Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Which I Roast a Bird

I'm not sure I'd call myself a great chef, but I'm fairly confident in the kitchen. I know my sauces, am comfortable with a knife, and have an idea what all of the spices in my cabinet can do to a dish. If I'm given a recipe and some basic instructions, then I'm almost always successful (unless the recipe is bad, in which case it's not my fault).

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I Can Haz... a Bidet?!

I'm just going to start by apologizing for this entire post. Sorry.

But now that you know things are about to get, erm, dirty, we can all put on our grownup pants and behave like adults. Right? Right? *sigh

The Man and I bought a bidet.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

He is not Me

I'll admit, sometimes I just don't know the answer. And I am terrible at explaining how I feel. But I've had it being told what to think and how to feel.

You see, I'm married to a wonderful man that has strong opinions on many subjects, and he has no problem explaining why he feels and thinks things, and he stands on a soapbox making statements that are loud and proud and stop talking already! I love that my husband has convictions, and I know his beliefs are well researched and supported. He isn't crazy. He isn't even too far off the mainstream.

But I can't compete.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Social Stigma of a Childless Housewife

After my first month as a housewife, I am taking the opportunity to reflect on what has been the most challenging part of my new job: social stigmas of childless housewives including resentment, confusion, and judgment.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Cost Comparing Safeway, Fred Meyer and WinCo

With my new role as housewife, one of my biggest jobs is managing household finances. That isn't to say that The Man doesn't also manage money, but that without my additional income, I now contribute real value by decreasing costs or using money even more wisely. We've cut corners wherever we can in the rest of our budget, so looking to food to save money is the next step.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I'm officially a housewife.

I can't sit here and write to you without acknowledging the six month gap between blog posts. Despite my love of writing, I have been unable to put thought to words for a long time. Life has thrown me several curve balls lately, all at work. Since I don't blog about my professional life, I can't go into many details. The short of it is that my wonderful manager left a year ago, and she was replaced by someone not up to the task in several ways. I struggled to make things work, then suffered through many months of bullying. Sitting down to write at the end of long, painful days wasn't even close to happening, and I haven't had much to say otherwise.

Two weeks ago, The Man and I reached our breaking point with my job. We sat down and adjusted our finances, paid my last student loan payment (hooray!), and realized we could live on his income alone. We both agreed that being on a strict budget and living within our means were better than having stress and health issues. I gave my notice, and I left the following week.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SOLO Wilderness First Responder Course Review

Back in September, The Man and I both decided we wanted to take the 80-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course held through Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) and hosted by the Adventure Leadership Institute (ALI) at Oregon State University (OSU). We did some research about the class beforehand, and we got our required supply list just two days before class started, so there was a bit of panicked shopping. Thankfully we had an extra $100 just laying there (not) to buy these supplies after paying $600 each for the class.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Blog Year Retrospective #9

Nine years!? Crikey! I'm here for another retrospective, remembering the highs and lows of this past year on my blog.

I took a much-need leave of absence from my blog this year and failed to document some fairly significant events, but I hope to cover them soon. Before I get into what's new, let's jump back to last November.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Blogging Hiatus 2014

Due to the insanity that is summer, I've taken a leave of absence from my blog.  Many events and changes this summer, so I haven't had a chance to write much.  I dearly miss writing, and I often think of little things to post, but I don't have a minute to write down those ideas.  Seriously.  How crazy has this summer been?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Washington D.C. Part 4

The food.  Oh the food!  We tried so much new food!

If you've done any reading here, you'll know that The Man and I are picky eaters.  That isn't to say that we're "refined" in our tastes as much as "cheap."  We prefer PB&Js and plain lettuce salads to fancy stuff.  Our biggest complaint about restaurants is that they so often cover food we do like (fish, chicken, pasta) in food we don't like (tomatoes, goat cheese, sauce of any kind).  So when we set out on the Grand Adventure in Washington D.C., we knew we'd be out of our food comfort zone.  We promised each other that we'd not eat in any restaurants there that we could eat in at home (so no Olive Garden, no Burger King, no PizzAmore--how we love thee!)