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Thrifty Thursday- What I Wore On The Cheap

TT RSHere’s another round of Thrifty Thursday. I’ll show you an outfit that was purchased solely at the thrift store or on clearance. I’m not sure how interesting my clothes are or if anyone cares at all, but it’s fun to stop and think about how much an outfit I happen to be wearing actually costs. Here I’m wearing: pants (Goodwill) $3, vintage Rolling Stones tshirt (Goodwill) $1, jersey blazer (Target clearance) $6, vintage roper boots (Salvation Army) $9. P.S.- the verdict is still out about my face in this picture. I’m no professional model, that’s for sure:).

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Thrifty Thursday- What I Wore On The Cheap

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It’s no secret that I love a good bargain! So I thought I’d test out the ole self timer on my phone and post this (mostly) thrifted outfit that I wore this week. I know, I’m a nerd and awkward but it’s all good. I found this sweater at a local thrift store last week, the denim shorts are from the GAP outlet, tights are from target, boots are from Salvation Army in Texas, glasses are from Walmart (Errr…I mean they are very expensive designer prescription glasses, ssshhhh).

 

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Music Monday- Monsters Calling Home

So I stumbled across this band today and haven’t been able to stop listening. I thought maybe I was just late in discovering them seeing that they’ve already played on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but come to find out they’ve only been a band for a year now. Pretty crazy, but easy to see why they’ve already had so much success. Check it out. The second video just makes me smile.

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Trip to Michigan Part 2

So my Grandma turned 80 on October 20th and again on October 23rd. That’s right, she’s got two birthdays. The story goes something like this…my great grandmother went into labor on October 20th 1932. The Doctor was out hunting as per usual for any baby born during hunting season in Michigan. Wilmetta (my grandma) was born on the 20th, the doctor came 3 days later to do a check up and fill out the birth certificate. He must not have been thinking, or just didn’t notice because he filled in the date of birth as October 23rd. Therefore giving her not one but two birthdays.

We loaded up the cousins and my aunt and had a good Fairbanks girls celebration complete with chip dip, some board games and a Taste of Home cooking school. I’m thankful I got to make it. Life is good. I hope I live to see 80. I can’t imagine what my life will look like then. Craziness I’m sure.

 

Trip to Michigan Part 1

I know, it’s been just shy of a month since I took this little trip to Michigan for my Grandma’s 80th birthday. I should have gotten these pictures up sooner, but things don’t always happen like they should. I came back to Texas just in time to put all of my time and attention on our annual fall Art and Music Festival which happened on the Saturday that I returned. So here we are talking about this trip now. I’ll try to keep it short, but I’ve broken it into two parts, because that’s how the trip seemed to go. I flew in on Monday night, spent Tuesday with my parents since they both already had the day off because Monday was their anniversary and they were supposed to be out of town. That rarely happens, so it was nice to be able to spend time with them simultaneously. At 6am on Wednesday morning my sister and I loaded up her 98 Dodge Neon and hit the road heading to Kentucky. “The Friends” had a 2.5 week old baby that I was dying to see in the real.

We did not make it to Kentucky without a few major hiccups! My sister insisted that her car would make it just fine on the 8 hour drive. I had serious doubts. Needless to say it didn’t make it just fine, we broke down in Cincinnati where a supposedly good samaritan/mechanic pulled over to help. He did help, he gave us a ride to Auto Zone (just for the record, it is not a good idea to get in a car with a stranger in a strange city, I do not recommend it), we bought new spark plugs and he installed them for us. Then I like to say he “hustled” us. Pretty much he told us we needed to give him $80 for his services. We were not about to give him $80 especially since he didn’t mention that up front and we were scrapping by as it was. We ended up giving him $50 and getting the heck out of Cincinnati. We made it about 30 more miles and broke down again. Whomp whomp. This time we called our friend to come rescue us and we hid out on top of a hill on the side of the road so not to be pitied by any other “Good Samaritans.” Good news is we got to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the scenery wasn’t so bad either.

 

We did finally make it to our destination, I got to hold that baby in my arms and spend a great 24 hours with my best friends. Even with all of the car troubles I don’t regret it a bit. We spent a majority of the day in Louisville, which is actually a really cool city. Naturally we had coffee at two different establishments, took a walk on the river walk trail, and had lunch inside a classic car.

We went to pick up a rental car and of course that didn’t go as smoothly as we would have liked it either, but we did end up with a car so that’s all that matters. We high tailed it back to Michigan to make it home in time to return the rental car and then head north with the ladies in our family to celebrate my Grandma’s 80th birthday!

To be continued…….

 

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Fair Days

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So it was my first time ever to the State Fair of Texas last week. I’ve lived in Texas off and on for the past 13 years and I’ve never made it once. We decided to head to the fair while my mom was in town, mostly because we wanted to get her on that ferris wheel since she’s completely and utterly afraid of heights!

When we were teenagers we went to an amusement park called Michigan Adventure. We tried so hard to get her onto one of the roller coasters. She finally agreed to give “Zack’s Zoomer” a chance. Let me preface this by saying “Zack’s Zoomer” was a roller coaster for CHILDREN . Not just a smaller scale roller coaster, but an actual ride for kids. I’m not even sure there were seat belts. She screamed the entire length of the ride and wouldn’t let go of the grip she had on that bar to save her life. Of course like the good children that we are, we like to tease her about it any opportunity we get.

So we spent the afternoon/night wandering the midways checking out cars, livestock, extreme BMX stunt riders, all things fried food, and a variety of bands. We managed to get the best chair massage ever, catch the parade, ride on the gondola thing, see  a mulit-sensory fireworks/pyro show and most importantly get our picture taken in front of Big Tex the icon of the Texas State Fair since 1952. Did you know that Big Tex was once a giant Santa Claus constructed to bring commerce to a small town in Texas? He stands 52ft tall, wears a size 70 boot and a 75 gallon hat on his head. Interesting.

If you hadn’t noticed, the ONE thing we didn’t manage to do was actually ride that ferris wheel! Once we made our way over to it, we found that it was closed for maintenance that day. Total bummer. Maybe another time, the weather was beautiful though and it finally started feeling a little bit like fall!

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Surprise, Surprise.

Would you look at that, it’s been exactly one month since my last update. No excuses other than sheer laziness and extreme busyness. Contradictions? Right. They’re both however true. Excuses are not what I’m here for though. I came to tell you about a giant surprise that I got two weeks ago. It’s hard to believe that it was already two weeks ago, but that’s where that extreme busyness comes in to play. My brother took a trip to Michigan to visit our family and then headed to Indiana for the wedding of one of his college roommates. I planned to pick him up late on Thursday night from the airport when he arrived back. I was trying not to have to circle the airport 5 times since I was a bit early, so I was keeping a watchful eye out for him exiting the building while slowly creeping along. Just as the security officer was waving at me to get a move on it,  I turned to look and there he was.  Not only with his backpack behind him, but another special traveler. My jaw hit the middle console…surprise! It was my mom. I couldn’t believe me eyes and I didn’t really have to time to either, because by this time the security officer was shooing us out of the way. We managed to get out of the airport and I managed to form words with my mouth besides “Whaat?!” My mom had been telling me she wanted to come visit for my birthday, but that time had come and gone and the ticket prices had been outrageous! She happened to find a decent airfare and decided to go for it. That’s one of the things I love about my mom, she is one of thee most spontaneous people I have ever encountered. It’s great. I later found out that every single person in my family slipped up along the way and pretty much gave it away that she was coming to surprise me. I must have been really preoccupied, because I didn’t suspect a thing. Not even a smidgen.

I just have to tell you though about our one crazy day when nothing seemed to go our way, nothing at all. My mom happened to plan to come on the last weekend of the month which also happens to correlate with the “First Mondays” Flea Market in Canton, Tx. We had been talking for awhile about wanting to go together. I never really thought it would happen, but here she was on the right days! Although I had informed her that the name “First Mondays” was rather deceiving since the flea market wasn’t actually open on Mondays, only the weekend before the first Monday of each month. She somehow missed this vital information (all 4 times I gave it to her) and had planned on going on Monday, my day off. I informed her we would have to go on Sunday, but my brother was also leading the praise and worship at our church that week. Of course our mother couldn’t miss that, so we decided to leave as soon as church was over and high tail it the hour and twenty minutes it takes to get to Canton.

We got a late start…go figure. Let’s add to that a stop for gas and a stop at the drive thru of Wendy’s for a quick bite to eat. By this time we’re still doing okay. Not great, but still okay. We’re driving on 1-35 about to exit onto I-20 when some guys in a truck next to us start honking and pointing at us. I knew right then that unfortunately they weren’t just cat calling at us:), but that we must have had a flat tire or something could quite possibly have just fallen off our vintage Buick Century. We pulled over to asses the damage and sure enough…flat tire. We were right near a Wal-Mart, so we decided our best bet would be to go and get the flat fixed. Hoping and praying that they wouldn’t be busy on a Sunday afternoon or that they could just get us in and out, I held onto a tiny piece of hope. WRONG. We spent the next hour and a half in the waiting room of the Wal-Mart garage. So much for the flea market. Sad day. We decided not to let it get the best of us, and my mom suggested we find a thrift store. I thought she might like the St. Vincent DePaul, because it’s quite large and it was open until 6:00. We made a pit stop at Oddfellows for cappuccinos since coffee can just about always make everything better. Then headed about 20 minutes farther north into Dallas to the thift store. Upon arriving (an hour before they were supposed to close), we found that for some reason on that day only,  they had closed early. Whomp, whomp, whomp, Strike 2.

About this time I realized I had had too much water to drink at Oddfellows and all I could think about was finding somewhere to use the facilities!  Then all of a sudden out of nowhere all I could think about was the random heartburn that decided to make an appearance and take over my chest. I swear I’ve only had heartburn a few times in my life. The other times being in high school when we used to stop at Burger King for breakfast before FCA. I finally concluded that the BK hash browns were the culprit and stopped eating them. I honestly don’t think I’ve had a case of heartburn since then. So I kinda felt like I might be dying and also about to pee my pants. Not a good combination. Out of desperation I pulled over at a park to use the porta-potty. I marched right up to it psyching  myself up to use it. I opened the door and immediately slammed it back shut. No. Freaking. way. Not gonna happen.

We eventually found ourselves sitting in the parking lot of a Race Trac gas station feeling quite defeated. My mom decided I needed to eat something to cure my heartburn? I don’t think that’s an official remedy, but she grabbed me a lunchable and some water anyway, and grabbed herself a bag of pretzels. We decided since we had driven all the way up there, that we should at least check out the park with the horrendous porta-potty. We sat at the park, ate our snacks and split the tiny chocolate bar that came with my fancy meats and cheeses. It was a beautiful day so we took a walk around the lake and got to catch up on life. You know, even though we didn’t make it to the flea market (which still makes me sad) and the thrift store was closed, and I thought for about 30 minutes that I was too young to die, and the park was littered with Police presence, it turned out to be a great day and a memory that I don’t think either of us will soon forget.

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Hello Laundry.

Today is a day for laundry. I’m typically the type of person who will get creative in the wardrobe department in order to avoid laundry at all costs. It’s finally caught up with me. I have run out of options. Well I take that back. That’s not totally true, however due to current weather conditions all sweaters are out of the picture and I have officially run out of options that would be considered acceptable to actually wear in public. Really no one needs OR wants to see me wearing that full length, leopard print maxi dress that I bought from the thrift store with every intention of altering it to somehow make it less craziness. As much as I would like them to be, leggings do not equal pants for me. It just doesn’t work, not with all this junk, all this junk inside my trunk. And ever since TLC decided Clinton and Stacy should be let loose into the world of fashion via What Not To Wear, we all have learned that pajamas in public are a huge no-no! I totally have nightmares that I’m in the grocery store in flannel pants with Clinton and Stacy dancing around my head reprimanding me for pajamas in public, not to mention just having ugly pajamas in general.  So yeah, today laundry wins.

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30 things

Ok, so here it is…my list. 30 things before 31. Ouch. I hate saying that already. Really what is my problem with aging? I don’t know. So I only have 3 months left to accomplish this list. Seriously, where did the time go?? I feel like I was just talking about my last list. I’ve had this list started for some time now, so hopefully I can get most of it crossed off before the big b-day. Some of the things I’ve already done, some I’m not so sure are going to happen, but only time will tell.

30 things before 31:

1. Plant a garden

2. Ride a horse

3. Draw more

4. Go to Marfa

5. See the Head and the Heart live

6. Blog more…lots more

7. Travel internationally

8. Read 5 books

9. Run a 5K

10. Be a better friend

11. Send some snail mail ( write a letter)

12. Open an Etsy shop

13. Leave notes for strangers

14. Make soft pretzels

15. Complete 5 DIY projects

16. Make a quilt

17. Try 5 new recipes

18. Learn the violin

19. Get my bike fixed and ride it

20. Make soap

21. Go fishing

22. Step out of my comfort zone

23. Write a children’s book

24. Walk more

25. Sand/finish the dining room table and eat at it

26. Have a dinner party

27. Get a new computer

28. Be slower to anger and quicker to love

29. Learn some sign language

30.Finish the 5 week devotional I started yesterday.

walking weather

The weather here in Texas has been perfect the past couple of days. I’m really trying to take full advantage of agreeable weather. You know eat dinner outside on the patio, take a walk, find reasons to be out and about. I can’t help but cringe when I think of the coming summer months. I’m a northern girl through and through when it comes to mother nature.

If like me you are experiencing enjoyable weather these days, then get yourself outside.  Take that dog for a walk, throw a frisbee, have lunch at the park.

As for those of my friends still dealing with the forces of winter…well, throw another log on the fire, cozy up with an extra blanket, make a pot of chili and have hope, spring is just around the corner.

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