Posted in Art, Blogging, Pictures of things that make me happy, Random

Pictures of things that make me happy: Updated my kitchen edition

I decided to continue on today with yesterday’s theme. Some things have changed in my kitchen since I last took pictures of things that make me happy in it.

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For starters, I was able to buy some cupcake artwork that I had been eyeing for over a year. The awesome coffee cup clock with a spoon for a pendulum and the “Today I will live in the moment” artwork were on my kitchen walls for about a year waiting to be joined by the cupcake recipe artwork. I love all of these pieces so much.

Cupcakes

I recently printed this out off the internet, colored it with markers and then stuck it in a frame and hung it on my kitchen wall.

Sweet Cupcake Cross-stitch

I did this cross-stitch a while ago to hang in my kitchen.

Coffee & Cupcakes

And in keeping with the cupcake theme, I bought a cupcake kitchen towel and potholders set. For the most part, my kitchen is a mix of coffee and cupcakes.

Cross-stitch Fruit Potholders

There are these cross-stitch fruit potholders that I made though.

Rainbow Colored Mixing Bowls

I got this rainbow stoneware mixing bowl set for free by entering Coke Reward Codes. Lots and lots of Coke Reward Codes.

Red Toaster

And last but not least, this red toaster that we bought to replace our toaster oven that died earlier this year. This is the first brightly colored appliance that I’ve ever bought and I love it. I also love the fact that it takes up so much less space than the old toaster oven used to.

Posted in Blogging, Pictures of things that make me happy, Random

Pictures of things that make me happy: my bedroom edition…

Since I am currently fighting a losing battle against stress and anxiety this week, I decided it was time to revive an old idea of mine. Back in February of 2014 I did a post called “Pictures of things that make me happy: my kitchen edition…“. In it I shared… yup, you guessed it… photos of things that made me happy that could be found in my kitchen. Crazy how that worked, huh? I had plans on doing other similar posts for other rooms but then promptly did nothing about it.

Pro in procrastination

On my nightstand you will find these things:

Dancing Flower & Pink Skull

My husband brought the solar-powered dancing flower home from work months ago. We found the skull with the pink rhinestone eyes and bow on the side of the road one day and I immediately said that I wanted to keep it.

Cherish Dream

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This is a cross-stitch that I did years ago that hangs above the elephants on top of my dresser.

Glass Bottles Collection

My decorative glass collection. These are in the doorway between my bedroom and bathroom. I will not miss not having a bathroom door when we move, but I will miss having this cool of a spot to display my collection.

Windchime and Butterfly

The butterfly next to the wind chime in this picture is meant to hold jewelry, but I thought it looked so cool the way it was that I kept all my jewelry tangled up in Ziploc baggies in a box in my bathroom instead of hanging them on this.

Posted in Apartment Living, Blogging, Health

Today, I am stress incarnate…

Today my anxiety has taken control. I have felt this close to a panic attack since waking up this morning.

ridiculous amount of appointments

Next weekend we will be going down to the apartment complex that we are wanting to move into and will hopefully be filling out rental applications and putting a hold on an apartment. I called the office last weekend just to get an idea of availability right now, because if they don’t really have anything available for October or November our chances for getting into an apartment in December when our lease is up wouldn’t be all that great. They do currently have some apartments to choose from for November though and hopefully by this weekend will start to have information about availability in December. We plan on trying to move in December if possible, but if when we go down there this weekend they do not have any apartments available in December we will put a hold on an apartment available in November just to be sure of having somewhere to move to. I asked the management at the apartment complex if we could transfer our hold to another apartment should one become available to move into in December and was told that we could, so if we aren’t able to put a hold on an apartment that would be available in December this weekend we will check back with them a week later and transfer our hold if one becomes available. If none are available by then we’ll probably just commit to moving in November and start focusing on making that happen. It wouldn’t be ideal, there will be many more fees from our current complex, but we need to move this year and we’re going to do what we need to, to make that happen.  And while I know that there is absolutely nothing that I can do about any of this until this weekend, that doesn’t stop my brain from worrying about it.

The worst part about moving

I also have a couple of dentist appointments coming up in October, one to finish up the work that needs to be done and one later on in the month to check on the healing progress of my mouth. And I’m not all that worried about having to go to the dentist, but having appointments at all is stressing me out.

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I called my doctor’s office yesterday to finally set up that follow-up appointment that my doctor wanted with me because of my high blood pressure. That is also at the end of October. And I’m worried that the stress of trying to move will mess with my readings. I also have no idea exactly what my doctor plans on doing during this appointment or how much it’s going to end up costing me. Or how many other appointments she’s going to want to set with me after this one, and how much all of those are going to cost me. Not to mention the fact that I will be getting to this appointment on my own because Curtis has to work. I hate taking Trax by myself. Luckily it’s very unlikely that I will end up getting lost while walking there from the train station, I just need to walk to the main road and walk in the correct direction and I’ll be able to easily find it.

Having Plans

I did manage to get a lot of cleaning and housework done today though, so there’s that. Though, I should probably go and switch over the loads of sheets in my washer and dryer now…

Posted in Blogging, Cat Mom, Random, Writing Challenges

Happy Tribus! All about the 3 you love…

Happy Tribus day everyone!

Whaaat Minion

Tribus day is brand new holiday, just created a few days ago by Rara and Eli Pacheco. It’s a day to celebrate three things you love. If you’re still confused, check out this post for more information.

So my three things for this very first Tribus day are:

Cats

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Coffee

I can't stop drinking the coffee

And all of the friends that I have gained through blogging.

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If you would like to participate, just write a post of your 3 loves, link it to Rara’s post explaining Tribus Day (Here) and tag it #HappyTribus.

Posted in Blogging

New and updated pages…

As some of you are probably already aware, I have added a new “About The Author” page to my blog. On the third attempt I was actually able to get it to post as a page instead of a new post. Apologies for the emails that that you may have received that led you to a post that doesn’t exist. Or for the links that posted to Facebook and were then immediately deleted. Feel free to check out the actual page now that I have it figured out.

I also updated my “About This Blog” page. It’s still mostly the same as it was, but feel free to check that out as well.

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Posted in Health

Update: Bill from my doctor…

At the end of my post about my recent visits to the dentist and doctor I talked about how I was being billed $227 for services that were part of my yearly preventative care visit at my doctor. Everything that was done during that visit was supposed to be covered 100% by my insurance, so I was less than impressed to see that bill.

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I contacted my doctor, then contacted my insurance as instructed by the billing department and then contacted the billing department again to inform them that this was something that they needed to fix. That my insurance said that there were a couple of things that were coded wrong and that those codes needed to be changed. Last I heard was that the billing department was going to contact the coding department and that they would “review it”. I was prepared to fight them if they didn’t make the right decision and change the codes.

Today I checked out the website and saw that I owed a balance of $0.00. The $227 that they had previously said I owed had been moved to the “insurance balance” column. It looks like they changed their minds about trying to bill me for things that are supposed to be covered by my insurance and went ahead and changed they codes. I am pleasantly surprised that I only had to contact them once to get them to fix this.

Hurray for not being $227 more in debt for things that I shouldn’t have to pay for!

You can buy cupcakes

Posted in Blogging, Family, Marriage, Relationships

No longer anonymous…

When I started this blog a few years ago I didn’t start out as anonymous. I let people on Facebook know that I had a blog and had my posts automatically shared on Facebook when I posted them. But, to my knowledge, not many people I actually knew were reading my blog and I wanted to start writing about things that were going to be easier to write about if no one knew who I was, so I decided to unlink my blog from Facebook. I went completely anonymous. No photos of myself, no names, only vague references to where I lived.

And then as I made friends via my blog I slowly started to give out bits and pieces of information about who I was and where I lived. I let people know that I lived in Northern Utah, in the Salt Lake Valley. That before that I lived in a little town on the Connecticut shoreline where I grew up. I slowly started to post pictures of myself, first without showing my face and then no longer hiding my face. I even changed my user pic to an actual picture of me.

The one thing that I have not done is let people know my real name. But as I have made friends on here and have started to connect with them via my personal Facebook page I have realized that eventually some of my other friends and family are going to figure out that I have a blog. And while that used to worry me because I fear judgement from them for the opinions and life choices that I discuss on this blog, I find that I no longer care as much if they might disapprove. I will be 33 years old on the very last day of November. I have been married to my husband, Curtis, (also known as unremarkable man) for 13 years and living on the other side of the country from most of my friends and family for over 11 years. In other words, I’m grown ass woman, and while I will always appreciate input and support from my friends and family, their opinion on how I choose to live my life doesn’t really matter.

Don't be afraid to rock the boat

I don’t need anyone’s approval or permission to live my truth. And if anyone decides to voice their displeasure with my life choices, just know that one of my life choices is that I don’t need to have negativity in my life. You are allowed to have your opinions, but there is no reason why I need to hear about those opinions unless I have specifically asked for them.

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My life choices are not up for debate.

I have recently come back to blogging after taking a break from it for almost a year. I spruced up my blog layout. And I have decided that I’m tired of hiding. This is my space to write about what I want, and if people don’t like it, they don’t have to read it.

My name is Charlene Perry.

Posted in Blogging, Random, Writing Challenges

Prompt: What reminds you of who you truly are…

I haven’t done any writing prompts in a long time but I was reading Rara’s blog a little while ago and came across this post and was inspired to go ahead and write a list of my own.

The prompt was: What Reminds You of Who You Truly Are? 

And this is my list:

1.Cats

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2.The colors purple, blue and green

3.Dragonflies

Explore Dragonfly

4.Butterflies

Cherish Dream

5.Elephants

Candles and Elephant Sepia

6.Frogs

Metal Frogs Cropped

7.Colored pencils

8.Markers

Markers

9.Fairies

Fairies

10.Painted nails

11.Purple hair

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12.Hoodies

13.Movies and TV shows based on Comic Books

14.Music

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15.Rain

16.Thunderstorms

17.This Blog

18.Other People’s Blogs

19.Road Trips

20.Books

EmotionalBookTrauma

21.Cupcake artwork

Cupcakes

22.Solar powered dancing flowers

23.Coffee

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24.Big mugs

Giant Hershey's Mug and Bear

25.The changing seasons, but especially Autumn

26. Colorful rocks

27. The afghan that took me several years to crochet

My Afghan

28. Cobalt blue glass

Cobalt Blue Glass Squares and Circles

29. Magnets

Magnetic Poo

Posted in Apartment Living

If we could combine these two apartments we’d have our perfect place…

I wrote yesterday about how my husband and I are going to have to move again in the next few months. I talked about our top two choices, and how we liked one complex but didn’t really like the other despite liking the floor plan of the apartment in that complex. I was responding to a comment on that post and as my reply grew longer and longer I realized that I should just write a post about why exactly we like one complex and dislike the other.

While we really like the floor plan of the larger apartment (closets galore and more than one bathroom), that’s about the only thing that we do like about that place other than the fact that it’s just down the road from my husband’s job. The entire complex just feels older and more rundown, which isn’t surprising considering the fact that it was built in 1978. (They did just replace all the windows in the complex however, so at least there’s that.) The thought of ever having to visit the office for any reason makes me shudder. You open the door and are immediately greeted by a very tall, very steep staircase that you have to climb in order to actually get to the office/clubhouse to speak with anyone. And if you ever want to use their “exercise room” you need to go across the office and down another steep staircase that is basically a square version of a spiral staircase. Once at the bottom you reach the cave, complete with wood paneling on the walls, that they stuck a few pieces of exercise equipment in. Also, the “exercise room” is only open while the office is open, so anybody who works a typical 9-5 job will basically never have access to it. The one thing that my husband liked about the office/clubhouse was the fact that they had a pool table, but once again, that’s only accessible while the office is open.

And as far as the apartment buildings themselves, most of them do not have any balconies or patios at all. Which makes me worry that I’ll feel closed off and claustrophobic in the apartment. Plus another downside to not having a balcony or patio is that our bikes will have to be stored somewhere in the apartment, unless of course we want to give them more money every month to rent out one of their very limited amount of storage units. Another issue with people not having private outdoor space is that they are more likely to hang out on the staircases to the buildings, or use the staircases for their smoke breaks.

Then there’s how I was treated over the phone by one of their employees a couple of months ago. I called them to get some updated information about the floor plan that we looking at and this lady picked up the phone and was annoyed to have to do her job to give me the current rent price for the apartment. Not only that, but she had no idea what I was asking her until I rephrased the question a few times. She then hung up on me. Now, my husband has a co-worker that lives in that complex and she said that it’s only the new girl at the office that is rude to people and that everyone else is really nice, but that interaction did not boost my confidence in that apartment complex.

Stupid and Rude

The apartment complex that we do like however is a completely different story. It’s a newer complex for a start, built in 1997. So it’s 19 years newer than the other complex. It’s also right across the street from my husband’s job. The office/clubhouse area is easily accessible, open and inviting and has a resident business center with WiFi. The exercise room is open 24 hours and is large, and open with plenty of light and windows and a good variety of exercise equipment. They have a very nice pool area which has a fairly large pool. Much nicer than the pool in the other complex. In addition to that they also have bicycles (including a tandem bike) that you can sign out and use to ride down the state trail system that goes through the complex. There is also a large vending machine on the property called a “Shop 24” that is stocked with most of the essential items that we may run out of as well as a variety of drinks and snacks. The prices are a little high, but for some things the convenience may be worth the cost.

Shop24

There are also other things in the complex that we are likely never to use, but are still impressive. They have a tanning bed and a self-serve dog wash station. I don’t think my cat would appreciate us using the dog wash area for him.

And then there’s what we think is the most impressive amenity: A theater room with stadium seating. We aren’t sure of the hours that this is open, but it is a really neat idea and we think that we will probably bring our DVD’s over and try it out at some point if we move in there.

Theater Room

The apartment itself is also nicer, though definitely smaller than the other one. It however does have a good size balcony or patio. Large enough that we could get some outdoor furniture that could double as storage. And for a smaller apartment it’s laid out really well with an open floor plan and there really is a good amount of storage space for the size of the apartment. It has a small laundry room, but there are shelves in there for storage. There is coat closet, a large pantry in the dining room area off the kitchen, a good size linen closet in the bathroom and a huge walk in closet in the bedroom. The fact that the color scheme for the paint inside the apartment is something other than white on white is also a plus. It’s a beige and white instead, but still.

If we combine some of the square footage from larger apartment, the second bathroom, the walk in closet, the larger laundry room, the larger kitchen in an open floor plan, the balcony, the newer build and put it all in the nicer complex it would be perfect for us.

Too bad life doesn’t work like that. But in looking at exactly how old the larger apartment is, we are even more inclined to move into the smaller apartment in the nicer complex.

Posted in Apartment Living, Cat Mom, Marriage

We have to move again…

My husband and I moved into our one bedroom townhouse almost 2 years ago. When we were planning on moving into this complex we were hoping that we would be moving somewhere that we would be staying long-term. We originally were trying to get into a one bedroom apartment, but after being promised 3 different apartments and having them all fall through we ended up in this townhouse at a discounted price. Which was great at first, but has been getting more and more expensive since then. And the rent still isn’t at market rent.

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Plus, while living here the last couple of years we’ve spent way more on our heating and cooling costs than we should be because this townhouse is about as energy-efficient as a cardboard box. We have to have to start running our air conditioner much earlier in the year than other people because if it’s sunny out our townhouse heats up like an oven. Then during the actual summer our air conditioner is pretty much constantly running and it still gets up into the high 80’s in our townhouse. And we have to run our air conditioner later in the year as well due to the same issue that has us running it earlier in the year. So we get billed between $150-$200 on our electric bill during the summer and don’t even have a cool townhouse to show for it. We’ve had our air conditioner looked at a few times, and it has gotten a bit better than it was when we very first started using it, but it’s still not effective. And I know that it’s not just my townhouse either because I overheard someone complaining about exactly what we deal with while I was at the office once.

And then during the winter we have to have our thermostat set as low as we can without risking frozen pipes to be able to afford our natural gas bill. Which means that it’s constantly freezing in our townhouse, and we’re still getting high natural gas bills.

I refuse to get out of bed

There are so many other things that we would like to be spending our money on than utility bills that don’t even give us a comfortable living space. So after only 2 years of living here we are now having to move again.

Great Idea until packing

Which means that we now need to decide which complex we would rather live in from our fairly short list of options. We need a place that accepts pets because of my cat, so that takes a bunch of options off the table. We also need someplace that is within walking distance of my husband’s job, a grocery store and public transportation options since we do not own a car. Which also narrows the field quite a bit. Luckily, there are a few options that we like among the complexes that are left available to us.

Moving Rule #31

These are broken down into 2 groups, the ones that are right next to my husband’s job and the ones that would mean at least an hour walk one way for him to get to work. While there is one option that we really like in the “hour walk” category, right now we’re focusing on the ones that are much closer to his job. There is a one bedroom apartment in a complex that is literally right across the street from his work, and a two bedroom one and half bathroom apartment in a complex just a little bit down the road. And they both would cost about the same.

The worst part about moving

The one bedroom is somewhere that we have been talking about moving to for years, it’s a newer complex with lots of nice amenities. We like the floor plan, but it is smaller and doesn’t have a storage closet on the balcony so we are worried about it feeling cramped. We do not like the apartment complex itself for the 2 bedroom one and a half bath apartment, but we do really like the floor plan of the apartment itself. It has a lot of closets, a huge laundry room, a good size kitchen, and a “Jack and Jill” style bathroom. (There is a sink in the master bedroom, then a room with just a toilet, then through another door is a room with just a tub/shower combination and then through one more door is a room with a sink and a toilet that has a door that opens up to the hallway.) It is in an older apartment complex though, so the apartment feels more dated. There is also no patio or balcony with this apartment, which made it somewhere that we never really looked closely at before now. So because there is no outside space, the second bedroom will probably become a storage space for things like our bikes.

Why Do I Own All Of The Things

So we have been trying to decide if we go with the one bedroom apartment that is in the apartment complex that we like and is right across the street from where my husband works, or if we are going to go with the larger apartment in the complex that we do not like. We don’t really need the larger space, it’s just my husband, my cat, and myself, but there is something tempting about that floor plan. And while we don’t need the larger space, we’re afraid that the one bedroom will just be too small.

Go Minimal

Right now we are leaning toward the one bedroom across the street from my husband’s work, but that is probably subject to change at any point.

And really, it may not matter which we prefer because we may just have to go with whichever has something available around the time that we are looking to move, which would ideally be in December when our lease is up (but only because that’s when our lease is up because moving in December is highly likely to suck a lot), but could be as soon as next month depending on our options. We should find out beginning of next month exactly what those options are.