Oi, its early.

I am an idiot. After having such a stressful week last week, I should have done more work while up in Northern California. The amount of things I need to do today are kind of amazing. I have to complete an outline of a literature review for my Masters papers and read a book for class with my adviser. Ugh. And the class I have tonight only has three people in it, there is no one to hide behind if I haven’t done all the reading…. So here I am; alarm sounding at 4:30 am, abandoning the warmth of bed for quiet, focused work in my office.
As I mentioned, my Bestie started her own blog. And she posted a really interesting topic yesterday. They are able to make really amazing looking synthetic diamonds now. And it led to a discussion with Ryan about the pros and cons of a synthetic engagemnet ring. I am not sure if he would be entirely comfortable paying less than $2,000 on a ring. There is a part of him that would not be as proud of a synthetic diamond. I, on the otherhand, really couldn’t care less. And the horrible things that are associated with blood diamonds, and even artificial inflation of diamonds– make me interested in the alternative. Not to mention, if we don’t spend as much on a ring– maybe we could spend more on an amazing honeymoon, or downpayment for my dream house. This one is my favorite; we really like the solitare with the simple band, Ryan wants the option of doing a fancy eternity band on a big anniversary.

Speaking of houses, Ryan and I are getting geared up for condo buying!! Well, kind of. We went to Expo Design Center last night (at the suggestion of Ryan) to look at the showroom of kitchens and bathrooms. It was so much fun! We have the same taste in things, which is kind of funny. We wandered from room to room being drawn to the same features. I can’t wait to have a big ol’ kitchen!! Oh, and I TOTALLY want a big bath tub. I take a bath every Sunday night with a glass of wine and some Debussey. My SUnday ritual is very important to to my overall stress level. I love having a clean house, and taking a bath and letting all the stress melt away.

Anyways. I am heading back to work!! Hope everyone is having an amazing day!

Baby Love.

Oh Em Gee. My nephew is really, really adorable. It was nice to spend the weekend up in Northern California, even though I will have to pay for it this week because I didn’t get much work done.

It was so cool to watch Kristen be a mommy. It completely changed her. It made them a family. And even though I do not want babies for a few more years, I can’t wait for the transformation. I want to be part of something bigger than myself– and I saw that this weekend. It was funny, becuase I think Ryan was expecting me to come home wanting babies right away. And being up there and seeing the baby and seeing how cool it was, it definitly made me want a baby–eventually. There is still so much I want to do before I give up all my sleep and time.

Anyways. Now I am home, and I missed Ryan terribly. Between going out last weekend and this past weekend, I feel like I haven’t had enough time with him.

I don’t have a menu this week… mostly because I didn’t make as many meals last week so I have lots of left over food. Opps.

Amazing news… MY BESTIE HAS STARTED A BLOG.

I bet this lady on the first day of 7th grade. We have been together through everything. And I love her so much. I think tGeorge Herbert said it best when he said “The Best Mirror is an old friend”. So, go over and give her some love.

My date with a thirteen year-old.

Boyfriend has a little brother who is fourteen years younger than he (Boyfriend is 27). We’ll call him DJ. He is oh-so-cute. He’s also a brat and hit the “teenage” patch in his attitude one weekend when he was newly turned 12. No joke. He went from this little, content thing to a punk-ass in one weekend. However, I still love him, and here is a lovely list of why:

  1. When Boyfriend and I started dating, he was 10. One night I tucked him in to bed the way my mom did: You push in the blankets around their whole body like your making a bed. The rest of the summer he only let me tuck him in.
  2. He appropriately uses the phrase”Your mom”.
  3. He lets us tease the crap out of him about girls.
  4. He has the coolest cat who loves him so much. She follows him around all day and freaks out when he’s gone.
  5. He knows more football stats then most grown men.
  6. He hates reading. But a few weeks ago, he came home while I was visiting and curled up on the couch with me for 45 minutes to read.
  7. He, for some unknown reason, thinks Boyfriend and I are awesome. He can’t wait to spend the weekend up here and when we go out to eat he “calls” sitting next to one of us.
Over Christmas break, we went on a date day. (You should have seen him roll his eyes when I called it a date day.) To start, I told him he could pick any place to go to breakfast. And he is wonderful because he chose breakfast burritos from the most glorious Mexican food whole-in-the wall.
Freaking yum. I swear I would eat breakfast burritos every morning of my life.
Then, we went to Costco for this book. 501 Must-Read Books. I LOVE this book. And I have wanted it since I saw it. All the books are organized by genre; children’s lit, modern fiction, history, memoirs etc. Then each page has a book with a synopsis and some context/history of the book. Oh! AND they are not exclusively western European. The books are from all over the place. I decided that I really want to read every book in here. Which boyfriend points out that even if I read a book a week, it would take me 10 years…. but its a good goal. I also figure that if I only read 50% of the books in here, I will be a more interesting person. Anyhow, after we bought the book, I let DJ pick a book. He picked this one, because there was a dog on the cover…
I plan on reviewing these books as I read them.
Then, we went to the mall to exercise a puppy. Then we went to see “Marley and Me” (Wherein I cried like a baby). We did the works at the movies, snacks and soda followed by Cold Stone Ice Cream to sufficiently ruin our dinner.

The entire day DJ just kept telling me I was weird. We chatted, I thought of random things to say,but it wasn’t super exciting. I even lectured him about the importance of doing better in school (He’s kind of a slacker). I thought he was totally bored.

But then, that night when we were talking about our day with his parents; he was asked how our date day rated on a scale from 1 to 10. I told him 1 was shopping for granite ALL day with his parents and a 10 was going to Six Flags with a friend without parents.

And do you want to know what he said?

8.5!!

DJ, a bratty 13 year-old rated a day out with me an 8.5. Who knew I was so cool. It was truly awesome.

I’m so glad he puts up with me.

New Years Cleaning.

Today, we (well, mostly I) have been cleaning and purging our apartment. Our apartment is tiny. Ridiculously tiny. Here is a picture.
It’s 570 square feet. Please notice the storage space. There is basically none. The kitchen has two drawers. It’s ridiculous.

Anyhow, having a small space such as this requires fairly regular purging. We are best friends with Goodwill, because if I haven’t used it in 6 months, I do not have space to store it.

I am trying to made my own household cleaning items. So I concocted my spray bottles of vinegar/water and bleach/water. Using bleach still make me nervous though because God knows Oliver will lick something and get sick. So I have mostly been using my Clorox Green Purpose Spray. And I LOVE it. I like the smell. It cuts through the grossest, grimiest buildup on my ALL FREAKING WHITE kitchen. And Oliver could lick it and not die.

The Past 365 Days.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

went to Ireland, professionally colored my hair, talked about money without an anxiety attack, did a fitness bootcamp, fostered a dog.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I believe our New Year’s Resolution was “no high fructose corn syrup” and “no babies”. For the first 9 months, I rocked at the no high fructose corn syrup thing. We buy better food, we don’t drink soda. But then, the past couple of months I decided I HATE diet soda (Sorry Honey!). But I still prefer water. And working out, especially at cycling, makes me drink SO much water.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nope. But anytime this month I get a nephew!!!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No

5. What countries did you visit?

Ireland

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

Space to breathe. Which will happen in June with a condo, and this weekend when I clean out my 570 square foot apartment.

I would also like 2009 to be FEARLESS.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September for Ireland…


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Deciding to follow my heart in my professional life. Budgeting.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmmm, keeping my apartment clean and non-cluttered.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
nope

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A Kitchen Aid stand mixer. And my tickets to Ireland.

12. Who’s behavior merited celebration?
Hmm, boyfriends. He’s been pretty amazing. He does dishes MOST of the time.

13. Who’s behavior made you appalled or depressed?
Lots of ignorance surrounding the presidential election this year.

14. Where did most of your money go?

life.
Target would sadly be a close second.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

haha, I get really, really, really excited about most things.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

“Falling Slowly” from the movie Once.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
happier
b) thinner or fatter? thinner
c) richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

take pictures, spend time with the quality friends…

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

spend money

20. How did you spend Christmas?

At boyfriends parents house. It was a two nap day, which is how Christmas should be.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

I have been in love all of 2008. I fell in love with Edward. Oh Edward.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Jon and Kate plus 8 and House

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate. Oh, wait. That’s a lie. I hate Sarah Palin.

24. What was the best book you read?

Twilight?!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Pandora

26. What did you want and get?

A Charger’s jersey!!
A Wii!!
Financial Independence!! (Holla!)

27. What did you want and not get?

Storage in my stupid little apartment.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

Twilight

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went shopping for my new job with boyfriend’s mommy. I got a Wii. I turned 23.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Nothing.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

I got grown up clothes.

32. What kept you sane?

my boyfriend, unless he was driving me insane. In which case it was baths, kittens, and vino.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

EDWARD.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Prop 8.

35. Who did you miss?

Erin, Olivia, Moira, Melissa

36. Who was the best new person you met?

Ummmm, IDK.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

You can’t waste all your energy on worrying about who will love you, leave you, or disappoint you.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“Babes! Babes!! All you need is Babes!!” It’s a boyfriend original.

Merry Christmas.

Christmas was scaled back this year. But still full of the important things. It was our first year without Boyfriend’s sister and her husband here, which was sad. But next year there will be baby nephew, which will add so much excitement to Christmas morning.

Hope Everyone Christmas was full of peace and naps and loved ones.

Tis the Season.

Dude.
I am so sick of being sick.
My brain is fuzzy. Work is dragging. At lunch I went home and crawled into bed. When boyfriend woke me up from my nap, it took me a second to remember where I was or what I was doing.
I cannot type correctly. I just want to go home and watch me some House.
Can I just say, BTW, that I think House is one sexy sexy man. I can’t even explain it.
But between Edward and House, my evening has got to suck less than it does right now!