Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - hark! I have some.

1. I worked from home Wednesday. Even though I started earlier and finished later than normal, it was bliss: a quiet house and time for french press coffee on a weekday is something I can never say no to.

2. The house was quiet in part because MFD has been out in North Dakota since Monday. A big ass blizzard shut down the highways and airports for over 48 hours, but he finally made it to Standing Rock yesterday. Here's Day One of his journey, and Day Two of his hotel stay, LOL. Day Three they finally made it to Bismarck to buy supplies and deliver them to Standing Rock.

3. I've missed him, of course, but the fact that the dining room table has been clear and I have not happened upon this in days has been nice in his absence.
Not my pic but lord, how appropriate
4. I'm sure the dogs miss him, but not as much as they like sleeping on his side of the bed.

5. I like working from home because I am more productive overall both with work work and with laundry. I got both couches totally washed and reassembled with Christmas pillow covers. I also ordered new throw pillows because mine are old and flat.

6. Seasonal goal friends, the link up for Winter Goals and to report in on your fall goals if you'd like is next Friday, December 16 with me & Sara from Journey of Doing. I hope you can join us! A goal graphic will be available next week.

7. Hey, so do you guys remember how Ben Carson ran for president in the primaries? Yeah, since then he has said he's not capable of running a government agency. Like, hello? First of all, he did not realize that as President of the United States of America he'd basically be overseeing ALL government agencies? He never thought about that before he ran? Good fucking god, what a perfect time to be a moron in this country. You can be one and other people still want you on their presidential cabinet. To review: Ben Carson has zero experience with anything to do with housing but is up for HUD Secretary for trump's cabinet; he believes that Joseph built the pyramids in Egypt as granaries, not as tombs for pharaohs; he believes being gay is a choice; and finally, he is fucking insane. I do not want someone who thinks pyramids stored grain in charge of anything structural or residential in this country.

8. Show Us Your Books is Tuesday. There's also a special Show Us Your Books linkup on Tuesday, 12/27, where we're sharing our top books of the year. Be there or be square!

9. Reminder.

10.  E-card of the week:  

Do you have anything to share with the class?



Linking up with Kristin & Joey


Stuff, Things, etc.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Reporting in: 10 days on the ground in Europe in a carry on

Initially I was going to do this big production post of look what I took and how I packed it, both when I left and when I came home. As I was packing, I thought hey...you should take some photos and if you know where this is going you know I didn't. As I was packing to go home, it was after midnight after a hellish night of travel with an early wakeup call for more travel, I was ready to kill MFD, and the TV was broadcasting the stress of Election night so yeah, no photos then either. I also didn't take any when I unpacked at home, but truth be told I just stowed the suitcase away over a month after traveling but since I did laundry the first day, it was a mess. The blessing and curse of spare bedrooms you never use, am I right?

What was in the checked bag - others I was traveling with were checking, and if one checks, you all check - but it was 21 inches with wheels:

What was in the carry on:
  • Medicines in an organizer
  • Electronics: power cords for iPhone, camera, kindle; adapters
  • Purse w/ wallet, passport, camera
  • One heavy fleece
  • Mini flight organizer bag to pull out before bag went into overhead with tissues, ear plugs, sleep mask, kindle, iPhone, portable charger, headphones, a pair of socks, and a pair of snoozies slippers

I wore a pair of yoga pants, a tank, a vneck, and a pair of sneakers. 

Lessons learned:
  • I could have done with one less top, one less pair of shoes, only one fleece, and none of my vitamins because I ignored them most days
  • We shop when we travel and we needed the checked bag on the way home. 
  • I can do this smaller bag thing if I do some laundry while traveling. One of the places we stayed had a washer, but it was a washer/dryer in one and I had no idea how to use it so I think my clothes got clean but I can't be sure. For those other times, there's the woolite travel laundry kit.

Are you an over-packer or under-packer?


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

What I hope you get from me

I haven't always been cognizant of what I'm putting out there into the world. I always knew who I was and what I believed and how I acted, but didn't always connect the dots to how those things might impact other people. I have never cared what other people thought of me or my choices so it was just normal for me not to think of what I did or didn't do in terms of others. I think of that stuff more now, specifically about what I want people to get from me. Some of the things I want people to get are about them...but some are about me, and what I don't want to be around. I try to put that out there too so people know right away if we will be on compatible journeys. 

I can't sit around and complain about something I think is wrong in this world and not look for a way that I can help, however small it might be. I'm always interested in talking to others who also will take action and who recognize that small things add up to big things. I hope you get that from me.

I will never be silent about things that matter and if you need someone to stand up for you, I'll do that.  If you just need someone to empower and encourage you to stand up for yourself, I'll do that too. I hope you get that from me. 

I'd like to pet your dog if they're interested. I hope you get that from me. 

I don't write a blog where everything is posed perfectly in photos and every sentence is a structural masterpiece. I don't overshare personal shit but I am conscious to let it be known that everything isn't always coming up roses. I am very real, and that's because I don't know how to be any other way and I don't want to be any other way. I hope you get that from me. 

I'm not interested in entertaining bullshit from jagoffs. I hope you get that from me, quickly.

I don't expect you to like me. If you do, that's cool. If you don't, that's okay too. I hope you get that from me. 

I'm always interested in discussing books or organizing or recipes or feminism or weird dog behaviors or hilarious poop stories or sunrise/time passing/space/travel/the universe/religion/where to get good coffee mugs/restaurants I should try/good deals. I hope you get that from me. 

In order to have good friends, I have to be a good friend. I hope you get that from me. 

If you're looking for someone to blow smoke up your ass or give out head pats, you might want to skip over me, but if you want someone to be honest with you, I'm around. I hope you get that from me. 

I never want people I love to doubt that I love them and would do anything for them. I hope you get that from me. 

What do you hope people get from you?

This was a prompt from Alyssa's back to blogging challenge that I couldn't fit in during, but that I liked too much to let go. Click below to see other posts.  





Monday, December 5, 2016

TWTW - fa la la la la the first one in December

It took me about five minutes to remember what I did Friday night, so you know it wasn't that scintillating. I stopped at Lou's Farm Market, made brussels sprouts, and laid around in my pajamas while MFD W. Griswold did up his front Christmas window. The tree was up but not plugged in. Poor Geege was ready for his close up too.
Saturday morning I was surprised by a visiting nurse taking blood and pee for a physical...MFD swears he told me about the appointment but he certainly did not. This made me late for breakfast with my ladies AEB and Alicia at The Hattery in Doylestown. Lots of good talk and coffee as always. I stopped into a new to me Marshalls on the way home for a stroll down the aisles, some boxes for under the tree, a new sweater for Mae, and an unnecessary but perfect mug.
Saturday afternoon we went to Crystal & Drey's wedding in a gorgeous church, then celebrated that night. Crystal looked amazing and we had a great time.
Sunday afternoon I went to Lauren's LulaRoe pop up party and did some damage. It was nice to catch up with some lady friends while browsing a lot of prints and eating delicious snacks. I got (L-R) two Carly dresses, a pair of leggings, and a Sarah cardigan. All the prints next to each other make me want to puke but alone they're lovely.
When I got home I did eleventy billion loads of laundry, hung out with the dogs, picked up around the house, and compared planners to see which one I want to use in 2017. Options are an At-a-Glance that I can no longer find online but was $17, a Sugar Paper bookbound for $13, and a Sugar Paper for $15.
Weekly food prep: power breakfast muffins to freeze (shown here pre-baking) - I hope they last and are not bricks as I forgot about them in the oven; turkey taco mix for multi-use: 1) as lunch over a bed of baby spinach, 2) to stuff into peppers with quinoa from the freezer for a dinner, 3) to stuff into a taco and into my piehole for a dinner. Breakfast is breakfast burritos from the freezer. Snacks are honey crisp apples, navel oranges, and honey mustard pretzel things. Sunday dinner was oven baked pork chops, green beans, and brown and wild rice.


Last week MFD booked a ticket to leave for North Dakota today to deliver supplies to Standing Rock. Yesterday afternoon the Army Corps of Engineers announced that they would not approve the easement for the pipeline to go through which is AWESOME. Not the end of the war by any means but a large battle won, He still flew out this morning to get whatever they may need as next steps are taken and deliver it to them or just to work as they need and donate to their legal fund, but it's under much less questionable circumstances now. Continued prayers to the water protectors who have been out there for months. This is a great lesson in why it is important to exercise your right to assemble and to stand up for what you believe in, even if people tell you you're doing something wrong, or that you don't stand a chance of stopping whatever's coming your way, or act like you're a burden on them and the resources of the government, or insult you and question your contribution to society...even if the media doesn't tell the full story and even if your own government turns water cannons and rubber bullets on you...right is right. Stand by it. 





Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending


Friday, December 2, 2016

Good for you, not for me

Hello Friday lovers. I figured that's a good blanket opening since most of us fall into that category.

Good for you, not for me, means I'm glad you enjoy this thing I have absolutely zero interest in or an active dislike of. Excuse that shitty sentence structure, please. These are all definitely to each their own things - if you enjoy them, that's awesome. I do not. So, some things that are popular in certain circles that I don't give a fig's fart about:

Winter sports - Skiing, ice skating, etc. Remind me to regal you with the horrifying tale of the time I attempted to ski.

24/7 Christmas Music and Movies - Nothing makes me burn out on the holidays quicker. There actually can be too much of a good thing.

Starbucks Red Cups - Wednesday I went into Starbucks with my DD coffee to pick up a tea for a coworker. My giddiness was so amped up I felt like I drank the Willy Wonka Fizzy Lifting Drink.

The Gilmore Girls - Never watched it the first time. I tried watching the first two episodes and...no. It seems tailor made for me with the coffee and the books but it's not.

Breaking Bad - I gave it six episodes. No can doesies.

Being an asshole on the Internet for no reason - Yesterday Tiny Buddha posted this centuries old quote on its Facebook page. And these people took the time out of their day to dispute the quote. Like, it's a fucking quote. It's not science. This is what you're doing with your day today?
Audio books - I don't absorb the story as well as I do in print and eventually my mind wanders because I'm not following with my eyes or taking notes. I also consider this listening to a story and not reading. Just like nine times out of 10 I'd rather read a book than watch TV or a movie, I'd rather read a story than listen to one. It engages my brain in a way listening does not.

The Elf on the Shelf - Wasn't Christmas magical enough already?

Snapchat or Instastories - Nothing I am doing is interesting enough for these and nothing anyone else is doing is interesting enough for me to sign up for SnapChat. I peruse instastories sometimes and am usually left scratching my head, thinking it would've sufficed as a photo.

Harry Potter - I am truly happy for the fans with the release of the newest. I am truly committed to not attempting to read or watch them again.

Coconut anything - My mouth clamps shut automatically just thinking about it.

Bullet Journaling - You guys. This is a to do list using free form or different colors. Also known as shit list makers have been doing since we started making lists.

What are some generally liked things you generally don't participate in or care for? 


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