My little old house

Well all, you could say it has been a long while since you heard from me. I’m not sure if I had updated you on the fact that I bought a house in November, and that we are currently still trying to remodel it when my lease is up this Friday.

Let me start by saying we had no intentions on changing much of this house besides redoing the hard wood floors– mind you they were real and original. That was the original plan, then one thing lead to another and we got to where we are today. I will post before and afters when I get my life back together a little bit more, but I want you all to be updated and ready for the next few posts that have to do with the house.

The first thing we did once we got the hard wood floors re-done, was toy with the idea of taking down this bowing wall between the kitchen and dinning room. This was something we talked about a lot but for the most part decided we weren’t going to do it. That is the funny thing you see, about a month later that wall was being torn down and cabinets were being ripped out. This house has gone from its 80’s era to the almost modern day era. This house just had too much charm that I thought it needed a little help while keeping the charm that made me love it so much.

The wall was taken out and an LVL beam — support beam — was put in the place of the old wall. This opened up the kitchen and dinning by a ton– people who have older homes know how chopped up they can be. This house has done a complete 360 degrees and I can’t wait to post more about it with pictures and all the different elements we used going into making this one an oldie but a goodie.

Thank you for reading this week, please stay tuned for the next few weeks of this crazy turn around.

XOXO

 

What is With Today?

I am writing because, today is just a random day in my life that I woke up with a positive mind and attitude. I think it’s weird because, I have a test today that I know I won’t do the best on due to some circumstances that took place in this past week. I just wanted to write about this morning just incase, someone needs to hear what I needed to hear.

Let me start out with the beginning of today, I woke up to my phone constantly buzzing from morning messages. I have it on night mode till 7:30am, and today I didn’t have my test till noon so why was I up? I have this huge window in my room that lets in a ton of natural light, and today the sun was shinning very brightly, right into my room. I think that is what got me started off on the right foot. I decided to get up shower, make myself some coffee and do a little studying.

A roommate was up early for her day off and we sat and chatted for a bit till she left for home. As we were chatting I had been on Facebook and a friend had shared and article on positive attitude and that it really isn’t as bad as you make it. I have never needed to read an article like that, more than I needed it today. It helped my mood even more realizing that I do dwell on things, and react to things more than I should. I give my attention to the bad parts of the day and not the good. I need to focus more on the little bits, like seeing a friend and having time to hangout with them, or making my favorite dinner because, I did well in Lab. Maybe just the fact that my friends, roommates, family, etc, are all doing well and we have no reason to dwell on anything else.

Yes, I might be thinking negatively after this test I’m about to take, maybe I will hate the way my hair curled today, or the fact that I have to warm up my car for 15 minutes before I leave. I just need to take a second to look back at all of that and think, well at least I am able to get a degree in a field I love, or the fact that this is just one test I won’t do the best on and need to do better on the next, I should embrace my natural curls and how unique they are each day, I should be thankful to have a working car that I can afford to fill and drive. These things I dwell and think negatively on need to be changed in my mind, I need to start focusing on everything I take for granted. Some people don’t have the mom I do, who will listen to me when I need, but also tell me I need to get my shit together because, life isn’t easy. I am thankful for everything today, and I hope to be able to change the way I have been thinking to help me and the ones around me.

Sometimes you just need to wake up early one morning, shower, get yourself some coffee, and sit in the sunlight filled room to start your day off just right.

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NYC Day 6

Well today was a very slow day for us, we weren’t sure what to do because of the weather. It was chilly here today, nothing like home obviously but, cold for here. We had originally planned to do the Highline, which is a garden built on an old railroad track, but we thought that would be prettier in the summer. Even though we thought it was too chilly to do that we decided to go to Central Park, which was very chilly. I would have been a lot better had the sun covered the park, but with all those buildings you barely get any.

We got down to Columbus Circle and decided since it was 1PM, we should eat. We ate at this restaurant called Patsy’s, it’s an Italian restaurant that has been run by a family over decades. You can’t get reservations for dinner there it is so booked, thank the Lord it wasn’t busy at lunch and we got in. It was such a cute place, and the servers were male and most were older gentlemen, such sweeties too. I would recommend Patsy’s to someone to enjoys Italian food, but to book far in advance.

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Finally we got moving to Central Park, and oh my goodness it was chilly, and I think the cold only made me having to pee even worse. After our very short walk we went to a tea café to get something to warm us up, and use the bathroom. While we were walking in Central Park we saw this Macaron shop that the locals had set up, and I am a true Macaron lover so we of course had to stop and get a few. By a few I mean six…oops.

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Since we were approaching 3PM we decided to make our trek back to Time’s square so my mom could get a little paperwork done before our evening of the Rockettes and a reservation at the R Lounge.

Let me start by saying the Rockettes are not what I expected, and I’m not quite sure what I expected but it wasn’t it. I feel like the hype might have been too big, like the show was decent and fun to see but, I felt like it would be more and put me in the Christmas music. I wasn’t anymore into the Christmas spirit than before but, maybe I’m just a lost cause this year. If you haven’t seen the Rockettes I’d say for sure go, but don’t listen to the crazy hype. To be completely  honest I enjoyed the Phantom of the Opera a lot more than the Rockettes, granted they are completely different things. Just thought I would walk out singing Christmas music, and ready to see some snow fall and really feel like Christmas was here, I just felt the same as before I saw the show.

See you tomorrow!

NYC day 5

Today we kind of just chilled and did what we felt like doing, once again. About a year ago I had seen a Buzzfeed video of this place called DŌ Confections, and I really wanted to try it. It is a place that makes cookie dough without eggs, so you can eat it without worrying you’ll get sick. We had to take the subway downtown to Greenwich, where there store had moved to. My mom had no idea what this place was or what is was about, also wasn’t as excited about it like I was. It was a very small store which surprised me, but explained why there was like always a line outside. We must have hit it at a good time because, there was no line in site, then maybe 10 minutes later it filled up fast.

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Since we were already downtown, we decided we would go a little farther and go to the United Nations building. I was a complicated process to get in, and then we would have had to wait an hour till a guided tour was available so we just walked around the main floor, and the basement. I honestly wasn’t amused, probably because I don’t know much about it and I haven’t really talked about it in any classes or anything I’ve been apart of that I can remember. It was still cool to see though.

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We made our way back by 3 though because, we had a ways to go on the subway and didn’t want to get stuck in the business again. Tonight we had a reservation at The View restaurant, which is a rotating restaurant at the top of a building. It was really cool to be able to see all the buildings lit up at night and enjoy a meal while doing it. It was very overpriced but, we did it for the experience not the food, it also took such a long time. We had reservations at 7:30PM and we didn’t leave till about 10PM, good thing it was only 2 blocks from our hotel.

See you tomorrow!

NYC day 4

Today was the day I have been dreaming, and waiting for. The day I finally get to skate in Rockefeller Center!! This has been on my bucket list since I can remember, and today I finally get to make it happen. We chose today because, it was the warmest and sunny.

We had to wake up early because, my mom was super nice and got me the VIP pass to skate at 10:30am. It was already packed when we got there, and the rink was a disaster waiting to happen. You are crammed into this small rink with a ton of people you could have sworn never skated till that time, and then kids who have grown up skating. I think that it could’ve been done in a less dangerous way but I can skate so I got by just fine. It was fun and I’m really glad I did it however, I wouldn’t do it again.

Today we also went into Saks since we were down by it and then the Nintendo store, which was really cool because, it had all of its old versions.

Tonight we had a reservation at the Haven Rooftop restaurant before our Phantom of the Opera show. The view and the restaurant was so pretty and the atmosphere was awesome! The people next to us though, ugh they were a handful and it kind of annoyed me. Like he was saying how disappointing it was that we didn’t get bread before our meal and just everything was wrong and I was just trying to enjoy my meal. After was the Phantom of the Opera and that was so good, my mom didn’t enjoy it as much as I did but I think that’s because, I had to study it in school and loved it. I would recommend if you like Opera and or studied this.

See you tomorrow!

 

NYC day 3

Not many people like to start their day off remember the 9/11 attacks, but we decided to. We took the subway down to the 9/11 memorial and it was one of the more moving memorials. I am not one to get emotional, and I really didn’t but, when we walked through the room with all the pictures of the men and women who lost their lives, I had to keep it together. In that room there was a video playing going through all the victims and what their friends or family remembered them as, and I think that was the toughest part for me. If anyone ever wants to go, I would definitely recommend it.

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After the memorial we went and caught lunch at a local bar/restaurant called the Trinity Vault. It had really good food, and was very decorated for the Holidays, and that put me in the Christmas spirit! After we headed for the New York Stock Exchange.

This was more of what my mom wanted to see, versus me obviously. You can’t go inside due to security reasons but they had this huge tree outside to look at. We didn’t spend too much time over there before we found a Tiffany & Co. shop. We went in a look around at the amazing jewelry they have, and we were given a free chocolate bar, so that was really awesome.

We decided to head back uptown because, we had wanted to run to the M&M world and get some things from there. After we were all jammed into the subway because, it was roughly 4PM we learned you don’t wait till 4PM to head back. Now we have started heading back around 3PM to avoid the craziness of the subway. Anyways, to get on the subway to take us to Time’s square we had to stop at Grand Central Station, which I obviously was excited about and posted a Gossip Girl quote with a picture from there on my Instagram. It’s a busy place, but I expected it to be a lot busier than it was. We didn’t eat anywhere special so I guess I’ll see ya tomorrow!

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NYC Day 2

Well I’m going to start off saying that we hadn’t had anything set in stone, or scheduled besides the Rockettes. These next few days are just a kind of whatever we want to do, so they are kind of interesting. Today we decided we were going to try figure out the Subway system here and try get over to Brooklyn, also known as where lonely boy is from (for my gossip girl fans).

I have traveled a lot for only being 21, and I have experienced the D.C subways system, the London Underground, and Paris’s metro. Since I was and still am so used to London’s, I call them all the undergrounds, which I am not mad about so judge me. I think the NYC subway system is a mix of Paris and London’s, it took us a bit to figure it out just because, us being us, didn’t know what was uptown, versus downtown. Needless to say we figured it out quickly and are doing much better.

Brooklyn was just what we needed after yesterday and the disaster it entailed. I thought Brooklyn was really pretty and very quiet compared to where I’m staying, which is Times’s Square. So obviously Marissa that was going to be a lot quieter. We ate at this little cute coffee shop, and to be honest what caught my eye was the 2 for 1 mimosas. Who could pass that up?! Certainly not us. They also offered an amazing French toast stuffed with Nutella and bananas, my two favorite things in one place? It could not get better.

After we ate, we headed over to the Brooklyn bridge, which was so cool. The pictures we took, if you look off to the right, that apartment building was were lonely boys apartment was. You could about imagine the people over there for that specific picture, I looked at my mom at one point and said, “look at how extra some of these people are being for this picture.” They were like flipping their hair, and holding it trying to look sexy while wearing a turtle neck. So conflicting. We also took a little walk through the Brooklyn Bridge park by the river, it was a little chilly so we didn’t stay over there for long.

After we were done with the park, we were so cold we decided we needed some coffee or something to warm us up. We made our way to a small café and I ordered a Macchiato, which I was used to the Starbucks one, so when it came as a tiny little thing I was like “OH, okay.” It was good though either way.

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As we made our way back to our hotel, we walked through 5th AVE and obviously bought a few things because, how can you not? We also walked outside of SAKS to look at their windows and lights. It was really cool, highly recommend. We also walked by the gigantic light string and it put me a little bit more in the Christmas Spirit. We ended that night saving some money, and ate at Olive Garden, sorry to disappoint. See you tomorrow!

New York New York

I am going to be posting everyday, what I did in New York. It will be the places I ate, the things I saw, or something stupid I saw. New York is full of people and fun sites to see, so tag along on my week long blog posts and see how I survived my week in NYC!

I had finished finals on the 14th, drove my friends to the airport on the 15th, after a night out and getting my brother’s truck towed. It was such a shit show I can’t even put it into words. After getting my friends to the airport, I had to drive home which was 4 1/2 hours from the airport. Doing that hungover and extremely tired was not the best idea, I made it though. I got home about 4pm, and I was exhausted beyond belief and I hadn’t even packed yet.

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Of course I finished packing the last bits at 3am before my flight from Bemidji to MSP. That last minute packing set me back in a few ways, such as my mousse for my hair, ibuprofen, and many other things that had to be bought once we arrived. Our flight from MSP to JFK got delayed 4 1/2 hours so my mom and I hung out in the sky club lounge most of the time, by the time we got onto the flight for NYC it was delayed again another 45 min. Something that had to be reported, I’m not really sure. Anyway we made it… On a funny note, my mother while the plane was completely silent yelled so the entire plane could hear, “LOOK AT THAT USP PLANE, IT’S HUGE!!” I died from laughter and embarrassment!

The pictures below are pictures from our travel day:

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello to all you lovely people, I hope you had a great Holiday weekend and ate tons and tons of food. My Thanksgiving wasn’t the best I’ve had, but I was thankful to spend it with my family and have some piece and quiet. My mom even asked me if I was going to see my friends from home at all and to be honest I do love them, but being able to be away from the 9 roommates I am around all the time was so nice. I can probably speak for all of us saying we needed that break.

For Thanksgiving, I went to my dad’s side for a couple hours then to my mom’s side to eat. My brother and I drove up separate than my mom and step dad because, we had to go to my real dad’s side and left early. I love seeing them, they are the sweetest and of course always offer candy and food. I really wish I was able to swing by more, but I live too far away for that. Usually we spend our Thanksgiving at our Florida home with just our intimate family but, due to my brother having to ride in the rodeo finals we stayed up north this year.

I am headed into finals week next week, that means you won’t here from me till after my trip to NYC, so a little after Christmas. I hope you all crush those finals and have a GREAT CHRISTMAS!!!

XOXO