Summertime Survival

I’ve never really been one who feels like your apparel or accessories with make or break your success at any given activity.  Now I know as well as anyone that certain activities need certain apparel.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much money my parents spent on swim suits, caps, googles, leotards and tights for dance, and of course…..dance shoes.  It’s safe to say that I didn’t have the cheapest of hobbies growing up.  However, for most of us gym goers, it’s just become super trendy and important to have the latest and greatest workout gear.

I’m a really firm believer in the fact that an expensive outfit isn’t going to make you run further or lift heavier.  Who wants to spend a million dollars on clothes….and then sweat in them all the time!?  You’re never going to look cute when you’re done, and if you do you’re doing it wrong!

I workout everyday….I understand wanting to look cute and be comfortable while doing so.  The regular luxuries I allow for myself is good pants and quality bras.  No one wants to be squatting in see through pants or bouncing around in a bra that isn’t getting the job done.  However, do you know the difference between a top from Lulu and a random top from……like $40!  I don’t really know what makes a black tank top from Lulu for $50 better than one I can pull off the TJ Maxx rack for $10.  Give me my Maxinista status all day of any day.  Plus cheaper clothes means I can have more clothes, and variety keeps life spicy.  I only have a couple expensive nice bras, because I only do cardio heavy activity a couple times a week.  Rowing and yoga don’t really require that the girls be strapped down to within an inch of their lives.  Plus, Victoria’s Secret has a surprisingly high amount of sales on their sports line, you just have to pay attention.

I did however buy myself something expensive the other day……AND I LOVE IT!  My old freebie water bottle was starting to get moldy up around the gaskets in the lid.  So….I bought myself  S’well bottle.  Truth be told, I was fully expecting this thing to be hype.  I mean, it’s gorgeous colored, but looks are often times deceiving.

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This is the color I picked….Super Nova…..and she’s gorgeous!

Let me tell you…..this little baby keeps water cold…..even in a black car on a 100 degree day!  It works great for hot class.  Nothing re-motivates you to towel off/ring out the sweat and keep lifting like actual cold water.  I get that regular old lukewarm water will keep you hydrated….but it just doesn’t offer the same relief.  I went biking the other day and didn’t take my S’well because I didn’t want it to get banged up, and I was severely regretting it.  When you’re hot…..hot water is gross!

So, some facts about my spiffy new accessory…..according to the website it-

  • Keeps drinks cold for 12 hours and hot for 6
  • Outside of bottles don’t condense so you won’t ever loose your grip
  • The 29oz version (the size I bought) HOLDS AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF WINE!!!!!!!

I don’t know that I’ve ever needed a water bottle to be able to hold a whole bottle of wine, but I don’t think I’m opposed to that sorta thing either.  Double bonus is that since it seals up so tightly and keeps things chilled, it would be perfect for smuggling moscato on to a pool deck.

………not that I do those things…..but you know …….options are always nice…….

Princess Scatterbrain

Once again…..I tried all week to get a blog written.  It didn’t really come together the way I wanted it to.  I just felt 800% scatter brained all week.  Couldn’t focus, everything seemed wrong and crappy……..idk it was just strange.

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I didn’t really clean anything….I worked out, but the rest is all true!

What I did have this week were random thoughts.  So, I thought I would just compile a small sampling of what goes on in the wonderfully crazy mind of MisHappenings.  The thoughts will be accompanied by funny pictures….because I needed some smiles this week.

Why doesn’t TJ Maxx have any decent shoes in my size ever anymore?!

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This could be me, but they don’t have my size!

Is $200 too much for a cleanse?!  Can I even survive a 9 day, pre-vacation cleanse!?

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A for effort I suppose

 

How many seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race are there?!  BRING ON THE QUEENS!

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PREACH!

 

Why is her cheating husband in my office!?!?  This is awkward……where is my escape route!?!? HALP ME!

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If someone would like to buy me this mug that would be great!

 

Is it important that one’s belly button ring matches one’s bikini?!  Also, is it weird if I lay in my backyard where everyone can see me to tan?  Will someone yell at me for this…..fuck it I need a tan!

I need to expand and refresh my wardrobe….but I think I’m going to do it without spending more than $40 on any particular item.

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When you think you’ve kept track of you shopping…..and then you get the credit card bill.

 

WHY CAN’T WE JUST GET ALONG?!

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Being told to buy something “fun” with my bonus…..BILLS CRAZY WOMEN IT’S GOING TO BILLS CUZ YOU DON’T PAY ME ENOUGH!!!!!!

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Real Life + Best Halloween Movie = TRUTHINESS

 

Is my winter time makeup to white now?!  Am I tan enough for my summer time shade?!  Can I ghetto a face together until I get tanner?!  WHY DOES MY NECK NEVER, EVER TAN!?

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Probably can’t avoid a Sephora run for long…..but who would want to avoid that anyway!?

 

Maternity leave needs to end ASAP because I can’t handle this shit alone!

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Life with a Limper

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When you are the momma to a recovered, limpy, sore dog, there are certain things you don’t take for granted.

  • The good walks you get to take.  Even if you’re busy, even if it’s hot and buggy or too cold and blowing, a good walk is always a good walk.
  • Every time she jumps onto the couch by herself.
  • When she can tackle stairs and not look nervous or in pain.
  • Talking to other dog owners about her brace, and maybe helping other people consider non-surgerical treatment options to get their fur babies back on the right track.
  • Every spin, swirl, and buck when she’s showing her toys who’s boss.
  • When you neighbors ask about her leg and compliment how much better she’s looking lately.
  • She she prances over whipping her rope for a game of tug-o-war.
  • Not having to worry about reigning in her activity or making sure she doesn’t hurt herself some more.
  • Watching like a proud momma when she comes out of her shell around other people and dogs because she can move comfortably.
  • The days you forget she’s limpy because she acts just like a normal dog.

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When your recovered, limpy, sore dog injures her other leg, there are certain things you hate.

  • You’re new vet telling you that you’ve ruined your dogs quality of life.
  • Hearing about arthritis, surgeries, and recovery time and feeling like you don’t know which is the right decision to make.
  • Any vet telling you, “Just let her be and maybe she’ll get better,” or “Well, she has a history of joint issues so this will just continue to happen.”
  • Knowing that as a rescue fur momma you promised to keep your pound baby safe and happy, and feeling like you’re failing.
  • Watching her tripod around and struggle just to live her little puppy dog life.
  • Doing the best you can, but knowing that someone will always judge your choices.
  • When you’ve made huge gains and progress on getting her back into fighting shape, and now it feels derailed.

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On to brace number two, and hoping my fur baby has a second speedy recovery!

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A Weekend of DIY

I know that I missed posting a blog last week.  I had done so well for a year, but sometimes you just drop the ball on things.  In my defense, it had been a busy week of getting the house ready for summertime and getting a big chunk of my house’s to do list done.  I get that “success and excuses don’t talk together”, but sometimes in life shit happens.

Side note…..well aware I missed last week too!  Apparently when I’m not in school I’m totally incapable of keeping a schedule of any sort. :/

Let’s do the exterior of the house first shall we?!  Summertime means it’s time to PLANT ALL THE THINGS!  I mean, I didn’t plant all the things, but I did plant several things to sprinkle out and around the house.

On the planting list this year were:

  • Cherry Tomato – Scout baby needs her tomato fix every day when I get home from work.  I don’t use these for anything other than some outdoor snacking with my Lil.  The fact that she doesn’t just pick them herself is surprising, but she just sits next to the plant doing her anxious prance-y feet waiting for you to hand them to her.
  • Mini Sweet Bell Peppers – I’ve never grown this variety, but I assume they are good just for straight eating off the vine?!  We shall see!
  • Green and Yellow Beans – Cuz you know I’m going to need to can some more Dilly Beans!
  • Wave Petunia – Easy to grow and I mean…..why not
  • Kale – Confession time……I HAVEN’T PLANTED THE KALE!!!  I couldn’t find a nice “bowl” shaped pot I liked, and I ran out of potting soil anyway.  Plus, in a mad dash to stop the Limping Nugget from asserting her authority towards some dogs across the fence, I threw the hose down….and my kale seeds got wet.  Are they still good to plant!?!  Does anyone know!?  Are my seeds just growing in their package!?  SOMEONE HALP ME!!!!!!

I also finally fixed the gutters around my house.  It was a pain in the butt….literally because I was sitting in landscaping rock….but it’s done and over with so hopefully the foundation of my lil townhome will stay nice, dry, and happy.

Now……on to the interior projects.

You’ll recall that I’ve basically wanted to repaint the master bedroom since I moved into the house.  I did write a small preview blog with what I thought were my ideas, however some of that may have been a lie.  I have yet to finish my garage, but I did paint my bedroom Blackberry….sorta.  There is no chair rail, but I did end up buying the birdcage chandelier!

Well, to celebrate graduating with my Master’s, my Momma decided that she would buy me paint and trim to redo the bedroom.  Now, let’s be real, that’s way too much money, and I shall be trying to not let her pay for everything.  The thought and the gesture are amazing, I just feel bad.  IDK if ya’ll are aware, but home improvement projects are not cheap!  This is mostly the reason why I never started the project before.  WHY MUST ADULTING COST SO MUCH….ALL…..THE….TIME…..!!!!!!

Momma and I decided to use the long weekend to finally get going with the project.  She arrived Thursday night and we were pretty much totally unprepared.  I only knew that I wanted to use the color Blackberry.  The two shades of tan that I thought we had decided on for the trim and other walls basically ended up as variations of the “Townhouse Beige” that adorns every other wall in my house.  Basically, Thursday night was spent staring at a small collection of generally not that wonderful paint chips and hoping they became wonderful…..they didn’t.

Friday morning I pulled up all the baseboards out of the bedroom so that we could apply liquid sandpaper to pull the shine off the surface and make the paint stick.  I googled the internet to try and find a picture of what we used, but couldn’t.  It was a super old container of something Dad had used, so it’s possible the it’s not made anymore.  I thought something magical would happen to the woodwork, like it would get cloudy or bubbly, or something to let you know it was working…..nothing really changed.  They looked cleaner….which make them shinier….which seemed a bit like not at all the point of the project.

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Here’s a picture of the back of the liquid sandpaper can….SO HELPFUL!  Also picture, my excellent painter’s taping skillz and the tools required to remove baseboards.

A trip to Sherwin Williams later, and I had my three colors: Blackberry, Glamour, and Irish Cream.  Yes I know, of course I would pick the color Glamour….it’s not my fault, it’s just want matched my curtain and bed skirt.  In other glorious news…..NONE OF THEM LOOK ANYTHING LIKE TOWNHOME BEIGE! (Sherwin Williams actually makes a color called Townhouse Tan……it made me giggle a lot!)

Friday night I finished taping and we did manage to get a coat of Irish Cream onto the ceiling……it was looking pretty good, until the morning when the splotches showed up.  So Saturday morning was another coat on the bedroom ceiling and one coat on the bathroom ceiling, because we totally forgot that the night before.  I think on Saturday we also primed all the bedroom walls?!  Frankly, it was a lot of days off work, and when I’m not at work I sort of never keep track of the day I’m on.  But, in any case, before the serious painting could begin, everything had to be primed.

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Primer…..makes everything look good.  By good I of course mean like crap.

Saturday night we went to Menards to scope trim options.  We of course left with no trim…..because that’s how we roll, but I did get a new chandelier for the living room.  ONE MORE UGLY BOOB LIGHT GONE!  “Boob lights” is just a better name for those stupid flush mount ceiling half orb light thinkers……I saw it on another DIY blog and it make me giggle!

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“For the glamorous….oh the flossy, flossy!”–Fergie

I hung the new chandelier, finished some random odds and ends, and got some other new lights ready for installation while Momma worked on painting the trim.  I’m not a great painter….honestly I’ve never really tried.  But, Momma found cute little mini handled paint brushes she wanted to try at Home Depot, so she edged out all the trim we had left up…..so the doors (there are a lot of doors in my bedroom honestly) and the window.  After that was all said and done, we started the first of two coats on the bedroom walls.

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THE BIRDCAGE!! It was already darkish, but it had some speckles I didn’t like so it got sprayed down dark.

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New vanity light….It was oil rubbed bronze. Sometimes, spray paint is all you need!

NEXT CAME THE GLAMOUR!

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The colors I picked are oddly hard to capture in a good picture. Glamour is a warm pinky/plum/beigey neutral. Also, the Irish Cream isn’t that yellow in person, it’s just a nice off white cream.

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The square of primer is where the Blackberry went in the bedroom.

Monday we got two coats of blackberry done in the bathroom, and three coats on the bedroom’s accent wall.  It was slightly traumatic because it was definitely harder to get the dark color to look good.  The first coat of Blackberry looked absolutely horrible…..like horrible pink primer.  Maybe it was our technique, maybe we had the wrong kind of roller, maybe that’s just how dark paint is…..idk but it wasn’t super reassuring.

Sunday night, Monday night, and Tuesday night were mostly spent getting odds and ends done and the rooms put back together.  Mom didn’t have to work until Wednesday, so she stayed Tuesday while I went to work so that we could do the last coat of Blackberry in the bathroom after work.

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If you’re in need of custom curtains, you can try contacting Momma Mishappenings…..it’s always worked for me!

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The bathroom is the most “finished” looking of either room.  Partly that’s because we trimmed out the whole ceiling, so it just looks more finished then the bedroom currently does.  The plan is to install crown molding at the ceiling so that it won’t matter that we didn’t paint all the way to the ceiling.  If we decide that’s too much, it’s just paint and I can go back over the things we aren’t going to cover with molding.  I’m liking my new little dark fancy bathroom.  Like every bathroom I’m ever in in the future is probably going to need to be this color!  I did however get some Blackberry on my toilet….I should maybe work on getting that scrubbed off….oopsy!

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In case you’re wondering where Scout was during all of this, she was her regularly clingy self.  Friday night I slept out on the couch, and I thought Scout might like a little Mommy and Me sleep over time.  I was wrong, I woke up and she was sleeping on the drop cloth.  Riddle me how or why laying on the drop cloth is better than the carpet?!  She didn’t seem to care and spent most of the weekend being firmly committed to her new found love of drop clothes.  Also, wedging herself into places she doesn’t really fit and being sorta generally under foot were additional favorite weekend activities.

There is still a lot of project to go:

  • The accent wall needs stenciling, a huge frame, and accent lighting
  • The window and doors all need additional trim to amp them up a bit
  • The baseboards need to be beefed up….although this will probably be the easiest of all the projects.  We can’t start it until we figure out how much we are expanding the door trims
  • The bedroom needs crown molding
  • I’d like to maybe build some sort of valance to go over the top of the curtain to cover up the raw edges.  It used to be mounted flush to the ceiling so it didn’t matter, but my bedroom now as higher ceilings.

Of course it’s a huge to do list still, and projects might change or get dropped.  Like I said, if we decide not to do things its just going to take some more time with a paint brush to finish off some of the areas we left unfinished but plan to cover with molding and trim.  Beyond those projects, I still have an antique door to turn into an mirror and a bedside table that now desperately needs to be refinished.

Home ownership…..the never ending to do list!