31 December 2013

27 December 2013

Fainting Fudge.

Before I get into today's post, I just wanted to say I hope you guys all had a great Christmas, I got to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with extended family on my stepmom's side and we had a ton of fun :)

Now onto the fainting fudge story!

I was a freshman in college, so about 3 years ago now, and my Grandma was home for Christmas, we were baking together and Mady was at her dad's, so it was just her and I.  We decided we were going to do fudge, so we were prepping all the ingredients, chopping the nuts, mixing the batter, y'know how it goes, anyways, we had just poured the first pan and were about to put the pan in the oven, when I went to put

20 December 2013

TGBTL #3

Yes, I know this is two days late, hopefully Lauren and Hayley forgive me!

Girl Between the Lines Link up

The prompt for Wednesday was your go-to meal, well Lynn & I have been having this almost daily these last few weeks(are we the only ones like that? Where we eat something for weeks on end for lunch or whatever and then don't eat it again for 6 months?) I was going to do our Christmas morning go-to, but then I thought I'd share this goodness!  

It's a Buffalo Chicken Dip Quesadilla.  

Take two tortillas, we like the frescados burrito style flour ones 

Then get your buffalo chicken dip ready, we buy stuff that's already pre-made at Wally World, but I'm sure you cooking inclined peeps could whip up your own.  Spread this on one of your tortillas. 

Then we add either shredded cheese or bleu cheese crumbles or both.  Put your other tortilla on top, then put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds(this helps it come together better.) Now if you wanted a softer quesadilla you could just warm it up in the microwave for longer, but we like ours a little crispier, so Lynn will put a little EVOO in a skillet and then will get it to our desired crispiness.  

This is quite easy and really delicious, it does have a little kick to it though :) 

19 December 2013

By the Numbers

9...years we are apart
3...days you went without a name, our parents threw around naming you light or dark because of our last name..
1...how many inches you are shorter
8:12...the time you were born
4...the number sibling you are
12...how old you are today.  



Happy Birthday Ryan, love you lots!


18 December 2013

Remember When...Best Cousin Friend Edition.


Spencer and I have been a part of each other's lives since he was born, because we're cousins.  Within the last four or five years, we've become best friends.  He honestly knows me better than anyone else, so I thought I'd take everyone down a little memory lane, so here we go :)

Probably right around the time of this picture, we were celebrating Christmas at my grandma and grandpa's house and Spencer wanted me to share one of my toys, probably my Barney or BJ or Baby Bop, and I didn't want to, and I think I may have actually hit him & my Mom made me go sit in time out and after that I had to hug him and say I was sorry, my mom got it all on home video.  

We got older, both our parents went through divorces, mine in the late 90's his in the mid-00's.  We drifted apart a little bit because of that I think, but then we really started getting close again right around the time his dad got remarried.  

In preparation for this post, I went back and read our facebook conversation back from starting in like 2010 and oh my gosh, we had the most random and at times very deep conversations.  

He goes to school out at Regent in Virginia Beach and I miss him a lot, but we try and get together when he's home on breaks and for the summer.  

& we always have our sleepovers and hangouts here except at his grad party, my house is his third house behind his mom's and his dad's, he might even put my house in the middle there.  

We like to quote Easy A, and he loves his bed when he comes to visit.  Our hide-away bed with a shaggy pink blanket thing.  

So without further ado, our relationship summed up through texting :)(yes there are a lot. #sorrynotsorry)




1//a conversation about a new service that would be perfect for somebody we both know. 2//Trying to play the upsexy joke on him.  3//Trying to figure out who someone he saw at my store was. 

1//A Mady moment I had about George W and George H.W./Robin Williams. 2//Cue the waterworks when he sent this to me.  3//Inside jokes. 



All 3//A conversation Mady had with him through me.  

1//FYI, Sugar Daddy's is not a gum ball shop or an ice cream place.  You take your own assumptions at it.  2//The continuation of the first one, yes we went from Sugar Daddy's to Jesus in one fell swoop.  & he's an only child, we must forgive him because he doesn't know how to share.  3//A serious moment turned fun, because we quoted our fave easy A quote :) 

1//Just wanting him to understand he means a lot to me.  2//The joys of being young twenty-somethings who are single.  3//Our plans to grow old together.  & being nursing home nightmares.  

1//This conversation is probably my favorite along with the John conversation and the Nutella convo below.  2//He's a former Target employee and I'm a Walmart employee, I had to remind him how we do things in the blue and khaki.  3//We have decided that when Spencer runs away to India he'll bring me back a mail order groom and I'm still invited to his mail order Bride's wedding.  

1//Sound advice from Spencer about my pre-Keurig coffee probs.  2//Talking about Spencer's momma, how I'm her favorite honorary niece(his mom and dad are divorced and I still talk with his mom!) 3//My rascist Iphone.  

1//Divorce with benefits anyone? 2//Who would play us in the movie that is going to be made about our lives.  3//Him being dramatic cause I didn't tell him how I missed him.  

1&2//The relationship status of him and Nutella and me and Nutella.  3//My real life Ted and that one time that my grandpa was going to be my bouncer at the service desk. 

1//The end of the dramatic conversation from two up.  & talking about our grandparents anniversary.  




17 December 2013

2013 In Review


What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?I visited the UP in Michigan(you can read about that here!) and I met my first blog friend(here!)
Did you keep your new years’ resolutions?
Will you make more for next year?
I didn't really keep any of them, no.  I will probably make a list soon, yeah.  
Did anyone close to you give birth?A lot of my blog friends did.  
Did anyone close to you die?Yeah.  
What countries did you visit?Just USA.
What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?A better financial situation :) 
What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?May 31st, when the storm chasing community lost three of our own.  
What was your biggest achievement of the year?Nothing too exciting, I celebrated another year at Walmart in July...
What was your biggest failure?Letting something completely stupid get between my grandparents and I and not talking to them for six weeks.  
Did you suffer illness or injury?Nothing too extreme.  
What was the best thing you bought?concert tickets! 
Whose behavior merited celebration?I have to give major props to one of my supervisors who knew about the situation between my grandparents and I, and kept pushing me to talk to them.  
Where did most of your money go?School, phone and Amazon.  
What did you get really, really, really excited about?George Strait! 
What song will always remind you of 2013?
That's Why God Made Me.  
Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Happier
Thinner or fatter?Thinner
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What do you wish you’d done more of?Relaxed.  
What do you wish you’d done less of?Being upset over stupid stuff.  
How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas Eve morning, I'm doing presents with my immediate family at Dad's, Christmas Eve evening, will be dinner and church with my extended family, Christmas Day we're going up to my Uncle's cabin, the 28th we are doing extended family of my Dad's and then I'll go to my mom's the last three days of the year and spend that with her.  
Did you fall in love in 2013?
Nada.  
How many one-night stands?Zero.
Who were your best friends?Bee, V, Jayme, Lynn, Cass.  
What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?I tried to help out around the house as much as possible.  
What were your favorite TV programs?Army Wives & Nashville.  
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?I try very hard not to hate anyone, so I'd say no.  
What was the best book you read in 2013?I loved Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams.  
What was your greatest musical discovery?I love Thomas Rhett. 
What did you want and get?More time with my family.  
What did you want but did NOT get?Not much. Luke Bryan tickets!!
What were your favorite films this year?I loved Pitch Perfect and the Heat.  
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?I was 21 and I went out to eat with my family (:  
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?I could have done without not having my work momma have a stroke.  .
What kept you sane?
Faith, Family & Friends.  
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tim, Paul and Carl.  
What political issue stirred you the most?
Healthcare.  
Who do you miss?I miss my grandparents, but they're coming home tonight!
Who are the best new persons you met this year?I loved meeting Jayme this year! 
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.All it takes is a simple I'm sorry.  
Quote that sums up your year:If you can't live it down, might as well live it up.  

Mingle 240

13 December 2013

The Blogmopolitan Quiz!


I saw Erin had filled this out and then encouraged us to steal it and do it too, so here goes nothing!

Want to test your luck on Friday the 13th? Go check out this awesome cash giveaway! 


12 December 2013

7 Reasons I Won't Be Winning Daughter of the Year





-I make my parents wake up way earlier than they'd like to bring me to work because I don't drive.  Also I make them get up out of their warm beds when I work til 11pm.  Just because you're forty now doesn't mean you have to be in bed by 10, Lynn :) 

-I like to take long showers, and the hotter the better.  That means they don't get much hot water.  But they often use their jacuzzi and "forget" to tell me so I'm stuck in an ice cube tundra of a shower. 

-While showering I blast my Pandora station, and sing to it as loudly as I possibly can.  "Gotta go now baby if I hurry I can still make CHEYENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNE." That's my beautiful singing voice btdubs.  

-I can't fold my Dad's uniform pants, no matter how many times he shows me how.  Like this, do you see this? Fold them here.  

-I blog and they're afraid when I mention that I want to meet a blog friend that they're really a hairy 55 year old man who wants to be a mass murderer, although I think when my Mom met Jayme this summer it eased her fears a little bit.  Hopefully

-I believe it's perfectly acceptable to fluff the laundry three or four times before actually folding it which my dad always says, "Meghan just because you fluff it or transfer it from the washer to the dryer, doesn't mean you are doing laundry." 

-Because I like to mock them incessantly, but I promise it's all in good fun, yes dad, we know you have feelings too! 

*Is there anyone else who comes up with their blog ideas in the most random of places? I thought of this in the shower Monday night...

**have you entered this awesome giveaway yet? 

11 December 2013

TGBTL 2

Girl Between the Lines Link up

this week's prompt was your favorite things about the holidays.

I'm sharing my top thee memories/traditions from Christmas/New Years.

#3
SANTA!
When we were younger, my Grandpa's friend Barry would dress up as Santa for us & he'd hand out a present to each of us, my favorite from these years was probably a weather calendar(yep, I'm a weather nerd.  Especially tornadoes!) Last year, my Grandpa was Santa for us & then went over to Barry's and did Santa for them.

#2
NYE with my Mom.
My parents are divorced, have been since I was about 8, and when I was in school, we'd swap who we were with for Christmas/New Years, now that I'm older and have to work, I always try and go to my mom's for New Years.

#1
Christmas Eve Pick-up.

I work retail, so the first two years I was at my job, I had to work until mid-evening on Christmas Eve.  My family(my grandparents, parents and younger brother and sister) took it upon themselves to come embarrass me when they picked me up. The first year, it was just yelling my name and WOO when they parked in front of the store, but the second year, they got the big guns out, had bells and whistles and started it as soon as they came into the parking lot, my sister and brother may or may not have been hanging out the sunroof :) This is my favorite tradition that I have as an adult, just because I was so disappointed last year when I had off and I didn't get to take part in this.

What's your favorite Christmas traditions/holiday traditions? Link up and let everyone know!  

10 December 2013

I'm Still a Kid On Christmas.

linking up with two of my favorite ladies Helene and Taylor for their Christmas themed link-up!

Christmas to me has always been about family.  My favorite memories have been made at Christmas.  Here are a few pictures from when I was younger.  

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Christmas 2003

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Christmas 2004

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Christmas season 2007 or '08 I'd say.  My great aunt and uncle live on a farm up near Hinckley, and they do sleigh rides each year, this year it must not have snowed very much..


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Christmas 2009, I may or may not have cropped my two younger brothers out of this picture.  One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to pick out and chop down our tree! 

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Christmas 2012...OH MY GOSH ITS SANTA!!!!!!!!!!!


Helene in Between


More Christmas on the blog tomorrow #sorrynotsorry



09 December 2013

Things that are making me happy

-That Garth Brooks announced his 2014 world tour today!

-Fudge Brownie goldfish..yeah they are a thing!

-Kacey Musgraves' new video for Follow Your Arrow..after reading many interviews about her stink eye at the CMA's I've decided she's okay after all :)



-that Kelly Elliot revealed the cover to the last book in her Wanted series, now if you know me, Kelly & Molly McAdams are two authors that I love and have read all of both of their books..


-my grandparents come home for Christmas in EIGHT days!

-Luke Bryan tickets go on pre-sale Wednesday, I'm so going to see him, also I'm an official member of the nut house now!

-my furbabies.

linking up with meg for mingle mondays


05 December 2013

You Know You Work Customer Service When...


I've been rocking blue and khaki for the last 3.5 years, and 2.5 of those years I have been service desk, so without further ado, you know you work customer service when...

-you've become a master at biting your tongue and speaking to your co-workers through facial expressions. 

-you know what supervisor you want to come answer your questions, because they each will say yes at different times. 

-you can successfully tell a co-worker what's going on with one return, help a customer on the phone and in line all at the same time.  

-you can't stand when a forgotten bag is brought up.  

-you will scream if departments don't come up and get their returns right this second.  

-policies are meant to be broken.  Sure you can return that dvd player you bought a year ago! 

-you can do returns in your sleep. 

-it's the end of the world when you can't get your drawer to balance. 

-you love your coworkers and they've become another dysfunctional family.  



04 December 2013

TGBTL #1

Girl Between the Lines Link up

I'm so excited to be a part of the very first The Girl Between the Lines link-up!

Today's prompt was a favorite picture & three things you love about yourself.  

I actually took this picture last night, but I love it already, so...


& my three things I love about myself?  

one//I will try just about anything once.  I don't turn down an opportunity to learn something new or have a new experience.  

two//I love that no matter how bad my day is, I can usually find some glimmer of good or gratefulness in it. 

three//I'm loyal to a fault.  I will have your back from day one and try my best to always stay true to our friendship/relationship.  

What are you waiting for? Go link up!  


03 December 2013

the -ing's


Making :  my stepmomma feel better, she had some major back pain this weekend and ended up being admitted for two nights to the hospital, I'm ordering her an Edible Arrangements, which I can say, cause she doesn't read my blog :) 
Cooking :  Ha. Ha. Ha.  I need that new cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld, the Can't Cook Cookbook.  
Drinking :  Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha.  
Reading:  Your blogs! My bloglovin' is out of control again! 
Wanting:  Garth Brooks to announce his world comeback tour already! 
Looking:  forward to my grandparents being home for part of this month.  
Playing:  To Make You Feel My Love-Garth Brooks.  
Wasting:  Nada. 
Sewing:  See cooking.  
Wishing:  For payday to be moved up a few days.  
Enjoying:  A peppermint white chocolate mocha. 
Waiting:  to go to my Mom's so I can watch Garth's Vegas performance that I DVR'd.  
Liking:  that I didn't have to punch anybody for the boxed set, because I totally would have, Garth Brooks is my jam.  
Wondering:  what to get certain people for Christmas.  
Hoping:  That by the time you're reading this Lynn will be at home instead of still in the hospital! 

Marveling:  At how I was able to work 8 hours and function on only three hours of sleep Sunday.  

Needing:  to always remember how blessed I am.  

Loving:  My life.  

Smelling:  Nothing really.  

Wearing:  Hoodie and jeans.  

Following:  you and you and you too! 

Noticing:  how long this is taking.  

Knowing:  That Christmas is 22 days away.  

Thinking:  about what's for dinner.  

Feeling:  Content. 

Bookmarking:  The Marriage Mistake.  

Opening:  my wallet for Christmas shopping.  

Giggling:  About this clip from Jay Leno and Garth Brooks(yeah I'm a little Brooks obsessed today. #sorrynotsorry)

Feeling:  Lovely.  

01 December 2013

Sunday Social.



Sunday Social


1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben and Jerry's Cheesecake Brownie.  

2. What is your favorite smell?
The smell of smoke when nobody's smoking, it's my Grandpa's way of saying he's still watching over me, even though he died in 2006.

3. What is your favorite TV commercial? (Past or present)
HUUUUUMP DAY! 

4. What is your favorite day of the week?
I love Sundays.  They seem to be the most relaxing for me.  
5. What is your favorite way to waste time?
Pinterest and Instagram! 

6. What is your favorite article of clothing?
My Bemidji State Beavers hoodie.  

27 November 2013

& I'm Also Thankful For...

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--I'm thankful that country music is what plays in the background of my life.

--That my iPhone comes with a built in flashlight, I can't tell you how many times that thing has come in handy. 

--that I'm getting a new design from Sarah soon :)

--that although I'm missing Thanksgiving because I work, I don't have to work overnight, because our sales are at 6p and 8p Thanksgiving.  #gottafindasilverliningsomewhere

--that we have decided that we will not be doing the family Thanksgiving 5k this year, my legs hurt for a like a week afterwards last year.  

--I'm thankful for Brantley Gilbert.  I mean hello, have you seen him? Country music singer, tattooed and just all around sexy! 

--that Arizona and Callie are back together on Grey's, because that intern Arizona was with? DROVE.ME.NUTS. Can you say stage five clinger? 

--Starbucks Peppermint White Mocha

--that my momma taught me how to stand up for myself and to not take crap from anybody.  

--that facetime exists, because that's my main communication point between me and my cousin/best friend, Spencer.

&& before I leave, I just have to give my grandpa a huge happy birthday wish, he's 69 and this is a birthday we weren't sure he would be getting after a year full of health scares.








26 November 2013

meghan's happy list

Chelsea posted about her happy list yesterday, so I thought I would share some of the things that make me happy today.

>>handwritten notes.

>>country music.

>>my faith.

>>making someone laugh.

>>LBTV...and if you are a Luke Bryan fan and don't know what this is...shame shame!

>>Facetiming with my best cousin friend, Spencer.

>>writing.

>>reading.

>>my bedtime routine; candy crush, temple run 2 and a quick fb chat with my work momma.

>>being an older sister.

>>unconditional love.

What is one thing that makes YOU happy?  

25 November 2013

The Lie Revealed & Winner.

So on Wednesday, I posted two truths and a lie and asked you to pick which one was the lie.

To refresh your memories, the choices were

#1- I am indirectly related to at least one NFL player--this is a truth.  My stepbrother's cousin is Chad Greenway of the MN Vikings, he's just on the side that my stepbrother and I don't share.

#2-I am saving my first kiss for marriage-this is also a truth. I felt God telling me to make this commitment when I was 15 or 16.

Which means #3, that I took my parents car for a joyride when I was 14 and got pulled over by my dad's best friend is a LIE!

Four people picked out the lie and the winner of the gift card of their choice is Rachael from Pretty in Pink!

20 November 2013

2 Truths and a Lie. (+GIVEAWAY)

Oh yeah, one of the classic icebreakers our lovely teachers would make us play the first day of class in high school, now bringing it to blogland with a twist! Whoever guesses the lie correctly will be entered into a pot to win a $10 credit to their choice of Starbucks, Amazon or Target.  


1) I am indirectly related to at least one NFL star.  

2)I'm saving my first kiss for my wedding day.

3)I took my parents car out for a joyride when I was 14, and my dad's best friend pulled me over.  

Get your guesses in by tomorrow at 11:59p and I'll announce the lie and the winners on Friday!  



19 November 2013

Thirteen Facts

You all have seen the numbers game going around on facebook, I assume, and I decided to bring my first post of them to the blog today.  

1) I already have a boy and girl's name picked out for if/when I have kids. 

2) I have 5 ducks and 3 dogs. 

3) the one thing I never take off is a key necklace that my grandparents gave me a few Christmases ago. 

4) My favorite number is 8965 and my least favorite is 66. 

5) I have four favorite songs, What Faith Can Do by Kutless, the thunder rolls(live) by Garth Brooks. That's Why God Made Me by Daryle Singletary & Austin by Blake Shelton. 

6) My younger cousins are some of my closest friends. 


7) My life verse is Philippians 4:6. 


8) When I was younger I used to think your half birthday was your sibling's birthday, my brother's birthday is 6 months and 1 day after mine, but three years apart.  

9) I can't wait for Garth Brooks to start touring again. 


10) most painful thing I've ever done is have my eyes opened after having them sewed shut. 


11) I have siblings that are 8 days apart. 


12) I give most everybody I meet a nickname. 


13) what day is it??? HUUUUUMP DAY! is a regular thing you'll be subjected to if you come to my house on Wednesdays. 

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