Moving, Weddings, And a Cat’s Stupid Adventure

I’m long overdue for a post. The reason I’ve been away for so long is because….

Grizz and I bought a house! It finally happened. We waited a long time to get this house, but we’re finally in.
We’ve been busy getting things in order and it’s coming along. I have things I want to blog about, and I’m really excited because I have a studio now, so I’ll have room to shoot photos for things. It’s my goal now that I have the extra shooting space to plan more Outfit of the Day things. I even may do the holiday look book again, although I may try and do it a little differently. The wig collection is something I’m finally going to be able to get started on.

We were also busy with his sister’s wedding. Which was incredibly cool to be a part of it. It even ended up making the news! They got married on a moving “L” train in Chicago. It caught fire with the news, the even went on live TV!
Here’s one of the articles and the interview with Windy City Live is at the bottom of it.

I’m like, hey, I know them! ^_^

We threw a couple of parties here already, which is so exciting now that we have the room for it. Grizz’s birthday is coming up and we’ve been having an unseasonably warm fall, so we’re having another party that hopefully we’ll get to have a fire. 🙂

We have a few things we’re not used to having to do all the time, like double checking our doors. Last night our back door was not only unlocked, but as Grizz discovered when he got up for work this morning, it wasn’t even latched. The door was wide open for who knows how long. My first instinct was to jump up and look for Demon, our cat, who’s been obsessed with trying to sneak out whenever the door is open. As I expected, he was nowhere to be found. Grizz was already looking outside for him. I went down the block but didn’t see him. I was so heartbroken, and I remember shutting off the lights in the kitchen but I didn’t check the door so naturally I was blaming myself. And I was so worried about him. He’s so dark so he’d be hard for people driving in cars to see…
As we were admitting defeat and heading inside, something told me to ask Grizz to shine his flashlight under the deck. When he did, there was a set of glowing eyes looking at us. Luckily for us, he’s very food driven. So opening his can of cat food was all we needed to do to coax him out.

Stupid cat. Scared the shit out of me. I’m really glad that he didn’t get that far. I suppose if anything this whole experience will make me obsessed with checking to make sure the doors are locked.
I don’t even like cats… how did this little jerk claw his way into my heart?  It’s also been a small challenge trying to get him to get along with our dog, Eva. She’s used to cats because she’s lived with them almost her whole life. So she really doesn’t care at all about Demon. Like, she’s far to busy begging people to throw her ball and climbing into everyone’s lap even though she is far too big to be a lap dog. Demon, however, has never seen a dog. So, he took a bit longer to adjust. He’s still not a huge fan of her, but they coexist. And they’ll both snuggle me, so that’s all I wanted out of the whole arrangement.

Yay!

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So that’s what’s been going on lately.

I want to get back on track blogging-wise so I’m trying to plan simple things I can do for right now.
I think the next thing I do will be a makeup thing. I ordered an eyeshadow palette that was a collaboration with Morphe and KathleenLights on YouTube. I’ve been wanting to buy a YouTube collab, but this was the first one that was affordable so I went for it. It should be here Friday so I think I’m going to do a first impression or something like that over the weekend.  I literally just found out (like, I’m watching her October favorites right now and she JUST said) it’s sold out already. It released a week ago and it’s limited edition and it’s already gone. I’m glad I got it right away. It’s kind of the reason I want to do a lookbook again because I’m already thinking of cute holiday makeup looks.

Anyway, I think that’s it for me. I’ll talk again soon. 🙂
Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!

What did you dress up as?

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♥J

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I know I’ve been MIA on here again. I’m popping on here briefly just to say that I’ll probably be away for a little while longer. I’m going to be really busy in this week coming up (if all goes according to plan anyway) so I figured a quick appearance would be good.

If you don’t know what’s up, I’ll updated you in a few weeks. But also I post on Instagram frequently so you can always get caught up that way.  The short version is I’m most likely be moving on Saturday (if nothing goes wrong tomorrow >.<) and potentially I’ll post Instagram Stories all day.

I don’t have many ideas for posts at this time, but I think once I figure out what’s going on and get settled in I will finally be doing my wig collection since I’ll have the room to do so.

Anyway, in the meantime you can keep up with me on Twitter but mainly Instagram, both are @ softlysaturated.

See you later.

-J

 

Dancing Through Life

I Need To Condense My Stuff!

Right, I was gonna pre-write some posts and then have them scheduled to publish themselves automatically… um. I didn’t do that.

Anyway, as you know, Grizz and I were busy packing and moving this week. We moved into our new apartment that is gonna be a temporary living situation while we wait for our house’s short sale approval.
The move was a little crazy. As I recall when first moved out, we had an army of friends help both Grizz and I move in and we were finished in the afternoon. This time wasn’t really like that. In the two  years we’d been living there we’d acquired more things. And since we knew this would be temporary, we put a lot of stuff into storage instead of bringing it up three flights of stairs. Between working and being sick, we didn’t have a lot of time to pack. Trust me, we packed A LOT, but there was still stuff that wasn’t done come moving day. It was a lot of figuring out what’s ours and what’s our roommates, and then what’s going up with us, what’s being put into storage, what’s being thrown out/donated.

There’s still a lot of stuff that either made it into the new place or into storage that probably should be thrown out/donated. I feel like I had this huge revelation during this moving day that I sincerely need to get rid of things I don’t need. I really do need to make that effort and very soon. I think I’ll start with the things that made it into the apartment and when we find out about the house I will go to my parents’ place (where our stuff is stored) and sort through that stuff.

I mean this is bananas. There’s things I have for sentimental reasons, and there’s things I keep even though I’m not a fan of them just because someone gave them to me and I would feel bad for throwing them out. Ugh.  I need to stop.

But, the new place is pretty nice for us. We still have a lot to do in terms of unpacking and getting organized, to the point I actually would be okay if it’s a few months before we hear about the house… just because I don’t want to do this all over again in say, a month.

As it is, I should probably get going to pick up a couple things we need. Plus all my work gear is at the old place. Just decided to pop on and do a quick update. I’ll try and get the other posts I was planning on doing up.

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♥J

Settling In

So, I know I haven’t been able to post in awhile. A few weeks actually. I feel like all I’ve done since I moved is run around like a crazy person getting stuff together for the apartment. Even my downtime is spent doing dishes/laundry or what have you. Then any little time I have for myself I don’t want to spend blogging.

But I’m free now. Not in the greatest possible mood in the world, but I’m free now.  I don’t really know where I placed all the ideas I had in my brain for a post, so I’m just gonna talk about the new place a little. It’s pretty decent for an apartment. I love the area. If  you name a store or restaurant, I’m willing to bet I’m within 2 miles of it. Which includes my work.  It is pretty nice living so close to work. But I don’t like that I lose out on my music time.
The kitchen is sizable especially if you consider that most 2 bedrooms really skimp on the kitchen size. I think I was multiplying the size of all my things by like 10 though. Because I was super worried James and I wouldn’t be able to fit all our things. I was like “oh my dresser is going to take up that whole wall. There’s not going to be room for anything else.”
But everything fits just fine, with walking room still. That includes: our bed, my nightstand, his desk, my corner desk, my dresser with a vanity, and his dresser. His dresser lives in the closet but there’s room for everything. We’re both a bit messy and both want to try and keep a clean room so we’re really trying to not put our clothes all over the floor and stuff.

I had been feeling really homesick for awhile. As much as my family drives me nuts, I do love them and miss them. And holy crap do I miss my little baby. But I’m starting to get used to it. I don’t spend a lot of time alone anyway. James is usually home around the time I get home from work. My roommate, Tara, is out a lot but she’s around sometimes too. But I do have at least one day off in the middle of the week and normally I spend it by myself.  And I’m getting used to being by myself. (I really hate being alone)

So that’s it. I like my new apartment a lot, and really moving out was the best thing for me. I keep in touch with my parents and my sister. And I visit my little baby when I can. I even photographed a little! This is Tara’s cat, Wickett.

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He has majestic lion fur.

So, if there’s anything that you all would like to see postwise let me know. Because I have no idea what to post. Possibly some recipes? I don’t know. Oh well, I’ll think of something.

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-J

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We Got Approved! And Other Stuff.

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulder.  We finally got approved for an apartment!  We can move in less than a month! It’s just nice to have one less thing to worry about. Now I just have to start packing. And I’m really hoping James and I can fit all our stuff in our one room. (It’s the one I talked about in my last update about this)

So, if anyone is interested I’ll do a tour photoblog but it’s not super exciting. It’s really not fancy, it’s just a regular ol’ two bedroom apartment.  But it is the first time I’m leaving my parents’ home, so it’s exciting to me.

I just wanted to pop on here and share my exciting news! Yay!

And I have a few things coming up.

Next weekend I’ll be seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time ever! And I have an awesome outfit planned for that I’ll be sharing. I even bought a wig. So I might talk a bit about that if it works out well.

And tomorrow I’ll be shopping with Tiffany.  I’m kind of doing a “last hurrah” sort of shopping spree. Once I move out I’m going to save, save, save as much as I possibly can. So I’m allowing myself to splurge a little bit tomorrow on things for my pastel/boho goth style.  I think I’m going to concentrate a bit on tops and accessories. I’ll possibly do a haul photoblog on what I end up buying if that’s something people are interested in.

Also, I know I did a Fall Playlist post, so I think I want to do a winter one as well.

And lastly,  I’ve been collecting random other blog articles that I find interesting so I will be putting together a post with links to those.  I’ll probably do that within the next few days.

So those are the things I’ll be talking about over the next few weeks. Plus once roller derby starts up again, I’ll have more photography to post.

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter: @softlysaturated

-J

P.S. Please take a second  to make a donation to the Nerdy Neehigh Ninjas in their fight for Futures Without Violence, if you can! We’d really appreciate it!

Changes

Well this post is going to be a little different than what I’ve been doing.  But I’m just in an okay place right now and I want to share.

If you ever read my old blogs you’d see that I was kind of in a slump. I hated my job, I was discouraged about ever making enough money to move out with my boyfriend. I wasn’t sure I was cut out for my career path (website design) so I irrationally decided I was going to become an elementary school teacher until I finally realized that all I ever wanted to do was be a photographer. Hell I was even discouraged that I would never be able to leave my crappy customer service job because it’s all I’ve done for the past 4 or 5 years and I feel like I might fail at anything else.

While not much has changed… I’m 25. I’m still at that same crappy customer service job (it’s been about 6 years) and I live with my parents.  I’ve got a lot going on over the next few months that I just feel really good about. For instance, I’m finally getting a promotion. This time a couple years ago I was feeling like I was being passed over for a crew trainer promotion left and right. People who got their training from me would get promoted while I got nothing. I would watch the floor while the managers had a meeting with nothing more than a thank you. Now that they’re in a tight spot for managers, they’ve been asking me. So I’m getting promoted to crew trainer and then we’ll see about management. Seeing as I’m moving out in the near future, I could really use the money. So I’ve decided to stay at my job for a little while longer. Eventually I’ll move on to something in my field, I really hope, but for now I’ll at least be doing something different and that makes me feel a lot better about my job.

I feel like I’m making pretty great strides in my photography also. I’ve been shooting the roller derby bouts for James’s sister’s team which has been awesome. I’m not making anything  but I feel like having the experience is going to be helpful. I’ve also been helping my friends with their sparring group by designing the logo and shooting practices for them.  I’ve been feeling really great about the work I do for my mom’s vacation pictures, and the portraits I did for my sister’s graduation and my future roomie’s new dress.  All these projects have given me something to do outside of work, and something I can hopefully show to future clients.

And lastly as I mentioned a few times I am finally moving out of my parent’s house.  My co-worker, Tara, needs to move closer to work and really needed a roommate. I suggested moving out with James and me because we could split the rent even more and we would still only need two bedrooms. James recently got a job in his field (yay!) but is not feeling comfortable moving out until he knows he will be stable. So for now it’s just Tara and I. And maybe after a year or two we’ll be able to move out on our own! This process has been exciting and terrifying at the same time. While I think I should be okay with all the raises I should be getting soon I’ve been having major anxieties about being on my own. But I’m still going to try and push through because it’s time for me to start being on my own.

All these things have given me a fresh perspective on my life and it feels so great. I still feel kind of unstable once in awhile, but I am able to work through it most of the time.  So, cheers to all the changes in my life right now!

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-J