My Secret Obsessions

do you ever find yourself completely and totally, but secretly, obsessed with things?  it's like all of the sudden you just fixate on something and you have to have it.  no, just me?  i do this a lot, i've found. and naturally i decided to share those obsessions with you because maybe if it's out there on the blog, i can let it go.  and i'll confess a couple other things while i'm at it.  thanks, kathy.

i confess...

...i'm obsessed with sleigh beds.  part of me always has been but i don't now, nor do i think i will ever, have the room for one.  they're big and decorative and a waste of space and honestly the antithesis of everything my my minimalist loving side stands for.  not to mention the perfect care i'd need to take making the bed.  but they're just so pretty, and i want to take a picture of hawkeye on one dressed as santa mushing some fake reindeers.  is that weird?


...i'm obsessed with owning a barn.  one day.  a super fancy one, like with brick floors, a high roof, and wrought iron doors on the stalls.  filled with retired ponies who need a home.  and a staff to clean it, of course - i'm obsessed, not crazy.  obviously, i need to win the lotto.

...i'm obsessed with writing down ideas for my next potential 101 list.  i haven't finished my current one and the date it ends isn't even until march 2016.  but sometimes i have some lofty goals occur to me, so i started tracking them on day zero project (you can follow me), just so i have enough ideas going for next time.  the list is currently over 101 ideas.

...i'm obsessed with the (new) betty crocker cookbook.  i just got it on amazon (because it was a full $15 more at my bookstore, wtf?) and even though i use pinterest/ my head/ my mom for most of my meal planning, i love the cookbook.  all i want to do is sit at home and read it and flag things with color coded sticky tabs while i practice perfect chocolate chip cookies.

and a couple other confessions:

...i get annoyed with myself.  i know i write a lot about pet peeves i have about other people, but let me tell you one about myself - i type 'cause' all the time instead of 'because.'  i go back and correct it as often as i catch it but sometimes i miss it. it's annoying enough that i say it in conversation but then to type it, too?  ugh.  it's two extra letters, stephanie, get it together. 'cuz' is not a freaking word.

...that time of the month isn't bad.  or really even noticeable.  apparently this opinion is an affront to women everywhere, but it's true.  it barely registers.  the only real sign is that chocolate seems much more appealing and i get irrationally annoyed at the cost of birth control pills and tampons because really, why am i being punished for my good decisions?

...i don't want a tax return.  i don't want to owe money, of course, but i don't want any back either.  getting money back means that somewhere along the way, i failed, and the government has been holding my money for a year, interest free, when i could have been saving it, investing it, spending it, doing literally anything else with it than have the government hold it for no reason and with no benefit.  i just want to be at $0, every year.

got any confessions?  or secret obsessions?  it can't be just me...

55 comments

  1. Sleigh beds are so pretty!! I am obsessed right now with getting a vanity to do my makeup on for my new bathroom!

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  2. I'm obsessed with small drinking glasses, I just find them quaint. Also, the best thing ever happened this year...my $80 every three months birth control is now FREE! Makes me way less annoyed"

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  3. I so want to live on a working farm. I really just want a simple life surrounded by animals and open spaces. Is that too much to ask?! I love a new cookbook and being able to make new recipes.

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  4. I type and say "gonna" all the time instead of "going to" and I didn't realize it until I saw my phone typing Gina often instead of "gonna". I figure I'll have less typos if I use actual words.
    You should count yourself SO lucky that that time of the month isn't a big deal to you. I got a Mirena put in after I had my daughter and it's the best thing ever. TTotM used to be HORRENDOUS for me.

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  5. "Why am I being punished for my good decisions?" Hahahah this is so accurate.

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  6. I totally have a sleigh bed and I love it... but it (at times) is hard to make. And that makes me grumpy.

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    1. I'm jealous!! Yeah I feel like I'd probably change the sheets less often than I should, but they're so darn pretty.

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  7. to funny, I use cuz all the time, I know I should not but it is so mush easier to type. I too am obsessed with sleigh beds just something about them..

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  8. I'm with you on the "time of the month." Girls talk about it all the time. It just doesn't effect me in any way. Never has. It is just like another day for me.

    I'm obsessed with writing goals down to for my lists (i.e. monthly goal lists that aren't even for the current month but months ahead of time and my 101 in 1001 list).

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  9. I really want to own a barn, but I want to own it to turn it in to a huge loft home - really spacious and cozy and warm. :)
    Sleigh beds are amazing, but I would never want to own one. Is it bad that my reasoning has to do with how hard they make changing the sheets? haha

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  10. I agree with the time of the month thing, I hardly realize I get it and doesn't bother me as much as others. I think I may need this cookbook!!

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  11. I have so many things that annoy me about myself, but also the same things i do annoy me when others do it. I am just weird. lol I love sleigh beds and actually ours almost is, now looking at that photo. I probably have many obsessions - getting the main bathroom done, owning a barn/garage so we can have big parties with bonfires...on and on I could go.

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  12. I grew up on a farm and for a long time I thought for sure I was meant to have a life as a farmer. Oh how times have changed.

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    1. Haha you're pretty far from that now! I always think that too when I go back to Kentucky, but I'm very much a city girl now. But I still want that barn!

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  13. My obsession? Ostrich purses. I want one so bad. I in no way need one, but that doesn't stop the lust.

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    1. hahaha they are pretty, Michael Kors has a really nice one. I can understand the lust!

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  14. i'm also recently obsessed with barns - i think they are awesome, and would love to get married in one.

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  15. I've had a sleigh bed since high school and I love it!

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  16. I think the barn is totally doable if you rent it out for big events, make money and own your dream barn!

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  17. I write 'cause' all the time too. it's a problem.
    and I agree with the time of the month. with the exception of day one cramps, it's not bad. plus, I get to eat whatever the hell I want to and not gain a single pound. win!

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  18. I want a sleigh bed SO.BAD! When we move into a bigger place, that will be the first purchase I insist on making!

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  19. Haha I always get annoyed when people blame their mood or behavior on "that time" because like you, it doesn't even affect me!

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  20. I get quite annoyed with myself sometimes too!

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  21. I get annoyed with myself a lot.

    I am bitchy and irrational a lot of the time, not just around period week.

    I hate head boards and foot boards.

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  22. I am soooo with you on the tax return. I usually pay in every year, but I get excited when it's close to zero because that means the system works. Also, when you find out the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe - do share. And I've officially signed up on the Day Zero site - I LOVE lists.

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  23. i'm obsessed with the fact that you actually linked up! i remember when i read that you had your posts written and scheduled for the next eleventy billiion years i thought: i guess she won't be linking up! and here you are.

    thanks for linking up!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  24. That time of the month isn't bad? I might hate you a little bit. I wish I could say this.

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  25. My husband has a hissy fit every time I need tampons. lol. I ask him what else he would like for me to use. Why are they so damn expensive?!?!?

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  26. I feel you on getting annoyed with yourself. I get annoyed with my own overuse of the word 'definitely'. Time break out some books and expand my vocabulary.

    I'd love to be at $0 every year on my taxes too. This year I'd take simply owing hundreds rather than thousands.

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  27. I have a sleigh bed!! I LOVE it! I got it from Santa int he 8th grade and it's the bed that's going to carry me into my married life......or just through the rest of my adult life in case I never get married. It is SO durable!

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  28. Sleigh beds just look so much prettier than other beds! I am obsessed with traveling. I want to see the world! :D

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  29. I hate my sleigh bed! It takes up a ton of space and the cat likes to get behind it and jump up in the cutouts in the headboard and be a pain. It was inherited and I can't wait to upgrade! You are seriously the most organized person. I need to read all your old posts and take notes - I am impressed that you are ready for your next 101 already!

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  30. lately i have been obsessed with online shopping. i get a feeling that this might not be okay!

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    1. well I think it is, but your wallet might not agree with me!

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  31. My dad has been trying to drill the tax one into me ever since I started working (almost 20 years). I just can't do it!

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    1. haha! It's hard to get it just at $0 but I promise, it's better!!

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  32. I want to see the holiday card that is the product of a sleigh bed and fake reindeer :). And good for you for having more than 101 ideas. I'm still struggling with 10 ;). My secret obsession is Jo Koy podcast. I can't get enough of him since I saw his comedy show. Don't tell my hubby :P.

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  33. is it bad that i really want a tax return? maybe. i also have really weird periods. sometimes they are the WORST sometimes they aren't so bad

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  34. I want a barn too. I want the whole ranch to go along with it as well. I also obsess over my 101 lists...even though at a certain point I get really bad at even keeping up with it or remembering what's on it... that reminds me I should probably check mine when I get home.

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  35. Sometimes there is nothing better than a cookbook full of deliciousness that you can touch and drool over :) Also, I hate giving the government interest free money!!! They surely don't return the favor!

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  36. haha some of these are so funny! i used to have a sleigh bed at my dad's house, and i loved it. i don't know why, but they are just so appealing. i also would love to own a barn...and probably an entire farm.

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  37. I'm convinced I need to live on a farm and have a barn full of animals! Even if it's just a hobby farm type deal, I will have a barn and there will be adorable animals!

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  38. I never thought about tax returns in that light.... Quite thought provoking Steph! :)

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    1. Yes it's true! Better not to let them hold on to it!

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  39. My dream bed is a 4 poster canopy bed...even larger and less practical. But pretty sweet looking. Sleigh beds are cool, too. :)

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  40. Yesssss to the tax return thing! My hubs and I are both accountants and it drives us insane, lol! #NerdyPeopleProbs

    Also, I totally want a barn. I don't know where that obsession came from, but since I've been a kid, I've always wanted it. Go big or go home, right?!

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  41. that photo shoot of Hawkeye in antlers on the sleigh bed NEEDS to happen. that would be the best Christmas card in the world. and taco bell didn't make the obsession list? please tell me it's not just me....

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  42. My dream has always been to own a ton of land and lots of barns so I can rescue anything that needs a home. I also believe I will not be the one cleaning everything, and therefore I need to win the lottery. I agree with the no tax return. Zero is what it always should be!

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  43. I'd never thought about the government holding our money interest free for a year. What a crock.

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  44. I have been tampering with the idea of adjusting my exceptions or whatever so they hold less. I got a pretty nice return this year which was great and all except, like you said, that's MY money they've had all year. I completely and totally agree with you on this one!

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  45. Agreed with the tax return thing! I keep trying to explain to friends that a large tax return is not actually a good thing, but I usually just end up receiving super confused looks.

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  46. I definitely agree with the tax return thing. It was nice to get money back but then I realize that shit would have been much more useful during the year.

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  47. Oh my gosh I am obsessed with sleigh beds! I used to have a huge, awesome one and my husband made me sell it when we moved in together to a one bedroom apartment. I still miss that bed! And totally agree with you on the tax returns!

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  48. If you don't want your tax return I'll be happy to take it off your hands for you. As a girl who owes every year I can't wait for the day I finally get one back. I'm with you on the sleigh beds though. They're the best. Also with the 101 list, I started making Round 2 yesterday. And T.O.M. isn't bad at all. I'm also in the "oh, it's happening?" club.

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  49. I loved this on so many levels.
    Sleigh beds! Yes! I've always wanted an insanely awesome headboard at least.
    Cookbooks? Amazing. I have such a bad habit of picking one up or checking out recipes on Pinterest when I'm hungry.
    Your list of 101 for next time, besides all the private goals you secretive Sally!, looks amazing! I will say I have been to the Mall of America plenty of times and it's really not all it's cracked up to be. So if you have to miss one, pick that one and go to an awesome outlet mall or something.

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