Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Budget

Well this is anticlimactic.  Without meaning to, I only bought two things this month, and they weren't even very creative. I had a chambray shirtdress from J Crew that I loved, but I put it in the dryer a few too many times, and it was veering closer to a shirt than a dress, so it was time for an update.  This Target one has pockets, though, so it's more of an upgrade. The nude flats were another replacement, kind of. Both of my pairs of cognac flats died mouse-related deaths, and I was looking to replace one of them, but I fell in love with these from Target and decided to go nude instead.  Just as versatile and super cute!

Chambray shirt dress // $23
Nude Flats // $28

Currently, there isn't a single piece on my wishlist. I would like to pick up some cognac boots (something like this or maybe this) but am not in much of a hurry, so I'll probably wait and see if a good deal pops up. I also just ordered this set and am really excited to test it out, especially with the change in season!

Linking up with Fran

Monday, September 26, 2016

October Goals

Jumping the gun getting these up so early, but my computer had a tragic accident over the weekend and my pictures are caught in limbo, so we're going with a no-original-photos post.

1 Commit to dressing up // I kind of hate Halloween and dressing up, but my school is really into it, and my students hate when I don't make an effort. Typically, I throw something lame together the night before, so my goal is to have a plan and stick with it

2 Buy a new bathing suit // Definitely feels weird to be thinking about this now, but my whole family is going to Aruba for Thanksgiving, and I don't currently have a bathing suit I feel comfortable in. Ideally, I'd get one two piece and a one piece, but I'll settle for one or the other. If anyone has suit recommendations for giant boobs, let me know!

3 Workout twice per week // It's been way too long since I worked out, and I'm definitely feeling it.  My goal is to do 2 30 minute workouts per week, in addition to dog walks etc.

4 Get off campus and explore // There's one weekend in October that I have totally open and I'd like to use it to go to a new town in Western Mass. There are so many cute areas, but I'm terrible about, well, leaving my house, basically.  Need to change that.

5 Watch 2 classic movies // One of my 101 in 1001 goals is to watch 5, and I've made 0 progress. Open to suggestions on what they should be, but I'd love to see something with Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly.  We'll see what looks appealing!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Homemade Dog Food

My dog is, and has always been, guided pretty much solely by her own whims.  She does not care about me, about food, about any form of discipline I've tried (other than the shock collar, those things are boss).nUnfortunately, that meant that she basically didn't eat a full meal for almost 2 years. Partly it was health stuff - she is sensitive to high protein food, but it's tough to buy high quality kibble that isn't protein based, and the poorer quality kibble REALLY didn't agree with her system.  Basically, I spent two years mixing and matching foods and treats, always teetering on the edge of actual malnutrition. Her vet was concerned, I was concerned, and I suspect that part of my girl's sass is actually just hunger.

Finally, I stumbled across a recipe for homemade dog food and, in a fit of desperation, made some.  Lo and behold, sister child ate the entire damn bowl in about 45 seconds.  A month later, she has put on 5 pounds and my sass theory has been thoroughly disproved. Alas.

My current recipe formula is below, but I do my best to switch each batch up.  It's important to me that she gets lots of different nutrition, hence the produce jumble. So far, the only food we've ruled out is corn (she made a tiny pile outside her bowl of all the kernels) and she definitely prefers meals with more sweet ingredients. Try a few things out with your own dog and see what they like!

Directions - Add the canola oil to a large pot over low heat. Add the meat, then the produce, rice, fish oil capsules and peanut butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it turns into mush. Let cool, portion out, freeze. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt to each meal at serving, for calcium.

Makes about 14 cups of food. My 60 pound, highly active dog gets a cup per meal.

Notes - I buy boneless meat, mostly because I cannot handle meat in general, and boneless requires the least managing, but as long as the bones come out before serving, you could probably use those cuts of meat. I also buy the highest quality meat I can afford, but skimp on produce (get the hideous ones from the back of the store, you'll stew them anyway).

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


These past few weeks have, expectedly, kicked my ass.  Students started arriving last Monday, which led to the arrival/orientation/duty commitments ramped up real quick. I loved it, and I love being back at work and in the swing of things, but I would also really love a nap.  Here's what's been keeping me going!

hearting // Booties, booties, booties, booties, rockin everywhere. Also, new Harry Potter

watching // ... Harry Potter... Always and forevermore.  I realized recently that I don't have many shows that I love, and most of them are still on break.  More time for reading!

exploring // The Berkshires!  I've lived here for 2 years and have spent a truly embarrassingly small amount of time exploring. This weekend is the first time off I'll have in 2+ weeks, and I booked myself into a fancy spa pedicure and then a little bit of time exploring one of the cute little towns.  Can't wait!

creating // Some new furniture configurations.  In a haze of deep exhaustion, I decided to take apart my couch and put it together differently, then move a few other pieces around to make my space more functional. So far, so good.

eating // Salad, please please please. I eat like absolute crap on weekends I have to work, so the last few days I've been inhaling fruits and veggies.  My CSA has pick-your-own tomatoes and I go after them with indecent haste.  I probably look rabid.

anticipating // Soccer mom season.  Most of the student I work most closely with play fall sports, and I love getting to watch them play. The weather is perfect, the kids are exciting, and I am starting to have a good enough understanding of soccer that I genuinely know what's going on!