Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When Stupid is Just Stupid

Is this thing still on? Anyone out there? 

I have been enjoying summer to the fullest - days at the pool, nights at the bar, time in between with spin classes and work. And really, it's all been going smoothly. I'm tired, and that's ok - i'm tired from the sun and warm air and exercise. So, it's a good tired.

I'm also really, truly, stressed. Searching for a job has me feeling really down in the dumps but for the most part, I can roll with the stress... till a day like yesterday happens.

It was a normal day - doctors appointment, errands, cuddling with babies, etc. Until my husband and I saw that a storm was going to hit. We needed to cover my mom's pool for her so we headed out to do that when my husband got stung by a bee.

SERIOUSLY?! I haven't been stung by a bee since I was five and i'm not sure he had, either. I didn't even know what to do, it had been so long! 25 minutes and 6 different internet remedies later, my husband decided to go out and stomp on the bee that stung him. The fact that it was already dead didn't matter - squishing it was the key to revenge. I even decided to take a picture:
So, what does this picture not show?

It doesn't show the swarm that came up from under the steps when he stomped. Or the yellow jackets that dive bombed me. Or the stinger I had to get out of my leg later. In a matter of 30 minutes, we had both been stung and since it was now storming, the power was out. It was the kind of day that makes you hate nature, people.

Oh, and then I fell down the steps. Inside, so the only injuries are rug burn and my ego.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Stuck in the 1770's

Last week, after school let out for the summer, my husband and I left town for vacation. Not only was it our first just for fun trip we had ever taken just the two of us (nope, didn't honeymoon!) but it was the perfect way to end the school year.

This time last year, I would have been organizing guest bloggers, pre writing posts, and checking in on every social media outlet. Instead, I just left my phone in my bag and enjoyed our trip, and I do t regret a moment. 

I think it's one of the things I love most about blogging - it's on my schedule and my terms. Not much else in life goes that way, you know? It's nice to know that you guys are here when I come back, but also you don't mind when I step away. So thanks, ladies (and gents!) and as a show of gratitude, here are a billion pictures. 

We didn't get a ton of pictures in colonial Williamsburg because, DUH, the townspeople from the 1770's can't use a camera. But we had a blast and will be back as soon as possible!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Nothing good happens after dark...

At least not at Target. At 9:25 last night I hauled my sick self off the couch and dragged myself to Target for a new neti pot. I was going to kick this cold once and for all!

When I left, I had way more than a neti pot. I'm proud though, because everything I bought was from the pharmacy section. Including a new Chapstick that tastes like smarties. 

Anyway, now I'm at urgent care because the cold I've been whining about has turned into a full blown sinus infection. The only seat is next to a woman wearing a mask because she's so sick, so here's hoping that goes better than I think it will. 

If I can just get my hands on an antibiotic, I have an amazing weekend ahead that includes a date with Tim McGraw... So here's to a happy weekend... For all of us!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Taking A Sick Day Is NOT An Option Here

Starting on Friday of last week (which happened to be field day - don't get me started), I had a little tickle in my throat. I grabbed some Halls and a Coke and moved on. I'd never dealt with allergies before but I was pretty sure that's what this was. I should add here that I also took a pretty dead to the world four hour nap after field day. It might have been the best nap ever.

I felt better over the weekend - sort of. I took it easy and didn't do much besides work and I felt ok but tired. I was still able to drag myself to spin and drink wine, so, really, how bad could I be?

Then Monday hit. I felt like I had been hit by a truck. The sore throat continued, the stuffy nose was there, the floaty heavy head feeling - all of it. 

Fast forward to today - I didn't sleep at all last night, I can't eat, can't taste things, can hardly hold my eyes open.

You guys, I don't think these are allergies.

However, i'm a substitute teacher. We don't get sick days - we ARE the sick day coverage. So i'm here, at school, with a whole bag of Halls and my best smiley face attitude and big, BIG plans to get in bed the second I get home. I already put the hubs on chicken noodle soup duty.

So, you don't get pictures because i'm at work and you don't get much of a blog post because my brain is broken but please HELP because we're leaving for vacation in a few days and I NEED to be better!!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm a Snob.

The other day, while i was in the shower, I reached for my pump bottle of shampoo only to realize that I was out. The pump was dry, there was barely enough soap inside the bottle to finish that shower. When I got out, I instantly went to Amazon to see where I could buy my beloved BedHead shampoo and FAST. I was price checking at various websites, texting a friend at a salon, and scouring Amazon pretty much all at once when my husband finally asked me why I didn't just use some of the shampoo we have for guests.

Now, really, that's a fair question. Shampoo should not cause panic. But you know what? There are some things i'm just really "snobby" about. I need my brand I know and love, and I need it now. So, it got me thinking - what else am I a snob about?

-Bathing suit tops. I won't wear a top that doesn't have actual cups. These girls need all the support they can get. Victoria's Secret is a big favorite because I can order by cup size and mix and match whatever I want.
-Blush. I swear forwards, backwards, and upside down by Hint from Bare Minerals. Also in this category is my warmth bronzer. I'm scared of other brands.

-Dry shampoo. For my blonde hair, a powder works perfectly and there's none better that Blow Pro's "Faux Dry" shampoo. Also it's funny every single time I tell someone I need to buy more Blow.

-My hair. I still drive 2 hours to my hometown to have the same woman do my hair every six weeks. It's half the price of northern VA and I like the people. Plus I usually get a home cooked meal or two out of it.

-Running shoes. In no world would I go for a run outside without my Brooks. Unless I was being chased and wasn't prepared, which isn't likely. I have 2 pairs and one is always in my car. You just never know.
-Cameras. I'm a Nikon girl through and through, although this is as much about years of use as it is brand snobbery. I feel like i'd be starting all over if I switched! My D3100 and I are bff's though, so she won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

Are there things that you absolutely have to have a certain brand of? Or habits you just can't break? I'd love to hear i'm not alone!

Monday, June 2, 2014

I've Found My People

WOW has it been a long time since I found my way to this place. There has been so much going on in my life - in a good way. Those of us that work in the school system really come alive in the summer... all of the sudden we're kids again, with long lazy days and crazy fun nights. Well, at least my friends and I are.

Anyway, while having all of this fun I have been a little extra tired because I have added something new into my life... spinning. Do you guys remember a few weeks ago when I was all "I really need a new goal to keep me going!" and asked about spin classes? Most of you said that your butt hurt when you tried it, but a lot of people loved it so I figured hey, why not?

Anyway, I found a studio in my town that is dedicated to spin, went through my first few classes, and now i'm addicted. Like, in the studio at 5:30am addicted. Every single day. I set myself the goal of going to 20 classes in 30 days and I am WELL on my way.

The best thing (besides my butt not hurting since that first class) is that the studio I now belong to is a real community. I have friends there. My instructors are my friends on Facebook. We cheer each other on, give advice, check in on each other, and congratulate our hard work. It's really something incredible.

I have said to people that half the reason I spin is the workout, and the other half is that it's my place. They're my people. I was wondering, do any of you have the same setup, the same fun workout routines? I want to hear!

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Happy Friday everyone! I sincerely hope you all have more interesting weekend plans than I do... my part time job is retail and it's a huge shopping weekend which means I am spending all of my weekend at work. Yuck. 

I'm (mostly) ok with that though because last night I had the opportunity to do something I normally do on the weekends, which is go to the movies... and not just any movie people. I was offered FREE tickets to an advance screening of The Fault In Our Stars. I don't know many bloggers who haven't already read the book, but in case you haven't, it's a beautiful love story that deals quite honestly with the stresses of cancer. That sentence seems just too simple to sum this book up, but I don't want to give anything else away!

Anyway, i'm a die hard book lover. I pretty much always have a critique of movies made from books. Don't even get me started on Harry Potter... love those movies but they are not the same as the books! I digress. TFIOS got it all so, so right. There were some subtle nuances that you probably only picked up on if you were a book reader, but even for someone who hadn't read the book, the movie captured the magic, the emotion, the depth of every single character. The casting was perfection - I didn't think I could love Augustus Waters anymore, but I do. I love him so much. I openly cried like a baby for a lot of the movie and had zero shame.

I 100% recommend this movie and will be dragging my husband to see it again when it comes out in 2 weeks, no doubt!