Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Is My Yard Naked?

I don’t even know where to begin with this past weekend. I really don’t. It wasn't an awful weekend... it just didn’t go as planned. And when things don’t go as planned, I tend to get overwhelmed sometimes. Yes, overwhelmed is a good word.
Let's start on Friday shall we...
This was the day I left work early for an appointment with my gynecologist. I had 3 goals I wanted to accomplish.
1. Yearly pap
2. Get prescribed Provera
3. Get prescribed Chlomid
Very simple goals. I went into the doctor's office with so much hope and (I thought) knowledge.
However, only goal #1 was accomplished AND I had to give three vials of blood. Three! I no longer mind having blood drawn, but let me assure you, it isn’t something I prefer to do. I would much rather skip this part.
I have to go back in two weeks for an ultrasound and if all looks good, I can then be prescribed goal #2 and #3.
I hate waiting. And August 7th seems further away then it is. Not to mention I now have to use more of my precious sick time.
That's all I can really say.
When I complained on my PCOS Facebook group, I was told this was normal. Which just goes to tell you I wasn’t as knowledgeable as I thought I was. It was explained to me that had she of given me the Provera, and I got my period as planned, I would have had to wait for another cycle before starting the Chlomid. So in hindsight, I am glad only goal #1 was accomplished. I hope the other two goals are accomplished when I go back. I'll keep you posted.
After my doctor appointment, I went home to my lovely husband cooking dinner. Have I mentioned how much I appreciate him cooking dinner for us? He had made a dish we had sampled at Trader Joe's last weekend - tortellini noodles with pesto topped with sun roasted tomatoes and Alfredo sauce. Yummmmy!
He even added chicken, mushrooms and spinach. I am very lucky to have him and his culinary skills. To be fair (to me), I really would cook more if I was home before him. It just doesn’t work out that way for us. Not that I'm complaining. :)
Saturday, we planned on going to Tennessee to visit with his family. Wouldn't you know I wasn’t feeling well. I mostly slept the entire day. Matt said I was turning into Wyatt in regards to his sleep schedule. Geez!
That evening while I was taking a bath, the wind and rain were beating on the house. It was very loud. I was a bit concerned maybe it was a tornado, but no, I would have gotten an alert on my phone. For a minute I was also concerned about my safety being in water with flashes of lightening outside. I don’t think I can get hurt by being in water inside a house though. Can I? I'm really not sure. Outside, yes - but inside? Either way, I stayed in the bath a bit longer since I had just started a really good book - almost finished with it - having a hard time putting it down.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
While I was getting dressed, I noticed several car lights 'stopping' in my window and it prompted me to look outside to see what was going on. You ready for this... our last remaining mature tree got hit by lightening. Our one tree that happened to block out the car light from our bedroom window and gave us a bit of privacy. Isn't it bad enough we lost two other large trees earlier in the season??? Guess not.
I was sad. Honestly. I hated to have that tree struck by lightning or knocked down by wind.

Matt and I went outside to inspect. We learned why cars were appearing to stop. They were actually slowing down because what used to be the top of the tree was now in the road. It didn’t completely cover the road or anything, it just covered about half the lane.
So here it was 11:30 at night and still raining and we had a down tree partially in the road. Great. Just great.
Nothing we could do about it late at night - back to bed for me.
I woke sometime around 2 AM in fear that the paint cans I have opened on the driveway underneath the truck got knocked down by the wind and were destroying the driveway and tires of the truck. I was in such a panic that I put my glasses on, rushed out of bed and into the driveway without shoes to check it all out. Thankfully, no spilled paint. I think I would have cried if there had been.  
Which while I'm on the subject... I need to complain about Kentucky for a minute... there is nowhere to take half full cans of paint in my county. No wonder the previous owner of my house left me several. I called my trash company and they said it had to harden and be left by my trashcan, not in the trashcan, before they would take them. He specifically said not in the trashcan twice. I then called the county recycle center and they told me the same thing about my trash company. You can't just take them somewhere like you can back in Tennessee.
Very irritating. And they wonder why so many people dump stuff. Duh! These cans have been outside over a week and still have not hardened. They better hurry!
Sunday morning, first thing, instead of going to church (thank goodness I was feeling better), I posted a message on a local Facebook selling group and asked for suggestions on tree removal people/companies. I got several.
Long story short -
Had 3 estimates and none include grinding of the stump.
1. $250
2. $350
3. $300, but Matt told him we got an offer for $250 and he matched the price.
We chose guy #3.
He wrote us up a 'receipt' with the price and all that was included and said he would be here tomorrow morning at 8. Okay, sounds good. Matt has this week off which makes him available - not that we told him this.
But guess what?
He messaged me yesterday a little after 8 and asks if 1 PM was okay.
Seriously? Wow! Not professional at all. If you need to reschedule, don’t you think you should contact the person before the arranged time? I'm just saying!
I messaged him back saying my husband took off work today for this and if he can't make it at one o'clock he needs to let me know so we could contact someone else. He assure me he would be here and he did apologize and said he forgot he had traffic court.
Really? Traffic court? Whether that is true or not, you shouldn't tell 'clients'. Goodness!
In the end, he did come at 1. I was going to be extremely upset if he blew us off.
When I pulled up to my house after work, I thought my yard looked naked. Or maybe it's my house that looked naked. Not sure which one yet. I'll keep thinking about it. I miss my tree. I miss the privacy it gave us. I already told Matt we must buy new trees this weekend. Hope Lowe's has them on sale.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Paint With a Shirt Stencil

I'm sure by now you know how much I LOVE cruising! If you don’t, you obviously don’t read my blog enough and/or you don’t know me in real life. But let me assure you, I LOVE EVERYTHING about cruising!
To the point where I might be a tad bit obsessed. A tad.
Yep, I'm one of those people.
One of them who looks on daily to check out possible future cruise deals and to read the forums and reviews daily. One of those people who likes to look at daily, joined a Facebook group which I also look on daily and I have two co-workers who have cruises scheduled in October who I help countdown the days and discuss all things Carnival Cruise. Just typing about cruises right now is making me crave logging onto Carnival's website.
I have a problem.
I do realize this.
So why I am talking about my LOVE of cruising for a blog post titled Paint With a Shirt Stencil?
It's because I have big plans to make myself a cruise shirt in the future.
I would have made one prior to blogging about this, but I just can't set myself up for that kind of disappointment. I'm not independently wealthy and Matt and I both have jobs which translates to no cruise for me right now. (Unless I can somehow swing it for my 30th birthday - not looking good as of now though. Why do you think I want to move to Florida???)
This past week I went to another art class where I learned how to make and use a stencil to paint on fabric.
Who knew this would be so easy? Not me... I was a bit hesitant because I could not fathom how this could possibly work. I am glad I was wrong.
Cotton Fabric (is best)
Freezer Paper
Exacto Knife
Textile Medium
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Printed Picture
Basically what you do is find a picture online.
Print it as dark as you can make it.
Trace your picture onto freezer paper with the shiny side down.
Using your Exacto knife, remove the actual picture. Leaving you with a stencil.
Place your stencil onto your fabric with the shiny side down and (we placed a piece of paper on top) iron for about 30 seconds on level 3 or 4. Make sure you check your freezer paper to ensure it is stuck to your fabric. If it isn't, repeat for another 30 seconds.
Using your paint and textile medium, use 1 part paint to 2 parts textile medium and sponge a small amount onto your fabric. Our instructor kept stressing to not use a lot of paint. She suggested blotting your brush on your paper before using it on the fabric.
I layered a few different colors on top of each other opposed to using just one color. You can use any method you like best.
Once you are finished painting, carefully remove the freezer paper. This was very easy to do. You are suppose to then allow to it to dry 24 hours. To speed up the process, we blow dried ours. The last step is to set it by ironing it for another minute.
And I actually like how mine turned out. I do think it would be even cuter if I added some words though.
You are suppose to be able to wash your design in cold water without it ruining.
Since I was only practicing on this one, I am going to wash it and see how it holds up. I'll update this post after washing it.
Now do you see why I mentioned my LOVE of cruising?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yummy Louisville Eats aka Parents in Louisville Part 2

Louisville has some 'one of a kind' restaurants if you are able and willing to try some new places. Usually, Matt and I tend to go to the same few restaurants since I am a 'person of habit' and I like what I like. However, over the past couple of months, we have been trying out a few new to us places while still eating at our favorites. And with my parents visiting for the weekend, we decided to take them to a few places they have never been. I was determined to make this a successful weekend of eating.
Breakfast on Saturday was from Nord's Bakery.
Matt and I have been to this yummy place twice and I knew they would enjoy these doughnuts as much as we do. Because really, who doesn't like a good doughnut? You would have to be one big weirdo to not love them!
We parked before the building in case we couldn't find parking after passing it. This was the first time I have parked on this side. Good thing we decided to park here... I never noticed the cute wall artwork.
The baker at his counter is adorable. I like all the colorful doughnuts and cakes.
And life IS sweet!
Nord's Bakery's claim to fame is the maple bacon doughnut. At least this is how I first heard about them.
My parents were both very impressed with these doughnuts! We bought two dozen with the intention of freezing about half of them. Ya, that didn't happen. I ate 5 on Saturday. 5! Sometimes I'm such a fat ass!
Lunch that afternoon was somewhere Matt had been dreaming about since he saw it on Fox News Network - it was rated number 8 best burger in the United States. When I Googled the restaurant about a month ago, I learned it is also rated as the number 1 burger in all of Louisville.
The place is called Mussel and Burger Bar. It is a bit hard to find if you are looking for it. Thankfully, Matt found out from people at his work that it is a bit hidden in an abandoned strip mall. As you can see, unless you knew where this place is located, it would be very hard to find in the dark.
Right away we walked up to the hostess stand and were told it would be a few minute wait. No problem... they have some chairs to sit in and a beautiful wine bottle chandelier. (Had we have gotten here any later, we would have had to wait longer.)
A short while later, we were seated in the bar area.
I enjoyed checking out the chalkboard wall.
You should check out the menu online. I'm going to tell you which burgers we had, but I am not going to go into detail with any of them except mine.
Greg - C.E.O. Burger
Matt - La Frita Cubana Burger
My mom - Local Burger
Me - Good Ole Burger
(Top left to right)
Mine was so damn good!
THE BEST burger I have ever had!
No contest!
The beef was a little greasy, but in my opinion, that's how you can tell a really good burger. I could have had no condiments or toppings on this burger and I would have enjoyed it. In fact, I only had lettuce and tomato after removing the onion. My burger came on a pretzel bun. At first, I didn’t want this particular bun and was going to ask for a plain one. I'm a plain Jane kind of girl if you didn’t already know. Boy am I glad I decided to keep the pretzel bun. It was delicious! I can’t even describe it to you. I can tell you it locked in all the good juices of my burger.
Did you notice we all had different fries? We didn't notice when we ordered. We later found out we could have switched them all out if we wanted to. I, for one, am glad we didn't. We all got to try each other's. But I feel inclined to tell you.... I thought mine were the best.
Sunday, after church, we wanted to check out another place we have never tried. Nor had we heard anything about this place. We just happened to pass it while shopping a few weeks ago and the words 'fire cooked' appealed to both Matt and myself.
Blaze Pizza is the restaurant. I was expecting a sit down restaurant with a waitress with whom we would order two pizzas. I was pleasantly surprised to see you got to build your own 11' personal pizza.
Yep, you read that correctly.
Imagine Subway..... imagine the toppings as you walk in front of all the different choices. It was exactly like that. We had a choice of different sauces, cheeses, meats and veggies.
It. Was. Awesome.
Absolutely awesome!
Once you select everything for your pizza, they literally place it by the fire!
After paying, getting our drinks and finding a table, ours names were called to get our pizzas.
Mine is on the bottom right corner.
My mouth is watering just thinking of this pizza.
The crust was delicious... thin and kind of smoky tasting...
I want a pizza from there right now! This is a cruel and unusual punishment to have to write about this pizza when I can't have any right now!
I need to move on to our last restaurant. I gotta stop thinking about that pizza.
After lunch, we decided to take my parents to The Comfy Cow. Did you know July 20th was National Ice Cream Day?
Thanks to Facebook, I knew. And guess what else? Since I am 'friends' with The Comfy Cow, I saw them post how in honor of National Ice Cream Day they were offering buy one get one free ice cream sandwiches.
Homemade ice cream in between homemade cookies?
Count us in!
Matt and I have been here a few times and I remembered how much we enjoyed eating here.
So many flavors to choose from up on the board.
What a beautiful ice cream scoop chandelier!
Flavors we ate:
Me - Cake 'Batter Up' on chocolate chocolate chip cookies
Matt - Cherry Amaretto on chocolate chocolate chip cookies
Mom - Vermont Maple Walnut on ginger snap cookies
Greg - ??? on ginger snap cookies
Only mine and Matt's are pictured
I was positive this eatery would put me at 4 for 4 with food places for the weekend.
I was 100% correct!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Parents in Louisville Part 1

Matt and I had a wonderful weekend... My mom and her husband came into town for the entire time which was nice since they haven't been here for more than a day over the last couple of years. Unless you count the few days when my mom was here for a class - I do not - we all worked during the day and just ate dinner and watched TV at night. My mom wanted to get a little shopping done and I wanted to take them to see and eat some touristy things within our area. Both were accomplished and I believe everyone had an enjoyable weekend. Sweet success!
We don’t plan on living in Kentucky forever and Matt and I have already planned on trying to see as much as we can and we figured we might as well show them the highlights as well. I don't imagine they will want to visit here once we are gone. So it's really now or never. (I am in the process of trying to convince my husband to move closer to the ocean. Perhaps Northern Florida... Maybe the Jacksonville area. Imagine all the possibilities living there! As of now, he claims we can if we both get jobs there. I am very hopeful at the moment. Nothing is tying us to Kentucky and I feel we should do it before we have any attachment here.)
Saturday afternoon we took them to Louisville Mega Cavern. Basically it is a man-made cave. You tour a small part of the cave on a 'trolley' which is pulled by a jeep and you learn some interesting facts of the cavern for about $14/pp.
The sign above tells you which companies are within the cavern.
Yes, I said within the cavern.
Curious about the place now? You'll have to go to there website to learn about all this...
Matt and I went here I think 2 years ago. I thought it would be something fun for my parents to see. Definitely something different you can't see everywhere.
The site was a success! My mom told me several times how cool the tour was.
While here, we also got to check out the new obstacle course. I think it looks like fun. Matt has zero interest in it. If I ever want to do the course, I guess I won't be going with him. Good thing my mom seemed interested in it. :)
Doesn't it look awesome?
Saturday evening we went to My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown to see You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. I had been wanting to go here for a few years and I figured we might as well do it now with my parents. This is the place where every year they perform The Stephen Foster Story. Along with The Stephen Foster Story, they feature a different musical each year and this is the one currently playing. I don't want to miss it.
The entire place looks awesome!
You get to watch a musical play outside in the state park. How cool is that?
It has small scale stadium seating situated around a large stage. This place doesn’t appear to have a bad seat. Nope. Not one bad spot. And I LOVE all the trees. It seems like a secret hideaway.
Sadly, when we got there, it was sprinkling. And I thought to myself, 'it will stop raining soon'. I was so sure... But it didn't stop. It started raining larger raindrops before we even got through the main ticket area. Most people waited in the covered area - not everyone though. As you can see. They waited about 30 minutes before calling it a night due to the weather. Our tickets are good for any show this season or next.
I was really disappointed we didn’t get to see the show. It wasn't their fault it was raining though. No one can control the rain.
We do have plans to go again in a couple of weeks. I'm hoping we experience better weather. Better weather as in no rain!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Cord Has Been Cut

Do you think this is the World's Largest Corndog? Nah! Me neither. I just couldn't resist having my picture taken with it when I saw it while waiting for the 4th of July fireworks. 
P.S. This picture has nothing to do with my post.... I didn't want to publish a post without a picture.
About a month ago, my husband and I made the decision to cancel our satellite service. We were very happy with our service, we were just unhappy with our bill. By turning off this service, we will save $70 or $80 a month depending on how you look at it. ($70 based on our last full bill; $80 based on the most recent bill with new price increase.) To us, the savings is worth the loss of the service. If you think about it, $80 (because this was our new rate) times 12 months equals $960 a year. That's almost a $1000! (And Matt, if you are reading this...) That's almost the price of our cruise! :)
After trying three different indoor antennas, we settled on one that cost us $80 plus tax and gets about 20 channels. Yes, they are all local channels, but we are very fortunate to be within the area of receiving this many channels. Besides, most of the channels we enjoy are these same local channels. And let me tell you - I am VERY impressed with how clear these channels come through. Some of the channels look even better than they did with our satellite service!
We already subscribe to Netflix for $8 a month plus tax so no added expense there. We might add Hulu Plus for another $8 a month if we feel we need it. The only thing I am going to miss having is having the option of recording my shows. On work nights, we aren't usually watching new shows at 10PM.
Side note: About 2 months ago, we bought a new 55 inch Vizio Smart TV and twice now, the Netflix ap has quit working and has gotten stuck. The first time this happened we were able to fix it by unplugging the TV for a few hours. This time, it started doing the same thing on Saturday and it is still not working. This is very frustrating... and per the internet forums, this is an issue for several people and there is no fix. My last TV was a Vizio and we are happy with it... after this TV, we will not be purchasing another one.
We made this decision for several reasons:
1. It's expensive to have satellite service.
2. We only watched a handful of new shows - most on local networks and the others can be seen online at the TV station's website for free within a few days of airing.
3. The repeat shows we watch we own on DVD and/or are on Netflix.
4. New shows can be seen on Hulu Plus and on each network's website.
Honestly, reason number one was enough to make me want to cancel our service once our contract was up. Even if I needed all three reasons, the simple fact for me is I would rather read a good book then watch TV anyways. 
Currently, we have been binge watching Lost on Netflix. Have you seen this show? It is SOOOO good! The fist 2 seasons have been the best. We are about half way through season 4 and at the rate we are currently watching, we will be done by next week. I'll miss it when it is over. Guess we will have to find a new show to get into. It is nice watching a whole series in order on your own time opposed to waiting each week for the new episode. I told Matt we need to try watching all old shows - then we don’t have to wait for new seasons of current shows to come onto Netflix.
In my queue, I have the following shows waiting to be watched:
Heroes (Haven't seen before)
Ugly Betty (Haven't seen before)
The Colony (Haven't seen before)
Drop Dead Diva (Haven't seen before)
Alaska: Ice Cold Killers (Haven't seen before)
Alaska the Last Frontier (Was already watching sometimes)
Deadliest Catch (Had just started watching - need to catch up)
Have already seen them all and LOVE them all:
Everybody Loves Raymond
How I Met Your Mother
Melissa and Joey
The Office
The Little Couple
Parks and Recreation

Monday, July 14, 2014

KFC eleven

It's Monday.... again...
I feel like Friday afternoon comes and goes before I know it and then I am waking up on Sunday morning. I am left wondering, 'Where do my Saturdays go?'.
I haven't done a weekend recap in forever so I thought I would mix it up and write one for you. Only then did I realize we didn’t really do anything worth mentioning. I watched way too many hours of TV, read my book, went to the gym on Saturday, grocery shopped (with $16 plus $3! Stayed in my 2 week budget - YAY!), cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed, did the laundry, cooked and tried a new restaurant.
The only thing worth going into detail with was eating out. We heart eating out!
KFC eleven:
Matt and I tried this restaurant for the first time for dinner on Friday night. Followed by yummy doughnuts from Krispy Kreme!
From what I read online, this is a test kitchen/test restaurant for KFC. It is the only one in the USA. It is located within Louisville in the Highlands. This place has its own parking - very convenient. The building on the outside isn't special looking. Average. When you walk in, it also looks pretty basic with a few cute decorations such as this cute guy peaking out from behind the tea machine.
Prior to going, I had looked up the menu online.
I ordered the chicken crispers and Matt had a chicken sandwich.
I didn’t try Matt's sandwich so I can only comment on mine....
The chicken crispers were not greasy at all. All white meat with a nice crispy texture as described with a peppery taste. Absolutely wonderful! If you know me at all, you know I enjoy my pepper. I could have ate more of those melt in your mouth balls of goodness if I had more. Do you see the 2 pieces of flat bread? I didn’t know what to expect. They were garlic tasting and reminded me of a very thin pizza crust. Could have ate more of those as well. I shared and gave Matt one of them. Aren't I a nice wife? (Sometimes). The fries were a disappointment. After eating 2, I decided they were tasteless and reminded me of something from a freezer bag I bought from the grocery store. I would not order those fries again.
I made a whole turkey for Sunday dinner.
No, we didn’t have a special occasion. I mostly cooked it to make room in my freezer. Plus, it makes preparing dinner very easy for the both of us all week. (Who am I kidding? Matt makes most of our dinners. I am a very lucky lady.)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Out of the Box 'Jewelry Box'

This is my jewelry box:
Or at least it was before I brought it to my mom.
I bought it used from a friend for $50 maybe 6 years ago.
With all the hooks and drawers it offers, it was perfect for holding all my stuff in one spot. Unfortunately, because we have several dressers in our bedroom, I have had this jewelry box in my guest bedroom. It is only one door away and I do pass it to go in and out my bedroom, but it is inconvenient to go to it. Especially on work day mornings when I am rushing to get ready. It doesn’t cross my mind to go in there to get something to wear when I have my few favorites on my dresser in my bedroom.
The jewelry box has been in my guest bedroom for the entire three years I have lived in this house and I don’t go in there often enough to rationalize keeping it. It takes up valuable space in my current guest room/future nursery. (I am slowly downsizing 'the junk' in this room to make room for future baby stuff.)
For over a year now, I have been looking for the perfect narrow dresser drawer to turn into an on the wall jewelry box. I have big plans to hang it on the wall behind my bedroom door to house all my necklaces. (You can buy something very similar at the store, but it is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!) I am still looking for this solution. However, in the meantime, I am sick of looking and I want my jewelry in my bedroom for easy access (and I wanted the big box gone).
Here's my current solution:

I took a hanger meant for holding three pairs of pants and removed the clips.
This cost me $0 since I already had the hanger. I was about to throw it away when another clip broke and I it came to me - this would be a perfect temporarily solution. I thought removing the remaining clips would be a little difficult, but they literally just snapped off. (My frugalness made me keep the clips to use in the kitchen. LOL! I am thinking I can add magnets to the back of them to store on the fridge and use as food bag closers.) After removing all the clips, I was left with the plain hanger.
Because most my necklaces are costume jewelry, I'm not worried about them being out in the open exposed to light and moisture. If my costume jewelry starts to tarnish, I just throw them out. I never pay more than $5 for a necklace anyways. It's my one rule.
I did get rid of a few of my necklaces while adding my necklaces to the hanger. I kept all of the beads and charms I liked and will eventually use them to make new necklaces. (I am such a recycler! Ha!)
As for all my other jewelry items, I cleared out a dresser drawer to store them in.
All my bracelets are fake/cheap and therefore can be stored all together in a small Tupperware container with no worries of being ruined.
My shell and magnetic bracelets and necklaces are next to those randomly in the drawer since I did not have a good fitting container to store them in. The magnetic ones are some of my favorites. I bought most of them in Mexico over 10 years ago while visiting a family friend in Texas. I bought 2 more in the Bahamas on our first cruise. They are very fashionable in my opinion and can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet. Well worth the $4 each they cost.
I used a paper holder thingy to hold all my smaller items. I plan on making my own dividers to make small slots for all my smaller items. I will basically just mimick what was in my big jewelry box. I had racked my brain and racked my brain trying to come up with the best idea to store all these small items and this was the best idea I could come up with. I think it will work out very nicely for me.
The best part about this project is it cost me nothing.
Not one cent.
All items used were items I already had around the house. I will admit, while at the store Saturday evening, I was tempted to buy something. I held strong though. Matt and I really are trying not to spend any unnecessarily money. This would have definitely fell under that category.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Very 1st Mesh Wreath

I never did show off my newest wreath:
Very simple!
Matches my house quite nicely if I don't say so myself!
I already had the wreath form, mesh, letter 'C' and ties for this project waiting for me to use them. If I had them, I would have added some summer-y embellishments.
I keep meaning to stop at Hobby Lobby to buy a few decorative pieces, but I always forget to stop there. Plus, we are trying to save money. (Trying to pay back our savings account and I am still trying to convince my husband to take me on a cruise for my 30th birthday. He's currently not going for my idea. Says we spend too much money on vacation - only, I hear 'blah, blah, blah... vacation'.)