Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Humpday Vol 1092

So first off, the other day when I wrote my positivity post, I said that I got red squiggly lines aka it's not a real word. Some people were like wtf it is so a word, red squiggly lines! But then other people said they didn't get the red lines and google says it is a word, so wtf world? Is this that damn dress all over again?!

Further investigation via screenshots:




We are not alone! I kinda love that he said what the french toast.

yahooooooooooooooo

Other words that are apparently not words:

Bachelorette.
Texting.

That's all I can think of.

The other day my boss asked me what was on my toast, I told her peanut butter. She said oh ok, it looked different. Another girl who was in the kitchen at the same time piped up 'she put it on hot' and they were all like ohh ok that's weird. WTF? Is this a thing? Am I supposed to wait for my toast to cool down before I spread some gooey PB on it? Then my toast will be cold. It makes no sense. Please explain. That shit cray and weird.


Side note: I only like PB on bread or toast, or toasted bagels. I don't like peanut butter flavoured things, I don't like peanut butter and chocolate, I don't like it I don't I don't.

Is anyone else having issues with bloglovin lately? It's not marking my posts as read when I open them - I have to either hit mark as read, and then open it, or I have to mark the blog / group as read. Very annoying when you have like 100+ posts to read, I normally open like 2 or 3 at a time every half hour or so depending on what I am doing at work, but this is just making it super annoying and ragey and I want to throw my computer. Anyone else?


Sometimes I want to write irregardless because I think it's funny and I am trying to be funny (side note where the fudge is the red squiggly line for irregardless because IT IS NOT A WORD WTF) but I don't want you all to think I don't know it's a word. So I don't. But I want to. Irregardless of what I want to do, I don't. Ha! I did it - ps it was a joke and I know it's not a word.


As you know, I have been watching a lot of HGTV and it makes me sad that no-one will come to my neck of the woods and make me a pretty house. I promise I wouldn't argue with you, Drew & Jonathan. I will go with whatever house you think is the best, Chip and Joanna. Hilary and David, come on out - we would love our house and all the pretty things Hilary would do, but you can't change the location which is our main issue, but we won't tell them that will we? Pretty please won't you come to where I want to live and renovate a crappy house for me? I'll love you foooeevvaaah.



It's a really sad day (or a good day, however you want to look at it) when I have nothing in my 'online shopping' folder. See below just to see how sad.



That's all from me folks. The title of this post is a joke. Good day to you. I SAID GOOD DAY! Ok, I stole that from Steph because it makes me laugh every.damn.time. But really, have a good humpday y'all.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Positivity Project; Working on Me.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. We didn't do much at all - a lot of HGTV. Although KC tried to watch a basketball game on Sunday night and it was blocked in our area, which made him really mad. It better not be a frequent occurrence otherwise my glowing review of Sling TV will not be so glowing.

I am sure you have seen these posts around - kudos to Amanda for starting such a lovely project. I have loved reading other people's posts but really struggled to write my own. However, as it was a goal for January, I forced myself to sit down and churn it out. Then I left it, and rewrote it because it was so Debbie Downer and I am so over being Kristen Downer.

Meet @ the Barre

This post was originally hard for me to write because it is not easy for me to talk about myself in a good way.. People say they like my smile, I say my teeth are crooked. People say I'm skinny, I have body issues. People say they love my hair, I say I have amazing best friends. It's never been easy for me to accept compliments or even say I like something about myself without first putting myself down. My motto was always 'as long as I don't hate myself'. Obviously, I am working on that.

1. Tell me something that you love about yourself

I love my legs. They are capable, and willing and they rarely let me down. They are there, they are strong, they take me everywhere. I may not be the fastest runner in the world, but I feel it. I feel like the fastest, strongest, happiest runner and that's all that matters. I am able to run, which is more than I can say for a lot of people and I don't ever want to take that for granted. Running makes me happy, and I love my legs for giving me that.


2.  Tell me what you want to work on

Well, being nicer to myself of course. For the past 15 years, I have worked on not hating myself, inside and out. I struggle with the physical aspect more than I'd like to admit. I have really bad days sometimes, but I am better at recognising them and not sinking into a black hole of hating myself. I have gotten to the point that I don't hate the way I look - that doesn't mean I don't have those thoughts when I look in the mirror, but rather rationally and logically I can recognise good things about myself. Sometimes I really do feel awesome and amazing, and it's in huge part due to the amazing people in my life. It's that 15 year old in my head that is hard to drown out sometimes, but I'm working on it. Focusing on good things and what I am capable of rather than what I am not, what I have instead of what I haven't got. 


3.  Give someone a compliment and mean it

I used to be horrible at giving compliments because I couldn't see past my jealousy over whatever I was complimenting. But over the last 8 or so years, I have gotten so much better, and now I never give a compliment unless I truly mean it. And I really do mean all the nice, wonderful, lovely things I say to my friends - I don't feel an ounce of jealousy, I really am happy and proud of everyone. Today I am going to cheat and give a compliment to a two ladies - Tracy and Alyssa. They are both such lovely women, amazing athletes, inspiring on so many levels and have already taught me so much. They both seem to have such a hold on who they are and I just think that is fabulous. There are a million things I could compliment about them both because I genuinely do think they are amazing women and I'm glad to have met them both through blogging. They are both runners, of course, and I can't wait to see them in DC next weekend (!!).

stolen from Alyssa's instagram

4.  Tell me something that you are proud of, succeeded in or are just generally pumped about.

I am proud that I am finally happy with who I am inside. This has been a long time coming, and I really do like myself now and am happy with my personality, flaws and all. I've gotten to the age where I don't care what other people think I should or shouldn't be doing, or if they don't agree with something I love; running, reading, cats, pride & prejudice - I can handle it a lot better than I used to. Something that really helped me was realising I can't (and don't!) like everyone and everything, so I cannot expect everyone to like me or the same things I do. Sure, sometimes assholes get me down but I used to get so far in a black hole that I struggled to get out. Now I'm all.. shake it off, shake it off.. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Meanwhile, serious question here... can someone tell me why positivity is not a freaking word according to spell check? Red squiggly line, I do not believe you.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Shopping

So, after January aka the month of buying all the things, I really needed to slow down. Especially because we booked Europe and you know, I kinda want to eat when we are there.

I still went over budget this month. But not as bad. Still not good though. I did most of my shopping early on, and slowed down towards the end of the month. I realised not only do we have Europe coming up, but we just got a new (to us) car, and my green card expires in a couple months which is $600 right there (yeah being an expat is so fun!), among other things. So this really will have to calm down from now on. I think I am finally getting to the point where I am really thinking about my purchases, and if I will actually wear them etc etc.

1. A dress from sheinside - I actually already own this dress but it's too short so I thought if I bought another I could make it longer... but then I got the stitch fix striped dress and I don't think I am going to try. It's too hard to return the dress, so I will just sell them both on eBay.



2. Crocs Adrina Flats - don't judge. They are for Europe, apparently great for travel. They are super comfy. They aren't the normal ugly crocs. At least, I think they're cute.


3. Cat flats - Ok you can judge me for these, but kitties! They are fairly comfy, definitely need breaking in but I really like them.



4. Skirt from modcloth - I have been searching for a skater skirt for yonks that actually covered my butt. For once, modcloth came to the rescue. Normally I love their stuff online but it doesn't work in real life. Happy to say this skirt is long enough, cat hair resistant, and super cute.. in my opinion. It comes in navy too which is actually on super sale.


5. A dress from stitch fix - and I love it! More about my first fix here.


6. Gap knit moto jacket - Gina made me do it. Seriously though.. I am hoping this will be my go-to comfy but casual without looking like a slob jacket. I haven't got it yet, but it looks great on Gina. I have a denim jacket that I was hoping would be it, but it's just too stiff and I never grab it, so it's stupid. If this works out, I am taking it to Europe. Oh, I got it on super sale which is always awesome. It was like $76 originally, on sale for $56 and then another 30% off. I mean, I had to, right? But seriously, I really did want a jacket like this and I am hoping it will be the one and I'll never buy another jacket again. Promise.


Thrifted buys:

I bought 1 blouse and 2 dresses off eBay and thredup, I am returning the thredup dress because I simply do not need it and shouldn't have bought it, but you live shop and learn. I am losing the couple of dollars on shipping, but better that than having a dress in my closet I never wear. The blouse is more like a tunic, it's blue and white striped - super cute. My favourite purchase was this J Crew maxi dress - got it for less than $20 and it's long enough, thick enough, and I think pretty darn perfect. It's a bit boobalicious but I guess you can't win them all, plus I am president of the itty bitty titty committee.



So that's everything I bought in February. Not good, but better. March should hopefully be a quiet shopping month.

Friday, February 27, 2015

TFITLFOF

aka thank fudge it's the last Friday of February. I know I was all like 'hurry up Spring' last year but for reals, this winter is just killing my buzz and ruining my life. Too strong? Don't care.

So over it and ready for warmer weather. I never thought I would be excited for a 40 degree forecast - seriously, I am running in shorts and a tshirt on the weekend, rain you better stay the buggery away.

Meanwhile, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the forecast said 61 for Tuesday. It's coming, I can feel it.. Spring. But until then... favourites!


Sling.


Y'all I am so obsessed with this I literally can't even. If I'm saying y'all you know it's real. I might have mentioned that KC and I don't have cable - never have, not worth the money. He had it when he lived with his mom, I never had it growing up and we survive just fine. That being said, if you invite me over to your house for a HGTV marathon, I would say yes in a heartbeat. KC has to watch soccer and football games on his computer or go to a friends house. So, we don't want to pay for cable but we wouldn't say no if it were free.

Well. It's not free, but it's damn near. $20 a month and you get like 20 channels, I can't tell you what they are because I only care about 1 - HGTV (KC only cares about ESPN - this should be interesting come football season). Yep. aka the reason I have done nothing the last few days because all I have been doing is watching alllll them shows.

Ok, first off - we signed up for a free trial to see if it was our jam. Bummed to find out we need a roku or amazon fire whatsit. I don't like watching live TV on my computer, and while we can hook the 'puter up to the telly, then what am I supposed to blog on? Then I discovered they were running a deal where you get $50 off the fancy amazon thing, or a free amazon stick thing (real technical terms here y'all). So, I cancelled our free trial that I had set up with one email address, and signed up using this link with a different email address- now you do have to sign up and pay for 3 months up front with either of these deals, so I recommend doing a normal 7 day trial with another email address to figure out if it's right for you. It might not be, but I thought I would share for my other HGTV lovahs out there.

Oh, and you can access netflix and all the other doodads with the fire stick thingy.



You can add extras, like sports or news or kids but we didn't.

Biggest awesome thing I have discovered: I CAN REWIND. Ok, so I get home and some lameo show is on. I can rewind hours or days back and watch whatever I want. Boom. The stick isn't the best to rewind and fast forward through commercials and the like, so I just let it play through and instagram for like a minute till the show comes back on. It is without a doubt my favourite feature.

Biggest flaw I have found so far: doesn't have the option for subtitles like Netflix. Have a feeling this would not annoy most people, but y'all I love my subtitles. Oh, and you also can't have it running on multiple devices at once, which is not a big deal for us, but it might be for you.

We love it so much we are most likely going to get rid of netflix because we really don't use it that much. It's ok, it's handy, but eh. We kept it cause it's like $10 a month, but this is $20, and both makes - you guessed it, $30, and I like $20 better than $30 so Bye Felicia-Netflix.

I hope I don't have to say this, but totes not sponsered. I wish. I would shout it from the rooftops even more so than I am doing right now. It's not even an affiliate link, nada, zilch, noperaino. Just my love for HGTV, or as I like to call it, hug TV.


Favourite book.

I started Joey's book Yeah, maybe last night and I seriously couldn't put it down. I didn't even watch HGTV which is a big deal because see above. It's still on sale for $1.99 so go get you some good bookage.


Serial.

About a year late, but I'm listening to Serial whilst running. I don't like podcasts, I don't like murder (you know what I mean), I didn't think this would be my jam. But I'm addicted, I want to run more just so I can keep listening.



You guys.

Yep, all y'all. For your sweet words and comments on Tuesday's post, I just feel super loved and normal and like a new person. Baby steps, being nicer to myself, being honest with what I actually want.. come at me March life.

This weekend is hopefully gonna be low key - running, reading, hgtv-ing and sleeping. Sounds fine to me. Any plans?