Busy Weekend Recap– Haircuts and Gardening

Good morning friends!  

I’ve been putting this little blog on the back burner lately as I’ve felt like there hasn’t been enough hours in the day sometimes.  By the time I’d sit down for the evening, it would be 9:00 or after which is pretty much my bedtime these days.  I’ve been reading a lot more so I like to get into bed & read for awhile in order to wind down.  Remember my grand plans at the beginning of this year to start getting up earlier?  Yeah, I really need to get on that so I have more time after work!  

This is a short week for me which I’m really excited about. 🙂   I took tomorrow off as Sophie is finally getting spayed.  I’m taking her to a different vet and they require drop off at 8:00 and pick up some time between 2-3:30.  I decided to take the entire day off to do some stuff around the house, workout, and just enjoy a weekday off.  

I was planning on going up to South Dakota this weekend with my mom to visit my grandparents.  But, due to some unforeseen circumstances, that didn’t happen.  I had spent most of Friday night doing laundry, picking up some roadtrip snacks at the grocery store, and cleaning up the house but then Saturday morning I got a text from my mom saying that she wouldn’t be able to go.  

Since I was up so early on Saturday morning (seriously, 7am on the weekend is an ungodly hour), I drank some coffee & researched some hair salons fore scheduling an appointment.  I hit up the gym for a quick HIT workout only because I didn’t give myself enough time before my hair appointment at 11:00.  My last hair cut was in early January so it was extremely overdue.  My hair is very thick, coarse, and wavy which requires hair cuts pretty often.  I’ve just been super lazy lately & have been going months in between cuts.  Which then requires MORE hair to be chopped off because it’s so damaged.  So, what I thought was going to be a trim + cleaning up my layers ended up being 4 inches off.  

The stylist had straightened my hair so I added in the curls later.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to re-create this look because there was SO MUCH product in my hair so the curls stayed put & didn’t move at all.  

After the haircut, I came back home to eat lunch quickly before heading back out to get some stuff at Ulta and Target.  We went over to Curtis’ cousins place on Saturday evening for food & a birthday celebration.  We stayed there until about 8:30 before heading back home.  Curtis’ other cousin stayed with us so they watched UFC while I laid in bed and messed around on my laptop.  

Sunday was another early morning but most of it was spent laying around & relaxing.  After his cousin left, we decided to grab lunch at Pepperjax before hitting up Mulhall’s for some new plants & flowers for our front yard.  Once we got home, we got to work digging up the hideous rocks that the previous owners had used for an edge of the flower beds.

This was before all of my tulips died….

Curtis’ dad gave us a bunch of bricks shortly after we moved in to the house last year.  They have been sitting outside along the side of the house so we finally put them to use!  


I didn’t get any pictures but whoever did the landscaping before had used all of this netting underneath the dirt.  We dug all of that out & tossed it.  Apparently it is supposed to help with weeds but as you can see in the picture above, the weeds still grew through it.  

And… the finished product!  Well, mostly finished.  We still need to add some mulch.  But….we added a peony bush which is the tall plant in the middle with the dark pink bud already forming (I’m SO excited about this, you have no idea).  There are two smaller perennials on both side of the peony that supposedly bloom with blue/lavender flowers.  And then two pink geraniums in front– I plan on adding more so it doesn’t look so bare.

The bush on the left was one that we planted last fall.  We picked up another one to plant on the other side so that they match.  They are both burning bushes so will turn bright red in the fall.  The plant in the middle (which is hard to see) is another perennial.  Honestly, I can’t remember what it is supposed to look like, haha.  And then four more geraniums in front.  Again, I plan to add more to this area!   Sooo… not too shabby for two people who have never had a garden before!  Unfortunately, there are even more of those ugly rocks along the side of the house which we also plan to tear out.  I don’t think we will put any plants there but at least we won’t have to look at the rocks!  

We spent a good 3 1/2 hours doing all of this so we were exhausted by the time this was all finished.  And I have a nice sports bra outline sunburn on my back.  🙁   We made a trip to the grocery store, grabbed a pizza, and spent the rest of the evening preparing for the week.  So, overall a really good & productive weekend!  But, I’m definitely looking forward to a short week!  

Have a great day everyone!  Linking up with Biana!

Friday Favorites!

Hey hey!  Happy (finally) Friday!

This week seemed to go pretty fast but I’m still glad for another weekend.  I think this one will be a little more low key than the last one & I won’t be spending three days recovering again!

I already talked about the Eric Church concert earlier this week but I have to include the girls again in this post.  We don’t all get to see each other very much, especially as a group so it was awesome to get together again!  And I can finally announce that Jacquelyn (plaid dress) has baby #2 on the way!  🙂

We have had some pretty decent weather this week & I finally got outside to walk around Heartland Park during my lunch break yesterday.  I definitely need to get back into the habit of walking down here on my breaks.  I sit at a desk and tend to just get “stuck” there sometimes.  Like I know I need to move around but I just don’t!

So, nice weather = dresses!  I found this maxi dress last weekend at Forever 21 & couldn’t pass it up.  The store only had gray & coral but I just saw that there is a blue version online that I might need to get also!

I think Sophie may be going to her forever home next month!  I’ve been in contact with a lady in KC who is really interested in adopting her.  She currently has a female Beagle and wants to get a second dog so she has someone else to play with.  Sophie’s heartworm test came back negative last week thank GOD!  She is scheduled to be spayed on the 25th and then I think she will be ready to go!  I will probably bawl my eyes out the day that she leaves but I know she’ll be going to good home.  We have been hesitant to take in a another foster dog along with Sophie just because she is a lot of work all on her own!  As I’m typing this, she sitting behind me & crying because she wants to go into the bathroom.  This has been going on for over an hour now but she’s too scared because the fan is running.  She has become so obsessed with our bathroom that we have to keep the door shut most of the time otherwise she will be there all day.

Tonight, we are celebrating my stepsister’s 30 (!!!!) birthday.  Ah, I can’t believe how old we are getting!  🙁   The rest of the weekend will be pretty laid back & catching up on some cleaning.  The weather looks like it will be decent so I’ll try to get in some walks around the neighborhood!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Linking up with Andrea, Erika, Narci, Amanda, and April!

Books Lately Vol. 4

Hello!

Reading has sort of slowed down the last two-ish months.  Life has been busy plus the fact that some of these books weren’t the greatest made it hard to get motivated to read.  I also cleaned up my hold list at the library because I had four books come up almost all at the same time & couldn’t get to them in time.  Anywho, this is what I read in February & March!

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

I loved this book.  Emotionally, this was a tough book to read.  It left me angry, frustrated, and sad all at the same time because unfortunately, this is happening in some parts of our country.  (While I was reading this book, we watched an episode of Viceland that was all about white supremacists).  I am excited to see the movie whenever it comes out.

The Girls – Emma Cline

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

I picked up this book shortly after reading about it on Chelsea’s blog.  Basically, it is a fiction version of the Charles Manson murders.  I’ve always found him fascinating so I thought this would be an interesting book.  Unfortunately, I struggled to get through it.  I didn’t care for the author’s writing style and honestly, I was bored the entire time.  I pushed through it because I wanted to find out what happened to Evie but I probably wouldn’t ever read this again.

All Is Not Forgotten – Wendy Walker

In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.  Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

Nearly the entire book is written through the psychiatrist’s perspective with snippets of the character’s narrative.  Basically, he is telling the story of everything that happened to Jenny, the families, the suspect, and himself.  I really enjoyed this book overall despite finding it difficult to follow along with which character he is talking about.  I wish they would have elaborated more about the drug they used to erase her memory though as they only briefly mentioned it.  I was also pretty pissed at the psychiatrist about halfway through it.  Overall, I felt like the author was able to bring the story all together by the end.  Also– I saw that this book is being made into a movie which I definitely want to see!

Dark Town – Thomas Mullen

Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym.

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood like his own, and Dunlow’s young partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines.

This book was a little different from what I normally read.  I saw that it had really positive reviews on Goodreads so I decided to give it a shot.  I found it to be slow at times with LOTS of different characters, story lines, etc.  However, I found that the historical part of it to be very interesting with how the cops were treated compared to their white counterparts.

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?  Any suggestions for what to read next?

Life According to Steph

Show & Tell Tuesday – Prom Edition (4/11/2017)

Oh, prom.  What a fun time!  I went to a very VERY small high school so prom always involved a catered dinner, dance, and then all night after prom at the school.   The junior class raised money to put on the prom & got to pick the venue, food, colors, invitations, etc.  I went to prom all four years as my boyfriend at the time was two years older than me.  Oh, and I still have ALL of my dresses.  I just can’t get rid of them, ya know?

Freshman Year 2003

These are maybe two out of three total pictures I have from this prom.  This was before I had my own digital camera & I don’t think I brought a disposable one with me.  I remember it being very awkward!  Not too many juniors/seniors were dating a freshman & I never really fit in with any of the boyfriend’s friends because I was younger.  Also– this was when spray tans were brand new!  I had an airbrush one done and I think I kind of resemble an Oompa Loompa.

Sophomore Year 2004

I was still dating the same guy during my sophomore year so I went again!  This time, I had more friends that also went as they went with some of the juniors.  It was way more fun than the year before since I was able to hang out with more people.  I also LOVED that dress (if I remember, I think this style was pretty popular that year!).  And my hair!  I was really into cornrows in high school…

Junior Year 2005

The boyfriend & I from the previous years ended up breaking up.  I did have a date this year but his presence will not be made anywhere on this blog, even with a smiley face head.  Let’s just say he was not the best person in the world.  My class organized this prom which was a lot of fun.  We had it at the Rococo Theater in downtown Lincoln and our theme was “Black Tie Affair”.

Senior Year 2006

I was still dating the same guy from junior year but I’m only going to include the car this time.  This was my absolute FAVORITE dress.  I remember Alice & I taking a trip to Omaha to go shopping for dresses and I found this one at Von Maur.  It was way more expensive than the other ones but SO SO pretty.  I think I would totally wear it again if we ever get invited to some place fancy that requires formal dress!

 

Ah, so many memories.  🙂  And so much fun.  I loved shopping for dresses, jewelry, and shoes.  And then getting ready the day of.  The after prom was always fun as they had tons of food, movies, games, raffles, and just hanging out with everyone until 6am.

I’m excited to read about everyone else’s prom experience.  Or you can tell me about yours!
Linking up with Andrea today!