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Friday, September 30, 2011

La Casa

I haven't posted before & afters of the house yet because I was trying to wait until it looked 100% perfect. Butttt... three months later I'm realizing that perfect might take 142 years. So I'll just show you where things stand at the moment.

Front of the house before:
...Oh, I'm sorry. Did you think these photos were taken in January? Nope. That would be June. 

If you think this part of the yard was bad, you should see the before pictures of the BACK yard.

Front yard now:

Kitchen before:

Kitchen now:
This transformation isn't all that wowing. The kitchen was always pretty.

Living room before:

Andddd now:
As is typical, please ignore the kitty's booty. So unprofessional.

As for the rest of the house... those pictures will just have to wait. I'm far from semi-satisfied with the decorations in the other rooms at this point. Darn you Pottery Barn catalogs.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Don't mess around with the face.


With a full-time job comes a loss of daily trips to the pool. You know what that means. A rapid departure on the paleness train. Until my death, I will argue that I look wretched when my face is pale. The rest of my skin stays somewhat brown all year but my face turns an awful yellowy color. I'm not a very attractive person in the winter. You should see pictures of me from winters during middle school or high school. Hideous is the only word for it. But... alas, I gave up tanning beds a couple of years ago and am destined for pale winters for life.

Last winter I told you about my trusty Jergens Foaming Moisturizer that I love so very much during the long winter months. SO. Yesterday I pulled it out of the cabinet and decided that I would just put a tinsy bit on my face as an experiment (don't worry I Googled it first to see if anyone warned against this. Nothin'). I rarely get zits - we're talking months apart here - so I'm thinking NBD.

The joke's on me folks. I woke up this morning and there was a huge red zit mountain right in the middle of my forehead. Sorry to everyone who I'm going to speak to today because you ain't gonna be looking at anything else. Even the swoopy bangs can't hide this one. It's beyond attractive.

With that being said... do not... I repeat, do not attempt to use Jergen's Natural Glow Foaming Moisturizer on your face. Stick with the lotion that was made for the face even though it doesn't really make your face look very tan. *Dear Google, please notice this paragraph and include it in all searches for "should I use Jergen's foaming moisturizer on my face?"*

You're welcome world.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Upgrade!

I got a new computer a couple of weeks ago!! I bought all of my most frequently used electronics within a few months of each other right after I graduated college. Unsurprisingly, they are now all getting old and cruddy at the exact same time. My old laptop was filled to capacity and had been having all sorts of issues. I considered getting a PC this time but I just loved my little old macbook too much. It lasted a whopping three and a half years (I'm EXTREMELY hard on my computers) whereas I went through my two previous PCs within a year and a half. I got a Macbook Pro with Lion OS and I'm in lovvvve with it. It has so many awesome new features and is so easy to carry with me anywhere. I 100% recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Friday, September 9, 2011

True Life: I Hoard Office Supplies

Y'all already know that I'm obsessed with office supplies.

Last night I finally got around to pulling out my trusty Rubbermaid of office supplies so I could organize my new desk at work and add some of my own personality to it. As I was going through everything trying to decide what to take with me and what to leave at home, I found myself being super stingy about the pens, highlighters, post-its and paper clips that I was willing to take to work. I forced myself to take SOME of my favorite things with me and then I packed the rest away again to save for a better day.

Then today as I was unpacking everything at work I found myself putting my pretty supplies in drawers and stocking the top of my desk with the drab, plain supplies that the center provided for me. Whenever I had to write something down, I used the boring yellow post-its instead of my flower post-its. I used the plain black pens instead of my favorite purple pen. I shoved the striped paperclips to the bottom of the holder so I wouldn't waste them on petty stacks of paper.

Why in the world do I refuse to use the simple things that bring me so much joy? As ridiculous as I KNOW this is, I'm afraid to use them because I fear that I might not be able to replace them when they run out.

Take for instance this photo that I took of some of my favorites last fall...


Every single one of those items remains in the exact same condition today (except the ugly light yellow post-its). Not a single use since that day. But you'd better believe that they're tucked safely into my desk for the day when a task is so important that it's worthy of their use. Until then, I'll continue to use the "uglier" post-its.

I have a favorite purple pen. I wouldn't use it. I ordered 3 more off of Amazon because I figured I would be allowed to use it if I had back-ups. Now I won't use the back-ups. 

What if one day I'm 97 years old and I have all of these beautiful office supplies in Rubbermaids that went bad because I was too scared to use them? What if I spend my whole life using ugly office supplies because of my fear of running out of the pretty ones?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Employed once again!


I got a job!!!! I'm the new Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center!! I actually started almost 2 weeks ago. Sylvan is a private tutoring company with branches in cities all over the country. During the day I give assessments to students and will be meeting with parents about the progress of their kids. Then from 4-8 every day we have a building full of teachers and students for tutoring. It's great because I still get to work with kids but am not in around them constantly. There's a LOT to learn but I've enjoyed it so far!

I can't tell you how relieved I am that everything worked out! I really really wanted this job. I actually had to go in for about 4 or 5 interviews and the process took over 2 weeks from the first interview til I found out I got the job… and then started the very next morning. It was an emotional roller coaster to say the least.

The main downside that I've found is that I'm pretty much busy from the time I go in to work until the moment I leave so I don't get a lot of blog updating time like I did when I was teaching (who actually uses their planning period for planning anyhow?!). 

Hope everyone has a nice and relaxing Labor Day. I'll just be working as if it's any other Monday. But hey, at least I can finally start shopping and decorating again! Hallelujah!!!