Teacher Proof

This may be one of the most odd posts I ever write, but I think there are several reasons I am doing so.

What happened was: I spilled a drop of foundation on my brand new LOFT top. “Oh, boyyyyy… Who CARES?!” they’re thinking, but let me share a lesson with you all.

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This is the face this top gave me before I realized what had happened. Just sheer joy.

I should not have felt the whirlwind of emotions that I did, but I did! This stuff wasn’t coming out. This had happened to me maybe 8 years before, and one reason I switched to Bare Minerals. I switched to Bare Minerals liquid because of the brown powder mess I was constantly wiping up… Anyway.

When I got home I started treating it with Shout. NOPE.

Treated it with Shout over night. NOPE.

Tried treating it with Clorox 2. NOPE.

I could see just MINIMAL progress, so something in me decided to keep trying.

I did a lot of Googling as well.

I picked up a Tide-2-Go, OXI-MAX, Bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, even Ammonia… I was desperate and curious.

Tide-2-Go wasn’t working and the marker tip freaked me out that I would scrub it all stretched out. Oxi over night made the most progress I had seen, but came to a halt. Then I got crazy trying the peroxide and ammonia… NOPE!

I had finally lost it… So to try bleach.

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To my surprise it didn’t harm it at all. I started with 1 minute soaks… nothing… 5 min soaks… nothing… FORGET IT! I whipped out the Tide pen again and scrubbed. soaked in bleach and scrubbeddddd. Soaked in bleach and SCRUBBEDDDDDD!

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And it went away!

Almost completely. Only I can really see where it was.

At first there was a strange smudging of the fibers where I had rubbed it so hard, but nothing I didn’t think I couldn’t live with. So I blow dried it and ironed it and even that went away!

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You are asking why I am so obsessed over a tiny little spot at the bottom of the shirt that no one would really even care about… Well for one I had spent $50 on it, it was an important part of a vacation memory, and I had been wearing it for the first time when it happened. AND because I’m a bull in a china shop and it sometimes gets me down that I am so naturally careless, but I think it’s because I am proud of pursuing a remedy rather than settling for a stained shirt that is sub-par or even buying a whole new one.

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The most important thing this shows me is just how resilient this shirt is and that it is definitely teacher approved! Thank you LOFT for designing a shirt that can withstand bleached and being stretched out!

Find clothes that are teacher proof!

Babes Ride Too

What a wild month it has been so far! It’s been over two weeks since my last post, but don’t worry, I have been running around like crazy and accomplishing some things along the way.

Last weekend I went out of town to take motorcycle lessons!

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Yeah! This girl is certified to ride! And when I get my license renewed it will be ‘M’ Class. Oh yeah! I still have a little bit more practice to go. Our class practiced a lot of low-gear maneuvering. We never had the bikes up to 30 mph. Working at a Harley/Honda/Yamaha shop I will be able to take a used trade-in out for a spin to get a better feel for regular riding before making a purchase.

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If you have any preconceived notion about “bikers” or motorcycle riding, ladies, throw.them.out.the.window. This is a ladies sport too. And after working 3 years here I have a really good basic knowledge of parts and service. I am able to talk to the guys on a different level. Some are surprised I know what I know. I have met some of the most generous, down to earth, and non judgmental people. “All kinds of kinds” as you’ll  hear me say about our customers.

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If you have any interest in riding bikes, please get a hold of your local rider course instructors. This was the biggest confidence boost for me and the friend I went with. The first reason I decided to take a course was from experience in learning from a boyfriend/dad. It usually ends in an argument and often tears. These courses are designed to describe things in a way that a beginner will understand and build gradually. The second reason to take a course is that you often will not need to take the test at the DMV. They will see your certificate and know you have passed the rigorous test that these certified instructors have tested you on. I also liked that it basically prepared you for riding in a wardrobe sense as well. I now have the gloves, boots, and glasses so I’m ready to go whenever! (My own helmet is on its way!)

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Things you will need before beginning: Helmet, long sleeve shirt/jacket, pants, boots that cover the ankle (no high heel), full finger gloves, and eye protection. And an open mind!

I was extremely nervous the whole time. practicing the weaving and slow curves had me very uneasy. And I don’t think that weaving is a thing that you will run into very often, but practicing them allowed us to get a feel for leaning into a turn and pulling on the throttle. you have to have power to get through a turn. Our first reaction is to slow down, but even like on a bicycle, when you are leaning in a curve you must have power for the centrifugal force to happen and pull you through. Accelerate out of the turn right?!

Another thing to note is that these rigorous tests are BEGINNER tests. They have prepared you for them! These classes are not necessarily simple or easy, but they are not difficult either. You MUST apply yourself. If you do that, you will be fine for everything!

This was a New Years resolution item for me. I said ‘YES’ to something and accomplished a new skill! Life is SUCH an adventure! Now… to get back to work on a 10k!!!

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Love is… An Adventure with your Sweetheart

 

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What a weekend I had!

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My Valentine brought me roses before we left for a little weekend getaway. He had been dying to ride the dunes in Oklahoma. He acted as if that was going to be a no-go for me because of “V-Day”, BUT that’s really my kind of thing! Adventure, that is!

It was a blast, the dog had the most fun!, and I managed to get my homework done and take him out for dinner. 😉

So that brings me to the fun I had today!

I’ve been busting my buns prepping lesson plans for the students I am tutoring as part of an internship and I won’t lie, I was everything but graceful. I had to run to Walmart for some things, ran out of time, and realized Inhad left some important things at home!… Just learning about living in the country and working in town! Talk about waiting til the last minute though!

But with my mother’s help I was able to whip up more than enough of the supplies I needed! I had a really successful lesson with my students in the end.

Here’s a little OOTD

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Keeping the vibe fresh and free.

Tops: Buckle (forever ago), Jeggings: American Eagle Outfitters, Shoes: Maurice’s, Tote and necklace: Hobby Lobby

I love this top because it reminds me of a combination of these looks… And Stevie, YOU are the inspiration of my favorite looks!

I try to grab things that remind me of her… Love the gypsy, hippie, free spirit.

My bag was a fun purchase. I realized it’s time to become a tote bag owner… Hello, thirty-one! Hobby Lobby has a great price on these! I love some me positive affirmations. “Best day ever”!

While out and about losing my head I came across half price Velantines Day decorations! (The shopping bags at my feet hehe) I grabbed a good handful for my someday classroom.

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Even with the stress of my college classes, it was a wonderful weekend… Heck, it’s a wonderful life!

Wow… A travel post, OOTD, and shopping haul all-in-one!

 

 

Catching Up

Hey everyone! It’s been a minute, but I’m still here! I’m having a series of days that are just eye-rollable. For example I spent most of the day yesterday catching up on laundry while I cleaned the bathroom and washed dishes. I did SO. MUCH. LAUNDRY.

BUT I’ve gotten some awesome things done around here, not that it’s ready to be photographed for Better Homes and Gardens #crylaughemoji

I thought I’d share a few pictures from my regular life because I have been too busy to pause to write and photograph thoughtfully.

I really have just been busy doing chores, unpacking and cleaning, and most importantly beginning my new internships for teaching! (I’m not a student teacher yet, these are what you do before then.) Staying on top of my homework while working 40 hrs is important especially with internships.

I got myself a few new tops. The main reason for this was because I wanted shirts with higher necklines so I wouldn’t have to worry about bending over. I have also purged my wardrobe of the things I found were not fitting my lifestyle/job/comfort anymore because it’s good for me and because of sharing a closet with Michael and decided to be a free spirited hippie type this spring. (Again, none of these will be very good pictures…)

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The students were allowed to celebrate the Super Bowl with team colored cupcakes… So I had the choice of dark blue or black… I got black and looked like Tia Dalma for the rest of the day.

The house has been quite the mess, but yesterday my honey checked off the list! His family helped us hang up three major pieces of wall art! Now I get to obsess over things as I can start putting them into place better.

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Gotta love Snoopy, passed out on the couch. I know, it’s overwhelming!

Here it is currently.

Chalkboard and GATHER is UP! I want to get some metal chairs, console table, white curtains (the tie-up kind) and MAYBE a rug… It’s so easy to clean the way it is so I’m not sure.

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A cute decorative spot on the kitchen counter. I’d like to find a picture for behind it, then to the right will be a metal basket for coffee, the Keurig, and mug tree.

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“My Office” ha… It’s a mess in here, but it’s happy! And I’m thankful I have a space to study. At least that area is being managed.

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I spruce it up best I can.

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Got one window covered! The bedroom window, weeee! It was yellow before! Made the room a strange green color hehe.

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The living room in not quite this clean right now, but lets revel in this moment! I can’t wait to find a substitution for that footstool. I’ll be putting up curtains and I haven’t decided on shelves or wall art. We need a place for the play station and shelves could make that possible, PLUS they would be fun to decorate for the holidays.

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My MAGNIFICENT mirror!

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The last picture shows the old headboard under the mirror. I want to put a console table so oddly enough this gives me an idea! I cant let it be too deep, this is 8 inches. I was planning on ten, but I think 8 will be better. There is enough space to put candles and pictures and a skinny tray and figures.

The blue rooms will be painted someday, if I haven’t mentioned so before… It will be the hardest thing to get Michael to change.. Well the lighting in the kitchen and bathroom too…SOMEday!

I still have such a long ways to go to get the things I have settled and finish cleaning out my apartment before I can get too excited about big furniture purchases. So I dream out loud A LOT!

Here are some pieces I want to get from the antique store.

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Bucket for blankets in the living room!

And some living room inspiration. I have NO idea what to put above the couch!

 

And some inspiration. Color splash! I’m seeing aqua pop up in the bathroom and kitchen.

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Things I’m loving:

  1. This darling bench… I’m needing something for the mud room to sit on and put shoes/boots under.

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2. This sweet little girlie 🙂 This is my dog Pippi and she looked so cute sitting in the middle of the back seat of Michael’s truck.

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3. And Moscow Mules! How did I NOT know about these!!! Ginger beer has always been may favorite. I’m going to have to find some copper mugs now! Decorative AND functional!

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I’m REALLY hoping to get a Valentine’s Day craft done in the next couple of days, so I will definitely share that with you all!