Sunday, March 30, 2014

We bought a house

Stuart is still not sure about this moving business, if too many
people visit at once he thinks we are moving again
I know I have been absent and quiet recently. The thing is we just purchased a home!! It's our first and we are so excited, so glad to not be renting! We've been looking since December and have known we wanted this house since January. It's all a long process. Last weekend we bribed our friends and family with food and beer and they helped us move out. We are about 25 minutes from the house we had been living in for the last 5 years. It's about 2 miles from the house I grew up in and 2.5 minutes from my where my parents live now. We've been unpacking and cleaning and trying to make it our own. We haven't put stuff on the walls and are planning to paint when and if it ever warms up here in VT. Winter can't last forever right?
Stuart was not a fan of moving, he clawed, hissed and growled at everyone. He doesn't really like anyone but us. However he seems to be settling in when he's not destroying my plant (which he's never done before).
**edited, it's a week later, I never posted this because I wanted to add pictures and I needed to take them, which I did and never went back to the post to add them and publish.  Week two in our new house, has been busy, unpacking, cleaning, I had to go to a two day training for work, it was my birthday....
Stuart in my car, on the way to the new house


Beautiful wall hanging made of horseshoes by Kirstyn

My kitchen

Living room


Entryway

office/bookshelf


Spare room

View from wrap around deck (hurry up and melt snow!)

Inspiring bib holder made by Kelli


There are the few pictures I have.  We plan to paint when it gets warmer and we can decided what colors we want.  Hopefully life slows down a little and I blog more..

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three Things Thursday

Dreaming of warmer weather
1. After one full week of work last week, I put in a good 2 days this week, two snow days (thank you 2 feet of snow, please melt soon) and a personal day tomorrow, I have a 5 day weekend.  Speaking of snow (I'd rather not) I'm so done with it.  I do not want anymore.  I want warm and spring.  
We are in the lovely purple 12-24 range

2.  The last few books I've read.  
Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles.  This was our book club book.  I liked, but not loved it.  I do like that often in book club, I read books that I wouldn't have normally chose to read.  This book took place in the 1930's in NYC, both a time and place that I am not that familiar with.  As always, book club provided fantastic conversation, friends, food and wine.
Perfect Family, by Pam Lewis.  This book was alright, I could have lived without reading it.  I only finished it because 1. i hate not finishing books, and 2.  i wanted to know who did it, because I wasn't smart enough to figure it out.  Don't go out of your way to read this book.
The First Day of the Rest of my Life, by Cathy Lamb. LOVED IT!
And currently reading This is Where I leave you, by Jonathan Tropper.   So far I'm liking....

3. I'm glad I don't work from home.  I have a hard time being productive.  I do much better having to leave the house to work, when I'm home, I want to do what I want to do.  Also, I was talking to my mom this morning (she works from home) and you don't get snow days when  you work from home, plus I think it would be hard to be a school counselor when you work from home.

How Stuart spends snow days everyday


Friday, March 7, 2014

what's been going on...

Well, the staycation is over, and we've been back to school for two weeks.  I'm so very glad it's Friday, this has been a long week.  It sure seems like more than 5 days.  Although, when I looked at my work calendar, I realized that is was the first week since January that I worked all five days.  Between vacation, 2 snow days, and 2 sick days, I wasn't there a whole week.  
One of those sick days was for a blood transfusion, it was my first.  The chemo made my blood count really low and I was feeling really crappy, headaches, trouble breathing (more than usual), and being exhausted.  Apparently I was super pale too, as many people commented on my better color in the days following.
Blood transfusion selfie

It's a long slow process
Last week was a non-chemo week and after Tuesday's transfusion, I felt better, so much better that we went out both Friday and Saturday nights.  By going out, I mean we went out to dinner with the fam on Friday and were home by 10, and went to friends on Saturday for dinner and games.  It was a great weekend.
The weather is has been brutal.  It's been so, so cold, yesterday as I was doing some errands, everywhere I went people commented on the weather.  
This was last week, it's March yo, it's time to warm up
My friend Krysten who I worked with at the group home came to visit me this week, and brought cookies, peanut butter with chocolate chips, I meant to take a picture, but I was too busy eating them.  I have such a sweet tooth, I can't turn away homemade baked goods, ever.

Why is it that your body and brain can be so tired, yet you (I) lay in bed unable to sleep at 1 am?  When I lay in bed not sleeping, I start thinking and all sleep goes out the window.  Last night, I laid there not sleeping for about 2 hours.  What do you do when you can't sleep?
My birthday is this month :)  I love my birthday.  I consider the whole month of March my birthday.  I've already been saying that I'm a year older, I do that so I don't forget.
I have book club tonight, I'm hoping the fever monster stays away so I can gossip discuss the book with my girlfriends.  
I signed up to lead Tutus for Tata's in 2014's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and have set some high fundraising goals, I hope my team is up for the task..
Stuart attacking my feet

Happy March!

Friday, February 21, 2014

11 things I love about staycation winter break

1. I got to go out to lunch twice

2. I  got a pedicure during the day when I normally would be working

3. When I had crappy nights of sleep I could sleep in, or I could just sleep in if I wanted to

4. Followed by, I haven't set the alarm in 8 days, and I won't for the next 2 days

5. I prepared dinner during the day, chicken enchilada casserole, and just had to pop it in the oven for dinner last night.  It was made in 9x13 pan, and there is just two of us, so....leftovers!

6. I don't have to decide what I want for lunch at 6:30 am, I can decide when I'm hungry 
English muffin sandwich and leftover Broccoli cheese soup
7.  I can wear yoga pants 2 days in a row, the same ones, no one cares at chemo what I look like.
You better be kicking ass chemo
8. I can go for a walk in the middle of the day, because it's finally warming up (for a day or so) and sunny.

9. I'm all caught up on bloglovin', no longer 60+ unread blogs, and I read most of them

10. Time during the day to sit and read and snuggle with Stuart
He loves that blanket
11.  Coffee, donuts and chatting with friends I haven't seen in a LONG time