Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Droolworthy Dresses

We are finally FINALLY having spring like weather. And I absolutely love it. The warming temps definitely have me wanting to spend my days in dresses and sandals. Which of course means I'm spending my days browsing online boutiques and drooling over dresses that I would love to add to my wardrobe. 

This dress from Elle & K Boutique would be adorable for work!
A perfect maxi for summer from Hello Darling Boutique
Perfect pop of pink for springtime- from Hazel & Olive
Another maxi that I really need to add to my wardrobe! From Hazel & Olive
Looks so adorable and comfy and perfect. From Country Couture

And if my husband happens across this post, any of these dresses might make a pretty awesome birthday present. *wink wink*

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Wrapup

I know I've been a tad distant lately. And while the creative juices aren't exactly flowing yet, I had a glorious weekend. Which means I of course have to share!

The weekend started early with a concert on Thursday night. I was invited to go to the Justin Moore and Randy Houser concert that night, which was great! Even though I don't know a ton of their music, they both put on a fantastic show.

I ended up taking Friday off from work. Knowing it would be a late night, I knew getting up early wasn't going to be awesome. Plus, we were heading down to my parents house and were able to beat all the traffic leaving Cleveland.

It was a glorious weekend in the country with family. Lots of good food, wine, beer, baby snuggles, campfires, hitting golf balls into the woods. All normal things.

Teaching Caroline how to use her mini golf clubs...
and my dad and brother doing a "long drive competition" with the smaller driver ever.

Sunshine, babies, wine, fires. Happy happy happy.
Sunday morning, we headed to Easter mass and laughed as Caroline looked for Easter eggs and was SUPER excited when she found Reese's eggs inside. Girl knows whats up, cause that's the best.

We got back to Cleveland around 3:30. I went cleaning crazy on my car, inside and out. And damn, it felt good to wash all that gross salt off! Really hopeful that we are done with that for the year. 

It was a perfect weekend. And I didn't take a ton of pictures...because I was too happy soaking it all in. Time for another work week!

Ameliorer la Vie

Thursday, April 17, 2014

But How??

I've been lacking motivation and inspiration to blog. Hence my mini hiatus. I'm definitely not over that slump, but this linkup bu Jackie over at Jade & Oak was too awesome to miss out on!

Jade and Oak

These are just a few of the many many things that confuse me when people do them.
...Girls who workout with their hair down. Just looking at you makes me squirm. My hair is out of control long right now and the thought of it sticking to my sweaty back as I workout...kind of makes me want to vom. 

....Walking in heels. I straight up stole this one from Steph. But it was too good to not use. I just don't get it. Heels are not comfortable to me. AT ALL. I have tried different styles, heel heights, adding extra padding, walking differently. None of it works for me. Within an hour, my feet hate me and feel like they are going to fall off. 

...People who can stay up all night. I love my sleep. A lot. Even in college I loved my sleep and couldn't ever pull an all-nighter because I would end up just falling asleep. 

...On the flip side of that last one, morning people. My new 5:45 gym routine has me struggling with this one. I'm awake and out of the house...but definitely not happy about it. But there are people in the class who are just SO EXCITED TO BE THERE. Weirdos. 

...Buying designer anything for full price. Or let's be honest...buying anything full price. I'm a cheap ass and I just can not even imagine dropping hundreds of dollars on a pair of pants or shoes (which are probably heels anyway) or purse. 

...Dieting. I like my food. I like my wine. I really like cheese and bread. We do eat relatively healthy- but you will never find me not enjoying my favorite things in life. And I don't get how there are people who can do it!

Friday, April 11, 2014

All Things Harry Potter

If there is one thing you need to know about me, it's that I love Harry Potter. Like really, seriously love/have a serious slight obsession with all things Harry Potter. I own all the movies and the books. I have a Harry Potter mug on my desk. Oh and a Hermione bobblehead...which is awesome.

What I love about blog world is that so many other bloggers share this love. The awesome Kelli at She Crab Soup is one of those bloggers.

Kelli: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows of course, it's the one book I couldn't wait to read. Even though I knew it was the end I was dying to find out what happened. I was also so thankful that J.K. Rowling included a glimpse into the future, I would have been a little upset if we were all left wondering.

Margaret: I have to agree with Kelli on this one. Doug actually preordered this book for me for my birthday, and we went to the bookstore at midnight to pick it up. Let me add that we actually left the bar to go to the bookstore to pick it up. And then I carried it around with me all night and we spent the next two days fighting over who got to read it first.

While I was obviously sad about the characters that died, I absolutely loved how the story ended. So many of the plot lines came together and tied up nicely. And that final battle? Goosebumps. Every time.

Kelli: I guess I'd have to go with Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, things started to get serious and everyone started growing up. I also love all the special effects associated with the Triwizard Tournament.

Margaret: I think my favorite movie was Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. I love the storyline of Sirius and Harry, and I really liked Professor Lupin. The whole time turner thing was super cool. Plus Hermione slaps Malfoy at one point, and that's awesome. 

Kelli: Severus Snape! You never knew until the very end if he was the good guy or the bad guy, besides how can you not like a guy that held on to love for so long!?! Anytime someone says "always" I think of Snape.

Margaret: So so hard to choose.Top of the list is Professor McGonagall. That woman is a total badass. And I love when she gets excited over little things, like how awesome Harry is on a broom or of course using the spell that brings all the statues alive. 

Another badass woman?? Molly Weasley. That scene where she goes crazy on Bellatrix...SO AWESOME. Pretty sure I cheered when we saw it in the theater....and cheer every time I've watched it after that.

Sorry for all the GIFs for favorite character...but these three scenes are some of the absolute BEST ones ever!

Now don't forget to go over and say hi to Kelli. Especially if you live in a state where winter has lasted forever like me, and want to drool over gorgeous photos of the beach!! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Shit Men Say

So I know I'm a day late for this. But I don't care. Plus Amanda said it was OK and Danae said she was going to do it late too. Also- Doug has said some hilarious shit in the past few weeks that I have been writing down JUST for this! So with further ado- it's time for Shit Men Say!

Voyage of the Mee Mee

When I asked him how he slept the night before...
Doug: Did you wake me up when I was making weird noises last night?
Me: Yes. You sounded scared.
Doug: Yeah...I was dreaming that a 4-year old ghost kid was eating my hand.

After telling me about a story he read on Reddit...
...Moral of the story? Don't shit your pants on the second day of your new job.

The next two came while I was watching Project Runway...

...It's like a screen door over her boobs. I'm obviously a fashion expert.

...It's like a 1940's comic book...except shitty.

As we're sitting on the couch in the evening watching TV...
...I feel like we're in the middle of a Playboy shoot. You in your sweatpants, colorful socks and oversized sweatshirt. Just so sexy. 

And the best quote of the week...
...You're like a guy I love hanging out with who also has a vagina. It's a win win. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Early Morning

It is 7:00 am. And I just got home from the gym. 

Who am I?? Seriously. I was just the person that I thought was absolutely insane in college when I was pissed that I had to work the open shift at the rec center. I still think these people were insane. No normal college kid wakes up at 6:00 am to go to the gym. 

As I discussed a few weeks ago though, with the new job, my schedule has gone to crap. Before- I had it down to a science. Work 7:45-3:45, gym class at 4:30, home by 5:45, dinner on the table by 7. But now? Now I work 8-5, am lucky to get home by 6 (seriously University Circle- your traffic patterns are stupid), dinner maybe on the table by 7. But oh wait- the gym is no where in that day. If I wanted to go to the gym after work, we wouldn't be eating dinner until like 8:30 every night. And nobody has time for that.

I'm a class person at the gym. I have to be otherwise I would slack on the treadmill for 20 minutes, lazily lift a few weights and call it a day. Classes that kick my butt for an hour are the only way I can get in a solid workout.

So I've decided to do the 5:45am class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. SO. EARLY.

Yeah. Can I just go back to bed now?

But this morning, I did it. Doug wakes up at the same time, so that's a little extra motivation to get my butt outta bed.

While I'm sure there will be mornings where I wake up and say hell no, I'm hoping that more often than not I can make these two classes work. 

Oh and I tried Zumba on Saturday. I'm not sure how I feel about it...so we'll see if I go again. Because I'm pretty sure I looked like this. 

The Best Of Intentions
Linking up with Kay and Allie

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bump It List

We all have a bucket list. Whether you have a special tab on your blog, an partially finished list in Google Docs (oops- that's me) or it's just in your head. You definitely think about the things you want to do before you die. But what about the things that you will never ever do? A bump it list! So I'm linking up with Brooks and Kalyn today to talk about the things you will never find me doing.

The Handey Way

.Sky diving. I know this is on so many people's bucket lists, but it is definitely not on mine. I'm not even that scared of heights- but the idea of jumping out of a plane??? No thanks.

.Own a cat. Even if my husband wasn't ridiculous allergic to cats, I would still put my foot down on that one. I'm a dog person- always have been, always will be. 

.Drink coffee in the morning. Maybe I'll eat my words on this one day- but at 27, I can firmly say that I think coffee is disgusting. I'll stick to my tea thanks. 

.Bungee jumping. Apparently I'm not one for extreme sports. I'm a scaredy cat who always thinks something terrible is going to happen. And I feel like there is a lot of room for error jumping off a bridge. 

.Watch a scary movie or go to a haunted house by choice. This shit is NOT my jam. Again, I'm a scaredy cat. I don't find it enjoyable to scare myself on purpose by watching a movie or letting people chase me with chainsaws. Not even fun. I might end up doing these things in my life- but I will not be happy about it.

.Run a Marathon. Running is just not my jam. Even when I ran cross country in middle school and high school, I spent more time trying to find ways to slack off at practice than actually training. I won't say I'll never run a race or anything, but 26.2 miles? HA. Not happening.