Week in Review 10

It’s time to get our list on! Intros aren’t my thing so I’m going to get right into the listing. Thanks as always to Meghan for hosting the one consistent post I put up each week 🙂

It was a wonderful short week at work, we were closed on Good Friday and my department got to spend Thursday hosting a school-wide easter egg hunt instead of direct therapy. That being said I still managed to squeeze in 2 IEP meetings, write 1 report, and start testing another student for his 3 year-eval.

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The rest of the week was filled with the usual work (I have 5 new home health referrals to schedule), housework (we finally caught up on laundry after the last two whirlwind weeks), and yard work.

I Friday and Saturday gathering sticks, raking leaves, laying mulch, and pulling weeds. We discovered we actually have some pretty nice bushes out front (when we moved in we thought they were piles of sticks/leaves left over from last fall).  We also discovered that fresh edges and new mulch make a world of difference.

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Since Zach was off from his part time job for Easter we spent the day playing pick-up-fence. I’d say we took it down but 2/3 of it was already laying in various neighbors yards all we really had to do was gather up the pieces.

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Resulting in a rather large pile behind our house that will, unfortunately, be hanging out for the next two weeks until we get our dumpster delivered for replacing the deck.

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Not going to lie by the time all that clean up was done I was happy to spend the rest of the day taking it easy with the Sunday paper. I ended up with aches in muscles I didn’t even know I had, but it’s the good kind of ache that left me feeling accomplished.

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Annnd that’s a wrap! What was the best part of your week? Do you like the Sunday paper?

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Week in Review 9

Sometimes life gets crazy. I’m a firm believer that when that happens it’s important to focus your energy to keep from getting overwhelmed. Who am I kidding I still get easily overwhelmed… but I’m working on it. Either way, I love Meghan’s weekly list party because it serves as a reminder of all that I actually have accomplished.

This week was back to work and back into a pile of meetings. I work in special education and spring is always our ‘busy season’ where new students are referred to specialized programs like ours and many Individualized Education Plans for our existing students expire. Basically, it means my desk becomes a never ending pile of paperwork from mid-March to May which is my least favorite part of my job. On a positive note though I did write 3 of said IEP’s  bringing my to-do list before schools out into the single digits.

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I continued to battle the plague. This allergy/cold/cough combination has been going on 2 weeks now and while it’s not getting any worse it’s also not getting a whole lot better. Actually, if I’m being honest it’s just getting annoying.

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I stopped by the County Clerk to pick up copies of our marriage license. I’m planning to hit up the social security office for my new card next week.

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I wrote a grand total of 1 blog post. I took a bunch of pictures (that came out all grey because we haven’t seen the sun in what feels like forever) so hopefully, I’ll actually move something off of my draft list soon.

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Z and I took a whirlwind weekend trip down to Louisville for his cousin’s wedding. The road trip included a stop at an amazing gluten-free cafe that was almost good enough to be the highlight of the trip, they even had angle food cake! Okay, the real highlight was spending the night dancing with my husband 🙂

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Speaking of husbands we celebrated our first week of marriage. Not that we actually did anything to mark the occasion but it feels like an accomplishment nonetheless.

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We also got our pictures back from our photographer and they are gorgeous!

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I started a massive to-do list because we’re having a party for our combined families in June. Which sounds far off until you realize there are only 8 weekends between now and then. Hence the minor freak out leading to the massive to-do list 😮

What’s on your to-do list this week? Do you get overly excited about baked goods? This week you should because Meghan’s mini-me is celebrating her first birthday!

 

 

Week in Review 8

March was an exciting month here in the middle and the final week was no different. Without further ado, let’s get listing!

I was on spring break from work which meant I had a full week to do some of the fun work around the house. I gave the carpets a second round of steam cleaning, hung pictures, and planted some plants.

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I explored our neighborhood and enjoyed the one sunny day I had by taking a walk to our downtown to get myself a shiny new library card.

Z and I joined up at the local Costco where we immediately stocked up on the essentials…

 
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All those little, domestic, activities were fun, but they paled in comparison to the highlight of the week. On March 31st we got married!

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We had a private ceremony (plus my BFF who drove all the way in from Buffalo to surprise me), took some beautiful photos, and celebrated with a few of our favorite things.

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We spent the next day celebrating with our immediate family (my parents got us the cutest little cake) and we have an open house planned to celebrate with our extended families in the summer (once we’ve had a chance to work on our yard).

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And because there is obviously no better way to celebrate, we wrapped up the weekend by starting on some much-needed yard work. Z dug out the gutters while I started on raking all the leaves that the previous owners had left from last fall #domestic.

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Week in Review 7

So it’s been 2 weeks since I checked into Meghan’s weekly list love party… I’d say sorry but I’m not :0 We’ve spent the past two weeks in total re-do mode painting and deep cleaning majority of our house and it’s starting to feel like home.  Here’s the rundown.

So. Much. Paint. We spent one weekend doing the first floor with a little help from my dad to reach the tallest point of our ceilings.

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We spent the next weekend painting our family room together and then I knocked out our bedroom by myself when Z went to work.

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I borrowed my aunt’s steam cleaner and deep cleaned all our carpets, especially former bird room turned office (yay no more bird poop carpet!).

Z went on a de-spidering spree, collecting and freeing almost a dozen of them to the backyard.

I ventured back into the world of crafting by giving our couch pillows fresh covers and painting the really cool (if I do say so myself) waveform piece that’s going to hang above our bed. IMG_7605

We successfully built an office desk (even if it took two days). We also built a bookshelf, a coffee table, and two nightstands. I’m calling it quits on the furniture assembly for a while.

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My dad came back over to help us remove the (awkwardly placed) ceiling fan that was in our hallway. While he was here he helped me install the wall grates that I’d unsuccessfully tried to hang on 3 previous occasions.

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Our furniture was delivered (no assembly required!) except they forgot our couch feet… so some assembly required after I pick those up later this week.

After a whirlwind couple of weeks I’m looking forward to using my spring break from work to settle. I’m hoping to hang some pictures, maybe touch up some of the trim painting, and continue our ongoing war with the spiders. I’ll probably watch a decent amount of food network too because #balance.

 

Week in Review 6

This week has been a big one, so big in fact that I don’t have anything particularly witty or creative in terms of an introduction to give you, so let’s get right into the list love.

This week was moving week! We spent Monday and Tuesday packing the last of our boxes (and barely sleeping) in preparation for our close on Wednesday.

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After an (almost painless) close Wednesday morning we were proud owners of a house! Of course, we happened to have like 30mph winds that day which added an extra layer of fun to the whole moving in process. We spent Wednesday moving boxes with our cars and Thursday moving furniture with a Uhaul. We spent both days doing a very thorough cleaning of every single surface.

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Friday morning was back to work, but that night we broke in the place by having my cousin and her husband over for pizza and games. I’m pleased to say the island I assembled (and the chairs Z assembled) both survived their first use.

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I’ve also decided the house must be lucky because I won my first ever game of Catan! 

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The rest of the weekend was spent welcoming more family (my mom, my aunts, and a few of my cousins all came by on Saturday), settling in, and starting work. After a big trip to Home Depot we started in on our first projects.

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I put up a ton of test patches for the paint we’re going to use on the main floor and in the family room. I’m happy to report that the top color (which was my favourite) looked great in all the different lighting possibilities I put it against.

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I also dusted our realllly tall ceilings, and gave the walls their first washing followed by patching all the cracks and nail holes. By the end of this project I’m hoping to feel more comfortable up on a ladder. IMG_7425

Z worked a good portion of the weekend but he still found time to put a (much needed) fresh coat of caulk around our bathtub. Our first week into home ownership has been a whirlwind to say the least (not at all helped by the fact that I have a ‘want-to-do list’ that’s a mile long) but it feels really good to have finally achieved the goal that has been a year and a half in the making.

 

Monthly Challenges March 2017

Spring is just around the corner and so is the purchase of our house! for my March monthly challenges, I’m embracing the new beginning to try a little self-improvement that (in my mind) is long overdue.

30 days of Hairstyles

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I have always been jealous of the girls who know how to do things with their hair. 99.9% of the time mine ends up in a messy ponytail to keep it out of reach of grabby hands when I’m on behavior calls with my students. That being said I know plenty of women who manage to maintain a balance of beauty and function when it comes to their hair… this month I’m hoping to become one of them.

Morning Routine

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I’m planning to use this month do develop a morning self-care routine. Right now I have a lot of things that I do inconsistently and a lot of things that I want to try. My plan is to use this month to try them out and develop a routine that is suited to me. I know that consistent routines are an important part of keeping me from feeling overwhelmed and I’m looking forward to using my space (in our place!) to find the balance I need.

Are you an expert at doing hair?  Do you have a morning routine you love? Shout out with any advice you have in the comments.

 

List Love: February 2017

February has me feeling weird. From finding our future house to managing a downswing in my mood I’ve hit the highs and lows in seemingly equal measure. Lucky for me there’s no craziness that can’t be combated with a list. Here’s all the February had to offer:

Currently Watching

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Z and I are still keeping up with The Walking Dead and Supernatural. We also started Westworld this weekend, time will tell if we keep up with it or not.

Currently Reading

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I worked my way through a couple of books including The Autistic Brain, Why Not Me, and The Queen of the Night. I just picked up a new stack at the library this weekend, I’ll probably start with The Miniaturist.

Currently Listening

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I’ve been digging into my Podcast feed as I’ve been trying to get in a few more run/walks as of late.  My favorite episodes of the month were That’s So Maven episode 6, The Minimalists episode 60, and every episode of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (because I always need a laugh on my Monday commute).

Currently Making

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A huge stack of materials that I’ve been procrastination for work. I’ve been slowly developing a library of functional life scripts for my life skills students and my dementia patients. If you need to teach anyone to send a text or use a Keurig I’ve got the visuals for you!

Currently Feeling

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Pretty good. I’m not going to lie my anxiety flared up in a major way this month, understandable considering the huge life things that were happening, but always frustrating when I’ve managed to keep myself stable for so long. I’m making a conscious effort to keep tracking my moods and my triggers to help keep these flare-ups to a minimum.

Currently Planning

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All. The. Things. We move in 8 days and while we have a lot done there are all these last minute things still to do. Lucky for me Z is happy to let me make the list and just tell him what needs to be done.

Currently Loving

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Life. It’s hard not to feel good when everything we’ve been working towards the last 15 months is finally coming together. Whatever the future may hold Z and I are ready to face it our way.