Sunday, August 21, 2011

Favorite Things in My Life Right Now

My top favorite things right now!
 (in pretty close to right order, some might be harder to judge their favorite-ness than others)

 I love going there, and this coming from a girl who HATES grocery shopping... They have wonderful values there and such helpful people...the only downside is the expensive prices...but it is still a much better experience than shopping at other places that just always seem to STRESS me out!

Blended Coffee Drinks ...Omnomnom
We have cheated on our beloved Caribou by going to the Monopolized Starbucks but that was before we explored the clubhouse of our new apt/Townhome complex.
It's a good thing the new place we moved into has an espresso machine, we are making cafe mochas, mocha lattes and super espresso drinks like crazy lately, otherwise we would be breaking the bank trying to support our blended and cool coffee obsession!

Omg. YES. if you have never gone to a ginormous Ikea, you are in for an adventure. Leave your purses at home ladies, but bring your money (and your mans money too lol, ok you can bring him also) and a camera, as this giant home of rooms are like walking into an HGTV show: design style for every taste and prices that work with any budget. We live incredibly close to an IKEA now and I hope we can go every day, especially to check out what is number 8 on my list.

The AS-IS bin at IKEA:
Being the frugal bargain shopper that I am, and was raised to be, I am very much in love with the "as is" section of Ikea. Now when you hear "As is" you are probably picturing furniture beat to hell and falling apart, this is only the case and a few items. If you take a stroll in this section and can get past the abused furniture you will find amazing pieces at great discounted rates. We got a NICE bookshelf thing that matches our whole bedroom set for almost 50% off!!! Best part: this fully assembled piece didn't have a scratch or a nick anywhere on it's gorgeous body. Most of the items in here have just had their box broken a bit and since you get your favorite IKEA items while they are still in a box, these are the pieces that people pass up. So the nice guys assemble them, put them in the AS IS section and slap a super reduced price on your favorite pieces! BOOM! You have what you wanted for a discounted price AND all the labor is already finished, just take home and enjoy! Wow I probably sound like I work for IKEA but I in no way am employed by IKEA nor do I receive a compensation for the great things I have to say :)

Yes, random, we went from IKEA to penguins but that is what my blog is about, kinda random but whatevs! I recently got to see these adorable waddling animals up close and personal for my birthday at the Newport Aquarium. They are so cute and so sociable and they mate for life, how sweet. They are one of the few monogamous animals out there! Also to tie in with penguins, is Christina Perri's song "Penguin" (CLICK TO HEAR/watch on youtube) which is super adorable and those who do not know penguins are monogamous do not get her love song reference, but now you all you! You just learned something new, hopefully, and if you already new that then you are one smart cookie, props to you!

The 1968 Pontiac Firebird (CONVERTIBLE!)
If you like American Muscle cars even a little bit, you will melt at the sound of this hot solar red, convertible rawring machine! Waggleton and I were in it for our wedding day and she recently won 1st runner up at a car show because she is so loved by other car lovers and patrons alike. Today, hubband and I had the pleasure of taking her around the town today, and I was once again reminded by how much I love that car! Raawwwrrrrrrr!

Up Nort {der hey}

Yes, I am originally a Minnesotan so I can make fun of the up nort dialect :) .
This weekend we attended a wedding in the far north of the Midwest and I forgot how much I am entranced by the beauty of it all. The smell of the fresh, clean air that wears you out after a long day, the gorgeously stunning lake views, the cool breeze that rustles through the forrest up there is breathtaking. Around this time we usually go on our annual canoe trip way up nort but this year it has been postponed/cancelled, so I was glad that we at least got up for the weekend, even if we stayed in a hotel instead of under the Northern Sky :) Also arou d this time of year we head up to Lutsen Mountain, MN with hubband's boss & family, but not this year and I miss it so much (see husband CRASH fully recorded as he plummets down the Alpine Slide on Lutsen Mountain, click here to see his whole video!). Anyway, if you live in the city and never leave, I highly urge you to experience it, even if you are not the "outdoorsy" type, you can still bring the little comforts of home and "rough it in style"! No worries :)

Ps: btw I don't own all these pics

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Moving Across 2 States!!! {Possible Videos of this Adventure to Come}

    In less than 11 hours we will be moving over 400 miles to a place we haven't even signed the lease for yet (It looks and sounds AMAZING... seriously amazing...just like my horse, it is amazing...♫).  Usually when people move, especially out of state move, you already know all the details of the new place for weeks....
We have only just picked out this place was educated choosing though, several reviews read...) were approved today, and will be driving ~8 hours to get there hopefully before they close.  I personally have never driven that far, by myself, alone!  Husband has a sweet sound set up where I can just plug the AUX cord into my iPad and have an eight hour dance party... woooo!

Photos.. and possible videos even... of THIS adventure... :)

I was going to try and retain some bit of anonymity with my blogging but I am now going to link you to my YouTube channel where I will be posting more videos of this adventure! 

Soon I will start making videos connecting to what I am blogging about! 

Yay! :) 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Secrets, secrets, secrets! **Secret Project:: Happening now**

I have been inspired to take on a roughly one week super secret mini project, which might be fairly complicated considering all the crap that has to get moved to Chicago in the next few days, but I will try my darndest (darnest? darndness? meh.) to succeed everyday, and today was day 1, and it will conclude next Thursday...Which then I will hopefully report back to you all to let you know the deets and how it went and opinions of said project :) yay!

In the meantime here is a random drawring (it drives me nuts when some people throw in uncecessary "r"s like that, or "waRsh" for "wash". There wasn't an "r" in it, so stop adding random letters! It's madness!)

Ok random drawing, picture... from today...err technically yesterday, but no technicalities!

It is for you to decide whether the picture is possibly relevant to the super secret project or not, let the theories flow!

"Justin Bieber ?! Bieber fever ?! Are you a crazy 10 year old?! What does this mean?!"

"What is a Justice Beaver?"

"Well it's a crime fighting beaver, of course!"

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Letters to Things Vol. II

Dear Stuff-in-house,

I know you think I don't care about you by not calling you all by your individual names, but see that would be quite a lot to address in a short letter, so forgive me for my generalities and please pack yourselves into the several liquor boxes we took from the MGM. This way Mr. U-Haul may take you all the way to Chicago, to where your new home awaits you, aren't you excited?! Well you better get more excited than a kid on Christmas morning, because you will hop-to-it and get in those nice cardboard homes and tuck yourselves in with some pretty packing tape, and don't mind being stacked on top of all your friends. enjoy the time to get to know them better before you embark on a new journey and new life in a new home in a new state!


Mr. & Mrs. Waggleton

Dear Cardboard Boxes,

Please look more friendly and inviting so Stuff-in-house will want to join you. You are looking a bit cold and rigid, could you at least make an effort? I know you have been used, and used to hold big heavy bolstering bottles of booze, but rid yourselves of those cold shoulder-corners and open your "heart" up to Stuff-in-house, we greatly appreciate it.


Mr. & Mrs. Waggleton

Dear ALLIE BROSH's Blog,

Just so you know, I have "Alot of Boxes" here, he needs a home, a preferably dry home, because if this particular Alot gets to moist or damp, he tends to let his figure go.  He also might like it near other Alots made of boxes, so he does not get lonely, and maybe other used and abused boxes so they can bond over their misfortunes in order to become quick friends.  I know you may have a lot of Alots on your hands because of all the misspellings of the phrase "a lot" but please handle Alot of boxes with care. {After the move of course}


Mr. & Mrs. Waggleton

(If you STILL didn't get that reference, click this link to be edumickated)

All Things New :: Married Woman, New Titles, New Look, New Home, New Baby

Big changes have occurred, and "what's going on?" you ask? "You come back and now you're married? You have new titles? What does this mean? A new baby?! A new home?" If you're as confused as I am, well we are in the same boat, but that's's a dance, ♪ sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow...♫ (lol@ corniness) Ok Let's BREAK it dooowwnn:

  • I got married to the LOVE of my life, my Waggleton*, at a gorgeously pink wedding, to a gorgeously handsome man :) {his pic below!} The day went by SO fast, but every moment was cherrished and spent with loved ones! L-O-V-E--ing married life <3

  • As a result of being a married woman and upholding tradition, I know have a new last name, and am still practicing shedding my old surname (and practicing writing my new Mrs. name just like us girls did in our early years, but this time for real! a real Mrs. Waggleton cursive name to practice, which is taking some getting used to and practiced!)

  • I did my famous wife chop, and I am happy to report that it has been liberating and fabulous.  I ended up chopping a bit more than I wanted to but I was happy to shed a few more inches for it to be donated to a child (or 5 with my thick lion-locks) rather than have the "safe" length I wanted and have it all be sucked away through the wall-suckie-vent-thing at Aveda (way cool by the way, makes me want a system like this in my future dream home some day)  {{...speaking of dream homes...}}

  • Or semi-dream home... ok maybe Quasi-dream home... Waggletots McSnuggleton has been hired at a regional airline as an F. O. (first officer... sits next to the Captain, O' Captain, in the cockpit) and we have been based in Chicago! That is a whole new state move for us! Across 2 states!  We are in the process now of almost signing the lease for a condo that is also for sale but we will be renting it, with the intention to buy it once we can increase our income from negative numbers.  Chi-town is a wee bit more expensive... for less square footage we will be paying double our rent now (boo... doesn't help in the negative-numbers-for-income bit)  SOOOO I say Quasi-dream home, because it is the best "dream-home" we are able to afford, and I am actually pretty stoked about a few things::
EDIT: THIS UNIT FELL THRU :'( FINDING NEW UNIT ASAP! (Guess its the "rain" part now, coming soon: rainbow)
    • Black granite WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE (I am a super pyrotechnic if you know me, I am completely mesmerized by all fire, but ESPECIALLY wood burning fireplaces within someone's home..and now we will have one...I probably will just pull our bed out into the living room and permanently plop myself in front of the fire)
    • Gorgeous granite kitchen, with GARBAGE DISPOSAL! (missed that, fo real), track lighting, and a tall in-wall-pantry thing... AND A BREAKFAST BAR! They are the next best thing to an eat-in island in my real dream kitch!
    • Bay-window in the bedroom! (Stellar!)
    • Walk-in Closet! (Double Stellar!)
    • Fitness Center & Pool on grounds (Triple Super Stellar!) Ima B gettin' mah fitness & tan on, HOLLA!
    • A {hopefully} quiet and respectful neighborhood with decent neighbors! (we are told the neighbors above us are sweethearts! yay! We have had our share of truly horrid neighbors & neighbuhrhoodz)
    • To start a new life together in a new home!

  • New Baby? NEW BABY?!
    • Yes, which creates a new addition to my title as Mrs.! I am now the estaticly proud Auntie to the sweetest little peanut! I cannot get enough of her! She is such a perfectly sweet baby and I really miss her when I am not cuddling her swaddled little self! I really don't even know how we lived without her, she is so precious! I have never been so baby crazy in my life! I am SO glad that we will be moving within 2-ish hours of our little niece instead of the 6 hours it used to take! I wish I could follow her around and take pictures of all her firsts (and then go edit them forever, because I cannot get enough of her!)! 
      • My new favorite place is anywhere holding lil' Charlotte with my Swagger-Wagon by my side, I LOVE her so much! She is such an Angel, I wish we could see her everyday... <3

So life has been pretty busy, crazy with a roller-coaster that holds no maximum range of emotions, it has been crazy!

**insert here something cheesy about having on rainbows without rain, mixed with sunshine**

*Name has been changed but not really, yup he's mah Waggleton