revel

Jasper. Today…you are 17 months old. It’s the last month we’ll say “He’s X months old.” This time next month you will be a year and a half old. From now on your age will be defined by years and halves (until you learn fractions and figure out where the 3/4 mark is).

He’s 2. He’s 2 and a half. He’s almost 3.

18 months, almost.

Last night when your Uncle Paul set up the green picnic table (which has been the kids’ table since I was a kid), I picked you up and put you in your spot for the first time. You were delighted. You sat through the entire meal with Meme’s Finding Nemo spoon, eating nuggets and hashrounds. Drinking from your sippy, watching the big kids.

You figured out how to get up and down by yourself in pretty quick time. After dinner, you climbed up all by yourself and had some more to drink. Swinging your feet and waiting for cheesecake.

I don’t know if you’ll ever read this one day but you’re fascinating to me. Every thing you do is amazing because you’re the one doing it.

Can’t believe you’re mine…

xoxox, momma

Aside Post Format

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

Chat Post Format

Bekabug: progress!
Bekabug: do not be fooled by Nature Valley’s square soft baked oatmeal bars.
grimapples: i shall not
Bekabug: it’s a cookie. it’s not breakfast.

frozen solid

It’s a roasty toasty 70° here in the living room. When we redo the fireplace, electric logs are now 100% out of the question. Yesterday, Lowe’s was selling $700 troybilt generators like they were nothing. Calling after all this is over to see what we can do to equip us with some natural gas lines or a tank. Relying on dumb luck and kindness has gone a long way so far. Hate to press my luck.

Jasper is confused but hanging in there the best one could expect a rambunctious 16 month old to. We got so stir crazy we started shoving batteries into every clock radio, trying to get some news. Turns out the only one with a working radio, while running on batteries only, was my hello kitty teacup clock. Hah!

I love WIVK in an emergency.

The crazy blizzard at noonish was something to see. Zero visibility, total whiteout.

I called SUB again at 2p and she said their plan is to have everyone on tonight, no guarantees it will happen or if it does that it will stay on. I gave the lady I spoke to our street and she sort of paused a moment. Asked me for my full address, name, and phone number.

Here a little bit later, they are in our neighborhood. Fingers crossed.

Earlier, I took the Canon out and snapped a few pics. The ice on everything is very beautiful; especially when the sun was hitting it. Then the wind blows and suddenly it’s perilous. Groaning, creaking, stuff falling. Moved quickly and headed inside. I expect to lose more limbs out of these trees tonight. As long as they fall in the yard and don’t come through the roof or windows, I won’t mind.

A while ago I found a great pin for getting your emergency food prep on. 52 Weeks. Every week you buy one thing.

Well, my phone is about to die and I think I’m done rambling on. Stay warm, luvvies.

Reconfiguring My Workflow

I want to use preprocessors and frameworks and stuff. Here’s now I’m going about it.

  1. Complete this guide : Setup Ruby On Rails on
    Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    completed January 23, 2015
  2. Install jekyll gem : http://jekyllrb.com/
    completed January 26, 2015
  3. Install codekit
    completed January 26, 2015
  4. Get a handle on liquid
  5. Get a handle on sass
  6. Install bourbon & neat
  7. Install git
    completed January 23, 2015
  8. Figure out git
  9. Sign up for groovehq and use it
    completed January 29, 2015
  10. Setup Frameworks folder on local
  11. Investigate whether or not genesis framework is worth getting and learning
  12. Get slack account and see if bossman is interested 
  13. Install bower
  14. look at isotope

hyperfocus

it’s a very exciting and confusing time with the gazillion frameworks, preprocessors, languages, and all the other stuff i’m learning right now. sass, ruby, git, jekyll, bourbon, neat, homebrew, liquid…

and lest you think i’m a one trick pony with my do-betterness for 2015, i even cooked dinner night before last and no one died.

i feel like my brain needs a heating pad and massage, though.

wherein I am stoked

I haven’t been interested in MacHeist for a while. Today I somehow randomly ended up getting sent to the anarchy bundle. Not only do they also haaaaate the Mac App Store (seriously. a lot.) but codekit for $14. Yay for charity bundles.

i don’t do resolutions. i do things.

We’re over half way through January. That went fast! The weather here is starting to turn nice which gets me in the frame of mind to get out in the yard and do things! One of our Things is going to be the garden we’ve been planning for ages now.

But like the title says, I don’t do resolutions. I am a goal setter, by nature. I make lists and plans from the second I wake up to the moment my brain finally lets me get to sleep. Due to circumstances, for the last few years my monthly goals have been “Keep everyone alive” and “keep the lights on.” By that measure, we have been very successful. Things are happening though. Very slowly the wheels are starting to turn for us. Things and stuff.

Speaking of things that crawled in a hole and went into hibernation while we were in survival mode…Exercise. Yes. I can’t wait for nicer weather so the Mister, The Boy, The Dog, and I can go exploring. Of course there’s a whole other Project on the list of Things that goes along with this but I’ll wait to talk about that when it finally happens. Simultaneously very excited about it and completely procrastinating because wow it’s kind of a thing.

One major hazard I have been tripping all over and screwing up with is I need to stop eating so much food on the road. I have a 1-hour-each-way commute when I go to work at the office. If that was on a train, it wouldn’t be so bad. Unfortunately it’s a car ride, 22 minutes of which is completely saturated with places to stop and grab a bite. Arby’s, Bojangle’s, Zaxby’s, Taco Bell, and Subway; They all know my name.

We went to Walmart on Saturday and bought a huge (HUGE) order of groceries. It was so huge because Jasper needs more healthy snacks these days and so does mommy. As we were walking in I saw these Hungry Girl Foldit flatbread sandwich making products of sheer brilliance. I immediately thought they were perfect for my lunch blox kit that I hadn’t had a chance to use yet. They’re totally marketed at me. The whole thing. I was an instant sucker. The bonus? The rosemary and olive oil is delicious and the blox kit is perfect for me. I would like to say I’m going to try the other flavors of the bread but this one is so good, I will definitely buy it again and again.

I didn’t know there was an entire Hungry Girl line of stuff or even what it was. I’m pretty far removed from diet culture because I would really rather eat whatever the hell I want (piles of delicious, home cooked, whole foods based, meat and vegetables) and then lift heavy things the next day. I like the concept so I’m not going to turn my nose up at it, entirely. Eat more good food. Fill up on good things, not junk. Who wouldn’t want to get behind that?

hustle

hustle

Lately I have been scrambling to get better organized and save money. Those two things seem somewhat mutually exclusive. The main cause of our organizational issues is lack of space to put everything. Between my office, the living room, and Jasper we need probably 4 bookshelves. Jack and I need a new dresser.

This past black friday I treated myself to two things I have wanted for a while (because they were having amazing cyber monday sales). The first was YNAB (You Need A Budget). We need it. Desperately. I finally got around to setting it up this week and I’m trying not to be horrified at actually watching our money get sucked away by bills and things. It’s healthy, though. Sort of like a dental cleaning. It’s not pleasant at first, but who doesn’t love the way your mouth feels all clean and sparkly afterward?

The second thing was a year of Plan To Eat which is a recipe catalog/meal planner/shopping helper. Jack is less than enthusiastic about this one. He does all the cooking around here, you see. He’s amazing at it but what we are, collectively, not amazing at is planning everything so someone doesn’t end up going to the grocery store every other day. Now that Jasper is not on formula any more there’s wiggle room in our grocery budget.

I’m hoping once I get them both figured out and really working for us that I’ll be able to start saving money again for various things. Maybe we could even take another vacation. Pay off those credit cards! Get the chimney fixed! Start a Roth IRA. Yeah! Dave Ramsey is a bit smug for me to stomach too much of BUT Gazelle Intensity and Debt Snowballing are two concepts that obviously work so I gotta get after that.

I also signed up for the dollar shave club after nearly crying in Walmart looking at the Venus razor cartridges. $18 for FOUR. I wanted them so bad but I really couldn’t spend that on that. I ended up with the disposable ones and they were awful. I’m told if I take good care of these dollar shave club razors that they’ll stay nice and sharp and not chew my skin to shreds. Fingers crossed. 🙂

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