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October 24, 2014

Movin' On Out

This is it you guys. Moving weekend. 

Part of me feels like it was never going to get here, and the other thinks it came way too soon. I'm still all whiney about saying goodbye to my apartment.

This last week has felt like a crunch because I kind of didn't know this was the last weekend. I was thinking that we'd move the big stuff this weekend and then I'd spend next week painting, cleaning, and enjoying my last week. Then on Friday we'd make the final trip. Yeah, no. K was planning on moving the big stuff and the last car trip all this weekend. Oops.

We did get Stu's new mansion set up though. Seriously, he has the life.


This is obviously in progress photo. We had to get 5 gallon buckets to empty his current tank into and we brought him over Thursday night. And because my brain is probably floating around some twister in munchkinland, I didn't take a final photo. Seriously, my brain is mush right now.

The Clowder are ready to go though. Or maybe he's all Mom! I don't want to go! You can't make me!  



Switching gears, this "Victoria's Secret" video was sent to me Monday morning and it's the most hilarious thing I've seen in a while. Seriously, click it. Right meow. 

K and I have another Halloween party tomorrow night so I'll get to reprise my role as Pocahontas. Maybe this time I'll get a quality photo. 

Someone want to step in as a personal assistant? I could use it. But before this nonsense gets any longer, I'm off. Happy weekend!

October 20, 2014

All The Fall Things

This past weekend K and I went home to my parents for the annual Halloween party we started going to. Food, drinks, prizes, games...It’s always a lot of fun.



Last year we tied for Best Couple with my parents. This year it was game on. Unfortunately, neither of us won, but lezzbehonest, Little Miss wins best costume. 



Since I was home, I couldn't miss out on a trip to The Cider Mill. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. They make and sell donuts, which you can watch be made. 



If you want real apple cider this is the place to get it because it doesn't get any more fresh than this. You can actually watch the process of how they make it, and sample the batch you just watched at the end. I haven’t gone through in years so this trip was necessary.


The process for deliciousness











After the process comes the best part imaginable. The tasting.







See that hose coming out of the wall? It's coming directly from that machine you just saw in action up above. Like I said, it doesn't get any more fresh than this. 

I’m also a bit of a candy apple snob and if I have my preference, this is the only place I’ll get them from. I bought 3. (they’re also made in-house)





While knee deep in fall festivities I picked out our pumpkins for this year. 


35lbs of carving fun

Every year I carve something different. This year I'm kind of stuck. How am I going to top Oogie Boogie?

That was my weekend. Can I hit replay?



Weekending







October 17, 2014

Swapped

Late last month I signed up to participate in the Great Pumpkin Swap. I hadn't done this particular one before and thought it would be a fun thing to do to kick off the fall season.




I was fortunate enough to be paired with someone who's blog I already read. It lessened the pressure since I didn't feel like I was buying for a "complete stranger". 

Kristin was awesome and got me some great items but really made it personal as well. 

First, this scarf, which I adore. I've worn it twice already and it's huge, and fluffy and warm and perfect!




The Burt's Bees chapstick is great because I was running out and was feeling too lazy to buy new ones, so this came at an ideal time. 

She also sent me a fun holiday banner which I hung up in my cubicle at work.



I really liked the nail polish she picked out, Jazzy Jade  since it was a color I'd probably buy for myself.

What I liked the best was her personal touch. She included a package of mini chocolate chips and a can of pumpkin puree (not pictured), along with one of her favorite recipes. 

I was super eager to make these so I actually whipped them up this past Sunday. I probably added more chips than necessary but they were dense and delicious. I'll absolutely make these again!



Thanks again Kristin! 

In other news, K and I are headed to NY this weekend for some Halloween fun with Little Miss and the fam. Weekend trips are always too short, but we try and make the most of them!

Happy Friday!




October 15, 2014

Under the Gun

Tattoos are one of those special kinds of pain. As much as I'd like to say they're love/hate, they're not. Some people prefer not to have them but can still appreciate the art. 

Love them or hate them, here's what I've got.

6) This is the only tattoo I didn't put much thought into. After my first I was itching for another and while browsing the Warped Tour lineup saw this and really liked it.


I changed it up a bit because where you see those 4 nautical stars, there was a banner.


5) My ants were another impulse. I wanted something on my foot and thought this would be fun. I get "oh how cute" comments on them all the time.


I had these done in Georgia while visiting my cousin in 2009. Fun fact: if you're in the Atlanta airport there's a section in the lobby where it looks like ants are crawling or of a crack in the ceiling.



4) Although my latest piece isn't complete, I'm currently obsessed them. I've wanted this tattoo for SOO long.



Tiger lilies are my absolute favorite flower and I wanted a thigh piece so it was given that that's where they were being planted. Next month I'm adding the color.

These next three are equally important to me.

3) I had the ribbon done in 2012 in memory of my sister.


2) Simba was done the same day as the ribbon and was something I had been planning for a few months. Originally I wanted this on my wrist but then I got real and realized it would be too big would hurt and put it on my ankle. Turns out I didn't even feel when he started this one.



I wanted something for my mom, saw this as a drawing online, and knew it was the purrrfect thing to get. The Lion King is her favorite movie, and I am my mother's daughter. (And since she's a copy cat, she know has the same tattoo on her leg :)


1) My very first tattoo. Almost 10 years later these words still speak to me.



It's a line from one of my favorites by Killswitch Engage. I was going through a rough patch when a friend sent this to me. It reminds me that I'm a fighter and that I can get through or over whatever life throws at me.


For now, I only have 6, but I have rough sketches of at least three more that I plan to get.

What about you? Do you have them, love them, hate them? 
Let's hear it! 




October 13, 2014

Robbed

I'm one of those lucky people who gets to spend Columbus Day from the comfort of my living room. But first I'd like to thank Sir Columbus for being a terrible navigator.

My apartment looks like I've been robbed. Just about everything has been moved out except the things I need to get by for the next 2 weeks or stuff that isn't coming with me. 


K and I have been spending a lot of time at the new place. Saturday we got a lot done and out of the blue decided to do some painting on Sunday. I absolutely hate white paint so I made sure we went with something off color... Gypsum.


If you caught my only post last week I mentioned how I had been out of commission with a stomach bug followed by chest pains. So far it hasn't happened again and I have a feeling that I know what's causing it, but I'm headed to the doctor today to get some drugs and make some inquiries. I'm sure my new insurance company hates me already.

So... how about Rick and crew? Let me just say this... I love Carol. She is badass, ruthless and I think it's awesome. Last season I checked out halfway through. I was just bored and it completely lost my interest. This season looks like it will go back to its S1 or S2 roots and I'm in on that. 

All right, this "holiday" post has gone on long enough. If you're lucky enough to be off, enjoy it. If you're one of those poor saps working... sucks to be you!


October 9, 2014

Woof

To say this week was adventurous is an understatement. A blur is a tad more accurate.

Monday went according to plan, which is rare given that it's Monday and all. From then on it was Revenge of the Mondays.

4am Tuesday I woke up with a stomach bug that proceed to wreak havoc until Wednesday afternoon, which K also had by the way. By Wednesday might I felt like I had gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson.

Thursday I go back to work and I'm feeling better. I even had a hunger pang,  so I walked across the street to the mall for a slice of pizza. Upon getting back to my office I had the most horrible chest pain I've ever experienced. It was this sharp, piercing feeling of intense pressure. Having never had a heart attack, this is what I imagine one to feel like.

I don't get agita so this was cause for alarm. K and I checked in to the ER at... 1741 (learn military time) and as I write this at 2307, we're still here and I'm still waiting to get called in for my CT scan.

I was finally released at 0030 with a clean bill of health as they found nothing wrong. The best part, as soon as I got home, it all started acting up and I was up until 2am with a burning chest.

This was not how I envisioned my Thursday, let alone my week.

So the "highlights"...

I had my first CT scan
I missed scandal for the second week in a row. Thank you DVR.
I christened my new insurance policy
Hooray for cute doctors. I'm looking at you Dr. Frank.
Oh, and K deserves all the cookies.

Happy 3-day effing weekend.

October 3, 2014

Pop Culture Made Me Do It

Pop culture is a crazy thing. Random blips come into fad-dom and are almost immediately replaced by "the next big thing". It's a vicious cycle. 

Even though I participated in most of these, they make me question society.

1/  The Macarena 
Seriously. Why was this a thing? Don't get me wrong, I macarena'd with the best of them when I was in Jr. High (because that's how old this shit is) but again, why people?!



2/  Acid Washed Anything
I can't wrap my head around this one. Acid wash looks terrible. It doesn't matter what it is, it looks like you got in a fight with Clorox. 



3/  Colored Ketchup
What asshat came up with this? No really. Colored ketchup. Just googling this makes me want to spew my delicious Ben & Jerry's all over the place. 



4/  Lucite Heels
There is no faster way to show the world that you do things for money than by wearing lucite shoes. 


As much as I could continue to go on with the mistake of American society, I can't. It's honestly making my brain, and eyes, hurt, to know that all of these things were once super popular. Obviously I left out Tomagatchi's because, hello they were awesome!

What are some of the fads you would shame us for?


October 2, 2014

Choose Your Own Goals


At the beginning of the month I always post about what I want to work on or accomplish for that month. In September I decided to join in on a fun link up aimed at goals.

Life According to Steph


Each month has a theme, but you get to choose what you want to do. For September, we worked on fitness. 

My goals were to add new activities to my gym routines, and to stay on top of my clean eating. My results? 50/50.

Last Friday I mentioned that K had bought me personal training sessions. Yesterday was my second session. Tyler's energy is motivating and partly, I refuse to let him think I can't do something, which ultimately pushes me past my I can't do this anymore thoughts. Tyler is going to be my new BFF. 

As for my clean eating, that's been a little more difficult. In other words - fail.

Other goals for October:

1) Downsize my clothes. In recent years I've acquired a lot of clothing and like any real girl, I keep stuff just for the sake of keeping it. What if I need to wear this blue shirt someday?! You know, the same one I haven't worn in two years... It's time to cut the cord hanger.

2) Handle my food. (This fits in nicely with October's Choose Your Own theme) You guys, I've pretty much been off the clean n' green rails since July. Yikes! I can't keep doing it. I'm starting to feel like crap in general and I've gained 8 pounds since May. I'm not okay with that. Tyler can handle me and I'll handle the kitchen!

3) Recommit to this space. If you've hung around all summer I owe you many, many hugs... or cupcakes. The choice is yours. This blog was like Kevin McAllister on the way to Paris - Home Alone. I love this little space of mine, and apparently so do some of you (thanks!) so I want to make a point to get back in the saddle and give it more of my time.

4) Pin to Table. I've pinned SO many recipes and food things. I want to make at least 2 of my pins this month.

And because no month is complete without a little man candy, say hello to Mr. Evans. He can captain my America any time!