Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yea for Thriftiness!

I've been in a decluttering mood lately. That bug seems to hit when I can't seem to find the cause of my grumpiness or when my life feels out of balance. For me, my brain is all tied to my house; when my brain feels cluttered, the easiest solution is to declutter my house, and then somehow my brain seems less scattered. Yesterday's adventure? The activity closet. With our plethora (I used the word correctly. Most people use it wrong and it's a pet peeve of mine. Lame, I know) of Play Doh that has mostly dried out, I tried to find a solution to save it, so I didn't have to throw it all away. Then I came across this site. This person is a GENIUS!

She advises you to break the play doh into pea-sized pieces (we used the extruder.

Much less time-consuming. Then we just sort of crumbled the play doh after that. Or if it was too hard to go through the extruder, we just crumbled it. 2 of ours were that far gone.) Then we sprayed a spray bottle of water into the bag and shook the bag up to evenly coat. Then we waited a few minutes (more like a few hours, I got distracted), and checked them. I had to spray most of them again and shake them up, but when I checked them the second time, they were maleable again. All but the two that were still pretty bad, so we mushed all of them together, and then took the two that were still too tough and broke them into pieces again, sprayed more water on the dry ones, and let them sit in the bag overnight. When morning came, even the two over-dry ones were as good as new! super-pliable play doh!

And to think, Play Doh says it can't be done and you'll have to buy another tub... 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Okay, I Guess I Love Him...

I've been uber grumpy towards Ranger for the past couple days, and just haven't been able to shake it. It's been awful. So I decided we needed a chance to unwind. Bring on our favorite geeky game (we're not really that big of geeks, though, so geeky friends don't be offended I just categorized myself with you...).


(okay, honestly, I'm tripping out at the price-tag  It's a doozy. But an awesome game! If  you don't have to pay that much for it... Way cooler than Monopoly - which I hate - but very similar in style)
Anyway, I swear the game is tied to Karma. every card he got gave him tons of $$$ or property. Every card I got, I lost the property to him or to the bank...

See? It's rigged. My card says lose a property. His says get a property. 

Halfway through, the game became more evenly matched, and I actually won on a technicality  but since the game had been in his favor the entire time, we called it a nice even draw.

So, enjoying our time together helped a ton. And then, I wasn't feeling good this morning, so Ranger got the girl ready and cooked breakfast (I banned cereal forever ago... Pancakes is our fallback). He may have forgotten to help pack a lunch, and I don't know if her hair or teeth got brushed this morning (all things she conveniently likes to "forget"), but... this made my morning...


I guess I'd better keep him, huh? Isn't this pancake so cute? 

(oh, and in case you failed to notice... that pancake is wheat... and I can eat it! I've implemented everything back into my diet by now! And most things are fine. I still get a little itchy sometimes, but the cleanse helped immensely! And the rest, now that I know it wont kill me, is tolerable. I think I'll never enjoy some things like I used to, but I guess that's not really a loss. And I do read ingredients a little closer than before. But that's not a loss either. And you'd be disgusted at some of the places they hide garbage in our food if you went looking too closely, too.)

How it was recieved



I'm guessing it's a hit... except now she says she doesn't need piano lessons, because she's already a master piano player and her songs are beautiful. ... and I'm stumped, because I can't say her songs really are just noise. What an awful concept! I told her maybe the lessons were to teach her the RULES for piano playing. Same with Ballet lessons that we will some day afford for her... maybe... if when I ever get to homeschool again... Keep those fingers crossed!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Random Post About Peanut Butter

Yesterday, My daughter asked me if she could take plain peanut butter to school. I told her if she found a way to take it there.

Today she pulled a whole bottle of peanut butter out of her lunchbox.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Good news: I just got a ginormous present to myself:


Bad news: It's currently sitting in my kitchen because we can't find a way to fit it into my living room. Dumb walls...

in other bad news: the scuffs are a recent acquirement. Next time I hire professional movers...


In the last Century more amazing things were found out than in any Century before. In this Century hundreds of things still more astounding will be brought to light. At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can't be done, then they see it can be done - then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live

... surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place.

"Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.” 

― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

Saturday, November 10, 2012


I did something drastic. And I love it. I went from this:


to this: 


I wish my camera was in better focus for these, but C'est la vie. And I swear I'm smiling in all these pics. Must work on portraying a real smile that shows in a camera...

I've been letting my hair grow out for over 3 years. My ex always told me to cut it short because maybe it'd make me do something with it. Total power play. So I grew it out so long in spite of him. And to reprogram myself into seeing beauty. I really liked it, actually. And then it became coat weather. And I have super-wispy hair. fine and thin. it ended up being a huge fly-away rat's nest. major blech. it was seriously a pain to brush (6 times a day) and in my face and clinging to my hands when I would reach up to pull it away. And OH MAN, the shedding! I was just done. It was the longest I've ever had my hair, though, so I was a little sad to cut it. But I love it now. I love that I can use a comb and not a brush because the huge knots are gone. I love that I can do cute things with it if I want to, but I don't have to. I love that it's feminine. That was my huge request. I need more femininity in my life. I love that it frames my face. I actually liked how long my face looked when I had long hair, and was rather shocked at how round my face looked after I cut it! It took some getting used to. 

All the posts that never happen...

I take pictures thinking that I'll get those posts up, and then I never manage to actually write those posts. Instead, I end up droning on and on about feelings and allergies. blech. And even now, I've got a limited window in which to post them. And I've been writing this post all week! I wish I were faster at  blogging. But I'm too perfectionisty.

So here's all the pics I've been meaning to blog about all month:

First of all, I really didn't get into the spirit of Halloween, this year. Usually I do, and if I had been homeschooling, I would have. But this just wasn't the year for our family. Too much adjusting and going on. Too many carnivals we're setting up and not attending. And too many other things on our  mind. But I did have to buy the most expensive costume EVER! (just kidding. But boots are expensive!)



and, FYI, if you procrastinate going to the store to get candy (because you can't eat it anyway) you get a whole lot of this:

The shelves were BARE. That's what I get for going to the store at 5:00 Halloween evening, I suppose.

In other news, the leaves are falling. My daughter says it makes fall the best time of the year.



We had a Field Trip to the Boise Temple (planned before I had to put the student back in school, and since I had to get tickets, and it was planned, I will defend my decision).

I love this pic! I confess I'm kind of proud of myself for taking it. But my mom noticed the beauty first. And the symbolism of Moroni being lit.


This is my sister-in-law. She has the cutest nephews I've ever had... okay, so they're the only nephews I have, but, look at them!




No really, look at them and not at my close-up camera skill awkwardness.

My dad the hero. I kind of like how he's starting to look more and more like a grandpa. It's one of those things you never think about enjoying. 


What happens after your kid's been "homeschooled" for a few days (aka after our fieldtrip):


Picking up a book again. And reading every word. And yes, piles of coats happen, too. And Teddy bears. It's so funny to compare the difference in a kid. When she's bored while enrolled in public school its whiney-voiced "I'm Boooooored." But after a few days back in her ideal element, she's heading right for the books again! 

So, in a nut shell, all the posts I didn't write this past few weeks...