Hiatus

It’s obviously been a hot minute since I’ve written anything. Or a couple of minutes. Whatever. 

There’s no big reason, good or bad. I just haven’t felt much like writing lately. October is always a busy time in the school year and I also have had several fun things going on so I just haven’t gotten around to blogging. I’ll be honest, I thought about formally quitting blogging. Or maybe I mean informally. I hadn’t planned to write some long, drawn out explanation about it or anything. I just haven’t put a ton of time or effort in to it lately. Not that I ever put a ton of time in, really, but I did used to write more than once every other month. 

But I decided I don’t want to throw in the towel just yet. I love reading blogs and I do enjoy having my own, even if it’s far more laid back and infrequent than most. 

So here I am! Back just in time for the most wonderful time of the year!

Some quick and mostly irrelevant updates:

If you’ve ever read my about page, you know that I have dyed my hair some shade of red for ages. As in 10 years.  Not quite a year ago, though, I decided to go darker…and not at all red. It was fun for a few months but I missed red way, way, WAY too much. So the ginger of Ginger in a Snap is back!

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Some self indulgent after shots

  
I absolutely love how it turned out! Even though I’ve done my color at home since I was 13, I decided to suck it up and get some professional help (my hair had to be bleached to get rid of the dark color and I was not about to try diying my own bleach job) and I am so glad I did! My colorist/stylist/magician actually blended three different shades of red through my hair and I love how it seems much more natural and multi dimensional than what I got from an at home color. 

It’s been a month since it was dyed, and the color has faded a little from those first day photos (as red always tends to) but not very much! I’ll be due for a root touch up soon and I am definitely planning to keep this color!

We celebrated Charlie’s second birthday at the beginning of October. He got a peanut butter banana dog cake with peanut butter frosting. He continues to be extremely sweet, extremely wonderful, and extremely spoiled (of course).

  
He was an elephant for Halloween. It was adorable. 

  
No, he’s not trying to escape in that picture. And he’s not miserable. Not at all!

  
Charlie is a pretty good jumper, which we discovered after he decided the best was to get on the couch was to jump over the back side of it. I’ve had him practice a few makeshift agility jumps and he seems to really enjoy it. I’d love to actually set up a little course for him and see how he does! Maybe I can even find an agility class nearby. 

I’m going to end things here for now. I could add several more things to my “what I did while I wasn’t blogging” essay, but I won’t. I’ve got to save some stuff for later! 

Hope to see (write to?) you soon!

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!

Teacher workdays, junk food, and radial nerves

I. Love. Teacher. Workdays. Today was a mandatory teacher workday and I was more productive today than I have been all week. I’ve had some paperwork stuff that I’ve been putting off and putting off (it’s been on my to-do list for literally three weeks) because it wasn’t anything that had a specific, pressing deadline and there were other things I had to do that did have specific, pressing deadlines.

Plus, it was quiet. So, so quiet. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kiddos I work with but they can be very distracting (even when they aren’t in my room. No idea how they manage that.)

Of course, now that I got that paperwork done there’s suddenly more to do. But such is the life of a special ed teacher.

I’ve decided I really need to get better about meal planning, especially when it comes to lunch. I may have mentioned this before, but I don’t generally bring lunch to school. I was so used to never eating lunch over the summer and was never bothered by it that I just kind of assumed I would be fine.

Of course, I didn’t take in to account that during the summer I spend my days constantly running around a restaurant and am so busy I don’t get hungry. At school, it’s a very different kind of busy- the kind that doesn’t conceal hunger AT ALL. Which is how I’ve fallen into the habit of eating vending machine junk food lunches more often than I care to admit. It’s starting to make me feel super sluggish and my skin is also paying the price.

Hopefully I will find some simple, tasty, and healthy lunch ideas I can share!

Also, a Charlie Update: we officially adopted him a week ago! Before that we were technically just fostering him but with the intent to adopt. But now he’s totally ours!

He had his first vet visit yesterday and we were finally able to find out more about his leg. Apparently the damage from his accident (probably hit by a car but we can’t be sure) is to the radial nerve in his leg. It controls the muscles in the lower and front parts of the leg.

The damage caused reduced blood flow and sensation to the leg to varying degrees. It causes Charlie to drag to top of his paw sometimes, and it makes him clumsy- he can’t usually support his weight with just that leg. The vet said he won’t ever regain full use of his leg, but it won’t cause him any pain either. We just have to make sure he doesn’t have any injuries to that leg because he likely won’t feel much (or any) pain that would otherwise make him slow down.

We’ll keep doing his stretches to help maintain the blood flow and muscle mass, but in the meantime it’s not slowing Charlie down one bit. He’s learned to open the screen door, runs like a speeding bullet, and enjoys fall afternoon picnics.

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I also got some beautiful flowers from my boyfriend today. They make a perfect fall table topper, don’t ya think?

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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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