24 is a little old to be making a Christmas wish list but if I could have my way (and get what I want) these would be on the top of my list.
1. Vacation. Anytime, anywhere. Just get me the hell out of Minnesota.
2. Laser hair removal. TMI?
3. Tickets to an amazing concert. I’m trying to come up with the singer/band that I would enjoy seeing but there are too many.
4. Gift cards to my favorite stores that I am too poor to shop at.
5. Cabin up north. As much as I hate the cold right now… I am in need of a weekend up north where cell phones don’t work, flannel is a uniform, boots are the norm, knit caps are a hair style, and beards grow by the dozen.
6. Automatic starter for my car. That is my kind of luxury… standing at the window INSIDE and pressing a button that starts my car OUTSIDE.
7. Fashion blog photographer. I don’t like the idea of someone following me arond as I run errands but if they could just snap a few pics of me in some really cute outfits that would suffice. Preferably enough for a years worth of profile pics and #tbt.
8. My own personal chef, bartender, and coffee barista. If they could be in constant rotation throughout the day that would be perfection. Might as well throw in a personal trainer too.
9. Some new car inventions (that are affordable for consumers). It frustrates me that for the last how many years we are still driving cars. We are so busy inventing smaller and better cell phones that we seem to have forgotten about transportation. Idea #1: floating car… that way driving on ice and snow isn’t even an issue. Idea #2: conveyor belt?… something along the lines of me hooking my car up to a device (like what they have in a car wash) and it towing my car for long distances instead of me having to drive.
10. All movies on Netflix. I’ve been disappointed 1 too many times with the lack of movies on Netflix.
I could go on and on about selfish items I want but alas none of my wildest dreams will come true.
Hey gang. How goes it on this frigid Tuesday? I legit thought I was going to lose the tips of my fingers this morning after sweeping snow off my car for like the 5th day in a row. However I find this weather to be oddly motivating. Aside from the various crafts I’ve been doing to keep busy… Last night I decided it was time to whip my apartment into shape. If you looked at it now you’d probably think “she spent all night cleaning yesterday?” And the answer would be yes. But don’t worry… I plan to go home and put in another late night finishing up the process.
-I have a leak in my ceiling that I would like fixed before I leave town next week. In order to call my landlord for the repair I should probably tidy up a bit.
-I seem to have misplaced my TV remote. And surprisingly I have yet to find it. I’m guessing after my cleaning frenzy is complete I’ll find it somewhere stupid like under my bed.
-I would still like to put up a few more xmas decorations… even if it is for a couple more weeks.
-I also still have a few more xmas presents to finish crafting which is easier to focus on once my clutter of crap is out of the way.
Once I have a few reasons to get my life together and a french press full of coffee… anything is possible.
Being a member of the female species I am no stranger to calorie counting. In fact… gimme 3 weeks and I’ll probably be babbling on about exercise/dieting in 2014. But today I am just plain annoyed. Keep your calorie counting opinion to yourself!
It’s those snide comments about “calories”, “cheating”, and ”dieting” that make me want to take that piece of pie you are so shy about eating and shove it in your face. Don’t give me that look (like you just saw a ghost) when you see me taking more than one scoop of pasta. Don’t tell me “that’s worth it” as I walk away with a slice of something sweet. Don’t say “I wish it was Diet” as a reach for a can of regular Coke because it’s FREE. Cuz ya know what?! I don’t give a fuck.
I will be the first person to admit I should go on a diet or for a run. But I also know I have some will power. I am able to go home and say “ya know what, I had that piece of *dessert* at work today so I don’t need to eat this”. Or “I did have a big lunch today… maybe I’ll have a light dinner”. And I do all of that without making someone else feel shame for treating themselves.
It’s those types of people that purposely order a $10 salad for dinner instead of what they really wanted… the burger I’m stuffing my face with. The people that HAVE to bring up the fact that they ran for 3 miles last night. Or state “I guess it’s my cheat day” as they dig in. … it’s those types of people that I can’t be friends with.
Well guys. It happened. Minnesota has had it’s first legit snowfall for the season. Don’t get me wrong… I love a white Christmas. But we all kind of cross our fingers hoping to make it thru the holidays without any serious weather. I feel like some people are unaware of the daily woes we put up with living in the great “Up North”.
1. Set your alarm. Fresh fallen snow can throw off your whole morning routine. That’s why come winter, you should probably wake up 1/2-1hr earlier. This will give you time to scrape off your car (which takes an extra 15 minutes) and then to drive to work on questionable roads.
2. Listen to the radio. On a normal day a person laughs along to their favorite radio voices hoping their to hear a good song. In MN we listen hoping they talk about the road conditions.
3. Winter driving. It’s a pain in the @$$. There’s snow, slush, and ice… all at once. I’ve been driving on a 5 lane highway before when it was snowing heavily and magically all of the lane lines disappeared. And then there is the part where the strip of snow inbetween lanes gets so built up you don’t dare change lanes. Or when the slush starts to freeze so it’s like you are driving on a gravel road… but it’s really ice. It’s all one big mess.
Then there is the fact that traffic is congested x10. Today for example… I take a 55mph highway the whole way to work. I maxed out at 30mph. I’d say 90% of my way to work I was maybe clocking somewhere between coasting - 10mph. My typical 20min commute took an hour.
4. Errands? What errands? If there is any chance of snow it’s straight home after work. If you can beat the storm then all the more power to ya. Forget grocery shopping… make the pizza delivery boy drive in the shit.
5. Window seat. This applies to me personally… my desk at work is by a wall of windows. 80% of the time it’s great. I get to look outside and see what the weather is doing… creep on my co-workers as they come and go in the parking lot. But the other 20% of the time it’s #annoying. I don’t mind people walking over to look out the window… it’s a great 1 minute vacation from the work day. But when it’s snowing/raining there is a constant flow of people… back and forth. It pushes my buttons extra hard when someone decides to have their phone conversations while looking out the window… as if that isn’t disturbing my concentration and I’m not going to listen in.
Minnesota means well… and Minneapolis especially is a great city. But I’ll admit… come this time of year I’m always looking for jobs down south.
Tis the season to craft until you can’t craft no more. This week I’ve been going about my usual business but in the back of my mind I’m really coming up with xmas crafts galore. That’s why I love this time of year!
Slowly but surely ideas start creeping up whether you see them online or out in the real world. Then you make a list of who you are all gifting to… and what they might want. Then it’s a couple weeks of running errands and hitting up the craft stores. Finally it comes down to 2 weeks and it’s go time.
This all comes with different stages of excitement.
1. “I can’t wait to make this!” This stage comes in parts. Part 1 when you get the idea and Part 2 when you have all the supplies and can finally move forward with the making of.
2. “OMG this turned out exactly how I hoped!” You have the finished product and it’s perfection. You came, you saw, you conquered. Time to be displayed or wrapped for gifting.
3. “You are gonna love it!” So there you are… gathered around handing out gifts. You’ve spent hours on each individual item and can’t wait for the recipients to see the fruits of your labor. The looks on their faces are priceless and worth the late night hours.
4. “You are so creative!” This type of excitement is an ego boost of many kinds. You didn’t do all that work for nothing so you post a picture on facebook… minutes later there is 15 likes and 7 comments. Or maybe you made a decoration for yourself which gets a lot of attention when you have guests over. Lastly, you have the receiver of the gift that can’t stop telling you how much they love it.
Not only is it rewarding to give something you worked so hard on to someone you care about while exercising your creative-ness… But it also takes a load off the budget. Granted some crafts DO cost an equal amount of money but the fact that it’s a unique/individual item makes it priceless.
So I encourage you to put a little more thought into your decorating/gift giving this year. Even if it’s a homemade card or wrapping paper, it still counts.
It’s official. The Monday after a holiday weekend is one of the worst things on the planet right now. The only thing that keeps me going is remembering how lazy I was over the weekend and looking forward to repeating that pattern in 3 weeks. How lazy was I? I came home from a little Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving and then didn’t leave my parents house again until I drove back to the cities Sunday morning. And I loved it. I love a lot of things about the holidays… allow me to enlighten you.
1. Heading up “north”. As much as I like the fast pace city living… I have a soft spot for my parent’s house a couple hours north. I love looking out into our backyard and seeing trees upon trees (covered in snow?).
2. There is always coffee brewing at home.
3. My dad used to manage a liquor store for 30+ years. What does that mean you ask? It means there is always beverages on hand and he knows how to make a mean bloody mary.
4. Favors from parents. This includes laundry, groceries, and car washes.
5. Home cooking. I’m not embarassed to say that my microwave cooking tastes like shit. So when I go home I gain 10 pounds because I can’t get enough of the home cooked meals and desserts.
6. No alarm clocks. So much sleep.
7. No technology. My parents aren’t big on technology and spending time in an alternate universe. When I go home there is no social media or phone calls. You are lucky if I even respond to your text. It’s very liberating when you can go a few days without it.
I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was just as relaxing/rewarding as mine was. Now it’s hi-ho hi-ho back to work we go.
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays we tend to get caught up in the hulla-baloo. We take for granted the comfortable homes we live in, the festive meals we eat, and the people around that (for some reason) love us.
Today I got a reality check when I found out a couple from my hometown/high school friends don’t have much time left with their week old new born. This news would be hard for anyone to hear but it’s especially difficult around the holidays. I can’t imagine having my first kid at 25 only to find out our time together will be short and sweet. This especially hits home with the recent news in my family that my big sis is expecting.
So safe travels this weekend and enjoy your time with your loved ones. Life throws curveballs when we least expect it. It’s better to look back on the memories than think “i should’ve”.