Just Dandy!

I got off of work yesterday at the earliest time that I can possibly leave, 4:30PM. Now that it stays daylight for a while beyond that time it feels so much more like I have the rest of the day to accomplish things. Yesterday at this time I came home and cleaned bunny cages, let Freckles play a little bit, made my favorite pasta salad, enjoyed a delicious salad, ran to the store for a few things with Nate, and then we enjoyed grilled pork chops with my favorite red potatoes sauteed in garlic and oregano. I got to leave again today at the same time and it feels amazing to be off so early two days in a row! I’ve been a little less productive so far, but we’re headed to the gym in just a little bit so I’ll cut myself some slack! I think I’m actually just going to take a quick nap. ;]

I know I really shouldn’t, but I just can’t help blowing all of the dandelions that’ve been popping up in your yard. It just spreads weed seeds, I KNOW. But there’s just something so fun about it. I guess I’ll have to apologize to Nate when our backyard is covered in weeds.

My roots are insane, oh my goodness. I’ve never let them grow out this far. The thing is, people keep asking me if it’s on purpose? Like, have I purposely dyed my hair blonde on top? So, I’m fooling a few people - but the truth is, I’m just lazy. Honestly, the bigger truth is that I’ve been thinking about maybe going with a different color, but that requires an expensive trip to the salon. And then I’ll probably just miss the red and be sad, because that’s how I am. Long story short- I’m going to dye it tonight.

Blooper picture! This dandelion just wouldn’t fly apart and after 3 attempts I started cracking up.

Nate is out running right now, so I’m going to just relax until he gets back and we get ready for dinner- steak and squash! I think I deserve to lay down and chill out a little, even if I should really be at the gym. ;]

Outfit Details
Tank: Express
Shorts: H&M
Cardigan: Old Navy
Sandals: c/o Blowfish Shoes
Necklace: F21
Earrings: F21

Bold & Studious

Spring time swooped in like a warm blanket over my city. It was literally like God was like, OH HEY, I heard you were tired of the cold so I’ll just flip a switch - it’s Summer now, enjoy! I’m not complaining but it’s a little bit of a shock to my wardrobe. All of my dresses appear to be much shorter than they once were and shorts equally shorter. My butt is clearly getting bigger, that or I’m getting taller… hmmm? Or maybe I’m just becoming more modest? Ha. ;] Either way, I’m just frustrated with most everything I own! But this dress I picked up just a few weeks ago is like a breath of fresh air. Ahhhhhh… bold prints and colors. AND? It’s slightly shorter in the front and longer in the back. I swear this dress was made for me.

Today was spent cleaning the upstairs part of the house and watching UK play in the NCAA tournament downtown with a few friends. We’re headed to the final four and next weekend we’ll be playing Louisville! This probably means nothing to you, but people around here are freaaaaakin’ out over two major rivals playing in the Final Four! It’s fun to be able to connect with friends in a big group atmosphere for sporting events, as long as we win. ;]

The weekend has come and gone once again and I managed to tick a lot of to-dos off of my list, but not near enough of them. I need to work on a healthy meal plan for Nate and I. Now that he’s running pretty long runs in preparation for his marathon in May it’s imperative that he eats better. He’s been feeling really sick to his stomach when he runs and well, I’d say it makes a lot of sense because we eat like crap! Maybe I’m being hard on us- we do eat fruits and veggies. But we could be doing so much better! If you know of any quick and easy healthy meals send ‘em my way! I get really overwhelmed when I try to make something that requires me to buy a ton of ingredients- simple is what I need!

I had to include that hilarious jumping picture just for fun. I’ve never made a normal face in a jumping picture, ever. Haha! I hope you all have a great Monday! I know I’m sure going to try! =)

Outfit Details
Dress: Francesca’s Collections
Glasses: c/o GlassesUSA.com
Sandals: c/o Blowfish Shoes
Necklace: Shii
Earrings: F21

Sleepy Thoughts.

It’s midnight and Nate is asleep on the couch next to me. We’re cozied under blankets in the quiet, the glow of the “Play Next Episode” Netflix screen for Mad Men and my white twinkle lights over the kitchen cabinets lighting the downstairs area. Today I cleaned this entire half of the house and brought out all of my Spring decorations. The changing of our scenery with the seasons has become one of my favorite things about having our own place. This June will mark two years of marriage and home ownership. Two years of being out on our own, for the first time for both of us. It hasn’t been easy all of the time, but honestly - it hasn’t been that hard either. A good mix somewhere in the middle I suppose. We’ve definitely come far from the first time Nate tried to do dishes and put regular dish soap in the dishwasher. Hahah.. ;] But not far enough that I didn’t just recently purchase LAUNDRY detergent tabs on accident and use them in the dishwasher for a week or two wondering why in the hell our food tasted like what I always thought clean laundry would taste like. AH HA- I think I one upped him. Possible chemical poisoning > kitchen floor full of bubbles. I win!

I’ve been quiet lately, for lack of a better word. Maybe “still” is more accurately descriptive. Just taking it all in, whatever comes our way. Good or bad- with less emotion to either because I could always stand to tone it down a little in that area! Sometimes I’m still in total shock that I’ll be twenty-five this year. I pinch myself, am I really married? As Ashley would say, IS THIS REAL LIFE?! And it is. It IS real life, and my totally silly teenage years seem like they were all a dream. Because I’m so old now, you know? ;] But it does truly feel like that sometimes. I’m really looking forward to one day being 40 and reading back on this blog post with a horrified look on my face. I’ll cringe at how I thought we were so busy and had no time for ourselves, when in reality we were so carefree and didn’t even notice! I’ll laugh at how I thought we would only have one kid now that we have 5! …. Just kidding. One sounds like a nice number, but I always follow that thought with.. “Oh, but maybe two..” I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy being an only child though, so we’ll see.

It’s hard to think about being a parent. I suppose in the same way that being married and out on our own seemed like such daunting uncharted territory, but now here we are. Total pros at being adults! (Ha!!!) I think it’s different though. It’s just so hard to imagine right now, but then one day- it will be so hard to remember when it was just the two of us. It’s quite a ways down the road, but I feel like it will be here before we know it. We’re already nearing the end of March 2012 and I feel like we just celebrated Christmas! I honestly feel like I may miss Summer altogether if I blink, so I’m keeping my eyes open. I’m looking intently and paying attention to all of the good things. I’m working on my lists of goals that I tend to make and never look at again. I’m realizing that time is just like, this weird measurement of something that can’t really be measured. We make it mathematical and we look at the clock and we see the sun go down and we see it come back up- we call it a day. We accept that there are 365 days in a year, 7 days in a week, and 24 hours in a day.. but to me it all just runs together. Does that make sense?

Ramble, ramble! Well, it’s bed time for sure. My eyes keep shutting for seconds at a time and I may just nod off any moment. It’s frustrating that I can’t just fall into bed- I have to take off my makeup, take out my contacts, brush my teeth, put my retainers in. I’m sooo whiny, aren’t I? But Nate can just brush his teeth and crawl into bed. I guess if I wanted to have acne, crooked teeth, and an eye infection I could do that too.

GlassesUSA.com Review

A week ago I received the glasses that I ordered through GlassesUSA.com. I had only placed my order the previous Saturday, so I was kind of shocked that they arrived so quickly! I shot a little video of me opening them. You’ll want to watch it.. because I’m kind of a doofus about stuff like this. I just love receiving things in the mail and opening something new. Ha.

First let me talk about the process of choosing your prescription glasses because when you’re dealing with an online company I feel like this is kind of important! You can’t exactly just pick them up and try each pair on, right? And if you’re like me- you may tend to gravitate toward frames that you think are really cool, and then they end up looking totally awful on your actual face. This is the trouble I seem to have. SO, their share-able virtual try on feature was super helpful in that department! This is also a great way to get your friend’s opinion in case you can’t decide. I sent my virtual try-on photo out over twitter and got a few opinions that way!

After (finally) deciding on my pair of eyeglasses (so many great choices!) I found it extremely easy to navigate through the ordering process. It’s very simple to input your prescription into their drop down menus for each eye so I chose to use that method, but you can email or fax your Rx to them if you wish! I don’t have a ton to say about the ordering process because it was just that straight forward. Such a cinch! Once I ordered them I received an email immediately to confirm, and a few more updates on the process of them being made and shipped! They were here in a snap and I couldn’t be happier!

If you’re looking to GlassesUSA.com. They’re so affordable and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! There are a few great coupons going around right now. In honor of Spring pickup a pair at 30% off + free shipping with code SPRINGSAVINGS, or get 50% off if it’s your first purchase by using code FIRSTPAIR. If you already have a pair like I did, consider snatching up a second pair at such a good price! I was really practical about my first pair of frames because they were the only pair I had, but I really let myself have more fun when I chose this pair! =) Let me know what you think - did I make the right choice?!

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