Game of Thrones Season 3

22 Mar

You guys! And girls! It’s almost time for the Game of Thrones, Season 3 premiere on HBO. Ok, it doen’t come out until March 31 (Easter, weird  I know), but it’s never to early to get pumped up.

I am so excited for many reasons, here’s a short list:

1. Book 3 (Storm of Swords) is my favorite. I’m happy they divided it into two seasons, there’s a lot of material to cover.

2. It’s been just long enough, almost a year to be exact, since I’ve read book 3 and I’m at the sweet spot where I’ve almost forgotten some key plot points. That means I’ll relive the suspense via the show. I will make the same case I always argue, read the books before you watch the show. You owe it to yourself, really.

3. Our Sunday night watch parties, including the infamous boob game are simply the best.

4. Kit Harington.

5. This…

peter baelish


south america pants

21 Mar was so excited to see Kelly over at Messy Dirty Hair styling some Hammer pants this week with her #TheMessyProject. How mad am I that she got that blog name before me? Pretty mad. How excited was I to see these pants? So pumped.

Let’s back up a hot second. Once a month Kelly hosts #TheMessyProject. Four bloggers participate. She mails them each the same item of clothing. Each lady posts photos of her way of making it her own. Lots of the clothes she picks are a little loud or different from the norm. You can follow this link and see all the outfits posted this month.

So why do I care about these pants? I’m not a fashion blogger, and right now I’ve sworn off shopping. But when I was in Uruguay in January, I bought some equally as loud cheetah pants!

It was at a street fair by the bus stop. I stopped the first time when we arrived in Montevideo. There was a whole rack of cheetah pants! Of course Josh rolled his eyes. They were only $10, but when I started drooling he said, “Shannon, you will never wear those.”

So I passed them up. Then we spent two heavenly days on the beach. We swam. We got sunburnt. We learned to surf. We ate more steak. We ate a giant piece of grilled provolone. But those stinkin’ pants were on the back of my mind.

Bold flowy pants were ALL.THE.RAGE. in South America. Seriously everyone had them. It was the middle of summer, so it all looked so colorful and casual.

The second time we passed them, as we got on the bus to return to the ferry that would eventually take us back to Argentina, I knew they were mine. I bought the pants and Josh bought a blanket. He still thought I was a nut.

I wore them for the eight-hour plane ride home and my parents thought they were pretty funny when I got back to the  States. Now, Kelly is making them popular.

Do I look like I’m wearing jammies or do I look totally fabulous? Can I look both?

cheetah pantsSpecial thanks to Mandy my photog for the shoot in our purple entryway.


fish fry friday

19 Mar

On Friday I went back to the motherland (St. Louis) to visit my parents, meet up with some friends and dance in the St. Patty’s parade. Friday night for Catholics means one thing: fish fry.

My dad runs the kitchen at our parish’s fish fry, which is hosted by the Men’s Club. He cooks thursday night and all afternoon on Friday preparing to serve the hundreds. When I showed up on Friday afternoon, he sent me home for a baseball hat (hairnets just aren’t my jam). The rest of the night I womanned the to go line.

By the end of the fry, I was ready to sit down (and watch the Tigers lose). I smelled like fish and there was green been juice on my jeans. What a great night.

I forgot how cool it feels to work alongside your mom scooping coleslaw and potato salad. I was reminded of what it felt like to be teased by your dad in front of family friends. And dishing it right back to him.

It was a homecoming to be back in the building I spent 7 hours a day in for nine years. Even though they’ve got a pretty spiffy paint job, it hasn’t changed a bit. I stacked cafeteria chairs and pulled trash, just like old times.

It was fun to spend time in my parent’s world, that used to be my world. They both work the fish fry every Lenten Friday. The friers, the cooks, the scoopers and the ticket takers are all their friends. Dad introduced me to his buddies and I met some of the people who live in our neighborhood.

Working with my parents and other members of the parish reminded me of how much I love being part of that community and made me sad that I can’t spend more time doing stuff like that with them.

Julie, Will and I have been lucky to have grown up with two service-oriented parents who set an example by giving their time and treasure. Thanks Mom and Dad for teaching us to be like you.

Luck o’ the Irish

17 Mar

Happy St. Patty’s Day to you! This is one of my second favorite holidays, but I celebrated yesterday at the St. Louis parade with the Green Garter Brigade. Here’s a pic from last year.

thanks to the photogI’ll leave you to your green beer or your green eggs and ham or your corned beef and cabbage. Here’s one of my favorite Irish Blessings:


May your neighbors respect you,

Trouble neglect you,

The angels protect you,

And heaven accept you.


100 miles… so far

16 Mar

It’s update time! I told ya’ll a few weeks ago that I would be running 100 miles during March. Here’s the full post for more details.

So far, I’ve run 42 miles. 

A little behind, yes, but it’s still possible. I realize that I need to clock some longer runs in lieu of 3 or 4 milers. So far, I find it manageable to do a few miles each day, but harder to want to do a long run. I’ve always thought a 3 miler was my sweet spot. After that I remember that I’m running and I lose interest. It’s more mental than anything.

Mandy took this photo as I started mile #1 on March 1st. I was looking skeptical, at best. At that moment, I was seriously considering holding off until April.
March 1 RunThe really great thing about this picture, is if I get another one after mile #100, I’ll probably look like I lost 25lbs, thanks to that sweatshirt.

I don’t actually expect to see any weight loss for two reasons. First, I’m eating like a horse. Seriously, I’m hungry all of the time. I’m trying to eat things that my body will like, but I’m far from perfect. Lucky for me, it’s Shamrock Shake time! Second reason, I think I will be a little more toned and defined. Running builds muscle and I would like that as we slowly slip away from tights and boots season.

Along with eating like Mama June, I sleep like one of the past kings of Winterfell (GoT reference, March 31!). Seriously, I’m so ready for bed at 11 and I awake feeling refreshed at 7:05am. It’s the best feeling in the world. Consistent exercise is precious for my sleep schedule.

Just like last year, this challenge is really motivating. It makes me feel accomplished to come home after a run, stretch out and mark my mileage on the calendar. Having Erin, Kalya and my dad as company is also inspiring.

While I run, I’ve listened to a few episodes of This American Life and a whole lot of Super Bass. Like a whole lot. Perhaps there is a playlist post in my future so you will realize that I listen to the least cool music of all time.

RIP Google Reader

14 Mar

tumblr_m8i10wXUJC1rcftipo1_250I’m so loyal to Google. I have been smitten with Gmail since 2006 (yeah, I was invited). I tried Buzz. I thought I was going to love Google+. You know I LIVE on Google Docs/Drive. That’s my jam. Google, I’ve been your biggest fan. And then you shut down Google Reader on me?!?!

I need you (Google) to do a little work on your end. I need you to relax on the tablet and smart phone race that makes you millions and pay attention to your web apps. I still think G+ has so much potential if you EVER did anything with it. I’m pretty sure it’s the same as it was two years ago when I joined. Successful social networks like Twitter, WordPress and Facebook are constantly changing. There are updates, improvements and additions to keep us on our toes.

Sorry everyone, I’m so mad right now. I use Google Reader everyday and I’ve never felt so betrayed. I think I need a Shamrock Shake and some time to pout about it.

On the bright side, this is giving me the opportunity to clean out the 100+ blogs I follow. I’m slowly moving them to Bloglovin. I’m only moving the blogs that I actually like to read (not the ones I followed to be entered in a giveaway or the ones that plain annoy me). This is my chance to actually organize them and weed some out.

So if you’re using the Reader, you should probably think about switching to a service that cares about you.  Make sure you take me with you!!

p.s. I planned to post a 100 miles update today, but I’m too upset. I’ll get you one this weekend. I’m on mile 42 as of today!

I Miss College

11 Mar

On Saturday, my friend Julie and I presented on adjusting from college life to the “real world” at the Women’s Leadership Conference. Although it wasn’t well-attended, our presentation went smoothly.

The small crowd we had looked interested and laughed with us. Some of them even took notes!

I Miss College

Julie is hilarious and presenting with her was fun and laid back. Picking out GIFs for our powerpoint was out of control.

I thought I would share some of the highlights of our presentation in case you are getting ready to transition to your first real job. Or if you just want to remember that awkward time early in your career where you felt like you were doing everything wrong.

First off, college is awesome. We loved it. But having a job? It’s not so bad.


Ok, it’s not totally like Beyonce either, but you know what I mean.

Be realistic in your voluntary workload. Joining every committee and taking on every extra project that comes your way is hard sometimes. Be sure you can get your work done well, then take on new responsibilities.

On the other hand, don’t be afraid to be a “yes” person when your supervisor asks you to do something. Establish a reputation as a person who can get things done. When tasks are added to your plate, don’t do this:


Make lists: list of what you have done, list of goals, list of career aspirations, list of things you like about your job and list of things you could change. Make all of these lists and more in Google Docs (they should really sponsor this blog).

Remember names. Then use them in conversation. Saying you’re not good with names is pathetic. Get good.

As for workplace behavior, become a morning person, get there on time, act like you love it (hopefully you actually love it and there is relatively no acting involved).

Perfect your stone face. Some people have the worst ideas (aka ones that are opposite of your genius ones). Those people might share them in a meeting. Whatever you do, do not do this:


Use your stone face and maybe add a little nod. Let them know you are listening and carefully considering it. It’s unprofesh to sigh, roll your eyes (my worst habit) or look upset when people are making suggestions. Save it for your Google Doc entitled “Feelings.”

Julie introduced me to PoGo, an abbrev for Positive Gossip. It’s chance to praise people when they do something awesome, especially when they aren’t around. Become know for your compliments, not snarky remarks. Be like this:


Making friends after college is awkward and sorta hard. We recommend becoming friends with your friend’s friends. Try new things, but please be alert for stranger danger.


One of our reoccurring themes was to read The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay. Julie recommend it to me, and it may have changed my life, or at least my view of my right now. She talks about giving purpose to your 20’s while planning for the rest of your life.

Dr. Jay stresses the importance of Individual Capital, the skills and experiences you have. Especially in your 20’s, you are constantly building and refining it. It opened my eyes to how I spend my time and what I want my future to look like. Everyone should really read it today.


We also touched on budgets, dressing professionally and getting involved in the community.  Here’s the full powerpoint, in case these GIFs aren’t enough for you.

What advice would you give grads?