Level 37

So it is no secret that I worry. A lot. I worry about so many things, I can't even tell you what all I think about in a single day. J once told me he saw a sign that said only 8% of the things we worry about actually happen.

But my question is, what if you worry about 1000 things a day? That is still 80 fears coming true, projects failing, or gray hairs forming. What if the 8% that happens are the very worst things you were worried about? Let's say for instance, you were only worried about 20 things. 8% of 20 is 1.6 (according to my trusty calculator). So if the one thing you were most worried about happens, that is still a bad day right? Or am I missing something here?

I feel stretched to my breaking point lately. Work has been trying, exhausting, and stressful. Home has been good, except that I have to bring work with me. I reached my limit on Wednesday of this week, telling a friend I was a level 37 worrier and had reached the top floor!

With that out of my system....I am looking forward to this weekend. I don't have much planned, hopefully dinner with my best friends and relaxing with the family. Next weekend will be busier, but I am trying to sneak a Graceland Ninjaz concert into the mix. (I have four extra tickets...) I am also counting the get-ups until Spring Break (26 ladies and gentlemen!)

This was an off week for sure, so I only have one outfit post for you.

The details for this outfit are the same as this post.

I really need to get a proper camera for these things!

A Crazy Week, So a Mindless Post

On Friday I had a panic attack at work. I took this as a sign that maybe, just maybe, I have too much on my plate. I enjoyed my three day weekend then found myself right back in the thick of things. I was at work until 7:15 on Tuesday, I also arrived to work at 7:15 on Tuesday...and then on Wednesday we had practice runs for our major testing that will occur in April. These kinds of weeks just wear you down. So today's post is not intellectual. It is not deep. It is just two outfits. Enjoy! Or not, whatever!

This might be my favorite dress ever. (Chelcie too per her comments at work!) I yearned for it after first seeing it on Alison. (This is an older post, I actually had already found one, but she mentioned me in her post because of how often I asked her if she was going to sell it!!)  I don't usually spend a lot of money on clothes, mostly because I don't have a lot of money. I do believe in quality over quantity, and this dress is for sure quality. It is fully lined, has an exposed zipper, and the colors are amazing in person. I did wait (and wait) until the price dropped into a comfortable range for me, the Maggy London site is worth stalking year round ladies!
Dress: Maggy London--Out of stock. Try Ebay though! Maggy London Sheath Dress will bring you a lot of great looking options, you might even stumble across this same print! (If you wear a 16, here it is!)
Tights: JcPenney ($6 bucks in store!)
Shoes: Cutie Patootie resale shop for kids.
Glasses: Firmoo

On me:
Chambray Shirt: Macy's Juniors dept, on deep clearance. These Old Navy one's look great though.
Under Shirt: Macy's (old).  This is a cute one though.
Pants: Old Navy, mine are actually cords, but these are the denim version.
Boots: Stolen from Mom. I found a pair on Ebay though, I am hoping someone will get me for my 30th!
Glasses: Coastal

On A:
Cardigan: Old Navy, this one is the same color.
Outfit: Krazy Legs. My mom buys these for her, I love them! But I can not find anywhere that sells them online. Sorry!

We Are All Mapple People

A is always asking us to "download" things. Last night she ran in frantic saying download, download, download. She ran up to J, grabbed the TV remote out of his hand and ran back to our bedroom. She insisted that she had to download. Finally after a few minutes of confusion, she got her point across, she wanted us to rewind the commercial so she could get her fairy wings. It is so funny, she knew the word download, but not the word rewind!

I am constantly amazed at the progression of technology and how it changes us. I am not too terribly old (not until May anyway), but even in my lifetime my use of technology has increased a huge amount. I don't really remember using a computer until I was well into high school. I can also remember first using the Internet  (while at school!) to take personality quizzes on Spark. (Remember the death test? The bitch test? Now, Spark is only used for students who are too lazy to read the whole book.)

I had a literal car phone when I turned 16, it was a bag phone in my car.
Oh hi 1999 me, styling on the car phone!

I got my first cell phone at 18, right before I came to college. It didn't change my life, I didn't feel untethered to the world if I left my phone at home.

Times change of course. I am writing this post on my laptop, while I watch TV, check Instagram on my phone, and flip back and forth between open tabs. Our abilities to multitask in the realm of technology has grown leaps and bounds.

Do we suffer in other areas though? I think we must. It has only been in recent years, 2004 on maybe that I felt out of the loop if I didn't have my cellphone on me. The evolution from basic cell phone, to flip phone, to touch screen, to an I-phone is a strange one. With each step I became more dependent on the device. When I dropped my phone a few months ago I was worried, not because the screen was broken, but because it might mean having to hand my phone over and being without. If I don't have my phone, how do I stay connected!? Never mind the fact that I have cable and Internet. There is something that feels necessary about having a phone out and with you at all times.

It is Apple's world, we just live in it (and spend in it.)
Next generation tech-addict.

You Want the Truth? You Can't Handle The Truth!

Okay, you can probably handle the truth. (That cliched movie line is a classic for a reason, it is super fun to say!)

The truth is I talk about a lot of things on my blog, but there are things I don't talk about. I want my blog to be an honest reflection of my life and my personality. I try very hard to keep my writing in that manner. There are some topics though, that I don't want to write about (and if we are honest, you probably don't want to read about).

You won't find any posts on here proclaiming my superiority as a mother. Am I a blogger? Yes. Am I a mom? Yes. Am I am Mommy-blogger? No. You won't find tips on diapers, formula vs breast, or lectures on TV. How you raise your children is your own choice, and the way I raise my Bug is between only J and me. One of my biggest pet peeves is the way bloggers/women/people in general berate each other for what amounts to a difference of opinion. My 3 year old daughter is better at Disc Driver on the I-Pad than J. She also knows how to pull up YouTube to watch the Power Puff Girls. How about those parenting skills?

I don't talk about my work much, mostly for privacy (as much as posting your face all over the Internet allows ha!). I have mentioned numerous times that I teach, but I would very much like to leave it at that. Don't expect pictures of me at work or posts related to teaching grammar here. I want to keep my blogging life and my "teacher" life as separate as possible. (Again, the Internet is forever, so who knows how well this will work.)

When I do an outfit post it is not because I think I am a style maven. It is because they are fun. I like clothes, and I have talked about this numerous times before. If you are looking to increase your blog reading with lovely women, I strongly encourage you to check out my Blog Love tab at the top.

I would never try to present myself or my life as a paragon of perfection. (Too many of the people that read this blog know me in real life!!) My house is rarely picture ready. If I do take pictures inside, there is a reason they are always by the front door, that is the cleanest spot in the house! Currently, my living room has three laundry baskets in it. The clothes are clean, I just can't be bothered to put them away right now. In fact, I dug the pants I wore to work Thursday out of my basket. How is that for truth?

Yep these pants....The awkward picture comes from this having been a very long day and my general awkwardness.
Blazer: Mine is from Penney's, I hunted the sales rack for it. This one is similar.
Shirt: I found mine at Macy's, again in the clearance section. This one is from Old Navy, and is a really good price point.
Pants:Exact match!
Boots: Close.
Dress: Another clearance find from Macy's. I hate when I can't give y'all a link to the same item. I know when I read blogs, and I like an item, I like to know where they bought it! This one is the same brand, I wish they had this one when I bought mine! I love the teal color and the same shade lace. (Just checked the link, the dress is sold out online, but I was in Macy's today and they have them in-store!)
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Swapped off some old dress that I no longer even own.
Tights: H&M
Boots: Macy's

I'm going to be completely honest here: most days I don't mind the fact that I am 5'1. (Okay, okay, occasionally I feel stabbing pangs of jealousy when I see my 5'4+ friends. And really stabbing pangs when my 5'7+ friends walk in with stilettos on...) BUT, sometimes my height comes in handy. For example, I found an amazing deal on this dress. Why was it an amazing deal and why would it matter that I am short--because I found it in the kid's section. If I was taller, the dress might have been too short, so hurray for my height. (And this also proves that you never know if it will fit until you try it on!)
Dress: Exact match! An option for my tall friends :)
Cardigan: The Limited (this is not exact, but very close) This one is from Forever 21.
Tights: Penney's
Boots: Macy's
Glasses: Firmoo

Foxes: Tip to Toe

J and I are still working out this outfit picture stuff. Some days the camera is too low... today clearly, it was too high! It looks like he took it from the roof or something. Oh well, we will figure it out.

So ignoring the bad bad bad picture....Isn't this sweater cute? I wish it hadn't been so cold when we took pictures, because you can't see the details as well from under my giant sweater/cardigan thing. The sweater itself is cream colored with 3/4 sleeve. The little fox on the front is all done in sequins.

My socks have a little fox on them as well.

Sweater: Actual, Similar
Big Sweater, used for warmth! Old Navy, old
Jeans: American Eagle
Socks: Sock Dreams, old
Shoes: Mine are from Sears, Bongo brand I think, but this link will take you to gold Sketchers. (Still cheaper than TOMS.)

My Top Ten: Funny Movies

The UK website LoveFiLM just released a top ten funniest movies list. They say their list was based on science, in that they took the number of times people laughed and divided it by the number of minutes in the movie. Their results were as follows:


1. Airplane - 3 Laughs A Minute 2. The Hangover - 2.4 Laughs A Minute 3. The Naked Gun - 2.3 Laughs A Minute 4. Superbad - 1.9 Laughs A Minute 5. Borat - 1.7 Laughs A Minute 6. Anchorman - 1.6 Laughs A Minute 7. American Pie - 1.5 Laughs A Minute 8. Bridesmaids - 1.4 Laughs A Minute 9. Shaun of the Dead - 1.3 Laughs A Minute 10. Life of Brian - 1.2 Laughs A Minute

My thoughts on the list? Well I haven't even seen all of Airplane, but to be honest, I don't really have a desire to watch it. I feel like it is so used in pop-culture that I already know the best of it.  I have just never been big on the Airplane, The Naked Gun, etc. The Hangover was funny...but I wouldn't put it in my top ten and certainly not number two. Superbad was also very funny, but I never feel a strong desire to re-watch it the way I do with my own list. Borat, haven't seen it. I felt so uncomfortable during the previews, I knew there was no way I would make it through the whole thing. Anchorman, funny, but I liked The Campaign more. American Pie: seriously? Bridesmaids was very funny, but I would say a lot of that was owed to shock factor and on second viewing, some of the shock is gone. Numbers nine and ten are actually on my own list!

I can't limit myself to ten, (I love funny movies!) so this list is my favorite 11 comedies up to this point. 

11. Eurotrip--Is this a classy film? No. Does it make me laugh every. single. time. I see it? YES.

10. Tropic Thunder--The cast is great, and I love movies that make fun of Hollywood.

9. Zoolander--Back to back Ben Stiller. On the surface, Zoolander is stupid fun, but the darkly funny twist (male models committed all the major assassinations in history!) make it smarter than you expect. Plus, who doesn't love a walk-off?

8. The Aristocrats--This movie is as much a documentary as it is a comedy. (That seems to be a style I like...) It is also the movie that taught me that Bob Saget, aka Danny Tanner, is one of the filthiest people on the entire planet!
7. Best in Show--Christopher Guest can do no wrong in my book.

6. Office Space--The quintessential slacker movie, it even underperformed at the box office. Anytime I have a "case of the Mondays" I relish in the fact that somewhere, Milton is drinking a Mai Tai.

5. Shaun of the Dead--This movie gets funnier every time I watch it, even when they cut out the good bits. Simon Pegg is one of the funniest men living/working today.

4. Life of Brian--Poor Brian Cohen, "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy."

3. Hamlet 2--So absurd. So hilarious. If you have not seen this, and I am betting you haven't, please do me a favor and ask to borrow it ASAP.

2.History of the World Part I--I really could have had a list that was half Mel Brooks, but I tried to limit myself. If I had to pick (which I guess I did) History wins out for me. I like my nuns musical, what else can I say?

This list goes to 11. And if you get that joke, then you understand why this movie had to be number one.

1. This is Spinal Tap--No words needed. Watch this clip instead

New Glasses Review

I am nothing if not a glutton. So, when I found two websites that offer your first pair of prescription frames for free I couldn't say no! (Obviously the common sense thing to do would have been to use one site now, and another later, but I am not the type to wait!)

So first up:

I had never heard of this site. I stumbled across it from Pinterest or GOMI. I honestly can't remember! I found a blog, the girl had cute glasses, and she mentioned she received them for free. I decided this was too good to be true! However, after looking into it I found out you can get prescription glasses for free! The website itself was okay. Anytime I clicked a pair of glasses it would open in a new window which is good and bad. The site offers ordering tips and fit tips as well. The selection is updated pretty regularly too. The thing about this site though is that there are only a select number of "free" frames per style per day. So if the pair you have your eye on is currently in stock, take advantage of it. There is always a chance, they won't be around the next time you check!! Obviously free never really means free, but all I paid for was shipping. The lens are my prescription, I did not add any upgrades. The only down side to these are that the lens are not anti-glare.

Firmoo glasses.

Once I found out about Firmoo, I decided to do a bit of google-ing. Lo and behold, there was another site that offered the first pair free!! This site seems to have frames that are a bit pricier overall, and the packaging was nicer. Their selection on free frames is limited though, meaning that once you have your free pair, the selection available for purchase is much larger. Here as well, free means frames and basic lens. You pay shipping and any upgrades you might want to the lens.
Coastal specs.
Both site were pretty prompt in their shipping; both pairs of glasses arrived on the same day actually! My favorite thing about both sites is the try it on option. This is such a great tool! You can upload a photo of yourself, then virtually try on the glasses. It is like playing paper dolls with yourself (only not creepy). Overall I am very happy with the quality of both sets of glasses. I have not had a headache, and I have worn both pair for two full days a piece. I start back to work tomorrow, and I can not wait to mix these new frames into my work wardrobe! I really recommend either Firmoo or Coastal if you are looking to update your current glass options for not a lot of money.

*Full disclosure: I was not asked to review the frames. I was not given the glasses in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. The second Coastal link is an affiliate one, so feel free to use the first one!

Looking Ahead to 2013


One of my goals for 2012 was to create and work on a 30 Before 30 list. Here are some of my remaining items.

29. Go on a beach vacation with my family.
28. Stick to a budget for 3 months.
24. Go to another music festival
23. Learn CPR
21. Pay off my 2 biggest credit cards.

20. Find a church home for my family.
19. Take a (mostly) unplanned road trip with the family.
17. Make a beautifully decorated cake.
14. Paint both bathrooms. One down, one to go.
13. Master 5 new recipes. 
12. Go ice skating.
11. Seriously cut back (maybe even give up) Dr. Pepper for reals.
6. Sing karaoke. (I have never done this!)
3. Make a decision regarding grad school.

YIKES!!! I still have a lot to go....Also I know at least a few of those will not be taken care of before I actually turn 30. #29 has already been changed to Disney World with the family in July or August. #21 is being tabled because we are taking another route to paying off our debt, but if I get at least any two paid off, I will take it! #17 will be difficult because, we have established I can not bake at all. #11 won't happen. I know it.

As far as my true resolution list:
1. Hit the 50 pound mark on my weight loss (6 away as of this morning), then keep going for another 15.
2. Work out in some manner at least 3 times a week.
3. Spend my time BETTER with my family.
4. Stick to our family budget for at least 4 months in a row.
5. Lessen the amount of processed food the family eats.
6. Don't buy clothes just to buy clothes. But items that fit my personal style and taste.
7. Keep posting at least once a week, plus outfit posts at least twice a month.

If I don't complete my list, if I don't stick to my resolutions the world will not end. It is good to remember this! Happy New Year to my readers, my friends, and my family. I hope you all have a great 2013.