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In less than 10 short days, I will be boarding a plane to Chicago for my first visit to the Midwest ever.
Excited doesn’t even seem to describe how I feel!

In less than 10 short days, I will be boarding a plane to Chicago for my first visit to the Midwest ever.

Excited doesn’t even seem to describe how I feel!

A worthwhile read for the all the cynics out there.

(It’s a worthy read for all you non-cynics as well!)

Biggest Pet Peeve

When I receive a mass produced thank you note.  

Like one of those, that has a [wedding/baby/etc] picture with a generic thank you message and the senders name printed on it.

Maybe I’m completely off base- but it’s always been my understanding that the whole point of a thank you note is for the sender to personally thank the person they are sending the note to for a nice gesture/gift/etc. 

In my opinion, printing out 100+ cards with a picture and a generic message that happens to have your name at the bottom absolutely does not fit that bill in any way.

Don’t get me wrong- when I do something nice for someone or get them a gift, in no way do I ever expect a thank you note or some sort of special appreciation.  I’m doing it because I want too, not for the attention.  But honestly, I would rather receive no note at all than one of those mass produced cards.

//end rant

PSA: Yummy Lunch!

Have any of you ever tried the Ready Pac Salad bowls?  Well if not, you totally should!

I usually HATE those pre-packaged salads that include chicken- the chicken always tastes rubbery and gross for me, so I usually avoid them like the plague.  But in an effort to try to start bringing non-terrible for me lunches- I saw these at Wegman’s on Sunday when I was grocery shopping and figured what the heck, why not give it a shot?

Well, I am pleased to say- the Chicken Caesar one is delicious!  I have had it for lunch twice this week (including today!) and I will totally be adding these to my grocery list from here on out.

So in short, if you are looking for an easy on the go salad that also tastes delicious- check these out :)

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.
Roal Dahl (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Things to look forward to:

Summer is almost over- which damn near breaks my heart- but when I think about it, I also remind myself that I have a lot of things in the upcoming months to look forward to!

  • August 16th: Duggan Family Reunion at New Silver Beach
  • August 29-September 1st: First visit to Chicago
  • September 6th: Guissarri/Penny wedding in Newport, RI (!!!)
  • September 26-28th: Tampa to visit my sister & meet my new nephew, Freddie
  • October 2-5th: Miami Beach to (belatedly!) celebrate Kevin entering his dirty thirties
  • October 18th: Boston College/Clemson football game with the fam (including my sister who is flying up!)
  • November 8-13th: Aruba with Kevin’s family for my mother in law’s 60th birthday
  • November 28-30th: Disney World with my entire family, including both sisters & their boyfriends

Guyyyyys, meet my new nephew FREDDIE!
Currently trying to find time in my schedule to fly down to Tampa to be properly introduced while he is still a lil guy….
But until then, stalking him through pictures will have to do.

Guyyyyys, meet my new nephew FREDDIE!

Currently trying to find time in my schedule to fly down to Tampa to be properly introduced while he is still a lil guy….

But until then, stalking him through pictures will have to do.

So we spent the day at my aunts pool. 

More specifically, we spent the day floating around on her toilet shaped pool float. 

I’d say it was a good day.

So we spent the day at my aunts pool.

More specifically, we spent the day floating around on her toilet shaped pool float.

I’d say it was a good day.

Serious Friday Question

Why does everyone hate comic sans?

#ALSicebucketchallenge #StrikeOutALS

So, this happened last night.

I’m not sure if the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is something that is only going viral in Massachusetts or if it is a worldwide thing, but yesterday I was nominated by my best friend from college to complete it- so challenge accepted!

If you aren’t familiar with the challenge- pretty much once someone nominates you, you either dump a bucket of ice water on your head or you donate $100 to the Pete Frates #3 Fund (or any ALS research charity really).

The purpose is to spread awareness of this terrible disease and the need for a cure- & I think it’s working because my Facebook newsfeed is just inundated with videos of all my friends, family, & acquaintances dumping ice water on their head. It’s pretty neat to see so many different people band together to spread awareness.

As I have mentioned on here before, a few months ago my uncle Billy passed away way too young after a short battle with ALS- so this cause is very near & dear to my heart. It’s so great to see this terrible disease finally get the attention it deserves & hopefully sometime in the near future a cure will be found.

As Pete Frates said in his Bleacher a Report article- the dream is that someone reads about ALS & Lou Gehrig in the future and wonders how the heck someone could have passed away from a disease that is so easily treated.

Hopefully that dream will become a reality soon.

So long story short- if you want to see me dump a bucket of freezing cold ice water on my head in support of all of those suffering from ALS, check it out!

Also, if you are reading this- consider yourself nominated :)

I had such an awesome time with my best friend at the Katy Perry concert last night!

Holy hell can that girl put on a good show- we were dancing our asses off for a solid two hours while she just played hit after hit. 

Such a perfect & well needed girls night out.

I had such an awesome time with my best friend at the Katy Perry concert last night!

Holy hell can that girl put on a good show- we were dancing our asses off for a solid two hours while she just played hit after hit.

Such a perfect & well needed girls night out.

nanlawsketch:

Happy Birthday, Harry

nanlawsketch:

Happy Birthday, Harry

Real Housewives Talk

Can we all agree that New York is BY FAR the best franchise?

I mean,

Tuesday
  • Beginning next week I’m going to be a puppy auntie- my sister is getting a chocolate lab named Freddie!  I am currently trying to find a time in the fall to go down to Tampa to meet my little nephew while he’s still little.
  • Sometimes I have these periods where I really seriously want to sell our townhouse and buy a real house for the sole reason of getting a puppy.  I’m noticing in the past year they are happening more and more frequently. (Noted: I totally know it’s feasible to have a pup in an apartment/condo but our association has a strict no dog policy, boo!)
  • I went back to my natural hair color my junior year of college- but lately I am itching to go lighter again.  Yay or nay?
  • Tonight I’m leaving work a little early to head to a food festival with my cousins.  This is my first time going but my cousins are regulars and said that it’s awesome.  I can’t wait to stuff my face!
  • On Friday I’m going to my last concert of the year (at least my last planned one!).  My best friend & I got tickets to see Katy Perry and I’m psyched.  I will most definitely be dancing my ass off white girl style.  I apologize to those around me in advance.
  • I have been itching to add a jump suit to my wardrobe but I have had such a hard time finding something that I am willing to pull the trigger and purchase.  I came across this one the other day & I haven’t stopped thinking of it since I tried it on.  I know Anthro online is the devil (like seriously maybe worse than the devil), but they are offering free shipping right now so I think I may have to make it mine.
  • How is July almost over?  Holy crap is this summer going quick.  I am not even close to ready to break out my fall stuff :(
  • So far I have made plans to go to my aunts pool FOUR separate times & every time it has either down-poured or been in the 60’s.  I want to go this weekend because I’m seriously lacking on my summer tan but I refuse to make definite plans because I don’t want to jinx the weather.
  • One month from today I will be heading out to Chicago!  I am BEYOND excited for this trip.  Thanks to everyone for their recommendations- I made a special note on my iPhone notepad of all of the suggestions so I will be all set when we get there.  If you have any other recs to add over the next month before I leave- feel free to shoot me a line either in my ask box or at christinamduggan@gmail.com.  I appreciate it so much :)