I've mentioned before that I love quotes and I've been inspired by the posts from Jen at Slumber Designs. Every once in awhile she does a Quote of the Day post and they're the ones I look forward to the most.
Hi Loves! So I think going to the lake, grilling out, spending time with family and friends, etc. sounds like the perfect Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, I turned down camping because I would have had to board the dogs and that just kills me. It's expensive and they've never even spent a night away from me, so I just couldn't do it.
It's actually a good thing though because I have a TON of things to do. I was starting to feel like the list running through my head was never ending so I wrote everything down:
I've actually just kept adding and adding things since I took these pictures. It's crazy all the things you think of that need to get done when you have an extra day to work with-I LOVE that Monday is a no work day!
I also have all these plans to start some new projects around the house, but usually forget about them, so I made a new list for those too:
I happen to adore this spiral that I'm keeping these lists in. It's just a notebook of different colored graph paper, but I used it in college to take notes. I got fun colored pens and it actually helped make classes more interesting. I was a senior and having a bit of a hard time concentrating on taking notes and paying attention in class, so I needed to shake things up a bit:
And....just to add some cuteness to your day:
She was looking up at the camera upside down while I was taking pictures and I just couldn't resist :0)
Hopefully I'll get everything I want to accomplished this weekend and still have some time for cookouts and all that fun stuff. There's an arts festival this weekend, so I'm hoping to make a trip down there this Sunday. If I get lucky I'll bring home something for over the fireplace.
Did ya'll watch the season finale of Greys?!?!?!? I don't want to ruin it for anyone that hasn't had a chance to watch yet, but OMG...and I never say OMG.
I was on the edge of my seat for two hours and could only slow my heart rate during commercials. It was by far the best season finale ever!
Thanks for the sweet comments yesterday :-) I'm feeling better today. I did my shadowing of the nursing department at the hospital this morning and really enjoyed it. I was worried that I might have a weak stomach, but I did great. I saw some dressing changes, helped someone use a bedpan (yuck, but my stomach did fine) and saw a ton of other normal things like drug dispensing, charting, etc. I definitely enjoyed myself, but it's a big decision to go back to school so I'm going to take some time to think about it.
I went to my regular work this afternoon and managed to get quite a bit done. I always feel better when I'm productive and I worked non-stop the entire time I was there. I then came home and mowed the front lawn, shampooed the living room carpet, took a bath and cleaned up the house. So my mood is already improved.
It's amazing how simply working hard, trying something new, getting some exercise (mowing the lawn) and having a clean house all contribute so much to a more positive outlook on life.
Oh, and another reason to be cheery:
My new shoes! One of my favorite pairs of shoes just fell apart on me (which is no surprise since I've been wearing them 3-4 times a week for over a year) so I went to pick up a new pair of the exact same shoe. Well the store was having a buy one, get one half off sale so I picked up these fun heels! They aren't the most practical things and my feet definitely hurt by the end of the day if I've done too much walking, but they add some spunk to my everyday work clothes!
I'm a planner-a HUGE planner. I'm completely Type A (even though I wish I was a little less of that) and have had my life pretty much planned out as long as I could remember.
I was supposed to graduate high school, go to Oklahoma State University, take the LSAT and get into law school, finish law school, get married/start working, and have a baby all before I was 30. I know that sounds ridiculous-who plans out all of that? Unfortunately, I do. I have to have plans and goals so that I can work towards something, so I can see where my future is headed.
I think planning is good, but only if you can adjust when things don't go according to those plans. Because let's face it...I only have so much control over my life. I couldn't control having my appendix rupture and putting off law school, I can't control falling in love and getting married, etc. While I'm sooo glad that I did get that sick because it taught me so many things and I got to realize that law school wouldn't have been right for me, I'm still having trouble adjusting to this new life that I've built.
I'm 25 and I know that I'm not old by any means. But lately I'm watching my friends getting engaged, married and then have babies one by one. I have friends that have been married and divorced already, and while I definitely do not want that, I do envy the people that have found the person they want to be with.
The pure happiness I felt for my friends when I was 22 and 23 when they announced an engagement has been tainted with bitterness lately and I hate that. I am happy for them, but yet I wonder why I'm not there yet.
My biggest fear right now is that I won't be able to have my own children. Because of all the surgeries I had and the internal damage from the appendix rupture, the doctors told me it's likely going to be more difficult for me to get pregnant. Not impossible, but difficult. I want children so bad. I see myself as a mother, I want to feel a baby kick inside me and I just feel this pressure that the longer I wait to try, the harder it will be. I'm crying as I write this because I feel so defeated lately.
I can't really explain how I'm feeling and I wish I could write this more eloquently. I know I have plenty of time to get married and have children. Logically, I know this. But I just feel that I'd much rather spend these years with the person I was meant to be with-life is so short and I don't want time to just go by.
I think it's just one of those days. My house is a mess, I haven't been exercising lately, I've been eating junk food, the boy and I haven't been getting along this week, etc. It's all probably just catching up with me.
At least the weather matches my mood. It's incredibly stormy and there's been tornadoes over most of the state. I'm scared to death of these, so hopefully no one gets hurt.
If I've learned anything in the last few years, it's that while I may not understand why things happen, they do happen for a reason. I know that He is taking care of me and knows where my life is headed even if I don't. Patience never was a strong virtue of mine though. I'm just trying to trust in Him.
I've been meaning to do a post about my birthday, but I kept forgetting! Anyway, better late then never :-)
I've been wanting an Edible Arrangement for the longest time! I've even bought them for friends, but I've never had one myself. Well...my sweetie got one for me on my birthday! He asked what I wanted so I told him I wanted him to go to Edible Arrangements and get me something with only strawberries and bananas. I guess that ended up being kind of difficult since they don't usually make this exact one, but I was soooo excited to open the door to this little bundle of fruit!
I worked on the morning of my birthday, but took the afternoon off. I stopped by Target and they had some really cute tulips, so I got myself a little present: One of my best friends came over for dinner the night before my birthday and brought me a cake! It was so thoughtful of her. She's got a 6 month old baby and her husband has to work over an hour away so she spends alot of time by herself taking care of everything and she still found time to bake me a cake! And she even got me a present and wrapped it up super cute! She said the wrapping paper just said "Cassie" to her and she's so right. Daisies are my favorite flower. I forgot to take a picture of my present after I opened it because I was too excited-lol. She got me a red fondue pot! I love red stuff for my kitchen and The Melting Pot is my favorite place to eat. She couldn't have picked a better present!
I was looking for breakfast recipes on the Tasty Kitchen website the other day and came across this chocolate croissant recipe. It could actually be a dessert or a really decadent breakfast. I recommend it either way!
I try to make something special for breakfast each weekend because during the week I usually just get a coffee and english muffin to go and don't really take the time to enjoy the meal.
Here's the recipe:
1 container refrigerated crescent roll dough (8 ounce can)
1 bag miniature chocolate chips (12 ounce bag, divided use)
1 cup powdered sugar (for sprinkling)
Separate crescent rolls and lay them out flat on your work surface. Put approximately 1 tablespoon of miniature chocolate chips in the wide end of each crescent roll. Roll up the dough, place on a baking sheet and bake as package instructions say.
Cool the rolls. Then melt 1 additional cup of chocolate chips. Either pipe or drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the croissants. Dust with powdered sugar.
Things have been busy lately! I took off work Thursday to get ready for the garage sale I was having this weekend. I needed to price everything and go through the house to find everything I wanted to get rid of. Then Friday and Saturday we had the garage sale all day and then Sunday was Mother's Day.
Yesterday was absolutely insane at work because I was out Thursday and Friday. I have a ton of deadlines that need to be met so I haven't had much time to catch up on blogs. I meant to last night but then Oklahoma had a bunch of tornadoes come through so things got a little iffy for awhile. I had to drive home in hail and I have some damage to the car, but not anything that's too noticeable so that's a good thing.
Anyway, the point of explaining all that is that I meant to blog about this last week, but just didn't get around to it. I've been thinking for quite awhile what I want to do in terms of career in the future. For years I had always planned on going to law school, but then I was in the hospital when it started and I realized through my current job that I wouldn't have really enjoyed being an attorney in the long run. Contracts get kind of boring.
Ever since I spent so much time in the hospital, I've been intrigued by the idea of working in the medical field. I do that to some degree right now, but I think I want to be more involved. I contacted a local hospital to see if I can shadow some of their nurses. I'm hoping that I'll enjoy it as much as I think I will and then I can make the decision to go back to school. I have a BS right now, but it's in Business so I'll need to take some more college classes before I can apply to nursing school. I think it's only going to be 4 or 5 classes so that's not bad at all! Then I would need to decide whether to go for an RN or a BSN.
I'm getting ahead of myself though. I just hope I like the shadowing because I'm not sure what else I would want to do. It would be a HUGE change. I would go from working in an office, dressed business casual, making a decent salary to being on my feet all day, wearing scrubs, and starting out at the bottom of the pay scale again.
It would be worth it if I felt like I was making a difference though. I had some amazing nurses and I want to help care for someone the way they cared for me.
Hi ladies! I thought I'd do a post of some of my favorite things today.
I wear a small silver band like this one my right pointer finger everysingle day. I think I saw Jessica Simpson wearing one in Newlyweds and just decided I needed one as well. I usually get bored of things like that, but I've been wearing this same ring for nearly five years now:
I adore NARS blush. It lasts absolutely forever! I currently wear "Orgasm," but it's a little light for me so I'll be getting a darker color soon. The Nike dry-fit capris are the best investment I've made when it comes to working out! They fit perfectly and now I can't work out in anything else.
I've been using this Mabelline PURE STAY foundation since high school. I randomly try to change it up and use something else, usually something waaaay more expensive, but I always come back. It doesn't make me break out and it has great coverage without being heavy.
This is another one of those products that I've used for YEARS! I tried to use Pro-Active and Clinique products instead, but found that Clearasil just works best. I've got to finally realize that it doesn't have to be expensive to work great!
I use Bath and Body Works Shower Gel each morning with a bath puff. I love Sweet Pea and Cherry Blossum, but will pretty much use any of their scents as long as it's not Coconut.
So those are some of my favorite things! What are the items you just would hate to be without?
I'm just curious...I haven't told many people that know me in real life (ha! that makes blogging sound like fake life) that I have a blog. I like not having to worry about someone I work with or a family member reading something on here and then twisting it all around or something. Although, you never know who's reading, but anyway....
I'm wondering what you guys think about posting pictures of people on your blog that don't know you have a blog. For example, I babysat this weekend and wanted to post pictures of the cutest little boy ever, but I don't know how his mom would feel about it if she found out after the fact.
Or when I do things with friends I take pictures, but then I don't post them because I'm not sure how I would feel if I found out there were pictures of me on the internet that I had no idea about.
For those of you that don't tell everyone you have a blog...do you only post pics of those that are in the know?
So I've been saying for nearly a year that I'm going to post a picture of my current tattoo. I got a butterfly on my right shoulder that means something special to me. I wanted to get something that symbolizes everything I went through while I was sick and how I came out the other side better for it. I took this picture the night I got it right after I got out of the shower and put on the cream stuff they told me to buy:
It's not the best picture but it was REALLY late at night and I had to set the camera on a timer to get it. It's pretty hard to get a good shot of your back!
I hope everyone's having a great weekend! I can't believe it's almost over-it just flew by!
I had the unfortunate experience of getting my first cold sore at age 21 from my boyfriend at the time :( I had never had one and he got really sick so he got a few. Of course I didn't kiss him while he had the cold sores, but I ended up getting them anyway and I have one now. I just hate these things-they make me tired, my lymph nodes are all sore, they're horrible to look at...so I've kind of been hibernating in my house for most of the weekend. I did just go pick up this yumminess:
I had woken up from a nap and I just feel sooooo tired. I'm hoping this will help me wake up a little bit and maybe have magical powers and help this cold sore to heal before morning when I have to look presentable at work.
The other night I was watching tv when I noticed Max had passed out. I took a picture because I have no idea how he was comfortable, but this seems to be his new position: So at work on Friday I decided to try out a new hairstyle and wanted to get your opinion. It's a low bun pulled over to the right side. I tried to take a bunch of pictures of it with my phone and they all turned out like this: Apparently I need to hire a photographer, because I could not for the life of me take a decent picture. I could never seem to find the button that actually takes the picture because I couldn't see the screen on the phone and it was just ridiculous. Anyway, have any of you ever worn your hair like I described?
Well the coffee is kicking in just a tiny bit so I should go get some things done. I still need to:
Hmmm, what should you know about me? I can be slightly OCD...I love to bake, cook and clean...I'm a sucker for any puppy in the world and would love to have tons of money to give to organizations that save animals...I constantly struggle between being all "grown-up" and giving into my kiddo side that wants to decorate everything in pink, black and zebra...I love to read...I cherish true friendships...I try to navigate life as best as I can and strive to be the best that I can...Hobby Lobby is one of my favorite stores...I'm totally Team Edward in the books, but Jacob steals my heart in the movies...I created this blog to chronicle my successes and failures as I try to find my domestic diva within!
101 in 1001 Days-Ends January 10, 2012
1. Travel out of state with just Max
2. Pay off my car
3. Order a magazine subscription: DONE 07-09-09 (SHAPE)
4. Take up a new sporting activity-swimming, running, etc.
5. Get a new girl puppy: DONE 12-31-09 Madelynne!
6. Go to the zoo: DONE 07-05-09
7. Get my make-up professionally done
8. Take 50 new friend pictures
9. Take 20 new Max pictures
10. Don't complain for an entire day
11. Complete the C25K program
12. Run in a 5K
13. Eat healthy for an entire week
14. Customize blog: DONE December 2009
15. Write in paper journal everyday for a month
16. Print all pictures on camera: DONE 05-16-09
17. File and organize all paperwork
18. Eat at a nice food place by myself: DONE 07-31-09 (Olive Garden)
19. Read 100 new books
20. Send Amber a package just because: DONE 05-09-09
21. Spend a whole day outside hiking and taking pictures
22. Go to WhiteWater by myself: DONE 07-09-09
23. Take a roadtrip
24. Be true to myself
25. Buy a little black dress and go somewhere fancy
26. Decorate home
27. Compliment 10 strangers
28. Try 30 new recipes
29. Buy a house: DONE 11-12-09!
30. Save $5,000
31. Start a Roth IRA
32. Get Medical Records from both hospitals
33. Do something nice for my parents
34. Wear a string bikini in public and feel good about it
35. Don't call into work unless actually sick for a year
36. Compliment 10 people at work: DONE August 2009
37. Don't spend any money for a week
38. Implement 5 new "green" strategies
39. Transfer CD's to iTunes
40. Participate in a charity walk or run
41. Make care packages for the troops
42. Volunteer at Free to Live
43. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity
44. Go to the aquarium
45. Go to the omniplex
46. Blog everyday for a month: DONE 06-03-09 to 07-03-09
47. Go to Vegas
48. Update passport
49. Donate money to 5 charities
50. Learn how to actually cut an onion
51. Learn how to wrap a pretty present
52. Go to Affair of the Heart
53. Make 10 new desserts
54. Buy items from 5 Etsy sellers: DONE 11-26-09
55. Buy an original painting
56. Take and frame large black and white photos for home
57. Go to OKC Arts Festival: DONE 04-25-09
58. Go to a Thunder Game
59. Take a spin class
60. Get to a healthy BMI
61. Take a "secret" day off and do nothing but play with Max, watch movies and eat junk food
62. Be more patient
63. Treat my body right (get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, etc.)
64. Get a clean bill of health and be off meds for at least 3 months
65. Do pilates or yoga everyday for a month
66. Do the 30 day shred videos
67. Clean up and customize Myspace and Facebook (add new photos, delete old messages, etc.)
68. "Adopt" a child at Christmas
69. Be single for 6 months to learn about myself
70. Visit where I was born
71. Visit the Eiffel Tower at night
72. Go back to Hawaii to see the lava at night and climb Diamond Head
73. Visit California grandma
74. Visit all NJ relatives
75. Get engaged
76. Take a cooking class
77. Go to a church service
78. Bring treats to work 5 times
79. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night for 2 weeks
80. Join a book club
81. Catch up with an old friend
82. Visit Amber once a month for 6 months
83. Find a new hobby
84. Have a fancy dinner in (table, candles, etc.)
85. Start investing
86. Drink nothing but water for a month: DONE 06-19-09 to 07-19-09
87. Have friends over for a girls night 5 times
88. Update my resume and apply to 5 jobs for practice
89. Make 10 new friends
90. Watch the dogs to my parents can go out of town: DONE 08-21-09 to 08-23-09
91. Walk Max everyday for a month
92. Do something for my friends 5 times just because
93. Don't say one negative word at work for a week