Call Me Martha...

Friday, October 23, 2009

...Or Kendra. Either way, Jared and I have been busy decorating. Although our newly found home might not grace the pages of Better Homes and Gardens anytime soon, its consumed our time the past 2 weeks so here it goes.
My mind is great. It can possess so many random thoughts all the time that I must exhaust Jared with my constant chatter about this or that. One thought I could not get out of my mind for the past 10 months was our apartment decor. I had tried several times on a low LOW budget to make the apartment seem cozy with what we had. But I finally broke down and asked Jared if I could take some of that mula we've been saving and invest a small portion in our temporary home. So I started by craigslisting some chairs, sanding them down and spraypainting them black. It was nice but more could be done. So we went to Home Depot and got some temporary paintable wall paper to give our kitchen wall some color. I chose gray. I know, that's not much of a color but it really did bring life and sophistication into our apartment. NEXT, ordered some fabric online to make some pillows. Lastly, our entertainment center. This piece is not ours but was in the apartment before we got there so I couldn't paint it or else I would have in a heart beat. I had to find a way to bring the colors in the room over to the vinyl oak entertainment center. Hmmm... well, Jared and I went to Michaels w/ 40% off coupons, bought 2 canvases, painted them gray like the wall and then with the left over fabric from the pillows I cut out some birds and glued them on to the 2 canvases and bought a white vase and some candles. We're going on a hike this weekend hopefully to pick up some sticks that I can spray paint black and put in the case to bring black to the area. OH, and we have this little side table that looked a bit too short next to the book case so I took some books and used them as risers under the legs to give the table a BIT of a lift. Ah, well, that's all. It was a lot more work than it looks like. I wish i took more before pictures but oh well!



I took this pics in the morning when the sun gives this brilliant yellow tint. It's pretty in real life but not in these pics.

Help Me

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

So I have some updates to talk about but I can't at the moment because I'm busy pouting. Yes, pouting. And it's all Jared's fault. If he weren't so stinking cute (which I'm glad he is!) I wouldn't have to sulk when I turn the camera on and see
ANDFOR REAL?! My superficiality is on the loose but uh, what the heck? Ok, in my defense, not every picture of me turns out like this. I do occasionally flash a smile at the lens and wipe the challenged look of my face but you know what it is - the hair. It's the hair, right? Is it shallow of me to care so much about my hair? I want to tear it all out ALL THE TIME! If its too volumey, it makes my face look too round, if its flat it looks dead. I layered it and it looks choppy but if its too straight it looks like Samara creepy girl from the ring minus the creepiness. Or maybe the creepiness is still there. UHHH!!! And since my hair is naturally curly I can't take a curling iron to it without straightening it first, which takes out all the life my dear strands have and therefore renders no use out of the curling iron. I've tried curling my hair with the straightener but I'm an amateur. If I blow dry it straight and then curl my hair its kinda of redeemable but that takes TOO much time everyday. And to make it worse I feel like every one else out there has PERFECT hair that can be styled any which way. Luckily that good looking man doesnt care at all. BUT, since everyone else I know has amazingly PERFECT hair - what's the secret yo? Should I be using product? A different shampoo/conditioner? Brush or blowdryer? Anything would be helpful.
But while my hair has been suffering, luckily our social lives have not. We went to a Haunted Maze with Kyle and Amy on Saturday which was freaky fun. And that's it. So I take it back, our social life is suffering too. But that's probably because we've been too busy doing some home decor re-modeling! I was getting super worried there for the past 8 months - I have been tramatized after reading too many home decor blogs and feeling inspired yet intimidated by the craftiness and creativity of other women I decided to... wallow in self-pity. But then I celebrated in my mind that I'm a woman too with a brain and so I re-decorated our apartment. Will post pics soon.
Seriously though, don't read this post without contributing to my hair dilemma. Help Me!
Mas Importante!

A Lover of Birthdays, the Color Black and Husband

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Birthdays are the best, aren't they? Right? Remember when you were in Elementary School and your name was announced over the PA for everyone to hear? Or how about the ribbon you got to wear around all day? And Mom would bring in cupcakes for your whole class, cards would come in the mail, you got to pick the dinner meal that night and your favorite cake? And of course the birthday list that was made 3 months prior to the birthday and you made sure to let Mom and Dad know you needed EVERYTHING. I can recall my 8th birthday. I loved Aladdin. Everything Aladdin. I had Raja and Jasmine barbies already BUT I was missing the guy barbie Aladdin. I had a dream the night before my birthday that I was playing with BOTH Jasmine and Aladdin and it was it was clear to me that I needed them both to bring me the greatest joy my little heart had ever known. Sadly, I didn't wake up to a surprise Aladdin on my bed or that night when I opened presents. I had to buy it. That wasn't as fun. Luckily my parents restored my faith in them the next year when they got me an American Girl Doll. Well, you can imagine my devastation when one year it was rounding about to my mom's birthday and I asked her what she wanted and she said she didnt care too much about her birthday. Um, WHAT?? What kind of person doesn't care about their birthday? That was almost as devastating as when she told me her favorite color was black! BLACK - so abnormally dull. (I, now at the age of 23, concur with my mother that black is the best color) Well truth be told and you can slay me for it, but I have become a un-birthday lover as well. Ok, not of OTHER people's birthdays - I like celebrating the birth of others but I find my birthday very anti-climactic. It's awkward. Period. Not because I'm getting older but because of all the fan-fare involved. But I need to recognize that yesterday I had the most splendid and unexpected birthday presented to me by my wonderful husband and it was magical. He made everything on my birthday list come true.

So Disneyland gives you a ticket on your birthday this year, right? Well, mine happened to land on a Wed, right in the middle of the work week. I have a super nice boss but I was in no way about to ask for my birthday off, especially since he was elongating my Thanksgiving Break so we can go on our 1 year anniversary trip. So I didn't ask. Unbenounced to me, Jared had emailed my boss, asked for my day off and took me to Disneyland after having made me the most spectacular birthday breakfast! Husbands are the best - all the time. After a whole day at Disney we decided on 2 things: 1) it's overpriced 2) we still love Disney at age 23. We celebrated that evening with some McD's cones, opening of some cards and 2 presents. Jared caught on to my hint, or blatant remark, 2 posts ago about the necklace. I've been saying for a while now that I want a black robe - one that goes all the way to the ground so I can swish around in it and feel classy in the mornings amidst my lack of make-up and bed hair before getting ready. So happy was my heart when I pulled out a gorgeous black robe from the well wrapped tissue paper. Thanks Mr!
We may or may not be doing some re-modeling to our apartment with some killer deals.
Stay tuned.....