Thursday, September 18, 2014

feathering the nest

Doug has started doing a few house projects to make me feel more 'at home' in his house for when it will be 'our' house. It makes me feel so loved when he calls it "our house". He has moved and cleared away some stuff, unpacked some boxes, and he told me he cleaned away a bunch of spider webs :)
Some projects have been frustrating since the house was flipped when he bought it, and upon closer inspection it appears several shortcuts were made. Doug bought a new light for outside the front door, complete with a motion detector (which is awesome because it's really dark on his street, and it's hard to see where to put the key!). But when he went to install it, I got a barrage of texts about how he found too short screws, and brackets and all other nonsense behind the scenes. And I don't think he could install it. Frustrating.
Other projects have gone well. Doug repainted the living room ceiling and installed a star kit. I wish I could show a picture, it looks great. It's not those cheesy kids room star ceilings. It's various sized small dot stickers that each absorb a different amount of light, and so at night they reflect different amounts back like a real night sky. It looks really good. And it's so relaxing to lay on the couch together and 'look at the stars'.
Another project that went well was installing a laundry room dryer rack. I wish it was a stainless steel, it's plastic, but I think it will work!
yay! good job Doug!

Monday, September 15, 2014

family of 3

Well Doug's roommate didn't want to keep her, so we are going to.
Please welcome to our family Miss September Bigglesworth
(you can just call her September)
She's already worked her way into Doug's heart, and worked her fur into every corner of the rooms already. She isn't the sweet little shy creature that we found outside anymore, she seems to have grown in confidence and is already running all over the house and jumping up on everything. Doug sent me this picture
(sorry about the turds)
And told me he's sprayed her a lot already. She was climbing up the window screen to get a moth that was outside. haha, but does she kill the mouse in the house? No, she just played with him and let him go. Although, as a person who preferred a pet mouse to a pet cat, I was glad he escaped. Anyway...
(yes Doug sleeps on a stack of cinder blocks)
It will mean a little more adjustments, but I like our little family.

Friday, September 12, 2014

hot stuff

I think the saying goes... when your roommate gives you jalapenos, make a grilled jalapeno and cheese sandwich
and when your fiance and friend both buy you spicy chocolate for your birthday, make already delicious mexican snickerdoodles and add chocolate chunks
my dad always used to say I didn't need to 'gild the lily' (as in the cookie by itself was good enough) but I don't care, the gilding is delicious!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

sorting boxes and feelings

Doug and I picked up a couple boxes of stuff from my "storage facility" aka Liz's big guest room closet she let me store stuff in the last 2 years (thank you!!) and also got a trailer of furniture from my second storage unit, aka Dad's barn (thank you too!) Somehow with all the wedding planning, and school finishing, I forgot about the joy that is packing/moving/unpacking. I don't know why, I'm not the neatest/cleanest person, but it really bugs me to live in a state of unpacked boxes. But I'm trying to be more flexible and just wrap my head around the fact that I will likely have stacks of unpacked boxes, and things not 'the way I like it', and having a home with 2 rooms consumed by an air hockey table and a foosball table for several months, and IT WILL BE OKAY.
A box at a time, Doug and I will unpack and set up our home together.
But a couple boxes did bring back some feelings. I found the box of wedding stuff. This morning I took pictures out of frames and albums, and found the recipe cards from my shower. I want to pass on the frames/albums, but I want to keep the cards. Mostly I sorted the albums with speedy efficiency and only a wistful thought of how I was a little lighter and a little less wrinkly 4 years ago! And I looked happy. I threw away our guestbook which was one of those snapfish photo albums of us, but that made me sad to see all the well wishes and kind words from our friends and family. I especially felt sad seeing what my parents wrote. And for a second I couldn't help feeling like I let people down. But almost just as quickly, I came across my journal and my Power of a Praying Wife study guide (which I recommend to any wife, struggling or not!!) and I tried again to give up what I could not control to God. I just hope God continues to use my past to teach me to constantly trust and follow Him, and to do what is in my control to be a good wife that loves and honors her husband. Being divorced might have stolen some of my naivete, but I'm standing on the verse that God will use it for my good, and for the good of Doug and I in the future. As painful as it was, I really did learn so much about love and marriage- through being divorced.
Wow this post got heavy! But I am thankful, and look forward to beginning a new life with Doug.
On a lighter note, we went to the movies last night. Doug had been wanting to see Guardians of the Galaxy for awhile, I had not, but we went, and I actually liked it. There were funny references and we both laughed out loud several times. It was fun.
Also last week I made my aunt's granola. It's a little sweeter than my mom's recipe I usually make, but very good
mine got a little too toasty, but still good
And finally, nothing says fall like the return of a pumpkin smoothie, mmmm

Friday, September 5, 2014

lost and found

look what we found last night!
(naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah sin ta yaaaaa!!!!)
Doug was walking me out last night and we heard meowing. He went and got a flashlight and we investigated. Across the street where the neighbors just moved there was a cat hiding at the bottom of a pine tree. (they better not have left her, nothing makes me madder than losers who abandon their poor pets to fend for themselves) Anyway. She came over to us for some petting. The next thing we knew Doug was taking her into the house to show his roommate and feeding her some lunchmeat.
Doug loves cats. It's kinda funny because we already had a 'fight' about it. I don't want any pets at all. I like not being tied down. I like not having to rush home to let something out. I like not having vet/pet food/etc bills. I like not picking up poop. I like having a home without fur flying around or pee/poop/puke on the carpet.
And I was thinking, maybe someday a dog. A nice little fluffy friend like Becks. But Doug wants a cat (or big dog). He just loves cats for some reason. I loved our family cat, but our couch was shredded on the side from her claws, and you just never know the personality of the cat you'll end up with. My bro's cat is a complete B who swats you in the back of the head on the couch when you're minding your own business. And I don't want to end up with a cat like that.
But on and on Doug went with his cat "pros" and he really wants one so our kids can have a "cat filled childhood" or something like that he said.
Anyway, I had told myself I would never purchase a cat, but if one found me, then I might keep it.
So. Here we are.
I can't imagine a worse time to get a pet. Wrapping up nursing school, planning and paying for a wedding, getting ready to move, and honeymoon, and take a national exam... but if little Ms. Bigglesworth (that's Doug's name vote) sticks around she just might make herself a part of our new little family.
To be continued....

Friday, August 29, 2014

4th time the charm?

Another attempt was made to start an IV line
my lovely assistant
So, I got a blood return!
aaaah! too much blood, too much blood!
alas, I could not thread the catheter. That combined with forgetting to take off the tourniquet and I had a bloody mess.
Maybe the 5th time??
Other events of this week were making these cookies that seemed to disappear
Becks and I went on a nice walk and saw this funny door warning
and other than that, feeling very busy. I'm back to work part-time and back to school which will be VERY busy last 8 weeks. Tons of homework, reading, group projects, computer tests, papers...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#icebucket challenge

So a week ago I kept seeing the ice bucket challenge things popping up on facebook and thinking, gee I hope no one nominates me. Liz and I even texted back and forth about how it was kinda like those chain emails that you had to forward to 5 people or you'd be forever cursed, and the social pressure to do it, etc. That same day my brother nominated me. (thanks Joel! she said sarcastically)
And I wasn't going to do it in 24 hours because (ain't nobody got time for that) I was working and going to a wedding in the evening, so yeah. But I'm glad I took some time to think about it.
The challenge has been amazing to bring awareness to a terrible disease ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) a progressive deterioration of the motor neurons that eventually leads to death. And, incredibly, $94.3 million dollars has been raised to date since end of July mainly because of the challenge. Not so amazing was learning that some of the research is done using embryonic stem cells (although you CAN specify your donation not to go towards that). And then of course, research/testing being done on animals. However, if in the long run it helps humans..... hard to argue with that.
And while I was thinking about all this stuff, I saw this meme
and this picture
This post is not meant to shame anyone, raising awareness and giving financially helps towards finding a cure (or prevention) for ALS. But it got me thinking, and that last picture really struck me.
So I decided this time around I'm going to put some money towards helping a child in another country be able to have some water to drink. Something that we take for granted every single day.
This time around I'm going with an organization where 82% of donations go towards projects and programs, I think that's pretty good. I read this about the company: "The 410 Bridge’s mission is to enable the self-developing capabilities of a few of the world’s poorest communities by uniting and effectively mobilizing the body of Christ. Through holistic, redemptive, community-centered partnerships, the 410 Bridge seeks to bring about radical improvement in the health and spiritual growth of communities in the developing world. 410 has helped over a hundred communities become sustainable and serves nearly a million community residents." And I learned that $0.60 provides a person with clean water for a year. Incredible. I can't even fathom life like that.
So yeah, an opportunity to be able to impact another person's life, be it through funding science and researchers, or building wells in other countries, it's great to be able to get behind and support that. So thanks again Joel! (sincerely this time :))