Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blog Idol

Life has this funny way of putting people together. In general, I have let most of the friends from my youth fall to the wayside. The few that I have kept are in no way the ones who I thought would still be around. They are, however, the ones who have become impressive adults with ambition and skillz. I don't do well with people who aren't motivated for something. 

If you would have told me that so many years after high school, I would still be in touch with Supal at www.chevronsandeclairs.com (@chevronseclairs), I'm not sure I would have believed you. Don't get me wrong, we were basically family in high school. She saw me at the airport at 4 o'clock in the morning when I didn't even bother to get out of my pajamas. She saw me win and she saw me lose. She saw me lose hard. We saw each other furious, and we pissed each other off like only 16-year-old girls can do. We hid boys from our parents together. We traveled together just about every weekend. We shared clothes and queen-sized beds. We got lost in strange cities together. She was always perky and excited, and I was always cynical and too realistic. We were major-sized nerds who didn't care that we weren't typical teens because we knew we were going to be so much more.

And we have become, and are still on our way to becoming, rock stars in our respective arenas.

Anyway, the nostalgia isn't the point. The point is, that all these years later, Supal is also one of my biggest blog inspirations. She has a beautiful, consistent, well-maintained, interesting blog about simple things. I can't wait to read her posts and see how she has styled something else. She works hard at it on top of having a big kid job and getting ready for grad school. 

She was also kind of my mentor. When I wanted to start a blog, she was the person I contacted. She read my work, and told me what needed revision. She was honest and thorough. Most of all, she was supportive. She told me it was going to be a lot of work if it became what I wanted it to be, but that I didn't have to (and wouldn't) get there over night. Her blog is beautiful and successful. I am so proud to say that I know her.

She also serves as an amazing ego-boost because she thinks I'm flippin' hilarious. I have never been one to turn down a captive audience…

Anyway, check out her blog. It's awesome. It makes me want to be a better girl. It makes me want to pass up the cheese fries for a dish with "quinoa" in the title.

I won't, but it does make me want to.

Find her at www.chevronsandeclairs.com or @chevronseclairs on Twitter. 

And, as always, it's hip to be square, kids. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Honey, he's home!

My husband has been at the same job for the last seven years. It paid well, but it didn't treat him well. We had some nostalgic attachments to it because it was where we met, but other than that, we had lost our attachment to the company. As the company grew, it lost it's connection to the employees that it used to treasure. It used to take care of it's people, and now it just, you know, sucks the life out of them, chews them up and spits them out. He was working five days with no true weekend. It was almost an hour away from the house. He worked overtime all the time because it was there, and it significantly bolstered his pay. Not to mention that, without him, no one in the store could find their asses with both hands. He really was keeping it all together.

And then there was a new opportunity. And then he took it. And now he has a big kid job with a 8:00-4:30 schedule and weekends off. Now he is independent and doesn't have to ask permission of his boss. Now he is someone who people go to for help while actually, you know, thanking him for his time. Now he doesn't wear a name tag (that he refused to wear anyway) or a uniform. Now we need to go shopping. 

Now he's home kind of all the time.

Now... shit.

I love my husband. I am also immensely proud of him for getting this new opportunity, and also for being so indispensable to his old job for so long. Don't underestimate that. But he is, like, home all the time now. Sundays used to be my day. I worked 12 hours days in the office Monday through Thursday. Friday I work from home all day. Saturday he and I spend together. But Sunday, Sunday was mine. Sunday was mine to go to the mall, take hour long showers, grocery shop and eat junk food (not in that order). Sunday was when I could sit on the couch all day watching terrible television shows on Netflix and not worry about entertaining anyone other than my overstuffed gullet. 

Oh, Sunday. 

We're adjusting. 

Husband thinks that if we both have time off, it should be spent together. He wants "us" time. I love "us" time, but I really love "me" time. Like, me and I are bestest buddies. We have entire conversations that the rest of the world wouldn't understand. We like television melodrama. We love cheese fries. We like being left alone with each other. We are total loners, but we do it together. 

Again, we're adjusting. 

Remember when I was single and got to be a total effing loner without worrying about anyone else's feelings? When no one cared what I did? Then I decided to get married to this dude who is awesome, but he still exists and it's totes throwing off my groove?

Again, I love my husband, and I wouldn't trade him in for all of the alone Sundays in the world. I'm just, you know, adjusting. 

Sigh. As always, it's hip to be square, kids.

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