Monday, June 20, 2016

This Happened On June 20, 2016 at 02:27PM


Week 25 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Found a serious pile of motivation this week! House looked amazing for a day or two. #bujo #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournallove #wearebujo #handwriting #housewifelife via Instagram http://ift.tt/28LZtfb

Saturday, June 18, 2016

This Happened On June 18, 2016 at 11:39AM


Human, I have conquered you and this delightful contraption known as "bed." Consider yourself evicted. #cats #catstagram #annie #catslave #shewins #nofilter (I was putting on my socks and looked up to see this. Scared me a bit!) via Instagram http://ift.tt/269NUpd

Sunday, June 12, 2016

This Happened On June 12, 2016 at 01:12PM


Week 24 in my 2016 #housewife #bulletjournal. Had a steady flow of chores and tasks this week, but still enjoyed making a few cards and tackling a speedy sewing project when The Man was feeling better. #bujo #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournallove #wearebujo #handwriting #housewifelife via Instagram http://ift.tt/1U889RW

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

This Happened On June 08, 2016 at 03:22PM


I live in #allergyhell. Have to wear a mask just to go get my mail. #maps #pollen #ihateoutside #justkillme #oregon (map from pollen.com) via Instagram http://ift.tt/1YfaZUS

Monday, June 06, 2016

This Happened On June 06, 2016 at 10:55AM


Week 23 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Started off with busier days and finished easy since it was super hot. #imisswinter #bujo #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournallove #bujojunkies #wearebujo #handwriting #housewifelife via Instagram http://ift.tt/28fR8cx

Friday, June 03, 2016

This Happened On June 03, 2016 at 08:49PM


Sometimes after I shower, I spike my hair into a #fauxhawk. Because I can. #innerbadass #notreally via Instagram http://ift.tt/22E4TxR

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Random Questions XVIII

It has been so long since I did a meme on here, and I finally found one that I thought was fairly interesting. Some of these questions are super hard to answer, but they made me think, so here you go:

1. If you were a character from any short story or novel, who would you be?
Catherine Sager, On to Oregon by HonorĂ© Morrow (This is a book based on a true story. Catherine Sager was a real woman who, in real life, was a frequent correspondent with my ancestors.) If I have to pick a work of fiction, then I'd probably go with either LisBeth King from Stephanie Grace Whitson's Prairie Winds Series, or maybe a female version of Sam Gribley from My Side of the Mountain.

This Happened On June 02, 2016 at 02:25PM


Guess the birds like cheap birdseed. I fill this feeder every other day just to keep my cats entertained (or as I like to call it, "tortured"). Will get a better quality seed in the fall. #bird #birds #poopybirds via Instagram http://ift.tt/1r4k6KT

Sunday, May 29, 2016

This Happened On May 29, 2016 at 01:28PM


Week 22 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Thankful to @boho.berry for reminding me that my #bujo is just as valid as other journals even though I don't doodle or use common media/formats. Proud to be a part of the supportive, welcoming, beautiful #bulletjournalcommunity. #bujojunkies #wearebujo #bulletjournallove #handwriting #housewifelife via Instagram http://ift.tt/1U5TeSk

Monday, May 23, 2016

This Happened On May 23, 2016 at 09:27PM


Tonight's dessert: sliced fresh #oregon #strawberries! #nofilter #nowhitecorecaliforniacrap #thisishowwedoit via Instagram http://ift.tt/25ddbOB

Sunday, May 22, 2016

This Happened On May 22, 2016 at 04:39PM


Week 21 in my 2016 #housewife #bulletjournal. Still managed to get things done despite being completely absorbed by a new-to-me TV show, #republicofdoyle. Haven't loved a show this much aside from #JAG and #ER (which is saying something to those who remember the 8th grade JAG #addict I was). #housewifelife #bujo #handwriting Oh, and Obamacare insurance plans? #gfy via Instagram http://ift.tt/20obLNZ

Friday, May 20, 2016

Housewife for a Year: A Review

The Man and I have been reading books together since our dating days, and we typically read books by one of our favorite authors, Fr. James Martin. This recent one is no exception, and Becoming Who You Are stuck with me more than usual. The book discusses the idea that when we act upon our calling, life feels more complete. Not a new idea, certainly not, but Fr. Martin finally puts the idea in a way that doesn't sound trite. The book struck a chord with me because I've been feeling that way since I became a housewife. I feel complete in this role, and it took me by surprise.

Monday, May 16, 2016

This Happened On May 16, 2016 at 03:26PM


Have realized that I spend a extraordinary amount of time appreciating how beautiful Oregon is and how blessed I am to have been born here. #thatoregonlife #oregonlove #oregonnative #heartinoregon #portlandoregon #japanesegarden #nofilter via Instagram http://ift.tt/1sjVmzc

This Happened On May 16, 2016 at 02:51PM


Week 20 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Had a big project drilling out another wood pellet sifting litter box for some friends. Got a new drill out of the deal, so no complaints here! #housewifelife #bujo #handwriting via Instagram http://ift.tt/1V6LHY8

Friday, May 13, 2016

This Happened On May 13, 2016 at 09:37PM


Perfect Friday night: #bingewatching @allanhawco in #republicofdoyle on #netflix, and have #tillamook black pepper smoked white cheddar, an inappropriately sized #brownie, and the couch all to myself! Republic of Doyle is seriously good television, and I am kind of #obsessed with it right now. #biggestfan via Instagram http://ift.tt/1TTolTx

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This Happened On May 11, 2016 at 08:02PM


More power! #aughaughaughaugh! #realwomenusepowertools (Now is the time to place bets on how long it takes for me to make myself bleed...) #ryobi #18v #drill #saw via Instagram http://ift.tt/1X2D2Gq

Sunday, May 08, 2016

This Happened On May 08, 2016 at 09:17PM


Week 19 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. The #laundrymonster reared its ugly head this week, and I am not even caught up. Sold my beloved old car though. #missitalready #bujo #handwriting #ivoted via Instagram http://ift.tt/1QW2w0R

Thursday, May 05, 2016

This Happened On May 05, 2016 at 07:09PM


I have so much more #respect for our #airmen, #sailors, #soldiers, and #marines now that I have had an #mre. It was #awful. The meat ravioli was barely passable as food, and the bread was disappointing. Corn nuts were good, and dried cranberries were okay. Didn't drink the coffee or fruit punch. Cheese spread was horrific. #ichewedthegum via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rvMtlI

This Happened On May 05, 2016 at 05:58PM


Was walking through the grocery store today when I saw a nice looking older gentleman. I smiled at him, he winked at me, and it totally made my day. #antifeminist #mademyday #wink #nicetobenoticed (The man pictured is Sam Elliot, an actor, not actually the man that winked at me. Though if Mr. Elliot winked at me, I wouldn't mind it at all!) via Instagram http://ift.tt/24AJtTw

This Happened On May 05, 2016 at 11:33AM


I don't know about this new cat-shaped keyboard... it seems to cause a decline in productivity. #cats #catstagram #eddie #keyboardcat #somuchforgettingworkdone via Instagram http://ift.tt/1ZiVhWQ

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

This Happened On May 04, 2016 at 05:15PM


I seem to have caught a shoelace monster... an eight pound ball of furry claws that say "you aren't going anywhere!" #cats #catstagram #destruction via Instagram http://ift.tt/1Zf45Nx

Monday, May 02, 2016

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 10:09PM


The intrepid vacationers decided to turn the camera on themselves while waiting impatiently for the sun to set. A rare #selfie taken on a proper camera! #latergram #vacation #longbeachwa #iloveyou via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rggHc4

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 10:01PM


#rust on a #door at #fortcolumbia. #justbecause #latergram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1W5mlLU

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 09:59PM


Spooky insides of Fort Columbia, the most intact fort on the #northwestcoast. Few places make my hair stand up, but there were sections of this fort that were just #eerie. We were completely alone at the fort, so it was extra quiet. #fortcolumbia #nofilter #latergram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rggHJd

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 09:56PM


#bleedinghearts at #fortclatsop in #astoriaoregon. Bleeding hearts have a special meaning to my family, and we all have them somewhere at our houses. These are fairly light, but they are pretty nonetheless. #latergram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1W5mlvm

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 09:52PM


The ol' gal is in bad shape, but work is underway to make North Head Lighthouse all pretty again. She still #lightstheway for mariners at sea. My favorite lighthouse of them all. #northhead #lighthouse #capedisappointment #washington #latergram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rggGoL

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 09:46PM


#sunset on our first night on #vacation in #longbeachwa. #nofilter #latergram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1W5mjDH

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 09:43PM


When was the last time you went on #vacation and nobody was at a landmark with you? #fortstevens #oregon #alone #nofilter #latergram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1rggEx0

This Happened On May 02, 2016 at 11:33AM


Week 18 in my 2016 #housewife #bulletjournal. #Vacation at last! Had a busy few days leading up to it, but our trip to #longbeachwa was great! Still, glad to be home and back in my routine again. Missed the #cats so much. #theresnoplacelikehome #bujo #handwriting via Instagram http://ift.tt/1W2Hc1B

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This Happened On April 27, 2016 at 01:18PM


Added some #tillamookcheesefactory #squeakycheese and a pepper beef stick to our #easylunchboxes picnic lunch. #carrots #applesauce #almonds #granolabar #potatocrackers #glutenfree #cheaperthaneatingout (also included a spoon, napkin, and wet wipe! like an MRE!) via Instagram http://ift.tt/1NUlEwh

Sunday, April 24, 2016

This Happened On April 24, 2016 at 10:22PM


Week 17 in my 2016 #housewife #bulletjournal. So happy to have my sister home on leave from the #airforce! Had lots to figure out on my #newcar, but it is feeling more like mine with a few tweaks. And I managed to fit in a few big chores too! #nosleep #bujo #handwriting via Instagram http://ift.tt/1SGXYmo

This Happened On April 24, 2016 at 10:17PM


Week 16 in my 2016 #housewife #bulletjournal. Was a slow starter, but it picked up until the very end when I bought a #newcar! Finally replaced my 21 year old car with a brand new one. #happydance #changeishard #bujo #handwriting via Instagram http://ift.tt/1NrVXZ1

Sunday, April 10, 2016

This Happened On April 10, 2016 at 06:20PM


Outside (left) and inside (top right) of my most recent creative endeavour, a #birthday #card using @simonsaysstamp #perfectshapes in #memento #dewdrops (mostly grey flannel) and @lawnfawn #chitchat in #versafine black. The bird is stamped inside with a triangle-shaped hole through the card front. Inspired by @starofmay and @laurafadora, yet still my own design. #genderneutral #triangles via Instagram http://ift.tt/1Q2mEOD

This Happened On April 10, 2016 at 01:01PM


An incredibly busy week 15 in my #housewife #bulletjournal! I made up for week 14's sick days though, and then some. Had myself a bit of a #letsdothis #attitude and dug deep to do more than usual. #exhausted! #bujo #handwriting (#spencerian or #zanerian?) I know Easter was last month, but most of my April stickers are eggs and bunnies, so I am just going to go with it. #thereareworsethings via Instagram http://ift.tt/1qCbjjr

Friday, April 08, 2016

This Happened On April 08, 2016 at 11:26AM


"After all of the effort of bringing a birdy to you, I'm just going to take a nap on it on your bed. No need for paparazzi, thanks." #annie #cats #catstagram #sleepingwithtoy via Instagram http://ift.tt/1qcqkbs

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

This Happened On April 06, 2016 at 11:22AM


My #littleballoffur #snuggles and #purrs #alldaylong. So hard to want to leave the bed and face the world after Annie sighs and snuggles into me. #blessed #housewifelife #furbaby via Instagram http://ift.tt/1MeAkez

Sunday, April 03, 2016

This Happened On April 03, 2016 at 08:28PM


Week 14 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. What a #disaster! I was super busy early in the week, then I caught a cold on Thursday. #thereisalwaystomorrow #bujo #handwriting via Instagram http://ift.tt/1V3nd2j

This Happened On April 03, 2016 at 04:20PM


JAG Season 1 done in two days. Sucks that I caught a cold last week, but my down time has been enjoyable! #ihavenolife #nerdy #lovingit #feelingbetteralready via Instagram http://ift.tt/1RTk3e7

Saturday, April 02, 2016

This Happened On April 02, 2016 at 01:04PM


@simonsaysstamp and @lawnfawn #haul! Pretty sure I bought #allthethings thanks to my #taxreturn, but now I have a more than minor storage problem. #illgetoverit #bestmailever #handmade #cards via Instagram http://ift.tt/25DdP9j

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

This Happened On March 30, 2016 at 06:00PM


It arrived today. Eleven years after the show went off the air, and twenty one years after my life changed forever, I am, finally, the proud owner of JAG: The Complete Series. THIS is why I go by "Jaggy." #firstlove #jag #dvdset #completeseries #nickname #mylifeiscomplete #jaggy #bestshowever via Instagram http://ift.tt/1SnVgfG

Monday, March 28, 2016

This Happened On March 28, 2016 at 01:07PM


Week 13 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Not a good week for my French lessons, but things are cleaner and more organized (for now). #progress #bujo #handwriting #needavacation via Instagram http://ift.tt/1MwCAgU

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This Happened On March 23, 2016 at 02:49PM


Dear @fredmeyerstores: I bought one item and paid $2.50 in cash. I received a receipt over TWO FEET LONG. Why?! How about just including the store name, the date, and the items purchased? #lessismore #unnecessary #receipt #howlongcanyougo #getagrip via Instagram http://ift.tt/1WJC9jU

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This Happened On March 22, 2016 at 05:49PM


Today's <$20 #diy #housewife project: installing a tip out shelf under my kitchen sink. Took 2 hours, but it went fine. Had to install 2 drawer pulls and remove old brackets for false front. Super happy to have brush and drain plug storage! #housewifelife #storage #solutions #organized via Instagram http://ift.tt/1SgAFwl

Monday, March 21, 2016

This Happened On March 21, 2016 at 11:51AM


Week 12 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Yesterday's at-home spa day was a failure, but cards were made this week, the house is clean-ish, and the cookies were delicious. #goodweek #bujo #handwriting via Instagram http://ift.tt/21DRvYu

Sunday, March 13, 2016

This Happened On March 13, 2016 at 08:42PM


Week 10 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Not many to-do's, but I had a big project each day. #bujo #handwriting #zanerbloser via Instagram http://ift.tt/1P7zf2l

Thursday, March 10, 2016

This Happened On March 10, 2016 at 02:06PM


The CSO (chief snuggle officer) is telling me that my if I don't start toeing the company line soon, I will be reprimanded (hairball in a shoe perhaps?). More snuggles, less cleaning: get with the program, lady! #housewifelife #cats #catstagram via Instagram http://ift.tt/1R9YxVe

Monday, March 07, 2016

This Happened On March 07, 2016 at 02:48PM


A little dip pen practice today with #rohrerandklingner #scabiosa and my #glassdippen from @gouletpens. #zanerbloser #handwriting via Instagram http://ift.tt/1QH6Sdz

This Happened On March 07, 2016 at 12:32PM


Week 9 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. Lots accomplished! But I still had time for fun. #housewifelife #bujo #handwriting #zanerbloser via Instagram http://ift.tt/21Tt6Ui

Friday, March 04, 2016

This Happened On March 04, 2016 at 02:45PM


I think I have an @essiepolish problem. On the other hand, I've never had a pro mani, so #savings! #nailspolish #inventory #godarkorgohome via Instagram http://ift.tt/1X0xkCt

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Lunchboxes for The Man

When The Man and I were contemplating my transition from full-time employee to full-time homemaker, one of the things he was most excited about was not having to make his own lunch. He never really enjoyed that task, and I prepare the rest of the meals anyway, so it was a logical request to ask me to take over for him.

When I was in my teens, I discovered my love of what I called "mixed plates." (Not to be confused with the Hawaiian mixed plate, although similar and also delicious.) I liked to have a wide variety of food on my plate, a little bit of everything. Rather than a big sandwich, a pile of chips, and a drink, I preferred a smaller sandwich, a few chips, a few crackers, half an apple, a small cookie, a bit of cheese, and an ice water. Even today, if we go to a fast food joint, I'll pick five items off the value menu instead of one bigger burger and wad of fries.

The Man? He's a convert to my mixed plates.

I started making him lunches right from the start, but it took a few weeks to get into a good rhythm and really nail down his preferences. Here are the details for today's lunch: