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Friday, November 14, 2014

I'm a pogonophile

Well after my whiny, poor me post the other day I went into the back room which is packed with boxes, and actually unpacked four boxes.

I also talked to my best friend who reminded me to take it one day at a time.

I'm sort of feeling better.

Now just a dozen more boxes to go...

In the meantime, Hubby made it home tonight and brought flowers, and wine, and chocolate in the form of Hershey's with almonds bars. He's a keeper.

For today's #noveltybroochfriday on Instagram, I posted this:


Many moons ago, we lived in Louisiana and this was my trucker husband's driver's license photo:


I sent the pic to Kyle of ButtonArcade and she custom made the awesome brooch. I love her, she makes the best stuff. 

Perusing #noveltybroochfriday makes me want so many more cute brooches. I guess it's a good thing I'm clearing out all those boxes in the back room, huh? 

Monday, November 10, 2014

I have got to get my life back in order.

The house is a wreck. I don't bother to change out of my pajamas most days unless I have to leave the house.

There are still unpacked boxes and we moved here four months ago.

I can't help but ask myself what the point of unpacking is though. This place is just another rental. We probably won't be staying once our lease is up in June. The house is old and drafty and has problems. It's cheap though, and close to the boy's school so it'll do for now.

I finally got the 3 foot pile of laundry tackled today. I also started a new Goodwill bag, and put a lot of my office work clothes in it which was really hard. I miss working outside of the home. But with Hubby being on the road, and O only being a year old, and the cost of daycare, well, I'm having to admit to myself that going back to work just isn't happening right now. I can't begin to describe how sad that makes me.

I've finally been driving for the first time in months and for the most part my anxiety is staying away. I'm still taking my Prozac and following what my therapist told me to do. Hubby's 90 day waiting period on insurance at his company is up and I'm really excited to have health insurance again soon.Woohoo! Health insurance! Party time! Excellent! Dude, I'm so old I'm thrilled at the thought of a check up. I'm hoping going back to the therapist and seeing if my doctor can tweak my medicine will help.

Even with that though, I will still be home, all day, every day, trying to be interactive with my kids, and keep the house clean, and cook meals and snacks.

I know this sounds whiny, and ungrateful, and has first world problems written all over it, but it's my blog, so what the hell. I can write and whine about what I want.

Outside of the house, I act fine, but then I get home and look around and wonder what I'm doing. What I'm going to do.

I have got to get my life back in order.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

This is Halloween

Our Halloween decorations included a full cemetery and a bbq grill of body parts:


The skull's flames flicker from an inside fan with an orange light below. 

We went through 15 bags of candy. Both boys had a blast trick or treating. S has never enjoyed it till now.


I think he got a kick out of showing his little bro the ropes.

I hope every Halloween is as great as this one was.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Email accounts for 5 year olds is scary stuff

You know the worst part of Halloween? Taking down the decorations and packing them all up.

That's what I should be doing right now.

Halloween was awesome this year. S turned five a few days before Halloween but we put off celebrating it until then. I managed to snag the retired Thomas train set he wanted on e-bay and he received more trains and sets from his grandparents. We also got a great deal on a tablet. The kid LOVES Angry Birds of all kinds so he is psyched to have his own game system for it. I'm psyched that my phone won't be clogged with game notifications all the time.


I did set up a gmail account for him for the tablet for signing into games. Quite honestly, it makes me really nervous about privacy and security but I'm trying the best I can to make sure he is safe but can have fun.

So instead of packing up Halloween stuff, I'm Googling kid safety on the internet. Yikes.

Do your kids have their own tablet or phone and if so, how old are they? What steps do you take to keep them safe? Any suggestions?

Monday, October 6, 2014

I still haven't been able to find any pallets for my compost pile but I've  been making some headway in my quest for self-sufficiency. 
This week I plan to try baking bread for the first time. I've made cakes and cookies from scratch before but bread has always intimidated me because it has to rise. We are going through a ton of bread between the two boys and their love of toast and Hagelslag sandwiches so learning to bake my own bread just makes sense. 
In other news we have a new family member. He is a Chihuahua Daschund mix, a chiweenie. He is little but fierce especially when it comes to toes as seen in the picture below:

Having a dog is a new experience for me because I am a cat person. Thankfully the two kittens are learning to get along with him and they all play and sleep together:

We are working on teaching him not to nip and also to go potty outside which is not as easy as I thought it would be.  Litter box training cats is much easier. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Back to composting: I have a plan!

After Googling and searching Pinterest, I've decided that I need 3 or 4 wooden pallets. I'm going to then wire them together to either make a triangle (3 pieces) or a square (4 pieces) and that will be my compost bin. Genius, right? Now to find pallets. And figure out how to haul them home. Hmm. I think that'll be the hard part.
I need to start a compost pile. If I do it now, maybe I'll have some nice compost by Spring.

I've read all about it but never actually done it because we've moved so much. This house is a rental too, but I have a little yard and place to compost this time.

I'm starting to feel really settled here. It isn't ideal but it is comfortable.

It's tough sometimes, not being a homeowner. Rentals feel temporary which can be a sad feeling. Especially when you have a family.

If it were our house, I'd replace the bathroom sink vanity, put ceiling fans in all of the rooms, re-do the kitchen so that the sink is under the window and the cabinets were better positioned and put up a privacy fence.

Oh and turn the extra closet in the boy's room into a bookshelf to improve storage.

I could come up with more if I went through my Pinterest boards. It makes me wonder if I should suggest just trying to purchase this house from our landlords.

Hmm. It's an idea but I guess that I'll start with the compost bin and planting more things and see how it goes.