Back in Houston

Hello Houston, I’m home. I’m not happy one bit about being back in Houston. My ❤ is in Kansas right now and I still have another 3 weeks (maybe less) till he is here with me. I can’t wait to start my life with him.

Houston is hot and humid still, I miss the cool days that we had in Kansas this past week. I actually really like Kansas, even though everyone says Kansas sucks. The scenery is beautiful, there are seasons, cooler weather, amazing architecture, small towns and the Army base was great.

Hopefully here in a another day or so, I will have the pictures from my trip edited and I will do a big blog post about my trip to California and all the way to Kansas. For it being my first road trip by myself, I actually enjoyed it and had fun. The drive was horrible all the way to Kansas but I was extremely happy to be there with my future husband.

Stay tuned for pictures from my trip.

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Happiness is like a drug…

I haven’t written in a long time now and have been meaning to post. I am in Kansas right now with the love of my life, my future husband. I drove all the way from California here to be with him. He’s my rock, my soul mate and my best friend. This will be a short post seeing as how it is 2:45am and the boyfriend and I need to wake up early to go work on the volvo. Today we worked on the volvo and changed out the radio, air intake, cleaned the throttle body, painted the headlights, corner lights, tail lights and cut off one of the mufflers. We also took off the hubcaps and painted the steelies black. We are going for a storm trooper look. I’m actually starting to really like how the volvo looks now. I’m sure I’ll really like it when I see it lowered.

I’ve been in Kansas now since Wednesday evening and I do not want to leave Monday. It’s going to be so hard for me to just get up, pack and leave come monday afternoon. I’m going to miss Steven and miss being in Kansas. Kansas really isn’t that bad. I love all of the architecture and how many great spots there are to take pictures at. I wish I could just live here with Steven till he gets out of the Army but unfortunately I need to go back to work and I need to take care of my baby girl. Priorities>Wants.

I’m sorry to cut this short but I do plan on writing a longer post about my roadtrip and throw in all of the pictures of the volvo and what not. Stay tuned 🙂

I’m going going back back to Cali Cali!

Tomorrow morning I leave bright and early to California! Woo hoo! Super excited to get out of Texas for a bit. I’m tired of the humidity, heat and the drama. Let’s get to relaxing and a crap load of driving! haha. I can’t wait to see my handsome man and spend time with my family and friends.

Right when I get to Cali my friend Jeremy is going to pick me up at the airport and then we are going to probably hang out for awhile until Nate gets off work. Then hopefully it will be time for some much needed In N Out! Yum! Then after much needed friend chill time, I’ll head to my parents house for dinner. Mmm, my dad is bbq and it’s going to be yummy!

Somehow within the 3.5 days that I will be there, I have to fit in:

  1. Going to Casa de Fruta for some much needed Apricot Wine (3 Bottles to be exact!)
  2. Trip to Costco
  3. Trip to Wally Mart
  4. Trip to Trader Joe’s (for Lauren’s Port)
  5. Manicure and Pedicures with Mommy dearest
  6. Family BBQ/Birthday Party Extravaganza Saturday Night
  7. Best Friend Time
  8. Cleaning out Closet Time

That’s definitely a LOT of stuff to accomplish in a short amount of time but I have faith I’ll get every single thing checked off before I head up to Reno to visit my other bestie Kim.

I have not been back to Cali since last February when my grandma was diagnosed with colon cancer. She’s in the clear now but it was still scary to watch her go through that. It’ll be nice being back and spending time with her and I will definitely be getting a ton of photos since I will have my bosses camera on me ;). The trip will be great, short but great and I know the drive back home will suck but at least I’ll get to spend some time with my handsome boyfriend!

Seriously, through all of the drama and crap I’ve had to deal with, he’s been there for me to see it through. He’s so understanding and caring. I couldn’t imagine my life without him. I love you babe! I will see you in 6 days!!

This is Katie signing out!! I will have pictures ready when I get back to Texas!!

Things I Love: Home Edition

My coworker and I decided to play hooky at work and head on over to Target. We mainly went so we could score the bogo Starbucks mocha’s. We got our drinks and decided to browse Target and waste time since work today is slow! I headed over to the home section of Target and actually found a floor lamp that I’m in love with. It’s really hard for me to find home decor or furniture that I really like, so when I actually do find something it’s amazing!

It’s $69.99 and solid white. I just love the look of the lamp mainly. Don’t really like the fact that it’s white but I figure the boyfriend can either spray paint it or he told me he’d like to sharpie it, which is fine by me since he’s artistic. I think it would end up looking really awesome!

I happened across this lamp base awhile back and really like it. I was thinking about getting this one and putting it on my soon to be dresser in the bedroom. But I guess it all depends on if Steven wants a flat screen tv above the dresser or if I put a long, huge mirror about it. Actually, I guess it wouldn’t matter which one is above the dresser because I should still have enough room to put a lamp. I don’t know. Haha. Anyway, this lamp base is a really pretty teal color and is $19.99. I just can’t decided if I want to do the bedroom theme in grays with a pop of color here and there or maybe like gray and yellow or what. Hmmm..decisions!

One thing I’m debating on and kind of interested in is maybe getting bar stools for my little bar. I’m just not sure if I want bar stools there or another couch. Before, I had a couch there and one on the other wall. It makes for plenty of seating but makes the living room look smaller. I guess if I was to go for bar stools, I’d probably going with something like this:

These are $79.99 each. A little pricey for one bar stool but I do love the print on the chair. I would probably get 3 or 4 of these seeing as how my bar is pretty long.

I really like this pattern but my god, it’s $109.99 a chair! That’s a bit extreme for some bar stools. I thought $79.99 was too much but that’s just ridiculous! Maybe we’ll just go with another couch. I guess we will see what my honey thinks. I plan on including him in everything apartment related.

One thing I’d really love to do is have my patio decorated all cute. I’d love to have some decent patio furniture and maybe some flowers or other plants out there. I’d like it to be like a little oasis. These chairs are $398.40 for the two. A little pricey seeing as how you don’t get a little table with it but I like the style. Not sure if I can see myself putting down that much money on patio furniture but I’d at least like to have something nice outside so I can enjoy the lovely weather (if Houston ever had lovely weather haha!). One day I’ll have it looking nice out there, once I get rid of the ex boyfriends crap he left.

Onto bedroom furniture..I really want an ikea bed, specifically this one:

It’s $199 for a Queen or we could get a king for $249. I love the simplicity of this bed and the fact that it doesn’t have a foot board. It’s definitely a perk for people who are tall, like Steven and me. Another bed I just noticed at Ikea is this one:

This bed is $449 for the Queen or $499 for the King. The reason I like this bed is because it’s more lifted off the ground than the other one and it’s got the storage underneath. I’d probably put extra sheets and pillows in the storage, which would be awesome. The only thing is the price is a little high. Maybe I’m just too frugal haha. Oh actually, I think this is the bed I originally wanted because the headboard isn’t as high.

It’s $149 for the Queen and $199 for the King. Totally an awesome price if you ask me. Just not sure if I want a taller headboard or not. Guess it wouldn’t really matter too much. Guess I’ll let the boyfriend decide 🙂

Another bed I found that I like is this one from Target:

It’s $269.99 for a Queen and has the storage underneath. I’m really digging the beds that have the storage underneath because then I don’t have to fill up my linen closet with sheets and other bedding. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t have a headboard. My one complaint about not having a headboard is that the sheets end up rubbing on the wall and the dye gets all over the wall. I’d love to not have to deal with that anymore. We shall see though.

This is the dresser from Ikea that I would love to have. I love that it’s long and has a ton of drawers! I imagine this going up against the wall where my little tv is right now. Then putting this mirror above it:

It’s $129 at Ikea. There’s one that is slightly different for $79 which would look good too. Then I’d put the teal lamp on the dresser and maybe a couple of other little accessories and call it a day. If I didn’t do the mirror, I’d do a flat screen tv for sure.

Now back to the living room decorating because I found this tv stand that I really like mainly because it’s simple. My ex and I use to have a glass top one and I hated it because I was always afraid the glass was going to get broken. I like this one because it’s got storage and you could see the game consoles on the little shelves but yet everything would stay clean and organized and I’m all about organization (haha).

This one too is from Ikea. It’s $199! Not a bad price at all. I love when furniture has extra storage so I don’t have to clutter the livingroom with bookshelves and boxes to hold other items.

I really think that is it for furniture and what not for the apartment. The only thing I left out was a couch for the livingroom, if I don’t go with bar stools, and a dining room table. I’d really love to find a square dining room table that’s bar height in a chocolate/black color. I want to be able to eat at a table again instead of on my bed or on my coffee table. Just need to find one that I like and that isn’t $800+.

Some good news and I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but my boyfriend is going to be out of the Army soon!! Hopefully he’ll be able to come home in 2-3 weeks! I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I’m absolutely excited to have him home soon!! He’s my soulmate and I love him so much! I already told him when he moves down here that we are going out to celebrate!

Anyway, I hope you all love the ideas I have for our (mine and Steven’s) apartment. Let me know if you have any decorative ideas on your mind that would go along with the style/theme I have. Have a great weekend!!

Loving Life

I’d have to say that I am liking loving my life!! I could not be happier right now. I mean, work still sucks at times because of stupid people and crap but other than that, I am happy. I also want to mention that it’s been a little over 2 months now that I have been independent. I have to say, it’s been great! The only thing I regret from my past relationship is paying all of the bills. I was stupid and should have listened to friends and family. Had I just split the bills down the middle, I could have had an extra $500 a month to myself to take care of my future dental bills and buy clothes. Yet, I was stupid and paid almost all of the bills from the time I started working at my job. It’s sad to think of all of the money I could have, should have had but it’s in the past now and all I can do is move forward and better myself. At least I know I can handle being on my own and that I’m a responsible adult when it comes to money. Really! I never go out and buy anything for myself unless I absolutely have to. I’m glad that I have my own place and can survive on my own, not saying that I want to survive on my own the rest of my life, just saying I know I can, if need be.

I haven’t mentioned the best part yet…. my honey is going to be coming home soon!! I’m super happy and excited to have him actually living here. He completes me and this last month I have realized just how hard it is to be in a long distance relationship. I miss seeing him everyday, waking up next to him, hugging him, kissing him, going to car meets with him and just hanging out with him. He makes me the happiest girl ever and I’m blessed to have found someone amazing so quickly after my last relationship. I know all of the waiting will be worth it in the end though. I cannot wait!! I feel like I need to go out and get furniture and make my apartment all spiffy for when he gets here, even though he’s seen how it looks now and I know eventually we’ll get some nice furniture.

California bound – In a couple of weeks I will be on my way to California! I’m heading out there to pick up my dad’s Volvo so I will finally have a car to drive around. Yay! Back to having a social life! Unfortunately, I will only be there for a few days, then heading to Reno to see my best friend and then on a lovely drive to meet up with Steven <3. It’s going to be great but I will definitely have to try to fit in a ton of stuff within the 3.5 days I will be in California. That means visiting family, friends, picking up some yummy Apricot wine and cleaning out my old closet. Haha! I also need to find my cowboy boots so I can bring those back with me. Then maybe when I go up to Missouri next, I’ll be able to ride. I’m happy because I really need to get out of Texas and away from people here. It’ll be nice to be home again and see everyone. It’s going to be a great week!

Well, my ride is almost here to get me so I shall say goodbye for now! Hope everyone has a great week.