Can I Become “Un-Lost”? *Pretty Please*

I maneuver the car swiftly through the intersection as the water sloshes near my tires.  It hasn’t let up since I awoke this morning.  The thirty minute drive extends to forty on the river highway of 495.

“Where should I meet you?” I ask as she picks up after the third dial.

“Just pull into the garage,” she responds.

I find a spot quickly and put the car in park.  A quick glance in the rear-view mirror reveals disheveled hair and smudged eye makeup.  A sarcastic *perfect* mumbles out of my lips.  I grab for my purse as my phone buzzes loudly in the middle console.

I select the answer button, impatiently, assuming it’s her, but as another her’s voice grazes my ear, I realize my haste assumption.  “Hey mom,” I reply softly; my laundry list of to-do items scurry around disconnectedly in my brain.

“Hi sweetie,” she says.  “I read your latest blog post and you seem a little… disheveled.”

“Oh no, mom; I’m fine.” I respond.  “I just wanted to write about being in a blogging funk, since it happens to a lot of people.  That’s all.”

Since, you know, just because I write about being in a blogging funk doesn’t mean I’m actually in a funk…

Right?

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This past week, The Nester challenged us to come up with an “un-word” for 2014.  An un-word is a word that you are rejecting for the year.  It is a word that you are not.  In fact, you would like to un-do it.

At first, I didn’t know what to write about, or if I would write at all.  Because me, with my disheveled hair, haste phone call pick-ups and blog posts about being in blogging funks – I mean obviously I am perfect.  Plus, I already wrote about my real word for 2014 – so why come up with an un-word?

But, as I tried to write this week and failed at that too, I realized that lately I’ve been feeling a little… lost.

I’m currently in limbo at work.

I’m intermittently attending the gym this month.

And, my blog is being… funky.

Suddenly, I discovered that probably the best possible thing that I could be doing is coming up with my un-word for 2014.  So, ladies and gentlemen, here it is…  For 2014, my un-word is lost.  As in, I would like to become un-lost.  Some of my life events (like work) are a little out of my control, but hopefully with a little more focus and concentration, I can improve my gym attendance, blogging lifestyle and, overall, get myself out of this little lost funk I’m in.  And, this will hopefully include letting you in on a little secret about this here blog too… Ooh foreshadowing!

Now, I’m off to go find my makeup remover….

*Have you been feeling funky lately?  What is your un-word for 2014?

My Favorite Things: 2014 Edition

When I looked back over my blog posts in 2013, there was one thing that I noticed was missing: a post on my favorite things!  For the two years prior, I participated in a link up on The Nesting Place and wrote about the current favorite things in my household.  If you even want to read the post about how I couldn’t pick any one thing one year, you can do that too!

Luckily, Mama Kat swooped in to save the day in 2014, and included a writing prompt this week on “5 of your current favorite things” (Prompt #3).

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In no particular order, here are my five favorite things right now:

1. Microsoft Surface RT (1st edition) – I picked up this bad boy at Best Buy’s Black Friday sale this year (I know, I’m one of those people…), and I absolutely love it!  In fact, I’m writing this blog post on it right now. It is the true definition of a tablet and laptop in-one-device.  I can tap different apps with my pointer finger and use Microsoft Word with a keyboard.  If you are in the market for a tablet, definitely check it out… especially this cheaper listing I found on Amazon (affiliate link)!

2. Gummy Vitamins – You can thank my mom for this one, haha.  She put gummy vitamins in my Christmas stocking this year!  I was surprised by how much I love these things.  First of all, the taste is addicting; they are like gummy candies!  I know that vitamins have been under some scrutiny lately.  Personally, I believe that many people go out and buy multi-purpose vitamins without understanding how the vitamins intend to help their body.  For instance, did you know that people living in the Western hemisphere actually don’t need to consume extra Vitamin C because we already eat a lot of it in our normal diets?  Or – that your body won’t actually process Calcium unless it is eaten with Magnesium?  I didn’t either – until I conducted some research last year!  Now, I know that the folic acid and the Vitamin E found in these gummies help fight off my body’s constant inflammation!

3. Old Navy Infinity Scarf – People, do you know what got me through the Polar Vortex?  This sole clothing item.  This scarf is so warm and cozy; I can’t imagine surviving a winter without it.  I like it so much, I bought my sister one in the gray color!  (They are sold out online, but if you visit this page, they are the pink and black scarves at the lower left corner.  Try to find one in stock at a nearby store!)

4. L’Occitane Lip Balm – Hi, my name is Caitlin and I am a Chapstick addict.  Oh, wait, did you already know that after I wrote a love letter to Chapstick??!  Anyways… at the top of my lip balm food chain is this L’Occitane item.  It’s smooth, yet also exfoliates and leaves my lips with the perfect amount of shine.

5. Glade Candles – I actually stumbled upon this item in the clearance aisle of Target.  The vanilla and cinnamon spice versions were on sale for $2 and I swapped those babies up!  They smell good, people – so good the smell seems to linger in the air even when the candle is not lit.  Additionally, there are no labels glued to the glass, which means once you remove its paper lining, you get a pretty glass candle on your countertop! :)

 

 

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