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So we made a fall wreath…

9 Nov

FallWreathDoor2014…and it’s kind of gaudy, but looks ok from the road. I don’t know what possessed me but a couple of weekends ago I got the urge to make something fall-ish for the front door, probably still riding momentum from our stellar Halloween decorations, and so I took to the internet for inspiration.

I found one on Pinterest (where else) that looked simple enough for novice wreath makers like myself and kiddo. The original with instructions is here. Ours looks pretty much nothing like the Pinterest one but for our first attempt, I think we did ok.

The materials were few and fairly easy to find in the local craft store (we went to Michaels).

  • Fake flowers
  • Straw wreath still in the plastic
  • Greenery pins
  • Roll of burlap
  • Fall ribbon

FYI: I don’t think we saved any money by doing this ourselves. Fake foliage is expensive apparently. You’re probably better off financially to buy wreaths on clearance right after the holiday and whip ’em out next year.

For our creation you basically wrap a straw wreath with burlap and pin flowers on it. Then the hard part, wrapping and bunching and pinning more burlap in a semi-attractive way. I kind of failed at this but then we decided to add the orange ribbon as a distraction tactic because crafty crafters are crafty. The bow presented another issue as I also have no skills in this area but I finagled enough and finally called it adequate. And like I said, from a distance its a win.

PicMonkey Collage

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running, closets & quesadillas

17 Dec

I’m not sure what got into me yesterday but I was a woman on fire.

I’m off on Fridays and didn’t have to be anywhere until 11:00 so kiddo and I snuggled in bed for an extra long time watching Kung Fu Panda and Scooby Doo. I dropped her off at daycare just in time for outside play and then met Donita for our run.

Today’s run was 3.15 miles and one of the hilliest I’ve done so far. This is good since I need to be doing a lot of hillwork anyway. It can only help my running and the half marathon in April will have lots of hills. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right? Or at least makes your butt look better. Although I seem to have done something weird to my foot so I’m gonna rest it today and hope its better tomorrow. Just what I don’t need, an injury this early on.

Then to Target for more shoe boxes for my closet overhaul and then home to try out a new recipe. Who am I? My closet is a small walk-in but I’m planning on turning it into a space where I can do scrapbooking and crafty type things. Good thing I don’t have many clothes I guess. The Accountant likes this idea because I’m a slob creative type and tend to leave chaos in my wake. This way we can shut the door and not have to worry about having to clean up a disaster in the guest room when company comes, which was choice number two for a craft room. So far one bag of clothes has been delivered to Goodwill and shoes are in clear boxes off the floor. Onward!

I mentioned a recipe…I’m really honestly for real trying to eat healthier and cook at home more these days. Last week’s crock pot vegetarian chili was great so I decided to try another. This time it was Black Bean Quesadillas from epicurious.com. Hello yumminess!!! With a few tweaks, mainly less onion and more beans. Otherwise, fabulous! Here is the recipe and some pics because I have nothing else to talk about at the moment.

Black Bean Quesadillas

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained. (I’ll use 2 cans next time)
  • 1 8oz block monteray jack or cheddar cheese, shredded (or use pre-shredded bag of taco cheese…guess which one I did)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped (I’ll use 3/4 onion next time)
  • 8 flour tortillas

For serving:

  • shredded romaine lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • salsa
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream

In a bowl (duh), combine beans, cheese, cilantro and onion. Set aside.

Place tortilla in heated non stick skillet sprayed with non stick spray. Spoon mixture evenly over half of tortilla and fold remaining half over mixture. Lightly press down with spatula. Cook for a few minutes until bottom of tortilla is golden brown, then carefully flip and cook for a few more minutes until tortilla is golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut into 3 or 4 wedges and serve quesadillas with salsa, salad and Spanish rice. Or whatever you want. I did Spanish rice as a side.

Viola! Easy peasy and yummy!

 

doodiddy poodiddy loodiddy

5 Nov

It’s 4 am. Sam has been getting up about twice a night lately. Calling for mommy, paci, drink of water, rock me, potty, and all manner of toddler life crises. I don’t mind obliging her. I mean, I’d love to sleep but she’s always so cuddly at 2 am so it hard to be irritated. But dang I’m tired. I’ve been staying up way too late which is much of the problem.  I want that time to write, watch tv, chat with friends who are also night owls, read, just chill. Its my time and I treasure it. But then I usually pay for it during the day.

I’ll be off tomorrow and will have all manner of refrigerator repairpersons, roofers, HVAC guys and plumbers stopping by to check various things off our list to fix from the inspection report. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d feared it might be and The Accountant has already taken care of about a third of the things we needed to do and tomorrow will knock out another large chunk of miscellaneous and bizarre things that home buyers want fixed. Oh yeah, did I mention that we sold our house? Within six days of it being on the market a couple from out of state snapped it up. Shocked the fire outta me that it happened so quickly. I fully expected a for sale sign to be in the yard for months. There’s still some drama with an easement document that was done incorrectly so I’m not 100% convinced this deal is going down but am trying to be positive as our realtor has half the county working on the issue.

And so this means that we are looking for a house. We spent most of last Saturday looking and will do the same this weekend. I’m confident we’ll find something soon but wow, its such a huge deal. This next house will be one we stay in for a very long time so we are considering school districts, neighborhood, and all aspects of long-termability. Its stressful but fun at the same time. But time is running out and we close on our current home in a few weeks so I’m feeling the pressure. Worse comes to worse we will rent something but that means moving twice blah blah blah.

Anywho, that’s the big stuff that I’ll mention here for now. The other stuff is just crap so meh. For now, back to bed for an hour or so before some dude shows up to install a bollard. Sounds dirty but its not. Peace out.

in which i shake my fist at the universe…

29 Jan

…and she laughs in my face, and then spits snow in it.

Today was just bizarre. Here was my plan…take kiddo to day care, come home, make quick grocery run, get ready and drive back to town for an interview, interview, knock their socks off and get an offer on the spot, do jubilant cartwheels down the hall and all the way to my car, pick up kiddo at day care, come home and continue the cartwheel par-tay.

But you know what Burns said (and Steinbeck lifted) about the best laid plans…

Yeah, I knew what the weather forecast called for. But really, how many times have there been false alarms and mass panic at the grocery store due to the tiniest threat of snow? I was hopeful that cutie-pie Dan the Weatherman from Channel 4 would be wrong yet again and/or that the Blizzard of 2010 would hold off until I was done with my mission.

I got punkin delivered safely to school, drove back home, got groceries and then got the call as I pulled into my driveway…they wanted to reschedule the interview for next week due to the weather that was just now hitting. I was calm, I was cool despite the fact that I had to drive back to the “city” anyway to pick up kiddo. (And yes, I realize that a normal person would have kept kiddo and just dropped them at daycare before the interview and picked them up afterwards, thus saving a trip. However, I am not a normal person and prefer to make things as difficult as possible. Ok, not really, but I’m just not one of those moms who finds multi-tasking with a toddler an easy thing. So I thought I’d make things easier on myself and take Sam to her beloved school. Figured she’d have more fun there than with crazy distracted mommy who would be doing ten things at once.) Oh well, these things happen and now I am set to wow ’em on Monday instead. So there we go and here we are.

The rest of the day was pretty much perfect though. Sam was coloring with the other kids when I got there to pick her up and it was so dang cute. She was in a great mood the rest of the day, gave me many kisses and hugs, took a 4 hour nap which meant that I got about a 2 hour one, and we played and read a multitude of books until her bedtime.

The weather has put another dent in my weekend and there will be no attending the Predators game with bro and future sis-in-law tomorrow night. But we are just gonna shift our plans to next weekend and watch them take on the Sharks instead. By the way, if you want the tickets for tomorrow night, let me know and I’ll email them to you. Maybe you can ice skate to the game or something. Me, I’m not that talented.

We were also supposed to have a realtor come out and check out the house and give us the low-down on what we need to do to put it on the market. I haven’t heard but I’m guessing that’s off as well. I hope so as I didn’t do anything much in the way of cleaning or straightening up…

So, all this to say, flexibility is a good quality to have right? 

Tomorrow will be spent in flannel jammies, watching Sesame Street and playing with kiddo. Maybe we’ll get adventuresome and play in the white stuff. Although, get this…Sam seems to be scared of the snow. Day care has an open courtyard that was covered in snow when I picked her up. I thought, “oh this will be cute, we’ll walk through it on the way to the car and maybe play a bit”. Ummmm, no. She wouldn’t set a foot in it. And when I picked her up and I was going to walk in it to show her it was harmless, she wigged out. Not a fan apparently. We had to walk all along the sidewalk to get to the car because she wanted nothing to do with the snow. Funny kid.

I leave you with this. Because Robert Frost is one of my favorites.

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

did i break a mirror or something? no, that was just the garage door and some pipes

17 Jan

Soooooo, here we are. Friday again. (yeah, this post was started on Friday, I realize it’s now Saturday). Doo da, doo da. I’m feeling a bit random and scattered this afternoon. Distracted. But that’s not unusual for me. It’s been a long week campers. For various reasons. (I have a thing for sentence fragments by the way. Grammar police beware.)

Thursday was Household Disaster Day apparently. Disaster # 1 involved an opening garage door and a jumpy Honda a bit too anxious to get on the road. Thursday morning I went to move my car from the basement garage to the driveway as I do most weekday mornings for ease of loading about fifteen bags, briefcases, car seats, jackets and so forth. Not to mention its easier, and safer for me to walk with baby down the front sidewalk to the car than down the stairs. But anywho. I get in my car, push the garage door opener, and back out. WAAAAAY too soon. As in, before the garage door was open all the way. I heard CRASH BANG CRASH BANG and immediately cursed. Garage door bent all to heck and will not go up or down. Check. Back end of my car scratched all to heck. Check. Seriously. But wait, maybe something good had come out of this afterall…I mean, I had the perfect excuse to stay home now right? But being the overly conscientious person that I am I somehow managed to push the door up far enough to squeeze my car out. Darn. FIL was able to come over and fix the door well enough that it will now go up and down and we didn’t have to worry about our pipes freezing during those artic temps.

And speaking of freezing pipes, this is a nice transition into Household Disaster # 2. I get home from work Thursday and there is a note in our mailbox from the water meter reader guy. He says our meter was running like crazy so he shut off our water to save us further costs from what was probably a leak somewhere. Nice. Hubs gets home and can’t find a leak anywhere. He turns the water back on at the meter and notices that water is pouring out of a pipe like crazy and yup, the meter is going like sixty. Apparently there is an issue with the pipe somewhere underground. We called a plumber (who has STILL not showed up) and in the meantime we are turning the water on at the meter to shower, etc and turning it off at night and during the day. I cringe when we have to turn the water back on to do our bizniz because we are wasting so much of it just pouring out of that pipe. Dear Environment, I am very sorry.

Oh and also, I quit school and Sam and I are sick again. So much more to say about that first one but not now and not here.

I don’t want to leave this post with a completely negative vibe so here are some positive things that I am very thankful for in spite of everything. I have a decent paying job when so many are being laid off and do not know how they are going to pay their bills. Sam is eating cereal at day care. They are also working with her on sitting up. We’ll get her “growed up” yet! When I pick her up from day care she turns and smiles at me when she hears my voice and it is the total highlight of my day.  On the school front, I will get a full refund of my tuition and fees for this semester since I withdrew within the deadline for total reimbursement. Last but not least, my mommy is coming to stay with us for a couple of days this week!

The moral of this post is to always look behind you when backing out of the garage and don’t take your running water for granted.

both icky and nice

28 Dec

Today has been equal parts icky and nice.

The icky parts first…
-We are passing a cold around and it’s my turn to be It. I feel like poo with the typical snottiness, stuffiness, coughiness, achiness, etc. The Accountant is feeling better finally and Sam seems to have dodged the worst of it so I’m thankful for those things. 
-The Titans didn’t bother to show up today and were shut out.
-Tomorrow is Monday so there’s also that. But I won’t be making an appearance at ye olde office if I still feel like this.

The nice part…
-We managed to get the Christmas tree disassembled and packed away yesterday so the house is back to normal for the most part. I’m not one to leave holiday decor up till New Years.
-Sam is being extra sweet today and we took a nice snooze together while Hubs went to work and during the debacle what was the Titans game.
-I just ate a super delicious bowl of leftover chili. A good bowl of chili is good for the soul I always say.

Going to blow my nose.

its too early

29 Nov

It’s too early for me to be up on a Saturday but I haven’t got to sleep in like I like to (which means till 11:00ish) in over a year.  I guess those days are over until Sam and any other munchkins are much much older.  Sam has been sleeping through the night the past few nights and getting up around 5:30 to eat.  It would be super nice if she’d go back to sleep after eating in the morning but that doesn’t happen.  She’s up for the duration, at least three hours or so before naptime.  This morning she’s in bed in her boppy playing with her toys and hanging out.

The Today show is on but really think I’m going to turn it off.  It’s so depressing.  It’s all about terrorism, black friday crazies, the economy or lost toolbags in space.  I think there needs to be a good news only channel with only positive stories reported. 

Looks like a dreary rainy day, which I don’t mind so much.  Makes me happy to be all cozy in the house.  I’m thinking today is the day to put up the Christmas tree!  We haven’t put up our monster tree in a few years so it may overwhelm me.  And I’m not even sure I have enough ornaments to fill it up.  But we’ll see how it goes and I can always go by some cheapo filler ornaments right?

I think I’m done rambling for now.

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