Thursday, January 30, 2014

Photo An Hour

Today I am participating in a link up with Southern Mess and Meg O. on the Go where I took a photo every hour on Sunday. So here's a peak into my life.

After a late night on Saturday, I finally roll out of bed to let the puppy go to the bathroom. And am super thankful that she let me sleep in past 9.

After turning on the wrong burner for twenty minutes (happens all. the. time.) I finally am making macaroni and cheese for the third time this weekend. I am obsessed.

Eating lunch while watching How I Met Your Mother. I am glad I am almost done with the show because it has consumed my life.

Paisley joins me in my laziness on the couch.

I convince my husband to go on a walk with me. It was 60 degrees so we had to get out of the house.

I try to win the battle of the never ending pile of laundry. I have no idea how two people can create so much laundry.

I start making a grocery list while trying to figure out what meals we will be making this week. I get creative because we are trying to stay in our budget since we have a spending freeze in place.

After grocery shopping, We come home and I start making dinner right away. We always end up going grocery shopping later than intended which pushes back dinner.

After eating dinner, we eat our two different kinds of ice cream. We usually get ice cream at Walmart, but this was from Brookshire's so its not my favorite flavor but it still hits the spot.

I start cutting up fruit for the week ahead of me. I eat fruit and a salad for lunch every day so I like to cut fruit on Sundays and put it in individual containers so they are easy to grab in the morning.

Snuggle time with my husband is my favorite. Even if he has to work on school stuff while he sits with me. Life of a wife married to a student in a graduate program.

And now its time for bed. I always read to help me fall asleep. And those fleece sheets are super warm since we hardly even turn the heat on in our house.

So that is my typical Sunday. Can't say I mind it.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Review

This month has been pretty chill. Nothing super exciting going on here. This will probably be the case for a while until Richard is done with his internship. So I am working on finding other things to fill my time. But here we are with January's Review.

-I created and designed my new blog. This took me a few weeks to design and play with which is pretty much all I did for the first few weeks of January. But I am in love so it was worth it.

-I took my insurance exam and passed! Yay!

-I had a girls night with some great girls.

-We started going on walks again. My favorite.

-I wrote about how I felt about everything surrounding my mom's trial. It is one of my most read blog posts to date.

-And of course we hung out with our amazing friends as usual.

-Richard and I went on a date together for the first time in a while. It was nice to spend so much time with him.

So that was our month at a glance. I am excited to see what February has in store for us!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekend Update | Friends

Well it is Monday again. And I am not ready for it yet. I would really just like to go back to bed right now, but that will have to wait till tonight. This weekend was filled with a lot of fun and very little sleep.

I went with my friend Kristen and her kids to Hobby Lobby. I think Richard was glad that I got out of the house so that he could spend an hour studying without me.
After that we headed to a friends house to hangout. We played a card game called president. Such a great game.
Our game stopped when our friends Ann-Marie and Chris walked in to announce that they had just got engaged! So happy for them! Just look and see their happiness in this picture.

Richard and I went to dinner together for a date to celebrate his internship. We went to a restaurant called Sage. They have food there that Richard loves so since it was his celebration so we thought it was a perfect fit.

Richard really enjoyed everything he ordered like usual. My pasta was pretty good, a little different but still good.
After that we headed over to where all our friends live so that I could have a girls night with some friends.
We just hung out and talked for hours and then headed out to go dancing. It was really a lot of fun and I think it was exactly what I needed.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

High Five For Friday

It's Friday! Fridays are always amazing. Jeans day at work plus its the first day of the Weekend and who doesn't love that? Well this week has been pretty good. So here we are for High Five For Friday!

1. Since I passed my insurance exam this past weekend, the person who is helping me get into the business bought us pizza to celebrate! When I got to the pizza place she surprised me by also ordering an apple pie and 8 bbq wings. Yum!

2. I finally bought my plane tickets to go back to Minnesota this spring! I will be leaving Louisiana the day after my birthday and spending a long weekend in Minnesota! Yay! I will be there for three full days and I can't wait to celebrate and maybe even take some pictures!

3. This little girl gave me quite a scare this week. After we ate our bbq wings, Paisley decided to eat the chicken bones while we slept. She is fine now and has not acted weird at all this week, but I was a little nervous on Tuesday.

4. My friend Kristen took a day off this week so she stopped in with her two kids to visit. So I got to see this little guy again! I met Kristen when she first found out she was pregnant so it has been fun to watch this little guy get big.

5. And yesterday I got to witness something that does not happen much around here. It snowed! Granted it was hardly anything and you could not even tell it snowed an hour later but still it was fun to see. And whenever it snows in these parts it is all that people can talk about.

Linking up for High Five for Friday and Five on Friday!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Looking to the Future

If you know me at all you know that I am a planner. I plan everything in my life. I sit with my calendar and write out everything that we have planned. I plan on how to spend money, I plan trips, I plan our weekend, our evenings. Everything.

I keep looking to the future excited for what is to come. But in the meantime I keep wishing away the days so that we can get to that future point. I could not wait for the day that I graduated high school, college or got married. Those days have all passed. And as we look to the future I want it to be time for Richard to graduate. I want his comps to be over. I want him to find a job. I want it to be February so that I can start over with planning our finances for the month. I want it to be time for all the trips we have planned this year.

I know that even if I make a plan that it is possible that it will change. That does not bother me. But I like to look into all the different possibilities of what may happen and plan accordingly. And if I know something is coming up then I like to plan it.

What really makes me crazy is that I have no idea what may happen in the next year. I know that Richard will be done with classes in November. That I know. But beyond that it is pretty much an open book. Are we going to stay put so he can finish his dissertation? Will he find a job that will require him to move? Will he find a job right away in November or will it be May before he finds a job? How long of a lease do we sign with our apartment complex? If he finds a job where will we move? New York? Dallas? Chicago? Minneapolis? I know where I would like to end up, but I don't know if it will happen.

I have no idea what it looks like and it depends on so many different scenarios that I cannot even try to predict what may happen. And I know I drive my husband crazy because I keep asking him what life may look like. And he does not know any better than I do. Or at least that is what he tells me. And since these are all such huge life events, I wish I could look into what to expect.

All of these things I cannot plan. And I think this fact makes me want to plan them even more. And it is making me feel like I need to plan more in general, but I have nothing left to plan. I keep trying to come up with new things to plan and I got nothing. And all of this gives me an itch to do something. Anything. So that I have something to fill my time. It just makes me feel like I need to get out and do something. But there is usually nothing to do.

I need to focus more on the now. Instead of trying to plan out what may happen in the next year, I need to live in what we are doing here and now. Because this season of our life will be over before we know it. I need to enjoy the friends we have made and the city we live in because we only have so much time left. And once we get to this future that I keep wishing for, I want to be able to look back and say I enjoyed the adventure. Life is already too short to constantly be looking into the future. So here's to me, as I try my hardest to stop planning out the future.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Proud Wife

This post has been a long time coming. I have been wanting to spill for a while.

My husband just got offered an internship within his field of study at a fortune 50 company! To say we are super excited is an understatement! He will be working 15-20 hours a week in addition to the hours he already works at school. And the job is remote meaning that he can work off site so we do not have to go anywhere, which is good because Richard still has classes so we can't go anywhere.
This internship will be a huge contributing factor to where our future will end up. Originally, he was probably going to get an internship after graduation, but now he does not necessarily have to. It is still an option, but we may be able to jump straight to a job-job instead now. Which is huge because an internship would probably have been an extra move across the country. As you can see we still have no idea what may happen in the next year and a half, but we do know that this internship is a huge resume builder.
I have to say that my husband is the hardest working man I know. I seriously do not know where he gets the energy to work so hard each and every day. He makes me feel like a lazy bum most of them time. I admire his drive and ambition to get things done.
Most days it is hard for me to be understanding of his need to work. I feel ignored and un-appreciated because he does not have enough time for me. But I have to remind myself that he is working his butt off and he is building our future for us. He is working hard now so that he can get that amazing dream job of his that will support our family. And I know that he will do an awesome job of that I have no doubts in my mind.
But I am so proud of him and all the accomplishments he has so far. I know that his hard work and determination will pay off in the future. And I know that he will be successful in his future job. And I know that he will be the most amazing husband along the way. I am so excited to be able to tag along with him through this journey and I am excited to see what the future holds for us. I cannot wait to see his dreams come true.
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