Friday Free-For-All – 11/30/18

Friday Free-For-All

I’m trying to get back to blogging a bit more regularly. As you may have noticed from the whole two posts this week. Go me! I missed checking it with you all, but I’m still struggling with what I want to share these days. Life with a non-sleeping baby makes it really hard to accomplish much, especially working out. I’m so exhausted most days that the thought of running or trying to go back to CrossFit is laughable. But I’m still here, still living life, so I’m trying to keep blogging.

Fall didn’t last very long in northern Vermont. We’ve had heavy snow cover for several weeks already, and I don’t think it’s going away any time soon. While I’m sad about the shortness of my favorite season, I’m already excited for Christmas, so I can’t be too upset about it.

Our house hasn’t had power since early Tuesday morning. All of the heavy, wet snow led to some power outages in our area. Because our heat, water pump, and stove are all electric powered, it means no water, no heat, and no cooking. Thankfully, my in-laws only live 15 minutes away, so we’ve all been staying with Grammy and Pop. I am so blessed to have such a great relationship with my in-laws, and they are wonderful with Vera. My father in law brought his generator to the house to power the small propane heater on our porch and our freezer to keep the pipes from freezing and protect our food. Fingers crossed our power comes back soon!

Have you ever had to deal with an extended power outage?

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Friday Free-For-All – 04/06/18

Friday Free-For-All

TGIF. This has been a WEEK, my friends. First and foremost, it’s the first week of a new month and a new quarter, which is always my busy time at work. Secondly, my colleague was out, meaning that I had to do all of my work PLUS all of her work. And then to top it all off, I’m on the makeup crew for Lyric’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, meaning I was at the theatre for several hours each night this week other than Monday. I am POOPED! I’m also helping out for the Saturday and Sunday matinees this week, so I’ve got a long weekend ahead as well.

I completed my 3 hour glucose test this morning. It was, in a word, unpleasant. I had to fast from 10 pm until 11 am and have my blood drawn four separate times between 8 am and 11 am. Not to mention spending my morning in a hospital waiting room for the hematology/oncology ward, which was pretty freaking bleak. By the time I was released, I was starving and cranky, so I headed straight to Chipotle for a burrito bowl to soothe my frazzled soul. Now we await the results. Ugh.

Once again, we are behind the eight ball on filing our taxes.  I think last year we filed on the 14th? So at least we’re not quite that bad this time around, but still. I used to file by the end of February every single year. Obviously not so much anymore. I think Ben is planning to tackle them this weekend while I’m at the theatre. What a good husband!

We’re supposed to get snow tonight, and I am not here for it. I know I’ve said I don’t like to complain about the weather, but it’s been so lovely and warm lately I don’t want to go backwards. Of course, it snowed almost two inches on my birthday (May 9) last year, soooo, we’re probably not done with winter yet anyway.

How has your weather been lately?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 03/09/18

Friday Free-For-All

We finally had our oil tanks inspected this week. As we suspected, the current configuration is NOT up to code, and will cost about $800 to fix. Thankfully, we still have money set aside in escrow for this work, but we are also rapidly coming up against our deadline. We’re really going to have to push to get the work done in time to be reimbursed.

The huge snow storm that was supposed to happen this week was kind of a bust. I know that my friends in other areas (hey, Jersey!) got absolutely dumped on, but we got barely three inches at our house, and we basically live on the side of a mountain. It was very disappointing.

Having a garage is my new favorite thing. Growing up, we always had garages. And said garages were always full of STUFF rather than CARS. But our new garage is blissfully free of junk, meaning we can park our cars in there and NOT HAVE TO CLEAR THEM OFF AFTER EVERY SNOWFALL. Which has been a huge blessing with the snow this week. I’m obsessed with my garage and vow never to fill it with so much crap that I can’t park in there.

Do you have a garage? Do you actually park your car(s) in it?

Friday Free-For-All – 01/05/18

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Things are still moving forward on the house. We were thrown yet another curveball this week, but I think we’re still on track. At worst, we may have to push back closing a few days, which is not the end of the world. Keep those fingers crossed!

In spite of the crazy snowstorm and cold temps, I braved a night out with some friends last night. Stacy moved to Albany this past spring, but she was in town for work, so she, Abbie and I got together at the little “bistro” at the hotel where Stacy was staying. It was SO GOOD to see my friends, even if my drive home was a little hairy.

After all the holidays and visitors we’ve had, I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend. Of course, having Emily, Leah, and Jirka home for the holidays was awesome, but it meant we had a VERY full house and not a lot of quiet time. I want to sleep in and do lots of relaxing.

This week, I received one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten. My aunt Lisa (dad’s sister) put together a beautiful binder of family recipes. From her, my Aunt Sherri, my Grammy, and my Great Grammy. Some of the recipes are even photo copies of hand-written originals straight from Grammy’s kitchen! Almost every essential is in there, from bread to pie crust to fudge and beyond. I can’t wait until we have our own kitchen again so I can get cooking!

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?

Friday Free-For-All – 12/15/17

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Rocket is home! He ended up spending almost four days in the kitty hospital. A urethra blockage is a very serious problem that can be fatal in as little as 48 hours if left untreated. Thank god we got him help in time! He will need to spend a few days of quiet R&R, isolated from the other animals while he recovers. Unfortunately, once a cat has a urethra blockage, they are more likely to have recurring issues, so we will have to watch him closely the next few days, and pretty much for the rest of his life. Every time he pees in the litter box it’s a little celebration! Pet ownership is weird and gross sometimes.

In order to prevent Rocket from ever having to go through this again, I borrowed a kitty water fountain from a coworker. No joke. The idea is that fresh, moving water is more appealing, and therefore, he will drink more water, which should help prevent future urinary tract issues and/or blockages. We will likely also start supplementing his diet with some wet food to keep more water in his system. I’m very grateful that we get to borrow a fountain for the time being, because they ain’t cheap! But they are definitely cheaper than the vet bill we got yesterday, so, yeah.

We are finally getting snow tires on our vehicles this weekend. We’ve been slacking big time, and paid for it with all the snow we got this week. The good news is, my snow tires are brand spanking new, so they should help a lot with my commute this winter. My old ones were nigh on bald by the end of last season, and I had a few hairy commutes. I’m feeling a lot better about this winter already.

You know you are an adult when… You buy a sonic toothbrush with your year-end bonus. At my recent dentist appointment, the hygienist noted some pain I’ve been having on the left side of my mouth, and said it’s because I’m apparently brushing my teeth too hard and rubbing away the enamel along the gum line. Um, ouch? Her recommendation was to switch to a sonic toothbrush and Sensodyne toothpaste. Getting older sure is glamorous…

If you live in a snowy area, do you have your snow tires on yet?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 11/17/17

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Not much news on the house front. We submitted an amended offer that included a one month housing contingency, and the seller’s team has until 5 pm today to sign. I’m not holding my breath right now. Having them sign would be a great first step, but I remain skeptical that they’ll be able to find suitable housing for the seller in one month. You never know, but I’m just not letting myself get excited right now. Patience and calm are key.

I am pretty much living for Thanksgiving break right now. As usual, I have a four day weekend, and I can’t wait to just chill out, eat delicious food, drink delicious drinks, and enjoy family time. Ben and I alternate Thanksgiving celebrations between our families, and this is our year to be with Ben’s family. This means we get to just hang out at home and not worry about packing, driving, and sleeping in someone else’s bed. Perfection!

Now that it’s dark at 5 pm and after work runs are off the table, I’m enjoying the recumbent bike at home again. It had been collecting dust for a while, but now it’s my best option for staying active on days when I just don’t feel like going to CrossFit. And since it’s at home, I can use wi-fi and watch my shows on Netflix, which helps the time go by.

Our 3rd wedding anniversary is next week! Since it’s Thanksgiving week, we are going to celebrate early by going out to dinner on Sunday night. I received a gift card to a great local restaurant for my work on the company’s United Way campaign, so dinner shouldn’t cost us a dime. Score!

We got three inches of snow last night! Of course, our totals are somewhat elevated due to the fact that we live basically on the side of a mountain, but it was SO lovely to wake up to. Now if the rest of the area would just catch up! I’d much rather look at snow than mud and sticks.

How excited are you for Thanksgiving?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/17/17

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Alas, I don’t have any plans to drink Irish Car Bombs or Guinness tonight. I’ve got CrossFit and then rehearsal until 10. Have one for me, friends!

Winter Storm Stella kicked our ass! We got over 3 feet of snow at our house. Ben had two snow days in a row, and I essentially had two half days. Businesses shut down, the University of Vermont was closed for two whole days… We haven’t had a snowstorm like this since the Valentine’s Day blizzard of 2007. While I’m happy that we’re finally getting some snow, I wish we hadn’t gotten an entire winter’s worth in 24 hours.

We’ve got the house to ourselves this week. Ben’s parents took a trip to North Carolina because cousin Lucas is retiring after 20 years in the Air Force. I wish we could have gone, but between Ben’s job and my rehearsal schedule, we just couldn’t swing it. So we’re at home taking care of the menagerie. It’s nice to have our own space for a bit, but taking care of 2 dogs, 5 cats, a horse, and some chickens is a lot of work, especially with all this damn snow!

Update on Ben’s job. We have tentatively heard that Ben will have a permanent part-time position for the upcoming school year. We’re trying not to get TOO excited because he doesn’t have a contract in hand yet, but as long as nothing changes, this is great news. Obviously, we’d prefer that it were a full time position, but permanent is good. We’re still not sure yet whether or not he’ll qualify for benefits, or what he might need to do in order to qualify (like being an Instructional Aide part time again), but baby steps. This is good news, and helps to alleviate some of the stress we’ve been under lately. I will share more info as it becomes available.

Are you wearing green today? Any fun St. Paddy’s plans?