December Goal: Make a Home for the Holidays

This is shaping up to be an odd month for me. When I’m staffed on a client, I’m used to traveling for my job four days a week, every week. In November, I had a break from client service after wrapping up a big project and then focusing on teaching our senior associate Discover program. Afterward, it was Thanksgiving, and new projects are generally slow to start in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, I got staffed on a fantastic new {Read More}

Redecorating My Home for the Holidays

I was a bit stressed going into Thanksgiving, if my posts hadn’t already made that clear. And I was particularly bummed that I didn’t get to cook the holiday meal like I usually do. But looking on the brighter side, my post-Thanksgiving weekend was surprisingly good, and I’m actually really looking forward to the holiday season! Thursday night after dinner, I stopped by the Michael’s Black Friday sale (which started on Thursday night). All the holiday stuff was 70% off, {Read More}

Birthday Nostalgia

Yesterday was my birthday, and like last year’s extravaganza, I kicked off the celebrations by hosting a house party the night before. I went with a summery theme for the food, making a whole bunch of dips (French onion, buffalo chicken, crab dip, and yogurt fruit dip), two massive pots of low country boil, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. I also muddled some basil with lemonade for a simple drink that could either be non-alcoholic as a standalone, or mixed with vodka or {Read More}

TGI Flyday: Unexpectedly Looking Forward to the Weekend

Thursday = Flyday in consulting land, and with all the winter storms going on, I was a little worried I wouldn’t make it out tonight. The Dallas forecast was “snow and thunderstorms”, which is pretty much the worst possible forecast you can ever have in Texas, and so I was checking my flight status most of the afternoon, prepared for the worst. Fortunately, I’m in flight now, and psyched to finally be sleeping in my own bed tonight. Tomorrow is {Read More}

Take a Moment For You (Sponsored by Evolution Fresh)

My week off from work has been amazing! I’ve had time to get a lot of things done around the house – from reupholstering my dining room chairs, to building shelving for my master closet, to building a wine cabinet and bookshelf for my basement rec room. (Lots of building!) I also went on a big home shopping spree at Tuesday Morning to get new pillows for my couches and new curtains for a lot of windows, and also hit {Read More}

The Benefit of Making Resolutions (Even If You Don’t Keep Them)

I’ve been getting pretty excited about New Year’s, and specifically, the opportunity to set some new goals for myself. Sure, you can set goals anytime, but there’s something extra fun about the fresh start that January 1st provides. However, Amy Cuddy, the psychologist popularly known for her TED Talk on power poses, had an interesting piece on Saturday about why your New Year’s resolutions might do more harm than good. Specifically, she talks about how setting unreasonable goals can lower your {Read More}

Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

I’ve been in something of a funk lately. Nothing is drastically wrong, per se, and on Thanksgiving, I certainly had plenty to be thankful for. But at the same time, the holiday had some stress before and after that made me not quite as thrilled with Thanksgiving as I usually am. Tomorrow is the first day of December, though, which means the holiday season is truly upon us – and it’s time for me to cheer up and start fa-la-la-la-la-ing {Read More}

Sponsored: Watch TV Without the TV via NBC TVEverywhere

When I bought my house in March, I immediately signed up for internet… but didn’t sign up for cable. There are so many ways to watch my favorite shows that I just don’t see the point in paying for a cable subscription! Instead, I bought an AmazonBasics Indoor HDTV Antenna for each of my TVs, so that I could get free live TV when I’m home. But what about DVR, since I’m usually not sitting around when primetime shows are airing? For {Read More}

Throwback Tuesday: Video Game Halloween

Adam and I have a bit of an inside joke where he refers to me as his “gamer girlfriend”, because I like to play Cubistry on my Kindle. (I try to argue that it keeps my mind sharp, like a game of Memory, but it’s really fairly brainless.) This year for Halloween, though, I lived up to my “gamer” moniker, by dressing up as video game characters from my childhood. At my client in Dallas, Halloween is a very big deal. Everyone {Read More}

App I Love: Paper Karma

I wrote on Monday about how I may be back to traveling for work soon – and there are a lot of challenging logistics that come with traveling. For example, I’m on the lookout for a neighborhood kid that I can hire to take my trash cans in for me on a weekly basis, since our trash pickup is on Monday afternoons and our HOA bylaws state that the trash cans cannot stay out past Tuesday morning. Not easy for {Read More}