1. J-O-B. The hours are long. The work is beyond gratifying. And I've never been more happy to get up and go to work in the morning, even on those days I have 7am meetings. The first three weeks were insane, but I'm finally getting in my groove again and hopefully will have more time to balance other things in my life, like saying hi to y'all more then once a month.
2. New Salary. This has been such a blessing y'all. It's so nice to finally not have to worry about money. I'm saving like crazy and my goal is to buy a house in September/October. It's also nice to have the extra money for clothes shopping, pedicures, and little things I had to go without while in school. I've already started to think about my next stamp in my passport, and think its time for my sisters and I to take another trip abroad.
3. Dating life. Non-existent. Although last night I got a text from a guy I had been chatting on match with a few weeks back. He wants to meet for drinks next week. I said yes, so I'll let you know how it goes. I've also been texting with the guy I dated back in May a little more often lately. I don't know what the deal is with that, lets just leave it at "its complicated". Considering he is working 7 hours away in Midland means there haven't been any makeup encounters, if you know what I mean. Yeah, I said it.
4. Christmas Break. I'm heading to Maryland for eight days this year and am so excited to see family and friends.
5. My annual Cocktails & Candy Canes Party tomorrow night (last year's photo's here). I throw this every year and its so much fun to host my friends here in Texas. I decided to go a little more DIY year and have a baking marathon planned for tonight. My friend Kendra will be lending me her DSLR camera, so lots of photos to follow. Here's a preview of the things I've been working on.
6. Making life easier. Because of my crazy schedule, I've been finding ways to save myself time and energy. Case and point, I caved and hired a maid service again to come clean my place. But you know what, knowing I don't have to clean tomorrow is a huge weight off my shoulders. Also using the dry cleaners more saves laundry time. I'm also only doing crockpot or no-bake recipes for my appetizers tomorrow night. All of these little things help save time. And when you are working 50+ hours a week, every minute counts.
7. Closure. I've mentioned more then once on here a certain person in my circle of friends who always seems to be the drama creator and attention needer. Several times over the last year I've tried to distance myself or remove myself from her, but usually end up feeling sorry for her and allowing her back in my life. But finally there was a "come to Jesus" moment, if you will, where I realized I no longer had any desire to have this person in my life. The last two weeks of zero drama and just spending time with my laid back friends has been AWESOME. And I have had zero inclination to bring her back in.
8. I found a stylist in Austin! It only took me 2 1/2 years. She cut my hair a couple weeks back and did a great job. So I've decided to go back to being a Brunette. It's been fun going blonde again, but I'm ready for dark hair. I have a hair appointment tomorrow afternoon with her to make the transformation.
9. Clothes. I've never been much of a shopper or fashionista, although I think it had to do with my tight budget the last four years. But of late, I have had so much fun shopping for work clothes and casual clothes. I've jumped on the skinny jeans train (I'm always late to the party) and also have bought two pairs of riding boots. I'm having fun mixing and matching outfits for both work and the weekends.
10. Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Y'all, I did something I swore I would never do, I went shopping on Thanksgiving night. I was at my friend's for Thanksgiving and she had a Wal-Mart flyer. And there was a 32 inch TV for $98. I've wanted a TV in my bedroom forever, but couldn't justify the cost. Well I jumped on this. I've never done the whole Black Friday crowd deal, but actually found it amusing. The crowd at Wal-Mart was intense (people had the craziest stuff in the carts, filled to the brim), but I just put on a happy face, jetted to the meat department (no idea why the TVs were there), grabbed my TV, stood in line for 30 minutes, checked out, and went home. And then went back out to Target at 8pm to get a new Blue Ray player for said TV for $49.99. The crowd at Target was a little more friendly. Overall, I'm grateful for such good deals. I'm not sure I will brave the crowds again, unless it's a bargain for something high ticketed I need. But I have to admit, it felt great to save so much money (I saved around $300 dollars total). I know the whole shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday is a bit controversial, but to each his own is my opinion.
My digg reader currently has 500+ unread posts. I am SO behind. I am grateful for Instagram, because its how I keep up with most of y'all. I am hoping on the plane ride back East to take full advantage of the wifi and in-cabin cocktails and have a hour reading fest to catch up.
I hope your days have been filled with holly and jolly.