Monday, September 1, 2014

Life Lately

Life lately has been tiring and stressful and great. I spent the last week on travel training for my new job and missing my boys. Mike is getting used to his commute and helping me prepare for mine. I gained about 10 pounds while on travel (working for a major food chain is a perk and a disadvantage). I learned the hard way that you don't read a bunch of articles about a brutal and senseless rape and murder right before going to sleep alone in a hotel. The dogs have gotten a new best friend aka their daily dog walker who is amazing and makes my life so much easier. We've been wrestling with where we're going to live when our lease is up 6 weeks. And it's hot as all hell balls here.

Here are some photos.




Our dog walker is okay with my intense crazy and agreed to text me every day her first week with the dogs. She included photos because she's awesome and these texts made my days while on travel. I think the dogs like her, what do you think?!

My favorite picture ever. This guy.

Mike has taken to buying metro roses every Friday and it makes my week. Thanks metro man and thanks Mike!

Off to the airport! I look so calm and collected, but really I'm a mess until I get to my gate.

The wine bar in Dulles is just as good as I dreamed. Cheese plate and two glasses of wine for dinner pre-flight? Yes please!

My walk to work every morning in Denver was pretty dang cute.

I can't help myself.

Texts from Mike of my babies were much needed. These guys...

My boys. Mostly this picture is about pug bits...

Shit.

Not hating your new haircut AND being able to style it like your inspiration photo a week later? Priceless.






Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wedding Inspiration with Rent the Runway

My sister introduced me to Rent the Runway a couple of years ago and I've been hooked ever since. My first time ordering was to rent some cute dresses for New Years Eve.

Oh man, my bangs look good here!

My sister and I have always had great experiences with Rent the Runway and I love talking about companies I actually like on here so I figured I'd share some of my favorite looks on the blog!

One of the best uses for Rent the Runway is to rent dresses for weddings. It can be so hard to find an appropriate dress that you feel really cute in, especially for the fancier, more formal weddings. Rent the Runway has designer dresses available to rent (Vera Wang, Opening Ceremony, Narcisco Rodriguez and more) for everything from garden bridal showers to pavilion black tie ceremonies, or just pick out that special one-of-a-kind jewelry piece to take your own little black dress over the top. Dresses are tailored to fit all shapes and sizes (available in sizes 0-22), and you can even select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost. Rent the Runway also has more than 25 stylists on hand available as consultants to help women find the perfect look (or you know, I'll do it for you), wear it and send it back with no dry cleaning, no shipping costs, no hassle. Check out Rent the Runway's rehearsal dinner lookscocktail dress collection or even peruse their full line of wedding season styles featuring the hottest styles and the coolest trends. 

Here are my favorite picks for wearing to a wedding:

Perfect for an outdoor, summer wedding.
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I love dresses like this that can be dressy, but still springy and fun.
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For when you need to wear cocktail attire, but still want to be cheerful and girly.
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Perfect for a black tie wedding.
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Why not rent your wedding dress? For only $70, you could wear this gorgeous gown in your own wedding. I think it's genius and could save you so much on your wedding budget. I love this dress SO much and I think it would look perfect on my sister (hint hint).
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Sugar Coat Dress by allison parris
Another great wedding gown option.
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And one more great wedding gown option, Badgley Mischka for only $125? Yes please!
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Why not have your bridesmaids rent their dresses instead of buying? It helps them save money and come on, you know they're never wearing that dress again even if they do shorten it.
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What bridesmaids wouldn't want to walk down the aisle wearing Kate Spade?
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Pug

We'll call this series of photos "The Happiest You Will Ever See Tuffy the Pug"

This is what happens when Tuffy gets let loose in the dog park and finds what Mike and I call a stink spot. Basically, a place in the grass that probably has old meat, something dead, or poo on it that we can't see and he loves it so much he gets overcome with joy and rubs his pug body all over it.

I hope you get to feel as happy as Tuffy was in these pictures at least once in your life.








Sunday, August 24, 2014

This Sunday Currently

The woman who created the This Sunday Currently link up isn't going to continue with it, but I finally am having a non-whiny week so I had to do it this time!

Currently I am...

Reading: Still reading the fourth HP book and by the time my trip is over, I'll probably be done and onto the next one. 

Writing: This blog post and that's it. I wrote so many e-mails this past week what with accepting a job, doing all the new hire paperwork, dealing with computer issues with that paperwork, letting other employers know I was taking myself out of consideration, and getting travel plans worked out, I am sick of writing and the computer for awhile!

Listening: To Mike cooking Mediterranean lamb sandwiches for lunch and the dogs sleeping around us.

Eating:  Just ate an apple, but cannot wait for Mike's lunch. 

Wishing/Hoping:  WHOA I don't have to say I'm wishing/hoping for a job! What?! Today, I am wishing/hoping for a smooth trip today and for my first week at a new job to go well. Having your first week be in another state training is a little nerve wracking!

Wearing: My go to travel outfit:  a black tank maxi dress, a chambray shirt open over it, a statement necklace, and black sandals.

Loving: That I am no longer unemployed, my new haircut, and that my husband is making me a delicious lunch.

Wanting:  Not the usual! Again, what?! This week, I'm wanting a smooth trip, my job to go well, and for our new commuting schedule to work out okay. Also, this shirt, a custom portrait like this done of me and my boys, and an apartment near a metro so our commute calms down ASAP.

Needing: To calm my nerves...I've got everything else done so far today, weird!

Feeling: Anxious, nervous, jittery. Notice a theme?

Clicking:  MD Unemployment to file my webcert, haven't made money yet so I still have to file, Pinterest, and Google for inspiration pictures of how to style my new haircut.

A few other things...

Packing for a week long trip to a place I've never been to work with a company I've never worked with was not easy. I think I packed everything I own and like. My suitcase is HEAVY.

New job, new 'do! Five inches gone!

We celebrated my new job and said goodbye to one of our favorite restaurants in southern Maryland - CD Cafe. Doesn't look like much, but that crab cake sandwich is g-damn amazing.





Friday, August 22, 2014

You Ain't The One That We Want

Oh, the joys of job searching...





Fun fact:  I posted this on Reddit a while back and someone commented that they thought it was fake. I wish buddy, I wish.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hallelujah

After 6 months, over 225 jobs applied for, 13 interviews, and countless nights of stress and whining and doubt, I am no longer unemployed!

Hallelujah.

I allowed myself the latter part of yesterday and most of today to celebrate and relax, but now it's time to panic and figure out my commute, what the hell we're going to do with the dogs all day, and just everything that comes along with a new job. I was hoping to have a little more time to get this all ironed out, but due to already scheduled meetings, my first day starts Monday with me travelling to Denver for meetings and training.

So...we've got to figure out what we're going to do with the dogs by the end of today or tomorrow basically. Shit.

But I'm sure it will all work out (right?!!) and yay I'm not an unemployed loser any more!

I wonder if any of my work dresses still fit?



Monday, August 18, 2014

Today So Far

I actually went for a run...

Awkward sweaty photo as evidence of said run!

I have kept up with my diet...

I haven't had any alcohol...

I've actually had some water...

I realize it's only 10:45a.m., but tiny victories right?