Sunday, December 9, 2012

Retail Therapy and Cliffhangers

It has been way too long since I've written here, and it's been because things have been legitimately cray around our household.  Luke has been working more hours than any human should be forced to work in a week, and I've been holding down the fort while trying not to go wacko from a lack of human interaction.  There are plenty of advantages to working from home, but one major disadvantage is that you miss that casual communication that you have with other people.  Don't get me wrong, the idea of having to actually go into a physical office to work still gives me that familiar feeling of anxiety in my gut.  But some days I've felt stir-crazy to the point of feeling on the verge of explosion.  I'm trying to pretend everything is happy-go-lucky since technically everything in my life is running just fine, but I feel this sense of standing on the edge of a cliff.  I'm either going to have to jump soon, or someone is going to push me.  Or I'm just going to stand here and constantly feel like I could stumble at any moment.

I'm going to try to recap everything that's going on.  I'm going to forget things, but this will still be long.  I'll try to use pretty pictures to break up the walls of text.  You're welcome.

 As soon as it became December, Luke and I put up the Christmas tree.  I absolutely love having a tree, and it's something silly and kind of superficial, but I love it.  I like to put on Christmas music, dance around with a goofy grin on my face the whole time, and watch Luke roll his eyes at the fifth rendition of "Let It Snow" in a row.  I can't help but think it's kind of humorous that I'll sing along with "Silent Night" and love every minute of it despite the fact that I'm as secular as it gets every other month of the year.   There is just something homey about having a tree and lighting it up for the first time and feeling that Christmas spirit even if it's completely unreligious and solely for the presents.  Though, it's still hard to get used to Christmases without any snow -- it still seems so wrong.

I got my haircut and I decided to go black for the first time in my life.  I think I love it a lot.  It's really a nice contrast against the bright purple in the front of my hair and I've gotten quite a few compliments about it.  I'm happy with the decision, though I might regret it if I want to change it back in the future...
I also rode my horse Rosie in a horse show yesterday for the first time.  It was a ton of fun, and she was a pretty good girl.  It was the first time she has ever left our ranch (she's only 3 years old) and she was brave.  I was actually really proud of myself too -- I stepped up and entered the class without encouragement and finished with a decent score.  I didn't get a ribbon this time, but I know there is always next time.  :)
In other horse news, I decorated Rosie's stall and it's really cute.  Her stall is right up near the front of the ranch and we're having a Christmas party on Sunday -- I wanted her corral to greet everyone with the holiday spirit when they pull in :)
In other news, I've been a bit of a shopaholic lately with buying things.  We were fortunate that we get a month off of paying any sort of mortgage or rent, so we have some expendable income to use on furniture and other fun stuff for our house.  We kind of have a mixture of contemporary and midcentury furniture going on right now, but slowly we'll have more and more midcentury items when we can find a good bargain.  Here's some of the things we've gotten our paws on lately:
Awesome Danish teak sideboard, from The Nest in Hillcrest. $400 + tax (now with an aquarium on it.  Pics of that later!
Custom sofa in "Ryan" style from Metro Decor - $750
(Not the actual chair we bought, but it's this chair.  Ekornes Stressless Recliner, original from 1970's. From Atomic Bazaar in Hillcrest, San Diego - $595
Rug, from Plummers in San Diego - $350.  It's more green than yellow, but the camera made it look yellow.
There's more, but I'm exhausted right now and can't think to type anything else.  I also just bought a coffee table from Urban Outfitters, which should come in 2-3 days.  We're also waiting for our headboard, which we bought a few weeks ago but takes up to 8 weeks for delivery.  At some point we have to stop spending money and just start living with what we have.