Thursday, January 28, 2016

Renovations & Relationships

In the beginning, I used to think that the True test of a relationship was to take a Road Trip with someone. Sounds like a Great idea?! Right?! There will be snacks, and Crunch-N-Munch, and cool truck stops to buy shot glasses and rubber snakes at. Then, about 4.5 hours in, you realize you've got at least 12 more hours to go, and your pet rabbit may not be the happiest playing passenger. (true story) As someone who has taken Many a road trip- (and still regularly drives 4-5 hours with their significant other), Ohh How I have been Humbled.
I don't remember my parents partaking in any significant home projects. My Dad refinished the kitchen cabinets, but I was too young to remember. But when all 3 girls were old enough to be out of the house, they decided to do Extreme Home Makeover and double the square footage And add a bathroom. Yes, after all 3 girls are gone, Then you add a bathroom... Have I mentioned I never got ready in an actual bathroom until I moved out? Bygones..
 
I built my own home by the time I was 26. 
On nights and weekends, there we were. Till sometimes midnight, and all weekend till Monday. It took 8 months, and my relationship only endured 1 fight the entire time. Yes, I was roofing in March, snow flying, on a 10/12 pitch, and came away unscathed. And the fight that Did happen? Less than 3 weeks before we moved in, all because I was Hangry..lol
 
But as of recently, I have started to believe that a renovation can be a biggest test of any relationship. More so than a Ranger ride from Boise to Baltimore.
A renovation not only disturbs your daily routine, but it veers its ugly unfinished head in the space where you're suppose to be simply at peace.
A renovation constantly brings up the budget, and two people from different backgrounds will always differ on their desire to spend dollars.
And for Me personally, a renovation will arise a difference in ideas and opinion's about what's best. Tell me I'm too blunt, or tell me I may be mean, but don't validate my ideas, That, That will send me over the edge.
 
I was Really good at projects with my ex. We had even spoke about starting a property management company and buying a 2nd home. We both compromised where we had to and always had the betterment of the project in mind. We came in under budget, and always got the best result. However, We were Not good at our relationship.
Excuse the reflection, I've had 2 days and many hours to marinade about This very topic stripping the dresser in the above photo.
 
I could Never work with P.
I don't even understand how some spouses can spend the day together. I need a break, he needs a break. And him and I have a COMPLETELY different work style. (you see All caps? I really meant that). He's more of a: Drink Coffee, have a skillet breakfast, attend a few "bathroom meetings", then eventually show up on the job site. I'm a bit more Balls to the walls. Sorry folks. When I first met him I actually hired him to finish working on a house I was renovating. We didn't work at all on it together.
 
But none the less, I didn't get in this relationship for a work partner.
 P isn't one of my employees, nor am I his. We survived a full kitchen renovation last year- picture having plywood countertops for 9 weeks! I'm sure we'll survive another project (upstairs). At least on this one, (for now) we can shut the door and have some relief from our renovation, for the sake of our relationship...
 
More to come!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

4 ways to Pimp your Puffer

Hello and Welcome from the confines of All my coats this week!
As much as I Love winter, and don't mind all the ,,ehhmm,, Extra circulars of keeping warm, this weeks cold snap has been the hurty cold. 
The freeze the inside of your nose cold. The dogs don't even wanna walk cold.
And it came to my attention once again, how simply similar we are as individuals.
All because of a coat. 
It seems like a dang rite- of- passage .
Around the age of 17-21 every girl gets "the Coat"(see below)
The ubiquitous Black Bomber. Worn by every freshman and housewife East of the Mississippi. And its almost downright shameful to say I own one myself. Sometimes I consider, if there is another life form out there, perusing our Facebook(gawwwd), and looking down at us, how downright dumb we look. All of us scuffling around like drones way past December. 
And So I give you,,
4 Ways to Pimp your Puffer: 
1. Don't buy Black
I know,,I know,, I have one. And this was a gift, and believe me,, I've tried to get rid of it. Note to all 17 year old girls and their Mom's: This coat is the LEAST warmest of my puffers. It's like wearing a spring jacket. It sucks. Black is Not flattering on about 99% of people. It's too harsh against skin tones, and especially in winter, its un- forgiving. There's usually more salt on this jacket, than on the rim of the last margarita I had. #truestory
 
2. Buy more than 1 jacket.
Girls gotta have options, right?? A short one, a dressy one, one for chopping wood, and one if you have to change a wheel. It's simply tragic to me when I see a gal all dressed up and she throws her threadbare winter coat over her trapeze dress...yikes. Also, Can you imagine wearing the Same coat for 6 months?,,I literally #cannoteven
3. Personalize it.
#monogrameverything
I cannot even think of how many co-eds have walked off with another chics coat. Or had one stolen from a house party. 
4. Have Accessories!!! 
Maybe I have ADD, or maybe I need change in my life constantly. But the thought of wearing the same coat, same hat, same gloves, and same boots, makes me break out in a sweat. How positively boring. So in the spirit of "cleansing" and "living with less" I just donated an entire shopping bag of matching hats and gloves to one very happy little girl! #inventorycontrol
So, sew on some fur, change some snaps into bows, where your creativity, will take you, no one knows! Ask yourself, "Could I go somewhere in this and look completely put together? Could I Actually have pajamas on underneath? Because we've got a bit of winter here to go, and why go out if its not for show! Have some actual fun with your winter wardrobe this year, and I'll know my work here is Done!
#lifestyleengineer

Friday, January 8, 2016

Blue Dress & that Broke friend

That Broke Friend.
You're lying to yourself if you think you don't have one.
And you should know by now over here on Coffee, we call em' as we see em'.
Maybe it was the holidays, but we recently started talking about these people round' the water cooler lately. Maybe it was the gift giving, or the lack of receiving, that people were ready to dish on this.
It was under resounding agreement, that if you are well into your 30's, and still talking about How broke you are, or just haven't "gotten it together" yet. well then, I'm not entirely sure you will. And before you send me all sorts of hard- knocks hate mail, I will divulge This:
At one time I left my home, in a U- haul never to look back.
I've eaten generic macaroni and cheese. And I've been down on my knees. Then you know what?
I got my shit together.
Allow me to explain the brackets off your(potential) broke friends.

1. The guy who drink $8 micro brews but then realizes he's forgotten his debit card at the last bar. "I'll get cha next time".
 This guy complains about How broke he is, but he's Always busy working on "The Next big deal". And the entire time your thinking..Didn't your Last "Big Deal" pan out that well? You Just end up paying because you want him to shut the F*ck up. (sorry teenage readers)

2. The girl that comes out with your squad, and Conveniently when it's her turn to buy a round is talking to the Dj at the turn table, or in the bathroom?
I know this girl too well. I actually had 2 of them at my bachelorette party complaining about how much they needed to kick in for our hotel room. Complaining about what you have to kick in for wedding festivities is a Whole nother' blog post.. 


3. The girl, or guy, that comes to the ball tailgate and brings a bag of chips...Freakin' Chips.
Yes, now that I've hauled my grill, my charcoal, my cooler. My team supportive table cloth,  my fruit salad, perfectly cut from Pinterest, my team color coordinated iced cupcakes, and my signature drinks. There You come with those greasy ripped chips.
Side note: I have also attending a tailgate, where the party thrower was asking people who, Stopped by? To Actually throw down some cash for those chips or dip!? ...the nerve...the tack factor..   

So weather these friends are just your drinkin' buddies, or those you've known a lifetime, set them straight this year and ask them to chip in a beer(or 4). Because no body wants to hear about the next big deal when you're broke, because we know it'll likely all go up in smoke.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dish Diaries

"Has anyone ever gotten Divorced over dishes?"
It was a text I sent my Mom earlier this summer that I will never send again.
Apparently I didn't inherit my dry humor from her.
There she was at a luncheon, eating some cute little sandwiches, only to rapid fire call me 7 or 8 times. I guess it didn't make her feel any better in my stash was something for her.
 
I don't know exactly when I decided to start collecting these dishes, in their haphazard way. There was 2 there, 4 over here and sometimes a stack that makes it into my pack. I guess I've just always thought the regular everyday things you have in your life should be extraordinary. Why not eat, macaroni and cheese, on a plate with golden leaves?
 
I moved dishes for Years.
I unboxed them and displayed them to sell. I've broken some ironstone, and cursed them to hell. I stacked them high and watched them fly(1-2 people will get that) And I've laughed at the notion of preferring to buy dishes over cleaning them. But these beauties are different. And Dare I admit it, I feel like I'm saving them!
Even if all they do is stand at attention and look pretty, it was completely worth collecting these from all over the city. Side note: Every night I have to ask P Exactly when he is ready to eat. At That moment, I have to plate the meal and serve immediately. Otherwise, he'll try to put the pretties into the microwave!
So weather your dining on Dim Sum, or ravenous about your Ramen, why wouldn't you want to eat on something extra special? Un pack your China, and Nosh on your newlywed dishes. This year, Make every night more delicious, and diary worthy.