Finally it’s FRIDAY!

I know it has been a minute since I posted.  A lot has been going on here and I am SO GRATEFUL I have a week off from work next week.  It is long overdue and well deserved.  There is a lot of tension and hostility here and I am so glad I can remove myself from that for a week.

Since our last visit,

I have planned a craft brunch with some of my wonderful girlfriends in honor of football season starting back up (GO DAWGS!).  We have two crafts we are going to create and that is all I can say right now.  I have NO idea how my wood cutting skills are going to turn out, so I dont want to show you inspiration and it falls completely flat.  BUT you can check out what I have on my Pinterest page.  Ive pinned a few of the things we are making.

Here is what we made last year:

Last week I spent the week in Louisville for work to help with a show they had a deadline for.  It was SO NICE to work in an office where people communicated, there was no yelling or paper throwing, and they had air conditioning!!!  Plus it was great to work with friends.

The next few weeks are going to be very busy ones….and very expensive ones:

I have my to do list ready for my vacation which includes a ton of house maintenance projects and purging my closet.  There is a lot of cleaning and painting going on next week.  Plus, I have to make a wedding shower gift…and one for me because I love it so much!  ha

Then we have the lovely Labor Day weekend and I ship out to Las Vegas for a show.  It will be a total bachel0r pad at my house that week.

Once I am back from Vegas, we have a wedding to attend….in St. Thomas.  I was not going to go at first because it was just too expensive and we were only given two months to save for the trip, but I was guilted into going by the groom last week.  You think the gift I am going to make is suitable enough?  Or do I also need to buy a gift from their registry?  I would assume a wedding this expensive for guests, the attendance is gift enough…..

We started talking about taking a day trip up to North Georgia in October during the apple festival since apples are a big deal up there.  We wanted to make a weekend out of it, but of course we were late coming up with the idea and there is no where to stay.  We were going to do the vineyards and apple festival, but now since we are going to be driving back the same day, we can only do the apple festival.  I think it will be a lot of fun.

I bought new running shoes……..

Im making a running plan.  Nice and easy and it will end with a half marathon next year.  I had hoped to run a marathon this year, but it ended up really difficult because my damn shoes screwed up my legs and I had to take a step back.  Plus, for distances like that, I do not have a running buddy and I don’t want to spend money on a once a week running group.  Ive trained for a 1/2 alone before, so as lonely as it will be, I know I can do that.

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Guest Room: The FINAL Reveal

I can finally say a room in this house is complete!  I am actually really proud of this room because it is a room I would never have envisioned myself doing.  I am pretty much a Safety Sally when it comes to paint and designs, so this room has been a challenge.  It is very different, but I think it is fun.  Everyone should have a fun room in their house!

Mr. does not like the cabinet at all.

This room will change one day (not in the near future, but it will be a nursery), so I am going to enjoy it now.  Here is the room before painting day.  It is a great sized room but the yellow just got to me.  It has the one window and doesn’t get very much light in the summer with the wooded lot next to us.





I shared this post on this room on the inspiration of the space after giving this space a year to sit.  And sit it did.  This became a dumping ground for everything.

Blah blah blah.  Let’s get to the room.

First, I painted the three walls I was not putting the stencil on white.  I got two gallons of pure white paint/primer from Behr with primer and I have to be honest, I was not thrilled with the quality.  I struggled with each coat to cover up the walls. Maybe it was a bad day for paint, but I think it took me almost three coats to do all of this.


20140416_172018After the white was done, I painted the soon to be accent wall in Behr’s Restless Sea.  What a yummy color!  I toyed with leaving it, but had that stencil waiting in the wings for me



Once the navy blue was up, it was time to start stenciling.  This was the first time I have ever stenciled a wall, so I was way nervous.  I read and reread the through directions Cutting Edge Stencils provided and said to heck with it…it’s just paint!

The first row was easy.  And the second. And the third.  By the time lunch came around, I was flying through this.  One thing I recommend highly that they suggest is to use spray adhesive on the back.  It makes for such a clingy hold.


20140417_140017The areas I found myself really frustrated at was the bottom, top, and corners.  The stencil does not bend in an easy way and after a few sloppy tries, I just cut it up so I could finish.  Not my best work, but it isn’t noticeable unless I show you or you have your nose stuck to the wall.  And if that is the case, why is your nose stuck to my wall?



Everything else, I will let the pictures speak


















Don’t mind the kitties.  They were waiting for me to leave so one could take his nap and the other was waiting for me to put his food bowl back on the dresser (temporary location to keep away from the dog).

Shopping list:
Nightstands: Craigslist
Stencil: Cutting Edge Stencil Tamara Trellis
Wall Paint: Pure White and Restless Sea by Behr Home Depot
Wall lights: IKEA ARSTID
Mirrors: Target
Dresser: Rooms to Go 16 years ago
Wall shelves: IKEA
Lucy cabinet: My grandma
Bedding: Marshalls, IKEA, Target (pillow)
Curtains: IKEA

AHH This room is done!!  I am so happy to have one room done in this house.  Now the question is, who is coming to visit?!

(Don’t worry, the black chair will be moved out as soon as a replacement is found.  The nightstands might be refinished to match the dresser one day.  I will put euro pillow shams on those pillows.  Kitties were immediately fed and napped after the taking of these photos)


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Back to Running

Running and I have a weird relationship.  I love it, it doesnt love me.  Really I think it is the shoes that don’t love me.  I am very good about making sure I am properly fitted in the right shoe for my foot/body/form and most times they get it right.  I think this last time they got it wrong.  Really wrong.  I joined a 5k running group with my local running shoe store (where I got my Brooks) and did pretty well.  I noticed towards the end of the training cycle, my legs were tight not too long into the run.  I rolled, I stretched, I even had Matt take the rolling pin to my calves, but could never figure out the issue.  Maybe I was dehydrated?

I joined the 10k program right after the 5k because I made it into the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th.  It was a terrible cycle.  My legs left me in the back of the group.  I had to stop all the time and was frustrated more than you can imagine.  We chopped it up to not running enough during the week and I decided I was done running YET AGAIN after Peachtree.

I signed up for Peachtree with two friends, so at least I could have someone to walk with if I needed to.  But then the week of the race, they both bailed for their own reasons.  Crap.  I toyed with the idea because the longest run I had been on was five miles at that point and my legs gave me hell 2 miles in.

But I would not let that stop me from running the race.  I love doing this race and it feels great to start my favorite holiday off like this.  The atmosphere of this race is amazing!

The night before I had a thought…..what if it was my shoes?  My running coach mentioned it a few times during our runs, but we weren’t ready to jump the $120 shoe gun just yet.  So that night, I didn’t roll my legs out, I did hydrate as much as I could, I didn’t do anything special.  All I did was lace up the shoes I was in before my Brooks.  They were worn down from use, but I never had leg problems in them before.

I headed to the start of the race (which was very cool for July 4th) and started running.  After mile three I noticed there was NO pain.  I walked up heartattack hill (and I am not ashamed) and started sucking towards the end because I did not have enough sugar, but no leg pain.  How could every other run before this give me pain but not this one?  It was the shoes I tell ya!  I have noticed a difference in the way I land on my feet with my old shoes!

My time was 1:20 which was awesome for sucking from the heat AND being sick that week.

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I have taken a small break since the race (thanks to work) but I think I have found a shoe I should stay in (Asics GT-2000).  I think I am going to save a few bucks and at the end of August when things have calmed down at work, I am going to buy a new pair of shoes similar and start this rodeo again.  Who knows, maybe I will be able to start training for a certain half I saw next spring.

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IKEA Hack: Wall Lights

Happy Friday!  I am dying for the weekend to start so I can get a few more things done around that house and recharge my batteries.  I want to start with a clean slate before I start working the Chore Chart next week.

Exciting news for me….my guest room post was featured on Cutting Edge Stencil’s blog today!  I am pretty stinking pumped.  Luckily, the room is ALMOST done, so I will soon show the full before and afters.  I have just a few more things I need to do and then I’m moving onto the next room (oh wait….I already have).

In my guest room I wanted to add some elements of gold because I am madly in love with Navy Blue and gold.  I have to say this one thing about lighting, it is damn expensive.  I mean, seriously, I must be really cheap or out of touch because my jaw dropped when I saw the prices for the lighting I wanted to add to this room.  I didnt want to add lamps to the side of the bed (been there, done that), I couldn’t add anything over the bed (ceiling fan), so I had to use a wall mounted light.  Luckily for me, I had two laying around wondering if they were ever going to see the light of day again.  Get it, light.  Wow!  Someone needs to start their weekend.

Do you remember my cute little IKEA lights originally seen in our master bedroom many moons ago?

IMG_6956But since moving two times since this picture was taken, that headboard broke and my lights ended up homeless and collecting dust.  I really had no where to put them until I started planning out this guest room.  The problem with the lights was they didnt have that feeling the room was bound to have.

Then I ran into this post from Shine Your Light and how she hacked the same lamps I had….with the same color I was dreaming of!!  Great minds….  (ps her tutorial is WAAAY better than mine because I failed on taking picture.  Sometimes I just get lost in the moment)

IMG_7592My sad little lights were ready for a little makeover!  The metallic gold spray paint was a little pricey for me, so I did buy the next best spray paint called Champagne Gold color at Home Depot.

IMG_7595I took everything apart and taped just as she suggested in the tutorial.  The only thing I ended up changing mid project was taking the painters tape off the shades.  The paint did not stick to the tape the way I wanted it to and it looked unfinished for me.  Maybe I did something wrong?

IMG_7594Make sure to tape up your cords.  I feel like mentioning that because in my rookie days, I wouldn’t have done that.

Then I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed.  It took a few good coats to get things how I wanted.


After giving it over night dry time, I was only feeling ok with how it turned out.  I was worried they were going to look off or too dark.




I have actually been warming up to them.  My sister pushed me over the edge of liking them more when I heard her reaction when she came into the room.  What is really cool is Target had the mirrors I have hanging over the bed in almost the exact same color.

So there is my version of the Arstid Ikea Lamp hack.  All that is left with this is to buy the cord covers to mount on the wall.  Well all that is left for this particular project, the room….not much left actually.  GASP!

Next up….getting that ceiling fan installed!  Even if I have to do it myself!

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The Chore Chart

It has come to this, friends.  I officially have becoming overwhelmed with keeping up with the simple things in my house.  I am falling behind on getting such simple things done and it is starting to consume me.  I think the main problem I am having trying to keep my house clean (with NO kids mind you) starts at the beginning of the day.  I may have said something before here but when I go to work, I have no air conditioning.  I sit in a hot, sweaty office all day with no AC.  I have brought this up numerous times to the higher ups, but I have seen zero progress.  When you sit in a hot, sweaty office in these Georgia summers, you get really tired really quick.  By the time I am ready to leave for the day, all I have the energy for is to change into yoga pants, eat my face off, and plop on the couch.  It is maddening!  I hate it!  When I do that, I watch a little part of the organized me fly away into the sunset.

Last night I was unable to sleep (yet again) and was laying in the guest room so I wouldn’t keep Matt up scrolling through Pinterest.  I came up on this pretty awesome cleaning schedule from First Home Love Life that is not as overwhelming as “clean the whole house in one day.”  It breaks up each day and I like that.  I think I actually like the idea of breaking up laundry throughout the week instead of taking two days to do it on the weekend.  Ok, let’s be honest, it takes two days to wash and then two more days to fold and put away.

She has a free printable at the bottom of her blog post.  I went ahead and printed one because it is really cute and I need that reminder…

I haven’t used a chore chart since my freshmen year of college when six of us were living in the dorms together and one roommate demanded the space be clean.  Then I hated it, but really liked it because I never had to worry about dishes all in the sink and how many times I have vacuumed while others haven’t.  I think I just didnt want to be bossed!

Now, with my exhaustion running at an all time high and a whole house to keep somewhat spotless, I need structure back in my life.  And to do a deep cleaning in there.

How does your cleaning schedule look?  Have you ever used the self-cleaning cycle on your oven?  I have never had a gas oven before, so I have no idea what to expect!!


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Hometown Gems: Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is a pretty big city.  There are so many things to do here, so many different types of food to eat, attractions galore, but those are all just mainstream type things.  Tourist attractions.  What about the unknown side of Atlanta that most people (even those that live here) don’t know about?  Well, arent you lucky you know me?

RelayRides approached me with their peer-to-peer car sharing services and asked me to highlight some of my favorite hometown gems.  I love sharing the unknowns of Atlanta because who doesn’t love knowing about a small secret in a big city?! And heck while you are here, you are going to definitely need a car to travel around in (let’s not get started on our lack of public trans in this city).  RelayRides is a program that allows car owners to rent out their vehicle to renters like you when you visit me for a much more affordable price than your big name companies.  Next time I need a rental car, I have bookmarked their website for the next bit of traveling I do because I am always on a budget when I travel.

So you’re coming to Atlanta you say……

If you have never been before, you could easily hit up the tourist attractions (Stone Mountain, World of Coke, the Aquarium), but why not come to my side of town?  I live on the East side of the city and every inch of it has something amazing to show.  Again, it is funny how many long time residents of Atlanta know nothing about the city itself.  It happens.  They live in the sprawling suburbs and never get to venture into this part of town.  Boy, people are missing out!  My side of town is artsy, historical, and has tons to do.

We would have to get breakfast (or something late night) at Delia’s Chicken Sausage stand.  Holy smokes, she makes a mean chicken sausage.  I tend to find myself getting breakfast there each time, but they have a killer menu.  Her restaurant is small and very unassuming on my side of town, but we keep coming back for more!  (Embarrassing fact: we were there so often, they recognized us instantly).  And if you are not in the mood for chicken sausage (or you are and stuffed yourself to the gills), they have this AMAZING cupcake milkshake.  Amazing is not a strong enough word for how awesome these shakes are.  They have a flavored cupcake of the week, along with standard flavored cupcakes that they drop into a cup of ice cream and blend.  I have to stop there because my sweet tooth is acting up!!  Good thing I packed fruit for a snack today!

Red Velvet Cupcake Milkshake



The breakfast special…..Eggs, chicken sausage, homemade biscuits, and cheesy, dreamy grits

Now that we are stuffed, we may need to walk it off.  My favorite running spot on my side of town is the Atlanta Beltline.  While I haven’t traveled the majority of the route, what I have traveled is nice and a great place to dog watch.  It is flat and great for riding your bike or going for a little run or walk.

Speaking of pups, there is this great people friendly/dog friendly park smack in the middle of the neighborhood next to me called ParkGrounds.  Not only does your pooch get to run around with the other four-legged visitors, you can sit down with your favorite book and drink an iced cold chai tea latte.  Or a beer.  The laid back atmosphere makes it so relaxing and enjoyable.

I took my pup there this week and he suffers from separation and social anxiety, so it was a trip to have him there.

I could tell you about so many other places, but that is not a blog post, that is a book.  Check to see if your area is on the RelayRides Hometown Gems Pinterest page!

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The Plan….Stan

This weekend was so nice to have time to sit around and do nothing, but I need more of it.  I finally put in time off for the end of August, but SO.FAR.AWAY!

I am clearly not one to focus on getting one room complete in my house at once, I have to roam from room to room.  That might annoy some of the residents, but it gives my brain a break from one particular space and wait for inspiration to hit me.  I am pretty far along with every room in the house, so its not like I have a wall painted and the other three are just hanging out.

This summer we decided we HAVE to work on the office.  Have to have to!  We have no organization anywhere and frankly I am quite tired of it.  Plus, Matt is going back to school so he needs a place to work that is organized.

I shared with you last week the raw space we are working with here.  There is a lot but not a lot to get this room where I want it to be.  Makes sense?

This room has been tough (haven’t they all???) because we both will spend a lot of time in here and it needs to be totally functional and a little more masculine (since I have light blues and light grays around the rest of the house).  My mind went from here to there on the inspiration of this room but I think I have found exactly what I was looking for!  I was glancing through H&M’s website for pillow cases and stumbled onto this one:

What I loved most is it says Barley (my cat’s name) but mainly the colors.  I love the mustard yellow!  I know, I know I am trying to get rid of the yellow in the room, but this is a small accent.  I haven’t bought the pillowcase yet, but the wheels in my head started turning.

I started thinking rich, deep, but not too deep, colors.  Reds, golds, greens, dark browns.  It sounds like Christmas may throw up in my office, but I think I could do those colors tastefully.

So over the weekend I did three things.  First, I restained that desk.

IMG_7640It was looking unfinished and needing to be loved again.  She is still in the drying stages, so I will post a picture when she is done, but boy she looks so yummy.  Next weekend is the chair.

Second, we finally installed a ceiling fan in this room.  For some reason the front two bedrooms get really stuffy, so we bought the last two fans we need for the house.  (If I can offer any advice, get a house with ceiling fans already installed.  Your marriage will thank you!)

Third, we planned our space out.  This space is big and for what we need to do in there, awkward somewhat.  It is hard to see where things will fit, so I measured EVERYTHING out and drew out a floor plan on  I had a great, magnificent plan on how I wanted our room to look.  It was comfy, it was cozy, it met all the requirements that were requested by Matt (the tv had to be on a specific wall).  I showed him said plan and he did not like it because of the location of the computer.  I originally had the desk facing the room with your back to the front window.  He was worried someone would look in the window and see what we have….in a room where I leave the blinds closed…..but ok.  I pouted and we replanned.

Here is what we came up with:


I will admit, I actually like this space.  The only thing I am still trying to decide is if I like the storage idea/location next to the window.  There are always solutions, so I am not going to worry until the time comes to actually build.  I may just buy base cabinets for the bottoms and do a floating shelf up top.  This will give the tv more breathing room and less blockage of the window.

If that is not an option, I may have to venture to IKEA and see what we can work with.  It is probably the only place I can afford shelving at!


Personally, I am thinking the base of the storage unit has to be a solid cabinet.  We have a closet full of tools that need to be organized and hidden!  I think glass would show too many secrets!

I am also scouring Craigslist for a small table I can use as a craft/sewing table.  My ideal table would be 40″ tall and on wheels (which I could install) so I could roll it around and stand up while crafting.  I’m not sure a table exists, but if you know of something.

The pull out loveseat is something Matt also requested in the room.  Yes, we have a guest room, but there might be a time when we have two people sleep over at the same time.  Or maybe our guests want sleeping options.

So that is where we are.  I haven’t pinned much since making my profound decision to go this direction and I may not.  I may fly by the seat of my pants on this one.

What do you think? 


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Guest Room-The Not Final Reveal

I hemmed and hawed about showing you the progress I have been making in the guest room.  I wanted to show you the final product, but that is taking just way too long and I am pretty excited.  I still have a ways to go, but it has come pretty far from its beginnings.


When I am ready to do the FINAL FINAL reveal, I will add more of the before pictures (we just got a new computer, so your guess is as good as mine on where they are)

Anyways, I got 100% free reign of this room so I wanted to do something a little different in here than the rest of the house.  Something outside of my comfort zone.  I wanted an accent wall.  But what kind you ask?  I asked the same thing too.  This room is tough because it does not get much natural light with all the trees next door, so we couldn’t go too dark.  I browsed the great Pinterest (check out my guest room board) and I went into this knowing Coral and Navy were the winning colors for this space and one day I found a picture that made me jump up and down in joy…

Check out the link……the picture won’t display for me.  I swear it is safe!!  Inspiration for the guest room!

STOP IT!  Are you just in love with this wall??  I clicked the link for the wallpaper and it no longer exists.  WHAT!!!  I was sooooo butt hurt. I searched and searched and found the perfect alternative…a stencil

Pretty stinking close, right?!?!  I bought it and picked out all of my colors and waited for a day off to do it.  To be honest, I was scared to tackle this project.  A stencil is pretty intimidating.

I’ll save all the details for the next guest room post, but here is where we are as of this evening.  The pictures aren’t high quality because it was 7pm, but like I said earlier, I was dying to share.



The cat wouldn’t move for the pictures, so I decided to leave him there.






My IKEA hack lamp project that I need to share.  Im not 100% sold on it just yet, but I think once everything is done, Ill change my mind







I almost didn’t want to show you the other side of the guest room because it is a hot mess.  Sort of the dumping ground right now.  Not sure what I want to do over there just yet.


I haven’t put much thought into what is going on that side of the room, but curtains soon.  And the cat food dispenser will be out of there.  This was a temporary location since we cleaned out the office.


Patterned curtains or solid?

Would you introduce another color?  I am thinking about it since Ive got enough coral and Navy of bringing in a gray.

And of course, I will have MUCH better pictures when I actually have the space complete.


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The Blissful Bee

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The Office Space

I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend!  It was a spectacular weekend for me.  I ran the Peachtree Road race and actually did way better than I expected and may have found out why my legs have been giving me so many problems.  Then we watched fireworks and celebrated my birthday.  Just one of the many reasons why July 4th is my favorite holiday, birthday weekend!!  More on all that later, of course.

Today I want to share with you one of the last indoor spaces that needs significant work done in our house.  I know I still owe you the updates in our guest room, but I am sort of at a stand still (story of my life with decorating) for now.  I am DYING to share with you what I did in there, but I am not sure I want to show the unfinished product.

So our office.  It is a very LARGE space for just two people.  And two people have to share this space, a boy and a girl.  What does that mean for me?  I can’t have pink and gold like I originally wanted.

Here is a look at the space right now.  I had so many other photos of the office when it was full of crap (this was the dumping room after all), but we finally cleaned it out to bare bones and I guess that is more blog worthy…..


This is the room when you first walk in.  Im telling ya, it is a big space.  Big and long….that’s what she said.  It is also very yellow and warm.  I love the warmth of a room, but I think there are too many similar colors going on in here.  Plus, it is builder grade paint, so it totally sucks!!  I love that we have two huge windows that look out the front porch, but we don’t open the blinds much because people do not need to see the setup we have on the computer.


Here is the view in the same spot only turned to the right.  Another great window in this room overlooking the empty lot next to us.  We are crossing our fingers someone bought this lot so they can take a few of the trees leaning over us down.  Our desk was something Matt found on good old Craigslist and tried to refinish but we sort of stopped.  The chair is also a CL item and I love it.  Of course, it needs to be redone.  Our storage is stellar as you can see and we have a cat that wants to eat dog food.


From the side of the room with the desk.  We have a closet (ooooo ahhhhh) that is in desperate need of organization and blank space nook next to the door.


Storage: we need it.  BADLY!!!  (And no there are no beers in those boxes.  Those are all my jars and vases from the wedding I like to keep on hand for anything that needs mason jars and bud vases).  The beer is in the fridge, duh!


Here is a glamour shot of the desk.  At first, I wasn’t fond of it and the lines, but she has grown on me.  I wanted to refinish her with a Restoration Hardware style look, but I think I have something else up my sleeve

IMG_7641The filing cabinet is one we found in someone’s trash pile in the neighborhood.  Can you believe it??  All it really needs is a good cleaning and it is pretty much done.

So what’s the plan?  HAH Like I know.

I need a rug.  I need to paint.  We desperately need some lighting in here.  Once my two shows are done this summer, I am going to start on this room.  This gives me time to start planning, but I have no idea what direction I want to go in.  My pinterest board is no help either.  I have been picking things I like the most but a certain someone does not want to start his own or contribute to my so I can come up with something.

This happens in every room to me.  I get a decorators block for some reason and just don’t know where to start.  Once I start going though, I can at least get to the 50% mark.

Here is the listy loo of things that need to be done:

  1. Decide on a furniture layout – I have a good idea of what I want
  2. Paint
  3. Find a rug
  4. Refinish the desk
  5. Refinish the chair
  7. New lighting
  8. Accessorize
  9. Organize that closet of mine.  It is nothing but a hot mess of tools
  10. Curtains?  We are at odds about this decision.
  11. Find a craft/sewing table different from the desk.  Preferably one that is tall
  12. Mount a tv in here.

Woof!  We have a lot to do.

Am I the only one that has a hard time getting started?


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I am starting to lose track of my days.  It is getting busier and busier around here.

Last weekend was a wonderful three day weekend and the same with this weekend.  Phew….I need some long weekends before the craziness starts.

Friday, I mainly took the day off because I had a doctor appointment and she is all the way up there, so I did not feel like going all the way up there and then coming all the way down here to work.  Plus I needed the day.  IMG_20140620_101129I had such a long laundry list of things I needed to talk to her about.  She is super excited that I may ditch running and move onto cycling, as she cycles herself.

Speaking of which, Matt had to buy some items for a test he had yesterday, so he mapped out a 10.1 mile ride around town.  It ended up being 10.5 miles and it was so awesome!  We got stuck in a downpour, but it benefited us because it was so flipping hot.  I am itching to plan out a 15 mile ride and build my mileage up over time.  I think I am going to need some butt pads in my future!!

After the doctor, I headed to my favorite, Hobby Lobby.  I have a party to plan and needed some supplies on the cheap.

IMG_20140620_123533I was so sad to see Christmas already up!  Let’s not speed up summer.  I love it too much.IMG_20140620_143640This lovely lady was on clearance and I thought she was an interesting piece to add and hold my necklaces.  Now, I need to give her a sassy, southern name.  I’m thinking Blanche!IMG_20140623_103912In case you didnt know, my 30th is coming up (July 6th if you want to send cake).  I started making some fun labels for hopefully cake pops.  The party is going to be at my house, so nothing fancy and I cant go crazy on decorations.

Saturday I spent most of the day being pretty stinking lazy and cleaning.  My dad and sister are in town, so my messy house can be no more.

IMG_20140610_171159Look who decided to bloom on me.  This one is a temperamental little beast.  I have to constantly keep her watered to keep her happy.  Her brother from another mother in the back of the yard is not acting like this, but he doesnt have a bloom like her.

IMG_20140612_181243We harvested our first cucumber and it was a big boy!  I think we have picked 5 so far and there are more ready to go!  Just a few months ago I thought that plant was dead.  Our tomato plants have tons of fruit on them, but nothing is ripening yet.  Grrr

IMG_20140622_211312Sunday morning I had a little time to refinish some ugly candle holders I bought for $2 a piece.  I am in love with the two toned and sort of how it crackled.  I did not do that intentionally!

My dad and sister are in town, so Sunday we drove down to West Georgia and went on the Wild Safari.  I have never been, so I had no idea what to expect.


Basically, all the animals are roaming and the more aggressive ones are caged up.  You get a bag of feed and follow the road through.  The emu was pretty boring and I worried that was what we were going to deal with for the trip.20140622_131630NOPE!  I was so wrong.  Once word got out that we had food…..people started coming out of the woodwork.  There were SO.MANY.TOUNGES. in my car.  SO MUCH DROOL!  One guy popped his big old head in my car and had the nerve to burp.  It took all I had to not throw up everywhere!  It was a lot of fun and we laughed the entire time.

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This guy walked right up to our car and stuck his head into the sunroof.  I guess he was happy he didnt have to bend so low to get his food.  He was pretty skittish and wouldn’t let us pet him.  Bummer

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The zebras were very bossy.  You cant feed them with your hand (mainly the picture below will tell you why) and when they showed up, other animals moved without question.

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