Monica’s Random Updates

Hi everyone! I miss you all OODLES. So, this summer I have the unfortunate dilemma that I work 10 hour days Monday-Thursday, which means I am POOPED Monday-Thursday. I do accomplish a lot on weekends (like this awesome landscaping project), but then when it comes to blogging about it…it kind of doesn’t happen. I don’t know how people work 10 hour days with only 30 minutes for lunch, but for me personally, I am hangry by 5 pm. Like ravenous, cannot get enough food, I will eat all the things, kind of hangry.

And? I have like 9 more weeks of this schedule to go. Tears.

This post is a quick and dirty kind of update about me/my projects:

-I have lost zero weight this year. In fact, I’ve gained 15 pounds since January 1. Yes, that is 100% true, it 100% blows, and I am 100% nervous. I don’t know what my problem is. Well I kind of do. Stress. I eat my stress. I’m working on it. Ideally I could take a paid sabbatical or get a magical fairy to help me at work, but I doubt it’s an option. I started reading this book, and it’s truly helped me the past few weeks. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from eating when you’re bored and/or not hungry. It really helps you look inward to understand why you eat the way you do. Practical, easy to read, and motivating.

-My house is in a state of disarray. The hallway and foyer makeover are like 50% done, and mortising the hinges on new doors and hanging them is accounting for the other 30% percent of the project followed by 20% new trim work needing to be installed. Mortising hinges is no easy task, and I will never, ever do this again. Remind me of this if I ever get another house. I’m relying on you.

-My sister-in-law Sara graduates next week and I am super proud of her. Here are some of her senior pics that I took. She’s gorgeous, right? Oh to be young again. Enjoy it, sis! 🙂




-I’m hoping Apple introduces a new iMac at WWDC 2014 on June 2. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, WWDC typically is used as a launch pad for Apple’s new product releases, although the iPhone 6 probably won’t premiere until the fall (sigh). Either way, I’m totally ready to fully jump onto the Apple bandwagon. My current set-up involves an iPhone, iPad, and a Dell…well, you can see that an iMac would be a lovely addition to the family.

-Although the interior of my house is a mess, I’m totally dreaming of ideas for my outdoor living spaces. I want to extend our back patio (or add another one) to have a lounge area to enjoy our pond (which is now beautiful again—that would make a good post). Right now we have a dining table for 4, but I’d love a conversation area with a fire pit that could seat 6. I found some inspiration on Pinterest.


And isn’t a black/white color scheme so chic? It’s one of my go to color schemes no matter what I am doing.

Credit: Casa das Amigas

-And finally, I am obsessed with this table from Shanty 2 Chic/Ana White…I would put it inside though. I love, love, love it. Do you all think I could build it?

Credit/Tutorial: Shanty 2 Chic

There’s my random updates. I also have more exciting news to share (that I hope to be able to share soon)…I don’t want to jump the gun and get in trouble. But because of this fantastic news you can expect a lot of DIY projects from me in the upcoming months. And that’s always a good thing, right?

Come back on Thursday to help a blog reader of mine revamp her kitchen. It has so much potential, but it is totally stuck in the 80’s right now. See ya Thursday! xoxo.



  1. Jennifer Schmitz
    May 28, 2014 / 4:49 am

    I feel your pain. I work a demanding job as well which makes it difficult to do all the other things in life that I enjoy doing, but don't push yourself too hard. Your schedule is temporary and will change in time and we will be here when it does. Can't wait to see all your upcoming projects!

    • Monica @
      May 28, 2014 / 1:01 pm

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! It's great to know I'm not alone! 🙂