Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Is There Such Thing As TOO BIG?

Is there such a thing as too big ... when it comes too infinity scarves? I finished this bad boy a couple weeks ago and it's HUGE! 


That's wrapped twice ... But I can get it around THREE times!


It's so cold these days around in these parts - so I want to cover every inch of my body as possible!


I do love it! Tempted to make myself a second one!

What do you think? Too Big? Too small? Or Just right?

~Trish

Linking up with: Hookin on Hump Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ::: The Girl on the Train

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

 
 
"Let's be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.” 

What do you think?
True?
 False?
 Maybe both?

~Trish

Friday, February 13, 2015

Five on Friday

TGIF! Right?
As I figured would happen - I'm feeling a bit sick today. Sore throat and a throbbing in my temples. Hopefully this passes quick! I'm too tired to be sick!

One:
My current read is annoying me.
I'm audiobooking The Girl on the Train and some parts are good and some parts just drive me bananas. I think it's because it's quite reminiscent of Gone Girl which was good(ish) but not one of my favorite reads.

Two:
Chipotle out the waa-zoo.
Earlier this week Troy brought home a shit ton of chipotle. I should've taken a picture for you folks! There were burritos and tacos galore! I've managed to stuff my face with quite a bit of it but had plenty to share with co-workers and with my mom. Some girls get nice fancy presents from their lovers - this girl gets chipotle. LOL

Three:
Baby shower planning.
I am throwing a baby shower for my pal Ashby...I have never thrown a shower all on my own before. I'm quite worried about how it's going to turn out. I considered having it at my house - but I think my condo is way to small for the amount of people that will be invited (and do I really feel like cleaning before and after the party - probably not). I've decided on a private room at Brio for a brunch. I got the room booked and the date pinned down now I have to do all the rest of the planning. Hopefully this turns out decent/fun. I don't want anyone talking about how tacky it was in the end.

Four:
Taxes.
I've pretty much finished up my taxes - except for officially filing them. I'm not too happy with the end result - my own fault though. I took money out of my IRA during the time I was preparing to buy my first place and during the process of buying my first place. If you've ever taken money out of your IRA you know they tax the hell out of it + some more. So I'm suffering from that. I was hoping to get a refund back to stack my savings and pay for the baby shower - but that won't be happening.


Five:
I'm addicted.
...to Vampire Diaries. I know. You're asking yourself "is it 2010?!" but no. I wanted to catch up on the show but I couldn't remember where I left off, so naturally I started from season 1 and have been watching at least two episodes every day since last weekend. It's so good. I love this whole teenage vampire love stuff. 


That's it for today! What's on your Friday Five list? 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Loved, Liked and Learned #5

TGIF. I can't believe that it's FRI-YAY. This week dragged like a mo-fo but it also seemed to fly right by me.


LOVED this week:

::: That I got to treat my mom to a super delicious birthday dinner at Founding Farmers. Have you ever been to that place? I've never had anything there that wasn't good.

::: Ashby sent my mom flowers for her bday and signed the card "From your favorite daughter." and my mom thought I sent them. LOL. I almost took credit for it.

LIKED this week:

::: Troy and are on a movie kick lately. We watched John Wick and I actually really enjoyed it. I started looking up the "Sad Keanu" memes after watching the movie and I couldn't stop laughing. Go ahead - take 5 minutes and google Sad Keanu.

::: Sent my stepmom some flowers for her birthday and I LIKE that they got there on time (barely - who delivers flowers at 8pm?!) but they are not that cute (at least it was cuter online - she loves sunflowers):


LEARNED this week:

::: That my information may be compromised do that to stupid Anthem hack. WTF. How annoying is it to have to worry about my social security number, birthday and address being out there for the taking - AND right around tax time? UGH

::: How much my manager makes on a non-commission/bonus pay period. The guy had his pay check face up on his desk when he called me in to look at something on his computer. When he noticed me noticing it he goes "WHY did you tell me that was there?!" uh - who keeps their paycheck out on their desk anyway?!
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What did you LOVE this week?

What did you LIKE this week?

What did you LEARN this week?


~Trish

Friday, January 30, 2015

Loved, Liked, Learned #4

Happy Friday! 


LOVED this week:

- That Elizabeth Day said she's going to be joining in on this week's LL&L!

- That Troy suggested that I rearranged my office furniture and once he moved everything it's SO much better!

- My TEASER from Oprah's What I Know For Sure.

- I downloaded a gratitude app and I'm trying to make the effort to add one thing I'm grateful for each day.

LIKED this week:

- That I got new business in and some upgrades so I'm getting closer to getting out the negative for the month!

- I made it to the gym TWICE so far this week (a big accomplishment for me). Hopefully I get to the gym again today!

- Link ups! I'm linking up @ Friday Favorites, and Friday Favorites,


LEARNED this week:

- (And I should've already known this) You can't trust people - even the ones you think you can trust. Some people not only throw you under the bus but they are also the driver of the bus.

- If you take a toilet paper roll  and cut it down the middle with scissors it makes THE PERFECT way to keep your gift wrapping paper from unraveling!


~Trish
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What did you LOVE this week?

What did you LIKE this week?

What did you LEARN this week?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I started a Gratitude Journal (because I'm cool)

As part of my new year revolution I started a gratitude journal!

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I think from time to time I will share my gratitudes with you! 
Here's what I was grateful for this week:

SUNDAY:
*Quiet time
*Yummy homemade dinner that Troy and I enjoyed
*Extra time to lay and lounge in the bed

MONDAY: 
*A big fat juicy bacon cheese burger and a large side of fried

TUESDAY:
*Snow Day/work from home day! Gave me time to catch up on admin that I desperately needed to get done
*Troy re-arranging the furniture in my office making everything just...better!

WEDNESDAY:
*Gym Time aka music, sweat and me time

TODAY:
*These inspirations (from HERE)





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What are you grateful for?

Do you keep a grateful journal (or app)?

~Trish

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Recommendation::: Necessary Lies

I just finished another really good book and I just HAD to share it with you!


via goodreads: 
Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?


*****

I don't normally give out 5-star reviews but this book I had to.
I can find no fault in it.
I very much enjoyed reading (listening) to this story.

I recommend this book to you my friends.

This book takes you right to North Carolina 1960s and puts you in a world you may not even know exists (at least I didn't). We all know the gender roles and race roles of that time period - but what about the roles of Social Workers who had the opportunity to make a choice of rather a young (poor) person should be sterilized or not?

In this story you get to hear both sides of this story (I LOVE alternating chapter/character voices) and you'll enjoy each character - it's really hard not to.

Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so good, her characters are believable and she makes me feel something.

I enjoyed this!

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Are you a Diane Chamberlain fan?

Does this sound like something you would read?

Now that I finished this - do you have a book recommendation for me?


~Trish