Friday, April 26, 2013

My Thoughts on Things (Volume 2)

A few weeks back I posted a random collection of my thoughts here. Because I enjoyed writing it (and am suffering some writer's block) I am composing a second volume. Here's what's on my mind lately.

 Unless I directly involve you or strike up the conversation with you, my baby-making plans are not your business. I know you think you're taking an interest in my life. I know you like to make jokes about it. I can take it for the most part. But sometimes it's really intrusive and kind of rude.
When Justin and I start thinking about babies, the people who need to know will know. It would just be nice to not be bombarded with questions every time I choose water instead of an alcoholic beverage, or put on a few pounds, or get sick for Pete's sake. That's all. 

I'm not a fan of horror movies in general, but last night I saw a preview for this movie called The Purge

This is where I was going to put a picture from the trailer but it's too creepy. Sorry. 

The premise is apparently a town where for one night a year, the purge, all crime including murder is legal. The trailer follows one family who is trying to keep safe on this night. I am kind of appalled by this. Maybe I'm a bit sheltered, but the trailer made my stomach turn. This is not entertainment to me. 

Sometimes it's really nice when Justin and I are on separate schedules and eat on our own. That sounds awful. I just mean that I like a few foods that he doesn't like and it's nice to be able to cook them sometimes. Fish and rice, specifically! 

I wish I had more time to devote to my blog. I'm a little jealous of those bloggers who post every day and it makes me sad that it's been almost a week since I've posted last. I haven't gotten into a posting schedule yet. If anyone has any tips on this, I'd love to hear them. 

Those are my thoughts. I'm off to enjoy my weekend now. 
xo Steph  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Social 4/21

I've been skipping out on Sunday Social for the last few weeks. I guess I've been skipping out on my blog in general. When I sat down to catch up on my blog reading, my bloglovin' feed said I had 104 posts to read. That's intimidating and just a little bit sad. Anyway, I'm back to Sunday Social this week. 
Sunday Social

1. What is your shopping weakness?
I'm really not much of a clothes/shoes/bags shopper. I'm too picky and cheap and usually talk myself out of buying stuff. My biggest weakness is beauty products; face washes, hair products, lotions and scrubs, and makeup. Target is my shop of choice for such things.

2. What is your food weakness?
French fries. Which are without a doubt the reason my bootay is in the shape that it's in. Oh man. When I was in college we would go to this place that had what they called "Super Fries"...The fries were seasoned with season salt and ranch seasoning and topped with cheese (The good shredded kind. Not the nasty cheese sauce), diced tomatoes, green onions, and bacon with ranch dipping sauce. Naughty and delicious. 

3. What is your go to movie to watch when nothing is on?
I prefer watching episodes of a tv show on dvd (in which case I choose Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother) rather than a movie. But if I'm going to watch a movie I almost always pick Just Friends.
4. What is your go to breakfast food?
I'm not much of a typical breakfast food person. I usually have a pb&j or cereal because it's quick and easy. 
5. Do you drink coffee? If so, how do you take it?
I do, but not terribly often. I guess how I drink it depends on the situation. If I'm drinking it at home I like using flavored syrup or creamer. My parents and most of my family drink it black so if I'm with them I usually do too. I admit to ordering expensive, sugar-filled  drinks at places like Starbucks. Usually I just opt for Diet Coke. 

Happy Sunday! PS--if you haven't read this post, check it out for some exciting news! :)
xo Steph

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Our House Is a Very Very Very Fine House

Yes, you read that correctly: our house. Offer. Accepted. 
There was another showing and offer being made the morning after we wrote ours, but it still only took our realtor 24 hours to get back to us! The wait. was. torture. I couldn't concentrate on anything. After work we went for dinner with some of my coworkers and that's where we were when our realtor called. 

I've obviously been glued to Pinterest scouting out color palettes and home decor like:
This gray and yellow bedroom (also would be pretty for kitchen) {source}
And this beautifully organized laundry room {source}

 I am so excited to have a laundry room, guys. You have no idea. Granted it's in the cold and unfinished basement, but it will be mine. No more laundry card, no more $1.25 to wash clothes and another $1.25 to dry, no more small window of hours that I'm allowed to do laundry. I have big plans to spruce up this area. Big plans.
Like this red and brown bathroom {source}


You know what else I have big plans for? My (Ok, our...but we all know Justin isn't as excited about this as I am) private master bathroom. Dream. Come. True. Nice spacious shower stall, beautiful light fixtures, makeup counter. Oh. You want to take a shower? Your bathroom is downstairs. This one is mine.
Piano/Music room {source}
 It has been years since I've had a piano of my own. We had one in my house growing up but when I left for college my parents sold it. Of course I couldn't have one in my dorm room or apartment. Justin's parents have one that they are graciously bestowing upon us (no one there plays it and they have wanted to get rid of it for a while). I'm really excited about this, ok?

We just made our appointment with the home inspector. We're re-working our budget, because obviously things will be a little tighter now with a house payment and all of the things that go along with it. I'm actually really excited to start packing.
 I'm a big kid now.
xo Steph

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Homeward Bound

I think we found the house. 

Last night Justin's parents came up to see it. The seller left little notes all around the house for us; telling us little secrets and quirks about the house...and what was in all of the garden space around the house. It's really been all we have thought or talked about over the last few days. So that's where I've been, and that's why I've been away from my blog. 

Funny The Home Depot Ecard: I think we should remodel the bathroom since it's the only safe place to hide from the kids.

  Hopefully I will be able to update you with some good news soon.
xo Steph

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Grumpy Cat

Do you ever have one of those days when everything gets on your nerves..? And it feels everyone is just trying to tick you off...? And you're so frustrated you want to run into a corner and cry..? That was my day. To spare you the details, grumpy cat is taking over my blog today.

I just can't get over this one. Anyone else with mad love for Hall and Oates?!?
I Just Can't Wait to Not Be King

 I'm going to sleep now and hope I wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.
This Bed... I Hate It! 
xo Steph

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How Not to Be a Slob

Right now, I'm home. It's 2:30 in the afternoon, and I'm home. I actually got home about an hour ago. I'm not going to lie, getting an afternoon off that I actually get to enjoy is pretty blissful. You know what I've been doing since I've been home? Cleaning. I'm obviously not an expert in keeping a clean house but I thought I'd share some life lessons I've learned. You're welcome. - I'm going to start cleaning my house. And by cleaning, I mean drinking wine and spraying everything with Febreze.

1. Do it now. If you're like me, you often fall prey to the notion "I'll just sit down for a minute and (read a blog, have a drink, watch this show, whatever it is you do...). Then I'll get up and do the dishes". Stop it. No you won't. Before you know it you'll have devoured half a pizza and watched two hours of Duck Dynasty. And of course your dishes will live to stink another day. 

2. The little things add up. Here's another trap. Leaving one pair of socks on the floor isn't going to hurt anything, right? Wrong. What started with a pair of socks will soon be your entire wardrobe and you're stuck wearing bathing suit bottoms as underwear because you have no laundry.

On the flip flop, if you take 10 minutes to do a little cleanup (Justin and I try make sure all of the end tables are cleaned off and that all of the major sticky food is rinsed off the dishes before bed) it will be much easier in the end.

3. Work while you wait. Some chores take forever--stupid laundry--and you can't just get it done quick. But there are lots of things you can do while you're waiting for the dryer to stop (or dinner to cook, or whatever you're waiting for). Plus it's kind of fun to make it into a challenge; "Can I get all of the dishes done before the oven timer goes off?"

4. Take advantage of ambition. Of course when you come home from working your long hours the last thing you want to do is scrub counters and fold laundry. But the moment you get that second wind, put it to work! I left work with the intention of taking a nap and lazing around until zumba. When I got here though, I saw dishes on the counter and the ambition kicked in. I've since done a load of laundry (cleaned and folded, thank you very much!), dishes, swept the floor, and baked cookies (Already did those dishes too. Bam.).
 Those are my cleaning tips. If you have any others I'd love to hear them. Keep it classy, blog land. 
xo Steph

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up

Wisconsin weather.
Friday: 55 degrees and sunny. Friday night/Saturday morning: Snow (Yes. Snow). Saturday: 40s and rain allllll day. Sunday: Sunny, mid 50s. Can we pick a season already??

 Aunt Flo.
What a jerk. I've felt like crap all day. I'm also an emotional train wreck. Today I tried putting on a pair of pants and they didn't fit; I cried for a good 10 minutes. Oh yeah. I'm also bloated. Then in the middle of a disagreement with Justin about the houses we looked at yesterday, I burst into tears. I'm not crazy. I think promise. 

House Hunting. 
This was really fun at first. Now that a realtor is involved and finances are being negotiated, it's turning into a hot mess. They're all starting to blend together (except of course the one house we've looked at that I could see us in...that Justin didn't like) and our ideas of the right house seem to be drifting apart.

I'm a master procrastinator. Two of my good friends are getting married; one next month and one in June. Today I finally decided I had to go get these dresses ordered before I ran out of time. First of all, the lady who was helping me was named Hermione. Not a joke. She was able to find both dresses in the proper size and color in the store and at discount. She clearly possessed the magical powers that her name implied.

Crafty People.
I've written before about how bad my hands get when it's dry outside (and because I have a compulsive need to wash my hands all the time). By the end of this week they were especially bad and one of my coworkers noticed it. Today I saw her at a continuing ed class we are taking (more on this in the future) and she gave me these adorable little hand-made lotion bars!
All you do is rub it in your hands until it gets greasy and spread it around. It smells delicious and is all natural. You better believe I'm going to figure out how she did this and try it myself!

Duck Dynasty.
I've finally jumped on this bandwagon. My family loves this show and I could not understand what the fuss was all about. Until I watched it myself. I'm hooked. That's a fact, Jack.

xo Steph

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What the Duck??

Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away.
Mother duck said "Quack quack quack quack!"
But only four of the ducks came back. 

This is one of my students' favorite songs. Each time the ducks go out, one less comes back until they are gone. Mother duck cries, and the kids think it's hilarious. Where did the ducks go??
Apparently to my apartment. When I opened the door of our building this morning this is what I saw. Ok, first I saw the layer of frost on my car windows and cried a little. But then I saw the duck. In case you're new here, I don't live on a farm. Nor do I live near water. In fact I live in a pretty busy apartment complex in the middle of town. 

I took a few cautionary steps toward the creature. He took a couple of waddle-y steps toward my car and quacked. Oh no, duck. This is my house. Step away from the vehicle. Then of course I stepped into the giant mud puddle that is our front yard to take a picture. He didn't move. Like he was taunting me with a game of We both stood there for a few minutes unsure of what to do with each other. 

Sad mother duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away. 
Mother duck cried "Quack quack quack quack!" 
And all of the five little ducks came back.

When he finally realized I wasn't going to feed him any bread crumbs (or he heard his mom calling), he started to walk away. As I got into my car he answered back a couple of sassy "quack"s, flapped his wings, and took off. 

And that, dear friends, was the most noteworthy thing that happened to me today. Is it Friday yet?
xo Steph