Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hump Day Check In!

SO as you guys know, I moved in with Christian on Monday so things have been a little bit crazy! We also don't have internet or TV until Friday afternoon, so that's why it's been a little silent around here. Keep an eye out on Friday for a Cara Box Reveal post since I definitely don't have time to get that baby put together tight right this second!

Now, you may ask how it is living with a boy so far. And to that I would say I HAVE NO IDEA.

Allow me to explain. Also, these pictures aren't completely related but they're a sneak peek to where we're living!

Monday was spent running errands and moving things all day. By the time we actually had enough stuff in the apartment to survive, it was 10p and his bedtime since he gets up around 6am. I set up the bathroom and then I was out like a light.

 Christian left for work at 6:30a and I obviously slept in until 9:30a. Once I got up and moving, I headed off to Target to get some curtains and other odds and ends that we were needing. I head off to work at 12:30p and I don't get home until 12:30a. At which point he's obviously been in bed for awhile. Again, we do the wake up and leave by 6:30a this morning and I of course don't get to see him more than a "hi, I love you, have a good day". 

Tonight, when I get home, his friend from England will be on the couch asleep and I will hang out with him before work tomorrow while Christian's at work. Let me add, I've never met him before.. 

Luckily, I'm off Friday so we may go out tomorrow night and do something. And sadly, as of right now, they're planning to go on a road trip down to Savannah for the weekend. I'm glad he's getting to see his friend he hasn't seen in a year but I do wish it was last weekend or next weekend.

Maybe once we actually get to live together, I'll be able to tell you just how awesome it is ;)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Sometimes you need a nap.

And that sometimes would be me. Right now. Granted, I don't know when you're reading this but I can safely assume I will be wishing it was nap time based on the last 3 days of my life. 

Let me elaborate. I'm sure that's why you're here, right? To read about my weekend on this glorious Monday? :) 

So Friday, Christian, his best friend and I headed down to Athens to see my parents. Can we just talk about how much it sucks to be in a car you're not driving and therefore don't control the radio?! It's even worse when the guys you're with like screamo and crazy rap music when I'm more of a Luke Bryan/Mumford and Sons kind of person. Other than the music, we had a blast on the drive down and we also stopped at Zaxby's. My belly was so happy. 

Once we got to Athens, we hung out with Christian's friend and his girlfriend for a little while before heading to my parents shop. After going up to the attic in the shop to pick out what furniture we want in our apartment and coming out with a real gem I cannot wait to show you guys, we headed home until dinner! 

We played with Teddy and then headed out to Outback for dinner. We all know how much I love steak and just how happy I was there. Two phenomenal meals in one day makes for one very happy Leslie. After dinner, we finally finally got to meet the puppy! She is like a baby polar bear. 

Saturday, I thought we would do something fun with my family. This is not what happened. My little brother found a truck he wanted at a car dealership. I'm under the impression that it was the one in Athens and Christian and I could just run into the furniture store while they looked at it. Turns out, it was 45 minutes away and there was nowhere we could go. 

Thinking it'd be a relatively quick thing, we decided to tag along, especially since I was only going to get to see my parents for the day. Six. Hours. Later. We are leaving with a new truck for my brother. After not eating all day and making Christiana and I wait around all day. As soon as we walked back in to the house, we packed our bag and headed back to Charlotte. 

It's a 3 hour drive and we left at almost 8p. Needless to say after a few stops, we finally made it home around 12:15a and the cat was pissed. And therefore, he did not allow me to sleep. Which meant when I woke up at 8:30a for a 10 hour work day Sunday, I was a very, very unhappy person. And to make it better, I had errands to run on my lunch break and we were so busy that they cut lunches and I had no time to run my errands which put me getting home later than planned Sunday night. 

Once I finally made it home, I attempted to catch up on blogs (how come I'm always behind on reading?!) and turned on the VMA's just in time to see Justin's performance and of course N*SYNC PERFORMED WITH HIM. It was like I was 10 all over again. But, I really wish it been a little bit longer. But I'm guessing Joey just wouldn't have been able to handle it ;)

Today, Christian and I are moving into our apartment so I know I will be passing out crazy early and you may and or may not see me around here tomorrow! 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

HIgh Five! It's finally Friday!

I love Fridays. I don't have to work and they're usually spent hanging out with Christian in some form or fashion. Whether it's harassing him while he works from home or going to Carowinds, I'm always loving Friday. This Friday is special because we're headed down to Georgia to see my family for the first time since June 9!

So without further ado, my High Five for Friday!

one //  UH. I'm meeting this puppy. That's just basically all that matters. 

two // I get to road trip with Christian and annoy the absolute crap out of him by singing country music all the way down there and all around town for 2 days. 

three // This morning was pay day and I woke up to a pretty commission check that helped almost pay off a little bit of debt. It also means we will definitely be buying our couches next week!! 

four // Little Zuko has been cracking me up all week because we've had cardboard boxes around and he loves them. After packing one up yesterday, he thought I was headed to pack the one in my room up and sprinted into the room and dove into the box, turned around and stared at me like "nope, can't have my box, it's mine"

five // I will most likely get a steak for dinner tonight. Or at least I will be begging for one. And hopefully tomorrow I will get Barberitos (better than Moe's, Chipotle, etc). 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You need this!

So apparently, Wednesdays are for lists here on my little ole blog. And today's list is things you really need in your life, in my humble opinion. 

one // This foundation.

I've been having a really hard time finding foundation that works. I need something with medium to full coverage, that stays on all day and doesn't turn me orange. I was having an issue with m make up turning orange even though it was my right color. This stuff is perfect. It keeps me looking fresh all day long! 

two // Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuits with New Zealand Sharp Cheddar cheese from Earth Fare.

I mean. Seriously, this is the yummiest snack combination I've found in awhile. We were at Earth Fare last weekend and they had the cheese out as a sample and we pounced. I'm obsessed with it. 

three // This perfect fall outfit.

WHY is it not cold yet?? And why is this outfit not in my closet?!

four // To catch up on all of these shows before new seasons start: Scandal, The Mindy Project, New Girl, and Once Upon a Time.  

I just started (and finished...) The Mindy Project this week and I'm pumped for it to come on now! I also got hooked on Scandal right before finals in May and everyone needs to go to Netflix and watch it right now. 

five // This puppy.

Unfortunately for you, you can't have her. My parents just got her yesterday and I get to see her this weekend!! I'm already too excited. Prepare for a million pictures of her on Twitter and Instagram. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Well this is just no fun.

Today, App State went back to class. I definitely didn't think I would be so sad about that, either. But I am. Don't get me wrong, I am so so  excited about the things that are happening in my life right now. There is so much going on and tons of great things on the horizon, but, that doesn't stop me from being sad that I'm not starting a new school year in my absolute favorite place in the world. 

I also really love living in Charlotte and being so close to Christian (and about to be so much closer!!) and my friends. But, why do I feel homesick for Boone? I've never felt homesick for Athens. Yes, when I go to Athens it feels familiar and comfortable. But, when I go to Boone is feels right. 

It's weird to feel so excited for what's happening now and what the near future holds while also being so sad and wanting to do anything to be back in Boone, taking classes and walking across campus while the sun shines and a cool breeze blows. Last year, I thought I may have to take an extra semester and now I wish I had. 

I know had I done that, though, and I was living in Boone, I'd be wishing it was over and I was in Charlotte and living with Christian already. It's such a back and forth feeling that I have no idea how I really feel. 

After a lot of thinking and being sad and being happy and just being confused, I realized it's a matter of what "home" is to me. And I realize that home is not Charlotte. I've always wanted to live here, and I like it and it may eventually feel like home, but right now Boone is home. But, home doesn't always have to be a place. Home is also Christian. That'y why I feel so torn between the two places. If I was still living in Boone with Christian. I would love it. 

The problem is, there is no real future in Boone unless you're working for the school. So for now, we will settle for weekends trips to Boone where we met, fell in love and feel at home. 

The next trip can't come soon enough. 

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Monday, August 19, 2013

So... Are you guys planning on buying this?

Weekends need to work on being relaxing. Or maybe I need to work on not being such an old woman. Either way, I'm still in my PJ's, glasses and watching The Mindy Project on Hulu on this fine Monday morning. 

Friday was mostly spent at the funeral and with Travis' friends and family. We did have some of the boys' college and high school friends over so it was just his girlfriend and I plus about 7 drunk tipsy boys. It was an interesting evening to say the least. But, I did drink this and everyone should go get it right now. It's delicious. 

Saturday, we slept in a little bit and then headed out to go furniture shopping. That. Was. An. Adventure. I understand commissions since I work on them, too. But there's a line and most of them crossed it. 

Store One. 

We walk into the store, and all the salespeople are hovering around the front door and one approaches us. I explain that we are just browsing for ideas and not sure what we need yet. He says no problem and leaves us alone while we walk around the store. As we're leaving, he gives us his card in case we come back. 

Store Two. 

The woman approaches, and I tell her the same thing I told the first salesperson. She introduces herself and asks for ours and tells us where we can find everything in the store and to let her know if we need anything. The second she sees that we may possibly be interested in a certain couch, she pounces. Sits down and starts going on and on about it and all the different options and how much it would cost blahblahblah. We kept trying to make a break for it, and it just wasn't happening. She also made it pretty clear she didn't love our choice. As we moved around the store, she kept randomly popping up and going on her spiel again. 

Store Three. 

After finally escaping that lady, we headed to the next store where we were also pounced on at the door. Again, I explained we're looking for ideas. The very first couch we stop at and the guy from the front door is behind me telling us about a sale going on "this weekend only" and that "it's a great time to buy". We said thanks and tried to move on. Next place we stop, he's there. But he's not even doing a good job of building report and trying to make us like him like the last person. After awkwardly standing across a table from us while we tried to move on, he straight up just asks "so do you guys think you're going to be buying today?" Nope. And that's when we literally dodged him behind a wall and left the store. Hell. No. 

Store Four. 

We hadn't planned to stop at this store, but we ended up doing it anyway and thought we had landed a solid idea for the kitchen table. The woman told us we could custom make a table and it would be about $600. That should have just sent up a signal but we hadn't looked at prices in this store yet, so we went with it. The woman put a table together for us and then she priced it for us. She comes back and a table and 6 chairs was going to be almost $3000..... yes, that is the exact same thing as $600. 

So let's take a guess on which one of these salespeople is getting our business when we go back to but our couches this weekend.... 

After the furniture stores we hit up Ikea. On a Saturday. When it was raining. Because we're idiots. After that, we stopped at one last store where we found a rug we really, really love for the living room. It's not the one above, I promise!! Once we were finally done with all the grown up furniture shopping, we went straight to my couch and watched a Toy Story marathon on ABCFamily and ate brownies. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

I'm Surrounded by Idiots.

I've mentioned this quite a few times before, but people just amaze me. I've mentioned the crazy things people say to my parents at their shop and weird things they say to me on the phone. Recently I've just had a couple of crazies I just have to share!

To preface, I sell internet services for a very, very large and well-known company. Most of my customers are in TX, CA, FL, NY, NJ, DC, PA and the rest of the northeast. And I'm obviously in North Carolina which I very frequently tell them. 

Call One. 

Me: Thanks for calling ***, this is Leslie, how can I help you?
Customer: Uh, yeah. What time does the store close on 1st street? 
Me: Um.. this is the sales department for home services. I don't know your local store's hours. 
Customer: Can you find out? 
Me: Sir, I would recommend calling the local store...
Customer: What's their number?
Me: I'm not sure where you're located so you should probably just Google it. 

Call Two. 

Me: The best part of this deal is that there's no contract but you will have a price guarantee for 12 months. 
Customer: Wait, what?
Me: There's no contract but you will have a price guarantee. 
Customer: What's that?
Me: I'm sorry, I'm not understanding your question.
Customer: What's a price guarantee?
Me: the price will be guaranteed.. uh stay the same for 12 months.

Call Three. 

Me: Ok, can I get your e-mail address?
Customer: I'll spell it. u-r-g-u-r-l-j-i-z-z-y-6-9
Me: Okay, let me make sure I spelled this right. I spell it back. 
Customer: Yes, it's urgurljizzy69

Call Four. 

Customer: Yeah, I was wondering if you guys have service in Raleigh, NC. 
Me: I actually live in NC and we don't have the service here in NC. 
Customer: Well.. I mean I might have it here. 
Me: It's actually not in the state at all. 
Customer: Well will you just check anyway. Here's my address. 
Me: Ok sir, I checked and we don't have service at your address in NC.
Customer: But... this is the capital... 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Turns out, he likes me.

Back at the beginning of this blogging journey, I started sharing mine and Christian's story. We're definitely weirdos and I would say our story isn't too terribly traditional. If you missed how we met and how we first kissed catch up here and here.

The weirdo finally kissed me at a rugby party, but I still wasn't sure if he was all on board for a relationship. I definitely wasn't looking for a relationship, but after we kissed, that's all I wanted! I had been having small feelings that this might be something different, so I needed to know he was feeling the same way. 

This is where things got overwhelming. Christian was a serious commitment-phobe. He was dating me and he agreed we were exclusive and all that jazz but I never really heard him refer to me as his girlfriend and besides his friends in Boone no one else really knew we were dating in his life. He assured me it was just him being private and I had nothing to worry about. 

Him trying to avoid pictures at a rugby banquet
My poor friends were serious troopers to deal with me the first few months because I was whiny. I was so happy every second I was with him, but his fear of commitment was ROUGH. It wasn't like we argued or he treated me badly... He was actually wonderful. But I always just felt like he was still preparing for it not to work out. 

Those poor girls listening to me whine
After about 7 months of dating, he left for the summer. He was gone for almost 4 months and had zero signal where he was in Ohio. We had talked about breaking up, but we never did. But we also didn't specify that we were together. I had no idea what was going on with us and it took a toll. 

After a night out with friends, meeting a cute guy and him asking me out, I texted Christian and told him I couldn't do this anymore. That was a Saturday night. 

Monday night, I went on said date. He was a very pleasant person but I knew from then on that Christian was it. The idea of being out with someone else or kissing someone else (which I didn't do!!) was absolutely disgusting to me. 

I obviously only want to kiss this guy
As I'm driving home, I'm on the phone with my friends telling them how guilty I felt when my phone rang and Christian's face popped up on my phone. Weeks of no contact and the night I go on a "date", he magically calls. That definitely solidified everything for me. We never discussed where we stood on that call either, but I knew he wasn't seeing anyone there and I never wanted to see anyone else. 

After getting back from Ohio, things were strained for a couple weeks. Finally, he tries to break up with me one Saturday night. I spent the entire night crying and when I left him in the morning, he tried to act like everything was ok. I told him not to call or text me at all and that I didn't want to be his friend because I only wanted to be his girlfriend. 

Couples that drink 151 together, stay together. 
Tuesday rolls around and he's coming over to get the rest of his stuff at my apartment. Homeboy walks in, sits down and acts like nothing happened. I'm barely looking at him and finally he asks if I want to watch a movie.  I turn around and just stare at him. The following conversation took place:

Me: Are you serious?!
Him: ...what?
Me: Uh you broke up with me on Tuesday... 
Him: Oh yeah.. that. Well, I think we should break up but I really don't want to.

And we've been quite happy ever since. Every relationship has it's ups and downs and of course we've had our fair share of those. But every single time he walks through the door, I can't help but smile. He's the most wonderful and supportive guy in the whole world and I cannot wait for this next adventure we're embarking on! 
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Makin' Life Pretty

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the sweet comments and e-mails yesterday. I really appreciate it so much. 

In the middle of the sadness, something exciting did happen yesterday. I know I mentioned that we had signed a lease a couple weekends ago and moving in mid-September. But, we were also waiting for a unit with a garage to come available and we had been told we could just be transferred over into a new unit. 

This weekend one opened up and we got to transfer over to it! But, it moved our move in date up 3 weeks. At first, we tried to push the date back to the original date, but apparently it would raise the rent a very considerable amount and we're not willing to pay the extra! So. We officially move in the end of this month! 

Now that I have a date, I'm officially in decoration mode! I'm browsing Pinterest even more than normal. As well as Target, Bed, Bat and Beyond, etc. looking for what I want to do with it! And of course making sure it's not too girly ;) 


My furniture is white, so I have to do something to make it a little less girly-looking. So that's where the gray and other neutrals come in. This is the exact bedding I think we're getting. And the inspiration board is pretty much what I'm looking for. I may add in some touches of yellow, because I think it's such a calming color but Christian doesn't like it all that much. 




Living Room  

There is a built in desk in the apartment, so I definitely need to have the shelves above it looking pretty! I WILL be having a red couch. I'm buying a nice slipcover for my current not-so-cute couch so we don't have to worry about buying one right now. I also don't want a standard media console, so I'm looking at different ways to mount the new TV and so far, this is my favorite one I've found so far. And finally, we're thinking about having the couch out in the room a little bit, due to spacing issues so I really like the bookshelves around it so we can actually use the space. 


I still need to look at what I want to do with the bathroom and kitchen. Obviously, the kitchen isn't really going to be decorated, per se. But, I found some really cool printables about App and Boone that I want to frame and put up on one of the kitchen walls. And I think the bathroom is going to be gray and light blue? Maybe. We'll see I guess! 
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