Three thrifty office decorations

Even after almost ten months, my office is a little bare bones. I had an odd number of Ikea frames I purchased back in February, and few yards of burlap left over from my no-sew roman shade project, so I decided to replace the standard white matte with the burlap. I intended to put photos of the beach in the frames, but I found some fun note cards in packages of eight from Michael’s and decided I could use one card of each design in a frame. Each note card has a sweet picture and embossed image. 
Sitting pretty on the window sill until I hang them up.

“write your own story” 


The frames are 8 x 10, but in this picture you can see how giant the windows in my office are. I am so happy to have a space that is almost all glass on one side. It makes for some interesting weather – and occasional people – watching. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thank goodness for automatic transfer into my retirement account. I re-read my quarterly statement this afternoon, and when Aaron saw what I was reading through, he asked what I was doing. Somewhere in the shuffle of getting married, starting a new job, figuring out the complexities of benefits and carrying on with life in general, I forgot to tell him I about the retirement account. My husband is very, very attune to our financial status, and for him to have no idea about the money sitting (and, hooray, growing!) in this portfolio was a welcome surprise to him. So that’s my good news for today… I loved showing him how I contribute to our family, especially because I feel like I often spend/want/require a lot more than he does. I think it would be much more difficult to contribute fully to this if I had to transfer the funds myself from my paycheck, so I am thankful that my work gives me the option to never even see the money in my paycheck and zip it straight to the other fund.

You know what I am looking forward to? Daylight saving time ending on Nov. 7. My biological clock awakes me around 7:30 a.m., so I hope that this “fall backward” means I will feel rested enough at 6:30 a.m. to wake up a little easier.

I went grocery shopping today and saved about 1/6th of my purchase total by paying closer attention to the sales. I really want to learn how to clip coupons to a point where I am reaching meaningful savings (I mean half or more of my total purchases) with each grocery trip, but I haven’t been dedicated enough. I know I have said this before, but it’s just really hard to plan and then shop for meals when I do not know if Aaron is going to be eating with me. I am setting a goal starting in November to plan two weeks of meals at a time and budget accordingly. I will let you all know if I am successful…

We went to the pumpkin patch yesterday and found a good pumpkin to carve.

I started my Christmas wish lists and everything (all three things) I want is expensive.

I finally put together some frames for my office, and it looks a bit better.

This October weather has been such a tease. Glorious fall temperatures at the beginning of the month, and then the letdown of 85 degrees and smothering humidity this week. I want cold, and I want it to stay.

My kitten’s toes are still pink. Will they stay that color, or will they turn darker? I hope they stay pink.

Monday, October 25, 2010

We got back from Tyler last night. Unfortunately the Escambia Bay Bridge and I-10 through Pensacola were closed, so, along with an unfortunate incident at Raising Cane’s, we were delayed for an extra hour and a half and didn’t get home until 10:30 last night.

The whole weekend was a success and so fun. The downfall? I left a pint of lime sherbet from Laura’s bachelorette party in my trunk from Friday morning and it melted. I didn’t notice anything until this morning, when my car smelled REALLY weird. When I got home from work, I dug through the trunk where I put the leftover Sprite and sparkling water to return and saw that the sherbet melted. Any idea how to get funky smells out of my car? It actually smells fermented. I think if I got pulled over, a patrolman might think I poured Bud Light Lime all over my seats. Which is disgusting.


I got to see my sister Jillian and our family pets (this is a picture I took of Jill and Millz).
My best friend, the bride, Laura, was incredibly beautiful. But that’s nothing new.
The whole Anderson/Nix crew plus a few friends.(top-bottom, l-r) My mom, sister’s friend Matt, Aaron, me, my sister’s friend Maggie, Jillian , sister’s boyfriend Hayden, Daddy.
Aaron, me, Jillian and Haydo
Hayden and Jillian
Me and Aaron

It was so fun to be home to celebrate Wes and Laura’s nuptials as well as see my family and friends I hadn’t seen in a while. The wedding was beautiful despite the downpour. I can’t wait to see more pics! 

The New Hargroves

Facebook is no good when it comes to pulling photos. 
Especially when you’re pulling photos of a couple who have been dating since 2003.When I get back to Texas I am pulling out the scrapbooks and finding the good stuff – we’re talking pre-2006 – and posting it. These two have been my best friends for a long, long time, and I have been lucky enough to be a part of their lives and see their relationship grow, even when Laura was in college in Texas and Wes was in college in California for three and a half years. Yes, it was hard, and yes, they are finally about to do what they’ve waited their whole lives (or at least the last seven-or-so years) for. Their love and loyalty for each other is something I have always admired, and I am so happy to share in their first steps as a married couple. And they’re getting married on Mole Day, 10/23. True nerds. 

Laura and Wesley are getting married, y’all. The New Hargroves. 

NYE party 2007(?)
Spring break trip to White Sands, New Mexico 2007

I stole this photo from their engagement because it is maybe one of my favorite pictures ever. 

I am leaving Wednesday afternoon to head to Texas to prepare for the big celebration and the many celebrations surrounding it. Oh, and guess what? Their wedding photographer is awesome. How do I know? Because she was our wedding photographer, too. Shout out to Leah Muse! It will be fantastic to have Wesley NOT behind the camera for once.