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I’m ALL Kinds of Happy!

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Newlyweds

Hey Peeps!

I submitted my last paper for the semester (and a pretty darn good one).

No class until January 9th

I placed dibs on hosting Christmas this year (lots of Pinterest stalking must be done)

 

This Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Posted: November 21, 2011 in DIY, Newlyweds

One of the words you’re probably thinking is blurry – I’ll accept that. This is a picture from our one year anniversary dinner at Angus Barn (Raleigh, NC). *helpful to include location in case one of us goes cray cray* It would suffice to describe the past year as a complete and total blur. Not a what in the heck happened type blur, but more like the blurred memory you feel when you get off of a roller coaster. It went way too fast, you can’t remember all the details, but gosh it was fun! This year had its fair share of laugh and scream at the top of your lungs highs and get me off of this thing lows. There were countless times we held each other tight and yelled “I hope this ride never ends” and a couple of  “UGH.. I want to vomit” moments. All in all, this year was a blurry, roller coaster ride that I’m ready to ride again and again!

The Pinterest inspiration

Picture background: The initial goal was to find an anniversary picture worthy of repeating each year. Yours Truly spent more time trying to find the perfect Pinterest-worthy anniversary picture than planning the actual anniversary. It had to be Twitter and Facebook quality right?! #priorities #fail As you should have been able to identify by now, our picture is far from perfect. This couple got progressively cooler through the years, so I have faith. After getting wtf stares from people in the restaurant because we were taking a picture of a picture, and harassing the waitress to snap the picture 4 times with 1 success…this is the best we got ladies and gents. My camera on my phone sucks, Vincent’s Droid was the blurry bandit, my memory card magically disappeared from my digital camera, and Vince left his trusty iPhone (that takes fantastic pictures) at home, so this.is.it. I thought about staging a do-over, but that’d be a phony. Instead, we’ll keep this picture as a true memory of our first year together.

OK, enough kissy face, take a look at my Interestingly Cute Things Pinterest Board.

Today marks  exactly one quarter since I last posted my ‘Pre-Baby Bucket List.” Don’t get excited.. still no babies on the way, but for those of you on the edge of your seat….. I wanted to let you know I’m working on it.

However, my current baby feeling is …

Here’s a quick update!

Personal/Health/Vain

  • Master the art of to-do lists:  I have one on my desk as we speak.  2 out of 9 complete
  • Stop multitasking (as we speak I am blogging, drinking coffee, listening to Real Housewives, working, and IM’ing) – currently: IM, work, listening to ANTM, blogging #fail
  • Consistently work out 3 times a week: YES a win!
  • Buy myself one major ticket item without thinking twice about the price tag: gonna give myself a win here. Instead I took this money and gave it to a person in need, so a win for me! Still gonna do this one day though!
  • Successfully keep one house plant alive: HA haven’t even purchased it yet
  • Learn to sew: does hemming pants count?

Personal Enrichment

  • Complete my master’s program (Spring 2013) – working on a master plan to finish up in December 2012!!
  • Get Mr. Q enrolled in an advanced degree/certification program – no dice
  • Launch Discoveringhair.com (this dream will never die) – check out the coming soon page!!
  • Learn a foreign language – not even close
  • Find jobs that we don’t grouch about waking up to – half way there. Vince got a new gig!

Travel/Adventure

  • Go on a hot air balloon ride – 😦
  • Go back to Europe – 😦
  • Visit New York City together – 😦
  • Throw a major house party!! – Complete and WHAT A SUCCESS!!!
  • Expand our group of “couple friends” – 😦
  • Take a girls trip with my mom – 😦
  • Take a set amount of money and hit the Roulette tables in Las Vegas. – 😦
  • Attend an NBA, NFL, & MLB game – trying to organize a Skins game for the end of the month #progress

Money

  • Master couponing (nothing extreme, just the basics) – I barely even open the paper these days!
  • Figure out how to stick to our grocery/eating out budget – TERRIBLE fail..it’s gotten progressively worse!
  • Purchase a family car (Mr. Q has declared this to be a Jeep)
  • Have a 6-month emergency fund
  • Pay off current car (13 months to go) – 10 months to go!
  • Buy a house
  • Pay off our credit card debt (half way there!)

Orange – WIP
Red – haven’t touched
Green- COMPLETE!

I had no idea how much progress we made prior to this blog post.

Funny that travel and money have the least amount of  progress.

Coming up… one year anniversary, midterms, Angie’s wedding, and more DIY! *woot woot*

Little Miss ME!

Posted: September 15, 2011 in Newlyweds, Positive Thinking, Weekends

WOW.. it’s been 3 weeks since my last post. Life has been busy and lazy all bundled into one amazing package.

I thought about doing a recap of the past 3 weeks, but hey I just don’t feel like it! I’ll let Little Miss do the job for me. Random fun fact – these were my favorites and I still have my whole collection!

A special shout-out to the special Mr. in my life!

My Mr. V landed a new position at work starting in October. It will be a challenge but he’s up to it!

And as always, he’s my Mr. Perfect. I mean look at that hair for Pete’s sake!

AAAAANNND one more shout-out to my two favorite Virgos!

Happy Birthday to my fantastic Mom and another for my wonderful sister-in-law, Angie!

Take it home Stevie….

This is one of the rare occasions when I’m glad to report that I have nothing to report.

School is good. Work is good. Family is Good. Love is Good. I guess that means Life is Good.
(and don’t you EVER forget that GOD is good)

The wedding’s are over. The showers are done. The weekends are free……FOR NOW.
*This statement is only semi-true, but the difficult part is done*

One wedding in October and one shower next month, but compared to normalcy…this is a piece of cake!

I’ve made progress on the following Pre-Baby Bucket List items:

  1. Master the art of to-do lists
  2. Stop multitasking
  3. Consistently work out 3 times a week
  4. Learn and execute the word NO (a late addition – thanks LISSA)

Perhaps this progress has led to the calm before the storm, or perhaps there’s no storm coming at all….

I’ve been back and forth with making a To-Do list before 30. Seeing as how I only have 2 months to go, I’ll just give myself a pat on the back for the progress made thus far.

In the words of Celie “I’m poor, black, I might even be ugly, but dear God, I’m here.” So job well done!

I will however make a list for the next chapter in life. Prior to our trip to London, I had the baby bug…BAD. However, during our stay there, I had lots of time to reflect on life and most importantly..living! I tend to want to rush things, keep up with the Jones’, and want what I want when I want it (that was fun to type).
I’m learning and I’m growing and I’m grateful!

I’m sure my responses of “You made your choice, I’ll make mine” or “To answer your question, I’ll have one when I’m good and ready” offend people. Be warned, that’s NOT my intention. I’m a firm believer in fate, destiny, GOD, and the Tooth Fairy, so I know that none of this is in my control. However, a girl can dream, right? Going forward, I can now answer the question with.. “good question, check out this link!”

Here’s my “pre-baby bucket list:”

Personal/Health/Vain

  • Master the art of to-do lists
  • Stop multitasking (as we speak I am blogging, drinking coffee, listening to Real Housewives, working, and IM’ing)
  • Consistently work out 3 times a week
  • Buy myself one major ticket item without thinking twice about the price tag
  • Successfully keep one house plant alive
  • Learn to sew

Personal Enrichment

  • Complete my master’s program (Spring 2013)
  • Get Mr. Q enrolled in an advanced degree/certification program
  • Launch Discoveringhair.com (this dream will never die)
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Find jobs that we don’t grouch about waking up to

Travel/Adventure

  • Go on a hot air balloon ride
  • Go back to Europe
  • Visit New York City together
  • Throw a major house party!!
  • Expand our group of “couple friends”
  • Take a girls trip with my mom
  • Take a set amount of money and hit the Roulette tables in Las Vegas.
  • Attend an NBA, NFL, & MLB game

Money

  • Master couponing (nothing extreme, just the basics)
  • Figure out how to stick to our grocery/eating out budget
  • Purchase a family car (Mr. Q has declared this to be a Jeep)
  • Have a 6-month emergency fund
  • Pay off current car (13 months to go)
  • Buy a house
  • Pay off our credit card debt (half way there!)

I haven’t had too many bad experiences with baby bullies, so I can’t really point this blog at anyone directly. For the most part, my friends are pretty supportive of my plans, so a big kudos to you all!

PHEW!!! That was fun and tiring! I should probably get back to work, so I can accomplish some of these goals. I will continue to update this list as life progresses! What would be on your bucket list?

*this post was inspired by The Newlyweds Next Door

We actually returned Saturday, but I haven’t had a spare minute to sit down and blog!

Suitcases and clothes are everywhere and I have an Accounting Final tonight 😦

We had safe, wonderful travels, with no jet lag. Both Koda and Jeffrey are alive and well, so I won’t complain! Lots of pictures and insightful thoughts to come..I promise! We also have some upcoming weddings, baby showers (not ours), and house news on the horizon, so bear with me!

For now here are a few pictures to hold you over!

Horse Guards. Vince managed to get a thumbs up out of him! LOL

Parliament & Big Ben

Trafalgar Square

Headed to the Netherlands!

The best Fish and Chips EVER!

My Strong Hubby!

Our First London Rain! I promise it's how I was sitting.. no baby showers! Diet posts are soon to follow 😦

The Tube!

Burrough Market! Lunch on our day alone in London!

More to Come!