Everyday Fun

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You know what I love? Grocery shopping. I suppose it’s mostly because I like to cook, but grocery shopping is so much fun. Every other kind of shopping/spending money is depressing right now because Mr. W and I live on a fairly tight budget, but buying food never losses it’s appeal.

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Welcome to 2013!

Happy New Year blogworms!

We have arrived at that special time of year. The time when people makes resolutions which most of them will have broken/forgotten about by February 1. (<– I’m guessing. No actually research went into choosing that date.)

This year, I’m not doing it. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against resolutions and goal setting. In fact, I mother f-ing love goals, which is the problem. I have so many goals being juggled right now that I cannot even imagine adding one more.

I suppose in a sense my resolution is just resolving to keep plugging away at my goals and hopefully even get a few crossed off my lists. One of the ones I’ve been totally avoiding is to start blogging more regularly. Right now, that’s at the top of my list, so hopefully there will start being a lot more new post in this little corner of the internet.

 

That’s all from me on the resolution front. Are you making a 2013 resolution? How did you do with your 2012 goals?

 

 

 

Sleepy Time Rebellion

Hi blogworms!

I’m sleeeeeepy. You know how they say you should keep your sleep schedule regular even on the weekends? Yeah… I don’t do that. And I definitely pay for it. ¬†This is how my alarm feels on Monday and Tuesday:

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I know this is what happens, but I keep letting my sleep schedule get screwed up on the weekends anyway. Whhhyyyy!? I’m pretty sure that I feel like it would just be too lame to sleep from 10:30-6 on the weekend, but that’s what makes me feel the best.

To be fair to myself, the 15 pound cat stealing all my space in the middle of the night isn’t helping things either…

How about you? What’s your sleep schedule like? What healthy habits do you struggle to adopt?

Living the High (Anxiety) Life

Hi blogworms!

Sorry to anyone actually reading this that I’ve sucked so hard at posting regularly. There has been a lot going on, but things are (hopefully!) calming down, so I should be posting more often now.

To be honest, part of the problem is that I’ve just been feeling quite sad and anxious lately. I got a new part-time job as a receptionist, and I was hoping that I could work there and at Macy’s, which would have hugely helped with my finances. Unfortunately, the schedules refused to work together, so I had to quit Macy’s. Then, my mom came to visit. Of course, that was the one week they needed me to work full-time. It was a fun visit, but I feel like I hardly saw her. Then, to top it all off, one of the kittehs developed a partial urinary blockage. Thankfully, he got better without an expensive procedure and we have switched his food so it hopefully won’t happen again.

All of this is to say that part of the reason I haven’t been posting is because I don’t want this blog to be me whining about my life. My problems pale in comparison to many people’s despite sometimes feeling overwhelming. Some days, I feel like my life is completely off track. My train has been derailed into quicksand.

Things are getting better though, and I’m trying really hard to be positive. I’ve been repeating a phrase one of my college professors used frequently over and over to myself.

“Everything is trivial in hindsight”

She didn’t mean this to be life advice. It was a math class that focused entirely on proof writing, which, to put it very simply, is writing directions from point A to point B. Often when we got stuck, we would go to the professor for help. I (and many of my classmates) would get really frustrated we she gave us hints and the pieces still wouldn’t click. When we got to the “I’m such an idiot! This should be easy. Why can’t I figure this out?!” point, she would calmly say “Everything is trivial in hindsight.” The point she was trying to make is that she knew the hint was helpful because she already knew the answer. Since the question was new to us there was no reason to expect it to make sense immediately.

Lately, I’ve been trying to apply this advice to the way I view my life. Things aren’t going the way I want, and I have no idea where I’m headed. That doesn’t mean it won’t all work out. Stressing out about not being where I’m supposed to be and not knowing how I’ll get there won’t fix things. Enjoying my life now and working toward the things I want will. The only guaranteed way to fail is to worry so much about how I haven’t succeeded that I stop even trying.

Instant Happiness

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Isn’t it amazing how things from your childhood can make you instantly calm and happy? When I was a kid, my family had a tradition of having hot chocolate and powdered donuts after Friday night football games. I saw some donuts at the grocery store and decided to recreate that snack. Man was it awesome!

 

What childhood moments do you like to recreate?

Cool Cats

Reno weather is weird. Until a couple days ago, it was a little chilly but still summerish during the afternoons. Then all of the sudden it became winter. Boo hiss. Our apartment has vaulted ceilings, so we’ve been keeping the thermostat low to avoid spending tons of money on heat that will mostly end up where we can’t even feel it. Needless to say, everyone is a bit chilly. The kittehs are finding new, warmer places to hang out. As evidenced above, the fireplace is popular. So is getting all up in the people’s personal space.

 

Mr. W and Tig demonstrate:

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Halloween Movies for Reminiscing (and for wimps)

My taste in Halloween movies basically hasn’t changed since I was 8. I have an extremely overactive imagination, so I don’t watch anything scary. This is especially true since I spent a year having dreams about serial killers trying to murder me almost every night. It was a very sleep deprived year, and I still have no idea what caused it. Some mysteries will never be solved I suppose.

Anyway, on a cheerier note, here is a list of completely cheesy and fun movies that Tig and I think you should watch for Halloween:

1) Hocus Pocus

2) Double, Double Toil and Trouble

3) the whole Halloweentown series from Disney

4) The Worst Witch

5) Tower of Terror

What movies do you love at Halloween? Are they frightening or just fun?

 

25×25: This is why we can’t have nice things

I finished one of the items on my 25×25 list a few days ago. Here are some photos of Mr. W and I’s journey putting together a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle:

This is the puzzle we chose. It was cheap and not ugly and that was good enough for us.

Stage 1.

Lyla wanted to help.

So did Opie.

This should have been a picture of the finished puzzle. The kittehs decided to knock it off the table instead. This is why we can’t have nice things.

 

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25×25: A relaxed goals list

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Like a lot of people, I love lists and goals. When I was about to turn 20, I wrote a 30×30 list for fun and self improvement. It sucks. I didn’t account for a sluggish economic recovery. Every time I look at it, I get frustrated about how broke Mr. W and I are*. So, since I’m about to be 23 1/2, I decided to write a 25×25 list to distract myself.

Here are my easier, cheaper, more fun 25×25 goals:

1) Increase my typing speed to 75 wpm

2) Try every recipe in Miette

3) Teach Tig to play fetch

4) Finish knitting the blanket I started 2 years ago

5) Taking an accounting class (This is a little expensive, but it’s more justifiable than the things on the 30×30 list)

6) Post on this blog for 30 consecutive days

7) Run 5 miles

8) Do 20 push-ups (I’m not sure how to start this since I can’t do any right now…)

9) Start an herb garden

10) Play in the snow

11) Make a financial vision board

12) Make a souffle

13) Bake bread from scratch

14) Throw a fancy dinner party

15) Go to a beginner line dancing night

16) Put together a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

17) Carve a pumpkin

18) Send thank yous from my wedding that we should have sent a year ago

19) Learn to do something other than point and click with our camera

20) Buy a vase and fill it with flowers

21) Go horseback riding

22) Take a yoga class

23) Host a tea party with an actual teapot and finger sandwiches

24) Volunteer somewhere

25) Try sushi

 

*I did finally get a part time job at Macy’s for the holidays!

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10 Fun Fall Things

In the interest of full disclosure, this post was inspired by this Yes and Yes post. I seriously love that blog.

It’s starting to feel a little bit like fall here in Reno, although the afternoons are still TOO HOT. Fall is my favorite season (and the season my wardrobe is most designed for), so I’m a little bit pissed by the late onset. Alas, the sun gives no fucks about how I feel.

Here we have, in list form, 10 fun fall things to do:

1) Drink a pumpkin spice latte.

I know it’s cheesy, but they are JUST SO GOOD. One morning while I was in the shower, Mr. W went out and got me one. I think I’ll keep him.

 

2) Knit something.

I need to do this. I really enjoy knitting, and I have a blanket that I’ve been occasionally working on for about 2 years.

 

3) Make something homemade that you’ve never made before.

I’m thinking about trying to bake a loaf of bread from scratch. You could try pumpkin pie, spaghetti sauce, or cheese. I’m sure there are non-food options too, but I haven’t had enough coffee to think of any.

 

4) Carve a pumpkin.

I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years, and I am determined to change that. I even have a balcony where I can display it now!

 

5) Play a game or do a puzzle.

Summer is all about outdoor activities. Fall is a great time to enjoy something inside like an old game or a jigsaw puzzle.

 

6) Go for a hike.

On the flip side of 5, we are running out of nice days, so enjoy the fantastic fall weather too.

 

7) Start shopping for Xmas gifts.

It builds anticipation, and helps prevent a mid-December freak out.

 

8) Take some pictures.

Pumpkins are very good at holding a pose.

 

9) Go to a football game and drink hot chocolate.

Actually watching the game is not required. I personally enjoy it, but I know not everyone feels that way.

 

10) Try a seasonal beer.

Then let me know how it was!

 

Happy autumn! Hopefully winter doesn’t come too fast!

 

 

 

 

 

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