Saturday, September 21, 2013

Taking Stock:001

I came across "Taking Stock" with Meet Me at Mikes.  Sometimes waking up on a weekend morning and doing a bit of blogging, is simply perfect! Plus, you might discover something fun.

Making : A ton of craft projects for Halloween.  I'm "pre-blogging" and making sure I take a lot of pictures of the different signs and craftiness that I'm working with for future October blog posts.

Cooking : More like "baking" but I made an amazing pumpkin dream cake and the frosting with this recipe is to die for!  If we really want to talk about cooking, I made this Cajun Chicken Pasta after I did a penned site all by myself. 

Drinking : Water, lemonade, and apple cider- can you tell that I love Fall?

Reading: So many books right now! I just finished Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), which was hilarious!  I've been tackling a few eBooks but mainly focusing on The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Wanting: To go to the Influence Conference.  I would love to go but Ryan and I just can't afford that, plus plane/hotel/spending money right now.  I hope all those who attend have a blast and I'll be following Instagram hashtags! :)

Looking: At my husband's beard-less face.  He recently shaved and he no longer looks like a lumberjack.  I swear, he looks like two completely different people with and without a beard.

Playing: More like Ryan's playing, but he's playing the new Grand Theft Auto V.  It was released this week and I feel like every guy I know (and ladies, too) are playing this game.  There goes husband-wifey bonding time. *le sigh*

Wasting: Frosting. Definitely just tossed the spare mini container of frosting that I made because I couldn't stop eating it. *le sigh* #toodelicious

Fixing: Holly's bad habit of hitting the door everytime she wants back "in" the house.

Deciding: To not follow as many "fitness" Instagram accounts.  After awhile I realized that so many of these accounts just had pictures of themselves in bikinis, boxer-briefs, or thongs.  The nudity started to overcome actual fitness encouragement, workouts, and healthy eating.  Rock on with your hot bod, but that's not why I follow them.

Wishing: For a new Fall wardrobe, especially this sweater, the boots, and that hurrr.

Enjoying: A Badger football game- definitely miss college gamedays!

Waiting: To become a 1st Lieutenant...but seriously. #onemoreyear

Liking: Happy Mail! I absolutely love getting snail mail or just fun packages.  Tracking an order on Amazon makes me giddy.

Wondering: About the talented team that made this short film for a film festival.  Cargo is about a family during the zombie apocalypse, and in a span of seven minutes, the film makers create an amazing story.  I've never heard of this film festival, but then again I don't know off too many, however, this was awesome!

Loving: It's Just Emmy's Hoop Exchange and now Garland Exchange!  The sign-ups for her most recent exchange just ended but I'm excited to be partnered up again.  My swap partner for the hoop exchange

Pondering: Over my planner.  I spent an hour on my last alert planning the rest of September-December in terms of tons of blog post ideas.  Then I went into the daily pages and started marking important days and when things needed to be mailed.

Considering: Becoming a doula.  When I was going into college, I really wanted to be an OB/GYN but the idea of science courses at UW made me feel like I wasn't smart enough.  I think I could have done it, but I wouldn't have had much time for other activities.  While working on my Master's Degree, I thought more about becoming a doula and how this might be a great opportunity for me.

Watching: Scandal! I'm totally a Gladiator now ;)

Hoping: That my next blogger book swap will be less stressful than the last and my co-hosts will be awesome :)  Also in the "hoping" category, I hope that we get a ton of great people who are committed to being great swap partners.

Marvelling: The beauty of birth and celebrating that our good friends, Troy and Sherry, just welcomed their second daughter, Serenity, into the world last night.

Needing: A vacation to Disney World, lots of character dinners, and a portable money tree for said trip.

Smelling: Nothing. The capsules give me wicked boogers.  Too much? Probably but keep in mind these capsules are as old as the Cold War.

Wearing: Light knit sweaters, long sleeves, and scarves! Love this fall-ish weather :)

Following: So many new Instagrammies :)

Noticing: That in less than a month, it will be ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween.  I love Halloween!

Knowing: that I'm becoming a more experienced, and better equipped deputy is an exciting thought.  I'm still pretty new but I feel way more comfortable in my job.

Thinking: About affordable ways to make Christmas cards this year.  I think I'm going to design some and then have them printed via Vista Print.

Feeling: Awesome that the Pope made a speech on not focusing so much on birth control, gays, and abortions.  I think Pope Francis is going to great things for the Catholic Church.  I grew up in that community, but no longer identify as Catholic because of how the church was set up.  He seems like an amazing Jesuit.

Admiring: These beautiful rings on Etsy.  Love the itty bitty mountains :)

Buying: More like not buying :/ Ryan has put me us on a strict budget.  I believe, living off love, is the phrase. #ugh

Getting: Together our spare bedroom!  We had the mattress, bedframe, and headboard arrive via Amazon this past week.  We're really excited to put it all together.

Bookmarking: Birth Without Fear Blog- it's so inspiring and wonderful!  I love seeing the updates on my Facebook feed from their FB page.

Opening: Lindsey Herber's baby shower invitation!  So ridiculously cute and I wish I could fly to California this minute!  I'm definitely putting together an awesome present for her and need to pick up diapers for that raffle ;)

Giggling: more like "excited hands" (it's a Kim-ism) over all of the exciting events and new that's happening.  A friend just announced that she's having a baby and another friend is getting married today! Yay for happiness!!

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  1. 1. Totally agree with you on the fitness accounts! I want to see fitness tips, not modeling pictures - even if you are really fit.
    2. Scandal!!!!! Great choice. I can't wait for the third season!
    3. Love everything you said about Pope Francis. I've been feeling the same way.

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

  2. I hope you have a good weekend Kim! I am spending a couple hours at the math tutoring center on campus since I missed a couple days of math and need the help with a certain section.

  3. Ha! It's the same way with my husband when he shaves. He's such a baby face when he's clean shaven. When he's got a bit of scruff, he looks a bit older but in a sexy, rugged way. ;)

    I'm glad to hear Pope Francis has more of an open mind. He's a modern Pope and I think that's going to bring a lot of people back to religion. When I was growing up and attending CCD, we were basically scared into our beliefs. I don't like being forced into anything. Especially a relationship with God.

    So many happy events for your friends! Have fun being a part of it! :)

  4. I actually deleted more fitness accounts today just because they were a little too thong-alicious for my taste. If you don't follow Jamie Eason, I would highly recommend it. She's a fitness model, classy, and so darn cute! I am totally a gladiator now ;)

  5. Also, if you ever need a fellow blogger to help promote your book-themed events, don't be afraid to send me an e-mail or tag on Instagram. I'd love to help, I just am really bad about tracking blogging things just because I've tried to make blogging schedules less of a priority in my life.

  6. I'm just about to wrap up my first grad class and it's kind of a sigh of relief. It's an online program and I really miss learning through a class on a campus. My job in the AF really inhibits that unfortunately.

  7. Ryan recently got a really nice shaving kit, complete with straight razor and badger-hair brush. It's fancy!
    I always love being a part of church programs that are really understanding and open-minded. A faith journey is so personal on its own. I think we're our worst critics, we don't need others assisting those negative thoughts.