Happy Birthday Jen!

Hello everyone! Today is my awesome sister’s 25th birthday. Welcome to the quarter-century club J!


Dearest Jenny–

The first 18 months of my life were great. There were bunnies…


And there was cake…

And I wore my sunglasses upside down.

Future fashion queen in the making y’all

Yup–life was pretty sweet. And then you came along…

Ah ignorance is bliss…I clearly have no idea how much my life is about to change…

I can’t remember what those first few years with you were really like. Photographic evidence tells me it went a little something like this:

This basically sums up our relationship

Oh you can just feel the sisterly love there (well the sisterly love on your end). Clearly, I grew to enjoy having you around. I mean who else was I going to teach important life skills to?

I bet that knowledge of how to operate a plastic yellow telephone has come in handy in your adult life

You were my firstĀ  buddy. A built-in best friend. Looking back at old pictures it seems we did nearly everything together, such as riding around in our really sweet Power Wheels jeep…

Best Christmas present ever!!!!!!!!!


You know your commitment to the bike decorating contest is serious when even the helmet is all done up


Man we look thrilled


“Everlasting love”–Carl Carlton…J you’d better be blaring this song while reading the rest of this blog post

Dancing (you’re going to hate me for this one, but it’s my favorite)

All she gotta do is just gimme that wink…

Yes, we were nearly inseparable. And as is often the case with sisters who were as close as we were, this included committing crimes against fashion together. Case in point:

I’m not even sure where to start with this one J. Your hair? The Space Jam sweatshirt? Me wearing overalls? So many choices so little time…

Bike shorts

Socks with dress shoes

And last but not least…FANNY PACKS!!!!!!! Oh me, oh my….

The great fashion faux pas of 1998

Yikes. Perhaps that was a trip down memory lane that shouldn’t have been taken…Anyway…we always (er mostly) cleaned up well for Christmas:

Woo! Christmas Sweater!!!!!!!!!!!

Our first (and last) real Christmas tree.

I’m not sure why we thought this was a great pose

This was the Christmas where we were recovering from that terrible stomach flu…thanks alot Mom!!!!

Yes J, we have had so many great times together. You are also one of the smartest, funniest people I know, and you have always had so much personality:


“You can’t MAKE me smile”–J, 1995

“MONSTERS of the gridiron!…”

…”Duck and cover!”

You and everyone reading this is really lucky that I choose to post this one. There are no less than 3 others in this set where i can see straight up your nose.

And last but not least. My absolute favorite.

Wait for it….

Wait for it…

Wait for it…


For those of you who don’t have the pleasure of knowing J personally, this is her classic “I am SO not impressed with you right now” face….

Did he REALLY just say “Walmarts!?!?”

You’re one of my best friends J, and the best sister a girl could ever ask for.

I’m confident we’ll still be this close when we are 80. Like I said last night, we’ll be those old ladies on the cruise ship. You bring the fanny packs, and I’ll bring the bike shorts.

Love you always,



Happy Birthday Daddy!

Uh oh….someone turned another year older today!!!! Happy Birthday Daddy!

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you, the man who gave me my love of coffee:

Pikes Peak, 2007.


Christmas Eve 2010


I’m sure this hard-hitting work won the blue ribbon


Pearl Harbor, 2010

the appreciation of a good party

Love that sweater-vest Jen

And of course the ability to be a free-thinker

Be careful what you wish for!

I hope you have a great birthday! I love you always!

This Weekend, I… 1.0

Oh hey there! I still have a blog and stuff…I’m sorry for my lack of posting but qual season (i.e. my qualifying examination) has me VERY busy (and very unmotivated to do any extra writing). However, it has come to my attention that some people actually read this blog (hi Grandma!) so I figured I’d give a quick update on my life as of late (or at least my life as of this weekend). Today I am participating in Sarah’s new link-up call “This Weekend, I…” Maybe I can make this a weekly habit…???


This weekend, IĀ helped my friend Dana celebrate passing her qualifying examination. We began the night at Uberstien in Wrigleyville, and stayed there for a wee bit longer than I think any of us intended to. We bring prospective graduate students to this bar, but don’t usually venture here otherwise (generally because we end up spending a lot of money). On Friday nights, Uberstien has live polka music, and Dana discovered earlier in the year that if you tell the band it’s someone’s birthday they will force the birthday girl/boy to join the band and play a “special instrument.” Dana did this to a friend of ours earlier in the year (it was very funny) and we returned the favor on Friday night:

The “Birthday Girl”/Ph.D. Candidate

A good time was had by all. Congratulations Dana!

This weekend, I watched KSU beat Oklahoma State! Great game by the cats, and I am really looking forward to the next one!

Halloween lives on in my apartment!

This weekend, I gave myself a new manicure that I REALLY like.

Base/Top coat: Sally Hansen Flawless

Polish: Sally Hansen Midnight in NY

Glitter coat:Revlon Radiant

This weekend, I made a super delicious chicken enchilada soup. I will post the recipe for it soon!

The perfect pairing with my new favorite t.v. show Revenge


I hope you had a great weekend and have a great week!