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My poor house got pretty neglected over the weekend, so I spent this evening catching up on some cleaning.
I just spotted this on Pinterest: I’ve been trying to figure out a good “cleaning schedule” that I could post up and sick to. I think this might actual be a decent one! Especially the bathroom counters in the AM since I get up after my husband and he makes a MESS of bathroom counters. Love him but he cannot keep tooth-paste splatter to a minimum! Though Spot Cleaning once a month, well, our carpets are so ugly, there’s no spot-cleaning them anyway. Maybe that will be an “organize my daughters bedroom” day or something.
I also got a new alarm clock last week that I can put my ipod on so that I can have “MY” music playing while doing laundry. Nothing like folding laundry while bouncin’ around to some fun music… “I’m gonna pop some tags..” (thanks to my sister for getting me hooked on that song. I also love “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore.
I have a lot of dance, funk, and top 40 stuff on my ipad, along with, well, several songs from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. (LOVE that movie!)
I’ve also got to sit down and work out a “Work” schedule and stick with it. Strict hours for each job, and not let it over-run my life, because it affects my daughter when I’m too exhausted to keep up with her during the day. I’ve got a lot of adjustments to make in my life and it’s going to take some planning!
On other news, Lilly and I are going back to Iowa for 2 weeks (in about 2 weeks!) Looking forward to seeing everyone, and a couple friends of mine and I are planning on doing the Color Run in Des Moines, my second Color Run this year. Love it!
So that’s really all that’s been new here. I’m trying to keep up on my blog a little more often.
I’m working from home now, I currently have 3 part-time jobs that I’m working that equal out to about 45 hours a week. I’m working 2 gigs, 20 hours a week for DarkSky.org and Astronomerswithoutborders.org, that latter one I’ve done since December, Dark Sky (IDA) is a new gig. I also took over the treasurer position on top of my secretary position for our irrigation board. At least now we can start making progress again on the ranch. This week, we had a neighbor come out with his tractor and tear up all the weeds that sprung up and died this spring, our mower just couldn’t get it done. It’s nice to come back home to not seeing a million dead weed sprouts all over the yard.
We got a new horse boarder in this week, their horse is called Shy, he’s a HUGE 16 hands high gelding. I asked our new boarder “How in the world are you going to get up on him?” She said “Oh, mounting block for sure.” She might have 1-2 more horses coming soon too for her daughter so we might have almost a full barn. That’s great! She’s a self-boarder, meaning she cleans out the stalls and does turn-out for the horse, we just feed/water each day. Easy peasy for us, cheaper for her. “Shy” is very beautiful, I will have to snap a picture of him and put online.
We have a kitten in the house, it was born under our place but he got out and from the looks his mama abandoned him. I spent a week trying to find a rescue for him, finally did, but then my husband got cuddly with the kitten and so did my cat and dog. So he’s still here and we named him Brannigan (as in Thomas Kincaid Brannigan from Doctor Who). Ray refers to him as Zap Brannigan (from Futurama). I also call him Piggy, cuz he’s totally a little pig.
He’s getting quick on his feet now and slowly getting into play mode. When I first found him, he appeared almost all white but a cream colored patch on his back (see pic) and he has a dark grey striped tail and two little grey marks right by each ear. Over the last week though, that cream patch is turning a very very light shade of grey. He is cute but man, my hands are torn up from his nursing. He gets a little panicky trying to get on the bottle and his little paws (and claws) go nuts trying to get a grip. I’m very much looking forward to him being able to eat/pee on his own. (With baby kittens, you have to wipe their lower extremities to get them to pee/poo, or they don’t and it can be fatal. Mama cats do this manually, so no mama means I have to improvise with a wet cotton ball)
Other than that, it’s pretty much the same old same old.
I have a garden that I’ve been trying to get up and going but have zero energy right now. I got garden boxes like…. 9 months ago.
I wanted to paint them, so they sat. I finally painted them, but now I want to put down weed-screen and the rubber mallet for the stakes is in my husbands observatory which I HATE to go in. I also tend to blame the mosquitoes too because they’re just vicious this year and drawn to me like mad.
I think part of it is procrastination too, but I really need to get it setup before winter and we’re hitting the winter growing season (we’re in AZ, we have 2 growing seasons) but damned if I can find the energy or the time to get out there and get things moving!
My husband even fixed the old wheel barrel for me so I can haul compost over but so far, all I’ve used it for is hauling hay to the horses.
Someone kick me in the ass please!
I am so happy I could pee a little! This weekend we tackled our front room which has been a make-shift office for me for the last couple of years. It was a hodge-podge of furniture and crap that I accumulated when we moved here from Iowa and the whole room was beyond ugly.
My inspiration was my sisters office at DeNovo Alternative Marketing. My sister is amazing when it comes to decor and their office is gorgeous and bold in Red, Black and White. I had seen the IKEA expedit desks on their website but didn’t realize their potential until I saw her office and realized how awesome they could work out.
So here’s the BEFORE: (Grumbles and groans accepted, I had nothing to do with the horrifying paneling in this room!)
My favorite colors right now are white, black and teal (the blue color sitting on the chair above)
So this is how the office came out… so far… (There’s more to do)
We ripped up the ugly old carpeting which was so gross and disgusting and Ray layed down wooden laminate boards. We got new trim boards and painted them in the highlight color and painted the old paneling and wall-board in a slightly off-white (called Vintage)
IKEA didn’t have Lekmen boxes in my favorite teal color, the blue they had was too dark so I went with cloth boxes from Target. I still have stuff I have to put up on the wall and then my favorite part is we have one more desk to put together that will go on the opposite wall behind me and that will be my crafting/scrapbooking/sewing table and storage center!!! I’m tickled pink at how it came out. Plus, my husband and I can share this office which is nice, he finally has a place other than his observatory which is too hot in the summer, he can stop using the kitchen table.
AND… if I get annoyed with him, well I can just move one of the crates up and block him out of view. HA! (Yes, that’s a joke… kinda…..)
I’ll probably do one more post with the craft table once I’ve got it all setup.
Other than being up to my neck in baby bottles and poopy diapers, I figured I’d blog a little about life in general.
My husband is working on putting a new deck on the front porch for me. He’s got 1/2 of it laid in, and most of the screws down. I cannot begin to say how nice it is to not worry about walking out the door and wondering if my foot is going to go through. The previous owner laid down crappy plywood probably 20 years ago and it was rotting through. Luckily, he built the actual support structure amazingly strong so now that we have actual lumber down, it’s an amazing difference. I’ve got before pictures, just need to wait till it’s done and then I’ll post the pics. Might be another week or so.
We’re getting ready for our 2nd annual star party and this year we’re doing a halloween party since it’s the weekend before Halloween. I have work to do outside in the barn, clearing out stalls and getting things ready. I’m hoping to do that this weekend.
The chickies are doing good, this will be their first winter outside. (They were babies when I got them last winter and were inside till spring). They seem to be much happier with the cooler weather lately.
As for life as a new mom, things are awesome. I love being a mom, it’s even better than I ever dreamed it would be. Sure, we have our rough nights here and there but they pass and in general I have to say that she’s a really good baby… She’s developing her own specific crying sound now (which breaks my heart when I hear it) and other noises like short bursts of “ah- ah” when she’s looking around, exploring her world around her.
I try my best to sleep when she does (which obviously isn’t happening right now, I should have been in bed 2.5 hours ago when she went down, oops). (If it counts, I used the time to clean off my desk and actually be productive)
On the home-front, I’ve realized that the methodical daily washing of baby bottles has done something kind of amazing for me mentally. I’m not sure why but the action of washing them brings a sense of relief and pleasure.
I am prone to two types of behavior, I either go completely OCD and run high energy, but it never lasts for long periods of time, (usually only 1-2 weeks, though I’ve had it last for a couple years before) or the opposite, when I find myself cluttered and often burned out in general. Obviously, the high energy me is something I would prefer but it’s hard to trip it off and keep it going. The baby bottles are actually spurring it off and slowly building it up which is good, maybe it’ll last longer.
I find myself able to keep up on other things around the house. The sinks are almost always empty, the laundry is being kept up on, etc. There’s a few things I need to work out, like how the livingroom always seems to be ransacked with baby blankets, car carrier, diaper bag and other stuff, but only because I haven’t found proper places for them that make sense… It’s a work in progress.
I have to return to work in 6 weeks and I’m not looking forward to it to be honest. I want to be home with my little girl, but it’s just not feasible right now. I’ve got to find a way to balance full time work, full time little girl, and part time school. Starting in January, my life is going to go full on upside down and I have no idea how I’m going to deal with all of it. Take it day by day I suppose!