Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Life lately.

Can you believe it??
2 posts in one week.
Or maybe one that some of you know about.
[sneaky me!]
Either way, it's more action from me than normal here recently.
This one is called Life lately and it's in response to Courtney's post over at Bowdenisms.


without further adeu, I bring you....
life, lately.

Making: slow progress on the house (see previous post for pics and more details on that one). There is still a looooong list of things that need to be done around here but its feeling more and more like "home". I have to admit that I'm still having to pinch myself at times - we bought our first house - it's ours - the morgage bill that comes every month totally solidifies it (as does the $100 extra we pay on the principle every month so it can be paid off in 17ish years.

Drinking: coffee.
lots and lots of coffee. Oh, the life of a night shift nurse. Coffee in the morning, coffee in the evening, coffee all through the day... On the mornings I take Hailee to school and don't have to work that night, getting back to the house by 7:30 am gives me TONS of time to get things done.

Cooking: We have several meals we stick pretty closely to - and occasionally, I throw in a few dishes Roger and I enjoy. Some of the things are on my family's favorite recipe page. Spaghetti, pork chops (or chicken) baked in Dale's Seasoning sauce, breakfast is a favorite, crock pot stuff, and now that it's (hopefully soon) going to be getting cooler out, Zuppa Toscana!!

Reading: Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True (still). Y'ALL!! It's a huge book - 928 pages - and I'm half way through. It's more of a bubble bath read since there's not much time for it otherwise. AND, studying Matthew 5 - 7; Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Our women's bible study group at church wrapped this up over the spring and I was only able to get to a few of them. Afterward, I want to get the She Reads Truth study through the same thing and just go back over it with another person's perspective.

Wanting: to be able to be there for my family in the day time. To not have to have a full day away from them to recover from working as a night shift nurse. Basically, I want a day job that's not 12+ hours a day and where I can still use all the great nursing skills I've acquired over the last few years with school and my work on the ortho / trauma unit at the hospital. I LOVE my job and I LOVE my co-workers but I need to put my family first.

Looking: for all things that have to do with fall. It's my favorite season of all for many reasons. Everything about it is crisp and lovely.

Playing: mine craft with fold-able paper toys. Can I tell you just how insanely crazy Hailee is with this game? Her and Roger play it on the computer together too. I was down stairs one night listening to them play when Hailee started screaming bloody murder, "DADDY, HELP, A SPIDER!!!!!" For all I thought, there was a huge, scary spider somewhere near her in the guest room. Nope. It was in the game and she freaked out, ran into the office with Roger because she didn't know how to kill it before it killed her.

Wasting: time on Pinterest pinning random stuff... just like everyone else in the world.

Wishing: the garage was cleared out and the electric garage door opener was installed so I can park in there.

Enjoying: taking pictures with my big girl camera and learning more things about it. It's a Canon Rebel T3 and I love it!!

Waiting: on my husband to get home on the nights I have to leave for work at 6 pm is extremely stressful for me - especially this week when my mom and dad are not available (same with next week).

Liking: that it's starting to get dark earlier. Did I mention how much I love fall?? Because I love it.

Wondering: where the time has gone. Has it really been 5 years since our little surprise baby showed up on the scene? and also wondering what goes on in that active, highly imaginative mind of her - I ask what she's thinking about all the time and get the answer, "fairies and princesses"

Loving: this breezy weather BUT wishing the temperatures were 15 - 20 degrees cooler.

Hoping: the greek dressing I'm marinading the chicken for tonight's dinner comes out of the shirt I squirted it all over and that it doesn't leave splotchy oil stains. I REALLY need to learn not to cook in my favorite T-shirts. I've already ruined so many of them. (and just in case you were wondering because I wrote this all out last night, the stains did not come out  : (

Marveling: at how amazing it is that my job allows me to make a difference in someone's (or 4-5 someone's) life every time I go to work. It really is a priceless to me when there is something I can do for another person that helps them along their journey to recovery. We may not even remember each other weeks or months from then, but in that moment, they have all of me.

Needing: to sleep some more in preparation for tonight's shift at work.

Smelling: the Thankful Harvest wax melts that I have burning in the kitchen.

Wearing: a T-shirt and pair of black scrub pants. I love that I get to wear pajamas to work. BUT, my wardrobe is pretty limited when it comes to nicer things since all I have to wear to work is scrubs. Double edged sword, huh.

Following: all the ALS videos but not doing the ice water thing myself (since it really has nothing to do with the disease). Instead, as a nurse, I want to focus more on educating people about this horrible, fatal, imprisonment of a disease for which there is no cure. Anna wrote something here that I loved. I'm glad for all the light that is being shed on ALS through these videos but its more important to know what it's about.

Noticing: that we need to hang more stuff on the walls. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one for clutter but bare walls are just crying for some decorating tips. My husbad is the chief picture | mirror | sconce | curtain rod hanger in this household. Who am I kidding? he does it all: plumbing, electrical, fan hanging, painting, light fixture changing, grill master, bug killer... I think I'll keep him around.

Knowing: that I need to make more time available for God and other areas of my life will flow better.

Thinking: this is a really cool kitten. She pretty much lets Hailee play with her and carry her around whenever and wherever. And she loves to cuddle (I'm so not a cat person, but Ashe is all right).

Bookmarking: anything and everything having to do with fall, the home and new recipes to try that my "keep-it-simple-keep-it-the-same" 5 year old would eat.

Opening: my Bible more

Giggling: at Hailee as she chases around Ashe with her remote control LaLa Loopsie car

Feeling: so ready for this new season in more ways than one!!

a song I'm pretty into right now:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

home sweet home.

I've never done this before because:
a) my house isn't usually this clean
b) we are still trying to make it our own
c) there is still a lot of work for us to do
d) I know nothing about decorating

but here is some of our home.

I had been looking for an entryway table that would be the right size.
Recently, my grandmother sold the lake home that had been in our family for many many years.
We were all going up and getting some of the furniture out to help her move.
This old sewing machine table was exactly the right size.
Now, I just need something to go on the wall above it...

the gym:
I'll be here bright and early in the morning.
it's SOOOO convenient!!

Right now in the "formal" dining room, there's a Dr. Who puzzle spread across my table.
(And most of the chairs are up in Hailee's room - see last picture on this post...)

an old entertainment center serves as a sideboard/buffet that we will eventually get.

Living room.
Decorations needed.
and updated furniture for some time in the future...

one of the old end tables from the lake place

Dining room.
Table that's been in the family for 75 years.
Wall art from The World Market and The Shabby Shak (etsy store) both of which many other things are going to come from.


Guest room.
For one guest ;)

and finally, at the moment, all of the chairs, sheets, blankets are making a fort that encompasses Hailee's entire room.

Now it's time to get this little one in the bath and ready for bed since 6 AM comes early.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Social Media Sunday

To post or not to post...
And even after asking that question - how much to post?
to put out there - and just how personal do you want to get with it?
Who reads it?
Is there any room for misinterpretation?
Would you even say what you posted to people's faces?

At first, I started blogging to remember all the things that came with being a new mother. Because in the whole sleep deprived mommy mind, those days can pass in such a blur. And then all you're left with are some fuzzy memories of trying to figure out what exactly her cries meant, when exactly did she move from one baby stage to another, milk and baby food stained burp cloths and a phone/camera full of pictures of the rapidly changing baby face that you would intently try to study and memorize as a brand new mother.
That is, only really being able to record these things during nap time. And when you have a baby that didn't believe in naps (like Hailee) you get the picture...

THEN, there was my transition into full time student in a very hard nursing program.
And 2 years later, the completion of that program and the jump to a baby RN.
And can you believe I've been a nurse for over a year now?? I CAN'T!!
I've also been a nurse preceptor to some of the newer nurses to our unit and now I'm being eased into the position of charge nurse (of course not without a lot of kicking and screaming on my part).
So, there's that.

Social media is still relatively new.
I've been out of high school for 15 years now.
When I was in high school, cell phones were few and far between.
And they were Gigantic!
And forget about all the websites like MySpace, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.... because there was nothing of the sort.
We had real friends.
Not just people to add to a list of friends.
And we wrote our friends letters.
Passed notes in class.
We talked and called each other on the phone. We didn't have text messaging.
But hey, that's just me.
AND, I'm sure there are A LOT of people who can relate to my own teenage years.

Then, social media popped onto the scene.
You can be "friends" with anyone that accepts your friend requests.
You can peek into someone else's life - yet not quite know them... Only the parts they pick and choose to put out there on the internet.
You can argue and debate with people from behind the safety of your computer/phone/tablet screen - sometimes even anonymously.

Has the 1st generation of social media babies grown up yet?
The ones who have had their birth pictures, first steps, first words, adventures in potty training, blah blah blah posted and uploaded to the internet for all to see and for anyone to be able to find?
How do THEY feel about that?
Not even given the choice of how much of their lives they've wanted exposed to the internet.

Not everyone wants or has social media accounts.
Not everyone cares about the every day comings and goings of their "friends" or even just random people they meet once then share their whole lives with through barrages of posts and pictures.
My husband is one of these people and social media has always been a sensitive subject in our household.
Yes - he has Facebook but only really uses it to keep up with his real friends and family (and to see what I put out there, of course). He puts more of his time into cultivating those real relationships. He puts less of our lives out there for all to witness. And he's less than impressed at some of the things I put out there. It has caused me to reevaluate social media and to think about the "Why's" of it all.

Why am I "friends" with people I've never even been real friends with??
Is it a curiosity thing?
Another blogger I love to keep up with is in the same situation with her husband, who equates social media with vanity. Amy puts it best HERE.
Look at Me and My life.
See all of these good things??
Because I'm not going to show you all of the bad that is most definitely there...

I'm staying away from putting so much on Facebook. I've even backed away from blogging a bit. But I love to write and I've developed some great friendships through the blogging community. They can be super encouraging, supportive and inspiring.
I've even perused through my cell phone pictures, noticing that I haven't been taking as many pictures lately. Maybe it's just the lazy days of summer - those sweltering temperatures and relentless gnats that keep us from crossing the threshold of our cool home into the back or front yards.
Nonetheless, fall is coming!
And I'm gonna be one of the first to welcome it with open arms, open windows and more outdoor pictures.
I'm gonna try to be less present on Facebook and more engaged in the life happening in real time all around me. What a concept, huh??
But I still love keeping up with everyone who shares their talents of writing and photography on here and through instagram!
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