Oven? What's an oven?

I have owned my home for approximately eight months, and I have yet to ever use the oven. I have no memory of personally using the stove and I think I have used the microwave thrice. But, you wouldn't know, because that didn't stop me from getting an oh-so fabulous dining room table and decor! ;)

I was fortunate enough to have my parents "donate" their outdoor, deck table and chairs to my cause. They bought them only a year prior and were sold as outdoor furniture, but after one infamous Utah winter, their outdoor days were gone. I had them sanded and then painted white. And, it was pretty much love at first sight.

I love my dining room table and chairs so much, that I knew I needed to host my family for dinner. Naturally, someone else would have to cook the dinner {and they did}, but I would "allow" it to be ate in my home, on my dining room table. :) This was also nice because it warranted setting the table all fancy {as fancy as you can get with $15 dish set from Walmart}.

In complete disclosure, we didn't even use the bowls for the meal we had. I just thought it looked cuter for the picture that way. ;) Also in complete disclosure, I am not sure what we ate that day. Again, pretty much the only thing I am sure of is that I didn't make it. ;) Overall, I gave myself a solid C+ in adulting that day. It would have been a tad higher had I tried to cook and it would be way higher had I tried cooking and it was good. :) But I am just fine sticking with my C+ for now. :)

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Psst. Psst. This is me whispering very quietly. I am just going to jump in as if I haven't been MIA for over three months. 

I went and did it this time. 

Two months after adopting the most adorable kitties in the world ... I adopted a third! I know, I know. Full-blown crazy cat lady status right here!

I actually asked my beloved friends on Facebook how many kitties made someone a crazy cat lady. My favorite response? "Mindy, if you have to ask that question, you are already there."

To my credit {is it even possible to have credibility when owning three kitties}, I really just felt like a little white kitty needed me. So, without further adieu, I want to introduce you to my baby, Oliver.

 I think it goes without saying that after taking a look at him, I was sold and there was no going back. How could anyone NOT want this adorable creature in their home? And lucky me, my home it is!

I won't go into the details of how the seller told me I was getting a little girl. I won't tell you that I was convinced I was going to name her Marlee, Izzy or Ellie. I won't tell you that as soon as I got "her" home she was roughing housing like it was nobody's business and I was quite surprised that "she" was so wild. I won't tell you that during said rough housing "she" rolled over onto "her" tummy and my "I grew up on a farm" knowledge told me "she" wasn't a she at all. And I definitely won't tell you that I asked my family if there was anyway "she" could identify as being a female and we all just pretend "she" was still a she. No, no. I shan't go into all of that. :)

Just know that I love my little Ollie. He is laying against my feet as I type this right now and I ain't hatin' it. :)

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Lola & Milo

While adulting and stuff {read as buying my first home}, it didn't take too long before I realized, "Hey ... I own a home. I should own a cat."

Stick with me here. 

As a kid, I wanted to own ALL the animals. But somewhere between kidland and adulthood, that desire left. And I wasn't sad about it at all. I mean, sure, kitties and other animals are totes adorbs, but they can cause major problems, totes mgotes.

I mean, cleaning out a litter box or picking up pooh on my front lawn? NO.THANK.YOU.

Having to remember to feed them regularly and sometimes before you feed yourself? UH.UH.

I can remember going to my parents house several months ago. They have three cats. Because I talked them into it, sometimes, many times, much to their dismay{I like OTHER people having animals, just not me}. One of their kitties is a real bawl baby. She cries ALL the time. Mostly for food.  I vividly remember walking into their home STARVING and as I am trying to satisfy my belly's ferocious demands, the little bum wouldn't stop crying and get this - I had to put my hunger on hold for hers {I know, I know ... You're nominating me already for the world's best mom and I don't even have kids}. 

Yet, somehow. I buy a house. And suddenly?

Meet Milo and Lola. 

I adopted them from Four Paws Rescue {such an amazing organization in Cache Valley} and I could NOT be happier. I clean out their litter box, feed them before myself and even purchase them kitty toys! 

They are perfect in practically every way and I am obsessed. You can even think I am a crazy cat lady and I would probably agree. :) 

You know, I am "old" and not married. Sometimes you just cannot fight your destiny. ;)

So, kitty carry on. :)

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Working for a school district has some major perks. Like  being an adult and getting summer break! If I had a yearbook to sign, I would have said things like, "2 Cool 2 Be Forgotten" and "Call me over summer!" 

Let's not kid ourselves. I wouldn't have written that one. Or if I had, I would have written down the wrong number. 

When I left work Thursday afternoon for SUMMER BREAK, I instantly turned off my work phone and hid it for the the next 2.5 months. I will probably shed a tear when it is time to whip that bad boy back out.

For now, you can catch me on the flip side. Soaking in every single moment of NOT work. 

And just so you know, this is what the flip side looks like. 

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. 

However, I'd be lying if I said the stellar sun burn on my legs {and only my legs} wasn't too shabby. Because it is. But, I'd rather have sunburned legs after paddle boarding on my summer break than not having said sunburned legs because I was sitting in one of my 26 schools somewhere across the valley of Cache.

I think this paddle board and I are going to be seeing a lot of each other this summer.

What does summer hold in store for YOU?

P.S. It must be said that the boyf bought me my adorable rash guard {it's from Albion Fit} because I can apply sunscreen every 45 minutes and still get burned and he didn't want me to get burned! Adorbs. The rash guard and the boyf. :)
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Another home owner mishap ...

Remember how I spilled paint onto my carpet after owning my home for only 30 minutes? Yeah, that was fun.

Two nights later, we had another mishap.

When my grandfather passed away two years ago, I was gifted the most adorable bedroom set. Vintage and my grandmother inherited it from her aunt, so it is easily 100+ years old.  Unfortunately, the bed didn't take the move very well.

During my second sleep in the new home, I was awakened to falling off my bed. The head board leg gave way and the side board fell apart. :( While I practically fell off my bed. Practically.

I contacted several woodsworkman {this is sooo a word, trust me} and they might be able to fix it. Sigh. But so far, no definitive. Sooooo. I bought a new bedroom set.

But in the mean time, my room is a disaster and I am sleeping on a mattress and box springs on the floor. THEN I can show you my bedroom. Wait. Strike that out. As soon as I get the new bedroom set and get rid of those hideous green walls, THEN I can show you my bedroom. BUT!!! Again, this is all better than spilling paint onto the carpet of the living room floor of a home you've only owned for 30 minutes. ;)

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Sneak Peak! | Living Room

Guys, I have remembered to take out the garbage can to the side of the road three Tuesdays out of three. This is to say, although I spilled paint on my carpet within 30 minutes of owning my new home, I am still an awesome home owner!

Things are sllloooowly coming together in the house. So slowly that the living room is the only room in the entire house that is put together. :)

Technically, the little end table by the couch still needs to be painted white and will be gone for about two weeks to the furniture hospital for cosmetic surgery. That's the same problem with the kitchen. The bar stools, dining table and chairs need a little face lift too {some sanding and painting}. But I will take what I can get for now! Place a little check mark next to the living room and on to the kitchen! :)

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Remember that one time that I BOUGHT MY FIRST HOUSE?

Oh, you probably don't because I never told you about it. Because I didn't have internet at my apartment for the last month and to my knowledge, I still don't have it at MY.HOUSE.


I am a legit, bonefide HOME.OWNER.

And if you can keep this between you and me, I am going to tell you a little secret ... I am the WORST HOME OWNER EVER.

"Why?" you might ask.

Well, I will tell you.

It might just be that within the first 30 minutes of being a home owner, I spilled PAINT on my carpet! This may or may not be true, based on whether you can keep it a secret.

But what the heck? It is true.

No worries, though! My devoted sister was with me when I did it. And not only is she devoted to me, but she is devoted to clean homes and paint-free carpet. While I had to dash off to a meeting for work, she sat on the floor of my brand new home and dabbed the carpet over and over and over again until paint no longer dabbed onto the towel.

So, this post is either about the fact that I am the worst home owner ever or my sister is the best sister ever.  And with that, I am off. Fingers crossed to internet soon! :)

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Criminal Minds Style Torture

Hello, world.

It's been a minute since I have posted, hasn't it? Let's blame that on: going to Disneyland, getting really sick, working like crazy, buying a house* and being tortured, like Criminal Minds style torture. No lie.

When my severe autoimmune symptoms returned, I had doctor visit after doctor visit and test after test. This is nothing new. Except one of the tests was new. And, my, oh my!!

It's called a nerve conduction study. And what it entails ... is being electrocuted {yes, electrocuted} and having a needle being inserted up and down my arm and neck {yes, needle pokes not just in my arm, but MY NECK}.

I am pretty confident this has to be an episode of Criminal Minds. If not, I am highly considering writing it in as a suggestion.

And just for YOUR viewing pleasure, here are some photos of the grand experience. :)

The good news is, I don't have Multiple Sclerosis or any nerve damage. But the bad new is, they still have no idea what is wrong with me.

And with that, I am off. But I shall TRULY try to write more frequently. And I think I will have more to write about very shortly because ... * YES, I SAID I BOUGHT A HOUSE.

But for now, peace out, peeps! :)
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101 Most Shocking Moments of 2015

Well, 365 days have finally come and gone and it is that time again!

As always, remember these tidbits about the list:

A. For anonymity purposes I sometimes refer to a person simply as he or she. Thus, not all the he's or she's are the same person. As well as, some things are very, very vague. 

B. I tried to put each moment in its proper order, with the absolute most shocking moment as number one and so on ... But it gets really complicated ... and boring. So, top 10 are typically concrete, but I make no promises. The further back it goes, the less in order they are. 

C. I had a really difficult time not putting exclamation points at the end of all of these. :) Shocking moments deserve exclamation points, however, over-used exclamation points defeat the purpose of an exclamation point in the first place. :)

D. You should see how many YOU are in or apply to you and let me know!

And now, without further adieu ...
101. Elizabeth Smart had a baby and the media didn't find out about it until three months later.

99. Utah State's football arena, Romney Stadium, was renamed Maverick Stadium.

96. Elder Perry passed away one day after we were told he had terminal cancer. 

95. I realized that we, as a nation, missed out on the celebrity name, HillBilly, for Bill and Hillary Clinton. 

94. The Wichita State mascot. Ironically, it is called the "Shocker". 

93. Unemployment made me pay them back because of THEIR mistake.

92. Unemployment accused me of frauding them (I did not!!!). 

91. How small my tax return was. :(

90. That Chevy didn't think their new model of the Suburban looked exactly like a hearse

88. Exploding Head Syndrome. It's a thing. And I have it. :(

87. How ridiculous that behavior plan was. 

86. How many people think "I's" is a word. 

85. President Monson's health. 

84. People think Bill Cosby is innocent.

83. Bruce Jenner, one of the manliest men to ever live, became Caitlyn. 

81. I saw Star Wars and I liked it. 

80. How many days Star Wars was trending on Twitter

79. How Disneyland turned Tomorrow Land into a Star Wars themed land. 

78. I started watching Dancing with the Stars.

77. I was kind of obsessed with Dancing with the Stars. #teamcrikey

76. The black/blue white/gold dress debacle. 

75. The Amber Alert went off in my car - while the radio was OFF.

74. I reposted a Minion meme on Facebook. Ha.

73. The mouse that crawled out of a garbage can in a classroom at one of the local schools. 

72. My car was towed in from a spot that absolutely had no signs indicating I could not park there.

71. Mama's surgery

70. I left my key in my car, in the ignition, with the car running while at a restaurant for the entire dinner.

68. Mom thought Sebastian was a killer cat. 

67. The Q-Fever scare of 2015. :)

66. How easy it was to find a bridesmaid dress for Claire's wedding. 

65. Taco cat spelled backwards is taco cat.

64. His actions. 

63. The text rampage. 

62. I saw a headstone (in person) that has a woman in a bikini on it. She is deceased, her husband is still alive. That is how he chose to memorialize his wife. Ha. 

61. I was actually touched by Kobe Bryant's retirement letter. 

60. The first quart of the Las Vegas Bowl 

59. The first time I "favorited" something on Twitter and the heart did a color burst!! LOVE IT. 

58. How much I love BB8.

57. Twitter still doesn't have an edit button. 

56. Alex Boye didn't win America's Got Talent. 

55. The Mantua police department saved a woman from drowning in the lake - which means they did something other than give a speeding ticket. 

54. How many people on Facebook fall for ANY "repost this" post. 

53. I ordered a t-shirt in July and as of 1-17-16 I still haven't received it. 

52. After probably 10 years, I ran into my dear, dear high school cross country coach. 

50. How I cannot handle the relationships between Riley, Lucas and Maya on Girl Meets World. I NEED Riley and Lucas to be a couple one day. NEED. 

49. She confided in him over her.

48. My nephews and I named the new high school in Cache Valley and chose the school colors. 

47. Utah State beat Boise 52-26. The last time Boise had 50+ points scored on them was in 1998. 

46. David Collette quit two days prior to the USU basketball season starting.

45. How dramatic he is. 

44. I missed the Boise State vs. Utah State football game. 

43. When a post about being kind went viral on FB, I got hate email from stranger. Ironic, no? :)

42. The crazy lady in St. George. 

41. How horrific the movie Lone Survivor is, and I saw the edited version even.

40. My computer just shut off and I couldn't turn it back on. I started crying because I missed Steve and I knew he could have fixed it. I say out loud, "Steve, I don't know how to fix this without you!" And suddenly the computer turned back on and works just fine.

37. Stew actually followed through with it. 

36. Girl Meets World had an episode about believing in God.

35. The time autocorrect changed, "I want to see your response!" to "I want to see your rectum." Nice.

32. He just didn't show up to work. 

30. Utah State basketball played a pre-season game against Duke.

29. Steve's neighbor, also named Steve, passed away 42 weeks to the day that our Steve passed away. :(

27. Donald Trump was is leading the Republican polls?????

26. Kylee's four-wheeler accident. 

25. Gasoline prices were $2.00.

24. Gasoline prices went as low as $1.69.

23. The amazing birthday party the boy threw for me.

20. My septum was deteriorating.

19. He just couldn't forgive me. 

18. She refused to report unethical and illegal conduct. 

17. My severe autoimmune disorder symptoms came back. :(

16. My septum is now made out of my ear {gag}.

14. How so many people don't care and/or justify what Planned Parenthood does. 

13. Waking up to glass shattering in the middle of the night and thinking someone is breaking into your home.

12. The day I couldn't recognize Claire at the gym. Hahaha. 

11. Their blatant lies. 

9. They were early to an event.  

7. The letter we received that Steve didn't exist. 

5. Steve never lived in 2015. 

4.. Steve's 39th birthday was celebrated without him here. 

3. He lost hope. 

2. He chose her over another her.

1. He said goodbye.
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