Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Happiness

Saturday January 19, 2013
A couple of things:
1- My CPA Certificate came int he mail!
2- Wellsfargo conceded that I was correct about not needed to increase our escrow payment and sent us back a check for all the extra money we'd paid into it since July and lowered our mortgage payment about 75 dollars.
3- Went to the gym before work which is exciting for tax season.
4- Wrote an article for MCE that I think I did a good job on.
5- I had a blueberry muffin for breakfast. YUM!

Sunday January 20, 2013
I woke up feeling like I had hit my head on a brick wall and super raucous, so the fact that I can come up with things for this day makes me a super hero.
1- I got to watch Scrubs!
2- My wonderful husband ran to Target with my vague instructions on which type of Sudafed I wanted and somehow got the right kind.
3- By the time the 49ers won I was feeling relatively back to normal, except for a small headache and being tired.
4- Cliff was being the biggest snuggle bug in the world.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Three Days Happiness in PIctures

Wednesday January 16, 2013

No- this one isn't cheating. I didn't see it until Wednesday morning!

Thursday January 17, 2013

Fresh baked tollhouse cookies. I've gotten lots of compliments on these :)

Friday January 18, 2013

This beautiful (if only temporary) scenery on my drive to work. I love snow!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Five things that make me happy

Friday January 11, 2013
- Happiness is getting out of CPE earlier than planned on a Friday afternoon.

Saturday January 12, 2013
- Happiness is weather warm enough to get a venti ice coffee from Starbucks and not freeze to death. My favorite!

Sunday January 13, 2013
- Happiness is catching up on Law & Order: SVU and actually liking the episode. (It's been more hit or miss this season).

Monday January 14, 2013
- Happiness is a spotless house, a yummy dinner, and new TV (even if you are too tired to finish watching Bones!)

Tuesday January 15, 2013
- Happiness is going to my first Maryland Capital Enterprises Marketing team meeting! I am really looking forward to this so I hope I enjoy it as much as I think I will!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Four days

I am not going to lie I have been really cranky for the entire week. I mean  really  cranky. I mean so cranky that I am pretty sure even my dogs wish I'd go away. Anyway, the whole point of this is to focus on the happy things- so let's talk about the things that have made me happy, and that I am greatful for over the last few days.

Monday January 7, 2013
- (This one is really hard because I was super grumpy on Monday).  I did manage to make a delicious dinner, and soup for lunches all week.

Tuesday January 8, 2013
- There was a new episode of "The Mindy Project" on. Nuff Said.

Wednesday January 9, 2013
- Zach and I booked our trip to the Inn Boonsboro for the end of April. I cannot wait. While compiling my list of "tax season reading" I decided to read the Boonsboro Inn trilogy, so I am going to save it for last so it will all be fresh right before we go. So glad Sarah talked me into it!

- I decided that in lieu of other hobbies I am going to look into buying a seminice camera (I am looking at the Canon EOS Rebel series) and learn the 'art of photography'. I don't want to be an actual photographer (I know I'd never be that good at it, but I think it's a good hobby for me). I probably won't purchase the camera until later this spring but I think when I do to force myself to learn how to use it I am going to incorporate a picture a day into my blog posts. I also might talk to someone at church and see if I can't take pictures at some of their bigger events. That way I will be able to actually help out around the church doing something that I enjoy.

Thursday January 10, 2013
- I ate a Blueberry muffin for the first time in probably 4 monthes. YUM! I hate finding happiness in food but today that just might be where I find it!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Three days of Happy Thoughts

Saturday January 5th, 2013
Happiness was getting a BLT for lunch at Backstreet and then going to get peanut butter fro-yo at Tuti Fruiti.

Sunday January 6th, 2013

Happiness was this pretty sky on the way to church, and somehow calling both of the Sunday football games correctly. Happiness was also starting (and getting up to date with) "The Mindy Project"

Monday January 7th, 2013
Happiness was making a hearty dinner: roast beef, mashed potatoes, and pears.

Friday, January 4, 2013

How neat

What a cool coincidence. I just realized that the author of all of the beloved books from my childhood about Clifford the Big Red Dog and Emily Elizabeth were written by Norman Birdwell.  I've always loved that there was a little girl in the books with my name, that's part of the reason we named our "little red dog" Clifford.  But now, to realize that my newest part of my name is also part of the name of the author? That's just cool.

It's only 9:30AM....

It's only 9:30AM but I already have so much to happy about and thankful for since I updated yesterday. I know not every day will be easy but I figure I should capitalize on the happy things in my life.

- Last night I finished the second book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. It was a fun read that has me looking forward to the next, and final, book in the trilogy.
- This morning I got out of the shower to hear my car on and a scraping noise. No, someone wasn't breaking into the house and stealing my car, Zach had defrosted my windows and scraped the ice off. God has definitely blessed me with a thoughtful husband.
- I weighed myself this morning and have somehow maintained my weight since last Monday, and didn't gain weight even though I ate like a piggy on new years eve.
- I get to go home tonight and relax for the next two days. I know that might not seem like a lot but we've been running around inessantly for the last 6-7 weeks, and starting in the next week or two I will start working Saturdays again for tax season. So two days of relaxation? PERFECT.
-  My mentor told me yesterday afternoon that if I get my hours in and don't have anything that needs to get out the door PRONTO I don't have to work on my birthday. Being an accountant with a birthday in tax season, that's no small feat.
- I painted my nails Sunday night, and even though I've worked 4 days this week (which tends to chip them becuase of all the typing) they still look almost near perfect.

Though I am trying to be positive, I think I just need to say this. I am really sad that I've lost my best friend. She made some awful choices, and I don't waiver for a second in thinking I made the right decision, but it's still sad. Losing your best friend of over a decade is never easy, but especially when so many of my other friends have moved out of town and into bigger cities... my support system jsut feels a lot smaller right now. And now that I've said that much, I'm going ot try and move on. I can't change the actions of another person so I shouldn't drwell on it.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy Thoughts :)

If you've known me long enough, you know I love New Years. I love the idea of trying to improve yourself or your life. I don't believe it has to be done on the first of the year, or even the first of a month, but there is something that appeals to my OCD side about starting a new year with new intentions. I've been thinking for the last few days about what I wanted to do this year. I can't think of any big things to accomplish or change, I've accomplished a lot of my immediate goals (for the time being). I think the rest will come more naturally, so I can't plan for them as well because they're things that kind of 'develop".

This year, due to some of the recent events in my life, I seem to be struggling with positivity. So after much though I've decided that for each day in 2013 I want to write down something positive, happy, or sentimental that happened that day. I am going to try and do this on my blog, but they might not come in daily posts, but maybe a weekly roundup.

January 1st, 2013

Today was wonderful because I slept in, wore my PJs til 1pm, and had waffles for dinner.

January 2nd, 2013

Today was special because I was able to get to Marshalls and pick out some new winter workout gear.

January 3rd, 2013

Today is exciting because I will finish "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth and start a new book by Lauren Oliver

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Baby Proof- Emily Giffin, A Book Review

As I said in my last post about Elle and Blair Fowler’s book “Beneath the Glitter”, I recently finished studying and taking the last section of the CPA Exam. (Still keeping my fingers crossed that I passed). When I was done- I was looking for a good book to read. I had a few on my kindle, and several that I’d purchased over the last year- but none were calling to me. A lot of girls I know have announced pregnancies, or had babies lately, and so babies had been on my mind. I’d read an Emily Giffin book before, and thought it was pretty good, and so when I saw “Baby Proof” at Target 25% off in the mass-produced paperback and was able to snag it for under $5, I thought I’d pick it up. 

I read the book in under 24 hours, it wasn’t long, about 364 pages with probably a size 10 font on those small pages, so the book moved pretty quickly. After reading a second book by Emily Giffin, I’ve decided this. She is an author of women’s literature; however, she is not a fluffy ‘chick-lit’ kind of gal. She writes books that dig a little deeper below the surface, and are not that light, fun, fluffy, light-hearted beach read. Her books, at least for me, make me think about life decisions. The first one I read was “Love the One Your With” so keep that in mind, I haven’t read Something Burrowed, or Something Blue- which I think might be more in the traditional genre of chick-lit.

Warning: This review will contain some “spoilers” but to be honest, I would have read the book even if I’d read my own review. 

In summary “Baby Proof” is about a 33-35 year old woman, Claudia, who has never wanted children. She meets her “soul mate” Ben, and the two build their relationship around the idea that all they want from life is each other. Meanwhile, their “couple best friends”, who originally didn’t want children, end up getting pregnant. This ends up causing Claudia’s first husband to question their decision not to have children. To make a long story short, they get a divorce because Claudia is unwilling to compromise on her decision. Eventually Claudia moves on to an older man, who is ‘perfect for her’ by the book definition, but she finds herself deciding that inexplicably she just doesn’t “love him” enough to be with him. Claudia ends up deciding that for Ben, she could have a baby, because he is her soul mate. By the end of the book the two are back together. 

While I could give the writing and the story line of this book a “three-star” review, I have some serious problems with the story. 

First of all, Claudia is so strong in her conviction that she doesn’t want children. She ends her marriage practically without any hesitation over the fact that she will never change her mind on the matter. Honestly, it was probably the fastest divorce I’ve ever read. And then Emily Giffin has the character 300 pages later, deciding that because she loves her ex-husband so much, and no other man could possibly complete her as much- so sure, she can have his baby. What? I feel like that sends a horrible message. Sure, the protagonist in this story is a “strong” “successful” female, but the message that gives me seems like something out of the 1920s. Sure it’s masked in the idea that she’ll do anything for “love” but it seems backwards.

Second of all, the main character ends up living with her best friend. Her best friend is a 30 something in a delusional relationship with a married man who lives out-of-town. You get the impression that this relationship has been somewhat lengthy and at one point this character attempts to get herself pregnant to get the married man to leave his wife. It doesn’t end up working out, but the fact that when this happens, Claudia just ‘goes with it’ really bothers me. If my best friend did that I couldn’t sit there and blindly let her think that it was okay. I would have to make her see the light of day, and I can’t see why this didn’t happen.

Finally, the ending to this story made it feel like of like a pointless read. In the end Claudia is back with her husband, on the pretense that she can have a baby with him, but they’re not actively discussing it at the end of the book. They are just happy to be back together again. I just feel kind of cheated by that; I feel like I spent an entire day reading a book to get a “just kidding we’re fine”. 

What were your thoughts? Have you read this book? Do you plan to read this book? If you don’t, what do you think of what you’ve read of the book in my review? I’m just interested on everyone else’s thoughts on this book.

Essie's East Hampton Cottage- Swatch Included

This past week I took a few days off of work after my exam to kind of regroup. I had planned the days off months ago thinking that I'd want them to kind of 'celebrate being done'. I didn't know I'd be filled with the overwhelming feeling of dread, being pretty sure that I didn't actually pass my test. Anyway- results don't come out for a few more days, so no more harping. With my time off I refreshed and decided that I kind of felt like caring about my appearances again. That has gone way to the bottom of the important list lately. I went out to pick up some things, new mascara, new eye-shadow, and at the time I'd been thinking a nice berry-read nail color for fall. I stared at the Essie's in my Target for a long time not able to over-come the feeling of, "I have one so similar at home”.

I started looking at the neutral colors and ended up deciding that a clean, fresh nail would go more along the lines of my fresh-start, so I picked up Essie’s East Hampton Cottage. The application of this was probably a 3/5. It was not great, a little streaky at first, but with the second coat I thought it looked fine. I love the color on my skin tone. It really reminds me of ballerina slippers. It is probably best described as a satin finish, which is probably why it reminds me so much of ballerina slippers. Honestly, I really like it. I like that it isn’t a ‘creamy light pink” or a “French manicure pink”. It’s that neutral feel with a little twist. The picture below was at work the next morning (Note my 403(b) CPE book in the background). It’s now Sunday night (I did them Wednesday night) and they still look pretty good. A little tip chipping, but the kind that’s not really noticeable because of the shade. What do you think?