Kevin has finished a full week of the new job! So far he likes it! he's able to be home by 5, which is great!
It is kind of weird not being able to go anywhere. I have walked to Trader Joes, it takes about 15 minutes and it's a pretty steep hill up but it really isn't that bad. And there is a Barnes and Noble in the plaza if I really wanted to just get out of the apartment. So far I have been keeping busy with figuring out new projects. I have a new linocut, that I am excited to get working on. I will show you progress photos next week. There is a lot of detail!
I've been figuring out lunches for Kevin because I enjoy making food for us, and if I let it up to him he'd be eating a handful of nuts for lunch. This past week I made sweet potato, quinoa patties and a chicken avocado chickpea wrap. Random sides would be leftovers from dinner like a carrot salad, or different quinoa salad.
My guilty pleasure of the week was making fried rice, and oh my, it was so good, as good as fried rice i've gotten from take out. We had left over brown rice and this was the first recipe I found. It was super easy to make and delicious.
But anyway on to the main subject! I've been thinking about making a post like this for some time. I'm turning 24 (OMG!) soon, and I've been thinking about how long ago 16 years old felt like, yet at the same time it doesn't feel like THAT long ago. Even though I don't really regret anything of course there I things I wish I realized when I was 16. It would've saved me a lot of heartache and time. So moving on to my list!
15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 16:
1. You will not be friends with most of your high school friends.
And that's completely okay! Don't try too hard to keep some friendships alive, most of the time you're only friends with these people right now because you had a class together. Hold on to the good memories about them but it's best to move on before you hold some grudges because lack of communication.
2. Don't let a boy define you!
This is a big one, so many women feel like they need a man to feel some sort of value. I was definitely guilty of letting a guy make me feel like I wasn't pretty, skinny, or funny enough. And that's such an awful feeling. If a guy isn't in to you, it has nothing to do with you as person!
3. Explore more.
Just get out there and do something different! Even if it's only once a week or if it's a small little thing. Just get out there and don't be afraid to explore new things.
4. Do not talk about people.
Everyone is guilty of this, it's super easy to do. It's easier to judge something you don't understand than just shutting up. Do not waste your energy on gossiping. You want to be remembered as the person that was nice to everyone!
5. Do not get involved into other people's relationships.
You think you understand what you're doing but you don't. So just don't. haha. They are completely capable of figuring out what is best for them.
6. Wear whatever the hell you want!
I was so concerned about what people thought about my outfits! It was exhausting! Thinking about it now, I just laugh, because I follow this advice today and I am so much more happier! I put on a shirt and pants without thinking.
7. It's all right to say no.
It's a cliche but it's true! It's not fun to feel pressured into something you are not comfortable with!
8. Let the little stuff go.
Man, oh, man. Certain things were such a big deal when I was younger, and looking back I'm just like, "why did you waste your time on that?" Just let it slide of your shoulders, that goes from boys to not studying for test.
9. Do not let people make you feel inadequate!
Let's face it, teenagers are mean! I'm not saying get into a fist fight with them but put them in their place. Just by saying, "Look, what you said was hurtful and completely uncalled for" is enough to shut them up. Usually bullies cower away when you call them out in a calm way.
10. Do not chase the boy.
You know how I said teenagers are mean? Well so are boys. They just do not develop empathy in high school! haha. If a guy isn't showing interest he is not playing hard to get he is just not that into you.
Another week down in Knoxville, Tennessee!
We went to a local coffee shop, The Blue Mason CoffeeHouse, it's a cute place, they offer a lavender latte, it was almost too sweet, but it was light and airy. They have nice big windows but it is tiny.
We went to The Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, it's this cute little bakery off of Kingston Pike, we bought four mini pies and they were key-lime pie, I-40 (pecan pie with chocolate chips and coconut), Apple, and Buttermilk. I had the key-lime pie last night and oh. my. gosh. It was sweet but tart and the crust was so good. I'm gonna have the apple tonight.
But those are the only new places we've been to this week. Kevin's been getting ready for his new job and I've been working on some of my stamps and changing some stuff on my website.
I now I have a twitter dedicated to printmaking!
Tomorrow we're going to the Great Smoky Mountains! We're going on a trail near Cades Cove, hopefully no bear encounters and then we're going to go to The Plaid Apron for lunch. I'm really excited about going to the national park! Kevin and I are getting more into hiking, I definitely want to take him camping while we're so close to a national park!
I've been figuring out patterns with my stamps, the flamingo and teapot are on my etsy.
Figuring out patterns is hard! Especially the teapots since there are so many ways to do it. And then when you add color to it and it's a whole other ballgame. I need to buy more material to make more stamps. I'm really enjoying making them. I like making cute little animals or objects. The stamps are easy to store away, they don't take up a lot of space and I don't need a press for them! (I miss my press!)
One of the bonuses of living in our apartment complex is they have a surprisingly nice gym!
So i've been working out everyday. Eating healthy-ish. I finally found a smoothie I like! I have that after my workouts.
I feel good, don't get me wrong, I have a love/hate thing with exercise, I sometimes prefer sitting around like my cats, but I do feel good about what I accomplished after a hard workout.
Food is my weakness though, I wish I had this strong will power to eat only veggies but I love salt, butter and sugar.
Food honestly brings me so much joy haha. In moderation of course.
Thanks for Reading!
Actually, no, no I am not. I will never say y'all.
But I'm in Knoxville, Tennessee!!
We finally got here! The drive was long, especially with two cats.
Moochie, my 11 year old, permanent looking kitten, surprisingly took the drive okay. She definitely wasn't happy about being in the crate but she was quiet.
Not Toffer, who wasn't in a crate because he is an abnormally large cat. There was a lot of meowing, a lot of panting and many looks of, "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?" He would be quiet for 20 minutes, thinking he'd tired himself out, but then he'd remember he was in a car and start freaking out again.
How are they getting along you may ask?
Well I was nervous, because Toffer would hiss every time Moochie would meow occasionally in the car.
But they each have their designated corner pretty much. Toffer gets the living room and kitchen, Moochie has our bedroom/closet and the bathroom. Mooch won't venture out while Kevin is in the living room but Toffer will come in the bedroom occasionally and let me remind you, Toffer is twice the size of Moochie, when he sees Moochie nonchalantly walk towards him he runs away! You should go on my Instagram to see my documentation of it!
Moochie is kind of tolerating Kevin. She runs when he enters a room but if he lying down she'll come near him.
So I thought we were in the clear! But no...I was sitting on the edge of our bed and I just happened to turn around and see Moochie peeing on Kevin's side of the bed! I read that you're suppose to feed them where they peed cause obviously they don't want to eat where they go to the bathroom! I only gave her treats not a meal, so the next day she pees again! In the same spot, I was livid, and she definitely got that vibe because she was hiding behind the toilet for awhile. So I buy a shower curtain cover the bed and made her eat there, which she did not like but she hasn't done it since. I still put the plastic curtain on just for good measure, it takes an extra 30 seconds to put it on.
We do not have a washer and dryer, so washing clothes, sheets and towels is not as easy anymore!
One last thing about my cat, Moochie, she never did this when I came home to Pittsburgh, but when Kevin and I go to bed, she won't. She jumps off and on, jumps over my head, stares at Kevin, stares at me. She's crazy! And I have no idea why she does it! She never did that when it was me her, I don't know if its just because of Kevin or not, any ideas?
All right, enough about cats! On to the apartment! It's a nice apartment! I was going to take pictures, but it's really hard to take photos of rooms? Who thought? haha.
Once you walk through the door, it's an open living room on the right, the kitchen is on the left. When you walk thru the kitchen there is the "laundry" room aha. The kitchen has black cabinets, fridge and stove. Enough counter space. There's a little hallway to the bathroom and bedroom. The bathroom has two doors, one to the hallway and then one to the bedroom. The bathroom is the biggest bathroom i've ever had. I can take a shower OR a bath. I haven't had that option since I've left home for college. We have plenty of space in the bedroom. The closest just fits our clothes in it. There are two large window doors to the patio, one from the bedroom and one from the living room.
I might just take a video eventually and upload that, cause descriptions are never as fun as visuals!
The apartment area is nice also! There's a pool and gym and then a park that is walkable and isn't terrifying.
We are right off of Kingston Pike, which is MASSIVE. It literally has everything you could want. There are tons of restaurants and shopping plazas.
Kevin and I were most excited about Whole Foods. Cause we love food haha.
We went to a cute brunch place last saturday called The Plaid Apron, I had sourdough french toast with fresh peaches. So, so, so good.
Today we went downtown to Knoxville, and thanks to my Aunt Laura, went to the Farmers Market, which I was very impressed with, a lot of local produce and meat. The shops and restaurants and looked nice too. We passed a couple food trucks which I definitely want to try! But for breakfast we went to The French Market Creperie, I had a sweet crepe...cause duh. It was lemon and sugar, yum. Coffee was okay.
It was History day or something today around Market Square. I saw Abraham Lincoln from afar! I really just wanted to find him again but he was gone...but the History museum was free admission so we checked that out, learned about Eastern Tennessee history, and then looked at that World's Fair Ball thing.
Kevin was feeling a bit under the weather but he's also not a tourist, unlike me, with new cities or places, I can walk for hours. So he has to tell me when he wants to stop cause I'll keep walking. haha. But from the bit I saw of knoxville, I'd like to explore some more! I'm also really surprised it's free parking on Saturday and Sunday!
So far I like Knoxville!
Kevin has one more week till his job starts, so we'll just continue looking around.
I want to get to the Smoky Mountains ASAP.
I was able to do some printmaking yesterday!
I made teacup and teapot stamps, I think they're adorable!
I can't wait to make a pattern with them.
Thank You to anyone who took the time to read all that! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Also here's a photo of my dog Tucker, I wanted to take nice photos of him but you'd think I was aiming a gun at him!
So much for being a model!
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