September 28, 2015

The Joys of Parenting

Let me just start this post off right now by saying that I am not a parent because I'm sure there will be some dissenting opinions.

In my opinion, parenting is not hard. Sure it's difficult to deal with teenagers or a stubborn child but overall it's not that difficult. I feel as though I've had enough parental models (Mom, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, step-parents) in my life to know what it takes. Add to that that I have personal experience and I think my opinion is justified. As with any journey in life, it will have its ups and downs. It's how you handle it that matters. be irritated by the non-stop sound of nonsense. have to have the world's best imagination to keep a 3 year old entertained.

... to clean up vomit from the carpet at 10 at night {just FYI it doesn't involve a vacuum} bribe a kid to get out of the pool because they're lips are turning blue and they're shivering.

... to feel regret for missing a soccer game.

... the excitement, joy, and indescribable love of hearing them say your name.

... to fall asleep, only to be woken up by cries at 2am. be overjoyed about dry pull-ups. clean up spilled milk, iced tea, squished tomatoes, and spaghetti from places that you can't even figure out how it got there. get fed up when they don't listen or do that thing you just told them not to do. need that extra time to have to gather up the sippy cup, snacks, extra clothes, and toy in order to just get out of the house and into the car. be brought to tears when they blow your mind with how smart they are at a young age. watch in wonder as they explore the world around them. be excited by the little things they're excited about. make certain activities kid-friendly just to make them happy. 

Most importantly, I know what it feels like to love another person so completely, without question, that it hurts.

And I wouldn't trade it for anything.

September 18, 2015

Hunting Season


It's that necessary evil that we all have to put up with. Some of us are lucky enough to be working in a position or industry we find happiness in. I envy those people. Others, like myself, are in a field we've realized isn't for us. Back when I was job hunting there were hundreds of thoughts running through my head. I figured it was polite of me to share them with you.

Ok, let's find the job that was meant for me.

So many jobs!!!!

Wait, am I qualified for this?

Why do I have to upload my resume AND still fill out all my info... So repetitive.

This sounds good...

$13/hr? How about no.

Omg this job is prefect! Just hire me now.

Oh wait, it's in Boston.

I love Boston, I could move....

Maybe I should move...

Ok let's be real.

Should I bother working with recruiters?

They can be so irritating. Ehh, at least it's another set eyes looking.

Ok, I've applied to 6 positions.

God I hate my resume....

Maybe I should tweak it again?

Why can't I just work on an island selling coconut drinks?

Because it's not real life.

But it IS real life. People do it!!

Goddamn these student loans.

I need a minimum salary of X.

Omg this job was made for me! It sounds perfect!

Wait, didn't I apply to this already?

I did...

Ok maybe I should just go to bed.

And that ends my 3 hour job application binge. The struggle of job hunting is real. It's like having a non-non-paying part time job. And interviewing....forget it!

Let's  hope the coconut gig pans out guys. First round is on me!

September 14, 2015

Making the Grade

A few weeks ago I spent some time reorganizing, reformatting, and fixing old blog posts. After making some changes I decided to give up because let's be real, no one is reading the archives from 2011-2013. It did, however, require me to pull out some old photos to re-add to a post. That got me looking at the other pictures in that book and well... here we are.
It's been a long time since I've had a 'first day of school' {ok, last fall was my last first day} but in honor of the school tradition I thought I'd share some school memories with you.


How freaking cute was I?!  I know, I know... totes adorbs! We still have that dress around somewhere. 


The cuteness still reigns. Also, I miss that sweater. It was one of my favorites.


The funny thing about this picture is that I remember this dress. Or, more likely, I've seen this picture so many times over the years that I think I remember this dress. My bet is on the latter.


This I actually do remember. I wanted to "dress up" for my pictures that year and wear some jewelry. This meant stick-on earrings and plastic beads obviously. My only regret, wearing the bracelet on that arm. Ugh!


How cool are those fake suspenders!?


Hello fourth grade, I have arrived! I thought I was something that year. I rocked my Mickey earrings {real ones!} and my favorite sweater. Obviously that whole sweater and leggings trend has been in my closet for decades.


FOR SHAME!!!  It's funny that I don't even find this picture embarrassing anymore. It's more like, Yup, that was the year I tried to shave off my eyebrow...

This next group of photos just goes to show you how awkward we truly are in middle school. 


This photo is one of the worst photos in my schooling history. It ranks #4 on my please let's burn it list. This was the start of my awkward stage.

Seventh & Eighth: The Lost years
I have no idea what happened to the school photos from those years. They were probably never ordered. But since I'm a memento junkie I was able to pull out my yearbooks from those years to give you these gems.

Thanks for misspelling my name!
7th grade was awkward but 8th?  Jesus. What a bad freaking day for photos that was. Also, that's the #1 worst picture.


That sweater vest though! That was my favorite article of clothing that year. Also, can someone please get me some tweezers already?!

Holy fucking awkward. I give you all permission to mercilessly make fun of this photo. This one ranks #2 on the above-mentioned list. I was clearly deep within my "goth stage" if we can even call it that.

If there was ever a ritual I participated in, it was my necklaces. I wore 13 at a time from a ball chain choker {so badass} to a pendant with who knows what on it. Not pictured? My arms with half as many bracelets. Real cool.

I can honestly say this is the only high school era photo of myself I actually like. The stars must have aligned that day or something because to this day, I still like this picture. I think what made this picture the best is that I truly didn't care. I put on clothes and went to school that day.

The only other picture I have from that time is this one from my Junior Prom. I can fortunately look back at this picture without cringing about much more than the fact that I'm wearing stockings with open-toed shoes. WTF man.

Again with the yearbook photos. Also, can I just tell you how much I absolutely HATE my senior photo? I remember having them done late and decided to wear this tight red shirt that I loved. Of course my hair had to be down. It resulted in pure awkwardness. I hate this picture. Why couldn't I have just worn the gown and pearls thing like everyone else?!

And there it is. My school career without The College Years. You'll be happy to know that brow maintenance is now a priority in my life.

What's your favorite, or most dreaded, picture from your school days look like?

September 08, 2015

Booked Vol. 2

I'm still enjoying my time off but it's book day!! {insert happy dance} and I'm not about to miss it. I look forward to this linkup because it gives so many recommendations and suggestions for new books to read. Plus I like to see what other people enjoy reading.

The Scale:     A {love}     B {enjoyed it}   C {ehh}    D {let down}      DNF

Here's a look where my nose has been buried lately.

E-Squared / Pam Grout  Grade: B
The book discusses the concept that your thoughts create your reality. "Rather than take it on faith, you are invited to conduct nine 48-hour experiments to prove there really is a positive, loving, totally hip force in the universe". I like to keep an open mind so I decided to give some of the experiments a try.

Social Death / Tatiana Boncompagni Grade: B
This book to me a little while to get into. Not because it was bad but because I kept reading everything else instead. Once I committed to it I found it to be quite enjoyable. Clyde Shaw is a reporter who is covering a case, however, the victim is her best friend. Of course there are lies, threats, and dark secrets revealed in an attempt to find the killer. For a free eBook on Amazon this was pretty good.

The Lean / Kathy Freston Grade: C
This book was typical to its category. A diet book with daily tips to move you in the right direction without out you even noticing the good habits you've formed. I already do a lot of these things - drinking lots of water, having an apple several times a week... To me, it wasn't any new information, just a way for a beginner to ease into a healthy eating lifestyle. 

It Had To Be Love / Tamara Baumann  Grade: B
I received this book courtesy of Net Galley. These kind of romance novels are my favorite. Girl has a sordid past she wants to keep hidden. Hot sheriff knows she's keeping a secret. They start out as friends, she tries to stay away, they slowly find their way together and then BAM! Drama ensues. 

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography / NPH Grade: A
How was this book going to be anything but awesome?! Everyone loves NPH, especially now that he's more popular than ever thanks to HIMYM. This autobiography didn't disappoint. I was laughing from the very first page. Plus, color photos!!

Grey / E.L. James Grade: DNF
Naturally, having read the 50 Shades trilogy, I felt the need to read this. You know, for completeness or something. I made it through the first page and then said Nope, not doing it.  I read the original books. I just don't see anything new coming from this. And honestly, IDGAF.

Four Days with Hemingway's Ghost / Tom Winton Grade: B
This was a free Kindle book I downloaded forever ago. As usual, I was putting it off. I found  actually really liked this book. It was a quick, easy read and had it's moment of humor.

Find the Good / Heather Lende Grade: A
I compulsively look for new books to read. Even when there are 2-3 unread on my table, I'm still looking for something new. I picked this up at the library while browsing the new releases section. It seemed like a quick read. The author is an obituary writer in Alaska and the book talks about the things she's learned about how to live life. You guys, this book is so sweet. It was just one of those make you smile to yourself, feel good books. I definitely recommend it.

Radical Self Love / Gala Darling Grade: B
Jenn is the coolest blogger on the block! She sent me her copy to read because I'm impatient and didn't want to wait until February when the book was being republished by Hay House. So awesome. As for the book, I liked this. Since I've dove head first into my spiritual journey I knew about some of the things she talks about but it was nice to learn some new things and just read what she has to offer.

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