Thursday, December 4, 2014


THINKING -About my massive to-do list for today. I've only been able to cross one thing off so far. Not loving it.
WATCHING -Doug and I have been really into The Flash and The Arrow lately. And of course my favorite Christmas movies- White Christmas and The Muppet Christmas Carol. I could watch those every day and be happy about it.
EATING -Nothing at the moment. But I am absolutely starving.
LISTENING TO - Michael Buble's Christmas CD. And Bing. Always Bing.
READING - In between books right now. I read Me Before You last in I finished the book in one night because it is absolutely amazing. ready for tears.
MAKING- I have so many great DIY ideas for Christmas decorations, especially around my mantle. Hoping I have tome to go to Michael's this weekend and get everything I need!
WEARING -This adorable new top I got from Oakleigh Rose on Black Friday. Damn sales. Get me every time.
NEEDING -Tylenol. My head has been pounding since I woke up this morning. Not loving it on a busy work day!
WISHING - That it was 61 days from now when we leave for JAMAICA!!
FEELING -Excited for my hair cut next week. I know I'm going to miss my long hair...but it has just gotten so out of control and hard to take care of. Definitely ready for a change!
LOVING - Checking in on Lucy on the doggy day camp cameras. She always seems so happy running around and barking at people. Which makes me happy.
WANTING -A nap. And lunch.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Liebster Randomness

Considering two awesome Cleveland bloggers (Rachel from CLE Fashionista and Kim, my fellow Bobcat, over at Born, Bred, Buttered) have nominated me for a Liebster this week, I figure I might as well answer both of there questions for a random little about me Friday post!

From Rachel:
Lipstick or lip gloss? Lip gloss. Although if we're being really honest here, chapstick all day every day.
What is your favorite fall/winter recipe? This pork chop recipe from Cooking Light. I used butternut squash- and don't let the prunes scare you, I promise they are delicious in this dish!
What song can’t you stop listening to? Oh Taylor I hate you and love you all at the same time. Her music is just so damn catchy.
Describe your blog in three words. Goofy, Honest, Everyday-Life
What article of clothing can’t you live without in the winter? Fleece lined leggings. Basically my go to for every single outfit. Even under jeans if I'm waiting for the bus because Cleveland is cold.
What is your favorite part about the city you currently live in? I love how much Clevelander's love Cleveland. I know that sounds silly- but this city has so much pride.
Timeout. Because this video that Michael Symon did is perfection and exactly what I love about my city!
Why did you start your blog? I was a journalism major in college, I did writing competitions and newspaper in high school, writing has just always been a huge part of my life. Until I graduated and my writing was strictly in grants...and nothing will burn you out like grant writing! So I wanted another outlet to write what I wanted to write.
What is the best gift you’ve ever given anyone? Maybe not the best, but definitely top of mind. I gave my dad an early Christmas present and we're going to the Tony Bennett concert tomorrow!!!
What is the best gift you’ve ever received? It's hard to narrow this down. I'm going to be a little cliche and say a bracelet Doug got me for Valentines Day like 5 or 6 years ago. It is the only piece of jewelry that I wear every day, no matter what.
What is your favorite book? The entire Harry Potter series. Without a doubt.

From Kim:

Beach vacation or adventurous road trip? Doug and I are definitely more for an adventurous road trip...but nothing wrong with a good beach vacation (especially 74 days).
What’s your favorite meal of the day? Dinner. Coming home from work, cooking dinner, drinking wine- it's all the best.
Who’s your celebrity idol? I love Carried Underwood and Miranda Lambert- they both seem so down to earth, and also are complete and total badasses.
What’s your favorite season and why? Spring or Fall. I don't like extreme temps (cold OR hot)- and the weather during these two seasons is perfection.
If you could relive any year of your life, which would it be and why? Freshman year in college- not because I regret or want to change things. But because some of my absolute favorite memories are from this year. It was the BEST and living it again would be glorious.
What’s your favorite word? Fuck is a pretty standard go to for me.
Thug Life Shirts
What do you think was the best product to come out of the 90s? Slap bracelets. And I'm only saying this because we are getting slap bracelets for my YP group as a giveaway...and we all spent a full 2 hour meeting this week playing with them as we talked.
Tator tots or french fries? Tots.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? We will be spending Thanksgiving with my family at my aunt and uncles house. They just moved back to Cleveland from California and it's been so awesome to have them close again!
What’s your favorite restaurant? Oh man. Do I really have to choose? Washington Place Bistro is probably near the top of that list....for no other reason than shrimp and grits. Nom nom nom.

And since I'm pretty sure all of you have done this at some point in time, I'm just going to skip the whole nominating thing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Dog Was Abused

Our dog was abused.We had always assumed that since the first day we got her. Her pure fear of men. How she reacts whenever Doug raises his voice or moves too fast. The fact that whenever she is eating, her tail is consistently between her legs.
she loves the snow

We have been doing training with Lucy. Even though she knows how to sit and listens to us (relatively well), we wanted to find a way to better communicate with her and figured training was a good way to do that. She has been doing amazingly well. And it definitely helps during walks when  my 70 pound, incredibly muscular dog isn't trying to drag my down the street.

At our last class, we were teaching her to stay, using a hand signal- holding our hands up in front of her. As she cringed and started barking every time we did it, our dog trainer asked us her back story. And then confirmed that her behaviors 100% meant she had been abused in the past.

How in the WORLD could anyone hit this face??
It breaks my heart all over again that our dog, who has such a sweet disposition, has been abused in the past- leading to all sorts of behavior issues now. Not only am I said, I'm angry. So angry that there are people in the world who abuse animals. #rage

Be still my heart.
We know Lucy has these issues and have been doing the best we can to work through them. We were given even more techniques to try with her to help her realize that us raising our hand doesn't mean we are going to hit her or Doug sitting on top of me on the couch doesn't mean he is hurting me- leading to her insane protectiveness coming in to play. Lots of treats (which she LOVES), asking people to not approach her from above when they pet her- but come in from the side, and just constant love and support.

Cuddles and spoiling the crap out of my dog? No problem. Eventually she will realize that she's stuck with us for the rest of her life and we will love her unconditionally (even when she eats a box of cookies off the counter or poops in the basement...).

Friday, November 14, 2014

5 For Friday

Friday! Yay! It's been one of those weeks that has been horribly slow and incredibly boring. And this weekend is going to consist of a lot of nothing. Which I'm pretty pumped about.

Here are 5 things happening this Friday!

1. SNOW. So. Much. Snow. I texted Ashten yesterday morning complaining about the weather and sent her the picture on the left. And then last night? The picture on the right. Add another 2-3 inches, and that's what I woke up to this morning- with it still coming down fast and furious. It's only November. It's too early for this shit.

8 am vs. 8 pm. Over it.
2. I babysat the nieces for an hour or so last night. Which of course resulted in selfies with Nora. Which is basically my favorite thing ever because she instantly starts cheesing when she sees herself on the screen.

3. This dress from Oakleigh Rose. I got it last night. I'm wearing it today. And I'm obsessed.

4. My plans this weekend = nothing. Like seriously, absolutely nothing besides snuggling up in my house with Doug and Miss Lucy. I foresee lots of Netflix and naps. Perfect.

5. 2 months and 19 days until Jamaica. I check my countdown almost every day. Helps me make it through these cold and snowy days!

Everyone stay warm today! And if you are in a place that isn't cold or snowy, can I come visit??

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Short Hair, Don't Care

I am finally, FINALLY getting a hair cut.

In a month.

I know- it's silly to plan that far in advance. But I'm finally taking the plunge and donating it. Which means cutting off like 8-12 inches of hair. Which also means I'm not just going to trust anyone to do it. And a month is the next time I'll be going to my parents house to have a friend who I've known since elementary school cut it.

It also gives me a month to chicken out. But each day that my hair gets caught in my jacket or chokes me when I'm trying to put a scarf on reminds me that I'm so ready for it to just be gone.

Plus, I'll get to mark another item of my 30 before 30 list!

Here are some of the front runners for length/style. I hope it's long enough to cut enough to donate, but still have a decent amount of length left.

Brown and red hair with highlights
from here

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Saying No

I have a problem with saying no. As in I never know how to say no.

But really. If anyone at work asks me for a favor, I will say yes. Even if it is the farthest thing from my job description. Even if it makes absolutely no sense for me to be doing it. Even if I have no idea what I'm doing. Even if after I say yes, I'll go home and complain about WHY in the world I'm doing it. I'll always say yes.

I'm a people pleaser. It's just in my blood. And I hate saying no because I feel like I will let people down. And there is nothing I hate more in the world than that.

This is coming from the fact that yesterday in a full staff meeting, someone (not my boss) asked me in front  of everyone to help with something....that she could have very easily done herself. And I, of course, said yes.

And after the meeting, I was frustrated. Not just because I said yes. But because I was put on the spot in front of all my co-workers. I would have said yes either way, but being asked in that setting made me feel like I was being taken advantage of. That my constant willingness to help everyone out is something that people take advantage of.

How do I draw that balance between being willing to help everyone and the people-pleaser side of me with the overwhelming desire to not feel taken advantage of or like I end up doing other peoples jobs for them?

On a totally unrelated note, Ashten was in Cleveland last weekend and it was awesome. And I'm not just talking about the sweet VIP wristbands she gave for a concert (though that was awesome). But someone that I have been friends with for over a year, even though we have never met. And when we actually met in person, it was like catching up with an old friend I had known for years.

Friday, October 24, 2014

happy vs. crappy

It's Friiiiiday! Which makes me happy.

And when I saw Kayla's crappy vs. happy post today, I decided that I would straight up steal borrow her idea, so thanks girl!

Crappy: I have to work late tonight.
Happy: I'm taking a half day to help my cousin set up for her wedding and my late work night is with my YP group, which means wine and snacks.

Crappy: My brother-in-law is moving to Seattle next weekend. Doug is going to visit him this weekend but between dog training and the wedding, I can't go which makes me sad.
Happy: My cousin (who isn't really my cousin, but our parents have been best friends forever- so we're basically family) is getting married this weekend! And I'm so very happy and excited for her!

Crappy: I hate when Doug is out of town.
Happy: Lucy isn't allowed to sleep with us. Mainly because there is no room in our bed for all three of us. But with Doug gone, you can bet there are going to be some awesome snuggles happening.

Couch snugs and Castle.
Crappy: It's starting to get colder which means winter is coming.
Happy: But this fall has been absolutely GLORIOUS. Plus I've had excuses to decorate my house.

Crappy: It's starting to get colder and I really really hate winter. See, it get's TWO crappies. I really hate it that much.
Happy: BUT we were smart this year and planned our vacation for February, so when winter feels stupid and long and horrible, we will have warm weather to look forward to!