Life Happens

Well hello there…..

I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks and all I can say about that is that LIFE HAPPENS. If you’ve read some of my previous posts you may remember that my fiance and I had just purchased our first home together, I was in the middle of a very busy racing season and I was planning on starting my second 24 Day Challenge through AdvoCare. Everything was moving so fast and happening all at once, this is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and reflect on the last few weeks!

The House:

Our original goal after settlement at the end of July was to have the majority of the rooms upstairs (bi-level home) painted and ready to move in, since we planned on spending the majority of our time at home upstairs….. Well that’s not quite how it all panned out. We had our hardwood floors refinished, meaning sanded and stained a much darker color than the original floors. Our flooring guy was fantastic, 1 man team, worked insane hours and really did a great job. So we were out of commission at the house from painting for about 8 days until the floors were finished and we were allowed to walk on them. During that time I spend countless hours on Pinterest and other websites trying to find the “perfect” colors for our Master, Spare and office. Picked a Grey (Versitle Grey) for the master and a dark navy for the office (PSU of course) and used a tan color for our spare bedroom. Me and my oh-so-patient mind thought we’d be able to roll in and get some color on the walls no problem……

NOT! We have original wood trim that matched the old floor color and wanted to do away with that, which meant sanding, filling in holes, sanding, priming and painting 2 coats of white on all the trim…..BEFORE putting any color on the walls. As always, nothing is every easy! Over the next 3 weeks, my fiance and I managed to get all the trim and walls painted (not including doors) in the master, spare bedroom and office.

master office

MOVE IN DAY:

Let me tell you…. worst weekend ever. I thought I was all prepared, both mentally and physically having things packed in our old house, but I was not. We did thankfully have a ton of help on the first afternoon, but it still took forever. *Mental Note* If we ever have to move again, it will be when we make enough money to hire people to pack and move our stuff! Because I didn’t have everything in boxes, tons of family members and some friends stopped over periodically and either helped pack up the old house or move stuff packed to the new one. I’m also extremely thankful that we literally moved about a football field length down the street, so really I can’t complain much. Although we had food and beer basically all day, not sure it was enough to get us through all the heavy lifting and long hours in 80 degree weather! We quit around dark Saturday afternoon, slept in the new house for the first time on just our mattress on the floor and called it a day. Sunday, my fiance and I had to finish the rest by ourselves, wasn’t much but it was still a b*tch. It’s been about 3 weeks since we officially moved in and a lot has gotten done, but there’s SO MUCH more to be done!

Racing

Not quite sure where I was in the racing season last time I blogged, but I sure know where I am now…..no where. 2 weeks ago was arguably the biggest race of my season at Oswego Speedway in…. you guessed it, Oswego, NY. Its my all time favorite track and its probably the track that we run the most consistent at all season. We had high hopes for the car and everyone had high hopes for me. This is the place that everyone believes will be my first feature win and I couldn’t agree more. The car works, the team work, and I work the best at Oswego. 2nd fastest out of 26 cars in practice, 7th fastest in time trials, made it into the redraw for the feature and started on the pole! The car wasn’t great in the first few laps, but I was working with it. Then BOOM!Blown Motor Lap 30 coming down the front stretch after passing a lap car the motor let loose. I thought I could save the car from spinning out, but when oil came spewing out of both exhausts, I was out of luck. I ended up spinning going into turn 1 and was lucky enough that no one hit me. I knocked the car out of gear and brought it to a stop. I was covered in oil, so when the car stopped moving I jumped out, stood on the rear of the car to make sure no one was going to hit me and then jumped off. Of course the car went rolling into the inside wall and the bumper got bent along with a front wing, but nothing major. Boy was I pissed! I was literally ripping my helmet and neck device and throwing it at my crew. They of course told me to calm down because everything was being recorded (Asphalt Vision). I calmed down after a hot minute, jumped back in the car and got pushed back into the pits. Pissed as you could imagine, after blowing a very very very expensive motor, thus not allowing me to run the following week at another big race in New Hampshire. Such is life. Although I was extremely pissed and my dad wasn’t too happy, there’s not much you can do about it, so we loaded up and drank for the rest of the night. Unfortunately, my other motor is not quite ready yet and were hoping its done in time for the last race of the season in Thompson, CT for the World Series. The car is also still parked in the trailer and hasn’t moved since, so its been a nice little break which came at a perfect time……PSU Football season!

Current Day

Emoji GirlThank god its Friday! This week is the first of many that I will be working a full week because we’re not racing…whomp whomp whomp. Although it does mean that it’s football season, which is equally as exciting. My great uncle has hosted a full blown catered tailgate since I can remember and takes a bus load of people up to the game. Free ride, free tickets, free food and most importantly free booze! Couldn’t ask for a better time! This week PSU plays Rutgers at 8pm in a packed striped out stadium. Hopefully they’ll be able to pull off and win and then our  4 hour ride home won’t seem so long! Other things I’m looking forward to are the 40% sale going on at Sherwin Williams, where I’m headed to buy some kitchen cabinet paint after work today. AND my roommate from college and I are starting a AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge on Monday (9/21)! I’m so excited I have some one to do the challenge with and I’m really looking forward to feeling better, looking better and having more energy after its all said and done! Keep an eye out for (hopefully) daily post about my 24 day journey!

So, the whole point of this post was that life happens. Sometimes it gets in the way of planned plans, but sometimes it throws great opportunities at you. When one thing goes wrong, there’s always another that goes right. Not everything can be planned and I’m slowly grasping that fact that not everything has to be perfect. Sometimes it’s better not to have plans and play it by ear!

Until next time…..WE ARE

Quarter Life Crisis

I’m not even 25 and I feel like I’m on the brink, if not already having a quarter life crisis.

21A few weeks ago I stumbled upon 2 books on Amazon, while googling “quarter life crisis”…..

  1. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough by Adam Smiley Poswolsky
  2. 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone

I’m about half way through both books and both have some very valid points, but I’m not buying into the whole “glass is half full” mindset just yet. I really liked the 21st secret…

I mentioned in an earlier post that my fiance and I just bought our first house. It popped up on the market about 2 months ago and it’s only 3 houses down from where we rent now (we’re currently renting from a family member & I don’t help pay rent or utilities) After I graduated from college, I basically moved right in with my fiance and we decided it would be best for me to save money (yeah right!) and I do the laundry, clean, groceries, shop, dogs etc. Totally fine with our current situation. UNTIL this house showed up. Its super close to both our families and work and was truly a god send when we found it. So, we put an offer in and it was accepted and here we are today.

We walked through the house last night, cleaned up some belongings that were left and took kitchen cabinet doors off (because we’re painting/re-facing them) took an unnecessary banister down and some doors that we did like off.ktichen After finishing up some demolition, we sat down to make a list of everything we need to get for our projects this weekend. When the list got longer than 10 lines, I minor-ly freaked out! This freak-out had been brewing from earlier yesterday afternoon, after I set up a budget in excel. I figured out that I actually spend more money than I make on my measly hourly rate. Adding in half the mortgage left me with nothing to deposit into my savings, no shopping, no bars, no golf, no gym membership. Basically no life.

My fiance keeps trying to talk me off the ledge, but he’s been unsuccessful in his attempts thus far. So, I’m going to continue to freak out until I either come up with some magic money, land a second job or win the lottery.

I’ve applied to 3 different jobs today and heard back for an interview from one. My problem lands with my very time consuming hobby that I participate in on basically every weekend from April to October (and then football season starts) so, I have like no available weekends. What company wants to hire a part time person who can’t work weekends…..NONE!

Other than not having money, I’m quarter life freaking out about numerous other topics….

  • Studying abroad or traveling in general
  • My fiance is 12 years older than me, settling down is a must at this point
  • Family members ask when we’re getting married
  • Where are we getting married
  • When are we having kids
  • What all are we upgrading on our new house
  • When am I going to jump the corporate ladder and get out of my receptionist job
  • Losing weight
  • Working out
  • Going back to school

As you can see my list is quite extensive and never-ending, so I won’t bore you with more useless bullet points. Here’s a fav BuzzFeed article on this very topic (I feel like every point applies to me). http://www.buzzfeed.com/tahliapritchard/25-signs-youre-having-a-quarter-life-crisis#.re0eKPPjj

Enjoy your weekend kids. We’ll be painting, weeding and cleaning-away ours!

house

Broke

Blogging 201 is coming to an end and the last few assignments haven’t lined up with whats on my mind.

  • Make my blog a hub to my online presence elsewhere I have links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram on the side. If you want to check them out, go for it. If not, so be it!
  • Blogging Buddy – Like I’ve said before, this blog allows me to express whatever is on my mind, on my time, how I want. I don’t need anyone’s approval or input (that is, unless you want to). Comment away.

So, you may be wondering why or what “Broke” means in this post. There’s several reasons…..

  1. My fiance and I just bought our first house, on Monday.
  2. I have student loans piling up faster than I can shove food in my mouth (which is pretty fast).
  3. I get paid hourly in a pretty boring job.
  4. I love shopping.
  5. FOOD.

I had a minor freak out on Sunday afternoon, mainly because we were headed to settlement on our new house and I’m going to struggle to pay my half of the mortgage with my current pay rate at work. On the plus side, I have plenty of people willing to help until I can get my feet back under me. Yay to home owning!

Student loans suck. I wouldn’t trade 4 years at Penn State for anything in the world and it was definitely worth the loan, but it sucks when you’re paying off school loans and not using your degree. #whatdidyougofor

Currently employed as a receptionist at my family owned bus company. As many people have said, I’m just putting in my time, hoping to climb the ladder of success.

I’m always shopping and by that I mean online “browsing” and putting things in my cart and never checking out. I would to buy sneakers, workout gear, new gym equipment (Crossfit related) and everything in between. But, that new mortgage is killing me!

My eyes are ALWAYS bigger than my stomach. My favorite thing to do is eat. I love food. Like, A LOT.  Love to buy it, cook it, eat it. I spend 99% of my day thinking about what I’m going to cook for dinner when I get home. Warning: Don’t get in between me and food. Lets just say I spend most of my money on food.

Jason As Jason Derulo says in his new song, Broke: “Mo’ money, mo’ problem.” Maybe being broke won’t be so bad after all?