Monday, August 27, 2012

Thankful

You know what feels really good? Running into your ex-fiancé with your new guy by your side and realizing just how far you've come.

Yep, that sure did happen yesterday. 

D and I went to the Rangers game and decided to go grab a beer at the bar while the rain passed over. We walked in, walked up towards the bar and as I reached the last step, I saw my ex-fiancé, Matthew, at the exact same moment that he saw me. It was one of those situations where if he had looked up a half second later, I probably could have pretended like I hadn't seen him and walked right on by. But once eye contact was made, I was shit-outta-luck. 

Introductions were made, tight lipped smiles were flashed and hollow hugs were exchanged. My favorite part was when we first walked up... I had said hello to Matthew and turned to say hi to his dad right about the time D looked at Matthew and said "well LOOK who it is!" Matthew bears a striking resemblance to one of my guy friends, Mark (who D has met a few times), and thought that's who it was. Matthew was probably all sorts of confused by D's reaction to meeting him. 

All in all, everyone played nice- even pleasant to the point that D said "he seems like a really nice guy" when we walked off. 

Ohhh honey. If you only knew. 

Seeing these two guys standing side-by-side just made me so proud of D and maybe more importantly, proud of myself for how far I've come. 

My taste in guys hasn't always been the greatest. Yes, there have been a couple good ones along the way, but the jerks definitely outnumbered the good guys. This makes me a bit of a cliché, but in my early 20's the jerks are what I gravitated to because the drama always seemed to keep things interesting. The nice guys just lacked that "edge" that I thought was attractive. 

Now that I'm older and have watched friends get married and start to have families, I just want to go back to the 22 year old version of myself and shake the ever living shit out of her. 

I honestly don't know what in the world I was thinking. Yes, the jerks might keep things interesting and might keep you on your toes, but you know what else keeps you on your toes? Kids. You know what sounds miserable? Having kids AND a husband that enjoys keeping me on my toes at the same time. I can't even imagine. 

I used to have to drag Matthew kicking and screaming to family events. D not only happily comes, but does so even when he's already put his time in AND I give him the option to pass. Even more importantly, he genuinely seems to enjoy spending time with the people that are important to me.

After spending eight years where damn near everything was a struggle, "refreshing" doesn't even begin to describe it. 

I feel like this is almost a PSA: if any of you girls out there are in your early 20's and think that jerk you're dating will magically turn into a nice guy and give you a fairy tale ending eventually, please please rethink that plan. And that sweet, maybe-a-little-too-nice guy that you are hesitant to date? You really should give him a chance. The drama may seem fun now, but dating the guy that has a good soul, is honest to a fault, tells you you're beautiful every. single. day, and will not let you touch a car door (even when you're the one driving)... is definitely a better idea. 

Trust me. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bar Carts

I have a newfound obsession with bar carts. I love the 50's retro feel of them which is kind of odd considering I have very modern taste in furniture.

Where I'm living now has a bar area so I haven't had a need for one. However, I have to admit that I'm a little excited that the new place is lacking in this department.

As a result, I've been on a mission to find the perfect cart. I've been scouring the internet, but everything I love is out of my price range (sadly, above cart included). And everything I've found in my price range looks mass manufactured, cheap and cheesy. I think I'm going to expand my hunt to resale shops and estate sales. Any tips for a novice resale hunter? I'm hoping to find one that has two or three shelves and is made of metal with wheels.

Some others that I love:










Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Operation Clean Out

With about three weeks until Moving Day, Operation Clean Out has commenced.

That would be cleaning out...

... the DVR.
... the freezer.
... the pantry.
... the closet.

And anything else I can manage to find the time to empty.

The worst thing ever is moving something to a new place, taking it out of a box and realizing that you haven't used it since the last time(s) you moved.

Granted, I am just moving down the hallway and up a floor, but I still don't see the point in hauling pointless, unused crap from Point A to Point B. This is the first time I've ever moved to a different home in the same location, so I'm trying to come up with ways to make the process easier. I just don't think a dolly will suffice.

While brainstorming, I tried to put Bossdad's integrity to the test and convince him that he should be my accomplice in stealing borrowing a luggage cart from a hotel in a couple weeks. How great would that be? I could use the rack for clothes and the bottom for boxes- BRILLIANT!

I got shot down.

In my defense, I was going to make sure they had plenty of carts AND bring it back after I was done with it. No harm, no foul- right?

He didn't seem to think so. Damn parents and their "lead by example" bs....  :)

Anyone have any other suggestions? My complex has a golf cart the security guard uses... maybe I could sweet talk him into handing over the keys for an afternoon or two? I have visions of me whizzing through the hallways of my building while people jump out of the way flailing grocery bags in the process.

Maybe I should move on to Plan C...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

See You at the Beach!

I just booked my first vacation vacation in about a year with the boyfriend. I got a little spoiled with all the traveling I did last year, but 2012 has been all quick trips and weekend getaways so I am pumped!

We had planned on going to Napa with a group of my friends in October, but that didn't work out due to our trip falling during crush. Instead of staying home, we decided to redirect! We both wanted to go somewhere tropical and we each had one request. His- all inclusive. Hers- no Mexico. So we settled on....

The Dominican Republic!






This will be our first vacation together so I'm anxious to see how well we travel together! The first trip is always interesting: how you handle the stress of airport navigation, finding out each other's ideal vacation lounging vs. activities ratio, the inevitable "bathroom" time, being together 24/7...

We're five months in, so I think we'll handle it just fine. If anything, the resort may kick us out due to D taking advantage of the all inclusive deal- that boy can eat like a linebacker! As for me, I'm just excited to stick my toes in the sand and maybe even get a dive or two in.

October can't come soon enough!

Monday, August 20, 2012

On the Move!

Great news over here at moose & lulu- I won't be out on the streets when the end of September rolls around! I signed a lease last week and move in less than a month. I love our apartment but the roomie has decided to co-habitate with her boyfriend, so I have been house-hunting for the last few months.

I tossed around the idea of buying a tiny house in the M Streets but ultimately decided that I just wasn't quite ready for that level of commitment. I hate that I'm not building equity in something, but I'm choosing to focus on the positive: the fact that staying in my current location means I'll get to take full advantage of the urban lifestyle for at least another year or two. 

However, finding a place was NOT an easy task given the ridiculous pricing of the rental market in Dallas right now. 

Everything in uptown is extremely expensive. No joke- I found this apartment that was LESS THAN 350 SQUARE FEET that was leasing for over $1,100. Ridiculous:

Are you kidding me?

Luckily, I found a hell of a deal (relatively speaking) on an apartment that has plenty of space, a bigger kitchen (yay!), and a workable closet. It's nothing fancy- no granite or stainless, but I'm not buying it so I figured space was more important than finish out. The fact that it's big enough to not feel like a shoebox is a definite bonus. And they are installing brand new wood floors and carpet before I move in!

I'm sad to leave Alex but can't wait to get settled into the new place!

Friday, August 10, 2012

July in Pictures

 He is so fat that he sets off the passenger airbag detector. Perhaps it's time for a diet? 

 What is it about bumbos that just make babies look so cute? Not that my niece needs much help. Look at how those toes poke out!  :)

We had Sunday Funday at Katy Trail Icehouse and we looked up and there was a Jeep in the middle of the (PEDESTRIAN) exercise trail. Annnnd a whole lotta police. I'm guessing the driver did not have a good end to his or her evening.

 Me, spoiled??  Not. At. All. 


 D and I had a nice little Sunday night grilling steaks downstairs and enjoying the hot tub. We cooked waaaay too much food. But that stuffed artichoke? Big fat fail from my favorite, Giada. It surprisingly lacked flavor. I may try it again sometime and just make up my own stuffing.

This is what happens when you start planning a fantasy football draft. My phone blew up like this for an hour. But we have the date set! 

 It's offical. I'm dating an aggie... *sigh*

 Post-vet trip to Three Dog Bakery. 

Roses from D.

 I saw this car and I had to take a picture for my brother. We both went to Sky Ranch growing up and I have so many fun memories of that place. Seeing that car made me wish I was 8 years old heading off to camp with a trunk full of pest repellant, labeled clothes, and peanutty crunch candy. 

We took a family trip to Phoenix to see Ms. Delaney.  

 Proud Grandpa.

Whitney and Clint at Tommy Bahama.

Gigi is also pretty fond of this little one.

I saw these in Anthropologie and desperately tried to rationalize buying them. Child to read them to? Nope. Possibility of learning french words I don't already know? Not likely in a children's book. Might look good on a shelf? Not really. 

Damn. Oh well... c'est la vie.

Hope everyone had a great July as well!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Making me smile today.

This:
So funny. If you haven't yet, you must check out Kate Middleton for the Win. Hilarious.

And this:

I go through spells of insomnia. One recently hit and it just kills me. A coworker gave me two of these to try out and both nights it worked like a charm. My day today was so much better than it would have been without one of these babies.  She said they are around $18 for 30, but I was able to find them cheaper on my beloved Amazon.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Waaaait!

This made me smile this morning and I thought I would pass it along. There aren't many things cuter than a baby elephant. Except maybe this.

Happy Friday!