Snowy Day

Here's a pic of our cute little house in the snow. Nashville has been getting dusted by a nice little blanket of snow all day. Being from Houston originally and only seeing snow like twice in my life before I moved here, I just can't get enough and think it's so pretty! --But only if you get to stay inside and snuggle with the sweetest guy and dog on the planet...

Here are some more pictures I took before I froze solid...

Hey, where's Murph?

I hope everyone stays warm tonight ! Happy Friday!


Idea Overload!

I've had a busy week this week and I'm just now having time to catch up on all my blog reading. That, combined with some of the office redecorating projects my new boss has tasked me with has totally awakened a monster. I have so many ideas for projects that they are about to come spilling out of my ears and all over the dog.

#1. Build a desk.
For a while, I have been absolutely salivating over a Parsons Desk from West Elm. Until now.
Just a little bit ago I sat down to read my favorite shelter blog Young House Love. Lo and behold, today's post featured a site that teaches you how to DIY the furniture pieces you love to dog-ear from your West Elm and Pottery Barn catalogs. I do not know who this girl is, but I just want to give her a big hug. Honey, you just saved us about $250! The site is Knock Off Wood. You're welcome.

#2. Master bedroom upgrade.
I feel better now that I've gotten that off my chest. I picked this color before we moved into the house and basically off of a computer screen. Bad idea, friends. I had envisioned this beautiful teal-gray. What did I end up with? BLUE. Or, as my friends have dubbed it, Adult Blue. They all like it. I hate it. I don't think Billy really cares. Either way, it must go. Enter design*sponge. I saw this redesign from a person that started with BLUE, and was blessed with this...

HOLY SANCTUARY, BATMAN! I absolutely love this. I think I can achieve something similar for not much more than a couple gallons of paint and by using a lot of what we already have on-hand. Yes, please!

#3. Let there be cake (stands)!
I think this idea is freaking brilliant. This came from a bride on a budget via design*sponge again. I love cake stands. If I had unlimited space in which to store them, I would probably buy every single one I see. Luckily for Billy and our bank account, I do not. This clever chick-a-dee got some textured plates and candle holders from her nearby Goodwill store, glued the plate to the candle holder, and then spray-painted the pair white. BRILLIANT. I'm gonna do this!

My absolute favorite part of all these little projects is that they are very wallet-friendly. As you know from previous posts, part of our goal for this year was to get down and dirty with Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and turn our money frowns upside-down. I think we can spend less than $150 on all of these and stay well within our budget. I don't know about you, but I think that would get a big DR Seal of Approval!

OK back to reading. There are still over 200 new items in my Google Reader.


Workin' on my Fitness...

Last night we started our second week of P90X. The first work-out of the week is Chest & Back, which includes lots of push-ups and pull-ups. I have struggled with the whole push-ups and pull-ups thing for a while but guess what: I have officially graduated to doing push-ups the REAL way and not using my knees!! I was so proud of myself! Granted, I wasn't able to do very many but any little improvement is good for me.

I'm also really proud of Billy. He's killin' those push-ups!

We were so wiped out that we skipped the Ab Ripper work-out, but if we're not feeling too puny today after Plyometrics I may try to go ahead and get it over with.

Now time to go climb Laundry Mountain...


Happy 2010!

I know this is a little late, but Happy New Year!

I've taken a little more time than most do to reflect on the past year and what's to come in 2010. Mainly because I've been too lazy and sore to get off the new couch. Why am I sore? Well, because Billy and I have decided to do P90X. Again. More on that later though.

Overall, 2009 was pretty darn awesome. It didn't start off so great because my grandmother passed away, so we started off the year at a funeral. I still haven't taken her name out of my cell phone contacts and I think about her all the time, especially when I make her amazing Pumpkin Cake and whipped potatoes.

I turned 26.
Billy and I got engaged.
Billy and I got married.

So yeah, I think 2009 was a great year. I don't know how 2010 could top it, but if it doesn't, I'd be ok with that. I'm actually looking forward to just BEING. Last year seemed so crazy and full of excitement that I can't wait to just let everything sink in and enjoy it.

I do have some goals for 2010 though. Our two main objectives for this year can be complete by the end of March if we stick with them, and I hope we do!

1--P90X. If you have not heard of P90X you may be living under a rock. No, it's not a cult. It's a DVD-based workout program, but it is INTENSE! This is our 3rd go-round with it. The first time we started around September, then all the wedding excitement and busy-ness got in the way of us finishing. We started AGAIN shortly after we got back from our honeymoon in Hawaii, but then the holidays hit and, well, you know how that goes. We started on Saturday the 2nd, so tonight will be our 4th workout this week: the dreaded YogaX. It is like Yoga on Crack AND Steroids. I hate it. But I love it.

2--Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. My dad has barked at me to do this for I don't know how long. I actually enjoy Dave Ramsey. He makes learning about finances and how to take care of yourself financially quite enjoyable. We listened to the first lesson this weekend and filled out our Quickie Budget. We're in decent shape. We have a good grip on what our debts are and what we will need to do to be debt-free. The hard part of this is, like anything, following it and sticking to it. I really want Billy and I to have a very financially sound future, and I think if we start this now we have a good shot at it. Plus the fact that DR's office is around the corner from my office doesn't hurt. And it's across the street from the mall. Did he do that on purpose?? Sure, until we get a grip on things financially our fun projects around the house may be put on hold. The camera I want will have to wait. But those are sacrifices we are willing to make!

Say your prayers that we stick with both! Encouragement in the form of comments is greatly appreciated. :)

There are a few other things I'd like to accomplish this year:
  • Find a church we like and go regularly.
  • For Billy and me to keep working on having a healthy marriage.
  • Try at least 1 new recipe a week.
  • Eat locally. Nashville has a great Farmer's Market and our neighborhood has some great local food resources and we want to start taking advantage of them. I've started reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and it's really shocking how much goes into getting our food from one place to another. I'm no tree-hugger here but I want to know where my food is coming from! Hopefully we can build some planter boxes in our backyard this year and do most of the gardening ourselves, but whatever we can't and don't grow ourselves is really less than a few miles away. I think we can handle that.
  • Keep up the reading. I average about 3-4 books a month--less during the holidays of course, but I just love to read. I'm in a book club and for that we're reading The Help. Yes, I read 2 books at once. If I don't get them mixed up, I'll tell you about both when I finish!
  • Learn to sew. My awesome in-laws Bill and Cindy (I really was blessed in that department!) gave me a sewing machine LAST Christmas. I've taken it out of the box once. Hopefully by this time next year I will have at least fired it up and figured out what the heck a bobbin is...
  • Take more pictures. I have a pretty decent point-and-shoot. I've somehow managed to jack up the settings on it trying to shoot in Manual mode, but I'll get it figured out. Pretty self-explanatory.
  • Get up earlier. Ugh. Not doing so hot in that department.
  • Get better at the housekeeping thing. Having a job really gets in the way of that, doesn't it? Really I would just like to get up early enough to make the bed for the day (see above). Stay on top of the laundry--which would actually require folding it after drying it instead of dumping it in the basket. I'd like to start making our own cleaning products, try to not kill plants, etc. We'll see.

So that's pretty much it. I will definitely update on how the P90X and DR stuff goes. You'll get some book reports. You'll of course see some pictures, of food and the house. House pictures will inspire better housekeeping efforts, so I think this all works together quite nicely.

Happy Tuesday, y'all!