TGIF (v. 10)

by Stephany on December 19, 2014

I hadn’t planned on saying anything for a while, but it was made “Facebook official” on Wednesday night, so I feel I should address it on my blog. So! I am seeing someone. Someone who has completely changed my world and makes me enormously happy. And it’s new – super new – but everything just feels right with him. You know? There’s no drama, no wondering how he’s feeling. He makes me laugh. He’s smart. He’s kind. He’s sincere. He’s so fucking romantic that I’m in this constant state of swooniness. (<– Totes a word.) I mean, he’s a Patriots fan, so he’s not perfect by any means. It’s been a whirlwind, though, and I’m so excited to see how things unfold with him.

The high of my week was date night with Alex. We had dinner (I barely ate half my meal… APPETITE, PLEASE COME BACK!), watched a Christmas lights show, strolled around Barnes & Noble, and then sat in his car for a while talking. It was so, so nice. And easy. And fun. And basically perfect. (And this was the night he asked me to be his girlfriend, which HELLO SWOON.)

The low of my week was still not having an appetite. I mean, it’s good because I’ve lost 6 lbs in two weeks, but also not good because I really miss the enjoyment I used to have toward food. I was even scrolling through Instagram and saw a picture of a cupcake and my stomach twisted. A CUPCAKE. I LOVE CUPCAKES. I have an appointment to see my doctor next week, so I’m definitely going to bring this up to her. I’ve never, ever had a problem with my appetite, and it’s kinda pissing me off now.

A blog post I really enjoyed was The Toughest Bad Habit to Kick by Blonde on a Budget. Cait is on a yearlong shopping and takeout coffee ban, and she’s about five months into the project. In this blog post, she’s talking about her experience so far, and how she slipped up once, but is learning from the (slight) mistake.

I’m lucky that most people encourage me to make good choices. Unfortunately, there will always be someone who will guide you to make the bad choice; to give into your cravings because “you deserve it”. But what you really deserve is to reap the rewards that come with making good choices.

The best money I spent was $12 on new towels. Yes, on. new. towels. And I’m excited about my new towels! Hi, my name is Stephany and I am officially a Boring Adult.

My plans this weekend include going to a Christmas party with my boyfriend (awww… so fun to say that word) and baking Christmas cookies with my mom, brother, and nephew on Sunday. A very Christmassy weekend indeed!

What was the highlight of your week?


Currently… in December

by Stephany on December 17, 2014


Feeling… insanely happy. There’s no other word to describe it. I am in this state of blissfulness and excitement about my life and things that are unfolding. And it’s Christmastime. There’s no better time of year, in my opinion!

Reading… The Time Traveler’s Wife. Can you believe I’ve never read this book before? It’s slow going for me, just because I haven’t been making time for reading like I normally do (weird, right?), but I’m really enjoying it when I do carve out some time to sit and read. It’s so well-written!

Watching… not a ton of stuff, lately. (Are you sensing a theme here?) I do have dozens of Christmas movies taped that are taking up space on my DVR. I need to watch them! The only Christmas movie I’ve watched so far is A Boyfriend for Christmas (one of my favorite Christmas movies!) Also, I realized this the other day: I have never seen Home Alone. I laid this bombshell on someone and I swear he almost passed out from the shock. Why have I never seen Home Alone??? I must remedy that this Christmas season!

Anticipating… Christmas morning! Is there anything like Christmas morning? No, there is not. It’s my favorite day of the year!

Listening to… Christmas music! I may not be doing great with watching Christmas movies, but I am doing a great job at listening to Christmas music! I’m actually super behind on my podcast listening because all I want to do is listen to Christmas music. And I think Pentatonix’s version of “Mary, Did You Know?” is outstanding and a much listen/watch. Ugh, they are so good!

Planning… to finish up my Christmas shopping on Friday. I’m mostly finished, but not quite. I think I can knock it out completely on Friday afternoon, which will feel wonderful!

Losing… weight without really trying too hard. Ha! I haven’t had much of an appetite lately, so food has become very uninteresting to me. I’m basically just eating to eat, which is an entirely new phenomenon for me. I’m not too worried about not having an appetite, but I dearly hope it comes back soon. But hey! Yay for pants fitting better and not feeling like a slave to my appetite anymore. (I lost four and a half pounds last week WITHOUT TRYING. Go me?)

Falling behind… on Holiday Council work. I still haven’t even done the first worksheet! I’m thinking I might carve out some time on Thursday evening to make some peppermint hot cocoa and snuggle into bed with my worksheets, listen to the calls, and get back on track.

Realizing… that I am most certainly the opposite of a movie buff. Do you know how many movies I haven’t seen that just about everyone has? A list, of sorts: Jaws, Home Alone (as mentioned above!), The Goonies, Top Gun, Braveheart, The Patriot, and many, many others. I’m just not a movie person, I guess!

Loving… scented candles, my coworkers and the fun we have throughout the day, Christmas lights, productive work days, chilly mornings, tinted lip balm, and SeaWorld adventures.

What are you currently reading and anticipating?


A Christmas Wishlist

December 15, 2014

So, Christmas is somehow nine days away. WHAT?! I don’t even know where this month has gone. I’m nowhere near done with my shopping. I’ve finished with my brother and my nephew, but I still need to do some serious shopping this weekend for my mom and some friends. I thought it would be fun […]

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TGIF (v. 9)

December 12, 2014

Friday was my Christmas party for work and I had a blast. I met up with two coworkers before the party (the picture above is my soul sister and work BFF, Bri) for drinks and “prom photos” (the drink(s) helped me loosen up, something I always need for big social events!), and then we went to […]

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November Reads

December 10, 2014

Ahh… November reads. Only one more month to try and make those reading goals! (Well, 21 days now.) This month, I read six books, bringing my total up to 78 books. I surpassed my goal to read 75 books this month, so now I’m shooting for 85 books. I’m not sure I’ll make it, but […]

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I Left My Heart in Savannah

December 8, 2014

Last weekend, my mom and I took a quick trip to Savannah for my birthday. We drove up there on Friday and came back on Monday, so we had about one night and two full days there. I think I could have stayed there forever. I titled this post “I left my heart in Savannah” […]

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Four Things

December 5, 2014

I’ve seen this fun little survey floating around on a bunch of different blogs this week, so I thought it would be fun to do on my own! It’s Friday, and this evening is my work’s Christmas party, and that’s all I can really think about. So, easy-breezy post for today it is! Four names […]

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On Twenty-Seven

December 3, 2014

27 is working at a job I love, a job I am good at. It is a healthy working environment with coworkers that have become like family to me. It is ladies happy hours, Friday afternoon lunches, inside jokes galore, and giggles throughout the day. 27 is investing in friendships. It’s learning to say yes, […]

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A Week in the Life: Sunday, November 23

November 24, 2014

And we’ve reached the end of Week in the Life! This has been really, really fun to document. And it hasn’t been all that difficult to complete daily, especially since I’m only writing an overview of my day, not listing out what I’m doing hour-by-hour. And since I’m already in the habit of taking daily […]

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Week in the Life: Saturday, November 22

November 23, 2014

morning // I wake up naturally around 9:00, which feels so good after many early morning wake-ups in a row. I take Dutch on his walk, and then my mom and I go to our favorite park to run. It’s a dreary day, but in the mid-60s and it feels really nice outside! Then, we come home, I […]

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