Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Love

Today is the day that my best friend is getting married! I am thrilled to be a part of Rebecca and Tripp's special day! This weekend has already been a blast and I am so excited to bring in 2012 with two of my favorite people!

I have been through a lot with Becca and we have been best friends since I was in the 7th grade. We have endured many hours of basketball practice, watching Dr. Phil, talking about boys, fashion, and everything else in between. She is a wonderful friend and has been super supportive during my move! She was the friend who threw me a surprise going away party! Tripp is so wonderful as well. He never complained when I was the 3rd wheel with them which was a lot! We have many fun times together in Columbia cheering on the Gamecocks and usually getting in trouble downtown!

I am so happy Rebecca found such a wonderful man to marry and I am so honored to be part of their celebration.

I love you both!

Side note: Rebecca is one of my best followers of my blog and is so supportive of my crazy blog! Isn't she beautiful! Cannot wait to share pictures of the gorgeous bride tomorrow!

Happy 2012 and Happy Wedding Day Mr. and Mrs. Tripp Love. Yeesh, I have anxiety saying that!

8th grade throwback... can you find us?

high school




Ta ta,

Friday, December 30, 2011

Book Club Book Review

This is going to be short and sweet because I have to hurry and get things ready because this weekend is REBECCA'S WEDDING WEEKEND!!!!!! YAY! So much to come on that later!

I'm linking up with Ashley and Crystal for the Cover 2 Cover Book Club!

1. What do you think is the most important piece of advice that Jordan Christy gave in this book?

I think that we are so focused on society and the media, that we forget how to be "real" women with class and dignity. I feel like many of us have lost sight of how things used to be and how our grandmothers would feel about today's behavior!

2. What do you think is the most obnoxious “Stupid Girl” characteristic?

Oh geez, I can name a couple.... Obviously stupidity, silliness, and just plain acting stupid because you think its cute. Ugh.

3. There were SO many great quotes in this book. Do you have a favorite?

I have to relate to the Top 10 Ways to Get Hired. I deal with stupid people everyday in my field and I swear people do not know how to make a resume, dress for an interview, or how to answer important questions. I look at tons of resumes online, so if you want me to look at yours, just email it to me! My company is really good at helping people fix their resumes and I enjoy doing it. We have seriously the worst of the worst resumes but they are really great people with great experience. I haven't dealt with too many stupid girls with work because my field is mainly men, but I cannot even imagine what some recruiters deal with. You're never going to get a job if you are a stupid girl!

4. What do you hate most about how our modern day media portrays women? Which celebrity do you dislike the most?

I think that the media is ridiculous about women's weight and appearances. Seriously, something needs to be done! The media makes us size 8 girls feel like whales!

 5. Jordan Christy said that one of the best ways to cultivate a healthy self-image is by celebrating your positive and unique qualities. If you have the time, take the “9 Types” Personality Test here: Did you discover anything new about yourself? Which type are you? Which traits do you feel are most representative of you?

I am Type 2 the Helper. I wasn't surprised by this. I took a strengths test in college and I learned my best traits were woo, competition, positivity, harmony, & achiever. I definitely like to help people and if you look at my job, recruiting, all I do is help people find their perfect career everyday!

 6. What are the top 5 things on your Smart Girl list? (goals to become a more articulate, knowledgeable, and well-rounded person.. see Jordan’s list on page 62)

1. Learn sign language
2. Go on a mission trip
3. Get my Masters Degree (possibly in agricultural education)
4. Join a Junior League or something similar (gotta move back south, though!)
5. Start a fundraiser for something close to my heart

 7. One of Jordan’s suggestions for staying out of a rut with your group of friends is to travel together to your “signature cities.” If you have time, take the signature cities quiz here: You will have to make an account to get your results, but it’s definitely worth it. What’s your signature city? Have you ever been there? Do you ever see yourself visiting your signature city in the future? Would you ever consider traveling to your signature city with your group of friends?

Hahaha, my city was New Orleans. Funny this was the city because I went last summer in 2010 for a ZTA Conference and was a little terrified of the city. Too much poverty, crime, and drunk people for my liking. Think I'm going to have to disagree with this one! I was even so nervous about flying there that I had a panic attack in the airport! The only notable happening from the trip was that my ZTA chapter was ranked #2 in the nation. Yes, you heard that right!

 8. Overall, what did you think about the book? What was your favorite part of the book? Least favorite?

I really liked this book. It was my first book I purchased on my Kindle and it was such an easy and quick read. I like quick reads. I agreed with a lot in the book and I feel like most of us who read it agree with most things the author talked about. I just want stupid girls to get their act together!

Can't wait for the next book!

Off to mani/pedi time with the BRIDE!!!!!

Ta ta,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

5 Rounds of Christmas!

For my family, Christmas is such a big deal and a very long and drawn out process, yet so fun!

Here is a photo recap of the Perrow/Frierson Christmas 2011!

Christmas Eve (no pictures, whoops):
  • Christmas Eve church (mom and I went to her family church instead of ours because it is beautiful!). Got to see some old friends from high school AND college!
  • Dinner at my house: shrimp & grits, sausage, "puddin," eggs, rolls, dessert
  • Dad's immediate family (Mimi & Pop Pop, Aunt Peggy & Uncle Moss, Stewart, Adam & Stacey, & my family)
Christmas Morning (no pictures again, too early):
  • Moravian Sugar Cake (yum) & coffee
  • Santa's stocking (I got a necklace, some hand warmers, and some jewelry cleaner)
  • Presents from our family (Mom, Dad, John & Me)
  • My favorite gift was my KINDLE and I am SO excited!
Christmas Lunch:
  • Turkey, dressing, rice & gravy, mac & cheese, sweet potato suffle, oyster pie, asparagus casserole,  ham, cranberry relish
  • Mom's family: there are 16 of us and also Mary Loyal and Luci's grandmother!
  • Got lots of fun kitchen stuff from Aunts and Uncles!
Frierson Christmas

Frierson Christmas- Cousins

Christmas Dinner:
  • More food than you can ever imagine
  • About 27 of us: My Dad's side (so 11 of us) + my great aunt & uncles family (like 15 of them!) and they have little ones! 
  • Kids all get gifts- it got very, very loud!


Perrow Family

Perrow Cousins

  • The adults did a Christmas exchange and I got this candle... There is a huge joke about this candle now because I couldn't figure out that it was a reindeer....

Dad + Brother + Me

Cute Cousins!

Day after Christmas:
  • Shrimp creole + Christmas dinner leftovers
  • My dad's immediate family and Stewart's girlfriend, Betsy!
  • Can you believe all of the presents under MiMi's tree? That lady loves Christmas more than anyone else in the universe!! Loves, loves, loves and she is SO generous!!
For 12 people!

Pop Pop + Gifts
  • MiMi loves to give the girls matching things, so we HAD to get a picture of our silliness..

Stew and Bets

So, there you have it! My Christmas in a nutshell!! Hope you all had very lovely Christmases!

Ta ta,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

My Christmas Blessing!

Merry Christmas Eve!

I just have to share my story from my plane ride home yesterday!

When I got to my seat on the little plane in Bloomington, there was this cute little girl sitting alone. I sat down, got situated, noticed that she was reading Charlotte's Web, so I introduced myself as "Charlotte, like Charlotte's Web"... isn't that cool? She thought it was so neat.

Then I had to figure out what to talk to a 3rd grader about.....I racked my brain thinking about what to talk to a 9-year-old about.. Duh, SANTA! I went on to talk to Brianna about why she was all alone on the flight to Atlanta.

Brianna, 9, has been flying ALONE to visit her dad in Atlanta from the Chicago suburbs since she was 5. Her parents got divorced and so she spends every other Christmas in Atlanta and every summer with her dad. I was so touched.

After we could use our ipods on the plane, I asked Brianna if she wanted to share my earphones with me to listen to Christmas music and she was so excited! I gave her the left earphone, I took the right earphone, and we listened to Christmas music for the rest of the flight.

(I'm trying to add a screenshot from itunes of my playlist but it isn't cooperating....)

This may be my favorite part of Christmas. What a great reminder to think about this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas from the Perrows!

Ta ta,

Friday, December 23, 2011

I'm Coming Home!

Hopefully by 4:30 this afternoon I will be safely arriving to Columbia, SC!

I am so excited to get home that I cannot even contain myself! I am a little concerned about my attire because it is around 30 degrees now so obviously I have on a flannel shirt, a vest, coat, and Uggs. I am going to sweat to death when I arrive home in SC. Oh well, I can always wear a t-shirt when I need it!

Please pray for safe and easy travels for both Tyler and me. He left this morning at 6:45!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Ta ta,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Whoot whoot! What a great email to wake up to that I received a blogger award!

Thank you, Brianna @ Adventures of a Southern Life!

The Rules for this award:
1-Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
2-Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
3-Share 7 random things about yourself.
4-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
5-Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post.

Here are 15 of my favorite reads:

1. Callie @ The Good Life
6. Ashley @ Everyday AEM
8. Beth @ Sweet Bef's Blog
9. Sarah @ Simply Sarah
10. Jackie @ York Avenue
11. Brittan @ A Babbling Brunette
13. Jenn @ Going the Distance

Seven Things About Me:
1. My favorite color is turquoise
2. I have an unhealthy addiction to Law and Order SVU
3. My favorite movie is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
4. I could eat Japanese hibachi everyday
5. My staple lunch is a peanut butter sandwich (no jelly), Special K bar, apple, and piece of chocolate
6. I'm deathly afraid of the dentist
7. I have really ugly feet (and they hurt a lot)-- so random, I know!

Thanks again for the award, Brianna!

I am starting to pack to go home for Christmas. I must say the weather will be a little different in SC than IL so I am having difficulty packing! I am so so so so so excited to get home!!!!!

Happy Tuesday!

Ta ta,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tis the Season....

for giving!

This weekend I had a goal to make goodies for all of the people who have been so kind and helpful to both  Tyler and me! We have had a lot of people who have been looking out for us and sort of "taking us in," so I wanted to do something special for them. 

After a kitchen covered in flour and pumpkin splattered everywhere, I present you...

12 loaves of pumpkin bread

Love the cute wrapping I found at Meijer. If the South had a Meijer, I would be the happiest girl ever. It's a mix between Wal-Mart and Target.. Good prices like Wal-Mart, but cute things like Target. Obsessed! Someone in the South needs to make a move and build one!!!

12 bags of pretzel/rolo/m&m goodies

12 bags of pine bark

The pine bark was kind of a fail... I used too much butter and brown sugar so the saltines were very gooey. I kind of altered my mom's recipe to one I found on Pinterest. Should have stuck with Mom's..

This is what they were supposed to look like:

So, there you have it.. the goodies I slaved over all weekend BUT I feel so good about them and am excited to give them out. I truly feel like this Christmas is more about my giving than receiving. 

Tyler and I finished off our night of baking and cooking with a duck/shrimp/sausage/squirrel (ok maybe not but he told me so) gumbo with rice. I was super skeptical, but it was pretty delcious. Not going to post a picture because it does not compare to my pretty treats. It looked pretty.. well, ugly. But tasted good!

Can't believe the weekend is already over, but that means I only have 4 days of work before I can go home for Christmas. I CANNOT WAIT! My mom has been sending me pictures of my cat named Gray, yes, so original, who loves the Christmas tree. She was given the nickname Chris-mouse a couple of Christmases ago!

She now has her title as queen of our house, now that Lily is gone. Glad we still have her and her buddy Scruffy (whose name totally describes her perfectly) as pets without my sweet Lil.

Praying this week goes by quickly so I get GET HOME!

How was your weekend?

Ta ta,

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Green Babies

Today, Tyler and I went to visit our friends, Josh and Heather [Green], who recently had twin baby girls! Josh and Heather were Tyler's first friends when he came to Illinois a year and a half ago for his internship. They have been especially good to him and I am so thankful for that. Josh works with Tyler and Heather is a veterinarian; therefore, we call her a lot asking questions about Sarge!

I got to know Heather and Josh when we went on a couple's canoe trip in Indiana this summer with the rest of the 300 rednecks in the state. Something about rednecks + beer + canoeing + sun = a good time.

Anyways, in November, Josh and Heather had twin baby girls, Hailey and Lily. Tyler and I made a trip to Babies R Us today to get them a present (and oh my goodness that was a terrible decision... Toys R Us/Babies R Us the weekend before Christmas is INSANE!). Tyler was such a good sport... Definitely out of his comfort zone buying diapers (something I have never done before either)!

We had a great little visit with the babies and their parents and I even convinced Ty that we should take a pic!

He's thrilled.

What a special time in Josh and Heather's lives... So glad we could be a part of it!

Ta ta,

Friday, December 16, 2011

Favorite Christmas Things Link-Up

Happy Friday and Merry Almost Christmas!

Tonight I am linking up with Katelyn for My Favorite Things of Christmas!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate... I just got a recipe from Rebecca's mom for the best homemade hot chocolate! Yum!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? When I was a kid they were all placed out in our den.. My side is on the left, my brother's is on the right. Now Santa wraps them and puts them under the tree.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?  We used to alternate big fat old timey lights but now I think we use white? Our tree here has white lights. We'll see what my parent's looks like when I get home!

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Usually my mom makes my brother shoot down some real mistletoe out of the trees in our backyard. I'm sure when Tyler and I go home she'll have some.

5. When do you put your decorations up? We put up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving here!

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Shrimp & grits + bacon wrapped dove/quail on Christmas Eve.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? One year we were on the way home from my aunt and uncle's house my brother screamed really loudly that he saw Santa in the sky... He immediately called my cousin to brag about it as we all laughed at him. You had to be there ;)

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Right before my Grandmother (Cha Cha) died when I was in the 6th grade, I asked for a keyboard. After I got it from Santa on Christmas morning, we got to her house and she told me how my parents searched and searched everywhere for it. As upset as I was, I am so happy that she was the one who told me! She passed away that March. I'm named after her :)

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? I don't think so?

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Lights, an angel on top (my parents), a bow on top (mine and Tyler's), and lots of ornaments collected over the years!

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Used to love it. Now that I live in Illinois I am DREADING driving in it!!

12. Can you ice skate? Yes! Went a couple of times  (inside) as a kid. In January, Tyler and I went in DC outside and it was so so so so fun!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? A golf cart and a basketball goal one Christmas!

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? It used to be time off of school to rest, but this year it is about being home with my family!

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Oh geez, so many. Caramel cake, my grandmothers fudge, chocolate roll, etc. I love sweets!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?  The layout of Christmas... Christmas morning = my house, Christmas lunch = mom's side at my grandaddys, Christmas dinner = my dad's side at his parents or his aunt and uncle's (it alternates between Thanksgiving and Christmas), and then the day after Christmas we go back to his parents for a big Christmas after! Mimi LOVES Christmas.

See? And this is only for 11 people.. Insane.. She's so generous!

17. What tops your tree? An angel at home, a bow at Tylers!

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? As a kid I loved receiving, duh. But now that I have my own cash flow and have understood the meaning of giving, I would say giving!

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?  Have to be in the mood!

20. Favorite Christmas show? A Boyfriend for Christmas on Hallmark (dad and I always watch it hehe) and ELF!

21. Saddest Christmas Song? Um I'm not sure the name but it makes Leah (one of my best friends) cry... Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire? 

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? All I Want for Christmas is You! Duh! Fav Church Christmas song is probably Joy to the World

Loved this linkup! What are your favorite Christmas things? Merry Christmas!

Ta ta,

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Work Travels

In lieu of blogging, I have been traveling for work! I am home now and will fill you in on my adventures...

Trip #1:

Last week I was in Kansas City for a little bit of training for work. It was SO cold!Because I was able to drive down to KC, I was deemed the "DD" into the city one night. Remember: I am from the country, live in the country, and have never driven in a "big city" before. I successfully made it into the city with my tahoe FULL of people! Success.

Country Club Plaza

We went to Country Club Plaza, which is a cute little area of shopping, bars, and restaurants. Lucky for me, most of the stores were closed so I was only able to window shop. We went to the bar at Houston's for a quick drink before dinner at Tomfooleries where a guy in my group's friend and his band were playing. I was really hungry by 9 and was up for eating anything...

This is what I ordered:

Peanut Butter Chicken Salad
Yes, you are reading that correctly. I HAD to try it. I must say, it wasn't terrible, but I wouldn't ever recommend it to anyone. Peanut butter + honey mustard dressing = strange combo. I also took off the onions and tomatoes, don't worry. Anyways, interesting choice. Learned my lesson. Peanut butter should only go on sandwiches, not chicken.

Trip #2:

Chicago! I can't believe I have been living in Illinois for almost 6 weeks and last weekend was my FIRST trip to the Windy City! It wasn't as awesome as I had hoped, only because I was cooped up in the Marriott with no internet and stuck talking to old men at the National Grain and Feed Association County Elevator Conference and Trade Show. Exciting, right? Sure. Except for the fact that our hotel was on the corner of Michigan Ave and Ohio St = PERFECT SHOPPING!

The first thing I saw when we drove in was Bloomingdales.... and then Nordstrom... and I was stuck wearing my eggplant work buttonup and danskos and feeling oh-so-not-cute!! My boss finally gave me permission to sneak out for the afternoon to do some shopping. I was so happy to get out and feel like a female! I only ended up with one purchase: a feathery belt for my dress for Rebecca's rehearsal dinner in.. umm.. 2 WEEKS! Can't believe it.

Anyways, I survived my travels and am glad to have a normal weekend. Taking away two of my Sundays two weeks in a row was cruel! I have plans this weekend to do Christmas baking, watch movies, and pack because I AM GOING HOME A WEEK FROM TOMORROW! Can you tell I'm excited?

Happy Almost Friday!

Ta ta,