We have a problem at the Bungalow. The Bella cat is fat (ha, I made a rhyme). This is how my girl looked when I first got her:
9 months old, back when cell phone cameras were not so sweet
Miss Belly Fat is now three and half, and weighs a whole heck of a lot more. At her check up in April, she had gained a pound in a year, which is a lot for a kitty! Now she looks more like this:
Chilling in the bookshelf right before we moved.
Butt fat overhang on the windowsill. (RED DINING ROOM THROW BACK!)
Miss B loves food.
That last one really gets me. It's from two nights ago and is so funny. She was watching Abby eat, longingly looking at her own empty bowl. She eats her recommended amount of food that I pay a fortune to feed her (all grain free, I guess grains are bad for fat kitties?). I just like to think of her as more to love.
Do you have any pets? Are they as fat as the Bella chat? (I like to call them chats, it's French for cat and it makes me feel fancy. When I'm feeling VERY fancy I call them petite chats)
This morning I forgot my phone at home. You better believe I turned around in the middle of rush hour traffic to go get it! When I forget my phone I feel like I have a limb missing. I treated myself to some Starbucks to reward myself for calmly handling the situation and not screaming at anyone in traffic from the confines of Chuck (my car has a name, does yours?).
While in the Starbucks drive-thru, this happened:
They started knocking that gas station down with a vengeance, and I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was so loud. When the awning hit concrete, it sounded like a horrible car accident, scraping metal and a huge bang.
With the combination of that and a grande Skinny Caramel Macchiatto, I am awake and ready for the day.
Last night Shannon the Bargain Hunter found a lamp at Lowe's for $20. Due to the original light fixture in the office (think scrolled metal with Edison bulbs), it is quite dim in there. With the addition of my beautifully "slipcovered" chair, I wanted a lamp for a little reading corner. I am taking 7 hours worth of online classes next semester so I will be spending a lot of time in my office.
The scissors don't usually live on the chair.
I don't know if it going to continue to live there yet. It might move to the other side near the window, but I thought it was quite the bargain for $20.
How is your day going? Do you feel naked when you forget your cell phone? Also, if you have a name for your car I want to hear it! I recently named Andy's new car Jan the Jetta, except the J in both is pronounced in German and sounds like a "y". Naming cars is a pretty big deal to me.
dinner at blue sushi in the old market | christmas tree up and decorated! | we did a whole lot of this after eating | the birthday boy in our "new" office chair | creighton bluejay's basketball | the old market christmas lights | a bag full of just red and green sour patch kids. seriously. amazing. | los chats testing out the new chair (i think they just like my cheap-o "slipcover", see below) | some of the tasty food from the party, we had so much food
I was too distracted by the delicious food I was eating to take any pictures of the FOUR feasts I devoured this weekend. Two on Thursday, one on Friday, and one Sunday. Happy Thanksgiving to me not being able to fit in any pants anymore!
With all of the friends and family we had in town over the past week, we had such a good time over our four day weekend. Good company, good food, and lots of beer = Shannon is a happy girl.
Did you score any Black Friday deals? We are not Black Friday people, so the only shopping I did was on Saturday where I made a quick trip to Target for my "slipcover". My parents gave us a chair of theirs that was once probably fashionable, but now looks like the 80's threw up on it. Slipcovers are expensive, yo! I was not spending $100 to cover a free chair. I bought a fuzzy gray king size blanket at Target for $25, draped it over the chair, and called it comfy-chic. Voila!
How was your Thanksgiving? Did you eat as much as I did?
I have so much to be thankful for this year. I am so thankful to have Andy in my life, to have the beautiful Bungalow to live in, my family who has been my strength and foundation the past 23 and a half years, Andy's family who has accepted me as one of their own, my education, just to name a few.
Short post today... we're busy putting up the Christmas tree! What are you thankful for?
So I went to Hobby Lobby and got to work. I purchased 9 12" x 12" black frames (seen here) that were on sale for 50% off and this scrapbook paper pack (seen here) for 40% off.
The scrapbook paper is 12" x 12", so there was no need for trimming. The thing that really got me stumped were the frames. They came with no means of hanging them. No nail holes, no hooks, etc. We ended up getting some of theseguys and gluing them to the top of the frames with some epoxy (we used this quick set kind). We used painters tape, a laser level, and a tape measure to make sure that we were hanging them straight and in the right places. The fact that the frames are a perfect square made the measuring process quick and easy. What was not so quick and easy was when we went to hang them. The fact that we added the hangers ourselves made them not so level and they hung in various states of disarray. After lots of careful moving and adjusting, I am pretty happy with how they turned out.
We also purchased this metal circle-y thingy for 50%. Andy asked if I had planned to hit Hobby Lobby this weekend because of the sales, and I had to let him in on the little secret that everything is always on sale there :)
Have you done anything crafty lately? I'm always looking for ideas!
I hate cleaning. I will crawl under my covers and hide from it. It's not like we live in a garbage pit though.We do keep the Bungalow clean, but it's torture for me to do it. Have you ever noticed that there is a difference in normal everyday cleaning and cleaning for company? I just did. Who knows if one of your friends will open your seemingly harmless linen closet looking for that extra roll of toilet paper, only to have piles of towels and sheets rain down on them? (I have that thing stocked just so, and if you don't open the door right, you run that risk...)
Another thing. We have cats. Two cats = twice the fur. I always feel like I need to apologize in advance for the cat hair they will most definitely have clinging to them by the time they leave. So I try to suck all the fur out of every possible nook and cranny with our trusty Dyson Animal, but the fur just seems to multiply. Do you think hanging a sign on the door that says "CAUTION. Proceed at your own risk. Cat hair everywhere." is overkill?
So tonight I have a date with the vacuum, various spray bottles of cleaning products, and my Swiffer. How do you handle the cleaning at your house? Zone cleaning? Do a little everyday? Clean all the things?
To cheer my somber cleaning spirit, I am re-reading my favorite Hyperbole and a Half post. Make sure you check it out. Try not to get the church giggles at work.
dinner at our favorite place, the Dundee Dell | Ben's awesome Movember mustache (I'm sad the picture is so dark, but we were in a bar) | Abby cat in her favorite spot behind the kitchen sink | dining room art project almost complete! | los chats, snuggling up in the guest room | downtown Omaha on Saturday night | dinner at Jazz with live music from the balcony | hobby lobby is so entrancing with their 50% sales | yep. it was awesome. so awesome.
I feel like the weekends are never long enough. Thankfully I have a 4 day weekend coming up this week. I made two trips to Hobby Lobby this weekend AND a trip to Michael's. Hopefully I will have everything up on the walls for a post tomorrow. I'm super excited about how it turned out!
Our housewarming/Andy's birthday party/Notre Dame party is this Saturday and I am struggling with appetizer recipe ideas. What are your go to recipes when you host a party?
Last year at this time, I was in Maui with my family celebrating my parents' 25th wedding anniversary. It seems like such a long time ago. Maui is a very special place to my family. It has been our vacation destination for many years, starting with my parents' honeymoon. My dad usually travels four days a week, so the frequent flier miles add up quickly, which enables us to take vacations like this.
But on this lovely Friday I am in Omaha, where it is very cold all of a sudden. Our weekend plans include a big fat nothing, which is a welcome change from how crazy last weekend was. What are your weekend plans? Does your family have a special vacation spot?
Do you ever think to yourself, "it's going to be one of THOSE days"? When you wake up tired, your mascara clumps, and you discover a snag in your leggings on your drive to work? Yeah, that's where I'm at right now.
But then I find things that make my day brighter.
Have you seen this video? I love it so much. Andy and I laughed for a long time yesterday after watching this.
Our favorite Chinese place has been having some issues with their signage lately...
I'm so immature.
What do you do to turn your day around when it's off to a rocky start?
hanging out on the porch enjoying the nice weather (we have been having mid 50's temps here, it's a miracle!) | geese on the pond at work | holiday party invites | rockin' the bang braid | leopard flats | los chats cuddled up | fall pumpkins on our porch | new spice rack with magnetic jars, holla! | new best friend, whole foods lip balm
Electrical work in an old house can be a bit scary. We do
have knob and tube wiring on our first floor, with a few runs of updated Romex in
there as well. I have lived in brand new houses my entire life (other than the
apartments I have lived in the past few years) and have never dealt with any
sort of electrical wiring. Knob and tube wiring was just something that I had learned
about on Holmes on Holmes.
A little knob and tube action sticking out of the ceiling.
When we first installed a dimmer switch in the living
room a few months ago, I got my first view of the knob and tube in our walls.
Needless to say, it totally freaked me out. After years of watching HGTV, they
had hammered into my mind that knob and tube = bad, bad news. Andy constantly
assures me that it’s fine as long as we don’t overload it. I still freak out
every time we do anything electrical to the house.
Just asking 4 billion questions from my vantage
point directly below Andy while he updates the light fixture.
The majority of the updates in our house were done by an
amateur. We knew that coming into the house. But some of the things we find
while making our own updates shock us. For example, this gem:
Yep, that’s masking tape.
That is the old dimmer. The ground wire, obviously
ungrounded, is taped to the back of the switch with MASKING TAPE. If that didn’t
start a fire over the years, I don’t know what will.
This in an old outlet that we had to replace. I
accidentally covered it with paint, so it’s a bit hard to see. Every other
outlet in the house had been updated, except this one. Why? We don’t know. The
wiring was 120v, perfect for an updated outlet.
We ran into a couple issues with updating the outlets (or
as Andy likes to call them by their proper names, “receptacles”). When updating
the old outlet, the new outlet sticks out farther than the old one. Also, in
the other outlet, the box was installed in the wall crooked and the outlet was
installed with drywall screws to make it straight. We tried to do away with the
drywall screws, but now have a crooked outlet. Andy said he can fix it. Yay
more electrical work!
The room is finished as far as paint and electrical work.
I couldn’t get any decent pictures last night of the new fixture, it was too
bright! I’m going to try again after work. But, here’s a little sneak peek
without the new fixture.
Now all I have left is filling my bare walls and to add
some curtains. What do you think would be a good curtain color? Accent colors
for the walls? Andy thinks white or black curtains. I like teal, shocking. What
did you do this weekend?