Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What is most important?

     We recently moved into a much larger house and we need furnishing but with buying a house comes paying a mortgage and budgeting so everything can't be bought at once. Oh and did I mention that I have to buy all of the furniture, that was the deal made, Ryan pays the mortgage, I buy everything else. I literally bring home the bacon, as the grocery bill has now become my responsibility too.
    Groceries, gas, furniture and all of the other additional costs of moving into a house, like light bulbs and batteries, I swear those two things will be the death of my paycheck. I am not complaining, I am just trying to paint a picture for you. I work at Target and bring home about $300 to $400 dollars every two weeks, okay, I guess I have a reason to complain on that kind of budget.
     I hope it is clear to you now that I can't afford to buy everything we need at once, or even every month. I have finally come up with a much needed budget for myself which is $100 dollars every week to spend on my bills (grocery, gas) but as of right now I am nine days away from my next paycheck and I have $8 dollars left in the budget. So either this is an unrealistic budget or I can't spend $75 of my budget on clothes and an ereader... But I mean tell me, could you say, "No." to a $35 Sony Ereader?


      Yeah, that's what I thought. So I will try harder to not impulse buy but it is really hard when I work at my favorite store, it is constantly reminding me of things I need or want to buy for my house. So I am going to make a list now and I want you to tell me what is most important, I will also give a brief description of why we need it because that might make it eisier for you to give me an opinion plus maybe you have done this before. Oh did I mention I haven't bought furniture before? Did I have to?

    Garden: I would like to build a raised garden box and the materials and dirt will set me back about $200, maybe a little less but I don't count on it. I need one because I have already started my garden and they want to be in the dirt, really bad. I also need some basic garden supplies like a knee pad, gloves and pruning sheers.

      Counter top chairs: For the kitchen island. Dear lord the seating situation in the kitchen is really bad. My antique table broke on moving day so we dont have a table to sit at with our chairs. It is really annoying eating standing up.

       Patio seating:  We need a patio set with a table, ideally. I would like black rocking chairs for the front porch but I am open to other things like a bench or something colorful. The back porch is kind of long and narrow, so I don't believe a table with seating on every side would be ideal.

Tropitone Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture

      Dining Room: I want a hutch to display my dishes but think I also want a buffet because I can see me using it a lot. Also a dining room table would be good.

  I think that I answered my question by writing this, wow, thanks self. But if anyone has input I would like to hear it, I really haven't done this before and don't know where to look for furniture.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chicken Fried Heaven

    Ryan and I moved into our dream house two weeks ago and we have been moving non-stop and loving our new home. I fell so much more at ease here, its clean, its open, and at night thousands of fireflies light up the fields in the backyard. It is really breath taking, unlike anything I have ever seen.
     The house is not totally unpacked yet so I will put up photos later of it, about the only room that is unpacked in the kitchen, thanks to Nina and I have been cooking. I love my new kitchen, I have plenty of room to work, a microwave and Ryan even helps me, every night so far. I think having the kitchen and living room joined is benefiting the both of us.
     Tonight we made fried chicken breasts with thyme in the batter. We had mashed red potatoes, green beans and texas toast. I decided that since I am another 5 pounds down and I have kept it off for over a month, I could indulge and damn it am I glad I did.

            It was delicious, but how could chicken fried in oil and potatoes with butter and cream be bad? If you want to live tonight, try this recipe.


  • 4 chicken breast halves 
  • 1 1/2 cups flour 
  • 2 teaspoons thyme 
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/4 cup milk 
  • 1/2 cup oil 
  1.      Beat egg and milk in a bowl. Combine flour and spices in a pie dish.  Dip the chicken in the egg than the flour and place on a plate. Let it rest 5 minutes then do it over again. 
  2. Heat oil in pan over medium high heat, test the oil by dropping some of the egg and flour that is most likely on your fingers, into the oil. If it bubbles then its ready. Dredge the chicken one more time before placing it into the heated oil. 
  3. Cook each side until its a nice bronze color on each side, it should take about 10 minutes. 
  4. Stuff that shit in your fucking mouth and never look back. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New pictures from the house

     We did our final walk through today and finally got to see the house without all of sellers furniture and personal items in it. It really felt like our own place and I was able to let loose. One recurring theme that Ryan and I seemed to both notice was how big the house felt, it is really, really big. Of course that might be because it doesn't have any furniture in it and all of our stuff is out of the cupboards and closets in boxes surrounding us in our small condo... But even the backyard, the patio and the garage felt larger.

   So this is the fire place there are outlets in the mantel which I hadn't noticed before and its really deep for your tv and cords and all of that good stuff. Built in entertainment center, nice.

     I hoped into the bath tub, it was HUGE! I mean look how deep this tub is and there is room for my legs and wide hips haha.

      The closet felt larger, plus I hadn't noticed the shoe rack before. Like if I needed to, I could put a twin bed in here.

     This is the shower, its really tall. We also noticed that as well as having a bench, there are built in shelves on the side.

      My kitchen's spice rack.

      And the trash cans, I love those.

      The front door, the double doors are going to be really nice for moving day. Also, please note the reflection in the window of the closed door, thats my view, when the field grows in its cotton <3

      The goofy couple and their new home. I can't wait to close and for moving day! It's going to be awesome!