Saturday, August 20, 2011


I don't really write never write about fashion trends, or things I think are fun to wear... but here goes nothing!

Oh so SPRINGY butterflies!

Perfect for the beginning of winter when snow isn't that ugly brown and it's still fun!

Tattoo socks!  I like the idea of having the appearance of a tattoo without the pain and permanence that they bring.  Find em here, and I know for sure when I get a job back in Iowa I'm gonna buy some!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Post Wedding Thoughts

Now that the wedding is over and done with I am happy to say that I'm more relieved that it's over than regretting that something didn't go exactly right.  The wedding was an amazing day, perfect weather, fun music and amazing people!  I had a blast! 

One of my favorite pictures!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Remember that last semester of your senior year when your GPA wasn't that big of a concern anymore and your homework assignments seemed like a big joke because you were out of there in a matter of days?

Yeah... what do you call that when it's not your senior year, but it's your last 2 weeks of your job?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Negativity Schmegativity

Recently, I came to the conclusion that I have become somewhat negative and mean at times.  I really hate that!  I am a nice person, SWEAR!  So in effort to make a change in my life I'm just trying to do little things on a regular basis, no make that daily/hourly basis that helps send positivity out into the world.  This is done in a somewhat "pay it forward" manner hoping that by giving positivity, it will be returned to me someday after going full circle and hopefully making the world a better place.

Last week I was having a rough day - can't even remember why now, but it was just one of those days where things just aren't going right.  Well, our FedEx deliveryman, Joseph, came in and as usual had a positive attitude.  Well I should say that I didn't know his name at the time when he came in - after years of working with this man and noticing how he's always kind and a joy to talk to I didn't know his name.  He helped me with a large delivery by pushing these crates through the office, after which I bashfully told him that I felt terrible that I didn't know his name and that I wanted to properly introduce myself. 

Joseph, my name is Elizabeth *shake hands*. 

Joseph takes off to make his other deliveries and I sat down at my desk and made a point to do something I should have done a LONG time ago.  Which was to write a glowing, positive letter of thanks to FedEx Corporate for having such a positive employee on their staff, one that goes the extra mile to help us in the office and without any complaints.  I typed up a one page letter, made sure my contact info was posted so they could call me if they had any questions and sent it via USPS (yes, sending a letter to FedEx via the United States Postal Service - the irony wasn't lost on me here). 

And there it went, a letter of positivity to FedEx which will hopefully result in Joseph getting praise from his manager or someone at corporate, which will hopefully get into his HR file, which will be instrumental in getting him promoted when the time comes.  (At least that's the end result I wish to happen!)

By being positive last week I really felt it was therapeutic - and I encourage everyone today to consider those they come across daily, your deliveryman, your cashier at Target, the kind person who holds the door open for you, and thank them for their help if they've truly helped you, write a letter to management if an employee went above and beyond, do something positive.  I don't think you'll regret it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Moving to Greener Pastures

So it's official - the stuff that's been boiling inside me now for years can finally come out!  In 9 days I will no longer be an employee of my current employer.  Since this is a public blog I'm going to keep this generic... but anyways, I'm quit relieved to finally be ending my journey at this company.  There were times when the bad certainly outweighed the good.  I am going to miss the family atmosphere at work but I'm not going to miss certain things... (things I typed out originally but deleted in fear of the people that I'm writing about ever reading this blog).

My husband and I are moving back to IOWA.  The best freaking state in the world.  I didn't realize it until long after I left exactly why it's sooo amazing.  Of course the things that top my list are my family and friends being within driving range, ISU tailgates, beer that costs less than $9, and people that let you pass them on the interstate without appearing to hold a grudge afterwords and fight you on the road for miles at a time.

-While I'm on the subject of beer (since the topic doesn't leave my mind until long after I type those words) I remember it was VEISHEA 2008 when I came back to visit a bunch of friends.  I surprised my brother at a bar and since I was newly employed making the big bucks in Chicago I wanted to buy a pitcher.  Someone chimed in and said "woah, don't do that, the pitchers are expensive - they're $7" to which I replied "then I need TWO!"  I couldn't believe how cheap beer was - even after living in Chicago less than a year the low price of alcohol never ceases to amaze me.

Iowa Stubborn:

"But what the heck, you're welcome,
Join us at the picnic.
You can eat your fill
Of all the food you bring yourself.
You really ought to give Iowa a try."