Wednesday Wisdom: Life is wonderful

Sorry it’s been pretty quiet around here lately. Do you ever have those weeks where you look back and can’t remember how you got to the end of the month and you’re pretty sure that you just time traveled? Yeah, that’s been the last few weeks around here. We’re getting ready for a little family trip to Pittsburgh this weekend for a wedding of a dear friend. I guess that means it’s going to be quiet around here for a little bit longer.

So stay tuned, I’ll be back next week!


Wednesday Wisdom: Be happy

Make the most out of today.

Do something new.

Cross something off your to-do list.

Participate in some shenanigans.

Happy Wednesday!

Case of the Mondays

We’ve all had those days right? Yesterday was one of those days. A straight up case of the Mondays.

Even though I woke up early, I still was late for work. I have no explanation.

I checked the wrong bank account and then sent mister on a wild goose chase for a deposit that was already in the account…the other account.

I had to stop by the store after work and picked up a few more things than I thought, then had to buy a bag because I forgot mine and I live in a town that has banned plastic bags at the grocery stores.

We took a walk around our neighborhood and Princess Gypsy decided to use the fancy neighbors pristinely manicured lawn as a bathroom. We of course, forgot a bag. Staying on theme as always.

And the most annoying….

I was about 3/4 through a new blog post and WordPress crashed. It was not this post, this is the replacement post.

Hopefully this was my monthly Case of the Monday’s. Here’s some pictures from the last few weeks:



^ I cleaned/purged our bedroom and marked the time in Rum and Harry Potter. It was 2 1/2 Harry Potters, 2 Rum and Cokes.^


^Gypsy clearly approved of the room when it was done.^


^ More peeks of our wedding venue. I can’t wait for my friends and family to see this place! ^


^ Part of the aisle, cute right? ^


^ I started a new diet I’m changing the way I’m eating. This means massive food prep. ^


^ I think these were my last berries of summer. Sad, sad, times. ^

IMG_1793^ This is what happens when I go to the farm for produce. I spend all our money on fresh vegetables. ^


^ Cheat day!! Pizza no cheese, you’re jealous I know.^


^More cleaning. This time we both tackled the house. Inside and out. Only took 5 hours, 1 1/2 pots of coffee and leftover pizza. ^


^ I love this table! It’s at one of my favorite Eugene restaurants, Holy Cow, and dinner with Colleen is always a fun time. ^


^ First outing of my new favorite vintage find. First girls night with Sarah, Michelle and Nicki. Fun times girls, fun times indeed. ^

Hopefully Tuesday will make Monday a drink and she’ll calm down a bit for next week.

All I know is I’m already having a case of the Fridays.

Wednesday Wisdom: Three Little Birds


You guys, I think there is some serious universal cosmic magic happening right now. I don’t want to jinx any of this magic so I won’t, but if you have a minute could you please send Mister and I some good vibe feelings for success and good luck. Please? Thank you!

I promise to fill you in next week. Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday Wisdom: Habit

Recently I read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and it was crazy good. If you read it, and I think you should,  it will make you take a long hard look at why you do the things you do including how you shop at Target. Currently, I’m using the steps that the author gives to change some habits in my life right now. I’ll share some of them with you later. What habit do you want to change? For now, just re-read Aristotle’s quote. Then read it again. Those are some pretty powerful words.

Have a great rest of the week!

This is something else entirely.

Originally I was going to do a “weekend photo post” but then I got to Sunday and looked through my pictures and realized that would be so incredibly boring and I didn’t want to put you to sleep.  So this post may be a little random, a little chaotic, a little like how I am in real life. Real talk, real life, yo.

This weekend was pretty low-key which was really nice. I started the morning with a little blogging/computer time.


During the week I’m really good about eating breakfast, during the weekend I’m really bad about eating breakfast. My focus in the morning is usually Gypsy snuggles and coffee, not eggs and cooking them. This day I forgot to eat until around 11:30, which is technically brunch time, right? So I took my Carne Asada wet burrito from the night before, heated that baby up and put an egg on it. Personally, I think that anything with an egg on it will constitute as breakfast food.


The rest of the day was lazy, I took a nap, then we went to the grocery store. So exciting, I know.

Saturday I decided to purge and clean my bedroom. It took two and half Harry Potter movies, three cups of coffee, a large rum and coke and three Oreo’s to finish. Okay, it was probably more than three Oreo’s, whatever.


Half way through cleaning I got an alert that my friend Shannon had posted on her blog. She was one of my friends that I nominated for the Liebster, apparently since it’s a some-what made up award you can also make up your own rules. So Shannon nominated me back! Now I have 10 more questions to answer. I’m convinced it’s because she was upset that I told her she had homework during her summer break.  Here they are:

1. Why do you blog?

I love to write and I think there are at least three abandoned blogs that I started out there somewhere in the interwebs. I kept trying to fit into a niche that just wasn’t me. I finally decided that I was just going to write, I would share my life with whoever wanted to read it. Also, I’m pretty bad at keeping in touch with people, especially my family. I figured this could be a way for them to at least know that I was still alive and not in jail.

2. If you could own one thing off your Pinterest boards, what would it be?

Why would you ask this question? I can’t just choose one thing. That’s absurd. I love all my pins! But I guess if I had to choose one it would be this gorgeous collection of Pyrex:


3. What is the best plate of food you have ever eaten?

Honestly, I have no idea! The only thing that comes to mind is the massive Thanksgiving feasts that my group of friends put together. We go all out, and it has to be one of the top meals of the year. My friend Sean does things with Brussel Sprouts that should be illegal.

4. There are a lot of retro fashion trends coming back lately…which one do wish would have stayed in the past where it belongs?

Are booty shorts a retro fashion trend? If not I think they need to go away anyway. If I can see your butt cheek whilst walking behind you, they are to damn short. I mean how do you even sit down in those?

5. What fictional character is most like you?

Woah, this is pretty deep. Blame the fact that I just watched the first three Harry Potter movies but I’m going to go with Hermione Granger. At first she’s annoying with all her know-it-all-ness, but eventually she grows on you. She’s always there to have her friends back no matter what, and she doesn’t take any grief from anyone, except Ron, who she’s in love with. She’s smart, strong and witty. Three things I think I am too.

6. Who shot first?

I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re talking about Star Wars, and the change in the scene between Han Solo and the bounty hunter. Han shot first, and he was the only one who did. Some things shouldn’t be messed with. Han Solo is one of them.

If not, then it was definitely the other guy.

7. Umbrella, rain boots, waterproof coats or none of the above?

This is Oregon for goodness sake. You definitely need a waterproof coat. I just bought rain boots, but I never use them. Never use an umbrella. Ever. Unless you want people to think you’re from California, and nobody wants that.

8. For a moment disregard that bills have to be paid or learning would have to be done…what is your dream job?

I always say I want to be one of the in-game reporters for a baseball team. Preferably the Giants, because they’re my favorites.

9.  Someone gives you $500, what do you do with it?

The responsible side of my brain says, pay your bills, put it in savings, open a CD!  The fun side says go on a massive shopping spree! Or buy a plane ticket to go see a friend or family member I haven’t seen in a long time. Eh, probably shopping. Most certainly shopping.

10. Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Or you know…in college?

This is a joke between me and Shannon, you’ll have to read her post about being nominated. Basically I’m her imaginary friend, she has a vibrant imagination that one. But seriously, I’m an only child, so even if I don’t remember them, I’m about 95% sure I had an imaginary friend growing up.

Good questions, Shannon! I really had to think on most of those, thanks for waking up my brain during summer break.

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet, we visited our wedding venue where I took a million pictures and mister finally got excited. Because I can’t resist and ya’ll have been so patient if you’re still reading this, so here’s a sneak peak:



That’s from the ceremony area looking up to where the reception will be. The place is beyond magical, it’s just plain perfect.

Have a happy Tuesday!

Liebster Award Nominations

Yesterday while I was still reveling in the fact that I only have a year before the wedding I saw that one of my new friends Michelle had nominated me for an award. I was like, whaaat?!? I’ve never been nominated for an award before!  I’ve really only spent a weekend with Michelle, but I can tell we’re totally meant to be friends. That girl is awesome and feisty. Two features I look for in new friends, well, and old friends too.

Anyway, awesome Michelle nominated me for a Liebster award. It’s for bloggers that have less than 200 followers and that’s all I know. Whateves I’ll take it.

There are rules, of course, and here they are:

1. First, link the blog that nominated you. Go check out Shape Up or Ship Out. She’s hilarious and her daughter could possibly be the cutest thing ever.

2. Answer 10 questions from your nominator. Is that a word? It is now.

3. Choose 10 bloggers to nominate. Now since they have to have under 200 followers I really only know two.

4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees. Get ready girls!

5. Tell the people you nominated, that you nominated them. Duh.

Here are my questions that Michelle asked:

1. What is your favorite cardio exercise?

Uhhmm…well since my mom supposedly reads this I’ll just go ahead and say walking Gypsy is my favorite. Or riding my bike. Yeah, those things. Fo’ sho.

2. What type of music do you listen to? Fave song? Fave band?

I listen to everything from country to R&B. I think my favorite band right now is Mumford and Sons, but The Beatles and Dave Matthews are always my go to. Favorite song? Well, that changes right? I’m totes obsessed with Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines right now, just like the rest of the country. Spare me the feminist remarks about this song. It’s fun, he’s hot, just dance it out.

3. Harry Potter, Twilight or Hunger Games?


But Twilight is great for mocking and Hunger Games was a great book (the first one).

4. What is your favorite fashion trend right now?

I love all the stripes and pattern mixing. I have a pair of polka dot pants and a stripped tank that I don’t have the guts to wear outside my house, but maybe soon.

5. What’s one piece of advice that you would give your younger self?

Take more chances! I wish I would have been more courageous and done more cool things when I was in my 20’s. Instead I just played it safe, I should have been traveling and doing stupid things.

6. Do you wash your makeup off every night before you go to bed?

98% of the time I go to bed with a clean face, if I’m feeling lazy I use those cloths that take everything off for you. I can’t stand waking up with a dirty face.

7. Would you rather have no fingers or no toes?

Woah. Aren’t toes essential for balance? I think I could deal with no fingers, but I would still want to walk.

8. Favorite chapstick/lip balm/lip stick?

Burt’s Bees is by far the best chapstick around. For lipstick I really like Maybelline’s Color Whisper in “Rose of Attraction” it gives just enough color without taking over your face.

9. Do you think Brad Pitt is a slime bucket?

Brad and Jenn for life.

10. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m pretty resilient which I think is kind of awesome. I haven’t always been able to just bounce back after something crappy has happened but I’ve learned to take things as they come and sift out the important drama from the needless drama.

Now, ladies I have nominated here are your questions!

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, and money were no option,  where would it be? What would you want to see?

2. Why do you blog?

3. What embarrasses you more than anything?

4. What is your favorite thing in your home?

5. You’re both awesome women, what’s your secret?

6. Best book you’ve read in the last year?

7. What is your favorite childhood memory?

8. What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

9. What is your plan for the zombie apocalypse? Do you stay home with hoards of food but little protection or hit the road with limited supplies but a full tank of gas?

10.  Describe your perfect Saturday. Or any day off for that matter.

Thanks again Michelle for the nomination! Please check out these great blogs by my friends. They’re all just marvelous.

A year from today….


I took this screen shot of my wedding countdown app as soon as I realized it was past midnight. I’m just a nerd like that.

OMGEEEEE you guys! Exactly one year from today I’ll be waking up and getting ready for what I can only hope will be one of the top five days of my entire life. I could say that it will be the best day of my life so far. I’m assuming I’ll have children and that could trump the day I finally get to wear that kick-ass vintage dress that is hanging in my closet. It’s possible, except that dress is ah-mazing so those kids better be pretty great.

Anyway, enough about the dress (for now).

Of course, I have a lot to do before this shin-dig. I have a marvelous friend that is helping me plan  and I honestly don’t think I would be able to pull off what I want to do without her. She’ll be my much needed voice of reason when my Pinterest crazed wedding brain says that I want everything wrapped in lace and burlap. What do you mean people don’t want to drink out of mason jars with real-life flowers on them? You mean we can’t make 100 different themed hand made place cards? To much? Not possible. These are the things she’ll keep me from doing, I already know I’ll be eternally grateful.

You know I have a list for this. This sort of thing was made for lists!

Getting this wedding started:

1. Visit the venue, sign the new contract, take millions of pictures (happening on Sunday)

2. Nail down what kind of budget help the parental units will be giving (hint, hint parents that are reading this. You are reading this, right?)

3. Find a photographer and book it, set up engagement photo time.

4. Connect with the most amazing Lenore (who is also my MOH) to nail down invite/website/overall awesomeness theme for everything paper related.

5. Finally decide who will be in the wedding party…and let those people know.

6. Get guest lists from parents (are you still reading?) and make a starting guest count.

7. Start gathering addresses

8. Find a seamstress that will not ruin the beading and lace on my dress.

9. Start gathering craft supplies for decor and other things.

10. Remember to have fun and not get stressed out about the little things (should this have been first? Maybe.)

Of course I’ll keep ya’ll updated with all the haps and projects we’ll be working on this next year.

Now I’m going to go try on my dress and twirl around for a little bit.