15 thing friday – totally not on the ball this week

Today has simply been too much.  Well, the whole week has been actually.  It’s currently a little past midnight and I am sure I won’t finish this post tonight as I took a “nap” at 10:15 pm so I need to do something.  It will be a two-part-er.  I don’t know if this is clever or just plain lazy but there you go.

1.  As many other bloggers have probably mentioned, spring seems to be on strike here in MI.  Rain and snow mix today that led to this weird blizzard concoction.  I wasn’t terribly impressed.


2.  TAXES.  These are making me glum.  I have no problem paying my taxes – I happen to like living in the good ol’ U.S. of A and feel taxes are part of that.  HOWEVER, trying to submit them has been a huge hassle.  Like many slacker Americans, I waited until the golden hour of 4:45 pm on Monday (ahem, tax day) to do these bad boys.  I was stressed since I did them on my own for the first time ever.  Then came the whole PIN part.  Right, like I actually know what pin I used last year.  Nor did I have any idea what my AGI was.  Both of these are necessary to submit so I tempted fate and just submitted them with what I thought was the correct PIN.

3.  Two days later they were rejected.  Bummer.  I had to re-submit them by April 20th.  Naturally, I remember at 11:33 pm April 19th (tonight) and still couldn’t manage to come up with the correct PIN or find any paperwork from last year.  So I am mailing them in old school bright and early in the morning.

4.  Please sweet IRS, don’t audit me.  I did it all correctly so I don’t see why you would but it makes me nervous so please take pity on me, okay?

5.  Also today, I called my doctor all excited because it’s time to taper off of the old meds!  Yay!!  Finally – I will have my brain back!  Unfortunately, I had misunderstood and this phone call was only so we could UP THEM ONE MORE TIME!  Seriously, there was a few minutes there where I was speechless.  So, they are being increased but luckily they took pity on me and after one week I can start to taper off of the old.  I’m holding onto that part.

6.  I actually drove a car today!  Not mine but still!  I haven’t driven a car for 8 weeks!  I must say, I didn’t do half bad!

7.  Last Saturday I went to a Mom to Mom sale with friends who are moms.  I was the first person to buy something.  Yes, I realize this is odd.

not a diaper bag - just a great carry everything bag for work.  it's from thirtyone
not a diaper bag – just a great carry everything bag for work. it’s from thirty-one

8.  I have been OBSESSED with nesting as of late.  I spend way too much time on Pinterest and have saved a ton of stuff on IKEA under the heading, “Mega Shopping list”.  I don’t plan on buying all of it but here is the number one item on my list:

I like this one a lot but am worried there isn't enough room to pull the drawers out on each side in my room
I like this one a lot but am worried there isn’t enough room to pull the drawers out on each side in my room
here is my other option - but I wish this one didn't have a headboard... I guess I am being too picky
here is my other option – but I wish this one didn’t have a headboard… I guess I am being too picky

I can’t wait to store stuff under my bed!

9.  I am also looking at rearranging a few things to open up the space in here.  Perhaps it’s the “spring” time of the year or just that I have lived here now for a while but my apartment needs to be a happier looking place.

seriously spring - it's time to let go... winter will come back to you...
seriously spring – it’s time to let go… winter will come back to you…

10.  My dear sister sent me the world’s best vanilla and a new running skirt!  Both are from Costco – the skirt was $10 smackers and the vanilla is crazy cheap for the amount you get.  She is such a good sis that she sent me two sizes of the skirt so I could see which one fit better.  She knows me oh so well!

11.  It’s now Saturday!  I managed to file my taxes electronically – YAY!  I didn’t have to change out of my sweatpants!

12.  I am making this cake today!  I’ve been drooling over it for the last week and half.  Can I just say that strawberries are truly a temperamental berry?!  I mean c’mon – they rot in practically hours!  Get it together strawberries!

I am constantly lured in by your beauty, strawberries
I am constantly lured in by your beauty, dear treacherous strawberries

13.  This made me laugh entirely too hard earlier this week


14.  Hey there Socrates – you are one smart dude

b79e42f289f942fbd4174fe3f5587ee515.  Just a reminder…


how is it saturday already?!

As you may have noticed, there has been some silence around this here blog.  I’ve had a tough time writing this week.  Part of it was Ragnar exhaustion – is this a real diagnosis?  It should be!  Another part was a busy work week.  The last part is today is the 6th month marker of my mom’s passing and I have been thinking about her a lot.

With all of this cluttering my mind, I couldn’t really find the focus to write.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good week, just complicated!

1.  Cherries are back in season!  Yay!

2.  I got a new job!  More info on this to come (including a move that is going to be entertaining!).  I am staying at my current place of work but am moving up in the world.  I am really excited for this new opportunity!

3.  My niece graduated from high school!  How crazy is that?  She is simply amazing and I love her to pieces.  I can’t wait to see her in a month!

aren’t they a beautiful fam?!

4.  My first official S’more of the season!  Even though there was a check point at Ragnar with them, my marshmallow wasn’t melted soooo, I’m considering this the first real deal.

haha, I know, alien fingers here – oh well, it was delish!

5.  Umm… my “temp” Ragnar tattoo still hasn’t washed off… everyone thinks it’s real and I’ve gotten a few, “wow, it totally makes you look like a badass!”  Hmmm, should I make it permanent?! ;)

bad to the bone… or something like that

6.  I had a great 5 mile run the other day.  My love for running has returned.  Yay!

7.  We got a new fro yo place here!  It’s pretty weird inside but there are 16 flavors and lots of toppings.  Warning!  It’s expensive!  Oh and don’t get the red velvet – it takes chemically!  BUT the birthday cake option was awesome!

oh – the brownie chocolate fudge was decent too

8.  I found a bunch of fun stuff on sale that I’m going to put together for a giveaway!  Look for it soon!

9.  I’ve been googling “small apt living” non-stop for the last 24 hours.  I have been on pinterest stealing as many ideas as I can and am purging some of my belongings.  Yep, my new apt is a wee bit smaller than my current one.  Nevertheless, I’ve been bitten by the “less is more” bug and I am looking forward to getting creative with my space.  Here is what I want my bed to look like


I know there’s more.  Like I said, it was a busy week.  And even though my mom isn’t here to help me celebrate some of these achievements and fun moments, I know she is proud of me.

OH!  A very special Happy Birthday shout out to two of my dearest friends, Emily and Larissa!  Love you both so much!

letting go – it’s a process!

Well, my plan for a tempo run and then a joyous caramel iced mocha was cast by the wayside this morning.  Part of me wasn’t really feeling a run since I was a bit fatigued from yesterday but mostly it was because I started some spring cleaning.  This had been my plan all along for this week off but true to form I waited until the last minute to actually do it!  Here is some evidence

this is pile number 2!

I am kind of proud of myself for this haul.  I definitely have an unfortunate habit of keeping stuff.  I used to tease my mom that she had hoarding tendencies and she got slightly offended.  The thing is, so do I.  I know part of the issue – I attribute positive memories with my stuff

these? I've had them since 2003

The above shoes were the tennis shoes I wore when I went on Semester at Sea and sailed around the world.  Why did I save them?  Because they reminded me of my trip, of course!  Nevermind the fact, I have neato souvenirs and boatloads of pictures, the shoes are the truly important, right?  (insert sarcasm)

my first real running shoes!

Yep, the shoes that made me a “real” runner… of course I had to keep these, I mean no brainer!  Because don’t shoes make you an athlete?  Not the HOURS spent running, nope, not those!

the red bag from the cult

Yes, you read that right.  I swear, I almost joined a cult last year!  It was kind of an accident.  Luckily a friend held me back from completely going off the deep end and joining the financial crazies that coined themselves as a motivational speakers.  So why keep the bag?  Who knows!  Sometimes, I can’t even understand myself!

Ugh!  After I decided I wanted to buy less stuff and save more money for experiences, I realized I wanted to get rid of some of the stuff I already had.  I could be moving in a few months and I want to make sure I’m not moving crap from one place to another.  Not to mention, I need to STOP associating good memories with things.  To a certain extent, I know this is natural but I don’t need everything to take on special meaning.  I mean, seriously Amy, old shoes?!  How can I put old shoes at the same level as pictures of my family or things my mom made me?  I want to simplify and prioritize!  So, I have a giant pile to donate and a smaller pile to try to sell at one of the local consignment shops – YaY!  Since I ended up going through the pile of clothes I thought I wanted to keep twice I found more I could live without.  My goal is when I end up going through it again as I pack, I can get rid of more.  I also put some shoes in a different closet because as of right now, I can’t part with them.  But if I still haven’t touched them in a few months then they will find a new home, too.

Truth be told, at first it was kind of hard to add clothes/shoes to the donate pile.  Thankfully, there was a marathon of Hoarding: Buried Alive showing today on TLC and that gave me an extra oomph! in my motivation!  Also, the more I donated, the easier it became.

Next weekend I am going to tackle the spare room, a.k.a. “Simon’s Room”.  It’s a disaster!