Saturday, April 28, 2012

9 Years (and 3 Days) Later

Today (as in 3 days ago when I started writing this post!) I was cleaning out my closets. Get excited for a stimulating post about that! I got to the top shelf of my guest bedroom closet and I found my Africa letters. How is it possible that one of the events that defined who I am happened almost 9 years ago?! 

See the "dear EJ" letter? I am a horrible person and am only fully realizing it now. That was from R. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I'm Alive!

Yes, while I've been silent, I am alive! I finished my first full week at the new job. I'm thrilled to say that I LOVE IT! It's an amazing company with amazing people. It also has an amazing city view from the parking lot! I love the commute. I love feeling smart again. I love that my entire body feels like it's been run over and I've dropped 4 lbs. just from going back to retail! Those are the pros. The cons are that I'm new. I love to be an expert and the whole "trusting the process" rather than getting all of my training in an 8 hour day (like I would like) is annoying. I hate not feeling smart! I also have worked a ton of hours. That's it! It was a great first week!

I still haven't gone to take "after" pictures of my big design project I wanted to unveil. I've been working like crazy, and the homeowners had to take an unexpected road trip. Therefore, my design blog has no design content! 

I am renaming my window blind post because the number of creepy googles about how much people want people to see them naked is alarming me. That's just not really my target audience and I'd rather they find a more appropriate blog, rather than my boring (fully clothed) one! This experience has made me really think twice about my googles. Everything you type into that search bar goes to the website you open because of those results. I don't know about you, but 70% of the knowledge I've gained since college has been because of google. I google a lot of random stuff!

I got a speeding ticket for going 30 over the speed limit several weeks ago. I haven't gotten a ticket in YEARS, and of course got one just days after my accident while driving my fresh rental car. I wasn't even paying attention and was cruising right along. I've been driving like a slow old woman since and about 12 times a day I worry about what consequences I face! Ugh. 

I want to reorganize my pantry, refrigerator, and closets. If you're into creating order you'll love those posts! If you want to know how to paint something you'll have to give me a little time while I find a few more walls (although I'm trying to resist the urge to redo my guest bedroom "just because"). 

That's all that's really new with me! When I haven't been working I've been sleeping, attempting to ready myself for a 5k I have next month, and having a social life! So, let me leave you with this week's favorite Pinterest-found quotes:

Make sure that every conversation that you have with someone that matters to you leaves nothing unsaid. You never know when it will be your last. Something about doing that helps me sleep great at night with everything off my chest :)

Until next time!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

11 Things If You're NOT a Hopeless Romantic

I didn't write this. I don't know who did. I did read it here though and thought it was funny and a perfect contrast to yesterday's 11 things!

1. The nice men are ugly.
2. The handsome men are not nice.
3. The handsome and nice men are gay.
4. The handsome, nice, and straight men are married.
5. The men who are not so handsome but are nice, have no money.
6. The men who are not so handsome but are nice and have money, think we are only after their money.
7. The handsome men without money are after our money.
8. The handsome men who are not so nice and somewhat straight, don’t think we are beautiful enough.
9. The men who think we are beautiful, are straight, somewhat nice and have no money, are cowards.
10. The men who are somewhat handsome, somewhat nice, have money and thank God are straight, are shy and NEVER MAKE THE FIRST MOVE!!!
11. The men who never make the first move, automatically lose interest in us when we take the initiative.

11 Things If You're a Hopeless Romantic...

I am the most hopelessly romantic person imaginable. I didn't cry for years. Even at funerals. I didn't ever care about falling in love or getting married. Then I fell in love... When that relationship ended I cried. We both did when we decided there was no point in continuing since we both wouldn't compromise on something really important. Anchor Man was on TV in the background. Somehow it's still one of my favorite movies despite the horrific breakup that happened while Baxter was being punted! I fell apart while we were sitting on the couch, starting at each other, and shaking our heads at what had happened. I let myself (or couldn't stop myself) cry in front of someone other than my immediate family for the first time. He held me while I destroyed his shirt with tears and mascara and eventually left with a kiss on my forehead and it was over. Our last date ended the same as our first and I was alone. I cried in the shower. I cried in bed. I cried in the car. I cried for at least six months straight! Then I finally started to get over it. But, with all of this crying sappy Erin was born. Floodgates were opened that couldn't be closed. I understood love and all of the sudden cheesy movies made sense! Happy endings were amazing! Since then I became the typical girl that formerly hard-as-nails Erin used to hate! I had so many people in my life tell me how I softened after that. People from college, my family, even my boss. Soft = Sap! I mostly hate it. Now I have all of these emotions looming under the surface all of the time. I kind of liked being dead inside! If I get pulled over I cry. If I see an Onstar commercial I cry. I have become my mother.

There's really no purpose to this post. I have an almost finished project to reveal and I'll post thats soon. I'm nervous about starting my new job tomorrow. So I'm posting mindless stuff tonight. Because I can and it's my blog! Here's a pile of sappy movie quotes and clips because this is me:

Today I watched When Harry Met Sally. It's up there as one of the most amazing movies of all time. Did you know the term "high maintenance" (when referring to a woman) was born from that movie? 

Some of my favorite quotes are:

Sally: He just met her... She's supposed to be his transitional person, she's not supposed to be the ONE. All this time I thought he didn't want to get married. But, the truth is, he didn't want to marry me. He didn't love me.
Harry: If you could take him back now, would you?
Sally: No. But why didn't he want to marry me? What's the matter with me?
Harry: Nothing.
Sally: I'm difficult.
Harry: You're challenging.Sally: I'm too structured, I'm completely closed off.
Harry: But in a good way.
Sally: No, no, no, I drove him away. AND, I'm gonna be forty.
Harry: When?
Sally: Someday.
Harry: In eight years.
Sally: But it's there. It's just sitting there, like some big dead end. And it's not the same for men. Charlie Chaplin had kids when he was 73.
Harry: Yeah, but he was too old to pick them up. 

Marie: Tell me I'll never have to be out there again.
Jess: You'll never have to be out there again. 

Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
Sally Albright: Which one am I?
Harry Burns: You're the worst kind; you're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance.
Sally Albright: I don't see that.
Harry Burns: You don't see that? Waiter, I'll begin with a house salad, but I don't want the regular dressing. I'll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. "On the side" is a very big thing for you.
Sally Albright: Well, I just want it the way I want it.
Harry Burns: I know; high maintenance. 

This movie has one of the best endings ever that makes every single woman hopeful on New Year's Eve and one of the best movie quotes ever:

Another great movie quote is a simple one and a line more men should be in the habit of using! "As you wish" which is why Princess Bride is another sap favorite:

Every woman wants a man that is willing to do something over the top to show they care. The ending of The Wedding Singer is a great one because of that. I also love it because if she'd have married Glen her name would've been Julia Goolia :-)

Speaking of over the top gestures... Here's another amazing one:

I couldn't leave out my favorite movie of all time. a) Donna Reed is gorgeous. b) I think these two are such a great couple and I love their love story in the movie:

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is another movie high on my list. It makes me want to run out and date a man with a motorcycle just so he can teach me to ride and we can get splashed with mud:

My Fair Lady is another favorite. While Henry Higgins is a big jerk I do love how he softens and realizes he's fallen in love with her:

And can you believe we don't even know the Prince's name in Cinderella? I found this on Pinterest and think it's hysterical:
Nevertheless, I of course love the movie:

Sticking with the Cinderella theme, here's another amazing one. Even though I know she's a prostitute, who doesn't fall in love with the whole thing when they're in the elevator and she says "If I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight?"

Who doesn't love a man that shares his food?

And (sigh) the Notebook. After I'm done motorcycling and getting free necklaces and custom made songs from my man I want to go boating in the rain and fight about how our relationship isn't over yet. Oh. My. Goodness:

I hope you enjoyed my purposeless, sappy, post! Wish me luck as I return to the crazy world of retail tomorrow!

Monday, April 9, 2012

The One Where I Admit I Can't Drive

I'm a bad driver and I have bad luck (if there is such a thing). I just need to put that out there. I some how seem to date the jerks. I also find them on the road. Or... They find me!

Two weeks ago I had an accident on my way to get paint for this project. I just got my car back and thought I would fill you in on the massive experience I have in this department! 

Let's start at the beginning. 
This (on the left) is H.
H is my cousin and child-hood best friend. We did everything together, including driving school. We had to be in a car with a 3 fingered shop teacher/driver's ed instructor and Ed. Ed took us up and down curbs like nobody else could! He was so bad! We were good! If you got some certain super-high score on your final driving test you somehow got to skip taking the test at the DMV and just got to go in and get your license. I swear. I was one of the elite few that got to do this. 
I was successful.
I was confident.
I was a great driver!
I was so great the DMV just handed me my license!

Three months later I was the one that did this to my dad's car: 
and this to my forehead:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Journey...

Oh Pinterest I love the quotes and graphics you introduce me to!
Mid-week last week my journey became a lot more fun... I finished up at the school and won't be starting with the new top secret retailer until the 16th. I have a little EJ time!
And Zulu time...
We started running again... Ugh!

I got proof that my gardening strategy worked!
The only problem is that somehow only yellow tulips are growing on the left and red on the right!
 I started eating healthier:
I don't like yogurt and tried these guys from Pinterest. Pretty good and a lot like Dippin' Dots for way less calories! 
My daddio had a birthday:

The 3 generations of women in my family proved that genetics run deep enough to influence what color you show up to Easter wearing! 

A Little Late, but an AMAZING Easter Cake

My mom is a genius. Today she made this guy from a picture she saw on Pinterest:

She used the picture from Pinterest (it goes to a dead link on Etsy)
 and the white cake recipe from here which she added food coloring to. Each recipe makes 1 9x9" pan, so she made 3 batches and split it between 4 pans. 

For the frosting she made a Lemonade Buttercream:
3 c. and 3 Tbsp. of confectioner's sugar
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. of lemon extract

This size of cake requires 2 1/2 batches of the frosting.

So if you're looking to make an Easter cake late this is a great, and beautiful, one!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Recipe: Easter Oreo Eggs

Ever wonder where I get my love of creating from? 

My mom! She made these guys and I just had to share the super easy 3 ingredient recipe:
You will need 
-1 Package of Oreos
- 8 oz. of cream cheese
-Chocolate dip (the kind you'd purchase at a craft store like Michaels)

- Combine Oreos with cream cheese. 
-Roll the mixture into an egg shape and chill
-Roll in the chocolate dip and let cool
-Add remaining chocolate dip into a ziplock bag. Cut off the corner and pipe dip in desired decorative shapes. 
-Sprinkle with colored sugar
-Have a happy Easter and eat a lot!

Monday, April 2, 2012

All I Need is Furniture

I know I just revealed my square project to you. Anytime I go near paint it unleashes this inner-paint lover/crazy person! Only painting squares in the basement wasn't enough for me! 

I had found love. This paint sample captured my heart:
This post had me inspired:
You remember my empty basement: 
I decided to add a splash of color and do something bold to this wall. The room is so long that I was hoping darkening this wall would make it seem smaller and less rectangular: 
I filmed a cool time-lapse video of me painting the whole thing but it's ten minutes long and I can't even manage to sit through it and think it's cruel to ask you to! So... let's just hop into the after pictures!  
 This is the color up close. It looks so navy blue in all of the pics. It's very aqua. This is my aqua pillow against it to try to prove my point:
 See the big black frame on the left? That's the other free frame I got from my former job. It's still got the school's artwork in it. I'm shopping around for something new:
I'm thinking about this one but I'm so cheap that I can't get past the thinking phase:
Doesn't everything just pop now? The black mirrors are from Ikea. They've been green and white already. I'm not sure if I should change up their color again...

I'm still waiting for a bookshelf, or high top table. I also want to hang the mirror that used to live in the dining room somewhere in this area:  
 This is the best shot of the actual color that I can come up with:

Now all that I need is furniture...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Square Project

I know that I told you about my square project that I wanted to do in my dining room and that I (my mom) rejected it. 
It's hard to see, but I needed one more color. I was inspired by this room on Young House Love (one of my favorite blogs)'s blog:
I picked up a sample size of Behr's Rehlm. I knew this would compliment the Tiffanyish blue I have in a few places in my house:
Since this wasn't going to happen:
We moved along to the basement. My mom voted that we did the whole wall. I thought that sounded scary, so we did my 12 blocks that I'd drawn and taped up upstairs. My mom is very detailed so I let her have the taping honors!  

Then I pulled out my paints. The beauty of this project is that I spent $2 for a sample of the aqua. Everything else I owned.  
Then I laid out my "map" of colors.  
Going in order from top to bottom and then snaking back up to the top (ok that sounds confusing... going in this order: 
1 4 7 10
2 5 8 11
3 6 9 12)
these are the colors:
1 & 11:  Behr's Weathered Sandstone (the other color I have painted in the basement)
2 & 10: Custom tint used on my patio furniture
3 & 8: Pure white trim paint
4 & 9: Behr's Swan Sea (used in breakfast room and basement stairs)
5 & 12: Behr's Dark Granite (from my bathroom vanity)
6 & 7: Behr's Realm 
 It was a super fast project. Only a few of the colors needed a second coat. 
Here it is:

 So if you're looking for a quick project and you have a little extra paint laying around this might be a good one to try!
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