Monday, October 10, 2011

PHEW..

Life has been all over the place lately. I've been back and forth in my mind about being really excited about school/work/home/life and then hating it and wanting a change immediately and so on and so forth. It has been really trying. But I know that there is a reason for all of this. I genuinely believe everything happens for a reason and maybe I am questioning my plans and current life so that I can ultimately make the best decision after much thought.

I haven't quite reached any end yet, but I have been reevaluating a lot recently. And overall I feel great about it. I know that I am moving in the right direction by just thinking about the options that are out there for my life and my life with my loving husband.

As I am finishing up my Bachelor's degree this December life feels like it is taking off. I don't know how it feels to be out of school, to be an adult with just a job, to be able to be free! It's a lot to take in. I've been daydreaming about all the things I'll be able to do with "free time" so to speak and it is making school drag by EVEN SLOWER. But in reality December will be here before I know it. :)

I'm overjoyed with the direction my life is taking and I look forward to seeing where Richard and I end up and how everything pans out. Until then I'll continue daydreaming and finishing projects and taking it one day at a time--trials and tribulations and celebrations all in one.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

LITTLE TATTOO

Today was supposed to be productive and I was supposed to spend the day in the studio (as I promised myself I would) because I had the day off at Trader Joe's.

I ended up going to see Richard at work and get lunch together which ended up being group lunch with some custard afterwards. Which then ended up in me wanting to get tattooed since I was at the shop and voila, now I have a cute little new tattoo!
Ahh, the perks of having a tattoo artist for a husband. ;)




(The hand and needle is the new one if you can't tell!)

I believe this is my first little "filler" tattoo! I'm pretty excited about it and wanted to share so there you have it!





Even though I was supposed to go to the studio for most of the day I have had a great day and after this past week I feel I deserved it.  I might be working double time the rest of the week to make up for it, but that is okay in my book (for now!).

I hope you are enjoying your Saturday as much as I am!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

AS CLOSE AS I'LL GET


Today was an all around no good, very bad day. It did not go as expected or hopes and my mood did not help a thing.


Needless to say formal photos didn't happen today but I did get a quick Instagram shot if that counts for anything.
It was a grey and purple kind of day.




















Scarf: H&M
Long sleeved striped shirt: Old Navy
Purple skinny jeans: Nordstrom
Grey Vans: Journeys

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

LIVING WITH STRESS

I am going through one of those moments in life where all you want to do is lay around, ignore all responsibilities, and hope everything goes away in the mean time. All due to, well, a million things... but man, when it rains it pours.


I don't want to get into specifics because it is lengthy and I could go on forever just describing how much I currently loathe so many different areas of life right now. :) Let me just say though that damnit, it is taxing. I am that person that takes it upon myself to do everything on my own because I can probably do it faster and more efficiently than you can. Also my husband is a busy, busy, forgetful  man. Meaning I do most of, well, everything important around this place. I wouldn't mind so much if it weren't for the sole fact that I am spread way, way, WAY too thin right now between multiple jobs, my last semester of school, planning for an art show, house work, trying to get insurance, being president of our ceramics club at school, money issues, and also possibly seeing my husband in the mix of all that.... PHEW. 


I always do this to myself and I always make it through, but man it feels like a ton of bricks is being dropped on me/us almost EVERY day lately. I don't know if it is my clouded judgement of already being bitter at being involved in too many things or if it really is something new each day to worry about.


I've been trying to just let it all escape my mind and focus on the task at hand each day at a time because that's all I can do.. but I am really struggling. It's been one of those weeks where I really just can't help the tears from welling up in my eyes in the middle of class/work/watching tv/etc. Just thinking about all of the pressures and obligations put upon me at this moment in time makes me feel a little insane. 


Also yesterday my health started to become affected by all of this stress. Which makes it even more STRESSFUL. Thanks, body. Thanks. 


I'm doing my best to just get through it and delegate what I can to whomever I can, but that in itself is hard for me to do. If things get left untouched, so be it. I'll eventually get to it even if it is months later. Right now I have to focus on me and the most important things at hand. 


I wish that was as easy to do as it is to type out.




Anyone else have to constantly battle the effects of stress or living a stressful life? Any tips?

FALL FASHION WEEK TUESDAY

Ah! I totally forgot about Emery's Fall Fashion Week until a friend mentioned it the other day and though I am late I did want to at least get one post in this week! Go visit Emery's blog to link up your own post and see everyone's fashion posts this week!


On this lovely Tuesday the forecast said it will not get above 60 degrees Fahrenheit today so layers were on my mind. Also, it was 8AM and the husband was still sleeping so these are my self-portrait outfit photos today. :)









Glasses: Burberry from Lenscrafters
Brown patterned scarf: H&M
Grey cardigan: H&M
Long-sleeved mustard basic tee: Burlington Coat Factory
Tan tank top: H&M
Jeggings: a.n.a. from JCPenney
Oxfords: Thrifted


I will be spending all day and night at the ceramics studio tonight for class and then preparing for a sale we'll be having in a couple weeks! I might get a little clay dirty by the end of the night so these photos are proof that I did look presentable at the start of the day.

Everyone have a great Tuesday!

Photo on 2011-09-27 at 10.07

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

LOUISIANA PT 1

This past weekend the mister and I packed up for the weekend and took a road trip to the South! Our good friends Jereme and Heather got hitched this weekend in the New Orleans area so we decided to make the trip a little vacation for us. Neither of us had ever been to Louisiana and this was also our first long road trip together!





We left Thursday afternoon after running some errands and packing in the morning. The trip is about 13 hours from Indianapolis to Covington, Louisiana so we already decided to drive until we felt like we couldn't any longer and park it for the night wherever we happened to be and finish the drive Friday morning. The drive was really nice and we kept each other entertained the whole time the first day!



We made a pit stop at the House of Quilts just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. It was awesome! 



Road trip treats: Vanilla Double Shot and a Pumpkin Muffie (aka muffin top).



This gas station bathroom was INTENSE!



Of course we also stopped at Goodwill and I grabbed some amazing books and a onesie for my unborn nephew Hunter!


We made it to Birmingham, Alabama (about 8 hours in) and figured 5 hours in the morning isn't so bad. Looking back it was the best place to stop because the rest of the trip was pretty much deserted hillbilly highway and NO major towns/cities worth spending the night in! Plus we ended up booking an AMAZING hotel on Priceline (I swear by this site) for just $60 in the Birmingham area. Totally worth it! We ordered some Buffalo Wild Wings and just parked it in the hotel all night--watching tv, using free internet, crocheting, and cuddling. It was all great.



Richard taking inventory of our hotel's KITCHEN CABINETS. Fancy schmancy.




The rest of the hotel room. It was so nice I wanted to live there. Let me remind you about the $60 a night rate too..... Swoon.



After a kind of restless night on my part due to an upset tummy, we woke up early, ran to the store to pick up a few things we forgot from home and started on the way to Louisiana again.





Someone (ahem, me...) must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed that morning because I was being really pissy for no reason. And the sad thing is I realized it and still couldn't shake it off. My poor husband put up with me, but then my sour mood rubbed off on him after a while. :( This happens to me somewhat frequently (it seems like) where I pass along my bad mood and once I realize Richard is in a bad mood I feel INSTANTLY horrible. And of course it is not as easily cured as it is contracted. :/ We had a rough time that day and were constantly bickering, but luckily we made it to Louisiana in one piece and got to meet up with the bride- and groom-to-be for a late dinner at the Chimes which ended up curing all bad moods that might have been lingering. The night ended up pretty wonderful thanks to those two! Sometimes you just have to sit tight and wait out those yucky days, unfortunately.




The Chimes was so delicious! We had blackened alligator, boudin balls, seafood (for the husband), and red beans and rice (for me!) So yummy!


The husband and I woke up early the next day to eat continental breakfast and run some errands before the wedding began that afternoon. We actually tried to leave the hotel before some stores were even open we woke up so early! Which is a big change of pace for the two of us night owls.




I must mention that we did know a few days before leaving that tropical storm Lee was going to be impacting the New Orleans area we were about to drive into, but decided to persevere anyway. I figured if they weren't evacuating the area, we would be fine--just dealing with some stormy weather all weekend. That ended up being exactly what happened. We drove straight into it and most of the weekend it went back and forth between being REALLY windy and REALLY rainy (think: SOAKED) and just being really wet out. Luckily we had a few different moments where we didn't have to use umbrellas but those were few and far between! Also, the weather caused a lot of wedding problems for Jereme and Heather and despite the stress of changing things up and creating a Plan C at the last minute everything went off smoothly and the wedding was wonderful! More on that soon. :)




The sweet husband and I before the wedding began.


When our errands were completed that morning (AKA Richard had to get a new shirt for the wedding) we decided to just head over early to the wedding location rather than dilly dally at the hotel. The wedding was originally supposed to be outdoors in a local park, and when it started raining the plan was to have it under a pavilion in the park but still outdoors. Well, that day the park flooded and had to be closed. Here comes Plan C that was arranged the DAY OF the wedding. The site was moved to a different park but this time indoors at a log cabin. Luckily the wedding was quite small and pretty informal so it didn't take much to inform all the guests about the move (and the time delay!). The cabin turned out to be PERFECT for the wedding--it was so quaint and adorable!




The groom and bride in their separate quarters before the ceremony.




At the altar!




THE SWEETEST SERIES OF PHOTOS EVER.


Post wedding celebration Richard and I wanted to stop in downtown Covington, Louisiana to see if any stores were open and just sight-see a little. It was just before 5PM on a Saturday so there wasn't much hope, but a local coffee shop was open (yes!) and a little fishing/hunting store. The fishing/hunting shop was so cute because it was basically an episode of hoarders with a little old man carving wooden figures at the counter. Richard LOVED it. He took so many photos inside. It was still raining amongst all this and we had become soaked despite using umbrellas so it was time to head back to the hotel for warm clothes and early evening cat naps.




Local coffee shops are the best.


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Richard being adorable in his suspenders and undershirt.. haha. Mad Men-esque we decided. ;)

The happily MARRIED couple got ahold of us when they got back to the hotel (they weren't leaving immediately for a honeymoon or anything) that evening and we went to Izzo's to go grab some foodies. Izzo's is in the same vein as Qdoba, Moe's, and Chipotle and just as good as any of the others from my experience! After dinner we had a little hotel room pow-wow with Jereme for a few and then crashed out in the hotel room for the rest of the night watching one of the 12 hotel channels and cuddling. :)

To be continued...


Also, I had to include this photo of Heather because it is SO adorable! Until next time!