2014 in Review

I can’t say 2014 has been the best year ever, but it had its good moments.

January

I expressed how desperately I didn’t want it to snow, and I was pretty much right. Snow fell, work and school let out early, and Atlanta’s hellish traffic came to a standstill while the snow fell, melted, and froze back over in a sheet of ice all over our major highways. People were stranded in their cars and school buses in the middle of the interstate for up to 13 hours. We don’t know how to drive on ice, y’all.

atlanta ice storm

February

I threw Candence a family baby shower for #2! It was shower themed, because I’m creative like that. Or pinterest.

baby shower

Tinkerbell hacked into my laptop and introduced herself.

Tinkerbell

March

Piper was born! I’m the lucky aunt of two adorable little girls!

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April

We said goodbye to Lucy, my dog of 13 years, and it was one of the hardest days I’ve ever had. I shared why I think rescuing your pet is a great thing.

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May

The Dorr Zoo got to try out Petbox. This is one of my favorite posts, mostly because the cats were really cute and cooperative… And I made Dos a gif.

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Tres brought home a live chipmunk, and it ended up being the first of MANY until winter finally settled in. But this one, I caught on video. Thanks a lot, dude.

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June

I binge-watched Orange is the New Black season 2, like everyone else.

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July

I talked about being in a hurry to get married and settle down. I feel like this is something a lot of young women can relate to.

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melissa prosser photography

August

We had our first Atlanta blogger meetup. What we didn’t know at the time was that we’d turn it into a network and connect bloggers with local businesses. I’ve met a lot of wonderful new friends.

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Tim and I celebrated our one year anniversary, and went back to the Georgia Aquarium where he proposed.

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September

I went to Music Midtown with Nicole. It was my first music festival ever, and I gotta say, I had fun, but it’s not exactly “my scene.”

music midtown 2014 fitz and the tantrums

October

Tim and I headed to Disney World! Our friends had their wedding there, so we decided to make a trip of it and enjoy the park. It had been a long time since either one of us had been there.

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Halloween was all about the face paint this year. Really.

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November

We had our second meetup, this time at GlowDry. Melissa and I worked really hard to make everything awesome, and we got to meet even more bloggers!

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I turned 28. I know, that’s… Not an exciting birthday. It’s okay. My friends were nice enough to hang out with me anyway.

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Finley turned 2, and had a rockin’ Frozen party.

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How was your 2014?

Comparisons and Envy

This is part 3 of our ttc story. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

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People love to compare.  We love to look at each others’ lives, and say, “HA! Mine is so much better!” But what do these comparisons do for us? Why can’t we just focus on our own lives, and be happy they’re awesome?

It seems as though this comparison epidemic is even stronger in the TTC/pregnancy/mom world.

Over the summer, while I was at a baby shower, a very sweet acquaintance asked me if being there was hard for me. This acquaintance is a mom, of a good handful of children, and I’d already dropped a huge giant hint: Tim and I wanted kids, and soon. It was obvious. What I hadn’t shared was, I’d already cried over my fair share of negative pregnancy tests. But I think she knew, anyway.

The truth is, the baby shower wasn’t really hard for me. Baby bumps, seeing babies, and even newborn pictures taking up massive real estate in my Facebook news feed don’t bother me. Sure, it might make me a little mushy at times — until you try to hand me the baby. I don’t know what to do with them, y’all. How do I hold them?

I would love to say no one else’s life ever makes me envious. I would love to say I never feel a pang or a lump in my throat, but it would be a lie. I’ll be honest.

You know what gets me? Pregnancy announcements.

I guess this is simply because someone else was able to get pregnant, and I haven’t been able to. It’s not as though I’m not genuinely happy for parents-to-be, or I wish they weren’t pregnant. I fully realize someone else’s pregnancy has nothing to do with my lack of a second pink line. It’s just a reminder my body isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing, and it’s hard.

It doesn’t mean I’m going to hide anyone’s ultrasound pictures or scoff every time I see another announcement. I might let a little sigh escape, shed a few happy/emotional tears, and hope maybe our kids will be close in age.

I told my friend the other day, it’s kind of like when someone else gets to go to a concert you’d love to go to, but for whatever reason, you can’t. You really hope they have a lot of fun, but a small part of you is like “Dang, I’m missing out on something awesome.” It’s not enough to make me break down sobbing, because what’s happening in their life has nothing to do with mine.

I don’t like to compare my life to others’. I don’t think it’s healthy. This little lump in my throat is never me wishing I had someone else’s life; I just want to celebrate a new life in my family, too.

 


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What is your favorite crafty project so far?
My favorite crafty project is definitely the T-shirt quilt that I made for myself! It was such a great way to preserve my favorite T-shirts from high school and college. This was the first time I had attempted a quilting project, and I’m really proud of how it turned out!

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?
There are so many things about the holiday season that I love! One of my favorite parts is how excited my dog, Lucky, gets when it’s his turn to open a present. He howls constantly and paws the paper right off! I also love baking Christmas cookies, decorating my tree, and celebrating my family’s holiday traditions.

Describe your blog in a gif:

 

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TV Apps for Tracking, Watching, and Playing

These days, TV watching is intense. We no longer rely on the TV Guide, which came in the Sunday newspaper, to tell us what’s on right now. We use DVRs, Netflix, and Hulu, we skip commercials, and I don’t know about you, but we don’t get the Sunday newspaper. Does it even come with a TV Guide nowadays?

With our tablets and smart phones, we can not only keep track of TV, but we can watch it! Look how far we’ve come. Now you can watch the latest episode of Bones while you’re impatiently waiting half an hour for that dentist appointment (PSA: please wear headphones in public).

Track:

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(Android) SeriesGuide – Back in the day when I was an android user, Seriesguide was my jam. I plugged in all the many shows I was watching and check them off as I progressed. No longer do you need a spreadsheet to keep track of what episode you’re on, my friend.
Pros: Well designed, includes widgets with a subscription
Cons: Occasional bugs, can take longer to sync

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(iPhone) iTV Shows 3 – This is the app I’m currently using, and it does its job. It took me awhile to adjust to the switch, but I’ve got it now. I keep the shows I’m caught up with on my favorites list, and sort the “to watch” page by number of episodes left.
Pros: Works most of the time
Cons: Freezes up sometimes, design is a little busy

(iPhone) TV Show Tracker 3 – While this is another iOS option, I don’t recommend it.
Pros: Does kind of the same thing as the other two
Cons: Usually doesn’t work

IMDb – If you’re wanting to figure out what episode you’re watching, you’ll want to either reference IMDb or Wikipedia. In my experience, loading this app takes less time than searching in the mobile browser. Plus, you’ll be able to quickly identify that actress “Where do I know her from? She played in something else.”

 

Play:

Quizup – This trivia game has tons of categories, including TV categories. There’s even a My Little Pony section. If you want to brush up on your TV facts,this app is awesome.

 

Watch:

Netflix – Bet you didn’t see this one coming. The second you delete this app from your phone, you’ll be tempted to redownload it. One time, my brother was stuck in standstill traffic during an ice storm for hours, so he watched Netfix on his phone. What if you get stuck in an ice storm without Netflix? HOW WILL YOU WATCH GILMORE GIRLS?

 

HBOGO – If you have HBO as part of your cable package, you can watch HBO shows on your phone or tablet. If you don’t, ask your mom for her login information. HBO said they’re okay with it. They just want you to watch their shows. They’re so smart. T-Swift should learn from them.

 

Amazon Instant Video – Because this is literally the only place to watch Degrassi High.

 

Xfinity TV Go – Did you know if you have Comcast you can watch TV on your phone? Oh, you already did? I was out of the loop.

 

Hulu Plus – My subscription is currently inactive, because TiVo is awesome. But if your DVR doesn’t have enough tuners, or if you don’t have a DVR, Hulu Plus is the answer to watching last night’s TV. You can also catch some Hulu originals like Dating Rules from My Future Self.

 

Network apps – ABC, The CW, A&E, NBC, CBS,, and FOX all have their own apps. I haven’t tried any of them, but if you’re desperate to watch Reign, you can try out The CW’s.