Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tippy Tuesday

The aftermath of partying too much over the long Memorial Weekend......

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Oh &%#$!! The Big 3-0!

Yep, the title pretty much sums up how I feel about turning 30. I turned 30 on Wednesday and I'm not doing too well with this but what can I do besides suck it up and try to go on, as I'm pulling out gray hairs from my head, walking hunched over from back aches and forgetting a few names along the way.....and yes, all of those things have happened to me in the last month.

In the past, I've always counted down the days with excitement until my birthday. "Only (fill in the blank) days until my birthday!!" This year, I've said the exact same thing but in a pouty tone and on the verge of tears. But with my pain, comes your enjoyment: A list of 30 things about this old fart. Just like I did last year for my 29th birthday, which you can read here and of course, the list I did for Jenny on (what would've been) her 30th birthday. Don't expect a list of 31 things next year because I don't know how many more things I can of about myself. Shocking, I know.

Dim the lights, here we go!

1) #17 from last year's list states that I've never had a cavity. Well guess what happened in the last 365 days?? Yep, I got my first freakin' cavity. Just. Lovely. My dentist said it was teeny tiny but it was still a freakin' cavity. Ok, maybe he didn't say freakin' but I have a hard time saying the c-word now without adding an expletive before it.

2) I had my tonsils removed when I was 26 years old. Oh, to be in my 20s again! It's true, it's much worse to have it done when you're older but thanks to having an awesome doctor and eating solid foods on the second day, I healed up pretty quickly. I had to be off work for 2 full weeks and sleep propped up so I wouldn't choke on my blood and die. But overall, it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it would be. Plus, it was pretty nice having my mom take care of me :)

3) I have TMJ and can only open my mouth about 2/3 the way. I've worn a splint, I've had physical therapy and even a procedure done to flush out the joint but nothing worked. My jaw is just stuck. Sometimes, I have to smash my food down to fit it in my mouth. And yes, I had it when I got my tonsils out too. Ouch.

4) Let's talk closet. I like my closet color coordinated and grouped by category: Tank tops, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, and so on. It makes it so much easier to find what I'm looking for. As far as hangers, I like all my hangers to match and I have a certain section in my closet where I keep empty hangers. I don't just yank a shirt off a hanger and leave it there. I take the hanger down, take the shirt off, and put it in the empty hanger section of my closet. That way, I don't have to dig through my closet to find an empty hanger.

5) I got my tongue pierced when I was in college. My roommate and I were out running errands during sorority recruitment and we decided that we would go get something pierced. She wanted her belly button pierced and since I didn't weigh 88 pounds like she did and knew I wouldn't be flashing my belly button, I went for the tongue for two reasons 1) I knew I would lose weight because I would have a hard time eating for a few days and I was right! I lost 6 pounds in 3 days! 2) The piercer said it was the least painful piercing you could get and believe it or not, it really didn't hurt. I took it out after I graduated from college since I figured I needed to be more professional.

6) Speaking of piercings, the piercing in my left ear is lower than the piercing in my right ear.

7) I have a tattoo of a cross that I designed myself about 5 or 6 years ago that's on my hip.

8) If I had my choice of pulling into the very first parking spot at Wal-Mart or parking next to the cart return, I'd pick the one next to the cart return any day!

9) When I was little, I LOVED the song We Built This City. I played that record so much that it makes my sister cringe to this day when she hears it. Whatta a good song!

10) I get chills when I see other people brushing their teeth.

11) I don't like silence. At my house, I like to sleep with a loud fan on and even at work I listen to the radio on my computer. I feel like I work faster and I'm more productive when I have music playing softly in the background.

12) I'm friends/civil with almost all of my ex-boyfriends. I still talk to couple of them every once in a while and those I don't talk to, I definitely would say hi if I ran into them.

13) When I wash my sheets, I will not get into the bed before showering first. Clean sheets + clean me = aahhhhhh :)

14) When I bathe Tippy, I make sure her blanket is clean whenever she is clean.

15) I absolutely cannot stand when my lips are dry. I have to have lip gloss or carmex on my lips at all times. If I don't, they drive me crazy and I feel like I'm moving my lips awkwardly when I talk. I absolutely have to, have to, have to put carmex on before I go to bed.

16) I've been to so many Mexican restaurants that when I sit down at a non-Mexican restaurant, I come thisclose to saying "Gracias" when they refill my drink.

17) I prefer Coke in a can but Pepsi fountain drinks.

18) Color coding is so much fun!

19) I can sing every single word to Snoop Dogg's Lodi Dodi.....without music.

20) I truly believe dry shampoo was sent from God. Before Dry Shampoo (BDS), I would have to wash my hair every day. Thanks to this can of pure awesomeness, I can go 3 days without having to wash my hair. Just spray on the roots and VIOLA!

21) I have a bad habit of using "air quotes."

22) When I was in college, I knew every single move to NSYNC's Dirty Pop. I remember one time, I had my friend, her boyfriend and his friend over at my apartment and I popped in the video and did the entire dance along with the video. I had to pick their jaws up from off the floor.

23) I absolutely love fashion and I love to see what people put together. You would think that I go shopping a lot but I would rather spend money on buying stuff for my house than on clothes. I did not spend any money on clothes or accessories between Christmas and the end of April, other than a UK Final Four t-shirt. I just take what I have and try to come up with different ways to wear them. However, my closet is pretty much screaming for a refresher. I'm gonna put those gift cards I got for my bday to good use!

24) As far as blogging, I don't feel like I'm the great blogger that I wanted to be. If it weren't for Tippy Tuesdays, I wouldn't have nearly as many posts. What I try to do is have at least one crafty blog post between Tippy Tuesdays, which makes it 2 posts a week. Sometimes that doesn't always happen and when it doesn't, it irks me.

25) When I'm at work, I have to put lotion on my hands every time I go potty and wash my hands. I'm not sure why I don't do it at home. I'm weird. That's the only reason I can think of.

26) I currently have 46 shows set on my DVR, you can see the full list here. This is why I can't ever get any crafty things done! Thanks to some of those shows no longer airing and a couple more canceling, I may be able to get some stuff done this year!

27) Sometimes I dance and shake my booty in Tippy's face just to get a reaction from her. Sadly, she's gotten used to it and just looks at me like I'm crazy. Poor Tippy, she truly lives a hard life.

28) Do you remember when we were little and if we were drinking a can of pop, we would flip the tab on the can back and forth while saying the alphabet? Then you would think of a last name that began with the letter that it broke off on and you were going to marry that person. Well, I still do this with my cans. Not because it will tell me who I'm going to marry but just because it's fun!

29) I've pulled a couple switcharoos lately. First, I made a bold move and decided to switch my watch from my left wrist to my right. I felt a little lop-sided for a couple of days but realized it was better suited for my lifestyle. Then I decided to start sleeping on the right side of the bed instead of sleeping on the left. It was kinda fun! Hmmm.....what else could I switch?

30) I can't believe I'm 30. I can't believe I'm 30. I can't believe I'm 30. Doesn't 29 sound SO MUCH younger than 30? I had originally planned on spending my birthday in bed all day with the lights off but I ended up having to work in Louisville and I'm glad I did. I was overwhelmed with all the birthday wishes and I got serenaded 4 times (twice from my mom because she didn't think I remembered her singing to me the first time thanks to the margaritas, beer, and 2 shots of tequila the Mexican waiters made me take). Thanks to everyone who made my bday special and that includes the surprise birthday dinner I had last weekend. Love you all!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tippy Tuesday

After staying in Lexington Saturday night for my surprise birthday celebration, Tippy un-made the bed and went straight to sleep as soon as we got home Sunday afternoon. Not going to bed until 4am takes a toll on ya!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nice to meet you, Mac-daddy!

I'm not one that likes to make big purchases but I pretty much had no choice. A few years ago, I was in car wreck (and the year before that and the year before that) but anyway, that's not the point. Thanks to that last wreck not being my fault for a change, I just received a lovely settlement check! I really wanted to put it back and save it but there's something that I needed pretty desperately.

Do you notice anything wrong with the hinges of my laptop?

Call me crazy, but I don't think a laptop is supposed to lay flat like that.

Would you believe that I still use this thing? In case you're wondering how, I have to sit on the love seat, with a pillow propped up behind it and a pillow behind my back so that my arms can reach it since I can't put it on my lap. Because I can't put it on my lap, my neck injuries from my wreck bother me even more because I have to tilt my head forward and down to type.

Tippy is acting as my fill-in. I took her to the vet yesterday and even though she gained almost a full pound within the last year (fatty), she's still not quite big enough to give an accurate demonstration.

Not only is it staying together by just a cord, but I'm waiting any day for it to implode with a nasty virus and lose all my photos. Heaven forbid! So when I got my settlement check, I knew what I had to buy.

All hail THE APPLE!

I almost forgot what it was like to be able to actually put a laptop in your lap and not have to prop it up with a pillow!

If you're wondering which one I got, I just got a basic MacBook. One reason, I didn't need the most fancy shmancy thing out there like the MacBook Air and I really didn't need all the extra features that the MacBook Pro offered. Even better, I ordered it from Amazon and got it cheaper than what it was priced in the Apple Store. I'm already in love with it and honored to be writing this blog on it....while sitting it in my lap.....without my neck hurting. *Sigh*

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What about that 30 by 30??

I interrupt this Crafty Bachelorette blog with a non-craft related post. Your regularly scheduled crafty posts and Tippy Tuesdays will return after this important message.

You may remember about 6 months ago when I mentioned here that I was going to lose 30 pounds by the time I reach my 30th birthday. Well...umm....my 30th birthday is in 10 days and I'm not exactly close to reaching my 30 by 30. So here's the deal. I said that I was going to lose the weight by doing P90X, well realistically that would be almost impossible to do because you build soooo muuuuuch muscle with P90X. I followed the workout (not the diet) pretty religiously throughout the whole month of November but then I got busy with Christmas get-togethers and all that fun stuff and failed to stick to it. It's a very time consuming workout program! I had a hard time finding the time to get it all in. And the diet? Well, it was just ridiculous! It must be designed for those that do not work. I mean, who has time to whip up a shrimp stir-fry for lunch? Not I! I will say that the workouts I did were really good workouts and I pop one in every once in a while but I just don't have time for Tony Horton 6-7 days a week. Sorry Tony.

So March rolled around and I was like "Ok Shari, you gotta do sumthin'!" My mom has been on a diet since January called the 17 Day Diet and she's lost about 33 pounds. So I ordered my book from Amazon and starting reading up on it. There are 3 cycles of 17 days but I only made it through 2 cycles without cheating and then Easter weekend happened. In the first 17 days, you're supposed to lose 10-12 pounds. Well, this chick only lost 6.8 pounds. I could not understand why the weight wasn't falling off of me like it was with everybody else! It's needless to say that I was a very grumpy person during the first 17 days. I feel so bad for the girls I work with for having to put up with me. It was just so frustrating that I was following this diet to a T and not getting the results. I can't forget to mention that I was on this diet during the NCAA tournament and did not even have one beer or the homemade red velvet cupcakes that were made for the big game. I didn't know I had that much will power! After the end of the 17 days, my mom and I were shopping and we came across this super cute springy jacket but the cheapo I am, I didn't want to spend that much money on it. So my mom said that she would buy the jacket for me if I completed the second cycle of 17 days but if I cheated, the jacket was hers. Well, you can guess which route I decided to take! I love my new jacket :)

So after Easter, I decided that I was going to get back on the diet but there were a few occasions coming up where I knew I would be cheating: Brittany's Totally 80's 30th Birthday Party, Cinco de Mayo (Yay Mexico!), Oaks, and Derby. And boy did I cheat! So when I blow it on the weekends, I usually spend the week after getting it back off. I'm not following the diet as strict as I was. If I go out for pizza and beer with the girls then, by-golly, I'm gonna have pizza and beer with the girls. But I've learned to not stuff myself and tell myself to stop when I'm full. As of right now, I've lost about 12 pounds. Even though it isn't exactly 30 pounds, I'm already looking better at 30 than I did at 29 (even though I'm still technically 29). Hopefully by the end of the summer, I will look better than I did at 27! Whoa, I'm not used to having such a positive outlook on myself!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tippy Tuesday

After Mommy has had too many cucumber mint mojitos, I like to play a mean trick on her and make her think I've lost all my legs. Gets her every time! Hehe.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I know you all are just dying to know how my Peacock print turned out when I got it in! Well, let's just say I was a wee bit let down. First of all, it took two weeks to get here and when it finally did get here, I wasn't home when they tried to deliver it and they wouldn't leave it at the door. So I filled out the little sticky note they left on my door and signed it saying it was ok to leave it at the door if I wasn't home. So every day after that for the next 4 days, I would enthusiastically pull up the driveway and realize I still had no peacock. I was hoping I could just go to the post office and pick it up but noooooo......for whatever reason, it was at the post office in Georgetown, a good 40 minutes away! Do they not know we have post offices here in Richmond?

So I read the little sticky note again (more carefully) and I was supposed to CALL them and tell them when I wanted it delivered. What!?! When did they start doing that?? So low and behold, it arrives on the day I requested but I thought "This sure does look like a small package for a 20x30 print." So I open it up and find this.....

And no, I don't own a ginormous size pair of scissors. What was supposed to have been a 20x30 print ended up as an 8x12 print. After waiting 3 weeks to get it, I didn't even bother getting the right size. It won't be the statement piece I had hoped for but I'll find a way to make it stand out. Promise.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tippy Tuesday

A Tippy flashback: 13 weeks old and clearly living a hard life.