March 27, 2012

Reorganized and it feels so good

You know that place in your house where everything ends up? If you're not sure where to put something, it's that place where you put it until you figure out the thing's permanent home? Maybe its a rocking chair or a treadmill. Maybe its one side of your bed (my sister did this when we were younger she slept on one side and piled shit on the other side). For us, it is the "desk" in our room. I put the word in quotation marks because it has no drawers and to me, in order for it to qualify as a desk it must have drawers. A desk without drawers is a table. The husband doesn't quite share my view on this as it is his desk from college. I would love to get rid of it and find a desk with drawers but he's a wee bit frugal so I'm working with what I have. The lack of drawers really poses an organizational problem and the desk goes widely unused for reasons I'm not entirely sure of. Mail, clothes, cameras, and other random objects end up living on the desk for an indefinite period time. Even in the one organizational tool we have everything was askew. 

A couple of weeks ago, I'd had enough and decided I was going to organize the desk and hopefully use it as a place to do things, like online shop and surf Pinterest  write lessons and pay bills. I didn't really do much but go buy a few more bin things (I don't know what to call them) and 2 bulletin boards. I switched out Hubby's college degree (he was a little salty but he has an office now so he can put them there) and put the two bulletin boards up and added the bins for more places to put papers and writing utensils.
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I am so pleased with this small clean up. It subsequently makes the rest of the room feel cleaner even though it's not at all. Now the trick is keeping all the clothes off of the desk and actually putting the mail and other papers where they belong instead of throwing them haphazardly on the desk. This will probably last about two weeks and then I'll come home from book club happy hour and throw my clothes on the chair and my shoes on the desk and fall face first into bed. Sigh.

March 21, 2012

Needling

I started doing acupuncture at the beginning of this year in an attempt to tame my anxiety which sometimes gets so bad  that I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin. There are a lot of other ways it manifests itself but I don't want to share those as then no one will ever read this blog. 

When I started, I fully expected to be all Charlotte York a la Sex and the City Season 6 when she goes to see Dr. Mao but she can't block out the noise of the city and subsequently walks out into the waiting room sans clothes. I didn't want to put a whole lot of emphasis on how the process would go because I didn't want to have high expectations and be let down if it didn't work.

But, hot damn, I am no Charlotte York.  I was asleep on the table the very first appointment. That shit is da bomb. I look forward to my acupuncture each week and the ability to completely and totally relax. I leave feeling so great. My anxiety, though not completely gone, has definitely gone down and I sleep much better on acupuncture days. 

Tonight, when I went in I was congested and when I came out? Totally able to breath. 

Like I said, shit is da bomb.

March 20, 2012

Renting the Runway

By now, everyone in the free world has heard of Rent the Runway. I live by RTR. I use it all the time and lament the fact that I didn't think of this idea myself. But then I remind myself that I didn't go to Harvard so I give myself a pass on not thinking of what might be the most brilliant idea of all time. If you haven't used RTR before, I highly recommend it. I know a lot of people are nervous about things such as will I like it? how will it fit? what if it doesn't fit and then I'm without a dress? I have never had that experience. I think you just really have to look at the options and find something you like and if you have any reservations, always chat with a fit specialist. They will tell you the truth. I promise. They have never failed me. Also, I never rent anything over $50 that way if I don't love it, I won't have totally blown the bank (unless I have a credit--which I often do from referrals!)
Anywho, I thought it would be fun to do a recap of all the RTR dresses I have worn. That way, anyone who is wary can see that it really is awesome and not scary.
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First RTR experience. July 2010 wedding. Tibi Tribal Tank Dress. Was so nervous but it worked!
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August 2010 bachelorette weekend in Chicago. Tibi Navy Origami Shoulder Dress (no longer on the site). I'll admit, this one didn't fit quite as well as I had hoped but it was fine.
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August 2010 bachelorette weekend in Chicago. Robert Rodriguez Collection Make You Blush Dress. Loved this dress.
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December 2010 wedding. Badgley Mischka Sequin Bell Sleeve Sheath. Got a lot of compliments on this dress.

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March 2011 Busy Season gala. Milly Prim and Proper Bow Dress. This iPhone pic really doesn't do it justice. I swear it was way cuter in person.
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May 2011 my bachelorette weekend. Milly Toffee Ripple Delight Dress. Perfect dress for a perfect night! 
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March 2012 Busy Season Gala. Milly Like Honey Dress. Loved the glitteriness of this dress!
A couple of thoughts after writing this post. 1.) I'm clearly into Milly. 2. ) My hair color and styles are all over the damn place. I hope you enjoyed my trip down RTR memory lane and will feel inclined to jump on the Rent the Runway bandwagon!

*I did not receive any compensation for this post. I genuinely love RTR and want others to use them as well*


March 15, 2012

Waxing Philosophical

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This was covering the cork on my wine bottle last Friday night. It's rather fitting as that is exactly how I like to approach my wine. But it is also how I am going to start approaching my life. Too often, I can be accused of sitting on the sidelines of my own life. Starting now, I'm just going to dive in. Reckless abandon. You only get one life, right? If this rings true with you at all, then I urge you to do the same. And drink some Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon while you're at it.

March 8, 2012

A Day Off, As Told By Instagram

Yesterday I had the day off. It was glorious and very much needed.As an added bonus, the weather was absolutely gorgeous! Here is an Instagram play-by-play of what I did. Thrilling stuff, I tell you!

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Checked email and stayed in bed later than usual.
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Took a picture of my non-work outfit (Note: this is not my closet--I'm housesitting this week in my hometown. The pup is here, too! If you look closely you can see her photo-bombing)
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Went out to lunch with my grandmother. It was a drinking lunch.
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Ate my weight in a crabcake sandwich. I had one last night, too.
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Participated in some retail therapy. You guys? I have a tee-shirt problem. I bought four. I have like seven in my closet at home.
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Ate pizza off an Aladdin plate. Green peppers, onions, & mushrooms.
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Made a small dent in this sucker. I'm enjoying reading it but damn, I need an encyclopedia next to me just to read one sentence.
Happy Thursday! Friday is in sight!

March 6, 2012

Surviving

Do you ever have days when you come home, sit down {potentially for the first time since you got out of bed}, and realize that the only thing you did right was get out of bed? I've been having about a month of those days. It seems as if I can't get all aspects of my life running smoothly at the same time. Something is always suffering and it leaves me feeling overwhelmed and not good enough. I know it simply means that I need to re-evaluate and figure some stuff out to make it all run more smoothly. But, these things seem so daunting when, at the end of the day, I'm bone tired and happy to have just kept my head above water.

I hope I don't sound like I'm complaining ...although, I guess I am. Most of the time, I try to focus on all of the good things in my life {which are many!} but sometimes I just need to let myself feel this way for a minute or two before I can buck up and move on again.

I am confident that things will fall into place. I just needed to get this off my chest. I'm already feeling better.

As my mother has always said, "this too shall pass." And let's face it, she is always right.