Tuesday, January 22, 2013

baby, it's cold outside.

The high in Pittsburgh today was only supposed to go up to sixteen degrees (I'm not sure if it ever actually hit that...  it's something like 12 degrees now), and with temperatures like that...  the only thing I really want to do is stay curled up in bed in my pajamas with the blankets up to my nose.  How's a girl supposed to drag herself out of bed and off to school when the temperature is going all the way down to five degrees with a windchill that's even colder? 

This is how I somehow manage to get out of bed and go about my day, despite the cold.

1. Twisted Peppermint Soap from Bath & Body Works
This is my favorite seasonal scent--I love peppermint during the winter.  I stocked up on this during the Black Friday sales and got a few bottles for Christmas, as well.  The shower gel is perfect for a hot shower, the lotion leaves a lovely, light lingering smell and I love using the hand soap every time I wash my hands.
2. Candy Cane Lane Green Tea from Celestial Seasonings
Candy canes and green tea--a wonderful combination.  I love to sip this tea all day when it is cold.  It is naturally decaffeinated, so I do not get jumping and crazy as the day goes on.  I could never say enough good things about this tea--it is hands down, my favorite.  I stumbled upon it last Christmas season, and after the holidays were over, I bought about eight boxes to last me until this year.  This tea is great hot now, and come summer, it's just as good as an iced tea.
3. Flannel Shirts from Old Navy
Flannel shirts are ideal for cold days like today.  I wear them layered under sweaters, over t-shirts, to school, at home and running around town.  I have this exact one from Old Navy (bought it during the after Christmas sales) and I also have a Mossimo Supply Co. flannel and a Merona flannel (both from Target) that I also adore.  Flannel is famous for shrinking, but if you let them hang to dry, you can largely avoid this problem.
4. My Cuppow Sippy Lid by Cuppow
Along with my hot tea, this is an absolute necessity.  I love to drink my tea out of a Mason jar, and this handy lid makes it SO much easier.  All you need to do is replace the lid insert with the sippy lid, and you have your dishwasher safe, inexpensive and easily replaced travel mug.  I'm working on knitting a fancy jar cozy to complete the outfit.
5. Microplush Throw from Target
I purchased a teal throw and two gray queen sized blankets like this on Black Friday, and loved them so much that my cousin got me another throw for Christmas! The one that is on our bed is wonderful--but it makes getting up in the morning just that much more difficult on cold mornings.  I love cuddling up with my throws on the couch in the evenings to grade papers, plan lessons, write for the blog and watch TV.
6. Mossimo Supply Co. Leggings from Target
Leggings under your jeans, pajama pants or dress pants can make even the coldest days almost doable.  I have been wearing these leggings since college, after trying a few different brands and styles.  These ones from Target have a nice, thick waistband that you do not have to worry about slipping down your waist and taking your pants down with them (this was totally a problem with some other pairs I have tried).  They're not too thick and are comfortable under anything.
7. Warm Socks from American Eagle Outfitters
Socks.  I love warm socks.  Ones that go up to your knees, ones that are thick and fuzzy, wool socks, three pairs of silly character socks, you name it.  These socks from American Eagle are soft and cozy and stand up to abuse.  I worked at American Eagle and Aerie to help pay my way through college, and I still have pairs that I bought with my employee discount (they're all 3-6 years old, and in great shape).  My wonderful mother always sticks a pair or two in my stocking at Christmas.
There you have it--how I survive January.  I totally wore my leggings under my dress pants today, with thick, fuzzy socks and my warmest, coziest pair of boots, my thickest, chunkiest sweater, a flannel and a scarf to school today.  I almost wish I would have brought one of my throws to keep at my desk, too.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

spoiler alert: lincoln

We went to see Lincoln tonight.   Great movie, highly recommend it.  Prior to the start of the movie...

My Dear Husband: "Spoiler alert!  Lincoln dies at the end."

Halfway through, as Lincoln is in a theatre, watching a show in January, Mark is squeezing my arm.
I say: "Stop it. It's not April yet."
  Mark, seriously flipping out: "What?!! You ruined the movie for me! I didn't know he got shot in April!"

I think my educational experience was superior to Mark's.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013... already? wow.

This is how I found Scooter--cuddled up with all my throw blankets.
Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope everyone is having and continues to have a happy and healthy year this year...  I'm doing pretty well in the "happy" category, but "healthy" is another story.  Mr. B and I have been feeling under the weather off and on for the past week--too much holiday cheer, I suppose.  After traveling back and forth, up and down, for the entire Christmas break, we were more than happy to take this past weekend for some downtime.  I think the pups were glad, too.

Although there is more time to relax now than there has been in the past few weeks, this time of year always gives me mixed feelings.  On one hand, I am super pumped for the New Year, starting everything new and getting everything organized again after the holiday crazies, but part of me is incredibly disappointed that Christmas, with all its family visits and fun decorations, is over already.  I'm taking the next few days this week to enjoy my Christmas decorations at home before I take them down this weekend.

One of my favorite things about New Year's, though, is coming up with New Year's Resolutions.  I've never been one for big, dramatic ones; however, I do like to come up with a lot of little ones.  There's more of a chance I'll keep some of them (and probably more of a chance I'll break some of them) when I have a lengthy list of goals.

My Resolutions for 2013:
1. Drink more water.  Over the last few years, I've cut down my pop consumption to "special occasions"--like out at a restaurant, Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma's or after Sunday brunch at my parents'.  I think this year, I'm going to get rid of it completely and drink more water (or tea, or lactose-free milk).

2. Finish organizing the house!  When we moved in last April, I wanted to organize everything perfectly as we unpacked.  This made unpacking take until halfway through July, and by then, it was "I cannot live with these boxes anymore!  I just need to find a place to put this!" Fast forward six months, and our closets are hot messes and I still can't find my winter mittens.  We'll ignore the fact that my winter clothes are still sitting in a plastic tote beside my side of the bed and my summer tank tops are still hanging in my closet.

3. Stop saving drafts for the blog to "add pictures to later," and just click publish.  After I add pictures to the five or six that are waiting, of course.  Also, give this blog a better look.

4. Tone my arms.  Although everyone else would insist my arms are not flabby, they feel flabby to me and they do not look as nice as they did when we got married.  If I'm going to be wearing my hot girl bridesmaids dress at Ashley's wedding in April, I need to get on that.  Then, by extension, I won't feel ridiculous at the other three weddings I'll be showing off my arms at.
I just know you are jealous of my new footie pajamas I fully intend on wearing well into February.
5. Keep my desk at school tidy.  I rarely sit at my desk at school.  During the day, it turns into a dumping ground. I clean it before I go home, but it's a disaster before the next day is half over.  I think I need to figure out a better organizational strategy than what is going on right now.

6. Go to bed earlier than 11:30 on school nights.  I will accept 11:29, but in bed by 11 would be ideal.  10:30 would be a dream.  Add to that--don't fall asleep on the couch, and don't drink coffee after 5 o'clock.

Anyway.  Happy New Year, all of you!  Here's to the next grand adventure.