Monthly Archives: September 2010

YAY for Involvement!


As you all know, I found a few organizations I wanted to become actively involved with in Little Rock, in order to give back to the community and meet other people with similar interests. Well, I am happy to report that I am officially – as of 1 p.m. today – a volunteer with the Mid-South chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation! And not only am I a member, but also part of CREW, an organization specifically for young professionals passionate about nonprofit work. But wait…there’s more! Yes, being in the YoPro group wasn’t good enough for me – I’m also the co-chair of the networking committee! YAY!!! Needless to say, I am SUPER excited about reuniting with MAW after I intered and volunteered with the Central and South Texas chapter while at UT.

Also, my Junior Achievement training is tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.! I’m going to learn what to say and how to interact with the kids in my class – a 1st grade class in an economically underserved inner city elementary here in Little Rock. I’ve already been in touch with the class’ teacher, and she is very excited about having me come in and teach her students for one hour every Monday. When do I start, you ask? MONDAY! Clearly I waste no time :)

Chad and I are even making progress in the church involvement area of our lives. We are still attending Immanuel Baptist Church and have gone to one Sunday adult Bible study class. We’re still trying to find the right class for us, and we are having dinner tonight with two couples from church – it should be fun!

Now if only that Little Rock chapter of Texas Exes would become active…

Texas/OU Weekend


Well, the most magical weekend of the year has finally arrived – Texas/OU Weekend. Like any burnt orange-blooded American, I love Texas/OU Weekend and look forward to it every year (yes, even if I think we’re going to lose – like I do this year).

As you know, the Texas/OU rivalry gets taken to another level when you are madly in love with someone from the enemy school. I think it’s pretty obvious how Chad and I feel about each other, but there are standing rules about Texas/OU Weekend that keep this love – and each person – alive. We are both VERY passionate about our schools, and without the rules below, we just might kill each other.

1. Don’t talk after kickoff. It’s true, we literally DO NOT TALK (or text, email, whatever the kids are doing these days) from kickoff until church the next day. Why? Well, obviously SOMEONE is angry at the end of the game, and it would be best for the other person just to give them space and time to deal with their emotions.

2. Winner buys treats. Last year, Chad and I attended the game in Dallas, and after TEXAS BEAT OU (:D), I bought him a deep fried Snickers. He felt better after that, but not as good as I did :) This year, I’m probably going to need a glass of wine. (Are you reading this, babe?)

3. Support each other’s teams on other weekends. Many people have asked us “So, do you hate each other every Saturday during football season?” In a word: No! We (outwardly) cheer for each other’s teams and are happy when we do well. Now,  are secretly (inwardly) PUMPED when the other person’s team loses? Well, it wouldn’t be a secret if I told you now would it? (YES! But silently and in private hahahaha)

So those are our Texas/OU Weekend survival tips – what do you think? Also, note that this year the game kicks off at 2:30 (LAME), so Chad will only get to watch the first half before he has to go to work. I, on the other hand, will be watching the game in Dallas with my good friend Andrew and anyone else who wants to join – let me know if you’re going to be in town!

Cheryl’s World


My friend and former colleague, Cheryl (who also met her man online, just a few days before I met Chad), blogged about how the world would be different if she were in charge. I must say, I’m 100% down with Cheryl’s World and would move there in a heartbeat if I could!

Cheryl’s rules include basic tenants of chivalry, common sense, practicality, etc. – you can see them all here. Here are a few more rules I would add to Cheryl’s World – you know, if the ruler would allow it :)

1. Student loan debt is erased if you graduate with a 3.25 GPA or better. I am really not looking forward to paying back the $60,000 I owe UT for the REST OF MY LIFE, and I feel that my 4.0 and ongoing contributions to society, the workforce and the economy are a more impactful way to pay back the cosmos.

2. Mandatory volunteer work/service projects. The old adage is true – 20% of the people do 80% of the work. There are so many people in need today, and the majority of the world is completely okay with ignoring others and going about their daily lives. Did you know that if we all donated $10 there would be no hunger? If one person from every church in the world adopted a child, there would be no orphanages? Just think about how a few little things could add up to help society.

3. Everyone would get at least one month of vacation per year. There’s not a lot of work/life balance in the world today, and sometimes you just need to get away. Two weeks (10 days) of vacation is typically used for the holiday season and a summer trip – but what about the other 10 months out of the year? Happy workers produce better results, and I don’t think people would argue with my increased vacation schedule :)

What about you? What rules would you instate in your ideal world?

A Letter to Men


Dear Men,

When you are waiting to get on an elevator, it is proper etiquette to let the woman board the elevator first. Also, she should exit the elevator first if you are getting off on the same floor.

I thought this was common knowledge, but apparently it is not – that’s what I get for assuming. Men – TAKE NOTE.



Weeknight Date Night


Last night was amazing! Chad and I went on our first weeknight date (ever) to Capers and enjoyed a 1/2 off bottle of wine and some wonderful conversation over a few hours last night :) We were the only people on the patio, so we got to enjoy the beautiful weather under a beautiful magnoial tree – it was a little slice of heaven :)

After saying our goodbyes in the parking lot, we headed our separate ways home. I stopped to check the mail, and when I went to put the key in the door, it flew open with Chad standing on the other side! Apparently, he decided we were having too much fun for it to end so soon :) Plus, hanging out with me is a lot more fun than doing laundry!

Take THAT, “Mountain!”


Believe it or not, I have worked out THREE DAYS IN A ROW! I know, you’re probably not impressed because you do this all the time, but I’m one of those people who is highly motivated only by awesome classes and gym friends (shout out to Rachael Guia for being my 24 BFF!) – so I’ve found it hard to be motivated without those options here.

After running 2.5 miles and biking 10 miles on Monday and doing the elliptical for an hour on Tuesday, I decided to venture on my first solo trek up Pinnacle Mountain tonight. Chad and I did this once before (together), but I’ve never done it alone – until tonight. I finished the whole thing in 45 minutes (20 minutes up, 10 minute break, 15 minutes down) and my legs feel like jello now :) (Note: Pinnacle is just over 1,000 feet above sea level – hence why I called it a “mountain”)

Let’s see what tomorrow holds! As for now, it’s time to shower and get ready for Modern Family with my man – YESSSS!!!



People, today was a monumental day at the office. I was busy from start to finish and am HEAVILY involved in the planning and execution of a very important company-wide vision rollout, etc. A 30 minute conference call turned into 4+ hours, but the result was EXCELLENT and people are already recognizing the hard work I put into everything and the high standard I hold myself to.

I am SO excited about what is to come and look forward to LOTS of professional growth in a number of areas. In a related note, my boss and one of my coworkers are out of the office this week, so they’ve been leaning on me heavily to make sure no balls drop (even though it’s my 2nd full week). Things have gone on seamlessly and everyone seems to be pleased – I really couldn’t ask for more!

For those of you who listened to me cry or be nervous during the first two weeks at the job, thank you. I am glad I have such great friends that can be there for me even when I’m freaking out (even if it’s over nothing) and who love me nonetheless :) I’m not saying the freaking out is going to stop, but just know that I don’t take your lending an ear for granted! I love you all!

Family Visit


Hello friends! Sorry for the delayed post, but I’ve been busy at work – YAY!!! This is a good thing and one that I hope continues :)

As you know, my family came to Little Rock for the first time this past weekend. Mom, Kourtney and Payton got in around 1:30 on Friday, and while I was still at work Chad took them to get burgers, fries and milkshakes – clearly he knows the way to their hearts :) Like the true gentleman that he is, Chad bought their meal and brought them back to my place for some relaxation and funny conversation until I arrived at 3:30. Everyone was in good spirits when I arrived, further proof that Chad is a champion and that everyone (my family included) loves him!

Later that night, after we hung out at the house for a while, we headed to Bravo for a buffet of appetizers and adult beverages. I’m not sure that I’ve ever gone out for cocktails with my own mother before, but it was a great time! We sat outdoors and enjoyed the warm (but not too warm) Arkansas night. We were there for several hours before we finally ventured home and off to bed.

Saturday we woke up early and went to the Little Rock Zoo. Yes, I’ve already been there with Chad, but you try telling a 3-year-old who’s hell-bent on seeing giraffes that you’d rather do something else – NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. But we had a nice time at the zoo :) After a failed attempt to peruse the River Market (it was WAY too hot and Payton was WAY too tired for outdoor shopping), we went home until it was time for the VIP treatment.

By “VIP treatment” I mean Chad had to go to work, so on his dinner break he graciously offered to show the family around the TV station. They’d never been inside a TV station before, so it was really cool and exciting for them (and it still is for me, I must admit). We took a few fun pictures behind the news desk and Chad showed off his weather stuff, but then it was time to head home for the Texas/Texas Tech game. Thankfully, we won, or the trip would have ended on a much less happy note :)

Sadly, the family had to leave bright and early Sunday morning – even before I started getting ready for church – for the long drive back to Houston. But from what I hear, the trip – although short – was a lot of fun, and we’re already looking forward to the next one (whenever that may be).

I’ll post pictures from this weekend soon – thanks for coming to visit mommy, sissy and monkey!

PS – who’s next?! Plenty of room in Arkansas for all of you to come visit :)

Fun With the Family!!!


YAY!!! I am so happy to say that the day is finally here – my family arrives in Little Rock around lunchtime today!!! This will be their first visit to Little Rock, and the first time I’ve seen them since the epic goodbye party they threw for me before I left Houston. I am SUPER excited to have mom, dad, Kourtney and Payton here all weekend long!

I’m thinking we’ll go out to dinner tonight, hang out as a family (with Chad, of course), then wake up Saturday morning and hit up the Little Rock Zoo and the River Market (shopping and we’ll let Payton play on the playground by the river), and just generally enjoy our time together. Saturday night will be reserved for the family viewing of the Texas/Texas Tech game – HOOK ‘EM – as well as the family’s first time to see Chad on TV! YAY! Sadly, they’ll leave pretty early on Sunday morning, so we’ll definitely have to make the most of our time while they’re here.

Who are these awesome people I speak of? Check out these pictures from the family cruise to Mexico from Christmas 2009 and feast your eyes on some awesome :)