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post #521 of 1361

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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

-Stood on a praying mantis in my bare feet, screamed loudly and chopped off my foot.

 

lol.gif  That would freak me out too. 

 

I didn't do anything worth noting today. I've been doing a lot of that lately.  disappointed.gif Must be better tomorrow. I am posting this so I can't wimp out.

 

 

post #522 of 1361

Smokering, your on a serious roll these last few days. I commend you. 

 

Last night after work I stopped at the grocery store for the week's groceries. Transferred $50.00 into our savings account (love to squirrel away little amounts when ever I can - they add up!). Emailed my resume for a job that sounds awesome - cross your fingers I hear back! Spent time with the baby and husband. Not a whole lot else. 

 

Today has been slightly more productive, though husband is doing the big cleaning tasks like laundry, cleaning the bathroom and doing the floors. I love that guy. 

 

As for me -

 

- Sorted through baby clothes (with husband).

- Sorted my socks (I apparently only own four pairs of wearable socks currently).

- Corralled a bunch more stuff for next weekend's yard sale (you'd think our house would be empty by now, but amazingly we still seem to have too many things...).

- Packaged up some acorn squash and butternut squash that husband pureed yesterday.

- Took pictures of my hops plant trellis. 

- Wrote a blog post utilizing the picture of the hops plant trellis. 

- Wrote an Examiner article on coq au vin. 

- Random blog management junk. 

- General tidying. 

- Put away some of the laundry. 

- Rotated some of Little Man's many toys so he doesn't have to play with the same thing day in and day out. 

 

I need to run down to the dollar store to pick up some random things - a proper Rubbermaid bin for baby clothes we're keeping, some food containers and a little Get Well soon gift to stick in the mail to my niece, since she'll be having her tonsils out this week. Maybe a coloring book and some card games or something. 

 

post #523 of 1361

kitchensqueen: Thanks! I feel pretty blah lately, but I'm trying to plow through it. Having a real mental block about sewing at the moment, but hey, it's not like I don't have tons of other stuff that needs doing too!

 

Today I:

 

-washed my hair

-cleaned the stove (and it is a thing of beauty, if I do say so myself)

-emptied out DD's wardrobe, removed and bagged up the too-small items, and put everything back in the correct places, with stern injunctions to DD to keep it that way. She won't. Kind of a slob, that kid. Well, so am I...

-fed the baby half a smashed potato and some egg and toast (man, he's eating a lot these days!)

-general putting-away

-helped DD sort out her art box

-cleaned chicken coop - and found our very first egg! Thrilling stuff.

-weeded the lawn a bit and popped huge piles of weeds from the other day over the fence

-did a page of schoolwork with DD

-fed the baby again

 

ETA next morning:

 

-went to visit SIL

-went to grocery shop

-started feeling sick at grocery shop

-came home and vomited for the rest of the evening

 

I think it was food poisoning - DH served us a pink roast chicken a few days ago. Still feeling achy and gross this morning, but not vomiting any more, thank goodness.

post #524 of 1361

Sunday and yesterday I did more with our 2004 move!  Sunday I purged a couple boxes of old papers and binders and found DH's 35mm camera (we thought we'd Goodwilled it). 

 

Yesterday I mailed DS2 a care package.  Picked up curtain rods for our bedroom (yay, there's that 2004 move again) -- my mother embroidered us a beautiful pair of sheers for our anniversary.  Stopped back home for a ramble with my dog.  Down to my mother's where DH started her lawnmower for her.  It's electric, but she hadn't charged it and we don't want her yanking the cord.  When we drove off, this 81 y.o. five-foot-nothing lady was chasing the self-propelled mower across her front yard and grinning.  Then DH and I went to the dump, where we disgorged a large box plus three paper grocery sacks full of old papers.  I did a happy dance.  In our town dump.  Down to Verizon to buy my new phone; it has a keyboard!  And a new version of the Froggy Night ringtone!  Quick stop at the coop to buy cream and a late go-lunch.  Back home, gave DH a haircut.  Had a nice visit from our next-door neighbor.  Made hostel reservations for our upcoming visit to DS1.  Went to bed instead of staying up all night to read "Fifty Shades of Grey," but that took some doing.

 

Today is groceries, then more purging and organizing.  Now that the camera's turned up, I'm more hopeful about the bag / envelope full of hardware from my crib.  It's circa 1963 so definitely unsafe for human consumption, but we're going to use it for pillows, quilts / throws, and stuffed animals.

post #525 of 1361

For the past few days I've been trying to dig out from a week or so of ignoring housekeeping and being kind of distracted and generally not taking care of myself or everyone else as well as I should. So today I tried to keep up the momentum and manged to:

 

Pay some bills

Deposit our tax refund!

Balance the checkbook

Wash sheets and blankets (will fold tomorrow)

Wash some delicates

Relax over some amazing coffee at a hip little coffee shop while my son was at speech therapy

Fold some clothes (more to do tomorrow)

Return a library book

Play with the kids outside

Get my planner up to date

Get the kids to bed pretty much on time

Enjoy dinner with my husband and watch The Voice

Get myself to bed an hour earlier than last night (tomorrow I hope will be an hour earlier than tonight)

post #526 of 1361

^^^ Yay for getting to bed earlier!  I need to put that on my list too.

 

Today I worked out; have been getting back to that gradually, so we're talking a piddly ten minutes on the NordicTrack.  Went to the lab for blood work, where the phlebotomist talked me off a ledge by telling me about her dog.  Stopped by my mother's.  Took myself out for a late but substantial breakfast.  Walked with my dog.  Made sure the voicemail for my new phone was up and running.  Took the long way around our cell phone account online to confirm our usage.  Now it's time for some lunch.

 

This afternoon I'll go through more papers from the attic.  We are amassing quite the burn pile.  Maybe I'll move several cubic feed of office supplies downstairs where we'll use them.  And I want to just relax and read this evening.
 

post #527 of 1361

Today I:

 

  • Left for school on time so instead of rushing and freaking out the whole trip about possibly being late I actually got to enjoy some time with my daughter and was able give her a proper send off complete with hug and kiss.
  • Tidied up the house.
  • Finally composed and sent an email which I had been avoiding for days.
  • Folded and put away three baskets of clothes.
  • Sorted the May file to make room for this month's bills.
  • Sorted the pile of papers and schoolwork that have been coming home in my daughter's folder.
  • Left on time to get my son to therapy so I didn't have to speed and have a near panic attack at every red light.
  • Went to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods to do a little shopping in peace since I was kid-free...pitied the people there with cranky children.
  • Picked up the kids, took them home, and played outside for as long as we could stand the totally unseasonable heat.
  • Hosted a playdate and managed not to have a complete nervous breakdown when it went on a hour longer than expected and into dinner time.
  • Improvised a quick meal for the kids and got them to bed on time.

 

Currently enjoying the evening with my husband and watching mindless TV (American Idol bag.gif).  Will be in bed by 10:30 if it kills me. 

post #528 of 1361

Today I:

 

- Cleaned the coffeemaker, after a false start when I put the vinegar in the wrong compartment

 

- Shifted around a box and drawer of clothes, got more things into the donation box

 

- Baked some chicken for DH's go-lunch tomorrow

 

- Paid a couple bills and got some backlogged transactions entered into GnuCash

 

- Took a walk with my dog

 

- Bought butter and vinegar -- we ran out!

 

- Hung out with my neighbor and her new horse and her old horses and our old dogs

 

Tomorrow I need to:

 

- Take DH to catch a 5 AM bus for his trip out of state for work this week

 

- Cut the grass around the house and base of my weeping cherry tree

 

- Mow the lawn with our reel mower

 

- Go through the office supplies on my dining room table, purge, and store what's left

 

- Bake granola from scratch

 

- Organize final exam care packages for DS1 and DS2

 

I need a nap.

post #529 of 1361

Lots of activity here! Everyone is getting a burst of spring cleaning/activity energy I see. 

 

We were at the in-laws so I didn't get a whole lot of stuff done around home this weekend, but still -

 

- Unpacked from the weekend. 

- Did a mini stock up shopping (canned tomatoes, pasta, diapers - what does that say about my house?)

- Tidied the pantry to accommodate the stock up shopping. 

- Gave Little Man a bath. 

- Made about $200 selling some old stuff at our in-laws garage sale.

- Had a dinner date at an actual restaurant with my husband. 

 

And I got some major scores of my own at the garage sales this weekend too - 

- two onesies for $2

- two books (one is a Golden Book) for $3

- all metal cookie press for $5

- enameled cast iron bean pot for free

- white metal desk lamp for free

- black wooden picture frame for free

- small Duplo Lego set for free

- Playskool shape sorter for free

post #530 of 1361

Everyone's been busy!

 

Today I:

 

-Cleaned the toilet

-Cleaned and wiped down my desk

-Put back a bunch of books DS had pulled out of the bookshelf, and wiped it down

-Made porridge for breakfast

-Made chicken toasted sandwiches for lunch

-Folded and put away a huge lot of laundry

-General tidying

-Walked with Mum and my sister around the orchard (my sister's visiting from London, and hadn't seen our new house)

-Made basil tomato soup

-Made caramel chocolate-chunk souffles (an interesting experiment - I've never made souffles before. They worked, but they tasted... OK. I'll try chocolate ones next time.)

-Cut out DD's pyjama pants

-Finished DD's pyjama top (ridiculously stoopid Butterick pattern - made me appreciate Ottobre! No facings, the collar wasn't two layers or hemmed... the whole thing was just flimsy and amateurish-looking. Lucky they're only PJs! And the sizing was completely skew-wiff. Hmph.)

post #531 of 1361

Maybe this will motivate me to do more. 

 

Today so far:

-Got dd off to school (never easy lol)

-Gym for 90 minutes

-Spent too much time on MDC

 

Now I am off to:

-Study my Arabic and Spanish

-Do the pile of dishes left over from the weekend

-Take dd to the dentist

-Walk with dd to pet store for crickets

-Go to the gym again

 

Not much cleaning to do today.  But I am really tired, so I'm considering anything done to be an accomplishment. :)

post #532 of 1361

I must share this "accomplishment".  We've had a praying mantis "egg" here for six weeks or so.  Well, it finally hatched just now.  So I am here alone dealing with 200 baby mantises and getting them set up in their new home.  Ew and eek!

post #533 of 1361

So far today I:

- Built and mailed a care package for DS2.

- Took my mother to Lowe's and grocery shopping.

- Hauled my mother's Lowe's take -- seven heavy sacks of various materials, plus a flat of annuals -- to the right spots in her yard.

- Walked with my dog.

- Trimmed the grass my reel mower missed yesterday; can't find hand mower and had to use shears and bend over to do it. Groan.

- Skyped with DS1.

- Purged more office supplies. Road-tested every single craptastic gimme pen in the house and set aside a bunch to donate (the ones that work, of course).

- Purged unneeded sewing supplies, ribbons, etc.

- Moved my purses from a laundry basket in my closet behind DS2's telescope to a box under chifforobe in the attic.

- Got the mail. OK, that one's weak. But DH is out of state, and he mailed me a postcard last week that came this afternoon. love.gif

 

I still want to:

- Make teacakes. And granola, possibly. Sending the last care packages of the school year in the next couple days!

- Swap the drawer space for my needlework supplies and t-shirts.

- Would love, love, love to find that hand mower.

 

CCLady, the praying mantis hatchlings sound intentional -- where are you keeping them???

post #534 of 1361

Just realized that this thread is working really well as a "Tomorrow, I really need to . . . "  Once I post, I feel obligated.  As though the Internet will come and find me if I don't!

post #535 of 1361
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CCLady, the praying mantis hatchlings sound intentional -- where are you keeping them???

 

We're keeping them in a cage on the porch.  Most of them will be let go soon and we will only raise one or two of them.  We were gifted the egg or whatever it's called (we can thank her dad for that) and I didn't have the heart to not let her keep it.  Bugs are her life lol.

post #536 of 1361

Gahhhh, mantids.

 

I wrote out a whole list of awesome stuff yesterday, but I forgot to post it before bed and the computer crashed during the night. Oh well. Just pretend I invented a self-cleaning baby and cured Alzheimer's.

 

Today I:

 

-Went to the supermarket

-Picked up antihistamines for DH

-Visited SIL for a craft afternoon (ie, knitted about ten rows of DD's scarf)

-Made pizza for dinner with our new pizza stone

-Made a list of clothes to make the kids, and the fabrics required

-Finished DD's wheatie bag

-Finished DD's pyjama pants

-Read to DD and played Barrel of Monkeys

-Made flatbreads for Bible study tomorrow

post #537 of 1361

I:

 

- read some of Jack Newman's Ultimate Breastfeeding Book for school

- picked up WIC checks

- took 4yo ds to speech

- homeschooled kids

- did a home visit with a client

- folded laundry

- went to midwifery study group

 

Once the kids are in bed, I'm going to read some more of the breastfeeding book and probably a chapter in Heart & Hands.

post #538 of 1361

Yesterday I 

- walked the dog

- got a haircut (and I'm not too happy with it - too many layers. I'm going to live with it for a couple of weeks, and go back if it isn't working out)

- tried a new neighbourhood cafe for coffee (liked it a lot - good cozy vibe and excellent coffee)

- got caught in heavy rain and got soaked and decided to abandon a trip to the organic grocery store because I didn't want to schlepp groceries home in a lightening storm and went home instead

- made a huge pot of chili for dinner

- danced in the rain with my 16 y.o. DD and the dog (it was her suggestion and I was happy to go along - how often does your teenage DD ask you to dance?)

- BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!

- did copious amounts of deep breathing to control my anxiety about the amount of work that this house will need before we can move in - new roof, new furnace, new electrical, new kitchen (there are no appliances and the counters/floor etc. are all original - about 60 or 70 years old), re-finish the basement..........

post #539 of 1361
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Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post

Yesterday I 

- walked the dog

- got a haircut (and I'm not too happy with it - too many layers. I'm going to live with it for a couple of weeks, and go back if it isn't working out)

- tried a new neighbourhood cafe for coffee (liked it a lot - good cozy vibe and excellent coffee)

- got caught in heavy rain and got soaked and decided to abandon a trip to the organic grocery store because I didn't want to schlepp groceries home in a lightening storm and went home instead

- made a huge pot of chili for dinner

- danced in the rain with my 16 y.o. DD and the dog (it was her suggestion and I was happy to go along - how often does your teenage DD ask you to dance?)

- BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!

- did copious amounts of deep breathing to control my anxiety about the amount of work that this house will need before we can move in - new roof, new furnace, new electrical, new kitchen (there are no appliances and the counters/floor etc. are all original - about 60 or 70 years old), re-finish the basement..........

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  That is sooo exciting!

 

Sorry for the anxiety, it's such huge work getting a place ready.  You're getting the drop on it by dancing in the rain, though.  :-)

post #540 of 1361

Eugh. Today started off with a mad dash to get to Bible study on time, a discipline issue with DD (stole chocolate and lied about it) and the discovery that the local dog had used one of our chickens as a chew toy. (She's still alive... currently.) Then I took the kids to the fabric store, got the slowest cashier in the world (seriously, she cut all my fabrics in tiny snips one inch at a time... it took about half an hour to get done, and I had to restrain myself from snatching the fabrics out of her hands and saying "Here, let me fold this while you do the next one".), realised I'd spent over twice what I intended, and then realised I'd locked my keys in the car. So DH had to drive into town on his motorbike to rescue me, and the guy who came over to replace our car windshield ($$$) had to wait for us for half an hour; so I had to hastily bake him a batch of apology muffins. Then we drove out to pick up a new pullet (not as a cynical replacement for the dog-bitten one, I just bought a blue Orpington online), and realised DH had taken my purse out of my bag and we didn't have the money to pay the lady.

 

On the bright side:

 

-I bought some nice fabrics to make winter clothes for the kids, and prewashed them (fabric, not kids)

-I managed to use up the chicken stock and celery in the fridge by making a batch of veggie and bean soup for tomorrow's lunch

-I started herby rye bread for tomorrow's dinner

-I made the bottom layer of my triple-layer panna cotti for tomorrow's dessert

-I made roasted garlic mashed potatoes for the first time, and they were delicious

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