Monday, November 18, 2013

Moving In

So, I've been working on this post for awhile now. It's been slow coming, but I'm going to get this done! I really want to update everyone on the move! This is a bit late, but I want to remember as much as I can about the move so I'm sharing it now.

Like my last post told you, the hubs and I moved in to our new apartment on October 18th! Hopefully you were following me on Instagram and were able to see the craziness I posted for that weekend! It was unbelievable moving our things into the apartment and starting to set stuff up. For those of you who may have missed it, and those who didn't, here are some of the many pictures I took and bit more commentary on what was going on.

Helping Aunt Betty pack and smelling Scentsy Bars!
Taking a break for a photo op!
The move started with me - and my adorable niece packing up the hubs and my bedroom at the hubs'  parents house. I wasn't as efficient as I could have been, but this adorable girl was too much to say no to! So, we packed the little things. Like my scentsy stuff...and for her, packing Scentsy bars meant she had to smell them...all of them! It was so cute and I was glad to have her help. Plus, I got to spend some time with her, and I enjoy every moment I can have with her!

The storage unit
The move started from this 10'x10' storage unit our things have resided in for the past 2 years. We've managed to get rid of many of the things in it, but somehow it also gained things. Overall though, it was pretty much just the things we needed. And, some of the stuff that remained we ended up getting rid of. Our new apartment doesn't have washer/dryer hook ups, so we got rid of the washer and dryer. We also got a new couch because the old one wouldn't fit in the new apartment, so it went too. Odd how little space the rest of it would have taken up without those 2 things! Pretty much what remained was all of our kitchen stuff. And a dresser and chest of drawers we inherited from the hubs' grandmother. It's from the forties and is absolutely gorgeous and I love it. It needs to be restored and we plan on doing that but it's going to cost a lot of money so it's on the to do list. Also our tv console and christmas stuff. It's crazy how much we got rid of!

The couch in it's box.
The couch was put together the day it made it's way to our apartment. We sadly don't have an Ikea in New Orleans but we do have this awesome service that goes to the Ikea in Houston (which is 6 hours away!) and brings stuff back. It costs a percentage of the stuff that you buy and they bring it back to New Orleans. So, that's how our couch made it's way to New Orleans. Ikea impresses me sometimes how they manage to package things and you can put it together. The couch was one of the easiest things we've put together. (Saying a lot since we also own a whole room of bedroom furniture from them!)

The couch all put together!

We got the Ektorp couch and so far, we're in love with it! It's comfy and you can't complain about the price. If you're looking for a couch, definitely consider this one. And if you want a white couch - try this one! The cover is washable, easy to get on and off, and if it's stained permanently, the slipcover is only $50 to replace. Seriously, worth it! (Oh, and I'm keeping a lint roller and Tide to Go pen handy.)

The chest of drawers before being put together.
When I put together Ikea furniture, the first thing I do is lay out all of the pieces putting similar pieces together. I also put all of the screws, nails, etc. onto paper plates. It makes it a lot easier for me to find all of the right pieces while trying to understand Ikea's sometimes confusing instructions. We had a whole bedroom of furniture to put together and let me tell you, it takes a long time to build a bed, chest of drawers, dresser, and two nightstands. It ultimately took me near 20 hours to do it all. (I did a lot of it by myself while the hubs was moving other things into the apartment.)

Dinner the first night at the apartment
The first night we were moving in, at dinner time we made a makeshift table. We took our new dining chairs in their boxes and put our table top on them. It was a lot of fun sitting there eating in our own place for the first time in a long time. No one to bother us, no one else to talk to.  It was great. And, apparently a lot people got a real kick out of this. I had more than one person comment on how funny they thought this was when I posted it to Instagram!

When we moved in with the hubs' parents, a lot of things were going on in my life and most of them not good. So, I was quite impressed with myself when I opened a box and found I had managed to label the steak knives. I'm always careful opening up boxes - you never know if something has broken or could possibly cut you. But, it's nice to know that what you're about to touch could be dangerous. Sometimes, having moved a lot in your life can work out quite handy.

So, I've moved a lot in my life. I can list a minimum of 15 moves I can undoubtedly say I've made. And I feel like there are some I'm missing from before I can remember. I'm pretty sure this number is quickly approaching 20. So, when my parents moved last, my mom - who's packed for all but 3 of those moves - experienced some broken plates, I was very concerned for my own long term packing. So, as soon as I could, I unpacked our dishes. I breathed the greatest sigh of relief to see our plates in pristine condition. Matter of fact, we didn't experience a single broken item in our entire move. I'm pretty proud of myself.

One of the most exciting moments of unpacking was when I found our magnet collection! When we travel, I collect magnets. They're cheap (I never spend more than about $7 and I usually spend $4 on a magnet) and take up so little space. Plus each time I go into the fridge I get to enjoy them! Some of them I didn't get myself but were instead gifts. These are pretty special because they're from my Grandma who passed away two years ago. It's always nice to get to remember her (and my Papa) when I see them. When I found them I stopped unpacking to arrange them on the fridge and instantly the apartment felt more like home!

I'm still unpacking some things...Like today I finally unpacked all of our books and put them on the bookcase. This took so long because I was struggling with how to arrange our study space. But, I finally let go of what I thought I was the "perfect" place for one piece of furniture and now everything is set up fabulously! I'm so glad that it is done and I could finally get all of the boxes out of the study! It's really so much better. And I feel like I overcame the last major hurdle of unpacking. Everything is starting to fall into place.

Also, I promise there is a tour of the apartment on the horizon. I have to get my camera from the in-laws house and then I can get some good pictures!

I hope that  y'all are doing well. Things are good here and more posts will (slowly) make their way here...I'm having realistic expectations for the sake of my own sanity.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Stopping By My Own Blog

It's been awhile since I posted here but honestly, I'm ok with that.

When I started this blog almost 3 years ago, I was in a very exciting place and time in my life. I was just getting married, creating a home for my husband and I, and traveling. The things I had to share and wanted to share them with the world. Then, before we were married a year we moved in with his parents and the fun, the excitement, the thrill of being newlyweds was replaced with a struggle. And while this struggle was a very real part of my life, I don't believe in sharing things on this blog that could show my family in anything but a positive light. So, that struggle will remain quietly absent from this blog. Pretty much, what comes next is the most you'll ever hear negative about the past two years. So, here it goes.

Being newlyweds and living with your in-laws is difficult, especially 2 years of it. The lack of privacy, the lack of control, the having to check in with somebody is hard. And it was far harder for me than it was my husband. They are his parents, it's the home he grew up in, in some sense, he can always feel at home there. But for me, it was giving up a lot and living a very uncomfortable life. I always felt like a guest in someone else's home, something my husband struggled with far less than I did.

I lived on my own for several years before the hubs and I got married. I had defined how I did things and nobody messed with it. I choose where the items in my home went. I made all of the decisions, and then the hubs made them with me after we got married. But now I was living in someone else's home. My privacy was gone. (Seriously, do you know how annoying it is to have to put on pants when you need to pee in the middle of the night?) And I was having to ask permission to do things. Seriously, living with my in-laws was a struggle.

It was as constant sacrifice for our family for me to live there.

Now, please don't think I'm not grateful. I have been very blessed to have in-laws that so graciously let us impose on them for two years. Who I know have their own share of complaints about me. You don't live with somebody for two years and not learn some of their less than stellar qualities. But, despite it all, they really have been wonderful to live with. In the two years we've lived with them there hasn't been a single fight, barely a disagreement. They've given us a lot of privacy in the sense that they didn't delve into our personal life more than necessary. Honestly, I don't have a serious complaint about them.

My biggest complaint: My father-in-law is a frozen food hoarder. Seriously. I'll have to take a picture and upload that here for y'all. You really need to see it. But that's the point. My biggest complaint is I didn't have enough freezer space. And I know how blessed I am that that's the situation.

So, please don't misunderstand me, I know how easy I had it. I know many couples who live with family have horror stories they could tell. But I don't. And I know, I KNOW that is a blessing from God.

But, I can tell you. On October 18th, when we move into our apartment, I am going to jump with joy!

Here are some of the highlights of having our own place again:

2) I get to decorate our home!
3) We'll have our first anniversary in our own place!
4) We'll have our first married Christmas just the two of us!
5) We can host guests again!
6) Did I mention: PRIVACY!!

Now, I know it might seem contradictory that we had a lot of privacy from his parents but that I'm most excited to mention privacy. But, I guess it's like this. You always have to maintain a certain level of modesty. You're always subject to someone else inviting people over, even when you don't want guests. Someone can always knock on your door. And inevitably they will knock on your door when you are...well...doing the married thing...if you catch my drift. When you leave the house at midnight for a Shamrock Shake at McDonald's, you have to tell people where you are going.

Think about it this way...imagine you go on vacation and stay with your do that for two years. Even though some of the formalities are eventually dispensed with, some are always there. But, that's all ending and there's only good things ahead. So many good things! Big and small!

I'm already thinking of the posts I have to share with y'all in the coming months!! What our new apartment looks like. The fall decorations I'm going to put up. Hosting Thanksgiving. Our Christmas decorations. Christmas. I can't even wait!

And that's not the half of it. I have some things I want to catch y'all up on. I don't know when they'll find their way to this blog, but I hope they do. My parents came to visit us in August, and we traveled to Washington D.C. too. Things you've heard nothing about!

So, I guess this is going to be the end. Hopefully I'll share some more stuff with you soon, but don't hold your breath...I said that I would be posting more last time and we see what happened. So, one day, you'll find out more from me...let's just hope that works out to be sooner and not later. (And I promise even less between now and when we move.)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Making a Come Back

I know I keep saying "I'm Back", but this time I really mean it!

I'm a busy little bee these days. I'm working on projects and enjoying my summer off.

So far photos have been the focus of my projects this summer. Awhile back I started hanging some photos at my in-laws. One of the frames did not have the hardware to hang the photo on the wall, so the project got put on hold. This month I finished the project, hanging the last two pictures I needed to hang to finish the wall I was working on.

This project was great and taught me a lot about my antique photos. Three of these photos have a convex glass to the front of them. Apparently this was the trendy way of framing photos at one point. Well, convex glass is a framing nightmare! I learned that the photos eventually warp to the shape of the glass and can never be flattened again. That means if the glass breaks you have to replace it with convex glass, which is very expensive. Like I said, this has been a very informative project!

My other photo project has been to label and place all the hubs photos (from the old film days) in photo albums. It's been quite a project and time consuming. I'm making progress but it's slow. Matter of fact, I need to get back on it once I finish up blogging ;).

I've also spent some time with Parker. She's so cute and I love doing things with her. At the beginning of June, I spent an afternoon just hanging out with her while I let Lindsay get some stuff done. We played all sorts of games and had lots of fun doing things like balancing blocks on our head. And another day I went grocery shopping with her and her mom. I enjoy getting to spend time with her anyway I can!

I've really been enjoying my summer. I'm currently reading Beautiful Creatures after waiting for my turn to the library ebook copies. I'm already enjoying the first book and can't wait to see where the series goes!

Well, I guess I'll close this post up (I always find closing a post awkward...just like I find concluding a paper awkward...). Anyways, I hope y'all are doing well, I've missed sharing with you and I hope my new plan helps me to get back to blogging!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

School: Spring Recap & Fall Plans

Well, May was quite a month, and I promise, there are pictures, recaps, and stories to come but, for now, I just want to write.

I tried to do the Blog Every Day in May, but I accomplished less than half the prompts. I'm okay with this because it means that I lived life this month. With friends and family visiting this month, school finishing up and taking some time to relax, I'm pretty happy. Plus, living life gives me something to blog about in these down times. And trust me, there's lots I can blog about now!

First, let's talk about the school semester!

This semester was pretty rough. Not so much the academics, but more outside stuff. I mentioned briefly that my grandfather in Cleveland passed away in January. This was hard for school because I was out of town and I missed some classes. All of my professors were amazing with the situation, but I did get behind in some studying. Then we visited my family over Mardi Gras break (the weekend immediately after the funeral), which meant I didn't catch up on studying then so I basically spent the whole semester feeling out of step. And lastly, my Mamaw had a minor heart attack in March. They were able to correct everything (Praise God!) and she's doing great, but that kind of threw a wrench in things. Together though all of these things going on in my personal life made my academic life more challenging. But come the end of the semester, and thanks to a lot of studying, I finished up with grades that made me happy. They're not perfect, and they're not what I did last semester, but considering everything that happened this semester, I'm content.

3 A's, 1 B, 1 C. Like I said, I'm content with my grades. I made a 3.4 GPA for the semester and I'm happy with that. Ultimately I'm glad this semester is over and next semester is a clean slate. I've already scheduled my classes for the fall and I'm looking forward to them!

I'm taking another special studies English class in the fall. This spring I took Gender and Fairy Tales which was a great class. This fall I'm taking Vampires in 19th and 20th Century literature with the same professor. The book list looks fabulous and I can't wait to do the reading! She has adeptly avoided Twilight, which I'm very glad about! I've read the books and seen the movies and enjoy them...for what they are. What they are NOT is college english course material. 

I'm also taking a Stuart England history course because the hubs told me my college education would be incomplete without taking a class with the professor, Bodet. The hubs took every class he could with Bodet but there was one class that he didn't offer while my husband was in school that he wanted to take - you guessed it, Stuart England. The hubs always swore if Stuart England was offered again with Bodet he would go audit the class. Sadly, the hubs won't be able to audit the course with me...but for good reason!

Now, I guess this is where I tell y'all, the reason why the hubs won't be joining me in that class (besides work...) is because he will be starting law school this fall! I can't begin to tell you how very proud of him I am! It's been his dream to go to law school for a very long time and I'm just so proud that he's been able to reach that goal. He's going to a night program so he will be going to school for the next four years but it will allow him to keep working while going to school. Again, I am so proud of his accomplishment and following his dreams!

I'm looking forward to next semester and all that it will bring but first, I'm going to enjoy my summer break! I have big plans and lots to do...which means lots to blog about!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

{ That's My Jam }
Blog Every Day in May

So, today we're supposed to share five songs that speak to us. For me, that's not easy. Music speaks to me in different ways for different things. So, I'm breaking these songs into categories for how they speak to me.

{ when i'm angry }
Forget You, Cee Lo Green
This is my go to song when I'm angry. If I'm so angry there's steam coming out of my ears this song helps me calm. it. down. This song got me through the last couple of months as my craptastic job that ended in March 2011. For me, this song gives me a way to channel all of my anger and aggression.

*Note, the highpoint of this song is the lyrics "I guess she's an Xbox, I'm more an Atari" Go ahead, bask in the awesomeness.

{ when i'm feeling lovey dovey }
Johnny and June, Heidi Newfield
This is one of those songs that just oozes love to me. When I listen to it, I just feel more in love with the hubs. This is just a song that makes me feel love.

{ when i want to feel Texan }
My Texas, Josh Abbott Band
When I hear this song on my iTunes, I know life is better. I've done so many of the things in this song that it takes me back to Texas. Living out of the state I grew up in and love can be sad, but this song takes me back every time.

{ when i want to feel awed }
Time, The Inception Soundtrack, Hans Zimmer
This is one of the best soundtracks ever and this is one of the best tracks off of the Inception soundtrack. I love this movie and I really enjoy listening to every song on the track, but this one just awes me. Hans Zimmer did an amazing job with this piece and I really just proves to me how powerful music is each time I listen to it.

{ when i want to worship }
One Thing Remains, Jesus Culture
No matter how many personal issues I have with church right now (Church, not God...I want to point out a very distinctive difference here) this song reminds me how much God loves me. Even just listening to this song right now almost brings me to tears. And I'm trying not to let it. It reminds me, it makes me tell God, I know he will never fail me. It strengthens my ties to him even when I'm struggling with other things. If I was only allowed one song to listen to for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Many other songs could have made this list. I love music. I feel music. I know that might sound crazy but I feel what the music wants me to feel. If it's a love song, I feel love. If it's an aggressive song, I feel aggressive. Get it? If someone wants to get a pretty good idea of who I am, they could just look at my most played list in iTunes. I listen to songs that feel the way I want to feel. Sometimes a song comes on the radio and I'll feel in love and want to hold my husbands hand and know the one I love is near. I've asked him before if a song made him feel more in love with me trying to learn how music affects him. He said his emotions aren't as tied to music as mine was strange for me to think that but it's amazing how music effects everyone differently.

  How does music effect you?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

{ I've Read It }
Blog Every Day in May

While I've been trying hard to do this challenge, the month of May has not been kind to me.

First, finals took up the first 10 days of May.
Second, family was in town for the next week.
Third, a good friend has been in town this week, among other things.

So, I've been crazy busy trying to focus on living life. And that's my biggest goal, to live life to the fullest, so sometimes that means this dear blog takes a backseat. But, you know what, just because something is in the backseat isn't a bad thing. That means it was important enough to make it into the car where you can interact with it. So, while it's not riding shot gun by any means, the back seat isn't necessarily all bad either!

So, back to this challenge's topic is something you read's what I'm sharing.

Beyonce, The Giant Metal Chicken

This story was one of my first pins on Pinterest. Since that day, I've shared this story with the hubs (he was mildly amused, maybe he's scared it will happen to him?), my sister (she laughed), and my dad (who cried almost as much as I did. But, we read it at 3am, tired as could be). My mom apparently was able to smile over it. Anyways, next time you're having a bad day, keep this in your back pocket. It will seriously make your day better.

Oh, and when I say my dad enjoyed it, I mean over half of my text message stream with him is quotes from this story. "It's full of whimsy." is a definite favorite. So, with this glowing review, wait until you're about to pass out tired. Or maybe tipsy on your favorite alcoholic beverage. Or better yet, both. And then read it. Hopefully I've just improved your life.

P.S. If Beyonce, The Giant Metal Chicken isn't enough, always consider reading these reviews on Amazon. Again, you're welcome.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

{ I'll Never Forget }
Blog Every Day in May

I'm working on playing a bit of catch up on the Blog Every Day in May challenge. May 25th's prompt was to share something, good or bad, that someone had told you about yourself that you'll never forget. Mine takes us all the way back to the mid 2000s. Back to when myspace (do you remember myspace?) was all the rage and I spent every spare moment updating my profile and what not.

Well, in my myspace days, I would make use of the blogging feature (was it the bulletins? or the notes? I don't remember) similarly to how I use this blog, except I didn't share pictures...but my thoughts were often written down and shared with the masses...or at least my handful of myspace friends.

One day, I found one of my cousins I hadn't seen in a long time and friended him. When he didn't readily accept my friend request, I sent him a message telling him who I was. Well, he responded back telling me how it had slowly dawned on him who I was as he was looking at my page. Then he said that he had read my blogs I had posted and that I was a great writer. That compliment is still one of my favorites that I've ever received. It was genuine and it really encourages me as I write. I'll never forget it!

What has someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget?

Friday, May 24, 2013

{ I'm Not Perfect }
Blog Every Day in May

So often we talk about our good traits. And on our blogs, do we really put our worst foot first? I definitely don't. But, let's face it: we all have some aspects of ourselves we are trying to improve. I am no different. I have flaws (shocking!) and am working to try and improve them! So, I'm embracing today's prompt and sharing 3 of my worst traits. In no particular order:

{ one }
I'm a people pleaser. It has been a challenge for me for as long as I can remember. I all too often overextend myself and ignore my own needs to make others happy. But it's more than that. If you ask me what I want, I struggle to separate what you want from what I want because I want you to be happy. See the challenge? Thanks to counseling I have begun improving this, but it still remains one of my worst traits.

{ two }
I'm not disciplined in many things. A little example, getting up in the mornings. I'm a night owl, but if I keep a regular schedule, I can keep a "normal people schedule". But, at 8AM when my alarm goes off, I just keep hitting the snooze. It doesn't matter how much I know I'll regret not getting up, I just can't do it. (And I swear, my will power is zilch when I'm waking up, which is even less than all the rest of the day.) Let's not even talk about things like just doesn't happen!

{ three }
I'm a terrible finisher. I can get gung-ho about a project faster than you imagine. But, most projects usually remain in a partially completed state. For example, over spring break I started hanging some pictures for my in-laws but then I needed to get one of the frames fixed so I could hang it. Well, the picture frame is ready, but still needs to be hung...hopefully I'll finish that this week. When I get up at 8AM.

So, there are 3 of my worst traits. Those are things that I need to work on and improve about myself!

What's something you're trying to improve about yourself?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Coming Up...

As you all know I have this one really adorable niece.

She's wonderful and we're just crazy about each other.

But, her mom and dad, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law just shared some great news recently!

First, we found out that we will be welcoming another niece through the wonderful process of adoption!!! Her name will be Norah and we are just so excited about her. We are so glad to be joining them in the process of adoption!

Then, Lee and Lindsay shared the very exciting news that they will be having a baby!!! Their due date is in December, and we can't wait to welcome this baby into our family. We're just so excited!!

I can't believe I'm getting another niece and another niece or nephew!! It's just so exciting!!! I can't wait to meet both of these wonderful babies and get to love on them just as much as I have loved on Parker. I hope I can build a relationship like the one I've built with Parker!

{ check these bloggers out }
Blog Every Day in May

Today we're supposed to share with you our five favorite blogs. I really suggest checking them out if you want to check out someone else.

Kayleigh at A Million Little Somethings
Kayleigh was one of the first bloggers I ever really started to be friends with outside of blogging. She just got married so I'm sure there's going to be lots of good stuff on her blog as she shares about her wedding and newlywed life!

Melissa has two blogs. The first is her lifestyle blog and the second is her weightloss blog. If you just want to read about her life, check out the first one. It's great - and I absolutely LOVE her blog design. Now, if you are working on being healthier and losing weight, check out her second blog. Her blog about weight loss is so encouraging and how she writes is so encouraging I can even read it when I'm struggling with my own weight loss goals. We've become friends and she's absolutely adorable!

Holly's blog is one of my can't miss blogs. I just enjoy reading it!

Lindsay at Parker's Place
Lindsay is my sister-in-law and this is her blog. There's a lot of new stuff going on over there right now and I'm going to blog about it shortly. A lot of family stuff shows up over there that shows up here too, but she has her own stuff too!

I hope y'all enjoy checking these blogs out! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

{ happy and you know it }
Blog Every Day in May

Today's prompt is TEN things that make you happy. This prompt may be the easiest and the hardest at the same time. Easy because SO many things make me happy. Hard because how do I pick just ten? Still, somehow I managed to do it! Without further ado, here are ten things that make me happy.

  1. Always, the hubs. 
  2. My adorable niece, Parker.
  3. Watching movies.
  4. Ice Cream.
  5. Good Mexican food.
  6. Good grades at school.
  7. Fun with friends.
  8. Sun showers (when it's raining and sunny at the same time.)
  9. A field covered in bluebonnets.
  10. My favorite song playing on the radio.

While, this list could go on and on, this is where I'll end it!

What makes you happy?

Monday, May 13, 2013

{ i'm sorry }
Blog Every Day in May

Today as part of Blog Every Day in May, we are to issue a public apology. While I was tempted to be witty and give you all a laugh as you're returning to work today, I've decided to share something that has been heavy on my heart the past few months. Please, spend some time with this post, even if you usually just glance at my writing and move on.

My apology:
I'm sorry that in the world today, including the United States, a horrible form of slavery, human trafficking, still continues.

This past semester I took a class that included required reading about human trafficking. While I had heard of the issues reading Kevin Bales' "Because She Looks Like a Child" broke my heart. He tells the story of Siri, a fifteen year old girl who is in a Thai brothel, forced to have sex multiple times a night. She is particularly popular among the men who frequent the brothel because she looks younger than her age and can be sold as a "new" girl. Her story affected me a way I hadn't experienced before. I had to stop studying and all I could do was cry.

Sadly, I wasn't entirely oblivious of this issue but I was extremely uninformed. Now, I'm going to start working to change that. I had previously heard of the organization Love146 and have spent much more time looking into them recently. I encourage you to spend a few minutes looking into this amazing organization.

You can learn the story behind their name here.

You can learn some facts about human and child slavery here.

You can learn more about Love146 here.

Finally, Love146 has what they call task forces. These are local groups within the community that spend time educating themselves and others about human trafficking, how to end this horrible practice, and raise money to actively support the work Love146 is doing.

I'm in the beginning stages of trying to start a task force in my area. And by the beginning stages I mean, I've decided this is something important to me and I'm beginning to research and learn more about what I need to do. Of 373 task forces only 43 are currently active. I want to take my time and ensure that once I get a group of people together that we stay active. None of the 43 currently active task forces can do it alone. So, I'm going to do something out of character for me, instead of rushing into an idea I'm going to be the tortoise and take this slow and steady. My goal is to have a group ready by the time I return to school in the fall.

And y'all, if you can't join a task force, or simply don't want to, please keep these children in your thoughts and prayers. Pray that they feel God's comfort and God's love  despite the horrible conditions that they are in. And pray that all of the people Love146 is able to reach come to know God's purifying love. Pray that they find peace with a difficult life.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

{ on pause }

Since I'm in no position to blog thanks to finals, I have a few pinterest funnies I've found and want to share with you. I promise, after finals are over, I'll be back to blogging regularly!!

Hope y'all got a laugh from these like I did. If not, you know how fried my brain has become this past week!

Monday, May 6, 2013

{ what I do }
Blog Every Day in May

This is another make up post for the Blog Every Day in May challenge. Today's prompt is "if you can't answer with your job, what do you do?"

Since I currently don't have a job, this is both easier and harder. I can't just say student because being a student is my job right now. But, it also means I'm used to answering this question without answering with a job. So, here it goes.

I help make my husband's life better. I stay active in my niece's life. I maintain relationships with friends and family. I try to improve the world as much as I can. I pursue my hobbies and interests. I encourage others. I do life.

I hope that even with a job, much of this would keep the same answer. At the end of the day, these are the things that matter to me and are much more important than a job. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

{ quote unquote }
Blog Every Day in May

Since I was so busy with school and unable to blog during finals, I am going back and filling in the blog posts I miss. I may be a bit slow, but I'm going to get it done! So, now, I'm making up my quote post - you know, the one where you post your favorite quote.

Here's my favorite quote!

Friday, May 3, 2013

{ Well, That's Uncomfortable }
Blog Every Day in May

Now, we're on to things that make me uncomfortable. If you can't stand bathroom talk, just skip to number four. No need to make you uncomfortable if you don't like talking about that...Shall we begin?

  1. Having know...go to the bathroom in public. It's a multifold discomfort. The sound and the smell. So, I always hunt out the most hidden bathroom possible. And I always carry a blueberry cheesecake air freshener in my purse. That way, even if I have to share the bathroom with someone, it's a similar private yet public apology. I feel like when I spray it and the bathroom smells wonderful everyone else can understand I'm saying I'm sorry. 
  2. Similarly, the walls to the bathroom at the in-laws are kind of thin and not well insulated...whenever someone...goes to the bathroom, I can hear it...I'm frequently closing the door to our bedroom so I don't hear it. It makes me queasy. 
  3. Throwing away feminine products at someone else's home. Especially if that someone else is a male who has no significant other. And it's more acute if I'm the only girl there because then it's like: Obviously, Betty's on her period. And then, I have to sleep at night knowing that they have to clean out that trash can with the product in it. And I can't help thinking, maybe they don't have a girl friend/fiancee/wife because they don't want to clean up this particular product. So, I have this very complicated system of waiting until the absolute last minute to put on my bedtime pad - you know the one that's super thick and super long - so that I know even if we're over there for 10 hours, I'm set, because I sleep in this thing.
  4. The beginning of this list - way too much bathroom talk...moving on.
  5. Being even seconds late to class. I feel so judged. This semester I had my first two classes with the same professor and if I missed one class I would miss the other - I essentially felt late to the second class even when I was on time.
  6. Any time someone says "hey, I need to talk to you later." And that's it. No reason at all. I'm sure I'm about to be told how horrible a person I am. I'll have anxiety until I talk to them. So, yeah, just come straight out with it or don't say anything until you can talk to me.
  7. When you're watching a movie with a group of people and nudity comes on you didn't realize was there. It's like, if everyone agrees to watch Titanic, they know you have the scene where Jack draws Rose. So, you have know it's coming. You can run off to the bathroom, pop some popcorn, or refill your drink in the kitchen if you don't want to watch it with a group. But, if you sit through it, it's cool. It's almost a mutual agreement when you put the movie in "no judgement: we all agreed to watch Rose bare it all beforehand." So, that's why I say if you didn't realize it was there.
So, I guess that's going to be my list of things that make me uncomfortable. I know there's more, but I'm going to go ahead and limit it to these seven!

What makes you uncomfortable?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

{ Educate the Masses }
Blog Every Day in May

Today's topic is to educate everyone on something they know a lot about. I know a lot about this because I'm apparently in the opposition/minority.

I have being seeing a certain comment flying around a lot recently, so I'm going to educate everyone on the other side of the issue...ready?

The comment is: When you leave the bathroom without washing your hands, I judge you.

If you are judging someone for not washing their hands after they go to the bathroom...


Maybe that was a little harsh?
Let me try again.

Please consider that just because someone doesn't wash their hands doesn't mean anything anymore.

Remember this life changing invention:

Has anyone caught on yet? Yeah...just because they don't spend 12 seconds with a sink...maybe they're still cleaning up...

Y'all are kind, wonderful people, so I think I can be honest with you.

Most of the time, I rely on my hand sanitizer after going to the bathroom, and for a host of reasons:

  1. Once I wash my hands, I have to dry them until they're perfectly dry. I have to take off my wedding ring, dry it, etc.
  2. And it uses a lot of paper towels. I try to use as few as possible, but I hate doing it. I feel like I'm harming the environment less by using the hand sanitizer.
  3. And if there's a hand dryer and not paper towels, it's impossible to get my hands dry enough.
  4. Not to mention, it also takes a few minutes by the time I do all of that.
  5. And remember, most people don't wash their hands long enough in public restrooms. (Think about how many people just turn on the water, dip their hands in it and that's soap even.)
I rely on my hand sanitizer for the most part. And, I always use it after I get out of the bathroom. Which means the person judging me doesn't know the whole story.

So, your education today is simply a reminder: don't judge. And if someone doesn't want to wash their hands? So be it...that's their chance to take.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

{ My Life in 115 Words }
Blog Every Day in May Linkup

Today's prompt is to share our life story in 250 words  or less. I've done it in 115 words.

Only child.
Brother and Sister - Twins!
Move again.
Sundown Elementary.
Move and move again.
Brother sick.
Comes home.
Brother sick.
Birthday at hospital.
Brother dies.
Move again.
McDonald Junior High.
Lose friends.
Make new friends.
Move again.
Katy Junior High.
Katy High School.
Lose friends.
Band and choir.
Make new friends.
Move again.
San Antonio.
Hurricane Katrina.
Meet husband.
First job.
Get engaged.
Move. Again.
New Orleans.
Second job.
Third job.
Wait some more.
Get married.
Laid off.
Move in with in-laws.
University of New Orleans.
Much better.
Looking forward.

Also, next week is finals, so as you can imagine I'm burying myself in books. I may not be around much the next week and half...unless I need a break, then I'll probably post something here. Either way, I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

{ Never Ever Ever }


Today Neely at A Complete Waste of Makeup is hosting a one day link up where I get to tell you things you will never, ever, EVER hear me say.

Things like:

1) Why don't we skip the queso tonight?

2) 75 bottles of nail polish is obviously enough.

3) Let me drop this sociology class for an engineering class.

4) I have enough camera gear.

5) How about I do the laundry tonight?

6) I couldn't possibly find another song to buy on iTunes.

7) This free Kindle book looks great...but I'm not going to download it.

8) I couldn't possibly watch another episode of Downton Abbey.

9) Or Bones. Or Criminal Minds. Or The Walking Dead.

10) I love New Orleans in the summer. I just can't get enough of the heat and humidity.

What would you Never, Ever, EVER say?

Friday, April 26, 2013

{ Why I Blog }

Leslie recently asked her readers to tell her why they blog. Since I'm a reader, and I think it's important we all remember the reason why we blog, I'm joining in.

I know that I have told you about the reasons I blog many times. Maybe not in a dedicated blog post, but most assuredly in other posts I've talked about it, but today I'm going to focus on it and tell you why I blog.

I blog for me. It's one of my creative outlets. A place I can come and share my thoughts. A place where I can share my plans for an apartment I don't have, clothes I can't afford, and witty things I can't come up with on my own and people like me for it.

I blog for the memories. I love looking back to old posts and seeing what the hubs and I have done, the places we've gone, the people we've seen, all of it. I keep planning to make a blog book and have it printed. I would hate to lose all of the writing I've done here.

I blog for the personal space it offers me. This is only place I can make exactly the way I want it without having to consider another person. I can put any blog design I want and that's cool. If it's pink, it's not like the hubs has to look at it. It's one of the places I can fully express myself without concern about anyone else.

I blog for the therapy. Writing always makes me feel better. Even if I'm not writing about what's bothering me. Plus, it's a lot cheaper too!

I blog to get to know you too. I enjoy seeing what people write about. I LOVE getting comments from my readers. It all makes my life a little better.

So, there you have it. The reasons I blog. If this is your first time stopping by, thanks so much! If you come and see me regularly, thank you too! I appreciate each and every one of you!

If you're new here and want to follow along with what's going on in my life, here's all the places you can find me!

Why do you blog?

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