[013] Returns Gone Wrong


I had mentioned the other day that I ended up going to a nearby mall with my aunt and cousin. Well I had purchased a beautiful, deep orange shirt that I liked, but wasn’t completely sure about. After looking at it for a couple days I decided that I didn’t like it enough to keep it, so today I returned it. It was just going to be a quick trip, in and out, except that I found Moxie. I forgot about it yesterday when I was writing down my sometimes, always, never guilty pleasures, but handmade, local, and letterpressed paper goods are a never guilty pleasure for me. Which means, I may have indulged a little bit, but I don’t think 6 Valentine’s Day cards, and 2 rolls of Washi tape is excessive, and I’ll keep telling myself that. I still spent a good $11 less than the shirt that I returned cost, so I’m ahead? Oh well, I got paper in my veins. Thanks, Dad.


– Stephanie


[012] Guilty Pleasures


Being out of work has made me realize that I have a lot of guilty pleasures. Like, really a lot. I feel as though I have more guilty pleasures than the typical person. Some of them I don’t actually feel guilty about, but they’re not things that I tend to advertise, until now. I’m going to have to categorize the pleasures by the level of guilt that I feel when partaking in them: sometimes, always, and never.



  • Laying in bed, or on the couch, all day.
  • Not exercising when I tell myself it needs to happen.
  • Wearing slippers, that kind of look like shoes, out in public.
  • Stalking people on Facebook. I don’t think I’m alone on this one.
  • Filling up my online shopping cart with hundreds of dollars worth of clothes, and then not actually purchasing anything. (This is currently happening, except I might actually get some things.)


  • Eating chocolate Chex for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Not washing my face before bed.
  • Taking a nap after working out, but before I shower and change.
  • Buying more chapstick when I already have dozens upon dozens.


  • Watching every show on Bravo, i.e. all the Real Housewives, Millionaire Matchmaker, etc.
  • Not wearing a bra…but only around the house.
  • Not putting pants on in the morning.
  • Eating sweets at all times of the day.
  • Painting my nails multiple times a week.
  • Eating pasta with butter and cheese.
  • Lighting multiple vanilla scented candles…in every room.


So there you go, people…all of the guilty pleasures I can currently think of. If you know me, and there’s anything you think I missed, or if you want to share any of your own sometimes, always, or never guilty pleasures, just leave a comment!


– Stephanie


[011] Unconventional Concert


I got to spend the day with the cutest nugget on this side of the country. There was an early start to the day, Christian and I had breakfast together, we played, and I put him down for a nap. After he woke up, my Aunt, Christian and I went to a nearby mall, had lunch, and came home. I’m about ready for a nap, and since I still have the option, I’m going to capitalize on that…now.


– Stephanie


[009] Prep Time


For whatever reason, I didn’t fall asleep last night until almost 4am, which means I slept in this morning, and into the very early afternoon. Went on a dry run, even though it was technically wasn’t dry on account of rain, to where my interview will be, got brunch, and went to Cosco. Now that I’m home, it’s time to settle down, and prep for tomorrow. This includes painting my nails, picking out the perfect business casual outfit, creating a 45 minute portfolio presentation, and of course, practicing said presentation. I feel comfortable discussing my work, but I just want to make sure that I highlight how each of my projects has made me a better designer, and has taught me new skills, especially ones that apply to the position. I’m excited, nervous, and filled with anticipation. Wish me luck, and I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow!


– Stephanie


[008] Fast Friends


I made a new friend! My other amazing friend, Sarah, virtually introduced us earlier this week, so today we got coffee, and got to know each other. I definitely needed this. Having someone my own age to talk to, and to become friends with will be nice as I continue to adjust to Seattle life. My new friend is a recent transplant also, so maybe we can discover new things together!


– Stephanie


[007] Killer Clouds


Today was just lovely. It was very mellow, and relaxing, but I got enough done to feel satisfied. I had dinner with my Aunt and Uncle at a place in downtown Kirkland, that was also just lovely. I put my recently lucky orange underwear on for the SU game starting at 8am tomorrow, and now I’m off to bed. Apologies to my east coast readers who didn’t get to read a post on Friday.

– Stephanie


[006] Scratching an Itch


I’ve been itching to go to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) for quite awhile now. The first time I was in Seattle, I was with my family and none of them wanted to go. The second time there was a lot going on with my grandparents and new cousin, which meant that there was little to no extra time. When I was here this past July, the day we all decided to go into Seattle, SAM was closed, and I went shopping instead. But today, it was open, I had plenty of time to walk around, and I totally enjoyed it! There was more classic and traditional art versus modern but it was still very much worth the wait.

Until tomorrow.


– Stephanie



[005] Seattle Rain


I feel completely overwhelmed. I’m putting so much pressure on myself, now that I’m actually in Seattle, to find a job, and a worthy one at that. I’ve been on unemployment for almost 2 months at this point. Although a part of me really enjoys not having to be somewhere everyday for a set amount of time, the other part is going crazy from sitting around day after day. Yeah I’m doing work, but not 8 hours a day worth. And I’d love to get out and go do stuff, but I feel a little guilty having fun when I really want and need to find a job. I know I need to explore, but it’s kind of depressing doing it all by myself. Don’t get me wrong, I am SO excited to be here and to have taken this opportunity for myself, and to have the support from all my family and friends, but it’s a serious adjustment, and I thought I’d be all set by now. Emotionally I was ready to miss the shit out of my family , and my nugget Jacob, but I was not mentally prepared for how frustrating this whole job hunting business is. I have an interview lined up for next week at a huge company; I want this job because it would be an amazing opportunity for me, and I would love to work there.

On a lighter note, I’m finally getting a taste of the famous Seattle rain. I’m going to have to invest in an awesome umbrella if my hair is going to survive the next few months.

I promise these posts will get happier.

– Stephanie


[004] Plans from Yesterday


My headache finally went away, so I went into downtown Kirkland like I had planned to yesterday. It’s very lovely and quaint, and I should have taken some pictures, but I was busy enjoying it! I like giving you guys the play by play of my day to day, but I decided weeks ago that I was going to do this blog for me. That means I’ll take pictures of things that I want, when I want, and you’ll like them…hopefully. So instead of giving you a picture of stores, I gave you one of a fish, and I think he’s pretty awesome.

I still kinda feel like I’m on vacation. I contribute a lot of that to the fact that I don’t have a job, and can sit around and do nothing all day. But I’m working on it! Today I was an applying-to -jobs machine! Got three very customized resumes and cover letters out to places that would be kind of amazing to work for. Let’s hope they think I’m just as amazing as I think they are.

Another thing that makes me feel like this isn’t quite real yet is the weird weather. I’m used to either above or below freezing, and the weather that comes with it. Here in Seattle, there is an odd amount of fog. And it’s not the kind of fog that goes away when the sun comes out, because there isn’t a whole lot of sun, but it’s the kind that just sits around all day, and doesn’t really go away. I was all ready for the rain and I haven’t seen a drop, not that I’m complaining, although I kind of am, aren’t I? Oh well.

– Stephanie