6.12.2013

On Breadwinners, Ice Cream, and Blogging.


Before we begin today's question and answer session I have a few house keeping items to cover.

1. It's hotter than balls outside right now. I just thought you should know this in case you can see the nice grease glare I'm giving off through your computer screen. 

2.  Several of you have asked if you can purchase last month's Love, Yellow items. As much as I would love to say yes, I'm going to have to say no on this one. It has to do with the surprise factor. SO. If you trust my opinion enough (that's scary) take the leap of faith and make the Love, Yellow purchase during the eligible time period (ie: that would be this week for July's theme). Remember, if you hate it--you just send it back and all monies are returned right back to you. This will result in you feeling like you are getting free money at that point in time so really, no matter what way you look at this it's a great investment. This month's theme is maxi and I promise you one thing--it will be cute. 

3. Thank you so incredibly much for all of your sweeter than sweet feedback on our lake cottage renovations. You all made my husband and I feel like maybe it was worth it. Now whether or not we will own that sucker for much longer is up for debate. Any takers? ;)

4. That's all the house keeping items I had for now, which is honestly the most house keeping I've done in several years. 

5. Oh wait. My dad proudly sent me this picture tonight and asked that it be published on living in yellow because well, it is certainly a flower that is living in yellow. Here is your flowers debut father!!! 
Thanks for growing such beautiful water iris's dad. Just one of the many reasons we all love you. On that same token, who here is ready for him to make his third appearance on this blog? Raise your hand now. 

Okay moving upward and onward. Questions and Answers. Holler back youngin, let's begin. 

1. Tausha wants to know "How do you blog so frequently while working and having a social life? Do you schedule posts in advance? Write in bulk?" 
Well Tausha I'll tell you how. I take these pills that calm me down every so often and I drink wine every evening. I have somehow become this dedicated person who vows to write a post every evening (so no, I never write in advance or in bulk although it's a nice thought that I should consider) whether that means right when I get home from work or 11 pm after I get in for the evening. It's not easy and it can be extremely exhausting but have I ever regretted writing a post? Absolutely not. With that being said though, I have fallen WAY behind on every other aspect in blogging. I started blogging to write posts, not to answer emails every evening. So while I wish I could be more on top of things, it's not going to happen working 40 hours a week and maintaining a fun social life. As with everything, it's all about give and take while striving to find a balance that you secretly know you will never reach ;)

Can I just address something else right now? Don't you bloggers wish that people who didn't blog know exactly how time consuming this "hobby" is? It could easily be a full time job (and is) for many people. Real cool being such a time suck blogging, real freakin cool. 

2. Kim asks "If you were stranded on a deserted island with one cocktail/beverage, which would you choose?" 
First of all, if I ever find myself stranded on a deserted island I probably won't live long enough to have to make this decision. I have a strong inclination my survival skills aren't that great. I've gotten really good at saying "Husband. Can you do this for me? I don't know how" over the years. But, if I somehow stuck it out I would say vodka/water. This way I can stay hydrated while bouncing around on an island all to myself. Plus, the calories are pretty light in this drink and if I'm on an island you know I'm going to be rocking a bikini. But seriously people, rescue me if this ever happens. 

3. Heather was curious and wanted to know "Do you tan consistently or do you just always have tan skin?" You see, I was that really awesome girl in high school who went to a tanning bed EVERY SINGLE DAY. I thought it was so cute to look like fried chicken constantly. 
I have since backed off the whole having to purchase foundation that was not made for Caucasians stage. Thankfully I am a little darker complected and I can get tan lines on my lunch hour sitting outside for 25 minutes. I will hit up the tanning bed before a vacation in the winter or if I am feeling especially ugly (what? we all have those days right?) but I try to stay away as much as possible. Although looking back at that picture I should probably pick up the pace because dang, that was hot. 

4. Jules asked something that a few of you were curious on "What does your husband do that allows you to own a home, a lake cottage, and take several vacations at such a young age?" 
Shawn and I spent entirely way too much time thinking of some awesome answer for what his occupation is. He thought he should be the person who invented the cordless telephone and I thought he should settle on being a pro croquet player. Certainly anything "pro" has to make some cash right? But no. He has a normal old title of Account Manager for a local company that sells rubber parts to the automotive industry and other exciting places like air conditioning companies. At least I think that's what they do? I try to listen to his stories while scrolling through Instagram and we all know how that goes. It doesn't. But here's how we actually are able to do what we do. For starters, we don't have kids or college debt. This may or may not be because some of us didn't attend college but that's whatever. Secondly, we save as much we are able to on a monthly basis. I have learned that if you just set-up your direct deposit to actually go into a savings account, it's a lot more apt to stay there. Because we are dedicated to building up our savings account it allows us the opportunities to spend on some bigger items when the opportunity arises. We are not fans of debt and aside from mortgages, we try to stay away from it at all costs. If I don't have the cash to pay for it, I don't need it. Thank you mom and dad for teaching me your wise ways. 

5. Ending on an easy one that doesn't require much thought or explanation...Helene asks "What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Hash tag I ask the hard hitting questions." Hash tag lemon and peanut butter combined. Don't knock it til you try it. And when you do try it, get ready for an explosion of goodness in your mouth. Oh right. That was an awkward statement.

So you have a question you need to ask? Go for it. 

We may as well keep this series going until I'm at least 82. Shoot by that time we can cover what it feels like to wear Depends, compression socks, and hairnets. It's bound to get sexy up in here. 

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36 comments:

  1. Okay, you are SO funny! I'm so glad I found your blog. The lemon and peanut butter ice cream sound tasty. I also have a good feeling that I would not be capable of island survival!
    xxx

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  2. The ice cream looks yummy. You were rocking the orange/coral look before it was the color to wear this season. I like it. I love the picture of the water lily. I will keep my eyes open anytime I pass by an island to make sure it's not you. You and Shawn have great financial discipline. Not many young uns do. Keep it up.

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  3. You rock! Love the island drink, pretty sure that would be my answer too! ;) sounds like you & the hubby are very financially smart! Totally awesome!
    Jules

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  4. I've now thought of yet another question, because of your answer to number four (lucky you!)

    "What do you drive for vehicles?"

    I ask because you said you like to avoid debt unless it is on mortgages, and I know car payments are another hefty loan for many people.

    Just curious. :-)

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  5. I know we just met and all, but will you please be my long distance bestie. I'll pay you in bottles of wine or something. Speaking of...I thought we were sure sole mates til you gave that ridiculous vodka and water on a deserted island answer. Girl. You must have had a brain fart. The answer is wine. Preferably Whispering Angel Rose. Duh. You're forgiven.

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  6. I agree with Savannah. I can't remember how I fell upon your blog but it is definitely one of my favourite reads! I've never read about (cause I can't say met) someone as funny and down to earth as you! Thanks for the always amusing posts =)

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  7. The internet ate my comment so I'll just have to write it again...sorry if you get this twice ;) Just wanted to say that I love your honesty and admire your blogging determination. I wish I could blog every day but it takes so much freakin time! I usually end up making awesome posts in my head that never see the light of the screen. And your lake cottage and stripey matching shirts are adorable. And I love your dad's flower. I should post the photos my dad sends me, which would also be flowers and blurry shots of our cat lol.

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  8. thanks for the giggles erin! love ya girl.

    i often wish you could narrate my life. XO muah!

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  9. I have a question: Which leg do you shave first? Because I've noticed that I go for the same leg EVERY TIME. Left always. I wonder if this is because I'm a lefty or if that's how everyone does it. I would ask if that's too weird of a question, but you already talked about mouth explosions, so I think I'm good. Cheers!

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  10. Some days I feel like not going to college wins over the student loans. I already have $10000 in loans after only one semester. Talk about ouch.

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  11. *Raises hand*
    I just went and read both guest posts from your dad, he's great! I don't know if I could ever get my dad to do that!

    On another note, peanut butter/lemon ice cream sounds like the best thing that could ever explode in my mouth.

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  12. I want to know if love yellow can take Paypal!

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  13. Oh how I love your Q&A sessions, but I just don't know if I can do lemon and peanut butter!!

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  14. I was gonna say gross to the PB & lemon, and then I rethought it! :) I will try that combo next time!

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  15. I have been reading your blog for months now and I never comment but I just had to let you know that you make my day... you have THE most awesome style of writing and you are so YOU.. I near fell of my chair laughing when you said it is hotter than balls outside...I have to say Thank you for the many laughs, you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hugs

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  16. My mother in law introduced me to ZERO calorie mac n cheese. Would you like a try?

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  17. love these! i'd like to know if your husband ever gets jealous of your blogging time? its hard for me to balance bloging in the evenings because my husband sometimes makes me feel guilty for spending my time on the computer and not with him!

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    1. haha this is a battle in my home too. he's typically okay with it unless he has nothing to do, then it's all, do you have to blog? but it's kinda adorable so I don't mind.

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  18. Do you get any grief from your real life friends for blogging... do they think it's nerdy and that the whole idea of it is ridiculous? I've gotten a lot of slack from friends of mine so that now I just keep it to myself (when I actually take the time to blog, that is).

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  19. Haha I was totally that girl too in high school - love it!

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  20. I've been asking myself this over and over. why did I not buy the chevron love yellow thing a ma bob? I guess that's not really a question about your blog, but if you could help me out with it I'd appreciate it.

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  21. Your lake cottage is awesome! :) Great Q&A Session!

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  23. Your dad it too cute! Mine once wrote a blog post all on his own and asked me to publish it. I think he might need his own blog. ;)
    The Grass Skirt

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  24. I love the lake cottage changes! You both did an amazing job and should be proud. Also, that flower your father grew is amazing!

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  25. Lemon and peanut butter? Random.

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  26. I love maxi's and I love your style!! Totally signing up for this months Love, yellow. I am glad you stopped tanning! Your skin will thank you later in life! I am a fan of odd combinations so I will have to try lemon and peanut butter!

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  27. Great advice, as always! I certainly need to get better at saving, even though my account is set up like yours, I sometimes move the money back every once in awhile, which I should probably stop doing so I can eventually have a cute lake house like yours lol

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  28. that ice cream is mouth watering. and i like you and your husbands matching shirts.

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  29. Great questions & great answers! You are too cute, I love your style.

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  30. After following your blog for the longest, I just actually read your message below for your comments. Seriously THE BEST. Not awkward at all :) You're brilliant and wonderful. Can't stop, won't stop.

    M

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  31. I haD that necklace - the one you're sporting in the graduation pick. From THE LIMITED, right?! If not, oh well - it looks exactly like the one I got from The Limited when I worked there. Ahhhhhh, I miss that necklace.

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  32. We budget and save too, but it's the "not having kids" part that is the best way to have extra cash! We are happy to not have a money sucking baby. Weeell, that sounds harsh, but my baby maker is anti-baby, so that's what I think when I think of babies. Blame the baby-maker.

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  33. I need to learn your budgeting ways! My other half and I are so horrible at saving money so that we can do things, oh it's awful.

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)