Saturday, May 16, 2009

Deep In The Heart of ?????

I'm starting to have my usual doubts about moving to Texas. Can someone please make this decison for me, please. Here are the facts: I want to move out of California, at least Southern California. Texas just seems so far away. It's a 5 hour plane ride, and a 24 hour drive. This is my reason for not wanting to be so far away, our future children. I cannot imagine being so far away from my parents, especially being a first time mom. I know people live far away from their families and have children every day. But for me, I just get sad every time I think about it. So now my mad search is beginning, for the perfect place to move. It has to be within a few hours away, no more than a 2 hour plane ride, and somewhere you can drive within 8 hours. It has to have a that "home town" feel. It must be safe and have great schools. It needs to have personality. I don't care if it is out of the state. And there can be no "bro's and bro ho's". Oh, and did I mention this place needs to be affordable. Any suggestions on where this place is?!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Could Use a Career Day

I can't stand my job. I have been a waitress/bartender for the past 8 years. I am over it. I am at the point where I strongly dislike most people. That however is not the point. The point is, I really have NO idea what I want to do for a career.

Over the years I have flip-flopped about different professions. For several years I wanted to be a wedding coordinator. I do love everything about weddings, and I know quite a bit, however, I don't want to spend my weekends with some crazy person who is freaking out because the color of her flowers just isn't the right shade of pink.

Next was my idea of floral design. While I do enjoy it, I just really don't think I am that good at it. Yes, I can throw some flowes in a vase, but who can't? And is this really what I want to do forever, I don't think so? I mean, yet again I am stuck with some bride who is pissed her flowers aren't the right shade of pink!

Then there is my love/obsession for children's products. I would love. love. love to have a children's boutique of accesories. However, there are a few problems in my way. 1) I don't have the money, and by money I mean hundreds of thousands of dollars. B) I don't want to have to work 7 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 12 months a year because I cannot afford to hire any staff because I am a start up company, most likely not making a profit. 3)It would help if Travis and I knew where we would be living permanetly for the next few years. 4) $$$$$$$$$$$'s still a big problem!

I just feel I am at a loss right now. Travis just got this promotion, and while it is not the job he will have for the rest of his life, right now, it is a career. And it is allowing us to get bills paid and get on our feet. I want to feel as though I am contributing. I want/need a job that will pay me enough to pay down some of my debt. Any suggestions? Please, I need help! I feel completely lost. I don't care what it is I am doing, as long as I enjoy it. I don't know what it is like to enjoy work. I wake up in a bad mood knowing I have to work. I am sick of working to live, not living to work. I could really use a career day of sorts, where I can have all my options in front of me. I need to chose something soon, I'm not getting any younger. And I'm certainly not getting any richer.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stocking Up

I am a firm believer in "if you see something at a great price, buy it." I am a cheap ass of epic proportion, however if I find a great deal, I feel it is my duty to buy it then, as opposed to paying full price. With that said, I have started a not-so-small collection of things for the future.I prefer to think of it as "stocking up." And when I say for the future, I mean my future home Travis and I will one day live in and our future children we will one day have.

Since I have lived on my own previously, I have a collection of glassware and dishes that allows me to feel as though I live in Crate & Barrel. However, that doesn't seem to stop me. We better have a kitchen with lots, and lots, and lots of cabinets. Last time I checked, I had around 30 pieces of glassware (martini, margarita, and wine glasses), 20 salad plates, 20 dinner plates, and 16 bowls, not including the new pieces listed in this post. However, these all have their own themes to them, and none of them match one another. And let me add, none of these are holiday themed! So needless to say, when Travis and I do get married, we won't need any dishware, however, I'm sure there will still be some on the registry!

Anyways, the moral of the story here is to show off some of my newest purchases! I think I am a great bargain hunter, and love to share my finds with others. If you don't find these amusing, feel free to stop reading at this point! ** And yes, Travis does know I purchase baby items. I show off all my purchases to him!And no, I do not think that buying baby items before I am pregnant will jinx us getting pregnant one day. One way or another we will be parents, if that means me getting pregnant or us adopting, either way, we will have children.

**These plates I just loved! These were marked down to $1.85 at Target..who can resist?

**Newest salad plates. I could only find 2 left, but they were marked down to $3.75 at Target, and I just had to have them!

**This was a custom order, but really, what UT fans could pass it up?! And it was only $10...ahh the joys of Etsy!

**Who can live without Mary Jane's and BabyLegs?! 3 pairs of Mary Jane socks for $2.99 at Ross and BabyLegs for $2.95 at Target

**The glittery silver pair are Converse I got for $2.75 at Target on clearance, and the black pair I got at Ross for $3.99

**One of my favorite purchases ever! I found this at a store in Old Town Temecula, and just had to have it! It will look great anywhere, but I can't stop thinking how great it will be in our little boy's room one day! (let's all pray God gives us a boy!)

These are just a few of my favorites! I have plenty more, but I will save those for another post.

Beautiful Blooms

I am lucky enough to have friends who enjoy having fresh flowers in their home rather often. I am even more lucky that they allow me to purchase these flowers, and create arrangements for their home. These are some of the arrangements in made for Easter. Sorry the quality is not the best. And my favorite arrangement I didn't get a picture of. I took a kissing ball and filled it with shades of pink carnations and green buttons (they are flowers). I placed that on the top of a huge vase, and floating under it was a huge white flower (I don't know the name of it). But I loved how it turned out. I wish I had taken a picture! Enough of that, here are some pictures!

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