You guys. I am alive.

Well, we’re “done” the reno (as in, the construction stuff is mostly done, barring a few touch ups, but we are still in unpacking and decorating mode). But I’m not ready to do all my before and after shots until the decorating is done. So, patience, grasshopper.

I completely went off of the Paleo Diet thing during the last month or so of the reno. It was difficult and uninspiring to not have a kitchen and have to chose from a very limited selection of items while eating out. I ended up gaining some weight back (I think 7 pounds?), but it came off really easily during the month of November (another Whole 30). Rob joined me on the Whole 30 this time, and he lost a few pounds… not that he was even remotely near fat or even had that much to loose. However, his eczema has completely disappeared, and it seems (to me) like he has more energy/drive… but maybe that’s because the computer has been in storage until the last week 😉 Christmas didn’t derail us too much, although I did play a little food bingo, where there were certain things I really wanted to eat during the holidays that I only get to eat once a year, or even every other year.

I’ve been making an effort to move more these days, and that’s kind of my plan for this year. I feel like I have the eating thing down (I would say that I’m paleo 90% of the time, allowing for treats on ocassion), and now it’s time to start moving. So I’ve been doing some strength conditioning at home (body weight exercises), and I’ve started doing yoga at home again, as well (did you know that some people have put 1 hour long yoga routines on youtube? Amazing – now I don’t have to go take a class). I did buy a 20 punch pass card for a local Crossfit gym… but have been to afraid to go. I should just get going and receive my beating. Ha ha. I feel like I wanted to get a little bit stronger before I go. Which is stupid, as the POINT of going is to get strong THERE. But yeah.

The kids are both good. Kitten has been a busy girl, and is very into Pokemon and Disney Fairies right now. Birdie is the same as always, except she now has 4 teeth, and is willing to play in the basement (finished, all the toys are down there) for long stretches of time by herself. She has moved out of the crib in the closet, and is now sleeping on a double mattress on the floor of her new room. She was in a sleep sack for a little while, but she seems to prefer to sleep under a big blanket now. Silly girl.

Rob is doing well at work, and has aquired a bunch of new skills at home. He did all the dapping and the lions share of baseboard painting in our house. He also learned how to install laminate floor, paint an entire house in a weekend, and just generally be bonkers. It has been a fun ride, although I’m not terribly sure that I would want to live in our home during construction of that magnitude again. The major plus was that we noticed a lot of things that needed to be fixed as we went along, instead of having to make the contractors go back and fix it.

Well, it sounds like the girls are done their breakfast. I should attend them. Watch this space for new before & after pictures, for both the house and myself, as well as some new scrapbook pages (and hopefully pictures of the kids as well as of some knitting!)

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Bloggity Blog Blog

So, in case anyone is keeping up with all the Blog Business going on around here, you’ll now notice that I have all my old posts here.  Yay.  I thought about putting them on a seperate blog, but then my brain started to hurt and I gave up. 

I haven’t organized a way to do archives, yet, but I’m hoping to get that done some time this week.  We’ll see how it goes – if I have more days like this one has gone… Oy vey.  It will never get done.

Otherwise, I’m just settling in here, and waiting for inspiration to strike! 🙂

Bits and Bites

I’m lazy and tired and have WAY too many things to do, so here’s a short list of things that you might want to know.

  • Kitten has renamed Nybbles.  She’s now called “Moses”.  Don’t ask me why, but it is what it is.  Also, Kitten has learned how to make that “pssss psss pssss” noise and rub her fingers together when she wants the cats to come to her!  It’s hilarious.  “Moses” usually ignores her, but Tych has been known to come on the occassion (depending on how much love he’s received lately). 
  • I’ve still bee knitting like I have lost my brain.  Here are some of my most current items:

I did a set of three pairs of shorties for a wonderful lady on Cloth Diaper Nation. Here they are (please excuse the terrible photography in the first picture)

RoxyRocks Shorties

RoxyRocks Shorties

RoxyRocks Shorties

I also had time to crank out a skirtie for Kitten. I really love it, even though it took nearly 12 oz of wool (that’s a lot) and a zillion hours to do!

Kitten in her new skirt

  • My site was hacked.  It was kind of funny, but I’m just grateful that they didn’t do anything malicious… like corrupting my files and such.  So I’m doing a backup again today, and trying to figure out how to change my ftp password.  It’s lame right now, so I want to make sure it’s more secure in the future.  It’s possible that they guy just hacked everyone on the server… but I’d like to be a little responsible for my own security, you know?  Anyway, I have high hopes of moving my blog hosting to our server, but Rob isn’t sure if  it will slow my blog down and such.  But if it loads in half a second or one second… does it really matter?  I assume that *most* people use a feed-reader, anyway, so they’re not really loading my site as it is. 
  • Our air conditioner is on the fritz.  Some days it works, and others NOT AT ALL.  Apparently I am now a big spoiled baby because the heat makes me CRANKY.  Which sucks.  We have a repair guy coming tomorrow, and it’s been working *ok* (but not as efficiently as I think it could be), but when you buy something new, you don’t expect it to break barely a year after you’ve bought it, you know?
  • Also broken:  My washing machine.  Although not unusable, it makes a really loud squeaking noise… some times.  I originally thought that I had destroyed it by using too much soap, but the squeaking comes and goes, and happens when the drum is pushed on (we have a front-loader).  So… I’m using it until the it squeaks all the time and then we’ll have the repair guy out to look at it.  I don’t want to use it into the ground (and then buy a snookem new one)… or do I?  I have my eye on the LG fancypants one.  But in white, because we’re not replacing our perfectly good dryer.
  • We’re on week 4 of our homeschooling, and thing seem to be going ok.  How do I judge it?  I mean, Kitten doesn’t learn and use her vocabulary word every week (seriously, how do you work “vines” into every day conversation, other than “Hey kid, go get me a glass of Wild Vines Wine out of the fridge?”), nor does she always remember the sign language sign for the week (but “cat” was a hit, and she totally knows that one!!!), but she DOES remember shapes, colours, letters and numbers.  So I guess that’s better than nothing.  This week the topic is eyes and the vocab word is “iris”, so I try to talk about “mommy’s iris’ are blue, auntie’s iris’ are brown” after explaining what an iris is (the coloured part of your eye).  We try to review our learning poster every day to help with retention, but I don’t know if what I’m doing is “right”, you know?  Regardless, it helps me to interact with her a little more and helps me to plan pointed activities, rather that just letting her play independantly all day long. 
  • We had AWFUL ammonia stink in our diapers.  Probably a mixture of detergent and mineral build-up.  I finally found some RLR locally (Sobeys!  WOOT!), so I have officially stripped all of Kitten’s diapers and they are so soft and sweet smelling now.  Hopefully I won’t have to worry about that again any time soon.  However, I’ve decided to strip our microfiber because it’s all so dingy and gets smelly fast, so there must be yuck in there still.  First I have to catch up on some regular laundry.  I am so tired of doing laundry.  ::sigh::
  • I haven’t talked about Jamie Oliver in a long time (I know, what’s wrong with me?), but I recently bought his new book “Jamie’s Food Revolution”.  It’s a recipe book where the whole idea is to learn a handful of simple but tasty recipes and to teach them to your friends.  Then your friends teach them to their friends, and so on.  That way, everyone’s learning how to cook a few great meals and eating less take-out, which is ALWAYS a good thing.  Now, some people don’t need cooking lessons (I’m looking at you, Hanna), but for the rest of us who get stuck in the same rut all the time (spagetti, pancakes, KD, that was typical around here!) it’s great to be able to plan out a week of exciting different foods.  I especially love his curries section (mmm!  Curry!) and stir frys.  If you have a chance to even just peek at the book, it’s SO PRETTY!  I think I pet it for like, four days, before I started to cook out of it. 
  • I’ve started using the Oil Cleansing Method for facial care.   I still get terrible acne and there doesn’t seem to be anything that is helping it.  Plus, I am STILL struggling to find a good moistuizer.  So, the premise of this method is that you mix castor oil (plant based, aparently magical) with cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and rub it into your skin.  Then you use a very hot, wet cloth and hold it over your face, then gently swoop the oil off, rinsing the cloth a lot.  I used it last night at the sink and this morning in the shower.  The sink method works better, because you’re not sweating in the shower (or is that only me?).  I liked how smooth my face felt after, and especially how that always dry and flaky patch between my eyebrows was just normal skin (although I could still see my angry elevens).  I don’t really need to use a moisturizer after doing this, and I liked that part best of all! 🙂  I’ll let you know how it all continues, especially during the hormonal acne I get during my period! 

Anywhoodle.  I think I’m going to go knit – I have one more skirtie custom to do and then I have a break to knit my own things.  I have oh-so-many things to knit.  Like a tank top for myself, a halter dress for Kitten, my winter cowl, a church shawl for myself… Lots of things.

WordPress Update

Howdy, folks!  I’m just updating my version of wordpress, so if things look screwy… that would be why.  Just an FYI!

Edit:  I’m not sure why those funny “A” characters are showing up in my previous posts.  I’m hoping that they aren’t going to show up in my future posts.

 

If you notice anything weird, or things aren’t working, please let me know.  Fanks! 😀

The Last To Know

Apparently, I do not keep up on my fantasy author news.  Did you know that Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series has just become a TV show?  I didn’t, not until I saw the re-release paperbacks (now with a trendy TV cover… yay.). 

I also didn’t know about the Sookie Stackhouse show until I saw it on the re-release new covers.  I suppose that it’s ok.  I do know, however, that HBO have given the go-ahead on filming the pilot for George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!), but other than that, I am apparently on the outs of books-into-film news. 

In other news, I have three blog posts written in my head, but I’m having a hard time spewing them out into the cyber world.  Each time I sit down to type, I’m all “oooh, shiney” and run off (online) doing other things.  It’s slightly frustrating because I enjoy writing blog posts, and discussing the things that are rattling around in my brain.  I think that if I could get some dedicated blogging time, where my mind is sharp and with it (ie. not at 11 pm), maybe I could get it out.  But not tonight, oh, not tonight.

On a personal note, things around here have been quiet.  We enjoyed a nice weekend away with a bunch of friends from church for a couples’ retreat.  It was a nice time of refocusing and relaxing.  I only cried about leaving Kitten behind a little bit.  She did really well staying with Rob’s parents.  Presently, she’s trying to cut her second top tooth (seriously, we STILL only have 3 teeth… 15.5 months old!), and has a runny nose and diaper rash.  She says all sorts of new things all the time, like the other day she said “love you” after I said it to her.  It was super cute, even though I’m well aware that she doesn’t really know what it means yet.  It’s still cute to hear her say it. 

Contact

On Tuesday, I had an eye exam and a contact fitting.  I am very excited to be able to wear contacts again.  Any of you mothers with glasses out there know exactly how much of a pain glasses can be.  I swear, my glasses are always filthy, and always a temptation for Kitten to grab.  I’m very glad that my eye doctor was able to help me fit some contacts.  The best thing?  I can wear them 24/7 for a month if I want (then I throw them out).  I tried that for about 48 hours, and then had to take them out.  Truthfully?  I loved having them in, and being able to see in the middle of the night, and first thing when I woke up.  But I’m a little cheesed.  I can’t read as well with them.  Things aren’t as sharp, I can’t read properly (on any screen, print is ok if it’s near me), and I have eye-stress headaches by the end of the night.  I’m really annoyed because I want these contacts to work so well.  But I’m having major problems, and not being able to read what’s on my laptop screen (which sits on my lap) is unacceptable.  I’m hoping that it’s a prescrption thing, and not a “sorry, this is just how it is” thing.  ::sigh:: I’m very frustrated, and hoping that I can get an answer.  Also: I feel more sensitive to light when I’m wearing contacts.  Is that crazy?

Earlier on Tuesday, I was getting groceries at my regular store (15% off day!  Holla!), when I ran into a friend that I haven’t seen since graduation day.  You know, 9 years ago!  She hasn’t changed a bit, and it was SO NICE to see her.  I don’t know why I’m suddenly reconnecting with people, although part of me thinks it’s because I’m finally ready to.  I’m not looking to my friends from high school to give me the feelings of happiness that I had during that time – I’m aware that high school is over, and I love where I am in life now.  I’m glad that I didn’t meet people 5 or 6 years ago, when I wouldn’t have been able to relate to my old friends in a healthy way.  It has been so nice to get to see some of the old familiar faces and catch up with them again.

You might wonder why I’m not on FaceBook, and want to tell me that if I was on FaceBook that I wouldn’t have to wait to run into people in the grocery store, or have them randomly find my blog.  I still resist the urge to join FB because my desire to be on it is purely voyeristic.  I don’t believe that people can have meaningful connections and community on FB.  I know that some people reconnect and then take their new friendships off the computer, but most people have FB “friends” – friends who come online to say “happy birthday” or other such little bits of conversation that isn’t really conversation.  There is no community in that.  There is no social need being met.  It’s more like we’d all be reading magazine articles about each other, and then convincing ourselves that we really “know” the other person.  No thanks FaceBook, I would prefer to meet in the grocery store, where we can block the aisle talking about what we’ve been up to, what high school was like, and stirring warm memories in each other in person*.  If that means that I run across people far less often, so be it. 

*I have also enjoyed the few people from high school who have found my blog and told me that they have.  It’s been great getting to renew some of those friendships over email and in person.

Move Along Nothing to See Here!

I updated my layout, although I’m having problems with the footer.  Originally, I couldn’t even figure out how to change the words in my footer – it was all mumbo-jumbo.  Now, I’m able to get the words changed, but the actual image that’s supposed to show up (which is just pink, by the way) doesn’t.  Frustration!  If any of my super CSS savvy friends want to have a look at it, please let me know.  In my basic understanding of CSS, I think I have it all coded correctly… but apparently not, if it doesn’t work.

In other news, things have been quiet around her.  I’ve been doing a lot of sitting on my bum, getting vegetables ready to go into the freezer, and reading.  Kitten has been mostly healthy, but last night her nose started to run again.

Speaking of Kitten, she goes for her 1 year immunizations later today.  Yes, she is 14 months old (nearly), but I didn’t call enough in advance to get her shots done closer to her birthday.  She was actually supposed to go last week, but she was quite a bit more ill, so we put it off.  I’m hoping that she doesn’t have any adverse reactions to the shots, but we’ll see how it goes.  She’s going to be tired, as the shots are during her nap time.  Bummer.

I pulled out the old Wii Fit yesterday, just to see how much I weighed.  It looks like I’ve lost 8 pounds since early June!  I’m quite surprised.  I know that I’ve been slowly and steadily lowering my weight, but I didn’t think it was quite that much!  I was pleased at the results.  I was so happy that I even tried to take a picture, but we have a CRT tv, and those tend to not photograph well.  Anyway, according to Wii Fit, I am now “normal” and no longer “overweight”.  Yay!  It thinks that I should still lose another 15 pounds to be at a BMI of 22, but the machine has clearly not looked very closely at my body.  I’m not sure I can lose 15 pounds without starving myself silly! 

I’m sorry that this is all I have for you right now.  Later today, I will be sure to stop by with a CSFF Blog Tour post, so keep your eyes peeled!