Monday, August 3, 2015

Bill Grogan's Goat



Who wants another weird goat story??  No one?  Oh, well.  This is going to be awkward then, because I'm telling the story anyway.  

When I was telling my husband the riveting story about the Three Billy Goats Gruff, he was like "wait, wasn't there a train?"  No no no.  Silly husband!  That would be Bill Grogan's Goat.  With very little encouragement, I started singing, and made him repeat each line, because that's how the song goes: 

Bill Grogan's goat was feeling fine
Ate 3 red shirts right off the line
Bill gave that goat a great big smack
And tied him to the railroad track
(Something something something)
He coughed up the shirts and flagged the train. 

I couldn't remember a couple lines in the middle, so I consulted Google, as one does.  This is what I found.  My memory was about right for the beginning of the song, but while my version ends with the goat getting the train to stop, the real version continues.  To summarize, the engineer sees the goat and cuts his throat.  If that wasn't horrible enough, the goat goes to heaven (headless) and St. Peter is like "hey goat, where's your head?" and the goat is like "no one knows..."  I'm sorry, WHAT?  How is this a children's song?  I'm about 95% sure the goat didn't die in whatever version I knew as a kid.  Or maybe I just blocked out the bad memories.

And I think that's my last blog post about goats for awhile.

Cardigan and Top: Gap factory
Shorts: Gap
Sandals: Target

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge


I finally finished a reading challenge (all the details on the challenge here)!!!  I've started a few of these (here and here) in the past and either didn't like a category, or got distracted with other books that didn't fit the categories.  This time, I was somewhat limited to ebooks that my library had, but several of the books I wanted to read fit into categories, so it worked out!  Here's the breakdown of what I read each month, and what category/points they were.  The challenge goes through the end of August, so you still have time to join in if you want!  

May: 40 points
  • 15 points: Read a book with "light" or "dark" in the title. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - 531 pages, 5 stars
  • 15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - 323 pages, 5 stars 
  • 10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - 372 pages, 2 stars (note - I could have sworn that my sister told me to read this, but when I mentioned it to her, she hasn't read it.  So I have no idea who recommended it to me)
June: 100 points
  • 15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before.  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - 384 pages, 2 stars (note - this is the "not really sequel" to Anna and the French Kiss, which I didn't love, but they were decent reads for when I was caring for a newborn and awake at all hours of the night.  Interesting enough to keep my eyes open, but very easy to put down when I had a chance to sleep)
  • 10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014We Were Liars by E Lockhart - 227 pages, 5 stars
  • 30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title.  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - 232 pages, 5 stars
  • 20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.  Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris - 275 pages, 3 stars
  • 25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books. A Wrinkle in Time  by Madeleine L'Engle - 211 pages, 4 stars

    July: 60 points
    • 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.  Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - 425 pages, 4 stars
    • 20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title. China Dolls by Lisa See - 376 pages, 4 stars
    • 25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long.  The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman - 504 pages, 4 stars
    • 10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before.  The Dinner by Herman Koch - 292 pages, 4 stars

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Budget Rewind - July 2013



    I got a bunch of stuff in July 2013, so let's see what was smart or foolish!

    Good
    Dillard's Dress: $28 - love love love this dress!  I've worn it a bunch and will continue to wear it!
    Gap Pink Striped Tank Top: $11- I know I've worn this a lot more than I've blogged it.  Just an easy summer tank.
    Gap Blue Printed tank top: $14 - I like this one because it's a pattern that isn't stripes!  I've worn it quite a bit.  
    Gap Smile Sweater: $6 - cozy sweater with a fun command on it.  I tend to wear it just with jeans, so don't blog it that much.
    Gap Hoodie sweater: $4 - I've definitely worn this more than 4 times.  It's iust a good basic layering piece!
    Gap 3 Threadless t-shirts(1/2/3): $2.50 each - these have been styled up for work, worn to the gym, and everywhere in between.  

    Medium
    Gap Green stripe cardigan: $8 - I want to love this cardi, but I just run out of ideas for how to wear it.  I'll have to brainstorm (polyvore-storm?) 
    Dillard's Lace pocket top: $17 - this is another one that I really think I love but rarely wear. The orangey-red maybe doesn't play well with most of my bottoms?  Another item I should try to wear more.  
    Dillard's Pink Polka dot skirt: $12 - I was under the influence of my nieces when I bought this, but I do sort of love it!  It's tricky to style for some reason.
    Dillard's Leopard sequin tank top: $12 - I really like this one too, but don't wear it as much as I'd expect.  The sequins are a bit much maybe?  And I can't really wear it at the moment because it would be uncomfortable for the baby when I'm holding him.  

    Bad
    Dillard's Floral shoes: $10 - blame the nieces for these!  They begged me to buy them and I gave in because floral shoes are fun!  But I don't wear high heels much and the crazy floral pattern doesn't go with a whole lot. It appears I haven't worn these in almost 2 years.  Just a silly mistake!
    Old Navy Gray striped tee: $5 - for only $5 I should probably let this be in the medium category but I just need to stop buying cheap striped tees at old navy.  I always get frustrated with the low quality!
    Old Navy Purple striped Tee: $5 - ditto

    Ugly
    Goodwill Gap Long and Lean Jeans: $1- I bought these in a panic before our trip to Montana because I didn't have any old jeans for hiking around and possibly messing up.  For $1, I guess it can't really be that dumb, but I never wore them again.
    Goodwill Bitten by SJP jeans: $1- ditto

    So, I wish there were fewer things in the Bad/Ugly categories, but at least those purchases only add up to $22.  






    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Budget Rewind - July 2014



    July 2014 was a good shopping month, I think.  As I review these items, I'm pretty happy with everything!  Some of my counts are funky, because I got pregnant in August, and certain things didn't fit for the last 10 or so months.

    Good: 
    Gap Green space dyed tank: $6 - items like this are funny, because I wear it a lot, but very rarely end up taking pictures.  But I really love tank tops with some interest, so I can just wear them with shorts and feel somewhat put together.  
    JCF Blue Cardigan: $15 and JCF Pink Cardigan: $10 - I love the Clare Cardigans from JCF.  I wear both of these all the time.  
    JCF Chambray Popover: $18 - I already had this, but bought it in a bigger size, since I'd gained some weight.  I actually like having the 2 different sizes.  
    Old Navy Black Shorts: $10 - basic shorts, I wear them a lot.  
    Old Navy Gold knot necklace: $4 - simple necklace that I thought was pretty.  I wore it a lot in the fall, and still wear it sometimes.  
    Old Navy Gold stack rings: $3 - I mostly wore the "pearl" one, but it's starting to deteriorate.  I like the other 2, so I bet I will keep wearing them.  
    Old Navy Skinny belt: $6 - good for when I want to wear a belt a little lower.  My other cognac belts fit around my natural waist, but this one fits anywhere, because it's stretchy!  
    Gap Pink Knit Blazer:  $12 - favorite purchase of the month!  A pink blazer had been on my wishlist for years, so I was really pumped to find this one at my local consignment shop.  I've worn it a lot, and I think knit blazers will continue to be a closet staple for me.

    Medium:
    JCF Navy Scarf: $6 - I think my scarf-wearing days are maybe dwindling a bit?  Is anyone else feeling this way?  Or am I just anti-scarf right now because it's so hot out and I'm not working in an air conditioned office?  Anyway, I've probably worn this at least 6 times, but I doubt I'd miss it if I had left it behind.  
    Gap Yellow stripe oxford: $4 - I've blogged it once, and not entirely sure if I've worn it any other times (surely I have?).  But it was $4, and I think I'll wear it again in the fall.  
    JCF Pink Popover: $18 - probably a silly purchase, but I love my other popovers, and I love pink, so I got it.  I think I'll wear it more this fall and winter.  
    J.Crew Navy Maxi Skirt: $22 - this is on the low side of the medium category.  I'd been wanting a maxi skirt, but don't love the knit ones.  I'd also been wanting a navy skirt.  So when I found this one at J.Crew, and it was only $22, I grabbed it.  I wore it 4 times before it got too tight around my pregnant belly.  I've worn it just once this summer.  Maybe I'll wear it more into the fall?  
    Old Navy Flag Scarf: gift- not sure if I should count this, since I didn't actually buy it, but it's on the collage, so I might as well.  I really like this scarf, and it was fun to match with my sister and nieces on the 4th of July last year.  But... I haven't worn it since then.  I was going to try to wear it this year on the 4th, but it was just way too hot.  As far as patriotic gear goes, this is probably as festive as I will get.  And depending on how it's tied, you can't necessarily tell it's the flag. 

    Bad:
    Old Navy Leaf ring: $3 - I've probably worn this 3 times, but I don't really like it that much anymore.  For cheap jewelry, I'd like to get the cost per wear down to pennies, so I consider this one a fail.

    I'll have to play around with ideas for how I can wear my medium items more!  


    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Eight



    It's hard to believe that John and I got married eight years ago!  It has gone by so fast and this last year has been pretty amazing!  And now our family looks like this:


    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Three Billy Goats



    Here's an outfit I wore recently.  And here's a random story that has nothing to do with outfits:

    The internet tells me that I should talk to my kid all the time, because it will help him learn to communicate.  So I pretty much just talk nonstop when we are home by ourselves.  Anyone who knows me knows that this is not a struggle.  Talking is one of my top skills.  But occasionally, I run of of things to chat with my infant about.  So I dig into my childhood memories for stories or songs to share.  But I don't quite remember the stories, so I improvise.

    Three Billy Goats were hungry and they ran out of grass on their side of the river, so they had to cross a bridge (clip clop clip clop), but there was this mean troll who was going to eat them!  And some stuff happened and they outsmarted the troll, and then they lived happily ever after.  

    These stories will not fly once he actually knows what is going on, so I looked up the real plot of this story (according to Wikipedia).  It's so lame, you guys.  The smallest goat goes first, and is like "oh, don't waste your time on me, my medium sized goat friend is coming across next."  and then the medium one is like "better save your appetite for the biggest one!" and then the biggest one just comes and kicks the troll off the bridge.  But the troll doesn't die, he just stops bothering bridge-crossers.

    Why didn't the big one just go first?  There was no need for a story!  And would the troll really leave everyone alone after being kicked by a goat?  Does anyone else remember this story with a more clever plot?

    Tee: JCF
    Skirt: Gap Factory
    Shoes: Target

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    July Shopping


    I actually tried to shop a couple times this month, but only bought some socks.  My kid really hates shopping.  I guess he takes after his dad?  When my nieces were visiting, we went shopping but spent most of our time at Justice (and at Scheels getting taffy).  When John's side of the family was here, we went to the outlet mall.  I looked around at J.crew factory, Old Navy, and Gap but didn't find anything.  On another day, we met for lunch at the mall and walked over to H&M, but quickly had to abandon the mission because of a crying baby.  He's all "wah wah wah, shopping is lame!"

    I'm still not looking to buy a whole lot right now, but I'd like to find some denim shorts and some solid color tanks.  Should be easy enough, right??  But I have an uncooperative shopping buddy.  So the July budget was barely touched.

    I picked up these socks at Marshall's because my sister says they are the best!  I never wear socks with my flats or boat shoes, but I'm going to give these a try.

    Sperry socks: $5

    As always, linking up with Franish for Budgeting Bloggers.