Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekly Money Check Up


Hosted by Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies.

1. The most I've spent this last week was on....I don't want to answer. Haha. I spent $50 at Target on a couple household things and some new makeup. I also spent about as much on a couple clothing items for myself. Again, need to slow down on the personal spending.

2. Today I am thankful for my high school's football season being over. I know there are lots of athletic trainers out there looking playoffs in the face but I'm thankful to be done with outdoor sports. :)


3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was spend Satuday night on my couch watching a Bones on Netflix.

4. I will consider this week a success if I complete my "to do" list.

5. This year for Halloween I will be hiding from the small children since I didn't buy any candy. In my defense, we were more than ready last year and not a single trick-or-treater visited us.

October Goal Review

my pumpkin (sorry for the crummy picture) ;)

I was a little nervous about reviewing my goals this month because I've been super busy and haven't even glanced at my goals since I wrote them. But...I actually managed to get a couple accomplished! Read on for details! ;)


1. Find some motivation and get back into the workout/running swing.
I did ok with this. I ran twice last week, but that was the most I've run all month. I hope to run or workout 3 - 4 times per week during November.

2. Organize the cabinet under our sink. 
I don't know what it is about this goal, but I can not seem to get it done. Here's hoping for November?

3. Organize our closets after the roommate moves out.
I totally did this! Manny's closet still needs a little more work but it's not more than about 20 minutes of work! :)

4. Pick a photo challenge and begin working on it.
I did not do this. Not even a little. :(

5. Order wedding cake and groom's cake.
Done!!!

6. Begin dress alterations. (for my wedding dress)
Done! I brought the dress in, got fitted, and will be picking it up at the end of November!

7. Switch out summer/winter clothes.
DONE! :)

8. Write three letters. 
I only wrote one.


Did you set goals this month? How did they turn out?

And Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekly Money Check Up: 10/24


Hosted by My Pretty Pennies.

1. The most I've spent this last week was on a trip to Target. (and they weren't all exactly necessary purchases) :/ Naughty, I know. But in my defense it did include a present for Manny. It's actually been a rather expensive week in general. Need to cut back a bit this week.

2. Today I'm thankful for the people in my life. I know I say this a lot but I really couldn't do it alone. :)


3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did this past week that made me happy was giving my puppy dog a bath and continuing to reorganize our house. Manny gets home really soon and I really want to have it mostly done before he gets here!


4. I will consider this week a success if I keep my house clean, and continue to make more progress (but it is looking great if I do say so myself)!

5. The next big trip I'm taking is to the airport to pick up Manny! It's not a long trip (only 25 minutes) but it is definitely a big deal! If we're going to answer this question more traditionally, it's down to New Orleans for our wedding!!! Which is both a long distance and a big freakin deal!

Hope y'all have a good week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Love/Hate Relationship with Time

For most of this deployment, I've felt like time has gone by pretty quickly. I'm sure I've complained about him being gone a lot, but for the most part I've felt pretty ok. And I was overjoyed when the month of October not only finally arrived but seemed to be flying by at lightning speed. At least it was until the beginning of this week. :/

At the beginning of this week I realized that he would be home soon. Like really soon. Like in a matter of weeks. And that's when time seems to have come to a screeching halt. So. not. fair. I've even had a super busy week at work, which usually helps move things right along. But not this week. It seems to have had the opposite effect. I've tried not to get too down about it but I'm really struggling. I vaguely remember this feeling from his first deployment, that he was going to be home so soon that it seemed nearly unattainable. I've even tried making a list of all the stuff that's going on and everything I want to do before he gets home. It's not helping. All I want to do is crawl in bed and not come out until it's time to pick him up from the airport. Pathetic, right?

Seriously, even looking at the calendar makes me sad. Because even though it's so close it seems so far away. Maybe it's because I don't know exactly when he's coming home yet. And that information seems so much more pertinent now that he's coming home in a matter of weeks. I've even tried making a list of all the stuff I want to get accomplished in the next few weeks (broken down by day of course), but I got stuck.

Any of you ladies have any advice for making the next couple weeks easier? Or do I just need to put my big girl panties on and deal with it?

Edited to add:
Ok, so the week is over and I feel a whole lot better. I'm not sure why. I just do. I had a little mini-meltdown on Friday and afterwards (in addition to feeling like a fool), I realized that it's really all going to be ok. Manny will come home. I will make it through the rest of football season. Everything is fine. Sometimes I lose sight of that and get very overwhelmed.

Anyway, I feel better now and am determined not to get so down and overwhelmed. I only have a couple weeks left, I can do this!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Home Office Help

Last weekend, our good friend and roommate moved out. As much as we're going to miss him, I have very much been looking forward to having a whole other room (complete with ginormous closet) to expand into. I've been fully convinced for the last year that the biggest challenge to keeping our house neat and organized was the fact that we simply did not have enough room. That being said, moving stuff into this room in a neat and organized fashion is a slightly bigger task than I anticipated. I've already cleaned the carpets, moved the desk/computer upstairs, and set up the television. But now I'm kind of stuck. I really want to move stuff in here and get it out of other rooms (our bedroom in particular) but I'm afriad of ruining this lovely space with clutter! My biggest concern is the "home office" type stuff. I need a good way to organize papers and envelopes and such. Of course, I looked to Pinterest for help, but that made me feel even more overwhelmed! ;) Everything on there is so crafty and cute and perfect.

Any of you fantasticly organized people (or even recovering clutterbugs like me?) have any advice or ideas?

Until then, here's my to do list for this room:
- clean bathroom
- move extra bath products into bathroom
- move luggage into closet
- move wedding presents into room
- put away summer clothes
- find space for winter hats and scarves

I'm sure there's more, but that's it for now!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekly Money Check Up


Hosted by My Pretty Pennies.

1. The most I've spent this last week was on some miscellanous home items at Target. It's been a pretty tame week. :)


2. Today I am thankful for less than a month!!!

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was start moving stuff into our newly vacated 2nd bedroom.


4. I will consider this week a success if I continue to make progress on organizing the house.

5. The colest place I have visited is Italy! Rome was my favorite city we visited while there.

Click on over to My Pretty Pennies if you to check it out everyone else's posts!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok, so these cookies are not really anything too special, but they are definitely adorable! All I did was mix up my regular chocolate chip cookies and then roll them around in sprinkles. :) I do suggest, for this type of cookie, to put the sprinkles, colored sugar, or whatever in a bowl, and dipping/rolling the balled up cookie dough in it.

I would like to note that the one in the middle was rolled all the way around in sprinkles rather than just dipped. You use a lot more sprinkles that way but it's also really yummy.

I used a couple different kinds of sprinkles as well as colored sugar. I definitely prefer the colored sugar and round sprinkles pictured above. They still look good post-baking.


And there you have it. Fall sprinkle chocolate chip cookies. I'm a big fan of anything festive and I've been excited about fall for a while now. :)

Ps, I got my sprinkles at Hobby Lobby, but I'm sure there are about a million other places to buy sprinkles as well.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Money Check Up


Wow. I can't believe I haven't written since last week's check up. Suffice to say, life at work has been exhausting and by the time I get home, I just want to collapse. Anyway, let's move on to the Weekly Money Check Up (hosted each week by Ginna at My Pretty Pennies).

1. The most I've spent this last week was on groceries.

2. Today I am thankful for friends who become family.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did this week that made me happy was bake cookies using my new fall themed sprinkles! (ok, I did have to buy some flour and butter but it was still pretty inexpensive!)

4. I will consider this week a success if I take it one step at a time, and don't get too stressed out.

5. Today I plan to go to work for 14 hours. Hint: I just got home. :/

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekly Money Check Up


Every week, Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies hosts the Weekly Money Check Up. Click on over to check it out!

1. The most I've spent this last week was on my phone bill. But at least there were no overage charges this month (I know, it hurts my frugal soul).


2. Today I am thankful for the support of my fiance. When things were really really bad, rather than letting me quit, or even consider quitting, he reminded me that I'm strong enough to take on whatever is in front of me.


3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was getting tons of things accomplished on a Sunday evening. Oh! And I got to Skype with Manny, that always makes me happy. :)

4. I will consider this week a success if I keep the kitchen clean! The whole house gets a little messy when I'm really busy but the kitchen is the only part that bothers me part that bothers me the most/grosses me out.

5. I like snuggling with my puppy because um, who doesn't like snuggling with an adorable spotted dachshund!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October Goals

It's October! It feels like fall! Manny is coming home soon-ish! This all makes me really happy and I'm really hoping that this gives me motivation to stick to my goals this month!

1. Find some motivation and get back into the workout/running swing.
2. Organize the cabinet under our sink.
3. Organize our closets after the roommate moves out.
4. Pick a photo challenge and begin working on it.
5. Order wedding cake and groom's cake.
6. Begin dress alterations.
7. Switch out summer/winter clothes.
8. Write 3 letters.

I know my goals are a little random, but hey, I'm a little random. ;) I know this is much shorter than my usual goals post but I think most of my goals are pretty self explanatory. :) Also, I've had trouble finding the motivation to blog so I figured I'd keep it short and sweet.

Have a great October!