Monday, May 20, 2013

The Weather Man Lied!

I sit on my front stoop as I write this laughing at how very wrong the weather man was for today! Instead of the promised thunder storms we have sunny skies and 78 degrees! I don't have much to talk about today, other than my busy weekend which consisted of a Saturday spent garage saling at a town wide sale. It was awesome! I was definitely an idiot for wearing sandals (driving through the town literally takes 2 seconds) as I probably walked 5 miles total. I only spent about 20$ and got some stuff for friends and some clothes for myself. I intend to play around with some of them on my sewing machine! After the sale I headed back to a housewarming party for a friend. I love when I get to play board games! It's so much easier when you aren't playing by yourself!

Sunday, my father came for a visit. We went grocery shopping (I can't wait until I have a car in June), played some video games (he kicked my ass in Mortal Kombat), watched a movie and then he left. I love my pappa! Then I cleaned. It was needed. Now I'm just planning out my week and watching my cat play in the pine trees! Over and Out ladies, this weather is to die for!

She loves the sun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fabulous Friday Favorites

It's really beginning to feel like spring in my area! A week of gorgeous 70's weather and now we are slogging through cold rains. Everything is so green and full of life and I am enjoying it despite the fact that I am eating so much benedryl to stay afloat.

Apartment Therapy is always so full of epic awesomeness that I could spend hours gathering ideas for my space. This tutorial on how to paint MOSS designs on walls is so freaking awesome! I so wish had a spot to do this, I'm even considering attempting to paint some pretty at a nearby park.

I've recently decided that I need to make new friends outside of work! Mostly because I need to stop letting my work life infest every second of my day to day life. Lifehacker has this article about why it's so hard finding friends after college recently and I now feel prepared to go meet some new people! Hello!

I know everyone and their brother has posted this, but I still crack up everytime I see it! I mean really now, you know everyone has always wondered if it could be done. Now we know! (I am not a huge titanic fan if you could not tell!)(image from here)

Everything is so green out, that I've been making an effort to get back on board with continuing my going green lifestyle! This is a list of companies still testing on our animal friends. I'm sticking with lush ladies and gents!

I love this image! found here!

An oldie, but it felt like it was a song for the day!

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Purging Your Possessions

I am not a pack rat. I like to only have what I need. I live and travel light. This is why I own a nook (thank you barnes and noble) with 1000 plus books on it rather than the 500 plus books I use to cart around each move. This is why I rock my netbook and have a laptop as a primary computer. This is why I get hand me down or thrift store furniture, just give them a face lift and they look brand new! I make my own cleaning supplies, try to cook all my food from scratch and I shop locally!

Enough about me. I don't like clutter and I'm going to give some tips as to how I personally keep clutter away. If you are ready scroll down!

How to PURGE your Possessions!

Pick a room!  You've got to pick a starting point, be it a bathroom, bedroom, or a closet. Then start taking everything out and lay it out so that you can see it. I always tend to start with my clothing first, and then I move on the room at large. Here are some of the questions I ask myself as I move along:

  • When was the last time I used this/wore this?
  • Does it fit/work?
  • What condition is it in?
- If you can't remember the last time you used or wore an item, it's safe to say it's time to let it go. Stop holding on to items you aren't using. Space is finite and why not free it up for something you may actually wear/use?

- Did you gain some weight? Are you holding on to your skinny clothes (Don't feel bad I'm guilty of this)?
Let them go. Someone else can use them. You can always lose the weight and get new clothes. Let it go. All those vhs movies from childhood? Let them go - you know you don't have a vcr - put your big girl pants on and go get them on DVD!

- Is there a consignment shop in your area? Find out! The one in my area rocks! They take gently used clothing and give you 60 days to sell it. After 60 days it becomes their stuff to store, but they split it 50/50 with you. I usually do a clothing purge at the beginning of each season and I tend to make at least 30$ though occasionally more!

- I think I might be a hold out, but I've also had luck selling things I no longer wanted in the communities there. I've never had much luck on craigslist or ebay though so I can't really help you there!

- You could also have a swap with friends! Get some wine, invite some friends over and tell them to bring over anything they don't want. Swap away and whatever is left over goes off to the Goodwill!

- Donate it!

I don't like clutter and I like to live lightly. These suggestions are how I decide whether something stays or goes in my household. How do you decide to get rid of things? Tell me in the comments!

(click on the image for it's source)

Monday, May 13, 2013

I've fallen in love with Ren Dear

A couple of weeks ago the lovely Micaela posted this wonderful post showcasing her friends new etsy shop Ren Dear. I of course have been wanting to learn to embroider (still haven't learned) and I fell in love with her work. (It didn't hurt that she was also offering a discount!)

click here to check out this listing!
click here to check out the listing!

The image above however is the beautiful thing I fell in love with! Of course I ordered it right away! I found Ren, to be a very lovely sweet shop owner and I look forward to purchasing again! One thing about Ren Dear that I thought stood out in a sea of etsy shops was her packaging! It was like my birthday and christmas all rolled into one! I feel like it hurt to have to open the beautiful packaging even though I wanted my pretty inside! Judge for yourself (but keep in mind my photography is nothing compared to Ren''s lovely photos!):

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

when down. . . write letters!

I'm having a rough week, both personally and professionally and I hate it. I'm stressed to the max, haven't accomplished many of my weekly goals and I am sleeping poorly. So I tried to do something that would cheer me up - I wrote my friends and family letters!

Who doesn't love some good snail mail!? I certainly love getting mail and for the longest time I was a very active member of postcrossing. For those unfamiliar with postcrossing, you create an account and then you start sending to and receiving postcards from all around the world. I love it.

As I was saying I've been down. So to rectify the situation I raided my vintage postcard collection and started writing. 3 people actually got fully fledged letters. Everyone else? A postcard with a quickly scrawled note. By the end of 13 notes/letters I was in a much better mood!

Not all of the postcards are vintage, some I picked up last christmas at the museum of history in Raleigh, NC.

this one went to a special lady in MA.

I'm trying to keep my blood pressure down so I can get off the blood pressure medication they've placed me on. This little exercise was in good judgement. It cooled me down and chilled me out. I'm trying to find more activities that are better for me: jogging, playing tennis, dancing, swimming. I've just got to try to stay one step ahead and I will get where I am going.

If you see this blog post and wonder if I sent you a postcard, chances are I did. If not leave me a message and I will get one out to you. Any readers if you'd like to swap postcards leave a message or shoot me an email at shellasaurusrex (@) gmail(.) com. Put postcard swap in the subject and I'll drop one your way. Have a great night everyone!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mr. Julius Lugia

The dapper looking gentleman

This is Julius. He is 14 years old. He is the love of my mother's life. He also isn't doing so hot. He was diagnosed this weekend with diabetes. He's a fighter and he's trying hard but he spent the weekend in the kitty hospital and now that he is home with my mom he won't eat so she can't give him his insulin. I spent the weekend with her trying to raise her spirits and rack my brain with ways to make Jules better. I couldn't come up with anything, but good vibes. If you can spare a minute and send some good vibes to this beautiful maine coon with a heart of gold please do. He needs it and my mom needs it. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 2 - Couch to 5k

I apologize for the boring text only posts this week! Life is busy, well mostly work is busy. Life otherwise is doing good minus the fact that my k key is sticking and I need to keep correcting my spelling.

I ran day 2 of the couch to 5k and I'm doing good. I'm not running the amount that they say to run each day (5 min walk, 3 min jog, 5 min walk) I'm doing more like a 10 min walk, a 25 min run, and then a 15 min walk to cool down. I don't want to push myself heavily but I also know even not running for a few months I am beyond a 3 min jog. I feel even better because after work I went to play tennis with a friend for about 2 hours. I don't know if "playing" tennis is the proper description of what we did, really we missed a lot of balls and ran around the court. I also brought Montauk so she could chill in a corner of the court and get some outdoor exposure. She has been waking me up all night crying and scratching at the door wanting to go out. In all 6 years she has never acted like this and I'm just trying to get her out and tucker her out so she'll let me sleep.

In other real life news I may possibly be the proud owner of a car in 2 months. I don't want to jinx myself but I am really hoping, despite not trying to get my hopes up that everything will work out!

Today at work I got into a tiff with a friend/co-worker. I put friend first because I was the one who turned him on to the job and normally I count him as a friend. I'm incredibly sick of people in general telling me that I am always yelling (I'm naturally loud, have been my entire life) and that I do nothing but complain. Sure I complain, however I am the friend that tells you EVERYTHING all at once and prolly in surround sound. Might I sound angry, might I be loud? Might it even seem like I am yelling at you? Sure, in fact all of those things prolly happen. Though if I count you as a friend we've already been through the discussion of you'll know if I am actually angry (believe me you'll know if I am in fact angry) just as you know that I may be yelling but I am not actually yelling at you. I've been working really hard on not yelling, keeping calm, being cool and I've had discussions at great length with the person in question about our two very different personalities and communication styles. I could say that the kid is a flake, makes plans he can't keep, requests me to hound him if I want him to remember something (i.e. I remind him of something every day) and that he has made some large mistakes in the past that I've looked past in reference to me. Yet he can't seem to afford me the same respect. He is constantly telling me how negative I am, how I never smile, how I am somber and reserved (I'm at work) and after today? I really just don't want to put up with someone who I feel constantly puts me down. I make it a point to try to bring him up when he is down, upset, not feeling like his a game is on, and yet when I think to when the roles are reserved he does none of the same.

Sorry for the rage-y post of feelings. I just needed to get it out somewhere. I promise the Fabulous Friday Favorites will return this Friday!

What do you do when you feel like a friend is actually putting you down rather than build you up? Let me know what you think in the comments.