November 21, 2017

Thoughts on Things

I feel like so much and nothing is going on at the same time. Outwardly, I suppose it's a lot of nothing. Internally and behind the scenes, a lot is taking place. As such, I have some thoughts rolling around my head and figured I needed to use my digital penceive to get them out.

+ This year my family is not exchanging Christmas gifts. Part of me is all are you kidding me!? but another part is saying ok. this is good.  The thing is, my niece is 5 and has ZERO interest in Christmas. It strikes me as incredibly odd but she just doesn't care. She'd rather play in the paper than open gifts. And when you talk to her it's a lot of 'remember when we...' which is honestly the way it should  be. She remembers the things we do and the places I take her and has no care for materialistic items.

+ While watching the news yesterday morning several JCPenney commercials aired. being one of my favorite stores I was half listening to see if they had any good deals for this weekend. Then the announcement came that their doors were opening at 2 pm on Thanksgiving day. I have never been more disappointed in a company. I want to write a letter but I can't even formulate what to say other than shame on you and this disrespectful behavior. 

+ The House approved the proposed tax bill... and I actually read the news on it. It's incomprehensible to me how certain individuals constantly complain about the increasing national debt, yet this very policy they've proposed, and approved, is set to raise the debt by 1.4 trillion dollars over 10 years. And one of the proposed changes - reducing corporate tax from 35% to 20% - will cost 1.5 trillion dollars over that same time period. 

+ I am sooo full of gratitude lately. I stepped out of my bedroom this past weekend and almost started crying over how much I love the way my living room, and entire apartment, have come together. This is now my favorite room in the house. 

+ I've mentioned it here and there about getting my finances in order but I have officially reached a point where the current "story of my finances" is no longer serving me. It hasn't been for a while, but I have finally taken steps to change it. And it feels amazing.  

+ I've always thought that making friends as an adult is difficult. And although I suppose it still can have its challenges, what I have noticed is that the people I would call "friend" today, are people I genuinely want in my life, not because I feel like I'm obligated to keep communication open. Quality over quantity. 

+ Earlier in the season I volunteered to participate in my company's work with NY Cares and buy holiday gifts for 3 kids and a senior. You guys, I can't tell you how full my heart was reading these letters to Santa and being able to buy these kids, and senior, everything they asked for. If I receive nothing else this year, that feeling, of selflessly giving to someone else, and knowing that it will make them happy, was more than enough.

+ I am so excited for the first snow. Like, really truly, super excited this year. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I have someone to do snow things with? I don't know. Either way, I'm praying for snow days.

Those are just a few of the thoughts and things on my mind lately.

How about you?

What have you been mulling over?

November 15, 2017

Dear Santa...

It's hard to believe we're halfway through November and yet here we are. 

Since my birthday and the holidays are coming up in a few short weeks I figured it was only fitting that I share this years wishlist. I have to say, it’s pretty sparse, even for my list making self. 

For several years now I’ve only ever asked for things I wanted or needed but didn’t want to purchase myself. That hasn’t changed but the new thing I’ve noticed is simply that I want less stuff overall.

Here’s a look at my “Charlie Brown” birthday/holiday wish list.

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1| KitchenAid -Speed Hand Blender: I've decided my kitchen needs one of these so I can whip up soup easily, or so I can de-chunk my favorite salsas {I hate chunky salsa!} 

2| Bed in a Bag: This doesn't need to be exact as I'm just as happy with a new set of microfiber sheets.  

3| Looney Tunes Golden Collection: This has been on my wish list for several months, if not a couple years. I grew up watching this show so it's 100% a nostalgia gift, but I want it nonetheless for those snowy days when i'm not leaving the couch.

4| Mia 2 Skin Clearing System: I've had my eye on this for some time but the price tag, and my general bad habits when it comes to makeup removal, have prevented me from making the leap. I've gotten much better about my routine and I think I'm finally ready for a big girl toy!

5| Ziploc vacuum storage bags: I don't necessarily need these but they would certainly free up half my linen shelf space and that would make me pretty happy. Not to mention I could use them for seasonal clothes and get rid of my storage bins! 

If this wishlist doesn't scream adulting - I don't know what does!

What's on your  holiday wishlist; is there something I should add?

November 10, 2017


I'm surprised I remember how to even find this space. I got a message from an IRL friend basically scolding me for not having posted since the end of September. I didn't realize it had been that long. Confession: I also didn't mind.

Since I haven't showed my face around here for several weeks I figured it was best to just play catch up. Here's what I've been up to.

Watching: 50 movies in 67 days. In other words, I was the first person to finish Jenn's Fall Film Challenge. I have to say, it feels awesome! I finished binging on Stranger Things and now I'm trying to finish some other shows I've been procrastinating on. I've also started watching the news again in the morning. 

Reading: I'm working on getting through The Night of the Moths by Ricardo Bruni. It was my November Kindle First pick. It's short, but moving quickly, and I like it. 

Eating: I'm trying to do a modified low/no carb thing again. Mainly because it makes me feel better when I eat less carbs. This time was more difficult so I amended it to just being conscious of my bread/pasta intake (aiming for once per day if at all). 

Playing: Jeopardy! I don't care if it makes me sound like a 65 year old, Jeopardy is the shit and I'm actually pretty good at it. 

Buying: I'm trying not to buy anything right now since Black Friday is coming. Buut... my new couch gets delivered tomorrow and I am beyond excited!

Going: My coworker is hosting a Friendsgiving tomorrow night so I'm heading into the city for that. I have no idea what to bring so if you have any suggestions, I'm open to them!

Creating: My planning bug took a bit of a backseat lately but I've been trying to use up my stock and I've drastically cut back on what and how much I buy. Truth be told, I'm tired of dumping money into stickers. I have bigger creative goals I want to accomplish.

Purging: Last month I did a complete sweep of my social media accounts. I deleted more than 46 "friends" and unfollowed or deleted several groups from Facebook. I deleted more than 50 accounts from Twitter and more than 158 from Instagram. I went through my closet, tried things on, and was brutally honest. Am I keeping this because I love it or because "it will fit when I lose weight"? I also went through books, and other things.

Wearing: This is going to sound ridiculous, but I've rediscovered Levi's jeans and I'm in love. If they're on sale, I'm buying them.

That's a glimpse of what I've been up to in the past few weeks. How about you? What's going on?