Happy November guys!!
I love Halloween but I have to say, Thanksgiving and the whole Christmas/New Year’s season is by far my favorite all year! It is time to start busting out the Christmas music and start the baking. You can’t tell me its too early because its just not lol. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk about Halloween. Unfortunately I had to work last night. No big deal, the store was just ridiculously empty. But, the upside was that I got to dress up and get a two dollar burrito bowl at Chipotle. You honestly just cannot go wrong with that. So, I put on my Rosie the Riveter costume and went to work! Yay!
So, thoughts? You like? You not like? Let me know!
As well as dressing up Halloween, I also painted my toes!
I saw this on pinterest:
And did my own version on my toes:
I am by no means a pro (as you can see on the right toe) but It was still fun to try!
Well, there you have it! Happy belated Halloween and don’t get too sick on candy!
Stay tuned for my latest cooking and decorating adventures!
We have basically a full set of furniture in the house! It actually looks like people live here instead of just storing stuffs here! How crazy right?! This week we picked up a couch for not nearly the amount we would have had to pay for a couch brand new. This one has been barely used. It just sat it this couple’s office in case the had guests but it never really got used. It is so our style. It is not exactly the style of the chairs but it pulls them in very nicely. I must say I love finding awesome deals on Craigslist or at a thrift store. It really is awesome! We can make our house look like our personalities without spending a massive amount of money. So awesome.
Anywho, here is the couch:
It has a rustic pattern to it that is kind of goofy but definitely our style!
Here is the whole living area together:
The green of the chairs is in the couch so it all kind of pulls together. At least for now.
We now have a whole living space. Thankfully you cannot see the couch up close in this picture because Faelyn thought it was a great idea to sneak out of the bedroom last night and sleep on the couch. What a goober!
We finished the dining room table too!!!!! It looks great! My hubby did an awesome job on the top of it!
That is the top of it! He did such a great job! It looks amazing!
What I love is, how the edges look darker than the top. It makes the top look like its been worn down and used and what not. We actually just had to redo the top of it because the first staining looked horrible. Just plain ugly. We had used a stain/poly mix and that did not go on well. So, the second time we used a stain a couple times and let them dry and then did the poly and let that dry. Not it looks awesome. It looks great with the chairs. All that is left to do of the dining room set is change the fabric on the chairs but the red looks good for right now.
This week has been super crazy. This was my first full-time week at REI and we have been prepping for our Labor Day sale that starts today. We have to leave to go to work in about a half an hour and I am not excited about going. It is going to be a long week. But I am continuing to work on reading my book so I can post a review as soon as I am done. I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It is hilarious! I love Pride and Prejudice and adding zombies just makes it that much better Lol!
Well, I’m off!
Wow, this week has had a mix of slow and fast sections. I’ve been busy and also not quite so busy.
I am not really even sure what happened at the beginning of the week. All I know was it was definitely uneventful. Nothing special to report on that front. I did spend some time gathering more books for my 52 Books/52 Weeks Challenge. That is always exciting. I even found some books at the library that I liked and were on my list so I snatched those up. I must say, I love libraries. I definitely do not have the money for books on a regular basis right now (unless they are steals at Goodwill or some other thrift store) and so being able to get them at the library is a highlight of my week sometimes.
The system at REI was still having trouble getting me into the system at the beginning of the week. No biggie. Finally, on Thursday I was able to start training. It was pretty straightforward and easy. I got to work a whole shift which was nice. I wasn’t stuck at home feeling like a shmuck for not helping support our little family. Friday I was also able to go in and work for a bit. I really was able to get comfortable with their cashier system and memberships and dividends and such so that made me feel more confident and less under pressure at that point.
Saturday brought a day off for the two of us and since we had both been working, it really did feel like a day off. We found a nearby dog park (that was a little smaller than the one closest to our house) and we took our little man to play there. He had been getting a little antsy lately and just wanting to run and play more. We thought this would be a great opportunity for him to get out and run and also get to play with some other dogs. He absolutely loved it. Even after TJ unleashed him and was still holding onto him, you could tell he knew he was getting a chance to run and play. It was only about 75 degrees as a high yesterday so we knew it would be a perfect day for him to test out the park without getting too overheated. The only “problem” we had was he was having so much fun, he did not want to stop and take a drink. That led to extra salivating and he had a goatee of saliva bubbles by the time we left. I felt bad because I did not want other dog owners to think he had rabies or something because he is up to date on all of his shots and vaccinations. But he just had no interest in slowing down to take a drink. We think it will be one of his favorite places in the world when it cools down and once he gets used to it enough to stop and take a drink every now and then lol.
After the dog park, we came home and hung around while he got his breathe back and we figured it was ok to leave him be without him freaking out. I was super tired and laid on the floor for a bit while we waiting and he decided to get super playful. Well, TJ who was laying on the floor next to me threw Faelyn’s toy and he came back with the toy to give it to TJ and decided my face was a perfectly good stepping stone to get to TJ. I had no idea he was even there. I thought he was still over by the door. The I get a nice big paw scratch right on/under my right eye. Oh boy, did that hurt. I have a nice mark and the swelling was so bad at first that I was mortified someone would think it was domestic abuse or something. It has definitely gone down today but walking into REI to get TJ’s schedule yesterday I definitely got a look or two.
My little man just plays rough sometimes.
After getting TJ’s schedule, we then went and looked at houses in the area. We found this one that I had fallen in love with while we were still in PA. It had sold before we got out here but I still think about that house all the time. Well, we drove past it and it was even cuter in person than it was online. I mean I did not get to see the inside but the outside was everything I thought was going to be and more. It was beautiful! So, I told TJ that we have to keep an eye out if it comes back on the market. I love it lots!
Today, TJ had to be in at work at 11. 😦 And since we only have one vehicle, that meant I was not going to go church searching and I did not want to do that without my hubby anyway. So, here I am, cleaning and reading and just enjoying my day. Hopefully this week brings more work. We could definitely use the money.
So much and yet not so much has been happening in the Parnell household this week. TJ started working in the store on Monday. He is loving it already. He is a natural born salesman especially when it comes to products that he loves and uses as it is. He loves being able to just talk with people and not be standing in one place all night long. It is so nice to see him significantly happier here than he was at the Distribution Center. There are also more people here with a firm belief in Christ and a desire for Outdoor Ministry, which is also making him that much more happy.
I start this coming Tuesday hopefully. The lady that can put me in the system is on vacation and so I can’t be hired until she gets back and can put me in the system. Crazy huh? Oh well, it is giving me another week to make this place home, to knit, to read, and to keep working on that rug. The Lord is providing and guiding and so I am not worried at all.
I know I mentioned several weeks ago that I was going to start reading 52 books from July 1, 2012 – July 1, 2013. Well, that obviously did not start yet. I was not thinking originally and did not realize that that would be the time when I was getting ready to move and moving across the country. So, I changed the dates a little bit and decided to move it up to August 1, 2012-August 1, 2013. That way I can continue compiling my list and can finish getting things put together around the apartment and what not. So, again if there is any suggestions you have in regards to what I should read, please give me some suggestions. If you want to know more about the new challenge and section or what kind of books I am looking to read check out the original post here.
So, anyway, TJ is home and I am off to spend my evening with him.
One thing that I love about summer is the ability to just spend as much time as I can or want reading. There is no school work, there is no other obligations because activities have ceased for the summer. It is really a time where I get to relax, refresh, and read (the three R words were not intended when I started that sentence). I have loved spending my summers reading for as long as I can remember. Whenever we would go on vacation or if I went on a missions trip or to camp, I always brought at least two if not three books with me. I’m telling you, I love to read.
This past vacation was no exception. I brought two books and my nook just in case I ended up finishing my books. Well, I spent a lot of time reading but a lot of time hanging out with my family and other stuff too. So, I only finished one book and started the second but ended up putting it down because I was bored. But since the summer has started I have read four books and started another one last night. That is about 1 a week for me. I am telling you, I love love love reading. I always have a stack of library books. I have books on my nook. I have bookshelves full of books and I am ashamed to say that I have not even read some of them.
Last night, I was home and did some cleaning because after vacation my house looked like a war had been raged and lost in my apartment. It was and still kind of is a disaster. But I managed to get it looking manageable and even packed up some fragile items. I was dreading going back to the book that I was finding immensely boring. It just seemed like the author was just throwing all kinds of statistics and such at me and I am not a reader who enjoys that. I start skimming when I start seeing statistics. So, I was poking around on Facebook (typical procrastinating college student habit) and saw a blog post from a friend of mine. I started reading it and she mentioned this book called Seven By Jen Hatmaker. From what my friend was posting about reading the book, it sounded like something that was along the lines of my thinking lately. The subtitle for the book is “An experimental mutiny against excess.” It is just this lady’s journey as she cuts back in seven areas of her life for seven months so that she might be diminished and God would be able to work through her without her being in the way. I went and looked at it on my Nook and read the free sample and decided I was buying it right then and there. I have barely been able to put it down.
She just wants to be used by God without her and her junk, as she refers to the comforts in her life, getting in the way. That is something that now that we are moving and we are looking to buy a home after we have moved to Denver, that I desperately want to do. While yes, I want a two or three bedroom home, I do not want it because I want more space for myself. I want it so that I can open up my home to someone who needs a place to crash. I want to be able to use the blessings that God has given me to serve Him with abandon.
This is not an easy mindset adjustment for me. Right now I live in an area where people work work work work work. They work so that they can get more. This is the way it is in a lot of places in America. I think work is great, but I want to try to use the money and the benefits that I get from work, to help others and not get more stuff for me that I do not really need.
So, as I continue reading this book, I will probably share more about my thoughts and how it is affecting the way I am living.
If you are reading it or read it, please I would love to hear from you and talk about how it has affected us together.
This weekend my littlest sister turned 9 years old!!! It is so hard to believe that she is growing up this fast. I feel like just yesterday she was super tiny. Anyway, I was not able to be home for her birthday, but I was up the week before so I gave her a present then. I gave her a call on her birthday and as is to be expected she was all kinds of goofy and slightly hyper because it was her birthday. She says I call her crazy all the time but it is because she makes some ridiculous comments on a regular basis. She is basically a mini me except most of the time she does not have any inhibitions like I do. She isn’t afraid to be herself and I love that about her. I know she is only 9 and still has to go through high school, but I have a feeling she will keep her individual identity. I love her to pieces!
In other weekend news, I had the day off on Friday and we went climbing! That was wonderful and yet totally made us realize how much we sucked after not climbing for a while. Saturday, I was not feeling good at all so I ended up calling off of work. I had a killer migraine plus snot was my best friend. I think it was my body telling me I needed to just chill out and take a break because I have just been going going going for weeks. Graduation here I come! Sunday, I felt better so that two day break must’ve been just what I needed. Overall, not a half bad weekend. But here we are, off to another week.
Well, Happy Easter everyone! What a wonderful celebration of our risen Savior! If you do not know Him as your Savior, feel free to ask me questions.
But anyway, I had a super busy weekend. We are still short handed at work and so I am working all weekend almost every weekend. That was no different this weekend. Easter is one of the restaurant biz’s busiest weekends. Everyone goes out to eat, it seems, on Easter. I worked Saturday night which was busy and then I had to go in at 2:30 yesterday until about 9:30. But before we get to that, church yesterday was awesome! We had a baptismal service which was super special. Then after church TJ and I went to lunch with his family at a club they belong to. The food was super super delicious! There was some kind of fancy dishes that honestly did not appeal to me at all but they had some other dishes that were right up my alley. Loved it! I had a food baby in my belly for a while after that. Lol!
Then I had to go to work. Oh my, I got in there and it was super busy. I had a ten top right when I got in there. That was a rush. It was a night full of big parties and lots of running around. I was super exhausted when I got home. I did end up making 3x more than I would’ve made on a regular sunday night. I definitely won’t complain about the money but I am needing some time to recuperate. But it is off to work again tonight.
I do not have any pictures from this weekend but I will have more pictures for things this week.