Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday Boy

Happy birthday to this guy!
He is the light in the darkness, the one who makes me start my day when I only want to sleep, the one I have been through hell and high water with. Sickness, health, death, babies, richer and poorer, teens, anger, happiness, travel, boredom, bad movies, good food, no sleep, etc....
Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and change some of the bad but then I realize that the bad shapes our future just like the good.
He loves me more that he did 25 years ago and he treats me like a princess.
And I love him more every single day.
We grew up together. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Fashion Friday- loves and hates

With it looking like spring might finally be here, my mood has slightly improved and I am seriously considering some deep cleaning and maybe starting to work out. 
Or maybe I will just start drinking more and the dirt and fat won't bother me as much.

Moving on....

I met some friends last week and also yesterday for a little warm weather shopping and here are a few observations: 
denim- I hate acid washed anything. It was ugly then and still is. Some parts of the 80's and 90's need to be kept a secret. Like the perm I had. Overalls (unless you are a farmer) and shortalls are included. I had some Guess overalls that I spent an entire paycheck on. I was thin back then and I wish I had pictures to prove it but I still looked stupid in overalls. We all did. Don't get me started on short denim overalls. I was an offender to those too.
And tapered jeans (known as mom jeans) were so comfy in the hips and thighs. But I have big ankles. I don't think anyone should do it. But i did it. And they are doing it again under the guise "high-waisted jeans" but they are essentially, the same. Only worse.
jumpsuits/rompers- just stop it already. Maybe a certain person and a certain jumpsuit look fabulous. Some love them but this is my own blog and my own opinion. Some people look good in everything. I hate jumpsuits. I took a photo of one in Target the other day and sent it to a friend with the caption that Target should be ashamed for even putting that suit in that pattern on display for innocent girls who don't know better. This one was satin and had so much going on, I almost passed out. I wanted to push the display to the back of the store to hide it. At a boutique yesterday, they brought a girl a paisley jumpsuit to try on. It was awful. She was a bigger girl with junk in her trunk (and she was so sweet) and they talked her into putting it on and then posing for a website photo. I cropped it and put the pattern on here
Imagine this all over your body and tight in the butt. She bought it. I kept my mouth shut but I hope her husband begs her to return it.

I  have throw pillows like that.

feathered hair- I saw a woman, an accountant, at a restaurant in my town yesterday with the biggest, fluffiest hair. Possibly a perm. Her bangs were ratted to stand up sooo tall and her use of hairspray was superb. When I asked my friend if it was still 1993, she said that the woman had worn her hair the exact same way as long as she has known her. She had a beautiful face and a nice body but the hair. It dated her. I guess if you find something that works for you.....When I mentioned that I wanted to  take a pic for the blog, my friend said "no way she would totally kick our asses, she is scary" Point taken. I have seen a lot of Farrah hair recently and I haven't decided what to think (mine never held a curl so I might be a bit envious) and in my small town, there are still a few bad mullets and permed bangs with the ratting and hairspray mania.
cropped shirts- hate them, but if you can do it, good for you. I also dislike the hi-lo dress and top. I like a long shirt so I hope they don't stop making them. I saw a sports bra looking top and parachute pants (because it is clearly Hammer time) on a girl at the mall and was transported to my high school years. Then the PTSD started and I wanted to drive by boys' houses and duck down and toilet paper yards. And cruise the Fontana parking lot in Tulsa. She had her head held high though so maybe it isn't the outfit, it is the delivery. I am sure she was thinking that I was a dork in a chevron top and skinny jeans and flats. And I am a dork. I can buy my chevron and plaid and gingham where you buy your cropped tops so we are cool. Still not going to wear them.
high top sneakers- even with a tall wedge and sparkly stones, I hate them

I have some favorites though. And they may not be other peoples' favorites.

I was wearing a navy gingham JCrew button up the other day and one of our customers (who wears camo every day, I even bought him a camo Chapstick as a joke) asked me if I was going to a hoedown. And one of my cooks said it looked like a table cloth. Will I wear it again? Yep. I have a royal blue one with smaller checks too.

I wear scarves. When it is hot and cold and in between. I am not ashamed at how many I own.
I just got this one at Target. I will spare you the 8000 scarf selfies on my computer.

And a customer at work made me this faux fur one.

Oh how I love stripes. Maybe big girls shouldn't wear a horizontal stripe but I don't care. I was bringing my clean laundry up to my closet the other day and laughed at the sheer amount of stripes that I wore recently.

Here I am with stripes and a scarf. (delivering necessities to the college dorm child)

So many stripes.....

Denim is a good friend. A denim chambray dress (I wore black leggings and tall boots but I rarely wear a short dress because I hate my legs)

Denim button up. This one is JCrew but I have several in different styles and colors.

I think this one is Old Navy.

And jeans. I own a restaurant. I get dirty, greasy, and occasionally bled on. (we went through a phase where the cooks were cutting themselves all the time) (were they suicidal?) I carry bus tubs and wash dishes and carry out food and pull dirty plates off of tables and clean hash browns and macaroni and cheese off the floor. I wipe tables, and get syrup on me and get spilled on. I will clean anything except vomit. I have cleaned disgusting things out of bathrooms and wiped up blood and snot and liquid poo. I will shovel now and scrub tile and empty trash cans. I wear jeans every day. I have several pair of these Vigoss jeans and several pair of another Vigoss style. I usually buy jeans at Gap either the outlet or online. I get the Vigoss online too. I love designer jeans but I don't fit into them so I pick cute and flattering jeans in my size. If I ever get thin, I will buy a pair of $200 jeans.

I love jewelry. Necklaces are probably my favorite. I can wear a simple shirt with a fun necklace. My favorite places to buy jewelry are Anthropologie, Target, Francescas, Charming Charlie, Nordstrom, Lucky, Fossil, small boutiques and Forever 21. There is a bead store in Eureka where I make a necklace or 2 every year. One of these days I will take a photo of how I organize my jewelry and scarves. And one of these days I will clean my closet again.

I actually could not find a photo where I wasn't wearing a necklace. These are some of my favorites.

One last thing. I take a photo of myself every day to note my outfit. If it is something I love, I might post it on Instagram and then I keep it in my phone. I can look back and see what I wore when I am staring at a ton of clothing and have nothing to wear. I also use Pinterest. I find a shirt I want to wear and type in what it is to see ways I could style it.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

I am taking a quick break from some serious house work that I have put off for several weeks. Laundry, floors, light fixtures and bathrooms and my list keeps growing.

For those of you who are dealing with more snow and nasty temps, I am sorry. We have had our share of it as well but today the sun is shining and it is in the low 50's which means the snow is melting.
It also means mud on my freshly cleaned floors.

Tomorrow is our anniversary, 19 years, and we are taking the day off (my husband taking a Friday off is unheard of) and he has painstakingly staffed the restaurant, planned the dinner specials and given everyone to do lists for the past month to prepare for this. It looks like it will be a great night both for business and for us.

I have plans to get a mani, pedi and my hair washed and curled for our big dinner date. We are going to our favorite restaurant.

I got this text from my husband today
THE RUG!!!!!

Our rug is in the store. She has to cut and bind it for our stairs and make us another one for the hall runner but I am really happy that we finally got it.

I found this cute bird table runner at Target a couple weeks ago. The colors are perfect for my walls and it goes well with my yellow plate. I put the birds on it for now.

I picked up a pretty new lip color too

A couple of replies to comments from the last post:
  • My husband's t shirt says Boobies Make Me Smile (he only wears it at home)
  •  the Converse are bright coral, they look pink in the photo I also ordered mint but there is a sea glass color I love too, thoughts? Not a huge difference but they will be for Hawaii so which do you like better?

Sea Glass

  • My hair is finally starting to get back to an easier place. Thank you to those who like it but I am never really happy with my hair. I will continue to get trims but I am growing it back out.
Looking forward to a busy weekend and more warm temps predicted.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 10, 2014


Despite the cold weather, January just seemed to fly by.

January was spent doing a bit of organizing, dealing with a lot of sickness at work, some snow and my never ending attempt at cleaning out spaces and ridding the house of clutter. I started off with a bang and ended with a nap.

We have gotten to the the point where we are thinking about another restaurant. Clearly we are lunatics, but we have been successful with the one we have and if we can survive through that economy, anything is possible. Again, we are just talking about it. I have a place in mind, it probably isn't for sale (my husband says EVERYTHING is for sale, for a price) but I think we could take what they have, improve the products and the staff, and tweak everything a bit to achieve a better version of what they are. CALL ME CRAZY!
A few years ago I would have thumped my husband on the head if he even mentioned it (and I did, and he did) but except for our weekly date nights and an overnight trip or 2 a year plus a week long vacation every 2-3 years, we spend most of our time working and hanging at home. We want to begin saving for a retirement home (in Hawaii) and another business could help with this plus we already have a good reputation in this town. My husband ran the idea by our banker, now to convince the bank of this..........

The little one was home this past weekend. We had a nice time when I did see him. most of his time was spent catching up on sleep in his own bed or studying. He and his girlfriend ended things so he was extremely somber around Christmas break. He is back to his sweet, quiet self now.

The rest of the month will probably be photos.

I got these to take to Hawaii. Yes, next year. I plan to pick up things here and there and put them away so when I am ready to pack, I have some fun outfits and surprises. Last time I shopped for a couple weeks before and since we made the plans in January, it was impossible to find warm-weather clothing in stores. I ended up spending way too much right before leaving. 

We somehow were all home at the same time so we went to at Mexican food for dinner. Everyone looks pissed but nobody was. They do hate pictures though.

On our way home from dinner one night, I happened to notice how many interior lights the new car has. It reminded me of a spaceship.

One of our employees sent this to me when she was shopping at Walgreens with the big one. It is a babies onesie. Funny and not funny.

I decorated a bit for Valentine's Day.

I never take a good picture. This is date night last week.

I tried to find a dressy blouse for Valentine's dinner. Husband ran errands after dropping me at the mall so I sent these 2 pics to hi and said "which one?"

He said "both" so I did.

I ordered these to wear on our anniversary/Valentine's Day. When they got here I was so happy because they matched the red shirt perfectly.

I was reading on the sofa last weekend and texted the little one to come down and sit with me. He spends a lot of time studying in his room, catching up on sleep in his own bed or Skyping or gaming with friends online. He was studying for a history exam here. 

Found this at Gap, on sale of course.
It felt springlike. (necklace is my beloved Stella & Dot reversible that I wear all the time)

I picked up a bag of the double chocolate Milano cookies. I ate them in 2 days. Sigh.

If you follow me on Instagram, this is my almost daily position after work. I start the dishwasher or throw in a load of laundry and grab a book or watch Scandal. It is just too cold to go anywhere or do anything else.

My husband left this on my pillow. I adore Hoops and Yoyo but when they started talking when I opened the card, Finn went crazy (maybe because they were speaking in French accents and he is German) and bit the side of the card. Then he runs and barks. Punk dog.

I was craving a chocolate soda. I am not much for ice cream and the consistency of a shake bothers me but 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream with soda water and whipped makes me happy.

Finn was showing dad where we keep the extra tennis balls. He enjoys chewing them into tiny pieces.

I got him this shirt as a joke. He said he is wearing it out for our anniversary and I told him to go for it.

Brownies. Love them! I did save one of these for my husband.

 Trip to Sams. Probably the shortest one ever.

 I sent this to my hubby the other day.

Again. In front of the fire. Yesterday and Saturday. In my defense, it was more cold and more snow and we were very busy both days and I took a long nap yesterday.

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