April 28, 2017

Friday things.

It's been a rough week. Luckily, today is the beginning of a 3-day weekend and it's also supposed to snowstorm tomorrow. So, I want snow but don't know how I feel about that "storm" part. 

These are some things that made me feel better about life:

This is how I feel about pets. 


My coworker and I found a little pup wandering the streets the other day. We knocked on doors and she eventually dropped him off at the shelter on her way home. Luckily he was chipped and his name is Benji.

He was the most well-behaved dog I'd ever met, and I was thisclose to taking him home. Like, I wanted him. I really doubt another dog is coming along soon, but Scott wants another puppy he can train to hunt, but I can't look at a picture of a shelter dog without crying (because I'm the world's biggest freaking dog lover at this point). So, at an impasse we are.

But what made me feel better here is the fact that we helped the little guy. (And I wrapped him in a blanket and snuggled him a bit because he was soaked from the rain.)
I snatched up these shorts after seeing them in Tuesday's Add It to My List link-up.


I'm reading Jen Hatmaker's book. God bless her. 


I'm spending my day off cleaning, grocery shopping, grading, and making a weighted pros and cons list.  Thoughts and prayers appreciated. Seriously. It's come to this: a weighted pros and cons list. 


HAPPY Friday!

April 27, 2017

Stuff and Thing. 4/27

Stuff, Things, etc.

+Scout and Jett spent a lot of time ticked off at me this week, as Scott has been working a lot and rain is not conducive to dog walks.

He knocked a bunch of stuff over in the basement. 
Because he wanted me to suffer with him, apparently.

+I got a new haircut. But I know my motivation in general is lacking because I bought a box of highlights a month ago and haven't put them in yet. Maybe tomorrow.

This was 2 1/2 inches off. 
Dress is Loft from like 4 years ago, Sweater is Target and I love it..it's 3 years old, Flats are Target and they are WONDERFUL. The best $17 I've spent in recent memory. 

+Monday (above) was the only pleasant weather day we had this week. I'm not really mad about it. The constant sun is annoying. Everyone needs a gray or rainy day once in awhile, right? Colorado has like 99% sunny days. (or 243/365...something like that)

+I rarely get tired during the week...like I go to bed at a decent time, wake up early and that's that. But on the weekends, I get so tired if I'm driving and sometimes I end up taking a nap...usually I'm a push-through type of person because naps are the worst. But I took one the other day and Scott was all, "Are you okay? You never nap." I have this theory that it's my body decompressing from the week.

+Would you believe me if I said that I had 5 or 6 recipes I've been meaning to share for months now? Food blogging, or even sharing recipes, isn't what it used to be and that is demotivating, so I just never get around to sharing because #1 I don't have a name-brand sponsor, #2 I'm not going to tweet the link to death, and #3 Most of my recipes don't have 67 ingredients. And nothing is clean or 21 Day Fix approved so I feel like people wouldn't be interested if that makes sense.

April 25, 2017

Things to Consider Adding to Your List

Linking up with Lauren today to list out a few things worth considering.

I really tried to think about things I do/use every day and how they could maybe help you too.

(Note: no affiliate links have been overused in the writing of this post. Also, I will go out of my way to avoid an affiliate link...unless I like you.)

1. This is pretty much why I don't have a Fit Bit.

2. If you are a teacher, this blog is fabulous. She has a podcast with real, actionable steps/tips too.

3. If you have dogs who like to run and you don't always have them on a leash, these are my lifesaver collars. The camo part vibrates or shocks the dog. Vibrating is for making the dog stop, look for me, and come back to me. Shocking is to get them back to me ASAP if they're not listening or if there's danger. The orange part makes noise that lets us locate the dog. We let them run around outside when we're outside and, to find them, the orange part screeches like a hawk and the dog realizes they need to come back and we can hear where they are at the same time. It has different settings though, so it doesn't always have to screech like a hawk. It's also to measure when they're on point and have found a bird.
I use these collars MULTIPLE times a day. They weren't very expensive for the amount of use we get out of them because we've been using them for almost 4 years.

4. Using the Lil' Dipper Crockpot as a diffuser. I read that lavender keeps away bugs so I fill the crockpot with water and put in a few drops of essential oil. It makes the whole house smell pleasant, and if I ever get around to remembering to buy different scents, I'd mix it up a bit. I was initially worried that it'd be an impossible smell to get out of the Crockpot (I only use the thing for food once or twice a year) but it cleans right out very easily with no residue or smell leftover if you need it for dip.

5. Le Pen. Ugh. These are amazing. In fact, I now hate my Sharpie pens and the Papermate Flair are even worse. They feel so cumbersome and scratchy; not super smooth like Le Pen pens do.

6.  This lotion. Since I sprained the fingers on my right hand last fall (or stoved them, as a Pennsylvanian would say), they've caused me problems. When I went to get a massage last month, she kind of played around with my fingers and said to try the NOW lotion to get the swelling and joint pain under control. I won't lie: the lotion smells awful but I use it a couple of times a day. It's a giant bottle too. I think what has really helped my hand is massage, though. I've been constantly moving and wiggling my joints. The masseuse said that the more I move them and massage them, the better they'll get. But I like to think that the lotion helps too. I usually put it on and wiggle my fingers around while I walk the dogs and especially before I go to bed at night...I've noticed then that the inflammation is barely there in the morning like it used to be.

So, any things I should consider trying/using?

April 24, 2017

Currently. 4/24

Eating: Chipotle. (does the internet really need another picture of someone's Chipotle bowl?)

Reading: The usual list of 4 or more books.

Loving: That this is a 3 1/2 day week for me. I have half of today off and there's no school on Friday.

Buying: A PopSocket. Have you tried one? Mine should arrive this week.

Appreciating: My never-ending ability to multitask.

Watching: This is the look Scott gave me when he realized I was watching The Great British Bake-off for the second time through.

Succeeding: At making up my mind.

Failing: At making decisions. I think there's a difference between making up one's mind and making a decision. Making up your mind means knowing what you want. Making a decision means deciding between alternatives (right?).

Planning: On recommending Sportdog collars to you tomorrow for the Add It to My List link-up.

Laughing at:

^That'll be 47 seconds of your time well-spent.

April 21, 2017

5 Things (I'm Glad About)

1. Rain. I enjoy it. I do not enjoy the thunder and lightning that popped up, or when our dirt road becomes impassable. But rain is needed. Last year we had a snowstorm the first week of May, so fingers crossed.

2. Getting our taxes done. We did them on Monday night.

3. I finally finished a book last night. April is a slim month around here for reading it seems.

4. The end is in sight.

Also, important dates have been marked (mindless TV that will get me through the summer) and the change of command has clearly been moved, as I've crossed it out, but you can't take personal days back so...looks like I have a day off.

But this is 110% how I've felt lately about everything in life. I could make a list of all the things that are "fine" but this sums it up.

5.  I have a haircut and a pedicure set up on Sunday. I promised myself I would relax this weekend because these last few weeks have seen nothing but stress. Also, I desperately need a haircut. The lady put in layers in February and I'm thinking I need a few inches off the longest layer to keep the body to it.

And that's it. Happy Friday!

April 20, 2017

Confessions. (S&T 4/20)

Stuff, Things, etc.

The confessions edition of Stuff and Things. This comes around every other month or so...so here we go:

1. I only eat Italian ice in even numbers. I must always eat two. I never feel satisfied with just one. This is a problem. Also, I only eat the blue raspberry ones so Scott knows he's only to eat the watermelon ones. This is really weird behavior for a grown-up, I know.

2. I buy Italian ice so we don't eat tons of ice cream.

3. My favorite ice cream in the entire world is Grandma's Cake Batter from Tillamook. They stopped making it. I haven't had it in years and, though they do sell Tillamook in Colorado, they don't have the variety they had in Alaska. I still check the ice cream case every time I walk by one, just to check. However, I'm certain it doesn't exist anymore because it's not on the website.

4. When people write a blog post about nothing just so they can affiliate-link it to death, I don't understand their purpose and/or motivation. Nothing against making a few pennies from Amazon or Nordstrom, but have an author's purpose for your writing. It's important.

5. Also, when bloggers say they love "this dress" or "this shirt" and they just affiliate-link it to a shopstyle link and I can't see where it's from without clicking the link, I can't even handle it. That's baiting and it's not a way to make friends.

6. Maybe this should be a pet peeves post.

7. When dishes don't come out of the dishwasher clean, I put them back in for another round and expect different results.

8. Last week, I overslept for the first time in my adult life. I got up at 6:15 instead of 5:00am. Scott said Oh now you only have an hour to get ready instead of like 3 hours. Because I do get up 2+ hours before I have to leave the house.

9. I save all of my fortunes from Panda Express. I was having a really crappy day a month or so ago (hence the need to stop for dinner) and I got an empty fortune cookie.

10. I am one entire season behind on Once Upon a Time.

11. Not gonna lie: I feel incredibly disconnected from the internet right now. There's major upheaval in life in general and just the processing of it takes a lot, and blogging then takes a backseat. I'll be ready to chat you all up soon though because I think the best way to learn is by relating to others and maybe someone can relate to me.        #vagueblogover

April 18, 2017

The enemy of Jett.

Scott shared this video with me on Facebook. We rarely "talk" on Facebook and I'm tossing around the idea of deactivating the ol' account again because seriously....
However, I watched this yesterday afternoon and it was amusing enough.
Perfect for Tuesday, right?

I should say that Jett's mortal sworn enemy is the rabbit (or the "bun-bun" as we call them). They make him so angry; I think he was very upset at the idea of Easter because it's a holiday that celebrates the evil bunnies. 
Even Jett might think this little guy is cute. 

(Make sure listen with the sound on to get the full effect.)

April 17, 2017


Let's start the week with some current happenings.
I've got another 5-day one ahead of me.
There's no Easter break in Colorado.

Relating to:

(obviously I scroll feeds as I'm getting ready in the morning)
If I'm not ready for bed by 9pm, I consider the night a failure. Lately it's been closer to 10/10:30 and I hate that. 


Listening to:
Since I follow Reality Steve on Twitter, I got sucked into reading about the Luke drama last week, which led to me listening to a few episodes of his podcast. 
I don't read Reality Steve, really, because I don't like spoilers but I also don't care about Bachelor/ette spoilers so I'll probably read and then watch next month.

Also listening to...

I like this. It's a bit different than I thought it would be but interesting nonetheless.

Positive thoughts.


Scott and I have spent all of 3 or 4 Easters together in the last 8 years, so this is what I make for dinner when we are together. If we're celebrating with others, we have ham too, but it wasn't necessary this year. 

I love a good vinyl bag. My favorite cloth/vinyl bag was $40 from Nordstrom's and was discontinued. Even though it lasted me a solid 3-4 years and is still perfectly usable, I wish I could replace it. The handles are starting to go. 
So, I picked up this one for half price last week. It was backordered and came in early, which was a nice surprise. 

Laughing at:

When I see people wearing too much make-up

And that's all. 

What's currently happening with you?

April 13, 2017

Stuff and Things 4/13

+First, let's get real: I'm sitting here on Wednesday evening, soaking my feet, because I simply must give myself a pedicure tonight because I (a) haven't had time on the weekends to get one, and (b) it's so warm out that I have to wear sandals to work.
The dogs have been walked and fed.
Dinner is not ready.
I should probably do some yoga because I did yesterday and it really helped with stress.
Also, the Roomba is running and I'm listening to a teaching podcast.
Scott will likely be home late.
I'm just hoping my toenails dry before it's time for me to walk the dogs again (#twowalksanighthere).

Let's talk about TV.
Stuff, Things, etc.

+We started watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix this week. It's well done. I could've sworn I thought read the book in 2010 but apparently my amazing memory has failed me. It didn't come out til 2011. But I did read it long, long ago and...I didn't like it. I remember it was just blah to me. I never, ever recommended it to anyone. I do remember that I got it from the Ft. Richardson library so it was quite possible I read it as soon as it came out in the summer of 2011. I read a lot of books that summer. Now that "everyone" is reading the book, I decided to try the show...it couldn't be any worse, right? I like the show a lot and would recommend it.
(ETA: I was right. I read it in 2010. Whew. My memory is still in tact.)

+Who watched the season finale of Homeland?

It was unsettling. I miss the old Homeland. Like, the 2012 Homeland. Maybe I'll go back and rewatch.

+I have an undying love for The Great British Bake-Off now. Where can I access the seasons that aren't on Netflix?

What are you watching these days? In case you missed it, here's what I'm listening to and what I'm reading

April 12, 2017

5 podcasts you should try.

So, March is over. March was #trypod month. As in, recommend a podcast to someone else and let them try it. Here are my favorites:

1. Daily Hope. I listen to this while I get ready for work. It has 110% changed how my mornings go. I have a lot of trouble leaving the house in a positive mood in the morning. I just always feel...something and I don't know why (well, I know why but that's forthcoming and doesn't need to be discussed right now). Listening to this is very beneficial to my mood.

2. Appointment Television. I love listening to people talk about T.V.

Sometimes I wonder what they have against Showtime because, aside from the odd mention of Homeland, they never talk about those shows. HBO too...they'll mention The Leftovers or GoT once in awhile but nothing else. I wonder if there's a whole genre of t.v. they're missing?

3.  S-Town.

I feel like this is all over the place and for good reason. It's unlike what I expected (I don't know what I expected). I'm not a huge fan of This American Life; it's too broad. I liked the first season of Serial. The second season of Serial needs to rot away slowly (much like Berghdahl should in a prison cell). When S-Town was compared to Serial, I didn't want to try it. But I did. It's fascinating. Go for it. If I tell you what it's about, it'll ruin it. The less you know, the better.
This is exactly the kind of thing Scott loves, so I insisted we listen together as we were driving the other day...so I will have listened to it twice by the time he's done.
I wouldn't read anything about it or ask anyone about it (click here if you've already listened)...I'd just listen.

4. Body Kindness. This is fascinating. I always thought I wanted to get involved in the RD field (aside from the fact that I can barely do basic math), so this is a way to educate myself about what's going on out there in layman's terms. There's good tidbits too, about why we should avoid diets.

5. Happier. I don't know why I like this podcast so much. It's so basic...just talking about daily life and how it can be made easier, therefore made happier. I've listened since it first started two years ago. I can't even legitimately say I'm Gretchen Rubin's biggest fan...she doesn't seem like a ton of fun (but hey, neither am I)...but I love her message.

I listen to others but these are the first five that came to mind.
What's your favorite podcast???