Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

1. Something I started doing last year that has vastly improved how I feel throughout the day: drinking 20 ounces of lemon water on the train on the way to work. I don't drink or eat anything before this, and it's a good foundation for the 100 ounces I aim for a day.

2. Blast from the past photos: 10 years ago...Melissa's wedding, Gus as a puppy, me and MFD in Sea Isle during the summer months.
3. Have you seen this ad? Isn't this dog freaky as hell? File under: things you can't un-see.

4. What's on your beauty wish list? I'm looking at Tarte Amazonian Clay blush after seeing it on Nicole Marica's Beauty Favorites on Monday. Click here to see the full list.

5. Looking for a new recipe? Try the skinny chicken pot pie from Emily at Martinis & Bikinis. You can find it by clicking here then clicking on the recipe tab. Enjoy!
Photo from Martinis & Bikinis

6. Have you seen this man? Please like the Help Find Christopher Tully page on Facebook and share the images if you can. Even if you are outside of the Philadelphia/NJ area, take a second to help a family who's missing a father, son, brother, friend.
From the NBC Missing in America Page
7. When my Grandmom died, I got a little green side chest of hers that is now in one of my spare rooms. Last week I spied a piece that makes me think I have a thing for green furniture. It's from Target, it was on clearance, it fills a hole I had in side tables, and it was easy to put together. In the depths of January, these are the things that excite me.
8. I'm also anxiously awaiting the long-coveted duvet I ordered from Pottery Barn. This combined with #7 and an upcoming birthday trip I'd like to save cash for have made me say it's time to slow my roll. I'm going back to my roots for a February Spending Freeze. I won't be hosting a link up but I will report back on my progress and if you need or want to put the brakes on your spending, I'd love to have you join me. There's strength in numbers, friends.
9. Today is day seven without heat. Why? Because they are having difficulty locating the part needed to fix the heater. I hate whining from anyone, most of all myself, so I have been very zen about this experience until yesterday. Yesterday I lost my shit. I bought three of my own space heaters which our warranty company is reimbursing us for, ordered a new coat from LOFT (originally $188, got it for $56), watched Good Fellas, established whatever order I could in my house, ate a shit ton of processed mac & cheese for dinner, and went to bed early with a raging headache. I didn't cry, which is what I typically do when I'm really frustrated. If the heater isn't fixed soon, I'm sure that's coming. To be clear, we have space heaters that are on when we're home and while we're not toasty warm (except at night), we're not suffering. Suffering is enduring winter temps without shelter. We've been offered places to stay and there are always hotels. I'm just over the disruption of routine and the chaos.

10. E-card of the week. Everything else...

And you? Random thoughts to share?

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50 comments:

  1. Don't feel lame for getting all excited over your Target table - I seriously posted about the wonder and glory of my new scarf organizer yesterday. January is so excite.

    I just went through 3 days of no water b/c pipes froze, so I share your winter grumpies! Do you have a heating pad? My bedroom stays super chilly, so I've been spending what's probably an unhealthy amount of time with mine in my lap while I read or internet it up.

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  2. Look at you two, such babies!! The table is cute and matches so obviously you had to buy it. I really want to make Emily's Pot Pie this weekend, looks so good. I think someone needs a snuggie! Haha! ;) Hope they find the part soon, that is not fun!

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  3. God, no heat in the winter is probably the worst scenario ever. You poor thing.
    Baby Gus...what a face!
    I need a spending freeze too. I said that in January, but I can try again in February. I better get my Fitbit now, lol.
    Good luck, Steph...I hope you have heat again soon.

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  4. I am trying to be zen about your heating situation as I am trying to not stress about other people's situations as if they were my own. Trying....

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  5. Count me in for the spending freeze! I've actually been doing really well this month, but nothing makes me feel good quite like showing my credit card exactly who's boss! :)

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  6. You be zen . . . let the rest of us FREAK out at the fact that you have to be freezing. And perspective is a great thing because you are right, you have shelter and it could be worse. But 7 days really sucks. Hate it for you and MFD and the dogs!

    And I have been working on a No Spend January and may have to take it into February as well. The holidays were overkill, and I for sure needed to take a chill . . . just not the kind without heat!

    And I've been doing the lemon water as well . . . I like it!

    Here's to you getting heat soon!

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  7. #9 is often what has happened to me during this remodeling process. Sometimes I just can't deal with the upheaval. I put myself on a "spending tracking freeze" this month. You know, being conscious and all. February might be a good time to really buckle down…

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  8. you're handling this SO WELL; i would've lost my shit days ago because ain't nobody got time to sit in your own house freezing your ass off.
    baby gus is SO CUTE!!!!!

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  9. So sorry about your heat! That sucks. You and MFD look like BABIES in those pictures. And that green chest is just gorgeous.

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  10. I'm sorry to hear you're still without heat! Hopefully they get that part soon! You're handling it much better than I would.

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  11. Godspeed for Chris Tully to be found safe and sound. I can't imagine having one of my people missing.
    Also to your heat situation. Nice when people offer their homes, but pups and leaving your home is hard. Love looking back at old pictures. They evoke memories and feelings.
    Have a happy day!!
    Love, Your Momma

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  12. I really need to add some lemon to my water, it's just that extra step I've never taken. I won some of that blush from tarte and I LOVE it. I can't believe you lasted that long. Looking at the positive, you do have shelter and plugs for your space heaters.

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  13. Ah, I loved MFD's curls! Almost as much as puppy Gus!

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  14. Ugh. Still without heat??? That's insane.

    Lemon water is so good. I went a stretch where I would have hot lemon water in the morning and then save the lemon wedges for an ice cold glass later.

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  15. i completely get your frustration - i'm sure if we were in the same situation i'd be feeling the same, even though there are places to stay etc its just annoying and frustrating and i hope it gets sorted soon.
    i'm not big on lemon but i do try and drink tons of water - i don't track it though, maybe i need a fancy cute bottle like yours.
    i am not sure if i will be able to do a february spending freeze - i need some new work pants and already met my budget this month so i need to get them next month... march spending freeze? lol. i love your 'rule 1: don't buy shit'.

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  16. I love the small chest of drawers that was your grandmothers. Very cool! Of course it would need another green furniture friend! Duh! And clearance - how could you not?

    7 days? Grrr... While I am not glad that you lost your shit, I am glad that you got more space heaters and a coat - and ate processed mac n cheese - because, when I'm stressed or freaking out - my go to is Microwavable Taquitos - Heck I had a bunch last night for "dinner"!

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  17. You'll love the blush - I wear it now and it really does last for 12 hours!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  18. My mum drinks lemon water every morning and at one point I was too! Its only because of my rushing for work and drinking smoothies and carrying them with me to the car that I stopped. I might start back but soo many bottles to carry! lol

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  19. I've always been good about drinking water but I've recently started adding lemon to it sometimes. It's definitely a nice way to start the day.
    Um, YES spending freeze, please and thank you.
    I can't believe you guys have gone this long without heat…I think I would have lost my shit way sooner so kudos, my friend!

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  20. This is why I worry about buying a house. Our heat went out, and my landlord replaced the entire furnace in 2 days. I want to rent forever but John wants to buy. Sigh.
    But mac and cheese is delicious...
    hahaha rule 1, I'm dying. Yes, yes that is a good spending freeze rule.

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  21. Dogs with human teeth - nobody wants that! I can't believe you still don't have heat. You kept it together longer than I would have!

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  22. Tell me more about the lemon water... what benefits have you noticed?

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  23. Being heatless that long in winter is wrong on all levels, I hope they get that shit fixed today!

    I read the Christopher Tully link, such a weird disappearance story.

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  24. I am a big believer in water as well. Do you find the lemon is what makes the difference in the AM? As for mac and cheese, I almost always eat the whole box in one sitting. Its pure processed cheese wonderfulness.

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  25. First of all, puppy Gus!!! He's so cute! :) Second, it really sucks that your heat isn't working. I hope they fix it fast. It can really be frustrating waiting for things to get fixed. Right now we're waiting for them to fix our sink. Blah.

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  26. I drastically need to up my water intake. I drink like 3 glasses a day. it's terrible. awful.

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  27. I would just like to reiterate that YES, you need at least one Tarte blush. They're expensive but you get a ton of product and because they're so pigmented and last so long, one pan will last you a really long time. I have three of them...Exposed, Natural Beauty and Blushing Bride, and they're all amazing.

    I'm currently on a mission to buy the Nars Audacious lipstick in Barbara. I have Anna and I love it but I want a more neutral/nude color. Sephora has been sold out for forever and have no idea when they're getting more, the NARS website is sold out of that color, Barney's wants to charge me $15 to ship ONE STUPID TUBE of lipstick to Alaska, and I found it on Nordstrom (miracle of miracles) but I'm torn because I want the points for it. I mean, it's $32 lipstick so...yeah. Again though, like the Tarte blushes, ridiculously expensive but SO pigmented and the formula is amazing and lasts a really long time, so I rarely have to reapply it for an entire work day - which means the tube lasts a long time!

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  28. I can't believe you still don't have heat. I am so sorry but you're handling it WAY better than I would.

    I don't know that I have a beauty wishlist at this point. I went through a purge/restock a couple of months ago and I'm pretty set on everything. However. Elle had mentioned Lime Crime and I love the name and want to buy some lipstick because the company name is too fantastic not to own one of their products.

    I've seen your posts about Christopher Tulley on FB. It's so sad and I hope they find him.

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  29. Love that Duvet! I've been buying the duvet covers from Ikea because they are cheap and I can change them up everytime and love it!

    Sorry about your heat! In the last 3 weeks my heater went out on my car twice and then my house too. It's miserable. Hope it gets fixed soon!

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  30. Love your new duvet! I'm a huge fan of the Tarte blushes - I wear mine in Exposed every day so they're totally worth the money! Hoping your heat gets fixed ASAP, nooo fun :(

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  31. I tried doing the lemon water every morning and I really noticed the difference but then I totally fell off and coffee won over again. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  32. Oh gosh the missing man. I hate hearing about people who just seem to disappear. It breaks my heart for that family and my prayer is that he is found safe & sound soon.

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  33. The heat situation is just ridiculous. I have seen that missing man shared by a few different friends from the area and it is just so sad and perplexing to wonder what happened to him.

    I love that duvet; duvet covers and I have a bad history and I refuse to buy anything but a comforter. Although I probably should, since you can wash the duvet cover instead of having it dry cleaned.

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  34. So sorry your heat is still off.

    That pot pie recipe looks delicious.

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  35. LOL @ things you can't un-see! Thanks for sharing my recipe! Your readers won't be disappointed ;-)

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  36. I was just talking about how my spending has been out of control in November, December, and January (paid my credit card bill today so was forced to see this truth.), so I'm TOTALLY IN for February spending freeze. I think I may cut out booze for the first 2 weeks in February, so that should help me spend less money for sure!

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  37. My husband is a heating and air guy, and says that taking this long to get a part is BS. Too bad you aren't in GA, he could help you out. The recipe looks good! Thanks for sharing. Goodfellas is one of my all time favorites, might have to find it on netflix tonight.

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  38. Tarte blush for the win!

    I can't believe your heating situation. I commend you for staying calm. You're a stronger woman than I!

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  39. I would live in a snow suit. At least today was a little warmer.

    Lemon water - do you use fresh lemons or lemon juice?

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  40. Skinny chicken pot pie... yes and that big ole biscuit please! I hope you have heat this weekend and cheers to you for not crying. I cry a lot out of frustration too. It's soo irritating!!! But also a good release:)

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  41. i'm definitely pinning that pot pie recipe...and lemon water sounds pretty good, I think I might have to start doing that. do you add lemon for flavor to motivate you to drink it all before you head into work or is there more to the lemon than that?

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  42. I drink lemon water every morning too. Love it! I'm also working on a spending freeze in February. Jacob's helping me by editing my lists before I go to Target and I'm not allowed to stray from the list. That really sucks about your heater! I can't believe it's taking so long to fix it. If you're under warranty, can't they just give you a new one? I saw some of your tweets about the situation. Sounds awful!

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  43. Living without heat sounds like my personal hell. But kudos to you for staying so zen! Speaking of being cold, I will be joining you on the Feb Freeze. I definitely need to save after the complete disregard to money in December!

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  44. The 20oz lemon water cleanse. LOVE it! And sorry still no heat. You guys are troopers! Hope they find that part soon.

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  45. Fancy water! I o through phases where I make a pitcher of fancy water every day (lemon, cucumber, mint) and make sure to drink the entire picher. I need to make this less o a "phase" and more of a habit. Gus as a pup, be still my heart!!!

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  46. *smooches the puppy nose* If there is a hell, my hell is cold, so I feel for you. Also, this is the stuff of nightmares that has kept me in an apartment for far longer than I should be.

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  47. Behind in my blog reading...dont mind me.

    OMG Gus as a puppy!!!!!! Adorable! I love the green chest! I think colored pieces are unexpected and can really make a room. I am also a fan of the duvet you ordered and I love a lot of the Tarte make up and I am sure that blush is awesome.

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  48. BABY GUS IS THE CUTEST!!!!!!!!
    Processed mac 'n' cheese... not gonna lie - that made my mouth water. I have a very sophisticated pallet.

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  49. Tell me more about this lemon water. What does it do? I'm dragging this morning, so I'm looking for new ideas to perk it up. I only drink water about 90% of the time... and sometimes that needs some spicing up... this happens to be one of those times.

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  50. I have been drinking a ton of water these last couple of weeks and it definitely is making a difference. I like the idea of chugging a bunch before anything else. Maybe I'll add it to my own commute!

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