Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Updates and stuff.

Happy Earth Day! I don't have a cool Google doodle to celebrate, but I'm going to go sit outside later and soak up some sun.

It's a Monday (when I started this post; now it's Tuesday), and my brain is feeling pretty Monday-ish. Here's just some stuff:

1. I love our yard with its new fence. We've been working on the plants and the pool, and I'm trying to decide if I want a garden (RDub insists on growing watermelon if we do) or a compost. I just can't decide if I want to spend the time learning what I need to learn to make it work, then spend the time making it work. We're still killing weeds, but so far, we've spent more evenings out there than usual.
Even my basil is happy in the revamped yard!
2. I'm running again. The weather has been nice enough and my allergies have been mild enough that I've run out of excuses (see what I did there?). It helps that Bug wants to run, too, so we've gone in the morning a couple of times. Then on Saturday I actually did a 5K around the neighborhood -- just me and 3.1 miles. My time wasn't awful, and I felt pretty good when I finished.

3. Next week we start a "shape up" challenge at work. I'm on a virtual team of 9 coworkers and our 8-week challenge is to track our steps, record workout minutes, and beat another group of coworkers. We got our pedometers and I started using it to see where I should set my goals. Have I mentioned that I sit at a computer all dayI I believe that counts as sedentary. I wore it the first day I went running -- a little over two miles and only 4500 steps! Seriously -- how are you supposed to get 10,000 steps in a day if you don't walk the entire time? I had to go to the grocery store one night just to get the count over 10K.
This is my avatar on the challenge.
4. I'm not sure I've met my own challenge of cooking something new every week, but I've definitely been cooking again. I don't particularly like asparagus, but when you wrap anything in bacon, it just begs to be eaten.

Don't be blinded by the awesome steak on the side.
And then there were these little guys: Medjool dates with an almond in the middle, wrapped in bacon and baked. It's Paleo candy, I'm telling ya.

Next time I make two, one is for dessert.

5. I'm contemplating some changes to how much I use electronics. I obviously can't get away from the computer during the day - it's my job - but our entire family is way too online. I just don't know what I want to say is allowed/not allowed for myself. I may have to start slow -- cut out the games, maybe? - or set a time limit after work and stick to it. Of course, I write this as I sit on my couch playing Candy Crush Saga...

6. Speaking of free time, what on earth possessed me to pick another show that I have to watch? I'm currently obsessed with The Good Wife and I have no idea why I waited so long. I'm watching it on Amazon whenever I have time, and it's not one the family is watching with me. AND I feel guilty that I'm behind on Nashville and Breaking Bad. Obviously, I need to reevaluate my priorities...

And that's it for this rambling post.

What do you think about your internet time? Worth it?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I work better on a deadline.

The home improvement virus continues to assault. In the last four days, we've gotten a new fence...

[Installed by professionals, thank God --
they finished the entire thing faster than we could have taken the old one down.]
...and created a big mess in the house:

[Did I mention we're having guests this weekend?
That's the deadline for getting my house put back together.]

...because I decided the pantry needed to be redone.

Granted, it's a little worse than usual because it's about to get ripped out.
Best husband award goes to...
...this guy, because he always gets stuck doing the manual labor.

 Just a few hours later...
Look at all that space!

It's only taken me two days to put stuff in. I apparently have a canned tomato addiction.

I'm sure I'll make changes - probably after a trip to the grocery store. I've got some serving dishes in there now, which freed up cabinet space elsewhere.
Another project checked off the list!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Home improvement.

Something has come over this house, and I'm not sure if it's a virus or what. We seem completely incapable of reining in our need to rework/redecorate stuff. And it's not just me! [Okay, it's mostly my ideas, but then the others jump all over it, I swear.]

It started here about 3 weeks ago:
Clear-out started, walls taped off. But wasn't that an awesome paint job?
Bug didn't want her dresser anymore - the drawers were kinda wonky, and several of them had turned into junk drawers instead of clothing drawers. It took up a lot of room and she really wanted/needed a larger desk. Of course, as we planned those changes, I had to ask about painting -- was she tired of the blue/green/pink yet? Guess the answer.
KILZ is a wonderful invention.
Spring Break 2013 turned into "please, Daddy, help me with this" and of course he did.
Dear Homebuilders: Putting studs where they actually belong is a helpful thing.
The dresser was replaced with the cubes for socks and underwear storage. [I said underwear. Sorry.]
We got a better deal on this at our local grocery store than we would have at IKEA!

But this was the main purpose of the change -- the wall of shelves and desk space:

The wire under the bottom shelf is so cool! Little clips hold the pictures on.

LOTS of toys were shuffled to the attic or donation pile, and storage boxes were purchased to get the off season stuff out of the way.

IKEA mirrors to replace the one that had been on the dresser

Reading corner - we had the bookshelves from before, from Container Store.
And here's the result:

She seems to like it -- we don't see her as much in the evenings as we used to!

Next up is the pantry (again) -- new shelves, more storage...