Sunday, April 19, 2009

Long time no blog.....

I know.. it's crazy how long it has been since I've been here.  So much has taken place too.  I'm setting a goal to try to blog daily from now on though... at least M-F and one mass post for Sat/Sun I think will do.  I was going to just aim for once a week, but there are a few things I've been wanting to try to track daily and keeping a journal would be the best way to do it.  I was going to just pick up a few notebooks, but then I remembered "hey, I have a blog!" and decided it just made more sense to do it here.  So what I'm thinking of doing is establishing a few topics and addressing them daily, or at least semi-daily.  

First off though... we have recently moved... it was sort of an downgrade/upgrade sort of thing. We made the difficult decision to move out of our house, which was very, very old and run down and moved into a duplex.  While this sounds like a step back, it really was the best move for us right now.  With the state of the economy, our credit and of the house it just made the most sense.  The house was literally falling down around us and we could not keep up with the repairs.  While we are back to renting, we are now living in a home that is only 30 years old instead of 100 and we have a maintenance man to do any repairs that are needed.  We didn't loose any square footage, if anything the space is better laid out so it feels like we have more room.  We also have a dishwasher, a huge yard for the boys to play in, an attached garage and the neighborhood is so much nicer... I feel safer and like I can worry less about the boys playing outside if I'm not out there too.  And in a few years when the economy and our credit are on an upswing we can look for a new home to purchase... hopefully in the same neighborhood.

There's been a lot of spending that has gone along with the move too... everything from a new ironing board to a new tv to new bedroom furniture.  We decided not to keep our home phone service when we moved and instead got iPhones, a decision I have not regretted for one second.  I love my iPhone... I don't want to ever live without it.  One of the things I love most about it are podcasts.... I really didn't care about them before, but now I don't want to go through a day without one.  I'm currently trying to make my way through all the archived Stitch It!!'s .  I take her with me everywhere... while I clean the bathroom, do yard work, grocery shop... chores are so much easier w/ a friend to listen too.

Back to the spending though.  We bought bedroom furniture Friday.  This will be the first time I have ever had matching furniture... I don't think it will be here for another 3 weeks though.  But that gives me time to paint our bedroom before it gets here... so I'm sure I will be babbling about that for the next few days... have to pick out a color.  I'm thinking either a pale, warm yellow or maybe a pale plum.

Living a little more green

This is gonna be one of my regular daily trackings.... I like it cause it encompasses a few different things, but they all relate so well with each other.

#1 is tt I planted a bunch of seeds on Friday to start my own vegetable garden.  I have 2 different kinds of green beans, eggplant, zucchini, arugula, cucumbers, some herbs and I added in a few flowers to fill up my seed tray. I'm so excited though.. I planted them Friday and today, 2 days latter, I can see that they have started to germinate :D 

#2 is trying to save money.  Hopefully the veggie garden will help out a lot with this.  I have several things I'm trying to save for.  I might be going to France w/ T in June, then there's the family trip to FL in July.  I also want a new laptop and we spent more on bedroom furniture than we planned so there's not much left for a laptop.  And then longterm, for a down payment for new car and ultimately, for a new house.

#3 is just trying to be more green... again, the garden will help with this.  I've also been playing with making my own household cleaners and I'm really liking them so far.  T hates when I clean with vinegar though... he doesn't like the smell.  

I'm a loser

At least I hope to be one.  This is the other thing I want to track.... my never ending quest to lose weight.  I'm trying to eat better, we just got a Wii Fit (which I love) and I'm trying to get my fat arse back to the gym.  I hope to have more to say about this soon.  Oh, I can say though, that according to the Wii Fit, my weight has dropped 15 lbs since October when last went to the OBGYN and they weighed me.  Since they are not the same scale though, who knows for sure???

My Happy Thought

I have 3 happy thoughts for today... I thought I deserved them since I haven't posted in so long. First is just some fabrics I bought yesterday at HL to make up some knitting bags for myself and hopefully my friends.  
Next, is my iPhone sock I knitted out of some leftover STR, colorway Hot Flash
Lastly, my new coffeemaker... 6 cup capacity (instead of the 12 like it's big sister) auto-timer so I can wake up to fresh, hot coffee already made for me and I can fill my mug with one hand.  I've wanted to 12 cup model, but that's really just overkill... since I'm the only coffee drinker in the house.  I found out Friday that they recently came out with the 6 cup model and I bought it on Saturday.
I'm gonna be switching to either Vox or WP sometime soon... I hate how blogger does not respect my paragraph spacing.

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