Picked It

Well, if you have been following the blog for any amount of time  in the last 3-4 months, we went from a teeny-tiny (for 3 people plus a dog) apartment to a much larger pad. I have gone over what we were looking for the 2 places that got my approval after looking at them online to look at, but which one did we pick?

Both places have their pros and cons. It happens with every place.

My first place that Brian and I actually lived together was large for what I paid for it, in a bad neighborhood, but cheap. It also had great windows, a large eat-in kitchen, a huge living room, and a large sized bedroom. It lacked a 2nd bedroom, it had a really old Admiral stove, but it was gas! It had no dishwasher, no w/d connections, no garbage disposal. You could go pee, shave your legs in the bathtub, and brush your teeth at the same time because the bathroom was so small. It was my single place, there are lots of memories from there, good and bad.

Our second place was not too expensive, in a better neighborhood. It had 1.5 bathrooms (yes, a toilet and sink in our bedroom). It even had a balcony! It had a dishwasher, but still no disposal. The bedrooms were giant. Again, in our half bath, your really could brush your teeth while on the toilet. Forget if you had to use the sink while someone else was in there. The closets were semi-decent, but nothing too special. We had a large living room, again and a small galley kitchen. It had its pros and its cons. We made it home and it was special.

I can’t say that there isn’t something I miss about any of the places we lived, like the third bedroom in our 3rd place together or the look of the wood stove in that place. I don’t miss the tilt of about a foot of our entire bedroom, it was awkward to get out of bed to. The closet was cramped and there really wasn’t any other extra closet space to speak of. I do miss the wall oven and the old wood burning stove in the living room. It was adorable. The 4th place, I miss the adorable front porch, the fenced in back yard, the split up rooms, the little hall, the cute kitchen (although it lacked any storage space). It had character, but it didn’t have lots of stuff, like good heating or air conditioning, or a dishwasher.

So, after careful consideration, we decided that well, Place #1 had a teeny tiny living room, seriously. No real door to the master bedroom. And probably the biggest thing I couldn’t get over: the washer and dryer were to fit in the what normally would be a large master closet, right in the middle of the whole dang thing. Really?? These things might be things other people can look over, but after living in a small place, we wanted to find something that we loved. And, maybe the heat while looking at that place just made me seriously hate it.

I am not saying that Place #2 doesn’t have its faults, its just that they met way more of what we were looking for than what we weren’t. Maybe the set up of the living room doesn’t allow for a couch and loveseat (sorry Brian!). It makes up for lots of other things. We have seriously missed having a garbage disposal, central air/heat, our own bathroom (yes, we have always shared one, but to have our own private bathroom is awesome). We have hardly scratched the surface of decorating, I still have not fully unpacked. Its hard work! I plan on getting more of it done before the holidays hit hard and can’t wait to share some of our ideas!

Which place did you think it was going to be?

xoxo jes

Whoop There It Is

Remember that song? Me too.

Anywho, I got a job! I will be working alongside Brian alone in the “baking” room. Ok, maybe more in the kitchen. Since the oven is in the kitchen far away from the “baking” room. Yup, Brian will be my boss.

Originally, I was to just go in with him on Sunday for a nice little baking session with him for 4 hours. That turned into it being my training day. The owner decided to give me a job baking 6 days a week 4 hours a day. All I have to do is go in and bake cakes, cheesecakes, torts, and key lime pies. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I hope.

Honestly, I am scared. I haven’t stepped foot in a kitchen as staff since I had my second loss, Sprout. I never went back to my job after that loss, I changed to gas stations.i am scared I will just freeze. I know I am probably psyching myself out, but my fears are rational, to me.

I lost my passion for baking right after my first loss. I had just finished a rough final with Chef Screamer (not actual name) and less than a week later, we found out I would lose the baby. It was a hard time in my life.

Wish me luck!

Our Newest Addition

Its not living. Don’t get too excited!

Sunday, we decided to go to Dallas, we went to Galleria Dallas. That is a post for another day. After the mall, I decided to check out a thrift store I “Like” on Facebook and have never been to. It is almost unheard of for a thrift store to update their Facebook page with the actual furniture in their store. Urban Thrift does.

I didn’t actually see our newest addition until after I bought it, but I still wanted to go in and check it out! We got this cute little dude:


Brian says it looks like something his Grandma would have in her house. I love it. The blue is beautiful. However, what the picture doesn’t show is that it is worn/torn in a few places, has a few stains, and the legs are totally orange-y stained. For now, I am leaving it as is. I will do a short term fix of getting a slipcover and painting the legs (yes, I realize they are wood but I live in an apartment where its hard to sand pieces before doing anything to them, bite me). Long term, I want to get the spring replaced and reupholster it but I need to have money for that and with my lack of job, it is all on the back burner.

Although, I did get the chair for a steal: $10. I also got a Fossil purse for $2. It needs a little mending as one of the pockets is trying to escape the entire purse. Brian got a bag for $2 for him to carry to work (or a murse, sorry dear). And Charity didn’t miss out on the $2 bag deal, she got a new purse to add to her small collection. Also purchased: 8 “souvenir” cups with various team logos for a quarter.

So, we went to the thrift store with $20 in Brian’s pocket and left with some change!

Anyone else get a chair for a steal? Know where I can get a slipcover for my new chair? Any ideas on slipcovering? I was thinking of getting a slipcover for a wingback chair and fitting it, thoughts?

xoxo jes

Money Mondays!

Welcome to the newest feature addition to The Offal Truth and Other Musings. Money Mondays!! Who doesn’t like to save money? If you don’t, you probably have money to throw my way, so get on that, ok?

Money Mondays

Each week, I will feature ONE way that I try to save us money. Ok, its a joint effort here at our house and I really try harder. Sorry, Brian, you slack in this department! This week, our cell phone bill gets the inspection.

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Weekend Roundup!

Its actually on time this week!! This past weekend was not nearly as exciting as the weekend before, but we are real people, so deal with it.

Friday night was spent watching movies with Charity at home. The kid loves movies. Even more so now that we have a TV to watch them on! This is one of her favs:

Coyote_ugly_posterYup, she gets to watch Coyote Ugly. What’s not to love? Music, a good storyline, and dancing! It happens to be one of mine and Brian’s favorite movies. I know it is PG-13 and Charity is only 10, but I have seen it a million times and there is nothing on it that is too harmful. If you want to judge me still, remember, I have kept my opinions on your parenting to myself, so far. So, if you want to personally attack me and our parenting skills, remember this: Karma is a bitch, I have seen her in action.

Moving along…Saturday, we had Chili Dog Casserole for supper and Brian got to watch GI Joe (the new one) after work. Nothing too exciting, I am a homebody, what can I say?

Sunday, not a whole lot of much. We found out that we didn’t get the duplex in Mansfield. Booo!!! I am pretty brokenhearted about it. I want nothing more than to have a yard for Lucky and a house we can make a home. Oh well, I just have to learn how to work with what I got. Or, try and move into a bigger apartment for the time being. We all could use the extra space. Instead of making us closer, this apartment has made us crazy.

We got to go look at furniture. Not finding anything we love. I wish we could settle on something. Literally, we will settle. Dammit. We have a super uncomfortable broken couch, a TV that has a stand, a desk and a desk chair. That is about it in our living room area. The rest of the roundup of furniture is whatever Charity has in her room. Yea, not much.

Then, one of my favorite end-of-the-summer activities: school supply shopping! Yes, I am a weird-o and I like it. I usually buy 10 or so spiral notebooks to last me through the year (worked great for when I was in college! I had to buy very few extra supplies). At $.17/notebook at Wal-Mart, it is hard to beat! I also can stock up on my crayon collection. You never know when you need some! I love coloring and Wal-Mart has new crayons in 8-packs! I wanted some, but I couldn’t find a price. Maybe after Friday we will go back! This year, all I got was 4 notebooks, it was pathetic. Brian got a new “pencil” case that he will use for work. We got most of Charity’s school supplies so far and we will get the rest after Friday. School down here doesn’t start until the 26th, so we have time! I can’t wait for school to start! I think I am more excited than Charity.

We had homemade taco salad (not with catalina! it was made with homemade stuff) for supper and relaxed a lot. Charity also got a pair of sandals from Academy Sports for $5! All of their summer sandals are on clearance, so check them out for a steal of a deal!

xoxo jes