Friday, February 28, 2014

Five on Friday!

I feel like the only time I blog is on Fridays. Forgive me, I've been a busy bee lately.

I have been so busy with crochet orders, I've hardly had time to work out/eat/shower. I know, gross but I'm so blessed with this growing business! I love to create things that make people happy. Here are a few of my custom orders I've sent out this week:

I am obsessed with these red canvas shoes I snagged at Target last night for $15. I wore them around my house last night and they are so stinkin' comfortable! I highly recommend everyone go get a pair. I think I might go back and check out the other colors!

I made chia seed pudding for the first time ever and I must say - I actually like it! It's sweet and perfect for warmer mornings when oatmeal might be too hot of a choice. I mixed it with a few strawberries and shredded coconut. It was delicious and super filling. It's actually a Giada recipe that can be found here.

Tomorrow is Mardi Growl in downtown Knoxville and we can't wait! We aren't participating in the parade, but we are going to take Charlie to Market Square and let him participate in the peanut butter eating contest. I think he has a good chance of winning. ;)

Easter candy + Girl Scout cookies are out so I'm doomed. Thankfully I haven't seen any girl scouts out yet but I have a feeling I'm going to run into some and they're going to make me buy like 5 boxes. I had my first small bag of mini Cadbury Eggs and yum... they just get better every single year.

Whew! Now I have to actually go get some things done! Orders to be mailed and delivered, homework, more orders... I'm actually looking forward to getting out and about this weekend! It's supposed to be super nice here in Tennessee so I'm definitely going to make the most out of it!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Currently: February Edition.

Listening. I have been listening to a little bit of everything! Mainly country of course, I am really loving Lorde's new album and the Will.I.Am featuring Miley song "Feelin' Myself". I also love Eric Church's new single he has out "Give Me Back My Hometown". I just love him.

Eating. I have been so awful lately! All I have been craving is McDonald's Chicken McNuggets and I can't even tell you the last time I ate those. Plus my sweet tooth has been out of control lately. Jesse and I tried this great new pie shop, Buttermilk Sky Pie, on Saturday and holy yum. So good. If you live in Knoxville and haven't tried it out yet, I highly recommend it the buttermilk pie. Sounds weird, but it's delicious.

Drinking. Water water water. I'm so sick of water I can't even deal. I cheated and had a Dr. Pepper during class last week and I didn't even regret it.

Reading. I just finished The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks and it was amazing. I love all of his books but I cried so many times throughout that one that I lost count. Now I'm reading The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Jennifer Lawrence is apparently producing and starring in the film based on that book so I had to check it out!

Feeling. Pretty good! No complaints here! 

Weather. The weather here has been fantastic. I wish I could spend more time outside! Jesse and I went and drove around for a little while on Saturday after I got out of class. It was nice just to ride around with the windows down!

Wanting. A Flipped Bird Messenger Bag. I've been wanting to order one but I keep holding out for some reason! Maybe the $56 price tag but... It IS reversible. ;) You can find them here.

Watching. Nothing lately - we still have a few episodes left of House of Cards so we will probably try to finish those this week! 

Also --- I'm doing a giveaway over on my crochet page Oh So Darlin' on Facebook - Check it out and enter! :) Winner gets a custom coffee cozy! Here is the link:

Hope y'all are doing fabulous!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Five on Friday!

Geez is it Friday already? I didn't even realize it was Friday until I looked at my calendar this morning. Someone has been in a fog all week!

So today is VALENTINE'S DAY! 
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.
I just love all the pink and red and hearts and love all around!
Jesse and I chose not to go out to a fancy dinner this year. It's always such a hassle, super expensive, and we leave and end up going through the Taco Bell drive through because we didn't get enough food (don't lie, we've all done it).

So this year we are staying in and eating Chinese and watching Netflix.
Nothing really different than our typical Friday night, but we're stepping it up a notch and will be eating on our fine china. Yes, our fine china that we have only opened up one time the whole almost 3 years we've been married. We're super fancy. Ha! We just love being silly with the whole thing. We went all out the first couple of years we were together, but now it's just fun.

We had crazy amounts of snow here on Wednesday night. I love looking at the snow, but I absolutely hate driving in it, playing in it, being out in it, period. Which is really difficult when you have a dog who absolutely LOVES it and whines at the door until you take him out to play.

Our peek out of our back porch yesterday morning.

Ayers Hall on Wednesday night. Our local news station posted this the other night and I just loved it so much. I love my alma mater! *Go Vols*

I have an obsession with mugs. Tea cups, coffee mugs, travel coffee cups... whatever. I love them all. Jesse told me he is putting me on coffee mug restriction, but that didn't stop him from buying me this gorgeous "With a Twist" tea cup from Anthropologie. Good job honey!

Like I said before, Jesse and I are starting to be silly with our Valentine's. I made him this card after I found a dime laying on the ground outside Target. It's a joke between us that whenever Jesse sees any kind of change on the ground... he's picking it up and putting it in his pocket. I'm the complete opposite. So he was surprised when I told him I found the dime on the ground. Plus he loved the little witty rap ;)

I just started this book the other night and I was bawling within the first 10 pages. Every Nicholas Sparks book makes me cry like a baby, but not that quickly! Can't wait to get through it. 

I went through some of our wedding pictures last night and I thought I would share this one. It's one of my favorites and it reminds me how much our wedding day was the best day of my life!

Well that's it for me! I have to finish up some crochet orders and get some school work done before we have our lazy Valentine's date tonight. How are you spending your Valentine's Day? Staying in/going out? Not celebrating at all? Regardless of your plans, I hope you all have a great weekend in whatever you do! :)

I'll leave you with a little Valentine's Day message from Charlie...


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Case of the Blahs

You know what I have?

You know what I'm talking about. We all get them, maybe some more than others, but right now that's what's going on with me. I just feel so... Blah. It's the only way I can explain it! Between this weather, school, my weight loss journey, and uncertainty about the future... I'm finding it hard to be positive. I think I just need some warm weather and sunshine in my life!

This graphic below accurately describes my life at this very moment:

Who is with me? I am always saying... I want routine. Then as soon as I'm in a routine, I hate it. I want to be spontaneous and fly by the seat of my pants. Then something goes wrong and I'm itching for routine again. It's such a vicious cycle. I promised myself that I would try to relax more and not get so stressed out about silly things... That was one of my many New Years Resolutions... Ha! :)

I am constantly saying... I am so over school. I want to be done so I can have my own classroom and my own career and salary. I'm tired of feeling like I don't contribute as much as I could (however, Jesse tells me I contribute plenty, but it sure doesn't feel that way). I am always trying to hurry up the future. I feel like my time is ticking. I'll be 27 this year and feel like I have absolutely NOTHING to show for it. Most of my friends already have a child, sometimes even 2. I know I shouldn't compare my life to someone else's but sometimes I feel like I'm going to be behind forever.

I know that I'm going to look back on these days when I'm overwhelmed with work, lesson plans, problems in my classroom... And think "why did I rush this? I would do anything to be back in school!" When I'm up at 2 am nursing my baby running on a couple hours of sleep, I'll think... "Geez I miss the days where I could sleep for 9 hours a night and think nothing of it". When we buy our first home I'll probably think... "Life was so much easier when we lived in our cute apartment".

If I KNOW these things, why am I rushing? God knows where I am and he has plans for me. This is something that I need to reflect on when I'm having a "case of the blahs". 

I saw this quote on Pinterest and it hit so close to home with me. "Our list for future comfort is the biggest thief of life." Wow. It is SO true. 

I'm going to work on spending more time living in the moment. I'm want to try to stop worrying about things I cannot change or control. What I am longing for WILL happen. I just need to keep reminding myself of that. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday! 

It's offically LOVE week.
I love Valentine's Day.
I even loved it when I was single! My girlfriends and I would always get together and cook and watch movies... I kinda miss those days!

I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend! I know I did!
 It was so nice to catch up on some sleep... and Netflix. :)
Jesse and I have watched more television since we canceled our cable than we did when we HAD cable. 

We started House of Cards on Friday night and we'll probably be done with it sometime this week. It's so good! I highly recommend it. I absolutely adore Kate Mara and she's fantastic in it. 

Our weekend consisted of lots of naps. We take naps seriously here in the Piburn household... especially Charlie, if you can't tell. 

Saturday night we went to Maryville (the next city over from Knoxville) just to get out of the house and get outside! We went to some of the little shops downtown and went to the park to feed the ducks (Jesse's favorite part... I promise we're in our 20's). He's the duck whisperer, I swear. 


We also obviously had to stop and get some Valentine's Krispy Kremes... So good.


It was so nice to not do anything since I have been studying so much over the last few weeks.
But now I have to catch up on lesson plans and other things...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Five On Friday!

Happy Friday! Woohoo! This has been the longest week ever, hasn't it? It's just been draggin' right along... 

-One- I took my FINAL Praxis exam today and let's just say I am SO relieved! Of course I don't know if I passed yet, so I don't want to get too excited. I do feel okay about it though. One step closer to graduation!


-Two- I opened up an ETSY shop! I have gotten so into crocheting lately that I thought I could at least make some money off of it! I mean what am I going to do with 45 headbands and 29 blankets? Might as well sell it! I'll be working this weekend on some items to list!

-Three- I am obsessed with some broiled grapefruit lately. It is so yummy! Just mix up some brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, pour it over the top and place it under the broiler until it starts to look caramelized. Seriously. So good.

-Four- I am CRAZY about mascara. I have an obsession with my eyelashes. I want them to be longer, thicker, everything that eyelashes can possible be. I have a loyalty to L'Oreal Voluminous mascara, but I got a gift card to Sephora for Christmas so I decided to try something new. Well... I think I found my new favorite mascara! Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is amaze. It's not too expensive either, just $23! I will definitely be buying this again, but I'll still be switching it up with my L'Oreal Voluminous.

-Five- My birthday is coming up next month and it just so happens to be on the same week as spring break. We didn't get to do anything too fun last year since Jesse was finishing up his Master's thesis, so this year we are planning on going to Charleston. I absolutely love Charleston. If I could move anywhere, Charleston would be it. I just love the food, the scenery, the history... ahhh. It's so beautiful! I love just walking downtown then heading into the residential areas. We haven't been back since our 1 year anniversary, so I'm pretty excited to say the least!

I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend! What are your plans? Are you going to go out and do something fun or just stay at home and stay warm?