Friday, January 30, 2009

Birthday Wishes

My birthday is next Wednesday, so I thought I would share what I'm hoping to get. Presents helps take the sting off the slow climb to 30 that I'm on, ha.

.Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook
.Understanding Exposure
.Tokyo Milk Dead Sexy No. 06
.Hannah and Her Sisters
.The Mirror Has Two Faces
.Three Little Words
.Moleskine Weekly Notebook
.Nina by Nina Ricci mini-spray & lotion set

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sneak Preview

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shiny and New

Sorry for being MIA. I've just been busy worrying about house stuff. But so far so good and we should be closing tomorrow. I'm worried about the weather possibly postponing things, but I haven't heard anything yet. We've contacted the utility companies and I've been compiling a list of tools we'll need and projects to tackle right away. And last night I ordered our refrigerator, washer and dryer. I can't wait to have a big refrigerator! I chose one with a bottom-mount freezer, because I hate bending over to try and see what is in the fridge, especially on the top shelf. And we both agreed that we would go ahead and spend the extra money while we have it for the stainless steel one. We will probably want to update the kitchen in a few years, so it made sense to us to buy a more updated refrigerator now than later. I hated to spend a lot of money, but I know that I needed to make the investment now in an appliance that would last and not be outgrown too quickly. That doesn't mean I went whole-hog though. I personally would have preferred the freezer drawer, but I couldn't quite justify spending the extra $200 plus just because I'd like it more. So, it's just the plain old swing-door for me. I'm sure I'll survive. ;)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pants and Such

Went shopping on Saturday with Holly and made a lot of progress on my resolution to improve my wardrobe, including pants! Pants had become my arch-enemy, so I was super excited to find some Gap pants that actually fit properly. Some pairs could use a hemming, which I'll be doing soon I hope, but overall they're great. And it seems as though I have definitely been influenced by Joanna and Joslyn in their attempt to dress more like a French woman. Lots of black, blue and gray, and the stripes don't stop here. I also got a $5 deal on a gray turtleneck with black stripes at Forever 21. And your eyes don't deceive you, there is something a bit bumpy about that blue dress. It's a maternity dress. And no, I'm not pregnant. But the dress is awesome. They actually took the XS off the baby-bumped hanger for me so I could try it on. I'm weird, I know. So, next steps? Accessories- shoes, bags and jewelry. I asked for a few things I've found on etsy for my birthday, so we'll see if I can make some progress without spending anymore cash monies. Not pictured is the cute octopus tee I snagged at Old Navy, a floral cross-front top also from ON, the F21 top, and a Groucho-faced tee from Kohl's. I heart Groucho.

Weekend Roundup

-Sleep in
-Get ready
-Meet inspector at house to go over findings
-Car troubles
-Finally get car started, meet Ann at VW dealership
-Stop off at Hoover house on way to FW convention center to pick up Pathfinder
-Grab some grub
-Run errands in Bedford
-Back home
-Watch rest of Groucho Marx documentary
-Drinks, trivia and jukebox requests with Floyd and Eddie at Tiff & Andy's
-Back home by 12:30
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in
-Get ready
-Cheese toast and coffee while watching What Not To Wear
-Head out with Holly
-Hit Old Navy, Hulen Mall and Kohl's- lots of clothes, including pants!
-Back home for leftover chili & cornbread
-Watch Funny Face and half of Roberta while playing dress up
-Josh home from practice
-Make dinner of tuna, penne and spinach
-Eat and watch documentary on comedy

-Sleep in
-2 loads of laundry
-Make menu plan and grocery list
-Chipotle for lunch
-Grocery shopping
-Unload cargo
-Lots more laundry
-Clean kitchen, sweep & mop
-Visit with Josh's mom
-Finish rest of Roberta and chili
-Watch Mamma Mia! and look through more home ideas
-Britcoms on PBS
-Night night

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fingers Crossed!

It has been a long week for us. Somehow it seems worse than last week, which was technically more hectic. We have tomorrow off work, which is oh so nice. But it's house inspection day. There are seriously no other houses in our neighborhoods and price range, so please cross your fingers for us!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Perfect Treat

Josh put some dark chocolate covered almonds in my Christmas stocking. I decided to bring them to work and put them in a candy jar near my desk. They have turned out to be the perfect little treat during my work day. After all, dark chocolate is good for you and almonds are full of vitamin E, so I'm doing myself a favor by eating a few every day.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Weekend Roundup

-Work, blech
-Try to get house stuff arranged
-Get ready while watching Mamma Mia
-Eat dinner
-Head to Dallas
-Talk about house ideas with Josh
-Visit with peeps
-Johnny Lloyd Rollins show
-Pack up and head home
-Crash into bed

-Walk to get donuts
-Catch up on some dvr'd TV
-Read through Living back issues for house ideas
-Tidy up
-Order Chinese
-Eat while looking through more magazines
-Tidy up
-Hang out with Seals, Floyd and Noakes while Josh and Jarred work on new song
-Make meal plan and grocery list
-Leftover Chinese and a bit of TV
-Hit the hay

-Sleep in
-Orange smoothies for breakfast
-Finish up grocery list
-Get ready
-Home Depot and Lowe's to look at appliances and such
-Grab some Sonic
-Eat and watch latest 30 Rock episode
-Grocery shopping
-Clean and prep veggies
-Make popcorn
-Snack and catch some Britcoms on PBS

Thursday, January 8, 2009

One Week Check-up

Sorry I've been quiet the past couple of days. We're trying to buy another house and currently dealing the tug of war contract stuff. I'll share more if things go well.

Now, I don't intend to do a weekly post on my resolutions. That would be a little too obsessive, even for me. But, I did want to do a little first week check-up to see how I'm integrating my resolutions into my year so far.

-Last night, after a quick shower, was spent almost entirely in bed reading with a cozy dinner of tomato soup and grilled cheese. I might need to make this a weekly thing, which is a great use for the nights Josh has practice.
-Tuesday night I spent an hour reading and taking notes from The Camera and reading the first chapter of Complete Digital Photography.
-I walked 1 mile each day last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I took a break Sunday, Monday and Tuesday I did my old routine. After having done almost nothing but lay in bed the four days prior to New Year I have been quite sore the past few days!
-I still need to call the dentist office, but I did set aside money in the savings fund this week for my next round of dental work.
-I also set aside a little money for travel sometime this year. We've got a lot of expenses coming up depending on how the house prospects go, but travel is important to me and I intend to give it priority.
-I've been poking around corners of the blog and my magazine collection for ideas to incorporate in our new household, whenever the time comes to set it up- taking notes, folding page corners, making bookmarks, etc.

We'll see how well I can keep it up!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Diane Keaton!

Happiest of happy days to one of my tip-top favorite ladies in the whole wide world. This is so perfect for me that I often don't even feel a need to finish the movie once I see this scene. Such a peach of a person she is.

Weekend Roundup

-Sleep in
-Make coffee
-Work from home, blech
-1 mile walk
-Work on menu plan and grocery list
-Grab dinner at Chipotle
-Eat and watch Simpsons
-Couple of games of Jeopardy with Josh
-Watch some TV
-Insomnia, guh, up till 4:00 AM

-1 mile walk
-See Josh off to practice
-Holly comes over for movie time
-Lunch and Sabrina
-Bake cookies
-Born Yesterday
-See Holly off
-Look through ideas notebook
-Josh gets home
-Leftover Chipotle for dinner
-Put in new tearsheets and reorganize ideas notebook
-Try the couch and watch some Doctor Who
-Finally fall asleep on couch sometime around 3:00 AM
-Wake up and move back to bedroom

-Rise and shine
-Meet Ed at Southgate house, big foundation issues
-Covert, suspicious moisture problem
-Meet with Gary at Wosley house
-Spend an hour looking it over
-Lunch at Chili's
-Grocery shopping
-Unload cargo
-Shower while Josh hooks up my new dvd player
-Mamma Mia! time!
-Watch Bridget Jones' Diary while looking at house pics
-Take two Tylenol PM and look through Ikea catalog
-Finally fall asleep, but toss and turn through the night, meh

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Resolutions Version 2009

I've been thinking about what resolutions I would like to make for this new year for several weeks now. Last year was the first time I've really made a strong list and accomplishing just some of them made me feel really great. I had been keeping up with my progress on a monthly basis, which I think helped so I'll try to do that again as well. I've got a list of new resolutions as well as some from last year that I want to continue, renew, or actually get done this time.

New Resolutions:
.Read 15 books this year
.Set up an efficient new household
.Finish my needed dental work
.Try yoga and tai chi
.Watch 5 foreign films
.Travel more
.Cross 5 things of life-goals list

Continued Resolutions:
.More physical activities: pilates & walking
.Study photography and experiment
.Keep up with Newsweek reading
.See our friends more often
.Improve my wardrobe
.Be much more money conscious
.Try 4 new restaurants