Top 10 Thoughts I Have (When Driving By Myself…)

Happy Sunday!
On any given day, I have about a million thoughts running through my head during my commute to and from work or when I’m out running errands. Whether I’m cruising along, speeding (which happens more often than not), or in traffic staring at hundreds of red brake lights, I’m always thinking about the following things…

  1. The number of adults who pick their nose.
    I find that the number of adults that I see 2 knuckles deep in their noses is disgusting. I thought that picking your nose (without a tissue) was something people stopped doing when they were old enough to know what a booger was. I guess I’m mistaken because every single day, I see at least one person digging for gold during their commute. If you’re one of these people… sorry if I’ve offended you, but just know: WE SEE YOU.
  2. Why are there so many damn cups in my car?
    When I leave for work in the morning, I usually have two cups. My coffee, because I can’t start my morning without at least one cup, and my Yeti, because I’m always trying to increase the amount of water I drink. Between leaving for work and coming home, my hands are usually full, so I leave a cup (usually my water bottle) in the car. Then, I forget about said water bottle and when morning comes and I am headed out the door, I think to myself, “I’ll bring them all in when I get home.” Which never happens. So, by the end of the week, I’m bringing in Yeti’s, a Tervis, plastic water bottles, etc., and then it all starts all over again on Monday. At least I know I’ll always be hydrated… right?
  3. I really have to pee.
    A problem I’ve encountered (probably because I drink too much coffee or have too many damn water bottles) is that I always have to pee. I’m not really a fan of using public restrooms, so I tend to wait until I get home. I also have this thing where I don’t have to pee when I’m leaving home, but as soon as I pull out of my parking lot, I have to go, but I decide it’s too late and just hold it. It’s not very logical, but I’ve never said I was a very logical woman.
  4. Lesson plans I don’t really want to create.
    Making lesson plans are the worst. I don’t really write them out as often as I used to, but when I have to think about how to help students with their research papers, or how to cite sources, I need to write those ideas down because my memory is awful. I’m always thinking to myself whether or not the students are going to understand where I’m coming from or what visuals I can use to help them. If you see me out driving and my eyes are glazed over, chances are, I’m thinking about school.
  5. If I get home early, what are the chances of me taking a nap?
    Naps are hands-down the best part of being an adult and my commutes are often consumed by the best odds of being able to nap. Getting the opportunity to snuggle on the couch with my dog, Sophia, or laying in my bed surrounded by pillows mid-afternoon are moments that make my life complete. During the week, I rarely take naps because I have an awful time falling asleep at night, but when I do, I can’t help but fall asleep with a smile on my face.
  6. Food (More like how often I’ve had Chipotle that week).
    Every day, on my way home from work, I pass Chipotle. Anyone who knows me, knows that I could probably have something from there every day of the week. I am not ashamed to say that before I moved, I think the workers at my old Chipotle knew me by name because I ordered there so much. I typically don’t eat breakfast and I’m usually working through lunch, so by the time it’s time to get home, I’m salivating at the idea of a burrito bowl. It’s sad, but I own it. Hello, my name is Rikki and I’m addicted to Chipotle.
  7. If i can’t take a nap, how early can I go to bed tonight?
    Sleeping. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up, the last thing that pops into my head before I nod off and a thought that’s always in my head when I’m driving (I swear, I’ve never fallen asleep on the road). Going to bed early ensures that I’m not grouchy when I wake up in the morning, and if I’m not grouchy when I wake up in the morning, I’m more excited to teach. When I’m more excited to teach, I feel like my students are more excited to learn… and so on and so forth. Needless to say, sleeping consumes my brain, so if you ever see me and I’m grouchy, which I am 9 time of out 10, hand me a pillow and a blanket and I’ll love you forever.
  8. This is my jaaaaaaaam.
    Music makes my life complete, so the first thing I do when I get in the car is connect my phone to Apple Car Play (thanks, Chevy). I’m a firm believer that a song can make or break the beginning or end of your day, so I have to find the right song before I can pull out of the driveway. I don’t care what time it is, I’m always jamming in the car, especially by myself. I’m always singing along or trying to break it down while sitting behind the wheel. My favorite jams right now are: Bruno Mars, Drake and Alessia Cara.
  9. I wonder if that person just saw me breaking it down?
    That awkward moment when you’re coming to a stop light and the person next to you sees your breaking it down in the car… This happens to me on a daily basis. Most of the time I try to stop dancing before the person next to me actually sees me, but when I’m in the middle of a groove, sometimes I can’t stop. My favorite car dance moves include the robot, the on-beat head bob and anything involving shoulders.
  10. Why are the worst drivers always in front of me?
    My last recurring thought while driving. Why are all of the worst drivers in Cincinnati driving RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!? I always seem to be stuck behind someone driving 10 below the speed limit, someone who can’t use their turn signal or someone who can’t stay in their own lane. The moment I get over, they either get over in front of me or the person I am now behind can’t drive either. Why is it so hard to adhere by the driving laws created by the state of Ohio? Nothing pisses me off worse than a bad driver. I’m not the best, but damn, get it together, people!

What are some of the thoughts you have while driving? Are any of them similar to mine? I can’t wait to hear what you guys say! Thanks for reading.



We’re Best Friends… in My Head

When coming up with an idea for my blog, I wanted to do something a little different, so I decided to choose a Weekly Top 10 of various topics. This was one of the first topics to pop into my head: Celebrities I’m best friends with… In my head. Here goes nothing!


1. Cindy Hayes aka Black Cindy from Orange is the New Black. I’ve always been a fan of Orange is the New Black, and Black Cindy is no exception. I always tell my friends that if I ever went to prison, I’d want to be like her. I hope I never go to prison, I’ve seen way too many episodes of Lock Up: Raw. Cindy is hilarious, sticks up for her friends and is actually really intelligent, which I can really appreciate.
My favorite Black Cindy quote: “I don’t care about no ‘used to.’ I live in the present. Namaste and shit.”



2. Brandon Phillips. So, anyone that knows me knows and understands that I’m not athletically inclined. If I’m running, you should probably run too because something is chasing us. Anyway, being from Cincinnati, I feel morally obligated to love the Reds, even when they aren’t doing well. From hearing his “at bat” songs and watching interviews, I’m convinced Brandon and I would be best friends. He’s hilarious and… so am I.
My favorite BP quote: “I’d play against these guys with one leg. We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, they’re little bitches, all of ’em. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear – I hate the Cardinals.” Lets be honest, what kind of Reds fan are you if you don’t hate the Cardinals?!

Image: Chrissy Teigen And Kaitlyn Bristowe On "Extra"

3. Chrissy Teigen. I think the biggest (and probably only) commonality between Chrissy and myself are that we both don’t have much of a filter. I will admit, initially, I wasn’t a fan of her, but she’s definitely changed my mind. She’s pure comedy and I want so badly for her to be my best friend. If you don’t follow her on Twitter and you don’t get easily offended, I suggest you follow her, immediately! She’s so real and SO funny!
My favorite Chrissy Teigen tweet: “I didn’t shower all day then I finally did and a fly followed me all the way to the shower. John said I’m the kid from Peanuts.”


4. Justin Timberlake. Helloooooo, childhood and awkward teenage years! Who am I kidding, I’ve loved him my whole life. Justin has always been there for me, whether I was skulking over my 6th grade crush or breaking it down during a 90s girl’s night. Watching him on SNL and Jimmy Fallon fill my heart with so much joy knowing that someone from a 90s boyband is killing it in the present day.
My favorite Justin quote: “You’re not meant to do what is easy. You’re meant to challenge yourself.”

Ellen Pompeo

5. Ellen Pompeo. Yaaaaaaaas! Grey’s Anatomy has been my jam from the beginning and following her on social media makes me love her so much. I may have originally fell in love with her character, Meredith, but my love for Ellen has gotten so much stronger!
My favorite Ellen Pompeo quote: “Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.”


6. Bruno Mars. I honestly believe we should be best friends because we’re basically the same height. Just kidding! But, seriously, I could be in the worst possible mood and I’ll hear one of his songs and I’m instantly happy and ready to dance. Not to mention his concerts are THE BEST. I’ve been to two and the third is this summer! He’s such a humble man and truly makes me laugh.
My favorite Bruno Mars Quote: “Someone told me something that stuck with me: ‘You have to envision your life, and then go backwards.’ I have been living by that motto for a while, so I see where I need to be. Now I’m just backtracking and trying to get back there.”


7. Adele. She’s such a soulful singer, but she seems so down to earth! I love seeing her on shows like Ellen and giving interviews. Not to mention, she’s foul mouthed, just like me! I have a feeling we’d be best friends.
Favorite Adele quote: “I have insecurities of course, but I won’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.”
Preeeeeach girl, preach!


8. Matt Bellassai. If there ever was a person I’d choose to be my spirit animal, it would be him. His “Whine About it Wednesdays” still make me laugh until I cry. Anything that involves copious amounts of wine, whining and sarcastic humor is alright by me!
My favorite Matt Bellassai quote: “My body isn’t ready to confront the world until I’ve had at least 3 cups of coffee, cereal, a nap and lunch.”


9. Sophia Bush. I’ve loved Sophia Bush since she played Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill. I feel like I grew up right along with her. After watching every episode of OTH six… maybe seven times, I love her more and more. She’s currently on Chicago PD, where she is kicking ass. I love following her on social media and seeing how charitable she is. She’s always standing up for causes she believes in.
My Favorite Sophia Bush quote: “As a woman, I know you’re young, but you gotta hear it now: the most valuable part about you is your brain. Get an education; don’t let anybody tell you that your body or the size that you wear or any of that BS matters, because it doesn’t. Your brain matters, so be the smart girl in the room. Because, to be funny, you have to be smart, because you have to get the joke.”


10. Michelle Obama. She’s seriously the classiest woman I’ve ever seen. When she began as the First Lady, she immediately began doing everything she could for her country. I love to see the love she has for her husband, children and people from all walks of life. She’s taught me so much about myself and who I want to be as a role model and as a member of my community. I can’t thank her enough for what she’s shown me and the rest of the little girls in the world.
My favorite Michelle Obama quote: “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious an hope can take on a life of its own.”

So, if you’re still with me, THANK YOU! I hope you enjoyed my first Top 10 list! In the comments, let me know who you envision would be your best friend… if they weren’t famous!

Love you guys,