[Dirty Laundry]

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I’m about to air some dirty laundry that a lot of ladies like to hide. Even though I’m no longer single, I do still live alone and continue to participate in some habits that I would never, or at least not right now, want my boyfriend to witness. This list includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Not wearing pants until 2pm on the weekends.
  2. Surviving on virtually zero food in the refrigerator for two weeks.
  3. Sniffing dirty drinking glasses to see if they’re smelly, and if they aren’t, I use them.
  4. Using mud masks multiple times a week.
  5. Gorging on massive amounts of junk food and candy.
  6. Sometimes I don’t shower.
  7. Laying on the couch all day.
  8. Drinking an entire bottle of wine without any help.
  9. Doing squats in my living room.
  10. Farting, or as some people call it…”making a fluffy.”

 

I’m a lady so that last one never happens, but if it did happen in front of my boyfriend I’d simply be mortified. Oh the mysteries of females.

 

– S

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[Dreamworld]

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I feel like such a sap saying this, but, I’m super happy. Probably the happiest I’ve ever been while in a relationship, and a lot, practically all of it, has to do with the man I’m in this relationship with. He’s thoughtful, caring, funny, driven, handsome, and so much more.

I’ve never had a good Valentine’s day and after talking about it in passing, he took it upon himself to make the entire weekend one that I will never forget. We went to dinner Friday night, and even though my salad was filled with a massive amount of unwanted bacon, we got dessert for free! We ended the night by watching one very shocking episode of House of Cards.

We rose early, and were on the road by 8am. (I managed to get ready and pack everything up in under an hour. *Pats self on back*) We stopped at one of the many roadside coffee huts, drove through Stevens Pass, which was beautiful, and ended up in Leavenworth, WA. We walked around the pseudo German town as the snow started to fall. Lunch was delicious, we hit the road again and arrived at our final destination of Coeur d’Alene, ID 4 hours later.

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The silences weren’t awkward, the views were lovely, and I couldn’t imagine taking that trip with anyone else. Thank you for being mine, Mr. Sullivan.

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– S

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[Winds that Whirl]

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I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I last posted; it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago! Anyway, some sort of cool and fun things have happened, and some not so cool and fun things. In true Stephanie fashion I will make a list:

1. Work has kicked into high gear and although I’m still doing a lot of the same stuff, I did get pulled into some super cool planning and designing for the future of Microsoft’s many websites.

2. The boyfriend and I went to Tacoma for a day trip to share some firsts together. First we visited the glass museum, and then spent a couple of hours at the LeMay car museum. A museum for Mr. Sullivan and one for me.

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3. I got home Wednesday to find that my refrigerator had been open all day. I had already had a stressful and mediocre day. It was the icing on a shit cake so I threw out 80% of what was in there. I had no cheese, that made me sad, and I may have cried.

4. I rode the bus downtown. All by myself. My end destination was Pike Place. I bought some goodies for a package I’m sending to my family, mac and cheese at Beecher’s, and some beautifully colored tulips.

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5. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and from the hints that my boyfriend has given me, which have been very limited, it sounds like it’s going to be a weekend to remember.

6. My mom is coming to visit in just 25 days. I’m so excited. SO EXCITED.

– S

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[Go Ahead…See What Happens]

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I really hate when people cut me off while I’m talking. I understand that it happens sometimes because that just the nature of human conversation and I can deal with it then, but when it happens over and over and over again, I lose my shit.

I sort of snapped at one of my coworkers/friends today after being cut off sentence after sentence. Normally I wouldn’t have been that upset about it because honestly, it wasn’t that important but I had already been a part of multiple conversations where I felt like I wasn’t able to contribute because I had been cut off, or just simply talked over. I’m not a confrontational person, so usually I just let it slide, but when I feel like I’m losing my voice and I’m not able to share a story or opinion, I get anxious, and that anxiety turns into an annoyance that just pisses me off.

Phew…glad I got that off my chest.

 

– S

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[Just a Little Update]

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I don’t really have a ton to say, or update you on, but I took some pictures that I’d kinda like to share, and I’ll put some captions on each picture so you feel like you know what’s going on. Yeah? Ok.

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All of the fire extinguishers in the building were checked this day and since the inspection happened in the morning, everyone put their extinguishers outside of their doors. Not really sure why, but it made me giggle.

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Went to grab a drink with my man, his bandmates, and their girlfriends at Cafe Racer. It was low key, and kind of nice to get to know them a little bit more.

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I bought flowers and managed to create 3 different arrangements out of them. There’s something about flowers that just make me so happy, plus this little guy sitting right in my entry way is kind of perfect. I actually bought more flowers yesterday just so I could bring them into work. It’s an addiction I’m totally ok with.

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I gave myself a manicure, and felt like a hand model. So, I took pictures of my hand.

– S

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[I’ve Gots the Travel Bug]

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First non-365 post after a whopping 1 day off, but I have big news totally worth sharing…

 

I’m going to Dubai in April!

 

My friend Lisa texted me on Friday and asked if I wanted to go with her. I said I’d think about it over the weekend, but as soon as she asked me I knew I was going to make the trip happen. I mean, when else am I going to go to Dubai? So, we bought our tickets today and I literally did a dance in my office when I was done. I’m just glad the blinds close.

 

– Stephanie

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[365] Mission Accomplished

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Guys…I did it! I took a picture every single day for an entire year and shared it with you. I’m still a little surprised it wasn’t harder for me to find the will to complete this project. I’m like a proud mama, but of myself…if that makes sense.

To celebrate the last day of this particular project, I went to a show at High Dive in Fremont. My boyfriend’s band was playing so that helped me get my ass out the door, but I had a lot of fun and met some new people, one of them originally from New York, so that was cool. I even got invited to the next girl’s night, which is cool too.

To commemorate this momentous occasion I’ve compiled a list of things I did, or happened this past year, in no particular order:

  1. Moved across the country.
  2. Spontaneously went to Hawaii.
  3. Got my first big girl job…at Microsoft!
  4. Dated for the first time ever.
  5. Walked to the grocery store…twice.
  6. Spent my birthday away from my mom, dad, and sister for the first time in my entire life.
  7. Watched my sister graduate high school.
  8. Went to my first “professional” baseball game.
  9. Started drinking red wine.
  10. Made gnocchi for the first time. (They were perfect.)
  11. Met people, and made some new friends.
  12. Got a Washington state drivers license.
  13. My pants ripped up the ass in public and I had to buy new ones.
  14. Let my blood thin out and think that 40 degrees is cold.
  15. Inherited an unexpected hatred for 49ers fans, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  16. Willingly participated in a Segway tour of Seattle with my family when they visited in July.
  17. Tried running…I hated it and that’s never gonna happen again.
  18. Took an 8 week letterpress class and produced some lovely work.
  19. Received some New York apples from my family because I missed our yearly mecca to Beak and Skiff.
  20. I read the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.
  21. Went to Discovery Park.
  22. Found an apartment I loved and moved to lower Queen Anne in Seattle.
  23. Became a Seahawks fan.
  24. Remained a Giants, Bills, and Syracuse Orange fan.
  25. Furnished most of my with stuff from Ikea.
  26. Sold my soul to Pottery Barn for the perfect bed.
  27. Went home to Syracuse for Christmas.
  28. Attended a Syracuse men’s basketball game.
  29. Got myself a boyfriend.
  30. Called Seattle home.

I feel extremely fortunate to have an amazing support system that not only, well, supported me on this adventure, but gave me the confidence and accolades I needed to enjoy this chapter in my life. I love you all, and I promise to keep this blog going, although, I may take a small hiatus to recuperate and let myself miss the blog so I can continue to love doing it.

 

– Stephanie

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[363] Adult Childhood

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I don’t remember the last time I took a bath. We have these expectations of what a bath is supposed to be like, thanks a lot, movies, and it hardly ever turns out that way. It usually doesn’t matter how many candles are lit, bath oils are purchased, which slow jams you play, or how many bubbles survive the duration of the bath.

Despite all that, I took a bath today. I stocked up on epsom salt, bubbles, oils, candles, and a pillow for the bath tub. I even cranked up the radiator in the bathroom and turned it into a sauna.

Seriously…best bath ever. The instant I got into the tub, my mood shifted from stressed and worried to relaxed and carefree. This bath thing may need to happen more often.

 

– Stephanie

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[362] When You’re Right, Sometimes You’re Wrong, Except When You’re Right

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Yes, that’s a homeless man dumpster diving, and yes, those seagulls are being assholes.

 

I was involved in a disagreement on Sunday during the Golden Globes. The disagreement turned into a bet; if my identification of a celebrity was incorrect then I’d treat to dinner, and if he was incorrect then he’d watch a chick flick of my choosing. Neither of us could really find sufficient proof that the other was wrong, so we dropped it, or so I thought.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a text this morning that said, “Ok. You were right about the Golden Globes thing.”

I’ll go ahead and put that one in the pro column: can admit when he’s wrong.

 

– Stephanie

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