Monday, April 28, 2014

Where I've Been

Okay. Prepare yourselves; this could get lengthy.


I know I've already covered this, but Erich and I got engaged in February. That's the biggest news. Four days prior to getting engaged, we got a dog. I will save his whole story for another day. Let me just say that his name is Louie, he's crazy, and we're about to shell out way too much money to get him trained. We love him. 

At the beginning of February, the management company at our apartment complex decided that it would be a great idea to renovate the apartments while people are still living in them. Yay. At the end of February, we took a trip to Florida for a few days to visit my mom. Her birthday was the 23rd so we hung out with her and got to enjoy weather that was warmer than 30 degrees. Thank the Lord. It was really hard to come back home. Who would want to leave warm weather and come back to construction? No one.


In March we began looking for wedding venues. I also began being completely over wedding planning. I went into a little bit of that here. In case you're wondering, I'm still completely over wedding planning. Also in March, the company I work for lost their contract and I had to go through a new company coming in and taking over. It all ended up working out (after weeks of thinking I was getting a pay cut and losing two weeks of paid time off), but the company is still terrible. I could rant for hours about that, but I won't. All in all, March was pretty boring.  


Here we are! And to think, it's almost May. Where has the time gone?! At the beginning of the month I had bronchitis -- I don't recommend it. It was so bad that I was on a Z pack, a steroid, an inhaler, and at the doctor's office I got a nebulizer treatment. I'm finally not coughing anymore (four weeks later) and feeling back to normal. 

My college roommate, who I lived with for four years, got married! Her wedding was beautiful, and it was nice to see some people I hadn't seen in three years. 

Erich and I have finally settled on our ceremony and reception venues, and I'm so glad because I was about two days away from cancelling everything and eloping. This brings us to the end of the month. Oh, and I also just finished my second master's class last night and now I have a week off. Sooo nice. 

Here are a few things coming up that I'm really excited for:
  • We're finally getting around to having our engagement dinner this weekend! (It's hard to plan that when your mom is in Florida for the whole winter, but she's back now.)
  • We're going to Texas in three weeks for a wedding and a mini-vacation. This makes me super happy.
  • I'm going wedding dress shopping in just over a month and every time I think about it I get butterflies. 

Sorry my whole life is wedding stuff. I'm going to four this year, I'm a bridesmaid in one, and I'm planning my own. It's taken over everything! My life is literally just homework, work, wedding planning, and dog. I totally wouldn't blame any of you if you stopped reading this. And if you even made it this far, congratulations! I'll send you a cookie!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Stages of Eating at IHOP

1. You're sitting around your house wondering what you should eat on this fine weekend morning. You're feeling brunchy, but not $30 brunchy.

2. You realize that there's an IHOP right down the street. Win! Call your friends.

3. You are so excited. Pancakes are delicious. And you're gonna get coffee, and hash browns, and bacon, and sausage, and maybe some eggs, too...

4. You're on your way to IHOP! Ohhhh the excitement!

5. You get to the restaurant. There are approximately 3,000 people in line in front of you. Prepare to wait.

6. Who even cares? This is totally going to be worth the wait!

7. A million years later (okay, like 20 minutes) you get a table. You follow the hostess through the maze that is IHOP and end up at a table in the way back that's ten times too small for all the food you plan to consume.

8. This menu is overwhelming!

9. GET ALL THE FOOD! You really did order pancakes, coffee, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and eggs. So hungry! Only $8!

10. Your food has arrived! Okay, maybe this is too much. Whatever, you're gonna eat it all anyway.

11. You have two bites left of food. If you eat them you're sure you will actually explode.

12. This is when the feeling like death sets in. How are you even going to make it home?

13. You've made it home. You cannot leave the couch. You cannot sit upright. You will never eat again.

Until next weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens... {GIVEAWAY!}

Guys. GUYS. I just realized that I missed my 100th post. Like, it happened months ago! I had been planning before that on doing a little giveaway to I'm still doing it, it's just a little late.

I post all the time about things I'm totally obsessing over, so I thought I'd put together some of my favorite things (does the title of this post suddenly make sense?) to share with one lucky winner!

This is a pretty small giveaway because I'm a small blogger, but a good one. I hope you love this stuff as much as I do!

What one lucky lady will receive:
  • A copy of the latest Cosmopolitan magazine
  • Baby Lips
  • Essie nail polish (in the color of your choice, as long as I can find it at the store)
  • Small notebook and some awesome pens
  • Great Lash mascara

None of the entries are mandatory; feel free to do one, or all, or any in between. It ends next Friday. Good luck! Oh, and along with what's in the image above, there will be other goodies in your sweet, sweet package. Let's do this!

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Dear World...

Hey world!

I'm stopping by to (yet again) apologize for my ridiculous absence. Things are crazy! Also, I got a new design, thanks to the wonderful Whitney, and I'm really excited about it!

I'll be back this week, or early next week, to update you guys on my crazybusy life. I promise.

In the meantime, and yes, I do totally realize that this is an odd time to ask, I'm looking for anyone who wants to do an ad/button swap. My sidebar is a little lonely, but I'm not quite ready to move back to Passionfruit yet, so if you're interested let me know! Email me, tweet me, leave a comment, whatever.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

32 Things That Make Me Happy as a Clam

Today I'm joining Erin and Sarah for their linkup. We could all use a little more happiness, right? It goes right along with this post about my happiness journal! 

Venus Trapped in Mars

1. The people I work with. For having to spend 40 hours a week with those nuts, it could be so much worse. And I'm like totally besties with my office-mate. Win.

2. Silliness of all kinds. I don't feel like this needs an explanation.

3. The beach.

4. The smell of a beach when I can't actually be near one. Candles are a lifesaver.

5. Sharing a home (an apartment, but it's our home) with the love of my life.

6. The holiday season. Everything about it makes me warm and fuzzy.

7. The Yankees.

8. Hanson. Judge if you want, but don't knock 'em until you've listened to something they've put out since 1997.

9. Owning my car. I've had it for two and a half years, but I still get a smile on my face every time I get in it.

10. Our new friends from New Zealand. Who would've thought that drunk-meeting people on NYE would lead to a lasting friendship?

11. My mom is coming home from Florida next Saturday!

12. I'm getting my blog redesigned!

13. Walking through puddles on purpose while wearing my Hunters.

14. The start of Spring and warmer weather.

15. Taking our crazy dog (Louie) for walks to the park as a "family."

16. Christmas trees. I know I already said the holiday season, but there's something about Christmas trees that just make me extra happy. Like extraextra.

17. Giraffe things.

18. Blogger meetups.

19. My crazy Lou-dog.

20. Writing lists and color-coding everything.

21. Shopping by myself. It can be so peaceful.

22. Babysitting my friend's adorable son.

23. Impromptu date nights.

24. A good drink. You know when you're at the bar and you order something and the bartender makes it juuuuuust right and it's so incredibly perfect that you have to close your eyes for a second? Yeah.

25. Vacations. This should just be a given.

26. The doll that I've had since the day I was born and still sleep with when I'm at my parents' house. You're not allowed to judge me for this. It's sentimental.

27. This picture:


28. When everything seems to fall into place.

29. Backyard barbeques with the whole family.

30. Multi-functional items.

31. Compliments about how clean my desk is at work. (If only they knew how messy I am at home...)

32. Running into the house when it's about to start raining and making it inside just before it starts to downpour.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Day I Realized Wedding Planning is Hard

Let me start by saying that I must have been completely delusional going into this.

All the books and checklists scared me half to death when I first started researching how to plan a wedding. Then I actually started forming ideas and figuring out what I wanted and thought, "Oh, this won't be difficult at all!" I had it all figured out and I was set.


On Saturday Erich and I went to the one place we were sure we wanted to have our wedding ceremony. (Oh, I should mention that we want to have the ceremony in a separate place from the reception. Let's just make it even harder, right?)  Well. We got there and both hated it. The woman we worked with was less than stellar, not really willing to work with us, and the garden looked like someone's front yard. It just wasn't the place for us. So now we're back to square one, which is really scary.

The venue we looked at. It's nice enough, but not nice enough for us. 
Part of the issue is that we already have a venue for our reception. It's not set in stone, but we like it and would like to keep it. The event coordinator is willing to work with us for dates and stuff, so we're off to a good start there. What we've been having to deal with is that many wedding venues aren't interested in allowing us to only have the ceremony there. So many places would rather turn us away so that they can keep the date open and book a full wedding/reception to make more money. Boo.

I've submitted a few forms to different places to get an appointment to view the venues, but communication seems to be soooooooo slow. Maybe it's just me because I'm generally impatient and now I'm an impatient bride (read: bridezilla), but I wish people were more responsive. My plan was to not be a fussy bride. I genuinely don't care about the small details. I care less than zero about the color of napkins or whether or not they have text and a cute picture on them. They're napkins. They are going to get thrown away. Well, guess what? I'm pretty shocked at myself because it turns out I do have opinions, and I also get really grouchy when things don't go my way. Bah humbug. (Also see: only-child problems.)

Our number one choice as of right now (if they'll ever email me back, yeesh!) is a place close by to what we've already seen. It's a house, and you can choose to hold the ceremony in the front of the house, in the back at a gazebo, or at a little beach area they have set up. It's right on the water and it's totally gorgeous. Let's hope this one works out. (I do have back-ups just in case. I learned that lesson the hard way, obviously.) And according to my mom, "there's always the church!" How about no.

Gorgeous, right? [via]
I really feel like once this seemingly simple, yet apparently very difficult task is done, I'll be so much less stressed and all the pieces will fall into place. Other brides out there -- past, present, or future -- tell me I'm not wrong. Please.

Wedding Wednesday

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Organizing Your Face: The Best Way to Store Your Makeup {Sponsored Post}

**This is a sponsored post by The Salon Outlet. 

Every girl loves her makeup collection. You would spend countless hours deciding on things you can’t live without from beauty and drug counters and stores, but when you return home you throw your new products into a drawer with your entire giant stash. When you pull open your makeup drawer to get ready, you push all your makeup around, chipping your foundation bottle within the hunt for your darkest eyeliner and crushing an eye shadow pallet when you’re frantically trying to find a lipstick. Perhaps this sounds familiar? It’s a frequent problem for most girls. Even though you might think that losing a number of lipsticks, eye shadows, or liners due to makeup clutter are simply a few unavoidable casualties, it is simple to avoid this concern if you know how you can properly store your makeup. 

The value of a good cosmetic organizer can’t be exaggerated. Properly storing your makeup helps keep it from getting too hot or too cold, from being broken, and will save you money in the long run since you don’t have to worry about broken makeup or losing items. There are a lot of options for makeup storage available. You can try soft, quilted cases, rolling carts, drawer organizers, and endless other options. But the simplest, most effective storage tool tends to be a makeup train case. Train cases are foldable boxes that fold out when open so you can access their multiple compartments, and fold in when closed. These rectangular cases are closed using a latch on top, and the ones available at The Salon Outlet even have locks so you don’t have to worry about anyone taking your most prized lipstick! They’re even great for traveling. They usually come with an easy carrying handle, so you can just pick up your entire makeup collection and be out and about in no time, with all of your makeup at your disposal!

**While this is a sponsored post, I don't post about topics that I don't believe in. I am totally on board with this website, and I think their organizational tools are amazing. I have way too much makeup and can't wait to get some of this stuff!