Pay It Forward Works!

I was on my way to work. Had some wiggle room in my commute, so I turned into Starbucks to get a breakfast sandwich. Me hungry. Egg-bacon-gouda, delicious! I let a car go in front of me from the side exit. Everyone is going somewhere but I had time to wait.

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The Starbucks gentleman hands me my sandwich as I hand him my credit card. “No need. The girl that was in front of you paid for your sandwich. She said thanks for letting her in line.” My face and mouth dropped. It works! I love it!! Please pay it forward! #bekind2oneanother

Gala Girls

Previously.

Mom and I ditched the boys for a girls night out at the FWMoA annual gala. As usual, our dresses matched the theme of black and gold.

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Not usual, Mom was off the hook for running the event. We were able to relax, mingle, and enjoy the evening. Another not usual was that I enjoyed the first course meal, a delicable salad.

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It still came with a cold crab bisque soup that one of my tablemates gladly helped themselves to seconds.

The room looked spectacular again using very simple decor.

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Every year they have the Fill The Frame open donation period during the live auction. Besides bidding on a few silent auction items that catch my eye, I always give $100 to FTF. It’s for charity! This year they had a new fundraiser. 100 Gold boxes priced at $100 each. As we are sitting there waiting for the program to begin, the emcee announced only 6 boxes were left, “Buy a box and get a chance to win a $3,000 necklace.” I didn’t even know what the necklace was. I just looked at Mom and said, “If I’m going to give a $100 anyway, why not take a shot?” I went over to the where they were selling them. Which one do I pick? To justify my pick, I chose the box closest to the necklace.

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I returned to the table and began eating and chatting. When the time came they said unwrap your box to reveal your number then announced, “The winning number is 15!” I look down, that’s my number!!!

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A beautiful Tahitian pearl with 22 round and baguette diamonds. Me likey! Me lucky!

IRT Radio Show

Previously.

Was lucky enough to attend the IRT Radio Show this year. It’s the only fundraiser I attend that is like a comedy roast. It was a star studded cast! Name dropping here… Pat McAfee, Tom Griswold, Mayor Hogsett. Check out the full cast on their website.

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Where else can you hear Indy’s elite community members making penis jokes, talking about Cialis, dropping F-bombs (that was only McAfee) and dropping their guard. Kudos to them for keeping it real!

Bucket List

Turning 39 did not excite me this year. Being with my friends did, so I found a fun way to make them do some work for me!

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Have at it, party people!

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A quick Goodwill trip and a staple gun provided a DIY way to showcase my bucket list ideas.

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Lots of great ideas. A few questionable ones.

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Thanks to JW, this thing follows me around at every birthday since my golden. Luckily she forgot the real deal at home but happily sent a phone pic later. Those are not caterpillars. Those are my eyebrows before this girl learned what sculpting was.

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My event coordinator and I taking a breather after the meatball debacle.

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Black and gold was a fitting color scheme this year.

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We leveled up this year by adding live music. Our youngest guest was loving the Guitarist by cutting it up on the dance floor!

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I love being surrounded by friends and family. I felt loved!

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I don’t throw birthday parties to get presents, but AV picked something special out for me, so I was excited!

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A cupcake puzzle! Can’t think of a better birthday gift! Just need to pick which weekend I’ll be working on it. As the birthday girl, I tried to make the rounds and mingle with everyone which caused me to lose my cup every now and then. Oh well, we can double fist it.

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After all that fun, clean up day was bittersweet.

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After the weekend festivities, a good workout was needed but damn, JL outdid himself. Who needs training?!

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I was ready for a good dinner and a cocktail. I think a martini pairs nicely with filet. Or anything.

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I’m ready to tackle 39 and rock into 40…. I think.

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17 for 2017

While staring at the Florida ocean, K and I decide we wanted to stay put for NYE, so I’ll host a party! Hosting is the easy part. The theme is where the creativity gets challenging. Good thing my brain was clear and in popped an idea. The invitation…

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I’m all about the tiny hats this year!

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As the RSVPs came in, the main question was, “Are people really dressing up?” Hell ya we are! When else do I get to wear my high school letter jacket and Polo knit? CS was all about the tight rolling.

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After great food and merriment, we rang in the new year with our amazing friends!

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Even Sam was a trooper!

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We closed our night by writing our 2017 wishes on a lantern. I just love the sentiments these lanterns bring out.

My 2017 New Year started with a perfect message from my girl Kate.

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I couldn’t agree more. And I was ready for my breakfast of champions with my Kate flute!

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After an easy kitchen clean up, I was ready to tackle a new puzzle. I asked CS to pick one for me. I was handed 2 puzzles in 1 box. What?! This was going to require major precision. Color coding was a must! An ocean scene vs. a seashell scene.

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Boom! A little over 2 hours and it was complete. Great way to start a new year full of joy and gratitude. I hope you do too!

Presents

With all the traveling over the holidays, I put up the tree before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, presents started showing up!

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I couldn’t talk CS into opening any early, so K and I celebrated early instead! I wanna open presents! We are such good gift givers.

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Headed to the Fort this year with 2 of my favorite people to celebrate with my 2 more of my favorite people. Mom and Dad went all out with the Chrismats lights this year…

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Just kidding! This is a house across the neighborhood from them. Calling Clark Griswold! Speaking of kidding, Mom got me this as a gift?!

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I kept staring at it going “NO. No way.” I read it all and still was like no. Once you start to open the box it says “Gag Gift!” on the sides. Phew. The real gift inside was the wildly popular new game Speak Out.

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Everyone but Dad was on board to play. The giggling takes over during the game and you have to pull it together. It was a lot of fun. Puzzles are still a favorite of mine. This one combined 2 into 1. But then once I did the Sudoku, the puzzle was done. I felt bad throwing it away.

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A bit harder was my 1000 piece Shoe puzzle!

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6 combined hours over 2 tries. It was a bit of a headache, but I got it done! Only 4 more puzzles to go.  I always buy myself a present and this little guy caught my eye. After a long debate, his name is Bungina. I don’t know where I am hanging him yet but I say hello to him every morning!

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Happy Holidays!

Spreading Holiday Joy

My amazing new work family adopted a United Way Christmas family this year. Myself and 2 other people got to play Santa and deliver the gifts!

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They are not pictured in my truck because they couldn’t fit inside! We packed my car for our Mom and 3 kids!

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Our Mom’s eyes kept getting bigger and bigger as we unloaded the presents under their tree.

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I thought I would make it through without crying, but nope. Our Mom wanted a hug. I kept it to welling up tears at the house, then lost it as I drove home. Such a great reminder of how grateful I am for what life has afforded me. If you ever hear me complain, call my bluff. If you think you have it bad, you may need a life check. Making a positive difference in someone’s life is not measurable. It’s a choice and a choice I will make for the rest of my life.

My Dreams Come To Life On Stage

Previously.

I’ve started dreaming again. Oh how fun it is! I can never really describe how amazing my dreams are. Until I saw the ISO Yuletide Celebration. Holy shit. This is how I dream come to life.

I have to credit my Mom with this event. She’s been in the past and said get tickets. Sure. Any time I can spend with my parents, I don’t ask questions. I made a large assumption that I was just going to see the symphony for 2 hours play Christmas music. Piep loves to sing, so I figured it’d be a good day for all. Until the night before, I get an email from the ISO that there will be a live reindeer out front before the show. Animals?! Yes please!

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So I’m thinking that was fun, never touched a reindeer before. As I walk into the lobby. Ummmm Yuletide mascot? Not sure, but I need a picture.

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I’m feeling great! Animals, mascots, let’s go hear the symphony. Then I walk into the theatre concourse, and WOAH. I see a sea of holiday mascots. I could hardly contain myself. “Pieper, take my phone! Let’s go!” She’s such a trooper. Reindeer!

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Penguin!

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Tree?

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Mouse!

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Come on! Gingerbread man?!

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I thought we were done until Mom and I found Olaf! And a kid who’s face says “Why is this adult taking a selfie?”

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Best part, my teammates get in on the action without prompting from me. Fun-lovers!

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Fwd: Pic

If you have never been to the ISO Yuletide, please please go. I never in my wildest dreams thought anyone out there had combined my love for theater, mascots, animation, fun, family, hope, goodness, music and sheer happiness into a show. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. And you get treated to Josh Kaufman as the emcee. Yes, the voice winner!

Turkey Travels South to West

Mama and I need a shopping fix. We hit Holiday Mart again and left with empty hands and mostly full wallets.

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Most of the boutiques that we loved, weren’t there. They must not need the publicity anymore. The clothing selection looked liked it was purchased online and overseas. Just not the quality and style we were looking for. We made up for it with a shopping cart full at TJ. Ahhhh we felt better!

Mom offered to make a turkey. Mannie wanted lasagna. Mannie rules the roost and even dressed up for the festivities. Then he requested a selfie.

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CS has a built in selfie stick. I tested out my new real selfie stick that I swore I would never own. It was free, so I call it a wash.

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To get our Thanksgiving turkey, we headed west to visit the lake CS grew up around, a beautiful sunset on Smithville Lake.

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My tour guides!

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To add a little fun, everyone donned Thanksgiving themed headgear.

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J-Man and I collaborated on some decorations for the table.

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After the meal, I was treated to the annual lighting at the plaza. Before:

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After! Bonus fireworks!!

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Thanks to all my non-laws for the tour! Go-go-CS-selfie-stick-gadget-arms!

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