Thursday, August 26, 2010

Explanation...

I haven't posted in almost a week.

I try not to get too much into detail about my work on here, but right now I'm doing the job I was hired for, plus all the accounting for the business. Our accountant left over a month ago and the owner of the company hasn't been able to find anyone he's comfortable enough with to bring on board. So, I've had to learn an entire new job (Quickbooks is now my best friend) and I've got so much on my plate that I'm having a hard time looking forward to work each day. I know it's only a temporary situation, but it's wearing on me.

The boy and I broke up about a month ago. While I initiated the decision, it still takes time for a heart to heal. Especially since this particular boy and I have known/been together off and on for 13 years. I've been so busy that I haven't really let myself grieve the end of the relationship like I should in order to truly move on, which I want to do.

And then I just have the other day to day bills, housecleaning, laundry, dates with friends, weddings to attend, puppies to take care of, etc.

I could make myself blog everyday like I want to, but it just adds to what I have going on in my already overworked head. I need some time.

So I don't know how often I'll be posting, but I will be reading all of your blogs and you can find me on Twitter: sassycassie3232. For some reason it's much easier to tweet multiple times a day than it is for me to sit down and write a post.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Max got a new home...

Maxwell was completely potty trained for over a year before I got Madelynne. He hadn't been crated since he was a puppy and had free roam of the house when no one was here. Once I brought Maddy home he started going to the bathroom in the house again. Everytime I would leave, he'd have an "accident" in the same place.

The vet said he's acting out, which made me laugh. They really are my little kids!

So I was borrowing a crate from my dog sitter, but needed to get him one of his own since I don't seem him behaving anytime soon. I'd been searching around for one, but they're so expensive. You're looking at $50 easy and it's probably closer to $75 for a decent sized one. Well, I finally found one! I made my first purchase off Craigslist and got him the crate below for $25!

I'm actually pretty proud of myself for taking the time to search for a used crate rather than just going out and buying a brand new one. This crate is in excellent shape and was only used for two months.

I feel a little bad though because he was used to this one:

It's much, much larger! You can tell it comes up to the middle of the television and the new one doesn't even reach the tv. The old one also took up the whole length of the wall and this one doesn't even come close. I like that it takes up less room because it's not such an eyesore, but I still feel bad for him.

Thankfully I don't have to crate him ALL time the time. When he starts having issues though at least it's there as an option.

Oh, and yes I realize the entertainment unit and tv are hideously old. It's on my list to get new ones after I replace the carpet. At least I saved some money on the crate!

P.S. Max is a great dog and I don't want this post to make it sound like he's a spoiled brat. Maddy is just kind of a bulldozer and doesn't share my attention very well and it's been hard on Max. He was used to getting all the attention for over a year and ever since I got Maddy, he's having to adjust to a little sister that pesters him and shoves him out of the way to see me. I'm hoping over time, this little "issue" will just go away naturally.

P.P.S.-I sound like a crazy dog lady now huh? lol!

Friday, August 20, 2010

It's a good thing she's so cute...

The house got suspiciously quiet the other afternoon and I walked into my master bedroom to find Maddy in the middle of creating this mess:

I have no idea how she drug the toilet paper holder out from behind the toilet without me hearing, but she managed. I wish I could say this is a rare scene, but unfortunately, she does something like this at least 2 or 3 times a week.

It really is a good thing she's so cute. :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Super simple dinner...

For awhile now I've been trying out 2 or 3 new recipes a week. I like to cook and I'm always printing out new things to try. Even though I really enjoy seeing how everything turns out, I feel like I end up wasting quite a bit of food. Most recipes serve 4-5 and even if I eat leftovers, I still end up either getting sick of it or just not able to eat it all before it goes bad. So this week I'm trying some thing new. Well actually old. I'm grocery shopping and cooking like I did in college. There's lots of frozen pizza, mac and cheese, Knorr rice sides, soup, etc.

I think I'll save some money and while it's definitely not the the healthiest way to go-way too much processed food-I'm trying it for a little bit because I'd like to save enough money to get hardwood floors put in. The dogs have absolutely destroyed my carpet in only 8 months!!!

So this is a super easy dinner that I had the other night. It's probably not even an actual recipe, but I wanted to share because I know there are nights I don't have the energy or time to pull something together (even when I'm not on this weird shopping program). You need the following ingredients:

If you can't tell by the picture:
  • Shred cheddar
  • Burrito size tortillas
  • Spray butter
  • Fajita chicken-refrigerated
  • Chopped green onion (I didn't have any this time, but it would have been delicious!)
Spray one side of the tortilla and lay it buttered side down, in a large skillet over medium heat. Put a handful of chicken and shred cheddar on one side:

Fold the tortilla over covering the cheese and chicken and cook until lightly browned. Then flip and brown the other side. Annnnd you're done!


On another note, I have a question I think I've asked before. I like large pictures on the blog and was told that to make them large I go into Html and delete the height and change the second "s" to "s596." It definitely makes the pictures bigger, but also really blurry. Does anyone know how to make their pictures large without changing the actual look of the picture?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Messy bed, Messy head...

I'm sure ya'll have heard this saying or some form of it over the years. My dad used to say that you could tell so much about a person just by looking at their car. Even if it was an older car, if the owner kept it washed and the inside clean it showed that they were responsible and probably had other good qualities. On the other side, if the car was always a dirt splattered trash can, then you could make a case that that owner probably wasn't on top of other things in their lives as well.

As a teenager, I would vehemently disagree with him. All my friends did not make taking care of their cars a priority and well, neither did I. Since I've become an adult, I've realized that in 90% of situations, he's actually right. My friends that take care of their cars are on-time, successful, well-liked, have nice homes. etc. I've noticed the opposite to be true as well. Of course, there are exceptions, but generally speaking...

Anyway, regardless of what I've observed in other people, for me "messy bed, messy head" is ALWAYS right on target. When my house is a mess or my car is getting trashed or I look like a hot mess, I'm usually extremely stressed and overwhelmed. No matter what life circumstances I'm having to deal with, I handle them better when my house is clean, the bills are made, the car is washed, the dogs are taken care of, I'm taking care of myself, etc.

Right now things in my life are messy. And I'm feeling the effects. The older I get, the more I realize I should just listen to everything my parents say. They always end up being right no matter how much I fight it!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Off to the vet we go...

This little cutie went to the vet yesterday. She couldn't get out of it even with those puppy dog eyes. Oh, and I took this with my cell phone so it's really blurry. I just love how she's tilting her head though.


For some reason 3 of her puppy teeth haven't fallen out yet. She has two extra teeth on top and one on the bottom. The ones on top don't bother her and they're in there pretty tightly. The extra one of the bottom is starting to hurt her though.

So I took her into the vet and he said it's loose and to play lots of tug games. He thinks it will come out on its own soon, but I hope it doesn't hurt her too badly. If it doesn't come out within the next couple of weeks, then she'll probably have to go under and have it pulled. If we do that, then I'll probably get the other 2 pulled at the same time even though they aren't bothering her right now.

She sure seems to be feeling fine right now though. As I type this she's barking her head off at Maxwell for stealing her rawhide. Ahhh, you gotta love 'em!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hmmm...

On Sunday I went through some boxes that still had a bunch of pictures and decorating stuff in them. I tried a ton of different things for this mantle, but nothing looks right at all.

It's just such a big space. 64 inches in width and over 50 in height. All the pictures I put up there look way off in scale. So I have to buy something, but I don't know what. I bought a mirror awhile back, but it was too small as well. If you have any ideas, I would appreciate it! It's such a blank space right now.

I did manage to get this cute little sign up though. At least something got accomplished!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Silent Sunday...

I ordered some headbands from Katie over at Loves of Life and they came in yesterday. So pretty!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Letting Myself Go...

I often hear people complain that their husband or wife has "let themselves go" since they got married. Well, I'm not married, but I've definitely fallen into this habit lately. While I absolutely believe that no one should be expected to look their best all the time, I'm not just failing to make an effort sometimes, it's a good portion of the time.

For example, the last week and a half I have just gel in my hair and scrunched it up. I usually pin it back with a clip or it ends up in a knot on top of my bed or in a ponytail. I pull whatever I can find out of the closet and wear minimal makeup. And that's actually me making an effort because that's how I've been going to work. (me=ashamed).

On the weekends I usually put off showering until after I run my errands because it's been so HOT that I get all sweaty. So I just throw my hair up, go out without makeup and usually wear torn jeans or V.S. sweatpants with a t-shirt. I literally look like a hot mess.

I went into a furniture store this weekend looking like that and I'm shocked that anyone even bothered to help me. I certaintly didn't present myself as someone that could afford new furniture.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed that I've let myself go out like that. I'm frustrated that I've put on weight instead of taking care of myself and making an effort. So, starting tomorrow I'm going to have some self respect and make the effort. I always feel better about myself when I take the time to do my makeup and hair and pick out a cute outfit, so I want to start feeling better soon!

Monday, August 9, 2010

What a deal!

I like to make something special for breakfast on the weekends. During the week I usually just take a bagel and cream cheese to the office and eat it there. So this weekend I tried out a new french toast recipe. Honestly, it wasn't my favorite, but you can't win them all!


After breakfast, I had some errands to run so I went by Pier 1. I found the throw blanket below:

BTW-it's actually kind of hard to take a picture of a blanket! Anyway, the blanket was originally marked at $44. This one had a sale ticket it on it for $33 because it was out of its package. I took it up to the register to ring up and my total was only $24.11 because they were having a summer sale and then I had a $20 gift certificate so I only paid $4.11!!!!!

Best.deal.ever! I was a little unsure about buying it because I'm not big on the little pom pom things at the end, but it's the softest blanket ever and you just can't beat getting any throw for less than $5!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Silent Sunday

I have no idea what I'll use this for, but I just couldn't resist when I saw it at Target yesterday:


Thursday, August 5, 2010

I want a McDonalds ice cream cone!

Eating better is hard to do! I don't have a huge goal to eat organic, eat more vegetables, exercise everyday, etc. My only goal right now is to watch my portions, cut back on desserts and eat when I'm hungry. I try to make better decisions while grocery shopping and hopefully these small changes will do something.

Most of the time, I start off trying to change everything and then I fail big time. So the plan is to slowly make the changes that I need to, but wow, is it hard! I'm used to consuming so many calories a day that I literally feel like I'm starving right now. I wanted to order pizza for dinner-I NEEDED to order pizza for dinner. Work was hellish and my to do list is a mile long. Stressed=fatty food binge.

Instead, since I definitely did not want to cook, I just had this:

And then I added some mini chocolate chips. But I'm still soooo hungry! I know my body just needs to adjust to eating less and I know there's a cucumber in the fridge I could cut up and eat if I was really that hungry. Unfortunately, the only thing I want right now is a vanilla cone from McDonalds. Yum!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bedroom bliss...

Ever since I moved out of my parents house and went to college I've had this NEED to make wherever I live welcoming and a reflection of myself. Even though my dorm rooms were just temporary homes for the year, I still spent waaay too much money decorating every single nook and cranny.

I've learned over the past couple of years that even though I do feel insanely unsettled when things aren't done the way I'd like for them to be, it's not worth the money to buy something cheap to just fill the space. Since I moved into the house over 8 months ago (wow, the time has flown by!) I've really made an effort to take my time and only buy things that I love. Unfortunately, that means that I don't have one single room looking the way I ultimately envision it. In case you haven't noticed, patience isn't one of my strong points. :-)

The most important rooms in my home are the bedroom and living room. I spend the most time in the living room, but I also want my bedroom to feel welcoming and relaxing so I can calm down from the day and get a good nights sleep. I was browsing Google and I came across the picture below:


I would love to have a little nook in the bedroom with a chair and ottoman like this. Add in a comfy throw and I would probably spend tons of time there reading books and magazines.

What do you guys think? Do you use the chair if you have one in your bedroom or is it more for decorative purposes? My biggest concern is actually the color. White is what sticks out in my mind as what I would want the most, but we all know white isn't the best option on something that gets used frequently.

I made up a new budget today (that's a whole other post), so I'm not sure when a chair will make it into the house, but I do like looking!

Monday, August 2, 2010

On self-improvement...

I'm a huge advocate of continuously trying to better ourselves. No one is perfect and therefore, we all have things that we can improve on. Myself included. Especially me.

Lately I've been feeling dissatisfied with some things in my life. I want to change things, kind of have a life makeover of sorts.

I consider myself a pretty positive person, but that isn't the person I've been showing to the world. I complain much more than I'd like to. And I don't handle stress with the grace that I know I'm capable of.

I feel like there are so many areas of my life that I can do more in...but, I don't want to bore you with the details. I wrote a similar post here. I obviously didn't take my own advice and get it together because I wrote that back in April. It's time for me to make these changes in my life.

Something is missing in my life and I know it's easy for me to say that it's a husband or a baby, but honestly...whatever's missing right now, would probably still be missing even if I had those things. I want to go into those moments in life whole, so here's to hoping that I make my life the best it can possibly be!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

It's August already?!?!

I can't believe that it's August 1st already!

I managed to do something to my back when I was bending over to give Maddy some water so I'm curled up on the couch with a heating pad and am too lazy to do anything more than post in bullet form:
  • One of my best friends is getting married August 14th! I'm so thrilled for her :)
  • Ben&Jerry's makes a new flavor called "Berry Voluntary" and it's divine! Think raspberry swirls, cheescake ice cream and white chocolate pieces!
  • I saw Eclipse for the first time today. Once I made peace with the fact that they weren't going to be able to to truly convey the love story between Bella and Edward, I actually enjoyed all the Twilight movies.
  • I'm 6 days behind on all my blog reading. Yikes.
  • This weekend went by far too fast. I hope the work week goes well
I'd better get to reading some blogs. Have a great week!

 
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