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July 26, 2011

Ohhhh what a nerve-wracking day 😯

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I literally spent the last 24 hours hovering by the phone, waiting to hear if the offer I put on the condo [of my dreams] went through. Every time it rang, I almost gave myself a minor coronary. I was so wound up with nervous energy that I nearly snapped at the poor guy who called us to ask if we were happy with our Internet service provider. Smooth, Amanda. Way to keep your cool. But I got my answer, even if I didΒ lose a little bit of the precious sanity that I have left in the process.

So is it good news? Bad news? I’ll tell you in just a sec πŸ˜‰

Rain, rain, go away…

First, I wanted to fill out the “7 Things” err… thingy… that’s been floating around the blog world lately. The lovely Jenn,Β Nicky, and LindsayΒ tagged me with it, and I think it’s a great idea. It’s nice to look back at old posts, because there’s some good info in there that usually gets forgotten not long after it’s been published. Hrm.Β I might just have to make a “Best Of…” page with links to my favorite posts.


What I’m supposed to do, is provide a link to one of my posts for each category, and then nominate 5 bloggers to do the same. I think I can do that, but I’m gonna need something to snack on first…

Much better. Okay. Here we go…

My most beautifulΒ post… Shameless

My most popular post… Forbidden fruit

My most controversialΒ post… It’s my diet and I’ll eat what I want to

My most helpfulΒ post… I made a mistake

A post whose success surprised meNot acting my age

A post that didn’t get the attentionΒ I thought it deserved… You never know what you have

The post that I’m most proudΒ of… I’m going to cheat on this one and sayΒ my whole blog. I put a lot of time and effort into writing each post, and taking each picture, and I’m really proud of my little cozy corner of the web. My blog is my baby πŸ˜€Β And nowwww… tag! You’re it!

Tara @Β XC Foodie
Tessa @ Amazing Asset
Jess @ Healthy Exposures
Alexis @ Pumped for Pumpkin
Sarah @ Feeding Brain and Body

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Okay. So. The news.Β Err wait. Before I get to that, would you think less of me if I told you that my nerves have been getting the better of me for the majority of the day? And that I’ve only been able to stomach simple foods as a result? Stuff like…

… rice mixed with corn and spinach, with a couple of eggs scrambled in…

… or an english muffin topped with almond butter and jam, with some carrot sticks on the side…

Not my most exciting eats, that’s for sure, but my stomach has been one big knot of tension for the whole day, and the thought of complex meals kind of made me nauseous. As you can see, I’m a proΒ at handling stress πŸ˜‰ But it turns out that I was stressing for no reason becauseee…

My offer on the condo was accepted! πŸ˜€

*squeak* Thank you for everyone who crossed their fingers [and toes] for me.

I got the call this afternoon and, oh wow… I’ve been high as a kite ever since. I don’t think the reality of it has fully hit me yet, becauseΒ I’m stillΒ having a hard time believing that it’s actually happening. It wasn’t too long ago that I thought I’d never find a place to call home,Β and now? Gah.Β It just feels so surreal.

If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be moving in to my new place (eeeeee!!) in the middle of September. That gives me a little less than two months to pack, shop, and obsess over how I want to decorate it. Is it weird that I’m most looking forward to stocking my kitchen?

Nawwww. I know you guys understand πŸ˜‰

Anywho. It’s time for me to go relax for a bit before hitting the hay early. I got all of 3 hours of sleep last night thanks to a nasty thunderstorm and too much nervous energy. I hope you’re all having a beautiful night!

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Do you have a hard time eating/sleeping when you’re nervous or stressed?Β Since I was a little kid, I remember not being able to sleep on the night before my birthday or Christmas πŸ˜†

84 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2011 6:32 pm

    YAY! Congrats!

  2. July 26, 2011 6:33 pm

    CONGRATS!! You had me at the edge of my seat!!! I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚

    I have a hard time sleeping when I’m anxious. My mind ends up playing over every possible outcome/situation. Thanks soooo much for tagging me in the 7 links! πŸ™‚

  3. July 26, 2011 6:35 pm

    Congratulations!!! That’s so exciting- now you can go think of decorating ideas!
    When I’m nervous or anxious I go into panic mode where my brain won’t shut up and I can’t even think about food/sleep/doing something else- it’s the worstttttt!
    PS that rice with corn/spinach actually looks delicious

  4. July 26, 2011 6:35 pm

    Congrats Lovie!!! SO excited for you πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see how you decorate the new place – If your beautiful meals are any indication of your style it’s going to be a STUNNER!!! xo

  5. July 26, 2011 6:35 pm

    Congratulations! What a freeing feeling that must be. So glad to hear it worked out, and I’m glad you’re so happy with it. I’m happy too. πŸ™‚

    I usually have trouble sleeping when I have things on my mind, and I crave more sweets than usual. It’s always frustrating to lose sleep over big stuff, but it makes sense…and once the news come through, the sleep goes back to normal. [Though I don’t know if my sweets consumption does.]

  6. July 26, 2011 6:36 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so proud of you – if that’s something you can be proud of someone for? πŸ™‚

  7. July 26, 2011 6:37 pm

    I was always nervous before the first day of school! Or the night before a big exam is the worst!

    Congrats on getting your offer accepted!!! So exciting that you’ll be moving πŸ™‚

    – Nicole

  8. July 26, 2011 6:37 pm

    Congrats, girly πŸ™‚ This is such exciting news–fingers and toes crossing across the blogosphere paid off πŸ™‚ On a sappy note, I really do love each and every post you write–you continually inspire me and I look forward to reading/seeing more from you!! Have a good nights rest, you deserve it.

  9. izzy permalink
    July 26, 2011 6:40 pm

    Ah, congrats!!! It must`ve been so frustrating going through allllll those walk throughs and never finding a house that was a home. So glad you finally found it, though!

    I`m a total emotional non-eater – always have been. I lose all appetite and can`t concentrate on anything but that which is stressing me. I try to keep myself zen in order to avoid this problem πŸ˜‰


  10. July 26, 2011 6:41 pm

    Girl!!! So so so excited for you!! I can’t wait to see the place and all the gorgeous decor you show off. Ahhhh I can’t even explain how stoked I am for you!!! πŸ™‚

  11. July 26, 2011 6:50 pm

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS! I could not be more thrilled for you, and I sure did cross my fingers, toes, legs and arms for you πŸ˜‰
    Also, thank you for tagging me for this post! I am psyched to put this together and also looking forward to stalking your blog more than I already do πŸ˜‰
    I used to get the worst stomach aches when I would get anxious or nervous, especially as a kid! I would regularly sleep with a heating pad to soothe it

  12. July 26, 2011 6:50 pm

    Woohoo!! So happy for you Amanda.. you are going to have so much fun preparing.. moving.. and decorating. Don’t let any sort of stresses bog you down!

    And I am going to haveso much fun following this little journey of yours! xoxo

  13. July 26, 2011 6:57 pm

    I felt it, I knew it was good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im so HAPPY for you girl!!! Such an exciting thing, you will be out on your own soon!! Ok, so now that you will be, when am I invited for a visit?!! We can have an essie party ; ) deal?! I will bring you goodies too!!

    Love you! Im just so damn happy! Can’t wait until your moved in and such! I hope you share pics !

    Have a great night! xoxo ❀

    • July 26, 2011 8:05 pm

      Haha! Omigosh the first thing I thought of when I read your tweet about coming for a visit was that you better bring the Essie so we can give eachother mani’s/pedi’s πŸ˜‰ Love you girlie. Thank you πŸ˜€

      • July 27, 2011 9:33 am

        Yes! This needs to happen!!! xoxo ❀

  14. July 26, 2011 7:00 pm

    AHHH CONGRATS!!!!!!!! I’m sooo happy for you Amanda! πŸ˜€ The suspense of this post literally had me scrolling like a madwoman. I can’t wait to see how you’re gonna decorate your new pad, gaaahh so much fun πŸ™‚ Have a great night celebrating the good news, love!

  15. sarah permalink
    July 26, 2011 7:06 pm

    Woop! I’m so happy for you- I bet your place is gorgeous(is it weird I wanna see pics? Swear I’m no stalker).I just know when you decorate its going to look like the pages of a home magazine.
    When I’m nervous/stressed my hair falls out & I get migraines- fun times.
    That rice looks positively scrumptious, I ❀ sweet corn.

    • July 26, 2011 8:09 pm

      Haha it’s not weird at all πŸ˜€ I wish I had some pics to share, but it’ll still be about 2 months before I can give a tour 😦

  16. July 26, 2011 7:11 pm

    I can never sleep the day before school starts, i guess its all the anxiety.
    Nutter butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic–never boring! πŸ™‚
    And your mug is so adorable!!

  17. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    July 26, 2011 7:15 pm

    I loveee buying house stuff,ever since moving out of home ive become so obsessed with kitchen wares. I cant get enough bowls, spoons and containers.

    Being nervous isnt so bad for me, but stressed is. When I have alot of assignments due at once and I’m really behind (like last semester) I start getting stomach aches and think I’ve caught some sort of bug when really I’m just quite stressed. Its not very nice, and I’m starting to be able to handle it better, its just sometimes i get too overwhelmed >.<

  18. July 26, 2011 7:17 pm

    I am SO SO excited for you ! What great news about your new place! Can’t wait to hear all the details!
    I too have trouble slleping the night before something stressful! But im sure youll sleep great tonight dreaming of your new place!
    Just want to ley you know i too love ALL your posts! Your blog is ghe best – i look forward to reading each and every day!
    Keep smiling! πŸ™‚ aimee

  19. July 26, 2011 7:23 pm

    Ohhh that’s such a relief!! House/ apt/ condo hunting is one of the most nerve wracking experiences EVER. SO happy for you girl!

  20. July 26, 2011 7:23 pm

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see pics and details of the condo. I’d be super stoked on decorating and stocking the kitchen πŸ™‚
    ps. I LOVE the best of awards/7 things — those posts help me so much, they should never be forgotten.

  21. July 26, 2011 7:36 pm

    I’m glad you got the place!!! WOOHOO!

    Yes, when I’m excited or nervous about things I definitely cannot fall asleep — I tend to think about all of the possible scenarios and honestly kind of drive myself nuts.

  22. July 26, 2011 7:46 pm

    YAAAAAAY!! Congrats! That’s so amazing and I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚

  23. July 26, 2011 7:49 pm

    Yey congrats on getting your place. Your moving in when I will be moving into a small studio in halls so can defintly relate to the obsession of buying things for the kitchen. I have been buying stuff over the year when I see it reduced or happens to be in the colour pink lol. Its so exciting!! I find it hard to sleep when I’m nervous and excited, and also eat as my stomach has all thsi nervous energy. I’m sure their is some biological reason as to why it happens. Congrats again

  24. July 26, 2011 7:58 pm

    congrats girl πŸ™‚ I for sure get nervous the night/day before something big! my stomach gets all fluttery!

  25. July 26, 2011 8:14 pm

    Congrats on the condo!!!!! πŸ™‚ I can’t sleep if I’m nervous!!! It helps to nibble on something.

  26. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    July 26, 2011 8:19 pm

    Congrats girl! That is so exciting! I love this links thing!! So fun to look back in old posts!

  27. July 26, 2011 8:21 pm

    LOVE this…and I will speak for the masses…we expect details!! (No photos of the outside if you wanna be safe) Seriously so happy for you!

  28. July 26, 2011 8:40 pm

    I definitely do have a hard time eating and sleeping when stressed. I don’t understand how people can eat when they’re stressed.

    Fingers crossed you get the place!

  29. July 26, 2011 8:56 pm

    YAY!!! Congrats!! That is so exciting :). I definitely can’t sleep when I’m nervous, but food on the other hand I can still handle. If anything I tend to eat more when I’m nervous because it gives me something to do! I can’t wait to go back and read some of those posts that you had written before I found your blog! Everything you write is awesome πŸ™‚

  30. July 26, 2011 8:56 pm

    Congrats on getting the condo!

    I often have the opposite problem when i’m stressed, I binge eat. I SO wish it was the other way around, because then I just feel even worse.

  31. July 26, 2011 8:59 pm

    CONGRATS ON THE CONDO! eek I’m so happy for you πŸ˜€

  32. July 26, 2011 9:34 pm

    Congrats on your new condo!! I can’t wait to see pics!! And of course, stocking the kitchen is the most exciting part πŸ™‚

  33. July 26, 2011 9:45 pm

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO FREAKING HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!! XD XD XD

    I most certainly have a hard time eating when I’m stressed. NOTHING seems appealing when you’re stressing!


  34. July 26, 2011 10:02 pm

    YAY! Congratulations πŸ™‚

    I’m moving (into a dorm room, but still) at the end of august and I’m so excited to be entirely cooking and shopping for myself. Haha I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚

  35. July 26, 2011 10:18 pm

    oh awkward! im taggin u in this in tomorrows post! ah well ill still keep it cuz u deserve it πŸ™‚

  36. July 26, 2011 11:16 pm

    Wihoo πŸ˜€ I am SO happy for you Sweetie!! Congrats! I hope you get a good nights sleep and that you get the chance to relax more again! And I hope we can get a n\sneak peak into your new home, once you are all moved in! πŸ™‚
    Yes, If I loook (too much) forward to something, I cant sleep. Or if I just think too much of.. anything πŸ˜› I have a hard time stopping to think, and that makes me wide awake!

  37. July 27, 2011 2:25 am

    Congrats on the new place, really happy for you! I remember it being impossible to sleep on the night before the first day of school- i’m not sure if it was due to summer blues or excitement for the year ahead πŸ™‚

  38. July 27, 2011 3:31 am

    Yey! Huge congrats! So glad it was accepted. I know exactly that horrible feeling just waiting for the phone to ring, I think the last time I felt like that it was waiting to hear about a new job. You must be over the moon πŸ™‚

  39. July 27, 2011 3:46 am

    Yay for you! I was like that when I bought my current house – it’s sooo stressful! Speaking of stress, I’m a stress eater. It’s horrible. I also don’t sleep well. Ugh… good thing I don’t get stressed tooooooo often.

  40. July 27, 2011 4:05 am

    Oh my gawwwd! Congrats on the new condo! And the kitchen is indeed the best place to stock, so you are not alone πŸ˜‰ For me, It’s not that I can’t sleep, because I am asleep I can sleep through. But the trouble is drifting off in the first place! It can take HOURS if I have a lot nerves or excitement!

  41. July 27, 2011 4:19 am

    EEeeEEEeeEeEe!! *squeals* SOOOO happy for you gorgeous!! Ahhhh it’s such a relief isn’t it?! And believe me, when you move in, it will soo not feel like reality for the first week! Just think, you will have the whole place to yourself (I got most excited about my own kitchen hehe!!) and you’ll be able to buy loads of new stuff for it! Soooo much fun!!
    I definitely have a hard time sleeping when I’m all stressed and anxious. I have thoughts just running through my head that just won’t shut up and I’m such a worrier, I always think of the worst possible situations rather than thinking positive thoughts! Not good!
    Oh and I love your cute mug by the way πŸ™‚

  42. July 27, 2011 4:43 am

    YAYYYYYY CONGRATULATIONS!!! I want pictures of it ASAP!!!

    Bahh I’m beaming for you right now!! =D

  43. Evan permalink
    July 27, 2011 5:49 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! Oh man, you must be so pumped! I know what you mean re: not being able to sleep because of nervousness, and it used to keep me up all night. Now, I just tell myself that you can’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet, and it *usually* works. I’m so, SO happy that you get to look forward to moving into your own place! πŸ™‚

  44. July 27, 2011 5:51 am

    Yay! I’m so glad you got it! Now comes the best part: shopping for furniture/appliances/decor etc! Decorating a new apartment is so much fun!

  45. July 27, 2011 6:21 am

    Congratulations! How exciting! Decorating new spaces is so much fun :] I’m so glad your offer was accepted!

  46. July 27, 2011 6:21 am

    I totally can’t sleep when I’m stressed OR excited.

    Congrats on the condo!!! πŸ˜€

  47. moveovercelery permalink
    July 27, 2011 6:48 am

    CONGRATS!!! That is so awesome! September is not far off. πŸ˜‰

    I can’t stomach ANYTHING when I’m nervous!

  48. July 27, 2011 7:19 am

    Congratulations!!! πŸ˜€

  49. July 27, 2011 7:32 am

    Congratulations!!! You must be so excited! I’m so happy for you! πŸ™‚

  50. July 27, 2011 7:49 am

    Congrats on the new place! Knowing how big events usually affect my sleep, I hope that you are not exactly the same because you will probably not sleep much till September πŸ™‚ .

  51. July 27, 2011 8:10 am

    Congrats! I know what it is like to be all tied up with nervousness that you can’t seem to do ANYTHING. Have a nice sleep πŸ™‚

  52. July 27, 2011 8:20 am

    CONGRATS on the condo! That’s soooo super exciting, especially since you get to decorate from a blank slate. I also completely lose my appetite if I’m nervous/excited to the point where I have to force myself to eat. Atleast your nerves were GOOD nerves and it all ended up perfectly!

  53. jranolajoyce permalink
    July 27, 2011 8:52 am

    That is so exciting!!! πŸ™‚

  54. July 27, 2011 9:01 am

    Yippee!! So so excited for you, Amanda! Congrats! I’d definitely be most thrilled about stocking a kitchen…and decorating it too! I’m sure you’ll get a few fun housewarming gifts as well. πŸ™‚

    Corn, spinach, rice and eggs is a brilliant combination! I’m definitely going to try that, seeing as I’m getting a bit tired of my typical eggs+spinach+cheese breakfast. You always inspire me so. πŸ˜€

    When I’m stressed or nervous, I always have a hard time eating. Typically I crave simple, easily digested foods like frozen yogurt, eggs and rice cakes.

  55. July 27, 2011 9:06 am

    I always have a hard time eating and sleeping when I’m excited or nervous about something! I think that’s normal. I was always a bad sleeper on Christmas Eve too! The only thing that got me to sleep was knowing that Santa wouldn’t come until I did. Haha!

    And congratulations on the condo! Hooray! Every time I’ve moved, stocking the kitchen has definitely been my favorite part. πŸ™‚

  56. July 27, 2011 9:10 am

    So, so happy for you! Congrats on the condo!!!

  57. July 27, 2011 9:44 am

    Congrats!! I’m so happy for you! πŸ˜€ I’d be so excited to decorate everything as well. Stocking my kitchen would absolutely be something I’m really looking forward to haha. I’m the same with stress though. I can’t sleep, I can’t eat. All I can do is worry. It’s so useless because most of the time everything turns out completely fine and I’m acting as if my worrying would change anything.

  58. July 27, 2011 10:58 am

    YEAH!!!! Awesome things are ahead of you Amanda. I’m so excited for you!!

  59. July 27, 2011 11:15 am

    Yayahhhhh!! I’m SO excited for you! and can’t wait for a house tour when you move in!! πŸ˜€
    I’m moving into a new place in September too, and I’m exactly the same, can’t wait to stock my kitchen πŸ˜‰

  60. July 27, 2011 11:31 am

    Congratulations!! I am so excited for you ❀

  61. July 27, 2011 12:17 pm

    When I am stressed, I either over eat or not eat at all. Not good. Working on that, though.

    ❀ Congrats though!

  62. July 27, 2011 12:28 pm

    YAAYY awesome news on the apartment!! You must be thrilled! & yeah, I am oh-so jealous…!!
    I find it really hard to sleep if I’m nervous, anxious, excited, worried, happy, all of the above…I just have trouble sleeping. Eating is only a problem if I feel nauseas, otherwise I can ALWAYS find space for food :p

  63. July 27, 2011 12:36 pm

    Can’t wait to click all these links and read your posts! I think i’ve only seen one of these before!!! new stuff! yay!

    CONGRATS ON THE CONDO!!!!! eeee!!! so so so excited for you! we’ll both be new homeowners this year! whoohoo!

  64. July 27, 2011 12:56 pm

    Hurray! I’m so happy for you.

  65. July 27, 2011 1:31 pm

    Congrats πŸ˜€ I’m so happy for you! I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear. I had a feeling it would be good news. Crossing my fingers and toes always does the trick πŸ˜‰
    and I love the 7 links! I’ll be doing it in tomorrow’s post πŸ™‚

  66. runningonapples permalink
    July 27, 2011 1:37 pm

    CONGRATS! I make myself sick when I’m stressed =/

  67. July 27, 2011 2:34 pm

    Congrats!!! Moving is a pain in the butt but totally worth it! Our moving day is coming up in less than 2 weeks after a full year in a teeny tiny apt so I am so excited to move into our newly renovated house. Yipee!! πŸ˜€

  68. July 27, 2011 4:54 pm

    Congrats πŸ™‚

  69. July 28, 2011 4:27 pm

    Yeaaaah, congrats girl! (I know, I know; I’m late to the party.) I knew good things would come through for you. Patience really is a virtue, even if it’s hard!
    I’m a mess when I’m stressed/nervous, too!

  70. July 30, 2011 1:22 pm

    YAYY – congrats girl!! So glad to hear that amazing news! And now I can’t wait for a photo tour of your condo πŸ™‚


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