Galentine’s Day Recap

Hey Internet! I don’t know about you, but I have to work/school today and Monday’s got me being like this:

Tired Puppy

BUT I had a great Galentine’s/Valentine’s Day weekend and I wanted to pop in and share some pictures!

The weekend started at a BBQ restaurant with my carpool buddy on Friday. GUYS. This place. The food was AMAZING. ANDPLUSALSO? THERE WAS A CAT! AND the cat looked so much like Binx. I called him Binx II, and he crawled right into my lap and I maybe almost cried. Pictures:

Binx II DIS FOOD DOE Love at first sight

If you are ever in the area, the place is called Yellow Dog Eats and it is the best.

After lunch I went home and Adorabeezle and I finished Broadchurch (its a BBC crime series and its AMAZING. Go watch it on Netflix. Right now.)

Also, this happened. It’s a common occurrence, really, but I can never get over the cuteness:

Cat Love

Then I turned in for the night and spent some time reading Make it Happen. I’ve been reading this for a little over a month now, and it has been SO GOOD for my heart. I’ve been really savoring it and taking copious notes. So. Much. Goodness.

Make it Happen

Then Saturday was a sleep in and be productive kind of day. It seems weird, but I cherish the days I am free enough to really clean the kitchen. Just doing laundry and getting all the dishes done and organizing things. I LIVE for that on the weekends… Does this mean I’m officially a grown up? Maybe. Also? I cleaned ALL of my make up brushes. That may seem like small potatoes to you if you have your life together, but this was a big deal for me. I’m not going to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve done this, because I want you to think I’m a fancy person who isn’t living in filth. Just go with it.

A Thing of Beauty

After the productiveness, Adorabeezle came home from work and we hit up EPCOT for Galentine’s Day. (If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day is you need to watch Parks and Rec ASAP!!!)

What is Galentine's Day
The Best Day of the Year

We grabbed some fish and chips (I ate the fish. Adorabeezle ate the chips). and then we headed to France where we waited 20 minutes in line for a cocktail and then 20 minutes in line for the patisserie. We regret nothing.Fish and Chips Drank Drankin in EPCOTRaspberry Mousse

The drink was a specialty orange passion fruit slushie, that came in a “souvenir glass,” which I thought was kind of silly since it was just a sphere and made my drink cost three extra dollars, but it was delicious and I have NO REGRETS.

After Epcot, we came home and I treated myself to a nice lush bath bomb bath complete with Christmas lights, candles, poor girl sangria (wine with a splash of oj and some cut up oranges) a touch of chocolate and a episode of Fixer Upper on my Kindle.

Bath of Champions

Sunday was church and then ALL THE ERRANDS. I did some cooking for the week and finished some apartment projects I’ve been putting off. I also put together a breathtaking doughnut diorama. Because I don’t play around when it comes to holidays or doughnuts.

Breathtaking Doughnut Diorama

The rest of the night was spent with netflix and putting that souvenir glass to good use:

Succulent globe succulent

(yes the succulent is fake – who do you think I am? a real grown up person?) But I’m fairly certain the moss I bought from Joann’s is real… which kind of freaked me out…

Anyway, that was my Galentine’s weekend, Internet. How was yours?




Cat’s Aren’t…

Hello Internet! I know that it’s been forever. I’m trying to figure out my school/life balance, and blogging has kind of fallen by the wayside… for now… I’m determined to get back into the swing of things here soon. But for now, other things are taking priority.

Today I wanted to share a list with you. This is a list of things you may hear somebody in our apartment tell the cats. I say at least one of these things Every. Single. Day. It turns out when you are raising two kittens, you are constantly monitoring where they are (never where they belong) and telling them what are not. So, for instance, when Winston climbs onto the coffee table (approximately 863 times a day), somebody ends up yelling “cats aren’t coffee!” and then we move him and five minutes later we have to tell him again.

Here is a by no means complete list of things our cats think they are, which in fact they are not.

Cats aren’t…

  • Coffee
  • Mixed drinks
  • Craft supplies
  • Dirty dishes
  • Work essentials
  • Jewelry
  • Car keys
  • Nighttime essentials
  • Electrical cords
  • Perishable items
  • Nonperishable items
  • Garbage (yes… yes they are)
  • Toiletries
  • Window dressings
  • Christmas decorations
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Smart (at least mine aren’t)

Do any of these sound familiar Internet? If so, I’d be willing to wager you’ve owned a cat or two in your day.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the cats where they belong:

Des babes.

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DEEZ CATS DOE #catlove #winstonandelliemay

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Current Obsessions and Other Things

Hey Internet!

Since I have been gone for FOREVER, I thought I would stop in and talk about some things I am currently obsessed with, so you can get a feel for what I’ve been up to when I wasn’t freaking out about finals and then ignoring real life because of the holidays.

In no particular order:

  • HGTV: I have a problem, and the problems name is Fixer Upper, I have watched every episode on Netflix, and have started re-watching them. I also bought My Big Family Renovation from Amazon Prime, because when my girl Jen Hatmaker is on an HGTV show you KNOW I need to watch it. All I want to do is buy a house with the no money I have and the KNOCK DOWN ALL THE WALLS

    She is my hero (via)

    She is my hero (via)

  • Still Hamilton: Seriously Internet. Go listen to it RIGHT NOW. It is better than this blog – I will admit that! Go! Now!
    Hamilton
  • John Mulaney – The Comback Kid: This is my new favorite comedy special on Netflix. I watched it 3 times in a week while I was home because I just need all of my friends to GET ON MY LEVEL
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  • Christmas: There was so much Christmas!!! But now I’m back in school…boo…
  • Plaid Puffer Vests – two Christmases in a row I have gotten plaid puffer vests from Land’s End for Christmas. And they may be my two favorite pieces in my closet. I am not even a little bit kidding. This is the vest I got this year and I have been LIVING in it:
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  • Peppermint Schaaps in my Coffee: ’nuff said

What are YOU obsessing over at the moment, Internet?




It is Like There are Two Tiny Fat Monsters in my Apartment

Hey Internet! I realized I haven’t given you an update on Winston and Ellie May since we got them!

I know. Its horrible. YOU NEED YOUR KITTEN PICTURES. But… finals… That has been my excuse for everything for two months.

So. Kittens. I love them so much. And more important THEY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH. They are best friends. They could care less about me and Adorabeezle. They have each other. I mean:

Cat Love 1 Cat Love 2 Cat Love 3 Cat Love 4 Cat Love 5

They are spoiled rotten, obvi, and have their own cat tree. They love it, but have also managed to destroy it a little – there are no longer mice toys attached to it.

 

They aren’t graceful #christmascameearly #elliemaywhovier

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For a long time, anytime anyone asked how the kittens were I would say “They are good. Just, you know, destroying everything we love.” And I stand by that statement. EXHIBIT A:

Tree Down

They are growing. They are basically butterballs. Both of them are rather rotund, I keep saying it is because they are about to go through growth spurts, but after Binx I MAY just have a penchant for raising really fat cats, only time will tell.

Fat Cat Ellie

Winnie Curl

Fat Cat Ellie 2

Mostly, we just really love them. I am obsessed with them and miss them terribly when I’m gone. Every two days I look at them and wonder how they have gotten so bug and then I cry…like actual tears… and that does not happen. I am a robot

So the cats are good. And if you want more updates, you should follow me on Instagram because around 85% of my posts are cat related.

#sorrynotsorry

 




I’ve Caught the Resolutions Bug

Hey Internet! I’m back! I’m still home in the suburbs of Chicago (and being reminded about WHY I left!! I’m looking at you ICE STORM!) And really trying to soak up the down time while I have it, and also try to set myself up for success in the upcoming semester.

So as I try to prepared for the spring semester, I feel a familiar sensation coming over me… I am catching the Resolution Bug. The Resolution Bug, as I’m sure you know, runs rampant this time of year and EVERYONE seems to catch it in one form or another. My system is SUPER susceptible to the Resolution Bug. It’s bad. Every year I start out thinking THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT, and every year it is the same. I start out strong for a few days, and then peter out within a week or two.

This is not something I am proud of. I make sweeping declarations and I am SERIOUS THIS TIME… for a week and a half… But guys, this year I’M REALLY SERIOUS THIS TIME. I have BIG PLANS for the new year. I’m REALLY GOING TO WORK ON THINGS. And I want to believe myself.

I want to go into this new year with BIG PLANS and I want to stick to them. But to stick to them I need to believe that I will. I need to believe myself, even though I have proven myself to be the quintessential Girl Who Cries Wolf.

So how do I believe me? How do I say “Look Liz, I know you’ve said all of these things before, but you say this time is different and DANGIT! I BELIEVE YOU!”

This is not a rhetorical question. I need somebody trustworthy to vouch for me. Because I clearly cannot be trusted.

So do you have any secrets, Internet? What do you do when you catch the Resolution Bug? How do you keep going once the Bug has passed through your system and you are left to your own devices?

This are Real Questions I have.