Friday, March 11, 2016

The weekly report: everyone gets a gold star.

(Just a random picture of Ariel on a billboard and a bunch of dog hair on my dash because I'm still working on taking more pictures of daily life...)

It was a big week over here guys! I started my new job (as I've said 100 times now, I know). And it went really, really well. It's only part-time, for a little 6 month old baby boy and 3 year old girl and they are seriously THE cutest. And it was a really good fit with the parents, which is pretty much the most important part. It is a bit of a drive, because they're uptown, but honestly I like commuting. (Esp. since it gets me out of hicktown SC..) I like the feeling of the "rush" in the morning and listening to music and being a part of the world you know? The downside is driving home though, because at that point I'm like starving and anxious to see Ted, and it takes way longer in the evening for some reason. Like, it's a 16 mile drive and it took 1 hour 15 minutes on Tuesday. (Traffic pictured above.) Not cool. But beats being at home all week. AND I made some $$$ for the first time in months. So gold star for me.

And then there's Ted, who gets a gold star also because he did so good! I know I said it (500 times) before, but it was the longest he's ever had to be alone Almost 11 hours one day, and he was just fine. He hasn't had an accident since he was tiny, but I still wasn't sure how long he would hold up you know? But he did great. Sure, he was WILD with energy when I got home, but that's okay. And he did eat his dinner so fast that he threw up right after, and now he's being weird at night, like whining a lot more, but he will get used to it. *Random side story: we were walking last night and crossed some guy on the sidewalk and Ted was like trying really hard to say hi to him so I was holding him back and said to the guy "sorry, he might jump on you" and the guy went, "training classes?" Like WOW THANKS GREAT IDEA NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT. (Sarcasm.) I'm still so confused why no one likes dogs around here. In Texas we let him run loose basically because everyone had a dog (plus a lot more area to run around in, which we're lacking here) and it was normal, but here everyone like goes in the other direction when they see us, and no one's interested in letting their dogs socialize, which we're not used to. So basically we're like the trouble makers of the neighborhood, haha. And then last night, some person pulled into a parking spot near us, and WAITED for like ten minutes for us to walk away (Ted was pooping lol) before she got out of her car. Like, what the heck? I don't get it. Anyways, rant over. Moving on.

Now let's talk about John who gets the goldiest gold star of all because he GOT A PROMOTION THIS WEEK!! (He's being very humble about it, so I feel I must brag IN ALL CAPS FOR HIM!!) I'm SO SO SO SO proud of him. You know how there are those certain people who really commit themselves to their jobs and really like live it out, and then there's people (..me) who show up, do minimal effort and just want to get paid? John is 1000% that first person. I wish he wasn't sometimes, but he is. He might not love it all the time, but he always treats his work like it's his own life (if I'm making any sense here) and no one deserves to be recognized for his hard work more than him. So GO JOHN!! I have to think of some way to celebrate this weekend. Any ideas?

It's such a recurring topic of mine (I know) but can I talk about food for a second? Has anyone seen "Cooked" on Netflix???? I put it on my watch list a while ago but I thought it was a show about restaurants or something, so I didn't really plan on ever watching it, but I put it on the other night as something to make me tired (lol) but it was really, really good! Watch it! John watched and liked it too and now we can't stop talking about cooking, and making "real" food. It was really crazy to see how much we don't cook anymore, and how we all just want easy, quick meals and of course all the preservatives and how far we've gotten away from the basics. I'm not doing any justice trying to explain it, so just watch it. Trust me.

And other eye opening things that have affected my life for the better this week are: 


These pills I picked up at Costco the other day. (On sale if anyone is a Costco member!) I really have no idea what they are, but they give me SO much energy. Sometimes I feel like an idiot because I self prescribe myself a bunch of pills that I have no idea if they really work (like, I take vitamin D everyday, is it doing anything? I don't know but I keep taking them just in case), but I can tell this really works. I packed one in Johns lunch today because I know he will love it. (I even put a post-it, "TAKE YOUR VITAMIN" lol.) 

And I started using a face brush again this week, (I have this Clinique one) and I forgot what a game changer it is. (That's really what they call it lol.) You're supposed to change the brush head out every 3 months, but that's kind of insane to me, so I just never got a new one until last week. But I can tell the difference. My skin feels soo good. My sister keeps bugging me that I need to wash my face with oil....she's obsessed, but I don't know about that. Does anyone do that? I just cannot see that turning out well for me. Even though she has literally the exact same skin type. I also just get scared to steer away from Clinique because I don't like mixing and matching products. (Like it matters, I'm sure it doesn't.) 

So that's about it. (Or enough of "it.") We have about a million things on our to-do list this weekend since John doesn't have to work, so we will be busy over here. AND it is so beautiful out!!!! I hope wherever you are, it's 70 and sunny too! Happy weekend. 

xx

14 comments:

  1. So happy to hear you like your new job! I have started doing a little business creating resumes and cover letters and having the extra money has been great, so I know what you mean!
    P.S. I need some of those energy pills for sure!

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    1. That's a good idea! It's hard to get some lucrative income, but kind of fun at the same time too.

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  2. Hahaha I love how you described people who work. I am so like you and my Jon is so like your John. Jon used to get so mad at me when we were in the Army and had to work together. We were the same rank but I was like, "Ehhh whatever!" and he'd be like, "You can't carry coffee up if we're a few minutes late! Do you know how bad that looks?!" I'm glad you like your new job so much! It's super important in that type of job to have a good relationship with the parents! I have no idea what B vitamins are for, but I take a prenatal vitamin still every day. I figure I might as well. It has to be good for me! And it prepares me for if we accidentally get pregnant again. Anyway, glad you all got gold stars :) Haha.

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    1. I kind of want to take prenatal vitamins too, it sounds cliche but I am trying to grow my hair out haha. And does it really hurt?

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  3. Congratulations to all of you!! Yay for a new job, John's promotion and Ted just for surviving being home alone lol! Hope you guys get lots of celebrating in this weekend!!

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    1. Thanks girl! I hope so too, but John "celebrated" a bit last night so we will see lol...

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  4. How people act towards dogs really pisses me off too. I mean, our dogs are the absolute opposite of Ted and are afraid of everyone, and it just makes me sad because they really are amazing dogs but everyone seems to be like, "Ugh, what horrible dogs" just because they don't want to come up to you (and one of them barks at everyone). Like, the vet I went to see was SUCH A BITCH about it (and also mentioned behavior classes), and for the follow up appointment last night I refused to have to get off work early for a third week in a row so I had to see a different vet and she was 100% better. Also some little girl ran away from me and the dogs walking behind her today. They weren't even barking or anything. And it really annoyed me, but honestly she was like 3 so she has the right to be afraid of strange dogs (or people...me) so I'm being irrational hahahaha.

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    1. Lol no I am the same. I walked by the playground the other day and a little boy (like 7 or 8) was like "oh no he's going to bit me!" And I like snapped back, "no he is not" and I think I must have scared him because then he got all shy and was like "oh I think I mixed him up with someone else." Lol but I've just had enough of these people. I try to make it a point to say hello or smile to every dog now because I just think it would be nice to have that reciprocated lol.

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  5. That's awesome about the new job! Glad that you are enjoying it & John's promotion! I'm surprised about the dog hating people in your area too. I see people walking their dogs all the time & I want to just go up and pet ALL OF THEM! The other day I saw a guy walking a Corgi & I was ready to just pick it up off the ground and run away with it. But... I don't want to bother people by asking if I can pet their dogs because sometimes they can be really weird about it so I just avoid them. And I take Vitamin D every day too & really think it helps! Especially during the winter. :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. I think it does too, but I really can't tell a difference when I forget to take it. But I think even it helps a little bit with the winter blues I might as well. Although it's super warm here now. How's Omaha????

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  6. First, congrats on your new job!!! So glad you like it and that the parents are cool (because obviously that make such a difference!!!) It's nice the kids are so young, too so hopefully they will learn to listen really well to you and love you and all that good stuff that young kids are good at doing when they get used to people haha seriously, I think younger is so much easier than older!
    And HUGE congrats to John on his promotion!!! SO so so awesome and exciting for both of you guys!!! Is it the kind of promotion where you move to AZ?? haha I know the weekend is almost over and I'm late to commenting but maybe like one day when he comes home from work (if you are home before him obvi) surprise him with this amazing home cooked dinner or something to celebrate with a little present of his favorite shirt brand or something?? It sounds cool in my head haha

    And next order of business!! Vitamin B IS BOMB!! It's like a HUGE ingredient in pre natal pills cause it helps with SUPER important things when baby is conceived/ first growing (like prevents spine and brain issues, helps with brain development) And in us it helps promote those happy hormones (like serotonin and dopamine) so it helps boost your mood and energy! Vitamin B is basically amazing! And vitamin D is the stuff you get from the sun so it ALSO boots happy hormones and is amazing! So you picked some awesome awesome ones!! I'm a little obsessed with natural ways to boost your mood and blah blah so I literally bought a book to teach me about all these different things a few years ago when I was having crazy bad anxiety and wanted to try fixing it myself. ps it worked :)

    xo C

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  7. Congrats on your new job (and John's promotion!) Exciting things all around :) I have a Clarisonic face brush and SWEAR by it. I never understood the appeal of a $200 brush for your face but yeah, I drank the Kool Aid.

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  8. Hold on, is Ted a lab? HOW ARE PEOPLE SCARED OF LABS? They are such nice dogs. I also would have had the same reaction to the guy who said training to me. Luckily, DC is pretty dog friendly. I wish there were more dog-friendly restaurants and shops here though.

    Also congrats on your new job and congrats on John's promotion.

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  9. i know lots of people who wash their face with oil.. i don't think it's for me lol. i haven't got one of the face brush thingys, they are so expensive, i don't want to like them! good to hear your new job is going well, and congrats to john on the promotion! who doesn't like dogs? that is so weird. though to be honest, if i was walking/running and a dog jumped on me i'd kind of freak out haha. but not if there were people with the dog.

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