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home stuff, kitchen, remodel

kitchen remodel

Wow, it’s been a while, and so much has changed in our lives. If you follow me on IG, I’ve been posting stuff there, otherwise in a nutshell: put down our dog, Ike (cancer), adopted two new dogs (Lea and Maeve), tons and tons of yardwork/gardening, got married and had an amazing honeymoon, and we both got huge promotions. These promotions are going to put us back where we were financially before we lost our jobs in 2016, but on a much better career track, and finally allow us to  ...

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getting to know me, life, WoW

welcome, 2018

Hey. It’s been a minute. I know I’m not the only one giving the finger to 2017, so let’s just move on from that. I want to talk about some things and do a little reflecting, you know, the normal, cheesy, New Year-type post that everyone does. 2017 started out pretty garbage. Al and I were both unemployed and depressed. I’ve been laid off several times, and it never gets easier, but we made it through. I started a great job at an amazing company (seriously, you guys,  ...

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health, life

let’s talk about mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so I’m coming out of my lack of inspiration (among other things) to join other bloggers in discussing mental health. I have dealt with anxiety and depression since I was a child. (I later learned that everyone in my family does to some extent; my uncle gave me books about writing as a kid to try to help me, although I was kind of a jerk at that age and didn’t really understand or appreciate it. Thanks, Uncle J.) I actually didn’t know  ...

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life, work, yasss

I got a job!

I promised more on IG, so since I’m up way early on a Sunday, here I am. I got a job! I actually started last week, but it’s been a pretty exhausting few days. I can’t give too many details due to security/privacy, but I basically work tech support for a bank, supporting a business product. No, it’s not HR, but even after all of the HR positions I applied to/interviewed for, this one met almost all of my other musts and then some, in no particular order: within my  ...

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food

perfect crockpot chili

I’ll update on some personal stuff in a bit, but today we’re going to talk about thick, rich, crockpot chili. It’s relatively healthy, quick to prep, and can be done for relatively little money. Throw it together the night before or the morning of, dump it in the crockpot, set it to low, and enjoy in the evening. I do the bulk of our grocery shopping at Aldi, and you can get every ingredient in this recipe there–even the ground turkey–for so much cheaper than  ...

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life

thankful

It’s been a while. I’m still working on editing our trip photos–but hey, I put up a new layout, so there’s that. If you aren’t a Facebook friend of mine, you haven’t heard that both Alan and I lost our jobs, him right before the cruise and me at the end of October (just in time for my favorite holiday and my birthday, as if being unemployed wasn’t depressing enough). I honestly can’t say that I’m surprised, as things at the studio  ...

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home stuff, life

the finish line (we bought a house!)

Finally remembered to take a picture, and yes the lawn will be mowed tomorrow. So here we are, homeowners (well, as of like two weeks ago, but it was hot and we’re exhausted/busy/still working, so here we are). Can I just say how much of a pain in the ass buying a house is? Getting your paperwork together for the bank, going to see a million houses that you forget the second you walk out the door, trying to negotiate with stubborn sellers, juggling texts, emails, and phone calls with  ...

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home stuff, life

three big updates

So there have been lots of things happening here lately. First: back in January, we had an announcement at work that threw everything on its head. It was the opposite of what we thought we’d hear, and threw me into a depression because I was suddenly faced with having no idea what was going to happen with the future. There was a very large possibility of moving to the west coast, where I would make roughly the same amount of money as I do here, but be facing housing costs three to  ...

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budgets, life

no-spend: April

via I saw this on a forum and decided that it was a really great idea for (at least) April. I’ve been pretty good with spending in March, but I definitely need to get it together even more! So, I made a list, things that I CAN spend on, and things that are not allowed: allowed – obviously basics like rent, utilities, phone, insurance, gas, etc. – necessary medications – maybe toothpaste? – refills on makeup/skincare/hair stuff if I run out (which I  ...

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makeup

eyebrow tattooing: hairstroke process

I was not blessed with thick eyebrows, and had the misfortune of growing up in the 90s when pencil-thin brows were all the rage. It was around this time that I plucked the crap out of my brows–my grandma has pictures that make me absolutely cringe–and they never grew back. A few years ago, I tried RapidLash, which didn’t work, then Latisse, which also didn’t work (turns out that you have to have active follicles for the hair to grow, and I had killed mine). I tried  ...

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