Allison, 27, Austin
I have this weird trait about myself where I always assume people are exactly like me, and are thinking the exact same thing. I can't even give you a logical explanation as to why. Often times, I have to mentally tell myself: Allison, you are unique, and so are the people reading this blog post. Therefore, a few essential things (other than my name, age, and location) that you have to know about me are listed here.
"Quaint" describes my perfectly imperfect family of 4. My hubby Ross came into my life in 2006 and shortly thereafter, we began dating. We went to college together. Upon my graduation in 2009, Zoey Bear blessed us as our first child. She's a Shih Tzu, and she's practically a replica of me (except she's a dog). Then, in 2012 we decided to expand our little family by 4 [doggy] feet and we added Layla into the mix. She's also a Shih Tzu and definitely daddy's little girl. We are also hoping to expand our family even more in the next couple of weeks. We are currently undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and will be eternally grateful to God for however many kiddos he blesses us with.
I consider the following in my "work" category:
1) Full-time Academic Advisor
2) Full-time Wife
3) Full-time Blogger
4) Part-time Graduate Student
I'm definitely a homebody, so my preference is for being lazy, watching movies, cuddling, and napping. However, the tiny-bit more adventurous side of me enjoys country dancing with my hubby, trying new restaurants, and going shopping.
I'm a Mexican food lover through and through. I could eat it all day, every day. More specifically, beans and rice are a necessity for happiness in this life. Another food that I am (unfortunately) obsessed with is donuts. In fact, let's just say that donuts beat out Mexican food any day. Sad, but true. My favorite donuts usually have sugar, sprinkles, and chocolate on them. However, when I eat 'applesauce donuts' from Round Rock Donut (they're famous, y'all), I feel like I'm being slightly healthy, so I count that as a win.
Actually, Shipley's "plain sugar donut" is my favie of all time
If leopard print was a color, it'd be my favorite color in the crayola box. Otherwise, all things blue consume my eyes when given the option between that and other boring colors. Speaking of blue, here's a sneak peak at our third anniversary pictures.
If I'm feeling frisky (and not worried about calories), then a Tall White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks is where it's at. It's pretty much just sugar and milk with a skosh of coffee. I am okay with that too. On a more realistic basis, I drink brewed coffee from home, stuck in the freezer to get real cold, and then sipped through a straw. Mmm. However, you'll be proud to know that I haven't had coffee in a few days. My body is getting ready for baby(ies).
I'm a notorious window shopper. In a way, my hubby hates that. He's like "just find something and buy it." But I cannot purchase unless I fall head-over-heels for an item. But, for the times that I do shop... it's mostly online. I'm a huge fan of online shopping. Mostly because of two things: 1) ebates, and 2) convenience.
My favorite boutiques:
My favorite stores:
How I Started Blogging
I remember how hard it was going from part-time work to full-time work after graduation in 2009. The days would carry on, and for me, it was a major adjustment. Like I said earlier, I like my sleep and being at home. So when I had no further commitments to school, and only had responsibilities from 8-5, I wanted to pick up a new hobby; something that would be productive and also fun. I magically found myself in blogland.
What a blessing it has been. Not only for my sanity (ha) but also because of the connections that I've made with others. Moreover, I also like that I can be open and honest here in my little corner of the internet. I can talk about IVF. I can talk about how our recent photography experience for our anniversary pictures ended poorly. I can talk about my favorite brunch places. I can talk about Jesus. I can talk about whatever the hail I want to (as long as it's not defamation). And for that, I am thankful.