Tuesday, October 30, 2012

sale & storm

Our yard sale was this past weekend, and it was quite a success!
Ok, so success might be a stretch. We only made about $25--those yard salers drive a hard bargain! I sold a lot of stuff for cheaper than marked. But I was happier to get rid of stuff than to make an extra dollar. Better to sell it on the cheap than to lug it all back home, right?

Other than that, Kevin and I have had our minds on our families in PA. They are in the direct path of hurricane Sandy & getting slammed pretty hard right now. We're keeping tuned into the weather channel and staying in touch with them for updates. So far, so good.
Stay safe, all you east-coasters!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

here lately..

..lots of planning for our move. We think we've settled on the date. Now we just need to run down that never ending list of things to do.
I feel like it requires an unlimited supply of time and money.
Here we go :)

..preparing for our yard sale! That big, cluttered, annoying closet that everyone has in their house (right?!)--I went through ours last night. We have a growing corner in our bedroom of things to sell. I'm hoping lots of tall dudes are out searching for clothes on Saturday!

..we're in the weird limbo between switching from AC to heat. The past few days I've been leaning more towards AC (it's been in the 80's! jeesh). But we're making due with the ceiling fans.

..trying to register for my classes in the spring, and lay down a solid schedule. Easier said than done.. But I'm really excited to be enrolled in school again. When I here people saying; "ugh.. have to go to class.." I'm strangely envious of them. We'll see how long that lasts :)

..heating up apple cider on the stove, with a dollop of caramel for good measure.

..putting together our Halloween costumes for this weekend. So excited for our big reveal!

Hope you all are having a great week!

Monday, October 22, 2012


Kevin has been away the past few days.
This has meant a lot of time by myself at home.
I've been increasingly more & more bored as the days have gone by.
So yesterday I made this video.
It's my first time dabbling in iMovie, and I think I like how it turned out.
I will definitely be playing more with videos in the future. They get things across that still pictures alone cannot.
Hope you enjoy :)

Chase Love from Lindsey Chase on Vimeo.

Friday, October 19, 2012


verb (used with object), sim·pli·fied, sim·pli·fy·ing. to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier.

Lately I've been trying to simplify things in the Chase home.
It's so easy for things to get cluttered; and if there's one thing I hate, it's clutter.

For me, it's clothes, jewelry, and little knick nacks.
For Kevin, it's books, papers, and random things he finds outside. (crazy outdoorsman!)

Even in our little apartment for 2, it's crazy how things find a home with us and never leave! It's our own fault for being so quick to pick something up at a thrift store or flea market and take it home with us.
I'm also really bad at throwing things away. I mean, surely I'll find some use for that thing about 2 days after I toss it in the garbage, right?

But we're simplifying. 
I want to get rid of anything that I can answer "no" to these 2 questions.
1.) Do we use it?
2.) Is it pretty?

Good bye!

So we, along with some friends are having a yard sale next weekend!
Want to buy my useless/ugly stuff?
Heck, I'll probably end up giving half of it away :)

Wish me luck on this quest to simplify!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

what's a cowbell?

In the south I've come to learn that college football is king.
Growing up, my family never cared too much about sports at all. If anything, we'd follow the NFL, but never college sports.
Heck; I didn't even know what the SEC was up until 2 years ago when Kevin and I moved into the heart of it!
So this was a new thing for the 2 of us.
Kevin and I went to one football game last fall, and I thought that would be our first and last MSU game.
But this past Saturday, friends of ours offered us tickets to the game that night against Tennessee.
I was tired from a long day at work, but I knew we couldn't pass their offer  up. It ended up being an awesome game. Mississippi State came out on top is now 6-0 for the season!

I posted the first picture on Facebook with the caption; "braving the crowds & the cowbells!"
To explain to my non-MSU readers, Mississippi State has a tradition where everyone brings a 'cowbell' to the stadium to ring during exciting parts of the game. It sounds cute and all, but put 50,00+ of those bad boys together and the sound is deafening!

I just think traditions like that are so cool.
Who knows, maybe I'll end up with a cowbell of my own before we leave here.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

many words and no pictures

Often times when I see a super wordy blog with no pictures I skip over it. So I won't judge you in the slightest if you pass this post by without reading a word further.
But writing is therapeutic for me, and I have some things I'd like to get off my chest.

My morning devotional (which I absolutely love and you should consider buying) this morning talked about being afraid of other's opinions of us.
This is something I used to struggle with often, and still do on occassion. (I think everyone does on some level.) I wonder how I come across to others, and what they are thinking of me, whether it be good or bad.
I guess what I'm saying is I value others' opinions much higher than I should.
I've had these feelings popping up over the last few weeks when I think about our upcoming move.
And really; there's a few issues on this topic that I should probably address.

Kevin was supposed to graduate with his masters degree on December 15th 2012.
That is not happening anymore.
I'm not sure how many of you have written a thesis paper on forest entomology, but apparently it's no cake walk. A few of Kevin's advisors have asked him to write additional chapters, which will obviously take longer than originally planned. 
So Kevin will officially graduate next Spring, but we are still trying to move back to PA before Christmas for many reasons (much too boring & lengthy to hash out on this blog).
Kevin can write from a distance and submit his paper to his professors/advisors via email all while hopefully working at an awesome and well paying job in PA that we have yet to find. (!) (sorry for that crazy run on sentence)

The flip side to this is that Kevin might have to stay here at school an additional month or 2 longer than we thought (going into January or February). We don't know for sure if he will have to stay or not, but his advisors might force advise him to do so.
Which would really stink.

And that's where my whole worrying about what other people think thing is coming into play.
What will people think if I move home (most likely into my parents basement) and leave my husband behind?
Will people think I am putting my needs and wants above his own? Because that's totally not what is happening?!
I know I shouldn't care; and I know others opinions should play no role in this decision making process.
But that is kind of a hard pill to swallow for someone who struggles with this anyway.

So this little devotional was quite encouraging to me this morning. Trying to push others thoughts out of my mind, and not worry as to how I will explain why we do what we're doing.
I want to make the decision that's right for our family; whatever and wherever that may be. And I trust that God will show us the way to go.
And hopefully soon...because it's almost here!
Until then, encouragement and prayer for us in this area would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

favorites for fall

Fall faves

Just a few of my favorites for this season. 
I am by no means a 'fashion blogger' but I love to have fun with new styles, and experiment with different pieces.
Everything above I have either recently purchased or am on the look out for.
I found the best pair of black skinnies for $5! They fit great and go with absolutely everything.
I've also found that you can never have too many simple v-neck t's. I think I need one in every color..
And yes, I've jumped on board the chambray bandwagon--sue me. I even bought one for Kevin!

Hope you're having a great Wednesday :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

so long, summer

A common saying here in Mississippi (which I've caught on to) for this time of year is; "It's Fall, ya'll."
Yep. It sure is.
When I told Kevin about this saying he totally didn't believe me! Like I wanted him to go around saying "It's fall, ya'll!" and make a fool of himself. But he wouldn't have been a fool because everyone says it!

Point of the story; it is fall, and quite a catchy saying if I do say so.

But really! It seems like just this week, we've gone from summer to autumn.
(last week it was in the 80's here)
And I keep having to remind myself that it's October. Where is the time going?!

But here in the Chase household we are embracing fall with everything we've got.
This includes;
plenty of flannel
coffee numerous times a day
fall-ish desserts like pumpkin roll
warm, fuzzy socks
candy corn
& taking the dogs on long, brisk walks

What has you getting in the autumn spirit?

Monday, October 8, 2012

on my own

Kevin just got back in town from a few days at a conference. He goes on these quite often and I'm used to it by now. Even though I'm always sad to see him leave, I do enjoy a few days by myself now and then.
I've never been extremely extroverted, just kind of teetering on the fence between an intro and extro.
When Kevin was away this time it was just mostly me and the dogs, with the exception of a movie with a work friend. It gave me time to do things around the house, with even some time for crafting and rearranging!
But it's the best feeling when he gets home late at night, and shares the details of his trip. He also gets to listen to anything he missed while he was gone (which usually isn't much). More like; "Hey, look! I spray painted this! Doesn't it look so much better?!" Or, "Don't you like how I moved the stool from that wall to this wall? Great, huh?"
So, this is what I do when my husband is away. Spray paint things and move stools around. (And then blog about it.)
Yeah, maybe I am a bit more introverted than I originally let on..

Thursday, October 4, 2012

life through iphone

A baby turtle our friends found!//he swam in our aquarium!//
playing cards on a rainy day//trying out red lipstick//
what happens when I facetime my sisters//bringing out the quilts for cooler weather//
chalkboard sayings (Heb. 6:19)//happy happy!//

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

24 years ago

My parents said 'I do!'
Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad.
 Thank you for being a wonderful example of what a solid and loving marriage should look like.
I love you!

Monday, October 1, 2012

apartment dreamin'

This past week, I have been really excited about the thought of a new apartment. I don't know where that new apartment will be exactly, or when we'll find it- but I know it's coming! I told Kevin that my dream future apartment has wooden floors, white walls, & big windows. 
We decided that some of our furniture won't be making this next move with us, which I am extremely excited about! I'm pretty sure I've mentioned here before my deep hatred for our current couch & love seat. I'll be so happy to say goodbye to them and hopefully get a nice neutral sofa for our new place. This decision has got my wheels turning about new furniture, arrangement, decor, etc, etc, ECT!
So whats a girl to do but spend hours on Pinterest gathering ideas & inspiration, right?! Here's what I have so far;
I seem to be drawn to neutral toned walls with big & bold accents thrown together. Sort of an eclectic mix, I guess you could say. I also love the idea of exposed cabinets in the kitchen, no matter how unpractical they may be.
And gallery walls! Apparently I'm into gallery walls too. Who knew?

But even if our future home doesn't meet all of my expectations, I like to work with what we have. & I'm so excited to have a new place to call home.