Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy to be Alive, Because: Lemonade + Local Friends.

1. It's August!  I love Fridays, I love new months, and I love months that bring me closer to to pumpkin candles and scarecrows. So today is a really good day.

2. Megan has moved to Orlando! 

I knew Megan and I were going to be great friends when we both went on a trip to LA two years ago and didn't know each other, but still adventured all over together all week. If by the end of the week you are taking grainy selfies (see above) together, you know the friendship is a keeper. 

3. Sushi and blueberry lemonade. 

Which is how we celebrated Megan's move to the great city of Orlando. I told you, a keeper. 

4. I plan on spending my entire weekend by the pool. Reason #873 Florida is the greatest: I can talk about pumpkin candles and pool days in the very same conversation and it's totally normal.

5. You can still go win yourself some money. Happiest of Fridays to you!

What made you happy to be alive this week?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pros + Cons: Living in a Studio Apartment.

At the end of May, we moved into a downtown studio apartment.  I absolutely adore it.  It's my favorite place I've ever lived and it makes every day feel significantly more cool.  If you're thinking of moving into a studio, my vote is yes, yes, and yes again.  However, as with anything there are good things and not so good things about living in a studio.

Pro:  There's way less to clean.  Less space, less cleaning.  More happiness.

Con:  If one thing is messy, your whole house is messy.  In a house with rooms, you can just shut the door on a mess.  In a studio, if you leave your laundry out on the bed...well, you look like a slob.

Pro:  You'll get out of the house more.  I adore my studio, but it's just one big room.  Getting out of the house is a must.

Con:  If you live with another person and are both home at the same time, you are  a l w a y s  in the same room.  I realize that a better wife may have put this under the pros list, but no.

Pro:  You'll accumulate way less junk.  We moved into a studio at the end of May, and I am still throwing away stuff from our old apartment that we thought we needed.  Here's the thing:  If there's space, you'll fill it.  If there's not, well, you won't.

Con:  Unless you've lived in a studio before, you'll most likely have to get rid of at least half of your stuff.  This ended up being a pro for me--I had entirely too much crap--but it can be overwhelming at first.

Pro:  Way less steps to the coffee maker in the morning.  Bonus points if you set your coffee for the night before, because it's really great to wake up to your entire apartment smelling like coffee.

Con:  It's a little difficult to have pets.  I have a really small dog, so it's the perfect amount of space for him.  If he was any bigger, though, I'd feel really guilty about the lack of space for him to run around in.

Pro:  Utilities are way cheaper.  There are less lights, less electric, and way less space to heat and cool.  So that sad, giant bill you get every month will shrink quite a bit.  Rent is also usually much cheaper.

Con (or maybe a pro):  Studio apartments usually don't attract families.  The cheaper rent and often really great amenities (I have a rooftop pool, hello) tends to appeal to people in their twenties.  When a bunch of younger people live in the same place, there are lots of parties and lots of music and lots of visitors.  On the weekends, I love this and think we live in the most magical place in all the land.  On the days when I've got to wake up for work, not so much.

What do you think?  Would you ever live in a studio?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy to be Alive, Because: Summer & Fall.

1.  I'm having entirely too much fun with the Party Party App.  Mostly just with Gatsby, but hey.  Who doesn't like having a photo booth in their pocket at all times?

2.  I can't get fall off my brain.  I love summer and am usually so sad to see it end, but I'm getting more and more excited for scarecrows and pumpkin spice lattes. 

3.  Because I have fall on my brain, I've already ordered the fabrics for my fall headbands.  Here's a little sneak peek...I can't wait to get my hands on them!
4.  In an effort to get more serious about my shop, I'll be creating an entire new line for fall.  I am SO excited about this.  That means that as of August 18th, all of the current pretties will be gone.  Until then, you can use the code "SEEYASUMMER" which will mark everything down 25%.

5.  It's still summer.  Because even though I am extremely excited for fall, it's still July, and I love that can cart myself, a book, and a mimosa up to the pool this weekend.  But let's get real...I live in Florida.  I'll be doing that until December. 

What made you happy to be alive this week?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 things you hear when your husband is a medical student.

Let me start off by saying that I love being a med-school wife.  I love it because being married to someone who is doing what they absolutely love is really just the best thing in the world. Yesterday, Chris delivered a baby, so we celebrated with champagne.  I mean, that's just fun.

Of course, not everyone understands that, and sometimes that lack of understanding comes across in the form of terrible  hilarious  rude  interesting comments.  Some people are legitimately interested and ask normal questions or make encouraging comments.  On the occasion that I meet a doctor's wife, I'll get something like a salute.  And maybe a cookie and a whisper that it gets better soon. But most people say a variation of the same ten things.  Every time I hear them, I think, "One day, I will write a blog post about the words coming out of your mouth."  Today is that day, my friends.

1.  But it's like a job, right?  He gets paid to go to school?  Did you get paid to go to school?

2. he doesn't make any money?  Crazy thing, with the 80+ hours a week my husband works at the hospital and studies, he doesn't have a second job.  I know, I know, what a bum he is.

3.  Loans are such a bad idea.  So is giving unsolicited financial advice.

4.  How do you even live like that?  <-- WHAT IS THIS QUESTION?!  Why do I hear it so much?!

5.  "So are you like, poor?"  There can only be two outcomes to this.  Either we are, and it's offensive that you would comment on it, or we aren't, and it's offensive that you would think so.  You should just always skip this question.

6.  You guys must have so much free time since he doesn't have a job.  

 7.  Oh!  So it's like Grey's Anatomy?  I can't even tell you how many people say this after I explain something like residency.  I've never actually seen Grey's Anatomy, but I usually just say yes anyway.

8.  Why didn't you just wait until after med school to get married?  I don't, maybe?  Let's just go ahead and say that if someone is already married, you should probably never, ever ask them why they got married.

9.  It must be so nice to never have to go to the doctor!  On the days I'm feeling feisty (ahem, every day), I'll ask them if they've ever seen anything on TV about someone who was not a doctor, but kept a full stash of prescription drugs in their house...they say yes, and it's almost always a 60 Minutes or a documentary on a serial killer their talking about.  So there's that.

10.  So do you like, make tons of money?  

Honorable mention:  
I had already written this post, but I was just in the elevator and someone asked me: "So do you just sit at home and wait for med school to be over, for like four years?  You just sit there?"

. . . . 

Thank you, kind stranger.  I now have the perfect ending for my blog post.

Do you ever get "interesting" comments about what your significant other does? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Writer's Block & Growing Wings.

Real talk:  I have had the worst writer's block of my life since April.  I think it started with turning my final manuscript in.  I spent years bouncing this story around in my head, trying to think of new ideas.  I would hear a song on the radio and my first thought would be that a certain character would love that song.  I would wake up in the middle of the night and ask myself what their favorite fruit was, what they were afraid of, what they wanted out of life.

And then I sent in the final manuscript, and all of that was over.

Except, it wasn't.

I still assign songs I hear to these characters.  I still dream in book scenes.  The only difference is, that story is over.  It's been started and finished and printed.  And while that is wonderful, it's made it extremely difficult to do any sort of new writing.

And then this week, the lovely ladies at Litfuse tweeted this image:

And just like that, I want to write all the words, ever, all the time.

Because those are my words.  Those words are in my book.  And seeing them typed out so beautifully like that?  It makes me want to write more.

So here's to new writing adventures.  Cheers to new stories, new blog posts, new ideas and words that dance in your head until you absolutely must get them down on paper.

"Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down."-Ray Bradbury

How do you deal with Writer's Block? 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy to be Alive, Because: Friday & Gatsby.

1. Friday is here, people!  I've said it before and I'll keep saying it: Friday just sounds so much sweeter on some weeks rather than others.

2. Chris. I've had a crazy, crazy week. One of those where you try to figure out everything in your entire life and then question everything you figure out at least twice. To have those weeks while living with someone you love that actually cares about your life? Incredible. 

3. As of this week, my book has been out for 3 months! That means I should be getting the first report soon. I can't wait to see how things are going and to try to decide next steps for that. 

4. I haven't had creamer since July 8th. This is huge, because I am a coffee freak connoisseur. But I was absentmindedly reading the back of a bottle and realized just how much sugar I was drinking (guzzling) first thing in the morning. I mean, as soon as pumpkin spice creamer hits the stores this will all go out the window. But it's nice to know I can actually do it. 

5. Gatsby cries every morning until I open the blinds. Then he sits and just watches out the window. It's the cutest thing ever.  

What made you happy to be alive this week?