Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My new favorite song

I used to be a music queen.  I was majorly into all the indie/underground stuff.  I still have an entire itunes/CD collection of all my obscure favorites.
Now, I am a totally different person.  I don't know what happened really, I just stopped spending time researching all the cool new stuff.  I stopped attending all the shows.  (not ALL, but you know)  Is this just the telltale signs of getting older?  Probably.  Too, I think I used music a lot to relate to my emotions and such.  I don't really have emotional ups and downs that need a soundtrack like I did in my teens and early 20's.

Long story short, I LOVE this song!!!

Never been a huge Macklemore fan, but I totally dig this.  I love the song, love the video, love the faux Freddie Mercury guy.  This is my jam.

What are you jamming to these days?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday Check In

I thought I'd check in for the week and talk about what is new!

I had a pretty fun weekend.  My Mom and I and Kathi my Mom's/our friend went to a craft show in town.  I think it was the first one of the fall season, so the entire town was there.  It was fun to walk around but it was very crowded, so not the ideal shopping experience.  We saw a lot of cute things, but we didn't end up seeing anything we were dying to buy.  The weather was gorgeous too, so that was a treat.  We usually don't get cool days until closer to Thanksgiving.  I'll take it!
cute crafts

I thought these books were cool

I have been working hard on the food blog, and I really think my cooking skills are starting to improve.  Not that I can just whip up something tasty with only my brain, but I am feeling a lot more comfortable and like I know what I am doing a lot more.  I even got some comments this week!  I think I really enjoy the process of growing a blog from nothing to a little bit of a following.  I kind of hit a wall with this blog after a while, which is why I didn't bother with it for so long.  Now there seems to be SO MUCH information out there on how to really kick it into high gear and take your blog up to the next level, so I am excited to see how far I can take it.  Below is one of my latest recipes, masala shrimp 'n' grits.  It was outstanding!

In other exciting news, I started a little side project of managing the social media for my co-worker friend's volleyball club.  It is cool to get creative and come up with interesting content for something I know little about.  I am enjoying the challenge though, and I think I am doing pretty alright with it.  They've had some significant activity on their ignored social media accounts, and I even got an inquiry from a prospective player on Twitter.  It is funny to me how I can be so anti-social in real life, but in the social media world, I can't get enough.

Speaking of, my favorite show to hate tweet is back!  You are going to have to mute me on Sunday nights because Sisterwives is back.  It is crazier than ever with the story lines they are trying to sell the audience on, so it is ripe for snarky commentary!  #joy

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day

I am sad the long weekend is over already :(  Nothing too exciting happened in these parts.  I have been busy busy with side gigs.

So not only have I been reinstated here on At Home with the Hinkleys, but I have started a new blogging venture, The Life Gastronomic.  The name is based off my favorite movie ever, The Life Aquatic.  It is a food blog in which I am cooking through some of my cookbooks to hone my cooking skills, because I don't really have a whole bunch of them.  I was getting to a point where we were eating the same 5 things for dinner on a rotation and nothing was ever even that tasty.  I am starting with the Aarti Paarti cookbook (she won food network star a couple years ago) and I am IN LOVE.  I feel like a legit Indian person with what we are eating every night.  So if you feel like checking it out, it would be great to have a reader or two :)

I also made a post over on Girl vs. Flab where I talked about that Nicole Arbor fat shaming youtube video.  I was kind of in the heat of anger when I wrote it, but I still pretty much stand by everything I said.

So I have gone to not blogging ever to writing all the blogs.  I think I am a glutton for punishment, but for now I am having fun and am enjoying the fresh sprouting of ideas.

I haven't given up on the CPA thing just yet.  I actually hope to get a job upgrade here pretty soon, and hope my job will offer to foot the bill for the exams.  I can't waste any more of my money taking these exams at my current salary.

I also have exciting side projects!  I am the Controller of my dear friend's start up out of Austin, which is doing amazingly awesome.  They are some of the most talented creative minds money can by, if you know anyone who's looking.  And I also closed a deal with my co-worker's club volleyball team to manage their social media.  Exciting!  I am on a 3 year plan to buy our (my) dream townhouse in the city, so everything is falling into place nicely. :)

Oh yeah, Bluebell is back too!  Life is good!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hey y'all

Did I really not blog for a whole year and a half??  Yeah, I don't know what happened... I took a temporary hiatus to take a review class for my CPA exam. (Still haven't passed any of those, but that is a convo for another day) Those classes and studying were all very intense until last summer, so I just didn't have extra time for anything.  So summer came and went, and I enjoyed the break from blogging.  This blog sort of got away from what I originally wanted it to me, which is a record of my life.  Instead it turned into a weird pseudo click-baity/trying to fit in with the other bloggers thing I wasn't proud of and perfectly happy to walk away from.

So I am trying to get back to basics, and go back to just sharing my day to day with friends and family.  No more posting about parts of a banana I won't eat, or what I got in a Birch Box.  I am working on other blogging projects that I plan to be more business oriented and 'get all the traffic' oriented.  Here i'd like to just keep it simple and me.  Thanks for sticking around if you did, I look forward to reacquainting with everyone and everything.

I'll give a short little update on everything that happened from January 29, 2014-August 30, 2015

Aaron and I celebrated our 2nd AND 3rd anniversary, and everything is fabulous with us.  We are hoping for a tiny Hinkley to come along sometime in the future, but aren't stressing about it too much.  The cost of babies is what scared me more than anything, otherwise I'd be much more eager :)

I still work at my same job.  I have had a 7 year anniversary there this past July.  So this is going to be the year when it is time to move on to bigger and better things.  As much as I love what I do, I am bored and ready for the next step (and hopefully a bigger paycheck!)  I also am the controller of my friend's startup company on the side, so that is really fun and challenges me.

Aaron just started his second year of teaching high school history.  He really likes it and is at a magnet school full of well behaved children for the most part.  Plus his commute is like not even 10 minutes, so he really lucked out.

We have gone on some awesome travels!  We've gone to New York city to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday.  My little brother gifted us all a cruise to Mexico, Belize and Honduras the past spring - AMAZING.  And we've been on one trip to Las Vegas to see Aaron's family, and two trips to the coast for family reunions.  Trying to plan a trip to see Aaron's family again because it has been too long!

What else...I bought a new car, we moved into a newly renovated apartment in the same complex, so we now how nice carpet and new appliances.  I got bangs.  Just kidding, I did no such thing.

All in all, it has been a fun time.  I am sad that I haven't been blogging because I have nothing to go back and re-read to remember, but what can you do?  Either way, it is nice to be back!

Also, please bear with me while I get this site updated and back in working order.  I know my web address expired, so I am sure none of the links work and etc.  It is being addressed :)

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