Monday, July 27, 2009

traveling pains....

Traveling....

You love it....then you hate it....

I'm sitting on a blue plastic bench which is leaving marks on my uncovered legs if I don't shift my weight every so often. In front of me I see a bright C27 marking the gate in the terminal. To my right is a business man who has thrown any sort of "business" to the wind, and curled up on the bench, shoes off and all. To my left is another man who is clearly unaffected by the bright lights and cold air blowing around this terminal, and is snoring up a storm.

And here I am....



I am about 4 hours short of being up for a day straight...I had a dinner consisting of Chex Mix and water...my contacts are so dry, making for a rather red, blood-shot look...my hair has seen better days...and the filth of the day is starting to build upon my skin.

I am on my way home from Michigan, back to Minneapolis, and got into Chicago to find out my flight was delayed by about 3 hours....a few minutes later I found out the flight was not only delayed, but canceled. The next flight out would be at 6 in the morning. I tried to find a terminal that was secluded and away from most other people, but somehow people found my hidden little secret as there are people right and left.

It's so late that I don't even feel like I'm putting my thoughts together very well...but here I am. Sleepily writing to keep myself busy until it's time to move to the terminal from which I will depart.

The reality is that it could be much worse....I could be stuck on the side of the road somewhere...or I could have gone a few days without a dinner...but for some reason, when things go wrong on a plane/airport, it just seems to feel magnified. You feel that much more tired....that much more dirty...that much more like you would give just about anything to brush your teeth.

For now, I think I'll try to curl back up on my little bench and sleep away another hour....if I can just sleep an hour, I will be making some progress!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Comforting Feeling...

I woke up a few times last night to figure out if I was going to roll off the small twin size bed, and why it was so dark (no city lights)....

I woke up a few times this morning to the sounds of Jay-Z blaring from the bathroom next door, and then TV screaming on volume 25 on the History Channel...

But when as I was laying in bed this morning, trying to convince myself to get up, I couldn't help but notice the comforting feeling it was to be home...

I looked down at the T-Shirt that was I threw on before I went to sleep, which was left on my bed when I arrived home....an extra T-Shirt from my dad's soccer academy...I remember the days when I would get T-Shirt after T-Shirt from the leftovers of his teams. It was a comforting feeling.

I looked around at the bright yellow walls in my bedroom which I painted several years ago...and even though the yellow is so bright and jolting, the familiarity of the color that I woke up to for so many years before is such a comforting feeling.

I could hear the clinking of a spoon on my dad's cup of morning tea. That is such a familiar feeling.

Knowing that I can roll out of bed looking like this and see people that I love so dearly....



now THAT is a comforting feeling!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

This makes me HAPPY...

Go to the below link and watch...you will surely want to break out into song and dance after seeing it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I have a CRUSH

I have a crush....and it's a big one....

My crush looks like this...



And this...



And this...



Have you figured out my crush yet?! Alright...enough of the teasing....here it is....





It's a wonderfully decorate shelf unit in my family room!! And isn't it a beauty?!

I have been living in this house for a little over a year now (wow, that's a record for me) and the house has been pretty well furnished/decorated for the majority of the time. However, there was this empty little section behind the couch/TV area that really needed something to make it complete.

For a while, I thought maybe it could use a small chair and table...or maybe a tall lamp....but I was not ever fully inspired by those ideas. I wasn't inspired until I went to Philadelphia to visit my dear friend Megan...

I was sitting on Megan's couch as we were waiting to head out for the day when I looked across the room and noticed a few really cute baskets with each of her roommates' names on it. I quickly asked her about the baskets because I was already imagining how they could potentially be used. Much to my delight, it was a mini "mail center" that they had set up. Each person in the house had a basket to stick mail or misc. stuff left around the house. This idea was terribly simple, but insanely perfect for how we could use our space!

I was in TJ Maxx one day roaming around for any good deals and stumbled across some baskets which would be the perfect size for a "mail center"...see, our kitchen table generally looked like a big piece of wood, on four legs, with stacks of mail and ads, and more mail and more ads. The baskets I spotted would be perfect for storing all of the mail that gets delivered to our house daily. I picked up 4 baskets for a grand total of $24....not bad.

A few days later I was in Target getting some toothpaste when I walked by the bookshelves and noticed a nice, sturdy shelf, on sale! It had 3 shelves, was a nice black stain, and looked like it would be just the right size for the wall that was bare. I got the shelf for a grand total of $19.99...even better than the baskets!

Thanks to the help of my friend Jon, the shelf was assembled and put in place in a few short days of the purchase. The baskets were carefully placed, and perfectly fit, on the shelves. I get the top left side, Laurie gets the top left side, Ashely gets bottom left, and Hilary gets bottom right....easy as pie! The beauty of organization was coming together, but it was still missing something!

I tried to "snazz" up the shelf by putting my "Teachers warm the heart" ceramic plate which I got from a student this year. That just wasn't cutting it. I put flowers from a bridal shower, and those added some color, but quickly died. It just needed more. I asked Laurie what she thought about putting on top of the shelf and she suggested a cool mirror....that was IT! It would be a super cool addition/completion to the shelf unit.

We looked online and found a few at IKEA and Craigslist...but nothing worth the money we would be paying for it. Finally, today I was at the Farmer's Market and saw a beautiful bouquet of Snap Dragon flowers and thought maybe they would do the trick since we couldn't find a mirror to work...5 dollars later I walked away with some beautiful flowers that fit perfectly in a vase, on a shelf, against the dark wood. But the mirror....we still lacked the mirror.

On the way home from the gym I decided to swing by the thrift store to see if I could pick up a steal of a deal and a beauty of a mirror. I looked through all the hanging items and saw nothing...until I turned my back and saw this insanely cool mirror hanging on the wall opposite to where I was looking. After much contemplating (and texting Laurie pictures of the mirror) I decided it would fit perfectly into the space we have....it would complete the shelf/space.

I happily set up the mirror and flowers and now can't stop looking at how cool it looks. I seriously have a major crush on the creation of this shelving unit.

Ahhh! It's just perfect!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Finally!!

FINALLY!!!



You're probably thinking "Finally what??"

Well, I'm proud to report that my hair is FINALLY starting to get long-ish....I haven't had my hair cut since February or March because I got sick of it being short. I found myself staring at long, flowy hair styles and daydreaming about the days that my hair used to be like that. I vowed, at that time, to NOT cut my hair until the end of the summer.

Today I realized I was making progress because I can actually braid my hair without most of the hair falling out of the braid (cause it's too short)...



FINALLY I'm on the road to pretty, long hair....until I get sick of it and then chop it off again! :)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Oh the joys of nannyhood...TAKE TWO

After I wrote that last post on the blog, I listened to this for a good 20 minutes....

video

WOW :)

Friday, July 03, 2009

Oh the joys of nannyhood...

I'm nannying for a family of 4 today...overnight...sometimes these jobs can get long and trying...but I have to admit...it can also be pretty fun...