Friday, March 7, 2014

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday! Time seems to be flying by lately and I'm thinking it has something to do with the weekly countdown to Baby Miller's due date being in the single digits now: only 6 more weeks!

1. It has been a productive week, mainly thanks to not having many headaches - a definite high five! I cleaned out every closet, drawer and storage container and took all the unwanted clothes to either Plato's Closet or the donation center. It was a win/win to get rid of clutter and make some cash at the same time. :)
I've also wrangled our finances pretty much into shape, thanks to the handy Mint.com site. It's amazingly helpful to see everything laid out neatly in categories instead of trying to keep a paper trail. You can even set spending goals and the app will let you know when you're getting close and need to simmer down *ahem* like Starbucks trips.
This morning I finally put my car's title in my name. I made the final payment way back in July and it's taken me this long to make it official! Do you dread going to the BMV as much as I do? We went right when it opened and it took all of 5 minutes for the clerk to issue the title... no pain involved!

2. Oh my gosh, you guys. I found the most delicious cheesy broccoli quinoa burger recipe from Pinterest! Zach loved them as much as I did and we made them again the other night. The ingredients are ones we usually have stocked, so I'm thinking these babies are gonna be staples on the ol' dinner menu.

3. Wednesday was spent watching this adorable little guy. Isn't he squishable?

4. I'm obsessed with the library. I'm a little greedy and always put too many books on hold, but I've been well ahead of my 2014 Goodreads goal and you just can't beat free! I picked up these baby books yesterday so I can hopefully feel a smidge more prepared for when the bean gets here.

5. Warm(er) weather is here! Would you just look at Tuesday? 68 degrees is insane, I can't even remember what that feels like. If you spot me walking around Oakley grinning for seemingly no reason, you'll know why.
I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hello Again

I can't believe more than a year has gone by since I last blogged! So much has happened in those 13 months.

The biggest news? We're having a baby!!! Zach and I found out I was pregnant while we were on vacation in August. We took a road trip to Niagara Falls and then we spent a week with family in a gorgeous house in Maine. About halfway through that week is when we decided to take the test. We were shocked when those two blue lines instantly appeared! It was SO hard to keep the secret with family around - Zach and I took several long walks around the beautiful Maine wilderness by ourselves, just letting the realization soak in.

This pregnancy has definitely had its difficulties, like having terrible morning sickness until around the 20-week mark. Now that I'm past the sickness, it has been so fun to start getting the baby's room ready and tackle projects around the house I've been meaning to do ever since we moved in.

I'm so thankful to be able to relax during this time. My last week of work was actually the week before we found out I was pregnant. Our lives changed quite a bit in August! After a lot of talking it over, Zach and I decided I wouldn't start a new job right away since I want to stay home with the baby and being able to have a stress-free pregnancy was also important. It's given me time to work on freelance writing, take some online classes, and write the first draft of a novel.

I'm not sure what my plan is for this blog... I may update every once in a while with lifestyle-like posts. I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs! :)


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy 2013, bloggers! NaBloPoMo made me a bit burnt out on the blogging front, but I'm excited to tell you all about my *cough* month off.

- I turned 25! I'm officially an adult now. Or at least I hear I can rent a car on my own. Joy!
Zach gave me this HK Swarovski crystal phone case:
It's v. sparkly

We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then reveled in the beauty of the Festival of Lights with our best friends Britney and Dan. 


- Christmas was fantastic. Surprisingly I had all my gifts purchased before my birthday, which saved some stress leading up to the holiday.
Christmas always goes by too quickly since we visit both families. I just love seeing squishy babies like my little nephew, Wolf!

- I took three days off work and, combined with the holidays, I have enjoyed a nice 11-day break. It gave me a chance to catch up on everyday things like...

- Reading! I barely finished my 2012 Goodreads Challenge. Like down-to-the-wire, strategically choosing thin books off the bookshelf barely made it. But I can't tell you how happy I am to say I read 40 books in one year!
Look at that stack!
For 2013, part of me really wants to shoot for 52 books (one a week), but I should probably stick to 40 since it was barely manageable. Also, I want to read Anna Karenina soon.

- I got a tattoo. It had been three years since my last one. I'd considered getting a typewriter tattoo for a year or so, but never commited. I asked Zach for a vintage typewriter for Christmas, but it was sold before he had the chance to buy it! :( So, he gifted me a tattoo instead.
Let me just say I forgot how bad it hurts to get your calf tattooed. Even with my adrenaline soaring it felt like my leg was being chopped off with a fork. For over two hours. With no breaks. Basically what I'm saying is, I was in BA mode and it paid off because now I have this forever:
The quote is from author Anais Nin - "We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."  

Then, just today, Zach came home from work with this:
Sorry for the crappy photo.
A beautiful blue 1960 typewriter he found for $10 at the thrift store! The cheapest one online is $170 and that one has yellowed keys. This one appears to be in mint condition, with a case, pen and manual. I'm hoping it works!


It's time to go back to the real world, but I'm really excited for all that 2013 has in store!

Friday, November 30, 2012

High Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with From My Grey Desk Blog for High Five for Friday.

1) I finally caved in and bought the Dior mascara that I've been raving about. Thankfully it was slightly cheaper at Macy's and I didn't have to pay shipping!


2) Christmas decorations are in my future for this weekend.
Can you see me?

3) We found a good deal on a dishwasher and it's being installed on Monday. My month and a half stint of hand-washing all our dishes is coming to an end!

4) Luigi went back in to the vet yesterday and was re-stitched. They also stapled him up real good (poor guy!). Here's to hoping he heals quickly!

5) The most exciting piece of news this Friday is that I finished the NaBloPoMo challenge! Hallelujah! I can't believe I stuck with it. I had a great time, and I appreciate all the comments - it helped to keep me motivated.
How was your week?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

OOTD

Happy Thursday! Are you as excited for Friday as I am?

This outfit is so comfortable and inexpensive. Also, the plaid shirt has elbow patches, which is a major plus in my book.


Sweater & Button-up - H&M
Jeans - Gap
Shoes - Grasshopper from DSW


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

$500 Million Dollars

So, the Powerball Jackpot is up to $550 million. I've never bought a lottery ticket, but I'm seriously considering it right now! 

If I won I'd look like this woman...

Source
Except I'd have larger bills surrounding my face.

Seriously though, 500+ million. That's a lot of zeros. I'd pay off my student loans, buy a house (or two), shop 'til I drop and never have to worry about money again. How crazy would that be? 

How would you spend $550 million?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lucky Bracelet

The only thing I bought during Cyber Monday? 


 Please note the thumbs-up. Because taking a photo of a bracelet isn't awkward enough.

Look how pretty the other side is too! 

It was a lightening deal on Amazon and was 60% off. Not too shabby. 

Did you buy anything on Cyber Monday?