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Monday, April 30, 2012

Storm Panic


I love a good summer thunderstorm, but I can't stand cloud to ground lightening or even worse... tornado warnings. I thought I would show you a quick peek of my evening last night. An hour spent huddled in the closet with my laptop, a dog, and two cats. Hubs and dog #2 were too brave for such escapades.


 Being someone who always has a plan for any morbid situation, I typically kick it in high-gear as soon as I hear that there's a tornado warning anywhere within about 30 miles. In the midst of a mini panic attack, I start gathering all necessities crucial to survival as well as any important belongings that will be a pain in the rear to replace should this inevitable tornado (that will definitely be an F5) show its face and choose to flatten my house. 

Luckily, we all scraped by unharmed this time. Come on over next time there's a tornado warning. I'm a super calm, nonchalant person to be around. :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mottephobia


Lubbock has had an absolutely DISGUSTING, full-blown moth infestation over the past couple of weeks. Something to do with mild winter temps and/or migration. It's something straight out of a horror film. I really don't care what the reason is, I just want them to get the blankety blank OUT OF HERE! I tried to be a good sport about it at first but they just keep getting worse and worse. I've been using the vacuum wand to kill them in the house and the garage and last night I had to chase down 13 of them in the living room within a 30 minute period. I don't even know how they keep getting in the house!! A few minutes later I noticed that the light in the kitchen had about 10 of them crawling around. I nearly hurled.

Yep. Living in filth.

Whenever I see one I'm unable to function until it's dead. I kill them when I get home from work. I kill them in the middle of doing crunches. I kill them past my bedtime. I kill them in the morning when I'm trying to get ready for work.

Come inside this house and you shall surely die.

This whole experience has definitely left me with a phobia of moths that is sure to stick around for many, many years. This cannot  continue for much longer. Little boogers are stealing my sunshine.

Hear that moths? GET.OUT.OF.MY.FREAKING.HOUSE and TOWN.

Sincerely,
Moth Hater #90,567

Friday, April 20, 2012

Deep thoughts.


I've started at least 10 blog posts this week. I have gotten about halfway through them and then end up deleting the whole thing. I don't know what my deal is, I just know that I really haven't had a lot to say lately.

I was looking through an old photo album a few days ago that my mom filled with random pictures from throughout my childhood. I found this one of my sister and I from one Christmas morning and it made me laugh. Partially because things have changed so much and partially because they are still so much the same.


But then I just kept staring at it for a while and was really shocked when I discovered that there were tears in my eyes.

Do you ever see pictures of yourself as a child and feel like maybe, in a few ways, you let the childhood version of yourself down? I look at that sweet, innocent little girl with the biggest hopes and dreams and I wonder if she would be disappointed in me; if I did everything that I could have done to see that those dreams happened. Don't get me wrong, a lot of them have. I just feel like there have been so many times in my life where I have been presented with opportunities but have taken the easier road because of my extreme fear of risks and the unknown. I always have to have full control of every situation and if I can't have full control, then I'm not willing to walk down that road.

I know it's never too late to become exactly who/what you want to be and for that, I'm very grateful. Because I still have a long, long way to go. From this day forth I'm going to try to make an effort to overcome my fears and have more faith in the things that are unknown. I can't spend another 20 years of my life waiting for the wind to magically blow me in the right direction.

Thanks so much for listening to my deep thoughts. I hope you have a very happy weekend. :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Organization Freak's Dream



I know that most people aren't quite as obsessed with organization as I am, but even if you're not... you need to get Evernote. I downloaded it on my computer and iPhone about 2 years ago but I didn't know what it was for so I never used it. THEN a few weeks ago I saw an article about it and quickly decided it was the most amazing program in the whole wide world (and it's free!!). I wanted to share about it with you since it's been such a helpful tool for me. I use it every single day!

It's kind of like your own personal inspiration box (sort of like Pinterest but way better and way more useful). I use it to collect ideas, projects, recipes, photos, shopping reminders, and to plan events. It has a search feature that will allow me to easily find things later. Best of all, I can access all of my clippings online from any computer.

Whenever I find a recipe online that I like, all I have to do is copy and paste the information on a new page (as-is... with the picture and everything!). It's so easy to use it's not funny. The program automatically inserts the link to the original web page in case you ever want to find it again.


It would be extremely helpful for helping you organize your business if you have one, but I think it's great for personal use too.

A few more things you can use it for:
- To do lists
- Compiling business cards
- Saving articles
- Scanned tax documents
- Audio recordings
- Sharing projects with classmates
- Research
- Vacation Planning
- Project planning

Love love love it. Can you tell? I could keep going on about it but you might as well just see for yourself.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

IT'S A MIRACLE!


I know you're all going to faint with shock when I tell you this great news...

I finally found a Maxi Dress that isn't 17 inches too long for me!!!!!!!!

In all seriousness though, it really is quite amazing. I've always wanted one and have tried on a couple dozen in the past couple of years but it's never worked out. Yes, I could get out my sewing machine and make it work, but who wants to do that??

THIS ONE FIT ME PERFECTLY! Take THAT you 5'6" people with your perfect height.


So if you're short as all get-out, go to Target (but don't bother trying on any of the other long dresses because they'll be too long). :)

Which reminds me of that time that I vowed to stop buying clothes at stores such as Target and focus on only buying a few high-quality staple items. It was a really great plan and worked well for me in the winter but now that it's hot outside it's not working out so well. I sold 90% of my summery dresses and now I'm discovering that I have nothing to wear to work every day. GENIUS. A few "staple" dresses just really won't cut it because you can't swap up your outfit with layering in the summer like you can in the winter.

My only plausible solution is to buy some cheap-o dresses to get me through. I'm even considering making a visit to Forever 21. Please forgive me for breaking my own rules (and don't mention the fact that 90% of the dresses I buy will probably end up in next year's garage sale).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The best hair products. Of all time.


We all know that I am a super weird control freak about my hair. I'm so protective of it that I stress for weeks before each professional hair cut/dye. Yet, a couple of weeks ago I had no qualms about going to Sally's, mixing up some random packages of creams and brown dye and painting it all over my head without hesitation. Then last weekend I realized that I haven't had a real hair cut since October so I promptly took the mirror with me to the front porch and cut THREE inches off of my hair on a whim.

And worse. If I were a Dave Ramsey fan, he would certainly banish me to a far away island if he ever saw me buying hair products. I don't have much to say for myself other than once I stuck my toes into the water of professional hair products I just couldn't imagine going back. I never thought it could make that big of a difference but it REALLY does.

I used to have to wash my hair every single day because it looked too oily and had no life if I tried to go an extra day. Now I wash my hair twice a week and it seems just as clean and lively on Day Four as it does on Day One. I'd say that makes up for any extra money that I spend on the products that make it possible!!

So here's the recipe for only washing your hair once every four days ;) :


My favorites on the hair washing days...






I spray it in my hair after I towel it dry. It detangles, smooths, restores moisture balance, nourishes, improves color vibrancy, etc.


Next I use this all over my hair to help hold the style.


Then I spray this on my roots for volume.


My favorites that I use every day...


I spread a couple of drops of this over my hair when it's dry before I use my straightener/curling iron.


I use this to smooth away the fly-aways around my part.


And the hair product that I give the most credit to for making it possible to go four days between washes...
I think I've told everyone I know about this stuff. I've tried a ton of different dry shampoos. This is the ONLY one that you want to use. The pure amazingness of it makes me so so happy. Even if you don't want to use any other professional hair products, you really need to be using this one!


So there you have it. The lazy man's guide to pretty hair. Hopefully I'll be back again soon! It's been a CRAZY couple of weeks. It's that time of the semester/school year where things at work absolutely never slow down. I've had so many blogs I've wanted to start writing but so little time to actually make it happen! Woe is me.