Man eating spiders, river adventures, and a spoiled dog

You know, I’ve had several posts in a draft form for…ages. One is my attempt at humorous writing. It’s basically done, but I need pictures to go with it. Another is about dog safe people food (Charlie tested and approved). But honestly, I’ve been having way too much fun this month to get them finished. And there are those pesky three days of work every week- oh, the horror of being a teacher in the summer!

One major development is my new car. I love my Volvo, and so far it’s had no major issues that weren’t self inflicted (Me + Pole in parking lot + HID headlights = $$$) but it’s not exactly the most affordable car to maintain. So one Saturday my dad and I went browsing around town for a car in my price range. I really wanted a small SUV, but those are of course more expensive.

We just happened to stop by a dealership where my dad used to work. I test drove three cars (including a Lexus SUV which was divine but, like my Volvo, pricey to maintain), a GMC Terrain, and a Subaru Forester. In the end, my dad (Haggler Of the Year) managed to talk them down on the price of the Subaru to one that would be within my monthly budget if I financed it.

I was originally against financing a car, but after considering that it would help build my nonexistent credit score AND allow me to afford a much newer car with less than 50,000 miles I managed to talk myself in to it.

Here’s Sookie the Subaru! She gets pretty good gas milage and has plenty of cargo space.

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Charlie loves “his spot” in the car. For around town trips I just keep this blanket in the back for him.

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Anything a bit longer, though, and he likes to ride in ultimate comfort.

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Plus, he loves having the big back window to look out. The back wiper is of particular fascination to him.

So that spur of the moment trip went pretty well. I definitely wasn’t planning to buy a car right then, but it just worked out! Speaking of spur of the moment shopping trips…

I also bought my wedding dress! Last Saturday my mom, aunt, and I decided to drop by a local bridal salon to browse after we saw that they allowed walk ins. The girl helping us was wonderful and helped me pick out some great dresses to try on. Amazingly, I fell in love with the very first one I tried. Don’t worry, I did try on about six others for reference. There were some that were definite nos, some that I liked, and a few that I loved, but I just kept coming back to the first dress. It had that WOW factor that none of the others had and I positive it was the one. I’m keeping it a secret for now, but I will say it’s the exact opposite of the kind of dress I thought wanted. I guess you never know until you try! I can’t wait until it comes in sometime in November.

My fiancé and I also went tubing with some friends this weekend. I’ve been canoeing several times before but never tubing. I have to say, it was way more relaxing than canoeing!

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Can I just say that I live in the most beautiful place in the world? I love my mountains.

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We also had a house guest this week. Everyone, meet Harold. Harold the Huntsman Spider.

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He overstayed his welcome by being in our house for more than 2 seconds, was very fast, capable of jumping, and just needs to not be within 1,000 yards of my house. Huntsman spiders aren’t poisonous, but I totally didn’t care when he was scurrying freely near my feet.

Yes, I shrieked a little bit.

We did not invite him back.

On a quick, and much less terrifying (and way more adorable) note, check out Charlie’s new shirt. My dad is particularly fond of it.

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Sunday Catch Up

Hey there! It’s been awhile since I had the motivation to blog. It’s only been a few weeks, but they’ve been a jam packed couple of weeks. 

I’ve done some work in the apartment and while I still have a lot to do I’m really happy with how it’s coming along. We have a new TV stand that I’m in love with, a light weight summer bedspread, and several decorative pieces. Oh, and organized pots and pans! I may be most excited about that. As soon as I’m finished I’m thinking about writing a post on “how to give your home a complete overhaul without losing your mind and/or spending your life’s savings.”

My 23rd birthday was last Sunday and I spent a wonderful day with my family. That was also the day I got engaged! 

  

I am so happy and so excited. I am also completely in love with my ring- the boy did good!

  

It’s exactly what I would have picked for myself! There are no definite plans for the wedding yet but I’m really looking forward to planning. 

School has been good (and busy). We only have two months left. Some days that seems like forever (mainly on Mondays) but I know it will fly by!

I worked at my restaurant job yesterday. It was the second day of the season and we had beautiful weather for it. We were able to seat on the patio which is always preferable to being inside. 

Unfortunately I got rid of my old work shoes and couldn’t get new ones ordered in time. I had to wear my super cute black ballet flats that were SO not made for waitressing. I can deal with sore feet, but these shoes rubbed my heels raw. By the end of the day I was limping and bloody (ew, gross, I know.)

In light of my pathetically sore feet and the fact that we both worked six days this week, my fiancé (!!!!) and I spend this Sunday being lazy. 

We are also under a flood watch, and who wants to get out in that?

  

  

Our meandering creek is now an almost mini river. 

Now I’m going to go plan a suitably stylish and functional outfit for the forty days of rain I suspect are forthcoming. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Spring Break 2015

In the past two weeks I’ve been to school twice- once for an actual day of school and once for a workday. Because we have missed so many days the school system made the decision to take the first two days of spring break in order to make up some time.

This might make some people sad, but I don’t mind too much. For one, I don’t want to be in school through July. For another, I grew up here. This won’t be the first time I’ve had a few days of Spring Break taken. One notable year we didn’t have a break at all.

Also, I didn’t have any grand plans for Spring Break anyway. I’d be much more upset if I had beach plans. But honestly, I’d probably just be doing a lot of what I have been for the last two weeks. Just with more sunshine and less snow.

Charlie and I have started channeling his previously unrealized sled dog potential with lots of runs through belly deep snow. His belly, not mine. If it were up to my belly you can bet your ravioli I would not be going outside.

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I’ve spent hours doing one of my most favorite guilty pleasures, looking at house plans. I’ve loved looking at house plans since I was in middle school. Luckily for me, my parents had considered building a home at one point so we always had tons of plan books lying around.

I’ve also been writing for fun, something I haven’t done a lot of since high school. While my most recent project is in the very early stages, I am very motivated by the fact that I’ve reached 15,000 words (around 58 typed pages) and haven’t gotten stuck yet.

Most amazingly, I’ve also had the time to read! I never used to understand when my teachers would say they didn’t have much time to read during the school year. Now I completely understand. It’s not so much that I lack the spare time in the evenings, but more that I lack energy and focus during that time.

Last weekend, though, I grabbed several of my old favorites from my mom and dad’s house and have throughly enjoyed having the time to devour them properly.

For the final day of break, my boyfriend and I took a day trip to his hometown. His mom made us tons of delicious food, and it was nice to get out of Snowville for the day.

We saw these incredibly strange (but also awesome?) cars.

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Plus, I had my favorite road trip snack.

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As fun as the impromptu break was, I was SO glad to be back at school today. I’ve already got a million things to do!

So, until next time, have an awesome day!

Pictures of life lately

I’m not the biggest fan of January unless it involves lots of snow. Unfortunately this has been a pretty mild winter so far. We’ve had a few snow days (including today!) but none have involved the significant accumulation I’d like to see at least once per winter.

So I’ve basically spent January in slight hibernation mode. While it has been quite enjoyable, it’s not particularly exciting, hence a lack of blogging.

But for the sake of not having just one little post for the whole month of January, here’s a quick photographic recap of the month.

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I have a not so secret love of disgustingly sweet grocery store frosting. Apparently now they sell it by the heaping cup. I haven’t bought any yet, but I’m sure a sugar coma is just around the corner.

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My snow day reading. Such a good book!

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Hello 2015

2014 was quite a year. I graduated from college, got my first teaching job in my hometown, moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, and adopted a dog.

All in all, it was a pretty darn good year. Here’s hoping that 2015 is just as good.

Now, I’m realistic enough to know that if I make a resolution like “stop eating any and all sugar” or “do a HIIT workout every day” I’m just setting myself up for failure. I know that I’m going to eat dessert multiple times a week and spend most of my free time watching Netflix (currently re-watching Gilmore Girls) and reading. These things make me happy, and I don’t want to cut those out.

Instead, I want my resolutions this year to be about adding things in. For example, a few of my resolutions include:

1. Drink a glass of water first thing every morning. (I’m really horrible at drinking enough water, so at the very least I’ll get one glass in.)

2. Take Charlie for at least a 20 minute walk every day. (Weather permitting- sorry, but I’m not going on a marathon walk if it’s 5 below.)

3. Spend 10 minutes a day doing general apartment tidying stuff.

4. Pick one of my nine bazillion workouts from Pinterest to do at least 5 days a week. It doesn’t matter if it’s a “Six Minutes to Sexy Arms” or “1 Hour of Crazy Killer Ab Torture,” so long as I do something.

5. Eat a vegetable once a week. Sadly, this would be a big improvement.

And this, here, is my really big resolution. The one I want to work on most of all:

6. Do more of what makes me happy and worry less about what it makes others think of me.

If I want to wear crazy bright tights and high heels to go to the grocery store, then I’m going to.

If I want to run down the street with my dog in my pajamas because he wants to run during our morning walk, then I’m going to.

If I want to eat dessert with my lunch, then heck yes I’m going to.

If I manage this, I think I will be a much happier person. And I’m already pretty darn happy, so that’s saying something.

I’ve also heard that how you spend New Years Day indicates what you will do for the rest of the year. I spent it in good company with my boyfriend, his brother, and Charlie in one of my favorite places ever. I think that sets a pretty good tone for the year. (Well, there was an unfortunate IHOP visit thrown in there. But let’s pretend that didn’t happen, okay?)

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It was bitterly cold (hence all my poofy layers- I had a fleece jacket, long sleeve shirt, and a cami on under my hoodie!) so Charlie and I went for a run to warm up.

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Charlie LOVES to wiggle in the grass, as demonstrated by these next photos.

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Hehe 🙂

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So, here’s to 2015. May it be the best year yet.

Thoughts on things

I go through phases a lot. I get ideas about new habits I’m going to form, new things I want to try, goals I want to reach. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve decided I want to run a half marathon, write a book, refinish a piece of furniture, take up knitting, and a million other things, big and small.

Needless to say, the most I’ve ever run at one time is about five miles. I once wrote twenty pages of a book that were probably (okay, definitely) not very good. That coffee table I’ve been meaning to get around to is still in the basement. And I have finished a grand total of two scarves since learning to knit.

I know lots of people are like this. Humans are prone to flights of fancy, I more than most. And I’m coming to terms with the fact that, to a certain extent, I may always be like this. I like to try lots of things, but few have resulted in a long term hobby, passion, or obsession. Unless you count cupcakes. Are cupcakes a hobby? They really should be, because I would be most excellent at cupcaking. And also, apparently, word inventing.

I bring all of this up because sometimes I feel bad that I often have so little to write about on this blog. I don’t go on a lot of exciting trips. I didn’t (nor do I plan to) move to a foreign country. I can’t create amazing new recipes for you or teach you how to be a mini Martha Stewart.

Basically, I spend time with people I love. I go to work. I read a lot. I spend more time on Netflix than I probably should. I run sometimes, and do yoga sometimes too. When I’m really motivated I paint flower pots and glasses. And occasionally I make food that tastes good and take pictures of the beautiful things I see.

It might not be the most “blog worthy” existence (by which I just mean that reading about it is probably not appealing to a particularly large audience) but I do love my life and I have enjoyed blogging a lot, however infrequently I may do it. So this is just a little explanation for why my posts tend to come in waves and aren’t always terribly exciting to anyone but me and maybe the people (person?) who google search my blog on a near daily basis (whoever you are, thanks for checking in. Sorry there hasn’t always been a lot to see!)

This is also my way of saying that I do really want to push myself to try more things, to expand and grow. As I enter a new phase of my life this seems as good a time as any to develop a new hobby/passion/outlet for my excess energy/ what have you. So hopefully there will be more on this soon!

In the meantime, cat whispering can be my main hobby. Although even that needs work, because I can’t even keep Callie off of major household appliances.

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Remember that time I forgot I had a blog?

So, I’m not dead (I hope to make it to at least 90). I have not moved to remote Amazonian village (too hot, and cute shoes are immensely impractical). And I also have not abandoned my intended teaching career to enter America’s Got Talent with Callie (the last time I tried to teach her a trick she sliced my hand open and still got to eat all the treats I was bribing her with).

I’ve just been working a lot and stressing a lot and making major life decisions and waiting not so patiently for all the pieces to fall into place. The good news is that I think (hope?) that everything is on the verge of falling gorgeously, perfectly into place. I know life has a way of never working out quite the way you expect it to or even want it to, but I truly believe that everything that has happened lately has been for the best and set me up for an amazing upcoming year. I’ve got my fingers crossed that soon I’ll be able to talk in a little more detail about all of the exciting things going on, but for I’m just counting the blessings I already have.

I don’t have much else to add- I haven’t cooked a single thing in ages. My workouts are based around running through a restaurant hefting trays of food. And it took me three weeks- WEEKS!- to finish my last crafting project that wasn’t really a crafting project. I just painted some flower pots white and gold (my current favorite color combination) and rearranged my box garden.

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I’ve also watched excessive amounts of Designing Women and prayed I could be Julia Sugarbaker when I grow up. If you don’t know who Julia Sugarbaker is or why she is so wonderful, I suggest you run (don’t walk) to your nearest Walmart/Target/Computer with access to Amazon and just go ahead and buy the entire series. We can’t be friends until you educate yourself.

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