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Monday, April 30, 2012

Turn That Pin-Frown Upside Down

I made my Pin-Failure into a Pin-Win. (I'm killing at word play tonight.) As you remember, I pulled the tape off of this project and found this:
I got suggestions from Holli and Scott on how to repair it. I had nothing to lose, so it wasn't a big deal. I was going to paint the stripes with white, but realized I don't have white. I did find a full gallon of gray that I've had sitting around since I decided I wanted to paint our hallway last June. Side eye. I know.

I painted in the lines.
And, the project was salvaged. I think it looks pretty cool. I didn't put too much work into this and I love how it fills up that space. Also, I must have Avengers on the brain because I can kind of see the logo in it. Can you? Oh yes, and Van Halen. That is in there too.
I finished fixing my masterpiece and figured that since I already had the paint out I might as well just paint the hallway. I've had long enough to think about it. So I did.

Everything I've ever wanted for our hallway is in this post. The first step towards the hallway of my dreams, is paint.

 A long time ago (nearly three years, can you believe that?) we got married. We used this as our wedding guest book. It hangs in the hallway space between our room and the guest room. Please excuse my horrible photo. All I can think is I was still drunk from our honeymoon when I took this.
 I love this frame. Mom and I were looking at it the other day and it was fun to see the names on it, and a little sad. A few of the people on it aren't together anymore, some have died, and some have lost touch.

Anyhow, my goal for the wall is gray paint with all white frames. Our guestbook is the only thing that hangs in the hall and the frame is silver. I really want to keep it there, so I painted the frame white.
Except it turned out the same color as the wall. For some reason I'm a total spray paint failure. I'm going to try another coat to see if I can get it white enough to be acceptable. PS, that is the hallway after it was finished.

This is me trying to turn odd colored frames white. I find the easiest to paint are plastic. The wood is awful. The new search is on for white frames. When I say that, I mean I must go to IKEA. Must.
 I messed around a bit with hanging various items I already have framed.
 Josh's Hulk drawing. You like that mat? It's a poster board. I'm classy and cheap like that.
I have this thermostat issue. It isn't white, and I don't really want to paint it.
So I thought I'd cover it like this.
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Except that it isn't flat. It sticks out a good 2.5". Do you know of any canvas makers that make 3" frames?

And now the hunt is on for all the things I want to hang in the hallway. Do you have any ideas you'd like to share?

For your viewing pleasure, check it out. It's me throwing a fit. It's short. I swear.

Also, Joshua made me my own category on his YouTube thing. If you want to see all my videos together, click here.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Epic Pin-Failure

So I decided to try my hand at being all crafty and stuff. (I generally have no craft talent. Correction: I have no patience for it. But still, I'm no artist. At all.)

A few years ago however, I made this for our bed room. Trust me. Easiest thing I ever did. 

So when I see this pin on Pinterest, I figure it has to be easy, if not easier than the three I did before.
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I mean, it's paint tape and paint. THAT IS ALL. How simple is that?

So I go buy the stuff (I hate Hobby Lobby, and craft stores in general) and get out. I come home, put the tape on the canvas and paint.

I absolutely cannot stand to wait for paint to dry, so I made myself leave the house so I didn't mess it up.

And then I peeled it off and got this crap.

There is paint bleed all over the stupid thing. ALL OVER.

So, as any craft failure with self respect would do, I hung the stupid thing up. Because, I mean, I put all that work into it, I can't just throw it away.
So I need your help. How do I remove that paint bleed? The white stripes are plain canvas. Help!
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Show Me The Ring

My nail polish pick of the week is "Show Me The Ring" by Essie.

It is a really pretty iridescent gold, and to be completely honest I think it makes my fingers look thinner.
 This color is part of the Essie Target Only collection, so if you want it, you have to go to Target. I love it, and I'm pretty glad I have it.

In other news, I'm thinking about doing something like this today and putting it where the collage is on the wall behind me. Obviously in a different color. I'm thinking gray. What color do you think? This room is light green on the top and money green under the chair rail.
Click the photo for the source. I found this photo on Pinterest, but the link will take you directly to the original blog post by Living In The Woods.

I hope you have a happy Saturday.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Coping With the Cast

I need to talk to you all about something.

Something very serious, and personal.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were without your workout partner? A place where you felt all alone, with no one to turn to on the treadmill except that super bouncy guy, or the marathon girl who doesn't even have fat in her gums? Let me tell you, I have, and it is a very dark, unhappy place.

Ingrid and I were running two weeks ago, and long story short, this happened.
Toe nail color: Ruby Pumps by China Glaze
Long story long, we were running up the rugged sides of a Himalayan Mountain. Everest to be exact. We ran into a little trouble with a bus full of nationals who hate Americans and tried to hit us. My American status is challenged by many, but these people didn't even ask. Ingrid was so brave and pushed me out of the way, but in the process she broke her heel, sprained her ankle, and taught the ground a good hard lesson. "Don't mess with Ingrid" was that lesson.

But you know what she did? She did what any other crazy person would do, she kept going. And when we were done, we got back to our cars, celebrated our accomplishment, and I ate chocolate. Ingrid however, went to the hospital the next day where they didn't tell her that her foot was broken. They told her she needed to get back to America where she belongs. And that they didn't appreciate her being so tall.

You may be asking, why her cast goes to her knee if she broke her heel. I'm still asking that myself. All I can say is that the doctor knew she is a beast and they're trying to keep her down. Won't let her be great.

Anywho, this story is about me, as all stories on this blog are. This mishap has put a huge kink in my workouts. I don't have anyone being all bossypants on me. No one to talk to about everything (including, but not limited to: sweat, clothes, nail polish, calves, arms, legs, running, hair, nail polish, work, cake, stretching, ice cream, running, cookies, Weight Watchers, eating less cake, babies, periods, phone apps, other people working out, and so on) and I do mean everything. I'm on my own now. And it is scary.

I'm actually writing a book about facing the scary place that is the gym on your own. I realize I've become completely dependent on having a workout partner, and I know there have to be others out there with the same problem I have. Feelings of abandonment, uselessness, aimless wandering, no one to share your funny jokes with, missing the apps on your partner's phone that keep track of what you're doing, and worst of all, not even being able to roll around on the mats "stretching" without crying a few tears for what used to be.

So anyway, I feel like I've gotten off point. I'm starting a support group called "Fit Without Partners" and my book is called "How to Cope with Being Alone After a Catastrophic Mountain Climbing Accident Takes Out Your Partner" (Look for it on Amazon.com).

And now I'm going to wrap up my story by saying:

Don't believe anything you just read except that her nail color is Ruby Pumps by China Glaze.

That is all.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bang, Bang, Bang and Babies

I did it.

I got bangs.

 And I like 'em.

Also, this is Infertility Awareness Week. If you want to read some good articles Ingrid found on MSN just click below.

I was pretty surprised/happy that this is what the main page of MSN looked like this morning. I don't typically visit the MSN site, but they do put good articles up. (If you look closely, you can see I interrupted my Pinterest pinning to look at this. Tab 1. Working hard. It was 9:06 am. Give me a break.)
Here are all the links mentioned in the photo:
The Invisible Pain of Infertility
What NOT To Say To A Friend Struggling With Infertility
A Light at the End of Infertility
Fertility Misconceptions
Natural Fertility Boosters

One thing I noticed in the articles I read was that most women keep their struggle with infertility to themselves. Until December I did. I felt good about telling people, but the more I thought about it, I was really just telling you guys who I barely know (but still love). It didn't seem like such a big deal when I thought of it like that. So today, I posted about it on Facebook for the first time. (I hate Facebook.)

And my super sweet dad almost made me cry. He's the best.

Here is the CDC link if you want to read that article.
Most likely you and I are not Facebook friends, but please feel free to email me if you want to talk. My email address is in the right sidebar. I swear I'm nice. You'll love talking to me. I do.

So that is  my excitement. Bangs and IF Awareness. And now you know.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

A Quick Minute

Here is a very quick video from me about Wonder Woman and Essie Tart Deco. Oh, and about being a mime. Check it.

Let me know what you think.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tart Deco

I'm not doing a video. It's been a while since I have, but I don't have the energy for it this morning.

Here is how I feel this morning:

I am just trying to tell you my Nail Polish Pick of the Week and don't even have the energy for that. Perhaps after my second cup of coffee.

Anyhow, Essie Tart Deco is my pick this week. It is a really pretty coral. I wore it last night with a turquoise shirt and it looked awesome. I picked this one up at Target.
For some reason, Essie doesn't sell the same colors in the same stores. They have a special metallic collection for Target only which I think I have all of except the blue metallic. I'm becoming obsessed. I even need to get a new basket for my nail polishes because the one I have is overflowing.

I wanted to do this, but somehow don't have any gold glitter.

And that is all I have to say.

What is your favorite Spring color?
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Next Trick Is "The Ponytail"

Since I cut my hair, it has been much more challenging for me to wear it up. I spent my entire life up until this point with my hair in an elastic. Time to be a big girl now.

I love, love, love, The Small Things Blog. I found her through Pinterest, and am obsessed with her hair tutorials.

This is "The Ponytail". It may seem silly to you that I had to watch a video on how to make a ponytail, but this isn't the kind of ponytail you do to run in. This is something I can wear to work and still feel put together.
My earrings were made by a friend that I went to high school with. I'm trying to get her to open an Etsy shop, because she seriously has talent.
This ponytail is super easy, you can do it too. Click on the link above and she has a short short video showing you how easy it is to do.
And here is another detailed photo for your enjoyment. (Click the photo and it will be gigantic.)

  1. Photo collage I've had since high school.
  2. Bridesmaid's bouquet from our wedding. She was too drunk to even know she lost it.
  3. Globe I got for Christmas.
  4. A small group of my obsessive Essie collection.
  5. A rock my dad found and gave me.
  6. Josh's dolls.
  7. My new nail polish that I haven't introduced to the rest of the group yet.
  8. Scholarly books.
  9. Junk.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

God Never Wastes A Hurt

I'll just get right into it.

It has been a rough month for me. I haven't posted about it on here because I feel like I'm constantly saying the same things over and over. There hasn't been one event that has made me more upset about my infertility, but it seems to be slowly wearing me down.

It is exhausting.

Last week, Ingrid and I took a week off from the gym because we were getting burnt out, having numerous aches and pains, and she was leaving me to visit Heaven (aka IKEA, Container Store, and Godiva). Last Friday was our first day back in the gym. I have never been happier to get back to working out. Anyway, I'm getting off point.

I went to the gym tonight much much later than I typically go. Josh is at Eric's house doing their podcast so I figured I would wait and go then instead of passing him on his way out the door. So I go and get on my treadmill (by the way, Ingrid and I are designing a new line of gym shirts for women, you're going to want to buy one of these.)

I just made all of these on CafePress.com where you can design your own shirts. 

I'm fairly certain that is going to make us millions.

By some miracle today is one of those very rare days where I can't actually hear the seconds ticking away on the machine. Time wasn't really an issue to me like it so frequently is when I'm running. I decided I was going to go until I couldn't go any more. I'm looking all around to see if I know anyone, and basically look everywhere except for directly in front of me.

I had been running about five minutes when I notice the guy in front of me is wearing a shirt that says "God Never Wastes A Hurt" on the back. My first thought was well, that is a variation of "pain in weakness leaving the body". And I pretty much dismissed it without thought. And then for some reason, I really started to think about it. I mean, I was right behind this guy, too far from the televisions to really get into a show, and his shirt is basically reading itself to me.

For some reason, I had to stare at this one phrase for 30 minutes, sweating to death, before I realize how I desperately want to believe it. If God never wastes a hurt, that means this can't go on forever. We're not stuck in this stage for the rest of our lives. Something is going to change.

I'm sorry to everyone who always says this to me, but there is only so much "everything happens for a reason" that I can take. I'm sorry if that is cold, or rude, but its true. If you don't like it, sign up for your own blog and talk about how mean I am. But tonight, after staring at this guys shirt for so long, I realized its just a different way of saying "everything happens for a reason". The part I struggle with the most is not knowing what the reason is. Maybe all I really needed this whole time was words written on a stranger's shirt that I had to stare at for half of an hour. (It sounds just as crazy to me, trust me.)

This guy gets off of his elliptical machine and when he turns around to clean his machine I see that it is an Alcoholic's Anonymous shirt.

I suppose that means I'm an alcoholic now too. I've been told there are wineries named after me.

I just found this photo. Isn't he super hot?
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