September 18, 2014

Stuff and Things 9/18



+Did you sign up for The 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Swap?  I recommend it!


+I figured out why I had so much time to work out at the gym and cook fancy desserts a couple of years ago:  I didn't clean the house.  It was the bare minimum in Alaska.  Although, to be fair, it was just me and Scott, and most of the time just me.  I vacuumed a lot.  That was about it.  Here, I feel like I'm cleaning all the time.  I think there was only one or two friends who ever visited us at our house in Alaska and they were close enough friends that they didn't care what the house looked like.  (Aren't those the best kind of friends?)
When we moved to Missouri, I decided I would step up my game and now I feel like I'm always straightening, sweeping, folding, etc.  It's an exhausting way to live.

+The No Starbucks thing is going well!  I don't even feel tempted because, like Sonja says here, Starbucks probably just doesn't do it for me in the end.  I have been to Panera twice.  I had an iced latte 2 weeks ago and a hot latte on the 45 degree day last week.  I'm feeling good about this.  Oh, and I had the world's worst caramel latte at the Air Force Academy last week.  I thought it was like caramel-flavored water and I didn't even drink half of it (so that doesn't count, right?)


+Yesterday a student was in tears and I was finally like, "What's wrong?" and she was like, "My pen is in my backpack and I needed it and I raised my hand and I had it up for a long time and you didn't call on me and I know you saw me."  All through tears.  And I was all, "It's okay, really. Get your pen!" and she's still crying and I'm like, "Hey, we all have problems.  I'm hungry, I've got kids not listening, my dog made a mess this morning and I was late for work…" and she started laughing and that was the end of it.  But I could've went on…"…and I'm living in a half-finished house and my husband's at training and I'm dog-sitting as a favor to a friend so I have THREE dogs to take care of instead of two and the coconut milk leaked so I had to empty the fridge this morning and I brought cereal for lunch today (CEREAL) because that's how well-prepared for life I am…etc, etc……etc.  

I think I made my point though.  

And that's all I've got for today.  Sorry for the sad, picture-less post.  But, for real, sign up for that pumpkin swap.


September 17, 2014

3 months into a remodel

3 months into this remodel, the living room is finished.  There aren't any curtains yet, but I'm not sure what I want and/or if they're even necessary.  I like the wooden blinds.

Don't mind the kitchen table.  The living room is its current home.


We are still missing one piece of trim by the door.  I'm patiently waiting for someone to cut it…





The rug is from Lowe's.  The t.v. stand is from an antique/country furniture store in Pennsylvania.  The table is currently hanging out in the living room room while we finish the kitchen/dining room (which is really just one big room).  That bench goes with the table but we've been using it as an ottoman/coffee table.

In case you've forgotten, here's what the living room looked like before…this did not happen overnight.  Again, 3 months.


It actually hurt to put our furniture on that carpet.


Thankfully it was only like that for one day.  I moved into this house on June 7th.  We ripped up the carpet on June 8th.





The dogs were quite helpful.



But not so helpful that they didn't have to be locked away for a time.




Sand under the carpet.  It was disgusting.  And I pulled out every single staple with a pair of pliers.  THAT is why my back hurt this past summer.  I spent days with the heating pad after we ripped up that carpet. 


Look how little!



I'd call the plywood an improvement.


The process is: tarpaper, leveling cement, let it dry, primer, let it dry, whittle down the leveling cement so it's not bumpy, cut the floor with a circular saw, snap the floor into place, pull the floor boards back up, use the glue to stick them back down into place.  That's why it has taken so long.  


We now just have to finish the kitchen side and all will be well in the world of glue-down bamboo flooring.  

Looking back, we've come really far.  So I'd call living-room DONE a victory.  

September 16, 2014

How I ended up with an Emily Ley planner

I went to school looking a bit like a yoga teacher yesterday.  It was just a professional development day and I spent all afternoon cleaning out my closet.  They're almost as casual here as they were in Alaska.  The sweatshirt is PSU UnderArmour and was on clearance.  I couldn't pass it up.  Just like the Emily Ley planner I now have…but the planner was definitely not on clearance.  

Last year, I was somehow directed to the Emily Ley website and I looked at their planners.  I was intrigued.  I already had my Erin Condren planner for the year but I was pulled in by the preppy design and beautiful layout of the Simplified Planner.

Obviously I didn't get one.  Besides, they were sold out.  I was almost amused by the fact that these planners sold out within weeks of going on sale.  Somehow I ended up on the mailing list (okay, I know how I ended up on the mailing list). I wondered what made them so special and expensive.

My Erin Condren planner ended over the summer so, for this year, I bought a $13 planner at Target back in June.  It's cute and all.

On September 1st, I got the notification email saying 2015 Emily Ley planners would be on sale September 3rd.

"That's nice", I thought.

On September 3rd, I just happened to be at a training where I was working on my personal laptop all day when I got the email saying they were officially ON SALE.

"Well, crap", I thought.

Before I knew it, I had ordered one.

When my coworker saw me ordering, she asked what it was and I explained.  Then she showed me her $7 planner.  She'd never heard of Emily Ley or Erin Condren.

"Yes, I used to be like you", I thought. "Then I got a blog and now I want new, shiny things all the time".


Thing that is both new and shiny.  Also, I can't make use of it for another 4 months..

What kind of planner do you have?

September 15, 2014

The 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Swap


It's that time again!  I really hope you'll join Becky and me for this fun, fall tradition.  

If you'd like to sign-up, here are the specifics.
1. Fill out the form to sign up for the swap! (no exceptions after 11:59pm on Saturday, 9/20)
2. By Monday, September 22nd, you will get an e-mail with your swap partner.
3. Once you know your partner, please make contact within 48 hours (by Wednesday, September 24th) to get to know a bit more about each other!
4. Spend $15-$20 ( plus shipping) to put together a fun package for your partner.
5. Mail your package on or before Friday, October 3rd.
6. Link up with us on Friday, October 17th to share your swap goodies!

Hopefully we'll see your name on the list by Saturday…  Happy Shopping!


(And you do need to scroll in the form to get to the submit button.)

September 13, 2014

A tasty sugary drink

I would've blogged this yesterday if I had been on top of things…


My doctor wanted to see if any of the issues I've had in the last year or so have been caused by a metabolic disorder.  She suggested an insulin and glucose test.  I've had my insulin tested before but never with the glucose test.  This meant I got to take this morning off work, drive to the Air Force Academy at 6am and have "fasting" bloodwork done at 7:00 when the lab opened.

It was snowing when I got there which was fabulous because it's September and I thought I'd left Alaska awhile back.  I did the math (okay, not really) and figured out that I've spent more of my adult life in snow than out of snow.

Then, I got to down the "glucose drink".  I was kind of nervous about this because I'd heard about it before and there was an awful lot of it for me to drink and it was pretty early in the morning.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was tasty!  Like, I enjoyed it.  Is THIS what the pregnant ladies always complain about?  It was the best part of the first few hours of my day considering that, after my 5am wake-up call, I got to sit in a waiting room and grade papers while I waited 2 hours for the glucose to settle (or whatever it does).  

Not gonna lie: I'd drink it again.

Then I treated myself to breakfast at Panera and it was fabulous.


Then I went back to school and the chaos and permanent headache ensued.  

Actually, I shouldn't say that.  I like my schedule and I like my kids.  I….like my schedule and I like my kids.  A lot of my coworkers are pretty fabulous too.  

Oh, and a book recommendation:  Adam Carolla's In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks.  I read some of this in the waiting room and I'm pretty sure everyone around thought I was seizing because that's how funny it was.  Don't read it if you're easily offended.  He's a middle-aged white man who tells the truth.  I appreciate that.  


And I did some Bath and Body Works online shopping last week.  



Maybe a regular blogging schedule will resume next week. We can only hope, right?