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Thursday, June 16, 2016

a new writing space

It's been over a year since I last wrote a blog post on this blog, or anywhere for that matter. Blogger burn out is a real thing, especially when you start taking things way too seriously - which is exactly what happened to me. I stopped blogging for the love of writing or for a way of putting my thoughts and feelings into words and therefore, I stopped loving writing. It became a chore and I became too wrapped up in whether or not I was getting followers or comments. 

But eventually, I started missing writing. Writing for me and writing for the love of it. So if you'd like to know what I've been up to and what is happening in my life, I have started a new blog with the promise of staying true to myself and not getting so caught up in the politics of "blogging". 

Feel free to join me over at The Caffeinated Jamie

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The haircut + a smoothie addiction.

I'd be lying if I said that we didn't let Izzy's shaggy hairstyle get way out of hand this Winter. But really, other than keeping her nails trimmed and the hair out of her eyes, I figure a little extra warmth can't hurt when it's so cold. But now that Spring has officially showed up for the party, it was time for my fluffy baby to become less fluffy.

Guys, I'm not even 100% sure that this is my dog. Like... it acts like my dog. It snuggles like my dog. But it looks nothing like the ball of fur that has been hanging around these parts for months. I'll take her word that she really is my Izzy, but I'm still skeptical.

In other news, I have a massive smoothie addiction these days and I have apparently spread this obsession to my husband, because last night, he requested smoothies for dinner. Of course, I'd already had smoothies for breakfast and lunch (along with other food and snacks), so I needed something a little more substantial. So instead we split an Italian Beef sandwich and he got a smoothie while I ate a salad. And this morning, I have an apple pie smoothie waiting in the fridge for him to take to work.

These things have been helping me to feel full and cram in tons of nutrients, which has helped me to stay on track with this healthier eating stuff. I have actually started craving healthy foods and smoothies over junk lately, which is something that has never happened. I find myself craving less and less junk.

It's quite amazing what making these healthy changes can do for you.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Please, send your thoughts and prayers

I had other plans for a post today, but instead I'm just popping in to ask for a quick favor. Yesterday, the areas surrounding where I live in Northern Illinois were hit by some wicked tornadoes. One of those tornadoes hit my sister-in-laws parents house, causing damage to the house and completely destroying their barn. It came dangerously close to hitting my brothers house as well, since they live right up the road from her parents. They watched as it hit the house and tore through their backyard, barely missing them. Thankfully, despite the damage, no one was hurt. This is especially sad for them because just a few weeks ago, my sister-in-laws mom was in a car accident and broke her neck. I just ask that everyone send some prayers or positive thoughts their way, and also to every other person who was hit by this horrible storm. #PrayForIllinois
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tell me why.

It's barely 7:30 on a day when I don't have to work and I am wide awake. Have been for almost an hour. My waking time has been all over the place for about two weeks now. There have been numerous days when I wake up at 6:00am and am ready for the day. This is strange for me, since normally I can easily sleep until 9:00 and when I have no reason to wake up early, occasionally I can force myself into sleeping until 11. But for two weeks now, I haven't slept later than 7:30 or 8:00.

And since I am still working on my first cup of coffee, I am not ready to dive into the Spring Cleaning Day 2 just yet. So instead, you get the wonderful treat that is insight into my mind, pre-caffeinated bliss. It all started with Izzy and her morning ice cube (I use one or two to cool my coffee enough to drink it and she insists that she needs one too.). So blame her for this one.

Tell me why... 

... no matter where I am sitting on the couch, that's the place that Izzy insists on taking her ice cube, thus stealing my seat and making a cold, wet spot. We have a huge couch. And floor. And she has her own chair. Why my seat?!

... nothing satisfies the "I've been working all day and need to treat myself" craving like real, totally bad for you ice cream. Not frozen yogurt. Not some healthy sweet treat or snack. Just a double scoop of chocolate ice cream. On a cone, of course.

... it takes absolutely no time or effort at all to make your house a complete mess, but it takes like 9 hours just to clean and organize half of your kitchen. Or maybe that's just me. But probably not.

... shorts that show off your actual butt cheeks are what's in style to wear? (blame this post for that being on my mind this morning) But seriously, I worry about my bathing suit showing off my butt too much... I wear shorts to cover that shit up.

... music from your generation is always, without a doubt, the better music. I don't even listen to pop music these days, unless it's Taylor Swift or it's a rare exception that actually catches my attention and speaks to me. But no music anywhere, in my 90's kid brain, is better than music from the '90s and early '00s. But I know that's not just me. My parents generation feels the same way about their music and kids these days think their crap is the best. I think I'm getting old.

... when I have the most work to do, that is always the exact moment that Izzy decides to be super snuggly and adorable, thus ensuring that nothing actually gets done in that moment.

And that is all I have because the coffee still hasn't kicked in yet.
I'll leave you with an adorable picture of my dog and my husband on our walk the other day. We were walking laps around a baseball field in our neighborhood and she got tired of walking, so she just laid down. Adam decided to keep her going with us by carrying her and she was about as content as I've ever seen her.

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