Posts tagged ‘University of Texas’

Seven Quick Takes (vol.11)

What a glorious Friday it is, my friends! Almost every minute of my weekend is planned, but I’m okay with that. Anyone else doing Seven Quick Takes? Make sure to add your name to Mr. Linky over at Conversion Diary.


Bloggers, be prepared to be jealous. Last night I had dinner with Kathleen from Kapachino and Lauren from, well, Lauren from Texas. Long story short, they went to the same conference and made plans to have dinner afterwards. Luckily they asked if I wanted to meet up too. Of course I do! So we had a great dinner. We talked about our lives, our blogs, how the non-bloggers in our lives think we are weird, and we talked about y’all.

Let me just say that I was quite naive when I began blogging. I thought I’d just write and maybe my mom and husband would read. I had no idea that strangers read blogs. Or that you get to know other bloggers via their blogs. Or that sometimes you actually meet them in real life. I didn’t know this. But its a nice surprise!

So… that balloon boy… yeah…

Stephen and I are having dinner with Lauren and her husband on Saturday. Of course we are thrilled because we just love them to pieces…. not literally, you know, like Lennie. Just metaphorically… We like them a lot. Anyways, if you don’t follow Lauren (you should), she recently got her wisdom teeth taken out. She’s still in a lot of pain so we aren’t quite sure what she’ll be able to eat. I’m bringing dessert and a side. I’m bringing PW’s roasted garlic potatoes. This is the third time I’ll be making them in ONE WEEK. I can’t help it, they are just that good. And easy. But the question is this: Is it cheating if I take dump cake and vanilla ice cream?



For those of you who don’t know what that is, I’m not talking to you. For the rest of you, what time is it?

I’ve only had two pumpkin spice lattes this season… both were the first week they came out. This is a travesty, I tell you! I think I’ll get another one sometime this weekend. I think I’d feel better about myself if I got one. It’s really a disservice to Autumn if I don’t, right?

When you have some spare minutes on a computer with speakers, visit this site: You won’t regret it. I haven’t watched them all but I’ve watched the one with Colt, Colt and Sam, and Michelle Aguilar (from Biggest Loser) and I’ve been thoroughly impressed!

Congratulations to the winners of the giveaways!! I wrote up all the entries, put them in a bowl, and Stephen drew two names. We took our jobs very seriously.






molly won the custom onesie! (Which is perfect since she’s pregnant!)
Southern Gal won the jewelry tote! (Which is perfect because she probably has some jewelry to tote!)

Email me to claim your prize!! chelsea.hurst (at) hotmail (dot) com

Visit these two Etsy sites when you’re looking for Christmas gifts. Apparently we had another issue with the text of the link being too close to the regular text. I’ll help you out: CLICK HERE to look at EdieCastle’s shop and CLICK HERE to look at Taryn’s shop. I hope you enjoyed the giveaway. That’s just a little preview of what’s to come in the next couple months! So stick around!!

Have a good weekend, y’all! It’s 9:18 and OU still sucks.

October 16, 2009 at 9:18 am 25 comments

Making An Educated Decision

I feel like I just graduated from college. In all actuality, I graduated two years ago. Two years! That’s 50% of my actual college career. Those two years have been quite eventful too. I’ve gotten married, gained weight, rented an apartment, bought a house, had two jobs,  been on two cruises, started blogging, been through 2 facebook layout changes (hated them both), and learned that I like cucumbers. So when I think back to high school, when I was making my college decision, it’s amazing that I can remember much about it.

I was recently talking to someone about their child’s college choices. This girl had a few years before she even had to apply, but she was thinking about it. (So much more refreshing than the “oh crap, now what?” mentality.) She had been set on a certain school. She liked the location, athletics, academics, etc. but after a quick trip to another campus, she immediately changed her mind. I asked her mom what it was that made her change her mind. “Oh I don’t know. I think she just liked the way it looked.” You and I are old and wise and we know better than to make such a huge decision on such a small detail. Oh youth! Wait a second. I was youth. Rewind….

Anyone who knows me and my family knows that I have orange blood. Seriously, prick my finger. But sometime around my junior year in high school I realized that you aren’t actually born into a college. When my mom got pregnant, she didn’t actually call the registrar and say, “Please put us down for a spot for fall of 2003. We’ll get back with you on the name later. Just know she’s one of us… Thanks!” No, my name wasn’t written in the Great Book of Future Longhorns. So with this revelation, I decided to break my parents’ hearts and look at other schools. Kendall’s parents went to Baylor and thought there was something special about that school… maybe I should be a Bear. Jennifer seemed to think there was something special about that school out in Lubbock… maybe I should be a Red Raider. Since we’ve rewound, let’s take a look into my 16 year old analysis.

Baylor. This is my first look at a college that isn’t UT or Lutheran. How exciting. I’m growing up! I’m actually looking at colleges! Wow, this place is pretty. And look! They have a bear. An actual bear, on campus! This place is awesome. Oh and a bookstore with all things Baylor! I could come here and have a green and gold comforter! And a hoodie! And a handheld fan! Oh, and this foam block! Kendall, let’s buy this foam block! Oh my gosh, look at all these college boys… And this is a Christian school so they must all be good Christian boys! Wow, I think I’m in Heaven. George’s! THE George’s?? Do you SEE the size of those margaritas? Too bad I’m too young, I’ll buy a shirt instead. Pat Green would want it that way. Oh my gosh, I love Baylor! Ahhhhh Sic ’em Bears!

Texas Tech. Whoa, what’s that smell? Seriously, it’s poop? Wow, this really is country. So all these college boys must be real cowboys? Amazing. Good thing I wore my boots! Since Baylor has already won my heart, Tech needs to work harder. Let’s take a campus tour. Wow, these buildings are beautiful! And wow, look at that hill! Who said Lubbock was flat?! Seriously, does that smell ever go away? They have a winery? Sweet! Let’s go. Gross, I hate wine but, hey, look how old and mature we look with wine glasses in our hands. Quick, take a picture! Oh my gosh, prairie dogs! How cute. I’d come here all the time if I was a Red Raider! I once knew a guy on the Texas Tech baseball team, we better see if Tech has a bookstore so I can get a Texas Tech baseball shirt! Ahh Sic ’emHook ’em… What the heck do they say? Put Your Guns Up (?) !! Yay Tech!

A&M. Ha! Yeah right. I never had that big of a lapse in judgment!

UT. Ugh, why am I visiting this place? I’ve been here before. Plus, I’m having a hard enough time deciding between Baylor and Tech. But I guess I’m a smart girl, I need to make an educated decision. Here goes nothing. Gosh this place is huge! Look how many people are walking arou– … wait, is that guy not wearing pants? What the…? Neither is he! Neither is she! This place is disgusting. This would never happen at Baylor. Wait, what, I’m not a student… why are you handing me all of these fliers? Mom, did you read this? It’s No Pants Day. Why did you come here? Ugh, lets just go to the bookstore and buy something.

Application time. I’ll go ahead and apply to all three schools. I can decide later.

Acceptance time. First letter. Check it out, Mom and Dad. I got into Tech. And look, they’re offering me money. Awesome. But I don’t think I want to go there. It’s pretty far. And I don’t really think it’s for me. Second letter. Oh my! Look how much money Baylor wants to give me. This is amazing. Third letter. Okay. “What’s that Chelsea?” Oh, nothing Mom. It’s just my letter that says I got into UT. “UT? Or UT business school. Because that’s a big difference” Um… UT business school.

Decision. Clearly God knew what he was doing. He always knew I’d be a Longhorn. Maybe He was the one that wrote my name in the Great Book of Future Longhorns. He brilliantly made sure I was naive and unaware of the difficulty of getting into UT… and more importantly, the UT business school. It’s possible that I wouldn’t have applied for fear of failure. He gave me a hint of interest in other schools to take the stress away from me.

Choosing a college is a big deal. I don’t think we are extremely logical when we are making these decisions. So maybe this girl will choose her college based on the way it looks. Maybe she won’t. I chose a school that decided it was okay to not wear pants. Completely illogical.

April 3, 2009 at 10:05 am 15 comments

25 Things

There has been a facebook note going around for some time. I’ve been tagged multiple times. Assuming everyone who tagged me actually reads this, I’ll participate here instead.


25 Random Things About Me


1. I am deathly afraid of snakes. A few years ago, Stephen and I took a trip to visit my friend Rachel in Kansas. There was an incident involving the three of us, a local water hole, and a very very pissed off snake. My fear began that day and is out of control. I can’t even watch The Jungle Book anymore!

2. I save coke tabs and wine corks. Eventually I’ll give all of my coke tabs to the Ronald McDonald House, apparently they use them or recycle them or something. The wine corks, I’m not sure yet. I’ll make something with them.

3. I don’t go anywhere without my planner. It’s pocket sized. It took me weeks to pick out one that was acceptable.

4. I’ve had glasses since I was two. I am far-sighted and have a crossed eye (no you’ve never seen it, no I won’t show you). I got contacts in the 5th grade. I’m seriously considering getting a pair of glasses even though I swore I’d never wear them again. I’m also going to discuss the option of lasik.

5. I don’t have career goals. I’ve never laid in bed dreaming of the ideal career. Ever. Well, maybe in the third grade. But then I just made my sister come play school with me so I could be the amazing teacher I thought I could be! This really made me feel out of place in the UT business school… surrounded by overachievers and business-minded people.

6. When I’m stressed my body goes crazy. I get headaches and golfball sized knots in my shoulders.

7. I have a LOT of random health issues. None of them are really serious. My doctor has actually told me that I should play the lottery since the chances of one person having all of these random no cause/no cure issues is so slim.

8.  Sometimes I still stare at my engagement ring.

9. I’m terrified of knives. I use them all of the time, but I’m nervous when anyone else is using them. When I was little, I sliced my hand open when I was trying to cut an acorn in half… on my hand. Yeah real smart.

10. If there is no Chapstick in my pocket, I have a slight panic attack.

11. I thought marriage was going to be harder than it actually is. I thought homeownership was going to be easier than it actually is.

12. I love getting mail. (Not bills.)

13. I truly think I have the best dog in the world. I will devote a blog to her awesomeness in a few days.

14. I think baseball is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

15. Every food can be improved by adding one of the following: cheese, chocolate, bacon, or butter.

16. I love to read. But I don’t usually like to read anything with any substance. That’s very similar to the movies I watch. Just dumb and mindless chick flicks.

17. I forget to pack underwear on about 60% of the trips I take. I always have to buy new ones when I arrive. Consequently, I have a lot of cheap, Walmart underwear.

18. I truly think that The University of Texas is the best school in the world. If you consider the education, price, sports, amazing location, available activities… it’s hands down. I think singing The Eyes of Texas in a crowded stadium is awesome. I think the Longhorn logo is classy. I think the hand sign is better than any other school. And I think burnt orange and black are a beautiful combination.

19. I hate the word raw. I’ve gotten better and can now handle it if it’s reference to food. But if you say that your skin is r** from blowing your nose too much, back up because I may vomit on you.

20. I wish Lindsay, Lyndsey, and Rachel would move to Houston.

21. I’m an extremely picky sleeper. It has to be cold. I have to be covered. Nobody can touch me. I lay flat on my back with my hands laying over my abdomen, like I’m in a coffin. If there is any noise, I will wake up.

22. I enjoy grocery shopping. I clip coupons and make a detailed shopping list. I never have a shopping trip that is less than an hour long. I take my time, read prices, go over my menus, and get extremely excited when they say, “You saved $____ today, Mrs. Hurst.”

23. My ideal vacation is a cruise or a beach. I’m perfectly content spending 5 days on the beach, eating, drinking, and reading. I don’t need to travel the world. I don’t need to see monuments. I just need to sleep and see a pretty ocean. Any non-beach vacation we ever take will be Stephen’s idea. Oh, except Disney World. That’s actually my ideal vacation. It’s the happiest place on earth and I’d go once a year if I could afford it!

24. I have very healthy fingernails. They grow quick and thick. I very rarely paint them though. However, I believe that women should always have their toenails painted. Toenails are so ugly, they need to be covered up.

25. I truly enjoy blogging and wonder why I didn’t start sooner. Everyday, I am humbled by the amount of people that actually read this. I truly appreciate it and love your comments. And I’m also curious as to why Thursdays don’t get as much traffic. Maybe I should do some sort of science project on this topic!


Hope you enjoyed this and learned a little something about me. I’m curious if Stephen, my sister, or my mom learned anything new.

January 30, 2009 at 9:05 am 15 comments


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