Friday, February 15, 2013

Phase 3: OCD Organize

Today I took off a half day at work for something very important to me, organization.

After two visits to The Container Store to design my coat/entry and linen closets, today the elfa closets were installed this afternoon and totally worth half the vacation day.  I need/crave order and organization in my life and my closets were not working for me, so I took advantage of the Container Store's elfa sale.

Here is before (its a bit scary, even for me)

On Thursday, all the elfa components were delivered.  It was a very interesting elevator ride up with everything on a cart.  I spent the evening taking everything out of the closets, well everything out of the 'linen' closet just fell out when I opened the door.  My living room looked like a bomb exploded and I just moved in, again.

Who knew I had so much stuff packed away in closets
The install was actually pretty quick, but noisy.  The installers had to cut the wires which is like nails on a chalk board.  But they moved pretty quick and you'd be amazed how much space you really have when you utilize it.

Coat/Entry Way

Then it was time for my favorite part, getting organized.  Its like putting together a puzzle, figuring out where everything should go.  It only really took about an hour after the installers left for everything to find a new home.

And my finished OCD product.

The new & improved coat/entry closet

the now functional linen closet

*Please note, items may move upon further reflection of best location

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Liebster Award

Well, the lovely Mrs. Dr. Looze nominated me for the Liebster Award.  I'm not sure I'm so deserving of a blog award since I've been slacking on my postings, but it's given me the resolve to post more often so that the award is not in vain. 

Here’s How It Works:
The Nominee must list 11 statements about themself
The Nominee must answer the 11 questions the Nominator asked them
The Nominee must nominate 11 others
Go to their page and tell them
No Tag backs please

11 Facts About Me:
1. I really moved to NYC because I always thought I belonged here more than San Diego or any where else in California
2. I know that I am somewhat spoiled and I fully accept and appreciate my parent's love & support
3. I LOVE cheese and will suffer the consequences accordingly to indulge
3a. I'm lactose intolerant
4. I'm very particular about my jelly, I will only eat Boysenberry
5. My perfect vacation is laying on a beach somewhere and the biggest adventure of the day is figuring out where to go to dinner
6. I love to cook, but I HATE doing dishes
7. Though I may look Irish, I'm really a Heinz 57: Slovak, Norwegian, Swedish, English, Dutch, German & Scottish
8. I'm extremely loyal and have the memory of an elephant
9. When I was in 2nd grade I wanted to play in the NFL and in 5th grade I wanted to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 Company
10. I really do believe I can tan
11. I drunk dial my Mom on my way home from bars

Amy's Questions:
1. Why did you start blogging?
My first blog was a big hit with my friends and other random readers, but I think it gave me bad karma. So, I started this one just because I enjoyed recapping my major life events and I do like writing.

2. If you could be any animal in the world what would you pick and why?
I would be a Lab.  Energetic, loyal & lovable. 

3. What would you choose for your last meal on earth?
Lobster Mac & Cheese

4. What’s your middle name?
Carin.  Not pronounced Karen, but Corinne 

5. If you could plan out every day of your life for the next 5 years would you?
 Yes, because I'm a planner and I like to have a schedule.  No, because then there is no spontaneity in life.

6. What is your favorite city in America?
San Diego.  Home

7. What is your biggest downfall?
The need to control and plan or my sarcasm can get lost in translation

8. What is your best attribute?
I can relate to almost anyone

9. If a movie was made about you who would play you?
Alyson Hannigan because this one time at band camp... Otherwise all the other natural redheads are way out of my league

10. What is your favorite article of clothing that you own?
the perfect bra

11. If you had to pick, what is one thing you would change about your appearance?
My legs.  I don't love my stomach or arms, but those I can work on & change.  I think my legs are too muscular, and its not because I work them out all the time, its heredity that they are they way they are.  I just want my thighs and calves to be a little bit slimmer/sleeker.

Questions for my nominees:
1. Cats or Dogs?
2. Beach vacation or adventure vacation?
3. What is your life goal?
4. Biggest Pet Peeve?
5. Favorite food/meal?
6. Favorite childhood memory?
7. The concert you wish you could have attended?
8. Why blog?
9. What is the perfect Sunday?
10. What is your dream job?
11. If you could meet one famous person dead or alive, who & why?

My nominees (sorry its not 11):


NYC headed South to Greenville to celebrate Shelly's 30th Birthday and it was all a surprise!  The surprise for us (Jevne, Marissa and Tara) was that it happened to be the COLDEST weekend in the South.  We were promised that only a fleece was really necessary, but honestly we needed our winter coats all weekend.

Anyways, Back in December Rob had reached out to Jevne about rounding up some of Shelly's NYC friends for a surprise visit for her 30th Birthday.  Marissa, Jevne, Tara and I made the trek down to surprise Shelly for her big 3-0!

Lets Do This btw my head looks HUGE
We surprised Shelly on Friday night after she went to dinner with Becky, Shannon and her Mom.  She was clueless, which made the surprise even better.
Practicing our surprise, not so patiently waiting
Once Shelly had gotten over the fact that we were actually there, we starting hanging out and enjoying the night.

Saturday, we just lounged all day on the couch then went and got manicures and pedicures.  What else do a bunch of girls do?

After we got back from our manis & pedis Melissa, Jenny & Haley were hiding behind the kitchen island to surprise Shelly.  I was just as excited because I got to see my favorite Southern friends too.

A little catch up, then time to get ready for dinner.

Back from dinner and then time to watch the DVDs Melissa had given Shelly for her birthday.  Which were amazing, since they were the video tapes from Shelly's video camera from college.  Watching those videos caused mass bouts of laughter.

Sunday everyone slowly drifted down stairs and we watched Ted for Rob, then ordered amazing southern BBQ.  Then sadly enough it was time to leave.

food.... yum!
Of course, a pic of the cutie Anacpari

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