H54F: Poutine, Wedding Colors & Headsets

I always get so excited about Fridays and I think that is totally normal! As always, here is my weekly recap with Tif, Della & Katie.

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This is the yummiest!
Bek,  Michael & Jacq
Post B-day Dinner

Last weekend was packed full of family. Friday night, we went to my birthday dinner with my Dad, Step-mom, older sister, Jacquie & my little brother, William. We went to a Canadian restaurant hear in Dallas called Maple Leaf Diner. I just wanted to go because they have my favorite food in the world: POUTINE! I got to see the rest of the family (Mom, Step-dad, 2 step-brothers, step-sister and little sister) on Saturday. My sisters stayed over at my place Saturday night so we could all go out to Arlington for Fathers’ Day the next day.

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I love everything about this headset.

Monday, my new and improved headset came in. My dad gave me a gift card that would cover it and Michael was totally okay with returning the other one (turns out the cord was really short anyway). I did not get to try it that night though because I had to cook meals for the week followed by my church small group.

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Our paint swatch wedding party

Tuesday, I got asked to be a bridesmaid in one of my good friends’ wedding. I also got to help the bride pick out her wedding colors. We made little people out of the paint swatches she picked out. I’m pretty excited to be part of this. Plus, it looks like Michael is going to be a groomsman.

Wednesday, Michael and I worked out as usual. I was really proud of pushing myself hard on the treadmill, until a bruise appeared on my leg that is most likely blood vessels bursting from over excursion. I guess I need to slow down. We, also, watched the NHL Awards. In case you haven’t heard, the NHL is expanding to Las Vegas. I am so excited to see an expansion draft. I, also, went shopping on my lunch break and got an awesome haul from Charming Charlie using my birthday gift card.

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I play to win! – D. Va

Last night, I finally got to use my new headset. Michael and I spent 30 minutes getting it working and then an hour or so playing Overwatch. The noise cancelling is so good! I can’t hear Mouse crying because he is not getting all my attention.

I’m looking forward to a calm weekend. I only have one thing planned for the entire weekend, so I should have plenty of time to relax.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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H54F: Birthday Week

It’s Friday!!! It has been a long week even though it was my birthday week, but it’s finally over and I have a busy weekend ahead of me. Recapping this week, while linking up with the lovely H54F girls: Tif, Katie & Della.

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  1. Last Friday evening, I had my birthday dinner with my mom, stepdad and friends. We went to Urban Rio in this cute part of town (downtown Plano). The food was great and for dessert we had S’Mores. They bring out this little burner thing and you roast your marshmallows over it. My mom got me the duvet cover I wanted, which is a step in redecorating my room.
  2. Saturday, Michael and I ran some errands before going to a friends’ birthday dinner in Addison. It was nice to hang out with a bunch of other couples. We got to see some of our good friends, Wes & Tricia two nights in a row: Friday for my birthday dinner and Saturday for Tricia’s birthday dinner.

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    Loving these two Kendra Scott necklaces from Rocksbox.
  3. Monday, I got my first Rocksbox. I decided to try it because I think this will be a great way for me to try new jewelry without buying it all. I got two Kendra Scott necklaces for layering and a set of House of Harlow earrings.
  4. Wednesday was my actual birthday. I spent most of the day traveling for work, but Michael did pick me up from the airport and drove me to pick up my birthday gift: a new headset for my computer. He, also, let me pick what I wanted for dinner. I chose to grab Wing Stop to go and watch Broadchurch back at his place. A pretty good birthday once I got done with the traveling.RE License
  5. Yesterday, I took my final exam for my second Real Estate License course and I passed! Now only four more courses to go, before the big test!

I am looking forward to this weekend!  Tonight, I am celebrating my birthday with my dad and stepmom. We are going to a Canadian restaurant where I can get my favorite food, poutine! Tomorrow, Michael and I will celebrate Fathers’ Day with his dad, plus my sisters will sleepover at my place!

Curious about my goals for this next year? Check out my 26 before 26 post from yesterday!

26 Before 26

Yesterday was my birthday and it started way too early. I flew into Houston for some training at our corporate headquarters. I was scheduled on a 8am flight which got cancelled so we were switched to a 7:30am flight only to have that delayed to 8:15am. Training was short so got back to the airport and on a plane by 5pm. It was a long day of travel. The good news, I got to spend the end of the day with  Michael. We got some wings and watched Broadchurch after picking up my birthday gift (a new headset for my computer.

Now that my rant is over, let’s talk about what this post is really about. I came up with 26 things I want to do in the next year. Here they are:

  1. Read 26 Books
  2. Go 1 Week without TV
  3. Bake 5 Things from Scratch
  4. Try 25 New Recipes
  5. Finish 1 Crochet Project and 1 Knitting Project
  6. Get a Blowout
  7. Learn a New Hairstyle
  8. Buy Flowers for the Apartment 10 Times
  9. Redecorate Room
  10. Throw a Party
  11. Go On a Trip with Michael
  12. See Sydney
  13. Go Camping
  14. Go Somewhere I have Never Been
  15. Go to the Beach
  16. Go to Quakecon
  17. Go to a Concert
  18. Go on 3 Double Dates
  19. Run a 5K
  20. Exercise 5x a week for 35% of the Year
  21. Call Grandparents Monthly
  22. Get to 100 Blog Posts
  23. Take At Least 1 Picture a Day
  24. Budget for Random Small Gifts
  25. Have No Debt (but my car loan)
  26. Finish my Real Estate License Classes

So those are the 26 things I am going to try to accomplish in the next 365days/52 weeks/1 year!

H54F: Kelly Cup Champions

Good Morning and Happy Friday! As always, I am linking up with Katie, Tif & Della for H54F. It has been a busy week, but a fun one.

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He’s so cute.
  1. Last Friday, Michael got me Overwatch as an early birthday present. I think part of his motivation is that he wanted to play it with me instead of just taking turns on his account. I love the game already. My favorite character: D. Va. My battle.net tag is BekMal#1779 if you want to add me.

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    I may have helped the two little ones gang up on Riley.
  2. Saturday, my Aunt Brigid, Grandma Michelle, cousin Lily and family friend Deb came up for a visit from the Austin area. I got to go swimming with them and my step brothers. It was so much fun! Afterwards, we went to Twisted Root for dinner. So good! They stopped at Magnolia Market on their way up and got me a candle and tote bag for my birthday.
  3. Sunday, I got to help in my first preschool class at church. I love my church and I was so excited to get to serve in some way. I loved playing with the kids and watching them learn about Jesus.
  4. Thursday, during the day, I went to my second IREM luncheon. It’s always great to meet more people in my industry and the food is pretty good too.

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    High Spirits During the First Period
  5. Last night, I crossed one of the few items off my bucket list. I watched as the Allen Americans (my local ECHL team) won the Kelly Cup. It was an intense game, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is their 4th title in 4 years. They won the President’s Cup two years in a row while in the CHL and now have won the Kelly Cup two years in a row as part of the ECHL. I’ve been to quite a few games this season and in past seasons, but nothing compared to watching last night’s post game ceremony. You can see all the pics and videos on my SnapChat: bekahm21.

I am pretty excited for everything this next week holds. I am turning 25 next Wednesday, but the celebrations start tonight!

Currently in June

Here is what is Currently going on in my life! (I’m a little late I know).

Planning: Birthday Dinners! It’s my birthday month and between two sets of parents, six siblings and a boyfriends, it takes some planning to see everyone. I think I am going to have two birthday dinners this year on the Fridays around my birthday. Now to get the restaurants decided on.

Enjoying: Overwatch!  Last Friday, Michael got me Overwatch, the video game I wanted, as an early birthday present. I’ve already played like 3 hours. It’s so much fun and has short rounds so I can play a couple rounds and still have plenty of time to do everything I want to do.

Buying: RuMe Bag! I picked up a Large Tote & 2Cool Bundle from RuMe last Friday. It has been sold out for a while so as soon as I got the email saying that it was back in stock, I ordered one. I love using my RuMe totes for the grocery store and the 2Cool addition will keep my cold stuff cold in the Texas summer. It is supposed to be delivered today!

Craving: Chocolate! Enough said!

Pinning: Bedroom Inspiration! I have been wanting to redo my room. I just renewed my apartment lease and want to make my room look better now. I pretty much just put stuff in it when I moved in 10 months ago. I’ve been pinning stuff to help me get inspired.

Check out Anne’s and Jenna’s pages for what is going on with them and others!

H54F: Gruene and Austin BFF Trip

I am so happy to get back to writing H54F posts with Katie, Della & Tif. I am doing a recap of my recent BFF trip with obviously my BFF.

A little background, Sydney and I have been friends for 11 years now.  While I have stayed in the DFW area, she has been going around the country. Our first year of college, she went to PITT. She moved back to DFW for a couple years, but then she moved to California, Maryland and now she is in Georgia, specifically Atlanta. Since we don’t get to see each other much, we make sure to get regular BFF trips. This year we decided to go to Gruene and Austin.

 

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Mouse Post Bath
  1. First thing that needed to be done before the trip was clean the apartment and Mouse. Sydney is allergic to cats so my whole evening on Tuesday was spent cleaning the apartment and then bathing Mouse! He has taken baths since he was a kitten so he doesn’t like it, but he deals.
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    Unhealthy Lunch on the Trip Down

  2. Wednesday, we left for Gruene. It was about a four hour drive, but it seemed shorter since we had so much catching up to do. We checked into our awesome bed and breakfast. I loved the spiral staircase until I had to go down them at night. The bed was super comfy. I highly recommend the Gruene Mansion Inn if you are in the area.

  3. Our activites in Gruene included the Stars and Stripes Drive-In, tubing the Comal River, eating Chicken Fried Steak and Jack Daniel’s Pecan Pie at the Gristmill and Gruene Hall. All lots of fun.
  4. We took a detour on the way to the Austin and went to the LBJ ranch. It was a great educational experience. Plus I loved seeing the cows and goats as well as learning about LBJ.
  5. Austin was great. We stayed with friends and went shopping. I bought my first pair of Kendra Scott earrings as an early birthday gift to myself. I forgot to take pictures though. 😦

I had a blast last weekend. We did and saw so much! The best part was just getting to hang out with my best friend again!

June Small Goals

Cover Pic.jpgCan’t believe it is already June aka my birthday month! I’m going to be a quarter of a century old! I took a short break from blogging in May because work was getting really busy and I took a BFF trip which will be covered in tomorrow’s H54F. This post though is about goals for June.

Let’s recap May real quick!

  1. Editorial Calendar: Done!! I am keeping track of posts in my planner right now. I have stuff planned for the next week and I have days planned to post. I’m pretty proud of myself for getting organized
  2. Start Using my Planner Again: Also, done! I wasn’t as consistent as I would have liked with this, but I did start using it again and continuing that into June.
  3. Decide on Self-Hosting: Tic Tac Toe, Three in a Row! I made the decision not to self-host yet. I need to be writing a lot more consistently before I put the money into self-hosting. I will revisit this decision in a few months.
  4. Write a Hockey Post: This one did not happen. The Stars are out of the playoffs and I have not kept up with everything very well since then. I’ll write one before too long though.
  5. Stay on Budget: I actually did this one. It was helpful that I had a separate budget for the trip at the end of the month.

Achieved 4 out of 5! Moving right on to June!

  1. Complete the Everyday Unicorn Challenge: This is an Instagram challenge started by Valery Brennan. I am so excited to take part in this. This will help me take at least 30 pictures this month and it will be a fun way to do it.
  2. 26 Before 26 List: I want to make a list of 26 things to do before I’m 26. I started one before I turned 24, but did not get very far with it. Seeing Nicole’s list helped rekindle my desire for this.
  3. Read 3 Books: I have 2 already started and I want to finish both as well as finish one more. I am trying to read more so this is a good starting point.
  4. Get and Play Overwatch: This is the new Blizzard game. I played a bit on my trip and it was lots of fun. I asked for the game for my birthday as well as a new headset for my computer. I’m hoping for both! If I do not get it as a gift, I am going to use some birthday money to buy the game. By the way, if you are a gamer, find me on Steam: Habs31 or bekmal.
  5. Have an Awesome Birthday: This one should be easy to achieve.

As always, I am going to be  part of Writes Like a Girl’s monthly link-up.