The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Thrifty Thursday – Sneak peek at shoes (and outfit)

Yesterday I wore an outfit that was completely thrifted. (Note: I usually don’t count undergarments, including tights, in this tally.) Dress, sweater, shoes, necklace. I took pictures and then realized I had a work sticker on my phone. Probably not a good thing to plaster everywhere on the Internet. So here is a sneak peek of the outfit that will appear next week (sans work sticker that I am too lazy to blur out):

1920s-esque mary janes

These were $6!

thrift store mary janes part 2

One more peek.

I love these shoes. They are Aerosoles, which is a fairly good-priced brand and I got them for $6! Like new!

I almost didn’t buy them but a friend convinced me they looked good. I still shake my head that I almost passed them up. They are black and they are mary janes–pretty much a staple in my wardrobe. AND they fit and are very comfy.

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Word-full Wednesday

Sophie rolling around in the hallway

Sophie was so excited to be freed! hahaha

Posting has been sporadic here lately, so let’s change things up. Instead of Wordless Wednesday, it’s Word-full Wednesday!

Reading: I’m reading a couple books–an Ann Rule true crime and another book I can’t think of the title! I see this “Currently” is off to a great start…

Doing: Walking. Trying to get in lots of long walks because it clears my head. And organizing. I’m on this big clean out and open up my space kick. Also, trying to refinish some furniture!

Working on: Refinishing furniture. My place doesn’t get a lot of light, so I’m trying to brighten up my dark furniture with some paint. I wish the weather would start cooperating…

I also hope to move this site over to it’s own URL. Stay tuned.

Watching: Boardwalk Empire! Oh, Richard Harrow, I love you (and Julia Sagorsky) so.

Richard and Julia Sagorsky

Richard and Julia. Credit: Rolling Stone

I absolutely love the costumes, too. I wish more people got dressed up these days.

Listening to: John Newman. I really dig his music.

Wearing: Thrifted dress, cardigan, shoes and necklace. The other day I told a friend I had a moment of “Oh noes!” because I didn’t think I was wearing anything thrifted. Then I realized my necklace was thrifted, and all was right with the world, haha. …It’s not that I have to wear thrifted clothes; it’s that I get such a kick of realizing “I bought this second-hand!” What can I say? I like old stuff.

Hoping: That my car repairs aren’t too expensive or extensive.

Loving: The weather. After it being insanely hot (at least in my place) Sunday, the weather broke and this week it’s been fairly cool. I’m simply not a hot hot weather person.

So, how about you? What are you up to today?

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Being your own life coach

Lately I’ve been feeling, for lack of a better term, burned out. It doesn’t feel that negative, but I can’t think of a more positive way to say it. I find myself coming home and instead of thinking “Whee! I’ve got the evening to myself!” I think “Only five hours until I have to go to bed” and then I think how quickly that will go. It’s not a panicky feeling, but I do feel “compressed,” or “pressed,” if that makes sense. And while I have motivation, I don’t always have energy. It’s strange.

(I’ll note here that I’m getting a new doctor–I’ve got new insurance and have been wanting to make a doctor change for a while–so I’ll have my thyroid, etc., checked.)

A part of me wonders if this is because I’ve had a lot of stress the last couple years. In 2013, I spend the entire year (including summer) in grad school. In 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, I was in a pretty volatile work environment. Thankfully, I’m out of that and in a much healthier work environment. One I hope to stay at indefinitely! 🙂

While I have a lot less stress these days, I still have that “pressing” feeling of having less time than I’d like. I think it could be due to the transition. After being pretty stressed for a while, it’s difficult to relax. Kind of like how when you first go on vacation, it takes a day or two to shift gears into chill-out mode .

Anyhow, earlier this week I went to a networking breakfast held by my alma mater. It was about habits and being your own coach. It was really great and provided a lot of food for thought. We were asked to discuss a series of questions about time, what you value, and current habits (below). I’m still mulling over those questions and my answers; I think they can help me navigate out of my current “pressed” mindset and into a much better one.

At what time of day to I feel most energized? When do I drag?
I feel most energized in the morning. I drag late afternoon, usually between 4 and 6 pm. This was really helpful for me, because I may see if I can adjust my work schedule slightly to better fit this. Even 30 minutes would make a huge difference, I think.

What can I do for an hour without noticing the passage of time?
This was hard for me to answer, which was very telling. Knitting, reading, and walking are all truthful answers, but what shocked me is how they didn’t come immediately. This is something I need to work on, because to me it says, “I don’t know what I can do to relax.” While I do have hobbies, the fact that they didn’t come to mind immediately tells me I need to make them more of a priority.

I’m most satisfied by saving time, money, or effort?
I loved this question, because it forced me to really think. I chose time, because while I’m generally very frugal, I’m not going to go to a store farther away or wait two days to get toilet paper, even if it is on sale. I’d rather walk or drive to the store closest to me and buy the stuff at a reasonable price. Yes, I look for sales but I’m not going to plan my life around it. That’s too much time and effort to save, in my opinion, not a whole lot of money. (Again, I’m generally frugal, so I wouldn’t be going to the priciest spot, either.)

If I had $500 to spend on fun, how would I spend it?
Truthfully, I almost panicked thinking about this question. My initial reaction was “I’d put it in the bank! Or toward a student loan! You don’t just spend money like that on fun!” But if it was earmarked for fun, which it was…obviously I have a hard time treating myself. This is something I’m working on. In fact, I recently created a vacation fund and I’m thinking of creating a mini “fun fund.” I think it would be a good exercise for me to save up $40-50 and just blow it on…oh boy, I get anxious just thinking about spending money on something I won’t necessarily use a ton, like clothes. But see? Probably a good idea to create that fund. I know I’ll never be the type of person to drop $500 without thinking, but I do need to chill out and realize I can treat myself once in a while.

…but what would I spend it on? Maybe ice skating lessons, or ballroom dancing lessons, or a trip. Hmm…

If I could magically, effortlessly change one habit in my life, what would it be?
Finally, an easy question. I would make myself an early riser, exerciser, and productive morning routine holder. I’d get up at 5, no later than 5:30, exercise, make coffee, meditate…and then do the other morning stuff I always do: feed the cats, feed the birds, clean the litter boxes, get ready for work. Obviously time is a big thing for me–I like feeling like I have full days and can get things done.

This is probably the thing I should start working on first. I liked how the speaker noted “Perfection is the enemy of progress.” While I likely won’t be an earlier riser overnight, pardon the pun, even 5-10 minutes earlier every so often would make a difference.

Funny, I thought this networking event would bring more work contacts. I had no idea it could help me with other things in my life!

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Table refinishing

I like to refinish/refurbish/muck-up furniture. I’m currently in the middle of my first spray-painting adventure. This needs a couple more coats, but due to rainy weather, it’s hanging out in my basement. My hope is that the weather will cooperate this weekend and I’ll be able to finish it!

There’s no “before” picture, but suffice to say, the tabletop was dark brown and the base was black.

I like the contrast of the two black kitties on it. 🙂

Two kitties on a table

Two kitties on a table

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Wordless Wednesday – Sophie and the shoes

Sophie on black flats

She’s claimed “her” shoes.

(I swear, Sophie lays on shoes all the time! This may become a new series for the blog.)

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The Shedding

Massive hairball

Whoa.

Does anyone remember the movie “The Happening”? If I made a movie about my life with the cats right now, it’d be called “The Shedding.” This is mostly Sophie’s fur, courtesy of the Furminator, but there’s also some of G’s hair, too. I wadded it up, so this ball is pretty dense. And did I mention this is one day’s haul? Over the past week or so, I’ve brushed them both on a daily basis and am astounded each day when more hair comes free! Granted, it’s not as much as the first brushing of the season, but still. Where does it come from?

Thankfully, the cats love it. Sophie, little miss persnickety, will stretch out like no one’s business, roll over, and even let me brush her belly. G stretches out to be about three feet long and let’s me brush away. It’s so funny to see all this hair come off of Grizzy because his coat doesn’t feel super thick. I’ve noticed a difference since the brushing, though; last night he woke me up for some pets and wow, did his fur feel soft.

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2015 MADACC Walk, Run, Wag fundraiser

I hope all the mother out there had a lovely Mother’s Day! I celebrated with two moms–my sister and our mom–and my two furbabies. 🙂

Today I realized not only it is the 11th, but in two months to the day it will be Grizzy’s second Gotcha Day anniversary. I can hardly believe it’s been close to two years. It struck me the other day that I’ve been able to pick him up and carry him around. When I first adopted him, I could hold him for maybe .02 seconds before he did one of those huge kangaroo leaps out of my arms. When I first got him, he slept under the couch all the time. Now he still likes his under-the-couch naps, but most of the time my little snugglebug will be right by my side. His fur has gone to rough and thin to shiny and healthy. He is thriving and it’s all because the people at MADACC took him in and helped him find a forever home. I’m so lucky to have him, and I am forever thankful for the staff at MADACC.

(I should add, Sophie also started out at MADACC. She was there a short time and then transferred to the shelter where I adopted her.)

That’s why once again I will be participating in their annual Walk, Run, Wag fundraiser. I’ll be running the 5K. I won’t be running with a dog, but I will definitely enjoy seeing the pups and their humans who run the 5K with dogs!

Anyhow, I don’t usually fundraise like this. Typically I have a few charities that I give a lump sum to every year and then I have extras that I donate to throughout the year. But MADACC is very important to me and they do wonderful work. They care for more than 12,000 animals each year! I believe in their mission, which is why I started a fundraising page for the run. Donate if you like; please don’t feel pressured. I’ll be running either way and I am committed to my donation amount. 🙂

Thank you!

My MADACC fundraising page

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Friday Fun – Bathroom shelves

I really like essential oils, and I really like nail polish (although ironically, I don’t wear it very often). I’m also space-challenged in my current place. And have I mentioned I like making, painting, crafting stuff? I decided I could find something that would help, so I went on the hunt.

One day while wandering around the web I saw some shelving ideas for holding oils, nail polish, and assorted odds and ends. These shelves from IKEA seemed to fit the bill perfectly:

IKEA shelves

Only $4 each!

I could have ordered them online, but my sister and I decided to have a day trip to our “local” IKEA, which is a few hours away. It was fun puttering around the store and I squealed when I found my shelves–for only $3.99!

Assembly was a snap. I planned on spray painting them, but our friend Rene from It’s All About the Cats kindly offered us some beautiful craft paint. I chose this shimmery pearl color. It’s soft and pretty and makes me so darn happy! Really, it’s the little things that make life good. 🙂

Last night my brother helped me hang the shelves, as I’ve never used screws and those plastic thingamabobbers that go into drywall. Now I know how! ::flexes:: As soon as they were up, I loaded up my nail polishes, oils, and face and hair products. I have so much more room in my linen closet now. And everything I use on a fairly often basis is organized and within easy reach. Love!

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Thrifty Thursday – Book edition

Thrift stores often have a nice selection of books. I’ve picked up a lot of books that seemed interesting that I normally wouldn’t pick up. That is, if it’s not good, I’m only out a buck or so. Sometimes I’ve found some well-loved gems. And sometimes I’ve found some pristine gems, like the time I found a like-new hardcover copy of N0S4A2 by Joe Hill, when it was less than a year old. (I highly recommend that book!)

It’s not uncommon to find books with inscriptions. I like this because it makes me wonder who was the person who received the book? Who was the giver? Why did he or she choose that book? I enjoy the mystery that comes with these inscriptions.

This, however, is a first:

Close Your Eyes book cover

Hmm….looks like it could be an interesting read.

Good Story

Best. Review. Ever.

I laughed out loud when I read this. I mean, if this doesn’t make you want to read this page-turner, what does? I do like that the dates read (I’m assuming) are included. I’ve seen authors put the dates written at the end of their books, but never have I seen a reader do that.

The fun that can be found in your local thrift-store bookstore! 🙂

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Wordless Wednesday

Sophie's paw

I love it when Sophie stretches out and makes a “fat paw.”

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