Monday, August 14, 2017

My Cleaning Method

I would like to let you all in on a secret that you probably already know.

My current (and past 3 years') secret to keeping a clean house:

Invite people over.

I currently watch a little girl at my house 3-4 times a week between her parents' shifts at work, usually only an hour, right in the middle of the day.

Guess what.

Those days, my dishes are clean, my living room is picked up and vacuumed, and Claire's room is much more likely to have been picked up (that one is hit and miss).

I had a bad headache and didn't feel well yesterday, so no cleaning got done (well, I'm just not great at doing nighttime cleaning - I prefer to clean up in the mornings). Just got the word that I'm not needed to today to watch the friend. I also have plans to help someone out for a few hours this morning...., guess what - cleaning is not my top priority. But if she had not cancelled, I would have busted my bottom to get that kitchen sparkling.

I invited little friends over on the off days last week so that Claire would have someone to play with every day. And my dishes and kitchen were clean every day. It was awesome, and I felt awesome.

Except for all the headaches and not feeling well. But, you know what I mean.

In previous houses, if I made an effort to invite visiting teachers to come, they sometimes came (just kidding, they didn't), but while the appointment was there, I made an effort to clean. Those were harder, due to no storage space. There simply weren't places to put our things when there were no shelving or closets to be had.

So there you go.

I'm highly introverted and am mostly happy without people, but am even happier when the house is clean. I greatly admire people who are driven to keep their house clean when they have other things going on and no one to see their house.

Don't talk to me about my desk though. It's not happening.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Debt Payoff Blog

Hi there,

Caleb and I have done a lot of talking about debt (alotalot). We are pretty committed to paying off as much as humanly possible, and as quickly as humanly possible, realizing that life may happen and throw blocks at us anyway.

We're thinking of creating a site, or a new blog (separate entirely from this account), documenting the debt payoff, obstacles or cleared pathways that come up, etc. I don't plan on heavily advertising it, but rather having it just be there in internet-land for anyone who wishes to learn from what we do, or laugh at and criticize what we do (whatever floats your boat).

I don't really know why I'm telling you this. Kind of want to put some feelers out there about it, but even if everyone hates the idea, I think we want to do it anyway to document it.

Starting July/August 2018.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Holiday Birthdays, Anyone?

This baby is due right before Thanksgiving (11/20). Naturally, this means that if he's born relatively close to his due date, he'll have his birthday on the holiday at least a few times in his life.

So, my question is, if given the choice, would you rather have your birthday on the holiday (and on the off years surrounding the holiday, so still potential time off work/school), or before the holiday so you didn't have to share?

Now I know this sounds silly, and it really is, but because of Caleb's work schedule and inability to take time off work this year, there is a possibility I may be able to make attempts with the doctors/midwives to get this baby here on one of his weekends off (once September is here, he gets Friday, Saturday and Sunday off every other week. 11 days on + day 11 is a double, and 3 days off). They're willing to work with him a little bit once the baby is here, but I've taken that "luxury" to mean that he'll only get the time off while I'm actually in labor and delivery, and perhaps the next day. It would be ideal if that were to fall on a Thursday or Wednesday before a weekend off.

Also, he leaves for a mandatory conference in Florida 1-2 days before the 42 week mark. So it would be nice to have a 3-week-old rather than a 1-day-old when that happens. Just for my ability to stand up and walk around.


Which scenario would you want to grow up with?

This is something I anticipate bringing up at an appointment once I know which weekends Caleb will have off in November, probably at the 30- or 32-week appointment.

Monday, July 17, 2017


So guess what.

I'm 22 weeks into this pregnancy. I don't feel nauseated anymore, which is GREAT.

But I'm freaking exhausted.

And it's even more exhausting thinking about how I won't be not-exhausted for at least 12 more months.

I'm exhausted thinking about it.

How does anyone ever do this with 10 kids?

I don't even hardly work. Anyone that says my work is still hard as a stay-at-home mom, let me assure you, I'm not working that hard. The other ones probably are. Not me. I'm exhausted.

Yes, I'm taking my vitamins and making attempts at eating a nutritious diet, trying to shove iron in there too. I've had enough blood work done the last 2 months that if something was wrong it should have come up anyway. (Normal pregnancy blood work + thyroid test for heart palpitations - also normal, nothing wrong)

I walked into sacrament yesterday and the sister handing out programs told me it looked like I was still sleeping.

I thanked her.

I have maybe 3 hours each day where I don't feel like I could fall asleep at any second.


In other news, I had an epiphany the other day.

We only have 4 months until this baby gets here, and about 12 months until an anticipated cross-country move (though we really have no idea where we'll be in a year), so we've (mostly I've) been putting up a Washington D.C. bucket list.

A week or so ago I realized that I want to go see a performance at the Kennedy Center. Even though that was never remotely on my list.

So I checked out the website, and (to me) the only upcoming performance of any worth starts this weekend! The King and I runs this month and next, so I just got tickets for Caleb and myself to go to a matinee performance next weekend! Woot! Super excited over here.

Now my excitement has run its course and I must go rest. ;)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ramen Tip

Wanna know a not-so-secret secret?

If you want really tasty Ramen and want to eliminate that "seasoning packet", try this:

Make the Ramen noodles in however much water you wish (saves time and a measuring cup for measuring); then, after boiling is finished, drain off until you have your desired amount of slurpage.

Add however much of the seasoning packet you want (sometimes none, sometimes I sprinkle a little on).

Then take your spoon and scoop out 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter and stir into your soup.


It's delicious.

I'm sure this is not a new phenomenon, but I got the idea when I was thinking of a friend in college who is from China and made us all hot pot. She started it with boiling peanut butter and water with the noodles. I'm sure peanut oil, actual peanuts, or something more sophisticated is more usual, but hey - this works too.

You're welcome.

Friday, June 16, 2017

In Case You Want Nightmares Tonight

I generally sleep without pajamas in the summer and while pregnant, because it's way too dang hot otherwise.

So this morning, after using the bathroom and getting Claire set up with her morning dose of Curious George and Daniel Tiger, I went back to my room and slipped on my robe hanging in my closet. Laid back down on my bed on my side/stomach to say something to the husband who was attempting to keep the day from starting.

Then I felt something move on my back.

Ever the paranoid person, I first tried to discount it as the fabric moving on my skin.

So I stayed very still, and felt the movement travel across my back, slowly, between my shoulder blades.

I calmly told Caleb it felt like there was a bug on my back.

He, not understanding I meant underneath the robe, placed his hand directly on my back where the bug was, and said, "Nope, there's nothing."

Feeling more movement, I (still calmly) said, "Nope, definitely something."

I attempted to move closer so he could get the bug more easily, but when I went to move, one of the muscles surrounding the baby seized up (as has happens very frequently this pregnancy, ugh) and I yelled out in pain and fell back down on the bed.

Caleb then was frantic, I heard some yelling, then saw what looked like a house centipede jumping on my bed and crawling around.

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The thing of my nightmares.

It jumped off the bed and was in my book basket.

I asked Caleb what it was, and much to my relief was told it was a gigantic wolf spider (or something that resembled it in stature and quickness).

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5 minutes of stalking later, Caleb was the house hero and had killed the spider.

The robe is in the laundry, and I may never wear anything again without checking the whole item of clothing up and down, inside and out.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Theft Poll

In inner city Baltimore, we always kept all the doors locked, for obvious reasons.

Our car was broken into twice - once I think a homeless person just spent the night inside and drained the battery, and the second time they just stole our GPS unit.

Since moving here, I haven't been as strict about locking my car. I always do at the store, in places where there are lots of people, etc. Not always at home. I know, that sounds really dumb.

I just heard there has been an increase in car break-ins in the area; specifically, windows being smashed in.

In Baltimore, I rarely, if ever, saw a window broken in. I know it happened, I just didn't see it in the places I lived. Thieves were relying on unlocked cars and easy-to-unlock cars.

It sounds like here, if someone is going to break into my car, they are going to break into my car regardless of whether it is unlocked or not. So, my thinking is that I might as well leave the door unlocked to prevent further damage. My stereo is not worth stealing; the only thing worth stealing is the car seat, which costs less than the deductible I'd have to pay if someone caused any damage, theft or otherwise, to my car. Also, funny as it may sound, out of all my friends who had their car broken into in Baltimore (all of them), not ONE had a car seat stolen. One just had some charging cords stolen, with 2 brand new car seats sitting in the back seat. Makes me laugh. Kind of.