Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Goals

Summer is coming to an end.  I can jump in on the "...and the end got here so quickly" comments but a lot has happened in the past three months so I feel like I can't complain about school resuming.  I'll have to find something else to complain about.

Stuff.  I will complain about stuff.  There is too much stuff.  One of my biggest anxiety problems lately is this garage.  It's disorganized and borderline useless.  The good news is it's goal #1.

September Goals
1.  Finish garage walls including paint.  Plan (and hopefully begin implementing) an organizational scheme.  
2.  Figure out a school schedule.  This is a terrible goal for it will come naturally and I'm not sure how you measure it.  Adjusting to school is a large chunk of September.  I'm putting it here so I feel more accomplished.
3.  Plant at least 3 fruit trees.
4.  Read 5 books.  I already have them picked out since once I read these I can put them in a free little library.  Or a tax-funded larger library.  I like them both.

On the topic of books, I recently finished Agatha Christie's novel "And Then There Were None".  I figured out a bunch of really shocking endings for the suspense story and decided they were all too predictable (so not so shocking?).  But then, if the story ending was truly shocking, wouldn't it seem unrealistic and random? The ending wasn't unrealistic or shocking or predictable.   I'm terrible at guessing.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our First Fair

On our return trip from Reno we ran into our first fair.  It was a small one and it wasn't crowded, maybe because we were there on a Thursday.  The kids each rode two rides.  Guy and Daisy were never on the same ride.  I think that is one challenging thing having kids with an age difference.

The boys wanted on the slide, which Daisy is too short for.

We found this one for Daisy. After the ride, she ran off with a big smile, yelling "Fun!"

We took a break from rides to wander.  Guy was able to be a game assistant.  His task was loading a plunger canon.  He was super thrilled about the experience, although I think he significantly delayed the show by not listening and just confusing himself in general.  Pretty sure he gets those wonderful attributes from me. His enthusiasm got him through.

Night rides!  Nels wanted to ride the roller coaster.  Daisy was tall enough but Guy was too tall.  SO MANY RULES!  I guess I support safety.

Guy wanted on one called the "Cliff Hanger".  It looked scary and when he was on it, I was very scared.  I was trying to judge the contraption on how many safeguards it had to prevent a child from falling out.  I didn't see any.  Hopefully it was just moving too fast.  Guy came out okay, so I'll try to focus on that.  But, wait!  As soon as he got out he must have been dizzy because he fell and scrapped his knee!  I guess this was my punishment keeping them out past bedtime.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Visiting Lil' Big Sis

We made a trip to Reno to see friends and also stop by Miss Lucy's resting spot.  Guy wanted to take her a rose and Nels and Daisy both wanted balloons for her.  There were only minor changes to the cemetery as we knew it.  As sad as it is to see new additions to the child area, we are glad they are there verses another cemetery.  More friends for Lucy.  We had a very nice visit and even Miss Daisy shed several tears when she realized I was making her leave the balloon there.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Shirley Jackson

I really enjoyed We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.  So I'm reading more.  She has a memoir, Life Among the Savages, which I read at the same time as a book of short stories, The Lottery.  Her memoir centers on being a stay-at-home mother which I can relate to but what I didn't think I could relate to was writing eerie things while taking care of babies.  Reading both books at the same time felt right, although sometimes I had to check which book I was reading.  She didn't necessarily tell spooky stories, she was just able to see that perspective.  Like a comedian can take anything and find the humor in it, Shirley Jackson could take anything and show the uncanny side.  I thought both books were terrific.

I plan to read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None next while I'm out of my normal reading genres.

Daisy's Cool

It's been hot but little Daisy knows how to stay cool.

Ride any crazy contraption that will get the wind through your hair...

Go boating and when that isn't cool enough, just dive out the side...

And mostly importantly, keep hydrated!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stitch Fix #4 Review

I went to mall the try to get some new pants and I had no idea what I was looking for and I left empty handed.  I figured I'd give Stitch Fix another try.  I asked Nels to take my picture and he couldn't figure out what I wanted so I had to take this picture of him and say "Like this!"  
The eyeglass frames are new.  I miss his old, blue plastic frames.  He isn't as nerdy as these new frames suggest.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle packaging lured him to them.

Back on track...
Market & Spruce Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket $88
The zipper was very hard to use.  After I noticed that I didn't put any more thought into this one.
Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top $48
They sent one of these before and this one was just as dumb and too big.
Zad Villa Spiral Cord Necklace $38
I would have bought this if it was shorter.  It just looked like a coil of wire.  I guess it's a little unwomanly but I felt like it fit my personality.
Kut from the Kloth Dayna Distressed Skinny Jean
I don't like skinny jeans and I just went back into my Stitch Fix profile to let them know this.

Market & Spruce Amber French Terry Skirt
I decided to take my own picture.  I need to work on my photography skills.  Or maybe my editing skills.  A lot of stuff.  The skirt! If someone created a pajama skirt this is exactly what it would be like.  I don't need to buy that.  Maybe when I'm in the market for PJs.

I mailed it all back.  I think I mentioned before I'd fare better if I took $20 to the thrift shop instead of paying the styling fee?  I challenge myself to try that sometime soon.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New House: Daisy's Room

This wasn't Daisy's room yesterday.  I just moved it.  We have 5 bedrooms, 2 of which have bathrooms.  I really did want a small house but you take what you can agree on.  We put Daisy in a bedroom with a bathroom because we figured she'd use it 10 years.  She really should not be in with a bathroom now.  She can switch again in 10 years.  We will have her old room as a guest room for awhile.

Last month I found some cute nursery rhyme posters at a yard sale - $2 for all.  I think they are super cute in her room.

She has the cradle that we both used as babies to store her stuffed animals in but she thinks it's a pretty cozy napping spot.

Her favorite thing to do is pretend play so she has her baby area (the cradle), her kitchen, and her little house.  It might be too much for the space, but we'll try it out.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New House: Kitchen

I still have a lot of organizing to do in the kitchen.  I feel like it's plenty big but I'm having trouble fitting everything in comfortably.  I probably just have too much stuff.  I am really happy with the kitchen.  Our kitchen in Reno was small and we couldn't fit a fridge in it.  Our Oregon rental's kitchen was large and we had lots of empty cupboards.  Daisy even claimed a cupboard for her personal rubbish pile.  I feel like this kitchen is a great medium size and has a lot of potential.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wild Weekend

I went away Friday and came home Saturday.  That's not much time but I feel like things can really fall apart when my husband watches the kids for 36 hours.  I could be wrong but I think he may just unload the entire contents of the fridge in front of the T.V. and say "Have fun."

So during my time of absence I traveled with a girlfriend to celebrate victory in the Wipeout Run (5k + inflatable obstacles).  I feel like it shared many similarities to climbing up a flimsy inflatable slide ladder while hauling a Daisy under an arm.  For that reason I found it easier than I was expecting, but it was still fun and challenging.  I think I'm sold on obstacle runs.

After a slightly overwhelming Sunday and Monday, we went to the beach.  The beach is where everyone is happy.  You know despite all that natural disaster hubbub, I'd still move to the beach if I could.   Just looking at beach pictures makes me happy.

We spent yesterday looking for Waldos.  Some indie bookstore have "Where's Waldo?" searches in July.  I have heard of 7 Oregon locations: Redmond/Sisters, Hood River, Seaside, Corvallis, McMinnville, Hillsboro, and The Dalles.  There might be more.  We found our Waldos in Corvallis yesterday.  The kids love doing this and I like to browse while they look.  We found 15 Waldos and 1 was discovered by Daisy.  We were in a music shop and Daisy saw a drum so she was just saying "Boom Boom (repeat 50 times) Boom Boom Boom AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" and started fighting me to run away.  We had all walked right by a Waldo.  Smart girl.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blackberry Picking Delayed

Yesterday we started picking blackberries around the property.  Daisy tired out quickly, pulled up her little yellow folding chair to the bush, and kicked at a vine.  A vine with three shiny leaves to a stem...  We halted blackberry picking operations immediately.  We washed up and started itching for we may have come in contact with poison oak!

It was this vine!  A baby blackberry vine, I believe. I assume too much.  We shall recommence blackberry picking today until I find something else to exaggerate about.