So I totally skipped on this last week. I just wasn’t in the mood to reflect, honestly. Not to mention my house was a DISASTER and needed my undivided attention. Well, by now it’s back to being not so pretty, but that’s OK. I’ll get to it later 😉
The first part of the week was pretty busy for us. My husband switched the site over from a shared server to it’s very own server! I’m so fancy–you already know. The only hiccup we ran into was with switching my email over, but even that was solved in about a days time. It’s so nice to have a tech savvy hubby.
We also did some shopping for a few projects I have in mind for our little rental house. Since our lease is up at the end of this month and there are no moving plans in the works yet, I decided to do just a few simple things so I can at least enjoy my space more. I’ll be concentrating on my office. More of that to come!!
Yesterday I spent the ENTIRE day in the kitchen doing some freezer cooking. Don’t worry, I’ll have a post up soon telling you just what I did.
Alright, so what did I learn this week?
1. Dishwashers are a very handy invention. Seriously. I ran mine 3 times yesterday. We don’t generally use the dishwasher unless I make a meal that uses a lot of dishes. Since there are only 2 of us, we tend to just hand wash our dishes, and we *try* to stick with using one glass a day. OK, so my hubby is better at this than I am. I tend to forget where I left said glass and just grab another out of the cabinet. Anyway. That dishwasher came in handy yesterday while freezer cooking, and I will probably be using it again today after I finish up some loose ends.
2. I don’t know how the pioneer women could spend all day every day either cooking, cleaning or meal prep. I spent almost 8 hours in my kitchen yesterday, only taking a break to eat lunch. By the time I went to bed last night my feet, back and neck were aching so bad! It probably doesn’t help that I have terrible posture. With that being said, a friend of mine is doing a marathon of freezer cooking with family today in preparation for her baby that is due in 4 weeks. I can’t imagine how she will ache when she’s finished!!
3. I will be investing in a few gel or memory foam mats for the kitchen. I never really understood the use of these before. I would always think “who spends this much time in the kitchen to need one?” Alright, I get it now. I even wore tennis shoes all day yesterday–I looked like I was fresh out of a style magazine with a house dress, tennis shoes, a ratty old apron, and a messy bun–just to keep my feet from hurting so bad <–I don’t think it helped much!
4. No matter how organized I think I am I still tend to make things harder than I need to. I seriously planned this day out a few weeks ago. I sat down and made a list of each recipe and wrote out the ingredients. Then I made a master grocery list and broke it down by categories. Even after all of that I still forgot a few things on my list! AND my plan of action didn’t carry out like it was supposed to. Oh well, I guess I will be better prepared if I decide to attempt it again.
5. I am obsessed with peach and gray right now. Who knows how long that will last? It seems like I’ve been loving teal and gray for just about forever–which I still do–but now I am in LOVE with peach. And not like the pinkish peach, but more on the orange spectrum. Depending on your screen, my layout has the color I’m talking about. I’m thinking gray and white with pops of peach for my office. Of course, I won’t be doing anything too major until we get out of this rental.
6. Sometimes I underestimate my husbands brain power. I am not tech savvy when it comes to servers, coding, or anything that goes on in the background of my site, but he literally built a new server, programmed automatic backups on my site, and switched everything over, all by himself. The only thing that gave him any trouble was getting the email to work out, and even that wasn’t a problem on his end. He is so incredibly smart it amazes me.
7. My hubby is not only smart but creative. While we were shopping on Tuesday for my next little project, we were talking about what to do with that side table I picked up at Salvation Army for $2.50. If you remember, it has a stone top insert. Well, I am not in love with that insert, so we were talking about what else we could do. I figured I would just get a piece of glass cut for it or cut a piece of wood to fit. Instead, hubby amazes me by saying–let’s plank it! Like, lay down strips of wood to give it a plank look. And he said it so nonchalantly like “duh, isn’t that what you were thinking?” I think I just stared at him open mouthed for about 5 minutes. Although, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that idea to begin with. Sometimes I have a hard time thinking outside the box.
8. I love that oil based paint sticks to just about everything, but I hate that I kill off a few brain cells each time I open the can. Man that smell! I used it on my coffee table makeover, and now again on my little office project. I remember when we bought our house in Tennessee, we had to use oil based primer–not sure exactly why now, I think maybe the latex wasn’t sticking to the existing paint?–and even with all of the windows open and the fans on high, we both about passed out from the fumes. I remember being able to taste it still a few days later. Talk about gross.
9. Tying a double bow is a lot harder than it looks. So I have been trying to make a cute initial door hanger, but I can’t figure out how to tie a pretty bow to hang it. I have a burlap ribbon that is not wired and it just won’t sit right. I’m assuming it’s the ribbon I’m using that is making it harder than it should be, but the ribbon is just so pretty. Hopefully I can share the door hanger with you soon, once I figure it out.
10. Jack has a drawstring fetish. So I am not the best at putting my laundry away right after it’s
folded thrown in a heap in a basket. So my clean clothes sit in a laundry basket, unfolded, until I feel like folding and putting them away–nothing like admitting to your bad habits on the internet. Earlier in the week, Jack decided to commandeer a pair of my shorts that happen to have a drawstring waist. Now, this isn’t the first time he has stolen clean laundry. He has taken the drawstrings out of a few hoodies in the past too. But, this is the first time he has drug it around the house, into multiple different rooms. First, he drug them out into the living room onto the dog’s bed, then we found them in the shower, then back into the living room, and this morning they were in the dining room. Yes, yes I know I should wash them again and just put them away. I haven’t done this yet because I am curious to see where all he takes them and for how long. I feel like it could be a new mini series. “Adventures of Jack and the Pink Drawstring Shorts” Just wait, it’ll be the next big thing.
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