Monday, December 03, 2012

Couch to 5K. Check.

I did it. Today I completed my couch to 5K program! Too bad I'm at home all by myself w/no one to celebrate with...which is why I'm celebrating here [jumping up and down on the bed in glee]. YAY!!!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kitchen Update

The kitchen has been slow-going. Our job is a small job for our handyman, so he fits us in when he can. That's been working out well. I'd rather pay as we go (as we've been doing) than hand over a big lump sum. It's less of a shock to the system.

We're not even close to the big reveal yet, but we do have the countertops, backsplash, appliances and trim in (mostly). We still have a baseboards, paint, and drawer pulls left to go....

Here are some pictures I took yesterday.  This time of year here in Blusterville we get sunlight once every three days for about 10 minutes. Waiting for good conditions to take pictures is futile. 

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Monday, September 10, 2012

I Miss Summer

It's the second week of school, and I'm still homesick for summer. I miss our days at the yurt where the pace is slower and casual, where you can wake up with the sun and feel inner calm. If there's one thing I detest about the school year, it's that school starts so early in the day. From the second you wake up, there's rushing through breakfast, rushing through getting dressed, rushing out the door in a race to beat the school bell. Not my favorite. Not what I want for my kids. Argh.

At the yurt, there's sleeping in.

There's basketball while you're waiting for breakfast.
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There's time for goofing around during breakfast.
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There's poker in your pajamas.
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Dishes are washed by hand, outside, and left to dry in the sun.
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There's plenty of work to be done.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Posing

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Hey! So now that the kids are in school I finally have some time on my hands to devote to getting this old bod back in shape. I'm doing the Couch to 5K training program. This is the one I'm using. The thing I love about it is that it doesn't focus on distance. It's all time based. My day one workout was "walk for 5 minutes, run for 2 minutes, walk for 5 minutes." Not too daunting, right?--even for someone like me who has allowed herself to get out of shape for the last 5 years. Even though I had some energy left after that workout, I said to myself, "Self, that is all the program called for, so that is all you need to do." Day two said to relax. So even though I felt like working out, I chose not to, because the program forbids it. See? I love this program. So anyway, I'm now on day four, and the program said that I'm to relax, so I did. I went shopping and got myself some gear, because, what's the point of running if you can't look cute doing it, right? Of course none of these clothes match my running shoes, so I had order some that match.

Another runnerly thing I did was to buy some black nail polish. I understand women runners like to camouflage beaten-up post-race toes by making all of them look bruised.

I'm such a poser/poseur.

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Look at my fake bruised toes cute dog!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

zoot zoot!!

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Sharing a picture my middle son took of us last Sunday.

Sending zooties to you all!

If you have ten minutes to spare, watch this video clip of Amanda Gore. I'm not sure why she's wearing the funny headband, but she has some pretty amazing things to say on how to let people know you love them.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Bye bye summer

My kids are off on their first day of school, and here I am feeling all sad going through our summer pictures. I miss 'em. sniff sniff. Some of us grownups (okay, me) just aren't cut out for sending our kids off to school all day.
Dumping some pictures from our trip a couple weeks to San Diego. Little guy cried all the way home because he wasn't ready for vacation to end. I wasn't either.
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The view from our hotel room.

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Oh San Diego, you sunshiney place, you. You were fantastic!!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Decisions

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Deciding on finishes for the kitchen hasn't been too painful. Hubby and I tend to make up our minds pretty quickly about what we like and what we don't. We're pretty easy-going folks. If he doesn't like something, but I do, I'll back off...and he does the same for me. Whatever we end up with we both have to like.

There's been a lot of this:

"Hey, what do you think of this?"
"I don't like it because of blah blah blah..."
"Yeah, you're right."

and this:

"What about this?"
"I love it!"
"Me too. Let's get it."
"OK"

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The perimeter of the kitchen and desk area will be black leathered granite and the island will be kashmir white. We found a white that has lots of dark grey veining to pull out the black of the perimeter. We're tying it all together with a grey backsplash. That thin sliver of grey is the grout. The cabs are getting painted a pale grey/off white, and the knobs will be getting switched out to stainless pulls. 

The grownups in the family are happy about how the kitchen is coming along.  The kids are having a harder time with the change :( 


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Why, hello!

Well, the old stove and microwave are gone and have been replaced by this beauty. YAY!!

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We have liftoff. The kitchen facelift has begun!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Buh bye kitchen

Our kitchen table is surrounded by chairs that are slowly falling apart one by one.  I guess that's what you get when you buy the cheapest chairs money can buy.  Granted, we're pretty rough on our furniture--there's plenty of tipping, tripping, and all manner of bad manners when we eat.  Anyway, two of our chairs bit the dust, so I made a bench to take their place.

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Since I was already taking pictures in the kitchen, I decided to go ahead and take pictures of the whole kitchen because we've decided that we are going to give it a facelift. We like the layout. It's in pretty good shape, but the countertops (white tile with white grout) are driving me insane. I've decided I'm done with bleaching it with a toothbrush. It's gotta go. The other thing that's gotta go is the stupid microwave that doesn't have a revolving plate. Goodbye burning hot meatballs next to freezing cold meatballs fresh out of the microwave! Ta ta! I won't miss you! Good riddance you loud, obnoxious refrigerator with the broken water dispenser. I won't miss you either!  Sigh.  I must sound ungrateful.  This kitchen has served us well, but it's just time. 

I mentioned to a friend that we're redoing our kitchen and she wanted to know who the general contractor is. Bwa ha ha! Why, that'd be me. That's why this project is probably going to take a while. I'll update when there's news, but I'm afeared the news will be slow in coming.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Primitive Wood Shelf

We went to the yurt for the long weekend, and I brought along a wood shelf that sits next to the wood stove. It's been annoying me for a while that wood just gets set on the floor and little wood bits go everywhere. So hopefully this will keep things a little more contained. I made it to be the same height as the stove because we often do camp-style cooking (pots of chili, Dinty Moore stew, etc.) and need a place to set the spoons. I'll have to find a tray to put on top of it so that it doesn't get all gloppy.
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This fan is perhaps the coolest thing we've gotten for the yurt. The heat from the stove usually just stays right around the stove area, and the other side of the room can get a bit chilly. Being off the grid and all, we were hooking up a little electric fan to a car battery to get the air to circulate. When we found out about this Vulcan stove fan that runs with a Stirling engine off the heat of the stove (no electricity needed!), and the timing of our discovery coincided with my hubby's birthday, it was kind of a no-brainer.
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Bookshelf Bench

I don't know, but I may have found my new addiction. I promised my kids I'd make them bookshelves they could sit on. I've made two so far and have one more to go, but I don't think I'll be able to stop at just one more. Everywhere I turn in my house I see another wall or corner where a bookshelf bench would be just perfect. 011 013

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Deliberate Self Care: Sleep and Coffee

I haven't blogged for awhile, but I haven't fallen off the Deliberate Self Care bandwagon.  Three weeks ago, I decided to try to get to bed at a decent hour.  I'm a night owl.  Most nights I stay up to midnight or beyond.  I had wonderful plans to listen to my body--to go to bed when I felt tired.  I've been reading up on how maintaining a good sleep schedule is so important to the reduction of cortisol, the stress hormone.  If you stay up late at night, the body perceives this as stress and produces more cortisol. The more cortisol, the less able one is able to fall asleep.  A tough cycle to break. 

Anyway, I did good.  I got in bed at 10:30, and then...ended up tossing and turning trying to fall asleep because, as it turns out, I wasn't able to listen to my body because my body was listening to my three cup a day coffee habit.  I've felt guilty about the coffee for awhile.  But, hey, I'm in Seattle.  This is what Seattle folk do--they guzzle coffee all through the winter, well, all year long, really.

So, that was it for the coffee.  I quit cold turkey...which I've read since then is not the way to go.  I should have read about how to do it beforehand.  Apparently you're supposed to taper the caffeine a little each day...mix a little decaf in there so as not to shock the system.  I had pretty bad flu-like symptoms (minus the fever) and was achy for a full week.  My ache started at my neck and shoulders and carried through down to my legs.  By the last day of withdrawals, I was sore just in my legs.  Thank goodness for the muscle roller.  I don't know how I would have survived. 

So now I'm feeling pretty good about not being dependent on caffeine.  I'm drinking detox tea and have tried Teechino. I drink my hot water with chia in it.   I'm drinking water with a squirt of lemon in it. 

But here I am at 11:30 at night blogging away and still not really tired.  My kids have been having some seriously scary health issues, and my stress is through the roof.  I've been researching treatment, homeopathic remedies, and ways to build up the immune system.  I feel like I need to just stop because this is just a never ending maze of info, some of it helpful, but most of it not.

I just need to go to bed.