New Years Survey: Court

I realized that I didn’t even do this last year 🙂  Must have been swamped!  Here goes…..

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Hung off the side of the Stratosphere in Vegas.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Yes and no.  There was nothing official.  I will for sure make more this year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, my very best friend Der has a handsome baby boy.  Couldn’t be more excited for them.

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

USA, kept it local.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn’t have in 2010?

Hard one, I am very happy with my life.  Possibly no car payment.

7. What dates from 2010 will be etched upon your memory, and why?

Ben and I moved in together after dating for a few years.  That was very special.  Aus made honor roll more times that I can remember.  All of those days were very special to me.  Aus had a great season in soccer and showed his drive and ambition at each game.  I was so proud.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Leaving a job that I had been at for a very, very long time.  Moving into a role and company that was unknown, but ultimately allowed me to be happier and be treated with respect.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Hmmm, I know I didn’t fail, but learning lessons of trying to be a great mom.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I actually just recently punctured myself wrapping presents.  Trip to ER, Tetanus Shot and 5 Stiches.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hard one.  iPhone?  But it was bought for me.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Ben’s. He is so patient and loving.  I also have some great friends that I absolutely love to laugh with.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Meh, nobody really.  I have some great people in my life and those that weren’t aren’t in it anymore.

14. Where did most your money go?

Bills, standard response.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Sideline, Soccer Momming at Austin’s games.  I had the time of my life watching him play.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

This is hard, cause we’ve been to so many concerts.  I love Pheonix’s Love Like a Sunset.  I think that can pretty much sum it all up.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

a) Happier

b) MEH, about the same–still working on that one

c) Richer, not just money-wise.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Relaxing, getting massages.  HAHAHA.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How did you spend Christmas?

At different family’s house, including mine.  Pretty low key, but busy busy!  Aus is so much fun at this age.

21. Did you fall in love with 2010?

Absolutely.  Love Ben, Aus, my babies.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Simpsons, The Office.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No, definitely not.  I’m a lover, not a fighter.

24. What was the best book you read?

Hard Hard.  I know its bad, but I really think it was the Twilight Series for me.  I’ve never been more into a book.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The XX.  I am absolutely obsessed.  Got to see them as ACL this year and probably listen to their album 4-5 times a week.

26. What did you want and get?

Great son and boyfriend and 4 cats.  Love that I have a little unit that I adore.  No present can compare to that.

27. What did you want and not get?

Nothing, thankful for everything in my life.  Accept for maybe another cat 🙂

28. What was your favorite film of 2010?

I thought the Social Network and Inception were great.  I think Diary of a Wimpy Kid was my fav flick to go see with Aus.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Vegas Baby.  I was 30, my Mom turned 60.  Ben and my family had a blast.  It was Ben and my first time there.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Less stress of the little things.  Who ever said don’t sweat the small stuff is so true.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2010?

Sporty Spice!  Casual sneakers and tees with some cute earrings.

32. What kept you sane?

Ben, my kittahs and concerts.  I have to give most of the cred to Ben though.  He’s my rock.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Ummm, it didn’t stir me per say, but seeing the first African American president in office has been great.

34. Who did you miss?

Aus when he had to spend extended visits at his dad’s.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

I met a lot of great new co-workers in 2010.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

Laugh A LOT more!

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I am yours now
So now I don’t ever have to leave
I’ve been found out
So now I’ll never explore

-The XX

Manly Stocking Stuffers

So I gave y’all some ideas for Girly Stocking Stuffers yesterday.  Here’s my version of the dude edition.

  1. Lotto Tickets-What man would not get excited about the possibility of winning a ton of money?!
  2. iPod Shuffle, Apple-These are only $49!
  3. Hanes Crew Socks, Amazon-Men are always losing socks. They will always need more.
  4. J&D’s Bacon Salt, Amazon-I love the tagline on this… “Everything should taste like bacon”.
  5. iTunes Gift Card, Amazon-Music! Books! Whichever!
  6. Penguin Mints, Think Geek-Caffeinated mints for those late night work crunches.
  7. Magwear Magnetic Wristband, Uncommon Goods-I gave these a few years ago and they were a huge hit!

Gleeking Out

50% of Tipsy Society loves Glee and I know you know several Gleeks in your life and I am positive they would love any of these for a Christmas gift, so GET ON IT.

  1. Macys, Glee Top
  2. Etsy, Gold Star Necklace
  3. Macys, Glee Logo Tee
  4. Amazon, The Complete First Season
  5. Amazon, Glee Christmas
  6. Etsy, Glee Ornament

My Christmas Music Playlist 2010

Starting today this is my current holiday music playlist. Several of these are the same as last year because I definitely have some favs. But I threw in some new ones, specifically from the Glee Christmas CD and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! What are you listening to?

  1. Grown-Up Christmas List by Michael Buble
  2. A Baby Changes Everything by Faith Hill
  3. Please Come Home For Christmas by Harry Connick Jr.
  4. The Season for Romance by Leann Womack
  5. Merry Christmas Strait to You by George Strait
  6. Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton
  7. Merry Christmas Baby by Jessica Simpson featuring Willie Nelson
  8. Coming Home by Sugarland
  9. Deck the Rooftop by Glee: The Music
  10. Merry Christmas Darling by Glee: The Music
  11. JIngle Bells by Glee: The Music
  12. Christmas Must Be Something More by Taylor Swift

Tipsy Favs: Road Trip Song

We all have them, you know, that one song that you absolutely HAVE to listen to when you’re on a road trip.

Here’s our road trip songs, what are yours?

  1. AK, Pat Green “Carry On“: Oldie but goodie…my favorite line is “Billboards and Bullshit got her down”.  It’s one of those roll the windows down and blare it kinda songs.  Hopefully it’s sunny out.
  2. Sarah, O.A.R “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker“: I CAN NOT get enough of this song and it’s perfect for road trips because it’s almost 9 minutes long! So basically, by the time you listen to it a few times (you know, to figure out all the words), you’re probably at least half way to your destination.
  3. Melis, Hank Williams Jr. “Bartender Song“: During one of my many years spent in college, a group of friends and I decided to take a road trip to Colorado. For some reason we listened to this song almost once an hour on that 20 hour drive, don’t ask me why. But now when I think road trip this song always comes to mind…
  4. Court, Explosions in the Sky “Your Hand in Mine“: This is actually not a roll your windows down sing along.  Its all instrumental and has lots of highs and lows.  Pretty EMO song, but I love it.  Ben introduced me to this band and it’s since been one of my favs.  I think I love listening to this song because its 9 damn minutes long and its great to listen to while reading or riding along.

Men I REALLY Crush On

So last week I told you about the women I love, but what’s better than loving women? Loving on the hott gentlemen!

These are the men on my “list” (you know what I’m talking about)…whose on yours?

  • George Strait
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Prince William
  • Denzel Washington
  • Mark Wahlberg (Yes, Marky Mark)
  • Carey Hart
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ACL Here We Come

So its a yearly tradition for me and Benjamin, a pretty badass one,  and I love every bit of it.

Austin City Limits Music Festival.  Three days of SHITTONSOFFUN.  Lots of bands and bands and more bands (did I say drinks?).  Its in Austin, Texas every year and if you love alternative, upcoming artists, this a a great music festival that I highly recommend.

Here are 10 of my favs from the line up this year.

  1. Black Keys
  2. Spoon(favoritest band evah)
  3. Vampire Weekend
  4. The Strokes
  5. Silversun Pickups
  6. Muse
  7. Broken Bells
  8. The Verve Pipe (Holla!!)
  9. Cage the Elephant
  10. The Eagles – not so up and coming, but badass, amiright?

Women I Crush On

You know all of you have them…there are certain famous women out there that you can’t help but love, and want to be their best friend, and watch their movies, and buy all their songs, and, lets face it…you crush on!

Here are mine…who are yours?

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Julia Roberts
  • Faith Hill
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley
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Tipsy Favs: Music

Tipsy Favs this week is highlighting our go-to music…the album we can always fall back on as an all time fav when we don’t really have anything else to listen to or the album we listen to with some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder or ALL OF THE ABOVE!

  1. Melis-Glee Soundtrack-I am a self proclaimed GLEEK and you can find me singing along loudly and off key any time I’m in my vehicle to one of the many Glee soundtracks that I am the proud owner of. I have perfected Defying Gravity, except for that last high note.. gets me every time.
  2. Sarah-George Strait-George Strait is THE MAN…that’s all there is to say. His sound hasn’t changed much (if at all) in the 25+ years I’ve been listening to him and I love him for that…this is one of those things that if I had to choose 1 artist, he would be it, and this CD is a good overview of all his greatest hits!
  3. Court-Deathcab for Cutie-I’m a total emo when it comes to music. This band defines alternative for me. This band also holds a special place in my heart because Ben and I happen to both adore them. Anywhere anytime I’ll belt out these well written meaningful lyrics.
  4. AK-Faith Hill-I’m a huge Faith Hill fan. I have all her albums, I’ve seen her in concert, etc.  This album specifically got a lot of flack for not being country enough or whatever but I have to say it really came along at a turning point in my life and I listened to “Stronger” probably more times than any other song ever.

Rock My Baby

I recently ran across these and I think I may very well need one of each. What an awesome idea for the modern momma…lullaby versions of songs we already love! It’s perfect to ensure you aren’t caught with twinkle, twinkle little star in your head in front of your grown up friends.

  1. ColdPlay
  2. The Beatles
  3. Journey
  4. Radiohead
  5. Smashing Pumpkins
  6. Aerosmith
  7. No Doubt
  8. Kanye West