Work – Stress – Life

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Today especially, I feel like my head is going to blow into a million little pieces. I have a headache and I’m just so tired of dealing with stress on the daily. The sad thing is, that it’s not stress between my hubby & me, it’s stress caused by other people. Oye!

All I heard the past 8 months of my unemployed life was:

“You need to be applying for any type of job, minimum wage or higher” 

“You can’t be picky”
“You need to branch out from your town and look”

“We’re not sure you’re really putting in effort to find a job”

“You shouldn’t be set on just office jobs”

Now that I have a job, you’d think I’d get supportive words being thrown at me. Nope. It’s more like this:

“Hopefully you’re getting paid well for how far you have to travel”

“Omg it’s in Sacramento? You couldn’t find something closer??”

“So & So is hiring in Modesto…..”
“I hope this job works out for you”

“That’s too far for you to travel to work”

“Is it really worth it?”

“Is it worth the money?”

Luckily, I have some amazing friends that have supported me and have given me praise on actually getting a job and going the extra mile to provide for my family. People don’t realize that I’ve applied for over 30+ jobs since October. A lot of those jobs I reapplied for every damn month. Not only that but I did photography to help provide as well as continuing doing swagbucks to bring in extra money to cover our storage bill. My hubby supports me with everything and he’s the most supportive person in my life. He was more excited about me getting the job than anyone else. Well, Debra was right there with the excitement hehe. I just wish more people would be more supportive. Yes, I’m making $11/hr but if it means I’ll be at a job I can grow at, one that I will not have panic attacks at, one that I actually – OMG – Like, then everyone should just shut up about trying to get me to find another job already. 

I’m happy with my life currently. Do I wish I made more money? Of course, everyone wishes they made more money but at least I’m not making minimum wage. Woot! Plus, I get to work with furbabies everyday and be around clients who love their pets as much as I do! Score!

I may look like a lazy piece of crap to most people but I run the Subaru Ladies page, set up our events for Paws 4 a Cause, handle merchandise orders, deal with SOTM, contests, giveaways and also do my Subaru Ambassador stuff as well. Not only that but I’m still doing photography part time. That means – Father’s Day photos, engagements, maternity, birth photos, car photos and more! I definitely don’t sit around on my ass all day. On top of that stuff, I do swagbucks throughout the day so I’ll have a little extra money to do stuff with. #definitelynotlazy

I guess at the end of the day you’ll always have people that aren’t supportive and will always give you their .2 [negative nancys] and then there will be people there for you that are good friends and want to see you grow and do great things. I’m thankful for those friends and my hubby for sticking by me through all my melt downs and fun job hunting days. You are true friends and I’m thankful to have you in my life ❤

I guess I’ll say this last since most won’t even read this post. But if I see anymore crap about my new job, bye bye. If I see anyone talking crap to or about my hubby, bye bye. It doesn’t matter if you’re family or not. It’s my life, not yours. Peace!

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Finally Did IT!

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I did it!!!! Well actually, Dad, Steven & I did it!! We signed up for the gym. Here’s to a new year and back to trying to get fit. I’ve tried in the past but now I’ll have people holding me accountable! woot!

Tonight to celebrate, Steven made chicken fajitas. We went to the store earlier and got some peppers and onions and then just added our own seasonings. It was delicious. We haven’t had fajitas since we lived in Texas.

Anyway, I’m beyond excited to start going. Dad & I are going to go a few times a week to get started and then hopefully I’ll start going more after that. Need to get myself used to working out again 🙂

xoxo
Katie

Big Changes…

I’m excited to announce that there will be some big … BIG changes in my life happening soon! One of the exciting changes is that mom & I (hopefully) will be opening an Etsy store together. That is, of course, if she still wants to because I totally want to! HaHa! I plan on selling cute infinity scarves, pillows and other cute things and I believe she would be selling cute, affordable little girls dresses. 

Besides the Etsy store, I will be continuing working on my photography and perfecting my skills and creativeness. I’m excited that I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great families and look forward to working with more people in the future. Yay!

I hope you all will stick by me as these big changes happen and support me in the fullest! 

Only took 10 months

As many of you know, by reading my facebook posts, I used to complain about my dog everyday. She was hard to potty train and it was driving me bananas! Well, thankfully after some good advice from a friend of mine (dog whisperer 😉 ) and 10 months of keeping with the program . . . Nardi is finally potty trained!! *Celebrate good times come on!*

The first 8 months were hard. I’d try to take her out every 30 minutes and that didn’t seem to really help. She would always pee in my kitchen and poop in there as well. Then it got really bad and she was peeing on the carpet in the dining room and pooping in the kitchen. I would take her outside for 30 minutes and she wouldn’t pee or poop, but the minute you get inside . . . pee. It was so frustrating but after talking to my friend and getting great advice from her, I was able to stick with a routine and finally get her potty trained. Granted, there are still days that she’ll pee inside or poop but usually I get her out before she does it and know around what time of the day she needs to go out. This morning she peed and pooped in the kitchen. I was asleep still and Steven got up and did his normal morning stuff and let her out of her kennel. Unlike me, he just lets her out and then goes around doing other stuff that he needs to do. When I get up and let her out of her kennel, it’s to take her straight outside to go. Tiny bladder means she needs to go out first thing when she gets up. But this is why women bare children and men don’t. HaHa! Anyway, I am so thankful to say that she’s potty trained. Only took her being a year old to finally realize she has to go outside and do her business.

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Having a baby…

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At a certain point in a young woman’s life, you think to yourself, “I want to have children one day”. Then you sit down and write out all of the pros and cons to having children and how much money it’s going to take to raise them and you think, “Well, when is the perfect time for me to have a kid going to be?”.

I’ve always pictured myself as being a younger-ish mom and having the kid kind of, grow up with me. I wanted to be that fun, hip mom, not an older mom.There have been points in my life where I just want the whole “having a child” experience to happen already and start a little family of my own. I look around and almost all of my friends are married, have careers and have 1+ children. I’m kind of envious in a way because I want to feel that kind of love and to have that experience but I also have to tell myself that my time will come and that things will slowly start happening for me.

I also want to be married and have a nice wedding before children come into the works. However, I’m one of those people that does not want to just try and try to have a kid; I want it to happen out of no where. Which brings me to my facebook post last night:

Crappy night  — feeling down.

The past week has been rough and I’ve been having slight stomach pains and being light headed a couple days. Well I checked my calendar and realized that I should have started my period on the 27th of February and here now it’s the 5th of March and now I’m 7 days late. I didn’t freak out too bad over the thought of being pregnant because if it happens, it happens and I’ll deal with it. I was more worried about what my family would say, how I’d be shunned for having a baby out of wed-lock. 

So last night Steven took me down to CVS and I purchased a pregnancy test. This isn’t my first rodeo with having to use one so I already knew what to do. Here are the results:

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I know my mom is probably reading this and thinking, “Thank you lord!!!”. A lot of my friends that I shared this with were congratulating me on not being pregnant. Yet, I was not in the party spirit. I actually tossed it in the trash shortly after taking this picture and went into the living room and sat on the couch and cried for 30 minutes. Steven grabbed me and held me tight and just let me cry into his chest. I know it’s ridiculous to get so emotional over something that will eventually happen (when the time is right) but part of me is actually looking forward to being a mom. Despite what certain people think (Yes, I’ve heard this before), that I wouldn’t make a good mom, I disagree. I think I’d make a great mom. I know my day will come and I’ll get the opportunity to be a mommy to a little Larsen. For now, I’ll just have to wait.

With that all being said, today I feel a little better. Except for the fact that I’m broken right now. I’ve been needing to go to the doctor since, let’s see, um…. 2009 and just never have insurance or money to go (yes, mom, I hear you over there saying “Well that’s why you don’t need a baby”). I think because of whatever is wrong, that’s why I am “late”. I’m not sure. All I know is that I felt like writing this because I like to put vague posts on facebook and it drives everyone nuts. So hopefully, the title of this post draws those in that are actually “concerned” about me. That way I don’t have to actually put on facebook, “Oh hey guys, 7 days late on getting my period but nope, I’m not prego, thanks”.

Sincerely,

Katie

Relationship Survey

There comes a point in everyone’s life where you just gotta do a survey. Ha ha! But really, I’m at work bored and figured I’d do one.

What are your middle names? Mine is Dianne and his is Jonathan

How long have you been together? 9 ish months

How long did you know each other before you started dating? We talked multiple times a day for a month in August before we became a couple September 1st.

Who asked who out? He asked me 🙂

Who said I love you first? This is a toughy cause I know I let it slip once before we started dating. But I want to say he did.

How old are each of you? He’s 27 now and I’m 26

Who’ s siblings do/did you see the most? Well since he hasn’t met my brother’s yet, I’d say his since I’ve met his brother finally.

What about pets? 1 cat. Sissy Lou

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? Money definitely.

Did you go to the same school? Nope

Are you from the same hometown? Nope

Who is the smartest? Steven by far! He has a master’s degree and well, I went to community college and dropped out.

Who is the most sensitive? I think both of us have equal moments.

Where do you eat out most as a couple? Buffalo Wild Wings. It’s his favorite spot 🙂

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Kansas

Who has the craziest exes? I want to say it’s a tie. I have more crazy exes than him but overall, they are all equally crazy.

Who has the worst temper? Depends on the situation. I can blow up at things and so can he. So we’re pretty equal.

Who does the cooking? As of lately, me.

Who is the most social? Probably me on this one.

Who is the neat-freak? This is tough cause I know he has his moments and so do I.

Who is the most stubborn? Him ♥

Who hogs the bed? He’d say me 🙂

Who wakes up earlier? Me.

Where was your first date? He came down from Kansas and took me to Galveston’s Moody Garden’s. We visited all of the pyramids and his surprise for me was that we got to interact with the penguins! Then we had dinner at Salt Grass.

Who has the bigger family? Me, definitely.

Do you get flowers often? Yes! Finally a man who knows how to treat a woman 😀

Who do you spend the holidays with? His family

Who is more jealous? Um..Neither really.

How long did it take to get serious? I’d say less than a week. By week two I was for sure going to marry this man.

Who sings better? Me..sorry baby

Who does the laundry? Me. But if we’re completely out of clothes and I’ve been busy, then him.

Who’s better with the computer? Him

Who drives when you are together? Me if we drive the Subaru. Him if we drive the Volvo.

Who picks where you go to dinner? I tend to let him pick more..only cause I can never decide! haha

Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? this can go either way. Depends on who’s wrong at the moment.

Who named your pets? Me

Who wears the pants in the relationship? I have no idea lol

Who has more tattoos? Him

Who eats more sweets? Steven 😛

Who cries more? Me

Are you two still a couple? Of course :3

Candy Bar Ideas

I’m obsessed with the new trend of having a candy bar at your wedding! I love the idea of having everyone be able to enjoy our favorite sweets and take some home in a cute box as a little wedding favor.

I really didn’t know anything about candy bars until Pinterest.com became a hit and then everything you could ever imagine was on there. I stumbled across the candy bar idea on the wedding section and I’ve also seen people use the candy bar idea for little kids birthday parties. Simply perf! (perfect) haha.

I’ve seen people use apothecary jars, cylinder and square vases and other different styles of jars. I’ve been researching prices on all different types of jars at Michaels, World Market and Pier1. I’ve seen them range from $9.99-$45!!

I found these at Pier1 for $24 for both! Not a bad price and I absolutely love the chalkboard label. Perfect for writing down the specific candy that is in the jar.

I also found these that I think would add some character because they aren’t exactly the same style as the ones above. I kind of want to have random jars in style and shape.

These range from $2.99-$5.99 and are available at World Market.

I also found some traditional apothecary jars that I’d love to buy and use but they’re a little more expensive. However, I have seen people use these for cottonballs and q-tips in the bathroom and it makes the bathroom around look much fancier! Haha.

These are listed on Peir1’s website for $24.95 for the left one and $19.95 for the right one.

I think out of the two above, I’d probably be more likely to go with the short one so that it’s easier for people to get candy out of and it’s a little rounder.

I found this cute little round one at world market that I’d love to get and it’s not too expensive either!

$14.99 at World Market.

Found this one on the webstaurantstore.com. Cheap pricing on jars! This one is a gallon and is $7.69 ea when you buy 2.


Here are some cute candy bars that other people have put together that kind of give me an idea of how I want to arrange mine.

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

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photo courtesy of pinterest.com

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

I can’t wait to start getting things together and make this all happen!!! Luckily since I’m a couponer, I should be able to get a bunch of candy for cheap. Hopefully! Now I just need to make a list of our favs!

How many different types of candy should we have? I think more than 4 because I want a good variety!