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Yep, I’m Still Alive; Nope, I’m Not Done Blogging

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I’m still alive, which I know anyone that asked that doesnt mean it literally. And if you follow on Instagram (@andreaoutloud) you see I’m still kickin and having an amazing/busy summer!

And for all of you that have asked (with a sad face, aww!) if I was saying goodbye to blogging – the answer is definitely a big fat HELLS NO.

But I totally see why people are questioning that though, because it seems like a ton of bloggers are closing up shop lately (I have commented on this recently also). Which is sad, but I can see it from their point of view too on why they are saying goodbye.

But seriously I love blogging and am not quitting. I am the opposite actually, I have been dying to blog but just havent had time, and I told myself a while ago I’m not gonna stress trying to do it because it is something I want to continue to be fun for me! Thus my long break. But here I am; this is my official declaration of “I’m baaaack.”

So with that being said, I suppose it is fill-in time.

As you know from my last few [scarce] posts, we kicked off summer with buying a house.

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We closed mid-May, and spent Memorial Day weekend moving (ugh moving).

We’ve gotten all settled in for the most part, and I am happy to report we have most everything unpacked even. We have one disaster room that isnt put together yet (which will be our office) and that is where all the “random” stuff is thrown currently.

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I plan to do a fun tour sometime soon and include some more deets since I’ve been a little vague about it (boring, I know). I honestly havent even gotten to really decorate yet. As you can see, we’re lookin a little bare in some spots – definitely have places to fill in.

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And I love the neighborhood! Oh, brown dog is diggin’ the yard too.

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After that fun-ness of moving and all that, the following week my friend Melissa came from out of state to visit for a few days.

Which of course was a blast. We went hiking…

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…And to a vineyard (her first time!)

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And we visited some of the old, historic areas of downtown also.

It was so good to take some time off and visit with her – and of course went by waaaay too fast.

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And then LAST week, Torrance and I took a much needed mini-vacay (4 days) to Myrtle Beach. We decided we just needed a couple days of literally plopping down on the beach and nothing more.

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It’s so nice not to have any damn obligations, even if it was only a few days. It was nice and rejuvenating.

I mean besides plopping down on our asses, we did play in the sand some (duh).

 

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PS – “T n A” in this case means Torrance and Andrea, duh.

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Other than that, I am up to the usual shenanigans. Still trying to get settled into the new house a little bit, thats always an adjustment anyway.

Oh, and by the way – I’m still enjoying Stitch Fitch….

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…. and like I could leave you without giving you a picture of brown dog:

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Okay, my break was good but I’m looking forward to being back in blog land!

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  • Fill me in on your recent summer shenanigans!

Helloooo Out There

Oh my gosh guys.

How I have missed this place.

I really hope everyone’s Spring is kicking off marvelously! Things have been hectic around here but in very good way.

I figured I’d do a quick fill-in post, for anyone who cares what I have been up to in the world!

Sooo, as you know we were house shopping.

That was pretty short lived because we ended up finding something pronto. Which is excellent! I am kind of a get down to business person so I am glad we werent looking for something forever.

We have been under contract all month doing all the usual negotiations and inspections, yadda yadda and everything came out beautifully and we are closing early in May. Me saying I am excited would be an understatement.

I am like super-cali-fragil-istic excited about living in a house again/owning one. This one is so perfect for us too. We’re kind of going to be moving to the country (aw).

Buying a house is stressful (duh). Paperwork is crazy. All the running around and scheduling is crazy. Negotiations are annoying. Though I do have to say from hearing other people’s experiences, we have been super lucky and everything has gone really smooth actually. So I shouldnt complain what-so-ever.

I will of course share some pictures later. First things first we are having a painter come in to paint inside before we actually move in. So that will be exciting. However, I have learned that I hate choosing paint colors (haha). Why they gotta make so many choices?

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Secondly, if you didnt know, I have hardcore really severe seasonal allergies. I always have my entire life so I am kind of used to it but this year has been extra crazy for some reason.

Usually it is mostly my sinuses and sometimes my eyes swell shut (lovely) but this year it is more in my chest and I have been coughing like crazy. I actually went to Urgent Care to make sure that I didnt have an infection in my chest or like pneumonia or something… and luckily I did not. Though I did crack a rib from coughing so hard. Who knew.

I have broken a rib before  in the past and that shiot is painful. This isnt quite as bad, it mostly only hurts if I am coughing or if I twist a certain way. It mostly feels kinda bruised.

So yes, if you were ever wondering, you can cough so hard you break a rib (apparently this is a semi-common thing?)

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Thiiiiird… amidst all of this fun we have been having, we have more fun coming up!

The rock festival we have gone to the last few years is coming up next weekend! It came up so fast, but I am definitely ready for it. I’m kind of hoping we dont get all the rain we got for it last year.

The band lineup isnt quite as good as last year, but regardless I am sure it will still mucho fun.

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Okay lastly, I feel like this post needed a picture… plus, Kona wanted to kind of say hi also.

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PS: I STILL have a Stitch Fix post for you guys soon. Yeah, I’m slackin.

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  • FILL ME IN – any fun plans coming up for the beginning of summer?
  • If you have bought a house recently, what kind of work did you do before/or shortly after moving in?

Mid-Week Bullet-Fest

  • This is going to be a bulletty post. Because I am too lazy to put things into paragraph form and bullets are always a nice way to organize my random thoughts to share with YOU.
  • I have a Stitch Fix post coming for you soon! Got my box last week and tried everything on and took pics, just have to throw the post together for ya! Got some good stuff. And I am super sad because they must have gotten crazy insane busy/popular all of a sudden because the next available date for me to get my next box isnt until May! I have to skip April. As a Stitch Fix addict, this saddens me, but I do understand and am glad that more people are getting interested in their service.

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  • I have been in a recipe rut lately. I hate that. It happens every few months it seems where I am not in the mood to experiment with new things in the kitchen and then end up eating the same stuff. BORING. I think I am going to go back to what I was doing for a while where I tested out one new meal/recipe a week.
  • That just reminded me, it has been for-ev-er since I have done any recipe posts up in here (haha, “up in here”). That should probably change soon, because everyone needs new recipe ideas, right? Right.
  • I have been on a sushi kick lately. I am picky about sushi (for obvious reasons, I think everyone is to some extent – if not, they should be) but I recently discovered a nearby restaurant that has amazing sushi. WIN.
  • As some of you may have seen that follow on Instagram (@andreaoutloud), we officially kicked off our house hunting extravaganza last weekend. This is a process I am both excited about and dreading at the same time (mostly excited of course)

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  • I dont know about you guys but this is the time of year where I’m like OKAY, for real guys, it is actually time to extra crack down on the summer bod. I always start the year off strong and then come March I slack a little, and then April I am like “oppsie, summer is almost here.” But my workouts are going STRONG lately, I’m starting to get abs (!!) and now I just need to eat better (story. of. my. life).
  • Speaking of summer bods, we have been trying to plan a big nice vacay (out of the country) but with buying a house this summer, and moving, and all this other crap I think we are just going to opt to take a week off and go plop our asses on a nearby beach. I am just really in the mood to keep stuff simple and inexpensive right now with low travel times and uncomplicated itineraries. But damn if we arent way overdue for a vacation! YaknowwhatImean?
  • Okay lastly, you know this is hilarious.

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  • Any fun summer vacays planned yet?
  • Have you bought a house recently, or are you planning on doing so in the near future?
  • Sushi – are you a fan or not?
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