“Coffee & Kitty litter. That’s sexay.”

You disagree? Well, I think it’s pretty sexy when I don’t have to make one or scoop the other. Today is off to a good start already!

I’m getting ready for work (certainly not Pinning, Facebooking and stalling…), so this will be short. There’s not much for me to list today, anyway, because I’ll be at work, Dustin is home all day and I’m just blessed like that.

Now let’s take a moment to think about our wonderful men
[Photo is unrelated]

So, now that I spent like 20 minutes looking for a good photo for this post and got distracted and spent 14 of those minutes at Dog Shaming blog let’s get this done so I’m not late for work dammit!

  • Drink coffee made for me
  • Make-up
  • Clothes
  • Drive to work with less than two less-than-ladylike road rage moments
  • Have a joyous day at work/ make that money
  • Return home in a good mood
  • Laundry
  • Get Shelby form school
  • Cook supper
  • Pick up kitchen
  • Make 3 bows while watching TV this evening



Getting Back in the Saddle

I never really understood just how flippin’ great it is to be home alone during the day. I mean, I got  that it was pretty cool. My Hausewifely days got off to a rough start in the beginning, and I never really shook that funk. Having had a “real” job for the last six months has really made it clear that being able to stay home to take care of your family- especially when they aren’t home to be all up in your space- is a truly blessed arrangement. Mornings in particular are awesome, because I don’t like getting up, but immensely enjoy being up. And when it’s Fall, everything rocks just a little bit more. But it’s easy to get mired down, to get discouraged. And what’s easier than putting stuff off when you don’t have anywhere to go? That’s a slippery slope for a serial procrastinator such as myself. Stepping out of a situation makes it much easier to reboot and take in the whole picture; to see things in a new light. Saying that I didn’t appreciate it before tastes a little bit like crow, so I’ll not say that. I will opt instead to say that, while I enjoy making money for the things I do and enjoy being out of the house and around people taller than my boobs, I wouldn’t punch my spouse in the throat if he was like “Hey, girl, why don’t you reclaim your starring role as stay-at-home mom. That was really sexy.”

Especially if my spouse was Ryan Gosling.


I’d be tempted to fold socks for this man.
I said tempted, let’s not get crazy.

But yeah, I rather miss it. Speaking of changing the subject, Pinterest!

If you’d like to see the amazing things I hoard obsessively Pin, then by all means, follow me! I’ll go a few days, a week without Pinning anything, and them BAM! 47 New Pins! It’s like binge eating without the calories. Which is good. Because I have almost 8,000 Pins.

Oh, hey, one thing that’s changed is that I’m going to go back the day after each post and edit it to strike out what I actually accomplished. Before, I only scratched what I’d done prior to posting. But how would you know if I did the rest? You’d never know! But now that I’ll put on the internet what did and did not get done, you’ll know with 100% certainty, because it will be right there on the internet. I’m most happy about getting my desk organized yesterday (do I have to say that I only did the top of the desk, not the inside? No? Oh good. Because that totally didn’t happen.) I got all of my bow stuff situated for easy crafting, which is equally enthralling. Looking at it all, though, really made me feel both excited and absolutely dreadful. I’m not a big spender. Spending money, even if I really need or want it, makes me terribly uncomfortable. I knew I’d spent a bit- and bought almost nothing that wasn’t on sale; most was 50% off- but to see it all together, covering an entire desk, it made me feel really selfish. Despite that, shopping for it all, scooping up deals, seeing it now, and planning its use does really make me happy. The only cure, I believe, is to make no less than 5 bows today. Other than unloading the dishwasher and doing one load of laundry, that is my primary objective for today. I shall be an accomplished haberdasher by day’s end!

My coffee is cold, and I want to get started, so without further delay, here is today’s list!

  • Make coffee (I have lots of pumpkin mix left!)
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Reload dishwasher
  • Laundry
  • Fold clothes
  • Hang up clothes
  • Put away clothes
  • Tidy living room
  • Tweak the logo for Mom’s refurbished furniture venture
  • Peruse Pinterest for fresh inspiration
  • Make some damn bows!!!

I would like to add before I go, thank you for reading this. I really enjoy writing this blog, and I’m glad to be back. Nothing feels quite like the small but sparkling thrill of seeing that people have read it. It’s like Hey, I’m not just a socially awkward cat lady talking to herself on the interwebs- there are people reading this! So, thanks. A hug would be too much, I may not know you, and you could be a crazy person.

*virtual fist bump*

Thirty Six Weeks and Five Days Later…

The birds are singing, the sun is shining, it’s a crisp 64 degrees outside and I’m drinking a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

. It’s like Spring and Summer never happened.

Ah, but they did! In the time since we last read of our heroine (that’s me), we moved into a log cabin in the woods (no, really); I was was stricken deathly ill for many months (I’m all better now!); The Baby was in a movie (Indeed! I’ll post clips later on); I started working at a popular Wing & Beer franchise (and stopped losing weight…); and started fantasizing about building my own sassy bow empire (read: Spending obscene amounts of money at Hobby Lobby on ribbon and rhinestones).

That’s kind of a lot. I’ll address the afore mentioned plot points as it seems reasonable to do so in upcoming posts.

Gawd, I missed this. Sitting here at my computers (elaboration forthcoming), drinking coffee, typing, letting my train of thought plow ahead at full steam to it’s rambling, caffeine-fueled and oft-times random end. Kittens.

To clarify that plural computer comment, the way I’ve gotten the MAC to agree to work- which was the numero uno reason this blog came to a screeching halt- is The Husband got a Dell monitor on eBay for cheap and hooked it up to the laptop, which worked fine except for the screen. No nerd [that didn’t have to be paid] could figure out how to remedy that situation, so the 21st Century version of a TV with working sound sitting on top of a TV with working picture has been brought to life on my desk. I also now have a desk. (It was my MIL’s when she was a teacher and we’ve had it for as long as we’ve been married, I’ve just never used it. Waste not want not and all that!)

So, yeah. Here we are. Wednesdays are now my day off (along with weekends, for childcare purposes) since the violin program Shelby was in last year has picked up again this year, and I need to be able to go to the school and be present for it. I’m going to try to update here at least on Wednesday mornings. I guess I could get up extra early all the other days, but Lord that sounds just awful, so maybe not. Baby steps, here.

Now, to get back in the groove. First, a recipe; then, a list. Yea! I feel like the old me again!

Homemade Low-Fat(ish) Pumpkin Spice Lattes

  • One can of plain pumpkin (not pie filling, at least not for this particular recipe)
  • Local honey- or whatever honey you use
  • Apple pie spice
  • Vanilla cappuccino powder
  • Hot coffee- we’re using a New Orleans brand Southern Pecan, I forget which one

Mix the pumpkin with the honey and spice to taste. Add two tablespoons to a mug with about a tablespoon of the cappuccino mix, pour in the coffee and stir. The pumpkin kind of melts into the coffee, which I was glad about. I like pumpkin, but not enough to slurp sludge made of it off the bottom of a mug. Gag. So, enjoy that!

Now, the list! This is my day off, after all, so it will be decidedly lacking in the actual chore department. And, with me bringing home a little bit of bacon- often in the form of Mango Habanero wings- Dustin has begun doing quite a bit around the house on his days off. He had two in a row, and yesterday I came home to zero dirty laundry, a clean kitchen and floors that smelled like Pinesol. If this keeps going, I may be pregnant before the year is out.

Anyway, here we go:

  • Make delicious coffee
  • Feed the animals
  • Blow the dust off of TEA, work on getting groove back
  • Clean office area
  • Search Pinterest for the very best desk organization ideas
  • Organize bow-making supplies
  • Bring trash can back from road (ah, country life)
  • (What little bit of) Laundry (there is)
  • Fold laundry
  • Hang clothes
  • Put away clean clothes (I hate laundry, so it counts as two)
  • Make self presentable
  • Go to violin practice
  • Make a few bows at newly beautiful desk

[Edited to reflect what got done. Holla!]

There you have it, folks! A fresh new blog post from your favorite, slightly patinated* blog. Have a wonderful day!

*This is the adjective derivative of the word ‘patina’. Who knew, right?

Oo, also, I forgot I needed to add a picture. So here’s some advice:

Well, it’s true, ain’t it?

And the Apple Said No, No, No

Well f*ckaroo. I was a third of the way done with today’s post when MAC crapped out on me. As I’ve said before, I am SO not into blogging by phone, so I’ll finish my coffee and my string cheese and post today’s post tomorrow or Monday. I’ll have to clear that with MAC of course. Maybe bring him chocolate. Overpriced electronics like that sort of thing.

Unofficially Assuming Moving Mode

Dear Lord. I’ve been on the computer for like 3 hours already, including Skyping with ~h and updating my About the Blogger thing. What is this feeling I feel? Am I over the internet for today? This is new and unsettling. I don’t like it. Surely it’ll pass.

This isn’t going to be a terribly long or fulfilling post, as I’ve got lots to do today, and I feel like my butt’s about to fall asleep. I spent a good chunk of yesterday on here, recycling the Facebook page for my old blog into a page for this blog. I’m surprised and excited at the response it’s gotten already. I’m up about 15 fans, and some of them aren’t even friends and family members! And I had my first view from an internet search, so that’s something. (The thing said the term searched was “girl on diet”… don’t know if I’m relevant, but I’ll take what traffic I can get!)

Something I read this morning that I found interesting  was that John James Audubon’s book is going to auction today. I like books, I like illustrations of birds and I’m a big fan of anything having to so with this area, where Audubon is well known, so I thought that was pretty cool. I’d love to find some prints of his engravings somewhere on the cheap and frame them. They’d go phenomenally well in a log cabin.

But yeah, today I have to do some regular housework and also attempt to go through things and skim off the top. I’m going to state that this is “unofficial” in order to make myself feel very efficient that anything is getting done before it is “officially” time to actually get anything done. I’m very clever. Clearly.

Without wasting anymore time- and before my eyeballs melt out of my head Raiders of the Lost Ark-style from staring at this screen any longer- here is today’s to-do’s:

  • Pick up kitchen
  • Clean Francois’s cage
  • Move Francois’s cage to wreck room
  • Cuddle Francois
  • Pick up living room
  • Clean Shelby’s table
  • Change Shelby’s linens
  • Bag for donation or trash 10 things from Shelby’s room (don’t you dare have sympathy for her, or I’ll send it all to your house!)
  • Laundry
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Reload dishwasher
  • Decide what to make for supper/my vegan alternative and take meat out of freezer
  • Eat something as soon as this is done because that full pot of coffee I had this morning is eatting through my internal organs

Have a wonderful day, y’all!

Playing Catch Up & Author Today

Busy, busy morning here in the the Badassery Household (yes, that is totally our real last name. It’s Lithuanian), so I’m getting off to a late start with today’s post. I may or may not have also gotten sidetracked at Happy Place.

Broth Watch 2012 is coming to an end today. The liquid is dark and rich, the bones are crumbly, and if I have to smell this f*cking broth anymore without being able to taste it I’m gonna flip my shit. And I’m pretty much out of containers to store it. All in all, I think this was a very well spent three days, as far as clear soup making goes. According to the originator of this recipe, it’s taken about $3 worth of electricity, but I’d have thrown out the roasted chicken bones and skin, and spent more than that on far less canned broth, so it’s worked out well.

I didn’t get everything on my list done yesterday because I ended up having to go see about septic permits in order to get electricity turned on at the cabin, go to the post office, etc. Therefore I’ll have to recycle a few things. I will however be lighting a fire under my own lovely derriere and am committed to finishing a short story today that I like very much. I may give a synopsis here when it’s done, but that’s it, as it is part of what I’d like to publish by the end of the year, and I really want your .99 cents for the digital download.

I know I’ve been going on and on about writing lately, but I just can’t help it. I love it. And I’m all fired up. Very seldom do I get fired up enough to actually act on it and continue to act on it, and that is how fired up I have been this week. I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded with a concentrated group of truly talented individuals, and it’s very exciting. I feel like a pageant toddler on pixie stix, just all jazzed up and sparkly and ready to get stuff done! And get money. And maybe a crown. Totally a crown.

Why yes, yes I am wearing this to Wal-Mart.

In order to do all that though, I need to get this house picked up. For inspiration, I’ll be popping over to Lovely Living for a few minutes, a lovely little blog I’ve been following off and on for a couple of years and have always found motivational. (While fetching the link I glanced through today’s topic, which is emergency preparedness, although the correct name for it is Zombie Preparedness. It’s a common error.) So, here we go:

  • Run vinegar through the coffee pot
  • Remember to run clean water through the coffee pot
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Reload dishwasher
  • Clean sink
  • Wipe down stove
  • Take out trash
  • Clean counters
  • Pick up general kitchen area
  • Fake organize my computer area
  • Pick up all the crap Dustin unloaded from his duty bag and left on the buffet
  • Laundry, with an emphasis on uniforms
  • Fold clothes
  • Polish [until very shiny and award worthy] Survivor Girl [working title that I do not like for this story but am using because it’s simple]

Let’s Get It Started In He-YAH!

Runnin’ runnin-in, runnin’ runnin-in…

Ok so after I typed that title I realized I actually hadn’t heard that song in a long time, other than in advertisements, so I had to go to YouTube and watch the video. It really is a fun song. Kinda makes me want to work out.

Love me some Jenna Marbles.
[Language Advisory] 

Now I’m back. Let’s get started, for real this time.

Hey you! Glad to see ya! Willkommen. So yesterday I was all talky and resolution-y and yada yada. Today I guess I have to put my scrub brush where my mouth is (ooo, that sounds dirty… but in a gross, fetishy way… never mind) and get to work. I spent a couple hours last night on this site reading about how this nice lady, Becky, takes care of her home. I like reading stuff like that. Much like Pinterest makes me feel like a painter-slash-sculptor-slash-interior designer-slash-literary scholar-slash-kitten enthusiast, reading about other people cleaning and organizing makes me feel cleaner and more organized. More on the cleaning and organizing in a little bit when I start my list.

Broth Watch 2012, as I have just named it, is still in full swing. This whole perpetual broth thing that I linked about yesterday has really been cool. Shelby loves it, and not only drank broth all day (although you’re supposed to let it cook for a day before consuming) yesterday, but had some for breakfast. I even filled a  go-mug with it last night when Dustin came home for a minute between jobs and sent it for him to sip on his way to work. He was skeptical about a mug of chicken water, but raved about it this morning. The liquid is much darker and more rich looking and smelling today, which is driving me crazy (why does chicken have to be a meat and therefore non-vegan?!?!). I put about a quart of it away in the fridge last night, replaced the water, and this morning took almost all the liguid out (still cooling on the counter pre-fridge) and replaced it. I poked a piece of remaining chicken with a fork, and it seems really tender, but not overly soft. I sure wanted to put it in my mouth. [A mini-resolution of sorts is to not say “That’s what she said! Hi-oh!…” so much. I’m just so good at setting it up, it’s become second nature. It’s really hard… o.O …… Dammit!] I’m kind of thinking about buying a smaller crock pot (used maybe? I like the idea, but who knows what people have been crocking in their pot…) and just doing a small chicken once a month. Chicken broth is good for you, and not that fattening (I assume, I haven’t actually put forth the effort to find out), so that might help me on the quest for bigger pants. Sipping some savory broth during the day sounds awesome.

I also wanted to sort of add an addendum to the resolution list. I want to update here regularly (big fat check mark for today!), but also work a lot more on my creative writing, my fiction projects. I hope to at least have one polished and finished by 12/21/12 so I can clutch it while the sky dragons rain fire down upon the Earth (isn’t that what’s supposed to happen?) while yelling “I did it! I finally finished a project!”.

“All 50,000 words! Single spaced! My legacy will li- wait…”

Either that or get it finished and sold to someone who is going to help me get it in the hands of hopefully many more someones. Or digitally release it myself, even if it is a pain in the butt and really labor-intensive. My beloved ~h is spectacular at motivating me and getting my creative juices flowing, as I am for her *pats self on back*, and this morning was a wonderful flow of ideas and humor for one of her fantastic ventures. Once I get this thing over and done with, I’ll try to make a few quick notes for her undertaking before continuing with my day. Even though it’s not getting anything done out of my striped notebook, it still makes me feel satisfied. Much like sex and pizza, the more creative you get, the more you want. Or something like that. I just wanted to make a sex reference. And a pizza one. Is vegan week over yet? F*ck.

Here is today’s list. I’m going to shoot for simple. I don’t want to heap too much on myself all at once, lest my inner teenager rebel, scream “You’re not my real me!” and lock herself in the bathroom. Although, really, if she cleans the tub while she’s in there, I don’t give a crap what she says.

  •  Update Blog
  • Clean and redo household calender (it’s still on September- isn’t that just ridiculous?)
  • Pick up kitchen
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Reload dishwasher
  • Clean counters
  • Wipe down stove
  • Take out trash
  • Pick up living room
  • Laundry
  • Figure out where to put all the coats (I seriously never knew we had so many until everyone just started draping them over the chairs at the table)
  • Clean coffee table
  • Clean side table
  • Pick up bedroom
  • Change linens
  • Shower
  • Make-up
  • Apply for electricity permit for new house (yeah, you need a Parish permit to get electricity turned on. Ridiculous…)
  • Go to post office
  • Fuel car
  • Call school about boxes from cafeteria (totally forgot about this until just now! Thanks for reminding me, Me. I really need to do this)

And there you have it, the first chore list of the year from yours truly. Enjoy, and may you have a productive day [now that it’s almost noon]!