The life and times of me. Also known as: My quest to become more awesome.

Monthly Archives: May 2013

Overall, I love the summertime. I really do. It’s perfect for so many things like bike riding, kayaking, day drinking, night drinking, camping, campfires, sleeping with the windows open, grilling out, swimming, etc., etc. I like the warm weather and the sunshine too. But there are a few things that happen in the summer that directly coincide with some of the things I’ve listed above that make me crazy. I love summer but sometimes I hate summer too. Let me explain:

Bike riding, kayaking, swimming, outdoor sports, et al
Okay, so all of these sports and more are awesome in the summer. The weather is perfect for spending time outdoors. Except for, you know, if you happen to be a runner training for a marathon in the fall. In order to not walk 50% of each run and not feel like I’m on the verge of crying the entire time, I have to get up at the butt crack of dawn. This is so that the sun does not suck the life force directly out of my head while running. Getting up pre-6:00 am isn’t my favorite thing.

Grilling out, day drinking, night drinking, outdoor activities, sleeping with the windows open
I’m not kidding even a little when I say that since 2006, I have had at least one set of complete hillbilly neighbors nearby my house. Currently, there are three sets on my block and of course they all know each other and hang out together. The summertime is when hillbillies thrive. They are outside nearly constantly and reasonable bedtimes for small children are non-existent. Hillbillies also share my passion and excitement for summertime drinking. Although I must say that I am not quite as rowdy and disruptive as they seem to get. I also do not get into screaming matches with people in the middle of the street at night or ever, really. And that’s the problem with me sleeping with my windows open. I must be some sort of hillbilly magnet or something. Ugh.


I really love the sunshine and the vitamin D it provides. It feels so warm and awesome. Here’s the thing though: I am ghastly pale. Look:

Clearly, I wasn’t built for the sun. And sunblock gets in my eyes when I sweat. I happen to sweat like a man. Also, all of the chemicals in sunblock freak me out a little. I prefer large hats but they aren’t appropriate for all situations. I have never had a tan and never expect to. When I burn, I peel and then fade to a slightly darker shade of pale. It’s cool though, because when all of you sun worshippers are all leather-faced and wrinkly in 30 years, I will still have my ghastly pale youthful glow.

I look forward to summer every year but along with it comes some serious pains in my ass. Ah well. You put up with the bad so you can get the good, eh?


JW has been on me about growing out my nails. Since they’re longer now, I’ve been keeping them painted. I generally end up picking at the polish when I’m bored and end up having to redo them every few days. The other day, he sent me this picture that he found online:

I thought that looked easy enough so I figured I’d give it a try. I went to the store today to pick up the stuff I’d need. I got some reinforcement labels:

I meant to get a clear top coat but they were $7.00 and I realized that I could get TWO new colors of polish for less than that.


My nail polish problem isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, guys. I have some clear nail hardener that I figured would do the trick.

So first put on a coat or two of the color that you want your “moons.” I had to do two coats because the pink I got went on very translucent. If I was wearing this color alone, I would have to use at least three coats. Now wait for it to be good and dry. Not dry where you go to bed and wake up with imprints from your sheets in all of your nails. Really dry. Then cut some of your label things in half and stick them on the bottom edge of all of your nails:

Make sure they go on at about the same angles and the same amount of each nail gets covered. Then press the edges on the sides of your nails down with a finger nail so the new color doesn’t seep under the stickers. And then go ahead and paint on your other color. This blue that I chose only took one coat because it covered really well. I let the polish get tacky-dry and had JW peel the stickers off. I was worried that if I let it dry all the way that it would peel some blue off (and some of the pink along with it). I don’t know if it would actually do that. Probably not. Let that get decently dry and the put on your top coat/whatever clear polish you happen to have. Obviously, you’ll want this to dry too. Then, if you’re like me, you’ll need to clean up the edges with q-tips and nail polish remover (because I have a hard time staying in the lines).

Here’s the finished product:


I love it! It’s not perfect (when doing my own nails it never is) but it was my first time and to be quite honest, I was expecting to have to take it off right after I did it. I’ll keep this on! And I think I’ll get better the more I do it. I also think that I can do a lot of cool stuff with this technique. I’m not quite ready to try most of the nails I see on Pinterest (read: I’ll never do that crap). And maybe someday I’ll buy a proper top coat. All in all though, I’m pretty pleased with this!

I was feeling down in the dumps earlier today. I’ve been feeling kind of homesick for my girlfriends lately. My best friends all live 4-6 hours away and I’ve just been missing them. I really want to celebrate my engagement with them. I know we will next time I see them and we will have a blast but its times like these that I miss them the most. I think most people would agree that the best times to be together are when someone you love has something to celebrate.

Anyways, I was feeling sorry for myself for a while and then I was mad at myself for feeling sorry for myself because I have an awful lot to be happy about. I was just in a funk. But then JW put The Hangover on. I haven’t seen that movie since I saw it in the theater. So funny. And just what I needed to cheer up a little. And also to remind me to let JW know that a bachelor party within a couple of days of our wedding will be unacceptable. Haha. Seriously though, I’m not having that.

It’s getting to be that time of year again here in Cincinnati where it is unbearably hot when I get out of work. So hot that when I go for runs after work, I end up wussing out and walking a lot. Afterwards, I don’t feel very good physically or mentally. So I’m getting up early to run. I actually like running early in the morning better than I like doing it after work. Going later in the day eats up a lot of time that I could spend doing other stuff (like chores or cooking or planning a wedding). Early in the morning I’m not missing out on anything but sleep. I’ll start going to bed a little earlier once my body adjusts. The only thing is that I’m having a really hard time getting myself up to do the arm and ab workouts I have planned for myself on non-running days. Eh, I’ve never been much of a morning person and I’m pretty proud of myself for getting up at least to run. It’s a work in progress.

We were eating lunch at a place with an outdoor patio the other day and we had Bella with us. She is a champion beggar and JW decided to see if she would eat a pickle.


We didn’t let her eat the whole thing. Make no mistake though, she probably would have attempted to swallow it whole. I would make a list of her favorite people foods that she’s not supposed to eat but it is much easier to list the things she won’t eat.

1. Hard-boiled egg whites
2. Raw mushrooms
3. Marshmallows

That’s it, as far as I can tell. And she will eat hard-boiled eggs if there is some yolk still attached. She’s eaten nearly everything else that we’ve dropped. Dogs are gluttons at heart.

I promise that I won’t turn this blog into a wedding planning blog. However, since I tend to write a lot about what’s going on in my life, I will be writing about that stuff sometimes. I’m planning on making all of my own decorations, invitations, party favors, and other stuff. There will probably be a lot of tutorials. Good thing I’m crafty and enjoy doing that stuff.

So far, I’ve really only picked out a color palette. I’ve sort of decided on a venue but it is not officially booked yet. I’m trying to do this wedding on a relatively small budget. It’s not that I’m cheap. I just think that the insane amount of money that folks spend on weddings these days is grotesque. Neither JW or I come from terribly wealthy backgrounds and although my parents have offered to help, I still want to keep costs down as much as possible. I think it would be pretty foolish of us to start the next chapter of our lives with a whole lot of new debt. Anyway, I think it’s completely possible to have a beautiful, classy wedding without spending the same amount as a small house would cost.

So, the colors. I went to Home Depot today and got some paint samples of the colors I have in mind:


Then I cut them into strips and glued them to note cards so that my mother and I can easily carry them around and have something to go off of when shopping for stuff.


I’m pretty much in love with these colors and I think they’re perfect for a summer wedding (we’re thinking July 2014). Let the planning begin!

…that there was a double rainbow on the day I got engaged/my birthday? Because there was: