May 22, 2015

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Forty...

Here are the highlights of my last week pinning...
(via: Beth Cakes)

As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

May 21, 2015

Catching Up | My Life As Of Late...

So I thought that I'd do an update/catch up kind of post because I've been dealing with little bouts of randomness for the past few weeks.

For example, Justin was out of state the majority of last week for a work conference. So I pretty much did nothing, with the exception of having my sister, Erin, Nicole, Eileen and their kids over to hang out and have dinner. Which was great but the only thing I really did in the seven days he was gone.

The day before he left we had Rob, Erin and Day over (Phil attended our meeting via Facetime) to book the majority of our excursions for our trip to Iceland and Amsterdam. Which I'm super excited for. Justin did a really good job planning out things for us to do while we were on vacation so we could get the most out of our time in both countries.

This past Saturday I worked all day and then on Sunday Justin and I got into an argument so we each did our own things. He went to a baseball game and I spent the day shopping and drinking hanging out with Erin, Day, Toni and Toni's kids. Which was blast -- Justin and I made up when we saw each other later on in the day.

Also throughout all of that randomness my sister ended up in the hospital with what ended up being gallstones. So she is going to need surgery in a few weeks -- I'm taking the day off to be there for her, so I'm sure there will be a post about that.

And then today I woke up earlier than I had to and had the urge to check my bank statement, only to find out that someone had made fraudulent charges using my debit card. Which just ruined my day. I spent hours making phone calls to the bank, etc. and going to get a replacement card. I'm still pretty pissed about it.

In terms of work... For the past week my Department Head has been off, so basically I've been running the ship but not really because God forbid anyone actually tell "Julia" that she is incompetent and thus the only other librarian in the department is in charge (Yes, only other librarian. "Amy" quit back in March but because things were so weird here at the time I didn't want to mention it). So our Director keeps popping in asking how things are going, even though we all know the truth as to what's going on here.

So yeah, that's been life as of late. Nothing crazy crazy fun or exciting, but I am super excited for this upcoming three day weekend and hope you all have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

May 17, 2015

Sunday Steal...

1. If You Were To Attend A Costume Party Tonight, What Or Whom Would You Go As? 
Leela from Futurama (1999-2013)

2. What Are Your Choice Of Toppings On A Hamburger? 
I don't eat beef.

3. You Are Chosen To Have Lunch With The President. The Condition Is You Only Get To Ask One Question. What Do You Ask?   
If he has ever seen a ghost.

4. It’s Your First Day Of Vacation, What Are You Doing?
If I'm having a staycation, I'd stay in bed half the day watching daytime TV. If I'm on a real vacation I'd probably go on some sort of excursion.

5. What Is Your Concession Stand Must-Have At The Movies?
Popcorn with lots of "butter" and salt with a cherry soda.

6. Which Do You Dislike Most: Pop-Up Ads Or Spam Email?  
Pop-up ads.

7. What Do You Think Captain Hook’s Name Was Before He Had A Hook For A Hand?
It was probably something boring like Captain John.

8. Rock, Paper Or Scissors?   

9. Let's Say A Brick Fell On Your Foot & Your Kid Is Standing Right Next To You, What Is Your 'Cleaned Up’ Swear Word?   
What makes you think that I care if a child is next to me if a brick fell on my foot? I will scream "Fuck!" in that situation no matter who is next to me.

10. Which Is Worse, Being In A Place That Is Too Loud Or Too Quiet?  
Too loud. I don't like when I can't hear the people I'm sitting across from.

11. What Is One Quality That You Really Appreciate In A Person? 
A good, wicked sense of humor.

12. At The Good Old General Store, What Particular Kind Of Candy Would You Expect To Be In The Big Jar At The Counter?   
Honey sticks.

13. What Is The Most Distinguishing Landmark In Your City?   
Not telling...

14. Everyone Hears Discussions That They Consider Boring. What Topic Can Put You To Sleep Quicker Than Any Other?   
Math number type things.

15. How Many Times Did It Take You To Pass Your Drivers Test?
Two times.

16. If You Had To Have The Same Topping On Your Vanilla Ice Cream For The Rest Of Your Life, What Topping Would You Choose?   
I don't need a topping on vanilla ice cream. 

17. What Food Item Would Need To Be Removed From The Market Altogether In Order For You To Live A Healthier, Longer Life?  

18. You Are Offered An Envelope That You Know Contains $50. You Are Then Told That You May Either Keep It Or Exchange It For Another Envelope That May Contain $500 Or May Be Empty. Do You Keep The First Envelope Or Do You Take Your Chances With The Second? 
Always take the chance. 

19. If You Had To Choose, Which Would You Give Up: Cable TV Or DSL/Cable Internet?   
Cable TV.

20. What Is Your Highest Level Of Education? 
Post Masters.

21. How Much Is A Gallon Of Gas In Your City? What Was The Highest It’s Been?   
Last time I got gas it was $2.79 and the highest was almost $4.

22. What Kind Of Lunch Box Did You Have As A Kid?   
I honestly do not remember.

23. What Would You Rather Have: A Nanny, A Housekeeper, A Cook  Or A Chauffeur?

24. Would You Rather Be Trapped In An Elevator Or Stuck In Traffic?
Stuck in traffic all the way.

May 15, 2015

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Thirty-Nine...

Here are the highlights of my last three weeks pinning...
(via: Jojotastic)
(via: Flickr)

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May 14, 2015

From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read)...

"Abandoned NYC" by Will Ellis
Every city has its ghosts. From Manhattan and Brooklyn s trendiest neighborhoods to the far-flung edges of the outer boroughs, Ellis captures the lost and lonely corners of the United States most populous city. Step inside the New York you never knew, with 200 eerie images of urban decay, through crumbling institutions, defunct military posts, abandoned factories, railroads, schools, and waterways. Uncover the forgotten history behind New York s most incredible abandoned spaces, and witness its seldom seen and rapidly disappearing landscape. Explore the ruins of the Harlem Renaissance, sift through the artifacts of massive squatter colonies, and find out how the past is literally washing up on the shores of a Brooklyn beach called Dead Horse Bay. This book is for anyone who s ever wondered what s behind the "No Trespassing" sign.

Website: Abandoned NYC
Twitter: @AbandonedNYC

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I unfortunately didn't get around to reading "The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently" by Sunni Brown before it needed to be sent back to it's library but I will check it out again at some point because I really wanted to read it. "Food Truck Road Trip" by Kim Pham & Philip Shen I skimmed through. Meh.

Starter Story | Mine & Justin's Apartment...

Recently I was inspired by the "Starter Stories" campaign that Compass -- Which is a technology-driven real estate platform that provides comprehensive brokerage services, combining exceptional agents with best-in-class technology to make the process of buying, selling, or renting a home intelligent and seamless -- has been running with other bloggers where each blogger has been talking about their first homes, how they've made it their own, etc. And since we just passed the two year anniversary of Justin and I moving into our first apartment together (May 5th), I thought it was excellent opportunity for me to share how that's been with all of you and how we've finally started to really put our personal touches on the apartment because we've decided that we are going to stay in it for a few more years (We've decided to travel before we buy ourselves a house), as well as break down of our actual place.
Here is a layout similar to our apartment (Leave a comment if you remember me sharing it back in the day in my "Adventures In Apartment Hunting" post)...
The Living Room
In reality our living room is actually a living room/dinning room area (If you peek into other people's apartments in our complex you'll see dinning room tables as you look through their doors) but we knew that splitting the room up that way wasn't something we wanted to do because we aren't the type to sit at a dining room table for dinner. So we decided to forgo a duel functioning room and just have a really big living room.

In deciding that we also decided that we didn't need or want a coffee table that we'd have to walk around or that would just collect random junk. We kept it clean and simple in the "designated living room" area with a La-Z-Boy recliner and matching reclining sofa, a black television stand to house Justin's 50" plasma TV, a catty corner computer desk and chair, an Ikea HEKTAR floor lamp, an Ikea RÅSKOG cart that we use as a bar cart and some wire baskets that house my record collection.
In the "dinning room" area is a Threshold™ Tufted Storage Ottoman Bench from Target that we use to store our shoes (We call it our Shoe-toman), three Ikea BILLY Bookshelves that we use display all of the thrifted odds and ends I've collected over the years, books, old family photos and so on (We thought of them as a good, non-permanent way of showing off the things that we love without putting holes in the walls because we didn't know how long we'd be staying in the apartment when we first moved in). As well as a secretary desk and a little metal wine rack.

In terms of artwork, for the first year and a half we had nothing up on the walls. It wasn't until recently that we decided to finally make the place our own with all of the artwork mentioned in my post RE: Picking Out Artwork + A Sherlock Inspired DIY. Which was an amazing addition because I really feel like people who come in really get a sense of our personalities when they see the kind of artwork we've chosen to display. And now that we know that we'll be staying there for a few more years I'm sure you'll be seeing more DIY artwork posts from me in the coming months.

The Hallway
From the living room we have the tiniest hallway that houses a ghost (Yes, I said ghost. We have a ghost. I've seen it, Justin who doesn't believe in ghosts has seen it, his father saw it every night he stayed in our apartment the weekend we got married, Nicole's 3-year-old son Jack has seen it, etc) and leads to our kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
We keep talking about putting artwork on the one empty wall but we haven't decided what exactly to put there.

The Kitchen
For an apartment I think we have a decent size kitchen (To be honest with all of you, our kitchen is bigger than the kitchen at my parents' house) which has stainless steal appliances, a nice amount of counter space and the pièce de résistance a washer and dryer unit.
In terms of decorating our kitchen, I knew from the minute we viewed the apartment that I wanted a ladder bookshelf in the corner of the kitchen to house all of my cookbooks and kitchen-ish related odds and ends. So I procured one and did just that. I also knew that I wanted to display old kitchen related signage because I absolutely love things with recipes on them (I actually have a cabinet filled with old pie plates with recipes on them that I want to hang on the wall in the kitchen of my future house) or quirky little sayings.
In terms of the print we have on the wall, we initially purchased that to go in our living room but we felt like it didn't really go with all of the other art. So we hung it in the kitchen next to my mini chalkboard that I wrote the definition of hangry on.

The Balcony
The balcony is a sweet little bonus area that Justin uses all the time in the warmer months (He likes to play his 3DS and/or PlayStation Vita out there). I don't tend to use it only because it doesn't get any real direct sunlight but if it did I'd use it more.

We have a set of teal Room Essentials™ Stack Sling Deep Chairs from Target out there and an accent table from Target that don't sell anymore (I'm not inserting a picture of it because you can see the back of the chair in the photo above and I really don't feel like cleaning it up to take pictures).

The Bathroom
Our bathroom isn't anything crazy or special. It's a decent size little bathroom with a bath fitter shower-tub combo thing.
We really haven't done anything in the bathroom in terms of decorating with the exception of me throwing a decorative glass platter on top of the toilet that houses a bowl with fancy soap, a big bottle of Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion and some room sprays. As well as various Bath & Body Works candles that I change our depending on my mood on top of an existing glass shelf. I do really want to hang a cross stitch  picture that says "Please Don't Do Coke In The Bathroom" but Justin wont let me.

The Bedroom
Our bedroom is a nice size, it fits our queen size bed, a dresser with a 42" TV on top of it, as well as my card catalog that I store all of my makeup in and/or on top of.
My biggest complaint about our bedroom is there is this awkward built in, I guess headboard thingy that we cannot remove. As well as these weird built in floating cabinets on the wall where our bed is. Those two things make it hard to really decorate in there, so the room is really no frills.

In terms of storage we have it pretty good. We have a huge closet in our living room (I mean it's so big we have a beer fridge hidden in it, a mini Christmas tree and much much more). Two closets in our hallway; one that houses various outerwear and the other that has boardgames, cleaning supplies and so on, in it. We've got upper and lower cabinets in the kitchen. A linen closet across from our bathroom. Two mirrored closets in our bedroom as well as those weird built in cabinets on the wall above our bed that I mentioned above. So storage is not a problem in our lives.

But that being said, is lighting is kind of a problem -- I say kind of because we do like it dark but if you need to do something that requires a decent amount of light there isn't much. Specifically in our living room and bedroom. In each of those rooms there is only one built in source of light, a ceiling fan with a light in our bedroom and a light with a dimmer in the middle of the "dinning room" portion of our living room. So the lighting situation can be pretty bad in the evening and on cloudy days.

That all being said, I'd like to note that because the lighting isn't so great in the apartment that it was hard for me to get decent pictures. I feel like the pictures are okay, which just makes our apartment look okay. Which actually made me not want the apartment when we first started looking because the pictures posted on the real estate site were terrible, when in reality it's a pretty sweet little apartment. So let that be a lesson for those of you looking for apartments, the pictures don't always do the place justice. Go look at it in person.

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So yeah, that's my little apartment tour. Sorry I don't have every little angle of the apartment up. Every time I'd try to do that people would come over and mess something up and I honestly have so many other things to do that cleaning odd things up it's a life priority of mine -- Which is why I have a sign in my kitchen that says "My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy!" that I found while out thrifting.
But yeah, it's been an awesome two years here with Justin. I look forward to several more in this apartment. And I can't wait to add more of our own little touches around the place, which I definitely will be sharing with all of you when they happen.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Or if you wanna tell me about your starter story I'd love to hear it!

May 13, 2015

Doodlegraph | New York Mets Vs Washington Nationals...

About a week or so ago, Justin and I went with his family to Citi Field to celebrate his aunts 55th birthday and see the Mets play against the Nationals in a sweet little suite. Here are a few of the pictures I took throughout the course of the game, some with doodles on them because I've been really loving the "Photo Diary" posts Clarie from Hey Claire has been doing and it inspired me to draw on my own pictures again which is something I was messing around with back in the day before Hurricane Sandy ate my drawing tablet.
So yeah, I hope my doodling on the pictures made the photos of the game more interesting to those of you that aren't into baseball and I'm pretty sure I'm going to do posts like this occasionally to keep my creativity flowing. Lemme know if you like them. Also, what do you guys think of the title "Doodlegraph"? I'm open to suggestions for what to call these and would love to hear what you think.

NOTE: For anyone interested, I drew on the pictures on my iPad with You Doodle Pro.