The past 2 days at work have been quite adventurous! After a delightful and filling weekend of turkey, campfire smores, and of course a few pieces of delicious pie, Monday was here before I knew it.
I am part of a 4-person team working at a small office in Gulf Breeze, Florida. It’s 3 ladies and our head boss man who comes in when he isn’t traveling to accounts. Since working in Gulf Breeze I have been amazed at the different atmosphere here. Pensacola is a simple bridge-drive away, but when you drive into this beach-centered town of Gulf Breeze everything is different. People are more relaxed here. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because they all live so close to the beach. People here get more VitaminD in one day than most of us do the entire summer! My boss wears flip-flops and cargo shirts on a daily basis! When looking out the window into our office park people are walking their pets! It’s insane, I know!!
Well, back to the point (I am horrible about rabbit trails when I update…). So I mentioned people walking their pets at work. Well as of yesterday our office has a pet. Now this “pet” we have acquired came without us knowing, completely uninvited, and without ANY consideration of our feelings. This is how we found him…
While at work yesterday we were having problems with our fax machine. Some faxes would come in clear, and then some would have a whited-out line down the middle as if the ink were running out. I decided to reset the fax by taking out the print cartridge and re-inserting it, hoping that would clear the problem. I go to open the fax and while reaching my hand in I see a Giant.Black.Disgusting ROACH!! Yes, there was a roach living in our fax machine. I was totally taken off-guard and might have let out a high pitched squeal while flying backwards through the air. The other woman I work with went and grabbed our handy can of Raid and we waited to see if it would crawl out. It did not. We waited for our boss to get in the office and had him go after the ugly booger. It took him almost 30 minutes to get the thing to finally get out of the machine. Did he come out dead you wonder? No. Was it in the midst of dying? No. The crazy thing FLEW out of the machine and landed who knows where. We searched like crazy, and my boss sprayed every nook and cranny with Raid to hopefully find him laying on his back the next day.
So here we are today, Day2 with our new and unwelcome pet. We figured he was dead in some corner behind a desk or file cabinet. Why wouldn’t he be?! We almost suffocated with the amount of Raid that was sprayed for him. Well we were having more fax problems today. Go figure after all the chaos yesterday I forgot to reset the fax cartridge. Maggie, one of the girls I work with, went to check it and the next thing I know she is yelling ‘ROACH’ and flying into the next room. It was almost a complete re-enactment of my scene the day before. So thankfully boss-man was already in the office so he went after the thing with the Raid Guns Loaded and ready! The roach eventually took a free-fall out of the machine landing somewhere on the floor and ran for cover. We actually couldn’t find it! I don’t know how they do it with those small little legs, but those things are FAST! So now our skin is crawling, you know the feeling I’m talking about. Roaches don’t bother me too much, or not as much as spiders (ick!!), but I’m telling you I can hear little legs scratching against my desk, drawers, and wall!! I am on edge just waiting for this thing to crawl across my foot or drop into my lap.
So there ya have it – we have a roach LIVING in our fax machine. Let’s just hope I’m right and it’s a male, otherwise we could have little babies crawling out in a few weeks! Nasty!
This just in… the fax is working normal again. Apparently the “white line” that was across the incoming pages was in fact caused from our big roach friend sitting under the ink cartridge… Ya, gross!!
Also, we found the ugly guy:
I don’t think we’ll be having any more fax problems…
With our closing date quickly approaching I am starting to think about home-projects. First of course is the furniture layout. At this moment I haven’t a clue where we are going to put out stuff, I think once we get in there I will be able to fit everything into it’s perfect spot. Plus, with a quick investment into some of these furniture sliders I will be able to move things around when I change my mind (without having to bug Stephen about it)!
People have asked me if I have paint colors picked out, and I honestly haven’t even thought about it yet! I have a feeling once we get into the house and “wear it in” I will easily come up with idea’s of how I’d like each room to feel and look. That thought process led me to try out this quiz I found on a website I enjoy… What is my style?!?!
This section seems pretty on-key. I am a very casual person, and I personally enjoy a nice relaxed environment, especially in my own home. I don’t like super bright colors (at least on walls), and I try to be creatively laid-back. I don’t want to shock people with my “nifty ideas”, but I do want to incorporate a personal touch into my surroundings
Okay, I can go with this conclusion. I don’t really collect anything like some women do, but I do enjoy finding a good deal and making it work. I really enjoy searching Goodwill and Waterfront Mission for a good deal. I can find something kinda on the ugly side and spice it up with a simple coat of paint and it looks GREAT and brand new!
Gotta be honest, I don’t really agree with these paint choices for me. They are a little too on the orange side for me… but other than that the quiz was pretty on key.
Curious about your own personal style?!?! Here’s the link to try it out for yourself. Happy Styling!
p.s. I really wanted to title this post “Styling and Profiling”, but when I told Stephen he gave me “the look” or “a look” or well, his face did something funny! Anyway, I changed it to something boring. Love you babe
Stephen and I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
I hope you all had the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. We were able to spend the day with Stephen’s family and some great friends that were in town for the weekend. We’ll get some pictures up here for you soon
It was 1 year ago today that we posted our first thanksgiving post (click here to view). I’m thrilled that we have kept this going for over a year, and can’t wait to make another thanksgiving post another year from now!
Have a great rest of your weekend, and see ya Monday!
The #1 pro behind “Picture of the Week” was that Stephen was going to head it up! I was thrilled at his idea for a fun Wednesday surprise for you guys each week. Behind this idea was a great plan. Stephen was going to pick the picture, take a new one if necessary, and most importantly: make the post about said picture.
Well… this is how that’s going:
Yes, you see that correctly. This is how I found Stephen “working on the post” tonight. Laying in bed, playing his acoustic. Hard at work no doubt. I’m sure he was running numerous idea’s through his mind while strumming around on those strings. Or so I believed, right up until he tells me “you can find a picture, or take one for us”. Hmm… funny how he suddenly turned the project over to me. Next thing you know he’ll be showering me in compliments… “see there, you are so much better at it babe”, “What did I tell you, you take awesome photo’s, you should totally do this weeks post for us”, “You like photography, right?! Well let’s get you some practice!”, “Wow hun, what a great shot – we should use that for Picture of the Week 008, ::ditto:: 009, ::ditto again:: 010, I can see it now… ditto’s upon ditto’s upon ditto’s. So here is “Saving Stephen’s Behind, Post 001″.
With a *hopeful* closing on our horizon, we have been browsing around at furniture that we think would suit our new home. Living in Pensacola we don’t have a multitude of places we can search in-store. Sure we have a Target, but uh… ya, that’s about it. I don’t count Rooms To Go, but only because they are priced higher than we want to go for individual pieces.
While I have begged, written, pleaded and groveled with IKEA to open a store within driving distance, they have yet to give into my requests. Last January we spent our 1 year Anniversary traveling to Houston to visit friends. While there our friends Shaw and JD took us on a tour to the IKEA in town. It was a furniture haven. Affordability + functionality + total cuteness AND all in furniture (several of which caught my eye)! Since we don’t have a store near (the closest is in Atlanta, a good 6 hour drive) I must rely on the internet for viewing.
So here’s what we’ve come up with.
I really liked this table, until I read the reviews. Seriously, the worst I’ve ever read:
This one is classic. Nice clean lines, and any storage space at all is a HUGE pro:
I’m not sure what to think of this table…but I think I really like it
Oh IKEA, how I wish we were neighbors! I think we could be Best Friends
I think we may go with this one! I like that it has a glass top, and DRAWERS (my fav!)
I’m sure you’re wondering what the big deal is. I mean, it’s just a coffee table, but to me this is more than just a simple coffee table. This will be the first real piece of furniture we have purchased as new for ourselves. We were thankful to receive all our furniture over the years as gifts and hand-me-downs. This coffee table is a momentous occasion for us. One that I hope will last a long time, as in… until we die, that way we can give it as a hand me down to our own kids one day! That’s what furniture is all about, right?! Recycling the love!!
For a few months now my brain has been in overdrive with idea’s on how to redo the layout of our website. I have drawn it out on notepads, begged Stephen to show me the miracles of HTML coding, got discouraged and gone back to drawing it out on paper… several different methods to record my thoughts so they won’t be lost in the jumble of my mind. Well about 2 months ago I was super stoked because I heard that iLife09 added a new edition, a website building tool known as iWeb. After talking out the pro’s and con’s, and convincing myself that this was the best tool for me we went forth and purchased! After watching the mail everyday, waiting in anticipation for my new toy it finally arrived I was as giddy as the girl being asked to her first dance!! I was smiling, possibly squealing and definitely impatiently waiting over Stephen’s shoulder as he loaded the new software (he is all about some new computer software so I let him do the honors). After many an impatient ‘is it done yet’ he finally let me play with my new toy. It was great. Totally easy to use with drag-and-drop layouts already in place for me.
After many days, nights, and weekends I had the site close to complete when I found out some very upsetting news. With iWeb you have to be sitting at the same computer you used to make the site! That means every single time Stephen or I want to post we have to be sitting at the iMac to do so. This poses a VERY LARGE problem for us. We are both laptop junkies, spoiled to the bone at being able to post wherever we please. I could post from the bathroom if I wanted to (don’t worry, I haven’t gone that far with my freedom… yet )! Basically, this oh-so-perfect solution is now an even bigger problem than learning HTML would have been. All my slaving over picture placement, page layouts, link dropping and numerous super-cool notes and tabbed pages mean zilch, nada, a big fat gooseegg of nothingness! Today I start back at square1.
So despite this sad and gloomy event I figured I would at least share some snapshots of my hard, sweat-free but tiring work!
Here ya have it folks, what would have been but will not be the exciting (now old but was going to be new) layout for theringls.com :
This was Layout Option #2
The “About Us” Page
The “Albums” Page
I had many-a-plans for additional pages. There was going to be a “Projects” page, a “Tour” page of our new home (on Dec 4th !!!!), an “Ideas” page with links to our wants, hopes, and dreams, and of course a “These are Super Cool” page to show you how cool we are in knowing hip new stuff and upcoming events in our lives (like the 5K we are going to tackle come January!!).
So needless to say it was a sad revelation when I learned of iWeb’s trickery. Since we don’t feel like throwing down $4,000 plus dinero’s on 2 Mac laptops simply for blog posting we will be coming up with a new, and GREATER, plan! So don’t fret fellow bloggers, I will be victorious over my website layout dreams! This is 1 obstacle that I will not let bring me down. I am a woman, I am a Ringl, and I will make my Layout Dreams come true!
Thanks for listening to my website babble of the day… Thanksgiving is just a few short days away, which gives me 2 days off to conjure up a new plan!
How about you?! Do you have any tips or tidbits about your blogging/website experience that could be of help?! All idea’s are happily welcomed and appreciated. I need a little kick-start to get my creative juices flowing and my super-savvy notepad doodling online!
A few months back Stephen bought me a table and it has been sitting under a blanket begging to be completed. I took the first step of sanding it down, but after getting side-tracked a few times she has been horribly ignored. While it’s not a good excuse, living in a townhouse didn’t give me a workable space outdoors to do any serious painting. Heck, to be honest I was so anxious to work on a project that I sanded the table inside… yes that was a bad idea (lesson learned, as well as some extreme dusting skills)! The table, let’s call her by her color: sandy, was just begging for completion. At night I would wake up and hear her beckoning me, “Cassssssie, Casssssssie, please come complete me. Please come make me a useful piece of furniture again.” It was a very interesting experience, I suppose it helped me learn how to sleep through awkward noises … wait no, being married has done that hehe
I know that the table is in need of a nice coat of paint (or stain, depending on my finds at Home Depot), but I’m not sure what to do with it. Sometimes I think that a classic brown will look sleek, modern, and clean. Then my mind will sidetrack to this super cool website and contemplate all the cool and funky designs/colors I could implement into the piece. Now I just don’t know what to do. I’m in decorating limbo.
Here are some photo’s for you to view so you can see the what I’m working with:
As you can see, she is an old table that needed some major lovin’
The finish took forever to sand off!
So there ya have it, you have now informally met Sandy, in all her bare glory. Now I am requesting some help from you guys. How about it, any idea’s spring to mind?! If this table were yours, what would you want it to look like?! What colors would you accent her with?! Brown with some tan trim? Or maybe white and grey for a classic clean look?! I’m sure your minds are bubbling with idea’s to share so go ahead. Drop a comment or few, share the inner-workings of your creative (or boring but still appreciated) minds!! ;) Who knows, maybe I’ll snag up one of those idea’s and finally get this table completed!!
As an ending side note (or “husband tip”) I think we could really use a sander. Sure my arms get a huge workout with all that sandpaper, but I promise I’ll workout some other way If I can have the luxury of an electric sander. hint hint
When grocery shopping Stephen is super picky about me making a list. I usually go to the store on my own, but when Stephen goes with me he is a total list Nazi! When we were dating and engaged I had these daydreams about how wonderful it was going to be, running errands and going grocery shopping together, it was going to be so amazing and euphoric… Well it’s been almost 2 years and those dreams have changed a bit. To be honest I think we have telepathically agreed to avoid the couple-shopping for a while. Stephen’s shopping method is quite different than my own: “Get what’s on the list, if it’s not on the list it doesn’t go in the cart”. My method is quite the opposite. I would consider myself more of a free spirit when at the store. A grocery hippi if you will. I like to browse the aisles, taking my time to enjoy the soft background music playing over the intercom speakers. I always start in the produce section and work my way around, ending in the frozen food like a sensible shopper. When Stephen goes with me it’s IN and OUT. There is no stopping and thinking if we’d like some back-up brownies “in case” friends pop in for a visit. Or wondering ‘would these limes look good in a glass vase for decor/future limeade’?! If I were into the whole new age spiritual voodoo silliness, Stephen would be messing with my shopping aura! So needless to say, we very seldom go grocery shopping together. If we do, you can be sure I am carrying the list and have a pen in my pocket for last-second additions when walking down the aisles! I mean, I can’t always remember that we just happen to be in dyer need of some delicious marshmallow fluff in case of a craving!! Ya, you know what I’m talking about!
See there, now you know the nitty-grity about the Ringl’s grocery styles. I bet you didn’t see that coming (cause I sure didn’t…) Where was this going ?!?! Oh ya…
Well, as you can probably tell from the post title this was originally going to be about my absolute love of PB&J sandwiches… talk about a rabbit trail! Do not worry, I will not fail you, I’m sure you were just as excited as I when you read the topic of today’s read. Here we have it, a delicious PB & J sandwich:
Yes, that sandwich has “I Love You” stamped into the bread. I twitpic’d this picture recently because it made me smile. Since moving in with my parents (while we wait to close on our house **fingers crossed**), my mom has helped me out a few mornings with getting a lunch thrown together. She has had that stamp for as long as I can remember and it took me back 20 years remembering when I would find these in my lunchbox (dang, 20yrs, that makes me sound old! yikes!)
Well there ya have it. I love PB & J. Growing up me, my sister, my mom, and my brothers could eat it everyday without a second thought. I still think it is the Best. thing. ever.
Just don’t get me started on PB & Marshamallow Fluff … I could go on forever ♥
I decided I wanted our first picture of the week to be something that holds a lot of meaning. If you’ve seen my facebook profile picture, then you’ve already seen this. But maybe some of you haven’t. So here it is:
Okay, so it’s not meaningful. It just makes me laugh!
As I’m wrapping up my lunch break today, I just wanted to share the text conversation I had. I’m in green:
Let’s embiggen that picture…
Just as I thought… Fruit by the foot.
stupid nutri-grain bar…