Thursday, February 23, 2017


Welcome to another edition of notes.

Dear Students,

What is so important that it cannot wait the 30 seconds it takes for you to walk down the stairs and outside the building before getting on your phone?  Are you aware of the 30+ people around you?  Also, did you know it's a dumb idea to sit in front of a door that swings outward?  Yes, I will hit you next time and not apologize.

Dear Neighbors,

Please, please, please take down your Christmas decoration.  Also, please put an exhaust fan in your living room on high because whatever the fuck you are burning is unbearable. On another note, I applaud your ability to finally learn how to park your car straight and not take up two spaces.  Congratulations.

Dear Adults with Small Children,

Do not allow your small child to run up to a strange/unfamiliar dog.  Especially if the child is bigger than the dog.  This is how they get bitten.  To the guy at the dog park last weekend, I purposely moved my dog halfway across the lawn to avoid this situation.  Take note of the dog's behavior.

Dear Apartment Manager,

Why are you planning to raise my rent if I renew my lease?  I've been there two years now, wouldn't that allow for some grandfather clause or something?

Dear The Hunchback of Notre Dame,

I do not like you.  I may not finish you.  And that's disappointing.

Dear 30 Day Flat Belly Challenge,

My belly is not even the slightest bit flatter.  In fact, it's poochier.  What the hell is up with that?  Is this one of those things where you see no difference until the last day?  Fuck that.

Dear Filing Cabinet,

I've put off cleaning and organizing you for over two years.  I've even moved apartments with you a complete mess.  Guess what, we are going to spend some quality time together this weekend.  I may need some emotional support though because this task is daunting.

Dear Missouri Weather,

You are stupid.  Either be winter or be spring.  Do not be some messed up combination of the two.

Dear Coworkers at my Part Time Job,

You are a lot of fun and all, but cleaning the bathrooms takes about 10 minutes in total.  Do it.  Every night.   I would hate to need to use the bathroom at your house if this is how you approach cleaning.  Gross.

Dear Michael's,

I am coming to see you during lunch!  Please do not disappoint.

Dear Starbucks,

I love you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Catch Up

So, let's play a little game of Catch Up.

I got my taxes done over the weekend.  If the figures are correct, I should be okay.  I might even be able to do that thing I've been thinking about for a while.

The weather has been unseasonably warm this past week, so I've turned off the heat in my apartment and opened up the windows a little.  It's so nice.

Speaking of nice, it is so great to walk out of my bedroom in the morning and see light coming into the space of my apartment.  Until this past week or so, it has been so dark, I couldn't make out my furniture except for some shadows.

I'm wearing new jeans today.  They are fitted and stretchy and I believe they make my flat ass look good.

Do you know how often you use your middle finger?  Whether it's typing, carrying your coffee cup, washing dishes, fixing your hair, pulling open doors,, etc., that finger gets a workout.  Of course, you don't really realize this until you have a giant bandage on it and can't use it.  This is why I almost always use a cutting board.

I cut finger while cooking dinner on Sunday.  It was a new recipe too.  What was I cutting, you might ask?  Butter.  Yep, just butter.  I guess it was colder than I thought.  It all happened so fast too and hurt so bad!  Luckily, the bandage makes it look worse than it actually is, the cut is on the tip of the finger.  The bandage is big to protect and provide cushion.  After all the trauma and the clean up, I went back to making dinner.  The new recipe was disappointing.

Let me continue to keep it real with you readers.  Up until last night, this was the current state of my dining room table for this past two weeks.

If you know me at all, you know I really hate clutter.  This is the result of a busy schedule and a run down/tired feeling.  Within the mess are things from:  my car, my first aid kit, the MK business, mail, manicure kit, coloring books and pencils, and notes to myself.  I'm happy to report that this table is mostly clean now.

I made so much progress on cleaning/organizing when I actually took time to focus on the task.  I think I spent about an hour and a half working on the table, but I got things back to where they belong, sorted through notes, mail, etc., and entered a lot of expenses, sales and miles for my MK business.  It was a very productive evening.  I think I need an assistant.  Or maybe a housekeeper.

Maybe if I actually staged my table and made it look pretty with place settings, linens, and a centerpiece, I could avoid this?

I'm on the hunt for shadow boxes.  I want to store my photos, scripts, programs, and small props from the plays I've been in. However, one photo is 18"x12".  Yikes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Yes, I know I'm a blogging slacker.

2.  This past weekend, my parents and I went to a really big flea market/antique mall and thanks to their help, I found a great dresser/chest to refinish and re-purposed as a TV stand/storage.  However, my parents both like it so much, I think I need to find a new piece.

3.  While at said flea market, I stumbled across a piece of art that used to hang in my bedroom.  No less than 2 years ago I might add.  When I saw it, I thought "hey, I used to have a picture like that".  I then touched the back of it and yep, the command strips I used to hang it were still in place. 

4.  Today is Valentine's Day.  I know a lot of people who are celebrating "Gal-entines Day".  Yes, that's fun and all, but here are my V-Day plans.

5.  I started the Hunchback of Notre Dame on audiobook.  The narrator is pretty good, but you have to love (hate) how Victor Hugo gives an entire history of random shit that have no significance to the story.  The audiobook is 19 hours long and it wasn't until I was over an hour and a half into it that we got to the first mention of Quasimodo. 

6.  As of this week, I have officially paid off one bill entirely!!  Yay!  Go me!

7.  I'm convinced that Mrs. P is trying to torture me with this 30 Day Challenge we've been working on .  We have officially made it to the halfway point.  Finally.

8.  We are another week into February and I still haven't made a new wreath.  Although, I did get more yarn the other day for a completely different project.

9.  If you are a choir person, you will find this funny.  I find this hilarious!

10.  I still want a new planner.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ten on Tuesday

1.  I can't believe it's been a week since I posted.  I really need to get some posts drafted and scheduled.  I promise there are some great ones in my head.

2.  This past weekend was awesome!  Saturday was the first day in months where I didn't have to go anywhere or do anything.  I finished a book, watched movies, and took an unexpected 2 hour nap.  So great.

3.  Do you know how hard it is to see black yarn while crocheting?  Why didn't I turn on a brighter light?  Because the overhead light was not welcome during the Super Bowl.

4.  To find this lovely photo above, I discovered this one.  Where is this store?  I need to go there now.

5.  Speaking of making things, I feel a trip to the craft store coming up.  We're 7 days into February and I haven't made my wreath yet.  My front door is looking kind of sad.

6.  According to Goodreads, I'm on track for my reading challenge.  Of course, 36 books is nothing compared to Mrs. P's 50.  :)

7.  This past weekend included a trip to the bookstore.  I had two gift cards from Christmas and decided that instead of purchasing books I haven't read and don't know if I will like, to purchase books I have read and enjoyed but didn't own.  I have added 5 books to my library and I am so happy!

8.  I managed to get to email "inbox zero" and even maintained it for about 3 days.  Now, it's been completely ruined.  There are 5 messages in my inbox.

9.  Instead of a planner with the academic year, I kind of want a new one for the calendar year.  Why am I so weird?

10.  Anyone want to come help me clean out my filing cabinet?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ten on Tuesday

1.  I'm thinking of changing from Blogger to Wordpress.  It's a long process, so we'll see.

2.  Have you seen that Mrs. P is back in the blogosphere?  Go say hi!  No really, go say hi!

3.  I found this very funny.

4. I started reading a book for a book club I want to attend next week and so far, it's very boring.  It also sounds like it will get incredibly sad.  Not at all a book I would choose to read.

5.  Have I mentioned that the crochet blanket I started back in June was off by 120 stitches by the time I was halfway through?  The mistakes started back on row 4.  I ended up pulling the ENTIRE thing out.  All the way.  That was over 300 rows I had ripped out.  It's a good thing I had started to not like the pattern much at all.  I have new plans now.  It's going to be great.

6. Thanks to the wonderful research efforts of Mrs. P, I have a terrific idea in mind for a February wreath that is not all pink/red/hearts.  Plus it's not cheesy.  Stay tuned.

7. I love this:

8. While reading my book yesterday, I discovered that someone had actually tore out pages that contained 2 recipes.  If you read the Hannah Swensen series, you know that each chapter includes recipes.  I cannot believe someone actually tore out pages from a book.

9.  Can I just sleep, color, and crochet all day?  Can we make that a thing?

10.  And because it took me 2 weeks to write this, here's some eye candy: