Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Goal Review

I am actually really pleased with how I did on my goals for this month! One thing I did differently this month was to check my goals post every so often to remember what I was supposed to be achieving. This made a huge difference. I think I'm going to write them up and post them on the wall by the computer for February.


1. Write 4-5 letters.
2. Send birthday cards for January.
3. Plan for February birthdays.
4. Workout 3-4 times per week. But I did work out twice per week, 3 out of 4 weeks...which is way better than the zero times per week I was doing before!
5. Finish wedding Thank You notes.
6. Organize office/craft room. I kind of started organizing, but only got about half way done (not even). Then Manny mentioned that he's going to make me a craft table for in there so I decided there was no reason to contine before it's done. ;) Not really. That's just my excuse.
this is the only organized part of the office/craft room
I don't think I've accomplished that many goals in a while. Ok, maybe in December when my only goals were to get married and go on my honeymoon, but still. I feel so accomplished! :)

How did you do on your goals for January?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekly Money Check Up: 1/30/12



1. The most I've spent this last week was on BILLS. But now they're all paid, which always feels nice. :)

2. Today I am thankful that I've been busy at work lately. It's good to feel needed sometimes.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was going to my surprise UN-bachelorette party thrown by some wonderful girlfriends.

4. I will consider this week a success if I work out 3 times!

5. When I was a little kid I wanted to be everything when I grew up. I wanted to be a police officer, pilot, professional horseback rider, teacher, and a few other things in between!

As always, I'm linked up over at My Pretty Pennies!

Hope y'all are having a great Monday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Clutter and an Organizing Challenge

So my house has gotten a little cluttered again. I don't know what it is, but I attract clutter like shit on velcro. Seriously, y'all, our house looks great and then in (what feels like) the blink of an eye....clutter abounds!!!

I spent most of the morning Thursday cleaning. And by cleaning, I mean decluttering. Both Manny and I are really bad at just setting stuff down wherever and then never putting it in it's rightful place (until one of us goes on a cleaning spree). The other problem is that not everything in our house even has a rightful place.

Truth be told clutter gives me anxiety. Which is, I think, why I avoid dealing with it until I just can't take it anymore. Or until we have guests coming. ;) Our downstairs living area looks a lot better than it did earlier this week but our office/craft room and bedroom still leave a lot to be desired. So, I've decided to take part in I'm an Organizing Junkie's 29 Day Organizing Challenge.


Y'all. I am so excited. My only problem is deciding which room to tackle for the challenge. Technically I could do two rooms (as two different "entries") but I really don't want to commit myself to totally making over two rooms in my house in one month.

Thoughts?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Letters #4, #5, and #6!

So I wrote letter #4 to my dear friend Sarah (who I mentioned here) but forgot to take a picture of it. :/ Then I was all determined to take a picture of #5 (which I wrote to my godmother), but forgot, so here's all you get from that one.


Then I wrote #6 to my dad and finaly remembered to take a picture!


With those three, I'm 11.53% of the way to my goal of writing 52 letters.

How are you doing on your goals for 2012?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday: 1/25/11

Hey y'all! I'm linked up with Jamie at This Kind of Love for What I'm Loving Wednesday!


Today I'm loving...

...learning how to make coasters and mug rugs! Here's a picture of one of my very first.


...these yummy looking Mini King Cakes by King Arthur Flour. (I can't wait to try them!)

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...that I'm guest posting over on my best friend's blog!


What are you loving today?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Progress

You may or may not have noticed that I have now made progress on all my goals that are being tracked on sidebars! That means that, yes, I have finally finised the book I was reading! Ok, if I'm being totally truthful, I'm still reading the Afterword but I'm counting it finished!

In case you missed it or are new, I just finished up The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Oh wow. This book was fantastic. I think it really hit home as a healthcare professional but I think that there are truly tons of people who can relate to it. Seriously, give it a try. ;)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekly Money Check Up: 1/22/12



1. The most I've spent this last week was on preparations for a friend's baby shower. It was so much fun!


2. Today I am thankful for a mother who is an amazing seamstress and (hopefully) passed at least a little of that on to me. (OMG, I just realized I haven't told you how she totally saved my wedding dress from disaster. Post coming soon.)


3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was go to the gym twice! (It really is free since I can now go to the gym on base.)


4. I will consider this week a success if I improve on some sewing projects I've been working on.

5. The craft I'm currently interested in is sewing and crocheting. I did a good bit of sewing this weekend (details later) and a friend is going to start teaching me how to crochet this week! I tried learning on my own about 8 months ago and that went downhill fast.

Can you tell I'm a little obsessed with sewing right now? I can't help it. It's in my genes. ;)

I'm linked up over at My Pretty Pennies.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Books and Miscellany

This week has been omgbusy. Last week I was all "ohh, I have posts scheduled 4 days out" and now I'm like "oh crap, I've barely touched my blog this week." I think I've still managed to get things up most days but I've felt in a rush. (It probably doesn't help that at some point Tuesday night I managed to delete Wednesday's post. Oops.) And I did all this organizing in my craft room/office last week and haven't been in here hardly at all this week. *sad face*

I have been getting some reading done though. I'm still chipping away at The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's really really good, but by the time I get in bed to read, I'm about to fall asleep. I did, however, buy two books at Half Price Books last night.

Confessions of a Shopaholic
I got this mainly because I need a light read after Henrietta.

A Million Little Pieces
I am well aware that he came out and confessed that this book is a fraud. I think it will be an interesting read anyway.

My only problem is that once I get a new book, I'm desperate to start it and have trouble focusing on the one I need to finish. Though I think Henrietta deserves my perseverance. Read the book, you'll see what I mean.


I've also been working on changing the look of my blog. I'm contemplating a new layout and definitely a new color scheme, and hopefully, eventually, a new header. ;)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I ♥ Blogging...

...and apparently so do my friends. I realized recently that quite a few of the ladies I hang out with in real life are also now blogging friends! So I thought it would be fun to write a post highlighting my fabulous and talented friends.


Lizy started blogging in June 2009 as a project for school. After graduating she decided to keep it up, and started Adventures of an Unemployed Librarian in February 2010. Since then, it has transitioned to Adventures of a Newly Employed Librarian and finally Adventures in Life, Love, and Librarianship. (P.S. She's an awesome cook (and my BFF) and posts tons of recipes!)

Nicole is the newest blogger among my friends. She is a student of Social Work who is using her blog to chronicle her journey through writing her book. Please note that her blog is home to some heavy material. Her blog is called The Art of Leaving.









Jess started her blog, Incredible Moments of That One Girl, in April 2011. She is nearly always happy and upbeat and shares tons of pictures. Jess is the quintessiential lifestyle blogger who tells us all about her life as she's living it.





Bre (aka Sugarbell) has had a couple different blogs but her most current is A Not So Small Town Housewife. Bre is a soon-to-be mommy blogger who tells us all about her adventures in cooking, organizing, and preparing her house and her life for her precious baby girl.





I hope y'all will click on over and give these ladies some love!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Changes

Ok, so we all know my header is super boring. Good thing you don't love me for my layout. ;) Recently though I've been really wanting for a new design and for some reason decided I want to do it myself. I currently know nothing about blog or web design so designing my own isn't really in the cards yet. However, I am going to give the blog a little baby makeover here soon to hold us over until something better arrives.

Thanks for reading! :)

What I'm Loving Wednesday: 1/18/12

Today is my very first "What I'm Loving Wednesday"! I'm linked up with Jamie over at This Kind of Love.

Today I'm loving...

...reorganizing/decorating my craft room/office. I can't wait until it comes together even more!

...this adorable puppy. 

...this adorable puppy with this adorable husband.

...these outfits from Pinterest.
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...the fact that it's supposed to snow tomorrow!


Hope y'all had a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Weekly Money Check Up: 1/17/12

It actually works out really well for me that Weekly Money Check Up is a day late this week because I totally didn't have anything else ready to post today. :/ I worked on other stuff all weekend and yesterday was insane so I haven't had any time to sit down and blog. Anyway, here goes!

1. The most I've spent this last week was on groceries! It was an expensive week for groceries but at least it was something productive this time!

2. Today I am thankful for a very supportive, yet realistic husband.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was work on learning some new things.


4. I will consider this week a success if I go to the gym 3 times! It's going to be a busy week so cross your fingers!

5. My purse contains wallet, checkbook, pens, phone, receipts, lip gloss and chapstick, compact, keys, lady items, and a few other random things depending on the day. :)

Linked up with Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Our Story, Part V: A Hard Decision & Epilogue

Here we are, the very last installation of "Our Story." I really did not intend it to be this long in the beginning but I guess I had a lot to say. :) I hope y'all enjoy Part V!


In case you need to catch up...
Our Story, Part I
Our Story, Part II
Our Story, Part III
Our Story, Part IV

While he was gone, life went from bearable to bad to worse. I was willing to blame the fact that the new found love of my life was on the other side of the world. Everyone else did. The truth is, the fact that I had him to talk to (even though he was so far away) made things a bit more tolerable. While he was overseas we were fortunate enough to Skype almost every day. It was difficult with both of our work schedules, but we always managed to find a few minutes to chat. And then there was email and gchat too. :) But even though I tried putting on a happy face for him (which I didn't do very well, I cried almost every time we talked), other things in my life were getting so bad that I felt like I was at the bottom of a very deep hole.

In January 2010 he came home safe and sound and I flew up to Ohio to see him. I assumed that things in my life would turn around. After all, the only reason I was depressed was because he was gone, right? Wrong. As things in my life went from bad to worse to omg-how-can-i-keep-doing-this, our relationship suffered. It's difficult to be in a fairly new, long distance relationship with someone who is miserable and more than likely suffering from depression. But we stuck it out. After all, our little baby relationship had survived a deployment in it's infancy, we could get through this too. (And little did I know he already had a ring.) ;)

In March of that year I spent my spring break in Ohio. The week was full of ups and downs. I was laughing and having a great time one minute, and then would break down in tears the next. He, of course, already knew how bad things were but we didn't talk about it much that week. This was my time to get away and regroup. As I was trying to leave to drive back to Georgia, standing there sobbing, he asked me to please consider moving up to Ohio. I asked him if he was sure, and he said yes. That was the first time I ever actually considered it.

This was not the first time he had asked me to consider moving. Every other time (and there were several) I had become very angry with him and insisted that I could not leave the situation I was in and that he just didn't understand! How could he! It didn't matter if I was miserable! I had the job everyone wanted. You don't just quit something like that. Only people who are weak quit and I am not one of those people. My best friend had also asked constantly why I didn't leave and go somewhere else, and I gave her the same answers.

But on that drive home in March, I called my mom and told her I wanted to leave. I was so nervous making that call. I honestly thought she would yell and scream and be furious. Wrong. She was supportive, almost relieved. I told her that I couldn't take it anymore and that I finally felt like I had a way out. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. She told me later that she had been really worried about me and that leaving was probably a good idea, and that she would do what she could to help. Then I called my best friend, and she was definitely relieved. She had been more than a little worried about me.

I waited almost two weeks to tell my dad and stepmom. They were less than pleased. We had several major arguements about it but in the end I left anyway. I'm glad I did. I really think it saved my sanity. I was at odds with my parents for a while over this, but I think we're past it now and I hope they understand.

Then I did it. I talked to my boss (who was surprisingly sensitive to my issue) and told him I wanted to leave for personal reasons. That this just wasn't the right spot for me and I just couldn't do it anymore. I completely broke down in his office. He offered to set up a couple sessions with our psychologist, and I jumped at the chance. All I had to do after that was make plans to move to Ohio.


EPILOGUE:
I started this blog on that March trip to Ohio, and the rest is history really. I moved, got a job and started reclaiming my life and my sanity. Somewhere along the way we got engaged, endured another deployment, and were married. And for all the stuff in-between...I blogged about it. :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

The great thing about writing letters...

...is that people start writing them to you too!


 Oh how I love to get mail that is not bills! I got two letters in the mail recently. One from Lizy, who sent me a magazine article that we apparently both needed to read about not rehashing our problems over and over with our friends *ahem*. The other from my hilarious friend Sarah (who unfortunately does not blog) who listed reasons why she should be one of the lucky people that receives a letter from me this year. One of the reasons cited was that she "looks dead sexy in [her] flight suit" (she's a badass Navy pilot). Sarah is one of my very closest friends who I've been causing trouble with since high school when we met and bonded over our mutual love of horses. She's deploying later this year *cry* so I'll unfortunately have the chance to send her lots of letters. Thank you so much to my awesome friends for sending me letters! *hugs*

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Blue & White Cake Pops

I made these for my cousin who is having a baby. I think they came out super cute and am not too sad to report that there are were several left at my house. :)

Made with: chocolate cake/chocolate icing (Pillsbury store bought)
Covered with: blue candy melts, white nonpareils

*Note: The cake was a little too moist than I like for cake pop purposes. Even after it chilled overnight the balls were super soft. They turned out fine anyway, it just made things a little more difficult. My husband, however, claimed that these were the best ones yet.
can you tell if she's having a boy or a girl? ;)
in their "treat boxes"
Oh, did I not mention that she lives back in Louisiana and that I had to ship them to her? Yeah, minor complication. This was my first attempt at shipping so I hope she lets me know if my method worked! Truth be told the shipping was a little more than I expected but it's kind of my fault. You see, I made the cake Sunday, rolled it Monday, and did not dip the pops until Tuesday! So I was not about to have them "maybe" arrive on Friday. So I shipped it Express Mail. Oh well. Maybe next time I'll get them completed in one day and I won't have to ship them overnight. :)

I packed them in these treat boxes with parchement paper (4 to a box). I then put them in a box and surrounded them with bubble wrap and plastic grocery bags. I hope they made it ok!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

0.25%

That's how far along I am in my 2012 Goal of running 500 miles. 0.25%. It's not a typo or a miscalculation. I should also remind myself that it's only January 10 and I have many more days of running ahead of me. And that yesterday was the first day I have done any physical activity since....ohhhh, probably late November. :) I went to one of the gyms on base yesterdayday (yay, I can finally go on my own!) and warmed up on the elliptical and then ran 1.25 miles. :) I was only going to run 1, but then figured the extra .25 wouldn't kill me. Honestly, I really enjoyed it and can't wait to go again. Though I'm fairly certain that half the reason I'm so excited to go to the gym is because of my awesome new shoes.
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Yes, they are bright. Yes, they are awesome. :) Yes, they are omgsocomfortable. I know the Nike Free Run's aren't for everyone. I know lot of people need more support for running and other stuff, but my feet love these shoes. And, you know, they're pink. (This pictures actually subdues the color a little, think highlighter pink) ;)

In other news, when I got home from the gym I finished making some cake pops for my cousin and ate two in the process. Sigh. So much for my 1.25 miles. Better luck next time.

Oh, and if you want to see these irresistable cake pops, check back later this week! :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Letter #3

i just realized the only thing you can see in this picture says "this is my stationary". hehe.

I've been so excited about letter writing that I wrote three in the first week! This is probably a good thing as I'm sure there will be weeks later on when I forget and/or am too busy. And it's nice to get a good jump on one of my goals. As you can probably tell, I finally used some of my pretty stationary. :) And wrote a letter to my best friend and fellow blogger. If you haven't already, you should check out her blog.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Our Story, Part IV: the L word

Happy Monday! Hopefully a little love story will help brighten the fact that it's Monday again. ;) If you need to catch up, just click on the links below!

Our Story, Part I
Our Story, Part II
Our Story, Part III

Partially because of the two Sugar Free Red Bull's I had and partially because omgomgiminohio, I couldn't sleep until about 4am. Manny and I said the "L" word the first time that night. It was also the night (morning?) of our first kiss.

At a much more decent hour, we woke up and headed straight to the U-Haul store. Oh, did I not mention that not only did I drive my crazy ass up to Ohio, but that we would be spending the weekend moving his every possession into a storage unit? Right. Of course it was raining that day. And it turns out that he had not packed his kitchen at all so I stayed inside doing that while the boys ran around in the rain. :) We finally finished up around 5 that evening and had to hurry and get ready for his going away dinner. This is where all his friends met "that girl he met on the plane." I'm pretty sure his friends expected me to be a complete lunatic. Seriously, this is the girl who drove to Ohio to help a guy she's met once move out of his apartment. Pass the crazy juice please.

The next day we drove out to the Cincinnati Zoo (our first date?) and spent all day walking up and down those damn hills but we had a great time. I don't rememeber anything about that day except that he paid for my ticket and that I had an amazing time. That whole weekend I felt like I had been with him forever. There was no awkwardness or uncomfortable silence. It was strangely perfect.

The next morning was terrrible. We both cried when it was time to say goodbye, knowing that it would be at least 6 months before we saw each other again. I think it took me a good 30 minutes to actually get in my car and drive away.

On my way home I called my mom and my best friend to tell them how awesome the weekend had been. They had both been worried/excited but had decided that when they didn't recieve a panicked phone call by Saturday evening, everything was probably ok. It was more than ok. I was hopelessly, completely, irreversibly in love.

Weekly Money Check Up: 1/9/12

Weekly Money Check Up is a financial fill in post hosted by Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies.



1. The most I've spent this last week was on myself. :/ I really needed some new running/gym shoes and I got a few new pairs of shorts as well. But I really need to cool it on the personal spending for a bit.

2. Today I am thankful for my nice warm home.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was do nothing with my dog and my husband on Sunday morning.

4. I will consider this week a success if I continue to get all this name change nonsense figured out.

5. If I could change one thing about my home BIGGER KITCHEN! Since we live in an "apartment," the kitchen is really small. We use the kitchen, like a lot, and it would be great to have a bigger workspace.

Want to participate? Click on over to My Pretty Pennies to check it out!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Letter #2


So I actually wrote my second letter the same day I wrote my first letter. I was just SO excited about letter writing (and updating my progress bar) that I just couldn't contain myself. I so wanted to use my beautiful new stationary, but alas, my excitement got the best of me. My second letter was to a very good friend of mine from college (who totally needs to start blogging again! ;) ). We don't always talk as much as we should but remain close anyway.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Years Eve Cake Pops

As you may have recently read, I'm newly obcessed with cake pops. I decided that we absolutely must have these at our New Years Eve party and they must match the decorations (duh!). I had plans for this to be my first cake pop recipe/how to post. But as I went to write it, I realized that I had no idea which cake recipe I used. Which sucks for me because that cake was awesome. So, here's the details to the best of my recollection and I promise to do better next time. :)

Cake Used: White Cake
Icing Used: storebought Pillsbury vanilla
Dipped In: Make n' Mold Dark Chocolate Candy Melts, Make n' Mold White Candy Melts
Sprinkles:
the frontmost pop is the result of me dumping all the leftover sprinkles on the
 last pop. and guess what, it's my favorite one!
oh i miss those dark chocolate ones *drool*
So those (above) are my crappy iPhone pictures and then Manny totally upstaged me by taking these beautiful pictures of them as they were displayed for our party. It's ok, because they look great. :)

notice the awesome platter? wedding gift. :)

Ok, I think I have to go make more cake pops now. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Oh the calamity!

Ok, I was literally talking to Lizy about this the other day. Well, not this particular incident but the fact that I hadn't done anything calamity worthy in a while. I swear that every time we talk about this, something insane happens. (Lizy, no more mentioning the fact that I haven't been calamitous in a while!) Anyway, the title of the post really should be, "How I Managed to Get Confused Going Through an Automated Car Wash." Yep, yesterday I was that idiot blonde girl who everyone glared at because I was holding up the line at the automated car wash. I swear I'm actually really smart.

So here's what went down. I bought a car wash while getting gas a couple weeks ago but didn't have time to use it (the code is good for 30 days). A few days later I did have time so I was going to run by real quick. And it snowed for like 2 days last week and my car was completely white from the salt. :/ So I drive up to the car wash thing and there's another car in there so I just sit and wait my turn. There are these doors that close when the other car goes in and I was waiting for them to open before proceeding (mistake #1). Apparently you have to go up and punch your code in before the doors will open. Well I was so flustered from waiting for 5 minutes (all the while thinking, omg, this is the longest freakin car wash ever, what is that guy doing in there?) that I forgot to answer the apparent myriad of questions after punching in my code (mistake #2). Apparently the guy behind me realized my mistake and got out of his car and finished what I had started so I could go through the wash. So I roll forward a little bit (mistake #3) then put my car in neutral. Nothing happens. I roll forward a little more, then put it in neutral again (mistake #4). Nothing happens. Just as I'm starting to get a little anxious, the guy behind me is yelling at me to put it in neutral through my back window. I scream back that it is in neutral! Finally, I'm ready to give up. I put my car in reverse and back most of the way out of the car wash. Then, deciding to give it one more try, I put my car back into neutral and the friggin thing finally starts working. I am now profusely sweating, very embarassed and could not give less of a shit whether or not my car is clean.

I'm exhausted, and will probably never go through an automated car wash ever again. But wasn't that entertaining? ;)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Letter #1


This week I wrote my very first letter of 2012! I wrote to my dad, with whom I used to exchange quite a bit of written correspondence. When I went off to college, my dad would write me a letter every single Sunday while he worked on the family budget (which he still does by hand, on paper). Every week, I would wait for that letter, mailed in a security envelope, and written on yellow legal sized paper, torn off one of the pads he always kept in his briefcase. (To this day, my dad carries a rather large old fashioned briefcase, and many yellow legal pads.) This tradition stopped during my sophomore year in college when Hurricane Katrina devastated my hometown and forced my family to live like nomads for a while (but that's a story for another day). As the years went on, and my dad finally got on board with technology, email and texting took over as our main form of communication. Technology is great, and Lord knows I love it, but there's nothing quite like sending (or recieving!) a letter.

New and wondering why I'm talking about letter writing? Find out why here. Need further explanation? Click here. ;)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cake Popscapades

OMG! So back around my birthday, I was at Starbucks with some girlfriends and decided we needed a birthday treat so I bought us a couple of their "Birthday Cake Pops". They were the cutest little things and SO yummy. I've had a couple since then but haven't thought much about them until I saw a Cake Pop/Donut Hole maker on sale at Macy's during the holidays. I immediately started nagging Manny like a 5-year-old and told him that I just had to have one for Christmas! After telling me repeatedly that I really didn't need it, my wonderful husband surprised me with it on Christmas. :) However, by then I'd been doing my cake pop research and found that I would probably get much better results making them from scratch. Guess hubby knew best after all. ;)

So last week I made my first batch of cake pops. I made a yellow cake, used vanilla icing (Pillsbury store bought) and coated them with white vanilla flavored candy melts and dark chocolate candy melts.
cake pops chilled and waiting to be stuck and dipped

some of my very first cake pops!

They came out pretty ok and I was instantly hooked! The first night I basically got out all my sprinkles (I'm kind of like a crazy cat lady of sprinkles, don't judge) and played with all of them! It was so much fun and they tasted pretty great. The cake wasn't great by itself but once you add icing and coat it in chocolate, well, what's not to like?!

I immediately decided that these were my new favorite thing to bake (sorry, cookies, I'm sure I'll come back eventually). They are so easy and so fun and OMG SO YUMMY. I already have a ton of other flavor combinations I want to try, I just need to find the time! So far I've tried...
Yellow cake, vanilla icing: coated in vanilla flavored and dark chocolate candy melts
White cake, vanilla icing: coated in white chocolate and dark chocolate candy melts

I made the white cake ones for New Years and they were adorable if I do say so myself. And my hubby took some nice pictures of them so I'll have to share them with you soon (and maybe even a recipe)!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Goals

Another new year! I love January, it's so full of possibilities! I totally used to be that girl who was like "I'm going to be so different this year!" I'm still a believer in setting goals for the new year (as you can see from my 2012 Goals), but I understand that it takes work to make actual changes! In December 2010 I decided to start keeping monthly goals which really helps me stay organized and get things accomplished. (Or, sometimes, I completely forget that I even set goals and they're a giant massive fail.) I'm just a little Type A (heehee) and checking things off a To Do list makes me a little really excited. Ok, I'm done rambling, here are my goals. :)

1. Write 4-5 letters. (this is part of a 2012 goal)
2. Send birthday cards for January.
3. Plan for February birthdays.
4. Workout 3-4 times per week.
5. Finish wedding Thank You notes.
6. Organize office/craft room.

If I get all this accomplished I will be really happy. I think the key to this month's goals are to actually remember that I set them.

Did you set goals this January?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Weekly Money Check Up: 1/2/12

So I haven't really posted about money or spending or saving in quite some time. I kind of gave up on couponing when I got really busy and to be honest my budget kind of went to the wind in December (though I still managed not to spend all that much money). So, in the interest of keeping me a little more focused on my finances, I'm going to continue to link up with Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies on Mondays for her weekly fill in post, Weekly Money Check .

1. The most I've spent this last week was on food for our NYE party.

2. Today I am thankful for the new year!


3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was watch movies we got for Christmas at home with my hubby.


4. I will consider this week a success if get some good office/craft room organizing done!


5. On New Years Eve I hosted a small get-together at my house. It was really fun and pretty stress free to plan.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Our Story, Part III: Mama, I'm Already in Kentucky!

Hey y'all! It's Monday, so it's love story time. If you missed the last couple weeks you can catch up using the links below. I hope you enjoy!

Our Story, Part I
Our Story, Part II

We continued on like that for another couple weeks. We talked everyday, often for several hours at night. We talked about everything. Family, music, pet peeves, food, hobbies, anything that came to mind. The only thing we didn't talk about much was his quickly approaching deployment. (We met roughly one month before his first deployment.) It was sometime during July when he asked if he could come visit me before he left. He knew better than I did that if we wanted to make something of this, we needed to see each other again before he left for 6 months. I told him I would love for him to come visit, and he quickly purchased a plane ticket. I didn't tell my family he was coming until after he'd bought the ticket. They thought I was a little crazy, and were honestly more than a little concerned for my safety.

Not more than 4 days before he was supposed to be boarding a plane to Georgia, he called me in the middle of the day and told me he had bad news. They had moved his departure date up a week (mark the beginning of my love/hate relationship with the Air Force) which gave him one weekend to move out of his apartment. He was really upset but he just didn't think it was going to be possible to come to Georgia and move out of his apartment in time. He just had too much to do. So, I lost my mind and offered to drive to Ohio.

In hindsight, I had just agreed to drive 8 hours to see a man I've met once. I did not sleep on it or give myself time to make a rational decision. I did not make a list weighing the risks and benefits. I just went with it. In hindsight, if we hadn't fallen madly in love and ended up married, this could have ended very badly.


I left work Friday at 4:45pm, got into my already packed car and headed North. My mama told me I'd better not come back married. (He is a military man after all.) Then she asked me (when I was 6.5 hours in to my 8 hour trip) if I was even sure that he really wanted me up there. My totally rational response: MAMA! I'M ALREADY IN FREAKIN' KENTUCKY!!! You can't ask me this when I'm already in KENTUCKY!!!! She was worried that the early departure date was an excuse because he was having second thoughts about seeing me. Fortunately for me, that was not the case. I arrived in Ohio after 2am and hugged my future husband for the first time.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Goals

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Despite the fact that I didn't do quite as well on my 2011 Goals as I would have liked...I'm going to give it a whirl again this year! I just love making lists and checking things off! Here's to a happy, healthy, productive year!

1. Grow to 100 blog followers.
My little blog has been bumping along just fine for a while now, but I'd really like it to continue to grow. I know it takes a lot more work than just "wanting" it to happen, but I'm really committed to doing that work this year. :)

2. Read 25 books.
This is a repeat goal from last year since I didn't even come close. Here's hoping I find more time for reading and relaxation in 2012.

3. Write 52 letters.
Last year a saw a couple other bloggers do a 52 weeks/52 letters project. I absolutely love written correspondence so I think this is a perfect project for me. I even got some new stationary for Christmas from my awesome husband!

4. Send on time birthday cards and/or presents to family and friends.
If you know me personally, you know I am horrible at this, and I thank you for loving me and continuing to send me cards and presents anyway. I think I improved *a little* on this last year but I want to keep getting better!

5. Declutter blog post labels.
This has been really bothering me for a while now. My posts are not consistently labeled and how am I supposed to woo readers into reading my content if they can't even find it!? (See goal #1)

6. Run a half marathon in under 2:30:01 (my time from last year)
So I kinda fell in love with running last year. I haven't been doing a lot of it since the wedding (or lets be serious, since the 1/2 marathon) but until the wedding I kept up a nice 2-3 times per week routine. Also, the night before the 1/2 marathon I ran around like a lunatic at work until 11pm, didn't eat dinner, and didn't get more than five and a half hours of sleep. Not so conducive to running 13.1 miles the next day. This year I would like to train a little harder and treat myself right in the days before the race. I'm not saying I want to compete or anything, just do better than I did last year.


7. Run 500 miles.
Last year while training for the 1/2 marathon, I used this website to help me keep track of my workouts. They also have lots of "fitness challenges" on there. I completed the run 100 miles one last year (it was pretty easy since I was elbow deep in 1/2 marathon training) and thought it would be fun to do my own this year!



8. Decide on a Master's program.
Many many moons ago (around the time when I started this blog), I decided to leave the master's program I was in after just one year. There were/are many many reasons for that decision. Also for many many reasons, I would like to find a master's degree program that compliments my bachelor's degree and gives me options for my future.

That's all I've got for now, but if I add more during the year I'll be sure to update my 2012 Goals page! :)