friday favorite: jeans.

Okay so maybe this post is a humble-brag. And maybe by “maybe” I mean “absolutely, 100%, no doubt about it.”

Today I am stoked to say that, at four months postpartum, I officially fit back into all of my pre-pregnancy jeans.

Including, but not limited to, the smallest pair I owned before. WHAT WHAT! Nice to see you again, Pacific Sunwear size 9’s that I wore as a college freshman!

dork

What’s that? You don’t like my dorky bathroom picture? You hate fun, don’t you?

THAT SAID, I’ve got to cover my own butt on my body image blog, here. Some disclaimers:

  • NO I am NOT dieting or even exercising, really. Nor do I advocate that for new moms. I am not, nor have I ever, been trying to lose weight since Dax was born. My husband (and my late-night white-chocolate-covered-Oreo binges) can back me up on this. I have just been really, really, REALLY stinking lucky.
  • The reason this is exciting to me is less about having my “body back” (because I couldn’t give a rat’s behind about that) and more about the fact that I don’t have to spend money I don’t have on new jeans because oh my LORD, you guys, diapers are expensive. (See also: I’M WEARING JEANS I WORE MY FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE. PLEASE NOTE THAT THEY ARE NOT STYLISH. THEY AREN’T CUTE. I KEEP THEM BECAUSE I AM TOO BLOODY PRACTICAL TO BUY NEW CLOTHES. LIKE EVER.)
  • The size of my pants and the number on the scale have nothing to do with how much I appreciate my postpartum body. For proof, please refer back to this post.
  • No number will ever, ever, EVER define me or my happiness. Period. 
  • Except the number of dollars I don’t have to spend on new clothes. That number does, sadly, define a whole heck of a lot of my mood.

Happy Friday, y’all!

things i love thursday! (november 29th, 2012)

I took last week off of the blog for the holiday. Hope you’ll forgive me for that. But despite losing sleep over a teething four-month-old and my own unnecessary hormone ingestion (blog post in the works) I have so much to be grateful for! Let’s get to it.

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • He’s finding his hands! So cute.
  • Getting to spend Thanksgiving with my mom! She drove all the way up here for me! (Okay, let’s be honest — she drove up here for Dax. And who can blame her?)
  • Seeing a doctor that finally listened to me about my issues with my IUD.
  • Days at home with my boy.
  • Lunch at Red Lobster.
  • Encouraging text messages.
  • Leftovers.
  • Melted marshmallows on top of pumpkin pie. GENIUS!
  • Gratuitous Emoji use.
  • Making music with good friends.
  • Salt and vinegar chips.
  • Coffee.
  • Birthday celebrations.
  • Our amazing nursery and our friends!
  • Bathtime.
  • Jammies, particularly those of the “footy” persuasion.
  • Beer.
  • Starting and ending my work day by nursing the boy.
  • My “broken but not broken” ring.
  • Gingerbread lattes!
  • My kid being “not impressed”.
  • Cupcakes.
  • Bagels.
  • Carbs in general, really.
  • Hearing that Chrissie is having a baby girl!
  • New beginnings for good friends.
  • An early Christmas for the Durrenbergers.
  • Spiritual truth.

What do you love this week?

friday favorite: cojones.

That’s right, you guys. I have cojones.

Not literally, of course. The fact that I bore a child almost four months ago attests to that fact.

But figuratively. I’ve got some balls. And that’s my favorite thing about myself this week.

There are certain aspects about our life that Dan and I aren’t content with. I say that vaguely, because for the most part it’s great. But there are certain things about that we feel called to change. So we’ve started exploring some options on how to do that.

One of my ex-coworkers and his wife did things kind of the way we’d like to. So, a couple weeks ago, I called my coworker and then emailed his wife. Today I had lunch with her.

How does that take cojones, you ask?

Well, before our lunch today I’d never met her. Ever.

Takes some pretty big balls to go out to lunch with someone you’ve never met. But had I not reached out to her, I wouldn’t have had a great meeting and gleaned practical knowledge for motherhood.

Good job, self! Way to go!

things i love thursday! (november 8, 2012)

Oh heeeeey there, Thursday. You’re looking swell. Oh, what’s that Thursday? You say you’re less than a month away from my birthday? So glad you remembered! How about I repay you with a list of gratitude?

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • HEAT and HOT WATER because so many people are without right now. 😦
  • Dax’s “Trick or Treat” jammies.
  • All of Dax’s jammies, actually. Footies for the win!
  • Barbecue chicken pizza. “Vegan” style.
  • Brainstorming and song writing.
  • Playing Libby’s REAL piano! I want one of my own so badly, but this will do! (Weighted keys, where have you been all my life?!)
  • People who have asked, “How can I pray for you?” and meant it.
  • AMBIEN.
  • Lazy Saturdays with college football and my boys.
  • Playing music with my friends.
  • Staying at church until almost 10PM because a certain baby boy was passed out on my chest.
  • Being productive.
  • Seeing my friends start dating each other!
  • Snuggling on the couch watching The Daily Show with Hamlet and Romeo. (Poor attention-starved kitties.)
  • Getting ADORABLE pictures sent to me by the girl who watches Dax on Tuesday. (See above. Is he not a lady killer? A chunky one at that!)
  • Election night drinking games.
  • And, of course, BARACK OBAMA!
  • Also: White People Mourning Romney. Because duh.
  • The Internet, for that matter.
  • Leftovers.
  • Jeopardy!
  • gChat/IM at work.
  • Coffee.
  • The sweet card my hubs got for me completely unprovoked.
  • “Small is beautiful.”
  • My friends. Period.

What do you love this week? It’s okay if you say Mitt Romney. We’re all friends here.

friday favorite: grill.

Please excuse the imminent silliness in this post. I’ve gotten a total of, ohhhh, about ten hours of sleep over the past five days. I’m no math major but if I’m not mistaken, that averages out to like five minutes of sleep a day or something. (For the record, I have no one to blame but my own body. My sweet baby boy sleeps soundly mostly through the night, waking only once or twice to nurse then going right back to sleep. Something is wrong with me, you guys. Terribly wrong.)

Anyway.

This week’s Friday Favorite is…

MAH GRILL.

Check out that grill, y’all.

Braces, floss, whitening toothpaste… that’s what’s up, you guys. This post is dedicated to all those things, as well as all the dentists I’ve gone to (and ended up hating, obviously) over the years.

What’s your Friday Favorite?

tuesday tip — dodge the bad news on monday.

When I come into work on Monday, the day is already crappy because it’s Monday. This isn’t my job’s fault. It’s really no one’s fault but Monday’s. No matter what occupation you hold, even if you’re a stay-at-home mom, even if you’re a Seventh Day Adventist, I bet you hate Mondays. They just suck, no matter who you are.

Sorry, Monday. Don’t be mad at me. I’m just stating the facts. No one wrote a song about a Manic Tuesday, okay? And The Cure never said, “It’s MONDAY, I’m in love…” Hate to break it to you, Monday, but everyone agrees that you’re the worst.

The first thing I do when I sit down at my desk on Monday is check my email and the real estate websites I subscribe to on my Google reader to see if there’s any good industry-related blog fodder. (I’m a copy writer for a real estate website, by the way, in case you didn’t know.) But, because I’m such a news-fiend, I also subscribe to a few local and global news outlets.  You know, just to stay informed.

The problem with letting my Google reader lay dormant over the weekend is that the news section kind of explodes.

Exhibit A:

 

429 news articles? Good grief!

At first, I used to scroll through them really quickly so I could at least read the headlines. But you know what I found out?

Good news rarely makes it to my Google reader. 

“So and so people died in so and so country’s natural disaster…” “So and so number of soldiers can’t go home to see their families this Christmas…” “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are actually a thing…”

Blah.

By skimming the headlines, even avoiding the actual articles, I was starting out an already crappy day by adding more crap to it.

And so recently I’ve changed my pattern. Now, when Monday rolls around, the first thing I click on in my Google reader is the Mark All As Read button.

Silence. So golden, right?

You see, when you know something is going to crap up your mood, why do it? Why stalk your ex-boyfriend’s Facebook page if you know it’s just going to stress you out? Why try and squeeze into the skinny jeans in the back of your closet that you know you haven’t been able to fit into since high school? Why squeeze the pimple on your face to smitherines when you know it’s going to make you bleed?

Why? Because that’s how we’ve always done it.

We’ve always opened our Google readers on Monday and just accepted that we’re going to be overrun by a tsunami of terrible news. It’s just how we’ve always done things, even if it sucks.

You know what? Doing something just because you’ve always done it is the worst reason to do something. Like. Ever.

Shake it up. Start your week by avoiding bad news. Maybe start your Monday by seeking out good news (or YouTube videos of kittens in lieu), or finally unfriending your ex, or finally cutting those damn skinny jeans into rags because good GOD girl, let them GO already!

friday favorite: tresses.

So. My hair is awesome. I know I complain about it from time to time, but honestly, it’s pretty rad. Here’s why:

  1. It’s naturally wavy/curly.
  2. It does pretty much anything I tell it to.
  3. It’s finally long enough so that I don’t have my weird short-hair phobia going on.
  4. Due to my laziness and apathy, I’m almost positive I started the ombre trend. Don’t waste your money, y’all. Just quit getting your highlights retouched.

What’s your Friday Favorite?

things i love thursday! (october 11, 2012)

And we’ve made it through another week! This one was way better than last week, by far. Here’s why!

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • Playing music. Like. A LOT.
  • Eating lots of barbecue.
  • Seeing Libby play a show.
  • Letting Libby’s lovely folky goodness lull Dax to sleep in my Maya Wrap.
  • The Maya Wrap, actually. It’s so snuggly and wonderful!
  • Getting tons of sleep and cuddles with my baby boy.
  • Warm coffee in cool(er) autumn air.
  • Crunchy leaves!
  • Big salads. (Seriously.)
  • Getting to see the POOLES! They’re spoiling me, coming to town so frequently! I even got to hang out with Kylin!
  • She called us out for having a dirty kitchen, though.
  • Getting lunch with Zack and Libby.
  • LEMON CHICKEN SOUP.
  • Deep text message conversations and lengthy emails.
  • Finding a picture of what I believe is my son in the very near future. I’m serious. This picture makes me believe in time travel because I’m almost 100% positive that it’s my son as a toddler. http://pinterest.com/pin/24980972904400131/
  • LOOK AT THOSE CHEEKS.
  • ERMAHGERD! GERSBERMS!
  • “Project Dax Arthur.”
  • Dax was SO vocal last night. It was as if he was telling Dan and I all about his day. Ugh. Can he stop growing up so fast?
  • He’s huge.
  • Braids in my hair.
  • “Who the HECK wants to die alone…?”
  • Being a creepy stalker on the internet.
  • My husband using his horribly unkempt lazy beard to scratch my back. (Still shave it though, babe.)
  • My friends Kyle and Rebekah got engaged! Wooot! Bring on the wedding party times!

I’m sure there’s plenty more. But I’m out of time, ha. What about you? Leave your list in the comments!

things i love thursday! (october 4, 2012)

Okay, you guys. If I can come up with a list of good things after the crap I’ve been through this week, so can you. NO EXCUSES, y’all. Let the positivity fly!

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • Getting text message pictures like the one above from my husband while I’m at work.
  • The outpouring of support I’ve received over this blog post.
  • Seeing Mr. Nystrom snag a Mrs. Nystrom!
  • Reconnecting with friends from the past.
  • The view on highway 40 under a full moon.
  • Sushi.
  • Being a mommy.
  • Getting a text from my boss on Monday morning letting me know that the power was out at the office so I was to stay home with my baby for a few more hours.
  • Being able to drive for four hours without stopping to pee again. I’m like a new person with a new bladder! #pregnancy
  • Lunch with Angie at Panera with “bangin” salads.
  • Coffee.
  • Giving Dax a bath.
  • Painting my nails.
  • Buffalo chicken.
  • Books.
  • Sherbet.
  • Customer Service Week!
  • “Money Makers”.
  • Seeing a grown woman in a onesie.
  • Dax’s smiles and coos.
  • Good music.
  • Gift bags.
  • Friends who are secret-pregnant.
  • Encouraging text messages.
  • The blogosphere.
  • Seeing some real talent at my work talent show. Wow. So good!
  • My friends and family.

What do you love this week?

friday favorite: my eyes.

Welcome to the first installment of an indefinitely long self-love blog series called friday favorites. Each Friday, I’ll post a blog highlighting something about myself I really dig as an act of self-love discipline.

And so, without further ado, this week’s favorite is my eyes. 

Pretty much everyone on my mom’s side of the family has blue eyes. Blonde hair, too. There’s no denying the European influence in our genes. But our eyes, and I guess mine for the sake of this blog, are especially rad. Not only are they cool because they’re a pretty color (not unlike the sky or ocean!) but they’re recessive. So that means that, eventually, they won’t exist anymore. People with eyes like mine will be just as mythical as unicorns. I love that! (By the way, I’m working off of the assumption that unicorns DID exist at one point, so don’t try to refute that with your “facts” and “science”.)

I’m practically a unicorn!

While I was pregnant, Dan kept praying that our son would get my eyes. Because of their unicorn-like tendencies, and Dan’s dominant brown eyes, I was skeptical. All babies are born with blue eyes, so for the time being, Dan’s prayer has  been answered. So that’s another reason I love my eyes — because I can see them in my son.

However, a good friend of ours was so bold as to say that, based on the shade of blue they are now, she thinks Dax’s eyes will stay blue like mine! What do you think?

Gotta be honest. I hope so!

Okay, now here’s the part where you chime in. Because I’m not doing this alone, y’all. What’s your favorite thing about yourself this week? Comment and tell me!