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 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. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ready for Not Winter

I'm ready for summer. I don't think that's any big surprise around here considering I have been complaining about the snow since October. And it's not April...and we had a huge snow storm a few days ago. 5 inches of snow at the end of March. Go home Mother Nature, you're drunk.

But today? Today is supposed to be 65 and sunny. And I am ready to put on my bathing suit and get my tan on because that's how damn warm 65 is going to feel. It's not just the sunshine though that has be so insanely excited. There are other things that come with warm weather that have me literally jumping for joy.

1. I made a goal a few weeks ago to drink a lot of rum this summer. When we were in Toronto last year, I was drinking basil lemonade with rum. After about 3 of these, I kept telling Doug that I really liked rum and needed to drink more of it. What better time than summer!! Thinking Dark and Stormys are going to have a common place in my summer. Moscow Mules too for that matter. Just keep the ginger beer and limes coming!

2. Being able to walk out of the house without a jacket. And FLIP FLOPS. That is all.

3. We have this awesome back porch. And so far, it's been covered with snow every single time we've been at the house. I'm ready to sit on my pack porch in the sunshine and drink a damn margarita. Because that's the best. Pretty sure I have invited pretty much everyone and their mother over to come drink margaritas with me (and all of you- take this as an open invite if you ever find yourself in Cleveland)!

4.  Grilling. EVERYTHING. Seriously. this is the first time we have owned our own grill. And we may or may not have splurged a bit on a Weber grill (which is a lot more expensive...but also a lot more awesome). So we plan to get our money's worth outta that puppy. Last night, we took full advantage of that- burgers, sweet potato wedges and asparagus (all on the grill).

5. It's TRIBE TIME!! For you non-Clevelanders, that means it's baseball season. And I love baseball season. It means summer and patio drinking and warm weather and hot dogs and getting rowdy downtown and ALL THINGS AWESOME. I'm pumped.

You guys. I'm super pumped to introduce you to the ever hilarious Kathy from Vodka and Soda. Not that she really needs ANY introduction, but really. If you don't read her blog, than you are seriously missing out. I mean really? Who else can use words like boner or wangface in a blog title?? No one...or at least no one can get away with it like her.

Girl is damn funny.

She's Asian (though she'll be the first to tell you she isn't very good at being Chinese). She also embraces all the stereotypes about being Asian. Though girl- it was NOT just Asian parents who spank their children/think allowances are stupid. It was also mine. But my personal favorite of the Asian stereotypes she insists are true? The size of a certain body part on men...because this story is epic. 

In addition to being funny- she really tells it like it is. One of my favorites is how blogging is like high school (narrate in all Mean Girls gifs...obviously). And let's be honest- we ALL wish could leave these comments

And as if all of this isn't awesome enough? Kathy hosts the best linkup of the week- Humpday Confessions. Which is basically co-hosted by Ryan Gosling. So obviously you know you all want to check it out.

Don't just take my word for it. Go check her out...but not in a creepy way. I promise you WILL laugh out loud. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

That Feeling

When we first walked into this house, we knew. We looked at each other and couldn't stop the grins from taking over our faces. With each room we walked through, that feeling grew stronger and stronger. 

A feeling of love. A feeling that this house had provided some wonderful memories to a family before us. A feeling that it would be the best place for us to live. It was that feeling. That feeling that this was our home.

As of right now, everything we own is in this house. A lot of it is still in boxes; we're far from settled in. We're likely going to be living in complete disarray for the next few weeks. But we're home. There are boxes everywhere. All my clothes are in suitcases on three different floors. I have no idea where my slippers are (I seriously was ready to kill this morning for my damn slippers). 

Everything crammed into the living room
And that feeling? That feeling is stronger than ever. And while my back hurts and my feet hurt and I'm completely exhausted, I don't care because we're home.

Yesterday, we got a card in the mail from the couple who sold us the house. We have never met them, just seen their name on 100's of pieces of paper we signed our name on. They were listed as the seller; us as the buyer. They live somewhere in Indiana. But we have learned that this was their first home. They lived here when they started a family. They had many happy and wonderful memories here.

They sent us a card saying congratulations on our first home, which neighbors were awesome, telling us how much they loved the house and wishing us the best of luck in making this our home and creating wonderful memories in this place that they once loved. And a Home Depot gift card. I almost cried. Doug laughed at me, but I just couldn't get over the fact that it was the sweetest thing. 

We walked into this house and got a feeling. It was obvious to us that the house was well loved and taken care of. Someone else had once had that feeling about this house. And before them and before them and before them. 

Names and dates of people who have lived here, all written in the basement
It's our turn to love this house and create memories. And to keep that feeling alive. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Humpday Confessions

It's hump day ya'll! And during this long as shit week, I'm super pumped about that. I'm also super pumped because I'm linking up with the ever hilarious Kathy for Humpday Confessions.

...I confess that I am SICK OF THIS GOD DAMN SNOW. I know, I know. We're all sick of talking about it and hearing everything bitch about it. But I'm going to keep talking about it and bitching about it until it finally goes away. Which, at this rate is going to be May. 

...I confess I'm also sick of packing. I feel like all I do on this blog is whine and complain about the weather and moving. But hopefully in a few weeks- both of these things will be but a distant memory. Stay tuned for regularly scheduled programming to return soon.

...I confess that we got Frozen from the library and I'm more excited than a 27 year old should be about watching it.

...I confess that my birthday is in just a little over a month. And besides the fact that it might still be snowing in May, I can't decide if I'm excited for it or not. I mean- I love my damn birthday so I'll still be celebrating it to the max. But 28 is making me nervous.

...I confess I actually miss going to the gym. But only the classes. Which is why I have yet to just go to workout- because honestly? That shit sucks. 

...I confess I'm pumped to hangout in our new basement- foosball table, dart board, N64 and Super Nintendo. And a mini fridge with beer. And no, I'm not in college anymore, this just sounds awesome.