Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 in Review

I really think I want to make this an annual tradition. I had so much fun making the photo collages from 2010 in Review last year! I also like looking back on all the memories of the year. I don't do a Christmas letter yet, but if I did, I'm sure it would be along the lines of the commentary here! Here is a review of some of the highlights of 2011.

I rang in the New Year in Phoenix, AZ with my absolute best friend. She and I were completely ridiculous, as expected, and still giggle about it to this day. I then got to watch my Sooners win the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day, making it the first BCS bowl victory in a while. I spent a total of about two weeks in Arizona with my best friend, and then made the trek home by myself to prepare for my final semester as an undergrad.
me, Katy, and Sarah on NYE in Scottsdale

Alpha Gams at the Fiesta Bowl

February seems to always be a blur to me. Maybe it's just because school hasn't actually started to get too busy, or maybe because it's the shortest month of the year. Anyways. I can tell you this. I partied. And it snowed a blizzard here in Oklahoma (during which Rags and I went from coworkers to BFF). And I had an emergency appendectomy that caused me to have to come back home for a week while I recovered. That week home made me miss a date party and the Thunder-Clippers game and the basketball game made me sad. But the good part of that is that I did get to see my baby brother play the last three games of his basketball career.

MARCH WAS AMAZING!!! The only thing I can REALLY tell you about is my spring break trip. Way back in my third semester of college, I decided that I wanted to save up money to take myself on a spring break trip my last semester. I asked my good friends to tag along, and we rented a beach house on Treasure Island in Florida. For the most part, we swam at the beach all day and then cooked and played drinking games all night. But St. Patrick's Day was the best ridiculousness ever. So many memories were made on that trip. Like cartwheels for everyone but me because my incision site still had a scab on it.
me and Katy on St. Patrick's Day

Most of the group-me, Colleen, Caroline, Max. Missing Katy and Cole

Katy and I on the beach at sunset

April was a typical busy month for me, filled with lots of tests, projects, our annual philanthropy, Relay for Life, and my last date party ever. With the last party also comes senior week, and as always it was sad and hilarious at the same time. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to my pledge class or my sorority, so you can bet your booty I cried A LOT that week. I also won my first ever intramural tournament for co-ed slowpitch softball with a great group of random guys and gals and had a lot of fun while doing it. TEAM USA!
All the people who played me

One of my littles. I'm dressed as Ally Sheedy from The Breakfast Club, she as "Baby" from Dirty Dancing

me and my date to the date party-Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy from The Breakfast Club

me and another little. She's from Tron

my amazing driver for the night :)

In May, I took my final finals of undergrad, celebrated probably wayyy too much, and then I said goodbye to the town I called my home for 5 years. Graduation was bittersweet. My baby brother and I graduated about 30 minutes apart, so the family was split on who came to my graduation. Instead of it being the full family picture outside Lloyd Noble I wanted, it was just me, Jared, and Mimi. BUT Erika DID surprise me, making me cry.
Mimi, me, and Jared on my graduation

I then returned home to Sperry, only to move in with my BFF Sean and his parents for the summer.

Not having a job got on my nerves quick, and I began to apply for bank positions at various banks here in Tulsa. I went through two rounds of interviews for one bank, and began my job on June 8. Unfortunately, I also said goodbye on June 7 to my oldest brother, as he left Tulsa for boot camp and would return the first week of November.
saying goodbye to my brother

July seems to be a blur with 4th of July, hanging out with my coworker Shawna all the time, and ending the the month with going to and meeting Ke$ha in concert. Concert of epic proportions. :)

In August, I said goodbye to the boy I had been dating all summer, and spent a lot of time hanging out with Shawna and some of our new friends. I got to spend time with Katy just before she left to go back to school for her final year, and then my youngest brother started college. I took an evening to go to Stillwater to take him and his friend to dinner. I also moved back in with my mom while I was waiting to move into my apartment complex.

In the first week of September, I said goodbye to the man who has been like a grandfather to me since a spring day when I was in second grade and went to his house to ask for a softball. If you asked him how many grandkids he had, he wouldn't say 5. He'd tell you about 20. That's just the man he was.

September wasn't all bad. I also got to meet new people, spend a lot of time with friends throughout the month (including a surprise visit from my friend Eli), and prepare for my move into my very first place.

The beginning of October was the best ever. I moved into my first ever apartment, I got a brand new phone, and then I got to Dallas for OU/TX weekend. And. It. Was. Fantastic. I also got to take my then-16-year-old cousins to their first ever concert at the Tulsa State Fair to see one of our favorite bands, Eli Young Band.
my first ever Oktoberfest with a coworker!

Eli Young Band concert

final score of the OU/TX game!

November was a busy month. I hosted a Scentsy party, welcomed my oldest brother home from basic and AIT training, celebrated the best holiday ever (Thanksgiving), and then I also celebrated my 24th birthday. I'M TWENTY-FOUR YEARS OLD. It's weird.
me and the twins at The Christmas Train

In December, I started working out with one of my coworkers (KK) to help us get a little more healthy. When we went this past week, she said she can already tell that she can run and do more than she ever has before. I don't feel like I'm getting much better, but it's nice to know that I am helping someone else accomplish so much!

I also got to attend The Nutcracker with two of my best friends and then we had an epic birthday bash at our local pub downtown. I also went to lots of Christmas parties and had a dang good month of December. I closed off this past weekend with spending time with Shawna for her birthday, and then ringing in the new year with my BFF Katy. It was a great evening.
Adam, me, and John at the epic birthday bash at The Max

me, Shawna, Morgan, and Emily at The Max

me and Katy at The Max
These are just highlights of what happened in 2011. Going through the pictures, I realized just how much I had forgotten to mention, like going to the World Cup of Softball in July with my cousin Emma, and coming home in February for MacKenzie's homecoming. 2011 was great. Had some ups and downs like any other year, but I'm excited to see what 2012 has in store for me!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Friday

Dear Body,
You can stop getting sick now. I'm tired of shivering.

Dear Crazy People Who Come Into the Bank,
You can stop being hateful anytime. I know the holidays are stressful, but remember it IS Christmas. Remember the reason for the season.

Dear Self,
Take note of that last sentence when dealing with said crazy people who come into the bank.

Dear Katy, Jared, Jacob, and Nick,
Thanks for letting me cut loose on Saturday and in return making sure I made it home safely.

Dear Cash Drawer at Work,

Dear How I Met Your Mother (or HIMYM as I so fondly call you),
Thank you for providing me endless hours of entertainment. You have no idea how much I sincerely appreciate it!

Dear Christmas,
SERIOUSLY?! Can you slow down a little bit here?! I mean I JUST graduated two weeks ago! No? Okay. You got me. But seriously.

Dear Time,
Please read Christmas' letter.

Dear Readers,
I hope I don't lose too many of you after this post :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

If you know me in person, you would know that I NEVER make New Year's resolutions. The reason why is because most people make resolutions that seem to fail within the first three months of the new year, setting themselves up for failure. Typical New Year's resolutions consist of losing xx amount of weight, or eating properly. Those are excellent resolutions, but I know they aren't possible for someone like me. I enjoy unhealthy foods and beverages way too much. I already have a gym membership and a workout partner (even though we've been losing motivation), so working out more is out of the question too.

No no, instead, I decided to make resolutions I would be excited for!

For 2012, I resolve to eat at one new local restaurant each month and read a minimum of twelve books. That's right, twelve new restaurants and twelve books.

I feel like both of those resolutions are ones I will want to keep and be super excited in trying to achieve.

I picked these two goals because I have realized that I tend to eat at the same restaurants in town over and over. There are lots of places that I always say I want to try, and then never do. I also have been watching way too much TV and reading less and less. I still read occasionally, but it's just not as consistent as it was once I graduated in May.

So there you have it. Twelve restaurants. Twelve books. Get it? Hold me accountable.

January's restaurant of choice is The Brook on Brookside here in Tulsa. I've been told by many coworkers that the mac and cheese is the best mac and cheese you will ever have. Can't wait to try it!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

random at its finest

I've been slacking. Not just in the blogosphere, but in life in general. I waited too late to buy the present for the cousin that I drew, and ended up spending almost double to have it shipped express. I waited until last night to finish my last homemade gift. I haven't bought any other gifts for people. Partly because I never realized how difficult it is to budget money. And somewhere along the way, KK and I lost motivation. We started strong, going every weekday, but recently we haven't gone to the gym together at all. It's not where I wanted to be at this point in exercising.

The upside to all of this is that even though I've slacked in some areas, I have had a lot of fun over the past week or so. Wednesday I attended my sorority's alumnae club Christmas party, and it was a blast! I enjoyed getting to know the women involved in the club so much more. And I'm going to try to get involved Relay for Life, but we'll see how much I can commit to it. Friday I went and watched my cousins play basketball. I've been to all of their games but one, and I've enjoyed cheering for them and being THAT fan. Yeah it's okay, I admit it.

Saturday was a day of epic proportions. On Saturday afternoon, I went to watch The Nutcracker with Shawna and KK. That was my Christmas present to Shawna and the three of us enjoyed the two hours away watching the beautiful arts. The ballet was so pretty.

Then Saturday night was the quad birthday extravaganza. Good times were had with my brother and best friends (Katy got to come too!) and many drinks were imbibed.

I've spent the past couple of days watching lots of TV. Sunday I had a How I Met Your Mother marathon with Jared and Katy, and then last night my brothers came out and we watched it again. It was a great evening just hanging out with my brothers doing absolutely nothing.

On a completely different note, I'm not typically one that makes New Years resolutions, but the one that I want to voice and do for 2012 is a fun one! I've noticed lately that when I do go out to eat, I always go to the same places day in and day out. So I have made it my goal to try one new local restaurant each month. I'm pretty excited to try new places each month, and this is definitely a "resolution" that I will enjoy and not feel bad about giving up on after 3 months. But I won't be giving up on this one, we all know I like to eat!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This post is kind of boring.

I'm trying to be a more consistent blogger. I really am. But honestly, I feel like I have nothing to write. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I'd like to write posts that you all want to read. And then I think, you know what? This is MY blog. I should write for me. And that's the truth. But still, I'm not quite sure what I want to write for myself.

I guess I could write that I have a hard time waking up at 4:30 a.m. now, but each day that I do, I feel better and better about myself. I've only been going to the gym for a week, but I can already tell that I have so much more energy than before. I can also already see a difference in my body. It's not huge, and no one else probably notices, but I do, and that's all that matters too.

I guess I could write that I have a completely committed relationship with my DVR. And how much I love it. And TV. And I never realized I loved TV.

I guess I could write and say that I poured my heart out to someone, only to have nothing in return. It's okay. Friends is okay with me for now. I know myself well enough to know that eventually I won't be okay with it.

I guess I could write and say that because of my committed relationship with my DVR, I'm slacking in the book reading world.

I guess I could write that some super exciting stuff is coming up in my life within a year, but I'm not revealing too much until plans are set.

I guess I could write that I have been at my job for 6 months! It's crazy to think I've been there that long already.

I guess I could write that I made a 94% on my Teller Level II certification exam yesterday. Meaning I'm a super teller. But then I'm just bragging.

Yep, I guess I could write about all that stuff, but some of it's kind of boring.

So what's up with you guys?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I used to have a feature called Tell the World Tuesday. However, it's been roughly 6 months since I've featured anyone, and I love Tuesdays. So today, I bring you something fun that may appear every now and then on a Tuesday. I've seen this around before, but I never participated because of my feature.

My first Tuesday Tunes is going to feature ONE song. Now that I don't have papers to write, tests to study for, and parties to go to (as often) because I'm a semi-adult now, I watch TONS of TV. No seriously. Probably too much for my own good. I have a serious relationship with my DVR. Anyways, I watch a show on the CW called Hart of Dixie, and this song rolled in the final credits of the last episode. AND. I. FELL. IN. LOVE.

I give you Ho! Hey! by The Lumineers:

you can find their website here:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

...and just like that, it's been over a week since I posted

This week has been EXHAUSTING. But in a good way! Tuesday morning, KK and I embarked on our daily workout journey. I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 4:30 a.m., got up and drove to the gym, and she and I just spent almost an hour on the elliptical and stationary bikes. I opened Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, so our amount of workout time was limited all three of those days. All I can say is thank goodness I got off work at 1:15 that day, because the first day back in the routine was a little more tiring than I thought it would be.

Wednesday was good though. Wednesday we actually had quite a bit of time to do more than just cardio, so we spent about 2 hours at the gym. It was nice. Then the dreaded third day hit. It was SO HARD to wake up on the morning of the third day, and I had to yell at myself a little more to make sure that i didn't chicken out already. But I pushed through it, and not only went Thursday, but yesterday and this morning too. I'm bound and determined to get healthier and hopefully back into racing shape. I miss running, everything about it. KK is just as determined as I am to get healthier, and it's very easy to get into the routine when there is someone as dedicated as you to push you day in and day out.

All this week, I have been driving back and forth to Sperry to watch my cousins play basketball. They are juniors in high school, and have been in the starting lineup since last year (maybe even their freshman year, I'm not sure). They have been doing a fantastic job, and have started off the season with a 5-0 record. This week they have been playing in the Sperry tournament. With them being 5-0, that means they will be playing for the championship tonight in the Sperry tournament! This is the first time in I couldn't tell ya how long the women's basketball team has begun the season with such a good record, or that they have played for the championship in their own tournament!

Tonight's game will be no easy feat by any means. They play Pawhuska for the championship, and they're usually a pretty tough team, and they've been scouting the girls all week. It'll be a tough game after an exciting win over a team they weren't supposed to beat on Wednesday!

This week starts the Christmas parties for me. Tomorrow I will be attending my office Christmas party, and then I have an alumnae Christmas party on Wednesday.


Such a great time for family and friends, and it helps me to remember to be thankful for all the blessings I've had in my life. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way about the holidays either!

I'm hoping to be a better blogger throughout the month of December. Honestly though, I'm more concerned about getting myself back into shape and getting healthier. Although to me being "healthy" is also taking time for me, and blogging is as good of a way as any to have some "me-time."

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Seriously?! Already the end of November?!

I seriously cannot believe that today is the last day of the month of November! Time has seriously flown. I mean seriously, I've posted what, five posts this month? UNFORGIVABLE! :)

I just feel like I don't have much to blog about anymore. My life has gotten into a pretty routine state the past couple months. I'm not looking forward to a big move, I'm not planning any kind of vacations, and I'm not hunting for a job (yet). I'm considering getting a second job, but in order to do that I need to find a part time job that would allow me to work 7-midnight or so. Even still, I'm not sure if that'll be ideal because then I'll have to balance that with sleep time. And anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE sleep. So that's why it's just a consideration and not actively hunting for now.

Christmas IS coming up though, and I have a full time job for the first time and am on my own for buying Christmas presents for friends and family. I can tell ya, I don't know how anyone does it! There are some people who I know exactly what I'm getting them for Christmas, and some people I have NO CLUE what the heck to get them. I decided to make a couple gifts, and I'm hoping they come out pretty decent. I'll be making posts later this month showing off what I made :)

Within the next week or so, my friend Kellie from work and I are planning to start hittin' the gym together. She decided earlier this month that she was going to try her hardest to lose weight, and so far she's been pretty successful. I've been more determined on getting back to working out/jogging regularly. I've gone a couple times this month for a jog, but nothing has been consistent.

Together, we have set a time of day and a minimum number of days a week we're wanting to go. We're both hoping that having a partner to help keep us accountable will help both of us in our goals. I'd love to get back in the type of shape I was in to be able to run another big race. I do know it'll take some time, but having someone who has similar goals is going to help, and I know it :)

December is also bringing up the HUGE celebration that Jared, Kellie, Shawna, and I are sharing for our birthdays in the middle of the month. We're hoping to have a whole room to ourselves and have a gathering of a ton of people to help us celebrate in style. It's gonna be a fun time, party people!

I'm going to finish off the night by cleaning the place a little bit. I've been tackling it room by room all week.

Here's to December!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I don't even know where to begin with filling you in on what's been going on the last two weeks.
I was one of those crazies that went to the midnight premiere of Breaking Dawn part 1. AND. I. LOVED. IT. The special effects team did SUCH an amazing job on Kristen Stewart when she was preggers. She looked like death.

Thanksgiving was amazing as always with good food. I just sadly didn't get to spend time with my mom because she had to work :(

Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I don't believe in celebrating my birthday in one day. When I was in college, I would start celebrating the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week and celebrate all weekend long. Today is my actual birthday, so sometimes Thanksgiving will fall on my birthday. It has its pros and cons, like getting to celebrate for 5 days growing up, but never having too many friends to celebrate with because of the holiday.

Back in the beginning of November, a fellow blogger friend of mine, Kristina of A Perfect Dose of Life and I had this conversation via twitter:

@mbattiestMallori Battiest
@kmstreeter12509 I'm partial to Thanksgiving! I feel this pain every year! My birthday sometimes falls on Thanksgiving and gets forgotten!

@kmstreeter12509Kristina Streeter
@mbattiest oh that is terrible!! :( Tell me your birthday and I won't forget! :0)

So I told her my birthday. And I was pleasantly surprised to wake up to THIS POST on  her blog in my reader feed this morning!
Kristina, you're amazing!

So what did I do to celelbrate my birthday weekend this year?
  • Friday we had ice cream pie from Braum's at work. Then Friday night I enjoyed a relaxing night in, watching one of my favorite movies (Easy A) with my bff Shawna, eating pizza and drinking cosmos. Delicious.
  • Yesterday, I dyed my hair (it's slightly red), went with my brother and two of my cousins to the Christmas train in Dry Gulch, and then went to my favorite dancing club downtown. Unfortunately, last night didn't quite go as planned, but I refused to let it get me down because IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! WEEKEND!
  • Today, I am going to eat at a local Mexican restaurant with some of my coworkers for lunch in a couple hours.
Even though this weekend didn't go exactly as planned, it's still been a pretty amazing birthday weekend. I've gotten to spend time with people I love all weekend, and there's no better present than that!

Monday, November 14, 2011


After my shameless plug to enter my giveaway last week, I had a few other last-minute entrants. By my count, I  have 9 different entrants for my giveaway. Since this is my first time to ever do a giveaway, I used to pick the winners. Here are the results:

Winner #1:

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Amy said...

exciting! And yeay for new music too! Fingers crossed! /
Congratulations Amy! I will be sending you an e-mail later this afternoon!

Winner #2:

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Shalyn said...

Yayayayay! So excited. Can you believe its been a year? I sure cannot!
Congratulations Shalyn! I will be sending you an e-mail later this afternoon!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Chances of winning were really good with so few entries. I wish I could have given every one of you some kind of prize, but that would have broken my bank :(

Thank you for being a loyal reader for a year now! You guys are the best!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

3 day weekend ahead!

If you've anxiously been waiting for an update on the wonderful weekend I spent with my brother, you're going to have to wait until next week.

We picked him up at the airport last Thursday, and I really think he's glad to be home. I know we're glad to have him home. He was tired (from being up at 4:30 a.m. every morning since June 7), so we let him go home while we all went to our various homes.

The plan on Friday was to be something like this:
  1. I was to drive from my place in Broken Arrow to mom's in Sperry to pick him up.
  2. We were to go borrow the truck from my cousins/aunt & uncle and load a dresser in the back.
  3. We were to go to his reporting station to turn in his debriefing papers.
  4. We were to go to a BBQ place near my work and get some DELICIOUS BBQ to go.
  5. We were to unload the dresser and eat our food.
  6. We were to talk about life and stuff since he left.
  7. He was to take the truck back to Sperry while Mom arrived at my place to help me cook/grocery shop for the Scentsy party I was hosting.

The plan got stopped short at #3. When we went to his drill station, they told him he was supposed to have reported to drill that morning....we later found out this could have been avoided if he had just gone to turn in his papers on Monday.

He was supposed to go to the OU/Texas A&M game with my aunt, uncle, and cousin on Saturday. The family was supposed to have a welcome home dinner/barbecue for him on Sunday (we Oklahomans love our barbecue). None of that happened.

Fortunately for me, I got to use his football ticket, so I went to my first home game of the season last Saturday. I miss the game day atmosphere. I didn't get to see as many friends as I would have liked, but I did get the chance to catch up with some of my amazing APO brothers. It was so good to see them!

The Scentsy party I hosted was a huge success! I ended up getting $90 worth of free stuff and three half-priced items...guys, I seriously bought almost 30 items from Scentsy and only spent $42! The good thing is that a lot of the women I work with bought stuff as Christmas presents, so it helped me out a lot.

Work this week has been crazy. Not overly crazy busy, but transactions have been crazy and people have been crazy. Like, I have wanted to ask people if they really are that bitchy in person or if they're only saving it for me since I'm handling their money?

We do have tomorrow off for Veteran's Day. I'm going to spend the entire day with my coworker Michelle, and we're going to watch Star Wars Episodes IV-VI on Blu-Ray :)

HAVE YOU ENTERED MY GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE MY BLOG BIRTHDAY YET?! As it stands, I only have FIVE entrants! This means chances of you winning are good! Entering is easy, and tomorrow is THE. LAST. DAY. to enter. You have until 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time (12:59 a.m. EST, 9:59 Pacific) to enter. Because Oklahoma is smack dab in the middle, therefore everything is CST to me. AND YES, MY REAL LIFE FRIENDS (Katy and Erika and Baxter) CAN ENTER AS WELL!

Good luck! Winner will be announced on Monday!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day two of Staycation

I really do wish that instead of having a little mini staycation, I were in North Carolina watching my oldest brother graduate from AIT. However, being a responsible adult now and having bills to pay, I had to make the decision to stay home and welcome him as soon as he lands at the airport.

This guy:
When we were told to pose for a picture, this is how we posed. We're slightly the same person.

will be returning home at 9:50 tonight!

You have no idea how very excited the entire family is to see him again! He left for boot camp on June 7, and I haven't seen him since then. I wrote him all throughout boot camp, and thank goodness for us upgrading our phones and amazing technology because since boot camp I have gotten to carry on conversations with him through HeyTell. (android app; iPhone app) Also because of this app, he and I carried on a walkie-talkie style conversation one evening, and we both turned on our gps locations (you can pick and choose who sees this) and he could see exactly where mom and I were having dinner one night.

Now I am far behind almost everyone else when it comes to technology, but I'm so glad that I was introduced to this little app before I upgraded to a smart phone :)

As far as the home front goes, yesterday the Tulsa area got a cold front. It was also kind of rainy all day, so it was a fantastic day for my staycation. I went to lunch with my friend Kellie before she left to go to South Carolina, and then stopped in by my work to drop off the fundraisers Kellie had.

On my way home, I decided that since I'm already at home inside on a rainy day, it would be a perfect day for some hot tea. I excitedly stopped by a local store to pick up some tea to put in my new tea kettle that my grandma gave me for the place. I got all the way home, went to put water to boil in the tea kettle, and then realized I have no mugs. What's funny about that is that my grandma tried to give me mugs multiple times, and every time I said I didn't need them because I don't drink coffee and don't even have a coffee maker. Silly me for forgetting about my hot tea obsession in the winter months! :)

Needless to say, I sat in my apartment with tea bags waiting to be brewed all day without hot tea.

Then last night I went over to my friend Michelle's place for dinner with her kiddos and then we watched American Horror Story. I seriously love this show. It's weird, and I love weird! I then returned home to watch True Blood season 1. Michelle let me borrow it a long time ago, and it's about time that I finish it and return it.

I've done absolutely nothing but lay in bed today and catch up on reading blogs. I'm about to get up, cook myself some lunch, then get started on cleaning my room. Later today, Mom and I are going to be moving a dresser into my room, and then going to the airport to pick up Jared!!!

Tomorrow will be putting the finishing touches on making my place spotless before my Scentsy party and hanging out with my brother all day!

Sunday we'll be having a welcome home dinner for him out at my aunt's! Then next week I have a four day work week due to Veteran's Day! November is shaping up to be a FANTASTIC month!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day One of Staycation

Honestly, I'm super sad that I didn't post yesterday. November is my absolute favorite month of the year! It just so happens to be my birth month, so I'm slightly biased in my opinion :)

This year, I have some more things to be excited about the month of November!

  • 5 months ago, my oldest brother Jared left for Boot Camp followed by AIT. He returns this Thursday night. I'm super excited to see my brother again. We've all missed him so much!
  • Because I was originally supposed to go watch his AIT graduation, I now have a 5 day weekend off from work :)
  • I get an extra day off of work next Friday for Veteran's Day!
  • My cousins start playing basketball and I actually get to watch it this year!
  • Birthday weekend!
  • Thanksgiving!
  • I'm hosting a scentsy party this Friday to show off my new apartment!
November is seriously the best month ever.

Last night, Shawna and I went to El Guapo's here in Tulsa for the first time in like 2 and a half months together. It was ridiculous. Not eating there, but waiting that long to go to a Taco Tuesday. And we definitely made up for lost time with the amount of chips and salsa we ate. I'm pretty sure I still have a food baby. We're not going that long without it again. I'll swear by it.

As far as my book review goes, I didn't finish a book in the month of October. That's sad.
But I am almost done with One Day, and so be looking for that review next month!

I also failed to mention that I did a guest post last week. You can find my October Obsession post over at Eat. Drink. Be a Tourist here. It's kind of manly. ha ha

Happy November!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, little bloggy!

That's right party people. One year ago today, I decided to be a blogger. I have owned this little corner of the blogging world for MUCH longer than a year, but last year I decided I wanted to consistently drone on and bore you guys with the minute details of my life! Aren't you glad you took this on?!

I started off with some of my plans for post graduation and a bucket list. I then completely changed up the look to it, and began to explore some of your blogs as well. And I honestly feel like I've made friends out of some of you guys. And I honestly haven't met many of you in person. You guys rock!

Because of your loyalty, I want to host a giveaway to celebrate my blog's birthday!

I think I want to have TWO winners, but in order to be able to do that, I need some extra time for the giveaway (have to schedule it around pay days since I'm now a rent payer!)

This means that the giveaway will be lasting from today (October 28) and will end on Veteran's Day, November 11. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 14.

Each of the two lucky winners will have their choice of a $15 iTunes gift card for all you music lovers out there, or a $15 Starbucks gift card for all you coffee lovers. I'm choosing these two options because I love music with some good hot cocoa or a peppermint white chocolate mocha during this time of year wrapped up in a fleece blanket :)

There also may or may not be an extra surprise from me in there as well! (It'll be close to my real birthday when that comes around!)

To enter:
Simply leave a comment below with your e-mail address so I know how to get ahold of you if you win.

Extra entries:
Blog about the giveaway, telling which gift card you'd choose. Then leave a comment to your post letting me know where to find it.
Tweet about the giveaway, and mention @mbattiest with the hastag #giveaway and provide this link to the post in your tweet:

That's a total of three possible entries. I hope you love music and Starbucks as much as I do! Good luck!
(And for anyone who is international, if you win, we can work something out together as to what your prize will be. I don't want to hinder anyone from entering if they want!)

Monday, October 24, 2011

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I'm super sleepy and am actually on my way to bed....

BUT, this little blog of mine is coming up on its anniversary! That's right, on October 28, 2010, I decided that I wanted to pick up my blogging and do it on a more consistent basis. It hasn't been completely consistent, but it's a lot better than before!

I'm wanting to host a giveaway, since I never did when I hit 100 followers.

Right now, I'm definitely thinking two prize winners, but it may just be two prizes for one winner...Get excited for Friday!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

This blog is about to have a first....

Guys, I'm going to attempt my first ever outfit post. Not fashion, because I don't necessarily consider myself a fashionable person, but an outfit from one of the nights I went out last weekend. I mostly wanted to take some pictures to showcase a new item of clothing that I bought a few weeks ago :)

Before I get started, I just wanted to add a little disclaimer: I put my outfits together in order to be comfortable. If I'm not comfortable in it that particular day, I'll change until I am. These photos are taken with a point and shoot camera and a self timer. They aren't the best quality, but it's what I have to work with. Also, I'm not stick thin, but I do enjoy clothes that accentuate my curves.

Here are pictures of my outfit:

Black top: Vanity
Red tank top: I've had it so long I don't remember
Boots: Vanity
Earrings: Vanity
Skirt: Dottie Adele

The whole point of this post was to highlight my WONDERFUL skirt that Miss Valerie of threads & thoughts & things I love HANDMADE. If you haven't gone to the Dottie Adele etsy shop yet, get your booty over there and make some kind of purchase pronto. She makes all of the garments and ships them to you along with a handwritten note. She even has her own tags on the garments!

I discovered Valerie through one of our mutual friends, and I have LOVED seeing all of the things she sews for herself and others (she even did ALL of the bridesmaid dresses in a recent wedding she was in! check that out here). She is an uber talented lady, and you will not regret following her blog EVER. Seriously, go check it out!

The skirt was very comfortable and I'm so glad I decided to buy it! I went out dancing in it, and not once was I worried about it moving up and showing my Britney. AND, it has POCKETS, people. I LOVE skirts/dresses with pockets! (and so does Val!)

I don't know if I will do more of these in the future or not, because posing by yourself in your apartment to capture photos of your outfit is weird. :)