The Crud, iPods and Reflections

Ever since the first day of winter break my home has not been able to catch a break. Sophia started off on December 20th with a fever of 103. By the time she felt better Nola was down for the count. They were both doing better just in time for school to start on January 6th, but then shortly after that David got sick and even came home from work early. He spent 2 more days home from work before going back. Shortly after he started feeling better I was knocked down with some level of whatever had been floating around, though I managed to avoid the fever that everyone else had. I just have a bit of a cough and now a possible mild sinus infection.

Because all 4 of us getting taken down in the span of a month isn’t enough Sophia woke up yesterday morning with a croup like cough. *sigh*

If she gets bronchitis again like she did this time last year I’m going to lose my mind.

In other news, the gift of an iPod for both girls has been very well received…

Nola iPod

Nola was getting into singing Gift of a Friend yesterday. ❀

My own new favorite song of the moment is actually one I picked up for free on iTunes the other day… MisterWives – Refelections

I’m tempted to spend the $3.99 to get the EP, because I actually really like their sound. — Scratch that, I bought it before I could even hit the publish button. πŸ˜‰

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Sparks Fire Department

The Sparks Fire Department was out today testing out a truck that just came back from being serviced (for a year and a half!), and I just happened to drive by after dropping the girls off at school.

I had to make a quick call on pulling into the parking lot they were in or not because I was in sweat pants and a fleece jacket with my hair pulled back in a very sloppy bun. Of course since I have no shame when it comes to getting awesome pictures I pulled into the parking lot and hopped out of my car with my phone in hand (I left my real clothes and real camera at home, because I fail at being a photographer in that respect). They totally humored me and I thank them!

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Oh yeah, it was a ladder truck, and the ladder was fully extended with the hose going. It was awesome, and it tied in perfectly with week 2’s theme for a local 52 week photography challenge – “Look Up”.

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So hey, thanks Sparks Fire Department for not calling Sparks PD on the crazy lady in sweats with an iPhone claiming to be a photographer! πŸ˜‰

*** if the photo size is too large I will fix it tomorrow morning when the batteries for my keyboard and mouse finish charging.***

Pardon me while I gloat…

Not unlike almost every single parent in the country keeping up on household tasks is an exercise in futility. I say almost because some people are either just too damn organized or they have paid help. I’m neither organized nor rich enough to have someone do my dishes, so that task is largely left to me. I am the stay at home parent, so unless I want to figure out how to cover rent with my good looks (lol) then dishes are mine.

I have never made it a secret that I generally loathe cleaning (see the “About” link). So when I really bust my ass cleaning I think I totally deserve a pat on the back. Four people make quite the mess. There’s 3 longer haired girls, 2 Rainbow Looms, 2 children who are bottomless pits and need a drop cloth to eat plus we live in a dusty desert… My floors are disgusting, dishes are always dirty, and my vacuum is sure to get clogged by rubber bands soon.

In an exceedingly rare moment around here I am totally caught up on dishes. I even “Fly Lady’d” my sink last night! I cleaned it out, and then dried it. The faucet leaks so one side is not so dry… But it’s empty!!!!!

And since I am more than willing to abide by the internet rule of “pictures or it didn’t happen”…..

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Peanut Butter

It’s not really a thrilling topic, but since I need to keep in the habit of posting here it is…

Sophia hates it.

Nola loves it.

David likes crunchy, hates creamy.

I like creamy, and dislike crunchy.

David also likes Skippy brand whereas I like natural kinds. You know, the ones that separate and you have to nearly lose an arm trying to stir the oil back in… David hates having to do that every time he wants peanut butter. I also don’t enjoy having to do so for the girls all the time either.

Amazingly, when I put peanuts from Costco into my Vitamix I get this…

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This time it came out with some bits still in it, but not as big as chunky PB. There is no need for the fridge, and it won’t separate! The tin of peanuts is $6-$7 and I get about 2 jars worth (I don’t fill up my jar to the top). There’s nothing hydrogenated in it either, which is why David was willing to do without his beloved Skippy. πŸ™‚

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some more 2014 in 2014 numbers to post. I keep losing track of the number of items when I go on purging binges. I’ve had to make some estimates, but I low-ball it just to be on the safe side. I can already tell a difference in the areas I’ve worked on and organize, and I’m really really liking it! πŸ˜€

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Doctors, Waterfalls, and Girl Scouts…

Hunter Creek Waterfall

This was the first week back to “normal” after winter break. We did almost nothing during the two weeks of vacation largely because both girls were taken down by the crud one after the other. This week though, has already had two weeks worth of stuff crammed into it and it’s not even Friday yet.

Monday I had a dental appointment.
Tuesday I went on a 6 mile to the Hunter Creek Waterfall with 3 other photographers.
Wednesday my parents needed to run some errands and my dad had a doctors appointment.
Today was Girl Scout cookie training as I am a troop leader. I wear a lot of hats if you hadn’t noticed.
Tomorrow I get to do actual grocery shopping for the menu plan I need to make tonight.
Saturday David is getting our Prius serviced, we have a meeting to view a rental house, and the girls have a birthday party to attend…

Which brings me to some sad panda news. The house I was hoping to get was rented from under us despite being in talks with the property management owner. We got an application turned in and paid the $50 fee for it, and then nothing. Not a single response from the property management owner. I had to call the office myself to find out someone had gone in and put a downpayment in. I’m actually a bit pissed off about it, and will likely a do a Yelp review about it.

BUT. I’m hoping that the place we’re going to look at Saturday doesn’t get snatched up before we can lay claim on it. I so want out of this drafty townhouse. I want my girls to have their own space… a kitchen with a window… no snotty office manager… a drive way… not hearing your neighbors TV or them walking up the stairs. All things I miss about a real house. This place is a newer duplex, but it’s 1,500 square feet which is plenty of room for us to stretch out (and accommodate all the bookshelves). I’m going to try and remain hopeful after the last burn we just took.

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2014 in 2014 – Update #2

I’m not even screwing around with this. Β I went through Nola’s side of the closet and her dresser drawers today. Β I also just finished going through my closet and most of my drawers.

The total for today’s purging…. Β 70.

Mostly clothes, shoes, and some random unfinished (and totally heinous) Pin-strosities.

1,869 items to go!

Maybe tomorrow I can get that down to an even 1,800 items, because I’ll be honest the whole uneven number at the end thing is *really* bugging me. Β Like, I’m tempted to go find 9 more things just to make it 1,860. Β πŸ˜›

And no picture today. Β I haven’t even gotten my 365 photo done yet because I’m a slacker. Β πŸ˜‰

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2014 in 2014 – Update #1

Sometimes getting side tracked is awesome. Like this afternoon… I was playing Diablo 2 (my Christmas present I got myself with my Amazon gift card one of the girls got me) and had to stop for a bathroom break. On my way back downstairs I for some unknown reason ended up in the girls bedroom. It’s a mess, well, it *was* a mess. It’s no longer a mess thanks to me getting sidetracked. Tomorrow I need to vacuum, but their bookcases and toy bins are organized as are the totes under their beds. I even put Sophia side of the closet in order!

Warning: The following pictures are taken with my iPad mini, while they will do in a pinch they are certainly NOT the quality I would typically post. It was 5 minutes until bed time and I was just grabbing quick snaps of it before the two little tornados wake up in the morning and undo all my work. πŸ˜‰

The closet and "toy bin"

The closet and “toy bin, excuse the closet shelf, I didn’t get all of that done today.

Reading Area - 2 bookcases, 2 learning towers, 2 pillow mats, and a menagerie of stuffed animals.

Reading Area – 2 bookcases, 2 learning towers, 2 pillow mats, and a menagerie of stuffed animals.

The totes under the bed actually have all their lids, the shoe rack is organized, and the dresser isn't covered in paper!!

The totes under the bed actually have all their lids, the shoe rack is organized, and the dresser isn’t covered in paper!!

I’m just going to count all the trash removed as 12 items, because honestly I lost count with all the wrecked art projects and random small/broken toys.

I have 50 items, mostly books and old mittens and hats, set aside to donate.

I also cleaned up a few things downstairs this morning and tossed 13 items.

Total for today… 75!

Only 1,939 items left to go!

Tomorrow is another day to get things accomplished, and I’m kind of liking the neat and order that comes along with this decluttering.

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2014 in 2014

Last year I attempted to do 2013 in 2013, and didn’t do all that bad considering I started really late in the game. I’m going to try again this year! Since we’re hoping to get the rental house I’ll want to pare down what we have *before* we move as not to cart a bunch of junk with us for no good reason. This means I have about a month to whittle down our personal items. I still have things sitting in totes from last year that I never did get out of the house, so I have a solid starting point.

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Little bits of trash do not count…

Nor does one rubber band or “c” hook from a Rainbow Loom..

If it did, I would have 2,014 items in like 10 minutes tops. Between my girls crafting with construction paper and two Rainbow Looms in the house I’m swimming in paper bits and rubber bands. Now if I got rid of a whole Rainbow Loom set, I’d say that’s one item. That won’t happen though or I’d have a full on riot on my hands. πŸ˜›

Here’s an idea of things I’ll be tossing or donating…

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Kids Clothes
  • Adult Clothes
  • Kitchen Accessories – mismatched dishes, silverware, and small appliances
  • Home Decor – lamps, candle holders and vases
  • Pantry items we won’t use that are not expired

It’s not going to be easy because 2,014 things is a LOT of stuff. I know that my girls have too many clothes. I know that I have things I either haven’t worn in a year or more, and don’t get me started on purses I don’t even use. While I love books, and David is usually against getting rid of books, we have quite a few that just collect dust. I have even more in a tote for “some day” for the girls. My attempt at getting the whole “Babysitters Little Sisters” collection for them has been really well received. That was dripping with sarcasm, they’ve read like maybe a handful of them and have little to no interest. Junie B. Jones and Diary of a Wimpy Kid trump Babysitters books. I’m still trying to get them to read Ramona Quimby. πŸ˜›

Tomorrow I’m going to get started, and hopefully keep better count than I did last year.

Join me in decluttering the home!

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Just visiting…

A friend of nearly 20 years has a young son who ended up in the ER the Sunday night. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and was just transferred out of PICU yesterday afternoon. I decided some handmade Minon cards from my girls would cheer him up, and a cup of coffee and a friend to chat with would make mom smile too. After David got home and I ensured that dinner was pretty much ready I headed to Renown to visit…

Tahoe Tower from Mill St. Parking Garage

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I took a few pictures as we took a stroll down to get some more coffee (somehow I ended up with the white mocha instead of my plain old latte), and then some more pictures as we strolled around the floor with their 3 month old daughter in her stroller…

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