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Monday, August 15, 2011

The mantel is complete!

I realized today that this is week FIVE of living in Lubbock. How can that be? Within a week I had basically completely finished the living room, master, and kitchen.

And thennnnn I got bored of the whole decorating/unpacking thing. So the guest bedroom is only half finished and the office and garage are still piled FULL of boxes of things that I'm not motivated to unpack because I don't use them very often.

Someone come visit so I will get motivated to finish this junk!!

The flower beds have been my main priority lately because they were the construction zone when the house was being remodeled and the only way to describe their state is awful.

ANYWAY. This house has an awesome fireplace which is basically the whole reason why I wanted the house. It's actually double-sided so it faces the living room on one side and the master bedroom on the other and makes me feel like I'm on vacation in the mountains whenever I look at it.

That being said, this fireplace is the focal point of not only one, but TWO rooms. Now I've only had one other fireplace in my oh-so-long life and I decorated it by hanging the TV over it. Needless to say, I had no idea how difficult it was going to be to decorate this thing. On two different sides. I decided that the mantel in the living room basically needed to somehow tie the entire house together.

Pressure.

So I procrastinated with the decoration for a few weeks. You know how it goes. I knew I wanted my chalkboard to be the main focus. I had also bought some cute urns from Pottery Barn that I wanted to work into the theme somehow. I finally dragged myself to Hobby Lobby (a terrible chore) and completed my vision with 50% off items.


I'm not sure how I managed to make this into such a long story. All I really needed to say is, "Hey. I finished my fireplace mantel. Here it is..." Oh, to be a simple person.

At this rate I'll be finished showing you the rest of the house in about a year. Bet you can't wait! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dare I say it?

{A snapshot from River Trip '11}

Soooo... no one kill me for saying this or sounding ungrateful but... I'm so over summer.

Get outta here. Sayonara.

My teacher friends go back to work tomorrow. It's a little weird, not gonna lie. I found myself starting to freak out a little bit last week about the job situation. I've got some things in the works so I HOPE something works out! Because starting tomorrow I should technically be working and not bumming around.

I never cease to amaze myself at my ability to create a set schedule and an unending to-do list, even during my summer of no real responsibilities. Every morning my alarm goes off and I roll out of bed to take the dog on a 3 mile run. Immediately following, I make a trip to Sonic and order a delicious cherry vanilla coke. After that it's chores and lunch and then a couple of hours at the pool. After the pool it's time for errands and more chores and finally dinner. And then I do it again the next day. And again. And again. And then I start to hate the predictability of everything and the fact that I haven't had time to read or write a single blog OR catch up on any of my shows. I literally do not EVER sit down on the couch during the day.

What is WRONG with me!?

This, my friends, is exactly what I was afraid of right before summer began. A nagging to-do list that is even worse than when I have a day job. Every time I tell someone that I've been busier now that I haven't been going to work than when I was, I get blank stares.

I know I sound like a total freak but I cannot wait to have a real purpose in life again. So if you wouldn't mind, please pray that one of these jobs is going to work out for me. Thanks loves!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Still Kickin'

Oh, hello! Remember me? I'm the one who used to post on this blog. That is, until I moved to a new city and started concentrating 100% of my online efforts toward job searching. This is an all-consuming process let me just tell you. Something inside of me just can't justify playing on Blogger while I'm unemployed. But as SOON as the glorious day comes when I can call myself an employee again (might end up being at McDonald's) I will return to my guilty blogging pleasure.

Now, I would be lying if I said that I haven't been spending most afternoons poolside. What's a girl to do? I justify this by telling myself that technically I would still be on summer vacay if I were still teaching... and if I don't teach next year it could be my LAST summer vacation.

Glad we could all be honest with one another. I miss you all so so much. Prayers that I will find a job and be able to return to the blog again soon.