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August 30, 2012

Theirs/Mine: Finger Paint

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Big Sis and I decided that we were going to make some finger paint for Paisley.
You see, Pais had been suffering from a diaper rash and was napping.
We needed something to entertain the lovely little thing when she got up.
Big Sis pulled out the Pin and we got started.

{ingredients}

{me stirring the concoction}

{Getting nowhere fast... It was like stirring milk.}

{getting the containers ready with the food coloring}

{I walked away for 10 seconds to grab Paisley when she woke up and it finally decided to thicken up... Figures}

{Color mixed in. Paper found. Baby ready.}

{The final project.}

This was easy-button easy. 
The consistency was a little weird. I don't remember finger paint being almost a gel.
But then again, It's been a while since I've used finger paint.

All in all, a success!

August 29, 2012

August Book Club: The Paris Wife

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This month's book was a book that we had on our list for a while. 
Here is the summary.

If I were to judge the book by the cover, like I do sometimes, I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10.
Admit it, you look at the cover first too.

It took me a while to read, but that was more due to it being the last month of this deployment than the book itself.
I found it pretty beautifully written. 
The tone was very realistic and true.
It's the best way I can explain it.
I really felt like it was peering into the past.
A troubled, depressing past.

I liked seeing such a literary great from the view of someone so close to him.
It was hard knowing the little that I did about Ernest Hemingway and being able to guess the events of the book from well known history.
It was heartbreaking to know that the beautiful relationship that was being formed in the beginning of the book was only going to be destroyed in the end.

All-in-all, I liked the book.
It was really interesting.
I was never bored.
I may have wanted to hit people, but I was always drawn in.

I give it a 7 out of 10.
I loved how accurate and true to history it is.
You could read about something, turn around and look it up online, and there would be pictures.
It read like a memoir, when it was really a work of fiction.
The addition of excerpts from Hemingway's actual journal was awesome and infuriating.
I highly recommend it!

August 28, 2012

September Book

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Overview

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both these dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

August 27, 2012

August Birch Box

I got my birch box in the mail a few weeks ago.
I still haven't decided if BirchBox is the sample company for me.
I've heard good things about so many other companies that do the monthly mailers.
This months products included:



Mascara
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I tried this mascara and was kinda put off.
The brush was twice the size of my usual Mary Kay maskera...
And I needed 3 coats, compared to the usual 1.
I'm not going to be using it again.
Bummer, it's the perfect travel size.


Perfume
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I sprayed the heck out of my closet.
I'm not really a perfume wearer.
But it smelled pretty good.



Hand Lotion
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This was the tiniest sample I've ever seen.
It smelled like menthol... Like my grandma's cold cream.
It was greasy and insane.
I used it as a moisture treatment on my feet.
Then I washed my hands.
It was a little crazy.
I didn't like it.



Shampoo
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I was able to split this little packet into 2 uses.
I found it to be nice.
It wasn't heavy.
It didn't leave my hair greasy...
When I got back to my regular hair products I noticed that my scalp was cleaner with the two uses of the shampoo oil.
It was nice.
Maybe something that I'd buy and use about once a week.

Razor
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Free razor.
I thank you.

August 24, 2012

Road Trip

A version of this outfit is a staple in my closet.
It would be my road trip go to outfit any day.

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Road Trip

August 23, 2012

Pinterest: Porch Inspiration

One of the things I was so excited about with our current condo was that we have a porch.
This past year, with the absence of my porch loving husband, I've failed to really try decorating our little porch oasis'.
The porch furniture that we do have is plastic, ugly, and from Oma. 
It's gross.
Proof, you ask?
Don't tell me I didn't warn you.

See what I mean.
That's college kid fabulous.

I'm on the hunt, in this end of summer haze, to find some wonderful porch furniture.

Here are some Pins to inspire and encourage.

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I can't wait until everything is super cheap and I can snatch up something lovely.

August 22, 2012

Just Days Now

Jake will be home in less that 2 weeks.
Less than 10 days!

I can NOT even tell you how excited I am.

That is all.

August 21, 2012

Interesting Things That Happened

It's getting close to time for Jake to be home.
I'm talking single digits here people!

it made me think of the truly ironic/funny things that have happened these past few months.

You see, KG was in contract for 2 condos before she finally compromised and went to look for an apartment.
All of June, July, and August were full of her going to open houses and talking about banks.
The moment she found first one she liked she started packing.

No, I'm not kidding.
I'm talking mid June.

I came home about a week after she put an offer on the first condo and found little things that were hers gone from the living room.
No biggie, there were only about 5 things gone.
I just though it was funny because she wasn't even assured of the condo...
And she wouldn't even move for another month if she did.

Just to give you an idea, if I haven't mentioned it before, KG hasn't had the chance to accumulate anything that really involves packing.
Throughout college she lived in a single dorm room.
She literally only has the stuff in her room and the basement office area.
And she was packing before anything was set in stone.

After the living room I noticed that her shelf of books and teaching supplies were all packed.

Then about a week later she came home with a few medium sized boxes.
"Are those for the basement?"
"Nope. I'm packing some of my clothes."
Then she went upstairs.

I just laughed silently on the couch.

She ended up not getting the first condo and the process started all over again.

I didn't really understand what she was going to do.
All her stuff was packed and it was going to be another month before she even knew anything.
Luckily, for both of us, she found a condo in the same development as the first and put an offer in.

About two weeks before her supposed closing date I came home to notice that our gallery wall was half missing.
She had taken down her frames and taken out any picture that was hers from frames that were mine.

I get it. 
I do.
I just didn't know how to react.
Was I suppose to put my pictures in the frames and hang new ones where the empty spots were?
I would never want anyone to feel like a squatter for the last few weeks before she moved out.
It was her place up until she moved out...
If she ever moved out.

It was really a weird situation.
She was basically packed for the last 3 months she has lived here.

And the thing is, her being all packed up made me want her to be gone so that I could move all my stuff into those rooms.
Unlike her, I had 3 years of marriage and accumulation that I had stashed in random places all over the condo.
Our old computer desk is being used as a laundry station in the basement.
It's waiting patiently to be a sewing table.
Just an example.

I'm excited to be finally moving things around and fully settling into our condo.
I think I'm going to like living in a one family house again.
If only she could get a timeline on her new moving date.

August 20, 2012

Roommates

I guess I failed to mention this...
KG is moving out.
Nothing happened...
Well I mean something did.
After going through 2 contract processes on condos, she found an apartment.
It sucks that her plan of buying didn't work out.

I feel bad saying that I'm relieved.
She's a friend.

But man, I'm relieved.

It's been a rough year.
Interesting.
Is that a more polite way to put it?

Unfortunately she isn't moving until after the boys get home...
And even that date is questionable.
Her apartment owner is replacing the carpet with wood flooring...
And for some reason that is going to take a month to finish.

August 16, 2012

Invisalign Beginning

So, on the 15th I was fitted for my Invisalign braces.
I went for my initial appointment a few weeks ago.
The imaging process was a little intense.

2 weeks later I was asked to come back in and watch the little video of my progression from the first tray, to the last.
It was pretty intimidating.
I'm going to be going through 37 trays.
Changing trays every 2 weeks.
My last tray will be put in on New Years Day, 2014.
Hey, it's pretty weird how that worked out.
I will, maybe, be able to skip a day here and there if things go well.
So maybe I'll be done sooner...
We'll see.

I was suprised at how my teeth looked in the little video afterward.
I'm a little nervous, because toward the end of the trays I'm going to be sporting a Madonna gap.
Yep.
It's to help with the alignment of my molars because they're tilted inward.
We'll see how that works out.

I'll see if I can get the video of my shifting to put up for my next update.

We scheduled an appointment 4 weeks after so that the trays could get ordered and get here.
When I went into my appointment I prepped by taking some advil.
This girl knows when to give in and take some minor painkillers.

I sat in the chair and was given a rundown of the trays.

Wear trays 22 hours a day.
Keep all the trays, you may have to go back and forth between trays.
(storing old trays in a plastic bag in the freezer will keep bacteria growth to a minimum)
Only place trays in their case, pets and trash love them.
Take out when eating food. Brush and floss before replacing them.
Soak trays in mouthwash/cleaner for 15 minutes a week.
No toothpaste on trays because it's too abrasive.
It's best to change aligner trays before going to bed. This gives you 6+ hours to wear them without taking a break while sleeping.

Being the research buff that I am, I knew most of this before I went to my appointment.
I mean, honestly, I was already trying to find cute cases and kits that I could make and carry in my purse with me.
Once I get one made up for myself, I'll share it.

Things that I've come to realize since I've gotten my trays put on:
I play with my teeth more than I realized.
When all your gaps are blocked by offending plastic, you cant make little squeaky noises.
I guess I did that a ton.

I need snacks taken away from me.

The plastic is very smooth. I've been running my tongue over these things since I got them.

The first set of trays are just molds of your current teeth. It's to get you use to the pressure of having the trays in all the time.
The sensitivity/ache sets in hour 6-24.
We'll see how I feel in 2 weeks when I am actually wearing the treatment trays.

My top teeth are taking the offensive trays better due to having a night guard for the past 2 years.
Bottom teeth, not so much.

I have a lisp now.

Because of my teeth pressing up against plastic, I now want to whiten my teeth.

I can't bite my lips, which is good, but driving me completely nuts.

I like chewing on the little activators.

Here are some pictures:
Just after getting them put in.
{You really can't tell from far away.}
My teeth
{You know you love me}
I love chewing on the activators!
{I was one of those kids who chewed on straws when I was younger.}

I'll try to condense the updates so that I'm not only talking about my teeth... I know that it can be a little weird, staring at them.

It's going to be an interesting year and 3 months.

August 15, 2012

Conversation

Have you ever sat with a person, had a conversation, and came away stunned?
Speachless.
Then after the conversation you just sat there.... 
Wondering what in the world just happened.

Background:
Roommate is 5'9" and reed thin.
I'm 5'6" an weigh about 18 lbs more than she does, if that gives you any idea.
(I'm a very healthy weight and I love my body. I'm just trying to give you a reference point.)
I've been married for almost 3 years.
She was married for 2 weeks, while living with Jake and I, before her husband left on this deployment.
I think that it is safe to say that I have a little more personal experience on how married life is.
Anyway...


Scene:
KG and I sitting on the couch while watching a re-run episode of Gilmore Girls that she recorded.
I'm not a huge fan, but I wanted to hang out a little before she went to bed, at 9pm.

Her: Hey did you schedule your gyno apt?
Me: Yeah, Dr couldn't get me in until September because of moving offices.
Her: Oh, I'm going to talk to her about BC when I go.

*Insert a quick chat about different BC's and comparing issues with them.*

Her: So, did you gain any weight while you were on that one?

Me: I don't think so. I think I gained about 10 pounds right after my wedding. You know, the wedding 10? Hahaha.

Her: What do you mean? 

Me: You know, when you gain a little weight after getting married. It's like the freshman 15, but for married people...

Her: What?

 Me: Well, it's because of the change in your lifestyle. You start sharing eating habits with your spouse. When they eat, you eat... You might not be hungry, but you want to spend time with them... You choose to spend time together rather than work out. You're less on the go because you now have someone who you want to spend every living second with... Newlywed things. I gained about 10 pounds... Probably on my honeymoon due to the 24 hour food bar. Hahaha.

Her: Wait, so just because I'm married I have to be fat?!

Me:......................................... Heh............
*Check to see if she was joking*
*Nope*
 No, Kg.

*I sat for a minute and processed what just happened...Stood up, picked up my things, grabbed Asher and went upstairs to my bedroom.*

Excuse me?
I didn't even know what to say.
So, I just left.
I knew she didn't mean to hurt my feelings. 
But she did.

That's just one conversation from this year.
Some, I'm sure were dumb ones from me speaking before thinking about what was about to come out of my mouth.
But I happen to filter some things.
Example:
'Fat' isn't a word anyone can just throw around in a conversation.

It's been an interesting year, to say the least.

August 14, 2012

Isn't That Funny...

You remember all of my posts about our life plan?
Jake's ambition.
And how I wanted to start a family.


Yeah. 
Me too.

Now that I'm less than a month away from my husband being home I am finding myself reassessing my feelings about these things.
It's an interesting place.

The fever isn't quite as palpable.
It's a mild simmer.
I think that I'm going to be OK.
I think that waiting a little while after this deployment ends is a kinda good idea.
Right now I'm even open to waiting up to a year.
As long as it's not forced on me.
I think that if I was told that I had to wait a year, I'd get rebellious and impatient.

We'll see if  the contentment sticks once my man is home.
And we'll see how Jake feels once he spends time with his niece and nephews.
Who knows, maybe we'll find a happy middle ground.

Anyone want to place bets?

August 13, 2012

11 Months

Those of you who are new to my little blog might not know that since Jake left in September I have been living with a fellow Army Wife.
(A little background on KG and RG)

KG and I were not uber close before this experience.
I went to high school with her.
She was a year behind me in school.
We both had a very dry, sarcastic quality that we enjoyed in each other.
Her then-fiance, now-husband, RG was a field commander with Jake and they hung out all the time.
We both endured together while they played Guitar Hero and Call of Duty.
She wasn't friends with many girls.
I wasn't friends with many girls.
Her RG was in the same unit as Jake.
They were both leaving.
She was graduating from college and didn't want to live with her parents.
I had an empty room.

It made sense.
I was excited to get the opportunity to live with a girl and experience the college dorm atmosphere that I missed out on.
RG wanted to be sure that KG could live with another person before they got married.
(She lived in a single dorm room her entire college career... And she was an RA for 2 years)

Upon the boys leaving I discovered a few things about KG.
Nothing super crazy or anything like that.
She just has a case of OCD that is something to behold.
She knows and readily admits to it.

After 11 months of living with her I can tell you that her OCD real, alive and well...

I knew that living with someone else was going to be hard.

After 11 months I can honestly tell you that I was so naive.
So naive.

I love KG.
This year has been a valuable lesson.
For both of us.

I just had no idea what this year would bring.
The growth that would happen.
Living with a girl isn't easy.
It hasn't been all bad.
There are even great things that have happened.
I'm just glad that I'll never have to do it again.

Or, when I do, I'll be able to say 'I'm your mother, deal with it.'

Has anyone had an interesting experience with a roommate?

Living on a Budget

A couple months after Jake left I decided that I was over spending.
I felt bad that Jake was in a country where american dollars weren't accepted.

I decided that I was putting myself on a budget and sticking to it.
I looked over all the money saving plans and decided that a hybrid was the best way for me to go.
I keep a set amount in the checking account at all times.
This covers me for when bills are due, or when Jake takes his random $30-50 out for haircuts and other little things he may need.
I started out taking $300 out of the bank account on pay days.
I divided the $300 between food, general, groceries and my voice lesson.
The overflow of those two amounts gets put straight into our savings account.

It has been the smartest decision I've made since Jake left.
It was possibly the smartest decision I've ever made.
I love to shop.
It's a problem.

Due to the smaller amount being in the checking account, I can fake myself out and feel like frivolous spending is out of the question.
I feel pressed to stick to my cash only policy when it comes to impulse purchases.
I was introduced to real couponing. 
(I'm no extreme coupon-er, but I love hearing that I saved $10 on a purchase.)
I am forced to pick and choose while grocery shopping.
I only eat out 1-2 times a week.
Sunday Brunch and Friday lunch are given.

This budget has also allowed us to pay down on my debt.
My credit card and school loans are looking pretty nice.
I'm actually scheduling my student loan (it was a small amount, in comparison to some of my peers) to be paid off by the end of August.

I just wanted to take a second to brag. 
Our financial status is something that I was so afraid to be put in charge of once Jake left...
Nothing better than Jake spending minimal money and I'm attached daily to the bank accounts and bills.
Not.
I much prefer sharing those responsibilities.

I'm nervous now because it's getting to be crunch time before Jake gets home.
There are a few things that we need that I've been putting off buying or taking care of.

Like the fact that I will need a car once Jake is home.
We refuse to be a one car family again.

And our bed now has a very apparent dent in the middle from me sleeping like a starfish.

To top it all off, once KG and RG move all their stuff out I'll be filling the blank spaces.
Like the storage shelves that I've grown quite fond of in our basement.

Anyway... I want to hear what keeps you on track.
How do you stick to your budget?
What do you do to find deals?

August 9, 2012

Lake House

So The last weekend in July I spent a great weekend at FIL's lake house.
It's been a long year and I never spend much time with FIL due to him living 2.5 hours away.
I also haven't spent much time with Twin and WK.
That's not due to distance. 
They live, literally, 10 minutes away.
Let's call it what it is.
Twin-ness.

Anyway.
Now that everyone in the family has a child l'exception de notre famille, I've been thinking.
(I wanted to be a little fancy... So you get French.)
Are all our kids going to be at that lake house at once?
Where will people sleep?

My solution.
Pinterest.
(Ha! What did you think I was going to say?)

Check it out!
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August 8, 2012

Weekend at the Lake

So 2 weeks ago WK messaged me on Facebook and asked me if I wanted to go to FIL's house up at Marble Head.
If I told you that I didn't weigh the pros and con's I'd be lying.
I am really trying to work on my relationships with Jake's dad and twin brother (and his wife).
They wear me out sometimes.

But in the end I decided that a weekend with them would be good for everyone.
I figure they are trying to get me out and about with them so that when Jake comes home I don't get that weird, "Jake's home. Oh, that's right, you're married to him" vibe.

Is it bad that I question people's sincerity when they ask me to hang out?
There is something wrong with me.

Anyway, the weekend was really quite fun.
A little crazy due to cross contamination at a put-in-bay restaurant.
Let's just say that my nephew, Gabe, had a little allergic reaction when he ate some of Twin's french fries.
Yep, french fries.
We think the same frying basket was used for the fries as some shell fish.
I'll just say that Twin wasn't feeling so hot after that meal either.
Poor little Gabriel had a rash all day Saturday and Sunday.
We almost went to the urgent care, but Twin and WK were able to get a hold of their pediatrician around 10:30pm.


{Asher, navigating for me on the way there}

{Put-In-Bay}

{Family pictures in front of bars area  must}

{Jello shot injectors}

{On the boardwalk}
{Everyone passed out on the boat.}
{Gabe at the beach. You can see a little of the rash.}

{Me and my sunhat!}

{Hanging out on the boat}

{Asher on the way home}

{Toward the end he tried sneaking over onto my seat... Too bad he was clipped in}

It was fun.
I liked getting to take a mini vacation.
Shopped a little.
Though about swimming in the lake.
Sunbathed instead.
I got to spend some quality time with the nephew I see the least often.
Hung out with FIL and his wife, who I only see a handful of times a year.
It was nice especially after being so sick the week before.

Here is a video of Asher playing with Twin and WK's Husky, Diesel.
And Gabe walking.