Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I Just Can't

I was listening to the radio this morning on my way to work when I heard this story about a woman who got serious nerve damage in her legs from wearing skinny jeans. Let's ignore the fact that she was helping someone move while wearing skinny jeans because that just seems ridiculous. But seriously- someone wearing skinny jeans legitimately hurting makes me shake my head.

Which of course got me thinking about silly things that we do all in the name of fashion. And of these things, the ones that I have decided that there is just no point in doing.

1. Wearing heels: I'm sorry, but if you tell me heels are comfortable, you are full of shit. I have a coworker who I have never seen in anything besides 4-6 inch heels. Every. Single. Day. I used to try to do heels when I needed to dress up for work or for a wedding. But I always ended up being miserable. So I finally decided it's just not worth it. And the other day, I happily got rid of every pair of heels I have (except 1...I figured, maybe, someday I'll wear them...or not).

Yep. Just like this.

2. Super tight skinny jeans: I did this before I heard the story about the woman getting serious nerve damage in her legs. I did this when I realized I was pulling on skinny jeans the same way I did leggings, but they were a whole hell of a lot less comfortable. So the few pairs of super tight skinny jeans I had- yep, those were in that same giveaway pile. Sure, I still have a few pairs of skinnies- but they are all relatively loose and/or stretchy and don't require me sucking it in all day to wear them.

3. Makeup on a daily basis: Hell, this has never been my thing anyway. Quite honestly, I can roll out of bed and leave for work within 20 minutes as long as I've showered the night before. Most morning, I wake up an hour and a half before I have to leave....and then proceed to lie on the couch for 45 of that, walk the dog for 30 of it, leaving 15 to get ready. If I'm lucky, I'll do my hair. But makeup? Yeah...not happening. The last time I wore makeup was a month ago for a wedding.

Just a few more things to add to this list of Why I suck at being a girl- one of my favorite posts from way back when.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today is a special day. 37 years ago, these two tied the knot...complete with my dad in his powder blue seersucker suit and pony tail and my mom with flowers in her hair.

Yep. Pretty damn cute if I do say so myself.

My parents have always set an amazing example for my brother and I for family, marriage, life. They have embraced their son and daughter-in-law as their own. And they are two of the most loving grandparents to my nieces. Basically, the best parents ever.

Here's to the last 37 and many many more! Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Nora Turns 2!

This weekend, we celebrated my niece's 2nd birthday! It was so much fun to have a lot of the family together and just spend time relaxing. Not to mention, she made for a pretty damn cute little birthday girl.

There was a loose lemon theme to the party- complete with lemonade stand made from pallets, fresh squeezed lemonade (that I drank wayyy too much of), lemon cupcakes and plenty of other lemon treats.

My parents and Doug and I got Nora these bouncy animals. They are made of a thicker rubber, kind of like a bouncy ball, and are perfect for a little one to sit on top of and bounce up and down. Which she did. All day long.

I would call the gift a success. There is also a horse, but I think the cow is way cuter.
There were probably 30-40 people there, so when it was time for cake and singing happy birthday, we all gathered around. However, as soon as the singing started, Nora decided she didn't love it and ran over to me. Can't say I'm sad that I was the one she chose to run to when she was scared.

Love my little nugget.

There were tons of little ones running around. It's so much fun to see all the little kids together and forming friendships with each other. The friendships I still have with my cousins and the children of my parents friends makes me excited for these little ones in the future.

These girls loved their cake!
And of course the presents! Big sister Caroline of course was happy to help Nora open all her presents. And by help, I mean open them herself.

And of course, what better way to end a long summer day than with sparklers!!! This was Caroline's first time playing with sparklers and my mom was happy to show her the ropes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Beer Crafting

A month or so ago, Doug surprised me with a 4 pack of Pilsner Urquell. This was meaningful for a few reasons.
1. He hates Pilsner, so for him to buy it for me was super nice.
2. I love Pilsner and obviously all things Czech.
and 3. Each can in the pack was decorated differently.

I immediately knew that I wanted to do something with the cans (after I drank the beer...obviously). So I decided to get a little crafty, though let's be honest this was the easiest craft project ever.

Since obviously there were 4 cans, I found a frame I liked that fit four pictures...or in my case, beer cans.

I took an exact-o knife to the cans and cut off the top and bottom. and then down the back so it was one piece. I won't say one flat piece, because beer cans are not easy to flatten. Hence why I put it in the middle of a cookbook. With 5 other cookbooks on top of it for 3 days...which still didn't work.

But it worked enough that I was able to hold them flat and tape them into flattened submission with duck tape. I repeated that step with all 4 cans, put the frame back together and boom! 

Easiest craft project ever.

Eventually, we will hang it in the basement along with our carved wooden Red Stripe bottle from Jamaica, framed pictures of Cleveland, OU, and OSU stadium...and probably a few more things. One of my goals for this summer is to paint the basement- so hopefully by the end of the summer, the basement will actually look more lived in!! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Photo Dump

For my birthday, Doug got me a camera. Nothing fancy like a DSLR, but a step up from the cheap-o point and shoots I had all through college. And certainly better than my camera phone! I'm still learning how to use it, but I've definitely had fun testing out all the different settings. And taking 100 pictures of Lucy. Obviously.

So here is a bit of a photo dump of my first few weeks with the new camera! 

Flowers and adorable nieces

BBBS wedding!
Such a princess.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Netflix Binge Watching

Summer is a good time to binge rewatch shows on Netflix. There aren't many new shows on, so my Hulu queue stays relatively empty- minus The Bachelorette (that train wreck is a different story for a different day). 

So of course a list, of my 5 favorite shows to rewatch (over and over and over again).

1. Scrubs

My brother got me hooked on this show back in the day. I then in turn got Doug hooked and my roommate in college, so the three of us would watch Scrubs all. the. time. Didn't hurt that at any given time, there were reruns on any station. And now- it's our go to before bed show. Plus the last episode of that show...gets me every single time. All the feels. 

2. How I Met Your Mother

This is another one my brother got me hooked on. He gave me the first season on DVD, and sophomore year in college- my roommate and I watched the whole season at least 12 times. Especially the Pineapple Incident episode. I still want to know where that damn pineapple came from!! I didn't love the end of the show...but I've only watched it once. I need to watch again...see if it's grown on me at all.

3. Leverage

Doug introduced me to this one. Kind of a generic crime fighting procedural show. But something about it- I just love. It's funny, good dialogue, good character development- just in general an enjoyable show.

4. Gilmore Girls

Do I really need to explain this one? No. No I don't. Because obviously this is the best.

5. Friday Night Lights

Two words for you. Tim. Riggins.

 Not to mention this is seriously one of my favorite shows ever. I started watching from the beginning on Friday night, season 1 in the books by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I've been slacking. In my defense, Cleveland has been having an identity crisis and my time has been spent either sitting directly in front of a fan to keep cool or curled up under a pile of blankets to stay warm. Yep- it was 90 on Monday and 55 yesterday; I woke up to a house that was 53 degrees this morning. Quit playing with my emotions Ohio.

I'm going home this weekend to get my hair cut and colored. I feel like I just did it, but it was back in December, so I'm definitely ready for one. I thought I would hate the short hair, but I have absolutely loved it and am ready to get a few more inches off! I'm really excited about a fresh 'do and color.
Color on the left, style on the right
And in honor of my trip home, a little throwback to almost 10 years ago with my best friend at my welcome home from the Czech Republic party. Damn, was it good to see her after a year away!