Thursday, January 30, 2014

Before and after Ikea Billy Shelves

I love Ikea 
We loved shopping there when we lived in Germany
Sadly Buffalo doesn't have Ikea
But Pittsburgh does
I mere half an hour away from Katelyn's school!

I've had a vision for our Living Room for some time
Part of that vision was built in shelves
My vision is on a strict budget
A tight budget

Solution Ikea Billy Shelves with some flare added!

Living Room before shelves

And after

I'm still working on styling the shelves 
And hopefully by summer new couch and chairs, rug etc...
This is phase one of many to come

What to do on mantel? 
Before I always decorate it
Now it seems too busy to have more stuff 
But it also seems lonely and bare! 

Any suggestions?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy Wednesday! 
Joining Joyce today From This Side Of The Pond

1. It's  been said that one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Do you think that's true? Do you find that an easy exercise most mornings? What's something positive you told yourself today? If you missed that boat, what's something positive you could tell yourself tomorrow?

Yes I do think it's true that and a good cup of coffee! No not always! Something positive...umm nothing today perhaps tomorrow will be "you got this"! (job hunt and interview prep mode)

2. There will be karaoke at the next party you attend...are you in? Or will you be faking a sore throat?

Noooooo! I'll be hiding in bathroom! 

3. January 29th is National Puzzle Day...what's something you've found puzzling recently?


4.  Jigsaw, crossword, acrostic, logic, sudoku, word search...what's your favorite kind of puzzle, and when did you last work one?

Does Candy Crush count as a puzzle? 

5. Recently a writer by the name of Amy Glass ruffled feathers with a post she wrote saying she looks down on young women with husbands and kids and she's not sorry. Among other things, she says women will be equal with men when we stop saying house work and real work are equally important. You can read the whole piece by clicking here.

What say you? Do you think men and women are equal in the 21st century? Why or why not?
Depends on the situation....I've worked and I've stayed home. When I worked my job was not to the caliber of my husbands so all the household jobs still fell on me. I will never make has much as him, I will never be the main bread winner and I'm okay with's a huge responsibility. I'm fine with being a contributor but thats just me! 

6. What's a product you've noticed in the grocery store that you'd like to try, but haven't yet?

Budweiser Lime a Rita.....I'm a Margarita girl...people either love or hate it! Gonna try one of these days! 

7. The author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was born this week in 1832 (January 27th).  Which character from his celebrated novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, would you most like to meet, and why? Here's a link to a character list if you need help on this one. 

Probably Alice....I like order but always up for an adventure! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I've been unemployed for almost a week now....been applying to jobs, had one interview! 
Enjoying being home while a can, it's been nice especially during these frigid snowy days we have been having. I think Sophie has been the happiest to have me home. She can be my shadow again.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Fragments

Joining Mrs. 4444's @ Half Past Kissin Time today! 

Happy Friday! 

❉ Today is day 2 of my unemployment....still feels weird to say that! On Wednesday evening I was 
"let go" of my job, it was also my one year anniversary at said job. I wanted to make it a year and I did. It was hard to last that long with a crazy unstable being "let go" aka fired was gonna happen or I'd be quitting soon. Our personalities didn't mesh well especially with her driving the crazy train. I learned a lot this year and am turning the page on this chapter. On to the next job whatever that may be!

❉ Anybody else sick of winter yet? It's so bitter cold here! I'm hovered over a heater just to keep warm.
Tired of salty dirty car and tracking mud and snow inside, tired of my snow boots, tired of my down coat....just want to wear cute shoes again! Winter storm warning again for this weekend at this rate my wreaths on windows outside will be up until Easter! 

❉ I really want to plan a vacation away this spring for my hubby and I .....somewhere warm but inexpensive! Any ideas? 

❉ Today I decorated for Valentine's Day and ate my fair share of conversation hearts! That is one thing I wanted to do different this year was get back to decorating for the holidays. Once I started working last year lots fell on the way side..... I also want to pick up my camera real camera not my iphone! I really miss taking pictures! 

❉ Have a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

All good things must come to an end!

This girl heads back to school tomorrow!
(insert sniff sniff)

I love having her home
We love having her home
Sophie really loves having her home....
But it's time
(insert sniff sniff)

Gonna miss her
She won't be home until Easter...
(insert sniff sniff)

Happy Sunday!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy 2014

Happy 2014

I'm happy to see a new year...
Not that 2013 was bad....just different!
I'm raising my glass to a happy healthy new year to all! 

I spent from Thanksgiving to Christmas being sick. 
I still don't feel 100%!
But that could be because my family has been gone for 10days!
I've been staying up late reading!
Hearing scary noises in the middle of night!
I haven't had a good night sleep in 10days!

 They are in the mountains of Utah
Doing what they love most in life...

Look at those smiling faces!

Look at the sun and blue skies!

While they have been gone they are missing the arctic blast!
They are missing all the snow!

I'm missing my snow shoveling hubby
I'm missing them both! 

Thankfully they will be home TODAY!