Let's Catch Up

I hate not writing on the blog, and I really wanted to post an update on life lately.  I have dumped a few photos from my phone but also wanted to share on the many fronts in my life like moving, work, person growing, and clothes.
 
Baby's room painted but empty

We are in our new house, and it's mostly painted with most of the projects done.  We still need to fix a broken back door, hang curtain and pictures, unpack a million boxes, and assemble a sh*t ton of baby furniture.  BUT, I have a place to sleep, and I can generally find my clothes, so that's progress.  I wish I could say there was cooking happening, but you have to have access to dishes and pots and pans for that.  Once I get those unpacked, I can wash them in a dishwasher though, so now, I'm fancy.

New Curtains for the Master

Work... Well, I'm wrapping up the last of the projects I am supposed to complete before my work hand off starts.  It is much harder than I ever anticipated to let go of some of my work responsibilities.  I really like my job, and I know I will miss it even though I won't miss busy season in February to April.

It's that pleasant time of year when everything starts to wind down in the office, too, and I'm going to get a big chunk of time off for the year end break.  I plan to spend this time off sleeping and finishing my house.  I cannot wait for the chance to sleep as late as I want! 
 
New floors installed and clean
 
The person growing is going well.  I'm having a girl, and I plan to refer to her online as the Kid because in my mind I'm subtly referencing Prince's character in Purple Rain.  Feel free to roll your eyes.   I don't plan on posting much about her online, but I did feel like it was okay to share a photo of dapper baby clothes.  She's gonna be a hat person just like her Dad and who doesn't love a baby in suspenders. 


Dapper baby clothes

My clothes... well, I get dressed but it's very uninteresting in that I often wear leggings and all black.  I want to be putting in more effort, but there just isn't time in the day.  I spent most weekends before the move in the same ratty, paint covered outfit of old capri sweat pants, oversized college tee, and blue bandana to protect my hair from paint.   It's not sexy, and you should be way happy that you aren't seeing it right now. 

I do have to admit I've let myself wear sneakers to work way too much and that I am using leggings as pants when I get desperate.  I have all these pretty dresses and no time to shave my legs.  First world problems, right?  I will just keep chalking up my sorry state to moving and pregnancy.  People will let you get away with a lot of shiz when you're growing a person like blogging sporadically.  :)

Random, True Things 11

I am super happy to be able to add another post to this series with everything going on.  To accompany my general state of worn-out-ness, here is the exhaustion themed version of random, true things. 

  1. Sometimes, I sleep flat on my back with my hands across my chest.  It's only when I'm incredibly sleepy, but I know people think it's weird to sleep the way a corpse is posed.
  2. You can tell how worn thin I am by the back the state of my desk.  If it's covered in bills, papers, and my desk chair is piled high with coats, sweaters, and purses, I'm in over my head.
  3. Shift dresses are my secret weapon for looking put together when I don't have any time to make an effort in the morning.
  4. I love to have a schedule knowing where I'll be for the next few weeks, but if there's too much stuff in one day, I get totally overwhelmed before those events even happen.
  5. My secret comfort food is Chili Lime Shrimp ramen.  It takes mere minutes to make and is incredibly filling for those times I just can't be bothered to make a sandwich or drive to a restaurant.
I hope to have another one of these in January, but no promises, ladies and gents.

Moving... Finally

Back in July, I was all like, "Hey guys, I'm moving!"  Then, I waited and waited and waited, and the right house eluded me.  Turns out you can't have all the things you want when you're moving in a hurry because of the tiny person growing inside of you.  Compromise became the name of the game.
 
I really wanted to find a place that had more space, income from a rental property, and a zip code in Orleans Parish.  The good news is that I was able to find something that ticked off most of those boxes.  The new house is bigger, just not as big as I wanted.  It's closer to Orleans Parish, but not within its boundaries.  At least, I got the rental property part! 
 
So, an offer was placed, financing was sought, and the headaches began.  Man, oh man, do I hate banks right now.  I don't even want to go into the details of how stressful it's been trying to buy a house that's going to cost me less money a month.  It's nuts.  Add to that selling the old place, which is under contract.  Hooray!  AND, let's not forget that I'm still growing a tiny person who will make an appearance in the next eight weeks.
 
The good news is that most of the details are worked out, and I'll be moving into my new place very soon.  The bad news is that all of the extra stuff has made me a sucky blogger.  I haven't taken any real photos since I was in Portland.  I have new clothes, and I'd love to be showing them online. but most days there's not enough time.
 
I've been doing this stuff instead:  absurdly long and late at night birthing classes, constant doctor appointments, picking out new paint colors, scanning hundreds of documents for the bank, keeping my house picture perfect for showings, packing all the breakables in my house, wondering when the hell I'll be able to buy Christmas presents, researching and registering for more stuff than any human should need for the baby, selling extra furniture on Craigslist, buying new furniture on Craigslist, clearing my closet of all the clothes that no longer fit, and on and on. 
 
It's nice to be able to just sit down and write this post finally because I really do miss blogging.  I really wish that maybe I had taken on a few less tasks while pregnant--like a rational person.  I also wish I had some content that would be going live soon, but I am tapped out right now.  When I get down time, I spend it offline because come January, I will the tiny person's b*tch. 
 
I'm not saying I'm going to disappear entirely because there are holidays and parties to get dressed up for this time of year.  I will definitely be trying to capture photos of myself all dolled up because I will need to have an online depository of myself looking good when I'm home covered in spit.  I just want to prepare you all for the sporadic nature of how things will be for awhile.  I am super hopeful that some of you might be interested in guest posting.  Send me an email if you are!  Hope to see you guys very soon.

Shopping Bags in November 2014

So, I continue to grow this month into a human beach ball, and things that were stretching with me have suddenly reached their limit.  I also realized that the cold weather might necessitate a few items in my closet with sleeves.  Hence, what you see in my shopping bags below:
 

November 2014

  1. One black and one grey maternity tank from Old Navy for $6 each conveniently cover my entire stomach.  It's nice not to be belly flashing people at work.
  2. A maroon long sleeve swing top from Old Navy for $12 is a really pretty color and perfect for the New Orleans winter.
  3. A black sleeveless maternity top from Old Navy for $12 makes it easy for me to stop mourning my regular size black top.  I love putting black tops with everything because it's easy, and now, I have two.
  4. Another pair of black maternity leggings from H&M for $15 because one pair wasn't enough.
  5. A black turtleneck maternity sweater from H&M for $30  will keep me warm since it fits more like a dress.  Never underestimate the value of a pullover sweater.
  6. A black pair of over the belly maternity pants from H&M for $35 because under belly stopped working around month 6.  I need pants for the cold and to look professional on any of those days I don't feel like shaving my legs.
  7. A pair of black maternity over the belly jeggings from H&M for $30 because I need jeans that don't fall down.  Nothing is worse than wearing pants that fall down.  There's even a song about how annoying that is.
Maternity totals as of November:  $557


Meeting Gracey, Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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You know what the best thing about my trip to Portland might've been?  Do you give up?  It was meeting Gracey and her friend A for dinner.  Yes, I learned a lot during my conference.  Sure, I met lots of really friendly people in the same field as me.  BUT, nothing is as great as getting to meet a blogger I've followed for a few years in person.

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Gracey was everything I expected from reading her site, funny, smart, and genuinely cool.  Plus, she gave me the great tip to hit up Powell's Books on Sunday.  I could've spent hours in that place.  Gotta love a girl who loves books, too.  We met up at Trader Vic's and hate snacks and beverages.  I couldn't get anything with liquor but they have non-alcoholic drinks.  Huzzah again!

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Under non-maternity circumstances, I'd have been way more interested in picking out a fun outfit. Instead, i just went with something I really like: grey swing dress, leggings, my new hat, and Converse covered in skulls.  Nothing communicates I'm down to both walk around and have a good time like skull sneakers.

Initial earrings :: gift from father-in-law
Pencil charm necklace :: Anthropologie
Hat :: Haberdasher in Portland
Grey swing dress :: Asos Maternity
Leggings :: H&M Maternity 
Skull sneakers :: Converse custom order

Portland in Pictures

Even though I didn't feel like hauling around my DSLr, I wanted to have a little camera with me for outfit photos and to document the beautiful weather happening while I was in Portland for work.  Here are some of my favorites from wandering around the Portland State University and the downtown area.

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Museum at Night, Friday, October 17th, 2014

We always get one event with this conference where we are guaranteed a good time at some kind of local haunt.  This trip it was to the Portland Museum of Science and Industry, which boasted an animation exhibit and a gypsy folk punk band.  I was totally into wandering around and meeting colleagues, but I'll be honest that the time change was kicking my butt.  By 8pm Pacific time, I was back on the bus and headed towards my hotel for a nap.

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For the clothes, I went casual in jeans, a maternity top, and a big ass sweater.  I got this sweater as a gift from the Texas Style Council in 2012, and I always said if I got pregnant it would still fit.  Guess what, it totally does!  I have plenty of room to grow in the next three months.

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Crystal earrings :: gift from brother
Pen charm necklace :: Anthropologie
Tan cardigan :: gifted from Lulu's
Cream maternity top :: Asos
Black jeans :: Forever 21+
Black boots :: DSW