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2013 Goals Update

So I’ve taken a little break from blogging over the past few months…

But like I mentioned in my last post from forever ago, people are still reading! I think most of that is due to my burlap wreath tutorial going crazy on Pinterest. Anyway. I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. Housegirl Haley has recently gotten a few new followers, and that has made me more motivated to write and share adventures again 🙂 Thank you and welcome to all my new readers!

I figured it was time to do a little update on my yearly goals (original post):

1. Read all the books I’ve bought at Goodwill/bookstores (at least 1 a month) so I can rationalize buying a kindle. This is the one goal that I have really been on top of this year. Even though I haven’t been blogging regularly, I have been updating my booklist page as I finish my books. 14 books so far, so it’s safe to say I have met my “at least 1 a month” goal. I don’t really want a kindle anymore though. I still have the problem of coming home from the Goodwill with a huge stack of books. I just can’t help myself.

2. Make ALL the practical recipes on my PinterestYeah. I’ve made like 3 recipes. It’s sad really. Time to kick this into gear.
3. Start a cleaning schedule (start off slow, like 1 day a week at a time). Also not really happening. I have started a new thing that has been keeping my house cleaner though. First off, I’m making my bed before I go to work everyday. Then, when I get home from work I try to do at least one task really quick before I settle in and get too comfy on the couch watching TV in my pajamas. If you really want insight into what a loser I am, I motivate myself by saying “Do your homework first.” When I was in high school I was very academically motivated. Everyday after I got home from school I would immediately start on my homework. My mom never had to tell me to do this. I just did it. I was a nerd. What am I saying? I’m still a nerd. Anyway, if I do one thing like clean my bathroom or put laundry away, it usually makes me feel super productive and I end up doing more. It’s not a very organized system, but it’s working for now.

4. Meal planning…do it again. Including eating breakfast before work everyday. Also not happening. Ok that’s not totally true. I did a 4 week dietbet and used my Blogilates meal plan for about 2 weeks of it. That isn’t a long term thing though. I need to link goals 2 and 4 together and get this show on the road. 

5. Lose ten pounds. Not a joke this year. I did a dietbet and “lost” 5 pounds for the challenge. I say “lost” because I think my body weight naturally fluctuates about 5 pounds throughout the day. When I realized how easy it was going to be for me to “win” the dietbet (by losing 4% of my bodyweight in 4 weeks) I wasn’t very strict with myself. I also started going to the YMCA for exercise classes. I have a treadmill. It’s very nice. I bought it from my neighbor for $50 when they were having a yard sale. It was a great deal. I brag about it every time I see a treadmill for sale. Anyway. I’m working on losing weight…I have some new motivation now *wink wink.*
6. Be prepared to run Disney Princess ½ marathon in 2014. This goal is no longer valid. I had tentative plans to register to run this with my sister, but it is not going to happen due to a change in plans *wink wink* that I will update you on later. One day I will do this though.
7. Buy a saw and learn how to use it to build something cool. (Like a frame for my TV when I mount it on the wall). So this is kind of a funny story. For Valentine’s Day, Aaron and I bought supplies to build me a workbench for my garage. I still have the supplies in my garage, because that’s just how life is sometimes. Aaron had a saw. We borrowed another one. I ended up buying one. We had so many issues with these saws that I am now kind of scared of using them. One had the wrong types of blade, one had a safety guard that would get “stuck,” and the one I bought had really bad kickback. No thank you. That’s why I still have a bunch of supplies and 2 out of 3 saws still sitting in my garage. Maybe we will try again.
8. Invisalign. Straight teeth need to happen. (Start this process by the end of January…at least call and schedule a consultation). Check! Blog post on this process coming soon.
9. Complete Insanity. Haha. Nope. I’ve been thinking about doing this… Does that count? Here has been my logic with this. I’m paying to go to the gym. If I do insanity at home, then I may not go to the gym as often, and that would be a waste of money. Plus they are adding a Turbokick class at the YMCA, so I don’t want to quit going now. I need to get my crap together and just do it. I have too many excuses. I used to go to the gym and do Brazil Butt Lift in the evenings when I was in grad school.
10. New blog design. Obviously has not happened. Let’s get back on the blog train and THEN I’ll address this.  🙂

Not too good, huh? Only 1 goal crossed off! I need to get my hiney into gear.



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Long Time, No See

I haven’t blogged in about a month, but do you know what I have been doing? Blog-worthy things, guys! Now I need to play catch up.

I hate to break it to you though. Photo-a-day is done. I didn’t even make it through January. I’m glad I didn’t make that a New Year’s Resolution, because that is just pitiful.

Here is a list of some things that have happened while I was away.

1. I’ve basically watched the entire series of Downton Abbey. I only have one more episode left and I will be caught up.

2. I had an invisalign consultation.

3. I’ve started stenciling my kitchen.

4. I bought a drill.

5. I put feet on my too-short desk with my new drill.

6. My company was bought out by a larger company, so I have had paperwork coming out of my ears. It’s like reapplying for a job all over again.

7. I made Greek chicken salad.

8. I’m STILL trying to finish The Casual Vacancy.

(And you know what happens when I force myself to read a book I don’t care for…I buy a TON of books.

9. I made a late night “Today’s Special Value” impulse purchase from QVC.

10. And I accidentally made myself look like a sad Valentine’s Day girl in Publix.

Lots of good stuff to talk about.


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January 9th {photo-a-day}


Starting a new book. I’m kind of sad it’s the last one in the Glenbrooke series. I love love love Robin Jones Gunn. She writes my absolute favorite books ever. If I could be friends with any fictional character it would be Christy Miller. sig

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Goals for 2013

I’m just going to leave these here 🙂

  1. Read all the books I’ve bought at Goodwill/bookstores (at least 1 a month) so I can rationalize buying a kindle.
  2. Make ALL the practical recipes on my Pinterest.
  3. Start a cleaning schedule (start off slow, like 1 day a week at a time).
  4. Meal planning…do it again. Including eating breakfast before work everyday.
  5. Lose ten pounds. Not a joke this year.
  6. Be prepared to run Disney Princess ½ marathon in 2014.
  7. Buy a saw and learn how to use it to build something cool. (Like a frame for my TV when I mount it on the wall).
  8. Invisalign. Straight teeth need to happen. (Start this process by the end of January…at least call and schedule a consultation).
  9. Complete Insanity.
  10. New blog design.

I’ll keep you posted. Here’s to big accomplishments in the new year!




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January 3rd {photo-a-day}



Found at Barnes and Noble. Why does Phyllis Reynolds Naylor sound so familiar? Oh yeah. She’s the author of that Alice series I read when I was really young. It was a tad scandalous. I’ve tried telling people about it before, but there are so many books that have main characters with the name Alice that it was kind of like finding a needle in a haystack.

Nikki and I went to eat sushi and waste time in Barnes and Noble before we went to see a really late showing of This is 40. I read the “meh” reviews before so my expectations were lowered. That lead to me really liking it. It was funny. Then it was kind of heavy. Then it was kind of long with no really satisfying resolution. I enjoyed it though.


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Picture Hodgepodge

So I talked about how I got my new phone. Well now I have all of these pictures that I don’t know what to do with. Most of these are from this past weekend visiting Aaron in Mobile.

Here is my pretty case I got for my phone. Loving the monogram and chevron!

I did a little book rearranging at the Goodwill.


Aaron and I are considering buying bikes so that we can ride around on some trails. You know. Do things outside…as in not spend all our time eating and going to Goodwill. We were browsing the bikes in Walmart when I realized we would need helmets. It’s the law, guys…

Oh. YES. This is another Walmart necessity. I must have these. All of them. Even season one which was not there. The cases are so cute, and I will watch them until they are worn out. I LOVE I LOVE LUCY.

Well this is from Monday, obviously. I was a big nerd and went to Target to buy Taylor Swift’s new CD.

That makes me a nerd on so many levels in case you are wondering:

1. Who buys CDs anymore? This girl right here.

2. I got it the day it came out like a crazed fan girl. I for real went straight to Target after I got off work. I planned this the night before.

3. I had to go to Target so I could get the special deluxe CD with all the extra songs.

4. I may or may not have tried to find some of her hidden messages in the liner notes so I could get clues about who the songs are about. (Sad I know).

Anyway. I really like it. There are definitely a few more country sounding songs on this CD which makes me very happy.

PS. More good news. I finally finished awful Lolita. Thank Goodness.

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Bad Girl (aka I like big books and I cannot lie)

This is what happens when I force myself to finish reading books that I don’t like.

I go on a books-a-million shopping spree.

Here’s the thing. If you look at my Goodreads widgit thing over there——–> you will see that I’ve been reading a particular book for a very long time now. Part of this is because I’ve started working and I’m usually really tired and fall asleep when I sit down to read.

The other part is that I don’t like the book.

It’s Lolita, okay. Do you know what Lolita is about? I’ll admit I didn’t really before. I just wanted to read it because they allude to it so much in Pretty Little Liars.

I guess I thought it would give me all the secrets about who killed Alison or who A is, but no. All it makes me think is that maybe Ali is alive but just riding around the country with some pedophile. Or maybe she DID have an affair with Spencer’s Dad. Or Aria’s Dad. Or her own dad.

Anyway. While everyone else in the world is reading Fifty Shades of Gray like little perverts, I’m reading this. Ugh. I get it. It’s literature. But I still don’t know why anyone would want to say they LIKE this book.

So I have to finish it just because I started it. I have tons of Goodwill books that I need to read, but I keep saying “No Haley, finish this one now or you never will.”

“If you start another one, you won’t finish this one.”

“Don’t go to Books-a-Million or Barnes and Noble.”

“Books are cheaper on Amazon.”

“Buy a used one later instead. Save some cash.”

“But wait, you’ve wanted to read Redeeming Love for a long time.”

“It’s got Jesus, so it’s ok.”

“You just got your sign on bonus from work.”

“You can splurge on just one book. It’s ok.”

“Oh look, there’s J.K. Rowling’s new book.”

“You need that.”

“Who care’s if it’s $35 dollars? It’s J.K. Rowling.”

“You have to see if it’s secretly about grown up Harry Potter…”

And that’s how I wound up coming home with two giant books. The good news is that my bag weighed about 20 pounds, and it made me not want to walk around shopping for clothes for very long.


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