Because there is nothing wrong with appreciating the simple things in life:
Outside my window…
There's a wicked storm going on... and my poor gardening gloves are sitting outside in it.
I am thinking…
About my to do list. I'm such a slacker, I haven't done any of them.
I am thankful for…
my job's stability and for Bill. He's wonderful.
From the kitchen…
I've made some good food the last couple of weeks. So proud of myself! :-)
I am wearing…
Jeans and a pink and brown top.
I am creating…
some great wedding invitations.
I am going…
to Spotsylvania this Saturday. We are meeting our photographer there, she just had a baby- congrats to her!
I am reading…
Nothing at the moment, I'm between books.
I am praying…
about keeping calm about how much I have to do, and for some of my friends who have some issues right now.
I am hearing…
Thunder and Ghost Hunters International playing on Hulu.
Around the house…
We have lots of little stuff to still unpack.
One of my favorite things…
is (newly) cooking. It's really calming to me.
A few plans for the rest of the week…
Laundry, Engagement pics down in Spotsy, Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday morning (hoping I've broken the first 5 lb lost mark), finishing up the invites, dinner with Linds, and hopefully Bill and I can do something fun this weekend.
Our new place has a deck, a large deck. Which needs a decent sized table on it so that it is somewhat in proportion meaning that Bill and I began looking for patio furniture. Having never looked for patio furniture before I had no clue how freaking expensive it is. Seriously? $1000 for a table and chairs that it's going to rain on and birds will poop on? Ridiculous. We were a bit fed up so on Sunday when we went to Lowes for some top soil we thought hey maybe there is in store pricing that's somehow cheaper than what we saw online... thank goodness that occurred to us because we found a set that was a close out and only rang in at a small fraction of the above mentioned price. There had to be a catch we said, and well there was. The Lowes in Alexandria only had the tables, no chairs except for the floor models (one of which was scratched). They checked all of the Lowes around us and no one had any, but wait the Sterling Lowes had 2 sets.
So we call them and explain that I will be by to pick them up Monday night and could they set some aside. It turns out that they actually only had the chairs left and no tables so no problem. No one wants just the chairs anyway. It should be noted here that this set actually does not match at all, not even close, any other set they have. Different color metal entirely. I had such a great plan: leave work at 4, takes about 45 minutes to get to the Sterling Lowes then 40 minutes to get to Bethesda where I was meeting Melanie for dinner at 6. Leaving me time to get in the store, buy the chairs and load them in the car and still be on time. Such a wonderful plan... in theory.
The problem arose when I realized after driving up and down Sully Rd as it got more and more crowded and approached the witching hour of 5pm that the street my Google maps print out told me to turn on 0.5 miles after I merged did not actually exist. Not 0.5 miles down, not 10 miles down. In either direction. I had no idea where to go, it was somewhere called Dulles Crossing which would imply if this area had any logic at all that it was in the immediate area around Dulles airport, but of course it wasn't really. Out of desperation I started taking each exit hoping that maybe it was one of those weird streets that had two names and going a little ways down each looking for a shopping center with a Lowes. That got me nowhere. Finally out of pure desperation at a light on Old Ox Road I got a cab driver (empty cab heading to the airport to pick up a passenger) to follow me into a parking lot to look up the address on his GPS. When a cabbie that barely speaks English looks horrified that you do not have a GPS that generally means that it's time to give in and buy one.
The nice cabbie looks it up for me, gives me the directions, I drive there based on the memorized directions (I was quite proud of that by the way, there were no pens in my car to write anything down) and then I realize how many shopping centers are in that area and I had no clue which one it was. So I drove completely around 3 massive shopping areas until I finally spotted it, at which moment I would liken the feeling that invaded my body to be akin to finding water in a desert.
Another sign that it might be time to buy a GPS is when you got to Sterling at 4:30 and did not make it to the Lowes that was maybe 5 miles away until 6pm.
Welcome to cleaning off the camera card day! This is where I share with you any random photos I found, aren't you excited? ;-)
This is one of the spider crickets that I started finding in our apartment right before we moved out. I have never been so relieved by good timing in my life- especially after the thing jumped at me when I tried to kill it. Eeek!
Lea got shaved by the groomer. It's hard to tell because her spots are so prominent but she has a lion shave (meaning her head and tip of her tail are still furry and everything else is just fuzzy). She's so much cooler now and sheds much less, which is awesome.
Another pic, just because she's cute. Notice how much thinner she looks with less fur- we were really surprised by that. She definitely still has her pooch though.
Don't want Lizzy to feel left out! ;-) She went out exploring the backyard this weekend... and promptly found the hole to squeeze through into the neighbors yard and then the hole to squeeze through to the basketball court behind our fence. Silly goose.
Whenever I'd tell people "Bill has a ridiculous amount of sports equipment that he never uses" they thought I meant like maybe a basketball or something. This is Lindsey modeling what exactly I meant (this was on moving day thus the grungy clothes)- minus one tennis racket and a pair of Rollerblades.
This past weekend we spent a lot of time on the yard... and by we I mean Bill though I did help to mix top soil into some sickly looking dirt patches in our yard before he reseeded. It looks so much prettier far away like this. Soon we plan on replacing those chairs with real deck furniture.
We also put up blinds on the first floor and in the bathroom. It's starting to look homier, but we still have no couches. Not until next week. Boo! :-(
This story is such a nonstory, of course Americans have jobs they don't want and don't like just for the health care. That has been my story since the moment I got out of college. My dream life has always been having two part time jobs instead of a full time one so that I could do something different every day (I'm just not someone who excels at doing the same thing day in and day out), but that doesn't give you health insurance so that was not an option. I also know people who wanted to take jobs as preschool teachers, day care providers, etc- jobs that are very much needed and they would have been great, college educated and better then most of the options out there- but those jobs don't provide health insurance. It's quite a sad state of affairs and I can't help but think that we are losing out on some people's unique skill sets in this society because they are wasting their days at office jobs just for the benefits.
In other news, Lizzy is being horrible. I mean horrible even for her, which par for the course is already a high bar of bad behavior. She starts anxiously crying for food within a half hour of getting fed, like she'll never be fed again; she cries loudly for hours on end without stopping, she has started waking up in the middle of the night and waking me up in the middle of the night; she's started being really mean to Lea- hissing, smacking and pushing. We are at our wits end. The current plan is to rule out anything medically wrong with her, then try anti-anxiety meds, and if those don't work sending her to my mom's for a bit to see if she's calmer there. My mom and I have a hunch that it's Bill. Lizzy has never particularly liked men and maybe she's just reached her breaking point of thinking he'll disappear. Or she's demented. Either one is really just as likely.
So much stuff going on, and can you believe it's already July? That's insane!
* Back from the beach, it was an okay vacation. I'd give it a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. My biggest problems were: getting sunburned the first day when it was cloudy and I wasn't even in a bathing suit, and stress from work stuff not working that I needed to work.
* We forgot cameras so we bought a disposable one but it will take awhile to finish up the roll so no pictures for you right now ;-) There are only like two pictures anyway, we aren't big camera people.
* Went down to the mall for the 4th for the first time in quite awhile. We had a good time (myself, Linds and her dad) even if we were not fully equipped; chairs, blankets, food, etc.
*Almost done with the invite inserts and hopefully we will get them printed tonight. That will be great because I won't feel quite as behind as I was starting to.
* Still no couches in our house. I have a little pile of blankets and pillows in the corner of the living room floor, but I have to admit that it isn't very comfortable at all. The good side: I've been watching a LOT less TV.
1) Organize our office and basement
2) Go to bed earlier/get up for work on time
3) Create and follow a regular cleaning schedule
4) Sew one item of clothing from scratch
5) Settle into a workout schedule where I work out consistantly (at least) three days a week
6) Run two one 10Ks
7) Purge and create a workable wardrobe 8) Make the kitchen window curtains
9) Stop drinking soda
10) Finish the quilt I've been working on for years
11) Start a monthly dinner potluck club with the girls 12) Get my clothes altered so they fit correctly 13) Find a job in a smaller city
14) Take more photos
15) Eradicate 25% of my debt this year (including student loans)
16) Build up a savings account
17) To keep up with my email inbox so I don't blink and end up with 900 plus email messages 18) To concentrate on work at work, concentrate on home at home
19) Eat better portion sizes, better balanced meals
20) Start eating breakfast
21) Be better organized and on top of things at work
22) Take the time to read a book a month