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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Been awhile..

Sooo my attempts at tracking the wedding were a joke. Not even one post on that. Bummer. Thus Larry and I just celebrated 1 year of marital bliss so clearly it's time to move on.
So here we are, trying to navigate the world of adulthood and having a family. Not sure how much I'm ready to write about this subject yet. It feels even more personal than marriage, family members and taxes. That last one I've already blogged about so what's the hold up?! I guess what I've learned thus far about trying to expand a family is that it is 100,000,000,000% out of my control. I never was great at math but I think that percentage could be accurate. Trying to explain this one is tough. The way my brain thinks about it is in terms of the things that I HAVE had control (or some control) of over during my 36 1/2 years of life..for instance going to college, joining Phi Mu, my jobs, my internship, going to graduate school, dating someone new, dumping a boyfriend, meeting new girlfriends, moving closer to family in Denver, getting married and even traveling. So my point is that working on making a baby is sooo out of my control. All the smarts, time and energy I put into this makes NO difference, except maybe being able to figure out my day of ovulation. But there's even apps for that these days. I can't do homework or turn in extra credit or even create a spectacular power point presentation to impress anyone because none of that matters when it comes to conception. We'll try and see what happens. Only time will tell. It's nice to be back...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thanks for coming by and a few other things

First, thanks for coming by our (wedding) blog! My intention was to keep this updated on a weekly basis, however between packing up the house in Jacksonville, moving to Denver and a job searching for me, we've been kind of busy. All good things though, I certainly can't and won't complain. Through the help of my mom, brother Kevin and his family, we're actually getting settled in quite quickly. There is so much going on here in Colorado and this city girl's tank is full. We haven't even begun to explore all this place has to offer but just walking outside our apartment offers a cool city feel in the heart of parks and pathways to nature. I think we found a perfect mix of urban and walking trails. Target, the post office and lots of restaurants are in walking distance but it's just as easy to get in the car if it's freezing outside. There's a 4 mile historic trail where the puppies can play and the trees canopy around us. Then there's the Cherry Creek Mall, which is also walking distance. Oh and it's gonna be tempting. It houses some of the premier shops in Denver and since I'm not working and have no money, I gotta stay away.
The best part? My mom and brother live only a brief 5-10 minute drive from us! It's the closest we've ever lived and I'm loving it. I've been picking up Ethan and Cole from Montessori school two days a week when Kevin travels for work. That is my favorite part of the week because it's just me and the boys. He also has Larry and me on a workout regimen. Three days a week we meet at various locations at 6 am and bust it for 30 minutes. He's a triathlete and doesn't mess around so 30 minutes is probably what most people would do in the gym over a 2 hour span. Add in the altitude and the sprints, squats and moves on a piece of equipment called the Prowler and I will be in the best shape of my life. I feel sore, fantastic and motivated; he's a great coach and mentor- thanks buddy! The wedding is a motivator but so is this city. Everyone looks great here and I found out that Denver is one, if not the, fittest city in the country. So I have no outs anymore. So for the next 200 days leading up to our wedding, I'll post our progress, yes Larry is joining me too. It feels good to write, or type, again. Many months have passed since I really felt like blogging. But I'm back.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hi lovely blog readers! I have entered an Angie's List contest to win $$ toward my wedding planning. All you have to do is click on this link and "vote". You can vote once a day! http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/260692/voteable_entries/55692500 Larry and I would be SO grateful! Also just so ya know, I am not affiliated with Angie's list in any way.

Monday, July 23, 2012

We're engaged!

Larry and I are officially engaged and instead of gushing about all of the details of how it happened, I feel compelled to jump ahead and tell you how exciting it is to be engaged to my sweetie pie. It is THE best! My plan is to document our journey together through the quagmire of what is called "wedding planning". It seems overwhelming, to say the least. I realize people do this every day, like giving birth. However it appears to be like a part-time job with all of the vendors, rentals and coordination. So I'm trying to remain calm. We can do this, right?
Wish me luck! Christy

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dabbling in Etsy


I have been itching for more projects lately but just haven't had the time to focus on any particular thing. I was able to carve out a few tiny moments in order to make some of these personalized Easter favor bags and actually sold a few on Etsy. Gave one to Mom and my sis-in-law too. It has given me a new energy and I want to sew and make some more goodies. What are you doing for creativity these days?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

And....we're back...

Hey everyone,

I can't even believe that it's been since September but, well. I have no excuse except for the 100 excuses I tried to think of but none of them seemed good enough. We have done more home renos, including the guest bath leading up to Christmas so my mom and her friend Dennis would have somewhere to shower, peacefully. It turned out marvelous if I do say so myself. I'll post some pics when I get around to it.

So on to more visionary, purposeful things. Oh 2012, how quickly you rush in and knock me over the head leaving me feeling already behind in my task/chore/to-do lists. Sheesh it's already half-way through February and I can already hear Spring beckoning to come for a visit.

I don't recall making many New Year's resolutions but I was asked, several times, if I had a word for the year. I guess that's the "thing" now? All I could think of was adventure or exploration. Sounds pretty good. After that, turning over new leaves occured to me in the form of weight loss, waking up earlier in the morning and trying to avoid french fries. I haven't done all that well in most of those areas. 'Cept I did manage to crawl out of my cozy warm bed around 8 am this morning. A true miracle for a Sunday. So what's my point...I'm getting there.

I've thought about money for most of my adult life. How to spend it, how to make more, how to give more. It's been a rather tumuluous journey for me. Credit card debt, tax errors resulting in large amounts owed to the IRS, should I go on? I have been budget impaired and uninspired by frugality and simplicity for most of my 34 years. Until now. I am finally seeing the light. Here's how and why.

Many years ago, a young blonde girl ventured to Atlanta, hoping for the success and experiences that any college grad does. Living in an overpriced apartment with two of my close friends, I tried to mingle in a world where I did not belong. People had money here, and I mean serious money. They weren't old either. Guys drove BMWs and Mercedes in their early 20's and I had just upgraded to my little green Jetta. Women wore Bebe and BCBG and so did their teenage daughters. I had been transplated to the land of excess. Buckhead. For the next 4 years I dabbled in what some would call a spending frenzy. Ya see, I had obtained these shiny plastic cards that guaranteed me satisfaction through spending. Enter the credit card. Ah yes, something I had been forbidden to have in college was now mine. All mine. So why settle for one when you can have two or three? Debt started to amass and I didn't blink at a $700 spree through the lovely marble floors of Lenox Square. Phipps Plaza was still too sheeshee for me so I could always window shop. Was I happy? Yes? Was I a bit delusional about this happiness? Yes.

So as I breezed through this mess of debt, I never stopped spending. I even got my chance...a way to pay off my debt using my grandmother's inheritance and it still kept going. I took a brief sebatacle after I was debt free because the g. Yet in true addict style, I just kept going. Then came the guilt of having to spend my grandmother's money on debt when my brother was putting a down payment on a home. I felt icky. Eventually though, I was right back where I'd started. The amount of stuff I had was scary. I was able to eventually move to Florida and outfit an entire condo with stuff. And I mean stuff. I hadn't invested in some great pieces of furniture. No. It was more like all the stuff that you bring into your home because it was buy one get one 50% off at Target. Or from a coupon I got from Pottery Barn for 10% off bedding that was $150- that's not a great deal. However I was a sucker for a sale, discount or BOGO. I get that from my mom.

Ok so back to debt and stuff. Eventually after moving around every year for nearly 10 years, I had enough for a family of 4. But it was still just me. When people helped me move it was inevitable that they would comment, "Wow. You have a lot of stuff!" Yes, yes I do. I was proud of it. In July of 2008 I met Larry and we moved in together in early 2009. It occured to me that I was trying to fit my entire condo into his house. The watermelon and the cantelope analogy comes to mind. It was scary.

Needless to say, it's taken a complete change in spending and stashing behavior to reform me. The economy tanked and so did my credit card use. I refused to put another grocery run or shopping trip on that blasted Visa. I started to clear out massive amounts of stuff from our garage. Donations to the Humane Society gave me a high feeling because I knew that someone was gonna love that ultrasuede couch from World Market for a song. I wasn't even bothered that I wouldn't make a penny out of the deal. Purge. Purge. Purge. It felt wonderful. Still does.

So my goal is to spend less this year. Only spend when necessary and when I want to indulge.....I...have....to............wait. Let those items sit in the online cart for a few days. Let the sale come and go. If it's still vital, then go back. Most times, I can't even recall what was so important.



Above: inspiration for what I'd love my closet to look like. Some day.

Hopefully you're doing something good for your sanity too.

Christy

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Some words to live by

 

I’m a lover of words.  Always have been.  So when I see some quote or a saying that it new to me, I usually get excited because it’s one more thing to add to my arsenal.  When I saw this, it made me think of the work I do with my clients.  Many times, people think they have the biggest obstacle or hurdle in the world facing them.  It takes perspective and reflection to realize that often times, we are making mountains out of molehills.  So I came across this on a blog the other day.  Unfortunately I did not save the source.  When I googled it just now, it’s been around for years and I can’t figure out the original source.  I’m going to remember this one.  Here’s to an inspiring rest of the week.

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Take care,

Christy