Apr 28, 2009

Sale of a Lifetime

Have you ever come across a sale that is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing?

On Saturdays, if I have some free time, I like to go to estate sales. They are great places to find some really cool stuff for the house for cheap. This past Saturday I went to one that used to be a home design store that recently moved. Everything in there was marked half off the original price, but things were still a bit expensive. I bought two little items and decided to come back the next day.

Sunday everything was half off the sale price. I can't even do the math on that. What's half off half off? Anyways, at those prices, how could I be as conservative as I normally am?!

Here's my loot, with the crazy husband lurking in the background. He went with me to carry all my goodies.


I saved $260 off the original prices and only spent $85. Hell yeah!

Apr 27, 2009

Big Butts

"Baby Got Back" no longer amuses me as it once did.  I'm not sure if its that I'm not 15 anymore or if its the fact that the radio station we listen to every day at work has put it on their daily rotation.

I feel like its sort of a lose of innocence coupled with a heavy onset of adult grumpiness. But at the same time I don't want to be one of those adult women who still think they're hip. But at the same time I'm only 24. Growing up is so difficult!

Apr 24, 2009

Spring has arrived

I had a lovely post planned on how I just adore spring with the green leaves and blue sky and warm weather and cool breezes. But certain things have occurred today that just make me want to start drinking early. Its not even lunch time yet!

So here's to stupid people, annoying rules that are not convenient for anyone, and randomly generated pin numbers that are impossible to get! Drinking will commence at 5:01 pm.

Apr 22, 2009

Anniversary

Never thought my first wedding anniversary would make it to the front of the sports page! http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/apr/22/fun-on-run-in-boston-visit/

Trip updates will come soon!

Apr 19, 2009

One Year

It’s been one year of marriage. It doesn’t seem that monumental. We take it one day at a time… that’s all anyone can do, I suppose.

When Bryan answers people’s questions of how he can do marathons, he simply says, put one foot in front of the other. He honestly believes it’s that simple. To those of us who aren’t runners, it seems way more complicated than that. We went into this marriage believe that there was no back door out. We were in it to win it. So it doesn’t feel special that we’ve made it one whole year. Maybe when we hit fifty, we’ll celebrate then.

The other day I went to buy beer for our friends house sitting while we’re away. I picked up a six-pack for me too. Bryan commented on it later, I said that I couldn’t be trusted. He answered that was what he had learned in the first year, that I couldn’t be trusted. I’ve learned a lot this first year, more about me than about Bryan. Bryan is rock steady and he hasn’t changed since the day I met him. Me, on the other hand, I feel like I’ve changed so much, if only on the inside. Well… and those ten pounds are teensy bit noticeable on the outside too. I’ve learned (learning) patience, how I want to be loved, and new passions.From the fashion conscious girl, I’ve become the budding chef, interior decorator, circus leader, and estate sale hound.

We’ve come a long way in the first year. I moved out of my parent’s house for the first time, we got our own apartment, paid our own bills, got a cat, sold a car, acquired a turtle, bought a house, bought appliances, and got a puppy. It’s amazing what can happen in year. Who knows what will happen within our second year of marriage.

Apr 18, 2009

Ghosts

We're staying in an old Brownstone here in Boston. Built sometime in the 1800s... a long time ago. I am now thoroughly convinced there are ghosts in our room.

First, I know I packed a cell phone charger and put it on an outside pocket of my suit case. The zipper is totally gone. Bryan was convinced that there wasn't even a pocket there until he tore the whole suitcase apart and could still feel the cell phone charger inside. Any ideas on how to get into a suitcase without any zippers?

Second, we were both asleep, or at least me trying to sleep, and Bryan nudged my to say the fireplace was on. How quaint... but how did it turn on? So I got up because I couldn't sleep and the idea of sitting in front a fire seemed nice... but after a few minutes... it turned off. And now its making creepy sounds.

Help me! Weird things are happening and soon our cell phones won't work!

UPDATE: Zipper is totally busted, but got the charger out. Apparently fire is the only heat in this room... no ghosts after all.

Apr 14, 2009

Bathroom Complete

Well, sort of… We have finished painting the bathroom. It’s done, except that I need to replace the shower curtain. Any ideas of what colors and patterns to choose? It will have to be custom made because of the way the shower is set up, so I can choose any fabric. Which makes the decision that much more difficult. Oh well. I’ve got time. The shower curtain is not at the top of my priorities right now.



Next big purchase is patio furniture to enjoy the spring time weather in the backyard with the puppy.

Completing the bathroom painting is a big step. The only thing left to paint now is the laundry room and we have both decided we could live with the sunshine yellow in there for a while. So this morning I went through the painting supply corner of the guest bedroom to weed out the cans we are finished with. Only a couple left! Maybe the guestroom can actually be a guestroom soon! How novel!

Oh how I love progress!

Apr 10, 2009

Things that drive me crazy:

  • Listening to the same radio station all day, every day. Play different shit.
  • When people don't listen to what you say. If I say, I have this, don't ask if I have that, because if I had that I would have said that I did.
  • People who don't keep up with their shit, don't ask me to look it up for you.
  • Sterotypes that are all wrong. And then talking about it in front of someone you know who fits part of it and isn't that way at all.
  • That Friday's always drag by.

Apr 8, 2009

Flowers

I love having fresh flowers. They just add something to a room. I always swore when I grew up and had a house of my own that I would have fresh flowers all the time. Well, reality has set in and I don’t have all that disposable income I thought I would have, but I still manage to buy some fresh flowers every once in a while. Usually when we entertain I will buy a $5 boutique from the grocery store.

We had Bryan’s family over for a birthday celebration last week. I bought the $5 boutique. I usually do one large arrangement in the entry room and then take a stem or two and put it in smaller vases in the kitchen and/or the bathroom. Spread the joy, you know. Nothing brightens your morning routine than seeing fresh flowers while you brush your teeth.

On a recent trip to Sam’s they had Easter lilies. Lilies are my favorite flowers. I tell Bryan repeatedly, so as to hint that I would not be mad if he brought some home. And one time he did buy me lilies. It was our wedding day. Unfortunately we got married that day and had to go on a honeymoon, so I didn’t really get to enjoy them. But there is this picture of me sitting on the floor with my wedding dress spread all around me, the flowers beside me, and I’m reading a sweet note that came with the flowers.


So Sam’s had Easter lilies right when you walked in the door. The sign above them said $15 something. I originally thought that was too much, but then there was another display further inside the store and I realized it was 3 for $15 something. Shazam! (That’s my new word.) Sold!

We had 3 lily plants, one large boutique, and two small boutiques scattered around the house. Even I think it’s a bit much, but it made me happy. Bryan came home that evening and loudly pronounced there were too many plants in the house before he could even say hi.

What is it with boys and flowers?

Apr 7, 2009

Saturday

It's Saturday morning… I'm at a local coffee house to get some coffee and bum the internet. To me it's the perfect Saturday morning. Rolling out of bed and putting on the closest clothes, having someone else make you coffee, and hours of mindless browsing.

 

So dressed in yesterday's jeans and cardigan and the Lulu's Bra and Grill t-shirt, I head on down to a coffeeshop nearby that I haven't tried in several years. It has a great vibe, people talking from table to table, satellite radio, cool artwork. Unfortunately, no wireless signal… WTF?!

 

I asked… they have two… I can't pick up either. WTF! I have two options:

1) play solitaire for an hour or so.

2) carry my laptop around the coffeehouse looking like an idiot looking for a signal.

 

So instead of spending a leisurely hour or so of internet browsing. I'll quickly drink my cafĂ© au lait and then drive by my old apartment to pick up the signal there long enough to check my email before my old battery goes dead.  Lovely…. Add this to the list of why we need to get internet.

 

Happy Saturday!

 

UPDATE: Still working on the coffee. Three people have since come in with laptops and all seem to be working. WTF is wrong with my little Gwyn (that's the name of my laptop). This is not the relaxing Saturday morning I was planning on. When can I start drinking?

 

SECOND UPDATE: 4 laptops.