26, 27, 28, 29 and the Big 3-0!

Day 26 was a great day. For those of you who don’t know me, I bleed red. Cardinal Red to be precise. Baseball season is my favorite time of year and Busch Stadium is my Heaven on Earth! There is hands down NOTHING in this world better to me than Busch Stadium on a Friday night…or Saturday night….or Sunday…ok, anytime on any day really. Give me a red stadium chair and plate of nachos and you have my heart. The sights, sounds, and smells of a ballpark are unbeatable and the excitement in the air at Busch is the meaning of true happiness. So what is this rant about, you ask!? Tickets. Beautiful, wonderful, Cardinal tickets. Two pair to be exact. Happy Birthday to me! 🙂 Spring Training has started, Yadi has been re-signed, and my confidence in my ability to make it to opening day without dying from excited anticipation has been renewed. Life is good. And the countdown resumes…43 days ❤

 

Day 27 I was clearly still feeling the effects of my high on baseball. And thank you to Fanatics.com for enabling my addiction. Let me be clear, I love anything Cardinals. My Christmas tree this year? All STL Cardinals. My closet? 70% Cardinals. My bookshelf? Littered with Cardinals. My heart and soul? You guessed it…belongs to The STL Cardinals. So it becomes difficult for me at times to find NEW, fun Cardinals stuff. Enter: fanatics.com. They have all kinds of fun, random, unique Cardinal gear. So two keychains, one window cling, a puzzle, a magnetic chip clip, one red, cardinals teddybear, and a box of these AWESOME drink umbrellas later, I felt satiated for the evening.  So excited; plus, these drink umbrellas are going to be perfect for my Opening Day party (right Katie!?). Be there or be a cubs fan (and trust me, no one wants that!).

 

I decided on day 28 to take a break from the anticipation of baseball season (though not for long ;)) and buy some music. The Market (for those of you android users) was having a mega-sale on some awesome albums. Truly, no one could rightfully pass these up. I got Own The Night (Lady Antebellum), Born This Way (Lady Gaga), Teenage Dream (Katy Perry) and The Band Perry (by, yes, The Band Perry) for $2.99 each. That’s right, 57 songs for $11.96! Score! I was verrrrrrry happy with my purchase! 🙂

 

Day 29 was a little bit of a splurge, but it was totally warranted! ::guilty-not-so-convinced-face:: I got a flyer in the mail for a free Victoria’s Secret weekender bag with a $75 purchase. I do believe we have already discussed my Vic Sec addiction; but in case it was unclear, I’m addicted. They have giveaway bags like this once or twice a year and it truly is an AMAZING deal. I have a few of them that I use all the time! But this one, it was like an actual luggage bag! Retails for like $87! Okay, enticing right!? But the kicker is that I have been OGLING this Vic Sec zippy for weeks, but it’s a $75 jacket and I couldn’t ever quite pull the trigger. Um, coincidence–Jacket costs $75, Spend $75 get this awesome, free bag!? Done deal! Ya, marketing totally got me on that one…Eh, I’ve made worse decisions! Trust me, I didn’t lose any sleep over it…unless you consider that which was lost in anticipation of its arrival!

 

And finally The big 3-0…er the second 3-0…the big 6-0? Anyhow, Day 30…well let’s just say I couldn’t keep my mind off baseball season for that long. I have been anxiously awaiting February 29th for some time now. “Why?” you ask…because today is the day the ap gods release MLB At Bat 2012. I have been feeding my addiction on the sporadically posted, post season updates on MLB At Bat 2011; but alas the day has come for the 2012 new release. Thank you ap gods. For those of you out in the blogosphere who love baseball, this ap is THE ap to have. It’s $15; but trust me, worth every penny! It has it all from live pitch by pitch animation to video highlights, schedules, stats and news articles to live audio of every game, plus ticket purchasing capabilities and more! Truly the mecca for baseball on your smartphone.

 

Wow!! I have been soooo spoiled this month! But, I must admit, it’s been fun! Looking forward to a new adventure…and the fact that March has 30 days in it so Day 1 will actually be the first, and so on (so much less confusing!). Happy leap year everyone! Stay tuned! 🙂

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Days 20-25

This has been a fun week of gifts.

Starting with day 20. As most of you know I did the Fight for Air Climb this weekend. It was a ton of fun and I didn’t do awful either. One of the people on my team had this super cool ‘shoe wallet’, which is perfect for anyone who likes to run, bike, or really anything that makes carrying keys, etc difficult. So naturally, I had to have one! It is this small ‘tote’ that hooks onto your shoe laces and is just big enough for a key or two, ID, debit card, etc.

This picture is just so you can see what it actually looks like on a shoe...

...I obviously got this super cool Nike, Livestrong one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving on to day 21…I guess I was on a theme here because when I found my shoe wallet yesterday, I came across this Livestrong sweatshirt. I was still thinking about it the next day, so I decided it would become my day 21 gift. It’s funny because I really am not even that big of a fan of yellow, but its a great brand/cause and a little pop of color will do me good [just ask my sister!]. Plus, it’s really comfy!

Day 22 I was still in this building-my-workout-wardrobe mood apparently, because I decided (again, thanks in part to my climb teammates) that I had to have a sweet watch for my workouts. Now, in my defense I have been wanting a ‘workout watch’ for sometime, but I the ones I bought in the past are the cheap, what I like to call: disposable, kind that last for about a month before the battery dies and you can do nothing to replace it; eventually throwing it away and buying another one. So I went in search [online] of a fun, not disposable, workout watch. I found a couple that I liked; but then…enter Puma watch. Ah, puma. I don’t know what my obsession is, but I have this weakness for anything Puma! I debated for a good hour {while watching glee!} on whether or not to spend nearly double the money on this Puma watch that I had so quickly come to love. Well, needless to say, money lost & Puma won!

Moving on to day 23, my favorite, local radio station plays a game called taboo every Wednesday. For those of you who have never heard of taboo, it’s a game in which you must get your partner to guess as many words as possible in a certain amount of time by describing them without using the specified ‘taboo’ words. So for example, I pull a card and my word is “Mistletoe”. Below the word Mistletoe would be a list of 5 ‘taboo’ words, such as: Christmas, plant, kiss, under, and hang. So, I have to describe my word (mistletoe) to my partner without using any of those taboo words. I love, LOVE word games-of any kind, so this is right up my alley. I actually went in search of Catch Phrase (one of my most favorite games EVER); but decided on Taboo because I have hardly ever played it, but love listening and playing along on the radio! I’m very excited to play! Game night anyone!?

Day 24…well, so much for no more food gifts! Oops. I had (yes, had!) to get this smoothie from Panera. I’m not sure why, but it was just screaming my name! It is an Orange Cranberry smoothie with Ginseng. Honestly, nothing about that sounds like something I would like. I’m not a huge orange fan (especially as far as flavors go) and I hate everything cranberry; but for some reason, it was calling my name. And who couldn’t use a lil extra ginseng now and then!? So I got it; and boy was I more than pleasantly surprised! I loved it! I’m sure it was fulllll of sugar; but if it weren’t for that, I would honestly get this all the time! It was so good and a perfect morning pick-me-up! You can’t deny it, it even looks delicious in the picture!

(Note the way cool phone cover!)

Finally, Day 25. I went to Twist N Swirlz (yes one of my fav places!) with one of my fav people after work today! I got (because I know you’re dying to know) a sugar free vanilla with fresh strawberries and hot fudge! Mmmm! But that was not even my gift to myself (don’t worry I wouldn’t do the same gift two different days!); I went primarily for the AWE-some shirts they sell! Cuppy (at least that is what I named him) is the Twist N Swirlz mascot and now I can appropriately represent with him front and center on my new White T. Oh Cuppy, you are so cool! (baha! knee slapper! ;)) And not only did I get an amazing shirt AND delicious fro-yo (I know what you’re thinking: What more could there possibly be!?), but I learned something way cool! Straight from the mouth…well okay repeated, straight from the mouth…of a real-life ice cream aficionado: did you know, vanilla ice cream that is more yellow-ish in color actually has better flavor than its white counterparts!? It’s because the yellow-ish one is more concentrated with vanilla as compared to the weaker flavored competition. Makes sense right!? Well if my yellow-tinted frozen yogurt was any indication, this is truth people!

Another week of awesome gifts…and another day closer to the big 3-0! Still looking for my perfect plan for the next 30 days…suggestions people!

Day 18 & 19

 

Yesterday (Day 18) I bought myself two phone covers. I go back and forth about liking covers on my phone. The phone I have is pretty big, but its redeeming quality is that it is really thin; however, putting a cover on it makes it really big and bulky.  I like the covers and I think it adds a level of protection that my clumsiness will benefit from; but it drives me nuts when the phone won’t fit in my pocket! So anyhow, I bought two super cute ones and am hoping that how much I like them will override how frustrated I get with their size. They are super cute though! The Cardinals one is the one I have on right now! And while I’m on it, pitchers and catchers reported today! Yes, my dear husband Yadi is spending his days in gorgeous Jupiter, Florida. Sigh. Meanwhile, I can’t wait for baseball season to start! It’s getting closer…woot woot!

Today, I went to the mall to get myself some new jeans! I have been wearing the same one pair everyday for a couple months now, so I figured it was time for a second option. Let me note that I HATE clothes shopping; especially for jeans! So I wasn’t overly thrilled for shopping, but was excited for new jeans. Well, my jeans trip turned into a shopping spree. I ended with 5 bags and a snickerdoodle cookie (who can go to the mall and not stop at The Cookie Factory!?)! Oops. But I will say it made my dreaded shopping trip a little more fun! Final product: 1 pair of American Eagle artist jeans; 1 pair of dark denim, trouser style jeans from Express; a super-cute white, 3/4 length sleeve, cowl neck shirt also from express; a white and a baby blue, pink brand racerback tank from Victoria’s Secret; an insanely soft, nice, purple tee from Limited (40% off!); and laundry detergent and softening dryer sheets from Victoria’s Secret. I know you’re probably thinking laundry detergent from Victoria’s Secret!? Trust me, it smells INCREDIBLE! I love using it on my sheets and comforter; it makes snuggling up at night even better! Eight ‘gifts’ and a cookie later…I would say day 19 was a success!