November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving prep...

I am grateful, as I am every year, that I don't have to produce the Thanksgiving feast.  My dear Husband is in charge of that end of the day.  If it were left up to me, the whole thing would be catered because I am not about to attempt to cook a turkey!

My duties for Thanksgiving include dessert making...

Two down; one to go! that end the napkins and table runner are ironed and ready to go.


If it weren't for the fact that our only dining room table serves as a desk and a place to eat, I would have ironed the table cloth and set the table.  But since this table is currently in use as I type this quick post, it will have to wait until Thursday, where I am positive I will forget to take a picture because that's how my brain works.

Actually, the whole decorating the table thing is usually a moot point because once dinner is ready to be served, the Husband will look at the table and kindly ask that I "remove all that hair" from the table so that he can sit the serving dishes on the table.  *sigh*

But at least for a short while, our guests will have the pleasure of knowing that I set the table especially in their honor.

Tomorrow I will figure out the centerpiece ("the hair") and do the majority of the cleaning (another one of my chores that I do, not quite so happily, but with a smile as it's just another reason I don't have to do all the hard work that Thanksgiving entails!!).

Today was quite the productive day, as it found me cycling through pie making, ironing, a little bit of Christmas shopping, a little bit of cleaning that ended with the standing on my tippy-toes (quite unsteadily, I might add) on top of Man-Child's bed attempting to clean his ceiling fan.  I think, from now on, that particular ceiling fan will be delegated to someone who is at least two inches taller than me.

As I take a break to type this, the Husband has come home and is now slaving away in the kitchen trying to get his Thanksgiving prep underway.

So how is your Thanksgiving prep coming along?

November 23, 2015

Things that are making me happy right now...

As it appears that building a house with that particular builder on that particular lot is probably not going to happen (we are not in agreement regarding price points) and since it is the week of feeling grateful for what we have, I figured we should talk about a few of my favorite things.

Swistle recently mentioned that she loved The Last Tango in Halifax on Netflix.  I looked it up and it sounded intriguing, so I hit play.  She was's wonderful.  It is a BBC television series that focuses on a couple that reunites after fifty some odd years and their grown children's lives.  I LOVE it.

DJan mentioned some time ago that she really enjoyed the Grace & Frankie series, also on Netflix, it also sounded like something I would like, so I hit play (granted this was months ago - but I loved that one season so much I've since watched it twice!).  Now I am anxiously waiting for Season Two to drop into Netflix some time next year.

I'm currently in love with two scents; both from Bath & Body Works - Leaves, which Jennifer from The Daily Connoisseur mentioned about a week or so ago.  In addition to smelling heavenly, it came in a beautiful container...

Leaves 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance 1037181 - Bath & Body Works
Hmmm, it appears this candle is now on sale! Nope, not a sponsored post.

And Golden Cinnamon - which also smells divine!  Two perfect scents that capture the fall season beautifully.  Actually, I've burned these two so much over the past month or so, that I'm now in ration-mode, as I'd like to use one or the other through Thanksgiving.  After that, I will find something to capture the Christmas season.

That rug I mentioned in my last post?  It continues to make me happy.  It is blue and white and lovely.

And for some reason, is appearing sideways...

Actually, it has me giving the side eye to the other rugs in this house....I just might be in the market for a new one for the front door.  But if I do that, there is bound to be a snowball effect...which probably isn't a good idea considering all the Christmas presents I've yet to purchase.

Despite declaring a fatwa on CoverGirl for retiring my very favorite lip color, I have discovered a second best.  Yes, I did scout out others to make do during my temporary boycott - but I quickly realized that they did not go the distance that Outlast does.  So I'm back to CoverGirl, but this time I've settled on Brazen Raisin.  It's a far cry from the Timeless Ruby that I loved so much, but it will do until CoverGirl comes to their senses and brings Timeless Ruby out of retirement or creates its clone.

A girl can continue to dream...even if the odds of the dream ever coming true are slim.  *sigh*

I swear it seemed like it rained here for just about the entire month of October.  I'm not even kidding. It was utterly depressing So I wore my hair curly for most of the month.  And I found a new product for when I'm going curly (which honestly, I'm just about getting to the point where I'm tired of dealing with straightening my hair even on sunny days and may just have to learn to live with my hair).  It's Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel.  Unfortunately, this product isn't carried in any of the stores near me, but when I ordered it from Amazon the shipping was free and I think I received it in about two days.  It really does seem to help the curls be curls and not frizz.  Between that and the Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner - which I can find at Target, my curls were soft and perfectly formed.  Considering it takes me a good forty-five minutes to dry and straighten my hair, I'm finding that more and more I'm taking the easy route and just letting my hair do what it does.  And both of these products make it work.

I'm sure by know you've all heard Adele's latest hit, Hello (if you haven't, click the link and watch the video, it's great!).  And, if you are anything like me, you loved it.  She has an amazing, haunting voice.  Since I like to listen to music old school style - I went and bought the cd - it's fabulous.  So if you needed an incentive to buy it, there you go.

So, other than the obvious family, friends, etc, which are probably making the rounds this week - what is on your list that is making you happy right now?  Share the love, so we can all find new things to make us happy.

November 17, 2015

News bits...of sorts

Lots of has been going on here (where is that sarcastic font?).

I bought a new rug for the entrance from the garage.  It's absolutely amazing how happy this tiny purchase has made me.

I was cleaning this past weekend and took a good long look at the old rug and determined that it HAD TO GO.  Which led me to Marshall's, where I found a nice rug in the clearance section that fits our needs perfectly.

I haven't been buying or replacing anything house related because I've been waiting to find "the" house.  This is a small example of what I meant when I said I was done with living in limbo.  Not only was that rug in horrible shape, it was dark and made the dark entryway even darker.  It had to go.  And yes, I HAVE dealt with all the boxes that were surrounding us.  Every thing that needed to be unpacked is unpacked and everything else has been squirreled away, out of sight.

And, now every time I walk in or out of the house, I smile.  That was an $8.00 well spent.  The Husband thinks I may have lost my mind since every time I've stepped on the rug I have exclaimed how happy it made me.

It's the little things, people.

In other news - The Husband has reluctantly agreed it might be time to consider building a house.  We have found a lot that might work.  He has called the builder who is selling the lot.  She (I love that it's a "she" - if for no other reason than that might mean she might actually have an idea of what makes sense in a house; i.e. linen closets do NOT belong in the hallway) promised to "run the numbers" and get back to us this week.  We are still waiting to hear from her.

Didn't I tell you a year ago that it would come to this?  And if the numbers pan out, it might actually come to fruition.  The Husband even admitted to me that the thought of building "our house, our way" was exciting.  You know, if he would just listen to me from the outset our lives would be SO much easier.  Nearly twenty-five years in and he still hasn't figured that out. *sigh*  I guess, at this point, he will never learn.

I just found out about this Season of Kindness thing going on over at NBC...and while yes, it is a corporate "feel good" thing; it is also truly a wonderful thing to spread.  I mean who can argue that spreading kindness is a bad thing?  You can check out the daily calendar where you can get ideas about how to spread kindness in your little piece of the world and read about the good things that others are doing.  And really, with all that is going on in the world these days - couldn't we all use a little kindness?  To give and to receive?

The transition I mentioned four months ago?...well, it continues to be stressful and I fully expect it will take at least a year or more for things to shake out and for all of us to feel like one company rather than two different company's forced to share the same office space.  When you shove two different corporate cultures into the same space it can make for a difficult transition.  Luckily, my new big boss seems to be a really nice guy...unfortunately, he comes from the other side which is leading to some misunderstandings about how things should be done.  We will get there...eventually.

I keep promising myself that I will devote more time to this blog - but so far, I have done nothing but disappoint myself.  Despite my quest for tossing the living in limbo out the window, this is one area in which I have failed.  But I can place the blame squarely on our current living arrangements; as in this place I do not have anywhere to squirrel myself away and hear myself think long enough to actually produce regular posts about the insanity that is in my mind.  In fact, the only reason I have been able to cobble together this random post is because the Husband is ill.  Ill enough that he has taken to his bed and I have had free (quiet) run of the main part of the house for most of the evening.

Now God knows, I wish he weren't ill but Jeez Louise....I can't tell you how nice it has been to have nothing but quiet surrounding me as I tappity-tap- tapped away.

So, if the above referenced building of a house actually happens, I promise - I will get back to regularly blogging (if only for my own peace of mind) because I will ensure that I have a nice, quiet place to retreat when the world gets to be too loud, as it frequently does in this house.

November 1, 2015

It is a major understatement to say my husband doesn't like working on cars....

I found this far too funny not to share...but then again I've been up since four am, so what do I know?

Of course, to give it context, let me start with the back story...

Probably about a month or two ago, Man Child came home for the weekend and mentioned that his headlight was out.  The Husband spent over an hour in the driveway, cursing like a sailor, because he just could not figure out how to wedge his giant paw into the tiny space.  Eventually, Man Child had to get on the road and promised that he'd get one of his friends to help him.  So he left with a non-working headlight.

A few weeks ago, Man Child was home again and, of course, his headlight still wasn't working (AND we discovered his license had expired...a whole 'nother story).  This time, The Husband, instead of waiting until Sunday, Googled the process on Saturday and was able to fix the headlight. 

And all was right with the world....

Until Friday, when I realized one of MY headlights was out.  So I sent him a text...

I actually giggled as I sent it.  Yes, I know there is no punctuation and that I'm kinda torturing him.

I never received a response, so when I got home I told him.  He was not amused.  Particularly after he discovered that in order to get to this headlight he'd have to remove the battery.  But even so, he felt confident that he could easily get to this one.

So this morning, he decided to fix the headlight.  

The next thing I know, he opens the door and asks me to Google which cable needed to be removed first from the battery, because you can ruin the battery...or something.  At least he knew that there was an order to it, I would have never known that and promptly ruined a perfectly good battery.  So I did and informed him that he needed to remove the negative cable first.  A few minutes later he comes in looking for a flashlight because, according to him, "It was dark as *censored* under the hood."  So I found him a flashlight and headed out to see how things were progressing.

It was not going well, at all.  He had successfully put the bulb in but was now turning the garage blue with all the creative cursing that was streaming from his mouth as he attempted to put the battery back in.  I offered to hold the flashlight and as I was holding the beam so he could see I casually said, "So, I guess it's safe to say, you aren't a car guy?"  The look he gave me was murderous as he took the flashlight back and sent me away.

After a few more minutes, he popped his head back in the door and asked me to double check which cable goes back on first.    In case you are curious, it's the positive.

Another minute or two goes by, he opened the door and said, "You aren't going to *censored* believe this!  I put in the *censored* dead bulb (from Man-Child's car) instead of the new one!"  I resisted the impulse to respond with, "That's why you are supposed to throw things away instead of letting them hang around in the garage."

Instead, I told him he could do it later, if he'd rather since I rarely drive at night anyway.  He exclaimed that no, he would do right then since he now has the experience to do it and went back out the door.

Only to come back in two seconds later to ask me if I could Google which cable needs to come of first.  I died laughing while gasping, "I thought you were 'experienced' at this?"

And here we are hours later and I'm still giggling about it.

October 26, 2015

How the hell have I NOT heard of this before now?!

Seriously?  If I'm just NOW hearing about this, which was posted in 2011, I'm pretty sure you haven't heard this story either.

Yes, you will cry - but your faith in humanity will also be restored.

October 25, 2015

The Life Changing Magic of Folding Rectangles...

About a month ago, I posted this tweet (follow me at @gigirambles)

At the time, I truly believed that those drawers would once again be in shambles in no time.  I mean, honestly?  I've lived with this man for almost twenty-five years; and in all that time?  His drawers have ALWAYS been in a state of matter how many times I've rearranged them.

I would re-fold everything to perfection only to have him rummage through them looking for THAT t-shirt (don't get me started on WHY he needs to wear a t-shirt EVERY day) which would, of course, ruin the order that I thought I had created.

But now here we are; a month later - and I can proudly report, those damn drawers are STILL in order!

Yes. a miracle has occurred! And look...I have evidence!

Be still my heart!  STILL neat and orderly!

If you've been hanging out on the internet at all in the past 6 months or so, then surely you've heard of the book by Marie Kondo - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the, apparently, amazing way of folding clothing; which certainly IS life changing - as evidenced by the still pristine drawers.

The basic premise is fold your clothes in rectangles so they stand up in the drawers.  This is key because the Husband is able to see exactly what he has and pick out exactly which shirt he wants to wear - without disturbing the order of the other shirts.

For your convenience, this link will show you how to fold shirts in this fashion.

After seeing how well this worked for the Husband - without getting rid of any of his stuff (except for socks with holes) - I went out and bought the book.

The Husband actually said to me a few days ago, "I never knew I had SO many socks!"  (Yes, this man owns more socks than any other person on this earth...I wish I was kidding - between his socks and t-shirts it's ridiculous)

I haven't done anything with my clothes yet - but I am eyeballing things more closely lately and find that I am more inclined to toss items into the Goodwill box than usual.  I'm thinking that once I get a weekend to myself that my drawers will also get a makeover - even though I'm not as sloppy with my drawers as the Husband has been with his in the past.

I'm also eyeballing his closet; which seriously needs to be sorted...

October 24, 2015

Living in limbo - I'm done with it.

So here we are a week after my last post...and I've been thinking.

I do that a lot, you know...think.  Ruminate.  Chew on things.

And after all that thinking I have determined that I have been living for "what's next" and not for "what's going on right now."  Upon further examination (why yes, there is ALWAYS further examination), I've realized that I've been living like this ever since the Husband was laid off...over FIVE years ago!

At first, the "what's next" was waiting to see what was coming done the pike.  Then, after he found a job, the uncertainty that came with selling the house and, of course, this whole house hunting debacle; as evidenced here and here, means that I have been living in limbo for QUITE some time.

Enough is enough.  I need to live in the here and now.  I have wasted FIVE years!  That is unacceptable.

So today I was on a mission.  Halloween is exactly a week away.  So I went in search of pumpkins, decorative straw bales and burlap.

Yes, me.

I've never been one for decorating so much in the fall or for any other season other than Christmas. Because how can you NOT decorate for Christmas?.  Halloween...not so much.  I decorated more when Man-Child was small and avid for the ghoulish-ness of it all - but my heart wasn't in it.

But today?  Today I was all about decorating for Halloween/fall...but on a more grown up scale.

Now, here's the thing with decorating this late in the game; everything was 50-75% off - YAY!  The other thing about decorating this late in the game?  Not much is left - BOO!  I was able to score some decorative straw bales at 50% off but the white, tiny fake pumpkins I was searching for?  Nowhere to be seen.  If I was searching for purple or black glitter pumpkins then I would have scored.  Unfortunately, that wasn't what I had in mind.

So I branched out and hit the grocery store and Home Depot.  Home Depot came through with the mums and while, I missed the tiny, white pumpkins at the grocery, I was able to score a medium pumpkin and some variegated gourds which resulted in this (very modest, for a very modest porch) porch-scape.

And, I have to be sure to add that the Husband was the provider of the red leaves.  With all the yellow going on, I knew I needed to throw some red in there somewhere.  Across the street, in the common area, is a red maple that is located fairly close to the neighbor's yard, but me being me, didn't feel comfortable crossing the street to gather a few leaves from the lawn.  I tried to convince Man-Child to gather a few for me.  Obviously, he didn't feel comfortable about it either.  In fact, he tried to accuse me of using him as a "mule" to "steal" leaves.  But the Husband had no compunctions about traipsing across the street and gathering a few leaves for me.  (Just another reason I love him...he's sane.)

And then I actually partially unpacked a few of the boxes that I've been living with - mainly just the Master Bathroom; but I felt a little freer.  Tomorrow I plan to unpack the baking supplies and just a few of the decor boxes - the rest I am sending to reside in the attic until we find a house.

In the meantime?  I'm planning on living for today.

Because really?  Five years of living in limbo is insane.  It's time to live for now.