Friday 7 Quick Takes (vol 132)


It’s the last week of the month which means it’s free topic week at Totes Awesome Channel! However, I missed out on last week’s. I thought it was free week so Kim and I recorded free topic week while at the airport in Istanbul but wireless on the plane was too splotchy to upload. Last week’s topic was actually to talk about Totes Awesome Channel in celebration of our two year anniversary. So today, I present to you last week’s vlog and this week’s vlog topic combined.

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One of my oldest friends got married last weekend. It was quite a whirlwind. As soon as I got off the plane from Europe, I was rushing to go celebrate with her. I read somewhere that the average friendship lasts about 7 years. This one here has spanned a good fifteen years. I love that as I reflect on her life, I can remember her learning how to drive as a teenager and now she’s married! God willing, if we remain friends for another fifteen years, I cannot wait to see what other milestones I will have the honor of witnessing as her friend.

Also, this may the first time I’ll be able to wear a bridesmaid dress again. Ha!


More about Paris and Amsterdam next week!


It took us almost a year to plan and save for Paris and Amsterdam. Now that that’s done and over with, I’m feeling a little lost without an audacious goal. Currently I’m using my restless energy to tackle my student debt. At the beginning of this year I had a little over $19,000 and am currently sitting at just under $17,000. I’m halfway towards this year’s goal of paying down $4,500 but my audacious goal is to pay it all off as soon as possible.


Currently reading: War World Z

I never thought I’d read a zombie book!


A lot of my reading list I get from Ashley. She told me about Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck. I read it while I was in Paris and I enjoyed it so much. I have highlights in my Kindle version that I plan on moving to a blog post or my reading journal, but here’s a passage I highlighted.

For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as consequence, not as punishment. I did not want to surrender fierceness for a small gain in yardage.


This week’s moments of bliss: ♥ impromptu Fast 6 date with Alan ♥ I’m back in Texas! Back in my bed! Back with my dude and pup! ♥ a phone date that happens once a year happened ♥ making extra payments towards student debt ♥ brand new desk at work ♥ staying connected ♥ eating lunch with mom ♥ filling up my calendar with girl dates ♥ catching up on Mad Men ♥ noodles ♥ puppy cuddles

Question: What’s your next big adventure?

  • You look great in that blue/turquoise dress! I’ve only had a few friendships last longer than the ‘7 years’, and I must say it’s SUCH a wonderful feeling :) I can’t wait to be at those friends’ weddings, too!

    Looking forward to more travel re-caps!

    • Thanks Melissa! I feel that way about blog friends too. Sometimes we get to see our blog friends meet their person, marry, and have kids and it’s so neat to be able to recall all their previous lives.

      I’m struggling with the travel recaps; I just get so overwhelmed!

  • I bought that book a bit ago but haven’t read it yet. The movie doesn’t look that good & I heard they had a lot of problems with it & brought the cast back to completely reshoot the ending. Let me know what you think.

    • Enjoying the book! I did hear the movie is terrible. So funny that how bad it is has spread and it hasn’t been released yet!

  • I have NO idea what my next big adventure will be. I’m trying to focus on losing weight & paying down lots of debts before I even THINK of anything. I do know I am going to book a fantastic cruise when I do hit my goal weight and I can’t wait for that!

    I’m excited to read more about your travels! Yay!

  • That dress you wore to your friend’s wedding is hot! You should totally wear that again!

    I’m thinking my next big adventure will be either Disneyland, Vegas, or a camping trip. We’ll see…

  • lisasyarns

    I don’t have any BIG adventures planned, but I have small adventures, like a trip to the DC area, a trip to NYC and a potential girls trip with my mom/sisters/sisters-in-law to Myrtle Beach. :)

    I love the dress you wore to your friend’s wedding! And I love that you all wore the same color, but totally different dresses. That si too cool.

  • Steinbeck is so great.