Friday, March 30, 2012

Recent Purchases

I've been doing some shopping for the house since we moved here. I figured, we are in a whole new place, let's start with some new decor.

I found this mirror at the antique show that comes to the area once a month. Once we do all our painting, it is going to be placed in the dining room. 

These lamps, along with the other two selections below, I found at this great little consignment shop. I went in there looking for a cool secretary desk and came out with these items. As you can tell, I am going for a Parisian theme in either the bedroom or the office.

I am obsessed with the Eiffel Tower. I have a few black and white pictures of it as well. 

This purchase caught my eye when I saw the lamps. It has a much classier look than a cork board up on the wall so I think this will end up in the office. We plan on getting some new bookshelves and maybe a cute reading chair for that area as well.

Next weekend ( I previously thought it was this weekend) the antique show comes back into town with all the different vendors and we are planning on checking it out again. Maybe my desk will be there this time. Plus, I do want to find those awesome grey lamps I was eyeing up last time. Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You know it's a good day when... get to schedule an interview for a position at a corporation you didn't think you were going to here from; and pick up your dead ipod, start pushing the buttons and yelling at it and the apple icon lights up. It's alive! Guess it just needed a break; and had the best dang BLT sandwich eva!

Good times, peeps. Good times....

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits

  1. I have abstained from getting my McDonalds coffee for two whole days now! I think I deserve some sort of merit badge for this.
  2. That doesn't mean I stopped drinking coffee. I have just been enjoying the hot stuff at work instead.
  3. Remember my buy or save decision? Well, now I have a new one to ipod. Seems it has decided today is going to be its last day on Earth. It went dead this morning and no amount of begging, pleading, or incessant button pushing has brought it back to life.
  4. So now it's new Nook, new iPod or gym membership? (The ipod is going to win this one).
  5. There is a huge antique showing going on this weekend. I can't wait cuz I am really hoping I can hunt down these awesome lamps I found last month. A girl can dream, right?
  6. And wouldn't you know that my ipod quits working on the day I decide it's a good idea to start running again. Timing, I tell ya.
  7. Lastly, I have found a favorite red wine. For those who know me, I am not a fan of red wine and mostly prefer the white as I find the red to be too dry. However, Barefoot has an excellent sweet red wine that is scrumtastic. My new favorite and now I prefer that over the white. It's always nice to try new flavors.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Buy or Save

For the past couple of weeks, I have been contemplating some purchases and can't decide if I should just bite the bullet and get them or wait for awhile...or at all. The first one is a new Nook. I do miss m eReader but have been surviving quite nicely without it as well. Ai have been rereading several of my favorites and some other paperbacks I never got around to before so I have been keeping busy. It's about $200 for a new one (the one I want) so I just don't know. Maybe a library card would be a good replacement for now.

Secondly is a gym membership. I know. I know. If I spend the money, will I actually go. Plus,my job has a gym I could use, or I could work out at home/get back into running. That's free. I am leaning towards no on both decisions or maybe just picking one. What do you think?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Walking through Harrisburg Park

Here are some pictures I took while on my walk in Harrisburg Park last Saturday.  The park features two sports fields, several picnic areas, the local library, and horseshoe pits as well as a little off-road trail walks, which of course peaked my interest.

I headed through the park to pick up this trail. I love the feeling of being out in the woods, in the middle of nowhere.

That is, until I came upon this little gem hiding at the end of the trail...

The Historic Harrisburg Post Office and a miniature railroad area! How neat is that.

I forget what this building was supposed to be but it just looks old and rustic. 

You can see a little bit of the "lake" in the background and this wagon for the hobby shop. 

This was at the front entrance area, some antique pieces on display.

Can't forget the sweet railroad tracks! Apparently, the miniature trains actually run here but they are currently under maintenance.

Gotta love a miniature train trestle! 

I decided to take the road less traveled on my way out of the railroad area. This led me to a couple other connecting trails until I found myself back at the park. It was a great way to spend an hour outdoors in the a.m. Now, with all the trees in bloom around here, I can't wait for my next excursion.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Five for Friday

1. My little nephew, Xander, turned one year old this week. Such a big boy already!

2. I broke my damn nook. It got buried under a blanket on the couch and stuff got thrown on top of it, evidently too much weight, and now 3/4 of the screen doesn't work. Ugh. Guess it's time for an upgrade.

3. I am eyeing up two races, a 5k and a half marathon.

4. It is so beautiful here now that all the trees are in bloom. Can't wait for my next traik hike!

5. So happy it's Friday! Can't wait to do some projects this weekend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Work, Weekend, Wednesday

Let's just say that you can't lose 26 people in one day and not expect it to affect the office. It's been a pretty hectic week with it only being Wednesday and I foresee this crazy schedule to continue for at least a month until things smooth out. Good thing I got my resume out there again :)

But enough about work...I never got around to discussing our weekend. We had a pretty good time enjoying our new place. Brian has been setting up his garage and I explored a park here in Harrisburg that was pretty sweet. I took some great pictures but can't get the printer to cooperate right now so I will have to try to do some uploading over the weekend.  Sunday we went to this great bakery and got a bunch of scrumptious doughnuts (red velvet cake! seriously!) along with a coffee for moi and, along with Wilson, explored a huge nature preserve in Reedy Creek. So many trails! So much to do! Wilson absolutely loves trail hiking and behaves so much better than on his regular walks. It was a pretty good time. We also checked out a great little pizza place in our area, which had great pizza and a killer chef salad. It was nice to sit outside and enjoy the evening.

Now it's Wednesday and I think I should probably go accomplish something before it's time to unwind and veg out for awhile. Or maybe I'll just read for an hour. Yeah, that sounds good too.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crazy Work Week

It's tough enough to learn a whole new area of law coming into this law firm, but there is currently a major reconstruction going on with half the staff leaving and many more coming into positions, re-evaluating peoples' skills, shuffling the work loads, and the general chaos all of this entails that I have been leaving the office mentally drained every day this week. The long car ride home hasn't calmed my nerves that much either, but I did download a new book on tape so maybe that will keep me entertained on my long ride tomorrow.

Thank goodness for yummy red wine, a loving husband, and a puggle who's just happy to see me when I get home! I am sure in a few weeks the craziness will subside and the place will find some normalcy. Until then, Brian should just have a glass of wine ready for me when I get home :)

At least tomorrow is Friday!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekend Recap

We had a pretty mellow weekend. Friday night we went out for dinner at this awesome family diner here in Harrisburg. I had a great tilapia dinner and Brian had a philly cheese steak sandwich. The food is so yummy there with that great diner atmosphere...I do believe we will become regulars there.

Saturday was a big shopping day for the house. We spent hours in Ikea getting blinds, a pretty set of blinds for the patio doors, some vases and bathroom accessories and other odds and ends. I love shopping at Ikea, so many things to get and they are mostly reasonably priced. We also made sure to have lunch at the restaurant there...mmm Swedish meatballs! The rest of the day was spent at Home Depot, Target and Walmart. I think we got almost everything we needed.

Today I focused on unpacking more boxes and getting the office and guest bedroom in order. I could use some new book shelves for the office but otherwise it is pretty organized. Brian worked on building up his shed for the backyard and clearing out some of the garage. Wilson was chillin like a villain cuz that's how he rolls.

Now we are just waiting for some scrumptious pizza, I am enjoying some wine, and we are going to relax a bit with what's left of the weekend before works sneaks up on us again. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thoughts on Thursday

Well, apparently since I am the bomb-diggity, after only 7 days of work, I am being trained to take over one of my coworker's desks and all her clients. That includes the 7 or 8 ( i forget) different computer programs I have to learn before she goes on medical leave. Next Tuesday. Awesome sauce.

I almost ran over a ladder on the highway this morning. A few weeks ago, it was a tire-rim and all. What the hell peeps? Lock your shiz up so I don't crash my car. Thank you.

Still haven't gotten my hair cut. It's been 6 months and it's definitely in need of some upkeep. Thank goodness for ponytails! Maybe in the next week....

Speaking of upkeep, I think it's time I get back into some type of eat healthy/exercise daily kind of plan instead of the eat crap/haul boxes plan I have been focusing on lately.

Found another antiques place to hit up one of these this weekend. I am looking for a nice secretary desk to go in the fourth bedroom. I am all about getting my vintage on!

It's thirsty Thursday! I think I'll have a beer. Later!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Moving Update

Well, we are all moved in to the new house. I think we both agree that we love this place already. It's so nice and roomy with lots of storage for all our stuff and it will be so nice to find a place for everything because living in chaos is not for me!  We have actually made a really good dent in the boxes so far. The master bedroom is nearly done, the bathrooms, and the kitchen. The living room is getting close and then it's just all the remaining stuff for the guest rooms and office, which are on a slower time frame. I have put in a couple hours tonight after our two full days and will probably do the same tomorrow and Friday and then hit the rest of these boxes on the weekend. We also want to do some painting before anything goes up on the walls so we'll probably check that out this weekend as well. 

It is tough to learn a new area, move into a new home and learn a new job. My brain is mighty tired by 11pm and none too happy to get up at 6 either! After a couple weeks I am sure we will have a routine down and all the stuff will be put away and we will be ready for everyday living. Until then, I guess we just keep plugging away. Once the house looks a little more presentable, I'll take some pics and post them. After all that house hunting, it sure is nice to have a place we really like to call home.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Antiques and Trails

This weekend we managed to get out of the house and enjoy the area a bit.  On Saturday, we headed over to a big antique show they do in the area once a month.  I think we spent a good 3 hours there looking at all the antiques and collectibles.  I found a bunch of great items that I wanted but settled for just a couple of them. We picked up a cute wine style chalk board for the kitchen to go with the rest of our wine items and also a beautiful white distressed wood mirror that I may put in either the dining room or office. It is beautiful and I can't wait to head back for some more pieces next month when the show arrives again.  I love shabby chic design and am trying to design some of the new place on this concept.  It's always fun to shop for new stuff! I'll have to take a picture of it to post once we are moved in.

Today was pretty low key. We had a nice breakfast at home and hit the trails with Wilson in the afternoon. I think we managed 3 miles before turning around and heading home, which is pretty damn good for the puggle.  This evening I made a nice pork chop dinner and am enjoying a glass or two of wine and waiting on The Walking Dead to start. Oh yeah, and packing since we are moving in our new place tomorrow.

So, that sums up our weekend adventures. Can't wait for moving day tomorrow and finally getting our stuff back. You really learn to appreciate your things when you don't have them! Once we are settled, maybe I'll get some pics of the new place up on here as well. Until then, hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February Review/March Goals

Well, we have made it through another month already...where oh where did February go?  Time to reflect on the goals I made for the month and decide on what's in store for March.  As for February's goals, they were:

1. Find a house.
2. Find a job I enjoy.
3. Exercise 4 days a week.
4. Keep reading.

So how did I do?

1. We did find a house and move in on Monday. Yay! Once we are moved in and the dust settles, I will probably post some pics of the place.

2. Check on #2 as well. I have finished a week of my new job and so far so good, although the commute is less than stellar. Took me an hour to get home today. Thank goodness for books on tape.

3. Um..monumental fail. I exercised a day here, a day there and sat on the couch the rest of the days. Maybe that's another one for this month.

4. I did pretty good with the reading but could probably have devoted a few more hours to it. I'll give myself half credit for this one.

All in all, a pretty successful month. So what's in store for March?  Hmmm....

1.  Exercise 3 days a week.
2.  Explore someplace new, whether it's a new trail, town, or shopping center
3.  Try a new bottle of wine
4.  Read 2 new books.

Yep, pretty low key this month. What about you? Any plans or goals?