Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY - Window Pane Chalkboard


My mother gave me this window pane a while back. Not sure if she got it at a flea market or what, but I remember thinking that I really like the mint colored, distressed frame, but wasn't crazy about the flower decorations in the glass. But I took it, figuring I could come up with something! 



I channeled my inner Pinterest and came up with the idea to paint the glass panels with black chalkboard paint. That way it would look more updated, I could keep the mint frame part I liked, and we could update it as much as we wanted with chalk!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Selfishness and Sacrifice: Finding Balance



It amazes me some of the things I have discovered about being in a relationship in just the past year. Tim and I have been dating for about 2.5 years and I am constantly learning new things. About him. About me. About us together. And about dating in general.

The reason I am so surprised by this is because I've been in serious relationships before. At least two others were very serious, committed, long term deals - that could have potentially ended in "forever".

So I wonder, why is it that in THIS relationship I'm faced with so many lessons and realizations? Maybe it's because this is the first time I've lived with a boyfriend. Which I believe makes you so much closer that perhaps it sheds light on new things. Or maybe it's because I'm 26, he's 27, we both have careers, and are happy. And that's when all the real shit hits you. Because you've accomplished a lot of what you wanted to accomplish. Which means now you have to move on to other, grander things.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Most Traumatic Experience of My Life


So I told you how I had my event in Boston last week. It was so well and we were all on a success-high Friday. Most of our staff took off for home Friday afternoon. But it just so happened that my mom's side of the family was having a reunion in up-state New York the next day. So I had planned in advance to take a short/cheap flight from Boston to Albany, spend the weekend there, and then fly back to Lexington on Sunday.

I had a ticket for some airline called "Cape Air". I had no idea what it was, but had booked it via Kayak or Expedia and it was the cheapest and direct, so I went with it. 

We were all joking that it would be a small plane since it was a strange airline, but Lexington is a smaller airport so I had been on small jets before. Yes, they are a little tight, but not too bad.

Well.... let's just say I had NO IDEA what I was in for. 

When I checked in at the Cape Air counter, they weighed my suitcase ("Big Brown" as we call her...she's a beast). Normal procedure. Then they proceeded to weigh my carry-on roller bag, and my purse. Strange. Then they asked me, in front of all the passengers within ear shot, how much I weighed. I gave them a bewildered look and said, "me??". The agent nodded like it was the most normal question in the world, so I told him how much I weigh minus 5 pounds.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why I'm KIND OF OK With Summer Ending


It's funny the revelations you have as you get older. Like when you finally start realizing who your true friends are and that the others aren't worth your time. Or when you discover that strawberries are delicious. Or when you go from an indifferent stance on something, to a fiery passion.

Well the revelation I've had in the past couple years is that I despise summer apparel. Just straight up hate it. Short shorts that force you to keep up with leg shaving on a daily basis, light tank tops, open sandals, girly dresses, colorful patterns, minimal layering. It all just doesn't do it for me. I find it so hard to dress appropriately in the summer. I always feel like a tween on my way to a One Direction concert no matter what I wear.

And considering my taste is for dark, saturated colors and more sophisticated fabrics, summer just isn't a wardrobe-friendly season for me. I feel out of my element every single hot, humid day that I'm forced to bear more skin than I care to.

And because of this reason, I'm KIND OF OK with summer ending. Kind of. I'm not going to lie, I do love summer. For non-clothing reasons. Cold beverages on a patio with friends, running outside, vacations, festivals, weddings, etc. Those all make summer great.