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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our "Backyard"

We own this.  I can only assume it's full of ticks and spiders and snakes.  I don't venture out too far except with the dog as my trusty companion, guard, and guide.  The other day I wanted to walk all the way down to the creek but the dog ditched me half way down the hillside.  I soon could hear splashing and I could almost see joy radiating off of that little dancing black beast.  I should have know the trust I gave her was unwarranted.  I led the way back home.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Food Preservation

Since I have a permanent home I am trying to start preserving some food.  I have canning stuff from my birthday but have yet to use it.  I am going to wait for all the berries to go out of season so I can say "I meant to do that!"  But we did go to the farm and we bought what all people think of when they think of farms... Cotton Candy ice cream.  We bought three of these cones and no one finished.  I thought I could make a dent in them but after one taste they all went in the garbage.  Yuck.  We bought some berries than I'm going to turn into freezer jam since they are not getting eaten fast enough.

All my food preservation has been for the freezer.  My chest freezer is unpacked and I'm trying to get it filled.  To help out I found a Food Saver at a yard sale for $5 and it works!  I never used one before and I was pleasantly surprised on  how simple it is.  The food sealer bags cost a bit at the store but I found some on Amazon that are half the price as the store so I will try those out next.  I found chicken on sale last week for $1.79/lb so I have 20 lbs. of that in my freezer.  I'm on my way! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

New House: Living Room

Our living room is functional.  We have seating and we have our television focal point.  I'm one of those people who would prefer the TV not be a focal point but it's easy and it seems to keep the rest of the family happy.  The kids mainly play Lego City: Undercover on the Wii and we have been watching a cartoon at 2pm which Nels and Daisy sleep through.

I have my little cluttered corner.  It's mostly a mismatch of stuff right now but as I unpack boxes any sort of decorative or nostalgic items will go here.  I like the cluttered look but hopefully I can get it to look a little more cohesive.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cool Creations

Guy has talked of submitting a picture to Lego magazine for two years now but I am not motivated to force him to do it and he is not pushy enough.   So he set it as a summer goal and we got it done! He wanted me to take a picture of this bookshelf which he calls "Lego City".

Nels wanted in on the picture taking so I took a picture of him with his "Car Boat".  I was trying not to be snide or overbearing so I will keep quiet on my thought about these Lego titles.  I will however say I love Nels face in this photo. 

Lego has recenting changed how to submit photos which is nice you don't have to do it via snail mail anymore.  How to do it all on a mobile device...
1.  Download COOL CREATIONS submission form.
2.  Upload form to PDFescape and fill it in with a variety of text and chicken scratches. Save.
3.  Attach form and photo to

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Books I've Read Lately

I recently unpacked and read Shop Girl by Steve Martin for the sole reason of being able to get rid of it.  The book was an easy, fast read but terribly forgettable.  I don't remember the fine details although I know it all takes place on the west coast...except for those small moments when they were on the east coast.  I just learned that it is now a movie, made 10 years ago.  I never heard of it.  It was probably similar to the mostly forgettable book.  I am curious now but I don't know why I'd want to see a movie of a book I didn't really like?

So, I am currently reading The Revenge of the Dwarves and it is book 3 of a series I thought I liked.  I've been "reading" this book for over a year now and I can't get through it.  I will give up on the series after this but I will finish this book!  I really like the fantasy race of dwarves which is why I really liked these books to begin with but now it's too many unlikable humans and elves.  I don't care about them!  All they do is complain about dwarvan food.  To add to my dislike the translation of the German novel is just wonky.  I wouldn't be surprised at this point to see the word 'wonky' in there.  I'm going to force myself to finish this book by Sunday so I can read something I am more excited about.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Places

Hopefully I never run out of new places to visit because it's one of my favorite things to do.

On the 3rd we visited the Portland Children's Museum.  My mom says I've been there before but this is my first time remembering it.  They have free night the first Friday of the month so it seemed like a good time to check it out.  It was busy but not too bad for being free.  My favorite thing about it was that I didn't notice anything broken or any "exhibit" missing pieces.  I feel like they designed it that if a piece goes missing it's not going to ruin the whole exhibit.  This is a issue I have with OMSI.  Nels says his favorite thing was Grasshopper Grocery.  Guy's was Treehouse Adventure.

Yesterday we had to pick up Nels' new glasses in Albany so made a visit to the Albany Carousel Museum.  I've read about the project before and I think it's amazing.  It's exciting to see something like this being built.  Maybe I can go ride it when I'm old and talk to random strangers about "back in the day..."  Anyway, it is not the greatest place to go with kids at this moment for there is not much to touch and lots of delicate and sharp things sitting around but we were able to spend about 10 seconds watching a man work on carving the rooster for the carousel before Nels started doing his Tasmanian Devil impressions.

Monday, July 6, 2015

New House: Office Area

We usually have a computer desk set up with a desktop on it.  I didn't want to do that again especially with laptop prices now.  A chromebook does all I need (just internet) and they are under $300 so that's what I got.  I went to Staples but they price matched with Amazon.  I had to request it, they just don't automatically make their prices competitive.  I can't say I really respect that.  Anyway I have my little office counter in the kitchen.  When I'm not using it, I can easily put the computer away.  My papers are filed right there on the wall.  It makes it so I won't forget about anything since I have easy access to them.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New House: Entry

I am still unpacking and moving stuff around but here is my uncluttered entry way.
Somebody move that dog!
I'm not keen on carpet in an entryway so laminate is in my future.  I think I would like to change the front door color someday but right now it's fine.  Most importantly, I desire a bumblebee knocker, despite it's lack of function and probable quarrel with the screen door.

In the corner of my entry way there was a little place that just needed a little something and I had a dresser sitting in the garage with my unpacked boxes.  It fits and it's functional and I think it looks good.  I have a drawer for the dogs stuff, one for Church stuff, one for reusable shopping bags (but maybe those should be in the car?), and some empty drawers for later known uses.  The top surface can be my stuff that goes in and out of the car.  The basket is for the kids' shoes that I find scattered around the house.  For the wall art I found these at a yard sale for $1 each.  I plan to replace them with something more personal somewhere down the road.

Our entry closet is still a little bare but I think that's a good thing.  For our rain boots and umbrellas I am using a 3 Sprouts bin.  I love these!  They are super cute and only $20.  It would make sense to also hang raincoats in the closet.  I should do that.  Up above I have a tote of beach toys that just didn't fit into a dresser drawer.  They are fine here.  I will put the vacuum in here when I figure out where it's hiding.  I just used it to vacuum up a diaper a certain doggie tried to eat so it couldn't have gone too far.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Frozen Hot Chocolate

We are recovering frozen hot chocolate addicts.  There was a coffee cart near our rental home that we had a hard time driving past without craving one.  At $10 a visit it could really add up so it is time to learn to make our own.

I got this $30 blender over the weekend for chopping ice for smoothies and it worked just as great for the frozen hot chocolate.  For four average sized glasses full we used...
4 cups of ice...........................Cost: Free
2 hot cocoa packets................Cost: 50¢
25 ounces of milk . .................Cost: 80¢
It turned out good but not as chocolaty as the coffee carts.  They use cocoa powder so next time I will try that + sugar instead of the hot cocoa mix.  Good way to get in your fluids during the summer in dessert form.