I just realized

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that June is over in two days.

Honestly, I’ve been pretty busy, working at job 1, working at job 2, trying to obtain a job 3 to cancel out at least one of those first guys, and trying to finish crossing things off my list.

Let’s be really straight forward here, there are two items on that list that haven’t budge. Unless you count possibly going in the wrong direction, Lose 10 lbs and Unpack every box that’s still hanging out in the garage and then repack the things that can be repacked up, are not in the works.

Could they have been? Yes, well absolutely yes to the first one. I don’t have trouble losing weight because of timing, it’s because of consuming. I’m a great exerciser, which sucks, I envy people who don’t work out at all, cuz then they can just work out. Regardless, not a pity party, I have other things that I do well and that I have spent the time to focus and improve on this month, that just wasn’t one of them. Unfortunately, I really wanted it to be, so I’m just going to try again in July.

As for the unpacking, I could’ve gotten a bit done on that, but to have been able to completely cross that off my list would’ve been impossible. As mentioned above, I’ve actually been busy this month, and if and when I get to un and re-packing, I’d like to do a good job of it so that I don’t need to revisit the situation until I move again. Therefore that item will also be moved to the July to-do’s but with much less sadface emotion. There just wasn’t a good time.

What I can tell you about today is that I had a great time at both of Elizabeth’s bridal showers.

Go to Elizabeth’s Bridal Shower(s)

I initially didn’t think I would be able to make the first shower, but thanks to the bride herself, I got to spend the day at the most fun shower ever in Wisconsin at Patrick’s parents house. I mean, how many of you can actually say you’ve been to a shower that lasted until 3:30am? That’s what I thought. Only those of you who were at this one with me.

Patrick’s sister and mom did a great job country western-ing their house and celebrating the couple with a huge family BBQ. Sometimes it is really relaxing to attend an event where you know less than 5% of the other guests. There’s no pressure and it’s just fun. It also gave me time to hang out with Elizabeth more than I have recently have been able to and to give her my full bridesmaid’s attention, I only knew a few other people at the party so I was happy to help out.

Her bridal shower in Illinois was the following weekend and was also adorably decorated by some of my co-bridesmaids. Amy created a fun Newlywed game for them to play during presents and I made one of my cutest cakes ever. I also got to use my Pinterest recipe collection for an appetizer which I will Sweet Talk soon.

Both events were a fun way to celebrate one of my best buds and her favorite Packer-fan.

Even though I know this won’t be answered, if anyone knows who gave them the cardless fancy serving bowl, please let us know!


I think it’s important


to set lofty goals. If you aren’t challenging yourself, you won’t improve. That doesn’t mean you’ll be 100% successful, but it does mean you’ll be working in the right direction. Plus, sometimes just defining a goal or desire puts you in the right mindset.

On that note, I have 12 days left in June to complete my list. I’m about 98.999% sure I won’t be losing the 10 pounds I wanted to never see again, and I rather doubt the garage will be uber organized, but you know what, I have managed to cross a few important and fun things off the list and most importantly, I have a media job interview tomorrow!!!

In case you didn’t already know, this was kind of the most important item on the list. I was fearful that by moving back to Chicago, I would be taking a step back in my career. I learned a lot and made some career gains in LA and then landed home back in my jeans and work shirts and it made me nervous. Not that I’m not so incredibly thankful that Westwood let me come back, but I wanted it to be temporary. Now don’t worry that I’m getting ahead of myself, I’m not, because actually WW is only temporary right now. I started working as a Graduate Assistant at ICB 3 days a week, so I’m at 2 temp jobs and looking to swap them for a full-timer.

So I can cross this most important item off my list:

Get and go to at least one media job interview.

And guess what?? It’s at Harpo studios! You know, that little lady who turned herself into the Queen of Daytime TV and a huge media mogul? Oprah Winfrey! I only hope this is day 1 in my steps to my own TV path, maybe I can end up with Ellehicm studios.

No, I don’t think that’s a good idea. Too German sounding. Maybe marinara studios.

Wish me luck!

Since we last talked…


… I decided to run a half marathon in September.

Sure, I exercise on a (almost) daily basis and I once was a pretty avid runner, but I’m still pretty nervous about this challenge. However, I paid $78 to register, so I’m doing it. You know how I feel about wasting money.

This came about yesterday when I sent Tommy an email about a 5K on September 8th. He said he couldn’t do it because he’d be resting for the half marathon he’d decided to run the next day. I thought for a second and decided I would join him.

I really like having a plan in my life and since I’ve felt so lost in my planning recently (ok, for the last few years), I thought this might be a good way to fill my need. Plus, I really liked running when I was dedicated, so I hope to ignite that fire again. Maybe not exactly the same way, I was a little over-dedicated to the process, but this time I think it will be a successful endeavor. Plus, it’s giving me a fun way to bond with my brother.

The biggest struggle I’m going to face is running outside. I’m a treadmill girl. For me it means being able to catch up on my TV shows, take breaks to go to the bathroom, and roll right out of bed to the basement. At least it’s summer so TV is in re-runs and the weather has been beautiful.

I’m lucky enough to have two great friends who’ve recently run halves and tell me I can do it.

So starting next week I’ll be in training til September 9th and anyone is invited to run with me, especially on Saturday long runs!

I think I’ll make a bucket list before then so I can check it off.

In June


it’s going to be sunny and warm, and I’m going to go back to making monthly goals, because it’s my life and I want to get what I want to get out of it.

Back when I started month goals it was because I was frustrated with things and figured if I could meet any goals I set, then I’d feel awesomely accomplished. I was right.

Then things distracted me and I lost my oomph. I’m ready to get it back though. So here we go…

By June 30th I will:

Get and go to at least one media job interview.

Lose 10 lbs, you know because I lost them in October and then they decided they missed me and returned. Well guess what, there’s no room for you in my clothes and there’s not money in my pocket for new clothes, so aside from health and fitness this is a financial goal. Plus there’s really no excuse to not give yourself at least 20 minutes of sweatiness everyday, I mean really, it’s not a whole lot of time.

Finish paying back my parents the money I borrowed this year, and then start building my savings again!

Add three awesome entries to my latest experiment, Encyclopedia Michelle, suggestions are welcome.

Unpack every box that’s still hanging out in the garage and then repack the things that can be repacked up.

Clean out my closet.

Buy this sweatshirt.

Make sure that every week I do at least one thing that makes me super happy, whether that is getting a pedicure, going to the movies, having a great time at Erin’s surprise party (last night – check!) or reading a magazine outside

Just to pad my list with things I will absolutely do…

Baby-sit Grenning and Harrison

Go to Elizabeth’s Bridal Shower(s)

Enjoy the day at the racetrack

Long list, I know but guess what, it’s going to feel awesome to check everything off that list in 28 days.

So readers, I know you exist because my mom doesn’t click on each post 30+ times, you should make a June list too, even just two or three things that you really want to accomplish, do or enjoy this month. What do you have to lose?


Sidenote: when proofreading this I dropped salsa on my clothes, I’m going to add one more thing – try to stop getting food all over me (there was cake on the shirt I wore last night) because Michelle, you’re 25.

You gotta know when to hold them,


And know when to fold them.
But most importantly, you gotta know when to shuffle and re-deal.

See what I did there? My pun-iness must be because I’ve done a lot of emailing with Justine lately, you know how much she and I love playing with words, almost as much as justifying lunch at 11:15am. I’m pretty sure that was lunchtime for the younger kids in elementary school…

Anyway, back to reshuffling the cards. After about a month of sleeplessness, stress breathing and wanting to puke or cry everyday, I decided to move back to Illinois.

Apparently according to a handful of friends and family, this comes as no surprise. I guess I’m ok with that as long as a few things are understood.
Most importantly, this is not the end of my career quest, it’s actually the beginning of the dream career quest-to work in tv near my family in Chicago. I told my sister-in-law that I previously thought I couldn’t get work in Chicago, maybe that’s the reason I moved so quickly, but now I’m ready to put both feet forward and borrow as many clichés from my Mom’s vocabulary to make it happen. Sometimes you need clichés to motivate yourself to take on a challenge.

As for the other reasons, I will never fit in the Hollywood culture. Heck, I hardly fit into any culture, but I just couldn’t handle that one and I’m much too stubborn to believe that would change.
Finally, I’m on the opposite side of financially stable, über broke.

I appreciate every teeny tiny bit of support and assistance I’ve been given by everyone involved in my going from the middle to the left and back.

I’m good at saying thank you, but that doesn’t make it any less true – so thanks.

Especially to that word-loving Justine that managed to write the perfect paragraphs explaining my need to retreat. I’ve forwarded it to the masses.

In the Dictionary,

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Refresh is defined as:

Verb: Give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate

Noun: An act or function of updating the display on a screen.

That made me laugh.

As you recall, February was “move-on” month, January was… well January was January, but I forgot to mention that March is “refresh” month.

Now, you may be thinking naming months is silly, but it’s kind of like a reminder to work for something and a way to gage progress. We create goals or want to improve all the time, and for me it helps to create a theme – like refreshing – and go from there. If it works for you too, great join the refreshing party. If you’re bored with my month-naming, then come back tomorrow when I’ll tell you something completely unrelated.

Anyway, I know it’s already the 11th of the month (though I have no idea how that happened) but I’m trying to re-fresh my mind and my body.

Falling into the writer role at Red Carpet Tips is doing a lot for the “refreshing my mind” goal. I can’t remember the last time I wrote this much, or actually had this much to do. Sometimes that  can be stressful,  but it’s better than the opposite.

For the “refreshing my body” goal, I’m back at boot camp for 2 weeks – including yesterday’s workout on the beach. Was it smart to workout in sand while barefoot with a healing broken toe? No. But, I now realize how close I live to the beach and plan to workout there more often.

I’m also refreshing my face with new makeup (finally used my christmas gift cards!) and amazing swag from my Oscar Lounge weekend.

I was lucky enough to be introduced to KiwiFox products, and by introduced I mean given full size “samples” of both the dark circle remover and the moisturizer.

I’ve been using the dark circle remover for a week and the woman at the MAC store yesterday told me I didn’t have much darkness under my eyes. That’s amazing for an insomniac like me.

I just got the moisturizer in the mail the other day and my skin feels very soft and it smells like Kiwi, so I’m super pleased. Plus, you know HD cameras aren’t getting any blurrier, so I have to combat wrinkles now.

That’s my refreshing post.

You look way better than you did at 46!


That’s what I plan on telling my mom when I call her tonight to see how her birthday dinner was.

In case you aren’t sure, it’s a compliment, and I will take the same compliment when I turn 25 in 52 days. 2002 just was not a good-looking year for us.

Sometimes it sucks to have a birthday in the middle of the week, but sometimes it’s awesome. She’s pretty much been celebrating since my surprise visit last Wednesday. Plus it was Valentine’s Day last week and she heard that her oncologist never wants to see her again (again a good statement that sounds kinda negative). She got a resourcefully decorated cake and she’s antique-ing this weekend with her friends. You know what sucks a little though? Having your birthday on Ash Wednesday. Also today.

Now, she’s ok with it, there’s plenty of celebrating in the past and the future for my lucky mom, but she did have to share her birthday with a no-snacking, no frivolousness, no meat day. At least for those of us that practice the rituals of lent.

I think she’ll be fine, it’s my dad I’m worried about. You see, good old Mr. Abraham, has a tendency to believe he has the ability to give out dispensation. Which I’m pretty sure is a term I’ve only ever heard from him. Maybe Grandpa Abe used to do it? (Auntie Roe – I’ll take your opinion on this one)

Either way, he gives it out. It’s almost like if you have a Lenten or religious holiday problem, ask my dad if it’s ok to alter it. What I mean is when we were little if we accidentally ate meat on a Friday during lent, my dad just told us to swap it out for Saturday. Which is a nice thing to tell your stressed child, which I would be if I forgot. So I appreciated that as well as the few Good Fridays that have been my birthday. I still didn’t eat meat, because really it was an excuse to have waffles or cheese pizza for dinner, but he would dispensation-me and say I could have cake or ice cream because it was my birthday, and again swap it for another day.

As a little girl who had a lot of Good Friday birthdays, I was happy to believe him. Then all the sudden, probably about 10 years ago, I wondered where he got that power? Then, I realized he didn’t have it. And thus I believe that he right now, is convincing my mom to tell the waiter at Dover Straights (where they are having fish and lobster for dinner) that it’s my mom’s birthday to get free dessert. And that he’s having a beer, even though I suggested they give up drinking in the United States for lent. (I understand how weird that sounds, but they’re going on a cruise for their 30th anniversary the week before Easter).

So I’ll have to wait for my phone to ring where I can check on their dispensation-ing or not. Either way I will have to celebrate by Pinterest-ing pictures of the cake I made for my mom and counting down the 46 days until Easter, when sweetness can come back in my life.


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