Monday, June 30, 2014

Ikea Adventures

Ikea, you will be the death of me.
I was so unbelievably excited when I learned there was going to be an Ikea put in less than 2 hours from where I live. I was even more excited when it opened a little while back. I love the price and I love the style of the pieces. The problem is, because the store is 1 hour and 45 minutes away, going to Ikea becomes an event. A day-long event where the thought of sticking to the budget that you set beforehand is just that – a thought.
Here’s how Sunday went:
Ryan and I set off bright and early with coffee, tea, and bagels in tow, feeling confident. We were going to get a dresser and absolutely nothing else. Except maybe batteries. And a cactus. And pillows. But only if they’re on sale. (Who were we kidding, the whole store is a sale.)

We arrived at Ikea. “Should we even look in the show room?” Ryan asked me. “We know exactly what we came here for.” “Just really fast!” I said. “To get ideas to redo the bathrooms.” Big mistake.
We’d been eyeing this couch for the past few times that we’d come to Ikea. There it was again, in all its cushy, soft, comfy glory.
Then we made the biggest mistake we could have possibly made that day. We sat down on the couch.
Just as we were saying that their shipping prices were too high, that we should wait to get it, a nice saleswoman comes over to explain that shipping was currently at half price. How could we not order it!?
We went to Ikea to buy a dresser. We came home with a dresser, a glass top for the dresser, a wrap-around couch, decorative pillows for the couch, batteries, pillows for the bed, and a little cactus. Whoops. What was supposed to be a 1 hour in-store trip turned into almost 5. The couch isn’t going to be delivered until next Sunday, so we couldn’t even collapse on it when we got home 8 ½ hours later.



Linking up with Rachael!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time Crunch

Fellow blogging ladies, how do you do it? How do you find the time to have a real life and do all the things that you write about? And then, how do you find time to actually write about them? Do you really look as glamorous and fabulous every single day like your Instagram shows? Teach me your ways. My daily schedule has been looking a little like this for the past few weeks:
6:00am – My alarm goes off and I pout like a child that it’s time to get up for work.
6:15am – Roll out of bed.
6:15am – 7:00am – Hate everything while I get ready for work.
7:00am – 5:30/6:00pm – Travel to work, work, travel home from work.
When I get home, I try to cook dinner and pack my lunch for the next day. Cue glass of wine. Lol at the thought of working out , cleaning, or doing anything else productive for myself or around the house. Dinner is over at around 7:30, and after I shower, it’s too late to get into a craft project. Hang out with friends or the fiancĂ© or by myself for a few hours. Sleeps.
Am I just missing something? Is there a for-bloggers Time Turner that no one has told me about? I finally bit the bullet and ordered my Day Designer, and I really just can’t wait until August to start using it. (Apparently just in the nick of time because I don't see them listed in her Etsy shop anymore?!) But anyways. #treatyoself.
I’m hoping that will help me get my life together and make the most of the free time that I do have!
But really...teach me your ways.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling just gets me.
Being in the same cubicle in the same office building around the same people for 40 hours/week means that you learn a lot about people very quickly. I like to listen to peoples’ conversations. Not because I’m nosy, I’m just curious. (Wait, is that the same thing?) I like people watching in public places. I like people listening at work.

As different as people are, many of their conversations are very similar. People talk about their kids, their spouses, their love lives. People talk about their morning coffee, the extravagant lunches they’ve packed. People talk about how out of control youths are,  how tired they are, and how they can’t wait to go home or for the weekend. People talk about how they make it through their days.
I’m a quiet person, and I don’t have kids or a spouse. (Yet!) I don’t drink coffee, and I find complaining to people I’ve just met uncomfortable. (Unless it’s on the blog of course.) I’m still figuring out where/how I fit in here at the office. Until I do, I make it through my day on at least two cups of tea and the knowledge that I have a glass of wine and a delicious dinner waiting for me at home. (I’ve packed a pb&j for lunch 11/12 days that I’ve been at this job, so dinners are a really big deal.) I daydream about moving upstairs to the reproductive health department because, let’s be honest, all I want is to give out condoms to teenagers and watch the STI rates fall like the teen pregnancy rates have. I look at pictures of friends and family on my pink leopard-print bulletin board that hangs in my cube. I promise it’s not as tacky as it sounds.
The point of this all is to say that it feels a little like high school when your class gets a new student from a city you’ve never heard of, and she seems nice and all, but also she likes some weird shit, and you don’t really know what to do with her. Except this time, I feel like the weird new student.
I know it’s not fair for me to expect to feel at home right away, especially since some of these people have been working together for 9+ years. I’m just saying it would be nice. Until then, Dwight will keep me company at my desk, and I’ll continue to make awkward conversations at lunch. It has work one of these days, right?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Game Changer

You guys. I have the most exciting news of my whole life to share. I'm engaged!!! 

It happened a little over a week ago. Ryan took me out for sushi and putt-putt, which was one of our first dates nearly four years ago. We came home and were out on the back deck talking about our future, and he knelt down on one knee. I thought he was joking. (Remember The Office when Jim tricked Pam?!) 

Turns out Ryan wasn't kidding. He gave me the most beautiful ring I've ever seen, and I hate taking it off even to shower. We refer to it as "The Precious" like Lord of the Rings. We really are a match made in Heaven. 

I've been a little absent on the blog lately because I had this news to share, but I had to make sure I told all of my family before I posted it here. I tried to come up with other posts, but honestly, I couldn't think of anything even marginally as exciting as this. But now it's out, and I've been binge watching Say Yes to the Dress, and life just looks really good right now. If you have any advice or helpful tips about planning weddings, I would love to hear it!

Linking up with Rachael for the Weekly Wrap Up. (This still counts even though it happened last weekend, right?) 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Life in the City

I finally started my new job! The walls of the building may be a disturbing shade of mustard, (and I think my cube USED to have pink fabric covering it... it's definitely not pink any more) but  I have a lot to do already! I've had jobs in the past where my main job was to sit around, and I would just get so bored. At least this way, 8-5 will go pretty quickly.

I've learned quickly that lunch time looks like this:

In a public break room. How awkward.

And that people work longer days Monday - Thursday so that Fridays look like this: 

Because I work downtown, driving there isn't really an option. It's an option, but since I get a free bus pass through school, it's not the best option. I'm probably over-romanticizing this, but I've really enjoyed taking the bus the past two days. Because of the time of day, it's filled with business casually/professionally dressed people heading downtown to their jobs. I love looking at the stylish women to get ideas for outfits. The route goes through my favorite place in the city, so the view is awesome, and it's not a long ride. It would take me longer to drive, park, and walk to my building. I feel like a real adult, living in a much bigger city than I actually do, and I love it!

Have a great rest of the week - we're halfway there!