Saturday, November 07, 2015

Blog Year Retrospective #10

Happy Blogiversary to me! I've been writing this blog for ten years. It's a stunning number as I don't think I've done anything this long.

Here's what ten years worth of statistics look like:
Total posts: 2,025
Total (approved) comments: 2,295
Total visitors: over 1,470,000
Average visitors per day: 402

Ten years ago, I was in my senior year of college, single, barely making it as a young adult, and about six months from moving back home. Since then, I've been a bit more successful. I've lived in two apartments and bought a house. I've dated and married. I've adopted two cats. I've changed jobs three times, been on vacations, celebrated milestones, discovered more of my true self, and chronicled it here on the blog.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Six months of housewifery: a review

I've officially been a housewife for almost six months. The time has absolutely whistled by, and I couldn't be happier with this new life. Not a single complaint. The Man is equally enjoying the fact that I'm not saying "I just need a day off!" anymore, nor has he had to endure my monologues about how terrible my day was or how a few of my coworkers are the Most Annoying People Ever. I have accomplished a ton, have plans for so much more, and can't wait to get out of bed every morning to work on whatever is before me.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My New Computer: From Laptop Back to Desktop

I've had my own computer since 2002. In that time, I've been through three computers in thirteen years, so I feel like I'm doing pretty good buying machines that last four to five years before becoming outdated.

My most recent computer was a laptop. We purchased it in 2011. At the time, we were living in an apartment with our desks facing each other. We needed the ability for one of us--me--to leave the room if the other one wanted to work. While the laptop certainly performed well in various rooms of our apartment or house, it had one significant flaw: gaming. The laptop would run hot while playing a movie on Netflix, which was fine. It would be scorching if I tried to play Minecraft for more than fifteen minutes. Not fine.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Notions on Lotions and Potions

I. hate. lotion.

I hate the greasy, slimy, nasty feeling of lotions on my skin. I hate the smells, the itches, the sheens they create. I hate buying them, hoping that I will magically stumble on The One, the miracle lotion that I don't hate, but then reality crashes down and I am, yet again, a disappointed, greasy, slimy, nasty-feeling person. I even tried making my own homemade potion out of shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter, but it was horrible and greasy.

My dermatologist, however, doesn't seem to care. I went to visit him recently for a minor skin condition on an arm, and he proceeded with a full exam (my arm is fine). He started asking questions about so-called dry patches, itchiness, and redness. He stared at my face and hands with seriousness. He pointed to my thumbs like they were diseased, "You have eczema!"

Saturday, October 03, 2015

On Lawn Mowers

The Man and I are not fans of yard work. When we bought our house, we were actually happy that the yard was considered "small" and "easily managed" by most of our friends and family. Less to maintain, less to worry about, less expensive.

Except it isn't. Coming from apartment living, any increase is a big increase, and we bought a house with about 1,000 square feet of grass. We were so unprepared.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Crud That Fights Back

Wouldn't you know it: we both got sick the day after we got home from our camping trip. The Man was about twelve hours ahead of me, and he went down fast. I knew I'd get it too, so I got as many things done in my short window as possible. When it hit me, I was ready.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Camping 2015: River Bend Campground

The Man, his parents, his brother, and I went camping for five days at River Bend County Park in Foster, Oregon, this week. We left on Sunday and returned on Thursday. We stayed in a cabin right on the South Santiam River. While we didn't actually do anything on or in the river, it was super peaceful and picturesque to have the river right there.

Despite the incredibly dry summer this year, the powers that be started allowing campfires in the fire pits only a couple weeks before we left. Camping without a campfire is just... not right.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Night the Gas Leaked

After one of the longest, warmest, driest years we can remember for Oregon--and now quite used to fans running throughout the house at full speed--the late August nights were finally cool enough that we could turn the fans off. The Man and I went to bed around midnight, as usual. I awoke around 4:00am with a terrible sense that something was not right. Smoke. I smell smoke. No. Not smoke. Gas. Gas?! Oh $#@! My eyes snapped open, and I was on my feet in a second.

Friday, August 28, 2015

U.S. Flag: To Wash or Not To Wash

The Man and I elected to establish an American Flag--the U.S. Flag, which ever you prefer--on the front of our house within a month of purchasing it several years ago. We have flown it nearly every day since, only removing it for days with high winds. The all-weather flag is also lit by a dedicated solar spotlight during the dark hours. We both know the Flag Code and take the responsibility of flying the flag seriously.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Wasp Invasion

The Man and I are living through a home invasion. Our master bathroom vents (not the heat vents, the suction vents) have a wasp nest somewhere between the vent cover hanging in the ceiling and the pipe sticking out the roof.