awkward and awesome thursday!

Thursday, June 7

Maxi Skirt: TopShop, Top: F21, Jacket: YesStyle, Sunglasses: Target
- When asked what my name was, I replied with "Sydney Adams ...*pause*... Poulton. Sydney Poulton" First of all, WUT? Second of all, for the remainder of my conversation with that person, my name remained in vocal quotation marks with a side of insinuated winks. "OK Sydney 'Poulton' ... whatever you say" For the record, the sarcastic voice inflections were not appreciated.
- I pride myself in being a pretty decent private parallel parker. And I do refer to it as private parallel parking because when I actually do a truly sexy job of car maneuvering, NOBODY is ever there to witness it. {Which is fine. Makes it easier to pop out of the car and take my bows} But when I do a park job worthy of the largest cone of shame you can find, everybody and their father's barber is there to witness my endless suffering. So anyway. That happened.
- Conversing with a friend as we walked through the park, suddenly stepping in a well-disguised pothole and instantly dropping to the ground mid-sentence. Honestly it's an injustice to my posterity that there's no video.
- A well placed squeaky toy in my diaper bag that bounces off my leg every time I walk. Luckily for my husband, my location in a public place is now never an issue.
- My maniac husband just got accepted into grad school {luckily, it's here so we won't have to move} and I'm so proud of him and those brains of his! Working full time, grad school in the evenings ... these next few years are gonna be WAY FUN you guys.   
-Everett has now perfected the art of fake coughing. He practices faithfully every morning at 8am if any of you are wanting lessons.
- Pool time with my little fishy
- Creamy brie and raspberry spread shared in the quiet evening after Everett's surrendered to sleep.
- A sweet, appreciative kiss at the stove while I'm cooking dinner. This does not happen very often. I mean the 'me at the stove' part.

103 Response to awkward and awesome thursday!

June 07, 2012 10:48 AM

Ha, I introduce myself with my maiden name all the time, whoops!

June 07, 2012 10:48 AM

super cute! love the way you tie the knot!
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June 07, 2012 10:49 AM

Yes! Sophie the Giraffe is always in the exact AWKWARD spot in my diaper bag... especially when I am sans baby... cue weird side eye on why it squeaks when you walk, move, breathe and there is no baby in site...

June 07, 2012 10:51 AM

love the skirt

June 07, 2012 10:53 AM

Congrats to your husband!
And I feel you, awkward moments like that are quite usual for me. :-)

June 07, 2012 10:54 AM

it is so funny to introduce yourself by your maiden name. especially when you have a few years under the belt and a baby on the way. But then there are those people who know you by nothing else so you find yourself saying both as if you were one of those woman liberators that hyphenates. ugh.

June 07, 2012 10:54 AM

OMG haha, well you WERE Sydney Adams, it's OK to forget! And congrats to Tyson!

For the Record

June 07, 2012 10:55 AM

I totally understand the parking issue. Somehow there is always someone around to witness my shame while driving. And congrats to Tyson!! That's amazing, what a power couple :)

June 07, 2012 10:57 AM

the maiden name slip happened to me this week out of the blue too! they replied all knowingly, "oh did you just get married?" and i just had to laugh cause i've been married for almost four years!

June 07, 2012 10:58 AM

wow, yay tyson! it is going to be busy for you all!

June 07, 2012 11:00 AM

great outfit :) you look amazing!

June 07, 2012 11:01 AM

It took me awhile to adjust to my married name, as well. :) Truth me told, I miss my maiden name!

Cute skirt, missy!
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June 07, 2012 11:03 AM

haha love it!! I dont get to the stove very often either... so when it does happen, I get kisses of appreciation as well! Lots! ;)

Your outfit is so cute! Love how you tied up the shirt!

June 07, 2012 11:04 AM

Cute skirt! I'm running to get Brie now!!

June 07, 2012 11:04 AM

Congrats to your hubby! I love your awkward awesome thursdays. I have missed them!
Another lovely post.


June 07, 2012 11:07 AM

the tied shirt here adds to much detail and class to a simple tee. loving it.
kw, ladiesinnavy

June 07, 2012 11:09 AM

Aw the sweet kiss sounds so cute. And the toy is too funny, it's either that or some toy going off in my bag :)

June 07, 2012 11:11 AM

Gorgeous photos!
And cooking is funner and funner the more you do it! Is funner a word?

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June 07, 2012 11:13 AM

hurray for Tyson! That's awesome! Well my hubby will be in crazy dental school so I probably won't see much of him in Baltimore so we'll just have to hang out or something :) Also... I'm glad to have A&A Thursdays back :)

June 07, 2012 11:14 AM

Loving the skirt! You are so funny! I've missed the a&a

June 07, 2012 11:17 AM

I've missed awkward&awesome Thursdays! I'm glad they're back! Love the outfit, love your life!


June 07, 2012 11:19 AM

Love the outfit! Very simple and cute. Congratz to your hubbie! :)

June 07, 2012 11:19 AM

congrats on the acceptance to grad school!! Love your outfit.. super cute


June 07, 2012 11:22 AM

Cute outfit! I hate parallel parking in public! However, I'm great at it in private!!

June 07, 2012 11:24 AM

I can completely understand the last name issue! As my parents have often referred to me using my maiden name...I assume that will always be an issue for us married ladies. :)

June 07, 2012 11:24 AM

One time it took me 3 tries to sign the correct name on a check! Love your outfit, you always look so gorgeous. :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

June 07, 2012 11:25 AM

love the maxi skirt with a simple knotted tee and cargo jacket. love the 2 textures you have there as well as the simplicity of your accessories!

missed these a & a posts! keep 'em comin'!

believing in laughter

June 07, 2012 11:26 AM

I crack up every time reading your Thursday posts; so funny. Congrats to you hubs!


June 07, 2012 11:34 AM

Absolutely hilarious! Congrats to your hubby and I love what you're wearing!

June 07, 2012 11:35 AM

Love the outfit! And congratulations to your husband. =)

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June 07, 2012 11:40 AM

Ohhhhh...the SAME thing happens to me while parking in general.

June 07, 2012 11:40 AM

Haha your so funny! Congrats to your hubs. I love A&A always cracks me up :)


June 07, 2012 11:41 AM

Awesome: A&A posts are back!

And congrats to Tyson! That's truly awesome news!

June 07, 2012 11:41 AM

I sooooo love a&a thursdays! always makes me giggle. thanks for sharing!

June 07, 2012 11:43 AM

Ok, now whenever I see outfit posts I will imagine you walking with Everett's squeaky toy noise...HA!

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June 07, 2012 11:43 AM

hahaha I love everything about this! And I die over your outfit.

June 07, 2012 11:47 AM

I love the way you style this simple maxi skirt!

June 07, 2012 12:02 PM

I love reading these! I won't lie, when I the page loaded and I saw 'Awkward and Awesome Thursday!' I let out a little chuckle of excitement.
Keep being awesome! ...and awkward :) hehe

A Little Bit

June 07, 2012 12:08 PM

great look and congrats to your man on grad school! that's so exciting!

alissa b

June 07, 2012 12:11 PM

lol totally feel ya on the parallel parking! when i'm alone i'm a superstar but as soon as anyone's in the car it's a total fail.

June 07, 2012 12:19 PM

too funny! my little guy does the fake cough too! BFF's ;)

June 07, 2012 12:28 PM



June 07, 2012 12:31 PM

congrats to your husband! Your outfits is awesome, you look beautiful!

June 07, 2012 12:36 PM

I just love this outfit, er well, any outfit you wear! And the Awkward and Awesome blogs are my favorite of yours! thanks for all the smiles!~

June 07, 2012 12:37 PM

My husband is getting his MBA at UMD in the evening and works full time. It is rough and we are only 1 year into the program. Just remember that as hard as this is for you it is 10 times harder for him. Make sure the weekends are extra special too!

June 07, 2012 12:40 PM

Hooray for Grad school that's going to be crazy! So glad you don't have to move it's the worst. Also coughing lessons? Who wouldn't want to come.

June 07, 2012 12:44 PM

Sydney, you're a babe. Teach me your ways.

June 07, 2012 12:46 PM

HA! I was literally just thinking, I miss Awkard and Awesome thursdays! Where are they? Well to get my fix, I'll do it on my blog. Then bam! Went to get my daily daybook fix and there it was...Made my day. And I think I will blog each week about the awkard and the awesome...brings so much joy to read yours. Keep inspiring me girl!

June 07, 2012 12:58 PM

Love everything about this post. You're funny.

June 07, 2012 1:06 PM

I love these posts!!! They always make me laugh :)

June 07, 2012 1:16 PM

syd, you are INSANELY gorgeous. like sooo ridiculously beautiful I can't take it. I love you awkward and awesomes and was so happy to see them up today! hope you have a great weekend :)

June 07, 2012 1:18 PM

Goodness gracious you always make me laugh! And you are gorgeous!

June 07, 2012 1:27 PM

If I could count the times I have fallen mid sentence. Baby fake coughs are so cute! xoxo

June 07, 2012 1:28 PM

i always do the pause thing... like i cant decide what name to say... my maiden or married name.

love the squeaky toy one :)

June 07, 2012 1:46 PM
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June 07, 2012 1:47 PM

I was calling about a potential job today and honestly had to pause and think for a second before I remembered my married name. Hopefully they don't think I'm too crazy!

I love your maxi skirts! I'm planning to make a couple as soon as I get a chance.


June 07, 2012 1:52 PM

Haha, I feel the SAME way with parallel parking! Or, just parking in general. Last week, I was parallel parking on a busy road. I got out to check and then re-parked...four times. Four! I swear my parking has gotten worse these past few years.

Congrats on husband getting into grad school!

xoxo -ally

June 07, 2012 1:55 PM

I think I just love your blog too much !!! I mean I really want to meet you !! You are really an inspiration !! It rally sound obsess but ... !!!

June 07, 2012 1:57 PM

that always happens to me with parallel parking.

my atticus is totally down with the fake cough, like ahem, mom, i am bored!

June 07, 2012 1:58 PM

Congrats on the hubby and school! I also love the fit of that maxi.

June 07, 2012 1:59 PM

So stunning, and the landscape is beautiful too. Seriously! Blessings!

June 07, 2012 2:10 PM

post a video of the coughing!

June 07, 2012 2:12 PM

I love your A&A posts! I laughed out loud reading the part about the squeaky toy in the diaper bag!
- Laura

June 07, 2012 2:12 PM

this fit is so perfect!
im really in love with your pairing items too!!!

ps. im doing a michael kors giveaway if you want to check it out :)

June 07, 2012 2:31 PM

love the awkward and awesome! and you look definitely awesome in those shots.x

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June 07, 2012 2:52 PM

Love the cargo vest paired with the maxi skirt!

June 07, 2012 3:18 PM

Loved this:) Thanks for sharing!

June 07, 2012 3:27 PM

My hubs will start full time seminary while working full time in September. This means me and my baby boy will be on our own most of the time. At least I have baby boy to keep me company, right?

June 07, 2012 3:31 PM

So sweet, I love these stories of the wonderful turns your life is taking with that sweet little boy of yours!

Sidenote, love your photos. The lighting is wonderful, and who doesn't love a maxi in the summer?

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June 07, 2012 4:04 PM

i do enjoy your authentic funnies and true openness to your readers.

June 07, 2012 4:24 PM

yay, i've missed your awkward and awesome's. they are always just too funny! you really need to capture a video of mr. e and his fake coughs. too cute!
and seriously, i'm right there with you on the parallel parking. what gives?!? ;)
xo TJ

June 07, 2012 4:31 PM

I avoid large areas of grass for that very reason, but I like to take it up a notch by spraining an ankle, keeping it worth the watch for onlookers, ya know!

Congrats on grad school- I'm pretty sure they have to accept the whole family because grad school pretty much takes a village. And I'm sure you guys are gonna do awesome :)

June 07, 2012 4:35 PM

I can't get enough of that skirt. My husband will be doing the same thing, working full time and grad school at night. Woo hoo! Not.... at least its for a good cause! :)

June 07, 2012 4:58 PM

haha i'm quite talented in the parallel parking area as well.
it must be a sydney thing.

June 07, 2012 5:50 PM

"Sydney Adams ... Poulton" I just about died when I read that!!

P.S. How do you pull off those knit maxi skirts so well?!

xo Jacquie

June 07, 2012 7:00 PM

Congrats to your husband on grad school! He was my TA my last semester and I can't even imagine going back to school right now, plus working as well! uber hard core

June 07, 2012 7:02 PM

I love when people can make me smile or laugh by their are one of those people. Totally laughing at all the awkwards:)

June 07, 2012 7:36 PM

you look so amazing and i love that this look is so comfy but so classy!

xo kaitlin

June 07, 2012 7:51 PM

I missed these posts! I might have to try out your toast recipe sounds yummy!

June 07, 2012 8:03 PM

yaay, love these posts!

... that brie spread sounds yum!


June 07, 2012 9:24 PM

Oh, that's so funny! I often misspell my own last name which is totally embarrassing but whatever.

I avoid large plains of grass because in Australia we have so many poisonous snakes and they scare the crap out of me! I love this outfit - this knotted tee just adds such a chic twist to it x

June 07, 2012 10:19 PM

i loved the squeaky toy part! I can totally imagine you walking with that cute little quek quek sound.

June 07, 2012 10:26 PM

Love your skirt girl! Btw where is tyson going to grad school?

June 07, 2012 11:14 PM

Great post! And the outfit and pictures are gorgeous!

June 07, 2012 11:24 PM

hahahaha! You always have the best A&A's (which is only right since you started it) :) That squeaky toy one made me laugh out loud! haha!

June 08, 2012 12:08 AM

lol, i'm laughing so hard, so true over here.


June 08, 2012 3:36 AM

Haha, I love that you got your name wrong! I often get stuck when people ask me my name and date of birth because it's not a question I'm asked too often, there's always an awkward pause where they think I'm trying to make something up.. I'm not, I'm just incredibly slow when it comes to knowing my own vital stats

June 08, 2012 6:00 AM

"I mean the me at the stove part" hahaha. Cherish every moment you have right now with husb. It's REALLY hard with work + grad school. *hand raised* but your life will be smooth sailing once it's all over. More degrees = better!

June 08, 2012 6:19 AM

I just finished grad school while working full time! It will definitely be an adjustment, but when he is finished it will all be worth it!

June 08, 2012 7:50 AM

Love this outfit! That skirt looks so comfortable!


June 08, 2012 7:50 AM

Love this outfit! That skirt looks so comfortable!


June 08, 2012 10:02 AM

Amazing outfit! :D

June 08, 2012 10:02 AM

Amazing outfit! :D

June 08, 2012 12:35 PM

Effortless ease by a real woman telling true life stories. I do the maiden name introduction all of the time!

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June 09, 2012 5:20 PM

How do you tie your shirt like that?? I love it!

June 11, 2012 10:51 AM

I soooo love the YesStyle jacket! Too bad I don't see it on the website. :(

June 11, 2012 12:49 PM

YAY! Awkward and awesome thursday!!

June 12, 2012 1:03 AM

This was hilarious, I can totally sympathize with the squeaky toy bouncing off leg or in my case, random nursery rhymes and lullabies whenever I pick up my bag. Your little man is just the cutest, I especially love that last photo. Both my daughters would do the fake coughing thing whenever they were teething.


June 12, 2012 10:25 AM

Sydney, I truly miss you. Your blog is my newspaper. I love updating myself with a good read and little chuckles. Everette looks like such a sweetie!

June 13, 2012 2:44 PM

Haha at your first awkward moment- I recently did that too... a couple of time actually... and really startled myself! It's like my brain just stopped working. Needless to say people were amused by it. -JB.

June 14, 2012 1:32 PM

This made my day! This weekend I was in New Jersey -without my husband- for the kings game Finals ( I'm from Los Angeles) and my sister and I got interviewed for a LA channel 7 news and I said my maiden name...ON NATIONAL TELEVISION. UGH. It made me smile knowing that you did it too! :)

June 15, 2012 10:42 PM

I love this series! It was definitely one of my better "i-can't-handle-work-need-to-scour-the-internet-for-amusement" finds.

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