UPDATED: Hey Blog, You Sure Clean Up Nice.

UPDATED: So obviously no post yesterday.  I don't think I have mentioned this on the blog before, but my mother-in-law (the same woman who very recently lost her husband) has been quite ill with cancer for about the last 15 months.  She is currently in the hospital.  I so wish I could say she is doing well, but the fact of the matter is that she is not doing well in recent days and our family is broken-hearted.  I am going to attempt to keep up a semi-regular posting schedule in the coming days (hopefully a post will be up later today), but please forgive me, and do not forsake me, if I do not succeed.  I heart you all and promise this blog will be back to normal at some point.

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Also, I've gotten a couple of emails from readers saying that they are having trouble commenting.  If this applies to you as well, it may just be that you need to install third party cookies (which is simple and can be googled.)  If you have these installed already and are still unable to comment, please shoot me an email at LaurenRaeGallagher@gmail.com to let me know since if this is a widespread problem, I need to work to get it corrected.

So much love blogstalkers.   You don't even know how much you've helped lately.

So real post on Monday.  And it'll be a good long one since I have the day off of work thank the lord.

But I just wanted to say...

Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God  It's HERE It's Finally HERE!!!!!

I'm not excited AT ALL.

What do you think of the new design blogstalkers?

It feels like my birthday all over again.  

Oh and the cat and the hat in this picture were purchased for me at Dave and Buster's by an old creepy gentlemen shortly after he accosted me at the bar and told me I smelled like milk.


It's an old photo, from like five years ago.  


Which is why I'm not wearing my wedding ring.  


Not because I took it off to troll for older men at a grown up Chuckie Cheese-esque establishment.

54 comments:

  1. Hey! Nice tag line! Congrats on the redesign - LOVE the signature!!!

    OL

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    1. Thanks! I'm sort of in love with the signature too.

      Thanks for your help!

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  2. Love it!!! I bet that guy gets plenty of action using the ol "you smell like milk" line... The only thing more romantic than that is "you smell purty". :0)

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    1. Thanks!!

      And yeah that or "Are you wearing perfume today? That's different. You smell nice."

      Said to me by Ryan yesterday.

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    2. One time i got a "did you brush your hair today" from my husband... I nearly dropped trou right there. Im living the dream!! :0)

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    3. Haha Oh totally, me too obviously.

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  3. Stefanie2/18/2012

    I don't suppose Monday's post will be the long awaited conclusion to the Lauren and Ryan Saga? Pretty please with sugar and sprinkles and cherries? =)

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    1. Right you are! I've been scanning pictures for what feels like years now.

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    2. Stefanie2/18/2012

      Yay! I can't wait! =)

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  4. I love the new layout! And the reminder of the creepy Dave n Busters story. Did he get us matching cats? Or did you get the cat and the hat? Do you still have that hat? If so, I say we bring it back as punishment for all birthdaygoers going forward. Except for birthday brunch at Zed. I would be mortified.

    What's with the advertisements? I hope that you are making a nice chunk of change for advertising on your blog. Perhaps you can buy your own rubies and trick Ryan into thinking that you bought them on your new credit card??

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    1. Oh yeah...I think you may have gotten a cat too. I totally forgot about that. WHAT a creepster. I don't still have the hat on account of that fact that I was sure it had cooties and threw it out.

      Birthday brunch at Zed hmmm..how about a tiara?

      Yeah the ads are a change, undecided about them for now. And they're definitely not earning me any rubies in the near future.

      How are you doing today? Recovered from your massive street wipeout yesterday?

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    2. My shoulder still hurts. And Ted is tired of my whining and complaining. At least I don't have bloody paws to show for it this time. Sidewalk - 1. Vanessa - 1. I'm starting to up my game. Watch out next time, sidewalk.

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    3. The fact that you know there will be a next time tickles me. Please make sure you call me when it happens. I do love a good falling-down-in-public story.

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  5. I like it, Lauren, it looks great!

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  6. Mel Patrick2/18/2012

    Beautiful! I was talking about you at dinner so you should get at least 3 more blogstalkers soon! You're great and I too love your wedding shoes!

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    1. Hopefully you were saying only good things Mel haha. And thanks for the shoe compliment! Going with black shoes was definitely different but in the end they were one of my very favorite things about my ensemble that day. (Along with my dress, my fur wrap and my earrings ha.) The only thing that I did not like that I wore that day was the damn corset.

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  7. Hey! Nice decor in your new gaff!

    Also, I seem to be commenting on every single post/status update like a boss. Do you feel watched? I really should do something with my day but just don't have the gumption!

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    1. Thanks! I'm loving it.

      And I Love your comments Abi, especially since they come at British times while I am sleeping and then I wake up and have surprise comments.

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  8. I totally remember that birthday. There were lots of creepsters there that night. I'm pretty sure that's the last time I ever went to Dave and Busters.

    P.s. Nice blog!

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    1. Yep think it was the last time Ryan and I were ever there also. I mean, COME ON people. I just want to play some whack-a-mole without having you goobers slide your hand up the back of my shirt. Seriously.

      Thanks!

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  9. Annie G.2/19/2012

    Love it! Can now post comments. Yeah!

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    1. Yay! So glad it's working again.

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  10. Dependent Status Pending - I didn't see that until now. LOVE IT!

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    1. Haha yeah. A reader totally came up with that one.

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  11. Very, very, snazzy (of course I mean both the blog and your picture)!

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  12. Thank you so much for commenting right above me on YHL. Your blog is amazing and has made me laugh out loud at least six times. (Not five, but six.) My husband is very upset with you because you are the reason I may now be obsessed with Paper Source, but don't worry about that because he's upset with me at least nine times a day and he gets over it easily. And my mustache clips are in the mail, which I also have you to thank for, and really how have I been living without mustache clips all this time? A graduate school necessity, if I do say so myself.

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    1. Yeah Paper Source can be dangerous. There is an actual physical store literally less than a block away from our condo building, which has contributed greatly to the amount of weird objects in my possession. My husband is not the biggest fan of that either.

      So happy to hear I've made you laugh, I always say this, but it's my favorite compliment of all time.

      And you're totally welcome for the YHL comment, seems I have EXCEPTIONAL timing huh?

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Tell your husband I would issue him an apology, but I can't because I'm not actually sorry.

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  13. Woah. With this design, you have officially become a profesional/boss/bloggerific... a probossific... Which just sounds like a prespriction drug that I would be compelled to get. It would probably help with digestion or something...

    Seriously though, the blog looks absolutely fantastic!

    P.S. I TOTALLY have the same hat! We are truly style twins.

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    1. Hmm..I like this new drug idea, even though

      ONE: I've NEVER been professional, not even at work, and I pride myself on that.

      And TWO: the only time I've ever been someone's boss was when I was a senior in high school and promoted to Assistant Manager of the Seasonal Department at Ace Hardware and got to shout "Stop talking about your probably terrible band and go build a grill and give me that Twinkie. I will hold it for you until you get back!" to whatever stock boy was unfortunate enough to be scheduled that day.

      And thanks!!

      And will our similarities never cease?

      And I really wasn't THAT MEAN to the stock boys. They actually sort of loved me because I made inappropriate announcements over the PA system late at night.

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  14. It really does look awesome! It's inspiring me to do something nice with mine... hmm drunken plotting. ^_^

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    1. Haha drunken plotting is the best kind of plotting.

      And I've read your new blog Dandelion. Thanks for reading mine.

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  15. It's BEAUTIFUL!...currently recruiting other blogstalkers for you on Facebook so that the finally know what I'm talking about :)

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    1. Thanks!!

      For both the compliment and the recruitment.

      I have the best blogstalkers ever

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  16. Hey! We have that same hat, too. My husband and two little boys and I each have to wear it on our respective birthdays. Then the boys go around trying to blow out the candles on each others' heads all day. Good times.

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    1. Haha sounds like something I would do. I'm such a child.

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  17. I just found you today and my life will never be the same! I'm so excited right meow! You won me over with the weirdo that sniffed your milk products. Ok I know you didn't say he smelled your milk products but it just came out and me up so I left it in :D yay! I found you! Can't wait to read your other posts!! Yippie skippy!

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    1. Yay! I'm excited that you're excited right meow!

      Thanks for reading!!

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    2. Omg, I cannot quit laughing at right meow. I'm laughing so hard my dog started licking my face, then barking and then farted which means I am laughing even harder. Can't. Breathe.

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    3. I love when something makes me laugh so hard I can't breathe. Also dog farts are hilarious, especially when the dog gets really confused about what just happened.

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  18. As I love the lace look (see evidence a: http://blog.kateminasian.com/) I'm a super fan of the new redesign! It looks super classy and great.

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    1. Thanks! I'm sort of obsessed with lace myself. My wedding dress was 100% lace and I LOVED it.

      Love the header of your blog. And your purple tights. Even though tights in general are one of my mortal enemies.

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  19. Awwww thanks!

    Tights are, to be honest, the only thing that gets me through Chicago weather looking somewhat fashionable. I go through quite a few pairs a year.

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    1. Yep right there with you. Tights and boots are the rule of the day in Chicago in the winter. Although, this year hasn't been so bad.

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  20. I'm so sorry to hear that. More good thoughts and love sent your way. And please don't worry about blogging. We'll still be here when you have time and feel up to posting. We'll miss you but we can entertain ourselves for a bit.

    PS. I like the new look. I love the purple, and the signature is beautiful.

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  21. I'll send all my best thoughts to you and your family. We'll be here when you get back, promise.

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    1. Thanks. Much apprectiated.

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  22. Happened upon your site while reading the Bloggess. First of all, I wanted to thank you for blogging... you've reminded me of all of the fun of the first few years of my marriage to my (then) long-term boyfriend. (Especially your Christmas-Chanuka tree post.)

    Second, I wanted to let you know that I said a prayer for your MIL and your extended family. I hope that everything goes as well as it can for you all.

    Signed, Laura who is constantly being called "Lauren" in the office

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    1. Thank YOU for reading. And not being scared away.

      And especially thank you for the prayers.

      I wish they called me Lauren in my office. Usually though I just get something like "Hey crazy" or "What the heck are you doing now?"

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