some minor house updates


If we were to rate which time of the year I hate the most this would be my second least favorite. My first least favorite is back-to-school season. Which we are all well aware of. This time after the holidays is riiiight up there with school starting up again (when I about lose my mind). My calendar is empty, my house is empty, my soul is empty. Okay yes so I'm being dramatic. But I really really (really) hate it. I'm cold. And I'm bored. And this is when I typically do about a hundred and one house projects. Not like, organize the junk drawer, because I feel like I'm a decently organized individual so that stuff is already okay? I mean more like paint the entire living room, or redo your master bedroom. Stuff like that. And I've done it. Year after year. It just helps me get through the rough time till the not-so-rough time arrives.

Thing is, there's just not that much left to be done. Yes I have a project or two in mind for Matt to whip up for me and that's definitely something, to be sure. Just nothing really big. No "Wow! Look at that!" ideas percolating anywhere. I've gotten a few new things for the house either for Christmas or from my post-holiday blues shopping problem... I've painted some things.... So I thought I'd share. And if you have any other ideas for me I'm. All. Eyes.

New pillows from my secret Santa! Yay Pillow Hoarders Unite!
Matt took a Walmart full-length mirror and made it into something more...
I found this 'O' on clearance at Home Goods and figured it was the universe's way of telling me to buy it. It now hangs in our foyer....
I've recently decided I didn't really like what was on my one end table and sofa table so I've been playing around with them too... Not quite satisfied yet though. Especially that end table. Which is just currently like... blah.
I found two cheap wooden stools online and stained them and then painted them and then distressed them. Plant stands! I have it in mind to get a small olive plant for next to the tv instead of that empty bucket. I just need to wait for warmer weather I'm told by our local greenhouses. Sigh.
And lastly (for now) what was once blue and pink is now not. You can see the original here.




On the chalkboard: Taking down all the holiday decor does a number on my hands that is for certain. Updating the various chalkboard items takes it's toll. I cracked my knuckles and set to it and I'll be happy for them to just sit for awhile now that their busy season is done. 
Reading: A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab. I'm not very far into it but so far so good. I really have been loving the whole request a book from my library situation. I even decided to stop using Letty's card and be a big girl and get my own.
Watching with Matt: Dark. I pushed back against this originally because I didn't know how I'd feel about watching it with subtitles as it's in German.... Plus it sort of sounded to me like Stranger Things and eh... aliens not so much my thing. Stranger Things is about aliens right? And yes, I've watched the entire series. But Dark is so much better than Matt or I ever expected. We have been watching it dubbed over in English which takes some getting used to itself but we love it. We just wish we had the time to binge watch the entire thing in one sitting. We just started our second time through this week and it's amazing all the things we missed!
Eating: No carbs. Or barely any of them. I fell off the wagon something fierce the final two months of the year so we have been really reigning it in, Matt and I. Just don't ask me to give up my ranch. These are supposed to be like nachos? But instead of the delicious chip it's a mini bell pepper and instead of good ole ground beef it's turkey and well... At least there's ranch.
Drinking: Now that my holiday drink of choice is gone I'm back to being a Dunkin gal. In light of what I mentioned above though I tried to make my favorite beverage a little better by saying no more sugar and wow! I like it so much more this way! Large! Iced! Coffee! Cream! Hazlenut! No sugar! Yum. You can have them practically daily if there's no sugar in it right?
Planning: On enrolling Dom in preschool here pretty soon for next fall. I strictly belong to the one year of preschool before kindergarten school of thought but I don't know... Letty obviously needed a second  year... and with him having a winter birthday he won't be starting till four months shy of his fifth birthday which seems a little late to me for starting school. Plus I volunteer with the bigger kids a lot so it would make sense for him to be getting a little structure while I'm volunteering right? I hear he doesn't sit at all at church too so boy could use some growth in a few areas. Big decisions! Not my baby!
Thinking about: Matt doesn't know this, but I'm going to be asking him to make me a baker's rack type situation for underneath these riddling racks. Which then also means I'll have to decorate said baker's rack but I mean twist my arm? It's a vicious lovely home decorating addict cycle. So what to put on it?! And I think I need some more air plants for the rack above yes?
Watching on the treadmill: The 100. I just started the second season and I have a lot of inane questions but it's entertaining enough for my 5 a.m. runs. For example... If the world was destroyed by nuclear war, than why is the Abraham Lincoln Memorial still mostly intact? Wouldn't our nation's capital be the first place to be attacked by say... nuclear bombs? And how do all these ships falling from space somehow always magically land within walking distance of one another? Deep thoughts for that early in the morning. 
As I type this: Operation Destroy the Playroom. I've been really trying to get the kids to keep their toys just in this room instead of pulling them all over the rest of the first floor.... And that's a hit or miss thing obviously but. I let them have toys in their rooms. Toys all over my basement... and so is it too much to ask that their toys stay out of my living room, kitchen and dining room? I don't think so. But then you also have this view....And this wasn't even that bad yet.
On the letterboard: I mean. Enough said. I hate the cold. I hate the static. I hate the dry skin. And I could use a tan.
Past currently posts here.



what ive been reading lately


I'ts been about four months since I've recapped what these eyes of mine have been reading and so! Books!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was interesting. Sort of a Matrixy type idea but with a lot of old gaming talk. I was never a video game or arcade type person so it took me a bit to get past that. People plug in, go to school, work, etc. The creator of said plug in has hidden something... you get it, you win lots and lots of money. Competition ensues.

I had to read this before our trip south in the fall! Savannah is just so perdy! This book has all sorts of tales woven around following all types of people. Voodoo practicing, God fearing, drag queens, murder suspects... the whole gamut!

The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
I really like this author. I find myself wanting to continue on reading which is how I like my books! After her grandmother dies Nell is left to solve a mystery of "who they are" and her search takes her across the globe to an old manor. Twists. Turns. Intrigue!

This was so not what I thought. It was darker and sadder than I was expecting but it was so so good! I love the south, especially reading about it during the time Sidda was a child. Oh those ya-ya's! To have such a gaggle of friends that transcends all manner of sins and heartbreak and time!

Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquirel
Also not what I thought. I was expecting the movie Chocolat. With Johnny Depp? The gypsies? I really must pay better attention. Each chapter started off as a cookbook entry and yet, not a cookbook.

The Night Circus - Eric Morgensten
Whimsical. That's how the librarian described this. And yes! Sort of reminds me of like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus? Magical and mythical and just plain off the charts from reality. I really enjoyed it. I hope this one becomes a movie some day!

The Bear & The Nightingale - Katherine Arden
A harder read for me... This was less engaging than I like them, in my opinion. Maybe that was because I started it on our way home from Disney and I was deeply upset about that? It's part of a series and I'm not sure I'll read further. It was a sort of religious zealot vs. ancient deep woods wive's tales tale. Yeah, that's it.

Jesus Land - Julia Scheere
This memoir did not disappoint. It was upsetting and tragic and sure doesn't make me ever want to step foot near a reform school but I found it such an interesting read. It's not pretty but it's worth reading.

Red Rising - Pierce Brown
At first I was like oh. Dystopian society. Check. Hunger games. Check. But then not so much. While yes it is all of those things it obviously has it's own spin on them. There are more of these and I may continue on.... And I should say it is more violent and graphic than Hunger Games. 

The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton
Again with my love of Morton! While I've come to expect there to be a surprise or a twist in her tales but this one I did not see coming. And I see things coming! As with her book earlier in this post it involves a woman searching for answers to something that happened in her past, including her mother's past. 

Shrill - Lindy West
I had no idea who Lindy was before I started this memoir. I don't follow the comedy world. Or a lot of worlds she runs in for that matter... But I heard it was good and it was! She's funny and she's witty and I think I'd like her. I just would never win a debate with her. Ever. I don't have that sort of talent.

There you have it. Any good books you've stumbled upon recently?


our long weekend


After months and months of constant activities and running from here to there it feels incredibly odd to me to have a weekend with no real plans. Some might see that and say ahhh that sounds wonderful! But to me, I hate it. Any day where my kids aren't in school I feel like is a day for an opportunity to do something special with them. During the school year I hate for the bigger two to miss out on anything so I tend to try and save the special stuff for when they are around. But not having any special stuff planned just is wrong to me. Three whole days with nothing on the agenda? Not acceptable. 

And yet, that was our past weekend. Plus lots of coffee!
The weekend began with our Letty leaving for a sleepover. I'm very much opposed to sleepovers myself and yet, I allow her to go. It's something I really wrestle with and the entire time she's gone I'm pretty much like worst case scenario thinking in my mind.. and yet just look at her, she had the best time! They did a craft and played games and other typical sleepover things!
Our Saturday was just a lot of at home tear apart the play room, naps in the basement type of day, and it ended with chinese at my parent's which is pretty much the best ending to any day.
Sunday we were back at my parent's for brunch, after which Letty and I did some Girl Scout door-to-door sales in my parent's development. Nervous, that one. But we did it!

Sunday night we thought the kids would enjoy heading to the mall's food court where they could choose literally anything to eat for their dinner. I thought so anyways. Letty loved it, eating all the carbs in all the lands. Dom too wanted everything! David though only ate a piece of pizza, declared himself full and that was that. Until we left the food court at which time he asked what was for dinner because he was hungry. If you look in the dictionary next to the word infuriating you'll see my little ray of sunshine's photo.

Monday again, I wanted to do something fun and special but I was really coming up short on ideas that fit what I was looking for. Not to mention the kids just seemed to be content at home playing so... That's what we did. After paying my 94 year old Grammy a visit on her birthday of course. The kids sang to her and basically were nuts during the visit but Grammy said she likes the nuts.... So okay Grams! We rounded out the weekend with yet another family meal over at my sister's! Yay!
So. How was everyone else's long weekend? Do anything fun?


new year's day


This is the last holiday post. I am sort of sad about it. Now what, ya know? Everything is such more fun during the holidays... I am not happy about it that is for certain.

But back at it. New Year's Day is hosted by my sister and brother-in-law. She somehow whips up a delicious meal after being gone all morning swimming at the hotel. With two kids. We all reconvened, donned in our New Year's Eve finest, playing and cheering and making such a joyful noise. And to think that next year's New Year's Day photo with my parents and their grandchildren will have an almost one year old in it! Love this growing family of mine so much!
Past New Year's Day hereherehere and here.


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