This ain’t easy.

November 4, 2010

One of my goals to check off my list before my quarter century birthday is to make this here blog  a little more exciting.

As it turns out, this move is not an easy one!

I thought I could just click a couple of buttons, pay a fee or two here and there, and voila!  New blog!

Uh, sorry Charlie, not quite so easy.

Right now I’m hunting down a good option for me to use as a hosting website.

In the mean time, Violet is building me a new theme!  WOO!

So, I’m kind of lacking on the creativity right now and I’m going to fully blame that on my obsession with the technical aspect of making this blog a little more fun!

Bear with me….I promise I’ll have a more exciting post in the near future!

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Taking Challenges.

November 3, 2010

So, what makes you go to work everyday?  The paycheck?  The habit?

What about school?  What makes you desire having more education?

For me, it’s the challenge.  The more someone tells me I can’t do something, the more I want to prove them wrong (even if I’m the one telling myself I can’t do it).

Currently, I’m not being challenged at work.  Now, it’s no fault of anyone’s in particular with the economy the way it is, but frankly, it’s annoying.

I think one of the reasons I can’t quit going to school is because there is a big challenge in managing going to school and working full-time.  It’s just not easy.

I’m not sure I even know how to do something the easy way (unless it’s something like the dishes in which I do them as quickly as possible because I hate them!).  I like to learn, I like to make things better and more efficient.

Lately it’s been more and more apparent that I’m not stepping up to the challenge plate–especially at work.  So I’m changing that.

Yesterday I attended a forum for an HR initiative that I could’ve easily sat out, but the challenge there was to get out of my box and away from my daily humdrum.

Today, I’m having a meeting with a Senior VP within the company about my thesis paper.  I’m not sure what’ll come of it, but I hope something worthwhile.  Even if it’s just  a high five!

Tomorrow, well, I’m not doing anything special (yet), but I’m going to keep presenting my boss with the initiatives to find new things for me to do that get me outside of my daily humdrum box.  I’m highly educated and quite gifted in certain areas and it’s high time I start proving it.

Diggin’ up the past.

October 29, 2010

There is every potential to learn something new–and potentially something you didn’t want to know–about me in this post.  So read with caution.

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Seven new-to-you things.

October 28, 2010

I was tagged with this by Nodakademic:

So, in keeping up with the fun, I’m going to play along!

The rules are to tag 5 other blogs and to tell you seven things about myself that you might not already know.  So, here goes.

My five:

Laura Lou at The Luckiest in Love
Shelly at A Full Serving
Chelsea at Roots and Rings
Natalie at The Bobby Pin (whose blog I fully intend to get to know better!)
Emily at Early Emily (whom I hope will actually BLOG someday!!)

Now, onto my 7 little-known-facts…

1. I love tomatoes.  A lot.  I could eat tomatoes and nothing else for the rest of my life.

2. My first car, a 1994 Dodge Stealth, sent me into tears more than any other person or object in my life.  I was severely attached to that car.  Every time it was broken, I cried.  When I was rear ended and it was totaled, my best friend thought someone had died because of how hysterical I was.  Today, it’s happily being completely restored by a 17-year-old who shares the same birthday as me.  Fate, my friends.

3. If I can hear you eating or drinking, I probably want to scream at you.  I HATE the sound of people eating and drinking.  It makes my skin crawl.

4. If I hardly know you, it’s likely that I won’t use the bathroom at your house or accept your offer of drinks and food.  I’m highly uncomfortable with accepting things from other people or using their personal space.  I’m always amazed at people who come to my house and go straight to my fridge or bathroom without so much as a wink.  Yes, I know we’re all human and have needs–I just tend to put my discomfort before my needs.

5. I suck at friendships.  I try really hard, but I’m just not very good at being a friend sometimes.

6. Last night, I went to a corn maze with my mom and 3 other women (and 1 ten-year-old boy) whom I’m not SUPER close with, but still had an amazing time.  It was so much fun!

7. My blog post for tomorrow is a big deal.  It’s personal, honest, and a big deal.  I believe in always remembering how you came to be the person that you are so that you can appreciate today, so in light of that, I’m sharing with you one of my biggest regrets.

Ok, in May of 2011 I will be 25.  It’s getting closer and closer.  It’s the next major age-related milestone in my life.

I’ve never been a goal setting kind of person.  I generally aim high and hit my target nearly every time, but this is my personality.  It’s not something that I’ve ever had to work at, so I typically don’t consider it goal setting.  I blame it on being so darn stubborn.

Anyhow, I’ve seen over and over when people make lists like these and I thought I’d give it a shot.  Other than at work this is the first time I’ve ever written down typed out any of my goals.

Now, I only have about 7 months to accomplish this list, so these goals might seem a little superficial in some ways–and yes, I’ve already accomplished a couple of them or am almost there, but they’re a big deal to me right now!  So, here’s my first attempt at setting some goals for myself and applying some (gasp!) limitations.  Maybe I’ll dream up a prize for myself if I actually stick to all of this and get it done.  Me and limitations are not always the best of friends!

I plan on updating this page as I go along and complete these things.  I’m sure I’ll make update posts, too!  For now, read on and see what I’ve already accomplished and what I’m planning to do next!

Here goes:

1. Complete master’s degree. Completed on August 25, 2010!!  I officially am a Master in Leadership and Management!
2. Apply to doctoral program. Beginning November 1, 2010, I will be attending Northcentral University to obtain my PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.
3. Refinance house so that all debt is on one mortgage (instead of two).
4. Get down to ONE car payment.
5. Purchase life insurance policy for both Mr. & Mrs. Windows. Done!  We’re both heavily insured and saving for our retirement now!
6. Sell the Gilbert House.
7. Finish blogging about the remodel on the ugly house.
8. Take Ralphie and Andre for walk at the downtown riverwalk.
9. Lose weight.  I’m good with any amount, even if it’s just a pound.
10. Visit family in the South.
11. Clean up my office (seriously, it’s tornadic in there).
12. Develop a monthly budget and stick to it.  Halfway there on this one!  I’ve made the budget and so far so good!
13. Hug Mr. Windows everyday for a month (believe it or not, I hate am extrememly uncomfortable with hugging people!).
14. Try a new church.
15. Finish cleaning out the garage so that a car will fit in it.
16. Seek out greater opportunities at work.
17. Make the bed everyday for a week.
18. Hook laptop up to gigantic TV/monitor in office and sit on loveseat to work.
19. Figure out how to get a nifty background on this here blog.
20. Don’t crash new computer (seriously, if this were a job, I’d be rich because I’m SO good at killing computers).
21. Get out the Writer’s, Inc. book and learn something new about the english language.
22. Go to the YMCA everyday for a month.
23. Eat at a vegetarian restaurant.
24. Organize hallway linen closet.
25. Quit baking cakes…at least while I’m in school. I officially retired from cake baking with the exclusion of cupcakes. Piece-A-Cake Confections is now solely providing cupcakes!

So, there you have it!  My 25 by 25.  I’m making a good start here…here’s hoping I can make an even better finish!

Today I’m sharing a really big happy with all of you.

My friend, Danielle, is having a little baby boy just before Christmas!

Last weekend we had a shower for her (which was also the same day that she and her husband and their 3-year-old daughter moved into their new house–busy, busy day!).

My dearest cousin Megan and I  threw the shower.

Now, we’re all aware of how ugly my house is, but it’s important that I also tell you that it’s very small and unable to accommodate more than a few people at a time (seriously, one bathroom can only handle so much!).  So, I asked Megan if she would let me invade her beautiful home–luckily for all of us, she was happy to have us!

First, you should probably see the invitations.  Click that link to see the full details (including the cute envelopes I made to go with!).

Being the part-time party planner that I am (har har), I left no detail undone.

Megan and I diligently made bunting (the little flags) out of blue and white yarn and scrapbooking paper, tissue paper poms, floral arrangements, a couple of games, and a whole lot of food–including a personal favorite, macarons!

The bunting even decorated the bannister! 

For food we had lots of fruit, chex mix, snickerdoodles, cupcakes (made by me, of course), and my favorite punch to drink.  We also had this awesome dip that Megan made, but I didn’t get a picture of it–oops!  Sounds like I’ll just have to make it sometime and dedicate a post to it entirely!

I found the little blue trollies at the Dollar Tree (!!) and they happened to fit our “theme” perfectly.

The doilies are all from my grandmother’s collection and I thought they’d be a nice touch (Megan and I share this particular grandmother, so I left some of them with her to keep).

I did the floral arranging–I bought 5 sets of white flowers for about $20 and that made the big arrangement (that Danielle took home and put on her dining room table in her new formal dining room), 6 wine bottle arrangements, and 4 little square glass arrangements.  I was on the hunt for some spider mums, but unfortunately all I could find were daisies and a few other types–oh well!  They still turned out pretty!

I made macarons for the favors!  I bought the little boxes at JoAnn’s (I believe they’re Wilton and come 20 to a package) as well as little blue pacifiers.  I tied some of our blue and white yarn in a bow with a pacifier and used a glue dot to secure them to the top of the boxes.

That green bottle was a gift from my dear friend April.  Last February I was doing the same thing for her–throwing a baby shower for her new baby on the way!  Who, by the way, is one of the sweetest babies in the world.

The macarons were dark blue (yes, we all had blue teeth after eating them!) with homemade green whipped cream in the middle.  Macarons are the epitome of earthly happiness–and worth every ounce of effort it takes to make them.

We played a couple of games–guess what’s in the bag and guess how many candies are in this bottle.  I’m not one for the crazy smell-the-diaper or taste-the-baby-food games, so we just kept it pretty simple.

Here’s Danielle guessing what’s in this bag!  All of the items were baby related, by the way.

The guest of honor!  She’s quite possibly the cutest pregnant person I’ve ever seen!!  On this day she was exactly 7 months pregnant and exactly 8 weeks from her due date.  I can’t wait to meet her little boy in December!!

Danielle–you’re amazing.  In a matter of 7 months I’ve watched you grow a little beach ball for a belly and even felt your son moving around in his temporary habitat.  While you’ve been baking this baby, you’ve been one of the greatest friends and happiest rays of sunshine in my life.  I’m so excited for you and Sam (and your kid and a half) and can’t wait to see what the next 7 months has in store for you and for our friendship!!

Side note–Isn’t Megan’s house amazing?!?!  It really is. 

So, that was Danielle’s shower that Megan and I threw for her.  Frankly, it was an awesome time. 

Happy Friday, ya’ll!  Enjoy your weekend!!!

Frustration.

October 21, 2010

Ok, I didn’t plan on spending an entire post on this  topic, but nothing is working right the last couple of days, so I’m just going to lay it out.

  1. We didn’t get our couch because it’s not here yet. <–this is entirely my fault.
  2. Yesterday, suspicions that I’ve had for about 2 years were finally confirmed. <–no, my husband isn’t cheating on me.  It’s not personal, it’s professional.
  3. I’m considering not going through with my PhD so that I can seek out some other options sooner. <–not excited about this reality.
  4. I can’t get images to load on this here blog today for whatever reason. <– lame.
  5. I can find only 1 of my favorite black sandals. <–even more lame!
  6. I’ve been diligently trying to lose weight for 2 weeks and I’ve lost 3 pounds–wtf, body?!<–again with the lameness.

All of these things combined together make me super whiny, irritated, and borderline mental.

I haven’t cried over any of them just yet, but one situation in particular could get worse and there could be an emotional monsoon.  I feel it brewing.

So, my dear friends, I am frustrated.

Without my friends, companions, and daily dose of exercise, I’d probably be jumping off a cliff (not literally, of course–no suicide for this girl!)…an emotional cliff.

This weekend I get to see my mommy, my nephew, my nieces, my sister, and my dad….maybe even my brother.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to hug each one of them.  They all think I’m pretty awesome, and frankly, I really need some people in my life that think I’m pretty awesome right now.

I promise for a cheerier post tomorrow–full of pictures!