Friday, January 25, 2013

Random Catching Up Time

This is the last week I will be without internet!! I've gotten a lot done; reading my book, packing, getting Valentine's Day gifts in the mail. I am definitely ahead of the game here!

My birthday is next week as well and I have no idea what to say when my family asks, "Kristen, what do you want for your birthday?" Now, I usually say I have no idea. And up until this morning, I really had NO idea what I wanted. 

But first, I want an Erin Condren Planner. The only problem. I want the 2013-2014 planner and that's not coming out until summer. BOO!! Look how pretty this is and it can be all mine!!

I'm obsessed with all things organization. Now, one that comes into my apartment might argue, but I know where everything is in my apartment, classroom, get the picture! I tried using the iCal app on my phone, but something about having a paper planner, seeing it all laid out and being able to write in it with PRETTY pens, excites me! :)

This is the Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Now, with this one, I've been thinking about this a lot and I want a nice, 'professional' camera. I want to learn to take nice photos, but something easy to use. I even went to BestBuy and asked some camera expert their opinion. Now, I know they're expensive, that's why I want to become educated on it and take classes to get the most out of a nice camera. Now, camera people, which one should I look into AND do I NEED photoshop as well? I hear so many great things about it, but it's soooooo expensive!! 

If not this year, I'll buy one myself after some sort of accomplishment. Now, I have to make some sort of deal or goal and if I achieve it, I will have an excuse to buy myself this lil' gem! ::insert happy-face here::

On another note, I have continued to read all your lovely blogs on my phone these past few weeks and decided I think I want a blog makeover or face lift. I don't have a button, signature, or social media buttons and I want NOW! 

My lovely friend Sarah (bless her heart) tried to tell me how to make my own button and even gave me the link and URL code and... I just couldn't do it. I didn't know how to use Gimp (a photo application and I've tried PhotoBucket, but my images weren't loading onto the website) and on top of that, when I kinda not really at all figured it out, I had no idea what I wanted my button to look like. Umph!

So, I've come to the conclusion that I want to invest in someone ELSE redesigning my blog. I've made the decision that I want to have this blog for years and years down the road. For me, spending hours upon hours trying to get a picture uploaded for a 'button', or getting frustrated because my URL won't cooperate, just does not sound fun to me.

Now, my wonderful bloggy friends, who do you recommend? 
I want something simple, but classy and with all the bells and whistles. I want someone who will be willing to be flexible and willing to change the name of my blog, once I get married. (Yes, I already know my new blog name once I tie the knot...wierd? Go ahead and judge me, oh well!) :)

I've done some lookin' around, but there are too many to choose from. I thought asking around and getting personal recommendations would be easier. Once I decide, I'll let the designer know that you sent me over. :)

My life in a picture- Starbucks and weekly lesson plans

Now onto what I've been up to. It's not a lot, so I'll keep it short.

  • Packing up the rest of my apartment because I'm moving into Mrs. D's house this week!!
  • I've been reading A LOT. I simply cannot put down the book, Where We Belong by Emily Giffin.
  • Today, here in Northern Tennessee, schools have been canceled because of an ice storm we had over night. I woke up at 5 am (like I usually do) and was getting ready when I got the call at 5:20 that all schools were cancelled! SCORE! Went back to sleep for another 4 hours!
  • Had a hard week at work. I'll just keep it at that. 
  • Making the rest of my meals for the week, so I can pack up my kitchen.
  • 29 more days until my Mom and Dad come to visit me down here!! :)
  • 53 days until Spring Break and I can go see The Boy and my family at home.

That's about it. Sorry, it was a long post, but it was building up. I hope everyone had a great weekend and I'll see y'all on Sunday for the Sunday Social!!


  1. Sorry the button thing did not go well! As I was writing the e-mail I kept asking JD if it made sense haha I haven't worked with any designers so I can't help there, but I'm excited to see what you get :) I love blog makeovers!

  2. the erin condren planners are expensive but SO worth it! I had it last year and they redid the tabs so i am excited to open up the one that came today!! :) it helps keep me VERY organized!

  3. I recommend Melissa Rose Designs. She was SO easy to work with, and I gave her no guidance. She ended up creating a design that I loved!

  4. Whitney from Whit Speaks. Google whit speaks and she'll pop up! I had absolutely no clue what I wanted and what she's done for me is amazing! And it was all done in less than a week =)

  5. Jenn at Munchkinland Designs is amazing for blog design. She's so easy to work with!

  6. I love that planner! I have mine open all the time and use it SO MUCH! Happy Snow day!