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Big Changes Part I: Making Decisions

Saturday, September 20, 2014
If you know me and Doad in person, then it's no secret to you that we were not super fans of his job.  If you didn't know us in person well,

... we were not super fans of Doad's job.  

I've basically been praying for him to find a new job since he was hired five years ago.  That's not to say that he didn't have ANY good experiences there.  He did.  He learned so much.  He gained loads of experience.  And he  bulked up his resume a ton.  But I hoped and hoped that this would not be his job for years and years.  

So when an opportunity to interview for a new company plopped itself in his lap we were very excited.   Well, and nervous, and cautious, and slightly concerned because who plops job opportunities down like this?

So he interviewed, and we prayed, and we waited.  And prayed some more.

Meanwhile... although I wasn't necessarily unhappy with my job, I was very unhappy with the commute.  I have a special "gift" for attracting all the crazy drivers and when combined with my slight "road rage-y" tendencies... well, I'm just a treat to come home to at the end of the day.  

One day, after an especially rough commute, the kind where you throw the meal plan out the window and just go out for dinner because oh my gosh, please get this girl in public so she stops with the tantrums! Doad sweetly suggested that maybe I should look for a job in town (town is walking distance, literally 60 seconds away from our house, NO COMMUTE!)  ;)  

I entertained the idea half-heartedly, because we all like to fantasize about our dream jobs, but I didn't really think much would come of it.  But then I couldn't get the idea out of my head.  And then Back-to-School happened and traffic got even worse and I was done.  I downloaded the Indeed app to my phone, I googled for any job openings in the area, I even looked on Craigslist for 2 seconds before realizing that no job offer from there actually results in respectable work.  Oops!  

Sadly, there wasn't much to work with, but I did notice a lot of ads for nannies.  Hmmm... babies?!!  I like babies!  Then I stumbled across care.com and hello!  Lots of job openings!  I created a profile and had several messages from families within a few days.  Within a week I had found a great sounding job with a super sweet family.  

So I interviewed, and we prayed, and we waited.

Doad's job offer came on a Thursday.  He felt a little hesitant at first.  It's a scary thing to take a leap like that.  Even though his current job was not a good fit, it was familiar and "comfortable".  We talked about the pros and cons and couldn't come up with very many reasons not to take the job.  We decided to pray about it over the weekend and make a decision on Monday.

My job offer came that Friday.  I also felt hesitant at first.  It's a scary thing to take a leap like that.  Even though I hated my commute, my job was familiar and comfortable.  We talked aout the pros and cons and couldn't come up with very many reasons not to take the job.  We decided to pray about it over the weekend and make a decision on Monday.

...to be continued.

2014 Resolutions: August Recap

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ah, August.  My birthday month.  The end of summer.  The beginning of a new school year.  How was my August, you ask?  Delightful, thank you very much.

We started of the month with some fun birthday celebrations for my sister.  We went to a baseball game with some friends on my birthday and ended the night with fireworks - one of my favorites!  We also took time to go to the demolition derby at the county fair - a highlight for sure!  My brother-in-law and his family moved and we got to help them and see their beautiful new house. Went to "happy hour" at my sister-in-laws house and stayed up late catching up with them and drinking hard cider and pumpkin ale. Mmmm, Fall, I can feel you right around the corner!  And we hosted a game night for some couples at our church.  So fun!

It was a good month of quality time with lots of the people we love.  That really fills me up and I'm happy with the way our summer turned out this year.  :)  I'm excited for fall and hope that I soak it up just as much as I did with this season.

Now lets see about these goals:

1. Run 100 miles this year. 
Whoops!  August just kind of came and went and somehow no running happened.   We ran .71 miles.  Our total to-date is now 22.65 miles leaving 77.35 miles to go.  I'm thinking this goal might need to be changed to 50 miles instead of 100.  

2. Get back to my wedding weight. 
Check!  So far I have been able to maintain!  I fluctuate about two pounds here and there but my "high weight" days are actually what my wedding weight was and my "low weight" days are two pounds under! Wahoo!

3. Read 12 books. 
Check! This month I read a book my friend loaned me called Created to Be His Help Meet.  It's about how you can strengthen your marriage through your role as a wife and help meet.  This lady is very blunt and what some might call "old fashioned" but I read with an open heart and took her words with a grain of salt and ended up really loving it.  This book is pretty controversial because it's easy to take out of context, but I found a lot of helpful advice.  I also have an awesome husband so that makes it pretty easy to want to love him better. ;)

4. Read through one book together with Doad.
Check!  You guys!  We finished our first book together!!! :)

5. Find a cleaning routine that works. 
Still working on this, but my work schedule is about to change so that it will be way more consistent and I'm very hopeful that it will allow me to get into more of a routine when it comes to housework. (More on this to come!)

6. Get new items listed on my online shop.
Spent too much time outside enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  Maybe soon?

7. Go to a marriage conference.
Still looking :/

8. Go on a date with one of my sisters each month.
Check!  I took my littlest sister, Jade, out this month for her birthday.  We actually just went to the grocery store lol.  But we also went thrifting together, found some super cute clothes (adorable purple skinnies, eeeeee!), and then came home and made delicious mocha fudge brownies with the stuff we bought at the grocery.  A successful sister date in my book! :)

9. Learn Spanish
I'm up to lesson 2.6 lol.  My goal for September?  2.8  These lessons are getting harder!

Yay August!   I'm choosing to focus on the positives this month and hope that momentum propels me to run and clean a lot this month.  ;)

Tell me about your August!  How are youuuu?

A Pep Talk for Teachers and Students

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I know this is a day late for most of you, but here's an awesome pep talk for your first week of school.  Trust me, you need this.  I did and I'm not even in school.  You're welcome  ;)

"No matter who you are, somebody's learning from you.  Everybody's a teacher and everybody's a student."

Resolutions: June and July recap

Monday, August 18, 2014

I feel like every post I write here lately starts with an excuse as to why I haven't written in so long. It's getting old even for me so I'm just gonna ignore the fact that it's been two months and jump right in. Besides, those of you that read this blog "regularly" aren't even surprised by these absences, I know. ;)

June was the first month this year that I failed to meet one of my goals :/ I guess that disappointed me more than I realized seeing as how I completely skipped my monthly update (and am posting this one like two three weeks later than usual also...)  This is a combo post, I'll write down my stats for both June and July for you to laugh at and me to cry at. :p

Here we go...

1. Run 100 miles this year. 
June running was non-existant.  I'm pretty sure if you could run negative miles that's what we would have done in June.  We planned on running on our vacation to Canada - instead we lounged around and ate cookies.  We planned on running when Doad got better - instead I got sick and spent a whole week in bed.  And honestly, July wasn't much better.  We ran 2.86 miles.  Boo.  :(  Our total to-date is now 21.94 miles leaving 78.06 miles to go.  That means in order to meet this goal by the end of the year we need to run 4.34 miles each week.  Haha, better get going!!

2. Get back to my wedding weight. 
June = nope!  We ate tons of junk food on vacation but that's kinda part of vacation, right?  July, however, was a different story.  We decided to do a Whole 30 diet/reset and it went really well.  We stuck to clean eating and it was delicious!  I started it for other reasons, not really thinking about weight loss, but it happened anyway! :)  The day the diet ended I weighed exactly what I weighed on my wedding day.  A couple days later, I lost another 1.5 pounds!  Yay! This goal is accomplished.  :) New goal = maintain! ;)

3. Read 12 books. 
June (book #6) = check!  I decided to read The Shack by William P. Young.  I read it in a couple of days on vacation and LOVED IT.  If you haven't read it yet, I'd recommend it.  Very interesting.  :)
July (book #7) = check!  This month I read It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.  This book kind of went along with the diet we did and it really helped to open my eyes to the "Why" behind all the stuff we were doing.  

4. Read through one book together with Doad.
We made headway in our Community book.  We read some on our drive to Canada and are very close to finishing.  Yay! :)

5. Find a cleaning routine that works. 
So this isn't really cleaning, but I've been doing a lot better in the meal planning area of my life.  Consequently, I think it has helped me stay on top of dishes a *little* bit better, although I'd still be a hopeless mess without Doad.  He's just amazing and so wonderful about helping me keep the house clean.  Don't know what I did to deserve him.  <3

6. Get new items listed on my online shop.
Oops!  Still haven't done this... 

7. Go to a marriage conference.
Still looking :/

8. Go on a date with one of my sisters each month.
So here's the goal I missed for June.  I just ran out of time to go out with my sister J.  We were gone on vacation, and then I was sick, and then J was in training for the volunteer fire department.  *Side note: how awesome is my firefighter sister?!?*  
July's date was quite an adventure.  I was on my way to meet up with Jill when I got a flat tire.  Thankfully, she was nearby and came to rescue me.  Haha, never a dull moment!

9. Learn Spanish
Ugh, so for all of June I kept forgetting to grab the second set of discs to put in my car.   I did no Spanish in June.  :(  July was a little better, but then my car got rearranged for some things and the discs got put in the trunk.  So it was only a little better haha.  But we are still making slow progress.  

Ok, so there's June and July.  Pretty weak.  :(  But I'm still taking baby steps and that's what counts.  I'm still moving forward and that's what I'm trying to focus on.  Even if I don't complete my goals, I've accomplished a lot more in these areas than I would have without setting those goals.  Right?  ;)

How are you guys doing?  What are your goals for August?

Star Crossed: Episode 12 Recap

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Stupid.  That's basically how I felt about this whole episode.  I'm mad that everyone's stabbing everyone and I'm mad that Zoe's back.  Whattttt?!!!!  LOL... so this recap was a little bit of a venting sesh.  What did you guys think?

PS.  Sorry for the weirdness at the beginning.  I guess I started talking to early.  Womp womp!

2014 Resolutions: May Recap

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

So I've finally come to accept that no month really goes how I hope for it to go.  I thought we'd sort of picked up momentum and would have great stats for the month, but between Doad's surgery and one heck of a kidney infection (thank you, kidneys) our momentum has pretty much stopped.  :/  

It hasn't dampened my spirits though, so I am ever hopeful that June will be a better month.  

Baby steps, people.  One foot in front of the other.  That's my motto for the year. 

1. Run 100 miles this year. 
We only ran the first week in May.  But I'm not too mad cuz 3.49 miles in one week is still pretty awesome for us.  We are going on vacation to Canada soon and both of us are excited about taking some morning runs around the lake.  Hopefully I can figure out how to track the milage on my phone without roaming???  So our total to-date is 19.08 miles and we have 80.92 miles left.  Yikes!  We now need to run about 3 miles a week in order to meet our goal.  Possible, yes.  But we definitely need to buckle down!

2. Get back to my wedding weight. 
Ehhhh.... same as always. 

3. Read 12 books. 
Book #5 = Check!  I got thru a good chunk of this book while chilling with Doad at the hospital, but then it got lost in my purse and I didn't pick it up again til last week.  I'm officially done with the Narnia series.  Can't decide what book to bring on vaca.  :/  

4. Read through one book together with Doad.
We didn't touch our Community book all month long.  I'm bringing it on our road trip to Canada tho.  It's about a 9 hour drive so we should be able to squeeze in at least one chapter, right? :p  (I'll let you know...)

5. Find a cleaning routine that works. 
I'm thinking I need to change this goal to something a little more defined.  Like, "Do at least one load of laundry every week" or "run the dishwasher every other night"... I'm just not able to find a full routine that seems to stick, however, I do feel like we've made progress with our ability to keep the house cleaner.  I think I'm trying to change too much in this area and if I can just add one chore each month that I'm doing consistently maybe that will work better? 

6. Get new items listed on my online shop.
Ok, so I had every intention of listing these new items... and then I gave them away for Mother's Day instead.  Haha.  I do have more on my sewing table just waiting to be finished.  Hopefully THIS month I will get them lissted.

7. Go to a marriage conference.
These things are really expensive!  Still looking for one we can afford.  :/

8. Go on a date with one of my sisters each month.
Jadie and I did an ice cream date in early May.  So fun!  She is growing up into such a sweet, insightful young lady.   

9. Learn Spanish
I finished with the first set of cd's this month!  When we bought the program, it came with four cases of about 16 cd's in each case.  I'm super proud to have finally gotten through a whole case.  My goal for the second case is to do about 6 lessons (or 3 cd's) each month.  Hopefully, I can keep up!

So there's my May recap.  Not a fantastic month, but not a horrible one either.
Again, it's about the baby steps. :)
What are your baby steps for this month?

Star Crossed: Episode 11 Recap

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Ooookay,  we are moving slowly with getting these recaps back on track after our little hiatus.  Hopefully our rhythm will pick up soon.  ;)

I actually really liked this episode.  I thought there were lots of great little plot twists to move the story along without the show having to get too violent or sexual to "keep it interesting".  I still think Emery's the dumbest for joining the "new" Red Hawks and don't get Julia and Eric's relationship at all.  But I'm very interested to see what happens in the next episode.  

What did you think of this episode? :)

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