10 pounds down 32 pounds to go!

Friday, December 20, 2013

" I realize certain words were exchanged. Also, certain... bullets."

This is one of the skirts I got on sale at the limited, 
I wish it was a little bit shorter but i can always take it up.  I wanted to wear it to work for the christmas party so I chose the black turtle neck sweater and black tights/shoes so it doesn't fight the shiny sequins.

Truly awful fashion photos, i suppose i could at least wash the mirror, but if i wait for things to be perfect nothing would ever get posted...so this picture is new trouser jeans and a pretty blue shirred sweater from the limited.  they got me with their 50% off sale and i ordered a ridiculous ton of stuff.  Unfortunately I love almost all of it.  The vest is required for work but it doesn't bother me too much with this outfit.

Rebecca called this nordic chic!  this is the worst picture of them all but it was a snow day, no time to clean!  A pop of color in my tank top, navy blue sweater, black tweed skirt/ black wool tights and the best sorel boots ever made.  well one of them.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Ten percent of nothing is, let me do the math here, nothing into nothing, carry the nothin'...

listing things on ebay is a serious pain in the ass.  I've been finally getting rid of all the things i've been keeping just incase i want to wear them or incase i lose ten pounds or whatever.  it's helping pay for all the new clothes that hopefully look decent and haven't been sitting in my closet since the ice age.  

speaking of, it's beautiful and snowy today.  it's my 33rd birthday and it's been pretty uneventful.  listing on ebay, baking cookies for the work party.  boring normal everyday stuff.  should there be some revelation as the birthdays stack up.  we're working on our house, trying to buy a new car since the maxima died, two happy healthy dog kids.  not much but contentment on this birthday.  i suppose thats a good thing yeah?  

as always waiting to find the sequence of things that keeps my body at a healthy weight but not fighting for it as much as i sometimes have.  I'm so lucky in so many ways, happy and healthy with a warm place to live and clothes and coats to wear.  Lucky enough even if my jeans are never a smaller size.  

Sunday, December 01, 2013

first try at royal icing...

This is my first try at cookies with royal icing.  I'm super impressed that it came out so well without crying.  The cookie dough was wonderful.  The flavor of the unfrosted cookies is a little bland but the dough was amazing to work with.  

  The icing is from King Arthur Flour's site.  I used just whites because hannaford doesn't sell meringue powder.  It was very easy to work with too.  The moose I added cocoa to to make them brown made it a little more tricky to work with but only half of them look like they've contracted mange so that's a win in my book.  

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Caramel Apple pie

I've never made an open top apple pie before.  I guess this is splitting the difference.  The apples aren't quite as soft but that's not necessarily a bad thing.  It's very caramelized and the crust is nicely crisp.  I guess I should experiment more often.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Stay in character, remember your lines, and energy, energy, energy, especially in the musical numbers!"

Somehow in the last year I've decided there's a girly girl inside me.  Girly enough to sign up for Ipsy Glam Bag.  And I love it.  This is actually my first bag after being on the wait list for a month or so.  The wait was actually quite a bit shorter than I thought, adds to the anticipation.

I got an adorable gold bag, in a hilariously pink mailer which I just love!  A red lip crayon which is perhaps my least favorite but maybe I just haven't embraced the RED yet.  I got blue eye shadow which I'm on the fence about but should give a try some time.  Gorgeous Pixi bronzer, gorgeous silver glitter eye liner, nail polish that is so me it's kind of ridiculous and the most perfect nude lipstick from em.  Michelle Phan.  It's smooth as silk, it's a beautiful shade, and it's made in the USA so I don't even feel guilty about possibly buying a ton of it from now until the end of time.  

This is me in wearing the nude lipstick, it looks particularly nude here.  I still love it.  nude with a hint of peach.  it's perfect.

It's a ten dollar investment for the months bag but I definitely feel like I got my money's worth and more.  There were definitely things I loved about birchbox, moisturizer and sunscreen are high on my priority list.  I can't tell from one bag if I'm going to see a lot of those type of things in the glam bag but it is a lot of fun to find out.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Wedding bells!

Finally got to load the wedding day pictures!  Knox and matt are so handsome!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"are you my mother?"

I had a really nice bridal shower, very low key.  and I was really happy with how everything went down until i realized a cousin of matt's felt really left out because her invite didn't arrive.  no one told us until after the shower was over.  I spoke to my mother in law about it last night and she said that since she and sil are closer she talked to her about it.  yes, i can see how helpful it is to talk to my estranged sister in law about my shower instead of me, how ridiculous i am to think that my shower would have more to do with me than sil.  so obvious!  what was i thinking?

My mother in law is very fond of telling me how hard she tries to keep everything equal and it just now occurred to me that what she means is she did really nice things for bil and sil because she loves them SO MUCH! and she just does the same things for us because it's fair.  I don't know how that escaped me before.  It turns out all the feelings I thought were turning around in our relationship really haven't changed at all and it will just always be "my son and his beautiful girl....oh, and there's matt and amy".  The sooner I accept that and stop expecting something different the less it will hurt.