Tuesday, October 21, 2014

day 21

Topic 21 - thoughts on pumpkin carving and whatnot

So I've always wondered how people carve those cool pumpkins. I mean, I've barely managed to cut triangle eyes and a zig-zag mouth on ones I've done in the past. So tonight I watched how it was done on youtube. Apparently I need a pumpkin carving kit and a template to trace. Who knew?

I talked to my grandma on the phone today. Besides the fact that she forgot Chris was my brother, we had a really nice long chat.

My afternoon sub job was cancelled about 9:30 this morning. It actually ended up being a good thing because I was able to take a full day job starting at 10:30 and got paid for a full day even though I didn't start at 7:50.

Today I ate a lot of vegetables. And guacamole. Oh, and a little bit of ice cream.

Maybe the carpet will be completely dry tomorrow and we can get all the stuff that's in the dining room back to its original location.

I have two movie tickets that I've been holding on to for a while. I kind of want to see Gone Girl. I read the book and even though I hated the ending, I thought it might be a good one to see on the big screen. But I'm not sure. I hate wasting perfectly good tickets on something that I might be disappointed in when it's all over. What movies have you guys seen recently?

It's hot tea season around here. And that always makes me want to bake.

Thursday and Friday are parent teacher conference days so I won't be working. Guess it'll just be me and Wilson hanging out, watching you tube videos on pumpkin carving.

Monday, October 20, 2014

day 20

Topic 20: the current currents

hoping that my calendar fills up with easy sub jobs.
listening to The Voice and the rain.
eating (tomorrow morning) apple cinnamon steel cut oats, minus the flax seed. Another crockpot recipe. It already smells amazing and I just turned it on.
drinking diet coke. should be water at this point.
procrastinating on finishing up my quilt square. Cross-stitching piano keys is taking a lot longer than I thought.
smelling freshly cleaned carpets. I'm embarrassed to say they hadn't been cleaned since we moved in. It was way beyond time. And they look a thousand times better than when I left this morning.
trying new recipes. The Olive Garden pasta e. fagioli copy cat soup recipe was a big success, although it does have two cans of beans in it and I'm usually a one can of beans per soup kinda gal. 
organizing our next couple of ladies' events at church. . . our favorite things party and our Christmas luncheon - Winter Wonderland.
enjoying Asian chicken wraps from Costco. Totally would buy those again.
laughing at my parents and their lunch at Panera Bread today :)   Dad, next time go for the bacon turkey bravo on tomato basil bread and the Asian chicken salad. Trust me on this.
crying over this video. Seriously, get the tissues ready. All life is precious.
loving fall. The colors. The flavors. The change in seasons.
reading this book. A lot of sad stories about kids. A lot of interesting things about brain development. It was recommended last year at one of our staff meetings by our principal.
needing a new hand mixer. Mine died.
making nothing. . . except ideas in my mind of things I see on pinterest of what I'd like to make.
planning our trunk for Trunk or Treat. Think Frozen in pumpkin form.
thinking about Darick. It was a rough day for him.
craving a pumpkin milkshake from Burgerville. 'Tis the season.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 19

Topic 19 - SUNday

Days like today are why I love October. The sun was shining. The sky had soft whispy clouds. The weather was absolutely beautiful. We couldn't just stay in and watch football all day. I mean, look at those sad puppy dog eyes. So after lunch we loaded up and headed to the waterfront.
We took a nice long walk and sat on a bench and watched the sailboats go by.
Believe it or not, this was the only tree I saw along our walk that was really changing. And it was a pretty one.
Golden autumn days. Enjoy them while you can.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

day 18 - part B

Topic 18 - I'm usually not one for political campaigns

I have been waiting for an opportunity to get Wilson's picture next to one of these signs for months. Wilson. . .for State Representative, 17th District. Go vote. Your voice matters!

day 18 (ya, i missed a couple)

Topic 17 - Show us what's on your bookshelves

I've been wanting to do this one for a few days, but I wasn't about to take pictures of dusty bookshelves. So today I got out the Swiffer cloths, straightened stuff up, and here you go. Our bookshelves. Well, minus the small one in the kitchen that has my cookbooks and a bunch of other randomness.

First up: the master bedroom bookshelf. It was handmade by the husband of one of my mom's dearest friends, as was the one in the guest room you'll see in a bit. They were the first pieces of furniture I bought for my first apartment. This one is tucked into a corner by the window and it holds a lot of sentimental and personal things. 
Like, the very first picture of us together (middle) and a glass rose which needs some glue that Phil505 brought me the very first time he came to visit and a Willow Tree couple figurine which I got for Valentine's Day.
The cards we sent each other before we got married, and all the subsequent birthday, anniversary, Easter, Kwanzaa, etc. all tucked inside the same thing our wedding cards were placed in (a planter box, actually). Sea shells from the beaches we went to in Florida on our honeymoon. A bag of buttons.
All the journals I've ever written in. Well, except one. I burned that one. But we won't go there. The purple one is a journal of letters I wrote to Phil. I started it before we were married. And I need to write a new one. It's been a long time.
Our ring bearer pillow and guest book that's starting to yellow :(     And a cedar chest that my Uncle Robert made me as a college graduation present. Among other things, it holds my Sparks vest from Awana.
A bunch of Bibles. My Martha Stewart Keepsake Wedding Planner, a red binder full of places to see in Florida that Phil had ready for our honeymoon, and a white folder with printed copies of the very first messages and emails we sent to each other. I'd really like to get those made into a book someday.
Now we move from sappy and sentimental to the man cave. This one came from Ikea and I love it except it collects dog hair like you wouldn't believe. All but one little cubby on this shelf was planned by the man of the house. Since I usually dust, I take liberties to move stuff around and make it look good.
We have a small, but growing, collection of ball caps. Ohio is well represented. He got the football after the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. I got the clock for him for his birthday last year. This shelf also occasionally doubles as a toolbox.
Here's my Ohio State shelf. Go Bucks! There's room for a cute little Brutus. Hint. Hint.
Phil graduated from Eastern Washington University and we found the Eastern sign at the farmer's market this summer for $5. I love the old picture of him and his brothers. He's got some of his counseling books and a bunch of commentaries and Bible study books that were his dad's.
And finally, the guest bedroom shelf. It's a taller version of the one in our bedroom. It holds a few of my books and my teaching portfolio, but most of the books belong to Phil.
There's also a basket that holds water color supplies, a cool rustic vase I got for a bridal shower gift, and a picture of his parents. We got that ornament at Buchart Gardens this summer. I put it there because all the Christmas stuff is in the attic in the garage.
And since the dog crate is in this room, we also keep a small dish of Scooby Snacks :)
Now you know what my bookshelves look like. I feel like I've bared part of my soul.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

day 15

Topic 15 - confessions.

I wash my hair everyday because if I don't it's a complete grease pit. Especially the area of hair around my forehead.

I don't floss everyday.

I only have two pair of jeans right now that I actually wear.

I give my dog too many Scooby snacks.

Physical science is so not my thing. I was reminded of that today when I was digging into the deep dark recesses of my mind to try to remember what the heck a fulcrum was.

Along that same line, I can't remember what sin and cosin mean in algebra. Or how to spell it either. Lord, help me if I ever have to take another math class.

Sometimes dishes sit in the sink until the next day. Or the day after that.

In college I wore more clothes that were borrowed than that were actually my own. I had a low-budget closet.

I'm the queen of unfinished projects. But you already knew that about me.

My feet sweat.

I read a lot of blogs and rarely comment, yet I get mad at you guys when you don't leave comments on here.

I lied about my weight on my driver's license.

It's past time to change the sheets on the bed.

I hate cleaning paint brushes, so I just usually throw them away.

Today I almost ran a red light.

I don't like squash, but I love pumpkin.

I have yet to find a way to successfully deal with clutter and papers and other miscellaneous crap on the counter.

I have poured salt on slugs before.

I would totally steal cool rocks for my landscaping projects along the freeway if I had the right opportunity. Rocks that have fallen from cliffs and are now laying alongside the road in the middle of nowhere.

That's probably enough. I can't tell you guys everything in one night.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

day 14

Topic 14 - Thank Goodness

This will be short and sweet.

Thank goodness the kid with the projectile vomit was next door and not in my room today.