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Little Ol' Me

When I started this blog I had no idea what I was doing (Ok let's be honest, I still don't) so I reached out to some bloggers for some advice.  I was so nervous sending an email to strangers - it just felt weird.  I figured I wouldn't even get a response.But I'm just so amazed by how genuinely nice this little cyberspace community is.  Not only did they respond, but answered my questions and gave me advice, and just truly TOOK TIME out of their busy lives to help little ol' me!
I'm still working on the whole idea of people looking at this little blog of mine, but in time I'll open this puppy up to everyone and so far I'm finding this community very inviting and can't wait to get to "know" everyone. :)

PS-check out those tomatoes! Fresh from the garden, first batch! (another good use of stretchy shirts)
Those delish little tomatoes made the best salad.  Look close, see those yellow ones?  So cool! We have black ones too. Coming soon!

Perspective

Pants: Target Shoes: Nine West  So remember this?  Well, I'm proud to say that I still have not bought anything for my wardrobe!  I did, however have a "moment" this morning while getting ready.  I thought, "I have nothing to wear." I think no matter how many clothes any girl has, they at some point will have this "moment" from time to time.  Feeling frustrated and uninspired I threw on these jeans and top.  At the end of this day in particular though, I thought, sometimes it doesn't matter what we wear, it's just nice to be happy and healthy, and even have a wardrobe to look at and think those ridiculous thoughts.  So onward with the no buying clothes challenge.  I think that's the last thing on my wish list right now.     

Supper Sunday

One thing I absolutely love about summer is the ability to go to the Farmers Market.  The ability to go to a place to where everything is guaranteed to be all natural and right out of the garden or off the farm right down the street just gives me such peace of mind.  The Internet is filled with information about so many things we eat, I've gotten to the point where I'm scared to eat anything!  It's too artificial, it's too fattening, it's too processed, it causes cancer, etc, etc, etc.  But the Farmers Market?  The wonderfully pure, wonderfully local, Farmers Market?!  I feel it's the only place where everything is "safe"; the holy grail of good, healthy, all natural, from the ground, from a local farm, "SAFE"!  And if that's not true, then please leave me in my blissful ignorance, or I think I may go crazy.  

So on to dinner.  I recently went to that wonderful, all mighty Farmers Market and I got all kinds of stuff!  Out of all that y…

Stop and Smell the Roses

Sometimes I look up and a year's gone by without me even realizing it.  Sometimes five.  I feel that we're all just floating along minding our own business and then all of the sudden, BAM! we've been time warped into the future.  It's that feeling of driving home on my usual commute and looking up and realizing I'm home not remembering the drive.  It's like I'm on autopilot.


As the summer trucks along without me noticing, I've looked up and it's almost August.  Where did June and July go?! Oh yea, June was full of rain and July is just flying by.  I'm determined to make the most of August, as I feel this is my last chance to making this a summer to remember, one to write home about.  Let's go on random road trips, go to the beach for the day, go camping, go hiking, something! I'm ready!  Let's see what this weekend will bring.. I feel a random road trip coming.. First let's dress down a bit.  I can't get enough jeans/t-shirt…

Be Quiet, Be Still

At night, right as I'm about to doze off is when my mind decides to talk about everything under the sun.  She rambles about the day ahead, what we need to do at work, what we're going to wear, things to do around the house, and on and on and on. Maybe it's because this is the first time all day that I've stopped and been quiet and still. Last night she kept me up till about 1am.


She can finally pin me down and talk about all the things that have been building up. She's definitely a workaholic, that mind of mine. If I could do as much work as my mind thinks I should, I'd be a millionaire.


After I shut her up and finally fell asleep (or maybe fell asleep while she was still going on and on) I, you guessed it, I slept in. That would be the reason for this out of control, all natural hair.


That's right, this is my, for the most part, natural hair. Sometimes, in an attempt to not put it up all the time, I'll just let it do it's thang.  Sydney over here

Writers' Block

Yup. Pants: Buffalo; JCP Top: Mango; JCP Shoes: Two Lips Shoes

Long Day

Working an almost 12hr day would make anyone tired.  Sometimes, I wonder if looking at a spreadsheet on a computer screen is more exhausting than doing construction work.  Not physically, obviously, but mentally.  At about my 9th hour I feel my body disconnect from my mind and my eyes try their hardest to close in protest, telling me that they've worked hard enough today.  I pushed myself and my tired eyes a few more hours after that point, and now I'm beat.  But all in all, it was a productive day, so I'm satisfied.

For my outfit today, I just had an urge to dress it up.  I love the simplicity of black and white, or in this case, black and cream colors.  Add some pearls and you got yourself a classic, timeless ensemble. 


Skirt: H&M; Similar Shoes: Bakers; Similar Shirt: Fun & Flirt; Similar Pearls: Family Heirloom Glasses:

Just Go With It

Today I was feeling somewhat in a funky mood.  The weekend was jammed packed and even at the end of the day I still feel exhausted.  I just can't go like I used to.  In my college days I had endless energy.  Man, if I could get that stamina back. 


Anyway, I thought, "Just go with it" which created this look. 


My ring was a gift from Eric during our trip to Dominican Republic in 2010.  It is made of amber and Larimar there.  The necklace is from Haiti given to me by my niece who, instead of gifts last Christmas, gave a donation in my name to a Haitian charity.  Her and her family went on a Mission Trip there in 2012 and this necklace was handmade there.  The earrings were also handmade, but by a local artist up here in the northeast.  It's unique pieces like these that I crave and cherish because they can't be mass produced and they are mine and mine alone. 


My shirt?  It says, "'I just wanna dance.' ~Edgar Allan Poe" accompanied by his face. …

Super Sunday

Ok, I'm a little behind on this, but better late than never.  Every Sunday I try and make a pretty big meal.  I try and do it homemade, and from a recipe, and healthy.  Try.  Last Sunday.. I was lazy.  I knew I wanted to make something that only required some prep, then some waiting/doing nothing time.  I had some beets from the Farmers Market that I needed to use up, some kale that I also needed to use (Sunday can also be known as the "use it up or throw it out day"), a ham steak from the freezer, and I was set.   Besides rinsing and stemming the kale, I just threw it in a little sauce pan with a little water in the bottom and let it steam.  After the water comes to a boil, just put it on simmer for about 20-25 minutes.  I like mine very soft, so less time if you like yours a little more crisp.   With the beets, I cut the greens off (you can steam them too if you like, unless you wait too long and they get wilted, like I did :-/ ), peal them and slice them into about…

So Good

So Friday was so much fun thanks to a new vendor relationship!



Me and three coworkers were invited to the Club House Dining Room by a new vendor and were awarded a wristband and delicious food.  I was the cheerleader to get these guys as our new vendor (a switch from our previous vendor who ironically were seated right next to us [awkward!]) and man did it pay off so far!  And, just to add, that previous vendor that I am referring to that was right next to us, NEVER invited us to the track and we were with them for several years before switching.. just sayin!


Anyway, I digress.  This happened to be Opening Day at Saratoga Race Track, but with the heat being close to 100 degrees, the crowds weren't so bad.  But we still made a day of it despite the weather.  The track had taken extra precautions for the horses running in the heat thank goodness and a lot of them even scratched, a couple at the advise of a veterinarian.  With all the precautions the track went on as scheduled, and …

Holy Hottness

These last few days have been soo hot!  But I was in really good shape today at work so I decided to take a half day and go to the pool.  :)


For me it has to be over ninety to go swimming.  It was 96 so swimming was just the perfect way to spend the second half of my day.




Top: Express; Similar Necklace: Lia Sophia

Hump Day!

I love Hump Day!



Especially this week.  I can't wait for this week to be over, and it just got better because today a vendor invited me and 3 of my co-workers to the Track for Opening Day on Friday! Since it's a work event I don't even have to take time off! 


I'm super excited, and it feels like it's the reward for making it through this crazy week. And now that Wednesday has arrived, it's just a little bit longer until that reward comes :)

Top: H&M; Similar Shorts: Old Navy; Similar Shoes: Aldo; Similar