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Sweet Baby Girl

Can I just say….shopping for babies is so much fun. My boyfriend has a new niece (his first) and let’s just say, I went a LITTLE bit overboard in the shopping department. I LOVE having an excuse to buy cute little baby stuff. I don’t have any nieces or nephews of my own, so I will happily buy for his. I bought some stuff a few months ago, because her baby shower was going to be in January. The baby shower got changed to the 28th (which was this past Sunday). Well, the baby shower didn’t end up happening because that’s the day she was born….kinda funny. After visiting at the hospital on Sunday, I decided she simply NEEDED more clothes, so I went out yesterday and bought her more. I really like Carter’s. It’s very affordable and they have some really adorable stuff. JC Penney and Kohl’s is where I got most of her stuff. Target has a line of Carter’s stuff, as well as a lot of other cute little outfits for really decent prices.

This little outfit is my favorite from yesterday’s shopping excursion. I got it at Penney’s.

I couldn’t find everything I got online, but here’s a couple other things, I purchased.

I got this one back in January at Kohl's.

 

This is from Target's line of Carter's stuff.

 

I loved these little bibs from Target.

I got her a bunch of really cute onesies (or bodysuits, whatever you want to call them) and another Carter’s outfit that I couldn’t find online. I ALSO got her a little stuffed Monkey from Babies R Us. So yes, I went overboard, but it was so much fun. That little Eva is going to be one spoiled little girl!

Proud Uncle David. 🙂

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I had a good day off yesterday. I went to lunch with Cassie and Rachel at the Everett Red Robin (which is where we usually go!). It’s always so much fun to spend time with friends! We were laughing because we all ordered something different….we used to literally all order the same thing. I actually got the Whiskey River Chicken Burger, which I’d never had before. I really liked it.

Anyways, after lunch I had the whole day to myself. I went to Half Price Books and then headed down to the U Village (a shopping center by the University of Washington). I wanted to go to H&M (my favorite store every). I was a little depressed though…shopping isn’t really in the budget and they had SO many cute things. That always seems to happen! Perhaps I should just avoid going into stores, unless I can spend money! I did buy some socks (I never seem to have enough) and a pair of earrings. My entire purchase was less than ten dollars.

I got some Starbucks at seriously the biggest Starbucks I’ve ever been in. It was huge! I headed over to Barnes and Noble (probably another store I should avoid, if I’m not going to spend money!) and looked at books for awhile. I went over to Noah’s bagels (which is at QFC in the U Village) and got a few bagels for David and I. We used to get them quite frequently when we went to Zoka all the time.

I headed to downtown Seattle, because I was going to try and park and walk around down there. Traffic was crazy, so I decided not to deal with it. Seattle drivers are crazy, but they seemed to be EXTRA crazy yesterday. I headed to Northgate instead, and went to Ross and to Target. I found some really cute dresses at Ross that I would like to go back and get, but we will see.

I picked David up at his work at 8:00 (which is why I was down in Seattle killing time in the first place!) and we headed home. It was a nice day. It was fun to just randomly go wherever I wanted.

Let me just say, the weather was BEAUTIFUL yesterday. It was so hot! Unusual for March weather in the Pacific Northwest. Right now? It’s POURING down rain. We definitely have slightly bi-polar weather here….especially in the springtime. In the summer, we hardly get any rain at all, and it’s sunny everyday. I know tv and movies would have you believe otherwise, but it really doesn’t rain ALL the time. It really is my favorite city.

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Fun 10 On Tuesday!

Yes, I already did a brainless type of entry today, BUT it’s Tuesday which means it’s time for “Ten On Tuesday”. Plus, I am bored, so why not? Feel free to join in on the fun! I really liked these questions.

1. When you were a senior in high school, what career did you think you’d choose? Did you? Why or why not? I thought I would go into Psychology. People fascinated me and I wanted to help people. I also took a Psychology class my Junior year of high school, and loved it. I ultimately decided it wasn’t for me….I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle hearing peoples’ problems day after day. The people with heart-breaking problems would have caused me to cry every night and the people with petty problems would have driven me crazy. I think I lack the patience.

2. What one thing about the “real world” did you find most surprising once you were on your own? The whole credit thing…it’s not good to have bad credit, but it’s almost better than NO credit. It surprised me that checking your credit score dings your credit (why should that be a penalty?!). My parents didn’t really teach me about handling money at all, so a lot of it was a rude awakening to me.

3. Name 3 things you think your closest friends DON’T like about you. Well, they’ve never sat me down and told me what they hate about me, so I can’t be sure. I DO know, that some of them hate that I’m not always the best at returning calls….some don’t take it personally and laugh about it and some totally take it personally.

4. In order to sleep, do you need background noise or absolute quiet? I need noise. I usually like to watch a show on dvd or something. David needs absolute silence, so I’m having to become accustomed to sleeping in silence, and it’s hard for me. My whole life, until I was probably 18, I slept with a fan on every single night (my whole family still does this), so I think that might have something to do with it.

5. Why do you choose to reside in your current city? Yes, you have a choice 🙂 Well, I’m actually going to be moving to my favorite city soon (next month, most likely) and I am very excited about it. What city? Seattle, of course. It’s the perfect time of year to move there….Seattle in the summer is beautiful (but you never hear about that…all you hear about is rain. Chicago…and a lot of other places in the country…get more rain per year than Seattle. In seattle, it rains more days per year, but the actual amount isn’t as much. Fun fact for ya.) The mountains and the water make it beautiful. There is lots to see and do in the city, and do I even need to mention all the coffee establishments available????
6. Are you close to your parents? Yes and no. It kind of depends.

7. What is your favorite fiction book? Poem? Blog? My favorite fiction book? Probably “When Love Walked In” or “Little Women”….that can change by the day though. I actually am not all that fond of poetry….I never have been. I remember having to write poems in elementary school and I HATED it even then. My favorite blog? That’s a tough one, there’s so many I read….

8. Do you enjoy cooking or is it a chore? I enjoy it, but I’m not very good at it. That’s something I’m going to be working on over the next few months. I really would like to become a better cook. I LOVE baking though.

9. Be honest. What one thing would (the majority of) your blog readers be shocked to find out about you? I was a really bossy little kid….which is funny because I’m not very aggressive or outgoing, as an adult. I wonder why that changed.

10. If you were given your own national holiday, what would you require people to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Day of You? Would there be a parade? Greeting cards?

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs (no question) and pancakes and grape juice

Lunch: Pad Thai and crab rangoun

Dinner: Some sort of Mexican food (burritos, enchiladas, taco salads, chips, salsa, guacamole) really it would be a Mexican food fiesta.

There wouldn’t be a parade, but I would get a day off work (as would my friends, boyfriend, and family….so they could celebrate with me). There would be HUGE sales at all my favorite stores and free coffee at Starbucks.

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Currently….

This was kind of fun. I had some time to kill and I found this on a blog I read.

Current Book(s): Right now I am reading “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama. Regardless of how I feel about his politics, he is our President, and I think it’s a good idea to educate myself about our government and the people in it.

Current Playlist: The Fray, Shinedown, Rascal Flatts, and Breaking Benjamin….a very strange list, I have to say.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: The fact that I am now addicted to coffee….I go to Starbucks every day that I work. It’s “Free Pastry Day” today though…

Current Color: I really like Green lately.

Current Drink: Right now I am drinking water….Aquafina to be exact. Earlier I had a nonfat, no whip, white chocolate mocha.

Current Food: I’m not eating anything at the moment. I’ve been into sandwiches lately (which is a little weird), especially turkey barbeque dips. Salads also sound really good to me lately.

Current Favorite Show: I really don’t watch tv anymore….it’s the strangest thing. I do watch Reba or One Tree Hill on DVD when I’m trying to fall asleep.

Current Wishlist: The green apple Kitchen Aid mixer. I also would like a new digital camera….mine is pretty sad. There is a really cute turquoise one at Target right now that I have my eye on. I would also like to go on a shopping spree at H&M. I love that store, and I could use some new Spring/Summer clothes.

Current Needs: Some time off with my boyfriend….we NEVER have the same days off….although that will change shortly (thank goodness).

Current Triumphs: Getting my financial aid turned in for starting classes in the summer, and getting my ticket reduced from $500 to $250….that made me happy.

Current Bane(s) of my Existence: The fact that I am working today and have to miss a birthday party tonight at my favorite restaurant (Ixtapa). It’s normally my day off, so I’m a little bitter.

Current Celebrity Crush: I don’t have one.

Current Indulgence: I would say coffee….or buying books.

Current #1 Blessing: My amazing boyfriend….he’s kinda my hero. I don’t know what I would do without him. 🙂

Current Slang or Saying: I don’t have a current saying….or if I do, I can’t think of it.

Current Outfit: Grayish striped dress pants, black long sleeved shirt, and my cute jacket from Express. Oh, and black wedges.

Current Excitement: Moving soon…so excited!

Current Mood: Bored.

Current Link: www.overstock.com. In preparation of moving, I’ve been on there looking at couches and other various household items.

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My work hired another front desk person….this means that I will be working about 21 or 22 hours a week now. It also means that I will get Saturdays off sometimes (which I am VERY excited about). I can also actually spend quality time with my boyfriend. With him working normal office hours and me in retail, it’s been a little difficult to find time to spend together. Since I will be working part time, I’m going to be going to school full time, starting Summer quarter. I was going to start in the fall, but figured I might as well just get started….there’s no reason I can’t. The new girl will be training for the next two weeks, but after that….part time hours it is! (It will also be nice to get some last full time hours in….it’s a nice paycheck.)

Other than working, I haven’t really been up to much. David and I went out last night to celebrate one of his friend’s birthdays (it was her 21st). We went to downtown Snohomish and it was really fun. We don’t get out often (with me working on the weekends) so it’s always fun when we get a chance to do that.

The night before, after I worked, I met up with David and his friend Mike at a pool hall in Lynnwood. I also made a stop at Half Price Books, while they were playing, and picked up a few books. I got Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope”, which I have wanted to read for awhile. Regardless of how you feel about the President or his views, I think it’s a good idea for people to educate themselves on their government and leaders. It’s been a really good book so far. I was living in Chicago when he got elected to the Senate, so I read a lot about him and have always kind of kept up with his story. I also picked up “Pour Your Heart Into It” by Howard Schultz (the CEO of Starbucks). It’s supposed to be really good. David worked there for awhile a couple years ago, so I thought he would like to read it too. Plus, we all know of my love for Starbucks! The third book I got was a book on quilting. Since I’m getting my Great Grandma’s sewing machine, I’m very excited to start sewing again. I loved sewing when I was younger and quilting is something I enjoyed doing. I plan on doing a lot of that. I also want to learn to sew some simple dresses….that’ll save me some money. I’ve been on sort of a dress kick lately, and they’re so expensive! I like simple ones, so I figure it shouldn’t be TOO hard to learn! We’ll see if that’s true, I guess!

I did hangout with my friend Cassie last Tuesday. She’s a stay at home mom, so she’s one of my few friends that don’t work during the week! She’s also one of my best friends….I was in her wedding a couple years ago. We did a little shopping at the mall and got some coffee. Her baby, Kaitlyn, is just the cutest! I get to go to lunch with Cassie and our other friend Rachel next week, so that will be fun!

We’ve pretty much figured out our moving plans and I’m very excited about it! I’m looking forward to decorating and organizing, and learning to cook (we’ll see about that one…). I will definitely be doing some baking though….THAT I’m good at!

Other than that, my life has been pretty routine lately. There’s some exciting things coming up though, so I’ll be sure to blog more often!

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I have been on a total domestic kick lately. We’re going to be moving soon, so I’ve been focusing on all the stuff we will need for a new place….kitchen stuff, furniture, stuff like that. I even made a list on Target.com of stuff I would like to get (nerdy, I know). It’s a private list for my benefit only. Some of it is practical (like a shower curtain and towels) and some of it is fun (like pictures for the walls). Also on the list is my Kitchen Aid mixer (of course). I was telling Cassie on Tuesday, that I WILL get one someday (she happens to own a red one….). She laughed because she totally knows how much I want one….and that I would definitely use it. As it stands right now, it’s just wishful thinking…..it’s not in the budget at the moment, sadly.

I thought I would share some of the fun things I found. I really liked this shower curtain….it’s not overly girly, but I could get some fun really brightly colored towels.

I found some really fun pictures for the walls too. A lot of them are a little pricey, but I would LOVE them.

The next two are of daisies….which are my favorite flowers. I love both of these. The second one would match another painting that I already have, really well.

I love sunsets, so I think this next one is gorgeous.

I thought this little one was so cute. It says: “Always kiss me goodnight.” I love that! I MUST have my goodnight kiss before I can go to sleep, so it’s very appropriate. 🙂 I first saw it in the store, and it looks even cuter in person.

This next one totally made me think of David, when I saw it in the store the other day. I actually took a picture with my phone and sent it to him. It’s a pool cue and a pool table in the background. He LOVES playing pool and I feel like he needs to have this. It looks really cool in person.

And because I can’t help myself: here is my beloved mixer….I LOVE this color.

All of the above is from Target (otherwise known as one of my favorite stores of all time).

I ventured over to Overstock.com today, because I wanted to look at their couches. David gave his old couch to his brother. We both really liked that couch, and that’s where he got it. They have some very nice couches! I found a couple I really liked for WAAAAAY under a thousand bucks. Allow me to share….

I love this first one….it looks soft and comfy….AND it’s UNDER $500 dollars!

Also under $500 is this next one. It’s micro-fiber and probably my favorite.

I also like the brown version….probably the best.

Yes, the above one is definitely my favorite. I was amazed by all of the great stuff Overstock has! I work in a furniture store, and we don’t have any couches for under a thousand dollars, so I was very pleasantly surprised.

I still need to find a bed….but that’s not really an emergency. I have two dressers, two bookshelves, a table and chairs, and a couple cabinets up at my dad’s house. He’s storing it for me, which is nice. It was my great grandma’s furniture. I also get her sewing machine and apparently it’s a really nice one. I’ve been wanting to get back into sewing, so I’m pretty excited about it! My great grandma was a seamstress, so it’s not surprising that she had a top of the line machine.

I really can’t wait to be domestic and decorate and organize. I also want to become a better cook. We’ll see!

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I’m a total girl sometimes….I’ll admit that. I get emotional, dramatic, and I overreact. I really hate it. I try to be so logical and reserved….and I AM most of the time….but then there are those times where my emotions take over and I find myself being illogical and irrational. My feelings get hurt really easily sometimes….and then other times, they don’t get hurt easily at all. I think a lot of times, I overlook so much, that I eventually get to the point where I just can’t anymore. A seemingly little thing turns into a HUGE thing(to me anyway). I need to work on that. I’m just an emotional person I guess (and I didn’t use to think I was). I can’t say I mind that about myself….it’s what makes me who I am. It’s what makes me sensitive, caring, and nurturing. I guess the negative side of that is I get my feelings hurt easier than some. I guess I expect people to treat me as well as I treat them….the “Golden Rule”, if you will. It always surprises me how many people DON’T abide by said rule.

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