Hi friends! I’m a little overwhelmed this week with so much going on and far too little sleep, so I’ll admit that blogging has been a bit of a struggle. However, I wanted to take a moment and do a little Life in March check in for the month and let you know what is up with me, Handsome Bub, and everything else this month. Thanks for being such wonderful friends and readers.
Currently in March, I’m…
Reading: I’m just about to start The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley on Audiobook. It’s been waiting in my Audible account for a while now and I figured I’d give it a go. Over the last month I read and reviewed I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nielson, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston, and The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.
I also read the following books, but their reviews are will be on Page à Vu soon: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, and the three books in the Flat-Out Love series by Jessica Park; Flat-Out Love, Flat-Out Matt, and Flat-Out Celeste. Man, I was an audio book fiend recently.
Watching: Gilmore Girls. Again. Don’t judge. I also watched Fuller House (it was so bad) and I saw that my old comforter was in the show. I had that comforter for years until I had my great duvet debate crisis. See:
Listening: I’ve been listening pretty much to Adele’s album 25 and Lady Antebellum’s album Own the Night on repeate lately. You’ll see a few of their songs in upcoming Monday posts as they relate to the way I’ve been feeling.
Excited for: My good friends Ken and Kristina are in the process of selling their house and moving to a house that’s twice the size of it. I’m excited to see their new house and help them get settled. Oh hey, and I’m going to dye my hair purple (hopefully) tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Working on: A logo for Aubrey‘s new shop (it’s so cute I’m dying over it) and some fabulous new posts for this blog. There’s SO much coming up you guys, I can’t even tell you.
I’m also working on totally cleaning up my Pinterest account. I want all pins and boards to be relevant and have good links, and it’s taking forever since I had over a hundred boards and about 20k pins. Oh oh oh, and Snapchat-I’m LOVING connecting with other bloggers and friends on snapchat lately. Add me at mysocalledchaos and I’ll add you back. It’s my new favorite, and I’m even making some videos and stuff there so you can get to know me better.
Life in March
Life in March, and over the past month really, has been pretty crazy so far. There have been really high highs and really low lows, and I don’t know how I’d even get through it if it weren’t for this blog, some fabulous friends, and my new prescription. But hey, look how pretty I am in that selfie above. I think that’s genuine light in my eyes, and I know it sounds vane but I’m in love with this photo for that very reason. I look so happy.
So, I know what’s coming up is a lot of info and makes this post a little long, but it’s mostly big stuff, and it may explain why I’m so overwhelmed.
This boy really lives up to his name, doesn’t he? We worked with Jill from the dog trainer all last month and he’s learned a few really good commands like Stay and Place. Place is my favorite because now I can get him to stay out of my face while I’m eating, and that’s a godsend! If it wasn’t for him finally learning these commands then I think I’d probably think about getting some sort of dog CBD treats so he’d be a little less bouncy when he gets excited! We’ve also been working with him on walking, and he’s been getting so much better about it. Socialization is an area he needs more of, so he had a sleepover at Jill’s a few weekends back and I have to plan more for him in the next few months so she can work with him to get him comfortable with other dogs. I don’t think he’ll ever be terribly dog friendly, but he will get to a point where he is fine with specific dogs-and that’s all I need! If you’ve been having trouble training your dog like we did with Bub then consider going to a trainer like H&H Dog – going to a professional is doing us a world of good! Just look at this sleeping position, weird, but adorable:
I do feel bad a lot, since I’m so insanely busy with work and school he doesn’t get as much attention as he needs, but thank goodness for my dear puppysitter Aspen who spends a few hours with him on Mondays and Wednesday nights-my long nights. Also, as it gets lighter out longer now I’ll be able to walk him when I get home in the evenings, which will be good for us both!
I’ve been lucky enough to spend some good quality time with my immediate family lately. For Valentines, instead of being sad I didn’t have a date I was upset I had no one to go see Deadpool with. So I called up my brother Cole, who’s just gone through a really sad divorce, and we went together! Our baby brother Ryan joined us for the movie, but after he went home Cole and I had dinner with our grandparents and it was wonderful. It’s been so great to spend more time with him lately. He’s a car whiz, so he noticed one of my headlights was out he taught me how to change it myself-the next day I did just that.
My mother is finally finding out what an empty nest is like. Cole and I moved out not long after we were 18 or 19, but she’s still had my sister (who’ll be 26 in June) and my baby brother (who’ll be 20 in September) living with her. That all changed really quickly. My sister met a boy, they started dating in December, and she moved in with him just before February. Ryan, the baby, hit the road to move to Ohio for his job last week. That reminds me that I need to call her and check in… My dad works out of town a lot, so it’d be just her and the animals there most of the time. My dad is also dealing with some seriously health concerns that I’m not quite ready to discuss yet. There’ll probably be a big post about it in the future.
I’m dating again. Online dating. I remember why I deleted all my dating profiles a while back-it’s kind of awful. Necessary, but awful. It’s just time I put myself out there again and stop waiting for things that aren’t going to happen. I need to be a priority in someone’s life. I need to mean something to someone, and god I miss kissing.
Today was kind of an amazing day. A few years ago I had a huge falling out with a friend that was very nasty and oh so much drama. I was a bit immature, and he was straight up mean, and it ended with us not talking and me completely blocking him and his wife on Facebook because I couldn’t deal. It was the best decision, and I encourage you to block anyone that has a negative impact on your life. But, I also encourage you to revisit these decisions later when you’ve had time to heal and grow up. We’ve had a fantastic reconciliation this morning, and it feels amazing to get that weight off my chest and let go of the past.
Bad Movie Nights
I’ve been spending a ton of time over at Doose and Julie’s lately for bad movie nights, and it’s my favorite thing ever. We watch terrible movies, and we love them-plus I get to also see Andy, Megan, Jon, and all of the adorable pups. My friend told me about a free, yet secure way to watch movies. You can learn More about it if you’re interested! Above is Doose and Julie’s Wino-reimer (seriously, this dog begs for your wine) Ruby. She’s kind of standoffish and overprotective in her own home, but she’s decided lately that she really loves me-I mean look at those serious cuddles I’m getting there!
If you’re wondering about the bad movies, the first night we watched Rhinestone (OMG Dolly Parton has to make Silvester Stalone into a country singer? It was terrible, and amazing!) and Drive Angry (terrible Nicolas Cage movie, but actually really fun for all it’s badness.). The second movie night (pictured above) we watched Death Becomes Her (one of my favorite movies ever, and Andy hadn’t seen it), Congo (so so bad), and Top Gun.
I Might Be Getting a Roommate
It’s no joke that I have been struggling to hold my own since I bought my house. Not only do I pay a whole lot more for my mortgage than I was paying in rent, but i have additional utilities, and a lot of credit card payments for things I had to finance after purchasing. I wish I hadn’t had to, but I couldn’t live without a refrigerator, I also bought a washer and dryer on credit (since no more creepy laundromats was one of the main reasons I wanted to own a place), and my car needed tires right after spending all my savings on a down payment. It was bad, I dug myself a hole I haven’t been able to make any headway on, and I’m struggling.
Of course the idea of a roommate is a great solution when it comes to making up for my lack of money. That extra $300-$350 a month would go a LONG way. However, my house is not really super accommodating to a roommate situation. Not only is the house super tiny in and of itself (it’s smaller than my 2 bedroom apartment was), but the spare room isn’t really big enough for an adult to live in comfortably. It’s the size of a large walk in closet, and if you put a twin bed in there you wouldn’t even have room to walk past the bed to get to the closet. It’s that small.
There’s no way I could invite a stranger into my teeny tiny space and have them be in my face all the time-we would basically be living right on top of each other. But I’m dying over here. Making just the minimum payment does not pay anything off at all-interest is a killer. My friend Max is being forced to move as the place he’s been living is selling, he doesn’t have a lot of options, and I figure it could kill two birds with one stone to temporarily help each other get back on our feet. He can pay me some rent, but it’ll be less than he’d pay to find a place all on his own. It would also be nice to have someone around to help work on the house and garden this Summer, as well as spend some time with Bub while I’m working and in school all day.
It’s not a for sure thing, as he’s testing out his job options and other opportunities, but we’ll see in the next few weeks if he wants to take me up on my offer. Then we’ll pray that we don’t kill each other living in such a small space. Fingers crossed that either way, I’ll be okay.
Health and Fitness
Hey, I’m medicated now. I know that sounds weird, but I finally got up the guts to go to the doctor and see about getting some help since I can’t seem to focus or get any of my school work done and voila-it turns out I have ADD. Did you know it’s super common for adults to have it? So weird. It also turns out that my ADD meds are a fabulous treatment for anxiety and depression, so ever since I started taking them I feel like those two things are wonderfully under control. It also turns out that the biggest side effect of these pills is weight-loss. SUPER on board with that!
It seems weird to talk about being medicated, but I don’t think people talk about these kinds of things often enough, and I think it’s important to. My doctor literally looked at me and said “I’m going to write you this prescription and we’re going to watch it change your life.” I laughed, but it ended up being true, and by talking about it to my friends and family I’ve helped a few of them move forward to reach out for treatment finally. That’s why you talk about these things.
I’ve also gone vegetarian. I’m not sure it’ll stick, and if it doesn’t then it’ll be just a “meat once in a while” thing, but so far I’m feeling pretty good about it. My stomach has never felt better, but that may also be that I’ve switched away from most of my dairy.
School and Work
I’ve just had French for the first half of the semester, and I’d gotten really behind until I saw the doctor. Now I’m slowly raising my grade from a C- up to a B, and that feels pretty good. I had a French test on Wednesday and while I felt pretty confident on it I still sat down and blanked two sections. Let’s hope I didn’t do as badly as I think I did. On the plus side, one of the guys in my class founded and sold his company for 400 million dollars, and he’s feeling super nice and taking us all to a fancy French restaurant for dinner in two weeks. SCORE!
I also start a new class this week. My Fundamentals of Computer Science class is a second session class, which means it only runs for the last half of the semester, and it’s online. I’ve never done one of these short classes before, so fingers crossed I do okay, and they’re having a lot of problems getting the class live on the website.
My work is still preparing to move locations this Summer, and that will make my commute about 20 minutes shorter thank goodness. However, we’re also being acquired by Dell, and that can be a bit terrifying. You never know if you’ll still have a job after a merger like that.
How are you?
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