Random Musings

I miss blogging.

I am ready for the holidays.  I have loads of decorating ideas.  However, I already know that I am not going to implement that many of them.

I also need to figure out what shows we are going to see during the season.

Shopping?  Believe it or not, my gift shopping is done.  I'm having some thoughts about a few gifts.  Notice that I didn't say that I was done shopping.  I enjoy buying special gifts for myself during the holiday season.  What?!?

My birthday was boring.  I'm ok with that.  I am surprised that I am ok with that.

I need a vacation.  I haven't had a vacation all year.  I may go to Florida in the spring.  I am also going to do another girl's trip.

The Mike Brown rumor mill is an absolute mess and so full of misinformation.  Like if you aren't getting information directly from a local source, don't believe that shit. I have friends that are lifelong residents and recent home owners in Ferguson.  They are tired and ready to regain some normalcy to their homes and communities.   One day I will discuss.


What I Did This Summer

Gosh.  Time flies.  I can't believe that it is Labor Day Weekend.  Is there a reason for my hiatus?  No.  Not really.  LOL

OK.  Let' start with this.  Remember this?



This summer was fun.  I didn't get to go to as many concerts as I would have liked.  I went to see New Edition and SWV.  I met Johnny Gill and Ricky Bell *big cheesy grin*.  Outkast was here last week, I didn't go.  I wish that I had.

I did go to Vegas with friends.  I had a great time.  We went to shows every day and ate great food.  Can you see my photos here?

I got my entire life because I helped my friend and her daughter move to college.  I was absolutely geeked.  I mean it is the little things.  Right?

So um.  Are you familiar with my Instagram?  Oh yeah.  My Google Plus?

You can always at me at MickMick on Twitter.


Whole 30

I start another Whole 30 challenge on Monday.

I haven't been eating right and have slid back into awful habits - soda, candy, and just a lack of "caring" about myself and my health.  I has affected me in a horrible way; I'm bloated, tired, and always hungry.  Ravenous!  My skinny jeans no longer fit and my face is HUGE.   I feel like I don't have my "shine".  So, it is the summer.  The fruit is good.  Let's do Whole 30!

I'll try to check in on a daily basis.  Also, I post pictures on my instagram....


The Money Pit

I most certainly didn't have a new AC unit on my "Summer Bucket List".  Well, it is on there.

Every year I call the AC company to come out and add a few pounds of Freon to the unit.  There is a leak in my "coil".  Also, my outdoor unit is a hot mess.  First, it has hail damage (from tennis ball sized hail).  Second, the grates are rusty.  Third, it sounds like there are loose nuts and bolts rolling around in the insides.  Finally, it is LOUD.  So loud that I couldn't eat outside if I want.  It is the only thing that you hear in the neighborhood.

So, I was gifted with a new unit and "coil".  Thank goodness for nice people 'cause I really didn't want to shell out the moolah for a new unit.  Also, thank goodness for Angie's List because I was able to take advantage of a pretty smooth deal.  I may even be eligible for a rebate from our local power company *fingers crossed*.  But for real, the increased efficiency should result in better power bills.  Midwestern summers aren't for the weak.

I am thankful that the weather has been nice 'cause I really need a few more pounds of freon.

Hastag MoneyPit


The Bucket List

Well, there it is.  It doesn't seem "bucket-y" does it?  "Bucket Lists" are things that you must do before you die, right?  Well, how about these are things that I must do before the end of the summer season?

Either way, here is the jumping off point.  I definitely plan on adding more.


The Old Lady Rut

Hello friends.  Life is good.  Still loving my new job.

So what's next?  I have serious spring fever.  I am trying to figure out how to live my life to the fullest.  I am in an old lady rut.  I feel like I am not being as social as I would like.  That much change.  I created a bucket list for the summer.  

In addition, I am back working through Whole 30/no processed foods. I have been slipping and I definitely feel (and see) a difference.  

I gave up soda last year.  Well lately I have been slipping to the Coke Freestyle machines.  I am old school.  I love strawberry and grape soda. That must stop.

In the meanwhile, I did pick up two bouquets.  They make me happy.


Natural Hair Thoughts

I didn't talk about this.  But I recently got about 2-3 inches of hair cut off.  I was armpit length.  Now my hair is shoulder length.

Why?  Lack of care.  I flat ironed my hair during my job search.  Completely damaged my hair.  Then the dry winter weather wrecked havoc.

So I got it cut. It will grow back.  See I am smiling.

Then the wash n gos are awful because of heat damage.  I had straight pieces in the crown!   So, now I am roller setting on big perm rods.  Turned out very cute.  The ladies in the cafeteria loved it.  So that's my summer style.

I had a point to all of this.  Oh yeah.  At the start of my natural hair journey, I watched a bunch of YouTube videos, read forums, bought products, and what not.  Now I don't do anything.  I use products with silicone and other cones.  The cheaper the product the better.  Butters don't work for me.  My twist outs are fierce when I use olive oil.  Roller sets are good with lotta body.  Clarifying?  What's that?  It completely dries my hair out. Condition wash?  Child cheese.  I have to use shampoo on this head.

I am going to focus on not using heat and doing perm rod sets over the summer.  Let's see what happens in six months?  Arm pit length?  HEALTHY arm pit length!


Allergy Nightmare

I went to sleep at 7:30.  I had a major allergy headache.  I am just waking up.  Thank goodness because I had the wackiest dream.

1.  I was a 30-something going away to college.  Mizzou to be exact. I showed up and had a fifty-something dorm roommate.  I was mortified to be so old on college.   Notice I said thirty-something.
2.  I tried to have a tryst with one of my high school classmates.  Back then he was known as  "Don Jonnson".  He had a black friend who was the tubbs to his crockett.  He was the only kid in high school with a five o'clock shadow.  It worked, but I most certainly was not attracted to him.  Reminde: I must friend him on Facebook.
3.  My roommate had all of her crap under my bed.  I was trying to bring in an upholstered headboard into the dorm room.  I didn't make it because of all of her crap.  She had everything plus a kitchen sink.  She tried to be slick by putting a dust ruffle on my bed so I couldn't see her crap.  But again.  I was trying to find room for a six foot something dude in a dorm bed.  Lol
4.  I was enraged by her space violation.  So had a Mommy Dearest moment.  I pulled all of her crap from under the bed and threw it on her side of the room.  There were like two wooden palettes, a flat dresser, a bag of twisty rollers (similar to one that I had in real life). I did this after inviting mr. Five o'clock shadow to the room and my bed area was overrun with her stuff.  I.was.hot.
5.   Roommate started crying.  Said, "your stay on your side of the room and I will stay on mine."  Durh.  That's the point.  She had to put all her random crap in storage, but decided to move out.  Like she was hurting me?  Please.

Here's where it gets strange...

I went to a doctor to help the fifty year old roommate find a new head.  Honey.  Turns out that She didn't have a head.  All she had was a torso.   She was very attractive.  In fact, I thought she looked good when I met her.  I may have thought "this is a pretty girl room!"  

So I picked the Marilyn Monroe head for her.  When she put it on she WAS Lauren Bacall.  I recall being surprised that she could talk when we put the new head/face on her.  I didn't understand how she was able to do that.

After the doctor's visit, I went to banana republic.  I bought a pair of strapless, Asian-inspired wedge sandals that magically stayed on your foot.  No straps at all  Just a huge block heel.My friend, April was with me and she was horrified because her friend got a coupon and free gift card with the purchase of the shoe.  There was no special when I bought it.  Then I was forced to walk through the mall in a dress than resembled a linen spa towel.  Honey, I caused a scene.

Then it got wet!!!  I hid out in a dressing room which was occupied by a woman...and a man that she didn't know.  They saw me, shrugged, and laughed at my dress.  My dress morphed into a gray peplum dress.  Imagine a gray sock material.

Then there was a scene where my cousin came by with her daughter.  A much more attractive version of my cousin and her daughter.  Like a woman and her mini me.   My cousin stopped by to show me her new ring.  It looked like a cabochon with a platinum stripe.  

So there you have it...

Zyrtec + chipotle + falling asleep on a show = this dream


Going Backwards?

I really like my new job.  I am a business analyst at a local consulting firm.  I am extremely happy to do what I love.  I like being a project manager, but I needed a break.  I do notice that I am being leaned on for project planning and status reporting o__O.  Well, I guess it keeps my skills sharp.

My commute is fifteen minutes.  There is a gym, cafeteria, on-site car detailing, and Starbucks at the client site.  I think that I may get spoiled.  :)

I go home with NOTHING on my mind.  I have time to "do me".  I love it.

I did worry about the perception about "going backwards".  If I am working 50 hour weeks and holidays, how am I going backwards?  If I work those same hours as a consultant, I will do VERY WELL.  Of course, I am on a straight forty hour a week project.  NO overtime.

I have time to enjoy the things I love.  I did a couple of springish arrangements, and redid my bedroom.


Netflix Musings

I watched all of the episodes of Orange is the New Black.  I loved every second.

It is much different from the book, but every one of the characters is how I imagined.  The relationships are as I imagined.

My emotions were all over the place.  I was mad at Mendez and the broth.  Like MAD MAD.  I cried when Taystee left and her storyline after that.  And cheered at the Piper/Pennsatucky drama.  Bout damn time!

I can't wait for the next season.

Oh yeah.  I really like Netflix.  I think that I will keep it.  Last night we watched "Safe Haven".  I am watching "Blackfish" now.  I am definitely going to watch "House of Cards". 


The "Not A Spring Chicken" Revelation

There is a serious sense of achievement for a clean house.  I truly believe that a clean house = clean mind.  I'm just not a person that can have peace chilling in a disorganized house.  #noshade if you can, but that's not me.

I was determined.  I had a hair appointment this afternoon.  I was hell-bent on cleaning all day so that I didn't have to do anything once I got my hair straightened.  I cleaned from sunup to sundown.  I cleaned baseboards, washed wood with Murphy's Oil Soap, cleaned glass, and cleaned window sills.  I dusted.  I vacuumed.  I did laundry.

I cleaned my closet and dresser.  I took a bunch of stuff to the Goodwill.

I. cleaned. my. dishwasher (using vinegar, of course) and ran a disposal packet.

I vacuumed my car.  I usually take it to "a do-it-for-me place", but I wanted to make sure that I got in every single crevice.

I even had time to make a floral arrangement (?)...

Then there was this hour (or two) where I had a serious full-out crying fit.  I couldn't find my Invisalign retainers.  The last time I remembered wearing it was on Saturday when Mom and I went to Houston's for lunch.  I called my dentist.  I was quoted $475 to replace my retainers.

What?  WHAT?  $475?   I started bawling.  Let me just say this...No retainer is not an option.  I knew that I had to replace it and give up something.  I'm going to Vegas this summer and I am sure that it would take away from my shopping/eating budget.

I called every single location in Atlanta to see if anyone turned in a retainer (gross).  I called my mother.  I called my sister.  I dumped my purse.  Looked in the trunk of the car (?).  Checked my center console.  No dice.  So, when stressed, I cry it out.

I decided to look in my bag (again)...

Vera Bradley Grand Traveler

I found it.  It was lodged in one of the bag's MANY pockets.  I found my retainer, an unopened Twix bar (score!),  a deluxe sample of Tory Burch cologne (my new favorite), and a lipstick.

Thank goodness.

Where was I?  Well, I spent all day cleaning and organizing.  Must have been stressed because I got a nosebleed.  But I soldiered through it.  I took it like a G.  I was operating on pure adrenaline.

This morning, I woke up to a very clean house.  I was so pleased.  I hopped out of the bed and yelped.  It appears that my entire body locked up overnight.  My back.  My legs.  My feet (srsly?).  I crawled to the kitchen and got an Advil and took my old behind back to bed.


I'm Back

We're back.

We went to Atlanta.  I went for clothing.  I bought absolutely NOTHING.  *blinks*  We went to Lenox Mall and I was just completely overwhelmed.  Too many people.  Too many stores.  Too many levels.  I didn't get a chance to go to Phipps Plaza (which is my favorite).

On the drive there and back, we listened to Orange Is The New Black.  We loved every single second of it.  I decided that I was going to break my Netflix ban.  I subscribed to the streaming service.  I can't wait to watch!

I'm home for the next few days.  Right now I am in the middle of a serious cleaning and decluttering job.   I'm going one step further than surface.  I am dusting, cleaning window sills, baseboards...Of course, I used my favorite cleaning solution - Water and Vinegar

The kitchen and dining room are clean.  I'm working on the living room right now.



Hello folks!

Baby Foot results.  Yeah.  You need to go on and buy you a few packets of Baby Foot.  I am very pleased with the results.  My feet are not rid of all of that hard to exfoliate skin.  They really are soft as a baby's foot.  I think it is the perfect start to summer sandal season.

What else?  What else?

I have a new job!!!!!   I start in two weeks.  I am very excited about this job.  I interviewed with this company before and was bummed when I didn't get it.  The recruiter reached out to me and asked me to come in and talk with them again.

The biggest task is trying to figure out what I am going to do about clothing.  I have to dress professional.  I have quite a few suits, skirts, slacks and cardigans.  But I am lacking in the shirts and shoes area.  To remedy this, mom and I are going on a shopping trip!  Yay!

So, tomorrow is my last day at my job.  WHY haven't I transitioned my work to someone else?  I find that odd.

Anywho, no skin off my back.  They have approximately 15 hours until the last of me.  They better make it count.


Day 7 - A Reveal?

I would have thought that my feet would have been ready for primetime by now.  You know...My feet are fine.  I take care of my feet.

They aren't.


Seriously, this blog has hit a low point.  I'm about to show my husky feet.  LOL

Not really show the whole foot, but if you want to see how the peeling looks, you should click here.

I cannot believe that I am showing my big ol' flaky biscuit.  But at least I am taking care of it, right?  What are you going to do with yours?  *raised brow*

I am definitely going to keep doing peels on my feet.  But I think that in a couple of months, I will try to make my own peel.  I'm also thinking of other areas that could benefit from a peeling.  I'm thinking my elbows are next.

Last Friday night was a quite a night.  I had perm rods in my hair, a dental tray in my mouth (I'm bleaching my teeth), my feet in the Baby Foot booties and Downton Abbey on the television.  #That'sWhyI'mSingle I did think about pulling out my Bliss Waxing kit, but decided that was too much preventative spring fixing at one time.

Next week, I promise to blog about something else.  LOL


Day 5 - Holy Schmoly

My feet are just one big, patchy mess.

Whew.  But I can already tell that they are going to be FABULOUS!


Day 4 - Peeling


It is only in between my toes and around my toes.  It feels so weird.

Tonight I am doing a marathon foot soaking session.  I am going to soak for two hours.

Don't worry.  I am not going to post any photos.

My next step?  I am going to get a pedicure next week.


Daily 3 - Still Waiting

I am still waiting on my feet to peel.  It is weird.  I am getting tickling sensations on my feet.  So much that I took my shoes and socks out to peek.  No dice.

I did have a moment of depression.  I looked at the cracked mess that is my feet after the Baby Foot peel.  I thought, "What if my feet stay like this?!?!?"  Then I got depressed.  lol

I have been soaking my feet daily.  I hope that today is the day.  If not, I am going to make it the day.  I'm soaking these bad boys for an hour.  I'm anxious to see what will come off my feet (weird!)

Yeah.  I wouldn't come back either.  LOL


Baby Foot...

Sandal season is approaching.  Since I love playing around with stuff, I bought a Baby Foot kit from Amazon.

What's Baby Foot?  It is a foot peel.  Warning - The pictures may appear gross -http://www.babyfootusa.com.

I'm curious to see what comes off my feet!!!!  If I have a bunch of skin, the. I definitely think it is worth it.

So, I did the peel on Friday night.  I think I will start peeling tomorrow. 

I'll be back to discuss it.  Lol



I just sat down and thought about this.

I went to Target FOUR TIMES this weekend.

In what world does that happen?

Trip #1 - I got up super early on Saturday morning to make a Target run to my second favorite Target.  It is the store that has loads of clearance items, not really crowded and very new.

Trip #2 - As I was leaving the store, my mother called and said that she wanted to go to Target.  So, we went to breakfast and then went to my FAVORITE store.

Trip #3 - The next morning, I got up to do a return.  I made the mistake of telling my mother about the $10 Target Gift card with $50 in home decor.

Trip #4 - I went back with my mother.

Here's how I got to that point.

I'm ready for spring.  The house needs to be spring-a-fied!  For some reason, I am very into getting something "yellow".

I'll try to take photos of my purchases in action.


ARGH!!! Stop Me!!!!

This is my favorite time of the year!!!  Graduation and Prom Season.

There is a young lady (my BFs niece) that I am VERY fond of.  LOL  Well, yesterday, I talked about the young man that always shovels my snow.  Guess what?  Well, that's her prom date!  squeeee!  It isn't a love connection, but I just like the two of them sooo much.  So, I am all up in it (from the sidelines).  LOL

Then I started working on her graduation gift.  True to my form, I am going to buy sale items from my favorite stores for dorm supplies - Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Teen.  The color theme is black, white and red.

Again...Everything MUST BE monogrammed.  I have a monogramming hookup ;).  The plan is to get either her name or initials monogrammed in Cardinal Red.  Here's what I have so far:

A shower caddy...I am not sure which one, so I bought both so that I can look and touch.  The beauty bin looks HUGE...Massive.  You can see it in the second picture below.

Shower Caddy
Beauty Bin  

Towels and pillow cases...

Damask Towels
Pearl Embroidered Pillow Cases - Black

I also bought more towels...

I think that I will finish it off with a few pairs of the Old Navy Flip Flops, soap/toothbrush holders, and perhaps a fun shower cap.

Is it snowing in your neck of the woods?  I'm stuck at my mom's house.  I really would like to be home.  *sigh*



Sneak Peek!

Today Is The Day

Today is the start of the creation of the exercise room.  Finally!

The painter is at the house.  I went with a yellow.  A pretty yellow that will give me energy and inspire me to sweat!

I also purchased a cabinet to house my videos and random exercise accouterments.

I bought two mirrors for the wall....You know for checking out form when you are doing your arm curls and such.

The only thing that I need are curtains.  I haven't decided if I am going to sew them or buy them.  :)