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Hello, World. Are You (Still) There?

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Selfie Nation, Stand UP!

I’m not going to lie, I’m afraid to write this post.

I’m afraid that I might be posting at a time when I am super enthusiastic about a lot of things — my job, my newly adopted city, life changes, re-connecting with old friends.

But I am also afraid that I will start and then stop. Afraid that I will lose steam, lose momentum. Give false hope. Let people (myself) down in some way.

I am afraid that I might be writing to escape. I don’t think I am, but I’m not prepared to say that I am not. Even less prepared to say that things will be like they were before. Today, I make no promises.

Saying goodbye to Reese and DCA.

Saying goodbye to Reese and DCA.

I might be back. I might not. Reese might be back. She might not.

Whew.

Now that I have sufficiently lowered your expectations and shared my current truth, did you miss me/we/us? I/we (maybe) (actually) missed you.

Returning to regular blogging is something we talk about, often, but haven’t quite acted on together.

Reese is deep in dissertation land. (Body roll for seeing the light at the end of the dissertation tunnel.)

I will leave it to her to tell you what she wants to tell you about her life, now. When she gets ready, in her own time, if ever at all.

Me? Last month, I wrote two whole blog posts that I haven’t posted yet. Why? Because I was feeling a bit shy. Truth be told I felt/feel rusty.

My "this weather sucks" face.

My “this weather sucks” face.

My voice doesn’t sound the same in my head when I’m writing. It’s my voice, but different. My voice, but wiser? More cautious? It’s complicated, I guess.

But the thoughts, the ideas — they keep arriving in my head when I least expect them. Uninvited. OK, occasionally invited.

The things I want to blog about keep flooding my brain. Case-in-point: It is 1:30 in the morning and I have an assignment at city hall in about eight and a half hours.

I. can’t. sleep. because. I. want. to. BLOG! Wanting to blog feels great. Wanting to blog feels terrible. (I’m sleepy, and I SHOULD) go to bed.

Instead, I write. And I wrote this post for you, and you and definitely you. But also for me. And for Reese.

Definitely for me.

I’m not back.

But I am (we are) still here.

– Ricks


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We Live Among Miracles

Someone tried to mess up my zen this morning, and in the midst of calling that person a bad name in my head, I opened facebook and read the most awesome status:

11-13-13…..marks 12 years since a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) was discovered.

Janeen practicing her selfies.

Janeen practicing her selfies.

Well two as a matter of fact. They were discovered by one if them rupturing. In short I was on disability from work for a year….and was told I wouldn’t be able to walk without a walking device (cane or walker). Obviously I thought that was silly. Fast forward 12 years and I have so many great people in my life that have gave me the confidence to try to go above just walking. I have a half marathon this Sunday…and it’s not my first. I thought a great anniversary gift to myself would be to do a box jump in crossfit. Now to others that seems like an easy accomplishment….for me not so much. Well I have been working on them I was able to jump on the box but then I sort of fell backwards BUT I got up there. So I consider this a win. So this D Day anniversary I choose to celebrate my awesome friends that motivate me everyday to be more than ordinary.

Running friends celebrating Janeen's anniversary.

Running friends celebrating Janeen’s anniversary.

I’m so glad I didn’t step my game up and wear eye makeup today. Can you say eye sweats? I mean, reading this stopped my complaining dead in its tracks. I thought about Janeen–her amazing story, the feats she has overcome. I live among miracles. We all live among miracles. Among us are people who were never supposed to walk again. Someone who was not supposed to live beyond six months or run that marathon they wanted to run or even get a job they were not qualified for on paper. Yet, these things are happening around us, among us. Thank you, Janeen for celebrating your miracle and for celebrating your friends. I’m happy to be included in that lot, because today you reminded me that miracles are not a thing of the past; they are always happening, always present. You are proof of that–one mile and one box jump at a time. Happy Anniversary, Janeen!

~Reese


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Chucks & Cupcakes

What do you get when you put together a birthday, cupcakes, chucks, and laughter? A jolly good time! We celebrated our friend’s birthday with a fantastically ridiculous photoshoot featuring our favorite sneakers. The bad side of such shenanigans? R&R drooling all over the converse website when we got home. No worries Operation Do Better friends. We refrained from purchasing new sneakers (after all, this is a want and not a need, right?), BUT when it’s time to celebrate another milestone, we already have pairs picked out.

This post doesn’t need a lot of words….the photos speak for themselves.

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Who shows up with an Ikea bag full of chucks? This chick does! Had to be at least 25 pair.

T with her pile of chucks…check out the custom made ones! *swoon*

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It’s cold in DC today, but Ricks definitely looks like Spring. Color and more color! Put away your drab clothes and pull out the fun ones!

Feeling a little flighty with the pale pink shorts w/birds on them. Paired with flowery sunglasses and this girl is ready to take on Spring.

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Quick! Blow out the candles that aren’t lit! (lol) Happy Birthday Nikki!

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If someone has a chocolate allergy it’s reasonable to assume she wouldn’t eat chocolate right? Wrong! This chick tried to be sneaky and snag a bite before anyone noticed…but the evidence is on her face! CAUGHT! (btw–she’s not being sentimental. Those tears are from laughing so hard!)

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Nikki, you’re fierce and fabulous. You have to learn how to growl. ROOOOAAAAARRRRRR!

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Red velvet cupcake to match the red chucks she got for her birthday. YUMMMMM! Nikki B. is all smiles and so were we. 🙂

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The birthday girl loves her car and her chucks…put them together and she’s in heaven!

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::singing:: Friends….how many of us have them?

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Look at this awesome collage. This is the only way to show you all the pics at once…LOL.

We had so much fun celebrating Nikki’s birthday…and nearly 500 photos to prove it. Have a friend who has a birthday coming up? Celebrate her in  a way that reflects who she is. We did, and we’ve got some fun memories to show for it. Happy birthday Nikki B.! We hope you have a fantastic birthday filled with laughs, love, and light!

xoxo

R&R