Friday, November 30, 2012


So I had a bit of an epitome today while browsing through my first blog posts (which I feel like I should apologize for- they're a bit wordy, not as funny as I thought I was being, and super whiny.)
In reading my younger selfs thoughts and wishes and dreams, it made me a little sad to see that so many things I thought were going happen and get done... didn't.
The more I read, the more I could see why.
Circumstances played a part, sure. But most of the problem is me and my 'tude. And flip flopping. And indecisiveness. In my need for everything to be pefecto, I missed didn't do as much as I could've, wasn't as happy as I could've been.
In my last couple of weeks off from work, I've had a lot (a lot) of time to reflect, relax, cook, clean, organize, visit, chat, cuddle, love, re-think, re-organize, etc. But I've found that I'm most happy and satisfied when I just do it, buy it, toss it, wear it, donate it, clean it, say it, move it. I've spent so much time in the past thinking too much about things. It's one thing to be money and design conscience. It's other to miss out entirely because of over-thinking.

I also feel like I need to print out all of my motivational speeches after these "epitomes" and put them everywhere. I seem to forget that I learned something pretty shortly after learning it.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Back to bed.

There's nothing better than waking up in the morning to go to work and finding the coffee's already made and yes mama, the puppy would really love to go back to bed with you and cuddle for a few minutes before you have to get ready for the day, all while your man is out hunting and will be stocking our freezer with seventy pounds of deer meat.
Love it.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Cuddle Bug

After we got home yesterday from a lovely Thanksgiving, a prompt trip to the shower was needed for the pup who wrestled all day with his pal, in the mud. We all got in our jammies and sat on our respective couches but Duke paced around the living room and kept sitting in random places, keeping eye contact with me the whole time. After a few minutes of this, and making this mama very worried (I was waiting for some bodily function to happen), he walked right up to me and let out the most pitiful whine I've heard out of him in a while. So I crawled down to the floor with him. And he sat right in my lap. The boyfriends observation: all Duke wanted was to be held. Once he found someone for the job, he fell sound sleep for the rest of the night.
Even though he's growing every day, he still has puppy tenancies. Which I can't get enough of. I hope he'll always be my cuddle bug.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Homemade Almond Joys

I could barely contain myself when I found these bad boys in Pinterest (just now).

I literally cannot wait to make them!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Motivation

My best friend sent this to me the other day. She's always had pretty good timing with these kinds of things and knows exactly what I need to hear. I plan on framing this one and putting it in my office. Love it. And her.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall Season

If I could wish all of these things into my closet, I'd need another closet.
Here's what I'm craving for this fall season.

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Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Big Windows

I would love for one of our homes to feature some big windows.
I find these absolutely stunning.

 Love the black and white.

 Tall ceiling envy.

 Brick galore with spectacular view of the city.

 More brick. And a Brooklyn shout-out for my mama.

 Can you imagine waking up to this?

 Love the arcs. And the pup. And that coffee table!

Blank canvas just waiting to be brought to life, lit by all that natural light.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thunder Thighs Workout

So in my quest to lose the post-surgeries weight, I think I've done pretty dang well, considering. Considering what? Well, a lot: my schedule, my lack of doing much of anything physical prior to this summer, lack of places to go to workout without paying to do so and paying an arm and a leg in gas to get there, blah, blah, blah). With that whining out of the way, I'll tell you that I've been able to get 24 pounds off and keep it off all summer. But now, I seem to be stuck. And I'm pretty sure those last few pounds are clinging for dear life to my thighs. And before I start my wardrobe makeover, I want to make sure I'm at a comfortable and reasonable...not weight, but... you know what I mean.

I've been finding these simple (but not so simple at first) leg workouts to be helping. The trick is to fit them in when a playful puppy is too tired to come down on the floor with you and literally walk all over you. Otherwise, they're no brainers. My legs have never been so strong. And I know that after tomorrow, which is my last regular season work day, and I'm able to start running with Duke again, the muscles underneath that last bit of fat will be pretty sweet.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Motivation

This is something I have learned rather recently. Even though I've always had the mentality of not wasting my time with people who I do not necessarily care for, we all make mistakes and poor judgements of people and what type of people or friends they really are. And we don't usually realize it until they've done us wrong. Why continue to be associated with such a person? Wouldn't that reflect on you as a person, a little bit?
I think Caroline Manzo put it perfectly when she said, with a thick Jersey accent, "When you hang out with trash, you start to smell like trash". I do not want to smell like trash. I am trying to be a better version of myself. The lady my parents raised me to be. And therefore, garbage is no longer in my life. For various reasons, but mostly because I said so. And if that means having my family, my boyfriend, my best friend, my dog and friends at work that I can count on one hand, then so be it. Quality over quantity. Always.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pinterest Makeover

I've been spending some (much needed) time cleaning up and organizing my Pinterest and moving my insane amount of pins into smaller, more focused boards.

Because it's one of the few things I have control over and I need some of that in my life right now.

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Please stop by and take a look!

Happy Weekend!