Saturday, April 30, 2011

Living vicariously through others

When I got to town in early March, C was still searching out furniture and home d├ęcor. At this point, he is pretty settled and is not delving into different home improvement projects. So I have been a bit bored without a home to decorate with someone else’s money!

However……my brother needed furniture! He has a great house in Abilene, but he had it all filled with his college furniture. That included a card table as his kitchen table, a trunk for a tv stand, and white pleather couches that he got second hand in 2005. It is very much a bachelor pad.

We got lucky, though. I had visited a liquidation sale at the old Wynn Dixie in Abilene, and this was a true liquidation sale. Everything was discounted, and when you walked into the store, a salesman always let you know that all the prices were negotiable. C and I both picked up a bunch of accessories there, and he also got 2 $350 paintings (so $700) for $200 without even haggling.

When my brother and I hit up the liquidation sale today, we were on a mission. It is probably the last week of the sale, they are down to using only half of the grocery store instead of the hole thing, and options are a bit different at this point. But prices are better!

My brother walked out of the store with a sofa, love seat, coffee table, two end tables, a kitchen table, and 4 chairs for $1700. Yes, $1700. The sofa and love seat set STARTED at $1800, and he got all of that stuff for $1700. I was proud to be a part of such a fantastic sale experience!

It was also refreshing to shop with him because he cares, but he doesn’t care. Shopping with C, he has very defined opinions on what he likes, and he would rather spend days shopping to get the right thing. My brother does not have very defined ideas of what he likes, and therefore is much easier to please! Hence walking out of the store with all of that stuff after looking around for half an hour.

Overall, I am glad I had the chance to once again live through others and help spend someone else’s money J

Do you enjoy home decorating?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

8 weeks.

Well, today is a milestone. Today marks 8 weeks since Dory the Es-cop-ay entered the city limits of Abilene, TX, carrying my parents, half my stuff, and me to my new home and to my boy. I can honestly say that 8 weeks ago, I never thought I would make it this far.

I am amazed with myself sometimes at how far I have come, and how much I have shown myself. I feel like as a kid, you are always waiting to grow up…..and you never really know when you have gotten there. Somehow, I got here and still don’t quite believe it. I moved 1600 miles across the country, leaving my parents and most of my support system behind in Maryland. I am financially 100% independent, I have a great job and a lot of responsibility, and I am maintaining a healthy relationship with my boy. I am truly an adult.

When I set foot in Abilene that first day, I didn’t realize how slowly and how quickly this time would pass. When my parents walked out my door to go to the airport, and my mom and I were both sobbing, I felt like my heart would never feel whole again. The first week I was here, I literally had to take every ounce of pride and strength that I had to simply put one foot in front of the other. I didn’t think I would last two weeks in my job, let alone two months and counting. C made me promise to give him a chance and stick this out for a month, and I hardly noticed when that time finally came around.

I am also feeling ready for more changes in life. I wanted to ease into being here, because I knew it was a huge transition for me. Now, I think I am ready to get a dog, maybe join a church, and most importantly…..become a Texas resident. This is a huge step for me……giving up my Maryland identity. I am a Marylander at heart, and I always will be. I love my home, and I wish more than most things that I could have C and Maryland, but at this point, that isn’t in the cards. For the first few weeks here, I didn’t even want to unpack because in my head, somehow I was convinced I wasn’t staying here. Unpacking was a big deal, and getting my car registered and a new license is going to be an even bigger deal.

However…..I didn’t move to Texas to put my life on hold. I moved to Texas to put my life on the fast track! I moved here so that C and I could progress in our relationship, move forward, hopefully get married. I knew when I came here that this wasn’t temporary, so it’s important that I do what I can to set down roots here. This is my life!

Most days, I do just fine, but some days, it strikes me how much I miss everyone at home. I miss my friends and my family….I miss family holidays, I miss driving around town with Shannon listening to music, I miss shopping all the time with Dani, I miss spending random nights hanging out with my boys, I miss easy weekend trips to see Kit and Bre, I miss running with my dad and going over to my parents just to hang out, I miss swinging by WMSC and knowing I can hang out with Kerri for a few hours and just chat. I miss Freckles. I miss knowing every street corner and 10 alternate ways to get just about anywhere. I miss hills, and trees, and people without a Texas twang.

But don’t worry about me too much…..there are plenty of things I like about Texas. I love being here with my boy, and finally getting to be an everyday part of each other’s lives. I love being near my brother, something that I am trying to savor since I know it will be short lived. I like the plethora of Mexican restaurants here, and the delicious steakhouses in town. I like meeting new people, like all of Collin’s friends and people I meet at work.  I like the people I work with.

So there are plenty of things I am liking about Abilene, and I am excited to keep this adventure going and to see where it takes me, and where it takes me with my boy.

So happy 8 weeks in Abilene to me!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

17. Not drink soda for 2 weeks

I cannot believe it.

I have not had soda in a week!

Last Tuesday was the last day I had a soda, and it has been dicey since then, but I have made it!

C and I went to Dallas/Fort Worth this past weekend, and I whined for most of Saturday about how thirsty I was for a Coke! I got headaches a couple days because of the lack of caffeine.

HOWEVER......I am doing it! I think once I sufficiently break the habit, I can afford to indulge myself every once in a while with a soda. But really, it was getting to the point that I wasn't even enjoying a good Coke. I was drinking it to drink it, and cause I was semi addicted lol. I would drink 3-4 sodas a day, and I was just feeling so gross.

So hopefully I kick the habit all together soon and don't even crave soda anymore! In the meantime, I have been finding alternative beverages. I tried a V8 Splash, which was pretty good, and I have been drinking lemonade, tea, other juices, and of course tons of water. I have been trying to make water the primary alternative, but especially with a meal, I really like having something with flavor.

So hopefully in another week, I can say it has been TWO weeks without soda! Not only would that be amazing, but it would tick off another item on my 101 list!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

What I'm Reading!

I can admit, I have been a little reading obsessed since I got my Kindle!

I started off on the Kindle by reading Roses by Leila Meacham. It was a historical fiction book about a Texas cotton farming family. It was a LONG book, but it was gripping throughout the whole thing. The writing and suspense drove you to keep reading to find out what happens. I highly suggest it for those interested in historical fiction.

Then, I moved on to Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. As usual, if I see a movie coming out that is based on a popular book, I make it a point to read the book before I see the movie. I had heard good things about Water for Elephants, and I was not disappointed. I highly suggest it, and I am going to try and get C to read it.

Now, I have a few on my queue. For my actual book reading, I have The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. I am reading that periodically and haven't made any substantial progress, which to me says it isn't gripping me. On my Kindle, I purchased The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig. It is part of a series that I discovered a few years ago. It is historical fiction about the 1800s spy rings of England and France. It also incorporates a good romance, so I enjoy them. I also have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson waiting for me on the Kindle. I have heard good things about the series, so I am trying it out.

I am really excited that in just about a week, the next Sookie Stackhouse novel comes out! I am excited to read it, and with the Kindle, I am basically excited to read in general.


As far as a review of my Kindle goes.......I love it! I take it everywhere with me. I have a pretty decent case for it, so it protects it and also acts as a stand to set it up in front of me to read. Because of this case, I love taking it with me to eat. I tend to eat out fairly often, and I am alone fairly often. I will go to fast food style places (anywhere where I don't get waited on) and eat alone, and I used to take a book with me. Now, I have the kindle, and the nifty stand for it, so I can set it up in front of me and read away while my hands are busy getting food to my mouth! It also held a charge, with the 3G turned on, for about two weeks. I am leaving the 3G turned off now, except when I am buying something, to see if that extends the battery life. Either way, though, a two week battery life when you read as much as I have been is pretty amazing!

So, if you are thinking about getting a Kindle......do it!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Things I Want......Birthday Edition!

A lemon beagle!


Monogrammed necklace from Marley Lilly


Canon Rebel T2i


North and South on DVD






in case you are feeling generous, the pictures all serve as links :P



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Turbie Twist!


I cannot believe it has taken me this long to write a post about my Turbie Twist. I was so convinced I had, I had to go back and look at all my posts to make sure I hadn't! This post is really aimed at my fellow ladies who wrap their hair up in a towel turban when you get out of the shower.

My mom bought me my Turbie Twists (2 pack!) as a bit of a joke stocking stuffer. On Christmas Day, I tried it out, and have not gone back since! I have used it every single time I shower in my own place.

The Turbie Twist is a hair drying towel. It looks so goofy when you pull it out, and I was so confused how to use it! Once I figured it out....I was amazed at the innovation! One of my biggest complaints about using a regular towel for your hair is that it is heavy on my head and if I bend over or try to do anything, it falls over. I don't usually immediately dry my hair after a shower, I usually putz around my apartment for a bit and then go dry it. So have the Turbie Twist has been awesome!

This is the Turbie Twist


And this is how you use it!

Once you twist it and pull it back, just tuck the end into the loop on the back of the towel! It stays snug on your head, dries your hair, and makes it easy to move around and do other things while you are waiting to do your hair/your hair dries a bit more. I have also found that it really absorbs the water in my hair, so my hair drying time is so much less!

All in all, I LOVE the Turbie Twist! Check out the website and give it a try!



Sunday, April 10, 2011

Every once in a while, I am not the LAST person to jump on board.


Meet my newest and favorite gadget! I am in love :)

I bought a Kindle on Saturday after thinking about it for a few months. I have been debating, and I am so glad I took the plunge! I spent probably 2 hours reading yesterday and probably a good 4-5 today! It pretty much has not left my presence since I bought it. I took it to a party last night that C and I went to. I took it to lunch today. I carry it back and forth around my apartment as I move around. It is pretty absurd how much I love this thing.

After using it for a bit, I will come back with a review of what I think! Oh, and while I am on that note, check out the book Roses by Leila Meacham. It was my first Kindle purchase, and I am 66% through! (as told to me by my Kindle!)


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Get Excited......Apartment Pictures!!

If you are my FB friend (which you COULD be!), then you have probably already seen these pics. I finally got my apartment together to take some pictures! It feels nice to be settled in (even though I just moved some of the loose stuff over to one of the spare bedrooms haha) and have most everything put away.

So enjoy the pictures!


The view from the front door into the kitchen.

The kitchen.

Hallway to Spare Bedroom #1

Spare Bedroom #1

SB #1

Spare Bedroom #2

Spare Bedroom #2

Spare Bathroom #2

My bedroom

My bedroom

My bedroom

My bathroom

My living room from the kitchen!






I am glad to finally be settling in :)



Monday, April 4, 2011

Nicknames

I love nicknames. I live for nicknames. I intend to name my child a good solid name…..with a good solid nickname :P I don’t think C agrees with me, because any time I mention a name I like, followed closely by “And call her ______”, he tells me how terrible of an idea that is.

However, when you grow up with as many nicknames as I have, it’s hard not to be a supporter. In all honesty, I think my dad has an inability to not create nicknames for people, which is why I have so many and love them so much. I had friends of all names growing up, and he had nicknames for most of them…..Danielle was Daniellio, Amy was Amykins, Shannon was Shannonay, Dani was Danaroo, Jimmy was Jimbo. He calls one brother Palso and the other Estu…..and there are stories behind those nicknames.

So really, my dad got the ball rolling on the unique nickname from. When my parents named me Abigail, I think they chose it for both the full name and the nickname (abby…..duh). As a baby and toddler, they interchanged Abby and Abigail when talking to me, and I’d say it was probably school age when I firmly became Abby. However, if you knew me growing up, you would have heard everything from Abby to Dabba, Dabba Doo, Abba Dabba, Dabba Doobio, Turkey, and Babe. And those were just within the family. My parents and brother still call me Dabba. I have friends from elementary school who call me Dabba because my mom was the loudest parent on the sidelines and at any sporting event, you could hear her yelling “GOOOOO DABBA”.

In high school, my friend Kathy started “Abz”, which is one that has definitely stuck (although I hear my nicknames less these days lol). Some people occasionally call me “Ab”. My friend Kit started calling me Abby Loo Loo because it just made sense in her head. That has since been shortened to Loo Loo, Loo, or Loo Loo Ba-goo. Another friend, Bre, calls me Abbers. Shannon calls me “loseer” or “Abigil”, which are terms of endearment derived from typos.

To me, a nickname indicates some level of comfort and intimacy in a relationship. If I am comfortable using, or even more drastic, CREATING a nickname for you, it says to me we have a close relationship and I don’t feel formal with you. I have worked to create nicknames for C, and maybe something will stick other than the typical terms of endearment. I pretty much never refer to him by name TO him haha so it’s hard to create a nickname! AND nicknames shouldn’t be forced. So I will stick with my typical girlfriend nicknames for now, and go from there J

What are your nicknames? How did you get them? Do you like them (I have a friend who hates our nickname for her haha)? Do you want nicknames for your kids??

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My er.....dulcet tones?

Singing.

I wish I could sing. I REALLY wish I could sing. If I could have any superpower in the world, first I would pick teleportation and then I would pick singing. I think it would be that awesome. I consider it a super power!

I was reminded of this cause of Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy episode. As each character belts out his/her lines to popular songs, I was overcome with jealousy at their ability to sing. I mean, I’m not horrific. Your ears aren’t going to start bleeding if I sing in your presence. But I can’t belt it out. I have recorded myself singing, and my singing voice is weak.

However, my complete lack of singing prowess does not prevent me from belting it in the car, typically when I am alone. Shannon and I used to spend hours, all summer, driving around Perry Hall singing my latest mix cd. We would go to the mall, the snowball stand, the pool, or just…..nowhere. And we sang and sang and sang. For fun, I would jack the music up really loud, get both of us singing REALLY loud to a song we knew, and then change the song right in the middle. That always led to Shannon awkwardly stopping mid word, but not before belting out another note or two. This was usually followed by “Dammit! I hate you!” I even got in my first car accident because I was so distracted by singing in the car with Shannon. I hit a milk truck, right Shan? Milk was everywhere, such a mess! J

So, if you can sing……know that I envy you. If you can’t sing…..know that I feel your pain. Belt it out, though, loud and proud. I have been singing “I am Woman” for days (in the privacy of my apartment)!

Have a lovely Saturday and sing a few notes for me!