Saturday, May 23, 2009

Learning to be a Housewife

With my recent graduation and current unemployment (I'm waiting to see where we're going...), I've become a stay at home wife. Something I never thought that I would do, not once in my life. Most girls grow up dreaming of things like their weddings, having kids, and staying at home. Not me. I always wanted a career working with deaf/hard of hearing children, a marriage (there's a difference b/w a wedding and a marriage), and kids, but not to stay at home with them.
I honestly give stay at home moms a lot of's just not for me. It scares me, to be honest. If I had to write a Postsecret it would read something like: I'm scared to death to have kids b/c I'm worried that I will raise them wrong or I'm afraid that I will forget about my kids. Yes, that's right, I'm absent-minded. So much so that I WILL forget something major, like to feed them (I've gone days without eating. Not b/c I have an eating disorder, but rather I just forget to eat. This is especially true when I have a crazy busy schedule.).
So in the past week, I have done just about everything that can be done in a 2 bedroom apartment. And, I think that I might go insane if I have to be stuck here for another week (or more!). Any ideas of what to do, that doesn't require spending money?

Friday, May 22, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

My husband rocks because:

-he is not getting antsy with me not having a job yet, even though I know he is dying on the inside.
-he watches Gilmore Girls with me daily. (it's my guilty pleasure!)
-he motivates me to run/work out.
-we have so much fun together, always.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thankful Thursday

We continue to be so very blessed. Here are some ways in which we have been blessed lately:
1. We have spent almost 2 weeks together...Mr was on vacation from work, and I'm currently searching for a job to hold me over until we move.
2. The weather has been amazing this week.
3. We have been to the park to run/walk every day this week, so far.
4. I get to hang out with the girls tonight (much needed!).
5. We spent last weekend with my family (also much needed).

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Comparing Prices

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this or not, but Mr. and I were shopping last night and noticed that the smaller sizes were often less expensive than the larger ones. The store that we were in guarantees low prices, but the smaller box of cereal was less per ounce than the larger box. Weird. Typically, I would think that the opposite were true. We found this with laundry detergent, cereal, salad dressing, etc. Since we're trying to save money (isn't everyone these days?), this tip came in handy when we went to the next store (which doesn't post how much everything is per ounce). We recommend using the calculator on your phone to figure everything else (and write yourself a note to help compare prices from one store to the next).

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

85 things in 850 days

I've seen this done...and decided to make my own "to do" list. Yes, it is a bit random, but so is my life. I use this site to calculate 850 days from today -- September 16, 2011. Here's my list:
1. Move out of our current town
2. Find a job that I love
3. Bake a pie from scratch
4. Keep track of my phone for 1 week
5. Get involved at church
6. Visit 3 new cities
7. Carve down a mountain
8. Hike 2 new trails
9. Begin a couples devotion with Mr. Happily-ever-after
10. Decorate for more than one holiday/year
11. Complete a Couch 2 5k program
12. Run in a 5k
13. Buy a new kitchen table
14. Send one card per month for 6 months
15. Start a Roth IRA
16. Begin recycling
17. Sew 2 quilts
18. Finish our cruise scrapbook
19. Go camping
20. Buy a house
21. Fold all laundry for 1 week
22. Decorate our bedroom
23. Learn 4 new recipes
24. Make ice cream
25. Eat a picnic at the park with Mr. Happily-ever-after
26. Attend church every Sunday for one month
27. Go to the beach
28. Read a book for leisure
29. Host a cookout
30. Pick a pumpkin
31. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day for 1 week
32. Organize our 2nd bedroom
33. Decorate a cake
34. Keep the house clean for 2 weeks
35. Take the dog to the park 1x/week for 1 month
36. Go fishing
37. Host a bbq
38. Buy a new bed
39. Cook 5 new, healthy recipes
40. Fold all laundry for 1 week
41. Send Christmas cards
42. Write a letter to my grandma
43. Go sledding
44. Recycle old phone books
45. Make tapas
46. Visit my sister (at her house)
47. Go to Disney World
48. Do yoga 1x/week for 4 weeks
49. Begin a swimming workout
50. Do not eat sweets for 7 days straight
51. Organize an office space
52. Volunteer in the community
53. Cook a turkey dinner
54. Start a holiday tradition with the Mr
55. See a ballet
56. Try 3 new, green cleaning methods -(6/5/09)
57. Donate $200 to charity
58. Organize an event
59. Plant flowers
60. Grow a garden (vegetables)
61. Send a care package to my younger sister
62. Complete the 30 day Shred
63. Go to my favorite restaurant and try something new
64. Buy new clothes
65. Get involved at church
66. Only use coupons/best deals to food shop for 1 month
67. Save over $5,000 in one year
68. Go on a fabulous vacation
69. Sew an article of clothing
70. Donate old clothing to charity
71. Pay off my credit card
72. Dust the house 1x/week for 4 weeks
73. Clean my oven
74. Write Mr. Happily-ever-after a love letter
75. Read a classic book
76. See a play
77. Give Mr. Happily-ever-after a back rub
78. Make fondue
79. Host a game night
80. Learn to can food
81. Start a compost
82. Get a pedicure
83. Drink only water and milk everyday for 1 week
84. Start a personal Bible Study
85. Do 15 regular push-ups in a row

Now that it is posted, I better get started. Some of these may need to be modified depending on how our lives work out, but tentatively I think I can accomplish all of it.
What would you put on your list?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Movie Review: Angels and Demons

So the Mr is off until Thursday afternoon, which gives us TONS of time to hang out. Awesome. We've been together non-stop for over a week now....I love my husband, but need time to myself once in awhile. Anyways, to pass the time, we went to see Angels and Demons. It was really, I haven't read the book, but really want to now that I have seen the movie. There were a few twists and turns in the movie...the special effects were great. I'm not a huge fan of action movies that leave you in suspense, but enjoyed this one. Definitely worth the $$ to see a real movie.

In other news, Mr found out that his company lost an account in the area that we are looking to move, so looks like our plans may be put on the back burner. I may end up taking a job near my parents' house while he stays here. Boo, hiss...c'est la vie.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

My Wish List

Okay, Okay, I know I promised pictures of the baby shower, but I cannot locate my camera at the moment. Instead I will post some of the things on my wish list. Since we've been living on one income for awhile, shopping has not been an option, yet. Hopefully we will know where we are moving soon and I will be able to find a permanent job which pays well...until then, here are a few things that I covet most:

A unlimited shopping spree to J.Crew....There are many other stores like Banana Republic, Limited, Macys, Nieman Marcus, etc that I cannot wait to step foot in knowing that I can buy something without feeling guilty.

This is another store that I's kinda like a bath and body works, only with better products. The store in Columbus offers facials, manicures, pedicures, and has an amazing staff to help with every need. Like, my fly-away hairs that will not stay still no matter what (even multiple hair stylists have tried) - that is until I asked someone there and she recommended an amazing conditioner and spray.

Sevens jeans. Enough said. J/k....I've been longing for more stylish jeans. Luckily we live 2 hours away from a store that sells these; however, I plan on buying some as soon as I get my first *real* paycheck.

I've been dying to update our bedroom. Mostly we need a new headboard. I love the one in the picture, but adore the bedding. It's neutral and will match our decor no matter where we move. Pottery Barn is another favorite of mine, and that is where I found this.

Our bathroom is another place that I would love to update....We received bedding and bathroom accessories for our wedding, but I saw this by Lenox and it took every muscle in my being to not buy it. I also love the the set below.