Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
When I was thinner (ha! I've never been THIN) jeans were a lot more comfortable. However, I've always had a hard time finding jeans to fit properly. It seems that in most cases, thin or THICK, women have a really hard time with jeans. My question is... who the HECK are they making them for then!!!??? It took me a long time to finally find pair/brand of jeans that I love. I went through the GAP Long & Lean stage, whatever made me think that anything with that name would work for me? I am certainly not either long or lean. Then, there was the random DKNY jeans I'd find on sale at Macy's and even a few pairs from Kohls. and then of course the ever cheap Old Navy jeans that I kept on hand. But then, I broke down and went to Nordstrom. My beer budget certainly wasn't going to far there... ;o)
My love affair started back in the fall of 2009. I found a pair of Michael Kors jeans that were fan.tab.u.lous. But at the tune of $89 I couldn't just run out and buy three pairs. Sorry peeps, I'm definitely not the type to spend HUNDREDS of dollars on several pairs of jeans, it just doesn't work that way in my household. So, I settled with one good pair that I took excellent care of. Made sure to wash them inside out with little detergent and hang them to dry. But, because I could only afford one pair at the time, when I wore them with flats (I'm also not the girl that can effectively wear heels most of the time) they began to get worn on the bottoms. Then, I noticed that the beautiful dark wash was starting to fade and... NO!!!! The crotch was getting thin. That's what happens folks, when you only wear one pair of jeans several times a week. So, what was a girl to do? Hide the evidence from her hubby? That will certainly be a great "discussion" once he notices. Why does my husband have to be so in tune to my clothes?! Well, I broke down and decided that I was DONE with Old Navy denim with the only exception being for work (because really, my job is messy) and I was hell bent on buying at least two more pairs. Screw a budget! Surely Brandon would have to understand my predicament.
Sure enough, my next trip to Nordy's was unsuccessful when I was informed by my lovely ladies (holla Nordy's salespeeps!) that they discontinued the style. OF COURSE THEY DID! Just my luck! So, the search was on. Thankfully, the girls in the section that I frequent and Nordstrom are awesome and they hooked me up with these beauties:
these out they're on sale RIGHT NOW! I'm about to go buy a pair to add to my collection so I can have them hemmed for flats. I've always dreamed of having enough jeans to do that... sigh. Sounds pathetic, I know.
Unfortunately, my problems with jeans haven't completely ended. While I LOVE these jeans all three of the pairs that I own have zipper issues. Just ask Jen, when I visited in November I came running out of "my room" frantically asking her if she could help me zip them! The zippers are super sticky/nearly impossible to get up! And, I promise it isn't because they're too small! ;o) Well, now it has turned into a full on non-functional zipper problem in ALL three pairs. I have been wearing long camisoles under whatever shirt I'm wearing to cover the zipper! HA! Luckily, since they're purchased from Nordy's, I have already had one pair replaced for free but I need to take the other two in and the closest store is a bit of a drive for me so I just haven't gotten to it. I think I will just have their tailor put new zippers in them... but maybe I'll just take new pairs! I have read the reviews on the Nordstrom site and didn't see any that mentioned zipper issues so maybe I was just supremely unlucky... totally probable. :o)
So, for now, my denim dilemma is mostly solved. I am the type of shopper that would rather have a few decent/quality items in my closet than a plethora of random crap that I bought at discount stores and "thought" I would use. I prefer my local TJMaxx and Marshalls for things to decorate the home, the clothing section makes me want to scream! So, while I can't have an entire closet filled with beautiful clothes from Nordy's or anywhere else of the same caliber... I will cherish my few beauties!
Since these jeans have really changed my life by being comfortable and making me feel good... I just thought I'd share! Please tell me I'm not the only one with DENIM DILEMMAS!? What are YOUR favorite jeans? And, do you have any embarassing jean stories? I can't be the ONLY one...
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
My favorite guy is Stefano Langone..
So, is anyone with me? Watching this season? I have to admit, three nights a week is a LOT. I DVR it so I can fast forward through everything but still, quite the commitment.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
There are so many ways to measure or analyze your life. Today while cleaning our kitchen from the yummy french toast I made this morning, I was admiring our fridge. Well, not at first. At first I was cleaning splatters of vanilla off of it because I dropped the bottle on the counter and it splashed everywhere, literally. Oh, it is SO not my week. First m&ms then vanilla? Really?! Anyway, after I wiped it off & discarded expired coupons and straightened pictures I realized we are so lucky to have these people in our lives. Our fridge is full of friends and family. Some we haven't spoken to or seen in years and some we speak to or see regularly. There are hundreds and even several thousand miles between some of them. :( The important part is that while this messy collage of random tid bits may drive some crazy, it makes me smile. Better yet, all of those BABIES make me smile! Can I have mine yet?! Please?!
My favorite items on the fridge are my magnet that says 'excuse the mess, we live here' (Huzzuh!), my cousin's daughter, who actually resembles me when I was her age, a lot! Just look at the red hair! And a fortune from a cookie that says 'you will obtain your goal if you maintain your course'. That seems like a no brainer... ha! Easier said than done though, right?
Anyway, just wanted to share my thankfulness today. I'm coming accross kind of mushy, and I'm not really that kind of person! Ha! It's been kind of a rough week around here so I suppose I'm just gaining some perspective.
I'm enjoying a snow day at home with my pets and trying to get some stuff done around here! Have a great Friday and weekend everyone! :)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Ok, I know you all are dying to know how my cookies turned out! You're not? Oh yes you are! ;o)
Turns out, a friend of mine wanted to buy cookies from me for her Bunco Party & a Progressive Dinner Party. Sweet! But I had to make sure they were nearly perfect! I took my time with them, employed my miniscule amount of patience and... viola! I made Valentine themed cookies because she needed them for the week before VDay and I made goodie bags w/nametags too!
I can post pictures from my phone but I can't put descriptions between them so you can just make up your own caption! ;o) I was happy how they turned out & I'm excited to make St. Pattys Day ones! :)
I don't see a cookie franchise in my future, but hey! If someone is willing to pay for the supplies and I can make some extra cash for my coffee habit... good deal! ;o)
Monday, February 21, 2011
I am SO curious to see how this turns out! My phone finally came on Friday, whew! Since then, my mom, Brandon, cousins and BFF Shandy as well as some other friends that have Droids have been addicted to Words With Friends! Yep, not just an iphone app now! Whoooptie!!! ;) In addition to making two large pans of lasagne, reprogramming my phone, getting addicted to that darned game and helping my mom's BFF (also a Realtor) with some marketing materials we also managed to submit a THIRD offer before 5 on Friday when we had to be at work. Phew!
I'm actually excited about this house! It has the most 'land' thus far and is in a great school district and neighborhood! It has been a complicated process as it is banked owned and buyers must be qualified through their bank first before submitting an offer although we were ALREADY prequal'ed with our lender. Ugh! But, that means that anyone else has to do the same thing which could delay the process of their offer being submitted which may mean our offer will be seen first and accepted! Haha! Sounds kind of childish... but hey! Do what you have to! ;)
Our weekend then was full of work as MIL/FIL were out of town for their anniversary (29 yrs!) and just like reliable restaurant employees do (snicker...) we had some bad apples this weekend! Argh! Brandon slept a total of 7hrs since Friday AM. :(
On a positive note? Our weather has been *gorg*! Cold? Yes! But to me that means fresh snow on all of our mountains to be seen with the beautiful blue skies! Yes! :)
I am sadly still without a computer. I know, just a tragedy. What's worse is that tomorrow is President's Day and I won't be at my SIL's watching Nickolai so I can't bum her computer! Lame! I need to buy my BFF Kristine's bday present... I want to get her something fun & funky from Etsy. She's the epitome of fun & funky.
Alright folks, I will leave you with this... I hope the pics work... I am the biggest klutz and almost peed my pants laughing. No worries, 90% of them made it out alive! :)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I'm scared to even look at the date of my last post. It's been a busy few weeks.
Sadly, my beloved laptop came down with a virus. I thought about smearing my most recent antibiotic cream all over it, but then thought better of it. Instead, a friend of ours took it to fix in his spare time. Well, that ended up being longer than I expected but that's okay because well... it was free. ;o) So, then on Friday I joyously got my computer back to only realize that it still doesn't work. Virus free? Yes. Working? No. So, after a few phone calls and trouble shooting with my brother, AKA computer man, he let me know that I need to reinstall my OS. Great. Of course, that means that I need to transfer all of my now uninfected files to my little hard drive jobber and most importantly... FIND MY WINDOWS 7 DISK!!! Shoot. Where did I put that thing anyway?
I had tons of good posts for February too. After all, it's one of my favorite months. I think it kind of goes with that whole "root for the underdog" mentality that I have. Everyone hates January-March! It's not their fault that most of the weather sucks! These months need love too!!! Ha! I decided that once I get back into working order, I'm still going to post about my February stuff... Valentine's Crafts & Cookies, our Non-Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Dash with my MIL & BFFs, a night out in Seattle with my BFFs, the craziness that is buying another house and last but not least... my birthday!!!! YEAH! I totally got spoiled this year all around! :o)
Oh wait, I forgot to mention. Not only have I been computer-less but I also have been phone-less!!! Oh! The horror! While I could have walked into Verizon and used my lovely upgrade to get a fancy Droid 2 or iphone 4 (orwhateverthehellthatdamnedapplethingis) I am getting old (25 now!) and am set in my ways. The conversation went a little like this:
Verizon Guy: "Hi there, what can I do for you?"
Chelsi: "Well, my screen is not working... I know the phone is on because it is overheating and the notification light still blinks... you know, telling me that I have texts/emails/missed calls THAT I CANNOT SEE!!!!"
Verizon Guy: "Oh, alright. Let me see what's going on here... Yep, looks like it is charging and powering on but no action on the screen."
Chelsi: trying very hard not to be sarcastic "Yep, I noticed that."
Verizon Guy "Well, let me look up your account so we can see what is going on..... Ok, looks like you have an upgrade! There are some great new phones out right now that you can get for $xxxx"
Chelsi: "Yeah, I'm sorry but I really would prefer to just have a new one of MY phones, I'm not ready to upgrade yet"
Verizon Guy: "Ok, well do you even want to go look at the new options?"
Chelsi: "Nope, I'm good!"
Verizon Guy: "Ok, we will set you right up then! FedEx should have this to you by Monday afternoon!"
See? Case in point... I'm getting old. I just want my phone that I know and love. I'm resisting change... ugh. And for the record, it was not delivered by Monday afternoon. But since this all happened on Sunday afternoon I'm giving them some slack... HA!
So, while I have been missing, I have been thinking about people! Nickolai is done with his cheerios now and is not.so.patiently waiting for his mango chunks!!! :o) Talk to you peeps soon! As soon as I find that Windows 7 disk... dangit!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Because of my nerves and anxiousness... I made a really diet friendly treat tonight:
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I can totally relate to this quote... As much as I love to plan and be organized, it just isn't my strongest quality sometimes. Plus, I tend to be way more creative when I get an idea in my head and run with it. I think it can be tough to plan creativity. "I am going to make a beautiful flower arrangement on Saturday!" Oh, well that sounds kind of silly, right? I mean, sure you can plan to make it to the Farmers Market to buy the flowers you will need but you most likely won't know the exact placement of each stem before you're in the moment, right?
My favorite creations have all been adapted from their original version during the process of making them. One great example are some cookies that I've been trying to make recently. I've been a terrible baker in the past but have always envied a good sugar cookie! So, I decided to take the task on and I ended up with these! Looks pretty decent for a first timer, right?
Anyway, my point in how this relates to me is that I often reach much more potential than I thought I could if I just let myself be creative. Instead of holding strong to a template of what you think you're trying to do... let your mind wander!!!
Ok, that's enough words of wisdom for today! Oh, I love myself and my sarcasm!
Friday, January 21, 2011
So, when Brandon fell asleep while I was doing dinner dishes around 10pm last night (we eat late...) I decided to let the Mr. sleep and see what I could find OnDemand (other than Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! HA!) This proved to be one of the main contributing factors as to why I don't watch movies. They're TOO much commitment!!!! With TV I can change the channel at any time... I didn't pay anything additional for it and I can even watch two or three shows at the same time! I can never make a decision about which movie to watch, etc. Oh geeze, sounds pathetic!
Anyway, after my SIL said that Salt was pretty terrible (and she loves most movies) I decided to go with The Other Woman. I did see Black Swan with Natalie Portman a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd indulge in another of her films.
In a nutshell, this movie is about a mistress (Natalie Portman) who becomes pregnant and then quickly becomes the new wife of her lover and step-mother to his 8 year old son. The ex-wife (Lisa Kudrow) proves to be the most difficult ex-wife portrayal I have ever seen in a movie! Of course, Portman is playing a "home wrecker" but that aspect isn't really highlighted in the movie so it just makes Kudrow's character seem even more harsh and nasty. Portman has a difficult time getting along and adjusting to her "high maintenance" step-son and the loss of her newborn daughter certainly makes that ten times more difficult. So, essentially this movie is about a woman who, in eighteen months or so, is supposed to have become a mistress/home wrecker, mother, step-mother, wife and parent who has just lost a baby. WHEW!
I didn't quite know what I was in for! I was bawling like a baby by 40 minutes into the movie, that is for sure. Thankfully, I appreciate movies like this. I kind of have my own philosophy that in order to love to the fullest you have to know and experience tragedy of some sort to the fullest. Not necessarily death, but in order to feel and understand one extreme, you must have known the other. Does that make sense? I am not at all an expert movie critic or whatever, but I do appreciate some real and raw emotions about real life situations that happen and don't always end with the white picket fence. This one actually doesn't end on a completely downer note, but watching two hours worth of a mother struggling to cope with the loss of her baby girl is pretty treacherous, in my opinion!
One aspect of this movie that I really liked was how it brought to the surface the issue of SIDS, infant and child death and also miscarriage. I think this is a topic that is too often shoved under the rug and I was pleased to see a movie that tackled it head on. There is a particular scene in the movie that I remember cringing at because Portman compares her daughters loss to a miscarriage saying that her baby was actually a baby, not a fetus and that her loss MUST have been much greater. Now, I'm not here to get into a religious, political or philosophical debate... But, I know of women who have had miscarriages and I know that their loss, in their minds, is no different than the loss of a child. Who are we to judge one person's loss over another... anyway? So I was pleased to see that scene play out also.
I wasn't too impressed with the acting, especially by Kudrow but I'm just not really a fan of hers ever. Portman was okay, but a lot of the lines seemed forced and I feel like it could have been done better by someone else...not sure who. I've never seen the actor who plays the dad before but I didn't fall in love with him either! HA!
The only other movie I can compare this to is P.S. I Love You which I also bawled through and loved. So, if you hated that movie, definitely skip this one. If you're one that just watches a movie to "feel good" then also skip this one. Anyway, didn't mean to be a downer, I just have been thinking about this movie since I watched it last night and I figured it was a good blog post... Well, at least to get it off my chest!!!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I haven't made one!
Oh well. I'm going to make one RIGHT NOW!
Monday: Pot Roast! Brandons favorite... well tied for favorite with meatloaf! I plan to post how I make my roast, it's delicious!
Tuesday: Bow Tie Fiesta Pasta from this blogger. I will post how that is too! You can find the recipe by searching her site for it.
Wednesday: Turkey Meatloaf, potatoes and a vegetable.
Sunday: Taco feast with family! The Seahawks are playing the Bears and it's going to be a great game!!!
Ok, well I know that was kinda half-arsed but it's just that kind of week, ok? Thankfully I haven't needed anything for these meals and shopped for a TON of fresh veggies & fruits last Thursday so I am set to go for the week! YES!
I'll be back later this week with something more exciting. :)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
- being prepared for an exam
- being prepared for giving a presentation at work
- being prepared for guests coming over to your house
- being prepared for when you pass with life insurance and wills, etc (woah, that one is serious...)
- being prepared for being parents....
- Red peppers
- Yellow peppers
- Brown rice
- Teriyaki sauce
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Recap of last week:
Sunday: Made the scheduled recipe and it was "ok". I ate leftovers for lunch at least two days, success!
Monday: Ended up eating out with inlaws. Brandon's grandparents are snowbirds and they were leaving the next day. We try to squeeze in as much time as possible when they're home for the holidays so I suppose my meal planning would have been a lame excuse! ;)
Tuesday: Unplanned events... I got invited to a movie by my SIL and Brandon decided to play pool with some dudes. :)
Wednesday: YES! We ate at home! Pad Thai and Peanut Sauce, success! My PS needs some work, but it was good. My Pad Thai was actually pretty good! I ate it as leftovers for lunch, double success!
Thursday: I worked Brandon's shift so he could watch the Huskies beat the Cornhuskers in the Holiday Bowl! WHOOOP! ***Chelle... Stinky Cougs!***
Friday: My fabulous husband made Taco Soup for us to enjoy at work that night. We were supposed to make Chili but they are more or less the same ingredients. :) I also ate this as leftovers several times!
Saturday: No meal made. :(
Ok, so this week wasn't stellar. I still have plenty of groceries left over that I will utilize this week, I hope! I suppose I was a little ambitious. I'm going to go with three this week because of our schedules and obligations...
Sunday: Family Function... Seahawk game!
Monday: Topopo Salads: Tortilla chips, refried black beans, romaine, shredded chicken, cheese, avacado, tomato and Italian dressing. YUUUM-O Sounds odd, right? It's really yummy.
Tuesday: Brandon is doing some handy-man work at his mom and dad's and I have a hair appointment! Yippee!
Wednesday: I am helping a friend's daughter with the FAFSA and college apps. JOY! No really, I enjoy helping. She's making me dinner. :)
Thursday: Working... Brandon is going to the Husky basketball game with BIL and his dad.
Friday: Turkey meatloaf, mashed cauliflower (still haven't made it!) and carrots. YUM!
Saturday: Slow cooker chicken tacos. Put chicken breasts (we do five or six tenders but it would be about 3 breasts for 2 adults and leftovers) in crock put with half of a jar of salsa. I use PACE! :) Seriously, let it cook for 4+ hours and shred the meat! It's SO delicious! And, can we see it's healthy!? YES!!! Then, I make this yummy corn salad that I need to do a post on. Canned corn, black beans, lime juice, peppers, etc. Delish!
WHEW!!! This week is all jumbled. Too many obligations! Oh well, such is life! I am still glad to have it all planned out. I also love that Brandon is calling me during the day and asking what we're having that night and what he can bring home or help with. BONUS!!!
Did anyone try any new recipes this week?
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Insert nervous heart palpitations. Did I think I failed? No. However, I am not one to assume when it comes to my grades. Especially not after the curveball that was thrown at me two terms ago. A C after 100% on a midterm, final and two essays? How does THAT happen? It did and I didn't have the
I certainly have kept grad school in mind this last phase of my undergrad career because I know that there is a great possibility that I will want to get into a decent school in a couple of years. So I suppose that's where the nervousness was coming from. That's also where my pissed off-ness comes for the stupid C that I have!!! The only positive aspect of that is that was an elective and not a core class, whatever!
Anywho, my fingers were flying on my phone's keyboard trying to log into the secure WebAdvisor for my school. Such a pain on a phone, right? Much to my happiness, I logged in to find two As for this term. Not one, but TWO! That gives me a grand total of twelve As, one B and one C for the last year and a half of my school. Not too shabby, right? RIGHT!!!!
Insert pure happiness and satisfaction here. Thank GOD! I now can celebrate. And let me tell you, last night? We did. HA! This morning, dry toast and honeycrisp apples have been my BFFs!
By the way, I feel like I'm gloating about this... Please know that I am not. I am not very great at very many things. But school, I take pride in. I am good at it and I love it. Well, we have a love/hate relationship... you know how that goes. HA! But, usually I am pretty hard on myself and don't let myself brag about much. So, excuse this brag post and please don't think I am acting like I'm hot stuff! HA!
I hope everyone rang in the New Year safely (probably from your pillows, right?) We have had gorgeous weather in the PNW this week and Brandon and I are about to take a long drive into the country to visit his grandparents that have a farm. Brandon plans on shooting his new (old it was Grandpa's) shotgun and I plan on enjoying the crisp air and gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier out there. :) Sounds like a fine day, right? Enjoy your Sunday everyone! I will be back tomorrow with this week's menu and a recap of how our menu this week went!