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I feel like I have a ton of things to post about. This year is just flying by…wasn’t I just drinking a bottle of wine out of a plastic cup (so fancy) to welcome the new year?!

  • It’s snowball season, y’all. A snowball is basically super finely shaved ice coated with flavored syrups. My favorite flavors are nectar (tastes like cream soda) and wedding cake. A new place opened near our house, and oh man, I’ve been visiting that stand way too much! It’s just so dang tasty. If you’re ever in New Orleans during the Spring/Summer, I highly encourage you to try one of these babies.

  • Before Easter, I crossed off a major craft to-do. Two years ago, I bought a bunch of Spring colored felt to make into a gorgeous ruffle wreath. They were pretty popular around the bloggy world back then, and I finally found time to make one. It’s on our mantel now, and I absolutely love it! It was a bit time consuming to cut out all of those felt circles, though. I actually think this will go on the craft room door once Spring is over. I just can’t put it away!

  • These border collie magnets just kill me. They basically describe Millie perfectly. I’d buy them, but I can’t justify spending $20 on four magnets.

 

  • This mixer makes me want to open a bakery or feed a crowd with nothing but cookies and cakes. While I really only need a mixer that big for the holidays (hello bake-palooza), I think if I magically came across $550, I’d run to Williams-Sonoma and snatch it up.

 

  • I’m pretty sure I’m about to give up caffeine again. I really hate that my body is SO dependent on it, so I’m going to go off of it cold turkey. I love you, Advil.

 

  • I’m really sad that strawberry season is over out here. See ya next year, strawberries!

 

  • I STILL haven’t gotten my 5% lost pedicure. There’s just not enough time in a weekend, y’all. :( As far as weight loss is concerned, things have stalled a bit for me. What? I’m human…it happens. I’m still 19 lbs. down, so it’s not like I completely messed things up. I’m going to get back on track next week, and this time, my diet is going to be a good bit more strict. I’m pretty stoked about it, actually. I love seeing results!

 

  • H and I are about to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. Huh? Didn’t we just get married last month? I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already!

  • I got accepted into a campaign for Essie nail polish on Klout. I feel like I sort of sneaked in on that perk…I’m SO not a beauty blogger. I actually have a make-up post in the works, but I feel like make-up/fashion is a subject I just can’t write well about…I just stink at it. In fact, I always criticize the way I do my make-up, and wish I had half the talent some of those YouTube gurus have. :-P

 

  • Also, thank you Kate Spade. Your sample sale didn’t tempt me this time around. :-)

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  • I have a weird self-conscious confession. I really want to go to a local running store to get fitted properly for a pair of shoes, but at my weight, I’m afraid of getting stares in a store where mostly fit people go. I know you’re thinking…shut up, stupid, things will be fine, but I’m very self-conscious. Ugh. Now, I did just buy a nice pair of Saucony shoes on RueLaLa, but I’m wondering if there’s a better shoe out there since I tend to walk on the outside of my feet (if that makes sense) looking at the way my shoes wear out.

 

  • On a rare make-up note, I finally found some lip butters at the Walgreens near my house. Since I’ve been reading raving reviews about “The Balm” on various blogs, I bought two of them, one in pink satin and one in nourishing nude. Since I don’t like too much color on my lips, I absolutely LOVE these lip butters. LOVE. I also saw Revlon’s Lip Butters at the store, but I’m waiting for them to go on sale. L’Oreal’s were BOGO 50% off this week, so that’s why it was easy to take the plunge and buy two. :-) (cheap cheap)

 

  • My husband decided to start calorie counting with me this week. Things are going a lot better for me since he’s also on board. There’s no junk in our house anymore, and so far this week, I’ve cooked every night. Wanna be jealous? Two days after starting calorie counting, the husband lost 2 lbs. Lucky duck.

 

  • I’m super stoked that JoAnn’s is finally opening a store in Baton Rouge. Since we moved to the other side of town, it takes me a good 20 minutes to get to the nearest craft store. When JoAnn’s opens, they will be 10 minutes away from our house and also easily convenient to go to on the way home from work. This is awesome and bad.

 

  • We’re getting a tax refund this year, and I secretly just want to splurge it. However, since I’m an adult (or something like that), the only responsible thing to do is to throw it in the ol’ savings account. ::sigh::

 

  • Since the other house sold, we’re slowly starting to work on projects we want to do with our current house. We’re getting gutters on Friday, and also hired a contractor to vent our kitchen outside. Since our kitchen is against the brick outside, this should be seamless/easy. A couple of small changes, but all awesome! There’s also a couple more projects in the works, but they aren’t anything major. Since our house is only 5 years old, so there really isn’t much to do.

 

  • I’d currently like to eat a pint of cake batter ice cream. I won’t buy it, but a girl can dream, right?

 

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  • Just to note: I’m attempting NaBloPoMo again this year, since last year was so fun. I loved how it motivated me to share more on the blog, and I hope that I can do it this year! With the new house and holidays approaching again, I’m sure I have a ton to blog about! :-) If you want to sign up for it, the site has changed over to BlogHer’s site and you can sign up there. :-)

 

  • We held a crap dump garage sale on Saturday. I had to laugh when one of my friends mentioned to me that we have a lot of garage sales. Totally didn’t realize that, but we usually have 2 per year. We really buy too much junk and need to seriously get a handle on that. My brain fart of the week is that in ALL of the ads that we posted/paid for, the date said Saturday, August 29th. And before you ask, yes, I had people proof it…guess we’re all having brain farts. Fortunately, I was able to correct 2 of the ads. It seemed like people who read the newspaper classifieds translated August 29th to October 29th, though. :-)

 

  • As you might already know, our old house is for sale. We’re trying the for sale by owner route to save 6%. Some of you may think we’re cheap, but 6% of our asking price is about $8400. That’s a lot of moolah, y’all! So, fingers crossed that this house sells. We’ve gotten quite a few calls and have done one showing so far. I’d love to have this house sold by Christmas, but I’m sure not many families house hunt during the holiday season. :(

 

  • I’m back on the weight loss wagon. I’ve been counting calories for 2 weeks, and I’m starting C25K this week (tomorrow actually). The number on the scale made me cry two weeks ago, and I never want to see that number again. EVER. I’ll eventually share it with you guys, but it’s really embarrassing.

 

  • The new house is ::almost:: unpacked. There’s just a bunch of little things now, so we’re in the home stretch, for sure! Unbelievably, our house warming party is this weekend (time flies!) so the boxes need to be gone by then. :-) Can’t wait for our families/friends to see the new digs. :-)

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  • I can’t believe we’re closing on our new house in 4 short days. It’s a strange to think that we’ll be in a new house in a couple of weeks. It’s even stranger to think that our Christmas tree won’t be blocking the front door this year like it has in the past. Ah, small house problems. :-P

 

  • I’m joining a new weight loss challenge online. I know I can do this, but if you’ve read a while, I’ve said this multiple times and failed. Ugh. Anyway…I have to do this…I will do this…I need to get healthier! If anyone wants to join me in the weight loss challenge, here’s the link!

 

  • I’m way too excited about Fall Weather. I’m in the mood to go on a pumpkin buying binge and bake pumpkin-y treats all day. I also can’t wait until we’re in the new house so I can decorate the house and outdoors for the Fall, as well. :-)

 

  • Most of my crafty items are all packed away in boxes. Pinterest is making me want to unpack everything. I keep trying to tell myself that everything will be unpacked and done in one month. Maybe I should take this time to learn how to crochet? I mean, those supplies fit in a tote bag! :-P

 

  • I don’t understand the fuss over Missoni for Target. I went to my store and looked over everything, and just thought it looks way too loud for everyday wear or home decor for that matter. Not a fan.

 

  

 

 

 

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  • Weight loss is steadily going well. It’s very slow weight loss, but hey, at least it’s not a gain. I’ve been going to kickboxing classes every week, and walking the dog around a bit more since it’s warming up a bit. I’ll probably update y’all in a couple of weeks with pictures (where you probably won’t be able to tell the difference much) and measurements! (Yeah, I need to measure myself…oops…)

 

  • I got a new sewing machine. This one, to be exact. It works like a dream so far and is WAY lighter than my old one. I’m trying to get used to having no auto-tension, but I pretty much love it. :-)

 

  • We’re slowly but surely decluttering the heck out of our house. We’ve come to realize that we’re accumulating a huge amount of crap again, and we just need to get it out! (Please don’t call Hoarders on us…) I see a garage sale in our near future! I’ve already filled up a Rubbermaid container with nothing but craft room stuff I want out. Eesh!

 

  •  I saw Cadbury Eggs at Target yesterday. Crap….it’s that time of the year already!? Speaking of Easter, look at this super cute basket! Adding that to the “to-do” list now, since Joey, Millie and I don’t really have Easter baskets. (and yes, our dog gets an Easter basket)

 

  • I’m going to need that baby on “Raising Hope” to stop being cute. She’s giving me a raging baby fever, and it’s just not fair. Does anyone else watch that show? I’m starting to like it more than Glee!

 

  • I went to Tallahassee this weekend with my mom and sister. My youngest sister is a super talented musical theatre student at NOCCA, and ::gulp::, she’s going to college next year. We went to Tallahassee for her to audition at FSU….she’s been actually doing auditions like crazy since the holiday season ended, and this was her last one. Fingers crossed that she gets into a great program!

 

  •  I hate junk mail. Hate it.

 

  • I also hate washing dishes.

 

  • Oh man, y’all. I tried knitting on the road trip to Tallahassee. It’s been SO long since I’ve knit, that I almost forgot everything. I’m super sad about this…I used to knit so well! Lesson learned: once you learn a craft, keep practicing!

 

  • I need Louisiana strawberries to be full-force in season again. I’m craving them like crazy and every place that carries them is sold out (since it’s super early in the season)!

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  • Yesterday, I learned (from y’all and ironically, the John Tesh show during the drive home from work) that the X in “x-mas” is actually OK to use. I still don’t really like it, and I’m sure that 80% of my friends on Facebook who use it on a regular basis don’t really know the history of the use of X for Christ. So, I still really no likey “x-mas”. However, thanks to you guys for (politely) educating me on the subject. :)

 

  • That tree skirt that I was planning still hasn’t happened. I blame my cute dog for being extra cuddly lately. No progress has been made, but I do want to finish it for next year.

 

  • I am learning how to crochet slowly, but surely. I can make a chain like it’s nobody’s business, and I’m trying to work on the single crochet. How is it that I can catch onto knitting super quickly, but this crochet thing just blows my mind? Of course, this motivates me more to show those crochet hooks that I can make this work. :)

 

  • Christmas is in 3 days…what?! I still have cheesecake, sugar cookies, macarons (hopefully), oreo truffles and biscotti to make. Eep…not to mention, a few more sewing projects for gifts. :

 

  • I just looked at my 101 in 1001 list. I doubt that it will all be done by May 2011 (dang 1001 days flew by!), but I have my mind focused especially on goals 43-50. I know it won’t happen in 5 months, but I’d love to be well on track! I’d also like to work on making goal 75 happen. :-)

 

  • Remember this desk? Yeah, it’s not done. After fighting a few times with trying to sand the little nooks and crannies down and watching the wood lose its shape in some of the detailing (I’m assuming this desk is a VERY soft wood, unfortunately), I decided that the staining just isn’t in the cards for this piece. :( Since it’s for the craft room, after all, I decided it’s getting painted. Stay tuned for that.

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  • Since when did it get to be that Thanksgiving is next week? Uhm, seriously had to buy up major amounts of butter and cream cheese to prepare myself!
  • I’m very excited about working on my quilt block swap project. I might surprise some of y’all with what I have in mind with these beautiful blocks!
  • My dog is precious. She runs to the door whenever she hears the doorbell ring in a commercial, and will not get away from the door until I open it to show her that no one is there.
  • I have a set of nasty hiccups right now. I hate having the hiccups.
  • Why is it so hard for owners to leash their dogs out in the open? It makes walking my dog VERY difficult when a dog is dashing towards her and she can only move if I move with her. Ask me how many times I’ve almost face-planted in the neighbor’s grass because of this.
  • No matter how well Michael Vick plays football, I will always think of him as a dog killer. He shouldn’t be playing for the NFL since those players are role models to most children. What example is the NFL showing our youth allowing criminals to play? (and yes, I know there are more criminals than Mr. Vick playing for the NFL.)

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  • I really had no idea how much work an Etsy shop is! I’ve been busy busy busy making new templates/patterns for items in my shop (hello holiday rush!), and then I realize I don’t have many bandannas on the shop. It’s work, y’all, but I’m liking it so far!

 

  • I’ve only lost 7 lbs. so far in this weight loss challenge. I only have a little over 5 weeks left. It’s time to really kick it in high gear. Did y’all know that since the weight gain, I don’t fit in a pair of my jeans anymore? I miss my jeans. :(

 

  • Millie has the fastest growing fur ever. Just recently I started noticing she’s slipping on the wood floors more often. Reason? The fur on her feet is too long, and because of that, she’s losing traction with the floor. Sad. :( She’s getting a haircut on Sunday though. Wahoo!

 

  • I really should spruce up the garden, but I’m feeling a little lazy. It really looks bad. Thank goodness the weeds aren’t growing anymore, though. Maybe I’ll do that next week when I have Veterans Day off…sigh. :

 

  • I also need to paint the shutters. They are still that ugly dingy dark green that was originally there when we bought the house. Time for dark grey. Shutters are just so TEDIOUS though…erg.  

 

  • Would it be a bad thing for me to dig up the Christmas tree in the attic this weekend? Ok, maybe I’m just kidding about this one. Maybe.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend! What are y’all up to?

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Whoa! I haven’t posted one of these in a while. Oops! I decided to add some cute doggie pictures in here, just for kicks. 

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  • I’m in week 2 of the 10 week weight loss challenge. I started up kickboxing again on Monday, and talk about a kick booty class! Whoa…my legs are still sore from the class! I have class again today too. The teacher warned us to get our abs ready. Ruh roh!

 

  • I’m already working on another group of items to bring into the Etsy shop. :) I’m having so much fun working on this shop, and so far, I’m super excited to say that I have sold 1 bandanna and have 6 people who “heart” my shop! Thanks for the support y’all!

 

  • I won a Road ID bracelet on Krista’s blog: Commitment is Liberating. I’m really glad  to get to have one of these since I do walk Millie often, and I’m hoping to get back into the C25K really soon as well. Better safe than sorry, right? Oh, and I ordered it in Pink….just because. :)

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  • For some crazy reason, it’s less than 40 days until Thanksgiving! Can you believe this year is almost over? What the heck happened to the time? Ugh…

 

  • I ordered some new glasses this weekend. I haven’t owned a new pair of glasses in over two years. These are the frames…I’m such a dork, I know. :)

 

  • My Fantasy Football team this year stinks. I’ve won two matches total. Why can’t I ever make good picks…ugh! I feel like I have the most injuries ever, but I don’t want to let my players go. :(

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  • I want to apologize to my food blog readers. I have been making the same things over and over, because it’s not quite cold enough to bring on the Fall/Winter recipes. Recipes will be coming soon. I just need the weather to decide if it’s still Summer or if it’s Fall yet. Gotta love Louisiana, right?

Betcha didn’t know…

I haven’t gotten a blog award in a long time, but Kaelin over at The Plaid Scottie decided to pass on the torch to me. :)

By the way, Kaelin is a WAY talented sewer/quilter and she’s in NOLA. I love it when I find a fellow Louisiana blogger! :)

I also need to pass this to 5 bloggers. So, here goes:

His Birdie’s Nest
She Likes Ruffles, He Likes Truffles
Bien Living
Marissa Makes
This Casita

Since the torch has been passed, that means I get to share with y’all 7 things you probably don’t know about me. :)

  1. I’m left-handed. The only thing I do with my right hand (over my left) is move a computer mouse. I had to learn that way in school, and I just sort of adjusted to it. I understand what it’s like to be in art class, only to find that the left side of my left hand is full of marker smudges at the end of class. I also slant my paper at almost 90 degrees clockwise when I write. :)
  2. I used to be petrified of dogs. Yes, this dog obsessed person was PETRIFIED. When I was really young (like barely out of diapers young), apparently my neighbor had a bunch of pitbulls unleashed (and we believe this neighbor was not a very good dog owner) and one of the dogs ran towards me. What did I do? I ran and fell. The dog was literally over my body when my Dad shoo’ed him away. Scary, for real. My parents’ and neighbors helped me get over my fear very slowly. I’m talking in my teenage years….it took me a long time to ever approach a dog again. Now, I love ‘em to pieces. :)
  3. I was a big time major-changer in college. I started in pre-med. I wanted to be a pediatrician…I love kids. However, Biology 1201 did NOT love me. I flunked it, and decided to change over to education. After two years of doing that, I really didn’t see myself staying up late, writing lesson plans and watching as school systems throw a huge emphasis on standardized test scores. It wasn’t for me. I went back to a passion I had when I was 8. Weather. Side note: When I was 8 years old, I had a journal of highs/lows/weather conditions. I did this everyday for almost a year. I loved weather, especially cloud types. I actually took pre-reqs to get into broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State. After Calculus 2, I was done with the math. It didn’t come naturally to me, like it did to most engineering students. That B in Calculus 2 was the hardest B I ever worked for in my life…I just couldn’t do it anymore. So, I leaned back on the degree that I was working towards (Geography Sciences)  and put more emphasis on cartography in the end.
  4. I used to love to read. When my family moved closer to the public library, I was SO happy! Then, I found out there is more than a 2 book limit on rentals, so I rented all the time. I tried to read 1 every 3 days, and was SUPER competitive during Summer reading months. Honors English in high school killed that love. I don’t like being forced to read, and I haven’t touched a novel in years because of it. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get back into reading either. :(
  5. I’m not much of a traveler. I’ve only been out of the country once, and that was on a tour of Ontario in 8th grade. The farthest west I’ve been is Salt Lake City, Utah. I’d love to travel, but the cheap person in me always tells myself that the money is better spent elsewhere.
  6. I am very, very shy in real life. If you met me, you wouldn’t think I’m the same person at all. It takes a lot for me to introduce myself to someone, and sometimes I don’t even do it. I actually went to a local Twitter GTG, and introduced myself to 2-3 people. There were a LOT more people there though. However, once I warm up, I’m a chatterbox like my mother.
  7. I don’t keep up with current events very much. When it comes to politics, I don’t really care either. I know I’m an adult and should care about these things, but the news is rarely uplifting, so I really try to avoid it.  

Are any of y’all surprised with these? :P