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Friday, July 31, 2009

trying to salvage the day

How much would you cringe if I told you that Hendrix and I went down for a nap around 1:15 today and just woke up a little bit ago at 4:30?

Would it sound better if I told you I got up at 4:30 this morning for some last minute study before my pharmacy law exam from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks?? {Seriously, I have soooooooo much respect for those taking the bar exam. My rinky dink exam was nothing like the bar exam, but it was tricky as all get out with several correct answers and having to pick the most correct one. YUCK. I need black and white. Apparently, the law is a crappy shade of gray. And now my mood is gray.}

After the exam, I moped around Target for a while, trying to buy happiness, but realized I just needed to start a new day because this one was just going to SUCK.

So I went home, ate a huge bowl of spaghetti and went to bed.

NOW, I'm starting a new day and this one looks better!

I'm making one of Nick's and my favorite meals and then we're heading out to see "Funny People" at the movie show =)

I also think it's worth mentioning that today is our one year blogiversary of this electronic scrapbook I love so dear.
It ranks wAy up there as one of the best decisions I've ever made. Seriously. I would have up to 50% less memory of this first year of marriage without this little jewel. If no one besides us ever read my ramblings and looked at our pictures, I would still be ecstatic that I actually took the time to document and have only the most romantic notions that our future kids and grandkids will read this. {Hello, future offspring!}

It's also Mrs. Pettijohn's 26th birthday! Run over and send her some birthday wishes and cross your fingers that she brings Hudson into this world soon!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

coffee table makeover

I've been doing a little work in the garage, for once.

Been working with these guys. I had no idea it would take 3 of them. Three separate cans of paint, three separate trips out to buy can after can. Who knew such a small piece of furniture would require so much? And in case you should need to know, the guy in the middle... well, he should be fired. Don't use him if you plan on doing any of this type of work in your own garage. Mmmm, Kay?

It really cracks me up that I thought I would go out Saturday morning, buy a can of spray paint, *bing*bang*boom*, get the job done and post the pictures by Saturday night for your viewing pleasure. I WISH.

After a fourth can to finish with a coat of clear sealer, our new old coffee table moved into it's new home. {Based on the little table's age, he's probably getting a little fed up with moving into home after home...}

With this new addition, our little blue, zen family room is very nearly finished!

Sorry, the pictures I took turned out a little dark. When I tried to lighten them on my computer, they kinda sorta got washed out. I chose the "washed out" look over the "dark".

The washed out wall to the right will be the final piece to this puzzle when I decide how to decorate it.

I think Regis and Kelly really liked the room too:

In the beginning, Nick suggested brown for the coffee table and I agreed.

I went out to buy brown, contemplated a sage green
similar to the muted green in the rug, then came home with a can of white.

As the seasons change, so will this room. I'm gonna have some real fun with it =) We spend most of our time in here, it's the least I can do to keep it up to date for the holidays. It will be a challenge to work in the warm colors of fall and Christmas with the blue, but I'm up for it.

Think I could find a miniature tropical Santa Clause to put atop the sail boat?

Look close, I actually made it into this post!

Not sure when I'll make it back out to the garage for work's sake, but these lamps my mom brought me are on deck for the next makeover.

I see potential!

P.S. I'm so excited that y'all are so excited about the giveaway! I had no idea it would go over so well. I'm loving all the comments and so happy to welcome a few new followers. Welcome friends!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Giveaway Celebration!

In honor of:
  • The Blue-Eyed Boy and The Brown-Eyed Girl's one year wedding anniversary
  • The Brown-Eyed girl passing the first of two boards for her pharmacist's license
  • This little blog reaching 100+ followers =)
  • And because it's our one year "blogiversary" this Friday, the 31st!

I'm hosting my first giveaway! I really thought about this one... what y'all would like, what is something that most anyone could use, what's easy and inexpensive to ship... and this is what I came up with:

A $50 Gift Certificate to Sephora!!

Who couldn't use that?!

Even if you're the one guy in the world that accidently clicked on my blog because it came up on your google search and you meant to click the link above it and instead you wound up here...

Girls love SEPHORA! Got a girl you want to impress? Believe me, she'll be happy with a trip to this little store!

The gift certificate takes the load off of my shoulders... between fragrance, haircare, skincare, makeup, bath and body, tools and even a men's section, there gotta be something you would love to add to your beauty arsenal.

If you're like me, the overwhelming guilt of spending too much money on vanity drives you to the Wal-mart makeup counter every time... let me take the guilt away!

And if your in my particular boat... your husband won't mind you dropping $50 at Sephora when The Brown-Eyed Girl is picking up the tab =)

Every picture above features something that could be bought for $50 or less at Sephora.

Check out for more!

This is how you enter and increase your chances of winning.

1. You get ONE entry by commenting on this post.

2. You get TWO entries by commenting and by being a follower. {Mention in your post that you're a follower as well to let me know!}

3. You get FOUR entries by commenting about this post on your blog and linking it back to this post!

You can copy and paste this link: {Also let me know in your post that you mentioned us on your blog so I can give you your proper chances to win!}

The giveaway ends Saturday, August 1st at midnight. I'll be drawing and announcing the winner on Sunday, August 2nd. Good luck and thanks for reading!

Friday, July 24, 2009

better late than never

Do these little images of my very exciting detour into a fabulous shop I found yesterday make your heart skip a beat?

Imagine the colors more vibrant than my iPhone will allow, more goodies than you could ever take photos of, crystal chandeliers throughout the store, the strong smell of an artsy fartsy cute as crap coffee shop attached to it next door, and the sound of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin singing a tune while you drool over multi-colored couches and wish somehow you could go back to this time; the era in which you should have most definitely been coming of age within instead of the grungy, greasy 90's.

Or maybe that's all
just tacky, plastic loving, thrift shop livin', me.

I found this cute as a button
little shop, Street Scenes, on the way to getting my new driver's license yesterday. Horrible, cringe-worthy license photo for me, but the best little coffee table to make up for it, after.

Here are the photos of our new funky vintage coffee table in it's new home, as promised =)

I can't wait to head out to Lowe's tomorrow morning and pick out the perfect shade to spray-paint my $90 prize. It may not seem as if it "goes" with the decor right now, as if you even remember the decor of my family room. But just wait ~ I'll give you the entire picture tomorrow and you'll see...

Or you'll bite your tongue.

Because I don't want to hear it
if it just ain't your cup of tea ;)

What? You liked the dirty, yellowed~beige color, dingy and aged from the very sweet 60's era? Sorry, folks, it will most likely be gone by tomorrow evening!

I will for sure have to update you with the "after" pictures AS WELL as a very necessary update of my lovey dovey blue family room. It's PRETTY MUCH finished and I haven't shared with you!

Shame, shame.

If you're in the Lexington area, you must stop by this vintage shop which only sells items from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
Street Scenes
2575 Regency Rd
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 260-1578

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The waiting game... over!

After this wonderful news was received in the mail, I went on with my list of errands to run around town, this being my day off and thus my day to get some things done. But after the work was done... I SPLURGED in celebration.

{Did I mention I finally got to watch the movie Shopaholic the other night? It has really encouraged a certain habit.}

I do have to say that when I say "splurge", I mean that I actually bought something, something that was on sale and a grrrrrrrrrrreat deal.

So splurge = purchase in my book. Not a big price tag.

Glad we've got that straightened out.

I love my new little pretties from TJ Maxx you see above. The candle holder is shown with a few candles I had around to test the look out... and with one spot candle-less. I also have BIG plans for the lantern.... it doesn't show in the photo, but it's huge! I could do different scenes for every season inside. FUN, fun.

In other news...

Wanna see what
a year old wedding cake looks like?

Of course we had to drink our milk out of our engraved champagne flutes we used at the wedding =)

Coming tomorrow....

My biggest splurge of the day - a new coffee table!!!!

"New" to me, but 50 years old to someone else. It's vintage and absolutely perfect for my family room.

I don't know if I'm more excited about the table or my passing score...?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

You're still the one =)

One year ago today, these two crazy kids walked out of the chapel and into the first day of their happily ever after.

We've been celebrating our first anniversary all day today.

Off to church this morning, onto a niiiiice lunch at Guiseppe's after, then home for dessert... the top tier of our wedding cake! Believe it or not, it was still DEEeeEEe-licious.

We also watched our wedding video for the first time today
. We laughed the entire way through. To tell you the truth I've giggled the entire day today.

How ironic that this week would be so similar to the same calendar week last year
. Both extremely stressful, one with wedding planning, one with studying for the boards. Then both weeks ended with a day so full of smiling my cheeks hurt! {They are currently cramping as I type... it's a happy kind of pain.}

I'm going to be doing a little more blogging about the wedding details in the next week, but for now, it's back to celebrating with the hubs!

{If you're interested in seeing the slideshows of our fabulous wedding
photos, click here, here, here, and here!}

And to my husband:
Thank you for the best first year of marriage I could have ever hoped for, sweet stuff!

Friday, July 17, 2009

blame game

Maybe it's the fumes from the pen ink and overheated calculator...

Maybe it's the fear, panic, stress, from the study mania I've been immersed in...

But somehow, SOMEWAY, there's a good excuse out there somewhere for not mentioning a HUGE Happy Birthday to the loveliest, sweetest, smartest, future lawyer and sister-in-law anyone has ever had on God's green earth!

Yes... this GORGEOUS GIRL is a soon to be LAWYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Too late, guys, she's taken. Soon to share my new last name on September 5th.

She's a winner, a keeper, and the best sister/friend/support I could have ever lucked into!

We love you, Lauren! Hope you had one of the sweetest birthday's ever on Wednesday and hoping that your 23rd year of life has been FABULOUS these last 3 days with or without my blog acknowledgment!

And please accept my apologies???

P.S. ~ I LOVED all the sweet comments and prayers my friends left on the blog yesterday! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of your support! I did, however, get the feeling that some of you may have thought that I would have my score results right away.... I wish that were the case! I should recieve them, via snail mail, in about a week. That has to be some form of cruel and unusual torture, right? Keep those fingers crossed! {The retail therapy with my mom, post test, was pretty awesome though.}

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Breathe in, breathe out and repeat, "Don't worry, be happy."










I'm back and forth between a calm, at peace person who "knows" I'll do just fine and a frantic, stressed person who can't believe how much more there is out there that I could have studied and did not :(

I wish the first girl would win over so my heart can stop jumping out of my chest and I could stop moping around the house in an unwarranted depression.

But some good news: I took the "preNAPLEX" online yesterday and got a 105! That's actually pretty low compared to others' scores, but you only need a 75 to pass. 'Good enough' has always been my motto and I will apply it here as well.

Pray for me, K?

No, seriously, pleeeeeeeeease pray for me.

On a fun note, my Mom brought by the top tier of our wedding cake today so it would be here and ready for us to dig into on Sunday... our first wedding anniversary!


{I'm finding it very hard not to dig into today. It still looks so good after one year!}

Monday, July 13, 2009


Hello from nerd world!

I'm sick of these glasses, that calculator, and those calculation flashcards right now.

I'm tired of living in the dining room, a.k.a. my new office.
{I don't study in the actual office due to loneliness and isolation, as well as increased distance from the sound of a television...}

What's getting me through all of this last minute, extremely intense study/stress/panic?


{Pay no attention to the gross wadded up tissue in the pictures. After 2 weeks, I'm still not completely over my Kleenex dependence.}

But I do love a beautiful day, the kind that I can sit on the deck and bask in the beautiful summer weather, while studying.

As you can see, there isn't much new in my life right now. My first of two pharmacy exams I need to pass to earn my license is Friday morning. I worked on Sunday and will work on Saturday so that I could have the days off in between to cRaM!

I plan on getting a bit of retail therapy after the test on Friday afternoon with my mom since Nick will still be in class. I just need something to look forward to besides the d-e-p-r-e-s-s-e-d feeling I know I'll be experiencing after 4 hours of interrogation by the American Board of Pharmacy.

AND now for some news that DOESN'T involve complaining and wallowing in self-pity and doubt.


My close family and friends know that I usually pass on the salad. I've just never been much on the green stuff. But for the last few days, I've been lovin' on it, thanks to this stuff:

Strawberry and mango dressing! They are both soooooo delicious and only 10 calories a tablespoon... amazing.

It also helps that I load my salad with baby spinach, strawberries, tangerines, feta cheese, and honey toasted almond slivers. It may not be your cup of tea, but to me, this is how you do salad.

And hEy! My mother-in-law dropped by to bring us an early anniversary present... we got the Eiffel Tower painting I was wanting for above the tub! I love how unique it is and fits the space perfectly.

Finally, we also have a new magazine in our house, a subscription to "Good Housekeeping". One that I was surprised to come home and find. A magazine I've never purchased before, I've never mentioned I wanted, but one that I have actually enjoyed reading now that it's in my home.

But seriously, can you imagine my.... ummmmmmmmmmm, how do I say this.... thought process (?) with this gift from my husband?

He says he got it free with a couple other magazines and decided one should be for me. This was all he could think of on the spur of the moment...

Really. Let's all have a hearty laugh out loud together, shall we?