Saturday, September 29, 2012

Embarassing Moving Stories

Today we were helping some friends move across town and stumbled upon this box:
 
For the rest of the day we made jokes about each item as we packed it. "This glass vase is just regular fragile, but that disney globe, that is "santa's ass" fragile. Santa's ass fragile is reserved for only the items of utmost delicacy. I plan on labeling my boxes as such when we move next Summer :)

But all that giggling and nonsense got me thinking about the Summer of 2010 when we moved from San Diego to San Antonio and last Summer when we moved across town.
And one of the most embarassing stories of my life.
 
It all started with this armoire.
 
Soon after Andrew and I got married in 2007 I started hoarding collecting furniture. We were poor newlyweds so most of my shopping was done on Craigslist. Now we're poor oldlyweds and we still hunt for bargains on Craigslist. Some things never change.  Anyway, we bought this armoire from a young college kid at San Diego State University who told us his grandfather gave it to him. He said it is a beast to move because it is solid wood and the drawers don't detach, so don't even bother trying (something his grandfather told him). We thought nothing of it.
 
So when we hired movers three years later for our move to Texas and told them about this armoire with drawers that don't come out they packed it as is and they thought nothing of it.
 
It wasn't until last Summer when our friends from church (who we had known for like 5 minutes) helped us move to the house we live in now that this armoire unleashed a world of embarassment at us. It was the last piece of furniture loaded in the Uhaul because it is in fact a beast to move. But, as we were unloading it, one of our friends managed to successfully pull the drawers out. We were schocked and about to congratulate him on this unbelievable feat, but before we could say "Wow, you did it!" a torrent of 1980's pornographic magazines spilled out all over our driveway from this unsuspecting old armoire, making us look like truly disgusting perverts. I have never been so embarassed in all my life (well, there was an unfortunate Scattergories incident, but I'll save that story for another day.)
 
*Just to be clear, that stash was not ours nor do we own any pornography. Me thinks it was that student who sold it to us grandpa's old collection because he was the one who said the drawers didn't open and the magazines were definitely from before our time. In the words of one of our church friends in attendance "There was not a Brazilian among them."
 
Oy. I hate moving!
 


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Is it Friday yet?

Happy Friday Thursday!?
Boo hoo.
 
Why won't this week just end already? 
 
I need a break!!! I need a day off!!!
I need to watch this movie again. Classic!
In the spirit of the fantastic Ferris Bueller, I really want to take tomorrow off and make today my Friday because "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Also, I am soooo tired and sleeping in tomorrow sounds like the best idea since tiramisu for breakfast which I may or may not be eating right now. Don't judge me, it has a hint of coffee in it so it's clearly a "breakfast" food!  I'll eat oatmeal tomorrow to make up for it.

The last couple weeks have been busy and I've been trying {semi-successfully} to simplify.
 
Take things one day at a time.
Relax.
Breathe.
Eat more Italian desserts.

The simplification process has not been completely voluntary. There was an entire week that I was sick and forced to slow down. I only get sick once a year, but when I do it is full on infirmary! {Antibiotics, a cortizone shot, and no voice for 5 days was about as great as it sounds.}

Thank goodness October is practically here with it's yummy spiced cider and my favorite fall candles. But October is also a turning point in the school year. The sweet-faced students that were awkward and adorable in August have traded in their smiles and manners for sassy pants and attitude. Let's just say I'm finding a 9 to 5 office job more and more appealing.

Breathe.

Ok, so it's really just been a long week subbing middle schoolers and the kind of patience required to do that everyday just doesn't come naturally to me {or their actual teachers which explains why they keep requesting subs!}

So after long days trying to reason with and enlighten pre-pubescent teenagers from 7:30 to 4, it should come as no surprise that I have shopped my way home from work everyday this week. Oops! {Blogging is my cheap therapy and shopping is my real therapy}
 
 
Happy ALMOST Friday.
And it is only 8 weeks until Black Friday {the best Friday!}...
I've been training all year for that!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hello Monday

Happy Monday! I'm linking up with Lisa to share some things we're saying hello to...

 I know it's a little early for Thanksgiving, but I don't have many Halloween decorations so I just skipped it this year :)

 Back to school meant lots more little germs to catch. I caught one :(

 Lucky Hoagie-Bear gets to read 4 books a week!  I think I've read maybe 4 books this whole year!
Which brings me to this...
 I'm following along online here
{Don't be too impressed, I only read the book I didn't actually "do" the book. But I want to!}
 

 Hello Mid-September... Hope you got the memo about cooling down
because my Fall boots are ready to make their debut.
 
 Hello less than 100 days until Christmas!
Too soon to be excited about that? {Psh. Never!}
 
What exciting things are you saying hello to this week?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

This Week

I painted {almost} everything white.
 
The painting process was anything but glamorous...
Now I need to paint the walls so that the white will stand out because it's really quite bland.
But we're moving in less than a year, so I'll probably just learn to live with it. 
Who knows, if I change my mind and want to switch colors the white will just act as a primer :)
 

Andrew booked his October trip to Logan, UT for a lit conference at Utah State University. I'm sitting this trip out... it's on Jack London. If it was in London, then maybe I would tag along!
 
After 7 devoted years, I finally got bored of Facebook and am this close to deactivating my account. At least until November because all the political poo posts are beyond annoying. Let me make my political stance here: Everyone should vote, but no one should write about it on Facebook. 
If my allegiance is not clear, it is this: MADDIE BEAR for President!!!
Her platform: make chicken jerky, not war!

Speaking of Maddie, she spent approximately 15 minutes barking at/chasing/running
from a rogue plastic bag that blew into our yard. It was quite entertaining.
Apparently she is not down with littering... add recycling to her platform!
 
I subbed everyday. And my feet hate me almost as much as I hate waking up at 6 every morning. It might be time to dig up those old aerosoles loafers I put in the donate pile because (old lady shoes or not) those eye-sores make my toes feel like they are dancing on clouds. Unlike the 4" heels I normally wear that feel like a million little thorns stabbing my feet with every excruciating step.
But enough about my poor choice in footwear, aren't the kids cute?!
 
I've been feeling particularly flabby after eating my way through all those fun vacations this Summer so I tried the HIIT (not sure what that stands for) workouts from this turbofire series.  Ouchy! It's not as bad as P90X, but I'm convinced this girl is half frog with all the crazy jumping involved.
 
The verdict:
I think I'm more interested in "lethargic-luke warm" exercise routines than turbo-fire ones.
Plus winter is just around the corner and I'll need the extra insulation of those belly rolls for warmth.
 
Speaking of chubs, I stumbled upon this hilarious greeting card at Target...
Hope you have an up-lifting weekend :)
 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Shoptember

It's Saturday!
It's September!
And I made good on my intention to get some shopping in this weekend...

 Yes, that is Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
and it is what I am insisting on eating All. Weekend. Long.
Bring on Fall starting with Breakfast!!!
 
Speaking of food, enticing Andrew with comida is the only sure-fire way to get him to accompany me on my shopping trips, which brings us to LUNCH...
 I know I can be a little bi-polar with my affection for Texas,
but the delicious Tex-Mex will always hold a dear place in my heart.
And now that they have introduced the "queso-rito"
{burrito made with a quesadilla tortilla} I'm hooked!
Ross never fails me!
 
Lest you think I wasn't productive enough today,
I also spent an hour this morning on {faux}hair maintenance 

 
I always thought hair extensions were a little silly,
but then I succombed to peer pressure and bought some and now I think they're fun.
 
Peplum dresses, pointy heels, hot pink clothes, and gaudy necklaces are also silly and fun.
That may be the theme of my wardrobe. What can I say, I'm a child of the 80's!
*And now I am suddenly inspired to attempt a flock of seagulls {via extensions} hairstyle. *
 
Happy September!

Update... I also shopped my way through Labor Day on Monday
and found some great deals at Target