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One thing leads to another

My lazy weekend from the last post turned into two weeks of a lot to do. My house is a disaster. I’ve been pulling things out of cabinets, closets, and drawers, and tossing, recycling, and giving away. Of course that should lead to putting things back, but it hasn’t.

I’ve been spending 1 week in each room of my house making myself love it or get rid of it. My bedroom and craftroom/office are the worst!

In my office, I have a path from the door to my desk and there are things piled all over the desk, boxes all over the place that contain things to pack, things to kit (and take with me short term), things to sell, and thing to give away.

It’s a wonder my dresser isn’t groaning from all the things stacked on top. I’m trying to go through all the drawers and get rid of clothes I haven’t worn in awhile and won’t need in the hotter climates of Arizona. It gets easier each day since I’m tired of looking at the clutter and have started tossing more in the give away bag (which sits on the floor between the dresser and the closet that I have to trip over every time I do laundry! ūüėÜ

I’m constantly having to clean off my dining table as it’s turned into a staging area for stuff M and I need to talk about, and the list we’ve started keeping of things that need to happen before, or shortly after, we move.

Plants are coming down, pots are being emptied, and some are being thrown away or given away.

We still have a storage facility that M has been weeding out over the past many months – my piano is in there, too – but we really need to get all of it cleaned out over the next 3 weeks.

Cooking the smothered steak mentioned in the last post, led to craving needing wanting fried chicken.¬† Would you like my recipe?¬† Buttermilk is involved ūüôā and I’ll share how I make mashed potatoes, too¬†ūüôā¬† I’m having leftovers for lunch today.

Hiring the realtor in our last post has led to us now having 17 houses to look at, and an appointment with our bank this afternoon to sign our pre-approval.

Looking at those 17 homes (online), and talking about¬†maybe having to live in a furnished apartment short-time if we can’t find a home on our trip, led to my dreaming all night long about living in a 1 bedroom apartment with the puppies and crating them while I left for laundry or grocery duty.¬† It was like watching a TV show!¬† The puppies probably wouldn’t like it much.¬†

My work getting really busy has led to¬†my possibly working¬†every Saturday (except this coming Saturday) until my last week.¬† I worked this past Saturday and, other than being an idiot and forgetting to mail everything I did, it was wonderful to walk in this morning and know exactly everything I needed to get done today.¬† Of course, that was before I saw the note, from #1 attorney, stating I needed to create a bazillion subpoenaes and go to Kinkos to get posters done for exhibits, and oh, yeah, make sure all of our depo transcripts are summarized.¬† See….Saturdays.

Working this past Saturday, led to my not getting to go to my monthly stitchin, but M “nagged” me into stitching that evening and that led to a happy dance, which led to a new start.

Finished Red, White & Blue by Cricket Collection.  Stitched with recommended silks, but substituted silver instead of gold, on Lambswool.  I will be taking it, and another small design, in for framing this week.

Started A Wife’s Prayer by Erica Michaels.¬† Using recommended fibers¬†and 40ct¬†Maritime White by Lakeside Linens.

The photos above were from my phone. Still camera shopping, passively, but shopping.

So, there should be more stitching tonight, and leftover chicken, and probably some laundry since I don’t want anything on my mind this coming Friday – Sunday except thinking about what a good time I’m having with Melissa and Darla while we are stitching at the beach!

As of today, I am 46 days away from MY retirement.¬† That counter over there >>>>>>> is for M’s retirement.

’til next time!

P.S.¬† Am I the only one who’s ready for football stitching???

Happy August 1

Wow! August. Already!

Woohoo! August. Already! ūüėÄ

Thank you for commiserating with me over everything. It was sort of good to get it out of my system and down on paper, so to speak.

I had an exceptionally lazy weekend. I didn’t do a single thing on my to-do list and I don’t feel any guilt about it, either. I did do some cooking from my childhood on Saturday. While I was home my mom and I talked about old recipes she used to make and I recreated one of them. Smothered steak and mashed potatoes. Yummy! I used her quantities (she was feeding 6-8 people) forgetting I was just cooking for M and I and I had enough for supper Sunday night and still have leftovers! Need to learn to pare down those recipes.

One thing not on my to-do list that did get accomplish is we hired a realtor! Woo.to.the.hooooo! We are very confident that he is the right person for us and that he’ll find us what we’re looking for. I spent a ton of time emailing back and forth with him on Saturday (which is part of the reason above mentioned to-do list didn’t get touched). He’s already sharing properties with us and we are getting very excited. Or at least I am. M is pretty much “I’ve been happy with what you’ve been showing me so I know I’ll like what you pick out.” ūüėČ

Work is really getting busy for me as well. Co-worker had her baby this past weekend (I saw a picture and she’s beautiful!) so I’m back to covering both attorneys. A little d√©j√† vu, if you will, but only 61 days until I don’t have to worry (too much) about it anymore.

Tonight I have got to get some laundry and stitching done.

Oh the joys of a busy life

I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I last blogged.¬† There has been so much going on since my last post.¬†

Work has been crazy CRAZY!¬† We’ve had a case fall apart on us, one settle, and there have been so many little post-its on my desk that I had to stop what I was doing and just get them done.¬† I hate when that happens.

Last Saturday was my monthly stitching day.¬† Thank goodness, because that’s the only time I’ve made for myself to stitch lately!

I stayed the night with Melissa and the two of us were joined by Darla that night at Downtown Disney‘s Rainforest Cafe to celebrate Melissa’s upcoming birthday.¬† The next morning Melissa and I¬†headed back¬†to Downtown Disney and had chicory¬†and beignets at the¬†Jazz Kitchen.¬† Oh calories, how I love you!¬† Especially donut-y¬†calories!¬† I actually have chicory coffee at my house and drink it all the time.¬† It’s been a very long time since I made beingets though.

Then of course, Monday was Valentine’s Day.¬† Much to my surprise, especially since he never said a word beforehand, M called me at 4:30 asking me if we were going out to dinner that night to celebrate.¬† I left it totally up to¬† him where we were going and since we couldn’t get early enough reservations at his first choice we went to El Torito’s and split a carne asada platter.¬† It was the perfect amount of goodiness for my Mexican food craving self (I swear I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner — in the same day!).¬† My gallant knight also came sweeping in with a dozen long-stem red roses, purchased from my favorite little mom and pop corner flower stand.

This morning’s weigh in at home for the Power of One challenge at Sisterhood shows me up some more, but you know…I don’t care!¬†Ok, I care, but I’m living with it.¬† ¬†After last week’s near meltdown over being up one pound I had a long think with myself — and a good talking to from M.¬† This is lifetime.¬† There are going to be times when the scale is going to go up, I just have to not let it defeat me, and get right back into the swing of things immediately.¬†

Tuesday I packed a very healthy and filling lunch. 

Last night I made up a quickie broccoli and beef stir-fry.¬† I winged it with some pre-cut sirloin for fajitas that I tossed in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, added in some¬†garlic powder, garlic pepper powder, kosher salt, ground ginger and “fried” it in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, I then poured in 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and while that was bubbling up I steamed up some broccoli, then tossed that in.¬† It made 3 large servings.¬†¬† Well, it should have been 4 but M ate 3/4 of it!

Today, I packed the same healthy and filling lunch as yesterday and added in a banana and blueberries.¬† Tonight it’s BFD (which we do a couple of times a week).

Is my official weigh in tomorrow at Weight Watchers going to show that scale going up?¬† Probably.¬† Am I going to freak out about it like I did last week?¬† No.¬† Am I going to be disappointed in myself.¬† I’m going to try hard to not be, but I’m only human.

And something I forgot

I am going to probably start making my own bread again. Nothing fancy in the past, just my bread machine, but now I’d like some good french and whole wheat recipes and the recommendation of a good bread knife. I hate it when I try to cut my bread and the knife smooshes it. Just ruins the whole dang experience.

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Give a gal a hand?

I was off work again yesterday while 90% of the world went to work.¬†¬†¬†If¬†you¬†read my blog then you’ll recall¬†that staying home when most everyone else is at work makes me yearn to be a¬†kept woman.¬† I’m still on that quest.¬† Yesterday, I spent¬†lot of time¬†thinking on how best to get me there.¬† I have a couple of areas that need some major straightening out.¬† They both revolve around¬†money.¬† We do not want for anything right now, and I’d like for it to remain that way when Kahuna finally retires.

I am trying to get my act together to where I don’t H.A.V.E. to work.¬†¬†Not today, next month, or probably even next year, but at the most in 5 years,¬†I want to be¬†able to be voluntarily unemployed.¬†¬†I don’t know if I’m the type of person who could just quit and be 100% financially dependant on Kahuna, but I would like to find out, and if I find myself going cabin crazy, I’d like to be able to either just be a volunteer somewhere, or if I feel the need for pocket money of my own,¬†temp, or at the most work part time a few days a week.¬† So, while I’ve been working on that, I’m wanting to ramp it up a bit.

With that I stand here, hat in hand, sort of, and ask you for your help. 

  • I want Kahuna and I to start “eating clean.”¬† If you have any resources that you personally swear by, I would appreciate the referral.
  • I want to only spend $300 a month to do the above and am looking for some “shopping lists” that accomplish that.¬† So far I’ve only found $200 a month for 1 person.¬† Right now I’m spending close to $500 and I feel like I’m wasting a lot of money.

I’m hoping by putting this out there, someone may suggest something that I haven’t thought of.¬† I’m planning on going to the bookstore this weekend for a sit and browse and any books suggestions will be hunted down.

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