Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
- I cannot get a blog post up everyday (or even at a regular time), comment on all the blog posts that I'd like to, or stay up to date on those posts (I'm usually 2 or 3 days behind)
- I cannot get everything done at work before I go home each day
- I cannot bake something from scratch for someone's last day at work
- I cannot spend enough time playing with the dogs and taking them for walks
- I cannot see my friends every week like I want to
- I cannot keep up with my personal emails and social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) like I probably should
- I cannot stay up each night until all the laundry is folded, dishes are put up, the house is clean
- I cannot keep functioning on less than 6 hours of sleep each night (I'm averaging around 4.5)
- I cannot always be the sweet girlfriend that there's for him when he needs me
- I cannot be the perfect daughter/granddaughter that calls and visits enough
What I can do is:
- Realize that I have to take care of myself first or everything else will suffer
- Know that I can only do my best
- Understand when I'm at my breaking point and take a step back
So, I'm not going to stress that I used pre-made cookie dough to bake cookies and made a Jello No-Bake Cheesecake instead of going all out like I would have preffered. I'm not going to stress that somtime's emails go unanswered for a couple of days. I'm not going to stress that I haven't called my grandfather in the past few months. I'm not going to stress that at this very moment, the dishwasher is full, there's a pile of laundry in the dryer and my bed is unmade and....
Instead, I know I've hit a wall and it's time to re-evaluate. It's time to retreat from all my responsibilities for a little bit and take some me-time. Take time to get a plan of action to get the most important things done. Maybe get a massage or a pedicure. Just relax...because life goes by far too quickly and I don't want to spend it with a racing heart and a knotted stomach.
I am not Superwoman, but I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever ask of myself.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
And put them on the new board along with some photos I had laying around that hadn't made it into frames yet:
I need to go back to Hobby Lobby and have them put a string thing on the back so I can hang in horizontally. It's meant to be hung vertically, but I don't think it will look right over my desk.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Anyway, when I first started blogging I was always trying to find new, inspirational, fun blogs to read. I mostly did that by looking at the blogroll of the blogs I liked, but I thought I'd dedicate this post to some of my favorite bloggers.
I have tons of blog crushes and there's no way I can link to them all, but here are just a few that motivate me to be a better person, give me great ideas, or just entertain me with their thoughts:
- A Blonde Ambition
- As the Forest (e) Grows
- Blue-eyed Bride
- Eat Drink Pretty
- Everybody Births!
- Heir to Blair
- In this wonderful life
- Kelly's Korner
- Leigh Ashley
- Loves of Life
- OMG!....I'm a mom!
- Slumber Designs
- The Glamourous Life of a Housewife
- The Roaring Twenties...
Have a great Tuesday!
Monday, July 19, 2010
I started the day off by taking the dogs to the dog park:
I also played with Picnik a little bit-I could easily spend hours on that site! Then I went to Starbucks for some coffee and picked up a sandwich at this great local place.
After I got home and ate lunch I needed to take down this plastic green fence that my dad and I put up when the wooden fence was torn down to repair the flooding issue.
I had thought it would be really simple to do, but it was 97 degrees out and I'm sure it felt like it was over a hundred. Those poles were really stuck in the ground and once I got them out, I had to roll everything up and take it to the garage.
I got it all taken care of and put out the sprinkler to try and help the sod that just got put down grow a little quicker. Maddy loves to roll around in it and comes back COVERED in grass because it's all dry.
Then I dragged the hose thing around to the front yard and watered all the plants and trees. I was so hot and sweaty by then that I just layed down on my kitchen tile like the dogs do when they're hot. It actually really helped cool me down!
Then I washed the car, vacuumed it, cleaned all the plastic on the inside, cleaned all the inside windows, quick waxed the car and polished the headlights.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
This camera is FANTASTIC! I'm in love. I had to charge the battery for a couple of hours Thursday night so I didn't get to play around with it much. But, yesterday at work all I could think about was coming home and getting it all set up. And of course, I had my trusty "manual" to help me out. This thing is great! Considering I know pretty much nada-this has become my go to resource to even figure out which button is which!
This is what my dining room table looked like as I was going through and figuring everything out. I ended up buying a lense filter and a memory card as well so that I could start taking pictures right away. Several people recommended the lense filter just in case the camera bumps into something, the filter should protect the lense from breaking. And it was only $11 so I figure it can't hurt!
I've only taken a few pictures and they've all been in the fully automatic mode. I'll be reading up in my "Dummies" book and hopefully I'll catch on and learn how to use the manual modes soon. Even though it is just the automatic setting, I'm thrilled with how much better these pictures are then my old point and shoot :)
I'm thinking of maybe even taking a photography class soon too! I just find it so interesting and I think it will be a great hobby for me.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Bad, horrible, sad news...my camera has bit the dust. It's just a point and shoot that will no longer hold a charge. So to make lemonade out of my lemons I've decided this is the perfect opportunity to buy a big girl camera! I've been pondering it for weeks and while this is sooner than I had planned...you just gotta roll with what life throws at you.
The problem is that I'm now soooo confused. I spent the morning googling reviews and getting advice on exactly what camera I should buy and I'm lost. I think that I like Canon better than Nikon because it felt more comfortable when I played around with them at Best Buy. However, I thought it would be easy to just buy a Canon Rebel and be done with it. Ummmm, not so much.
There's xti's and xi's and tsi and abcdfg's...arg! I'm really confused! Please help! These are the questions I have (keep in mind that I'm just getting started, but want a camera that can grow with me):
- Which Canon Rebel should I get? Specifically, what three little letters should I be looking for?
- Do I just buy the "body" of the camera? Whatever that means. I'm assuming with no lense-do I need one of those right off?
- Where should I go to get the camera?? Is Best Buy a good place or no?
Don't laugh at me please! I'm so confused....*head in hands*