Nov 30, 2011

FML. Jealous. Hungry.

Those are the only words I have for in response to last night's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Here are some standouts...

She just had a baby... FML

Also, this angel's boyfriend is Adam Levine:

...and  this angel is married to Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill:

So, all I have to say about that is -- JEALOUS.

These were some of my favorite looks:

...and they caused me to kind of lose my appetite for breakfast, and now I'm REALLY HUNGRY.

Tell me, did you watch last night? Thoughts?
Nov 29, 2011

It's OFFICIALLY Christmas.

I'm fresh off of a great Thanksgiving weekend! I got lots of great family time in, visited with some favorite high school friends, did some christmasy stuff and shopped my little heart out.

But, friends, the time has come. IT'S CHRISTMAS. Here are some favorite things that I'm LOVING this week...

Music. Duh. My car is perma-tuned to the Christmas station here in Austin. Also, Pandora has been doing me right on the holiday tunes. I heard this bright and early this morning and have been in jolly mode big time...
Baby Its Cold Outside by Dean Martin on Grooveshark 

 Also, one of my favorites, She and Him, has come out with a Christmas album!

I think I need.

Wintery clothes.  As a native Houston-ite, wintery clothes have been an acquired taste for me. I just bought these and am IN LOVE:

One thing I will def miss about Dallas is the winter. I love cozy clothes.

Lattes. I have treated myself to 2 already this week...

Gingerbread Latte = favorite. Special treat (dollars and calories) only.

I'm still working on getting my decorations up, gifts bought and Christmas cards made, so the cheeriness train is going to keep on rolling, but I've been swamped with work. Roommate doesn't know what she's in for in the decor department....tee hee.

Tunes, boots and lattes, that's all a girl really needs to get in the spirit -- for now. Happy Tuesday!
Nov 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

But really, yall. I hope all of you bloggy friends have fun and delicious Turkey days. We ran the Turkey Trot 5K and now we're cooking here at the Henry abode in Houston. Boy, are things really looking good. I'm the dessert maven this time around. One pie is made, but and I'm about to make my first ever pumpkin pie attempt. Watch out world, new pie is being added to my repertoire. I'm excited. Expect updates later. Anyway, on to the the thankful stuff...

Today, I'm feeling very blessed to have...

A healthy and loving family. As an adult, it's occurred to me in recent years that not everyone has this. I'm one of the lucky ones. Sometimes the nugget and I want to beat each other up, but really, I'm so glad to have her (and of course my parents) in my corner.

Sweet friends, especially roommate. I don't know how I would have gotten through this year without her. Partner in crime, BFF, fashion consultant, sounding board...everything. Bless her heart, there have been times when I've been a real pain in the ass. Another special shout out to my little click of best girlfriends in Austin. Thanks for filling my weeknights with walks, wine, chats and giggles. Those nights are my faves.

The Prince. Honestly, that little poodle could be my soulmate. I'm still vetting human candidates for the job, but so far he's way out front.

So much has changed since this time last year, that I really think the big three (family, friends, poodle) are really all that count to me right now. Don't get me wrong, I'm really thankful for things like Ryan Gosling, Twilight, cake balls, malbec and the like...but don't need. 

I hope everyone out there in blog world (who I'm also very blessed to have) is having a fantabulous Turkey Day so far! Hearts! 

Nov 23, 2011

Guest Post - Thanks Meg!

Happy Day before Thanksgiving! I'm SUPER PSYCHED to announce a sweet guest poster today! Gals, one of my favorites, Meg! From Life of Meg!

I asked her to post for me this season of thankfulness because her blog is always an instant pick-me-up for me. I find her so positive, uplifting and very in touch with her many blessings. She's really the best. Here goes!

Hello bloggy friends! I'm Meg from [Life of Meg] and I couldn't be more flattered to be guest posting! I can't thank sweet Casey enough for inviting me to guest blog - I am so thankful to have such a great blog girlfriend! She's always sending me the sweetest notes asking me why I'm so chipper and upbeat. When I asked her what she was looking for in a guest post, she said exactly that. How are you so happy? Well I figured I would give you a little clue from this little reminder that I found on my Pinterest. Isn't it true? When I take the time to love and take care of myself, the flood gates of happiness open! Seriously. Here are a few little tips...

{ How To Jump Start Your Happiness }

1) Random Acts of Kindness This is a big one. Nothing lifts my spirits faster than doing something thoughtful and spontaneous for someone - stranger or friend. Needing some ideas? - Send flowers to a friend for no occasion - Pay for the stranger's Starbucks behind you in the drive-thru (it's a rush of giggling and warm fuzzies - promise!) - Bake some goodies to share with co-workers - Buying a little surprise for your significant other...

  2) Take Care of Yourself I absolutely the world's biggest gym procrastinator. In my world the diet always starts tomorrow, lasts for a few days, then flops. But once I've slowly learned that it's a lifestyle, it's been so much easier. Going to the gym relieves my stress and helps me relax. Eating right relieves my self-consciousness. Not only will both get me one step closer to weight loss and healthier living, but the confidence it brings is overwhelming! 

  3) Let It Roll It's so easy to get caught up in the nitty gritty day-to-day things that get us down. Maybe you missed a deadline, late to work, someone took there grumpiness out on you, or whatever it may be. Those things are so easily to be weighed down in! On days where I feel a little discouraged or down, I try to ask myself, "Will this matter 5 years from now? Will you even remember it in the grand scheme of life?". If the answer is no, let it roll right off your shoulders. Life is far too beautiful to let people and situations drag you down. You deserve better than that! Did you hear me? You. DESERVE. Better. Than. That. 

  4) Schedule Some "You" Time Think about the things that make you the happiest? Going dancing with the girls? Coffee with a friend? A spa day? Throwing a holiday party? Whatever it is, do it! I am a firm believer that the people and things I surround myself with just add to my happiness. Positive people/surroundings mean a positive and better you!

As you all know, everyone is different, but I hope you will take these little optimistic nuggets to heart! Your one day closer to a happier you... I promise! Once again, thanks for letting me guest post, girlfriend! If any of you would like to come visit me, I would be happy to have you!! Thanks!
Nov 21, 2011

Ray LaMontagne - does it to me everytime

Hearing his music (which I frequently opt for on Spotify) seems to instantly send me into something of a feelings hurricane.

That's a new term: feelings hurricane. The metaphorical emotional winds are blowing, and there's often confusion and panic. It happens when something (usually music) takes me to a tumultuous mental land -- with no warning at all.  Hurricane.Usually it's a food item or love and breakup songs. Hi, Adele, I'm talking to you.  (There are lots of this kind of business that remind me of manfriend -- a feelings hurricane I always think I've tamed. Damn him and his similar-to-mine taste in music.)

Does that make sense at all?

Anyway, back to Ray. First of all, he's a babe:

I have a thing for beards. This we know.

Secondly, his voice is just so damn velvety. I can't think of a better word. That's what I imagine my imaginary/future soulmate's voice sounds like (unrealistic, I'm aware). It makes me want to be snuggled - hard. A couple favorites to check out:

(I really want to go to a concert - but can I handle it?)

Thirdly, I know a few people who've danced their first dance at their wedding to Ray songs. I associate it with wedding bliss...which is a whole other mental thing for me these days. Seemingly everyone I know caught this "lets get married" bug that's going around lately.

See, even now, trying to merely blog about the Ray LaMontagne feelings hurricane, I get all woman-like and lose sight of logic.

So tell me, blog friends, what things (music or otherwise), give you a feelings hurricane? Please make me feel a little less nuts.

Breaking Dawn - Official Thoughts

Happy Monday all! This weekend, I was lucky enough to partake in Breaking Dawn Part I with some sweet girlfriends. Clearly, any Twilight cinematic experience really gets me excited.

Generally, I LOVED it, but there were definitely some awkward parts. A breakdown of what I loved and hated...

Awkwardness Galore:

All the parts involving the wolves. Really, when they telepathically speak to each other, it's just weird. It's a big part of the story, but the wolf inner monologues is really just so strange. Also, all the talking of "imprinting" is bizarre.

Jacob falling in love with infant Renesmee. Yes, also a key story element, but the way he just fell to his knees in baby awe was weird. Real weird.

The birth. Although it stayed REALLY true to the book, which surprised me, there was a little more gore than I was prepared for. There was blood and guts. Lots. They really got in there and showed what's up. Accurate, yes. Creepy, HECK YES.

The magic school bus parts. When the vampire venom was coursing through Bella's veins, I'm not sure why they repeatedly felt the need to show her inside parts. Was it, or was it not ALOT like the human body Magic School Bus episode?

Even with all these strange parts, I don't know how I could have done it better. The whole saga is just such fantasy there's not a great way to show it on screen without it being partially laughable.

Pure AWESOME-ness:

The wedding. I cried like a baby. Embarrassing. It thought it was so beautiful and Bella was actually a little bit likable in all her nervous/awkward tension glory. Is it too ridiculous to demand a replica ceremony for my own nuptials some day?

The honeymoon and the feathers. I think you all know how I feel about that. It was everything I dreamed and more. Edward is my dream man more than ever.

Bella's pregnancy. I thought the effects were AWESOME. She looked truly grotesque. I think they did a great job of CGI-ing (or whatever) her sunken, emaciated body. It looked SO, SO real! 

The birth. Though I did mention it as a cringe-worth moment above, I also kind of loved it. I thought they were going to just breeze over it to keep the rating PG-13. But they didn't. There was the propoer amount of blood and guts for a vampire daddy delivering his halfie demon baby with his teeth. Accurate, yes. Amazing, HECK YES.

The ending. just perfect.

I tried to keep a mental tally of my squeals. I lost count at around 15. The first 30 mins of the movie, wrought with weddings and seksiness, were pretty chalked full of squeal-worthy items. I think 15 means I liked it.

Well, well, well, I'm a little disappointed its behind me. I will, however, probably need to go see it again. Duh. 
Nov 18, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yep, I'm actually writing the newflash. It's been forever. It's just so much work. I'm thrilled that my work is slowing down a bit and I actually have some free minutes to peruse the internet for mindless golden nuggets of greatness. (and to craft phrases like "golden nuggets of greatness") It feels good to be back, people...

1. There is a Ryan Gosling Pancake:

"Hey girl, want to eat my face?" Why, yes. Yes, Ryan, I do.  This takes the term "foodgasm" to a whole new place. I find the facial hair freakishly life-like. I'd eat that face (real or pancake) any damn day. Also, can I get a big AMEN for this.

2. Science: nice guys are better dancers. A new study shows that men with "nice" traits are generally considered better dancers. This is how they did it: they had men fill out personality tests. Then, they made them dance in a room. Their bodies/moves were transposed on to an avatar. Women watched the dancing avatars and rated their sweet grooves. The men who were classified as "nice" got better dance scores!

Isn't that a cool thing? Win for nice guys out there. They don't always finish last I guess. However, this isn't great news for me. I tend to go for the flamboyant/comedic/ridiculous man dancing. Somehow I find all male dancing weird, and comedy is my priority. I always sort of felt like a man that's too good of a dancer must be homosexual. I guess that's my personal bigotry cross to bear. 

3. Best Quote of the week: 
"I have a muffin top, and that's OK." Why not just buy bigger pants? -- Amy Adams to InStyle
Isn't she just the best? Gals, this is what I like to call.... VALIDATION. She did just have a baby, but let's focus on what counts: MY MUFFIN TOP IS OK.

4. Absolute most disgusting quote of the week:
"When I look over at her when she's biting into a steak sandwich and there is some steak sauce dripping down her chin, there is nothing sexier than that" -- Liam Hemsworth about his girlfriend, Miley Cyrus

Sick. Gross. What a terrible thought. I already find Miley kind of awful, without steak sauce on her face. Also, how did she get that sexpot as a boyfriend?

5. Bacon Lube. It's real:

There has been a lot of lube talk this week on Poodleism. I'm sorry - kind of. I find flavored/glittery lube a HILARIOUS idea. Call me a pervy child, but I just can't get enough lube news.... THIS JUST IN! BACON! There are too many jokes in the "delicious meat flavored member" realm for me to even go there. Bacon lube. giggle.

6. First images of Beyonce's wedding gown! Beyonce and Jazy-Z got married April 4, 2008 (my 22nd birthday, I might add) and nobody anywhere has seen any images from the event. Good for her. But now, she released a highlight reel of sorts about her life so far with some snapshots of the thing:

Hi, there's a train. A big train. The gown was designed by her mother, Tina Knowles, and I think it's gorgeous. I think that neckline and draping at the top is beautiful. I want something like it. (Oh, wedding gowns, how you instantly force me to face my own biological clock and feel an instant pang of jealousy of all brides.) Anyway, just thought I'd share. I don't know if I've told you this before, but I'm a big fan of hers.

I'm going to try to get back on this newsflash thing. I love the tidbits, I really do. Have a super weekend! I'm going into a Twilight coma.
Nov 17, 2011

The Weirdest of the Twilight Weird

This jolly premier week, I'm of course extra alert to Twilight fandemonium. The internet is bubbling with Twi-hards who are way freakier than me. I like that. It makes me feel normal, which is no easy feat...

Anyway, I found this post about the weird Twilight products that have emerged this year. My favorites:

My Little Pony Wedding Set
Strange, but appealing to me on a lot of levels. First of all, they're My Little Ponies. Second of all, they're My Little Ponies. Get them here.

Glow-in-the-Dark Edward Face Soap
Questions: Does the Edward rub off? Why are you washing your face in the dark? Why didn't they choose a sexier face? I need this, right? Buy here.

Glitter Lube
I don't want to discuss this too much. I might be more interested in this product than is natural. Why? Even the real Robert Pattinson likes it. That's almost too much for me to handle.

Edward Tampon Case
It is a felt Edward for storing tampons. His face lifts up and you put your tampons inside. I don't understand this product at the most basic level. Why can't they just be in your purse? Why didn't they make it look more like Edward? What the hell was this person thinking? If you need one, get it here.

Weirdly Detailed Diorama
The Etsy artist describes this as a center piece. Bella is playing chess with herself. That's really all I need to know. Need to own that for your home? Get it here.

"Why am I covered in feathers?" Stuff
SWOON. If you're a nerd enough to know that reference, tell me in the comments. I like you. I want to promote your blog.

Go check out the post where I found this stuff. There's lots more strangeness...lots more. Excited for this weekend!
Nov 16, 2011

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On - He's Back!

Everyone remember sweet Marcel the Shell with Shoes On? I sure as heck do. I told you about this little presh nugget last fall, and there's a part 2!

I think we all could use a little does of cuteness...

Best line around the 2:20 mark... "All he cares about is treats and snoozing. Look at him. treats and snoozin', snoozin' and treats. Thats it."

Also..."Guess why the bus wasn't running? The bus is a caterpillar and it threw up."

I freaking love this little baby.

Heart officially warmed. 

Ultimate Twilight Fan Link Up!

Two of my favorite bloggy buddies (Tara and Star) are co-hosting this fabulous little fun thing today. Sorry my last post was about Twilight, but it's premier week -- I'm allowed. Yay for it being this week!


Thanks to the mega fans behind this linkup, there are some faboo questions....

1. Are you going to see Breaking Dawn at the midnight release?

Nah, I'm a little anti midnight release. I'm going with a group of girls Sunday afternoon. I like to go in the daylight hours to avoid the mobs of squealing tweens. I really need my own space for squealing.

2. Scene you're most looking forward to in Breaking Dawn?

Honeymoon parts...


3. Team Edward or Jacob?

What is team Jacob? Do people really think that's like a thing?

4. Favorite book in the Saga?

I liked the original Twilight the best. There's so much tension and angst when Bella is figuring out what he is. I love the parts when he sneaks into her bedroom for cuddles. So dang dreamy. This part is also in the first movie...

Wayfarers on a man = insta-swoon

5. Favorite character in the series and why?

What the H kind of question is that? We all know my favorite fictional character and dream man is one Edward Cullen:

But, I do also like the good Doctor Carlisle Cullen, too. He's so sweet. He's the ring leader of the treaty-making, peace-loving, sexpot vampires. LOVE.  

6. Why do you love Twilight?

I like all the fictiony fantasy parts -- the vampires and werewolves. I fell in love with them because I thought the tension, angst and suspense in the books was so expertly written. She somehow made very not real things seem like they exist. I know not everyone thinks Stephenie Meyer is a genius, but I really enjoyed her writing. My love of the movies was just a bonus, I was swooning over the mysterious Edward before RPatz was even in the mix.

7. Are the books or movies better?

Tough. Very tough. I'm going to go ahead and have to go with the books. I could not put them down. I read them before I saw any of the movies, so all the characters were in my imagination, which is one of my favorite things. I frequently decide to read books when I hear of a movie, but this time I did it right and LOVED it. Also, reading the Twilight series kind of got me back into reading. I hadn't been doing it much and they re-energized me for books.

But the movies are pretty good too, because we all know what a sweet eyeball feast RPatz is....

8. What do you dislike about the series?

I wish Bella had a little more backbone. She frustrates the S out of me. I feel like she's so needy/emotional. Sometimes I want to just tell her to stop whining. I've read things where people call her anti-feminist and bad influence on the confidence of young girls...and I get that. But mostly, she just annoys me. Let's face it, that's the voice of jealousy talking.

Like this...

Give me a break.

9. Your craziest fan moment.

I had an "I heart Edward" t-shirt made for the premier of eclipse. I ruined it in the laundry. PISSED. It was amazeballs:

Also, in the theater when I saw Eclipse, I released an audible squeal that embarrassed me. It just came out. I can't control it.

10. Do you have a Twilight collection?

I own all the books and movies. Does that count?

Thanks Tara and Star
Nov 15, 2011

This. FREAKING. Weekend.

Yep, it's here. Breaking Dawn is here. The time has come (almost).

I haven't nerded out as much as Twilight releases in the past, but now that the week is here, I can think of little else. Per my usual cycle of crazed fandom during the premier first thought is this:

then, there's a little bit of this...

and lastly, my thoughts turn to this....

dear god, those vampire teeth. SWOON

Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to move into the next phase...excitement over the actual movie. Not just the slice of man heaven that is Edward/Robert. It's a hard transition for me. But we all know that Breaking Dawn is when the S really gets real.

Officially nerding. Hard.
Nov 14, 2011

I mace-d myself.

Yes, really. THAT. HAPPENED.

I accidentally pepper sprayed myself.


Here's the story: Roommate (who's the BEST) picked up some mace for us after the scary rapist invasion in our neighborhood last week. Last night, we decided to crack those babies open and get acquainted with our new protection. The directions to mine instructed that I go outside and to a test shoot. Clearly, after a gemonade (gin + lemonade) I thought this was the perfect time. (Dumb.) I went into the backyard and fired away. Worked out like a charm.

I placed the mace in my nightstand and went about my business. A minute or so later, I wiped my CLOSED EYELID with the back of my hand.




Extreme redness.

More burning.

Lots more burning.

These are the directions for "decontamination":

Yes, the button holding it to our kitchen bulletin board says "Take Off Your Pants" Duh.

Note step #3. Verbally Reassure Subject? Are you effing kidding me?

After truly "copious" amounts of clean running water, all was resolved. Roommate was great about the verbal reassurance and periodical checks.....NOT. She found this hilarious and was semi-paralyzed in laughter. Can't blame her. I'm a real idiot sometimes.

Anyway, the take home point: MACE IS REAL. Don't get it in your eye, even kind of. 

Me needs the Armie

Hello all! Yes, I'm alive. No, I didn't get abducted my my friendly neighborhood home invader. I've been home in Houston soaking up some much-needed family time. I don't know why this is, but whenever I'm home, I really have to force myself to get off the couch. I have no will to do anything but cuddle in my comfiest spot on earth. I did go out on the town with 2 of my favorite high school partners in crime, but generally, I spent the long weekend in a horizontal position -- alone.

Yesterday, I went with my parents to see J. Edgar. It was pretty good. I love a pseudo non-fiction movie about a real-life nutty person. Leonardo DiCapprio was pretty genius, per usual I think you'll enjoy -- if you're a nerd for political profiles as I seem to be becoming. Go see, highly recommend:

But, let's get on to what really counts. J. Edgar, a long-suspected closeted homosexual, had a BFF/boyfriend in his life, a one Clyde Tolson. In the movie, he was played by dreamboat Armie Hammer. I do find the name "Armand" a little weird, but with a face like that, who gives a crap...

He's a lot cleaner cut than my normal favorites, but mmmmm... tasty. He's my same age. Destiny much? Turns out he's married to a total sexpot...womp, womp. 

Welp, here's my take-home point from J. Edgar: Me needs the Armie

Go link up here!



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