30. Operation: Feel Pretty

Ha. Anyone who knows me well enough probably saw that last post and went, “Sure, Edi, tell us another one.” Ah, they truly know me and my tendency to over extend myself. Good news: the semester is over! I now have approximately two months until Beatle arrives and I’m going to use this time to do fun things like reading and crafting and deep cleaning the house. Okay, that last one isn’t necessarily “fun” but when you’ve been carrying around the guilt of not being about to do the chores you want to because of other commitments even house cleaning can look appealing. I have a list of goals in my head and I’m going to eventually write a post about each one. Today, we’re going to get my mojo back.

I don’t know who these women are that find pregnancy exhilarating, but I image they’re the same ones that go running on the beach in white pants during Tampax commercials at other non-pregnant times of their lives. I, for one, am exhausted, cranky, stinky, and I look something akin to Gollum most days. Pregnancy glow, my ass.

As you can imagine, this has dealt a healthy blow to my self esteem (as well as pregnancy hormones doing their part, of course). Now that I’m out of the second trimester and almost half the way through the third, I’m going to try to start doing things that will combat the little voice in the back of my head every time I struggle with what clothing to wear in order to cover my ever expanding waistline.

Things that I want to get back in the habit of doing:

  1. Putting in my contacts and putting on make-up every (work) day: I’m definitely still pregnancy exhausted but not nearly the same way I was even a month ago.  I need to get back in the habit of actually spending time on my face and hair because they are habits that make me feel good and that I genuinely enjoy doing. Well, I genuinely enjoy playing with make up… doing my hair is another story. Thankfully, I have the best hair stylist in the entire world who uses her magical powers to provide me with the perfect wash and go hair style. In any case, I always feel better when both parts have been taken care of instead of just waking up with enough time to wipe the crusties from my eyes and run a brush through my hair before throwing it into a sloppy ponytail.
  2. Doing my nails (or getting them done): Granted, every single day increases the struggle to reach my toenails, but I’ve already recruited the Mister to paint them for me as long as I do the prep work. Also, daily prenatals have given me fingernails that grow alarmingly fast and I haven’t even remotely taken advantage of them! For shame!
  3. Wearing clothes that are comfortable and stylish: I won’t lie to you, I’ve embraced leggings in a way that I did not know was possible for a fat girl. Mister picks on me because he says they aren’t real pants and I just tell him to hush because no real pants fit over his unborn child that is currently residing in my belly. Leggings can be cute, though, and I’ve been trying to make sure I wear things that make me feel better about my ever-expanding waistline. Also, maxi dresses from Old Navy are my new favorite thing. I’m considering trying some maxi dresses from Lane Bryant so that I can have a few newer outfits to transition me into post-partum land. I’ll try to put together a whole new post on pregnancy plus-size fashion alone.
  4. Take time to do stupid beauty rituals: Between the dry desert air of Texas and the skin-drying effects of pregnancy, my hands look like I’ve gone 10 rounds in the ring with Dempsey. (My Grandmother would appreciate this reference and use it as a jumping point for a story about my Great Grandpa, the boxer.) I need to get back into the habit of doing those stupid beauty rituals (like using Mary Kay Satin Hands) that take extra time but offer a chance for some extra pampering. I know that I will have zilch time for these things once Beatle comes so I need to take advantage of them now. Especially now that the semester is over and I have normal human amounts of free time again.

I think four goals are ambitious enough. I’ll try to remember to post pictures of Mister’s paint job on my tootsies. It will probably look 1000 times better than the job I do, as with most things he does. (Not laundry though, I definitely kick his butt in the laundry department.)

29. Return after a looooong hiatus

Well, hello again.

It seems that I allowed my hectic life to sit on and smother what little time I had devoted to this blog. Sorry about that. I know, you were probably panicked; wondering if I’d ever resurface. I’m sure you spend every waking hour rereading my past posts trying to find some sense of pattern that would predict when I would decide to return. More likely, the four people that actually read this are also friends with me on Facebook (as well as in real life) and already know exactly how the last 9 months have gone.

Let me sum it up for anyone that hasn’t been following along through other outlets:

  • Started a Pintrest (isn’t is amazing?)
  • Married Mr. Z in one of my favorite spots in all the land and spent our honeymoon in glorious Chicago
  • Bought a house and moved into it the night we returned from the honeymoon
  • Started a new job at the University I’ve been taking classes through the day after we moved into the house
  • Became pregnant sometime between starting the new job and the week of Thanksgiving (which is when I did the actual pee-stick-test)
  • Adopted two more doggies within all that mess which means I am now outnumbered by men at a 4:1 ratio
  • Oh yeah, and I was still taking two classes in my Master’s program

Phew. I have had a wonderfully exciting, chaotic, stimulating, and overwhelming last few months or so. The fact is, I’m really ready for a big dose of boredom. Especially considering the upcoming addition to our mostly-furry family, I feel the need to soak up any and all moments of relaxation and calm.

Luckily, my new job is nothing if not calm. I’ve found myself in the midst of one of the more serene environments that I’ve ever experienced. Yes, we still get crazy days where there never seem to be enough people or hands, but the people I work with are just calm. It is a very nice change of pace that will hopefully allow me to get back on the wagon with this project. For all the changes that have occurred, I’m still seeking out my original desire: a focus on the things that embody my true sense of self.

25. Finally! More room!

Unfortunately, this whole project dropped off the face of the Earth. This was due mostly to the fact that I just didn’t have the time or the space to work on my little hobby. Although my absence has made me feel like a lump, I’ve also been able to keep my creativity on the back burner. I always do better with things when they’re on the back burner because then my brain can turn it over a few thousand times before I spring to action and complete my idea in a frenzy of activity.

It just so happens the Mr. and I are moving from our little bitty one bedroom and into a two bedroom apartment. Theoretically, the second bedroom will be a shared activity room where his tools and my craft supplies will exist in perfect harmony. Realistically, I will have my crap spread out all over the place like a dog marking its territory. We shall see how long it takes him to catch wise to my masterful plan of occupation. (I’m putting my money on immediately as he will probably read this blog post, being the wonderful and supportive man that he is.)

This extra space comes with perfect timing as we got engaged over the holidays and the extra room will allow us to start setting up house. In other words, I’m finally going to be in a place long enough to decorate! 😀 Here’s a tease of what I’m thinking so far:

  • Living room: teal and red, black accent
  • Kitchen: lime green and teal, red and black accent
  • Bedroom: blues and teals, white and yellow accents
  • Bathroom: who the hell knows?

I’m so excited for all of the blog posts this will give me! Huzzah!

19. Mmmmm…. Muffins…

Mmmm…

I don’t like blueberries, but I love blueberry muffins. I especially love when they have sugar on top and it becomes all crunchy and delicious. This time I decided to try brown sugar. I would call it a success but I think that maybe some cinnamon would compliment the brown sugar next time.

Ole!

I discovered the taco flavored ground turkey and decided to make some psuedo-tacos with what I already had around the house. I added some rice to the cooked meat because I had a teeny bit left and instead of lettuce I used some leftover sprouts. It was pretty much the most delicious thing I’ve ever made. I might just be saying that because I’m a sucker for anything TexMex.

 

Piles and piles of squares….

This is as far as I’ve gotten in the Mario blanket. Did you know your hands can cramp up after crocheting too much? I’ve added about 10 more squares since I took this picture but I’m still pretty far behind as Heather’s birthday was last Tuesday. I’m guessing this project should be done by May…. 2013 (unless the world ends).

15. Too poor to buy what I already have in my pantry

This winter has not been kind to my skin. I blame the whipping winds, the vast amount of yarn that I handle these days and the fact that nine times out of ten the water in my tap comes out scalding hot. (The hot water, while horrible for skin’s moisture retention, is nice when you’re taking a shower to thaw yourself, though.)

A while ago a blog that I read compiled a list of reader submitted homemade skin care recipes. I have always loved sugar scrubs but I have stopped buy them in recent years because a.) I’m poor and b.) I hate buying something that I feel like I could make myself. One of the recipes caught my eyes so I’ve decided to test it out.

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13. And it begins…

Okay, the time has come for me to start the project that I knew would be starting eventually.

Yes, that’s right. I’m going to start the 8-bit Mario Blanket. This will be Heather’s birthday present, as she is the one that requested it. I debated posting about this at all since it kind of ruins the surprise, but I need all the stuff I can get to talk about on here. Besides, maybe this will be fun to see the progress along the way.

11. More window shopping..

I had to go to Target yesterday to pick up a couple things and, since I had some free time, decided to meander through the home decor section. This could turn out to be a tragically bad call as I completely fell in love with one of the collections they had rounded up and displayed. Every piece is perfectly coordinated to go with the color I painted my bedroom. Things that I want at Target can be a bit frustrating because they are reasonably priced, yet still somehow out of my budget. Sigh.

But since we’re just window shopping right now, I can show you what I would purchase, if I could purchase…

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10. Time to prepare for the new year…

So this year has brought about a lot of changes in my life and in myself. I won’t bore you with a detailed rundown of the crazy ass things that have happened this year; we’ll just say that I could — and probably will at some point– write a book about 2010. I started this blog project as a way to combat the flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants feeling that all of these changes caused and although I haven’t really figured out exactly what I want to specifically talk about, I think I’m well on my way with every post I make.

Speaking of writing posts that relate to a common theme, I’ll say that I haven’t made any new earrings lately because I’ve become quite the little crocheter. I haven’t tried anything new since learning how to granny square, but I’ve made two scarves and a tiny baby blanket, so I’m feeling a wee bit accomplished. I have one more baby blanket to make before I can get started on presents for the March birthdays in my life. I do have some ideas for earrings on the back-burner of my brain though, so I’m looking forward to finally being able to make them a reality.

As far as things that I have learned in this new job? Did we know Hemp Milk was a thing? Also, hemp crackers, cereal and cookies. When did hemp become edible? I’ve been told the milk is actually pretty good so prepare yourself for a post about my first taste. Maybe I could eat hemp cereal with hemp milk and sprinkle some hemp cookies on top?

Oh! And I finally hung things on my walls! My room is almost where I want it to be. I felt motivated to make my apartment seem less like a brightly colored hospital because the man in my life is coming to visit for a few days. 🙂 Needless to say, I won’t be making a post while he’s here. I will be –ahem– preoccupied.

9. One project to check off the list!

I’m sorry it has been a while since I’ve posted. Finals have consumed my entire life and, honestly, I haven’t had much to report. Well, that’s a lie. I did finally find a job! I think I’ll actually be able to incorporate it into this blog in a way. My new employer is a funky, gourmet grocery store so I know there will be a bunch of fun, little things to talk about. There’s a whole wall of gourmet ice cream pints, for heaven’s sake! The public needs to know!

I did finish one project, though.

So about a month and a half ago I was contacted by a friend of a friend on Facebook who said that she had seen my blog and was wondering if I would make a blanket for her to give to her 5-month old grandson. She said that she understood that I’m still an amateur but that she gave each one of her daughters a crocheted blanket when they were young and she wanted to continue the tradition with her first grandson. I liked the idea of having something I made be part of something significant to someone else, so I agreed.

I just finished today and we’re still negotiating price and sorting details, but I was so proud of my petite blanket that I thought I would share some pictures.

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7. Granny squares and future ambitions

So I was inspired by something that my friend (Heather of It’s My Life) pointed out to me via StumbleUpon to try something new in crocheting. I’d like to point out at this point that I am at best a crocheting novice and so the only thing I’ve ever been able to make is the odd scarf. I used to know how to make hats, but I have since forgotten.

The project that I’m hopefully working up to is an 8-bit Mario Blanket made out of granny squares. There seem to be a variety of granny squares, but I decided to learn the type in the tutorial connected to the blanket instructions.

As it turns out granny squares are pretty easy once you master them. I can’t wait to have the time to sit down and make a whole afghan of them!

Here’s my finished product:

 

Also, remind me to a do a post on StumbleUpon. I am obsessed!