Wednesday, October 12, 2011

things that make me smile

Middle-women saying "Hey girl!"
I work with quite a few women older than I am.  At least two of them frequently begin conversations with, "Hey girl!"  It never ceases to crack me up.  I mean I'm 28 and I never greet my friends with "Hey girl."  It's kind of cute though.

Finding M&Ms in my purse
This doesn't really happen often.  But yesterday I had bought a bag of peanut M&Ms and dropped them into my bag.  Then I proceeded to forget I had put them there until I went to eat lunch today.  It was a fantastic little treat.

It's finally raining.  We haven't had any rain in at least a month.  Our pond is so incredibly low it's ridiculous.  It did mean though we could pull the old lawn chair out of the pond that some former homeowner had thrown in.  Anyway.  Rain smells wonderful.  Especially in the...  well, anytime except winter.  I love it.

My husband.
Always.  Specifically though because he went to Hobby Lobby to buy me a styrofoam wreath so I could do my project.  My husband is a total outdoorsy guy, not the type to go to a craft store.  So sweet.

Windex wipes
Okay, this sounds weird.  I've had a streak of something down my windshield since last winter.  For a long time I thought it was on the outside.  Wrong.  But I just kept staring at it, forgetting to grab the Windex and go clean the inside of my windshield.  Today I finally got smart and bought a package of Windex wipes for my car.  And I cleaned my windshield.  Then I did what my friend Mandi does, wiped down the whole inside of my car.  Except she always uses Wet Ones, she's a mom, so it's a logical thing she has on hand.  Anyway, my windshield isn't all gross inside anymore.  And that gross spit trickle I get on the windshield from my Garmin is gone.  Hooray.

I'm hosting a thirty-one party on Saturday.  I am known amongst my friends for always having delicious goodies at events.  So I finally planned my menu -- pinwheels (delicious!  called my best friend for her recipe), some kind of dip, and cupcakes.  I'm going to do orange cupcake papers and orange colored icing with a little green candy on top to make them look like pumpkins.  I only wish I could buy half a cake mix.  Who really wants or needs 24 cupcakes most times.  Definitely not me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

feeling like fall

It's been another warm and beautiful fall.  I don't even remember the last time it rained.  I know it's been over a month.  But they are predicting rain tomorrow.  And the leaves are starting to turn.  And it's finally starting to cool off and feel like fall.  I like fall, I just wish it didn't lead to winter.  I love pulling out my cozy sweaters and boots.  I love that wearing leggings, knock-off Uggs and a big wrappy sweater is socially acceptable to wear out in public and even to work because it's basically like wearing your pajamas.  And I love scarves.  I do not love snow.  I repeat, I do not love snow.  In college we always decided to go shopping or do something ridiculous when the weather was terrible.  Somehow we survived.

Anyway, fall.  My husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary.  We went away for a long weekend and I came back obsessed with fall.  And doing fall craft projects.  We just bought our house last spring and haven't had any real decorating seasons yet.  But now that it's fall I'm ready to go crazy.  It's possible that I'm already planning how I'm going to decorate for Christmas.  Anyway, a few weeks ago we planted a couple of mums and bought a pumpkin for the front porch.  But now I'm pretty sure that isn't enough.  I am going to put more pumpkins on my porch and do a couple of wreaths.  I am so excited about it.  Get ready for some DIY pictures of my fall wreath.  It's going to be great!

So I went to purchase all of my wreath making supplies after work.  I live in a small town surrounded by other small towns about an hour from any major city.  So that means I am very limited on my shopping.  My only shopping options in our town are Dollar General and a grocery store.  So I stopped at Wal-Mart on my way home.  No styrofoam wreaths.  Grr.  Despite desperately searching the store there weren't any to be found.  So I assume, okay a bigger Wal-Mart or craft-ish store will have these.  Well, the woman at Hancock fabrics looked at me disdainfully when I asked about styrofoam wreaths.  They didn't have any either.  Nor did the second Wal-Mart I went to.  Looks like I will be begging my husband to buy me one tomorrow at a real craft store. 

I also didn't get any more pumpkins because I was too busy being sad that there weren't any wreaths.  I know these wreaths have to exist, I've seen other people make them.  I am going to persevere, I am in serious need of fall decorations.  And fast.  I'm having people over Saturday and my house needs to be festive.