Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Elevated 2014 - Moody Gardens, Galveston Texas

Oh hai, I'm back for a bit! I wanted to tell you how freaking awesome my weekend was. I was blessed with an invite to Blog Elevated this year. I attended the first one last year here in Houston and it was a blast! This year it was held in Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas which is about an hour or so from me. I wasn't sure I would attend because the location meant I needed to stay a night there in order to keep me from going back and forth. My bossman was gracious enough to give me the day off Friday so I drove my excitamated butt down there.

If you're a blogger and want to learn new things and mingle with folks that have the same interests as you, I recommend you look into attending a blog conference. I've attended three conferences and I cannot stress how helpful they are. Not only do you learn new things from folks who have been blogging professionally for years but you get to meet people from all over the country who are pretty awesome!

Warning: Heavy photo and text post.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hiatus - Find me on Instagram

Still too much on my plate to update this regularly... 

-enter sadface here-

But I will be back soon. Not only do I have a lot on my plate (totally not complaining), but I'm thinking of rebranding or redesigning my blog. There are a lot of changes happening in my life right now and I figured it would be a great time to do some changes on my little spot on the interwebs too.

In the meantime, my Instagram is always poppin'. Find me under a_shankasaurus.

Okay, it's really not always poppin', but I try to update as often as I can. The changes in my life have really helped me distance myself from social media.

My personal FB and 3twentysix's FB have been quiet the last couple of weeks.. and as much as I thought I'd miss it... I'm doing fantastical without it -shrugs-

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, September 8, 2014

PSA: Choose Your Battles Wisely

I'm sure you've heard something similar to this quote before. The common saying I hear is, "Choose your battles wisely." I relate it to relationships in my life and not just amorous relationships. Work relationships, friendships, family relationships. All types of relationships.

For the last couple of months or so, I've thought about this quote almost daily. It keeps me from saying and/or doing things that will either hurt someone around me or get me in serious trouble. 

This weekend, my feelings were hurt (bitchslapped is more like it) because someone did not choose their battles wisely. I was put in a position that would have normally made me fight back. Thanks to this saying, I chose not to say or do anything to make the situation worse. I simply walked away, better yet- I hung up the phone.

I chose not to fight because I knew if I did, I would feel terrible. I knew that getting myself all worked up would accomplish nothing. I knew this person was being a jackass and would feel shitty about it later. I knew I wouldn't get an apology at a later time though and that it would not be brought up again by said person. See, I've learned this persons pattern. The battles this person chooses with me never end well. In fact, all they do is bring more resentment to the relationship. Sometimes I feel that if I reciprocate, they will realize how they've made me feel. Then I remember that if this person gave a shit, they wouldn't do this to me.

It's hard to keep your mouth shut when someone you care for is pushing your buttons.
It's even harder to come back from the shit you'll say or do because your buttons have been pushed.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

Finnashit got a new collar this weekend. He is now pimping a brown leather collar.  He's not too happy about it but he looks all types of official now. E has been working on getting Finnashit to understand basic commands like heel, stay, sit, & come. Finnashit works fantastical when treats are involved but gets a little distracted when there aren't any. Sounds very similar to me :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Home Purchasing: What I've learned so far

We've been looking for a house to purchase for a little over a week now. As you know, we almost bought a house but backed out due to not feeling very confident about the builder. We moved on and placed a bid on a lovely house this past Sunday. More shadyness happened and last night we decided to get out before we got screwed. -enter sad face here-

Here's what I've learned about the bullshit that comes with searching for a home..

  • Home listing photos lie. That backyard isn't as big as you think.
  • Ask for proof if it was recently replaced. Ex: AC, roof, foundation, etc.
  • Don't assume that the price on the listing is what the house will appraise for.
  • Don't act desperate, it gives them leverage over you.
  • Consider your daily commute before going out to see a house.
  • Be picky but not too picky.
  • Find out what HOA/Maintenance fees are.
  • Find out what your property taxes will be.
  • Watch out for haters. The folks that want the best for you but hate on your decision to buy said house.
  • Ask your realtor a lot of questions.
  • Make decisions as fast as is reasonably possible.
  • Don't apply for new credit, buy a car or change jobs.
  • Start your search early.
  • Stay current on all of your accounts.
  • Get a realtor you like & can trust. This process might take a while.
  • Be prepared to play games with Sellers & their Realtors. A lot of games.

And most importantly, don't let this process stress you out. You want to throw positivity in the air so that good things come your way. Getting into an argument with your spouse because you were to eager to get the house or didn't show enough excitement is just not worth it. You'll buy a house and it might not be the perfect house for you.. but it doesn't have to be your first and last house. It would be nice if it was like that because no one really likes to move.. but chances are you'll end up moving at some point.

We haven't reached the 10 day option period on a house just yet.. so I'm sure there's much more for me to learn. I'll keep ya posted :) Wish us luck!