Friday, April 29, 2011

It's Alive!

So if you've been following my posts about the flood we had in our apartment, you know there's been some concerns about the side effects of the water.

The apartment people are replacing our carpet and padding next week, not because it got wet but because "it's old." I guess whatever they need to say to justify it, it needs to be done. The musty smell cannot be tolerated much longer.

Anyways, out of curiosity I purchased a mold test kit and tested the area near where the mail leak occurred. The initial sample was taken on Tuesday and per the instructions I've been letting it sit and do it's thing. So this is how it looks today:

Gross right? I can have the petri dish sent in so the growths can be identified but I'm not sure if I want to do that yet. Any scientists out there who want to take a crack at it?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring fling and new hair!

I got my haircut today which was long overdue. I didn't have anything drastic done, I just had a lot of bulk taken out (my hair is extremely thick) and the split ends cleaned up. It feels much better now and it's now on it's way to becoming the hair style I want as noted in my previous blog.

Also today has been fairly sunny although on the cooler side and quite windy. I have so many clothes for spring and summer that I am dying to wear but the weather just won't play nice. So I decided to just go with a spring inspired outfit anyways. I needed some color to brighten my day.

Dress: ASOS
Blazer: H & M
Shoes: Charlotte Russe
Bag: Forever 21

Monday, April 25, 2011

After the flood....

So if you haven't heard, our apartment was flooded several weeks ago because a pipe burst in the wall of the apartment above us. You can read all about it and see pictures here.

It's now been two weeks since the flood happened and we're still recovering. We made an insurance claim with our renter's insurance, however our total is less our deductible so we're at a loss. They have cleaned our carpets twice, plus fixed the ceiling where it opened up and painted to cover the stains. However we still have an obvious musty smell and now I'm starting to get sick.

Now it's not for sure that our apartment is making me sick, at first I thought it was just allergies but it's been two days and I still feel terrible. My mother came to visit the other day and within 30 minutes of her being here her nose started to get stuffy and make her feel ill. Chauncey isn't feeling to well either, but he isn't as bad as I am, but both my mom and I have asthma so it wouldn't surprise me if we feel it more. The apartment people are supposedly going to come and peel back our carpeting and check for moisture and mold and see if they can clean even more (which after two weeks I'm curious to see what it looks like). 

Has anyone else ever been in a situation like this? We both feel like we're kinda stuck and not sure what we should do next?

All I know is that we can't keep living in this mess so something has to give.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dining at Walt Disney World Pt.1

While WDW has so much to offer, one of our favorite parts is the food. Disney offers so many choices beyond burgers, turkey legs and chicken fingers, especially at many of the sit-town/table service locations. After multiple trips we have tried several of the TS restaurants, but I know we still have many to try. We're still several weeks away before we can make ADRs (advanced dining reservations) which can be made 180 days before your trip. Chauncey and I have been discussing which places we want to try on our next trip which can be a difficult decision this far out, because how are you going to know what you are going to want to eat 6+ months from now? Luckily there are many resources out there, my favorite is All Ears which has menus for every restaurant on Disney property.  For record's sake, here are the TS restaurants we have eaten at previously:

-Animal Kingdom-
Yak and Yeti

-Hollywood Studios-
'50 Prime Time Cafe
Hollywood and Vine
Mama Melrose
Sci-Fi Dine In

Le Cellier
Nine Dragons
Rose and Crown Pub (I've tried this one on a solo trip but Chauncey hasn't)

-Magic Kingdom-
Crystal Palace (we've only done breakfast, it's a must-do for each trip)
Tony's Town Square

-Resort Locations-
ESPN Club @ The Boardwalk Resort
Chef Mickey's Breakfast @ The Contemporary
1900 Park Fare Breakfast @ The Grand Floridian
1900 Park Fare Dinner @ The Grand Floridian

With our next trip we're hoping to try some new places, but we''ll have to wait and see what's available for ADRs when our time comes.

Friday, April 22, 2011


"Gimme head with hair Long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, Streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair Shoulder length or longer Here baby, there mama Everywhere daddy daddy

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair Flow it, show it Long as God can grow it My hair
" -Hair, 1967

I've always had an interesting relationship with my hair. If it can be done, I've probably done it, perm, color, long, short, wavy, straight...all of it! 

Fall 1999 (I started coloring my hair blonde while in high school)

 Spring, 2007

  July, 2008

 Summer, 2009

October, 2009 (I started going back to my natural hair color with highlights)

 December, 2009

August, 2010

 February, 2011 (I cut it to about chin length right before Thanksgiving and have been growing it back since)

 Like I said, my hair has been through many a transformation. It's still a work in progress, however I do have an appointment next week to see my hairdresser (whom unfortunately I haven't been able to see much with school taking most of my free time). I probably won't have anything to drastic done, I really just need it cleaned up as I have terrible split ends. I'm going to keep growing it out but this is what I'm hoping to achieve soon:

Obviously all these women have different hair colors but the general look I'm going for is long layers. My hair is super thick so layering is an easy way to get rid of the bulk, however I've always had drastically different length layers. While this is great when I'm wearing my hair down and not doing much with it, if I try to put it up (ponytail, up-do, etc) I always have large sections fall out because they aren't long enough to be pulled back regardless of how much hairspray or many bobby pins I use. Occasionally I've been successful at curling my hair and other simple styles but I'd like to get more creative but first I must get my hair healthy again.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Our next WDW adventure!

So while we have a vacation planned for this summer, we also have our next trip to WDW in the works. We are currently booked for early December at Caribbean Beach in a pirate themed room.

CB is a new resort to us, in our previous stays we've been at Pop Century and Port Orleans Riverside. I'm excited to stay at CB though, I'm a HUGE fan of Pirates of the Caribbean (both the attraction and the movies) and the pirate rooms are a big reason of us staying there. Yes this is our anniversary trip and there may be folks who will say that we should stay someplace more romantic, but to us going to WDW isn't about romance but about having fun and what could be more fun than sleeping in a bed that looks like a pirate ship!

Most of our plans have not been made yet because Disney hasn't released park hours for December yet. We do know that our trip will involve attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, plus we are taking a day to visit Universal Studios to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So stay tuned as we make dining reservations when our 180 day out window opens and make our park plans.


I admit, I love shoes. The right pair can make an outfit. One of the must-have styles is a pair of nude pumps like the ones I'm wearing today. I was going to wear a skirt to show off better how they elongate the legs, but it's too cold (45 degrees, cloudy and windy....where the heck is spring?) Now mine might look scary, but I love wearing heels and with the platform they are actually quite comfortable. But if sky-high isn't your thing there are plenty of other styles out there to try at all price points (mine were $30 at Charlotte Russe).

Friday, April 15, 2011

The (extremely) belated wedding reception report....continued!

Sorry I didn't want the other post to get to bogged down with pictures.....

We had a candy buffet loaded with all kinds of goodies

Time to toss the bouquet, bring out the "Single Ladies"

For the little ones we had what is termed a "teddy bear toss", although being the Disney geek that I am it became a Mickey Mouse toss

Then came the garter toss

At this point we had gone through most of the traditional wedding reception festivities, but this being us we couldn't stop there. In another room we had was Chauncey called his "Super Secret Project".  In a nut shell it was a display that starts in two parts. One section is a collection of pictures representing the groom and the other represents the bride. Then the two sections come together to represent the two lives coming together and at the end we showed our wedding video which had been filmed in 3D.

As much as I loved being able to wear my dress again I wanted something a bit more fun and comfortable so I rented a dress from Rent The Runway. If you haven't heard of them check them out. You can rent designer dresses for a fraction of what they would cost to buy them, they have all sorts of styles and price ranges and to make sure you get a dress that fits they'll send you your choice in two sizes and you can choose a back-up dress.

New shoes

Then we did the dollar dance (I got more money because I'm awesome!)

UB rocking the 3D glasses

Then we danced some more!

Outside it had started to rain, but as our guests were starting to leave a beautiful (double) rainbow appeared

Then it was time for the last couple of dances