Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Call me Martha...Stewart, that is.

For the last two months, I have had this unnerving feeling like something is wrong.  It started the week of the wedding and it has been getting stronger and stronger ever since then.  For 8 weeks now, I have been trying to pinpoint what it is that is making me feel this way...like I'm inadequate. I guess I thought more would change once I was married.  I thought I would feel different.  Instead I have this nagging feeling that keeps me up at night.  Between the blogs I read and the instagram pictures, and the world of social media...I am faced with a daily reminder of the empty hole in my life....

I don't craft.

There I said it.  I know you're probably gasping in horror at your computer screen right now.  I get it.  I have pinterest.  I have a home.  I have a Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Garden Ridge in a 20 mile radius.  But I am a crafting failure...and there seems to be no excuse for this.  So this past weekend, in an attempt to tame the feelings of shame that I wake up with every morning, I set out on a mission to make...something.  With my own two hands.  From crafty things.  Like paint and wood, and hot glue. 

So with my inspiration in hand, I made the trek up to Michaels to pick up all the things I needed to make a front door wreath for fall.  I'll admit, my visit to Michaels got a little hairy at times.  I don't know the aisles there like I do at liquor barn.  After circling the store at least 8 times, I finally had to ask where the plain twig wreaths were.  It took me another 30 minutes to find the glue guns, but not before I rolled my own shopping cart over my baby toe and watched it bleed all down my foot and shoe and leave a little trail through the store. 

An hour after entering the store I left, battle wounds and all, ready to go home and revel in my newfound craftiness.  I could picture it all the way home...my creations all over pinterest, and my own crafty blog.  Eat your heart our Martha Stewart.  Eat your heart out Lettered Cottage.  You ain't got shit on me!

Okay, maybe my my thoughts got a little ahead of me.  But I did have all the overpriced plastic flowers and glue to make a wreath for the front door.  I laid my supplies out and poured a glass of wine and got started.

My inspiration for my wreath...


After an hour of gluing, painting, and burning myself with the glue gun, I finally finished my wreath just in time to hang in on the front door before the boy came home from work. 

I'm a crafty minx, I am.  I added my own little flourish with our "D" and I have to say I'm quite impressed with myself.  It doesn't look exactly like the inspiration picture, but who gives a toss?  It looks just lovely on my front door...I just know any minute now someone is going to come knocking with a freshly made pie...because that's what crafty women do for other crafty women (so I've heard). 

Anywho...now that I've got all the basic materials, I sense more projects in my future.  Stay tuned for home made stockings, hand painted ornaments, and glitter dipped candle-holders come Christmas.  Well, maybe. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Social!

I had it in mind to work on a different post tonight, but with all the Sunday Social posts that came up in my blog feed today, I thought this may be a fun change from the norm!  Without further ado, I am linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social and talking all about the Internet!

Sunday Social
What is the first website you log onto each day?
After I hit my snooze button for 45 minutes straight, I get out of bed and get ready.  I am pretty routine, so I don't usually browse until I am on my way to work.  Sad to say, I usually hit up instagram, twitter, and facebook after I eat my oatmeal, in the car on the way to work.  But only at stoplights.  Promise.
What are some funny websites we need to know about?
Well, if you don't read The Bloggess, then you need to.  Like, now.
Secondly, if you have ever looked through a Pottery Barn catalog and thought, why don't I live here...then you need to check out catalogliving.net.  I die laughing over this one.  Read it, and thank me later.
Lastly, David Thorne's blog is so funny I literally don't have words.  I especially enjoy Overdue Account, Pie Charts, and the BlockBuster Late Fees. 
Pinterest or Facebook?
Facebook.  While I like Pinterest, it forces me to realize how grossly un-creative I am and how everyone's home, cooking, and clothes are better and cuter than mine.  Depending on the day, facebook can be equally annoying, especially with all the political garbage people post behind the safety of their computer screens.  Mostly I use facebook for...gasp!....keeping in touch with friends and family I don't see that often.  Crazy, I know!
Twitter or Instagram?
Depends.  Usually Instagram, however I go through phases.  Sometimes I am tweet happy and sometimes I am insta-happy.  Right now I have been a big twitter failure and need to step up my game.  I am @TarynLeighLo on both.
Best YouTube Video...
Well, there are a ton out there, but this one never seems to get old...
or this one...
Biggest Online Pet Peeve?
I touched on it a little above, but right now, it is the nasty political facebook stuff.  I have pretty strong opinions on many of the issues, I just choose to keep them off facebook.  Some people don't and that's okay too...but when people are mean, cruel or disrespectful of others' opinions...that burns me up.  People think just because they say it online and not in person, it's okay to say heinous things.  Gross.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

If You Really Knew Me - A Guest Post from the Boy

I had been mulling around with the idea of having the boy do a little guest post, and thought it would be perfect for him to do his own version of the "If You Really Knew Me" theme that many of my fellow bloggers have been participating in.  I originally saw this on Kelly's blog, and I think Kelly saw it somewhere else.  Regardless...it was a cute idea and I couldn't pass it up!  So without further ado, here is what my husband wrote (verbatim)...

If you really knew Taryn you would know that she really loves our dogs.  She calls them our furry children.  And she means it. 
If you really knew Taryn, she is really cute when she doesn't even know it.  Example: when we are relaxing on the couch at the end of the night, she looks at at me with her glasses on the tip of her nose, sweatpants and old t-shirt on wrapped up in a blanket playing on her laptop.  She looks at me and wonders why I can't stop staring at her.
If you really knew Taryn, you would know that she is an all caring all loving person.  She has a wall that you have to get around but its only a test/challenge to see if your up to it. 
If you really knew Taryn, she loves the dumbest shows.  I came home the other night to her watching Laguna Beach, which if you're not familiar "it" would be a rerun of a reality tv show from 2003.  I know I am shaking my head also. 
If you really knew Taryn, she is a major planner. She plans out her days, vacations, and holidays.  She is always listens to what everyone wants to do, but leave the fine details to her.

If you really knew Taryn, she always gives the most thought out gifts, the most well written birthday cards and everyone looks forward to her presents. 
If you really knew Taryn, you would know she loves to write. Writing for Taryn is her therapy session, and a chance for her to get things off her chest.  She has been given a gift to creatively put down in words her thoughts.  I just can't wait till she has her best-selling novel.  Please purchase it in hard back, don't be cheap and get the paper back. 
If you really knew Taryn, you would know that she has cried in the cat aisle at Petsmart
If you really knew Taryn, you would know that she has adjusted her bra in front of a window looking into a store. Then said, well I guess they got a show.
If you really knew Taryn, she really really loves me.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What I'm Luuvving Wednesday

Hey y'all!  I'm linking up today for What I'm Loving Wednesday (via This Kind of Love)  I haven't done one of these is for-ev-er and thought it might be a fun little hump day post.  So, without further ado, here is what I'm loving today!

I'm loving that the weather has been pretty much perfect lately.  It's not too hot, not too cold...not quite summer, not quite fall.  I don't feel guilty about buying fall clothes because it's not scorching out, but I still get to wear my white shorts all over town with heels.  Win-win situation, if you ask me. 

Source: bing.com via Taryn on Pinterest

I'm loving that Jenn at Munchkinland Designs is hard at work on a little facelift for this lil' blog-o-mine.  She obviously rocked it out the first time, and is totally game to do it again.  Can't wait to see how it turns out, and of course, share it with all my lovely readers

I'm really loving that I finally feel like I have the time and the energy to work on my blog again.  Wedding planning was seriously not my bag...it made me cranky and stressed out, and my posts suffered because of it.  I'm loving that I get to be an active participant on my page again...thanks for sticking with me!

I'm loving that my husband is working on a guest post for me this week!  It's a twist on the "If you really knew me" posts that have been going around.  I was interested in his perspective on this topic and what he would share with all of you about me!  Thanks Kelly at Messy Dirty Hair for the idea!

I'm loving that the projects around our house are finally coming together and more importantly, coming to an end.  I will have lived here a year in October, and in that time, we have put down new flooring, painted every wall, painted all the cabinets, re-finished the counter tops, put up backsplash, and bought new furniture.  Whew!  It's been quite a challenge maintaining our sanity this past year, but we have managed.  The only things we have left are the floors in the master bathroom, mirror mate frames for the mirrors in our bathrooms, and sadly, new paint for the living room again!  Once we finished all the changes in the kitchen, I realized that our main room needed to be a different color, so back to Lowes we go!

I am loving that we have a jam-packed few months coming up - first labor day weekend with my sister coming to visit, Music Midtown in Atlanta in September, and Keeneland in October with (hopefully) a visit from the boy's family in there somewhere as well.  It's good to have great family and friends!

Source: google.com via Taryn on Pinterest
I'm loving that I finally discovered Gel Manicures a few months ago, and can finally have sassy looking nails for more than 5 days at a time.  The last one I had lasted a full month!  Aside from the nail re-growth, the ends of my nails still looked great!  How did I not discover this sooner?

I'm loving that I made the leap a few weeks back and got my wedding set soldered together and sizing beads put it.  I was really hesitant about taking the plunge, but I could not stand that my band kept turning upside down and my e-ring spun back and forth.  I couldn't get them sized down anymore due to my ginormous knuckles.  The jeweler assured me it was the best route, and 2 sizing beads later, they are stuck together and fit perfectly.

I'm loving that my life feels normal again.  I feel like I am enjoying the little things so much more these days.  This was what I was most looking forward to about our wedding...being married.  It was never about the day or the dress...that was just a bonus!

I am loving that fall candles are starting to come out at Bath & Body Works!  I can't wait for them to go on promotion for 2 for $20 because I will be on that like white on rice. 

Source: google.com via Taryn on Pinterest

I am loving all my boys.  My choobie (Sawyer), Jax-man, and of course husband.  They are my favorite part of every day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Why we have dogs

Forget all that mumbo jumbo about dogs being "man's best friend."  I'm gonna give you the low down skinny on why the boy and I have dogs...  I may say that it's because Cosmo told me 3.5 years ago that all single girls need dogs, but that's only partially the truth.  The boy "claims" he has a dog because our little Jax man was a rescue who needed a home, but that's probably something he just made up to meet chicks at the dog park.  You wanna know the real reason we have dogs???

It's because we are cheap.

No, really.  Forget that a bag of dog food costs us $40 every 2 weeks.  Forget that the LL Bean dogs beds set me back $200 and an angry call to their customer service.  Forget the fact that we got rid of our carpet in favor of laminate flooring because it was easier to clean up the dog hair.  Forget all that.  We have dogs because we are cheap skates when it comes to home security. 

About a month ago some guy came banging on our door at dinnertime (i.e., wine-time) talking about home security systems and could he give us a quote and all that jazz.  The boy being smart kept him confined to the porch and kindly told him that we weren't interested and joked that our dogs were our security system, blah blah blah.  Truth be told, our dogs are more for looks than show.  Jax is so desperate for attention that I feel confident that if anyone ever did come into our house, I think he'd invite them in for tea and a dog bone.  Sawyer, on the other hand may be able to ward off criminals by drowning (or disgusting) them in a pool of his own drool, but that's about as far as his defensive skills go.

We keep a pretty boring routine around our house.  We come home, go for a run, the dogs eat, the people eat, we relax/blog/clean etc.and around 11:00, the dogs lay on their overpriced dogs beds and pass out until the people get up in the morning.  Like clockwork, that is our lives (sad but true).  A few weeks ago, I rolled over at 2:00am to Sawyer's incessant barking from the living room.  I groggily said to husband, "ughhhh....why is he barking?"  to which he grumbled something inaudible and and buried his head in his pillow.  A few minutes later, he was still barking bloody murder when it dawned on me...this isn't normal.  I was suddenly alert.  "No seriously, why are they barking??" I said again to husband.  He seemed to register the oddness of it at the same time as me, and with both of us confident that we were a little too far from London for our dogs to be alerting Scotland Yard that the Dalmatians were missing, the boy got out of bed to check things out.

I laid in bed and listened to him walk into the living room and talk things over with the pups.  "What's going on Sawyer?" I heard him say.  I listened for their footsteps on the hardwood and heard the boy open the front door.  Then I heard him talking to someone.  Then I stopped breathing.  Who the f**k was on our front porch at 2:00am??  Next thing I know the door is closed and behind him and it's just me and the dogs in the house.

I continued to hold my breath.  Why do we hold our breath when we are straining to hear?  Like the lack of oxygen to my body will help me hear down the hallway and through the front door.  I can't hear anything, but after 7 hours passed (okay maybe it was 90 seconds) I was pretty positive he had been murdered on our front porch.  I got out of bed and decided I had to go outside and see what was going on.

For some reason, at 2:00 in the morning I own exactly zero clothing.  Literally.  For the life of me, I stood in my underwear staring at the outline of my closet and dresser, thinking the word "pants" over and over but I could not remember where any pants were.  Not sure why it mattered at that point, but I did not want to walk into the massacre I was convinced was waiting for me on my front porch in what husband referred to as my "granny panties."  Think Taryn....think.  Pants.  Pants.  What are pants?  My mind does not work at 2:00am.  Eventually I made my way to the dirty clothes basket in our room and found something with 2 leg holes in it.  I stumbled into the living room and stared at the front door, not sure if it was a trap to snag husband first and wait until I wandered outside into the same fate.  Again, I held my breath.  Our dogs had stopped barking and were sitting next to me waiting for the master they liked better to come back inside. 

All of a sudden, husband walked in the house.  "What the hell is going on?"  I said.  "The police are on our front porch.  Apparently one of the neighbors called them and said someone was trying to break into our cars."  Really?????  Nothing was missing, but it did not stop my husband from standing in our driveway in his boxers for 10 minutes talking to policemen on bicycles while several of our neighbors stood on their porches. Why is our life so weird?  And more importantly, why is it that people want to break into my piece of crap car all the time?  It only has 2 hubcaps for the love of God!  It's a 2003 Toyota...not a brand new Lexus!  Aside from a pile of receipts and an old yoga mat, there is nothing in my car.  Oddly enough, even though neither the boy or me remember locking our cars when we got home, they were both locked when we went to check things out.  Hmmmm....

By the time the ridiculousness of the evening settled in, I was already over it.  30 minutes of my precious sleep time on a weekday was enough for me, and I crawled back in bed, but not before making the boy check and re-check all the windows and doors to make sure they were locked.  I was already on my way back to sleepy-town when the boy launched back out of bed, having been clearly stewing over something he forgot to do.  He returned to our room with a baseball bat....because clearly a Louisville Slugger would stop the stray bullets should our petty car thief return and somehow manage to outsmart the locks on our front door, despite not being able to figure out the locks on our cars.

We lay quietly in bed, and just before falling back asleep I said, "I wouldn't be surprised if that damn home security salesman called the police and made up a story just to get a sale."  The boy's response...."I thought that too."

And that's why we have dogs. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Our Wedding - Pretty Pictures

Tired of wedding stuff yet?  I kinda don't blame you.  But too bad.  After a year of planning and neglecting this 'lil old blog of mine, I can't help but share all the fun detail of the day.  This post will mostly be pictures - you know, the ones we might actually frame :)

The Girls:

It was sooo hot!  I love this pic of the gals helping me air out my legs while we walked.

Gorgeous gals :)

Maid of Honor/Sister and Me

Matching tattoos.

Me and both my sissies! 

And of course our bridesmaid pic...inspired by the below pic...


The Boys...


Groomsmen version of our pic

Groom and Best Man.

The Couple

Airing of the legs...again....

Life, Love and the Pursuit of Chocolate

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