This ‘N That, I Will Soon Have a Booth at The Nat

I have a bit of EXCITING NEWS to share – my friend and fellow employee Ed and I have decided to open a joint booth together at The Nat starting February first! That way we’d only be paying $40 a month each for rent, which is totally doable! As of now, we’re in the Consignment Room, and a lot of customers don’t go into it because it’s off the beaten path in The Nat. We both want our items to have more exposure, a booth opened up in a great spot, and here we are!

Here’s the current space – it has some of the old vendor’s stuff in it still, but you get the idea!

I’ll do an update on my work soon – I’ve started working on some jaw bones – I painted one white (but I’ll probably do a different color because white just looks like bone to me), and the other is turquoise with pink, orange, black, and white accents.

And as for my big ol’ skull, he’s a little bit stinky still from a long soak in bleach and hot water – he’s outside airing out as of now, although I experimented with some rose gold on him – I think that’s the color I’m going with, and I’ll try some deep blue, a deep purple, oyster, and white as the accents. I’m also going to attempt a different pattern on him too – a large circular pattern with smaller dots to complement the big pattern. Rose gold is such a popular color right now, so I hope someone loves him! One really has to find the right buyer for something like this – someone who’s interested in unique art that’s got a Southwestern flair (with a bit of the macabre).

A Few Fun Things From Today ~

A contemplative Drogo.

And my Tooter Bud with his new favorite toy that my mom bought him from – he ADORES this big fluffy ball!

I also had a refund from Free People today (the Spell and Gypsy Dress was too baggy, so I sent it back), and I purchased another One Adella Maxi Slip (I like the size large despite actually being a small in FP), some checkered Vans (size 9), and a bralette (size medium because it runs small).

And I’m going to snap up this petrified Sequoia necklace from The Nat soon – my friend and fellow vendor Linda told me that I could take 30% off it since she’s had it so long ….. what a gorgeous piece!

Fun Things that I Found on My Computer

  1. Baby Scotch at the Vet
  2. The Kitties
  3. The Time We Put Horseradish on Caprica’s Nose.

Cheers to a happy tomorrow! If you stop by The Nat, I have two big tubs of clothing at just $6 for each item! I’m trying to lighten up my load before moving into the new booth!

~ M

My Eats and Weight 1/5 – 1/11

I have a confession to make – I like to have a light beer after work as well as a few drinks on the nights before I have a day off. Yes, it’s true, and I fear that it’s hindering my weight loss attempts. If you’re following my blog closely (and see the posts below in regards to my weight), you’ll see that I’m eating well enough and less than usual, but heck, I don’t post my drinks! And that, my friends, is most likely the culprit for my weight being so steady around 156-157 lbs.

So it’s time to cut back on the drinking. I figure I can drink on my days off, but on the nights when I have to get up in the morning, I’m going to cut it out.

Sunday 1/5/20

Weight: 156.0

Breakfast – I woke up at 5 am to do inventory, so I simply grabbed a coffee at Pak a Sak and went on my merry way to work for six hours. Needless to say, I forgot breakfast.

Lunch – avocado toast with two fried eggs and tomatoes.

Snack – chicken with a lovely ginger habanero sauce.

Dinner – a rice bowl with broccoli, red onion, chicken, and more habanero sauce.

Monday 1/6/20

Weight: 156.4

Breakfast – a hot cider from Roasters.

Lunch – a turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce and brown mustard on organic bread.

Dinner – Hillbilly queso (shared with hubs) and the Airstream salad with salmon at Torchy’s.

Tuesday 1/7/20

Weight: 155.4

Breakfast – three eggs, a small avocado, and salsa.

Lunch – a ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce and Boar’s Head horseradish on organic bread.

Dinner – chicken thighs with a curry stir fry and brown rice with some mango habanero ginger sauce.

Wednesday 1/8/20

Weight: 157.0

Breakfast – avocado toast with an egg and a touch of salsa.

Lunch – Leftovers from dinner (see above).

Dinner – Cauliflower rice with salsa, a touch of Thai salad, and two eggs with S+P.

Thursday 1/9/20

Weight: 156.4 lbs

Breakfast – an Envy apple.

Lunch – Mom took me out to a little cafe, and I had the most delicious stuffed acorn squash and quinoa bowl.

Dinner – Seasoned beef on greens with avocado, tomato, and dressing.

(And here’s a cute picture of the Toot.)

Friday 1/10/20

Weight: 156.6

Breakfast – two eggs with a small avocado and tomato with salsa.

Lunch – a turkey and cheese sammie with lettuce and horseradish sauce on 9 grain bread.

Snack – sauteed broccoli with ranch and salsa.

Dinner – a beef fajita with avocado, cheese, and salsa on a tortilla.

Saturday 1/11/20

Weight: 157.8

Breakfast – three eggs (shared with Scotch) in a tortilla with cheese and salsa.

Lunch – Jason’s Deli salad bar with grilled chicken.

Dinner – a cup of salad (you can’t see it in the pic), ground fajita meat, cheese, and sour cream.

(No booze tonight.)

Alrighty, I’ll see you with the next installment next Saturday!! 🙂 Here’s hoping that cutting out some booze will speed up my weight loss!

~ M

This ‘n That, Bracelets and a Tat

I received some birthday and Christmas money from my dear Grandmother Polly …. I’d been eyeing some gorgeous bracelets at The Nat, so I decided to treat myself to two of my favorites – one is a White Buffalo turquoise (I got it for 30% off since it belonged to my boss’s booth),  and the other is a stunning opal! I’m a big believer in healing properties of stones and gems, so this was truly a treat.

I took pictures of the tags – the White Buffalo turquoise reads “Found in various mines located in Nevada and Arizona, this stone helps you to live your life with truth, pride, and integrity, promoting self-realization and enhancing intuition bring protection, power, and luck to you, opening your heart and clearing your mind to eliminate physical and mental exhaustion.”

And opal, well, opal is “the fire to the human spirit.” It’s considered to be a sacred stone to the Cherokee, and it’s said to help with nervous disorders (like anxiety, which I have), depression, eye trouble (ha, I’ve been having eye trouble as of late), and spiritual awakening.

I also had a gift card from Free People, and I purchased a sale Spell and Gypsy dress and a cute bodysuit which will look adorable under my Nat T-shirt!

But my most epic gift of the year is from my husband – a Nordic inspired tattoo featuring runes, the compass, the valknut, Yggdrasil, Aegishjalmur, Vegvisir, the Horn Triskelion, a raven of Odin (not sure which one I should call him – probably Huginn because he means “thought,” and I need to be more thoughtful!).


I also have a few projects coming up … to be updated soon!

~ M

My Eats and Weight 12/29 – 1/4

I’m going to post my eats and weight every week to keep myself accountable with eating healthier … here we go!

Sunday 12/29/19

Weight: 160.5 lbs

Breakfast – an apple and a banana.

Lunch – chicken breast, broccoli, tomato, and sweet potato with light Thousand Island dressing and a light sesame marinade …. and a light beer.

Dinner – we had an impromptu date night at home (basically because Luke and I went to United and found New York strips buy one get one free … and bought 8!) … we had a salad with light Thousand Island and S+P … heirloom tomato …. and, naturally, a New York strip with bleu cheese!

We were both craving something sweet, so we walked to Sweet Charlie’s! Luke had the Namaste, and I had Death by Chocolate.

(I had a feeling that I wouldn’t lose much weight tomorrow, ha, but it’s worth it to enjoy a grand meal with my man!).

Monday 12/30/19

Weight: 155.8 lbs (sorcery that I lost 5 lbs in a night after that smörgåsbord but hey, I’ll take it).

Breakfast – leftover steak.

Lunch – sauteed beer brined chicken with broccoli and ginger sesame sauce.

Dinner – rotisserie chicken on a bagged kale salad with poppy seed dressing and a bite of tomato with bleu cheese.

Tuesday 12/31/19 (New Year’s Eve!)

Weight: 154.6

Breakfast – an Envy apple with Tajin.

Lunch – about 1/3 of a foot long Italian sub with about 3/4 packet of ranch.

Snack – roasted broccoli with light Thousand Island dressing and a bit of Parmesan.

Dinner – champagne (duh, it’s NYE!) with black eyed peas cooked with onion, mushrooms, and bacon …. and steak at midnight with some very expensive Scotch.

Wednesday 1/1/2020 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)

Weight: 157.8 lbs (ha, those NYE eats bumped my weight up!)

Breakfast – I slept through breakfast.

Lunch – a chopped bacon Caesar salad with mango habanero chicken.

Dinner – Brussels sprouts and tea (because I totally was boozed out).

Thursday 1/2/20

Weight: 158.0

Breakfast – I slept through it and had to wake up to run errands with my Dad without time to grab a bite.

Lunch – Torchy’s Tacos with Luke

Dinner – a chopped salad (I didn’t eat it all) and a sandwich.

I also went today for a consultation for a tattoo which I’ll get on Sunday!

Admittedly, on this night I became depressed over my weight loss – will it ever happen? I feel like I can’t meal prep for shit.

Friday 1/3/20

Weight: 157.8 lbs

Breakfast – a hot cider from Roaster’s

Lunch – half of an Italian sandwich with ranch

Dinner – sushi and a salad topped with fresh spaghetti sauce and Parmesan.

Saturday 1/4/20

Weight: 158.0

Breakfast – Roaster’s hot cider.

Lunch – a hummus, turkey, provolone, and lettuce sandwich on organic bread.

Dinner – roasted chicken, avocado, and a Thai salad mix.

The above is probably a good example of how I “should” be eating – I had some indulgences this week, and that’s probably why my weight has remained steady.

Alrighty, this installment will continue next Saturday!

~ M


2020 New Year’s Aspirations + Gratitude for 2019

A List of Aspirations for the New Year and the New Decade

For the New Year

  • The simple thing comes first – I’d like to lose a bit of weight this year. Yes indeed, it’s time to shed those 20 lbs that I’ve packed on in the course of a year and a half. I’ll be doing weekly posts on my food and my weight to keep tabs on what I’m doing right and what I could improve upon. As y’all know, I’ve struggled with anorexia and bulimia in the past, and my goal is to treat my body with respect and love and to be patient with myself while eating healthily and normally.
  • In addition to this, I’d like to start cooking tasty and healthy meals again in the New Year! I’m a decent cook who enjoys making meals for us, yet I’ve slacked off over the past few years due to various reasons …. I want to get back in the groove and stop relying on the convenience of restaurants and fast food (hence the weight gain).
  • Next up, I’d like to keep working on my booth at The Nat – I’m lucky to be both a vendor and an employee there, as y’all know, and I’d love to start acquiring some antiques and interesting pieces to sell at my booth area. I also aspire to continue painting skulls, bones, and antlers and keep selling them there – it’s my side hobby, and I just love working on my “Stacked V Creations”!
  • I’d also like to keep learning about the antique business through my job …. I’d like my job to “metamorphosize” into a true career! I truly feel a niche at The Nat, a niche that I’ve never felt before at my past places of employment, and I’m so blessed to have stumbled upon this niche!
  • I’d also like to continue working on our marriage – after eight years, I still have leaps and bounds to make when it comes to being a better wife. Ultimately, this year, I’d like to simply just be better than I ever was to my husband.
  • Now for a more difficult aspiration – I want to do better with my spending and help us get out of debt. We both want to start making headway on our loans instead of just paying the minimum and feeling stuck. Yes, it’ll be slow going AND we now have Luke’s student loans to pay off, but I know we can do it. It’ll take maturity and smart decisions, but we’ll get there.

For the New Decade

  • I hope to help Luke further HIS career of choice – he’d love to go back to nursing school at some point, and I’d love to see him in a career that he’s passionate about – Pak a Sak is a good job, but I don’t think he wants to make a career out of it. It’s up to him, and I want to be as supportive as I can be (this falls back to my resolution to be a better wife).
  • I want to eventually get out of the apartment and into a small to medium sized house. Luke and I have lived in a gigantic house before, and it isn’t our cup of tea. The less and easier to clean, the better, I say! We know that we’d like concrete floors for sure, but other than that, we’d be open to all options.

Gratitude for 2019

  • I’m grateful for my two jobs – Express and The Nat – in 2019. Managing at Express taught me a TON about retail, more than I’d ever thought I’d learn and I felt that I’ve been able to come to The Nat with great knowledge about the retail business. I’m blessed that I found a job at The Nat, however, as I feel it’s going to be a niche, not just a job, as I’ve touched on a bit above. I’m also lucky that I can still work at Express once or twice a month doing the floorsets and inventories, as it’s a lovely way to keep in touch with friends and a brilliant way to make a little extra money.
  • In addition, I’m blessed to have met some fabulous people through both jobs, ones whom I consider to be my friends, not just mere co-workers and bosses. Who you work with truthfully can make or break a job, and I’m so lucky that I’ve had fabulous cohorts and continue to have them at The Nat.
  • I’m grateful that I’ve slowly but surely been able to keep repairing my relationship with my Dad in 2019. I’m finding that we’re texting and calling each other more, and he and I have been able to enjoy each other’s company at times. For that, I’m truly thankful.
  • I’m grateful that I found our newest baby, Scotch, in June of 2019. He’s such an adorable, constant companion, and I’m so glad that the Universe put him into my life. He’s a true gem of a puppy dog. Of course, I could never neglect my thanks for having our three kitty babies, Calliope, Persephone, and Caprica, nor could I forget our dear ball python, Drogo!
  • I’m grateful for the MATURITY and WISDOM that I’ve gained in 2019 – I’ve matured in many ways, especially in regards to my health and lifestyle, and I pray that this continues into 2020 and furthers in momentum.
  • And last, but certainly not least, I’m grateful for my loving, kind, patient, gentle husband Luke, who is my rock and my rock star. He puts up with me and my antics (and believe me, I have daily antics), and I couldn’t be more lucky to have him in my life.

Cheers to the New Year and the New Decade!

~ M

Healthy Eating and Aspiring for Some Weight Loss

If you know my story, you know that I’ve struggled with my weight and have a very eating disordered past with anorexia and bulimia. In the past ten-ish years, I’ve ranged from 110 lbs to about 170 lbs before I went to treatment (twice).

Currently I’m sitting at about 155-160 lbs, and I’d like to get that down to about 135 in a HEALTHY way i.e. eating about 3 meals a day and watching the calorie count (not that I’ll be counting calories in reality – I’ll just eyeball it. I mean, c’mon y’all, it’s as simple as making the choice between having a big ol’ breakfast burrito from Rosa’s Cafe versus having an egg or two and an apple for breakfast). As much as I know about nutrition from my long amount of time in ED treatment, this is not a challenge.

A Few Sample Days of My Meals

Day 1

An Opal apple.

A hummus sandwich from The 806 Cafe with blue corn chips and a Topo Chico for lunch.

An Uncle Ben’s rice packet and a packet of Channa Marsala on lettuce.

Day #2

An opal apple for breakfast.

Half of a giant Italian sandwich with ranch dressing and a Topo Chico.

Dinner was Green Chile Chicken Stew!! SO GOOD!

Christmas Day Eats

My diet went out the window today!

Day # 4 

An envy apple with a bite of leftover ham.

Chicken and Dumpling soup from United.

Sushi as a little appetizer for dinner …

… and then some romaine with leftover ham, dressing, and ranch dressing.

Day #5

An apple and a banana for breakfast ….

… half of a turkey sandwich with ranch for lunch ….

… and a burrito with salsa and a light beer for dinner.

Practice makes perfect, I know, but in the world of eating, there really is no “perfect.” From the looks of my meals above, I probably need to cut back on the carbohydrates and processed foods a bit, but hey, it’s good to evaluate! I’m starting  my resolution before the New Year because, well, there’s no day like today!

~ M