pour one out for my homies

On Monday, the last fur friend from my childhood went to heaven.  Callie, our super grouchy teenage-something, had to be put down.


With the death of Callie, which was totally necessary, homegirl went from 7 pounds to 2 pounds in 3 months, it seems like a chapter of life has officially ended.  Tweenage-early twenty something Meredith is gone.  I think this is the mega sign that it’s time for me to put some actual effort into growing up.

{humpday happiness}

So I decided that I liked doing humpday happiness, even though for a while it was super stressing me out.  All because I was superstressed and being happy about anything was just too much work.  I did decide to change it up a bit though.  Now you’ll get an idea of the things I’ve loved lately, the links I’d be sending to friends, the recipes I want a reason to make, the dresses that we’ll require me to make up a celebration.

{image via Retronaut}

{image via Retronaut}

The Girl with the Tattooed Face (retronaut.com)  Growing up, I was obsessed with all things pioneer.  Little House on the Prairie, read all of the books and saw all the episodes on syndication.  Even now, if I see an article about girls of way back then, I totally click.  And Olive, her story is pretty cool.  Except for the part about her husband destroying all her books and cancelling her speaking tour.

My Twitter friend Mel had a run-in with an internet psycho who decided to post, and tried to get a college coed blog to post, some NSFW photos that M. took.  So M. showed the world who was boss and posted them herself.  (mom and other grownups, don’t open this).  For real world, when are you going to get over the fact that 1) some girls like to take pictures of themselves naked and are totally loving being sexual creatures 2) that if a person doesn’t give you rights to their body, YOU CAN”T SEE/TOUCH/SHARE IT.

New favorite pasttime? Nagging my youngest brother to call my mom via Facebook.  She get’s all nervous when he doesn’t respond to her text messages, and given that I didn’t have a phone for 5 days, I got to post it all on the internet.  Yes, I’m that sister.  And PS you can’t ignore a command when it’s getting a lot of likes.

I’ve been trying to get back in the groove of working out every day.  This butt workout and this arm workout (both from Fitness Blender) have my body screaming in a good/nonsex way.

This one piece from J.Crew is my new reason to workout.  I love how one pieces are coming into play and are finally looking cute.  I plan on stocking up this spring/summer and pairing them with cutoffs, kimonos and wedges.


{tinder tuesday} that time my date threw up

I spent last Thursday night with the last boy I had been texting with before I deleted Tinder for Lent.

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Now, this boy, I had a lot of hopes for.  He is super adorable.  A bit out of my comfort zone, as he is a single dad.  And he got me to talk on the phone, multiple times, for anything between 10 minutes-90 minutes.  Ask my mom, and you know how much of a struggle that is.

The date: dinner and a concert.  The band was one I had never heard of. Blackberry Smoke, but their sound was interesting enough (and the boy cute enough) that of course I said yes.

Dinner first started out at a place in the East Village of Des Moines called Quinton’s.  But we didn’t eat there.  After sitting at a table for 30 minutes with zero attention from a waitress, we decided to try our hand at another spot. And do you know how hard it is to find a place to eat at 7pm on a Thursday? Way harder than I thought.  So we went to a mexican place, and things were going great.

cause goddamnit, I am charming.  and adorable.

And then the boy barfed.  Right into the tortilla chip basket.  Gross.  End of evening.

Now, he swore that he had been feeling sick all day, and he did look a little yucky, but still.

Will we see each other again?  Were there follow-up texts?  I HAVE NO IDEA.  Because my phone charger broke and my precious baby is dead until a new one gets here this afternoon.

So at the moment we’ll wait.  Wait and see if there’s going to be a round two with any of these boys, or if March will be spent with me, myself and I.

March Intentions

March is here and that means we are one step closer to the glorious summer.  My goals for this month require a touch more drive to accomplish than last month’s, but I think I can handle the pressure.

1.  Go paleo-ish

Saturday included a candy binge, chased by looking at swimsuits.  Holy moly, did I get hit with some self-disgust.  So I sat down with my desk calendar and Pinterest, and made a meal plan for the month, a grocery list to get me through till Tuesday’s delivery at my favorite grocery store, and then went on to hide all the non-approved foods in my house.  whatever you do, don’t open the bottom cabinet. 

2. Start setting up for a garage sale.

Linda and I are slowly starting to go through our belongings and deciding what stays and what goes.  Every spring, Eldora has a city-wide garage sale, so I figure might as well get a start on setting things up now.  As we go through a room, and make our “to go” pile, we can simply put a price on it and put it on the front porch.

3. Retry that cat-eye.

This time with a marker-like eye liner instead of a pencil.

4. Start outlining a resume. 

Because apparently those are required for applying to big girl jobs.  Please know that 2 of my 3 current jobs were just kind of given to me.

If you’re really good at formatting resumes, and putting that “I am completely amazing, even without a college degree” spin on them, let me know.

snow day with Scotti and Diego

Scotti, Diego and I got the chance to spend all day together yesterday.  Snow cancelled work, so we laid in bed, ate french toast, cuddled and played!

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I’m stoked to say I even got some work done.  Including all the laundry and a 1000 calorie Fitness Blender workout.  which totally cancelled out the french toast. We wrapper up the night with nail polish, more cuddles and the Mindy Project on Hulu.

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Which it totally not Netflix.

{tinder tuesday} one night, two dates

That’s right.  Last Saturday was two Tinder dates.  It was very good time wise, but oh so exhausting,  Do you know how hard it is to come up with conversation topics for two very different boys?

Being the most productive by spending my Saturday going on not one, but two tinder date. #zackmorrisstyle

A photo posted by Meredith (@lameremaid) on

Date Number One:  The original plan was for us to meet at a bowling alley, get a game in and then go to dinner.  Except the bowling alley was hosting a fundraiser and lanes wouldn’t be open for two hours.  So we skipped straight to dinner.

You guys, this boy was so nervous/terrified that I wanted to buy him a pile of shots and take him to a strip club so he could realize that cleavage wouldn’t actually smother him.

Date Number Two: this one happened on a whim.  I told the boy that I’d be passing back through his town after date #1 and said if he wanted to hang out to let me know.  Of course he said yes.  How could he not?

With all the awkward staring that went down at date #1, this one was a relief.  We met at a sketchy bar, drank some beers, and he tried to teach me pool.  Pool is really hard and I don’t feel a need to ever play again.


Both dates ended without any action, which I was fine with.  If date #2 texted for a second date this weekend, I would totally say yes.

Would I do two dates in one night again?  Maybe.  But only if they came to Eldora or if I had a hotel room in the town so I could go back and crash.

As for my break from the Tinder app?  I am feeling so free from my phone.  And just knowing that it’s waiting for me next month, and that I won’t have to go through the 5 minute hassle of setting up a new profile, has me feeling extra good.

trying to get back on track…maybe? idk

Yesterday, I decided that I needed to kick my ass back into gear.  Giving up Netflix for Lent means I have no excuses to not workout, so my goal for this week is to get in at least an hour a day.  Sunday’s workout was a mix of YouTube workout videos.  The plan for the week is to just keep mixing it up and pray for warm weather.


{Diego and Scotti, taking over my workout mat}

{Diego and Scotti, taking over my workout mat}

Every time I got up to change videos, one of the dogs would take over my mat.  I have no idea why they love this thing so much.

I really am going to get into meal prep.  Swearsies.  I’ve realized that as soon as I give into a quick slice of pizza from the gas station, that my eating for the whole week goes downhill.  So just knowing that I have a giant bowl of this salad in the fridge will hopefully keep me from temptation.


{a new collage of fitspo}

{a new collage of fitspo}

Clearly I’m obsessing over backsides at the moment.  Looks like I’ll need to throw in some extra butt videos.  How much longer until summertime?

{workout sticker chart!}

{workout sticker chart!}

Okay, I don’t actually know where my stickers are.  But I’m thinking dating my calendar will give me a better idea of when I succeed in meeting my goals vs when I fail.

Will this be the start of me finally getting back in shape and eating all healthy?  Fingers crossed.