going to have to work anymore, I would be free to run around doing whatever I wanted with my friends, and life would be magnificent!  I haven’t become famous, but life is still pretty magnificent!!  I don’t know how you’re supposed to properly say goodbye to your 20’s and hello to being 30……but I thought I would do it in pictures.

There have been more memories than I can share, and some trials and tribulations, but I wouldn’t have traded the last decade for anything….and I’d probably be willing to trade quite a lot to do it all over again.  Not that I want to do it differently…….I just want to do it again!!  The chance to party like there’s no tomorrow every weekend and not have to suffer through hangovers that last a week is something that should not be taken lightly kids….heed my warnings!

Anyway….I give you a journey through my 20’s with some of my favorite photos and memories from a decade of shenanigans, friends, love, and loss.

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Halloween as a 20 year old!

 

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When you’re finally old enough to buy your first pitcher of cheap beer…21!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Could be 21 or 22……its impossible to know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 and a college graduate!

 

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23….shortly before I left West River for the East side.

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Hockey with Dad shortly after his cancer diagnosis…..24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Family cruise to Europe….still 24!

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Last Father’s Day, June 2013 age 25

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Meeting rock stars with the BFB at 26

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Went underground in 2014…..

 

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Bought a house September of 2014…..26 was a big year apparently!

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New Year’s weekend 2015….starting 27 off right!

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28 and sassier….also apparently indecisive about my hair….see below!

29 and fantastic!

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Started from the bottom…..

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….now we here!

 

A New Year with the Bear Cubs

Well here we are kids, the first blog of the new year!  I feel like I should have some sort of deep, philosophical wisdom to impart, but I don’t really.  I’m not usually one for setting resolutions  Personally I think they just lead to disappointment.  So, this is my new mantra….

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I did spend an awesome New Year’s weekend out in the hills with most of my favorite girls.  I stayed out in a cabin with my Chem Smarty Pants and The Boys…..and the bear cubs……fucking bear cubs ruining our groove!  I know that you’re probably thinking to yourself, “I love bear cubs!  They are adorable, and I just want to squeeze them!”  I have those same feelings about actual bear cubs.  These however, were not regular, cute bear cubs.  These were annoying, basement room stealing, underage so no you may not come to the bars with us, semi weird, and demanding bear cubs.

The saga begins with The Cubs and The Boys car pooling to the Hills from Nebraska.  Now, unbeknownst to everyone else, the Bear Cubs had to go back to Nebraska a day early…..they knew…..AND JUST DIDN’T TELL ANYONE!  So there we all are, having a grand time, and it had to get cut short because of the cubs. To add extra annoyance to the situation, the cubs didn’t help us clean up at all.  They basically cleaned up their little basement cave, came upstairs, sat on the couch, and watched everyone else work.    This cause Lil B and I to have to run a reconnaissance mission for half a pan of lasagna and some snacks because our group lunch trip to Lewie’s threw off their cleaning groove.  Youths…..I’m telling ya!

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These sassy cubs at least fake taking out the garbage!

However, we all still had an amazeballs time and the bear cubs aren’t gonna ruin that.  I got to go to dinner with my Lil B and her family Saturday night, and I attempted to teach her littlest to play tic tac toe……it went…..decently haha.  Saturday night I spent in Rapid with my Sexy Russian and her fiancee, so the weekend was a success.  Actually, it was one of the more successful trips I’ve had out there in a long time.

The other plus side of being in the Hills was that I didn’t see anyone I didn’t want to see and I ate Lewie’s twice….so gym time fun time for me in the new year!

My old phone was mostly on the fritz the whole time I was there, so I didn’t get that many pictures taken.  I did have a new phone waiting for my at Momma’s, but the case hadn’t arrived and I didn’t wanna chance dropping a brand new phone during our shenanigans.

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When you’re tall and Paul cuts off your head…..still better than the first picture of just our boobs……boys!

When you’re being tipsy and mysterious behind your phones…..it’s like modern societies version of the fan.  I know I know….I was keeping it super classy with the PBR, but you’ll also notice that we had lots of water glasses.  With age comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes hangover avoidance strategies!

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Ahh the Social Club, always a solid choice!

We have no pictures of the boys, and no pictures of the dancing that took place downstairs.  Just as well honestly, cuz it was sorta a hot, sweaty, crowded mess.

We finally caught a cab back to the cabin around 3, and then proceeded to make pizza, drink champagne, and dance around the kitchen until about 5am!!!  Our New Year’s Eve was really one of those nights that makes you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation!!

 

 

 

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Birthmas!

I’m spending a lazy Sunday on the couch with my Lil Nugget drinking bloody marys with homemade dilly beans.  Yummm-o!  It’s been a busy week, but one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time!

IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY WEEK!!!!!!

I turned the big TWO-EIGHT on Wednesday.  I did some of my traditional birthday activities…

  • Work a half day
  • Skip my planned noon workout for lunch
  • Annual manicure
  • Nap
  • Nachos, apple guinnesses, and free dessert at McNally’s with Bestie and the Hubby in Law!
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My Sexy Russian wanted me to write about my mani…….its Plum Raven by Gelish with loose and chunky glitter with matte top coat.  Yay bloody mary!!!

I also got several bouquets of flowers so my house and office are full of blooms!

I may have also ordered myself some new birthday makeup.  May I present the new, limited edition Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette!

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This gives me life!! Much lighter than my Naked 2 for more subtle smokey eyes! #magicsinthemakeup

The birthday celebrations continued on Friday.  Momma came to town to take me to lunch, and Bestie took me out for an epic sushi dinner!  It was also a big week for her, she finished her medical lab science program at the hospital….congrats on being done Bestie!!!!  It was a good week, and I’m feeling very grateful and loved.

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Plum wine, white and fatty tuna, rolls, and a not pictured soft shell crab….EPIC!

Along with my birthday comes Christmas decorating!  Christmas was always been a major decorating event growing up.  I’m quite sure that Momma has a garland for almost every window, door, and mantle.  I don’t have quite that collection yet, but after two years, I think the living room decorations are really coming together.  I don’t really decorate the upstairs or my bedroom…..just the main room of the house.

While this is normally the highlight of my year, I’m still in a bit of a funk about it because Menards no longer stocks my favorite garlands.  So, if any of you out there have Menards connections….tell them I want my garland back!  Never the less, I soldiered on and made the house festive for the holidays.  Now that it’s all done, I never want to undecorate.  Why is that houses always feel much homier when they are decorated for Christmas?!  The general theme for my house is simple and traditional looking, with a sprinkling of snooty deer…..because if I were a deer I would be snooty!

Much thanks to my Momma for helping me redo my outdoor decor on a snowy Friday.  Also for helping me scrape ancient wax off some skis I collected from my Grandpa’s basement.

 

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Skis and a matching tear drop for the exterior!

 

 

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Snooty and jumping!

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So snooty!  A birthday present from last year, and I love him!!

That’s pretty much it for the decorations.  There is a small pot on my back patio and a string of lights with lace and tulle in my bedroom window, but they aren’t super exciting and it’s too dark to get good pictures of them now.

 

In other news, last week, on Thanksgiving morning, we had a death.  Captain Jack, my beta, had a good run but the rum got the best of him and he went down to Davy Jone’s locker.  After my sushi date with Bestie on Friday, we ran to Petsmart and got a new fish.  I’m please to introduce…..Black Pearl!  Yes, he lives in a Crystal Head vodka bottle in my secretary.  Welcome to the crazy little buddy!

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