Weekend Update – I Socialized!

Happy Monday, friends! I did something this weekend that I haven’t done in AGES: I socialized. TWICE! Crazy, right? Read on to hear more.

Friday
Since Ben had his usual Friday night broom ball game, I decided to head over to my friends Aimee and Andrew’s house. They have two little boys and are in the process of moving, so they had some baby and maternity stuff for me to pick through.

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Of course, we also had a great time eating snack plates for dinner (SNACKS ARE LYFE) and getting caught up. I haven’t seen Aimee in a couple of months, so it was great to just hang out and chat.

Saturday
Ben was a champion and did our grocery shopping on Thursday night, so we were able to just relax on Saturday morning, which was a treat. After breakfast, we got cracking on whipping our basement into shape.

When we moved in, most of our long-term storage stuff just got dumped down there to be dealt with later. But with our house warming party coming up, we wanted to at least get stuff up out of the middle of the floor and onto the shelves. We ended up going through 4-5 big boxes of stuff and either trashing, donating, or putting away the contents, which felt AWESOME! And we got everything up off the floor too. Win!

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Clearing cobwebs to hang a flag we found while unpacking

After showers, we headed over to our friends Julia and Andrew’s house for a St. Paddy’s Day party. We were among the last to arrive, and we were the last to leave at the ridiculously late (for me) hour of 11 pm. We had a great time just chatting and eating snacks, and Ben and Andrew bonded over drinking games.

Sunday
We slept in a bit on Sunday, and then pretty much lounged most of the day. We made a quick trip over to my in-laws’ place to grab some eggs and some mail, but otherwise didn’t do too much. I had hoped to work on a few sewing projects, but somehow during our many moves over the last couple of years, a critical piece of my sewing machine has gone missing. That was a huge bummer, but I still felt like making something, so I decided to bust out the old embroidery floss and makes some friendship bracelets just for the hell of it.

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We had tacos for dinner and watched Hot Fuzz for the umpteenth time, then I called my parents, took a shower, read for a bit, and we went to bed.

Do you have an organized basement, or is it a hot mess like mine?

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?