What’s Up Wednesday | Mar. 2018

Hi friends!

It’s been a bit!  I have had such difficulties finding time to write blog posts recently with moving, work, and school.  I haven’t even done a “What’s Up Wednesday” since January, so I thought this would be the perfect time to catch up!

I had originally posted my WUWs on the first Wednesday of the month, but I’ve decided to join everyone else on the last Wednesday, because that makes so much more sense, lol. 😉

It’s officially been a month since we moved, and it doesn’t feel like it at all.  Things are just barely slowing down and settling in now, so it’s hard to imagine how it’s already been a full month.

Anyway, today for “What’s Up Wednesday,” I’m joining Shay at Mix & Match Mama.

Here’s what we’ll be chatting about:

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK

This week I’m making some slow cooker chili, slow cooker whole chicken & veggies, stuffed shells, and also ravioli.  🙂

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT

Back when I didn’t work 11+ hours a day and actually had full evenings with my love.  But I’m trying to rearrange my schedule to get close to that again!

WHAT I’M LOVING

Our new apartment!  I especially love how the sun streams in through the sliding glass door each morning and bathes the living room in warmth.  It’s not just me loving it either–Zelda and Kona both lay in the sun all morning long. 😉

Also, I was assigned to a new project at work, which means I no longer have to work weekends!  It has been absolutely AMAZING to just work Monday-Friday and have full two-day weekends free. ❤

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

Apartment improvements!  Shocker, lol. 😉  We’ve actually gotten a lot done and I’ve saved a lot of photos for a dedicated post about what we’ve done.

WHAT I’M DREADING

Currently, the fact that my latest paycheck for last month’s wages hasn’t shown up in the mail since we moved.  The company is stupid and won’t do electronic transfers with my bank, so I have to get paper checks.  I changed my address with them as directed by their website, AND we have an address forward set up in case something still goes to our old address, and yet, my check is about a week late and not at either address. :/  I’m starting to get anxious about first of the month bills because I don’t know how we’ll cover them without my paycheck.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON

Rearranging my work + school schedule so I can still get everything done in a week, but reclaim my evenings. 😉  I’ve been working from around 6:30 AM-8:00 PM (or later) and it’s wearing on me.  Joshua works from 7-4, though he often has to work through his lunch, so he’ll get home at like 3:30 and I still have numerous hours of work left ahead of me.  It’s frustrating and stressful and I’d just love to finish a full day and have an evening again instead of eating a quick dinner and heading to bed to start it all again.

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT

We were able to get someone to take over our lease at our old apartment!  It blows my mind that it actually worked out, because it was a bit of a gamble.  I’m just so thankful that God worked it out for us!  Also, I’m just excited about settling into our new apartment and having this become our home. ❤

I’m also excited that we finally have enough space in our living room to play our Wii U!  It was impossible at our old apartment, so we’ve been loving being able to actually bowl and play tennis, not to mention Wii Fit U!  It’s really such a fun way to spend a Sunday evening together.  🙂

Finally, I mentioned in my past two WUW posts about doctors appointments due to Clindamycin back in August damaging my body.  My doctor gave me a different medicine at the beginning of the year and it has all cleared up now!  It just required the right medicine and giving it some time, but I feel pretty much completely better now!  My goodness, I’m so grateful!!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING

Watching:

Once Upon a Time!  Joshua and I finished The Office back in January, I think, and since then, we’ve been working through Once.  I had actually started watching Once before I met him in 2015, so we’ve been working on it for a while!  Until the past couple of months, we’d only been watching it sporadically, so that’s why it’s taken us so long, lol.  This show is so addicting and I unashamedly love it!

We also just watched the new Jumanji and ADORED it!  My goodness, that movie was hilarious on so many levels.  It’s definitely a new favorite of ours.  Jack Black was the best.

Reading:

I literally just finished “The Girl on the Train” last night.  I have to say, that was a depressing book and those characters are really screwed up.  It was well-written, and kept my attention in a “Whodunit” way, but the story was just so depressing and heavy that I don’t think I’ll be watching the movie.

My next book is “Room” by Emma Donoghue.  I haven’t watched the movie, but I’ve wanted to read the book for a while, so I’m looking forward to it!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO

I know this sounds basic, but Joshua and I have recently been enjoying the Christian radio station.  For the longest time, I didn’t listen to it because I found other stations more interesting.  The songs on lately, though, have been catching our attention more.  Also, we are trying to find a new church since our last one was a small home church that recently disbanded when the couple hosting it needed to move out of town.  All the churches in town sing songs from the radio, so we are trying to learn them, lol!

WHAT I’M WEARING

The same old, same old.  I never buy new clothes, so I just wear what I have.  High-waisted jeans and boots are the most interesting aspects, lol.

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Not sure!  Joshua was given a comic book store gift card for Christmas, so we might head over there.  I want to explore a trail with Kona again since we haven’t done that much since moving.  Also, I’d love it if we could finish the final layer of plaster on the holes in our apartment and install a new towel bar in the bathroom.

Our neighborhood exploration from almost two weeks ago 🙂

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH

Being one month closer to finishing class!  I can’t wait for summer, haha.  It hasn’t been a bad class, but my schedule is just so full; I’m drained and can’t wait for break.  I didn’t even get a spring break because my teacher had two papers due by the Monday following spring break, so I obviously needed to write those.  I can’t wait for May 12th!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

–We got a table & four chairs for $50!  If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, you’ll know that I’ve been wanting a table for awhile, so this is just wonderful!

–I’m not sure if we’ll be keeping our rowing machine.  Every time I start getting into a schedule with it, I’ll do like one week of solid rowing and get sick, ugh.  It’s like I just can’t get into it.  Further, I pulled a muscle while using it in December and it still hasn’t healed.  It doesn’t hurt regularly, just when I row.  I guess the bottom line is it doesn’t seem like it’s working out, which is a bummer, because we were so excited for it and really liked it!

–I’ve gotten cold sores pretty bad on my lips for as long as I can remember (just being honest here).  Since we’ve been married, it seems like I’ve had an outbreak every few months.  I went on Facebook asking for any “magic” cures/preventions and a friend recommended coconut oil.  When I felt the tell-tale tingling of an oncoming sore, I applied it liberally and kept it covered and it never broke out in blisters.  I am amazed!  I don’t know if this will always work, but I’m thankful it did because I just had a cold sore the week before!  Another friend also recommended tea tree oil, so I’ll probably get a bottle as well to keep on hand.

–Oh, and one last thing.  We switched Kona to a salmon grain-free diet and took her to the vet because she had an eye infection from scratching.  He gave her antibiotics (which cleared it up) and an allergy shot.

Since starting the grain-free diet, her bald patches have grown back in and her fur is definitely softer!  The down side is, it’s been maybe 2 1/2 weeks since the shot and 3 weeks since the diet change and she’s starting to scratch more again.  She’s so high maintenance.  I don’t understand what it could be or what we need to do.  Apparently, the expensive salmon grain-free food helps a lot, but doesn’t eliminate the problem (or at least it hasn’t yet).   I’m out of ideas and kind of out of energy with trying to figure this out.  I mean, the scratching is definitely better, but it’s still more than it should be.  Maybe it’ll just take longer than one month to show the best results from the grain-free diet?  I sure hope so!

Anyway, that’s about it!  I hope you enjoyed this little chat.  Happy March and happy early Easter!  (Can you believe it’s on April Fool’s Day this year?  That just makes me laugh whenever I think about it.)

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

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What’s Up Wednesday | Dec. 2017

Hello lovelies!  I meant to get this blog post up last week, but I just couldn’t find the time to write it.  Thus, here is this month’s edition of “What’s Up Wednesday,” one week late.

Though everyone else posts theirs on the last Wednesday of the month, I’m joining Shay at Mix & Match Mama.

I love “What’s Up Wednesdays,” don’t you?!  It’s always fun to read a recap of what fellow bloggers are up to lately.  Today, we’re talking about:

WHAT WE’RE EATING:

For months, I’ve been making these oatmeal energy bites into oatmeal bars for an easy on-the-go breakfast for my hubby.

Photo Credit: Hip2Save.com

Similarly, I’ve been enjoying overnight oats now that it’s super chilly in the morning and I don’t have time to make breakfast.  I just heat it in the microwave and I’m ready to go!

Photo Credit: EvolvingTable.com

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

Our anniversary vacation.  Though Joshua gets several long weekends off for working at a school, I’m always working late as well as on the weekend, so I’m definitely reminiscing about our vacation!  I don’t know when we’ll be able to afford another one, but I can’t wait!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

Everything Christmas!  I have been in the Christmas mood since November 1st (well, if I’m honest, I’ve been excited for Christmas since like, September), and I am just soaking it all up!  Christmas carols and holiday decorations are everywhere, and it makes my heart happy.  If only it was colder here in Arizona!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Finishing our Tuesday night class last week, preparing for Christmas, and adjusting to my new work schedule.  I work from 7:30 AM-6:30 PM typically, which means I’m still working 2 1/2 hours after Joshua is off work since his hours are 7-4, so it’s been an adjustment.  I’m exhausted by then and our dinners are late, but to be honest, it’s all good and I am so thankful for the work.  I have such a blessed life. ❤  We just have to get used to the change, that’s all! 🙂

WHAT I’M DREADING:

An upcoming doctor’s appointment.  I mentioned last month that I was having awful side effects from an antibiotic I was prescribed at the end of August.  I finally decided to go to the doctor because it just isn’t letting up, so now I’m thinking it’s not just side effects.  I’m pretty anxious about it and what tests/treatment I might need.  It’s also a little scary since I can’t afford health insurance.

I’m also dreading a dentist appointment I have on the 21st.  Back in June, I had some cavities filled and since then, my floss has been catching between two teeth and I think it almost dislodged my filling once because it’s hurt since then.  I am not looking forward to getting work on it again.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Getting into a consistent routine for my new job as well as preparing for school next month!  I’ve always loved coffee, but it’s my life saver these days.

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

Christmas, lol.  I know everything about this post is Christmas, but it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I’m also excited to move in April, and I know that’s a while away, but I can’t wait and it’s something positive to look forward to!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

Watching: “The Office”!  Joshua & I love it and even though he’s watched through the whole show a couple of times at least, I have never watched all the way through it.  It’s such a great show!

Reading: “All Rights Reserved” by Gregory Scott Katsoulis.  This is one of the books Joshua bought for me on my birthday and, you guys, it’s phenomenal.  I’m only halfway through, so I can’t attest to the ending, but so far it is one of the best books I’ve ever read!  It’s dystopian and the setting as well as the idea behind it is extremely intriguing.  It’s basically about a future world where citizens are charged for every word they speak and every communicative gesture.  In this restricted world,  a girl vows to stay silent in protest of the system.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

Christmas music!  Also, hubby bought me an early Christmas present of Skullcandy Crusher headphones, so I’m loving listening to music with them!  They are so helpful for working at home since Joshua gets home before I’m done, and I’m sure they will come in handy for starting school too.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Basically the same as last month, lol.  Leggings, super-high waisted skinny jeans, hoodies, and now that it’s slightly colder, my leather jackets.  Also, I did happen to purchase a tunic and a sweater dress, so I’m loving those over my leggings!

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Possibly going to the doctor, shipping Christmas presents, watching Christmas movies and there’s a high probability of a library trip as well.  Maybe hiking?  I still want to try a new hiking trail before the year is out.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Getting back into shape!  We bought a rowing machine the last week of October and I got to use it for a solid week before I caught a stubborn virus that gave me a painful sore throat for three weeks, thus deterring me from working out.  When I was finally better, I got about another solid week in, and I pulled a muscle in my leg, which is still healing.  Whenever I think it’s better and happen to run or skip, the next day I’ll be limping.  Meanwhile, holiday calories are beginning to show.  Ugh, you guys, the struggle!

Also, I’m looking forward to starting school!  A little nervous, but I always loved school, so I’m excited.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

We sent out our first family Christmas card this year!  It was so much fun to get a picture of Joshua, Zelda, and I, pick our Christmas card, and get them all sent out.  We haven’t done one as a married couple/family before this year (#newlywedbudgetprobs), so it was wonderfully fun!

In other news, we attended the APS Light Parade here in Flagstaff and it was a blast!  It gets better and more creative every year with all the vehicles decked out in lights.

Also, Joshua’s 26th birthday was on Monday!  We both took the day off work to just enjoy time together celebrating his birthday, sleeping in, going out for brunch, getting coffee, going to Bookmans, getting sushi, spending the evening with his parents for presents & cake, and then ending the night with him playing Super Mario Sunshine (a game he got as a birthday present).  It was wonderful!

Love him so much. ❤

That’s it for this month’s “What’s Up Wednesday”!  I hope you all are having a fabulous week.  🙂

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

Christmas Decorations!

In the past couple of months, I’ve been in the habit of posting a blog every Friday, and I’ve loved it!  It’s been nice posting consistently and getting feedback on my posts, which I didn’t have for a long time (honestly because I wasn’t involved in the blogging community, so you know, I wasn’t helping my own blog).  Of course, feedback encourages me to keep blogging, so it’s a cycle of positivity! 🙂

I missed posting last week because of all the Thanksgiving and Black Friday wonderfulness, and I feel pretty okay about it.  As much as I love blogging, spending time with my husband when he has extra days off work is more important. ❤ Also, I was just far too busy and exhausted to blog!  Additionally, I missed this week, because as you’ll read, I was completely overwhelmed with work.  Here’s a rundown on what we’ve been up to lately:

–Wednesday: I was cooking/baking all day until my feet were hurting from standing so long.  Note to self: wear sneakers next year while cooking.

–Thursday: Thanksgiving was a full day with more baking and then just enjoying time with family.

–Friday: A packed day of Black Friday shopping with my husband & in-laws (literally from morning ’til dark).

–Saturday: Finally relaxing with Christmas decorating (yay!!).  You better believe we had the works with Christmas music, cozy pajamas, and hot cocoa. ❤

–Sunday: Helping get up my in-laws’ Christmas tree, work, & shopping

–Monday: Meeting with my college advisor and registering for school (also yay!)

–Tuesday: Joshua & I dove headfirst into the work week.  I basically tried to hit the ground running.  My entire week was SLAMMED with work.  It’s wonderful that work is picking up with my new job, but it’s also a slightly overwhelming adjustment.  I may or may not have ended up with a few tears of stress on Friday evening, had to finish up work on Saturday, and had an acne breakout from the stress.  On top of it all, I pulled at least one muscle, if not two or three, while rowing this week, which not only prevented me from working out the rest of the week, and also from walking on Wednesday and Thursday.

It’s been busy, lol. 😉 I haven’t had a chance to read anyone’s blogs–I’m so far behind!  My email inbox is filled to the brim with blog posts that I’m itching to read.

Oooh and I know this is random, but can we just talk about how it’s finally time for the WordPress snowflakes again?!  I love when my blog starts snowing!  It’s admittedly my favorite WordPress feature. 😉

Even with how busy it’s been, I still wanted to post about our Christmas decorations.  I didn’t get to celebrate Christmas much as a teenager, so I am absolutely loving everything Christmas!  The Christmas music station became my go-to channel on November 1st, and I could hardly wait to put the tree up right after Thanksgiving.  We like decorating on Black Friday, but this year was just too packed, so we waited until the next day.

As we have a tiny apartment, a pencil-tree was a must.  We love our little tree, though, and I’m sure even when we have room for a bigger tree, we will always have fond memories of this one as our first Christmas tree together.

We bought a cozy Christmas sign from Michaels for 50% off (#BlackFriday), and wrapped it with round-wire fairy lights.

Also at Michael’s, we were planning on getting a wreath, but we ended up with this super cute snowflake instead!  We fell in love with it since both of us love snow.  It’s perfect for us and is a fun reminder that it’s the most magical time of the year!

 

 

 

One last thing before I sign off.  I was completely planning on participating in #BLOGMAS this year, but I’ve realized I just can’t with working full-time.  This week alone proved that with me working from 7:30 AM-6:30 PM every day and still having extra work to finish on Saturday.  Even today, I barely found time to get this blog up after work.  If you don’t know, BLOGMAS is where bloggers post every day of December up to Christmas.  I was planning on using a Pinterest photo challenge as my template for BLOGMAS, but it’s just not going to happen this year.  That’s okay, extra work is good, and I’m trying to remind myself of that.

My husband and I have yet to find an advent calendar in town and it’s already December 3rd!  We’re a little behind, lol.

That’s it for now!  I’m hoping I’ll have time to throw together a “What’s Up Wednesday” post this week for the first of December!  Fingers crossed, haha. 😉

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

What’s Up Wednesday | Nov. 2017

I’ve seen several bloggers participating in “What’s Up Wednesday” posts and I love them, so I figured, why not make it part of my blog too?!  The only difference is almost everyone else posts theirs the last Wednesday of the month to link up with Shay at Mix & Match Mama, and while it makes total sense to link up, my OCD is begging me to do it on the first week of the month.  So here I am, and happy November 1st!

If you don’t know, “What’s Up Wednesday” is basically just a fun recap on what’s going on this month in my life!  I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

WHAT WE’RE EATING:

I try to mix up our food as much as possible, and I rarely repeat a recipe.  Our staples are definitely ground beef and chicken, but I like throwing shrimp, meatballs, ribs, drumsticks, or kielbasa in when I can.  This week is a variation of Italian (homemade pizza), Asian (shrimp fried rice), Mexican (fajitas and huevos rancheros), and classic American (biscuits & gravy).  Regarding desserts, I made these pumpkin snickerdoodles on Saturday, and they are phenomenal cookies.  They stay soft and are mouth-wateringly delicious with white chocolate chips.

Photo Credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

This is probably weird, but to be honest, I’m reminiscing about before August, when I had to take a ridiculously strong antibiotic–to which, it turns out, I’m slightly allergic.  I’m upset the doctor prescribed it to me because there was no reason I needed that strong of an antibiotic.  My body still hasn’t recovered from the damage it incurred.  I’ve been sick in various ways since then as it wiped out all the good bacteria and is still preventing them from creating new strains.  I experienced a range of awful side effects, and some still continue, and may continue for months according to the fine print.  I was on the antibiotic back in August and I’m still taking like 4 billion probiotic cultures a day to fix the damage it wreaked on my system.  So, beware of Clindamycin, my friends.  It’s not friendly.

Again, I know this is weird to “reminisce” about, but I feel like this is just life sometimes and I truly do miss how I felt before the antibiotic caused so much damage.

WHAT I’M LOVING:

Everything autumn.  Halloween, leggings, sweaters, boots, hot drinks, colorful leaves, the brisk air, fall baking….  I could go on and on.  The beginning of October felt wonderfully like fall with a huge temperature drop and trees bursting with color.  The sudden transformation felt as if we turned the page to a new chapter.  Unfortunately, around the second week, summer decided it wasn’t done yet and the temperatures soared again.  They haven’t quite gone back down yet, but I’m still choosing to love everything about the “season” of fall anyway.  It’ll be winter before we know it!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Going on as many adventures as we can! This past month we had fun with the Snowbowl Sky Ride, got our very first tattoos, put up Halloween decorations, made Pumpkin Juice, explored the decorations around our complex, watched Halloween movies, got over (rather, we’re getting over) a flu bug from my husband’s work, continued to enjoy our weekly Tuesday night class, and more.  We also just invested in a rowing machine, so it’s been awesome working out at home.

WHAT I’M DREADING:

I’m currently studying to take a placement test at our community college.  I have always had a really hard time with tests, so I’m very nervous.  Math and I don’t get along well.  The worst part about it is I can learn the math and understand it, but I always forget the formulas and draw a blank when I need them.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Other than getting settled at college to take classes in January, I’m working on my novel!  This has slightly been put on hold right now when I realized I needed to study math for the placement test to refresh my memory, but I’m biting at the bit to get back at it.  I love the story and I can’t wait to polish the first draft!  Unfortunately, the writing juices in my brain feel painfully sluggish, so I’m at a loss for how good this will truly turn out.

My husband snagged this picture of me while I was editing one night. 😉

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

The holidays!  I absolutely cannot wait for Thanksgiving and Christmastime!  It’s literally the best time of the year, and I’m giddy just thinking about how close it is.  I am ecstatic for Christmas and everything that comes with it!

I’m also very excited because I just got another job!  For those who haven’t been following my blog very long, I had two jobs at the beginning of the year and had to quit one in June.  I’ve been looking for another since then, and I finally found one.  I will be a content writer for a company called Textbroker.  I’m both very excited and nervous about starting!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

Watching: “Glee.”  I started the show in 2015 and still haven’t finished it, so hubby and I decided to crack down on it within the last month and finally finish it.  Not only do I want to finish the show to see the ending, but I’m also nervous Netflix will take it off since it’s been on there a while.

Reading: “The Invisible Library,” by Genevieve Cogman.  It’s different than my typical style, but I’m a bibliophile, so anything about books and librarians is perfect for me!  It’s intriguing, and if you love books, you’ll enjoy it.  I haven’t had much time to read lately with studying for the placement test, but I’m trying to get through it as fast as possible to make my Goodreads reading goal this year.  I’m a slow reader, so I pledged twenty books this year and I’m currently three behind.  I don’t mind being a slow reader since I feel like I absorb more that way, but I’d really like to finish this challenge!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

The pop hits station on our cable, lol.  I put that on everyday during work, so I typically just listen to whatever they play.  However, my get-ready music has been unashamedly my Disney Pandora station for several weeks, and I’m also loving whatever I can catch of Taylor Swift’s new album, “Reputation”!  It’s so good, you guys.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Mostly leggings.  I really can’t resist them when they are on sale, and the sales are everywhere right now!  I especially love the ones with cute prints, though not necessarily seasonal because I’d like to wear them whenever.  I recently found a suede pair and a plush pair and they are amazingly comfortable.  Ooh, also, on the first of October I like to do a little shopping annually, and this year I bought two pairs of 50% off “super high-waisted skinny jeans” at Kohl’s.  I have been wanting high-waisted skinny jeans for a while, so these were a steal.  You guys.  I never knew how much more comfortable they were!  I am completely sold on them now.

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Sleeping, lol.  Truly, I’m not quite certain yet.  For several weeks, Joshua & I have wanted to try a new hiking trail, so we might do that.  I’ll also still be studying arithmetic and algebra to keep my memory fresh for my placement test.  (I cannot wait for this test to be over.)  We have church on Sunday as usual and we always do the music, so we’ll be preparing for that on Saturday.  Also, I will be working on Sunday afternoon like always, and we will go grocery shopping Sunday evening like always.  We are creatures of habit, lol.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO *THIS* MONTH:

Basically everything I’ve already mentioned, haha.  Thanksgiving, getting my placement test out of the way, meeting with a college advisor to create a game plan, starting with Textbroker, and enjoying fall!  Also, hopefully getting a lot more editing accomplished on my novel.

Oh, and it’s Zelda’s adoption month!  The 26th will make a full year since she became part of our family! ❤

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

I’ve been getting a lot of books and movies from the library.  On my last trip to the library, I checked out a book for my husband, but when I looked at my account online, the book isn’t listed.  This has never happened before, so I’m not really sure what to do, other than call them and explain what is going on.  The detectors didn’t even beep when I walked out, so I have no idea how this happened, haha.

That’s it for “What’s Up Wednesday”!  I hope you enjoyed it and that I didn’t drag on too much.  Until next time!

-Tialla ❤

A Second Job

I feel like it’s been quite a while since my last post, though in reality it hasn’t been overly long.  I suppose it just feels like a long time because every moment of every day for me has been SO dang busy.

Nearly every day of January, other than working, was spent looking for a second job.  Just after New Year’s, Joshua and I decided that it would be a helpful idea for me to find a second job, if possible.  I won’t go into details, but we have about six big expenses coming up this year, two of them medical, and we realized with our current income, it would be quite difficult to find the necessary funds.  Thus, the job search.

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Lord willing, after submitting six applications and multiple inquiries, I heard back from a company and within two weeks (filled with studying, passing a qualification assessment, and all the legal stuff), I started work!  Technically, my first day was February 1st.  As of now, I’ve completed four full work days and I’m enjoying the job!  I’m just grateful for the extra income and something else to put on my resume. 🙂

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For those of you wondering, my second job involves me being a Social Media Evaluator for Appen.  I’m extremely grateful for another work-from-home job, which enables me to still take care of dinner and some quick things around the house on breaks.  Combining this job with my original job, I honestly can’t express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work an eight-hour day completely from the flexibility of my computer!  It is such an incredible blessing. ❤  I know it won’t last forever, so I am certainly wanting to enjoy it and be grateful for it while this is my situation. ❤

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Anyway, that’s been my life lately!  I also barely started editing my NaNoWriMo novel, but that was the day before I started work for Appen, so since then I haven’t had a chance to get back to it.  I’ll have to figure out a time to do so!

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

Glasses!

I bought new glasses!

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For those of you who don’t know, in order to see clearly, I need glasses.  I started wearing my first pair of glasses at age twelve.  However, when I was sixteen, I was tired of dealing with my glasses (there are numerous cons to wearing glasses for those of you who don’t know), and I figured, my vision wasn’t that bad, so I stopped wearing them.  I didn’t get contacts (I’m still freaked out by all the risks involved with contacts), I just quit wearing glasses.  I also did some research about whether or not this would damage my eyes in the long-run, but the resounding answer was no.  Satisfied, I placed my glasses in my dresser.  That is, other than when I drove. 😉

Five years passed.  Skip forward to a few months ago.

My husband knows that I need glasses to see properly, and he’s always encouraged me to wear them, but I’ve still chosen not to.  However, recently, I started to notice some actual problems with not wearing my glasses.  For example, say my husband would be pointing to something he noticed in the distance, and when I looked to see it, I literally wouldn’t even know something existed there.  It wasn’t just that the shape was blurry, it was that it completely blended in with everything else because of the blurriness.  More and more I noticed not being able to read menus at fast food places, or not knowing if someone across the room was talking to me or my husband if they didn’t ask a direct question and I couldn’t tell who they were looking at.

So yes, problems.

I’m not sure how I went this long without it becoming an issue because my eye doctor didn’t see a change in my eyes this year.  Perhaps it’s because I now have someone actually pointing things out to me, and previously I just assumed nothing was there since I couldn’t see it.

Because, you know, my sight wasn’t that bad.

Well, that phase of reluctance and denial has ended.  My hubby began to encourage me more and more to wear my glasses, but I just didn’t like my current pair.  They worked for driving, but they were frameless, so they had a lot of glare, as well as they slid down all the time.  Thus, I decided that in order to start wearing my glasses again daily, I would need the necessary motivation of a new pair of glasses.

Thankfully, I heard of Zenni Optical, which pretty much revolutionized the whole getting glasses ordeal.  Their glasses are inexpensive, high quality, and custom made.  You can upload a photo of yourself to “try them on” and browse hundreds of frames.  I ended up spending $30 for a pair of glasses, and that included shipping!  They did not sponsor me at all for this, by the way, I just happen to love them!

My glasses came in the mail yesterday, marking the beginning to my journey in adjusting to daily life with glasses again.  Can I just say, though, that I LOVE my glasses?  The size, the shape….  Also, the lenses look like they are almost nonexistent.  I can’t get over it–my glasses look like they are just frames unless a glare is on my lenses.  I’m sure that this will probably go away as the lenses get exposed to different elements, but I still think it’s just so neat.

Another great thing is that these glasses hardly ever slide down.  I’m so happy with them, and they definitely help me feel more comfortable with wearing glasses again!

I thought it would be fun to post photos of my glasses through the years, from starting at twelve-sixteen and then today.

My first pair of glasses at age 12!

My first pair of glasses at age 12!

Second pair at age 14

Third pair at 16! (These are the frameless ones I mentioned.)

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And then today’s at age 21. 😉

 

Anyway, I just thought it would be fun to write an update about my new glasses and the start to this more “clear” phase of my life. 😉

Until next time,

-Tialla

The Dry Well | A Writing Update

The Dry Well {A Writing Update}

Some, or perhaps all, of you may have noticed my lack of blogging for quite a while.  A large part of this absence from blogging in the past 11 1/2 months (wow, almost a year!) has been due to God bringing a very special man into my life–the man I now call my husband.  However, it’s been longer than that since my consistent blogging, probably since I published my second novel, “Where Shadows Lie” in June of 2015.  Ever since I decided to take a break from writing at that point, I haven’t blogged very much.  It’s been one post here or there, every month, or couple of months truly.  My blog has become a place for general updates–how I spent my summer, haircuts, big news, dating, engagement, and marriage.

I would like to take back my blog to the place I consistently updated, but I’m not even sure how to now.  It’s been so long, and my life has changed so drastically since that was a priority for me.  I started this blog when I was fourteen and in school and now I’m nearly twenty-one, married, and working.  Life is 100% different in every way.  I feel like I have grown up with this blog, but I don’t quite know where to go with it now.  I don’t even read blogs like I used to–I have severely cut back on my blog subscriptions and I only follow at most five blogs now.  I am more particular about what I put energy into reading, and I hardly update my blog because I just don’t know what to write.  I love my life, but it simply isn’t fascinating enough to share about all the time.  Honestly, I feel like that has a large part in all this: what to write.  And that actually brings me to the topic I wanted to share.

I am a writer and a published author.  Writing is my passion and nothing else quite compares to the thrill of seeing a book go from an idea to a published novel in the hands of readers.

It kills me that I have absolutely zero passionate story ideas to follow right now.  I am dying to start writing a new book and begin that process all over again; to experience the joy of a story unfolding before my eyes as I type away.  The truth is, my imagination feels like a dry well right now.  Perhaps I need to just wait for things to settle down with my marriage and then I’ll have an idea to run with.  People ask me when my next book will be out, they wonder what I’m working on…because surely, as an author, I always have a ready spring of ideas to pull from.  I watch my favorite authors as they release book after book, year after year, and I can’t help but marvel how they have all these great ideas–they never run out!

So, to be completely honest, I’m a bit at a loss right now in my writing.  But I refuse to give up and I am keeping my imagination wide open for an idea that I can latch onto and mold into a story.  I have high hopes that I just need to wait for life to settle a bit, and then it will come to me.  We will see, I suppose!

The same concept applies to blogging.  I still don’t know how to start consistently blogging again because I simply don’t know what to write about.  Perhaps I will post more book reviews here, but even as much as I love books, those reviews don’t feel personal enough for my blog.  Perhaps I will post more vlogs, but I have a hard time filming those because I’m such an introvert.  Or perhaps, through trial and error, I will find something that suits me, and discover my blogging niche.

Until then, thanks for sticking with me, friends!

-Tialla