Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Week In Review

This week seemed to be rather uneventful, to say the least. Some (small) highlights:

-Found some nice bar stools on Kijiji that were in our price range. My parents bought them for us as an early Christmas present.

-Stephen surprised me one night with a Christmas tree that we had found the week before. He bought some ornaments and lights to go with it. It’s just a little table top tree, but it’s special to me because it’s our first tree. (Insert sappy emotions here.) We still need a few more ornaments and a star to put on top.

-I finally had the time/energy to bake in my new kitchen! Didn’t make anything too exciting, just some Reese’s peanut butter chip cookies, but they were amazing. Our oven works like a dream.

-Tried to go back to the old apartment to clean it up and discovered our roommate was still living there. He had told us that he was going to leave a couple of days after we did, but he didn’t. He had taken over the entire apartment and it was a mess. Stephen called him to find out what’s going on…Cam asked us to come back tonight to clean. WHAT? The apartment is a mess, not even taking into account Cam’s belongings. I’m worried that we won’t be able to clean it all tonight. Oh and guess what? Sunday nights are usually my nights to relax and rest up before the start of my work week. I don’t typically enjoy cleaning an entire apartment in just a few short hours. Both Stephen and Cam have tomorrow off, so they’re not too worried about staying up late to finish. I’ve already warned Stephen that I’m not prepared to stay up late. 5am comes too soon.

-Did a little thing on Twitter that shows what I Tweet about most. Guess what? I’m sharing it with you here.

Tweet Cloud My top 3 words are: Night, Stephen and Love.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

101 in 1001

I actually started this list a while ago (around March, I believe), and while I was all about it at first, I’ve slacked off recently. I’ve decided to post this here with the hope that it’ll get me going again! Since I forgot about it for a while, there are some completed items on the list without a completion date.

Day Zero Project

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Strike Out- Finished
Italic- In Progess

Completed: 17
In Progress: 10

My List!
1. Finish this list! (I've been working on it for months now.)
2. Try 3 new foods. (1. Okra)
3. Eat at 5 new restaurants (1. Mango Shiva)
4. Buy heels.
5. Buy a dress.
6. Bake bread from scratch (not banana bread!) (Done several times now, I love it!)
7. Go to the ballet.
8. Keep a dream journal for a month.
9. Spend a day cooking and freezing meals.
10. Finish a scrapbook, and keep it for myself.
11. Buy myself flowers 3 times.
12. Do the Columbia Icefield Tour.
13. Go on a hike.
14. Make dinner 4 different times.(1. Lazy cabbage rolls 2. Lasagna 3. Chili 4.Chicken and Sausage Gumbo)
15. Plant some flowers.
16. Host a dinner party. Completed February 20, 2010
17. Make something from Hello Cupcake.
18. Make a fancy birthday cake 4 times. (3/4)
19. Read 2 memoirs.
20. Mail in a Post Secret.
21. Mail a random person a postcard.
22. Donate blood.
23. Bake everything in one cookbook.
24. Go two weeks (and then possibly longer) without drinking pop.
25. Do yoga!
26. Go to Zoo Lights. (completed December 2009)
27. Make Jam.
28. Learn a new card game (I know about 3, yikes!) (President, Crazy Eights Countdown)
29. Have a picnic in the park.
30. Start a recipe book with Stephen.
31. Can some fruit.
32. Buy 2 lottery tickets.
33. Go to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (completed March 14/09)
34. Complete a puzzle.
35. Buy earrings and actually wear them!
36. Read more of the newspaper (besides the arts and life sections)
37. Get G.G.'s Banana bread recipe. (completed December 2009)
38. Send 5 letters to friends (2/10)
39. Do the Light The Night walk (September 2009)
40. Give someone a just because gift.
41. Buy a magazine subscription.
42. Write down 100 things that make me happy.
43. Save $2 for every task completed, then spend it all on something fabulous for myself.
44. Go strawberry picking (or apple or pumpkin!)
45. Make my own Christmas cards.
46. Conquer pie crust.
47. Go to a farmer's market.
48. Find a new bakery to love.
49. Make proper cabbage rolls.
50. Make homemade perogies
51. Go on a double date with friends. (Went to dinner with Natasha and Kenny)
52. Go go-karting .
53. Go fishing (June 2009)
54. Get better at speaking french.
55. Purchase frames for maps.
56. Go to a spa.
57. Volunteer somewhere.
58. Buy (and wear) an outfit I wouldn't normally consider.
59. Buy a new camera.
60. Go rafting on the Bow River.
61. Go stargazing.
62. Buy a multi-vitamin and take daily (USANA Essentials Pack + Fish Oil)
63. Have D’arcy and Greg over for a meal. (completed December 23, 2009)
64. Make Stephen breakfast in bed.
65. Try using fondant on a cake.
66. See a play.
67. Buy new prescription sunglasses
68. Write a message on a balloon and release it (like we did at Rondi's funeral)
69. Hang a windchime in a parking lot (inspiration from here.)
70. Finish my cross-stitching projects. (0/2)
71. Get fish with Stephen (and name them peanutbutter and Jam!)
72. Go on a double date with my parents.
73. Take photobooth pictures with props.
74. Leave a love note somewhere for a stranger to find.
75. Go to the Clayground again.
76. Learn to read notes in the bass clef (to be able to help Claire practice piano)
77. Go camping. (June 2009)
78. Go to a rodeo
79. Throw Mom and Dad birthday birthday parties (Dad’s birthday completed.)
80. See Cirque Du Soleil.
81. Grow some sort of herb, and then actually use it.
82. Purchase an art journal.
83. Attend a summer festival. (Sun and Salsa Festival)
84. Fill up photo albums with all of my pictures I have laying around.
85. Learn more about baking in other countries. Bake something! (0/5)
86. Go to the pride parade! (September 2009)
87. Make a family tree, then give it away to a family member
88. Make homemade Vanilla Extract for friends (November 26, 2009. Will be giving away as Christmas gifts.)
89. Get my pictures off the old computer.
90. Go knife shopping with Stephen and buy one to suit my needs. (Completed January 2010)
91. Own a Kitchen Aid mixer! (Best purchase ever!)
92. Save some money from each check and put it toward replacing certain parts of my wardrobe
93. Do at least ten things from this list.
94. Make a greeting cards scrapbook.
95. Find a suitable way to display all of my concert/play tickets. (ex: scrapbook)
96. Attend family reunion in September 2010.
97. Get a ridiculous manicure with a friend.
98. Bake with an unusual ingredient.

My end date is: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
If you have any questions about any of my tasks, feel free to ask!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Fill-In

fridayfillin #152

1. Wait! Wait, don't forget to stop by for some brownies tonight!
2. I want to take a hot shower followed at once by a long nap .
3. The trouble is I keep looking online for dogs to adopt…but we can’t have one just yet.
4. My very best friend lives many miles away.
5. With a faint pop, the lasagna in the microwave blew up.
6. The mountains are shadowy and ominous.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting our new (to us) bar stools, tomorrow my plans include cleaning the old apartment and Sunday, I want to sleep!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

For the past couple of weeks, I haven't been too happy with the person who posts the Ten on Tuesday meme. While I am sure that she's a lovely person, I find that her answers are often incomplete and posted much later in the day. If it weren't for the fact that she puts up the idea for Ten on Tuesday a week ahead of time, I would probably be posting Ten on Wednesday. I like being able to link up to the post and read other people's answers when I can, but more often than not I can't because the post isn't up before I leave for work. That being said, I stumbled upon a blog when it was linked through another blog I read. I discovered Chelsea of Roots and Rings, and found that she had created her own Ten on Tuesday. I figured I might give this one a try to see how I like it!

Ten on Tuesday

1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

For most of my childhood, I wanted to be, without a doubt, a teacher. When I reached high school, I was introduced to the idea of Music Therapy and wanted to be a music therapist. Once I started to seriously research this profession, I realized it wouldn't be for me after all. I then wavered between wanting to be an anthropologist and a social worker for quite some time. Now I'm undecided. I may just throw away all of that and open my own bakery. Who knows!

2. Name 3 of your irrational fears:

A) Stephen will leave me.
B) I will become homeless.
C) I will lose everyone that I love.
Hey, she did say irrational!

3. If you had a $200 gift card to any store, what would you want it to be? (Nothing responsible allowed, can't be used for groceries or anything.)

This is honestly a tough one! I can only narrow my choices down to 2: Williams Sonoma or WalMart. The only reason why WalMart is even in the running if because I can get more for less.

4. What is your most (blog friendly) embarrassing moment?

Some days I feel like a walking embarrassment, so it's hard to pick just one! To save myself from reliving awful past memories, I'll share one that I can actually laugh at now: When I was in Jr. High, there was this girl named Sasha who hated me. One night, I was dancing with my sisters, on my bed, while listening to the Spice Girls. Apparently Sasha had been walking down my street and unbeknownst to me, had seen us through the window. The next day at school, she made fun of me in front of my friends and hers. Luckily, none of my friends even cared!

5. If you were only allowed to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I'm going to have to say potatoes. I can make perogies and french fries out of them, which are two of my favorite things to eat!

6. What was your favorite toy growing up?

I tried really hard to think about toys from my childhood, but none of them really stood out to me. I'm going to have to be lame sauce and say my imagination. Some of my fondest memories are of the games that we had made up ourselves: plays that I directed in the backyard, "Drive By" and Power Rangers. We were awesome.

7. Do you have a "go to" outfit? What is it?

Mine is rather lame, but it works for me at the moment. Jeans and a black, 3/4 length sleeve, knit shirt. I seriously need to overhaul my wardrobe. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a girl, you guys would be amazed at my lack of clothes. Thank goodness I'm a nanny and don't need to worry about my clothes at work the same way other people might.

8. Who was the best teacher you ever had?

Mrs. Dalton, grade 3. She genuinely cared about her students. She made us small gifts at Christmas and had a "sticky note" reward system implemented.

9. If you could buy any car right now (something at least SORT OF within the realm of reality…so, you know, a Rolls Royce may not qualify), what would it be?

I'm just so sick of Calgary Transit that I'd settle for almost any car. Since I'm not as picky about this sort of thing as Stephen is, I'd go ahead and let him pick out his dream truck: Dodge Ram.

10. How do you reckon that Chelsea comes up with 10 of these questions every week? It was hard! What’s your theory on how she’s so creative? Are you going to help her?

To be honest, I don't even know Chelsea, I just found her blog the other day! Maybe she uses the almighty Google to find her ideas! And if she asked me for help, then I'd help her.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Week In Review

-Monday morning, I got a call that Dadboss is sick with the flu. I suddenly found myself with two unexpected days off work. It was just as well though, I was still trying to get over my nasty cold and shouldn't have been working anyway.

-Tuesday, Stephen and I finished unpacking all of our boxes! We've even hung up most of our pictures, and the place finally feels like it's ours.

-Wednesday and Thursday were rather uneventful days at work.

-Friday: 3 out of 4 nanny kids had the day off school, so it made for a busy day. It went by relatively quick, thankfully, because I had a concert to go to that night: Kelly Clarkson! Concert was amazing by the way. The way Kelly was talking to the audience, and to the drunk girls in the front row made it feel like she was our friend, totally endearing. She's such a doll.

-Saturday: Coffee date with a friend, relaxing most of the day.

-Today: My sister came in from Vulcan and finally got to see the condo, she loved it! Went searching for some new, paraben-free lotion and I am currently curled up on the couch with the amazing hot chocolate that I made.

Here's to a good week!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Just Some Things About Us...

I saw this over on Lau Reality and thought it was a great idea, so I decided to borrow it!
I wanted to do what Lauryn did and post the very first picture that I have of Stephen and I, but I don't have it on this computer. So instead, I'll share with you guys a picture from my friend's wedding.

What are your middle names?
William and Dorthea.

How long have you been together?
Since March 2008.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
About a week. We moved fast apparently.

Who asked out whom?
He asked me out.

What is your age difference?
11 months.

What is hardest for you as a couple?
Work schedule differences, especially near the beginning of our relationship. I typically worked 7am-5pm, while he worked 4pm-midnight. Our only day off together was on Sunday, so we didn't get to see much of each other.

Whose family do you see the most?
Mine. None of his family lives in Calgary.

Did you go to the same school?
We didn't.

Are you from the same hometown?
Nope! We weren't even born in the same country.

Who is the smart one?
I was the good student in school, but Stephen is definitely a very smart guy.

Who is the most sensitive?
Me. I'm overly emotional.

What is the furthest distance you've traveled as a couple?
To Victoria, BC.

Who has the craziest exes?

Who has the worst temper?
Not sure. Neither of us have lost it in front of the other, so it's hard to judge that.

Who does the cooking?
Stephen's the cook, I'm the baker.

Who is the neat freak?
Me, I suppose.

Who is more stubborn?
Stephen says it`s me, but I think we`re pretty even.

Where was your first date?
Stephen`s apartment, he cooked me the most amazing meal!

Who is more jealous?
Neither of us are particularly jealous.

Who eats more?

Who does the laundry?
I tell Stephen when it needs to be done, but we do it together. We don`t have in suite laundry, so I make him trek to the laundry room in the basement of the building with me.

Who drives when you're together?
Neither of us drive actually!

Who's better with the computer?
Stephen is.

Where do you eat out the most as a couple?
We like to try and eat at different places as often as we can, so there`s not one place in particular that stands out.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Fill-In


1. We need to go grocery shopping, our fridge is empty.
2. Stephen took me out to dinner last night, and it made me smile.
3. If you want to come over this weekend, I'll bake you cookies.
4. I just want to go back to bed because 6am comes much sooner than you think.
5. Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think I could probably care less to be honest.
6. All of my family together makes for a happy holiday.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Kelly Clarkson concert, tomorrow my plans include meeting up with a friend and Sunday, I want to bake all day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Card Swap

Back in my LiveJournal days, my friends and I used to swap Christmas cards. When I moved over to blog spot, I wasn't sure if things like that would still happen. Guess what I discovered? People still swap Christmas cards out in the blogosphere! I've decided to keep the tradition alive and attempt to swap cards with some of my readers! Here's the deal: If you would like to receive a Christmas card from me, email me at pinkpunch (at) gmail (dot) com with your name and address. Might be a good idea to remind me which blog you belong to as well. Sometime in December, you'll receive a card from yours truly!
I probably don't even have to point this out, but if you email me and I have no clue who you are, I'm not sending you a card, sorry.
I don't even know if I'll have any takers, considering not a lot of people read this blog, but kepe in mind that it's always nice to receive some snail mail!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

10 things I wish I knew how to do:

1. Play the piano: I can play the flute, but I have always wanted to know how to play the piano! I did teach myself how to play "Alouette" though.

2. Knit: I would love to be able to knit comfy scarves.

3. Cook: I can whip up a few basic things, but for the most part, I am a total mess when it comes to cooking a meal. I become an emotional mess, I kid you not. I can bake quite well though, so I don't understand why I lack cooking skills.

4. Speak French fluently: I took French in school, but it's just not the same as real life French. Maybe I just need to get myself over to France already and practice speaking the language. Because that makes the most sense.

5. Sew: I can't sew at all. When a button falls off, I make things up and pretend that I know how to sew it back on, but in reality, I have no idea what's going on.

6. Sing: It's a good thing you guys can't hear me sing, because I am awful! Doesn't stop me from doing it though.

7. Take pictures: Maybe I should get a camera first, the one on my cell phone just doesn't cut it.

8. Decorate Cakes: I'm not so bad at icing a cake and throwing some sprinkles on, but I'd love to know how to work with fondant and get all fancy with my decorating.

9. Draw: My mom's pretty artistic, so I have no idea how the artistic genes skipped me over entirely.

10. Not stress so much: So this doesn't really fit in with the rest, but it describes my life. I'm a big giant stress ball and need to learn to stop stressing so dang much! Mom and Stephen are trying to convince me to take up meditation or something.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Week In Review

I can't believe another week has flown by!

-Got a call Monday morning that C-Bear has the flu. I was given the option of taking the day off, but I just couldn't afford it. She wasn't displaying H1N1 symptoms anyway, just the good old fashioned flu.

-Tuesday morning I show up to work, and Jay-Z is sick with the flu as well. I start worrying a bit more, because I just cannot get sick, there's too much work for me to do in the upcoming weeks.

-Wednesday I have the day off work, but I wake up feeling the onset of a cold; awesome. I go out with a friend anyway, and then we both come back and pack up my kitchen.

-Thursday morning I head into work to find AZ (again, these are just nicknames for my nanny kids, so I don't reveal their real names) has the flu. He has it the worst of the week, and spends the entire day in bed. Before leaving for work, the Dad tells me it will be a short day and he'll be home around 2pm. 2pm rolls around and there's no Dad and no call from him. He doesn't have his phone, so I can't call him. Long story short, the Mom beats him home at 6:15pm! I don't mind working that late, the only thing that bothered me was that he didn't call me to tell me he wouldn't be coming home when he thought.

-Friday I had the day off, and was intending to spend the day packing. I was feeling even more sick, so I didn't accomplish much. My parents came over to help out though...they took us to buy a couch (used) and we filled up the U-Haul and moved over a load to the new condo. The couch wouldn't fit in the elevator, so we had to figure out another way in. Our balcony opens out onto the roof of a store, so Stephen and my Dad parked the U-Haul right by the store (in the alley), climbed on top and hoisted the couch up onto the roof. Thank goodness the couch wasn't that heavy. There is another balcony that opens up onto the store roof (our next door neighbor) and as it was about 10pm, the guy living there comes out and wants to know what on earth we are doing. He doesn't realize that the previous tenant of our condo has moved out, so he is concerned about what we're doing. He gets upset, understandably so, swears a bit and heads back inside. The guys get the couch into the condo as fast as possible. Stephen wants to apologize at some point today, and I think I might bake some cookies for the guy as well. Can't hurt, right?

-Saturday is the actual day that we plan to move. I'm feeling worse, but not bad enough that I can't help move. Everything went pretty well, we had everything moved into the condo by about 1pm. My family stick around, as we had promised to buy them dinner, and they help us with some unpacking. By the time dinner rolls around, I'm feeling super tired (I couldn't fall asleep until 3am the night before, and had to be up at 8am that morning), add to that the fact that I'm not feeling well and top it all off with my stubborn and opinionated family (who I love, don't get me wrong), and you'll have a really impatient and grumpy Angela. After a pep talk from Stephen and a few tears from me, we decided that I just needed to rest and stop unpacking for a while. We ate some supper and my family headed home. Stephen and I didn't really do anymore unpacking last night, except for uncovering his computer and my laptop and setting them up.

-Today I wake up and my cold feels worse than yesterday. I'm not quite sure it's at the point where I will have to call in sick tomorrow (it's hard taking the day off when you're the only employee). The plans for the day include a trip next door to The Great Canadian Bagel for a bagel (obviously), and then we're going to head to Wal Mart to pick up a few necessary items. We're hunting for bar stools, a medicine cabinet (how does this place not have one?), a few frames, a shelf and a few things to hang pictures. We're looking for quite a bit, so I won't be surprised if we only come home with the picture related items and a shelf. We're also going to unpack more (and fill up my walk in closet), and after all of that, I'll be able to judge more accurately whether or not I'll need to call in sick tomorrow.

I've missed my blog this week, but I have been trying to keep up with reading other blogs when I wake up in the morning! Hopefully this week will be back to normal and I'll have the time to post more often!
Have a great Sunday and a fabulous week friends!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Week In Review

This week was a week full of stress. Let's recap, shall we?

-My oldest nanny kid, A, got H1N1 last Saturday, which meant I had the whole week off work. Surprisingly enough, the week went by quickly. It wasn't a very restful week for me, so I almost feel like I haven't had any time off. I need to call my nanny family at some point today to actually make sure that I'm going back to work (as planned) in the morning. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I can't afford anymore time off.

-I posted here earlier in the week (Tuesday perhaps?) about getting the condo we looked at. That was a bit premature, apparently. After being told that the condo was ours, all we had to do was sign the lease, we got a call back later in the evening and we were told that the condo was still being shown and another lady was very interested. Cue the stress. To make a long . short, we had to come up with $1000 a couple of days earlier than originally planned. We were then supposed to go hand over the damage deposit and sign the lease on Thursday, but we were told that the lease still wasn't ready. We rescheduled for Saturday morning, so that we could also do an inspection at the same time. Saturday morning rolled around and THEY STILL WEREN'T READY. Stephen and I were beginning to feel like we were being jerked around, which is awful because we loved the place and the landlord had seemed so nice and liked us so much. We rescheduled (once again) for Saturday night, as Stephen and I had plans all afternoon. Finally, after much stress and anxiety, we headed over to the condo, signed the lease and got the keys. We move in on Saturday. Holy heck do I have a lot of packing to do. This is going to be one busy week. This is mine and Stephen's first place together, alone. We're pretty dang excited, and hopefully all this stress was worth it.

-Friday night was my Passion Party. It was the perfect break from stress! Almost all of my guests showed up about an hour early though, right while I was trying to do my hair. I wasn't done cleaning yet, but I left the sweeping and just spent time with my friends. I've been to two Passion Parties before, so this wasn't anything new to me. A friend of mine from high school was the consultant, so that just made the night even better!

-Saturday afternoon, Stephen's mom came to Calgary from Edmonton. She's involved with a new business (I may blog about it sometime), and had asked me to invite my friends and family to a presentation and spa party. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but I was quite impressed. This company seems to have some really amazing products, but due to lack of funds, I wasn't able to purchase anything. We all gave ourselves a facial, including Stephen, and my skin felt absolutely amazing!

So that's my week in a nutshell. Let's hope that this coming week is a better one, and that I have enough time and energy to tackle my mountain of a to do list. I may, or may not, be around this week, but hopefully by next Sunday I have internet to do another week in review post!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Fill-In


1. Plans and schedules exactly what I like. I love making lists!

2. I'm happy when things work out they way they're supposed to.

3. The last thing I drank was a cup of coffee, in my favorite Starbucks mug.

4. One of the most valuable things in my life is my relationships with my friends and family. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

5. I like lots of veggies on my pizza.

6. Dear November, you came too quickly. You'll also pass too quickly, especially with a move on the horizon.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a Passion Party with the girls, tomorrow my plans include a spa party and hopefully a condo inspection and Sunday, I want to go grocery shopping and look for a new couch!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Things That Make Me Happy!

1. Naps. Sometimes it's good to give in and take an afternoon nap! I had such a hard time getting out of bed though, my bed is so comfortable!

2. Family. Yesterday was a rough day (I may blog about it once the issues are sorted out). I called my parents for some help, and within the hour, my dad was downtown picking me up and helping Stephen and I with what we needed. He then dropped Stephen off at work and brought me back to my parent's place. My mom even made me home fries for supper! Never underestimate the power of the love of your family. It was just what I needed to turn a horrible day around.

3. Pink Toilet Paper. Yes, you read that right! Purex is raising money for Breast cancer by selling limited edition pink toilet paper. I was so excited to find this at the grocery store today that I beamed the whole way home. Of course Stephen and our roommate think I'm totally nuts, but I'm so excited to show the girls coming over tomorrow night. If spending ridiculous amounts of money on toilet paper was in our budget, I'd head right back to Safeway to stock up on pink toilet paper!

4. Parties. I'm hosting a Passion Party tomorrow night (link NSFW). I'm looking forward to having a bunch of girls over tomorrow night and just forgetting about the stress of this past week!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Can't Live Without

This post is a part of 20SB’s Blog Carnival: Can’t Live Without, and is awarding prizes to lucky bloggers and readers!

While sitting here thinking about the things I can't live without, I figured this post can go two ways: I could either show my human side and list off all of the material things that I can't live without, or I could sit here and try and make up some really awesome answers that make me seem like such a humble person. Haha, right. I'm only human, and there are material possessions that I will have a hard time living without. So I'm going to be real about this and share with you the things I feel I can't live without.

1. Coffee: I need coffee to get going in the morning. Anyone that works with kids will probably tell you the same thing.

2. My cell phone: I check it (what feels like) every five minutes. I can text, call, use twitter and check Facebook. Bottom line: I can stay socially connected to the world.

3. My laptop: I've actually only had it for a couple of weeks, but I already can't live without it. While talking with Stephen last night, he reminded me that when we move there's a possibility that we'll be without TV and internet for a couple of days...and I had a mild heart attack. Then I remembered that I have internet on my phone and all was right in the world again.

4. Stephen: This is probably incredibly sappy, but I just can't live without Stephen. We talk all the time, he calls me during breaks at work and even while he's walking home from see me. This will probably change one day, but for right now, I love it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

Ten ways to waste time on the internet:

1. Facebook games: I gave in and do the whole yoville/farmville/roller coaster kingdom thing. And to think I used to make fun of my friends who played facebook games. Serves me right.

2. Blogs: Not so much of a time waster but I do love Blogs. I think I have about a hundred in my google reader.

3. Etsy: I could spend hours looking at all of the beautiful things that I want.

4. 20sb/BlogHer: I spend ages looking around reading stuff. (ooh, that was descriptive!)

5. Twitter: Microblogging can consume your life.

6. Livejournal: I still have internet friends that post there, so I occasionally find myself wasting time reading stuff over there.

7. Looking for recipes: I get so caught up in reading recipes sometimes that an hour will pass before I remember that I only came on to check my email.

8. Gossip Blogs: Sites like Perez Hilton and Go Fug Yourself make for an entertaining read when you're bored. (I realize that I've posted at least three different versions of blogs on here. They're all very different to me and can't be counted as one.)

9. Quizzes: Mostly ones like this one on Ethan Allen, where it helps you to find your style. Try it!

10. Facebook Stalking: Not only have I resorted to playing stupid facebook games, but I also stalk people. It drives me nuts when I do this though, because whenever I have a stalking session, I find out more people that I went to high school with got engaged or got married or had a baby. NOT COOL.

In other news, we got the condo. Let the celebrating commence!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Week In Review

Work this week kicked my but. But we all knew that anyway considering I wrote about it already.
I normally have extra long weekends, so Thursday I spent the day trying to plan out my fondue party. Do you know what I realized? Trying to decorate your apartment for Halloween with zero budget (because you're saving for a damage deposit since your moving in a month) is HARD. Luckily I went to the dollar store and picked up some stuff to make the place a little more festive. I also convinced the boyfriend that dropping nearly $75 on food for the party is actually a very good idea. I really need to stop liking the whole entertaining my friends business because we're going to end up living in a box.

Friday, Stephen announces to me that we have an appointment to look at a condo. I get all excited, but then start freaking out because it's further away than I originally wanted to move, and adding more time to my already hour long commute is not cool. Stephen convinced me to just come look at the place and told me that if we both liked it, it would be solely up to me whether or not we apply for it. Can you guess what happens next? We go look at it, and we fall in love. I'm talking giddy, dancing in the kitchen, smother you with kisses kind of love. It's got a full size oven and fridge. The oven is on a big island for crying out loud! There's more cupboard and drawer space than I could even dream of, and there's hardwood floors for crying out loud!!! We filled out a rental application and should hopefully find out this week if we get it. Keep your fingers crossed!
That night I went with two friends to see Paper Heart. I found it to be ridiculously cute and it made me feel all mushy and gushy about love. We then headed to Denny's for a late night snack. I haven't been to Denny's that late since I was a teenager!

Saturday was Halloween, and my day of procrastination! I had trouble getting my act together and actually accomplishing things. I left the cleaning to the last minute...and my costume was thrown together half an hour before guests arrived. I feel like I totally cheated...I went as a "Nudist on Strike". People got a kick out of it regardless. The fondue was a hit, but now I've got a ton of leftovers. Note to self: 3 baguettes is two baguettes too many. The extras do go well with leftover chili though. We ended off the night by watching Halloween. Appropriate, yes?

Today I had every intention of cleaning up the dishes from last night but...they're still in the sink. I've just been too lazy. (Don't judge) Also, got a call from work this morning. The oldest girl I nanny may definitely have H1N1. I am now stuck with a week off work and nothing to do. I'm kind of freaking out a little bit. I'm trying to reassure myself that since she started Jr. High this year, my contact with her has been reduced to just an hour or two every day. I still can't help but think that every cough may be the onset of H1N1. Paranoid much? Yup, you betcha.
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