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WIWW – 7/18/12

Pete and Repeat were on a boat… Pete fell out, who is left?

Repeat… That is what I’m doing today with my wardrobe. I’m so sorry I neglected last week’s WIWW!! Actually it was Thursday morning when I was thinking what will I wear for today’s post when it hit me.. it was THURSDAY! Last Wednesday was so busy I didn’t know what was what. Two major things went down: I had a job interview; our realtor emailed about a new listing just on the market that sounded perfect for us.

Job interview went good and sounded like something that would be a great fit. They called within a few hours and offered me the job! I took it.

Our realtor advised us to look at the house that evening if possible. We met her after work and looked through the house and decided to put in an offer. We filled out paperwork and the next day I got a certified check for earnest money. My cousin also informed us that he was going to go ahead pulling our credit about a month earlier than we had previously discussed. Talk about a NERVOUS NELLIE — we have been trying to get our credit cleaned up and in shape, many times to pull it with high hopes only to be disappointed — for one reason or another never quite what we were aiming for.

When he called informing me that the credit had been pulled, he sighed. I could feel myself deflate and said “great.. now what?” Then he started laughing and shouting “it’s good! it’s good! it’s better than we wanted it to be!” I can not tell you how elated I was in that moment. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted to know that finally our credit was where we had been striving for, actually above it!

Thursday (last week) we were able to put in an offer on the house. That evening we found out that there had been another offer made. We discussed with our realtor what our best offer would be and Friday she put in another offer from us. We are still waiting to hear back. All we know is that we will hear something this week. The waiting game is terrible! It seems like things are just dragging slowly now and we are trying to avoid doing something rash — for instance — looking at another house, falling for it and withdrawing our current offer to put down another one. If we haven’t heard anything by this Friday tho, it may be the option we choose.

So anyways, while we wait… back to where I started this post: What I’m wearing today is also what I wore last Wednesday.. just so you wouldn’t miss anything 😉

Shirt – Old Navy

Shoes – DSW

Necklace – Gift from my hubby

Bracelet cuff – Charming Charlie


NPBC – The Night Circus

It’s time for another session of the No Pressure Book Club!

This month’s selection is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
To read the full description, click on the title link above!

Meeting location is Starbucks. Skinny iced peppermint mocha, please and thank you!

Unfortunately, I was unable to meet with the group last night. Driving along the route I chose to take, I noticed this:

My first thoughts were hmm something’s burning. The wildfire in Colorado came to mind. We will be traveling out there next Saturday to spend the week visiting my parents.

Getting closer to where I would get on the interstate the smoke was stronger.

The picture can not do it justice… the smoke was incredibly dark and thick, it appeared to be boiling and rolling upwards. Across the street police vehicles had traffic stopped and I thought perhaps there was a fire at an old factory area that is further down the road.

Turning onto the on-ramp for the interstate I noticed that traffic was at a standstill. Coming to the end of the ramp I could see people, out of their vehicles, standing on the road. Another vehicle was circling back around, the driver told me that there had been a wreck involving a truck and 18 wheeler.. they were on fire. To read the article of what happened click here. Following the previous vehicle, I circled and drove down the on-ramp(that in itself felt very weird.. wrong way!), making my way back to the interchange into what was an ever-growing sea of vehicle confusion. I made it home safely, grateful not to be involved in anymore than what was encountered.

This morning, Shellie – the founder of the NPBC – filled me in on some of the discussion and let me know I was missed by the group. Here are some highlights followed by my own thoughts.
** Spoiler Alert** Please do not read this section if you do not want to know any details about the book.

The group:

1. agreed they liked/loved the book. Two loved it and two of us liked it–(I’m in the liked group)

2. Poppet and Widget were beloved characters, Celia was also a favorite. Bailey was also well liked. I agree. One lady, P, believed Marco had an evil streak in him. I liked him, but didn’t care how long he strung Isobel along. I understand tho, he had a need for friendship with someone since his life lacked so little social interaction and I feel Isobel took her feelings further than Marco expressed. But he could have set clearer boundaries for their friendship/relationship.

3. wished there was more information provided about the two father/master/trainer figures and the reasoning behind and details of the duels. Also, despised the evilness in how “Prospero” treated and “trained” Celia. agreed and agreed.

4. discussed that it was a very detailed book. Yes, I really liked trying to picture the elements of the circus in my head.

5. everyone liked the ending of the book. It is believed there maybe a sequel, if not a trilogy, of the story. Speculating on what the story may continue to develop into: perhaps it gets darker, one that goes into a good vs evil theme. One lady, K, she hopes it evolves into a deeper storyline with the characters involved and to include more info on the father/master/trainer figures with more action into the account. I, too, liked the ending. Also wondered if the parts that were read as if you were in the circus was actually the story that Widget is telling, as per the request of the Man in Grey “A”, to own the circus.

The Night Circus unfolded in a different direction than I was expecting when starting it. Based on the description I imagined more: more action based duels, different uses of magic, more interactions between the two magicians, more information. However, I came to enjoy their displays and admiration of each other. The labyrinth they worked on together, each room an answer to the other’s previous design, I imagine would have been wonderful to explore. Not to mention the circus itself: the sights, sounds and smells.

Personally, I would like to read the book through again. A lot of switching back and forth occurs: of dates, of stories, and point of views. Now that I know what happens (and what not to expect) a reevaluation of the story and connecting details I may have skimmed over or not fully grasped the first read through will be interesting.

What were your thoughts about The Night Circus? Anything in particular stand out to you?

WIWW – 6/13/12

“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”
Caitlin Moran, How To Be A Woman

I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted to wear today. No combination immediately jumped in my mind as “ooh! wear me!“.

Ken called me to let me know he made it to work -part of our morning routine- so as I stood in the closet staring at the rack, our conversation included this:
him: what are you doing
me: picking out something to wear today
him: fuuun (the usual response)
after a few other statements about work, dinner and such
me: i don’t know what to wear
him: wear a skirt
me: can’t.. i need to shave
him: well… wear some pants.

I love him.

Shirt: Kohl’s
Skirt: JC Penny
Footless Tights: Wal-Mart
Shoes: DSW
Manicure(first ever with my real nails!): Solar Nails 

p.s. I guess I did go with his first suggestion… just added tights! (they are similar to duck tape – can fix just about anything)

WIWW – 5/16/12

Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.

Robert A. Heinlein

As soon as I read this quote I knew I had to make use of it! I whole-heartedly agree: Sleep can equal happiness. I know I love my sleep!

Ever have an issue, problem, or decision that seems impossibly big and overwhelming? Usually if I can put off the decision til I get some rest, I can deal with it better. When I wake up, the situation doesn’t seem as unsolvable or as huge as it might have to begin with. I also tend to be in a better frame of mind emotionally (not as mad, upset, sad, or overwhelmed as I initially was). The expression to “sleep on it” certainly seems like advice to be heeded.

Of course, a sufficient amount of sleep is also tied with weight loss and eating habits along with generally enhancing your mood, feel rested and more alert in the mornings. (something I could definitely use)

How is this leading up to WIWW? (I promise I had a point when I began!) I was able to get in bed earlier last night! Yippee!!(have I mentioned I love my sleep) So, upon waking this morning, my eyes did not feel like they would rather stay glued shut and I did not wander back to the couch to sit for “five more minutes” before getting ready for work. By no means was I chipper, wide-awake, and ready to get the day going. I was, however, able to get some neurons firing to be able to put a little extra thought into my wardrobe selection this morning.

Dress – JC Penny

Earrings – Charming Charlie

Belt – Material Girls

Shoes – DSW

Footless Tights – Walmart

Do you find sleep helps with making decisions – big or small- ?

WIWW – 5/9/12

“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
Karl Lagerfeld

When on shopping trips I tend to look for the best bargain. (who doesn’t!?!) Often I go to the sale rack first and work my way up from there. I try to keep in mind “Just because I don’t/can’t pay top dollar doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty and look good.”

When I was younger, as with most, everything was something I needed. Mom I need this… Dad I have to have that… oh my gosh!! I need it! My dad would always stress to me to stop and really contemplate is it something you need or something you want. To this day when shopping I always go through the question: need or want? I’m not saying though that frivolous and indulgent purchases aren’t warranted at times… that’s another post!

Shirt – T J Maxx
Shoes – Shoe Station
Necklace – Charming Charlie
Ring – JC Penny

What are you wearing today?
Any advice or guidelines you use when shopping?

Fitness Festival & Spring Luncheon

The complex that my building is in had a Fitness Festival on Tuesday, May1. I was excited to go see what all would be demonstrated and offered.

Sadly, I could only go during my lunch hour instead of being present the entire time. I made it over there just as the Zumba demonstration was ending. After Zumba, the Tabata demostration began. It was interesting learning a little more about this form of exercise. The instructor mentioned the tabata timer app and I downloaded it that afternoon. I can’t wait to incorporate this in my daily routine, especially since it is already getting very humid and hot during the day. Yoga was to be demonstrated afterwards and I really wanted to join in but unfortunately I would have to return to work before they were through. I was able to snap a few pictures before I had to leave. Overall, I was there about 15 minutes and I was hoping for something a little more involved.

Wednesday, May 2, we had our Spring Staff Luncheon at the agency. Any time lunch is provided is a special treat for us. It’s also what I feel are make-you or break-you days as far as eating goes. Occasionally some of the dishes provided are contributed by employees. You don’t want to hurt anyones feelings by skipping their dish or gross anyone out by piling up your plate putting its sturdy claims to the the test. If you eat too much.. there goes your good eating habits for the day and can result in feeling stuffed and sleepy. Eat too little and the rumbling from your tummy can be heard echoing off the walls, kicking yourself for not bringing at least a snack for the day from home.

I think I was able to get a decent balance this time. My plate is featured in the center of the collage below. I chose: salad with olives, cucumber, raspberry vinegarette; a nice helping of green beans; a small scoop of chicken spaghetti (the guilt took over momentarily while in line but at least it was a reasonable size.. just a taste); fried chicken breast(removed the fried part) and a roll. The rolls looked scrumptuous… but after a bite I wasn’t impressed and didn’t finish it. I also grabbed a cookie (just one!) and a small slice of a store bought pound cake (unpictured). After lunch I thought my choices could have been better.. but also could have been very worse.

Chicken Spaghetti
Green Beans
Fried Chicken
Green Salad

 Do you have a personal guideline when lunch is provided?

What I’m Wearing Wednesday (WIWW) — 5/2/12

“It’s better to have fewer things of quality than too much expendable junk.”
—Rachel Zoe

That quote mirrors the mindset I try to have when shopping for new clothes. A few new quality pieces to contribute to the building up of my wardrobe. Pieces that can have multiple uses (e.g. can be paired with several colors, goes with work or casual attire) and pieces that are specific in use, such as tshirts, shorts, etc.

Today I’m wearing two new pieces I picked up over the weekend. Both fall primarily in the “for work” catagory, but could be used for separate occasions as well. I think the ruffle adds a extra special touch to the shirt. And these flats… I’m in love with them! So cute and comfortable. They will probably be featured in their own post.. and worn plenty.

                                                                             Shirt- JC Penny
                                  Shoes- DSW
                                  Necklace- Christmas gift from hubby
                                  Earrings- Charming Charlie

What did you wear today?

A Peek into Thoughts

I just cant think of anything really to write about.. I feel like our life actions are pretty much on repeat… which is fine for day to day but doesn’t seem exciting for a blog.

Here is an actual excerpt from a conversation with a close friend of mine:
“and i cant be a food blogger.. i just cant.. because there are so many awesome recipes i’d love to try but 85% of them are desserts and i cant make them and then give it away.. that’s wasting money
and i cant eat them all
i mean .. i could but… it would NOT be good”

I read advice on blogging to write about your passion…. but I’m not quite sure what that is. I guess I have a passion for life since I am grateful for my life.. but it needs to be less vague… I have a passion for shoes… and clothes.. but not so many I could take a daily picture and you would never see multiples.. sometimes in a week. I do love makeup as well. and books.

The more I have thought about it though, I don’t have to have a specific purpose to my writing. It’s great for bloggers who do, but just because I don’t have one specific thing in mind doesn’t mean I shouldn’t write. Just because I’m not licensed, have a degree or specialize in certain fields doesn’t mean that what I write won’t mean anything.

I can post about what works (or doesn’t work) for me and it will matter, it will make a difference to me. Because after all, I’m writing for me. And if what I write happens to catch the eye of others, they read along or even share what works for them, then I will be grateful to be blessed with their insight as well.

I know this post had all kinds of random thoughts. For 3 weeks I’ve had this draft.. just sitting in que. Any time I’d have new thoughts about blogging I’d read back over what I had written, add new thoughts or  sometimes just stare at the blinking cursor waiting for some inspiration to write. Today was the day it all clicked in place and I made sense of what I was feeling and wrote it down.

Hopefully it makes sense to others too.

Have you ever had any thoughts like these or concerns about what you should write?

A to Z

I saw this quiz Jenn @ Eating Bender posted and thought I’d join in the fun! Feel free to do the same!  I’d love for you to pick the letters of your initials and leave your answers in the comments.

A is for age: 25 for two more months

B is for breakfast today:  peanut butter on two slices of bread topped with sliced banana and a small cup of milk

C is for currently craving: fruit and nut trail mix — sweet and salty = devine!

D is for dinner tonight: leftovers: turkey breast, sweet peas, corn, some other veggie and sweet tea of course!

E is for favorite type of exercise: dancing — love playing xbox kinect games

F is for an irrational fear: when i hear fear i automatically think snakes.. but that is a completely rational fear.. an irrational fear of mine is being dressed too casually or too dressy for occasions.

G is for gross food: raw tomato.. i can not stand it! of course i love salsa, ketchup and cooked tomatoes (my husband says i’m weird for this)

H is for hometown: Crystal Springs, MS

I is for something important: April 3 – our wedding anniversary

J is for current favorite jam: love bites by Halestorm

K is for kids: none .. everytime i start to think it may be a good time to try — i hear a screaming kid at a restaurant or store — poof! there goes that thought. i do like picking out imaginary names tho.

L is for current location: at work in Jackson, MS

M is for the most recent way you spent money:  i scheduled a hair appointment for Saturday..the money will be well worth it!

N is for something you need: stick-to-it-ness

O is for occupation: Administrative Assistant II

P is for pet peeve: oh, this could be a very long list… but i’ll go with people who do not read signs… and people who do not use blinkers.

Q is for a quote: this could be another long list but more positive! “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams

 R is for random fact about you: i was named after both of my grandmother’s middle names.

S is for favorite healthy snack: cantelope (when its sweet!)

T is for favorite treat: lemon ice box pie

U is for something that makes you unique: my eye color is blue.. but they often change color with what i wear. i have many times had people argue with me that my eyes are green or grey and not blue.

V is for favorite vegetable: squash

W is for today’s workout: walking

X is for X-rays you’ve had: i had a sonogram of my stomach when they figured out i needed my gall bladder removed. and i’ve had dental xrays (gag me!)

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: getting a job interview scheduled for Monday.. now my nerves will kick in. i feel i don’t sell myself well… i’d much rather them just tell me what they want and then i could say i can do that for you or will learn to do that!

Z is for your time zone: central (CST)