Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer 2014-2015 Agenda Review

I ordered the Lilly Pulitzer August 2014-December 2015 Large agenda and have been using it for about two weeks now.  Today I'll be sharing my initial thoughts and opinions on the agenda that I recently started using.

The cost the agenda I purchased was $28, and they are still for sale on the Lilly Pulitzer website. I did get free shipping on my order, so that was a plus.  


* A hard cover.  This is a necessity for me because I will be putting this in my purse and taking it around with me. I need something that can last and not get bent up easily, and this fits the bill.

* Cute cover design.  Some of my previous planners were bought at the $1 section from Target or from Dollar General, so actually having a design I like on the cover is something new to me.  There are five other designs to chose from in the large size if this particular one isn't your style. 

* There are two pockets to keep stuff in.  This comes in handy in case I need to keep an important receipt or note.  I also plan on using the pocket to keep cards in before I give them to someone.  If I just put the card in my purse and carry it around with me before I give it away, it gets bent.  The pocket page is the first page of the planner, which makes it accessible and handy.

* Elastic band present.  This keeps my agenda closed and makes it harder for what's in the pockets to fall out and get lost into the oblivion (aka my very large handbag!)

* Tabs present for each section of the planner and also for each month.  These are definitely a plus so I can just flip right to what I'm looking for.

* Fun touches.  The planner comes with a page of stickers that I plan on using to jazz up my agenda.  I like that the stickers are included for free because I would not have purchased these as an extra.  There is also a section for holidays and horoscopes.  Additionally, I like that there are plenty of pretty borders on almost every page.

* There is a section just for notes.  This is actually a section I use quite a bit.  Nowadays I have so many different accounts, so this is where I keep track of my usernames.  Before having this planner, I would just write them down on a post-it and eventually lose them.  

* Each month has a different design.  I like starting a new month fresh with a different look.

* It's a good size.  The agenda is roughly 7" x 9" which means it's not too heavy or bulky to carry around with me.  For each weekday, there are 8 full lines and for Saturday and Sunday, there are 8 half-lines, and I don't really need more space than that to keep track of what I'm doing.

* There is a monthly calendar available.  Thank goodness for this because I always write down all of my plans in a monthly calendar, that way I can just take a quick glance at the day to see if I have something going.  If I notice that I'm booked for three weekends in a row, I might not want to plan anything the weekend before.  I don't want to be flipping a bunch of pages to determine this, so a monthly view helps me to not overbook myself.

* The planner is a 17 month planner instead of just a yearly one.  This worked out perfectly for me because it started at the beginning of August (technically on July 28th), and that's right about when I was looking to purchase a new planner.  

* A decent price.  The Erin Condren and Whitney English planners look nice, but I went with this one because it cheaper and still had everything I was looking for.


* This isn't a negative for me personally, but could be for others.  This planner meets my needs because I don't need to keep track of what I do every hour.  If are looking for a more detailed planner, then this one might not be the best match for you.  

* I had to write something down for September 30th, but when I went to the September tab, it only went up to September 28th.  September 29th and 30th are under October's tab.  I'd prefer it if all the September days were under the September tab, even if that means that there would be some extra space on the pages.  (A lot of the beginning/end of the month dates are in the previous/next month's tab.)

* You know how certain holidays are written into the planner so that you don't forget?  Well, the dates of Lilly Pulitzer sales/events are written into the planner, and that is something I personally do not care for.

* There is a page that lists out the dates of every major American holiday in 2015, but since this is a 2014-2015 planner, I feel that the 2014 holidays from August-December should have also been included.

Overall, I'm getting great use out of the planner and am finding it to be helpful and think it was a good investment.  

What kind of planner do you use and are you happy with it?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Re-branding + WWU

For Weekly Wrap Up this week, I'd like to first address my blog's new name and design!  After careful consideration, I decided to change my blog name because I recently went through a big life change when I moved out of Ohio, which is where I'd been living for the last five years.  By moving South, I took a chance, and now I'm still in the process of trying to "catch" my dream of making a new life for myself here, hence the name Adventures of a Dream Catcher.  I feel like my new blog name better reflects where I'm at in life right now...So, what are these dreams that I want to catch?  I'm not that complicated of a person, really, and just want what almost everyone wants: a steady job that pays decent, a supportive group of friends (quality over quantity), a good relationship, and to travel.  I hope you'll stick around as I try to achieve these goals (some of them might be a struggle!), one step at a time.  Of course, I'll still be posting about whatever else strikes my fancy, so my blog's content isn't really going to change that much. :)

Another reason why I decided to change my blog's name is because no one could really pronounce or spell Ameliorer la Vie except for my fellow French majors/those who know and comprehend French.  Understandably so, because I know that I'd have just as much trouble trying to remember a name of a blog in a language that I never studied.  Adventures of a Dream Catcher is easier to remember, and I bought the domain through Go Daddy, so no more in my URL! :)  And...Oh my goodness...Like many of you, I'm just learning about blogging as I go, and sometimes I just feel clueless.  When I bought my new domain name through Go Daddy, I had no idea that all of my personal information would be visible online unless I bought the privacy protection.  I only caught it because I got a view from Domain Tuno and when I clicked on it, it displayed my first and last name.  I called Go Daddy and the representative told me that my phone number and street address were also public, which made me freak out and pay the $9.99/year for privacy protection.  I'm just glad that I caught it when I did.

This week, I spent hours re-branding my blog and sent quite a few e-mails to the person who designed my blog, Ash @ The Grits Blog.  Ash is awesome to work with--she messaged me back right away about everything, let me pick the fonts and colors I liked the most, and she made sure everything had my stamp of approval before she moved on.  After she installed the design, she offered to tweak a few things for me that I wanted changed.  I highly recommend her if you're looking for a friendly gal who is easy to work with and want a new design for your blog!

In other news this week, I went to go see The Hundred-Foot Journey.  It was great--I appreciated the French, the pretty scenery, the plot, and of course I was drooling over all that delicious-looking French and Indian food.  My friends and I also started watching The Killing.  Parts of it are slow, but overall, we are all into the show and keep making guesses over who the murderer is.  I also started reading Game of Thrones.  People have told me that it's "confusing" and that there are "too many names," but I'm not lost at all because I watched Season 1 already, so I know who the main characters are.  If I continue to like Game of Thrones as much as I do, I will be reading the whole series...well, at least up until what George RR Martin has published.

I also got my massage this week from a student at a massage school in Savannah since last week no one showed up for my appointment.  The student that gave me the massage was really professional and my back hasn't been hurting as much these past few days.  The best part of all was that it was only $25 for an hour long massage.  I would give them another shot because it's inexpensive and I've paid a lot more for some pretty terrible massages.  Afterwards, I had some Chinese food and did a little shopping at a nearby Target.  Unlike where I lived in Ohio, there isn't a Target super close to where I live (which is good and bad.)  I bought mostly necessities, but did buy The Night Circus.  After Game of Thrones, it's pretty much going to be If I Stay or The Night Circus for my next read.

On Sunday, Everett, Jared, and I got invited over to Ev's aunt's house for a little cookout/mini birthday celebration for Jared who turned 31 on Friday.  We went swimming for a bit in the pool for a bit and then enjoyed some hot dogs, side dishes, and a slice of  Reese's Peanut Butter ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.

It was a good week, but I'm not going to lie, I'm getting ANTSY about my job situation. Hopefully it will all work out...

Weekly Wrap Up Info: All you have to do is write about your week and/or weekend to link up with The Rachael Way and I.  The code for our button is available below.  Adding it to your post is always appreciated, but not required. :)  We will probably be getting a new button soon since I changed my blog name, but for now this one works! 

Ameliorer la Vie

Our co-host for this week is Morgan @ The True Life of KMK.  Stop by and say hello to her if you can! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One of my worst dates EVER

Okay, so this week I'm doing something a little out of the ordinary and will be talking a little bit about my love life, which is a topic that I haven't really touched on here.  I'll be bringing up the past and discussing one of my worst experiences while out on a date.  The purpose of this post isn't to be negative, but well...hopefully you get a chuckle or two in because I think that the date I'm about to describe was so bad that it was funny.

So, I really liked this guy, "J" for months but he had been sending me a lot of mixed signals.  Like, one day he bought me a rose and talked to me for hours on the phone, and then other days it seemed like he would completely ignore me.  Of course, I was young and dumb and just continued on liking him despite all the games.  Finally he asked me if I would like to go out to Columbus with him to this bar that he liked.  I accepted his offer, the two of us arrived at the far so good, right?

Then I found out that the reason he wanted to go to the bar so badly is because of an event the bar was having, which was midget wrestling.  J told me he was "obsessed with midgets" and went on to say that he even had a "midget catching net."  WHAT!?  I asked him what that was supposed to mean and he said that he had a net that he "threw the net on midgets at Meijer's."  I didn't ask him to elaborate. The worst part was that the little people that were there were scary and violent with each other and anyone else who got in their way.  They were throwing stuff, knocking over stools, and at one point they yelled, "We HATE TALL PEOPLE."  Since I'm a gal whose six feet tall, I decided it would probably be a good time to sit down.  The worst part was that while this was going on, it appeared that J apparently saw someone he recognized and was over talking to the guy for probably a good 30 minutes, so I was just sitting there alone.  When J finally came back over, he informed me that him and his friend decided it would be fun for the three of us to head to Gameworks.  J's friend was the one doing the driving and after about 5 minutes he started pulling out cans of beer and chugging them.  I guess open container laws did not bother him.  Not only was that bad enough, but he would then throw the cans out of the driver's window.  I guess if he didn't care about DUI's and open container laws, the least of his concerns would be littering.  I tried to get J's attention and flashed him looks of concern because I realized his pal was drunk and I wanted to get out of the car ASAP.  When we got to Gameworks, J admitted that the guy who I thought had been his friend was really just a stranger he had met at the first bar.  Needless to say, I was beyond furious with the whole situation!!  Why would you invite a girl out just to ignore her for a drunk stranger?  I'm just thankful I made it to Gameworks in one piece, and now that I'm wiser (at least I'd like to think so!!), I would not tolerate this type of behavior.  This date occurred about 13 years ago and I'm still scarred.

I've had a couple of other bad dating experiences, which is why I hardly ever agree to go on dates in the first place.  Would you be interested to hear about a couple of my other horrific dates?  What was one of your worst dates like?

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