I love being legal.

I have to say, the excitement I felt back in January when I turned 21 has died down immensely. I don’t know why, but I felt that turning 21 would make me feel different (you know, just like how you think turning 16 and 18 would make you feel like a whole new person) Well obviously I didn’t feel any different at all. Granted, I have been going to bars since I was roughly 18, I really thought like I would feel like this incredibly older person.

Not so much.

However, it is much more convenient for both Justin and myself that I am now of legal age to purchase adult beverages. I think he was getting tired of running to the store for random things like wine or tequila when I’m trying a new recipe. Like the one time, I was making tequila lime chicken and needed just half a cup of Jose. Justin, being the savvy shopper he is, comes how with three gallons because it was “on sale”. haha, I do love him. Justin has a hard time controlling his excitement, even at 25, when venturing into the liquor store. He usually comes out with enough alcohol for many, many good nights. Maybe that’s the reason we never fight, we’re always drunk 😉 I kid. No really, we get along very well, with or without alcohol, which I hear makes for a good marriage. Speaking of marriage, I do wish I could move up our date sometimes, but right now I think we both have the house bug so bad that even I would rather spring for a house right now over a wedding. House before wedding. I think we’re doing it wrong. haha. Well, we were living in sin before we got engaged, and since we’re already living together might as well go for the gold. And I really want a cat. Our landlord is a cat hater, so that’s on hold right now. Anyway, on to the weekend fun.

So last night we enjoyed a Saturday night out in Hilliards, PA. It’s about a 20 minute drive from our place to check out a new bar called the Just Inn (haha, very punny) and to see a band called The Huckin’ Fillbilly’s. That’s them on the left, in case you were wondering. They were really great! There was a lot of energy and contrary to the name, they played all classic rock. If you’re in the eastern Ohio or Western PA area I would highly recommend catching a show. Justin and I ducked out a little early, but I do plan on seeing them again for a whole show. This was also the first time we ventured to this bar, and I have to say the Just Inn is pretty awesome. I don’t like super-huge bars, nor do I really care for hole in the walls. This place was a great size, great service, good food, and the people that went there seem like normal people. haha. It’s also in a great location- the middle of nowhere. It’s a nice calm drive back home on all back roads, which is something I severely miss since moving to Butler. We both want to live basically in the middle of nowhere, where you cannot see your neighbors. That’s pretty pricey, but you never know what you may come across. Who knows, maybe out dream house is nothing of what we were expecting. I would really like to go back soon, sometime next month I hope.

Today is Sunday, obviously. I work 10-4 on Sundays, and although I hate working on the weekend, I like the shift. I can’t wait to have that 9-5 or whatever day job once I’m done with school. I can’t wait to come home and be able to actually cook a dinner for Justin and myself (and future kids) and not have to pack it up in Tupperware because we are at work during dinnertime. That would be great. Until then, however, I will just have to deal.
And I have to say, I can pull off a dinner pretty well 😉 This was for Justin because he started having major cravings for ham. I have to say it was pretty amazing, and only lasted maybe…3 days. I discovered my future husband is a serious picker with ham. I’ll probably make another one for around the holidays. Maybe we’ll have our own private holiday dinner before we are running around like mad people as we try to hit all the family dinners. That’s the part I actually don’t care much for for the holidays. I wish both our families would just be in one place! Tonight is going to be pizza night, and in my new money-conscious mind set, Justin and I are going to make pizza from scratch together =) I discovered yet another blog that’s quickly becoming a daily read, and she has a great looking recipe for a pizza crust from scratch. I’m pretty excited to try it. I’ll take some pictures and share the struggle or triumph of my first attempt at pizza-from-scratch.

That’s all for now. Back to Monday again, unfortunately. Hopefully next week Justin and I will start squaring away some details for the upcoming Halloween festivities. I’d love to find a place to go out for Halloween, maybe we’ll hit that bar again. I do love Halloween. Maybe I’ll even share some pictures of Halloween past. wee!

Eep. Christmas is creeeeeping up! I know the holiday is completely commercialized and has pretty much lost the real meaning, but I still love the holiday season. Also, I’d like to share with you a possibly very helpful find from The Consumerist: FreeShipping.org. That may very well come in handy for the holiday shopping. Everyone knows that with some digging you can find better deals on the internet than in retail stores, the only problem is that once you add on the shipping cost, you barely have much of a price difference, especially for bigger items. One thing I’m excited to see there is a coupon for Fredricks.com (NSFW-ish). The local store half an hour away closed, and I love Fredricks. A lot of the stuff there makes for great his and hers gifts 😉

I can’t wait for this Saturday. Justin and I are going to check out a new bar we’ve never been to, and it comes with a concert! The Huckin’ Fillbilly’s. Are playing, and for $5 a person to listen to live classic and southern rock all night? Oh hell yeah 😉 We don’t really go out to bars too often. Sometimes I wish we did more, but that’s because I’m only 21. The difference with me is that I’m engaged to someone who has been there and done that, and we both have responsibilities. I would like to make it a monthly thing though. I really like the atmosphere, especially when there’s a band, love, love, love that!

My to-do list is starting to get a little long. Saturday will be a busy day, I promised Justin we will scrub down our place top to bottom before going out. We also decided that even though we’ve been living there since December, our place still doesn’t look “homey” enough. Staying true to my newfound love of saving money, I found this amazing website. We rent our townhouse, obviously, so although we’re allowed to put nail holes in the wall to our hearts content, we’re not allowed to paint. Now with those instructions, I can go out to a fabric and craft store and buy cheap fabric for less than a dollar a yard. We’re not going to cover an entire wall, but some accents would look really nice. I’m the DIY queen, and when we have a lot of downtime at work I like to look for things to do. When I have more time/money, I’d love to take a painting class. Until then, I’ll be crafting my little heart out when it comes to start things for the wedding. I found another nifty little site for DIYers, especially those who like to cook, Budget101. It gives you all these ways to create things like tortillas, buns, and brown sugar. Back to basics, right? There’s so much I want to try. I wish I had more time on my hands!

Now to go totally off topic, I think I found my next tattoo:
Isn’t that an amazing picture? I already have a dragon tattoo, which I’ll dig up a picture of some other time, but this one is just…amazing. I’m thinking of getting it scaled down, it will really depend on how much smaller it can be made, and I’d like it on my wrist with Jut’s and my initials where the tails twist together at the bottom there. I’m not sure where else I would put it. I’m pretty sure any field I’m heading for won’t care about a little wrist tattoo, unlike my original idea that I would like to be a teacher…pshh.

In any case. Saturday is looking to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to try the decorating idea with Justin and hopefully capture some photographic memories. I also can’t wait for the rum and cokes later on. heh.