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August 01, 2014

Tell Me What to Do With My Life

Sally Hansen Insta-dri in Peachy Breeze
Wide brush
Formula: a little thick.  First coat streaked.  Second coat applied fine.

**I used Out the Door topcoat for the first time.  It's okay.  I like Seche Vite better for 2 reasons:
  1. It dries all layers of polish quicker (no risk of any dents).
  2. It's shinier.  It always leaves the appearance of gel.  
Seche Vite might be a few bucks more, but it's worth it, in my opinion.

Can you guys tell I've been in a pink mood?  Actually, that's not really even true.  I've just been on this perpetual hunt for the perfect soft light pink/coral color.  

++I finished season three of Scandal, and now I don't know what to do with my life.  Maybe I'll actually finish the three books I'm in the middle of right now.  But go ahead--throw some (Netflix) shows at me! (Actually, you can throw some amazon prime shows at me too--because I have the best gushfriend on the planet).

++ I'm in this weird in between busy and bored state now that the book is done.  I certainly am not as busy as I was with the book--but there's just enough to do that I can't just sit on the couch all day--and that, for some reason, means I have zero motivation to do any of it.  Why is it that when we're busy as crap, we get so much done.  But when we have all the time in the world, nothing gets done?

++ I'm almost out of my Chi volumizing mousse that I got when I bought my Chi straightener (yeah, it's that old.  Sue me).  It does the job without leaving a seriously nasty residue in my hair (you can feel it's there, but it doesn't change the texture of my hair--if that makes any sense).  But my hair certainly looks thicker (and the roots lift) when I use it.  Do any of you have any drug store mousse recommendations?

++ I have gotten a lot (way more than I ever expected) of emails from people telling me they want to write a book and asking what the process was like.  First of all, I'm seriously flattered.  Secondly, I'll work up a post with the dirty details, but please know and understand that the process is different for everyone.  What worked for me might not work for you.  There isn't some standard formula anymore.  I'll do my best to give whatever advice I can, though!   (PS--If you haven't already, snag my book!)

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July 31, 2014

Stuff & Things 7/31

** We eat at home a lot.  It's easy to fall into the rut of eating the same boring things all the time.  Lunches, for some reason, are the hardest for me.  Remember when I ate quesadillas all the time?  Well ever since my gallbladder was hacked out, eating that much cheese just isn't a good idea.  Packing protein into a meal is hard for me, too.  I'm a carbs and veggies kind of girl.  So imagine my delight when I found a lunch combo that is 1) delish 2) gets me full 3) doesn't make me feel gross!

Tuna Melt with Red Wine Vinaigrette (and american cheese)
with a side of hummus and pitas!

Obviously, exciting things have been happening around here. ha.

** I pushed myself on Tuesday to run without stopping (at all) for 25 mins.  For some reason since I've been back at it, I've found that I've had to stop to catch my breath here and there.  The thing is, I don't think I actually NEED to stop.  It's a mental thing for sure.  When I finished my run on Tuesday, my whole body hurt.  It amazes me how long it takes to get your running mojo back after being out with an injury.  The good news is I still like it!

** I was particular about not falling into the trap of feeling like I needed XYZ in order to work out.  So much so, that I didn't even buy the right shoes when I started running stupid stupid stupid.  But shortly after I started running, I started really wanting a fitbit.  I told myself no because I needed to see if I actually stuck with this whole exercising thing.  Well, before I could even gear up to beg convince the husband that I needed wanted one, one was gifted to me!  I have the flex--and I absolutely love it.  If you're in the market for something like this--I highly recommend the flex.  (It was gifted by friends, not the company.  They don't know who I am.  I run 6 miles a me, they don't know who I am)!

** The book.  Here's the thing.  I wrote and published the book pretty much as a challenge for myself.  I went to school for writing then ended up flopping around from job to job after college. I was miserable.  And for some reason I had zero confidence in my craft.  Funny, seeing as though I'd apply for (and get) most jobs that I had NO EXPERIENCE in-- yet, I couldn't bring myself to apply to any writing jobs because I didn't feel experienced enough...  Yeah.  It makes no sense to me either.  

Because of that, my goal was to just do it.  I needed to prove to myself that I could.  If the book flopped, it flopped.  But at least I tried.  For some reason, I just never ever expected people to actually like it.  The response I've gotten so far is incredible.  I'm so pleased that everyone is enjoying it!!  And all of you who have supported me by downloading it, reading it, rating it and reviewing it -- I just...I don't have the right words for you.  Thank you!  

** How is it the last day of July?  Training camp started yesterday which brought me back up to football widow status, and I saw halloween stuff set up at the Dollar General!  I'm undeniably ready for fall, but still!  2014!  SLOW YOUR ROLL!

July 30, 2014

Surprises! Celebrating! Treats!

It's not out of the ordinary to treat yourself when you accomplish something you've been working really hard for.  The thing is, most people go with shoes or bags...or jewelry.  Me?  Nail polish.  Duh.  The second I hit publish for Yeah, maybe I finally let myself pull the trigger on Color Club's Harp On It.  It's not a particularly expensive polish, but I tend to stick with the brands that are in the $4 and under range.

I've been lusting after that polish for years.  Years!  It's all I hoped it would be.  Here I partnered it with W&W Wild Shine in Blazed.  That one I picked up on Tuesday as a treat.  What for?  Oh, no big deal. I just drove the stick shift all the way out to Walmart and no one died.  And I didn't stall once.  Progress, people.

Can summer always be like this?  Please and thank you.

There was a lot of surprise celebrating over the weekend!  Saturday, the hubs and I ventured into Raleigh so we could finally try Chuys.  I even had to text one of my resident Texans to verify which dipping sauce we were supposed to try.  That evening we went to visit my lifelong bff and see her new house!  When we walked in, she had champagne set out to toast the book!

On Sunday, I went in to Raleigh to hang with the parentals and see some family that had just gotten into town.  After dinner, we were all just sitting around and boom!  My mom comes around the corner with that awesome cake accompanied with another champagne toast (it's just lucky that champagne is my favorite)!  I won't lie.  It pained me to cut into that sucker.


July 25, 2014

What a week!

Oh, hi friends!

This week has been one for the record books, for sure!  It's hard to believe that it all actually happened! I've spent the last couple days catching up on all the housework and errands that I let go to hell while finalizing all the book stuff!

This mani is a couple days old, but at least it shows you how the polishes held up!

I grabbed these from CVS (They're running a buy one get one 50% deal until Sunday!)
 It's hard to capture the true "melon" color of the pink, but it's the perfect melon color!

These are scented.  I've never been one to really care all that much about scented polishes.  In fact, I kind of think the whole concept is a little dumb.  I care more about the colors and formulas!

Speaking of formulas.  The Lime Basil went on beautifully.  I could have just done one coat and been fine.  The Ginger Melon was a little tougher to work with.  I did 3 coats, but I let the second coat dry almost completely before doing the third to avoid any streaks.  I don't mind having to work around a formula as long as the color is on point, and this one is!

The scents are...well, they're strong.  The first day, they were almost overwhelming.  It's been 2 days now, and I can't smell anything.

I did this mani on Wednesday (yes! my favorite day!).  It was funny to me because I was getting texts like "OMG this is amazing!" and "Oh!  I just bought your book!"  And "this must feel so crazy!"  And there I was, browsing the nail polish aisle of a drugstore like any other day.  Yup.  Still just Joey :)

(But seriously, y'all.  You make me want to hug the internet)!

If you haven't yet, be sure to run over to Amazon and snag my book, "Yeah, maybe."  Or you can click the widget on the sidebar to add it to goodreads, and there's a link from there to Amazon!  

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July 23, 2014


I am so excited to announce that 

is available on Amazon for the kindle & kindle app!

For quiet, reserved, and focused 15 year old Annie Mackey, school was a sanctuary.  But when her bubbly and beautiful neighborhood best friend joins her at Willow Point High for freshmen year, her world is turned upside down.

Everything Annie could count on for stability is shattered, and she's left feeling more alone than ever before.

Just when she's about to lose all hope, someone unexpected swoops in and gives her a much needed lesson in perspective.

Your support the last several months has meant so much to me, and getting to share this with all of you has been such a blessing!

If you happen to enjoy the book, please be sure to review it on Amazon & Goodreads!

I'm still int he process of having everything link up completely--and the cover art sometimes takes a few days to show up in the amazon link--but the book is live!

Love you guys!!