13 things a woman should never have in her apartment.

So this isn’t by my standards and I’m going to pick it apart a little. I was reading on MSN Living and stumbled across the article titled “13 things a woman should never have in her apartment/home.” Some I agree with some I don’t, we’ll see what you think.

1. Excessive frills
I definitely agree with this one. Maybe it’s just more my personal taste however I hate frills. Too much pink, ruffles, or frills on anything drives me insane. Our name is not Elle Woods and we’re not in “Legally Blonde”. I seriously went crazy when she decorated her office area. Nobody wants to walk into your place and feel like barbie threw up.
2. Silk flower arrangements
Lololol these just remind me of my 94 year old grandma’s arrangements in her god awful apartment complex (bless her soul, RIP gma). THEY DO NOT LOOK REAL. You are fooling no one. This is pretty much just saying “everything I touch dies” and “don’t leave me in charge of anything living.” I feel like this is only ok under extenuating circumstances such as…well…I can’t even think of a good reason. You can let me know if you’ve got an excuse for having some.

3. Collage type photo frames

I definitely don’t agree with this one. I have frames all over the place!  Apparently there reason states “you’re setting your date up to ask you “who’s the pretty blonde?” and it’s not you..” Meh whatevs, just means you’ve got pretty friends! I love me some picture frames!

4. Stuffed animals (especially on your bed)
Amen! I feel so weird when I walk into a grown woman’s bedroom and they have stuffed animals all over! I’ll admit I have an entire garbage bag full of them stashed away but they’re not in the open. The most I have is a blanket my grandma made me hanging on the side of my bed. WE’RE GROWN WOMEN NOW!

5. Inspiration quotes
Again, I don’t agree with this one. I love me a good inspirational kick in the morning. Reasons for this states “Inspirational quotes of any kind, especially in needlepoint,  read as a cry for help under every circumstance.” Hahahaha. I have no needlepoint quotes so I’m in the clear and none of mine are too depressing so I’ll just agree to disagree with them on this.

6. Cheap bedding
I totally agree! Everyone wants to sleep with wonderful feeling sheets! I love me some silk sheets or super soft cotton! However we can’t always afford that! Cut us a break here. Seriously though, good quality bedding makes sleeping that much more enjoyable.

7. Cosmetics everywhere
Either keep them in your bathroom or have a designated spot for this. Don’t have stuff everywhere. Nobody needs to know how much work you put into looking your best! A girl is entitled so some secrets!

8. Doll collections
No, never. Creepy to the extreme.

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9. Family photos by the bed
This is one of my cardinal no no’s. Who wants their parents watching them while they’re making sweet, sweet love? Not me.

10. An abundance of pet pictures
Ok so maybe like twenty is excessive however Ollie has his personal frames throughout my apartment. I sometimes even talk to them. I may miss him just a little too much…

11. Cat trees/homes
One phrase- “crazy cat lady.” You don’t want to be that.

12. Sorority memorabilia
While you’re in it hey that’s fine. If you’re old and out of college just put it away. Your ship has sailed.

13. Mismatched furniture (too much)
I really agree with this as well. A couple pieces is ok but everything would drive me nuts. I like everything to look put together.

Do you agree/disagree with any of these?

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On this day…

9/11
Where were you when the world stopped turning?
I was in class. I hardly had any idea what was going on. It wasn’t until I got home and saw how devasted my parents looked. They sat me down and explained it to me in child terms. I’ve gotta say, I wish I could’ve just kept it that way rather than learn the real, harsh truth of it all as I got older.

“We survive, it’s what we do.”

Just saying the date makes me cringe. I hate that about tragedy. No matter how much time passes the day is forever marked.
I especially feel bad for all the people with birthdays on this day. No matter what year they always have this event talked about on their day of celebration. That being said, how could we not talk about it? It’s a part of us. It’s a part of our history. It will be known by people who weren’t even alive for it. There’s no completely coming back from things like this. There will always be some reminder.
It’s been 13 years and we’re still rebuilding. Not just the monuments and buildings but also the people.
“I get knocked down, but I get up again. No they never gonna keep me down.”

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“Cause our flag still stand for freedom and you can’t take that away.”

When I think about the events that happened and I sit here watching the 9/11 segments on tv I can’t help but cry. It’s an unfathomable event. I can’t even begin to understand how the people on those airlines or in the buildings must have felt. I can imagine the people that hadn’t prayed in years were doing so right then. The ones who jumped out from 80 story windows, what courage that must have taken. Either be buried under rumble or jump, either way they knew their fate. I probably would’ve chose the leap of faith as well if I absolutely knew I wasn’t going to make it. But then again, that’s the thing,  I have NO idea what I truly would do in that situation because I can’t even begin to imagine being in a situation like that. Each and every one of them were heroes. From the firefighters to the ones who tried to take back control of United 93. Pure courage.

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I’m especially reminded today of how thankful I am for what I have. How thankful I am for those who serve our country and help me feel safe. For those who go out of their way to put themselves in danger in order to protect us. Those as well are the true hero’s.

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And also prayers for ALL the innocent lives lost. We in America,  aren’t the only ones who suffered from this and I think sometimes people lose sight of the fact that innocent lives were lost because of this in other countries as well.

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It’s all senseless violence. I wish the world didn’t have to be burdened with these things but it’s always going to be the harsh reality.

ALWAYS remember, America kicks ass. We will always make a comeback and everytime it will be stronger.
Watch out ISIS.

One final note, this day is also in remembrance of the death of a beautiful, Tina Franseen. The guy I was with for 4 years lost his mom to cancer on this day. To this family this is what they link 9/11 to above anything else. They are wonderful people and she gave birth to 5 amazing children before leaving this earth and would be so proud of them today. Even though most of you don’t know this family just say an extra prayer for them as well. The years may have passed since her death but the ache never fully goes away. I see that in all of their eyes. Especially since alot of them are getting married now or having children of their own.

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Hug your family close, if you love someone, tell them, now. Life is too short to wait for tomorrow’s. You can never be too sure if you’re going to get a tomorrow. Always live in the moment.

And always remember,  ‘MERICA!

For my baby sister.

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Taylor Marie Capener,
I turned 3 years old and two days later you were born. I’m still glad mom refused to have you on my birthday. You know how I am about sharing… 😉
I can’t believe you’re done with your first week of COLLEGE. It just hasn’t hit me yet.

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Sorry Tay, but you were an ugly baby.

I’m sorry for the times you were taken to the doctor because everyone thought you were mute. In reality you just never felt the need to talk because I answered all questions for you. Pretty sweet deal, right?!  I really did mean well.
(Never fear guys, she DEFINITELY learned to talk… eventually.) Then I started wishing you hadn’t. Oh you drove me insane. It was a constant state of feeling like this….

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I really did try to sell or you… sometimes even drown you in the bathtub. My efforts never worked. I was stuck with you. You did eventually get cuter, so I’m glad for your sake.♥

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Although sisters, we could not be more opposite in looks. As we got older that became extremely noticeable. (I then found out later I was adopted.) JUST KIDDING GUYS. But seriously, you were a toe-head through and through I was the darkest brown you could get. You had stick straight hair all your life, I became a poodle.  You have blue eyes, I have brown eyes. Not to mention you tower over me which I’ll always hate.

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As we got older and went through the stages of our life, like learning to drive…

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My first day of senior year, her first day freshman year!

Attending middle school and high school there were obviously numerous screaming matches. We fought ALL THE TIME. But the best thing about sisters is we had no choice but to work it out. We made it through 18 years under one roof together and managed NOT to kill eachother. Although I did think about it once or twice..
I’m so happy with how close we are now. Let’s face it, we never thought that day would come. Remember the numerous eye rolls we gave mom everytime she’d tell us “one day you’ll be thankful to have eachother and truly get along.”? Can’t believe she was actually right.

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I’m so proud of you, Taylor Marie! You’re going to do such great things and I’m glad we’ll always have eachother. If there’s one thing I’m proud of for teaching you and setting the example of it’s that NO MATTER WHAT take no shit. It’s your life and you get to choose what you want. Never ever care what anyone says or thinks about you. In the end you’ll get to look back and smile because you proved them all wrong. You’re beautiful, smart, and driven. I can’t wait to see what you do.
I love you always,
Your big sister.

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Xoxo.